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Commercial building measurement standard could meet resistance from owners

A proposed new standard method to measure commercial buildings throughout the world is likely to find resistance among some building owners.

The International Property Measurement Standards Coalition plans to announce a single measurement system for the global office market in June 2014.

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Some owners could lose property value if they adhere to standardization proposal

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For some building owners, a new measurement standard could mean that their building would shrink in size and lose value.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 06:27
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Photo: Larsinio via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Larsinio via Wikimedia Commons
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For some building owners, a new measurement standard could mean that their building would shrink in size and lose value.
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Peer review process under way for the WELL Building Standard

The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) kicked off a peer review process for the WELL Building Standard. The process will include three phases—a scientific, practitioner and medical review. Late this year, the results will be reflected in the release of v1.0 of the standard.

The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving human wellness within the built environment by identifying specific conditions that, when holistically integrated into building interiors, enhance the health and wellbeing of the occupants.

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The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

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The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving human wellness within the built environment by identifying specific conditions that, when holistically integrated into building interiors, enhance the health and wellbeing of the occupants.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 11:01
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CBRE's global headquarters in Los Angeles is the world's first WELL-certified co
CBRE's global headquarters in Los Angeles is the world's first WELL-certified commercial office. Photo: courtesy CBRE
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The standard is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on improving human wellness within the built environment by identifying specific conditions that, when holistically integrated into building interiors, enhance the health and wellbeing of the occupants.

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Rooftop wind turbines becoming green status symbol in New York City

New York City developers are using rooftop wind turbines in an effort to attract buyers by highlighting a building’s green credentials.

A recent example is Pearson Court Square, a 197-unit apartment building in Queens which is adorned with three turbines resembling “huge carbon-fiber strands of DNA strung around a 10-foot mast,” according to the New York Times.

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Helix-shaped turbines appearing on luxury apartment buildings

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New York City developers are using rooftop wind turbines in an effort to attract buyers by highlighting a building’s green credentials.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 11:28
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Photo: Branko Radovanović via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Branko Radovanović via Wikimedia Commons
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New York City developers are using rooftop wind turbines in an effort to attract buyers by highlighting a building’s green credentials.

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Wood advocacy groups release 'lessons learned' report on tall wood buildings

The wood-industry advocacy group reThink Wood has released "Summary Report: Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings." Conducted by Perkins + Will for Forestry Innovation Investment and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, the free report summarizes stakeholder experiences with 10 built projects

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Free report summarizes stakeholder experiences with 10 built projects in Europe, Australia, and Canada.

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The wood-industry advocacy group reThink Wood has released "Summary Report: Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings," with informatino from 10 mid-rise projects in Europe, Australia, and Canada. 

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Thu, 2014-05-29 11:30
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The University of British Columbia Earth Sciences Building, by Perkins + Will, i
The University of British Columbia Earth Sciences Building, by Perkins + Will, is one of 10 structural-wood projects examined in a new report. Image by Xicotencatl via Wikimedia Commons.
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Free report summarizes stakeholder experiences with 10 built projects in Europe, Australia, and Canada, including commercial, residential, mixed-use, and institutional.

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Turn your pen-and-paper sketches into digital drawings in seconds with this nifty gadget [video]

It isn't exactly news that technology now allows us to draw and write digitally, but that usually involves the use of a tablet PC and a stylus. Soon, there will be a new option for people who enjoy the physicality of pen and paper. 

To use iSketchnote, created by startup ISKN and funded through Kickstarter, users place a piece of paper on the tablet-sized device and write with the special ISKN pen. This pen is equipped with a permanent ring-magnet that tracks your writing or drawing, and automatically transfers it to a connected computer or tablet. 

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Funded through Kickstarter, iSketchnote uses a smart pen to instantly digitize hand-written notes and drawings.

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Funded through Kickstarter, iSketchnote uses a smart pen to instantly digitize hand-written notes and drawings.

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Thu, 2014-05-29 14:45
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Funded through Kickstarter, iSketchnote uses a smart pen to instantly digitize hand-written notes and drawings.

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Developer will convert Dallas' storied LTV Building into mixed-use residential tower

Led by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, New Orleans-based HRI Properties will officially mark the launch of the LTV Building’s $80 million conversion into downtown Dallas’s first mixed-use hotel and residential complex.
 
New Orleans-based HRI Properties, LLC (HRI) recently completed the purchase of one of the most storied buildings in downtown Dallas and will convert it to an innovative mixed-use complex that will include a 171-room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and 186 luxury apartments.
 
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Completed in 1964, the 32-story tower once featured the world’s largest electronic signboard.

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New Orleans-based HRI Properties recently completed the purchase of one of the most storied buildings in downtown Dallas. The developer will convert the LTV Building into a mixed-use complex, with 171 hotel rooms and 186 luxury apartments.

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Fri, 2014-05-30 09:57
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New Orleans-based HRI Properties recently completed the purchase of one of the most storied buildings in downtown Dallas. The developer will convert the LTV Building into a mixed-use complex, with 171 hotel rooms and 186 luxury apartments.

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Riding high: L.A., Chicago working on their version of the High Line elevated park

Cities around the U.S. are taking notice of New York's highly popular High Line elevated park system.

Both Chicago and Los Angeles are currently working on High Line-like projects. These projects essentially equal elevated parks, usually built on or near abandoned railway tracks. To see what New York has been up to so far, click here.

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Los Angeles is attempting to join 50 miles of walking and bike paths, some of which are still being created. 

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Cities around the U.S. are taking notice of New York's highly popular High Line elevated park system. Both Chicago and Los Angeles are currently working on High Line-like projects.

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Fri, 2014-05-30 12:15
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The High Line in NYC. Renderings and photos courtesy of weburbanist.
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Cities around the U.S. are taking notice of New York's highly popular High Line elevated park system. Both Chicago and Los Angeles are currently working on High Line-like projects.

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MIT researchers create 'home in a box' transformable wall system for micro apartments

How can you make a 200-sf micro apartment feel and function like a typical studio unit?

That was the objective a team of MIT Media Lab researchers set out to achieve when they invented CityHome, the Swiss Army knife, so to speak, of home appliances and furniture.

As the video below demonstrates, the transformable wall system integrates furniture, storage, exercise equipment, lighting, office equipment, and entertainment systems into a movable, compact unit.  

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Dubbed CityHome, the system integrates furniture, storage, exercise equipment, lighting, office equipment, and entertainment systems into a compact wall unit. 

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Dubbed CityHome, the system integrates furniture, storage, exercise equipment, lighting, office equipment, and entertainment systems into a compact wall unit. 

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Fri, 2014-05-30 15:11
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CityHome's office configuration
CityHome's office configuration
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Dubbed CityHome, the system integrates furniture, storage, exercise equipment, lighting, office equipment, and entertainment systems into a compact wall unit. 

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Architect license upon graduation? NCARB aims to accelerate licensing process

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors has announced their endorsement of the concept of an additional, structured path that leads to licensure in a U.S. jurisdiction.

The new path—licensure upon graduation from an accredited program—would integrate the rigorous internship and examination requirements that aspiring architects must fulfill into the years spent completing a professional degree in architecture.

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Incorporating internship and examination requirements into university education, the regulatory organization looks to simplify and shorten the licensing process.

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Incorporating internship and examination requirements into university education, the regulatory organization looks to simplify and shorten the licensing process.

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Sun, 2014-06-01 20:32
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Photo: David Castillo Dominici via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Photo: David Castillo Dominici via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Incorporating internship and examination requirements into university education, the regulatory organization looks to simplify and shorten the licensing process.

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SOM unveils plans for Miami transit hub

As a part of the overarching project All Aboard Florida, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill has designed a multimodal transit hub for Miami, one of three that will eventually connect Miami to Orlando by train.

The station will serve an estimated 12 million Floridians each year, and is meant to eliminate at least three million car trips each year. 

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The elevated station will be a key portal within All Aboard Florida’s rail system, the nation's only privately owned, operated, and financed rail network.

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The elevated station will be a key portal within All Aboard Florida’s rail system, the nation's only privately owned, operated, and financed rail network.

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Mon, 2014-06-02 11:37
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The elevated station will be a key portal within All Aboard Florida’s rail system, the nation's only privately owned, operated, and financed rail network.

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