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Discover the building information modeling market that will be worth $8,646.47 million by 2020, at a CAGR of 16.72%



  • The building information modeling market is expected to grow from a market share of $2640.12 million in 2013 to $8646.47 million by 2020 at a CAGR of 16.72%.
  • Players involved in the development of building information modeling market include Archidata Inc.(Canada), Asite Solutions Pvt.
  • This growth is expected due to the growing industrial sector for the building information modeling market.
  • Browse 111 market data tables and 80 figures spread through 230 pages and in-depth TOC on “Building Information Modeling Market – Analysis and Forecast 2013 – 2020”.
  • The quality of building information modeling process is determined by reducing costs, saving time, and improving speed of the process.


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Chipperfield references lemon houses with Lake Garda villas



  • David Chipperfield Architects has completed a pair of holiday villas inspired by lemon houses on a hillside overlooking Italy’s largest lake (+ slideshow).
  • According to David Chipperfield Architects, they “echo the rhythm of the surrounding olive groves”.
  • The British architect’s Berlin office paired rugged stone walls with timber and concrete pergolas to recreate the aesthetic of Lake Garda’s famous limonaias – buildings where lemon trees are cultivated behind high walls.
  • The largest of the two structures, known as Villa David Chipperfield, is a two-storey structure with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space on the ground floor.
  • Once complete, the Villa Eden will comprise seven villas, a hotel and an apartment building.


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Construction adds 6000 jobs in July; unemployment falls to 8-year low



  • The US economy added 215,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate remained steady at 5.3%, meeting expectations.
  • Health care added 28,000 jobs in July and has added 436,000 jobs over the year.

  • Some commentators have asserted that the unemployment rate is a misleading measure because the post-crisis decline in the labor force reflects more than demographic factors.
  • Friday’s report means “it will be hard to justify delaying an initial Fed rate hike”, said Scott Anderson, chief economist of Bank of the West in San Francisco.
  • Economists had expected employment to climb by about 223,000 jobs, which would have matched the increase originally reported for the previous month.


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Beauty for the many not just the few



  • Geographically, satisfaction with the beauty of the local area was almost 30 percentage points higher in the South West than in the Midlands.

    “Why has planning and development policy failed us so markedly?”

    The situation appears to be accepted due to a pessimistic notion that beauty is unaffordable.

  • Beauty for the many not just the few

    Any councillor that starts talking about beauty at a planning meeting can expect to encounter much disapproval and sucking of teeth from planning officers who consider themselves to be on an ideological mission to defeat the concept.

  • But architecture represents a divide:

    “Our poll for instance finds both social and geographic splits in access to beauty.

  • Among respondents with household income between £15,000 and £20,000, satisfaction with the beauty of the local area was over 13 percentage points lower than among respondents of household income over £100,000.
  • But a research paper from Respublica reflects on the class divide regarding beauty.


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Barratt London to start twisting tower Ι Construction Enquirer



  • Barratt London is preparing to start construction of a 28-storey twisting tower on one of the last remaining Thames riverfront sites in Wandsworth.
  • Barratt London has allocated 20% of the apartments for on-site ‘affordable’ housing and is committing £1.6m to improve local infrastructure.
  • This optical twist is achieved by the diagonal lines of tapered solid balustrades jutting against the horizontal lines of the balconies.
  • Designed by local architects Patel Taylor, wraparound balconies, rotated at an angle of two degrees, appear as a series of ‘rotating discs’.
  • The ground level features a double-height glazed residential lobby and a riverfront retail unit. The mezzanine level contains a second floor to the retail unit, a gym for residents, staff facilities and management welfare facilities.


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WeWork’s First Acquisition Is Building Information Modeling Firm Case



  • The company will be acquiring Case, a building information modeling and consultancy firm, for an undisclosed amount.
  • Case launched in May 2008 with a plan to bring better technology and information flow to the process of architecting and constructing a building.
  • WeWork, the NYC tech (and real estate) darling valued north of $5 billion, has today announced its first acquisition.
  • Eventually, the relationship between WeWork and Case grew even more, with Case helping carry vital information from the real estate group to the operations department and other corners of the company that would have a say in building design.
  • The team starts at the property buying stage and helps clients make decisions about purchases, design, and building operations while ensuring that collaboration between owners, builders and architects is smooth.


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Morgan Sindall London losses hit £7m Ι Construction Enquirer



  • Morgan Sindall has revealed that its troubled London and South East construction division ran-up losses of £7m during the first half of this year.
  • Morgan Sindall said “regional overhead has been reduced accordingly to match this level of activity.”

    The company declined to comment on the number of job losses in London and the South East but said there has been “extensive leadership change”.

  • The London losses wiped-out construction profits of £3m across the rest of the country sending the division to a £4m loss

    The troubles are far from over in London and the South East where “problem” jobs have been completed but other “lower margin” contracts are still being worked through.

  • Company executives confirmed the figures during a presentation to analysts on the firm’s half-year results.
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Victor Enrich manipulates photography to relocate NY gallery



  • While the pavilion looks largely unchanged, the Storefront gallery has been reorganised so that its ground-level facade is now at the top.
  • Spanish photographer Victor Enrich has used digital manipulation to splice together two buildings – the Storefront for Art & Architecture gallery in New York and the Spanish Republic Pavilion from the 1937 Paris Expo.
  • To demonstrate this, Enrich used digital modelling to combine the two buildings – creating an impossible hybrid structure connected by a single column.
  • The exhibition is entitled Measure, so Enrich has developed a fictional scenario where the New York gallery becomes the basis of a new unit of measuring.
  • Storefront made the news earlier this year when a facade installation created by architecture studio SO-IL was vandalised.


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BIM is ‘wake up call’ for Qatar’s contractors



  • RELATED ARTICLES: Revealed: How BIM can help procurement managers | BIM for FM: A Bird’s Eye View | How is BIM transforming GCC project delivery?
  • With Qatar’s rising number of projects – from skyscrapers to stadiums – what can be done to further encourage BIM adoption in the country?
  • Contractors adopting BIM across the whole project delivery would enhance Qatar’s standing as an innovation hub, while driving the country’s competitiveness on a global scale.

  • But on a countrywide level, the adoption of BIM by contractors lags behind the region and the rest of the world.
  • With BIM, organisations can deliver projects on time, on budget, and with a goal towards sustainability.


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