Last month, World Design Rankings (WDR) announced its updated listing of countries categorized based on the number of design awards won at international juried design competitions and awards. The United States took first place among 100 represented countries in 2018 with 48 Platinum Design Awards won globally.
Construction has begun on Radio Tower and Hotel, a mixed-use, high-rise in northern Manhattan. The 22-story building is global architecture firm MVRDV’s first major project in the Unites States. It combines hotel, retail, and office functions in stacked blocks, and will reflect the character of the neighborhood, as well as set a direction for the future development of the area.
In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that the United States would be imposing tariffs on metal imports from Canada, the European Union, and Mexico, the Canadian government introduced dollar-for-dollar retaliation duties. Beginning July 1, a number of U.S. steel products faced fees of 25 percent, while an array of aluminum products cost Canadian importers 10 percent more.
Vehicle ramming attacks are on the rise in the United States and abroad. Therefore, many government agencies are assessing vulnerabilities in their facilities and public spaces. Anti-ram fencing, which is more cost-effective and practical than bollards, is ideal for restricting unauthorized vehicle access to a facility and for protecting office buildings, critical infrastructure, hazardous materials, and people who are in high-risk areas or adjacent to roadways or parking lots where free access is not required.
In recent years, building and design professionals have witnessed a significant shift in what is considered a sustainable construction project. The more stringent requirements of the latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) rating system have raised the bar for project teams with sights set on LEED certification. The same has been true for building product manufacturers. The best way for manufacturers to demonstrate their progress toward more sustainable products is to obtain an environmental product declaration (EPD), a rigorous, third-party examination of a product’s environmental impact throughout its life cycle.