An augmented reality application for mobile devices allows users to see what a new computer science building on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington will look like completed while it's under construction. Image: Mortenson Construction

Augmented Reality | July 19, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $105 million project in Seattle is the latest example of the firm’s commitment to virtual and augmented reality tools.

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Images courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | June 14, 2016 | HDR BLiNK | Lynn Mignola

Recent design trends favor extroverts who enjoy collaboration. HDR's Lynn Mignola says that designers need to accommo...

San Francisco voters approve tougher affordability requirement on new housing development

San Francisco. Photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | June 14, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics charge that the measure may backfire and actually reduce new affordable units.


Drexel's Korman Center. Renderings courtesy Gluckman Tang Architects. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | June 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A large screen sets a living room vibe for the Philadelphia academic building. Plans call for 9,000 sf of common spac...

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Norfolk Transit Center, Norfolk, Virginia. ALPOLIC®/PE in SMX Silver Metallic Finish. Photographed by Chris Cunningham Photography.

Transit Facilities | June 13, 2016 | ALPOLIC

Whether building architecture or catching a bus, everyone’s happy when things run right on schedule.

High-rise Construction | June 13, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

Made of glass, concrete, and steel, the 56-story tower has been dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" because of its curving li...

Photo: Pixabay

Building Team | June 13, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Inaugural 2.5-day event will convene 125+ leading AEC women in Dana Point, Calif., November 9-11, for professional de...

Room painted with the Intrepid palette. Photos courtesy Sherwin-Williams. Click here to enlarge. 

Coatings | June 13, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The four palettes—Noir, Holistic, Intrepid, and Unbounded—were developed by a team of design and color experts.

The Millennial workforce is growing fast. An estimated 10,000 people turn 21 every day.

Movers+Shapers | June 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms, particularly those that design hotels and offices, gain a competitive edge by knowing how to appeal to the...

Rand Hall, a three-story student center and dining area at the center of the Vanderbilt University campus. Photo: Bob Schatz. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | June 13, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Virtual learning rooms, gaming stations, and self-check-out kiosks are among the perks—and necessities—that have all...

All images and videos courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

BIM and Information Technology | June 13, 2016 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Stephen Conschafter

Tech firms are creating a highly-detailed virtual planet available instantly for those who would like to scrutinize i...

American Concrete Institute releases new Guide to Shotcrete

Shotcrete. Photo: Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia Commons.

Concrete | June 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contibuting Editor

Includes information on application procedures, testing.


The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute in Los Angeles expects to consume 51% less energy and produce 1.25 times the energy it uses, thanks to a $15.5 million retrofit. Image courtesy of NZP ETI.

Energy Efficiency | June 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The goal of the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute is for this structure to become a model for emergency ope...

Carlos Arnaiz Architects (CAZA) has designed four different types of stations for Cebu, Philippines' first bus rapid transit system. Image courtesy of CAZA

Transit Facilities | June 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New York-based CAZA designed the modular bus stops with the city’s extreme weather conditions in mind.

URBAN EVANGELIST: Bruce Katz sees America humming again, city by city

Bruce Katz, the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, travels the globe espousing the virtues of cities as economic engines.

Movers+Shapers | June 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Katz, best known as Co-director of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy program, believes that cities are...

Buildings that invest in wellbeing see healthy returns

Nixon Peabody in Washington, D.C. All images courtesy Perkins+Will. 

Office Building Design | June 10, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Janine Grossmann

Healthy workers are more productive workers, but fitness can be tough when employees at the office for 50 hours a wee...

Misuse of USB ports is one of the major health technology hazards of 2016. Photo: Aidan C. Siegel/Wikimedia Commons.

Healthcare Facilities | June 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ECRI Institute’s annual list includes operational and workflow issues.


Form4 designs curved roofs for Stanford tech park

Innovation Curve Technology Park in Palo Alto, Calif. Renderings courtesy Form4 Architecture. Click here to enlarge.

Office Building Design | June 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Fabricated of painted recycled aluminum, the wavy roofs at the Innovation Curve campus will symbolize the R&D pro...

Rendering courtesy Studio Octopi

Sports and Recreational Facilities | June 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The addition of a pool to the Yarra may help improve people’s perception of the river and act as the impetus to an in...

Images courtesy SRG

University Buildings | June 09, 2016 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Kent Duffy, FAIA

Bringing people together remains the main objective when designing academic projects. SRG Design Principal Kent Duffy...

Rendering courtesy Triptyque Architecture via Inhabitat

Urban Planning | June 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The garden would filter as much as 20% of CO2 emissions while also providing a place for cultural events a...

Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation

Movers+Shapers | June 09, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Rockefeller Foundation has long helped municipalities and businesses respond to manmade and natural disasters. Si...

Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Photo: Prakash Patel, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Green | June 09, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The education building generated 83% more energy than it consumed over the last year en route to earning Living Build...

AEC Tech | June 09, 2016 | Sasha Reed |

Rather than fighting to control the proliferation of apps, perhaps we should be training our eyes to look for signs o...

Photo: chris white/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | June 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Unanimous decision allows landowners to take regulatory decisions straight to court.

King's Fork High School in the City of Suffolk, Va.

Insulation | June 08, 2016 | NCFI Polyurethanes

InsulBloc frees architects, contractors and specifiers from restrictive concerns about innovation and form in their d...

Dan Gilbert, Founder of Quicken Loans and Bedrock Real Estate Services

Movers+Shapers | June 08, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gilbert has invested $2.2 billion in Detroit, buying up left-for-dead properties and redeveloping them to lure busine...

Certification programs have only scratched the surface of assessing the performance of existing buildings. A new certification program, BREEAM USA, hopes to change that by making it easier for owners and managers to find out where their buildings stand and how they can make improvements. Image: Pixabay

Sustainability | June 08, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

BREEAM USA, an offshoot of a program already in place in Europe, aims to ease the point of entry.  

TD Bank Group's renovated Toronto office is first WELL-Certified project under WELL v1

TD Bank Tower and TD North Tower. Photo: John Vetterli/Wikimedia Commons

Green | June 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The newly renovated 25,000-sf space achieved gold-level status.

Gateway Tower in Chicago. Renderings courtesy Gensler. Click here to enlarge.

High-rise Construction | June 07, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A new 2,000-foot tower has been proposed for a site that is currently a non-monument to an abandoned plan.

Cozy hideouts support an emerging work mode that's proving critical to helping workers recharge their batteries. Image © Garrett Rowland. Click here to enlarge

Office Building Design | June 07, 2016 | GenslerOn | Penny Lewis

Workspaces are geared toward socializing and collaboration, but people need quiet, calm places where they can sit alo...

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