AIA Announces Architecture Honor Awards For 2018

AIA Announces Architecture Honor Awards for 2018

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced its Honor Award winners for 2018, which include projects from around the world designed by architectural firms both large and small. From a girls’ school in Afghanistan to a municipal salt shed, this year’s widely diverse group of winning projects will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City in June of this year. The Honor Awards, now in their 69th year, were selected by a jury consisting of architects and academics who judged projects based on “outstanding excellence and innovation”. This week’s blog provides an overview of the winners.
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Construction Trends For 2018

Construction Trends for 2018

After a robust 2017, commercial construction companies are anticipating an even stronger 2018. Trends for this year, include a continuing rise in offsite construction as well as increasing reliance on technology. Another emerging phenomenon is the increased focus on resilient design following the most destructive hurricane season on record and devastating fires and mudslides in California. Other trends that will likely shape construction this year revolve around federal and state policies, the ongoing labor shortage and anticipated mega projects such as Amazon’s much-ballyhooed HQ2. Construction Dive identified what the editors see as the top eight trends for the coming year.
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The Most Anticipated Building Projects Of 2018

The Most Anticipated Building Projects of 2018

Scanning the globe for signature architectural feats that will be completed in 2018, CNN reported that the new year promises just as much “eye-catching” architecture as last year. Some of the most anticipated projects include a multi-colored Lego House in Denmark, a South African art museum inside a former grain silo, a glass courthouse in Paris, a pencil-thin skyscraper in New York, Beijing’s China Zun Tower and the soaring Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg. Some of the biggest names in architectural design are also involved, including Thomas Heatherwick and Kengo Kuma.
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Sto Studio Delivers Color And Design Concepts With Impact

Sto Studio Delivers Color and Design Concepts with Impact

The final post in our three-part series on Sto Studio showcases several case studies of Sto Studio’s art in architecture working with a range of residential and commercial projects – including both restoration and new construction.Working closely with clients, specific architectural and aesthetic concepts are developed based on a project’s underlying requirements, conditions and objectives. The final result is a series of color renderings to help the client determine the most appealing aesthetic choice. Utilizing customized, digital color models and illustrations of design and material options, Sto Studio has been upgrading facades and interiors in the built environment for over three decades now.
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Beauty In The Built Environment: Sto Color

Beauty in the Built Environment: Sto Color

Since 1965, when Sto introduced a revolutionary color system, the company has been providing art and inspiration in architecture, working with design & building professionals to facilitate design and color decision making. The second installment in our three-part series on Sto Studio provides a primer on color -- its power and potential -- and insights into the Sto Color System which offers customized color solutions for facade and interior use.
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Architecture As Art – Sto Studio And The Built Environment

Architecture as Art – Sto Studio and the Built Environment

Creating the aesthetic character of a building in conjunction with its engineering and science, and seeing not just one, but many possible design solutions before you break ground or start a restoration, is a true game-changer that expedites informed decision-making. For over three decades, Sto Studio, has been working with design & building professionals to illustrate the potential aesthetics for a project with full-color renderings so can clients can actually visualize the future and choose from a variety of design scenarios. Part One in this three-part series provides an overview of the essential, value-add resources Sto Studio offers by bringing art and science together to ensure the ultimate realization of a building’s durability and curb appeal.
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Top 50 Architectural Firms Of 2017 Announced By Architect Magazine

Top 50 Architectural Firms of 2017 Announced by Architect Magazine

Architect Magazine has announced the 50 best architecture firms in the United States, based on entries from 149 firms. The rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, design and sustainability. For the second time, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), was ranked #1 overall; New-York based WORKac won the top honor in the design category; ZGF Architects took first place in the sustainability category for the second year in a row; and in the business category, the east coast firm FXFowle garnered the top award. The recognition went to a combination of established heavyweights as well as young upstarts, all with remarkable projects worldwide that are worthy of review and should be an inspiration for others.
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Getting Pre-Fab Products From Off-Site To On-Site Safely

Getting Pre-Fab Products from Off-Site to On-Site Safely

Assembling certain components of a construction project at a location other than the job site can help solve several problems contractors face today and, as a result, offsite manufacturing of wall systems is increasingly becoming the solution of choice for new construction and renovation. Off-site construction of insulated wall systems such as Sto Panel Technology, can enable different phases of a project to run on a parallel track, shaving valuable time from the schedule and saving as much as 50% in labor costs. That benefit alone can be a huge advantage given the construction industry’s well-documented shortage of qualified workers. Building offsite can also be a safer alternative to site-built construction and can also protect workers and products from inclement weather, which can interfere with building schedules .While pre-fab insulated wall solutions are clearly gaining in popularity due to the many benefits they offer, a critical step is how the product will be transported following assembly. How do offsite manufacturers move their products without damaging the product or causing any harm along the way?
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High Performance Insulated Wall System A Game Changer For Architects

High Performance Insulated Wall System a Game Changer for Architects

Sto Corp. has joined forces with insulation specialists Owens Corning and Dow to produce one of the most technically advanced exterior wall systems available. The innovative StoTherm® ci XPS wall system is designed to provide the air, weather and thermal tightness required for today’s most energy-efficient architecture; it is also cost effective and offers a wide range of aesthetic options. This smart, versatile product provides a true “end-to-end” solution for architects.
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The ROI On Mobile Construction Apps

The ROI on Mobile Construction Apps

While technology and software are increasingly prevalent in building construction, mobile construction applications are emerging as the latest tech revolution in the industry. These mobile apps are proving to provide a significant return on investment in terms of benefits to overall productivity, risk mitigation, as well as savings from labor costs, downtime, and schedule acceleration. A new ebook — “The Dollars and Sense of Mobile Construction Apps” — is a valuable new resource which explains, amongst many things, how to calculate the return on investment construction companies can expect from mobile technology. What could a team achieve with 5 extra hours a week? Or how much could be saved by finishing a project early?
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