The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2015 | David Barista

As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, D.C., are among the metros currently planning High Line-inspired park projects.

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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 secto...

20% down?!! Survey exposes how thin renters’ wallets are

Situated in Houston’s historic Hines Market Square district is a 32-story luxury tower that will be home to 274 residents. Most of the multifamily that’s being built in the U.S. is rental, and much of it is in or near urban centers where both young and older renters and empty nesters are gravitating. Photo: courtesy Ziegler Cooper

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

A survey of more than 25,000 adults found the renters to be more burdened by debt than homeowners and severely short...

Production builders are still shying away from rental housing

Trumark Urban’s 27-condo Amero, in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, features a rooftop terrace with a striking fireplace. Photo: ©Christopher Mayer Photography

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

Toll Brothers, Lennar, and Trumark are among a small group of production builders to engage in construction for renta...

Downloaded by thousands: This popular report addresses the inherited costs of the design-bid-build process, as related to the often mission-critical stage of steel joist and deck design. 

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The 4 leadership behaviors that really matter McKinsey & Company

Using a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits, McKinsey surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world.

Building Team | January 30, 2015 | Steven Burns |

It includes seeking diverse perspectives and supporting others.

Investment in nonresidential structures expands in fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter of 2014, investment in nonresidential structures increased 2.6%. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 30, 2015 | Associated Builders & Contractors

Real gross domestic product expanded 2.6% during the fourth quarter of 2014, following a 5% increase in the third qua...

Want greater energy savings? The answer is on your roof

A recent study compared the possible energy savings of metal vs. asphalt roofs by doing field testing on an asphalt shingle roof and a stone-coated metal shake roof.

Metals | January 30, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

A recent study finds that metal roofs can cut energy costs.

 

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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Photography exhibit captures 60 of BIG's projects from hottest to coldest places on Earth

Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation takes visitors on a journey across the globe to explore the forces that shape our cities and buildings. Photos: BIG

Architects | January 30, 2015 | Bjarke Ingels Group

The Hot to Cold exhibit encompasses 60 of BIG’s recent projects captured by Iwan Baan´s masterful photography. 

Mega medical complex opens in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood

About $600 million of the complex’s $1.5 billion cost was raised from private donors. All photos: Mark Citret via Flickr 

Healthcare Facilities | January 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

The new UCSF Medical Center is actually three hospitals in one.

5 crucial lessons from moving BIM/VDC workflows to the cloud

Like any emerging technology, cloud-based modeling has nuances that can be nettlesome for firms that are new to the process. Illustration: Autodesk

BIM and Information Technology | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Early adopters of cloud-based model collaboration share what they learned in overcoming their toughest hurdles.

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

When a physical block is moved, its interface "twin" does the exact same thing. Screenshot from Lego X.

BIM and Information Technology | January 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

5 predictions for the multifamily sector in 2015

Real estate expert Brian Carlock of PwC foresees an ongoing shortage of affordable multifamily housing units. Photo: Scott Ehardt via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | January 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Brian Carlock of PwC expects more younger adults to get into the game, despite continuing affordability issues.

Breaking out of the box: Pirbright Institute’s radical approach to biocontainment facility design

Warm materials, splashes of color, pleasing proportions, and lively design elements combine to create an informal, nonscientific aesthetic for the facility. The lab wings are clad in Siberian larch timber articulated by punched windows with colorful surrounds. Photo: © Dan Schwalm, courtesy HDR Architecture

Public Health Labs | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The novel scheme turns the typical containment lab building inside out, placing the high-containment spaces at the pe...

Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates the retrofit market for small commercial buildings at $35.6 billion. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | January 28, 2015 | David Barista |

The real opportunity for shrinking the nation’s energy footprint lies in the mundane world of small commercial buildi...

An urban wind and solar energy system that may actually work
Energy Efficiency | January 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system was designed to take advantage of a building's air flow and generate energy even if its in the middle of a...

January 28, 2015 | Inside Video Series
In this new exclusive video series, we have a look "Inside" Valspar and take you behind-the-scenes to peer int...
Henning Larsen designs an opera house that slopes above a lake in China
Cultural Facilities | January 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Henning Larsen, the firm behind the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, releases plans of a latticed opera house on a l...

Multifamily construction, focused on rentals, expected to slow in the coming years
Multifamily Housing | January 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New-home purchases, which recovered strongly in 2014, indicate that homeownership might finally be making a comeback....

London goes through with Foggo Associates' "can of ham" building
Office Building Design | January 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The much delayed high-rise development at London’s 60-70 St. Mary Axe resembles a can of ham, and the project's archi...

Arriscraft delivers wow factor for the University of Wyoming’s remarkable Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
January 26, 2015 | Arriscraft

The state-of-the art Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center successfully fuses the university’s time-honored brand qualiti...

Seattle gets a peak at Amazon’s latest plans for its downtown complex
Office Building Design | January 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The online retailer is seeking permits to build on a fourth city block that would include 835,200 sf of office space....

A revitalized solar roof for San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall
Roofing | January 26, 2015 | Duro-Last Roofing

White thermoplastic PVC roof system fits the bill for rooftop solar installation project at famed concert hall.

MVRDV designs twisty skyscraper to grace Vienna's skyline
Mixed-Use | January 26, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The twist maximizes floor space and decreases the amount of shadows the building will cast on the surrounding area....

January 22, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the December ABI score was 52.2, up from a mark of 50.9 in November. Th...

Photo: Terence Wiki via Wikimedia Commons
Multifamily Housing | January 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Investors bet big time on demand for rental properties over homeownership in 2014, when sales of apartment buildings...

January 21, 2015 | Autodesk

Schneider Electric has announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, which states that Schneider Electric...

Rendering courtesy Tesla
January 21, 2015 | John Caulfield

Tesla Motors’ “gigafactory,” a $5 billion project on 980 acres in Sparks, Nev., could annually produce enough power f...

3D Printer, Building, Multifamily, China
Modular Building | January 21, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The building components were prefabricated piece by piece using a printer that is 7 meters tall, 10 meters wide, and...

Crystalline Amethyst Hotel Rendering NL Architects
January 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Dutch practice NL Architects designed a proposal for a chain of hotels shaped like a rock cut in half to reveal a...

No. 1 Undershaft, London, Avery Associates, tower
January 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 270-meter tower, dubbed the No. 1 Undershaft, will stand next to the city's "Cheesegrater" building.

January 20, 2015 | EH&E

A pilot program that rapidly identified and resolved fire and life safety deficiencies during construction and renova...

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