ArchWeek Residential 2010.0701

Discuss all kinds of home design and building, residential remodeling, and related topics.

ArchWeek Residential 2010.0701

Postby Kevin » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:26 pm

Dear Designers, Builders, and Dwellers,

ArchWeek Residential brings you housing news and analysis weekly from the editors of ArchitectureWeek.

With the general provisioning of regular housing in the U.S. in such darned good shape these days, it might be nice (though admittedly, only in a twisted, ironic way) to know that the shape of disaster housing appears to be no better:

"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they became a symbol of the government's inept response to that disaster: the 120,000 or so trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to people who had lost their homes.

"The trailers were discovered to have such high levels of formaldehyde that the government banned them from ever being used for long-term housing again.

"Some of the trailers, though, are getting a second life amid the latest disaster here - as living quarters for workers involved with the cleanup of the oil spill.

"Ron Mason, owner of a disaster contracting firm, Alpha 1, said that in the past two weeks he had sold more than 20 of the trailers to cleanup workers and the companies that employ them in Venice and Grand Isle, La.

"Even though federal regulators have said the trailers are not to be used for housing because of formaldehyde's health risks, Mr. Mason said some of these workers had bought them so they could be together with their wives and children after work.

"'These are perfectly good trailers,' Mr. Mason said, adding that he has leased land in and around Venice for 40 more trailers that are being delivered from Texas in the coming weeks. 'Look, you know that new car smell? Well, that's formaldehyde, too. The stuff is in everything. It's not a big deal.'"

Banned Trailers Return for Latest Gulf Disaster - New York Times, 2010.0630
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/us/01trailers.html

Gee whiz.

How good an idea was it to sell off a bunch of unlivable housing trailers (back in 2006), with the requirement that they couldn't be used for housing?

Aren't they kind of big for hood ornaments?

How many times does this mistake have to be fixed? How about the economic benefits of getting 120,000 poisonous mobile dwellings off the market - permanently?! Maybe the GSA could apply for a stimulus grant.

To comment right here, click the "Reply" tab.


Residential Design and Building News
------------------------------------
U.S. Pending Home Sales Fell to a New Low in May - New York Times, 2010.0701
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/busin ... 2econ.html

NPR, HOAs, and Nonjudicial Foreclosures - Columbia Journlism Review, 2010.0701
http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/npr_hoas_a ... _forec.php

Governments Move to Cut Spending, in 1930s Echo - New York Times, 2010.0630
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/busin ... hardt.html

Nearly 1 in 3 First-Quarter Home Sales a Foreclosure - Reuters (NY), 2010.0630
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100630/us_ ... reclosures

Loan Giants Threaten Energy-Efficiency Programs - New York Times, 2010.0630
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/busin ... solar.html

Official: Highway Off-Ramp Built in Wrong Place - Tacoma News Tribune, 2010.0629
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/06/2 ... oorly.html

With Incomes Climbing, Consumer Spending Rose in May - New York Times, 2010.0629
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/busin ... 9econ.html

My Strange Takoma Home - Washington Post, 2010.0628
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02969.html

A 4300 SF House in the Suburbs Is Not a "Statement of Sustainability" - TreeHugger, 2010.0628
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/06 ... -green.php

Smaller and Better in Dubai - The National, 2010.0628
http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll ... 89954/1005

Virginia Tech's Home Wins Solar Decathlon Europe - USA Today, 2010.0628
http://content.usatoday.com/communities ... n-europe/1

Dwelle Dwelle.ings Tiny Prefab Homes - Tiny House Blog, 2010.0628
http://tinyhouseblog.com/timber-frame/d ... elle-ings/

Taking Flight: Loft-Like Solar-Heated Home in Falmouth, Maine - Boston Globe, 2010.0627
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magaz ... ng_flight/

Well-Aged: New Home Made from Old Materials - Boston Globe, 2010.0627
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magaz ... well_aged/

Livable Modern Art in Brentwood - Los Angeles Times, 2010.0627
http://www.latimes.com/business/realest ... 7008.story

Va. Tech Wins International Solar House Competition - U.S. DOE blog, 2010.0627
http://www.solardecathlon.gov/blog/arch ... ginia-tech

Made in the Shade: A Crisp Modern Home in Northampton - Boston Globe, 2010.0627
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magaz ... the_shade/

The Woodward's Project: 'Not My Reality' at the 42nd-Storey Rooftop Spa - National Post, 2010.0626
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/26 ... oftop-spa/

Flood Insurance Is Floating in Limbo - Houston Chronicle, 2010.0626
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/bus ... 81465.html

The View Is Worth Every Penny - Vancouver Sun, 2010.0626
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/vi ... story.html

Kenneth Harney: Foreclosure Alternative Gaining Favor - Washington Post, 2010.0626
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 00200.html

Pynn Pointers: Like a Song, Decor Needs Harmony and Repetition - National Post, 2010.0625
http://www.nationalpost.com/homes/Pynn+ ... story.html

KB Home Reports Second-Quarter Loss; Shares Fall - Los Angeles Times, 2010.0625
http://www.latimes.com/business/realest ... 3577.story

Smart House Can Predict Weather - Stuff.co.nz, 2010.0625
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3852275 ... ct-weather

Spending on Local Projects Plummets - USA Today, 2010.0625
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/201 ... tion_N.htm

How Important Is a Housing Recovery? - Forbes, 2010.0624
http://blogs.forbes.com/greatspeculatio ... n-housing/

Lawmakers Slam Top Mortgage Firms on Loan Mods - Reuters, 2010.0624
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2419665720100624

Blazing the Trail Toward a Greener England - New York Times, 2010.0624
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/busin ... ogbed.html

June Home-Building Report 'Encouraging' - Finance & Commerce, 2010.0624
http://www.finance-commerce.com/article ... ncouraging

Housing Market Threatens U.S. Recovery as Sales Slide - Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2010.0623
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-0 ... slide.html

Most Affordable Cities to Buy a Home - Forbes, 2010.0623
http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/23/most-a ... using.html

Listening - ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0623
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2010/06 ... e_1-1.html
Architecture firms commonly advertise on their websites that
they "listen." Similarly, the American Institute of Architects
(AIA) recommends that after clients have interviewed potential
architects and have chosen a leading candidate that, among other
items, the clients consider whether "the architect really
listened to what you were saying." The Royal Institute of
British Architects (RIBA) states that at the initial meeting,
after an architect has been chosen, "your architect will listen
carefully to your intentions..." The word listen is used
frequently enough to suggest its importance but it is also used
loosely.

Interest Rates Fall on Surprise Drop in Home Sales - Associated Press, 2010.0623
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/art ... wD9GGIPRO1

US New Home Sales Hit Record Low - BBC, 2010.0623
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10394548.stm

Architects' View: More Double-Dip Data - The Street, 2010.0623
http://www.thestreet.com/story/10790192 ... -data.html

Housing: How Bad Will It Get? - Wall Street Journal, 2010.0623
http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2010/ ... ll-it-get/

Ghana's Built Environment Stakeholders Speak on STX Deal - Peace FM, 2010.0623
http://business.peacefmonline.com/news/201006/50955.php
-- * --

Architects & Designers Building in New York City

The Architects & Designers Building, New York's ultimate
showroom resource, is the largest luxury kitchen & bath and home
building products center in the New York metropolitan area.
Start your search of thousands of products on our online product
locator:

http://www.archweek.com/ad.cgi?100623_adbuilding

-- * --
Subscribe to ArchitectureWeek and help support this newsletter:
* https://archweek.securesites.com/cgi-bi ... chweek.cgi
Renewals
* are free for unemployed building industry professionals
Gift subscriptions:
* https://archweek.securesites.com/cgi-bi ... k_gift.cgi
Student subscription discounts:
* https://archweek.securesites.com/cgi-bi ... tudent.cgi
-- * --

Product News - RFID Hotel Lock from SALTO Systems
http://www.archweek.com/2010/0623/products_update.html

====================================================================
Tools and Downloads
--------------------------------------------------------------------
Sponsor this ArchWeek special section and build your brand:
http://www.archweek.com/ad.cgi?010623_sponsor

CSI's GreenFormat: Structure for Environmental Product Evaluation
Green/ sustainable rating systems, emerging standards, and
building codes that incorporate environmental consideration in
product evaluation are driving the green building movement.
CSI's GreenFormat allows manufacturers to report the
sustainability-measuring properties of products, and provides
designers with information to meet green requirements. Download
a white paper on this free online resource:
http://www.archweek.com/ad.cgi?010623a_downloads.html

Vectorworks Architect 2010 - Making Change Easy
The flexibility of Vectorworks(R) Architect 2010 allows you to
make the move to BIM or gain advanced 2D and 3D design
capabilities without turning your firm upside down. Leverage the
design flow of your choice and take advantage of the increased
speed and improved design tools built on the Parasolid(R)
modeling core. Request a fully functioning 30-day evaluation:
http://www.archweek.com/ad.cgi?010623b_downloads.html

In Faulty-Computer Suit, Window to Dell Decline - New York Times, 2010.0629
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/techn ... 9dell.html

Create a Searchable Solution History - Cadalyst, 2010.0623
http://www.cadalyst.com/management/crea ... tory-13341

CAD Management as Overhead - Cadalyst, 2010.0623
http://www.cadalyst.com/management/cad- ... head-13340

Real-Time Mapping of the London Underground - New York Times, 2010.0621
http://nyti.ms/beJVPB
--------------------------------------------------------------------

ArchitectureWeek Book Center - 87 design and building-related categories!
Residential Design and Building Books
http://www.archweek.com/books/browse.php?category=24
Multifamily Housing Design and Construction Books
http://www.archweek.com/books/browse.php?category=25

-- * --
"Very detailed magazine." - KL, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Subscribe today - Save trees now! **
https://archweek.securesites.com/subscribe.html
-- * --

ArchitectureWeek Blog Center - industry-wide postings listed live, 24x7...
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/blogs/
ArchitectureWeek Jobs Board - save by using this free industry resource!
http://jobs.ArchitectureWeek.com/

This Week's Quiz -
What is the difference between an electrical emergency
system and a standby system?
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2010/0623/quiz.html

Architecture Answer - for last issue's quiz...
"Face," "end," and "toe" are three types of what? Hint:
this question relates to construction and has nothing to
do with the human body.
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2010/0623/answer.html

Classic Home 003 - Half-timbered house, by Glenn Phelps
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2010/06 ... _home.html

Current Events and Exhibits
http://calendar.ArchitectureWeek.com/events/
New Design Competitions
http://calendar.ArchitectureWeek.com/competitions/
Upcoming Conferences and Expos
http://calendar.ArchitectureWeek.com/conferences/

Residential Design and Building Forum
http://arch.designcommunity.com/forum-7.html
Architecture Discussion Forum
http://www.designcommunity.com/forums/forum-6.html

Contents, RSS, and Surface of the Week - Wood siding with a natural
finish and white-painted trim (WA-016)
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2010/0623/contents.html

Five years ago in ArchitectureWeek:
Bentley Boosts BIM, by ArchitectureWeek
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2005/06 ... s_1-1.html

Ten years ago in ArchitectureWeek:
A Modern House Steeped in Mexican Tradition
by Cathi and Steven House, House + House Architects
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2000/06 ... n_1-1.html

For any subscription-related questions, just drop us a line at
"subscriptions@architectureweek.com".

And as always, please talk back and discuss with us anytime, at
"editor@architectureweek.com"!

Best wishes,

Kevin Matthews
Editor in Chief
ArchitectureWeek


More updates on Facebook...
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Architect ... 4126834353
Twitter...
http://twitter.com/archweek
Reach 14,000 readers of this housing design and building newsletter
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/media_kit.html
Update your entry in the Archiplanet wiki with over 20,000 firms
http://www.archiplanet.org/wiki/Help:Getting_Started
Suggest a web site to be linked from our free Web Directory
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/links/
Subscribe and contribute to help support ArchitectureWeek on the Web
https://archweek.securesites.com/cgi-bi ... chweek.cgi
Speak to 100,000 in the ArchWeek Notes weekly newsletter
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/media_kit.html

Free Newsletters by ArchitectureWeek - subscribe today!
ArchWeek Notes - the latest of ArchitectureWeek, every week
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/subscribe.html
ArchWeek Green - sustainable design and building news
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/subscribe.html
ArchWeek Residential - housing news and analysis
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/subscribe.html

ArchWeek Residential newsletter archive
http://www.architectureweek.com/pipermail/tuesday/
+ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -+
Please add "editor@architectureweek.com" to your address book
to help ensure successful delivery of these newsletters.

To UNSUBSCRIBE, and also for self-service change of email address:
http://www.architectureweek.com/mailman ... fo/tuesday

** ArchitectureWeek is a green publication. By publishing
this professional design and building magazine online only,
we save about 48 tons of paper monthly, equivalent to about
50 large trees every week, or some 2500 trees saved per year,
compared to reaching a similar readership on paper - not
counting 125,000 weekly newsletters! Our offices are powered
by a green energy package, typically 98% wind, 2% solar,
through the electric utilities where our offices are located.

Reduce your carbon footprint: Read ArchitectureWeek online,
and drop that paper-based monthly subscription!

+ - - Copyright (c) 2010 Artifice, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. - - +
Share ArchWeek Residential with a friend!
User avatar
Kevin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 1885
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 6:59 pm
Location: Eugene, Oregon

Return to Residential Design and Building Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests

cron

User Control Panel

Login

Who is online

In this forum zone there are 5 users online :: 0 registered, 0 hidden and 5 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 593 on Sat May 26, 2018 5:18 pm

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests
DesignCommunity   ·   ArchitectureWeek   ·   Great Buildings   ·   Archiplanet   ·   Books   ·   Blogs   ·   Search
Special thanks to our sustaining subscribers Building Design UK, Building Design News UK, and Building Design Tenders UK.