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July 12, 2012
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Balanced architectural designs should reflect time, place
    The latest Architectural Record takes a look at "projects that reflect artful mediation between tradition and innovation," writes Editor in Chief Cathleen McGuigan. And that's in part because of the ongoing debate between traditional and innovative architectural styles. "[W]hile the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place," she writes. Architectural Record (free registration) (7/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mixed-use development project in Baltimore reaches $1.5B
    Investments in Baltimore's Harbor Point project would increase from $1 billion to $1.5 billion under a proposed plan to add 1,000 residential units, say developers. The additional units would increase the size of the project beyond the 1.8 million square feet currently allowed by the city's zoning rules, and the plan needs to be approved by the City Council. The Sun (Baltimore) (7/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Bringing the outside into the office building
    Designed by Sadar + Viga Architects, the Ljubljana Chamber of Commerce and Industry building in Slovenia is a model of a green interior. A ribbon of concrete flows through the building; natural light is abundant and live plants plentiful. They hang from the ceiling, attach to banisters -- and help clean the air. (Australia) (7/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Innovative financing could spur energy-efficiency projects
    The integration of research data, engineering technology and market distribution could lead to a substantial increase in energy-efficiency projects, according to a report by Milton Bevington, a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Bevington details the report's findings, including information about several pilot projects and the significance of expanding investment in energy efficiency on a global scale. Sustainable Business Forum (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • 8 futuristic design entries score honors in 2012 DAF contest
    Winners of the 2012 Designing Adaptable Futures International Student Design Competition have been announced, with eight design proposals standing out among 150 entries from 26 nations. The DAF competition focuses on students' designs with "a transformable quality that could make the physical or experiential space change over any given span of time," writes Irina Vinnitskaya. (7/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Spotlight 
  • Precast: A "fast solution" to building boom in Iraq
    The surge in construction demand in Iraq is contributing to a rise in precast concrete projects because it is a "fast solution" to the growing demand, said Al Fayha Building Solutions CEO Sarmad Al-Khudairi. "With precast you can manage, control and produce a controlled environment in your own shop. You can manage everything, employ people, use all the resources, and when you ship it, you do not need to do more work on-site," Al-Khudairi added. Construction Week (7/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from PCI 
  • Registration is open for the 2012 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference
    Registration is now open for the 2012 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Nashville, Tenn. Join PCI for the premier event for the precast concrete structures industry. This year’s event will feature an extensive series of education sessions; broad-based networking opportunities; numerous social events; and a 45,000-square-foot exhibit hall dedicated to precast concrete products, materials and services. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Design the next PCI Design Awards Trophy and win $1,000
    In recognition of the 50th Annual PCI Design Awards, PCI announces a design competition to create a new trophy for the program. The winning entry’s designer will be awarded a grand prize of $1,000 and the trophy will be given to PCI Design Award winners for years to come. To enter, submit a drawing of your vision for the new PCI Design Awards trophy and the completed entry form by Aug. 1. Finalists will be chosen by our selection committee by Aug. 15 and provided $300 to create a prototype of their designs. These prototypes will be on display at the 2012 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference in Nashville this fall and convention attendees will vote for a winner. Get full entry details and submission information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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