Like many cities around the world, New York has seen life drained from its commercial core, as offices have been sitting nearly empty for months. These unoccupied spaces raise questions about the future of work, cities, and whether buildings built to hold offices will even make sense in a world after a pandemic. But they may also be offering some solutions…
“The housing problem in our cities has gotten worse. But the crisis of growing vacancies in our commercial property provides an opportunity,” Cuomo said. “We should convert vacant commercial space to supportive and affordable housing, and we should do it now.”
(via Fast Company)
The Canadian company Bone Structure can produce zero net energy homes months faster than a traditional builder. But its challenges highlight the difficulty of disrupting the entrenched construction industry.
(via Fast Company)
With more people hunkering down at home, fencing contractors say they’ve never been busier
A building block in most construction projects, concrete is responsible for about 8 percent of global carbon emissions. Several companies are working to create a greener mix.
(via The New York Times)
Townscaper is not so much a game, as much as a surprisingly satisfying architectural diversion inviting “players” to build quaint island towns evocative of wondrous animation world settings.
Build quaint island towns with curvy streets. Build small hamlets, soaring cathedrals, canal networks, or sky cities on stilts. Block by block.
No goal. No real gameplay. Just plenty of building and plenty of beauty. That’s it.
(via Design Milk)
What kinds of space are we willing to live and work in now?
(via The New Yorker)
As we try to understand the role of architecture post-pandemic, we have to first better understand the ways we inhabit buildings and move through space.
The pandemic has made the theoretical and philosophical immediate, not just to architects, but to everyone stuck indoors.