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Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the hot topic in the field of economics has been inequality. Piketty's book, which argues that if left unchecked wealth will be increasingly concentrated into the already wealthy end of society, many saw the book as evidence for progressive taxes on the wealthiest members of a society. However, according to The Economist a new critique of Piketty's work is making waves among economists. A paper by MIT graduate student Matthew Rognlie argues that, since the 1970s, the only form of capital that has demonstrably increased the wealth of the wealthy is housing. With this in mind, The Economist suggests that, instead of focusing on taxation, "policy-makers should deal with the planning regulations and NIMBYism that inhibit housebuilding." Read more about Rognlie's paper at The Economist, or (for the more adventurous) read the paper for yourself here.

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Is Housing at the Root of Inequality?

Ever since last year, in response to the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the hot topic in the field of economics has been inequality. Piketty’s book, which argues that if left unchecked wealth will be increasingly concentrated into the already wealthy end of society, many saw the book as evidence for progressive taxes on the wealthiest members of a society. However, according to The Economist a new critique of Piketty’s work is making waves among economists. A paper by MIT graduate student Matthew Rognlie argues that, since the 1970s, the only form of capital that has demonstrably increased the wealth of the wealthy is housing. With this in mind, The Economist suggests that, instead of focusing on taxation, ”policy-makers should deal with the planning regulations and NIMBYism that inhibit housebuilding.” Read more about Rognlie’s paper at The Economist, or (for the more adventurous) read the paper for yourself here.

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Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA

Architects: OOPEAA
Location: 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
Architect In Charge: Anssi Lassila
Project Architects: Juha Pakkala (construction stage), Iida Hedberg (design process stage)
Other Team Members: Jussi-Pekka Vesala (master plan stage) Mia Salonen, Teemu Hirvilammi, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, Santtu Hyvärinen
Area: 18650.0 …
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Kalasataman Huvilat Townhouses / PORTAALI architects Ltd + ArkOpen Ltd

Architects: PORTAALI architects Ltd, ArkOpen Ltd
Location: Antareksenkatu 10, 00540 Helsinki, Finland
Architect In Charge: Juha Kämäräinen
Area: 1955.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Photos Tuomas Uusheimo, Studio Halas

Interior, Fixtures And Materials: Piritta Kokkonen, Interior architect SIO, Design Manager SATO …
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Images Released of Tadao Ando’s First NYC Building

Tadao Ando has unveiled his first New York building. An “ultra-luxury” condominium project known as 152 Elizabeth Street, the 32,000-square-foot building will replace an existing parking lot with a concrete structure comprised of seven residences – all of which will be “treated as… Sigue leyendo

Salvador María del Carril 3816 / MMCV

Architects: MMCV
Location: Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project Architects: Sergio Mizraji, Jacquelin Cicchinelli
Project Area: 680.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniela Mac Adden

Project Director: Andrés Gagliardi
Site Manager: Patricia Barragan
Structures: José A. Zaldua
Construction: KARPEL Hermanos …
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Rue Du Chateau Des Rentiers’ Housing / Explorations Architecture

Architects: Explorations Architecture
Location: Rue du Château des Rentiers, 75013 Paris, France
Design Team: Explorations architecture + Integrale 4 engineers + ETB Antonelli engineers
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Explorations Architecture

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Sierra Ballena I / AFRa

Architects: AFRa
Location: Punta Ballena, grutas y ruta panorámica, Camino a la Ballena, Uruguay
Project Architects: Pablo Héctor Ferreiro, Saturnino Armendares, Joaquín Ignacio Leunda, Andrés Gomez Muñoz, Roberto Félix Dufrechou
Project Area: 1500.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Federico Kulekdjian…
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Tham & Videgård Propose Wooden High-Rise Housing for Stockholm

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is the latest to investigate the potential of tall wooden structures. Planned for a site in the former transport harbor of Loudden, which will soon be revived as a new urban area, the practice’s mixed-use scheme proposes to integrate… Sigue leyendo

Tribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect

Architects: Andrew Franz Architect
Location: New York, NY, USA
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Interior Design: Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC
Structural Engineer: Blue Shore Engineering, LLC
Mep Engineer: A to Z Consulting Engineers, PC
Landscaping: Plant Specialists…
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Block 0704 / Simpraxis

Architects: Simpraxis
Location: Cyprus
Architect In Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marios Christodoulides

Construction: Housemasters
Structural Engineer: Andreas Theodotou
Mechanical Engineer: Kikis Hadjifrangiskou
Electrical Engineer: Andreas Sotiriou

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