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Rebound for US architecture billings
World Property Channel
Architecture billings in the U.S. increased in January, after consecutive months of decreases, according to the American Institute of Architects. The billing index reached 50.4 in January, after falling to 48.5 in December. The December decrease marked the first two-month decline since mid-2012.
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2 improvement projects for Central School to nurse's office and library discussed
Echoes-Sentinel
The grades K-8 Board of Education started discussions at its meeting, Monday, Feb. 24, about plans to expand the nurse’s office and to add computer stations in the library at grades 6-8 Central Middle. The Board said the two quick projects: one would see a wall knocked down in the nurse’s office to add privacy and quiet space for students who feel ill, and the other would add 25 work stations to the media room of the library.
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US construction spending up 0.1 percent in January
The Associated Press via ABC News
U.S. construction spending showed a tiny increase in January as strength in housing helped to offset declines in nonresidential building and government projects. Construction spending edged up 0.1 percent in January, significantly slower than an upwardly revised 1.5 percent gain in December, the Commerce Department reported recently.
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Industry divided over proposed energy legislation
The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Recently, Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitive Act in the U.S. Senate for the third time. If passed, the newest version of the bill would be not only a huge bipartisan breakthrough in a perpetually gridlocked Congress, but also the most significant piece of energy legislation passed by the U.S. government in seven years.
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UC architect designs a way to flood-proof cities
Hudson Reporter
For Union City resident David Sepulveda, finding a new, perhaps permanent solution to flooding due to storm surges like those in Hurricane Sandy led to he and his companions from New York Schools of Technology to become a finalists in the National Architectural Competition. One main concept of their entry had to do with using trash as a barrier to keep out the storm surge.
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The problem with architecture today (and the solution)
The Huffington Post
According to Travis Price, an award-winning architect and philosopher whose work is rooted in ecology and mythology, most architecture today is just plain soulless. "You go into malls and they float all kinds of Roman columns and fake images. It's Disney. It's superficial. It's mass produced. It's empty."
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Health care law's small business marketplace not attracting many small businesses
The Washington Post
After a slow start, the pace of enrollment is starting to pick up on the health care law’s new insurance marketplace for individuals and families, with more than 1 million people signing up for coverage last month, including strong showings in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. It’s a very different story, though, for people trying to enroll through the insurance exchanges designed for small employers.
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Global Project launched to boost investments in green buildings
Justmeans
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched a global project aimed at showcasing the health and productivity benefits of green commercial buildings around the world. The project will help put forward a compelling business case for greener buildings and promote greater investments in sustainable office building construction. The Green Building Councils of the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong and Colombia are partnering on the WorldGBC project.
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