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Aug. 26, 2011
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Mile-high Building
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There are plans to build a 3280-foot skyscraper in Saudi Arabia. It will be the tallest structure in the world, 500 feet higher than anything else. But on this date in 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright announced plans for an even grander Chicago structure. His building would top off at 5280 feet, a mile high. More

Are East Coast's Older Buildings Safe in Quakes?
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The damage left behind by the earthquake that hit the East Coast is worse than expected. Now it looks like repair costs could be in the millions, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid. More

An Energy-Producing Window
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GE doesn't hand out awards easily. So when Pythagoras Solar beat out nearly 5,000 entrants to win this year's US$100,000 GE Ecomagination Challenge — which recognizes the most promising green energy building innovations — architects took notice. More

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9/11 Brought Changes to Skyscrapers and High-rises
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A decade after 9/11, could any of the nation's 21,000 high-rises withstand an attack like those that caused New York's twin towers to collapse? Could the thousands of people inside find a way to safety? More

5 Simple Ways to Stay Healthier at Work
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Spending an average of 40 hours per week at work can be physically and mentally draining, but the workplace can also be unhealthy in other ways as well. Sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause pain and other adverse effects, and there can also be nutritional traps, such as vending machines, that could contribute to weight gain. More

Power Pole Extender Adds Flexibility

Tele-Power® Pole Extenders from Legrand/Wiremold add as much as 5-ft to standard 10-ft. power poles to provide power, data and A/V in rooms with higher ceilings.

Web Surfing Makes for Happier, More Productive Workers
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Surfing the Web at work might not make your boss happy, but it could make you a more productive worker, according to new research. Taking intermittent breaks from tasks to poke around the Web and visit favorite websites can help people focus more when they go back to working, according to a study presented earlier this month at the Academy of Management conference in San Antonio, Texas. More

Wind Engineering, a New Construction Tool
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Wind engineering is now part of the construction landscape, from managing microclimate on the ground to easing wind turbulence high up. From designing ways to ease pollution on street level to maximizing comfort above, wind engineering is a relatively new tool that has complemented conventional analytical methods since the 1970s. More

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China's Buildings Need to Go 'Green' - Before it's Too Late
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Watford, U.K., in the dead of winter seemed like an unlikely place for a spot of glad-handing when the man tipped to become China's next premier visited the U.K. However, Li Keqiang was in the home counties to pay a visit to the Building Research Establishment — a group of architects, engineers and scientists at the cutting edge of new building techniques. More

Dubai to Control Rodents and Pests
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Municipal inspectors will be scouring every nook and corner of Dubai for vermin as part of an integrated rodent control plan devised by the Dubai Municipality to curb the spread of rodents and pests in urban areas. More


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Workplace Becomes New Schoolyard for Bullies
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Many adults shake their heads in dismay over bullying that targets children and teenagers online and in school; they even push for lawmakers and schools to do more to stop the harassment. More

Canada's National Building Code Ensures Structures are Properly Constructed
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Canada's building code ensures modern buildings can stand up to small- and medium-sized earthquakes, says John McDonald, vice president of the Fredericton engineering firm ADI International. "The national building code is all about maintaining a level of protection for any building and the occupants in that building," he said in a recent interview. More

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New Christchurch Cathedral to be Built Out of Cardboard
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The original 1864 cathedral was badly damaged in a major earthquake on February 22, with the bell tower completely destroyed. A second quake, in June, caused further damage, shattering stained glass panels. More

Social Networking in the Workplace: Rights and Obligations
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Employers and employees have a number of rights and obligations regarding the use of social networking in the workplace. Some of the main issues that have arisen in Argentina in relation to such use are detailed below. More

Ottawa is Cursed With Tall Buildings
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Among the many architectural and design sins that have doomed our Ottawa, the push by municipal and federal governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s to abandon height restrictions in the downtown core ranks at the top of the list. More

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Burj Khalifa Provides Kingdom Tower MEP Template
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Dubai's Burj Khalifa and other supertall buildings will provide the blueprint for the MEP works in the one-kilometer-high Kingdom Tower, the consultant working on the Jeddah based project has said. More

Spray-on Solar May be Future for Green Energy
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As Japan seeks to optimize its use of environment-friendly energy sources in the wake of the nuclear crisis triggered by the earthquake and tsunami, a company here may just have come up with a major breakthrough: spray-on solar cells. More

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Taiwan's Taipei 101 Skyscraper Crowned the World's Tallest LEED Platinum Building
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Taiwan's Taipei 101 skyscraper — the second tallest building in the world — was just awarded LEED Platinum certification, making it the world's tallest green skyscraper. Completed in 2004, Taipei 101 stands 1,667-feet-tall above the streets of the Xinyi District in Taipei, Taiwan. More
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