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Lifestyle changes propel remodeling activity

Remodeling and renovation activity continues to lead the residential building sector, as the market for new home construction struggles to gain momentum. Some of this activity can be attributed to homeowners making needed repairs and upgrades to increase the value of their...

source: By Michael J. Berens
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Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. The city of 600,000 on Canada's west coast aims to use only green energy sources for electricity, and also for heating and cooling and transportation.

source: The Guardian

In late January 2014, an Urban Land Institute Advisory Services panel presented recommendations for the dilapidated Houston Astrodome. The report follows several ill-fated dome reuse attempts, including a plan and $200 million bond...

source: The Architect's Newspaper

Over in Japan, the Narita International Airport just unveiled a brand new terminal outfitted with running tracks. But this isn't just a gimmick. The indoor circuit has been color-coded for simple wayfinding: blue for departures, red for arrivals. Completed well ahead of...

source: Curbed

For an architect well known for his attention to detail, smartphones are a godsend for Soo Chan. The Singapore-based 53-year-old uses an app on his mobile phone to keep a close eye on his various projects around the world, such as a new luxury apartment building in New...

source: BBC News

The concept of a "living" building is far from new. Since the dawn of building, architects have compared artificial structures to natural structures, and a century ago Frank Lloyd Wright used the term organic to refer to "living architecture." What's possibly different,...

source: The Huffington Post

Floating cities may seem like utopian sci-fi, but autonomous ocean settlements could become reality as early as 2020, says The Seasteading Institute. The forward-thinking organization recently launched the Floating City Project — an architectural design contest that...

source: Inhabitat

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