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Architects look to ‘activate’ vacant block in San Diego with shipping container-based park

A 28,500-sf vacant city block in San Diego will become a temporary urban park that will attempt to draw local residents and tourists with retail, food service, and meeting spaces. Vendors will set up shop in recycled shipping containers. Rendering: RAD Labs

February 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A team of alumni from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego has taken over a 28,5...

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Fannie Mae to offer lower interest rates to LEED-certified multifamily properties

Colorado Court Affordable Housing — Santa Monica, Calif. Photo: Calder Oliver via Wikimedia Commons

February 06, 2015 | USGBC

For certified properties, Fannie Mae is now granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest r...

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Zaha Hadid-Designed Terminal in Beijing Will Be World’s Largest

ADPI won the bid back in 2011, but then teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects for the final design, Dezeen reports. Renderings courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

February 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The terminal will accommodate 45 million passengers per year, and will be a hub for both air and...

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Obama executive order requires federal construction projects to consider flood damage caused by climate change

The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons 

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation fo...

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ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

Rendering: Schako Air Distribution, http://www.schako.de/

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam syst...

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Under the sea: Manmade island functions as artificial reef

Renderings courtesy Quentin Perchet, Thomas Yvon, and Zarko Uzlac

February 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The proposed island would allow visitors to view the enormous faux-reef and its accompanying mari...

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Census Bureau: Capital spending by U.S. businesses increased 4.5%

The headquarters of Adobe Systems in downtown San Jose, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons

February 06, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

Of the 19 industry sectors covered in the report, only one had a statistically significant year-t...

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Designs for self storage in one of Miami’s party hot spots

Curbed calls the design "a chunk of the Fountainbleu" stuck on Alton Road. Renderings: courtesy Gutierrez & Lozano

February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans by architect Gutierrez & Lozano are of a sleek, boutique-looking, 22,500-sf facilit...

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

February 05, 2015 | Bruner Foundation

Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, S.C., and the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Downtown Market are amo...

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Toy around with Ittyblox's ultra-detailed building blocks

Photos: Shapeways

February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

For Lego fanatics, time is no object when building a model. For those of us with a little less ti...

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London mayor approves plan for a bicycle highway

Proposal for Parliament Square. Renderings courtesy Transport for London

February 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan will guarantee bike riders a designated stretch of street to ride from east to west thro...

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Arup unveils plans for the new A.C. Milan stadium

The stadium's removable roof will help migitate noise in the surrounding area. Renderings courtesy Arup

February 04, 2015 | Arup

The venue will include a modern stage for the home matches together with a hotel, sports college,...

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A firefighter uses the voice capabilities of a fire alarm panel (in this case, a
February 03, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

Earn 1.0 AIA/CES learning units by studying this article and successfully completing the online e...

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5 trends transforming workplace design

The average American sits 7.7 hours per day. Being sedentary for that long over a prolonged period of time has negative impacts on a person’s weight gain. Photo: Darko Maksimovic via Wikimedia Commons

February 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

RTKL's workplace design expert Jodi Williams foresees healthier and more technologically enabled...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s work nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Status

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House, arguably one of the architect's most iconic works, is included in the nomination list. Photo courtesy of Fallingwater.org

February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If selected, Wright’s work will be the first examples of U.S. modern architecture on the list....

Nonresidential construction spending expands in December 2014

Spending for the month totaled $627.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, 5.9% higher than December 2013. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Dawn M. Price, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Contractors and Builders

Seven of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases in spending in December on a...

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BIG proposes canopied, vertical village for Middle East media company

Two towers are connected by a giant tensile canopy that slopes down, mimicking the tents traditionally used by cultures of the region. Renderings courtesy BIG.

February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tensile canopy shades a relaxation plaza from the desert sun.

AGC working with EPA on website to help with environmental rule compliance

As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to a website. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

February 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The goal is for the site to be improved to make it easier for construction contractors to learn h...

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D.C. developer sees apartment project as catalyst for modeling neighborhood after NY's popular  High Line district

The apartment building is located a block from D.C.’s NoMa/Gallaudet Red Line Metro Station, which since opening in 2004 has been the impetus for development. Rendering: courtesy Level 2

February 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It’s no accident that the word “Highline” is in this project’s name. The goal is for the building...

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Study results show that employees tend to have trouble tearing themselves away from work. Photo credit: Tony Alter, Wikimedia Commons

February 02, 2015 | Mancini-Duffy

Study findings indicate that more than half the respondents holds tight to their smartphones, che...

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Solid spending increases projected for construction industry in 2015

The commercial construction sector is now looking at double-digit increases in 2015, led by vigorous levels of demand for hotels and office buildings. Photo: Kallerna via Wikimedia Commons. 

February 02, 2015 | AIA

The commercial construction sector is now looking at double-digit increases in 2015, led by vigor...

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7 new factors shaping hospital emergency departments

The Marion Emergency Care Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, features a “super track” area to assess and treat low-acuity patients. Photo: Daryl Shields / HKS

February 01, 2015 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

A new generation of highly efficient emergency care facilities is upping the ante on patient care...

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5 intriguing trends to track in the multifamily housing game

The upper lobby in the apartment building ECO, one of eight buildings in the Green District complex in Allston, Mass. Common areas in multifamily buildings, especially those charging higher rents, often look more like lobbies found in hotels. Photo: Warren Jagger

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for rental apartments and condos hasn’t been this strong in years, and our experts think t...

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20% down?!! Survey exposes how thin renters’ wallets are

Situated in Houston’s historic Hines Market Square district is a 32-story luxury tower that will be home to 274 residents. Most of the multifamily that’s being built in the U.S. is rental, and much of it is in or near urban centers where both young and older renters and empty nesters are gravitating. Photo: courtesy Ziegler Cooper

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A survey of more than 25,000 adults found the renters to be more burdened by debt than homeowners...

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Production builders are still shying away from rental housing

Trumark Urban’s 27-condo Amero, in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, features a rooftop terrace with a striking fireplace. Photo: ©Christopher Mayer Photography

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Toll Brothers, Lennar, and Trumark are among a small group of production builders to engage in co...

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Investment in nonresidential structures expands in fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter of 2014, investment in nonresidential structures increased 2.6%. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 30, 2015 | Associated Builders & Contractors

Real gross domestic product expanded 2.6% during the fourth quarter of 2014, following a 5% incre...

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Photography exhibit captures 60 of BIG's projects from hottest to coldest places on Earth

Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation takes visitors on a journey across the globe to explore the forces that shape our cities and buildings. Photos: BIG

January 30, 2015 | Bjarke Ingels Group

The Hot to Cold exhibit encompasses 60 of BIG’s recent projects captured by Iwan Baan´s masterful...

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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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An urban wind and solar energy system that may actually work
January 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system was designed to take advantage of a building's air flow and generate energy even if it...

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Multifamily construction, focused on rentals, expected to slow in the coming years
January 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New-home purchases, which recovered strongly in 2014, indicate that homeownership might finally b...

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