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Phifer and Partners to design 'transparent' Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Thomas Phifer and Partners has won a competition to design a new gallery space for the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, ArchDaily reports.

The firm's proposal comprises two separate buildings housing the TR Warsawa Theatre, also part of the museum, and the museum itself. The two buildings will be joined by a common area that will function as an entrance and public space. 

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Backstage rooms of the theater will have glass walls to allow passersby to see inside.

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The design includes a stage that opens onto the city's Parade Square, so anyone passing by will be able to see performances. 

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Fri, 2014-08-29 09:35
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The design involves two separate buildings: a theater and museum. Renderings: co
The design involves two separate buildings: a theater and museum. Renderings: courtesy Thomas Phifer and Architects
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The design includes a stage that opens onto the city's Parade Square, so anyone passing by will be able to see performances. 

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The new College Football Hall of Fame opens in Atlanta

Brasfield & Gorrie announced the completion of construction for the $68.5 million College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in Atlanta.

Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the three-story, 94,250-sf attraction is designed to entertain and educate visitors and serve as a venue to celebrate the traditions of college football.

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Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the three-story, 94,250-sf attraction is designed to celebrate the traditions of college football. 

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Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the three-story, 94,250-sf attraction is designed to celebrate the traditions of college football. 

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Fri, 2014-08-29 11:13
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Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the three-story, 94,250-sf attraction is designed to celebrate the traditions of college football. 

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Ranked: Top federal government sector AEC firms [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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Clark Group, Fluor, and HOK top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest federal government design and construction firms.

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Clark Group, Fluor, and HOK top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest federal government design and construction firms, as reported in the 2014 Giants 300 Report. 

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Mon, 2014-09-01 20:18
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View of the restored south elevation of New York City Hall. The renovation is th
View of the restored south elevation of New York City Hall. The renovation is the first comprehensive rehabilitation of New York City Hall in its lifetime, designed to repair the building’s structural stability, restore public spaces and upgrade systems, all while preserving the architectural landmark’s historic character. Photo: John Bartelstone / courtesy Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
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Clark Group, Fluor, and HOK top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest federal government design and construction firms, as reported in the 2014 Giants 300 Report. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Melbourne's tallest residential tower will have 'optically transformative façade'

Plans for Melbourne's tallest residential tower have been released by Elenberg Fraser Architects. Using an optically transformative façade and botanical aesthetic, the project seeks to change the landscape of Australia's Victoria state, ArchDaily reports

More than half of the condo units in Victoria One have been sold already.  

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Using an optically transformative façade and botanical aesthetic, the project seeks to change the landscape of Australia's Victoria state. 

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Plans for Melbourne's tallest residential tower have been released by Elenberg Fraser Architects. Using an optically transformative façade and botanical aesthetic, the project seeks to change the landscape of Australia's Victoria state. 

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Tue, 2014-09-02 09:03
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Renderings courtesy Golden Age Group
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Plans for Melbourne's tallest residential tower have been released by Elenberg Fraser Architects. Using an optically transformative façade and botanical aesthetic, the project seeks to change the landscape of Australia's Victoria state. 

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Harvard study: Nation unprepared to meet housing needs of aging population

America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation.

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Housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in short supply, according to a joint Harvard/AARP study.

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The number of adults in the U.S. aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 132 million by 2030. But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in too short supply.

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Tue, 2014-09-02 12:07
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Photo credit: Robert Breazeale, FEMA Photo Library/Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Robert Breazeale, FEMA Photo Library/Wikimedia Commons
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The number of adults in the U.S. aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 132 million by 2030. But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in too short supply.

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Extreme conversion: 17-story industrial silo to be converted to high-rise housing

A 200-foot-tall, 17-story industrial silo in Copenhagen’s Nordhavnen harbor is the largest and one of the most iconic landmarks of the area, but its function doesn’t match the needs of the district.

In 2013, By og Havn, a port development enterprise jointly owned by the city of Copenhagen and the Danish government, took the lead to transform Nordhavnen into a bustling, commercial area planned to bring tens of thousands of apartments and jobs.

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As part of Copenhagen's effort to turn an industrial seaport into a bustling neighborhood, the historic grain silo will be transformed into a modern housing tower.

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As part of Copenhagen's effort to turn an industrial seaport into a bustling neighborhood, Danish architecture firm COBE was invited to convert a grain silo into a residential tower.

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Tue, 2014-09-02 14:27
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As part of Copenhagen's effort to turn an industrial seaport into a bustling neighborhood, Danish architecture firm COBE was invited to convert a grain silo into a residential tower.

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New designation launched to streamline LEED review process

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has launched LEED Proven Provider, a new designation that streamlines the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects. 

“LEED Proven Provider makes the LEED review process faster and more seamless,” said Doug Gatlin, vice president of program delivery, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and GBCI. “It allows GBCI to deliver faster reviews of LEED projects while still maintaining the integrity of the LEED certification process.”

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The LEED Proven Provider designation is designed to minimize the need for additional work during the project review process.

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The LEED Proven Provider designation is designed to minimize the need for additional work during the project review process.

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Wed, 2014-09-03 10:14
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Tesoro Corporation headquarters in San Antonio, TX, a LEED-certified building. P
Tesoro Corporation headquarters in San Antonio, TX, a LEED-certified building. Photo credit: uniquebuildings, Wikimedia Commons.
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The LEED Proven Provider designation is designed to minimize the need for additional work during the project review process.

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Micro-apartment concept can’t get traction in Boston suburb

Micro-apartments are gaining acceptance in nearby Boston and in places such as San Francisco and New York, but Weymouth, Mass., officials and neighbors were not receptive to a proposal for tiny dwellings this summer.

“This is Weymouth, not Boston,” said the owner of a hair salon near the proposed apartment project. She opposed the Weymouth micro-unit plan, as did the East Weymouth Neighborhood Association and two town councilors.

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Some big cities warm to tiny living spaces, but suburbia may not be so receptive.

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Micro-apartments are gaining acceptance in nearby Boston and in places such as San Francisco and New York, but Weymouth, Mass., officials and neighbors were not receptive to a proposal for tiny dwellings this summer.

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Wed, 2014-09-03 21:02
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Rendering: courtesy Panoramic Interests
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Micro-apartments are gaining acceptance in nearby Boston and in places such as San Francisco and New York, but Weymouth, Mass., officials and neighbors were not receptive to a proposal for tiny dwellings this summer.

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WSP to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff in $1.35 billion deal

Giant design/engineering firm WSP Global said today it plans to acquire infrastructure professional services firm Parsons Brinckerhoff from PB's parent organization, Balfour Beatty plc. The deal, which has been approved by the boards of WSP and Balfour Beatty, has an enterprise value of $1.243 billion, plus another $110 million in cash retained by PB.

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Acquisition would create a 31,000-person firm; Balfour Beatty stockholders and antitrust regulators must still give the go-ahead

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The deal, which has been approved by the boards of WSP and Balfour Beatty, has an enterprise value of $1.243 billion, plus another $110 million in cash retained by PB.

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Wed, 2014-09-03 16:08
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The consolidation would strengthen WSP's position in the U.S. transportation seg
The consolidation would strengthen WSP's position in the U.S. transportation segment and in the United Kingdom, where Parsons Brinckerhoff is a strong player.
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The deal, which has been approved by the boards of WSP and Balfour Beatty, has an enterprise value of $1.243 billion, plus another $110 million in cash retained by PB.

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Proposed federal rules would create more stringent healthcare facility safety rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published proposed rules this spring that would amend the fire safety standards for hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, hospice inpatient, and many other healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Sprinklers to be required throughout high rise structures

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A key change is a requirement that buildings over 75 feet tall have sprinkler systems throughout the structure. Existing buildings would have 12 years to install them.

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Wed, 2014-09-03 21:21
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A key change is a requirement that buildings over 75 feet tall have sprinkler systems throughout the structure. Existing buildings would have 12 years to install them.

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