Once a week, we'll post some of the most interesting construction-related pieces we've come across. From architecture to green building to the latest industry news, we've got your reading list covered. Enjoy!
News reports from The Atlantic Cities indicate that the China Development Bank is negotiating to finance a massive urban redevelopment project in San Francisco. This deal appears to be the first significant funding of a private U.S. investment by the CDB. Is China the future of U.S. redevelopment financing?
As phone booths become less and less useful - French lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino have converted the outdated communication systems into everything from libraries to wifi hotspots. Check out their latest project featured by Inhabitat- an aquarium telephone booth for Lyon’s Festival of Light.
This week - Market Watch reports a 6.9 percent rise in June for new-home construction, the highest level since October 2008.
First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in hosting a luncheon in the East Room for winners of the National Design Awards. The New York City-based museum presents the awards, along with a design fair for Washington teens to meet some of the nation’s top creative minds in architecture, landscapes, technology and fashion.
Architecture student Yi Yvonne Weng recently won the 2012 Foster+Partners Award for web-like tree top science lab designed to be built atop the Brazilian forest. Called "The 6th Layer – Explorative Canopy Trail,” the design features light-weight, vertical structures with a high density webbing which fans out to become a platform on which researchers and eco-tourists can travel among the tree tops.