NCARB survey indicates continued growth of U.S. architects

Cincinnati's skyline. Photo: Robert S. Donovan/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 20, 2016 | NCARB

The number of U.S. architects surpassed 110,000 in 2015, a 2% increase from the previous year.

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The Green Building Initiative’s Consensus Body has released for public comment a revision to GBI’s American National...

Architecture Billings Index dips slightly in August

Construction on the World Trade Center PATH station in August 2015. Photo: Anthony Quintano/Creative Commons

Architects | September 23, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. This s...

Adjaye Associates' Ruby City is scheduled to open in 2018. Renderings courtesy Linda Pace Foundation

Museums | September 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

San Antonio's Ruby City will hold 800 works of art in 10,000 sf of exhibition space.

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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Sovereign territory ruling allows for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's $500 million casino

First Light Resort & Casino. Renderings courtesy Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and JCJ Architecture

Casinos | September 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Massachusetts-based tribe has plans for a 150,000-sf casino and 600-room hotel, along with a waterpark and event...

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, Ontario, Canada ALPOLIC®/fr Custom Prismatic SEP Blue Finish.

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, Ontario, Canada ALPOLIC®/fr Custom Prismatic SEP Blue Finish.

Metals | September 22, 2015 | ALPOLIC

It’s said that Ryerson University can be found at the intersection of Mind and Action. Ryerson’s new Student Learning...

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5 reasons healthcare organizations are implementing finish standards on construction projects

LSU's Graduate Medical Education & Innovation Center in Baton Rouge, La. Photo courtesy VOA Blog.

Healthcare Facilities | September 21, 2015 | VOA Blog | Lauren Andrysiak, NCIDQ, IIDA

The desire for improved patient satisfaction, staff retention, and turn-key maintenance are among the top reasons mor...

Tokyo Olympic Stadium saga ends for Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid's original concept for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Sports and Recreational Facilities | September 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

After resubmitting a bid, the firm will not design the main venue for the 2020 Olympics after all.

Vietnamese university to turn campus into ‘terraced forest’

Renderings courtesy Vo Trong Nghia Architects

University Buildings | September 21, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Pockets of plantings will be dispersed throughout the staggered floors of the building, framing the expansive courtya...

6 lessons in campus planning

Photo:  David Nicholas/Creative Commons (via GenslerOn)

University Buildings | September 21, 2015 | GenslerOn | Pamela Delphenich, FAIA

For campus planning, focus typically falls on repairing the bricks and mortar without consideration of program priori...

Ma Yansong and Jeanne Gang revise Chicago lakefront Lucas Museum

Critics have likened the building design to "Star Wars" character Jabba the Hutt. Renderings courtesy MAD

Museums | September 21, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

New renderings of the proposed Lucas Museum show a scaled-down building on more green space.

Attendees at the Continuum of Learning Symposium, held at Drew Charter School. Photo courtesy Perkins + Will

Designers | September 21, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Ken Higa

Companies need entrepreneurial and creative workers that possess critical thinking skills that allow them to function...

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2014 construction deaths up 6% from 2013

Photo: Tomas Castelazo/Wikimedia Commons

Standards | September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Highest number of fatalities since 2008

Clemson University's Lee III Hall is a zero net-energy building. Photo: Nicobro1/Wikimedia Commons

Green Specifications | September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides guidelines for measurement and implementation

Bill aims to harmonize policy regarding federal, state marijuana laws

Marijuana grow house. Photo: Coleen Whitfield/Creative Commons

Legislation | September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would provide protection from federal prosecution for property owners

The RELi standard helps planners design buildings that can better withstand shocks such as droughts. Photo: CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Based on LEED model, may help lower insurance rates

 

First look: Diller Scofidio + Renfro's The Broad museum in Los Angeles

The Broad's lobby, with interior veil and entrance into the vault. Images courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro and The Broad

Museums | September 17, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

LA's newest art museum combines gallery space and collection storage based around two design concepts: the veil and t...

Wood | September 17, 2015 | Karyn Beebe |

Architect Greg Mella and APA’s Karyn Beebe have a frank and far-reaching discussion about the tangibles and intangibl...

CONVENTION CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Gensler, AECOM, Turner top rankings of nation's largest convention/events sector AEC firms

Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Giants 300 | September 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest convention/events sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 20...

AIRPORT SECTOR GIANTS: KPF, Hensel Phelps, Jacobs top rankings of nation's largest airport terminal sector AEC firms

Terminal B, Logan International Airport, Boston. Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

Giants 300 | September 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest airport terminal sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 201...

Kengo Kuma proposes ‘carved tower’ for downtown Vancouver

The shapely tower is planned for a site in downtown Vancouver's West End. A moss garden at it's base will be a public amenity. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma/Westbank Projects Corporation

Multifamily Housing | September 16, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 40-story residential tower, to be built in downtown Vancouver’s West End neighborhood, will have 188 residential...

Quarter-acre of land is enough space for an upscale Chicago apartment complex

LG Construction + Development proposed a 15-story apartment building in Chicago's Printers' Row. Renderings courtesy LG Construction + Development (via Curbed Chicago).

Multifamily Housing | September 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The building will hold 90 micro apartments, 40 pre-furnished extended-stay hotel rooms, and a small retail space on t...

4 ways commissioning (Cx) could have prevented the NFL Deflategate scandal

Image courtesy CannonDesign

Engineers | September 16, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Brett Farbstein, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, CBCP, EBCP, CDT

Properly inspecting footballs is not unlike commissioning protocol, writes CannonDesign's Brett Farbstein.

Norman Foster proposes Droneports as way to ship goods across Africa

Droneport renderings courstey Foster + Partners (via World Architecture Community)

BIM and Information Technology | September 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The structures would store cargo-shipping drones and serve as community centers.

VIDEO: See how Wiss, Janney, Elstner engineers use drones to perform building inspections

New YouTube video shows how drones can be used for building facade inspections. Screenshot courtesy WJE

BIM and Information Technology | September 16, 2015 | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

"We believe that drone usage will enable building owners to assess problems quicker and with less risk to the general...

Grimshaw and Arup unveil proposal for London high-speed train station

The southern entrance of the proposal for Euston Station. Renderings courtesy Arup

Transit Facilities | September 15, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Renderings that have been released show a glazed façade and a new entrance that will create a “light and airy destina...

HOTEL SECTOR GIANTS: Gensler, AECOM, Turner among nation's largest hotel sector AEC firms

Washington (D.C.) Marriott Marquis. Photo courtesy Cooper Carry

Giants 300 | September 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest hotel sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 30...

Construction on BD Bacatá, Columbia's tallest structure, began in 2013. Photo: Pedro Felipe/Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | September 15, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The world’s first crowdfunded skyscraper is near completion in Colombia.

The color library enables architects to gain an accurate project snapshot, complete with coatings.

Coatings | September 14, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Valspar's Fluropon material library for ...

Apple Pencil, technology, Architects

Apple promises unprecedented precision for its new stylus. Photo courtesy Apple

BIM and Information Technology | September 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A stylus, split screen, and improved graphics make designing on the tablet easier.

Gehry unveils plan for Children's Institute, Inc. campus in LA

Model of the Children's Institute Watts Campus, designed by Frank Gehry. Images courtesy Gehry Partners

Education Facility | September 14, 2015 | Children's Institute, Inc.

The new facility, which will have rooms for counseling, afterschool activities, and youth programs, will allow CII to...

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