Archinect - News 2015-04-18T09:22:49-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/125530526/copenhagen-could-ax-its-pioneering-city-bike-program-by-month-s-end Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T21:56:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9olcrzjddqgd342w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, Copenhagen&mdash;a city of ebullient cyclists&mdash;launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets&mdash;expensive, but designed for a place&nbsp;whose people and visitors truly believed cycling was the best way forward. Now the city that pioneered its&nbsp;first shared bikes in 1995&nbsp;is facing a stark&nbsp;possibility: no bike share scheme at all.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal Justine Testado 2015-04-16T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T17:34:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tw/tw4rom37t942824v.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[JetBlue Airways] reportedly wants to get into the hotel business by partnering with New York-based hotel developer MCR Development to turn the landmarked terminal into a 500-room hotel. The deal isn't final&mdash;the parties are in 'advanced negotiations'&mdash;so things could still fall apart...The Port Authority previously chose hotelier Andre Balazs as the developer, but Balazs backed out after realizing how long the project would take. He told the [WSJ] his company had 'more interesting opportunities.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81462395/hotelier-andre-balazs-to-convert-jfk-s-historic-twa-terminal-into-a-hotel-and-conference-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier Andre Balazs to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125432358/umsoa-to-propel-neighborhood-revitalization-with-650-000-from-knight-foundation UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation Joachim Perez 2015-04-16T12:56:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T14:32:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbi0q80b6gm66wwv.jpg" width="255" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The School of Architecture has a long history of helping to reshape and revitalize the South Florida community,&rdquo; said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. &ldquo;We are pleased that Knight Foundation has chosen to support this unique project that will have a lasting impact on communities in need of assistance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miami.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Miami</a>&nbsp;School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring &ldquo;third places&rdquo; &ndash; community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers &ndash; into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John S. and James L. Knight Foundation</a>.</p><p>The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment. The grant will support&nbsp;<a href="http://www6.miami.edu/momentum2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;A major challenge in the Miami metro area is the disconnect between extraordinarily wealthy neighborhoods and boom areas and long-struggling urban neighborhoods such as Allapatah, Little Haiti and Opa-locka,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://arc.miami.edu/people/faculty/charles-c-bohl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Bohl</a>, associate professor an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125198338/meier-makes-mark-in-miami Meier makes mark in Miami Richard Meier & Partners 2015-04-13T12:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T12:25:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xac1otfn4gssxuz5.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from reducing his workload or resting on his considerable laurels, the 80-year-old Meier and his partners are also wrapping up construction on several other projects, including the HH Resort and Spa in Gangneung, South Korea; the Leblon office building in Rio de Janeiro; the 140-unit Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv; the Cittadella Bridge in Alessandria, Italy; and Teachers Village, a mixed-use development in Newark, New Jersey.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124450844/does-your-administrative-staff-spend-too-much-time-correcting-errors Does Your Administrative Staff Spend Too Much Time Correcting Errors? Sponsor 2015-04-09T12:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:27:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69m7uwpesi3dh41d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>Learn how this small architectural firm increased efficiency and improved cash flow</strong></p><p>William Duff Architects is passionate about serving clients through the creation of innovative, sustainable architecture delivered through exceptional project management. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation for excellence in residential, retail, restaurant, and commercial Case Study projects. A firm of professional designers, they approach their work with intellectual curiosity, embrace collaboration, and are dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals.</p><p><strong>CHALLENGES</strong></p><p><strong>Assessing Project Status</strong><br>Project managers were unable to get an up-to-date view on project&rsquo;s status and cost. It became too much of a hassle to search for relevant project information using their old system. By the time they reviewed it, the information was already outdated, which caused project managers to ineffectively manage resource and staff availability. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124448438/david-burney-named-interim-executive-director-of-aiany-and-center-for-architecture David Burney named interim Executive Director of AIANY and Center for Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-03T18:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T14:46:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wp/wp547bpv77cbu7wt.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the search for a permanent director continues, David Burney, FAIA, will serve as interim Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture, taking the place of former director Rick Bell FAIA.</p><p>Burney currently serves as an Associate Professor of Planning and Placemaking at the Pratt Institute's School of Architecture, as well as the Board Chair for the Center for Active Design. Previously, he was Commissioner of the City's Department of Design and Construction (2004-2014).</p><p>The complete press release from AIA NY is as follows:</p><p>New York, NY (April 3, 2015)&mdash;The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture today named David Burney, FAIA, interim Executive<br>Director. Burney, an architect, urbanist, educator, and former Commissioner of the City&rsquo;s Department of Design and Construction (DDC),&nbsp;will serve in the post until the organization hires a permanent Executive Director.<br><br>Burney is credi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124388954/rev-robert-h-schuller-patron-of-architecture-1926-2015 Rev. Robert H. Schuller, patron of architecture, 1926-2015 Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-03T00:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lsajuv7bv31wssui.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Come as you are in the family car"</p></em><br /><br /><p>"ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) &mdash; The Rev.&nbsp;Robert H. Schuller, a California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions of followers from his landmarkCrystal Cathedral&nbsp;only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88."</p><p>The Rev. Schuller known as the pastor who invented religious marketing and branding was also a patron of architecture. He started his congregation as a rented space from Orange Drive-inTtheatre. Later, Schuller hired modernist architect <a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/neutra.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> who completed <a href="http://www.mattconstruction.com/images/projects/_medium/tower-WEB_Size.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tower of Hope</a>&nbsp;in 1968 and in 1980 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Cathedral" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crystal Cathedral</a> was dedicated as it was designed by Philip Johnson, a <a href="http://www.pritzkerprize.com/laureates/1979" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>&nbsp;winning&nbsp;(its first in 1979)&nbsp;American architect. The latest addition was a <a href="http://www.mattconstruction.com/images/projects/_medium/Cryst_Cath_ext,_back_of_bldg_with_towers-WEB_SIZE.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visitor Center</a> designed by a New York architect&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pritzkerprize.com/laureates/1984" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richar Meier</a> in 2003 who also won a Pritzker Prize in 1984.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124361601/stanford-now-offers-free-tuition-for-families-making-less-than-125-000-per-year Stanford now offers free tuition for families making less than $125,000 per year Alexander Walter 2015-04-02T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:29:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5s/5sujkpm2pfoe2i9y.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If a student's parents make less than $125,000 per year, and if they have assets of less than $300,000, excluding retirement accounts, the parents won't be expected to pay anything toward their children's Stanford tuition. Families with incomes lower than $65,000 won't have to contribute to room and board, either. [...] there's something that every college could emulate about Stanford's policy: it's incredibly simple and straightforward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related (among a gazillion other references here on Archinect):&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112509888/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The State of Debt and the Price of Architecture, Part 1</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117986587/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123892522/activism-targeting-london-s-housing-crisis-bubbles-to-the-surface Activism targeting London's housing crisis bubbles to the surface Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dba8e00212eefbdf4904fa4959033558.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protestors against low-income housing demolition are not just fighting for their homes, but often for their ability to stay in London at all. The small amount of &ldquo;affordable&rdquo; housing being discussed as a replacement is really a figleaf.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:31:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9efd179dfb25e88c18d92eaa6c5bb14d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A source close to [Hyperloop Technologies Inc.], who was not authorized speak publicly, confirmed the company has moved into the space, which was chosen in part so Hyperloop could be around artists and designers and other creative types in a space big enough to build large-scale hardware. [...] Funded by a reported $8.5 million in seed money, the company has raised an additional $20 million of the estimated $80 million it will need to build a five-mile Hyperloop test track</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123662711/urban-sprawl-costs-the-american-economy-more-than-us-1-trillion-per-year Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion per year Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yywt5dvbr7yctaue.jpg" width="514" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new analysis authored by Todd Litman at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute concludes that sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion every year. [...] The optimal density Litman uses in the report is only about 23 people per hectare. Add those 2.2 billion people to global cities at a density of about Atlanta, and we'd need the equivalent of all the land in India to accommodate them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The true costs of sprawl</a></p><p>Here's a direct link&nbsp;to Todd Litman's study <em><a href="http://static.newclimateeconomy.report/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/public-policies-encourage-sprawl-nce-report.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl</a></em>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123203459/the-seven-non-deadly-architect-registration-exam-are-divisions The Seven Non-Deadly Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Divisions Sponsor 2015-03-23T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T16:57:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hy/hycz07sqe5ek1hgo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://ppi2pass.com/shop/are/are-review-materials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is a professional licensure examination. It has been adopted by all 50 United States as well as the U.S. territories. The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to help protect public health, safety, and welfare in various aspects of architecture. Currently, the ARE is made up of seven exam divisions.</p><p>To call yourself an architect, you need a degree in architecture, validated work experience, and you need to pass all seven ARE divisions.</p><p><strong>What Does This Mean to You? </strong></p><p>It may mean that though you studied architecture, and are currently working in the field of architecture, you&rsquo;re working as a designer&mdash;not an architect.</p><p>If you&rsquo;re interested in furthering your career as an architect, here are four steps that will help you get started:</p><ol><li>understand your state board&rsquo;s eligibility requirements (<a href="http://ppi2pass.com/faqs/architecture-state-boards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>)</li><li>research the ARE divisions and determine the best order for you ...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352855/is-newark-the-next-brooklyn Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uieuy7kv0joya11f.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123275741/chicago-s-willis-tower-sold-for-1-3b-to-blackstone-group Chicago's Willis Tower sold for $1.3B to Blackstone Group Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T15:42:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/sunx1q6e360e0qob.jpg" width="476" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the U.S., and plans to upgrade the retail and observatory space in a bet on growth in the city. [...] On a per-square-foot basis, the valuation for the more than 40-year-old Willis Tower is lower than deals for newer buildings. The Blackstone price is about $342 a square foot, based on about 3.8 million square feet (353,000 square meters) of rentable space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123273327/new-york-s-megatowers-nothing-but-vertical-money New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'? Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T12:45:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:00:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fd00b0abd6637e38e4403607df79e0c.jpg" width="250" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among this new breed of towers, design elements not directly tied to profit are often downgraded or eliminated as overall costs climb. [...] With today&rsquo;s mathematically generated super-spires, it&rsquo;s best to paraphrase Mae West: &ldquo;Architecture has nothing to do with it.&rdquo; [...] much as the new super-tall New York condos may serve that same general purpose, these are no works of art. If, as Goethe posited, architecture is frozen music, then these buildings are vertical money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98453364/too-rich-too-thin-too-tall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123197011/architecture-billings-index-in-february-shows-nominal-increase Architecture Billings Index in February shows "nominal increase" Alexander Walter 2015-03-18T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T00:07:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6tu7ildirh4yz5e.jpg" width="374" height="213" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After its first negative score in ten months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed a nominal increase in design activity in February, and has been positive ten out of the past twelve months. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.4, up slightly from a mark of 49.9 in January. This score reflects a minor increase in design services [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123041938/facebook-s-zee-town-and-the-rocky-history-of-corporate-urbanism Facebook's "Zee Town" and the rocky history of corporate urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/yc43bjpcq759s9ff.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In founding a town for some 10,000 of his employees to call their own, the Facebook mogul is following generations of entrepreneurs, from the Dutch East India Company to Walt Disney. [...] Zuckerberg&rsquo;s version is to take the form of a 200-acre private municipality adjacent to Facebook&rsquo;s Menlo Park headquarters, masterplanned by long-time collaborator Frank Gehry and ever-so-humbly dubbed &ldquo;Zee Town&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news from Gehry's work with Zuckerberg:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55882137/facebook-gehry-build-idea-factory-for-ripstik-geeks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook, Gehry Build Idea Factory for RipStik Geeks</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98163968/frank-gehry-about-his-battersea-power-station-project-norman-foster-mark-zuckerberg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122600458/newark-to-convert-steel-factory-into-world-s-largest-indoor-vertical-farm Newark to convert steel factory into world's largest indoor vertical farm Alexander Walter 2015-03-10T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:24:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0egwa7amwop7k018.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Next time you dig into a bowl of leafy greens, chances are they were grown in the heart of Newark, soon home to the world's largest indoor vertical farm*.</p><p>AeroFarms, a leading commercial grower for vertical farming and controlled agriculture, together with property management firm RBH Group, a slew of investment partners along with the City of Newark and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the intent to redevelop a former industrial site in Newark's Ironbound district into a state-of-the art 69,000 square foot indoor vertical farm.</p><p>Putting down roots (no pun intended) in a converted steel factory located at 212 Rome Street, the $30M project will also include AeroFarms' global corporate headquarters.</p><p>Read on for some more information we've received.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojyqq6eko4h9stct.jpg"></p><p><em>Currently under construction, the first phases will open in the second half of 2015, creating approximately 78 jobs in a local community with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average. Additionally, A...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:38:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4o1d1rrl9fsje2j.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">choice of BIG and Heatherwick Studios</a> to design their Mountain View campus expansion is true to form: big, brash, debatably realistic, with a dash of techno-utopianism. The critical response to the proposal &ndash; a series of webbed glass shells covering reconfigurable utility spaces, integrated with the North Shore&rsquo;s natural landscape and urban life &ndash; depended on where it was published. Design and architecture publications picked at BIG and Heatherwick&rsquo;s design; tech and general publications focused on mega-client Google and the changes to Mountain View.</p><p>The renderings released at the end of February (see <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>) are part of a <a href="http://mountainview.gov/depts/comdev/planning/activeprojects/bonusfar/bonusfarprojects.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">massive master plan</a> submitted by Google to Mountain View officials on February 27. It is highly unlikely it will proceed as-is. But with the sheer real estate that Google commands in Mountain View, this project adding 2.5 million new square feet to Google&rsquo;s cache of the majority of privately owned land in the North Bayshore area, it&rsquo;s certainly not scaling t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122582726/aeg-scraps-plans-to-bring-an-nfl-football-stadium-to-downtown-la AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA Alexander Walter 2015-03-10T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8b3e653e3fba1d681032ab3eb0f67b1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After investing five years and $50 million in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, AEG is abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown. The sports and entertainment conglomerate is no longer in discussions with the NFL or any teams about the project, company officials said Monday. [...] In recent weeks, competing stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson, backed by NFL team owners, have overshadowed the AEG plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122581913/here-s-a-map-of-where-the-world-s-richest-people-live Here’s a Map of Where the World’s Richest People Live Diane Pham 2015-03-10T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t1/t19opov7eoea0txd.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To put that number in perspective, these folks make up the upper 0.002 percent of the world&rsquo;s 7 billion inhabitants and hold over $20 trillion of its money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever wondered where the world&rsquo;s richest live? Here's a map (and a list) of the top 20 nations hosting the globe's&nbsp;173,000 folks that have more than $30 million in net assets.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market Need a skyscraper? Chicago’s Willis Tower just hit the market. Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T17:29:00-05:00 >2015-03-07T20:23:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riduod6gm859myp9.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest building and one of the city&rsquo;s top tourist attractions, is up for sale. [...] The 1,450-foot (442-meter) building, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the second-tallest in the U.S., and was the world&rsquo;s highest from its completion in the early 1970s until 1998 [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s iconic in the size and how it dominates the skyline, [...] As an office building, however, it&rsquo;s 1970s construction.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl The true costs of sprawl Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:04:00-05:00 >2015-03-09T10:53:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vc8wt8ung7gzvspo.jpg" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How much more does it cost the public to build infrastructure and provide services for sprawling development compared to more compact neighborhoods? A lot more, according to this handy summary from the Canadian environmental think tank&nbsp;Sustainable Prosperity. To create this graphic, the organization synthesized a study by the Halifax Regional Municipality [PDF] in Nova Scotia, and the research is worth a closer look.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122127345/an-updated-look-at-the-conditions-for-abu-dhabi-s-migrant-workers An updated look at the conditions for Abu Dhabi's migrant workers Alexander Walter 2015-03-04T14:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:30:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52915d7211c673624f8d0dee37462c5c.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With all the cultural, sports and real-estate projects launched throughout the United Arab Emirates, there have been persistent protests about the working and living conditions [...] &rdquo;Serious concerns about workers&rsquo; rights have not been resolved&rdquo;, claims the advocacy group, asking for a commitment for &rdquo;more serious protection&rdquo; from these institutions and Saadiyat Island&rsquo;s developers. [...] appears to have made a serious effort to address the concern expressed by Western museums and architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built The town that Hyperloop built Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:49:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e25cd1f06956a6cb50c08f9659285b93.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For [Hyperloop Transportation Technologies], the Quay Valley test track is a way to test its idea of smaller hyperloop rings that could eventually connect to a bigger loop that runs along I-5. For Quay Valley and Hays, the test track is a wildly futuristic attraction [...] It follows a narrative pulled from the world of consumer technology, rather than conventional urban planning. Quay Valley isn't really a place with people yet ... it's a collection of technologies that residents will use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Transit oriented developments, or TODs, are mixed-use urban nodes designed with public transit as their core. The typology emerged from the idea that well-integrated and easy access to transit supports businesses and an active urban life, and that strategic transportation planning can help make thriving cities. But what if that transit, and the town, are both brand new?</p><p>Cut to Quay Valley, a proposed development out in the middle of California's Central Valley that would bear the testing ground for a bunny-slope version of the Hyperloop, Elon Musk's pneumatic wonder-transit. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), an organization intent on making the Hyperloop a reality but independent from Musk (and working with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> to get there), wants the new city to be the test environment for a Hyperloop mockup halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles &ndash; the end-lines in Musk's original proposal.</p><p>The Hyperloop would be the de facto public transit of Quay Valley's 7,500-acre plot, gettin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121590852/architecture-for-humanity-to-file-for-bankruptcy Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:32:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l1vty4mw35z33uta.jpg" width="514" height="81" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a letter to "the countless volunteers, supporters, design fellows, and former staff of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9745/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a>",&nbsp;&nbsp;Board Chair Matt Charney announced that the organization will file for bankruptcy this week. AfH <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">closed&nbsp;somewhat abruptly</a> this past January. Charney's letter states:</p><p>I thank you for all that you gave to this organization over the past fifteen years.</p><p>This week,&nbsp;Architecture for Humanity will file for bankruptcy. While we are saddened by the organization&rsquo;s closure, the mission of Architecture for Humanity is far from ending. Our affiliated international network of designers and allied professionals have resolved to carry on their work at the local level. Over 30 volunteer chapters on five continents, now self-governed, have recommitted to the mission and are emphatically and collectively forging a new path forward. We are overwhelmed by this response, and could not be more proud of those who volunteer their time and expertise to bring design services to where they are m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37z7fymt4c5obdr6.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582807/let-s-talk-about-money-in-architecture Let's talk about money in architecture Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:31:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c9ycp5c0zgp68vl.jpg" width="480" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although money is often seen as a taboo topic in art schools, a group of Yale alumni is urging professional architects to place more value on the relationship between money and architecture. The Yale Architectural Journal&rsquo;s latest edition, titled &ldquo;Money,&rdquo; discusses the controversial role of money in the field of architecture. [...] ranging from Frank Gehry to Yale School of Architecture Professor Keller Easterling, the issue urges architects to reconsider the financial side of their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about&nbsp;<em>Perspecta 47: Money</em> <a href="http://architecture.yale.edu/school/publications/perspecta-47-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work Make Architects founder accuses architects of taking credit for engineers' work Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-24T14:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:18:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w968u4dt757a28ig.jpg" width="319" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;You [engineers] need to tell the architects, when they try to call the shots, to sod off.&rsquo; [...] &lsquo;Celebrity architects &ndash; or as they are known in the business starchitects &ndash; have taken over with their dazzling shirts, their big watches, and their big pointy shiny erections. [...] This is the new age of the engineer. This is your time &ndash; your moment in the limelight. Never has there been a moment where people are so aware of how fragile the planet is.'</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/121222398/apec-announces-expedited-international-registration-among-architects-in-canada-australia-and-new-zealand APEC announces expedited international registration among architects in Canada, Australia and New Zealand Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-20T21:01:00-05:00 >2015-02-21T17:28:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmgv7k3afxz6q8cj.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now licensed architects in Canada, New Zealand and Australia will have a much easier time becoming registered in any of those countries. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or <a href="http://www.apecarchitects.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">APEC</a>, just announced its Architect Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) among the registration boards of the three countries, so that architects with at least seven years of &ldquo;senior experience&rdquo; in one country can have their registration expedited in another. Representatives from the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) signed the MRA on February 21 at the New Zealand Parliament.</p><p>The Government to Government Trans-Tasman MRA already entitled New Zealand architects to registration in Australia (and vice versa). Meanwhile Canada is having it large, as it is already part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a similar MRA with the U.S. and Mexico</a>.</p><p>Read the full press release, drafted by CALA, AACA and NZRAB, <a href="https://www.nzrab.org.nz/Editable/Assets/Newslink2015/AU_Canada_NZ_APEC_MRA_Press_Statement_18_2_15.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>...