Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 29, 2015 | David Barista

Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people moving, interacting, huddling, collaborating—all in the name of innovation.

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 Shanghai Tower is on track to be completed by the end of 2015. Rendering courte
December 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

In its annual forecast, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat predicts that 2015 will be the "Year of the W...

Houston's Monarch School was named the K-12 school of the year. Photo: courtesy
December 17, 2014 | U.S. Green Building Council

Houston's Monarch School was named the K-12 school of the year, and Western Michigan University was honored as the to...

Photo: Tiia Monto via Wikimedia Commons
December 17, 2014 | AIA

The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for November was 50.9, down from a mark of 53.7 in October. Despite the drop, t...

Morton Buildings is the national leader in custom post-frame construction. With an expansive network of resources and an ongoing commitment to innovation within the industry, Morton has earned its reputation that has lasted for generations.

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All rendering courtesy Valode & Pistre
December 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The $1 billion tower will have 114 stories, alluding to the 114 chapters of the Koran.

Photo: Thomas Pintaric via Wikimedia Commons
December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The ambitious program would focus on some apartment buildings built before 1978 and concrete buildings constructed be...

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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York State’s building code is outdated and is hampering the recruitment of high-tech employers, according to a co...

 
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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal, among other things, would impose a rental registration program and fee targeted at keeping better track...

December 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Attia and tech company Max Sound Corp. have brought a lawsuit against Google because of Flux, a Google X-developed st...

Renderings: SHoP Architects
December 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The scheme includes a proposed 500-foot luxury residential tower that would jut out into the harbor, extending the Ma...

Photo courtesy Greg O'Beirne/Wikimedia Commons
December 15, 2014 | The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that it approved a possible path toward independent incorporation o...

December 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects has been commissioned to design the $325 million Gilder Center for Science, Educ...

December 15, 2014 | HOK

ARTIC’s flexible design ensures that it can serve as a southern terminus for California’s future high-speed rail syst...

December 15, 2014 | Builder Flash, LLC

Understanding the challenges building professionals face when needing to locate and order replacement and service par...

December 15, 2014 | BQE Software

UER was able to reduce its invoice processing time by 70%, improve cash-flows with a record all-time DSO, averaging l...

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December 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The company aims to build 100 new DD Green-certified restaurants by the end of 2016.

December 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Danish firm COBE has been announced the winner in a contest to design a new Adidas flagship building in Herzogenaurac...

Photo: Gerry Padden, courtesy SOM
December 12, 2014 | Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

Gerry Padden's winning photo offers a striking juxtaposition of the Brooklyn Bridge with the sparkling One World Trad...

For Gelsons Market in Los Angeles (pictured above), the architect was able to p
December 11, 2014 | SAFTI FIRST

When it comes to designing parking garages, providing vision and transparency might not be the priority due to fire r...

December 11, 2014 | AIA

The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm and rec...

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville Ark., designed by Safd
December 11, 2014 | AIA

The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influenc...

December 10, 2014 | 3XN

Designed by 3XN, the new headquarters is located within a park on the shores of Lake Geneva and adjacent to historic...

December 10, 2014 | CannonDesign

The merger also extends CannonDesign’s presence in the markets Astorino currently serves, namely Pittsburgh and Abu D...

Photo: Mortenson Construction
December 10, 2014 | University of Colorado Boulder

A study by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that prefab approaches on the new Saint Joseph Hospi...

December 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Babina has adapted quotes from famous names such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, and Mies Van Der Rohe.

Renderings: Steven Holl Architects
December 09, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Steven Holl's design for the new wing features a reflective pool that will generate energy.

Photo courtesy Thomas Leth-Olsen/Flickr
December 09, 2014 | Associated Builders and Contractors

In his latest report, ABC's Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts nonresidential construction spending to expand by...

Photo credit: International Concept Management
December 09, 2014 | International Concept Management

The aquarium, designed and built by International Concept Management, is a staggering 23 meters tall and is viewable...

December 09, 2014 | UC Merced

The award brings the campus total for LEED certifications through the U.S. Green Building Council to 13, with its new...

Photo: WorldViz
December 09, 2014 | BD+C Staff

High-speed rendering software, custom APIs, virtual reality tools, and BIM workflow tips were among the hottest BIM/V...

Photo: David Barista
December 08, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

The market outlook is brighter for U.S. architecture, engineering, and construction companies, with a majority of AEC...

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