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

  Architecture Update 
  • Concrete design contributes to Calif. concert hall's acoustic appeal
    The Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in California includes a "cavernous main concert hall," a studio/rehearsal hall, storage and practice rooms, artists’ suites and a music library. Richard Olcott/Ennead Partners, the designers, wanted to achieve an acoustic ambiance inside the building and turned to concrete. "Nestled within a 12-inch-thick concrete enclosure, the Hall is acoustically isolated from exterior sounds," said Ennead Partners. World Architecture News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What makes a design firm creative?
    Foster + Partners, Snohetta, Adjaye Associates, Wang Shu, Perkins+Will, Herzog & de Meuron, Populous, Arup, Mazzanti & Arquitectos, and Lake|Flato Architects are the world's top 10 most innovative companies in the architecture industry, according to Fast Company. This article details each design firm's contributions, and how those made a positive difference in the industry. Fast Company online (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • North American design firms among top 100 companies in the world
    Building Design recently unveiled its annual list of the top 100 architecture companies in the world for 2013, and five of the top 10 are based in North America. Design companies in the U.S. continued to be leaders in terms of employment and earning capacity, according to the World Architecture 100 list. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Net-zero Phipps Conservatory in Pa. aims for record 3 certifications
    The net-zero Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh aims not only to become the greenest building in the world but also to attain certification from three of the world's green rating systems -- the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum and the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The building incorporates a reclaimed wood barn, a "green" wall that improves air quality inside an atrium, geothermal wells for heating and cooling, waterless urinals and a "bird-friendly wind turbine." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Gardening with Doug blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Architects apply laser focus to factory performance
    Enhancing factory efficiency and performance from an architectural standpoint is the focus for the U.K.'s Johnson Design Partnership, says Vic Johnson, the firm's founder. JDP uses laser technology that is accurate to within 1 millimeter in performing digital surveys of plants. "This is all about making sure the factory is working at its most effective in terms of the flow of work and ensuring space is fully utilized," Johnson says. Manufacturing Digital (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Facebook architect deconstructs precast data centers
    Architect Marco Magarelli explains the importance of site selection, design and materials when creating data centers. Magarelli, who designed Facebook data centers in Prineville, Ore. and Forest City, N.C., said he took an iterative approach, sited the centers to capture wind energy and used precast concrete panels to "minimize the amount of truck traffic." (Australia) (2/14) 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. Get more details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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