Archinect - News 2016-07-30T09:06:54-04:00 Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T13:08:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today we call those changes &ldquo;inequality,&rdquo; and inequality is, obviously, the point of the McMansion. The suburban ideal of the 1950s, according to &ldquo;The Organization Man,&rdquo; was supposed to be &ldquo;classlessness,&rdquo; but the opposite ideal is the brick-to-the-head message of the dominant suburban form of today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Los Angeles’s Endangered Modernist Homes Archinect 2013-08-19T09:02:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:34:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;An economic downturn is always a good thing for preservation,&rdquo; says Regina O&rsquo;Brien, chairperson of the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy. &ldquo;A lot fewer developers are making a lot less money, and therefore they have a lot less motivation to pursue these profit-oriented flips. But the problem is that the opposite is true when the market picks back up.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lloyd Wright's Palos Verdes Moore House Demolished Today Archinect 2012-04-26T00:13:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T18:27:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a short day of demolition, the Lloyd Wright-designed Moore House in Palos Verdes Estates is gone. The city council denied an LA Conservancy appeal of the demo last night and the Conservancy's Director of Communications Cindy Olnick tells us she's just heard from the city that the deed is now completely done.. the current owner bought it in 2004 and says he never even knew who Wright was. For years now the owner has been trying to tear the house down and build a Mediterranean-style house...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California Archinect 2011-11-13T19:04:15-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here in Merced, a city in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley and one of the country&rsquo;s hardest hit by home foreclosures, the downturn in the real estate market has presented an unusual housing opportunity for thousands of college students. Facing a shortage of dorm space, they are moving into hundreds of luxurious homes in overbuilt planned communities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>