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December 27, 2012
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Prefabrication is preferred for 2 large projects in N.Y., L.A.
    Two multifamily building projects in New York and Los Angeles have chosen prefabrication for construction. SHoP's 32-story B2 Bklyn recently broke ground and is part of the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, N.Y. In Los Angeles, Michael Maltzan Architecture's work is nearing completion for the 102-unit Star Apartments. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to innovate like Daniel Libeskind
    Modern architect Daniel Libeskind has come up with some of the era's most creative designs -- and corporate innovators can harness the techniques he uses, writes Scott Bowden. Libeskind's ability to flip existing paradigms on their heads, blend substance and style, and spot big trends and apply them to his designs are all themes that innovators in any field can use, Bowden writes. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Report on NYC buildings' energy efficiency reveals surprises
    A report that tracks the energy use of New York City's largest buildings has been released. This article provides details about which buildings are achieving higher-than-expected energy efficiency, such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, as well as those that fail to make the grade, such as the LEED Gold-certified 7 World Trade Center and the MetLife Building. "Some scores will not be flattering, but identifying buildings with the most opportunity to improve is a big part of driving energy savings," said Andrew Burr, a performance expert at the Institute for Market Transformation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • China builds world's largest stand-alone structure
    China is building the New Century Global Centre, an approximately 328-foot-high, 1,640-foot-long and 1,312-foot-wide complex that will have two five-star hotels, offices, conference rooms, a "Mediterranean village," university complex, shops and several attractions, including an artificial beach featuring an artificial sun. Chinese officials say the structure will be the largest stand-alone structure in the world. Google/Agence France-Presse (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Precast concrete forms Stockholm's Flat Iron building
    The Flat Iron Building in Stockholm is a version of its historic New York City counterpart, the only difference being the structure is made from precast concrete and is LEED-Gold certified. The use of precast for the building was chosen because it would shorten construction time and still be an effective sound barrier for the noisy train yard behind it and the residential buildings at its front. Inhabitat (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from PCI 
  • 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
  • PCI offers Designer's Notebook on design assist
    PCI has recently published a Designer's Notebook on architectural precasters' design assist role. The Designer's Notebook explains the benefits of the design-assist process for precast concrete and how to enhance aesthetics and control budgets from conceptual design to project completion. The Designer's Notebook is registered for 1 LU/PDH of CE credit. View it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--William Butler Yeats,
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