Archinect - News 2016-05-25T18:46:01-04:00 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/514x/x2/x29xrkqjwmqgw4iz.jpg" width="514" height="349" 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 >2016-05-24T20:07:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vvnrgq380bg9ey8.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs What these “pre-rent control” stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs Justine Testado 2016-05-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OK, so this would mean the way to make San Francisco as affordable as (say) Portland would be to either cut everybody&rsquo;s salary in half, or fire half of them, or allow the city&rsquo;s population to rapidly grow about 50 percent, to about 1.2 million, while the number of housing units increased even faster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In discussing San Francisco's rising housing costs over the years, journalist Michael Andersen re-emphasizes some points in&nbsp;<a href="https://experimental-geography.blogspot.com/2016/05/employment-construction-and-cost-of-san.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent blogpost</a>&nbsp;by a man named Eric Fischer, who took his own approach in analyzing the city's housing prices before 1979, when SF's rent-control rates began being recorded. While Fischer's method may not be perfect, Andersen argues that the findings could shed new light on San Francisco's housing market.</p><p>More on Archinect:</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><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945389/what-it-s-like-living-here-shawn-selway-in-hamilton-ontario What It's Like Living Here — Shawn Selway in Hamilton, Ontario Gary Garvin 2016-05-15T16:39:00-04:00 >2016-05-16T10:11:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ai7cqxivzrbln92.jpg" width="480" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We inhabit a lampoon of capitalism. Marx would certainly get a laugh out of the view: the mountain of capital left to rust unused, and just beyond, a second mountain, still alive with fire and action and thriving alongside the corpse of its former rival.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Canadian writer Shawn Selway provides an intimate and critical view of the urbanization&mdash;and subsequent decline&mdash;of Hamilton, Ontario. The issues he raises can be found around the globe. Hamilton is one more piece in the puzzle we're all trying to live in&mdash;and solve.</p><p>Another quotation from the piece:</p><p><em>Consultants overran the joint. Their maps reconfigure the territory and their perspectives are disturbing in a surprisingly intimate way. Attending public meetings at the rail station turned banquet hall, or at the neighbourhood recreation centre, you are made uneasy by the scale of what is proposed. Your understanding of &ldquo;market forces&rdquo; deepens when the invisible hand is pressed to your own back, steering you firmly toward the door.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:42:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8m27ngr1qki2pv9l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;How can you morally and ethically justify in your own mind working on a project that would take people accustomed to living on the ground, of having their gardens, chickens, and their little animals in their yards, having space around them, having flowers, to live in these twenty-four thirteen-story-high buildings?&rdquo; The architecture critic asks the architect &ndash; modeled after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/19722/richard-neutra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> &ndash; in a play by the artist Karina Nimmerfall, part of her installation with Morgan Fisher at the Garage Top at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/123300660/ghosts-of-schindler-s-past-haunt-renee-green-s-mak-center-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the MAK Center</a> in Los Angeles.</p><p>Entitled <em>Past Future Housing, </em>the exhibit comprises a painting by Fisher paired with a bare-if-not-quite-minimalist installation by Nimmerfall that includes a video and the play,&nbsp;printed out and stapled. An accompanying exhibit text clarifies the intention of the work as a meditation on historical, optimistic visions for public housing in the city, with some look towards the &ldquo;future&rdquo; implied if not readily evident.</p><p>More specifically, the show revolves around tw...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943280/dattner-designed-bronx-high-rise-will-be-new-york-city-s-largest-residential-passive-house Dattner-designed Bronx high-rise will be New York City's largest residential Passive House Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T09:38:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkdpd47wqlh6l2fy.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In addition to housing for low- and moderate-income households, the mixed-use and mixed-income development will include a supermarket with healthy food options, a charter school, a medical facility, cultural and community spaces, a social services facility, and a rehabilitated playground that is currently closed. [...] The 24-story building is expected to be the largest residential Passive House built in New York City and use 70% less energy than conventional buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124374509/the-bronx-s-once-celebrated-lambert-houses-face-an-unclear-fate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bronx&rsquo;s once celebrated Lambert Houses face an unclear fate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941745/as-housing-crisis-persists-l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-get-one-step-closer-to-legal As housing crisis persists, L.A.'s "bootlegged apartments" get one step closer to legal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T12:58:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lzhht0qlccq0de.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Under the new law, the city would be able to relax some of the rules that often stop such [bootlegged] apartments from being legalized, allowing more density and loosening parking requirements. In return, landlords who seek to legalize bootlegged units will have to provide some affordable apartments at those buildings &mdash; and guarantee that they remain affordable for at least 55 years, under a legal covenant documented with the county recorder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></li><li><a title="Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a title="California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare" 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 title="L.A.'s &quot;bootlegged&quot; apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129640690/l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-might-receive-amnesty-from-city-under-new-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s "bootlegged" apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-08T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T02:00:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/738144516441a21b531449ee90af71c1.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>when media outlets report cost of materials as being some $13,000, I want to know what was donated in terms of materials, too. Were permit fees waived? There are many times when you need a licensed architect or engineer for certain permits, and that&rsquo;s not likely in these totals. It is completely fine to get around having to do that stuff, but it&rsquo;s not truthful to report the results without the real numbers as a part of the story. These kinds of things get shared around...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li><li><a title="Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing</a></li><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="Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare" 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 title="&quot;We've got enough millionaires&quot;: George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land" 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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing Julia Ingalls 2016-02-25T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:09:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/foplnscbxyqqoeh9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people living on freeway overpasses in South Los Angeles. Three of the gaily painted wooden houses, which come with solar-powered lights and American flags, were confiscated earlier this month and seven more are planned for impound Thursday, a Bureau of Sanitation spokeswoman said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does providing homes for the homeless solve the problem? Studies would indicate that it does, based on our coverage of the development of programs across the globe to help provide permanent, individualized shelter for the homeless, including those in Utah, Seattle, and London.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58x89us6bezn8fok.jpg"></p><p>Here's a sampling:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless&nbsp;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148893992/oregon-housing-design-curriculum-wins-national-award Oregon housing design curriculum wins national award martig 2016-02-24T15:08:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T00:13:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r39h9e7usbd89o2z.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The combination of the course offerings on a regular basis in subject-area courses, housing studios, design-build, as well as programs for both students and the primary faculty involved&mdash;that we feel is unique,&rdquo; says UO architecture professor Michael Fifield.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The University of Oregon Department of Architecture was recognized in January as among the finest in the country for its housing design education.</p><p>UO architecture faculty members Michael Fifield, Peter Keyes, and Rob Thallon, who spearhead the UO Housing Specialization Program, received the &ldquo;Housing Design Education Award-Excellence in Housing Education Course or Activity.&rdquo; The accolade is given jointly by Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architecture (AIA).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jkj5ny50hr1d6b95.jpg"></p><p>The three professors oversee a variety of subject-specific courses. Thallon teaches Design Build and Residential Building Construction courses, including <a href="http://oregonbilds.uoregon.edu/build/tech-build-winter-2016/?blogsub=subscribed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oregon BILDS (Building Integrated Livable Designs Sustainably</a>); Keyes instructs a thesis studio and a Housing Design course; and Fifield, the program&rsquo;s director, teaches housing design studios and subject-area courses including Housing Prototypes, Community Design, and Minimal Dwelling.</p><p>&ldquo;Very few other&mdash;if any&mdash;housing programs a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147293715/australian-architects-mourn-the-loss-of-paul-pholeros-renowned-housing-equality-advocate-for-aboriginal-communities Australian architects mourn the loss of Paul Pholeros, renowned housing equality advocate for Aboriginal communities Justine Testado 2016-02-03T21:05:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T21:06:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pf/pfmun4o194sbknj0.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Healthabitat, the non-profit Paul Pholeros co-founded,] developed a model called Housing for Health...working with Aboriginal communities, conducting a survey of all housing and completing urgent repairs using mainly local Indigenous contractors, and adding whatever upgrades or repairs they can afford until the money runs out. The organisation has improved more than 8,000 houses &ndash; a third of Australia&rsquo;s Indigenous-controlled housing stock &ndash; and with them the lives of 55,000 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137280876/new-study-suggests-aboriginal-collective-memory-reaches-back-more-than-7-000-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New study suggests Aboriginal collective memory reaches back more than 7,000 years</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147267936/mindscraper-high-rise-educational-facility-renderings-in-sydney-unveiled-by-grimshaw-bvn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mindscraper: high-rise educational facility renderings in Sydney unveiled by Grimshaw &amp; BVN</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109814027/an-illustrated-history-of-canberra-the-australian-capital-designed-by-american-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An illustrated history of Canberra, the Australian capital designed by American architects</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123301464/peter-stutchbury-receives-2015-gold-medal-in-australia-achievement-in-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Stutchbury receives 2015 Gold Medal in Australia Achievement in Architecture Awards</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC Alexander Walter 2016-01-26T17:28:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:02:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d614d3067fcce7406e9c9b417704aa9a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City once set the standard for subsidized housing. The city started out building and maintaining tens of thousands of apartments for working families, sponsoring job training and social programs. It ran a budget surplus. [...] Now the Village is like a gated playground for runaway wealth. Subsidized apartments all across town are converting to market-rate rentals and condos faster than City Hall can build affordable units or preserve old ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141813298/my-micro-nyc-apartment-complex-is-officially-renting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing Justine Testado 2016-01-05T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T11:35:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5yavohz6hjg2lk6p.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What went wrong in Winnipeg was not just about architecture, and 5468796 were stuck trying to make the best of a bad situation. The pulling out of government support to make Centre Village an actual co-operative changed the [project's direction]...'It&rsquo;s time to get the peanut butter off our fingers,' said Ross McGowan, former chief executive and president of CentreVenture...He admits that a failure to understand the needs of the community took a considerable toll on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite good intentions to help families in need, perhaps the worst nightmare an architect can face when designing affordable housing is realizing that the project &mdash; which would of course already be fully built &mdash; doesn't meet the actual demands of the community, and then some. That's basically what happened to the <a href="http://archinect.com/5468796" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 architecture</a>-designed&nbsp;Centre Village project in Winnipeg.</p><p>More about affordable housing on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139400639/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-tatiana-bilbao-s-solution-to-mexico-s-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137956953/up-to-50-of-all-renting-london-households-are-living-in-poverty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141813298/my-micro-nyc-apartment-complex-is-officially-renting My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting DianePham 2015-11-24T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:53:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlfn4mcbqpcmdfa5.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carmel Place (formerly known as My Micro NY), the city&rsquo;s much-talked-about first micro apartment complex, began accepting applications for its affordable studios back in September. And now, a press release from developer Monadnock has announced that listings for 12 of the market-rate units will go live today in anticipation of the February opening date. Along with the launch comes news of Ollie, &ldquo;an innovative housing model that delivers an all-inclusive living experience.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>There will be 55 micro studios; 22 of which will be affordable and priced at $950&nbsp;and $1,500, while the rest are going for $2,540 a month. Mind you, units average only <strong>300 square feet</strong>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-23T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T13:56:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/204q9y9v9x56y15a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>good architecture can survive budgetary rigors &mdash; at Hunters Point South, for instance, where a pair of hulking towers designed by SHoP and Ismael Levya Architects expresses de Blasio&rsquo;s urgency even though it&rsquo;s a holdover from the era of the allegedly Nero-like Michael Bloomberg. [...] SHoP&rsquo;s new towers are not world-beating architecture, but they&rsquo;re more than good enough to plug into an evolving network of ferries, parks, schools, shops, all of which foster more investment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on affordable housing in New York:</p><ul><li><a title="New York's &quot;poor doors&quot; are no more" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's "poor doors" are no more</a></li><li><a title="NYC's public-housing woes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li><li><a title="The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116117898/the-chinese-government-is-building-affordable-housing-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a title="Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108102546/architecture-vs-housing-the-case-of-sugar-hill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-14T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:39:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bo11uwc7nusyx123.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late in the day on Friday [Governor Jerry Brown] signed Assembly Bill 744, which allows affordable housing developers to build less parking than many local zoning regulations currently permit. The bill is a victory for affordable housing advocates, who have been saying for a number of years that the burden of building more parking than tenants use has made affordable housing too expensive to build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the politics of parking:</p><ul><li><a title="Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124665842/los-angeles-has-created-the-perfect-parking-sign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign</a></li><li><a title="Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114425387/flexible-parking-structures-as-civic-catalysts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts</a></li><li><a title="Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109112054/trading-parking-lots-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a title="Buy Condo, Then Add Parking Spot for $1 Million" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108619725/buy-condo-then-add-parking-spot-for-1-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy Condo, Then Add Parking Spot for $1 Million</a></li><li><p><a title='"Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80516778/graphing-parking-charts-out-of-whack-u-s-minimum-parking-regulations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:07:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fz/fzlvdwh4g2zm0mgf.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods across the west side of San Francisco could see thousands of new housing units under a measure Mayor Ed Lee is proposing that would allow builders to exceed current height restrictions in exchange for including more affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mayor's proposal would allow builders to add two stories of additional height to the current building height restrictions to help the notoriously expensive metropolis of San Francisco become more affordable to middle-class denizens (unlike federal or state sponsored initiatives, which target low-income groups). To exceed the height restrictions, thirty percent of the new development's units would have to be affordable; for those projects that are fully comprised of affordable units, developers would be able to add a third story.&nbsp;In San Francisco, middle-class is defined as "families making between 120 and 140 percent of area median income, which is $122,000 to $142,000 for a family of four."&nbsp;</p><p>For more on San Francisco's housing crisis, do check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p>&bull; <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></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84856435/markasaurus-does-the-math-on-sf-housing-prices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Markasaurus does the math on SF housing prices</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million Alexander Walter 2015-09-22T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T13:48:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bkupwa9flxo3jvi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles elected leaders announced Tuesday that they will declare a &ldquo;state of emergency&rdquo; on the growing homelessness problem in the city and commit $100 million toward housing and other services for homeless people. [...] "If we want to be a great city that hosts the Olympics and shows itself off to the world,&rdquo; Cedillo said, &ldquo;we shouldn't have 25,000 to 50,000 people sleeping on the streets.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108635812/los-angeles-funds-213m-policy-to-end-chronic-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135731795/requirements-for-affordable-housing-in-chicago-under-attack-from-developers Requirements for affordable housing in Chicago under attack from developers Nicholas Korody 2015-09-02T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-05T18:59:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j05gylrjnywcq1sl.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Chicago prepares to enter a new era of ramped-up affordable-housing development, a key question is whether private developers will go along with the city&rsquo;s new guidances. A lawsuit filed... last Thursday shows signs of possible peril for the city&rsquo;s low-income housing agenda. At the heart of the lawsuit is the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), which is part of Chicago&rsquo;s five-year &ldquo;Bouncing Back&rdquo; plan for increasing affordable housing. [...]</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/134283671/a-little-reminder-that-u-s-rent-affordability-is-at-its-worst-according-to-zillow A little reminder that U.S. rent affordability is at its worst, according to Zillow Justine Testado 2015-08-14T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:20:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z630gew6dexgdkug.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Americans living in rentals spent almost a third of their incomes on housing in the second quarter, the highest share in recent history. Rental affordability has steadily worsened, according to a new report from Zillow, which tracked data going back to 1979...While mortgages remain relatively affordable, landlords have been able to increase rents because demand for apartments remains strong. The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest level in almost five decades in the second quarter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><a title="500 Square Feet and Falling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></li><li><a title='Play "Inside the rent", and become a virtual developer in NYC' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171835/play-inside-the-rent-and-become-a-virtual-developer-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Inside the rent", and become a virtual developer in NYC</a></li><li><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127179161/monterey-park-city-council-adopts-tougher-penalties-for-landlords-of-illegal-boarding-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></li><li><a title="L.A.'s &quot;bootlegged&quot; apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129640690/l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-might-receive-amnesty-from-city-under-new-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s "bootlegged" apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133907266/editor-s-picks-426 Editor's Picks #426 Nam Henderson 2015-08-10T09:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:12:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wv8f29tphdkkk8y.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133034307/work-on-work-exhibition-turns-public-space-into-office-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work on Work</a>" the current exhibition at Los Angeles&rsquo; Architecture + Design Museum, co-organized by Gensler and UCLA&rsquo;s cityLAB.&nbsp;</p><p>Therein she writes "<em>This feeling of being at an un-airconditioned business conference is not helped by the next section of the exhibit, in which the banners stop talking about history and start getting real about Gensler and cityLAB's speculation on the future of the work environment...the privileged and oversimplified overtones of the exhibit, paired with its refusal to envision a more distinguished balance between productivity and (unstructured, unmonitored, human) downtime make it a bit chilling.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghiedlko02xoj99a.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133512302/looking-to-frank-gehry-after-paris-but-before-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dissects</a> the upcoming monographic LACMA (by way of the Pompidou) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111797408/an-architect-s-big-parisian-moment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Frank Gehry&rdquo;</a> exhibition, opening September 13.&nbsp;Responding to her question about critical distance given Gehry&rsquo;s involvement,&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> writes&nbsp;"<em>It's inherently difficult to create a critical exhibit on a living architect....</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133744446/victory-for-affordable-housing-as-uk-court-throws-out-insane-government-policy Victory for affordable housing as UK court throws out 'insane' government policy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-08T01:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T18:40:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e18a1xeyhd7dehpn.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the government&rsquo;s recent planning policy &ndash; which could have resulted in property developers dodging up to &pound;1bn in affordable housing payments &ndash; has been definitively quashed following a High Court ruling. [...] the &ldquo;vacant building credit&rdquo; let developers convert empty buildings into housing without making the usual Section 106 contributions for affordable homes.[...] The ruling was described as a &ldquo;victory for common sense [that] will help generate more affordable homes in London&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on housing policy in the UK:</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="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="Cornered: London Building Innovatively Addresses Homelessness" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124814565/cornered-london-building-innovatively-addresses-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornered: London Building Innovatively Addresses Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123892522/activism-targeting-london-s-housing-crisis-bubbles-to-the-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface</a></li><li><a title="London's traditionalist architects come back swinging in their fight against skyscrapers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117654709/london-s-traditionalist-architects-come-back-swinging-in-their-fight-against-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's traditionalist architects come back swinging in their fight against skyscrapers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132341095/in-chicago-forming-economically-integrated-suburbs-is-more-complex-than-it-looks In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks Justine Testado 2015-07-20T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:35:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qjhh4ei9fr0px6nj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing advocates have long debated the merits of moving low-income families from high-poverty urban areas to suburbs like Glenview. The move can be challenging for families, who leave behind family and friends and enter a new, affluent world. But the research is increasingly conclusive: Living in a 'good' zip code dramatically improves kids&rsquo; chances of going to college, getting a good job, and escaping poverty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131350538/chicago-to-offer-5-per-year-bike-shares-to-low-income-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents</a></p><p><a title="New Urbanism takes over Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131344105/new-urbanism-takes-over-chicago-s-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Urbanism takes over Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs</a></p><p><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></p><p><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></p><p><a title='Sarah Herda, co-director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, on establishing "the city as the site"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128711733/sarah-herda-co-director-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-on-establishing-the-city-as-the-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda, co-director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, on establishing "the city as the site"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more New York's "poor doors" are no more Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T15:04:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq1rtbvmjuatx8c5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The separate entrances for the rich and poor came about due to a loophole in the Inclusionary Housing program enacted in 2009 that allowed developers to get subsidies if they provided affordable housing either on or off-site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">luxury NYC high-rise</a> had its request for separate entrances &ndash; one for its affordable housing-unit tenants, another for its market-rate tenants &ndash; approved, fanning the fires of discriminatory design debates <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a>. Now, the loophole in a NY-rent stabilization law that made such <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/482412/poor-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"poor doors"</a> possible has been closed, thanks to a new provision from NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.</p><p>Another instance of "poor door" discriminatory housing in Canada:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition Justine Testado 2015-06-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T17:31:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are strange days in San Francisco, where the clamor to build needed housing &mdash; especially at affordable levels &mdash; is matched only by the self-righteous vigor with which actual proposals for that housing tend to be opposed...But if we want a well-planned city with distinctive new buildings for all its citizens, projects like this show that good design and good policy can go hand in hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Tishman Speyer's nearly one-year-old proposal for a 400-foot-tall residential tower, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which Jeanne Gang designed</a>, at 160 Folsom St. is suddenly <a href="http://www.saverinconpark.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facing opposition</a> from local groups. With former mayor Art Agnos at the forefront of the opposition, the groups argue that the building promotes "economic segregation" and is yet another example of "developers wreaking vengeance" on the city, as <em>S.F. Chronicle</em>'s urban design critic John King states in the article.</p><p>Opponents claim the 400-foot tower would overshadow the nearby Rincon Park and the Embarcadero waterfront, although that area is already developed with large structures like the Gap HQ, the Hills Plaza complex, and the Infinity luxury condo complex&nbsp;&mdash; where Agnos and other opponents recently held their kickoff meeting, interestingly enough.</p><p>In terms of exterior design, King writes that Gang's corkscrew tower would be "a great addition" to San Francisco's skyline, and that the tower's visual distinction has the potential to "g...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129874643/kevin-daly-s-backyard-bi-h-ome-provides-affordable-housing-for-humans-and-wildlife Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME provides affordable housing for humans and wildlife Julia Ingalls 2015-06-18T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T21:18:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gnte54xaz8txvwtq.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly, Poolside&rsquo;s version of &ldquo;Harvest Moon&rdquo; echoed off the wooden planks of the Broad Arts Center at UCLA on June 10th as a crowd of optimists, architects, and Ira-Glass lookalikes drank their way in and out of the opening reception for BI(h)OME, <a href="http://kevindalyarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly Architects</a>&rsquo; proposed &ldquo;granny flat&rdquo; solution to the L.A. Housing Crisis. The music was fitting because it was a laid-back cover of a much older tune: instead of raw passion, a more pragmatic vision of affordable housing was being unveiled, a 350-square foot, EFTE-enveloped, recyclable component-laden dwelling with wall cavities for bats, birds, and bugs. The students from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/37807656/citylab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cityLAB</a> who manually assembled the mock-up of the BI(h)ome formed a lab-coat wearing cluster of &ldquo;house doctors&rdquo; as they stood behind Dana Cuff, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/105047/frances-anderton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frances Anderton</a> of KCRW, and Kevin Daly for a twenty-minute panel-style discussion about the future of housing in Los Angeles.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzjpg28y8qkdfiz3.jpg"></p><p>Part sales-pitch, part design lecture, the discussion encompassed the difficulties that Lo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare Nicholas Korody 2015-06-15T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:04:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f240h6c4ujmdeliy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that cities and counties may require developers to provide below-market-rate housing as a condition of a building permit. The decision is expected to make it easier for Los Angeles and other cities with housing shortages to force developers to build or pay for affordable housing.</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/129640690/l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-might-receive-amnesty-from-city-under-new-proposal L.A.'s "bootlegged" apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal Justine Testado 2015-06-15T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:25:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i3jzpevwbporwzb.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Loath to lose more housing, Los Angeles lawmakers are now taking steps to help legalize 'bootlegged' apartments that have long existed without municipal blessing...The goal, City Councilman Felipe Fuentes said, is to 'maintain affordability and try to get folks into stable, dignified housing.' Both tenant and landlord groups praised the budding plan as a 'win-win'...But the idea has already raised concerns among some residents who see it as a reward for flouting the law.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><ul><li><a title="In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li><li><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127179161/monterey-park-city-council-adopts-tougher-penalties-for-landlords-of-illegal-boarding-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></li><li><a title="Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?" 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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a title="Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128787238/beginning-of-a-1b-fund-for-middle-income-housing-in-us Beginning of a $1B fund for middle-income housing in US Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-04T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T00:04:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7ecpnd3gbwf7dpj.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turner Impact Multifamily Fund will target opportunities to acquire housing for workers making up to 80 percent of the area&rsquo;s median income. The goal is to provide housing for those who earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing, but too little to afford a home or luxury apartment near their workplace [...] &ldquo;Workforce housing is an overlooked segment of the real estate market with a significant mismatch in supply and demand that we believe offers a compelling investment opportunity&rdquo;</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>