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Toyota to build Woven City, a prototype city of the future

Earlier this week Toyota announced plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. For the design of Woven City, Toyota has commissioned Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Envisioned as a “living laboratory,” the Woven City will serve as a home to full- time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

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Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg, Germany

Inspections of Niederhafen’s existing flood barrier in 2006 determined that supporting elements of the existing structure were overburdened and its foundations needed significant reinforcement. Later that year, the city of Hamburg organized a competition to design the redeveloped flood barrier and subsequently awarded the project to Zaha Hadid Architects.

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Three development teams selected to participate in Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Master Development RFP Process

A select team of senior staff and consultants from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center have recommended three highly-qualified development teams for participation in the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority Request for Proposal (RFP) process, as the Authority moves toward development of a 39-acre mixed-use development project that will complement the planned 1,200 room headquarters hotel along the New Orleans riverfront.

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The St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies celebrate major milestone of Ballpark Village

Located at the corner of Walnut and 8th Streets, The PwC Pennant Building anchors the west end of Cardinal Way, the new street that is emerging through the new neighborhood from 8th Street to Broadway. The 11-story office tower, designed jointly by HKS Architects and TAO + LEE Associates, Inc. and constructed by PARIC Corporation, features street level retail space, modern office amenities and more than 460 structured parking spaces. In addition, PwC’s space includes a private rooftop deck providing views of Busch Stadium, downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch.

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Studio One Eleven announces container-based supportive housing

Studio One Eleven has unveiled its design for a four-story transitional housing development using modular construction in Los Angeles’ Watts  neighborhood. Watts Works, at 9502 S. Compton Avenue, uses stacked shipping containers to create 24 320-square-foot, studio apartments for low-income residents and one 480-square-foot manager’s apartment. The project also offers bike storage and multiple community spaces.

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Studio One Eleven completes human-scaled, neighborhood plan

Studio One Eleven has completed the third and final phase of its unique, two-block, intimately scaled development, Fourth + Linden. Studio One Eleven was both designer and co-developer of the masterplan, ensuring that it achieves peak walkability and urban vitality while expanding the Long Beach East Village Arts District. “In our experience, economic health evolves on a human scale. So, rather than impose a monolithic form on these two facing blocks, we allowed for organic growth. This means architectural variety, smaller-scale buildings – including reused older structures – and eye-level amenities that form gathering spots, such as a parklet, street furniture and curb extensions. The blocks are further broken-up by paseos and courtyards” said Studio One Eleven Senior Principal Michael Bohn, AIA.

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Alameda Point Partners achieves important milestones at $1 billion Alameda mixed-use waterfront development

Alameda Point Partners, LLC announced that the group has achieved significant milestones on phase one of Alameda Point’s Site A development project in Alameda, California. Site A is a $1 billion mixed-use, transit-oriented waterfront development on the site of the former Naval Air Station Alameda. Alameda Point Partners (APP) is a joint venture between Managing Partner Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), a division of Dallas-based Crow Holdings, Los Angeles-based developer Cypress Equity Investments (CEI), and San Francisco Bay Area-based commercial developer srmERNST Development Partners.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

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