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December 20, 2012
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • State Dept. selects participants for its Design Excellence program
    Eleven architectural firms were selected from among 88 applicants to become part of the State Department's Design Excellence program. The chosen architects will conceptualize the look of future diplomatic buildings, embassies and consulates, while others were selected to renovate and rehabilitate existing structures. BNIM and Weiss/Manfredi were selected for both types of projects, which indicates the beginning of a new era for the State Department's "one-size-fits-all buildings in fortified exurban areas." ArchitecturalRecord.com (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Triangular concrete wall performs double duty for Houston museum
    A triangular concrete wall emphasizes the facade of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston in Texas, while also acting as a column for the building, according to this article. The "wallumn" was invented by WORKac as an alternative to cantilever construction. The new structure is part of the company's work to renovate the facility and make it more visible on campus. World Architecture News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Creating a template for adaptability in the face of climate change
    The damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy has taught many that changing weather patterns will require a shift in how buildings are designed and how existing ones can be adapted to the changes. This article discusses how architects, city officials and community planners must work together to create a template for designs that can endure severe weather. "What we need to do now is forensic: Go back and look at what worked and what didn’t," says Rafael Pelli, a New York architect. ArchitecturalRecord.com (12/17), ArchitecturalRecord.com (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • What will 2013 hold for the AEC industry?
    This piece asks various industry experts about the key issues faced by the AEC sector in 2012 and what they expect in 2013. Among the concerns discussed are highway construction, residential and multifamily construction, unemployment, material costs and the economy in general. ForConstructionPros.com (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Calif. school designed with the future in mind
    Roseland Creek Elementary School in Santa Rosa, Calif., was designed to exceed the state's energy performance requirements and built to serve the city's growing population. The three-building campus, which made use of precast concrete, "integrates natural light, high efficiency lighting and advanced HVAC systems" resulting in energy savings 28% higher than California's Title 24 energy saving standards, according to Ian Grossman, the project architect from TLCD Architecture. North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from PCI 
  • Free registration to the World of Concrete -- Compliments of PCI!
    World of Concrete will be held in Las Vegas, Feb. 5-8. World of Concrete is an annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. The event features over 500,000 square feet of exhibits with the industry's leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions, a world-class education program and the information you need to help sustain and grow your business. Get FREE exhibits-only registration to World of Concrete and discounted seminar fees courtesy of PCI when you register through this unique PCI registration link. Enter code A34 if prompted. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PCI call for papers and student posters -- submission site is now open!
    The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is now accepting abstracts for paper and poster sessions at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, taking place Sept. 21 to 24, in Grapevine, Texas. Abstracts are due by Jan. 31, 2013, and final papers are due May 12, 2013. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to gain exposure and contribute to the precast concrete structures industry's body of knowledge. Learn more and submit an abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."
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