This mix of factors - soaring demand, a 4 per cent yield for landlords at best, and tenants only moving to accommodate major life changes - is making ByggVesta’s offer increasingly appealing. The company’s market model is simple:
- build modest-sized, highly energy-efficient apartments in urban regeneration areas;
- rent them to singles or couples in the expectation they are unlikely to want to raise children in the same area later but will move to the suburbs to buy a house within 10 years;
- keep rents low enough to give tenants headroom to save for their mortgage deposit during this period (and potentially move on earlier);
- outflank the price per square metre cap by building extremely energy-efficient apartments knowing that a municipality will base rents on a sizeable allowance for heating energy-inefficient older stock.
Poetry and Noise near my house
THURSTON MOORE & TOM RAWORTH / Poetry & Noise
with special guests: Alex Ward & Steve Noble
A real pleasure to have Thurston Moore here for an evening exploring his parallel interests in poetry and improvised noise.
An inventive and instantly recognisable guitarist both in his solo work and as a member of Sonic Youth, Thurston has also been a long running participant in and champion of much of the music that we hold dear.
He’ll be presenting a reading together with poetry giant Tom Raworth and improvised sets on electric guitar with powerhouse drummer Steve Noble and Alex Ward on clarinet.
Thurston Moore – reading
Tom Raworth – reading
Thurston Moore with Alex Ward – improvisation
Tom Raworth – reading
Thurston Moore with Alex Ward & Steve Noble – improvisation
A Greek city. ©SAATAN
”Cities are the spatial articulations of political, demographic, economic, technological and cultural developments which take place on local, regional, national and global scales. A city is continuously being shaped by its context, and its identity, form and function…
The project is located at East 156th Street and Brook Avenue and is a 20-story, 222-unit building for working-class people. But what is unusual and unique about Via Verde with many other public housing projects is its emphasis on improving the quality of the health of its residents. And unlike the Soviet-style brutalist style of architecture, the planners of Via Verde, who were selected in an architectural competition, placed an importance on aesthetics and quality design not often seen in low-income housing projects, which often prioritize maximizing the number of apartment units.
Unlike so many public-housing projects, Via Verde rethinks the mix of private and public spaces to encourage residents to spend time outside, in the fresh air. It breaks the mold of subsidized housing whereby clinics, low-income rentals and home ownership are all conceived, financed and regulated separately. Piecing them together, it takes the healthier, holistic tack. Healthy design comes down to fundamentals in this case: air, light, places to stroll, things to look at.