Multi-user VR, AI in construction, blockchain for AEC teaming, and advanced digital fabrication are among t...
A Plenty employee tends to leafy greens growing in the startup’s indoor facility in South San Francisco. The facility relies on 7,500 infrared cameras and 35,000 sensors embedded among the greens that monitor the room’s temperature, humidity, and growing phases. Courtesy Plenty.
Armed with the latest agri-tech and millions in VC funding, vertical farming startups believe the...read more
Photo: Timothy Schenck.
Kinetic architecture can bring practical and aesthetic value to an already ambitious project....
Autodesk’s BUILD Space gives AEC firms and research teams free use of a robust collection of fabr...read more
La Carreta pavilion, on the Monterrey, Mexico, campus of Tecnológico de Monterrey. Photo: Paco Alvarez, The Raws
Sasaki designs interchangeable spaces to support a major educational shift at Mexico’s largest un...read more
On two acres within Detroit’s North End, the Michigan Urban Farm Initiative grows 300 varieties of leafy vegetables that it distributes free to 2,000 families who live within two miles of the farm. Like many urban farms around the country, MUFI has spurred redevelopment in its surrounding communities. Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard
Urban farms have been impacting cities’ agribusiness—and, on some cases, their redevelopment—for...read more
Water Street Tampa's 18 buildings are being designed by mulitple architecturual and design firms. The 50-acre, 9-million-sf community is expected to attract 23,000 workers and residents to Tampa's downtown. Image: Strategic Property Partners. CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE IMAGE
Nine architects, three interior designers, and nine contractors are involved in this $3 billion p...read more
A design rendering for a single new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. That project is one of 50 that the Trump administration has prioritized for immediate attention and funding support. Republicans and Democrats are also staking their claim to rebuilding America's infrastructure, with plans that vary widely in terms of favoring either private or public financing. Image: City of Kansas City
Both parties are talking about $1 trillion in spending over the next decade. How projects will be...read more
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GTRI recently got the OK from the Georgia Department of Transportation to test embedded PZ materi...read more
Georgia Tech Research Institute has a contract to install tiles embedded with piezoelectric material into the “vapor trail” of the Visitors Center at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla. The activated tiles act as a kind of keyboard that shows the planet and different aspects of NASA’s mission statement. Courtesy Formations Studio.
Research on piezoelectricity moves closer to practical applications for infrastructure and buildi...read more
Hassalo on 8th, the first new residential building complex within the Lloyd EcoDistrict in Portland, Ore., has its water treated and recycled through the largest natural urban wastewater system in North America. Provided by Biohabitats and engineered by Glumac, the system, which also serves an office building in the ecodistrict, was installed as a tradeoff with the city for lower utility hookup fees. Photo: American Assets Trust/GBD Architects.
EcoDistricts is helping cities visualize a bigger picture that connects their communities.
Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, employs hybrid construction, combining mass timber with concrete and steel. Shown here, workers position a CLT panel with steel stud framing and preinstalled windows. The Building Team includes: Acton Ostry Architects (architect), Architekten Hermann Kaufmann (tall wood advisor), Fast+Epp (SE), Stantec (ME and sustainability), GHL Consultants (fire science/building code), RDH Building Science (building science), and Urban One Builders (CM). Photo: Pollux Chung/Seagate Structures.
The idea of using mass timber for tall buildings keeps gaining converts.
Philip Johnson once called the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao “the greatest building of our time.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons
From the E.V. Haughwout Building (first passenger elevator) to the Sackett-Wilhelms printing plan...read more
Developed by NBBJ’s London office using design computation techniques, the No-Shadow Tower is a dual-tower scheme that utilizes the façade from one tower to effectively “erase” the shadows created by the second tower by redirecting sunlight. All renderings courtesy NBBJ
Using advanced design computation, a design team demonstrates how to ‘erase’ a building’s shadows...
A 230,000-sm factory in China’s Hunan province spent several months producing modules for the 57-story J57 Mini Sky City tower, in Changsha. Using advanced prefabrication techniques, China-based contractor Broad Sustainable Building erected the tower in less than three weeks. Photos courtesy Broad Sustainable Building
A prefab construction company in China built a 57-story tower in 19 days. Here’s how they did it....read more
Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada will soon be making battery units like the Powerwall and Powerpack, which can store solar power for residential and commercial uses, including electric cars, homes, and businesses. Photos courtesy Tesla Motors
With his $5 billion, 13.6 million-sf Gigafactory, Tesla’s Elon Musk seeks to change the economics...read more
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Mayo teams up with Delos to bring hard science to EBD research.
Wavegarden’s Surf Snowdonia in Wales uses an underwater foil to generate waves. Photo: Wavegarden
Wave-making technologies vie for attention, as surfing is shortlisted for 2020 Olympic Games....
The tower's natural ventilation system includes manually operated sliding doors, made from locally supplied wood, that provide office occupants with access to a “porch” between the building’s interior and exterior walls. Photo: courtesy Gensler
Natural breezes flow through the banking giant's new 33-story, double-skin tower in Pittsburgh....read more
Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB
BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...read more