Early next year, the American Institute of Architects plans to launch a cloud-based service that will enable users of its contracts and documents to search, edit, share and store the forms easily. AIA unveiled its Next Generation Service during its convention on May 12-14 in New Orleans. The program will be compatible with both Apple and PC formats and have security features similar to online banking, says Maan Hashem, AIA managing director for software products and services. All the institute’s 100-plus contracts will be made available.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan