Archinect - News 2014-04-21T09:16:25-04:00 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 >2014-04-18T21:13:31-04:00 <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 >2014-04-17T14:46:29-04:00 <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 >2014-04-18T11:37:51-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/87009741/blighted-cities-prefer-razing-to-rebuilding Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding Alexander Walter 2013-11-20T20:11:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:02:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5f1c9f253a04946e747b5ec16aaf546.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shivihah Smith&rsquo;s East Baltimore neighborhood, where he lives with his mother and grandmother, is disappearing. The block one over is gone. A dozen rowhouses on an adjacent block were removed one afternoon last year. [...] For the Smiths, the bulldozing of city blocks is a source of anguish. But for Baltimore, as for a number of American cities in the Northeast and Midwest that have lost big chunks of their population, it is increasingly regarded as a path to salvation.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In light of yesterday's decision to allocate a chunk of the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase mortgage settlement to anti-blight measures across the country, I also recommend <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=246201801" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this NPR interview</a> with Jim Rokakis, director of the Thriving Communities Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.</p> <p> <em>NPR host Melissa Block: "How much do you figure it cost to tear down a house?"</em></p> <p> <em>Jim Rokakis: "It's an average of about $10,000 a home. So in a state like Ohio where there's still around 85 to 90,000 vacant, abandoned, never-to-be-reoccupied houses, it's an 815, $900 million problem."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86618664/lord-wolfson-offers-250-000-prize-to-design-garden-city Lord Wolfson offers £250,000 prize to design garden city Archinect 2013-11-15T18:21:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:31:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wl/wl2yvjpfkqajxg1z.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A year after gathering ideas on how a eurozone country could leave the single-currency bloc, the organisers of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize are plunging into Britain&rsquo;s highly politicised housing debate and challenging people to design a garden city. Offering &pound;250,000 in prize money, entrants are required to answer: &ldquo;How would you deliver a new garden city which is visionary, economically viable and popular?&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/85833641/winners-of-the-world-habitat-awards-2013 Winners of the World Habitat Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-11-05T13:21:00-05:00 >2013-11-05T13:24:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w2/w2bl31x7gw6j0uz8.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the 2013 World Habitat Awards were officially announced by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) on Oct. 7 during World Habitat Day in Medell&iacute;n, Colombia. Out of 200 entries from around the world, the winning projects were selected based on which ones presented the most innovative and sustainable housing solutions to support economic and community restoration and provide for homeless individuals.</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/85320829/plan-to-raze-five-paul-rudolph-buildings-in-buffalo Plan to Raze Five Paul Rudolph Buildings in Buffalo davvid 2013-10-30T10:55:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T23:02:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awrymvmnja575rzz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Buffalo Planning Board will be reviewing plans to construct 48 apartments in eight new buildings next week. The complex at 270 Niagara Street sits in the shadow of City Hall. It currently contains 472 units on 9.5 acres and was completed in 1972.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Nov 6, 2013 in Buffalo the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.city-buffalo.com/files/1_2_1/city_departments/SPlanning/Planning/Agendas2013/Meeting1161.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Planning Board</a> will meet to review plans submitted by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.norstarcompanies.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norstar Development </a>that will&nbsp;demolish five buildings of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Rudolph_(architect)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph</a>-designed Shoreline Apartments to make room for eight new residential buildings. The is being described as "Phase 1," and the details of the later phases have not yet been made public.</p> <p> The Shoreline Apartments project was designed by Paul Rudolph and completed in 1974. It was featured in the September 1972 edition of Architectural Record.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85314386/winner-of-the-christchurch-breathe-the-new-urban-village-project-competition Winner of the Christchurch “Breathe - The New Urban Village Project” competition Justine Testado 2013-10-29T20:48:00-04:00 >2013-10-30T18:40:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4qxtaaf552klk51w.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Holloway Team was selected as the winners of New Zealand's international "Breathe - The New Urban Village Project" design competition. The team is led by Holloway Builders from Christchurch, NZ in partnership with architecture firm Anselmi Attiani Associated Architects and Cresco engineers, both from Italy. Building and Construction Minister, Hon. Maurice Williamson made the official announcement on Oct. 22 at an event in the transitional Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68870113/finalists-announced-for-breathe-the-new-urban-village-project-in-new-zealand" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finalists Announced for Breathe, The New Urban Village Project in New Zealand</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84856435/markasaurus-does-the-math-on-sf-housing-prices Markasaurus does the math on SF housing prices Archinect 2013-10-23T20:40:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T22:33:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/71e01588f91f7893c62aeaedbc91ea4f.jpg" width="180" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A question I have heard a lot lately is &ldquo;why can&rsquo;t developers build housing for the people who need it most instead of for the rich.&rdquo; Let&rsquo;s look at what a typical multi-family development project in a reasonably central part of San Francisco would cost to build (in a very simplified way). I&rsquo;m assuming an 800 square foot apartment in a five story 100 unit wood-framed building over a concrete first story (very common in San Francisco)...</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/84211538/the-architecture-of-autism The Architecture of Autism Archinect 2013-10-15T12:10:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:53:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccvu7dve130rvut8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2009, a pair of academics, Kim Steele and Sherry Ahrentzen, collaborated on &ldquo;Advancing Full Spectrum Housing,&rdquo; a comprehensive design guideline for housing adults with autism. (An expanded book on the topic is scheduled to come out next year.) Perhaps the first development to closely follow their template is Sweetwater Spectrum, a residence for 16 adults whose abilities and disabilities span the full range of autism.</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/83830203/depot-domiciles-train-stations-become-hip-german-homes Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes Alexander Walter 2013-10-10T15:18:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:33:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gi/gi0xpzmnoopk96te.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Converting old train stations into living spaces is all the rage in Germany. They're charming and, often, affordable -- but making these buildings livable can be more difficult than people anticipate.</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/83215368/facebook-is-getting-into-the-housing-business Facebook is getting into the housing business? Archinect 2013-10-02T14:06:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:23:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e83e9bb3e6128dc554acb822c87bb31.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $120 million, 630,000-square-foot complex, called Anton Menlo, is a partnership between Facebook and Northern California residential real estate developer St. Anton Partners. Details of the financial arrangement, including Facebook's investment, were not disclosed. Designed by Southern California KTGY Group, it will have a mix of studios and one, two and three-bedroom apartments. As part of Facebook's agreement with the city, 15 below-market-rate units are set aside for low-income tenants.</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/82854703/have-nots-squeezed-and-stacked-in-hong-kong Have Nots Squeezed and Stacked in Hong Kong anthony dong 2013-09-28T13:39:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:27:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/li/li1y05eyn1d5mhyn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While tiny housing of this kind has existed in Hong Kong for many years, it has expanded as soaring property prices have pushed more and more low-income earners out of the market for regular housing in recent years. Rent on these spaces has risen nearly 20 percent in the last four years, and now gobbles up about a third of the residents&rsquo; incomes.</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/81836766/the-story-behind-failure-copenhagen-s-business-district-restad The Story Behind Failure: Copenhagen’s Business District Ørestad Orhan Ayyüce 2013-09-16T03:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T21:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xx/xxdm26oh2swsfbic.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&rdquo;Recently we have witnessed the mounting of very large development projects in European and American cities. There is a striking physical similarity among the schemes and also a convergence embodied in private-sector involvement and market orientation.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> European urbanist&nbsp;Lea Olsson and&nbsp;Jan Loerakker gets to the bottom of recent urban development ventures in Europe and set up a pattern repeated in many other places in the World.</p> <p> <em>"This essay doesn&rsquo;t try to blame the public-private model for certain urban failures, but rather tries to make clear what factors are determining a positive or negative outcome. Looking at the role that, for instance, architectural firm BIG played in the &Oslash;restad development, this leaves us with the question how we should position ourselves as architects and urban planners in this contemporary power structure. Should we work in close affiliation with private investors who give us room to express ourselves &ndash; or will this limit our social role? Will the state only allow us to build the mediocre &ndash; or do we need public influence to add meaningful and long-lasting buildings and spaces to the city? In the precarious balance of public-private partnerships the answer of our discipline to those questions will be c...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81468029/shortlist-for-the-2013-riba-manser-medal-highlights-the-uk-s-best-new-homes Shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal highlights the UK’s best new homes Justine Testado 2013-09-09T21:44:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:26:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmcn9pj2a2bgqkl5.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed its shortlist for the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal - Best New Home -- the UK's most distinguished private home design award. [...] Locally presented and judged, the RIBA Awards are specifically for structures in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners are also considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83073926/winners-of-2013-riba-manser-medal-and-stephen-lawrence-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of 2013 RIBA Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81150859/failed-icon-of-social-housing-becomes-new-home-for-former-inmates Failed Icon Of Social Housing Becomes New Home For Former Inmates Archinect 2013-09-05T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t9/t9k3xr69345e4g07.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It turns out pedestrians couldn&rsquo;t be bothered to detour through the pixellated concrete compound. &ldquo;Stairs were too steep, and people preferred crossing Blaak [the street passing under foot] at ground level,&rdquo; van Schaik explains. &ldquo;This left the bridge with serious problems. Most shops were vacant, as was the Supercube for a long time."</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/80617354/housing-design-in-the-future-los-angeles-and-the-politics-of-micro-units "Housing Design in the Future Los Angeles" and the politics of micro-units Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-29T21:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-08T16:10:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osodlawtfm4hq7cr.jpg" width="295" height="197" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects Alice Kimm, FAIA; John Mutlow, FAIA; Lorcan O&rsquo;Herihy, FAIA; Warren Techentin, AIA; Patrick Tighe, FAIA; and Ed Woll, Ph.D. will present housing projects in development and discuss the potential of micro-housing units, transit oriented development and changing lifestyles to create livable density in LA.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This past Wednesday, I attended a panel discussion of architects at the University of Southern California about the future of housing in Los Angeles -- an exciting and highly debatable topic nowadays, as transit networks expand and neighborhoods densify. Presented in conjunction with two recently-concluded coordinated exhibitions originally sponsored by <a href="http://laforum.org/content/exhibitions/how-small-is-too-small-and-by-rightby-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a>, "BY-Right/BY-Design" and "How Small Is Too Small?", the discussion was a type of send-off by trying to describe what smaller and more efficient housing in Los Angeles may look like in the next twenty years. While it didn't really provide any tangible answers to that prompt, the panel did settle on a necessary focus of residential architecture: empathizing with the specific inhabitant.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bct7ovuhudzbjxpu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Given population growth within the past twenty years, housing is certainly a top priority for developers: since 1990, LA County as a whole has risen from approximately 8.9M to 10M*, and accommodating th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80394436/new-york-s-micro-unit-exhibition-extended-to-september-15th New York’s micro-unit exhibition extended to September 15th Justine Testado 2013-08-26T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h86sznch54em4ge3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to popular demand, the Museum of the City of New York is now extending their "Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers" exhibit until Sept. 15, 2013. Originally planned to close on Labor Day weekend after recently hosting its special "Living Large While Living Small" series this month, the exhibit continues to attract visitors from around the globe.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>In addition to experiencing the fully built micro-apartment, visitors were drawn to one specific feature: the "Cubista." The Cubista is a coffee table and ottoman that transforms to a table that can seat four people.</em></p> <p> <em>Starting Friday, Aug. 30 until Sept. 15, any museum visitor can enter for a chance to win the $1,000 Cubista (with paid admission). One lucky visitor will be chosen.</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79073006/museum-of-the-city-of-new-york-presents-living-large-while-living-small" target="_blank">Museum of the City of New York Presents: Living Large While Living Small</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80147884/live-in-your-sneakers-mobile-housing-s-next-step Live In Your Sneakers? Mobile Housing's Next Step Archinect 2013-08-23T15:26:00-04:00 >2013-08-23T15:31:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f66ae75921f99f0f3bca4b23b72bc3de.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new project, &ldquo;Walking Shelter,&rdquo; explores what on-the-go housing might just look like. Here, a portable dwelling is packed right into a pair of sneakers. Essentially a tent without a pole (that&rsquo;s the clever part), the mobile home can be deployed anywhere you&rsquo;d like it to pop up. Rather than relying on the old pole standard, the shelter&rsquo;s frame is provided by the person(s) occupying it, explains Amelia Borg, one-eighth of Sibling, the Australian architectural collective behind the project.</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>