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Austin Proper Residences

Private Residences Delivering 2019

The Austin Proper Residences are a limited collection of 99 residences and penthouses atop the Austin Proper Hotel in the heart of the vibrant 2nd Street District.

Mid-Century Modern Home

Design by MF Architecture

Brand New Custom, Mid-Century Modern Home designed by MF Architecture situated in the heart of 78704 minutes away Zilker Park, downtown, award-winning restaurants & retail.

Art Loft in the Heart of Downtown

NOT IN THE MLS

Inspired by a passion for art, this one-of-a-kind, super luxury loft was designed by award-winning firm Dick Clark + Associates. Stunning views of Downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake & The Capitol.

Sophisticated Waterfront

2453 Westlake Drive

Lock and leave lifestyle just 10 minutes from downtown. After a complete renovation, this 2-story townhome blends all of the singular experiences and investment benefits of living on Lake Austin with ...

Hill Country Modern in Rob Roy on the Lake

600 Barrett Lane

Lake Flato inspired architecture aligns resort-style amenities with sustainable design, form, and function.

50+ Acre Ranch

Meticulously maintained ag-exempt estate

Offering the rare combination of proximity and privacy with the amenities of a turn-key luxury Hill Country home.

5 Smart Designs to Combat Homelessness

Posted by Bryan Cady on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 11:03am.

On any given night during 2018, some 552,830 Americans nationwide experienced homelessness, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's a tragic statistic, but it's only a slight increase—just 0.3 percent—over 2017. A decade-long trend shows a more positive outlook; overall, homelessness has declined by 13 percent since 2010. An innovative “housing-first” approach, which recognizes the importance of stable housing first and foremost, is partly responsible for the improvement.

While the people experiencing homelessness are, of course, a diverse group, some fundamental needs are shared. Creating a sense of security, privacy, and dignity is always necessary, says Jill Pable, a professor in Florida State University's department of interior architecture and design, who runs the website (Design Resources for Homelessness). The best solutions are also participatory, Pable adds. “We must listen to and include these people in the design approach,” she says.

As attitudes toward homelessness have begun to shift (last month, Sesame Street introduced a storyline about a seven-year-old character who no longer has a permanent home), design has, too. “Taking steps to help these people re-enter regular society,” says Pable, should be any designer's end goal. Permanent supportive housing, she notes, is the most successful strategy for helping the homeless get back on their feet. But temporary and emergency shelter plays a role, too. From 3D printed houses to flat-pack sleeping pods to community-based apartment complexes, creative solutions—and hope—are on the horizon.


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