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Sochi's 'kinetic façade' may steal the show at the Winter Olympics

When the Sochi Winter Olympics kick off next month (Feb. 7-23) in Russia, the temporary pavilion for Russian telecom operator MegaFon is going to turn a lot of heads—literally. 

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The temporary pavilion for Russian telecom operator MegaFon will be wrapped with a massive digital "pin screen" that will morph into the shape of any face.

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The temporary pavilion for Russian telecom operator MegaFon will be wrapped with a massive digital "pin screen" that will morph into the shape of any face.

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Wed, 2014-01-22 15:46
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The temporary pavilion for Russian telecom operator MegaFon will be wrapped with a massive digital "pin screen" that will morph into the shape of any face.

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First look: Foster + Partners' new home for Yale School of Management [slideshow]

Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, has opened for business. The 242,000-sf facility was designed by Foster + Partners, with Gruzen Samton as architect of record.

The facility includes 16 classrooms, faculty offices, academic centers, and student and meeting spaces around a central courtyard on a 4.25-acre site. The program also includes a 350-seat auditorium, a library, a dining commons, and a coffee shop.

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A central courtyard is surrounded by a 242,000-sf structure charaterized by transparent walls.

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Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, has opened for business. The 242,000-sf facility was designed by Foster + Partners, with Gruzen Samton as architect of record. 

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Fri, 2014-01-24 12:45
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Yale School of Management, Edward P. Evans Hall. All images: Foster + Partners.
Yale School of Management, Edward P. Evans Hall. All images: Foster + Partners.
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A central courtyard is surrounded by a 242,000-sf structure charaterized by transparent walls.

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Hotel, retail, recreation sectors to lead growth in 2014

Healthy fundamentals in the commercial property market combined with the international economy returning to more traditional growth levels are factoring into a projected increase in growth for the design and construction industry.  

Led by the hotel and retail project categories, the commercial sector looks to see the biggest gains in construction spending, with demand for institutional projects increasing at a more moderate level. 

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AIA's Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, is projecting that spending will see a 5.8% increase in 2014, led by the hotel, retail, and amusement/recreation sectors. 

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AIA's Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, is projecting that spending will see a 5.8% increase in 2014, led by the hotel, retail, and amusement/recreation sectors. 

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Wed, 2014-01-29 11:46
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Photo: Greg Goebel via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Greg Goebel via Wikimedia Commons
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AIA's Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, is projecting that spending will see a 5.8% increase in 2014, led by the hotel, retail, and amusement/recreation sectors. 

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill-designed Federation of Korean Industries tower opens in Seoul [slideshow]

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has announced the public opening of the new head offices for the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI).

"FKI Headquarters represents a new exterior wall typology that both integrates significant quantities of photo voltaic panels into the exterior wall and slopes the vision glass at an angle that generates self-shading and allowing less reflective glass to be used. The result is a unique folded exterior texture that is both purposeful and distinctive" says Adrian Smith.

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The 50-story tower features a unique, angled building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) exterior designed to maximize the amount of energy collected.

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The 50-story tower features a unique, angled building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) exterior designed to maximize the amount of energy collected.

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Thu, 2014-01-23 13:23
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All images © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture/photographs by Namgoong Sun
All images © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture/photographs by Namgoong Sun.
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The 50-story tower features a unique, angled building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) exterior designed to maximize the amount of energy collected.

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Paints, coatings and sealants: Choosing products and procedures for best performance

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This free AIA/CES Discovery course from BD+C University is worth 1.0 AIA LU/HSW.

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This course covers life cycle assessment, color selection, emissions, durability, resilience, corrosion resistance, specification standards, and other critical aspects of choosing coatings for interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and roofs.

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Tue, 2014-04-01 21:47
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This course covers life cycle assessment, color selection, emissions, durability, resilience, corrosion resistance, specification standards, and other critical aspects of choosing coatings for interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and roofs.

With attention to life cycle needs, proper product selection, and environmental concerns, the Building Team can choose coatings and paints that are ideal for the end use. 

A proper understanding of substrate characteristics and surface preparation will maximize the value of any investment in architectural coatings. 

This course covers life cycle assessment, color selection, emissions, durability, resilience, corrosion resistance, specification standards, and other critical aspects of choosing coatings for interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and roofs.

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Washington state micro apartment law prompts fire safety concerns

Proposed legislation to further regulate the building of micro apartments has triggered appeals from community activists concerned that fire safety standards are sub-par.

Townhome-style “apodments” up to 3,200 sf and up to 16 bedrooms are required to have one stairwell, with a secondary escape or rescue window from each sleeping area.

Traditional apartments more than 4,000 sf must have two protected exit stairs.

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Townhome-style “apodments” are required to have one stairwell, with a secondary escape or rescue window from each sleeping area. 

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Proposed legislation to further regulate the building of micro apartments has triggered appeals from community activists concerned that fire safety standards are sub-par.

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Thu, 2014-01-23 16:57
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Photo: Icade via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Icade via Wikimedia Commons
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Proposed legislation to further regulate the building of micro apartments has triggered appeals from community activists concerned that fire safety standards are sub-par.

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2013: The year of the super-tall skyscraper

While 2013 didn't see the completion of a mega tower like Burj Khalifa, it was a near-record-setting year in terms of the number of super-tall skyscrapers completed. 

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Last year was the second-busiest ever in terms of 200-meter-plus building completions, with 73 towers, according to a report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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Last year was the second-busiest ever in terms of 200-meter-plus building completions, with 73 towers, according to a report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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Tue, 2014-01-21 08:36
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At 1,166 feet, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 was the tallest build
At 1,166 feet, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 was the tallest building completed in 2013. Photo: JW Marriott
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Last year was the second-busiest ever in terms of 200-meter-plus building completions, with 73 towers, according to a report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
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Comcast to build second Philadelphia skyscraper, with Norman Foster-designed tower [slideshow]

Comcast Corporation announced last week its plan to build a second skyscraper in Philadelphia, adjacent to its current global headquarters, the 58-story, 973-foot Comcast Center.

The new building, designed by Norman Foster's Foster + Partners, will surpass the Comcast HQ by nearly 148 feet and will stand as the nation's tallest building outside of New York and Chicago, as well as one of the world's 40 tallest skyscrapers.

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The British architect last week unveiled his scheme for the $1.2 billion, 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, planned adjacent to the Comcast Center. 

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The British architect last week unveiled his scheme for the $1.2 billion, 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, planned adjacent to the Comcast Center. 

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Tue, 2014-01-21 11:35
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Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners, Comcast Corp.
Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners, Comcast Corp.
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The British architect last week unveiled his scheme for the $1.2 billion, 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, planned adjacent to the Comcast Center. 

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Crystal Bridges Museum will move Frank Lloyd Wright house from New Jersey to Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced that it has acquired the Bachman Wilson House, designed in the 1950s by Frank Lloyd Wright, and plans to move it to its facility in Bentonville, Ark. The restored house, which is located in Somerset County, N.J.,  was placed on the market in 2012 by its owners after it was periodically damaged by flooding of the nearby Millstone River.

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Unusual move is intended to save structure from periodic flooding.

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Numerous architectural experts have concluded that moving the Bachman Wilson House offers its best hope for long-term survival.

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Fri, 2014-01-17 14:30
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This Usonian house will be moved to Arkansas to prevent flood damage. Images: Ta
This Usonian house will be moved to Arkansas to prevent flood damage. Images: Tarantino Studio / Courtesy Crystal Bridges
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Unusual move is intended to save structure from periodic flooding.

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The Starchitect of Oz: New Gehry building in Sydney celebrates topping out

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will mark Frank Gehry's debut project in the Australian metro. The 12-story, $150 million project will serve the university's Business School and is being built by Lend Lease.

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Sustainabile facility combines a complex façade with a trunk-and-branches organizational plan.

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The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will mark Frank Gehry's debut project in the Australian metro.

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Fri, 2014-01-17 11:05
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The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is Frank Gehry's first project in Sydney. All images courtesy Gehry Partners LLP.
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The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will mark Frank Gehry's debut project in the Australian metro.

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