Archinect - News 2016-02-09T19:50:14-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there) Alexander Walter 2016-02-01T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T20:21:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7w9p815czoq872.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I give it two years, max [...] It will be US business interests that finally push congress into lifting the embargo &ndash; they&rsquo;re all going crazy being shut out of this market.&rdquo; American architects and developers are already queuing up to be first in line, ready to pounce on investment opportunities when the embargo drops. Frank Gehry sailed into Havana in December, aboard a streamlined yacht he designed for himself, here to &ldquo;offer his expertise to Cuba&rdquo; according to a government statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;You know that Cuba is at the centre of attention of many people,&rdquo; Gehry told the gathered crowd. &ldquo;And in the immediate future it will attract many investors &ndash; particularly the tourism sector. But I am sure that you know to be careful with those projects.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146578071/selling-architectural-history-in-a-new-york-market Selling architectural history in a New York market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-25T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T13:22:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcj9sb3fchk8kgyr.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As an architectural historian, Ms. Clark, 30, has studied buildings throughout New York City in pursuit of her doctorate. [...] Working for JDS, Ms. Clark felt she could have more than a theoretical effect on architectural history. &ldquo;I think real estate in many ways is the story of New York, how the city grows and changes,&rdquo; she said. [...] As soon as JDS considers acquiring a property, Ms. Clark heads to the archives ... to start developing a case for or against the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the world of architectural history and New York real estate:</p><ul><li><a title="Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052786/rupert-murdoch-suddenly-pulls-out-of-2-world-trade-center-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal</a></li><li><a title="The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143992226/the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-updating-midtown-ny-s-aging-office-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers</a></li><li><a title="Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it</a></li><li><a title="The Digital Future of Architectural History" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82526606/the-digital-future-of-architectural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Digital Future of Architectural History</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146052786/rupert-murdoch-suddenly-pulls-out-of-2-world-trade-center-deal Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal Alexander Walter 2016-01-18T17:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T11:24:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pzbhlwq9puy4d64.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rupert Murdoch has dropped his plans to relocate 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to 2 World Trade Center. In a statement issued Friday afternoon, World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein declared himself &ldquo;disappointed&rdquo; by the news. [...] In June, the two media companies signed a letter of intent with Silverstein to occupy 1.5 million square feet for 30 years at a 2 World Trade Center designed by architect Bjarke Ingels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>2 WTC previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143436084/2-world-trade-center-receives-9m-rent-assistance-from-port-authority-to-expedite-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center receives $9M rent assistance from Port Authority to expedite project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138339682/bjarke-ingels-and-the-challenges-of-designing-two-world-trade-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133642467/2-world-trade-center-could-be-the-most-expensive-office-tower-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146032640/u-s-to-start-tracking-secret-buyers-of-luxury-real-estate U.S. to start tracking secret buyers of luxury real estate davvid 2016-01-18T11:32:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T01:23:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0g/0gul28lzbpqro7g2.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties." "The initiative is part of a broader federal effort to increase the focus on money laundering in real estate."</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/145730937/updated-renderings-revealed-for-bjarke-ingels-high-line-twin-ish-towers Updated renderings revealed for Bjarke Ingels' High Line twin(ish) towers Alexander Walter 2016-01-14T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T20:02:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/491d773c072f91ded6c66bb3b97b5d7d.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project&rsquo;s makeup is evidently still undergoing changes, as the developers have waffled between either hotel or office options in the base of the buildings... Given the sky-high prices developers can obtain for office space in Meatpacking and surrounding blocks, office may indeed make more sense than hotel... In any case, the buildings will become the most prominent in the neighborhood by a significant margin. The two towers will stand 28 and 38 floors apiece...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141735417/revealed-bjarke-ingels-brand-new-high-line-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REVEALED: Bjarke Ingels&rsquo; Brand New High Line Towers</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145497982/playboy-mansion-to-hit-the-market-soon-yes-it-comes-with-hugh-hefner Playboy Mansion to hit the market soon (yes, it comes with Hugh Hefner) Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T12:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-11T18:46:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pg3f9xlppye59e18.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ, the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles is soon to go up for sale and the owner &mdash; Playboy Enterprises and not Hugh Hefner &mdash; hopes for a brazenly quixotic and international publicity assuring sale price &ldquo;somewhere north of $200 million.&rdquo; [...] should someone sign on the dotted line they will be required to accept a lifetime tenancy by Mister Hefner, now 89 years old and married since 2012 to 29-year-old former Playmate of the Month Crystal Harris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Better call the carpet cleaner first.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140343452/un-haunting-a-house-the-art-of-selling-a-building-with-a-grisly-past" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Un-haunting a house: the art of selling a building with a grisly past</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143992226/the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-updating-midtown-ny-s-aging-office-towers The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY’s aging office towers Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:34:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hmtvx4z9fx227e8o.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid contentious debate on rezonings across the city, the late 2013 hubbub around an upzoning proposal for East Midtown has, for the moment, abated &mdash; but hasn&rsquo;t disappeared. In a bid to spur significant new development for the first time in decades, the de Blasio administration is currently retooling the Bloomberg-era plan to allow developers to construct much larger buildings [...] Whether this rezoning eventually occurs or not, the buildings in Manhattan&rsquo;s core aren&rsquo;t getting any younger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141299783/scroll-through-the-new-new-york-skyline-with-this-interactive-infographic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142525054/new-renderings-video-of-one-vanderbilt-midtown-ny-s-future-tallest-office-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings &amp; Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY&rsquo;s Future Tallest Office Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947698/historic-190-bowery-to-be-restored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign Justine Testado 2015-12-16T18:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T18:47:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjf88ryashxn64a4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise [residential] buildings [in Tianjin, which] are up to 30 floors taller than originally planned...It&rsquo;s the latest blow to the [city], which saw a devastating explosion at a warehouse in its port in August...state media pointed out that...the scale of illegal construction meant the building was unsafe, [deeming] the 'completely corrupt project' [as] unusable, and to be demolished was 'its destiny.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140343452/un-haunting-a-house-the-art-of-selling-a-building-with-a-grisly-past Un-haunting a house: the art of selling a building with a grisly past Nicholas Korody 2015-11-03T13:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:23:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/en/en2tv2qi8beerriq.jpg" width="514" height="246" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A chain-link fence surrounds the stately brick mansion at 3201 Woodland Dr. NW in Woodley Park. Most of the windows are covered with plywood. Cars sometimes drive past slowly, with passengers leaning out... In May, Savvas and Amy Savopoulos; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, were brutally killed inside. Now, less than six months after the shocking quadruple homicide that horrified Washington, the house is for sale. Asking price? $3.25&nbsp;million.</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/139407068/callison-and-rtkl-merge-in-hopes-to-bring-swagger-back-to-seattle-office-ceo-says Callison and RTKL merge in hopes to "bring swagger back" to Seattle office, CEO says Justine Testado 2015-10-20T20:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:31:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9qnxu0zp9hltj4h.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Callison and architecture/engineering firm RTKL announced they have officially joined forces as CallisonRTKL...[CEO Lance] Josal said the merger is good news for both firms and 'especially for the Seattle office.' In talking to the firm's senior leaders, Josal said there has been 'a little bit of frustration on their part' because they felt the firm 'may have lost a bit of swagger locally' and wanted an owner that would invest in the firm...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107101020/arcadis-to-buy-callison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCADIS to buy Callison</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138032380/apple-s-next-hok-designed-silicon-valley-spaceship-revealed Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed Alexander Walter 2015-10-02T14:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:57:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jcpdlvbf970111a.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship &mdash; this time, in Sunnyvale &mdash; in a massive deal that exemplifies a new era in Silicon Valley real estate and crystalizes Apple&rsquo;s enormous growth trajectory outside of its Cupertino stronghold. [...] One caveat: It&rsquo;s unclear whether the project will be built according to that design, from architecture firm HOK, or if Apple and Landbank will want to modify it in some way.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On its marketing microsite&nbsp;<a href="http://notanotherbox.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Notanotherbox.com</a>, real estate firm&nbsp;Landbank Investments and architects HOK present the designs for the planned new Apple "Central &amp; Wolfe Campus" with a series of box-hating and Walter-Isaacson-quote-spiked slides:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t1/t1v27o9ws5g95nbl.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3r/3rzqehv3yfqql6zl.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xa/xao31gdde8rygp3k.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lc/lc7kwb74lk9j876j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wi/wiv00vvgknwytxgq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r5/r5lq60bicuyupj03.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iu/iul9u0ksmlk856q0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s4/s48glnxki02ruh30.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;notanotherbox.com, design by HOK.</em></p><p>In other Apple-Campus-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133107408/apple-invites-visitors-to-gaze-at-its-spaceship-from-new-observation-deck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131560903/apple-s-spaceship-campus-being-built-to-iphone-standards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus being built to iPhone standards</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136806530/passive-aggressive-no-californians-stickers-cropping-up-on-portland-s-for-sale-signs Passive-aggressive "No Californians" stickers cropping up on Portland's "For Sale" signs Julia Ingalls 2015-09-16T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T01:52:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zajrit1jwhjt0xsf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portlanders apparently upset with the direction of the local housing market are slapping "no Californians" stickers on For Sale signs in the city, real estate agents say.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3435/portland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>, Oregon denizens are apparently worried that a tightening real estate market is partly the fault of monied Californians, who allegedly start bidding wars and make already scarce housing inventory even <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136641724/map-shows-the-best-neighborhoods-in-the-world-s-top-cities-are-still-cheaper-than-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more expensive</a>. This fear is manifesting in the appearance of a wordless, red and black sticker on real estate signs that appears to ban the state of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/615/california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a>, a la a "No Smoking" sign. As realtor Lori&nbsp;Fenwick noted, Portlanders who don't like current real estate rates "can just go ahead and voice their opinions wherever they want, but it sucks that they're doing that."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsurkww3h8fkqpwe.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136652209/what-a-starchitectural-skyline-means-for-the-future-of-new-york What a starchitectural skyline means for the future of New York Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-14T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:25:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pimqyyq5f1zbetdh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest explosion of Manhattan development has fully and passionately embraced the phenomenon of the global starchitect. [...] As it turned out, the future would be pure real estate ... The future was the privatisation of the sky and a transfer from corporate power to individual wealth, the visual manifestation of the 0.1 per cent. It was a catwalk of anorexic skinnyscrapers by the equivalents of haute-couture designers ... global names with which to sell real estate.</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/136641724/map-shows-the-best-neighborhoods-in-the-world-s-top-cities-are-still-cheaper-than-nyc Map Shows the Best Neighborhoods in the World’s Top Cities Are Still Cheaper Than NYC Alyssa Alimurung 2015-09-14T11:43:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T11:44:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2i/2ijgl7v3p0ydu0qe.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With real estate prices soaring so high and so quickly, a lot of us are questioning if we even want to live in New York anymore&mdash;not to mention if we can. According to NeighborhoodX&lsquo;s latest map the price paid for a Bed-Stuy or Harlem apartment could get you a pretty sweet pad in the South of France or even trendy Paris.</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/134651275/barcelona-plans-shakedown-scheme-against-unlicensed-airbnb-apartments-to-curb-tourism-boom Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom Justine Testado 2015-08-19T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:32:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/503gxyck1xpdvevk.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People caught running unlicensed apartments through websites will be offered the chance to have 80% of their fine canceled if they allow the city council to use the apartment as social accommodation for three years...When the three years are up the landlord [can] either pay off the fine through his or her own funds and reclaim possession of the apartment or continue offering the property as social accommodation until the council receives the equivalent of full payment of the fine.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></p><p><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" 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><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></p><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Dark Tourism&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Dark Tourism"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134488192/this-3d-map-compares-nyc-real-estate-prices-by-neighborhood This 3D map compares NYC real estate prices by neighborhood DianePham 2015-08-17T12:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ryqnl2kg3go2z20i.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We all have a pretty good idea which NYC neighborhoods command top dollar, but this incredible 3D map from NeighborhoodX really puts things into perspective by pinning the city&rsquo;s 325 neighborhoods against one another in a visually jarring side-by-side comparison. Among the most expensive? In Brooklyn...</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on New York real estate:</p><ul><li><a title="The rise of communal living in New York" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133408596/the-rise-of-communal-living-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise of communal living in New York</a></li><li><a title="This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></li><li><a title="New York &amp; London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York &amp; London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index</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></ul> 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/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion Justine Testado 2015-08-11T21:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvuct6smle6rp976.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slapped in the face is exactly how many Venetians are feeling by the tidal wave of new money. And the local tech boom, prompting 'Silicon Beach' references around town, is just one source of it</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105336559/the-rise-and-spectacular-fall-of-venice-beach-s-pacific-ocean-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park</a></p><p><a title="Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></p><p><a title="Oren Safdie's play &quot;False Solution&quot; finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99370499/oren-safdie-s-play-false-solution-finishes-up-its-3-week-run-this-weekend-in-santa-monica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica</a></p><p><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133647282/weird-challenges-of-living-in-real-houses-from-famous-tv-series Weird challenges of living in real houses from famous TV series Julia Ingalls 2015-08-06T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-08-10T11:40:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80ke0xg3f877xv9f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The recent real-life&nbsp;<a href="http://laist.com/2015/07/29/jesse_breaking_bad_house.php#photo-5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sale</a> of the character Jesse's house from the TV series "Breaking Bad" is a reminder of how many single-family properties have become cinematic icons (and how it's tricky for private residents to live in such public locales). Although the new owners of Jesse's house will probably be hearing "Yeah, bitch!" more often than usual, other famous houses come with their own particular baggage. Despite being owned by individuals, these otherwise ordinary homes have inadvertently become part of the imaginative public domain:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8oh63b4xnl458o1r.jpg"></p><p><strong>Mork and Mindy House</strong><br>When Robin Williams tragically died in 2014, the "Mork and Mindy" house in Boulder, Colorado became an impromptu <a href="http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_26319618/mourners-stop-by-boulders-mork-and-mindy-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">memorial</a> site. U.S. representative Jared Polis went so far as to dress up in Mork costume and tweet of a picture of himself standing outside the house.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mf/mflgusgh3yi2jzrm.jpg"></p><p><strong>Six Feet Under House</strong><br>Although many of the interiors on "Six Feet Under" are sound-stages, the familiar diagonal sweep of the famous fictional Fisher and Diaz mortuary's fro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:35:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7nko4yx8ifwlwo7.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple Inc.] reached an agreement to rent about 76,000 square feet of office space in the South of Market neighborhood&rsquo;s 235 Second St. [...] the area has some of the highest monthly asking rents in the city at about $66 a square foot. [...] Apple and Facebook have been notable holdouts as Silicon Valley giants like Google and Linkedin gradually expanded their footprints in San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&#8203;More news from Apple and San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133107408/apple-invites-visitors-to-gaze-at-its-spaceship-from-new-observation-deck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a title="Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649070/drone-footage-shows-the-latest-construction-status-of-the-foster-designed-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a title="Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128651497/can-t-find-office-space-in-san-francisco-try-the-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall.</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta Vegas is back...sorta Alexander Walter 2015-07-22T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:42:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j8nk3gnvmwalnc4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Las Vegas&rsquo;s recovery, like America&rsquo;s, seems to have to come to the wealthiest first. [...] But Sin City&rsquo;s recovery shows the enduring ability of America to make improbable ideas work. Some 2m people live in a glittering, sprawling city deep in the desert and hardly think that this is strange. And with its mix of tech-obsessed yuppies, ageing baby-boomer gamblers and thrusting Hispanics, its demography resembles America&rsquo;s future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81696242/70-s-vegas-underground-home-on-the-market-for-1-7m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76416883/something-is-happening-in-vegas-but-will-it-convince-people-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132358022/kate-murphy-examines-why-america-is-so-over-air-conditioned Kate Murphy examines why America is so over air-conditioned Nam Henderson 2015-07-21T00:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-21T12:00:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d67caf2n63laan3n.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Commercial real estate brokers and building managers say sophisticated tenants specify so-called chilling capacity in their lease agreements so they are guaranteed cold cachet...There&rsquo;s also the widely held misconception that colder temperatures make workers more alert and productive</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/131958103/the-vanna-venturi-house-is-for-sale The Vanna Venturi House is for sale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-07-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-08-05T00:54:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hggwnob00ueehh09.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To the amateur eye it can be puzzling, but with some education about its juxtaposition of traditional design against more complex forms, its status as a groundbreaking residential design becomes clear.</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/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods Justine Testado 2015-06-23T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:13:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/maxyncd50r9yiipz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Often, at least in America, we think of regular people as the agents of change&mdash;the artist, the boutique coffee shop owner, the tech startup. But as much as gentrification is an organic process, fueled by opportunity seekers and bargain hunters, it&rsquo;s developers and financiers who have become the savvy midwives of change. Once they detect the early signs of gentrification, they bring on the serious money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title='"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></p><p><a title="Revisiting Sharon Zukin's &quot;Loft Living&quot; and NYC gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification</a></p><p><a title="With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood</a></p><p><a title="Amsterdam's &quot;ugly&quot; architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121199869/amsterdam-s-ugly-architecture-from-the-70s-proves-resilient-against-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification</a></p><p><a title="So gentrification is just a myth after all?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118735754/so-gentrification-is-just-a-myth-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So gentrification is just a myth after all?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/om6myg9w9281vfud.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vornado's super luxury tower at 220 Central Park South isn't even out of the ground yet, but billionaire buyers seemingly can't wait to stash their stacks of cash in the 950-foot-tall tower. The Real Deal hears rumblings that a Qatari investor is eyeing a monstrous spread that would cost around $250 million, making it easily the most expensive home in New York City. It would completely obliterate the current record, the $100 million sale at One57.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert A.M. Stern's NYC condo towers have a habit of attracting record bids (previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109657265/nyc-s-most-expensive-condo-to-be-listed-at-130-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC&rsquo;s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129403234/tadao-ando-shares-his-design-ambitions-for-152-elizabeth-street-in-new-york Tadao Ando shares his design ambitions for 152 Elizabeth Street in New York Alexander Walter 2015-06-12T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:19:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/pyms2jma7ncliwo0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>'s first ever NYC building&nbsp;&mdash; the brutalist condo tower project <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/463712/152-elizabeth-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">152 Elizabeth Street</a>&nbsp;&mdash; is kicking into high gear with the release of new renderings, photos of the completed sales gallery, floorplans for the first residences coming on the market, the launch of a new website for the building, and the unveiling of a video interview with the Japanese master and the project's interior designer, Michael Gabellini of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/40804767/gabellini-sheppard-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gabellini Sheppard Associates</a>.</p><p>Read on for more details we've received, and watch the video interview below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pe2536vs9wamw9b4.jpg"></p><p>"For 152 Elizabeth Street, Ando harmoniously balances fundamental elements including water, metal, glass greenery and concrete. His inventive use of concrete, a material that&rsquo;s ubiquitous in a majority of his projects, has become famous around the world.</p><p>Part concrete, part jewel box, the building makes a strong yet quiet statement with a fa&ccedil;ade comprised of voluminous glass, burnished metal and flanked by poured in-place concrete and a living green wall that rise...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123915839/further-details-on-tadao-ando-s-nyc-luxury-condo-tower Further details on Tadao Ando's NYC luxury condo tower Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T20:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf078905b4166d8d8e79daa741a1e315.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets at the edge of NoLIta, demolition work began in early March to make way for a seven-story condominium, Mr. Ando&rsquo;s first stand-alone project in the city, although he has designed a restaurant (Morimoto in Chelsea) and residential interiors in Manhattan. Sales are expected to begin in April, with prices [...] likely to rise to more than $30 million for the four-bedroom penthouse, according to Mr. Steinberg.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102271187/new-details-on-tadao-ando-s-upcoming-residential-project-in-nyc-s-nolita" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New details on Tadao Ando's upcoming residential project in NYC's NoLIta</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95126889/tadao-ando-to-design-first-residential-building-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando to design first residential building in New York</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123833084/this-modernist-rudolph-schindler-church-in-south-la-could-be-yours-for-1-85m This modernist Rudolph Schindler church in South LA could be yours for $1.85M Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:02:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/6945aunxhm6gmu4w.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prolific Los Angeles Modernist Rudolph Schindler designed dozens of timeless duplexes, apartments, houses, and office buildings, but he only ever designed one church. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda was built in 1944 for a small, black church congregation. Now, just after a much-needed restoration to what was for many years a pretty rough-looking building, the architecturally significant church&mdash;an official Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark&mdash;is up for sale.</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/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-23T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:35:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37bf6b17e60176b5c4edb2f8ee935210.jpg" width="514" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everyone knows the supply of new homes in the Bay Area is falling far short of job and population growth, but the number of existing homes being put up for sale is also near record lows in many areas. [...] &ldquo;The move-up market is pretty much frozen,&rdquo; said Matt Fuller, an agent with Zephyr. &ldquo;Even if you can do great on the sale of your property, you are terrified to enter the market as a buyer.&rdquo; [...] Inventory is also shrinking because post-foreclosure sales have dried 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/123275741/chicago-s-willis-tower-sold-for-1-3b-to-blackstone-group Chicago's Willis Tower sold for $1.3B to Blackstone Group Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T15:42:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/sunx1q6e360e0qob.jpg" width="476" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the U.S., and plans to upgrade the retail and observatory space in a bet on growth in the city. [...] On a per-square-foot basis, the valuation for the more than 40-year-old Willis Tower is lower than deals for newer buildings. The Blackstone price is about $342 a square foot, based on about 3.8 million square feet (353,000 square meters) of rentable space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></p>