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Hamilton Elementary School in Moline, Ill., features a range of interactive learning spaces designed to encourage critical thinking and collaboration, including an “imaginarium,” discovery lab, and learning stair (pictured). On the Building Team: Legat Architects (design architect), KJWW Engineering (SE), Amsco Engineering (MEP), McClure Engineering (CE), MVP Services Group (kitchen design), and Russell Construction (CM). Photo: AJ Brown Imaging

2016 Giants Report | July 25, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler surpasses $1.1 billion in revenue, topping Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest architecture firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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Pulse, in Orlando, Fla., where a terrorist attack killed 49 patrons. Could better design and engineering—like more exit doors—have mitigated the carnage? Image: EuroNews via Google 

Security and Life Safety | June 15, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic examines the limits...

Jerry Yudelson, author of "Reinventing Green Building."

Movers+Shapers | June 15, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The author and former president of the Green Building Initiative is critical of current green building rating systems...

Rendering courtesy C.F. Møller

Urban Planning | June 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The development acts as a transition area between a traditional urban landscape and parklands.

Outfront Media, Gensler, and MAK's Sunset Strip Spectacular billboard concept. Click here to enlarge.

Retail Centers | June 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The concepts are curvy, sleek, and multidimensional, and feature sharp digital displays.

Photo: Vimeo

3D Printing | June 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 3D concrete printing industry is expected to more than double in size within the next five years.

Transwestern: Market fundamentals and global stimulus driving economic growth

Robots producing a Tesla electric vehicle. Transwestern's latest report found that robot usage is becoming more prevalent and that auto sales are continuing at a record pace. Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Creative Commons

Market Data | June 14, 2016 | Transwestern

A new report from commercial real estate firm Transwestern indicates steady progress for the U.S. economy. Consistent...

VERTICAL INTEGRATOR: How Brooklyn’s Alloy LLC evolved from an architecture firm into a full-fledged development company

Jared Della Valle, President of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Alloy LLC

Movers+Shapers | June 14, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Led by an ambitious President and a CEO with deep pockets, Alloy LLC's six entities control the entire development pr...

Autodesk and Trimble will share APIs to improve develop products that improve user workflow

Autodesk headquarters in San Rafael, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.

BIM and Information Technology | June 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data and document management is likely to benefit the soonest. 

Images courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | June 14, 2016 | HDR BLiNK | Lynn Mignola

Recent design trends favor extroverts who enjoy collaboration. HDR's Lynn Mignola says that designers need to accommo...

San Francisco voters approve tougher affordability requirement on new housing development

San Francisco. Photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | June 14, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics charge that the measure may backfire and actually reduce new affordable units.

 

Drexel's Korman Center. Renderings courtesy Gluckman Tang Architects. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | June 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A large screen sets a living room vibe for the Philadelphia academic building. Plans call for 9,000 sf of common spac...

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Norfolk Transit Center, Norfolk, Virginia. ALPOLIC®/PE in SMX Silver Metallic Finish. Photographed by Chris Cunningham Photography.

Transit Facilities | June 13, 2016 | ALPOLIC

Whether building architecture or catching a bus, everyone’s happy when things run right on schedule.

High-rise Construction | June 13, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

Made of glass, concrete, and steel, the 56-story tower has been dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" because of its curving li...

Photo: Pixabay

Building Team | June 13, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Inaugural 2.5-day event will convene 125+ leading AEC women in Dana Point, Calif., November 9-11, for professional de...

Room painted with the Intrepid palette. Photos courtesy Sherwin-Williams. Click here to enlarge. 

Coatings | June 13, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The four palettes—Noir, Holistic, Intrepid, and Unbounded—were developed by a team of design and color experts.

The Millennial workforce is growing fast. An estimated 10,000 people turn 21 every day.

Movers+Shapers | June 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms, particularly those that design hotels and offices, gain a competitive edge by knowing how to appeal to the...

Rand Hall, a three-story student center and dining area at the center of the Vanderbilt University campus. Photo: Bob Schatz. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | June 13, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Virtual learning rooms, gaming stations, and self-check-out kiosks are among the perks—and necessities—that have all...

All images and videos courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

BIM and Information Technology | June 13, 2016 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Stephen Conschafter

Tech firms are creating a highly-detailed virtual planet available instantly for those who would like to scrutinize i...

American Concrete Institute releases new Guide to Shotcrete

Shotcrete. Photo: Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia Commons.

Concrete | June 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contibuting Editor

Includes information on application procedures, testing.

 

The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute in Los Angeles expects to consume 51% less energy and produce 1.25 times the energy it uses, thanks to a $15.5 million retrofit. Image courtesy of NZP ETI.

Energy Efficiency | June 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The goal of the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute is for this structure to become a model for emergency ope...

Carlos Arnaiz Architects (CAZA) has designed four different types of stations for Cebu, Philippines' first bus rapid transit system. Image courtesy of CAZA

Transit Facilities | June 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New York-based CAZA designed the modular bus stops with the city’s extreme weather conditions in mind.

URBAN EVANGELIST: Bruce Katz sees America humming again, city by city

Bruce Katz, the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, travels the globe espousing the virtues of cities as economic engines.

Movers+Shapers | June 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Katz, best known as Co-director of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy program, believes that cities are...

Buildings that invest in wellbeing see healthy returns

Nixon Peabody in Washington, D.C. All images courtesy Perkins+Will. 

Office Building Design | June 10, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Janine Grossmann

Healthy workers are more productive workers, but fitness can be tough when employees at the office for 50 hours a wee...

Misuse of USB ports is one of the major health technology hazards of 2016. Photo: Aidan C. Siegel/Wikimedia Commons.

Healthcare Facilities | June 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ECRI Institute’s annual list includes operational and workflow issues.

 

Form4 designs curved roofs for Stanford tech park

Innovation Curve Technology Park in Palo Alto, Calif. Renderings courtesy Form4 Architecture. Click here to enlarge.

Office Building Design | June 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Fabricated of painted recycled aluminum, the wavy roofs at the Innovation Curve campus will symbolize the R&D pro...

Rendering courtesy Studio Octopi

Sports and Recreational Facilities | June 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The addition of a pool to the Yarra may help improve people’s perception of the river and act as the impetus to an in...

Images courtesy SRG

University Buildings | June 09, 2016 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Kent Duffy, FAIA

Bringing people together remains the main objective when designing academic projects. SRG Design Principal Kent Duffy...

Rendering courtesy Triptyque Architecture via Inhabitat

Urban Planning | June 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The garden would filter as much as 20% of CO2 emissions while also providing a place for cultural events a...

Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation

Movers+Shapers | June 09, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Rockefeller Foundation has long helped municipalities and businesses respond to manmade and natural disasters. Si...

Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Photo: Prakash Patel, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Green | June 09, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The education building generated 83% more energy than it consumed over the last year en route to earning Living Build...

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