California Needs More Housing. Unions Might Stand in the Way.

Should we turn strip malls and office parks into homes — even if it means hiring nonunion workers?

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #california, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Here Are the Highlights From Today’s G.D.P. Report

Inventories were a big drag on the G.D.P. number. Construction of homes and nonresidential structures declined. And federal spending fell.

#building-construction, #consumer-behavior, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy

Here are the highlights from today’s report.

Inventories were a big drag on the G.D.P. number. Construction of homes and nonresidential structures declined. And federal spending fell.

#building-construction, #consumer-behavior, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy

La Guardia, Kennedy and Newark Airports Get a $25 Billion Overhaul

The city is not exactly known for its state-of-the-art airports. That should change by 2030.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #building-construction, #delays-transportation, #infrastructure-public-works, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #newark-nj, #newark-liberty-international-airport-nj, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #september-11-2001, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

Relief Eludes Many Renters as Fed Raises Interest Rates

As the central bank sharply increases borrowing costs, it could lock would-be home buyers into rentals and keep a hot market under pressure.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #consumer-price-index, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states-economy

How a Long-Sought Bill Could Make Construction Work Less Deadly

Carlos Moncayo, 22, died seven years ago at a Manhattan construction site. A bill on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s desk aims to make conditions safer for workers like him.

#accidents-and-safety, #building-construction, #manhattan-nyc, #mason-tendersdistrict-council, #moncayo-carlos-d-2015, #new-york-state, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

New York ‘Architect’ Says He Never Saw Plans for 642 Feet Tall Building

An architect lent his license to a New York City developer to approve buildings he didn’t design, according to an investigation by The New York Times.

#accreditation, #architecture, #board-of-regents-nys, #building-construction, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #marx-development-group, #marx-david-e, #new-york-city, #schiffman-warren-l

Companies Like Nexii Are Betting on Sustainable Construction

Nexii Building Solutions in Vancouver is having significant early success, though there are potential pitfalls.

#building-construction, #concrete, #engineering-and-engineers, #factories-and-manufacturing, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nexii-building-solutions-inc, #start-ups, #sustainable-living, #upstart2022, #vancouver-british-columbia, #venture-capital

The Men Lost to 20 Bruckner Boulevard

They were transforming a century-old Bronx ice house into a charter school. It became one of the deadliest construction sites in New York City in almost two decades.

#accidents-and-safety, #bronx-nyc, #building-construction, #buildings-structures, #buildings-department-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #daves-michael-1971, #deaths-fatalities, #drew-katz, #jorge-madruga, #lewis-katz, #marco-martinez, #mauricio-sanchez, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #yonin-pineda

How a 7,000-Ton Broadway Theater Was Hoisted 30 Feet

The Beaux-Arts interior of the Palace Theater is a protected landmark, so developers had to devise a plan to raise it three stories in their effort to add more retail space.

#building-construction, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #palace-theater, #real-estate-commercial, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

How Green Is Your Metropolis?

Allowing more density would make America better.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas

Construction Defects Emerge at Pandemic-Era New Developments

Complaints of poor construction are on the rise in new luxury rental and condo buildings, after two chaotic years of New York real estate amid the pandemic.

#building-construction, #condominiums, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #ryan-serhant, #soho-manhattan-ny, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supply-chain

A Super Building for Fragile Times

The Oregon State Treasury is moving into a newly constructed structure designed to withstand every disaster the designers could conjure.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #engineering-and-engineers, #oregon-state-treasury, #real-estate-commercial

Developers Fight to Keep 421a Tax Break Amid N.Y.C. Housing Crisis

Few big residential projects have been built without the break, known as 421a, which now costs the city $1.77 billion in lost tax revenue every year.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #condominiums, #furman-center-for-real-estate-and-urban-policy, #new-york-city, #one57-manhattan-ny-apartments, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tishman-speyer-properties

Developers Fight to Keep 421a Tax Break Amid N.Y.C. Housing Crisis

Few big residential projects have been built without the break, known as 421a, which now costs the city $1.77 billion in lost tax revenue every year.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #condominiums, #furman-center-for-real-estate-and-urban-policy, #new-york-city, #one57-manhattan-ny-apartments, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tishman-speyer-properties

Buffalo Bills Strike Deal for Taxpayer-Funded $1.4 Billion Stadium

The agreement calls for $850 million in New York State and local funding, the largest taxpayer contribution ever for a National Football League facility.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #buffalo-ny, #buffalo-bills, #building-construction, #erie-county-ny, #football, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #stadiums-and-arenas

Plan for Amazon Headquarters in South Africa in Peril After Court Order

A judge ordered construction of the development in Cape Town to be halted, saying that the developer had not properly consulted Indigenous South Africans.

#amazon-com-inc, #building-construction, #cape-town-south-africa, #decisions-and-verdicts, #indigenous-people, #johannesburg-south-africa, #south-africa

After Tragedy, a Female Construction Worker Builds Homes

Female construction workers are still a rarity, but they are on the rise. After personal losses and three bouts of Covid-19, Deyonna Hancock is finding a new start in the industry.

#black-people, #building-construction, #careers-and-professions, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hancock-deyonna, #ironworker, #labor-and-jobs, #oakland-calif, #vocational-training, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

Warehouses Transform N.Y.C. Neighborhoods as E-Commerce Booms

The region is home to the largest concentration of online shoppers in the country. The facilities, key to delivering packages on time, are reshaping neighborhoods.

#amazon-com-inc, #building-construction, #connecticut, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #long-island-ny, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #northeastern-states-us, #real-estate-commercial, #red-hook-brooklyn-ny, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain, #united-parcel-service-inc, #warehouses

The First Supertall Tower Outside of Manhattan Rises in Brooklyn

The 1,066-foot Brooklyn Tower is launching sales as the luxury market once again booms, but concerns about supertall tower construction are still fresh in buyers’ minds.

#billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #building-construction, #downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny, #jds-development-group, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shop-architects, #stern-michael-real-estate-executive, #supertall

Billionaires Battle Over a Hotel and Quality of Life on St. Barts

A legal feud over a hotel in St. Barts pits development against fragile nature on this tropical Arcadia for the ultrarich. It might also signal a turning point in the hyper-development of the island.

#building-construction, #change-org, #environment, #etoile, #high-net-worth-individuals, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #st-barthelemy-french-west-indies, #travel-and-vacations

Long Island, We Need to Talk (About Housing)

Long Island needs more housing. The state needs to change the rules.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #huntington-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suburbs, #suffolk-county-ny, #zoning

4 Bed, 3 Bath, No Garage Door: The Unlikely Woes Holding Up Home Building

Supply-chain complications are giving the industry and buyers fits.

#building-construction, #garages-residential, #international-trade-and-world-market, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #supply-chain

Luxury Resort in Spain Must Be Demolished, Court Finds

The complex at Marina Isla de Valdecañas, which includes a four-star hotel, was in breach of environmental rules, the Spanish Supreme Court said.

#building-construction, #environment, #golf, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #spain

How the Building Industry Blocked Better Tornado Safeguards

Engineers know how to protect people from tornadoes like the ones that recently devastated parts of Kentucky, but builders have headed off efforts to toughen standards.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #engineering-and-engineers, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-code-council-inc, #joplin-mo, #kentucky, #national-assn-of-home-builders, #national-institute-of-standards-and-technology, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tornadoes

Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure

The nation’s most ambitious engineering projects are mired in postponements and skyrocketing costs. Delivering $1.2 trillion in new infrastructure will be tough.

#associated-builders-and-contractors, #building-construction, #engineering-and-engineers, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #labor-and-jobs

How Austin Became One of the Least Affordable Cities in America

The capital of Texas has long been an attractive place to call home. But with an average of 180 new residents a day arriving, its popularity has created a brewing housing crisis that is reshaping the city.

#affordable-housing, #austin-tex, #building-construction, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #texas

Why Shouldn’t Housing for the Homeless Be Beautiful?

An exhibition highlights creative solutions by architects around the world to the problem of homelessness.

#architecture, #building-construction, #homeless-persons, #museums, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #technical-university-of-munich

Developers Build More Net Zero Homes as Climate Concerns Grow

Demand for residences that produce as much energy as they consume is being spurred by climate concerns, consumer appetite and more affordable solar technology.

#building-construction, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #solar-energy, #sustainable-living

Nick Relph Stalks Delirious, Unfinished New York as It Rises

Nick Relph’s new book, “Eclipse Body & Soul Syntax,” collects years of digital street scans of New York City construction posters, an eerie portrait of a supersizing metropolis.

#architecture, #art, #books-and-literature, #building-construction, #content-type-personal-profile, #eclipse-bodysoul-syntax-book, #new-york-city, #posters, #relph-nick

What Does It Take to Build a Disaster-Proof House?

A few homeowners across the country are trying to find out, by experimenting with new (and old) construction techniques.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #paradise-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

A Turtle, a Pool and the Fight to Save Puerto Rico’s Beaches

An attempt to rebuild a beachfront pool turned into a much bigger story about the threats of erosion and overdevelopment on the island.

#beaches, #building-construction, #coast-erosion, #coastal-areas, #condominiums, #conservation-of-resources, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hurricane-maria-2017, #oceans-and-seas, #puerto-rico, #turtles-and-tortoises

Can Progress on Diversity Be Union-Made?

In Boston, setting a goal for a racially diverse construction work force is one thing. Meeting it has proved more difficult.

#black-people, #boston-mass, #building-construction, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #hispanic-americans, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity

Overlooked No More: Louise Blanchard Bethune, Who Changed the Face of Buffalo

She is widely considered to have been the first American woman to become a certified architect, and she left her stamp throughout western New York and in New England.

#architecture, #bethune-louise-blanchard-1856-1913, #biographical-information, #buffalo-ny, #building-construction, #women-and-girls

Building in Nigeria Had ‘Abnormalities’ Before Collapse

At least 20 people were killed when the high-rise in an upscale neighborhood in the commercial capital of Lagos crumbled on Monday afternoon.

#building-construction, #lagos-nigeria, #nigeria

Nigeria Building Collapse Kills at Least 4 With Many More Trapped

As many as 100 workers were feared trapped at a construction site in Lagos, where building collapses are common, with contractors using shoddy materials and regulations often not enforced.

#accidents-and-safety, #building-construction, #lagos-nigeria, #nigeria, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What We Know About Covid-19, the Flu and the Air We Breathe

We have more power than we thought against the flu and other respiratory viruses.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #influenza, #viruses

Home Buyers Who Went All In on Evergrande Now Want Out

China Evergrande Group’s financial troubles, and the government policies that helped push it to the brink of collapse, have threatened an important economic driver: home sales.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #beijing-china, #building-construction, #china, #china-evergrande-group, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

New Supertalls Test the Limits, as the City Consults an Aging Playbook

Only three of New York’s 25 tallest residential buildings — and none of the towers on Billionaires’ Row — have completed building safety tasks required by the city.

#432-park-avenue-manhattan-ny-apartments, #accidents-and-safety, #architecture, #billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #building-construction, #buildings-structures, #buildings-department-nyc, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #condominiums, #elevators-and-escalators, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3-D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in poverty.

#3-d-printers, #building-construction, #mexico, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Residents of 432 Park Sue Developers For $125 Million, Citing Defects

The condo board at 432 Park Avenue is suing the developers for construction and design defects that have led to floods, faulty elevators, and electrical explosions.

#432-park-avenue-manhattan-ny-apartments, #accidents-and-safety, #building-construction, #buildings-structures, #cim-group, #condominiums, #luxury-goods-and-services, #macklowe-properties, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suits-and-litigation-civil

China Pledges to Stop Building Coal Plants Abroad: Explained

Beijing is the undisputed king of coal, but the announcement at the United Nations General Assembly this week was cautiously welcomed by climate experts.

#boston-university, #building-construction, #china, #coal, #export-import-bank-of-china, #finland, #general-assembly-un, #greenpeace, #japan, #mines-and-mining, #pakistan, #steel-and-iron, #united-nations, #xi-jinping

Beyond Evergrande’s Troubles, a Slowing Chinese Economy

Investors are watching whether the property developer defaults. But in the background, the world’s No. 2 economy is flashing numerous warning signs.

#building-construction, #china, #china-evergrande-group, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gross-national-product-gnp, #trucks-and-trucking

Can a Green-Economy Boom Town Be Built to Last?

The race to make electric vehicles is turning some places into winners. Normal, Ill., is one of them. But it has seen good times go sour in the past.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #building-construction, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #illinois, #labor-and-jobs, #normal-ill, #restoration-and-renovation, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j

Apartments Built on an Assembly Line

The pandemic put a general crimp in housing construction, but made a California factory that churns out prefabricated housing extra busy.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #california, #factories-and-manufacturing, #factory-os-vallejo-calif, #prefabricated-buildings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

Sustainability Advocates Ask: Why Demolish When You Can Deconstruct?

More cities are adopting deconstruction ordinances that require older homes to be taken down for salvageable parts, but they face challenges in trying to expand their efforts.

#building-construction, #real-estate-commercial, #salvage, #sustainable-living, #waste-materials-and-disposal

California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

A recent building code change for new construction could reduce emissions by requiring use of solar panels and batteries, raising prices in an already expensive state.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #building-construction, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #finances, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #international-code-council-inc, #los-angeles-calif, #natural-gas, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #san-bernardino-calif, #solar-energy

How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts.

#building-construction, #deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #humphreys-county-tenn, #local-government, #national-weather-service, #rain, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tennessee

‘They Were Bullies’: Inside the Turbulent Origins of the Collapsed Florida Condo

The team that developed Champlain Towers managed to build the condos despite checkered pasts, internal strife and a last-minute change that infuriated leaders in Surfside, Fla.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #florida, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Inside the Turbulent Origins of the Miami Building Collapse

The team that developed Champlain Towers managed to build the condos despite checkered pasts, internal strife and a last-minute change that infuriated leaders in Surfside, Fla.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #florida, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021