Building Team Blog

The Building Team Blog serves as the primary platform for BD+C's editorial team to opine about all things related to the AEC market, from the latest design tools to green building trends. Building Team Bloggers include Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director ([email protected]), David Barista, Editor-in-Chief ([email protected]), and John Caulfield, Senior Editor ([email protected]).

Lexus RX 450h self-driving car. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

AEC Tech | May 09, 2016 | David Barista
Despite popular belief, the country is not in a great age of technological and digital innovation, at least when compared to the last great innovation...
Deep Learning + AI: How machines are becoming master problem solvers

The world’s top Go player Lee Sedol puts the first stone against Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo during the third match of the Google DeepMind Challenge match in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Reuters/Google/Yonhap

AEC Tech | March 31, 2016 | David Barista
Besides revolutionary changes to the world’s workforce, artificial intelligence could have a profound impact on the built environment and the AEC indu...

Yotel, New York City. Photo: JasonParis, flickr creative commons

Hotel Facilities | March 09, 2016 | Rob Cassidy Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor
Hotels are going for a new minimalist look to attract younger guests, but some older business travelers don't like the small "desks"—and they don't wa...
Is the booming freelance economy a threat to AEC firms?

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Architects | February 24, 2016 | David Barista
By shifting the work (and revenue) to freelancers, “platform capitalism” startups have taken considerable market share from traditional businesses.
How the Fourth Industrial Revolution will alter the globe’s workforce

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BIM and Information Technology | January 26, 2016 | David Barista
The next great technological metamorphosis will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before, due to the sheer size, speed, and scope of disrup...
Potential vs. credential: How men and women differ in career progress

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Architects | January 05, 2016 | David Barista David Barista, Editorial Director
Recent research suggests that women face yet another career impediment: the confidence gap.
Meet the world’s next great construction superpower

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Industry Research | December 23, 2015 | David Barista
There’s a new world construction hotbed coming down the pike (more specifically, the Mumbai Nashik Expressway), and it could mean a major boon for AEC...

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Sustainable Development | December 02, 2015 | Rob Cassidy
Researchers at Harvard, SUNY-Upstate Medical Center, and Syracuse University conduct a controlled experiment to see if high levels of carbon dioxide a...
Leadership or limbo: Moving to building green’s next level

3 PNC Plaza. Photo: John Marino via flickr Creative Commons

Green | November 29, 2015 | John Caulfield
After interviewing more than 50 AEC firms for our Greenbuild Report in the November issue, I wonder if the sustainability movement has hit a wall in t...

Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Design Director/Senior Designer with KTGY Architecture + Planning, Irvine, Calif. (Class of 2015 40 Under 40 winner)

October 26, 2015 | David Barista
Are you an AEC superstar? The 2016 "40 Under 40" competition is now open for entries. Here are some helpful tips to remember when applying. 
Competency-based learning: A glimpse into the future of higher education?

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University Buildings | October 16, 2015 | David Barista
For better or worse, the higher education experience for many young Millennials and Gen Zers will not resemble the four-year, life-altering experience...
From Gehry to the High Line: What makes a project a game-changer?

El Peix sculpture in Barcelona, by Frank Gehry. Photo: Till Niermann via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | September 24, 2015 | David Barista
Each year, there are a handful of projects that significantly advance the AEC industry or a particular building type. Send us your game-changing proje...
Why AEC firms should be cultivating 'visible experts'

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Architects | July 07, 2015 | David Barista
A new study pinpoints the true dollar value of having knowledge leaders and market shapers on your team.
Tactical urbanism: Why bigger isn’t always better in urban revitalization

Each September, as part of Park(ing) Day, citizens, artists, and activists in more than 160 cities collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into micro parks, gardens, and art exhibits. Photo: my.parkingday.org

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 27, 2015 | David Barista
A budding urban planning movement that is sprouting in cities across the globe proves that low-cost, small-scale, community-driven projects have the p...
Hackathons and RFCs: Why one developer killed the RFP

Image depicts design concepts from the hackathon winner, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn. Photo courtesy Skanska

Building Owner | May 06, 2015 | David Barista
In lieu of an RFP process, Skanska Commercial Development hosted a three-week "hackathon" to find an architect for its 2&U tower in Seattle.
Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 29, 2015 | David Barista
Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people moving, interacting, huddling, collab...
The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2015 | David Barista
As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seoul, Syd...
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The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates the retrofit market for small commercial buildings at $35.6 billion. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | January 28, 2015 | David Barista
The real opportunity for shrinking the nation’s energy footprint lies in the mundane world of small commercial buildings, writes BD+C's David Barista....

This past October, 78 young AEC professionals gathered in New York City for leadership development and networking during BD+C's Under 40 Leadership Summit.

Architects | January 21, 2015 | David Barista
Many AEC firms focus on training for the hard skills of the profession, not so much for business prowess, writes BD+C's David Barista.

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Architects | December 22, 2014 | John Caulfield
Commercial and residential construction can be as different as night and day. But as one who covered the housing industry for nearly a decade, I firml...

American Standard's SaTo sanitary toilet pans (shown here installed in a latrine in Haiti) seal off pit latrines from flies to prevent the spread of pathogens.

Architects | December 08, 2014 | Rob Cassidy
When we see the incredible technology being produced by global plumbing manufacturers, it’s hard to conceive why no viable technical solution to the g...
Architects | November 17, 2014 | Rob Cassidy
It’s been almost two years since 20 first-graders were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but these incidents, both pl...

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Healthcare Facilities | September 25, 2014 | John Caulfield
Precedents and patterns may not tell you all that much about future spending or demand.

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Architects | September 03, 2014 | Rob Cassidy
Architecture, engineering, and (presumably) construction firms will face difficulties with management succession, as tens of thousands of Baby Boomers...

Qianhai Development - Goettsch Partners, August 2014

Architects | August 29, 2014 | Rob Cassidy
U.S. architecture and engineering firms like Goettsch Partners have been enjoying full employment in China. But will there come a point when Chinese o...

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Transportation & Parking Facilities | August 27, 2014 | Rob Cassidy
A report from Smart Growth America on pedestrian fatalities shows that cities in Florida and other parts of the Sunbelt are more deadly than others.

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Architects | July 20, 2014 | David Barista
Today, more than ever, tech districts are the key to economic growth for metro markets. A new report from the Brookings Institution calls tech hubs th...

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Architects | June 08, 2014 | Rob Cassidy
Just for the sake of argument, let’s put aside the rhetoric about climate change—whether it’s actually happening, whether it’s a result of manmade act...

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Architects | April 25, 2014 | David Barista
The newest generation to enter the workforce is like no other that has come before it. This cohort is the first to grow up with the Internet, mobile t...
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