BD+C's top 10 stories of 2013

A roundup of the most popular articles on in 2013. 

December 31, 2013 |

The world's tallest twisting tower and the rise of augmented reality technology in construction were among the 10 most popular articles posted on Building Design+Construction's website,, in 2013. Here's a roundup of the top articles from the past 12 months. Happy New Year from the BD+C editorial team!






1. 2013 Giants 300 Report

Building Design+Construction's annual ranking the nation's largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. Read the article.



2. 8 trends shaping today’s senior housing

The ranks of those age 65 and older are swelling by the thousands every day. Is there an opportunity for your firm in the seniors housing market? Read the article.



3. World's tallest twisting tower added to Dubai skyline [slideshow]

The 75-story residential building, designed by SOM, features a dramatically rising helix shape for a distinctive addition to the city’s skyline. Read the article.



4. Meet BD+C's 40 Under 40 class of 2013

Forty individuals who have distinguished themselves by their career achievements, service to their professions and communities, and active participation in charitable work. Read the article.



5. 13 structural steel buildings that dazzle

We profile the 13 structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2013 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). Read the article.



6. 7 hip high-rise developments on the drawing board

Here's a collection of recently profiled high-rise projects in the works around the world. They include Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill's whimsical Dancing Dragons tower in Seoul and a 1,312-foot-tall finance and trade center under construction in Nanning, China. Read the article.



7. 5 innovations in high-rise building design

KONE's carbon-fiber hoisting technology is among the breakthroughs named 2013 Innovation Award winners by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Read the article.



8. Augmented reality goes mainstream: 12 applications for design and construction firms

Thanks to inexpensive mobile devices and increasingly advanced software apps, Building Teams are finally able to bring their BIM models to life on the job site. Read the article.



9. In an era of mixed signals, architects embrace cautious optimism 

Are architecture firms finally pulling out of the doldrums? The answer is a tentative yes, according to AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. Read the article.



10. World's first 'invisible' tower planned in South Korea

Called Tower Infinity, the 1,476-foot structure planned just outside the city, near Incheon International Airport, will feature a cloaking façade made of LED projectors and optical cameras that will capture and display the landscape surrounding the building, thus making it appear transparent. Read the article.


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