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NASA: U.S. headed for worst droughts in a millennium

Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons

July 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortag...

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Pets, JFK, Airport, terminal, Gensler, Paradise 4 Paws

Luxury amenities for pets will be operated by Illinois-based Paradise 4 Paws. Rendering courtesy of Paradise 4 Paws.

July 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Pets can enjoy luxurious spa and grooming services before being transported directly to their fli...

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Architecture Billings Index at highest mark since 2007

Photo: rhythmuswege, Creative Commons.

July 21, 2015 | AIA

This is the first month in 2015 that all regions are reporting positive business conditions, said...

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New stylus brings digital sketching to the next level

Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via getscriba.com

July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.

New York contest looks to shed the sidewalk shed

Photo: Sidewalk shed in Licnoln Square, Manhattan, New York. Billie Ward, Creative Commons.

July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York, which has nearly 200 total miles of sidewalk sheds, is seeking a concept that is practi...

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SET Architects wins design competition for Holocaust Memorial

To create a sense of claustrophobia and imprisonment, the space separating the two structures starts at 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and narrows to 50 centimeters (1.6 feet). Renderings courtesy SET Architects

July 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design for the memorial in Bologna, Italy, is dominated by two large metal monolithic structu...

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Japan scraps Tokyo Olympic Stadium project

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons.

July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The rising price tag was one of the downfalls of the 70-meter-tall, 290,000-sm stadium. In 2014,...

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Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

Photo: Berkeley City Hall. Almonroth, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulatio...

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Oregon to spend $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings

Photo: Oreogn State Capitol building. M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during e...

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Louisville group plans on building world's largest disco ball

Photo: Bin im Garten, Wikimedia Commons

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The sphere would more than double the size of the current record holder.

Chile selects architects for Sub-Antarctic research center

All renderings courtesy Ennead Architects

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Promoting ecological tourism is one of this facility’s goals

New city-modeling software quantifies the movement urban dwellers

Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go....

Tesla's Gigafactory seeks to grow even larger

Tesla's Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tesla Motors purchased an additional 1,200 acres next to the Gigafactory and is looking to buy an...

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The nation’s first drone park breaks ground in North Dakota

Photo: Alexander Glinz, Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and eval...

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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

July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

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

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

July 13, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

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

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

Photo: Sloan Valve

July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editors

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

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Opioid abuse blamed for increase in worker injuries, business losses

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

July 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

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

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.

July 09, 2015 | NCARB

More than 37,170 design professionals either reported hours through the Intern Development Progra...

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Philips sheds new light on growing fresh food indoors

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

July 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

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

July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

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New documentary shows Legos as touchstones of creativity

Screenshot via YouTube

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 uniqu...

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ABC: Nonresidential construction spending continues growth with stellar May

Photo: Mack Male via flickr Creative Commons

July 01, 2015 | ABC

Through the first five months of 2015, nonresidential construction spending is having its second...

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Arcadis report: Complex projects with huge investments at stake make contract disputes more likely, costly

Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

June 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

While the value of disputes fell by nearly 14% in 2014, the time it took to resolve them lengthen...

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Gandhi Bhawan, Gandhi Center, India, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Indic, Pierre Jeanneret, Architecture, Getty Foundation, Grant, Historic Preservation

The Gandhi Bhawan (Gandhi Center) at the Panjab University in Chandigarh, India, designed by Pierre Jeanneret, is among this year's grant recipients. Photo courtesy of Shubh Singh/Wikimedia Commons.

June 29, 2015 | The Getty Foundation

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple and Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower are among the 14 projects...

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9 top picks for continuing education from BD+C University

Marselle Condominiums, Seattle, designed by PB Architects, with Yu & Trochalakis as structural engineer and Norcon NW as general contractor. The project was featured in the BD+C University class, "Building Wood Towers: How High Is Up for Timber Structures?" Photo: Matt Todd, courtesy U.S. Woodworks 

June 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A roundup of top AIA/CES Discovery courses from BD+C University.

Construction spending, despite some slowing, stays on healthy growth path

Photo: Felix Andrews via Wikimedia Commons

June 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FMI’s latest forecasts find continued strengths in manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors....

Google to convert an Alabama coal-burning plant to a data center running on clean energy

This October, Tennessee Valley Authority will close its outdated Widows Creek coal plant in Stevenson, Ala., which had been providing energy to the region since the 1960s. Photo: TVA Web Team via Wikimedia Commons

June 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $600 million conversion project will be Google's 14th data center globally, but the first it...

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Architecture Billings Index back to positive territory for May 2015

Photo: Armin van Buuren, Oceanlab via Wikimedia Commons

June 23, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the May ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8...

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If film directors designed homes, what would they look like?

A sample from Federico Babina's latest series, Archidirector. Illustrations courtesy Federico Babina

June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Burton to Bergman, Gondry to Greenway, artist Federico Babina illustrates what buildings wou...

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