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Detroit transforms abandoned casino into modern public safety headquarters

In addition to redefining the exterior, the panels provide a vapor barrier, insulation, and an air barrier.

Jeff Alexander
The recently completed, 400,000-sf facility repurposed an abandoned casino into a state-of-the-art civic building that...
4 ways cold-climate cities can make the most of their waterfronts

Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image: Chris Foyd courtesy Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings
Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront...
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Does BIM Work as a Deliverable?
Sasha Reed
Sasha Reed sits down with industry professionals at the BIMForum in San Diego to talk about BIM technology.
Tactical urbanism: Why bigger isn’t always better in urban revitalization

Each September, as part of Park(ing) Day, citizens, artists, and activists in more than 160 cities collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into micro parks, gardens, and art exhibits. Photo: my.parkingday.org

David Barista
A budding urban planning movement that is sprouting in cities across the globe proves that low-cost, small-scale,...
Moore's Law and the future of urban design

A virtually expanded VA Hospital at Bay Pines, Fla. Using tools like Lumion 3D, planners are able to create increasingly life-like environments and fly through spaces in real time. Image: SmithGroupJJR

SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog
SmithGroupJJR's Stephen Conschafter, urban designer and planner, discusses his thoughts on the 50th anniversary of...
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How architects can tap into the expertise of their metal roof manufacturer, part 3

For architects, it’s important to stay on top of the details and specifications, and make sure these are clearly communicated to the roofing contractor as needed.

Ken Buchinger
But how does the architect ensure that he or she gets this essential information on every project?
How AEC firms should approach BIM training

The dedicated training facility in CASE's New York City office. Images: CASE

CASE blog CASE blog
CASE Founding Partner Steve Sanderson talks about the current state of software training in the AEC industry and common...
How CLT materials affect project costs

CLT is more widely available and there are long-term value considerations necessary when choosing this material for a project. All images: SRG

BLG by SRG Partnership
SRG Partnership's Emily Dawson shares insights on the installation, availablilty, and cost of cross-laminated timber (...
Resiliency and climate change: Dual perspectives from designers

Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch discuss the topic of resilency and how it affected the two very different climates in which they grew up. Image: Jupiter

HDR BLiNK
Two geographies, two perspectives, one conclusion: from Minnesota to Miami, resiliency matters, write HDR's Bob Beduhn...
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Six Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Door

Things to consider before purchasing include wind speed requirements and need for door to be rated for fire.

Bray Allen
A set of six questions to help you confidently purchase the right door.
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