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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UK’s Top Art Award, the Turner Prize, Won by Architecture Project for Derelict Houses



  • The UK’s Turner Prize for 2015 has been won by Assemble, a collective group of architects that has restored derelict houses.
  • The Turner is the leading award in British contemporary art, and arguably Europe’s most prestigious contemporary visual art prize, and Assemble is its first winner from the architecture and design field.
  • Alex Farquharson, director of Nottingham Contemporary, has been appointed the new director of Tate Britain.
  • Assemble was nominated both for this “Granby Four Streets” project as well as others.
  • The total prize pool for the Turner is £40,000 (about $60,300).


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



  • Baldwin, WI – December 04, 2015 – Lindus Construction, Inc., of Baldwin, Wisconsin, has received GAF’s most prestigious contractor award: The GAF President’s Club Award.
  • Whether their clients are remodeling their homes or doing new construction, Lindus Construction keeps them highly satisfied with top-tiered products, a staff of hard-working & talented employees and a strong tradition of excellence.
  • Lindus Construction of Baldwin, WI, has received GAF’s 2014 President’s Club Award.
  • This highly coveted award recognizes Lindus Construction as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States.
  • GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and only GAF Master Elite(R) Contractors can compete for its President’s Club Award.


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Riba investigates architect’s allegations of institutional racism



  • To my great pride my citation for my OBE was as chair of the Society of Black Architects.
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched an investigation into allegations of institutional racism made by a leading architect and member of its national council.
  • Riba said it had appointed a QC and expert in the field to conduct an independent investigation into the claims.
  • Duncan, the Riba president, said in a statement that Owusu had written expressing her “dissatisfaction” and had alleged “that the election process may have been tainted by institutional racism”.
  • Racist and sexist discrimination runs through architecture “like a stick of rock”, and it starts at the top with Riba, Elsie Owusu has claimed.


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October New Construction Spending Up 13% Year Over Year



  • Annually, the pace of multifamily spending rose 28% from the October 2014 estimate, and spending on single-family construction was 11% higher.
  • Construction spending in October was buoyed by a 0.8 percent rise in private spending, which touched its highest level since January 2008.
  • Construction spending has increased 13 percent in the past 12 months.
  • Single-family construction was up 1.6 percent to $226 billion while apartment construction rose 1.4 percent to $58 billion.
  • Construction spending has risen every month this year and is likely to support the economy in the final three months of the year as it deals with the strong dollar and energy cuts.


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Construction Spending Rose 1.0 Percent in October



  • Spending on residential construction increased by 1.0% to USD399.0 billion, and spending on non-residential construction rose by 0.6% to USD403.4 billion.
  • The Commerce Department said construction spending rose 1% to the highest level it since December 2007.
  • Together, total private residential spending was up 1.0%, suggesting better Q4 residential investment growth than we had previously expected.
  • Offsetting this, private nonresidential construction spending was a bit below our expectation in October and trimmed our estimate of structures investment.
  • The report said construction spending climbed 1.0 percent to an annual rate of $1.107 trillion in October from the revised September estimate of $1.097 trillion.


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Add-on Designs Custom Railing Systems > ENGINEERING.com



  • The add-on lets users create ball post railing systems in their building information modeling (BIM) designs.
  • For more information and to download the Ball Post Railing Designer add-on for Advance Steel, check out the GRAITEC website.

  • Recently, French BIM and CAD software vendor GRAITEC announced the Ball Post Railing Designer add-on.
  • Custom systems have options for various aspects of the design process, including:

    Much like in earlier discussions about the benefits of ready-made BIM content, the Ball Post Railing Designer app is intended as a time-saving concept.

  • The aptly named software is an extension for Autodesk Advance Steel 2016 which can be downloaded for free.


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