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Thin shell technique shines in high-end décor

52 Lampi 150The convergence of admixture technology and enterprising artisans and studios is continuing to position concrete in decorative applications and high-end décor. Artisans and studios continue to push the envelope, and the IdéeAL Ceiling and IdéeAL Table lamps are no exception.

 

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Slipformed tower attracts magnetic levitation-run elevators

56 FFii 150Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Elevator broke ground in October 2014 on a unique 246-m (807-ft.) tall tower in Rottweil that will house 12 shafts within a 21-m (69-ft.) diameter concrete shell, allowing engineers to test elevator speeds up to 18 m/second (59 feet). The shell was completed in July, topping out at 232 meters (761 feet)—the level of a future platform offering a panoramic view of Rottweil, the Black Forest and Alps peaks.

 

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Six-story subgrade structure lands Ballinger AE project top honor

100 FFia 150The Concrete Foundations Association will honor Projects of the Year principals this month during 2015 convention activities in Williamsburg, Va. Among the projects receiving recognition this year are three residential foundations, an above-grade concrete home, and a college educational facility.

 

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Big Apple ‘Dryline’ flood protection concept garners Holcim Award

48 Holcimi 150A large-scale, integrated protection system addressing New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding won Bronze in the 2015 Global Holcim Awards. The “Dryline” project is the vision of a consortium headed by Bjarke Ingels Group or BIG (Copenhagen/New York) and One Architecture (Amsterdam) in collaboration with the city.

 

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