Anorexic skyscrapers keep popping up in Manhattan

The ODA Architecture-designed tower at 303-305 E. 44th Street in New York City will be only 47 feet wide. Rendering courtesy ODA

High-rise Construction | November 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One project slated to begin construction next spring is designed to be only 47 feet wide.

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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

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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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...

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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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.

Goettsch Partners unveils plans for dual office towers in Warsaw

Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

Office Building Design | March 05, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The Mennica Legacy Tower development is divided into a 35-story tower located on the south east side of the site and...

Chicago's 7 most endangered properties

The Illinois Institute of Technology's Main Building is among the city buildings at the highest risk of being lost to demolition or decay, according to the group Preservation Chicago. All photos provided by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago

Reconstruction & Renovation | March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Preservation Chicago released its annual list of historic buildings that are at risk of being demolished or falling i...

Hotel construction pipeline reaches six-year high

The number of units under construction is up 37% by projects and 34% by rooms, according to Lodging Econometrics. Photo: Abdul-Jawad Elhusuni via Wikimedia Commons

Hotel Facilities | March 04, 2015 | Lodging Econometrics

After a three-year bottoming formation, the pipeline for hotel construction has posted five consecutive quarters of d...

OMA’s CCTV building needed a wi-fi retrofit, Rem Koolhaas, Forbes

According to Huawei, the building's layout contributed to the many blind spots for wireless Internet access. Photo courtesy Scott Meltzer/Wikimedia Commons

BIM and Information Technology | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

It took a year-long retrofit to get WiFi transmission issues solved at China's iconic skyscraper.

5+design looks to mountains for Chinese transport hub design

The slopes will minimze interference of the surrounding buildings from getting sunlight. Renderings courtesy 5+design

Transit Facilities | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The complex, Diamond Hill, will feature sloping rooflines and a mountain-like silhouette inspired by traditional Chin...

Must see: Egypt planning 656-foot pyramid skyscraper in Cairo

Renderings courtesy of Egypt's Ministry of Housing.

High-rise Construction | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Zayed Crystal Spark Tower will stand 200 meters tall and will be just a short distance from the pyramids of Giza. ...

DOE launches crowdsourcing website for technology innovators

Some ideas that have been submitted so far include: modular building facades, improving air tightness in envelopes, and scalable mixed waste to energy conversion technology. Infographic: DOE

Energy Efficiency | March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched a new crowdsourcing website called the Buildings Crowdsoucing Community to...

10 kitchen and bath design trends for 2015, NKBA

Bright, light, and simple spaces with accessibility in mind will be in demand this year. Photo courtesy NKBA

Multifamily Housing | March 03, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

From kitchens made for pet lovers to floating vanities, the nation's top kitchen and bath designers identify what's h...

Fulton Center Transit Hub Relies on Matched Fire-Rated and Non-Fire-Rated Curtain Wall Systems from TGP for a Light-flooded Space
March 03, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Fire-rated curtain wall systems filled this subterranean hub with natural light.

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Gaudi's Sagrada Familia to be completed in 2026

Image via Wikipedia

Religious Facilities | March 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Architect Jordi Fauli has taken over responsibilities for finishing Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece. Fauli is confident hi...

Former DuPont lab to be converted into business incubator near U Penn campus

The three-story, 58,000-sf Pennovation Center, as it’s being called, will be at the heart of Pennovation Works, a blend of offices, labs, and production spaces situated within 23 acres along the Schuykill River and adjacent to the university’s main campus in Philadelphia. Renderings courtesy HWKN 

Office Building Design | March 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new Pennovation Center will provide collaborative and research spaces for educators, scientists, students, and th...

Vienna's 25-story wood skyscraper

The project team expects to start construction next year. Renderings courtesy Rüdiger Lainer + Partner

High-rise Construction | March 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Architects from Rüdiger Lainer + Partner are working with developer Kerbler Holding GmbH on a 276-foot-tall building...

Modular construction brings affordable housing to many New Yorkers

Lower Manhattan viewed from Brooklyn. Photo: Vik Waters/Wikimedia Commons

Modular Building | March 03, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

After city officials waived certain zoning and density regulations, modular microunits smaller than 400 square feet a...

The Great Debate: Is 3D PDF really BIM?
BIM and Information Technology | March 03, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

You can pull apart buildings, cut through floors, and view simulated animation for assembly instructions all within a...

The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2015 | David Barista |

As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los A...

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