Archinect - News 2015-08-02T16:24:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:35:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7nko4yx8ifwlwo7.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple Inc.] reached an agreement to rent about 76,000 square feet of office space in the South of Market neighborhood&rsquo;s 235 Second St. [...] the area has some of the highest monthly asking rents in the city at about $66 a square foot. [...] Apple and Facebook have been notable holdouts as Silicon Valley giants like Google and Linkedin gradually expanded their footprints in San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&#8203;More news from Apple and San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133107408/apple-invites-visitors-to-gaze-at-its-spaceship-from-new-observation-deck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a title="Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649070/drone-footage-shows-the-latest-construction-status-of-the-foster-designed-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a title="Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128651497/can-t-find-office-space-in-san-francisco-try-the-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall.</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133183115/cities-don-t-see-much-economic-gain-from-sports-stadiums-says-stanford-economist Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist Alexander Walter 2015-07-31T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T19:14:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmm3sm8fkalfj455.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When an NFL team wants to build a new stadium, it often argues that the facility would boost the local economy. But that is not true, says Roger Noll, a Stanford professor emeritus in economics. [...] "NFL stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, and the incremental tax revenue is not sufficient to cover any significant financial contribution by the city," said Noll, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14152735/los-angeles-nfl-stadium-and-convention-center-project-would-boost-tax-revenue-studies-find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles NFL stadium and Convention Center project would boost tax revenue, studies find</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133104994/wasa-studio-files-for-bankruptcy WASA Studio files for bankruptcy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-30T13:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T00:04:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zg/zgcfvhwbjxl2r51n.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manhattan&rsquo;s WASA Studio, one of the country&rsquo;s oldest architecture and engineering firms ... filed for bankruptcy on Monday while fighting several legal battles with ex-clients. [...] The firm, known for decades as Wank Adams Slavin Associates, is fighting several lawsuits against ex-clients who are pushing for damages of more than $11 million [...] The expensive legal battles came after work slowed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news:</p><ul><li><a title="Get a peek inside Pratt's new Film/Video Department building by WASA/Studio A" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131581016/get-a-peek-inside-pratt-s-new-film-video-department-building-by-wasa-studio-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a peek inside Pratt's new Film/Video Department building by WASA/Studio A</a></li><li><a title="Major NY architecture firm, Swanke Hayden Connell, files for bankruptcy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117961678/major-ny-architecture-firm-swanke-hayden-connell-files-for-bankruptcy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Major NY architecture firm, Swanke Hayden Connell, files for bankruptcy</a></li><li><a title="Architect firm eyes insolvency over unpaid Abu Dhabi bills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/30798655/architect-firm-eyes-insolvency-over-unpaid-abu-dhabi-bills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect firm eyes insolvency over unpaid Abu Dhabi bills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:51:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/ny6h15ws7ax239j5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> is not going away quietly, but cogently. In a statement forwarded by the Japan Olympic Committee, ZHA details the origins of what would eventually become the budget fracas over the cancelled New <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Stadium</a>, noting that early in the design process&nbsp;"we advised&nbsp;the JSC [<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan Sport Council</a>] that working to an immovable completion deadline, against a backdrop of&nbsp;rocketing annual increases in the cost of building in Tokyo, and in the absence&nbsp;of any international competition, the early selection of a limited number of&nbsp;construction contractors&nbsp;would not lead to a commercially competitive&nbsp;process."</p><p>Here's the full statement:&nbsp;</p><p>Our teams in Japan and the&nbsp;UK feel it is necessary to set the record straight on the Zaha Hadid Architects&nbsp;(ZHA) design for the new National Stadium for Japan, which has been developed&nbsp;to the client&rsquo;s brief and budget. It is also only right that the Japanese&nbsp;people are fully aware of the reasons for the reported budget increase and,&nbsp;with exact...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132966837/how-university-presses-influence-our-understanding-of-urbanism-then-now-and-for-the-future How university presses influence our understanding of urbanism — then, now, and for the future Justine Testado 2015-07-28T18:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T19:23:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36i2iw8hy5fjfka9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many [university presses] have a storied history of amplifying voices that were long ignored...The litany is endless, underscoring the audacity of university presses in believing that every city deserves the best ideas possible. We need that. As we make choices about our modern cities, as policymakers, advocates or citizens, we need these books to ground our vision, to help us imagine what is possible. And that&rsquo;s why the tenuous future of university presses is so alarming.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Pump Out the Volumes: 50,000 free books form 1 art installation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131426011/pump-out-the-volumes-50-000-free-books-form-1-art-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pump Out the Volumes: 50,000 free books form 1 art installation</a></p><p><a title="Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128177632/bradley-garrett-on-the-importance-of-gonzo-journalism-for-understanding-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities</a></p><p><a title="Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814576/wilkinson-eyre-renovated-weston-library-at-oxford-now-reopened" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/354209/screen-print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Screen/Print series</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132957160/berlin-s-6-billion-airport-drama Berlin's $6 billion airport drama Alexander Walter 2015-07-28T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T21:55:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5faj96woz9b32vew.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architecture and engineering teams fought to keep up. As the terminal ballooned from 200,000 to 340,000 square meters (dwarfing Frankfurt&rsquo;s 240,000 and just shy of Heathrow Terminal 5&rsquo;s 353,000), they parceled out the work to seven contractors. That soon grew to 35, and they brought in hundreds of subcontractors, says Delius. [...] At the very moment Merkel and her allies are hectoring the Greeks about their profligacy, the airport&rsquo;s cost, borne by taxpayers, has tripled to &euro;5.4 billion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/132822247/editor-s-picks-425 Editor's Picks #425 Nam Henderson 2015-07-27T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T16:52:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz7l8k4prll4a3ch.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Upstarts</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410487/upstarts-design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55962127/design-bitches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a>, the Los Angeles-based firm.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cussfppr162j0vc.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;highlighted <a href="http://laplusjournal.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA+</a>, the new publication produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/400/university-of-pennsylvania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a> in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/132432116/screen-print-35-penndesign-s-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest edition</a> of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlftly450f5cnmd0.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132326552/liam-young-an-architect-s-skills-are-completely-wasted-on-making-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TANK Magazine published a chat with Liam Young</a>, wherein he argued "<em>an architect&rsquo;s skills are completely wasted on making buildings...Finding ways to operate in other disciplines just gives us much more agency</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> can get behind the idea "<em>that 'architect' is a strategy</em>", however <strong>Good_Knight</strong> is concerned "<em>Great....So in an era when only refining one's professional specialty is profitable...non licensed 'architects' (in reality an oxymoron) or shall I say wanna-be-poser architects are pushing to broaden and generalize the title even more.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mr Banks</strong> argued "<em>If architecture is a strategy rather than a profession, then surely anyon...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132504520/berlin-s-world-class-museums-struggle-to-build-up-excitement Berlin's world-class museums struggle to build up excitement Alexander Walter 2015-07-22T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:38:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xu19vv5oefbivite.jpg" width="514" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As far as major cities go, few other places are in possession of so many treasures that are so poorly exhibited as Berlin. It's as though cultural institutions here go out of their way to keep people from visiting. [...] The city is undeniably home to diverse, valuable and unique museum collections, but they aren't helping the city as much as they should be.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the SPIEGEL article's comment section,&nbsp;reader&nbsp;nsmith compares the museum situation in Berlin&nbsp;with New York and raises a word of caution: <em>"I read this article and I am envious. In New York City, it's almost impossible to get into any of the major Museums on any given day, unless you have nerves of steel, lots of patience and very DEEP pockets. Most New Yorkers can't even fit in because they're so full of tourists from around the country, and around the world. A word to the wise; Be careful what you wish for."</em></p><p>Archinectors, how would you describe the state of public art institutions in <em>your</em> city? Great shows and packed halls or much room for improvement?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132488419/increasing-demand-for-education-healthcare-and-government-buildings-bolsters-architectural-billings-index Increasing demand for education, healthcare, and government buildings bolsters Architectural Billings Index Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:39:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oc/ocs2qp7hjah8ibt8.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to the <a href="http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB106918" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a>, while the demand for multi-family housing has slowed, many other design sectors, especially those related to institutional facilities, have prompted a significant increase in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/107273/architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural billings index</a>, from 51.9 in May to 55.7 in June. To provide perspective, the meaning of these figures is based on a median of 50.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2zf8jvgwtf4uhg2.jpg"></p><p>A figure below 50 indicates a decline in average billings, while a figure above is a sign of expansion. The rapid uptick is echoed in the new projects inquiry index, which has currently rocketed to 63.4, up from 61.1 in May. Regionally, the Midwest is currently the hottest place for growth, with an average of 57.2, while the Northeast is trending gently upward with an ABI of 50.4.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta Vegas is back...sorta Alexander Walter 2015-07-22T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:42:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j8nk3gnvmwalnc4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Las Vegas&rsquo;s recovery, like America&rsquo;s, seems to have to come to the wealthiest first. [...] But Sin City&rsquo;s recovery shows the enduring ability of America to make improbable ideas work. Some 2m people live in a glittering, sprawling city deep in the desert and hardly think that this is strange. And with its mix of tech-obsessed yuppies, ageing baby-boomer gamblers and thrusting Hispanics, its demography resembles America&rsquo;s future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81696242/70-s-vegas-underground-home-on-the-market-for-1-7m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76416883/something-is-happening-in-vegas-but-will-it-convince-people-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132409546/pulitzer-prize-winning-architecture-critic-blair-kamin-on-why-his-profession-isn-t-dead Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin on why his profession isn't dead Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-21T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:34:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffkr8fxypi4jahn9.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clearly, the days of the critic&rsquo;s hegemony are done. [...] Yet as I know from years of blogging and tweeting, there is often wisdom in the crowd. The people who live in a neighborhood or work in a building often know more about it than the lazy critic who makes only a cursory inspection. My take on all this is that architecture criticism is not dead ... They fail to recognize that the circumstances of our time offer promise as well as peril.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a speech delivered this past spring at Chicago's Society of Architectural Historians, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/428238/blair-kamin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin</a>, architecture critic for the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>,&nbsp;addressed the nature of architecture criticism in today's media landscape. The talk came after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114124536/old-guy-fight-tribune-s-blair-kamin-vs-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kamin's contentious Twitter exchange with "comb-over vulgarian" (Kamin's words) and now Presidential contender, Donald Trump</a>, prompting a discussion of the critic's influence when their subjects (or anyone) can launch rebukes on social media.</p><p><em>Nieman Reports&nbsp;</em>has collected select excerpts from his talk, covering not only Kamin's approach and ideology towards architecture criticism, but why calling it "dead" is short-sighted.&nbsp;Here, Kamin outlines the five core questions he asks himself when assessing a structure:</p><p>"First, quality: Does the design elevate prosaic materials to visual poetry, as does the extraordinary brickwork of Henry Hobson Richardson&rsquo;s Sever Hall at Harvard? Or, like Peter Eisenman&rsquo;s Aronoff Center for Design and Art at the Universit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132326552/liam-young-an-architect-s-skills-are-completely-wasted-on-making-buildings Liam Young: "an architect’s skills are completely wasted on making buildings" Donna Sink 2015-07-20T12:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T19:44:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78m11v06gymdcyp1.jpg" width="500" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Listen, I advocate for an utter dissolution of the term architect. I think an architect&rsquo;s skills are completely wasted on making buildings. But I don&rsquo;t see it as weakening the profession, I see it as strengthening. It means that the profession can find traction in other fields: the architect as strategist, as politician, as planner; the architect as curator or editor or writer, as activist or storyteller. Finding ways to operate in other disciplines just gives us much more agency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the direction we're headed and I agree with it. If you want to design and erect buildings, be a Registered Architect. If you get the education of an architect and want to improve the world in all kinds of other non-materiallly-based ways, you're an architect.</p><p>h/t to Javo Cado.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132126773/200-000-disappears-at-uk-charity-article-25-book-keeper-arrested £200,000 disappears at UK charity Article 25, book keeper arrested Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-18T04:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-20T13:05:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kqv56563hab6yq3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Article 25&rsquo;s office manager and book keeper Scott William Golding has been charged with fraud and false accounting after &pound;200,000 went missing from the charity&rsquo;s accounts</p></em><br /><br /><p>Article 25, a UK charity that helps provide shelters in disadvantaged communities worldwide, had its future thrown into question in June, when &pound;200,000 of its funds (equivalent to approximately $312,060) were found to be missing. This past Tuesday, Article 25&rsquo;s book keeper and office manager, Scott William Golding, was arrested in conjunction with the lost funds, and is being charged with &ldquo;fraud and false accounting&rdquo;.</p><p>In response, the nearly ten-year-old charity is rallying to &ldquo;tighten up&rdquo; its financial management. The arrest coincided with the charity&rsquo;s annual fundraising effort, which met its goal, and Article 25 does not plan to stop its projects while investigation is ongoing. Article 25, named after the right to habitable shelters as decreed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has collaborated with local governments, NGOs and charity programs for a variety of scaled projects all around the world, often in response to disaster scenarios. It was founded in 2006 by&nbsp;former...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled – Abe calls for a redesign from scratch Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T21:27:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kryoo459zrndh2s.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">multiple reassurances</a> that Zaha Hadid Architect's design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130483595/tokyo-will-stay-the-course-with-zaha-s-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympic Stadium would continue</a>, despite <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyrocketing costs since its 2012 announcement</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">constantly decreasing public favor</a>, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that the stadium would be scratched in favor of a complete redesign. The stadium, which was most recently estimated to cost&nbsp;&yen;252 billion, had become more and more expensive due to rising construction costs in Japan, <a href="http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/japan.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NHK World</em></a>&nbsp;reports.</p><p>Zaha Hadid Architects issued a statement <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2015/07/17/new-national-stadium-japan-statement-from-zaha-hadid-architects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on their website</a>&nbsp;responding to the decision, stating that the rising costs were not due to the design per-se, and that the real difficulty was agreeing on an acceptable construction cost. The statement expressed confidence, based on past major stadium experience (such as for the 2012 London Olympic Games), that ZHA could reliably build their design in a cost-effective manner. Public opinion in Japan was not enamored with the design &ndash; it had even spawned a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satiric...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132048886/work-life-balance-how-one-architect-collaborates-with-his-teenage-son Work-life balance: how one architect collaborates with his teenage son Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T08:12:00-04:00 >2015-07-19T08:28:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89je9nex3twv1nh2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sometimes, the inspiration for a single design element can be hard to pin down. Other times, it&rsquo;s coming straight out of your hammy fourteen year-old kid. This is something of a regular occurrence for Hector M. Perez, a San Diego-based architect who often collaborates with his son Adrian on projects for his own firm, De-Arc.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jt/jt2hvoblyjlbe4pu.jpg"></p><p>For a small mix-use project in downtown San Diego, <em>La Esquina </em>(pictured above),&nbsp;Perez had planned identical entryways for seven lofts, until his son intervened. Worrying that tenants might come home discombobulated from a night on the town and try to enter the wrong doorway, Adrian suggested marking each entryway with its own distinct color. Hector happily accepted the critique, and adapted it into the design. A short film made by Breadtruck Films captures Adrian's sage delivery to his father, "You're not doing it right!":</p><p></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/125510307" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hector M. Perez // Designer</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/breadtruckfilms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BREADTRUCK FILMS</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Hector himself comments in the film on the very conscious involvement of his son in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132024752/uber-faces-suspension-and-7-3m-fine-in-california Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-16T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3u/3u7covbmplonsol4.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California. [...] Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, regardless of where they live or who they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the<em>&nbsp;Los Angeles Times</em>, the crux of this decision comes not from questions of the ride-sharing app's legality in general, but its ethical practices in actual transit. In 2013, "ride-hailing firms" were made legal in California, with the requirement that companies like Uber provide data about a ride's fairness, that services are provided "regardless of where they live or who they are". The judge's ruling states that Uber hasn't been providing the necessary data, including "the number of requests for rides from people with service animals or wheelchairs; how many such rides were completed; and other ride-logging information".</p><p>Uber will appeal, and the $7.3M fine and suspension can't be instated until that process is over. The company&nbsp;asserts its position of not having to hand over any additional data.</p><p>Worldwide, Uber in particular has courted controversy, inciting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">riots in Paris</a>&nbsp;recently. But the home-state ruling for the company could hit harder.</p><p>More Uber news:</p><ul><li><a title="Two Uber executives detained in France" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two Uber exec...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131952486/the-sudden-drought-gold-rush-for-california-landscapers-may-be-over The sudden drought gold rush for California landscapers may be over Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kp2d3b3wlz7cs72c.jpg" width="514" height="661" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These have been boom times for companies that rip out lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping, but now their business might be drying up. The Metropolitan Water District said Thursday it&nbsp;would no longer offer rebates to entice homeowners to get rid of their lawns because the agency ran out of money much sooner than it expected. That is bad news for [...] landscape contractor in Los Angeles. Grass removal has become about 40 percent of his business, driven by the rebates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a result of the sudden end of the government incentives, some Los Angeles landscape contractors, that had made turf removal their main business in the past months, began laying off staff. The <em>LA Times</em> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-turf-terminators-20150710-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>: "Turf Terminators, which ballooned from a staff of three to more than 450 over the last several months, laid off 30% of its employees and furloughed an additional 40%, the company said Friday in a statement to The Times."</p><p>Previously on the topic of California's severe drought:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131884271/the-best-lawn-for-california-s-drought-may-still-be-green" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The best lawn for California's drought may still be green</a></li><li><a title="As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131813609/gensler-surpasses-1-billion-in-revenue-for-2014 Gensler surpasses $1 billion in revenue for 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-13T20:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T12:03:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41fkfsk4yau1m093.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gensler surpassed $1 billion in architectural revenue in 2014, setting a record and maintaining its leading status for the fourth consecutive year on RECORD&rsquo;s annual Top 300 Architecture Firms list, which ranks companies based on earnings from the prior year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to&nbsp;<em>Architectural Record</em>, Gensler definitely crushed it in 2014. The firm tallied $1.04B in architectural revenue last year, $778.5M of which was earned domestically. This jives with overall gains in the domestic architectural market, where firms' revenue grew approximately 6% from 2013-2014.</p><p>Coming in second place for the 2014 rankings was AECOM, which pulled in $801.5M. Gensler and AECOM have regularly occupied to spots on <em>Architectural Record</em>'s rankings since the 2006 report, despite fluctuations from the Recession.</p><p>For more on Gensler and it's newly minted status in the 3 comma club:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410486/a-studio-of-4-500-inside-gensler-s-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Studio of 4,500: Inside Gensler's Culture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104482643/do-your-homework-the-most-required-skills-to-work-at-the-top-50-architecture-firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do your homework: The most required skills to work at the top 50 architecture firms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95345360/gensler-brings-hackable-buildings-to-the-real-estate-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler brings &lsquo;hackable&rsquo; buildings to the real estate market</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86653/gensler-s-plan-for-world-domination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler's plan for world domination</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131487832/greek-museums-can-t-afford-to-keep-the-doors-open Greek museums can't afford to keep the doors open Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T14:33:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db55ei9ck0ij9nvw.jpg" width="426" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major public cultural institutions in Greece are on the point of collapse, say leading Greek art professionals, as concerns mount that the country faces insolvency after 61% of the population rejected bailout proposals earlier this week made by international creditors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read also:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131485421/ncarb-releases-by-the-numbers-report-for-2015-and-in-general-things-don-t-seem-so-terrible NCARB releases "By the Numbers" report for 2015 – and in general, things don't seem so terrible Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-09T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T23:55:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klleftx2rtq0u0wx.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every year, NCARB releases a report looking at architects' path to licensure. Paying particular attention to trends in how diverse the architecture population is becoming, how regulation of architects is changing, and any developments in licensing credentials, the report offers a benchmark for understanding where the profession may be moving. The 2015 edition of&nbsp;<em>NCARB by the Numbers</em>, reflecting on stats accrued in the previous year,&nbsp;is now&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncarb.org/NBTN" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available to download for free</a>.</p><p>Some highlights from the report:</p><ul><li><strong>There are more architects:&nbsp;</strong>The number of licensed architects, reported by the 54 U.S. licensing boards, increased by 2% from 2013-2014</li><li><strong>Architects are getting licensed earlier:&nbsp;</strong>In 2014, the average age that an architect became licensed fell to 33.3 &ndash; it's lowest since 2001</li><li><strong>Minority presence is getting stronger:&nbsp;</strong>41% of aspiring architects belonged to racial and ethnic minorities in 2014, up from 22% in 2007</li><li><strong>More women are completing IDP</strong>:&nbsp;The number of female architects who completed IDP in ...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131478182/mexico-builds-business-district-with-a-human-touch Mexico builds business district with a 'human touch' Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-09T12:27:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:34:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i0khzd1dk17r0mlg.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s one of the first Mexican projects for award-winning architect Richard Meier, who is known for his white geometric design such as the Getty Center in Los Angeles</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/131340066/should-napping-in-the-workplace-be-de-stigmatized Should napping in the workplace be de-stigmatized? Nicholas Korody 2015-07-07T16:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T15:47:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2tta6n3ai512pw7.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Napping, and the need to nap, are universal. Abundant research &ndash; at the universities of Loughborough, Pennsylvania, California and many others &ndash; shows the immediate and pronounced benefits of even just 10 or 20 minutes sleep on a tired mind... In short it is rather odd that almost the whole world, and especially the cities where so many people spend their days, have not yet found a way to incorporate napping into the culture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/131272622/lego-to-ditch-oil-based-plastic Lego to ditch oil-based plastic Nicholas Korody 2015-07-07T09:13:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:02:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/py36bwz7mal00jl0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lego's 57-year-old toy empire was built on plastic. But now the giant Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it. By 2030, Lego bricks will no longer be made from ABS, the oil-based plastic in the 60 billion blocks the company makes each year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lego has already spent a good deal of effort trying to minimize its carbon footprint, including investing in wind farms. But the plastic toys themselves account for roughly three-quarters of their footprint.&nbsp;</p><p>Three years ago, the company set a goal&nbsp;to find a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based products by 2030. Now, they're spending 1 billion Danish kroner into a new plant specifically for experimenting with sustainable materials. Lego already utilizes recycled plastic, but because of difficulties with the recycling process, they're turning to bio-based plastic alternatives.</p><p>"We're looking at every opportunity out there that's more sustainable than what we have today,"&nbsp;Roar Trangbaek, press representative for Lego Group,&nbsp;told FastCo.Exist.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131272625/pedro-gadanho-leaves-moma-to-become-first-artistic-director-of-museum-of-art-architecture-and-technology-in-lisbon Pedro Gadanho leaves MoMA to become first artistic director of Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-06T19:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:09:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yq/yqs66oatuu1uajvt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon recently selected architect and writer Pedro Gadanho as its first Artistic Director. Gadanho is leaving his post as a curator&nbsp;in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design, which he's held since 2012 &ndash; a relatively quick departure for such a high-status role. He will&nbsp;start at MAAT in October of this year, working to define the museum's cultural program, which aims to be <a href="http://www.fundacaoedp.pt/folder/noticia/ficheiro/351_English%20Version.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"an exciting contemporary programme at the intersection of art, architecture and technology."</a></p><p>At MoMA, Gadanho worked alongside Senior Curators&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104243719/martino-stierli-named-new-moma-architecture-and-design-curator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martino Stierli</a>&nbsp;(current) and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78465154/justin-davidson-on-moma-s-departing-barry-bergdoll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry Bergdoll</a> (former) as MoMA put out exhibitions like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114577899/architecture-won-t-save-the-world-tactical-urbanisms-at-moma-or-will-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tactical Urbanisms</a>. He is already a respected entity in Portugal, having curated the Portugal Pavilion for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/5493/architects-get-physical-at-the-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2004 Venice Biennale</a>, as well as numerous other local exhibitions. He holds an architecture degree and a PhD in Architecture and Mass Media from the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/10692/universidade-do-porto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto</a> (FAUP), as we...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T17:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T06:44:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4x1m1qpwqagsbeea.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The dust is yet to settle in Greece, as the pronounced &ldquo;No!&rdquo; of yesterday&rsquo;s referendum reverberates across Europe. The vote marked a clear rejection by the Greek people of enforced austerity as the price for staying in the Eurozone. It also signaled continued confidence in Alexis Tsipras and the Syria government, despite hope from the leaders of Europe&rsquo;s surplus economies for a regime change.&nbsp;</p><p>With reports from Athens detailing a grim scene of shuttered ATM&rsquo;s and closed factories, the country&rsquo;s future remains uncertain.&nbsp;</p><p>Many have compared the current situation to the great depression of the 1930&rsquo;s, and it&rsquo;s clear that no economic sector is immune to its ramifications &ndash; let alone architecture, a field markedly tethered to economic undulations. <strong>Archinect</strong> reached out to a couple of its members to get a pulse on what&rsquo;s happening, as well as what it&rsquo;s been like to live under austerity for nearly a decade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1uwm5zoedc9dl5o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q8/q8n1gq2nid1gqzjl.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The future of architecture in Greece if the economic crisis is not handled,&rdquo; wrote C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131169047/editor-s-picks-422 Editor's Picks #422 Nam Henderson 2015-07-06T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T09:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fapmxhyg78ew8wc7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="http://andresjaque.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque (of the Office for Political Innovation</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129810359/as-cosmo-gets-ready-to-warm-up-we-sit-down-with-andr-s-jaque-of-the-office-for-political-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">) about </a><a href="http://momaps1.org/yap/view/19" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COSMO</a>, the winning entry of this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47555/young-architects-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1 </a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120059665/yap-2015-winner-andr-s-jaque-office-to-install-cosmo-at-moma-ps1-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Young Architect&rsquo;s Program</a> competition.&nbsp;Therein he argued "<em>I believe that the architect&rsquo;s role nowadays can also be providing alternatives, and enriching through diversity the collective catalogue of desirable possibilities</em>."</p><p><strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>I don't think this qualifies as architecture, but it's very interesting</em>"&nbsp;to which <strong>Kozumelle</strong> responded "<em>I have seen this in person and it is not architecture in the strictest sense but still a wonderful, fantastic idea. Jaque's ideas are always politically charged and veer into other territories and he does it well</em>."</p><p>Plus, for <strong>Screen/Print #34</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;featured the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130486011/screen-print-34-ktisma-s-lick-your-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KTISMA</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130486011/screen-print-34-ktisma-s-lick-your-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, from the </a><a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/200284/university-of-oregon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oregon&rsquo;s School of Architecture and Allied Arts</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7y6o9y88pr5oip5y.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/386053/guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a> selected <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris-based </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82586027/moreau-kusunoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> as the grand-prize winners</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> likes...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131012683/employers-have-greater-leeway-on-unpaid-internships-court-rules Employers Have Greater Leeway on Unpaid Internships, Court Rules b3tadine[sutures] 2015-07-03T11:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T17:45:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rd/rd9br2hca9hwg5m1.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Employers have considerable leeway to use unpaid interns legally when the work serves an educational purpose...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Writing for a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge John M. Walker Jr. held that the Labor Department&rsquo;s criteria were both out of date and not binding on federal courts.</em></p><p><em>He argued that the proper way to determine workers&rsquo; status was to apply a &ldquo;primary beneficiary test&rdquo; &mdash; a concept proposed by Fox in which the worker can be considered an employee only if the employer benefits more from the relationship than the intern.</em></p><p><em>Judge Walker wrote that he and his fellow judges on the panel &ldquo;agree with defendants that the proper question is whether the intern or the employer is the primary beneficiary of the relationship.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>He further argued that the test should hinge largely on the internship&rsquo;s educational benefits: for example, whether the internship was tied to the intern&rsquo;s formal schooling and whether it occurred in an educational setting.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130797484/surprise-architecture-is-still-among-the-whitest-professions-in-america Surprise! Architecture is still among the whitest professions in America Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T15:12:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T16:04:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/aywg05tqdv3zu7xw.jpg" width="514" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eight out of every 10 lawyers are white. Social scientists and architects are probably in need of some diversity too.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/diversity-jobs-professions-america/396632/?utm_source=SFTwitter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Atlantic</em></a> has put together an informative interactive chart detailing the racial compositions of some of America's least diverse professions. As expected, architecture still ranks high up with 77.7% Whites&nbsp;&mdash; a much discussed phenomenon here on Archinect.</p><p>We want to hear from you: Have you been seeing an increase in diversity in architectural practice and education?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself London is eating itself Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:01:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/meyjlu0oai5ehkif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever. If London is an enormous party, millions of people are on the wrong side of its velvet rope.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore sets a signpost in London's rampant development, checking in on the industries and businesses struggling in the midst of city-wide growth. Moore points out that while things like a bevy of cranes and a thriving multicultural food scene may look like more feathers in London's urban hat, these developments are precipitating big losses for other industries, and if unchecked, would quash the city's personality entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>More on London's recent developmental issues:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p></li></ul><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the piece's author &ndash; it is Rowan Moore, not Rowan Smith.</em></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing Alexander Walter 2015-06-26T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T10:09:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24qnmyo04ppr5ay5.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seen exclusively by the Guardian, the document sheds new light on why so little affordable housing is being built across England; why planning policy consistently fails to be enforced; and why property developers are now enjoying profits that exceed even those of the pre-crash housing bubble.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> crisis is certainly not restricted to the greater London area as many recent headlines on Archinect show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129874643/kevin-daly-s-backyard-bi-h-ome-provides-affordable-housing-for-humans-and-wildlife" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME provides affordable housing for humans and wildlife</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing</a></li></ul>