Archinect - News 2018-09-24T11:49:58-04:00 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 >2018-07-06T17:52:21-04:00 <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> Unzoning; A conversation with Seattle's Mike Eliason about Passivhaus, not-for-profit housing and the marriage of high design with high function Archinect 2018-03-23T12:41:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T18:32:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we have Mike Eliason on the podcast, Seattle-based Project Manager at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patano Studio</a> and proponent of Passivhaus,&nbsp;Baugruppen, and a car-free cycling life. Long-time Archinectors may recognize him by his username holzbox, OP to a forum favorite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">minimal details</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 119 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Unzoning&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dietrich Untertrifaller</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br></a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baumschlager Eberle</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernardo Bader</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hermann Kaufmann</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florian Nagler</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nordic Structures</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structurlam</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structurecraft</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecocon Straw Panels</a></li><li>Mike is reading <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauen und Wohnen in Gemeinschaft / Building and Living in Communities</a></li><li>Mike is listening to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern/Classical Ambient</a></li></ul>... Japan's disposable housing culture Alexander Walter 2018-03-22T13:48:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T15:33:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] the value of the average Japanese house depreciates to zero in 22 years. (It is calculated separately from the land, which is more likely to hold its value.) Most are knocked down and rebuilt. Sales of new homes far outstrip those of used ones, which usually change hands in the expectation that they will be demolished and replaced. In America and Europe second-hand houses accounted for 90% of sales and new-builds for 10% in 2017. In Japan the proportions are the other way around.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Economist</em> article</a> describes Japan&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">throwaway housing culture</a> as a phenomenon that is not only a burden on the national economy and the environment but also does not see renovation and refurbishment of existing structures as an appreciation in value.</p> <p>There are exceptions of course: one rare example of an upgraded old structure is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this Kyoto guest house</a> makeover by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio</a>, published on Archinect earlier this month.<br></p> San Francisco nixes funding for affordable senior housing project in wealthy neighborhood after pushback from residents Alexander Walter 2018-03-12T17:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-13T11:59:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The City quietly told developers this week that it will no longer fund a 150-unit affordable senior housing project proposed in the wealthy Forest Hill neighborhood, citing rising costs and neighborhood pushback. [...] Neighbors have also railed against the project at community meetings since 2016 when the project was first funded, claiming impoverished tenants at the affordable housing project would endanger their neighborhood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi: architecture needs to invest in dignity of low-income housing Alexander Walter 2018-03-12T13:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-12T13:38:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Speaking to the Guardian after the announcement of his award, Doshi said that architects and urban planners involved in low-income housing projects &ndash; as well as architectural education &ndash; needed to move away from their focus on the designer as individual to being far more collaborative, compassionate and invested in the dignity of those they house.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Study up on the impressive body of work of freshly minted Pritzker Prize laureate, Balkrishna Doshi, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br></p> Another car brand enters residential design: MINI is creating China's first co-living project Alexander Walter 2018-03-08T13:49:00-05:00 >2018-03-08T13:51:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With its newest project, the MINI Living building in Shanghai, the car brand is continuing its venture into the urban living sector. The rental market in big cities across the world is an interesting addition to the list of urban challenges that it seeks to address with its MINI Living program.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MINI</figcaption></figure><p>"MINI LIVING will become a home for singles, sharers and families on short, medium-term and extended tenancies," a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> by the BMW-owned car(ish) brand explains the co-living concept. "The design and therefore the character of the apartment interiors is international, modern and clean, and features references to the history of Shanghai. However, living in an apartment that occupies only a small surface area in no way means going without. Anything that doesn&rsquo;t fit inside the apartments can be accommodated in the adjacent spaces."</p> The half-billion-dollar Bel Air giga-mansion is still looking for a buyer Alexander Walter 2018-03-05T14:14:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T20:19:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The construction of this and other so-called giga-mansions underscores a new gilded age in the United States and especially in LA. [...] The splurge comes amid a housing shortage that has fuelled a homelessness crisis, with 57,000 people without permanent shelter in LA county [...]. The Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez compared the city&rsquo;s hilltop mansions to giant tombstones marking the death of humility.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Guardian</em> takes a peek into the world of ultra-luxury real estate developer Niles Niami whose latest endeavor&mdash;the sprawling Bel Air hilltop giga-mansion with its four swimming pools, 20 bedrooms, movie theater, and nightly club aptly called The One&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">frequently makes the news</a> for being America's priciest home. Clocking in at $500m, the property is still waiting for a billionaire buyer.</p> L.A.'s homeless count nearly doubled in six years Alexander Walter 2018-02-10T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T21:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% &mdash; to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 &mdash; in the last six years. But the crisis has been decades in the making. If homelessness continues to escalate at current rates, it will swamp even the best efforts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">declaring homelessness in the city an 'emergency'</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">committing drastically increased funds</a> to housing and services, Los Angeles is failing to improve the lives of its unsheltered citizens.</p> The 'Tinder' for apartment swapping launches in the Netherlands Alexander Walter 2018-01-23T15:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Dutch social renters wanting to move to a new apartment can now use an app to swap houses with other renters. One precondition, both renters need to &lsquo;like&rsquo; each other&rsquo;s apartment to get a match. [...] Young renters with small apartments may swap with older residents who live in bigger apartments. In this way, the issue of scheefwonen (skew living &mdash; when people live in apartments that do not match their needs and desires) within the Dutch rental sector could be solved.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>"After two apartments are matched, the users are introduced to each other, after which they have to find out if their rental agreements are compatible enough for the renters to swap house."</em></p> A look at the alarmingly long wait times for Section 8 housing in U.S. cities Alexander Walter 2018-01-04T13:59:00-05:00 >2018-01-04T14:04:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Stacker was one of 188,000 people who applied for 20,000 spots in the voucher waiting line for the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles. And that line won&rsquo;t be moving quickly. The Housing Authority&rsquo;s Section 8 director, Carlos VanNatter, said only about 200 vouchers become available here every month, basically when a pay raise makes someone ineligible or someone dies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the national average wait time for Section 8 vouchers is currently more than two years (with nearly half of all housing authorities having closed their lists to new applicants), the situation in big cities like New York and Los Angeles is so dire that residents have to apply for a coveted spot on the waiting list via a lottery held every few years. And there's no sign of easing: "President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash more than $6 billion from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Housing office, or HUD</a>, which funds Section 8," Marketplace reports.</p>