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How many in the room? COVID-19 and room occupancy

Coronavirus transmission rates vary in terms of the numbers of people present in an indoor environment and the level of ventilation, according to a new study. Such studies help with setting minimal environmental standards.

Op-Ed: Coronavirus: Why it's too early to open shops

London - Many governments are now starting to re-open shops or put in place plans to do so. Given poor ventilation and the use of recirculated air, it is probably too early to do so. This article outlines why.

New international standard for ‘greening’ buildings

The manufacturing and building sectors are major contributors to levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. How can this vital sector of the economy become greener? A new international standard can help.

New dataset uses AI to map structure outlines across U.S.

A new building footprint dataset has deployed artificial intelligence to construct a map of building outlines across the contiguous U.S. The platform can be used by a range of people, from city planners to emergency services.

Norway bans use of heating oil in buildings

Norway will be the first country in the world to prohibit the use of fossil-based oil to heat buildings. The ban will cover both new and old buildings including private homes and businesses as well as publicly owned facilities.

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Rome - Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for the high death toll from this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster.

Is living in buildings that exclude microbes good for health?

Modern buildings, with advanced air conditioning and filtration, are designed to exclude pollutants and microorganisms from buildings. This may not, according to some scientists, be good for our health.

Canadian journalists win top architecture awards Special

Montreal - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada had announced this year’s awards for media in architecture and the winner is the Montreal daily newspaper La Presse and two of its journalists.

Op-Ed: Building design and fabrication goes virtual

Just like most everything else in our society today, virtual reality has taken over in the fields of architecture, interior design and construction.

More survivors found in rubble of collapsed India building

New Delhi - Emergency workers pulled out three more survivors from the rubble of a collapsed building in southern India Tuesday as authorities said they expected to wrap up rescue efforts by the end of the day.

Survivors pulled from rubble of India building tragedy

New Delhi - Rescuers plucked two survivors from the ruins of a collapsed apartment block in southern India on Monday as they raced against the clock to find dozens more people feared trapped in the rubble.

Bacteria by design? Buildings influence microbial content

A survey of bacteria in a University of Oregon building reveals that architecture influences the indoor microbiome. Patterns vary by age, space, locale and, surprisingly, architecture.

Canadian workers were affected by fungal infection

The U.S. CDC has confirmed that builders renovating an old house in Quebec, Canada contracted fungal spores from the building. The reason was that the workmen were not provided with the correct equipment.

Video: French 'Spiderman' scales 185-meter Paris skyscraper

Paris - Alain Robert, dubbed the "French Spiderman", has been at it again. He has just conquered 185-meter (607-foot) GDF Suez tower in the La Défense business district of Paris with only his climbing shoes and a bag of chalk.

4 arrested in Bangladesh building collapse, hunt on for others

Dhaka - Arrests have begun and the hunt is on for others held responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people as a consequence of the building collapse in Bangladesh, in which some 3,000 garment workers were trapped.

Upside down house: A Polish village’s topsy-turvy tourist draw

A house constructed entirely upside down is now a tourist attraction for the tiny village of Szymbark in northern Poland. As well as presenting topsy turvy from the exterior, the house’s internal contradictions proved problematic during construction.

Photo Essay: Contrasting sights of downtown Nashville Special

Nashville - The downtown area of Nashville is a collage of interesting architecture, honky tonks, neon signs, industrial zones, historical landmarks, great food and a plethora of music.

Op-Ed: Exploring two abandoned buildings in Detroit Special

Recently, I've explored two abandoned buildings in Detroit—the Fisher Body 21 car assembly plant and the Boblo Dock Building. Within the buildings, I found awe-inspiring views and years of decay.

Skylifter saucer airship could lift whole buildings in the future

Sydney - Imagine when the next natural disaster occurs in a remote region of the world. It would take days, maybe even weeks, for relief to get there. However, Skylifter is developing an airship that can lift entire buildings into an area.

World's Tallest Building to Open in Dubai Monday

On Monday, Burj Dubai Tower will become the world's tallest building as Dubai formally opens its doors to the public amid the State's growing indebtedness and economic slowdown.

LEED Certified doesn't always mean energy efficient

Does being labeled a green building make it so? According to a New York Times report some buildings that have LEED certification aren't really energy efficient.

The Hidden Architecture of the City of Lyon Special

There is beautiful architecture to be seen in the streets of many cities. Lyon is no exception. What is different here though, is that some of the city’s finest architecture is invisible. Because it’s hidden, far from view, behind anonymous doors..

Buildings get cheers and jeers at the Pug Awards

The annual Pug Awards, formerly called the Puglies, are back. You can vote on the best and the worst buildings in Toronto.

3D Buildings in Google's Street Maps

Google Maps add 3D building views to online maps and Google Earth maps with building layers, adds depth and detail to the map view.

"Sleepwalkers" come out in New York City

New York City is often described as "the city that never sleeps." But as day turns to night New Yorkers and their city take on a different rhythm, a different energy and a different interaction between people and their urban environment.

Buildings of Tomorrow

Visionaey architect William Mcdonough is making boomtown environmentaly friendly-from Googles headquarters to Chinas cities.

Send a geoGreeting using Google Maps buildings for letters

Well it's kinda cool isn't it?... Okay maybe not...

New Art Museum In Paris Could Rival Centre Pompidou

PARIS (dpa) - From outside, the proposed new museum for contemporary art looks like a passenger steamer. Eventually it will be as big as the Parisian "culture machine", the Centre Georges Pompidou. The new museum is out of the project stage and has ...

The Charm Of Decaying Splendour: Baroque Cities In Sicily

Syracuse (dpa) - A dozen boys kicking a soccer ball around the cathedral square in Syracuse could not have picked a more spectacular backdrop for their game. Whether the cathedral itself, the town hall or one of the city's palaces, the eye is drawn to ...

Dresden's Landmark Cathedral Slowly Returning To City Skyline

Dresden (dpa) - Dresden's Frauenkirche Cathedral, which was destroyed in devastating Allied bombing in February 1945, is slowly returning to the east German city's skyline and is currently at the building stage first reached 268 years ago. In Decemb...
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Pic taken by me  unfinished tomb at Qutub Minar  Delhi.
Pic taken by me, unfinished tomb at Qutub Minar, Delhi.
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France s National Assembly building  Paris
France's National Assembly building, Paris
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A unique building in Barcelona
A unique building in Barcelona
Will this crow fly through a tower crane on the University of Wisconsin campus?
Will this crow fly through a tower crane on the University of Wisconsin campus?
The Quadrangle at The University of Sydney s Camperdown campus
The Quadrangle at The University of Sydney's Camperdown campus
Pic taken by me  Lotus Temple  Delhi.
Pic taken by me, Lotus Temple, Delhi.
Like any other major metropolitan city  downtown Toronto has a variety of commercial buildings that ...
Like any other major metropolitan city, downtown Toronto has a variety of commercial buildings that can be seen from a distance, however, standing under one can make one dizzy.
Upside down house in the village of Szymbark  near Gdansk  Northern Poland.
Upside down house in the village of Szymbark, near Gdansk, Northern Poland.
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 The Day Pauses   Botanica  Lower East Side.  I actually find the process of editing phone photograp...
"The Day Pauses", Botanica, Lower East Side. "I actually find the process of editing phone photography to be far more of a zen experience than editing my digital photos," Gucwa explains. "It could have something to do with the more tactile quality of phone photo editing apps. They're designed to streamline the editing process with results that are strikingly beautiful. It's an exciting time in terms of the sheer number of innovations being made on a regular basis in mobile photography."
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Toronto  Ontario: A street scene.
Toronto, Ontario: A street scene.
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A look at the government administrative center  the Union Buildings  from the South Lawn.
A look at the government administrative center, the Union Buildings, from the South Lawn.
Night view of the Union Buildings. Photo by Susan Pruijsen.
Night view of the Union Buildings. Photo by Susan Pruijsen.
Photo by Susan Pruijsen
Pic taken by me  All Saints Church - Malabar Hills  Mumbai.
Pic taken by me, All Saints Church - Malabar Hills, Mumbai.
Michigan Avenue.  Chicago  IL
Michigan Avenue. Chicago, IL
 Wealth of Tales   Doyers Street  Chinatown.  These are streets that represent so much more than mer...
"Wealth of Tales", Doyers Street, Chinatown. "These are streets that represent so much more than merely a geographical spot," Gucwa says of Chinatown. "These streets are the embodiment of a core concept that has defined New York City for many decades. The sheer density of people that grace these streets with their presence seems to imbue (them) with the weight of their aspirations."
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There is an outdoor summer theater which performs on the open-air staircase at St. Michael s Church ...
There is an outdoor summer theater which performs on the open-air staircase at St. Michael's Church and at the Globe Theatre.
Like any other major metropolitan city  downtown Toronto has a variety of commercial buildings that ...
Like any other major metropolitan city, downtown Toronto has a variety of commercial buildings that can be seen from a distance, however, standing under one can make one dizzy.
BC legislature buildings  Victoria.
BC legislature buildings, Victoria.
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Methodist Church

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