design

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…

The multimedia museum

The field of exhibit design is being pushed to ever-headier technological heights as museums seek to engage audiences accustomed to constant digital stimulation. Too often, however, high-density audiovisual content can…

Daylight and daily commutes

This Friday we’re featuring the Fulton Center, the renovated transit hub (which Arup is proud to have worked on) that untangled subway lines and opened its atrium to sunlight. 1. The New…

Net zero learning

For its new tech-focused New York City campus, Cornell University set out to create one of America’s most sustainable university centers. With the net zero Bloomberg Center now in construction, I interviewed…