Case-Shiller shows signs of weakness in Q1 of 2010

Home prices fell in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter, but were up 2 percent from the market's trough in the first quarter of 2009, according to the latest Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller National Home Price Indices report released today.

Data through March 2010 shows that U.S. National Home Price Index fell 3.2%, but remains above its year-earlier level. Housing prices have rebounded from crisis lows, but recently the market has seen renewed weakness as tax incentives are ending and foreclosures are climbing.

Oakland Real Estate Market Analysis - Part #2

This is part two in a series of short videos where the panelist's conversation continues on the current condition of the U.S. housing market and what makes Oakland's housing market different.

Some of the questions discussed in this segment are:
 

Oakland Real Estate Market Analysis - Part #1

 Back in February, a forum of local real estate consultants convened at the Ellington condominium building, a new high-rise, multi-unit residential building located in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA.

Animal, a Los Angeles restaurant.

We loved this short video. It does a nice, quiet job of conveying the tasty looking food that Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, chefs at Animal, put out of their kitchen in Los Angeles. Produced by the New Yorker.

George Steinmetz's Aerial Photography

George Steinmetz takes photographs from a paraglider rather than from a plane or helicopter. This technique gives him great flexibility. It also allows him to produce some startling images. We particularly love the photos of African villages and towns, like the fortified villages of Ghardaia, Algeria.
 

How Buildings Learn - Part 1 of 6

We just came across this 6-part documentary produced in 1997 by the BBC and hosted by Stewart Brand. It's a fascinating look at how buildings "learn" after the users take over. Music is by Brian Eno.

 

Eileen Gray's Classic Modernist Villa E-1027 Restored

On a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (near Monaco), Eileen Gray’s E-1027 house was built to share with her lover, Romanian architect and critic Jean Badovici. The name of the house sounds impersonal, but it is in fact a numeric code for their joint initials.

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.

San Francisco Park(ing) Day 2009

The first Park(ing) Day was launched by Rebar in 2005, right here in San Francisco. Watch our latest Streetfilm to see how San Francisco re-purposed parking spots during Friday's Park(ing) Day. Just imagine if bike parking and expanded outdoor café seating took over our automobile-filled public spaces every day. (Courtesy: Streetfilms.org)

 

Lumenhaus - Zero Energy Home

Viginia Tech's Lumenhaus is a zero energy home. It produces all the energy it consumes from the sun.
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