Inwood rezoning plan draws strong public opposition | Apartment builders greet residential slowdown | Solar carving featured in NYC building
April 19, 2018
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Inwood rezoning plan draws strong public opposition
Attendees at a rezoning hearing for the Inwood neighborhood voiced strong opposition to the plan, with concerns centering on gentrification. The local community board has already voted against the plan, and the borough president will issue a recommendation next week.
City Limits (New York City) (4/11) 
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Apartment builders greet residential slowdown
Multifamily developers in New York City are welcoming the current slowdown in residential construction. They say the market is likely to tighten further due to pricey land, lending restrictions and the city's new 421a tax abatement, but that plenty of opportunities remain in the Bronx.
Bisnow/New York (4/12) 
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Innovation & Technology
Solar carving featured in NYC building
Studio Gang is using a solar carving strategy in the design and construction of the 10-story commercial tower at 40 10th Ave. in New York City, which recently was topped out. Solar carving incorporates the angle of the sun's rays into the building's form to prevent shadows.
6sqft (New York City) (4/16) 
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Photos: Robots can build wooden structures
Researchers in Switzerland have developed robots that can build prefabricated construction projects out of wood. The robots are creating a computer-designed modular house and can adjust to changes made in the architectural plans.
Dezeen (4/16) 
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Virtual reality comes to BIM
The virtual-reality technology that's transforming entertainment and gaming is now beginning to make inroads in computer-aided drafting and building information modeling. The most recent entry in the field is Bulgaria-based Chaos Group with a beta version of its V-Ray for Unreal, which Chaos says can be used to create photo-realistic imagery and animation in architecture as well as other fields.
Engineering (4/6) 
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Policy Watch
Acosta seeks boost in OSHA enforcement funding
Although the Labor Department is facing a substantial budget cut, Secretary R. Alexander Acosta is lobbying Congress to get more money for enforcement in some agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Acosta recently told lawmakers that laws are meaningful and that Labor Department employees "need the resources to enforce them."
Safety + Health magazine online (4/13) 
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GOP move might open door to repeal of decades of rules
Senate Republicans, with support from President Donald Trump, are preparing to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal a wide range of rules and regulations that could target worker protection, consumers and the environment. Using the act on years-old rules, rather than recently adopted ones, raises concern decades of regulation and rules for businesses might be at stake.
Politico (4/17) 
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