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A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley (Berkeley Lab)  and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) national laboratories, as well as from the University of California at Davis, have developed the first-ever end-to-end simulation code to precisely capture the geology and physics of regional earthquakes, and how the shaking impacts buildings. The code will take advantage of exascale supercomputers, the future supercomputers that will be 50 times faster than the US’s most powerful system today. Their work is part of the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative effort between the DOE’s Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Agency and was recently published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society’s Computers in Science and Engineering. 

In the last twenty years, China’s urban population has more than doubled and aggressive development in the cities was necessary in order to host more people. However, the massive urbanization resulted in thousands of historic sites and buildings being destroyed, to make way for roads and reservoirs. But gradually, instead of demolishing these structures, the practice of relocation began to gain ground, and nowadays it is a common procedure in the Asian country, with a whole industry behind it. The buildings are either disassembled from roof tile to foundation and rebuilt in a new position, or moved to it on rails.

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Patch22, a creation of the Dutch architectural office FRANTZEN et al, is the highest wooden apartment building in the Netherlands.

Brown University engineers Haneesh Kesari and Michael Monn have been studying sea sponges in order to understand how these fairly simple creatures can maintain their shape at the bottom of the ocean, despite the fact that they are subject to the constant stress of underwater waves and tidal forces. The findings of their research, published in the journal Scientific Reports showed that tiny structural rods in the sponges’ bodies have evolved the optimal shape to avoid buckling under pressure. According to the researchers, this shape could provide a blueprint for increasing the buckling resistance in all kinds of slender human-made structures, from building columns to bicycle spokes to arterial stents, as buckling is the primary mode of failure for slender structures.

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Plasco commercial building, an iconic high-rise structure in central Tehran, collapsed following a fire that broke out on the top floors on 8 am local time (Thursday 19/1) and was burning for hours. According to the local media, at least 30 firefighters have been killed, although it is still unclear whether their death was due to the fire or the building’s collapse.  The 17-storey tall structure came down in a matter of seconds and there are fears there could be more people trapped inside.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:58

Controversial Buildings!

Around the world there are emblematic buildings that embody the idea of modernity.

A huge-scale building that resembles a spaceship. It was another vision of Steve Jobs.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 12:18

Top Worst Building Collapses

The sudden, horrifying collapse of huge buildings has caused countless tragedies throughout the history of humanity, stressing the importance of safe construction.

Monday, 03 August 2015 15:59

Building in Madrid Collapsed

A four-storey building collapsed in Madrid neighborhood of Carabanchel, without injured people, since a few hours before the collapse they had been evacuated.

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  • Date occured Monday, 03 August 2015

Tesla will construct a factory, which will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources and it will produce batteries with sufficient power for 500,000 electric cars.

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  • Date occured Friday, 17 July 2015
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