Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 29, 2015 | David Barista

Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people moving, interacting, huddling, collaborating—all in the name of innovation.

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May 19, 2014 | BD+C staff

The improved economy has boosted construction starts, but a shortage of experienced trade workers has led to more on-...

Photo: New York National Guard via Wikimedia Commons
May 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Massive storm surge barriers would be too costly for the potential benefit to protect New York City from violent stor...

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May 16, 2014 | USGBC

The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will offer 14 grants to developers of affordable housing in North Am...

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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Neville Willsmore (left) and Thomas Christian have joined Harley Ellis Devereaux
May 16, 2014 | Harley Ellis Devereaux

Neville Willsmore, Thomas Christian join leadership team for Harley Ellis Devereaux.

May 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Ito and other Japanese architects cite excessive costs, massive size, and the project's potentially negative impact o...

May 16, 2014 | Carl Bass, Autodesk President and CEO

The design of the printer, as well as Autodesk's new Spark 3D printing software, will be open and publicly available...

 
May 15, 2014 | Julie S. Higginbotham, Senior Editor

Color-shifting finishes, dry-erase surfaces, and stain-blocking paints are highlighted in this round up of new offeri...

May 15, 2014 | U.S. Census Bureau

Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to new a ...

Part of the World Trade Centers original foundation, this wall was built to kee
May 15, 2014 | 9/11 Memorial Museum and BD+C Staff

The 110,000-sf museum is filled with monumental artifacts from the tragedy and exhibits that honor the lives of every...

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is adapting the concrete th
May 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

At $94 a square foot and "virtually indestructible," some school districts in Utah are opting to build concrete dome...

May 14, 2014 | UC Berkeley

People working in buildings certified under LEED’s green building standard appear no more satisfied with their workpl...

Designed by Boeri Studio and developed by Hines, a vertical forest in Milan will
May 14, 2014 | Arup

Some 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 floral plants have been planted on the terraces of Bosco Verticale, a new hi...

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May 14, 2014 | Gilbane

Construction spending for 2014 should finish 6.6% higher than in 2013, with nonresidential work contributing substant...

The contractor implemented advanced prefabrication measures on the 360-bed Exemp
May 14, 2014 | Mortenson Construction

Value-based cost-benefit analysis of prefab approaches on the firm's 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project sh...

The $1.5 billion project is the initial seed of urban development in the area. I
May 13, 2014 | Nadel Architects

In addition to five major sports venues, the Dalian Sports Center includes a 30-story, 440-room, 5-star Kempinski ful...

Ron Knowles, PE, will move from President to Chairman/CEO of the firm.
May 13, 2014 | J. Vinton Schafer & Sons

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May 13, 2014 | Foulger-Pratt Contracting

Foulger-Pratt Contracting, Rockville, Md., has promoted Kevin MacClary to VP.

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University will begi
May 13, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The facility will have two entrances—one facing the city of Richmond, Va., the other toward VCU's campus—to serve as...

May 13, 2014 | C.W. Driver

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Photo: NYU campus, courtesy Plaza Construction
May 13, 2014 | China Construction America

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The University of WisconsinMadison teamed up with the Morgridge Institute for R
May 13, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor
After Moody’s and other credit ratings agencies tightened their standards a few years ago, universities had to beco...
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May 13, 2014 | AIA

The industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, have issued a joint s...

Renderings: courtesy the Department of Canadian Heritage
May 13, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A design team featuring Daniel Libeskind and Gail Dexter-Lord has won a competition with its design for the Canadian...

The Bardessono resort in Yountville, Calif., tops TripAdvisor's list of highly r
May 13, 2014 | TripAdvisor

The ARIA Sky Suites in Las Vegas and the Lenox Hotel in Boston are among the 10 most popular hotels (according to use...

28th Street Apartments, Los Angeles; Koning Eizenberg Architects. Photo:  Eric
May 12, 2014 | AIA

The winners include two dramatic conversions of historic YMCA buildings into modern, affordable multifamily complexes...

In the fall of 2013, architects produced a conceptual and schematic design for t
May 12, 2014 | Link Ministries

On the five-acre site of a former cotton gin, the High Cotton program provides temporary shelter for Lubbock's homele...

May 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 survey forms are due Wednesday, May 21. Survey results will be published in our July 2014 issu...

The Edith ODonnell Arts and Technology Building, known as ATEC, at the Universi
May 11, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Top administrators from five major universities describe how they are optimizing value on capital expenditures, finan...

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