Archinect - Features 2019-02-20T11:01:40-05:00 Australian firm Breathe Architecture is Changing the Way Residential Development is Done Down Under Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T08:58:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With a promise that every project would have fresh air and windows in each room, Jeremy McLeod founded the Melbourne-based practice <a href="" target="_blank">Breathe Architecture</a> almost twenty years ago. Since, the firm has been applying their concept of environmentally and socially sustainable urban design to a range of commercial and residential projects. More recently, McLeod and his team have begun cultivating their own housing projects, changing the model for multi-residential development in&nbsp;Australia. Frustrated with the way architecture was being dictated by developers, market forces, and financial structures, they started the <a href="" target="_blank">Nightingale Housing</a> movement to support, promote and advocate for high-quality housing that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable, and socially inclusive.</p> <p>Here, we talk with Lola Digby-Diercks, the Business Development Lead at Breathe Architecture and Nightingale, about the firm's innovative practices and the differences they are making within residential develo...</p> Commemorating 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act When We Still Have a Long Way to Go Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-11T12:46:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T12:53:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Today marks the 50th anniversary of the <a href="" target="_blank">Fair Housing Act</a>, a landmark piece of <a href="" target="_blank">civil rights</a> legislation that promised to provide equal access to housing opportunity for all. Signed by then President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11th, 1968, the federal housing bill prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, or national origin, with protections against discrimination based on sex and disability or towards families with children, added in subsequent decades.</p> Dwelling in the Golden Years: Experiments in Senior Living Hannah Wood 2017-12-08T12:21:00-05:00 >2017-12-08T12:21:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Global populations are aging&mdash;according to the UN, by 2030 the number of citizens aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 56%, a figure which by 2050 is expected to double again, to a total of 2.1 billion seniors worldwide, skewed towards 'greying economies' such as those of the US and Europe. Where and how will our seniors live in the future? This month I speak to architect and <a href="" target="_blank">KADK</a> professor <a href="" target="_blank">Deane Simpson</a>, who researches shifts in the built environment which are occurring as a consequence of population aging, and Stephen Bates of award-winning firm <a href="" target="_blank">Sergison Bates</a> who recently completed the <a href="" target="_blank">Housing for Older Residents</a> project in Hampstead, London. Is it possible to move beyond stereotypes to create an architecture which is functional, healthy and beneficial for the older generation?</p> Housing after Debt? A discussion with Alastair Parvin Hannah Wood 2017-10-20T11:28:00-04:00 >2017-10-20T11:28:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This month Archinect looks closer at our housing economy&mdash;how we commission and produce homes in today&rsquo;s financial climate. This year a <a href="" target="_blank">primary index</a> tracking residential real estate value in major US cities revealed American house prices are now rising at a rate of 5.9% per annum&mdash;a three year high&mdash;significantly outpacing relative income gains. This growth now more than doubles the hourly earnings of the average American, pricing many families out of the market and out of the city. Similar trends can be found across major metropolitan areas in Europe and Asia, fueling acute housing crises such as the well documented situation in London, England. I speak to designer and civic entrepreneur Alastair Parvin of London-based studio <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture 00</a> who, frustrated by a select number of poor quality homes for sale at sensational prices, is now actively looking for ways to reshape the market itself; starting by rethinking the business model.<br></p> The Open Workshop explores how housing density may have decided the U.S. 2016 Election Julia Ingalls 2017-07-21T13:11:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T18:17:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Think about the American political landscape, and a highly partisan, Russian-government-colluding version may come to mind. But what about the literal American political landscape, as defined by housing density and building typology per acre? The project &ldquo;Environment as Politics: From Identity to Density Politics&rdquo; by <a href="" target="_blank">The Open Workshop</a>, originally presented on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Places Journal</em></a>, studied voting patterns in the 2016 election for the U.S. President and discovered that how closely people live together may be the soundest predictor of which candidate gets their vote.</p> Emergency Shelter: Housing for the Age of Mass Displacement Hannah Wood 2017-07-20T11:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Today, forced displacement affects more people than any crisis or conflict. According to the UN, 65.3 million people, or one person in every 113, is now internally or externally <a href="" target="_blank">displaced</a>. The average time families remain in emergency accommodation is now <a href="" target="_blank">17 years</a>, longer than the <a href="" target="_blank">average US house buyer</a> will stay in their home. No longer temporary but not yet a city, these &lsquo;camps&rsquo; are where millions of children will grow up. In this month&rsquo;s feature we speak to architects working with the concept of emergency shelter to find out how they are approaching the issue. An overview will be provided by former UNHCR official Kilian Kleinschmidt, now director of <a href="" target="_blank">Switxboard</a>, who will discuss where and how input from the design disciplines would be most welcomed.</p> "I think of architecture as an act of writing in the city": Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses PAU's upcoming projects Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T13:22:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">PAU</a>, Vishaan Chakrabarti is an architect and urban planner who considers every aspect of the city with foresight, but isn't as concerned with the culture of celebrity that has often dominated the profession. "Calling oneself a humanist over the last couple of decades was a real no-no," he explains via phone. "You're supposed to be a bad-boy, cape-wearing starchitect." He purposefully did not name the firm after himself in order to place emphasis on intelligent discussion, not hierarchy. Although he's excited about taking on more projects, he never wants PAU to grow beyond roughly 30 employees so that he will always know everyone in his office.</p> Moshe Safdie Reflects on the 50th Anniversary of Habitat 67, the Masterpiece He Completed at 25 Nicholas Korody 2017-05-10T11:41:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Fifty years ago, a young Canadian-Israeli architect got the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to realize his senior thesis for the 1967 World Fair in Montr&eacute;al. The resulting housing complex inspired generations of architects inside and outside of Canada, and its influence is visible in buildings built to this day. It wasn&rsquo;t just formal innovation that determined <a href="" target="_blank">Habitat 67</a>&rsquo;s significance&mdash;although that&rsquo;s certainly part of it&mdash;but also the new way of life it imagined by way of affordable, dense urban housing with all the greenery, spaciousness, and privacy of the suburbs.</p> "The environment we design, designs us back:" A Conversation with Eran Chen of ODA Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:53:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, <a href="" target="_blank">ODA</a>&rsquo;s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA&rsquo;s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city, the challenges behind designing &ldquo;permeable buildings,&rdquo; and what he learned from his dealings with Donald Trump.</p> 'Everyone deserves a decent place to live.' – minding London's development gaps with Mohsin Cooper Robert Urquhart 2016-08-14T05:59:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mohsin Cooper</a><a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Architects</a>&nbsp;is a young practice focused largely on housing, based in Brighton and London, and run by Justin Cooper and Abe Mohsin.</p> 'Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y' explores new forms of living and owning in a changing London Nicholas Korody 2016-08-13T06:08:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>While an average of 100,000 people move to London each year, only about 25,000 new homes are built annually: a <a href="" target="_blank">formula</a> that has produced a critical lack in affordable housing. The median rent in the capital city is &pound;1,400 and the average house price has passed &pound;600,000. In other words, only the very rich can afford to live in London.</p> "Emergence: Home Beyond Boundaries" – a reader submission on Domesticity Duha Al Nasir 2016-07-23T10:33:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As one of the submissions to our <a href="" target="_blank">Open Call for July's theme of "Domesticity,"</a> Duha Al Nasir tackled the challenge of envisioning her version of the next Case Study home, riffing on the realtor "ad" prompt with a rumination on the very nature of home. Al Nasir&nbsp;locates the essential home within the nexus of experience, likening it to an "emotional suitcase" and concluding that ultimately, one's home is not a physical enclosure but a metaphor for a sense of self.</p> Strange bedfellows: exploring shades of privacy in co-living Julia Ingalls 2016-06-20T12:18:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From chaste bunking to on-site Pilates classes, co-living companies have as many versions as a cover band. But each incarnation raises the question: how do we architecturally define privacy in the 21st century?</p> paraSITE: the bandage over the nomadic wound Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T11:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Using the air discharged from publicly accessible HVAC units, artist Michael Rakowitz has created a series of inflatable temporary plastic shelters for the homeless he calls &ldquo;paraSITE.&rdquo; The work, which began in 1998 and was later added to the MoMA&rsquo;s Architecture and Design online collection, is both a form of social protest and an ingenious, budget-conscious design (most units cost around $5 to construct).</p> Previewing the 2016 Venice Biennale: Anupama Kundoo's "Building Knowledge" Nicholas Korody 2016-05-26T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T17:44:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In advance of the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Venice Biennale</a>, we've spoken with the curators behind a few select pavilions to check in on the status of their exhibitions. For this feature, we spoke with Anupama Kundoo about her project, <em>Building Knowledge</em>.</p> London's Bleak Housing Robert Urquhart 2015-12-18T05:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T18:22:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The housing crisis in London has rumbled on for decades, its supply never quite catching up with the demands of its own population growth. Council stock has been sold off without being replaced, creating an un-developable green belt around it &ndash; a victim, in part, to its success as a hip, modern, international financial centre, and purveyor of &ldquo;Olde Worlde&rdquo; charm.</p> Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-08T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With all the media attention on California&rsquo;s drought, the &ldquo;atoning L.A.&rdquo; narrative has gotten pretty common. The city&rsquo;s gluttonous lawns, sprawling infrastructures and indulgent residents &ndash; in short, its sinful stereotypes &ndash; have become untenable as the drought, a housing crisis and pressing sustainability measures come knocking at the city&rsquo;s door.</p> The Age Of The Plastic Chimney: How Cookie-Cutter Homes Drove Me to Despair… And Away from the Profession Paul Keskeys 2014-12-19T10:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A UK architect berates the state of residential development across The Pond, and asks the question: How can we rock the status quo?</p> Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-06T15:05:00-05:00 >2014-03-22T23:44:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> Responding to a daunting list of post-Sandy urban concerns, M.Arch students at the Parsons New School for Design proposed a variety of affordable housing complexes in an under-developed patch of Manhattan&rsquo;s Lower East Side.</p>