Robotic interiors: How to make a studio apartment feel as big as a one-bedroom unit

Ori Studio Suite comes with a full or queen bed, a dining table or desk, a 50- or 60-inch TV nook, up to 133 cubic feet of storage, 48 to  60 inches of space to hang clothes, LED lighting, six outlets, and two USB ports. The system “adds” up to 136 of usable square footage to the unit. Cost: $7,000 to $15,000, depending on order quantity. Photo: Ori Living

Multifamily Housing | July 17, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Meet Ori Living's robotically controlled, space-saving furniture system. 

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Public restrooms being used for changing clothes, phone conversations, and 'getting away'

Rendering: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

About 60% of Americans use a public restroom one to five times a week, according to the latest annual hand washing su...

David Baker Architects wins 2019 HUD 'best in affordable housing' honor

Williams Terrace, Charleston, S.C., designed by David Baker Architects. The project echoes the iconic Charleston single house, with piazzas that function much like porches. These wide, open-air corridors provide external circulation and surround an airy central courtyard. Photo: Luker Photography, courtesy AIA

   

Multifamily Housing | June 27, 2019 | AIA

The firm's Williams Terrace project is the first dedicated housing for Charleston, S.C.’s low-income seniors. It's on...

Row New York Boathouse, courtesy Foster + Partners

Rendering courtesy Foster + Partners

  

Sports and Recreational Facilities | June 27, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will sit on the banks of the Harlem River in Sherman Creek Park.

Custom builder Loudermilk Homes once relied exclusively on house wrap as their air and water barrier of choice. But once they learned about the benefits of the ForceField® air and water barrier system, they switched. Sherwin Loudermilk of Loudermilk Homes explains why. Click here to watch!

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Everyone wants to cut costs, but not at the expense of the project’s functionality.

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Contractors | June 26, 2019 | Katerra

The program offers nationally recognized, portable construction trade credentials.

Modular construction can deliver projects 50% faster

Modular carries a potential cost savings of up to 20%, but there is a risk of up to a 10% loss if delivery or material costs spike, the report says.

Building Tech | June 26, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modular construction can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than traditional methods and drastically reshape how buil...

While drainable building wraps share the ability to shed bulk water faster than standard wraps, not all are up to par. Tear strength, air holdout, UV resistance, and breathability still matter. Only TYPAR ® Drainable Wrap™ pairs drainability with overall industry-leading weather protection.

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Virgin Trains breaks ground on Orlando expansion

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Transit Facilities | June 26, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The company is developing 170 miles of new track.

Giants 300 | June 26, 2019 | David Barista, Editorial Director

About half (42%) say their firm is “on par” with their most-direct AEC competitors.

Wanderwall, North Carolina 2019 design innovation report: Super labs, dream cabins, office boardwalks, façades as art

Wanderwall is one of the largest public art pieces in North Carolina. Designed by Marc Fornes/Theverymany, it reimagines an exterior wall of the Stonewell Station parking garage along Interstate 277 in Charlotte (more below). Photo: NAARO

     

Design Innovation Report | June 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

9 projects that push the limits of architectural design, space planning, and material innovation.

Photo credit: Anna Munoz

June 25, 2019 | BILCO

Kelly’s signature project required extreme collaboration with the design team at Overland Partners, construction team...

30 Morningside exterior

Images courtesy CetraRuddy

Multifamily Housing | June 25, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

CetraRuddy designed the project and Delshah Capital is the developer.

Despite a decline in rental households, multifamily construction pushed forward last year. Image: Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

Multifamily Housing | June 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

However, supply shortages, especially on the affordable end, are likely to push rents even higher.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative and BatesForum were the designers on Fulton West in Chicago. Image: Courtesy of Clayco

Architects | June 24, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Lamar Johnson Collaborative adds BatesForum.

Life of an Architect Podcast | June 24, 2019 | Bob Borson, FAIA

How much time have you spent thinking about the legal side of architecture? If you are like most architects, you prob...

14 projects earn BD+C's 2019 Building Team Awards

14 projects earn BD+C's 2019 Building Team Awards

Building Team Awards | June 24, 2019 | BD+C Staff

The McDonald's Headquarters, the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, and Pacific Visions at the Aquariu...

June 21, 2019 | MBCI

Metal panels provide San Antonio complex with unmatched curb appeal and a long-term, maintenance-free solution.

A crew hoists an 8x48-foot module for the hotel, one of 150 such modules that were prefabbed in Poland and shipped to the U.S. Photo: Stephen B. Jacobs Group

Building Team Awards | June 21, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Honorable mention: At 21 stories (15 of them modular), it is the world’s tallest modular hotel.

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Market Data | June 21, 2019 | AIA

AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for May showed a small increase in design services at 50.2.

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Codes and Standards | June 21, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Advances include language on resilience, life cycle cost analysis, moisture control analysis, health, and effectivene...

Retail Centers | June 20, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

A 162,500 SF dealership building set on 16 acres, Central Houston Nissan, in Texas, is being touted as the largest Ni...

Rendering by University of Notre Dame graduate urban design students Marie Acalin and Roger Foreman reimagines Chicago's Midway Plaisance as the site for the planned Obama Presidential Center.

June 20, 2019 | By Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The 330-room Hilton Des Moines Downtown was developed through a three-party public-private partnership. Inset: Pivotek delivers one of 300 bath pods use in the project. Photos: Michael Robinson.

Building Team Awards | June 20, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Bronze Award: Weitz, acting as developer and design-builder, leased the land and borrowed the money for the project....

The design concept for the Pacific Visions wing is a sinuous biomorphic form achieved through a combination of steel and 839 glass panels that mimics water movement. Strategically placed downlights on 20-foot poles illuminate the building. Photos: Tom Bonner Photography.

Building Team Awards | June 20, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Bronze Award: The new wing holds an exhibition space, a state-of-the-art 300-seat theater with a 32-foot-tall, 180-de...

All photos courtesy Brett Boardman

Mixed-Use | June 20, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building is located in Sydney’s Central Business District.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | June 19, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

It is being called the only venue of its kind between Istanbul and Singapore that can host events throughout the year...

Three 45,000-sf floors were added above the existing hospital, along with a new ED, ED observation unit, and PACU. Photos: Ben Tanner

Building Team Awards | June 19, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Bronze Award: St. Lucie County’s population exploded to the point where the hospital needed lots more space.

San Diego County’s new crime lab is expected to earn LEED Gold honors. The project team used native plants and high-efficiency irrigation to slash potable water use for landscaping by 50%; installed low-flow fixtures to trim water use for indoor plumbing by 40%; and cut energy consumption by 21%. Solar arrays provide 20% of the building’s energy. More than 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfill. Photos: Matt Lindquist, Lindquist Photography.

Building Team Awards | June 19, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Silver Award: The 158,000-sf addition collocates three crime-fighting functions.

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Market Data | June 19, 2019 | NCARB

New data from NCARB reveals that the number of architects continues to increase. 

Midtown Center offers a 10,000-sf courtyard, retail shopping, restaurants, an 8,000-sf fitness center, a 5,000-sf rooftop terrace, a 1,000-sf conference center, storage/repair facilities for 100 bikes, and EV charging stations. The steel and glass tunnel bridges span 110 feet. Photos: Judy Davis, Hoachlander Davis Photography

Building Team Awards | June 18, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Bureaucratic architecture, be damned!

The I CAN Center’s peeled-up canopy and rainscreen façade are clad in natural cedar. Photos: Yuzhu Zheng

Building Team Awards | June 18, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Silver Award: Two problems quickly emerged: high concentrations of arsenic in the soil, and stormwater runoff into ne...

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