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December 6, 2012
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • How architects might expand their pool of clients
    The architecture industry should focus on how to increase its set of prospective clients instead of on gloomy employment figures, according to Bryan Bell, founder of Public Interest Design Institute. In this piece, Bell explains how aspiring architects and practitioners can gain prospective clients by doing public service work, as "architecture can be a powerful force in addressing underlying social inequalities," writes Angie Schmitt. The Atlantic Cities (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. breaks ground on $15B, mixed-use Hudson Yards development
    Groundbreaking for a 1,300-foot, 46-story office skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, at the Hudson Yards site in New York City signals the beginning of the $15 billion, 26-acre mixed-use project. Other design firms, including Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, are involved in the massive development, which includes apartments, parks, shopping centers and entertainment spaces, said Stephen Ross, chairman of Related Companies, the project's developer. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Latin America is a land of opportunity for retail center builders
    Global architecture firms are finding new opportunities to build retail centers in Latin America as consumers in the growing market gain more retail savvy and upward mobility. "Whereas 20 years ago you could put up something with cinder-block construction and people would go, now the bar has been raised," the director of Mexico-based Prudential Real Estate Investors said. While such things as less capital control and highly convertible currency make building in the region easier than in other parts of the world, builders do face challenges such as zoning complications and high taxes on international payments. SCT Newswire (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Is your city in the smartest top 10?
    Boston, San Francisco and Seattle are among the top 10 smartest cities in North America, according to FastCoExist, which used data from a variety of sources -- including Siemens Green City Index and the Brookings Institution's Global Metro Monitor. The smart cities are "pushing the envelope of technology, sustainability, and better living conditions," writes Boyd Cohen. FastCoExist (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Forecast: 5 tech trends the AEC industry will use in 2013
    The greater use of building information modeling will be among five technology trends that Microdesk foresees for architecture, engineering and construction companies. "By continuing to leverage the technologies available -- and embracing new technologies -- the industry will set new precedents for what's possible in the design and building of roads, bridges, buildings and America's mass transit systems in 2013," said Microdesk President Michael DeLacey. Constructech (free registration) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Project Spotlight 
  • Campus expansion wins concrete award for architectural merit
    Several projects won 2012 Ontario Concrete Awards that recognize the use of concrete in an innovative manner. The one that won for architectural merit was an expansion project at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, which was designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and made use of precast panels as cladding elements. "Concrete was utilized throughout the building’s structure from the foundations to the roof ... and as part of the finish material palette in select locations throughout the building," said Gerry Harding, vice president of Eastern Construction. Daily Commercial News (11/29) 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 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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