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October 2014
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Submerged Parking Garage To Serve Brighton Marina
A three-story parking garage that is being built on the seabed within Brighton Marina in the United Kingdom will remain permanently submerged.
Project Aims to Preserve Engineering Research Data
A system under development would create a large warehouse of data, enabling researchers to draw broader connections with past work.
Cavernous, Angular Design Wins Library Competition
The 30,000 m<sup>2</sup> Ningbo Central Library in China is expected to see 8,000 visitors daily. The impressive structure features a three-story ground floor marketplace that is larger than a soccer field.
Architecture School Shows Elegance of Engineering
La Fabrique, a Marc Mimram-designed addition to the Strasbourg School of Architecture in France, highlights the beauty of carefully considered structural solutions.
Massive Reservoir Pipeline Network Coming to Dallas
The Integrated Pipeline Project will connect reservoirs southeast of Dallas and Fort Worth to meet the demands of a rapidly growing population.
New Structure is Part of Its Own Research Project
A new sustainability center in Australia was designed so researchers can plug new technologies into the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
Report Ranks Best Bets for Infrastructure Investment
The United States climbs into the top 10 on a list of best places to invest in infrastructure, but still trails hot markets in Asia and the Middle East.
Dramatic National Memorial Honors All Disabled Veterans
The country’s newest national memorial is not only a tribute to the nation’s disabled veterans but also a triumph of design and engineering teamwork.
2014 TIGER Grants Keep Bridge Projects Moving
The U.S. DOT has announced this year’s TIGER grants, which include $25 million for the Sarah Mildred Long replacement bridge located between Maine and New Hampshire.
Energy Harvester to Generate Power from Traffic
The Cambridge Center for Smart Infrastructure and Construction has developed an energy harvester that will generate power from traffic-induced bridge vibrations.
From Car Factory to Urban Building Block
Competition gives designers around the world the chance to “reanimate” one of Detroit’s most famous ruins.
“Industrial Cathedral” Reinvented for Rail
A vacant steel factory is being reinvented as Raleigh, North Carolina’s new centralized train station.
Industry, Art Meet in Australian Institute
The Box Hill Institute’s Integrated Technology Hub, which contains classroom space for industrial applications, has officially been completed in Victoria, Australia.
Bridge Inspections Conducted on the Fly
Tufts University engineers develop a concept for using drones and vibration sensors to automate the bridge-inspection process.
Former Grain Silo Undergoes Dramatic Transformation
Designers use computer modeling to transform a former grain silo in Copenhagen, Denmark, into a mixed-use development of residences and public spaces.
September 2014
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Modern Arches, ‘Supercore’ Define Cultural Complex
A new cultural complex in the district of Longgang, in Shenzhen, China, will contain three cultural centers and a book mall, all located adjacent to a public park.
Dutch Water Control Tower Offers Sweeping Views
A control tower that overlooks interconnected waterways along the Dutch-Belgium border was designed to provide 360-degree views from—and into—the building.
Bird Beaks Inspire Fog Catcher
Researchers draw inspiration from nature in developing an articulated plate device that captures water droplets from fog.
Report Examines Urban Water Challenges
Sydney, Australia, is a case study in examining four paths to best address population growth, variability of water supplies, and aging infrastructure.
Detroit Interstate Faces the Future
The Motor City considers transforming an aging downtown freeway into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard.
Sustainable Design Defines Edinburgh Innovation Center
Green facades, roofs, and structural systems are at the core of an affordable low-carbon design for Edinburgh University’s new Innovation Center.
Project Adds Hydrogen Fueling to Filling Stations
Developers are preparing a series of hydrogen fueling facilities in California in advance of a wave of new vehicles expected to arrive from major automakers in 2015.
Reports Help Planners Create Flood-Resistant Communities
The frequency and intensity of both large and small floods are increasing, but communities can become resilient in the short and long term by implementing the steps found in two new federal agency reports.
Funds Buoy World’s Largest Tidal Energy Array
Funding has been accepted for Phase 1A of what will become the world’s largest tidal energy array, to be located off the coast of Caithness, Scotland.
Tampa Wharf Design Supports Heavier Cargo
A new multipurpose facility to be built at Port Tampa Bay will accommodate a variety of ships carrying heavy cargo of steel, vehicles, and construction equipment.
Mixed-Use Complex in China Blends Nature, Design
The fluid lines of a new, mixed-use complex in Shekou, China, will blend interior and exterior spaces to merge urban design and the natural world.
Tilting Lock Conveys Boats Beneath Movable Bridges
A pivoting, floating lock would add 8 m of clearance to drawbridges, greatly reducing the number of inconvenient openings required for boaters.
San Antonio’s Historic Auditorium Reborn
An innovative floor system allows seats to be raised and lowered inside the city’s newest performing arts center.
Curved, Ultramodern Building Opens in Paris
The organic shape of the headquarters building of the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, which has been said to resemble a giant armadillo, combines airy floor plans with interior systems designed to protect the foundation’s archives.
Workbook, Videos, Blogs Boost Classroom Success
Engineering professors at Purdue have decreased the rate at which students fail or drop introductory courses by embracing blogs, videos, and a streamlined textbook.
Dramatic Cantilevers, Glass Facade Define Hospital
Sidney &amp; Lois Eskenazi Hospital, in downtown Indianapolis, cuts a bold profile despite the significant challenges encountered in its design and construction.
Underground Rail Doubles Capacity in Auckland
Preparatory work is under way in Auckland, New Zealand, on an underground line that will significantly expand the city’s rail system.
Jakarta High-Rises Offer Traditional Public Space
Two linked, mixed-use towers surrounding a central square that replicates the traditional municipal centers of Javanese towns are intended to help revitalize the city’s business district.
Eight Days to Build a Bridge, Improve Communities
Volunteers from the international engineering firm CH2M HILL helped construct a 45 m long suspension bridge that connects two rural communities in Panama and gives their inhabitants a safe way to cross a dangerous river.
Map Indicates Where New Roads, Ecology Clash
Researchers have mapped the economic benefits—and environmental consequences—of a projected massive surge in road building in the developing parts of the world.
Copenhagen Opens a SkyWalk—for Bicycles
A recently opened bridge in Copenhagen, Denmark, separates pedestrians and cyclists along the Fisketorvet waterfront, offering a shortcut—and view—to 12,500 cyclists daily.
Team Tests Solar Concentrator
Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that could convert any window into a solar photovoltaic panel.
Researchers Work to Shield Computers From Seismic Forces
A research team is testing the best methods to protect sensitive computer, telecommunications, and electrical equipment during earthquakes.
Underwater Cable Extends Reach of Renewable Energy
Permission has been granted for a 1.2 GW subsea cable that will extend from Caithness to Moray, in northern Scotland, the United Kingdom.
Team Tests Robot in Bridge Inspections
Researchers in Switzerland are developing a robot that can inspect the undersides of bridges, detecting damage years before it would be visible.
August 2014
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Airport Redevelopment Project Takes Off
Salt Lake City International Airport undertakes a multiphase project to essentially reconstruct itself within the existing footprint.
Minihydropower Plants Electrify Rural Indonesia
Four cascaded run-of-river hydropower plants will be built on the Merawu River in Central Java, Indonesia, to provide electricity to 11,000 households.
State DOT Incorporates Climate Change in Plans
The WSDOT examines the results of its qualitative assessment of climate change on infrastructure when considering projects in known high-risk locations.
Report Examines Risks Of Coastal Development
A committee of the National Research Council finds that the economics driving rapid coastal development are disconnected from the growing risks of natural disasters in those areas.
Milwaukee Devises Inventive Flooding Plan
The City of Milwaukee is pursuing a plan to turn the basements of foreclosed homes into storm-water management facilities, topped by urban gardens.
The Mississippi River Finally Meets Beale Street
A floating dock and helical ramp will help revitalize Memphis’s waterfront.
One Building, Many Structures
Using multiple types of structural support systems, engineers have resolved the complexity of a new contemporary art institute that will serve as a gateway to Virginia Commonwealth University.
SOM Developing Plan to Protect the Great Lakes
Recent water woes in Toledo reinforce the design firm’s dedication to preserving the Great Lakes watershed.
S is for Sinuous—and Strong
A self-anchoring suspension bridge will soon curve over Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.
Arlington Cemetery Explores Options for Expansion
A team moves forward with planning and design of a complex expansion of the venerable military cemetery outside the nation’s capital.
Intricate Design Graces New St. Lawrence River Bridge
Designers collaborate closely to develop the reference design for a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Researchers Develop New Corrosion Test
A team investigating rapid corrosion in fuel tank sump pumps develops a way to better understand corrosion in vaporous environments.
New York City Pavilion Comprises Organic Bricks
Designers conduct extensive testing to incorporate bricks ‘grown’ from mushrooms into a pavilion for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in New York City.
New Museum to Celebrate Lighthouses
A location steeped in the history of lighthouses will be the site of a museum dedicated to the structures as well as a mixed-use development project.
Earthquake Engineering Lab Expands Research Options
A new facility at the University of Nevada, Reno, features four large shake tables that can test not only bridges but buildings as well.
Copenhagen Power Plant Melds Sustainability, Skiing
A waste-to-energy power plant under construction in Copenhagen will offer electricity—and recreation—to residents.
Hybrid Stressed Ribbon Bridge Sets U.S. Record
The bridge, which spans 210 ft across Interstate 40 in Durham, North Carolina, connects two sides of a rails-to-trails pathway known as the American Tobacco Trail.
California Could be Powered Exclusively by Renewables
Researchers develop a roadmap to meet the state’s sizeable energy needs exclusively with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal power.
Aquifers Depleted in Colorado River Basin
A team examining satellite data determines that the region has been drawing down significant amounts of groundwater from underground aquifers, and the current drought is making things worse.
Seismic Hazards More Widespread, Maps Show
Maps suggest that the risk of an earthquake in the United States is more widespread than previously known.
July 2014
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Deep Underground, Crossrail Station Begins
The Liverpool Street Crossrail Station will include the two deepest basements ever to be constructed in central London, one of which bisects a long-buried 17th-century graveyard.
New Water Intake Will Protect Fish
A new joint intake and fish screen on the Sacramento River will provide water supply reliability and listed fishery species protection.
Past, Present Infrastructure Cross Paths in Oregon
When the ODOT constructed replacement bridges on Interstate 5 across the Willamette River, it took great care to preserve elements of the Eugene Millrace.
Human Rights Museum Set to Open in Canada
Up-to-the-minute design technologies assist in the design and construction of a museum with a fluid, sculptural form inspired by the shapes found in nature.
Separation Enhances Bike Lane Success
Any physical barrier between cyclists and car traffic goes a long way toward improving the perceptions of safety among riders, and proves effective in limiting car/bike encounters, according to a recent study by Portland State University.
School Project Teaches a Lesson in Sustainable Design
A new elementary school in New York City will be fitted with photovoltaics and numerous energy-saving systems to become the first net-zero elementary school in the state of New York.
Pipe Liners Undergo Initial Seismic Test
A research team tests cured in place pipeline liners on a shake table and finds they significantly enhance the seismic performance of a ductile iron pipeline.
'Living' Spiral Staircase Offers ‘Floating’ Spaces
A vegetated spiral staircase under construction in the atrium of a multiuse building in London known as Ampersand offers meeting spaces that appear to float between floors.
Floating ‘Pods’ Honor Singapore’s Past, Future
A high-concept design for self-sufficient, solar-powered floating food stalls in Singapore blends modern solutions with traditional services.
Technology May Transform The Future of Rail
Research identifies trends that will impact the development of rail for the coming 35 years and envisions the dramatic changes technology integration can bring.
Former College Is New Home for Storied Bookseller
A central, light-filled atrium rimmed with stairways defines the eight-story building that houses the flagship store of the internationally known bookseller Foyles.
University Building Brings Zeros and Ones to Life
A technology building in Sydney is clad in an undulating and perforated “binary” screen.
Team Tests ABC System With Earthquake Resistance
Shake tables will test a precast bent system that can be constructed using accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques and offers better seismic performance.
High-Tech Campus Blossoms In Desert City
Work has begun on a technology park in a remote region of China that will use prefabricated elements to construct buildings with shapes that allude to the digital world.
3-D Printing Creates Balsa Without the Tree
Researchers use 3-D printing to create a honeycomb of epoxy resin that mimics the low weight and high strength of balsa wood.
Ambitious GSA Renovation Among Best Tall Buildings
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat selects the best tall buildings from four regions, including a federal building in Portland.
Bamboo Reinforcement Could Help Developing Cities
Research on the use of a bamboo composite material in place of steel to strengthen concrete is producing positive results—and could help some developing countries urbanize.
Army Corps Considering Public-Private Partnerships
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is streamlining its project processes and weighing the possibility of public-private partnerships to help deliver projects faster and with less federal investment.
Paradigm Shift Proposed for ‘Leaky’ STEM Pipeline
Researchers have proposed four institutional developments to encourage underrepresented groups of students to pursue doctorates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Gabon’s Potential Hinges On Port Expansion
A huge iron ore mine, a 600 km rail line, and an upgraded port could change the face of the West African nation.
June 2014
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Skyscraper Pays Homage to Cast Iron District
The Manhattan tower—which will be located atop a subway line and enclose an existing transit mechanical and ventilation building—will honor the Cast Iron Historic District located nearby.
Water Gap Grows in California Drought
A new report examines the potential impacts of improving water-use efficiency in urban areas and agricultural regions, as well as increases in water recycling and storm water capture.
Singapore Tunneling Project Begins
Singapore embarks on the second phase of a massive civil engineering project that will dramatically increase the use of recycled water.
Texture, Light Featured in Serpentine Gallery
The 2014 Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion officially opened in London’s Kensington Gardens last week.
New Museum Replaces One Leveled by Hurricane Katrina
Designed to withstand high flooding and hurricane-force winds, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum has been reconstructed, in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Modern Library Reshaped for Site
A triangular site yields a fresh design for a library in Chicago’s Chinatown.
Project Renews Historic ‘Little Theatre’
A fixture in the New Haven, Connecticut, arts scene since 1924 is updated and expanded to better accommodate stage productions.
Bank Headquarters Highlight Structure, Open Views
The new headquarters’ building for Stockholm, Sweden-based Swedbank is based around a folded triple-V floor plate that provides views and openness to all workspaces.
Chicago to Reorganize Transit in Central Loop
Chicago’s Central Loop will soon have dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes that will streamline journey times for all commuters, regardless of their transit choice.
Engineers Testing 3-D Printing of Steel
Additive manufacturing of steel shows promise in producing small, complex steel components for building projects.
Beijing Development Aims To Blend with Nature
A new office, commercial, and residential development in Beijing, China, is inspired by an ancient Chinese art form that commonly depicts elements of nature, including mountains and waterfalls.
Target Center Gets an Inviting Makeover
Removing excess stairs will bring light and energy back to the dour Minneapolis arena.
Twin Cities Light-Rail Expands Its Reach
Engineers tweak the alignment of new rail line between Minneapolis and St. Paul to avoid a stadium and encourage transit-oriented development.
CMU Launches Cooperative Innovation Institute
New center builds on successful history of collaboration between engineering, fine arts, and business schools.
Study Finds Cyclones Migrating to Poles
A research team finds that the point at which tropical cyclones reach their maximum intensity is shifting toward the poles, with serious implications for coastal engineering projects.
New Hospital in Joplin Built to Weather Next Storm
A new hospital under construction in Joplin, Missouri, to replace the one destroyed by the tornado in 2011 has been designed to withstand a strong tornado and function in the aftermath.
Tuscan “Park of Angels” Inspired by Art and Flight
The sleek, modern designs in the master plan for the new Parco Degli Angeli—to be located near the Tuscan town of Peccioli, Italy—incorporate steel and fabric to create lightweight, soaring structures.
Architecture School Designed to Inspire
A new building on the campus of a recently established architecture school in Canada will feature cross-laminated timber—making it the first institutional building in Ontario to use the innovative material.
California’s Tallest Bridge Undergoes Seismic Retrofit
Engineers use what may be the nation’s largest buckling-restrained braces as part of the seismic retrofit of Foresthill Bridge, in Placer County, California.
Construction Disputes Take Less Time, More Money
A new report indicates that the cost of construction disputes has risen while the average resolution time has fallen slightly.
Intertwined Mangrove Trees Inspire Mumbai Towers
Construction has begun on twin towers that will boast intertwined bases and vertical gardens designed to “scrub” the urban air of pollution.
Solar-Powered Waterwheel Cleans Baltimore Harbor
A 50 ft long barge-mounted device is scooping up trash from the Inner Harbor and making a visible statement about keeping watersheds clean.
STEM Index Reveals Education/Job Disconnect
The proportion of U.S. jobs in STEM fields is growing—but the proportion of students interested in STEM professions is not.
L.A. Light-Rail Anticipates Ambitious Eastern Expansion
Fifteen years in the planning, an extension of light-rail service from Azusa, California, east to cities in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains is starting to take shape. The engineering firm AECOM will take the project to the design/build stage.
Preserving Concrete on “The Rock”
A team of students and veterans is working to preserve the storied history of Alcatraz Island, much of which is cast in concrete.
May 2014
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Rotterdam Brings Stored Art Out to Play
A new “collection building” will place stored art on display in a bowl-shaped structure that literally reflects its surroundings.
Courthouse Takes Form of Contemporary Cube
Sunscreens help a federal courthouse in Salt Lake City control daylight, while a compact design helps meet security needs.
Technique Furthers Water-Harvesting Possibilities
A new method identified by a team of scientists in Tennessee has implications for water droplet-collection techniques worldwide.
Rethinking the Ubiquitous Shipping Container
A new building designed for a trendy Minneapolis neighborhood will be built modularly from repurposed shipping containers.
Broadcast Headquarters to Rise Above Brazzaville
The unusual design for the headquarters of Africanews—an international news station to be located in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo—has been revealed.
Curved Building Faces the Sun without Taking the Heat
Vertical louvers will minimize solar gain in a curved, east-facing, glass-clad structure that will serve as the new International Business School building at a university in Suzhou, China.
‘Big Cat Crossing’ Opens At Philadelphia Zoo
A mesh-covered passageway allows carnivores to move from their traditional enclosures to other points in the zoo through an elevated walkway—as visitors stroll beneath.
Glacier Skywalk Opens Above Ice Field in Canada
As part of the 400 m long Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park, Canada, a 50 m wide glass-and-steel walkway extends from a cliffside, offering views of the Columbia Icefield.
Report Examines Role of Infrastructure on GDP
Research examines how efficiently 30 nations are developing and maintaining built assets as revealed through gross domestic product.
Research Examines STEM Teaching Methods
A meta-analysis of teaching methods in STEM fields finds that students perform much better in courses with an active learning component.
Unique Canopy Tops New Art “Village” at Pomona College
The Studio Arts Hall now under construction at a liberal arts college in California is a 180-degree departure in concept and design from the campus’s traditional Spanish mission-style structures.
Supertall Jakarta Tower Driven by Sustainability
Constructing a highly sustainable 530 m tall tower in Jakarta, Indonesia, presents significant challenges that engineers are resolving through performance-based design.
Museum of the Built Environment Under Way
A museum in Saudi Arabia will bridge a valley and combine secure art galleries with open access to an elevated monorail line that will operate through its center.
Nation’s Streams Hold Hydropower Potential
A new federal publication lays out the significant hydropower potential of streams located across the United States.
Renovation of Modern Classic Moves Forward
A comprehensive renovation of the Byron Rogers building in Denver updates the energy performance while preserving the classic, formalist facade.
Decades-Old San Francisco Office Tower Is Reborn
The Pacific Telephone Building is transformed into a desirable space for contemporary technology firms thanks to an adaptive-use project that includes a seismic retrofit.
Solar Researchers Find Promise in Tin Perovskite
Research into a new solar photovoltaic cell structure shows promise in reducing the costs of the systems and the electricity they produce.
Denver Designs an Intermodal Powerhouse
A new train hall beneath an undulating canopy and an underground bus terminal transport Denver’s Union Station and its neighborhood into the 21st century.
Ancient Infrastructure Discovered in Italy
Archaeologists have discovered an extension of the Roman infrastructure system—believed to date back to the second century A.D.—in the town of Ostia, Italy.
Cape Town Turns Industry into Art
A historic Cape Town grain silo building is reimagined as a contemporary art museum.
Tallest Flagpole in North America Rises
Raising a 400 ft tall flagpole in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, requires expertise from multiple engineering disciplines, including structural, mechanical, and geotechnical.
Where the High-Altitude Wind Blows
Researchers have published a map identifying the optimal “sweet spots” for high-altitude wind turbines worldwide.
Jobs for College Grads Are Mostly Online
A new report reveals that the vast majority of job openings for college graduates today are being posted online—on job boards, yes, but also on traditional and social media. And a significant number of them are for engineers.
Embodied Carbon Database Now Available on the Web
A United Kingdom nonprofit has launched a publicly accessible database to help engineers and construction professionals worldwide benchmark their projects to reduce emissions.
University Fine-Tuning Anaerobic Digester
Michigan State University’s new anaerobic digester will create fertilizer, generate power, bolster sustainability—and pay for itself.
Water Diversions Present River Risks, Report Says
Water withdrawals pose the chief threat to several of the U.S. rivers identified recently as most at risk by the conservation organization American Rivers, of Washington, D.C.
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University Building Designed As Architectural ‘Billboard’
Located on a bend in one of Chicago’s busiest thoroughfares, Northeastern Illinois University’s new satellite building will feature a curved geometry and striking sunscreen fins.
“Cloverleaf” Hospital Wins Design Competition
The winning design for a new hospital in Denmark is a low-rise building that combines public and private space in a striking cloverleaf design.
Research Connects Music to Stronger Materials
A team at MIT, researching ways to make stronger silk, makes a fascinating connection to the world of music—with implications for construction materials. 
Underground Research Labs Limit Vibrations
A research center at the University of Chicago will include underground space for a cleanroom, an imaging suite for electron microscopes, and high-performance optics labs.
Team Focuses on Making Dams Safer for Fish
Researchers send ‘sensor fish’ through hydroelectric dams to better understand the forces they encounter and to develop modifications to improve survival rates.
Wind-Capture System Brings Power to the People
New wind-intake system captures wind and speeds it up—even in calm locales—to generate energy.
Bahrain Bridge a First for Army Corps of Engineers
Engineers overcome challenges to move a 122.5 m long tied-arch bridge into place over a busy causeway for the U.S. Navy in Bahrain.
Rotterdam Centraal Station Satisfies Dutch Palate
The public embraces the dramatic new structure with a nickname that links it to a beloved Dutch culinary creation.
Team Tests New Zealand Soil Improvements
A team of engineers examines the best ways for the reconstruction to move forward in Christchurch, New Zealand, on soils prone to liquefaction.
San Francisco Airport Upgrades Runways
Two runways at San Francisco International Airport are set to temporarily close so that work on upgrading their safety zones can be completed.
Concrete Mix Adds Flexibility, Durability
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed a hydrophobic concrete that is more flexible and durable than typical concrete. 
American Skyscrapers Inspire London Tower
The shifting vertical planes of a new London office building are designed to protect historic and strategic view corridors.
Team Seeks to Learn From Fatal Landslide
A research team is assembled to investigate what factors caused the massive landslide and debris flow that claimed at least 39 lives outside of Oso, Washington.
Two Park Bridges Get Twin Replacements
Kentucky replaces two bridges near a national recreation area at roughly the same time, the nearly identical designs resulting in a cost savings.
Modernized Manchester Central Library Reopens
With a grand reopening last month, the United Kingdom’s city of Manchester has launched its three-quarter-century old, reimagined Central Public Library.
Researchers Work to Create ‘Seismic Cloaks’
An investigation is under way to determine if properly placed bore holes can shield sensitive buildings from elastic surface waves during an earthquake.
New Terminal Focuses on Nascent Wind Industry
The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is being built to exceptionally robust standards to meet the needs of offshore wind energy installations.
Asymmetrical Bridge Joins Lyon’s River Rhône
A slender, asymmetrical pedestrian bridge now crosses the River Rhône in the city of Lyon, France.
Construction of Manhattan Rail Platform Begins
Construction has begun on a 10-acre platform that will be located atop an active rail yard in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
Scottish Building Influenced By Acclaimed Neighbor
Challenged with constructing a new building opposite one of the Scotland’s most cherished structures, designers opt for ‘complementary contrast.’
FHWA Publishes Proposed Safety Rules
A notice of public rulemaking focuses on implementation of the performance management requirements for the Highway Safety Improvement Program.
Dallas’s Central Waterway is Reinvented
A design competition imagines a vibrant mix of urban districts and landscaped spaces for the banks of the Trinity River.
Wooden Tower Incorporates Traditional Design
A seven-story wooden tower that contains no metal fasteners or nails and is based on a traditional Korean design has won a skyscraper design competition.
Observation Platform Offers Different View of Chicago
A new observation platform on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, in Chicago, will incline outward 30 degrees to provide visitors with unprecedented downward views of the city.
Earthquake Validates Early-Warning System
Researchers are ready to create a production prototype of an earthquake early-warning system that has proved itself on the West Coast.
Laboratory Focuses on Transparent Science
A new energy lab manages vibrations to facilitate experiments and fosters collaboration to improve results.
Climate Report Calls for Engineering Solutions
The IPCC’s Working Group II examines the impacts of climate change already observed around the world and the need for effective engineered adaptations.
Transportation Hub Back on Track in the Netherlands
Following years of delays, the last component of a new multimodal transportation terminal, in Arnhem, the Netherlands, is now under construction.
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Floating Canopy Defines Morocco HSR Station
A design defined by a lacy “floating” canopy has been selected for the new high-speed rail station in Kenitra, Morocco.
Next Generation Telescope Sited on Hawai’ian Volcano
Construction is expected to begin this year on the Thirty Meter Telescope, which will be located within the Mauna Kea Science Preserve on the island of Hawai’i.
Austin Building Library Of the Future
The eclectic city in Texas moves forward with a new central library that embraces an expanded community role in a digital future.
Climate Change to Cause More Extreme Weather
The earth’s changing climate will impact the frequency and strength of extreme weather events in the coming years, according to a new state-of-the-field report.
International Team Develops Real-time Structural Sensors
Teams in Iowa and Italy collaborate to develop two different sensor technologies that will enable real time monitoring of large, complex structures.
San Diego Courthouse Designed to Survive
Engineers use advanced design methods to meet enhanced seismic performance requirements for a new 389 ft tall courthouse in downtown San Diego.
Los Angeles Inventories Vulnerable Structures
A multifaceted project in Los Angeles seeks to assess the performance of older concrete buildings in earthquakes and develop an accurate inventory of structures that remain vulnerable.
A Room with a View and a Breeze
The Ng Teng Fong General Hospital under construction in Singapore features an innovative design to increase natural ventilation and abundant plants to bolster healing.
Offshore Turbines Temper Hurricane Winds
A computer simulation has shown that enormous offshore wind arrays can temper the wind speeds and wave heights of hurricanes.
Work on Marieholms Tunnel Begins
A new $500-million project will provide better access across the Göta Älv River in Sweden’s second largest city.
Recycled Water Improves Energy Efficiency
A new addition to Denver’s nature and science museum deploys a novel heating system.
“iSTEM” Report Integrates Learning
A new National Academy of Engineering report explores the potential benefits and challenges of integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning in K-12 classrooms.
Protecting Paper from the Light
A thin steel roof helps modulate light at new museum in Houston that celebrates drawings as art forms.
Researchers Examine Novel Desalination Method
Researchers at MIT’s Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy are developing a new approach that combines the best elements of thermal and reverse osmosis processes.
Engineers Working to Save Rare Corvettes
A team of engineers is working diligently to secure a large sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum and raise the final three cars from the bottom.
U.K. Electrifying Northern Rail Infrastructure
The United Kingdom’s major five-year program to electrify rail lines in the North of England is in full swing.
Technique Predicts River Network Migration
A measurement technique developed by researchers in Massachusetts and Switzerland makes it possible to map a river network’s past migration and future movement.
Yosemite Waterway Restoration Plan Approved
The Final Merced River Plan will restore areas of Yosemite National Park to a natural state while better meeting the infrastructure needs of a growing visitor population.
Student Engineers Find Real-world Solutions
At University College London, civil and structural engineering students are given real-world engineering challenges to teach design-based learning.
Cube-Shaped Building Bisected by Sculptural Void
Zaha Hadid Architects turns plan for a set of traditional office towers into a stunning architectural destination.
Publication Ranks Top Engineering Grad Schools
<span style="FONT-STYLE: normal">U.S News &amp; World Report</span>’s annual list of engineering programs that award doctorate degrees is a who’s who of well-respected institutions.
Museum for Mayan Artifacts Designed to Draw Tourists
Guatemala City hopes to draw both expatriated artifacts and tourists who want to view them with a new museum that will reflect the imagery of ancient Mayan temples.
School for Visual Arts Offers Visual Appeal
Comprising two long, stacked volumes that are turned with respect to one another, the new school of visual arts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham keeps gallery space and educational facilities distinct—but connected.
Exposed Structure Defines Design Center in Mexico
The new home of a design center that will be located in Mexico City highlights the concrete “exoskeleton” of its structural systems, playing with angle and space in the process.
Chicago Multimodal Terminal Crosses Major Highway
The Chicago Transit Authority will soon begin a complex phased project to replace the important 95th Street Terminal on the city’s south side, building it above a busy freeway.
Auckland Ring Road Dives Underground
The Waterview Connection, the last link in a ring road around Auckland, New Zealand, has begun tunnel-boring operations that will reach depths of 45 m.
Research Examines Effects of Cool Roofs
A research team finds that a wide-scale deployment of green and cool roofs could combat the heat island effect in urban areas and might even alter precipitation levels.
Site Size, Zoning Influence Tower Design
A new 748 ft tall twisting tower accommodates two hotels—one on top of another—in New York City’s crowded theater district.
Baylor University Stadium Makes a Campus Connection
McLane Stadium’s horseshoe shape will tie in visually with the rest of the Baylor University campus across the Brazos River, in Waco, Texas. Pedestrian bridges will provide the physical connection.
Work Begins on U.K. Biomass Gasification Plant
A new facility will power 17,000 homes and be fueled entirely with discarded wood products that were formerly placed in landfills.
Small Bridge to Make Big Impact
Manchester, England, plans to build the first network arch bridge to be used on a rail line in the United Kingdom as part of its plan to significantly upgrade the rail system in Northern England.
Sacramento Kings Arena Will Assimilate with City
Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, a new arena is designed to enliven the surrounding cityscape and engage residents.
Power-Generating Lagoon Planned for Wales
A man-made lagoon fitted with a line of hydro turbines that can generate power as tidewaters flow past is planned for Swansea Bay, in Wales, United Kingdom.
Buildings to Bookend Notre Dame Stadium
Notre Dame will add classrooms and student recreation facilities to its campus without expanding its footprint by appending three new structures onto its highly regarded football stadium.
Illinois Tops List of States In New LEED Ranking
Nearly 60 percent of all the square footage in the United States that was certified in the LEED program in 2013 came from a small group of states.
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Los Angeles Forum Achieves a Turnaround
Following years of disuse the venerable Los Angeles Forum has been given a new life with an upgraded roof structure and refinished interior. Its reopening was celebrated with a giant working turntable on its roof.
Investment in “Clean” Energy Rising
The investment in “clean” energy technologies is on the rise in emerging economies across the globe, according to a recent National Science Board study.
Calatrava Designs Campus, First Academic Building
The first academic building on a new university campus in Florida will be unlike any other in the world.
Angled Facade Boosts Energy Efficiency
The Federation of Korean Industries building, in Seoul, South Korea, features a high-performance curtain-wall system that deflects sunlight and generates energy.
Expansion Completed on One Of Two Problematic Tunnels
The CDOT is at the midpoint of a project to widen key twin tunnels on I-70 that have created a weekend bottleneck as motorists flock to the mountains for skiing and summer recreation.
Firms Take Growing Role in Civic Project Funding
Some design, engineering, and construction firms find that addressing public project funding early and creatively helps move them forward in the face of tight and uncertain budgets.
Sky “Streets” Connect Dual, Linked Towers
In Shenzhen, China, construction is under way on a vertical urban campus for Internet giant Tencent Holdings Limited.
Moscow Museum’s Cantilevers Dominate
A contemporary art museum in Moscow has been designed with a modern flair, featuring large cantilevered boxes and a shiny metal exterior.
Researchers to Tap Volcanoes for Energy
Researchers plan a second attempt to harness supercritical hydrous fluid from volcanic craters to drive steam turbines, generating electricity.
New Arena Design Reflects Las Vegas’s Milieu
A new arena near the Las Vegas Strip will feature a combination of cladding materials that are intended to connect the building with its surroundings.
Strong El Niños Predicted To Become More Common
Research indicates climate warming will double the occurrence of the destructive weather pattern known as El Niño in the future—but not the intensity of the events.
Johns Hopkins, MWH Formalize Research Alliance
A research alliance between the Center for Water and Health at Johns Hopkins University and the engineering firm MWH Global is intended to provide students with a broader outlook on issues related to water and engineering while enhancing the company’s existing research capacities.
Team Forecasts Costa Rican Earthquake
Analyzing GPS coordinates and geomorphic observations, a research team successfully identified the locked portion of a subduction zone in Costa Rica, forecasting the location and size of an earthquake.
Danish City Reclaims Harbor Site
The city of Aarhus, in Denmark, is redeveloping an industrial harbor site into a pedestrian-friendly area so that residents can reclaim the harbor as part of the city center.
Mexico Theater Complex Blends Interior, Exterior
Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional complex has been reinvented with an expansive steel- and glass-roofed plaza and an outdoor recreational and viewing area.
Viewing Tower to Redefine Miami Skyline
Constructing a 1,000 ft tall observation tower on a jetty in Biscayne Bay, in Miami, Florida, will present significant challenges, including hurricane-force winds.
New Halifax Library Puts a Twist on Design
Featuring more than a dozen cantilevers, a new library in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, brings contemporary design to a community steeped in history.
New Study Predicts Drought Ahead for Southern Europe
Significant drought conditions will develop across much of Europe before the end of the 21st century, brought on by a combination of climate change and man-made pressures on water supplies, according to new and unsettling research from the European Commission.
Big Business Prompts Traffic System Upgrade
A public high-speed wireless mesh network helped traffic engineers in Tennessee gain remote control over 200 signals as Volkswagen and Amazon set up shop in their city.
Dual Skating Rinks Grace Historic Brooklyn Park
Two connected ice skating rinks have been added to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The rinks’ low profiles and multiple possible uses pay respect to the park’s original landscape architects, Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Researchers Use Ocean Waves To Forecast Seismic Shaking
New research at Stanford University has capitalized upon the ambient seismic field—created by ocean waves as they strike the earth’s crust—to forecast potential earthquakes in the Los Angeles basin.
A Curved Walkway Highlights University’s Building Project
A project team overcomes a challenging site by integrating a bold pedestrian walkway into the design of a stunning new academic and research building at Northeastern University.
Modern House Features Tsunami Resiliency
When flood zone maps were redrawn, a simple remodeling project in Puget Sound shifted into the creation of a modern beach house designed to endure.
Tall Building Construction Increased Slightly in 2013
A new report shows that more tall buildings were completed in 2013 compared to 2012, indicating a return of the upward trend in skyscraper construction.
St. Louis Plans Advanced Scrubber Installation
Engineers work on a tight deadline to update sewage sludge incinerators to comply with new regulations that go into effect in March 2016.
Gleaming Tower to Join Milwaukee Skyline
The first major 21st-century addition to the Milwaukee skyline will be a new tower specifically built to house financial services giant Northwestern Mutual.
Los Angeles Revamps Mass Transit System
Once thought of as the most car-centric city in America, Los Angeles has been adding mass transit lines for years, and has plans for more. In the meantime one system—the Blue Line—will be upgraded with new rails, new and refurbished cars, and track and power line replacements.
Houston Significantly Expands Light-Rail
The city is more than tripling its light-rail system, concurrently building three new lines to connect business centers with residential neighborhoods.
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Yale Opens BIM-Designed, Transparent Campus Building
A curvy, glass-enclosed building designed by Sir Norman Foster opened this month on the Yale University campus, providing the first consolidated home for its School of Management.
California Highway Expansion Eases Commute
Expansion work along California State Highway 4, in eastern Contra Costa County, is improving one of the worst commutes in the United States.
Researchers Make Biocrude Oil from Algae
A new process extracts a greater amount of energy from algae than previously possible and show promise in producing an economically feasible alternative to fossil fuels.
Historic Preservation Marked Wins and Losses in 2013
The National Trust for Historic Preservation looks back on a year in which important historical structures and sites were saved—and lost.
Vietnam Hotel Recalls Blooming Lotus Flower
The 36-story tower will be located in close proximity to existing landmarks in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
L.A. Passes “Cool Roof” Ordinance
In a bid to combat its urban “heat island effect,” the city of Los Angeles has passed an ordinance that requires all new or renovated residential structures to install solar reflective roofing.
Circular Building Rises In Southwestern China
An Italian architect defies conventional thought to design a landmark building along the bank of the Pearl River in Guangzhou, China.
Investors Plan Las Vegas Extreme Sports Resort
A developer and an architect have imagined an active entertainment complex at which younger visitors can engage in such sports as skateboarding, motocross, rock climbing, and zip lining. If they build it, will the hipsters come?
Business School Design Combines Curves, Views
The winning design of a new school of business at Northwestern University features four curvilinear wings, each with its own unique views of Chicago and Lake Michigan, united by a central gathering space.
EPA Grants Support Innovative Research
The U.S. EPA’s P3 program marks its 10th year with 40 grants to support innovative research by promising university students.
Construction, Engineering Job Prospects to Grow
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its most recent domestic employment projections, which reveal that construction and civil engineering opportunities should expand by 2022.
Solar Array Planned for Staten Island Park
Before the end of his final term as mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the city’s largest solar array would be installed at Fresh Kills Park, on Staten Island.
London Bridge Designed Expressly to Hold Gardens
Engineers develop a design that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing to achieve a one-of-a-kind bridge.
Soccer Stadium’s Design Inspired by Iraqi Culture
Engineers use computer modeling to achieve the distinct facade of the new 65,000-seat soccer stadium in Basra, Iraq.
French Art Museum Extension Marries Old and New
An addition to the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, in Orléans, France, takes a futuristic approach to design but required old-fashioned handiwork in its construction.
Florida Art Museum Master Plan Unveiled
The Norton Museum of Art, in West Palm Beach, Florida, has unveiled a master plan outlining its next 20 years of growth.
Role of Art in STEM Education Studied
The creativity and experimentation fostered by visual arts and music training can play an important role for students who pursue STEM careers.
Researchers Develop Virtual Walls for Oil
Seeking to control the flow of oil in inkjet printer heads, researchers developed a micropore surface that has potential applications in a variety of settings.
Rockefeller Foundation Cites 11 Most Resilient U.S. Cities
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the first 33 of its list of the 100 most resilient cities in the world. Winners face a range of natural and man-made challenges; what unites them is their determinations to meet these challenges with strategies that will help them not just survive but thrive.
Spectacular Views Highlight CUMC School of Nursing
The glass-enclosed school will feature open meeting spaces, a rooftop terrace, and visible space for realistic simulations of medical practices.
KC Streetcar Line to Link Important Downtown Districts
A project team overcomes a dense urban environment to develop a new streetcar line through downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
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