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October 11, 2012
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  Architecture Update 
  • Opinion: Infrastructure debate helping shape presidential election
    Infrastructure investment has become a key issue in this year's presidential election race, Ben Adler writes. "Until recently, support for infrastructure investment was a rare issue of bipartisan agreement in Washington. But those days are over, and the two parties are as polarized on these policies as on all the others," he writes. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Fifth public-comment period begins for proposed changes to LEED
    The fifth public-comment period for proposed changes to LEED standards has been launched by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED v4 construction standards will provide nearly 20% of all points for energy-efficiency exceeding the ASHRAE 90.1-2010, and grant up to nine points when environmentally friendly materials are used for construction. Feedback on the proposed LEED v4 can be made until Dec. 10, and the updated rating system is expected to take effect in 2013. Environmental Leader (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • "Mutant vertical city" a constantly changing skyscraper
    Architectural firm ANDO|AndaluciaOffice has developed a concept for what it calls a "mutant vertical city" that involves an approximately 1,800-foot tower built with prefabricated modules in Beijing. Some elements of the tower can be disassembled and reassembled when required. The tower would feature offices and housing and both public and commercial spaces. (Australia) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from PCI 
  • Earn CE credits with free webinar on sustainable, high-performance precast school design
    Join PCI for our next free webinar, "Safe, Sustainable, High Performance Precast School Design," taking place on Oct. 16 at noon in the Central and Pacific time zones, and Oct. 18 at noon in the Eastern and Mountain time zones. This webinar will explore safety, security, thermal and acoustical properties and other high performance characteristics of schools built with architectural, structurally composite, insulated, load-bearing wall systems and double tees. Case studies from several school districts will be discussed. For registration information, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PCI Design Award winners announced
    The 2012 PCI Design Awards winners website is now available! Three juries selected 24 winners and 8 honorable mentions for the PCI Design Awards program's 50th anniversary. View the winning projects, as well as details and photos. The PCI Design Awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to utilize precast/prestressed concrete components to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects. Along with a number of best-in-class awards, recognition is also given for industry advancement, sustainable design, and the best all-precast concrete structure or solution. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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