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Final call for entries! BUILDINGChicago 2014 call for educational proposals

The Advisory Committee of the BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland 2014 Conference is accepting proposals for presenters and topics through this Friday, March 14.

Now in its second year, the event is sponsored by Building Design+Construction magazine, AIA Chicago, the Builders Association, USGBC-Illinois, and the Greening the Heartland Committee. It will take place September 29-October 1, 2014, at North America’s largest LEED Gold-certified hotel, the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.

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The second annual conference and exposition will take place September 29 - October 1, 2014 in Chicago. Proposals are due March 14, 2014.

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The Advisory Committee of the BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland 2014 Conference is accepting proposals for presenters and topics through this Friday, March 14.

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Wed, 2014-03-12 11:52
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The Advisory Committee of the BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland 2014 Conference is accepting proposals for presenters and topics through this Friday, March 14.

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Study: 90% of healthcare providers say Affordable Care Act is 'step forward,' but major revisions needed

Nine out of 10 healthcare providers say the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be a “step forward” in addressing long-term health issues in the United States once it is fully established, and 83 percent say it is good for Americans, according to a survey of more than 190 healthcare leaders by Mortenson Construction.  

The providers did not make an unqualified endorsement of the ACA, however. A full 86 percent say the ACA needs major changes or revisions.

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Providers are excited about opportunities to address long-term health issues in the U.S., but worries about the transition persist, according to a new study by Mortenson Construction.

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Providers are excited about opportunities to address long-term health issues in the U.S., but worries about the transition persist, according to a new study by Mortenson Construction.

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Tue, 2014-02-18 10:44
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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago
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Providers are excited about opportunities to address long-term health issues in the U.S., but worries about the transition persist, according to a new study by Mortenson Construction.

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Robert A.M. Stern sent back to drawing board for Revolutionary War museum in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Art Commission has weighed in somewhat unfavorably on Robert A.M. Stern's design for the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

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The Philadelphia Art Commission is concerned about the design's historical accuracy.

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The Philadelphia Art Commission has suggested some significant changes to the design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, namely the elimination of a cupola and the addition of eye-level windows on the ground floor.

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Tue, 2014-02-18 11:01
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The building site is located in a historic area of Philadelphia, which factors i
The building site is located in a historic area of Philadelphia, which factors into the design. Rendering: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
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The Philadelphia Art Commission has suggested some significant changes to the design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, namely the elimination of a cupola and the addition of eye-level windows on the ground floor.

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Harvard's 'termite robots' can build any thing, any way [video]

Termites are able to construct complicated structures simply by interacting with their environments. Harvard engineers are attempting to build robots that do the same, and which may be able to build more than models in the future.

The robots know what to build because of onboard sensors—when these sensors register their environment, the robot then applies a set of traffic rules that have been programmed by researchers.

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Researchers can program different traffic rules to create different construction methods.

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The robots build by observing thier environment and then obeying a set of traffic rules programmed by researchers.

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Wed, 2014-02-19 09:37
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The robots exhibit collective behavior and are able to build complex structures. Video and stills courtesy of Harvard.
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The robots build by observing thier environment and then obeying a set of traffic rules programmed by researchers.

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World's longest desk? Massive, undulating desk accommodates 145 office workers [video]

New York-based Barbarian Group wanted a collaborative work space--an office where all employees would be able to sit at a desk, but where they could still escape to creative work areas.

Clive Wilkinson was the architect who made their vision a reality, according to Business Insider.

The desk, made out of 4,400 sf of plywood and one continuous sheet of resin, is so big that all 145 employees can share it.

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Creative agency Barbarian Group says its new mega desk was cheaper than individual cubicles and desks.

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The desk is built from plywood and one continuous sheet of resin, and can serve all 145 office employees at once. 

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Thu, 2014-02-20 09:37
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The desk is big enough for use by all 145 of Barbarian Group's employees. Photos courtesy of Business Insider.
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The desk is built from plywood and one continuous sheet of resin, and can serve all 145 office employees at once. 

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First look: Goettsch Partners reveals 'lighthouse' tower scheme for China resort

Architecture firm Goettsch Partners has unveiled its design for a new resort and meeting destination on China’s Hainan Island in Haitang Bay. 

Developed by Poly Real Estate Group, the complex, called Rosewood Sanya and International Finance Forum, features a 729-key resort hotel and serviced apartment tower, a 28,000-sm International Finance Forum convention center, a series of connecting retail buildings, and a modest visitors center. 

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Topped with glowing beacon that will be visible for miles in any direction, the Rosewood Sanya tower is the centerpiece of a new resort and meeting complex on China’s Hainan Island.

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Topped with glowing beacon that will be visible for miles in any direction, the Rosewood Sanya tower is the centerpiece of a new resort and meeting complex on China’s Hainan Island.

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Fri, 2014-02-21 09:22
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The complex will feature a 729-key resort hotel and serviced apartment tower, a
The complex will feature a 729-key resort hotel and serviced apartment tower, a 28,000-sm International Finance Forum convention center, a series of connecting retail buildings, and a modest visitors center. Renderings: Goettsch Partners
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Topped with glowing beacon that will be visible for miles in any direction, the Rosewood Sanya tower is the centerpiece of a new resort and meeting complex on China’s Hainan Island.

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Calatrava ordered to pay millions for 'shortcomings in his work' on conference center project

A Spanish court ruled that famed architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros (roughly $4 million) to a property development company, citing "shortcomings in his work" related to the

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Famed architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros due to faulty design work on the Palacio de Congresos project in Oviedo, Spain. 

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Famed architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros due to faulty design work on the Palacio de Congresos project in Oviedo, Spain. 

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Fri, 2014-02-21 11:24
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The building's owner says the structure's mechanical visor has never worked beca
The building's owner says the structure's mechanical visor has never worked because of problems with its hydraulics.
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Famed architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros due to faulty design work on the Palacio de Congresos project in Oviedo, Spain. 

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New Menil Drawing Institute will fit in with leafy surroundings

In Houston, plans are being finalized for the first freestanding American building built to house and conserve modern and contemporary drawings.

The Menil Drawing Institute, named for Dominique de Menil, legendary arts patron and collector, is being designed by Johnston Marklee and Menil officials.

The $40 million, 30,150-sf building will be located between the Cy Twombly gallery and Richmond Hall, both distinctive art buildings in their own right. 

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The Institute is named for legendary arts patron Dominique De Menil.

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In Houston, plans are being finalized for the first freestanding American building built to house and conserve modern and contemporary drawings. 

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Mon, 2014-02-24 11:10
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Indoor and outdoor spaces will be united by a thin roof. Trees will appear to poke through in places. Photos courtesy of CultureMap Houston.
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In Houston, plans are being finalized for the first freestanding American building built to house and conserve modern and contemporary drawings. 

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First look: UC San Diego opens net-zero biological research lab

Bringing to life what is sure to become one of San Diego’s most iconic buildings, McCarthy Building Companies, has completed construction for the new J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in La Jolla, Calif., located on a 1.75-acre site on the University of California, San Diego campus.

Designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF), the three-story, 45,000-sf building is an apt tribute to its prominent, coastal location, with its long, slender shape.

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Exposed architectural concrete panels and Spanish cedar wood siding highlight the exterior design of the new J. Craig Venter Institute.

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The facility is intended to be "the most sustainable laboratory in the world," and incorporates natural ventilation, passive cooling, high-efficiency plumbing, and sustainably harvested wood.  

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Mon, 2014-02-24 12:25
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Two-thirds of the facility's rainwater will be supplied by rainwater and is intended to be "the most sustainable laboratory in the world." Photos courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
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The facility is intended to be "the most sustainable laboratory in the world," and incorporates natural ventilation, passive cooling, high-efficiency plumbing, and sustainably harvested wood.  

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NYC's Hudson Spire would be nation's tallest tower if built

MJM + A Architects recently unveiled its plans for the construction of Hudson Spire, a 1,800-foot-tall tower that would become the tallest building in North America.

The structure includes approximately 1.2 million sf for high-end retail, office, hotels, and residences in the heart of Hudson Yards, a dynamic new neighborhood and cultural center in development on 10th Avenue from 34th to 40th Street, on the site of what was formerly the West Side Rail Yards.

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Design architect MJM + A has released an updated design scheme for the planned 1,800-foot-tall, superthin skyscraper. 

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Design architect MJM + A has released an updated design scheme for the planned 1,800-foot-tall, superthin skyscraper. 

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Tue, 2014-02-25 09:16
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At 1,800 feet, Hudson Spire will surpass the Freedom Tower in height. Renderings courtesy of MJM + A Architects
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Design architect MJM + A has released an updated design scheme for the planned 1,800-foot-tall, superthin skyscraper. 

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