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November 15, 2012
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • What's the economic outlook for the AEC industry?
    Economists from the American Institute of Architects, the Associated General Contractors of America and Reed Construction Data say the architecture, engineering and construction industry is on an upward trend that could continue beyond next year. The widening of the Panama Canal and shale boom have contributed to increased spending in some sectors, and housing starts and commercial construction are expected to show continued improvement. The "fiscal cliff" is the biggest threat to the industry, the economists said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AIA exec details the architecture industry's evolution
    The architecture industry has gone through significant changes over the years, said Robert Ivy, the American Institute of Architects' CEO and executive vice president. In this interview, Ivy shares his views on cross-industry collaboration as well as the humanitarian and economic contribution of architecture to further growth. "Ultimately, we want more proof that buildings are making an impact. We want evidence. Today it is so rare," he said, adding, "We need a more sustained, critical effort over time that will give us better results." Report blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Architects offer to help with post-Sandy reconstruction plans
    When the group Design for Risk and Reconstruction sought architects' participation in helping New York City recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and its remnants, it received more than 200 responses within 24 hours, said Lance Jay Brown, the group's co-founder and a City University of New York professor. The number of volunteers continues to increase as "there's more willingness than opportunity," Brown said. "People are saying, 'When can I get to work?' It's frustrating that we can't be out there now." (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete: A better way to store solar heat
    Many materials have been used to create storage systems for heat produced at concentrating solar power plants, but concrete might be the most effective, safer and least expensive, according to researchers at the University of Arkansas. They created a proprietary concrete to make plates and used a thermocline system to put the plates parallel in a storage tank. Heat was conducted with an efficiency of 93.9%, they say. (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Designers, engineers weigh in on 2012's 25 "coolest" buildings
    Various architects and engineers shared their opinions on what made 25 buildings from all over the world top the list of "coolest" new buildings for 2012. From Moscow's Mercury Tower to New York City's Freedom Tower, authors Jennifer Polland and Melissa Stanger selected the buildings based on their "innovation, creativity, structure, sustainability and buzz." Business Insider (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Spotlight 
  • Design of Mich. art museum complements environment's topography
    Zaha Hadid Architects' design for the newly opened Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Mich., is a visual reflection of its surroundings, according to this editorial. "Buildings like the Broad, which are designed to be quixotic and elusive, are by definition buildings that generate great interest in themselves and spark the curiosity of those who go to see them," Sharon McHugh writes. World Architecture News (11/12) 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 from Feb. 5 to 8, 2013. 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
  • PCI call for papers and student posters -- submission site is now open!
    The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is now accepting abstracts for paper and poster sessions at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, taking place Sept. 21 to 24, in Grapevine, Texas. Abstracts are due by Jan. 31, 2013, and final papers are due May 12, 2013. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to gain exposure and contribute to the precast concrete structures industry's body of knowledge. Learn more and submit an abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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