Who really lives in all those awful luxury skyscrapers going up all over the US? Increasingly: No one. Now the government is going after the shady, secret deals that are gobbling up the most expensive real estate in most big cities—and destroying the housing market.
Micro-unit developments—new apartments that are 400 square feet or smaller—are sprouting up all over the country as cities try to cram more housing into their neighborhoods. New York City’s first micro-unit development opened this month and it’s controversial—even in a city where people already pay top dollar to live…
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Airbnb. The startup spent $8 million to defeat Proposition F in San Francisco, which would have imposed stricter regulations for the company. Days later, a horrifying story about two deaths in Airbnb rentals raised concerns that the defeated regulations were badly needed…
With over one million unregulated listings globally, critics of Airbnb have long said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt at one of the startup’s rentals. The most nightmarish scenario possible happened to a writer who is now coming forward: On Thanksgiving Day 2013, his father died from…
What do villages look like in a world where most people live in cities? Can close-knit communities even exist in the megapolis of the future? The Interlace, an unusual apartment building that was just crowned Building of the Year, thinks so.
Yesterday, San Francisco voters defeated Proposition F, a set of regulations for short-term rentals which many thought might help ease its housing problems. The defeat is being credited almost singlehandedly to Airbnb. Will the entire city of San Francisco become overrun with Airbnb rentals now? Probably not. Have we…
What can you get for $1800 in rent? In Brooklyn, you can get a fully furnished apartment, a bedroom that’s all yours, plus access to two bathrooms, a living room, and a well-appointed, brand-new kitchen. Oh yeah, and here’s the twist: You’ll share it with four other people—who you don’t get to choose.
Recently, SuperSkyScrapers held an interesting architectural competition in Mumbai, India: how do you tackle housing shortages in densely populated regions around the world? The competition was focused on one type of repurposed resource: shipping containers.
The cost of housing in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area is cripplingly expensive. But what does housing value look like across the whole of the country?
The cost of housing in New York and San Francisco has long since transcended into the realm of absurdity. But all those quaint, astronomically pricey brownstones and single family homes are part of a healthy national economy, right? Not exactly.
While the film Tiny was supposedly about tiny house living, it was mainly focused on a guy trying to get his tiny house built—we didn’t hear much about everyday tiny house life. A new documentary features tiny house people who have been at it for awhile—and we find out what happens when tiny house people stop being…
The idea of passive housing — basically, well-insulated buildings that don't require a ton of energy to heat and cool — is certainly not a new one. Standards for passive housing have been around for 25 years in Europe, but they are only now starting to catch on stateside.
Egypt, a country in the grips of a severe housing crisis, announced a glitzy new development this week—and it's a throwback either to Vegas or to ancient Egypt. Or maybe a little bit of both.
In our flood-plagued future, what kind of housing will the super-rich buy? In Dubai, we're getting a sneak peek at what super-luxury real estate looks like in a world with unpredictable waters—and the main selling point is that it floats.
You know what this house needs? More fictional alien trophy hunter masks. It really ties the whole place together, don't you think?
We all like the idea of saving energy, but actually retrofitting an old house is a loud, messy, and expensive headache. So the Dutch company Energiesprond has come up with a way to make houses carbon neutral with easy, snap-on insulation and solar panels. It doesn't hurt that houses come out looking quite handsome,…
Noted Designer of Things Philippe Starck has tried his hand at jazzing up an item that's normally associated with near-violent levels of efficiency: pre-fabricated housing.
Make It Right launched in 2007 to rebuild homes in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now the nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt has moved on to other communities in need—and its next project will be building sustainable homes for Native American tribes in Fort Peck, Montana.
In disaster-relief situations, every minute matters—as does every pound and inch. Because when thousands of people have been suddenly left homeless, you can't just build new houses overnight. You can, however, set up one of these origami-like shelters in less than two minutes.