The Latest: Turkey's president visits building collapse site

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Rescue workers continue to remove rubble from an eight-story building which collapsed two days earlier in Istanbul, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Turkish rescue workers on Friday pulled out a 16-year-old boy from the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul two days after it collapsed, Turkey's interior minister Suleyman Soylu said. Turkey's president says there are "many lessons to learn" from the collapse of a residential building in Istanbul where at least 17 people have died. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to reporters Saturday from the scene where the eight-story building in Kartal district collapsed Wednesday. He said the government would take "steps in a determined way" after investigators complete their work.

Mexico City residents whose buildings survived the 1985 quake thought they'd be safe in the next big one. They were wrong

Los Angeles Times

Even in one of the most earthquake-prone cities in the world, Peniley Ramirez never felt in danger inside her apartment. The seven-story building in the Roma neighborhood had survived the devastating Mexico City quake of 1985, which killed thousands. "People said it was perfect during '85, there was no damage at all, so we always felt safe," she said. But after Tuesday's earthquake, neighbors had to break down her door with a pickax to get her out. The building was leaning and in danger of collapsing.

The Crystal Building, using IoT technology to be a green building


The Internet of Things is one of the biggest enablers of the green buildings movement. The ability to capture and analyze previously "dark" data from buildings is giving us deeper insight into energy and resource use, and the ability to control the use of those resources through an intelligent building management system is taking buildings to new levels of sustainability. IBM is embarking on a series of explorations with WIRED magazine to explore the transformational power of the Internet of Things (IoT). As part of the first exploration, which is taking place at the end of June, we are having an intimate event with thought leaders in the field of intelligent buildings, as well as some of our business partners and clients. This event will take place in the Crystal Building, one of the most sustainable building in the world.

20 dead, mostly children, in Nigeria building collapse

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LAGOS, Nigeria – Authorities in Nigeria say 20 people are confirmed dead in the school building that collapsed on Wednesday, and most of them are children. Lagos State Health Commissioner Jide Idris tells The Associated Press that 43 other people were rescued alive. Officials have said the three-story residential building had been marked for demolition and that the school was operating illegally on the top two floors. Rescue crews halted their search on Thursday, to the anger of some at the scene, saying they had reached the building's foundation without finding any other victims. Building collapses are all too common in the West African nation, where new construction often goes up without regulatory oversight.