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Modular affordable housing envisioned for "abandoned" New York airspace. This conceptual scheme by designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee calls for using vacant airspace over existing New York buildings to create affordable apartments and public areas.

Modular affordable housing envisioned for "abandoned" New York airspace

Called Instant City: Living Air-Right, the design consists of a white, modular, grid-like structure built atop existing low-rise buildings. Renderings show the proposal above 225 West 28th Street, referred to as a "typical building block in Manhattan". The building would contain cubic affordable housing units, combined with public spaces for community-based activities. The public areas would occupy sloped platforms called Living Surfaces, where residents would be encouraged to interact and share their culture. The types of modules for these spots include stairs, playgrounds and gardens. DRDH and adVVT complete elderly home in Belgium featuring pared-back finishes and open-air courtyards. DRDH Architects and Architecten de Vylder Vinck Tallieu have built an apartment complex and social centre for elderly people in Aarschot, Belgium, featuring simple materials, communal courtyards and few bold splashes of colour.

DRDH and adVVT complete elderly home in Belgium featuring pared-back finishes and open-air courtyards

The London and Ghent studio worked together to design the facility for social services provider OCMW Aarschot, after jointly winning an international competition. The project consists of a social centre and 36 serviced apartments, built on a historically important site on the line of an old city wall and at the end of a market street. Part of a larger masterplan developed by Ghent firm Robbrecht en Daem for the regeneration of the city centre, the Orleanshof complex seeks to maintain a connection with the site's history and its urban context.

A courtyard set back from the road creates a continuation of the market street opposite, helping to draw people towards the entrance. Courtyards with varying proportions help to organise the internal spaces. Climbing plants and asymmetric balconies surround Buchner Bründler's Garden Tower. A mesh for climbing plants wraps the angular balconies of this apartment block in Alpine Switzerland, completed by Buchner Bründler Architekten.

Climbing plants and asymmetric balconies surround Buchner Bründler's Garden Tower

The Basel-based studio won a competition to contribute to a new housing complex in Wabern, which called for buildings that create a dialogue with the mountainous setting, encouraging residents to live close to nature. The Garden Tower is designed to resemble a natural formation, breaking away from standard housing typologies. Its floor plan is a distorted hexagon, giving it an unusual internal layout, while its entire exterior is surrounded by asymmetric balconies, reminiscent of the surrounding mountain ranges.

A High-Concept Architect Takes on Low-Income Housing. House on a pole tilts and rotates with wind and wandering. Architectural artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley are no strangers to living in unusual digs, but their latest work breaks the mold.

House on a pole tilts and rotates with wind and wandering

Perched atop a 15 ft (4.5 m)-tall concrete column, ReActor is a house/art installation that tilts and rotates a full 360 degrees, its movement a response to the wind and the weight distribution of the occupants. The duo is living in it for up to five days at a time. Sou fujimoto redefines rental housing for house vision tokyo. Aug 01, 2016 sou fujimoto creates a stacked rental space tower for house vision tokyo house vision 2016 tokyo: sou fujimoto has participated in constructing the ‘rental space tower’ pavilion for the exhibition held in tokyo which focuses on domesticity at the intersection between industries. among the group of renowned japanese architects who were invited to explore this year’s theme of ‘co-individual—split and connect/separate and come together.’ – the event is officially opened for 30 days from july 30 to august 28, 2016.

sou fujimoto redefines rental housing for house vision tokyo

He Wei transforms traditional Chinese property into a hostel. Architect He Wei has transformed a traditional rammed-earth property in China into a youth hostel, featuring house-shaped polycarbonate rooms-on-wheels (+ slideshow).

He Wei transforms traditional Chinese property into a hostel

Papa's Hostel is housed in a prominent former residence in Pingtian, a village located in the Sidu Township of Songyang County. He Wei was tasked with overseeing the property's refurbishment, which focused on maintaining its original character. Previously owned by an elderly man called Jiang Binlong, the building was known locally as Papa's Home. If you're after off-grid luxury, this new houseboat may float your boat. Foster + partners' slender luxury new york residential tower soars at 61 storeys. Mar 28, 2016 foster + partners' slender luxury new york residential tower soars at 61 storeys foster + partners’ slender luxury new york residential tower soars at 61 storeysall images © d-box / foster + partners scheduled to open by 2017, international practice foster + partners‘ ‘100 e 53rd street’ luxury residential tower will rise at 61-storeys on the corner of lexington and 53rd street in midtown manhattan. developed in partnership with chinese developer vanke and aby rosen of RFR, the slender building explores the dynamic between its urban context and its skyline. formally, it responds to the precedent set by two neighboring twentieth-century modernist icons – SOM’s 21-storey lever house of 1952 and mies van der rohe’s 38-storey seagram building of 1958. the scheme will rise at the corner of lexington and 53rd street in midtown manhattan to preserve the smooth appearance of the facade, opening vents in the glazing flap is positioned inwards a spa and swimming pool are also included.

foster + partners' slender luxury new york residential tower soars at 61 storeys

5 Eco-Friendly Social Housing Projects. We are living through what the United Nations has described as "the largest wave of urban growth in history.

5 Eco-Friendly Social Housing Projects

" Today, around 54 percent of the world's population—nearly 4 billion people—live in cities and towns. By 2030, the U.N. projects, that number will grow to 5 billion. Isay weinfeld discusses jardim, his first building in new york. Jun 12, 2016 isay weinfeld discusses jardim, his first residential building in new york city isay weinfeld discusses jardim, his first residential building in new york cityimage by VUW studio jardim is a condominium complex situated adjacent to new york’s high line, spanning from west 27th to 28th street. designed by acclaimed brazilian architect isay weinfeld, the development features two 11-storey towers that, between them, accommodate 36 residences — many of which have private external spaces that encourage outdoor living. situated at the heart of the project is a large, multi-level landscaped garden, from which the development takes its portuguese name. the 2,400 square foot (223 sqm) private park is framed by the distinctive towers, mirroring the natural landscape of the adjacent high line.

isay weinfeld discusses jardim, his first building in new york

Autos - Can floating homes solve the urban housing crunch? ON THE SURFACE, Michele Affronte and Marianne Gerrits have little in common.

Autos - Can floating homes solve the urban housing crunch?

Affronte is a real estate agent who lives in Sausalito, California. Gerrits resides almost half-way around the world in Amsterdam. Yet one common element ties them together. They both are urban pioneers of sorts — early adopters, if you will — of a lifestyle that could well be the wave of the future in city dwelling: Living the life aquatic aboard floating homes. As land and housing prices in heavily populated urban areas continue to rise astronomically and housing availability becomes tighter than a first-gear hairpin curve, the floating home seems like a logical and plausible alternative for urban planners and developers. Living in the USA: America's top ten homes revealed. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of the 2016 Housing Awards.

As was the case with last year's selection, a variety of homes were given the nod, including a group of rural cabins, beautiful luxury homes, and affordable housing for homeless veterans. The 10 winning projects are split into One/Two Family Custom Housing, Multifamily Living, and Special Housing categories. Below, we cover three standout examples. Newberg Residence – Cutler Anderson Architects We feature a lot of luxury homes at Gizmag but few take their place as well as Newberg Residence. Greenery emerges through jean nouvel's pixelated 'white walls' tower in cyprus. Mar 09, 2016 greenery emerges through jean nouvel's pixelated 'white walls' tower in cyprus greenery emerges through jean nouvel’s pixelated ‘white walls’ tower in cyprusdesign architect: ateliers jean nouvel; local collaborating architects: takis sophocleous architectsphotos by yiorgis yerolymbos, courtesy of nice day developments.

OJT develops staggered starter home* project in new orleans. Jan 14, 2016 OJT develops staggered starter home* project in new orleans OJT develops staggered starter home* project in new orleansall images © william crocker developed as an opportunistic and affordable urban housing program by new orleans-based studio OJT (office of jonathan tate). ‘starter home*’ explores the relevant and increasing problem of entry-level homes, while pairing contemporary design and addressing environmental concerns.

New york's first micro-apartment building takes shape. Nov 28, 2015 new york's first micro-apartment building offers 'all-inclusive living experience' new york’s first micro-apartment building offers ‘all-inclusive living experience’image by mir. Paleko + plazma nestles wooden housing development in a lithuanian nature reserve. Isay weinfeld unveils jardim residential development. Hexagonal vertical village in Singapore crowned World Building of the Year.

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Viennese squeeze: CJ5 house offers slim solution to urban density. Vienna is by no means the most crowded metropolis in the world, or even in Europe. Even so, Caramel Architects has designed a house on the outskirts of the city that provides a model for getting more people into a smaller area without giving up amenities like natural light and private garden space. View all. Casa Futebol concept would turn World Cup Stadiums into low-cost housing. Brazil spent around US$4 billion renovating and constructing its stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But with the excitement of hosting the globe's biggest sporting event now having passed, one awkward, but important question remains. What to do with all that infrastructure? Drawing inspiration from the social issues plaguing much of the publicity around the event, a pair of French architects have developed a proposal to re-invent the structures as complexes for low-cost housing.

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