Versatile trim creates modern look without blowing the budget

Like a lot of projects that were shelved during the housing crash, the mixed-used development called 3900 Adeline in Emeryville, Calif., had some trouble getting restarted when it was resurrected in 2010. Located in a transitioning industrial neighborhood, the project called an existing one-story light industrial building to be replaced with 101 for-rent residential and live/work units as well as 1,000 square feet of retail space — if architects could make the budget work.


Qatar unveils Lusail Stadium for 2022 FIFA World Cup

As part of its hosting duties for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is building eight new stadiums across the country. Recently, the design of the eighth and largest stadium, Lusail Stadium, was unveiled by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) just north of the host city of Doha.

The stadium features a golden bowl structure and apertures shaped like “fanar” lanterns. The stadium, which is meant as a celebration of the Middle East’s ancient tradition of craftsmanship, has the ability to hold 80,000 fans.

New toolkit helps architect achieve high-performance buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is releasing a new tool that can help architecture firms design high-performance building. 

The AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit presents curated, concise and effective strategies for achieving sustainable designs and provides criteria for evaluating a project after it is built. Applying the kit’s resources during the design process allows for architects to obtain the tool’s full potential. Additionally, it can help start a dialogue that facilitates a more deeply integrated, visually rich design solution.

SCUP and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing release study results on lactation policy and facilities in U.S. higher education

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing announced survey results from 114 US colleges and universities that help document the levels, quality, and availability of lactation spaces and supports across campus for breastfeeding faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors.

Promenade pavers fuse mixed spaces in Ontario’s emerging 30-block transit oriented development

Fusing residential, commercial, retail, and service properties creates an engaging environment with things to do day and night. Walkable neighborhoods bring people together, create life on the streets, and make good neighborhoods, not just good buildings.

16 things you should know about universal design [AIA course]

Universal design is a term, and a mode of architectural practice, that is often misunderstood. At its core, universal design promotes design that can benefit all occupants and users of buildings, not just the elderly or persons with disabilities.

Universal design—also known as “design for all,” “inclusive design,” and “human-centered design”—is not new. It’s been around for more than 20 years. The seven principles were promulgated in 1997 by the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University.

Emissions for buildings and construction have peaked, UN says

Greenhouse gas emissions appear to have leveled off, according to findings from the United Nations Environment organization

Though emissions from the sector were flat from 2015-2017, they still represent about a third of the global emissions that cause climate change. Nevertheless, the progress being made in designing and constructing greener buildings has helped to hold the line on emissions.

Bangkok’s latest mega shopping mall features one of the world’s longest pillarless all-glass facade

When it opened along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 10, the massive luxury shopping mall Iconsiam—self-identified as “the Icon of Eternal Prosperity”—boasted a number of firsts, including the longest (400-plus meters) water feature in Southeast Asia, and the first project in the country to integrate road, rail, and water transportation. (The complex is 1 kilometer from a station from the BTS Skyway monorail that will be completed next year.)

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s first U.S. project breaks ground in Detroit

The northeast corner of Detroit’s Campus Martius Park will be home to Monroe Blocks, Schmidt hammer Lassen Architect’s first U.S. project. The project will span a 134,548-sf site across two city blocks and include the first high-rise office tower built in downtown Detroit in more than 25 years.

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