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Blog post
August 11, 2019, 1pm PDT
Green building practices are advancing quickly. Here is a sample of best practices in choosing the most sustainable materials for the job.
Kayla Matthews
June 20, 2019, 2pm PDT
Local governments didn't want the Texas State Legislature to approved HB 2439, but now the bill is officially law. Some communities worry that they can no longer control the aesthetics of new development.
NBC DFW
January 8, 2018, 11am PST
Mass timber is a major structural element of an increasing number of skyscrapers, according to a CTBUH survey; now, the fire codes just have to follow.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 11, 2017, 9am PST
As the state's worst wildfire season ever refuses to end, an analyst from UCLA considers how land use and building codes determine the location and extent of the damage.
The Conversation
September 9, 2017, 11am PDT
A versatile building material with a long pedigree, concrete also has associations with ugliness and totalitarianism. Its reinforced variety, widely used today, can conceal a costly flaw.
CityLab
October 26, 2015, 7am PDT
New green buildings may be de riguer, but preservation does less harm.
Boston Society of Architects
July 23, 2014, 11am PDT
Michael Demkowicz says that steel, aluminum, and concrete are among materials we understand least, but all have big possibilities for engineers.
MIT Spectrum
February 25, 2013, 6am PST
Using a set of mid-February photographs from Iceland, Chuck Wolfe describes scaled expressions of urban settlement and transport in Iceland and derives principles for building better places.
The Atlantic Cities
March 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
A Welsh company is using ground-up plastic remnants to create a building material sturdy enough for housing.
Treehugger