Links | Edition 011

a weekly collection of short articles covering a variety of topics 

AEC
Dubai Could Have the World's First Fully Functional 3D-Printed Building
You can 3D-print anything these days – a steel bridge, a vertebral implant, a fake rhino horn, even a turtle’s jaw. In Dubai, plans have been revealed to create the world’s first fully operational 3D-printed building as part of the 2017 technological museum project, Museum of the Future. Using a 20-foot-tall 3D printer, the building’s parts will be printed in successive layers and assembled on site. The whole production could take only weeks. Read More…

North Carolina Museum of Art Lighting Design
The use of daylight as the primary source of exhibit lighting was crucial to Thomas Phifer and Partners’ architectural concept. We worked closely with the design team to fill the 127,00ft2 gallery with diffuse, even sunlight. Subtle but active daylight creates a dynamic atmosphere which enhances the viewing experience.
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MARKETING
Develop Personal Branding to Meet Changing Client Demands
Personal branding is a critical but widely misunderstood concept in the construction profession. To many, “personal branding” is an abstract concept at best, or exercise in narcissism at worst. The reality is that personal branding is simply building one’s reputation to advance their career and position their firm to win more work.
CHANGING CLIENT DEMANDS
Clients have grown more sophisticated in recent years, particularly since the Great Recession drove highly experienced construction and technical professionals out of the A/E/C side and into facilities management and plant engineering positions. Clients have a greater expectation about the credentials of the individuals they want working on their projects, no matter how large or small. Read more…

INSPIRATION
Making Music Out of Traffic
Designers imagine ways to make electric cars safer—and symphonious. The honks, hums, beeps, and screeches of city traffic can wreak havoc on your nerves and compromise your health in the long run. But too little noise can also put you in danger when you can’t hear that Prius whizzing by as you cross the street. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that hybrid electric vehicles, equipped with virtually soundless engines, have a higher incidence rate of pedestrian and cyclist crashes than do conventional cars.. Read More...

LEADERSHIP
The 5 People You Definitely Don’t Want On Your Team
Having a team with diverse personalities is a good thing; different types of people will bring different perspectives and viewpoints, and that will usually lead you to better outcomes. But there are some personality types that you definitely don’t want on your team. Here are five types that can implode even the best team dynamics.  Read more...

PRODUCTIVITY
32 Productivity Tips From The World's Top Designers
DESIGNERS FROM GOOGLE, ARGO, WORK & CO., USTWO, SAGMEISTER+WALSH, OKFOCUS, AND MORE TELL US HOW THEY STAY FOCUSED AND KEEP INNOVATING.
Even if you're working your dream job, staying productive can be tough. That's why designers are such productivity experts: time after time, they overcome the temptation to slack so they can brainstorm new ideas, find fresh solutions, and get things done—all while hitting deadlines and keeping things under budget.

We asked dozens of designers from Google, Argo Design, Huge, ustwo, Sagmeister and Walsh, Moving Brands, OKFocus, and more about their best tips for staying productive. The answers we got back range from the physical to the mental to the chemical. Staying productive is a personal thing, but we guarantee at least one of these tips will work for you. Read more...

TECHNOLOGY
Five Ways to Leverage Mobile Tech for a Competitive Advantage
Smartphones have made possible business models that were unimaginable just 10 years ago. Uber, a company that is built on the ubiquity of GPS-enabled smartphones, is currently valued at $50 billion—higher than 80 percent of the S&P 500.  Smartphones have been so disruptive because of the communication problems they solve. Good communication is an “art.” Read more...

How the Device You Can't Live Without is Also Destroying Your Productivity
DECREASING ATTENTION SPANS AREN'T THE ONLY REASON OUR SMARTPHONES TAKE AWAY OUR FOCUS.
From open concept spaces to game rooms and coffee lounges, our workplaces are filled with distractions.
But nothing is distracting us more than our smartphones. A 2014 study by Ricoh Americas Corp. found more than three quarters of employees are distracted by mobile phones, with 67% sending personal texts and 61% taking at least one personal call per week.   Read more...

MEDIA RECOMMENDATIONS
Book
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
By: Jocelyn K. Glei
Are you overextended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda by the time you leave the office? The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amid chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters.  Read the review in it’s entirety. 

Podcast
Pardon the Interruption  |  Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon face off on the day's hot topics.  Listen

Blog
Meeting of the Minds
Since it was founded, Meeting of the Minds has been dedicated to a singular proposition: bring together a carefully chosen set of key urban sustainability and technology stakeholders and gather them around a common platform in ways that help build lasting alliances. We believe that such a platform is a vital ingredient for smart, sustainable and equitable urban (re)development strategies.  Link