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

David Barista
Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people moving...
Plants on the inside: Here’s the data to support your suspicions

Research proves that interior vegetation boosts productivity, concentration, and satisfaction. Photo courtesy Sage Vertical Gardens

Legat Architects' Architecture Inspired by YOU
Internal foliage systems like vertical gardens have the potential to not only improve focus and productivity, but also...
5 trends shaping today's hospitality industry

Hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many announce their recycling programs, use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption on their websites. Image courtesy Morgue File/IJY

VOA Blog
Digital concierges, smart locks, mobile check-in. These are among the emerging trends and technologies in hospitality...
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Natural weather testing ensures high quality products

Valspar’s test fence in Fort Myers, Fla., contains more than 100,000 weather test panels. Photo courtesy of Valspar.

Jeff Alexander
Instead of relying on outside testing facilities, where it is more difficult and expensive to constantly monitor...
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

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

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

VOA Blog
VOA's Douglas King recalls the Odyssey project and ponders vertical transportation in high-rise healthcare design.
 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

Image courtesy of Joel Worthington/HDR.

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

Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings
It’s no secret: the way students learn today is different. But facilities are adapting to the increasing demands of...
Boston Living with Water selects finalists in resiliency design competition

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

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