Archinect - News 2017-08-19T20:36:07-04:00 The era of aspirational pricing is over Nam Henderson 2016-07-11T01:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T01:39:55-04:00 <img src="" width="427" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brokers say the very top of the market &mdash; consisting of eight- and nine-figure homes &mdash; is faring the worst as slowing economies overseas and volatile stock markets have spooked buyers. The supply of homes for the rich exploded as builders aimed at the high end after the financial crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank highlights a&nbsp;worrisome pileup in the&nbsp;overinflated; luxury housing,&nbsp;megamansions and penthouse market.</p> Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger' Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:59:16-04:00 <img src="" width="486" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing has the worst smog levels among the world's capital cities - so bad that playing sports outdoor is often banned - but it could get a stunning new set of lungs in the form of a covered botanical garden, retail and office complex under a giant transparent roof. Called Bubbles, the architectural concept might seem an unlikely candidate for a high-rise city of 21 million people. But its designers believe it offers something that every urban environment needs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another Chinese bubble to burst?</p> Hirshhorn Bubble Project: The Problem With Event Art Archinect 2012-11-21T07:10:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T12:14:37-05:00 <img src="" width="550" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To fund the Bubble, the museum originally turned to Bloomberg, planning to call it the Bloomberg Balloon in honor of a $1 million (or greater) gift. But, perhaps tellingly, the Hirshhorn has not consistently referred to the Bloomberg Balloon as such, suggesting there may still be room&mdash;or the need&mdash;for a larger donor. Diminishing federal support certainly won&rsquo;t fund the Bubble, and to date, the museum's board has not stepped up to bridge the funding gap.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Design a Fix for the Housing Market Archinect 2012-02-10T11:27:00-05:00 >2012-02-10T21:55:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Too often during the bubble, banks and builders shunned thoughtful architecture and urban design in favor of cookie-cutter houses that could be easily repackaged as derivatives to be flipped, while architects snubbed housing to pursue more prestigious projects. But better design is precisely what suburban America needs, particularly when it comes to rethinking the basic residential categories that define it, but can no longer accommodate the realities of domestic life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In Gaza, real estate is at a premium Alexander Walter 2011-07-08T18:10:36-04:00 >2011-07-11T19:45:42-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="175" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you believe the adage about real estate -- that bit about the three most important things being location, location, location -- then one would think there are few places worse to own a home than the Gaza strip. [...] And yet, home prices are up sharply.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Lurking Liability? Nam Henderson 2011-07-07T13:24:50-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The danger, experts say, is that China&rsquo;s municipal governments could already be sitting on huge mountains of hidden debt &mdash; a lurking liability that threatens to stunt the nation&rsquo;s economic growth for years or even decades to come. Just last week China&rsquo;s national auditor, who reports to the cabinet, warned of the perils of local government borrowing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The NYT publishes the first in what will be a series of articles examining China&rsquo;s system of government-managed capitalism, and the potential weaknesses that could threaten the nation&rsquo;s remarkable economic growth. The first article entitled "<em>Building Boom in China Stirs Fears of Debt Overload</em>" explores how the current construction boom (for housing, infrastructure etc) in China's cities may signal economic trouble ahead. Primarily because the investments are usually made using debts which are frequently hidden, on the balance sheets of special investment corporations.</p> Koolhaas to design 2006 Serpentine Pavillion Sasha Cisar 2005-12-08T09:23:00-05:00 >2014-06-11T14:47:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>That's right, breaking news at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bdonline</a>.<br>frm the <a href=";storyCode=3060240" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> &gt; "Previous plans for a grass covered mountain-like pavilion by fellow Dutch architects MVRDV, originally planned for this year, have now been postponed indefinitely because of the &oelig;technical and financial issues associated with the project, the gallery announced this week. Koolhaas also plans to work on a programme of films, interviews and debates to complement his new pavilion."</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Blows</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot Air and Architecture</a></p>