Renzo Piano’s embattled “Paddington Pole” tower heads back to the drawing board

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Those who campaigned against Renzo Piano‘s cylindrical skyscraper in Paddington, London,  are celebrating a victory now that plans for the tower have been withdrawn from planning. The tower, dubbed the “Paddington Pole,” was set to top out 834 feet (72 floors) and rub shoulders with the Cheesegrater (The Leadenhall Building by Richard Rogers).

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The scaffolding comes off Carmel Place, New York’s first modular micro-apartment building

Architecture, Development, East, Interiors, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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(Courtesy Field Condition)

(Courtesy Field Condition)

The scaffolding just came off of Carmel Place, the 10-story, 55-unit micro-apartment building designed by Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS. The project, formerly known as My Micro NY, has diminutive units designed to serve the “small household population.”

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Woody and The Donald

East, Eavesdroplet, Urbanism
Friday, January 22, 2016
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(Courtesy Gawker)

(Courtesy Gawker)

Here is a story to file under the Republican presidential primary, celebrity, radical American politics, and affordable housing policies in New York City. The Conversation writer Will Kaufman reports that the “This Land is Your Land” folk singer Woody Guthrie lived in Federal Housing Authority–financed housing in Coney Island‘s Beach Haven. Those residences were constructed by non other than Fred Trump, Donald’s father.

The story continues…

Affordable housing tenants are renting out units on Airbnb. What’s wrong with that?

East, News
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Hunters Point South Commons)

(Courtesy Hunters Point South Commons)

On Tuesday, the LIC Post reported that some residents who received units through the affordable housing lottery in a (SHoP-designed) Hunters Point South high-rise are renting out their units on Airbnb. Market rate tenants expressed righteous indignation, and poor-shamed their neighbors for “gaming the system.” In New York City, renting out your rented place on Airbnb is illegal, but is it really wrong? Read More

Ahead of the Tiny Homes Summit, AIA Chicago competition takes a big look at tiny houses

Midwest, Urbanism
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Four vacant lots in Chicago's South Side Bronzeville Neighborhood will be the site of AIA Chicago's tiny Homes Competition.

Four vacant lots in Chicago’s South Side Bronzeville Neighborhood will be the site of AIA Chicago’s tiny Homes Competition.

As part of this upcoming April Tiny Homes Summit at the University of Illinois Chicago, the AIA has launched the Tiny Homes Competition. Organized by AIA Chicago, in partnership with Landon Bone Baker Architects, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times, and a long list of additional local and national advocacy groups, the competition seeks new modular alternatives to affordable and subsidized housing.

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On View> SURPLUS! explores Cairo’s housing crisis through the lens of photography

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Cairo’s Townhouse gallery is hosting an exploration of Egypt’s housing crisis through the lens of 18 photographs by Anthony Hamboussi. The views encapsulate urban and architectural vistas that tell the story of “housing real estate in all sectors of the economy, formal and informal, from high-end developments to state-built “affordable” housing and piecemeal private investments.”

But act fact, SURPLUS! Housing from the Periphery closes on November 4.

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Renzo Piano designs a tree-topped, cylindrical skyscraper for Paddington in London’s West End

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Renzo Piano aims to punctuate London‘s skyline once again. The architect behind the Shard has now designed a cylinder of glass adjacent to Paddington Station. Contrasting his Southwark skyscraper, Piano has proposed a seemingly crystalline, uneven facade wrapping the cylinder that looks to reflect its surroundings with ripple-like qualities.
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On November 10, the Institute for Public Architecture celebrates architecture and affordable housing in New York City

East, On View
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Today it seems that every civic and philanthropic organization in New York City is promoting and sponsoring events on affordable housing. But one organization, the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), has been there since the beginning of the current debate on affordability and architect-designed housing.

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Wednesday> AIANY’s Global Dialogues tackles New York City’s affordable housing problem

Development, East
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Housing shortages are not just an issue in New York City or even America’s hyper-developed urban centers. It’s an issue in every large city in the world.

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Highly anticipated rezoning for East New York to be revealed next week

Development, East, News, Urbanism
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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Proposed rezoning under the East New York Community Plan (Courtesy NYC Planning)

Proposed rezoning under the East New York Community Plan (Courtesy NYC Planning)

There are big changes planned for Brooklyn’s East New York. On Monday, September 21st, the Department of City Planning will unveil the full East New York Community Plan. The plan is part of Housing New York, Mayor de Blasio’s ten year plan to stabilize existing affordable housing supply and build 80,000 new units.  Read More

Jersey City implementing pioneering 2013 Housing Plan to spur affordability, dense development

Rendering of proposed market rate and affordable housing complex (Courtesy Jersey City Mayor's Office)

Rendering of proposed market rate and affordable housing complex (Courtesy Jersey City Mayor’s Office)

In 2016, Jersey City’s population is set to exceed Newark’s. With an influx of newcomers, city officials have pioneered a tax incentive plan that encourages new development while actively combating segregation by income. While these goals usually conflict, officials are confident that the program, Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), will meet the needs of all stakeholders.

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Developers, builders sue city of Chicago over new affordable housing fees

Development, Midwest, News
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Marshall Field Garden Apartments, a major affordable housing rehab project currently underway in Chicago. (Related Midwest)

A rendering of Marshall Field Garden Apartments, a major affordable housing rehab project currently underway in Chicago. (Related Midwest)

Home builders and developers in Chicago have sued the city to block a tightening of its affordable housing laws, which were recently revamped to encourage more private development of units accessible to low-income residents. Read More

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