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Daily Drill: A Binational Border City and NYC Accidents Politicized


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Architecture Firm Proposes Binational Border City Between U.S. and Mexico.

According to architecture firm fr*ee, the city's location would straddle New Mexico, Texas, and Chihuahua, making use of several key features in the area.  The nearby Santa Teresa inland port, the I-10 highway, and the presence of 100 million residents in the area make the plan actually feasible from an urban planning standpoint. The city's masterplan was introduced at the London Design Biennale in September, and is meant to be a template that can be used in the building out of other possible binational cities around the world. Could this be the multinational city of the future?

NYC's Jobsite Accident Politics: Union or Non-Union?

The short supply of Construction Site Safety Managers in the city may or may not have something to do with the spike in workplace accidents this year in New York. In either case, politicos and labor organizations want the city's Committee on Housing and Buildings to answer this question; are the accidents occurring predominantly on Union or Non-Union work sites? Each side is confident there is competitive advantage to be gained by a public release of the statistic. The politics of tragedy.

Top 27 3D-Printed Housing and Construction Projects Named 

From a humble printed Tiny House, to a soaring artistic edifice called a "Vulcan Pavilion", this list has it all. 3ders.org is an outfit that devotes itself to reporting on all things 3D printing, and they have compiled this list of 27 top 3D printed structures.  The site describes the selection as tracking "the amazing trajectory of additive manufacturing within the field and (let’s be honest) some really cool buildings." Print me interested!

Construction Company Patiently Explains the Tenets of Good Design

Stating at the outset that good design is "not rocket science", design-build company Clark Construction has a thing or two to say on the subject. It comes down to 9 rules which, when carefully followed, will reportedly guarantee a home that is architecturally unique, but not to an extent that upsets the neighbors. Teach me.

Materials Prices are Doing Construction Sector No Favors

A 0.3%  rise in construction materials between August and September have led to a month-over-month bump in nonresidential construction input prices for the first time since November of 2014, according to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). In combination with the ongoing skilled labor shortage, the price spikes add to the general tightening of contractor margins. How much tighter can margins get?

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