What you'll find below and on the next four pages is an archive of our daily real-time news feed for the week of August 24. For the latest news, check out our main News Roundup.

August 28, 2015

Construction on the Patterson Mansion renovation, designed by Hartman-Cox Architects, began this month. [ARCHITECT]

Gilbert Buys Three More Detroit Buildings Dan Gilbert bought the three buildings for $30 million. The complex includes the Book Tower, the Book Building, and a two-story building, which together total 517,000 square feet. [Detroit Free Press]

The Future of the Dutch Windmill   

South African architect Duzan Doepel designed a huge modern windmill to be built in the port city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It will consist of two 3D rings with the outer ring housing 40 cabins that run on rails, allowing visitors to sightsee and interact with glass panels that include a virtual layer of information. The inner ring will house a panorama restaurant, a sky lobby, hotel, apartments, and commercial space. Because the foundation is underwater, the construction gives the appearance of floating. A wind turbine that converts wind energy with a framework of steel tubes into electricity without moving mechanical parts. The absence of revolving blades means less wear, lower maintenance costs, and no noise or moving shadow.
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Walking clients through a project can be tedious, particularly if the work is still ongoing. Architects have long relied on paper, physical models, field visits, and, more recently, digital tools to convey progress on a project.  These three augmented and virtual reality apps for design and construction allow project teams to use mobile phones, tablets, and headsets to immerse themselves and their clients in their forthcoming buildings. [ARCHITECT]

Curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, selected 12 U.S. architecture firms from more than 250 submissions to produce "The Architectural Imagination," the U.S. pavilion exhibition for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. [ARCHITECT]

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture just passed a major fundraising milestone in its quest to become independent of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation by raising a total of $1,026,344 by today's deadline. With the help of Frank Gehry, FAIA; Wright's grandson; and a former apprentice of the legendary architect, the school met its first deadline. But it will still need another $1 million by the end of the year to maintain its accreditation. [ARCHITECT]

Awards: Enter Now!

The National Institute of Building Sciences is looking sustainable projects for the 2015 Beyond Green High-Performance Building and Community Awards. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4. 

Doug Mockett & Co. wants innovative ideas for furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware for its 30th Annual Design Competition through Sept. 8.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting an ideas competition for a 241,000-square-foot Center for Architecture, Design, and Education, on a prominent downtown site near Millennium Park. The top prize is $10,000, and Chicago Public Schools students will award a special $1,000 prize. Submissions are due Sept. 9.

The AIA, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Architects Foundation's Design & Health Research Consortium is adding up to six new member organizations. Application materials will be available on the AIA's website starting Sept. 1. Deadline is Oct. 16.

The Graham Foundation's Carter Manny Award recognizes doctoral students working on dissertation topics in architecture. Applications will be available online starting Sept. 15 and due Nov. 15.

Bathroom products manufacturer Victoria + Albert is challenging designers to create a space that uses its products. Entry is free and submissions are due Dec. 20.

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