TIMELINE: 52 game-changing buildings through the years

Philip Johnson once called the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao “the greatest building of our time.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | BD+C Staff

From the E.V. Haughwout Building (first passenger elevator) to the Sackett-Wilhelms printing plant (first building with modern AC), BD+C editors present a timeline of the pacesetting projects from the past 170 years. 

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ABC: Economic growth stronger than headline GDP figure suggests

Photo: Bill Jacobus/Creative Commons.

Contractors | October 30, 2015 | ABC

GDP expanded 1.5% during the third quarter while nonresidential fixed investment expanded by 2.1% during that period....

First WELL-certified city district to be built in Tampa

Tampa is planning a $2 billion, 40-acre urban mixed-use development. All buildings within the city district will pursue WELL Certification. Rendering courtesy Delos and Strategic Property Partners

Green | October 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The plan calls for the construction of a $2 billion, 40-acre urban mixed-use development, where all buildings will pu...

New study supports connection between worker cognition and indoor air quality

Washington University at St. Louis tested whether newly-built office spaces could improve employees’ physical well being and promote worker collaboration. Photo: Fabio Comparelli/Creative Commons

Interior Architecture | October 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The study found that, on average, participants’ cognitive scores were 101% higher when the air ventilation was highes...

Boston’s energy reporting law shows older buildings more efficient than post-1950 structures

Photo: Adavyd/Wikimedia Commons.

Energy Efficiency | October 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

First year of reporting tracks 45% of commercial building space.

MIT develops ‘river of 3-D pixels’ to assemble objects

The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group

BIM and Information Technology | October 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.

New office space core and shell construction costs are highest in the two coastal cities.

Contractors | October 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A CBRE report found that New York’s construction costs are more than $500 per sf. San Francisco isn’t too far behind....

Six new towers to be added will make the cathedral Europe's tallest religious building.

Religious Facilities | October 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Six new towers to be added will make the cathedral Europe's tallest religious building.

New York City’s underground green space enters the testing phase Lowline

The Lowline would create a vibrant public space in one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Renderings courtesy Kibum Park/Raad Designs/Flickr

Cultural Facilities | October 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

If realized, The Lowline would provide 1.5 acres of green space for the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

WeatherXL™ crinkle finish brings visual depth to projects
Roofing | October 28, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

A textured finish enhances visual depth and adds a richness to color

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San Antonio launches river barge design competition

San Antonio is redesigning its river barges. Photo: Mike Whaling/Creative Commons.

Designers | October 28, 2015 | AIA

Winning concepts will incorporate innovative new materials while remaining buildable and economically feasible.

San Francisco energy consumption benchmarking ordinance bears fruit

Commercial properties in San Francisco have been more energy-efficient since 2011. Photo: Kitchen from San Francisco/Wikimedia Commons

Energy Efficiency | October 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Efficiency has improved since 2011 law initiated.

Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Chevron-patterned tiles are trending. All images courtesy Novità

Architects | October 27, 2015 | Novità

Supersized tile and 3D walls are among the trending tile design themes seen at Cersaie, an exhibition of ceramic tile...

Magic Leap's augmented reality project continues to generate support

Screenshot of a Magic Leap demonstation video

BIM and Information Technology | October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The company is developing the Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal. It projects images onto the retina, giving users a...

Multifamily building in downtown Montreal is being built from the roof down

According to Upbrealla Construction President Joël Larouche, the approach is the future for projects on small lots.

Multifamily Housing | October 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The method eliminates the need for scaffolding and cranes.

Buildings could install glass that doubles as solar panels, if a Michigan State research group's innovation catches on.

Glass Technology | October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The transparent luminescent solar concentrator device could be used on buildings or mobile devices.

Architecture at Zero 2015 design competition names award winners

Conspicuous Consumption, by Weber Thompson Architects, was an honor award winner at the the Architecture at Zero 2015 competition. Rendering courtesy UCSF and Weber Thompson

Architects | October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Entrants created family-style student residential plans for the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay c...

Hoboken, N.J., wants more green roofs. Photo: GarberDC/Creative Commons.

Roofing | October 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Mayor wants to offer tax incentives as further enticement.

The “new” Gaillard Center gets a standing ovation for its exterior cladding

In synch with Charleston's heralded architectural history, the new cladding was made to aesthetically resemble stucco, a material that has been used in the city since the 19th century.

Cladding and Facade Systems | October 27, 2015 | Thermocromex

The “new construction” surrounds three sides of the original building, offering both a classic public structure and e...

Photo: Anthony Quintano/Creative Commons.

High-rise Construction | October 26, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

CTBUH reports that luxury residential construction, slenderness aspect ratios, and construction in "fringe" areas hav...

Image courtesy Vizable

BIM and Information Technology | October 26, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Everyday users can simplify large amounts of data and sift through it interactively.

Chicago suburb considers bird collision deterrent requirement on all new buildings

Highland Park, Ill., wants buildings have a bird “threat factor” of 15 or less.

Codes and Standards | October 26, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule would mandate that new commercial, multifamily structures comply with LEED pilot program.

2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice available for public review

The updated version of the 2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice is now available.

Steel Construction and Products | October 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Institute of Steel Construction seeks input on standard update.

A visa-for-investment program will be extended through mid-December

The developer behind the 83-story Panorama Tower project in Miami will now be allowed to accept visa applications. Rendering courtesy Florida East Coast Realty. 

Hotel Facilities | October 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

EB-5 financing has been a boon to the hospitality sector.

Mortenson study: Healthcare providers optimistic, but down on Affordable Care Act

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Photo: Zol87/Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | October 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 2015 Mortenson Healthcare Industry Study found that 76% of providers are at least optimistic about the future of...

My Micro NY will soon be New York's first micro-apartment building

The concrete and steel modular units at My Micro NY are currently being stacked and bolted together. Renderings courtesy nArchitects

Modular Building | October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Manhattan modular building will be completed in December and will contain apartments with low rents, but small sp...

Taipei 101 is the world's toughest building

Taipei 101 stays safe even though it stands near a fault line in a typhoon zone. Photo: peellden/Wikimedia Commons

Seismic Design | October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Popular Mechanics named the 10 structures that best withstand floods, winds, storms, and earthquakes.

SaftiFirst, Merced, Manufacturing Plant, Manufacturing

The new equipment is housed near the existing manufacturing facility in a new 100,000 square foot plant in Merced, bringing the total manufacturing and research and development space to 300,000 square feet.

Fire-Rated Products | October 22, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

We’ve found that sourcing products as local as possible maximizes the potential benefits to the American economy, whi...

The biofilter provides the majority of the building's fresh air intake to substantially reduce energy usage.

The biofilter provides the majority of the building's fresh air intake to substantially reduce energy usage.

Green | October 22, 2015 | Nedlaw

Benefits of the living wall include dust control and sound abatement.

Kengo Kuma’s design for cultural museum in the Philippines evokes prehistoric cave feel

The Metro Manila region of the Phillippines isn't known for green public spaces. Fast Company says the new museum will add  “a lush new oasis into a dense [urban] environment.” Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma

Museums | October 22, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The Museum of Indigenous Knowledge in Manila, will house over 4,000 years of history.

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