Manhattan towers: the future of sustainable design?

A Dallas-based architecture firm has released a conceptual proposal packed with drone landing areas, micro homes and more   What if two soaring towers rose on the southern tip of Manhattan, packed with micro units, with greenery running up the height of the buildings, and armed with landing pads for flying cars? To some that […]

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Less Space, More Regulations

Targeting a diverse range of residents, micro-unit developments continue to encounter roadblocks related to building codes and zoning resolutions.     While relatively new to the United States, micro-unit housing is the norm in dense metropolises such as Tokyo and Hong Kong. Many of the pioneering micro-unit models in the U.S. provide multifamily housing solutions […]

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New Yorkers think the city is unaffordable

Renters are more likely to view the city as too pricey     StreetEasy has revealed its latest housing trends report, this one examining the idea of affordability and what it means to those that call New York City home. Partnering with independent market research firm YouGov, the listings website surveyed 1,000 New Yorkers across […]

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The first building of Halletts Point project

                                  The first of seven towers that are a part of the Halletts Point development project in Astoria is set to open this summer and new renderings have been released. A groundbreaking ceremony for the 2.5-million-square-foot development took place […]

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Emerging safety technologies on the rise

Use of emerging safety technologies on the rise among construction contractors, survey shows New York — Contractors in the construction industry are increasing their use of emerging technologies to enhance safety, and further growth is likely, results of a recent survey show. More than 330 contractors participated in the survey, conducted by Dodge Data & […]

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6 trends shaping smart hotels

From real-time guest feedback to AI-driven hyper-personalization, the hotel of the future will emphasize service, convenience, authenticity, and just the right amount of technology.  Ten years from now, a hotel stay will be a much different experience than today. Picture this: As you approach the property entrance, you see a massive art installation illuminated by […]

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New York Floating Housing Complex

  Seawalls and flood insurance are all well and good, but a New York architecture firm has designed a more ambitious (but probably less practical) solution for housing people amid rising seas. DFA’s proposal for a “floating” housing complex borrows from the often-mythologized floating cities concept that Next City has covered. But the complex would […]

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Save billions with sustainable surfaces

USGBC: Report says cities can save billions with sustainable surfaces Smart surface technologies would also cut greenhouse gasses while achieving transformative benefits like making cities cooler, more resilient, healthier and more equitable. A new report released Tuesday, Delivering Urban Resilience, authored by Capital-E, quantifies the range of costs and benefits for the adoption of citywide […]

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Sustainable by design

The cutting edge of commercial real estate The gradual global economic upturn of recent years has aided a construction boom. In the US alone, new developments contributed over $647bn to the economy in the third quarter of 2017, after several bullish years. This trend shows no sign of abating: in 2018, we will see a […]

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Mass timber tower is coming to New Jersey

Half a million square feet of mass timber office space is coming to downtown Newark, New Jersey, thanks to international firm Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and New York–based developer Lotus Equity Group. Lotus has described the project as the largest timber office building in the United States, and the tower will anchor Riverfront Square, a massive 11.8-acre, mixed-use development […]

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Positive future for commercial real estate buyers

Office deals in Brooklyn rise, while multifamily sees fewer property trades. While multifamily and land sales in Brooklyn fell last year, office investment quintupled. Office deals in the borough totaled $757 million in 2017, up 553 percent from 2016, according to a recent report from Ariel Property Advisors. The two deals that drove that volume […]

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