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Penthouse protection

Assisted by a technical arm of Switzerland’s Holcim Ltd., researchers deployed digital design and placement methods for an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof prototype at the ETH Zürich Robotic Fabrication Lab. The late-2017 demonstration of sprayed concrete on cable-bound, fabric formwork ushers a commercial premier at NEST, a project on the Empa-Wawag campus in Dübendorf, Switzerland.

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The edge of innovation

The leading edge of design will always be in the distance, a constant challenge most in the building industry find compelling. Designers want to innovate because their clients expect a wow factor in the finished product. Builders must make it happen, stretching to find subcontractors with the precise knowledge, skill, and equipment required to deliver the leading-edge innovation. For both designers and builders, keeping up with the curve is critical.

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Muse La Jolla: Cast-in-place modernism

A premier Pacific Ocean-front property designed in the 1960s by famed modernist Ladd & Kelsey, Muse La Jolla has been meticulously restored and converted into 16 multimillion-dollar units for international home collectors. The architect is credited with dozens of notable modernist projects throughout southern California, including what is now the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, and the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia.

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Architect Paul Rudolph shows Sarasota High the way

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) in partnership with the School Board of Sarasota County, Fla., recently completed a restoration project preserving a section of covered walkway at Sarasota High School designed by modernist architect Paul Rudolph, a pioneer of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement.

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Conductive slabs finish Naval installation

Miami-based Golden Sands General Contractors has completed construction on the Vertical Electromagnetic Pulse Simulator (VEMPS) at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md., having batched, poured and placed over 1,600 cubic yards of specialized conductive concrete.

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