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Court of Appeal Opens Pandora’s Box on Definition of “Contractor” for Forum Selection Clauses

In Vita Planning and Landscape Architecture, Inc. v. HKS Architects, Inc. (“Vita Planning”), the First Appellate District held California’s Code of Civil Procedure section 410.42 (“Section 410.42”) which prohibits an...more

Using Copyright Protection in Architectural Works to Police Unauthorized Photographs

Can I stop photographers from taking, displaying, and selling photographs of my building? The answer is, like the answer to so many other questions, maybe. This issue often arises in the context of photographers who...more

Delivering Architectural Plans May Create Implied License - Hunn v. Dan Wilson Homes, Inc.

Where an architectural draftsman left his design firm mid-project and later used partial plans drawn during his employment to complete the project, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the ruling that the...more

Architects May Use Electronic Seals in Connecticut

A post about a remarkable technological leap in the construction industry would hardly be news. The advances we’ve witnessed over the last few decades have been (and continue to be) revolutionary. But some steps ‘forward’...more

Designer Depositions in Taiwan

In a recent article published in the Hemisphere Magazine, Taipei was dubbed “The Next Great Design Center.” What was once seen as shoddy workmanship, “Made In Taiwan” is now worn as a badge of honor. Taipei was recently...more

The Creation of San Fransokyo

Some of the most fantastical buildings and urban environments started off on paper and, these days, on computer screens. Think Babylon or even Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s Washington, D.C.. Most of those structures and...more

Just for Fun: The Stuff of Novels - Construction Practice Newsletter

We’ve all heard of Google. - But have you heard of Google X? - Google X is Google’s somewhat secret research facility, a la Q Branch of Ian Fleming’s 007 spy novel fame, which has as its mission the...more

Ready to Print Your Next Building?

This past year I read an article on Forbes about the nascent 3D printing movement and a young man named Cody Wilson who literally printed himself a working gun....more

Third Circuit Requires Affidavit of Merit in Products Liability Case Against Residential Homebuilder

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act when the homeowner...more

New Green Standards; Same Green Warnings for Architects & Engineers (law note)

The newest version of the LEED ratings system, LEED v4, has officially been released. For a comparison of the major changes between LEED 2009 and LEEDv4, check out this downloadable form from the USGBC....more

Legislative Update: Important Changes to Assembly Bill 434

This bill allows those with a degree from an accredited architectural program to ?become registered as an interior designer.? What are the important changes in the bill?? The passage of this bill allows those who...more

The Architecture of Copyright

This summer, Pacific Standard Time’s world-class exhibits highlight the architecture that gives Southern California its unique reputation for modern but relaxed style. This series of exhibits, a Getty initiative, titled...more

The “Google Effect:” How High-Tech Companies Are Impacting Building, Architecture and Design

Overview - Technology companies in the Bay Area have led the resurgence of the local commercial real estate sector. And these companies are also creating a new norm in campus design known as the Google Effect. ...more

Green Building Update -- February 21, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - GSA may abandon LEED certification; Green roof on California university dorm; CA nonresidential energy use disclosure rules take effect; Boston Properties acquires 535 Mission...more

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