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MIT develops ‘river of 3-D pixels’ to assemble objects

The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group

October 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.

New office space core and shell construction costs are highest in the two coastal cities.

October 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A CBRE report found that New York’s construction costs are more than $500 per sf. San Francisco i...

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Steven R. Zirkel, Metl-Span President

Steven R. Zirkel appointed President of Metl-Span, manufacturer of insulated metal panels based in Lewisville, Texas.

October 28, 2015 |

Metl-Span announced that Steven R. Zirkel has joined the company as the new president. Metl-Span...

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San Antonio launches river barge design competition

San Antonio is redesigning its river barges. Photo: Mike Whaling/Creative Commons.

October 28, 2015 | AIA

Winning concepts will incorporate innovative new materials while remaining buildable and economic...

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Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Chevron-patterned tiles are trending. All images courtesy Novità

October 27, 2015 | Novità

Supersized tile and 3D walls are among the trending tile design themes seen at Cersaie, an exhibi...

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Architecture at Zero 2015 design competition names award winners

Conspicuous Consumption, by Weber Thompson Architects, was an honor award winner at the the Architecture at Zero 2015 competition. Rendering courtesy UCSF and Weber Thompson

October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Entrants created family-style student residential plans for the University of California, San Fra...

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AIA: Architecture firms reporting progress on achieving carbon reduction targets

Georgia Tech's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory. Photo courtesy HDR

October 22, 2015 | AIA

The AIA 2030 2014 Progress Report highlights an increase in design projects, gross square footage...

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Strong rebound for Architecture Billings Index

The ABI, an economic indicator of construction activity, has seen growth in six of the nine months of 2015. Photo: Bill Dickinson/Creative Commons.

October 21, 2015 | AIA

Business conditions continue to be weak in the Northeast, but the other regions are in good shape...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House finds new locale at Arkansas museum

The Bachman Wilson House. All photos: Nancy Nolan Photography (Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum).

October 20, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Crystal Bridges Museum reconstructed the 61-year-old Usonian house and will open it to the public...

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4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...

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Cosntruction in Houston. Photo: Patrick Feller/Creative Commons.

October 16, 2015 | ABC

In the first half, sales expectations and profit margin expectations rose while staffing level in...

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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.

October 13, 2015 | Architects Foundation

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

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.

October 13, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

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

Skid steers are susceptible to theft construction site lojack

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

October 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Poor security and lax inventory control make jobsites sitting ducks for robbers, according to cri...

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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

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,...

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Engineering firms KJWW and TTG merge

Logos courtesy KJWW

October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

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Renderings revealed for proposed curvy and lush second office for Apple

The 777,100-sf development by Landbank Investment on Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just five miles from Apple’s current Cupertino headquarters.

October 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The project has been dubbed as another “spaceship,” referencing the nickname for the loop-shaped...

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Istanbul New Airport. Rendering courtesy Grimshaw

October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mixed-use development will be adjacent to the Istanbul New Airport, which is currently under...

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The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects (via Architects' Journal)

The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects 

October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 200-meter-high open space will cut the building in two.

The bulk of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

The main exhibition space of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

October 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The blocky, seven-story wood and concrete structure is wider in the middle and uppermost floors....

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OSHA’s announces Top 10 Violations for 2015

Scaffolding on a building in Cincinnati, Ohio. OSHA listed scaffolding as a frequent workplace safety hazard.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fall protection, hazard communication lead the list.

Eight of 16 nonresidential construction sectors—including healthcare, manufacturing, and lodging—experienced spending increases in August on a monthly basis.

October 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending totaled $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in August, a 0.3% incr...

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Takeoff! 5 ways high-flyin' airports are designing for rapid growth

JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK International gives passengers a sense of place with its new rooftop garden. Photo: @Paul Rivera

September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Nimble designs, and technology that humanizes the passenger experience, are letting airports conc...

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FMI: Construction in place on track for sustained growth through 2016

Photo: Salim Virji via flickr Creative Commons

September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FMI’s latest report singles out manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors as the drivers of nonr...

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What went wrong? Diagnosing building envelope distress [AIA course]

Image depicts a brick veneer exterior that has expanded and pulled away from the window. Image: Hoffmann Architects

September 29, 2015 | John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, and Deborah J. Costantini, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

With so many diverse components contributing to building envelope assemblies, it can be challengi...

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Developer Crescent Heights and architect Rafael Viñoly could possibly build twin skyscrapers for the south end of Grant Park in Chicago. Rendering courtesy Crescent Heights (via Curbed Chicago).

September 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest proposals pit designs by Rafael Viñoly, Jeanne Gang, and Helmut Jahn.

Bakpak Architects' courtyard concept in Poland incorporates local pottery heritage

Renderings courtesy Bakpak Architects (via ArchDaily)

September 24, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The multifunctional building proposed for Rzeszow, Poland, looks like it was handcrafted on a pot...

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The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM

September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell wi...

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JFK Airport's dormant TWA terminal will be reborn as a hotel

TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Dmitry Avdeev/Wikimedia Commons

September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

After 15 years of disuse, the Googie architecture-inspired TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F...

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Architecture Billings Index dips slightly in August

Construction on the World Trade Center PATH station in August 2015. Photo: Anthony Quintano/Creative Commons

September 23, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of...

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