Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

Mixed-Use | August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers are teaming to form innovation hot pockets.

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Top FAQs for Metal Building Insulation
Metals | March 16, 2015 | Jim Place |

Here are some of the most important issues for keeping fiberglass insulation working at its maximum.

Mexican Museum tower caught in turmoil to break ground this summer

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the Mexican Museum this summer. Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

High-rise Construction | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the 53-story residential and museum tower while the lawsuits go thro...

Giancarlo Zema Design Group unveils plans for Qatar resort

The design for a semi-submerged resort in Qatar includes luxury hotels, office buildings, and access to an activity zone in a marine park. Renderings courtesy Giancarlo Zema Design Group

Resort Design | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The resort will have four semi-submerged hotels that look similar to super-yachts,...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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Building tech breakthrough: Vacuum insulated panels keep University of Alaska students cozy in sub-zero temps

Students cozy up to the windows for the first time, thanks to innovations in curtain wall technology that allows for high-performance insulation. Images: Perkins+Will

Glass and Glazing | March 15, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Carsten Stinn and Devin Kleiner

In a first-of-its-kind curtain wall installation, triple-pane VIP glass panels provide an astonishing R-40 insulation...

Dubai Announces Construction of Aladdin City

A scene from a sci-fi movie? No, these are the official renderings of the planned Aladdin City in Dubai. Renderings courtesy Dubai Media Office

Mixed-Use | March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Planned on 4,000 acres in the Dubai Creek area, the ...

Construction materials prices rise for first time in six months

"This rise is the first monthly gain since April 2014 and the eighth consecutive month in which petroleum prices were down on a year-over-year basis." said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Tosirog via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | March 13, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The largest monthly gain in petroleum prices in over three years caused construction materials prices to expand 0.4%...

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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Huddleston Hall on the UNH campus.

Huddleston Hall on the UNH campus. Photo: Viega

Plumbing | March 13, 2015 | Viega

One of the oldest buildings on the University of New Hampshire (UNH) campus, Huddleston Hall is a multipurpose facili...

New Orleans' Tricentennial Tower design features gondola ride

Tricentennial Tower is expected to open in time for the New Orleans' 300th anniversary celebration, in 2018. Renderings courtesy US Thrill Rides

Cultural Facilities | March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tricentennial Tower will take visitors on a 300-year journey through the city's history before landing them at the to...

Developers confirm Renzo Piano’s contribution in Sydney harbor overhaul

Based on information from an animated preview of the master plan, Renzo Piano's residential towers are the second and third ones from the left.

High-rise Construction | March 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If the entire development is approved, One Sydney Harbour will be Piano’s second project in Australia.

Foster and Partners design The One in Toronto

Developer Sam Mizrahi unveiled plans for a new skyscraper in Toronto called The One. Renderings courtesy of Foster and Partners.

High-rise Construction | March 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Developer Sam Mizrahi worked with Foster and Partners and Core Architects to design Toronto's tallest skyscraper asid...

Construction Demand Exploding in 2015, But Costs Complicate Recovery

While the overall market is recovering, it’s not an even recovery, says JLL. 

Contractors | March 12, 2015 | JLL

Raw materials and labor costs temper expectations for soaring profits.

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.

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...

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