Weekend News Roundup – July 15, 2022

Author: Starr Herr-Cardillo
Jul 15, 2022

Preservation News

Five Alabama HBCUs will receive 2.5 million in historic preservation grants to preserve historic places on their campuses.

An accidental documentation project led to the Rural Indexing Project, an extensive index of vernacular roadside buildings across America.

Green-ish 

A project redeveloping a former military hospital complex in France tests green demolition and deconstruction. France now requires 70% of construction waste be recovered. 

Adaptive reuse encourages multi-family development through the reuse of offices, industrial buildings, and hotels, according to Multi-Housing News

We’re excited to tune in for this upcoming webinar: Salvaging What Can’t Be Saved: Deconstruction, Salvage, & Sustainability, hosted by the Preservation League of NYS.

A Senegalese architecture firm highlights adobe as a means of combating climate change, from The Atlantic.

Housing & Affordability

We found ourselves reading a lot about housing and affordability this month. 

First, Al Jazeera looks at the United States’ looming housing crisis, how it may be different from the 2008 crash, and who it will likely impact. Housing shortages across the country also made The New York Times this week. And CNN reports that the average rent in Manhattan set a record high at $5,000.

A study looking at Alexandria, Virginia considers the impact of affordable housing on nearby property values.  

An article in the Journal of the American Planning Association looks at how inclusionary zoning policy design affects affordable unit production

Gambling with Homes, or Investing in Communities is a recent report from LISC and University Neighborhood Housing Program that looks at how housing activity affects neighborhoods, specifically, how speculation negatively impacts communities of color and how affordable housing can act as a stabilizing force. 

Shelterforce is running a series on Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADU’s as part of their Under the Lens series. ADUs Explained gets into the nitty-gritty details of ADU’s including policy approaches, construction logistics, and their potential impact on housing issues more broadly.  

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