Archinect - News 2014-10-31T08:24:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111407968/harlem-may-get-its-own-high-line-park Harlem May Get Its Own High Line Park Diane Pham 2014-10-16T12:04:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:24:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f98ktjz0i9lrm5y8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new proposal called 'Harlem Promenade' developed by the Housing Partnership could bring not only 2,000 additional affordable housing units to Washington Heights, but also an elevated railway park akin to the High Line. The park would be built atop a portion of Amtrak rail lines and would finally offer locals a safe and easy connection to the waterfront parks and recreation along the Hudson.</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/109344177/debating-privatization-southbridge-towers-votes Debating Privatization: Southbridge Towers Votes Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T17:42:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/ef5c19dea5f7113c4b21dd023659da2d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Charles Chawalko, a recent graduate of Parsons&rsquo; Design &amp; Urban Ecologies program, is a resident of Southbridge Towers, a 1,651-unit development that remains in the program. But as he explains below, his cooperative is in the midst of a decision over whether it will join the majority of Mitchell-Lama buildings and leave. To residents of Southbridge Towers, the vote over whether to opt out of Mitchell-Lama transcends the citywide conversation on 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/109112054/trading-parking-lots-for-affordable-housing Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:52:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fede5157ce0870e912602aa609f9b754.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>9 x 18. In square feet, that&rsquo;s 162, smaller than the most micro micro-apartment. It is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects &mdash; Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture &mdash; to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.</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/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spmqtqu3wucjkcgr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Melbourne is now a more expensive place to live than New York. The increasing cost of living, and in particular, the cost of housing risks seriously undermining the city&rsquo;s liveability. Plan Melbourne, the new metropolitan strategy for the city, recognises that housing affordability is one of the pressing issues facing Melburnians. The strategy offers a set of concepts aimed at shaping the city&rsquo;s future and &ndash; the government hopes &ndash; addressing housing affordability and choice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108102546/architecture-vs-housing-the-case-of-sugar-hill Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:25:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b57fa48b1af2db61382e95ace0eaf581.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We cannot rely on visionaries and authoritarians to generate more, and better, housing. They might deliver, with enormous risk and perseverance, through personal connections and their willingness to invest their own equity or to defer their developers&rsquo; fee, as BHC has done. But visionaries and authoritarians are few and far between. Rather, we need to formalize ways of rethinking and requantifying net-to-gross, studio-to-three-bedrooms, block-and-plank formulas.</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/107478346/4-public-housing-lessons-the-u-s-could-learn-from-the-rest-of-the-world 4 Public Housing Lessons the U.S. Could Learn From the Rest of the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T16:13:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b718069f289296cd8130c629da81c6cc.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public housing in the United States is associated with failure and misery. The very words conjure up visions of concrete tower blocks, drug-related violence and concentrated poverty. But contrary to popular belief, public housing in the U.S. has not been an utter disaster [...]. Many of public housing&rsquo;s failures can be traced to the American political and economic context, especially easy to see when compared with the success of similar policies around the world.</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/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing 'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing Alexander Walter 2014-07-31T13:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T13:44:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8ededcf11af2df5f218c63cafb9c1136.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Of course these so-called 'poor doors' are shocking, but they are a symptom, not the problem," says Michael Edwards, senior lecturer at the Bartlett school of planning at UCL. "We've simply stopped building proper social housing, and until that's addressed then fiddling around with front-door arrangements is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves &lsquo;poor door&rsquo; for luxury high-rise</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104941218/london-mayor-boris-johnson-nimbies-pretend-to-care-about-architecture-to-block-developments London Mayor Boris Johnson: Nimbies pretend to care about architecture to block developments Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e568b365da8a08ef58ba34730c1953a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homeowners who "pretend" to care about architecture are "nimbies in disguise" who in reality want to block any development in their local area, Boris Johnson has said. In a scathing assessment, the Mayor of London said homeowners are dishonestly claiming they care about new homes being affordable or well-designed, in fact they simply oppose new developments entirely. Mr Johnson has promised to increase house-building in the capital, and wants to see 45,000 new homes by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise Miles Jaffe 2014-07-22T14:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T13:08:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0e62tsd1eu1x8tg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City is moving forward with a proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and those living in the building&rsquo;s affordable housing unit. While wealthy residents will be able to enter the building from its designated front entrance, affordable housing tenants will be required to go in through a back alley. A mandatory affordable housing plan is not license to segregate lower-income tenants from those who are well-off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Maybe the <em>higher-ups</em> will employ the low-income folk as maids and janitors? Built-in servants quarters, subsidized by the city.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102549821/make-it-right-unveils-new-designs-for-native-american-housing-in-montana Make It Right unveils new designs for Native American housing in Montana Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-23T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T11:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bgh3h61a4tx4tlj0.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://makeitright.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a> foundation has unveiled its new home designs for the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana. Following LEED Platinum certification and <a href="http://www.c2ccertified.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle</a> practices, the foundation is known for building sustainable homes for people in need. For the Ft. Peck project, Make It Right plans to build twenty solar-powered homes for tribal members, and develop a sustainable master plan for the reservation of over 6,000 people.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a36gohs95kb5mga.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fy4jzp9krmbbf5kv.jpg"></p><p>Designers and architects involved included GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes. The homes will be available to tribal members with a household income of 60% or lower than the area's median income.</p><p>Find more information on the Ft. Peck project from Make It Right <a href="http://makeitright.org/where-we-work/montana/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1tn708ikdlvgyihx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101249386/minimalist-homes-rise-in-tijuana-as-violence-subsides Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:09:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/46/46416b0af97b699708e5f1793e77da50.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask almost any of the local architects in this Mexican border town and they will tell you Tijuana has become a hotbed of building activity. The growing demand for designer homes, they say, is being driven primarily by Tijuana natives returning to the city... Most of the developments in Tijuana are for upper-middle-class families ... but the spare designs and basic building materials, especially concrete, used by Mr. Medina and others make it possible for more residents to have designed homes.</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/100705076/cooperative-city-cooperative-community Cooperative City, Cooperative Community Alexander Walter 2014-05-30T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T22:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5e5c743b10f6a910e81cfd290fc39d7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite its distance from the center of New York City, Co-op City&rsquo;s site and scale make it prominent on the landscape [...]. Critics, historians, and even the Supreme Court have noticed as well, weighing in since construction began in 1966 on what the complex signifies for housing finance, site planning, cooperative ownership, ethnic and racial diversity, and tenants&rsquo; rights. [...] But it is far from prototypical.</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/100072304/america-s-homeless-the-rise-of-tent-city-usa America's homeless: The rise of Tent City, USA Archinect 2014-05-19T20:52:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T12:24:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/suwaeaqidu3mmero.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead of evicting people from tent cities, the NLCHP says the root of the issue -- unaffordable housing -- needs to be addressed. "Encampments and tent cities have emerged as a means of self-help for homeless individuals to survive and find shelter, safety and a sense of community," the report states. "Ultimately, the solution to the proliferation of encampments across the United States is the provision of 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/99766300/townships-in-south-africa-can-design-help-solve-the-housing-crisis Townships in South Africa: can design help solve the housing crisis? Alexander Walter 2014-05-14T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:34:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06ff2b58821b3de7f2cace7515738004.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the World Design Capital (WDC) website, Cape Town presents some remarkable shack design projects aimed to solve a nationwide slum problem. Yet even with more than 200 informal settlements and 600,000 residents waiting for formal housing, the Western Cape has been slow to implement the 'transformative design' it celebrates. [...] The backlog hit 2.1m units in 2013 and at least 1.9 million people (more than 10% of all households) live in shacks or other makeshift dwellings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87921656/vacation-at-a-fake-shanty-town-with-luxury-amenities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vacation at a Fake Shanty Town With Luxury Amenities</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/99707689/london-falling-short-on-affordable-housing-amid-boom London Falling Short on Affordable Housing Amid Boom Alexander Walter 2014-05-13T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:51:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c41893fc9bf013e6e31f9d3c6657259.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, Nick Williams oversaw construction of luxury apartments at London&rsquo;s One Hyde Park, where a penthouse valued at 175 million pounds ($297 million) sold last month. Now he works at the other end of the property ladder, building discounted homes for those shut out of the boom. Local officials have &ldquo;realized the housing crisis for people who are neither rich nor poor is massive [...]&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> http://archinect.com/news/article/99476731/by-2011-atlanta-had-demolished-all-of-its-public-housing-projects-where-did-all-those-people-go By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go? Alexander Walter 2014-05-09T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T22:58:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/477e6c6a85ebb57bddd18abcfce0e9b1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For most of the 20th century, Atlanta was known for its public housing. The city had pioneered the concept in the 1930s [...] Two decades later, that proportion has fallen all the way to zero. [...] Looking at these two decades of rapid residential change, Atlanta native and filmmaker King Williams is looking for an answer to a seemingly obvious question. With his in-production documentary The Atlanta Way, Williams asks: Where did all of these people end up?</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/99476730/a-scheme-on-a-bluff-the-view-from-todt-hill-houses A Scheme on a Bluff: The View from Todt Hill Houses Alexander Walter 2014-05-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T22:58:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39d8be35786c3c1e0554f211fded0369.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the third article in our Typecast series, writer Brad Fox travels to Todt Hill Houses on Staten Island. Safe, suburban, and well-maintained, Todt Hill defies many of the stereotypes of New York City housing projects. Unlike the Lower East Side&rsquo;s Smith Houses, which were constructed in the place of demolished tenements, Todt Hill predates most of the single-family homes in its surrounding neighborhood.</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/99018259/the-value-of-land-how-community-land-trusts-maintain-housing-affordability The Value of Land: How Community Land Trusts Maintain Housing Affordability Alexander Walter 2014-05-01T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c3d106f2b0a9511602b659f8f643d87.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Affordable housing is on New York City&rsquo;s mind. A critical mass of civic organizations, academic institutions, city agencies, advocacy groups, and others are pondering the essential and perennial issue of how to ensure that the city becomes affordable for the extraordinarily diverse population that makes it work. [...] At the same time, a decades-old strategy to maintain housing affordability is finding a groundswell of support from an increasingly diverse group of stakeholders.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>A community land trust (CLT) is an alternative model that separates the ownership of property from the ownership of the land on which that property is built. In effect, organized citizens remove land from the private, speculative market where its value is difficult to control.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T13:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb5aee79bdd9f6014fef6cb78c753eb1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Real Affordability for All Coalition &mdash; made up of 50 tenant advocate and labor union groups &mdash; is accusing Airbnb of &ldquo;throwing gasoline on a fire&rdquo; by contributing to a growing affordable housing crisis. &ldquo;After years of operating an illegal enterprise in New York, your company is now apparently interested in paying your fair share of taxes and announcing that development as though you are some kind of charitable organization bestowing your riches on our city [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97491281/infamous-chicago-public-housing-project-faces-redevelopment Infamous Chicago public housing project faces redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-07T15:01:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:36:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0t3k1mtjp2hnt2f.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Little remains of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, a mid-century public housing complex once home to as many as 15,000 people. The poorly maintained high rises, rife with gang violence, were eventually demolished (the final one came down in 2011). [...] The Chicago Housing Authority hopes to see it all redeveloped soon. [...] CHA says half the new residential units to be market rate, another 30 percent public housing, and the remaining 20 percent affordable housing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97490472/frank-gehry-unveils-plans-for-his-first-buildings-in-england Frank Gehry unveils plans for his first buildings in England Alexander Walter 2014-04-07T14:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T20:27:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/682f0572f2c5c8f73fc1e0ff2529faaf.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With titanium facades swinging like jiving skirts and windows staggered like towers of toppling coins, the chaotic energy of the latest apartment designs for Battersea power station can only mean one thing: Frank Gehry is in town. As the 85-year-old visionary architect behind the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao outlined plans for 700 apartments in London &ndash; his first English buildings &ndash; he walked straight into a raging debate about the capital's affordable housing crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84837877/gehry-and-foster-selected-to-design-phase-3-at-battersea-power-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry and Foster selected to design Phase 3 at Battersea Power Station</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97440571/the-dollar-general-store-of-housing The Dollar General store of housing Nam Henderson 2014-04-07T11:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:41:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i005uwfba1c4azeo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With around 10,000 lots scattered mostly across the Midwest and the Central Plains, Rolfe and Reynolds are about equivalent in size to a public-housing agency in a midsize city &mdash; and in an important way, they play the same role. Those living in public housing are generally required to pay up to 30 percent of their household income as their share of the rent. Rolfe and Reynolds&rsquo;s tenants pay on average closer to 20 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Southern California&nbsp;Gary Rivlin attends&nbsp;Mobile Home University and profiles it's founder&nbsp;Frank Rolfe.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96560783/the-many-lives-of-nyc-s-historic-prince-george-hotel-now-affordable-housing-for-the-homeless The Many Lives of NYC’s Historic Prince George Hotel, Now Affordable Housing for the Homeless Archinect 2014-03-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cf99ed0fa66f8523a1769383ce745bf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with the Preservation League of New York State and New York Landmarks Conservancy, along with $39 million of private, state, and federal funds, Common Ground and Beyer Blinder Belle (the architects behind the Grand Central Station renovations) were able to successfully convert the decrepit building back into a livable residence with 416 single occupancy apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f865ba308e95bcd78f03531a3ed77035.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94803964/twitter-installs-19th-century-log-cabins-in-san-francisco-hq Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/boip9z41tc4bgpns.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446411/unaffordable-cities-this-criminal-lack-of-housing-is-a-global-scandal Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal Alexander Walter 2014-02-13T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T11:18:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zawvjkz9ouybojf4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To make housing affordable again, we need to catch up to decades-worth of unmet demand, over the next few years. In many cities, this means goals measured in the tens of thousands of new homes; in the fastest-growing cities, it means hundreds of thousands. Build enough housing and (economists and experience both tell us) prices should at least stabilise. Want social justice? Build a lot more housing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91455686/peabody-housing-competition-shortlist-shares-future-ideas-of-affordable-housing Peabody housing competition shortlist shares future ideas of affordable housing Justine Testado 2014-01-17T14:58:00-05:00 >2014-01-21T19:27:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbwn47z91r0xq2p3.jpg" width="514" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the help of young UK architects, London housing association Peabody is already looking to the future of social housing with their "Small Projects Panel" competition launched this past November. Peabody recently announced 20 shortlisted proposals that have advanced to the last stage. Each team will be interviewed before the jury picks 6-8 firms by the end of January. The winning firms will help Peabody develop new housing schemes that have a maximum of 20 homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Check out some of the shortlisted projects.<br><br> Project author: Coffey Architects<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/momf9hxass6jq2bh.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Octopi<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e9xhg7hoihe08605.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Stephen Taylor Architects<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fponevqg8krj1f5q.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Allsop Gollings Architects<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7dy3tjy4n28frpv.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Sam Causer and Geraldine Dening<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1bdcb780jlh7y6mi.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Paul Archer Design<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oywhg0c6330niyx5.jpg" title=""><br><br> See more of the shortlist and other competition details at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/shortlist_of_peabodys_housing_competition_shares_future_ideas_of_affordable/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br><em>Images courtesy Peabody Short Projects Panel competition.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89829634/can-a-city-really-end-homelessness Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness? Alexander Walter 2013-12-27T14:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:22:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8ec5c92bf6166e92c39753df6de17575.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, the city of Phoenix made a startling announcement. The Arizona capital had previously identified 222 chronically homeless veterans living in the city, more than half of them veterans of the Vietnam War. [...] Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week that every last one of them now had a roof overhead. The city has effectively ended chronic veteran homelessness, according to the mayor [...]. Phoenix did this &ndash; prioritizing housing first, then wrapping other services around it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89000477/h-architecture-s-winning-proposal-for-the-sejong-public-housing-development H Architecture’s winning proposal for the Sejong Public Housing Development Justine Testado 2013-12-16T18:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-01T22:01:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2x1bvvv6kdhherg.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York-based H Architecture sent us their winning proposal for the Sejong 2-2 M2 Block Public Housing Development competition. In celebrating its 50-year apartment building history, the Korea Land and Housing Corporation opened a call for ideas for its new 77,000m2 housing development in Sejong City, South Korea.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6679589/h-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H Architecture</a>'s proposal -- done in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/haeahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haeahn Architecture</a> -- revolves around an open, versatile "not-to-define" concept as a response to the typical rigid approach of public housing design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zz/zzzm5afrkw9v4qru.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n8gi1ckuvnmdi6rt.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73y4650muptofgl1.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iuayg9fzcg2hgfpk.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88063915/david-adjaye-s-sugar-hill-building-sparks-controversy David Adjaye's Sugar Hill Building sparks controversy Archinect 2013-12-04T14:47:00-05:00 >2013-12-24T08:35:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3r0hdah6jgdburyy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It looks like a prison to be honest with you," said Lynda Johnson, an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and editor and founder of KidStyleSource.com who has owned a townhouse on St. Nicholas Place for 20 years and is a member of the Hamilton Heights Homeowners Association. Some feel the design does not fit into the context of the nearby Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill Historic District, which is filled with Beaux Arts and Queen Anne-style 19th-century row houses.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>