New York City Mayor De Blasio and Cardinal Dolan working on plan for affordable housing on church properties

Development, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had some face-to-face time with Cardinal Timothy Dolan this week, and among the topics the duo discussed was affordable housing. In a city of nosebleed-inducing housing prices, Dolan said creating and maintaining affordable housing was “God’s work,” according to AM New York.

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Heroic Food Farms in rural New York teams up with Ennead to provide micro-housing, mentorship, and jobs to displaced veterans

Architecture, East, Unveiled
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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(Courtesy Ennead Architects)

(Courtesy Ennead Architects)

Shaken by war and existentially disoriented, most veterans struggle to reintegrate and find work. A nonprofit food farm on the outskirts of New York City is being eyeballed as a possible housing and training solution for displaced veterans. The masterplan by Ennead Architects and RAFT Landscape Architecture includes eight micro-housing units for individuals or couples.

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Architect proposes to urbanize the forest with these car-free, zero-waste houses disguised as trees

(Courtesy The OAS1S Foundation)

(Courtesy The OAS1S Foundation)

One Dutch architect has re-envisioned suburbia and city centers as car-free urban forests in which dwellings are disguised as trees. Raimond de Hullu’s new home designs, known as OAS1S, feature tall, slim, detached townhouses shaped like the numeral “1” as symbols of the “deep human need to become one with nature.”

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End of the single family house? An upzoned Seattle promises more affordable housing

Photo by Seth Sawyers via Flickr Creative Commons.

(Seth Sawyers via Flickr Creative Commons)

Seattle is abuzz about zoning. Last week, The Seattle Times leaked a draft report produced by Mayor Ed Murray’s housing task force, a 28-member committee steering the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).

While the report outlines a variety of strategies to increase affordable housing in the Seattle region, one bold recommendation is getting a lot of attention: the upzoning of single family housing in Seattle to multi-family housing. Read More

New York City wants someone to turn a notorious detention center into a dynamic live/work community

Spofford Juvenile Detention Center. (Courtesy NYCEDC)

Spofford Juvenile Detention Center. (Courtesy NYCEDC)

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is looking for developers eager to turn an abandoned juvenile detention center in the Bronx into the city’s “next creative live/work community.”

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HUD Secretary Julian Castro touts new planning rules for affordable housing

Development, National, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Today local officials cut the ribbon on phase two of the Park Boulevard housing development, adding 128 units to the mixed-income community in Bronzeville. (Kathryn Quinn Architects)

Today local officials cut the ribbon on phase two of the Park Boulevard housing development, adding 128 units to the mixed-income community in Bronzeville. (Kathryn Quinn Architects)

U.S. Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro visited Chicago today to announce a clarification to the 1968 Fair Housing Act that officials say will improve access to affordable housing in cities across the country.

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Philadelphia Housing Authority’s biggest urban renewal project ever advances

Development, East, Urbanism
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Sharswood. (Courtesy PHA)

Sharswood. (Courtesy PHA)

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) plans to undertake its most ambitious urban renewal project to date. Through eminent domain, the agency would seize about 1,300 properties and entirely remake the Sharswood neighborhood which has been plagued with vacancy, blight, crime, and poverty.

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Bernheimer and Dattner start work on BAM building as construction in Brooklyn’s art district kicks up a notch

(Courtesy Dattner Architects & Bernheimer Architecture)

(Courtesy Dattner Architects & Bernheimer Architecture)

As Downtown Brooklyn‘s skyline grows taller, denser, and a bit more interesting, construction is whirring along in the BAM Cultural District just across Flatbush Avenue. The latest project to break ground within the area is bringing the borough new cultural institutions, affordable housing, and well, architecture.

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Minneapolis takes a cue from the Netherlands with city’s first woonerf shared street

A woonerf street in Jimbocho, Tokyo. (Rob Ketcherside via Flickr)

A woonerf street in Jimbocho, Tokyo. (Rob Ketcherside via Flickr)

A residential development in downtown Minneapolis is set to give the city its first woonerf, a road type developed in the Netherlands that integrates vehicle traffic and parking with pedestrians, bicyclists and public amenities. Read More

How New York City plans to make affordable housing taller and more architecturally interesting

(Flickr / Anthony Quintano)

(Flickr / Anthony Quintano)

Last year, at an event inside David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill affordable housing development in Manhattan, AN asked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio how architecture and design factored into his overall housing plan. The mayor—who doesn’t elevate public design the way Michael Bloomberg did—said he wants to see new affordable housing buildings that are both “beautiful” and “contextually appropriate.” But, he added, design is about more than aesthetics, it is a tool to be wielded to create dynamic, mixed-use properties. “I think the design question really is about, to me, the functionality—meaning, what we can achieve in a site,” said the mayor.

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Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards honor affordable housing, preservation

The Chicago Community Trust honored successful efforts by community members to name the city's historic Pullman neighborhood a national monument.

The Chicago Community Trust honored successful efforts by community members to name the city’s historic Pullman neighborhood a national monument.

Preservation projects took home top honors during the architectural portion of this year’s Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), exemplifying humanistic design in the too-often overlooked arenas of affordable housing and community development.

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Watchdog InsideAirbnb challenges claims made by the popular apartment-sharing site

Development, East
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Airbnb listings in New York City. (Courtesy Inside Airbnb)

Airbnb listings in New York City. (Courtesy Inside Airbnb)

Airbnb, the hugely popular apartment rental site, has managed to amass a broad coalition of detractors in New York including developers, the State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the New York City Council, and affordable housing advocates. The main line of attack being levied against Airbnb is that it is making New York City’s affordability crisis even worse.

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