Archinect - News 2015-04-01T04:11:17-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/124212951/a-couple-travels-the-world-in-search-of-the-human-city A Couple Travels the World in Search of "the Human City" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T22:30:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d841ce1ec0b9c144071a2f3279ec8ac.jpg" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Fernando Casado and Paula Garc&iacute;a, the founders of the Towards the Human City project, [are] travelling the world to find how cities are trying to be more people-oriented...Trends like smart cities make us believe that large structures are needed to change urban spaces, yet there are countless examples of transformative bottom-up initiatives that have come from a simple idea and flourished without public money. It is this citizen-led type of urbanism that they hope to highlight and champion.</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/124213753/ucla-professor-and-parking-guru-donald-shoup-to-retire UCLA professor and "parking guru" Donald Shoup to retire Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T17:40:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T17:40:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28419c3d6fb3eae1477e867602130429.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 41 years of teaching at UCLA, Donald Shoup, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will retire on June 30. [...] Shoup is widely known as the &ldquo;parking guru&rdquo; whose ideas on parking policies have been implemented in cities around the world. His influential book, "The High Cost of Free Parking" ... has led a growing number of cities to adapt new policies for parking requirements and to charge fair market prices for curb parking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parking is a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15120/parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic factor</a> in determining how cities in the U.S. look and function, and no one knows that better than Donald Shoup. Any parking study worth its salt is indebted to Shoup's research.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T17:23:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T17:24:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6rk3wbjydbhbtcx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The lightweight "Better Shelter" was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the ...UNHCR... Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for 3 years &mdash; far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which last about 6 months.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2nomgxqggbe61jk.jpg"></p><p>As the Verge article notes, the announcement comes at a time when there are nearly 4 million people left without homes from the ongoing wars in Syria alone. Globally, there are 45.2 million people currently displaced by conflict and persecution according to a UNHCR <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>. And even that number doesn't account for the millions currently being displaced by drought, famine, rising sea levels, resource scarcity or other ecological disasters.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mkd091v6tthgw2t.jpg"></p><p>The Ikea Foundation's <a href="http://www.bettershelter.org/product/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Better Shelter"</a> houses comprise three individual parts: the frame, the panels, and the photo voltaic system. They can be assembled on site without any additional tools or equipment. While lightweight and transportable, the units are designed to last three years. The solar panels charge an LED light that can be used at night for four hours or to charge a mobile phone.</p><p>In an article posted last year, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a>, I consider other design projects addressing the global refugee crisis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8p1qcxe5521du5g.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kf/kf488c9dnh8v12v2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vl/vl0t390rrdi2wjsq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/ybl85n76zus6bf7h.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case Justine Testado 2015-03-31T15:32:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T17:12:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wg/wg03loncetie3vva.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials have offered a $170,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the arsonist behind the blaze that consumed a seven-story building in the Da Vinci apartment complex and damaged the freeway and neighboring buildings. Investigators believe the suspect 'torched that building up from the freeway side and then escaped'...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Well, L.A. fire officials are revealing <em>some</em> details. The L.A. Times reports that L.A. Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Ruda informed Echo Park neighborhood council members last week that authorities have surveillance footage allegedly showing the suspect of the fire that engulfed a 7-story structure in the Da Vinci apartment complex last December. A few weeks later, federal investigators <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">determined the fire was arson</a>. City officials estimate the December blaze caused between $25 million-$30 million in damage.</p><p>Ruda described that the footage shows the suspect parking their vehicle on the 110 Freeway and then walking into the half-built structure with cans of fuel. While the suspect is said to still be at large, the LAFD and law enforcement are continuing further investigation into the case. However, further details of collected evidence are not currently being released "to protect the integrity of the investigation," according to Ruda.</p><p>Footage of the possible suspect has not been...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124201653/page-park-architects-to-lead-glasgow-school-of-art-restoration Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T14:06:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:51:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/cki5gafqwik9owho.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Glasgow-based Page\Park Architects have been appointed from a shortlist of five companies who bid for the role. They will now start work on a detailed plan for restoration. Work is expected to begin in spring 2016 with hopes for academic access from 2017/2018. The art school is continuing efforts to raise &pound;20m to pay for the restoration of the Mackintosh and its contents. [...] They were lead designers for the Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project from 2007-2009.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If all goes to plan, the library that was damaged by a fire in May of last year will reopen for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Glasgow School of Art has provided additional information regarding Page\Park's restoration and working relationship with the School in a press release, presented here in a slightly condensed form:</p><p>"The Glasgow-based architects have an extensive track record in both restoring and reinvigorating major historic buildings.&nbsp; They have also worked across the spectrum of Mackintosh's designs from the domestic at the Hillhouse, through commercial at the former Glasgow Herald offices - now the Lighthouse, to his finest cultural and academic work at the School of Art itself &nbsp;- as lead designers for the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project (2007-9)<br><br><em>&ldquo;The team assembled by Page \ Park Architects impressed us not only with their deep knowledge of the building, but of the wider work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh,&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>says Professor Tom In...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124109193/a-history-of-department-stores A history of department stores Nam Henderson 2015-03-30T13:59:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T14:07:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jg/jgpv81t7oow6cmak.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With their brilliant use of electric lighting &ndash; something Mendelsohn had learned from the look of American city streets at night &ndash; bold architectural graphics and photogenic forms, the Schocken stores were admired by a new generation of European architects and castigated by the Nazis, who came to power in 1933</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jonathan Glancey examines how from Victorian London to Soviet-era Moscow, they have changed the way we shop and have shaped global culture.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-30T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T15:43:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mr8yw8d27ahz1mle.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tossed out an idea that she admitted might sound a bit crazy: What if San Francisco housing developers could fulfill their affordable housing requirements by building some of that housing in Oakland? [...] The idea is for San Francisco residents who qualify for below-market-rate housing to live in affordable units that would be built in Oakland. [...] The foundation for the partnership is already being prepped in Oakland</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/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-28T09:02:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:15:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7n29tlrpiua5mr2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since opening the doors of its original William Pereira buildings in 1965, the Los Angele County Museum of Art has grown along with its home. The version of the city beloved by Reyner Banham and Pereira was alive then on the historic Miracle Mile, proselytizing megasized car-infrastructure and New Suburban models of living. From the 1980s through the 2000s, the museum expanded and reorganized, adding Bruce Goff&rsquo;s Japanese Pavilion and Renzo Piano&rsquo;s additions. Now, the entire conglomerate is slated for a redesign, into a singular swath by famed museum architect Peter Zumthor, with new attention paid to an incoming Metro station. And according to the <em>Los Angeles Times&rsquo;</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, this is distinctly on track with where the megaregion as a whole is going &ndash; part of his so-called &ldquo;Third Los Angeles&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9mcgcj2evjrd34l.jpg"></p><p>This third stage of Los Angeles is &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an altogether more integrated, metropolitan-oriented</a>&rdquo; place, and is the namesake for Hawthorne&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series exp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123894934/russia-considering-plans-for-a-12-400-mile-superhighway-linking-london-and-alaska Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-27T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T14:54:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ec42ec1h4anihovh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trans-Eurasian Belt Development would see the construction of a vast motorway across Russia. It would connect with existing networks in Europe, making road trips to eastern Russia a far easier proposition. While roads do currently run across most of Russia, the quality tends to deteriorate the farther you travel from Moscow. [...] A new high-speed train line would also be constructed, along with pipelines for gas and oil.</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/123737452/great-city-terrible-place-a-discussion-on-the-urban-future-of-india "Great City...Terrible Place": A discussion on the urban future of India Laura Amaya 2015-03-27T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-28T08:32:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h0tbr4az01wi6c38.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>India is currently the second most populated country in the world, closely following China, at 1.25 billion people. Around 30 percent of its inhabitants, roughly the population of the entire United States, live in urban areas that continue to grow. The astonishing numbers are proof of the country&rsquo;s demographic explosion, and make Indian cities a fascinating combination of chaos and vitality rarely found elsewhere. Great City&hellip;Terrible Place, this year&rsquo;s Z-AXIS symposium curated by the Charles Correa Foundation in Goa, explored the complex forces shaping global cities in an effort to understand the dynamism of India&rsquo;s ever-changing urban centers. Held over three days at Kala Academy, one of Correa&rsquo;s masterworks, the conference brought together speakers from different corners of the world to share their views with an audience eager to take an active role in India&rsquo;s urban transformation.</p><p>The conference&rsquo;s moderator, Pratyush Shankar, described cities as places of will, where people forge ...</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 >2015-03-27T13:40:25-04:00 <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/123839523/christoper-hawthorne-on-the-recovery-of-public-space-in-los-angeles Christoper Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T21:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T21:12:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luxt7au51zi2kyzf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The public sector stopped making public space a long time ago," Los Angeles architect Jon Jerde told Wired magazine rather matter-of-factly in 1999. [...] A little more than two decades later, there is something quaintly fatalistic about Jerde's attitude toward the frail state of public space. In Los Angeles, at least, it has returned pretty dramatically to health.</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/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300 RIBA seeks architect to redesign remote island community of <300 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:09:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24e208ba62003f1b6827e8502e930273.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[RIBA] has launched the contest to create a self-sustainable future for those living on Tristan, a tiny community &ldquo;ruled by the weather&rdquo;, part of the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. [...] Tristan&rsquo;s government, led by Alex Mitham, called in Riba to manage the process of finding an architect to overhaul residential property as well as carry out urgent replacement of the government buildings, currently little more than agricultural sheds which &ldquo;are nearing the end of their useful life&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/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:35:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oyhzxsopg8hea1e4.jpg" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All of America&rsquo;s cement consumption during the [20th] century adds up to around 4.4 gigatons (1 gigaton is roughly 1 billion metric tons). In comparison, China used around 6.4 gigatons of cement in the three years of 2011, 2012 and 2013 [...] The country is urbanizing at a historic rate, much faster than the U.S. did in the 20th Century. More than 20 million Chinese relocate to cities each year, which is more people than live in downtown New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago combined.</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/123739063/starts-with-me-ends-with-us-a-conversation-with-tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-on-archinect-sessions-episode-22 "Starts with me, ends with us": A conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on Archinect Sessions Episode #22 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T12:30:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T13:27:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bv/bv07xbgc7sx3yzz4.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We are delighted to devote the entirety of this episode to an interview with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a>. Our discussion spanned their nearly 30 years (and counting) working together, focusing not on individual projects but their architectural philosophy, their material explorations, and their work with landscape. The rising cream throughout was the way Williams and Tsien talk with one another, each pulling on their side of the rowboat to work towards a truly collaborative response.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2gxdpue3ekefywt.jpg"></p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via twitter #archinectsessions,&nbsp;<a href="http://ed@archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;or call us at (213) 784-7421. And if you can, we'd love for you to rate us on iTunes or Stitcher!</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-two of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Starts with me, ends with us":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">c...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123751145/new-york-attorney-general-is-investigating-cooper-union-s-finances New York Attorney General is investigating Cooper Union’s finances Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-25T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T10:23:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f05fe9b9135bc737bf7acb6ff106e2eb.jpg" width="514" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When CU&rsquo;s board of trustees decided last year to start charging tuition, its chair Richard S. Lincer claimed that to do so was &ldquo;the only realistic source of new revenue in the near future.&rdquo; The Attorney General&rsquo;s office will be looking into the decisions that left the university in such a precarious financial situation [...] It will also investigate the decision to start charging tuition itself, which was the subject of protests, demonstrations, multiple occupations, and, currently, a lawsuit</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/123741480/isis-threatens-southern-tunisian-towns-including-the-star-wars-set-for-tatooine ISIS Threatens Southern Tunisian Towns Including the Star Wars Set for Tatooine Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T22:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rs/rscrugte102vu3u6.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tataouine, the town in Tunisia where George Lucas filmed parts of Star Wars, has become embroiled in the country&rsquo;s unrest with Isis. The town&rsquo;s simple domed structures became iconic after they were used for Luke Skywalker&rsquo;s home planet of Tatooine, and die-hard fans often make pilgrimages to them. But the town has become increasingly unsafe, as it is a waypoint for Isis fighters travelling to and from training bases in Libya, 60 miles to the east.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article doesn't note that the design of the set is based off the architecture of the adjacent Berber-speaking village of Matmata. Tourists are driven in old Land Rovers by guides across the sweeping dunes of the Northern Sahara to the more famous set, which isn't actually inhabited, but is named after the nearby city/region of Tataouine. I visited the site in 2011 &ndash; less as a Star Wars enthusiast and more as a student, then engaged in research on the revolution. At the time, the area was considered a bit dangerous but for slightly different reasons: borders in the Sahara are much more porous than they appear on a map, and armed militants from Libya had been sighted in the region. Now that those forces have pledged allegiance to ISIL, the permeability of Tunisia's borders becomes an even graver issue.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mb2nhitzuc78jw5j.jpg"></p><p>Matmata is a rather sleepy town containing incredibly beautiful and unique architecture. That being said, with the exception of the bar adapted for use in the first Star Wars, none o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123740677/urban-omnibus-investigates-the-tragic-poetry-of-building-codes Urban Omnibus investigates "the tragic poetry of building codes" Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:52:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f821a8524ee73f1030d217c0cad4256.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From time to time, our Omnibus columnists check in to provide commentary on issues of design, policy, and history and their impact on the life and form of the city today. Stephen Rustow&rsquo;s first column scaled the heights of New York&rsquo;s skyscrapers to consider &ldquo;The Privatization of Prospect.&rdquo; Here, in his second installment, Rustow looks at three intangible&nbsp;forces that greatly influence the shape of our built environment: zoning, finance, and the building code.</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/123739068/uli-report-says-houston-astrodome-can-and-should-live-on ULI report says Houston Astrodome “can and should live on” Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T14:10:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/sy0b6z2705rbq7jh.jpg" width="514" height="153" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s iconic NRG Astrodome &ldquo;can and should live on&rdquo; as a multi-use park that will enhance the quality of life for residents of the city, serve as a popular tourist destination, and catalyze economic development that enhances the greater NRG Park and benefits the region as a whole, according to a report released today from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the full ULI report,&nbsp;<em>The Astrodome, Harris County Texas: A Vision for a Repurposed Icon</em>, <a href="http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/Houston_Astrodome_PanelReport_2014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123682840/the-panama-canal-gets-supersized The Panama Canal Gets "Supersized" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T11:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:41:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1ejw7hk8pecbfs0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over a hundred years ago, the first ships passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Panama Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is entering a new stage in its history in order to stave off the threat of obsolescence presented by &ldquo;post-Panamax&rdquo; ships, or vessels larger than the size constraints of the Canal. An engaging episode of the History Channel&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Modern Marvels </em></a>series, &nbsp;&ldquo;Panama Canal Supersized&rdquo; documents the herculean efforts of engineers and thousands of workers to construct a new passage through the Americas that will radically change the global economy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4gua5cqndgi7vwc.jpg"></p><p>Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the original Panama Canal</a> took over a decade to complete. Since the early 16th century, there were several attempts to cut through the American continent in order to facilitate faster trade, eventually leading to a failed effort by the French in the late 19th century. The United States p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123686052/stockholm-s-vision-zero-offers-idealistic-concept-of-car-free-cities Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities Justine Testado 2015-03-25T09:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T12:32:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0912ieexkwpv4xg.jpg" width="514" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Vision Zero conversation widens, a new dimension is emerging to the approach. Increasingly, planners and advocates are talking about creating cities rich in human interaction, cities that provide a healthier environment that puts people above cars in a variety of ways...[At the same time,] Stockholm is already focusing on walkability, even if not under the Vision Zero rubric.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102245366/los-angeles-on-cusp-of-becoming-major-walkable-city-study-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park</a></p></li></ul> 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 >2015-03-24T20:52:08-04:00 <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/123674790/manifesto-for-the-clever-city Manifesto for the Clever City Nam Henderson 2015-03-24T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T23:44:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mr3x6fa0jw9wqn4o.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To establish a use case it is essential to understand the &lsquo;users&rsquo;; the human beings who a service is supposed to help. This means really getting to know those people. The service should be built around their needs, not those of the city government or technology provider.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Written (at the suggestion of Bruce Sterling) at South By South West 2015. It is based on reflections on building several connected city services.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123669152/a-new-ethics-of-the-skyline-the-mile-high-building-is-coming A new ethics of the skyline: the mile-high building is coming Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:07:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg" width="514" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The technology of supertall buildings is a bit like genetic testing or nuclear energy: a volatile form of power. Technological capacities have outpaced our judgment. We know we can do it, but we don&rsquo;t know when not to do it. And so some endlessly wealthy mogul [...] will eventually move into a preposterously expensive penthouse so far above the Earth&rsquo;s crust that the air is thin and gales hammer at the glass. A mile&rsquo;s not science fiction. It&rsquo;s not even an outer limit.&nbsp;</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 >2015-03-24T14:16:08-04:00 <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/123620138/editor-s-picks-409 Editor's Picks #409 Nam Henderson 2015-03-24T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T17:31:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbdp27z827bv41ea.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;featured '<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/122759763/screen-print-29-trans-lust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">trans</a>&rsquo; the most recent issue of 'Lust' - for <strong>Screen/Print #29</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><br>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123062835/archinect-s-lexicon-neuromorphic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest entry</a> in Archinect's Lexicon is "<em>Neuromorphic Architecture</em>" first coined by Dr. Michael Arbib in a 2012 paper for Intelligent Buildings International.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8ogdu5rslvkftfg.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123200242/mackintosh-library-restore-or-create-anew" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC Arts asked experts&nbsp;whether the decision announced</a>, to restore the burned out Mackintosh Library, is a missed opportunity?&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>Restore. People still need to be able to see / learn from / walk through what Mackintosh did. New approaches can occur in new spaces - elsewhere</em>"&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> agreed "<em>Restore, of course...They have the drawings. &nbsp;So the rebuilt room will be a room created by the original architect, in the same sense, and in the same way as it was done originally</em>".</p><p>In employment related news, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123197011/architecture-billings-index-in-february-shows-nominal-increase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">showed a nominal increase in design activity in February</a>.&nbsp;Of <a href="http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2015/03/aia-architecture-billings-index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">particular note</a> "<em>The multi-family residential was negative for the first time in over three years - and might be indicating...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123661102/supercomputing-project-simulates-architecture-s-influence-on-urban-microclimates Supercomputing project simulates architecture's influence on urban microclimates Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q90pg2zu0qv1moqs.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A research team from the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Utah is using high-performance computing resources from XSEDE to instantaneously and accurately simulate how infrastructure elements, such as parks, buildings, and parking lots, as well as their specifications and variations, affect air characteristics and quality in urban settings.</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/123657071/competitions-legitimate-search-for-the-best-design-or-a-political-lobby Competitions - legitimate search for the best design? Or, a political lobby? b3tadine[sutures] 2015-03-24T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:33:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bgmu6tjsjhvcorpf.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...while we were serious, it turned out this competition was not. Even before announcing the results, Westminster City council - one of the two river sides to be connected - stated that it did not want and never had wanted a bridge.</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/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-23T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T06:36:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37bf6b17e60176b5c4edb2f8ee935210.jpg" width="514" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everyone knows the supply of new homes in the Bay Area is falling far short of job and population growth, but the number of existing homes being put up for sale is also near record lows in many areas. [...] &ldquo;The move-up market is pretty much frozen,&rdquo; said Matt Fuller, an agent with Zephyr. &ldquo;Even if you can do great on the sale of your property, you are terrified to enter the market as a buyer.&rdquo; [...] Inventory is also shrinking because post-foreclosure sales have dried up.</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/123582305/bali-s-fascinating-bamboo-architecture Bali’s fascinating bamboo architecture Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T12:47:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T17:43:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jwwbpuc7szxyqov.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was a time when you could not be poor enough, or rural enough, to want to live in a bamboo house,&rdquo; says Ibuku founder Elora Hardy. A former print designer for Donna Karan, Hardy now leads an Indonesian firm that creates innovative, luxurious structures out of cheap, sustainable, plentiful bamboo. In a talk at the TED conference last week, Hardy&nbsp;wowed the audience with spectacular images that defy traditional notions of house shapes and construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Ibuku on the firm's <a href="http://archinect.com/ibuku" target="_blank">Archinect profile</a>.</p>