Archinect - News 2016-05-29T01:50:02-04:00 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/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel & residential redevelopment Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T19:34:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpw8xc4mh8bnfu42.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of developers on the short list to buy Tribune Tower want to convert the Gothic Michigan Avenue landmark into condominiums, apartments and even a hotel [...] The property also comes with something all developers love: land for new buildings. A buyer could build one or two more towers on the parking lot next door and on space created by demolishing some of the existing Tribune building that is not landmarked. [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent Chi-Town news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946421/is-pyongyang-s-eccentric-architecture-only-skin-deep Is Pyongyang's eccentric architecture only skin deep? Justine Testado 2016-05-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wrh05a9bh9p5kv7i.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some Pyongyang-watchers believe the changes are merely skin deep, and do not portend or reflect deeper political or economic changes. &lsquo;There is still all this state influence. There is no free development [...] The production of the city has not yet changed. Only the shapes of the buildings have changed.&rsquo; &lsquo;There is this thing among North Koreans about developing...an architecture that is reflective of their society. So what is an architecture that reflects their society?&lsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers LA has a housing crisis – but the problem isn't those fancy new towers Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T14:11:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74i0wp553wpleawx.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What&rsquo;s the root cause of Los Angeles&rsquo; affordable housing crisis? Many blame the new luxury housing developments springing up... driving up interest in the neighborhood and attracting hipsters. Landlords take notice and soon rents start climbing. That&rsquo;s the story anyway. But here&rsquo;s the thing: If booming development in hot markets like Hollywood and downtown is why rents keep going up... why have the same price increases hit locales with extremely limited development?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Because our problems aren&rsquo;t driven by a local phenomenon but by a regional one: low residential vacancy rates. Nothing is more important, and data from the American Community Survey confirm this. Zooming out to look at the 20 largest U.S. cities rather than local ZIP codes, the correlation between prices and vacancies is four times stronger than the correlation between prices and new development."</em></p><p>According to experts, 5% vacancy is the magic number defining the landlord-renter relationship. Above it, the landlord is forced to lower rents or offer incentives to attract renters. Below it, expect to pay exorbitant rates for that roach-infested closet.</p><p>So in other words, it's a paucity of housing stock in general driving the city's housing crisis, rather than a few flashy towers.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a href="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" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941745/as-housing-crisis-persists-l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-get-one-step-closer-to-legal" target="_blank">As housing crisis pe...</a></li></ul> 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/149941796/construction-of-shop-s-29th-floor-skybridge-pool-nearing-completion Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T17:50:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:42:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/oz3n8uwjx3roj242.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Workers have almost completed mounting the copper paneling&nbsp;on the American Copper Buildings&nbsp;(n&eacute;e&nbsp;626 First Avenue), the new tilting, two-towered development on Manhattan&rsquo;s East Side, but their&nbsp;most striking feature&mdash;a three-story, 100-foot-long skybridge&mdash;is still open to the elements. [...] The skybridge itself, though, is designed to be the showstopper. The architects placed a 75-foot lap pool on the bridge, so residents can swim 300 feet in the air [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p0/p0b1igtm2x5h9s3v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Interior rendering of the skybridge pool area on the 29th floor.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hq/hqcayoltiixry9kd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Exterior rendering of the SHoP-designed towers with the skybridge spanning the 27th to 29th floors. (Image: JDS Development; via bloomberg.com)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/wekxze2p57axs4u2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; JDS Developers hope to have the towers completed in 2017.</p><p>Images via the <a href="http://jdsdevelopment.com/american-copper-buildings/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developer's website</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-20/american-copper-buildings-photos-626-first-ave-skybridge-pool-by-shop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bloomberg.com</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937708/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-new-rooftop-spaces-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Rooftop Spaces" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87936145/every-pool-in-los-angeles-mapped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-20T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:02:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubu1rhxmdgfz5rth.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>this plan creates a new complication all its own: a financing scheme that involves borrowing nearly $1.2 billion and extending five taxes beyond their expiration dates: Tax dollars collected in 2066 still would be paying off a deal cut a half-century earlier, in 2016. [...] By law both proposed museum sites are submerged lake bottom and have special protections. [...] If you're a citizen, you own what's called a fractional beneficial interest in this public trust land. You can use it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on the rocky development history of Chicago's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art:</p><ul><li><a title='The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a title="Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></li><li><a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940152/critic-mark-lamster-on-the-dire-state-of-architecture-in-dallas-and-most-other-american-cities Critic Mark Lamster on the dire state of architecture in Dallas (and most other American cities) Alexander Walter 2016-04-12T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr1tkzi4w9e5fatx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>bastardized visual language has become the de facto standard of Dallas residential architecture development. The explanation for its ever-increasing prevalence, however depressing, is fairly straightforward.&nbsp;Developers find something that&rsquo;s profitable and want to reproduce it. Risk-averse banks are happy to lend them money given their track record, at least in the short term. Architects, stuck with low budgets, tight schedules, and conservative developers, serve to please and follow convention.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But Dallas architecture shouldn&rsquo;t be a joke, and it doesn&rsquo;t have to be. A look at recent developments in Los Angeles, a historically auto-centric city faced with similar&nbsp;growth challenges,&nbsp;suggests how Dallas might break the vicious cycle in which it is mired."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126897631/architecture-critic-mark-lamster-we-systemically-encourage-bad-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147360412/does-houston-s-architecture-lack-poetry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Houston's architecture lack poetry?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115730231/boston-mayor-marty-walsh-goes-up-against-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937384/foster-partners-get-the-go-ahead-on-controversial-whiteleys-renovation Foster + Partners' get the go-ahead on controversial Whiteleys renovation Ellen Hancock 2016-04-01T04:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/831a0ef89b6fbd2d7d11a5be5c2373eb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; plans for the overhaul of London&rsquo;s Grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre have got the go-ahead &ndash; despite opposition from locals. Westminster City Council approved the contentious scheme last night, but will now look into setting conditions concerning the scale of two residential towers that form part of the proposal, alongside a gym, hotel, cinema and new shops.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on listed projects, take a look at previous coverage here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935964/sex-pistols-graffiti-secures-famous-tin-pan-alley-building-grade-2-listed-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few? Alexander Walter 2016-03-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fisdg1gmdl8cd9so.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&#65279;&ldquo;If we do it right,&rdquo; Gehry said at an event in September, &ldquo;we can really make the High Line look like a little pishy thing.&rdquo; Given that Manhattan&rsquo;s elevated park, at merely 1/35th the length of the river, has helped transform the surrounding neighborhood into a playground for the rich, residents of LA&rsquo;s river-adjacent communities are right to be concerned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The LA River development project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149367745/request-for-qualifications-rfq-boxspot-architectural-services Request for Qualifications (RFQ) BoxSpot Architectural Services Sponsor 2016-03-02T12:37:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:06:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ua/uade2qu6cgb61ux1.jpg" width="514" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bbcdevelopment.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burten, Bell, Carr Development</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Burten, Bell, Carr Development (BBC), a non-profit community development organization is seeking qualifications from architects with experience designing shipping containers for commercial and/or office space use. The consultant must demonstrate previous experience with container based structures at all phases of development including schematic design, design development, and the construction procurement process. It is the goal of BBC to hire a consultant that establishes a set of approved technical specifications and construction drawings for a modular product line of habitable container structures.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/hhgsafny6v7owu4/RFQ%20_%20BoxSpot%20-%20Shipping%20Container%20Architect%20-%20Cleveland_.pdf?dl=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to download a copy of the RFQ</a></p><p><em><strong>C</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>su</strong><strong>l</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>t</strong><strong> qualifications</strong><strong> </strong><strong>w</strong><strong>il</strong><strong>l be acc</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>pted</strong><strong> </strong><strong>until March 14, 2016</strong><strong>.</strong></em></p><p>RFQ BACKGROUND</p><p><strong>Key Partners</strong><br><a href="http://www.bbcdevelopment.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc</em></a><br>BBC is the lead entity in the creation of the Container Retrofitting Business, is a nonprofit neighborhood development organization founded in 1990 that serves th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149044981/as-ho-chi-minh-city-develops-rapidly-historic-colonial-architecture-comes-under-threat As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat Alexander Walter 2016-02-26T14:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:01:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qx9z5nsjuzg9x1tx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What I realized is that they have very little power,&rdquo; Mr. Viet, 28, said of his fellow urban planners. &ldquo;The fates of the buildings were being decided by someone else.&rdquo; [...] when Ho Chi Minh City&rsquo;s property market perked up after a slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis, dozens of prewar buildings &mdash; spanning the colonial to modernist eras &mdash; were razed to make room for new ones. As the city&rsquo;s modest skyline grows, residents are watching with a mixture of awe and trepidation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105251391/inside-the-famous-phnom-penh-cinema-that-has-become-a-living-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146747817/how-chinese-families-are-handling-the-country-s-ongoing-mass-evictions How Chinese families are handling the country's ongoing mass evictions Justine Testado 2016-01-27T18:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vio7yuu6as76s1wx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'My family has lived here for generations. We don&rsquo;t want the money, we don&rsquo;t want our house destroyed, we just want to live here,' Mrs. Zhang declared. The physical re-facing of China is cutting some very deep social scars. Abuse of power, corruption, developers in cahoots with government officials, and the misappropriation of funds are rife throughout the eviction and relocation process, littering the country with the seeds of discontent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wade Shepard digs into China's ongoing mass evictions and the country's laws that have long enabled such property seizures. While some families were lucky enough to receive compensation to give up their homes, the evictions have been the harshest for those who have lived in the same towns for centuries.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Baku win ignites protests over forced eviction and suspicions over worker's rights and human trafficking</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood</a></p> 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/144497436/detroit-may-see-a-few-bigger-idle-sites-move-towards-redevelopment-in-2016 Detroit may see a few bigger idle sites move towards redevelopment in 2016 Alexander Walter 2015-12-29T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hsbthsu72rsr255b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of Detroit's most famous vacant sites finally may see new construction getting under way in 2016, turning some of the city's&nbsp;longest-running symbols of distress into emblems of renewal. The Hudson's site on Woodward, the old Tiger Stadium site at Michigan and Trumbull, and the State Fairgrounds near Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile&nbsp;all seem likely to see redevelopment progress in 2016 after in some cases decades of disuse.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142820371/the-return-of-redlining-how-the-mortgage-industry-is-threatening-detroit-s-rejuvenation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The return of redlining: how the mortgage industry is threatening Detroit's rejuvenation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590228/detroit-joins-shenzhen-berlin-turin-and-others-as-an-unesco-city-of-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit joins Shenzhen, Berlin, Turin and others as an UNESCO "City of Design"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131801551/how-detroit-can-learn-to-revive-its-derelict-industrial-sites-from-other-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Detroit can learn to revive its derelict industrial sites from other cities</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/143436084/2-world-trade-center-receives-9m-rent-assistance-from-port-authority-to-expedite-project 2 World Trade Center receives $9M rent assistance from Port Authority to expedite project Alexander Walter 2015-12-15T13:14:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T13:16:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pc/pcrimpviuwmw2w1k.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved subsidies to help expedite the construction of lower Manhattan&rsquo;s 2 World Trade Center [...]. Developer Silverstein Properties Inc., which leases the sites for 2 World Trade Center and two other towers from the Port Authority, would receive a rent break that amounts to $9 million over the life of the lease [...]. The agency had previously maintained that 2 World Trade would be built entirely without public assistance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117113216/port-authority-reveals-plan-to-sell-world-trade-center-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Port Authority reveals plan to sell World Trade Center site</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-11-12T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T09:03:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72c8c557acb847d5089bf124cf80a236.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than watching passively as non-local or private developers consume neighborhood public spaces, we can use Placemaking to enable citizens to create their own public spaces, to highlight the unique strengths of their neighborhoods, and to address its specific challenges. While gentrification can divide communities and build upon exclusivity, Placemaking is about inclusion and shared community ownership. It is about increasing &ldquo;quality of life,&rdquo; not removing public life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a 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></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127116917/is-nyc-losing-its-new-yorkiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134799985/can-an-indianapolis-arts-collective-pull-off-a-fairer-form-of-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can an Indianapolis arts collective pull off a fairer form of gentrification?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139956397/has-preservation-become-too-conservative-and-elitist Has preservation become too conservative and elitist? Nicholas Korody 2015-10-28T19:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T00:46:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4xbqxv225fxs6ow2.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I would like to argue that a more potent threat to the ongoing political viability of historic preservation is the perception that the preservation industry has become a conservative, indeed revanchist force; that it is elitist and sometimes even racist in its abetment of gentrification. How did this happen? Historic preservation in New York, according to the favored creation myth, was born in the postwar era as a progressive grassroots movement...</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/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/136264968/proposed-30-acre-green-roof-would-be-the-world-s-largest Proposed 30-acre green roof would be the world's largest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T14:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76a677a5886fc63df21841092e3b5378.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A South Bay developer is reimagining&nbsp;an outdated Cupertino mall by building the world&rsquo;s largest green roof on top of it. The Vallco Shopping Mall, bought by Sand Hill Property Company for $316 million last year, is destined to become a 30-acre elevated public park that will connect shops to offices, trails and vineyards. The $3 billion design was inspired by&nbsp;&ldquo;starchitect&rdquo; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who is working alongside&nbsp;Olin Landscape Architects to replace most [of] the Valleco Shopping Mall...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/760b20ebad3716a2d4df5f17b58a41cb.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2ddd3aca30f221e34ff5ca8e7f52db57.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3dfe2c2fa24f231fe1f0cae3ca801ab.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39020309a6ecfadadaedd04cf0c240b7.jpg"><br><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577264/plans-for-japan-s-tallest-skyscraper-announced Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T14:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pbn30ri8x3assrg.jpg" width="514" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan&rsquo;s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Tokyo architecture news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines" target="_blank">Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool" Nicholas Korody 2015-08-20T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:29:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/eee864eca4694d5aeab8bae6777f1994.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the overseas investor who has it all, what better trophy to add to the portfolio of properties you will never visit than an apartment with its own &ldquo;sky pool&rdquo;? London may already have a fairytale Sky Garden, but now Irish developer Ballymore plans to introduce a &ldquo;world first&rdquo; all-glass swimming pool bridge between two apartment blocks in Nine Elms, allowing its residents to float 10 storeys up in the air. -Oliver Wainwright</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/134722803/san-francisco-launches-new-green-benefit-district-program-to-improve-public-spaces San Francisco launches new "Green Benefit District" program to improve public spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-20T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T11:26:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/nt2f2hwb034dzo4v.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through the program, property owners will pay a small assessment that will go toward maintaining and improving parks, plazas, gardens, sidewalks and more. It&rsquo;s modeled after the Community Benefit District (CBD) program, but geared toward greening a residential area, as opposed to promoting commercial shopping districts, like more conventional CBDs. [...] &ldquo;This provides a way for us to not only maintain them [the public spaces], but provide capital improvements over time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Targeted specifically in the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill neighborhoods of San Francisco, the impetus for the Green Benefit District plan began years ago, as development rates were quickly beginning to outpace public green spaces in the area. The GBD program would provide a continual source of funding for green spaces in the neighborhood, by taxing local property owners a small amount annually. San Francisco's GBD is the country's first.</p><p>More news on development in San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition</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><li><a title="Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a title="Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa Alexander Walter 2015-08-17T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T12:46:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b29bb341074be44a0ccb8bb621dce7c1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Across the continent, Chinese companies are building highways, railways, sports stadiums, mass housing complexes, and sometimes entire cities. But China isn&rsquo;t just providing the manpower to fuel quickly urbanizing African cities. It is exporting its own version of urbanization, creating cities and economic zones that look remarkably similar to Chinese ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133130715/will-turning-california-farmland-into-residential-development-help-save-water Will turning California farmland into residential development help save water? Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T21:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e248abf9cc7c7712c74cddffdfeab88a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities &mdash; in unexpected ways, and unexpected places. [...] There will also be a system for treating and sending wastewater back into the aquifer underneath the city. [...] Not everyone is convinced it will use less water. Phil Desatoff is with a local water district that is suing Reedley over the development's environmental review.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Got some design solutions up your sleeve that could help&nbsp;alleviate California's ongoing historic drought? Check out Archinect's recently launched <strong><a href="http://www.dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong>&nbsp;ideas competition, and submit your entry by September 1st.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself London is eating itself Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:01:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/meyjlu0oai5ehkif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever. If London is an enormous party, millions of people are on the wrong side of its velvet rope.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore sets a signpost in London's rampant development, checking in on the industries and businesses struggling in the midst of city-wide growth. Moore points out that while things like a bevy of cranes and a thriving multicultural food scene may look like more feathers in London's urban hat, these developments are precipitating big losses for other industries, and if unchecked, would quash the city's personality entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>More on London's recent developmental issues:</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="Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li><li><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></li></ul><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the piece's author &ndash; it is Rowan Moore, not Rowan Smith.</em></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T16:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T12:37:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c119ef1a1dfc5a4b06eda341b50fe9f7.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>High-rise buildings and apartments are crowding small alleyways and residential areas, investors ignoring the huge pressure they are putting on already weak infrastructure. [...] Hai, a resident of Thanh Xuan District, said locals are most worried about the danger of fire [...] High-rise developments also put a huge strain on local power and water supplies, struggling sewage systems and storm-water drainage, creating more hazards for neighbouring residents.</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/128249171/this-bel-air-home-could-be-yours-for-a-mere-half-billion-dollars-yes-b-illion This Bel Air home could be yours for a mere half billion dollars (yes, B-illion) Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:07:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/21118a5ed22ab973fdab4cb8fb1d9571.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the biggest homes in U.S. history is rising on a Los Angeles hilltop, and the developer hopes to sell it for a record $500 million. Nile Niami, a film producer and speculative residential developer, is pouring concrete in L.A.&rsquo;s Bel Air neighborhood for a compound with a 74,000-square-foot (6,900-square-meter) main residence and three smaller homes, according to city records. [...] including a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom, a 30-car garage and a &ldquo;Monaco-style casino,&rdquo; Niami said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e65953d94226f0e86da3e13b64b0200.jpg"></p><p><em>Rendering of the "largest home built in the U.S. this century." (Image: McClean Design; via bloomberg.com)</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102033886/the-biggest-house-in-the-us-according-to-curbed-is-now-underway-in-bel-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air</a></p>