Housing


How to Build a Rental Unit or Granny Flat in Your Backyard

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April 12, 2018
To ease the housing crunch, the city of L.A. is making it easier for homeowners to build “accessory dwelling units.”

In the hills of Highland Park, Trent Wolbe is standing where his new home is being built. A two-story, 1,024-square-foot two-bedroom house, it’ll be 27 by 17 feet at the base—tight but just right considering that he’s squeezing this into the backyard of the Craftsman bungalow he shares with his partner and four-year-old daughter.

Raze, Rebuild, Repeat: Why Japan Knocks Down its Houses After 30 Years

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November 16, 2017
Unlike in other countries, Japanese homes become valueless over time – but as the population shrinks, can its cities finally learn to slow down and refurb?

In the suburban neighbourhood of Midorigaoka, about an hour by train outside Kobe, Japan, all the houses were built by the same company in the same factory. Steel frames fitted out with panel walls and ceilings, these homes were clustered by the hundreds into what was once a brand new commuter town. But they weren’t built to last.

Photos: Raze, Rebuild, Repeat: Why Japan Knocks Down its Houses After 30 Years

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November 16, 2017
Unlike in other countries, Japanese homes become valueless over time – but as the population shrinks, can its cities finally learn to slow down and refurb?

Mitsuhiro Tokuda in the backyard of a traditional home in Kitakyushu – now converted into a cafe
Mitsuhiro Tokuda, a professor of architecture at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, in the backyard of a traditional home in Kitakyushu – now converted into a cafe.

Models displaying the floorplans of a pre- and post-renovation home built by the housing manufacturer Sekisui House, at their showroom facilities north of Tokyo, Japan.

Neighborhood Watching

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April 1, 2017
What are the unintended consequences of building the city of tomorrow?

Orinio Opinaldo had been watching his West Adams neighborhood change for years. Throughout the 1990s, the area had gradually filled in with apartment buildings and higher-end housing. Opinaldo saw neighbors kicked out of rental units or bought out of homes by developers looking to reposition their properties. The pace of change quickened with the 2012 phase-one opening of the Expo Line light rail train connecting downtown, USC and Culver City.

JOSAI I-House Togane Global Village

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November 14, 2016
A new dorm building for a Japanese university.

Japanese universities aren’t typically in the housing business. Students at most schools live at home or rent private apartments nearby—dormitories are all but nonexistent. So there was room to experiment when New York–based Studio SUMO was commissioned by its longtime client, Josai University Educational Corp., to build a dorm for international students at its Josai International University campus in Togane, Japan, outside of Tokyo. ...

Blooming Bamboo House - Architect Magazine 2016 R&D Awards

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July 20, 2016
H&P Architects doubles down on bamboo to develop a housing prototype that can endure a range of natural disasters.

Vietnam suffers from a relentless cycle of floods, landslides, earthquakes, and more. Because much of the country’s housing stock is poorly constructed—and unsanctioned—the natural disasters destroy thousands of families’ homes every year.

To minimize the risk of destruction, Hanoi-based H&P Architects developed the Blooming Bamboo House, a residential housing model that utilizes local materials and can be built by laypeople at a low cost.

Oakland's Housing Crisis: 'I’m the Last One Here. I Don't Know if I Can Stay or Go'

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April 21, 2016
Paula Beal is a housing advocate who has lived in Oakland for 45 years. She has seen her entire family forced out of the city by rising rents. Now, as the council imposes a moratorium on evictions, she too is desperately seeking a new home

Paula Beal, a 45-year resident of Oakland, California, has watched the city’s housing crisis unfold before her eyes. As housing values and rents rise throughout the Bay Area, she has seen her community gradually get pushed out of Oakland – including her own family.

“I have seven children, 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren,” she says. “They have all, over the past few years, been displaced from Oakland. All of them.” And now she may be next.

When the Big One Comes: the Woman Preparing LA for Life After a Major Quake

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January 20, 2016
Marissa Aho recently became Los Angeles’ chief resilience officer. In a city prone to earthquakes, reliant on imported water and suffering a housing shortage, how could the city survive and recover after a catastrophe?

On the list of existential threats to Los Angeles, earthquakes rank highest. With dozens of fault lines running beneath and around the metropolitan area, the ever-looming threat of the Big One is a not-so-quiet concern in the back of most people’s heads. The last major earthquake to hit the region was the 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake in 1994, which killed 57 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Many predict that an even stronger earthquake is increasingly likely to strike by mid-century.

How LA's School District is Turning Disused Land into Low-Cost Housing

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October 1, 2015
In a city where affordable rents are in short supply, Los Angeles schools are partnering with developers to build low-cost housing targeted at substitute teachers, bus drivers and maintenance workers

In a freeway-lined corner of the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena, where modest ranch-style homes and shopping malls dominate, the sleek modern architecture of Sage Park Apartments bursts through the drabness. The jutting rooflines and stylish grey, red and rust-orange panelling make the 90-unit complex seem more like a misplaced version of the luxury condos of downtown LA, 15 miles to the north, than what it really is: subsidised, affordable housing.

The Revolution Within Four Walls: How Our Homes Are Changing Forever

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August 10, 2015
With cities growing so fast, and the demand for affordable properties at a premium, the single-family home is radically changing its shape.

There’s a slick chart making the rounds right now that neatly summarizes 400 years of the architecture of single-family homes in America.

Made by the infographic designers Pop Chart Lab, the poster presents front-door views of typical American homes from the colonial days up to the present.

There’s a simple Dutch Colonial from the 1600s, the colonnades of Greek Revivals from the mid-1800s, a broad-porched Craftsman from the early 1900s, and an archetypal McMansion from the not-so-distant past—or, depending where you look, the present.