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February 7, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Architectural designs can be "modest" yet elegant, says architect
    Building design is not always required to be flashy and generate a lot of attention, says Deborah Berke, who believes "modest" architecture can be interesting in a different way. For instance, her work on the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City used concrete block for a minimalist design. Berke is also the first recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize, a recognition of her efforts in "promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture." San Francisco Chronicle (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Firms look for ways to deal with green-guarantee demands
    As demand for "green" buildings rises, so do demands that contractors, engineers and architects guarantee their work. However, it's tough to guarantee performance or sustainability once the project is over and you no longer have any control, and there are no insurance companies that insure guarantees. This piece offers some ways to compromise, but in the end, "parties should be careful about what they promise if they're not 100% sure they can deliver," says Ryan Manies, an attorney and architect with Polsinelli Shughart. Engineering News-Record (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Report: Who's using BIM and why?
    Nearly 75% of architectural, engineering and contracting firms now use BIM, according to McGraw-Hill Construction. That's up from only 28% in 2007. While the number of people with five or more years experience with BIM has increased, the number of those with just one or two years experience has declined. Even though most firms see a positive return on investment with BIM, the fact that fewer young people have experience with it "may affect the industry for years to come," writes Tom Sawyer. Engineering News-Record (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Sydney Opera House: Vaulted roofs took 6 years, much math to design
    The cast concrete "sails" that made the Sydney Opera House in Australia an icon were constructed of "1,498 standard rib segments of 12 different types and another 280 nonstandard segments .. each 15 feet long." How the architect and engineers arrived at the best way to construct them was an exercise in creativity, mathematics and problem solving. Alexander Hahn, a professor of mathematics at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, explains the process. (2/4) 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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