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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AIA: Architecture firms reporting progress on achieving carbon reduction targets

Georgia Tech's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory. Photo courtesy HDR

Architects | October 22, 2015 | AIA

The AIA 2030 2014 Progress Report highlights an increase in design projects, gross square footage, and net-zero energ...

Three years after The Shard, Renzo Piano reveals plans for new London tower

The 31 London Street tower will be 734 feet tall and cylindrical in shape. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop

High-rise Construction | October 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 65-story tower at 31 London Street will have 200 homes and more than 40,000 sf of public space. It could also bri...

Photo: Cygnusloop99/Wikimedia Commons.

Green | October 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 35 winners have demonstrated leadership within the green building movement.

Strong rebound for Architecture Billings Index

The ABI, an economic indicator of construction activity, has seen growth in six of the nine months of 2015. Photo: Bill Dickinson/Creative Commons.

Architects | October 21, 2015 | AIA

Business conditions continue to be weak in the Northeast, but the other regions are in good shape.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House finds new locale at Arkansas museum

The Bachman Wilson House. All photos: Nancy Nolan Photography (Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum).

Museums | October 20, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Crystal Bridges Museum reconstructed the 61-year-old Usonian house and will open it to the public in November.

4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

Architects | October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across North America

Builder confidence rises on multifamily’s strength

Construction on a Plymouth, Penn., multifamily residence. Photo: Montgomery County Planning Commission/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | October 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Starts and completions were up solidly in September, but permits are leveling off. 

The expert’s guide to insulation materials

Photo: Tracey Nicholls, CSIRO via Wikimedia Commons

Insulation | October 19, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Even the best-designed envelopes can be undermined by thermal bridging in areas where insulation is deficient. Buildi...

A robotic arm can 3D print, etch, solder, and carve from a desktop

The device has an arm with a 180-degree sweep and 10 inches of Z-travel, cantilevered on a column that mounts to a work surface. Photo courtesy of Makerarm via Kickstarter

BIM and Information Technology | October 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

It’s not just a 3D printer. The creators say Makerarm can also etch, solder, and put icing on cake.

New web tool from MIT organizes human movement in interactive graphs

A screenshot of New York City in the web tool, where mobile-phone activity is organized as timelines.

BIM and Information Technology | October 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Users can explore the mobile phone activities in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements.  ZAS Group

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements. Renderings courtesy ZAS Group

Hotel Facilities | October 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The two 47-story high-rises will stand on a five-story podium that will house retail units, entertainment options (in...

Employers must strike a balance between traditional offices and modern workspaces. Image courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | October 19, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Allison Arnone

Each office workplace requires a different blend of people, processes, tools, and spaces to support its employees. HD...

Glass and Glazing | October 19, 2015 | Safti First

Being the first fully vertically-integrated fire rated glazing USA-manufacturer enables Safti First to provide the fa...

Renzo Piano will turn century-old Moscow power plant into art gallery

The gallery will house artwork for the V-A-C Foundation, an organization for the preservation of Russian art. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano (via Dezeen)

Museums | October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The idea is to take the GES2 power station, which was built between 1904 and 1907, and turn it into an exhibition spa...

5 ways architecture defines the university brand perkins+will

Image courtesy Perkins+Will

University Buildings | October 16, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | David Damon

People gravitate to brands for many reasons. Campus architecture and landscape are fundamental influences on the coll...

Competency-based learning: A glimpse into the future of higher education?

Photo: Xbxg32000 via Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | October 16, 2015 | David Barista |

For better or worse, the higher education experience for many young Millennials and Gen Zers will not resemble the fo...

#Thank you for sharing: How social media is reshaping the workplace

Why work on a desktop PC when you can work on a mobile device? Image © Gensler

Office Building Design | October 16, 2015 | GenslerOn | Philip Tidd

The rapid growth of mobile technologies threatens to push the desktop PC into extinction. When this happens, the most...

The Architectural Team redesigned old textile factory for multifamily use

Counting House Lofts still has its history on display. Images courtesy The Architectural Team.

Multifamily Housing | October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Counting House Lofts is a 200-year-old building that still has its train tracks, exterior train bay doors, and a...

Anchorage, Alaska, is considering the relaxation of parking and landscaping requirements and the height limits of tall buildings. Photo: Frank K./Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Controversial measure is part of plan to spur development.

Thousands of Los Angeles buildings with soft-first-stories need retrofits.

Thousands of Los Angeles buildings with soft-first-stories need retrofits. Photo: Britta Gustafson/Creative Commons.

Seismic Design | October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Thousands of wood, concrete apartments subject to costly renovations.

ASHRAE released a guide on how to deal with designing, operating and maintaining buildings in cold climates

ASHRAE released a guide on how to deal with designing, operating and maintaining buildings in cold climates. Photo: John W. Iwanski/Creative Commons.

Building Materials | October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cold, remoteness, limited utilities, and permafrost addressed.

The EPA had expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the act to include smaller streams and other bodies of water. Photo: GinaD/Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New EPA rule suspended until court cases settled.

Cosntruction in Houston. Photo: Patrick Feller/Creative Commons.

Contractors | October 16, 2015 | ABC

In the first half, sales expectations and profit margin expectations rose while staffing level intentions dipped slig...

Montreal apartment is world’s largest residential cross-laminated timber project

The project will have 434 condominiums and rental units combined. Renderings courtesy of LSR Gesdev Inc.

Multifamily Housing | October 15, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

 Its 434 condo, townhouse, and rental units in three eight-story buildings are made from sustainably harvested wood t...

Apartment takes progressive turn in architecturally traditional D.C.

Lyric 440, Washington D.C., Alpolic/fr in MFS Mica Silver, SBP Dragonfly Prismatic, BNT Bone White Solid Finishes

Multifamily Housing | October 15, 2015 | ALPOLIC

The new Lyric 440K Apartments is a 14-story structure housing 234 one- and two-bedroom units in the heart of D.C.'s u...

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High-rise, green village, vertical, Amsterdam, Zuidas, Netherlands, MVRDV

Of the design, Klaas de Boer, a member of the Amsterdam City Council said “With this project we wanted to introduce an innovative building into what is becoming an increasingly popular district of Amsterdam.” Renderings courtesy of OVG Real Estate.

October 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The building’s green spaces—at ground level, rooftop, and everywhere in between—is designed for public use

Architects Foundation expands National Resilience Initiative

The NRI is a network of resilient design studios that help communities become more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. Photo: International Disaster Volunteers/Creative Commons.

Architects | October 13, 2015 | Architects Foundation

The group is launching a search for three more NRI members.

Azerbaijan Tower tops list of 10 tallest buildings coming soon

The Azerbaijan Tower is scheduled to be completed by 2019. Rendering courtesy Avesta

High-rise Construction | October 13, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Along with the central Asian nation, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates all hav...

Santiago Calatrava announced as winner of European Prize for Architecture

Santiago Calatrava's L'Hemisfèric at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. Photo: Diliff/Wikimedia Commons.

Architects | October 13, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The award honors those who "forward the principles of European humanism."

Texas church modernizes with metal wall panels

The flush faced metal panels were installed next to18-foot glass curtain walls to create a warm and open environment full of natural light.

Metals | October 13, 2015 | MBCI

The church's pastor felt it was important to reconstruct their facility and update their image to appeal to up and co...

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