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MojoDome in sit and stand options

Photos courtesy MojoDesk

July 09, 2021 | David Malone, Managing Editor

The MojoDome allows for a private work space while also maintaining a collaborative environment...

PFFtag platooning

Photos: PFF

March 18, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

New proof-of-concept from Piaggio Fast Forward and Trimble enables robots and machines to follo...

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Sasaki’s Space Dashboard factors a range of inputs like employee counts by department, employee growth projections by department, work from home assumptions, storage needs, and workstation requirements, to optimize office space for current and future operations. Images courtesy Sasaki

February 11, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A new web-based tool from Sasaki takes the guesswork out of heading back to the workplace.

A test house for water-filled glass

Photos Courtesy Loughborough University

October 06, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

New research shows how water-filled glass could help heat and cool buildings.

Toe-to-go system in brass

All images courtesy MAD Elevator

August 10, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Toe-To-Go elevator system allows riders to operate the elevator entirely with their feet....

Coffee kiosk with protective barriers

All images courtesy Voila Creative Studio

July 13, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Custom protective barriers help keep essential business employees safe.

Mother and son working in the Fairfield

Photo: Chris Cunningham, courtesy of Quinn Evans.

April 13, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The workstations are the perfect remedy for squirming, restless children and toddlers.

Image: Iwan Baan/Courtesy of The Shed

February 05, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Precise positioning of mechanicals above its lighting keeps New York’s kinetic event space, The...

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Delivery robot boarding elevator

With thyssenkrupp’s robotics interface platform, delivery robots can move freely from floor to floor within multistory office, hospitality, or healthcare settings to do anything from helping with housekeeping to securely delivering pharmaceuticals. Photos: thyssenkrupp.

December 18, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Thyssenkrupp’s robotics interface platform helps robots use elevators like humans.

3 women wearing Skanska's new line of PPE

Based on feedback from women in Skanska’s Boston, New York, and Seattle offices, the firm created two safety vest options—one with a tapered waist, the other with an adjustable elastic waist band—made from a breathable mesh material that makes the vest lighter and more comfortable in warm climates. All images courtesy Skanska USA

November 12, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A safety vest is the first piece of equipment to undergo an update.

Courtesy REEF Technology

October 03, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The company currently operates 4,500 parking lots in 25 markets across North America.

Pavegen kinetic flooring promises more than just energy generation, great solutions, BD+C

The Pavegen system generates electrical energy with every step. The triangular shape creates a continuously articulated surface with no dead zones so the system can capture energy from almost every footstep. Photo: Pavegen


August 30, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Pavegen says its technology delivers a new level of human engagement in sustainability initiative...

OasisPlus’s sensors measure the building’s movement as it shakes and then sends real-time alerts to building occupants, facilities teams, and even the building’s structural engineer. The system includes an app for building occupants. All images courtesy Kinemetrics.

August 07, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The platform provides real-time monitoring to help avoid unnecessary evacuations and improve emer...

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Smart sensor maintains privacy, enhances safety in sensitive spaces

HALO has 11 built-in sensors to monitor audio analytics (e.g., shouting, bullying), air quality (vape, smoke), chemicals (oxidizers, methane), light, and environmental factors (occupancy, humidity). All images courtesy IPVideo Corp.

July 12, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The HALO IOT sensor is designed for use in places where cameras are not welcome.

The Upbrella construction method starts with building a roof enclosure, which is then lifted floor by floor using specialized lifting and hoist equipment as vertical construction progresses.

April 09, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Upbrella allows for floor-by-floor building construction that is, reportedly, safer and more prod...

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Courtesy James Pikul, UPenn

March 12, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Inspired by the look and cellular nature of wood, researchers create 3D-printed “digital wood” an...

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Superfarm exterior

All renderings courtesy Studio NAB

February 20, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Superfarm will go beyond what vertical farms typically produce.

An apiary for the sanctuary

Thousands of honeybees reside in four custom-designed beehives on the roof of the events venue. The bees provide honey for the venue’s restaurant. Photos: courtesy ZGF Architects

February 07, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A Seattle events venue, The Sanctuary, has a roof that is literally a hive of sustainability.

Net zero construction trailer brings health and wellness to the jobsite

The 12x60-foot Net Zero Jobsite Trailer debuted in November at the Greenbuild show in Chicago. It features a super-insulated shell and many of the comforts of a traditional office workspace. Photo: ©2018 Ballogg Photography

January 02, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

As AEC firms scramble to upgrade their offices to maximize occupant wellness and productivity, Pe...

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Rendering of the deployed Medical Motherboard from CallisonRTKL

Courtesy CallisonRTKL

December 12, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

CallisonRTKL’s design combines artificial intelligence, electric vehicle technology, and the late...

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Aerial view of reconfigurable canopy

The prototype, developed by researchers at the University of Stuttgart, employs autonomous aerial vehicles to constantly reconfigure canopy systems for use in public spaces. All photos courtesy University of Stuttgart.

November 08, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The installation combines cyber-physical building materials constructed from lightweight carbon f...

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Merwehaven Harbor in Rotterdam will be home to the world’s first floating farm.

The pilot project involves constructing a multi-story floating structure to house cows on the second story, for milk, yogurt, cream, and cheese, and waste collection and processing on the main level for the production of fertilizer. Renderings: Beladon

September 28, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Merwehaven Harbor in Rotterdam will be home to the world’s first floating farm.

Close up of a circadian curtainwall

HOK’s Circadian Curtain Wall concept employs curved, bubbled glass to maximize daylight, minimize solar heat gain, and provide external shading. Courtesy HOK

September 17, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Catering to our natural circadian rhythm is a task designers are taking to heart.

Ware Malcomb's multistory warehouse prototype

Ware Malcomb's multistory warehouse facility prototype creates a "warehouse on top of a warehouse" to increase leasable space without sacrificing functionality. Image: Ware Malcomb.

August 08, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Multistory industrial buildings provide the best chance at keeping up with the rapid growth of e-...

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Exterior of a Mars building prototype

Courtesy Redhouse Studio

July 13, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A Cleveland-based architect and a NASA Ames researcher have a novel idea for building on Mars....


SuitX industrial exoskeletons reduce the risk of injuries to the wearer without the use of batteries, actuators, or computers.

May 14, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

SuitX modules can be used separately or combined to form a full-body exoskeleton.

A woman using the awair omni


April 05, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

San Francisco startup Bitfinder debuts a commercial-grade version of its air quality monitoring s...

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Embr Wave on a woman's wrist

New wearable occupant-comfort technology, such as the Embr Wave from Embr Labs, could be a game changer for workplace design firms. Photo: Embr Labs

March 09, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Embr Wave Wristband acts like a personal thermostat and could become a user-friendly componen...

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The CorTek system has been used on five projects to date, including the One Steamboat Place resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Images: Vulcraft

February 08, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

With this patented, steel-and-concrete hybrid system, the service core will no longer be the sche...

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January 10, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

From coastal resorts to inner cities, these large-scale clear-water lagoons offer a slice of para...

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