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NYC's High Line connects string of high-profile condo projects

The High Line, New York City's elevated park created from a conversion of rail lines, has provided an organizing principle for a series of luxury condo buildings designed by big names in architecture, including Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and Robert A.M. Stern.

Vox Media's e-journal Curbed NY has compiled a nifty presentation mapping the developments, with mini-profiles of these upcoming and recently completed buildings.

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Curbed NY reports on 19 prominent sites where projects are contemplated, rumored, or under way.

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The High Line, New York City's elevated park created from a conversion of rail lines, is the organizing principle for a series of luxury condo buildings designed by big names in architecture.

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Thu, 2014-05-22 09:30
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520 West 28th Street. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Arc
520 West 28th Street. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Architects.
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From Foster to Hadid, top architects and developers are creating luxury housing along this popular elevated park.

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Gensler envisions 'law firm of the future' with pop-up office project

Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the 5,000-sf, pop-up demonstration project designed by Genlser made its debut this week at the annual conference for the Association of Legal Administrators in Toronto, according to the Washington Post.

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Open floor plans, communal spaces, and standard-size offices are among the key design features. 

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Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the pop-up demonstration project made its debut this week at the annual conference for the Association of Legal Administrators in Toronto.

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Tue, 2014-05-20 10:12
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Rendering: Gensler
Rendering: Gensler
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Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the pop-up demonstration project made its debut this week at the annual conference for the Association of Legal Administrators in Toronto.

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Big design, small package: AIA Chicago names 2014 Small Project Awards winners

Standout architecture is about creating exceptional space, whether the project is large or small.

AIA Chicago recently named the winners of its annual Small Project Awards. The program raises public awareness of the valuable work architects bring to even the smallest works, and promotes small and emerging architectural firms as a resource for design excellence.

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Winning projects include an events center for Mies van der Rohe's landmark Farnsworth House and a new boathouse along the Chicago river.

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Winning projects include an events center for Mies van der Rohe's landmark Farnsworth House and a new boathouse along the Chicago river.

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Fri, 2014-05-23 14:29
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Barnsworth Exhibition Center, Location / Plano, Ill. Photo: Dave Burk, Hedrich B
Barnsworth Exhibition Center, Location / Plano, Ill. Photo: Dave Burk, Hedrich Blessing
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Winning projects include an events center for Mies van der Rohe's landmark Farnsworth House and a new boathouse along the Chicago river.

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Study quantifies cost premiums for net zero buildings

The District of Columbia has more green buildings than other large U.S. cities on a per capita basis, according to the 2012 Green Building Report. D.C.’s policies have made it a leader in highly efficient building construction and renovation.

New goals will likely prompt the District to raise the efficiency bar even higher. To help guide policies for a new era of green design, D.C.’s Department of the Environment commissioned a study to assess costs and benefits associated with net zero energy, net zero water, and Living Buildings.

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The 73-page report breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings into net-zero energy, net-zero water, and living Buildings. 

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The 73-page report breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings into net-zero energy, net-zero water, and living Buildings. 

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Thu, 2014-05-22 10:23
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Getting to net zero: How do we power an existing building with all renewable ene
Getting to net zero: How do we power an existing building with all renewable energy? Fifty-nine percent comes from energy efficiency, 6% or more from PVs on the roof, and 35% will need to come from technology advancement in solar panels and from jumping to the district scale for energy solutions. Source: New Buildings Institute
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The 73-page report breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings into net-zero energy, net-zero water, and living Buildings. 

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Check out Pandora's posh NYC offices [slideshow]

B.R. Fries managed the construction of Pandora Media’s new corporate offices on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 Park Avenue building at 42nd Street. 

Unique to Pandora’s culture and the abstract, spatial experience of the Internet, there are multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings, along with a large variety of loosely structured spaces for social interaction. 

This 55,000-sf project achieves a 300-person seat count while remaining sensitive to the needs for business and personal privacy.

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The new office features multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings.

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The new East Coast office for the Internet radio provider is housed on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 Park Avenue building, and features multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings.

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Wed, 2014-05-21 09:42
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A large variety of loosely structured spaces contrast with small, private meeting rooms dubbed “phone booths.” All photos: courtesy B.R. Fries
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The new East Coast office for the Internet radio provider is housed on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 Park Avenue building, and features multiple spaces for music performances, large gatherings, and “all hands” meetings.

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IKEA to convert original store into company museum

Global retail giant IKEA has announced that it will transform its original store, in Älmhult, Sweden, into a museum celebrating the history of the company and its hugely popular products. 

Given its cult following, especially in Europe, the retailer expects the IKEA Museum to draw some 200,000 visitors to the rural town in southern Sweden. 

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Due to open next year, the museum is expected to attract 200,000 people annually to rural Älmhult, Sweden, home of the first ever IKEA store.  

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Due to open next year, the museum is expected to attract 200,000 people annually to rural Älmhult, Sweden, home of the first ever IKEA store.  

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Thu, 2014-05-22 06:28
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IKEA Headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
IKEA Headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Due to open next year, the museum is expected to attract 200,000 people annually to rural Älmhult, Sweden, home of the first ever IKEA store.  

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Workplace design trends: Make way for the Millennials

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Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. We examine the top office design trends. 

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Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. We examine the top office design trends. 

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Mon, 2014-05-19 11:34
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Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, softw
Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, software developer Appian reports a positive change in work processes and corporate culture. PHOTO: PAUL WARCHOL/RTKL
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Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. We examine the top office design trends. 

Economists are predicting modest but continued growth for the U.S. office construction market. FMI’s 2014 U.S. Markets Construction Overview anticipates that construction put in place in the sector will be fairly flat this year but could beat 2013 by up to 4%. Jones Lang LaSalle foresees a 6% increase in office project completions this year.

The New York-based project management consultancy Faithful+Gould points to decreasing vacancy rates as an indicator of growth, but says owners are likely to focus on upgrading existing buildings.

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Top interior design trends: Gensler, HOK, FXFOWLE, Mancini Duffy weigh in

In order to set the stage for this year’s NeoCon, show management tapped its advisory committee of top commercial design firms to share their insight on what’s hot right now and what lies ahead across key vertical sectors.

Leaders at Gensler, FXFOWLE, HOK, and Mancini Duffy weighed in on trends and corresponding product picks. Here are their top interior design trends:

 

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Tech-friendly furniture, “live walls,” sit-stand desks, and circadian lighting are among the emerging trends identified by leading interior designers. 

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Tech-friendly furniture, “live walls,” sit-stand desks, and circadian lighting are among the emerging trends identified by leading interior designers. 

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Fri, 2014-05-23 11:01
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Tech-friendly furniture, “live walls,” sit-stand desks, and circadian lighting are among the emerging trends identified by leading interior designers. 

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Just two years after opening, $60 million high school stadium will close for repairs

The Allen Independent School District in Allen, Texas, will not open its high school's $60 million Eagle Stadium this fall.

The stadium opened in 2012, but cracks recently began appearing throughout the structure, Business Insider reports. Nelson Forensics inspected the stadium and judged that the support structures were not designed to hold the stadium's weight. 

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During the 2014 football season, the school district will pay $5,300 per game so that its students can play at a nearby high school. 

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The 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, opened in 2012 to much fanfare. But cracks recently began to appear throughout the structure, causing to the school district to close the facility. 

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Thu, 2014-05-22 10:54
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The Allen Independent School District will not open its high school's $60 million Eagle Stadium. Screenshot courtesy of Business Insider, Dallas Morning News.
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The 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, opened in 2012 to much fanfare. But cracks recently began to appear throughout the structure, causing to the school district to close the facility. 

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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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