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Building homes on the MOON: Robots could one day 3D print an astronaut base ... - Daily Mail

Building homes on the MOON: Robots could one day 3D print an astronaut base ... - Daily Mail | construction | Scoop.it
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Building homes on the MOON: Robots could one day 3D print an astronaut base ...

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Creating structures in space that astronauts can live in has become a priority for Nasa.

With a manned mission to Mars on the agenda, and plans for lunar exploration underway, scientists are increasingly looking towards unconventional construction methods.

The most promising of these is 3D printing, which could make building a lunar home in space a matter of pressing a button and letting a robot do the work.



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The Economics Underlying the Texas Boom | Urban Land Magazine

The Economics Underlying the Texas Boom | Urban Land Magazine | construction | Scoop.it

An all-out economic boom has exploded in Texas, the result of a potent mixture of the energy industry’s fracking extravaganza, population growth, and a rekindling of manufacturing.

 

The report card of Texas economic achievement is hard to beat:

 

Houston led the nation in housing starts in 2013 with 28,339, according to the Metrostudy housing research firm. Dallas was second, and Austin and San Antonio also were in the national top ten.The state’s unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in February was significantly lower than the 6.7 national rate, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported.Austin was the national leader in metropolitan population gain on a percentage basis, climbing 2.6 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Houston added more people to its population than any other U.S. city in terms of pure numbers, with 137,692 new Houstonians for the same period.Over the past four years, Texas has added more than 1.2 million jobs, an impressive rebound following the Great Recession.

 

“Texas is clearly outperforming the U.S. economy. We came out of the recession early,” says economist Jeanette Rice of Rice Consulting, based in Fort Worth. “Texas is expanding, of course, because of energy. It’s not just because of jobs in Houston, but it’s also creating jobs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Shale is one of the big drivers for all of this state.”

 

Shale is a dense geologic formation that can be “fracked,” or split open by hydraulic fracturing—high-pressure injection of water, sand, and chemicals. With innovations in fracking and horizontal drilling, the underground shale is now being tapped for large qualities of oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale formation near San Antonio, the Barnett Shale around Fort Worth, and the Haynesville Shale in east Texas. Fracking has also been a game changer in the hydrocarbon-rich Permian Basin in far west Texas.

 

Domestic oil drilling hit an all-time high in April, according to Baker Hughes Inc., which began tracking rig counts in 1944. Another industry booster is the price of oil, which has been hovering in the range of $90 to $100 per barrel for several years, double its price during the recession. After 2009, with the recession fading, hydraulic fracturing kicked in and changed Texas.

 

“Fracking and looking for domestic oil just took off,” says Clark Martinson, general manager of the Energy Corridor District, a quasi-govermental agency created by the Texas Legislature to implement public safety, streetscape, and business development initiatives in suburban west Houston. “They had to ramp up employment in all these companies, whether it was trucking, drilling, or exploration. That has meant huge growth.”

 

How huge? Martinson says 30 office buildings are under development in the Energy Corridor, where occupancy rates for Class A office buildings have been around 99 percent for the past two years.

 

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American Construction Workers Have Vanished - Business Insider

American Construction Workers Have Vanished - Business Insider | construction | Scoop.it
Business Insider American Construction Workers Have Vanished Business Insider This might sound odd considering that 1.5 million construction workers lost their jobs during the recession and only about 80,000 construction jobs have been added back...
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This Is Probably The Most Dangerous Construction Site In The World. You Won’t Believe Where These Guys Actually Work…

This Is Probably The Most Dangerous Construction Site In The World. You Won’t Believe Where These Guys Actually Work… | construction | Scoop.it
These guys actually work next to the Chernobyl destroyed reactor unit in Ukraine ! That's the amazing project of building a sarcophagus around Chernobyl's destroyed reactor unit which is called "New Safe Confinement" .
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Clever Building Solves Its Space Problem by Imitating an Armadillo - Wired

Clever Building Solves Its Space Problem by Imitating an Armadillo - Wired | construction | Scoop.it
Clever Building Solves Its Space Problem by Imitating an Armadillo
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Lead architect Thorsten Sahlmann says the former building ate up even more of the neighbors' space. Illustration: Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
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Edible Architecture: Classic Buildings in Cake Form

Navigating the architectural canon can be a bit tiresome — the stodgy timelines and set-in-stone analysis seems a bit dated in today's world of constantly-in... (On #MusCake Day, here's our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in cake form!
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Sexy Female Construction Worker Experiment

These three beautiful construction workers are doing a little role reversal by cat calling at gentlemen on the street. The awkward responses they receive are priceless. Become a Breaker for...
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Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle is Project LiveWire and you can ... - Engadget

Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle is Project LiveWire and you can ... - Engadget | construction | Scoop.it
Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle is Project LiveWire and you can ...
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Legendary motorcycle builder Harley-Davidson teased an electric motorcycle with a video yesterday and now here it is.
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Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan

Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan | construction | Scoop.it

A spiraling, green high-rise designed by Paris-based Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is currently under construction in Taipei, Taiwan. It will add interest to XinYi District’s existing mixture of buildings which range from LEED Platinum EBOM-rated Taipei 101, the world’s tallest green building, to a traditionally Chinese-styled Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall built in 1972.


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Tweet from @HistoricalPics

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Incredible image of The Twin Towers during construction http://t.co/K4ex0gj4TX
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North Vancouver approves new $400 million waterfront neighbourhood with 800 condo units

North Vancouver approves new $400 million waterfront neighbourhood with 800 condo units | construction | Scoop.it
North Vancouver City Council has approved a new waterfront neighbourhood on Harbourside Drive, bordered to the south of North Shore Auto Mall. The vote on the re-submitted rezoning proposal came down […] (Huge changes coming to #NorthVancouver's Harbourside...
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China's addiction to hydropower in two dam maps - Quartz

China's addiction to hydropower in two dam maps - Quartz | construction | Scoop.it
China's addiction to hydropower in two dam maps Quartz Already home to half of the world's “mega dams,” dams over 15 meters tall, China is planning to build about 181 dams on rivers in the southwest alone, according to a report by a consortium of...
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7 floors partially collapse at Boston construction site - WCVB Boston

7 floors partially collapse at Boston construction site - WCVB Boston | construction | Scoop.it
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Seven floors of a building under construction at 45 Stuart Street suffered a partial collapse without warning Thursday morning, the Boston Fire Department said.
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The dams of India: boon or bane? - The Guardian

The dams of India: boon or bane? - The Guardian | construction | Scoop.it
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The dams of India: boon or bane?
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Preserve existing environments or replace coal power with hydroelectric?
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British Columbia mega-project watch: Ways to play Site C and proposed LNG ... - Stockhouse

British Columbia mega-project watch: Ways to play Site C and proposed LNG ... - Stockhouse | construction | Scoop.it
British Columbia mega-project watch: Ways to play Site C and proposed LNG ...
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“There will be a phase of early works projects that will happen before the actual construction of the dam,'' Zandberg said.
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Designs Revealed of the Nordstrom Tower, the World's Tallest ...

Designs Revealed of the Nordstrom Tower, the World's Tallest ... | construction | Scoop.it
The designs of the Nordstrom Tower in New York, the world's tallest residential building at 1,775 feet tall, have been revealed to New York YIMBY by an anonymous tipster close to the project. The project at 225 West 57th ...
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Dubai is building the world's first temperature-controlled city

Dubai is building the world's first temperature-controlled city | construction | Scoop.it
Dubai is set to become home to the first temperature-controlled city on the planet. The ambitious project is expected to feature a mall, an indoor family theme park, and a "network of...
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China's Manhattan Project Marred by Ghost Buildings - Bloomberg

China's Manhattan Project Marred by Ghost Buildings - Bloomberg | construction | Scoop.it
Bloomberg China's Manhattan Project Marred by Ghost Buildings Bloomberg A new central business district modeled after New York City is going up in Tianjin...but the nation's slowing economy is exacerbating the risks from its unprecedented credit...
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Construction stopped building empty.

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The tech behind world's tallest building

The Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates is the world's tallest structure. It stands At 2,716 feet tall thanks in part to its advanced technology. (The world's tallest building is more than steel and glass.
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'Elixir of Long Life' uncovered at Manhattan construction site

'Elixir of Long Life' uncovered at Manhattan construction site | construction | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (WPIX) — Was the “elixir of long life” buried for more than a century in Chinatown? A 19th century bottle found at a hotel construction site on the Bowery could hold the secrets to keeping the Grim Reaper away ...
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The 10 Best Buildings & Skyscrapers In NYC - Gothamist

The 10 Best Buildings & Skyscrapers In NYC - Gothamist | construction | Scoop.it
The 10 Best Buildings & Skyscrapers In NYC
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It goes without saying that New York City is home to some of the most magnificent buildings in the world.
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Germany's Solar Development Continues - CleanTechnica

Germany's Solar Development Continues - CleanTechnica | construction | Scoop.it
Germany's Solar Development Continues it started in 2000 and now contributes 5% of the nation's energy. That is already 1/5 of the Renewables contribution.
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Green jobs see huge growth globally: Why is Canada missing out? -The Common Sense Canadian

Green jobs see huge growth globally: Why is Canada missing out? -The Common Sense Canadian | construction | Scoop.it
Sustainability and economic development are no longer opposing forces - renewable energy and green jobs are among the hottest growth sectors today. (Sustainability and economic development are no longer opposing forces.
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The people of Canada are all for this. Our government is not.

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Tweet from @OMGFacts

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Pretty cool artwork on a building in Toronto http://t.co/dZn7wAMgkV
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Keystone XL pipeline project still divides Nebraska - Pioneer Press

Keystone XL pipeline project still divides Nebraska - Pioneer Press | construction | Scoop.it
Keystone XL pipeline project still divides Nebraska
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The 69-year-old retired farmer wishes the pipeline had missed his property, simply so he could avoid the difficulty of growing corn and soybeans around the construction work.
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7 floors partially collapse at Boston construction site - WCVB Boston

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Seven floors of a building under construction at 45 Stuart Street suffered a partial collapse without warning Thursday morning, the Boston Fire Department said.
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