Archinect - News 2018-12-12T14:23:01-05:00 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi's plea for a Biological City Alexander Walter 2018-12-10T15:29:00-05:00 >2018-12-12T13:13:55-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&#8203;Unfortunately, we have since forgotten this soulful approach to architecture and design, following instead the prevailing planning model of big budgets, large-scale structures and isolated behaviors. Consequently, our habitations have become fragmented and we fail to see the city&rsquo;s infrastructure and life in an integrated way.&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Celebrated Indian architect and 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balkrishna Doshi</a>, pens a passionate <em>NYT</em> opinion piece in which he calls for a renewed harmony of human settlements with nature rather than pursuing more resource-consuming megastructures. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Balkrishna Doshi-designed Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 1977. Photo: Sanyam Bahga/Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>"In addition to such quietude, other aesthetic measures of settlements include grace, love, compassion and humility," Doshi writes. "To animate a settlement one must create humble and tender connections, which encourage humans to come together and to share and to feel themselves a part of a larger order, a part of Mother Earth."</p> Airbnb announces they don't want to just share homes, they want to build them too Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-30T12:38:00-05:00 >2018-12-04T18:43:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What's next for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a>? The estimated $38 billion dollar company has transformed the home-sharing network forever. Having successfully turned homes, mud huts, even castles into spaces for rent, the global enterprise is searching for new ways to to think about housing. In 2016, Joe Gebbia the CPO and co-founder of Airbnb started <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samara</a>. An experimental product development team at Airbnb, the goal was to find ways where new products and services could push the company.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Katie Wheeler</figcaption></figure><p>It's been announced thru Samara's website that a new initiative called, "Backyard" will make its debut in 2019.&nbsp; The project is based on investigating how homes can be built to satisfy and respond to the changing needs of owners and occupants. The goal is to find ways to design and prototype new ways of building a home and how these units can it can be shared. According to Gebbia in a recent press statement, Backyard isn&rsquo;t a house but a way for the digital company to rethink <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing</a>. Gebbia and his...</p> How many fires does it take to get to the center of a solution? Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-28T14:53:00-05:00 >2018-11-28T14:53:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly 16,000 structures have been destroyed in the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the history of California. (The next nine worst blazes in the state together destroyed 20,500 structures.) The devastation is in part a story of how climate change&ndash;induced &ldquo;boom and bust&rdquo; cycles of rainfall and drought have made firetraps of California forests. But it&rsquo;s also a story about the way we build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In lieu of recent events, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a> has been hit with a wave of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildfires</a>. Affected in both the Southern and Northern areas of California, the recent months have left many Californians with nothing. Areas have been reduced to ash, leaving homeowners to evacuate the area. The blame can be pointed to several contributing factors. However, what solutions can be made in order to prevent these destructive fires from engulfing these areas?&nbsp;</p> <p>Wildfires are nothing new to California, yet, with more and more Westerners wanting to live in or near nature, the number of homes located in the wildland-urban interface, or WUI, has increased from 3.3 million to 4.4 million. Homeowners wanting to live in nature is nothing uncommon. States like Colorado or North Carolina have homeowners that share this similar desire. However, the West is filled with wildlands, and wildlands do burn. Historically, wildfires in the West are tied with the mismanagement of forests and land. Along with strict WUI buildin...</p> $245 million, and America's most expensive listing could be yours Alexander Walter 2018-10-30T19:58:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T17:35:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The limestone clad mansion in Bel Air owned by the late TV executive Jerry Perenchio just got a price cut. But at $245 million, the commanding French neoclassical residence, which measures 25,000 square feet, is still the most expensive listing on the open market in the U.S. The property, which came up for sale last year for a staggering $350 million, has long been the cream of the crop among high-end estates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you happen to have won the $1.6 billion lottery jackpot last week or simply don't know where to stash away all those extra tax-cut savings, here's a sweet dealio for you: the spacious '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chartwell</a>' Bel Air mansion at <a href=",-118.4428353,405m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x80c2bcf799e016ef:0xf186d0d607ecd526!2s875+Nimes+Rd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90077!3b1!8m2!3d34.0889625!4d-118.4418697!3m4!1s0x80c2bcf65455d435:0xf83c66c87bc2252f!8m2!3d34.0871399!4d-118.4423912" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">875 Nimes Road</a> was built in 1933 and also appeared in the 1960s TV show&nbsp;<em>The Beverly Hillbillies</em>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Jim Bartsch/Hilton &amp; Hyland.</figcaption></figure><p>"Features include a Wallace Neff designed 5-bedroom guest house, 75-foot pool with spacious pool house, tennis court, car gallery for 40 vehicles, 12,000 bottle wine cellar and precisely manicured gardens befitting a chateau in France," reads the property description.<br></p> <p>Oh, and it's a total steal, too: after being listed for an eye-watering&nbsp;$350 million last year,&nbsp;the asking price has since dropped significantly to a bargain $245 million. Plenty of spare cash left to fill that 40-vehicle car gallery.</p> Luxury residential home that works with Mexico City's rugged topography Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-25T16:37:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T17:13:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Panoramic views of the city is just one of the main highlights of this luxury residential home in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos</a> used the natural formations of terrain construct a multilayered housing unit that integrates with the surrounding environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photograph by Jaime Navarro</figcaption></figure><p>Constructed on a natural slope, this enabled the architects to use it to construct the entrance of the structure in a descending fashion. The stacked linear elements form a zig-zag shape that makes its way downwards through topography in various right angles. This design choice allows for the front-facing exterior to have a subtle shape that guides the eye to alternate between structural elements and native vegetation.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photograph by Jaime Navarro</figcaption></figure><p>Each level consists of rooms and spaces that fulfill various living necessities. Level 1 houses residential parking, while levels 2 through 4 house "departments" or units. Each unit...</p> The 'other' Hong Kong photographed by Pascal Greco Alexander Walter 2018-10-11T15:17:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T15:17:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] medium- and low-income residents can&rsquo;t afford land, while the city&rsquo;s wealth explodes and attracts economic activity that doesn&rsquo;t keep its poor residents in the loop. This was the Hong Kong Greco wanted to show. &ldquo;Perhaps one should adopt a special lens in looking at Hong Kong, not only to see its superficial beauty, but also the social undercurrents that sustain its structures,&rdquo; writes Dr. Ernest Chui in Greco&rsquo;s book.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CityLab editorial fellow Karim Doumar presents the stunning black/white Polaroid shots from Swiss photographer and filmmaker Pascal Greco's new book,&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong - Perspectives, Prospectives, Typologies</a></em>, documenting the gritty housing environments of Hong Kong's population at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Pascal Greco</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Pascal Greco</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Pascal Greco</figcaption></figure> Peter Barber: reinventing affordable housing in London Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T15:51:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Peter Barber, one of the most original architects working today. Over the past decade he has built a reputation for his ingenious reinventions of traditional house types and his ability to craft characterful chunks of city out of unpromising sites. [...] He is a master of humane high-density, designing that rare thing: new housing that feels in tune with the grain of London, in the form of neither alienating slabs nor tacky towers, without resorting to pastiche.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, has nothing but praise for the award-winning firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Barber Architects</a>, a small practice that seeks to integrate social activism ideals when designing better, and more humane, housing for London. <br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Holmes Road Studio, a whimsical housing project for homeless people, was the overall winner of the New London Awards in 2016. Photo: Peter Barber Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"When you visit one of Barber&rsquo;s projects, you get a sense that it is a fragment of a much bigger urban idea," writes Wainwright. "There is an indication that housing, as the physical stuff that makes streets, might offer more than just private shelter behind the front door."<br></p> Earth, water, wind & fire: making homes disaster-proof Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's most scenic locations for luxury homes &mdash; beachfronts, forests, mountains &mdash; are also prone to disaster: hurricanes and floods, wildfires and earthquakes. Architects and designers are increasingly tasked with creating gorgeous homes that are also able to stand up to nature's whims.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It shouldn't have to take another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reminder from the United Nations</a> that <em>a lot</em> more climate change-related extreme weather scenarios will be heading our way in the coming decades to finally take disaster preparedness into consideration when designing homes.<br></p> Amazon buys into the (Alexa-powered) prefab housing market Alexander Walter 2018-09-26T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-09-26T13:33:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Amazon has made clear that it wants to own the smart home space. Now the company's going a step further, taking a stake in a start-up that's building actual homes. On Tuesday, Amazon said its Alexa Fund invested in Plant Prefab, a Southern California company that says it uses sustainable construction processes and materials to build prefabricated custom single- and multifamily houses. The start-up is aiming to use automation to build homes faster and bring down costs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With this recent investment in eco-friendly prefabricated home factory&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plant Prefab</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> uses its mighty financial leverage and dominance in the market for voice-controlled connected devices to make the brand just as synonymous with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart homes</a> as it already is with online retail.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plant Prefab, headquartered in&nbsp;Rialto, California,&nbsp;offers standard and custom prefab homes in collaboration with established design partners, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ray Kappe</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LivingHomes</a>.</p> A residential complex on the coast of Mexico renovated by MAIN OFFICE Hope Daley 2018-09-20T16:33:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T16:33:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico</a> and Sweden-based architectural practice MAIN OFFICE has recently completed&nbsp;CASA LT, an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion</a> and restoration of a&nbsp;residential complex located on the coast of Mexico.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>Situated in the&nbsp;well known&nbsp;surfers&rsquo; town&nbsp;of&nbsp;Sayulita, the new residential design provides a clear <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">waterfront</a> view of the Pacific Ocean from all spaces both inside and out.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>The new complex consists of&nbsp;three small houses situated on the top of the hill. The original house was built in the 50's in poor condition due to lack of maintenance.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>MAIN OFFICE restored the original house and added&nbsp;a new main building along with a guest house facing the be...</p> Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation sues architect for flawed designs Hope Daley 2018-09-20T13:39:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T13:39:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Actor Brad Pitt&rsquo;s Make It Right Foundation has sued the architect of scores of homes the nonprofit sold to Lower 9th Ward residents who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. Make it Right itself was recently sued over the homes&rsquo; shoddy construction. The new lawsuit against local architect John C. Williams was filed Tuesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brad Pitt's&nbsp;Make It Right Foundation, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently facing a lawsuit of their own on delivering poorly constructed homes</a>,&nbsp;is now suing&nbsp;John C. Williams, the architect responsible for many of the homes sold to New Orleans residents. Repairs to the water damaged homes caused by flawed designs could cost over $20 million.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p><br></p> A case for Brooklyn YIMBYism Alexander Walter 2018-09-12T17:09:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T15:08:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At its current rate of growth, Brooklyn is about to be more populous than the entire city of Chicago. Saying &ldquo;we need more housing&rdquo; is a given, but no one agrees on where, how high, and for whom. And New York has been later to that discussion than San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles: While the city is building housing, technically, it is nowhere near enough to meet the needs of 144,000 new Kings County residents since 2010.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange takes a closer look at Brooklyn's contested&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">80 Flatbush</a> mixed-use development and argues why it's good for the borough.</p> KAAN Architecten completes a new base for the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay in France Hope Daley 2018-09-12T15:16:00-04:00 >2018-09-12T15:16:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The new Institut des Sciences Mol&eacute;culaires d&rsquo;Orsay (ISMO)&nbsp;was recently completed by Dutch firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KAAN Architecten</a>. The institute moved into their new building as part of the&nbsp;Universit&eacute; Paris-Saclay's future campus in Orsay, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Institut des Sciences Mol&eacute;culaires d&rsquo;Orsay (ISMO) by KAAN Architecten, located in Orsay, FR. &copy; Fernando-Guerra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Institut des Sciences Mol&eacute;culaires d&rsquo;Orsay (ISMO) by KAAN Architecten, located in Orsay, FR. &copy; Fernando-Guerra</figcaption></figure><figure><p>Located about 12 miles outside of Paris in Plateau de Saclay, the science institute is a grouping of&nbsp;physics laboratories, an educational building, housing, offices, and a reception center for international researchers.<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Institut des Sciences Mol&eacute;culaires d&rsquo;Orsay (ISMO) by KAAN Architecten, located in Orsay, FR. &copy; Fernando-Guerra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Institut des Sciences Mol&eacute;culaires d&rsquo;Orsay (ISMO) by KAAN Architecten, located in Orsay, FR. &copy; Sebastian-van-Damme</figcaption></figure><figure><p>The firm's design is centered around an urban-meets-rural idea with a concrete rectangle amidst the for...</p></figure> East Berlin’s Plattenbau may rise to new heights Alexander Walter 2018-09-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T15:09:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Berlin has decided on a novel location to host some of the new apartments the city badly needs&mdash;on top of the old ones. Yesterday, Berlin&rsquo;s Senate announced a project to add more units on top of already existing buildings in the city&rsquo;s east, with a possible capacity of up to 50,000 new homes. The plan to add floors isn&rsquo;t novel in itself, of course, even in Berlin. What&rsquo;s striking is the specific type of building chosen for the experiment: East Berlin&rsquo;s Plattenbau.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Brad Pitt's foundation facing lawsuit for post-Katrina homes amidst reports they are falling apart Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-04T14:21:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T07:53:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward in 2005, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brad Pitt</a> set up the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make It Right Foundation</a> to aid in the rebuilding efforts. The non-profit charity, promoting energy efficient technology and high quality architecture, promised&nbsp;LEED Platinum-certified structures&nbsp;designed by star architects&mdash;like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homes designed by Frank Gehry</a>&mdash;to help house families in one of the city's hardest hit areas.</p> <p>Thirteen years since the hurricane's passing, the foundation has struggled to deliver on its pledge and is now facing a potential lawsuit over the conditions of the now falling apart homes. Reports from residents include roofs caving in, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wood rotting</a>, and walls collapsing, as well as claims of severe headaches and other health problems caused by electrical and plumbing issues.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Essentially, Make It Right was making a lot of promises to come back and fix the homes that they initially sold these people and have failed to do so. We have some people who have gotten sick, o...</p> Hollywood Center development near Capitol Records Building enters next phase Alexander Walter 2018-08-29T13:24:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T13:24:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The environmental review period for the $1-billion Hollywood Center development has kicked off, and an initial report for the project offers up new details on what's to come. The proposed mixed-use complex, slated for 4.5 acres of surface parking that wraps the iconic Capitol Records Building, would consist of four new buildings containing a total of 1,005 residential units - including 133 apartments to be set aside for extremely-low- and very-low-income seniors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Center towers proposed near Capitol Records Building</a></p> 13 Top Residential Architecture Job Opportunities Hope Daley 2018-08-09T11:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-09T22:43:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong></strong>Are you specifically interested in housing architecture? From private high-end residences to modular homeless units, the residential sector offers a wide range of possibilities for dwelling design. The architecture of a living space has a tremendous impact over those who inhabit it shaping their everyday experiences and modes of thinking. If designing for housing is your passion, take a look below at our roundup featuring some of the top <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residential architecture</a> opportunities active on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.</p> <p>Be sure to also check out our roundup next week of mixed-use architecture jobs!</p> <p><strong></strong><strong>Marmol Radziner </strong>is currently hiring an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interior Architect</a> in their Los Angeles office.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ward Residence by Marmol Radziner, located in Los Angeles, CA. Image: Benny Chan. </figcaption></figure><p>The firm is seeking an individual to work on designs and construction documents for multi-unit housing projects, focusing primarily on interiors. The ideal candidate will have 2 to 4 years of relevant experience and be looking to take on res...</p> The housing crisis isn't sparing smaller cities in Middle America Alexander Walter 2018-08-08T18:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T18:31:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ten years after the housing collapse during the Great Recession, a new and different housing crisis has emerged. Back then, people were losing their homes as home values crashed and homeowners went underwater. Today, home values have rebounded, but people who want to buy a new home are often priced out of the market. There are too few homes and too many potential buyers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>NPR</em> takes a closer look at the impact of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing affordability crisis</a> in midsized, fast-growing cities, like&nbsp;Des Moines, IA, Durham, NC, and Boise, ID&mdash;far away from the usual, well documented housing hot spots of the big coastal cities.</p> Foster + Partners' extra-terrestrial habitats will be displayed at Goodwood Festival 2018 Hope Daley 2018-07-06T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Continuing with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing for space</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> will showcase their vision of life on Mars and the Moon as part of the Future Lab showcase at the 2018 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goodwood Festival</a>. The firm will show a range of models, robotics, and futuristic designs to explore the future of life in space.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>Foster + Partners takes a central position at this year&rsquo;s FoS Future Lab, which is focused on space exploration, autonomous transport, robotics, and personal flight.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>The firm will be showing their latest award-winning projects carried out for competitions organized by NASA in the event&rsquo;s second edition of the Future Lab innovation exhibition.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Habitation pod design by Foster + Partners. Image: Fost + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the firm's display will be a scale model based on the Mars and lunar habitation pods they designed. Visitors will be able to "walk through" a vir...</p> MAD's quirky Beverly Hills 'Gardenhouse' tops out Alexander Walter 2018-07-05T18:33:00-04:00 >2018-07-05T18:37:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, headquartered in Beijing, is making progress on its first U.S. project, Gardenhouse in Beverly Hills (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first announced</a> on Archinect in 2015). The playful 18-unit residential project along Wilshire Boulevard just topped out and aims for completion before the end of the year&mdash;then expected to sport an enormous wrap-around outdoor living wall facade with native, drought-tolerant succulents and vines.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MAD Architects</figcaption></figure><p>"The 'hillside village' offers a variety of different housing typologies &ndash; three townhouses, two studios, five villas and eight condominiums &ndash; that are arranged to cultivate a private neighborhood feeling in the middle of the city," reads the project description. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MAD Architects</figcaption></figure><p>"Individual balconies and patios extend out over an inner courtyard that allows villa residents to at once, enjoy the nature and independence from neighbors. There is also a balance between public and private as the housing appears opaque from the street but reveals a transp...</p> Old electricity works to be transformed into new mixed-use car free scheme Luke pH+ 2018-07-03T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-07-03T19:09:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pH+</a> and Developer City &amp; Suburban have received planning permission to transform a decommissioned electricity works into a mixed-use residential scheme at The Camp, St Albans. Wrapped around two courtyards the project implements hidden parking below the landscaped shared spaces to deliver a pedestrian centered development.</p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>Residential entrance on Campfield Road</figcaption></figure><p>The scheme maximizes the strength of the streetscape supplementing parts of the existing building to provide 107 dual aspect high quality dwellings, 499m2 of commercial space, and active commercial frontage along Campfield Road. </p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>View towards upper courtyard from lower courtyard</figcaption></figure><p>Designed with distinct characters the &lsquo;Lower Courtyard&rsquo; and &lsquo;Upper Courtyard&rsquo; deliver generous and inspiring shared public amenity space for all of the building&rsquo;s occupants. In addition to these spaces a number of planted terraces for semi-private amenity or play have been provided for the future residents. </p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>View towards upper courtyard fr...</figcaption></figure> California cities have nation's highest density of homes worth over $1M Alexander Walter 2018-07-03T14:19:00-04:00 >2018-07-03T14:23:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Perhaps it&rsquo;s not a surprise in a city where residential prices can reach into the stratosphere, but in Los Angeles, more than 17 percent of all homes are valued at over $1 million. What may be more shocking is that L.A. doesn&rsquo;t have the highest share of million-dollar homes. [...] San Jose and San Francisco were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. In San Jose, homes valued over $1 million made up 53 percent of the market. San Francisco&rsquo;s million-dollar-share was at 40 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other major cities ranked in the new LendingTree survey are New York (4th place with 12 percent market share), Miami (9th, 4 percent), and Chicago (18th, 1.3 percent).</p> Plans proposed for supertall Downtown LA tower that could be the city's tallest Alexander Walter 2018-06-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T10:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Move over Wilshire Grand: A planned 77-story skyscraper wants to be the tallest building in Los Angeles and west of the Mississippi. That&rsquo;s no accident. Unlike the Wilshire Grand&mdash;which was, purportedly, not intentionally planned to be the tallest tower in the city or beyond&mdash;this skyscraper was definitely intended to a record-holder, says Jeff DiMarzio, whose firm DiMarzio Kato Architects is designing the project at Figueroa and Third in Bunker Hill.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown Los Angeles is reaching for new heights: last week, the $1-billion, 88-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angels Landing Development</a> submitted plans to the city, and now another (potentially) supertall tower vis-&agrave;-vis the iconic Bonaventure Hotel has been proposed by Chinese developer Shenzhen New World Group.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: LADCP, via</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by LA-based&nbsp;DiMarzio | Kato Architecture, the redevelopment of an existing 13-story hotel at 333 South Figueroa Street plans to become the tallest structure in the city, and west of the Mississippi River, by surpassing the current record holder, the 1,100-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower</a>, by a mere seven feet.</p> Kanye West's first YEEZY Home project appears to be a prefab affordable housing scheme Alexander Walter 2018-06-04T14:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It's been merely a month since rapper/entrepreneur/design aficionado Kanye West <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> on Twitter that he would launch an architecture venture with his design firm, to be called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YEEZY Home</a>, and now first renderings have appeared on Instagram that list West among the designers. <br></p> <p>"Low income housing scheme, made of prefabricated concrete in collaboration with Petra Kustrin, Jalil Peraza, Kanye West, Nejc Skufca," reads the caption of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an image</a> that shows a minimalist courtyard flanked by walls that mimic the brutalist, austere aesthetic of West's latest private estate as well as his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YEEZY HQ</a> in Calabasas, a posh Los Angeles suburb. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Jalil Peraza/@jalilperaza on Instagram.</figcaption></figure><p>The image was shared by designer, and former Kanye West collaborator, Jalil Peraza who added another rendering this morning of an ultraminimalist kitchen with muted brass and concrete surfaces, crediting the same design team.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image Jalil Peraza via</figcaption></figure><p><em>Hypebeast</em> also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> another rendering o...</p> Shared housing startups prepare for big business Alexander Walter 2018-05-23T15:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-26T13:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A Crunchbase News analysis of residential-focused real estate startups uncovered a raft of companies with a shared and temporary housing focus that have raised funding in the past year or so. This isn&rsquo;t a U.S.-specific phenomenon. Funded shared and short-term housing startups are cropping up across the globe, from China to Europe to Southeast Asia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Crunchbase reporter Joanna Glasner takes a look at the new crop of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shared and short-term housing</a> startups that have recently raised millions of dollars in funding, such as Common, Starcity, Roomi, Ollie, HubHaus, and others.<br></p> Patrik Schumacher calls for a 'capitalist revolution' to fix housing Alexander Walter 2018-05-15T15:06:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Housing is one of our most essential and cherished commodities. It is rightly one of our biggest markets, but unfortunately one of the most politicised, suffocating under quasi-socialist political interventionism. The loss of prosperity in our whole society is enormous. Not only because of poor housing provision, but because of its stifling impact on all economic activities. That&rsquo;s why the need for a capitalist revolution is so urgent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been a bit quiet around Zaha Hadid Architects principal and outspoken free-market evangelist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> since his last big public statement calling for the elimination of social housing caused an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">overwhelming backlash</a>, but now he's back with a new commentary piece on how to fix housing via privatization and deregulation, published in <em>The Guardian</em>.<br></p> David Chipperfield on the crisis of architecture Alexander Walter 2018-05-15T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T08:35:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;I think architecture is in a sort of crisis,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve lost our social purpose. What we are seeing now is construction as a product of investment. We are building a lot, but we are building big investment projects, as if we&rsquo;re doing architecture without architecture. It&rsquo;s more about investment than it is about urbanism. We used to be involved in planning and building cities, building societies. But now we are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Jan Dalley's <em>FT</em> piece, the soft-spoken British architect expresses his concerns about architecture as a mere tool of the free market, the shrinking role of architects as society builders, and why we are building "horrible cities."<br></p> The tower block as a recurring theme in post-Soviet photography Alexander Walter 2018-05-04T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T15:24:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In some places, the tower block has never faded from view. The history of mass housing in eastern Europe is complex and uncomfortable. Yet what&rsquo;s striking is how prominently the tower block features in the work of contemporary photographers from that territory. These artists have every reason to turn their backs on such buildings. They&rsquo;re ugly and&nbsp;overbearing, not to say reminiscent of an authoritarian past. But the mass housing block is a recurring presence in their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer and critic Ekow Eshun provides a beautiful overview of the <em>tower block</em> as a recurring architectural, social, and aesthetic theme in the works of post-Soviet-era photographers in Russia, Serbia, the Baltic states, and throughout Eastern Europe.&nbsp;</p><p>"However ugly and monolithic such buildings were after all, they provided homes for people and are worth time and scrutiny as sites of possibility and connection," Ekow writes. "They were places where people gathered to sleep and eat, to argue and to raise families. And they continue to be so. Perhaps this is a modest artistic aim. But it&rsquo;s also a worthwhile one."</p> Hollywood Center towers proposed near Capitol Records Building Alexander Walter 2018-04-12T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-04-12T14:14:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Developer MP Los Angeles has announced plans to construct Hollywood Center, a $1-billion mixed-use complex near the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood. According to MP Los Angeles, the project - which was filed today with the City of Los Angeles - will feature the largest on-site affordable housing component of any market-rate development in the history of the city.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The landmark Capitol Records building sits right adjacent to the proposed Hollywood Center development. Image: MP Los Angeles.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Handel Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> will be in charge of designing the two 35 and 46-story high-rise towers, two 11-story mid-rise buildings, and two civic plazas on either side of Vine Street.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of the 1005 residential units, 133 will be dedicated for very-low and extremely-low income seniors, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">project website</a> points out.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Hollywood Center, site plan. Image: MP Los Angeles.</figcaption></figure><p>Readers familiar with previously proposed developments near the Capitol Records Building may remember the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Hollywood</a> project and the issues of earthquake safety it ran into. Hollywood Center's website is quick to emphasize that geologists had conducted "multiple cone penetrometer tests and soil borings, as well as excavated a 30-foot deep and 134-foot long trench" and found that there was in fact no active fault line beneath the project site.</p> Cruise ships, tenements, drainpipes: Hong Kong's housing crisis inspires creative design approaches Alexander Walter 2018-03-27T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-03-27T14:06:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For eight years in a row, an international survey of nearly 300 cities has named Hong Kong the world&rsquo;s least affordable housing market. [...] Architects and developers have also put forward some novel proposals, ranging from the quirky to the audacious. While some of the ideas may be repackaged versions of the cramped spaces the city has long known, others could reshape the future of housing in Hong Kong.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The proposal by architect James Law to squeeze 100-square-foot micro apartments into concrete drainpipes was widely <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> a few weeks ago. The <em>NYT</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lists</a> a few more 'solutions'&nbsp;&mdash; some lofty, others being already implemented.<br></p>