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Libeskind's latest skyscraper breaks ground in the Philippines

The Century Spire, Daniel Libeskind's latest project, has just broken ground in Century City, southwest of Manila. It is meant to accommodate apartments and offices; residential units will range from one-bedrooms to penthouses, Dezeen reports.

The crown of the tower will be broken into three pieces, putting a unique silhouette on the city skyline. 

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The tower's interiors will be designed by Armani/Casa, Giorgio Armani's interior design studio.

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The Century Spire, Daniel Libeskind's latest project, has just broken ground in Century City, southwest of Manila. It is meant to accommodate apartments and offices.

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Tue, 2014-06-03 10:07
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Century Spire will reach 60 stories when construction is complete. Renderings: c
Century Spire will reach 60 stories when construction is complete. Renderings: courtesy Century Properties
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The Century Spire, Daniel Libeskind's latest project, has just broken ground in Century City, southwest of Manila. It is meant to accommodate apartments and offices.

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Must see: World's tallest LEGO tower built in Budapest

At 114 feet, Guinness World Records has confirmed that the tallest ever LEGO tower was constructed in Budapest. Official confirmation came on May 25, CNN reports.

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The tower, built in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, is topped with a Rubik's cube and was built using thousands of blocks.

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The tower, built in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, is topped with a Rubik's cube and was built using thousands of blocks.

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Tue, 2014-06-03 14:07
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Photo courtesy of Architecture Lab.
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The tower, built in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, is topped with a Rubik's cube and was built using thousands of blocks.

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Construction team named for Atlanta Braves ballpark

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted to approve American Builders 2017 as the construction manager at risk (construction manager) to oversee the construction of the new Atlanta Braves ballpark, which is scheduled to open in early 2017.
 
American Builders 2017 is a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction.
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The ballpark is scheduled to open in early 2017.

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A joint venture between Barton Malow, Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, and New South Construction will build the Atlanta Braves ballpark, which is scheduled to open in early 2017. Check out the latest renderings of the plan.

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Wed, 2014-06-04 09:45
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Renderings courtesy of American Builders 2017.
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A joint venture between Barton Malow, Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, and New South Construction will build the Atlanta Braves ballpark, which is scheduled to open in early 2017. Check out the latest renderings of the plan.

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RJA Group, Hughes Associates will merge to form global leader in end-to-end consulting

Hughes Associates and The RJA Group announced today the merger between the two companies, which will position the combined organization as a global leader in providing a range of fire protection engineering and consulting services in the commercial, institutional, industrial and power marketplace.

(VIDEO: Dave Boswell, President and CEO of Hughes Associates, Inc., and Martin Reiss, CEO of The RJA Group, Inc. discuss the merger of the two companies. Watch now.)

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Combined, the companies have more than 79 years of experience and bring together 500 employees, offices throughout the world, and more than $100 million in revenue. 

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The transaction creates one of the largest providers of lifecycle building consultancy services that will include, risk analysis, system design, commissioning, research, testing and project management solutions that encompass fire protection, security and related disciplines.

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Wed, 2014-06-04 11:42
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Dave Boswell, President and CEO of Hughes Associates, Inc., and Martin Reiss, CE
Dave Boswell, President and CEO of Hughes Associates, Inc., and Martin Reiss, CEO of The RJA Group, Inc.
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The transaction creates one of the largest providers of lifecycle building consultancy services that will include, risk analysis, system design, commissioning, research, testing and project management solutions that encompass fire protection, security and related disciplines.

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HUD to spend nearly $1 billion on these six novel resiliency projects for NYC and NJ

The winners of the Rebuild by Design competition, an program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been announced. The competition was created after Hurricane Sandy to encourage innovative architectural solutions to protect American cities that are vulnerable to extreme weather events. 

All six winners this year are from either New York or New Jersey. Check out their projects below (all renderings courtesy HUD):

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Plans from Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels are among the six winning proposals in HUD's Rebuild by Design competition. All six projects will receive funding from the agency, totalling $920 million.

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Plans from Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels are among the six winning proposals in HUD's Rebuild by Design competition. All six projects will receive funding from the agency, totalling $920 million.

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Wed, 2014-06-04 12:06
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New Meadowlands: Productive City + Regional Park by MIT CAU + ZUS + URBANISTEN.
New Meadowlands: Productive City + Regional Park by MIT CAU + ZUS + URBANISTEN. The project will receive $150 million in funding from HUD.
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Plans from Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels are among the six winning proposals in HUD's Rebuild by Design competition. All six projects will receive funding from the agency, totalling $920 million.

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Market update: A difficult first quarter for construction spending comes to an end

This year's unusually difficult winter took its toll on construction activity. Nonetheless, first quarter spending for all the major groups was up compared to the same period in 2013.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that total construction spending advanced 0.2% in March to $942.5 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). First quarter not seasonally adjusted (NSA) spending was 8.3% higher than the same period a year ago.

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This year's unusually difficult winter took its toll on construction activity.

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This year's unusually difficult winter took its toll on construction activity. Nonetheless, first quarter spending for all the major groups was up compared to the same period in 2013.

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Wed, 2014-06-04 12:10
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Photo: Albert Herring via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Albert Herring via Wikimedia Commons
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This year's unusually difficult winter took its toll on construction activity. Nonetheless, first quarter spending for all the major groups was up compared to the same period in 2013.

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Want to design a Guggenheim? Foundation launches open competition for proposed Helsinki museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation launched an open, international competition for the design of a proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki. This is the first time that the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. The keenly anticipated two-stage competition is expected to draw submissions from a wide range of firms and individuals—emerging and internationally famous—from around the world.

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This is the first time the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. Anonymous submissions for stage one of the competition are due September 10, 2014.

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This is the first time the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. Anonymous submissions for stage one of the competition are due September 10, 2014.

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Wed, 2014-06-04 21:10
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Waterfront view including the competition site from the Market Square, looking south. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
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This is the first time the Guggenheim Foundation has sought a design through an open competition. Anonymous submissions for stage one of the competition are due September 10, 2014.

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New study shows protected bike lanes increase ridership, desirability of neighborhood

Recently, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) released their findings on protected bikes lanes in the US, a subject that has only been explored in a limited number of studies.
 
Their study looked at protected bikes lanes in Austin, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. All five cities were part of the Green Lane Project, which works with cities around the country to speed the creation of protected bike lanes and is sponsored by People for Bikes.
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Increases in observed ridership within one year of protected bike lanes' construction ranged from 21% to 171%. 

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A study of protected bikes lanes in five U.S. cities shows a 21% to 171% increase in observed ridership within one year of the bike lanes' construction.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 10:10
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A study of protected bikes lanes in five U.S. cities shows a 21% to 171% increase in observed ridership within one year of the bike lanes' construction.

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Insurance giant sues nearly 200 Illinois communities for failing to prepare for climate change

Farmers Insurance filed nine class action suits against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area, saying that local governments should have prepared for rising global temperatures that have led to heavier rains and flooding.

The suits charge that the municipalities did not do enough to fortify their sewers and stormwater drains, causing the insurance company to pay out claims that could have been averted.

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Farmers Insurance says cities should have taken action to avert flood damage

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Farmers Insurance filed nine class action suits against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area, saying that local governments should have prepared for rising global temperatures that have led to heavier rains and flooding.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 10:39
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Photo: Marckos via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Marckos via Wikimedia Commons
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Farmers Insurance filed nine class action suits against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area, saying that local governments should have prepared for rising global temperatures that have led to heavier rains and flooding.

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Dikes, water pumps, and parks will help New York City area be more resilient

The Obama Administration has pledged $1 billion in federal funding to protect the New York City region from flooding like the area experienced from Superstorm Sandy.

The money will go towards the construction of a system of dikes around the tip of lower Manhattan, and water pumps and parks across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

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Federal aid will pay for projects in lower Manhattan and New Jersey

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The Obama Administration has pledged $1 billion in federal funding to protect the New York City region from flooding like the area experienced from Superstorm Sandy.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 11:02
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The Big U is one of six resiliency proposals moving forward. Renderings courtesy
The Big U is one of six resiliency proposals moving forward. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group.
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The Obama Administration has pledged $1 billion in federal funding to protect the New York City region from flooding like the area experienced from Superstorm Sandy.

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