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Slideshow: Presidential library design references ancient, contemporary African history

The sustainable design also includes photovoltaics, geothermal storage, and locally sourced materials — including the compressed earth to be used for the library’s facade.

Slideshow: Nature inspires ‘Mitosis,’ a modular building system

An Amsterdam-based design firm has reconceptualized its design thinking, creating a modular building system that emphasizes nature and puts human health first. Find out how.

Flexible ‘cloaking’ material developed

A team of researchers led by Guoliang Huang, Ph.D., has designed a flexible “cloaking” material that has the potential to help buildings withstand vibrations, such as those created by seismic waves. The newly developed material is a multilayered, elastic lattice that can be stretched and formed to any surface and applied as a wrap, according to Huang, the James C. Dowell Professor in the University...

‘Leftover’ site hosts mass timber

A SMALL, IRREGULARLY SHAPED, and sloping site in Portland, Oregon, that was considered practically worthless now hosts a five-story mixed-use building constructed through an innovative use of mass timber elements. Originally known as B76, according to the city’s designation of lots, the new building has been named Sideyard and is expected to eventually house offices along with retail and restaurant spaces. Although structurally complete,...

Carbon composites make their way from the lab to the field

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are pioneering a family of lightweight CFRP composite products.

Researchers develop process to grow bricks

An interdisciplinary team of researchers based in Colorado has developed a type of brick that, through a process of biomineralization, is able to replicate and grow multiple generations of itself.

Surveys, Tools Track COVID-19-Related Construction Delays

THE FULL IMPACT of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry will not be known for many years. Yet it is already clear that many construction projects are experiencing partial delays or full stoppages as the pandemic spreads across the globe. In North America, associations and companies have organized surveys and created tools to help the AEC industry better...

The Law: Construction Industry Impacts in the COVID-19 World

SEEMINGLY in the blink of an eye the unimaginable occurred in the United States in March: Hospitals became overwhelmed, medical supplies went scarce, grocery shelves went bare, and airports turned into ghost towns. In addition, the market crashed, and public panic set in. Like a whipsaw, a domino effect of closures began grinding the U.S. and global economies to a halt, impacting every facet...

Decker Elevated to Fellow

Christopher S. Decker, P.E., F.ASCE, a senior vice president and project manager for RDM International Inc., has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Decker has more than 27 years of experience working as a pavement engineer on airfield and roadway projects for miscellaneous state department of transportation agencies, commercial airports and military bases. Over the course of his career, a firm...

Martin Elevated to Fellow Status

Amy Epps Martin, P.E., F.ASCE, a professor and researcher at Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Martin has more than 22 years of experience teaching civil engineering materials courses and conducting research on safe, sustainable asphalt technologies. Her research achievements and products are based on balancing fundamental theory and practical science...