Archinect - News 2016-10-27T14:46:50-04:00 Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T13:29:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being criticized for helping to displace renters by inadvertently motivating landlords to turn long-term rentals into short-term hotel-like quarters, Airbnb is getting political and donating $100,000 to Los Angeles' Proposition HHH, which would require city officials to raise tax dollars to build 10,000 units of homeless housing. According to an article in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times:</a></p><p>"The contribution&nbsp;comes as a proposed ordinance&nbsp;to regulate short-term rentals is working its way to the&nbsp;<a title="Los Angeles City Council" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Council</a>. The measure, approved in June by the Los Angeles Planning Commission, would limit short-term&nbsp;rentals to 180 days per year,&nbsp;exclude&nbsp;rent-controlled units and impose a tax on rentals.</p><p>Airbnb welcomes&nbsp;being regulated&nbsp;but is not endorsing all the terms of&nbsp;the proposal as is, said spokesman Christopher Nully."&nbsp;</p><p>Airbnb in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb offers landlords a cut of the profi...</a></li></ul> Finland has greatly reduced its homeless population — here's how Nicholas Korody 2016-09-16T19:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:28:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Finland is the only European country where homelessness has decreased in recent years. At the end of 2015 the number of single homeless people was for the first time under 7,000 and this number includes people living temporarily with friends and relatives, who constitute 80% of all homeless people [...] The main explanation for this success is quite simple: when the national programme started housing first was adopted as a mainstream national homelessness policy.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The housing first model is quite simple: when people are homeless, you give them housing first &ndash; a stable home, rather than progressing them through several levels of temporary and transitional accommodation.</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Denver collaborative wants to offer mobile laundry service to the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Portland responds to homelessness crisis by temporarily allowing 'rough sleeping' on sidewalks and in parks</a></li></ul> Inside the failure of Jerry Brown's plans to ease California's housing crisis Julia Ingalls 2016-09-13T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite introducing what seemed like excellent legislation to help increase the number of affordable housing units in developer-backed housing projects, California governor Jerry Brown's proposal caused so much multi-faceted angst it became political poison, primarily because it gently circumvented the traditional development process. This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> piece takes a look at what went wrong, noting that: &nbsp;</p><p><em>If developers pledged to set aside some&nbsp;units in their projects&nbsp;for low-income residents, the governor&rsquo;s proposed&nbsp;legislation would have eliminated some&nbsp;local hurdles to building,&nbsp;likely&nbsp;leading to a modest increase in construction.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Yet the proposal the governor unveiled in May&nbsp;represented a profound shakeup in how the development process would have worked in California. The measure&nbsp;challenged the primacy of local control over housing, inflamed powerful entrenched interests and was&nbsp;eyed warily by the very groups representing those the plan was supposed to help.</em></p><p>For more on California's...</p> Anthropologist discovers "hobo graffiti" dating back almost a century Nicholas Korody 2016-06-01T17:55:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:33:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anthropologist Susan Phillips had spent a career examining the graffiti that covers urban walls, bridges and freeway overpasses. But when she came across an unrecognizable collection made not of spray paint but substances like grease pencil and apparently left there for a century, she was stunned. Phillips had uncovered a peculiar, almost extinct form of American hieroglyphics known as hobo graffiti, the treasure trove discovered under a nondescript, 103-year-old bridge spanning the LA River.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on graffiti:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">New Renderings of What Will Replace Grafitti Art Mecca 5Pointz Emerge</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Giant "calligraffiti" mural unites community in Cairo slum</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Leading street artists weigh in on the gentrification debate</a></li></ul> Portland responds to homelessness crisis by temporarily allowing 'rough sleeping' on sidewalks and in parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-25T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-26T09:39:40-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portland has embarked on a gentler approach &ndash; letting the homeless bunk down on city sidewalks or pitch tents on public rights of way during evening hours, with the understanding they pack up and move out by 7 a.m. The city's "safe sleep policy" is aimed at breaking up the homeless encampments where crime and drug use can fester by allowing people to sleep in public places and sidewalks without fear of being harassed by authorities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the homelessness crisis throughout the US:</p><ul><li><a title="Increasing development translates to more homeless housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Increasing development translates to more homeless housing</a></li><li><a title="Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a title="&quot;It&rsquo;s about recognizing someone as existing&quot;: Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"It&rsquo;s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis</a></li><li><a title="Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></li><li><a title="LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li></ul> Increasing development translates to more homeless housing Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary&rsquo;s Place, the service provider, has perfected: turning vacant or transitioning buildings into temporary shelter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to decades of research conducted on real-life case studies, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">providing housing for the homeless is actually cheaper than not doing so</a>. Thriving real estate markets also make it easier to provide permanent shelter, as noted in the article:</p><p><em>It&rsquo;s perhaps counterintuitive, but Executive Director Marty Hartman says the boom times for the local real estate market have created more opportunities for Mary&rsquo;s Place than the recession. As companies expand, it&rsquo;s development more than abandonment that stocks the vacant building pool.</em></p><p><em>Seattle officials have begun to pivot toward 24-hour shelters&nbsp;as a new approach toward the issue. This is modeled after San Francisco&rsquo;s Navigation Center, which houses people so they can devote their energy away from survival and toward creating stability in their lives.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles approves plans to tackle homelessness crisis, but funding is still unclear</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by ...</a></li></ul> LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T20:59:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T01:36:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homelessness increased in the last year in the city and county of Los Angeles, leaving nearly 47,000 people in the streets and shelters despite an intensive federal push that slashed the ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to figures released Wednesday&nbsp;by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Nearly two-thirds of the homeless people tallied countywide, or 28,000, were in the city of Los Angeles, representing an 11% jump in January from a year earlier, a report from the agency stated. The county's homeless population grew 5.7%."</em></p><p>For more on Los Angeles' devastating housing crisis, check out some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></li></ul> A closer look at riza3's low-cost housing plans for the homeless Julia Ingalls 2016-04-14T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:16:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last year, the team took part in the 'Tiny Home Community' competition, set up by members of the North Carolina branch of the American Institute of Architects. The competition was asking participants to design low-cost homes with prefabricated elements, that could house the homeless folk of Raleigh, North Carolina. More than 100 architectural offices from all over the world answered the call, including some well-established companies, but first prize was eventually awarded to riza3.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, the firm of Pritzker Prize winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released plans for "incremental" low-cost housing</a> meant to be assembled partly by individuals and partly by a larger social infrastructure, they're not the only ones with ideas for long term sustainable housing. Greek firm riza3's competition winning ideas for low-cost houses differ in that they use prefabricated elements, and assume that there will be some integration into a preexisting urban fabric. Here's a look at a few plans and renderings:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The individual units, which measure 20'4" by 9'8" can be integrated into a community plan, with a separate work space and common area.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on homelessness and its possible solutions:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture</a></li></ul> Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing Julia Ingalls 2016-02-25T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:09:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people living on freeway overpasses in South Los Angeles. Three of the gaily painted wooden houses, which come with solar-powered lights and American flags, were confiscated earlier this month and seven more are planned for impound Thursday, a Bureau of Sanitation spokeswoman said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does providing homes for the homeless solve the problem? Studies would indicate that it does, based on our coverage of the development of programs across the globe to help provide permanent, individualized shelter for the homeless, including those in Utah, Seattle, and London.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here's a sampling:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless&nbsp;</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets</a></li></ul> Los Angeles approves plans to tackle homelessness crisis, but funding is still unclear Alexander Walter 2016-02-10T13:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:22:59-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a fresh bid to confront a problem that has confounded lawmakers for decades, Los Angeles city and county officials approved sweeping plans Tuesday aimed at getting thousands of homeless people off the streets. But one crucial question remains unanswered: Where will most of the money come from? [...] The renewed government attention to homelessness was spurred in part by a 12% surge in people living on the streets [...] pushing the total to more than 44,000 homeless people countywide.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"It&rsquo;s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></li></ul> "How the Sausage Is Made" – All the recent news that's fit to podcast, on Archinect Sessions #50 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-28T18:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T13:09:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our 50th (!!!) episode, we discuss the biggest news items from the last week &ndash; everything from the latest BIG and DS+R shake-ups to a surprisingly controversial Seattle homeless shelter &ndash; and it's been a doozy. We take a look at:</p><p>The&nbsp;"sphincter from which digital art issues" (according to one Archinect commenter), aka&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's new Berkeley Art Museum</a>;&nbsp;the controversy surrounding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's latest client</a> (referred to here as the Washington "Pigskins"); recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions of diversity</a> issues that have arisen on the site; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25-year old</a> who won a big World War I memorial design contest; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's updated expansion</a> plans; Architecture for Humanity's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">potential second life</a>; and more.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 50 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "How the Sausage Is Made":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite...</li></ul> "It’s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis Justine Testado 2016-01-19T11:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:10:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles-based designers Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa recently collaborated in a photo exhibition titled "HOME(less)". Currently at the University of Southern California, the exhibition spotlights L.A.'s ongoing homelessness crisis in an interestingly positive manner. Borges and Nwankpa took a moment with Archinect to give more details into their project.</p><p><strong>Read the full Archinect feature <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>More about homelessness in L.A.:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></p> LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless Alexander Walter 2015-12-28T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T12:52:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The freeway system, which Southern Californians once saw as a ticket to freedom, an emblem of L.A.'s love of individuality and movement, increasingly serves as a landscape of hard luck and a desperate sort of community &mdash; a place to hunker down. [...] As the homeless population grows in a city whose public realm is the haggard product of several decades of neglect, the freeway has taken on a crucial, if often dispiriting, neighborhood role despite itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The ranks of the chronically homeless in Los Angeles County have grown by more than 50% in the last two years, to more than 12,000 people, according to one study. If you count all the people who are homeless at least part of the time, the figure rises to an estimated 44,000."</em></p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></li></ul> Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-01-11T14:01:35-05:00 <img src="" width="580" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The phrases "public housing" or "low-income housing" do not generally conjure thoughts of architectural innovation. [...] But it doesn't have to be that way, as several recent housing developments in Los Angeles prove. Instead, they pose the question: What if low-income housing was perceived as leading the vanguard of innovative, responsive architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future</a></p> San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless Alexander Walter 2015-03-11T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:11:14-04:00 <img src="" width="360" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Navigation Center is one of the most innovative homeless-help experiments being undertaken in the U.S. &mdash; meaning that when it opens the week of March 16 at an old high school at 16th and Mission streets, it will be watched not just by every homeless camper in the vicinity, but by aid agencies around the nation. [...] The Navigation Center will be doing this as a pilot project for eight to 18 months, depending on its success.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vatican's Renovated Public Restrooms Provides Showers, Haircuts for the Homeless Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T15:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T22:54:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Vatican said Friday it had finished renovations on public restrooms just off St. Peter's Square that will include three showers and a free barber shop for the city's neediest. Each "homeless pilgrim," as the Vatican called the clients, will receive a kit including a towel, change of underwear, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razor and shaving cream. The showers will be open every day but Wednesday, when the piazza is full for the pope's general audience. Haircuts will be available Mondays.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sleek, clean facilities &ndash; with grey walls, white washbasins and a "hi-tech looking" barber's chair &ndash; opened two days ago. According to Pope Francis'&nbsp;chief alms-giver, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the initiative is intended to help the homeless secure jobs and residences, something that is often incredibly difficult if they are perceived as dirty and smelly. Staffed by volunteer barbers, the facilities will be open everyday except Wednesday, when Bernini's famous square is filled with people attending the Pope's general addresses.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Emerging out of the new Pope's stated imperative to (re)orient the Catholic Church around its poorest constituents, the bathrooms come after the Church recently distributed umbrellas and sleeping bags to the homeless. Additionally, over Christmas, the Church distributed 1,600 phone cards to migrants &ndash; chiefly Muslim and from North Africa &ndash; on the island of Lampedusa.</p><p>Projects like the new bathroom facilities are a great way to address the issue of homeles...</p> The issue of homelessness in SimCity Alexander Walter 2015-02-09T19:19:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:13:06-05:00 <img src="" width="597" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The issue of homelessness in SimCity was recently taken on by an article&nbsp;at Vice News&rsquo;s tech blog, Motherboard. The article focuses on Matteo Bittanti, a professor at Milan&rsquo;s IULM University, who became increasingly interested in homelessness in the game. [...] Bittani was so interested in it that he began compiling quotes from SimCity users intent on dealing with the virtual homeless, ultimately publishing them in a 600 page, two volume mega-book called &ldquo;How to get rid of the homeless&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Exclusionary Strategies: Laws and Designs Used to Oust Homeless Population</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></p></li></ul> Tiny house village built with and for the homeless opens in Wisconsin Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:51:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A community of tiny houses for the homeless opened this weekend in downtown Madison, Wisconsin &mdash; built by a coalition of homeless individuals and members of Occupy Madison... Four people, including one couple, will move into the first set of three finished homes on privately owned land this week. The next phase of the project will see six homes, another bathroom, and community room complete with a kitchen and laundry facility built in the spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Who said Occupy was done?</p> D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:16:46-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence is a 124-unit apartment building designed by Sorg Architects. The $33 million building is a striking stack of white, metal-paneled blocks, staggered with views facing the Capitol and the Mall. What makes the building truly distinctive, though, is that the space enables case managers and social workers to work onsite with veterans in tandem with the D.C. VA Medical Center. Sixty units will be set aside permanently for homeless veterans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness Nicholas Korody 2014-10-15T16:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:27:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Sept. 16, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed three bills that make it a misdemeanor (punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine) to sit or lie on sidewalks in the bustling tourist district of Waikiki and outlaw relieving oneself in public islandwide. Homeless advocates say the new laws unfairly target Hawaii&rsquo;s most vulnerable residents, especially since Waikiki has only one 24-hour public restroom in the crowded district.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 report</a>, Hawaii was ranked as the state with highest population of homeless residents, who provoke the ire of local businesses. Some opponents of the new law claim it breaks the traditional "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">law of the splintered paddle</a>," introduced by King Kamehameha circa 1797. The law states:&nbsp;&ldquo;Let every elderly person, woman and child lie by the roadside in safety."</p><p>This is just a recent example of a growing trend of criminalizing homelessness in the US. For more information about such laws, as well as design solutions intended to circumvent them, read our coverage <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. For design innovations particularly oriented around the lack of public bathroom facilities, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-10T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:57:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The system, which was first tried in 2013 on skid row, was designed to identify the most vulnerable homeless people and get them off the streets. Long-term or chronically homeless people, who are often jailed or hospitalized, are a quarter of the homeless population but consume 75% of the county's resources [...] But the system, which has been described as for homeless people, is also supposed to get families and others who fall into homelessness back in housing quickly</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous accounts of homelessness in LA County, particularly in Skid Row:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification</a></p> 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="" width="650" height="372" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:39:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As shocking as it is to look upon the rows and rows of makeshift encampments and thousands of roving, hopeless people, perhaps even more shocking is this: Los Angeles is the last major American city with a single district of anything approaching this magnitude of homelessness and extreme poverty [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Exclusionary Strategies: Laws and Designs Used to Oust Homeless Population Nicholas Korody 2014-07-22T18:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="612" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the number of homeless people in America&rsquo;s major cities has increased, so have ordinances criminalizing homelessness and pushing homeless families and individuals into the criminal justice system. Criminalization has become a tactic with which politicians have reconfigured cities to serve wealthier citizens and tourists, at the considerable expense of the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Of course, urban spaces are often "cleansed" of homelessness through design. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recently in London</a>, metal spikes were set into the ground of an alcove of a new apartment complex to prevent people from sleeping there. After almost&nbsp;130,000 people signed a petition, they were removed.&nbsp;This followed a similar incident at a London supermarket on expensive Regent St.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benches are often designed</a> with armrests or sloped centers to make sleeping on them uncomfortable or impossible. This is usually seen as a strategy against homeless or otherwise itinerant peoples. Other times, benches are designed specifically to prevent skateboarders from grinding on them.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recently, architecture and design that is used to enforce standards of behavior have been dubbed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Disciplinary Architectures."</a>&nbsp;There is, of course, a long history of using architecture as a means to enforce social standards and control the body. One translation of the etymology of the word "architecture" could even be interpreted as a nominal ...</p> Rethinking Billboards Nicholas Korody 2014-07-11T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:59:21-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Billboards are commanding territory all over the world, offering just a blaring message in their occupation. Some designers have been looking at how to better use this advertising infrastructure, with Slovakia&rsquo;s Designdevelop proposing a use for the space as small-scale residences for the homeless.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T13:49:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Street furniture is mostly used during the day and not used during the night, except by some homeless, who spend the night on the public benches in parks and on squares. RainCity Housing, a non-profit that provides specialized housing for people living with mental illness and addiction, has launched multi-functional street furniture that can be used as seating during the day and &lsquo;comfortable&rsquo; sleeping places for the homeless at night time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in 'defensive urban architecture'</a></p> 0 bths, 1 br – great views! Vagrants hole up on Manhattan Bridge Archinect 2014-04-14T17:06:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T18:57:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="706" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the coffin-sized living spaces &mdash; which have been built into the bridge frame near the Manhattan entrance &mdash; is secured with a flimsy bike lock and bolted to a metal beam by its inhabitant. The pods are built into the underside of the upper deck, below car traffic but above the subway and bike lanes. To reach his makeshift studio, the bridge dweller &mdash; a stocky, neatly dressed Chinese man in his 40s &mdash; climbs a chain-link fence to a nook above the bike lane, witnesses said.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Many Lives of NYC’s Historic Prince George Hotel, Now Affordable Housing for the Homeless Archinect 2014-03-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:02-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with the Preservation League of New York State and New York Landmarks Conservancy, along with $39 million of private, state, and federal funds, Common Ground and Beyer Blinder Belle (the architects behind the Grand Central Station renovations) were able to successfully convert the decrepit building back into a livable residence with 416 single occupancy apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Garages to provide 'pop-up' housing for homeless people Archinect 2012-11-12T12:04:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T15:34:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pop-up HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) is a proposal to convert disused lock-up garages in London's Hackney into temporary accommodation for homeless people. Conceived by Levitt Bernstein Architects for the Building Trust's Home competition, the scheme would allow an 11.5sq m bedsit to be created within a disused garage for around &pound;13,000.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seattle Library: Homeless Man Interview Clips Archinect 2012-07-02T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T07:07:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CLIPS OF SEATTLE LIBRARY: INTERVIEW WITH HOMELESS MAN AND SHOTS OF STRUCTURE. This footage is part of a feature length Documentary film that I am making about my father Rem Koolhaas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>