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'Virtually indestructible': Utah architect applies thin-shell dome concept for safer schools

In the wake of natural disasters and school shooting incidents, education professionals across the country are looking for innovative ways to better protect children while they learn. A new building approach from Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is designed to contribute to that goal.

The firm is adapting the concrete thinshell structural approach for K-12 schools in Utah, according to a report by KSL.

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At $94 a square foot and "virtually indestructible," some school districts in Utah are opting to build concrete dome schools in lieu of traditional structures. 

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At $94 a square foot and "virtually indestructible," some school districts in Utah are opting to build concrete dome schools in lieu of traditional structures. 

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Thu, 2014-05-15 09:52
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Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is adapting the concrete th
Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is adapting the concrete thinshell structural approach for K-12 schools in Utah. The domed building, which the architect calls "virtually indestructible," uses an air-formed thin-shell concrete dome, along with a concrete stem wall.
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At $94 a square foot and "virtually indestructible," some school districts in Utah are opting to build concrete dome schools in lieu of traditional structures. 

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Biking to work up by 60 percent, according to Census Bureau report

Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to new a U.S. Census Bureau report.

Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60% during the last decade, from 488,000 in 2000 to 786,000 annually during the 2008-2012 period. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.

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Portland, Ore., had the highest bicycle-commuting rate at 6.1%.

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Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to new a U.S. Census Bureau report. While bicyclists still account for just 0.6% of all commuters, some of the nation's largest cities have more than doubled their rates since 2000.

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Thu, 2014-05-15 11:42
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Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters.
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Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to new a U.S. Census Bureau report. While bicyclists still account for just 0.6% of all commuters, some of the nation's largest cities have more than doubled their rates since 2000.

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Toyo Ito leads petition to scrap Zaha Hadid's 2020 Olympic Stadium project

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Ito and other Japanese architects cite excessive costs, massive size, and the project's potentially negative impact on surrounding public spaces as reasons for nixing Hadid's plan.  

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Ito and other Japanese architects cite excessive costs, massive size, and the project's potentially negative impact on surrounding public spaces as reasons for nixing Hadid's plan.  

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Fri, 2014-05-16 11:15
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Rendering: Zaha Hadid Architects
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Ito and other Japanese architects cite excessive costs, massive size, and the project's potentially negative impact on surrounding public spaces as reasons for nixing Hadid's plan.  

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BoA, USGBC to offer $25,000 grants for green affordable housing projects

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the expanded 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program.

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The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will offer 14 grants to developers of affordable housing in North America.

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The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will offer 14 grants to developers of affordable housing in North America who are committed to building sustainable communities through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program. 

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Fri, 2014-05-16 15:00
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Photo: Brett VA via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Brett VA via Wikimedia Commons
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The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will offer 14 grants to developers of affordable housing in North America who are committed to building sustainable communities through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program. 

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Workplace design trends: Make way for the Millennials

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Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. We examine the top office design trends. 

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Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. We examine the top office design trends. 

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Mon, 2014-05-19 11:34
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Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, softw
Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, software developer Appian reports a positive change in work processes and corporate culture. PHOTO: PAUL WARCHOL/RTKL
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Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. We examine the top office design trends. 

Economists are predicting modest but continued growth for the U.S. office construction market. FMI’s 2014 U.S. Markets Construction Overview anticipates that construction put in place in the sector will be fairly flat this year but could beat 2013 by up to 4%. Jones Lang LaSalle foresees a 6% increase in office project completions this year.

The New York-based project management consultancy Faithful+Gould points to decreasing vacancy rates as an indicator of growth, but says owners are likely to focus on upgrading existing buildings.

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Calatrava wins court case concerning 'Calatrava bleeds you dry' website

Santiago Calatrava has won a victory over Esquerra Unida, a Spanish left-wing political party, in court, as a judge has ordered the party's Valencia branch to pay €30,000.

These damages are to be paid because of a website the party created, called "Calatravatelaclava," or "Calatrava bleeds you dry." The architect was asking for €600,000 in damages. 

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A judge has ordered the left-wing political party Esquerra Unida to pay €30,000 to Santiago Calatrava because of "insulting and degrading" website.

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A judge has ordered the left-wing political party Esquerra Unida to pay €30,000 to Santiago Calatrava because of "insulting and degrading" website.

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Mon, 2014-05-19 14:37
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Photo: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia by ToNToNi via Wikimedia Commons
City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain. Photo: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia by ToNToNi via Wikimedia Commons
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A judge has ordered the left-wing political party Esquerra Unida to pay €30,000 to Santiago Calatrava because of "insulting and degrading" website.

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Gensler envisions 'law firm of the future' with pop-up office project

Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the 5,000-sf, pop-up demonstration project designed by Genlser made its debut this week at the annual conference for the Association of Legal Administrators in Toronto, according to the Washington Post.

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Open floor plans, communal spaces, and standard-size offices are among the key design features. 

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Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the pop-up demonstration project made its debut this week at the annual conference for the Association of Legal Administrators in Toronto.

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Tue, 2014-05-20 10:12
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Rendering: Gensler
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Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the pop-up demonstration project made its debut this week at the annual conference for the Association of Legal Administrators in Toronto.

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Architecture Billings Index in the negative for second consecutive month

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reverted into negative territory for the last two months. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  

The new projects inquiry index was 59.1, up from the reading of 57.9 the previous month.

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The March ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March, but still below the growth threshold of 50. 

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Wed, 2014-05-21 06:12
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Photo: Greg Goebel via Wikimedia Commons
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The March ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March, but still below the growth threshold of 50. 

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Check out Pandora's posh NYC offices [slideshow]

B.R. Fries managed the construction of Pandora Media’s new corporate offices on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 Park Avenue building at 42nd Street. 

Unique to Pandora’s culture and the abstract, spatial experience of the Internet, there are multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings, along with a large variety of loosely structured spaces for social interaction. 

This 55,000-sf project achieves a 300-person seat count while remaining sensitive to the needs for business and personal privacy.

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The new office features multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings.

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The new East Coast office for the Internet radio provider is housed on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 Park Avenue building, and features multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings.

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Wed, 2014-05-21 09:42
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A large variety of loosely structured spaces contrast with small, private meeting rooms dubbed “phone booths.” All photos: courtesy B.R. Fries
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The new East Coast office for the Internet radio provider is housed on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 Park Avenue building, and features multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings.

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Gehry unveils plan for renovation, expansion of Philadelphia Museum of Art [slideshow]

In a special exhibit to open this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will display the comprehensive plan that Frank Gehry has created for the renovation and expansion of its home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

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Gehry's final design reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 sf of space, much of it below the iconic structure.

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Gehry's final design reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 sf of space, much of it below the iconic structure.

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Wed, 2014-05-21 15:16
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Lenfest Hall, one of the museum's two principal public entrance spaces, will be
Lenfest Hall, one of the museum's two principal public entrance spaces, will be renovated as part of the project. Rendering: Gehry Partners
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Gehry's final design reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 sf of space, much of it below the iconic structure.

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