Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL Wins 2016 Pritzker Prize

Architecture, Awards, International, Newsletter
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL is having a banner year. The Chilean architect—and director of the upcoming 2016 Venice Biennale—has been named the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is best known for his socially-minded approach to architecture—namely housing and disaster relief. Aravena has a number of completed projects that range from “chairs” for sitting on the ground (commissioned by Vitra) to a master plan for Santiago, Chile in the aftermath of a 2010 magnitude 8.8 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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SPARK’s “Home Farm” Typology Addresses Food Security and a Rapidly Aging Population in Singapore

Architecture, International
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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(Courtesy SPARK)

(Courtesy SPARK)

SPARK’s recent conceptual project in Singapore is a bold interpretation of the city-state’s vision to be a “city in a garden.” Aptly called “Home Farm,” the project addresses Singapore’s rapidly aging population, proposing a combination of high-density senior housing and vertical urban farming.

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The RE:BUILD Project offers shelter and education to displaced Syrian refugees

Architecture, International
Friday, October 23, 2015
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RE:BUILD School in Queen Rania Park (Courtesy Pouya Khazaeli)

(Courtesy Pouya Khazaeli)

The civil war in Syria has created millions of refugees forced to flee hostilities for safer ground. Those numbers include, according to the United Nations‘ refugee agency and Save the Children, more than 1.3 million children under the age of 18. To help house those staggering populations, nonprofit Pilosio Building Peace has teamed up with architects Pouya Khazaeli and Cameron Sinclair to build economical architecture designed to house refugees who have been uprooted by war.

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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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shelter-on-housing

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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House Housing: An untimely history of architecture and real estate in 23 episodes

House Housing at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Srdjan Jovanivich Weiss)

House Housing at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Reinhold Martin)

After a marathon session of presentations of all architects/artists in the biennial Thursday afternoon was marked by a preview of the complex, yet succinct exhibit House Housing capturing the history of inequality of designed inhabitation. Staged as an open house in one of last remaining buildings of one of the first federally-funded housing complex in Chicago, the exhibition is a walk-through into the part of the future home of the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM).

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Seeking Refuge: Thinking differently about architectural solutions to the European refugee crisis

Architecture, International
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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While project "Fill the Gap" is currently just a proposal, the students of Hannover's Leibniz University will be converting the roof of their building into a roof garden.

While project “Fill the Gap” is currently just a proposal, the students of Hannover’s Leibniz University will be converting the roof of their building into a roof garden. (Courtesy Deutsche Welle)

In a recently published article by NextCity, German students at Leibnitz University in Hannover have taken a different approach to the standard shantytown-tent communities often considered for refugee accommodation. Instead, they are proposing long-term solutions.

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Are floating houses the answer to London’s housing crisis? 100 ideas for affordable housing to be showcased

Architecture, Awards, International
Monday, September 28, 2015
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Buoyant Starts Floating Homes (Courtesy Baca Architects via NLA)

Buoyant Starts Floating Homes (Courtesy Baca Architects via NLA)

Affordable housing is a hot-topic in Europe and across the world right now. To look for solutions, New London Architecture (NLA) launched a competition prompting architects, planners and citizens to submit ideas for the current housing crisis in London—and the entries are in.

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The New & Old in New Orleans: Ten years after Katrina, architects still figuring out how to rebuild housing in the city

Architecture, Development, Southwest, Urbanism
Thursday, September 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Make It Right Foundation)

(Courtesy Make It Right Foundation)

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region, inundating New Orleans with contaminated floodwaters, the city is in some ways still getting back on its feet. After much dispute on how to recover the city, architects and developers are looking to new construction and existing building stock for solutions.

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Pittsburgh Penguins hire Bjarke Ingels for new residential housing development

Architecture, Development, East, News
Monday, August 31, 2015
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(Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

(Civic Arena, the Penguins home from 1967-2010. Image Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins, via their residential developer are set for, in the words of Bjarke Ingels, a “promiscuous hybrid” form of residential housing aimed at bridging the Uptown and Downtown areas of Hill District. The development will occupy a 28-acre plot of land around the former home of the Penguins the Civic Arena.

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Growing Tall and Going Big: San Francisco studied density bonuses to generate affordable housing

Development, West
Monday, August 31, 2015
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San Francisco (gags9999)

San Francisco (gags9999/Flickr)

This Fall, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal made by the city’s Planning Department concerning the possibility of “relaxing” height and density limits for many of San Francisco’s western neighborhoods. If enacted, the program expects to transform some of San Francisco’s uninhabited residences and unused space into affordable housing units for newcomers.

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Gimme Shelter: Inaugural A+D Museum exhibition promises to rethink Los Angeles housing

Pool House from Five Normal Houses: the LA River Story (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

Pool House from Five Normal Houses: the LA River Story (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

Opening August 20, Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles, the inaugural exhibition at the A+D Museum‘s new Arts District space presents works by architects and designers that challenge and improve upon L.A. housing typologies.

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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

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