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Gluckman Tang’s Design for Museo Del Prado Expansion Revealed

After an international design competition, Gluckman Tang Architects has released its design for the Museo del Prado’s new expansion into the Hall of Realms in Madrid, Spain. New York-based Gluckman Tang was the only American firm on the final shortlist of eight teams asked to reimagine this former wing of a 17th-century palace, which was acquired by the Prado in 2015. All proposals currently are on display at the Prado.… Read more →

BIMx now offers VR functions for Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard Support Introduced in Latest Release of GRAPHISOFT BIMx

GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects, has announced virtual reality (VR) functions to its multi award-winning BIM presentation and communication app, BIMx. BIMx users worldwide have requested the addition of virtual reality capability to BIMx. This enhanced functionality provides architectural and interior design firms an immersive way to share their projects, the developer says. … Read more →

ASLA Launches First Landscape Architecture VR Video

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released its first virtual reality (VR) viewing experience to the public, featuring exclusive footage of Toronto’s Underpass Park, which won the ASLA 2016 Professional Award of Excellence. The ASLA VR video takes viewers on an exciting journey through this unique park found under a highway underpass, guided by landscape architect Greg Smallenberg, FASLA, principal at PFS Studio.… Read more →

New Construction Starts in 2017 to Increase 5% to $713 Billion

According to the Dodge Data & Analytics (http://www.construction.com) “2017 Dodge Construction Outlook,” total U.S. construction starts for 2017 will advance 5 percent to $713 billion, following gains of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent in 2016. “The U.S. construction industry has witnessed signs of deceleration in 2016, following several years of steady growth,” stated Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “Total construction starts during the first half of this year lagged behind what was reported in 2015, raising some concern that the current construction expansion may have run its course. However, the early 2016 shortfall reflected the comparison to unusually elevated activity during the first half of 2015, lifted by 13 very large projects valued each at $1 billion or more, such as a $9-billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas and a $2.5-billion office tower in New York City."… Read more →

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720 University Place, formerly known as Music Hall, was built in 1897.

Age-Old Tuck-Pointing Technique Restores New Glory

With building restoration projects, you have few or no options other than to use existing materials to replicate an old building back to its former glory. But that is not always easy to do. Some buildings have major problems, from correcting structural issues to matching the aesthetic appeal of its original design. This work is not for the faint hearted because many times you won’t know what damage lies beneath the surface. … Read more →

Five years ago, the University Center of Lake County, a partnership between 18 Illinois colleges and universities, operated classrooms in shared buildings. However, it had no core facility – no “face” to show the community.

Bonded by Brick

Five years ago, the University Center of Lake County, a partnership between 18 Illinois colleges and universities, operated classrooms in shared buildings. However, it had no core facility – no “face” to show the community. The first facility of its kind in Illinois, the $19.8-million University Center of Lake County provides that face. The 91,000-square-foot, stand-alone academic center enables the organization to offer degree and workforce development programs from all its partner institutions under one roof.… Read more →

Iredale Mineral Cosmetics International Headquarters

Iredale Mineral Cosmetics International Headquarters

Our firm, Croxton Collaborative Architects (CCA), a founder of the modern sustainability movement, recently completed the 21,000-square-foot international headquarters for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (IMC)—manufacturers of jane iredale—in Great Barrington, Mass. A replacement for the company’s smaller home base nearby, the new structure represents the rehabilitation of the abandoned 1889 William Cullen Bryant School building (and its early 1900s addition), a Massachusetts Cultural Resource, as a 21st century center of operations.… Read more →

Onsite Masonry Production from Diverted Excavation

Watershed Materials is teaming up with Westlake Urban and Alpha Group to explore a solution to a problem that real estate developers often face—excavation that has to be moved off a construction site to make way for new buildings. Rather than haul off the excavation spoils and then import thousands of concrete masonry units (CMUs) for use at the project, the developers and Watershed Materials are working together to repurpose native excavation material right at the job site to create the structural masonry blocks used in the development. Truckloads of offhaul and truckloads of imported building materials could be eliminated by using the excavation to make the structural block, adaptively reusing waste to produce onsite building materials.… Read more →

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