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Ornamentation, a long tradition in architecture, is moving into the digital age thanks in part to Dutch architect Changiz Tehrani. He has incorporated 22 concrete emojis into the façade of a mixed-use building in the Vathorst district of Amersfoort, Holland.

Guangzhou, China-based Bentu Design’s recycled ceramic wall tiles placed in the Red Dot Award: Project Design competition as the lone concrete item. The product was designed in response to an increase of ceramic waste being illegally dumped in remote Asian villages, and ultimately polluting the local environment.

The American Society of Concrete Contractors’ Decorative Concrete Council honored winners in its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition during a 2017 World of Concrete ceremony.

Aggregate Industries US (AIUS), a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim Ltd., designed and developed the decorative concrete that brought landscape architect Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc.’s vision for the Boston Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena to life. The architect wanted to bring the imagery of hockey from the interior to the exterior of the complex. The main entrance to the 75,000-sq.-ft. practice facility features a landmark 68-ft.-high hockey stick and giant granite hockey pucks as well as a unique hardscape design.

Specialty outdoor co-op REI announced a major milestone in its continued work to lead on sustainable operations. Its newest distribution center has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification—the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system—making it the first distribution center in the U.S. to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.