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Adjaye Associates will design The Africa Institute in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Adjaye Associates will design a new campus in downtown Sharjah for The Africa Institute. The Institute is the first center of its kind fully dedicated to the advanced study, research, and documentation of Africa and the African diaspora in the Arab world. The development of The Africa Institute is spearheaded by Cornell University Professor Salah M.

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047: Apps for Architects

Life of an Architect

Architects are using technology more and more and with each passing day, more of this technology is available from the comforts of your cellphone or smart tablet. This list has been curated and categorized to provide the best mobile apps for architects. Continue reading 047: Apps for Architects at Life of an Architect.

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The 3 Types of Must-Have Content for Architecture Firms

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Successful Content Marketing For Architects Starts With These 3 Essential Topics. Showcase your expertise, experience, and know-how using these under-utilized topics. What's the one thing you wish potential clients understood about your role as an architect? Many architects we work with share similar frustrations about prospective clients: many simply do not understand what an architect does.

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Designing resilient libraries for a post-covid world

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The Coronavirus Pandemic forced 98% of all public libraries across the United States to close in April ( American Library Association ). While we miss our libraries, it’s been inspiring to see the creativity and dedication library workers have shown as they’ve taken steps to continue serving the public beyond the doors of the library.

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Architectural Visualization Trends and the Rise of AI

A new industry study conducted by Architizer on behalf of Chaos Enscape surveyed 2,139 design professionals to understand the state of architectural visualization and what to expect in the near future. We asked: How are visualizations produced in your firm? What impact does real-time rendering have? What approach are you taking toward the rise of AI?

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IoT system helps contractors keep their distance on the jobsite

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Many contractors are asking themselves how social distancing can be executed practically on jobsites so their workers can operate safely. As expected, products are starting to emerge that address these concerns.

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The world’s first building made from carbon-fiber reinforced concrete starts construction in Germany

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Two months ago, the foundation was poured for CUBE, a 2,200-sf, two-story building on the premises of Technical University Dresden in Germany, that claims to be the world’s first building made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced concrete.

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4 technologies for improving building sanitization in a post-pandemic society

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The long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will transform future building design practices to prioritize public health and mitigate the risk of spreading infection. Technologies that have long been utilized in hospitals and medical centers, but have not been widely embraced in other sectors due to additional costs, may see wider integration in other public buildings.

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Planning for life in cities after the pandemic

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We’ve been here before. . In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, heavy clouds hang over words like “density” and “urban”. These same clouds took shape in the aftermath of 9/11, when influential articles like a Blueprint for a Better City ( Wired , December 1, 2001) proclaimed “Density Kills”, and called for a return to safer suburbs. Just recently, the governor of one of America’s largest states publicly questioned whether his state needed to explore lower density models for growth in the aft

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Reconstruction could be COVID-19’s silver lining

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The spread of the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the U.S. and worldwide economies. But that spread also created health and wellness scenarios for the built environment that lend themselves to reconstruction and renovation, say AEC firms. “I anticipate an increase in renovation/reconstruction as buildings are adapted to COVID-required standards,” says Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP, Managing Partner with FX Collaborative.

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From Plan to Reality: Unlocking the Power of Aerial Imagery for AEC

Aerial imagery has emerged as a necessary tool for architecture, engineering, and construction firms seeking to improve pre-construction site analysis, make more informed planning decisions, and ensure all stakeholders have access to an accurate visualization of the site to keep the project moving forward. Download our guide and take a deeper look at how aerial imagery can be leveraged to drive project efficiency by reducing unnecessary site visits and providing the accurate details required to

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COVID-19 and real estate: How the coronavirus is impacting the AEC industry

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. The Scramble to Make Space for Coronavirus Patients (Citylab) - March 12. "As Covid-19 cases climb, cities may face a shortage of locations to quarantine and isolate people. In the U.S., it’s a uniquely local problem.". Read more. .

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City of Buffalo to launch the largest environmental impact bond in the country

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Mayor Byron W. Brown announced during his 14th State of the City address that Buffalo will launch the largest Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) in the country at $30 million. The funds from this investment will allow the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Sewer Authority to capitalize on the Rain Check Buffalo program.

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Reopening Main Street post-COVID-19 quarantine

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Bringing people back downtown and to shopping streets will require confidence that the health crisis is abating, and a future outbreak will be minimized. States are now starting to re-open retail, and California Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week that California is moving to Phase Two of the State’s re-opening strategy, which includes some retail stores, with restrictions. .

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What eight leading economists predict for nonresidential construction in 2020 and 2021

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Following modest increases in construction spending for nonresidential buildings in 2019, economists from eight leading industry organizations forecast slight growth in 2020 and 2021—1.5% and 0.9%, according to AIA's latest Consensus Construction Forecast panel. Public safety, education, healthcare, and office are the bright spots in a market that is entering growth-slowdown mode.

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7 Ways Real-Time Visualization Can Solve Architectural Challenges

In the dynamic world of architecture, design, and construction, creative problem-solving is crucial for success. Traditional methods often fall short in effectively conveying design intent to clients. Real-time visualization empowers you with a solid decision-making tool that smooths the design process. Discover the power of real-time visualization: Effective Communication Convey your vision clearly and align with clients.

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Florida Gators’ $65 million baseball field completes

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Located on the southwest portion of the University of Florida campus adjacent to Dizney Stadium, the Florida Gators’ new $65 million ballpark has completed. The project features a 360-degree open concourse, a shade structure for fans, modern student-athlete and staff amenities, multiple seating and game experience options, high-definition video and sound, enhanced concession space, and prominent entry gates.

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Apple is building a 192-room hotel on its billion-dollar Austin Campus

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Announced in a revised site plan approved by the City of Austin on April 29, Apple is adding a 75,500-sf, six-story hotel to its billion-dollar corporate campus that is currently under construction in Northwest Austin. The project comes as a bit of a surprise as the plans for the hotel were not included in the original site plans filed in December 2018, according to Culturemap Austin. .

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Do Architects Still Need to Draw?

Life of an Architect

Do architects still need to draw? This is a controversial topic to be certain, but is it something that should be considered when planning for the future of the profession and the education of future architects? I am not certain of my stance on the issue, but I do believe it needs open discussion. Continue reading Do Architects Still Need to Draw? at Life of an Architect.

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ASHRAE, WELL panels to tackle revising standards to limit spread of viruses in buildings

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Both ASHRAE and the International WELL Building Institute have formed panels to address how building standards could limit the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 in buildings.

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Concrete Waterproofing: The Next Step to a More Resilient Design

Don’t let water wash away all your hard work. When specifying concrete waterproofing, you need a solution that’s reliable and permanent. Without it, your concrete waterproofing is at risk of failing and letting water erode and corrode the concrete that it was supposed to protect. Reduce the risk of waterproofing failure by reading through our latest free specification e-book, which will take you through the four key components to better concrete waterproofing specification.

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4 next-gen technologies that are changing construction today

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For most of the last decade, emerging technologies designed to transform the built environment weren’t much more than fun toys to play with. They lacked sophistication and the ability to promote true efficiency and accountability or analyze data. Not anymore. Yesterday’s toys have become today’s tools. . New, data-driven technology has finally given rise to construction efficiencies.

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On the west coast, prefab gains ground for speedier construction

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Gensler, the global architecture firm, is currently working on nine citizenM-branded hotels across North America, including a 264-key hotel in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle that, when it opens in May, will be that city’s first fully modular hotel.

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Renewing the healing role of public parks

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Disease prevention has had a large impact on public space planning and design throughout history. Typhoid, smallpox and cholera epidemics in the 1800s brought forth the sanitary movement creating municipal sewer systems, indoor plumbing and wider, straighter streets that changed the way much of the world lives. The iconic, tree-lined allees of Paris and New York’s Central Park both sought to bring sunlight and fresh air into the city to combat infectious disease.

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Chicago’s Old Post Office get new zip with massive $900 million renovation

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The Old Chicago Main Post Office, designed by the famed Chicago firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, is a one-of-a-kind building in the historic context of Chicago. Originally completed in 1921, it underwent a monumental expansion in 1932 to meet the city's unprecedented postal needs. The meteoric rise of the mail-order industry, spearheaded by the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward and Sears catalogs, turned Chicago into the distribution center of the nation nearly overnight. .

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Sustainable Architecture: Design Green with the Client in Mind

Speaker: Pedro Clarke – Principal Architect at A+ Architecture, In Loco Program Director

Sustainability begins with a conversation, and acquiring customer buy-in is entirely dependent on how the conversation is framed. Clients may not see sustainability as a priority out of fear of operational costs and quality. While these are legitimate concerns, it is our responsibility as architects to listen and foster a collaborative culture that answers client issues while also reducing our carbon footprint.

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Top 155 Architecture Firms for 2020

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Gensler, Perkins and Will, and HKS Architects top the rankings of the nation's largest architecture firms for nonresidential and multifamily buildings work, as reported in Building Design+Construction's 2020 Giants 400 Report.

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Infection control in office buildings: Preparing for re-occupancy amid the coronavirus

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Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the AE firm Gresham Smith had a client in Tennessee that was in the process of consolidating 1,000 of its employees into an office building that already had 1,000 of its workers. This client “would never have discussed the words ‘free addresses’ or ‘shared desking,’” says Jack Weber, IIDA, LEED AP, the firm’s Senior Vice President and Design Principal.

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Oklahoma State University’s North Academic Building begins construction

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The North Academic Building and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (ME) at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences has started construction. The project will relocate and upgrade services from multiple buildings currently in the center of campus and is the first phase of a master plan focused on health and advancement in research and education.

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Going viral: How the coronavirus pandemic could change the built environment

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The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, and by the first week of April, there was a nearly 80% decline in occupancy for hotels in the U.S., according to the hospitality analytics company STR. That same week, the National Restaurant Association estimated that 110,000 restaurants could close within the following 30 days, on top of the 30,000 dining places that had already shuttered.

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Report: Optimism for Construction Growth in the Next Year Remains High

Research reveals 96% of respondents are very or fairly optimistic about their organization’s growth prospects for the next year. The InEight Global Capital Projects Outlook also finds over half see digital technology as the greatest growth opportunity. But these are only some of the findings. Don't be kept in the dark when it comes to the future. Read the report today!