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First Look: SOM's design for All Aboard Florida Fort Lauderdale rail station

An estimated three million car trips will be eliminated from the Southeastern United States each year—one of North America's region busiest with visitors, thanks to sunny weather and theme parks. At least, that's the plan for All Aboard Florida, the country's only privately owned, operated, and financed railway project.

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All Aboard Florida is the only private railway project of its kind in the U.S.

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The lightweight and luminous design "responds to its setting and creates a striking infrastructural icon for the city," said SOM Design Partner Roger Duffy. 

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Wed, 2014-07-09 11:30
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All renderings courtesy SOM
The lightweight and luminous design "responds to its setting and creates a striking infrastuctural icon for the city," said SOM Design Partner Roger Duffy. All renderings courtesy SOM
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The lightweight and luminous design "responds to its setting and creates a striking infrastructural icon for the city," said SOM Design Partner Roger Duffy. 

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Demolition danger: Traditional Japanese architecture under threat in Tokyo district

Oddly enough, a tree has become the center of efforts to conserve traditional architecture in Tokyo's historic Yanaka district. The 90-year-old Himalayan cedar stands on a plot purchased by an Osaka-based real estate agent. Residents are trying to block plans to bulldoze the plot as part of an ongoing effort to preserve the neighborhood. 
 
The Yanaka area is unique because it is home to so many buildings which survived both the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II.
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Preservation faces a lot of obstacles in this area, from the law to limited urban space for developers.

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Residents are trying to block developers from destroying historic architecture in Tokyo's Yanaka district, where a remarkable number of traditional buildings survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II. 

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Wed, 2014-07-09 14:37
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A cedar stands over buildings in the Yanaka district. Photo credit: Daderot, Wikimedia Commons.
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Residents are trying to block developers from destroying historic architecture in Tokyo's Yanaka district, where a remarkable number of traditional buildings survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II. 

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Dragon-inspired hotel conveys Vietnamese hospitality [2014 Building Team Awards]

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An international Building Team unites to create Vietnam’s first JW Marriott luxury property.

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An international Building Team unites to create Vietnam’s first JW Marriott luxury property.

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Wed, 2014-07-09 17:38
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The JW Marriott Hanoi features an unusual cantilevered design, with a curled sha
The JW Marriott Hanoi features an unusual cantilevered design, with a curled shape inspired by the form of a dragon. The arms of the hotel shelter a raised entry plaza. PHOTO: COURTESY MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL
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An international Building Team unites to create Vietnam’s first JW Marriott luxury property.

The JW Marriott brand holds high standards for its luxury hotels, and the new property in Hanoi, Vietnam, is no different. The 74,384-sm building conveys a distinct Vietnamese flair, with its stylized dragon form inspired by local mythology and the country’s coastline.

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New tool aggregates LEED project info for over 150 countries

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of an expanded online data visualization resource that will allow any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects under way.

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The global uptake of LEED has surged in the past few years. 

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The U.S. Green Building Council announced the launch of an expanded online data visualization resource that will allow any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects.

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Thu, 2014-07-10 08:56
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The market brief for Honduras, from the USGBC website.
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The U.S. Green Building Council announced the launch of an expanded online data visualization resource that will allow any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects.

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Steinberg SF Studio launches in San Francisco, plans to transform its own office space

Principals June Grant, AIA and Asheshh Saheba, RA revealed the vision and philosophy behind the launch of Steinberg SF Studio.
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As proof-of-concept, Steinberg SF Studio is transforming its office space and culture at Battery and Pine streets. 

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Grant and Saheba left their previous architectural firms, AECOM and Handel respectively, because they saw the opportunity to bring their agile, provocative design aesthetic to clients in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Oakland.

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Thu, 2014-07-10 09:25
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The unveiling of the Steinberg SF Studio signals a new beginning for Steinberg's presence in San Francisco.
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Grant and Saheba left their previous architectural firms, AECOM and Handel respectively, because they saw the opportunity to bring their agile, provocative design aesthetic to clients in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Oakland.

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BioSkin 'vertical sprinkler' named top technical innovation in high-rise design

BioSkin, a system of water-filled ceramic pipes that cools the exterior surface of buildings and their surrounding micro-climates, has won the 2014 Tall Building Innovation Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

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The design approach is based on the traditional Japanese practice of uchimizu, the sprinkling of water to lower ambient temperatures, clean the streets, and keep dust at bay.

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BioSkin, a system of water-filled ceramic pipes that cools the exterior surface of buildings and their surrounding micro-climates, has won the 2014 Tall Building Innovation Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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Thu, 2014-07-10 16:15
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All photos: © Harunori Noda / courtesy CTBUH
BioSkin is a system of water-filled ceramic pipes that cools the exterior surface of buildings and their surrounding micro-climates. All photos: © Harunori Noda / courtesy CTBUH
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BioSkin, a system of water-filled ceramic pipes that cools the exterior surface of buildings and their surrounding micro-climates, has won the 2014 Tall Building Innovation Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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Berkeley Lab opens 'world's most comprehensive building efficiency simulator'

Innovation is brewing in the Bay Area, and it’s not coming from another app development. FLEXLAB, a laboratory dedicated to studying energy efficiency, just opened up at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the hills above UC Berkeley.

The lab is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, and as of now, it is the only one of it’s kind in the world.

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DOE’s new FLEXLAB is a first-of-its-kind simulator that lets users test energy-efficient building systems individually or as an integrated system, under real-world conditions.

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DOE’s new FLEXLAB is a first-of-its-kind simulator that lets users test energy-efficient building systems individually or as an integrated system, under real-world conditions.

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Thu, 2014-07-10 15:49
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Images courtesy of FLEXLAB
Images courtesy of FLEXLAB
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DOE’s new FLEXLAB is a first-of-its-kind simulator that lets users test energy-efficient building systems individually or as an integrated system, under real-world conditions.

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Latest construction accident fatality statistics reverse trend of declining deaths

The latest data on construction site fatalities for 2012 shows a rise in the death rate to 9.9 per 100,000 workers after 2011 had reached a recent low of 9.1 per 100,000, according to an analysis of data by the AFL-CIO.

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2012 data shows rise in work-related deaths

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The latest data on construction site fatalities for 2012 shows a rise in the death rate to 9.9 per 100,000 workers after 2011 had reached a recent low of 9.1 per 100,000, according to an analysis of data by the AFL-CIO.

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Fri, 2014-07-11 08:39
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Photo: Jesse A. Lora, NAVFAC via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Jesse A. Lora, NAVFAC via Wikimedia Commons
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The latest data on construction site fatalities for 2012 shows a rise in the death rate to 9.9 per 100,000 workers after 2011 had reached a recent low of 9.1 per 100,000, according to an analysis of data by the AFL-CIO.

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Southern California city considers new water fee for developers

A persistent drought in Southern California could lead to a water fee for new construction projects in Ventura. Ventura’s City Council is considering a fee of up to $15,000 per acre-foot for any developers who don’t bring water rights with their projects.

The proposed Water Dedication and In-Lieu Fee would apply to “new or intensified development that requires increased water usage” if sufficient water rights are not transferred. Any funds collected would be earmarked for developing new sources of water.

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Ventura could impose up to $15K per acre-foot for water rights

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A persistent drought in Southern California could lead to a water fee for new construction projects in Ventura.

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Fri, 2014-07-11 08:47
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Photo: Antandrus via Wikipedia
Photo: Antandrus via Wikipedia
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A persistent drought in Southern California could lead to a water fee for new construction projects in Ventura.

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EPA seeking public comments on site contamination rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on its proposal to eliminate the dual standard for compliance with rules pertaining to testing of land that may have been contaminated by chemical pollution.

Currently, companies that want to build on land that might have existing chemical contamination must first conduct an assessment using an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) protocol or risk liability for a cleanup under the federal Superfund law.

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Dual-rules said to confuse developers on brownfield projects

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on its proposal to eliminate the dual standard for compliance with rules pertaining to testing of land that may have been contaminated by chemical pollution.

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Fri, 2014-07-11 08:53
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Photo: Dumelow via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 - http://creativecommons.org/licenses
Photo: Dumelow via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on its proposal to eliminate the dual standard for compliance with rules pertaining to testing of land that may have been contaminated by chemical pollution.

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