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March 7, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Architects emerge as champions of "good design" for public housing
    The pressing issue of how best to design large-scale public housing has prompted architects to provide solutions through "good design," writes Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record's chief editor. Architects have started collaborating with social scientists and government and banking officials to arrive at new interpretations of what is needed. "Whether bringing good design to large-scale public housing or devising incremental interventions in the world's most challenged settlements, these architects are making a difference every day." Architectural Record magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete facade among new details for $555M museum expansion
    A 10-floor rectangular block with a white concrete exterior designed by Snøhetta is one of the new details of the $555 million San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion project intended to open up the "fortress." Craig Dykers, the principal architect, said, "The museum shouldn't be purely seen as an educational experience but a social experience as well." Construction is expected to start this summer and take about three years to complete. World Architecture News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 New Orleans buildings combine architecture, concrete
    The National World War II Museum, Norman Mayer Branch Library, Academy of Sacred Heart gymnasium, St. Katherine Drexel Chapel and the Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans are five works by different designers that used architectural concrete, including precast. This article showcases how the combination of design and concrete yielded "five blueprints to excellence," writes John Klingman. New Orleans Magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Intelligent design becoming prevalent in buildings
    Architects are continuing to push boundaries, and future buildings could soon contain self-healing concrete walls, cladding that absorbs pollution, windows that clean themselves and food growing on buildings' exteriors, writes Angela Jameson. "Buildings are becoming more organic -- you will be able to have something more like a conversation with a building," said Derek Clements-Croome, of the University of Reading in the U.K. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Adaptation: Designing built environment for changing climate
    Many engineers and builders are now focused on how to strengthen buildings and other infrastructure to better handle the effects of frequent extreme weather events, increased temperatures and sea-level rise. "Society and its infrastructure were designed for the climate of the past, not for the rapidly changing climate of the present or the future," according to a National Climate Assessment draft report. As a result, rather than arguing about whether climate change is real, many engineers and builders now address climate adaptation in their designs. Engineering News-Record (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Precast building with Inuit carvings to be polar bears' home in N.Y.
    Gwen Howard's design for a 1.5-acre enclosure for polar bears at the Buffalo, N.Y., zoo includes a one-story precast concrete building "stained a dark tone and ornamented with Inuit silkstone carvings sandblasted into the exterior." The "Arctic Edge" exhibit's architecture is a reflection of the Buffalo Zoo's exhibit theme, Howard said. "[T]his is a true immersive exhibit, where the patron will walk through a variety of animal habits so they feel they are at the 'arctic edge'." The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from PCI 
  • PCI offers Designer’s Notebook on Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete
    PCI has recently published a Designer’s Notebook on Design Factors Affecting the Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete. Proper selection of color, form and texture for a building’s precast concrete exterior is critical to creating a successful aesthetic appearance. This Designer’s Notebook explains the finishing options for precast concrete and describes the methods used to achieve color, form and texture. The Designer’s Notebook is registered for 1 LU/PDH of CE credit. Take a look. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Now accepting entries for the 2013 PCI Design Awards
    The PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Be a part of the search for excellence and submit your project today! All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference and be included in a summary article that appears in PCI Journal, Aspire and Ascent magazines. Together, these publications reach over 65,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project. The deadline for entries is May 20. Get the details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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