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The Weekly show: SPIRE smart building rating system, and pickleball court design tips
November 20, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The November 19 episode of BD+C's The Weekly is available for viewing on demand.

The SPIRE Smart Building Program, World’s first smart building assessment and rating program

Photo courtesy UL and SPIRE Smart Building Program



The SPIRE Smart Building Program will help building owners and operators make better investment...

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Smart buildings stand on good data
October 01, 2020 | Mike Paciero, VDC Manager, VIATechnik

The coming disruption of owning and operating a building and how to stay ahead through BIM.


Drone technology is one of the tools that engineers and contractors are using to make their jobsites more efficient. A new report by Deloitte sees construction technology as a competitive advantage. Image: Deloitte

January 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Deloitte, in new report, lays out a risk mitigation strategy that relies on tech.

Rendering courtesy of CBT

October 20, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The detailed master plan for Phase 2 of Masdar City has been unveiled by CBT.

100 Resilient Cities to partner with Perkins Eastman

The Lenox Hill Healthplex is Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency department. Photo: Chris Cooper Photography/Courtesy Perkins Eastman.


February 10, 2016 | 100 Resilient Cities

Perkins Eastman joins 100RC group of Platform Partners to offer resilience-building services to m...

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Photo Credit: Mark Brennan, Flickr Creative Commons

February 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

U-Haul truck rental costs are a good early predictor of migration trends in the U.S.

Section of New Orleans will try new approach to flood control

Photo: Shawn Harquail/Creative Commons.

January 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city will turn to a retain and control storm water strategy.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 27, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The virtual city will be used to help predict the outcomes of and possible issues with various sc...

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Property owners and developers challenge FEMA floodplain maps

Flooding in New York City. Photo: Pamela Andrade/Creative Commons.

December 15, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Agency said to be open to revision requests.

AIA Baltimore holds rowhouse redesign competition

A team of students from Virginia Tech and local architects from Brown Craig Turner submitted the BeMORE Flats design, which won the Most Resilient Design award.

December 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Teams competed to provide the best social and environmental design solutions for the city’s exist...

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LEED Steering Committee approves resiliency pilot credits

Specific assessment requirements are provided for the following hazards including wildfires, as seen here in Texas in 2011. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons.

December 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Three credits address planning, design, and survivability.

New neighborhoods in Hamburg, Germany resilient to flooding, carbon neutral

Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Bastian Sander/Creative Commons.

November 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Mixed-use areas built on brownfields and derelict districts.

Miami Beach making plans to cope with rising sea levels, flooding

Miami Beach. Photo: Daniel Chodusov/Creative Commons

November 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city has turned to sea walls, raised streets, and pumping stations.

No eyes on the road: The impact of driverless vehicles

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG, foresaw an interesting interim solution where cars can act autonomously part of the time and be human-guided the rest. Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR

November 11, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR

The idea that space can be repurposed by breaking dependence on the purchase, maintenance, and st...

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White paper promotes incentives for improved disaster resilience

Long Island, N.Y. after Hurricane Sandy struck. Photo: UN ISDR/Creative Commons.

November 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The white paper makes the case that the most cost-effective manner to achieve resilience is throu...

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JLL names 10 emerging world cities

JLL says that Mexico City is a gateway for international firms, trade, and investment. Photo: Kasper Christensen/Creative Commons

November 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Mexico City, Shanghai, Istanbul, and seven other world-class cities have experienced rapid econom...

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New York City’s underground green space enters the testing phase Lowline

The Lowline would create a vibrant public space in one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Renderings courtesy Kibum Park/Raad Designs/Flickr

October 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

If realized, The Lowline would provide 1.5 acres of green space for the Lower East Side of Manhat...

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Taipei 101 is the world's toughest building

Taipei 101 stays safe even though it stands near a fault line in a typhoon zone. Photo: peellden/Wikimedia Commons

October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Popular Mechanics named the 10 structures that best withstand floods, winds, storms, and earthqua...

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New web tool from MIT organizes human movement in interactive graphs

A screenshot of New York City in the web tool, where mobile-phone activity is organized as timelines.

October 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Users can explore the mobile phone activities in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong....

Brookings Announces the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking

Rendering of a placemaking project in Chicago. Photo: Steven Vance/Creative Commons

October 08, 2015 | Brookings Institution

The think tank's goal is to stress public spaces, urban economies, and inclusive growth in city b...

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Architects Foundation issues first annual report on National Resilience Initiative

Damage to a road in New Windsor, N.Y. from Hurricane Irene. Photo: Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons

September 28, 2015 | AIA

The report, which includes the work of three schools, examines how architects work with communiti...

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New York City allots $100 million for storm resiliency infrastructure in lower Manhattan

Manhattan during a storm. Photo: Chris Buecheler/Wikimedia Commons

September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Part of $20 billion plan for the city.

Photo: NL Architects’ A8ernA project in Koog aan de Zaan, Zaanstadt, The Netherlands, NL Architects (via SmithGroupJJR)

August 26, 2015 | Valerie Berstene, SmithGroupJJR

Activating the areas beneath elevated highways, rail lines, and freeways can create unique enviro...

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Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers plan to strengthen codes for disaster resilience

Photo: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, accarrino/Creative Commons

August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Some states losing ground on resilience, group says

Proposed “High Line” in Mexico City pays homage to Aztec aqueduct

According to Architizer, references to the region’s aqueous heritage will be made with fountains and a waterfall. Renderings courtesy of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise.

August 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Plans for Mexico City’s elevated park include an amphitheatre and al fresco cafés.

Eight cities win Bloomberg data program award

Chattanooga, Tenn., was selected as a winning city in the "What Works Cities" program. Photo: rjones0856/Creative Commons

August 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The competition, called "What Works Cities," promotes innovation in city government by making the...

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Perkins+Will imagines new opportunity for Atlantic City

Sea levels are rising in many coastal cities around the globe, posing a threat to millions of people. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

July 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The architecture giant believes it has a solution that could put Atlantic City’s existing infrast...

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MUST SEE: Dutch company to test using plastic waste for road construction

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles extracted from the ocean. Renderings courtesy KWS Infra

July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles ex...

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Office of Management and Budget asks agencies to consider climate change when budgeting for construction and maintenance projects

San Francisco United States Federal Building. Eric in SF via Wikimedia Commons

July 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to submit budget...

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