An interior look at the space, with Midtown Manhattan in the background.Photo: Courtesy of FXCollaborative/Chris Cooper

How Architects Are Designing Buildings With Birds in Mind

Studies suggest that between 300 million and one billion birds die each year from building collisions, and as such, some firms are changing their schemes to create bird-friendly exteriors By John Gendall Like far too much of animal life, many bird species—one in eight, according...
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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself by Jonathan Watts In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global building industry will have poured...
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Architects and avian advocates have been working hard to prevent bird collisions on private structures in the U.S. Now Congress is stepping up to stop deaths on federal public buildings. Shown here: Aqua Tower in Chicago designed by Studio Gang, a firm keenly aware of the issue. (Via Creative Commons)

Congress may follow architects’ lead in constructing bird-safe buildings

Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would try to stop birds from flying into federal buildings. By Sydney Franklin In recent years, many architects have taken the initiative to design buildings, specifically mid- to...
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Contractors install CLT at the LEVER Architecture-designed Albina Yard in Portland, Oregon. (LEVER Architecture)

The U.S. mass timber industry is maturing while it branches out

By Sydney Franklin This article originally appeared as part of our January 2019 print issue in the timber feature. President Donald Trump’s tariffs, enacted in November 2017, have not yet made a significant impact on the U.S. mass timber industry. But if Trump chooses to take...
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Artificial Intelligence Can Save Time and Money

From building to planning and design, these five AI-based strategies speed construction while lowering costs. By Peter Debney Artificial intelligence (AI) has impacted all sectors, including the construction sector. From building to planning to designing, artificial intelligence...
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The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019

The Urban Land Institute’s annual look at the year ahead focuses on technology and transformation at an uncertain moment By Patrick Sisson It’s complicated. In the course of compiling its annual Emerging Trends report, the Urban Land Institute found that the only certainty in its...
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Urban Land Institute Issues Final Report on Miami Beach's Resiliency Efforts: Highlights: maintain sense of urgency, expand tools, increase transparency

Urban Land Institute Issues Final Report on Miami Beach’s Resiliency Efforts

Susan Askew An independent panel of experts has released its final review and recommendations to improve Miami Beach’s efforts to combat sea level rise and other flooding challenges. The multi-disciplinary group, assembled by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and made possible by...
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Tips For Using Concrete in Architecture

Check out some tips on how to use concrete and get the most out of it.   by Matheus Pereira; Translated by Maggie Johnson   In the eyes of an architect, concrete is practically a fetish. Currently, it’s used in a wide range of projects and buildings, from...
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This Presentation Explains Exactly Where And How You Can Build Your 1,049-Foot Tower In Miami

If you’re looking to build a 1,000-foot tower in Miami but confused by height restriction rules, this presentation might be for you. It explains how two separate agencies oversee those restrictions, and how each has its own rules and approval process (although they do generally...
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Asbestos poses a major health risk for everyone who comes into contact with it, both directly and indirectly. (Courtesy OSHA Safety Manual)

EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing

On June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) which allows new products containing asbestos to be created on a case-by-case basis. By Sydney Franklin Fast Company recently reported on the potential comeback of one of the most infamous building materials of...
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