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. Renderings 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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The “new” Gaillard Center gets a standing ovation for its exterior cladding

In synch with Charleston's heralded architectural history, the new cladding was made to aesthetically resemble stucco, a material that has been used in the city since the 19th century.

Cladding and Facade Systems | October 27, 2015 | Thermocromex

The “new construction” surrounds three sides of the original building, offering both a classic public structure and e...

Photo: Anthony Quintano/Creative Commons.

High-rise Construction | October 26, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

CTBUH reports that luxury residential construction, slenderness aspect ratios, and construction in "fringe" areas hav...

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BIM and Information Technology | October 26, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Everyday users can simplify large amounts of data and sift through it interactively.

Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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Chicago suburb considers bird collision deterrent requirement on all new buildings

Highland Park, Ill., wants buildings have a bird “threat factor” of 15 or less.

Codes and Standards | October 26, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule would mandate that new commercial, multifamily structures comply with LEED pilot program.

2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice available for public review

The updated version of the 2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice is now available.

Steel Construction and Products | October 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Institute of Steel Construction seeks input on standard update.

A visa-for-investment program will be extended through mid-December

The developer behind the 83-story Panorama Tower project in Miami will now be allowed to accept visa applications. Rendering courtesy Florida East Coast Realty. 

Hotel Facilities | October 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

EB-5 financing has been a boon to the hospitality sector.

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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Mortenson study: Healthcare providers optimistic, but down on Affordable Care Act

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Photo: Zol87/Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | October 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 2015 Mortenson Healthcare Industry Study found that 76% of providers are at least optimistic about the future of...

My Micro NY will soon be New York's first micro-apartment building

The concrete and steel modular units at My Micro NY are currently being stacked and bolted together. Renderings courtesy nArchitects

Modular Building | October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Manhattan modular building will be completed in December and will contain apartments with low rents, but small sp...

Taipei 101 is the world's toughest building

Taipei 101 stays safe even though it stands near a fault line in a typhoon zone. Photo: peellden/Wikimedia Commons

Seismic Design | October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Popular Mechanics named the 10 structures that best withstand floods, winds, storms, and earthquakes.

SaftiFirst, Merced, Manufacturing Plant, Manufacturing

The new equipment is housed near the existing manufacturing facility in a new 100,000 square foot plant in Merced, bringing the total manufacturing and research and development space to 300,000 square feet.

Fire-Rated Products | October 22, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

We’ve found that sourcing products as local as possible maximizes the potential benefits to the American economy, whi...

The biofilter provides the majority of the building's fresh air intake to substantially reduce energy usage.

The biofilter provides the majority of the building's fresh air intake to substantially reduce energy usage.

Green | October 22, 2015 | Nedlaw

Benefits of the living wall include dust control and sound abatement.

Kengo Kuma’s design for cultural museum in the Philippines evokes prehistoric cave feel

The Metro Manila region of the Phillippines isn't known for green public spaces. Fast Company says the new museum will add  “a lush new oasis into a dense [urban] environment.” Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma

Museums | October 22, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in Manila, will house over 4,000 years of history.

AIA: Architecture firms reporting progress on achieving carbon reduction targets

Georgia Tech's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory. Photo courtesy HDR

Architects | October 22, 2015 | AIA

The AIA 2030 2014 Progress Report highlights an increase in design projects, gross square footage, and net-zero energ...

Three years after The Shard, Renzo Piano reveals plans for new London tower

The 31 London Street tower will be 734 feet tall and cylindrical in shape. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop

High-rise Construction | October 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 65-story tower at 31 London Street will have 200 homes and more than 40,000 sf of public space. It could also bri...

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Green | October 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 35 winners have demonstrated leadership within the green building movement.

Strong rebound for Architecture Billings Index

The ABI, an economic indicator of construction activity, has seen growth in six of the nine months of 2015. Photo: Bill Dickinson/Creative Commons.

Architects | October 21, 2015 | AIA

Business conditions continue to be weak in the Northeast, but the other regions are in good shape.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House finds new locale at Arkansas museum

The Bachman Wilson House. All photos: Nancy Nolan Photography (Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum).

Museums | October 20, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Crystal Bridges Museum reconstructed the 61-year-old Usonian house and will open it to the public in November.

4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

Architects | October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across North America

Builder confidence rises on multifamily’s strength

Construction on a Plymouth, Penn., multifamily residence. Photo: Montgomery County Planning Commission/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | October 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Starts and completions were up solidly in September, but permits are leveling off. 

The expert’s guide to insulation materials

Photo: Tracey Nicholls, CSIRO via Wikimedia Commons

Insulation | October 19, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Even the best-designed envelopes can be undermined by thermal bridging in areas where insulation is deficient. Buildi...

A robotic arm can 3D print, etch, solder, and carve from a desktop

The device has an arm with a 180-degree sweep and 10 inches of Z-travel, cantilevered on a column that mounts to a work surface. Photo courtesy of Makerarm via Kickstarter

BIM and Information Technology | October 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

It’s not just a 3D printer. The creators say Makerarm can also etch, solder, and put icing on cake.

New web tool from MIT organizes human movement in interactive graphs

A screenshot of New York City in the web tool, where mobile-phone activity is organized as timelines.

BIM and Information Technology | October 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Users can explore the mobile phone activities in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements.  ZAS Group

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements. Renderings courtesy ZAS Group

Hotel Facilities | October 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The two 47-story high-rises will stand on a five-story podium that will house retail units, entertainment options (in...

Employers must strike a balance between traditional offices and modern workspaces. Image courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | October 19, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Allison Arnone

Each office workplace requires a different blend of people, processes, tools, and spaces to support its employees. HD...

Glass and Glazing | October 19, 2015 | Safti First

Being the first fully vertically-integrated fire rated glazing USA-manufacturer enables Safti First to provide the fa...

Renzo Piano will turn century-old Moscow power plant into art gallery

The gallery will house artwork for the V-A-C Foundation, an organization for the preservation of Russian art. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano (via Dezeen)

Museums | October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The idea is to take the GES2 power station, which was built between 1904 and 1907, and turn it into an exhibition spa...

5 ways architecture defines the university brand perkins+will

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University Buildings | October 16, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | David Damon

People gravitate to brands for many reasons. Campus architecture and landscape are fundamental influences on the coll...

Competency-based learning: A glimpse into the future of higher education?

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University Buildings | October 16, 2015 | David Barista |

For better or worse, the higher education experience for many young Millennials and Gen Zers will not resemble the fo...

#Thank you for sharing: How social media is reshaping the workplace

Why work on a desktop PC when you can work on a mobile device? Image © Gensler

Office Building Design | October 16, 2015 | GenslerOn | Philip Tidd

The rapid growth of mobile technologies threatens to push the desktop PC into extinction. When this happens, the most...

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