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Are these really the 'world's most spectacular university buildings'? [slideshow]

Construction project database Emporis today released its list of the world's top university buildings. They range from the globe's tallest higher education building, Lomonosov Moscow State University's 240-meter-tall, 36-story Main Building, to the tent-like Campus Luigi Einaudi building in Turin, Italy. 

It's an entertaining exercise to debate the design merits of the world's most decorated buildings. But are these 13 structures really the best university projects? 

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Emporis lists its top 13 higher education buildings from around the world. We want your feedback!

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Emporis lists its top 13 higher education buildings from around the world. Do you agree with the rankings?

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Tue, 2014-02-25 10:04
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Sharp Centre for Design at OCAD University
Sharp Centre for Design at OCAD University. Copyright: Andreina Schoeberlein / Flickr
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Emporis lists its top 13 higher education buildings from around the world. Do you agree with the rankings?

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Billie Jean King National Tennis Center serving up three-phase expansion

The United States Tennis Association’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., is in the midst of a three-phase renovation that includes the construction of two new stadiums, as well as installing a retractable roof over the existing Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

Phase one includes relocation of practice and tournament courts, plus construction of the $100 million roof, designed by Rossetti and built by Hunt Construction Group. 

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The project includes the construction of two new stadiums and a retractable roof over the existing Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

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The project includes the construction of two new stadiums and a retractable roof over the existing Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

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Wed, 2014-02-26 14:18
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Renderings courtesy Blackney Hayes Architects
Renderings courtesy Blackney Hayes Architects
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The project includes the construction of two new stadiums and a retractable roof over the existing Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

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Startup PocketCake aims to bring virtual reality simulations to the AEC masses

PocketCake is working with some of the nation's top architectural and engineering companies, converting their 3D models into stunning virtual reality simulations using the Oculus Rift.

PocketCake's simulations offer first-person interaction from the comfort of a laptop. You are in the driver's seat. From homes and churches to stadiums and fairgrounds, nothing enhances a client's - or an architect's - conception of a project better than virtual reality.

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Founded in 2012, the development firm offers custom virtual reality simulations for the price of a typical architectural illustration.

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Founded in 2012, the development firm offers custom virtual reality simulations for the price of a typical architectural illustration.

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Wed, 2014-02-26 14:50
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Founded in 2012, the development firm offers custom virtual reality simulations for the price of a typical architectural illustration.

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Adaptive reuse project brings school into historic paper mill

The new 63,500-sf building for the AIM Academy in Conshohocken, Pa., is a former paper mill on the Schuylkill River that dates to the 18th century.

Blackney Hayes Architects designed and renovated the facility to suit the needs of the school, which offers an arts-based, college preparatory curriculum for students with learning differences. 

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The project features nontraditional classrooms for collaborative learning, an arts and music wing, and a technologically sophisticated global resource center.

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The project features nontraditional classrooms for collaborative learning, an arts and music wing, and a technologically sophisticated global resource center.

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Wed, 2014-02-26 15:55
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Photos courtesy Blackney Hayes Architects
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The project features nontraditional classrooms for collaborative learning, an arts and music wing, and a technologically sophisticated global resource center.

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Gensler reveals 44 design trends for the next decade

Gensler recently published its 2014 Design Forecast, which covers the trends the company believes will dominate design over the next decade.

In all, 44 trends are covered in the report, as are six “meta-trends” that define Gensler’s overall outlook on the future of design. The report divides design into 22 focus areas.

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Six 'meta-trends' guide the firm's 2014 Design Forecast.

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The 82-page report covers dozens of emerging trends in healthcare, commercial office, hospitality, tall buildings, and more.

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Thu, 2014-02-27 15:50
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The 82-page report covers dozens of emerging trends in healthcare, commercial office, hospitality, tall buildings, and more.

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12 facts about heat-treated glass: Why stronger isn’t always better

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A dozen quick tips about tempered and heat-strengthened glass

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Glass is heat-treated for two reasons: the first is to increase its strength to resist external stresses such as wind and snow loads, or thermal loads caused by the sun’s energy. The second is to temper glass so that it meets safety glazing requirements defined by applicable codes or federal standards. 

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Thu, 2014-02-27 11:18
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Glass is heat-treated for two reasons: the first is to increase its strength to resist external stresses such as wind and snow loads, or thermal loads caused by the sun’s energy. The second is to temper glass so that it meets safety glazing requirements defined by applicable codes or federal standards. 

Glass is heat-treated for two reasons: the first is to increase its strength to resist external stresses such as wind and snow loads, or thermal loads caused by the sun’s energy.

The second is to temper glass so that it meets safety glazing requirements defined by applicable codes or federal standards. 

Following are a dozen quick tips about tempered and heat-strengthened glass, including why the strongest glass isn’t always the best glass for a given application. 

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PocketCake lunches CPU designed for virtual reality simulations

A new product from PocketCake, called VRSCA (for Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly), is three times more powerful than the average high-performance computer and allows for up to eight people to experience a virtual reality simulation at the same time.

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The company's Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly allows for up to eight people to experience a VR simulation at the same time.

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The company's Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly is three times more powerful than the average high-performance computer and allows for up to eight people to experience a virtual reality simulation at the same time.

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Thu, 2014-02-27 08:33
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PocketCake's VRSCA (for Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly) is three
VRSCA is available in four models: a single viewer, a dual viewer, a 4-person viewer and an 8-person viewer.
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The company's Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly is three times more powerful than the average high-performance computer and allows for up to eight people to experience a virtual reality simulation at the same time.

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Target converts former prison dump into latest big-box store

Recently, MBH Architects was approached by the Target Corporation, who asked them to design a new store in San Rafael, Calf. The problem: the building was slated for the former San Quentin Prison dump site, meaning that the lot was full of hazardous materials and that the ground was unstable.

MBH worked with a team of specialists—from structural, civil, and landscape specialists to experts in methane mitigation, vertical reciprocating conveyors, and onsite lighting—to make the lot suitable for the new store.

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The site was full of hazardous materials, unstable ground when MBH Architects began work

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Target's new San Rafael, Calif., location was built on the site of the former San Quentin prison dump. 

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Thu, 2014-02-27 15:01
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The new Target has received a LEED Gold Certification. Photos courtesy of MBH Architects.
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Target's new San Rafael, Calif., location was built on the site of the former San Quentin prison dump. 

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Six finalists selected in design competition for Canadian Holocaust monument

The Department of Canadian Heritage is currently holding a design competition for the new National Holocaust Monument, and it is narrowed down to six finalists. The six entries were displayed to the public on February 20 and viewers were allowed to comment on the designs.

A seven-member jury will recommend the winning design to the government of Canada after taking the public’s comments into account.

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David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among the finalists for the National Holocaust Monument, planned near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among the finalists for the National Holocaust Monument, planned near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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Fri, 2014-02-28 09:29
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Team Klein's design proposal for the monument. Renderings courtesy of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among the finalists for the National Holocaust Monument, planned near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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Engineering and construction CEOs are cautiously optimistic about the global economy, says PwC

Engineering and construction CEOs are more optimistic this year than in previous years, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey. Forty-one percent of respondents expect to grow over the next 12 months, up from 31% last year.

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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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Mon, 2014-03-03 13:07
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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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