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How architect Francine Houben combines environment, function, and usability in building design

How architect Francine Houben combines environment, function, and usability in building design

This episode of BW Sessions is presented in collaboration with The Chicago Architecture Foundation and explores the architectural practice of Mecanoo through the perspective of the firm’s founder, Francine Houben. Although widely known in The Netherlands and Europe for buildings focused on people, place, and purpose, Mecanoo is only just beginning to gain increasing recognition in the United States for their work on projects such as the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston and the renovation of the Mies van der Rohe-designed Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington, D.C. "Architecture must appeal to all the senses,” Houben says

CAT Investing with Startup Partners at SXSW and NASA | Venture: CAT Ventures

CAT Investing with Startup Partners at SXSW and NASA | Venture: CAT Ventures

On today’s episode, we’re joined by a special host, Matt Gray, as he spends some time with Brian Lowry, Transaction Manager at Strategic Investments at Caterpillar Ventures. Their conversation in the BuiltWorlds studio covered a wide range of topics. Lessons learned from the automotive industry to leveraging the digital tools available making the jobsite a more efficient place to work and even a partnership between NASA and Caterpillar (CAT).

How the new investments in tech are changing the heavy equipment industry | Venture: Holt Ventures

How the new investments in tech are changing the heavy equipment industry | Venture: Holt Ventures

This episode of Venture brings the Director of Holt Ventures, Adam Bridgman, to the BuiltWorlds studio for a revealing chat. Known for developing the first tractor, Holt has innovated into a new investment company focusing on technology in the heavy equipment space. 


Building a Modern Plumbers Union with Gensler, W.E. O'Neil | Project Innovation: Plumbers Union

Building a Modern Plumbers Union with Gensler, W.E. O'Neil | Project Innovation: Plumbers Union

This episode of Project Innovation brings together some of the main minds behind the plumbers training facility, still under construction, in Chicago's West Loop. We talk to general contractor (W.E. O'Neil), principal design firm (Gensler), and the building's owner about the challenges they've encountered in designing and constructing the project. 

Behind the limelight: Why structural engineers are important | BW Lightbulb

Behind the limelight: Why structural engineers are important | BW Lightbulb

How does a skyscraper stand? Ask a structural engineer. On this episode of Lightbulb, we tackle that topic of how architects and structural engineers work together to tackle the tall challenge of turning wild building concepts into reality. 

Watch How Building Components Get Made | Yard & Shop: Hill Mechanical

Watch How Building Components Get Made | Yard & Shop: Hill Mechanical

On this episode of Yard & Shop, we visit the shop of Hill Mechanical. In construction and building maintenance, they prefabricate everything in from industrial HVAC units to bathrooms, and modular piping. Click here to learn more about Hill Mechanical

Preventing the #1 Cause of Deaths on Construction Sites | Safe Insight: Power Construction & Spot-R

Preventing the #1 Cause of Deaths on Construction Sites | Safe Insight: Power Construction & Spot-R

On this episode of Safe Insight, we looked at how to best fall prevention on jobsites. We took a tour of a Power Construction site to see what they are doing to improve worker safety. Afterward, we spoke to Chad Hollingsworth about Spot-R, a new wearable sensor that tracks worker safety on the jobsite.

Connecting Our Transportation | SmartWorlds: Future Mobility

Connecting Our Transportation | SmartWorlds: Future Mobility

On this episode of SmartWorlds, we welcome three local transportation experts to speak about the recently enacted Go To 2040 plan. They address the plan's short and long term changes for transportation as it positively affects liveable communities and human mobility.

Designing and Building Super Stadiums | BW Lightbulb

Designing and Building Super Stadiums | BW Lightbulb

On this episode of Lightbulb, we shine the light on the design and build of modern day super stadiums. We spoke with the individuals responsible for Mercedes Benz Stadium, Golden 1 Center, and US Bank Stadium, and they told us how complex these projects can be.

Designing a Building for the Next Generation of Artists | Project Innovation: Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Designing a Building for the Next Generation of Artists | Project Innovation: Gordon Parks Arts Hall

In 2015, construction finished on the 90k sq. ft Gordon Parks Arts Hall educational center. After receiving generous donations from filmmaker and philanthropist George Lucas, Mellody Hobsen, and the Earl Shapiro family totaling over $82 million, classes began at the facility which blends multiple scholastic disciplines into its teaching curriculum. Aiming to produce only the brightest future engineers, architects, and artists, this projects was realized by General Contractor Lendlease and Main Architect Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.

The Basics of Investing in the AEC Industry (feat Hyde Park Ventures) | BW Lightbulb

The Basics of Investing in the AEC Industry (feat Hyde Park Ventures) | BW Lightbulb

"It's a good time to be a company in the built environment," says Greg Barnes from Hyde Park Ventures. Investments in new technology and early-stage startups are heating up in the AEC industry, especially as corporations look to innovate through funding and acquisition.

Rethinking a Centuries-Old Material: Concrete | Lightbulb

Rethinking a Centuries-Old Material: Concrete | Lightbulb

In our pilot episode of Lightbulb, we shine the light on a building material that's been around for centuries — concrete. Ripe for innovation, the #1 most-used building material is changing, not only with its composition but also in the places it's being used. Experts from Lithko Contracting, a concrete contractor, and Ozinga Bros., a ready-mix manufacturer, give us the scoop on what's new and improved in this age-old material.

The Will Group & GE Make 150,000 LEDs for Chicago | Yard & Shop

The Will Group & GE Make 150,000 LEDs for Chicago | Yard & Shop

In this episode of Yard & Shop, we visit The Will Group's lighting fabrication shop, where they show us how they're building and assembling 150,000+ LED lights in partnership with General Electric (GE).

Energy Execs Talk What's Next for Smart Grid & Microgrid Technology | SmartWorlds

Energy Execs Talk What's Next for Smart Grid & Microgrid Technology | SmartWorlds

On this episode of SmartWorlds, we speak with experts from ComEd, GI Energy, Clean Energy Trust, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Energy Foundry about the investments, policies, and consumer teaching that go into growing smart grids and microgrids. What's next for smart grids and microgrids?

CES 2017 New Tech for the Built Industry | All Hands on Tech

CES 2017 New Tech for the Built Industry | All Hands on Tech

BuiltWorlds headed to Las Vegas for the biggest technology conference in the world, the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). We combed through thousands of new products on the floor and found which companies are poised to impact the AEC industry - check out drones, robots, virtual reality, mixed reality, smart homes, smart cars, and much, much more!

Why should we invest in U.S. infrastructure and clean energy? | Venture: Amy Francetic, Invenergy

Why should we invest in U.S. infrastructure and clean energy? | Venture: Amy Francetic, Invenergy

Amy Francetic, VP of New Corporate Ventures and Corporate Affairs at Invenergy, North America’s largest independent, privately held renewable energy provider, sat down with us on this episode of Venture.

Francetic shares what Invenergy's looking to invest in today and why it's important to inject money into U.S. infrastructure and clean energy around the globe. At a time when energy policies are squarely at the forefront of American government action, there was no better time to have Amy in our studio. 

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