Archinect - News 2017-03-28T15:45:45-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997049/691-new-homes-in-north-london-given-the-go-ahead-by-sadiq-khan 691 New Homes in North London given the go-ahead by Sadiq Khan Abigail Banfield 2017-03-14T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T11:54:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j3/j3m1ozidjxgvf3qp.jpg" width="636" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Announcing the decisions, Khan said he had fully considered all the evidence available and was &ldquo;confident&rdquo; both high-density developments would deliver hundreds of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. &ldquo;Building the homes Londoners urgently need will mean town centres and suburbs becoming denser, so we expect developers to continue to come up with high-quality designs which don&rsquo;t have a negative impact on their surroundings.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Overruling councillors in two north London Boroughs, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved an Allies and Morrisson scheme in Tottenham Hale and another in Harrow by Moss Architecture; both will be high-density housing developments which together will deliver 691 new homes for Londoners within 30 minutes of central London.</p><p>Khan spoke of the schemes&rsquo; close proximity to transport, and potential to provide affordable homes, as key factors in giving these developments the green-light. He also noted the changes made to these schemes to ensure the protection of &ldquo;our precious Green Belt&rdquo;. This decision comes at a time where overcrowding and unaffordable housing is prevalent in the press and in parliament. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T12:40:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:28:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xn/xnczd30w3ulj8rox.jpg" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's unclear when the furnishing/window and door fitting process takes place, one thing is certain: you can now have the basic components of an entire 400 square foot house printed in about a day from the company Apis Cor. Aside from being speedy, the $10,000 printing process is impressive because the house is printed using only one machine, instead of a multi-component process that requires wall assembly. In this slightly bizarre promotional video (featuring notable speakers including a student, identified only by first name without any kind of school affiliation) the 3D printed houses are envisioned as being great solutions for providing fast relief from natural disasters. Since they're designed to last 175 years, it makes one wonder if these curvy domiciles could become a kind of inadvertent historical marker of previous catastrophes. Check it out:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994955/brooks-scarpa-s-mixed-use-complex-featuring-low-income-housing-to-break-ground Brooks + Scarpa's mixed-use complex featuring low-income housing to break ground Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:39:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T13:39:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hpigcww6038lupgl.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Adding 84,000 square feet of a custom-aluminum-facade-bearing mixed-use structure to a Metro Red Line adjacent corner of North Hollywood, Brooks + Scarpa are continuing their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aesthetically pioneering work in low-income housing</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7b/7b15f6v46m2mihs1.jpg"></p><p>The structure, deemed "NOHO on Camarillo," will defy old-school monolithic notions of affordable housing by carving out volumes on the southern and northern exposures to let light in while simultaneously creating an ample courtyard. The structure will also have a little under 3,000 square feet of retail space for enterprising types.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkz6egedzprvipbi.jpg"></p><p>The five-story, 60-unit building's price tag is quoted at $13.5 million.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993624/how-new-york-city-s-luxury-housing-tax-could-finance-affordable-units How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units Alexander Walter 2017-02-23T19:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America&rsquo;s inner cities, it&rsquo;s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there&rsquo;s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.</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/149993383/harvard-graduate-school-of-design-announces-richard-rogers-fellows Harvard Graduate School of Design announces Richard Rogers Fellows Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-22T16:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T17:07:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pe/peodk4jofzqsyrdh.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard&rsquo;s GSD</a> has announced the 2017 winners of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973352/want-to-live-and-work-in-richard-rogers-wimbledon-house-apply-to-harvard-s-new-richard-rogers-fellowship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers Fellowship</a>, a new residency program to be hosted at the Wimbledon House. The Wimbledon House was designed by acclaimed architect <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3917/richard-rogers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Richard Rogers</a> for his parents in the 60s and generously gifted to Harvard.The landmarked residence will house the fellows with the goal of bringing together experts and practitioners across disciplines who are focused on the built environment and its capacity to advance the quality of human life.&nbsp;</p><p>Central to Rogers' life and career were the questions of urbanism, sustainability and how people use cities. &ldquo;The spirit of the Fellowship&rdquo; said <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/533925/mohsen-mostafavi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mohsen Mostafavi</a>, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at Harvard GSD &ldquo;is intended to carry forward and expand on Richard&rsquo;s deep commitment to cities not as ends in themselves, but as a fundamental means to bettering human life. At the GSD, our work is organized around the urgent issues cities are facing globally, a pedagogical a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984030/how-a-mobile-home-community-created-a-co-op-and-bought-its-own-land How a mobile home community created a co-op and bought its own land Alexander Walter 2016-12-28T13:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-29T15:10:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uk/ukskgi2d7h9i9d6n.jpg" width="650" height="216" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Park Plaza is a mobile home park, or what industry calls a manufactured housing community. Five years ago, the residents banded together, formed a nonprofit co-op and bought their entire neighborhood from the company that owned it. Today, these residents exert democratic control over almost 9 acres of prime suburbs, with 80 manufactured houses sited on them.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There are no precise figures, but the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are more than 8 million manufactured houses across the country. Housing specialists say they're an important source of affordable housing."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983282/colorado-governor-proposes-building-affordable-housing-from-marijuana-tax-revenue-mainly-to-address-issues-from-marijuana-legalization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colorado governor proposes building affordable housing from marijuana tax revenue, mainly to address issues from marijuana legalization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974544/housing-must-be-considered-a-human-right-not-a-commodity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing must be considered a human right, not a commodity</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983411/inside-san-francisco-s-complex-relationship-with-homelessness Inside San Francisco's complex relationship with homelessness Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:14:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pc/pcpr6b2dcfh8151w.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this historically researched and nuanced piece for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/opinion/sunday/the-tent-cities-of-san-francisco.html?_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, Daniel Duane examines the conflicted attitude of San Franciscans--and Californians in general--toward homelessness, immigration, and the problems of housing density. He notes that despite the state's fame for its compassionate liberalism, when it gets right down to it few people want to actually make the changes neccessary to prevent transience, whether that's forking out more cash in the form of sales tax to build shelters, or allowing denser housing developments to help keep up with expanding populations (and the subsequent affordable housing crunch). The article notes that:</p><p><em>There are now tents on sidewalks above which people pay $4,500 a month for one-bedroom apartments. The construction this year of a "Super Bowl City"&nbsp;for football fans in downtown San Francisco in advance of the big game sent even more homeless people looking for new turf. Some formed an immense village of colorful domes between a food-tru...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983282/colorado-governor-proposes-building-affordable-housing-from-marijuana-tax-revenue-mainly-to-address-issues-from-marijuana-legalization Colorado governor proposes building affordable housing from marijuana tax revenue, mainly to address issues from marijuana legalization Justine Testado 2016-12-19T15:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-30T15:22:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a4/a4cdwha0vsrkfk2m.jpg" width="640" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A proposal by Gov. John Hickenlooper to direct marijuana revenue toward building affordable housing and curbing homelessness offers a glimpse into the potential the new revenue can have on public services and projects...To the chagrin of pro-marijuana activists, Hickenlooper believes there is a correlation between homelessness, a need for affordable housing and substance abuse, including impacts from marijuana legalization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gov. Hickenlooper requested $18.3 million&nbsp;($16.3 million from marijuana taxes and $2.0 million from the General Fund) toward affordable housing as part of his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8Bgov-hickenlooper-proposes-fy-2017-18-state-budget" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FY 2017-18 State budget</a> this past November.&nbsp;The Gazette reports that&nbsp;Hickenlooper and his administration &ldquo;are hesitant to acknowledge that cannabis dollars can have a positive impact on expanding state programs&rdquo; and that they are currently &ldquo;adamant that the dollars should be spent only on issues related to marijuana.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head 5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T14:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:22:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t770mlvwlpjxqmqm.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are the likely policy goals of a neurosurgeon appointed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development by a man who can't stop disappointedly tweeting at Alec Baldwin? "There&rsquo;s not a dearth of qualified Republicans for that job, so if you choose somebody with no background in housing, it says something about your priorities,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Julia Gordon, executive vice president of the National Community Stabilization Trust, according to an article in <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/housing-experts-say-ben-carson-HUD-secretary-nomination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>. Various other housing experts, including Barbara Sard and Benjamin Dulchin, voiced concern about the man with no actual federal housing experience, although former HUD official Maurice Jones was cautiously optimistic, saying that "whatever agenda or whatever priority they have, I look forward to learning what that is."&nbsp;The article goes on to note that:&nbsp;</p><p>"a&nbsp;<em>Washington Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/23/ben-carson-obamas-housing-rules-try-to-accomplish-/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>&nbsp;by Ben Carson published in July 2015 indicates that he either does not understand or does not support the AFFH rule [Affirmatively Furthering...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976668/frank-gehry-s-sunset-strip-mixed-user-unanimously-approved-by-l-a-city-council Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-03T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-11-13T14:00:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y2/y2ep92ufvbml8g6c.jpg" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the developer, Townscape Partners, agreed to reduce its tallest tower to 178 feet and add more affordable housing and more parking spaces. It will also provide $2 million to ease traffic congestion. The project will have 229 residential units, including 38 for low-income families. There will be 65,000 square feet of commercial space and a pedestrian plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Gehry's Sunset Strip development was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960952/frank-gehry-s-sunset-strip-mixed-user-approved-by-la-city-planning-commission-with-15-affordable-units" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approved by the L.A. City Planning Commission</a> last August, the plan called for 28 affordable housing units (15% of the total stock)&mdash;a number that some at the Commission meeting were concerned set a "low bar" for a development of its size, stature and density (especially given the city's ongoing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>).</p><p>The City Council's approval came with 10 more affordable housing units&mdash;approximately 17% of the total stock. The entire project includes two residential towers, a shopping center and gardens.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an &ldquo;unusually polished work of civic architecture&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975291/take-a-vr-tour-of-the-new-l-a-federal-courthouse-an-unusually-polished-work-of-civic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an &ldquo;unusually polished work of civic architecture&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975205/airbnb-helps-the-homeless-while-getting-involved-with-l-a-s-city-council" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council</a></li><li><a title="How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974688/how-frank-gehry-was-won-over-to-design-the-watts-children-s-institute-pro-bono" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975205/airbnb-helps-the-homeless-while-getting-involved-with-l-a-s-city-council Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T13:29:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g34nm7ku9mo07brv.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being criticized for helping to displace renters by inadvertently motivating landlords to turn long-term rentals into short-term hotel-like quarters, Airbnb is getting political and donating $100,000 to Los Angeles' Proposition HHH, which would require city officials to raise tax dollars to build 10,000 units of homeless housing. According to an article in the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-airbnb-homeless-housing-20161018-snap-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times:</a></p><p>"The contribution&nbsp;comes as a proposed ordinance&nbsp;to regulate short-term rentals is working its way to the&nbsp;<a title="Los Angeles City Council" href="http://www.latimes.com/topic/politics-government/government/los-angeles-city-council-ORGOVV0000379-topic.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Council</a>. The measure, approved in June by the Los Angeles Planning Commission, would limit short-term&nbsp;rentals to 180 days per year,&nbsp;exclude&nbsp;rent-controlled units and impose a tax on rentals.</p><p>Airbnb welcomes&nbsp;being regulated&nbsp;but is not endorsing all the terms of&nbsp;the proposal as is, said spokesman Christopher Nully."&nbsp;</p><p>Airbnb in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973652/airbnb-adds-a-frank-lloyd-wright-home-the-cooke-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968386/airbnb-offers-landlords-a-cut-of-the-profits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb offers landlords a cut of the profi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:34:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/99/99sv3jgrn6fowww0.jpg" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora [unveiled] their Legacy Foundation &ndash; a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by private investors. The stars (all three of whom have played for West Ham) are coming back to present their first project, worth &pound;400m, to build 1,300 homes on a 22-hectare site in a run-down area in Houghton Regis near Luton.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>For more on housing-related issues in the UK, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965813/almost-half-of-londoners-support-limits-on-building-height" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pl/plfmt6xuq49wvc3c.jpg" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3691/copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uj/ujway5j3sgyzcnlk.jpg"></p><p>According to an article in <a href="https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063804/bjarke-ingelss-next-project-reinventing-student-housing?partner=rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozzf38v52e8rg9gf.jpg"></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966350/los-angeles-gets-dense-housing-development-wise-at-least Los Angeles gets dense (housing-development-wise, at least) Julia Ingalls 2016-09-01T14:14:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:14:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k8as41r12kxf6a9l.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Once known as the city of single family homes, Los Angeles is now developing high-density housing complexes, not only in downtown, but according to this&nbsp;<a href="http://urbanland.uli.org/planning-design/driving-reurbanization-downtown-los-angeles/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Land</a> article, on the traditionally reluctant-to-develop West Side.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pitxysq5lzosx7hj.jpg"></p><p>The developments mark a shift in how Los Angeles conceptualizes living, trending away from its iconoclastic, sprawling roots into a more traditional urbanism. The developments come at a time when Los Angeles is also investing heavily in public transit partially to help alleviate the city's signature traffic congestion.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on new urban development trends in Los Angeles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961116/zoning-in-los-angeles-doesn-t-allow-for-sensible-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoning in Los Angeles "doesn&rsquo;t allow for sensible urban development"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963415/senator-tim-kaine-weighs-in-on-the-future-of-u-s-affordable-housing Senator Tim Kaine weighs in on the future of U.S. affordable housing Justine Testado 2016-08-15T18:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-16T13:58:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/twbo9mhv5zqw60ks.jpg" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Democratic [VP] candidate Senator Tim Kaine drew a bright line on Friday between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on a subject important to pretty much every voter: housing. While Americans say that housing is as important an issue as other priorities, so far the subject hasn&rsquo;t come up much during the campaign. That just changed....His editorial outlines the ways that a Clinton administration would work to make housing fairer and more affordable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A closer look at Sen. Tim Kaine's <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/12/opinions/affordable-housing-election-clinton-kaine/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion editorial</a>, wherein he briefly outlines the Clinton administration's plans on fairer housing laws.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962751/shoring-up-america-s-infrastructure-by-repatriating-money-stashed-overseas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoring up America's infrastructure by repatriating money stashed overseas</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946044/glitz-and-ego-the-architectural-legacy-of-donald-trump-the-developer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Glitz and ego" &ndash; the architectural legacy of Donald Trump, the developer</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961562/san-francisco-rejects-tech-tax-that-would-require-big-companies-to-fund-housing-initiatives San Francisco rejects “tech tax” that would require big companies to fund housing initiatives Justine Testado 2016-08-04T15:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:07:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/03/03k9s0cfxaaph7s4.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They spend $25,000 per employee per year on perks like free beer and pool tables and massages ... That&rsquo;s great, but can they spend $1,000 to help the rest of San Francisco survive?&rdquo; As it turned out, they could not. Representatives of tech organizations reacted fiercely against the tax, saying that it would suppress growth in the industry that has made the city &ndash; parts of it, at least &ndash; wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Widening the gap between San Francisco's wealthy and poor, the&nbsp;budget committee of the city's board of supervisors&nbsp;rejected on Monday the tech tax, which &ldquo;would have imposed a 1.5% payroll levy on technology companies that generate more than $1m in revenues a year, including Uber, Google, Twitter and Airbnb.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T19:52:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:10:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r4/r4hkue6vs0l1oyqi.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just in time for Friday's Rio Olympics, it's time to take a look back at former Olympic villages: specifically, what good are they post-games? In London, the 560 acres of the East End that was transformed into the grounds for the 2012 Olympics have undergone the Olly Wainwright examination in his latest piece for <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/03/london-olympic-legacy-stratford-suburb-on-steroids" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>. As he writes,</p><p><em>That London has a lasting physical inheritance from its two-week &pound;12bn jamboree is indisputable, but what kind of place is the promised Legacy-land turning out to be?&nbsp;So far, it&rsquo;s an odd one. It is somewhere that feels more like an accidental suburban campus than a real piece of London &ndash; a place where the different functions that make up a city have been separated out, each built without much thought given to how they relate.</em></p><p>Good news: there is some affordable housing among the leftovers/adjacent proposed developing properties loosely branded as Olympicopolis, but there could be more (as ever).</p><p>More Olympics news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961137/rio-s-streets-clog-with-traffic-as-visitors-arrive-for-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio's streets clog with traffic as ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing Facebook enters the housing market – and it's probably not a good thing Nicholas Korody 2016-07-26T17:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jef0wki7op0g3mr.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facebook could be your next landlord. In an effort to drum up support for the controversial expansion of its headquarters, the social media giant is trying to give back to the community by building at least 1,500 housing units that can be rented by the general public&mdash;not just Facebook employees [...] Facebook has pledged that 15 percent of the new units it creates will go to low- or middle-income families.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>...Which is great until you realize that 85 percent of the building will probably be ridiculously expensive and probably populated by local tech bros.</em></p><p>For more on Silicon Valley urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap" target="_blank">Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities" target="_blank">What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959956/why-it-just-isn-t-possible-to-build-affordable-housing-in-the-current-u-s-housing-market Why it just isn't possible to build affordable housing in the current U.S. housing market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-26T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-01-03T01:01:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zm/zmwtxdfpp8nmr5rj.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nudge down the design and development fees, pay the construction workers less, drop the interest rate as low as it will go, spend nothing on maintenance, even assume that someone gave the land for free &mdash; and the buildings still aren't feasible. A 50-unit apartment is still millions short. "Even if you try to tweak a lot," Poethig says, "for people of extremely low incomes, there&rsquo;s just going to be this gap to the cost of development and production of housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>A very enlightening (and depressing, but with tentative solutions!) <a href="http://apps.urban.org/features/cost-of-affordable-housing/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interactive</a> from the Urban Institute uses data from Denver, Colorado's housing market to show how building affordable housing just doesn't "pencil out"&mdash;meaning, as Emily Badger puts it for the <em>Washington&nbsp;</em><em>Post</em>, "The costs of building&nbsp;them outstrip&nbsp;what&nbsp;the people who may live in them could afford to pay in rent."</p><p>As Badger explains it, this is mostly due to an imbalance between public and private involvement in the affordable housing system. It isn't profitable for developers to make affordable units, because the tenants just can't pay enough, but public subsidies often can't bridge the gap either. She sums it up:</p><p><em>To the extent that government should step in when the&nbsp;private market&nbsp;can't, affordable housing is a prime example. The larger&nbsp;problem, though, is that we hardly devote the kind of public resources to this market failure&nbsp;that it demands.</em></p><p>Denver was chosen because "It doesn't have a white-hot&nbsp;housing market like...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959843/turning-plastic-trash-into-lego-like-building-materials Turning plastic trash into "LEGO"-like building materials Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-30T00:59:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/23/230ad98c3665373dedb0b1f7b04be878.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [plastic] materials are thoroughly cleaned, before being ground into a rough power, mixed, melted and extruded into a range of shapes &ndash; mostly beams, blocks and pillars &ndash; which lock together to form buildings. Importantly, [Conceptos Pl&aacute;sticos] also trains communities in how to build these structures, giving them ownership over their homes [...] Like LEGO blocks, these interlocking structures don&rsquo;t need adhesive to be strong and sturdy, which makes them a good option for mobile shelters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></li><li><a title="Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68576882/taiwan-tests-recycling-s-limits-with-bus-stops-out-of-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles</a></li><li><a title="Raumlabor&rsquo;s &lsquo;Big Crunch&rsquo; is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11626444/raumlabor-s-big-crunch-is-an-incredible-building-made-from-discarded-materials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raumlabor&rsquo;s &lsquo;Big Crunch&rsquo; is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials</a></li><li><a title="747 Recycled Airplane Wing House Completed in Malibu" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10131653/747-recycled-airplane-wing-house-completed-in-malibu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">747 Recycled Airplane Wing House Completed in Malibu</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958832/what-kind-of-housing-will-shigeru-ban-s-tallest-timber-hybrid-add-to-vancouver What kind of housing will Shigeru Ban's "tallest timber hybrid" add to Vancouver? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-20T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:29:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i1/i1lnnq42wurquppf.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Details are scant, there's only one rendering, and yet according to on-the-nose-named developer PortLiving, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950549/a-video-tour-of-shigeru-ban-s-aspen-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed the world's tallest timber hybrid apartment complex. Called Terrace House, the sloping glass-encased, timber-framed, concrete and steel-cored building will eventually tower over Vancouver's waterfront. No word on whether this apartment complex will be adding affordable units or more luxury condominiums to Vancouver's bracingly expensive <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing market</a>.</p><p>For more on the resurgence of timber as chic building material:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143912781/world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-at-least-for-now-under-construction-in-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s tallest wooden skyscraper (at least for now) under construction in Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958136/cutting-out-the-real-estate-middle-man-a-closer-look-at-self-builds Cutting out the (real estate) middle man: a closer look at Self-Builds Alexander Walter 2016-07-15T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T05:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c3/c35318ba8fd0ce3fabd59f33809ac0f8.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s not a new argument to say that cities are increasingly morphing from social configurations to investment vehicles. [...] &ldquo;Self-builds&rdquo;, &ldquo;Baugruppen&rdquo;, and &ldquo;zelfbouw&rdquo; are just a few ways to define variations of building-it-yourself (BIY), whether done individually or as a collective. The end users (who are the commissioners), together with architects, decide on the design of their homes, and then take care of the construction themselves or have contractors do it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956435/it-s-the-culture-stupid-curatorial-statement-for-the-international-architecture-biennale-rotterdam-from-executive-director-george-brugmans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the Culture, Stupid: curatorial statement for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, from executive director George Brugmans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957948/reinhold-martin-hosts-contentious-house-housing-panel-provoking-discussion-on-inequality-real-estate-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinhold Martin hosts contentious 'House Housing' panel, provoking discussion on inequality, real estate and architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951467/halfway-there-the-limits-to-aravena-s-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Halfway there? The limits to Aravena's social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955774/overcrowding-on-london-s-canals Overcrowding on London's canals Ellen Hancock 2016-07-04T11:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T12:46:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e1/e15522085c37aec7f24f7f4b6e7e9c70.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m no longer a boater, and when I took a walk around the canal recently, I discovered that London&rsquo;s canals have hundreds more boats than before, many in temporary moorings &ndash; constant cruisers that have to move every two weeks. Twenty years ago, you could walk from Little Venice to the Sainsbury&rsquo;s at Kensal Green and barely see a moored boat. Now, they are two abreast almost the entire way, on both sides of the canal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find out more about how the housing crisis is affecting London:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149952296/how-elevators-could-fix-the-affordable-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How elevators could fix the affordable housing crisis</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951735/london-revives-co-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London revives co-housing</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953091/los-angeles-sues-property-owner-who-allegedly-evicted-tenants-for-airbnb-flip Los Angeles sues property owner who allegedly evicted tenants for Airbnb flip Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-21T17:31:00-04:00 >2016-06-21T21:06:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p1/p14715ch07c5zega.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City attorney Mike Feuer has filed criminal charges against Carol Jean Alsman, a local property owner, for allegedly forcing out tenants in rent-controlled units and then listing the units for rent on Airbnb. [...] [Feuer&rsquo;s] office has lodged civil complaints against three other Los Angeles property owners for allegedly using their buildings as illegal hotels [...] &ldquo;In a city with a profound shortage of affordable housing, unlawfully converting rental units to operate hotels has got to stop&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="After allegations of racial discrimination and #AirbnbWhileBlack fallout, Airbnb looks inward" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949227/after-allegations-of-racial-discrimination-and-airbnbwhileblack-fallout-airbnb-looks-inward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After allegations of racial discrimination and #AirbnbWhileBlack fallout, Airbnb looks inward</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb invests in a blockchain future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940504/airbnb-invests-in-a-blockchain-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb invests in a blockchain future</a></li><li><a title='Airbnb intentionally misconstrued data to "garner good press", according to new report' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148424326/airbnb-intentionally-misconstrued-data-to-garner-good-press-according-to-new-report" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb intentionally misconstrued data to "garner good press", according to new report</a></li><li><a title="Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134651275/barcelona-plans-shakedown-scheme-against-unlicensed-airbnb-apartments-to-curb-tourism-boom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135130016/airbnb-to-collect-taxes-in-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952296/how-elevators-could-fix-the-affordable-housing-crisis How elevators could fix the affordable housing crisis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-17T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T08:57:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7ea5ida7mwbgxt6r.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elevators are [the] transportation breakthrough that made steel frame construction genuinely useful... tall apartment buildings make it possible for there to be plenty of housing for everyone even where land is scarce. If elevators were more widely used, they could unleash not just a boom of new construction in America's most expensive areas but an important secondary boom of higher wages for workers at all skill levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="World's tallest elevator tower is going up" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944852/world-s-tallest-elevator-tower-is-going-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's tallest elevator tower is going up</a></li><li><a title="Wilshire Grand Tower, the West Coast's tallest building, structurally tops out in LA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934077/wilshire-grand-tower-the-west-coast-s-tallest-building-structurally-tops-out-in-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower, the West Coast's tallest building, structurally tops out in LA</a></li><li><a title="Michael Maltzan's One Santa Fe tries to make density appealing in Los Angeles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111184419/michael-maltzan-s-one-santa-fe-tries-to-make-density-appealing-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan's One Santa Fe tries to make density appealing in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="Tokyo Takes New York: Astounding Housing Facts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100125462/tokyo-takes-new-york-astounding-housing-facts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Takes New York: Astounding Housing Facts</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner To live in London you can't be a Londoner Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T01:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T13:03:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vpr44knaiqd21nw9.jpg" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost two-thirds of homes in the Tower, a 50-storey apartment complex in London, are in foreign ownership, with a quarter held through secretive offshore companies based in tax havens, a Guardian investigation has revealed. The first residents of the landmark development arrived in October 2013, but many of the homes are barely occupied, with some residents saying they only use them for a fraction of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of wealth&nbsp;that turns a home into a status symbol&mdash;and an underused status symbol at that, with occupancy rates of only a few weeks a year&mdash;is not easing London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>. As the city's housing rates push actual citizens to decamp to cheaper suburbs or simply leave the area altogether, London can look forward to being transformed into an empty stage set of a once thriving metropolis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gg/ggzi7y7ajsaa9o4m.jpg"></p><p>For a fuller perspective on London's housing problems:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98551137/london-s-skyline-needs-more-tower-blocks-not-more-luxury-flats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136811349/100-renderings-of-ideas-to-solve-london-s-housing-crisis-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947505/london-fails-to-achieve-any-targets-for-affordable-housing London fails to achieve any targets for affordable housing Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T17:59:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x2/x29xrkqjwmqgw4iz.jpg" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Private property developers are outmanoeuvring councils in housing negotiations and routinely delivering fewer affordable homes than town halls want, an industry analysis has revealed. Amid growing anger at the sale to foreign buyers of almost two-thirds of London&rsquo;s tallest residential skyscraper, which includes no affordable housing, it has emerged that not one London borough which set targets met them in the last six years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the increasingly dire state of housing in London, take a look at some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947217/austin-considering-mandating-affordable-housing-units-in-some-areas Austin considering mandating affordable housing units in some areas Nicholas Korody 2016-05-24T20:06:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T01:14:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9v/9vvnrgq380bg9ey8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A City Council committee could take the first steps Tuesday toward mandating that developers include affordable units in new housing complexes to be built in several East Austin neighborhoods. The proposal by Council Member Greg Casar, who chairs the council&rsquo;s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee, comes as soaring rents have pushed poorer and minority residents out of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The plan would mark a significant shift in direction from the current, incentive-based approach that allows developers to build larger buildings in exchange for including affordable housing units. As it stands now, developers can also pay a fee to the city's housing fund in order to build bigger buildings.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning" target="_blank">New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class" target="_blank">The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li></ul>