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Snøhetta unveils plans for serpentine mountain hotel

Snøhetta, an Oslo- and New York-based architecture firm, has unveiled plans for a winding hotel and apartment building that will be be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

The low-rise hotel will showcase views of the sea to the south and west, Dezeen reported.

"The spectacular view and the feeling of being 'in the middle' of the elements are the premier qualities of the site," said Snøhetta in a statement.

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The winding hotel and apartment building will be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

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The winding hotel and apartment building will be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

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Mon, 2014-03-24 13:36
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The low-rise hotel will showcase views of the sea to the south and west. Renderings courtesy of Dezeen, Snøhetta.
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The winding hotel and apartment building will be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

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Ohio Senate passes rule to require state agencies use ANSI standards rather than LEED

The Ohio state Senate passed a resolution that requires state agencies to use American National Standards Institute standards rather than LEED v4 for publicly funded building projects.

The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI.

The resolution is not legally binding, and has not been voted on by the full assembly yet. However, most state agencies that are dependent on the legislature for their budgets comply with legislative resolutions.

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The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI. 

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The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI. 

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Mon, 2014-03-24 16:07
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Ohio state Senate chambers. Photo: Wikipedia
Ohio state Senate chambers. Photo: Wikipedia
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The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI. 

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Santa Monica, Calif., may offer LEED alternatives to help promote green construction

With developers in Santa Monica, Calif., looking for ways to build green more inexpensively, the city may consider alternatives to LEED such as Green Globes.

At least one developer of a mixed-use housing project has asked for and received permission from the City Council to go for a LEED equivalent building according to LEED standards, but not having to go through the certification process. 

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At least one developer has asked for and received permission from the City Council to go for a "LEED equivalent" building.

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With developers in Santa Monica, Calif., looking for ways to build green more inexpensively, the city may consider alternatives to LEED such as Green Globes.

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Mon, 2014-03-24 16:13
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With developers in Santa Monica, Calif., looking for ways to build green more inexpensively, the city may consider alternatives to LEED such as Green Globes.

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Oklahoma City mandates safe rooms in new schools

A plan requiring all new schools in Oklahoma City to have storm shelters or safe rooms has been approved and is now part of the building code.

The move will affect 24 districts that have schools inside Oklahoma City limits.

Last month, we reported on the city of Tulsa, Okla., considering a proposed change to the city's building code that would require storm shelters in new school construction.

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The move will affect 24 districts that have schools inside Oklahoma City limits.

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The move will affect 24 districts that have schools inside Oklahoma City limits.

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Mon, 2014-03-24 16:38
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Photo: FEMA via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: FEMA via Wikimedia Commons
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The move will affect 24 districts that have schools inside Oklahoma City limits.

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Shigeru Ban receives 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Shigeru Ban will receive the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Tom Pritzker, Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize, made the announcement on Monday.  

Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris, and New York, is rare in the field of architecture. He designs elegant, innovative work for private clients, and uses the same inventive and resourceful design approach for his extensive humanitarian efforts. 

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The Tokyo-born architect is known for his elegant, innovative work for private clients and inventive, resourceful designs for his extensive humanitarian efforts.

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Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris, and New York, is rare in the field of architecture. He designs elegant, innovative work for private clients, and uses the same inventive and resourceful design approach for his extensive humanitarian efforts.

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Mon, 2014-03-24 22:10
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Shigeru Ban. Photo by Shigeru Ban Architects
Shigeru Ban. Photo by Shigeru Ban Architects
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Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris, and New York, is rare in the field of architecture. He designs elegant, innovative work for private clients, and uses the same inventive and resourceful design approach for his extensive humanitarian efforts.

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World's tallest towers: Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill discuss designing Burj Khalifa, Kingdom Tower

Recently, architects Gordon Gill and Adrian Smith sat down with Bloomberg Business Week to talk about designing the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in Dubai.

The duo also discussed the founding of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects and the design of the next world's tallest, Kingdom Tower, which will top the Burj Khalifa by as much as a kilometer.

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Adrian Smith talks about leaving SOM at age 62 and founding his own firm with Gordon Gill

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The design duo discusses the founding of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects and the design of the next world's tallest, Kingdom Tower, which will top the Burj Khalifa by as much as a kilometer.

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Tue, 2014-03-25 08:43
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The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building. Photo Credits: Imre Solt, Wikimedia Commons
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The design duo discusses the founding of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects and the design of the next world's tallest, Kingdom Tower, which will top the Burj Khalifa by as much as a kilometer.

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Sydney breaks ground on its version of the High Line elevated park [slideshow]

Sydney is the latest city to begin construction on an elevated park; theirs will be built on a 500-meter stretch of abandoned railway. The park, called the Goods Line, will include bike paths, study pods, and outdoor workspaces for local students. 

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The 500-meter-long park will feature bike paths, study pods, and outdoor workspaces.

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The 500-meter-long park will feature bike paths, study pods, and outdoor workspaces.

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Tue, 2014-03-25 10:48
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Sydney's new Goods Line will be built in two stages, the first of which is set t
Sydney's new Goods Line will be built in two stages, the first of which is set to be completed in November 2014. All renderings: courtesy Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, ASPECT Studios
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The 500-meter-long park will feature bike paths, study pods, and outdoor workspaces.

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Callison launches sustainable design tool with 84 proven strategies

Global architecture and design firm Callison announced the release of Matrix by Callison, a comprehensive online sustainable design tool.

Offered free of charge on the Callison website http://www.callison.com and at Matrix.Callison.com, Matrix by Callison provides easy-to-access design strategies in the categories of Energy, Water, Waste, Materials and Tools for projects of all market sectors.

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Hybrid ventilation, nighttime cooling, and fuel cell technology are among the dozens of sustainable design techniques profiled by Callison on its new website, Matrix.Callison.com. 

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Hybrid ventilation, nighttime cooling, and fuel cell technology are among the dozens of sustainable design techniques profiled by Callison on its new website, Matrix.Callison.com. 

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Wed, 2014-03-26 11:49
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Hybrid ventilation, nighttime cooling, and fuel cell technology are among the dozens of sustainable design techniques profiled by Callison on its new website, Matrix.Callison.com. 

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Zaha Hadid's glimmering 'cultural hub of Seoul' opens with fashion, flair [slideshow]

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), a 30,000-square-meter park in one of Seoul's historic districts, opened to the public last week.

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The new space, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, is a blend of park and cultural spaces meant for the public to enjoy.

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The new space, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, is a blend of park and cultural spaces meant for the public to enjoy.

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Wed, 2014-03-26 11:24
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Hadid calls the plaza a "green oasis" in the midst of the urban Dongdaemun distr
Hadid calls the plaza a "green oasis" in the midst of the urban Dongdaemun district. All photos: © Virgile Simon Bertrand; courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
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The new space, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, is a blend of park and cultural spaces meant for the public to enjoy.

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16 kitchen and bath design trends for 2014

When it comes to kitchen and bath design trends for both single-family and multifamily residences, contemporary is in, with clean, minimal lines and little ornamentation.

Universal design amenities and easy-maintenance features are also trending, according to a recent survey of more than 420 kitchen and bath design professionals by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

This year, consumers want kitchens that have “simple lines and not as much frou-frou, and are more about good storage and space planning,” summed up one NKBA designer.

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Work on multifamily housing projects? Here are the top kitchen and bath design trends, according to a survey of more than 420 kitchen and bath designers. 

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Work on multifamily housing projects? Here are the top kitchen and bath design trends, according to a survey of more than 420 kitchen and bath designers. 

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Thu, 2014-03-27 09:36
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Gray was a popular color used in bathroom designs in 2013. All photos courtesy of NKBA.
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Work on multifamily housing projects? Here are the top kitchen and bath design trends, according to a survey of more than 420 kitchen and bath designers. 

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