Building Technology

Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host next week's Republican National Convention, at which more than 20,000 people are expected to attend. The venue is relying on a distributed antennae system to help boost voice and data transmission and make sure those attendees' smartphones work smoothly. Image: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Each venue is equipped with DAS technology that extends the building’s wireless coverage.

| July 11, 2016 | FARO, Robyn M. Feller

Gilbane Building Company utilized advanced 3D scanning technology as part of a virtual design and...

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A recent survey of 1,003 U.S office workers finds a high percentage of them are pretty happy about their jobs, in terms of their own productivity and success. Image: Adobe's “Work in Progress” report.

May 24, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But most employees still see their companies falling on the dull side of the cutting edge. 

A 24-story building with 241 affordable housing units will include a charter school, medical center, cultural spaces, and a supermarket. Image: Dattner Architects

May 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 24-story curved building would be 70% more efficient than comparable housing in New York City...

A new report from Navigant foresees a steady climb in commercial demand for wireless sensors, as developers and their AEC partners seek better ways to make their buildings smarter and interconnected. Image: Navigant Research

April 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Europe and Asia will propel that growth, according to a new report from Navigant.

Image Courtesy of Sean Gallagher, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

March 30, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Morpholio’s new ScalePen feature dynamically sets line weight depending on the scale or zoom leve...

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The 90-sm prototype ICEHouse demonstrates the benefits of circular economy construction at The World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. Photo @2016William McDonough + Partners

January 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

ICEHouse is a prototype for temporary, easy-to-assemble structures that deploy locally available...

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Rendering: Anders Berensson Architects

January 21, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Swedish firm’s "Klarastaden" plan connects the city via clear skyways that weave in and aroun...

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Philips sheds new light on growing fresh food indoors

Philips City Farm Research Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy Philips

July 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A research center in The Netherlands is testing the latest techniques in urban farming. 

Fuel cell technology makes its way into energy generation

A 1.4-MW fuel cell power plant, installed on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in 2014, generates clean, round-the-clock baseload power. The fuel cell is part of a configuration, in which high-quality heat produces steam for campus heating and absorption cooling. Photo courtesy FuelCell Energy

June 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for fuel cells, while modest, is growing, and cost savings are getting noticed.

6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. 

May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wa...

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Safdie Architects accepting applications for 2015 Research Fellowship

The 2015 Research Fellowship with Safdie Architects will battle the challenges of dense urbanism. Image: MBS Digital

April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The program, which features a theme of “dense urbanism,” encourages participants to tackle the ch...

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The High Line’s co-designer wins contract for The Underline in Miami

The proposed 10-mile Underline park. Courtesy Anna Baez/Underline

March 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

James Corner Field Operations will design the master plan for this 10-mile restoration project. ...

DOE launches crowdsourcing website for technology innovators

Some ideas that have been submitted so far include: modular building facades, improving air tightness in envelopes, and scalable mixed waste to energy conversion technology. Infographic: DOE

March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched a new crowdsourcing website called the Buildings Crowd...

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Work begins on Bjarke Ingels' pixelated tower in Calgary

Telus Sky Tower will be the home of Telus, a telecommunication company, as well as 320 serviced residences. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

February 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on Calgary’s newest skyscraper, the 66-story Telus Sky...

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project tango, tango, google, 3-D scanner, 3D scanner

Project Tango devices contain customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. Image: Google

February 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Google is said to be partnering with LG to create a version of the technology for public release...

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BIM for safety: How to use BIM/VDC tools to prevent injuries on the job site

Gilbane created this 4D simulation to help visualize the planned work areas near public thoroughfares on a recent project. Rendering: Gilbane Building Company

February 08, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Gilbane, Southland Industries, Tocci, and Turner are among the firms to incorporate advanced 4D B...

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ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

Rendering: Schako Air Distribution, http://www.schako.de/

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam syst...

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With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

When a physical block is moved, its interface "twin" does the exact same thing. Screenshot from Lego X.

January 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time di...

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Installation of a facade panel system that uses a rainscreen approach to control
December 31, 2014 | Bradley Carmichael, PE, Project Engineer, Hoffmann Architects

Building envelope expert Bradley Carmichael of Hoffmann Architects explains how rainscreen wall s...

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Photo courtesy Daqri
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Smart Helmet is equipped with an array of cameras that provides 360-degree vision through its gla...

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Photo courtesy ARC Media, Bridgit
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology combines a smartglass visual device with a motion-sensing armband to simplify field ma...

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Images courtesy HealthSpot
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The HealthSpot station is an 8x5-foot, ADA-compliant mobile kiosk that lets patients access a net...

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Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3
December 23, 2014 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are pot...

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Rendering: Panoramic Interests
December 18, 2014 | ULI

New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units have staying power as a hous...

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Illustration: KONE
November 04, 2014 | KONE

The JumpLift system from KONE uses a mobile machine room that moves upward as the construction pr...

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Immersive cooling systems use a liquid instead of air to cool the servers. The b
October 15, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

A new technology promises to push the limits of data center energy efficiency by using liquid ins...

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Translated Geometries, shape memory polymer
September 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Students in Barcelona have created a composite material using shape memory polymers that can defo...

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In May, Facebook broke ground on an expansion to its data center campus in Lule
August 04, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

Less than a year after opening its ultra-green, hydropowered data center facility in Luleå, Swede...

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To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer
August 04, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among th...

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