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Construction site updates from the new $100 billion Saudi Arabian city

The city constructed from scratch off the Red Sea coast will give its port access to the Suez Canal, reflecting the government’s attempt to diversify its oil-dependent economy by focusing more in its shipping industry. Rendering courtesy of the King Abdullah Economic City.

April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new King Abdullah Economic City was conceived to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent econom...

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Berkeley’s West Branch Library generates more energy than it uses

Photos: David Wakely, courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux

April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 9,400-sf facility is California's first Net Zero Energy-certified building.

Industry groups petition for change order reform on federal projects

Photo: Matti Mattila via Wikimedia Commons

April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nine design and construction associations ask for assurance that funds available for additional w...

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Melbourne tower will light up depending on weather

"Real-time weather data [makes] the light move, and articulate the architecture of the building to give it a sense of elegance and presence,” lighting designer Bruce Ramus said. Rendering courtesy Lend Lease Group

April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will be illuminated by 164-foot-tall beams of LED light based on weather updates from t...

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French startup develops drone camera that overlays video with 3D images

Concept Photo by Sysveo via Discovery News.

April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new drones can capture video and overlay the shot results with 3D images and augmented realit...

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Architecture excellence: 6 award-winning libraries

Mission Branch Library, San Antonio, designed by Muñoz and Company. Photo: Chris Cooper/Luis M. Garza

April 02, 2015 | AIA

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the restored Slover Library in Norfolk, Va., are among si...

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Nonresidential construction spending flat in February

Commercial construction spending lost 1.9% in February, but is up 13.5% on a year-over-year basis.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The Associated Builders and Contractors forecasts a robust nonresidential construction spending r...

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Super computer Watson finds new home in Manhattan's Silicon Alley

IBM Watson immersion room and interactive video wall. Image: The Switzer Group

April 01, 2015 | The Switzer Group

The new headquarters for the former Jeopardy champ was conceived as a showcase for Watson’s capab...

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Containers on Grand: A new apartment complex in Phoenix

The apartments' living areas will open to a central courtyard through double French windows, which will flood the spaces with natural light. Renderings courtesy Stark James, LLC

March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The eight-unit complex, called Containers on Grand, was inspired by the need for affordable and s...

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Pratt Institute to offer first-ever degree in designing public spaces

Miller's Court in Baltimore, Md. Photo: Billy Michels, courtesy Bruner Foundation Inc.

March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of its new Urban Placemaking and Management degree, Pratt will offer courses on topics su...

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Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock

The design is the result of a six-month collaboration between local and international firms. Renderings courtesy Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Amenities of the facility include a performance venue that seats 2,220, a smaller one that seats...

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Best in steel construction: 12 projects earn steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a Merit Award for the design and structure of the facility. Image: Jeremy Bittermann

March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Calatrava's soaring Innovation Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University...

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Bathroom fixtures get a starchitect makeover by Bjarke Ingels

A faucet from the Taper series, designed by BIG. Photo courtesy Kallista

March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This Danish starchitect elevates the toilet paper holder (and other bathroom accessories).

Illustrator Federico Babina explores architecture as animals

The Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, but as a walrus. Renderings courtesy Federico Babina

March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

When you pay attention, the Eiffel Tower really does look like a giraffe.

Kengo Kuma selected to design new Paris Metro station

The Japanese firm's sloping design pays homage to rail tracks. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates.

March 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new station will serve as a hub to connect Paris' northern suburbs with the core.

WELL building standard introduced in China

WELL complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star, and BREEAM. Image courtesy Morgue File/kconnors

March 25, 2015 | Marisa Long, USGBC

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring...

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Timber residential high-rise will tower over Stockholm waterfront

The development will overlook an old harbor in Stockholm's industrial district on the island of Djurgården. Renderings courtesy Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

March 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The four towers, 20 stories each, will be made entirely out of Swedish pine, from frame to façade...

School in Hong Kong will feature bioclimatic façade

The campus’ lower floors will be open public space shared with the neighborhood, while the upper floors are used exclusively by the institute. Renderings courtesy Ronald Lu & Partners

March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project's twin-tower design opens the campus up to the neighboring public green space, while...

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Is nothing sacred? Seattle church to become a restaurant and ballroom

People would be able to enter the restaurant from Fifth + Columbia, a $400 million, 43-story tower that Daniels started building in June 2014 and is scheduled to complete in 2017. Rendering: ZGF Architects

March 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Seattle-based real estate developer plans to convert a historic downtown building, which for mo...

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SOM leads planning for Egypt’s new capital

The planned site for the new city will be 270 square miles with the capacity for seven million inhabitants. Renderings courtesy SOM

March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To alleviate overcrowding and congestion in Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a new capi...

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New Joplin, Mo., hospital built to tornado-resistant standards

The $465 million structure replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center that was destroyed in a 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Rendering: Mercy.net

March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new hospital features a window and frame system that can protect patients from winds of up to...

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Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

March 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “th...

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Architecture Billings Index rises in February

Photo: Dimitris Agelakis/Flickr

March 18, 2015 | AIA

The ABI score was 50.4 last month, up slightly from a mark of 49.9 in January. This score reflect...

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Prefabricated skycubes proposed with 'elastic' living apartments inside

The tower is designed to be 70% wood, and will contain gardens and flexible living spaces attached to a central concrete core. Renderings courtesy Weingartner Architects

March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The interiors for each unit are designed using an elastic living concept, where different spaces...

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The High Line’s co-designer wins contract for The Underline in Miami

The proposed 10-mile Underline park. Courtesy Anna Baez/Underline

March 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

James Corner Field Operations will design the master plan for this 10-mile restoration project. ...

One of London’s new skyscrapers will be shadowless

The architects designed this particular concept as a potential pair of towers in Greenwich, England. Renderings courtesy NBBJ

March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A team of architects from the London branch of NBBJ used computer algorithms to generate a dual-t...

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Healthcare planning in a post-ACA world: 3 strategies for success

An intended outcome of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce overall inpatient activity by managing health, reducing average length of stay, reducing readmissions, and generally moving toward a holistic approach of population health rather than an acute, episodic approach. Photo: Ralf/Flickr 

March 16, 2015 | Curtis Skolnick, CBRE Healthcare

Healthcare providers are seeking direction on how to plan for a value-based world while still ver...

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Giancarlo Zema Design Group unveils plans for Qatar resort

The design for a semi-submerged resort in Qatar includes luxury hotels, office buildings, and access to an activity zone in a marine park. Renderings courtesy Giancarlo Zema Design Group

March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The resort will have four semi-submerged hotels that look simil...

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Dubai Announces Construction of Aladdin City

A scene from a sci-fi movie? No, these are the official renderings of the planned Aladdin City in Dubai. Renderings courtesy Dubai Media Office

March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Planned on 4,000 acres in the Dubai Creek area, the ...

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Construction materials prices rise for first time in six months

"This rise is the first monthly gain since April 2014 and the eighth consecutive month in which petroleum prices were down on a year-over-year basis." said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Tosirog via Wikimedia Commons

March 13, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The largest monthly gain in petroleum prices in over three years caused construction materials pr...

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