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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Pets, JFK, Airport, terminal, Gensler, Paradise 4 Paws

Luxury amenities for pets will be operated by Illinois-based Paradise 4 Paws. Rendering courtesy of Paradise 4 Paws.

Airports | July 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Pets can enjoy luxurious spa and grooming services before being transported directly to their flight from the termina...

China, Development, Master Plan, Urban Planning

Thames Town in Songjiang imitates a typical English town. Wikipedia lists it is as one of China's many ghost towns. Photo: Huai Chun Hsu/Wikimedia Commons

Mixed-Use | July 22, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cities continue to spring up in the heart of China. Designed to accommodate millions, many are still nearly empty....

Eight healthcare building designs win AIA award

Photo: Cleveland Clinic, Brunswick Family Health Center Emergency Department. All images and renderings courtesy of AIA

Healthcare Facilities | July 22, 2015 | AIA

Montalba Architects' prototype mobile dental unit and Westlake Reed Leskosky's modern addition to the Cleveland Clini...

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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Finally! There's a workplace trend that’s worth embracing

The intersection of people, place, and tools is where we find success. Discover that intersection and design to criteria support all three. Diagram: VOA Associates

Office Building Design | July 21, 2015 | VOA Blog | John Varholak, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

There’s a realization by corporate real estate executives that in order to create a successful workplace, there must...

Maker spaces: Designing places to test, break, and rebuild

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Phase 1 completion August 2015. Rendering: Gensler

University Buildings | July 21, 2015 | GenslerOn | Kenneth I. Fisher and Keller Roughton

Gensler's Kenneth Fisher and Keller Roughton highlight recent maker space projects at MIT and the University of Nebra...

Architecture Billings Index at highest mark since 2007

Photo: rhythmuswege, Creative Commons.

Architects | July 21, 2015 | AIA

This is the first month in 2015 that all regions are reporting positive business conditions, said AIA Chief Economist...

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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New stylus brings digital sketching to the next level

Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via

BIM and Information Technology | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.

Fire Rated Curtain Wall Performance in Dramatic Weather Conditions

Combined transparent high performance low-e glass panels and opaque decorative panels in a clear anodized aluminum curtain wall frame.

Building Enclosure Systems | July 20, 2015 | SaftiFirst

Materials selected for the building envelope had to protect occupants from Wisconsin's weather, as well as ensuring t...

Fluropon celebrates 50 years of excellence

The JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, uses the Fluropon coating system.

Coatings | July 20, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Introduced in 1965, the coating system was designed for excellent color retention and resistance to fading.

Green, construction, metal building products, life cycle assessment

To make the assessment, the resources used and the wastes generated are calculated, mass-balanced, and normalized relative to a specific quantity called a functional unit.

Metals | July 20, 2015 | Brad Johnson |

LCA is a way of quantifying the environmental impact generated by the manufacture and delivery of a product.

New York contest looks to shed the sidewalk shed

Photo: Sidewalk shed in Licnoln Square, Manhattan, New York. Billie Ward, Creative Commons.

Architects | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York, which has nearly 200 total miles of sidewalk sheds, is seeking a concept that is practical but that also lo...

Morphosis Architects designs crowned tower for Casablanca Finance City

The architects designed the tower's tapered base to be a public meeting space, "a symbol of the city’s development and as a social node that nurtures an active streetlife in the district." Renderings courtesy Morphosis Architects

High-rise Construction | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will anchor a new business district being planned, similar to the glass and concrete business La Défense se...

Multifamily construction continues to drive housing sector

Photo: Bainbridge Bethesda, Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | July 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predictions that multifamily housing construction would taper off in 2015 may have underestimated the ongoing demand...

SET Architects wins design competition for Holocaust Memorial

To create a sense of claustrophobia and imprisonment, the space separating the two structures starts at 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and narrows to 50 centimeters (1.6 feet). Renderings courtesy SET Architects

Cultural Facilities | July 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design for the memorial in Bologna, Italy, is dominated by two large metal monolithic structures that represent t...

Rojkind Arquitectos serves up Mexican concert hall on the rocks

The museum was conceived as a formal extension to the breakwater. Renderings courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos

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

The same way Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim has put Bilbao on the map, architect Michel Rojkind hopes his design will be “a...

Japan scraps Tokyo Olympic Stadium project

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The rising price tag was one of the downfalls of the 70-meter-tall, 290,000-sm stadium. In 2014, the cost of the proj...

Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

Photo: Stevens Community Apartments in Minneapolis. Michael Hicks, Wikimedia Commons.

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

The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept plans with no parking s...

Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

Photo: Berkeley City Hall. Almonroth, Wikimedia Commons.

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

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulations adopted following...

Oregon to spend $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings

Photo: Oreogn State Capitol building. M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons.

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

A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during earthquakes.

Seven parking garages officially recognized as green

Photo: The Forest Home Garage in Ithaca, N.Y. All images courtesy of Green Parking Council.

Green | July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new program rates parking structures based on 48 elements of operation, from water reuse to bicycle parking to ca...

BIM for O+M: New app streamlines project documentation handover process

The Building Ops app Dashboard offers focused and relevant role-based information to facilities technicians. Photo courtesy Autodesk

BIM and Information Technology | July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Building Ops app enables owners to begin operations on the first day with a turnkey maintenance and asset managem...

Louisville group plans on building world's largest disco ball

Photo: Bin im Garten, Wikimedia Commons

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

The sphere would more than double the size of the current record holder.

Rates are up in hotel construction

Photo: Everett Courtyard by Marriott, by SounderBruce, Creative Commons

Hotel Facilities | July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The luxury segment leads all chain scales with a 46.5% increase.

An upcoming tower in Chicago aims to be in the city’s top five tallest

Renderings courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli

High-rise Construction | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Updated renderings from César Pelli's firm show a taller, slimmer design, possibly exceeding 1,000 feet.

Google moves towards the light with Eddystone

Courtesy Google Developers

BIM and Information Technology | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Though beacons usually broadcast information publicly, Eddystone has the option to communicate privately as well, whi...

BIG’s design for Philadelphia Navy Yard defies gravity

The new structure will be part of a new mixed-use campus on Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard. Renderings courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + Luxigon.

Office Building Design | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Ground has broken for 1200 Interpid, a 94,000-sf office building designed by BIG that appears to be leaning.

Landmark status could delay Hancock Center renovations

Owners of commercial portions of the tower envision adding tall triangular prisms, glass walls, and video screens to the skyscraper's sunken plaza. Photo: Achim Hepp, Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Chicago officials have started to marshal documents to protect the tower against planned architectural changes.

Chile selects architects for Sub-Antarctic research center

All renderings courtesy Ennead Architects

Education Facility | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Promoting ecological tourism is one of this facility’s goals

Massive exhibition space in Inner Mongolia replicates steppe landscape

Renderings courtesy Kuanlu Architects

Cultural Facilities | July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To mimic the Central Asian steppe landscape of the Chinese province Inner Mongolia, Kuanlu Architects proposed the co...

New city-modeling software quantifies the movement urban dwellers

Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab

BIM and Information Technology | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go.

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