World Trade Center Developer Looks to Bjarke Ingels for New Tower Design

The redesign is an attempt to entice 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move their operations into the new building. Photo courtesy Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center may be ousted, as developers are currently negotiating with Danish firm BIG to redesign the original scheme.

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Another plan for renovating Houston’s Astrodome blends public space and history

Photo depicts thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A ULI panel of experts recommends a $242 million renovation that converts the massive building into a park that ties...

Designers turn a struggling mall into a hub of learning and recreation that work together and separately

The 32,000 square feet of panels were installed in a six-week period.

Cladding and Facade Systems | March 24, 2015 | Nichiha

Architects help Nashville government transform a struggling mall into a new community space.

Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

Multifamily Housing | March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in just under 20 million...

Whenever putting down the foundation for the building, the installation of the embedded anchor rods must be precise. Misplacing them with a variance greater than 1/4” means your columns will be out of plumb...

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High tech automation is one new condo development’s calling card

The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will include 213 condos in a five-building enclave within the DC Ranch master plan in Scottsdale, Ariz. Renderings and photos courtesy Cypress Development Group 

Multifamily Housing | March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Sterling Collection in Arizona will include the first robotic parking garage for a West-Coast residential communi...

Windows, doors, and storefronts: Optimizing safety, durability, and client satisfaction [AIA course]

The use of monumental automatic sliding doors is being tested with projects like the new flagship Apple Store in San Francisco’s Union Square, where Foster + Partners has detailed 23-foot-wide and 44-foot-tall glass doors. Rendering courtesy NABCO Entrances

Windows and Doors | March 23, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

In nonresidential construction, Building Teams are finding that product and system selection is becoming increasingly...

Multifamily for Millennials: Understanding what Gen Yers want in apartment design

AQ Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. Rendering: Aquinas Realty, BLT Architects

Multifamily Housing | March 23, 2015 | Michael R. Ytterberg, PhD, AIA, LEED AP

Authentic public spaces, pet-friendly options, and inviting, tech-focused lobbies are among the key ingredients to a...

 

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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School in Hong Kong will feature bioclimatic façade

The campus’ lower floors will be open public space shared with the neighborhood, while the upper floors are used exclusively by the institute. Renderings courtesy Ronald Lu & Partners

Higher Education | March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project's twin-tower design opens the campus up to the neighboring public green space, while maximizing the use o...

Is nothing sacred? Seattle church to become a restaurant and ballroom

People would be able to enter the restaurant from Fifth + Columbia, a $400 million, 43-story tower that Daniels started building in June 2014 and is scheduled to complete in 2017. Rendering: ZGF Architects

Religious Facilities | March 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Seattle-based real estate developer plans to convert a historic downtown building, which for more than a century ha...

SOM leads planning for Egypt’s new capital

The planned site for the new city will be 270 square miles with the capacity for seven million inhabitants. Renderings courtesy SOM

Government Buildings | March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To alleviate overcrowding and congestion in Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a new capital from scratch....

Drones for AEC: How every stage of a building project can benefit from drone technology

"Say you are interested in creating a high-rise with amazing views of the city. A drone can capture those exact views from any height and in any direction," says Molla. Photo: SRG Partnership

BIM and Information Technology | March 23, 2015 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Dmitriy Molla

From photo-mapping to aerial progress videos, SRG Partnership's Dmitriy Molla studies real-world applications for unm...

Skanska hosts three-week 'hackathon' to find architect for Seattle tower development

Following three weeks of intense competition between nine firms participating in Skanska's hackathon, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn., was selected to serve as the design architect for the 2&U project in Seattle. Photo courtesy Skanska

BIM and Information Technology | March 23, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | Lisa Picard

Searching for a nimble, collaborative design firm for its 2&U tower project in Seattle, the construction giant di...

Federal Way Elementary Schools Program, Washington

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Education is changing, and school design is changing with it. The old-fashioned classroom, filled with rows of front-...

Can advanced elevator technology take vertical hospitals to the next level?

In the mid-1990s elevator giant Otis conducted a research project called Odyssey. Otis developed an elevator system that allowed elevator cab occupants to travel both vertically and horizontally within the same cab, with the option to travel vertically again. Illustrations: Douglas J. King, VOA Associates

Healthcare Facilities | March 23, 2015 | VOA Blog | Douglas J. King

VOA's Douglas King recalls the Odyssey project and ponders vertical transportation in high-rise healthcare design....

Budget woes may lead to moratorium on school projects in Alaska

Photo: RadioKAOS via Wikimedia Commons

K-12 Schools | March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The bill would suspend 70% cost reimbursement from state to localities.

6 myths holding back green building

1225 Connecticut Avenue NW is an office building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Built in 1968, with a $32 million renovation in 2009 by Brookfield Properties and RTKL Associates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Green | March 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Sustainable design has proven benefits, so why isn’t it more widely adopted?

New Joplin, Mo., hospital built to tornado-resistant standards

The $465 million structure replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center that was destroyed in a 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Rendering: Mercy.net

Healthcare Facilities | March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new hospital features a window and frame system that can protect patients from winds of up to 250 mph. 

Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “the atmosphere and int...

Sealing the deal: An easier way to dike air leaks in buildings

This image shows how the sealant is injected into the shafts. Photo courtesy Hyundai

Energy Efficiency | March 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An aerosol product injected into ductwork allowed Hyundai to open its new U.S. HQs on time.

Grumman/Butkus Associates releases 2014 hospital energy and water benchmarking survey results

Photo: The Neenan Company/Flickr

Healthcare Facilities | March 19, 2015 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

The survey results show that hospitals’ overall fossil fuel use has trended downward, but electricity use isn’t decli...

Architecture Billings Index rises in February

Photo: Dimitris Agelakis/Flickr

Architects | March 18, 2015 | AIA

The ABI score was 50.4 last month, up slightly from a mark of 49.9 in January. This score reflects a minor increase i...

Prefabricated skycubes proposed with 'elastic' living apartments inside

The tower is designed to be 70% wood, and will contain gardens and flexible living spaces attached to a central concrete core. Renderings courtesy Weingartner Architects

Multifamily Housing | March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The interiors for each unit are designed using an elastic living concept, where different spaces are created by slidi...

Vertical urban greenhouses will feed import-reliant Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The garden will occupy a vacant lot next to a parking lot that is only one-tenth of an acre. Renderings courtesy Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole

Green | March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A Jackson Hole, Wyo., start up aims to reduce the city’s susceptibility to food deficits by building vertical greenho...

 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

Image courtesy of Joel Worthington/HDR.

Healthcare Facilities | March 18, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Abbie Clary

HDR's Abbie Clary discusses the design of healthcare facilities and how they affect doctors.

The new Vo-Tech: transforming vocational workshops into 21st century learning labs

Image courtesy Perkins+Will

K-12 Schools | March 18, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Patrick Glenn

It’s no secret: the way students learn today is different. But facilities are adapting to the increasing demands of t...

Boston Living with Water selects finalists in resiliency design competition

High Street City: (Gradually) Living with Water was selected as one of six finalists.

Architects | March 18, 2015 | Sasaki Ideas |

The competition asks for creative approaches for planning for a not-so-distant future Boston where higher sea levels...

Academic incubators: Garage innovation meets higher education

Houston’s TMCx links students and researchers at The Texas Medical Center campus to bio-tech start-ups and their investors. Image © Gensler

University Buildings | March 18, 2015 | GenslerOn | Jill Goebel and Christine Durman

Gensler's Jill Goebel and Christine Durman discuss the role of design in academic incubators, and why many universiti...

The High Line’s co-designer wins contract for The Underline in Miami

The proposed 10-mile Underline park. Courtesy Anna Baez/Underline

Cultural Facilities | March 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

James Corner Field Operations will design the master plan for this 10-mile restoration project. 

Are face-to-face meetings still important?

It’s particularly important for sensitive communication, when having tone and body language for context makes a difference.

March 17, 2015 | Steven Burns |

One CEO looks pass convenience and advocates for old school, in-person meetings.

Berkeley researchers develop 3D-printable concrete powder

A team from the university constructed the Bloom pavilion out of the 3D-printed material, which will go on tour around the world. Screenshot from UC Berkeley Campus Life on Youtube.

BIM and Information Technology | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The technique allows teams to create more complex and precisely finished structures, with reduced weight and waste....

California Cuts its Carbon Footprint with Solar

Photo courtesy of Panasonic

Energy Efficiency | March 16, 2015 | Panasonic

Spanning four locations in Central Valley, the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff projects pack a lot of power...

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