Another new building trend to watch: Tall Wood

For a long time in our nation's history, buildings were primarily framed with and often clad with wood harvested from the trees found in once plentiful forests. Except for a brief renaissance during the Craftsman era, as the country prospered, building aesthetics moved away from exposed timber. But, as I noted in a recent article … Continue reading Another new building trend to watch: Tall Wood

First Pre-Stressed, Steel-Reinforced 3D-Printed Bridge To Be Put Into Service

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in Netherlands reports the following: Today the Built Environment department’s concrete printer starts printing the world’s first 3D printed reinforced, pre-stressed concrete bridge. The cycle bridge will be part of a new section of ring road around Gemert in which the BAM Infra construction company is using innovative techniques. One of … Continue reading First Pre-Stressed, Steel-Reinforced 3D-Printed Bridge To Be Put Into Service

Video: Work complete on foundation of the world’s next tallest building

Construction Junkie's Shane Hedmond shared a video marking completion of work on the foundation at "The Tower" in Jeddah: The final height of the building has yet to be announced, which is common for supertall buildings, as those involved want to avoid tipping their hand to fellow supertall building developers. It’s expected that the tower … Continue reading Video: Work complete on foundation of the world’s next tallest building

External braided carbon fiber rods designed for dampening impact of earthquakes

Earthquakes are a serious design consideration when it comes to the built environment. Particularly in areas along the Pacific Rim, where seismic activity is somewhat regular. CNN reports on an innovative, and certainly very aesthetically striking design concept in Japan that is intended to help a building not so much "fight" earthquakes, but will rather … Continue reading External braided carbon fiber rods designed for dampening impact of earthquakes

At 12 stories, Portland’s Framework will be North America’s tallest wood building upon completion

Lucy Wang, writing for Inhabitat: The nation’s tallest wooden high-rise will soon take shape in Portland, Oregon. Funded by a $1.5 million-dollar award from the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, the innovative timber building, named Framework, will be built from domestically sourced and engineered wood products. LEVER Architecture designed the mixed-use high-rise as a … Continue reading At 12 stories, Portland’s Framework will be North America’s tallest wood building upon completion