It is 7 a.m, 52° and headed to 69°. Details for the next 10 days are here.
Interesting piece in New York Magazine on Vienna architecture with the subhead, “Vienna is full of affordable apartments that look great.” Justin Davidson makes the argument that New York — and I’m suggesting SF — need look no further than Vienna for ideas on affordable housing.
At the Gasometer complex, celebrity architects refitted a set of immense gas-storage silos with offices, shopping, and affordable apartments. Bike City, another elegantly designed building, is geared to residents who don’t own cars.
These projects emerge out of a 100-year history of high-design, low-cost housing and an apparatus that has placed nearly two-thirds of Vienna’s rapidly growing population in subsidized housing. The city government effectively controls the real-estate market and maintains a housing-research department that puts academic conjecture into practice. The model works because it combines generosity, rigor, and competition. READ MORE.
And, as long as we’re looking at the New York press (yes, I am so tired of food news and you are probably tired of it as well) there is a lovely look at the work of the poet who won this year’s Pulitzer Prize, Vijay Seshadri, on the New Yorker’s website.
Meanwhile, Napster co-founder Sean Parker is the latest tech mogul to enter the media world with a new start-up aimed at engaging readers with politics. Brigade Media will launch before the next elections, reports the SF Business Times.