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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The LEED Gold Evie Garret Dennis E-12 Campus supports 1,600 Pre-K through 12th-g
October 27, 2014 | Amy McIntosh, Associate Editor

A study by DLR Group and Colorado State University attempts to quantify the student performance benefits of green sch...

The EVEN Hotels wellness brand by InterContinental Hotels Group provides exercis
October 27, 2014 | Raissa Rocha, Associate Editor

These days, hotels are promoting health and wellness programs that go beyond the typical fitness center or spa.

October 24, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The project includes the addition of a 205-meter-high tower and research center, as well as the renovation of an hist...

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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Public Safety Headquarters, Detroit. Photo: courtesy Valspar
October 23, 2014 | Valspar Sponsored Content

First constructed as an office for the Internal Revenue Service, the city's new public safety headquarters had more r...

October 23, 2014 | Santiago Calatrava, LLC

Saturday marked the public "ground blessing" ceremony for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine, the Greek Orthodox Chur...

Photo credit: Jens Lindhe, courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
October 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Mimicking the unearthing of archaeological sites, Henning Larsen Architects' recently opened Moesgaard Museum in Denm...

 
The Guangzhou Circle.
October 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

During a literary symposium in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged architects, authors, actors, and other art...

October 23, 2014 | AIA

AIA reported the September ABI score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. This score reflects an increase in d...

October 22, 2014 | PwC US

The "18-hour city" and the "Darwinian market" are among the top U.S. commercial real estate trends cited in a new rep...

October 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The tilted-cube design was designed to visually disorient the viewer and create visual lightness in the harsh landsca...

With 57 units in Phase 1 of the project, Orchards at Orenco in Hillsboro, Ore.,
October 22, 2014 | Amy McIntosh, Associate Editor

Passive House, an ultra-efficient building standard that originated in Germany, has been used for single-family homes...

October 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The bright-white structures will feature a curvilinear form, mimicking bones and ligament. 

All illustrations: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
October 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

At the conclusion of the show, the modular classroom structure will be moved to a permanent location in New Orleans'...

Foster + Partners' proposed design for the Wuhan resort. Renderings: courtesy Ju
October 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Jumeirah Group, a hotel group forming a part of investment group Dubai Holding, has chosen Zaha Hadid and Norman Fost...

The 44,640-sf Iowa Utilities Board/Office of the Consumer Advocate Building in D
October 21, 2014 | Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director
Much of the spirited discussion around LEED v4 has been centered on the Materials & Resources Credit. At least...
Photo: Perkins Eastman
October 21, 2014 | Perkins Eastman
Among the experts interviewed for the white paper, there was a general consensus that the model for continuing-care...
October 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The retractable roof, which measures a whopping 1,017-feet across, is made from translucent ETFE plastic panels suppo...

October 20, 2014 | The University of Utah
The five-story, 148,000-sf building is designed to function like a student union for entrepreneurs and innovators,...
October 20, 2014 | RIBA

The new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 for the best b...

October 20, 2014 | Green Building Initiative

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) hailed a new US Department of Energy ruling. On October 10, 2014, the US Departme...

October 20, 2014 | SmithGroupJJR

Designed by SmithGroupJJR and Gallagher & Associates, renovated center shows public its unique role as office, st...

October 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

In the design, the ends of the bridge are pulled upward to form an "X" shape. It allows ample room for add-ons such a...

The Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikimedia Commo
October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The least energy efficient multifamily property may be spending $165,000 more in annual energy costs than a similar p...

Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse, Denver. Photo: courtesy GSA
October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED Silver may be used, and in some instances, the Green Globes program may be substituted, according to a new regul...

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons
October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 includes tripling the amount of solar power gener...

Photo: Lance Cpl. Casey Jones, United States Marine Corps via Wikimedia Commons
October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Among the challenges the armed forces may face is rising sea levels that could put Navy docks and other installations...

Images courtesy Federico Babina
October 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Graphic designer Federico Babina has made a name for himself...

Renderings: courtesy Henning Larsen Architects
October 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects won Frederikssung municipality’s architecture competition for a regional train...

October 16, 2014 |

Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple in so...

Photo: Conrad Nutschan via Wikimedia Commons
October 16, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Public libraries will avoid being relegated to the scrap heap of history in a digital age as long as they continue to...

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