Archinect - News 2017-09-23T18:02:08-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150026584/richard-florida-on-the-fragility-of-the-urban-revival Richard Florida on the fragility of the Urban Revival Alexander Walter 2017-09-06T15:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T22:30:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For all the concern about the gentrification, rising housing prices and the growing gap between the rich and poor in our leading cities, an even bigger threat lies on the horizon: The urban revival that swept across America over the past decade or two may be in danger. As it turns out, the much-ballyhooed new age of the city might be giving way to a great urban stall-out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Richard Florida paints a gloomy picture of the state of the great American urban revival in his <em>NYT</em> op-ed, "<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/cities-suburbs-housing-crime.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Urban Revival Is Over</a>," citing gentrification, income disparity, rising crime numbers, unaffordable housing prices, and the anti-urban agenda of the current White House tenants. <br></p> <p>Joe Cortright, over at <em>City Observatory</em>, offers a <a href="http://cityobservatory.org/oh-no-is-the-urban-revival-really-over/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good analysis</a> of Florida's piece; breaking down numbers, highlighting statistics, weighing in on the crime numbers claim, and easing the general dystopian mood: "Rather than proclaiming the end of the urban revival, Florida&rsquo;s evidence really makes the case for a renewed national commitment to building more great urban neighborhoods."<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025892/examining-the-housing-crisis-a-book-and-a-film Examining the Housing Crisis—a book and a film Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-09-01T15:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-01T15:46:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Housing has instead become one of the primary drivers of global capitalism, through commodification and financialization, making its function as real estate more important than its use as lived, space. It is the result of spatial developments being market-driven. Madden and Marcuse: &ldquo;housing is not produced and distributed for dwelling at all,&rdquo; but &ldquo;as a commodity to enrich the few.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The German documentary <em>City for Sale</em> that came out last year and the recently released book <em>In Defense of Housing</em> are the perfect match for anyone who wants to learn about the broken nature of housing markets, the crisis currently happening in all big cities worldwide.</p> <p><em>City for Sale</em> consists of interviews taken over a course&nbsp;of 4 years, where the author, Andreas Wilcke, accompanies real estate agents and investors during their daily routine and films tenants struggling to cope with the situation, providing the viewers with an opportunity to experience the turnaround of a whole city virtually at first hand. <em><br></em></p><p><em>In&nbsp;Defense of Housing</em> by&nbsp;David Madden and Peter Marcuse, too, is full of examples from both sides of the story, where personal property are examined as both categories&ndash;shelter, safety, identity for the general population versus investment and a supplemental source of income for the lucky few. The book also demonstrates examples of numerous cities and countries, detailing destructi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025294/housing-shortage-statistics-demonstrate-the-cities-that-are-still-building Housing shortage statistics demonstrate the cities that are still building Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-29T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T15:03:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vu/vu6x92wif3ajazqm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vu/vu6x92wif3ajazqm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vu/vu6x92wif3ajazqm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vu/vu6x92wif3ajazqm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Trulia isolated the markets in which building permits for residential construction are being issued at rates above historical averages, which have been calculated by looking at the number of permits issued each year between 1980 and 2016. The study also shows that Austin, Dallas and Houston, issued over 10% of all permits in the nation in 2017.These cities are projected to add about 130,000 new homes by the end of the year, their growth driven by abundant jobs and rising incomes and home prices.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the real estate website Trulia, the number of homes available for sale decreased 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to a year earlier, which follows decreases every quarter for the two past years.&nbsp;</p> <p>The projected number of new building permits in 2017 grew the most in the following cities: <br></p><ol><li>Austin, TX (+107.7% higher than historical average)</li><li>Charleston, SC (+72.8%)</li><li>Nashville, TN (+65.8%)</li><li>Philadelphia, PA (+62.3%)</li><li>Boston, MA (+61%)</li></ol><p>Decreasing the most in: <br></p><ol><li>Worcester, MA (-85.5%)</li><li>Allentown, PA (-85.0%)</li><li>New Haven, CT (-80.8%)</li><li>Akron, OH (-77.1%)</li><li>Syracuse, NY (-70.8%)</li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025281/how-social-equality-is-linked-to-health-as-manifested-in-the-built-environment How social equality is linked to health, as manifested in the built environment Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-29T14:13:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T14:14:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6w/6whbo32e2c1y2gbo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6w/6whbo32e2c1y2gbo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6w/6whbo32e2c1y2gbo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6w/6whbo32e2c1y2gbo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Residents of the outer suburbs tend to travel much longer distances between home, work and the services they need daily. Getting around necessarily defaults to the car, which has serious long-term implications for health. Driving is particularly associated with extended sitting in a confined space and, as a result, not getting enough exercise each day. When poorer communities are located in areas of lesser amenity due to lower housing costs, this exacerbates their health problems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="http://www.aihw.gov.au/socio-economic-disadvantage-and-health/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">close correlation</a> between socioeconomic status and&nbsp;health has long been out of question.&nbsp;The built environment and the environmental context serve as direct&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aihw.gov.au/australias-health/2016/determinants/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">social determinants of health</a>.</p> <p>Due to lower housing costs, poorer communities are often restricted to residing in areas of lesser amenity that exacerbate the obstacles to mental and physical well-being&mdash;lack of quality services and infrastructure, scarcity of green space and long work commutes challenge health. Additionally, poor building design and construction, and the excessive noise that it causes, can significantly contribute to stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, and sometimes even neighbor conflict and violence. What might appear as light threats, such as sleep deprivation which is linked to obesity, serve as risk factors for many chronic diseases.&nbsp;</p> <p>While high-density living is increasingly trumpeted as &ldquo;healthy,&rdquo; health and well-being of poor communities in high-rise housing heavily depends on the specifics&mdash;geographic...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150024450/dismantling-of-the-administrative-state-under-ben-carson "Dismantling of the administrative state" under Ben Carson Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-24T13:23:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i7shzk076ht3ldhl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i7shzk076ht3ldhl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i7shzk076ht3ldhl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i7shzk076ht3ldhl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>HUD has emerged as the perfect distillation of the right&rsquo;s antipathy to governing. If the great radical-conservative dream was, in Grover Norquist&rsquo;s famous words, to &ldquo;drown government in a bathtub,&rdquo; then this was what the final gasps of one department might look like.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his new piece for <em>New York Magazine</em>, Alec MacGillis examines <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/845733/ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Carson</a>'s turbulent and confusing time at <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/48693/hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HUD</a>. He describes in detail, the situation at the headquarters, the Trump Cuts, and the secretary's July trip to Baltimore.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>He had been chosen for a job he had few qualifications for by a man who had few obvious qualifications for his own job, and he was now being left to his own devices to defend the dismantling of the department he was supposed to run, with an underpopulated corps of deputies at his side.<br></em></p> <p><em>HUD has long been something of an overlooked stepchild within the federal government. Founded in 1965 in a burst of Great Society resolve to confront the &ldquo;urban crisis,&rdquo; it has seen its manpower slide by more than half since the Reagan Revolution. (The HUD headquarters is now so eerily underpopulated that it can&rsquo;t even support a cafeteria; it sits vacant on the first floor.) But HUD still serves a function that millions of low-income Americans depend on &mdash; it funds 3,300 p...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150024263/sadiq-khan-to-invest-25m-to-bring-1-000-pocket-homes-to-london Sadiq Khan to invest £25m to bring 1,000 'Pocket Homes' to London Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-24T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T20:42:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wakkqve548a399iw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wakkqve548a399iw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wakkqve548a399iw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wakkqve548a399iw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Mayor of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/722/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/746233/sadiq-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>, has announced that the city will be investing&nbsp;&pound;25 million&nbsp;into constructing over 1,000 affordable <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/6317/prefab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> apartments. Funding from the city will go into purchasing small brownfield sites that will then be built on by Pocket Living, a developer specializing in 400-square-foot modular apartments. The apartments will go to first-time home buyers, already living in the relevant borough, and will be sold roughly 20% below market rate. The initiative also ensures that the Pocket homes remain affordable for the lifetime of the building. The new homes are expected for completion by 2021.</p> <p>Upon making the announcement, the Mayor acknowledged his commitment to helping solve <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/649374/london-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis</a>: "The housing crisis is the biggest challenge facing Londoners today and I have been honest from the start that we won&rsquo;t be able to turn things round overnight. For decades, we have simply not built enough new and affordable homes in the capital, meaning that for too m...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023953/does-adding-luxury-housing-trickle-down-to-make-housing-more-affordable-for-all Does adding luxury housing trickle down to make housing more affordable for all? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-22T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T11:53:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m9o9dzua6h9slbik.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m9o9dzua6h9slbik.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m9o9dzua6h9slbik.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m9/m9o9dzua6h9slbik.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>One of the new luxury apartment buildings constructed in 1910 was the Belmont Court, on the city&rsquo;s growing East Side. Plans called for a modern 24 unit-apartment building with a range of conveniences. More than a century later, the Belmont Court building still stands...According to Zillow, average apartment rents in Portland are about $1,600 per month. With studio apartments renting at just under $1,100 they&rsquo;re not exactly cheap, but they cost less per square foot than newly built units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Drawing on research from housing blogger, <a href="http://djcoregon.com/news/2016/03/04/newsmakers-2016-iain-mackenzie/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iain MacKenzie</a> who runs <a href="http://www.nextportland.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Portland</a>, Joe Cortright at&nbsp;<em>CityObservatory</em> shares some examples of affordable housing in Portland that had been considered luxury when originally constructed. The author argues that affordable housing has always been generated through a process called "filtering," in which the value of luxury apartments depreciates over time and those units subsequently, move down the market and become affordable. When building and development halts or slows, however, aging housing is not allowed to filter down and higher income households bid up the existing housing stock.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150021438/aging-office-parks-are-making-a-comeback-as-sub-urban-residences Aging office parks are making a comeback as (sub)urban residences Alexander Walter 2017-08-07T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T18:56:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lt/ltb6jrg9jx3zxaqb.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lt/ltb6jrg9jx3zxaqb.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lt/ltb6jrg9jx3zxaqb.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lt/ltb6jrg9jx3zxaqb.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>From the rooftop terrace of their new townhouse, Keisuke and Idalia Yabe take in their suburban Maryland neighborhood: a staid, 1970s-era office park of glass office buildings and concrete parking garages. The Yabes say they have found the advantages of urban living in a shorter commute and the ability to walk to shopping centers and a park. They also have what feels like the best of suburbia &mdash; mature trees, plentiful parking, Bethesda&rsquo;s sought-after schools and a more affordable mortgage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"[...]&nbsp;suburban office parks have plenty to offer residential developers," <em>The</em> <em>Washington Post</em> explains. "Many are close to major roads and near top-ranked public schools, and their sprawling campuses and vast parking lots provide land that has become increasingly scarce in lucrative areas."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020531/humanitarian-emergency-michael-greenberg-looks-inside-new-york-city-s-housing-crisis "Humanitarian emergency": Michael Greenberg looks inside New York City’s housing crisis Alexander Walter 2017-08-01T15:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T15:49:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5bwehe5g283tly4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5bwehe5g283tly4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5bwehe5g283tly4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5bwehe5g283tly4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>New York City is in the throes of a humanitarian emergency, a term defined by the Humanitarian Coalition of large international aid organizations as &ldquo;an event or series of events that represents a critical threat to the health, safety, security or wellbeing of a community or other large group of people.&rdquo; New York&rsquo;s is [...] a &ldquo;complex emergency&rdquo;: man-made and shaped by a combination of forces that have led to a large-scale &ldquo;displacement of populations&rdquo; from their homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"What makes the crisis especially startling," author Michael Greenberg continues in his latest piece for <em>The New York Review of Books</em>, "is that New York has the most progressive housing laws in the country and a mayor who has made tenants&rsquo; rights and affordable housing a central focus of his administration."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020348/82-buildings-fail-fire-safety-test-in-the-wake-of-grenfell-tower-tragedy 82 buildings fail fire safety test in the wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy Alexander Walter 2017-08-01T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T17:34:17-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/279efg5po2l1mkl2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/279efg5po2l1mkl2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/279efg5po2l1mkl2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/279efg5po2l1mkl2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Eighty-two buildings have failed a new fire safety test set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, ministers say. The test examines the safety of building cladding and insulation in combination. It comes as an independent review of building regulations and fire safety has also been announced by the government. It will look at current building regulations and fire safety, focusing on high-rise residential buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The new fire safety test is the first of a wave of more comprehensive assessments, which come after previous tests were carried out on hundreds of cladding samples in recent months - many of these failed standards for flammability," the BBC reports and outlines key examination goals of the upcoming independent review.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least 80 people lost their lives and over 70 were injured in a tragic fire on June 14 that rapidly spread through the building and engulfed the majority of the&nbsp;24-story <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/959732/grenfell-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grenfell Tower</a> block of public housing flats in West London.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019798/los-angeles-and-honolulu-are-the-toughest-cities-to-build-in Los Angeles and Honolulu are the toughest cities to build in Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-27T17:15:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T17:15:16-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xf0iufk5dug76r4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xf0iufk5dug76r4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xf0iufk5dug76r4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xf0iufk5dug76r4q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Last week,&nbsp;<em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reported on the housing shortage in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/109506/venice-beach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach</a>. As one of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' hottest neighborhoods&mdash;in large part due to the influx of tech companies that have made it their home and lent it the new nickname, Silicon Beach&mdash;it might come as a surprise to learn that the zip code has not added a single new housing unit in 15 years. In fact, Venice Beach had roughly 700 fewer housing units in 2015 than it did in 2000 and despite adding 4,000 new jobs, lost 3,800 residents.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.buildzoom.com/blog/the-toughest-places-to-build-behind-the-scenes-of-a-wall-street-journal-analysis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to Issi Romem</a>, a chief economist at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.buildzoom.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BuildZoom</a>&nbsp;who conducted the analysis of data for the publication, the lack of new housing accommodations is a result of overly strict building and zoning restrictions as well as stiff community opposition that has caused the precinct to become the "Toughest Zip Code in America to Build In." When we expand from zip code to city limit, Romem's data found that Los Angeles, in general, sits right behind Honolulu to take second place in terms of t...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019571/what-u-s-cities-can-learn-from-vienna-s-urban-housing-policy What U.S. cities can learn from Vienna's urban housing policy Alexander Walter 2017-07-26T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T14:46:40-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6snxweq361pcqsa6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6snxweq361pcqsa6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6snxweq361pcqsa6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6s/6snxweq361pcqsa6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This is a two-part series on housing policy in Vienna and how it could be a model for progressive housing policy in Seattle, where I live, or other American cities struggling with affordable housing. The first part is an overview of financing and subsidies. Part two, coming tomorrow, looks in detail at how zoning and development supports housing affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mike Eliason,&nbsp;passivhaus designer with&nbsp;Seattle-based&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/patano_studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patano Studio</a>, penned an insightful two-part commentary for <em>City Observatory</em>, looking at issues of financing, zoning, affordability, sustainability, and quality of life in a side-by-side comparison of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/66446/vienna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vienna</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7932/seattle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018391/houses-in-detroit-demolished-with-money-intended-to-save-them Houses in Detroit demolished with money intended to save them Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-07-30T20:20:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zfkqvoptm3dzzxkl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zfkqvoptm3dzzxkl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zfkqvoptm3dzzxkl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zfkqvoptm3dzzxkl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With a surplus of unused money, Michigan became the first state in 2013 to demolish homes using money intended to save them. The idea was that demolitions would revitalize neighborhoods by increasing the property values of surrounding houses, attracting new homeowners, and reducing crime rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit's&nbsp;neediest homeowners were supposed to receive federal assistance to save their homes as part of the Treasury Department's seven-year-old Hardest Hit Fund. However, Michigan squandered its originally allotted $498 million by creating unnecessarily stringent requirements, according to a scathing audit issued in January by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). </p> <p><em>As a result, more than 80 percent of Detroiters making $30,000 or less a year were denied assistance to save their homes from tax or mortgage foreclosure. By contrast, the other 17 states with Hardest Hit Funds rejected 53 percent of homeowners making less than $30,000. </em></p> <p>SIGTARP 2016 investigation found that demolition programs are "vulnerable to the risk of unfair competitive practices such as bid rigging, contract steering, and other closed door contracting processes" because the "Treasury conducts no oversight" and therefore cannot determine whether the cost of d...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016032/the-s-house-prefab-system-hopes-to-bring-super-low-cost-housing-to-vietnam-and-the-rest-of-the-world The S House prefab system hopes to bring super-low-cost housing to Vietnam — and the rest of the world Alexander Walter 2017-07-05T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-07-07T23:39:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpfy021lqs0kvgtp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpfy021lqs0kvgtp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpfy021lqs0kvgtp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpfy021lqs0kvgtp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Known as &ldquo;S Houses,&rdquo; these prefab structures going up here in Ba Vi, about 30 miles from Vietnam&rsquo;s capital, Hanoi, are iterations of a prototype that Mr. Nghia has been honing since about 2013. [...] But Mr. Nghia says that his plan is to mass-manufacture this portable, easy-to-assemble design for people in slums, remote areas or refugee camps around the world, beginning later this year, all for the starting price &mdash; $1,500 &mdash; of about two iPhones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NYT</em> takes a closer look at the extremely affordable S House prefab system currently going up by the dozens in Vietnam, with a keen eye on the global super-low-cost market. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/76610883/vo-trong-nghia-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vo Trong Nghia Architects</a>, a design studio with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, S House was exhibited with a full-scale prototype at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134199282/chicago-architecture-biennial-finalizes-list-of-participants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>. <br></p> <p> </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/3e/3e2qd7wljehvl47l.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/3e/3e2qd7wljehvl47l.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>S HOUSE at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Photo: Steve Hall, Tom Harris, copyright: Hedrich Blessing, image via the architects' website.</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>If the firm name sounds strangely familiar, Vo Trong Nghia Architects won the 2014 World Architecture Festival 'House' category with the spectacular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110274683/world-architecture-festival-2014-day-1-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House for Trees</a> project. VTN partner Masaaki Iwamoto is also a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98028871/wheelwright-prize-2014-finalists-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Wheelwright Prize finalist</a>.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150014608/the-guardian-reports-on-the-social-housing-crisis-in-the-uk The Guardian reports on the social housing crisis in the UK Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-26T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T14:45:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Now, although the horror is still raw and much about it is still unknown, it has also become clear that Grenfell exposes in the harshest possible way questions of the current state of social housing, about the accessibility, affordability and quality of homes, and their impact on people&rsquo;s lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guardian's feature&nbsp;examines the new documentary<em> Dispossession: The New Housing Swindle </em>which addresses the build up anger surrounding the issue of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> and the failed attempts at combatting it, including&nbsp;Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy&nbsp;and the effects of&nbsp;the 60s and 70s estates renewal. Beyond that, the article also offers recent examples of demolition, displacement through opinions of people that have experienced it firsthand<em>&ndash;</em>former residents of social or council housing. </p> <p><em>"No honest portrayal of the current situation can ignore the fact that the last time government was a major builder of homes it didn&rsquo;t get it all right. But, as it is now blindingly obvious that the market is not going to provide by itself, active building and planning by the public sector looks inevitable. There are ways to achieve new and affordable homes &ndash; by densifying suburbs, encouraging garden cities and, indeed, by renewing council estates &ndash; but none of them are easy. The invisib...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150014594/34-buildings-in-london-evacuated-after-failing-fire-tests-in-light-of-grenfell-tower-tragedy 34 buildings in London evacuated after failing fire tests in light of Grenfell Tower tragedy Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-26T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T13:29:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozsw3kevkepjdkbi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozsw3kevkepjdkbi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozsw3kevkepjdkbi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozsw3kevkepjdkbi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Britain said 34 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Two weeks ago, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150012673/london-tower-block-fire-kills-twelve-previous-warnings-about-very-poor-fire-safety-standards-may-have-gotten-ignored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">low-income residential tower in London tragically caught fire</a> resulting in the death of <em>at least</em> 79 occupants. The incident has sparked a national (and even international) conversation about the safety standards set by London officials for low-income residents as it has been discovered that certain precautions like sprinkler systems were deemed unnecessary in the interest of cutting costs. In addition, a cladding on the exterior of the building has been largely determined as the reason the fire lead to such deadly results. The same material is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150013308/grenfell-tower-fire-up-to-30k-other-buildings-clad-in-the-same-material-likely-responsible-for-the-fire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">said to clad tens of thousands of buildings in more than 87 tower blocks across the United Kingdom</a>.</p> <p>In an attempt to avoid similar failures in the future, British officials have inspected over 600 high-rise buildings across England. From this, the Department for Communities has concluded that 34 apartment blocks across the country fail to meet safety standards. The aluminum cladding that covered Grenfell has begun to be remove...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150013308/grenfell-tower-fire-up-to-30k-other-buildings-clad-in-the-same-material-likely-responsible-for-the-fire Grenfell Tower Fire: Up to 30K Other Buildings Clad in the Same Material Likely Responsible for the Fire Nicholas Korody 2017-06-19T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T10:13:42-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i787fco2uof9qerz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i787fco2uof9qerz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i787fco2uof9qerz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i7/i787fco2uof9qerz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>There are tens of thousands of buildings in more than 87 tower blocks across the United Kingdom clad in the same aluminum composite that experts claim was largely responsible for the severity of the blaze that erupted on Grenfell Tower in Kensington and claimed at least 79 lives. The material, which is banned in the United States and elsewhere, is intended to improve the aesthetics of the towers, in part to raise nearby property values.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the case of Grenfell Tower, by just spending &pound;5,000 more on the&nbsp;&pound;8.6 million refurbishment, a fire resistant cladding could have been used and saved these lives. This is not new information. Back in 2000, an inquiry said all cladding systems should use non-combustible materials, following a blaze in Scotland responsible for the death of an elderly man. In addition to the cladding, a lack a sprinkler systems has been blamed for the fire. Just one of eight councils has said it put sprinklers into their flats&mdash;18 out of 2,925.</p> <p>Experts, such as archit...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012673/london-tower-block-fire-kills-twelve-previous-warnings-about-very-poor-fire-safety-standards-may-have-gotten-ignored London tower block fire kills twelve; previous warnings about "very poor fire safety standards" may have gotten ignored Alexander Walter 2017-06-14T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T13:30:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said. [...] Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year &pound;10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year. [...] Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it's still too early to determine the cause of the fire, the <em>BBC</em> reports that "before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted"."</p> <p>Latest updates on the disastrous blaze can be found in <em>The Guardian</em>'s live feed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/jun/14/grenfell-tower-major-fire-london-apartment-block-white-city-latimer-road" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, June 14, 2017, 2:06 PM EST:</strong></p> <p>Latest reports raise the fear that the tower may be seriously in danger of collapsing with structural cracks appearing in the corners. Firefighters have been pulled out of the tower.</p> <p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/06/068h2ooe1evfyxt8.jpg"><em>Image via <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mrgeorgeclarke/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@mrgeorgeclarke</a> on Instagram.</em></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GrenfellTower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#GrenfellTower Tweets</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008665/disused-petrol-station-site-to-be-transformed-into-apartments-by-neubau Disused petrol station site to be transformed into apartments by NEUBAU Abigail Banfield 2017-05-23T01:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:54:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zf2q7on7305kfzu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zf2q7on7305kfzu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zf2q7on7305kfzu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zf/zf2q7on7305kfzu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A major project in north London has just received planning permission; a &lsquo;pixelated&rsquo; residential scheme will replace a historic clock tower and a derelict petrol station. The architects behind the project, NEUBAU, are an emerging practice consisting of thinkers and designers with international experience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kgk3ykp92wezeng5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wa/wabvfd5qyh71vz69.jpg"></p><p>28 apartments will be arranged in smaller six meter wide units, in a way which reduces the overall visual impact of the development. The building up of height,&nbsp;and its corner location, creates an acoustic shield created by the corner frontage has created a sheltered area behind the building for a communal garden; a &lsquo;private oasis&rsquo; for future residents.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zd/zds5npd9i0bom9vv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v6/v66otfw8pp63e8gw.jpg"></p><p>The site, a challenging corner on two very busy roads, is currently home for a disused petrol station and a large clock tower. Following a long and difficult planning process, the aptly named &lsquo;Tower Station&rsquo; development will maintain the cubic volumes of the existing tower, and its civic function at the same time, with a large mechanic...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150002462/ai-project-proposal-for-a-500-unit-residential-development-in-digbeth-birmingham AI project proposal for a 500 unit residential development in Digbeth, Birmingham Archinect 2017-04-11T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T07:18:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ta/ta2jzbf89xh5s95l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ta/ta2jzbf89xh5s95l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ta/ta2jzbf89xh5s95l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ta/ta2jzbf89xh5s95l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>London-based practice <strong>Architects of Invention (AI)</strong> has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham&rsquo;s Digbeth area.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ym/ymxo2krr2l9ryswj.jpg"></p><p>The practice was approached by Chinese private equity fund <a href="http://www.pgc-fund.com/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PGC- Capital</a> whose <em>The Jewel Court</em>, 77 one-two bed luxury apartments, is already on site in Birmingham.</p><p>The design concept - &lsquo;Garden Hill&rsquo; - is inspired by The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: an oasis-like residence for Birmingham&rsquo;s growing, multicultural population. The two dramatic 25-storey staggered towers, hung with gardens at every level, give all occupants and visitors access to private and shared terraces and a spacious rooftop garden. The entire block is made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) as an exercise in highly sustainable construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iv/ivmj1h8v11wdvioy.jpg"></p><p>The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the units are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes gro...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150001272/kwong-von-glinow-design-office-wins-new-york-affordable-housing-challenge Kwong Von Glinow Design Office Wins New York Affordable Housing Challenge Archinect 2017-04-05T09:11:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T09:26:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tc/tco21rx6xd8xxitk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tc/tco21rx6xd8xxitk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tc/tco21rx6xd8xxitk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tc/tco21rx6xd8xxitk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://www.kwongvonglinow.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kwong Von Glinow Design Office</a> was awarded 1st Prize for their New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition entry. &nbsp;Their project responds to Mayor de Blasio&rsquo;s priority placed on creating more affordable housing in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, by using both new sites and redeveloping existing sites. &nbsp;The housing crisis for the last two decades has generated a more and more socially disparate city, with the majority of NYC residents spending more than half of their yearly income on rent. &nbsp;Kwong Von Glinow Design Office provides a housing solution based on the modular system of a &ldquo;table top&rdquo; which aggregates and stacks to provide good density and good diversity as a prototype for affordable housing in New York City. &nbsp;The system is not only flexible to accommodate the various lot sizes of New York City, but is also adaptable to various unit combinations, providing diversity within.</p><p>The award took place at the New York Build Expo 2017 held at the Javits Center, presented by Vividly and Bee Breede...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149995551/four-out-of-five-of-small-scale-developers-in-the-uk-have-gone-out-of-business-contributing-to-the-housing-crisis Four out of five of small-scale developers in the UK have gone out of business, contributing to the housing crisis Nicholas Korody 2017-03-06T13:17:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T13:17:51-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9r/9rm0n0miu62dcvoh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A new report by the online property marketplace LendInvest reveals that four out of five of Britain&rsquo;s housebuilders have gone out of business in the last 30 months. This is largely due to the dominance of the eight largest builders&mdash;responsible for constructing more than 50% of the country&rsquo;s new houses. This lack of competition contributes to the UK&rsquo;s massive housing shortage, which, in turn, drives up the price of homes.</p><p>According to the report, the UK government could help spur new development by making a percentage of land available exclusively for small and medium businesses, as well as simplifying tax burdens.</p><p>&ldquo;"80% of small-scale developers have gone out of business since the last housebuilding boom. That&rsquo;s an appalling statistic,&rdquo; states the CEO of LendInvest Christian Faes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s meant less employment, less entrepreneurialism and fewer new homes on British streets where large-scale housebuilders didn&rsquo;t pick up the slack.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/lendinvest-reboot-britains-ailing-builders-to-fix-uk-housing-problem-2017-3?r=UK&amp;IR=T" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Business Insider</a></p>... https://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149993624/how-new-york-city-s-luxury-housing-tax-could-finance-affordable-units How New York City's luxury housing tax could finance affordable units Alexander Walter 2017-02-23T19:44:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T19:46:47-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/dddho5o1gf223lzx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America&rsquo;s inner cities, it&rsquo;s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing. [...] Fortunately, there&rsquo;s an already tested alternative: an annual luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end condos and rentals, which would feed a self-sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/149991447/how-to-put-an-end-to-housing-bubbles-once-and-for-all How to put an end to housing bubbles once and for all Nicholas Korody 2017-02-10T17:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-11T00:21:45-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f4vfkpt79n20uw49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f4vfkpt79n20uw49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f4vfkpt79n20uw49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f4vfkpt79n20uw49.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Suppose there were a way to pump up the economy, reduce inequality and put an end to destructive housing bubbles like the one that contributed to the Great Recession. The idea would be simple, but not easy, requiring a wholesale reframing of the United States economy and housing market. The solution: Americans, together and all at once, would have to stop thinking about their homes as an investment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/149989667/cetraruddy-to-sponsor-a-design-studio-at-the-city-college-of-new-york CetraRuddy to sponsor a design studio at the City College of New York Nicholas Korody 2017-02-01T13:02:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T21:27:53-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zw/zwi02na23bue59q0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zw/zwi02na23bue59q0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zw/zwi02na23bue59q0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zw/zwi02na23bue59q0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The architecture firm CetraRuddy has announced that it will sponsor a design studio course focusing on housing at the City College of New York. A five-semester long design and research project conceived in tandem with faculty, the program will be part of the school&rsquo;s Master of Architecture program. According to the press release, this fight is the first of its kind for the City College.</p><p>&ldquo;We are extremely excited about this collaboration,&rdquo; says Gordon A. Gebert, interim dean at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture. "The CetraRuddy Design Studio in Housing makes a direct impact by bridging academia and practice together in a meaningful way, and enhancing the education and professional development of students."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0f/0f1y20apevoz4tgl.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149988487/entrepreneurs-seek-solutions-to-solve-lagos-housing-crisis Entrepreneurs seek solutions to solve Lagos' housing crisis Nam Henderson 2017-01-25T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-25T13:25:50-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>From a self-sustaining city to refurbished-shipping containers, private sector real-estate developers are offering both big and small solutions</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Kacungira looks at how entrepreneurs are tackling the housing crisis in Lagos.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/n8/n8cas0j8b6vh6wyk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wo/woyg1xdyxqoewqg2.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149986393/a-hyper-democratic-housing-complex-in-copenhagen-combines-community-input-with-contextual-design A "hyper-democratic" housing complex in Copenhagen combines community input with contextual design Nicholas Korody 2017-01-13T13:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:11:49-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5fofzwx5vqb1fu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5fofzwx5vqb1fu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5fofzwx5vqb1fu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p5/p5fofzwx5vqb1fu8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Kr&oslash;yers Plads, a five-story housing project in the center of Copenhagen, has just finished construction. The site, previously a &ldquo;gap&rdquo; in a continuous row of warehouses, is adjacent to the Copenhagen harbor. Designed by the Danish architects Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE, the award-winning project is based on a &ldquo;hyper-democratic&rdquo; approach, in which &ldquo; folded roofs and architectural heaviness create a dialogue between old and new, and a modern, empathetic interpretation of the architectural uniqueness of the old Copenhagen warehouses.&rdquo; According to the designers, &ldquo;hyper-democratic&rdquo; means that the building was designed with intensive community input and site-specific gestures.</p><p>&rdquo;The neighbours were for instance invited to help define the height of the buildings and to help select the materials &ndash; both crucial for the way the new Kr&oslash;yers Plads relates to its surroundings. Instead of inventing a new building typology, Kr&oslash;yers Plads became a reinvention of the one already found adjace...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985156/damien-hirst-cancels-his-ilfracombe-eco-town-plans Damien Hirst cancels his Ilfracombe eco-town plans Alexander Walter 2017-01-06T13:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-06T15:36:12-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Isn&rsquo;t Ilfracombe already a town? Yes, but Hirst was deeply involved in the application process for an eco-friendly, 750-home development known as the Southern Extension. That&rsquo;s a terrible name for a town. Which is probably why the scheme was known as Hirst-on-Sea until recently. Until recently? Hirst, who lives nearby, has now withdrawn from the project. His company, Resign, says it could not find a developer to build houses &ldquo;in keeping with our vision&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Damien Hirst's plan to build 750 eco-friendly homes in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe isn't going to happen after all.&nbsp;</p><p>When we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first reported</a> about the artist's town-development ambitions back in 2012, the announcement was greeted with skepticism from Archinect readers. Two years later, everything still seemed jolly fine with the North Devon Council <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approving the plans</a>.</p><p>The endeavor even inspired the studio project "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Cities Project</a>" at the University of Illinois at Chicago with students applying urbanist archetypes to Ilfracombe's blank development site.</p><p><em>The Guardian</em> reader Patrick Ryan <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/jan/06/damien-hirst-eco-friendly-town-ilfracombe-devon#comment-90660781" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">praises Hirst</a> as a sensible businessman in the comment section and blames "Brexit dark clouds" over the UK's property market as a legitimate reason to pull the plug.</p><p>What's your take? Chime in below.</p>