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Gensler reveals 44 design trends for the next decade

Gensler recently published its 2014 Design Forecast, which covers the trends the company believes will dominate design over the next decade.

In all, 44 trends are covered in the report, as are six “meta-trends” that define Gensler’s overall outlook on the future of design. The report divides design into 22 focus areas.

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Six 'meta-trends' guide the firm's 2014 Design Forecast.

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The 82-page report covers dozens of emerging trends in healthcare, commercial office, hospitality, tall buildings, and more.

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Thu, 2014-02-27 15:50
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The 82-page report covers dozens of emerging trends in healthcare, commercial office, hospitality, tall buildings, and more.

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12 facts about heat-treated glass: Why stronger isn’t always better

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A dozen quick tips about tempered and heat-strengthened glass

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Glass is heat-treated for two reasons: the first is to increase its strength to resist external stresses such as wind and snow loads, or thermal loads caused by the sun’s energy. The second is to temper glass so that it meets safety glazing requirements defined by applicable codes or federal standards. 

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Thu, 2014-02-27 11:18
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Glass is heat-treated for two reasons: the first is to increase its strength to resist external stresses such as wind and snow loads, or thermal loads caused by the sun’s energy. The second is to temper glass so that it meets safety glazing requirements defined by applicable codes or federal standards. 

Glass is heat-treated for two reasons: the first is to increase its strength to resist external stresses such as wind and snow loads, or thermal loads caused by the sun’s energy.

The second is to temper glass so that it meets safety glazing requirements defined by applicable codes or federal standards. 

Following are a dozen quick tips about tempered and heat-strengthened glass, including why the strongest glass isn’t always the best glass for a given application. 

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PocketCake lunches CPU designed for virtual reality simulations

A new product from PocketCake, called VRSCA (for Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly), is three times more powerful than the average high-performance computer and allows for up to eight people to experience a virtual reality simulation at the same time.

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The company's Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly allows for up to eight people to experience a VR simulation at the same time.

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The company's Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly is three times more powerful than the average high-performance computer and allows for up to eight people to experience a virtual reality simulation at the same time.

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Thu, 2014-02-27 08:33
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PocketCake's VRSCA (for Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly) is three
VRSCA is available in four models: a single viewer, a dual viewer, a 4-person viewer and an 8-person viewer.
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The company's Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly is three times more powerful than the average high-performance computer and allows for up to eight people to experience a virtual reality simulation at the same time.

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Target converts former prison dump into latest big-box store

Recently, MBH Architects was approached by the Target Corporation, who asked them to design a new store in San Rafael, Calf. The problem: the building was slated for the former San Quentin Prison dump site, meaning that the lot was full of hazardous materials and that the ground was unstable.

MBH worked with a team of specialists—from structural, civil, and landscape specialists to experts in methane mitigation, vertical reciprocating conveyors, and onsite lighting—to make the lot suitable for the new store.

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The site was full of hazardous materials, unstable ground when MBH Architects began work

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Target's new San Rafael, Calif., location was built on the site of the former San Quentin prison dump. 

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Thu, 2014-02-27 15:01
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The new Target has received a LEED Gold Certification. Photos courtesy of MBH Architects.
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Target's new San Rafael, Calif., location was built on the site of the former San Quentin prison dump. 

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Six finalists selected in design competition for Canadian Holocaust monument

The Department of Canadian Heritage is currently holding a design competition for the new National Holocaust Monument, and it is narrowed down to six finalists. The six entries were displayed to the public on February 20 and viewers were allowed to comment on the designs.

A seven-member jury will recommend the winning design to the government of Canada after taking the public’s comments into account.

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David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among the finalists for the National Holocaust Monument, planned near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among the finalists for the National Holocaust Monument, planned near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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Fri, 2014-02-28 09:29
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Team Klein's design proposal for the monument. Renderings courtesy of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among the finalists for the National Holocaust Monument, planned near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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Engineering and construction CEOs are cautiously optimistic about the global economy, says PwC

Engineering and construction CEOs are more optimistic this year than in previous years, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey. Forty-one percent of respondents expect to grow over the next 12 months, up from 31% last year.

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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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Mon, 2014-03-03 13:07
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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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First look: Historic grain silo to become soaring art gallery

British architect Thomas Heatherwick has proposed to repurpose a grain silo into an art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. The silo is made up of 42-concrete tubes, which Heatherwick plans to make into gallery spaces; some will house elevators.

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The silo's 42 concrete tubes will be converted into galleries, elevator shafts

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British architect Thomas Heatherwick has proposed to repurpose a grain silo into an art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. The silo is made up of 42-concrete tubes, which Heatherwick plans to make into gallery spaces.

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Tue, 2014-03-04 08:54
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The atrium will be surrounded by concrete tubes. Renderings: Heatherwick Studio / www.heatherwick.com
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British architect Thomas Heatherwick has proposed to repurpose a grain silo into an art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. The silo is made up of 42-concrete tubes, which Heatherwick plans to make into gallery spaces.

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2014 Giants 300 survey due April 4!

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The Giants 300 survey results will be published in the July 2014 issue of Building Design+Construction.

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BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 survey forms are due next Friday, April 4. Survey results will be published in our July 2014 issue. The annual Giants 300 Report ranks the top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue.

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Tue, 2014-04-01 10:30
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BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 survey forms are due next Friday, April 4. Survey results will be published in our July 2014 issue. The annual Giants 300 Report ranks the top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue.

The annual Giants 300 Report ranks the top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue. You’ll want to be sure your firm is on the Giants 300 list, as potential clients look to these rankings for prospective firms to design and construct their future projects.

Giants 300 results will be published in our July 2014 issue.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2014 GIANTS 300 SURVEY

 

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Kettler to begin construction on Bethesda high-rise apartment complex

Kettler announced that it has closed on a land and construction loan with lender Helaba. The real estate development company will proceed with plans for the development of a 101 unit high-rise apartment building in Bethesda, Maryland at 7535 Old Georgetown Road.

“This is the third construction loan we’ve closed with this institution in the last 18 months. Helaba continues to demonstrate its commitment and support to this market, our product and the sponsorship,” said Leslie Furst, senior vice president of finance for Kettler.

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The apartment community will be designed by R2L Architects

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The 101-unit high-rise, called Element 28, is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification. 

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Tue, 2014-03-04 13:26
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Kettler announced that it has closed on a land and construction loan with lender Helaba. Rendering courtesy of ArchiBIM.
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The 101-unit high-rise, called Element 28, is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification. 

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NY High Line's final phase to open this fall [slideshow]

The final phase of New York’s High Line elevated railway park is slated to open in the fall of 2014. The park will be located between West 30th and West 34th streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th avenues to the east and west.

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Here's a sneak peek at the distinguishing design features of the third and final phase of New York's famed elevated linear park.

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Here's a sneak peek at the distinguishing design features of the third and final phase of New York's famed elevated linear park.

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Wed, 2014-03-05 13:08
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All renderings: James Corner Field Operations; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; and Pie
The High Line will include safe spaces for visitors. All renderings: James Corner Field Operations; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; and Piet Oudolf
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Here's a sneak peek at the distinguishing design features of the third and final phase of New York's famed elevated linear park.

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