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Koolhaas, OMA selected to design San Francisco high-rise residential tower

Rem Koolhaas and his architecture firm, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), have been named lead architect for a 550-foot residential tower on Folsom Street in San Francisco.

OMA is teaming with developers Related California and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. on the project.

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The project includes a 550-foot residential tower on one end of the block and two podium buildings and a row of townhouses filling the remainder of the property.

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The project includes a 550-foot residential tower on one end of the block and two podium buildings and a row of townhouses filling the remainder of the property.

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Tue, 2014-03-18 12:27
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Design by OMA/Fougeron, rendered by Steelblue
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The project includes a 550-foot residential tower on one end of the block and two podium buildings and a row of townhouses filling the remainder of the property.

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Gehry, Zaha, Foster, Meier: Vote for your top 'starchitect' in this March Madness design legends tourney

Co.Design, Fast Company's design blog, has created its own take on March Madness: 32 designers from around the world have been placed into a bracket, and one contender will eventually be crowned the greatest living designer by daily reader votes.

Co.Design will post a new match-up for users to vote on every other day. The 32 contenders are organized in four sub-brackets: Graphic, Interactive, Product, and Architectural.

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Fast Company's Bracket Madness tournament pits 32 designers against each other to see who truly is the world's greatest living designer. 
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Fast Company's Bracket Madness tournament pits 32 designers against each other to see who truly is the world's greatest living designer. 
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Wed, 2014-03-19 12:36
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The competition is Fast Company's take on March Madness. Image: courtesy Fast Co
The competition is Fast Company's take on March Madness. Image: courtesy Fast Company.
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Fast Company's Bracket Madness tournament pits 32 designers against each other to see who truly is the world's greatest living designer. 
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Federal agency gives thumbs up to tall wood buildings

At a meeting hosted by the White House Rural Council, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new partnership to train architects, engineers, and builders about the benefits of advanced wood building materials, and plans for a forthcoming prize competition to design and build high-rise wood demonstration projects.

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USDA's support for wood projects includes training for AEC professionals and a wood high-rise design competition, to launch later this year.

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USDA's support for wood projects includes training for AEC professionals and a wood high-rise design competition, to launch later this year.

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Wed, 2014-03-19 09:24
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a partnership to train architects, e
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a partnership to train architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of advanced wood building materials. Image: courtesy WoodWorks
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USDA's support for wood projects includes training for AEC professionals and a wood high-rise design competition, to launch later this year.

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Tucson ignores ADA, building code on city-owned property

The city of Tucson, Ariz., takes a firm position when it comes to violations of its building code or the Americans with Disabilities Act—unless the violator is the city of Tucson. 

The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

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The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years.

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The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years.

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Wed, 2014-03-19 12:26
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This city lot breaks numerous major rules in the code. Photo: Google Street View
This city lot breaks numerous major rules in the code. Photo: Google Street View
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The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years.

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Architecture Billings Index shows slight improvement

After starting out the year on a positive note, there was another minor increase in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) last month.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.

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This score reflects an increase in design services 

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 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.

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Wed, 2014-03-19 12:32
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.
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 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.

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D.C. breaks ground on $2B mega waterfront development [slideshow]

Great cities are defined by great places, and this week the nation’s capital marked the first day of construction on its newest, The Wharf, on Washington, D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront.

Perkins Eastman is serving as master planner, design architect, and architect of record for the public realm, infrastructure, and buildings in two of the initial parcels. Phase 1 alone comprises 24 acres of land, more than 50 acres of waterfront, and a building area of more than 1.9 million gsf. It is projected for completion in 2017.

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When complete, the Wharf will feature approximately 3 million sf of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses, including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.

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When complete, the Wharf will feature approximately 3 million sf of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses, including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.

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Thu, 2014-03-20 14:02
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All renderings: Perkins Eastman
All renderings: courtesy Perkins Eastman
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When complete, the Wharf will feature approximately 3 million sf of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses, including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.

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Common EIFS failures, and how to prevent them

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Poor workmanship, impact damage, building movement, and incompatible or unsound substrate are among the major culprits of EIFS problems. 

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Poor workmanship, impact damage, building movement, and incompatible or unsound substrate are among the major culprits of EIFS problems. 

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Thu, 2014-03-20 15:03
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To true the wall surface, the installer should level the insulation board, rathe
To true the wall surface, the installer should level the insulation board, rather than build up the base coat. Checking stud alignment prior to substrate installation is recommended. Image courtesy Hoffmann Architects
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Poor workmanship, impact damage, building movement, and incompatible or unsound substrate are among the major culprits of EIFS problems. 

Editor's note: This article was originally published as part of an AIA/CES Discovery course: "EIFS: How to succeed with exterior insulation and finish systems." Take this free course at BDCUniversity.com.

 

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13 dazzling wood building designs [slideshow]

Different building materials have different benefits, and The National Wood Design Awards aim to highlight the unique benefits of using wood in design and architecture. This year, 140 submissions were sent in to WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. 

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From bold structural glulam designs to striking textured wall and ceiling schemes, these award-winning building projects showcase the design possibilities using wood. 

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From bold structural glulam designs to striking textured wall and ceiling schemes, these award-winning building projects showcase the design possibilities using wood. 

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Fri, 2014-03-21 10:37
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Designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the Hotchkiss School's new Biom
Designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the Hotchkiss School's new Biomass Heating Plant was one of 13 projects honored in the 2014 National Wood Design Awards. Photo: David Sundberg/Esto; courtesy WoodWorks
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From bold structural glulam designs to striking textured wall and ceiling schemes, these award-winning building projects showcase the design possibilities using wood. 

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Pier Carlo Bontempi to receive Richard H. Driehaus Prize from Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture announced today that architect Pier Carlo Bontempi will receive the 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, March 29 at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago.
 
Bontempi’s award-winning international work includes a block recovery plan in Parma’s historic center, as well as the Place de Toscane and the “Quartier du Lac” resort in Val d’Europe near Paris.
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The prize will be awarded in a ceremony on March 29

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Established in 2003 by the Notre Dame School of Architecture, the $200,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact.

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Fri, 2014-03-21 12:00
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The $200,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize will be awarded to Bontempi on March 29. Photo credit: Pier Carlo Bontempi
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Established in 2003 by the Notre Dame School of Architecture, the $200,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact.

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Forget wood skyscrapers - Check out these stunning bamboo high-rise concepts [slideshow]

Organized by the UK-based design competition site SuperSkyScrapers, the Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material—structural or cladding—in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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The Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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The Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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Fri, 2014-03-21 12:56
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All renderings courtesy SuperSkyScrapers
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The Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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