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"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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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

Why Designing a Person's Home is the Most Challenging, Thrilling Task an Architect Can Face

09:30 - 3 April, 2018
Why Designing a Person's Home is the Most Challenging, Thrilling Task an Architect Can Face, <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/874409/caring-wood-macdonald-wright-architects'>Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell</a>. Image © James Morris
Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "Why Homes Are the Original Architecture."

Homes may be the most powerful projection of architectural value. Because shelter is essential for all of us, the home is architecture’s universal function. We’re all experts on what our own home must be, to us.

But architects often have a different view of home. Twenty years ago—during the recession before the last recession—I remember hearing an architect declare that he could earn a living designing houses until “real work came along.” Another architectural meme is the classic first job: designing a house for your parents.

Sharing Your Home with Strangers: What Does the Future Hold for the Co-Living Craze?

09:30 - 27 March, 2018
Sharing Your Home with Strangers: What Does the Future Hold for the Co-Living Craze?  , © Danist Sey Peng
© Danist Sey Peng

What if your apartment was more than just a place to live? What if it was a catalyst for social interactions? Or what if it removed the everyday tedious tasks of cleaning, paying bills, and buying furnishings? Co-living, a modern form of housing where residents share living spaces, is aiming to do just that.

Co-living is growing in popularity in major cities such as London and New York, where increasing housing prices are forcing residents to look at new and adaptive ways to rent in the city. When we discussed the ambitions and inspirations behind the co-living movement in 2016, it was still a concept that was in its relatively experimental stages. Today, co-living is more focused in its mission, and has found success by pushing people together through a collection of common themes: a yearning for social connection, participation in an increasingly shared economy, and the affordability of a convenient housing solution.

Architects Propose 120 Incremental Social Houses for Iquitos, Peru

06:00 - 23 March, 2018

Building and growing are two actions that should be considered more often than not at the same time. This is how the 2017 "Build to Grow" social housing competition, looked to establish bases that sustain a flexible way of living. The event took place in the Belén district in the city of Iquitos, on 3.7 hectares plot of land. The project that received first place proposed to locate 120 incremental homes, that alternatively allowed users to modify and expand it according to their needs and economic means. In short, a home with a solid nucleus formed by a structure that supports changing activities.

MAS in Collective Housing is Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary

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The MAS in Collective Housing is celebrating its 10th anniversary and we want to share our happiness for that achievement. After having here 256 alumni from 38 different countries, and 70 international workshops, we are convinced that we are doing right. The application period for the 2019 edition is already opened.

The Future of Housing: Drones, Automation and Co-Habitation

08:00 - 28 February, 2018
The Future of Housing: Drones, Automation and Co-Habitation, via Humphreys & Partners Architects
via Humphreys & Partners Architects

Humphreys and Partners, a Dallas-based architecture firm, presented a vision of future residential living at the 2018 International Builders’ Show earlier this year. Tackling current issues of affordable housingsustainable design and how technology is changing the way we live, their futuristic vision Pier 2: Apartment of the Future consists of two soaring skyscrapers on the Manhattan waterfront. 

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The State of California is (Finally) Forcing Through Affordable Housing Laws, Overruling Municipal NIMBYism

09:30 - 11 February, 2018
The State of California is (Finally) Forcing Through Affordable Housing Laws, Overruling Municipal NIMBYism, © Kimson Doan
© Kimson Doan

This article was originally published by The Architect's Newspaper as "A wave of affordable and market-rate housing could soon wash ashore in California."

In recent months, legislators in California have begun a concerted effort to use state law to address the state’s ongoing housing crisis. The moves come amid worsening regional inequality that has pushed housing affordability outside the reach of many populations. Facing mounting pressure from a growing cohort of pro-housing YIMBY activists and increasingly grim economic and social impacts—including a sharp increase in the number of rent-burdened households and the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness—state-level legislators have begun to take action where municipal leaders have thus far stopped short.

20 Finalists Announced in International Housing Competition for Russia

12:00 - 10 February, 2018
20 Finalists Announced in International Housing Competition for Russia, Boustany / Suphasidh / Desfonds + A2OM. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB
Boustany / Suphasidh / Desfonds + A2OM. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB

20 finalists have been announced for the Open International Competition for Standard Housing in Russia. With the plan to provide 30 million Russian residents with new homes by 2025, the competition aims to discover new innovative solutions to improve residential design and planning for the new developments. The competition was organized by the Government of Russian Federation, the National Institute for Housing Development Foundation, and the Russian Ministry of Construction working together to create a new standard for affordable housing.  

PPA Arquitetura Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB LLC Escher Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB DNK Architectural group Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB DA Project Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB + 40