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Harvard's 'termite robots' can build any thing, any way [video]

Termites are able to construct complicated structures simply by interacting with their environments. Harvard engineers are attempting to build robots that do the same, and which may be able to build more than models in the future.

The robots know what to build because of onboard sensors—when these sensors register their environment, the robot then applies a set of traffic rules that have been programmed by researchers.

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Researchers can program different traffic rules to create different construction methods.

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The robots build by observing thier environment and then obeying a set of traffic rules programmed by researchers.

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Wed, 2014-02-19 09:37
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The robots exhibit collective behavior and are able to build complex structures. Video and stills courtesy of Harvard.
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The robots build by observing thier environment and then obeying a set of traffic rules programmed by researchers.

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Robert A.M. Stern sent back to drawing board for Revolutionary War museum in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Art Commission has weighed in somewhat unfavorably on Robert A.M. Stern's design for the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

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The Philadelphia Art Commission is concerned about the design's historical accuracy.

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The Philadelphia Art Commission has suggested some significant changes to the design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, namely the elimination of a cupola and the addition of eye-level windows on the ground floor.

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Tue, 2014-02-18 11:01
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The building site is located in a historic area of Philadelphia, which factors i
The building site is located in a historic area of Philadelphia, which factors into the design. Rendering: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
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The Philadelphia Art Commission has suggested some significant changes to the design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, namely the elimination of a cupola and the addition of eye-level windows on the ground floor.

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Study: 90% of healthcare providers say Affordable Care Act is 'step forward,' but major revisions needed

Nine out of 10 healthcare providers say the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be a “step forward” in addressing long-term health issues in the United States once it is fully established, and 83 percent say it is good for Americans, according to a survey of more than 190 healthcare leaders by Mortenson Construction.  

The providers did not make an unqualified endorsement of the ACA, however. A full 86 percent say the ACA needs major changes or revisions.

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Providers are excited about opportunities to address long-term health issues in the U.S., but worries about the transition persist, according to a new study by Mortenson Construction.

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Providers are excited about opportunities to address long-term health issues in the U.S., but worries about the transition persist, according to a new study by Mortenson Construction.

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Tue, 2014-02-18 10:44
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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago
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Providers are excited about opportunities to address long-term health issues in the U.S., but worries about the transition persist, according to a new study by Mortenson Construction.

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Giant interactive pinwheel adds fun to museum exterior

Interaction with the outside of a building isn't something that happens often, unless the passerby takes a picture or points out the design to someone else. George Zisiadis wants to change that with his new design for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

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Designer George Zisiadis hopes to transform the way people see public space

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The proposed design for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History features a 10-foot pinwheel that can be activated by passersby.

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Fri, 2014-02-14 10:34
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The pinwheel is driven by hidden microphones and connected motors.
The pinwheel is driven by hidden microphones and connected motors.
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The proposed design for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History features a 10-foot pinwheel that can be activated by passersby.

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Robots, drones, and printed buildings: The promise of automated construction

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Building Teams across the globe are employing advanced robotics to simplify what is inherently a complex, messy process—construction.

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Building Teams across the globe are employing advanced robotics to simplify what is inherently a complex, messy process—construction.

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Thu, 2014-02-13 21:33
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Toronto firm Kiosk Solar has used camera-laden flying drones to survey rooftops
Toronto firm Kiosk Solar has used camera-laden flying drones to survey rooftops and enclosures for possible placement of PV arrays. PHOTO: WD Wilson
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Building Teams across the globe are employing advanced robotics to simplify what is inherently a complex, messy process—construction.

This article is part of BD+C's special five-part Technology Report 2014: Top tech tools and trends for AEC professionals.

 

Someday Building Teams may look back on today’s construction methods and wonder how we ever got along in those dark ages before bricklaying robots and self-assembling buildings. Or maybe that day is today.

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Developer plans to 'crowdfund' extended stay hotel in Manhattan

17 John, Rodrigo Nino's proposed extended stay hotel in Manhattan, will ask individual investors to provide $100,000 to fund the structure's interior.

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Rodrigo Nino is inviting individual investors to put up $100,000 each for his latest project, 17 John. 

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Want to own a piece of Manhattan hotel real estate? Developer Rodrigo Nino is inviting individual investors to put up $100,000 each for his latest project, 17 John. 

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Mon, 2014-02-17 11:06
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17 John was designed by Winka Dubbeldam.
17 John was designed by Winka Dubbeldam.
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Want to own a piece of Manhattan hotel real estate? Developer Rodrigo Nino is inviting individual investors to put up $100,000 each for his latest project, 17 John. 

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16 awe-inspiring interior designs from around the world [slideshow]

Hong Kong-based 4N Architects took top honors in the International Interior Design Association's 4th Annual Global Excellence Awards for its interior design work on the Le Salon Croissanterie et Restaurant project in Hong Kong. The project was one of 18 international projects recognized.

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The International Interior Design Association released the winners of its 4th Annual Global Excellence Awards. Here's a recap of the winning projects. 

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The International Interior Design Association released the winners of its 4th Annual Global Excellence Awards. Here's a recap of the winning projects.

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Tue, 2014-01-28 10:15
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The Spring Learning Centre in Hong Kong was one of two Best of Category winners
The Spring Learning Centre in Hong Kong was one of two Best of Category winners in the Cultural/Institutional/Educational category. The interiors were designed by Joey Ho Design Ltd. All photos: IIDA
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The International Interior Design Association released the winners of its 4th Annual Global Excellence Awards. Here's a recap of the winning projects.

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A climber's dream: Rock climbing hall planned near Iran's highest peak

Forget the rock climbing wall. A developer in Iran is building a rock climbing hall. That's right, an entire building dedicated to the sport, with more than 48,000 sf of program space.

The Polour Rock Climbing Hall is currently under construction in Polur, near Mount Damāvand, Iran's highest peak.

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The Polour Rock Climbing Hall will feature more than 48,000 sf of program space, including a massive rock gym. 

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Forget the rock climbing wall. A developer in Iran is building a rock climbing hall. That's right, an entire building dedicated to the sport, with more than 48,000 sf of program space. 

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Mon, 2014-01-27 15:41
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Renderings and plans courtesy New Wave Architecture
Renderings and plans courtesy New Wave Architecture
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Forget the rock climbing wall. A developer in Iran is building a rock climbing hall. That's right, an entire building dedicated to the sport, with more than 48,000 sf of program space. 

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2014 predictions for skyscraper construction: More twisting towers, mega-tall projects, and 'superslim' designs

Each year, high-rise building experts from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) release their predictions for the worldwide skyscraper industry. They also recap the top tall-building news from the previous year (see "2013: The year of the super-tall skyscraper").

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Experts from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat release their 2014 construction forecast for the worldwide high-rise industry. 

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Experts from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat release their 2014 construction forecast for the worldwide high-rise industry. 

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Tue, 2014-01-28 12:18
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Kingdom Tower, set to become the world’s next-tallest building at 1,000 meters,
Kingdom Tower, set to become the world’s next-tallest building at 1,000 meters, broke ground in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2013.
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Experts from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat release their 2014 construction forecast for the worldwide high-rise industry. 

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Reed Expansion Index predicts widespread economic improvement for the year

Reed Construction Data announced its December Expansion Index stood at 1.48, indicating overall construction in the United States is expected to grow over the next 12 months.

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Index shows expanding construction potential in 41 states plus the District of Columbia. 

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Reed's December Expansion Index stood at 1.48, indicating overall construction in the United States is expected to grow over the next 12 months.

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Fri, 2014-01-24 11:45
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Reed's December Expansion Index stood at 1.48, indicating overall construction in the United States is expected to grow over the next 12 months.

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