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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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A Loop NYC pedestrian park

Courtesy Edg

October 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A new proposal leverages driverless cars to free up almost all of Manhattan’s Park Avenue and Bro...

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The underground gangway rising

Courtesy Dror

September 14, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The bespoke system is part of a master plan by Dror and Gensler that creates the world’s first un...

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An E Ink wall highlights an open work space

Courtesy E Ink 

August 14, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

These materials can turn an ordinary wall into dynamic real estate.

Courtesy Kirksey

July 12, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Maker spaces, dry-erase walls, and flexible furniture highlight Kinkaid’s new Learning Center....

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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The Indigo Pine House being assembled. Courtesy Clemson University School of Architecture.

May 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Clemson University’s School of Architecture develops a patent-pending construction method that is...

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© 2016 Framery Acoustics

April 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Spotting a phone booth on a public street may not become any less rare, but they may soon become...

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March 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

In less than one minute, Bloomframe transforms from an insulated picture window to an open balcon...

Rendering courtesy of HOK.

February 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Driftscape could take the resort industry to places no hotel has ventured before.

Sanya Fuwai Center, on the island of Hainan, China, is the subject of a rigorous research study by a design team from GBBN Architects. The project’s site plan is shown below. Photo courtesy of GBBN architects.

August 23, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

In a new research paper, three healthcare specialists present factors that contribute to a psycho...

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The LEED Gold-certified Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough is among 44 sustainable projects included in Diamond Schmitt Architects’ ecoMetrics visual database of energy models. Among its sustainable design features are earth tubes that draw fresh air through cylindrical intake shafts to be warmed or cooled (depending on the season) below ground before entering the HVAC system. Photo: Michael Muraz.

August 23, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Diamond Schmitt Architects’ ecoMetrics tool allows its designers to quickly analyze solutions bas...

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