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Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Engineering

The Rise Of The Supertalls

Engineering advances have architects striving for the mile-high skyscraper.<p><b>O</b>n the morning of September 11, 2001, Bill Baker, a structural engineer with the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), was at his office in downtown Chicago. SOM is the undisputed leader in skyscraper design, …

How To Demolish Super Tall Buildings? From The Inside Out

The answer, say building companies like Tokyo’s Taisei Corp, will be demolishing them from the inside out, reports the <i>Japan Times.</i> Taisei launched …

The Bridge That Collapsed In Washington Had Been Problematic For Years

Washington state bridge inspectors knew months before the Skagit River bridge collapsed that it was problematic, according to a report from the Associated Press.<p>A report from a November 2012 inspection includes a long list of repairs that need to be made. The bridge was inspected after it got hit …

USDOT

Future Skyscraper: Arup Presents Awesome Vision for 2050

This future-looking skyscraper fuses passive power generation, urban agricultural endeavors, modular climate-sensitive skins and mobile plug-and-play …

Envisioning the urban skyscraper of 2050

A high-rise for a warming and overpopulated Earth.<p>The urban buildings of the near-future will be tall, smart, adaptable, responsive, honest, modular, …

Zaha Hadid and Herzog & de Meuron shortlisted for Melbourne station overhaul

<b>News:</b> Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid and Grimshaw are among the shortlisted architects in a competition to overhaul Melbourne's iconic …

New Technology May Double the Height of Skyscrapers

Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel twice the distance currently in use. …

Muqarnas Tower / SOM

SOM is designing this new 89,000 square meter commercial office building for the King Abdullah Financial District with a façade inspired by the …

Taller: How Future Skyscrapers Will Beat the Burj Khalifa

Architects and engineers are up to the task of building bigger still, yet they will deal with several problems along the way.<p><b>The 2010 completion of the absurdly tall Burj Khalifa</b> in Dubai has not curbed humanity's urge to reach even higher. This January, construction began in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, …

Giant Pendulums Could Save Japanese Skyscrapers During Earthquakes

While small earthquakes are relatively common in Japan, the country is always preparing for the potential of a devastating large-scale event. As a …

TED: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, architect <b>Michael Green</b> says build it out of wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's …

The New Second Tallest Building In The World Is An Urban Green Space Wonderland

The just-topped 2,000-foot-tall Shanghai Tower will have huge 15-story parks throughout the structure–and it will let the public in to play in them.<p>The second tallest building in the world is more like a vertical city than a building. Think of it like this: the 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower is a …

Concrete columns may be the key to taller wind turbines

Engineers at Iowa State University think concrete columns could be the key to building taller, higher-powered wind turbines. By making the switch …

Engineering

The Falling-Bridge Lesson: The U.S. Infrastructure Failure Is Still Totally Inexcusable

America's rebuilding needs aren't going away. But the basement-bargain price of rebuilding America is.<p>When a bridge falls in America -- like this one near Seattle on Thursday night -- infrastructure spending has a way of transforming from a fringey bugaboo to A1 national obsession. Fortunately, …

Vanity Height: How Much of a Skyscraper is Usable Space?

Ever expanding population growth coupled with the continuous development of urban centres mean that buildings, in general, will continue to get …

Meet the world's best new skyscraper | CNN Travel

'Starchitects' turn City Road into skyscraper highway

The City Road is being transformed into an unlikely “starchitect canyon” with four of the world’s top names, including Lord Foster and Sir Terry …

Skyscrapers

How To Build A 2,073-Foot Skyscraper

Inside the construction of the Shanghai Tower.<p>When it opens in 2014, the Shanghai Tower won't just be the world's second-tallest building. The 2,073-foot-high skyscraper, designed by the architecture firm Gensler, will be a showcase of 21st-century engineering, introducing the innovations that …

Towering achievements: tallest skyscrapers

With architects and developers reaching further and further into the sky, the world's current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will soon be …

The Dangerous Art of Tearing Down Bridges, Dams, and Aircraft Carriers

Author: Eric Smillie | Bryan Gardiner. Eric Smillie | Bryan Gardiner Science<p>Date of Publication: 12.17.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 …

Melbourne Skinniest Skyscraper Approved

Melbourne has joined the "skinny" skyscraper trend so popular in New York and Hong Kong with the approval of a new project in the city.<p>Minister for …

Skyscrapers

2014 predictions for skyscraper construction: More twisting towers, mega-tall projects, and 'superslim' designs

Each year, high-rise building experts from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) release their predictions for the worldwide …

Are Composite Megacolumns the Future of Skyscrapers?

With tall buildings growing ever higher, it is becoming increasingly critical to optimise structural systems in order to ensure strength and …

How to Build a Skyscraper

How to Build a Skyscraper<p>By Ian Bruce Eichner, Founder and Chairman of the Continuum Company<p>Imagine there's a plot of land on the corner of a busy intersection in New York City. How could you take this small expanse of very expensive dirt and turn it into something worth hundreds of millions of …

Skyscrapers

From Barclays Center To Modular High Rises, SHoP Architects Is Changing The Way We Build Buildings

A band of seven is drafting a different kind of firm–one that values more than fancy blueprints or lucrative scut work.<p>SHoP Architects, a young New York firm, has grand designs. The firm’s seven partners say they won’t be content to merely leave a mark on America’s most important skyline; they also …

The challenges of tall building sustainability

A vision of Sydney in 2050 by architects Bates Smart<p><b>By staff reporters</b><p><b>5 June 2014 —</b> Developers want the NSW government to get rid of barriers to …