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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Completed in 2012, a 2,100-sf custom metal building serves as a maintenance and
March 10, 2014 | Star Building Systems  

Bastoni Vineyards replaces a wooden barn with an efficient metal building used for maintenance, storage, and hosting...

Caterpillars Cat B15 rugged smartphone
March 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

Photo: iBackFlip Somersault
March 10, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

BD+C readers share their most trusted smartphone and tablet cases. The editors select some of their faves, too. 

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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Photo: Iwan Baan - www.iwan.com / Courtesy Emerson College
March 07, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The $85 million, 10-story vertical campus takes the shape of a massive, shimmering aircraft hangar, housing a sculptu...

SketchUp 2014 features major enhancements to SketchUps 3-D Warehouse, the world
March 07, 2014 | Trimble

SketchUp 2014 features new tools that improve the classification of design objects and tighten interoperability with...

The Guyon Hotel made the Chicago's 7 list for the second straight year. Photo: A
March 07, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The 2014 edition of Preservation Chicago's annual Chicago's 7 list includes an L station house, public school, theate...

 
The Rombald team
March 06, 2014 | BQE Software

By replacing spreadsheets with BillQuick, this growing consulting firm has greater visibility into its project financ...

Greg Miller used the Unity coding language to create "Jerry's Place." All render
March 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence, thanks to one Web designer's pa...

Photo of Montreal by Dickbauch (via Wikimedia Commons)
March 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The issue was raised in the wake of a tragic fire at a seniors' residence in L'Isle-Verte. 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
March 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

It provides information to assist with the proper specification and use of pressure-treated Southern Pine materials. ...

Photo: NASA/USGS via Wikimedia Commons
March 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

President Barack Obama would spend $1 billion to “better understand the projected impacts of climate change,” encoura...

Photo: JaGa via Wikimedia Commons
March 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Two supervisors charged that a lack of adequate code enforcement has led to blight from dilapidated or unfinished bui...

March 05, 2014 | Tile of Spain

Beveled, geometric, and high-tech patterns are among the hot ceramic tile trends, say tile design experts.

All renderings: James Corner Field Operations; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; and Pie
March 05, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Here's a sneak peek at the distinguishing design features of the third and final phase of New York's famed elevated l...

March 05, 2014 | Holcim

Registration in the 4th International Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction will close on Mar...

Image courtesy Hoffmann Architects
March 04, 2014 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

Design experts from Hoffmann Architects offer a brief history of exterior insulation and finish systems in the U.S....

March 04, 2014 | DDG

DDG envisions the mall as offering the conveniences of a small city, where shopping, entertainment, socializing, and...

March 04, 2014 | Kettler

The 101-unit high-rise, called Element 28, is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification. 

Side-by-side comparison of Keralite Select (at right) versus typical fire-rated

Side-by-side comparison of Keralite Select (at right) versus typical fire-rated glass ceramic.

March 04, 2014 | Vetrotech Saint-Gobain

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has added a new, innovative glass ceramic to its Keralite product line. Keralite Select combin...

March 04, 2014 | CENTRIA

New Brochure Highlights Architectural Metal Panel Manufacturer’s Products, Expertise and Experience

Map: NOAA.GOV
March 04, 2014 | BD+C Staff

After a recent successful challenge of the scientific methodology used to redraw the coastal high-hazard zones, the M...

March 04, 2014 | BD+C Staff

British architect Thomas Heatherwick has proposed to repurpose a grain silo into an art gallery in Cape Town, South A...

March 03, 2014 | Gamewell-FCI

Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announces the SpectrAlert® Advance Series of low-frequency fire alarm sounders...

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
March 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and r...

Image: khunaspix via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
March 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Construction contractors and developers in New York state face $3 billion more in costs and 667 more accidents per ye...

March 03, 2014 | AIA Show Report
John Cross of the American Institute of Steel Construction talks about the industry's progress and where it's...
March 03, 2014 | AIA Show Report
Andrew Hulse from SAGE Electrochromics highlights new capabilities for architects in the field that allow them to ‘test’...
March 03, 2014 | AIA Show Report
Stanley Yee, LEED AP, from Dow Corning highlights the company’s building envelope solutions at the 2014 AIA National Con...
March 03, 2014 | AIA Show Report
Tom Wingard of Nichiha discusses the Illumination Series and other products showcased at the 2014 AIA National Conventio...

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