January 23, 2015

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

3D-Printed Architecture in Amsterdam Could Usher in a Future of Affordable Cities

(RECAP: While the 3D Print Canal House remains a research and demonstration project, livable 3D-printed houses have already been built. When all the pieces come together, automated mass construction may make housing much more affordable not only for the poor and displaced, but for everyone.)

Part Two: Demystifying Affordable Housing Development

(RECAP: In this second part of a two-part Q&A, Michelle Yarbrough Korb, special counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, describes some approaches to affordable housing finance used by public agencies.)

What Makes Nature Look Natural?

(RECAP: What are the particular properties of green settings that enhance our mental well-being? A new study that analyzes these visual cues is a step toward helping designers, planners and architects develop spaces that offer maximum mental benefits.)

Finding the Next Hot Spot for Senior Living Development

(RECAP: Rather than looking simply at population data and the number of adults ages 75 and older in a given metro, recent research indicates that analyzing the net migration rates of this population can give senior living providers, developers, investors and other industry stakeholders deeper insight into where older adults are actually headed across the country.)

History and the Hill: Historic Tax Credit Coalition Asks Regulators to Make the Historic Tax Credit Eligible for CRA

(RECAP: The Historic Tax Credit Coalition, in concert with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has asked federal bank regulators to expand and clarify when Historic Tax Credit investments by lending institutions qualify under the Community Reinvestment Act.)

Opinions on Housing 

The views and opinions expressed in Opinions on Housing are solely those of the original authors, and do not necessarily represent those of VHDA, our stakeholders or any/all contributors to this blog.

Don’t Boost Cities by Bashing the ‘Burbs

(RECAP: Rather than target suburbia for extinction, cities should focus on the hard work ahead of them. Even as pundits worry about the loss of artists in high-cost cities, the urban future really depends on holding onto middle-class families and millennials as they age.)

Rent-Burdened Nation: Housing Expert Discusses Affordable Housing Crisis

(RECAP: Governments at all levels have been complicit in allowing housing costs to rise year after year, making it impossible for builders to produce housing affordable to working people without government subsidies. There are lots of reasons for this, from building codes to land use regulations that limit density.)

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