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Must see: Developer stacks shipping containers atop grain silos to create student housing tower

In a different take on shipping container student housing from Christian Salvati's work in Connecticut, a new student development has just opened to tenants in South Africa.

In less than a year, developer Cintiq built a 15-story structure, using pre-existing concrete grain silos and shipping containers. Mill Junction will house 370 Johnnesburg students, providing rooftop decks and free WiFi. 

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Mill Junction will house up to 370 students and is supported by 50-year-old grain silos.

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Mill Junction will house up to 370 students and is supported by 50-year-old grain silos.

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Fri, 2014-02-14 09:47
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The shipping containers can house up to 370 students.
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Mill Junction will house up to 370 students and is supported by 50-year-old grain silos.

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Extreme Conversion: Nazi bunker transformed into green power plant, war memorial

In 1943, an anti-aircraft bunker was constructed by the Nazis in Hamburg, Germany. Some 70 years later, the structure is supplying power to more than 4,000 homes in the area.

Utility company Hamburg Energie partnered with IBA Hamburg to transform the building. The new "Energy Bunker" is already producing energy for the local community and will eventually provide heating to 3,000 homes and electricity to 1,000 others. 

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The renovated building also includes a visitor's center and cafe.

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The bunker, which sat empty for over 60 years after WWII, now uses sustainable technology and will provide power to about 4,000 homes.

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Thu, 2014-02-13 09:40
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The British wanted to destroy the bunker, but demolishing its buildings would have threatened nearby structures. Photos courtesy of gizmag.
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The bunker, which sat empty for over 60 years after WWII, now uses sustainable technology and will provide power to about 4,000 homes.

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Related Companies, LargaVista partner to develop mixed-use tower in SoHo

LargaVista Companies, a second generation real estate development, management and investment firm, and Related Companies have formed a joint venture partnership for the development of 300 Lafayette in SoHo.

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The site is located at the gateway to the booming SoHo retail market, where Class A office space is scarce yet highly in demand.

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The site is located at the gateway to the booming SoHo retail market, where Class A office space is scarce yet highly in demand.

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Thu, 2014-02-13 10:53
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The seven-story building will be the product of LargaVista and Related Companies' partnership. Renderings courtesy of Arch Daily, LargaVista.
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The site is located at the gateway to the booming SoHo retail market, where Class A office space is scarce yet highly in demand.

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Robots, drones, and printed buildings: The promise of automated construction

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Building Teams across the globe are employing advanced robotics to simplify what is inherently a complex, messy process—construction.

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Building Teams across the globe are employing advanced robotics to simplify what is inherently a complex, messy process—construction.

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Thu, 2014-02-13 21:33
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Toronto firm Kiosk Solar has used camera-laden flying drones to survey rooftops
Toronto firm Kiosk Solar has used camera-laden flying drones to survey rooftops and enclosures for possible placement of PV arrays. PHOTO: WD Wilson
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Building Teams across the globe are employing advanced robotics to simplify what is inherently a complex, messy process—construction.

This article is part of BD+C's special five-part Technology Report 2014: Top tech tools and trends for AEC professionals.

 

Someday Building Teams may look back on today’s construction methods and wonder how we ever got along in those dark ages before bricklaying robots and self-assembling buildings. Or maybe that day is today.

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The Technology Report 2014: Top tech tools and trends for AEC professionals

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Advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, BIM/VDC, and more!

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In this special five-part report, Building Design+Construction explores how Building Teams throughout the world are utilizing advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, and breakthroughs in building information modeling to gain efficiencies and create better buildings. 

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Fri, 2014-02-14 09:15
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RMIT University's Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Neal Jennings
RMIT University's Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Neal Jennings
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In this special five-part report, Building Design+Construction explores how Building Teams throughout the world are utilizing advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, and breakthroughs in building information modeling to gain efficiencies and create better buildings. 

In this special five-part report, Building Design+Construction explores how Building Teams throughout the world are utilizing advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, and breakthroughs in building information modeling to gain efficiencies and create better buildings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giant interactive pinwheel adds fun to museum exterior

Interaction with the outside of a building isn't something that happens often, unless the passerby takes a picture or points out the design to someone else. George Zisiadis wants to change that with his new design for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

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Designer George Zisiadis hopes to transform the way people see public space

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The proposed design for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History features a 10-foot pinwheel that can be activated by passersby.

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Fri, 2014-02-14 10:34
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The pinwheel is driven by hidden microphones and connected motors.
The pinwheel is driven by hidden microphones and connected motors.
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The proposed design for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History features a 10-foot pinwheel that can be activated by passersby.

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Channeling weather forecasts to building systems can yield significant energy savings

Using weather forecasts to predict outdoor temperature changes and channeling that information into commercial building management systems can produce significant energy savings, according to research at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

The data turns passive indoor systems into pre-emptive systems that anticipate the need for heating and cooling, saving more than 10% in energy costs, researchers say.

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The data turns passive indoor systems into pre-emptive systems that anticipate the need for heating and cooling.

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Using weather forecasts to predict outdoor temperature changes can lead to significant energy savings, exceeding 10%, researchers say.

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Mon, 2014-02-17 11:06
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Using weather forecasts to predict outdoor temperature changes can lead to significant energy savings, exceeding 10%, researchers say.

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Business, labor at odds over toughening of OSHA silica dust rule

A proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to toughen the silica-dust rule has drawn sharp reactions from business and labor groups.

OSHA says the rules will protect construction workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually, but the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Industrial Sand Association say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs.

The AFL-CIO supports the rule.

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OSHA says the rules will protect workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually. Others say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs. 

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OSHA says the rules will protect workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually. Others say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs. 

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Mon, 2014-02-17 09:13
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OSHA says the rules will protect workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually. Others say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs. 

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Tulsa, Okla., mulls code change to require storm shelters in new schools

City councilors in Tulsa, Okla., are considering a proposed change to the city's building code that would require storm shelters in new school construction.

Building storm shelters in schools has become a major statewide issue after the May 20, 2013 tornado that killed seven children in a Moore, Okla., elementary school.

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State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

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State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

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Mon, 2014-02-17 08:23
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State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

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Developer plans to 'crowdfund' extended stay hotel in Manhattan

17 John, Rodrigo Nino's proposed extended stay hotel in Manhattan, will ask individual investors to provide $100,000 to fund the structure's interior.

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Rodrigo Nino is inviting individual investors to put up $100,000 each for his latest project, 17 John. 

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Want to own a piece of Manhattan hotel real estate? Developer Rodrigo Nino is inviting individual investors to put up $100,000 each for his latest project, 17 John. 

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Mon, 2014-02-17 11:06
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17 John was designed by Winka Dubbeldam.
17 John was designed by Winka Dubbeldam.
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Want to own a piece of Manhattan hotel real estate? Developer Rodrigo Nino is inviting individual investors to put up $100,000 each for his latest project, 17 John. 

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