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Gehry, Zaha, Foster, Meier: Vote for your top 'starchitect' in this March Madness design legends tourney

Co.Design, Fast Company's design blog, has created its own take on March Madness: 32 designers from around the world have been placed into a bracket, and one contender will eventually be crowned the greatest living designer by daily reader votes.

Co.Design will post a new match-up for users to vote on every other day. The 32 contenders are organized in four sub-brackets: Graphic, Interactive, Product, and Architectural.

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Fast Company's Bracket Madness tournament pits 32 designers against each other to see who truly is the world's greatest living designer. 
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Fast Company's Bracket Madness tournament pits 32 designers against each other to see who truly is the world's greatest living designer. 
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Wed, 2014-03-19 12:36
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The competition is Fast Company's take on March Madness. Image: courtesy Fast Co
The competition is Fast Company's take on March Madness. Image: courtesy Fast Company.
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Fast Company's Bracket Madness tournament pits 32 designers against each other to see who truly is the world's greatest living designer. 
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Tucson ignores ADA, building code on city-owned property

The city of Tucson, Ariz., takes a firm position when it comes to violations of its building code or the Americans with Disabilities Act—unless the violator is the city of Tucson. 

The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

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The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years.

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The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years.

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Wed, 2014-03-19 12:26
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This city lot breaks numerous major rules in the code. Photo: Google Street View
This city lot breaks numerous major rules in the code. Photo: Google Street View
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The city has been operating a downtown dirt parking lot in violation of its own code and the federal law for years.

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Architecture Billings Index shows slight improvement

After starting out the year on a positive note, there was another minor increase in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) last month.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.

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This score reflects an increase in design services 

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 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.

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Wed, 2014-03-19 12:32
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.
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 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that the February ABI score was 50.7, up slightly from a mark of 50.4 in January.

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D.C. breaks ground on $2B mega waterfront development [slideshow]

Great cities are defined by great places, and this week the nation’s capital marked the first day of construction on its newest, The Wharf, on Washington, D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront.

Perkins Eastman is serving as master planner, design architect, and architect of record for the public realm, infrastructure, and buildings in two of the initial parcels. Phase 1 alone comprises 24 acres of land, more than 50 acres of waterfront, and a building area of more than 1.9 million gsf. It is projected for completion in 2017.

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When complete, the Wharf will feature approximately 3 million sf of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses, including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.

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When complete, the Wharf will feature approximately 3 million sf of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses, including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.

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Thu, 2014-03-20 14:02
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All renderings: Perkins Eastman
All renderings: courtesy Perkins Eastman
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When complete, the Wharf will feature approximately 3 million sf of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses, including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.

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Common EIFS failures, and how to prevent them

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Poor workmanship, impact damage, building movement, and incompatible or unsound substrate are among the major culprits of EIFS problems. 

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Poor workmanship, impact damage, building movement, and incompatible or unsound substrate are among the major culprits of EIFS problems. 

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Thu, 2014-03-20 15:03
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To true the wall surface, the installer should level the insulation board, rathe
To true the wall surface, the installer should level the insulation board, rather than build up the base coat. Checking stud alignment prior to substrate installation is recommended. Image courtesy Hoffmann Architects
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Poor workmanship, impact damage, building movement, and incompatible or unsound substrate are among the major culprits of EIFS problems. 

Editor's note: This article was originally published as part of an AIA/CES Discovery course: "EIFS: How to succeed with exterior insulation and finish systems." Take this free course at BDCUniversity.com.

 

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13 dazzling wood building designs [slideshow]

Different building materials have different benefits, and The National Wood Design Awards aim to highlight the unique benefits of using wood in design and architecture. This year, 140 submissions were sent in to WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. 

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From bold structural glulam designs to striking textured wall and ceiling schemes, these award-winning building projects showcase the design possibilities using wood. 

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From bold structural glulam designs to striking textured wall and ceiling schemes, these award-winning building projects showcase the design possibilities using wood. 

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Fri, 2014-03-21 10:37
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Designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the Hotchkiss School's new Biom
Designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners, the Hotchkiss School's new Biomass Heating Plant was one of 13 projects honored in the 2014 National Wood Design Awards. Photo: David Sundberg/Esto; courtesy WoodWorks
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From bold structural glulam designs to striking textured wall and ceiling schemes, these award-winning building projects showcase the design possibilities using wood. 

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Pier Carlo Bontempi to receive Richard H. Driehaus Prize from Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture announced today that architect Pier Carlo Bontempi will receive the 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, March 29 at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago.
 
Bontempi’s award-winning international work includes a block recovery plan in Parma’s historic center, as well as the Place de Toscane and the “Quartier du Lac” resort in Val d’Europe near Paris.
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The prize will be awarded in a ceremony on March 29

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Established in 2003 by the Notre Dame School of Architecture, the $200,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact.

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Fri, 2014-03-21 12:00
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The $200,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize will be awarded to Bontempi on March 29. Photo credit: Pier Carlo Bontempi
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Established in 2003 by the Notre Dame School of Architecture, the $200,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact.

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Forget wood skyscrapers - Check out these stunning bamboo high-rise concepts [slideshow]

Organized by the UK-based design competition site SuperSkyScrapers, the Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material—structural or cladding—in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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The Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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The Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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Fri, 2014-03-21 12:56
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All renderings courtesy SuperSkyScrapers
All renderings courtesy SuperSkyScrapers
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The Singapore Bamboo Skyscraper competition invited design teams to explore the possibilities of using bamboo as the dominant material in a high-rise project for the Singapore skyline. 

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Snøhetta unveils plans for serpentine mountain hotel

Snøhetta, an Oslo- and New York-based architecture firm, has unveiled plans for a winding hotel and apartment building that will be be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

The low-rise hotel will showcase views of the sea to the south and west, Dezeen reported.

"The spectacular view and the feeling of being 'in the middle' of the elements are the premier qualities of the site," said Snøhetta in a statement.

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The winding hotel and apartment building will be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

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The winding hotel and apartment building will be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

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Mon, 2014-03-24 13:36
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The low-rise hotel will showcase views of the sea to the south and west. Renderings courtesy of Dezeen, Snøhetta.
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The winding hotel and apartment building will be built between the mountains and the sea in remote Glåpen, Norway.

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Ohio Senate passes rule to require state agencies use ANSI standards rather than LEED

The Ohio state Senate passed a resolution that requires state agencies to use American National Standards Institute standards rather than LEED v4 for publicly funded building projects.

The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI.

The resolution is not legally binding, and has not been voted on by the full assembly yet. However, most state agencies that are dependent on the legislature for their budgets comply with legislative resolutions.

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The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI. 

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The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI. 

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Mon, 2014-03-24 16:07
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Ohio state Senate chambers. Photo: Wikipedia
Ohio state Senate chambers. Photo: Wikipedia
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The resolution specifically mentions LEED v4, and calls for the U.S. Green Building Council to conform to ANSI. 

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