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Hospital designers get the scoop on the role of innovation in healthcare

“Innovation” was the byword as 175 healthcare designers gathered in Chicago for the American College of Healthcare Architects/AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Summer Leadership Summit.

Experts from Kaiser Permanente, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and other healthcare institutions and think tanks described various models they’re using to spur innovation and improve the quality of care for their patients.

Studio Gang designs sculpted science center for the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History decided on Studio Gang Architects’ design for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. The New York City museum’s new building will have both scientific facilities and public exhibition space.

MVRDV designs a ‘disco ball’ for Rotterdam

Dutch firm MVRDV unveiled a new project to add to what Fast Company calls its “unorthodox architecture portfolio”—an arts building in Rotterdam that resembles a disco ball cut in half.

Construction will outpace worldwide GDP growth over the next 15 years

Three countries—The United States, China, and India—will account for nearly three-fifths of worldwide construction growth over the next 15 years. However, their respective expansions are expected to vary markedly.

SHoP unveils Brooklyn supertall tower design

Brooklyn, the land of Brownstones, is getting into the supertall tower scene. Inhabitat reports that SHoP Architects unveiled new renderings of a 600,000-sf, 90-story tower. Located at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, it will be adjacent to Long Island University and down the street from Prospect Park and the Barclays Center.

Italian architect designs vertical forest with prefab units by BuroHappold

Designs by Italian architect Stefano Boeri for a verdant mixed-use tower have been given the green light by officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, Gizmag reports.

Office spaces, luxury apartments, and a 53,819-sf retail center will comprise the 36-floor structure, which renderings depict as a tower stacked Jenga style with white rectangular units and patches of green trees and shrubbery strewn throughout.

MVRDV to turn outdated Taiwanese mall into urban lagoon

A mall built in the 1980s in downtown Tainan, Taiwan, fell into decline and has become an eyesore to the city. So the Tainan City Government jumped at the opportunity to hire MVRDV for a rejuvenation project after the Dutch-firm submitted their lagoon-inspired proposal to a city-organized competition.

MVRDV’s winning design honors Tainan’s natural landscape and historic role as a marine and fishing industry hotspot.

Foster + Partners unveils design for Apple Store on Chicago River

Prairie School was the building style that was popular in the early 1900s in the Midwest. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses and other structures with distinctive flat roofs and overhanging eaves, resulting in a minimalistic look that complemented its landscape.

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

Architect Daniel Libeskind revealed his plans for a new modern art center in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

The 3,100-sm museum will house works created from 1960 through the present day, which includes 4,000 paintings, photographs, and videos from Viktoras Butkus’ collection. Butkus and Danguole Butkiene are co-founders of the Modern Art Center (MAC) Vilnius.

The building, made of two volumetric forms, is clad in a white concrete exterior façade. It has an interior courtyard, and a staircase that leads to a garden that is connected to the piazza at street level.

Top 10 green building products for 2016

Every year, BuildingGreen names the ten best green building products that, as the publication states, “transform the design and construction industry” by helping to solve environmental problems, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to finding durable and safe materials.

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