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Austrian university develops 'inflatable' concrete dome method

Constructing a concrete dome is a costly process, but this may change soon. A team from the Vienna University of Technology has developed a method that allows concrete domes to form with the use of air and steel cables instead of expensive, timber supporting structures.

“[We have] developed a method that can cut costs to around 50 percent,” says Benjamin Kromoser, an instructor at the university’s Institute of Structural Engineering.

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A new method cuts concrete dome construction costs in half (or more).

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Constructing a concrete dome is a costly process, but this may change soon. A team from the Vienna University of Technology has developed a method that allows concrete domes to form with the use of air and steel cables instead of expensive, timber supporting structures.

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Thu, 2014-06-12 10:45
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Constructing a concrete dome is a costly process, but this may change soon. A team from the Vienna University of Technology has developed a method that allows concrete domes to form with the use of air and steel cables instead of expensive, timber supporting structures.

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Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects' design selected for new UCSC facility

This week, the University of California Santa Cruz selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design its new Institute of the Arts and Sciences building, a 30,000-sf facility that will function for academic and museum purposes.

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The New York-based duo's design was inspired by the site's natural landcape.

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The planned site is a natural landscape among redwood trees with views over Monterey Bay, a site that the architects have called “one of the most beautiful they have ever worked on.”

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Thu, 2014-06-12 20:24
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The planned site is a natural landscape among redwood trees with views over Monterey Bay, a site that the architects have called “one of the most beautiful they have ever worked on.”

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ISO releases standards for comparing city services worldwide

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has created the first standards to compare services of the world’s cities. The standards provide a way to evaluate a city’s performance based on verified measures on many topics including education, public safety, water, and sanitation. Metrics include those related to air quality, green space, poverty, and health of the population.

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Measures gauge air quality, health, and other quality of life issues

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has created the first standards to compare services of the world’s cities.

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Thu, 2014-06-12 20:50
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Photo: E. Kvelland via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: E. Kvelland via Wikimedia Commons
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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has created the first standards to compare services of the world’s cities.

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5 ways Herman Miller's new office concept rethinks the traditional workplace

With cloud computing, smart phones, video chat and more access to professional software for individual use, there shouldn’t really be any need to still go to an office for work, right? Well, legendary office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller would like to prove us wrong with its Living Office concept.

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Today's technologies allow us to work anywhere. So why come to an office at all? Herman Miller has an answer.

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Today's technologies allow us to work anywhere. So why come to an office at all? Herman Miller has an answer.

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Wed, 2014-06-11 11:43
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Today's technologies allow us to work anywhere. So why come to an office at all? Herman Miller has an answer.

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Grocery stores, restaurants make neighborhoods most desirable [infographic]

The differences between generations are often talked about. How do the Baby Boomers compare to Generation Xers, and how do those two cohorts compare to Gen Yers? Priorities between age groups are different in some ways, but still remain the same in others, as this infographic from John Burns Real Estate Consulting shows.

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John Burns Real Estate Consulting ranks the top 25 housing amenities by generation, based on feedback from more than 20,000 home shoppers.

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John Burns Real Estate Consulting ranks the top 25 housing amenities by generation, based on feedback from more than 20,000 home shoppers.

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Fri, 2014-06-13 10:27
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John Burns Real Estate Consulting ranks the top 25 housing amenities by generation, based on feedback from more than 20,000 home shoppers.

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Orlando ranks as most dangerous U.S. city for pedestrians, according to study

Dangerous by Design, an annual study of the dangers American pedestrians face, has been published for 2014. The study looks at a number of different factors among pedestrian deaths, including the geographic locations, race, and age of pedestrians. In terms of cities, the top 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians are all in the Sunbelt, with Orlando-Kissimmee, FL topping the list.

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According to the report, 47,025 people were killed in pedestrian incidents from 2003 to 2012. 

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Dangerous by Design, an annual study of the dangers American pedestrians face, has been published for 2014. The study looks at a number of different factors among pedestrian deaths, including the geographic locations, race, and age of pedestrians. 

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Fri, 2014-06-13 11:41
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Dangerous by Design, an annual study of the dangers American pedestrians face, has been published for 2014. The study looks at a number of different factors among pedestrian deaths, including the geographic locations, race, and age of pedestrians. 

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First look: BIG's spiraling museum for watchmaker Audemars Piguet

Danish firm BIG unveils their newest design – a spiraling structure of steel and glass that juts down into the earth at La Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, for luxury watchmaker company Audemars Piguet.

BIG, along with HG Merz, Luchinger & Meyer and Muller Illien were commissioned by the company to design their newest flagship, which will also be an expansion of the company’s headquarters.

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The glass-and-steel pavilion's spiral structure acts as a storytelling device for the company's history.

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The glass-and-steel pavilion's spiral structure acts as a storytelling device for the company's history.

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Fri, 2014-06-13 10:09
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The glass-and-steel pavilion's spiral structure acts as a storytelling device for the company's history.

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Federal bill would promote shifting to energy-efficient roofs

A bipartisan proposal from U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., would make roof replacement cost less and would help commercial building owners adopt energy-efficient systems.

The “Roofing Efficiency Jobs Act” would cut the 39-year depreciation period of commercial roofs to 20 years.

With the average life span of a roof being 17 years, the 39-year period often leads business owners to make partial repairs, rather than fully replace roofs.This legislation aims to encourage more owners to fully replace roofs with more efficient materials.

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Depreciation period would be reduced from 39 years to 20 years

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A bipartisan proposal from U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., would make roof replacement cost less and would help commercial building owners adopt energy-efficient systems.

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Sun, 2014-06-15 21:38
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A bipartisan proposal from U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., would make roof replacement cost less and would help commercial building owners adopt energy-efficient systems.

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Norman Foster's 'technodome' breaks ground in South Korea

In Daejon, South Korea, a city where more and more technological companies are clustering, a research and development center called the Honkook Technodome is now under construction.

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The facility will recycle heat for use in neighboring buildings and harvest rain from a nearby lake for cooling purposes.

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The design organizes offices, labs, and social spaces into five "fingers," putting different work spaces parallel to each other.

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Tue, 2014-06-17 20:44
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All renderings courtesy of Foster + Partners.
All renderings courtesy of Foster + Partners.
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The design organizes offices, labs, and social spaces into five "fingers," putting different work spaces parallel to each other.

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World's tallest pair of towers to serve as 'environmental catalyst' for China

U.K.-based Chetwoods Architects has revealed plans for a pair of skyscrapers that will be the tallest in the world when completed.

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The Phoenix Towers are expected to reach 1 km, the same height as Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill's Kingdom Tower, but would set a record for multiple towers in one development.

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The Phoenix Towers are expected to reach 1 km, the same height as Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill's Kingdom Tower, but would set a record for multiple towers in one development.

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Tue, 2014-06-17 07:32
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Renderings: courtesy Chetwood Architects
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The Phoenix Towers are expected to reach 1 km, the same height as Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill's Kingdom Tower, but would set a record for multiple towers in one development.

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