Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

The Modern Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, has a white concrete exterior that references the local materials of the city. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

Museums | November 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Located in the national capital of Vilnius, the Modern Art Center will be home to 4,000 works of Lithuanian art.

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High-rise, green village, vertical, Amsterdam, Zuidas, Netherlands, MVRDV

Of the design, Klaas de Boer, a member of the Amsterdam City Council said “With this project we wanted to introduce an innovative building into what is becoming an increasingly popular district of Amsterdam.” Renderings courtesy of OVG Real Estate.

October 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The building’s green spaces—at ground level, rooftop, and everywhere in between—is designed for public use

Architects Foundation expands National Resilience Initiative

The NRI is a network of resilient design studios that help communities become more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. Photo: International Disaster Volunteers/Creative Commons.

Architects | October 13, 2015 | Architects Foundation

The group is launching a search for three more NRI members.

Azerbaijan Tower tops list of 10 tallest buildings coming soon

The Azerbaijan Tower is scheduled to be completed by 2019. Rendering courtesy Avesta

High-rise Construction | October 13, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Along with the central Asian nation, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates all hav...

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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Santiago Calatrava announced as winner of European Prize for Architecture

Santiago Calatrava's L'Hemisfèric at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. Photo: Diliff/Wikimedia Commons.

Architects | October 13, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The award honors those who "forward the principles of European humanism."

Texas church modernizes with metal wall panels

The flush faced metal panels were installed next to18-foot glass curtain walls to create a warm and open environment full of natural light.

Metals | October 13, 2015 | MBCI

The church's pastor felt it was important to reconstruct their facility and update their image to appeal to up and co...

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5 breakthrough applications in vertical transportation

Shanghai New World Daimaru Store. Photo: © Ffang, Dreamstime.com

Vertical Transportation | October 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From towering spiral escalators to solar-powered elevators, check out these innovations in vertical transportation....

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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Fire rated glass brings whimsical and reliable protection at children’s hospital

2-hour stairwell re-imagined as a tree house using SuperLite II-XL 120 with digital printed glass in GPX Architectural Series Framing by SAFTI FIRST.

Fire and Life Safety | October 13, 2015 |

Highlights of the addition included 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining as well as playrooms, and a fam...

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Rotterdam’s ‘ugliest building’ turns into sleek McDonald’s branch

The design team wanted to reactivate the building's function as a hub by increasing transparency in its design using glass and perforated panels. Photos via Google Maps.

Retail Centers | October 12, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Since the 1960s, residents of the Dutch city of Rotterdam have been bugged by an unsightly cigar shop on Coolsingel,...

Renewables surging in mix of U.S. energy generation

Power County Wind Farm in Idaho. From 2000 to 2014, wind power production grew 33 fold. Photo: Energy.gov/Creative Commons

Energy Efficiency | October 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

‘Tectonic Shift’ as coal use plummets; wind and solar rise.

NIBS launches effort to develop BIM guideline for owners

Digital model of California's National Ignition Facility. 

BIM and Information Technology | October 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Aim is to provide uniformity in the delivery of BIM projects.

2015 IECC Code recognizes benefits of high-speed doors

High-speed doors demonstrate superior overall energy efficiency. Photo: O'Brien Installations Limited/Creative Commons.

Windows and Doors | October 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New code includes maximum air leakage requirement.


New apartment under construction. Places like Long Island, N.Y., are seeing a rise in construction jobs because of demand for multifamily housing. Photo: Sonia Sevilla/Wikimedia Commons.

Multifamily Housing | October 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vacancy rates and rent growth are “converging” in most markets.

VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and...

New California law means commercial building benchmarking program will be implemented

Pioneer Building Loft Apartments in San Diego. The state's benchmarking program will be expanded to cover large multifamily housing. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | October 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Multifamily housing to be included, a first for a U.S. state.

Coatings | October 09, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The extensive Valspar palette is available for architectural, commercial, residential and industrial projects, bringi...

Porsche Luxury Meets Viega Innovations

Viega ProPress used in the Porsche Design Tower

Plumbing | October 09, 2015 | Viega

Occupants of the Porsche Design Tower on the shoreline of Florida’s Sunny Isles Beach will experience the best view i...

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How To Identify A Metal Building
Metals | October 09, 2015 | Jeff Koos |

The metal buildings of yesteryear were drab and largely windowless. Now, an application that depends on big, beautifu...

Sanaa-designed cultural center opens at Connecticut’s Grace Farms

The River, designed by Sanaa, lets guests see the surrounding nature reserve. Photos courtesy Grace Farms (via Dezeen)

Cultural Facilities | October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 83,000-sf The River is five pavillions with space for a sanctuary, library, and gym.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design new University of Chicago building

The University of Chicago is adding a new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, that will hold plenty of meeting space. Photo: Luiz Gadelha Jr./Creative Commons

Higher Education | October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The David M. Rubenstein Forum will be both formal and informal, and will host lectures, workshops, and conferences....

Forest City, N.C. data center facebook

Facebook's data center in Forest City, N.C. The social media giant is investing $200 million to expand the campus with a third, 480,000-sf building. Photos courtesy Facebook.

BIM and Information Technology | October 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cities are now vying for these facilities with sizable tax incentives.

Brookings Announces the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking

Rendering of a placemaking project in Chicago. Photo: Steven Vance/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | October 08, 2015 | Brookings Institution

The think tank's goal is to stress public spaces, urban economies, and inclusive growth in city building.

The 75 tallest observation decks in the world

Visitors step out onto the Skydeck at Chicago's Willis Tower. The building's observation deck is on the 103rd floor, which is 1,387 feet from ground level. Photo: David Fulmer/Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | October 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Chicago's Willis Tower cracks the top 20 as the Middle East and China dominate the rest of the list compiled by the C...

BIG designs lush, terraced mixed-use building

The 79 & Park project will be built next to Stockholm’s Royal National City Park. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

Multifamily Housing | October 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cascading glass and wooden cubes create a form similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway rock formation.

Skanska and University of Washington offer new BIM program

The University of Washington's student quad. The school now offers a BIM program.

BIM and Information Technology | October 07, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 11-week course is available for students and professionals and teaches BIM software skills, virtual design, and c...

Skid steers are susceptible to theft construction site lojack

Skid steers are susceptible to theft. Photo: Ildar Sagdejev/Creative Commons 

Contractors | October 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Poor security and lax inventory control make jobsites sitting ducks for robbers, according to crime-data analysis by...

Charlotte is a market to watch and a good example of an 18-hour city.

Charlotte is a market to watch and a good example of an 18-hour city. Photo: Bz3rk/Wikimedia Commons

Building Owner | October 07, 2015 | PwC Real Estate and the Urban Land Institute

PwC Real Estate and the ULI identified ten trends and five markets to watch for the coming year, including the 18-hou...

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 – designed with the AEC industry in mind

Microsoft explains how they made the impossible, possible in building the Surface Pro 3 with Bluebeam Revu in their keynote presentation here: http://bit.ly/1gmWkEy

BIM and Information Technology | October 07, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with Microsoft’s Senior Director of Programs, Pete Kyriacou to discuss the unique challenges AEC...

Data says completions in buildings with 50 or more units continues to climb square apartments richmond

The Square Apartments complex in Richmond, Va., was under consturction in 2014. Photo: Eli Christman/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Census Bureau estimates that 255,600 multifamily housing units were completed in 2014 in buildings with at least...

Columbus Museum of Art is opening the new Margaret M. Walter Wing

The Margaret M. Walter Wing will have more than 21,000 sf of gallery space. Photos: Brad Feinknopf/Courtesy Columbus Museum of Art

Museums | October 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by the DesignGroup, the Margaret M. Walter Wing is part of a $36.7 million renovation project.

Engineering firms KJWW and TTG merge

Logos courtesy KJWW

Engineers | October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Comparable in size and compatible in culture, the companies unite to present clients with greater “scale.” 

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