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First look: Gensler ups the ante on airport design with new SFO boarding area

Gensler and the city of San Francisco recently celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Boarding Area E in Terminal 3 at the San Francisco International Airport. The 65,000-sf, $138 million renovation houses 10 United Airlines gates. 

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The new boarding are is meant to have a hotel-like feel, with a yoga room and private dressing rooms.

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The new terminal features a yoga room, award-winning arts program, and an interactive play area for kids.

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Thu, 2014-02-06 12:45
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The 65,000-sf boarding area houses 10 gates for United Airlines. Photos courtesy
The 65,000-sf boarding area houses 10 gates for United Airlines. Photos courtesy Gensler and SFO International Airport
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The new terminal features a yoga room, award-winning arts program, and an interactive play area for kids.

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First Look: Center for Hope will welcome world's religious to Jerusalem

The firm Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership has been selected to design the Center for HOPE, a new, 46,000-sf center in Jerusalem for religious education, cultural sharing and prayer among members of different faith traditions.

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The space, backed by The Elijah Interfaith Institute, is meant to "bring about world-changing peace and harmony."

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The space, backed by The Elijah Interfaith Institute, is meant to "bring about world-changing peace and harmony."

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Thu, 2014-02-06 04:00
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An aerial view of the new Center for Hope, which will contain prayer spaces for all world religions. Photos courtesy of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
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The space, backed by The Elijah Interfaith Institute, is meant to "bring about world-changing peace and harmony."

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Zaha Hadid's 'white crystal' petroleum research center taking shape in the desert [slideshow]

Like a crystalline form in the state of expansion, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center's Research and Office Complex (ROC) will rise from the desert in dramatic fashion, with a network of bright-white, six-sided cells combining to form an angular, shell-like façade.

The project's design architect, Zaha Hadid Architects, released construction photos of the job site in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The steel framework for the 216,500-sf complex is complete, and work on the exterior is well under way (as images from SkyscraperCity.com show below).  

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Construction work is under way on the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center's Research and Office Complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Like a crystalline form still in the state of expansion, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center will rise from the desert in dramatic fashion, with a network of bright-white, six-sided cells combining to form an angular, shell-like façade.

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Fri, 2014-02-07 10:31
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The steel framework for the 216,500-sf complex is complete, and work on the exterior is well under way. Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects
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Like a crystalline form still in the state of expansion, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center will rise from the desert in dramatic fashion, with a network of bright-white, six-sided cells combining to form an angular, shell-like façade.

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Proposed parking garage will sandwich vehicles between housing and retail space

Where most parking garages are simply a place to drop off your car, architecture firm Brisac Gonzalez has designed a much more active car park. Rooftop housing and retail space will surround the garage from the top and bottom, respectively.

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Custom lighting and bright colors will add to car park's appeal

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Architecture firm Brisac Gonzalez says that the design "will introduce different activities after parking hours."

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Mon, 2014-02-10 13:17
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Rooftop housing on the top of the garage and retail spaces on the bottom put the garage in the way of increased foot traffic. Renderings courtesy of Dezeen.
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Architecture firm Brisac Gonzalez says that the design "will introduce different activities after parking hours."

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5 tech trends transforming BIM/VDC

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From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers for AEC firms that are serious about building information modeling. 

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From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers for AEC firms that are serious about building information modeling. 

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Mon, 2014-02-10 13:24
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Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3
Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3D. The price tag may seem steep, but it’s only about half the cost of previous-generation scanners.
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From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers for AEC firms that are serious about building information modeling. 

This article is part of BD+C's special five-part Technology Report 2014: Top tech tools and trends for AEC professionals.

 

As building information modeling and virtual design and construction continue to evolve the work processes of AEC firms, promising technologies are being applied to take 3D coordination to the next level. Some are new breakthroughs; others have been vastly improved in recent years.

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World's first suspended bicycle roundabout [slideshow]

Dutch architecture firm Ipv Delft has designed the world's first suspended bicycle roundabout.

Located between localities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven and Meerhoven in the Netherlands, the bicycle track is made from 1,000 tons of steel, a 230-foot-tall central pylon, and 24 steel cables.

According to Freshome.com, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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Located in the Netherlands, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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Located in the Netherlands, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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Tue, 2014-02-11 10:53
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The roundabout can be entered from four directions. Photos courtesy of Freshome.
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Located in the Netherlands, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven design is transforming project planning

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There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects. We profile some early successful applications.  

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There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.  

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Tue, 2014-02-11 20:07
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Sasaki Associates used detailed network visualizations like this traffic flow pa
Sasaki Associates used detailed network visualizations like this traffic flow pattern of the College Hill neighborhood in Providence, R.I., to advise Brown University officials on strengthening the school’s presence in the nearby Jewelry District.
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There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.  

This article is part of BD+C's special five-part Technology Report 2014: Top tech tools and trends for AEC professionals.

 

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First Look: Futuristic Silicon Valley campus designed to draw tech startups

Renderings released by HOK and developers Landbank, Cassidy Turley, and CB Richard Ellis show a curved, 770,000-sf campus located in a hotbed of heavyweight tech firms. 

CurbedSF reports that the new Central & Wolfe campus, planned for Silicon Valley, will replace a set of "an unsightly set of sprawling cookie-cutter buildings and their surface parking lots."

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The curved campus will consist of four different buildings, one exclusively for amenities like a coffee bar, bike shop, and bank.

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The curved campus will consist of four different buildings, one exclusively for amenities like a coffee bar, bike shop, and bank.

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Wed, 2014-02-12 10:37
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The Central & Wolfe campus will replace older, cookie-cutter office buildings. Renderings courtesy of Central & Wolfe.
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The curved campus will consist of four different buildings, one exclusively for amenities like a coffee bar, bike shop, and bank.

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Must see: Developer stacks shipping containers atop grain silos to create student housing tower

In a different take on shipping container student housing from Christian Salvati's work in Connecticut, a new student development has just opened to tenants in South Africa.

In less than a year, developer Cintiq built a 15-story structure, using pre-existing concrete grain silos and shipping containers. Mill Junction will house 370 Johnnesburg students, providing rooftop decks and free WiFi. 

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Mill Junction will house up to 370 students and is supported by 50-year-old grain silos.

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Mill Junction will house up to 370 students and is supported by 50-year-old grain silos.

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Fri, 2014-02-14 09:47
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The shipping containers can house up to 370 students.
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Mill Junction will house up to 370 students and is supported by 50-year-old grain silos.

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Extreme Conversion: Nazi bunker transformed into green power plant, war memorial

In 1943, an anti-aircraft bunker was constructed by the Nazis in Hamburg, Germany. Some 70 years later, the structure is supplying power to more than 4,000 homes in the area.

Utility company Hamburg Energie partnered with IBA Hamburg to transform the building. The new "Energy Bunker" is already producing energy for the local community and will eventually provide heating to 3,000 homes and electricity to 1,000 others. 

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The renovated building also includes a visitor's center and cafe.

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The bunker, which sat empty for over 60 years after WWII, now uses sustainable technology and will provide power to about 4,000 homes.

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Thu, 2014-02-13 09:40
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The British wanted to destroy the bunker, but demolishing its buildings would have threatened nearby structures. Photos courtesy of gizmag.
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The bunker, which sat empty for over 60 years after WWII, now uses sustainable technology and will provide power to about 4,000 homes.

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