How Digital Twins Are Changing Construction

“Measure twice and cut once,” goes an English proverb, emphasizing the importance of the accuracy and efficiency of a design for craftspeople, as it might end up being a waste of time and material otherwise. The construction industry has long suffered from a poor reputation for its inefficiencies, delays, and cost overruns. Even though the industry has increasingly […]
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  • Categories: Security

    Creating Inclusive Security: Designing Airports for All Passengers

    With more people than ever flying, the needs of travelers and the demands of airport security are evolving in tandem. Passengers today represent a wider spectrum of abilities and backgrounds, requiring security measures that are both comprehensive and inclusive.

  • Categories: Urbanization

    Transforming Urban Landscapes: Unlocking the Potential of Parking Facilities

    “Whoever said life was about the journey and not the destination never had to look for a place to park,” writes journalist Henry Grabar, in his book Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World. “Every trip must begin and end with a parking space, and in no uncertain terms. We expect parking to be immediately available, […]

  • Categories: Urbanization

    OCEANIX: The World’s First Prototype of a Smart Floating City

    Water is life — and throughout history, human settlements have always gravitated towards living near bodies of water. An estimated half of the world’s population live within 100 kilometers of a coast, which is a population density of around twice the global average. Likewise, 14 ouf of 17 largest cities are located on coasts, with 11 in […]

  • Categories: Urbanization

    Designing Subway Stations for the Future: Safety and Aesthetics

    “An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it's where even the rich use public transportation," said Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá. But how can we ensure safety while fostering aesthetics that attract and engage users?

  • Categories: Society

    Why Flex Living Is Changing the Rules of the Real Estate Market

    There is a new profile of citizen that needs to access housing in a different way: giving priority to services, time flexibility and more. The rise of flex living is tied to significant demographic shifts and changes in the workforce, impacting the real estate market as profoundly as the shortage of available space in large population centers and the continuous increase in prices.

  • Categories: Architecture

    Know Your Architecture: Baroque Architecture and 5 Finest Examples

    “A painting is complete when it has the shadows of a god,” said Rembrandt, the legendary 17th century Dutch painter known for his baroque style, describing the essence of baroque art. The term “baroque” originated from an irregularly shaped and a “perfectly imperfect” type of pearl, which defines most of the natural freshwater pearls. However, baroque is […]

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  • Categories: Architecture

    These 5 Buildings Rocked Earthquake-Proof Designs

    Dozens of buildings crumpled when a deadly earthquake hit Mexico City in 2017, but its gleaming Torre Reforma survived with just a few cracks. It's often said 'Earthquakes don't kill people, buildings do'.

  • Categories: Urbanization

    How Vienna Became the World’s Most Livable City

    In 2022, Vienna grabbed the top spot in the Global Livability Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). For this picture-perfect Central European city famous for its legacy in classical music, baroque architecture, and coffeehouse culture, the top ranking didn’t come as a surprise. “Stability and good infrastructure are the city’s main charms for its […]

  • Categories: Architecture

    Human-Centered Architecture: What is It and How It Makes a Difference

    While buildings fulfill the most basic human needs like shelter and security, architecture impacts the emotional state of any person who interacts with it. Whether it's intended or not, a building can provoke a range of emotions such as belonging, awe, fear, or hope.

  • Categories: Architecture

    Keeping The Water Out: 4 Examples of Flood-Proof Architecture

    Floods are among the most common and destructive natural disasters. They affected more than 2 billion people worldwide between 1987 and 2017, according to the World Health Organization. As floods keep increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change, flood-proof architecture is becoming an issue of growing importance.

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    How to Plan Accessible Evacuation Routes for Office Buildings

    Emergencies and accidents can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere, including the workplace. The United States Department of Labor includes both natural and humanmade incidents as a workplace emergency.

  • Categories: Architecture

    The Future of BIM: Internal Optimization and Interoperability

    Despite different architectural styles, histories, and locations, Westminster Abbey, Cathedrals of Milan and Cologne, the Palace of Alhambra, and Stonehenge have many things in common. They're all iconic landmarks visited by millions of people a year.

  • Categories: Security

    4 Ways to Prevent Tailgating

    Tailgating, the passage of an unauthorized person behind authorized personnel, is one of the most common physical security breaches. Also known as “piggybacking", tailgating often results from a random act of kindness such as holding the door to a stranger.

  • Categories: Technology

    The Lifespan of a Mechanical Lock System

    Despite the growing appetite towards digital and high-tech entrance solutions, mechanical keys and locks remain the most popular market solutions due to their durability and affordability. Especially in residential settings, they're the most ubiquitous entrance methods and continue to record stable growth.