Archinect - News 2016-02-14T14:14:26-05:00 The winners of this year's Critical Halloween at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-04T19:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T01:30:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each year, Critical Halloween celebrates a feared ghost of art and architectural production. This year, we explore DEMO, which operates simultaneously as an abbreviation, a prefix, a verb, and a noun. &nbsp; From acts of collective will (DEMOnstration) to institutional erasure (DEMOlition), DEMO invites guests to intellectually examine ideas, issues, and objects&nbsp;in art, architecture, and design with a focus on those that should get a dose of DEMO.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Critical Halloween, an annual event hosted by the Storefront for Art and Architecture, is a hybrid party, critical debate, and costume contest. Each year, the organizers announce a "spooky" architectural issue or concept, which is then interpreted by design aficionados and practitioners from around the city. Then an esteemed jury selects the winners of a series of theme-appropriate categories.<br><br>This year, the theme was "DEMO" &ndash; as in demonstration, but also demolition, demon, demos, democracy, demography, etc. The jury comprised Keller Easterling, author of&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft&nbsp;</em>and other notable titles, Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics, Andres Jacque of the Office for Political Innovation, and Beatrice Galilee, the architecture and design curator at the Met.<br><br>The Storefront has also teamed up with the art website Hyperallergic to host a "Democratic People's Choice Award" and you can vote <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><em>So, without any further ado, the winners of the 2015 Critical Halloween costume contest...</em></p><p><strong>Best Ove...</strong></p> Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population Justine Testado 2015-06-03T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:10:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As rural Japan battles the twin afflictions of a population that is getting smaller almost as quickly as it&rsquo;s getting older, Kamiyama is one of a handful of towns that is bucking the trend. It&rsquo;s practicing 'creative depopulation' &mdash; trying to make sure it gets younger and more innovative, even as it shrinks, by attracting youthful newcomers who are weary of big-city life to work in new rural industries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title="Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool</a></p><p><a title="Revisiting Sharon Zukin's &quot;Loft Living&quot; and NYC gentrification" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification</a></p><p><a title="Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs</a></p><p><a title='Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></p> From an urban planning/demographics/housing junkie Nam Henderson 2015-02-16T10:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:32:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly, in the US at least, central cities are all becoming more or less the same...Meanwhile, the suburbs are becoming more diverse. Not just in terms of ethnicity as growing numbers of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics pour into the suburbs from central cities and abroad. But also in terms of winners and losers</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year following visits to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chattanooga, Knoxville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus</a>, csen proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four basic city/neighborhood archetypes</a>&nbsp;for thinking about a non-dystopic 2030. He also wrote about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central City Homogenization and Suburban Diversification</a>&nbsp;and argued for why&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sun Belt Economic Model is Amazon-omics</a><strong>.&nbsp;</strong>More recently, he asked&nbsp;<a href="http://When%20Will%20We%20Build%20Internet%20Cities%20the%20Way%20We%20Built%20Railroad/Steel%20Cities?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When Will We Build Internet Cities the Way We Built Railroad/Steel Cities?</a></p> will the boomer's housing market go 'boom'? Gregory Walker 2012-06-24T12:19:00-04:00 >2012-06-25T17:23:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Despite potential increases in new construction, most of the houses that seniors will release in coming years were built when energy was inexpensive, nuclear families were the rule, incomes were increasing for most Americans, and mortgages were generally predictable and easy to obtain. &hellip;the next 20 to 30 years to depart from this historic picture, with more expensive energy, growing diversity in race, ethnicity and in household structure, and more intense international economic competition."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> the bipartisan policy center's look at the housing markets 20 years on. the upshot? there's a lot of boomer excess on the way, with no natural built-in market to absorb it. the fallout could affect everything from neighborhood infrastructure to inheritance patterns to social fabrics...</p>