Fideicomiso: When Architects Become Developers (And Everybody Wins)

00:00 - 25 April, 2013
Fideicomiso: When Architects Become Developers (And Everybody Wins) , Once Building, by Adamo-Faiden Architects, crowdfunded via fideicomiso. Image © Cristobal Palma.
Once Building, by Adamo-Faiden Architects, crowdfunded via fideicomiso. Image © Cristobal Palma.

A decade before Kickstarter made "crowdfunding" a buzzword (particularly in architecture circles), a similar concept - going by a far more poetic name - was already alive and well in the streets of Buenos Aires. 

Fideicomiso is a system of development which gained popularity in Argentina after the financial crisis of 2001; banks crashed, the public grew wary of developers, and a more democratic system of development gained prevalence. Under fideicomiso, the architect himself takes on the risk of development; residents collect their assets and provide them to the architect, who buys the land, funds the project and oversees the design/construction.

Now, Elias Redstone, a researcher who took part in Venice Takeaway (Britain's Pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale) and spent time investigating this model in Argentina, has returned to his home country - and is anxious to see if this system could be applied in Recession-struck Britain. 

Read more about this revolutionary model of development, after the break...

Elsa Morante Public Library / DAP Studio

01:00 - 25 April, 2013
Elsa Morante Public Library / DAP Studio, © Luigi Filetici
© Luigi Filetici
  • Architects

  • Location

    Varese, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    DAP Studio
  • Structures

    GB. Scolari
  • Contractor

    Gruppo Edilia
  • Interior Furniture

    Habitat Italiana
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Luigi Filetici © Luigi Filetici © Luigi Filetici © Luigi Filetici +27

Casa VU / TDC

01:00 - 25 April, 2013
Casa VU / TDC, © Sergio Fernández Majluf
© Sergio Fernández Majluf
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lima, Perú
  • Architect in Charge

    Rodrigo Villanueva
  • Design Team

    Mauricio Sialer
  • Area

    41565.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Sergio Fernández Majluf © Sergio Fernández Majluf © Sergio Fernández Majluf © Sergio Fernández Majluf +19

'Low Rise High Density' Exhibition

00:00 - 25 April, 2013
'Low Rise High Density' Exhibition, Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York
Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York

Opening today at the Center for Architecture in New York, the 'Low Rise High Density' exhibition examines a housing type celebrated in the 1960s and ‘70s, and what it means in the United States today. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Public Architecture with AIA New York, architectural drawings, photographs, and oral histories will be presented with project architects, tracing the typology over the last 50 years. The exhibition will be on view until June 29. More information after the break.

Wang Shu Honored as One of TIME 100’s Most Influential People

00:00 - 25 April, 2013
Wang Shu Honored as One of TIME 100’s Most Influential People, Ningbo History Museum © Lv Hengzhong, Courtesy of Amateur Architecture Studio
Ningbo History Museum © Lv Hengzhong, Courtesy of Amateur Architecture Studio

TIME Magazine has released their tenth-edition of the 100 issue, representing who they believe to be the world’s 100 most influential people in 2013. Gracing the list among music titan Jay-Z and Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen is architecture’s very own Wang Shu, who was honored for “successfully blending China’s quest for novel and eye-catching architecture with respect for traditional aesthetics.”  

7 Reasons Architecture (As We Know It) Is Over

00:00 - 24 April, 2013
7 Reasons Architecture (As We Know It) Is Over, Image of "concept city" via shutterstock.com
Image of "concept city" via shutterstock.com

Steve Mouzon, a principal of Studio Sky and Mouzon Design, is an architect, urbanist, author, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which hosts Project:SmartDwelling and helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild's non-profit affiliate is the Guild Foundation, which hosts the Original Green initiative

Architecture has changed irreparably in the past decade, but those who know how to adapt just might find themselves in a far better place in a few years. It has now been 8 years since construction peaked in 2005, nearly 6 years since the subprime meltdown, and close to 5 years since the big meltdown that really kicked off the Great Recession.

Today, it appears that construction is finally beginning to pick back up, but it's too late for architecture as we knew it. Here are seven reasons why...

Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
Affalterwang / Liebel Architekten BDA, © Michael Schnell
© Michael Schnell

© Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell +13

Zaha Hadid Wins Veuve Cliquot Business Women Award

00:00 - 24 April, 2013
Zaha Hadid Wins Veuve Cliquot Business Women Award, © Simone Cecchetti
© Simone Cecchetti

Zaha Hadid has been announced as the winner of the 41st Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award at a ceremony in London on Monday. Now in its 41st year, the Veuve Clicquot Award was set up by the Champagne house to recognize the work of successful businesswomen worldwide, who embody their spirit of Madame Clicquot. 

Haus Walde / Gogl Architekten

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
Haus Walde / Gogl Architekten, © Mario Webhofer
© Mario Webhofer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kitzbühel
  • Architect in Charge

    Hannes Schroll, Michael Kapeller, Hildegard Platzer-Rieder
  • Lighting Planning

    Akzente Lichtsysteme, Innsbruck
  • Area

    383.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Mario Webhofer © Mario Webhofer © Mario Webhofer © Mario Webhofer +20

Positive Signs of Growth Reflected in Steady ABI and Higher Intern Employment Rates

00:00 - 24 April, 2013
Positive Signs of Growth Reflected in Steady ABI and Higher Intern Employment Rates, © Calculated Risk
© Calculated Risk

For the eight consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting a steady upturn in design activity. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Although the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, down from a mark of 54.9 in February, this score still reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). In addition, the new projects inquiry index was 60.1, down from the reading of 64.8 the previous month.

“Business conditions in the construction industry have generally been improving over the last several months,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “But as we have continued to report, the recovery has been uneven across the major construction sectors so it’s not a big surprise that there was some easing in the pace of growth in March compared to previous months.”

Key ABI highlights and details indicating higher employment rates for intern architects after the break...

Plastic Moon / N MAEDA ATELIER

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
Plastic Moon / N MAEDA ATELIER, © Toshihiro Sobajima
© Toshihiro Sobajima

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima +34

PKO Bank / Robert Majkut Design

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
PKO Bank / Robert Majkut Design, © Szymon Polański
© Szymon Polański

© Szymon Polański © Szymon Polański © Szymon Polański © Szymon Polański +18

Anting Culture and Sports Activity Centre / Atelier Z+

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
Anting Culture and Sports Activity Centre  / Atelier Z+, Courtesy of Atelier Z+
Courtesy of Atelier Z+
  • Architects

  • Location

    Anting, Jiading, Shanghai
  • Architects

    Zhang Bin, Zhou Wei
  • Design Team

    Wang Jiaqi, Lu Jun, Li Ying, Li Qin, Zhuang Sheng, Guo Yue
  • Area

    16171.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atelier Z+

Courtesy of Atelier Z+ Courtesy of Atelier Z+ Courtesy of Atelier Z+ Courtesy of Atelier Z+ +16

end…Link Beauty Salon / Yasunari Tsukada Design

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
end…Link Beauty Salon / Yasunari Tsukada Design, © Stirling Elmendorf
© Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf +16

LM Guest House / Desai Chia Architecture

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
LM Guest House / Desai Chia Architecture, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +15

New York City Preserves Public Housing by Leasing Infill Land

00:00 - 24 April, 2013
New York City Preserves Public Housing by Leasing Infill Land, NYCHA, Public Housing.  Courtesy of Flickr User agentvladimir. Licensed via Creative Commons
NYCHA, Public Housing. Courtesy of Flickr User agentvladimir. Licensed via Creative Commons

For the past four decades, as cities faced financial pressures, high-rise public housing met its decline.  Cities throughout the country demolished public housing that was failing financially and socially, like Chicago's Cabrini-Green Housing Project whose demolition was completed in 2011, to make way for mixed use developments that encouraged economic and social diversity by way of the HOPE VI Program. This strategy resulted in the uprooting and relocation of former residents who faced uncertainty throughout the process.  

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) stands out among housing authorities in the United States due to its size - 179,000 units in 2,600 buildings across the city - and the fact that the buildings are relatively well maintained.  NYCHA has avoided resorting to demolitions to deal with its issues, instead resorting to special police services that costs NYCHA a purported $70 million a year.  Over the past decade NYCHA has been underfunded by approximately $750 million causing backlogs in necessary repairs.  

To address the mounting costs of public housing, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg has proposed an infill strategy that would attract developers onto NYCHA land and create a new layer of commercial space and residential units in public housing developments.  The goal over the next five years is to develop methods of preservation for the housing development and promote mixed-use and mixed-income developments to generate income for NYCHA.  

More on the plan after the break.

The Lighthouse 65 / AR Design Studio

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
The Lighthouse 65 / AR Design Studio , © Martin Gardner
© Martin Gardner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hill Head, Fareham, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Andy Ramus
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner +23

'Neither Cloud Nor Rock' Installation / Raum Architects

01:00 - 24 April, 2013
'Neither Cloud Nor Rock' Installation / Raum Architects, Courtesy of Raum Architects
Courtesy of Raum Architects

Raum Architects shared with us their recent project titled 'Neither Cloud nor Rock', an art installation for the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Nancy. The piece covers an exterior area intended to people who work there, opposite to the restaurant. It protects researchers from rain and sun. The object floats, clinging to the trees, and moves with them. More images and architects' description after the break.