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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day: Architects, Urbanists & Engineers

For International Women’s Day, we’re recognizing women across IBI Group and their positive force in our workplace, promoting their contributions to their professional fields and demonstrating the value of diversity for our firm. As this year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘Women in the Changing…

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Great Books for Architects, Urbanists & Engineers

In need of a last minute gift idea for the urbanist in your life? Or maybe a good read of your own for the holidays? Whether you’re looking for books on architecture, landscape architecture, engineering or urbanism, TH!NK by IBI has you compiled the meta-list for…

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cleantech innovation

Five Cleantech Innovations for a Better World

On November 8, while most eyes were focused on the United States, important news came out of COP22 in Marrakech: 2016 is on track to be the warmest year on record. The outcome of the US election was not a promising step in the fight against…

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Green & Clean: Parks as Water Infrastructure

Urban parks serve as important spaces for recreation and relaxation, while also reducing heat islands, serving as habitat and improving wellness. But they can also do more. As we’ve written about before, by combining engineering, landscape architecture and urban design, they can also serve important…

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Workers installing reinforcing steel by hand - Photo by Brendan McHale

Construction Productivity: Swimming Against the Current

The rapid advance of technology during the 20th century led to massive increases in labour productivity throughout most industries. In its most basic form, productivity is defined as the amount of output in dollars divided by the amount of hours worked. According to Statistics Canada,…

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Transforming Time Square

City-Making Made Better

Cities are hives abuzz with the activities of billions of people every day. Many of these activities – from movement and work to socializing and leisure – are influenced by the way we build our cities. Yet, whether enjoying a public space or walking and…

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Paper Bridges & Satellites

It is easy to tear a single sheet of paper – and nearly impossible to rip a whole stack of them. Building on this simple observation, researchers at Georgia Tech, the University of Illinois, and the University of Tokyo created structurally engineered plastic tubes inspired by Origami arts. The…

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