Residential

There's been a lot of discussion over the last decade about skyrocketing housing costs in Silicon Valley and then in San Francisco proper.

This month, New York City is conducting a month-long design festival called Archtober. Part of this event will be a tour open to the public on October 8 of a one-acre urban farm in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. It is one of the first models in the country of a working farm on public housing property.

If you live in the Philadelphia area and work in a newly constructed or recently renovated office space, chances are your place of employment is located in a burgeoning neighborhood on the west side of the city, called University City.

Ten years after storm, notable progress on stronger roofs, IBHS says New research by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) indicates that stronger building standards and codes have contributed to stronger roofs in the Gulf Coast region.

AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save money on construction projects. Last December, the GSA issued an RFP for the FBI's new headquarters, which, at 2.1 million sf, would be 300,000 sf smaller than the FBI's current digs at the J.

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman in Zaatari, which is home to thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan Next week, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will moderate the Times' Cities for Tomorrow conference. The event (Next City is a media partner) will feature urban experts from across the country in conversation about the future of cities.

The volatile U.S. multifamily housing market has returned to pre-recession investment levels, driven largely by Millennials putting off home-buying and settling for rentals, but in the long term it will be baby boomers that will drive the market as they downsize, according to the Kansas City Federal Reserve.

CoreFirst LLC, a producer of seismic retrofit systems for commercial and institutional buildings, has partnered with Vancouver, B.C.-based Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants to commercialize Weir-Jones' ShakeAlarm earthquake early warning system (EEWS) in the U.S. The first U.S. installation of ShakeAlarm was recently completed at the Radiator Building, a 36,000-sf, five-story, wood-framed office building located in a densely populated neighborhood in North Portland, Ore.

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This month, Guerdon Modular Buildings, a leading manufacturer of modular housing for the western U.S. and Canada, will start factory construction of modules for Eviva Midtown, a six-story apartment building in downtown Sacramento, Calif., that will have 118 condominium-style one- and two -bedroom rental units, ranging from 700 to 1,200 sf.

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