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March 14, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Concrete: Architects' choice for "Brutalist" buildings
    The use of concrete has been the main choice of designers of "Brutalist" architecture, and that architecture is quite common among U.S. academic institutions, a trend started by an architect known as Le Corbusier, writes John Conti. This piece discusses the several factors behind the widespread adoption of the architectural style for campus buildings and how "architectural styles last for decades, not seasons," Conti writes. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete chimneys remain in new concept for old power station
    Imagine the U.K.'s old Battersea Power Station with its four iconic concrete chimneys turned into a museum of architecture -- complete with a roller coaster but keeping the chimneys. That's the vision of architecture firm Atelier Z√ľndel Cristea, and it won a competition hosted by ArchTriumph to create a London museum highlighting architecture. Current plans call for the site to be used for residences and retail -- while also retaining the chimneys. (U.K.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Report: Green buildings offer a wide range of benefits
    Green buildings can offer benefits to a wide array of stakeholders throughout their life cycle, according to a report released by the World Green Building Council. "From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature," said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC. Daily Commercial News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Seattle 3D model provides example to build sustainable projects
    The continued use and expansion of the three-dimensional model of the city of Seattle has evolved into a model for sustainable development, this article notes. The model of the city leverages many modeling and design tools, including Autodesk's AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil3D, in addition to GIS, laser data and images of exterior structures. "As traditional BIM has done for individual buildings, comprehensive 3D city modeling can now do for the larger urban landscape," Tom Schueneman writes. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Prefab construction gains popularity for building projects
    Modular construction is becoming more popular among architecture, engineering and construction firms doing projects in New York City. Among the projects that helped boost its appeal is Forest City Ratner's Altantic Yards, and a 28-unit apartment building in Pennsylvania that uses concrete- and steel-framed modules. Prefabrication used to be looked down on, "but there has been a sea change, and now there is much less of a distinction over whether a building has been assembled off-site or on-site," said David Burney, commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from PCI 
  • PCI announces 2013 webinar series
    PCI announces its 2013 webinar schedule. PCI webinars are free, one hour long, and provide a noon start time in each time zone in the contiguous United States. PCI is a registered continuing education provider with AIA, NCEES, and USGBC and offers continuing education credit accepted in all 50 states. Join us for our next webinar, Discover High Performance Precast, March 26 and 28. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals. Visit to register and for full details. 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. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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