Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

Game Changers | February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a prefab high-rise in China to a breakthrough research lab in the Midwest.

read more

An open-air plaza inside AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami has been converted into a solar pavilion that makes the space more usable for revenue-generating functions. Courtesy NRG Energy and The Heat Group. 

Sports and Recreational Facilities | January 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

NRG Energy teams with Miami Heat to transform an underused open-air plaza and reinforce the facility’s green reputati...

Creating flow in a multi-level workspace

All images courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | January 06, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Sarah Stanford

Successful workplaces enable a clear progression of ideas and people, which can be challenging for workplaces that oc...

All-encompassing farming kit can provide communities with a sustainable food supply

Photo: Farm from a Box.

Great Solutions | January 06, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Several manufacturers partnered with the group Farm from a Box to develop an off-the-grid farming solution for commun...

Majority of AEC firms saw growth in 2015, remain optimistic for 2016

Courtesy Pixabay

Market Data | January 05, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

By all indications, 2015 was another solid year for U.S. architecture, engineering, and construction firms.

Potential vs. credential: How men and women differ in career progress

Courtesy Pixabay

Architects | January 05, 2016 | David Barista | David Barista, Editorial Director

Recent research suggests that women face yet another career impediment: the confidence gap.

The latter months of 2015 showed signs that construction spending's momentum had leveled off. Courtesy of Pixabay

Market Data | January 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Only 4 of 16 subsectors showed gains

Toronto’s newest hospital employs 10 robots for moving food, supplies, and equipment

Photo courtesy Humber River Hospital

Great Solutions | January 04, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 1.8 million-sf Humber River Hospital is loaded with high-tech gadgets. Its coolest innovation is the use of autom...

Top high-rise innovations of 2015

Bosco Verticale was named CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide. Photo: Luca Nebuloni via Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

A crowdfunded skyscraper in Colombia and Jerusalem’s wild, pyramid-shaped tower are among the landmark projects featu...

Top tall building predictions for 2016

At 314 meters, the pixilated MahaNakhon tower, designed by Buro Ole Scheeren, will be the tallest building in Bangkok and Thailand. Rendering courtesy Buro Ole Scheeren

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Jetpack-based firefighting, pixelated towers, and high-rise rentals are among the innovations and themes coming to th...

San Diego's skyline is being transformed by new office, hotel, and residential building projects. Photo courtesy Pixabay

Urban Planning | January 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The city's emission-reduction plan could drive influx into downtown

Snoozebox’s portable hotel rooms make outside events more livable

Photos courtesy Snoozebox

Great Solutions | January 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Since 2011, the London-based company has thrived by creating portable hotels that are set up for the duration of open...

Exploring the changing landscape of public art

Photo courtesy Sasaki Associates

Art Galleries | January 04, 2016 | Sasaki Ideas | Philip Barash and Nina Chase, Sasaki Associates

Sasaki's Philip Barash and Nina Chase explore the changing landscape of public art in the face of major cultural shif...

Amid high-rise office building boom, Boston grapples with corporate signage rules

Photo: Roger/Creative Commons.

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City has few skyscrapers adorned with lit company names, logos.

 

Denver broadens its use of design reviews as construction booms

Photo: Jeramey Jannene/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Support strong, but some wary of giving more say to review boards.

 

Florida lagging on development of green roofs

Photo: pnwra/Creative Commons.

Green | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Florida lagging on development of green roofs.

Concerns over new wood-frame, mid-rise residential building construction in Charlotte

Photo: Charlie Reece/Creative Commons.

Wood | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cheaper construction material may increase risk for firefighters.

U.S. generates enough wind power for 19 million homes

Photo: Timothy Tolle/Creative Commons.

Energy | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Congress extends wind power tax credits.

 

Federal appropriations bill will boost construction activity in 2016

Photo: Jeremy Segrott/Creative Commons.

Government Buildings | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

$1.1 trillion spending package includes tripling of GSA’s construction budget.

Energy Dept. announces historic new commercial air conditioner and furnace standards

Photo: heather_mcnabb/Creative Commons.

HVAC | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Businesses will save $167 billion over life of products.

 

Wood materials aid in patient recovery in healthcare environments

Photo: Dan/Creative Commons.

Healthcare Facilities | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Report says patient recovery times, pain perception, stress levels improve where natural materials are present.

...
“Tree-covered mountains” planned for urban Shanghai

Rendering: Heatherwick Studio (via ArchDaily)

Mixed-Use | December 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Heatherwick Studio unveiled a 300,000-sm mixed-use project in the Chinese city’s main arts district.

Kengo Kuma selected to design National Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Rendering via Japan Sports Council (via Dezeen).

Sports and Recreational Facilities | December 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Japan chose between projects from Japanese architects Kuma and Toyo Ito. The decision has been met with claims of fav...

Hospitality sustainability measurement tool will be an industry game-changer

Hyatt Centric South Beach. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons.

Sustainability | December 23, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Dina Belon

The Hotel Sustainability Measurement Tool will allow hoteliers to compare energy and water use as well as their carbo...

How engineers help developers meet green building objectives

The Asymmetric Warfare Group Training Complex, Fort A.P. Hill, Va., where Mason & Hanger (architect, SE) deployed ground-source heat pump systems. On the Building Team: GET Solutions (geothermal engineer), R. Ward & Associates (functional range planning), and Precision Measurements (topographic/utility survey). Photo: Skyshots/Courtesy Mason & Hanger.

 

Greenbuild Report | December 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Engineers say AEC teams need to be on the same page to help clients realize goals that often boil down to minimizing...

International Code Council approves updates based on NIST study of Joplin, Mo. tornado

Joplin, Mo., in 2011. Photo: twi$tbarbie/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to schools and other high occupancy buildings.

Austin, Texas mandates construction recycling

Photo: C Foulger/Creative Commons.

Green | December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Projects larger than 5,000 sf must recycle or salvage at least half of their trash.

 

Student housing developer broadens its reach into multifamily

At 658 feet, The Independent will be the tallest building in Austin, Texas.

Multifamily Housing | December 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Aspen Heights Partners evaluates seven metros for its initial projects.

Meet the world’s next great construction superpower

Photo: Wili Hybrid via Wikimedia Commons 

Industry Research | December 23, 2015 | David Barista |

There’s a new world construction hotbed coming down the pike (more specifically, the Mumbai Nashik Expressway), and i...

Image: © Wendy Andrew-Doele

Image: © Wendy Andrew-Doele

Office Building Design | December 23, 2015 | GenslerOn | Johnathan Sandler

Gensler's Johnathan Sandler discusses efficient alternatives to dull, wasteful workplace meetings. 

Overlay Init