Architect Jacques Rougerie envisions floating city to function as roving laboratory

Renderings courtesy Jacques Rougerie

Industrial Facility | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The manta ray-shaped vessel will be completely self-sustaining, run on marine energy, and produce no waste. 

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2016 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings draft available for public review

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Bill Bobzien

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The comment period is open until May 29.

GBCI renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for the LEED system. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The name change reflects the organization’s expanded certification and credentialing services.

Architects propose sustainable ‘vertical city’ in Sahara

Agriculture will be planted in a central tower inside the main structure, so that produce is protected from the harsh desert conditions. Renderings courtesy OXO Architectes

High-rise Construction | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers aim to make the 1,476-foot tower sustainable, relying on rainwater collection, solar power, and geothermal...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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Architecture Billings Index accelerates in March

Pictured: New York Times Building under construction. Photo courtesy Hu Totya via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | April 22, 2015 | AIA

For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index indicated a modest increase in design activity in M...

Check out Ralph Johnson's stunning nature-inspired Shanghai museum

The building's shell shaped has earned it the nickname "Green Spiral" by the Chinese. All photos ©Steinkamp Photography, courtesy Perkins+Will

Museums | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum, designed by Perkins+Will’s Global Design Director Ralph Johnson, mi...

AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

Green | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

 

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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GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

Green | April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating the performance and...

27 mega trends shaping commercial building design

Future law offices will be smaller, adaptable, more collaborative, and technology-rich, as evidenced in “Redesign Law,” Gensler’s exhibit for the 2014 Association of Legal Administrators Conference. For more, visit: www.redesign-law.com. Pictured: Morrison Foerster law office, New York, courtesy Gensler

Architects | April 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gensler’s 2015 Design Forecast focuses on how changes in demographics, workplace preferences, and technology are affe...

Stop the Endless Debate to Nowhere – It’s Time to Measure Workplace Performance

Cannon Design used strategic solutions when developing the new Zurich North America headquarters. Image courtesy CannonDesign

Office Building Design | April 21, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Meg Osman

Rather than be confused by the constant stream of opinions, leadership teams contemplating workplace investments shou...

Software shouldn't dictate process

"It’s time for a project management solution as unique as your project," writes Gensler's Mark Thole. Illustration: Christine Maurer, courtesy Gensler

BIM and Information Technology | April 21, 2015 | GenslerOn | Mark Thole

With over 200 solutions on the market, construction software is one of the most complex and fragmented markets, write...

Trends driving airport construction

To deliver a replacement terminal at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Skanska developed a multi-phased approach centered on taking as few of the existing aircraft gates out of service as possible. Image courtesy Skanska

Airports | April 21, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | MacAdam Glinn, LEED AP

Upgrades to aviation infrastructure have not kept pace with the increase in airport traffic or even at a level suffic...

Nichiha adds distinctive edge to Atlanta luxury apartment building

The use of gray and white colors enhance the warmth of the Nichiha wood-look panels and the building’s contemporary design.

Cladding and Facade Systems | April 21, 2015 | Nichiha

The apartment building features a contemporary high-end design that meshes well with neighboring buildings and the co...

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How to create an 'emotionally intelligent' workplace

A 2012 study by Ipsos found that while 91% of supervisors agreed that emotional intelligence is important, 75% of them were not strong in any of the four key areas of emotional intelligence. Image courtesy HOK

Office Building Design | April 21, 2015 | Life at HOK | Sofia Fonseca

Emotional intelligence is the leading predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadershi...

Exterior of West Los Angeles College, California

Coatings | April 20, 2015 | powered by Valspar

Color’s prominent role in wayfinding has become a focus in architecture, as color association is strong and memorable...

Jean Nouvel loses court battle against Philharmonie de Paris over alleged design ‘sabotage’

Nouvel accused project managers of cutting corners to save money during the hall’s completion. Photo: Copyleft via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the facility and asked for his name to be removed from all references to the...

MBCI coated roof and wall panels virtually graffiti proof

Every year American cities spend an estimated $12 billion on graffiti removal.

April 20, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

A new effective solution that is biodegradable and water-soluble can help building owners and municipalities save mil...

USGBC opens public comment period on LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings

Image: Morgue File/midvaleapartments

Green | April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new LEED Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily program will offer solutions for existing multifamily projects w...

Too many construction projects still don’t meet owners’ expectations: KPMG report

KPMG International's Global Construction Survery 2015 reported that 53% of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | April 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Causes for delays, overruns, and underperformance include project management talent shortages, distrust between owner...

Goettsch Partners unveils designs for Nanning China Resources Center Tower

The massing of the building steps and tapers to accommodate the changing floor plates of the various program types to offer a form that is efficient and identifiable. Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

High-rise Construction | April 17, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The tower's design is derived from its multiple uses, which include 170,000 sm of Class A office space, 5,000 sm of b...

Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park visitor center will be ‘off-the-grid’

Restrictions on park land mean the building's enclosed space cannot be larger than 2,500 sf. Rendering courtesy Kubala Washatko Architects

Cultural Facilities | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans also include a built-in wastewater treatment system and rainwater collection.

SANAA and Snøhetta tie at first place for Budapest museum bid

In Snøhetta's design, a sloping roof doubles as a grand terrace, which Dezeen likens to the firm's Oslo Opera House design. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta and SANAA

Museums | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The two firms submitted designs for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, one of five planned museums to be con...

3 award-winning affordable multifamily developments

The three winners in the Multifamily Housing category in AIA's Housing Awards are affordable living developments. Pictured: The North Parker in San Diego, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Image: Matthew Segal

Multifamily Housing | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

San Francisco's Bayview Hill Gardens and the Broadway Affordable Housing complex in Santa Monica, Calif., are among t...

Seattle’s size restriction on micro apartments blamed for rise in rents

Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York

Multifamily Housing | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more expensive to build...

Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

The new categories are called Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium. Image: Essential Habitat

Green | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new evaluation procedure considers the building in an environment where only renewable energy is used. Sun and wi...

New version of Building Energy Data Exchange Specification launched

The U.S. Energy Department launched the new version of Building Energy Data Exchange Speficiation. Image: Morgue File/DuBoix

Green | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

BEDES is a dictionary that facilitates consistent exchange of building characteristics and energy use data between to...

New York tops U.S. cities in walkability

New York is the most walkable city in the U.S. Image: Redfin

Codes and Standards | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Revitalization pushes Detroit and New Orleans up the rankings

Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

High-rise Construction | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaking ceremony seven mo...

Curved metal panels give roof over community college expansion
Roofing | April 15, 2015 | MBCI

A new campus was needed to support an Ohio community college's expanding population

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Prices for construction materials rise in March

Image: Taliesin/Morgue File

Building Materials | April 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that prices for construction materials rose 0.8% in March, the lar...

Participants for Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Announced

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago is one of the venues that will exhibit some of the pavilions. Photo: Headsillroll/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | April 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Some big names include Bjarke Ingels Group and Studio Gang Architects

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