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AIA and almost 1,000 other businesses oppose effort to repeal energy efficiency bill

On February 27, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nearly 1,000 businesses from across the country urged Congress to reject efforts to repeal the law setting goals for reducing fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2030.

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The letter notes that some companies are already designing buildings that exceed Section 433's standards.

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This opposition comes in response to reports that the oil and gas lobby pushed to include a repeal of Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act in the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill.

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Thu, 2014-03-06 08:24
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Now that the repeal of Section 433 is included in the bill, it is unclear whether it can move forward.
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This opposition comes in response to reports that the oil and gas lobby pushed to include a repeal of Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act in the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill.

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Must see: Tour Seinfeld's apartment with virtual reality headset

After two months of taking screen captures and coding, Web designer Greg Miller has re-created a place intimately familiar to many Americans: Jerry Seinfeld's sitcom apartment.

With the use of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence.

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Fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence, thanks to one Web designer's painstaking effort.

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Fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence, thanks to one Web designer's painstaking effort.

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Thu, 2014-03-06 10:45
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Greg Miller used the Unity coding language to create "Jerry's Place." All render
Greg Miller used the Unity coding language to create "Jerry's Place." All renderings: Greg Miller
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Fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence, thanks to one Web designer's painstaking effort.

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Chicago's 7 most threatened buildings: Guyon Hotel, Jeffrey Theater make the list

On Tuesday, Preservation Chicago published its 2014 list of Chicago's 7 most threatened buildings.

On the list is St. Adalbert Church, designed by Henry J. Schlacks in 1874, with its notable 185-foot-high twin towers.

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The 2014 edition of Preservation Chicago's annual Chicago's 7 list includes an L station house, public school, theater, manufacturing district, power house, and hotel.

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The 2014 edition of Preservation Chicago's annual Chicago's 7 list includes an L station house, public school, theater, manufacturing district, power house, and hotel.

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Fri, 2014-03-07 10:30
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The Guyon Hotel made the Chicago's 7 list for the second straight year. Photo: A
The Guyon Hotel made the Chicago's 7 list for the second straight year. Photo: Andrew Jameson via Wikipedia
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The 2014 edition of Preservation Chicago's annual Chicago's 7 list includes an L station house, public school, theater, manufacturing district, power house, and hotel.

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SketchUp 2014 aims to make BIM processes more simple and flexible

Trimble has released SketchUp 2014, the latest version of its popular 3-D modeling platform for architects, engineers, design  and construction professionals, as well as members of the global maker community.

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This update has new features specific to information modeling

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SketchUp 2014 features new tools that improve the classification of design objects and tighten interoperability with other products used in Building Information Modeling workflows. 

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Fri, 2014-03-07 11:03
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SketchUp 2014 features major enhancements to SketchUp’s 3-D Warehouse, the world
SketchUp 2014 features major enhancements to SketchUp’s 3-D Warehouse, the world’s largest repository of free, high-quality, 3D content.
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SketchUp 2014 features new tools that improve the classification of design objects and tighten interoperability with other products used in Building Information Modeling workflows. 

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Thom Mayne's high-tech Emerson College LA campus opens in Hollywood [slideshow]

Larry David, Maria Menounos, and Sofia Vergara are among the Hollywood elites scheduled to attend a star-studded gala March 8 to celebrate the opening of Emerson College's new $85 million Los Angeles campus building

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The $85 million, 10-story vertical campus takes the shape of a massive, shimmering aircraft hangar, housing a sculptural, glass-and-aluminum base building.

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The $85 million, 10-story vertical campus takes the shape of a massive, shimmering aircraft hangar, housing a sculptural, glass-and-aluminum base building.

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Fri, 2014-03-07 12:34
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Photo: Iwan Baan - www.iwan.com / Courtesy Emerson College
Photo: Iwan Baan - www.iwan.com / Courtesy Emerson College
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The $85 million, 10-story vertical campus takes the shape of a massive, shimmering aircraft hangar, housing a sculptural, glass-and-aluminum base building.

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5 rugged mobile devices geared for construction pros

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BD+C readers share their most trusted smartphone and tablet cases. The editors select some of their faves, too. 

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BD+C readers share their most trusted smartphone and tablet cases. The editors select some of their faves, too. 

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Mon, 2014-03-10 12:54
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Photo: iBackFlip Somersault
Photo: iBackFlip Somersault
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BD+C readers share their most trusted smartphone and tablet cases. The editors select some of their faves, too. 

When it comes to rugged mobile devices for the AEC market, the story lately has had less to do with the hardware itself and more with the deluge of hardened and weather-resistant cases, bags, and accessories to hit the market. 

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Field tested: Caterpillar’s Cat B15 rugged smartphone

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The B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

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The B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

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Mon, 2014-03-10 13:06
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Caterpillar’s Cat B15 rugged smartphone
Caterpillar’s Cat B15 rugged smartphone. Photo: Caterpillar
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The B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

BD+C’s sister publication, Construction Equipment, recently field tested Caterpillar’s entry into the rugged mobile device market, the Cat B15 smartphone

Manufactured by Bullett Mobile Ltd. under license from Caterpillar, the B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

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What if Warhol, Picasso and Kapoor were architects?

Graphic designer Federico Babina has created a set of architectural illustrations inspired by the work of famous artists, including Anish Kapoor, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol.

The project, called Archist, applies the aesthetics of prominent artists to an architectural form.

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In his latest collection, graphic artist Federico Babina reimagines fine art as architecture.

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In his latest collection, graphic artist Federico Babina reimagines fine art as architecture.

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Tue, 2014-03-11 09:59
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Illustrations: courtesy Federico Babina.
Illustrations: courtesy Federico Babina.
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In his latest collection, graphic artist Federico Babina reimagines fine art as architecture.

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Meet Tally – the Revit app that calculates the environmental impact of building materials

Architecture firm KieranTimberlake, in conjunction with PE International and Autodesk Sustainability Solutions, announce the commercial availability of Tally, a software application for Revit that calculates the environmental impact of building materials.

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Tally provides AEC professionals with insight into how materials-related decisions made during design influence a building’s overall ecological footprint.

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Tally provides AEC professionals with insight into how materials-related decisions made during design influence a building’s overall ecological footprint.

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Mon, 2014-03-10 15:10
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Tally lets users assign materials and quantities, then provides a complete bill of goods.
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Tally provides AEC professionals with insight into how materials-related decisions made during design influence a building’s overall ecological footprint.

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Freelon Group to join Perkins+Will

Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will announced today that they have signed an agreement which will result in The Freelon Group joining forces with Perkins+Will.

Founded by Phil Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP in Research Triangle Park, N.C., The Freelon Group is world renowned for design excellence and consulting work with museums, libraries, universities, and other civic and institutional clients. 

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The combination will result in one of North Carolina's largest architecture and design practices

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The Freelon Group concentrates on museums, libraries, universities and other civic and institutional clients; Perkins+Will plans to incorporate this specialization into their design repertory.

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Tue, 2014-03-11 08:25
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Freelon founded The Freelon Group in 1990. He is the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
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The Freelon Group concentrates on museums, libraries, universities and other civic and institutional clients; Perkins+Will plans to incorporate this specialization into their design repertory.

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