From the Fabricator: Nuggets from the past week

This week’s blog post is a quick hits version. There are a lot of subjects to cover quickly without one main story. So here goes…

  • Have you seen the design for the new arena being planned for Las Vegas? The MGM Sphere is the project and it looks like something from a futuristic video game. I just wonder how closely they are working with the glass world on the design because this thing is interesting.

  • The Architectural Billings Index keeps trucking along with its seventh straight positive month and up a point from March. The overall metrics continue to be trending up, but the ABI noted this time that inflation is becoming a concern and the potential/current tariffs would only add pressure to that. Obviously, that is an area to monitor.

  • It is the start of hurricane season next week, but this week we already had some major tropical disturbances. This has the makeup of a very scary year ahead. Let’s hope for the best here.

  • In the May edition of Glass Magazine, I forgot to mention the business card feature on the back page (plus more card inspiration online). I think no matter how mobile and online we get, the good ole business card will survive. But as the story showed, to stand out you need to come up with some different looks and styles. Kudos to those mentioned.

  • I wrote on Regenerative Design last week and I noted that this was intense subject matter that was beyond me. I was genuinely thrilled and honored that Mic Patterson reached out and wrote to me on it. Mic is incredible and his insights and knowledge along with his desire to educate our world are truly something to cherish. He explained to me that sustainable and regenerative are complementary of each other and round each other out. I took this to mean: the building world is just adding more mud to the waters with a different definition for the same/similar approach. This line from his email did it for me:

    All it does is confuse people and move us further from the vital benefit of converging on a shared understanding of what sustainability really is.

    And that nails it for me. But, I will tell you there is so much to learn and then so much to teach our other stakeholders out there in trying to truly do right by our environment. Thank you, Mic for the insight!

  • I also mentioned my new interview series, “The Big 3,” where I am asking three questions to different folks in our world. I have picked out 11 people so far to get me through the summer. I am pretty pumped. Again, some of the folks you will easily know, others are not in the spotlight or industry news as often. And my first interview I thought I knew really well but his answers really surprised me. I am so excited to get this going with the debut next week.

  • Last this week, Architectural Binders. Are they finally a thing of the past? For years I would get into heavy debates with the architectural salespeople at my companies/clients on the need for the big binder. And for years I would hear they are still needed, still valuable. But lately I am hearing that need is going away. Curious if architectural salespeople out there are seeing it that way, or are we still passing those big binders out? Email me and let me know.

Read on for links and video of the week…

The author is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at

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