Anorexic skyscrapers keep popping up in Manhattan

The ODA Architecture-designed tower at 303-305 E. 44th Street in New York City will be only 47 feet wide. Rendering courtesy ODA

High-rise Construction | November 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One project slated to begin construction next spring is designed to be only 47 feet wide.

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BD+C’s GreenZone demonstration project takes center stage at Greenbuild

Following the show, the 588-sf modular structure was trucked 39 miles to Baltimore, where it awaits placement in its final destination, on the site of the new headquarters for the Parks & People Foundation. All photos: BD+C staff

GreenZone | November 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Parks & People Green Workforce Development Center draws more than 1,200 AEC professionals during the two-day...

Fire rated doors: standards, testing and glazing requirements

Today’s fire rated doors frequently incorporate glazing to enable vision and transparency that maximize natural or shared lighting.

November 24, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

There are several safe and economical alternatives to traditional wired glass for 20-45 minute vision lites

FMI survey: Millennials in construction industry are loyal, hard-working

Photo: Atomische * Tom Giebel/Creative Commons.

Contractors | November 24, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

While the stigma exists that Millennials are entitled, disloyal, and lazy, it appears that this is not true, accordin...

Drones are starting to fill the sky, and the whoosh of their propellers is more popular on construction sites than ever before.  Look up, and meet the future.

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Dozens of AEC tech experts, including Nathan Miller, Founder of Proving Ground, gathered recently for Thornton Tomasetti’s AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon. Images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti

BIM and Information Technology | November 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a recent Thornton Tomasetti symposium, experts showed how designs and projects can be improved by granular informa...

Center of I.M. Pei-designed plaza part of Washington redevelopment

Photo: Judy Davis, Hoachlander Davis Photography.

Reconstruction Awards | November 24, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The L’Enfant Plaza, a three-story below-grade mall, was renovated to include a new glass atrium pavilion and a 40-foo...

Adaptive reuse utilized to build Manhattan's first freestanding emergency department

Chris Cooper Photography/Courtesy Perkins Eastman.

Reconstruction Awards | November 24, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The Lenox Hill Healthplex, a restoration of the Curran O’Toole Building, has glass-block walls and a carefully preser...

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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2015 Code Conforming Wood Design publication now available

Photo: CBS Napa/Creative Commons.

Wood | November 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Summarizes provisions in the 2015 International Building Code.

Gypsum Association releases guidance document on abuse resistant and impact-resistant panels

Photo: Findoutwhy/Wikimedia Commons.

Walls and Partitions | November 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Products are designed for high-traffic areas.

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

The Modern Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, has a white concrete exterior that references the local materials of the city. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

Museums | November 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Located in the national capital of Vilnius, the Modern Art Center will be home to 4,000 works of Lithuanian art.

Top 10 green building products for 2016

Duo-Gard bike storage. Photo: Ferut Architects (via BuildingGreen)

Green | November 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A hybrid urinal, ventless dryer, and a chair made of mushroom roots are among the new green products to make Building...

London approves designs for a 62-story tower

A rendering of 22 Bishopsgate standing near Richard Rogers' Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) and Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin). Renderings courtesy PLP Architecture

High-rise Construction | November 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Scheduled to start construction next year and open in 2019, the structure will be London’s second tallest, after the...

BIG plans for Pittsburgh: Lower Hill District master plan evokes hilly topography

The master plan will rejuvenate the former site of the Pittsburgh Penguins' arena. Renderings courtesy BIG

Cultural Facilities | November 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Paths will be carved to create a dialogue between Pittsburgh’s urbanscape and its hilly surroundings.

Dewberry acquires Houston’s Wilson Architectural Group

Items in Wilson Architectural Group's portfolio include Houston's Methodist Hospital. Photo: TMHJPL/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | November 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Now known as Dewberry | Wilson, the firm will have access to more MEP, technology design, site/civil, and land develo...

Green construction doubling every three years

Construction in Raleigh, N.C. Photo: James Willamor/Creative Commons.

Green | November 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Clients and tenants increasingly value sustainability.

Farming in a flatpack: Copenhagen designer offers an assembly kit for a two-story hydroponic urban farm.

Photos courtesy Human Habitat.

Green | November 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

Founders of Human Habitat believe their Impact Farm could grow up to six tons of produce per year.

A century-old furniture factory gets a living wall biofilter for better air
Green | November 20, 2015 | Nedlaw

During renovations, the team integrated the biofilter into the new HVAC system to provide clean air directly to the o...

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Schooling the visitor

The large CLT roof overhang is supported in part by 15-foot-tall concrete letters spelling “W-S-U” just outside of the high-ceilinged pavilion.

November 20, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

Exposed glulam and other engineered wood products help WSU tell its technology story

Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ideas and specific architecture tips.

Courtesy Laurence King

Architects | November 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ideas and specific arch...

Renderings via Dezeen

Multifamily Housing | November 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 160 Leroy building will have 49 luxury homes, along with a white concrete façade covered with large windows.

USGBC names 2016 board of directors and advisory council

Photo: Jordan Dawe/Creative Commons.

Green | November 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New governance structure will have two leadership bodies.

Nave restored at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library

Yale's Sterling Memorial Library. Photo: Brian Rose.

Reconstruction Awards | November 19, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Turner Construction and Helpern Architects revived the 150-foot-long nave, which was embellished with stained glass w...

Infinite Chicago redevelopment bridges past to present

The project repurposed the 16-story Gibbons Building and the 19-story Steger Building into 124 student living units with 409 beds. Photo courtesy Papageorge Haymes Partners

Reconstruction Awards | November 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The renovation of three historic downtown buildings—the Gibbons and Steger Buildings and Pickwick Stables—includes a...

AECOM and Project Frog form partnership for building data centers

Photo: ep_jhu/Creative Commons

Modular Building | November 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Rapid Deployment Team will provide solutions for data centers both small (1 MW) and large (50+ MW).

Foster + Partners designs Apple Store on Chicago River

Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Retail Centers | November 18, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 20,000-sf store draws inspiration from the Prairie School architectural style.

AIA: Energy modeling key to reaching carbon neutrality in buildings

Nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets. Photo: York Region/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | November 18, 2015 | AIA

Energy modeling allows architects to be more ambitious with energy-saving in their design projects.

AIA: Demand for design services still up for the year

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Architects | November 18, 2015 | AIA

October's ABI score was 53.1, down slightly from the mark of 53.7 in September. This still reflects an increase in de...

Sun Theater serves the youth of St. Louis

St. Louis’s Sun Theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Photo: Michael Kelley.

Reconstruction Awards | November 18, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor  

Lawrence Group and property owner TLG Beaux Arts raised $11 million to restore the 26,000-sf theater into a modern pe...

Green Seal expands standard for paints, coatings, stains and finishes

Photo: dan_walk/Creative Commons

Green | November 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This new edition of GS-11 includes floor coatings, concrete and masonry sealers, and fire resistive coatings, in addi...

CTBUH awards “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” to Bosco Verticale

One of the residential towers as seen from Via Gaetano de Castillia on Google Maps

High-rise Construction | November 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, the building design was applauded for its “extraordinary implementation...

MVRDV to turn outdated Taiwanese mall into urban lagoon

Renderings courtesy of MVRDV

Cultural Facilities | November 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm's winning design honors Tainan’s natural landscape and historic role as a marine and fishing industry hotspo...

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