Iâ€™m always a little surprised when my free issue of Architectural Record arrives, seeing as I havenâ€™t subscribed to it since I stopped getting it with my AIA membership a few years ago. The final issue of 2015 arrived recently and I flipped through the a short guide to new publications (Monographs in Disguise) penned… Continue reading Monograph or Manifesto? Fernau + Hartman’s Improvisations on the Land
That last post received far more traffic than I ever expected (What’s wrong with shipping container architecture? Everything), and continues to generate requests for quotes on shipping container projects in other cities. It has also received a thoughtful reply from architect Colleen Lashuk. In her reply she says : There arenâ€™t so very many things… Continue reading What’s not wrong with shipping containers
Whatâ€™s wrong with shipping container buildings? Nothing, if theyâ€™re used for the right purpose. For a temporary facility, where an owner desires the shipping container aesthetic, they can be a good fit (look, I’ve even done a container project!). For sites where on-site construction is not feasible or desirable, fitting a container out in the… Continue reading Whatâ€™s wrong with shipping container housing? Everything.
Perhaps you have read Gabe Metcalf’s piece for CityLab titled ‘What’s the Matter With San Francisco? The cityâ€™s devastating affordability crisis has an unlikely villainâ€”its famed progressive politics.’Â It goes into depth about how policies in San Francisco have lead to the current situation where one bedroom apartments are renting for $82,000 per year. Yes, policies… Continue reading Are San Francisco’s “famed progressive politics” really to blame for the housing crisis?
Unless youâ€™re already a property owner, things are not getting any easier in San Francisco. Rents rose nearly 14.9 percent from January 2014 to January 2015. San Francisco permitted just 193 new units for every 1,000 new residents from 2012 to 2013, according to Zillow. Only 16% of the current development pipeline is â€œaffordableâ€ affordable-,… Continue reading San Francisco’s Housing Crisis: Let’s try everything
Ed Lee touted San Francisco’s down payment assistance program in his State of the City address this week. How well does it really work in an incredibly expensive real estate market like San Francisco? Assume a couple with no kids is making 120% of the median income, which is the maximum you can make to… Continue reading Ed Lee’s plans for “middle class” home buying & the math
Yesterday on Twitter, I posted the question to San Franciscans of what their backup plans were if they had to leave for financial reasons. As rents and housing prices accelerate it’s something I think about almost every day. Even moving to the East Bay is seeming to be less and less of an option as… Continue reading Leaving San Francisco. What’s your backup plan?
Last December, SF Mayor Ed Lee announced a Mayoral Executive Directive ordering all city departments with jurisdiction over housing permitting to prioritize housing construction, particularly for affordable housing, and his state of the city address in January called for 30,000 units of new housing by 2020 with 1/3 of them built as permanently affordable.Â Come hear… Continue reading 30,000 units of housing by 2020 and James Baldwin looks at race relations in 1963 San Francisco
Yesterday’s huge fire on a construction site in San Francisco left people with a lot of questions, some of which were circulating on Twitter as the fire was still burning. The six-story, eighty foot tall uncompleted structure burned out of control for several hours as nearly 150 firefighters fought to contain the flames and keep… Continue reading After the Mission Bay fire: Construction types explained
Thanks to everyone that came to SPUR yesterday for the forum on housing construction costs, we’ll be having more events at SPUR on this topic including one that looks reducing the costs of providing housing on February 11.Â Just a quick post with a few things I’ve been reading and looking at this week: New… Continue reading Housing links for January 22, 2014