Tactical urbanism: Why bigger isn’t always better in urban revitalization

Each September, as part of Park(ing) Day, citizens, artists, and activists in more than 160 cities collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into micro parks, gardens, and art exhibits. Photo: my.parkingday.org

Cultural Facilities | May 27, 2015 | David Barista

A budding urban planning movement that is sprouting in cities across the globe proves that low-cost, small-scale, community-driven projects have the power to effect positive change.

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A giant, silver loop in Dubai will house the Museum of the Future

The museum's exterior will be decorated with verses of the Sheikh's poetry, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Museums | March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Sheikh of Dubai hopes the $136 million museum will serve as an incubator for ideas and real designs—a global dest...

Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gender-neutral bathroom...

FEMA cuts off funding to Indiana after Kokomo continues building stadium in flood zone

Rendering: city of Kokomo, Ind.

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms in schools.

Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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New HOK designs for St. Louis NFL stadium unveiled

Renderings courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has assembled a task force to develop plans for an open-air NFL stadium on the North Rive...

Construction problems at prison spur support to quash non-traditional project delivery in Iowa

The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are scrutinizing rules...

AEC industry groups look to harmonize green building standards, codes

The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.

 

Whenever putting down the foundation for the building, the installation of the embedded anchor rods must be precise. Misplacing them with a variance greater than 1/4” means your columns will be out of plumb...

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Goettsch Partners unveils plans for dual office towers in Warsaw

Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

Office Building Design | March 05, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The Mennica Legacy Tower development is divided into a 35-story tower located on the south east side of the site and...

Chicago's 7 most endangered properties

The Illinois Institute of Technology's Main Building is among the city buildings at the highest risk of being lost to demolition or decay, according to the group Preservation Chicago. All photos provided by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago

Reconstruction & Renovation | March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Preservation Chicago released its annual list of historic buildings that are at risk of being demolished or falling i...

Hotel construction pipeline reaches six-year high

The number of units under construction is up 37% by projects and 34% by rooms, according to Lodging Econometrics. Photo: Abdul-Jawad Elhusuni via Wikimedia Commons

Hotel Facilities | March 04, 2015 | Lodging Econometrics

After a three-year bottoming formation, the pipeline for hotel construction has posted five consecutive quarters of d...

OMA’s CCTV building needed a wi-fi retrofit, Rem Koolhaas, Forbes

According to Huawei, the building's layout contributed to the many blind spots for wireless Internet access. Photo courtesy Scott Meltzer/Wikimedia Commons

BIM and Information Technology | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

It took a year-long retrofit to get WiFi transmission issues solved at China's iconic skyscraper.

5+design looks to mountains for Chinese transport hub design

The slopes will minimze interference of the surrounding buildings from getting sunlight. Renderings courtesy 5+design

Transit Facilities | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The complex, Diamond Hill, will feature sloping rooflines and a mountain-like silhouette inspired by traditional Chin...

Must see: Egypt planning 656-foot pyramid skyscraper in Cairo

Renderings courtesy of Egypt's Ministry of Housing.

High-rise Construction | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Zayed Crystal Spark Tower will stand 200 meters tall and will be just a short distance from the pyramids of Giza. ...

DOE launches crowdsourcing website for technology innovators

Some ideas that have been submitted so far include: modular building facades, improving air tightness in envelopes, and scalable mixed waste to energy conversion technology. Infographic: DOE

Energy Efficiency | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched a new crowdsourcing website called the Buildings Crowdsoucing Community to...

10 kitchen and bath design trends for 2015, NKBA

Bright, light, and simple spaces with accessibility in mind will be in demand this year. Photo courtesy NKBA

Multifamily Housing | March 03, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

From kitchens made for pet lovers to floating vanities, the nation's top kitchen and bath designers identify what's h...

Fulton Center Transit Hub Relies on Matched Fire-Rated and Non-Fire-Rated Curtain Wall Systems from TGP for a Light-flooded Space
Fire-Rated Products | March 03, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Fire-rated curtain wall systems filled this subterranean hub with natural light.

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Gaudi's Sagrada Familia to be completed in 2026

Image via Wikipedia

Religious Facilities | March 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Architect Jordi Fauli has taken over responsibilities for finishing Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece. Fauli is confident hi...

Former DuPont lab to be converted into business incubator near U Penn campus

The three-story, 58,000-sf Pennovation Center, as it’s being called, will be at the heart of Pennovation Works, a blend of offices, labs, and production spaces situated within 23 acres along the Schuykill River and adjacent to the university’s main campus in Philadelphia. Renderings courtesy HWKN 

Office Building Design | March 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new Pennovation Center will provide collaborative and research spaces for educators, scientists, students, and th...

Vienna's 25-story wood skyscraper

The project team expects to start construction next year. Renderings courtesy Rüdiger Lainer + Partner

High-rise Construction | March 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Architects from Rüdiger Lainer + Partner are working with developer Kerbler Holding GmbH on a 276-foot-tall building...

Modular construction brings affordable housing to many New Yorkers

Lower Manhattan viewed from Brooklyn. Photo: Vik Waters/Wikimedia Commons

Modular Building | March 03, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

After city officials waived certain zoning and density regulations, modular microunits smaller than 400 square feet a...

The Great Debate: Is 3D PDF really BIM?
BIM and Information Technology | March 03, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

You can pull apart buildings, cut through floors, and view simulated animation for assembly instructions all within a...

The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2015 | David Barista |

As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los A...

BD+C special report: What it takes to build 21st-Century Schools

Students use a quiet zone at Falcon Virtual Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., a $1.2 million adaptive reuse of an aging manufacturing warehouse. Home-schooled students, working students, and transitional students can use spaces within the facility when they need to work together on projects or seek instructional support from teachers. DLR Group designed and planned the 20,000-sf facility for 400 students of Falcon School District 49. Photo: ©Ed LaCasse 

K-12 Schools | March 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

How the latest design, construction, and teaching concepts are being implemented in the next generation of America’s...

Nevada moves to suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects

Photo: Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Common

Codes and Standards | March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects.

Proposed energy standard for data centers, telecom buildings open for public comment

Photo courtesy Facebook

Codes and Standards | March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more flexible and accommo...

Nonresidential construction spending dips in January, still outpaced 2014

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | March 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nonresidential construction spending fell 2% in January, which is the largest setback to spending since January 2014,...

Are energy management systems too complex for school facility staffs?

Photo courtesy EnergyManagementSystems.org

K-12 Schools | March 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

When school districts demand the latest and greatest, they need to think about how those choices will impact the dist...

Are you ready for high-rise hospitals?

Illustration: Douglas King, VOA

Healthcare Facilities | March 01, 2015 | VOA Blog | Douglas J. King, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ACHA

The vertical hospital environment may be the wave of the future, but it is not without its design challenges.

Google unveils modular-focused plan for corporate HQ in Mountain View

This rendering shows the inside of the proposed Charleston South building looking west. Within the canopy, building segments operate like furniture—light, tactile and reconfigurable. These segments form small villages where employees can work or relax. Renderings courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The master plan by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick will wrap highly flexible office blocks in soaring translucen...

Massive windmill will double as mixed-use entertainment tower in Rotterdam

Using a technology developed at Delft Technical University, the windmill generates energy by harnessing the movement of charged water droplets in the wind. Renderings courtesy Dutch Windwheel Corporation

Industrial Facility | February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 571-foot structure will house apartments, a hotel, restaurants, even a roller coaster.

5 finalists announced for 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Antinori Winter by Archea Associati in San Casciano Val di Pesa, Florence, Italy. Photo by Pietro Savorelli

Architects | February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Bjarke Ingels' Danish Maritime Museum and the Ravensburg Art Museum by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei are among the five p...

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