design

A tiny animal inspires giant dreams

While evolution has granted humans any number of impressive skills, generating super-strong materials with our bodies isn’t one of them. For many of our fellow creatures, however, producing substances that…

Sustainable data centers and Cincinnati starchitecture

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. Architect Magazine lists the elusive sustainable data center as an emerging building type to master, while…

Acoustic plans and Burning Man

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. Architect Magazine profiles the Paul and Henri Carnal Hall at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. Despite…

Billy Bishop travels and thermostat battles

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. The Toronto Star covers the ribbon cutting of the new Billy Bishop pedestrian tunnel, the long-awaited…

Net zero energy and sandcastle recipes

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. Consulting-Specifying Engineer discusses the zero-net John W. Olver Transit Center as a case study for passive…

Paperless construction

Although dreams of the paperless office have been around for decades, designers and builders still rely heavily on printed drawing sets. The Species Niches Pavilion represents a small step toward…

Testing timber

Around the world, architects, planners, and environmentalists are betting that wooden towers are the future of building design. But in the United States, building codes prohibit their construction. Until the…

Terminal moneymakers and timber skyscrapers

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. Scientific American profiles airport terminals around the world, showcasing how the latest technology allows airlines…