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Winners of 2021 Solar Decathlon Design and Build Challenges Construct Houses for a Cleaner Future

The United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced the winners of the 2021 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon, a competition that challenges architecture and engineering college students from around the world to design and construct high-performance buildings powered by renewable energy. 72 competing teams hailed from 12 countries and designed energy-efficient residential and commercial spaces, nine of which were constructed and presented in the Solar Decathlon Virtual Village on the National Mall, a first of its kind, in Washington, D.C.

2020 Build Challenge – Weber State University. Image Courtesy of Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon on Flickr2020 Build Challenge – Weber State University. Image Courtesy of Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon on Flickr2020 Build Challenge – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois. Image Courtesy of Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon on Flickr2020 Build Challenge – University of Nevada. Image Courtesy of Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon on Flickr+ 71

The New Stone Age

This landmark exhibition at the Building Centre will explore the potential of stone to revolutionise architecture and construction in light of the current climate crisis. It may seem like an ancient building material but stone has serious sustainability credentials; with the ability to reduce a project’s embodied carbon by an incredible 90 per cent compared to typical steel or concrete frames. The New Stone Age will celebrate the sustainability, practicality and inherent beauty of the world’s oldest natural material.

The exhibition is accompanied by an experimental installation in the Store Street Crescent, in the form of a giant raised stone floor

CTBUH 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference

The annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's (CTBUH) Tall + Urban Innovation Conference explores and celebrates the very best in innovative tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies, and construction practices from around the world. Incorporating what was previously known as the CTBUH Annual Awards event, this conference sees the owner/developers, design, and engineer teams for 50+ Awarded projects present in front of an international audience and live juries for winning distinctions across several award categories. Hot topics in the building industry will also be explored through presentations in project rooms.

The event brings to Chicago, the home of CTBUH,

Free Webinar - Virtual Design Construction - Reasons & USes

This webinar will touch on the history and the psychological success behind BIM, fast tracking into the current status. The presenter will share details of a current BIM project by using different software for coordination and quantities take-off: Revit model are combined in Navisworks, coordinated in Revizto and exported to Assemble System for quantities take-off.

Open Call: "Beyond Cement: Towards an Alternative Vision for Chekka and Surrounding Towns"

Many challenges underline the urgency of reconsidering dominant approaches to development, land use, and the institutional framework that governs them, in addition to the political context, which requires a novel and creative counter-approach in Chekka and Surrounding Towns in North Lebanon.
As such, this competition is an open call for planners, designers, environmental scientists, agricultural engineers, economists and other professionals to draft an intervention framework, which simultaneously answers the concept of sustainable development and the immediate needs of the people, including job opportunities and a local economy, without compromising their health, the environment and local economic resources.

This competition proposes

Open Call for "5x5. International Contest of Idea for Edgeallies' stand" at WAF19

In the context of the World Architecture Festival 2019, edgeallies, a brand owned by edgearch: Ahmed Abdulaziz Zaidan Consulting Architects has signed off a 4 years participation to the World Architecture Festival as main exhibitor as well as main sponsor for the first Engineering Prize category: For collaborative design by architects and structural engineers.

Pursuant to this objective, edgeallies’ executive board has called for an International Contest of Ideas for the design of its booth for the WAF 2019 Amsterdam event.
The project shall reflect the principle of material and technology sustainability, based on the possibility to disassemble and reassemble

The Landmark At Dubai Creek Harbour

Emaar Development is hosting an International Open Design competition for the Design of The Landmark at the heart of the ambitious new world-class mixed-use waterfront development Dubai Creek Harbour. The Development is a 5.6 Million sqm site and is expected to have 48,500 residential units with a population of 175,000 residents, when completed.

CTBUH 2019 International Student Tall Building Design Competition

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce its 8th International Student Tall Building Design Competition. The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society.

CTBUH 2019 Student Research Competition: Tall Building Performance

The goal of the 2019 Student Research Competition is to assist talented students, working in groups under the guidance of a professor, to focus on a relevant research question, and create an engaging output as a response. Research proposals should directly relate to the 2019 topic of “Sustainable Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat”. Proposals can come from any topic/discipline, including but not limited to: architecture, construction, energy issues, environmental engineering, façade design, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, humanities, infrastructure, interiors, maintenance & cleaning, materials, MEP engineering, policy making, resource management, seismic, social aspects, structural engineering, systems development, urban planning, vertical transportation, wind engineering, etc.

The Engineering Behind San Francisco's Safest Building

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Skyscraper's Innovative Structure is Changing the Game for Earthquake Design".

The most remarkable thing about 181 Fremont—San Francisco’s third-tallest tower, designed by Heller Manus Architects—is not the penthouse’s asking price ($42 million). Rather, it’s an innovative yet unglamorous structural detail: a viscous damper system that far exceeds California Code earthquake-performance objectives for buildings of 181 Fremont’s class, allowing immediate reoccupation after a seismic event.

Algiers20xx /////// International Ideas Competition

/// Algiers20xx
International Ideas Competition
Disruptive[Radical] Urbanism

/// Mentorship
Rem Koolhaas (Netherlands)
/// Support
City/Governor of Algiers (Algeria)
//// Sponsorship
EPAU - École Polytechnique d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme d'Alger (Algeria)

/// International Jury
>> Rem Koolhaas (Mentorship)
>> Fathallah Baghli (Professor in Architecture, Algiers)
>> Saskia Sassen (Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chairs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University)
>> Jean-Louis Cohen (Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
>> Rodolphe el-Khoury (Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture)
>> Tsouria Kassab (Dean of EPAU, Algiers)
>> Hou Hanru (Director of the MAXXI Museum, Rome)

More inspiring people are joining us!

2018/19 Fentress Global Challenge: Re-Envisioning the Airport Terminal Building for the Year 2075

Global commerce and the unprecedented demand for travel and have resulted in the proliferation of airports around the world. In their short history, terminal buildings have been criticized for employing generic architectural forms that are unapologetically disconnected from their context and cultural identity. Technical complexity and functional design have often taken precedence over quality and comfort for users.

Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing our planet. There has never been a more important time to understand how to make the best use of local natural resources and to produce buildings that connect to ecosystems and livelihoods and do not rely on stripping the environment or transporting materials across the globe.

The culmination of years of specialist research, Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet, a once-in-a-generation large format publication, gathers together an international team of more than one hundred leading experts across a diverse range of disciplines to examine what the traditions of vernacular architecture and its

SOM Scale + Form at the 2018 Venice Biennale

Today, a new exhibition opened in Venice featuring the work of the global architecture and engineering practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Presented at the European Cultural Centre, "Time Space Existence" is a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. The show includes work from leading architects, photographers, sculptors, and universities from around the world.

Call for Entries: CTBUH 2018 International Student Tall Building Design Competition

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce its 7th International Student Tall Building Design Competition. The goal of the competition is to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society. The deadline for submission is July 23, 2018.

The age of the tall building as a single iconic piece of sculpture, standing in isolation from its surroundings, is coming to an end. Designers have a responsibility to ensure that these permanent urban structures engender a future-oriented urban response to the greatest challenges of our time: unprecedented population growth; mass

7 Myths in Architectural Detailing that Are Changing in the Digital Age

The recent availability of automated design and production techniques is changing the development of building details. With parametric and algorithmic design methods and the use of digital fabrication, new abilities are required from architects for the design of details, at the same time as new players are beginning to take part in their development.

Although not always given the necessary attention, architectural details are of extreme importance for many aspects of a building. They can define its theoretical expression and technical character, and impact its production process, its assembly method and even its ecological footprint. Contemporary architecture shows a new interest in detailing, which should not be confused with a return to the appreciation of artisanal work.[1] This new interest is related to the recent re-involvement of the architect with the physical making of buildings, as a result of the use of digital technologies.[2] The new “digital master builder” [3] counts on file-to-factory processes, in which the morphology of construction details is directly related to the knowledge of the available production processes.

The Science Behind the Next Generation of Wood Buildings

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At a time when engineers, designers, and builders must find solutions for a resource-constrained environment, new wood technology, materials, and science are accelerating efforts to enhance safety and structural performance.

International Building Code requires all building systems, regardless of materials used, to perform to the same level of health and safety standards. These codes have long recognized wood’s performance capabilities and allow its use in a wide range of low- to mid-rise residential and non-residential building types. Moreover, wood often surpasses steel and concrete in terms of strength, durability, fire safety, seismic performance, and sustainability – among other qualities.