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ArchWeek Residential 2010.0819

Postby Kevin » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:22 pm

Dear Designers, Builders, and Dwellers,

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

In Oakland, California, a new developer and city support help construction resume on a 256 unit residential project:

"The city's $5 million loan to Wood Partners [to help it take over the stalled City Walk condominium project, and resume construction], is part of Oakland's commitment to bring thousands of residents to downtown. Started 10 years ago by Jerry Brown, the mayor at the time, the 10K initiative had a goal of attracting 10,000 new residents to the area through the construction of at least 6,000 housing units.

"The program has exceeded its original goal in terms of construction. To date, about 4,200 condominiums and rental apartments have been completed, an additional 510 are under construction and permits have been granted for roughly 4,000 other units.

"The goal of the 10K program was to create a 24-hour downtown area, through the creation of new housing and commercial development, particularly restaurants and retailers, Mr. Lane said. The city assisted the initiative by assembling and selling city-owned sites to developers. ..."

In Oakland, a Second Chance for a White Elephant - New York Times, 2010.0817
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/18/reale ... kland.html

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Residential Design and Building News
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Mortgage Rates Hit Another Record Low - Reuters, 2010.0819
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67I2WD20100819

Your Open House Horror Stories - New York Times, 2010.0819
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/ ... r-stories/

Jobless Claims at 9-month High - Reuters, 2010.0819
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67I2A020100819

Housing Starts Rise 1.7 Percent In July - BuildingOnline, 2010.0819
http://www.buildingonline.com/news/view ... category=7

In Italy, a Factory Becomes an Eclectic Home - New York Times, 2010.0818
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/great ... ation.html

House Hunting in ... Barcelona - New York Times, 2010.0817
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/18/great ... nting.html

California Housing Industry's Economic Output Down 80% Since 2005 - Los Angeles Times, 2010.0817
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/17 ... g-20100817

NHC'S Low Cost Blocks to Cool Off Housing Market - Business Daily, 2010.0817
http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Comp ... 15ijaa2/-/

Home Builders Not Driving Economic Recovery - U.S. News & World Report, 2010.0817
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal- ... overy.html

With Jobs Coming to Michigan, Outlook Is Brighter for Home Sales - Detroit Free Press, 2010.0816
http://www.freep.com/article/20100816/B ... home-sales

The White House Is Still a Work in Progress - CBS, 2010.0816
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162- ... 03544.html

"Traditional" Design Meets Passive House Efficiency in Oregon - TreeHugger (Blog), 2010.0816
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/08 ... n=top_news

U.S. Homebuilder Confidence Unexpectedly Drops to Lowest Since March 2009 - Bloomberg, 2010.0816
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-1 ... -2009.html

July Housing Starts Seen Rising to 560,000 - Reuters, 2010.0816
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1618031420100816

Home Builder Mood Sours - ABC News, 2010.0816
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11409939

Cult of Less: Living Out of a Hard Drive - BBC, 2010.0816
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10928032

As Electronic Readers Gain Popularity, What Happens to the Personal Library? - Washington Post, 2010.0815
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 06624.html

Can David Cameron Match Harold Macmillan's Achievement in House-Building? - Guardian, 2010.0815
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/aug/1 ... ge-cameron

Air-Conditioners That Run When Nobody's Home - New York Times, 2010.0815
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/nyregion/16chill.html

Turning Fallen Trees into Household Treasures - San Francisco Chronicle, 2010.0815
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 1EQLNH.DTL

Fargo Home Reflects Couple's Modern-Industrial Aesthetic - INFORUM, 2010.0814
http://- abuse alert -.com/event/article/id/287832/

Meeting of the Minds Creates Uniquely Individual Homes - Calgary Herald, 2010.0814
http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainm ... story.html

Solutions to Dorm Crowding - New York Times, 2010.0813
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/reale ... 5wczo.html

The Mansion between the Overpasses - New York Times, 2010.0813
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/reale ... 5njzo.html

More Developers Are Building on 'Spec' - New York Times, 2010.0813
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/reale ... 5lizo.html

Asymmetrical and Green in Jersey City - Star-Ledger, 2010.0812
http://www.nj.com/homegarden/index.ssf/ ... y_sha.html

Visiting Fallingwater, America's Most Beautiful House - CNET News, 2010.0812
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20013402-52.html

Lodi Bunkhouse - ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0811
http://www.archweek.com/2010/0811/design_1-1.html
Situated on a vineyard in the flatlands of the Napa Valley, in
St. Helena, California, the Lodi Bunkhouse's narrow parcel
parallels the Napa River and abandoned Southern Pacific rail
line. The bunkhouse's planning, fenestration, and assembly
reverberate with the site's inherent orders of directionality
and scale.

A Home on a Slope, with Floors to Match - New York Times, 2010.0811
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/great ... ation.html

AIA Michigan Awards 2010 - ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0811
http://www.archweek.com/2010/0811/news_1-1.html
Bruce and Ilene Thal still occupy the 1984 home that Luckenbach/
Ziegelman Architects designed for them on a narrow urban corner
site in Birmingham, Michigan. The 3,500-square-foot
(325-square-meter) dwelling received AIA Michigan's 25-Year
Award. "A simply perfect telescopic plan," lauded the jury,
"unchanged in 25 years."

Michigan Tech Unveils New Residential Apartment Building - Michigan Tech News, 2010.0810
http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2010/au ... 30347.html

Jury Still Out on Big-House Bylaw's Reach - Boston Globe, 2010.0808
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/wellesle ... aws_reach/

Off Avenue D, the Flowerbox Is the Best Building You've Never Seen - NY Daily News, 2010.0806
http://www.nydailynews.com/real_estate/ ... _seen.html

Smart Money in Real Estate Is on Smart Growth - ABC News, 2010.0803
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11311919

House Prices Fall as Spending Cuts See Economy Stall - Guardian, 2010.0810
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010 ... ces-retail

Build It, They're Coming: Luxury Island Real Estate in Singapore - Forbes, 2010.0809
http://www.forbes.com/global/2010/0809/ ... ostemailed

Beazer Debt May Outperform as Maturities Scarce - Reuters, 2010.0809
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0952323520100809

French Suburban Hotbeds Need More Than New Houses - New York Times, 2010.0809
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/08/ ... lence.html

U.K. Housing Gauge Shows First Price Drop in a Year as Home Demand Weakens - Bloomberg, 2010.0809
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-0 ... akens.html

Update Your Living Spaces with Small Changes but Maximum Impact - Chicago Tribune, 2010.0809
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classifie ... 4012.story

Do You Have a Front Porch? - Huffington Post, 2010.0809
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-fra ... 73143.html

Plan to Offer Incentives for New Housing - Financial Times, 2010.0809
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c53ebeb0-a3da ... abdc0.html

Using an Architect Can Save Time, Money - Epoch Times, 2010.0808
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/40581/

Beach Huts: Cabin Fervour - Guardian, 2010.0807
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/a ... ut-anderby

Gigantic, Very Green and on Tap for Marin - New York Times, 2010.0807
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/reale ... cnews.html

L.A. Style in Esquimalt - Times Colonist, 2010.0807
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/victo ... story.html

Tough Times See Construction Shrink - Sydney Morning Herald, 2010.0806
http://www.smh.com.au/business/tough-ti ... 11lam.html

Foreclosure Buyer Gets Hudson Blue - Wall Street Journal, 2010.0805
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 48014.html

Interior Design: How a Fashion Lecturer Transformed a Nottingham Semi - Telegraph, 2010.0805
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/int ... -semi.html

Atelier Bow-Wow - Houses - ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0804
http://www.archweek.com/2010/0804/index.html
Step inside House & Atelier Bow-Wow and you will be amazed by
its lack of conventional, room-like spaces -- it is like
wandering into an optical illusion devised by M.C. Escher. Level
changes, bookshelves, and landings will fill your eyes. There
are floors, but these link up in complicated ways and are
connected by stairs of varying sizes. While this intricacy is at
first unsettling, after spending some time inside, the space
takes on a warm, relaxed and warm feel. The interior is indeed
unusual, but there is a palpable sense of totality within the
intricacy -- a totality that is comfortable to occupy.

Pending Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Decrease 2.6% - Bloomberg, 2010.0803
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-0 ... -june.html

In Japan, Living Large in Really Tiny Houses - NPR, 2010.0803
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... c=fb&cc=fp

Homebuilder D.R. Horton Has Third Straight Profit on Cost Cuts - Bloomberg, 2010.0803
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-0 ... costs.html

Living Small: Tiny House Takes Downsizing Trend to Extreme - Chicago Tribune, 2010.0802
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classifie ... 2382.story
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