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January 17, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Precast used for Texas museum reflects "out of the box" architecture
    The Perot Museum of Nature and Science's contemporary architectural design, including 4 million pounds of precast concrete panels for its roof, caught the attention of Waxahachie Global High senior students in Dallas during a recent field trip. "'Out of the box' problem solving, teamwork, and creativity are reflected in the design," writes April Moon, Global High engineering instructor. "These are all skills encouraged in Global High's project-based classes, so seeing a successful project based on these skills was exciting for the students." Waxahachie Daily Light (Texas) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Sustainable Design 
  • Would you eat your office building?
    Intelligent buildings were the topic of a recent British Council for Offices conference. From sensors embedded in walls, to nano-coatings and self-healing concrete, the idea is to create buildings designed to be more responsive to the needs of its inhabitants. It's not just a building's interior that's intelligent; it's the exterior as well. Installing plants on a building's exterior can provide produce, and algae -- which can absorb carbon dioxide and be recycled for energy -- can also be grown on the outside of buildings. BBC (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  Project Spotlight 
  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 courtesy of PCI when you register through this unique PCI registration link. Enter code A34 if prompted. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for papers and student posters -- Abstracts due 1/31!
    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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