Archinect - News 2016-09-29T01:02:17-04:00 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/514x/99/99sv3jgrn6fowww0.jpg" width="514" height="269" 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/514x/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg" width="514" height="308" 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/514x/w1/w1lf5ik2625oohw6.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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/514x/kk/kk2coc6f9citoimc.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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/514x/e6/e6uglp4tgjapeqqk.jpg" width="514" height="321" 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/514x/9p/9p5jr8b6c11rvmtu.jpg" width="514" height="364" 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/514x/yg/yg1bb96r3etam4uo.jpg" width="514" height="277" 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/514x/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.jpg" width="514" height="340" 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/514x/d0/d0jo40fwsa53lybg.jpg" width="514" height="251" 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/514x/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg" width="514" height="341" 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/514x/7j/7jef0wki7op0g3mr.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/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>