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.
Upbrella allows for floor-by-floor building construction that is, reportedly, safer and more prod...read more
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Inspired by the look and cellular nature of wood, researchers create 3D-printed “digital wood” an...read more
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The Superfarm will go beyond what vertical farms typically produce.
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
A Seattle events venue, The Sanctuary, has a roof that is literally a hive of sustainability....
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
As AEC firms scramble to upgrade their offices to maximize occupant wellness and productivity, Pe...read more
CallisonRTKL’s design combines artificial intelligence, electric vehicle technology, and the late...read more
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.
The installation combines cyber-physical building materials constructed from lightweight carbon f...read more
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
Merwehaven Harbor in Rotterdam will be home to the world’s first floating farm.
HOK’s Circadian Curtain Wall concept employs curved, bubbled glass to maximize daylight, minimize solar heat gain, and provide external shading. Courtesy HOK
Catering to our natural circadian rhythm is a task designers are taking to heart.
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.
Multistory industrial buildings provide the best chance at keeping up with the rapid growth of e-...read more
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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.
SuitX modules can be used separately or combined to form a full-body exoskeleton.
San Francisco startup Bitfinder debuts a commercial-grade version of its air quality monitoring s...read more
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
The Embr Wave Wristband acts like a personal thermostat and could become a user-friendly componen...read more
The CorTek system has been used on five projects to date, including the One Steamboat Place resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Images: Vulcraft
With this patented, steel-and-concrete hybrid system, the service core will no longer be the sche...read more
From coastal resorts to inner cities, these large-scale clear-water lagoons offer a slice of para...read more
A new proposal leverages driverless cars to free up almost all of Manhattan’s Park Avenue and Bro...read more
The bespoke system is part of a master plan by Dror and Gensler that creates the world’s first un...read more
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These materials can turn an ordinary wall into dynamic real estate.
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.
Developed by a team at Virginia Tech, the PTMD has been shown to reduce vibrations by as much as...read more
The Indigo Pine House being assembled. Courtesy Clemson University School of Architecture.
Clemson University’s School of Architecture develops a patent-pending construction method that is...read more
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Spotting a phone booth on a public street may not become any less rare, but they may soon become...read more
In less than one minute, Bloomframe transforms from an insulated picture window to an open balcon...
Rendering courtesy of HOK.
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.
In a new research paper, three healthcare specialists present factors that contribute to a psycho...read more
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.
Diamond Schmitt Architects’ ecoMetrics tool allows its designers to quickly analyze solutions bas...read more
Clark Construction crew members install an Edge Guard infection control panel at Fair Oaks (Va.) Hospital. The system is reusable and integrates ICRA barrier requirements, including pressure monitoring, notices, security, and filtration. Photo courtesy of Clark Construction.
Clark Construction Group pilots the Edge Guard system on the Fair Oaks (Va.) Hospital reconstruct...read more
The two-story, 44,000-sf Central Middle School in San Carlos, Calif., is the first school to be constructed using Folia, a K-12 concept that leans on pre-engineering to provide greater design flexibility and customization, as well as quicker delivery (in under a year) and lower overall costs than traditional building methods. The concept is the brainchild of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Blach Construction, and structural engineer Gregory P. Luth and Associates. The firms have been refining the system for five years. Image: Tomasz Biernacki, Pechara Studio.
The Folia system uses pre-engineered components to deliver school buildings at 20% less cost. ...
While it’s been building a new 4,500-sf emergency department, Grove Hill (Ala.) Memorial Hospital has continued to offer emergency medical services via MED-1, a mobile hospital unit provided by Carolina HealthCare Systems. The seven-month installation is the longest a MED-1 has been deployed in the field and one of the first where its infrastructure—water, electricity, etc.—has been set up as if the mobile unit were a permanent structure. Photo: Brian Hale courtesy of Robins & Morton.
The MED-1 Mobile Hospital Unit serves as a lower-cost solution during construction of new ED....