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How beacons will change architecture

GPS has forever changed how we interact with our cities. If you get lost in a city today, you don’t look up at street signs, you look down at your phone. If you want to hail a cab, you signal your location by opening Uber rather than by waving your arms at the side of the road. If you want a restaurant recommendation, you ask Yelp for the best places nearby instead of asking your friends. We live in a world where GPS doesn’t just locate you on a map, it changes how you interact with the city around you.

Bjarke Ingels completes Danish high school sports and arts expansion

The firm of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, BIG, recently completed a 15,069-sf high school expansion just north of Copenhagen—Ingels’ alma mater.

Composed of two stories, the cultural activities building sprang up between Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium's football field and a recently complete multipurpose hall, which was also designed by BIG. The new arts building connects with the school’s existing educational facilities in one continuous flow.

MVRDV selected to design High Line-inspired park in Seoul

Dezeen reports that Dutch firm MVRDV has been selected to transform an unused elevated road in South Korea’s capital city into its own Hanging Gardens, similar to the High Line in New York and Chicago’s upcoming Bloomingdale Trail Park.

5 smart tech trends transforming the job site

Drones, GoPro, RFID, Oculus Rift, augmented reality, 360 cameras, 3D laser scanners, GIS systems. There’s no shortage of tech gadgets that are ripe for adoption on commercial construction projects. Making these tech tools even more enticing for construction firms are the low barrier to entry—for example, professional-grade drones go for as low as $650—and improved integration with existing workflows and systems.

Mountain View, Calif., denies development rights for Google campus master plan

Despite Google’s offer of new bike paths, pedestrian bridges over a major highway, two new parks, wetlands restoration, and other perks, the city of Mountain View, Calif., denied the company the development rights to construct a grand new headquarters.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils preliminary design for U.S. Olympic Museum

New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled the preliminary concept renderings for the United States Olympic Museum, which is scheduled for groundbreaking in spring 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and slated to open before the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games in 2018.

According to the firm’s founding partner, Elizabeth Diller, the design was inspired by the movement of athletes, as it “spirals up and outwards from a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through the galleries.”

Zaha Hadid unveils 'interlocking lattice' design for luxury apartments in Monterrey, Mexico

London-based Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled its design for a luxury multifamily project in Huajuco Canyon, Monterrey, Mexico, Gizmag reports.

The complex, called Esfera City Cemyer, is made out of a nine-story building taking the form of a U-shape, with 981 apartments spread over 1.4 million sf—a design which the architects call “community orientated.”

Special Report: How your firm can help struggling colleges and universities meet their building project goals

With student debt in the U.S. topping $1.2 trillion, and with recent graduates racking up an average $30,000 in loans, it’s no wonder college and university officials are under intense pressure to hold down costs. Campus building projects are hardly exempt from this imperative.

Critics of higher education point to “shiny new facilities” as contributing to ballooning tuition fees and room and board charges. Advocates for new buildings claim they are strategic assets in the battle to recruit and retain top students and faculty.

How AEC firms should approach BIM training

Steve Sanderson is a Founding Partner of CASE and oversees all of our strategy and implementation engagements. He is a trusted strategic advisor for many firms going through technology and procedural changes. Recently, Daniel Davis sat down with Sanderson to discuss how firms should approach training in order to gain the most from their investment.


The current state of training in the AEC industry

Davis: How would you describe the current state of training in the industry?

5 ingredients of successful mall design

When The Village at Westfield Topanga, a $350 million, 444,744-sf retail complex, opens in September, it will become the third shopping mall that developer Westfield has built at Warner Center in Century City, Calif.

The three malls—the other two being Topanga and Promenade—will have a total of 350 shops. The open-air Village will feature home-furnishing tenants, 15 restaurants, and a 146,000-sf Costco Wholesale as an anchor.

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