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January 24, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Global skyscraper completions down in 2012; upward trend for 2013
    The number of tall buildings completed around the world declined in 2012, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Only 66 skyscrapers more than 656 feet tall were built last year, down from the 82 finished in 2011. The U.S. completed only two buildings. "As 2012 closes, the industry is on the cusp of another burst of tall building development," the report said. "It is likely the 2013 completion total will set a new record for tall building completions, surpassing the 2011 total." (Australia) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shareway: The future of mobility in U.S. mega-cities in 2030
    Höweler + Yoon Architecture has developed the "Shareway," a concept that unites communities along Interstate 95 between Boston and Washington D.C., into a mega-region called "Boswash." The concept "focuses on community access and seeks to bundle transport into a highly technical, optimized and continually flowing main artery," Donna Taylor writes. The artery is like a stacked highway, with each level serving different transportation needs. "Through a combination of physical infrastructure (hardware) and intelligent networks (software), Shareway makes travel effortless and reconfigures the structure of cities and suburbs," the architects note. "Proximity is a function of time and location. Geography is negotiated by speed. Distance is displaced by access. Convenience is remapped through new forms of conveyance." Gizmag (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New courthouse will "complement" the one built in 1830
    A four-story, 120,000-square-foot courthouse will be built in Augusta, Maine -- and will be attached to the existing courthouse, built in 1830. PDT Architects will use precast concrete, brick and composite stone material on the exterior of the building so as "to complement the old" facade, said Alan Kuniholm, a principal architect with the firm. Morning Sentinel (Waterville, Maine) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Green roof to emphasize form of faith-based center in Japan
    Concrete portions of the roof of a planned community center in Kyoto, Japan, will sport vegetation to emphasize the "figure 8" form of the building while reducing its environmental impact. The green roof is expected to help manage stormwater runoff, while increasing the insulation of the building. Other parts of the roof will be made of flexible, transparent, glazed panels held up by cable nets. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Tackling "big data" in AEC firms
    The use of building information modeling has increased. This means AEC firms need to keep track of even more data than ever, and storing it in various places means not all can know what information is where. So some have turned to collaboration technology that lives in the cloud. Constructech (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  News from PCI 
  • Now accepting entries for the 2013 PCI Design Awards
    The PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Be a part of the search for excellence and submit your project today! All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference and be included in a summary article that appears in PCI Journal, Aspire and Ascent magazines. Together, these publications reach over 65,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project. The deadline for entries is May 20. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for papers and student posters -- Abstracts due Jan. 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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