Archinect - News 2016-05-30T01:09:41-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-26T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-05-26T18:46:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a55oiexfqtfwcbd.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pilot program is limited to about 25,000 employees of companies including Walmart and Adobe Systems... Waze will match riders with drivers already heading along similar routes during the morning and evening rush hours. [...] Waze Carpool is charging riders just $0.54 a mile, which is also what the IRS recommends companies reimburse their employees per mile for business-related travel. &ldquo;Waze Carpool focuses on covering costs, not generating an income,&rdquo; the company explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google purchased Waze, the Israeli GPS-based navigation system with real-time travel details submitted by users, in 2013 for $1.15B. With a fleet of already operating autonomous vehicles, Google stands to leverage its Waze transit data in big ways for an autonomous taxi service that could hit companies like Uber and Lyft hard.</p><p>That $0.54 rate for the Carpool rides is also significant because it won't lead to the same insurance-scrutiny that has plagued other ridesharing companies:</p><p><em>Waze Carpool&rsquo;s $0.54 rate is also important from a regulatory standpoint. As Waze explains, car insurance policies in states including California typically cover &ldquo;not for profit, share-the-expense carpooling.&rdquo; By framing its operations that way, Waze Carpool may be able to avoid the scrutiny around insurance coverage that has at times sidelined Uber and Lyft.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947412/earth-s-first-3d-printed-office-created-in-17-days-for-half-the-labor-cost Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost Julia Ingalls 2016-05-25T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:36:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47e34aeari4hsu7t.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A very large 3D printer measuring 20 x 120 x 40 ft (6 x 36 x 12 m) did most of the work, printing the building by extruding a cement mixture layer by layer, in a similar method by which WinSun's 3D-printed homes were made (WinSun is involved in this project too). There were also some additional smaller mobile 3D-printers used too, however. It took 17 days to print the basic building, but it then required finishing both internally and externally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How many people does it take to 3D print an office? Well, according to <a href="http://m.arabianbusiness.com/dubai-ruler-unveils-world-s-first-3d-printed-office-632747.html#.V0Uzk_l9670" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arabian Business</a>, "The labour involved in the printing process included one staff to monitor the function of the printer, in addition to a group of seven people to install the building components on site as well as a team of 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering." Also: the building was completed in 17 days, and saved 50% on labor costs when compared to traditional built projects of a similar size.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8v/8v3ygmz9mqq6w5rz.jpg"></p><p>Located in Dubai's Emirates Towers complex, the 250 square meter office was installed on &nbsp;its site in two days.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vc/vchn7ip5qu5lowsv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/63/636bqa72z9237tz0.jpg"></p><p>For more on innovations in large-scale 3D printing:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144582510/3d-printing-will-recreate-destroyed-palmyra-arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946366/benoy-announced-in-heathrow-shortlist-for-terminal-of-the-future-expansion Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion Ellen Hancock 2016-05-20T11:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:11:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb2npqdf8x7ro3f0.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Benoy has been shortlisted along with three other British design firms including HOK, Grimshaw and Zaha Hadid to create a a new concept for the country's global gateway. &nbsp;The architects were asked by Heathrow to consider the purpose and potential of an airport with the resulting designs showcasing bold new strategies for a world class sustainable airport. The designs focus on innovative passenger experience and the integration of local communities.</p><p>Benoy Global Director Tom Cartledge commented on the appointment saying;<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Aviation sector is incredibly exciting at the moment as we are rapidly evolving our expectations&nbsp;and imaginations of what an Airport represents. We are extremely honoured to be included in the shortlist and our concept has reimagined Heathrow as a &lsquo;Destination&rsquo; in its own right, transforming the site to be at the forefront of the next generation of airports.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Take a look at Benoy's design concept below:<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mp/mprbf7owjkv5q5ii.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cx0mzu4yvyu80604.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2viza40irti9qk1.jpg"></p><p>Find relating articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers wi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April Alexander Walter 2016-05-18T12:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/qu4ds71foqxgjdm6.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After beginning the year with a decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, down from a reading of 58.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of April were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.2), Northeast (51.5), West (50.8), Midwest (50.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.7), commercial / industrial (52.0), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (49.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 56.9</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.3</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs What these “pre-rent control” stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs Justine Testado 2016-05-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OK, so this would mean the way to make San Francisco as affordable as (say) Portland would be to either cut everybody&rsquo;s salary in half, or fire half of them, or allow the city&rsquo;s population to rapidly grow about 50 percent, to about 1.2 million, while the number of housing units increased even faster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In discussing San Francisco's rising housing costs over the years, journalist Michael Andersen re-emphasizes some points in&nbsp;<a href="https://experimental-geography.blogspot.com/2016/05/employment-construction-and-cost-of-san.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent blogpost</a>&nbsp;by a man named Eric Fischer, who took his own approach in analyzing the city's housing prices before 1979, when SF's rent-control rates began being recorded. While Fischer's method may not be perfect, Andersen argues that the findings could shed new light on San Francisco's housing market.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945845/to-thrive-post-zaha-koolhaas-says-zha-should-emulate-high-fashion-brands To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-17T17:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y2i88fjtpl7v7uia.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas said Zaha Hadid Architects could survive the death of its founder if it feeds on her architectural DNA. [...] &ldquo;I think there is a model these days where fashion houses survive by working on the DNA of their founders,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It is a model that is becoming more and more current and it could work in architecture too, I think.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944436/impromptu-zaha-hadid-retrospective-planned-for-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale</a></li><li><a title="ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941758/zha-after-zaha-patrik-schumacher-on-zaha-and-what-s-next-for-the-firm-on-archinect-sessions-61" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941612/zaha-hadid-architects-to-continue-under-patrik-schumacher-s-leadership" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937411/zaha-hadid-dies-at-age-65" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944866/apple-store-to-take-over-historic-theater-in-downtown-los-angeles Apple store to take over historic theater in Downtown Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-12T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-12T13:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0tfoq1b9dwqf6tq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>virtually all of downtown&rsquo;s brokers and landlords had clamored to attract the tech giant. Only a handful of locations were said to be seriously in the running, all historic sites on Broadway. &ldquo;Apple is known to do things that are outside-of-the-box and unorthodox,&rdquo; said broker Gabe Kadosh of Colliers International. &ldquo;It creates a bigger splash by going in a historic building.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;When it becomes fully known, the pricing is going to skyrocket,&rdquo; said Kadosh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></li><li><a title='How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></li><li><a title="How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117887760/how-downtown-la-s-skyline-evolved-over-the-last-half-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century</a></li><li><a title="Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110815874/why-steve-jobs-obsessed-about-office-design-and-yes-bathroom-locations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)</a></li><li><a title="Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104326642/wait-you-can-trademark-the-layout-of-a-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944209/architects-advice-to-london-s-new-mayor-sadiq-khan Architects advice to London's new mayor Sadiq Khan Ellen Hancock 2016-05-09T11:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:28:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5y34r8i9niy5pd8d.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Sadiq Khan arrived for his first day at work as London&rsquo;s new mayor, architects urged him to be bold in tackling the city&rsquo;s housing crisis. They warned that his policies alone won&rsquo;t be enough to solve the problems and advised him to widen his approach. &ldquo;Bold strategic moves are what&rsquo;s required, and I therefore hope the new mayor has the stomach for a fight,&rdquo; said Russell Curtis of RCKa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are high hopes for Khan, find out more about some of the issues he will have to tackle in his new&nbsp;position:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944211/shortlist-announced-for-uk-s-top-museum-prize Shortlist announced for UK's top museum prize Ellen Hancock 2016-05-09T10:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:28:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91659e83ef29870585e9119fe24beb4c.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Art Fund&rsquo;s Museum of the Year shortlist was announced...with Bristol&rsquo;s Arnolfini; the Bethlem Museum of the Mind in south London; Jupiter Artland near Edinburgh; London&rsquo;s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&amp;A) and the York Art Gallery in the north of England being nominated for the &pound;100,000 prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941702/v-a-east-project-update" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A East project update</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936515/utopian-dreams-london-s-first-design-biennale-reveals-its-opening-theme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utopian dreams; London's first Design Biennale reveals its opening theme</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944145/editor-s-picks-445 Editor's Picks #445 Nam Henderson 2016-05-08T23:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-09T07:49:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gddzh0zrgxr45zmx.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the begining of Apri,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;published '<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The internship test or: why even become an architect at all?</a>'&nbsp;For&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jmiller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Miller</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;takeway was "<em>am clearly paying my intern too much, that must be why I am not a successful famous Architect...But Seriously, &nbsp;I can sort of see an unpaid internship as a summer intern while still in school. But even then, I think they should make the minimum wage. However, Once you are out of school, a professional wage is appropriate.</em>"&nbsp;As he also noted "<em>t</em><em>his is likely a large factor in why we have so little minority representation in Architecture</em>". <strong>Midlander</strong> added "<em>Can you think of any other profession where working for the most-admired offices pays no more and maybe less? You certainly don't hear of top-5 law grads doing unpaid internships to get into big law, or accountants under reporting hours so they can get that charmed consultancy job&hellip;</em>"</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/alexis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexis Petrunia</a>&nbsp;featured the "<em>Double Stick</em>" residence, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938601/architectural-panel-tape-proves-its-strength-with-spf-architects-double-stick-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/78556/spf-a-studio-pali-fekete-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete architects</a>, which makes i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943925/it-s-official-250m-mega-penthouse-in-stern-designed-220-central-park-south-tower-is-now-nyc-s-priciest-address It's official: $250M mega penthouse in Stern-designed 220 Central Park South tower is now NYC's priciest address Alexander Walter 2016-05-05T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T21:52:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcbguw6tmi6rhphz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been whispered about for months, but now it&rsquo;s official: Vornado Realty Trust&nbsp;is offering up a palatial four-floor apartment at 220 Central Park South that is priced at a record-smashing $250 million. The massive condominium will encompass floors 50 through 53 of the Robert A.M. Stern-designed limestone tower, and it will span some 23,000 square feet [...]. The asking price works out to nearly $11,000 per square foot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943753/hudson-yards-could-generate-nearly-19b-for-new-york-city-study-claims Hudson Yards could generate nearly $19B for New York City, study claims Alexander Walter 2016-05-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:23:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u9/u9l2wcu3joy42qkx.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A study commissioned by the developer indicated that total economic output of the companies projected to occupy Hudson Yards will contribute $18.9 billion to the city's gross domestic product. [...] Many projections in the report are also contingent on a host of economic indicators in the city, including demand for Class A office space. Out of the 10.4 million square feet Related will have to lease up, so far it has locked in commitments from tenants for 4 million square feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Hudson Yards project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96639885/a-plan-to-build-skyscrapers-that-barely-touch-the-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Plan to Build Skyscrapers That Barely Touch the Ground</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943704/north-carolina-loses-aia-conference-due-to-anti-lgbt-hb2-bill-passage North Carolina loses AIA conference due to anti-LGBT HB2 bill passage Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T06:19:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81r2yefa92iayc0i.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilmington officials say the cancellation of an architect business conference due to HB2 will cost the city nearly $1 million. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Monday it will nix its three-day conference scheduled for later this fall at the Wilmington Convention Center. AIA officials cited the passage of HB2 as the reason for the cancellation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being a bigot isn't just ridiculous&mdash;it's costly! Supposedly pro-business Republican senators in North Carolina have managed to drive away Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and now the AIA thanks to their passage of HB2, which <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2016/04/democratic-lawmakers-north-carolina-file-bill-repeal-hb-2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Towelroad</a> describes as a bill that "bans all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state" while introducing "some of the most draconian anti-trans 'bathroom regulations' in the U.S." Talk about pissing it all away...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u4/u4mna09hnxwr95qe.jpg"></p><p>For more on the fight for equality:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937477/mapping-transgender-friendly-bathrooms-in-hostile-north-carolina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping transgender-friendly bathrooms in hostile North Carolina</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942979/mumbai-high-rise-at-the-center-of-adarsh-society-scam-to-be-demolished-high-court-rules Mumbai high-rise at the center of Adarsh Society scam to be demolished, High Court rules Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vm0dtao01i103xiv.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an order that sends a strong message against corruption, the Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. [...] The society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 100-metre-tall building with politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly conspiring to get flats allotted to them in the cooperative society at below-market rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adarsh_Housing_Society_scam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the&nbsp;Adarsh Housing Society scam and corruption scandal.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937900/india-on-the-brink-what-s-in-store-for-the-country-s-architectural-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds 11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds Alexander Walter 2016-04-26T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T13:47:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zft0th7mk1yhg14q.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eleven people died while working on Olympic facilities or Games-related projects between January 2013 and March 2016, according to a report released Monday by Rio de Janeiro's Regional Labor and Employment Office. The report, released by Elaine Castilho, the auditor for the Rio Olympic Games works, also notes that no workers died in the preparations for the 2012 Summer Games in London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942220/how-havana-tries-to-come-out-of-its-crumbling-shell-without-betraying-cuba-s-revolutionary-roots How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T19:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:35:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de6ykhjexeypwb4m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m on a walking tour with two dozen international architects and urban designers, as we imagine a theoretical future for Havana. The walk is part of a charrette&mdash;an exercise that gives professionals and community members a voice on urban development when there is no formal mechanism to do so, as has been the case in crumbling Havana. [...] As the Cuban government slowly loosens restrictions on private enterprise, one wonders if the gentrification of Havana is inevitable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941912/connectivity-matters-most-in-global-urban-economic-growth Connectivity matters most in global urban economic growth Justine Testado 2016-04-22T13:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkd9bk4i1tqudk8c.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities are mankind&rsquo;s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided...it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of growth, political stability, and attractiveness for foreign capital. In other words, connectivity matters more than size. Cities thus deserve more nuanced treatment on our maps than simply as homogeneous black dots.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Global strategist Parag Khanna gives his outlook on the economic future of the world's megacities.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941744/how-neoliberalism-is-changing-us-for-the-worse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How neoliberalism is changing us (for the worse)</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149364523/these-are-the-most-economically-distressed-cities-in-the-united-states" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These are the most economically distressed cities in the United States</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132349164/beijing-s-challenges-to-become-the-center-of-jing-jin-ji-a-supercity-of-130-million-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's challenges to become the center of Jing-Jin-Ji &mdash; a supercity of 130 million people</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941908/with-the-rio-olympics-opening-in-less-than-four-months-sports-federation-concerned-over-problem-with-venues With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues Alexander Walter 2016-04-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rfnuyxil390pe12r.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>International sports federations&nbsp;expressed concern&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;over problems with venues for the Olympics&nbsp;in Rio de&nbsp;Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena&nbsp;this week. Members of the Association of Olympic International Sports&nbsp;Federations reviewed preparations for the Rio Games,&nbsp;which open in&nbsp;less than four months on&nbsp;Aug. 5. "They miss some very important details in each field of play,"&nbsp;ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said at the&nbsp;group's annual&nbsp;meeting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-22/two-dead-after-path-built-for-rio-olympics-upgrade-collapses/7348944" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tragic setback occurred yesterday</a> when a seaside section of a recently inaugurated elevated bike path collapsed after being hit by a powerful wave, killing two people and injuring at least three others. A possible third victim may have been swept out into the ocean.</p><p>More Rio 2016 headlines in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940337/brazil-s-economy-is-a-mess-and-its-president-is-facing-impeachment-can-rio-make-it-to-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazil's economy is a mess and its President is facing impeachment. Can Rio make it to the Olympics?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806466/rio-cancels-construction-contract-for-unfinished-olympic-tennis-center-200-days-before-the-games-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center &ndash; 200 days before the games open</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941744/how-neoliberalism-is-changing-us-for-the-worse How neoliberalism is changing us (for the worse) Nicholas Korody 2016-04-21T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:40:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs903w8290leddk3.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities. Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatisation have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve has become normative.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"If you&rsquo;re reading this sceptically, I put this simple statement to you: meritocratic neoliberalism favours certain personality traits and penalises others."</em></p><p>In this op-ed, Paul Verhaeghe asserts that neoliberalism has weakened social ties and pitted workers against one another in a constant struggle to become "successful." In the process, we've started to develop personality traits that resemble a checklist of psychopathy characteristics.&nbsp;</p><p>Neoliberalism's effects aren't confined to the workplace, but rather extend into the urban fabric. Read more:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143595050/next-up-mini-session-16-toma" target="_blank">Next Up Mini-Session #16: TOMA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/90616955/part-1-of-2-is-neoliberal-capitalism-the-right-model-to-shape-our-future-cities" target="_blank">Is neoliberal capitalism the right model to shape our future cities?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95105107/charter-citizen" target="_blank">Charter Citizen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92309906/resilience-and-neoliberalism" target="_blank">Resilience and neoliberalism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135577259/is-individual-expression-in-architecture-at-risk" target="_blank">Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941702/v-a-east-project-update V&A East project update Ellen Hancock 2016-04-21T12:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:05:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/ky0myun2e34c2rbg.jpg" width="514" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A key part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/489192/victoria-and-albert-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A</a>&rsquo;s expanding family of sites dedicated to the past, present and future of the designed world, V&amp;A East is a brand new civic space and cultural destination that will form part of the Olympic legacy project taking shape at Stratford Waterfront.</p><p>The seven-storey building is being designed by award-winning architectural practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/109716704/o-donnell-tuomey-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O&rsquo;Donnell-Tuomey</a> and is part of the masterplan developed with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/47465/allies-morrison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a> for the new educational and cultural district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. At 18,000 sq metres, V&amp;A East will sit directly opposite <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94355496/it-s-like-swimming-in-a-spaceship-zaha-hadid-s-aquatics-centre-opens-to-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s London Aquatics Centre</a> and adjacent to a group of partners with which the V&amp;A has great creative synergy: Sadler&rsquo;s Wells, UAL&rsquo;s London College of Fashion and <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/299/university-college-london-ucl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL (University College London).</a></p><p>V&amp;A East will be an entirely new kind of civic institution. At its core will be the ability and remit to respond quickly to current affairs, and to use objects, the V&amp;A collection, collaborations and displays to in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941612/zaha-hadid-architects-to-continue-under-patrik-schumacher-s-leadership Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:20:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l5/l5fdlq0vj7vsr1i8.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects issued a formal <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2016/04/18/10338/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> announcing that the firm will continue to move forward, with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/128885228/op-ed-beyond-stars-icons-and-much-more-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> acting as de facto leader.&nbsp;In addition to finishing the 36 projects they had started or had under contract before <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937411/zaha-hadid-dies-at-age-65" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Hadid died</a> on March 31st, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA</a> will also be taking on new work. According to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/arts/design/grieving-and-going-forward-how-zaha-hadids-firm-plans-to-moveon.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, in addition to opening new offices in Mexico City and Dubai, the firm "also hopes to push further into aviation, having won a contract for a new airport in Beijing." In tomorrow's episode of <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>,&nbsp;Schumacher will share his personal and professional reflections on Hadid's legacy, and elaborate on how he'll carry Hadid's "DNA" and his&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/29553480/safavid-surfaces-and-parametricism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">p</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/29553480/safavid-surfaces-and-parametricism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arametricist</a>&nbsp;ideas into new arenas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/11/112j4s8gzoylq9nn.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We want to tell the world that we&rsquo;re still a viable, vibrant address for major work of cultural importance," Schumacher told the NYT.&nbsp;&ldquo;My ambition is to become more visible as a leader of the field to clients."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u5/u5a1p433bp81m4lz.jpg"></p><p>He also stated that he wants to continue moving forward on ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note Alexander Walter 2016-04-20T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:07:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmt6qcl1nfikl4xd.jpg" width="280" height="159" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of March:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.7), commercial / industrial (51.8), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (48.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 58.1</li><li>Design contracts index: 51.8</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a> in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146190281/architecture-billings-index-ends-the-year-in-positive-terrain-at-50-9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index ends the year in positive terrain at 50.9</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941443/berkeley-balcony-collapse-investigation-no-criminal-charges-from-the-da-but-five-contractors-could-face-license-revocation Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation Alexander Walter 2016-04-19T17:25:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T17:59:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8pefz5551t9rd88z.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Californian district attorney investigating a balcony collapse that killed six students &ndash; five Irish and one Irish American &ndash; and seriously injured seven others in June last year has said she will not be bringing manslaughter charges because a successful prosecution seems unlikely.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But another state agency, California&rsquo;s Contractors State License Board (CSLB), has determined that five contractors involved in building the balcony probably violated California law, and has submitted its findings to the state&rsquo;s Attorney General&rsquo;s office. The move could lead to the suspension or revocation of the contractors&rsquo; licenses."</em></p><p>The tragic Berkeley balcony collapse previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141221917/13-lawsuits-emerge-after-deadly-balcony-collapse-in-berkeley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 lawsuits emerge after deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132118750/after-deadly-balcony-collapse-berkeley-building-and-safety-codes-tighten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After deadly balcony collapse, Berkeley building and safety codes tighten</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130355051/dry-rot-to-blame-for-berkeley-balcony-collapse-existing-building-codes-called-into-question" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6 dead after Berkeley balcony collapses</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941431/experimenting-with-a-universal-basic-income-in-nairobi Experimenting with a universal basic income in Nairobi Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T14:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T22:58:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/ppm00sk71fyry6pl.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the old days of policymaking by aphorism&mdash;give a man a fish, feed him for a day!&mdash;simply handing money to the poor was considered an obviously bad idea. How na&iuml;ve&mdash;you can&rsquo;t just give people money. They&rsquo;ll stop trying! They&rsquo;ll just get drunk! The underlying assumption was that the poor weren&rsquo;t good at making decisions for themselves: Experts had to make the decisions for them. As it turns out, that assumption was wrong.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"[...] GiveDirectly, has decided to try to permanently end extreme poverty across dozens of villages and thousands of people in Kenya by guaranteeing them an ongoing income high enough to meet their basic needs&mdash;a universal basic income, or basic income guarantee."</em></p><p>[Update: according to GiveDirectly, while their pilot project will likely be in East Africa, near their current projects, it will not be in Nairobi.]</p><p>For more on the growing conversation around universal basic incomes, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936359/how-much-a-dollar-costs-thom-mayne-s-hard-road-to-success-and-what-postcapitalism-and-a-world-without-work-could-mean-for-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How Much a Dollar Costs": Thom Mayne's hard road to success and what "Postcapitalism and a World without Work" could mean for architecture, on Archinect Sessions #57</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130500481/utrecht-to-experiment-with-universal-unconditional-basic-income" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utrecht to experiment with universal, unconditional "basic income"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941148/gibson-street-baths-in-newcastle-due-to-be-sold-in-auction Gibson Street Baths in Newcastle due to be sold in auction Ellen Hancock 2016-04-19T04:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:08:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/df6394ef6651363ab053256463ef4d0b.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Newcastle&rsquo;s Grade II-listed&nbsp;The Gibson Street Baths building&nbsp;was constructed in 1906 by FH Holford as a public swimming pool and wash house. Informal planning guidance says the building could be converted for a range of uses, from private or student residential accommodation to leisure and sports facilities, a hotel, studios or restaurant. &lsquo;The planners are going to be very flexible,&rsquo; says Riggall. &lsquo;The city council really wants to see it brought back into use&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More UK news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940645/riba-launches-2016-funding-for-new-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940643/brunel-s-thames-tunnel-transformed-into-an-underground-theatre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brunel&rsquo;s Thames Tunnel transformed into an underground theatre</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117425241/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-bricks-stones-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bricks &amp; Stones" Pinterest Board</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle Alexander Walter 2016-04-18T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:07:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6gbbeia5sqq9cuga.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Infrastructure was once at the heart of American public policy. Works such as the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Hoover Dam, and the Interstate Highway System transformed the economy. Today, we spend significantly less, as a share of G.D.P., on infrastructure than we did fifty years ago [...] polls show that infrastructure spending is popular with a majority of voters across the income spectrum. Historically, it enjoyed bipartisan support from politicians, too. If it&rsquo;s so popular, why doesn&rsquo;t it happen?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148193818/reinstating-awe-in-america-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinstating "awe" in America's infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940794/california-pledges-to-pick-up-some-of-the-cost-overruns-of-la-2024-olympic-bid California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T18:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0k0io05gjagspi0g.jpg" width="400" height="807" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Associated Press reports a California legislative panel advanced a bill Tuesday committing the state to cover up to $250 million in cost overruns as part of Los Angeles&rsquo; bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Senate Governmental Organization Committee approved the bill in a 7-0 vote after proponents said they&rsquo;re confident they can provide the Games without the serious deficits that have challenged other recent host cities. They pointed to Los Angeles&rsquo; profitable hosting of the 1984 Olympics.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148366519/la-2024-plays-up-a-sunny-disposition-in-their-logo-for-the-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA 2024 plays up a sunny disposition in their logo for the Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134050412/la-mayor-garcetti-confident-that-2024-olympics-in-his-city-would-pay-for-themselves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-14T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-04-17T19:45:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1qo417i0eof4hjh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Apple finishes its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, the technorati will ooh and ahh over its otherworldly architecture, and Apple will pat itself on the back for yet another example of "innovation." ...But few are aware that Apple&rsquo;s monumental project is already outdated, mimicking a half-century of stagnant suburban corporate campuses that isolated themselves&mdash;by design&mdash;from the communities their products were supposed to impact.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This fascinating article delves into the soul-sucking thinking behind isolated corporate behemoth design, which essentially captures the employee for the entire day and encourages a detached, "Who cares; I've got mine!" thinking towards maintaining urban infrastructure. Consider this:</p><p><em>Connecticut General&rsquo;s new corporate estate included snack bars, ping-pong tables, shuffleboards, bowling alleys, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a barbershop, beauty parlor, game room, media library, meditation room, and gas station, as well as offsite services like dry-cleaning, shoe repair, flowers, and grocery delivery&mdash;more than half a century before Google and Facebook added such benefits. "All these perks had a certain element of welfare capitalism," Mozingo says, "this idea that the all-inclusive physical environment is going to foster certain kinds of behavior, which are profitable for the company."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7m7bia7p1pfzyqfd.jpg"></p><p>This thinking extended into the employee's need for a car:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Even the shift to personal vehicles rathe...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940683/faraday-future-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-1b-nevada-factory Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T12:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:31:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4h1c6wn3ih2k2fbr.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Electric car company&nbsp;Faraday Future held a groundbreaking ceremony for&nbsp;its $1 billion manufacturing facility outside Las Vegas this afternoon, attended by Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, North Las Vegas mayor John Lee, and a host of other officials. There wasn't any actual "ground" broken, though, really &mdash; Faraday still needs to grade the land, which it says it will do "soon."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>[...]</em></p><p><em>"Faraday's VP of Global Manufacturing Dag Reckhorn says that they are "moving extremely quickly for a project of this size" &mdash; a 3 million square-foot factory on 900 acres that the company claims will bring 4,300 jobs to the region over a decade &mdash; with plans to build in just two years instead of the normal four."</em></p><p>Watch the cached livestream here (video starts at 32:59):</p><p></p><p>Listen to our recent&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> conversation with <strong>Richard Kim</strong>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/148900430/faraday-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Faraday Future</strong></a>:</p><p></p><p>For more on the future of self-driving automobiles, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940475/is-tesla-having-its-iphone-moment-with-the-launch-of-the-model-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Tesla having its "iPhone moment" with the launch of the Model 3?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940510/serpentine-galleries-appoints-yana-peel-as-new-ceo Serpentine Galleries appoints Yana Peel as new CEO Justine Testado 2016-04-13T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T08:11:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kdj3p16ybrj5oetj.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hong Kong-based philanthropist and entrepreneur Yana Peel has been appointed chief executive of the Serpentine Galleries in London. The [Serpentine's] trustees took the unusual decision to choose a fellow trustee to fill the new post. Julia Peyton-Jones, who put the institution on the international map, is stepping down as co-director this month after 25 years at the helm. Peel will work in partnership with Hans Ulrich Obrist...[who] takes on the new role of artistic director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140080942/after-25-years-serpentine-co-director-julia-peyton-jones-is-leaving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After 25 years, Serpentine co-director Julia Peyton-Jones is leaving</a></p><p><a title="The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129738012/the-serpentine-pavilions-from-the-past-where-are-they-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Serpentine Pavilions from the past: Where are they now?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147811744/big-to-design-2016-serpentine-pavilion-alongside-smaller-summer-houses-by-kunl-adeyemi-barkow-leibinger-yona-friedman-and-asif-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahn</a></p>