Robotic interiors: How to make a studio apartment feel as big as a one-bedroom unit

Ori Studio Suite comes with a full or queen bed, a dining table or desk, a 50- or 60-inch TV nook, up to 133 cubic feet of storage, 48 to  60 inches of space to hang clothes, LED lighting, six outlets, and two USB ports. The system “adds” up to 136 of usable square footage to the unit. Cost: $7,000 to $15,000, depending on order quantity. Photo: Ori Living

Multifamily Housing | July 17, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Meet Ori Living's robotically controlled, space-saving furniture system. 

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5 noteworthy multifamily developments

The Danforth, Seattle. Photo: Aaron Locke Photography

Multifamily Housing | April 27, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor

Special-needs housing in West Hollywood, Calif., and a warehouse-turned-apartments in the Twin Cities are among the n...

MARSHA 3D printed habitat

Courtesy AI SpaceFactory

Architects | April 26, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Colonizing Mars is an exciting possibility in the not-too-distant future, and architects will play a vital role in ma...

Courtesy Adler Group/13th Floor Investments

Mixed-Use | April 26, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will be built in phases over the next five years.

Custom builder Loudermilk Homes once relied exclusively on house wrap as their air and water barrier of choice. But once they learned about the benefits of the ForceField® air and water barrier system, they switched. Sherwin Loudermilk of Loudermilk Homes explains why. Click here to watch!

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Report: Contractors invest $1.6 billion in workforce development annually

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Codes and Standards | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ABC members increased training spending 45% from 2013, according to a new report. 

Half of corporate and government offices offer wellness programs

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Office Building Design | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nearly 30% of worksites offer programs for physical activity and fitness, according to the CDC.

New York City’s Green New Deal would ban all-glass skyscrapers

Photo by Jamie McInall from Pexels

Codes and Standards | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The ambitious plan would also boost affordable housing, reduce building emissions, and update codes to account for se...

While drainable building wraps share the ability to shed bulk water faster than standard wraps, not all are up to par. Tear strength, air holdout, UV resistance, and breathability still matter. Only TYPAR ® Drainable Wrap™ pairs drainability with overall industry-leading weather protection.

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Chicago, Houston, and Dallas deemed ‘most dangerous cities for migratory birds’

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Codes and Standards | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The three cities are in the heart of North America’s most trafficked aerial corridors.

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To outline the necessities in your SOW, you can break it down into nine pieces.

How outdoor environments provide value to K-12 learning, health, and safety

The courtyard at Carolina Day School is frequently used as an outdoor classroom, playground, and dining area. Graduation is also hosted in this space, with each graduating student ringing the bell in the center of the courtyard to complete their rite of passage to middle school. Photo courtesy Clark Nexsen

K-12 Schools | April 25, 2019 | Clark Nexsen Blog | Becky Brady, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Outdoor spaces at school offer students key opportunities to learn, problem solve, and mentally refresh.

April 25, 2019 | MBI

The project passed the rigorous Seattle Design Review board with its modulated façade and playful expression of the m...

With sweeping views to the north and east, allowing sightlines into St. Louis's Downtown West District neighborhood, a proposed MLS soccer stadium for the city could be the next anchor in its ongoing downtown revitalization. All renderings courtesy HOK and Snow Kreilich

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 24, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Plans capitalize on league’s plans to expand.

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign's new centrally located SOM facility will celebrate and enhance connections between engineering and construction. That focus, and the open-learning approach of the structure which will be completed in 2021, relect changes in the AEC industry. All renderings: Smilodon

University Buildings | April 24, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Campus Instructional Facility will celebrate and foster creativity and int...

All Photos: Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.

Reconstruction & Renovation | April 24, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Phase one of the project has recently completed.

Sandwich cladding primer [AIA course]

For the reconstruction of a high school in the United Kingdom, the project team removed concrete spandrel panels and installed a new steel structure for added floor area and a unitized curtain wall of translucent fiber-reinforced polymer. This pumped more daylight into classrooms without unwanted gains to heating and cooling loads. Photo courtesy of Kalwall

BD+C University Course | April 24, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Learn about the differences in design, structural integrity, and insulating capacity between various types of sandwic...

A rendering of the 70-acre Seaport San Diego redevelopment, for which the owner's rep Gafcon is applying Digital Twin technology to manage the construction process. Courtesy Gafcon

AEC Tech | April 24, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One leading owner’s rep is pushing that idea with its “OneModel” BIM-sharing approach.

The Residences at Edison Lofts

Inset, Edison with a Type A4 Edison cell, the nickel-iron alkaline storage battery produced at his factory in West Orange, N.J. Left, The Residences at Edison Lofts: 279 reconstructed apartments and 21 penthouse rentals, plus 34 new-construction units, a parking garage, and retail space. Photo: Prism Capital Partners

Multifamily Housing | April 23, 2019 | By Robert Cassidy, Editor

America’s greatest inventor would have appreciated this project team’s ingenuity and persistence.

Multifamily, mid-rise buildings using wood construction

The $144 million WREN multifamily project in L.A.’s fast-rising South Park district helped to rewrite a neighborhood's narrative through thoughtful innovation, commercial discipline, and the use of a nimble building material: wood. Photo: Kevin Korczyk / Jeremy Samuelson

BD+C University Course | April 23, 2019 | Think Wood

This AIA CES course outlines the reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings; reviews code com...

Translational health science environments: 6 strategies for open innovation and knowledge transfer

Rice University’s New Emerging Science & Technology (NEST) Center includes collaboration portals located across its floorplan designed for spontaneous interaction and defined by bright green, writeable glass panels. Photo courtesy CannonDesign

Laboratories | April 23, 2019 | Cannon Design Blog | Abigail Clary and Chris Lambert, CannonDesign

Simply putting researchers and clinicians in the same building with hopes that serendipitous collaborations will ensu...

Standing in front of the Mill 19 redevelopment in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood Green innovation district are (l. to r.): Don Smith, President, Regional Industrial Development Corporation; Gary K. Fedder, Director, Manufacturing Futures Initiative, Howard M. Wilkoff Professor, ECE and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University; Mark Nolan, Associate Vice President, Institutional Partnerships, CMU; Nicole Graycar, AIA, Senior Project Manager, Architect, CMU. Photo: Jim Cunningham Photography.

Movers+Shapers | April 23, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After the steel industry started collapsing in the late 1970s, Pittsburgh has been reinventing itself as a science, m...

Hotel Facilities | April 23, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

It will be the first citizenM hotel in California.

Top 10 green buildings for 2019

A restrained palette of natural, authentic materials was used in the Amherst (Mass.) College New Science Center. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding campus architecture, the high-performing materials are designed and detailed for a 100-year life cycle. The pavilions are clad in ultra-high-performance concrete panels, in turn protected by a fixed weathering steel screen. Photo: Chuck Choi, courtesy AIA

Green | April 23, 2019 | AIA

The Amherst College Science Center and Frick Environmental Center are among the high-performance projects to be honor...

All Photos: Chuck Choi

University Buildings | April 22, 2019 | David Malone, Assocaite Editor

Ann Beha Architects designed the building.

Turner Construction is using this card to summarize its program. The "Green" graphic represents how the contractor is elevating what green means, and the three pillars of its program. Image: Turner Construction

Resiliency | April 22, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The company targets a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions and water use from construction activities by 2030.

Renderings: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

University Buildings | April 19, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Brutalist structure to be softened with redesign by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

Notre Dame fire highlights danger of renovating historic structures

Photo by Bennett Tobias on Unsplash

Codes and Standards | April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris is the latest blaze to damage or destroy historic buildings while undergo...

Skender, Z Modular reach agreement to fabricate multifamily housing components

Skender, a design, construction, and manufacturing firm, will use Z Modular’s self-bracing structural VectorBloc system to fabricate building components. Photos courtesy Skender and Z Modular

Building Tech | April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Factory to open soon on the southwest side of Chicago.

April 19, 2019 | Kinsley Construction, Inc. | Robert Reeves, Business Development Executive, Kinsley Construction, Inc.

By debunking a few common myths about construction, owners can feel more prepared and excited for their next project....

New regulations provide more insight into how investors and developers can benefit, tax wise, from Opportunity Zones. Image: Pixabay

Regulations | April 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The goal remains to get more capital gains working to spur economic growth in downtrodden neighborhoods.

AEC angel investor

Jesse Devitte is among the coterie of savvy venture capitalists who saw gold in those AEC hills. McKinsey & Company estimates that investors pumped more than $10 billion into “contech” startups between 2000 and 2017. Illustration: Cathy LePenske, BD+C

Movers+Shapers | April 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Jesse Devitte is among the prescient venture capitalists who’ve bet on the AEC industry finally coming around to desi...

Courtesy Pixabay

Codes and Standards | April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Organization offers tools and resources for working toward net-zero design.

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