Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

Mixed-Use | August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers are teaming to form innovation hot pockets.

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German architect proposes construction of mountain near Berlin

The architect envisions more topography in the otherwise flat capital city of Germany. Renderings courtesy Jakob Tigges

Cultural Facilities | July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect wants to create the world’s largest man-made mountain, at 3,280 feet.

Herzog & de Meuron’s triangle tower design stirs controversy in Paris

Residents of the Porte de Versailles neighborhood, in Paris’ 15th arrondissement where the tower is proposed, claim the tower will overshadow them. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron

High-rise Construction | July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 590-foot glass pyramid building will include a 120-room hotel, 754,000 sf of office space, and cultural facilitie...

Holedeck, construction, concrete, voided slab, skyscraper, high-rise

Winner of the Innovation award, Holedeck, drastically reduces the vertical space needed to house components such as electricity and plumbing. Photo courtesy Holedeck via CTBUH

High-rise Construction | July 13, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The Holedeck coffer slab system is among the breakthrough technologies and projects recognized by the Council on Tall...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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Office of Management and Budget asks agencies to consider climate change when budgeting for construction and maintenance projects

San Francisco United States Federal Building. Eric in SF via Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | July 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to submit budget plans that consider...

White paper explores low-flow toilets’ impact on drain lines

Photo: Sloan Valve

Engineers | July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editors

The research found that certain variables: toilet paper—along with the pipe slope and flush volume—are key variables...

U.S. Green Building Council aligns programs with CALGreen

California Academy of Sciences. Photo: TheDailyNathan via Wikimedia Commons

Green | July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editor

California has a new LEED certification path as the state struggles with drought.

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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Multi-million dollar vertical farm project breaks ground in Newark

The building site is located on a three-acre site in the center of Newark’s Ironbound District. Rendering courtesy KSS Architects

Industrial Facility | July 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The vertical farm by commercial grower AeroFarms will be the world’s largest indoor vertical farm.

According to research by talent management firm Development Dimensions International, 89% of leaders with strong interaction skills have more engaged teams. Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr

Building Team | July 10, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Much of what’s written about employee engagement focuses on how leaders can help their employees become more involved...

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Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial plan gets OK from D.C. planning commission

Rendering: Gehry Partners, LLP

Cultural Facilities | July 09, 2015 | Lacey Johnson, Reuters

Despite the thumbs up, disputes over costs may keep the $142 million work from ever being built.

Opioid abuse blamed for increase in worker injuries, business losses

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | July 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Insurance giant CNA says concerns are increasing in the construction industry.

St. Petersburg Pier’s dramatic makeover gets green light from city officials

The new St. Petersburg Pier, The Pier Park. Renderings courtesy ASD/Rogers Partners/Ken Smith

Smart and Resilient Cities | July 09, 2015 | Rogers Partners

The Pier Park will be a platform for a multitude of smaller and more flexible programs and experiences for tourists a...

Beyoncé, Melbourne, tower, high-rise, Elenberg Fraser

The team came up with the design using parametric modeling to optimize passive heating and cooling. Soon after, a director noticed the form's similarity with a certain pop star in a music video. Renderings courtesy Elenberg Fraser

Multifamily Housing | July 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The bootylicious tower is composed of 660 apartments and a 160-room hotel at the west end of Melbourne's business dis...

NCARB: Record number of aspiring architects on path toward licensure

The 37,178 aspiring architects who were testing and/or reporting hours in 2014 was the highest to date. The previous record high was 33,030 in 2009.

Architects | July 09, 2015 | NCARB

More than 37,170 design professionals either reported hours through the Intern Development Program or tested for the...

David Adjaye, Africa, Art, Black, African American, Harlem, Studio Museum, New York City, Thelma Golden

Rendering courtesy Adjaye Associates

Museums | July 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

In designing the five-story, 71,000-sf building, Adjaye took cues from the brownstones, churches, and bustling sidewa...

From Subway to Walgreens, healthcare campuses embrace retail chains in the name of patience convenience

Walgreens Pharmacy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.  Photo courtesy VOA Associates

Healthcare Facilities | July 08, 2015 | Craig Beam, Managing Director, CBRE Healthcare

Most retail in healthcare discussions today are focused on integrating ambulatory care into traditional retail settin...

Metal Roof Retrofits: The Potential, The Problems, The Payoff
Metals | July 08, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

During metal roof retrofits, look for moisture and check for asbestos

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California Supreme Court upholds affordable housing requirements
Codes and Standards | July 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributor

Court cites affordable housing crisis of ‘epic proportions.’

Why AEC firms should be cultivating 'visible experts'

Photo: Cydcor via flickr creative commons

Architects | July 07, 2015 | David Barista |

A new study pinpoints the true dollar value of having knowledge leaders and market shapers on your team.

BIG designs Frankfurt skyscraper with a surprise in the middle

Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

High-rise Construction | July 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Several levels in the center of the 185-meter tower are shifted outward to allow for terraces with city views.

Metals | July 07, 2015 | MBCI

With donations as the charitable foundation's main source of income, camp facilities need to be affordable

Philips sheds new light on growing fresh food indoors

Philips City Farm Research Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy Philips

Green | July 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A research center in The Netherlands is testing the latest techniques in urban farming. 

Metal Buildings, Buick/GMC dealership

The Buick/GMC building was started first, and took 12 weeks to build.

Metals | July 07, 2015 | Star Building Systems

The new dealerships, consisting of two metal buildings, have made a difference to the community as a whole

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BIM/VDC training is more than learning the features

The CASE Dynamo Workshop at Tex-Fab 2014 in Austin, Texas. Images courtesy CASE

BIM and Information Technology | July 06, 2015 | CASE blog | Nathan Miller

Training can be a taxing experience for both the class and the instructor. CASE's Nathan Miller offers four ways to m...

The main noisemakers in healthcare facilities: behavior and technology

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Maine. Anton Grassl/Esto

Healthcare Facilities | July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Over the past few decades, numerous research studies have concluded that noise in hospitals can have a deleterious ef...

Researchers increase GPS precision to centimeter-accurate

Though centimeter-accurate positioning systems are already used in fields such as geology, surveying, and mapping, the devices have always been too large and costly. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

BIM and Information Technology | July 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new startup is working with Samsung to develop a snap-on accessory for centimeter-accurate global positioning.

First valuation advisory for green and high performance property adopted

The document provides voluntary guidance to appraisers on the background and competency necessary to credibly value green buildings.

Codes and Standards | July 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The document provides voluntary guidance to appraisers on the background and competency necessary to credibly value g...

New documentary shows Legos as touchstones of creativity

Screenshot via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The film's narrator, actor Jason Bateman, says it’s a story “about a simple toy and how its unique properties ushered...

ASHRAE releases design guide for skyscrapers

Photo: Qilei Cai via Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | July 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Tall buildings present unique and formidable challenges to architects and engineers because of their size, location i...

Design for new pavilion in Toronto includes a ‘peel-away’ façade, Ontario, Bortolotto Architects, OCAD

Renderings courtesy Bortolotto Architects

University Buildings | July 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An architect's proposal for a renovation of the main office building at the Ontario College of Art and Design feature...

A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

Multifamily Housing | July 01, 2015 | Megan Cassella, Reuters

The volatile U.S. multifamily housing market has returned to pre-recession investment levels, driven largely by Mille...

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