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8/13/2018

Casa de la Roca, a home built deep within a Mexican forest, features a green, shrubbery-filled roof with a concrete exterior painted black. The Y-shaped structure uses upcycled wood forms to create the rooftop.

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Dezeen
8/13/2018

Design firm NeoMam worked with Vivid Seats to create renderings of seven unbuilt baseball stadiums that "could have been." These are stadiums that owners or investors wanted to build, visualized in a modern context.

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DesignBoom
8/13/2018

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed "Smart Slab," a 1000-square-foot concrete ceiling made from 3D-printed sand formwork. The installed ceiling is significantly lighter than a traditional concrete ceiling.

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ETH Zurich
8/13/2018

Assembly line problems, insufficient cash and difficulty meeting the aesthetic requirements from Elon Musk are limiting Tesla's ability to produce its solar roof tiles, worrying investors, state regulators and customers. The delays prompted Panasonic to seek other buyers for its components meant for the Solar Roof project.

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Tesla, Panasonic
8/13/2018

Workers are placing about 130,000 square feet of concrete, rebar and support beams as part of phase two of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla. The building, which is on track for a 2020 completion, will house the 1,700-seat Steinmetz Hall.

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Performing Arts
8/13/2018

Taiwan Cement saw a record second-quarter profit linked to China's higher cement prices, increased sales and contributions from TCC International Holdings, a China-based subsidiary. In a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Taiwan Cement posted a 228.71% year-over-year net income increase to $229.9 million.

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Taiwan Stock Exchange
8/13/2018

A huge drop in completed initial reviews for permit applications -- 66 in May on the heels of 266 in April -- came as Seattle attempted to launch a $14 million online system for construction inspections, permits and complaints. The number in June was 229, but angry builders say the system still has glitches that have caused delays of weeks or months.

8/13/2018

The $88.2 million, 172,223-square foot Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering building at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia is LEED Gold-certified, thanks in part to curved and straight precast concrete panels and reflective glass. Challenges have included construction within inches of a structure being built next door; the need to maintain a temporary roof; and some rough winter weather.

8/10/2018

The easy-to-use ASCE 7 Hazard Tool now delivers even more site-specific loads data when you search. Get serviceability wind speeds and expanded seismic data, displayed as graphs, tables, and comma-separated values. Try the Hazard Tool.

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ASCE
8/10/2018

"Meet different people," urges Kristina Swallow. "If we're trying to serve our community’s needs, we need to know who our community is, right?" Get more of the 2018 president's advice as shared with engineering career adviser Anthony Fasano.

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