Multifamily Housing

As cities grow ever more crowded, multifamily housing construction is more necessary than ever. Finding ways to compress housing into smaller spaces while still creating true homes calls for a complex blend of innovative design and engineering.  
Common areas in multifamily buildings, often look more like lobbies found in hotels 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

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for rental apartments and condos hasn’t been this strong in years, and our experts think t...

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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

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...

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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

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

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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

January 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

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

New-home purchases, which recovered strongly in 2014, indicate that homeownership might finally b...

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

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

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

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

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January 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

On Jan. 14, 2015, developer Carpenter & Company and executives from the Four Seasons broke gr...

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Photo: Jdkoenig via Wikimedia Commons
January 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Two major projects—a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings NFL team and the city’s Downtown East...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons
January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Renderings courtesy Studio Gang Architects
December 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The first U.S. real-estate investment by The Wanda Group, owned by China’s richest man, will be a...

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Rendering: Panoramic Interests
December 18, 2014 | ULI

New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units have staying power as a hous...

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Renderings: SHoP Architects
December 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The scheme includes a proposed 500-foot luxury residential tower that would jut out into the harb...

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A efficient cooling system that draws water from the Chicago River was one of th
December 02, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

River City in Chicago is one of 17 existing multifamily properties to earn Energy Star certificat...

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December 02, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The proposal blends affordable retirement housing with urban farming by integrating vertical aqua...

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All renderings courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
November 24, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Fitted with an LED façade, the 468-meter Greenland Tower Chengdu will act as a light sculpture fo...

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All renderings courtesy Shimizu Corp.
November 24, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The design centers around a floating, 500-meter-wide sphere linked to a resource center on the oc...

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Photo: Joe Ravi, CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
November 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The multifamily sector is now outpacing the peak construction rate in the previous housing cycle,...

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An example of Aons Construction Risk Map, which the portal updates regularly to
November 18, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new interactive tool from Aon Risk Solutions provides real-time updates pertaining to the ris...

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A student bedroom at the College of Wooster (Ohio) capitalizes on 12-foot-high c
November 14, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In a recent workshop with 62 college students, architects from Little explored the changing habit...

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Renderings courtesy RPBW
November 11, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has been granted planning approval for its residential building at...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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The exterior design of the 21-story, LEED Silver MassArt Tree House was sugges
November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Many states have cut back funding for higher education in recent years, and securing money for ne...

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Precast units from Coreslab Structures (left) being put in place at Valparaiso (
November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Few colleges or universities have embraced prefabrication more wholeheartedly than Valparaiso (In...

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Students chill in a lounge at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The $
November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

University students want more in a residence hall than just a place to sleep. They want a space t...

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Illustration: KONE
November 04, 2014 | KONE

The JumpLift system from KONE uses a mobile machine room that moves upward as the construction pr...

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Renderings courtesy Vincent Callebaut Architecture
November 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The solar canopy will shade green rooftop terraces and sky villas atop the nine-story structure....

Dubai, High Rise, World's Tallest, Tower
October 31, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Emaar Properties has unveiled plans for a new project containing two towers that will top the cha...

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One Bryant Park, New York. Photo: Ryan Browne, Cook+Fox Architects via Wikipedia
October 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Appraisal Foundation is striving to improve appraisers’ understanding of green valuation.

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Renderings courtesy Studio Gang Architects
October 27, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Jeanne Gang's design reinvents the Florida room with shaded, asymmetrical balconies.

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