Archinect - News 2014-04-23T09:09:53-04:00 Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T13:37:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Real Affordability for All Coalition &mdash; made up of 50 tenant advocate and labor union groups &mdash; is accusing Airbnb of &ldquo;throwing gasoline on a fire&rdquo; by contributing to a growing affordable housing crisis. &ldquo;After years of operating an illegal enterprise in New York, your company is now apparently interested in paying your fair share of taxes and announcing that development as though you are some kind of charitable organization bestowing your riches on our city [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Infamous Chicago public housing project faces redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-07T15:01:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:36:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Little remains of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, a mid-century public housing complex once home to as many as 15,000 people. The poorly maintained high rises, rife with gang violence, were eventually demolished (the final one came down in 2011). [...] The Chicago Housing Authority hopes to see it all redeveloped soon. [...] CHA says half the new residential units to be market rate, another 30 percent public housing, and the remaining 20 percent affordable housing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Gehry unveils plans for his first buildings in England Alexander Walter 2014-04-07T14:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T20:27:13-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With titanium facades swinging like jiving skirts and windows staggered like towers of toppling coins, the chaotic energy of the latest apartment designs for Battersea power station can only mean one thing: Frank Gehry is in town. As the 85-year-old visionary architect behind the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao outlined plans for 700 apartments in London &ndash; his first English buildings &ndash; he walked straight into a raging debate about the capital's affordable housing crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> The Dollar General store of housing Nam Henderson 2014-04-07T11:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:41:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With around 10,000 lots scattered mostly across the Midwest and the Central Plains, Rolfe and Reynolds are about equivalent in size to a public-housing agency in a midsize city &mdash; and in an important way, they play the same role. Those living in public housing are generally required to pay up to 30 percent of their household income as their share of the rent. Rolfe and Reynolds&rsquo;s tenants pay on average closer to 20 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Southern California&nbsp;Gary Rivlin attends&nbsp;Mobile Home University and profiles it's founder&nbsp;Frank Rolfe.</p> The Many Lives of NYC’s Historic Prince George Hotel, Now Affordable Housing for the Homeless Archinect 2014-03-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with the Preservation League of New York State and New York Landmarks Conservancy, along with $39 million of private, state, and federal funds, Common Ground and Beyer Blinder Belle (the architects behind the Grand Central Station renovations) were able to successfully convert the decrepit building back into a livable residence with 416 single occupancy apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal Alexander Walter 2014-02-13T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T11:18:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To make housing affordable again, we need to catch up to decades-worth of unmet demand, over the next few years. In many cities, this means goals measured in the tens of thousands of new homes; in the fastest-growing cities, it means hundreds of thousands. Build enough housing and (economists and experience both tell us) prices should at least stabilise. Want social justice? Build a lot more housing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Peabody housing competition shortlist shares future ideas of affordable housing Justine Testado 2014-01-17T14:58:00-05:00 >2014-01-21T19:27:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the help of young UK architects, London housing association Peabody is already looking to the future of social housing with their "Small Projects Panel" competition launched this past November. Peabody recently announced 20 shortlisted proposals that have advanced to the last stage. Each team will be interviewed before the jury picks 6-8 firms by the end of January. The winning firms will help Peabody develop new housing schemes that have a maximum of 20 homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Check out some of the shortlisted projects.<br><br> Project author: Coffey Architects<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Octopi<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Stephen Taylor Architects<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Allsop Gollings Architects<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Sam Causer and Geraldine Dening<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Project author: Paul Archer Design<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> See more of the shortlist and other competition details at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br><em>Images courtesy Peabody Short Projects Panel competition.</em></p> Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness? Alexander Walter 2013-12-27T14:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:22:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, the city of Phoenix made a startling announcement. The Arizona capital had previously identified 222 chronically homeless veterans living in the city, more than half of them veterans of the Vietnam War. [...] Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week that every last one of them now had a roof overhead. The city has effectively ended chronic veteran homelessness, according to the mayor [...]. Phoenix did this &ndash; prioritizing housing first, then wrapping other services around it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> H Architecture’s winning proposal for the Sejong Public Housing Development Justine Testado 2013-12-16T18:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-01T22:01:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York-based H Architecture sent us their winning proposal for the Sejong 2-2 M2 Block Public Housing Development competition. In celebrating its 50-year apartment building history, the Korea Land and Housing Corporation opened a call for ideas for its new 77,000m2 housing development in Sejong City, South Korea.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H Architecture</a>'s proposal -- done in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a> -- revolves around an open, versatile "not-to-define" concept as a response to the typical rigid approach of public housing design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> David Adjaye's Sugar Hill Building sparks controversy Archinect 2013-12-04T14:47:00-05:00 >2013-12-24T08:35:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It looks like a prison to be honest with you," said Lynda Johnson, an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and editor and founder of who has owned a townhouse on St. Nicholas Place for 20 years and is a member of the Hamilton Heights Homeowners Association. Some feel the design does not fit into the context of the nearby Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill Historic District, which is filled with Beaux Arts and Queen Anne-style 19th-century row houses.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" opens LEED-platinum housing complex in Kansas City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-11T15:50:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:55:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, an organization that helps communities rebuild after environmental or economic disasters, opened its most recent project in Kansas City, Missouri this past Saturday. The project focused on the abandoned and badly damaged Bancroft School plot, renovating the school building into LEED Platinum apartments, and constructing new homes on the grounds (designed by local <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BNIM Architects</a>). The community complex also includes an auditorium, gym, computer lab and public gardens.</p> <p> Originally founded by Brad Pitt in response to the alarmingly slow rate of reconstruction in post-Katrina New Orleans, Make It Right uses urban acupuncture tactics to help damaged cities recuperate. According to Director of Innovation Tim Duggan, projects like the Bancroft School can help "[transform] the focal point in a blighted neighborhood into a catalyst for redevelopment.&nbsp;And we believe this can be a model for communities around the country".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Since its founding in 2007, Make It Right ha...</p> The Aluminaire House looks to Sunnyside Gardens as its possible new home Justine Testado 2013-07-25T18:31:00-04:00 >2013-07-26T13:04:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey built the Aluminaire House in 1931 for an exhibition in New York City mostly out of mass-produced building materials donated by manufacturers. The project became recognized as an exemplary prototype of modern building forms and techniques at the time, while also introducing the idea of mass production and affordable home building in highly populated neighborhoods, a pressing issue that remains today. Over time, the Aluminaire House has been bought, relocated, redesigned, faced past threats of demolition, and even vandalized.<br><br> As explained in the press release below, the non-profit Aluminaire House Foundation, which was established to preserve the House, is currently aiming to relocate the structure to Sunnyside Gardens in Queens where it will be reconstructed to its original purpose for the first time since it was built.</p> <p> <em>The following article was submitted to us by Michel Schwarting...</em><br><br><strong>Aluminaire&nbsp; house&nbsp; foundation,&nbsp; inc.<br> 150-3&nbsp; east main street&nbsp; ...</strong></p> JAJA & ONV Architects Win Copenhagen Affordable Housing Competition Alexander Walter 2013-06-25T20:25:00-04:00 >2013-06-26T12:33:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish firms JAJA Architects and ONV Architects, in collaboration with Bascon and Scandi Byg, have won the fourth delivery of the affordable housing concept AlmenBolig+. The order comprises 300-400 housing units on sites in the greater Copenhagen area.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Results of Denver’s Micro Housing Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2013-05-31T19:42:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T14:11:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Denver Architectural League recently announced the winners of their Micro Housing Ideas Competition as well as seven formal recognitions. Inspired by a concern about the lack of innovation in Denver's existing multi-family housing market where many banal apartment, townhome and condo complexes continue to be built, this competition offered designers an opportunity to engage in reinventing the notion of "responsible affordable housing" with an emphasis on regenerative design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Flatpack homes offer Dutch first-time buyers chance to get on housing ladder Archinect 2013-05-13T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:26:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Choosing your dream home has become as simple as picking furniture from the Ikea catalogue for residents of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where a neighbourhood of affordable architect-designed kit houses has just been launched. Aimed at first-time buyers, the city's "I build affordable in Nijmegen" initiative has paired 20 architects with building companies to produce about 30 designs &ndash; from detached timber cabins to redbrick terraced houses &ndash; with a construction cost of as little as &euro;115,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p> From 8A Architecten, the archtiects, "8A designed houses for first time buyers for the IbbN-program in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. &lsquo;IbbN&rsquo; stands for &lsquo;Ik bouw betaalbaar in Nijmegen&rsquo;, translated in English as &lsquo;I build affordable in Nijmegen&rsquo;. This is a special program for first time buyers on the housing market who like to build their own house. With this program everyone with an income between &euro; 30.000,- and &euro; 47.000,- a year, gets a chance to build their own house."</p> <p> More information about the project can be seen here, at it's dedicated website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Garages to provide 'pop-up' housing for homeless people Archinect 2012-11-12T12:04:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T15:34:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pop-up HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) is a proposal to convert disused lock-up garages in London's Hackney into temporary accommodation for homeless people. Conceived by Levitt Bernstein Architects for the Building Trust's Home competition, the scheme would allow an 11.5sq m bedsit to be created within a disused garage for around &pound;13,000.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Brazilian woman sell virginity for $780,000; claims to donate 90% to build homes Archinect 2012-10-25T11:45:00-04:00 >2012-10-26T14:05:06-04:00 <img src="" width="260" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although Migliorini, a physical education student, has claimed to media that she planned to donate as much as 90 percent of the auction price to charities that will build homes in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, even auction organizer Justin Sisely, who devised the plan for a proposed documentary, was skeptical.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Community Board Spikes Durst’s BIG Pyramid Over Lack of Permanent Affordable Housing, Parking Problems Archinect 2012-09-12T14:16:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T20:09:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Their singular issue is affordable housing, of which there will be some 150-units. The sticking point is that those apartments will only be reserved for low-income tenants for 35 years. The board wants permanent affordability, instead. &ldquo;As a community board, we are supposed to do the best we can to preserve and maintain our communities and keep them going,&rdquo; Mr. Nolan said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SEEDocs launches with Owe’neh Bupingeh pueblo project Quilian Riano 2012-05-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-18T20:00:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SEEDocs launches with the story of the restoration and revitalization of the Owe&rsquo;neh Bupingeh pueblo in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Team:&nbsp; Atkins Olshin Schade Architects, The Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority</p> <p> Location: Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico</p> <p> Issues Addressed:&nbsp; Cultural Heritage, Historic Preservation, Education, Affordable Housing, Job Training, Community Building, Local Identity</p> <p> Project Description:&nbsp; Re-creating a more vital Pueblo center and reinvigorating cultural heritage traditions through the rehabilitation of the historic Pueblo core was this project&rsquo;s focus. The pueblo core is the spiritual, social and cultural center of the Pueblo.&nbsp; Community members were trained in traditional building techniques and played a key role in rebuilding the houses and community spaces. The project also re-appropriated preservation practices and treatment of the Pueblos&rsquo; cultural resources from federal guidelines to what is suitable for Ohkay Owingeh.</p> Using all available means as appropriate? Nam Henderson 2012-04-05T16:36:00-04:00 >2012-04-06T13:28:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This is a major win not just for the county but for the nation,&rdquo; Mr. Astorino, a Republican (ed. and Westchester County executive), said at a news conference. &ldquo;We took a very principled stand against an unwarranted invasion by HUD and the federal government, and the county won.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Peter Applebome examines the news, that&nbsp;Westchester is ahead of schedule in building the 750 affordable homes, required under the terms of a far-reaching affordable housing agreement reached in 2009, with HUD and other federal officials. Currently, 206 units have been approved and of those 196 of have financing in place.</p>