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New York City Preserves Public Housing by Leasing Infill Land

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

  • Architects: AR Design Studio
  • 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 © Martin Gardner

'Neither Cloud Nor Rock' Installation / 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.

UK Survey Reveals Gap Between Large and Small Practices

recent survey by the RIBA of over 2,100 UK practices revealed there is now a widening gap between 'massive' and 'micro' practices, with a 'squeezed middle' in between, as reported by BD.

This was the first mandatory survey of its members conducted by the RIBA, and gives a glimpse, for the first time, into the workings of every chartered UK practice. The RIBA's executive director of membership and profession Richard Brindley described the findings as a "tale of two professions operating in different universes". The polarized profession is most damaging to the practices in the middle; those of 10-50 employees which are large enough to have costly overheads, but not large enough to absorb them.

Large practices, employing 50 people or more, include just 3% of practices, but, thanks to their size, include 40% of registered architects. At the other extreme are practices of 10 employees or less, who account for 53% of practices despite employing a meager 10% of architects. The survey found that the majority of practices employs fewer than six people.

Read on for more results and analysis of the survey

New Cervelló School / BCQ Arquitectura

Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura
Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura

Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura

Hu Huishan Memorial / Jiakun Architects

  • Architects: Jiakun Architects
  • Location: Anren Town, Sichuan Province, China
  • Architects: Liu Jiakun, Luo Ming, Zhang Tong, Sun En
  • Area: 52.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Wuxi Masterplan: Mixed Use Building Complex Proposal / ATENASTUDIO

ATENASTUDIO, in collaboration with Archmaster studio, has developed a masterplan for a new district in WuxiChina, which takes a 200,000 sqm buildable zoning lot to present two main keywords which are the base of all design choices and that can be defined as generator elements of all the project: landscape and waterscape. The intention is to emphasize to the maximum the presence of water making it become a diffuse system, introducing it inside the area and in every part of the project, and using it as if it was a “3D liquid material”. More images and architects' description after the break.

Soekarno Hatta International Airport Terminal 3 Winning Proposal / Woodhead

Woodhead recently won the commission against three other international design, engineering and contractor teams to be the lead designer of architecture and interiors for the new 380,000m2, 25 million passenger Terminal 3 at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. The terminal is for Garuda’s expanding international and domestic fleet of aircraft and is a model of efficiency and comfort overlaid with the curation of Indonesia’s unique cultural and environmental experiences for passengers. Construction is due to be completed and the new terminal building fully operational by the close of 2015. More images and architects' description after the break.

Living with Sun Light / MOVEDESIGN

© Yousuke Harigane
© Yousuke Harigane
  • Architects: MOVEDESIGN
  • Location: Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: MOVEDESIGN
  • Designer: Mikio Sakamoto
  • Area: 154.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Yousuke Harigane

© Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane

University of Oregon Spring 2013 Lecture Series

With programs in both Eugene and Portland, the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts recently launched their Spring 2013 lecture series which began early this month with Neri Oxman of MIT's Media Lab, and concludes May 16th with University of Oregon's Judith Sheine's lecture in Portland. The lectures take place in Portland, Eugene, or in both cities, depending on the lecture. The full list of remaining lectures can be viewed after the break. 

UNSW Alumni Park Competition Entry / ASPECT Studios

ASPECT Studios, in collaboration with Choi Ropiha Fighera, Barbara Flynn Grounds, ARUP, Deuce Design and People for Places and Spaces, was recently selected as one of five finalists by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in a design competition for Alumni Park. In an effort to reconnect the University’s spatial hierarchy and movement patterns, the architects provide clearly articulated wayfinding and circulation routes with the new 2ha ‘Social Spine’. More images and architects' description after the break.

Estação Antártica Comandante Ferraz International Competition 2nd Place / Triptyque

Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura Courtesy of Triptyque Arquitetura

Facing a scientific, technical, environmental, human, symbolic and geo-political challenge, a simple and efficient strategy that could respond to all needs and goals should be developed. It needed a principle that integrates security, flexibility and modularity and that could provide comfort, thermal or acoustic, but, above all, quality of life for users.

More information after the break.

The Braggs / BVN Architecture

  • Architects: BVN Architecture
  • Location: University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Client: University of Adelaide
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings

Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki

  • Architects: +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki
  • Location: Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan
  • Architects: Shintaro Matsushita, Takashi Suzuki
  • Construction: Hikari Construction Company
  • Area: 124.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai

RIBA Campaigns For Space and Light Requirements in New Homes

In preparation for a ministerial review of housing standards by the UK government, the RIBA has launched their "Without Space + Light" campaign aimed at advocating minimum requirements for total space and natural lighting in order to improve quality in new built homes.

The campaign, supported by a survey titled "Housing Standards and Satisfaction: What the Public Wants", aims to combat the recent trend towards 'shoe-box homes', highlighting the dissatisfaction among owners of new homes when it comes to living standards and the fact that new homes are an average of 10% smaller than they used to be. 

Not only are the space standards in UK homes poor compared to past housing, they also lag behind standards set by other European countries: in Ireland, new homes are on average 15% larger, in the Netherlands they are 53% larger, and most strikingly in Denmark they are a full 80% larger.

Read more about the campaign after the break...

The Uncertain Future of Seoul, Korea's "Dream Hub"

Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Block H; Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

According to Business Insider and a number of other real estate development outlets, the "Dream Hub" project in Seoul Korea that drew designs from internationally renowned architects including Daniel Libeskind -designer of the master plan - MVRDV, Dominique Perrault, BIG, REX, KPF and Tange Associates is on the verge of collapse.  The Yongsan Development Corporation reportedly defaulted on a major loan repayment, citing difficulties in raising funds due to the real estate slump since the 2008 global financial crisis.  The collapse of the project is still speculative, as it is unclear how the next round of loans that are to mature in June will fare.  

The $28 billion real estate "Dream Hub" project was to develop 56-acres in central Seoul into a modern business hub.  In its planning it included shopping malls, hotels, department store, apartment blocks, and mixed-use office towers.  Follow us after the break for a recap of the projects that were planned for this development.

AD Interviews: Alexander Mamut

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