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Zaha Hadid's 'white crystal' petroleum research center taking shape in the desert [slideshow]

Like a crystalline form in the state of expansion, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center's Research and Office Complex (ROC) will rise from the desert in dramatic fashion, with a network of bright-white, six-sided cells combining to form an angular, shell-like façade.

The project's design architect, Zaha Hadid Architects, released construction photos of the job site in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The steel framework for the 216,500-sf complex is complete, and work on the exterior is well under way (as images from SkyscraperCity.com show below).  

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Construction work is under way on the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center's Research and Office Complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Like a crystalline form still in the state of expansion, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center will rise from the desert in dramatic fashion, with a network of bright-white, six-sided cells combining to form an angular, shell-like façade.

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Fri, 2014-02-07 10:31
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The steel framework for the 216,500-sf complex is complete, and work on the exterior is well under way. Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects
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Like a crystalline form still in the state of expansion, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center will rise from the desert in dramatic fashion, with a network of bright-white, six-sided cells combining to form an angular, shell-like façade.

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven design is transforming project planning

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There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects. We profile some early successful applications.  

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There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.  

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Tue, 2014-02-11 20:07
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Sasaki Associates used detailed network visualizations like this traffic flow pa
Sasaki Associates used detailed network visualizations like this traffic flow pattern of the College Hill neighborhood in Providence, R.I., to advise Brown University officials on strengthening the school’s presence in the nearby Jewelry District.
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There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.  

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

 

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7 towers that define the 'skinny skyscraper' boom [slideshow]

Recent advancements in structural design, combined with the loosening of density and zoning requirements, has opened the door for the so-called "superslim skyscraper."  

From New York to Melbourne to Vancouver, developers are planning high-rise structures on postage-stamp-sized parcels (OK, not that small, but we're talking lots as narrow as 22 feet) in dense urban locations. 

Developers love the building type because they can finally take advantage of land that was previously unusable for large multifamily and mixed-use structures.

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New York and Melbourne are leading the charge with six super-slender towers in the works. 

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Recent advancements in structural design, combined with the loosening of density and zoning requirements, has opened the door for the so-called "superslim skyscraper."  

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Wed, 2014-02-05 12:22
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Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and James KM Cheng Architects, the 49-story Beach & Howe Tower in Vancouver features a twisting, slimming design that accommodates an oddly shaped parcel adjacent to the Granville bridge.
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Recent advancements in structural design, combined with the loosening of density and zoning requirements, has opened the door for the so-called "superslim skyscraper."  

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Gehry wins bid to design Berlin's tallest tower [slideshow]

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced that Gehry Partners has won an architectural competition for a new 300-unit residential tower in Berlin, Germany. 

The development, which is owned by Hines, will be located at the D4 construction site between Hackescher Markt, Friedrichshain, and Berlin-Mitte, adjacent to Hines’ recently developed Die Mitte retail building. 

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The architect's "rotating cubes" scheme for the 300-unit residential tower beat out design submissions by eight other prominent firms, including Adjaye Associates and David Chipperfield Architects.

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The architect's "rotating cubes" scheme for the 300-unit residential tower beat out design submissions by eight other prominent firms, including Adjaye Associates and David Chipperfield Architects.

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Mon, 2014-02-03 11:36
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Renderings and models courtesy of Hines, SkyscraperCity
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The architect's "rotating cubes" scheme for the 300-unit residential tower beat out design submissions by eight other prominent firms, including Adjaye Associates and David Chipperfield Architects.

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First Look: Futuristic Silicon Valley campus designed to draw tech startups

Renderings released by HOK and developers Landbank, Cassidy Turley, and CB Richard Ellis show a curved, 770,000-sf campus located in a hotbed of heavyweight tech firms. 

CurbedSF reports that the new Central & Wolfe campus, planned for Silicon Valley, will replace a set of "an unsightly set of sprawling cookie-cutter buildings and their surface parking lots."

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The curved campus will consist of four different buildings, one exclusively for amenities like a coffee bar, bike shop, and bank.

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The curved campus will consist of four different buildings, one exclusively for amenities like a coffee bar, bike shop, and bank.

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Wed, 2014-02-12 10:37
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The Central & Wolfe campus will replace older, cookie-cutter office buildings. Renderings courtesy of Central & Wolfe.
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The curved campus will consist of four different buildings, one exclusively for amenities like a coffee bar, bike shop, and bank.

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First look: Kentucky's Rupp Arena to get re-clad as part of $310M makeover

NBBJ and EOP Architects have revealed a $310 million plan to renovate Rupp Arena, home of the University Kentucky Wildcats.

The 38-year old arena will have its façade re-clad in glass up to 40 feet high. A new concourse will wrap around the stadium and provide expansive views both of Lexington, Ky., and the court, so patrons will be able to move around the building without missing any action.

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A new concourse will provide expansive views of both the action on the court and the city.

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Rupp Arena will get a 40-foot high glass façade and a new concourse, but will retain many of its iconic design elements.

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Fri, 2014-02-14 09:45
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The $310 million renovation will include a new façade, concourse, and upgraded facilities.
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Rupp Arena will get a 40-foot high glass façade and a new concourse, but will retain many of its iconic design elements.

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Architect sentenced to a year in jail for firefighter's death

Architect Gerhard Becker was sentenced to a year in LA county jail after pleading no contest to the manslaughter of a firefighter who died while trying to contain a fire in a home the architect had designed for himself (pictured).

The fire began in one of four fireplaces that had been manufactured for outdoor use but hidden within the house itself—a violation of local building codes.

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The firefighter died while trying to contain a fire in a home the architect had designed for himself.

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Architect Gerhard Becker was sentenced to a year in LA county jail after pleading no contest to the manslaughter of a firefighter who died while trying to contain a fire in a home the architect had designed for himself.

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Wed, 2014-01-08 11:45
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Architect Gerhard Becker was sentenced to a year in LA county jail after pleading no contest to the manslaughter of a firefighter who died while trying to contain a fire in a home the architect had designed for himself.

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5 tech trends transforming BIM/VDC

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From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers for AEC firms that are serious about building information modeling. 

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From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers for AEC firms that are serious about building information modeling. 

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Mon, 2014-02-10 13:24
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Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3
Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3D. The price tag may seem steep, but it’s only about half the cost of previous-generation scanners.
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From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers for AEC firms that are serious about building information modeling. 

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

 

As building information modeling and virtual design and construction continue to evolve the work processes of AEC firms, promising technologies are being applied to take 3D coordination to the next level. Some are new breakthroughs; others have been vastly improved in recent years.

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World's first suspended bicycle roundabout [slideshow]

Dutch architecture firm Ipv Delft has designed the world's first suspended bicycle roundabout.

Located between localities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven and Meerhoven in the Netherlands, the bicycle track is made from 1,000 tons of steel, a 230-foot-tall central pylon, and 24 steel cables.

According to Freshome.com, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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Located in the Netherlands, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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Located in the Netherlands, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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Tue, 2014-02-11 10:53
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The roundabout can be entered from four directions. Photos courtesy of Freshome.
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Located in the Netherlands, the project was designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

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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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