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Design Innovation Report

BD+C's 2023 Design Innovation Report

Building Design+Construction’s Design Innovation Report presents projects, spaces, and initiatives—and the AEC professionals behind them—that push the boundaries of building design. This year, we feature four novel projects and one building science innovation.


India's mammoth new airport terminal takes ‘back to nature’ seriously

On January 15, 2023, Phase 1 of the Kempegowda International Airport’s Terminal 2, in Bengaluru, India, began domestic operations. The 2.75 million-sf building, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), is projected to process 25 million passengers annually, while providing its travelers with a healthier environment, thanks to extensive indoor-outdoor landscaping that offers serenity to what is normally a frenzied experience.

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May 24, 2018

Accelerate Live! talk: Security and the built environment: Insights from an embassy designer

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), embassy designer Tom Jacobs explores ways that provide the needed protection while keeping intact the representational and inspirational qualities of a design.
Retail Centers | Apr 19, 2018

Miami International Airport is home to the first Johnnie Walker store in the U.S.

The store will be a permanent fixture in the airport’s North Terminal.

Airports | Gresham Smith | Feb 21, 2018

Terminal Modernization: Why Bother? Part II

This is the second post in our series examining why airport operators should bother to upgrade their facilities, even if capacity isn’t forcing the issue.

Airports | Feb 7, 2018

LaGuardia Airport receives eight private work booths in Terminal B

 The hub sees over 15 million travelers annually.

Libraries | Jan 29, 2018

Commercial plane that skidded off the runway may become Turkey’s newest public library

The plane was removed from its cliffside perch five days after the incident.

Giants 400 | Oct 5, 2017

On wings of gold: Alternative financing schemes are propelling the high-flyin’ air terminals sector

The $4 billion renovation of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is the first major U.S. aviation project delivered using a public-private partnership (P3) model.

Giants 400 | Oct 3, 2017

Top 30 airport engineering firms

AECOM, Burns & McDonnell, and Arup top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest airport sector engineering and EA firms, as reported in the 2017 Giants 300 Report.

Airports | Gresham Smith | Sep 11, 2017

Terminal modernization: Why bother? Part I

A terminal modernization program can be a complicated and expensive task that airport operators may be hesitant to undertake unless necessitated by demands for increased capacity. This is the first post in our series examining why airport operators should bother to upgrade their facilities, even if capacity isn’t forcing the issue. 

Hotel Facilities | Jul 5, 2017

It only took 26 days to complete construction on the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel extension

PPVC techniques allowed the project to save time and manpower.

Airports | Jun 26, 2017

Newark Liberty International Airport breaks ground on $2.4 billion redevelopment project

The project includes a new 1 million-sf terminal building with 33 domestic aircraft gates.

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