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How Modern Offices are Making Us Healthier

“Air, light, water, nourishment, comfort, fitness and mind are the tent poles of wellness, and smart developers are approaching each principle earnestly,” writes Bisnow. “To ensure employees’ comfort, for instance, companies are providing ergonomic furniture, standing desks and sound insulation. To care for employees’ mental well-being, some companies are providing wellness libraries, and surveys to Read more…

Who Builds Your Architecture?

“Who Builds Your Architecture?, or WBYA, is a collective of architects, activists, and scholars who are studying the systems and networks required to construct contemporary buildings like Hamad International Airport, writes Fast Co. Design. “WBYA’s priorities include bringing awareness to issues surrounding fair compensation, safe working environments, and worker housing. It aims to inspire students–an emerging generation Read more…

Former Autodesk CEO on Construction Tech

“Construction technology is taking off as developers large and small seek digital solutions for challenges across the job site, and investors respond in kind,” writes Construction Dive. “The rise of CAD (and, later, BIM) in the AEC industry saw a similar trend, and the factors that drove its growth — such as the need to customize Read more…

Multifamily Sector Predicted to Remain Strong in 2017

“After another year when the growth in multifamily housing exceeded expectations, apartment demand and property values could keep rolling through 2017,” writes Building Design+Construction. “The National Association of Home Builders expects multifamily starts to rise to 384,000 units, or 1,000 above last year’s number. Robert Dietz, NAHB’s chief economist, believes this pace is being driven Read more…

Designing Offices to Attract Top Talent

“Chicago’s downtown office market has seen significant changes in recent years, from the influx of companies moving downtown to the ongoing construction boom in Class-A office space,” writes Dan Earles of Earles Architects and Associates on REJournals.com. “Among the key trends that will shape the Chicago office market in 2017 are a heightened focus on Read more…

How Architecture will Shape the Future of Retail

“While it may not be obvious, I think there’s one common theme among the successful retailers in today’s market: an emphasis on customer experience,” writes Gresham, Smith and Partners for Building Design+Construction. “It’s where indoor malls fall short and mixed-use developments, independent shops and forward-thinking big-box retailers thrive. Shopping has gradually become much less transaction-focused Read more…

Admiring the Golden Age of Concrete Architecture

“Ornate buildings invite us to pore over their beautiful details, but the plain, often imposing facades of post-war concrete architecture usually make us look away–or look past them entirely,” writes Fast Co. ” Yet in a new book called Extra Normal from Scheidegger and Spiess, Swiss photographer Serge Fruehauf focuses on their inspired details, which Read more…

Chicago Office Rents Rose 20 Percent in 2016

The bill for high-end office space in Chicago rose almost 20 percent in 2016, the biggest increase in the U.S. and second-highest in the world,” writes the Chicago Tribune’s Ryan Ori. “Chicago’s one-year jump is especially striking considering the city is typically known for less dramatic fluctuations in property values and rents than those seen in Read more…