Archinect - News 2015-05-29T02:28:18-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/128249171/this-bel-air-home-could-be-yours-for-a-mere-half-billion-dollars-yes-b-illion This Bel Air home could be yours for a mere half billion dollars (yes, B-illion) Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T00:39:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/21118a5ed22ab973fdab4cb8fb1d9571.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the biggest homes in U.S. history is rising on a Los Angeles hilltop, and the developer hopes to sell it for a record $500 million. Nile Niami, a film producer and speculative residential developer, is pouring concrete in L.A.&rsquo;s Bel Air neighborhood for a compound with a 74,000-square-foot (6,900-square-meter) main residence and three smaller homes, according to city records. [...] including a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom, a 30-car garage and a &ldquo;Monaco-style casino,&rdquo; Niami said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e65953d94226f0e86da3e13b64b0200.jpg"></p><p><em>Rendering of the "largest home built in the U.S. this century." (Image: McClean Design; via bloomberg.com)</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102033886/the-biggest-house-in-the-us-according-to-curbed-is-now-underway-in-bel-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T17:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T10:43:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcupwpwpyehh334p.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 925 and 1,960 units citywide have been removed from the housing market by hosts renting out entire units on Airbnb for more than 58 days, the [San Francisco Budget &amp; Legislative Analyst's] report estimates. [...] The report draws a comparison between the number of evictions in neighborhoods with the most hosts, though notes there is no way to draw a direct connection. In the Mission, for example, there were 315 hosts last year and 323 evictions.</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/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes NYC's public-housing woes Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T20:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/8301c173afd8b98e7631ca949884db38.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still, when Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his plan for New York&rsquo;s troubled housing authority, NYCHA, dismantling these aging towers was not a piece of it. The plan calls for charging more for parking, redeploying staff to other agencies to save costs and leasing land within the housing complexes to private developers to save money. [...] So why does New York City still have so many high-rise housing projects?</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/127129057/open-data-s-potential-challenges-to-boost-tenants-rights-activism Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</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/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise Justine Testado 2015-05-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T17:52:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/07/07z7osijyjk9ssd3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new building in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood is getting some attention because of its segregated entrances for condo residents and those living in social housing units. The West End Neighbours community group says the market-priced condo units and social housing units for the 19-storey high-rise for 1171 Jervis Street will also be branded differently at the entrances and have separate amenities. The development permit was approved Monday by city staff.</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/126360178/the-new-5-over-1-seattle-where-everything-looks-the-same The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same" Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T15:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pqcd75ycea0dhru.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are ways to bring elegance to 5 over 1 structures, but it requires a high degree of skill and commitment. Only a very talented designer can take such a limited palette of materials and make the resulting building interesting, if not elegant. But developers must be willing to hire those skilled designers. Many are simply not interested. [...] Hence, the wildly uneven &mdash;&nbsp;and often uninspiring&nbsp;&mdash; architecture in Seattle today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar tenor in other booming parts of the nation:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River? Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:00:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6prfekc4pgrlk80.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Los Angeles aims to add more housing, it should look at the neighborhoods lining its long-maligned river to do it. [...] The city could make a big dent in Mayor Eric Garcetti's goal of adding 100,000 housing units by 2021 if it streamlines permitting and creates incentive zones in places along the river [...]. The report comes in the wake of a billion-dollar plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revamp 11 miles of the L.A. River north of downtown [...].</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/125454077/2015-aia-housing-awards-continue-to-foster-designing-high-quality-housing-for-all 2015 AIA Housing Awards continue to foster designing high-quality housing for all Justine Testado 2015-04-16T20:38:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:49:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff0zstkk6cvhv292.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Residential design doesn't have to stop at neat rows of identical apartment buildings or houses, although sometimes it's what is inside a home that can leave the biggest impression. But what's most important is the availability of high-quality housing that suits the various needs for people from all walks of life. The AIA likes to promote these residential-design qualities in their Housing Awards, one of their several annual architectural awards programs.</p><p>For 2015, ten recipients received awards in three of the four awards categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Specialized Housing. The jury didn't select any winners for the One/Two Family Production Housing category this year.</p><p>Get a glimpse of this year's winning projects, which include an apartment building that supports former homeless families, a housing community for senior-aged LGBT residences, and a cottage cluster for musicians, to name a few.</p><p><strong>Multifamily Housing</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/housing-awards/BroadwayAffordableHousing/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Broadway Affordable Housing; Santa Mon...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments Alexander Walter 2015-04-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:11:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mheqgnmdftyh8bn5.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is a tale of two new West Loop high-rises and what they say about Chicago's apartment building boom, which has restored construction cranes to the skyline but has yet to give us architecture with a capital "A." The buildings &mdash; the underwhelming Arkadia Tower in Greektown and the better-than-average JeffJack Apartments west of Union Station &mdash; are the latest products of the construction surge [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Different city, similar lament:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a>. Is <em>bland</em> the new dogma?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring" Alexander Walter 2015-04-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T15:46:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f5ml8qhj1hz48ow.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a big deal when Denver's top architect publishes an essay saying this city is failing at design downtown. That we are building one mundane apartment building after the next. That we are wasting the opportunity to become a national leader and ruining the urban landscape by putting profit above civic pride. Jeff Sheppard said all that [...] in a guest editorial in last Sunday's Denver Post. And we'd be wise to hear him and do what he's suggesting: Knock it off immediately.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sheppard's opinion piece "Denver is a great city, so why the bad buildings?"&nbsp; in the <em>Denver Post</em> can be found <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27843517/great-city-bad-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124892558/without-housing-reform-is-a-tower-of-david-coming-to-your-city Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City? Julia Ingalls 2015-04-09T18:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-12T23:09:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0sz7clc8us2rssg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Justin McGuirk&rsquo;s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we&rsquo;re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can&rsquo;t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his book, McGuirk analyzes numerous de facto housing solutions for overcrowded cities, including the infamous "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/327072/tower-of-david" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Torre David</a>" in Caracas, an abandoned high-rise which became an iconic squatter's structure partly because of government ineptitude and indifference.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:58:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zd98obgmgg5omhnz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The phrases "public housing" or "low-income housing" do not generally conjure thoughts of architectural innovation. [...] But it doesn't have to be that way, as several recent housing developments in Los Angeles prove. Instead, they pose the question: What if low-income housing was perceived as leading the vanguard of innovative, responsive architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124372902/where-architects-fear-to-tread-britain-bores-again Where Architects Fear to Tread: Britain Bores Again Julia Ingalls 2015-04-03T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-03T17:17:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xhgo6oc9ysn78dpc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Terry, 77, is Prince Charles&rsquo; favourite architect, a purveyor of classical confections from his drawing board in the quaint Essex village of Dedham. Scruton, 71, a philosopher of aesthetics, is a vocal enemy of modern architecture and author of The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism (as well as I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher&rsquo;s Guide to Wine).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Oh, man. Prince Charles: the new urban dictionary entry meaning "zero architectural innovation."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124374509/the-bronx-s-once-celebrated-lambert-houses-face-an-unclear-fate The Bronx’s once celebrated Lambert Houses face an unclear fate Alexander Walter 2015-04-02T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T10:05:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a0b5b9a20e9c3b75d1eefdcc923f04d.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Lambert Houses were completed in 1973 as part of the Bronx Park South Urban Renewal Area, the complex was quickly recognized as a significant architectural and social contribution. [...] So when UO columnist Susanne Schindler learned that Phipps is planning to demolish and redevelop the Houses, citing structural issues and significant security concerns, she wanted to understand what went wrong at this much-lauded site.</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/124278842/israel-okays-plan-of-palestinian-homes-in-east-jerusalem Israel okays plan of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-01T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37zup3ncvbnjmrri.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I had doubts about accepting this project. I didn&rsquo;t want to become a pawn for politicians, but the residents gave me a mandate. The public understood that it could act collectively in order to improve its situation - Architect</p></em><br /><br /><p>Project's architect <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/16/arts/design/16arch.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senan Abdelkader&nbsp;</a>is well known to NY Times a few years back via Nicolai Ouroussoff.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/01/16/arts/Our1450.jpg"></p><p><em>A distinct aesthetic language from Senan Abdelkader: an apartment building in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem.</em></p><p><em><img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/01/16/arts/Our3650.jpg"></em></p><p><em>An apartment building, designed by Senan Abdelkader, in an Arab neighborhood near Bethlehem</em></p><p>Let's just say this is not another maneuver by Netanyahu government to ease off the international pressure on Israeli-Palestinian relations.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123892522/activism-targeting-london-s-housing-crisis-bubbles-to-the-surface Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dba8e00212eefbdf4904fa4959033558.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protestors against low-income housing demolition are not just fighting for their homes, but often for their ability to stay in London at all. The small amount of &ldquo;affordable&rdquo; housing being discussed as a replacement is really a figleaf.</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/123135158/npr-s-morning-edition-discusses-eichler-for-the-masses NPR's Morning Edition discusses Eichler for the masses Archinect 2015-03-17T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:35:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a350980958462e4eab9f4e1a5d287438.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Single-story homes, with open spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and clean, serene lines. Bernie fell in love. He paid $30,000, and raised three children in the house. In fact, Parents Magazine once said an Eichler was the best house in the U.S. for raising children.</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/121199869/amsterdam-s-ugly-architecture-from-the-70s-proves-resilient-against-gentrification Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T13:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T20:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66eed296c58bc113faa1a3079ec2496f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In times when the rest of the city is rapidly becoming extremely expensive, Amsterdam&rsquo;s ugly light gray and pink-yellow housing blocks are staying affordable, with rents contingent on income. Their continued presence in the city is becoming a memorial for a once-existing Amsterdam, in which almost all space in the city was equally distributed.</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/120839978/from-an-urban-planning-demographics-housing-junkie From an urban planning/demographics/housing junkie Nam Henderson 2015-02-16T10:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:32:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f9t98b30sijeu2q.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly, in the US at least, central cities are all becoming more or less the same...Meanwhile, the suburbs are becoming more diverse. Not just in terms of ethnicity as growing numbers of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics pour into the suburbs from central cities and abroad. But also in terms of winners and losers</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year following visits to&nbsp;<a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/84634987174/thoughts-from-the-road-chattanooga-knoxville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chattanooga, Knoxville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus</a>, csen proposed <a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/85168617084/global-vs-local-neighborhoods-global-vs-regional" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four basic city/neighborhood archetypes</a>&nbsp;for thinking about a non-dystopic 2030. He also wrote about <a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/105193722999/central-city-homogenization-and-suburban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central City Homogenization and Suburban Diversification</a>&nbsp;and argued for why&nbsp;<a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/105381170434/the-sun-belt-economic-model-is-amazon-omics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sun Belt Economic Model is Amazon-omics</a><strong>.&nbsp;</strong>More recently, he asked&nbsp;<a href="http://When%20Will%20We%20Build%20Internet%20Cities%20the%20Way%20We%20Built%20Railroad/Steel%20Cities?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When Will We Build Internet Cities the Way We Built Railroad/Steel Cities?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120521346/harvard-gsd-to-host-talk-on-habitation-in-extreme-environments-alpine-shelter-exhibition-this-friday Harvard GSD to host talk on "Habitation in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" exhibition this Friday Justine Testado 2015-02-11T18:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T21:08:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbsurwd4jdekmk9o.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Curated by Spela Videcnik, Rok Oman, and John T. Dunlop (Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development), the "Habitation in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" exhibition currently at the Harvard GSD presents a prototypical alpine shelter that students designed in <a href="http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k103976" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an option studio</a> this past fall. A public lecture and discussion by Spela Videcnik will formally introduce the topic this Friday, February 13 at Gund Hall. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akk1nvz9q00m7cbv.jpg"></p><p>Guided by instructors Spela Videcnik and Rok Oman of Ljubljana-based OFIS arhitekti, the studio focused on investigating architectural solutions and responses to extreme climatic conditions, specifically referring to the ongoing heavy wintry conditions that ravage the North region of the U.S. The students researched traditional European alpine settlements in an effort to find new architectural solutions fit for a North American context.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/ai353s8yg1au0cmk.jpg"></p><p>The prototype shelter that will be presented at this Friday's lecture prov...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119915064/make-it-right-reveals-new-family-housing-designs-for-kansas-city Make It Right reveals new family-housing designs for Kansas City Justine Testado 2015-02-03T23:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:54:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4k1h0ic262y901kt.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://makeitright.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, the non-profit organization founded by actor Brad Pitt in 2007, recently revealed six new single-family housing designs for the Manheim Park neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. The single-family homes will be built on vacant lots directly across the <a href="http://makeitright.org/kansas-city/kc-ribbon-cutting/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bancroft School Apartments</a>, an affordable housing and community complex that Make It Right collaboratively built in 2013 to provide homes for young people transitioning out of foster care, seniors, and families in need.</p><p>Six local architecture firms designed each of the houses in collaboration with the Manheim Park Neighborhood Association and homeowners in the community.</p><p>Cover image: El Dorado Inc.</p><p>BNIM Architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb6b2hef9lnvv0fs.jpg"></p><p>DRAW architecture + urban design:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ja/jawv3pwd6s7iohk5.jpg"></p><p>Hufft Projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sfdzha2xd59ecaqn.jpg"></p><p>KEM Studio:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2x/2xp8gxuy7td177rm.jpg"></p><p>Pendulum Studio:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r5/r516t7ajkvprbxse.jpg"></p><p>You can support the project through <a href="http://makeitright.org/donate/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">donations</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T19:59:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T13:32:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47c513123473574131bd51d4bb3b9957.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Egypt is in the throes of a severe housing shortage [...]. But one thing the country has an abundance of is lonesome desert, and developers are turning there to construct immense projects that stick out in the emptiness like skyscrapers on Mars. London-based photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has a yen for the monumental [...] naturally he was interested in the colossal structures rising on the outskirts of Egyptian cities.</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/118197559/a-look-at-the-growing-influence-of-immigrants-on-the-american-housing-market A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8083c3c2f26a3db7c68d87528f8194e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream. [...] Last year, immigrant households made up 11.2 percent of owner-occupied housing according to the JCHS&mdash;that&rsquo;s up from only 6.8 percent in 1994.</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/116274455/urban-land-institute-releases-new-report-about-the-role-of-micro-units Urban Land Institute releases new report about the role of Micro Units Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T15:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:57:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3nxfocwwqbb4f210.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units&mdash;typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double&mdash;have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the direct link to the report&nbsp;<em><a href="http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/The-Macro-View-on-Micro-Units.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Macro View on Micro Units</a></em>.</p><p>Click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/204975/micro-units" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for more on the topic of <em>Micro Units</em> on Archinect.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116117898/the-chinese-government-is-building-affordable-housing-in-brooklyn The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:44:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r82a9qzfclf4905c.jpg" width="353" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greenland&rsquo;s affordable housing venture&nbsp;in Brooklyn, 298 apartments in an 18-story building in Prospect Heights, is part of a larger 15-tower apartment project in Atlantic Yards, (now rebranded &ldquo;Pacific Park) adjacent to the Barclays Center, which will cost an estimated $4.9 billion to build. Half of the 298 units are supposed to be for families that make as low as 40% of the median income for the area&mdash;that&rsquo;s about $33,560 for a family of four.</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/114195997/big-mother-the-tallest-mural-in-the-uk-to-highlight-affordable-housing-issues "Big Mother" the tallest mural in the UK to highlight affordable housing issues Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:21:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:39:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b239ea6293d6f1cf166a4b6b58c7ee5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A newly completed 125 ft high mural painted by Stik on a condemned council owned tower block in Acton, West London is the tallest street artwork in the UK. The artwork depicts a mother and child looking forlornly from their condemned council block at the luxury apartment complexes being built around them. [...] Charles Hocking House was built for low income families in 1967 and is earmarked to be torn down in 2016.</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/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:16:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd08264ee3dee353f7b53c48f852df9d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence is a 124-unit apartment building designed by Sorg Architects. The $33 million building is a striking stack of white, metal-paneled blocks, staggered with views facing the Capitol and the Mall. What makes the building truly distinctive, though, is that the space enables case managers and social workers to work onsite with veterans in tandem with the D.C. VA Medical Center. Sixty units will be set aside permanently for homeless veterans [...].</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/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences Justine Testado 2014-11-03T15:11:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T20:42:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bbzzlos1tjyhgpjh.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MUJI HOUSE, the architectural entity of Japanese design brand <a href="http://muji.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>, recently released their latest prefab house in Tokyo called the Vertical House. The slender 3-story structure was primarily designed for urban dwellers living within Tokyo's tight living spaces.</p><p>Designed with simple white walls and wooden flooring, the house exhibits the same contemporary minimal aesthetic that Muji's products continue to gain popularity for. The house was built with a timber framework method and an open plan interior with no doors or interior walls. The house also features a kitchen and dining area, a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and large windows that allow for ample sunlight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10md38glgpcgeqqp.jpg"></p><p>Muji isn't entirely new to the prefab house scene. The company worked with prominent Japanese architects like Kengo Kuma for the Window House in 2008 followed by the Tree House in 2009. Muji then worked with Shigeru Ban for the Furniture House during the <a href="http://house-vision.jp/en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Vision 2013 Tokyo Exhibition</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txn2rb6y7zwv1umq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itc3dlojlbdlgyxl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwkaiai4u2lxtdbd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4dg6dj5d1c65t8m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2p8mivx2llm3ed8.jpg"></p><p><strong>Product details:</strong><br>Name: Vertical Ho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110818290/san-francisco-legalizes-regulates-airbnb-with-lots-of-amendments San Francisco Legalizes, Regulates Airbnb (With Lots of Amendments) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-08T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb3bd778eee3d77534f9c9e06cf1fdc8.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city&rsquo;s board of supervisors voted to legalize and regulate short-term stays through a controversial piece of legislation that has been two years in the making [...] The key changes include a limit on non-hosted rentals for up to 90 days per year. [...] [The hosts will] also have to pay the city&rsquo;s hotel taxes. They &mdash; not Airbnb &mdash; are responsible for certifying that they&rsquo;re only hosting 90 days a year and for keeping records that prove this.</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>