Archinect - News 2014-09-02T15:02:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107478346/4-public-housing-lessons-the-u-s-could-learn-from-the-rest-of-the-world 4 Public Housing Lessons the U.S. Could Learn From the Rest of the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T16:13:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b718069f289296cd8130c629da81c6cc.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public housing in the United States is associated with failure and misery. The very words conjure up visions of concrete tower blocks, drug-related violence and concentrated poverty. But contrary to popular belief, public housing in the U.S. has not been an utter disaster [...]. Many of public housing&rsquo;s failures can be traced to the American political and economic context, especially easy to see when compared with the success of similar policies around the world.</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/102731630/garrison-architects-develops-post-disaster-housing-prototype-for-nyc-residents Garrison Architects develops post-disaster housing prototype for NYC residents Justine Testado 2014-06-25T21:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:10:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8l/8lrt8r5zasg5ghge.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/garrisonarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrison Architects</a> adds to the pressing topic of 21st-century disaster resilience for dense urban cities with their modular post-disaster housing prototype. Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the project aims to provide New Yorkers not only with reliable and adaptable emergency shelter, but also to keep residents close to their communities and reduce the necessity of long-term displacement.</p><p>More details on the prototype's design below:</p><ul><li>"The aim is to create a blueprint for post-disaster housing by utilizing the latest construction technology in conjunction with stringent requirements for safety, sustainability, durability, and universal design.</li><li>The five multi-story modules [that Garrison Architects designed] are infinitely flexible: they can be deployed in vacant lots, private yards, or public spaces. When needed, the modules are trucked to a site, craned into place, and plugged into utilities.</li><li>With 1- and 3-bedroom configurations, every unit features a liv...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/102549821/make-it-right-unveils-new-designs-for-native-american-housing-in-montana Make It Right unveils new designs for Native American housing in Montana Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-23T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T11:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bgh3h61a4tx4tlj0.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://makeitright.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a> foundation has unveiled its new home designs for the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana. Following LEED Platinum certification and <a href="http://www.c2ccertified.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle</a> practices, the foundation is known for building sustainable homes for people in need. For the Ft. Peck project, Make It Right plans to build twenty solar-powered homes for tribal members, and develop a sustainable master plan for the reservation of over 6,000 people.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a36gohs95kb5mga.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fy4jzp9krmbbf5kv.jpg"></p><p>Designers and architects involved included GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes. The homes will be available to tribal members with a household income of 60% or lower than the area's median income.</p><p>Find more information on the Ft. Peck project from Make It Right <a href="http://makeitright.org/where-we-work/montana/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1tn708ikdlvgyihx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102033886/the-biggest-house-in-the-us-according-to-curbed-is-now-underway-in-bel-air The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-16T19:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:06:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f80b6c3c2fa27b21043e4d4ec7d7b9bb.jpg" width="500" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work is already underway in Bel Air on a megacompound that will include the largest single-family house in the US. The enormous project, at the dead-end of Airole Way above the Bel-Air Hotel, comes from megamansion developer Nile Niami, and is slated to total 85,000 square feet with a 70,000-square-foot main house. [...] The [Los Angeles Business Journal] guesses America's newest mega-megamansion will be listed "in the $150 million-plus range."</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/100705076/cooperative-city-cooperative-community Cooperative City, Cooperative Community Alexander Walter 2014-05-30T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T22:59:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5e5c743b10f6a910e81cfd290fc39d7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite its distance from the center of New York City, Co-op City&rsquo;s site and scale make it prominent on the landscape [...]. Critics, historians, and even the Supreme Court have noticed as well, weighing in since construction began in 1966 on what the complex signifies for housing finance, site planning, cooperative ownership, ethnic and racial diversity, and tenants&rsquo; rights. [...] But it is far from prototypical.</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/100515819/housing-plans-at-berlin-s-tempelhof-airport-blocked Housing plans at Berlin's Tempelhof airport blocked Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T22:25:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a39df7f697cfedc354bf543072979f97.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin voters on Sunday decided leisure comes first and blocked plans to develop a big part of the former Tempelhof airport, the hub of the historic 1948-49 Berlin Airlift. [...] Official results based on more than four-fifths of ballots cast showed that over half of voters backed a referendum to preserve the airport as a leisure space. City officials had wanted to use about a third of the land for housing because of Berlin's growing population.</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/100125462/tokyo-takes-new-york-astounding-housing-facts Tokyo Takes New York: Astounding Housing Facts Archinect 2014-05-20T19:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T19:05:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01989ecadeb7a29c000852e7b4004db4.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s extreme housing production and resulting market is a product of Japan&rsquo;s uniquely liberal zoning rules. Taken along with its dense network of profitable, private railways, Tokyo is the closest thing this planet has to a city that has completely surrendered itself to market forces. And its construction numbers show it.</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/100062620/the-tiny-house-lover-s-guide-to-romance The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-19T16:49:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:56:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19627e4d9eaacd1a541219180cef48e3.jpg" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Imagine what [living in a tiny house] might mean when it's time to bring a date back to your place for the first time.&nbsp;Or even worse, moving in together. Will you remain devoted to your extra-small space when you decide to get a dog? Have kids? And so on. [...] Turns out, dating and cohabitating and raising a family in 120 to 400 square-foot spaces can be done. It just comes with a unique set of challenges and best-practices at each milestone.</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/99665422/recipients-of-the-2014-aia-hud-secretary-awards Recipients of the 2014 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards Justine Testado 2014-05-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7j833iir7znakv7.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Four projects -- which all happen to be built in California -- have won in the 2014 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards, as announced by the AIA Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The annual awards program recognizes what they deem as the best examples of the latest innovation and development in the housing design industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Awards were given to one project in four categories.</p><p><strong>Category One: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award - </strong>28th Street Apartments (Los Angeles)<br>By Koning Eizenberg Architects, Inc.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1rh3m401ee39ai9.jpg"></p><p><strong>Category Two: Creating Community Connection Award - </strong>Kelly Cullen Community (San Francisco)<br>By Gelfand Partners Architects; Knapp Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/43syth5x1msb4zis.jpg"></p><p><strong>Category Three: Community-Informed Design Award - </strong>Kings Beach Housing Now (Kings Beach, California)<br>By Domus Development; YHLA Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vvqq0oh3cspr2yg.jpg"></p><p><strong>Category Four: Housing Accessibility | Alan J. Rothman Award -</strong> Sierra Bonita Housing (West Hollywood, California)<br>By Patrick Tighe Architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49h6f8u8vrklxabz.jpg"></p><p>More details and photos on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/recipients_of_the_2014_aia_hud_secretary_awards/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99707689/london-falling-short-on-affordable-housing-amid-boom London Falling Short on Affordable Housing Amid Boom Alexander Walter 2014-05-13T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:51:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c41893fc9bf013e6e31f9d3c6657259.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, Nick Williams oversaw construction of luxury apartments at London&rsquo;s One Hyde Park, where a penthouse valued at 175 million pounds ($297 million) sold last month. Now he works at the other end of the property ladder, building discounted homes for those shut out of the boom. Local officials have &ldquo;realized the housing crisis for people who are neither rich nor poor is massive [...]&rdquo;</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/99659979/when-does-the-architecture-begin When does the architecture begin? Archinect 2014-05-12T17:57:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:02:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4pm2b6pae7tqb7y.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MIT Prof. Mark Jarzombek on the notion of primitive, the worldwide evolution of the housing, and the fate of the native populations in the modern environment When does the architecture begin? How the pit house can explain the global migrations and links between the Navahos and first men in Europe? MIT Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture Mark Jarzombek clarifies the essence of the problem.</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/99476731/by-2011-atlanta-had-demolished-all-of-its-public-housing-projects-where-did-all-those-people-go By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go? Alexander Walter 2014-05-09T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T22:58:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/477e6c6a85ebb57bddd18abcfce0e9b1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For most of the 20th century, Atlanta was known for its public housing. The city had pioneered the concept in the 1930s [...] Two decades later, that proportion has fallen all the way to zero. [...] Looking at these two decades of rapid residential change, Atlanta native and filmmaker King Williams is looking for an answer to a seemingly obvious question. With his in-production documentary The Atlanta Way, Williams asks: Where did all of these people end up?</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/99476730/a-scheme-on-a-bluff-the-view-from-todt-hill-houses A Scheme on a Bluff: The View from Todt Hill Houses Alexander Walter 2014-05-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T22:58:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39d8be35786c3c1e0554f211fded0369.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the third article in our Typecast series, writer Brad Fox travels to Todt Hill Houses on Staten Island. Safe, suburban, and well-maintained, Todt Hill defies many of the stereotypes of New York City housing projects. Unlike the Lower East Side&rsquo;s Smith Houses, which were constructed in the place of demolished tenements, Todt Hill predates most of the single-family homes in its surrounding neighborhood.</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/99247324/japan-s-disposable-home-culture-is-an-environmental-and-financial-headache Japan's disposable home culture is an environmental and financial headache Alexander Walter 2014-05-05T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0c2a7f831b58e898e2aab88fb7c852fd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That's because, as the economists Richard Koo and Masaya Sasaki show in a report, 15 years after being built the average house is worth nothing. [...] "It's not environmentally sustainable but also not financially sustainable. People work very hard to pay off a mortgage that's ultimately worth zero." [...] It has also produced a huge number of architects, who are kept busy by buyers wanting a new house that reflects their lifestyle.</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/99018259/the-value-of-land-how-community-land-trusts-maintain-housing-affordability The Value of Land: How Community Land Trusts Maintain Housing Affordability Alexander Walter 2014-05-01T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c3d106f2b0a9511602b659f8f643d87.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Affordable housing is on New York City&rsquo;s mind. A critical mass of civic organizations, academic institutions, city agencies, advocacy groups, and others are pondering the essential and perennial issue of how to ensure that the city becomes affordable for the extraordinarily diverse population that makes it work. [...] At the same time, a decades-old strategy to maintain housing affordability is finding a groundswell of support from an increasingly diverse group of stakeholders.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>A community land trust (CLT) is an alternative model that separates the ownership of property from the ownership of the land on which that property is built. In effect, organized citizens remove land from the private, speculative market where its value is difficult to control.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T13:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb5aee79bdd9f6014fef6cb78c753eb1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Real Affordability for All Coalition &mdash; made up of 50 tenant advocate and labor union groups &mdash; is accusing Airbnb of &ldquo;throwing gasoline on a fire&rdquo; by contributing to a growing affordable housing crisis. &ldquo;After years of operating an illegal enterprise in New York, your company is now apparently interested in paying your fair share of taxes and announcing that development as though you are some kind of charitable organization bestowing your riches on our city [...]&rdquo;</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/98262926/winning-designs-of-cambodian-sustainable-housing-competition-now-built Winning designs of Cambodian Sustainable Housing competition now built Justine Testado 2014-04-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgzm65c2dr8ukpuo.jpg" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a well-known fact that a safe and comfortable home is essential to one's well-being. From Building Trust International's 2013 "The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia" competition, over 600 registered entrants proposed sustainable housing solutions for low-income families in Cambodia. The jury -- which also comprised of the families who moved into their new homes -- chose 3 joint-winning designs recently constructed in Phnom Penh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winners are:</p><p><strong>Courtyard House</strong> by <a href="http://www.lumleykoller.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jess Lumley &amp; Alexander Koller</a> (UK)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/og/ogli2i8nj6otkyen.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyeao9brp6fy06yl.jpg"></p><p><strong>Open Embrace</strong> by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle (USA)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/veyhx3moq1nbrs5l.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbmvvdldsgwz10ch.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jn/jni1yvjlquz72tw1.jpg"></p><p><strong>Wet + Dry House</strong> by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil &amp; Nick Shearman of <a href="http://www.vdd.com.au" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd.</a> (Australia)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0eyrkrukt035ys29.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y9rsf7q1zkqznm5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y4ktwj1jku0y5klh.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winning_designs_of_cambodian_sustainable_housing_competition_now_built/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Also check out our recent feature of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97566131/moved-to-care-competition-winners-highlight-the-importance-of-safe-healthcare-for-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Trust International's "Moved to Care" competition results</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98204993/cities-need-goldilocks-housing-density-not-too-high-or-low-but-just-right Cities need Goldilocks housing density – not too high or low, but just right Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:44:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/003508c69ab984a03ea84c4a73835db5.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In so-called hot cities [...] battles are raging over height limits and urban density, all on the basis of two premises: 1) that building all these towers will increase the supply of housing and therefore reduce its costs; 2) that increasing density is the green, sustainable thing to do and that towers are the best way to do it. I am not sure that either is true.</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/98156100/the-spectre-haunting-san-francisco The spectre haunting San Francisco Nam Henderson 2014-04-17T12:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T13:14:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo2jnhdp9j74hbxy.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The housing dynamic in San Francisco raises the capital intensity of consumption. That contributes to an increase in the capital share of income and to the stock of wealth in the economy. Zoning restrictions are a tool of the oligarchy, effectively. I'm only one-fourth kidding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The author(s) examine the origins/causes of the growing housing/rent crisis in American cities, such as San Francisco.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/davidjmadden/status/456453887361576960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Madden</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98147010/let-them-eat-mcmansions-the-1-percent-income-inequality-and-new-fashioned-american-excess Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T13:08:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0e11dc845ec7411db17b433f76e000f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today we call those changes &ldquo;inequality,&rdquo; and inequality is, obviously, the point of the McMansion. The suburban ideal of the 1950s, according to &ldquo;The Organization Man,&rdquo; was supposed to be &ldquo;classlessness,&rdquo; but the opposite ideal is the brick-to-the-head message of the dominant suburban form of today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97583873/ten-recipients-for-the-2014-aia-housing-awards Ten recipients for the 2014 AIA Housing Awards Justine Testado 2014-04-08T19:30:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:26:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqwu6njt4z574sif.jpg" width="514" height="616" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There's no place like a good home, simple as that. The AIA announced 10 recipients for the 2014 Housing Awards, which promotes the value of good housing and excellence in housing design. The jury gave awards in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing (none selected this year), Multifamily Housing and Special Housing.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>ONE/TWO FAMILY CUSTOM HOUSING</strong></p><p>Pictured above: Sol Duc Cabin (Seattle) by Olson Kundig Architects</p><p>Informal House (South Pasadena, CA) by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/so/soyq6bhoaeu24183.jpg"></p><p>Kicking Horse Residence (British Columbia) by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5kguuftnr3vqpeq.jpg"></p><p>Park Passive (Seattle) by NK Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/zn9ir0yte7u430xi.jpg"></p><p>Topo House (Wisconsin) by Johnsen Schmaling Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h5/h5n3sy291ekdnh9p.jpg"></p><p><strong>MULTIFAMILY LIVING</strong></p><p>221 Broadway (San Antonio) by Lake|Flato Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f466n3fot6ie5xr.jpg"></p><p>Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles) by Brooks + Scarpa</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qr/qrg39hsf9x1twsy3.jpg"></p><p>Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments (Oakland, CA) by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgu6csb1z4jy6xtm.jpg"></p><p>28th Street Apartments (Los Angeles) by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hb/hbtkrmudpabibxdk.jpg"></p><p>Sweetwater Spectrum Community (Sonoma, CA) by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92t47du4c5d35syv.jpg"></p><p>Further info on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/ten_recipients_for_the_2014_aia_housing_awards/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97440571/the-dollar-general-store-of-housing The Dollar General store of housing Nam Henderson 2014-04-07T11:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:41:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i005uwfba1c4azeo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With around 10,000 lots scattered mostly across the Midwest and the Central Plains, Rolfe and Reynolds are about equivalent in size to a public-housing agency in a midsize city &mdash; and in an important way, they play the same role. Those living in public housing are generally required to pay up to 30 percent of their household income as their share of the rent. Rolfe and Reynolds&rsquo;s tenants pay on average closer to 20 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Southern California&nbsp;Gary Rivlin attends&nbsp;Mobile Home University and profiles it's founder&nbsp;Frank Rolfe.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97046863/housing-is-having-a-bad-month-thanks-to-the-letter-l Housing is having a bad month, thanks to the letter "L" Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T20:22:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8be04026c632d6b8145bff1a1e5d714b.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some pretty lackluster news from the housing market today. Construction spending rose a measly .1% in February. Part of that was because of the wild weather we saw this winter, but economists say that only accounts for part of the lacklusterness. It seems we&rsquo;re not building or buying homes like we used to. Pending home sales fell in February to their lowest level in more than 2 years. The housing market made big gains last year, but so far 2014 isn&rsquo;t looking so hot.</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/94964157/thousand-dollar-house-million-dollar-view Thousand dollar house, million dollar view Alexander Walter 2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/476b138ffbc0153d2175856b852b4aae.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New homes in America are a lot bigger than they used to be. In fact since 1950 they've doubled in size, to an average about 2,500-square feet per home. And a bigger home generally uses more energy. So one college professor is attempting to trash some of our ideas about home ownership, by sleeping in a six-by-six-foot dumpster. [...] this month, Wilson moved into a sanitized recycling dumpster on the Austin, Texas, campus of Huston-Tillotson University.</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/93446411/unaffordable-cities-this-criminal-lack-of-housing-is-a-global-scandal Unaffordable cities: this criminal lack of housing is a global scandal Alexander Walter 2014-02-13T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T11:18:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zawvjkz9ouybojf4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To make housing affordable again, we need to catch up to decades-worth of unmet demand, over the next few years. In many cities, this means goals measured in the tens of thousands of new homes; in the fastest-growing cities, it means hundreds of thousands. Build enough housing and (economists and experience both tell us) prices should at least stabilise. Want social justice? Build a lot more housing.</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/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</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/91455686/peabody-housing-competition-shortlist-shares-future-ideas-of-affordable-housing Peabody housing competition shortlist shares future ideas of affordable housing Justine Testado 2014-01-17T14:58:00-05:00 >2014-01-21T19:27:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbwn47z91r0xq2p3.jpg" width="514" height="620" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the help of young UK architects, London housing association Peabody is already looking to the future of social housing with their "Small Projects Panel" competition launched this past November. Peabody recently announced 20 shortlisted proposals that have advanced to the last stage. Each team will be interviewed before the jury picks 6-8 firms by the end of January. The winning firms will help Peabody develop new housing schemes that have a maximum of 20 homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Check out some of the shortlisted projects.<br><br> Project author: Coffey Architects<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/momf9hxass6jq2bh.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Octopi<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e9xhg7hoihe08605.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Stephen Taylor Architects<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fponevqg8krj1f5q.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Allsop Gollings Architects<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7dy3tjy4n28frpv.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Studio Sam Causer and Geraldine Dening<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1bdcb780jlh7y6mi.jpg" title=""><br><br> Project author: Paul Archer Design<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oywhg0c6330niyx5.jpg" title=""><br><br> See more of the shortlist and other competition details at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/shortlist_of_peabodys_housing_competition_shares_future_ideas_of_affordable/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br><em>Images courtesy Peabody Short Projects Panel competition.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90316469/ga-collaborative-partners-with-rwandan-women-s-group-for-housing-redevelopment GA Collaborative partners with Rwandan women's group for housing redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-02T22:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T12:20:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfdkdwc3jdlv1399.jpg" width="300" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Yutaka Sho has been working on housing redevelopment strategies in Rwanda since 2008, and from the beginning the challenges were clear. Building materials were severely limited and ripple effects from the 1994 genocide were still strong, leaving Rwandan society displaced and disproportionately female. After the genocide, the Rwandan government enacted the controversial "imidugudu" development strategy; a "villagization" program that tried to gather rural homesteads together in villages, to make it easier to deliver resources. Even more Rwandans were displaced as a result, and often did not receive the promised resources.*</p> <p> Sho's work with the GAC is to aid reconstruction without further disrupting Rwandans' lives. They partnered with Dushyigikirane, a women's organization in the northern Rwandan town of Masoro, to help the community build their own housing so they wouldn't be forcibly relocated. GAC would help Dushyigikirane in designing the new village of 50 houses, using the ac...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89829634/can-a-city-really-end-homelessness Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness? Alexander Walter 2013-12-27T14:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:22:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8ec5c92bf6166e92c39753df6de17575.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, the city of Phoenix made a startling announcement. The Arizona capital had previously identified 222 chronically homeless veterans living in the city, more than half of them veterans of the Vietnam War. [...] Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said last week that every last one of them now had a roof overhead. The city has effectively ended chronic veteran homelessness, according to the mayor [...]. Phoenix did this &ndash; prioritizing housing first, then wrapping other services around it.</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/88063915/david-adjaye-s-sugar-hill-building-sparks-controversy David Adjaye's Sugar Hill Building sparks controversy Archinect 2013-12-04T14:47:00-05:00 >2013-12-24T08:35:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3r0hdah6jgdburyy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It looks like a prison to be honest with you," said Lynda Johnson, an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and editor and founder of KidStyleSource.com who has owned a townhouse on St. Nicholas Place for 20 years and is a member of the Hamilton Heights Homeowners Association. Some feel the design does not fit into the context of the nearby Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill Historic District, which is filled with Beaux Arts and Queen Anne-style 19th-century row houses.</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>