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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Wright’s Taliesin West to Go “Net Zero”

Among the many things for which iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known was an enthusiastic acceptance of the social and technological changes that emerged as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The late pioneer would no doubt support the groundbreaking effort...

A Record-Breaking Concrete Pour in Los Angeles

Usually, the concrete pour for the foundation of a building, even a skyscraper, doesn’t merit much attention. But what happened on Feb. 15–16 at the site of the soon-to-arise Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles was no ordinary construction job. In fact, it was a...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014
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New PBS Series on Building Skyscrapers

If you love tall buildings, then you’ll definitely want to watch the four-part PBS series Super Skyscrapers, currently under way. (Don’t worry about missing them on TV — PBS is posting the full shows after they’ve aired.) Each episode focuses on a different...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014
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Buildings That Hang Out

Cantilevers on buildings — the parts of the structure that hang out over empty space, seemingly support-free — can serve a number of functions, both decorative and functional. And as building technology, materials science, and engineering capabilities continue to improve,...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014
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A Brief History on World-Changing Architectural Design

The science and engineering behind architecture has been evolving since humans started erecting dwellings with stone, sticks, and mud. io9 rounded up a list — including many more images than the three examples above — of some of the most important breakthroughs that have...
Posted On 12 Dec 2013
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Architecture in Time‘s 2013 Inventions of the Year

Time magazine regularly includes architectural innovations and designs in its annual roundup of the “best inventions of the year” (2012, 2011), but this year the representation is higher than usual: four out of 25. ArchDaily has a terrific roundup, including links to...
Posted On 03 Dec 2013
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How Do Cranes Stay Above the Buildings They Make?

Spurred by all of the hoopla around the official height of One World Trade Center, Slate has posted an Explainer column on how cranes stay atop the skyscrapers they piece together. In essence, there are three types: external climbers and internal climbers, both of which can be...
Posted On 18 Nov 2013
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