Morphosis unveils plans for controversial high-rise hotel in tiny Alpine village

The 7132 Tower, as this hotel is being called, would be the central piece of a resort complex that would also include two buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners: Peter Zumthor and Tadao Ando. Renderings courtesy Morphosis

Hotel Facilities | March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vals is a village of roughly 1,000 people, nestled in the Alps in Switzerland. That might seem like a strange place to put a skyscraper. But don’t tell that to developer Remo Stoffel.

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Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

Multifamily construction has been a boon to L.A.’s economy

Last year, 10,200 rental apartments came online in Los Angeles, and another 8,500 could be added in 2015. Pictured: Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | March 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new study finds that nearly one-quarter of Los Angeles’ population lived in rental homes and apartments in 2013, a...

Google plans to use robots, cranes to manipulate modular offices at its new HQ

Rendering courtesy Google

BIM and Information Technology | March 11, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its visions of “crabots” accentuate the search-engine giant’s recent fascination with robotics and automation.

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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Foster + Partners wins bid for 2022 World Cup centerpiece stadium in Qatar

The winning design was first proposed in 2010 with the help of Arup and Populous. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster described the design as “an exciting step forward in stadium design—it will be the first to break the m...

Firm proposes skyscraper with a ‘twist’ in downtown Tulsa

Though still an early concept, the architects are confident it would become a reality. Renderings courtesy Kinslow, Keith & Todd. 

High-rise Construction | March 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tulsa, Okla.-based architecture practice Kinslow, Keith & Todd released r...

German architect Frei Otto named 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate

Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics, 1968–1972 Munich, Germany. Photo © Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn, courtesy The Hyatt Foundation

Architects | March 10, 2015 | The Hyatt Foundation

The news comes a day after the visionary architect, 89, died in his native Germany.

 
Real estate interests push Congress for Census funding

Image courtesy Morgue File/kconnors

Codes and Standards | March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups have joined forces to urge Congress to fully fund the 2020 Census and the annual American Community Survey...

A 57-floor Chinese skyscraper was completed in 19 days

The tower has an office space capacity for 4,000 employees and residential units for 800 households. Screenshot from BSB

Modular Building | March 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

After erecting the mega prefab tower in Changsha, China, modular builder BSB stated, “three floors in a day is China’...

Developers bullish about multifamily market for third consecutive quarter

Image courtesy EPA Smart Growth/Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After increasing steadily over the past several years, multifamily production has now reached a healthy, sustainable...

A loft project in Dallas evolves into a high rise for both affluent and artistic customers

The 29-story Atelier | Flora Lofts will offer rent-restricted and market-rate apartments. The developers decided to build in one phase after the project got sidetracked by a year-long municipal dispute. Rendering courtesy ADD Inc. (now with Stantec)

Multifamily Housing | March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Atelier | Flora Lofts will be built on one of this city’s last choice undeveloped lots.

KTGY homes in on seniors with new studio

Camino del Rey Senior Apartments in Santa Clara, Calif., offers 48 one-bedroom apartments that are affordable to seniors with annual incomes at or below 60% of the Santa Clara County Area Median Income. KTGY designed the project for developer ROEM Corporation. Photo: KTGY

Multifamily Housing | March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its director, Doug Ahlstrom, says designs will emphasize socialization and community.

Multifamily renovation now drives growth for national restoration business

Photo courtesy Response Team 1.

Multifamily Housing | March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Response Team 1 has established a national footprint through acquisitions. 

The metal and glass S.R. Crown Hall of the Illinois Institute of Technology built in 1956, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo: Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0

Metals | March 10, 2015 | Gabe Savely |

A new report by the Metal Building Manufacturer's Association explains the entity's efforts in refining and extending...

Retrofit projects give dying malls new purpose

The Vanderbilt Medical Center at One Hundred Oaks Mall transformed a former 1960s-era indoor shopping mall in Nashville, Tenn., into a mixed-use medical office center for Vanderbilt University. Photo courtesy Vanderbilt University

Retail Centers | March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Approximately one-third of the country’s 1,200 enclosed malls are dead or dying. The good news is that a sizable port...

Orlando's Skyscraper to be the world's tallest coaster

The roller coaster will be the centerpiece of a new $300 entertainment center named Skyplex. Renderings courtesy Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects

Retail Centers | March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Skyscraper is expected to begin construction later this year, and open in 2016. It will stand at 570 feet. 

Architecture based on “astronomical principles” for new planetarium in Shanghai

Reflecting pools will be strewn throughout the building. Renderings courtesy Ennead Architects

Museums | March 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The ancient Chinese civilization left some of the earliest records of humans studying the stars and skies. To exhibit...

The Eagle Ford Shale is located in South Texas and is currently the most active shale play in the world. Photo courtesy of Williams Scotsman.

Modular Building | March 09, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

Like many other energy hotbends throughout the continent, demand for modular structures isn't decreasing with oil pri...

Study finds out why most people like high ceilings

Interior view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Photo courtesy Jean_Christophe Benoist/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | March 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

High ceilings give us a sense of freedom, new research finds

Crystal Palace project scrapped by London council

Renderings courtesy ZhongRong Group

Cultural Facilities | March 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Plans for the new Crystal Palace Park were scrapped when the city and the project's developer could come to an agreem...

Chance encounters in workplace design: The winning ticket to the innovation lottery?

Illustration: © Macaulay Campbell

Office Building Design | March 07, 2015 | GenslerOn | Marc Bruffett

The logic behind the push to cultivate chance encounters supposes that innovation is akin to a lottery. But do chance...

Study suggests our brains like curvy architecture

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Architects | March 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A research team at the University of Toronto at Scarborough worked with several European designers to see what sort o...

How to give feedback effectively

If initial feedback doesn’t resonate, effective leaders also know how to turn up the pressure in a way that is progressive, but not too sharp.

Building Team | March 06, 2015 | Steven Burns |

A great feedback-giving leader evaluates the individual

New courthouse blossoms into a civic space for one California town

The site in Hollister, Calif., on which the Superior Court for San Benito County was built is tight. Project architect SmithGroupJJR expanded the sense of openness in the 41,500-sf building’s interior space by borrowing visual interest from its exterior exposures. All public circulation and staff corridors and ramps have direct views onto outdoor areas, which include a plaza and roof rock gardens. The technique is based on a concept used in traditional Japanese gardens. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Justice Facilities | March 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building's canopy suggests classical courthouse features of front porch and portico. It also helps connect the bu...

State of the state: How state governments are funding construction projects

Bonds issued to build or renovate 44 courthouses in California helped pay for the $29.4 million Superior Court for San Benito County, which opened in 2014. The exterior is distinguished by a cantilevered patterned canopy. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Justice Facilities | March 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

State budget shortfalls are making new construction and renovation projects a tough sell, leading lawmakers to seek a...

A giant, silver loop in Dubai will house the Museum of the Future

The museum's exterior will be decorated with verses of the Sheikh's poetry, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Museums | March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Sheikh of Dubai hopes the $136 million museum will serve as an incubator for ideas and real designs—a global dest...

Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gender-neutral bathroom...

FEMA cuts off funding to Indiana after Kokomo continues building stadium in flood zone

Rendering: city of Kokomo, Ind.

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms in schools.

New HOK designs for St. Louis NFL stadium unveiled

Renderings courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has assembled a task force to develop plans for an open-air NFL stadium on the North Rive...

Construction problems at prison spur support to quash non-traditional project delivery in Iowa

The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are scrutinizing rules...

AEC industry groups look to harmonize green building standards, codes

The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.

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