Archinect - News 2015-08-04T13:57:29-04:00 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/127708656/in-the-midst-of-historic-drought-barclay-s-plans-a-residential-development-in-new-mexico-s-desert In the midst of historic drought, Barclay's plans a residential development in New Mexico's desert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:14:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fypss15ei72lag2h.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Barclay's] plan, to fabricate a &ldquo;master-planned community&rdquo; for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico&rsquo;s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe [...] Columbia University&rsquo;s Earth Institute points to 2050 as a time when the drought will begin to worsen dramatically, right around when Santolina planners predict the development could approach full capacity</p></em><br /><br /><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/127579371/manhattan-community-board-pushes-moratorium-on-600ft-and-higher-construction Manhattan community board pushes moratorium on 600ft and higher construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-19T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T19:32:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/214bda1e23e33dc0d3188d389a7d01e5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There's actually such a lack of transparency that it is difficult to understand what developers and property owners are actually planning ... There's no mechanism for us or the city for us to understand ahead of time what's in the planning" [...] The board ultimately wants Mayor Bill de Blasio to take steps to create more comprehensive zoning laws that would assess the impact of large towers on open space and mitigate any potential impacts, like shadows on Central Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Listen to the full report from WYNC below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125748007/bad-news-for-good-taste-burnt-da-vinci-apartments-expected-to-be-rebuilt-in-10-months Bad news for good taste - burnt Da Vinci apartments expected to be rebuilt in 10 months Justine Testado 2015-04-20T17:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:02:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65o7by3j7rjozf5b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A rise from the ashes had always been in [developer Geoff] Palmer's mind for this charred housing project; he'd said in a statement back in December that the devastation at the building on the south side of Temple Street was just a 'temporary loss.' Now that all the wreckage from the fire has been cleared off the site, construction can begin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of "renaissance" (sorry) that many locals are <em>probably</em> not very thrilled about...</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title="L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal Justine Testado 2015-04-16T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tw/tw4rom37t942824v.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[JetBlue Airways] reportedly wants to get into the hotel business by partnering with New York-based hotel developer MCR Development to turn the landmarked terminal into a 500-room hotel. The deal isn't final&mdash;the parties are in 'advanced negotiations'&mdash;so things could still fall apart...The Port Authority previously chose hotelier Andre Balazs as the developer, but Balazs backed out after realizing how long the project would take. He told the [WSJ] his company had 'more interesting opportunities.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81462395/hotelier-andre-balazs-to-convert-jfk-s-historic-twa-terminal-into-a-hotel-and-conference-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier Andre Balazs to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site "Visionary Cities Project" applies urbanist archetypes to Damien Hirst's blank development site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-10T14:58:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:38:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tihzaezgzexrylr0.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Students in UIC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Visionary Cities Project&rdquo; have pitted a selection of urbanist theories against one another, to see how historical visions of urbanism compare on a common ground. The studio, run by <a href="http://aeisenschmidt.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Eisenschmidt</a> at the University of Illinois at Chicago, takes urbanist models and schemes from the likes of Piranesis, Le Corbusier, and Hilberseimer, and reinterprets them on the blank slate of an upcoming development for the city of Ilfracombe, on the UK&rsquo;s southern coast. In reality, Ilfracombe&rsquo;s new district is being <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developed by the artist Damien Hirst</a>, with a plan for suburban subdivisions. But the UIC studio is interpreting the expansion as a &ldquo;cultural instigator&rdquo;; producing a collection of drawings that Eisenschmidt calls&nbsp;&ldquo;HiDef Cities of Architectural Urbanism.&rdquo;</p><p>Eisenschmidt provided the following "Historical Context" for the studio:</p><p><em>Architectural urbanism has a long history, which only by the mid-20th century was questioned as the urbanisms of modernism were unable to re...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119351406/a-closer-look-at-the-giza-2030-master-plan-blessing-or-curse-for-egypt A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt? Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:31:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/903193fceff50b329a9dac3518a0c4c7.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is this the promising future of Giza 2030? What is the status of Giza 2030 after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011? Would it be a curse or a blessing if I were from Giza? And my message to the current Egyptian regime is this: if this is the future of Egyptian cities, please leave the situation as it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T19:59:00-05:00 >2015-07-09T20:58:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47c513123473574131bd51d4bb3b9957.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Egypt is in the throes of a severe housing shortage [...]. But one thing the country has an abundance of is lonesome desert, and developers are turning there to construct immense projects that stick out in the emptiness like skyscrapers on Mars. London-based photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has a yen for the monumental [...] naturally he was interested in the colossal structures rising on the outskirts of Egyptian cities.</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/118970896/oliver-wainwright-takes-a-closer-look-at-beirut-s-downtown-redevelopment Oliver Wainwright takes a closer look at Beirut's downtown redevelopment Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T19:04:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/jsyfac3tl4tiicss.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two decades after civil war blew the Lebanese capital to rubble, the city centre boasts immaculately rebuilt streets lined with Gucci and Prada stores &ndash; but the whole place is strangely deserted [...] the resulting place feels less souk than Duty Free airport lounge. It is a monotonous world of more swanky high street brands, from Burberry to Tag Heuer, staffed by idle shop assistants awaiting the promised customer footfall that has yet to arrive.</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/117678057/turkish-development-unearths-giant-5-000-year-old-underground-city Turkish development unearths giant 5,000 year-old underground city Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-06T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:24:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1s/1s2o8idhmidqb30q.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The subterranean settlement was discovered in the Nev&#351;ehir province of Turkey&rsquo;s Central Anatolia region, in the historical area of Cappadocia. [...] the site, located around the Nev&#351;ehir hill fort near the city of Kayseri, appears to dwarf all other finds to date. [...] The agency has already spent 90 million Turkish liras (&pound;25m) on the development project, but the organisation&rsquo;s head said he did not see the money spent as a loss due to the magnitude of the historical discovery.</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/117025015/editor-s-picks-399 Editor's Picks #399 Nam Henderson 2014-12-28T17:19:00-05:00 >2014-12-31T18:46:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9tjsm9yq44a3mwh.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/paulkeskeys" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Keskeys</a>&nbsp;examined the the state of residential development across The Pond, and asks the question: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/116280877/the-age-of-the-plastic-chimney-how-cookie-cutter-homes-drove-me-to-despair-and-away-from-the-profession" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How can we rock the status quo?</a>&nbsp;Therein he diagnoses the root cause "<em>They will tell a tale of mass production, of value engineering, and of misguided nostalgia...It is economic pragmatism gone mad</em>".</p><p>Perhaps predictably,&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>The reason traditional architecture persists in the residential realm to a much larger degree than the institutional or commercial one is that home buyers, aka, individuals chose it...What's with the faux historical meme?</em>", while <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;opined "<em>this dilemma is about the </em><em><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/114820062/interview-november-29-2013-12-23-pm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">medium of finance dominating all mediums of existence</a></em><em>, There is nothing more we Architects can do, frankly, &nbsp;than educate each client one at a time</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/207odsn3l1ocqx4g.jpg"></p><p>Plus the latest edition of <strong>Screen/Print: </strong>featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115813747/screen-print-27-future-anterior-a-champion-of-historic-preservation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Anterior</a>, the first American academic journal for historic preservation, published by <a href="https://www.upress.umn.edu/journal-division/Journals/future-anterior" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Minnesota Press</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> thought it was a "<em>great article, quite relevan...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116653835/brian-libby-on-a-possible-future-for-centennial-mills-portland-s-last-large-industrial-relic Brian Libby on a possible future for Centennial Mills, Portland's last large industrial relic Alexander Walter 2014-12-23T13:42:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T17:55:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3ba09c929d1c1bacdf0f261d8b23f85.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a golden patina to their aged brick, these former flour and seed mills provide a striking contrast to the shiny new condo towers of the adjacent Pearl District, and their proximity to this burgeoning area could also make for an ideal riverside destination. [...] He has approached Frank Gehry to design a glass-ensconced event center and Lin to design a pedestrian bridge over busy Naito Parkway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this fall, we had the pleasure of <a href="https://twitter.com/brianlibby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Libby</a> joining us live to discuss the future of the controversial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111655995/the-portland-building-architect-michael-graves-fiercely-defends-his-controversial-creation-against-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves-designed&nbsp;Portland Building</a> on Archinect's podcast, episode 3:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111882633/keep-portland-architecture-weird-episode-3-of-archinect-sessions-out-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Keep Portland Architecture Weird!</em></a></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116076935/from-beirut-open-letter-to-mr-rem-koolhaas From Beirut: Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-16T11:11:00-05:00 >2015-03-17T12:15:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/581xvhernmk7srhw.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the above, we are appealing to you in your roles as founder and lead architect of the firm, and as an educator and a public intellectual, to side by us in advocating to your client, but also to planning and urban authorities in Beirut the preservation of a site with unique characteristics, and withdraw services on this project. If such advocacy efforts falter, we urge you to dissociate yourself and your firm from this contentious project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1452074595037881/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests</a>, letters to officials,<a href="http://www.beirutreport.com/2014/05/the-fight-for-dalieh-one-of-beiruts.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/19679" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media mobilization</a>. We are writing today to alert you to the disturbing facts behind the project, and solicit your support in outlining an alternative vision for Beirut&rsquo;s seafront.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115731033/can-nyc-create-a-new-neighborhood-without-displacing-an-old-one Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One? Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T03:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4d4b7358ed080fe35bf42449cab5419c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a nod to Mayor Bill de Blasio&rsquo;s affordable housing plans, New York City&rsquo;s Department of City Planning is inventing a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; to take what it thinks is a promising section of the Bronx from parking lots to high-rises. While the city has promised to make community outreach a cornerstone of its plans, the idea of a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; has left many who live there seeing Brooklyn-infused foreshadowing.</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/113345533/for-the-sake-of-our-cities-it-s-time-to-make-town-planning-cool-again For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T08:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25dc452e6ea90306c9e3ce3b4f598649.jpg" width="514" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the cult of the star architect has soared over the decades and property developers have displaced bankers as the new super-rich, the figure of the local town planner has become comic shorthand for a certain kind of faceless, under-whelming dullard. [...] &ldquo;Planning has become unpopular, disconnected from the public and increasingly beholden to the developer rather than the people it is meant to serve.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109347390/life-in-the-bowery-s-72-room-bohemian-dream-house Life in the Bowery's 72-room "Bohemian Dream House" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-19T18:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:27:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrw6wcidqw9m16u4.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn&rsquo;t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. [...] With the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn&rsquo;t some developer turning it into luxury condos? Because Jay Maisel, the photographer who bought it 42 years ago for $102,000, still lives there, with his wife, Linda Adam Maisel, and daughter, Amanda.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This 2008 piece on 190 Bowery is being published for historical context, on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109353010/nyc-s-historic-190-bowery-part-of-massive-buy-up-by-developer-rfr-holdings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent occasion of the property being sold</a> to NYC developer, RFR Holdings.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109226100/the-truth-about-property-developers-they-are-ruining-our-cities The truth about property developers: they are ruining our cities Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:34:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/el7sgqse4aiyk5cy.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conditions that have been agreed are relentlessly renegotiated at reserved matters stage. Good architects are employed to win outline planning, then ditched for a cheaper alternative; high-quality materials are substituted for flimsy plastic panels &ndash; all in the name of viability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The song remains the same, and you know your favorite Pritzker Prize'rs are involved in them.</p><p>It is usually the floodgate scheme;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Once an outline permission is granted, it makes it very difficult for us to refuse a scheme further down the line,&rdquo; says one officer. In Stratford City&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tiqstratfordcity.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;International Quarter&rdquo;</a>, part of the promised spoils of the Olympic legacy, consented tower proposals have recently gained a substantial number of extra storeys. Similarly in Wandsworth, a proposed pair of towers have put on a growth spurt and lost their planned mix of uses, reverting entirely to high-end flats.</p><p>Next line of invasion is always, "we provide jobs."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108188566/continued-delays-for-housing-at-atlantic-yards Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T17:53:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/305a0071b65451013f804fdf33a5a347.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work remains halted at the site of the modular residential tower next to the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn. The building is part of the 22-acre, mixed-use development formerly known as Atlantic Yards and now branded Pacific Park. [...] The dispute ... centers on the design and construction of the pre-fabricated units that make up the modular tower. The 34-story residential high-rise was supposed to be completed in July 2014. So far only 10 of the proposed 34 stories are finished</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/107712447/along-the-high-line-top-this Along the High Line: Top This! Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T20:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sd/sd6ip7kfgtbyg6dv.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The facades of his 515 Highline, a 12-unit condo at 515 West 29th Street in West Chelsea that will almost touch the elevated park, will be rippled like the surface of a sea. And Soori High Line, a 27-unit condo across the street at 522 West 29th, will have not only rooftop pools [...]. More than a dozen lower-floor apartments will also come with private pools to allow residents to float above it all while contemplating the brash buildings that increasingly populate the surrounding blocks.</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/107407617/a-failed-public-housing-project-could-be-a-key-to-st-louis-future A Failed Public-Housing Project Could Be a Key to St. Louis' Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T14:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T11:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55fb00a924984901898453be5a57a3e8.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Pruitt-Igoe site is once again in the spotlight, but this time because of a new bid to &ldquo;get the economic flywheel going in the right direction again,&rdquo; in the words of private developer Paul McKee, the force behind the proposed NorthSide Regeneration project. [...] The lynchpin of it all would be to get the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency&mdash;the high-tech eyes and ears of the Defense Department&mdash;to relocate to where the towers of Pruitt-Igoe once stood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing 'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing Alexander Walter 2014-07-31T13:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T13:44:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8ededcf11af2df5f218c63cafb9c1136.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Of course these so-called 'poor doors' are shocking, but they are a symptom, not the problem," says Michael Edwards, senior lecturer at the Bartlett school of planning at UCL. "We've simply stopped building proper social housing, and until that's addressed then fiddling around with front-door arrangements is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves &lsquo;poor door&rsquo; for luxury high-rise</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105411297/long-time-residents-worry-about-changes-to-los-angeles-art-district Long-time Residents Worry About Changes to Los Angeles Art District Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80dftum18wufgz0m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...In the 1970s, the streets east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River made up a dingy district of hollowed-out warehouses that landlords rented to artists who needed a lot of space for little money [...] Then a decade ago, what started with a new restaurant on this block and then another up that street, turned into an avalanche of development [...]</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/105250586/d-c-s-war-over-pop-ups D.C.'s war over pop-ups Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T15:08:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52b8a245bf25e22ba484503aefbf9e09.jpg" width="500" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Throughout his neighborhood of Lanier Heights, developers are buying up two-story townhouses and building an extra floor or two, additions that are known as pop-ups. They&rsquo;re also extending the structures as far back as allowed, to within 15 feet of the property line, obliterating backyards in the process. [...] A few doors down the other way is a deafening construction site, where a single-family home is being turned into eight units, taking full advantage of what was once the backyard.</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/104941218/london-mayor-boris-johnson-nimbies-pretend-to-care-about-architecture-to-block-developments London Mayor Boris Johnson: Nimbies pretend to care about architecture to block developments Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e568b365da8a08ef58ba34730c1953a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homeowners who "pretend" to care about architecture are "nimbies in disguise" who in reality want to block any development in their local area, Boris Johnson has said. In a scathing assessment, the Mayor of London said homeowners are dishonestly claiming they care about new homes being affordable or well-designed, in fact they simply oppose new developments entirely. Mr Johnson has promised to increase house-building in the capital, and wants to see 45,000 new homes by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104789294/asia-s-richest-man-is-building-hong-kong-apartments-barely-bigger-than-a-prison-cell Asia’s richest man is building Hong Kong apartments barely bigger than a prison cell Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T14:34:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2aa49054f58711b93a1ccebfaee39139.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Li&rsquo;s development company Cheung Kong will start selling &ldquo;micro-apartments&rdquo; for between HK$1.94 and HK$2 million ($250,000 to $260,000) a unit on July 26. The 196 mini flats, part of a larger development (pdf) of 1,071 units, are among the cheapest in Hong Kong and less than 200 square feet, or around 18 square meters. The smallest of the apartments come with usable area of just 177 sq. ft, including a 97 sq. ft living room, a 13 sq. ft kitchen and a 31 sq. ft bathroom.</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/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise Miles Jaffe 2014-07-22T14:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T13:08:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0e62tsd1eu1x8tg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City is moving forward with a proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and those living in the building&rsquo;s affordable housing unit. While wealthy residents will be able to enter the building from its designated front entrance, affordable housing tenants will be required to go in through a back alley. A mandatory affordable housing plan is not license to segregate lower-income tenants from those who are well-off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Maybe the <em>higher-ups</em> will employ the low-income folk as maids and janitors? Built-in servants quarters, subsidized by the city.</p>