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USGS updates National Seismic Hazard Maps

The U.S. Geological Service recently released an update of U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps that reflect the latest analysis of where future earthquakes will occur, how frequently they may occur, and their strength.

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Sixteen states deemed ‘high risk’ in latest revision

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The U.S. Geological Service recently released an update of U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps that reflect the latest analysis of where future earthquakes will occur, how frequently they may occur, and their strength.

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Wed, 2014-07-30 13:09
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The U.S. Geological Service recently released an update of U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps that reflect the latest analysis of where future earthquakes will occur, how frequently they may occur, and their strength.

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Studio Gang Architects, MAD to design George Lucas' museum in Chicago

Star Wars director George Lucas selected Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects and Beijing firm MAD to design his proposed art museum on Chicago’s lakefront, DeZeen reports.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) will house the director’s collections, ranging from illustrations to film to digital media.

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The lakefront museum will have a landscaped bridge connecting it to Northerly Island.

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Star Wars director George Lucas selected Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects and Beijing firm MAD to design his proposed art museum on Chicago’s lakefront.

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Tue, 2014-07-29 15:59
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Star Wars director George Lucas selected Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects and Beijing firm MAD to design his proposed art museum on Chicago’s lakefront.

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German students design rooftop solar panels that double as housing

Traditionally, solar panels are a flat addition placed on the roof of a building. But students at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany have designed “OnTop,” solar panels big enough to be an extra unit of housing that can fit on top of existing apartment buildings.

The project was developed for Solar Decathlon Europe in Versailles, France, where it won first place for the "Social Housing" category.

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The design can solve the issue of scarce housing in urban areas.

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Students at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences designed a solar panel that can double as living space for the Solar Decathlon Europe.

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Wed, 2014-07-30 13:22
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Students at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences designed a solar panel that can double as living space for the Solar Decathlon Europe.

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Restaurants, farmers' markets high on urban dwellers' wish list: Sasaki report

A new study released by planning and design firm Sasaki Associates has found that food is a major driver of the American urban experience: 82 percent of urbanites appreciate their city’s culinary offerings, and a new restaurant is the top reason the majority of them (46 percent) would venture to a new part of their city. This is compared to 25 percent of people who are incentivized by a new store and 16 percent by a sporting event.

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Urban dwellers love food-related resources, public spaces, and historic structures—but really hate traffic, lack of parking, and poor public transportation.

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Urban dwellers love food-related resources, public spaces, and historic structures—but really hate traffic, lack of parking, and poor public transportation.

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Wed, 2014-07-30 13:26
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Farmers' markets, like this one in Austin, Texas, are prized features of the urb
Farmers' markets, like this one in Austin, Texas, are prized features of the urban community, according to a new Sasaki study. Photo: Lars Plougmann via Wikimedia Commons.
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Urban dwellers love food-related resources, public spaces, and historic structures—but really hate traffic, lack of parking, and poor public transportation.

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MIT researchers explore how to make wood composite-like blocks of bamboo

Researchers at MIT are researching how grass can be used like wood products. MIT news reports that several of the institution’s students and faculty are pairing up with architects from the United Kingdom and Canada to explore ways bamboo can be used as a construction material akin to wood composites, like plywood.  

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MIT researchers are studying how individual stalks can be turned into blocks like wood composites.

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The concept behind the research is to slice the stalk of bamboo grass into smaller pieces to bond together and form sturdy blocks, much like conventional wood composites.

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Thu, 2014-07-24 11:26
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Moso bamboo. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
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The concept behind the research is to slice the stalk of bamboo grass into smaller pieces to bond together and form sturdy blocks, much like conventional wood composites.

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Higher ed officials grapple with knotty problems, but construction moves ahead [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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University stakeholders face complicated cap-ex stressors, from chronic to impending. 

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University stakeholders face complicated cap-ex stressors, from chronic to impending. Creative approaches to financing, design, and delivery are top-of-mind, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Wed, 2014-07-30 15:38
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Science, general academic, and health-medical were hot categories in the univers
Science, general academic, and health-medical were hot categories in the university construction sector last year, according to Dun & Bradstreet. On the Building Team: ZGF Architects and McCarthy Building Companies, as well as RFD (lab consultant), KPFF Consulting Engineers (SE), IBE Consulting Engineers (mechanical/plumbing), and Integrated Engineering Consultants (electrical). Photo: Steven Whalen Photography/courtesy McCarthy
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University stakeholders face complicated cap-ex stressors, from chronic to impending. Creative approaches to financing, design, and delivery are top-of-mind, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

An analysis of Dun & Bradstreet stats by consultant Paul Abramson indicates that some $11 billion was spent on higher ed construction last year—up a billion from 2012, with nearly 70% comprising new buildings (http://bit.ly/1qhMzaw). 

As examined in BD+C’s in-depth May report, university stakeholders face complicated cap-ex stressors, from chronic (lender stinginess, deferred maintenance) to impending (President Obama’s pledge to start rating colleges on value delivered, consumer pushback on ever-rising costs).

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Dominic Weilminster and John Yonushewski elected to RNL’s board of directors

RNL has announced the election of Dominic Weilminster, AIA, senior associate, and John Yonushewski, FAIA, chief operating officer, to the firm’s board of directors. 
 
“The election of Dominic and John reflects the firm’s evolution,” Joshua Gould, AIA, Chairman and CEO of RNL, said. “We remain ever-focused on client satisfaction through exemplary, innovative, and collaborative design but RNL’s employee-shareholders understand that maintaining our edge requires a fresh and agile approach.
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Throughout his career, Yonushewski has participated in and overseen more than $280 million in design and construction projects. 

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John Yonushewski, FAIA, has over 35 years of experience in the design and construction field. Dominic Weilminster is an award-winning designer.

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Thu, 2014-07-31 09:23
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John Yonushewski and Dominic Weilminster. Photo courtesy of RNL.
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John Yonushewski, FAIA, has over 35 years of experience in the design and construction field. Dominic Weilminster is an award-winning designer.

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Best in healthcare design: AIA selects eight projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research.

Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

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Projects showcase the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research.

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Projects showcase the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research.

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Fri, 2014-08-01 15:15
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Legacy ER in Allen, Texas, was among the AIA healthcare design honorees. Photo ©
Legacy ER in Allen, Texas, was among the AIA healthcare design honorees. Photo © Michael Moran/OTTO.
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Projects showcase the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research.

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Recession recovery spotty among American cities: WalletHub report

Since 2008, 13 municipalities have filed for bankruptcy.

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Texas metros show great momentum, but a number of Arizona and California cities are still struggling to recover.

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Texas metros show great momentum, but a number of Arizona and California cities are still struggling to recover.

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Fri, 2014-08-01 08:50
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Denver is among the "most recovered" American cities, post-recession, according
Denver is among the "most recovered" American cities, post-recession, according to WalletHub. Photo by Flickr user Larry Johnson via Wikimedia Commons.
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Texas metros show great momentum, but a number of Arizona and California cities are still struggling to recover.

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BIM Giants: Firms enhance BIM/VDC with advanced collaboration tools [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among the emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among the emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Mon, 2014-08-04 09:39
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To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer
To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer Stadium project in Basrah, Iraq, structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti developed a specialized, cloud-hosted BIM model that enabled near-real-time structural analysis and feedback of design changes made by the design architect, 360 Architects. RENDERING: 360 ARCHITECTS
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Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among the emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

This past April, more than 500 AEC professionals—many from Giants 300 firms—gathered in Boston for BIMForum. Now in its ninth year, the group, which is co-sponsored by AGC and AIA, brings together tech-minded professionals twice yearly to discuss how BIM/VDC tools and advanced workflows are being used to enhance collaboration of the Building Team. 

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