Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around the world are starting to use more large-scale structural wood systems. 

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December 06, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new CBRE survey finds that what Millennials expect and need from offices doesn’t vary drastically from tenured empl...

Photo courtesy Ken Nakagaki
December 05, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Design student Ken Nakagaki has adapted a device to work with CAD software to replicate digital files on paper.

December 05, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Dumpsters tend to be seen as necessary evils of city life, but John H. Locke and Joaquin Reyes wanted New York City's...

Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. For many small architecture firms, principals don't have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters...

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December 05, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City officials say the flurry of apartment construction over the past year has strained resources, including public s...

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December 05, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Recent airport designs are bigger and much more efficient, based on a look at recent projects in Mexico City, London,...

December 04, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Just under 10 miles away from Singapore, Funtasy Island (yes, that's the real name) is a resort tucked away in the ma...

 

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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December 04, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Westminster Council has approved a £175 million 'Garden Bridge' that will allow pedestrian traffic only. There has be...

Shanghai Tower. Photo: Yhz1221 via Wikimedia Commons
December 04, 2014 | BD+C Staff

This year has seen the completion of many signature tall buildings, including the One World Trade Center. ...

Smart and Resilient Cities | December 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The report projects a future where highways will be made from self-healing, glow-in-the-dark materials and will be go...

December 03, 2014 | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

The agreement represents over a decade of negotiations, bringing cross-border recognition of professional credentials...

December 03, 2014 | AIA Foundation

Chicago, Dallas, and Pittsburgh are among the U.S. cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, pioneered by Th...

A efficient cooling system that draws water from the Chicago River was one of th
December 02, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

River City in Chicago is one of 17 existing multifamily properties to earn Energy Star certification, which became av...

Renderings of how shipping containers will form a 12,000-sf retail district call
December 02, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

OneC1TY, a healthcare- and technology-focused community under construction on 18.7 acres near Nashville, Tenn., will...

December 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The list includes both additions to existing structures and entirely new buildings, from Frank Gehry's Foundation Lou...

U.S. Census Bureau
December 02, 2014 | Associated Builders and Contractors

This month's increase in nonresidential construction spending is far more consistent with the anecdotal information f...

December 02, 2014 | Hoffmann Architects

The architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors announces the promotio...

December 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The proposal blends affordable retirement housing with urban farming by integrating vertical aquaponic farming and ro...

December 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A Malaysian development consortium is guiding the project, which is meant to mimic the caves of Gunung Mulu National...

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December 02, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Inexplicable designs. Questionable functionality. Absurd budgeting. Just plain inappropriate. These are some of the c...

December 01, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Skanska will participate in an 18-month program with a consortium of partners to develop a robot capable of printing...

Construction work started on the Santiago Calatrava-designed Chicago Spire in 20
November 29, 2014 | CTBUH

Remember the Chicago Spire? What about Russia Tower? These are two of the tallest building projects that were started...

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November 26, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The outcome-based approach requires the building owner to provide the building’s utility bills for a 12-month period...

November 26, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Bahrain National Theatre will be recognized with an Honor Award by the United States Institute for Theatre Techno...

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November 26, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Colorado's “vexing construction defects law” has hampered the building of new condominiums in the state, according to...

Renderings: U.S. Steel Corp
November 26, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The giant steelmaker has agreed to move into a new headquarters that is slated to be part of a major redevelopment....

COFFEEBOXX, OXX, K-cup
November 26, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The CoffeeBoxx single-serve brewer is billed as the world’s first ruggedized coffeemaker.

Rendering courtesy Behnisch Architekten
November 25, 2014 | Behnisch Architekten

The multi-use building for Artists For Humanity that is slated to be the largest energy positive commercial building...

Open plan office space, Steelcase, Gensler, Deezen
November 25, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A vast majority of office workers feel open floor plans cause multiple distractions and that more private spaces are...

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November 25, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Uncertainty about government spending clouds an otherwise positive economic outlook among 59 middle market constructi...

All renderings courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
November 24, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Fitted with an LED façade, the 468-meter Greenland Tower Chengdu will act as a light sculpture for the city of Chengd...

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