Sagrada Familia, Designed by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona, Spain. Photo: SBA73, Wikimedia Creative Commons.

Architects | September 26, 2016 | AIA

A new travel program offers design enthusiast travelers 10 global destinations.

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Clear fire-rated glazing transfers daylight

Curtain Wall | March 24, 2016 | Technical Glass Products

Visual connectivity between workspaces and natural light, both to be created without sacrificing safety, were focal p...

Beef up the glazing to meet today’s tough codes [AIA course]

The Leo F. Cain University Library Addition at California State University Dominguez Hills. The dramatic glass façade harvests natural light from the north, while controlling glare and solar heat gain. Photo: Costea Photography, courtesy Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.

Glass and Glazing | March 23, 2016 | C.C. Sullivan and Alex Abarbanel-Grossman, Contributing Editors

The picture is clear: Building with glass now requires more careful strategizing and product choice. To earn 1.0 AIA...

Downloaded by thousands: This popular report addresses the inherited costs of the design-bid-build process, as related to the often mission-critical stage of steel joist and deck design. 

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APA updates Engineered Wood Construction Guide

Photo: Phil Nicholls/Creative Commons.

Wood | March 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides recommendations on engineered wood construction systems.

AIA: Modest expansion for Architecture Billings Index

Construction in New Russia, Ohio. Photo: Edsel Little/Creative Commons.

Market Data | March 23, 2016 | AIA

Business conditions softening most in Midwest in recent months.

 

Affordable housing advocates differ on micro-apartment policy

Photo: designmilk/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | March 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York’s luxury micro units could be first step to developing affordable units.

 

ACCO Engineered Systems technicians installed 200,000 linear feet of PEX tubing for the radiant cooling system at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The system uses water from San Francisco Bay for both cooling and heating. Other Building Team firms on the LEED Gold project: EHDD (architect), Integral Group (MEP), and Nibbi Brothers (GC). Image courtesy Uponor.

Building Tech | March 21, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

BD+C consulted technical experts on what to look for in radiant cooling. To earn 1.0 AIA CES HSW learning units, stud...

PAB Architects designs marketplace to centralize Senegal street vending

Images courtesy PAB Architects. Click images for larger view.

Cultural Facilities | March 21, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The Senegal City Market project consists of groups of store modules and is expected to expand to 13 cities.

Work or play? Caio De Azevedo, a Project Engineer with McCarthy Building Companies, tests the Oculus Rift as part of a comparison to determine which current virtual reality option is the best fit for clients, partners, and the Building Team.  Photo: McCarthy Building COS.

BIM and Information Technology | March 21, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Faster conversion times and higher-quality graphics are enabling VR to make the jump from novelty to necessity in the...

GRESB launches Health and Well-being Module for real estate industry

Photo: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | March 21, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Optional supplement to environmental, social, and governance assessment.

 

A sculpture by the Italian artist Giovanni Balderi stands in front of a travertine curtainwall in the lobby of 601 Massachusetts Avenue, a mixed-use building in Washington, D.C., designed by Duda|Paine Architects, which encourages clients to consider the inclusion of art in their new buildings. Image: Courtesy Duda|Paine

Architects | March 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Turan Duda says clients are receptive, but the art must still be integral to the building’s overall vision.

The 1975 novel was first published when the Barbican Centre towers were being built in London. Photo: Riodamascus, Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | March 18, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The story, which was originally thought to be a critique of London’s city planning, takes place in a high-rise divide...

Chicago museum opens LEGO architecture model exhibit

All photos: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Click each image to enlarge

Building Tech | March 18, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Structures like Fallingwater and the Burj Khalifa can be seen at Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and...

All renderings courtesy Populous. Click photos to enlarge.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 18, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The plan, led by Populous, includes a 714,000-sf arena and a 30-acre mixed-use development.

 

Drone use isn’t just a curiosity anymore AEC

A Stantec technical expert launches the firm’s fixed-wing drone. Lightweight fixed-wing and quadcopter UAVs are becoming important tools for AEC firms. Photo courtesy Stantec. Click images to enlarge.

Drones | March 18, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UAVs, now mounted with higher-quality image-capture cameras and software, offer crisp building and site inspections....

ASHRAE funds efficiency projects including aerial vehicle for energy audits

Photo: P199/Wikimedia Commons.

HVAC | March 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Undergraduates at 24 universities awarded grants.

 

Anbang Insurance Group's $13.2 billion bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts trumps a merger offer from Marriott International for Starwood last fall. Image: Pixabay

Hotel Facilities | March 18, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hotel giant prefers higher, all-cash bid from China’s Anbang

Managing risks with laser scanning gives AEC firms an edge

A new report estimates that the global terrestrial 3D laser scanning market will grow by 16.5% annually and reach $4.9 billion by 2020. Despite factors such as high cost and pokey data processing, more AEC firms are at least considering laser scanning to minimize project risk. Image courtesy Stantec.

AEC Tech | March 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The more that clients demand the service, the easier it is to justify the cost of laser scanning equipment and softwa...

New York City releases Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles

Photo: Peter Burka/Creative Commons.

Sustainability | March 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Addresses sustainability, resiliency, healthy living.

 

The power of analytics in creating better in-store experiences and added value for retailers

CallisonRTKL's vision of the Mall of the Future. Larger view here; interactive website here. All images courtesy CallisonRTKL.

Retail Centers | March 16, 2016 | CallisonRTKL blog |

As shopping center owners and operators look to use technology in innovative ways to support their brick-and-mortar t...

The fire station in Allen, Texas, which opened in 2012, is a prime example of Pro Forma's expertise in designing municipal buildings. Image: Courtesy of PGAL

Architects | March 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The merger adds a firm that has specialized in municipal projects.

The Mall of the Future will be a combination community center and gathering place. It will be technology rich, be attached or near living and working spaces, and will provide variety to lure customers for frequent visits. Image: CallisonRTKL's “Mall of the Future” report

Retail Centers | March 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

CallisonRTKL foresees future retail centers as hubs with live/work/play components. 

Nevada utility regulations hampering growth of solar energy

Photo: Jason Mrachina/Creative Commons

Energy | March 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Conflict between energy-hungry casinos and utilities highlights challenges of burgeoning solar electricity generation...

Rendering Courtesy of Google

Office Building Design | March 16, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The original canopy design scheme is still in place, but the plans now call for it to be opaque.

OMA’s first UAE project transforms warehouses into multi-purpose art district venue

Renderings courtesy OMA

Cultural Facilities | March 15, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Moveable walls will provide different spatial configurations for events and gatherings, and large glass doors will bl...

Behnisch Architekten designs Harvard’s proposed Science and Engineering Complex

The proposed Science and Engineering Complex, located on Harvard University’s Allston campus, integrates one of the country’s most diverse and exciting engineering programs into a 497,000-sf structure. Renderings courtesy Harvard/Behnisch Architekten. Click here for larger image

University Buildings | March 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The 497,000-sf building will be the home of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Bjarke Ingels, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw all winners in Expo 2020 pavilion design competition

Mobility Pavilion, designed by Foster+Partners. All renderings courtesy Expo 2020 and BIG, Foster+Partners, and Grimshaw

Events Facilities | March 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BIG designed the Opportunity Pavilion, Foster+Partners submitted the winning Mobility Pavilion, and Grimshaw created...

Photo Credit: Francois Schnell, Flickr Creative Commons

AEC Tech | March 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Making things like augmented reality, precise measurements of indoor spaces, and indoor wayfinding possible, Google’s...

ILFI launches Biophilic Design Initiative

Photo: Lex McKee/Creative Commons

Green | March 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to transfer biophilic design theory to real-world applications.

Washington Redskins tease new stadium model designed by Bjarke Ingels

Photo via Washington Redskins

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The location isn't yet determined, but the new stadium will have a moat for kayaking.

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