'Bendable concrete' is not an oxymoron. Mimicking designs found in nature, engineers are making concrete that gives under stress without shattering – an advance that could improve US infrastructure.
Do environmental reviews delay large-scale projects? The Trump administration says yes, but studies show that these reviews lead to better results and can even save time and money.
How to move beyond the warm words about tackling urban heat islands to doing something about them.
Building features can be analyzed in the same way that facial recognition software works, revealing previously hidden elements of history.
Recent research shows that US rivers are becoming saltier and more alkaline. Salt pollution threatens drinking water supplies and freshwater ecosystems, but there is no broad system for regulating it.
The construction sector works on a bit of a time lag. So there are a bunch of projects underway that were premised on the loose credit of recent years.
The collapse of Carillion shows that the construction sector needs to change. One option would be to include women.
The construction industry is characterised by risk, uncertainty and complexity on all levels. Brexit compounds this.
The number of jobs might be going up but the real test will be whether wages rise too.
How to tidy up a right royal mess.
With an ever-increasing cost to extract dwindling raw materials, it's time to look at cities as urban mines. We're developing the tools to do that.
The CO2 we produce when we put up buildings is large and virtually unregulated.
The law says that newly built houses should have a six-star energy rating, to help residents afford their heating and cooling bills. But some builders seem to be findings ways around this requirement.
Overuse of sand for construction and industry is harming the environment and fueling violence around the world. Scientists explain why we need international rules to regulate sand mining and use.
Cement has a huge greenhouse footprint, largely because the chemical process by which it is made releases carbon dioxide. But there are several different ways for cement to green up its act.
The threat of a loss of jobs in the the industries that support construction reveals the problem in relying on building to sustain the economy.
Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
About 84% of cranes in Australia are used on residential sites, with commercial projects making up 5% of crane activity. Health, education, infrastructure and recreation projects make up the rest.
Migrants keep going back to the vilified go-betweens that can get them construction jobs or domestic work.
There is a way to get homes where we need them, and it's about making the most of what we've already got.