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Must see: Check out this one-of-a-kind lobby covered with 2,150 pieces of reclaimed wood

The NewActon Nishi apartment complex, recently completed in Canberra, Australia, is already drawing attention as being a bit radical, Beautiful Decay reports.

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The project's architect used repurposed timber and more than 2,000 steel rods to create the dramatic entryway. 

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The recently opened NewActon Nishi apartment complex in Canberra, Australia, features one of the more unique lobby spaces you'll see, with thousands of pieces of repurposed timber suspended from the walls and ceiling. 

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Wed, 2014-05-28 11:08
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The lobby and staircase use thousands of lengths of repurposed timber. Photo cou
The lobby and staircase use thousands of lengths of repurposed timber. Photo: John Gollings, courtesy March Studio
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The recently opened NewActon Nishi apartment complex in Canberra, Australia, features one of the more unique lobby spaces you'll see, with thousands of pieces of repurposed timber suspended from the walls and ceiling. 

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Supergreen Venter lab displayed in new walk-through video

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Net-zero, carbon neutral facility for genomics pioneer aims to break new ground in research facility design.

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ZGF Architects' La Jolla building for genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter and his nonprofit research organization aims to be the first net-zero energy, carbon-neutral biological lab. 

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Tue, 2014-05-27 13:00
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The J. Craig Venter Institute, a highly sustainable lab building, recently opene
The J. Craig Venter Institute, a highly sustainable lab building, recently opened in La Jolla, Calif. Image: JCVI/ZGF
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Net-zero, carbon neutral facility for genomics pioneer aims to break new ground in research facility design.

ZGF Architects' La Jolla building for genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter and his nonprofit research organization aims to be the first net-zero energy, carbon-neutral biological lab. The building was designed to serve not only the J. Craig Venter Institute but also collaborating partners from the nearby University of California-San Diego and Scripps Research Institute, as well as other scientific organizations.

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Moshe Safdie's twin residential towers in Singapore will be connected by 'sky pool' 38 stories in the air [slideshow]

Moshe Safdie's latest project, a pair of 38-story luxury residential towers in Singapore, will be linked by three "sky garden" bridges, including a rooftop-level bridge with a lap pool running the length between the two structures.

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The towers are expected to go up on Singapore's Bishan district in 2015. 

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Moshe Safdie's latest project, a pair of 38-story luxury residential towers in Singapore, will be linked by three "sky garden" bridges, including a rooftop-level bridge with a lap pool running the length between the two structures. 

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Wed, 2014-05-28 10:05
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Renderings: courtesy Safdie Architects
Renderings: courtesy Safdie Architects
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Moshe Safdie's latest project, a pair of 38-story luxury residential towers in Singapore, will be linked by three "sky garden" bridges, including a rooftop-level bridge with a lap pool running the length between the two structures. 

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KPF's dual towers in Turkey will incorporate motifs, symbols of Ottoman Empire

The architecture for the two-building headquarters of Ziraat Bank, Turkey’s largest and oldest financial institution, is inspired by the country’s cultural heritage.

The 40- and 46-story towers will incorporate motifs, geometrical patterns, and symbols of the Ottoman Empire, including the Turga, the seal of the Sultan. 

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The two-building headquarters for Turkey’s largest and oldest financial institution, Ziraat Bank, is inspired by the country’s cultural heritage. 

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The two-building headquarters for Turkey’s largest and oldest financial institution, Ziraat Bank, is inspired by the country’s cultural heritage. 

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Wed, 2014-05-28 11:47
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All renderings: courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox
All renderings: courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox
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The two-building headquarters for Turkey’s largest and oldest financial institution, Ziraat Bank, is inspired by the country’s cultural heritage. 

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B.R. Fries completes medical center focused on male health

As an ongoing healthcare construction resource to NYU Langone Medical,  B.R. Fries & Associates, LLC  provided services for the 13,000 square feet Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health in New York City.  Located at 555 Madison Ave. between 55th and 56th Street, the Center offers convenient and targeted outpatient services for sophisticated male consumers.
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The Center houses 17 exam rooms, 11 Consultation rooms plus a rehabilitation room

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Occupying the building’s entire second floor, the male-centric center is honeycombed with examination and consultation rooms, as well as areas for noninvasive testing.

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Wed, 2014-05-28 10:49
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Photos courtesy of B.R. Fries.
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Occupying the building’s entire second floor, the male-centric center is honeycombed with examination and consultation rooms, as well as areas for noninvasive testing.

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Retail renovation trends: Omni-channel shopping, personalized experiences among top goals of new store designs

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In pursuit of enhanced customer experiences, retailers are using Big Data, interactive technology, and omni-channel shopping to transform their bricks and mortar locations.

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In pursuit of enhanced customer experiences, retailers are using Big Data, interactive technology, and omni-channel shopping to transform their bricks and mortar locations.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 06:08
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Customers want continuity, so the look and feel of every channel, from mobile to
Customers want continuity, so the look and feel of every channel, from mobile to desktop to in-store, should be the same. For example, AMC Theatres recently began offering guests the opportunity to buy tickets online and reserve actual seats at the theatre before arriving. Photo: AMC at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio; Cptimes via Wikipedia
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In pursuit of enhanced customer experiences, retailers are using Big Data, interactive technology, and omni-channel shopping to transform their bricks and mortar locations.

Ongoing evolution in the retail industry—including near-global access to the Internet and speedy adoption rates of smartphones—is forcing retailers to create a brick-and-mortar shopping experience that rivals the convenience and immediacy of the Internet. As a result, hundreds of retailers in thousands of locations are committing capital to renovating stores for an enhanced overall customer experience.

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Commercial building measurement standard could meet resistance from owners

A proposed new standard method to measure commercial buildings throughout the world is likely to find resistance among some building owners.

The International Property Measurement Standards Coalition plans to announce a single measurement system for the global office market in June 2014.

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Some owners could lose property value if they adhere to standardization proposal

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For some building owners, a new measurement standard could mean that their building would shrink in size and lose value.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 06:27
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Photo: Larsinio via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Larsinio via Wikimedia Commons
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For some building owners, a new measurement standard could mean that their building would shrink in size and lose value.
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Peer review process under way for the WELL Building Standard

The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) kicked off a peer review process for the WELL Building Standard. The process will include three phases—a scientific, practitioner and medical review. Late this year, the results will be reflected in the release of v1.0 of the standard.

The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving human wellness within the built environment by identifying specific conditions that, when holistically integrated into building interiors, enhance the health and wellbeing of the occupants.

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The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

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The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving human wellness within the built environment by identifying specific conditions that, when holistically integrated into building interiors, enhance the health and wellbeing of the occupants.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 11:01
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CBRE's global headquarters in Los Angeles is the world's first WELL-certified co
CBRE's global headquarters in Los Angeles is the world's first WELL-certified commercial office. Photo: courtesy CBRE
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The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving human wellness within the built environment by identifying specific conditions that, when holistically integrated into building interiors, enhance the health and wellbeing of the occupants.

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Rooftop wind turbines becoming green status symbol in New York City

New York City developers are using rooftop wind turbines in an effort to attract buyers by highlighting a building’s green credentials.

A recent example is Pearson Court Square, a 197-unit apartment building in Queens which is adorned with three turbines resembling “huge carbon-fiber strands of DNA strung around a 10-foot mast,” according to the New York Times.

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Helix-shaped turbines appearing on luxury apartment buildings

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New York City developers are using rooftop wind turbines in an effort to attract buyers by highlighting a building’s green credentials.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 11:28
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Photo: Branko Radovanović via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Branko Radovanović via Wikimedia Commons
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New York City developers are using rooftop wind turbines in an effort to attract buyers by highlighting a building’s green credentials.

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Wood advocacy groups release 'lessons learned' report on tall wood buildings

The wood-industry advocacy group reThink Wood has released "Summary Report: Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings." Conducted by Perkins + Will for Forestry Innovation Investment and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, the free report summarizes stakeholder experiences with 10 built projects

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Free report summarizes stakeholder experiences with 10 built projects in Europe, Australia, and Canada.

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The wood-industry advocacy group reThink Wood has released "Summary Report: Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings," with informatino from 10 mid-rise projects in Europe, Australia, and Canada. 

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Thu, 2014-05-29 11:30
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The University of British Columbia Earth Sciences Building, by Perkins + Will, is one of 10 structural-wood projects examined in a new report. Image by Xicotencatl via Wikimedia Commons.
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Free report summarizes stakeholder experiences with 10 built projects in Europe, Australia, and Canada, including commercial, residential, mixed-use, and institutional.

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