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Virtual Urbanism Events Kick Off; Brooklyn Supertall Rises

Nov 13, 2020 | By: LX Collection

Open House Goes Virtual for a Weekend of Conversations About Urbanism

Open House, the yearly festival that offers unparalleled access to developments in the world of architecture, is adding to its virtual offerings with a two-day online event, to be held Nov. 14 and 15. The free 48-hour festival will be streamed live on Open House Worldwide, and will include conversations with architects, designers, and urbanists located in 40 cities across the globe. Event topics include concepts in regenerative housing design, open cities and the social justice movement, and an exploration of religious buildings across the world. The full festival schedule is available on the Open House website

Brooklyn’s Forthcoming Supertall Tower Makes a Dent on the Skyline

Brooklyn’s first supertall tower at 9 DeKalb Avenue is making its skyward ascent. New photos of the Downtown Brooklyn residential project captured by New York YIMBY show the tower, planned for 73 stories, now standing at roughly 28 stories. The SHoP Architects-designed supertall is rising alongside the Dime Savings Bank, a Brooklyn landmark that will be converted into a retail space attached to the residential development. When completed in 2022, the 1,066-foot tower will hold 150 condos and 425 rentals. Project developer JDS Development Group is also behind 111 West 57th Street in Manhattan and Monad Terrace in Miami Beach.

Global Prime Properties Continue Strong Showing Into 2020’s Third Quarter

Prices for prime properties, defined as the top 5 percent of each market by value, continued to rise across the globe in the third quarter, according to the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index. Auckland, New Zealand, saw the greatest price growth in Q3 2020 at just shy of 13 percent, compared to the same period last year. It was followed by Manila, Philippines, with a growth of 10.2 percent; and Shenzhen, China, with a growth of 8.9 percent. “In an age of uncertainty, buyers are looking more favourably at luxury property, mirroring what we saw in 2008,” writes report author Kate Everett-Allen. “With equity markets volatile, Brexit looming large, the repercussions from the US presidential election expected to rumble on, and further waves of the pandemic hitting Europe and the US, property’s credentials as a safe and tangible asset class are rising to the fore.”

Open Floor Plans are Still Favored — With an Asterisk

Now that many homeowners are spending more time than ever in their residences, does the open floor plan still reign supreme as the layout of choice? Yes, for the most part, finds Brick Underground. Compass broker Vickey Barron says that open floor plans are still popular among buyers, with the exception of those with families. Johnathan Agrelius of Warburg Realty says that many buyers he’s worked with are “interested in an open floor plan that lends itself to being divided and enclosed in an aesthetically pleasing manner without a lot of structural work.” This includes “apartments that have a dining area adjacent to the kitchen that could be enclosed to create a home office, allowing one person to work from this space while the other may work from the bedroom.”

35 Hudson Yards, One Thousand Museum Win Top Spots in Annual Skyscraper Awards

Architecture database Emporis has announced the recipients of this year’s Emporis Skyscraper Awards, one of the world’s foremost prizes for high-rise architecture. The Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, designed by RMJM to serve as the headquarters for energy company Gazprom, took this year’s top spot, marking the first time in the 20-year history of the award that a Russian project was honored with the highest distinction. Bustler reports that several residential buildings also netted spots in this year’s top 10, including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s 35 Hudson Yards in New York; Elenberg Fraser’s Aurora Melbourne Central in Melbourne, Australia; and Zaha Hadid Architects’ One Thousand Museum in Miami.