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January 10, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • A look at 2013's architectural newsmakers
    The architectural industry is expected to create buzz this year with several large-scale projects of well-known designers, writes the Architizer. Projects such as Frank Gehry's designs for a Facebook campus and the Eisenhower Memorial; a clone of a Zaha Hadid design in China; Broad Sustainable Building's modular tower; and the completion of the One World Trade Center are some of the works featured in this two-part article. (1/2), (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dallas museum blends science, whimsy in striated concrete facade
    The new $185 million Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, designed by architect Thom Mayne, offers several exhibit floors and a study in architecture. The "striated concrete structure, its roughness and angles [are] a sharp contrast to the nearby straight-up skyscrapers," writes Helen Anders. The museum combines "serious science with whimsy," including water molecule structures -- or bubbles -- on the ceiling of the lobby that bounce as people walk beneath them. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slide show: 10 of the tallest broadcasting towers in the world
    The slide show in this piece features 10 of the world's tallest freestanding towers. It includes Japan's 2,080-foot-tall Tokyo Skytree; China's 1,969-foot-tall 2 Canton Tower; and Toronto's 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower. Each was built to enhance broadcast transmissions and most also have observation decks and restaurants. Engineering News-Record (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Biomimicry could provide "fresh solutions" post-Sandy
    Biomimicry principles could offer "fresh architectural solutions" for coastal areas susceptible to flooding, according to this piece. "The notion is that the next generation of waterfront designs could draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations over hundreds of millions of years," Sarah Amandolare writes. "Nature is a dynamic entity, and we should be trying to design our buildings, our landscape and our cities to recognize that," said Thomas Knittel, a biomimicry specialist at architecture firm HOK. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • University offers innovative program for design improvement
    The Suprastudio program at the University of California in Los Angeles gives students and professionals a chance to work and study in a professional practice environment. The overall idea is to encourage innovation and design improvement. "An important thing about the Suprastudios is that when we start, we don't necessarily know where we're going -- so, it's real research," said Greg Lynn, UCLA professor and Suprastudio head. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Groups suggest new ideas to preserve historic Chicago hospital
    Preservation efforts for the 1975-vintage concrete Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago gained momentum as supporters released new design ideas for the building's reconstruction. A consortium of architects affiliated with National Trust for Historic Preservation, Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago are among the groups that offered alternative designs. "We keep trying to show that there are ways to do it," said Jim Peters, former president of Landmarks Illinois. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (1/4) 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 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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