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JDSA Wins Competition to Design New Fluted Tower in France

05:00 - 10 July, 2019
 Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects
Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects

JDS Architects have won the competition to design a new residential tower and mixed-use development in France. Located in Rennes, the project will include new buildings on the Blériot-Féval site to generate an inclusive neighborhood within the Eurorennes development. As the master plan's geographic centerpiece, the new Féval Tower will offer 188 new apartments to the city.

 Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects  Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects  Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects  Féval Tower. Image Courtesy of JDS Architects + 14

Woods Bagot Masterplan "The Next Generation of Mixed-Use Development" in Perth

16:00 - 8 April, 2018
Woods Bagot Masterplan "The Next Generation of Mixed-Use Development" in Perth, © Tom Nattrass
© Tom Nattrass

International design studio Woods Bagot has generated a masterplan for what they are calling, “the next generation of mixed-use developments for Perth.” The 17,469-square-meter island development, named Applecross Central, boasts three sides of storefront in the heart of the Canning Bridge Precinct, overlooking the Swan and Canning Rivers.

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 <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
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.