Building Technology

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

When a physical block is moved, its interface "twin" does the exact same thing. Screenshot from Lego X.

January 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time di...

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Installation of a facade panel system that uses a rainscreen approach to control

Installation of a facade panel system that uses a rainscreen approach to control moisture in the building envelope. Photo: Hoffm

December 31, 2014 | Bradley Carmichael, PE, Project Engineer, Hoffmann Architects

Building envelope expert Bradley Carmichael of Hoffmann Architects explains how rainscreen wall s...

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Photo courtesy Daqri

Photo courtesy Daqri

December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Smart Helmet is equipped with an array of cameras that provides 360-degree vision through its gla...

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Photo courtesy ARC Media, Bridgit

Photo courtesy ARC Media, Bridgit

December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology combines a smartglass visual device with a motion-sensing armband to simplify field ma...

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Images courtesy HealthSpot

Images courtesy HealthSpot

December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The HealthSpot station is an 8x5-foot, ADA-compliant mobile kiosk that lets patients access a net...

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Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3

Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3D. The price tag may seem steep, but its only a

December 23, 2014 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are pot...

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Rendering: Panoramic Interests

Rendering: Panoramic Interests

December 18, 2014 | ULI

New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units have staying power as a hous...

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Illustration: KONE

Illustration: KONE

November 04, 2014 | KONE

The JumpLift system from KONE uses a mobile machine room that moves upward as the construction pr...

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Immersive cooling systems use a liquid instead of air to cool the servers. The b

Immersive cooling systems use a liquid instead of air to cool the servers. The basic idea is to submerge the motherboards in tan

October 15, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

A new technology promises to push the limits of data center energy efficiency by using liquid ins...

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Translated Geometries, shape memory polymer
September 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Students in Barcelona have created a composite material using shape memory polymers that can defo...

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In May, Facebook broke ground on an expansion to its data center campus in Lule

In May, Facebook broke ground on an expansion to its data center campus in Lule, Sweden. Using a new prefab construction proces

August 04, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

Less than a year after opening its ultra-green, hydropowered data center facility in Luleå, Swede...

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To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer

To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer Stadium project in Basrah, Iraq, structural engi

August 04, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among th...

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July 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Modular construction is more than a century old, and throughout its lifespan, the methods have be...

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All renderings courtesy Penda

All renderings courtesy Penda

July 14, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Beijing-based design cooperative Penda designed a bamboo hotel that can easily expand vertically...

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Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons

June 26, 2014 | AIA

The Studio is the first to be launched as part of the AIA Foundation’s National Resilience Progra...

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June 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The high-rise development will have a 24,638-sf vertical garden, breaking a Guinness World Record...

Using 3D printing, Arup engineers were able to design and fabricate this lightwe

Using 3D printing, Arup engineers were able to design and fabricate this lightweight, complex steel node more efficiently. Phot

June 18, 2014 | Arup

The firm's research shows that 3D printing has the potential to reduce costs, cut waste, and slas...

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June 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Constructing a concrete dome is a costly process, but this may change soon. A team from the Vienn...

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The University of British Columbia Earth Sciences Building, by Perkins + Will, i

The University of British Columbia Earth Sciences Building, by Perkins + Will, is one of 10 structural-wood projects examined in

May 29, 2014 | reThink Wood

The wood-industry advocacy group reThink Wood has released "...

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May 23, 2014 | Ryan Schultz & Timothy Connor, SPARCH

Data center design specialist SPARCH creates a modular scheme for solutions provider Digital Real...

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Set to open next month, the $75 million, 215,000-sf Kamloops Internet Data Centr

Set to open next month, the $75 million, 215,000-sf Kamloops Internet Data Centre in Kamloops, B.C., is projected to set records

May 23, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

Building Teams are employing a range of creative solutions—from evaporative cooling to novel hot/...

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Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is adapting the concrete th

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is adapting the concrete thinshell structural approach for K-12 schools in

May 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

At $94 a square foot and "virtually indestructible," some school districts in Utah are opting to...

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Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons

May 13, 2014 | AIA

The industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, h...

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The Tree, on Bergen, Norway's, waterfront, will consist of wood structural modul

The Tree, on Bergen, Norway's, waterfront, will consist of wood structural modules with a glass and steel facade. All renderings

May 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A 14-story luxury apartment block in central Bergen, Norway, will be the world's tallest timber-f...

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The Anaheim (Calif.) Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, designed by HOK,

The Anaheim (Calif.) Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, designed by HOK, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Buro Happold, was hon

May 01, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Thom Mayne's Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Anaheim's new intermodal center are among the...

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The Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, now under construction, will be 530 meters tal

The Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, now under construction, will be 530 meters tall and require advanced elevator systems. Renderi

May 01, 2014 | BD+C Staff
Sasaki's MyCampus interactive mapping program

Sasaki's MyCampus interactive mapping program

April 23, 2014 | Chris Sgarzi, Sasaki Associates

Advanced methods of data collection, applied both prior to design and after opening, are bringing...

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B2 rendering, copyright SHoP

B2 rendering, copyright SHoP

April 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

At 32 stories, the B2 residential tower at Atlantic Yards has been widely lauded as a bellwether...

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Archibot, by Han Seok Nam courtesy ArchDaily

Archibot, by Han Seok Nam courtesy ArchDaily

April 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Archibot is intended to take technical data and translate it into full-scale physical marking...

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