Other

Creating 3D indoor maps with a wearable backpack system

In case of an emergency, up-to-date information about the inside of buildings needs to be readily available for first responders. UT researcher Samer Karam developed a wearable mapping system (the ITC-Backpack) that can map ...

Engineering

Mapping where the wind blows in worker dormitories

In Singapore, one group affected by the pandemic early on were the foreign workers, especially during 2020's spike in COVID-19 cases in dormitories. While several factors have been cited as factors driving the spike, the ...

Energy & Green Tech

COP26: Architectural firm envisions skyscrapers that capture CO2

Architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill gave a presentation last week at COP26 suggesting that skyscrapers of the future could remove more carbon dioxide out of the air than they emit. They have come up with a design ...

Energy & Green Tech

We can't afford to just build greener; we must build less

As the built environment takes center stage at COP26, the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and of the industry's responsibility to address it comes into focus. A recent report from the UN's Global Alliance for Buildings ...

Engineering

What caused the collapse of the condominium building in Florida?

On June 24, 2021, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Champlain Towers South Condominium, a 12-story 40-year-old reinforced concrete flat plate structure building in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Florida, United ...

page 1 from 19

Building

In architecture, construction, engineering and real estate development the word building may refer to one of the following:

In this article, the first usage is generally intended unless otherwise specified.

Buildings come in a wide amount of shapes and functions, and have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors, from building materials available, to weather conditions, to land prices, ground conditions, specific uses and aesthetic reasons.

Buildings serve several needs of society - primarily as shelter from weather and as general living space, to provide privacy, to store belongings and to comfortably live and work. A building as a shelter represents a physical division of the human habitat into the inside (a place of comfort and safety) and the outside (a place that at times may be harsh and harmful). Ever since the first cave paintings, buildings have also become objects or canvasess of artistic expression. In recent years, interest in sustainable planning and building practices has also become part of the design process of many new buildings.

This text uses material from Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA