Archinect - News 2017-03-29T13:25:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995551/four-out-of-five-of-small-scale-developers-in-the-uk-have-gone-out-of-business-contributing-to-the-housing-crisis Four out of five of small-scale developers in the UK have gone out of business, contributing to the housing crisis Nicholas Korody 2017-03-06T13:17:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T13:17:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new report by the online property marketplace LendInvest reveals that four out of five of Britain&rsquo;s housebuilders have gone out of business in the last 30 months. This is largely due to the dominance of the eight largest builders&mdash;responsible for constructing more than 50% of the country&rsquo;s new houses. This lack of competition contributes to the UK&rsquo;s massive housing shortage, which, in turn, drives up the price of homes.</p><p>According to the report, the UK government could help spur new development by making a percentage of land available exclusively for small and medium businesses, as well as simplifying tax burdens.</p><p>&ldquo;"80% of small-scale developers have gone out of business since the last housebuilding boom. That&rsquo;s an appalling statistic,&rdquo; states the CEO of LendInvest Christian Faes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s meant less employment, less entrepreneurialism and fewer new homes on British streets where large-scale housebuilders didn&rsquo;t pick up the slack.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/lendinvest-reboot-britains-ailing-builders-to-fix-uk-housing-problem-2017-3?r=UK&amp;IR=T" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Business Insider</a></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993624/how-new-york-city-s-luxury-housing-tax-could-finance-affordable-units How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units Alexander Walter 2017-02-23T19:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America&rsquo;s inner cities, it&rsquo;s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there&rsquo;s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.</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/149991447/how-to-put-an-end-to-housing-bubbles-once-and-for-all How to put an end to housing bubbles once and for all Nicholas Korody 2017-02-10T17:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-11T00:21:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4vfkpt79n20uw49.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Suppose there were a way to pump up the economy, reduce inequality and put an end to destructive housing bubbles like the one that contributed to the Great Recession. The idea would be simple, but not easy, requiring a wholesale reframing of the United States economy and housing market. The solution: Americans, together and all at once, would have to stop thinking about their homes as an investment.</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/149989667/cetraruddy-to-sponsor-a-design-studio-at-the-city-college-of-new-york CetraRuddy to sponsor a design studio at the City College of New York Nicholas Korody 2017-02-01T13:02:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T21:27:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zw/zwi02na23bue59q0.jpg" width="650" height="558" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architecture firm CetraRuddy has announced that it will sponsor a design studio course focusing on housing at the City College of New York. A five-semester long design and research project conceived in tandem with faculty, the program will be part of the school&rsquo;s Master of Architecture program. According to the press release, this fight is the first of its kind for the City College.</p><p>&ldquo;We are extremely excited about this collaboration,&rdquo; says Gordon A. Gebert, interim dean at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture. "The CetraRuddy Design Studio in Housing makes a direct impact by bridging academia and practice together in a meaningful way, and enhancing the education and professional development of students."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0f/0f1y20apevoz4tgl.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988487/entrepreneurs-seek-solutions-to-solve-lagos-housing-crisis Entrepreneurs seek solutions to solve Lagos' housing crisis Nam Henderson 2017-01-25T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-25T13:25:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From a self-sustaining city to refurbished-shipping containers, private sector real-estate developers are offering both big and small solutions</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Kacungira looks at how entrepreneurs are tackling the housing crisis in Lagos.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/n8/n8cas0j8b6vh6wyk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wo/woyg1xdyxqoewqg2.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986393/a-hyper-democratic-housing-complex-in-copenhagen-combines-community-input-with-contextual-design A "hyper-democratic" housing complex in Copenhagen combines community input with contextual design Nicholas Korody 2017-01-13T13:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p5/p5fofzwx5vqb1fu8.jpg" width="650" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kr&oslash;yers Plads, a five-story housing project in the center of Copenhagen, has just finished construction. The site, previously a &ldquo;gap&rdquo; in a continuous row of warehouses, is adjacent to the Copenhagen harbor. Designed by the Danish architects Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE, the award-winning project is based on a &ldquo;hyper-democratic&rdquo; approach, in which &ldquo; folded roofs and architectural heaviness create a dialogue between old and new, and a modern, empathetic interpretation of the architectural uniqueness of the old Copenhagen warehouses.&rdquo; According to the designers, &ldquo;hyper-democratic&rdquo; means that the building was designed with intensive community input and site-specific gestures.</p><p>&rdquo;The neighbours were for instance invited to help define the height of the buildings and to help select the materials &ndash; both crucial for the way the new Kr&oslash;yers Plads relates to its surroundings. Instead of inventing a new building typology, Kr&oslash;yers Plads became a reinvention of the one already found adjace...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985156/damien-hirst-cancels-his-ilfracombe-eco-town-plans Damien Hirst cancels his Ilfracombe eco-town plans Alexander Walter 2017-01-06T13:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-06T15:36:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Isn&rsquo;t Ilfracombe already a town? Yes, but Hirst was deeply involved in the application process for an eco-friendly, 750-home development known as the Southern Extension. That&rsquo;s a terrible name for a town. Which is probably why the scheme was known as Hirst-on-Sea until recently. Until recently? Hirst, who lives nearby, has now withdrawn from the project. His company, Resign, says it could not find a developer to build houses &ldquo;in keeping with our vision&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Damien Hirst's plan to build 750 eco-friendly homes in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe isn't going to happen after all.&nbsp;</p><p>When we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first reported</a> about the artist's town-development ambitions back in 2012, the announcement was greeted with skepticism from Archinect readers. Two years later, everything still seemed jolly fine with the North Devon Council <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approving the plans</a>.</p><p>The endeavor even inspired the studio project "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Cities Project</a>" at the University of Illinois at Chicago with students applying urbanist archetypes to Ilfracombe's blank development site.</p><p><em>The Guardian</em> reader Patrick Ryan <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/jan/06/damien-hirst-eco-friendly-town-ilfracombe-devon#comment-90660781" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">praises Hirst</a> as a sensible businessman in the comment section and blames "Brexit dark clouds" over the UK's property market as a legitimate reason to pull the plug.</p><p>What's your take? Chime in below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984030/how-a-mobile-home-community-created-a-co-op-and-bought-its-own-land How a mobile home community created a co-op and bought its own land Alexander Walter 2016-12-28T13:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-29T15:10:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uk/ukskgi2d7h9i9d6n.jpg" width="650" height="216" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Park Plaza is a mobile home park, or what industry calls a manufactured housing community. Five years ago, the residents banded together, formed a nonprofit co-op and bought their entire neighborhood from the company that owned it. Today, these residents exert democratic control over almost 9 acres of prime suburbs, with 80 manufactured houses sited on them.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There are no precise figures, but the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are more than 8 million manufactured houses across the country. Housing specialists say they're an important source of affordable housing."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983282/colorado-governor-proposes-building-affordable-housing-from-marijuana-tax-revenue-mainly-to-address-issues-from-marijuana-legalization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colorado governor proposes building affordable housing from marijuana tax revenue, mainly to address issues from marijuana legalization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974544/housing-must-be-considered-a-human-right-not-a-commodity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing must be considered a human right, not a commodity</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head 5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T14:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:22:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t770mlvwlpjxqmqm.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are the likely policy goals of a neurosurgeon appointed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development by a man who can't stop disappointedly tweeting at Alec Baldwin? "There&rsquo;s not a dearth of qualified Republicans for that job, so if you choose somebody with no background in housing, it says something about your priorities,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Julia Gordon, executive vice president of the National Community Stabilization Trust, according to an article in <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/housing-experts-say-ben-carson-HUD-secretary-nomination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>. Various other housing experts, including Barbara Sard and Benjamin Dulchin, voiced concern about the man with no actual federal housing experience, although former HUD official Maurice Jones was cautiously optimistic, saying that "whatever agenda or whatever priority they have, I look forward to learning what that is."&nbsp;The article goes on to note that:&nbsp;</p><p>"a&nbsp;<em>Washington Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/23/ben-carson-obamas-housing-rules-try-to-accomplish-/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>&nbsp;by Ben Carson published in July 2015 indicates that he either does not understand or does not support the AFFH rule [Affirmatively Furthering...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977697/from-housing-cars-to-housing-people-the-case-for-designing-adaptable-parking-garages From housing cars to housing people: the case for designing adaptable parking garages Alexander Walter 2016-11-09T15:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T18:14:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a6/a632eedee15400705a1b2b46d7fafd0e.jpg" width="650" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LMN Architects [...] wants the tower to survive 50 to 100 years. &ldquo;If that&rsquo;s the case, we do need to make sure&mdash;I feel we do have have the responsibility&mdash;that if the parking uses do change, we design to be able to adapt to that change,&rdquo; [...] the coming transformation to a car-free-ish future. With rideshare, bikeshare, carshare, increasing transit options, and fully automated vehicles on the horizon, cities are less eager to allocate precious space for empty, parked cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>LMN Architects' proposed Seattle tower&nbsp;&mdash; potentially the tallest on the West Coast &mdash;&nbsp;previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145117579/seattle-s-proposed-101-story-4-c-tower-considered-as-too-tall-by-the-faa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137341112/proposed-seattle-tower-designed-by-lmn-architects-could-become-the-west-coast-s-tallest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974544/housing-must-be-considered-a-human-right-not-a-commodity Housing must be considered a human right, not a commodity Nicholas Korody 2016-10-20T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T23:33:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rl/rl7dbkh23sqayhmp.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing must now be recognised as a human right, no different than the right to vote or express yourself freely. This means understanding that housing cannot be viewed first and foremost as an economic driver or a commodity to add to an investment portfolio; that forced eviction is not development; that land has more than monetary value; and that the private market must be regulated.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It also means housing homeless people rather than making them criminals for trying to stay alive, and it means recognising that everyone has the right to live in the city regardless of socio-economic status.</em></p><p>Many of the world's major cities are gripped with housing crises. For more on this, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971970/housing-crises-aren-t-random-they-re-the-product-of-our-political-system" target="_blank">Housing crises aren't random &mdash; they're the product of our political system</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market? Alexander Walter 2016-10-12T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T22:52:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rv/rvwhm3ufqsuvqoaw.jpg" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a city which is suffering a worse property bubble than Sydney, whose residents are more priced-out than Londoners, and where there is a greater divide between the housing haves and have-nots than even San Francisco. That city is Vancouver, and in response to these mounting challenges, the west-coast Canadian metropolis recently imposed an extraordinary new tax on foreign buyers &ndash; whose impact is now being watched closely by other cities grappling with bloated property markets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137194843/can-vancouver-break-out-of-its-boring-architecture-mold-with-these-new-ambitious-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscraper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972952/housing-for-the-rest-of-us-a-non-manifesto Housing for the Rest of Us, A Non-Manifesto Gary Garvin 2016-10-10T11:31:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T22:10:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2i/2ivb4ubn6ry9pwxd.jpg" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manifestos serve a purpose. They make quick, abrupt statement, clear the air, and get attention. This manifesto is no different, except it has nothing theoretical to state nor anything specific to propose. It only has one maxim: there are no good ideas. Its only corollary, which necessarily follows, is that there are no good designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The essay revisits Pruitt-Igoe to make quick points of obvious relevance today, especially this election cycle. It is both broad and pointed, and takes much of its spirit and bluntness from the manifestos of the past that it reviews briefly, in passing. The quality of our lives today&mdash;all of us&mdash;depends on the character and quality of our housing.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ib/ibxezxab863ma163.jpg"></p><p>Of special interest is attention to Steve Carver&rsquo;s film <em>More Than One Thing</em>, which is a bonus feature on the DVD of Chad Freidrichs&rsquo;s well-received <em>The Pruitt-Igoe Myth</em>. <em>More Than One Thing</em> has recently been restored as part of a National Film Preservation Grant. It is at the Film and Media Archive at Washington University in St. Louis and will be aired this November at&nbsp;the St. Louis International Film Festival. It should also be available online before long.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/an/anmorq62afdxk2c2.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971970/housing-crises-aren-t-random-they-re-the-product-of-our-political-system Housing crises aren't random — they're the product of our political system Nicholas Korody 2016-10-04T13:18:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T00:17:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1f/1fwksg3la3hxz3rq.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing is under attack today. It is caught within a number of simultaneous social conflicts. Most immediately, there is a conflict between housing as lived, social space and housing as an instrument for profit-making &mdash; a conflict between housing as home and as real estate. More broadly, housing is the subject of contestation between different ideologies, economic interests, &amp; political projects. More broadly still, the housing crisis stems from the inequalities and antagonisms of class society.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the housing crises gripping almost every major city in the world, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968283/inside-the-failure-of-jerry-brown-s-plans-to-ease-california-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the failure of Jerry Brown's plans to ease California's housing crisis</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate Nicholas Korody 2016-09-29T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-03T00:11:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uw/uwg6dsqt52iy84zf.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch the UK&rsquo;s most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London&rsquo;s housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and spiralling housing costs in the capital. Khan said there are &ldquo;real concerns&rdquo; about the surge in the number of homes being bought by overseas investors, adding that the inquiry would map the scale of the problem for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955774/overcrowding-on-london-s-canals" target="_blank">Overcrowding on London's canals</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947505/london-fails-to-achieve-any-targets-for-affordable-housing" target="_blank">London fails to achieve any targets for affordable housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:34:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/99/99sv3jgrn6fowww0.jpg" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora [unveiled] their Legacy Foundation &ndash; a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by private investors. The stars (all three of whom have played for West Ham) are coming back to present their first project, worth &pound;400m, to build 1,300 homes on a 22-hectare site in a run-down area in Houghton Regis near Luton.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>For more on housing-related issues in the UK, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965813/almost-half-of-londoners-support-limits-on-building-height" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970283/the-fight-for-sydney-s-brutalist-public-housing-landmark-continues The fight for Sydney's brutalist public housing landmark continues Alexander Walter 2016-09-23T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:39:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protesters gathered in Sydney&rsquo;s historic Rocks district on Saturday to rally against the New South Wales government&rsquo;s plans to sell off the Sirius building &ndash; which contains 79 social housing tenants &ndash; to developers for more than $100m. The 1970s Brutalist building was nominated for heritage listing by the NSW National Trust in 2014 but the government has refused to grant it, saying the proceeds from the sale are needed to build more public housing elsewhere in Sydney</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quartz also <a href="http://qz.com/788466/save-our-sirius-construction-workers-are-refusing-to-tear-down-a-brutalist-architecture-landmark-in-australia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Australia&rsquo;s largest construction union Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Unions NSW have called their members to refuse any participation in demolition work of the structure.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Sirius building is not only an important piece of architectural history&mdash;it is one of the last areas of public housing in the district,&rdquo; explained Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU in a Sept 16 statement.</em></p><p>Learn more about the case in this <a href="https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sirius-an-architectural-treasure-and-rare-symbol-of-the-triumph-of-little-people-over-powerful-lobby-groups-sirius-enables-the-continued-inclusion-and-contribution-of-people-with-disability-and-elderly-in-their-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">change.org petition</a> and on the cause's website <a href="http://saveoursirius.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">saveoursirius.org</a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968283/inside-the-failure-of-jerry-brown-s-plans-to-ease-california-s-housing-crisis 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w1/w1lf5ik2625oohw6.jpg" 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="http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-governor-housing-failure-20160912-snap-story.html" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966963/is-the-mcmansion-era-finally-over Is the McMansion era finally over? Nicholas Korody 2016-09-06T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-09-07T16:17:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kk/kk2coc6f9citoimc.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The McMansion style, built between 2001 and 2007 and averaging 3,000 to 5,000 square feet, lacks the appeal with today's buyers compared to old vintage homes or large freshly built homes. The realization is especially hard on homeowners trying to sell because when they bought the giant homes in the early 2000s, they thought of them as great investments, Feinstein said. Then, the idea was that bigger was better because prices presumably would keep going up.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Now, housing analysts say the day of the McMansion has come and gone. An analysis just completed by Trulia shows that the amount buyers are willing to pay for McMansions over other homes has fallen 26 percent in just four years. As homes in general have been regaining value, McMansions have been losing appeal in comparison to others as the giants of the pre-crash years have aged.</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/56513/mcmansions" target="_blank">Dissecting McMansion ugliness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98147010/let-them-eat-mcmansions-the-1-percent-income-inequality-and-new-fashioned-american-excess" target="_blank">Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27359669/homework-and-jacuzzis-as-dorms-move-to-mcmansions-in-california" target="_blank">Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T14:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:27:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e6/e6uglp4tgjapeqqk.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s traditional elite, such as lawyers, architects and academics, are being pushed out of their enclaves in Mayfair, Chelsea and Hampstead by an influx of global super rich investors, causing a chain reaction of gentrification across the capital, according to research by the London School of Economics. An influx of ultra-high-net worth overseas buyers is leading the old elite to sell up and move from London&rsquo;s most exclusive postcodes and buy in areas they previously considered undesirable</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it may be hard to sympathise with the "traditional elite", these displacements set off a chain-reaction, as the affluent middle class moves into neighbourhoods that were once working class. In turn, lower-income Londoners are forced out of the city all together.</p><p>For more on the state of London's housing crunch, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955774/overcrowding-on-london-s-canals" target="_blank">Overcrowding on London's canals</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947505/london-fails-to-achieve-any-targets-for-affordable-housing" target="_blank">London fails to achieve any targets for affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965813/almost-half-of-londoners-support-limits-on-building-height Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height Nicholas Korody 2016-08-29T19:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:56:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9p/9p5jr8b6c11rvmtu.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most Londoners think tall buildings should only be built in areas like the City and Canary Wharf, and that there should be limits on how high they can be, according to a survey for the Skyline Campaign published today. The findings come after Westminster Council controversially gave the green light for a 30 storey tower to be built in Paddington, and show stark differences in the views of Londoners in the inner and outer boroughs...</p></em><br /><br /><p>While 49% of those living in inner London think that the 270 proposed, planned, or under construction towers set to go up in London is too many, only 34% of people from the outer boroughs agree. Additionally, the study found that Londoners are, by and large, skeptical that tall buildings will solve the city's housing shortage.</p><p>For more on housing in London, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962603/ethical-dwellings-for-generation-y-explores-new-forms-of-living-and-owning-in-a-changing-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y' explores new forms of living and owning in a changing London</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/149963012/everyone-deserves-a-decent-place-to-live-minding-london-s-development-gaps-with-mohsin-cooper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Everyone deserves a decent place to live.' &ndash; minding London's development gaps with Mohsin Cooper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964055/the-us-housing-market-is-the-planet-s-biggest-concentration-of-financial-risk The US housing market is "the planet's biggest concentration of financial risk" Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T19:58:00-04:00 >2016-08-19T15:04:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/yg1bb96r3etam4uo.jpg" width="650" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>WHAT are the most dysfunctional parts of the global financial system? China&rsquo;s banking industry, you might say, with its great wall of bad debts and state-sponsored cronyism. Or the euro zone&rsquo;s taped-together single currency, which stretches across 19 different countries, each with its own debts and frail financial firms. Both are worrying. But if sheer size is your yardstick, nothing beats America&rsquo;s housing market.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It is the world&rsquo;s largest asset class, worth $26 trillion, more than America&rsquo;s stockmarket. The slab of mortgage debt lurking beneath it is the planet&rsquo;s biggest concentration of financial risk.&nbsp;</em></p><p>For more on the state of the US housing market, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148888343/single-women-emerge-as-second-strongest-group-of-homebuyers" target="_blank">Single women emerge as second-strongest group of homebuyers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962485/why-cities-need-to-expand-their-idea-of-who-is-a-local Why cities need to expand their idea of who is a "local" Nicholas Korody 2016-08-10T15:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:07:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Part of the challenge&nbsp;throughout&nbsp;California and plenty of other communities...is that we tend to make local policy &mdash; and housing policy in particular &mdash; as if the only people who matter in a community are the ones who go to bed there at night. We don't think of&nbsp;people who work but don't "live" there, or who'd like to live there but can't afford to, or who once lived there but had to leave, or who could access better jobs if only they could move there, or who commute through there...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>You may effectively live your life within, say, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., going to school there, working there, dropping your children at day care there, spending your money and your waking time there. But if, at the end of the day, you go sleep somewhere else, you are invisible to the process of how we decide what's right for that city.</em></p><p>Check out some related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960645/even-the-wealthy-are-having-trouble-buying-homes-in-silicon-valley-so-lenders-are-offering-zero-down-loans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960645/even-the-wealthy-are-having-trouble-buying-homes-in-silicon-valley-so-lenders-are-offering-zero-down-loans Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-29T14:01:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:03:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d0/d0jo40fwsa53lybg.jpg" width="650" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lenders often give special treatment to the wealthy, of course, but the tech industry has created a particularly ripe crop of clients who are rich or on their way. [...] &ldquo;Lenders get so caught up trying to stay competitive and finding a market edge, they basically allow greed to overcome common sense ... Easy money does fuel and accelerate the inevitable bubble.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a title="Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap</a></li><li><a title="What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities</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="Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138032380/apple-s-next-hok-designed-silicon-valley-spaceship-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage California lawmakers turn to "granny flats" to help ease housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:58:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To help ease California&rsquo;s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people&rsquo;s backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures. [Mayor] Eric Garcetti and other supporters hope the relaxed rules will spur backyard home building to combat a housing shortage..</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Los Angeles' major housing crisis, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953091/los-angeles-sues-property-owner-who-allegedly-evicted-tenants-for-airbnb-flip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles sues property owner who allegedly evicted tenants for Airbnb flip</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li><li><a href="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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing Facebook enters the housing market – and it's probably not a good thing Nicholas Korody 2016-07-26T17:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jef0wki7op0g3mr.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facebook could be your next landlord. In an effort to drum up support for the controversial expansion of its headquarters, the social media giant is trying to give back to the community by building at least 1,500 housing units that can be rented by the general public&mdash;not just Facebook employees [...] Facebook has pledged that 15 percent of the new units it creates will go to low- or middle-income families.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>...Which is great until you realize that 85 percent of the building will probably be ridiculously expensive and probably populated by local tech bros.</em></p><p>For more on Silicon Valley urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957713/google-acquires-linkedin-s-hq-in-huge-unexpected-property-swap" target="_blank">Google acquires LinkedIn's HQ in huge, unexpected property swap</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities" target="_blank">What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities</a></li></ul> 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 >2016-08-08T14:28:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0h/0h9f2rse3fw1cimz.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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/650x/c3/c35318ba8fd0ce3fabd59f33809ac0f8.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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>