Timber trends and airport gems

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond.

1. The Real Deal questions whether timber mid-rise and high-rise buildings can overcome their tinderbox associations to catch on in the United States.

2. The New York Times interviewed Carolyn J. Russo on her new book, “Art of the Airport Tower,” which treats aviation control towers not as flyovers, but cultural harbingers.

3. The Architect’s Newspaper features Samsung’s new North American headquarters in San Jose, highlighting the façade system that encourages social interaction, communicates Samsung’s brand, and manages solar conditions.

4. Fast Company profiles Rotterdam’s new city hall, the modular mixed-use structure designed to not only weather but respond and adapt to the test of time.

5. Architectural Lighting Magazine spoke to software developers and lighting designers on the potential for improved integration and interoperability.

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