5 intriguing trends to track in the multifamily housing game

The upper lobby in the apartment building ECO, one of eight buildings in the Green District complex in Allston, Mass. Common areas in multifamily buildings, especially those charging higher rents, often look more like lobbies found in hotels. Photo: Warren Jagger

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for rental apartments and condos hasn’t been this strong in years, and our experts think the multifamily sector still has legs. But you have to know what developers, tenants, and buyers are looking for to have any hope of succeeding in this fast-changing market sector.

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The canopies will provide shade and note paths to recreation and seating areas.

The canopies will provide shade and note paths to recreation and seating areas. Rendering courtesy Grimshaw Architects

July 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The series of projects, called the Al Farjan Recreational Sports Facilities, have been designed in such a way that the same basic design can be ada...

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NOAA News Photo

July 01, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Scott City School District in Missouri recently broke ground on an 8,990-sf performing arts theater that will also function as a tornado safe room....

Rendering courtesy Peter Zumthor

Rendering courtesy Peter Zumthor

July 01, 2014 | BD+C Staff

After his design drew concerns about potential damage to LA's La Brea Tar Pits, Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his concept for the Los Ange...

Morton Buildings is the national leader in custom post-frame construction. With an expansive network of resources and an ongoing commitment to innovation within the industry, Morton has earned its reputation that has lasted for generations.

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Photo: Whole Building Design Guide

Photo: Whole Building Design Guide

July 01, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The National Performance Based Design Guide, based on research and development supported by the Science & Technology Directorate of th...

Photo: Dept. of Labor

Photo: Dept. of Labor

July 01, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S. Department of Labor and MDG Design & Construction LLC have reached a settlement over wage violations at the federally-assisted 26-stor...

La Entrada master-planned community in Coachella. Renderings: KTGY

La Entrada master-planned community in Coachella. Renderings: KTGY

July 01, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Plans for a new section of the proposed $1 billion La Entrada master-planned community in Coachella, Calif., moved ahead after the developer and ci...

Photo: franky242 via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo: franky242 via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

July 01, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Ohio became the nation’s first state to roll back renewable energy standards after the state House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 310 and Go...

Photo: Momos via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Momos via Wikimedia Commons

July 01, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New research from a George Washington University research group and LOCUS, a coalition of real estate investors that's part of Smart Growth America...

All renderings courtesy 3XN

All renderings courtesy 3XN

July 01, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Danish firm 3XN's design wins competition for a new educational facility for Mälardalen University in Sweden, which will house a library, communal...

Photo credit: Iwan Baan. Photos courtesy of Design Museum.

Photo credit: Iwan Baan. Photos courtesy of Design Museum.

July 01, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Design Museum's Design of the Year award has been awarded to Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center. Hadid is not only the first woman to win the to...

July 01, 2014 | Inside Video Series
In part two of the exclusive series 'Inside' Western Window Systems, we explore the creativity behind new prod...
July 01, 2014 | Inside Video Series
In part three of the exclusive series 'Inside' Western Window Systems, a collaborative design environment fuel...
July 01, 2014 | Inside Video Series
In this exclusive video series, we have a look 'Inside' Western Window Systems and take you behind-the-scenes...
David Benjamin, owner and founder of The Living. Photo courtesy of Autodesk.

David Benjamin, owner and founder of The Living. Photo courtesy of Autodesk.

June 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Living, David Benjamin's design studio, has been acquired by Autodesk. Combined, the two will create the Autodesk Studio, which will "create ne...

The design vision for Westside Multimodal Transit Center balances mass transit w

The design vision for Westside Multimodal Transit Center balances mass transit with open green space, mixed-use development, pub

June 30, 2014 | Perkins Eastman

The new 90,000-sf development will principally service San Antonio’s growing network of city bus and VIA PRIMO bus rapid transit service, including...

All renderings courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Dam & Partners, and EPO.

All renderings courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Dam & Partners, and EPO.

June 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

With around 80,000 sm and a budget of €205 million self-financed by the EPO, the complex will be one of the biggest office construction sites ever...

Photo: JonathanRe via Wikipedia

Photo: JonathanRe via Wikipedia

June 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A neglected Queens landmark that once reflected the "excitement and hopefulness" at the beginning of the Space Age may soon be restored. 

Photo credit: Rob Young, Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Rob Young, Wikimedia Commons

June 30, 2014 | Design-Build Institute of America

New research findings indicate that for the first time more than half of projects above $10 million are being completed through design-build projec...

Image courtesy of Zaha-Hadid.com

Image courtesy of Zaha-Hadid.com

June 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Zaha Hadid's design for the Iraq Parliament was selected, despite placing third in the original RIBA-organized competition.

Future of Rail 2050 suggests that automated systems will optimise the running ti

Future of Rail 2050 suggests that automated systems will optimise the running time of passenger trains and increase the reliabil

June 30, 2014 | Arup

In its Future of Rail 2050 report, Arup reveals a vision of the future of rail travel in light of trends such as urban population growth, climate c...

Photo courtesy of CGLA Infrastructure.

Photo courtesy of CGLA Infrastructure.

June 30, 2014 | CGLA Infrastructure

The ASCE estimates that $3.6 trillion must be invested by 2020 to make critically needed upgrades and expansions of national infrastructure—and avo...

The Interlace is a 1,040-unit apartment complex consisting of 31 apartment block

The Interlace is a 1,040-unit apartment complex consisting of 31 apartment blocks, each six stories tall and 70 meters long, sta

June 30, 2014 | Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The 1,040-unit apartment complex in Singapore has won the inaugural Urban Habitat award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which...

Rendering via socketsite.com

Rendering via socketsite.com

June 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

As a solution to San Francisco’s density and low housing supply compared to demand, local firms Build Inc. and Macy Architecture each are to build...

The winning design by Bart Shaw, AIA. Rendering courtesy of AIA.

The winning design by Bart Shaw, AIA. Rendering courtesy of AIA.

June 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The American Institute of Architects held a competition to solve the farmer's markets' biggest design dilemma: lightweight, bland canopies that alt...

Illustration: cuteimage via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Illustration: cuteimage via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

June 30, 2014 | American Institute of Architects

A new report by the American Institute of Architects highlights several emerging trends in the architecture marketplace, including the growth of th...

One key to realizing the millennials potential in the housing market is for the

One key to realizing the millennials potential in the housing market is for the economy to grow to the point where their income

June 30, 2014 | Joint Center for Housing Studies

Although the housing industry saw notable increases in construction, home prices, and sales in 2013, household growth has yet to fully recover from...

June 30, 2014 | John Burns Real Estate Consulting

It turns out that Generation X, who have the highest incomes of the three generations surveyed, are paying the highest home payments and tend to ha...

For the Doolittle Maintenance Facility, SAFTI FIRST provided 60 minute, fire res

For the Doolittle Maintenance Facility, SAFTI FIRST provided 60 minute, fire resistive wall openings in the exterior using Super

June 27, 2014 | SAFTI FIRST

For the Doolittle Maintenance Facility, SAFTI FIRST provided 60 minute, fire resistive wall openings in the exterior using SuperLite II-XL...

Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons

June 26, 2014 | AIA

The Studio is the first to be launched as part of the AIA Foundation’s National Resilience Program, which plans to open a total of five Regional Re...

Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Photo: Dacoslett via Wikimedia Commons

Union Terminal, Cincinnati. Photo: Dacoslett via Wikimedia Commons

June 25, 2014 | Adilla Menayang, Assitant Editor

The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual list of 11 Most Endangered Historical Sites in the United States for 2014.

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