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Bird Beaks Inspire Fog Catcher
Researchers draw inspiration from nature in developing an articulated plate device that captures water droplets from fog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.