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February 21, 2013
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Museum uses architectural concrete; among 10 "stunning buildings"
    Tadao Ando's design for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas involves integrating Ando's Zen philosophies with architectural concrete -- a feat that contributed to the building's modern appeal. The museum is included in's list of the "Top 10 Overlooked Stunning Buildings." Reuters (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Design 
  • Convention center in Canada redefines meaning of sustainability
    Designed by LMN Architects + MCM/DA, the Vancouver Convention Centre West in Canada pushed the boundaries of sustainable building through the integration of "community, people and environment" in the context of architecture, said Michael Beaven, Arup Associates co-group leader. The project was recently named "Sustainable Building of the Year" by World Architecture News. The designers' work is an example of the "architecture of lifting the spirit, not just [a] mechanistic way of addressing environmentalism in architectural design," said Beaven. World Architecture News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adaptable, self-maintaining skyscrapers envisioned for 2050
    Smart, modular buildings plugging into smart urban infrastructure may be the future of architecture as envisioned by engineering firm ARUP. Built-in robots would maintain the structures, which would connect directly with urban transportation in the year 2050, when constant change in the city environment is the expected norm. Gizmag (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Digital just another tool in design, invention
    Does the idea of craft of architecture still matter in the digital age? The answer may lie in thinking of digital as just another form of tool. "Someone relying on computers and robots, say, or a combination of tools, is a digital craftsman when he/she is employing the tools to achieve a desired 'craft,'" writes Guy Horton. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction apps advance use of BIM on job sites
    Professionals from the architecture, engineering and construction industry are using more applications custom built for the construction environment, a trend that is expected to continue. For example, Take Box is an app that, when integrated with the "GTeam cloud-based building information modeling collaboration service" of Gehry Technologies, lets users "access, manage, and share critical information like blueprints, CAD ... files, and contracts from the field, all in a secure manner." Constructech (free registration) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • Precast helps provide security for storm shelter in Mo.
    A storm shelter with precast walls is being constructed at the Hollister Early Childhood Center in Taney County, Mo. The addition, which will do double duty as a physical education space, offers "a sense of security," said Tim Taylor, Hollister school district superintendent. Another concrete shelter is being built at the middle school, next to the high school. Branson Tri-Lakes News (Mo.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from PCI 
  • PCI offers Designer’s Notebook on Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete
    PCI has recently published a Designer’s Notebook on Design Factors Affecting the Aesthetics of Architectural Precast Concrete. Proper selection of color, form and texture for a building’s precast concrete exterior is critical to creating a successful aesthetic appearance. This Designer’s Notebook explains the finishing options for precast concrete, and describes the methods used to achieve color, form and texture. The Designer’s Notebook is registered for 1 LU/PDH of CE credit. Take a look. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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. Get the details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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