2020 Building Preview: Five Big Things We’ll See This Year

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Boston – The nationally active design firm, The Architectural Team (TAT), has announced five valuable projects and trends that will impact American cities this year.

From the first U.S. property for global hospitality group Raffles, to large-scale public housing transformations and 1 million-square-foot Rust Belt landmark, these new and in-process works reveal the power of innovative design solutions to make communities more livable, more exciting, and more resilient.

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Here are five stories that will play out through 2020 and beyond, according to TAT’s experts:

1) The Affordability Puzzle: Keeping Neighborhoods Accessible

In growing cities nationwide, the displacement of longtime residents has emerged as a major concern. “To keep neighborhoods affordable and accessible,” says TAT principal Michael Binette, AIA, NCARB, “we’re working with developers, non-profits, and public officials to expand or redevelop existing affordable and workforce housing developments, adding more residential units while preserving affordability and dramatically enhancing livability.”

2) Adaptive Reuse, Prefab Construction Help Address Housing Shortages

Faced with a persistent shortage in housing supply across the U.S., architects and developers are responding with solutions that demonstrate the continued value of adaptive reuse, and the benefits of new approaches including prefabricated and modular construction.

3) New Residential and Mixed-use Opportunities Transform Urban Cores

“With new air rights developments, hotel towers, and uniquely positioned residential properties, many urban cores are set for major transformations in 2020 as closely watched and long-awaited projects reach major milestones,” says Michael Liu, AIA, NCARB, a principal at TAT.

4) On The Rise: Smaller Cities Poised for Resurgence

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Identified by commercial real estate services group Commercial Café as one of the
country’s fastest-growing Rust Belt cities, Rochester, N.Y. is on a path towards a new era of success. One of the linchpins of this recovery is Sibley Square, the TAT-designed conversion of a 1-million-square-foot former downtown department store into housing, a community marketplace, and high-tech workplace environments.

5) New Waterfront Developments Boost Resiliency, Enhance Public Access

Increasingly vulnerable, flood-prone urban waterfronts remain desirable sites for new residential and mixed-use development. Forward-thinking design teams are taking a holistic approach to these projects, employing hard and soft approaches to shoreline design, strategic landscaping, and elevated public use areas. The result? Properties that can absorb storm surges while enhancing the public realm and long-term viability.

Submitted by The Architectural Team.