Tactical urbanism: Why bigger isn’t always better in urban revitalization

Each September, as part of Park(ing) Day, citizens, artists, and activists in more than 160 cities collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into micro parks, gardens, and art exhibits. Photo: my.parkingday.org

Cultural Facilities | May 27, 2015 | David Barista

A budding urban planning movement that is sprouting in cities across the globe proves that low-cost, small-scale, community-driven projects have the power to effect positive change.

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The metal’s flexibility makes the difference in an oil rig footbridge connecting platforms in the West Philippine Sea...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A major movie studio needed a new vault to protect its irreplaceable negatives for films released after 1982. SmithGr...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

By bringing healthcare services in house, Dallas County Jail will greatly minimize the security risk and added cost o...

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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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Infection control, a constant worry for hospital administrators and clinical staffs, is heightened when the hospital...

Solarbox London was founded by London School of Economics graduates Harold Crast
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

About 8,000 of London’s famous red telephone boxes sit unused in warehouses, orphans of the digital age. Two entrepre...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 40,000-sf library is equipped with four “cones of light,” spherical reflectors made from extruded aluminum that d...

 

Whenever putting down the foundation for the building, the installation of the embedded anchor rods must be precise. Misplacing them with a variance greater than 1/4” means your columns will be out of plumb...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Smart Helmet is equipped with an array of cameras that provides 360-degree vision through its glass visor, even in lo...

Treehouses first investment is Chicago-based Ventana Design-Build Systems, a fi
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Design-build firm Clayco has launched an investment arm called Treehouse Adventures to provide financing and operatio...

December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Dubai is known for its gargantuan commercial building projects. The latest to be proposed is the world’s largest unde...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Beacon technology personalizes smartphone messaging, creating a new information resource for store designers. It was...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the past six years, Leo A Daly has been designing sites for remote field stations with near-zero ecological distu...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology combines a smartglass visual device with a motion-sensing armband to simplify field management work. The i...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Ecovative Design applies its cradle-to-cradle process to produce 10,000 organic bricks used to build a three-tower st...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Ideas are cheap. Solutions are what count. The latest installment in BD+C's Great Solutions series presents 14 ways A...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The HealthSpot station is an 8x5-foot, ADA-compliant mobile kiosk that lets patients access a network of board-certif...

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December 28, 2014 | John Passanante, PE, RCDD, Syska Hennessy Group

The open work environment has allowed owners to house more employees in smaller spaces, minimizing the required real...

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December 28, 2014 | Richard Wood, CEO and President, Plaza Construction

When Plaza Construction first introduced the concept of "core first" in managing the construction of a major office b...

Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3
December 23, 2014 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers...

Sarika Bajoria, Founding Principal, Architect, Per-forma Studio, NYC
December 23, 2014 | Julie Higginbotham, Senior Editor
The editors of BD+C select honorees based on their career achievement, service to their professions and communities...
The app called Permit Finder could free city employees from having to respond to
December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The app called Permit Finder could free city employees from having to respond to the 30 to 40 permit status-related c...

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December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Federal contractors may be subject to several new rules in 2015 that impact how they are selected for contracts and h...

U.S. General Services Administration Building-E Street facade. Photo: General Se
December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editors

The $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal year 2015 approved by Congress makes deep cuts in some construction program...

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December 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The first U.S. real-estate investment by The Wanda Group, owned by China’s richest man, will be an 88-story, 1,148-ft...

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December 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Zaha Hadid Architects released designs for the new headquarters of Emirati environmental management company Bee’ah, r...

December 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The first Chicago Architecture Biennial will take place from October 2015-January 2016, with a theme of "The State of...

December 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat cherrypicked the top moments from 2014, including a record concrete p...

December 18, 2014 | U.S. Green Building Council

The new collaboration recognizes importance of sustainable parking facility design and management to the built enviro...

The Floating Surf Park proposed for Melbournes Victoria Harbour. Rendering cour
December 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The list includes some of the year's epic stadiums, such as World Cup Stadium Arena de Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, an...

Rendering: Panoramic Interests
December 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff | ULI

New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units have staying power as a housing type that appeal...

December 17, 2014 | BAU

BAU 2015 is approaching fast! The world’s leading trade show for architecture, materials and systems will be held in...

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