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Frank Lloyd Wright's posthumous gas station opens in Buffalo

A fireplace in a gas station – imagine getting a permit to build something like that today. But that is exactly what legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright thought up for a gas station he designed more than half a century ago, and that was exactly what was built in the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in Buffalo, New York, for public viewing.

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This never built design is like a time-capsule that preserved the enthusiasm and optimism for cars in early 20th century United States.

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Eighty-seven years after Frank Lloyd Wright designed an ornamental gas station for the city of Buffalo, the structure has been built and opened to the public—inside an auto museum. 

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Tue, 2014-07-08 13:31
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Photos courtesy of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum
Photos courtesy of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum
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Eighty-seven years after Frank Lloyd Wright designed an ornamental gas station for the city of Buffalo, the structure has been built and opened to the public—inside an auto museum. 

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Gehry edits Canadian skyscraper plan to be 'more Toronto'

With his signature, outlandish, and dramatic forms, people usually either love or hate a Frank Gehry building in their vicinity.

After Gehry’s proposed skyscraper complex was put down by critics, he recently unveiled a reworked design that reduces the number of towers from three to two from the original plan for the development in Toronto’s entertainment district, DeZeen reports.

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The Mirvish-Gehry Toronto towers will house residential, retail, office, and gallery spaces in the center of Toronto's entertainment district.

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After being criticized for the original tower complex, architect Frank Gehry unveils a new design that is more subtle, and "more Toronto."

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Thu, 2014-07-03 15:20
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Rendering courtesy of Mirvish+Gehry Toronto
Rendering courtesy of Mirvish+Gehry Toronto
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After being criticized for the original tower complex, architect Frank Gehry unveils a new design that is more subtle, and "more Toronto."

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Foster + Partners unveils triple-glazed tower for RMK headquarters

Designs for the headquarters of Russian company RMK, one of the world’s leading producers of copper, were released last Tuesday by British architecture firm Foster + Partners.

The plan for the building in Yekaterinburg is to rethink the conventional cellular office and tailor it to how RMK operates. The interiors consist of more intimate, domestic scaled workspaces instead of the currently popular large open space.

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The creators of London City Hall and the Reichstag Dome are building a tower in Siberia.

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The London-based firm unveiled plans for the Russian Copper Company's headquarters in Yekaterinburg.

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Mon, 2014-07-14 14:25
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Renderings courtesy of Forster + Partners
Renderings courtesy of Forster + Partners
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Designs for the headquarters of Russian company RMK, one of the world’s leading producers of copper, were released last Tuesday by British architecture firm Foster + Partners. The plan for the building in Yekaterinburg is to rethink the conventional cellular office and tailor it to how RMK operates. 

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Peter Zumthor's LA art museum plan modified with bridge-like section across main thoroughfare

After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Angeles Museum of Art. In the new plans, a bridge-like section spans Wilshire Boulevard, Architecture Lab reports. 

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The building will straddle Wilshire Boulevard, one of Los Angeles' busiest roads.

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After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

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Tue, 2014-07-01 15:13
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Rendering courtesy Peter Zumthor
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After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

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Does Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic Stadium have a design flaw?

Despite her extensive experience and established portfolio, household name and architect Zaha Hadid can’t seem to escape from scrutiny by fellow architects or even the public.

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There are only so many materials one could choose to create a curved, retractable roof. Apparently Zaha Hadid's team chose a flammable one.

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After being criticized for the cost and size of her stadium design for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a Japanese architect points out a major design flaw in the stadium that may endanger the spectators.

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Tue, 2014-07-08 14:56
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Renderings: Zaha Hadid Architects
Renderings: Zaha Hadid Architects
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After being criticized for the cost and size of her stadium design for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a Japanese architect points out a major design flaw in the stadium that may endanger the spectators.

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6 U.S. cities at the forefront of innovation districts

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A new Brookings Institution study records the emergence of “competitive places that are also cool spaces.”

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A new Brookings Institution study records the emergence of “competitive places that are also cool spaces.”

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Mon, 2014-06-16 09:37
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M-1 streetcar line, Detroit. Credit: Anderson Illustration | Brookings Instituti
M-1 streetcar line, Detroit. Credit: Anderson Illustration | Brookings Institution
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A new Brookings Institution study records the emergence of “competitive places that are also cool spaces.”

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Are these LEGO-like blocks the future of construction?

They're not really LEGOs—they just look like them. Smart Bricks (or S-Bricks for short) are a patent-pending innovation designed by Kite Bricks. Incorporating high-strength concrete, the blocks may make buildings more rapid, cheap and energy-efficient to construct.

Like the iconic Danish construction toys, S-Bricks come in a variety of forms for different functions and can all connect together. A special adhesive designed to come with S-Bricks eliminates the need of cement.

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The company Kite Bricks may have just reinvented masonry.

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Kite Bricks proposes a more efficient way of building with its newly developed Smart Bricks system.

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Fri, 2014-07-11 09:11
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Kite Bricks proposes a more efficient way of building with its newly developed Smart Bricks system.

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First look: Jeanne Gang reinterprets San Francisco Bay windows in new skyscraper scheme

Famed Chicago architect Jeanne Gang is headed westward. On July 10, San Francisco’s newest tower proposal was unveiled, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, and it will be a 400-foot-tall tower designed by Gang.

Renderings show that the planned residential tower will be a tier of bay windows placed slightly askew on top of each other, resulting in a flowing, twisting-effect.

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The 40-story residential building will have 139 affodable units.

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Chicago architect Jeanne Gang has designed a 40-story residential building in San Francisco that is inspired by the city's omnipresent bay windows.

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Fri, 2014-07-11 11:44
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Renderings courtesy of Studio Gang Architects
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Chicago architect Jeanne Gang has designed a 40-story residential building in San Francisco that is inspired by the city's omnipresent bay windows.

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7 emerging design trends in brick buildings

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From wild architectural shapes to unique color blends and pattern arrangements, these projects demonstrate the design possibilities of brick. 

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From wild architectural shapes to unique color blends and pattern arrangements, these projects demonstrate the design possibilities of brick. 

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Mon, 2014-07-07 14:46
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For the west façade of the 77,000-sf Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Office Building 2 in Omaha, Neb., Clark Enersen Partners created an abstract representation of wind blowing through a wheat field—using two brick colors at various depths and orientation. Photo: Scholz Images
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From wild architectural shapes to unique color blends and pattern arrangements, these projects demonstrate the design possibilities of brick. 

Fired clay brick continues to evolve with new color blends, textures, and architectural shapes that inspire innovative and enduring designs. These design trends are evident in the winning projects from the BIA's Brick in Architecture Awards.  

Here’s a look at the latest brick design trends based on recent award winners:

 

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AECOM to buy URS Corporation in $6 billion deal

Massive construction firm AECOM Technology Corporation has made a $6 billion deal to buy San Francisco-based URS Corporation, according to the Los Angeles Times. Together, the firms will form a global giant with more than $19 billion in revenue and 95,000 employees in 150 countries.

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AECOM has announced that it will pay about $4 billion for URS and will take on about $2 billion in debt. 

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Together, the firms will form a massive global giant with more than $19 billion in revenue and 95,000 employees in 150 countries.

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Tue, 2014-07-15 10:28
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The Three World Trade Center, a project managed by AECOM, under construction. Photo Credit: Beyond My Ken, Wikimedia Commons.
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Together, the firms will form a massive global giant with more than $19 billion in revenue and 95,000 employees in 150 countries.

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