Win “Dingbat 2.0”, a critical study of L.A.'s most ubiquitous vernacular typology
Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis is the first full-length critical study of the dingbat apartment, the stucco-clad boxy “building code creature” that is the Southland's most ubiquitous and mundane vernacular typology. Co-edited by Radical Craft... View full entry
What kind of housing will Shigeru Ban's "tallest timber hybrid" add to Vancouver?
Details are scant, there's only one rendering, and yet according to on-the-nose-named developer PortLiving, Shigeru Ban has designed the world's tallest timber hybrid apartment complex. Called Terrace House, the sloping glass-encased, timber-framed, concrete and steel-cored building will... View full entry
The optical illusion behind Copenhagen's Bryggeblomsten residential tower
With a floor plan designed around the concept of petals furling outward from a flower's stem the anodized bronze-toned aluminum and glass tower known as Bryggeblomstem ("the Brygge Flower"), has been granted the "Best Residential Building" award by the Copenhagen Municipality. The... View full entry
Inside the Zaha Hadid-designed $50 million High Line penthouse
The cherry atop 520 West 28th, Penthouse 37 contains five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, including a corner master suite with two windowed dressing rooms and his-and-hers baths nestled on its lower level, which also houses three guest en-suite bedrooms, a utility room, and a wet bar.
Running at a little over $7,269 a square foot, Zaha Hadid's one and only High Line-adjacent luxury penthouse design features a sinuous metal exterior with floor to ceiling glass windows between 10th and 11th avenues in Chelsea. Ismael Levya Architects worked with Zaha Hadid Architects to create... View full entry
An apartment boom grows in Brooklyn
New York’s Kings County is likely to have the most new apartment units delivered in 2016 of any submarket in the U.S., by Axiometrics’ estimation. Some 6,073 units have been identified for delivery in Brooklyn next year as of Nov. 16, a huge increase from the 969 that came to market this year. [...]
renters are able to pay the submarket’s average effective rent of $3,823 (asking rent minus concessions), according to October apartment data.
More news from the borough:First rendering revealed for Brooklyn's first skyscraperHow an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art sceneWork finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab towerThe Chinese government is building affordable housing in BrooklynLife After... View full entry
Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments
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 — the underwhelming Arkadia Tower in Greektown and the better-than-average JeffJack Apartments west of Union Station — are the latest products of the construction surge [...].
Different city, similar lament: Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring". Is bland the new dogma? View full entry
Should tenants pay for earthquake retrofitting costs?
The city of Los Angeles is considering a proposal from Councilman Bernard Parks that would pass the cost of retrofitting apartment buildings on to tenants. Currently, only 50% of major renovation costs may be passed along to tenants, with landlords and building owners paying the cost of retrofitting.
NL Architects completes B05 “Kuifje” in Nieuw Crooswijk, Rotterdam
After three years of construction, NL Architects' B05 Kuifje is now complete. Nicknamed Tintin, B05 is located in Nieuw Crooswijk, a residential area near the city center of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos park.
With its "deformed" silhouette, Tintin was constructed as part of an urban plan by West 8 to redevelop the area into a distinct cityscape.
Downtown Brooklyn's Residential Boom Adds Height, Lacks Good Looks
The last several years have seen a series of tall towers sprout from the Downtown Brooklyn skyline, but [...] these new edifices leave much to be desired in the looks department. The title of the borough's tallest building keeps passing from one development to the next, but none of these buildings—the Brooklyner, 388 Bridge Street, or Avalon Willoughby West, to name a few—offer any architectural integrity.
— Curbed NY
A little of the less-than-beautiful Downtown Brooklyn buildings that are dominating the borough's skyline, from tallest to shortest. View full entry