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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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The world's best new skyscrapers

One World Trade Center was named the winner of the Best Tall Buildings category for the Americas. Image: SOM/CTBUH

June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

One World Trade Center and Abu Dhabi's Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower are among the four towers n...

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Museum, Guggenheim, Helsinki, Moreau Kusunoki, Art in the City

“The waterfront, park, and nearby urban area all have a dialogue with the loose cluster of pavilions, with people and activities flowing between them,” said jury chair Mark Wigley in a statement. Renderings courtesy Moreau Kusunoki Architectes

June 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm’s design concept makes use of the museum’s site, turning it into a bustling, well-connec...

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NCARB adopts alternative for certification of foreign architects

Foyer of the Lyons Studio. Photo: Peter Bennets via Wikimedia Commons

June 22, 2015 | NCARB

The change, effective July 1, 2016, will replace the current BEFA Program’s requirements, elimina...

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11 tips for mastering 3D printing in the AEC world

Populous dedicates space in its model shop in Kansas City, Mo., for creating models using an Epson ProJet 3500 CPX Max 3D printer. The firm had to develop software that could translate what its designers were providing into language the printer could interpret. Photo: Brian Folkers, Populous

June 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Early adopters provide first-hand advice on the trials and tribulations of marrying 3D printing w...

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Architecture and engineering profit margins deliver third consecutive year of growth

Median profit margins on net revenue have been on the upswing in the past three years, hitting 11.4% and 13.0% in the 2013 and 2014, according to PSMJ.

June 18, 2015 | PSMJ Resources

Operating profits of AE firms have reach their highest level since 2009, according to a new repor...

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First draft: Architects’ rough sketches raise thousands for San Diego’s AIAS chapter

Image: Zaha Hadid

June 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor


Prominent architects who submitted a total of 23 napkin doodles were Zaha Hadid, Cesar P...

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What’s next for 3D printing in design and construction?

Carbon 3D has developed a 3D printing method, continuous liquid interface production (CLIP), that uses UV light to trigger photopolymerization, and oxygen as an inhibiting agent. By balancing this interaction, CLIP “grows”objects from a pool of resin. Photo: Carbon 3D Inc.

June 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 3D printer industry keeps making strides in technology and affordability. Machines can now pr...

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WSP expands Houston operations following ccrd acquisition

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Flickr

June 15, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Aside from bolstering its Houston operations, the ccrd acquisition expanded WSP’s presence in mar...

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Construction materials prices up in May

The latest report from Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction materials prices increased in May but remain down for the year. Image: Pixabay

June 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Prices for inputs to construction industries rose by 1.1% in May—the largest month-over-month inc...

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Houston's energy sector keeps office construction humming

Colliers International’s 2015 North America Office Market report assessed 92 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Image: Pixabay

June 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Colliers International projects continued expansion this year in its quarterly report on national...

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Google launches company to improve city leaving

Google CEO Larry Page believes that focusing on innovation for cities is an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The search engine giant is yet again diversifying its products. Google has co-created a startup,...

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