Monthly Archive: June 2015

A Traditional 1920s Bungalow with a Boxy Modern Extension

Exterior facade of a traditional bungalow with modern addition

From the street, the house’s decorative facade reveals nothing of the dramatic contemporary extension at the back. But architect Hannah Tribe says its two faces have more in common than a first glance reveals. Its basic forms were delineated in sharp black paint that highlights their geometry. She calls the effect “suburban uncanny”—“clean, blunt modernism that is slightly odd and familiar at the same time.”


Like many families looking to renovate, Tribe Studio’s latest clients wanted more space, better light, and a stronger connection to the outdoors. Architect Hannah Tribe delivered with an unapologetically bold design that smartly marries old and new.

On a Busy Street in Melbourne, a Brick Home Fits Three Courtyard Retreats

Bridge House 2 brick facade street

The location, which is hemmed in by buildings on three sides and faces a heavily-trafficked road and tram line to the east, presented a challenge for architect Delia Teschendorff, who was tasked with carving out a family sanctuary for a woman and her two daughters. The handmade brick exterior, which the client requested, lets the new home slip into the neighborhood’s semi-industrial character.

Neo-Romantic Art Gala raises £1.2m for NSPCC

Katherine Houston

Last night £1.2m was raised for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) at the much-anticipated Neo-Romantic Art Gala at Masterpiece London.

Deemed as one of the most glamorous charity events of the year, the Art Gala is recognised as the charity’s single biggest fundraiser where star figures from the fashion and art industries unite and raise money for abused children.

Nestled under an enchanting forest of tree canopies and hanging lanterns designed by creative director Francis Sultana and Nikki Tibbles of Wild At Heart, sat guests at tables adorned with dark red flowers, bronze and silver metallic vases and cut glass crystal hurricane lamps.


Francis Sultana at NSPCC Art Gala

Sir Michael Caine, Patrick Cox, David Furnish, Toni Garrn, Naomie Harris, Eva Herzigova, Giles Deacon and Roland Mouret were just some of the guests attending art gala, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Mariella Frostrup.


Architect Zaha Hadid at The Neo-Romantic Art Gala in aid of the NSPCC

Photographer Alistair Morrison, recognised for his famous ‘Actor’s Last Supper’, recreated the original (featuring Robert Powell) with key figures and many of the leading supporters of NSPCC 2015 Zaha Hadid, Francis Sultana, himself, Nazy Vassegh CEO of Masterpiece and the magician Dynamo who performed along with Emilie Sande. One of the key auction items that had guests showing their competitive side was the chance to have Morrison take their photo, remaking the iconic image.


Alistair Morrison Actor’s Last Supper with Julie Walters, Robert Powell, Colin Firth, Sir Michael Gambon and more

Other items included in the live auction featured pieces donated by modern artists. These included works from Mat Collishaw, Antony Gormley and Edward Ruscha. The opportunity to be photographed by world-renowned fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, who has worked for Marie Claire, Elle and the like, was also up for bidding.

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said:

‘Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we’ve raised £1.2m – a fantastic result which will enable us to continue our work with children affected by sexual abuse, helping them take their first steps on the road to recovery.’


NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless and photographer Alistair Morrison at the NSPCC Neo-Romantic Art Gala

The fundraiser continues to aid the NSPCC to support children and help them work through their recovery from being affected by sexual abuse.


3 Things Cities and HUD Can Do to Stop Gentrification That Segregates

Redeveloping Shaw/U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Derek Hyra)

For more than five years, I have conducted fieldwork in Washington, D.C.’s redeveloping Shaw/U Street neighborhood. In the last decade, the community has become incredibly diverse both racially and economically. However, Shaw’s subsidized housing residents rarely interact with the community’s more affluent newcomers. Moreover, longtime residents are seeing virtually all of their political power transferring to people who are new to the neighborhood.

Although D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro recently showcased the Shaw community as evidence of a successful mixed-income neighborhood — thanks in part to its viable affordable housing stock — they overlooked how such efforts have failed to build a fully cohesive community. The wheels of social integration must be more thoroughly greased to achieve better harmony and equity across traditional race and class divides.

American cities, and their communities, have become more racially diverse in the last 10 years. Some scholars, including Harvard University’s economist Edward Glaeser, argue that gentrification is one of the leading factors driving desegregation of U.S. cities.

Derek Hyra

I see what I call “diversity segregation” as a central challenge in burgeoning mixed-income, mixed-race neighborhoods. In diversity segregation, racially and economically disparate people live next to each other, but not alongside each other. So-called “diverse” communities often remain internally segregated because meaningful interactions across income and class have failed to materialize. As long as such divides exist, the benefits of mixed-income communities won’t be equitably felt.

Political and economic exclusion within mixed-income, mixed-race areas is affecting communities like Shaw in profound ways. For example, longtime Shaw residents who remain amid the gentrification have experienced political and cultural displacement as more affluent newcomers take over civic associations and institutional leadership positions. With this power, newcomers are able to push their community improvement priorities, which sometimes differ from those of long-term residents. Such power shifts often lead to resentment. With businesses catering to the more affluent, longtime residents can be made to feel unwelcomed in their own community. Some long-term residents report feeling like strangers in their own neighborhood, making it more likely that, regardless of housing pressures, they will move elsewhere.

City and federal officials must go beyond affordable housing efforts and stimulate meaningful social interactions among new and long-term residents to weave a new social fabric of integration in these vibrant, transitioning neighborhoods. We need policies that help bring residents of mixed-income, mixed-race communities together across racial, ethnic and income lines. Several steps can ensure the success and sustainability of these diverse urban neighborhoods.

First, neutral “third spaces,” such as libraries, community centers, schools, restaurants and other gathering places, that represent diverse neighborhood interests and preferences should be created with the goal of facilitating social interactions across race and class.

Second, although funding has been recently cut for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant and Home Programs, a proportion of the remaining funds should be earmarked for local bridging organizations with social programming that connects diverse populations.

Lastly, HUD and the Department of the Treasury should mandate future mixed-income developments, such as ones supported by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, have low-income representation on resident governing councils.

Fostering micro-level interaction and political equity can help low- and moderate-income residents benefit from the new urban renewal sweeping through several neighborhoods across the country.

Charlotte Streetcar Plans Get $1.5 Million Boost From Knight

The Gold Line streetcar will soon join Charlotte’s public transit mix, which already includes the light-rail Blue Line. (Photo by Justin Ruckman)

Last week, Charlotte’s City Council OK’d $7.7 million for streetcar expansion work. The first 1.5-mile stretch of the new CityLynx Gold Line is supposed to open next month, and the eventual goal for the system is 10 miles.

To help boost the chances that the streetcar will be linked to successful economic development, today the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced that it is investing $1.5 million to support a business improvement initiative along the Gold Line corridor.

“The Gold Line streetcar will create a physical link between Charlotte’s diverse neighborhoods and the city center. The business improvement initiative can leverage this power to connect to make Charlotte more successful,” said Susan Patterson, Charlotte’s program director of the Knight Foundation, in a press release. “By igniting small businesses and diverse ideas it will help ignite economic growth in the corridor, create spaces where diverse groups people can come together and encourage young talent to live and stay in the city.” (Next City has received funding support from Knight.)

The Knight money will help with implementing ideas already outlined in Charlotte’s Center City 2020 Vision Plan and the Urban Land Institute’s Corridor report.

Charlotte isn’t the only city betting on a streetcar to help with economic development. Last month, Next City contributor Sandy Smith reported in “Will Kansas City’s Streetcar Be a Connector or a Divider?” that while a forthcoming line has already attracted millions in investment, many in K.C.‘s East Side neighborhood, where blight and poverty are persistent, thought that “the proposal delivered too little benefit to the East Side for the taxes involved.”

Similarly in Atlanta, many were unhappy at the building of a 2.7-mile, $98 million streetcar line, saying that it wasn’t practical. Supporters of that streetcar, which opened last December, say it’s less about transportation and more about community development.

Many see streetcars as a sign of gentrification, and worry that their introduction will soon mean displacement for low-income residents. But Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter seems optimistic, and agrees that the streetcar isn’t really just about transportation.

“The streetcar will shorten the real and perceived distance between Johnson C. Smith University and Uptown,” said Clodfelter. “We believe these investments, market conditions and the streetcar strengthen and attract additional investment. The time to activate plans for the area is now.”

To-Dos: Your July Home Checklist (9 photos)

With Independence Day kicking off the month here in the States, kids in the throes of school break and the days (and evenings) luxuriously long, July is a month to celebrate summer in all its glory. So make a summer bucket list, swing in a hammock, invite some friends over and stay cool — these to-dos…