Architizer Site Now a Resource for Architects and Builders

Medical library in Dusseldorf, Germany displaying Sto Façade & Glazing materials.

Launched in 2009, Architizer has become the largest business-to-business data resource online for architects, builders and materials suppliers. The site enables design professionals to post images of their projects along with related lists of vendors who provided the building materials required to construct them. Today, the database encompasses the work of 40,000 architecture firms and more than $4 trillion worth of projects.

Architizer thus provides a clever form of “endorsement marketing” in which fellow architects and designers can shop for ideas among the posted projects, which can turn into referrals for suppliers. The site has become a powerful tool for design industry leaders to not only showcase their products, but to learn more about the tremendous range of architectural materials available from suppliers worldwide. For example, there are 47 projects from around the globe that illustrate what can be created using products from Sto. It’s an eye-opener.

New York’s Lofty Archipelago

New York, the city that popularized the skyscraper, now has an abundance of unusually tall ones. There are now 21 buildings – mostly in Manhattan — with roof heights greater than 800 feet; three were completed within the past 36 months.

A number of these high-rise towers are residential developments, including a few needle-like structures that have generated controversy for spoiling views, driving up prices and catering to absentee owners from abroad. However, many of the recent projects represent some of the best work of modern architects from around the world, including Sir Norman Foster’s 50 United Nations Plaza building, which boasts a pool in the penthouse.

Economists Optimistic About Residential Construction Trends

Three leading economists, including two from the National Association of Home Builders agree that the sluggish residential construction industry is experiencing a moderate rebound and that 2016 could be housing’s “best year in a decade.” They say that while the recovery has been a slow process, single-family construction may surge as much as 14% and will likely outpace multi-family for the first time since the crash eight years ago.

Multi-family construction has been quite robust in recent years — due to rental demand driven by the recession and the sheer number of millennials — but it is expected to taper off. This market phenomenon also owes its origins to the millennials who are now aging and making the switch from renting to owning, while also getting encouragement from lower mortgage rates.

Despite positive predictions for the industry, the three major obstacles hindering new construction remain the “3-Ls” – labor, lot availability and lending constraints. Limited housing inventory also continues to pose a problem in the residential sector, with a housing supply that has gone from surplus to shortage.