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Morning News Roundup: Dec. 18, 2014

Architect: Most Recent News - 2 hours 57 min ago
1218-MR-hero Gensler announces an airport expansion project, Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake collaborate on a building for New York University, and other news you may have missed.

Ideate Explorer Add-in for Revit gets a Major Update

Revit Add-ons - 2 hours 58 min ago
Ideate today announced an update to their popular Ideate Explorer add-in for Revit. Ideate Director of Software Development Glynnis Patterson says, “This new release lets our customers delve both deeply and seamlessly into their Revit files, since they can now work in Revit and Ideate Explorer at the same time. We make sure our BIM data management solutions are robust and our updates meaningful and frequent. This new functionality answers a No. 1 customer request.”

Following is information on Ideate Explorer from the Ideate website...

Audit BIM Projects With Ease
  • Ideate Explorer for Revit Saves Hours, Uncertainty, and Revit File Space
  • Find and delete wrong, obsolete and hidden problem items, including DWGs
  • Find, refine and revise elements, even those excluded from the project browser
  • Get a full, in-depth view of any Revit model and understand all elements present
  • Easily maintain standards compliance
  • Ensure quality assurance and quality control


You can use Ideate Explorer for Revit extensively to manage Revit models. With it, you can search for and find any and all elements in the current view or entire Revit file – even ‘missing’ and hard-to-find ones – clean-up Revit projects and keep them clean, delete problem items to dramatically reduce cumbersome, erroneous file size, and analyze files quickly. This essential Revit tool makes it easy to assess Revit file health, execute necessary changes quickly and get a BIM project back on the right path.

There's more information available on the Ideate website.
Categories: Revit/BIM

VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

Inhabitat - 3 hours 29 min ago

Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan who’s being cared for at the IAR Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center in Borneo, after being confiscated from a man who claims that her mother dropped her and ran away when she saw a stranger in the forest. Rickina has a horrible wound on her head that the man says was caused by his machete when he bent down to pick her up, but considering that mother orangutans will fight to the death to protect their young, his story is “suspect”, to say the least. In this video, Rickina is making some new friends, who will hopefully lessen her anxiety at being away from her mother.

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Categories: Building Green

Edag’s Light Cocoon is a 3D-printed car inspired by leaves

Inhabitat - 3 hours 54 min ago

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Last spring, German engineering firm EDAG unveiled a new 3D-printed car that was inspired by a turtle. Now EDAG has unveiled its latest car that is again inspired by nature – the EDAG Light Cocoon. The original Genesis concept mirrored the shape of a turtle’s shell, but this time the Light Cocoon concept’s exterior features a skeleton-like, organic structure that’s covered in a fabric membrane featuring a pattern inspired by fall leaves.

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

Inhabitat - 4 hours 24 min ago

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While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts who are trying to spread the word about how the production and creation of our food affects the world around us. NPR reports that a government-appointed group of nutrition experts who are tasked with establishing dietary guidelines for Americans decided earlier this year to gather data on the environmental implications of food choices. But a recent spending bill passed by both the House and Senate contains a list of “congressional directives” expressing concern over the Dietary Advisory Guidelines Committee’s (DAGC) actions.

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AUGI HotNews - December 2014

BLAUGI - 4 hours 58 min ago
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Read the full issue (must be logged into AUGI.com) in your browser. The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections - Forum Hot Topics, Special Announcements, HP at Autodesk University, Heads Up, Articles You May Have Missed, Autodesk News, AUGI Members' Blogs...
Categories: Revit/BIM

These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

Inhabitat - 5 hours 24 min ago

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Artist Ido Yoshimoto designed a limited edition set of elegant, hand-turned walnut cups for Edition Local. Inspired by nature and the works of J.B. Blunk, the unique Wide Walnut Cup is made from Sonoma Claro walnut and crafted with elegant geometric edges. The special edition cups were milled in West Marin, California and are sold singularly.

+ Edition Local

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Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey declines to 24.5 in December

Calculated Risk - 5 hours 43 min ago
From the Philly Fed: December Manufacturing Survey
The survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, the diffusion index of current activity, decreased 16 points, from a reading of 40.8 in November to 24.5 this month ... The new orders [to 19.7] and current shipments indexes also weakened significantly.
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The current employment index fell 15 points [to 9.7] ...

The diffusion index for future activity edged down 6 points, to 51.9, in December ...
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This was at the consensus forecast of a reading of 25.0 for December.  Note: These declines were from the extremely high readings in November - usually a reading of 24.5 would be considered robust (above zero indicates expansion).

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Here is a graph comparing the regional Fed surveys and the ISM manufacturing index. The dashed green line is an average of the NY Fed (Empire State) and Philly Fed surveys through December. The ISM and total Fed surveys are through November.

The average of the Empire State and Philly Fed surveys declined in December (the Empire State was negative), but this still suggests another decent ISM report for December.

Why millennials love Center City Philly

CNBC - 5 hours 51 min ago
Better jobs and higher rents are pushing more young Philadelphians to buy homes in the city's downtown.

Desolenator turns the sun’s energy into water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Inhabitat - 6 hours 15 min ago

Desolenator

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that can turn heat from the sun into drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid? Give it to a family in need? Send one to a school in Africa? The team from Desolenator is exploring those possibilities – and you can help.

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Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up #50

Archinect - 6 hours 27 min ago

Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Here's our weekly batch of employers for Archinect's Employer of the Day. If you've been following the daily feature on Archinect's Facebook page, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

Check out the latest EOTD features for our 50th round-up:

1. Peter Rose Partners (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings

2. John Ronan Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Project Architect

3. Puccini Group (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings

4. Delson or Sherman Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Project Architect

To follow Employer of the Day, like Archinect's Facebook page.

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Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 289,000

Calculated Risk - 7 hours 20 min ago
From the DOL reported:
In the week ending December 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 289,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 294,000 to 295,000. The 4-week moving average was 298,750, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 299,250 to 299,500.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims
The previous week was revised up to 295,000.

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since January 2000.

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The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased to 298,750.

This was lower than the consensus forecast of 295,000, and the level suggests few layoffs.

Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land

Inhabitat - 7 hours 54 min ago

National Park Service

A new suite of lands bills will protect massive, sweeping areas of American wilderness, including areas in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Washington. The bills will protect more than 245,000 acres of wilderness, and over one million acres of public land in total. The National Park System will also be expanded.

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Dogs in China are being killed to make leather products

Inhabitat - 9 hours 54 min ago

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Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a new report from PETA Asia, the Chinese meat and leather trade is using the flesh of dogs and cats in order to squeeze out every penny of the manufacturing industry. And if you purchase leather, it can be difficult to tell what kind of leather you might be getting.

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Categories: Building Green

California City Pushes Water Conservation

Green Building Advisor - 11 hours 26 min ago
Subtitle: 
Lancaster will require all new homes to be capable of recycling gray water beginning next year
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Lancaster has joined many other California communities addressing the state's drought with a measure that beginning in 2015 will require all new houses to have plumbing capable of recycling gray water.

The city of 160,000 north of Los Angeles last year approved zoning changes that require developers to install photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) panels on all new houses. Now, Greentech Media reports, they also will have to incorporate "recycle-ready" plumbing in all new houses.

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