These are the world’s deadliest construction projects

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Construction has always been a dangerous industry. The latest death toll from Qatar’s World Cup projects is just the latest reminder. Construction is a risky business. Consider the classic (though staged) photograph of a line of construction workers perched on a steel beam hundreds of feet above Manhattan eating their lunch. One misstep or ill-timed backslap from a coworker could lead to a lethal plummet. Read Full Story

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4 strategies to help you learn to take constructive criticism

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The most talented people in the world are always a work in progress. They leverage critical feedback from others and don’t get defensive when they get it. We often hear that it is a sign of emotional maturity and intellectual curiosity to be open to constructive criticism from others, and that negative feedback can help us identify important gaps between the person we are, and the person we want to be . Read Full Story

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Coronavirus crisis: Can the U.S. build a hospital in two weeks?

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Technically, yes. Realistically, probably not. Some of the most heartening images of the response to the coronavirus pandemic have come from buildings—namely, the two massive hospitals constructed over 10 days at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, China. In January and February, millions tuned in all over the world to watch the live stream of the breakneck construction hosted by Chinese state TV. It wasn’t just a grandiose spectacle—the World Health Organization credited the 2,300 new hospital beds with helping to save lives. Read Full Story

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This new affordable housing project in the Bronx has its own hip-hop museum

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Bronx Point, which recently won an award for Excellence in Design from the New York City Public Design Commission, points to a new kind of mixed-use housing development: one that is designed with the neighborhood’s specific needs in mind. On the edge of the Harlem River in the Bronx, a long-vacant piece of land owned by the city of New York is about to undergo a dramatic transformation. Early next year, construction will begin on a project that will turn this dirt lot into 542 units of permanently affordable housing, a new public park, community and retail spaces, and a museum dedicated to the history of hip-hop. Read Full Story

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This project is bringing high-speed internet to the developing world via beams of infrared light

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The latest invention from Alphabet’s moonshot factory are giant towers that use light to send data, like a fiber-optic cable without the cable. The world is still a long way from universal connectivity: More than 3 billion people don’t have access to the internet. In remote areas, and especially in rough terrain, one challenge is the cost of infrastructure—laying out a network of fiber-optic cables is difficult and expensive. X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, is testing a new approach in India and Africa using invisible beams of light to send data over long distances without cables. Read Full Story

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One simple trick to make any deadline manageable

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Plans and projections are all guesses because priorities change, people come and go from teams, and new bugs and constraints show up. Here’s a simple strategy to deal. Psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky first proposed the planning fallacy in 1977, highlighting the tendency for people to underestimate the time it takes to do things. A paper published by the Project Management Institute highlights examples of how this applied to the completion of professional projects such as Windows Vista, the construction of London’s Wembley stadium, the development of the Airbus 380, and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. The news is also full of other examples, whether it’s Dr. Dre’s Detox album, George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones novels, or Blizzard Entertainment’s Starcraft: Ghost . Read Full Story

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These three timber buildings could represent the future of green architecture

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Timber buildings are popping up around the world. Are they the solution to construction’s carbon problem? Construction materials alone, including carbon and steel, contribute 11% of global carbon emissions (by comparison, air travel contributes about 2.5%). That’s why architects and development companies around the world are opting for a novel but not-so-new solution: wood. A study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, in Germany, found that with proper forest management, a global boom in wood buildings could sequester up to 700 million tons of carbon a year (wood naturally stores carbon, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere). The idea is catching on: Google’s Sidewalk Labs has proposed a 12-acre timber neighborhood in Toronto, while in February, France mandated that all public buildings after 2022 be constructed of at least 50% wood or other organic materials. The University of Arkansas completed the largest timber building in the …

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WHO: The coronavirus ‘likely’ came from bats, not a lab

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“All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not a manipulated or constructed virus in a lab or somewhere else,” a WHO spokesperson announced today. The World Health Organization has announced today that its research has found that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, likely originated in bats, CNBC reports . Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said: Read Full Story

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