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January 31, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Concrete roof has jaws dropping at Canadian public library
    The concrete roof at the Jasper Place Library in Edmonton, Alberta, stands without support from columns or beams. The roof, which is about 12 inches thick, gains its balance from being "folded" through the use of peaks and troughs. "If you use concrete in the right way, it can do some pretty remarkable things," said architect Michael Dub, who works with one of the designers of the building. "The structure is incredibly [rigid]. It will barely move over time. All structures move. This one won't." The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech tools help designers create origami-inspired buildings
    The use of 3D modeling and rapid prototyping help designers emulate the complexity of origami in their building designs, writes the Architizer. For instance, Preston Scott Cohen's work on the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel is an example of how "folding architecture" signals a new development in the industry. This piece offers a look at nine other structures from around the world that are inspired by origami designs. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Urban park could be centerpiece of $350M mixed-use project in Neb.
    Designed by Avant Architects and Oslund & Associates, a two-acre public park in Omaha, Neb., could be the centerpiece of a $350 million mixed-use redevelopment project, writes Janice Podsada. The 45-acre project, which would replace the city's Crossroads Mall, will also feature an open-air shopping plaza, a hotel, office space, and possibly, a transit hub. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Biomimicry: The key to green infrastructure?
    Urban stormwater runoff is a widespread problem, and this piece looks at how cities are coping with it. Green stormwater infrastructure, such as rain gardens, green roofs and roadside plantings, is one way some cities are tackling the problem. The idea is that biomimicry, which simulates "the way nature collects and cleanses water," will keep a good portion of runoff from ever entering the pipe system. The Christian Science Monitor (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Geodesign summit orients architects on new cloud innovations
    Architects and others learned how cloud computing technologies play a role in the emerging significance of geographic information systems, during the Esri Geodesign Summit in California, writes Russell Fortmeyer. For instance, Esri's Eric Wittner and Bern Szukalski spoke about the convenience of integrating geographical data into the cloud for an easier analysis of design projects in the built environment. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Precast design should help municipal complex be built quickly
    Callahan & Freeman have designed a municipal complex for Jourdanton, Texas, that will house the police department, court house and City Hall. The building, precast concrete, will contain offices, meeting rooms and a large Council seating chamber. A solar farm behind the site is expected to help power the building. The building should be ready by Thanksgiving because "the pre-cast concrete design will go up quickly on the pier and beam construction," according to this piece. Pleasanton Express (Texas) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from PCI 
  • 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. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for papers and student posters -- Abstracts due Jan. 31
    PCI is accepting abstracts for technical papers and student posters to be presented at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, Sept. 21-24, in Grapevine, Texas. The PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference is the premier international venue for the exchange of ideas and state-of-the-art information on precast concrete design, fabrication and construction. The event provides an outstanding opportunity for networking, education and sharing of ideas. Abstracts may be submitted online for the peer-reviewed papers sessions or for student posters. The deadline to submit an abstract is Jan. 31. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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