Archinect - News 2016-06-29T23:17:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149953091/los-angeles-sues-property-owner-who-allegedly-evicted-tenants-for-airbnb-flip Los Angeles sues property owner who allegedly evicted tenants for Airbnb flip Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-21T17:31:00-04:00 >2016-06-21T21:06:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p1/p14715ch07c5zega.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City attorney Mike Feuer has filed criminal charges against Carol Jean Alsman, a local property owner, for allegedly forcing out tenants in rent-controlled units and then listing the units for rent on Airbnb. [...] [Feuer&rsquo;s] office has lodged civil complaints against three other Los Angeles property owners for allegedly using their buildings as illegal hotels [...] &ldquo;In a city with a profound shortage of affordable housing, unlawfully converting rental units to operate hotels has got to stop&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="After allegations of racial discrimination and #AirbnbWhileBlack fallout, Airbnb looks inward" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949227/after-allegations-of-racial-discrimination-and-airbnbwhileblack-fallout-airbnb-looks-inward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After allegations of racial discrimination and #AirbnbWhileBlack fallout, Airbnb looks inward</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb invests in a blockchain future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940504/airbnb-invests-in-a-blockchain-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb invests in a blockchain future</a></li><li><a title='Airbnb intentionally misconstrued data to "garner good press", according to new report' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148424326/airbnb-intentionally-misconstrued-data-to-garner-good-press-according-to-new-report" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb intentionally misconstrued data to "garner good press", according to new report</a></li><li><a title="Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134651275/barcelona-plans-shakedown-scheme-against-unlicensed-airbnb-apartments-to-curb-tourism-boom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135130016/airbnb-to-collect-taxes-in-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937678/historic-community-facing-eviction-in-bangkok Historic community facing eviction in Bangkok Graeme Bristol 2016-04-01T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-01T14:15:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ja/jav17r04crvo5mcf.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fort community houses 59 families, and is well-known for its wooden houses in the early Rattanakosin-style. Faced with strong resistance from the community, and academics and activists, City Hall the plan but dusted it off early last month amid a public outcry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Pom Mahakan community on the edge of Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok has been there for more than 150 years.&nbsp; Many of the old teak houses remain behind the last piece of the original wall of the city.&nbsp; The people of this community have faced many eviction threats in the past 20 years as the Bangkok Metro Administration attempts to move them out in order to implement the Rattanakosin Master Plan, part of which calls for this small strip of land between the klong and the old city wall to be turned into a tourist park.&nbsp; NGOs and academics have, over the years called for the protection of this piece of vernacular architectural history and for the community with the intimate knowledge of that history and culture (see, for example, the 2007 UN Global Report on Human Settlements - <a href="http://unhabitat.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/5403_7323_GRHS.2007.CaseStudy.Tenure.Thailand.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Strategies for Survival</a>).&nbsp; A <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72hRsF8qe0s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">short video </a>of the Pom Mahakan community was done in 2004 when they were facing yet another threat of eviction.&nbsp; That eviction notice was postponed with the help of KMUTT <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Centre-for-Architecture-and-Human-Rights-187339491342977/?pnref=lhc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect...</a></p> 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/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T17:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T18:17:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcupwpwpyehh334p.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 925 and 1,960 units citywide have been removed from the housing market by hosts renting out entire units on Airbnb for more than 58 days, the [San Francisco Budget &amp; Legislative Analyst's] report estimates. [...] The report draws a comparison between the number of evictions in neighborhoods with the most hosts, though notes there is no way to draw a direct connection. In the Mission, for example, there were 315 hosts last year and 323 evictions.</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/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood Activists “Evict” Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-10T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T13:22:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/7133dc7b5d6c2a511515f9bd1694c8c8.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On November 8th, a group called the North East L.A. Alliance (NELA Alliance) held a public art performance titled &ldquo;Procesion de Testimonios: Evicting Displacement,&rdquo; which sought to bring attention to changes in Highland Park. The procession began along the most visibly gentrifying corridor, York Boulevard, and the group served mock eviction notices to businesses the group didn&rsquo;t feel were &ldquo;culturally inviting, affordable and displaced long-time businesses,&rdquo; according to organizer Melissa Uribe.</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/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum Archinect 2014-07-25T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:44:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nkgnr0n6r2prg6bv.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Andre&iacute;na Contreras, a 26-year-old mother of two, lived until this week in the &ldquo;Tower of David,&rdquo; in Caracas, Venezuela, which has been described as the world&rsquo;s tallest slum, because it is situated in an abandoned skyscraper. She is among an estimated 1,150 families living in the tower who are to be removed and relocated permanently this week, seven years after the officially named Torre Confinanzas was first occupied as a result of Venezuela&rsquo;s financial crisis...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104786875/venezuelan-government-evicts-residents-from-world-s-tallest-slum Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96d737867e120b79f415648534b6c377.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the world's tallest slum. Residents from the "Tower of David&rdquo; were going to new homes in the town of Cua, south of Caracas [...]. President Nicolas Maduro's government has not yet said what it will do with the tower, but one local newspaper reported Chinese banks were buying it to restore to its original purpose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58212662/iwan-baan-presents-torre-david-gran-horizonte-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan presents TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE in Los Angeles</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73093362/anywhere-but-here-deserted-banking-empire-turned-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anywhere but Here: Deserted Banking Empire turned Skyscraper Slum</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80454817/the-world-s-tallest-slum-rare-look-at-an-illegal-ghetto-in-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The world's tallest slum: Rare look at an illegal ghetto in the sky</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104785261/airbnb-host-forced-to-evict-squatter-in-palm-springs-rental Airbnb host forced to evict squatter in Palm Springs rental Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:49:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqnrmjd4l590us39.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A woman rented her 600-square-foot Palm Springs, California, condo to someone for a little over a month, and now she says the guy won't leave and is threatening to sue her. She's had to hire a lawyer and go through the entire eviction process, which could take 3-6 months, the same as if he were a long-term tenant. It's "been a nightmare," the host, Cory Tschogl, told Business Insider.</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/104707313/an-urbanist-s-guide-to-istanbul-we-live-in-a-giant-construction-site An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: ‘We live in a giant construction site’ Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:12:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/ef749ea030bfdce68e593a27f3269dbd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Istanbul is the city of transformation and contradiction. As an urbanist, I am trying to keep record and make sense of this transformation and am especially interested in its winners and losers. At the moment we live in a giant construction site, where skyscrapers, mega projects and urban renewal projects are taking place all around. There is a gold rush to real-estate 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/104167366/azerbaijan-counts-human-cost-of-architecture Azerbaijan counts human cost of architecture Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:53:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/3191015b937d6a68550972e65cc4613b.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Baku is gaining international recognition as a centre of cutting-edge architectural design thanks in part to a major award given recently to London-based architect Zaha Hadid for her Heydar Aliyev Centre. The Azerbaijani capital&rsquo;s new look has plenty of local fans, but also some detractors. [...] The latest wave of protests occurred in February and March, prompted by a government announcement that 40,000 downtown residents would be evicted to make way for a &ldquo;green zone&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/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>