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Winning design by 3XN converts modernist bathhouse to university library

Denmark-based architecture firm 3XN's design won the architectural competition for Mälardalen University's new educational facility in Eskilstuna, southwest of Stockholm, Architecturelab reports.

The new building's cubic shape, geometric trellis, and bright façade is a nod to the nearby historical, modernist public bathhouse designed by Paul Hedqvist in the 1930s. 

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The sleek, new 196,441-sf addition in Sweden contains modernist elements that respects the original 1930s structure's integrity.

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Danish firm 3XN's design wins competition for a new educational facility for Mälardalen University in Sweden, which will house a library, communal spaces, and offices for 4,500 students and staff.

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Tue, 2014-07-01 11:12
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All renderings courtesy 3XN
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Danish firm 3XN's design wins competition for a new educational facility for Mälardalen University in Sweden, which will house a library, communal spaces, and offices for 4,500 students and staff.

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Walkable areas lead to higher rents for developers

New research from a George Washington University research group and LOCUS, a coalition of real estate investors that's part of Smart Growth America,says that offices in “Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs)” bring developers 74% more rent per square foot.

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Pedestrian-friendly commercial spaces can earn 74% more per square foot

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New research from a George Washington University research group and LOCUS, a coalition of real estate investors that's part of Smart Growth America,says that offices in “Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs)” bring developers 74% more rent per square foot.

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Tue, 2014-07-01 14:35
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Photo: Momos via Wikimedia Commons
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New research from a George Washington University research group and LOCUS, a coalition of real estate investors that's part of Smart Growth America,says that offices in “Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs)” bring developers 74% more rent per square foot.

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Ohio is first state to roll back renewable energy standards

Ohio became the nation’s first state to roll back renewable energy standards after the state House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310 and Gov. John Kasich recently signed the measure.

The standards previously required the state’s utilities to sell more solar and wind energy each year and charged them with finding efficiency solutions for their customers. Passage of the bill means the standards are put on hold until 2017, when a committee could permanently freeze them.

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Move will reduce green construction jobs, critics charge

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Ohio became the nation’s first state to roll back renewable energy standards after the state House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310 and Gov. John Kasich recently signed the measure.

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Tue, 2014-07-01 14:41
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Photo: franky242 via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Ohio became the nation’s first state to roll back renewable energy standards after the state House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310 and Gov. John Kasich recently signed the measure.

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Peter Zumthor's LA art museum plan modified with bridge-like section across main thoroughfare

After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Angeles Museum of Art. In the new plans, a bridge-like section spans Wilshire Boulevard, Architecture Lab reports. 

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The building will straddle Wilshire Boulevard, one of Los Angeles' busiest roads.

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After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

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Tue, 2014-07-01 15:13
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Rendering courtesy Peter Zumthor
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After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

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FEMA grant helps fund school theater that will double as tornado safe room

Scott City School District in Missouri recently broke ground on an 8,990-sf performing arts theater that will also function as a tornado safe room. The $2.1 million project will be 75% funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The district will pick up the remainder of the tab.

The structure, to be constructed of pre-cast concrete panels, is designed to withstand and EF-5 tornado with winds of up to 250 mph.

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Pre-cast concrete building said to withstand 250 mph winds

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Scott City School District in Missouri recently broke ground on an 8,990-sf performing arts theater that will also function as a tornado safe room.

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Tue, 2014-07-01 16:36
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Scott City School District in Missouri recently broke ground on an 8,990-sf performing arts theater that will also function as a tornado safe room.

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Grimshaw's 'kit of parts' design scheme selected for Qatar sports facilities program

Grimshaw Architects has been selected as the winner of a competition held by The Qatar Olympic Committee to design sports facilities across Qatar.

The series of projects, called the Al Farjan Recreational Sports Facilities, have been designed in such a way that the same basic design can be adapted to the specific requirements of each site, ArchDaily reports.

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All facilities will utilize grey water recycling systems to irrigate the landscape.

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The series of projects, called the Al Farjan Recreational Sports Facilities, have been designed in such a way that the same basic design can be adapted to the specific requirements of each site.

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Wed, 2014-07-02 08:57
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The canopies will provide shade and note paths to recreation and seating areas.
The canopies will provide shade and note paths to recreation and seating areas. Rendering courtesy Grimshaw Architects
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The series of projects, called the Al Farjan Recreational Sports Facilities, have been designed in such a way that the same basic design can be adapted to the specific requirements of each site.

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Emerging trends in commercial flooring

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Rectangular tiles, digital graphic applications, the resurgence of terrazzo, and product transparency headline today’s commercial flooring trends.

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Rectangular tiles, digital graphic applications, the resurgence of terrazzo, and product transparency headline today’s commercial flooring trends.

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Wed, 2014-07-02 10:50
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Rubber floor tiles in 24x24-inch modules were water-jet cut to accommodate custo
Rubber floor tiles in 24x24-inch modules were water-jet cut to accommodate custom-designed graphics at the Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center for the Chickasha (Okla.) Public Schools. PHOTO: JOSEPH MILLS PHOTOGRAPHY / COURTESY LWPB
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Rectangular tiles, digital graphic applications, the resurgence of terrazzo, and product transparency headline today’s commercial flooring trends.

Rectangular tiles, digital graphic applications, the resurgence of terrazzo, and product transparency headline today’s commercial flooring trends. New product technologies and more extensive manufacturing information will expand choices for the Building Team in all types of projects, including healthcare, academic, hospitality, retail, and workplace.

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The doctor is in the firehouse: New clinic to be built in California fire station

In Hayward, Calif., the city has just broken ground on a new and unique project: a fire station with a health clinic built in, CityLab reports.

Designed by WRNS Studio, the Firehouse Clinic will encourage local residents with limited healthcare access to consider them as an alternative to the emergency room, especially for preventive care. 

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The clinic expects to see 5,000 patients in its first two years.

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Designed by WRNS Studio, the Firehouse Clinic will encourage local residents with limited healthcare access to consider them as an alternative to the emergency room, especially for preventive care. 

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Wed, 2014-07-02 11:56
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Designed by WRNS Studio, the Firehouse Clinic will encourage local residents with limited healthcare access to consider them as an alternative to the emergency room. Renderings courtesy of WRNS Studio, CityLab.
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Designed by WRNS Studio, the Firehouse Clinic will encourage local residents with limited healthcare access to consider them as an alternative to the emergency room, especially for preventive care. 

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Clark Institute to open newly-renovated campus designed by Tadao Ando, Selldorf Architects

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown opens its expanded and reconceived 140-acre campus on July 4, 2014. The multi-phase project, nearly fifteen years in the making, reconceptualizes the visitor experience of the Clark and represents the most significant transformation of the Institute since it opened in 1955. 

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The renovation includes a sweeping redesign of the Clark’s grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture.

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Combining the talents of four noted architects, the project unites the new Clark Center, designed by Tadao Ando, with the renovated Museum Building and Manton Research Center, designed by Selldorf Architects.

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Thu, 2014-07-03 10:48
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Combining the talents of four noted architects, the project unites the new Clark Center, designed by Tadao Ando, with the renovated Museum Building and Manton Research Center, designed by Selldorf Architects.

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SHoP designs what would be Brooklyn's tallest building

Brooklyn is about to have a 70-story building–towering well over any other existing developments in downtown Brooklyn, according to New York Yimby.

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The new, mostly residential building will be in close proximity to many mass transit stations.

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JDS Development partners with SHoP to construct a 70-story building at 775-feet tall, unprecedented for downtown Brooklyn.

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Wed, 2014-07-02 15:01
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Downtown Brooklyn. Image via Google Maps
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A new development planned to be 775 feet tall with 555,554 sf will alter Brooklyn's skyline.

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