Weekly Grind: Workers Exploited, Growing Gender Diversity, and Wall Construction
Wi-Fi Certified Home Design Program Streamlines Home Infrastructure
The Wi-Fi Alliance’s new Home Design program has guidelines for optimal locations for wireless access points that will provide coverage through all parts of the home. Installing infrastructure like plumbing and electrical may now be easier too.
FIFA Construction Workers in Moscow, Exploited
Migrant construction workers hired in Moscow to build stadiums and other structures for the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup reported unpaid or delayed wages. What now?
Trump’s Border Wall Construction to Begin As Early As Next Year
If the budget is approved, construction on the wall along the southern U.S. border and Mexico could begin March 2018. A total of $1.6 billion was requested for various stretches of the border. More details?
The Space Needle’s $100 Million Facelift
Washington’s well-known landmark will be undergoing a $100 million renovation coined the “Century Project” starting September. Many of the older building materials will be replaced with state of the art glass technology. What’s the view like from up there?
The First Building Completely 3D Printed Onsite
Dubai has done it again. The R&Drone Laboratory, which will conduct research on drones and 3D printing, was built entirely onsite by 3D printing. This a first for both the UAE and the world.
Gender Diversity in Architecture Growing
Women accounted for 34% of newly licensed architects last year, compared to a 36% this year. Licensure candidates are also more diverse than ever before. Where are the numbers?
Construction Material Prices Remain Stable
Material prices remained steady, ending a 5 month period of growth. Crude petroleum and unprocessed materials, however, dropped harshly. What about other materials?