Smart and Resilient Cities

Google launches company to improve city leaving

Google CEO Larry Page believes that focusing on innovation for cities is an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The search engine giant is yet again diversifying its products. Google has co-created a startup,...

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A company is developing spray-on solar panels for windows

Researchers view the Colorado Rocky Mountains through an electricity-generating SolarWindow module. Photo courtesy SolarWindow Technologies

June 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Made primarily out of hydrogen and carbon, the coating can turn see-through surfaces into solar p...

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Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm released its ecoMetrics analysis tool at the CAGBC Conference. Image: Diamond Schmitt Architects

June 08, 2015 | Diamond Schmitt Architects

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation...

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June 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This quirky-sounding building code is a safety measure for the earthquake-prone nation.

Chicago’s 606 elevated park opens this weekend

Nature reclaimed the tracks long before the conversion to park started. Photo courtesy the606.org

June 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 2.7-mile stretch repurposes an abandoned elevated train track that snakes through Humboldt Pa...

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June 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Lanes that are 10.5 feet wide have lower side impact crashes than standard 12-foot lanes, suggest...

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Sacramento moves forward on multifamily project with new modular supplier

Guerdon Modular Buildings is taking over the Eviva Downtown multifamily project. Rendering courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings.

June 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will provide modules for 118 apartments.

Austin, Salt Lake City, Davis, Calif., and Boston creating first protected intersections in U.S.

Screenshot depicts a Dutch cycle-friendly junction design. Photo: Screenshot of BicycleDutch video

May 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Protected intersections arrange traffic so that everyone—bicyclists included—can see all moving t...

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Ten U.S. cities now have 1 million people or more

Each year, the Census Bureau revises its time series of previously released estimates going back to the 2010 Census. Photo: David Sim/Flickr.

May 28, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

California and Texas each have three of the one-million-plus cities.

Roadmap for creating an effective sustainability program in healthcare environments

An interior view of a inpatient room in Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Oaks Pavilion. Photo: U.S. Navy via flickr

May 27, 2015 | Dyann Hamilton, Alliance Director, CBRE

With a constant drive for operational efficiencies and reduction of costs under an outcome-based...

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Rochester, Minn., looks to escape Twin Cities’ shadow with $6.5 billion biotech development

On April 23, the Board of Directors of the Destination Medical Center Corporation formally adopted the development plan for Destination Medical Center, which would be comprised of six districts spread across 550 acres.

May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 20-year plan would also be a boon to Mayo Clinic, this city’s best-known address.

FEMA to require states to evaluate risks posed by climate change

States will be required to evaluate the risks of climate change before being granted access to disaster relief funds. Image: Pixabay/Antranias

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim is for states to do a better job planning for natural disasters they are likely to face i...

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Photo: Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
January 07, 2015 | National Institute of Building Sciences

The report identifies several barriers to investment in such retrofits, such as the costs and com...

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December 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The report projects a future where highways will be made from self-healing, glow-in-the-dark mate...

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Photo:  BrokenSphere/Wikimedia Commons
October 30, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S. Dept. of Energy will spend $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technolo...

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Rendering: SCAPE
October 29, 2014 | BD+C Staff

New York-based landscape architecture firm SCAPE won the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s 2014 Full...

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The city of Buffalo hired a team of professionals to execute assessments for mor
June 08, 2014 | Joseph Cassata, AIA, CannonDesign

Over the past few years, Buffalo has developed a cutting-edge facility management program to ensu...

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Photo: New York National Guard via Wikimedia Commons
May 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Massive storm surge barriers would be too costly for the potential benefit to protect New York Ci...

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Illustration: Arup
April 29, 2014 | BD+C Staff

From vertical farming to glowing trees (yes, glowing trees), Arup engineers imagine the future of...

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Sasaki Associates used detailed network visualizations like this traffic flow pa
February 12, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects,...

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January 07, 2014 | Julie S. Higginbotham

Slowed by the recession—and often by protracted negotiations—some big redevelopment plans are now...

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Minneapolis is the latest major metro to require large commercial buildings to b
February 14, 2013 | BD+C Staff

Minneapolis is the latest major metro to require large commercial buildings to benchmark and disc...

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BD+C Staff

The Windy City is the latest U.S. city to enact legislation that mandates building energy benchma...

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