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10 design-build best practices

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has released “Universally Applicable Best Practices Applying to Any Project Type, in Any Market Sector, of Any Size.” Based on research, case studies, and industry input, DBIA has identified design-build best practices.

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Based on research, case studies, and industry input, DBIA has identified design-build best practices.

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Design-build requires more than a good contract and appropriate risk allocation, says the DBIA. Everyone from the owner to the subcontractors must understand the process, the expectations, and fully engage in the collaboration. 

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Mon, 2014-04-21 12:10
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According to DBIA's new report, design-build requires more than a good contract
According to DBIA's new report, design-build requires more than a good contract and appropriate risk allocation. Photo: Ingolfson via Wikimedia Commons
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Design-build requires more than a good contract and appropriate risk allocation, says the DBIA. Everyone from the owner to the subcontractors must understand the process, the expectations, and fully engage in the collaboration. 

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Bright and bustling: Grimshaw reveals plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport [slideshow]

The commission to design the terminal complex of the Istanbul Grand Airport was given to Grimshaw Architects last October. Now, in partnership with the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, the firm has revealed its plans for what will be one of the world's largest airports.

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The floor space of the terminal will be about one million meters, and it is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year.

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In partnership with the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, Grimshaw Architects has revealed its plans for the terminal of what will be one of the world's busiest airports. The terminal is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year.

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Tue, 2014-04-22 08:54
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The terminal is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year. Renderings: c
The terminal is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year. Renderings: courtesy Nordic, Grimshaw
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In partnership with the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, Grimshaw Architects has revealed its plans for the terminal of what will be one of the world's busiest airports. The terminal is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year.

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Transit-friendly apartment building now under construction

KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, has announced that construction is underway on Elevation at County Line Station, a 265-unit apartment community with a modern vibe in Englewood, Colo. The new $44 million community is situated on eight acres, directly adjacent to the County Line Road Park-n-Ride, and a quick walk from the light rail station across I‐25 and near Park Meadows Mall. This transit-oriented residential development is slated for completion in fall 2014. Denver-based Grand Peaks Properties is the developer.
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Community amenities will include a light rail commuter lounge, a cyber cafe and a 24-hour fitness center

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The new $44 million community is situated on eight acres, directly adjacent to the local Park-n-Ride, and a quick walk from a nearby light rail station.

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Tue, 2014-04-22 10:23
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The transit-oriented residential development is slated for completion in fall 2014. Renderings courtesy of KTGY Group.
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The new $44 million community is situated on eight acres, directly adjacent to the local Park-n-Ride, and a quick walk from a nearby light rail station.

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Mean and Green: Top 10 green building projects for 2014 [slideshow]

The American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment (COTE) has selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

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Projects range from a project for Portland's homeless to public parks to a LEED Platinum campus center

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The American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment has selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. Projects range from a project for Portland's homeless to public parks to a LEED Platinum campus center.

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Wed, 2014-04-23 11:30
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Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colo. Photo: Kevin G. Reeves
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The American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment has selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. Projects range from a project for Portland's homeless to public parks to a LEED Platinum campus center.

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Gothic-style dance center breaks ground at University of Southern California

Ground was broken on April 23 for the new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on the University of Southern California campus. Named for the donor, philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, the Center will be a home for dance education on the West Coast and the Pacific Rim.
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The Dance Center will be the first new school on the campus in 40 years 

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The program for the three-story building will include a dance/performance studio, five dance studios, instructional classrooms, performer support spaces, costume storage, and faculty and administrative offices.

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Thu, 2014-04-24 13:15
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Named for the donor, philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, the Center will be a home for dance education on the West Coast and the Pacific Rim. Renderings courtesy of Pfeiffer Partners Architects.
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The program for the three-story building will include a dance/performance studio, five dance studios, instructional classrooms, performer support spaces, costume storage, and faculty and administrative offices.

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Unbuilt and Famous: LEGO releases box set of Bjarke Ingels' LEGO museum

LEGO Architecture is one step ahead of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG): the company has released a replica of the not-yet-built LEGO museum designed by Ingels' firm. The museum is set to go up in LEGO's hometown of Billund, Denmark, but not until 2016. 

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The LEGO set even comes with a figurine of Bjarke Ingels.

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LEGO Architecture has created a box set that customers can use to build replicas of the LEGO Museum, which is not yet built in real life. The museum, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, will commemorate the history of LEGO.

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Thu, 2014-04-24 13:15
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LEGO Architecture has released a replica of the not-yet-built LEGO museum, designed by Ingels' firm. Renderings: courtesy BIG and LEGO
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LEGO Architecture has created a box set that customers can use to build replicas of the LEGO Museum, which is not yet built in real life. The museum, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, will commemorate the history of LEGO.

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6 winners selected for the Architectural League Prize

The Architectural League Prize, created in 1981, "recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas." 

This year, six winners were selected, from firms East Coast to West. Each will present their work in lectures, at an exhibition, and in a catalogue published by Princeton Architectural Press.

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This year's theme was "Overlay."

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The Architectural League Prize, created in 1981, "recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas," according to The Architectural League. 

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Fri, 2014-04-25 11:32
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Y-House; photo credit: Geoffrey von Oeyen Design
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The Architectural League Prize, created in 1981, "recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas," according to The Architectural League. 

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Welcome to the Hive: OVA designs wild shipping container hotel for competition

Not only did Hong Kong-based OVA envision a unique method of paying for this shipping-container hotel concept, the firm designed a structure that could be altered on a whim.

Shipping container architecture has caught on recently, as in the case of this student housing development in South Africa. Like that apartment complex, the Hive-Inn would be made entirely of shipping containers.

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In OVA's concept, any shipping container, or hotel room, can be moved at will.

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Hong Kong-based OVA envisions a shipping-container hotel, where rooms could be removed at will and designed by advertisers.

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Wed, 2014-04-30 15:50
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The Hive-Inn was designed as an entry in the 2014 Radical Innovation Awards comp
The Hive-Inn was designed as an entry in the 2014 Radical Innovation Awards competition. Renderings courtesy of OVA.
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Hong Kong-based OVA envisions a shipping-container hotel, where rooms could be removed at will and designed by advertisers.

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Cities Alive: Arup report examines latest trends in urban green spaces

A new report by engineering giant Arup analyzes current research and trends about green space in cities and how it can benefit urban communities socially, economically, and environmentally. 

Cities Alive draws evidence from cities all over the world of how public spaces of all types can affect the security, happiness, and social life of residents.

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From vertical farming to glowing trees (yes, glowing trees), Arup engineers imagine the future of green infrastructure in cities across the world.

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From vertical farming to glowing trees (yes, glowing trees), Arup engineers imagine the future of green infrastructure in cities across the world.

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Mon, 2014-04-28 20:25
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Illustration: Arup
Illustration: Arup
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From vertical farming to glowing trees (yes, glowing trees), Arup engineers imagine the future of green infrastructure in cities across the world.

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Big U in the Big Apple: New design to protect New York City's coastline

Once upon a time, New York City only had to worry about 100-year storm surges. But as sea levels rise, new research shows that the city may need to worry about these high-intensity weather events as often as every three years. 

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Bjarke Ingels' proposed design for the Rebuild by Design competition adapts a key design principle in ship building to improve urban flood protection.

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Bjarke Ingels' proposed design for the Rebuild by Design competition adapts a key design principle in ship building to improve urban flood protection.

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Tue, 2014-04-29 09:23
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The Big U is one of 10 entries in the Rebuild by Design competition. Renderings
The Big U is one of 10 entries in the Rebuild by Design competition. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group.
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Bjarke Ingels' proposed design for the Rebuild by Design competition adapts a key design principle in ship building to improve urban flood protection.

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