Building Types

When it comes down to it, all buildings have things in common: the need for great design, engineering, construction, and management, when the structure is completed. Harmonizing those elements is a skill that translates to any building project you might have on your hands.
Zaha Hadid unveils 'interlocking lattice' design for luxury apartments in Monterrey, Mexico

The orientation of each unit softens sun exposure, while the façade material reflects the sun's rays. Renderings courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

May 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Hadid's scheme was inspired by the Mexican tradition of interlocking lattice geometries.

Study: Urban land use policies costs U.S. economy around $1.6 trillion a year

San Francisco creates great wealth in the technology sector, but most of those gains go to pay for higher housing costs. Photo courtesy King of Hearts/Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The research contends that more affordable housing options can help cities generate significantly...

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ULI forecast sees clear skies for real estate over next three years

City Creek at City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Uncle Alf via Wikimedia Commons

May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With asset availability declining in several sectors, rents and transactions should rise.

Preliminary Design for U.S. Olympic Museum Unveiled

The museum will frame a new downtown public plaza in Colorado Springs, Colo. Renderings courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

May 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

According to the firm’s founding partner, Elizabeth Diller, the design was inspired by the moveme...

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New ASHRAE standard offers test method to determine heat gain of office equipment

A new standard from ASHRAE allows a test method for determining heat gains from office equipment. Image: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

May 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard will aid engineers in configuring cooling systems in office buildings.

New York City runs into affordable housing dilemma

The 124-unit structure is one of several financed under the Bloomberg administration that have gone well beyond the average cost for affordable housing in the city. Rendering: David Adjaye

May 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s affordable housing policy has created attractive low-cost housing, but the price...

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Mountain View, Calif., denies development rights for Google campus master plan

The Mountain View City Council instead gave another Internet giant, LinkedIn, about 1.4 million sf of the roughly 2.2 million sf of available commercial space in the area. Renderings: Google

May 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Despite Google’s offer of new bike paths, wetlands restoration, and other perks, the city of Moun...

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Design for beekeeping facility in Tanzania by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects unveiled

According to the architects, the building will use sustainable and locally sourced materials and labor. The structural components include mud-fired bricks, which are being made on site. Renderings courtesy Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

May 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The developers say the center will be an important educational and vocational tool.

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall wins Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

Photo © Simon Menges via Fundació Mies van der Rohe

May 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The hall is composed following a Fibonacci sequence whose fragmentation increases with the distan...

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Guy Holloway proposes multi-level urban sports park for skaters

The facility will include a rock climbing wall and boxing space. Renderings courtesy Guy Holloway Architects

May 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The facility will include a rock climbing wall and boxing space.

To succeed, malls must appeal to shopper lifestyles

Providing customers with dining options has become an important key to the success of shopping centers like the award-winning mall conversion known as The Street, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Photo: Michael Blanchard

May 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Malls and shopping centers are more effective as destinations when their tenant mix appeals to cu...

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MVRDV Selected to Design High-Line Inspired Park ‘Seoul Skygarden’

The planned Seoul Skygarden will be made out of a 40-year-old overpass, which was deemed unsafe for heavier vehicles in 2009. Renderings courtesy MVRDV

May 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The garden will be organized as a library of plants, which will make the park easier to navigate....

BIG completes Danish high school sports and arts expansion

The addition at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium integrates with the existing campus in one continuous flow. Photo: Jens Lindhe

May 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

By placing parts of the new building beneath the football fields, the students are able to walk t...

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SOM-designed Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute opens in Chicago

Floor-to-ceiling glass separates the manufacturing floor from the open workspaces and cafe. All photos: ©Christopher Barrett, courtesy SOM

May 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new space will be a place for academia, industries, and civic bodies to collaborate.

Casino design references the 19th Century Oil Rush

The site in Ramona, Okla., was the first commercial oil well drilled in what would become Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Petersen Aluminum.

May 11, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

The site in Ramona, Okla., was the first commercial oil well drilled in what would become Oklahom...

Fire-rated glass separation helps merge new and old pools into a single connected aquatics center

Clear fire-rated glazing transfers daylight. Image courtesy of TGP.

May 11, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Clear fire-rated glazing helps create a light-filled, safe space for student athletes and spectat...

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Construction on Orlando’s massive ‘innovation hub’ is finally starting

This mixed-use project, which had been delayed for a number of years, is already being touted as mecca for business, colleges, and residents. Rendering courtesy Creative Village Development 

May 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $1 billion Creative Village development will create a business and education hub.

Salt Lake City on track to build first protected bicycle intersection in the U.S.

With the protected intersection, cyclists can make a left turn in two stages without crossing against oncoming car traffic. Rendering courtesy Salt Lake City

May 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The templates are based on those found on Dutch streets.

Two new designs submitted for New York City Riverside Center

The design submitted by Miami-based Arquitectonica. Rendering courtesy Arquitectonica

May 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Both designs reference the cantilevers and other elements featured in architect Christian de Port...

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Architect scouts investors for underwater tennis court

The underwater arena fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef in Dubai, according to the architect. Renderings courtesy 8+8 Concept Studio

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

While off duty, the tennis complex could double as exhibition space.

Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district...

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San Diego prison designed with rehabilitation in mind

Common areas encourage interaction between staff and inmates, and act as a venue for educational programming. Photo via YouTube by Vanir Construction Management

May 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Following the approach of detention centers in Austria and Norway, KMD and HMC Architects designe...

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Colorado House kills construction defects bill

A bill that would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders was defeated in the Colorado House of Representatives. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The legislation would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders.

New energy efficiency program, Tenant Star, gets OK from Congress

Tenant Star encourages tenants, who, in some buildings, consume more than half of the power used by the building, to take measures to save energy. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The voluntary program for commercial and government buildings is modeled after Energy Star.

Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

May 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in ju...

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World Trade Center Developer Looks to Bjarke Ingels for New Tower Design

The redesign is an attempt to entice 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move their operations into the new building. Photo courtesy Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center may be ousted, as developers are currently negoti...

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U.S. office construction is approaching historic levels again

CoStar finds building in one-third of the nation’s bigger markets exceeded their averages in the first quarter. Image: Pixabay

April 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An estimated 108 million sf of office space were under construction in the U.S. at the end of the...

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Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop...

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OMA unveils design for the Netherland’s largest hotel

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. Renderings courtesy OMA

April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyl...

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Designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library in New Zealand unveiled

Maori cultural symbols are referenced throughout the library’s design. Renderings courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design the New Central Li...

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