Design for new pavilion in Toronto includes a ‘peel-away’ façade, Ontario, Bortolotto Architects, OCAD

Renderings courtesy Bortolotto Architects

University Buildings | July 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An architect's proposal for a renovation of the main office building at the Ontario College of Art and Design features a façade that fans out from the edges of the building, like it’s opening up to visitors. 

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for Rome skyscrapers

The architect wanted the buildings to look as if they were cut out of a single block. Renderings courtesy Daniel Libeskind

Office Building Design | June 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The scheme will drastically change the Eternal City’s skyline: three angular towers that look like they’re “in conver...

First draft: Architects’ rough sketches raise thousands for San Diego’s AIAS chapter

Image: Zaha Hadid

Architects | June 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

 

Prominent architects who submitted a total of 23 napkin doodles were Zaha Hadid, Cesar Pelli, Robert Venturi...

Former Studebaker plant to become mixed-use tech hub in South Bend, Ind.
Smart and Resilient Cities | June 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once the nation’s fourth largest automobile manufacturer, employing as many as 23,000 people in South Bend, the Stude...

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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What’s next for 3D printing in design and construction?

Carbon 3D has developed a 3D printing method, continuous liquid interface production (CLIP), that uses UV light to trigger photopolymerization, and oxygen as an inhibiting agent. By balancing this interaction, CLIP “grows”objects from a pool of resin. Photo: Carbon 3D Inc.

BIM and Information Technology | June 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 3D printer industry keeps making strides in technology and affordability. Machines can now print with all sorts o...

Metal building products deliver endless design freedom and sustainability

Innovative solar reflective coatings cut building cooling costs when applied to wall panels, roofs, and extrusions. 

Metals | June 16, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Numerous metal building products contain recycled content, reducing the need to mine new materials and saving space i...

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Heatherwick’s design for cancer center branch has ‘healing power’

Heatherwick will work with landscape designer Marie-Louise Agius of Balston Agius to complete the verdant plan and take advantage of the therapeutic effect of plants. Renderings courtesy of Heatherwick Studio. 

Healthcare Facilities | June 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect describes it as “a collection of stepped planter elements”

 

Every facility or complex requires a custom approach to safety, involving risk assessment, code consulting, fire protection, security and emergency management. It’s important to look to experienced engineering consultants, like JENSEN HUGHES. 

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WSP expands Houston operations following ccrd acquisition

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Flickr

Engineers | June 15, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Aside from bolstering its Houston operations, the ccrd acquisition expanded WSP’s presence in markets throughout the...

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

Transit Facilities | June 15, 2015 | Viega

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is the Grand Central Station of the future

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Cornell Tech announces construction of ‘first passive house residential high-rise in the world’

Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

High-rise Construction | June 15, 2015 | Cornell Tech

To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustainability-focused desi...

Arup report anticipates the future of manufacturing

Images: Arup

BIM and Information Technology | June 15, 2015 | Arup

Human-robot collaboration, self-cleaning and self-healing materials, mass customization, and 3D printing will herald...

A ‘stacked box’ skyscraper proposed for Vancouver

Renderings courtesy Buro Ole Scheeren

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

The scheme by German architect Ole Scheeren involves 48 stories with multiple volumes of rectangles protruding out of...

‘Solar water’ poised as global solution

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, British West Indies. Photo courtesy Inovateus Solar

Green | June 15, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Strapped with both water and energy crises, several island nations are investing in solar-powered water plants to att...

What’s in a coating, and why does it matter?

Colofrul buildings in Tirana, Albania. 

Coatings | June 15, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

When the sun starts swinging punches at your building's coating, chalking and fading will start. But there's a way to...

NIST released draft guide for community resilience planning

Resilience planning can help communities to better withstand and bounce back from storms and other hazards so that they can quickly restore roads, power, and other essential services. Image: U.S. Air Force

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 15, 2015 | NIST

The guide lays out a six-step process that starts with the formation of a resilience team drawn from the community an...

Deep data: How greater intelligence can lead to better buildings

Photo: “Night Lights of the World,” courtesy NASA and NASA Earth Observatory

BIM and Information Technology | June 14, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The buzzword may be “Big Data,” but the reality is that Building Teams need to burrow deep into those huge datasets i...

Construction materials prices up in May

The latest report from Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction materials prices increased in May but remain down for the year. Image: Pixabay

Building Materials | June 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Prices for inputs to construction industries rose by 1.1% in May—the largest month-over-month increase in more than t...

North Carolina remains a major target for Wood Partners

Wood Partners continues to build multi-family apartment units in North Carolina, making it a main focus of the group. Image: Cline Design Associates

June 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer recently started its 15th multifamily community in that state.

Houston's energy sector keeps office construction humming

Colliers International’s 2015 North America Office Market report assessed 92 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Colliers International projects continued expansion this year in its quarterly report on national office market. 

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Google launches company to improve city leaving

Google CEO Larry Page believes that focusing on innovation for cities is an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The search engine giant is yet again diversifying its products. Google has co-created a startup, called Sidewalk Labs...

Steel Framing Alliance updates ‘Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls’ design guide

The Steel Framing Alliance updated its "Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls" design guide. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes results of new tests and addresses IECC and ASHRAE compliance paths.

Helena, Montana, may charge commercial developers a fee to fund public art

A current proposal would assess the fee at 1% of the construction cost. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The fee would apply to new construction or alteration of nonresidential buildings of at least 20,000 sf.

DBIA releases new document on choosing a project delivery method

Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides owners and others with factors to consider when choosing the best method of delivery for their project.

Pop-up tree-office opens in London borough of Hackney

TreexOffice is a pop-up office space lcoated in the heart of Hackney in London. Image: Tate Harmer LLP

Office Building Design | June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's Hackney borough welcomed a new kind of workspace to Hoxton Square—the TreexOffice.

Artists Turn Tankers into Architecture

The project involves anchoring tankers to the shore as permanent land buildings, designed to accommodate cultural and event spaces, retail, or public parks. Renderings courtesy of Chris Collaris Design.

Cultural Facilities | June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Four Dutch artists propose transforming tankers into monuments with mixed-use space.

World’s Largest Hotel Coming to Mecca

The hotel will have 10,000-rooms, a shopping center, and helipads on its 12 towers. Rendering courtesy Dar Al-Handasah

Hotel Facilities | June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With 10,000 rooms, the Abraj Kudai hotel will far surpass the current title of world’s largest hotel by room count—th...

London opens business complex made from 50 shipping containers

Photo: PopBrixton.org

Modular Building | June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's newest business complex, Pop Brixton, will support local entrepreneurs, create jobs, and is made entirely of...

GBCI launches SITES - a rating system for sustainable landscapes

The rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings, ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. Image: EPA

Green | June 10, 2015 | GBCI

The new SITES rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings, rangin...

Fuel cell technology makes its way into energy generation

A 1.4-MW fuel cell power plant, installed on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in 2014, generates clean, round-the-clock baseload power. The fuel cell is part of a configuration, in which high-quality heat produces steam for campus heating and absorption cooling. Photo courtesy FuelCell Energy

Green | June 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for fuel cells, while modest, is growing, and cost savings are getting noticed.

BIG unveils designs for last WTC tower

The tower's design takes cue from its existing neighbors. Renderings courtesy BIG

Office Building Design | June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The towering "staircase" will rise from St. Paul’s chapel to the skyline, leaning against One World Trade Center.

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