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Moore's Law and the future of urban design

A virtually expanded VA Hospital at Bay Pines, Fla. Using tools like Lumion 3D, planners are able to create increasingly life-like environments and fly through spaces in real time. Image: SmithGroupJJR

May 26, 2015 | Stephen Conschafter

SmithGroupJJR's Stephen Conschafter, urban designer and planner, discusses his thoughts on the 50...

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Architecture Billings Remain Stuck in Winter Slowdown

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. Photo: Wholetone/Wikimedia Commons.

May 20, 2015 | AIA

Regional business conditions continue to thrive in the South and West

How your firm can help struggling colleges and universities meet their building project goals

Keene (N.H.) State College hopes to meet the high standards of the AIA Architecture 2030 Challenge with a planned 350-bed living/learning residence hall, currently under design by Perkins+Will. Colleges and universities are using their construction projects to make important statements about their institutional goals and aspirations. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Building Teams that want to succeed in the higher education market have to help their clients fin...

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Renovate or build new: How to resolve the eternal question

Prep spaces in Niagara County Community College’s Niagara Falls Culinary Institute provide future chefs with experience needed to operate foodservice venues. The institute is housed in a converted shopping mall. Photo: Tim Wilkes Photography

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

With capital budgets strained, renovation may be an increasingly attractive money-saving option f...

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KU Jayhawks take a gander at a P3 development

The west entrance of the main campus of the University of Kansas with the Chi Omega Fountain. Photo: Quasselkasper via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The P3 concept is getting a tryout at the University of Kansas, where state funding for construct...

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ULI forecast sees clear skies for real estate over next three years

City Creek at City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Uncle Alf via Wikimedia Commons

May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With asset availability declining in several sectors, rents and transactions should rise.

NCARB wants the title ‘architect’ confined to those who are licensed

“This issue has been fraught with controversy,” said Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB’s President, during a press conference at the AIA Show in Atlanta. Photo: NCARB

May 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Council is urging state licensing boards to come up with a substitute for the pre-licensure t...

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The museum of tomorrow: 8 things to know about cultural institutions in today’s society

Digital Revolution at Barbican. Photo: Gensler

May 13, 2015 | Diana Lee and Richard Jacob

Entertainment-based experiences, personal journeys, and community engagement are among the key th...

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Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 2

It’s always a good idea to discuss any concerns you may have about your liability or risk exposure with your professional liability advisor and project owner, but it’s also important that you develop your own procedures that will help you take control of the flow of information on a project.

May 10, 2015 | Steve Whitehorn

In Part 1, we covered taking control of the submittals schedule and managing RFIs. Let’s move on...

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Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 1

By controlling the flow of information and communication during construction, AE firms can better control their costs and risk exposure, and increase their profitability.

May 10, 2015 | Steve Whitehorn

AE firms need to protect themselves against vague contractual and procedural situations during al...

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Construction industry adds 45,000 jobs in April

A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the construction industry added 45,000 jobs in April. Image: Pixabay

May 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The construction industry saw an increase in jobs during the month of April after losing approxim...

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Surety bond forms specifically for design-build projects now available

The Design-Build Institute of America released a full set of bonds for design-build projects. Image: Pixabay/jingoba

May 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The documents are the first of their kind to be coauthored by designers and builders.

Parks in the sky? Subterranean bike paths? Meet the livable city, designed in 3-D

The Shanghai Tower. All images courtesy Gensler

May 06, 2015 | Andy Cohen

Today’s great cities must be resilient—and open—to many things, including the influx of humanity,...

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How to build 'smart' teams

Understanding the art and science of teams is vital to creating results for sustainability leaders. Image: Pixabay

May 05, 2015 | Julie Honeywell

In today's complex world, there are no simple answers—solutions to our most pressing problems are...

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Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

May 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in ju...

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Nonresidential fixed investments fall in latest Construction Economic Update

The newest Construction Econmic Update from ABC revealed that nonresidential fixed investments declined during the first three months of the year. Image: Pixabay

May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This is the first time that nonresidential fixed investment declined since the first quarter of 2...

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Safdie Architects accepting applications for 2015 Research Fellowship

The 2015 Research Fellowship with Safdie Architects will battle the challenges of dense urbanism. Image: MBS Digital

April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The program, which features a theme of “dense urbanism,” encourages participants to tackle the ch...

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Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop...

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Size matters in NYC, where several projects vie for the city’s tallest building honor

With a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, Nordstrom Tower would be one foot shorter than One World Trade Center. Rendering via New York Yimby

April 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest renderings of 217 West 57th Street show a tower that would rise higher than the World...

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Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into l...

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Architects propose sustainable ‘vertical city’ in Sahara

Agriculture will be planted in a central tower inside the main structure, so that produce is protected from the harsh desert conditions. Renderings courtesy OXO Architectes

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers aim to make the 1,476-foot tower sustainable, relying on rainwater collection, solar po...

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Check out Ralph Johnson's stunning nature-inspired Shanghai museum

The building's shell shaped has earned it the nickname "Green Spiral" by the Chinese. All photos ©Steinkamp Photography, courtesy Perkins+Will

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum, designed by Perkins+Will’s Global Design Direct...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating...

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Stop the Endless Debate to Nowhere – It’s Time to Measure Workplace Performance

Cannon Design used strategic solutions when developing the new Zurich North America headquarters. Image courtesy CannonDesign

April 21, 2015 | Meg Osman

Rather than be confused by the constant stream of opinions, leadership teams contemplating workpl...

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Software shouldn't dictate process

"It’s time for a project management solution as unique as your project," writes Gensler's Mark Thole. Illustration: Christine Maurer, courtesy Gensler

April 21, 2015 | Mark Thole

With over 200 solutions on the market, construction software is one of the most complex and fragm...

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Too many construction projects still don’t meet owners’ expectations: KPMG report

KPMG International's Global Construction Survery 2015 reported that 53% of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Causes for delays, overruns, and underperformance include project management talent shortages, di...

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Goettsch Partners unveils designs for Nanning China Resources Center Tower

The massing of the building steps and tapers to accommodate the changing floor plates of the various program types to offer a form that is efficient and identifiable. Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

April 17, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The tower's design is derived from its multiple uses, which include 170,000 sm of Class A office...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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Participants for Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Announced

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago is one of the venues that will exhibit some of the pavilions. Photo: Headsillroll/Wikimedia Commons

April 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Some big names include Bjarke Ingels Group and Studio Gang Architects

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