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In her talk at Accelerate Live! 2018, micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager Stantec Architecture, explored the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies. Photo: BD+C

June 24, 2018 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...

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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), a trio of expe... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AS+GG’s Anthon... read more
June 11, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), HOK’s Greg Sc... read more
June 11, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), SOM’s Lucas Tr... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AEC technophil... read more
May 30, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), building syste... read more

Small construction companies are less willing to spend on technology than companies in several other business sectors, including retailing, manufacturing, and real estate. Image: Pixabay

March 01, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A survey of 800 companies found tepid interest overall in investing in “big data.” 

MIT’s Simmons Hall, designed by Steven Holl

MIT’s Simmons Hall, designed by Steven Holl

January 05, 2018 | David Barista, Editorial Director

At a time when research- and data-based methods are playing a larger role in architecture, there...

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Thyssenkrupp's MULTI vertical-horizontal system uses magnetic-levitation technology that allows cars to make 90-degree turns. Image: thyssenkrupp

July 07, 2017 | John Caulfield

Thyssenkrupp’s cable-less MULTI system promises higher transport capacity and lower peak power de...

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Sean Parham, VP of Product Marketing and Management with Aditazz Photo: Adam Grubb

July 06, 2017 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural AEC innovation conference, Accelerate Live! (May 11, Chicago), featured...

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June 13, 2017 |
SageGlass CEO Dr. Alan McLenaghan reviews how biophilic design and new technologies, such as dynamic... read more
June 13, 2017 |
Architect and materials guru Blaine Brownell reveals emerging trends and applications that are trans... read more
June 13, 2017 |
Thornton Tomasetti’s Jonatan Schumacher presents the firm’s business model for developing, incubatin... read more
June 13, 2017 |
Yazdani’s Ben Juckes discusses the firm’s tech-centric culture, where scripting has become an every-... read more
June 13, 2017 |
Graham Cranston shares SGH’s efforts to take hold of its project data using mathematical optimizatio... read more
June 13, 2017 |
Suffolk’s CIO Chris Mayer talks about the firm’s framework for vetting and implementing new technolo... read more

PTMDs can be worked into the design of a building or added after to reduce vibrations in areas with high foot traffic, such as main stairways. Courtesy Virginia Tech.

June 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Developed by a team at Virginia Tech, the PTMD has been shown to reduce vibrations by as much as...

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February 23, 2017 | Stephen Conschafter

How can cities of the near future put an emphasis on equality while also reaping the abundant ben...

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GF Construction, led by Charles and Jerry Fombrun, designed an industrial manufacturing developme...

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January 19, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

GTRI recently got the OK from the Georgia Department of Transportation to test embedded PZ materi...

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Rendering courtesy of BIG

November 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The pods can reach speeds of up to 1,100 kilometers per hour.

Photo courtesy NBBJ

August 26, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The technology measures light levels, humidity and temperature, motion, and sound.

Infrastructure technology would allow The Shed to roll out and expand, to serve as galley, exhibit, and performance space. Image: Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group

August 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Shed could become the permanent home for New York’s Fashion Week event.

Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host next week's Republican National Convention, at which more than 20,000 people are expected to attend. The venue is relying on a distributed antennae system to help boost voice and data transmission and make sure those attendees' smartphones work smoothly. Image: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Each venue is equipped with DAS technology that extends the building’s wireless coverage.

| June 09, 2016 |

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

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MIT study: Microscopic structure of natural materials can inspire better concrete

Photo: BEV Norton/Creative Commons

June 01, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Bones and sea sponges are highly organized at the molecular level, while concrete consists of ran...

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A recent survey of 1,003 U.S office workers finds a high percentage of them are pretty happy about their jobs, in terms of their own productivity and success. Image: Adobe's “Work in Progress” report.

May 24, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But most employees still see their companies falling on the dull side of the cutting edge. 

All images courtesy Proving Ground.

May 09, 2016 | Nathan Miller

In creating a roadmap for computation, Proving Ground's Nathan Miller likes to consider investing...

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Photo Courtesy of Personal Comfort Systems

April 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Not only can the Hyperchair reduce heating and cooling costs and maximize employee comfort, but i...

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