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IKEA to convert original store into company museum

Global retail giant IKEA has announced that it will transform its original store, in Älmhult, Sweden, into a museum celebrating the history of the company and its hugely popular products. 

Given its cult following, especially in Europe, the retailer expects the IKEA Museum to draw some 200,000 visitors to the rural town in southern Sweden. 

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Due to open next year, the museum is expected to attract 200,000 people annually to rural Älmhult, Sweden, home of the first ever IKEA store.  

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Due to open next year, the museum is expected to attract 200,000 people annually to rural Älmhult, Sweden, home of the first ever IKEA store.  

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Thu, 2014-05-22 06:28
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IKEA Headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
IKEA Headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Due to open next year, the museum is expected to attract 200,000 people annually to rural Älmhult, Sweden, home of the first ever IKEA store.  

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Senate kills bipartisan energy efficiency bill over Keystone pipeline amendment

Bipartisan legislation that focused on energy efficiency standards such as water heaters with smart meters, ways to reduce home utility bills, and cheaper heating and cooling systems for office buildings failed in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

While the bill had broad support, the introduction of an amendment on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline poisoned the well.

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The legislation focused on energy efficiency standards such as water heaters with smart meters and cheaper heating and cooling systems for office buildings.

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The legislation focused on energy efficiency standards such as water heaters with smart meters and cheaper heating and cooling systems for office buildings.

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Thu, 2014-05-22 09:17
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The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179 mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter c
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179 mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline which begins in Hardisty, Alta., and travels south through to Steele City, Neb. Source: Keystone-XL.com
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The legislation focused on energy efficiency standards such as water heaters with smart meters and cheaper heating and cooling systems for office buildings.

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Just two years after opening, $60 million high school stadium will close for repairs

The Allen Independent School District in Allen, Texas, will not open its high school's $60 million Eagle Stadium this fall.

The stadium opened in 2012, but cracks recently began appearing throughout the structure, Business Insider reports. Nelson Forensics inspected the stadium and judged that the support structures were not designed to hold the stadium's weight. 

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During the 2014 football season, the school district will pay $5,300 per game so that its students can play at a nearby high school. 

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The 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, opened in 2012 to much fanfare. But cracks recently began to appear throughout the structure, causing to the school district to close the facility. 

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Thu, 2014-05-22 10:54
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The Allen Independent School District will not open its high school's $60 millio
The Allen Independent School District will not open its high school's $60 million Eagle Stadium. Screenshot courtesy of Business Insider, Dallas Morning News.
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The 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, opened in 2012 to much fanfare. But cracks recently began to appear throughout the structure, causing to the school district to close the facility. 

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NYC's High Line connects string of high-profile condo projects

The High Line, New York City's elevated park created from a conversion of rail lines, has provided an organizing principle for a series of luxury condo buildings designed by big names in architecture, including Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and Robert A.M. Stern.

Vox Media's e-journal Curbed NY has compiled a nifty presentation mapping the developments, with mini-profiles of these upcoming and recently completed buildings.

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Curbed NY reports on 19 prominent sites where projects are contemplated, rumored, or under way.

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The High Line, New York City's elevated park created from a conversion of rail lines, is the organizing principle for a series of luxury condo buildings designed by big names in architecture.

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Thu, 2014-05-22 09:30
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520 West 28th Street. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Arc
520 West 28th Street. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Architects.
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From Foster to Hadid, top architects and developers are creating luxury housing along this popular elevated park.

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Energy Department analysis shows efficiency gains from ASHRAE 2013 energy standard

Preliminary analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that the ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard of 8.5% source energy and 7.6% site energy.

As a result, DOE could establish the 2013 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. Today, states must meet or exceed the 2010 ASHRAE standard—the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the federal Energy Conservation and Production Act.

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The positive results may lead to new standard for state commercial building energy codes

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Preliminary DOE analysis shows that the ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard of 8.5% source energy and 7.6% site energy.

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Thu, 2014-05-22 10:08
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UT Dallas 74,000-sf Student Services Building, the first academic structure in T
UT Dallas 74,000-sf Student Services Building, the first academic structure in Texas to be rated a LEED Platinum facility by the U.S. Photo: Stan9999 via Wikimedia Commons
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Preliminary DOE analysis shows that the ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard of 8.5% source energy and 7.6% site energy.

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Study quantifies cost premiums for net zero buildings

The District of Columbia has more green buildings than other large U.S. cities on a per capita basis, according to the 2012 Green Building Report. D.C.’s policies have made it a leader in highly efficient building construction and renovation.

New goals will likely prompt the District to raise the efficiency bar even higher. To help guide policies for a new era of green design, D.C.’s Department of the Environment commissioned a study to assess costs and benefits associated with net zero energy, net zero water, and Living Buildings.

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The 73-page report breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings into net-zero energy, net-zero water, and living Buildings. 

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The 73-page report breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings into net-zero energy, net-zero water, and living Buildings. 

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Thu, 2014-05-22 10:23
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Getting to net zero: How do we power an existing building with all renewable ene
Getting to net zero: How do we power an existing building with all renewable energy? Fifty-nine percent comes from energy efficiency, 6% or more from PVs on the roof, and 35% will need to come from technology advancement in solar panels and from jumping to the district scale for energy solutions. Source: New Buildings Institute
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The 73-page report breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings into net-zero energy, net-zero water, and living Buildings. 

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America's oldest federal public housing development gets a facelift

The Architectural Team, a master planning and architectural design firm specializing in multifamily housing and sustainable design, has announced the completion of 129 residential units for Phase II of The Homes at Old Colony.

The oldest public housing project in the United States (built in 1940), South Boston's Old Colony had become a symbol of poor housing conditions, until the introduction of federal funds and an innovative master plan and green-building design approach began to breathe new life into the community. 

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First opened in 1940, South Boston's Old Colony housing project had become a symbol of poor housing conditions.

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First opened in 1940, South Boston's Old Colony housing project had become a symbol of poor housing conditions. Now the revamped neighborhood serves as a national model for sustainable, affordable multifamily design.

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Tue, 2014-05-27 20:01
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The Building Team just completed Phase II of the project, which includes 129 new
The Building Team just completed Phase II of the project, which includes 129 new units with 40 to be added next year. Photo credit: Andy Ryan, courtesy of The Architectural Team.
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First opened in 1940, South Boston's Old Colony housing project had become a symbol of poor housing conditions. Now the revamped neighborhood serves as a national model for sustainable, affordable multifamily design.

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Top interior design trends: Gensler, HOK, FXFOWLE, Mancini Duffy weigh in

In order to set the stage for this year’s NeoCon, show management tapped its advisory committee of top commercial design firms to share their insight on what’s hot right now and what lies ahead across key vertical sectors.

Leaders at Gensler, FXFOWLE, HOK, and Mancini Duffy weighed in on trends and corresponding product picks. Here are their top interior design trends:

 

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Tech-friendly furniture, “live walls,” sit-stand desks, and circadian lighting are among the emerging trends identified by leading interior designers. 

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Tech-friendly furniture, “live walls,” sit-stand desks, and circadian lighting are among the emerging trends identified by leading interior designers. 

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Fri, 2014-05-23 11:01
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Tech-friendly furniture, “live walls,” sit-stand desks, and circadian lighting are among the emerging trends identified by leading interior designers. 

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Big design, small package: AIA Chicago names 2014 Small Project Awards winners

Standout architecture is about creating exceptional space, whether the project is large or small.

AIA Chicago recently named the winners of its annual Small Project Awards. The program raises public awareness of the valuable work architects bring to even the smallest works, and promotes small and emerging architectural firms as a resource for design excellence.

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Winning projects include an events center for Mies van der Rohe's landmark Farnsworth House and a new boathouse along the Chicago river.

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Winning projects include an events center for Mies van der Rohe's landmark Farnsworth House and a new boathouse along the Chicago river.

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Fri, 2014-05-23 14:29
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Barnsworth Exhibition Center, Location / Plano, Ill. Photo: Dave Burk, Hedrich B
Barnsworth Exhibition Center, Location / Plano, Ill. Photo: Dave Burk, Hedrich Blessing
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Winning projects include an events center for Mies van der Rohe's landmark Farnsworth House and a new boathouse along the Chicago river.

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One World Trade Center cuts rents due to sluggish activity

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WSJ reports that no private tenant has signed a lease in the iconic tower for nearly three years.

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Sluggish economy and lackluster leasing force developer The Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reduce asking rents by nearly 10% to $69/sf.

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Tue, 2014-05-27 10:15
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One World Trade Center, courtesy Cushman & Wakefield
One World Trade Center, courtesy Cushman & Wakefield
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WSJ reports that no private tenant has signed a lease in the iconic tower for nearly three years.

One World Trade Center, soaring to 1,776 feet and set to open by year's end, is having difficulty attracting tenants, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Developer The Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have reduced asking rents for larger tenants to $69/sf, down from $75.

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