Kanye West begins Yeezy Home architecture venture with social-housing project

Kanye West’s first foray into architecture is expected to be a prefabricated concrete affordable-housing project, which has emerged a month after he announced a new arm of his Yeezy fashion label. A rendering of the social-housing project appeared on Instagram yesterday, 3 June 2018, giving rise to suggestions that it will be the initial project from Yeezy

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Studio Libeskind designs angular housing for over 60s in Brooklyn

Daniel Libeskind’s architecture firm has revealed it design for a faceted affordable housing block for seniors in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighbourhood. Studio Libeskind has released three renderings of the 10-storey apartment block, which will be built on a plot in the Sumner Houses estate in Bedford-Stuyvesant – often shortened to Bed-Stuy. Although the firm designed the masterplan for the

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New photos explore Álvaro Siza’s 1970s social-housing project SAAL Bouça

A social housing complex designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza in the 1970s is captured in this new photography series by Zeynep Yılmaztürk​. Yılmaztürk, a photographer based in Istanbul, took the photos of SAAL Bouça in Porto, a housing scheme designed by the Pritzker Prize winner when he worked for Portugal’s national housing association, but which

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London mayor releases estate regeneration guide to protect social housing

London mayor Sadiq Khan has developed a good practice guide for estate regeneration in the capital, aiming to give residents greater say in their homes and ensure social housing is ring-fenced during redevelopment. The Better Homes for Local People guide is the first estate regeneration advice to be released by City Hall. It proposes requiring a resident

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Bamboo social housing in rural Mexico can be built by residents in a week

Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura has completed a prototype for social housing in a mountain town, using a prefabricated bamboo frame that residents can use to replicate the structure in just seven days. Comunal Taller de Arquitectura, which translates to Communal Architecture Workshop, completed the residence in Cuetzalan del Progreso – a town

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Stefano Boeri designs first tree-covered social-housing project

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is bringing his vertical forest model to a social-housing project in Eindhoven, to show how green homes can be provided at affordable rents. Trudo Vertical Forest is a proposal for a 19-storey building boasting the same tree-covered balconies as the celebrated Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, completed by Stefano Boeri Architetti back in 2014, and

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High-rise buildings should only be used to house the very rich, says Neave Brown

Tower blocks like Grenfell should never have been built, according to 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown, who believes high-rise housing ostracises council tenants and should instead be reserved for the most wealthy in society. “Almost all those point blocks and slab blocks should never have been built because they ostracise the underprivileged into special

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Odile Guzy Architectes covers social housing scheme with wooden slats and diamond patterned roofs

French firm Odile Guzy Architectes has completed a social housing project in the city of Chalon-sur-Saône, comprising a row of terraced houses and an adjacent apartment block with timber facades that extend to form slatted solar screens. The project was undertaken by Odile Guzy Architectes for OPAC Saône & Loire, a social housing organisation that

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Five key housing projects by 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown

Lauded as a “pioneer of quality public housing”, the 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown is best known for his housing schemes in north London. Here’s a look at five of his key residential projects at home and abroad. Brown, 88, was named the 2018 recipient of the 2018 Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute

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Safdie-esque extension proposed for Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building

Australian studio CplusC Architectural Workshop has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the demolition-threatened Sirius building in Sydney, which bears a resemblance to Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67 housing. CplusC Architectural Workshop proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to levelling the brutalist Sirius social housing building, which the New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off for redevelopment.

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White irregularly stacked boxes form social housing in France by Poggi + More

White caged balconies project from the sides of this social housing block by French collective Poggi + More, making it look like a series of irregularly stacked boxes. Bordeaux-based More Architecture and Poggi Architecture teamed up to design the 1,886-square-metre scheme named White Clouds, which provides 30 apartments for the town of Saintes in western France. Working together as Poggi +

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Patrik Schumacher calls for social housing and public space to be scrapped

Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher has mapped out a solution to London’s housing crisis that involves getting rid of regulations, privatising all public space and scrapping social housing. Speaking at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, the architect presented an eight-point plan for what he would do if elected mayor, in a bid to

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Socially responsible design in America presented in Cooper Hewitt exhibition

Design solutions for a wide range of social concerns, from rapid-recovery housing to drinking water access for migrants, are featured in a new show at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The exhibition, By The People: Designing for a Better America, features 60 projects from every region across the USA. It is the third

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White latticework covers Parisian apartment block by Odile Guzy Architectes

Angular balconies extending from the front of this apartment block in Paris are framed by white concrete screens featuring a perforated pattern that resembles brickwork. Local firm Odile Guzy Architectes designed the complex of 28 dwellings for a plot in the French capital’s 13th arrondissement. The long and narrow site is located in a densely

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Unions ban construction workers from demolishing Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building

Australian trade unions have banned construction workers from demolishing one of Sydney’s only brutalist buildings, which failed in its bid for heritage listing earlier this summer. The New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off the Sirius housing building in the city’s Rocks area for redevelopment. But a new “green ban” by Unions NSW and the Construction, Forestry, More

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Gabled penthouses sit atop apartment blocks at Bordeaux housing scheme

House-shaped structures sit atop towers and are arranged around landscaped gardens at this residential development in Bordeaux by local firm Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons Associates (+ slideshow). The scheme contains 93 residences in the Berges du Lac-Ginko development area, which is part of a wider urban regeneration project underway in the north of the French city. Marjan Hessamfar More

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Matt Lucraft proposes solution to London’s housing crisis with “mad-cap” building system

Graduate shows 2016: Bartlett student Matt Lucraft has proposed an evolving self-built housing co-operative based on a mishmash of English vernacular and historic Japanese architecture as a solution to London’s housing crisis (+ movie). Lucraft’s Dagenham Breach Housing Co-operative seeks to address the lack of affordable housing in London by offering an open-source modular system that could More

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Three architecture studios complete low-cost housing complex in San Francisco

A trio of local design firms teamed up to create an affordable apartment building that occupies a full city block in San Francisco’s urban core (+ slideshow). Called 1180 Fourth Street, the six-storey building was designed by Mithun-Solomon, Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Full Circle Architecture. Situated on a pointy corner lot, the building serves as More

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Alexander Gorlin creates colourful affordable housing for single adults in The Bronx

New York studio Alexander Gorlin Architects has completed a Bronx apartment block with small studios for low-income tenants, including those who were once homeless (+ slideshow). Called Boston Road – in reference to the street it overlooks – the residential building is located in The Bronx, one of the five boroughs in New York City. It encompasses More

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Ohyun Kwon proposes megastructure to house 1,400 creatives in Seoul

Graduate shows 2016: a gridded megastructure contains a creative workforce of 1,400 in this proposal by Royal College of Art graduate Ohyun Kwon to address the housing crisis in the South Korean capital. Entitled Short-term Housing for New Labour in Seoul, the project proposes an alternative to the so-called “gosiwon” – the low-cost, month-to-month rental rooms occupied by city workers with unreliable employment. Instead, it suggests More

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Colonnades line the terraces of Antonini Darmon’s Arches Boulogne apartments

French firm Antonini Darmon has completed a social housing block near Paris, featuring a white concrete facade surrounded on all sides by rows of arch-fronted balconies (+ slideshow). Antonini Darmon designed the €4.2 million building for a former industrial site in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb to the west of the city. It accommodates 33 apartments. Named Arches Boulogne after its distinctive facade, the apartment block forms part More

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Alejandro Aravena makes housing designs available to the public for free

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, this year’s Pritzker Prize winner, is releasing a number of his residential designs as an open-source resource to help tackle the global affordable housing crisis. Aravena’s firm, Elemental, has posted drawings for four of its low-cost “incremental” housing projects on its website for free download. The aim is to provide the material More

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Cement shingles create scaly facade for French barn conversion by GENS

Fibre-cement shingles cover this gabled barn in northeast France, which GENS: Association Libérale d’Architecture has converted into five apartments (+ slideshow). The badly deteriorating barn, which adjoined the town hall in Velle-sur-Moselle, was bought by the local council after the death of its owner. The French architecture studio was asked to adapt the existing building to create three ensuite bedrooms with shared facilities More

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“The cult of self-build, do-it-yourself and ‘bottom up’ housing has reached impressive proportions”

Opinion: Walter Segal’s self-build houses in south London and Assemble’s Turner Award-winning Granby Four Streets project in Liverpool are rightly celebrated, but they’re not the answer to the housing crisis, says Owen Hatherley. The awarding of the Pritzker Prize to Alejandro Aravena, whose practice, Elemental, is best known for its “half-built” affordable housing scheme in Iquique, Chile, More

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Bell Phillips roles out a model for public housing on six Greenwich sites

Hood-like roofs funnel natural light into these brick terraced houses in London by Bell Phillips Architects, which provide cost-effective homes for elderly and disabled residents (+ slideshow). Bell Phillips was commissioned by the city’s Royal Borough of Greenwich to develop a model for public housing, and it has so far been used to construct 22 properties for social rent […]

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Tatiana Bilbao addresses “urgent need” for housing Mexico’s poorest inhabitants

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Tatiana Bilbao presents a flexible building prototype that offers a solution to Mexico’s social housing shortage during the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (+ slideshow). The Mexican architect has designed a low-cost house that can be adapted to suit varying numbers of residents, and can be expanded as a family grows. It can also be altered to suit the variety […]

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Richard Rogers’ prefabricated housing for homeless people opens in south London

Designed for British charity YMCA, this factory-building housing scheme by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners will provide accommodation for 36 homeless young people in Mitcham, south London (+ slideshow). Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ modular Y:Cube scheme for the YMCA was designed to be easily assembled and transported, so blocks can be moved between temporary sites in the capital. […]

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Imaginative housing solutions for LA presented in new exhibition at A+D Museum

MAD Architects, Michael Maltzan and wHY Architecture are among the studios whose work is showcased in a new exhibition about domestic architecture in Los Angeles (+ slideshow). Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles opens 20 August at the city’s A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum. It is the first show to be staged within the […]

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LAN Architecture reclads Bordeaux tower blocks with translucent windows that slide back and forth

Paris firm LAN Architecture has renovated a group of Brutalist housing blocks in Bordeaux, France, adding sliding polycarbonate windows that create an ever-changing facade (+ slideshow). A new layer of polycarbonate cladding was added to improve the aesthetics and usability of the facade areas on three towers, and to transform the existing balconies on each storey […]

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Ampe Trybou Architecten completes a row of houses with a crinkled roof

Ampe Trybou Architecten added a crinkled roofline to this terrace in Belgium, marking the boundaries between the five homes inside whilst also referencing the buildings that stood on the site before (+ slideshow). Located 10 kilometres away from the coast, the terrace provides social rented housing in the small Belgian village of Westkerke. Ampe Trybou Architecten used a limited […]

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Volt Architecten’s Belgian housing scheme is designed to look like a farmstead

This social housing development in Zingem, Belgium, responds to its location between a busy road and an agrarian landscape with a “ranch-like” arrangement of buildings framing a central courtyard (+ slideshow). Designed by Ghent firm Volt Architecten, the Ouwegemsesteenweg development is named after the road it is situated on, which connects three small villages with a nearby motorway. […]

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Paris’ tallest building in over 40 years is a housing block clad with gold and silver metal

These two metal-clad towers featuring stepped forms and angular balconies were designed to prove that, after years of skyscraper restrictions in Paris, height is no longer taboo (+ slideshow). The 50-metre-high housing scheme was completed by Paris-based architects Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Nice studio Comte Vollenweider Architectes, and claims to be the tallest structure completed […]

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Brick bungalows provide social housing for elderly residents in east London

Tall brick chimney stacks and half gable profiles characterise these east London bungalows by Patel Taylor that are designed to house the area’s retired residents (+ slideshow). London-based architecture studio Patel Taylor, lead by Pankaj Patel and Andrew Taylor, was commissioned by the local council to design the red brick housing scheme in Barking, an area in […]

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Colboc Franzen’s Parisian social housing matches the proportions of its 1930s neighbours

The stepped rooftops and industrial details of these Parisian council blocks by Colboc Franzen & Associés are designed to integrate the scheme with the neighbouring buildings (+ slideshow). Colboc Franzen & Associés built the 52-residency scheme on an old industrial site in Nanterre, within The Hoche ecodistrict in the suburbs of Paris. Related story: Student […]

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ECDM Architectes extends Parisian apartments with wavy balconies

The curving balconies of this housing scheme by French studio ECDM Architectes create a rippling outline and provide each flat with outdoor space (+ slideshow). ECDM Architectes wanted to offer the maximum space for the economically-priced housing in the provision of wrap-around balconies. Each apartment in the scheme, named Housing, has access to a 30-metre-square […]

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