London Met’ Protests Intensify



  • The protesters are campaigning against the sale of London Metropolitan University’s Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design which, is expected to gain the London University a minimum of £50m.
  • It followed a night of visual protests, which saw hundreds of students standing as silhouettes in the university windows as sunlight left London.
  • With the university seeming under increasing fire in recent years, the board of Directors has decided that a single, Holloway Campus in 2017 is a decision that best suits the university, however, many students of London Met staunchly oppose that opinion.
  • “We believe this will benefit our students, who will enjoy an enhanced student experience, and our staff, who will have more opportunities to collaborate”

  • The student protests have been led by protest group Occupy The Cass, and Turner prize-winner Jeremy Deller, who is a visiting professor at the Cass, has been seen on Twitter showing his support for the cause.


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Construction chiefs should learn from miners’ woes



  • Such flexibility is surely prudent for all cyclical stocks be they miners or housebuilders (Other OTC: UBGXF – news) .

  • That has resulted in two interrelated problems: huge oversupply of most commodities and many miners being over-leveraged.
  • Many miners had progressive dividend policies that required payouts to slowly increase or, at the very least, stay the same over time.
  • As the markets turned and the miners began to flounder, these badges of pride soon became albatrosses around their necks.
  • The root cause of their woes, and indeed those of all commodities producers, is the same China .


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Orbite Provides HPA Construction Update



  • Certain information contained in this document may include “forward-looking information”.
  • Following the dispute settlement, it was determined that working through the Québec end-of-year construction holiday (December 18th – January 3rd) would not result in commercial production prior to year-end.
  • MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Dec 15, 2015) – Orbite Technologies Inc. (ORT.TO)(EORBF) (“Orbite” or the “Company”) announced today that a dispute, now resolved, with one of its contractors will push the end of construction of its HPA production facility and start of commercial production into Q1 2016.
  • In this document, words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “likely”, “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “estimate” and similar words and the negative form thereof are used to identify forward-looking statements.
  • Without limiting the foregoing, the information and any forward-looking information may include statements regarding projects, costs, objectives and future returns of the Company or hypotheses underlying these items.


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Vo Trong Nghia Designs 2016 SCAF “Fugitive Structures” Pavilion



  • The cutting-edge Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia has been announced as the designer of the fourth annual Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) “Fugitive Structures” architectural pavilion which will be installed across two cities and two sites in 2016: the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney.

    “I want to bring nature back to the city,” said Vo. “In Ho Chi Minh City, the population has reached nearly 10 million with only 5.35km2 of green space – only 0.25% of the entire city.

  • Vietnam’s unrestricted economic development has devastated the natural environment across the country.
  • This is the problem architects need to solve.”

    According to SCAF, Vo’s innovative bamboo “green steel” structure incorporates a dense forest of natural materials and will feature a clear ceiling that floats above, creating a shelter from the elements whilst allowing visitors to view the sky.

  • The highly porous structure will include numerous entry points for adults and children to walk or crawl through.
  • Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF, explained: “The design of the SCAF pavilion centres around two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture: the innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”


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Urban jungle: wooden high-rises change city skylines as builders ditch concrete



  • Mass timber could prove to be a viable alternative to concrete and steel for mid-to-high rise buildings.
  • We don’t see mass timber replacing those, it just becomes another option when certain parameters and goals apply to a project.”
  • Called mass timber, the material is an umbrella term for large, solid chunks of panelized wood.
  • Out of the mass timber initiative, CLT might prove to change the construction paradigm.
  • Two urban building projects, in New York City and Portland, Oregon, will be changing their city’s skylines with an environmentally sustainable, cost-competitive building material.


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Forecasted construction sector growth falls short



  • He also pointed out that the November data on the construction sector from Britain’s purchasing managers was also softer.
  • DISMAL official data yesterday revealed weaker than expected growth in the construction sector that followed on a sharp slide in output in the third quarter of the year.
  • Output in the sector – accounting for about 7 per cent of British GDP – edged up just 0.2 per cent in October, significantly undershooting City forecasts.
  • The ONS said infrastructure had risen to almost £4 billion (28 per cent) of total construction industry output over the year to September 2015.
  • The Office for National Statistics also said that Q3 construction output was now estimated to have slumped by 1.9 per cent, heavily influenced by a 5.6 per cent fall in housebuilding.


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Architectural collective wins Turner Prize



  • This year’s winning nomination looks set to continue the trend as judges of the prestigious contemporary art prize have widened the definitions of contemporary art, choosing an architectural collective as the winner for the first time.
  • At the Turner Prize exhibition they showcased their work through a showroom of a social enterprising workshop set up in Granby to help the community.
  • The 16 core members of the collective attended the ceremony on Monday night to receive the prize cheque of £25,000.
  • Assemble was awarded the prize for their work refurbishing 10 houses in Granby, Liverpool, an area which had fallen into disrepair.
  • Jewish founding member of the collective, Paloma Strelitz, said the group was surprised to be nominated, adding: “We sit between disciplines.


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Looking back on a lamentable lack of future-proofing in construction of Forth Road Bridge (From Herald Scotland)



  • It would appear the 1964 Forth Road Bridge was not, if its whole integrity depends on such individual small components.
  • THE Forth Bridge, opened in 1890, was deliberately over-engineered after the Tay Bridge disaster in 1879.
  • THERE are two clear and important messages to emerge from the current Forth Road Bridge fiasco (“Share your car or work from home, bridge drivers urged”, The Herald, December 7, and Letters, December 7, 8 & 9).
  • Perhaps the hard-hats currently poking at the underside of the Forth Road Bridge might learn a lot by way of similar investigations underneath Stevens’s efforts at Hyndford, and others like it.
  • This was the case in free university tuition (paid for by scrapping more than 140,000 further education college places) and is now the case in scrapping bridge tolls at a time when all budgets were under pressure.


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Pieros Construction Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2014 President’s Club Award



  • Somerville, NJ – December 08, 2015 – Pieros Construction Co., Inc., of Somerville, New Jersey, has received GAF’s most prestigious contractor award: The GAF President’s Club Award.
  • Pieros Construction of Somerville, NJ, has received GAF’s 2014 President’s Club Award.
  • This highly coveted award recognizes Pieros Construction as one of the “elite of the elite” among commercial roofing contractors in the United States.
  • Pieros Construction has been a GAF Master Select(TM) commercial roofing contractor since 2003.
  • All of these contribute to our commitment to identify and fulfill our customers’ needs.”

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Building Blocks for Better Housing > ENGINEERING.com



  • This is the Tetris House: a modular housing design that loves to show off its good side.
  • The entire Tetris House structure is constructed of concrete and steel with walls of glass windows.
  • As you may have guessed, the puzzle video game Tetris is the inspiration for this modern modular housing design.

    “The entire Tetris House structure consists of stiff ‘building blocks,’” said Janjaap Ruijssenaars, founder of the house’s designer Universe Architecture.

  • The Tetris House design was recently approved for mass production on an international scale—meaning that it could be showing up in a neighborhood near you.
  • To learn more about the Tetris House system, check out the website.


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