OpenCity Projects – Top 5 Housing Articles of 2015


Constructed, demolished, designed, retrofitted, and theorized on, housing continued to be a pressing issue in urban discourse this year. Check out our top 5 housing articles of 2015.


1. Affordable Housing and the City – September 28, 2015

As we march towards the Canadian Federal elections, a topic of interest to many urban planners has gained considerable attention: affordable housing. A recent study conducted by a consortium of affordable housing groups in Canada tells us why: 1 in 5 renters in Canada allocates fifty percent or more of their monthly income to shelter costs. There should be no equivocating on the enormity of this conclusion. We are in an affordable housing crisis. (Read more)


2. Torre David – February 9, 2015

As more and more people move from rural to urban settings around the world, the burden on a city’s housing stock grows. In the absence of available affordable housing in many cities around the world, the gap is being  filled by informal housing settlements. (Read more)

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3. Vietnam’s Vegan House – June 30, 2015

The city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, has gained a charming and colorful addition to its peaceful neighborhoods. Keeping in line with other traditional “tube houses” in the area, the Vegan House, formerly a private home, now serves as a cultural center for the community. You can’t miss it, thanks to a striking, multi-level arrangement of colorful shutters on its façade. (Read more)


4. Part 3: The Architecture of Change – October 26, 2015

At first glance, the proposed changes to the built environment in Mirvish Village are dizzying. Towers, trees on roofs, a mélange of midrise buildings with equally variegated facades, and a glass covered public market combine to create a built environment that is unrecognizable from the low rise massing currently inhabiting the space. It is what makes this project so complex, and so fascinating to be a part of. (Read more)


5. London is Changing – March 3, 2015

Why do people choose to move to London? And why do they choose to leave? A new project exploring these questions is currently playing out in an unlikely venue—two advertising billboards in the center of the U.K.’s capital. Called London is Changing, the project is run through a website that invites people who are moving into, out of, or across London to share the reasons and emotions behind their migration. (Read more)

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