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The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.


2022 COD Conferences

The next domestic conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 thru Sunday, October 23 in Los Angeles.  An international conference is not planned for 2022 or 2023.

  • 1.  Skylight Leak Fixed with Silly Putty

    Posted 10-25-2021 05:34 PM

    With the record rain storm in the Bay Area last night, our bank of skylights started leaking a steady stream (long history of about the previous homeowner installing a custom fabricated 20-foot assembly of skylights/window - quite beautiful and quite leak-prone).  Around 2 AM, we devised a solution to get us through the night: Silly Putty!

    Pressed into place, it plugged the leaks until morning.  Has anyone else had success with Silly Putty?  Do you think we can use it for a long-term solution?

    Using Silly Putty as a temporary sealant


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    Michael Strogoff, FAIA
    Chair Emeritus, PMKC Advisory Group
    President, Strogoff Consulting
    Mill Valley, CA 94941
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  • 2.  RE: Skylight Leak Fixed with Silly Putty

    Posted 10-26-2021 05:55 PM
    Mastic and boiled castor beans can solve it.

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    Seth Trotter

    tdtCREATIVE
    Prescott AZ
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  • 3.  RE: Skylight Leak Fixed with Silly Putty

    Posted 10-30-2021 02:02 PM
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    Fixing leaks in Architecture takes work (Strogoff FAIA might be able to design a new printable emulsion based nylon webbing with a hardened glaze over the silicone sealant for Federation Square's new addition), but Architectural style should afford value. So, Architectural style has a new study by theDailyTrotter (me) called A Look at Order: Establishment and Progression. It is now available through the following link: A Look at Order: Establishment and Progression by theDailyTrotter / Seth Trotter.

    For context, I am the protege of Romeo Ty, and, completed the narrated task of compiling historical style into a list from Contemporary to Creation. It is the fastest complete look at style available. Senior Designers can regain a quick look at historical periods. The AIA can regain some of their abilities in the institute's early history that established it's renown through 19th Century style.

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    Seth Trotter

    tdtCREATIVE
    Prescott AZ
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  • 4.  RE: Skylight Leak Fixed with Silly Putty

    Posted 10-27-2021 08:32 AM
    Michael,
    Ingenious, and may I add, just in time for Halloween?!

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    Bruce Rose
    Owner/Architect
    Rose Design
    Mansfield TX
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