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Gensler Tower in Houston Becomes One of First in U.S. to Receive LEED V4 Platinum Pre-Certification

The Gensler-designed Capitol Tower, a 34-story speculative office building developed by Skanska USA on the site of the former Houston Club in downtown Houston, Texas, has been awarded Platinum Pre-Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED v4 ranking system. According to a press release put out by Skanska, the project is one of only […]

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When Artists Design Infrastructure: Basket-like Bridge Energizes San Gabriel Valley

The expansion of LA’s Metro Rail Gold Line is well underway with a stunning new piece of infrastructure: The Gold Line Bridge. Completed last week, the 584-foot dual-track bridge, stretching over the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway, will provide a light rail connection between the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena and Azusa’s […]

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SHoP Updates Atlantic Yards Design as Forest City Confirms Prefab

On Wednesday, Forest City Ratner made it official: the world’s tallest prefabricated building will be coming to Brooklyn with a groundbreaking date set for December 18. As AN outlined in our recent feature on Atlantic Yards, the SHoP Architects-designed B2 Tower will climb, modular unit by modular unit, 32 stories on a slender wedge-shaped parcel […]

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Seattle Goes “Deep Green”

Seattle has approved Skanska USA’s controversial five-story “deep green” Brooks Sports headquarters building dubbed Stone34 at Stone Way North and North 34th Street under a new code provision that allows the developer to build 20 feet higher than zoning normally allows. While community leaders and activists opposed the project, claiming that it is out of […]

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New Scenery for the World’s Stage

Ten years after renovation plans began, the U.N. complex is finally going to get the overhaul it desperately needs: The leaking, asbestos-filled Secretariat building doesn’t even have a sprinkler system, and the post-9/11 security pavilion at the entrance has a provisional, tacked-on feel. The once-glorious interiors are also faded and worn, and many visitors get the feeling of having stumbled into a tattered time capsule. David D’Arcy traces the tangled history of the renovation process, and photographs by Ben Murphy document the complex, providing a rare glimpse of these iconic interiors. […]

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