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# Building

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# India
Death toll reaches 45 in India building collapse
The seven-storey building collapsed yesterday evening into a mangled heap of steel and concrete about eight metres high.
# unbuilt Ireland
9 spectacular Irish buildings that were never built
The designs range from a proposed raised railway along the Liffey, to a railway terminus in Blacksod Bay, Co. Mayo to an unbuilt design for St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork.
# regulation
Homeowners will have to prove 'significant pyrite damage' to receive Property Tax exemption
Speaking in Ashboure today, Phil Hogan said the issue was “yet another problem inherited from the previous government”.
# Construction
Building costs up 3 per cent as material and energy prices rise
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland said that recent trends in below cost tendering are unsustainable as companies continue to fail.
# gaffs
Planning applications down 17 per cent as construction remains in doldrums
Donegal was the only county which saw an increase in planning applications in 2012.
# Team Swoosh
Rory McIlroy -- the new face of Nike is also the new face of this San Diego building
Guess you’ve made it now, Rors…
Dutch architect to build house with 3D printer
The 12,000 sq ft ‘house’ would take around 18 months to build (and you might even be able to build it on the moon).
# Rewind
Before the Boom: building houses in Kilbarrack, 1951
Take a trip down memory lane…
# Investment
CRH spends almost €630 million in investments in 2012
The company announced today that it undertook 18 acquisition and investment initiatives in the second half of 2012.
# Construction
Rate of decline in construction activity unchanged in November
Jobs were also being cut at a sharper pace during the month, in line with reduced workloads, according to the latest Ulster Bank Construction PMI.
# Building
Construction group calls for passing of law to avoid further Kilfinane school incidents
The legislation, which has already been introducted, would ensure construction employees receive proper and swift payment for work.
# Economy
Sharp fall in construction continued in October
Index from Ulster Bank shows that the rate of decline has slowed – but is still heading downwards.
# Brangelina
Are Angie and Brad settling in Limerick?
According to a Limerick County Council planning application they are…
# Building
Report vindicates belief that State is not responsible for pyrite problems - Hogan
He added, however, that he supports the affected homeowners who have been suffering for “far too long”.
# ikeatown
Ikea to build a new district in German city
The mini-city will have shops, flats and office space for thousands of people.
# Construction
Planning applications down 19 per cent in 2012
Only three counties – Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim – recorded increases in planning applications.
# New Zealand
New Zealand begins implosion of quake-hit buildings
This was the first implosion of a building damaged by a quake, and thousands of people turned out to watch.
# Blacklisted
Blacklisted Irish construction workers to sue UK company
The company allegedly used information about trade union activity, employment history and workers’ personal lives to refuse them work.
# newsreel
VIDEO: How Dublin Airport looked as it was being built in 1939
Excited newsreel guy? Check.
# Lovin' it
Must close at midnight: no 3am Big Macs in McDonald's in Temple Bar
McDonald’s must also submit the materials it plans to use on the building in Temple Bar Square in Dublin, and promise to maintain the current vaulted ceilings.
Column: Another Priory Hall is coming down the tracks. Here's why.
Phil Hogan is planning to introduce new regulations which are meant to make for better buildings. He’s making a major mistake, writes Mike Morris.
# Building
1,500 building jobs to be created over next two years
Hundreds of jobs will be created in the construction industry over the next couple of years as a result of recent announcements for foreign direct investment in Ireland, the Industrial Development Authority has said.
# habitat for humanity
How a volunteer scheme is finding housing solutions for Ireland
Global charity Habitat for Humanity was set up in 1976, but has had an Irish branch since 2002. We found out more about the work they do in housing people around the world.
# Priory Hall
City Council delays Priory Hall appeal to allow ‘resolution process’
Dublin City Council tells the Supreme Court it will not continue its appeal over the costs for rehousing the Priory Hall residents.
# celtic tiger
Kenny holds ad hoc meeting with Priory Hall residents - but promises little
Residents of the Priory Hall complex doorstepped the Taoiseach as he visited a nearby industrial estate for a jobs announcement.
# bad planning
An Taisce expects more problems in buildings 'thrown up' during Celtic Tiger
The trust has called for some serious changes to Ireland’s planning enforcement laws and court procedures.
# bad planning
Bad planning contributing to Irish obesity levels - An Taisce
An Taisce’s comprehensive report suggests urban sprawl means more time in cars or transport – and less time physically active.
# bad planning
Taisce: Absence of local tax saw councils approve too many developments
The national heritage organisation says councils allowed over-development in order to cash in on new commercial rates.
# bad planning
Ennis: "Some of the most senseless zoning excesses of Celtic Tiger"
Co Clare farmer sold 48 acres for €18.8m – but it was located on a flood plain. But Ennis wasn’t the only place where there were attempts to build on floodplains…
# map of the day
Ireland is Crap at Planning Map of the Day
The at-a-glance report card for local authorities’ planning departments. Not ONE scored an ‘A’ or a ‘B’.
# bad planning
The 9 worst councils in Ireland's planning system
An Taisce has rated planning systems in 34 city and county councils. Nine of them got an ‘F’ grade.
# New York
1 World Trade Centre reaches 100 floors
The skyscraper being built to replace the terror-wrecked twin towers is now 100 stories high — on its way to becoming New York’s tallest building.
# Pyrite
Did Hogan appoint a HomeBond official to a State board?
Fianna Fáil has asked Phil Hogan to clarify whether he gave a State board job to someone connected with the pyrite controversy.
# What recession?
Construction company CRH made profit of €700 million in 2011
The buildings material company bucked the trend in the construction sector by reporting big increases in profit and revenue.
# Pakistan
More than 40 people trapped after building collapses in Lahore
Pakistani rescue workers are searching for survivors in the rubble of a three-story factory that collapsed in Lahore today.
# build it
Watch: A Lego factory made entirely out of Lego
This impressive mini Lego sorting plant actually works – and has its very own production line.
# NAMAPark
Nama interested in 'all proposals' amid push for vertical park in Anglo HQ
The state agency says it is open to suggestions on the now-derelict Anglo building on Dublin’s quays. One architect wants to turn it into a unique public park.
# Construction
Irish construction sector continues to contract
Central Statistics Office figures reveal that output in the construction sector slowed by 6.4 per cent between April and June.
CRH reports near-triple jump in profits - but will fall short of expectations
The building materials group says it’ll fall short of expectations to grow profits by 11 per cent, despite profits up by 280 per cent.
# Architecture
Gallery: Nominations for Irish Architecture Awards revealed
Check out some of the 38 projects shortlisted for the RIAI awards, ranging from imaginative home extensions to huge projects which re-shape the skyline.