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January 3, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • 2012's top "mindblowing" buildings
    Sustainable buildings and designs created significant buzz in 2012, with 14 buildings among the "most mindblowing structures" of the year, writes Morgan Clendaniel. Among them are the CO2ngress Gateway Towers project in Chicago "that scrubs the air clean;" prefabricated housing in California; and the first-ever net-zero stadium project in Brazil. Each highlights the growing adoption of sustainable construction to save on energy and resources. FastCoExist (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Experts share 10 sustainable design forecasts for 2013
    This year marks another opportunity to push the envelope in sustainable design, writes Diane Pham, and 10 of the world's experts share their predictions for this year's green design sector. Their forecasts include topics such as designing with climate change in mind and how best to help cities grow. Inhabitat (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. "net-zero" building to be America's biggest, says developer
    The 13-floor La Jolla Commons II office tower in San Diego will be the biggest "net-zero" energy building in the U.S. when it's completed in 2014, according to real estate firm Hines, which is developing the project along with J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Bloom Energy cells will be used and will convert methane from wastewater plants and landfills into electricity. "Our next step is to adapt what we have learned and apply it to an existing urban prophecy in a less temperate environment," said Gary Holtzer, Hines' global sustainability officer. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Architects' blogs take varied approaches
    Blogging in the architecture industry is continuing to gain favor as a marketing tool as evidenced by Perkins+Will and Westlake Reed Leskosky, who recently launched their own blog sites, writes David Sokol. In this piece, Sokol looks at 10 blog sites from different firms and shows the continuing relevance of blogging in 2013 as a strategy to showcase architectural endeavors. ArchitecturalRecord.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: BIPV to become $2.4B market by 2017
    A new Pike Research report forecasts that the market for building-integrated photovoltaic technology is expected to boom in the next few years, moving from $606 million in 2012 to $2.4 billion in 2017. BIPVs are ultra-thin solar panels, some of which can "printed right onto building materials" such as walls, roof shingles, windows and steel roofs. GigaOm (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Mixed-use project in NYC adopts pyramid-like design
    Bjarke Ingels' design for a 38-floor mixed-use building in New York City is expected to draw attention with its resemblance of a pyramid. The building includes "a giant courtyard, almost the size of a football field, cut out of the center," writes Molly Cotter. "The cutout is not only a never-before-seen feature tucked inside the facade of a New York City tower; it also provides each and every apartment a terrace." The Atlantic Cities (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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 and discounted seminar fees 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 is open!
    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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