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November 8, 2012
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • 1 World Trade Center: All you ever wanted to know
    Engineers Ahmad Rahimian and Yoram Eilon take a detailed look of the design, components and specifications of One World Trade Center in New York City. Construction is in full swing, with high-performance concrete playing a major role. The building's primary roof -- and thus the majority of the building -- will be finished in the first half of next year. STRUCTURE magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zaha Hadid's work ethic, style redefines architecture industry
    Zaha Hadid made a mark in the architecture industry as the first female to earn the Pritzker Architecture Prize, transforming a woman's role in the profession, writes Aaron Betsky. She's currently working on 43 projects. Her most recent designs include the London 2012 Olympics' aquatic center, which was the event's "most majestic space," according to one critic. Glamour (12/2012), Forbes (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Nonprofit design group launches 5-point Sandy recovery plan
    A five-point rehabilitation plan in the East Coast was launched by the San Francisco-based Architecture for Humanity to help with recovery efforts from superstorm Sandy. The organization's "ReNew Jersey/ReNew York" plan aims to provide services in line with its objective of offering "design, construction and development services to communities in need," writes Matt Hickman. Mother Nature Network (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sandy: A reminder to strengthen U.S. infrastructure
    Superstorm Sandy was a stark reminder of how vulnerable U.S. cities are and how infrastructure is being taken for granted, according to this piece. Sandy "illustrate[s] just how critical infrastructure is to a metropolitan area's economy," said Robert Puentes, director of the infrastructure policy program at the Brookings Institution. "Hopefully, it will spur some action, not necessarily just in terms of huge federal outlays, but in deciding what the infrastructure needs are for a 21st century economy, and what is needed to withstand the kinds of storms we're seeing." San Francisco Chronicle (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • BIM, precast used for $475M health care project in Canada
    The use of building information modeling technology for a $475 million health care building in Ontario is providing seamless coordination for design and construction services. The design team addressed challenges in coordinating several project components, including the integration of precast concrete panels. "Problems always get solved, but the goal of this process is to end up solving problems sooner at less cost," said Thomas Strong, virtual construction director at primary contractor EllisDon. Daily Commercial News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Spotlight 
  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 Design Award winners -- Judges’ videos now available
    Videos of each winning project, including judges’ comments are now available on the PCI Design Awards website. View the winning projects and videos. The PCI Design Awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to utilize precast/prestressed concrete components to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects. Along with a number of best-in-class awards, recognition is also given for industry advancement, sustainable design, and the best all-precast concrete structure or solution. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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