Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

The Modern Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, has a white concrete exterior that references the local materials of the city. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

Museums | November 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Located in the national capital of Vilnius, the Modern Art Center will be home to 4,000 works of Lithuanian art.

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Restoration of the Whitney Building provides hope for Detroit

A second skylight was placed above the hallmark atrium skylight; only the steel framework of the original was kept. Photo courtesy Whitney Partners.

Reconstruction Awards | November 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Four years ago, Whitney Partners purchased the 253,000-sf Whitney for $3.3 million. Their mission was to turn the 19-...

University of Chicago's uses space economically with Saieh Hall

The nearly 150,000-sf Saieh Hall for Economics had to be sqeezed into tight quarters on the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Rossiter.

Reconstruction Awards | November 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The five-story, 100,000-sf seminary was converted into a modern education facility that would be fully integrated int...

King of kings: Classic brooklyn movie theater stages a return engagement

The final result of the Kings Theatre redevelopment gracefully emulates the original design by theater architects Rapp & Rapp and interior designer Harold W. Rambusch. Photo: Matt Lambros Photography

Reconstruction Awards | November 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The theater, which withstood vacancy, neglect and vandalism, has been redeveloped with a goal: balance preservation w...

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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White paper promotes incentives for improved disaster resilience

Long Island, N.Y. after Hurricane Sandy struck. Photo: UN ISDR/Creative Commons.

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The white paper makes the case that the most cost-effective manner to achieve resilience is through a holistic and in...

Perkins+Will acquires London-based Portland Design Associates

Portland helped Turner Communications gain an airport retail presence with The News Café, at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi International Airport. Rendering courtesy Portland/P+W

Architects | November 09, 2015 | Perkins+Will

The firms will work together to offer “future-proofing” insights to clients.

Paint company announces new product that can kill bacteria in hospitals

Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say eliminating healthcare-associated infections is a top priority. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The new product from Sherwin-Williams, called Paint Shield, is said to not only kill over 99.9% of dangerous bacteria...

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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Real Madrid gets new headquarters designed by Rafael de La-Hoz

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. Renderings courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Office Building Design | November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. ...

Studio Gang designs American Museum of Natural History's new science center

Renderings courtesy American Museum of Natural History

Museums | November 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will hold areas where visitors can engage with high-...

DOE’s Energy Asset Score diagnostic tool gets upgrade

The Asset Score's software was developed in part by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Photo: Ian Roberts/Creative Commons

Energy Efficiency | November 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The tool is used to assess energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily buildings.

Budget bill provision raises OSHA fines for first time in 25 years

Workers building condos in Washington, D.C. Photo: Elvert Barnes/Creative Commons.

Contractors | November 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Inflation-adjusted penalty hikes could go up as much as 80%.

Architects propose residential tower in Singapore with gardens on every floor

The four residential towers will surround a lush atrium, which from afar will seem like a green mountain. Renderings courtesy of M+S Pte Ltd

Multifamily Housing | November 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Imagine a high-rise with lush greenery on every floor—that’s the design Ingehoven Architects and A61 propose for Mari...

JLL names 10 emerging world cities

JLL says that Mexico City is a gateway for international firms, trade, and investment. Photo: Kasper Christensen/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Mexico City, Shanghai, Istanbul, and seven other world-class cities have experienced rapid economic growth and real e...

Metal building maintenance is essential

Photo courtesy of Pressure Washing The Woodlands.

Metals | November 05, 2015 | Cary Barger |

Inspect, repair damages, and clean the building

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How active design is reshaping higher education campuses

Photo courtesy LPA

University Buildings | November 05, 2015 | LPA Blog | Glenn Carels

Active design, a dynamic approach to design with a primary focus on people, assists students in learning to make heal...

SCAU Architectes design Ferris wheel hotel in Paris

The wheel's 19 pods will make a full revolution every half hour. Renderings courtesy SCAU

Hotel Facilities | November 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Hotel guests will slowly loop around the structure and get views from the banks of the Seine.

U.S. Naval Research Lab develops transparent aluminum

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory uses a hot press to make spinel into conformable optics, like this flat sheet. "Ultimately, we're going to hand it over to industry," says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research, "so it has to be a scalable process." Photo: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Jamie Hartman

Building Materials | November 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The material is made out of highly compressed aluminum powder.

Hospital designers get the scoop on the role of innovation in healthcare

Kaiser Permanente’s New Garfield Innovation Center. Photo: Ted Eytan

Healthcare Facilities | November 04, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

“Innovation” was the byword as 175 healthcare designers gathered in Chicago for the American College of Healthcare Ar...

George Lucas museum design by MAD Architects finally gets green light

The museum's site is not far from Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. There was a dispute over the stadium's parking space, which has now been settled. Renderings courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Museums | November 04, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The project will go ahead with its revised, smaller-scale design.

Curved glass curtains will give Washington, D.C., office building more views and floor space

The 2050 M Street building will have panels of curved glass covering its exterior. Renderings courtesy REX, via Architizer

Curtain Wall | November 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Around 900 fluted glass panes will cover 2050 M Street, which will contain television studios for CBS.

Yale completes Singapore campus

Rending courtesy Yale-NUS. Video courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

University Buildings | November 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Yale-NUS College has three residence halls and two administrative and academic buildings, with courtyards in the...

Labor City: The Qatari complex for 70,000 migrant workers opens

Labor City is 8.6 miles from Doha, covering an area of 0.4 square miles.

Multifamily Housing | November 04, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The project is just one of seven house complexes built by the government for the country’s approximately 260,000 labo...

DBIA announces 2015 Project of the Year

The Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building in Miramar, Fla., was named DBIA 2015 Project of the Year. Rendering courtesy Krueck + Sexton; other images courtesy DBIA.

Designers | November 04, 2015 | DBIA

This year, 26 projects in 10 categories were awarded National Awards of Merit. One project in each of the 10 categori...

ABC, AIA & NAHB: Residential and nonresidential construction growth expected in 2016

Homes under construction in Solano, Calif. Photo: Robert Couse-Baker/Creative Commons.

Contractors | November 03, 2015 | ABC

Economists from the three trade associations discussed several indicators for sector performance in a joint web confe...

Emotional intelligence and design

Image courtesy VOA Blog

Office Building Design | November 03, 2015 | VOA Blog | Angie Lee, FAIA, NCARB, IIDA, LEED AP

In a world in which technology and its skills are constantly changing, good people skills are becoming more important...

How virtual and augmented reality can shape architecture and design

Virtual reality—devices that block out the external world and present the user with a wholly fabricated visual experience—can be useful to architects and designers. Photo: Nan Palmero/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | November 03, 2015 | GenslerOn | Alan Robles

Gensler's Alan Robles examines a few ways VR and AR could create value for architecture and design professionals.


Aldana Ferrer Garcia Hopper Niche concept. The window is part of the More Sky system. Images and video courtesy Aldana Ferrer Garcia

Windows and Doors | November 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Windows in the More Sky system jut out the side of the building and fan out like an accordion.

MJA Studio proposes to turn old Australian stadium into a complex with giant surf pool

The 107-year-old Subiaco Oval could be transformed into a man-made lake meant for surfing. Renderings courtesy MJA Studio, via Inhabitat. Video from SubiSurf Park.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | November 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Subiaco Oval, which was built in 1908, could become the Subi Surf Park, a complex with apartments, stores, and a...

NCARB: Interactive tool helps aspiring architects prep for exam

The tool will help architects with the ARE, a multi-division test developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking architectural registration in the United States.

Architects | November 02, 2015 | NCARB

The Transition Calculator for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) will help licensure candidates transition...

ABC: September's nonresidential spending slip no cause for concern

Roadway under construction near Medina, Wash. Highway and street-related construction spending increased 0.3% in September. Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation/Creative Commons

Contractors | November 02, 2015 | ABC

Despite the monthly drop, September's year-over-year increase is largest in seven years. Seven of 16 nonresidential c...

Final funding comes through to complete over-budget and behind-schedule Denver VA Medical Center

Denver VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. Photo: Department of Veterans Affairs (via Stars and Stripes).

Healthcare Facilities | November 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Department of Veterans Affairs, cited for its mismanagement, is stripped of control over future major constructio...

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