What U.S. cities can learn from Vienna’s urban housing policy

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6s/6snxweq361pcqsa6.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is a two-part series on housing policy in Vienna and how it could be a model for progressive housing policy in Seattle, where I live, or other American cities struggling with affordable housing. The first part is an overview of financing and subsidies. Part two, coming tomorrow, looks in detail at how zoning and development supports housing affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mike Eliason,&nbsp;passivhaus designer with&nbsp;Seattle-based&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/patano_studio" rel="nofollow" >Patano Studio</a>, penned an insightful two-part commentary for <em>City Observatory</em>, looking at issues of financing, zoning, affordability, sustainability, and quality of life in a side-by-side comparison of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/66446/vienna" rel="nofollow" >Vienna</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7932/seattle" rel="nofollow" >Seattle</a>.</p>         

A Grand Stay and Très Chic Getaway at the Le Roch Hotel & Spa

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                                While it seems that Americans (me included) have a francophile obsession that’s not going anywhere anytime soon, it can be hard to remember what makes Paris so special outside of warm baguettes and quaint Parisienne rooftops. One look inside the <a href="https://www.leroch-hotel.com/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Le Roch Hotel &amp; Spa</a>, a member of the <a href="https://www.designhotels.com/hotels/france/paris/le-roch-hotel" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Hotels</a> collective, hidden off of Rue St Honoré will remind you though. Paris is a city that embraces modern luxury and combines it with that sophisticated, effortless <em>je ne sais quoi</em> that embodies Parisian style, and this boutique hotel does it beautifully. It mixes modern and historic French design to create your extravagant home away from home.
Designed by French interior designer Sarah Lavoine and architect Vincent Bastie, the 5-star Le Roch Hotel & Spa has an interior that’s filled with bold jewel-toned colors, brass accents and velvet textures without being ostentatious (it’s that effortless balance that the French
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A website offering vacation rentals for architecture lovers

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/am/amaahnk52trv4lid.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://plansmatter.com/" rel="nofollow" > PlansMatter</a> is a new travel website that offers vacation rentals for design-minded individuals. The accommodations are hand-picked by two architects, the founders of the website &mdash;&nbsp; Scott Muellner and Connie Lindor. The site is not another Airbnb &mdash;&nbsp; listings for each property point to various rental sites, with which the business collaborates.&nbsp;
The selection is exciting in its variety. The site features listings for Rudolph Schindler 's LA Penthouse, Olson Kundig 's camping cabins in Washington, James Turrell 's House of Light in Niigata, Japan, F. L. Wright 's Kinney House, and many more 'architecturally significant' properties all over the world in which one can stay with a wide range of budget. 
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The Killspencer Utility Belt Keeps a Leash On Things

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                                Los Angeles-based designer Spencer Nikosey&#8217;s penchant for working with leather partnered with his eye for the needs and habits of technologists has manifested in a variety of luxe-athletic handmade accessories we&#8217;ve long admired. This time he&#8217;s taken the years of experience from under his belt and literally produced a waist-worn accessory system called the <a href="https://killspencer.com/products/utility-belt" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Killspencer Utility Belt</a>.
First impressions of the Killspencer Utility Belt will undoubtedly paint memories of the accessories of crime fighting superheroes, chained wallets of yesteryear style, and perhaps an inkling of remembrance of custodial keychains connected to the waist. But Nikosey’s rendition is as fashionably sophisticated as it is genuinely functional. Made with bullhide leather – chosen because of its thicker, denser, and tougher properties when compared to typical leather – the Killspencer Utility belt should easily weather the weight and tension of any portable tech device or a wallet’s weight. The belt’s locking mechanism features a patent-pending
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Harvey Pediatric Clinic / Marlon Blackwell Architect

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From the architect. The Harvey Pediatric Clinic is the new home of a thriving pediatric clinic based in Rogers, Arkansas. Situated in a land formerly dotted by the silhouettes of singular objects such as barns, sheds, silos, RV vehicles and semi-trucks, the building is a biological cousin to these different typologies. It is a silent, yet strong, contrast in figure and color to the excess of materials, weak forms, and beige tones that make up the everyday suburban landscape that surrounds the building.

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The building’s bold profile provides the Clinic’s identifIcation for children and parents alike while establishing a strong presence

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Editor’s Picks #472

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/og/og8we4s6e7n519mh.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://archinect.com/davidcapener" rel="nofollow" >David Capener</a> penned an entry in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/892392/practice-diaries" rel="nofollow" >Practice Diaries</a> series. It is in part, a reaction to deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, wherein he argues <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150015975/what-we-do-as-architects-is-not-neutral-it-is-political" rel="nofollow" >What we do as architects is not neutral: it is political.</a><br>
ubu loca summed up the mood of many I suspect "Thank you David. Architects of conscious must speak up, challenge the status-quo, and take action." Plus, the latest installment of the Deans List featured Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, just one month into her new post as Dean of the School of Architecture at Woodbury University. Of particular note the emphasis placed on diversity, the school as "an engine for upward mobility", "this idea that as architect-citizens" and "alternative modes of professional engagement".

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Cross-Talk #2: Matthew Allen on ‘Pedagogy’ Today

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p8/p8j2aq4o998t1nh0.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not so long ago, not everyone would be expected to graduate from high school. &nbsp;(Graduation rates in the US: 1900: 6%; 1930: 55%; 2016: 83%.) Now college is more or less mandatory in many lines of work, and an advanced degree is almost a requirement to be an architect. But somehow an old idea persists: the idea of the architect as a generalist problem-solver, a gentleman amateur. This is a nineteenth century idea that fit, say, Frank Lloyd Wright, but, strangely enough, it also fits most contemporary architects that come to mind.<br></p>            

Squarespace Releases Summer Template Collection (+ How They Do It)

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="http://sqsp.link/RIK7Dz" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Squarespace</a>. Our partners are handpicked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design</em>.
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                                Literature is rife with adages about the importance of first impressions. If you have a business or personal brand, a website is just that. And just like we aim for a wardrobe seasonal refresh, your website needs that same attention to detail. Which means, that job of creating a website is never really <em>done</em>. Luckily, it doesn&#8217;t have to be daunting. The <a href="http://sqsp.link/RIK7Dz" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Squarespace</a> template format makes it easy to make incremental improvements or even opt for a full refresh (without having to re-enter all that content!). Because whether the website is your main focus or your side hustle, it should be sharp. And with the flush of energy that the summer sun brings, this might be just the moment to take advantage of the <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="size-large wp-image-313172" src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/camino-810x360.png" alt="" width="810" height="360" srcset="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/camino-810x360.png 810w, http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/camino-800x356.png 800w, http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/camino-768x342.png 768w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/camino-500x222.png 500w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/camino.png 1331w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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RKW Architektur + Wins Competition for Stone-Clad Mixed-Use Building in Stuttgart

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RKW Architektur + has been selected as the winners of a competition to design a new mixed-use residential tower located at Mailänder Platz in Stuttgart, Germany. Rising from a triangular site, the building features a dynamic facade of shifting stone that creates openings for vertical greenery, and an abundance of public space, including cafes, retail, a hotel and a library.

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Project description from the architects.

The guiding principle of the present draft is the development of a powerful and natural figure which logically adopts the angles and influences resulting from the overall urban concept of the Trojan + Trojan office and further develops them in the sense of a modern architectural design and the southern flair of the quarter. By doing so, the desire for an easy-to-care for façade greening is taken just

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Drugs in Studio? Please take the (completely anonymous) survey

            Considering the grueling hours and intense attention to detail demanded by architecture schools, it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that illicit drugs&mdash;particularly stimulants&mdash;can be found among the xacto blades and thumb drives of architecture students&rsquo; desks. In the context of the current &lsquo;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/04/27/brain-gain" rel="nofollow" >study drug epidemic</a>' sweeping American society more broadly, we want to know more about the real world of drugs in architectural school today. This survey aims to gather more statistics on the issue for an upcoming feature, which will analyze the relationship between drugs and studio culture.
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