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7 (more) awe-inspiring interior designs [slideshow]

Editor's Note: As a follow up to our late-January post, "16 awe-inspiring interior designs from around the world," which highlighted the winners the International Interior Design Association's Annual Global Excellence Awards, we present seven more award-winning interior architecture and design projects—this time from IIDA's annual Interior Design Competition and Will Ching Design Competition.

 

 

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Gensler and Perkins+Will are among the firms with winning entries in IIDA's annual Interior Design Competition

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The seven winners of the 41st Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Will Ching Design Competition include projects on four different continents.

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Tue, 2014-03-11 11:22
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Credit for all images: International Interior Design Institute (IIDA)
Credit for all images: International Interior Design Institute (IIDA)
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The seven winners of the 41st Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Will Ching Design Competition include projects on four different continents.

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New CannonDesign database allows users to track facility assets

CannonDesign Facility Optimization Solutions has released proprietary Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) software focused on empowering organizations to manage existing facility assets and operations more efficiently and effectively.

The FCA software creates a database populated by facility assessment data that becomes a planning tool for organizations, giving them the power to strategically track facilities and development needs while managing repairs and capital projects in a predictable, efficient manner. Specifically, the database:

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The FCA software is available to organizations via the cloud 

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The new software identifies critical failures of components and systems, code and ADA-compliance issues, and systematically justifies prudent expenditures.

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Wed, 2014-03-12 08:30
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Data collected by the assessment team during the day can be uploaded in the evening, quality checked and available for viewing the next day.
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The new software identifies critical failures of components and systems, code and ADA-compliance issues, and systematically justifies prudent expenditures.

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AIA gives support to legislation to assist architecture students with debt

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others – in return for community service.

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Part of the intent of the bill is to induce architecture students to stay in the profession

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The National Design Services Act will give architecture students relief from student loan debt in return for community service. 

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Wed, 2014-03-12 09:46
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The National Design Services Act will give architecture students relief from student loan debt in return for community service. Image: bplanet via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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The National Design Services Act will give architecture students relief from student loan debt in return for community service. 

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14 new ideas for doors and door hardware

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From a high-tech classroom lockdown system to an impact-resistant wide-stile door line, BD+C editors present a collection of door and door hardware innovations. 

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From a high-tech classroom lockdown system to an impact-resistant wide-stile door line, BD+C editors present a collection of door and door hardware innovations. 

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Wed, 2014-03-12 09:49
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From a high-tech classroom lockdown system to an impact-resistant wide-stile door line, BD+C editors present a collection of door and door hardware innovations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. WIDE-STILE OPTION EXPANDS RESILIENT DOOR SERIES

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Simon Perkowitz to join KTGY Group

KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, has added design leader Simon "Sy" Perkowitz, AIA, PE, as a principal in the firm's Retail/Commercial division. Perkowitz was a founding principal at Perkowitz  +  Ruth Architects in 1979 and since that time has developed an impressive portfolio of award-winning retail and mixed-use projects.

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Perkowitz will be based in KTGY's Irvine office 

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Perkowitz, the founder of Perkowitz + Ruth, will assist KTGY in responding to the demands and further development of its growing retail/commercial division. 

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Thu, 2014-03-13 08:49
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Simon Perkowitz will join KTGY's retail/commercial division. Photo courtesy of KTGY.
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Perkowitz, the founder of Perkowitz + Ruth, will assist KTGY in responding to the demands and further development of its growing retail/commercial division. 

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Austria's tallest tower shimmers with striking 'folded façade' [slideshow]

DC Tower 1, the tallest tower in Vienna, Austria, is now open. Designed by Dominique Perrault, this tower is one of two; the second is still under construction. 

The building contains apartments, a hotel, a restaurant, and offices. But its main feature, aside from its height, is its dramatic folded glass façade. 

The second tower will have a similar face, and will be angled in such a way that the two towers will frame views of the city from the Danube river.

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The 58-story DC Tower 1 is the first of two high-rises designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture for Vienna's skyline.

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The 58-story DC Tower 1 is the first of two high-rises designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture for Vienna's skyline.

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Thu, 2014-03-13 10:34
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The DC 1 is Austria's tallest tower. Photos courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture.
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The 58-story DC Tower 1 is the first of two high-rises designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture for Vienna's skyline.

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6 keys to better healthcare design

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Healthcare facility planning and design experts cite six factors that Building Teams need to keep in mind on their next healthcare project.

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Healthcare facility planning and design experts cite six factors that Building Teams need to keep in mind on their next healthcare project.

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Tue, 2014-03-18 11:01
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The five-story, 480,000-sf Center for Advanced Care at Froedtert & the Medical C
The five-story, 480,000-sf Center for Advanced Care at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, under construction in Milwaukee. Cannon Design is the architect, with Mortenson Construction as construction manager. The regional healthcare network has more than 30 primary and specialty care health centers and clinics in southeastern Wisconsin. Its three hospitals have 772 staffed beds and accommodate nearly 40,000 admissions and more than 900,000 outpatient visits annually. Photo: Cannon Desi
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Healthcare facility planning and design experts cite six factors that Building Teams need to keep in mind on their next healthcare project.

Editor's note: This article was originally published as part of BD+C's two-part March 2014 Healthcare Facilities Report. Read the first installment of the report, "How your firm can win more healthcare projects."

 

 

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USGBC hits back at Environmental Policy Alliance criticism

The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Policy Alliance, reportedly a special interest front group run by a lobbying firm, has launched a campaign to make the claim that LEED-certified buildings are less energy efficient than other buildings.

The USGBC is battling back against what it calls “false claims” by a “fictitious organization.”

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The trade group told its members: "Don’t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn’t the 'EPA' you might think."

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The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Policy Alliance has launched a campaign to make the claim that LEED-certified buildings are less energy efficient than other buildings. In response, USGBC told its members: "Don’t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn’t the 'EPA' you might think."

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Thu, 2014-03-13 12:10
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The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Policy Alliance has launched a campaign to make the claim that LEED-certified buildings are less energy efficient than other buildings. In response, USGBC told its members: "Don’t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn’t the 'EPA' you might think."

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Coin toss decides who gets $4.4 million construction contract

When the Gretna (La.) Police Department advertised a construction bid for a new headquarters, they priced the project at approximately $4.5 million.

F.H. Meyer Construction Co. and Trimark Construction LLC. both submitted low bids of $4,410,000. Instead of re-bidding, the Gretna City Council decided to leave the choice up to chance, breaking the tie by tossing a coin. Both construction firms agreed to the method.

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Coin toss decides which firm gets to build the new Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters

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When two builders submitted identical bids for the Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters, the city council decided to choose the winner through a coin toss. 

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Mon, 2014-03-17 08:01
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When two builders submitted identical bids for the Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters, the city council decided to choose the winner through a coin toss.
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When two builders submitted identical bids for the Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters, the city council decided to choose the winner through a coin toss. 

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Rem Koolhaas explains China's plans for its 'ghost cities'

OMA's Rem Koolhaas recently sat down with the WorldPost to discuss urbanization trends in China.

He addressed China's plans to create "mega-urban" clusters in rural areas. This measure, he said, is meant to de-incentivize migration into already overcrowded cities. 

"It is really an effort to anchor populations in the countryside," Koolhaas told the WorldPost. "In an historical twist, they are taking the city to the country."

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The Dutch architect talks about China's "new idea" of urbanization

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China's goal, according to Koolhaas, is to de-incentivize migration into already overcrowded cities. 

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Mon, 2014-03-17 08:10
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China's goal, according to Koolhaas, is to de-incentivize migration into already overcrowded cities. 

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