Category: Rehab

Houses sacred and profane: Part 3, rebirth into an afterlife

1 March, 2013 (16:29) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Church redevelopment into housing, as we’ve seen in the two preceding parts of this post inspired by a text from the Wall Street Journal (December 13, 2012), first requires that the church itself decide to sell the property and then […]

Houses sacred and profane: Part 2, rehab purgatory

28 February, 2013 (16:27) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on converting churches into homes, using as its sermon text a Christmastime article from the Wall Street Journal (December 13, 2012), focused on why conversions are happening with increasing frequency now – declining parish activity and fortunes and rising urban residential demand had […]

Houses sacred and profane: Part 1, meeting their maker

27 February, 2013 (16:17) | Architecture, Boston, churches, Cities, Condominiums, Historic, Innovations, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Rehab, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   For some properties, a change of use is much more than merely a physical reconfiguration, it is also a reinvention of the building’s soul, or for some, a loss of that soul, especially when the transition is from a sacred use (a church or synagogue) into a profane one – housing […]

Urban regeneration in Turkey: Part 3, big challenges

31 May, 2012 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Cities, Disaster risk, Earthquake, Eminent domain, Rehab, Tarlabasi, TOKI, Turkey, Urban Renewal, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s blog post, Turkey’s government has now adopted urban regeneration as an urgent national priority – to reduce disaster risk, to protect the nation’s economy, and to improve cities’ efficiency for global competitiveness.    My panel […]

Urban regeneration in Turkey: Part 1, big vision

29 May, 2012 (13:56) | Affordable Housing, Cities, Disaster risk, Earthquake, Eminent domain, Rehab, Tarlabasi, TOKI, Turkey, Urban Renewal, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   Van, Turkey, October, 2011: never again?   A few weeks back, on 10 May 2012 (and after a welcome weeklong vacation on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast), I was once again a featured panelist at the Turkish National Real Estate Association (Gyoder)’s annual conference in Istanbul.    The banner reads, Real Estate Conference, […]