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Sky-high horticulture: Shenzhen's 'farmscraper' plan

Sky-high horticulture:  Shenzhen's 'farmscraper' plan | Construction Information | Scoop.it

Conceived in response to a densely populated Chinese city's unchecked growth, Asian Cairns is an ambitious take on vertical farming.

 

A Belgian architect recently unveiled the 79-acre masterplan for Asian Cairns, a dizzying new vision of urban vertical farming in China. Consisting of a sextet of “sustainable monoliths for rural urbanity” — stacked, pebble-esque, steel-ringed transparent pods that are powered by both vertical wind turbines and photovoltaics — Vincent Callebaut Architects’ Asian Cairns is planned for the rapidly swelling, skyscraper-heavy port city of Shenzhen in the southern province of Guangdong north of Hong Kong.Beyond agricultural concerns, Asian Cairns is envisioned as a mixed-use development that also incorporates residential, retail, and recreational areas. Imagined as being completely emissions-free and producing more energy than they consume, the Cairns were conceived in direct response to Shenzhen’s unchecked urban development and the population growth and increased pollution levels that have accompanied it...
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Really cool, but I bet it will be a real challenge and expense to build it. Look at all the curved glass.

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Cutting Through the Cloud of Contention Over the New Silica Dust Rule

Cutting Through the Cloud of Contention Over the New Silica Dust Rule | Construction Information | Scoop.it
Complying with the new silica dust rule is within the construction industry's reach, in contrast to opposing industry voices.
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I Wore An Exoskeleton That Gave Me Super Strength

Ekso Bionics has a new exoskeleton suit designed to help construction workers lift heavy power tools for long periods of time.
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If you haven't seen this yet, you'll want to, especially if you're aging and still want to do stuff like when you were young. And, if you're in construction.

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Building in the Urban Environment: Managing the Details

Building in the Urban Environment: Managing the Details | Construction Information | Scoop.it
This podcast about building in the urban environment covers challenges and provides tips for smoother projects using prefab components.
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How Can I Get a Piece of the $305B Transportation Bill?

How Can I Get a Piece of the $305B Transportation Bill? | Construction Information | Scoop.it
President Obama signed a measure authorizing $305 billion dollars over five years to help the transportation sector. What does this mean for construction firms with transportation experience and how can your firm align itself to take advantage of this?
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November’s Midwest Construction News Runs Deep

November’s Midwest Construction News Runs Deep | Construction Information | Scoop.it
In November, trends included accessibility, confidence in the residential sector, and changes at the federal level affecting condominiums. And, there was no shortage of news about government initiatives, new projects, and research.
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Top Websites for Drywall Contractors

Top Websites for Drywall Contractors | Construction Information | Scoop.it
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They've done the searching for you. Drywall contractors - you'll find something worthwhile here.

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3 economist predictions for construction industry growth in 2016

3 economist predictions for construction industry growth in 2016 | Construction Information | Scoop.it
Chief economists for the NAHB, ABC and AIA offer mostly optimistic views for the coming year.
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Tallest Brick Buildings in the World - Infographic - AEC Business

Tallest Brick Buildings in the World - Infographic - AEC Business | Construction Information | Scoop.it
This infographic is courtesy of Brick Hunter. Tallest Brick Buildings – A graphic by Brick Hunter Related
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Interesting. Since the year 273, brick buildings have gotten shorter.

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(EN) (PDF) - Dictionary of Architecture & Construction | Cyril M. Harris

(EN) (PDF) - Dictionary of Architecture & Construction | Cyril M. Harris | Construction Information | Scoop.it

"Dictionary of Architecture & Construction

Topics concrete, surface, roof, metal, building, wall, wood, masonry, joint, ancient roman, structural member, masonry unit, portland cement, concrete concrete, sprinkler system, spanish colonial, british term, reinforced concrete, joint formed"


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How to overcome fear of failure

How to overcome fear of failure | Construction Information | Scoop.it
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here. I’ve officially become a podcast junkie: This is how I found Jerry Colonna’s Reboot podcast. One of his episodes, “You are Not Alone in the Fear,” discussed failure, but not in a way I’ve heard anyone else ta
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Would also work for fear of success.

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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Offers Boost To P3s

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Offers Boost To P3s | Construction Information | Scoop.it
The controversial EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program enjoys bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, and potentially offers solutions for the country’s aging infrastructure. When used to fund pu…
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Born To Be Here: Programmatic Native

Born To Be Here: Programmatic Native | Construction Information | Scoop.it
How do programmatic and native both play in the same sandbox? One is automation, the other customization, which seem polar opposites. Let's step out of the sandbox,to create a perfect world of
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With new forms of programmatic like automated guaranteed and private marketplaces, it's more agreeable for publishers to roll out their premium content using programatic. Watch for TV to pick it up even more as the digital world makes it work.

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These Sleek Pop-Up Rentals Designed for Broke Millennials Redefine Prefab ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

These Sleek Pop-Up Rentals Designed for Broke Millennials Redefine Prefab ... - Slate Magazine (blog) | Construction Information | Scoop.it
To battle a tight housing market in Amsterdam that is hard on an ever-increasing number of single renters, Dutch building company Heijmans (which also built this dreamy Starry Night–inspired bike path in the Netherlands) has come up with a clever...
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The power of forethought and prefabrication. Other countries get it.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Agatha Christie - History in the Headlines

10 Things You May Not Know About Agatha Christie - History in the Headlines | Construction Information | Scoop.it
On the 40th anniversary of her death, explore some illuminating facts about the so-called Queen of Crime.
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Building in the Urban Environment: The Challenge of Construction Waste

Building in the Urban Environment: The Challenge of Construction Waste | Construction Information | Scoop.it
This podcast digs into construction waste in the urban environment and features perspectives from a USGBC official.
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Oil & Gas Dominates Texas & Louisiana Construction

Oil & Gas Dominates Texas & Louisiana Construction | Construction Information | Scoop.it
Oil & Gas Dominates Texas & Louisiana Construction
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Work begins on London's huge "super sewer" construction project

Work begins on London's huge "super sewer" construction project | Construction Information | Scoop.it
London has embarked on what is described as a "one in one-hundred-and-fifty-year project." The maneuvering of a crane into place at Blackfriars on the River Thames marks the start of major work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a "super sewer" that will drastically reduce sewage overflow into the river.
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Modern cities are dumping a huge amount of sewage into freshwater systems.

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Canadian new home construction moving at top speed - EconoTimes

Canadian new home construction moving at top speed - EconoTimes | Construction Information | Scoop.it
Canadian housing starts declined to 198,065 annualized units in October, from a healthy 231,304 units in September. Given the rising importance of multi-unit construction, housing starts have become more unpredictable and...
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Multifamily rules there too.

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Global Construction Market to Grow $8 Trillion by 2030: Driven by China, US and India

Global Construction Market to Grow $8 Trillion by 2030: Driven by China, US and India | Construction Information | Scoop.it
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China slows, US grows faster over the next 15 years.

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Have Your Say? - Late payment and 'grossly unfair' terms and practices: Consultations - GOV.UK

Have Your Say? - Late payment and 'grossly unfair' terms and practices: Consultations - GOV.UK | Construction Information | Scoop.it
We’re seeking your views on our proposals to change the regulations to challenge ‘grossly unfair’ contract terms and practices.

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Mark Warren's curator insight, November 2, 2015 11:55 AM

In this consultation we’re seeking your views on proposals to change the UK’s statutory framework.

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North America leads global mobile industry, says GSMA study

North America leads global mobile industry, says GSMA study | Construction Information | Scoop.it
GSMA released a new study Tuesday that shows North America is the world leader in the adoption of new mobile technology like 4G and LTE networks, mobile commerce, Internet of Things and wearable devices.
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Connected devices and wearables, the kinds of tech that construction and the heavy equipment sectors are embracing, are reported on meteoric growth curves.

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FAA names Amazon, Walmart and others for drone registration task force

FAA names Amazon, Walmart and others for drone registration task force | Construction Information | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday the members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force, which will deliver recommendations to the FAA for a drone operator registration process due by Nov. 20.
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H&S moves to the cloud

H&S moves to the cloud | Construction Information | Scoop.it
Waikato businesses have their heads in the cloud - and it's all in the name of improving health and safety. 
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Luxury Mountain Retreat is Not Your Average Log Cabin

Luxury Mountain Retreat is Not Your Average Log Cabin | Construction Information | Scoop.it
Quebec's Mont Saint-Sauveur is one of the most popular ski resorts in the area. But rather than slog up to the mountain in an SUV only to spend the night in an

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A. Perry Homes's curator insight, January 23, 2015 7:16 PM

Beautiful getaway for the nature lover in us all.