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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.  
'Buildings Don't Lie': A building science reference book worth your time and money

Henry Gifford's Buildings Don't Lie challenges AEC professionals to build better buildings through a better understanding of basic building science.

August 09, 2019 |

Review of "Buildings Don't Lie," by engineer Henry Gifford.

Wilsonart, maker of Enchanted Rock Traceless Cabinets and other products, is about to acquire Czech manufacturer Technistone.

August 08, 2019 |

U.S. manufacturer Wilsonart, maker of High Pressure Laminate, Quartz, Solid Surface, Coordinated...

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Students working in a communal space. Photo courtesy GBBN

Students working in a communal space. Photo courtesy GBBN


August 07, 2019 | Zachary E. Zettler, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, GBBN

When it comes to the design and space planning of your residence life program, the quality of the...

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Independence Library and Apartments, a hybrid library and affordable housing development in Chicago. Designed by John Ronan Architects

Independence Library and Apartments, a hybrid library and affordable housing development in Chicago. Designed by John Ronan Architects

August 06, 2019 |

How the city of Chicago and nonprofit groups partnered to build three libraries plus affordable h...

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The mural of a plant indigenous to Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood adorns a building's exterior wall that's visible to residents of a recently opened apartment building. Image: Evan Joseph

August 03, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A 90-foot mural overlooks the courtyard of a new residential building.

Organized Living closet systems were installed in all units at 20 Fulton East by dealer Rayhaven Group.

August 02, 2019 |

20 Fulton Street East is a 12-story residential community in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., develo...

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Amenities war no more? Research report explores multifamily market

The skylit 75-foot, three-lane lap pool at Hub, a 54-story rental tower of 750 apartments (150 affordable) in Brooklyn, N.Y., designed by Dattner Architects. Photo: Evan Joseph, courtesy Dattner Architects

July 31, 2019 |

Multifamily developers show no signs of pulling back on specialty spaces and unique offerings in...

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Rendering courtesy Magnusson Architecture + Planning

July 31, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Magnusson Architecture + Planning is designing the project.

Renae's Place for Homeless Families, Cambridge, Mass., Photo: Bruce T. Martin

The late Victorian structure at 859 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass., has been fully upgraded to “near” net-zero energy standards. The 7,500-sf home can shelter 10 homeless women and their children. Photo: Bruce T. Martin


July 24, 2019 | Peter Fabric, Contributing Editor

The 1885 Victorian home in Cambridge, Mass., gets a new, energy-efficient life as Renae's Place,...

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prefab construction, modular construction, offsite construction

Photo: Pixabay


July 23, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

The most important benefit of offsite construction, when done right, is reliability.

What multifamily developers are saying about Ori Living's robotic interior system

Ori Pocket Closet opens (via black button) for access to clothes, etc. Pocket Closet comes with 110 cubic feet of storage, 140 inches of hanging space, a desk, 48-inch TV nook, LED lighting, three outlets, and two USB ports and adds the equivalent of 40 square feet of usable space to an apartment. Cost: $3,000 to $7,000. Photo: Ori Living

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

This robotically controlled, space-saving furniture system can add more than 100 square feet of u...

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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

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

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

July 17, 2019 | Gordian

Using RSMeans data from Gordian, here are the most recent construction costs for low-rise and mid...

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July 15, 2019 | Rob Cassidy, Editor

We're looking for the best new "student housing" communities for our Fall Issue of Multifamily De...

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7 new multifamily developments to track this summer

Sitka, a 384-unit apartment complex in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Photo: Vulcan Real Estate

July 15, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Ballpark living in Anaheim, Calif., and a water-friendly apartment complex in Seattle highlight t...

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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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A new McKinsey report says factory-built modular construction could be next big shift in the industry.

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.

June 26, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modular construction can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than traditional methods and drastica...

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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


June 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

30 Morningside exterior

Images courtesy CetraRuddy

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

June 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

Renderings courtesy The Architectural Team

June 17, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Architectural Team designed the project.

June 04, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Design Collective is the project’s architect.

11 trends in senior living

The Carillon at Belleview Station, a 163-unit complex near the Denver light transit line. The project team: MGL Partners, owner; Parikh Stevens Architects, architect; StudioSIX5, interior designer; and Milender White, general contractor. Photo: Michael Lowry Photography

June 03, 2019 | Pat Curry, Contributing Editor

Style, flexibility, and fun highlight the latest design trends for the 55+ market.

Freedom Rail Century Gray closet system from Organized Living

Freedom Rail Century Gray closet system from Organized Living, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019.

May 30, 2019 |
Grilled to order: The art of outdoor kitchens

At the 202-unit Niche 905 Apartments, Chicago,  FitzGerald Associates Architects designed an 18th-floor roof deck featuring a large communal grilling station adjacent to smaller individual grills and private dining areas with family-style tables. A nine-foot glass wall running along the perimeter shields residents and their guests from the wind. The glass enclosure “helps the space feel more like a room and makes it more intimate,” said FitzGerald’s Kristen Larkin. Photo: C360 Images, Jim Tschetter


May 29, 2019 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

Seven tips for ensuring outdoor kitchens deliver safe, memorable experiences for residents and gu...

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A crew from Andres Construction Services performs work on the adaptive reuse of First National Bank Tower, Dallas, into apartments, restaurants, retail, and the 200-room Texas flagship inn for Thompson Hotels. Photo: Andres Construction Services

May 17, 2019 | By Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

The landmark tower has been vacant for a decade.

Multifamily visionary: AvalonBay's relentless attention to detail

Common area at AVA DoBro, a 30-story, 500-unit apartment community in Downtown Brooklyn by AvalonBay Communities. Photo: Alan Schindler for AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

May 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The nation's fourth-largest owner of apartments holds more than 85,000 apartments in 291 communit...

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Marcus & Millichap 2019 Apartment sales data

Marcus & Millichap specializes in real estate investment sales and financing.


Data from Marcus & Millichap 2019 U.S. Multifamily Investment Forecast on Average Price/Dwell...

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5 noteworthy multifamily developments

The Danforth, Seattle. Photo: Aaron Locke Photography

April 27, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor

Special-needs housing in West Hollywood, Calif., and a warehouse-turned-apartments in the Twin Ci...

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Organized Living releases new color option for apartment and condominium storage systems.

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