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.  
A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

July 01, 2015 | Megan Cassella, Reuters

The volatile U.S. multifamily housing market has returned to pre-recession investment levels, dri...

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The world's best new skyscrapers

One World Trade Center was named the winner of the Best Tall Buildings category for the Americas. Image: SOM/CTBUH

June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

One World Trade Center and Abu Dhabi's Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower are among the four towers n...

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MAD Architects, Ma Yansong, Beverly Hills, 8600 Wilshire, Multifamily

Renderings courtesy MAD Architects

June 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The “hillside village” edifice will be covered in drought-tolerant vines and succulents.

Cornell Tech announces construction of ‘first passive house residential high-rise in the world’

Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

June 15, 2015 | Cornell Tech

To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustain...

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World’s tallest wood building design unveiled by MGA

Plans include a mix of market-rate and social housing, a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub, and other amenities. Renderings courtesy Michael Green Architecture

June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, t...

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Sacramento moves forward on multifamily project with new modular supplier

Guerdon Modular Buildings is taking over the Eviva Downtown multifamily project. Rendering courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings.

June 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will provide modules for 118 apartments.

Fannie Mae offers incentives for energy, water efficiency in multifamily buildings

Photo: KCumming via Wikimedia Commons

May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives may be eligible for loans with reduced interest ra...

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Energy Department releases resources to assess building energy benchmarking policies, programs

Photo: Hakilon via Wikimedia Commons

May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new handbook demonstrates methodologies using real data from New York City.

Ten U.S. cities now have 1 million people or more

Each year, the Census Bureau revises its time series of previously released estimates going back to the 2010 Census. Photo: David Sim/Flickr.

May 28, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

California and Texas each have three of the one-million-plus cities.

‘European’ living comes to The Woodlands with its first condo tower

Condos at Trevisio at Waterway Square will start at $650,000 with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans available between 1,247 and more than 3,500 sf. All renderings courtesy Bogza

May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Treviso at Waterway Square will offer a dynamic downtown setting with numerous live/work/play opt...

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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Masdar City: Construction on sustainable residential complex begins

The residential development will have 500 units of one- and two-bedroom apartments. All material construction will be verified sustainable materials. Rendering courtesy Masdar Corporation

April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The planned city’s new residences will help support Abu Dhabi’s rapid population growth.

Mace and Make work on London 40-story residential tower

View from the Atlas on City Road, an area with the recently earned nickname "Silicon Roundabout district." Renderings courtesy Rocket Investments

April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower is one of six residential high-rises planned near London’s City Road, which is undergoi...

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The empire strikes back: George Lucas proposes new affordable housing complex he'll finance alone

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to build an affordable housing community on his Grady Ranch property, and will finance it himself. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest plans are seen by some as payback for community opposition to his past real estate ven...

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Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into l...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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3 award-winning affordable multifamily developments

The three winners in the Multifamily Housing category in AIA's Housing Awards are affordable living developments. Pictured: The North Parker in San Diego, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Image: Matthew Segal

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

San Francisco's Bayview Hill Gardens and the Broadway Affordable Housing complex in Santa Monica,...

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Seattle’s size restriction on micro apartments blamed for rise in rents

Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

Multifamily development and transactions haven’t taken a breather yet

ELEVEN10 West is being designed to coincide with the City of Orange, Calif.'s mixed-use vision created in 2010. It will open for leasing in the summer of 2017. Rendering: Picerne Group

April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Despite predictions about an impending softening in multifamily construction, builders and develo...

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Construction site updates from the new $100 billion Saudi Arabian city

The city constructed from scratch off the Red Sea coast will give its port access to the Suez Canal, reflecting the government’s attempt to diversify its oil-dependent economy by focusing more in its shipping industry. Rendering courtesy of the King Abdullah Economic City.

April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new King Abdullah Economic City was conceived to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent econom...

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Melbourne tower will light up depending on weather

"Real-time weather data [makes] the light move, and articulate the architecture of the building to give it a sense of elegance and presence,” lighting designer Bruce Ramus said. Rendering courtesy Lend Lease Group

April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will be illuminated by 164-foot-tall beams of LED light based on weather updates from t...

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