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Kanye West’s affordable housing domes are still on track

Less than a year after Kanye West was forced to demolish his affordable housing prototypes in Calabasas, California, the rapper/designer/maybe-presidential-candidate has revealed that the project is still forging ahead. On September 9, 2019, West pulled down the four timber structures he had established on his 300-acre property after being threatened with demolition by the Los Angeles County […]

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Yale architecture students win HUD affordable housing competition

This past spring, a team of students from Yale University won the 2020 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design & Planning Competition for a housing proposal for Santa Fe, New Mexico. The team’s entry features a colorful, tiered design that references local Pueblo-style architecture and a funding model that […]

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Coronavirus capital cuts could derail de Blasio’s affordable housing plan

Even more bad news for New York City: Housing advocates are sounding the alarm over the damage the nearly $1 billion in cuts to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) capital budget will do to the city’s affordable housing prospects. The novel coronavirus pandemic has decimated the city budget, to the point that […]

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Op-ed: Lead with a mission-first design process to provide affordable housing

One of the words most often associated with affordable housing is “crisis.” Not only is there a crisis-level shortfall of affordable housing stock in America, but the typical path to affordable housing development is also hampered by rigid permitting processes, regulatory constraints, and rising costs for land, labor, and materials. Harvard University’s Joint Center for […]

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YIMBY Act passes House of Representatives, could pave the way for more affordable housing

Last Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, which directly addresses the affordable housing crisis currently felt throughout the country by streamlining affordable housing production and zoning for high-density single-family and multifamily housing. The piece of legislation, H.R. 4351, was first put forth in September 2019 by Dennis […]

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Master plan for Sunnyside Yard megadevelopment places affordable housing front and center

The master plan for Sunnyside Yard, the second rail yard-blanketing megadevelopment to take root in New York City in less than a decade, has been unveiled. But when comparing Sunnyside Yard, in western Queens, to its predecessor, the upmarket enclave Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s far West Side, similarities between the two, aside from their positioning […]

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Magnusson Architecture delivers high-design affordable housing to the Bronx

  Brought to you with support from The design and construction of affordable housing in New York is a formidable task; between labor and material costs, and the hurdles of municipal zoning and housing regulation, even the grandest of projects are budget engineered into imitations of the original concept. Magnusson Architecture and Planning’s (MAP) St. […]

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San Francisco Affordable Housing Challenge

San Francisco is one of the trendiest and most-popular cities in the United States, which also happens to make it one of the most expensive cities in the world. Home of Silicon Valley, San Francisco has become the go-to city for tech companies within the US, and with countless tech employees flocking to the area […]

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Santa Fe live-work complex offers artists affordable housing amid critical shortage

Santa Fe’s housing shortage has reached critical levels in recent years, prompting comments that “the fabric of the community is weakened as precious resources—people’s time, energy, and money—are drawn away by housing costs or long commutes,” according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. With an estimated 5,000- to-10,000 additional housing units needed to ease the crisis, […]

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Microsoft chips in for major affordable housing strategy around Seattle

Like many American cities with more than half a million residents, Seattle is in a housing crisis. The growth of local tech companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia Group, is reported to have increased Seattle’s population of higher-income residents by 16 percent, making the task of finding affordable housing more difficult for the city’s working […]

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Kanye West’s affordable housing prototypes may have to be demolished

Kanye West had big plans to shake up the development market with a new affordable housing community, but it seems like the dream might be short-lived. News of the project in Calabasas, California broke just last month, but TMZ, who also obtained first images of the development from a Los Angeles County Public Works inspector, […]

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Kanye West is designing Star Wars–themed affordable housing

Not content with a sneaker empire, Kanye West has entered the affordable housing game with structures straight out of Star Wars. In a profile of the rapper-producer, designer, and business mogul, Forbes writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg described how West drove him to a wooded area near his home in Calabasas, California, to show him prototypes […]

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