Archinect - News 2017-08-21T14:08:17-04:00 Zillow backs off McMansion Hell Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-30T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T17:14:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McMansion Hell</a>, which besides satire, also regularly features educational posts on the history and significance of vernacular architecture in the US, was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">threatened with a lawsuit</a> this week for using photos obtained from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zillow</a> for parody.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of</figcaption></figure><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electronic Frontier Foundation</a>, representing Wagner against Zillow, released its letter asserting that the company "cannot leverage its agreements with third parties to assert some kind of 'super copyright' that overrides fair use" Zillow announced that they will not pursue legal action against Wagner. The blogger agreed to stop using photos sourced from the website but will not delete any of the already posted images, as originally requested.&nbsp;</p> Mass Market Alternatives at Pinkcomma Gallery johnszot 2017-03-07T20:33:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T20:34:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Starting Wednesday, March 8, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinkcomma Gallery</a> in Boston will be showing a collection of drawings, models, and videos documenting a collection of algorithmically-generated suburban homes by John Szot.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>conceptual statement:</p><p>Industrialization has had a profound effect on the American suburb. Only American audacity could have concocted and executed the formula for mass-produced homes that dominates the suburban real estate market in the United States. And only in America could such a formula become an economic and political juggernaut, making places where matters of personal taste are amplified into cultural bulwarks.<br>&ldquo;Mass Market Alternatives&rdquo; seeks to exploit the economic leverage and aesthetic principles of&nbsp;mass-market suburban housing in order to diversify its potential customer base and challenge the reputation of the suburbs as enclaves of conservatism and political conformity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>about the architect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Szot</a> is an award-winning architect living in New York, and his work related to...</p> Can Cleveland combat climate change with compact communities? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T12:54:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Cleveland often serves more as a punchline than a solution (the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 due to pollution), a climate change conference convened by the United Nations and currently being held in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quito</a>, Ecuador sees new potential in the city. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a> reports, if Cleveland can transform its current suburbia into denser neighborhoods, the metropolis could serve as a model for numerous water and climate-challenged cities in how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly populated globe. As a paper entitled "Where to put the next billion people" states:</p><p>"Cleveland could play a significant role in the fight against climate change by developing a strategy for more compact communities and with a more open and encouraging immigration policy, the report concludes.</p><p>The influx of immigrants should probably be planned better.</p><p>Cleveland&rsquo;s outer suburbs and nearby rural towns hold the key. If the suburbs can figure out strategies to retrofit themselves as dense, walkable com...</p> A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-25T12:55:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T15:11:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some New York City real estate agents have teamed up with their counterparts outside the five boroughs for organized seminars and &ldquo;immersive tours&rdquo; of the suburbs. The city agents get a cut of the commission if their clients decide to buy a house in the suburbs. The services, which reside somewhere between shrink session and sales pitch, intend to address the concerns of families unsure about leaving the city and guide them to suburbia, step by step.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news from the 'burbs on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The strength of Chinese suburbia" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The strength of Chinese suburbia</a></li><li><a title='How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></li><li><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a title="Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs</a></li><li><a title="Paris and its Suburbs Will Join to Become the M&eacute;tropole du Grand Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris and its Suburbs Will Join to Become the M&eacute;tropole du Grand Paris</a></li></ul> The strength of Chinese suburbia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-22T17:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:44:10-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As of the 2010 census, the vast majority of Shanghai&rsquo;s population lived in suburban areas. Between 2000 and 2010, suburban areas grew by 50 percent or more, compared to the city&rsquo;s central districts, which grew slower or in some cases even shrank [...] The villagers who join the urban economy, then, don&rsquo;t go downtown, but to the settlements that dot the fringes of the city. The industries that really help China to grow are here, too</p></em><br /><br /><p>More related news:</p><ul><li><a title="China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li><li><a title="China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: "Townization", a new Chinese urbanization paradigm from the GSD</a></li><li><a title="China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services</a></li></ul> Part of the supercharged suburban sprawl near Dallas Nam Henderson 2015-12-28T02:06:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T02:06:41-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year, Chinese families represented for the first time the largest group of overseas home buyers in the United States. Big spenders on new homes are helping prop up local economies in the Midwest...The interest from Chinese buyers is reshaping demographics in Texas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Part II of a&nbsp;series of articles exploring how China's financial heft and economic clout influence the world, Dionne Searcy and Keith Bradsher illuminate how&nbsp;Chinese real-estate investors are driving prices and development not just for "<em>luxury condos in Manhattan and McMansions in Silicon Valley</em>" but "<em>mini-mansions</em>" in&nbsp;Plano or Corinth.</p> Can dead "big-box" stores live a second life? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-16T12:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T15:27:42-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In suburbs, cities and rural areas, [big-box stores] can present a reuse and rehab conundrum, particularly as retailers become more sophisticated about controlling leases and redevelopment. [...] With the big-box model, stores are rarely remodeled. [...] A kind of &ldquo;retail cannibalism&rdquo; emerges, where companies compete for market share with ever-shinier facades that leave aging stores behind as the asphalt fades.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the fading development of big-box stores:</p><ul><li><a title="A supermall grows in fracking country" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A supermall grows in fracking country</a></li><li><a title="For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!</a></li><li><a title="Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></li><li><a title="Dead-malls and the return of Main Street" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead-malls and the return of Main Street</a></li></ul> Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-23T16:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-26T10:38:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What if a suburban downtown became a place where pedestrians ruled and cars were actively discouraged? As it turns out, what looks like normal urban gentrification actually marks the success of one of the most revolutionary suburbs in America. And its approach to development is fast becoming a model across the region&mdash;a model even embraced by [Evanston's] urban neighbor to the south, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The boring domestic origins of 1980s hardcore music Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T00:22:12-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hardcore Architecture is a project by Chicago artist Marc Fischer exploring the relationship between domestic spaces, urban and suburban neighborhoods, and underground hardcore and punk bands of the 1980s. [...] The results of his media archaelogy are a funny, ironic and intriguing snapshot of American vernacular architecture in the 1980s. It's also a fascinating alternative vision of the places where underground culture has been created and nurtured</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Hardcore Architecture"</a>&nbsp;(which we also posted on back in May) is now available as a limited-edition booklet, featuring 68 Google Street View snapshots of homes that housed punk and hardcore bands in 1980s. Besides their shared genre-base, these homes all have one thing in common: they are pretty boring. Or to be more charitable, perfect examples of "American vernacular architecture in the 1980s".</p><p>In this MinnPost piece, Chicago-based artist and creator of "Hardcore Architecture" Marc Fischer spills some details behind the homes. Here's some select bits from his interview:</p><p>"...there are definitely sorts of trends in the building styles. If you&rsquo;re looking at a gigantic, long brick building in Syracuse, New York, in all likelihood it&rsquo;s student housing for Syracuse University if it&rsquo;s not a house. And certainly the homes in Chicago that I found all look pretty normal variations on Chicago types of homes &ndash; like brick two-flat buildings. Or in New York, of course, it&rsquo;s predictably either rea...</p> In the midst of historic drought, Barclay's plans a residential development in New Mexico's desert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:14:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Barclay's] plan, to fabricate a &ldquo;master-planned community&rdquo; for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico&rsquo;s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe [...] Columbia University&rsquo;s Earth Institute points to 2050 as a time when the drought will begin to worsen dramatically, right around when Santolina planners predict the development could approach full capacity</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T13:08:24-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="412" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can Phoenix un-suburbanize? Alexander Walter 2014-01-20T13:01:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:15:33-05:00 <img src="" width="610" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s a movement afoot to bring new money into urban areas all over the country, and surprisingly, Phoenix, is part of that movement. The city has long been famous for its suburban sprawl. But now, plans are moving ahead to link high-rise downtown with a neighboring Latino barrio that wealthy developers have mostly ignored for the better part of 100 years. Not a shovel of dirt has moved, though neighbors already have expectations and fears.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Apple's Suburban Spaceship Could Lose the War for Tech Talent Archinect 2013-12-23T13:04:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:19:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly, young tech talent wants to live and work in cities. As a result, the hottest tech companies, from Google to Twitter to Uber, are setting up shop in San Francisco, a long drive north of Silicon Valley, the traditional stronghold of the computer game. In the cutthroat world of tech recruiting, catering to the demands of the talent is everything, and even Apple isn&rsquo;t immune to the first rule of real estate: location, location, location.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms Alexander Walter 2013-12-17T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:40:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms &mdash; complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees &mdash; are serving as the latest suburban amenity. It's called development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture &mdash; a farm-share program commonly known as CSA.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #328 Nam Henderson 2013-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T17:56:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn-based designer &amp; artist Doug Johnston</a>.&nbsp;His current profession is creating "<em>objects by stitching rope together</em>" and he explains "<em>I guess sometime early on, I realized that my design work wouldn't be limited to buildings or objects, but would extend to the &lsquo;design&rsquo; or planning of a functioning business and studio practice. This guided my choice to work in smaller offices so that I could have more exposure to the nuts and bolts of generating income managing workflow and cashflow, etc...Being able to apply design thinking to the business structure itself has been really exciting and helpful</em>".</p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;liked what he saw "<em>Really beautiful stuff.&nbsp; It makes me think it would be incredibly useful to have architecture students actually build things besides models during school.&nbsp; If only to get a tactile understanding of what their drawings might be and what goes into realizing them</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over ...</p> Building a better big box Archinect 2013-04-03T16:41:00-04:00 >2013-04-05T14:51:57-04:00 <img src="" width="560" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>D&rsquo;Hooghe, a Belgian-born architect and director of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, cares deeply about urban form and the large-scale issues cities face in achieving more efficient energy use, better transportation and less congestion. One of his main concerns is better integrating suburbs with the larger metropolitan areas in which they exist.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Creating Hipsturbia anthony dong 2013-02-16T18:36:00-05:00 >2013-02-19T13:10:22-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As formerly boho environs of Brooklyn become unattainable due to creeping Manhattanization and seven-figure real estate prices, creative professionals of child-rearing age &mdash; the type of alt-culture-allegiant urbanites who once considered themselves too cool to ever leave the city &mdash; are starting to ponder the unthinkable: a move to the suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Broad Minded City Documentary Film looking for a venue Quirino de la Cuesta 2012-11-29T14:59:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:58:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="886" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Broad Minded City is a Documentary about Urban Planning, Design and Architecture focusing on the current issues facing cities in development, issues like sustainability, culture identity, infrastructure, transportation and preservation. It's a multidisciplinary approach loosely based on Frank Lloyd Wright's urban model "Broadacre City" to show the difference between Broadacre City and Urban Sprawl as we know it today.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Right now, we are looking to share a 10-15 min short film of Broad Minded City to the public in a venue. The initial screening will mostly happen in the Los Angeles area, but not&nbsp; against screening on other cities interested in this subject matter. The hope is to make the documentary into a full-feature film (90 mins. or longer).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> If anyone is interested in screening in their gallery space or movie venue, please contact or you have different suggestions on a idea venue. The documentary is not only for the architect, developer, planner &amp; designer, but to the broader audience who have an interest or a belief that cities and the urban environment should have better planning, transparency &amp; design, that the design of buildings and spaces should be an everyday experience.</p> Suburban Kansas Dream: Museum of Suburbia Archinect 2012-10-11T23:23:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:06:17-04:00 <img src="" width="262" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Museum officials in Johnson County, Kan., propose spending $34 million to create the National Museum of Suburbia, a faux suburb where visitors could wander through a model ranch-style home, wonder at an exhibit of lawn furniture and topple pins on a re-created bowling lane.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Reality Check: Developers React to MoMA’s Show, “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream” Archinect 2012-03-27T00:44:00-04:00 >2012-03-27T08:16:58-04:00 <img src="" width="625" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though the panelists agreed that the foreclosure crisis will lead to major changes in suburban development, they all thought new patterns are less likely to be brought about by a revised American dream than by economic and demographic factors. And all said it would be very difficult to change zoning laws to permit denser new development patterns, especially in existing &ldquo;inner-ring&rdquo; suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Archinect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The CRIT: Thoughts on MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream</a></p> The Roots of Sprawl: Why We Don't Live Where We Work Archinect 2012-03-20T11:54:00-04:00 >2012-04-01T23:14:09-04:00 <img src="" width="630" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles was one of the first large cities in the U.S. to adopt a kind of modern zoning to keep the industrial away from the residential. If the city would have more mixed use, with people living closer to retail and workplaces, Los Angeles would feel like another city, with less of its land area dedicated to low density, single family residential neighborhoods, and more streets with shops and businesses on the ground floor and homes above.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The Laws That Shaped L.A." is a weekly series on LA-based radio station KCET, spotlighting regulations that have played a significant role in the development of contemporary Los Angeles. These laws - as nominated and explained each week by a locally-based expert - may be civil or criminal, and they may have been put into practice by city, county, state, federal or even international authority.</p> Can US communities learn from this European suburban retrofit? Archinect 2012-02-22T15:15:59-05:00 >2012-02-26T14:33:47-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008, the substantially updated town center of Plessis-Robinson, a suburb of Paris, was named &ldquo;the best urban neighborhood built in the last 25 years&rdquo; by the European Architecture Foundation. A composite of six connected districts ranging in size from 5.6 to 59 acres, the revitalization comprises public buildings, retail, market-rate and subsidized affordable housing, parks, schools, gardens, sports facilities, and a hospital. Construction was begun in 1990 and took a decade to complete.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sympathy for the Suburbs Quilian Riano 2012-02-21T12:20:00-05:00 >2012-02-26T19:26:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foreclosed, a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, shows ways of radically rethinking suburbia, homeownership and housing. But are such drastic measures what the suburbs really need?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Also, see on Archinect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The CRIT: Thoughts on MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream</a></p> Dublin Ohio Plans 1000-acre Urban Development in the Heart of Suburbia WalkerEvans 2012-02-04T15:26:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T14:36:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Dublin, Ohio is an affluent Columbus suburb typically known for it&rsquo;s good schools, easy access to jobs, and low density housing and retail developments that have rapidly sprawled outward over the past forty years. Fast forward another forty years and things may look drastically different. Officials with the city&rsquo;s planning department have been steadily working on the Bridge Street Corridor plan, which calls for the redevelopment of 1,000 acres located at the core of Dublin.</p></em><br /><br /><p> One of the largest suburbs of Columbus, Ohio is planning to give itself an urban face lift with a new long term redevelopment plan. In addition to increase residential density to over 5000 people per square mile, the plan calls for the eventual installation of light rail light to serve local and regional commuters.</p> Hottest new development trend: Broadacre City toasteroven 2011-09-15T11:44:17-04:00 >2013-12-20T17:56:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a movement propelled by environmental concern, nostalgia for a simpler life and a dollop of marketing savvy, developers are increasingly laying out their cul-de-sacs around organic farms, cattle ranches, vineyards and other agricultural ventures.</p></em><br /><br /><p> via<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Planetizen</a></p> Beyond Foreclosure: The Future of Suburban Housing Archinect 2011-09-14T17:24:44-04:00 >2011-09-14T17:24:55-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The accelerating decline of suburban neighborhoods from Florida to California suggests that the contradictions of the system are finally catching up with it. The Great Recession is challenging not only the economics of homebuilding but also the essence of the suburban dream. Residential construction has slowed dramatically, and yet there remains a massive oversupply of single-family houses, especially on large lots.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>