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Recession recovery spotty among American cities: WalletHub report

Since 2008, 13 municipalities have filed for bankruptcy.

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Texas metros show great momentum, but a number of Arizona and California cities are still struggling to recover.

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Texas metros show great momentum, but a number of Arizona and California cities are still struggling to recover.

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Fri, 2014-08-01 08:50
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Denver is among the "most recovered" American cities, post-recession, according
Denver is among the "most recovered" American cities, post-recession, according to WalletHub. Photo by Flickr user Larry Johnson via Wikimedia Commons.
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Texas metros show great momentum, but a number of Arizona and California cities are still struggling to recover.

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Best in healthcare design: AIA selects eight projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research.

Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

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Projects showcase the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research.

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Projects showcase the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research.

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Fri, 2014-08-01 15:15
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Legacy ER in Allen, Texas, was among the AIA healthcare design honorees. Photo ©
Legacy ER in Allen, Texas, was among the AIA healthcare design honorees. Photo © Michael Moran/OTTO.
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Projects showcase the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research.

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BIM Giants: Firms enhance BIM/VDC with advanced collaboration tools [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among the emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among the emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Mon, 2014-08-04 09:39
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To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer
To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer Stadium project in Basrah, Iraq, structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti developed a specialized, cloud-hosted BIM model that enabled near-real-time structural analysis and feedback of design changes made by the design architect, 360 Architects. RENDERING: 360 ARCHITECTS
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Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among the emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

This past April, more than 500 AEC professionals—many from Giants 300 firms—gathered in Boston for BIMForum. Now in its ninth year, the group, which is co-sponsored by AGC and AIA, brings together tech-minded professionals twice yearly to discuss how BIM/VDC tools and advanced workflows are being used to enhance collaboration of the Building Team. 

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Stalled $1.5 billion Miami mixed-use redevelopment project advances

A long-delayed $1.5 billion mixed-use development in Miami moved ahead after city planners approved the project’s first phase. Phase one of Miami Worldcenter will feature three mostly residential towers of varying heights, a shopping complex, and three public plazas on 27 acres.

Phase two, which includes building a convention center and hotel, has yet to be approved after the city planning board did not agree to rewrite zoning rules for the project. The project has endured eight years of planning and delays.

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Residential towers, shopping complex, convention center, and hotel are planned

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A long-delayed $1.5 billion mixed-use development in Miami moved ahead after city planners approved the project’s first phase.

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Mon, 2014-08-04 10:27
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Rendering: courtesy www.miamiworldcenter.com
Rendering: courtesy www.miamiworldcenter.com
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A long-delayed $1.5 billion mixed-use development in Miami moved ahead after city planners approved the project’s first phase.

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Retail Giants: Grocery-anchored centers, trophy malls among hot retail developments [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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Despite the rapid growth of online shopping, the 'bricks and mortar' retail sector is faring quite well.

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Despite the rapid growth of online shopping, the 'bricks and mortar' retail sector is faring quite well, headed by power centers, grocery-anchored centers, and trophy malls, according BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Mon, 2014-08-04 10:48
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Urban and TOD projects like the CitySet Cherry Creek retail center in Glendale,
Urban and TOD projects like the CitySet Cherry Creek retail center in Glendale, Colo., remain a strong investment opportunity for developers. Completed in 2013, the project is Denver’s first blended “gastronomic urban village” and hotel district, with a mix of retail stores, restaurants, breweries, two hotels, and underground parking, on a city block. PHOTO: COURTESY STANTEC
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Despite the rapid growth of online shopping, the 'bricks and mortar' retail sector is faring quite well, headed by power centers, grocery-anchored centers, and trophy malls, according BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

Pop quiz time: Of the total retail sales in 2013, what percentage came from online shopping? 

Twenty-five percent? Nope, lower. Twenty percent? Not even close. Ten percent? Getting warmer.

Would you believe that, even with the e-commerce sector’s torrid pace of growth during the past decade, online sales represented just 6% of all retail business last year?

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Facebook’s prefab data center concept aims to slash construction time in half

Less than a year after opening its ultra-green, hydropowered data center facility in Luleå, Sweden, Facebook is back at it in Mother Svea with yet another novel approach to data center design. In May, the tech giant broke ground on an expansion to its Luleå facility, which is rated as one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world, with an average power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.05. 

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The tech giant's newly developed Rapid Deployment Data Center concept utilizes modular and Lean design principles to streamline planning and construction.

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Less than a year after opening its ultra-green, hydropowered data center facility in Luleå, Sweden, Facebook is back at it in Mother Svea with yet another novel approach to data center design.

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Mon, 2014-08-04 11:20
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In May, Facebook broke ground on an expansion to its data center campus in Luleå
In May, Facebook broke ground on an expansion to its data center campus in Luleå, Sweden. Using a new prefab construction process, the tech giant expects to build the new data center twice as fast as the first facility. RENDERING: FACEBOOK
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Less than a year after opening its ultra-green, hydropowered data center facility in Luleå, Sweden, Facebook is back at it in Mother Svea with yet another novel approach to data center design.

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Pencil app gives a paper-and-pen feel to digital drawing

Pencil, FiftyThree's new iPad pen, is now on sale. It was created by the same company that launched Paper, the acclaimed iPad drawing app. 
 
To activate Pencil on your iPad simply open the Paper app and press the pencil tip to the screen. Once activated, a number of tools appear onscreen.
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This app and stylus offer numerous writing utensils, including an ink pen, bold marker, watercolor brush, thick ink pen, and soft lead pencil.

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This app and stylus offer numerous writing utensils, including an ink pen, bold marker, watercolor brush, thick ink pen, and soft lead pencil.

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Mon, 2014-08-04 11:32
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Photo credit: FiftyThree
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This app and stylus offer numerous writing utensils, including an ink pen, bold marker, watercolor brush, thick ink pen, and soft lead pencil.

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Construction economists optimistic about 2014 growth

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chief Economist Kermit Baker and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist David Crowe provided a collaborative economic forecast combining their expert economic analysis on leading, present and lagging economic indicators.
 
"A combination of low interest rates; wealth effects stemming from a booming stock market and rising home prices; surging energy production; and expanding industrial output has helped position the U.S.
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ABC’s quarterly Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) will be released Aug. 19.

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Anirban Basu, Kermit Baker and David Crowe provided a collaborative economic forecast combining their expert economic analysis on leading, present and lagging economic indicators.

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Tue, 2014-08-05 09:11
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Anirban Basu, Kermit Baker and David Crowe provided a collaborative economic forecast combining their expert economic analysis on leading, present and lagging economic indicators.

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K-12 School Sector Giants: Pent-up demand finally produces movement in schools market [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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School districts spent about $13.4 billion on construction projects in 2013, about $7.6 billion of which went for new schools.

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After a long period of anemic performance, with growth mostly driven by renovations and additions, the K-12 sector is showing renewed interest in new construction, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Tue, 2014-08-05 09:07
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Low-rise structures and pedestrian streets characterize the new Henderson-Hopkin
Low-rise structures and pedestrian streets characterize the new Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore, the area’s first new public school in 30 years. Built by nonprofit East Baltimore Development Inc., the K-8 facility takes cues from local architecture and includes shared health and recreational resources for the community. Rogers Architects and Whiting-Turner led the Building Team. PHOTO: @ALBERT VERCERKA/ESTO
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After a long period of anemic performance, with growth mostly driven by renovations and additions, the K-12 sector is showing renewed interest in new construction, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

After a long period of anemic performance, with growth mostly driven by renovations and additions, the K-12 sector is showing renewed interest in new construction. Consultant Paul Abramson, using data from Dun & Bradstreet, calculates that districts spent about $13.4 billion on construction projects in 2013, about $7.6 billion of which went for new schools (http://bit.ly/1kN4qkv).

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New bomb-proof concrete mixture used in One World Trade Center

A new mixture of concrete has been developed to decrease the damage done in bomb attacks. This mix was used in the construction of the One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, Science Daily reports.

The danger posed by explosions to buildings is mainly in the debris that comes loose and goes flying. Traditional concrete is brittle, meaning that an explosive force can easily tear off chunks and fling them into the air.

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The new concrete mix deforms instead of breaking, removing the threat of flying debris in an explosive attack. 

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The new concrete mix deforms instead of breaking, removing the threat of flying debris in an explosive attack. 

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Tue, 2014-08-05 11:04
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Photo credit: Khalid Mahmood, Wikimedia Commons.
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The new concrete mix deforms instead of breaking, removing the threat of flying debris in an explosive attack. 

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