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Cultural Facilities

A rendering of the four-story Center for Community & Entrepreneurship in New York.

JCJ Architecture's design for Center for Community & Entrepreneurship in New York City will provide the local Asian community with a bulwark against marginalization. Images: JCJ Architecture


April 01, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hartford, Conn.-based JCJ Architecture traces its roots to 1936, when the U.S. was just coming...

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Moise Safra Center stone fins exterior

All photos: James Ewing

March 01, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will act as a second home for the Jewish community it serves.

The Grand, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has $3 billion in new construction projects under development, including The Grand, a mixed-used 1.2-million-sf public-private partnership that Related Cos. is developing, according to a new report from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.  However, JLL's latest Construction Forecast predicts a slow recovery in construction spending nationwide. Image: Related Companies

February 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predicts second-half improvement toward normalization next year.

Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane


December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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2020 Cultural Facilities Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. cultural facilities sector

Photo courtesy Pixabay


December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

AECOM, Arup, and Populous head BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest cultural facilities sect...

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Tax shortfalls nip government projects in the bud

Long Beach, Calif.’s new Civic Center includes the 93,500-sf Billie Jean King Main Library, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 2019. Photo: Benny Chen| Fotoworks


November 13, 2020 | By John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Federal contracts are proceeding, but states and cities are delaying, deferring, and looking fo...

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The Elephant Museum in Thailand sits on 5,400 sm in Surin Province. Images: Spaceshift Studio

October 13, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The complex, in Surin Province, was built with 480,000 clay bricks.

The Providence Public Library is now sporting a revamped wing, auditorium, and special collections area that encompasses tens of thousands of books, manuscripts, photos, and other artifacts. Photos: Anton Grassl

September 25, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $29 million project adds light and collaborative space to a 67-year-old wing.

September 24, 2020 | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Annually, this list spotlights important examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural he...

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2020 GIANTS 400 REPORT landing page Washington College_Semans Griswold Environmental Hall, Ayers Saint Gross

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is home to Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society and commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross


August 28, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The 2020 Giants 400 Report features more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and speci...

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The 1.5-acre Roosevelt Plaza Park in Camden, N.J., replaced a parking garage, office buildings, and ground-floor retail. Image: Cooper's Ferry Partnership

June 19, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Fifteen examples of how parks and green spaces emerged from parking lots, garages, and underpas...

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Lanternen aerial

All renderings courtesy Snøhetta

December 04, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project’s design was developed with WERK Arkitekter.

Theatre Row, the five-theater Off-Broadway complex, recently underwent an extensive renovation as part of a larger reimagining of the complex’s role in New York City's nonprofit theater community. Marta Sanders of Architecture Outfit designed the renovation, which was unveiled last summer. Image:

December 01, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new study identifies the challenges these theaters face, and offers possible solutions that inc...

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The Whale exterior from land

All renderings courtesy MIR and Dorte Mandrup

November 11, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Dorte Mandrup won an international competition to design the project.

Pulse memorial museum exterior

All renderings courtesy Coldefy & Associés.

November 01, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The design was selected from 68 entries.

The restoration of the Harlem Fire Watchtower in North Manhattan, which took two years to complete, required new cross bracing. Images: Courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti 

October 29, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The nearly $8 million project required major structural interventions.

Top Cultural Sector Construction Firms for 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary3

Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, designed by HGA. The library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Whiting-Turner, Turner, PCL, Clark Group, and Gilbane top the rankings of the nation's largest cu...

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Top Cultural Sector Engineering Firms for 2019 Sunset-Park-Library-Updated-Rendering

The Sunset Park Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, comprises eight stories and 21,000 sf. The library encompasses the first two and a half floors of the building, while the remaining five and a half floors house 50 affordable residences for qualified low-income occupants. Rendering courtesy Magnusson Architecture and Planning


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, Arup, EXP, BRPH, and Thornton Tomasetti head the rankings of the nation's largest cultura...

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Top Cultural Sector Architecture Firms FOR 2019 MilwaukeeLibrary1_use

The HGA-designed Mitchell Street Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library was created from the former Hills Department Store originally built in 1919. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Populous, DLR Group, Stantec, and Perkins and Will top the rankings of the nation's larg...

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2019 Cultural Facilities Giants Report Macalester_University

Macalester College’s new Theater, Dance, and Classroom building in St. Paul, Minn., designed by HGA, includes a flexible performance space that allows for different seating and performance configurations. Photo: Courtesy HGA


October 03, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor 

The future of libraries is less about being quiet and more about hands-on learning and face-to-fa...

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Steven Holl Architects, The Kennedy Center expands for the first time since its 1971 debut

An aerial view of The REACH (left, in front of the Kennedy Center), whose three pavilions are connected underground. Images: Richard Barnes, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects.

September 11, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The REACH, with three pavilions on a generous lawn, adds openness and light to this performance s...

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Denny Substation in Seattle redefines this building type by its inclusion of neighborhood-focused amenities. Image: Benjamin Benschneider

August 28, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Denny Substation includes 44,000 sf of open space that invites local residents and visitors t...

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Aerial view of shanghai grand opera house

All images courtesy Snøhetta

August 23, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Opera House is part of a new urban master plan for Shanghai.

The Linde Center offers three intimate spaces that support the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, a new initiative called the Tanglewood Learning Institute, whose programming will include online programs. Image: Robert Benson Photography

August 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It recently debuted three climate-controlled event spaces and an indoor-outdoor café

All renderings courtesy Steven Holl Architects

July 15, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Their winning proposal was supported by six of the seven members of the jury.

All photos: Laurian Ghinitoiu

July 11, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project gives Bordeaux an art-filled public space from the waterfront to the city’s new urban...

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All renderings courtesy MAD

July 01, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

MAD beat out four other proposals for the opportunity to design the theater.

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


June 27, 2019 | AIA

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

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Row New York Boathouse, courtesy Foster + Partners

Rendering courtesy Foster + Partners


June 27, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

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

May 17, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Former ConocoPhillips CEO and wife have donated millions for culture and education.

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