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Call for Entries: Affordable Housing Competition in Lesotho

08:46 - 10 September, 2018
Call for Entries: Affordable Housing Competition in Lesotho, rise in the city 2018: Pushing the boundaries of design
rise in the city 2018: Pushing the boundaries of design

rise in the city is a unique international architecture competition for students and recent graduates worldwide. The challenge is to design affordable and sustainable housing solutions for Africa’s growing population. We invite all innovative problem solvers in the built environment to design a low-income housing prototype in an effort to curb Lesotho’s housing problem in an environment challenged by increased urban migration, climate change, and scarcity of resources.

Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis

16:00 - 6 September, 2018
Grimshaw Creates Tiny House Prototype to Address Australia's Housing Crisis, The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects have created a prefabricated tiny house to address Australia's housing crisis. Made to raise money for the not-for-profit organization Kids Under Cover and support homeless youth, The Peak project provides an affordable option for young people priced out of the housing market in Australia's cities. Designed to go completely off grid or integrate with city infrastructure mains, the project was formed around IKEA furniture within a double-height volume. All profits from The Peak support Kids Under Cover in Melbourne and the state of Victoria.

The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects The Peak. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects + 6

Renovation in Zayuan / FESCH Beijing

19:00 - 22 August, 2018
Renovation in Zayuan / FESCH Beijing, © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song
© Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song

© Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Misae Hiromatsu, Beijing Ruijing Photo: Yuming Song © Daisuke Matsumoto + 13

Capella Jianyeli / Kokaistudios

00:00 - 16 August, 2018
© Seth Powers
© Seth Powers

© Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    China
  • Lead Architects

    Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
  • Architecture Design Director

    Wei Li
  • Design Team

    Pietro Peyron, Sherry G, Qing Song, Feng Yu, Weiyi Fang, Kun Cheng
  • Area

    8000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

100 Years of Mass Housing in Russia

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100 Years of Mass Housing in Russia, Gorky street (Tverskaya st.), Moscow, 1978. Image Courtesy of Vasily Egorov, TASS
Gorky street (Tverskaya st.), Moscow, 1978. Image Courtesy of Vasily Egorov, TASS

Russia’s history of mass housing development can be divided into several distinct periods, each manifested by its own specific type of residential building. These houses reveal what lifestyle, comfort level, construction cost and distinctive traits were considered preferable in any given decade. Every new stage saw its own experiments and had its achievements, which together can be regarded as a line of lessons, discoveries, and experiences, helping to understand a specific character of Russian standard housing.

Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects

12:00 - 22 July, 2018
Hybrid Homes: Living and Working Collide in These 26 Projects, Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office
Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office

© Tsukui Teruaki © Toshiyuki Yano © Vincent Hecht © Charles Davis Smith + 27

Normally, houses are divided into common areas, rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, sometimes the client demands to add other programs related to their work or hobbies, making efficient design and daily spatial distribution more complex. As architects, we are faced with an interesting challenge: to merge the private life of its inhabitants with more public and open programs, generating exciting mixed-use spaces.

If you are interested in designing hybrid homes, we have selected 26 houses with additions including shops, soccer fields, barns, greenhouses, and even skateparks.

MAD's First US Project 'Gardenhouse' Tops Out in Beverly Hills

16:30 - 3 July, 2018
Bird view. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects
Bird view. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects’ first project in the U.S., an 18-unit residential complex, has topped out in Beverly Hills. The project named ‘Gardenhouse’, is founded upon the idea of coalescing nature and the built environment in a dense urban center, providing residents an experience similar to that of living in a “hilltop village”. Once fully completed, Gardenhouse will feature a terraced arrangement of urban villas atop a plant-covered podium.

Rendering. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Rendering. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Bird view. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Interior. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects + 9

"Together and Apart": The Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 15 June, 2018
"Together and Apart": The Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Latvian Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design.

Black walls and an exposed concrete floor create a mysterious and eerie backdrop for Together and Apart: 100 Years of Living—the Latvian Pavilion curated by urbanist Evelīna Ozola, architect Matīss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skrējānem and director Gundega Laiviņa.

© Francesco Galli © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Francesco Galli + 9

Nature Lovers Can Live Off-The-Grid With This Portable, Self-Powered Pod

06:00 - 15 June, 2018
Nature Lovers Can Live Off-The-Grid With This Portable, Self-Powered Pod, Courtesy of IO House
Courtesy of IO House

The uncontrollable roar of construction sites, the chaotic city streets, the monotony of spending more than 8 hours a day in a cubicle… All these daily grinds can take a toll on the human body and mind. Retreating into nature sounds liberating, however, our dependence on technology makes living off-the-grid almost impossible. Well, what if you could keep your modern lifestyle and sleep in a house hidden in the forest?

IO Houses created The SPACE, a versatile and innovative housing project for people who love nature and want to preserve it, just as much as they love contemporary, luxurious living.

Courtesy of IO House Courtesy of IO House Courtesy of IO House Courtesy of IO House + 7

Habitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie Architects

22:00 - 14 June, 2018
Habitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie Architects, Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects
Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects

Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jin Meng Hai Wan, Qinhuangdao, China
  • Local Design Institute

    China Shanghai Architectural Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd.
  • Client

    Kerry Properties Limited
  • Area

    4800000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017

Yangcheng Lake Villas / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

22:00 - 4 June, 2018
© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute + 19

Affordable Housing Design Challenge

18:00 - 29 May, 2018
Affordable Housing Design Challenge, Affordable Housing Design Challenge
Affordable Housing Design Challenge

Building Trust International have just announced their 8th design competition which is in association with the United Nations Development Programme and the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone. The competition entitled 'Affordable Housing Design Challenge' challenges architects, designers and engineers to submit an innovative design proposal for new affordable housing for low income workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. These new units should be well-designed, sustainable and most importantly improve the quality of life of the intended residents and the surrounding community. More than just housing, this new project should build a future for workers and their families in Cambodia.

Pakistan to Feature For the First Time Ever at 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 14 May, 2018
Pakistan to Feature For the First Time Ever at 2018 Venice Biennale, City of Karachi. Image © Sakina Hassan
City of Karachi. Image © Sakina Hassan

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Pakistan Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

Keeping the subject of FREESPACE in perspective, the Pakistan Pavilion takes inspiration from the physical and social dimensions of the sparsely open spaces embedded within the many informal settlements of Karachi, the most populated and fastest growing city of Pakistan.

Over 700 Experts and Active Citizens to Discuss Modern Housing Trends and Challenges in Kaliningrad

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Over 700 Experts and Active Citizens to Discuss Modern Housing Trends and Challenges in Kaliningrad

On May 18-19, the city of Kaliningrad, capital of the westernmost part of Russia, will host the Living Environment: All About Housing Forum. The Forum includes a business program and the Urban Weekend outdoor public festival.

Besides sessions and roundtables, the ambitious program of the event includes the shortlist presentation of the projects submitted for the Open International Competition of Architectural Concepts for Standard Housing and Residential Buildings. Architects and bureaus from 39 countries took part in this prestigious competition with their projects of innovative residential housing for future generations of Russians. The competition announces a remarkable prize fund: 20 finalists will receive 1 million roubles (about € 13 300) each, up to five winning projects will be awarded 2 million roubles (about € 26 600) each, and up to five runners-up will receive 1.5 million roubles (about € 19 900) each.

What Makes a City Livable to You?

09:30 - 28 April, 2018
© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/132839384@N08/17241901246'>Flickr user Hafitz Maulana</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageA music festival in Singapore
© Flickr user Hafitz Maulana licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageA music festival in Singapore

Mercer released their annual list of the Most Livable Cities in the World last month. The list ranks 231 cities based on factors such as crime rates, sanitation, education and health standards, with Vienna at #1 and Baghdad at #231. There’s always some furor over the results, as there ought to be when a city we love does not make the top 20, or when we see a city rank highly but remember that one time we visited and couldn’t wait to leave.

To be clear, Mercer is a global HR consultancy, and their rankings are meant to serve the multinational corporations that are their clients. The list helps with relocation packages and remuneration for their employees. But a company’s first choice on where to send their workers is not always the same place you’d choose to send yourself to.

And these rankings, calculated as they are, also vary depending on who’s calculating. Monocle publishes their own list, as does The Economist, so the editors at ArchDaily decided to throw our hat in as well. Here we discuss what we think makes cities livable, and what we’d hope to see more of in the future.

Dear Internet: Stop Placing Blame for Gentrification on an Architectural Style

09:30 - 26 April, 2018
Dear Internet: Stop Placing Blame for Gentrification on an Architectural Style, The AVA Ballard, market rate apartments in Seattle, Washington. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seattle_-_AVA_(building)_05.jpg'>Wikimedia user Joe Mabel</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
The AVA Ballard, market rate apartments in Seattle, Washington. Image © Wikimedia user Joe Mabel licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "Architecture, Aesthetic Moralism, and the Crisis of Urban Housing."

It may shock some people to hear this, but architecture is not urban planning. It is not transportation planning, sociology, political science, or critical geography. However, architecture, new-build apartment architecture specifically, has become a social media scapegoat for today’s urban housing crisis: escalating developer-driven gentrification.

Out of my own curiosity, I searched several academic databases for research that successfully correlates the architectural aesthetic of new build apartments with gentrification. While many writers and denizens of social media really want to blame today’s bland, boxy, cladding-driven style of multifamily urban housing for gentrification, I’m afraid the research isn’t there. In fact, one study featured in a paper on neighborhood early warning systems for gentrification cites historic architecture as one of five predictors of gentrification in the DC area.

Co-Living, Custom-Order Homes, and Creative Economies: Is This the Future of High-Density Housing?

09:30 - 24 April, 2018
Co-Living, Custom-Order Homes, and Creative Economies: Is This the Future of High-Density Housing?, Architecture students use space-age materials and radical designs to imagine tomorrow’s urban housing centers. Image Courtesy of Design Research Laboratory
Architecture students use space-age materials and radical designs to imagine tomorrow’s urban housing centers. Image Courtesy of Design Research Laboratory

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Customizable Communities Could Be the Key to the Future of Urban Housing."

London has a fascinating history of urbanization that stretches back to Roman settlement in 43 AD. During the Industrial Revolution and Victorian Era, the city’s population peaked, as did its problems related to population density. The air was filled with soot and smoke, crowded slums were the norm in the inner city, and cholera and other epidemics spread quickly due to inadequate sanitation.

These conditions gave rise to modern urban planning and public-health policy, which now must define what “good density” might look like in the future of urban housing. The UN predicts that by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas, up from 54 percent today.

Beauty or Tragedy? Aerial Imagery of Spain’s Abandoned Housing Estates Wins DJI Drone Photography Award

12:00 - 5 April, 2018
Beauty or Tragedy? Aerial Imagery of Spain’s Abandoned Housing Estates Wins DJI Drone Photography Award, "Sand Castles (part II)" by Markel Redondo. Image Courtesy of Markel Redondo
"Sand Castles (part II)" by Markel Redondo. Image Courtesy of Markel Redondo

The winners of the DJI Drone Photography Award have been announced, a competition calling for ideas to make creative use of drone photography, and to explore subject matters impossible to experience on foot. This year, the two winning projects consisted of a new perspective on Spain’s 3.4 million abandoned houses, and the documentation of salt production across Europe.

"Sand Castles (part II)" by Markel Redondo. Image Courtesy of Markel Redondo "Sand Castles (part II)" by Markel Redondo. Image Courtesy of Markel Redondo "Sand Castles (part II)" by Markel Redondo. Image Courtesy of Markel Redondo "Sand Castles (part II)" by Markel Redondo. Image Courtesy of Markel Redondo + 12