Army Corps apportions funding for short-term natural disaster recovery projects

May 24th, 2018

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced short-term projects that it will complete with funding provided in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law Feb. 9, 2018. The act provides USACE a total of $17.398 billion in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and...

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ARTBA petitions USDOT to end federal rule blocking the use of innovative products in highway and bridge projects

May 22nd, 2018

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced it had formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to repeal a 102-year-old federal procurement rule the group says has blocked, since its inception, the use of products that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411,...

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O-I chooses steel reinforced geosynthetic drainage improvements for a Texas landfill

May 17th, 2018

In December 2017, Owens-Illinois, commonly known as O-I and one of the largest glassmakers in the world, took action to improve the drainage system for their glass container landfill situated near the company’s O-I Waco manufacturing facility in Waco, Texas, Contech Engineered Solutions said in a press release. The consulting engineer worked closely with the...

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Gerber produces costume replicas for “The Greatest Showman”

March 1st, 2018

Telling the story of the “greatest showman on earth” requires exceptional sets and designs to convey the drama and excitement of P.T. Barnum and the birth of show business. For the film “The Greatest Showman,” 20th Century Fox wanted 50 sets of replicas of the costumes needed for every scene, which included elaborate performances. To...

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Inflating space for public discourse

October 1st, 2016

The pillowy and billowy REFRACTOR captures attention wherever it pops up. Photo: Trevor Dykstra. One minute, the neighborhood park is quiet; the next, it’s filled with protesters, party animals or players of Pokémon GO. The Seattle Design Nerds is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to design in the public realm. The Nerds decided that when...

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Robotics, biomimicry and museums

October 1st, 2016

Understanding that most load-bearing structures in biology are fibrous systems, the creators of the Elytra Filament Pavilion used glass and carbon fibers, relying more on form and less on materials to create a structure that is both lightweight and sturdy. Photos: Victoria and Albert Museum. Inspiration for design can easily be found in nature. Take...

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The Plaza Hotel—or is it?

October 1st, 2016

A perfect rendering of the Plaza Hotel on large-format banners won an inaugural Hewlett-Packard Inkspiration Award.Photo: Britten Studios. When the Plaza Hotel in New York City was undergoing architectural renovation a few years ago, managers wanted to present its “best face” to the public. So they contracted Britten Studios, a Traverse City, Mich., manufacturer of...

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‘Ghostbusters’ reboot recreates New York

October 1st, 2016

Graphic designer Martin Charles has helped develop realistic sets for more than 50 feature films and television productions, but the “Ghostbusters” remake posted particular challenges, from faux building walls and surface textures to the street signs, labels and bottles in the Ghostbusters’ lab. Photo: Roland DGA Corporation. Who you gonna call? If you’re Martin Charles,...

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True performance: wearable intuition

October 1st, 2016

The slogan employed by Simone Schramm to encapsulate her muscle shirt concept is “Less quantified self—more qualified you!” The idea is that the wearer’s data transforms the shirt, and the shirt conveys perceptions that inform the wearer’s intuition. Photos: Simone Schramm. Simone Schramm, a German product interface designer interested in the intersection between analogue products...

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Light and color, inflated

October 1st, 2016

Fabric Prism no. 2 sheds light on the transformative qualities of color, as the interior color gradients change depending on the time of day. Photos: Pneuhaus. Fabric Prism no. 2 is an inflatable and immersive color installation built around the fundamental properties of light and color. Made from an architectural double membrane, it was designed...

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