Archinect - News 2016-07-23T17:13:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-20T14:57:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0h9f2rse3fw1cimz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia have suggested that modular construction techniques are key to assuaging cities' housing shortages.</p><p>Associate engineering professor Kasun Hewage at UBC, along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali, <a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=821099&amp;q=1059863044&amp;qz=cbcbb6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conducted</a> "the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind," and found that increased factory-produced housing should make it easier for prospective renters and buyers to find a place. It would help cities provide more options that can be built "cheaper, faster and results in fewer workplace injuries," according to Hewage. Their findings were recently published in the journal&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/Redirect.aspx?u=1731764&amp;q=1059863044&amp;lm=96159460&amp;r=821099&amp;qz=ea0445c4610aa763eebfd0da9764a9f6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews</a></em>.</p><p>Modular construction is obviously not a new method, but has a bit of a negative rep according to the researchers&mdash;the public tends to associate the method with lower-quality structures, and communities like trailer parks. But the study, which reviewed construction data between 2000 and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958136/cutting-out-the-real-estate-middle-man-a-closer-look-at-self-builds Cutting out the (real estate) middle man: a closer look at Self-Builds Alexander Walter 2016-07-15T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T05:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c35318ba8fd0ce3fabd59f33809ac0f8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s not a new argument to say that cities are increasingly morphing from social configurations to investment vehicles. [...] &ldquo;Self-builds&rdquo;, &ldquo;Baugruppen&rdquo;, and &ldquo;zelfbouw&rdquo; are just a few ways to define variations of building-it-yourself (BIY), whether done individually or as a collective. The end users (who are the commissioners), together with architects, decide on the design of their homes, and then take care of the construction themselves or have contractors do it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956435/it-s-the-culture-stupid-curatorial-statement-for-the-international-architecture-biennale-rotterdam-from-executive-director-george-brugmans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the Culture, Stupid: curatorial statement for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, from executive director George Brugmans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957948/reinhold-martin-hosts-contentious-house-housing-panel-provoking-discussion-on-inequality-real-estate-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinhold Martin hosts contentious 'House Housing' panel, provoking discussion on inequality, real estate and architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951467/halfway-there-the-limits-to-aravena-s-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Halfway there? The limits to Aravena's social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957948/reinhold-martin-hosts-contentious-house-housing-panel-provoking-discussion-on-inequality-real-estate-and-architecture Reinhold Martin hosts contentious 'House Housing' panel, provoking discussion on inequality, real estate and architecture Ayesha Ghosh 2016-07-14T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:16:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/kivlnp7zjllymg33.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"<a href="http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=upcoming&amp;expid=318" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Housing; An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate</a>", a globally touring exhibit, has finally arrived in its place of conception, New York City. After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106100539/koolhaas-missing-fundamental-is-alive-and-kicking-in-house-housing-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first appearing</a>&nbsp;at the 2014 Venice Biennale, &ldquo;House Housing&rdquo; has popped up in Chicago, Berlin and Los Angeles. The exhibit opened this past Tuesday, July 12 at the AIA New York Center for Architecture.</p><p>Researched and organized by Columbia University&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149943915/the-temple-hoyne-buell-center-for-the-study-of-american-architecture-columbia-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture</a>, the opening was accompanied by a panel discussion moderated by Reinhold Martin, Director of the Buell Center. Martin was joined by Patrice Derrington, Director of the Real Estate Development Program at Columbia, GSAPP and Lissa So, Founding Partner at Marvel Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c3/c3kqdj7pjenw6308.jpg"></p><p>The exhibit is quite timely, given the frequency with which New York&rsquo;s housing stock is embroiled in tension between real estate, architecture, private capital and the demand for more affordable housing. If anything, the exhibit and panel disc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T20:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yr/yrjee1rnbfff5v34.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The areas most likely to benefit from EU structural funding voted predominantly to leave [...] With 12% of those working in construction migrants from the EU and with the construction industry already struggling to keep up with demand, any drop in skilled migrants will hit Britain&rsquo;s ability to build. [...] Analysts are already predicting a drop in supply of new homes, due to market volatility, predicted slowdown on skilled migration flows and share price drops for developers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953807/riba-release-a-statement-following-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result</a></li><li><a title="Architects react to shocking EU referendum result" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></li><li><a title="Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953176/tell-us-what-does-the-eu-referendum-means-to-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you</a></li><li><a title='Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937278/say-no-to-a-brexit-says-david-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951467/halfway-there-the-limits-to-aravena-s-social-housing Halfway there? The limits to Aravena's social housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-14T12:52:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:45:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb1d18aa2808cb1bc9d40ebcd6a87aaf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In most cities in Latin America, most of the building over last 50 years&mdash;depending on the city&mdash;40, 50, 60, 70 percent has been through incremental construction.&rdquo; [...] The majority of Aravena&rsquo;s social housing work has also rested on the unique conditions and high level of investment from Chile&rsquo;s social housing program. [...] Isn&rsquo;t asking the poor to shoulder more of the housing burden an inherently unfair proposition?</p></em><br /><br /><p>More discussion of Aravena's practice and impact can be found here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/756339/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">News coverage of Aravena's 2016 Venice Biennale</a></li><li><a title='"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145730933/making-a-pritzker-laureate-martha-thorne-executive-director-of-the-pritzker-architecture-prize-gives-us-an-inside-look-at-the-prestigious-award-on-archinect-sessions-48" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48</a></li><li><a title="Watch a live tour of the Venice Biennale with curator Alejandro Aravena" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947415/watch-a-live-tour-of-the-venice-biennale-with-curator-alejandro-aravena" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch a live tour of the Venice Biennale with curator Alejandro Aravena</a></li><li><a title="Chile's local hero: Michael Kimmelman profiles Alejandro Aravena" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946827/chile-s-local-hero-michael-kimmelman-profiles-alejandro-aravena" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chile's local hero: Michael Kimmelman profiles Alejandro Aravena</a></li><li><a title="Decoding Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939709/decoding-alejandro-aravena-s-pritzker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Decoding Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner To live in London you can't be a Londoner Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T01:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T13:03:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpr44knaiqd21nw9.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost two-thirds of homes in the Tower, a 50-storey apartment complex in London, are in foreign ownership, with a quarter held through secretive offshore companies based in tax havens, a Guardian investigation has revealed. The first residents of the landmark development arrived in October 2013, but many of the homes are barely occupied, with some residents saying they only use them for a fraction of the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of wealth&nbsp;that turns a home into a status symbol&mdash;and an underused status symbol at that, with occupancy rates of only a few weeks a year&mdash;is not easing London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>. As the city's housing rates push actual citizens to decamp to cheaper suburbs or simply leave the area altogether, London can look forward to being transformed into an empty stage set of a once thriving metropolis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gg/ggzi7y7ajsaa9o4m.jpg"></p><p>For a fuller perspective on London's housing problems:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98551137/london-s-skyline-needs-more-tower-blocks-not-more-luxury-flats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's skyline needs more tower blocks, not more luxury flats</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136811349/100-renderings-of-ideas-to-solve-london-s-housing-crisis-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945551/new-york-s-micro-apartments-seen-through-the-psychological-lens New York's micro-apartments seen through the psychological lens Alexander Walter 2016-05-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2djp9dz6o4sq2fqc.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In just a few weeks, the residents of New York&rsquo;s first micro-apartment building can move in to their new homes. And when they say micro, they mean it [...]. Spending extended amounts of time in a crowded space can be stressful; if the unit holds multiple people, the occupants &ndash; especially kids &ndash; can suffer as a result of the lack of privacy. And creative space-saving layouts, she explained, can become a source of mental fatigue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141813298/my-micro-nyc-apartment-complex-is-officially-renting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138505979/long-island-city-micro-units-will-have-three-bedrooms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City &lsquo;Micro&rsquo; Units Will Have Three Bedrooms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:42:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8m27ngr1qki2pv9l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;How can you morally and ethically justify in your own mind working on a project that would take people accustomed to living on the ground, of having their gardens, chickens, and their little animals in their yards, having space around them, having flowers, to live in these twenty-four thirteen-story-high buildings?&rdquo; The architecture critic asks the architect &ndash; modeled after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/19722/richard-neutra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> &ndash; in a play by the artist Karina Nimmerfall, part of her installation with Morgan Fisher at the Garage Top at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/123300660/ghosts-of-schindler-s-past-haunt-renee-green-s-mak-center-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the MAK Center</a> in Los Angeles.</p><p>Entitled <em>Past Future Housing, </em>the exhibit comprises a painting by Fisher paired with a bare-if-not-quite-minimalist installation by Nimmerfall that includes a video and the play,&nbsp;printed out and stapled. An accompanying exhibit text clarifies the intention of the work as a meditation on historical, optimistic visions for public housing in the city, with some look towards the &ldquo;future&rdquo; implied if not readily evident.</p><p>More specifically, the show revolves around tw...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943280/dattner-designed-bronx-high-rise-will-be-new-york-city-s-largest-residential-passive-house Dattner-designed Bronx high-rise will be New York City's largest residential Passive House Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T09:38:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkdpd47wqlh6l2fy.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In addition to housing for low- and moderate-income households, the mixed-use and mixed-income development will include a supermarket with healthy food options, a charter school, a medical facility, cultural and community spaces, a social services facility, and a rehabilitated playground that is currently closed. [...] The 24-story building is expected to be the largest residential Passive House built in New York City and use 70% less energy than conventional buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124374509/the-bronx-s-once-celebrated-lambert-houses-face-an-unclear-fate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bronx&rsquo;s once celebrated Lambert Houses face an unclear fate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942984/public-housing-italian-style-the-corrupt-mismanagement-of-rome-s-housing-stock Public housing, Italian-style: the corrupt mismanagement of Rome's housing stock Nicholas Korody 2016-04-29T15:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:30:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8r2x9it1bopyu2te.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in 2004, Elio Ciampanella was evicted from his apartment of three decades...So he applied for an apartment in Rome&rsquo;s public housing. And he waited. More than a decade passed. Then, in February, [Ciampanella] unexpectedly had his choice of several apartments. His tale might be considered one of patience rewarded, but there was a twist: It turned out Rome&rsquo;s municipal government never really had a shortage of properties.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Instead, the government actually owned so many thousands of apartments and buildings that no one was quite certain how many there were, who lived in them or where they were. That was, until staff members for Rome&rsquo;s new interim administrator, Francesco Paolo Tronca, discovered nine boxes containing roughly 1,200 case files left languishing by past mayors.</em></p><p><em>What quickly became clear was that most of the apartments had been rented for years &mdash; in some cases, decades &mdash; for as little as 10 euros per month."</em></p><p>According to the article, while some of these <em>insane</em> deals were for charities and other nonprofit organization, most of them were the by-product of Italy's notoriously corrupt political system.</p><p>The discovery has, unsurprisingly, become a scandal in Italy after details emerged like the story of one man who was earning&nbsp;&euro;700,000 a month but living in public housing.</p><p>Now we just have to find out where the cheap housing is hidden in these cities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los An...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942979/mumbai-high-rise-at-the-center-of-adarsh-society-scam-to-be-demolished-high-court-rules Mumbai high-rise at the center of Adarsh Society scam to be demolished, High Court rules Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vm0dtao01i103xiv.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an order that sends a strong message against corruption, the Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. [...] The society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 100-metre-tall building with politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly conspiring to get flats allotted to them in the cooperative society at below-market rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adarsh_Housing_Society_scam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the&nbsp;Adarsh Housing Society scam and corruption scandal.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937900/india-on-the-brink-what-s-in-store-for-the-country-s-architectural-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-14T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:31:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qd24ry3y2foehhhw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Berkowitz is now] offering custom pods for sale on Craigslist for people who want to make money with AirBnB or have their own subletters. [...] The Department of Building Inspection reached out ... confirming that the pods are illegal and a violation of housing, building, and fire safety codes. [...] "He would have to completely open it up or look at something different, such as a bed with a frame, with curtains, something that was open to the room." [...] "there are fire safety realities."</p></em><br /><br /><p>You may remember Peter Berkowitz's name from the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/224/san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not-an-April-Fools-Day post</a> we made a couple weeks ago, reporting on the box freelance illustrator Berkowitz had constructed to live in his friends' apartment, at $400 a month. After the news took off, he had begun testing the waters in the rest of SF's bonkers housing market to construct more of these pods and sell them to others interested in curbing their rents. After hearing from the building inspector, he told Hoodline,&nbsp;"I was just trying to gauge interest from people nearby ... I am not moving forward with anything I outlined in that email."</p><p>Related SF-housing news:</p><ul><li><a title="Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden &quot;pod&quot; in friends' apartment for $400/month" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></li><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals c...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940152/critic-mark-lamster-on-the-dire-state-of-architecture-in-dallas-and-most-other-american-cities Critic Mark Lamster on the dire state of architecture in Dallas (and most other American cities) Alexander Walter 2016-04-12T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr1tkzi4w9e5fatx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>bastardized visual language has become the de facto standard of Dallas residential architecture development. The explanation for its ever-increasing prevalence, however depressing, is fairly straightforward.&nbsp;Developers find something that&rsquo;s profitable and want to reproduce it. Risk-averse banks are happy to lend them money given their track record, at least in the short term. Architects, stuck with low budgets, tight schedules, and conservative developers, serve to please and follow convention.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But Dallas architecture shouldn&rsquo;t be a joke, and it doesn&rsquo;t have to be. A look at recent developments in Los Angeles, a historically auto-centric city faced with similar&nbsp;growth challenges,&nbsp;suggests how Dallas might break the vicious cycle in which it is mired."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126897631/architecture-critic-mark-lamster-we-systemically-encourage-bad-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147360412/does-houston-s-architecture-lack-poetry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Houston's architecture lack poetry?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115730231/boston-mayor-marty-walsh-goes-up-against-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938277/turning-down-tenants-because-of-criminal-records-may-be-discrimination-says-hud Turning down tenants because of criminal records may be discrimination, says HUD Nicholas Korody 2016-04-04T17:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/un4pl0f15o6reu01.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In new guidance, released Monday, HUD tells landlords and home sellers that turning down tenants or buyers based on their criminal records may violate the Fair Housing Act. People with criminal records aren't a protected class under the Fair Housing Act... but blanket policies of refusing to rent to anybody with a criminal record are de facto discrimination, the department says &mdash; because of the systemic disparities of the American criminal justice system.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Because of widespread racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system, criminal history-based restrictions on access to housing are likely disproportionately to burden African-Americans and Hispanics."</em>&nbsp;- New HUD guidance on criminal records and the Fair Housing Act</p><p>For related coverage, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139459279/how-one-california-prison-is-betting-on-architecture-to-decrease-recidivism-rates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting on architecture to decrease recidivism rates</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936033/rikers-island-is-an-environmental-and-human-catastrophe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rikers Island is an environmental (and human) catastrophe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148979164/what-do-museums-have-in-common-with-prisons-more-than-you-might-think-according-to-artist-andrea-fraser" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What do museums have in common with prisons? More than you might think, according to artist Andrea Fraser</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131421995/architecture-of-correction-rikers-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of correction: Rikers Island</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-01T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:24:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5q1noiu6j6y5lw5l.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment at $3,670 a month, the city&rsquo;s housing crisis has pushed frugal renters to the edge of their comfort limits. From tents to trucks, the next logical step in San Francisco has taken shape &mdash; in the form of a literal box. [...] &ldquo;I really don&rsquo;t feel like I&rsquo;ve taken a hit in terms of my quality of life,&rdquo; said Berkowitz, 25. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t really notice I live in the pod anymore.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the extreme lengths of SF housing:</p><ul><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></li><li><a title="No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a title="Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood Alexander Walter 2016-03-30T16:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2n7xd60wqar2yiw.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A first-in-the-nation complex to be built in Hollywood would house about 200 LGBT seniors and young adults on the same campus. Lorrie Jean, CEO of the the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is building the $100 million complex, calls the two generation groups "the two most vulnerable parts of our community."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937011/bank-of-england-proposes-new-limits-for-buy-to-let-landlords Bank of England proposes new limits for "buy-to-let" landlords Nicholas Korody 2016-03-29T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:40:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/43lwh7r8rs6sq97c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buy-to-let landlords should face new limits on the amount they can borrow, the Bank of England has proposed. It suggested that lenders should be much stricter when deciding whether or not to grant landlords a mortgage. Instead of just taking their rental income into account, the Bank wants lenders to look at their wider financial situation as well. If adopted, the new rules could reduce lending to landlords by up to 20% over the next three years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the newly-proposed standards should "curtail inappropriate lending, and the potential for excessive credit losses."</p><p>The new strictures would take into account the costs a landlord accrues in order to rent a property, tax liabilities associated with the property, a landlord's "personal tax liabilities, 'essential expenditure' and living costs," and, in cases where it supports the loan, a landlord's extra income.</p><p>For more on the real estate landscape of the UK, check out some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145216392/the-state-facilitated-death-of-the-council-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136203111/new-restrictions-on-public-space-in-england-and-wales-could-make-unusual-or-unpopular-behavior-criminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New restrictions on public space in England and Wales could make "unusual or unpopular" behavior criminal</a></li><li><a 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 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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis Could a pop-up village in south-east London be the answer to the city's housing crisis? Ellen Hancock 2016-03-22T04:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T13:39:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r34jesqqfeig9sgt.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rapidly rising property prices and rents, combined with the loss of social housing through right to buy, have put councils under growing pressure to find new ways to help people off their housing lists. In Lewisham one solution is a &pound;4.3m scheme to provide 24 homes and 880 sq m of business space that can be picked up and moved at a later date, allowing the council to make use of vacant brownfield land while longer-term projects are finalised.</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/149814167/how-to-design-that-elusive-perfect-town How to design that elusive "Perfect Town" Alexander Walter 2016-03-07T13:49:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T22:04:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/365xgq132suukl1l.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This got us thinking about what it takes to build an ideal town: should pubs be on every residential corner or on the high street? How many trendy coffee shops are too many? Are libraries still a thing? We didn't have the answers to any of those questions, so we spoke to Matt Richards &ndash; a planner at property consultancy Bidwells &ndash; to find out what makes the perfect town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139329876/urbanism-as-a-public-health-issue-oklahoma-city-s-battle-with-obesity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urbanism as a public health issue: Oklahoma City's battle with obesity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135033470/jan-gehl-s-perspective-on-making-a-good-urban-habitat-for-homo-sapiens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149600766/top-7-reasons-to-oppose-the-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Orhan Ayyüce 2016-03-04T19:12:00-05:00 >2016-03-24T10:52:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acjwlgjmrrhj2ro5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since I think there are a lot of folks out there who genuinely haven't made up their minds about the initiative, or aren&rsquo;t familiar with it yet, I'd like to summarize some of the most important reasons to oppose it when it comes time to vote this November. -</p></em><br /><br /><p>The looming battle for the future of development in Los Angeles is becoming more&nbsp;and more pronounced. One wonders if the public will ever grasp the relevance to their lives and vote with reliable information in coming November for this crucial&nbsp;issue?</p><p>In this age of rapid&nbsp;commodification of the cities, what is happening in L.A. can easily come to your city.If it didn't already that is.</p><p>Previously in Archinect,<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A. </a><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148888343/single-women-emerge-as-second-strongest-group-of-homebuyers Single women emerge as second-strongest group of homebuyers Alexander Walter 2016-02-24T13:48:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:08:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d6q6wbbnzia03il.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's hard to remember that just a few decades ago it was difficult, if not impossible, for a woman alone to take out a mortgage. Federal legislation changed that. And yet, it's still surprising to learn how dominant single women have become in the housing market today: Their share is second only to married couples, and twice that of single men.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103274600/millennials-not-forming-enough-households" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennials, not forming enough households</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118197559/a-look-at-the-growing-influence-of-immigrants-on-the-american-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T12:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T17:57:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cro6vjcneu8iah1f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Parisian designer St&eacute;phane Malka Architecture has suggested creating affordable housing in the French capital by adding prefabricated elements on top of and between existing buildings. The &ldquo;3box&rdquo; system does not require the purchase of sites. Instead, the right to build is obtained in exchange for renovating existing buildings. According to St&eacute;phane Malka, the housing would cost 40% less than the usual market price and could be built quickly and cheaply in workshops.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39fw977p651kojd2.jpg"></p><p><em>"The units would work with a new Parisian law, the Loi ALUR, which states that 70,000 new dwellings should be built each year, and that rents should be stabilised."</em></p><p>Interested in other novel housing solutions? Check out some related Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146054413/to-each-their-own-home-a-peek-into-the-home-less-exhibition-at-usc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To each their own home: A peek into the &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo; exhibition at USC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147654209/s-o-paulo-s-big-bet-on-housing-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgwm9uvynb0dm4s8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/djul25g2cepsj4xp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4o26uwx69qmkjn9.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147809321/los-angeles-approves-plans-to-tackle-homelessness-crisis-but-funding-is-still-unclear 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ua/uav7qdf0mh1hlw61.jpg" width="514" height="316" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052779/it-s-about-recognizing-someone-as-existing-photo-exhibit-depicts-l-a-s-homelessness-crisis" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes "Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:22:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/ueoywb46c3m076io.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tens of thousands of hard-working families will be forced to leave their council homes and find themselves unable to afford a local alternative as a result of government plans to restrict social housing to the poorest, according to research obtained by the Observer. The devastating figures...show that almost 60,000 households in England will be unable to afford to remain in their council properties from April next year, as a result of George Osborne&rsquo;s reform, called &ldquo;pay to stay&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The economy, coupled with concerted political efforts to dismantle what's left of the welfare state, has birthed a veritable housing crisis in London and the rest of the UK. According to new figures, "<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2015/oct/23/pay-to-stay-housing-tory-policy-penalises-hardworking-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pay to stay</a>", a plan crafted by George Osborne, the Conservative MP for Tatton, will leave an estimated 60,000 English households unable to continue to afford their current council housing, worsening an already dire climate.</p><p>For more Archinect coverage of housing in the UK, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145216392/the-state-facilitated-death-of-the-council-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137956953/up-to-50-of-all-renting-london-households-are-living-in-poverty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136811349/100-renderings-of-ideas-to-solve-london-s-housing-crisis-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released</a></li></ul><p>And, if you're not already familiar with this visage, here's a portrait of Osborne (without his monocle, top hat, or handlebar moustache):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gpo8gtnfslxn2eem.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC Alexander Walter 2016-01-26T17:28:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:02:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d614d3067fcce7406e9c9b417704aa9a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City once set the standard for subsidized housing. The city started out building and maintaining tens of thousands of apartments for working families, sponsoring job training and social programs. It ran a budget surplus. [...] Now the Village is like a gated playground for runaway wealth. Subsidized apartments all across town are converting to market-rate rentals and condos faster than City Hall can build affordable units or preserve old ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141813298/my-micro-nyc-apartment-complex-is-officially-renting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing Justine Testado 2016-01-05T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T11:35:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5yavohz6hjg2lk6p.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What went wrong in Winnipeg was not just about architecture, and 5468796 were stuck trying to make the best of a bad situation. The pulling out of government support to make Centre Village an actual co-operative changed the [project's direction]...'It&rsquo;s time to get the peanut butter off our fingers,' said Ross McGowan, former chief executive and president of CentreVenture...He admits that a failure to understand the needs of the community took a considerable toll on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite good intentions to help families in need, perhaps the worst nightmare an architect can face when designing affordable housing is realizing that the project &mdash; which would of course already be fully built &mdash; doesn't meet the actual demands of the community, and then some. That's basically what happened to the <a href="http://archinect.com/5468796" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 architecture</a>-designed&nbsp;Centre Village project in Winnipeg.</p><p>More about affordable housing on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139400639/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-tatiana-bilbao-s-solution-to-mexico-s-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137956953/up-to-50-of-all-renting-london-households-are-living-in-poverty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142358854/an-apartment-boom-grows-in-brooklyn An apartment boom grows in Brooklyn Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-01T13:07:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T01:34:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/9030ndrjwxywum9u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York&rsquo;s Kings County is likely to have the most new apartment units delivered in 2016 of any submarket in the U.S., by Axiometrics&rsquo; estimation. Some 6,073 units have been identified for delivery in Brooklyn next year as of Nov. 16, a huge increase from the 969 that came to market this year. [...] renters are able to pay the submarket&rsquo;s average effective rent of $3,823 (asking rent minus concessions), according to October apartment data.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the borough:</p><ul><li><a title="First rendering revealed for Brooklyn's first skyscraper" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140807613/first-rendering-revealed-for-brooklyn-s-first-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First rendering revealed for Brooklyn's first skyscraper</a></li><li><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132953936/how-an-egalitarian-incubator-music-venue-hopes-to-revive-brooklyn-s-art-scene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></li><li><a title="Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430633/work-finally-resumes-at-brooklyn-s-modular-prefab-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower</a></li><li><a title="The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116117898/the-chinese-government-is-building-affordable-housing-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a title="Life After Brooklyn" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107404399/life-after-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Life After Brooklyn</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142280955/california-cities-considering-granny-flats-to-alleviate-housing-crisis California cities considering "granny flats" to alleviate housing crisis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-30T12:41:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T01:31:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/abnr9m0ragqfwlyo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santa Ana is the latest to embrace the granny flat;&nbsp;earlier this month, its city council directed staff to rewrite city code to make it easier to have granny flats, and to allow them to be larger. [...] "It really is meant to expand people&rsquo;s ability to help their families and to reduce the overcrowding" [...] Berkeley city officials relaxed regulations&nbsp;to encourage granny flats in March. Pasadena and Los Angeles have also flirted with the idea of loosening restrictions on such units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on "granny flats", aka accessory dwelling units (ADUs):</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/65715905/accessory-dwelling-units-granny-flats-mother-in-law-suites" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Accessory Dwelling Units / Granny Flats / Mother-in-law Suites</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/38162/los-angeles-small-lot-subdivsion-ordinance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles: Small Lot Subdivsion Ordinance</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million Alexander Walter 2015-09-22T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T13:48:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bkupwa9flxo3jvi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles elected leaders announced Tuesday that they will declare a &ldquo;state of emergency&rdquo; on the growing homelessness problem in the city and commit $100 million toward housing and other services for homeless people. [...] "If we want to be a great city that hosts the Olympics and shows itself off to the world,&rdquo; Cedillo said, &ldquo;we shouldn't have 25,000 to 50,000 people sleeping on the streets.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108635812/los-angeles-funds-213m-policy-to-end-chronic-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135806594/more-details-emerge-about-wework-s-residential-endeavor-welive More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive Alexander Walter 2015-09-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T14:16:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4f3in7qninus4oc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>WeWork, the $10 billion startup that leases space to startups, has bigger ambitions: it wants to rent you a "co-living" space where you work, too. WeWork is busy launching its co-living apartments &mdash; known as WeLive spaces &mdash; in places like New York City and Washington DC, The Information reports. [...] WeWork will offer more than 250 micro-apartments at that location, along with amenities like bike parking, an herb garden, and a library.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read also our <em>Working out of the Box </em>interview with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92243101/working-out-of-the-box-miguel-mckelvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miguel McKelvey</a>, co-founder of WeWork and a trained architect himself.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123197014/wework-moves-into-residential-development-with-welive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive</a>.</p>