Archinect - News 2014-08-20T22:29:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T18:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</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/107021440/rebuilding-gaza Rebuilding Gaza Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T18:52:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uv/uvvq2sayr0grnkym.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palestinian Authority government has estimated that it could cost $6 billion to rebuild the territory: 50,000 homes have been totally or partially destroyed, roughly 250 factories have reportedly been rendered inoperable, and Gaza's sewage treatment facility and power plant have been damaged, shrinking the available supply of drinkable water and creating a potential health crisis for residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The recent (and <a href="http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/20/israel-hamas-assassination.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ongoing</a>) Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip has taken a massive toll on the densely-populated urban area's infrastructure. While the need to begin reconstruction is urgent and unquestionable, the mechanics are much trickier. In order to get cement into Gaza, Palestinians must either smuggle it in or wait for Israel to slacken the seven-year old embargo. Israel, on the other hand, remains opposed to easing restrictions on construction materials after Hamas used imported cement to construct its network of tunnels, &nbsp;although it has <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.610061" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently signaled</a> that it will slacken some elements of the blockage.&nbsp;The process will begin with a donor conference with funds processed by the Palestinian Authority, which is supposed to lead reconstructive efforts.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83 Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T16:26:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzs311sknfvb5d8q.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are very sad to learn of the passing of amazing designer Deborah Sussman, who died this morning after a battle with cancer." &mdash; @DesignObserver</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designer Deborah Sussman passed away this morning at age 83.</p><p>Perhaps best known for her environmental and graphic design for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles,&nbsp;Sussman began her career working as an office designer for Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s. She founded her own firm in 1968, and created <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11768196/sussman-prejza-co" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sussman/Prejza &amp; Co.</a> along with her husband, architect and urban planner Paul Prejza, in 1980.</p><p>Her distinctively colorful and intrepid graphical work brought character to Disney World, the city of Santa Monica, CA, and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.</p><p>View a selection of Sussman's graphical and environmental work in the gallery below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107014210/blue-urbanism-book-takes-urbanism-out-to-sea "Blue Urbanism" book takes urbanism out to sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hi0r3tu4kyi5vb13.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are the &lsquo;blue planet&rsquo; and everything we do here in cities is connected to and impacts the oceans. But we don&rsquo;t in the urban planning community think of connecting our work to oceans and ocean conservation.&rdquo; [...] Blue Urbanism ... explores the ways cities and oceans connect, such as through food, trash, the need for energy and commerce.</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/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oma1fcgjzmghae6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106946728/three-lost-days-at-the-biggest-architecture-show-in-the-world Three Lost Days at the Biggest Architecture Show in the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T15:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T15:15:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3307dcc48ad176326b005ed05ff5679.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture&rsquo;s largest and most public event needs to do more than just go through the motions. The Biennale, unfortunately, seemed to be driven not by passion or a desire to communicate, but by a sense of obligation. [...] Perhaps an ornamental city is simply an ill-omened venue for an event celebrating the most functional of arts. Venice may always be trapped in the past, but the Biennale should be at the forefront of a conversation about architecture&rsquo;s future.</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/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T23:49:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac9246a29689fa9515554bb8f44b635.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways. It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan that will require coordination of the 88 cities and and dozens of public agencies in the L.A. Basin to achieve.</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/106875970/brave-new-recycling-economy-movement-turns-trash-to-treasure Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:20:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2hnqpg8a6j7nc0b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recently on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106869519/madrid-s-museo-reina-sof-a-plans-another-expansion Madrid's Museo Reina Sofía plans another expansion Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T15:14:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6duxs498lj2euje7.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The director of the Museo Reina Sof&iacute;a, Manuel Borja-Villel, has just announced that Madrid&rsquo;s main Modern and contemporary art museum will expand its permanent exhibition space by a total of 3,000 sq. m by the end of 2015. In an interview with EFE news agency, Borja-Villel said the project will &ldquo;finally&rdquo; join the Francisco Sabatini-designed building, which fully opened as an art museum in 1992, with the extension by Jean Nouvel, completed in 2005.</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/106866305/architecture-review-all-that-s-missing-from-shiny-sleek-citycenterdc-is-cityheartdc Architecture Review: All that’s missing from shiny, sleek CityCenterDC is CityHeartDC Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T14:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T14:18:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/7874e50120117f64d61fa182b849849f.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minimalism does smell a little foul these days, ever more commercial, devoted to luxury rather than simplicity, a fantasy of the globalized everywhere. It is the design ethos of a world in which you bounce around a grid of generic places, which all feel familiar because they all have the same stores, the same brands and the same basic design. If you want to look at how this fantasy manifests itself architecturally, visit CityCenterDC [...].</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/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106795640/why-sprawl-may-be-bad-for-your-health Why sprawl may be bad for your health Archinect 2014-08-17T16:06:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T18:23:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a2c7f6582f06aca03ff73fde4204f96.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marshall, Garrick and Piatkowski are talking about a different set of health concerns: not communicable diseases like cholera, but lifestyle diseases like diabetes. "The literature suggests," they write, "that the shift in industrialized nations toward a more sedentary lifestyle is linked to increasingly auto-dependent lifestyles, which in turn is linked to lower density developments and auto-friendly land uses." Maybe we're designing places, in other words, that make it harder to be active.</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/106425627/should-city-planners-have-to-live-in-cities Should city planners have to live in cities? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:36:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0doqk232ncl6imgl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brad Buchanan spends his summer weekends, and some predawn mornings, atop an ATV checking on his cattle along Kiowa Creek. [...] But each weekday, Buchanan shifts gears... The weekend farmer who's also a longtime architect ... is five months into his job as Denver's head city planner. That juxtaposition &mdash; an Eastern Plains rancher responsible for making key decisions about Denver's increasingly dense urban footprint &mdash; has some critics of the city's building bonanza grumbling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In that ancient fable of localized identity, a city-dwelling mouse and his country-dwelling cousin try out life in each other's shoes. There are countless versions of this story, found in civilizations from all over the world. Invariably, when each mouse visits his cousin, he feels uncomfortably out of place &mdash; the food is strange, it's not clear what's dangerous, life's pace isn't quite right &mdash; and is relieved to return home.</p><p>Regardless of whether these stories end by taking a side, favoring city-life over country-life or vice versa, they all concede the idea that some folks get along better in the place they're from, and that makes them less capable in the other place. This classic urban v. rural dichotomy doesn't seem to matter much in contemporary architecture practice. It's common in the global economy for a firm that's based in a dense city center to build a monument in a rural setting, or for developers to flip properties in China from their offices in Ottawa. If the design is ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106633556/the-people-designing-your-cities-don-t-care-what-you-want-they-re-planning-for-hipsters The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hh/hhpnk7wt63kp52l3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>current conventional wisdom embraces density, sky-high scrapers, vastly expanded mass transit and ever-smaller apartments. It reflects a desire to create an ideal locale for hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers. [...] Overlooked, or even disdained, is what most middle-class residents of the metropolis actually want: home ownership, rapid access to employment throughout the metropolitan area, good schools and &ldquo;human scale&rdquo; neighborhoods.</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/106558894/l-a-landscape-architect-mia-lehrer-on-what-makes-a-successful-park L.A. landscape architect Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:11:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b538fab694706e9f7d725cb66d8663b6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It relates to scale, who's going to be there, what reflects the culture and interests of the community. People's first notion about a park is Central Park &mdash; big, grassy, lush. So adjusting expectations about that aesthetic, we have a hard row to hoe in L.A. This is the era for our city to think about parks and the river and the urban forest as all one thing.</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/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:30:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4zl35r26mr1rsj38.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist and animator Sam Grinberg revisits the fight over the future of the American Folk Art Museum.</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/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:47:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79c17a365df2e99ce1b7279dbf699931.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ridescout, the &ldquo;Kayak of ground transportation&rdquo; that aggregates over 300 rideshare services, announced today that it will integrate carpooling into its app. This move comes on the heels of recent announcements from Uber and Lyft, which on the same day earlier this month revealed they would gradually begin to allow their users to carpool. While ridesharing has up to this point been a mostly single-user service, Ridescout&rsquo;s announcement reinforces a general trend toward multi-user integration.</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/106492273/the-life-and-death-of-an-impossible-city The Life and Death of an Impossible City Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mnebptn48w3yxh1.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City of Darkness Revisited is a photo book and cultural history of Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned, densely populated enclave within Hong Kong.[...] It was like nothing else in Hong Kong: a mass of interconnected 12- and 14-story buildings forming a single huge structure, its facade glowing from the light of hundreds of apartments and shops. Clearly there was no administrative oversight. It was too dense, too ad-hoc, too unrestrained. All this was clear before even entering the place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A recent&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1060791749/city-of-darkness-revisited" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> helped photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot fund and complete the new edition of their book, <a href="http://cityofdarkness.co.uk/category/the_book/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>City of Darkness Revisited</em></a>, about life in Hong Kong's legendary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/440610/kowloon-walled-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kowloon Walled City</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106406329/amale-andraos-to-succeed-mark-wigley-as-gsapp-s-new-dean Amale Andraos to succeed Mark Wigley as GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-12T16:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:37:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bw/bw571ts213w95tt7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Andraos, an associate professor of architecture, planning and preservation at GSAPP since 2011 and a principal at WORKac., will succeed Mark Wigley, who announced he would retire at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;Columbia is already a leader in addressing the challenges of high-speed urbanization around the globe and I believe it can lead in recasting architecture in dialogue with our urban societies and the natural environment,&rdquo; Andraos said in the release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just shy of the new academic year, Columbia's GSAPP has appointed Amale Andraos to succeed Mark Wigley as Dean, effective this fall. Andraos is a firm presence in New York architecture and beyond, as principal of <a href="http://archinect.com/WORKac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKac</a> alongside her husband, Dan Wood (both previously profiled in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/64596/upstarts-workac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts series</a>). The&nbsp;<em>Wall Street Journal</em>&nbsp;named her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91989166/rem-koolhaas-s-prot-g-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one of Rem Koolhaas' prot&eacute;g&eacute;s</a>, and her writing has been&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95130918/screen-print-10-zawia-s-utopia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featured in our&nbsp;<em>Screen/Print</em></a>&nbsp;series.</p><p>You can see what kind of post Andraos is inheriting in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103338066/the-deans-list-mark-wigley-of-columbia-university-s-gsapp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List interview with Mark Wigley</a>, the prior GSAPP dean.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106404723/amale-andraos-named-dean-of-gsapp Amale Andraos named dean of GSAPP davvid 2014-08-12T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T16:11:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99k9u24bxvy451qe.jpg" width="514" height="669" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Amale Andraos, principal of New York&ndash;based architecture firm WORKac, has been named dean of Columbia&rsquo;s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), succeeding Mark Wigley. Currently on faculty at GSAPP, she has also taught at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and the American University in Beirut."</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/106403110/oakland-hires-its-first-chief-resilience-officer Oakland Hires Its First “Chief Resilience Officer” Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/6445119f5f345242ee96e19851a32ad1.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland has earthquakes, droughts and a host of other resilience problems to tackle. Now it has a Chief Resilience Officer to lead the charge. Today, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Michael Berkowitz, president of The Rockefeller Foundation&rsquo;s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, will jointly announce that Victoria Salinas has been tapped as the city&rsquo;s first Chief Resilience Officer, a position being created in other cities across the world, as well.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilience on the fly: Christchurch&rsquo;s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster Resilience on the fly: Christchurch’s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:32:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/175828a52358e2b924d383402befa50d.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That calamity hit Christchurch, New Zealand, in a series of earthquakes that devastated the city in 2010 and 2011. Most people here don&rsquo;t see the extent of repair work going on underground. [...]Yet the organization created to manage Christchurch&rsquo;s infrastructure rebuild has a vital role, and it&rsquo;s become something of a global model for how to put the guts of a city back together again quickly and efficiently after a disaster.</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/106324364/hanoi-is-it-possible-to-grow-a-city-without-slums Hanoi: is it possible to grow a city without slums? Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T13:29:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9175aa7e40e0a6a69dd85b7d22799227.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hanoi has faced the same population pressures as other Asian cities. But thanks to vague and informal conventions, the state has been able to avoid extreme levels of disservice, even to the most impoverished new urban areas. And the construction of homes themselves has remained at least loosely connected to the regulations of the more formal suburbs. Together these factors have prevented the formation of slums as they are typically defined. But how has this come about?</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/106324363/the-starchitect-image The ‘Starchitect’ Image Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T09:27:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff003c17e40e8f644a2b24c04c94cc87.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Readers respond to a letter by Peggy Deamer, an architect, calling for less arrogance and more collaboration in architecture. [...] It is not only the public that is fed up with this idea of The Architect, but also the profession itself. Having watched ourselves increasingly backed into the corner of aesthetic elitism, we are now more interested in models of practice that do away with the egos and the glamorous buildings they are associated with.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106100539/koolhaas-missing-fundamental-is-alive-and-kicking-in-house-housing-exhibition Koolhaas' missing Fundamental is alive and kicking in "House Housing" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T16:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42c27r2h8hzo1xz1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most attention falls on the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the city itself hosts an uncertain number of simultaneous, satellite events, operating somewhat under the public's radar but still orbiting around the Biennale's curatorial center. There are the Biennale-recognized roster of exhibitions, called "<a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/22-04.html?back=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collateral Events</a>", and then there are the outer planets of the Biennale's solar system; the unsolicited riffs taking place at smaller, less conventional spaces throughout the city. The Biennale's five-month run gives ample time for dissent and complication within the city, offering alternate interpretations to this year's sanctioned theme: "Fundamentals", from Rem Koolhaas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojcebz50cd04w1h6.jpg"></p><p>Criticism of Koolhaas' biennale has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">well-trodden</a>. Creating a catalogue of architecture's supposedly "fundamental" elements has been called depressing, inappropriate, cynical, or pejoratively part of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Reporters griping and academics critiquing is a fundamental pa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106275393/adaptive-reuse-curb-appeal-equal-historic-buildings-reinvented Adaptive reuse + "curb appeal", equal historic buildings, reinvented Nam Henderson 2014-08-10T23:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T08:06:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fz/fz2k02no1ljzarkh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;People are more comfortable...with something that feels authentic." - Toby Moskovits, president of Heritage Equity Partners</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this summer, C. J. Hughes took note of a trend in NYC real-estate, the conversion of unusual buildings into apartments and condos. But, it isn't only your typical post-industrial loft, the conversions include;&nbsp;phone company buildings (like 140 West Street&nbsp;designed by Ralph Walker, a prominent Art Deco architect), parking garages,&nbsp;religious buildings,&nbsp;movie theaters and even government/public buildings.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106195207/smart-city-states Smart City-States... Nam Henderson 2014-08-09T23:24:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lk7q2onid75z8k63.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When somebody comes to make your city smart, he never comes by himself...billions in growth doesn't come without standards and industry alliances. I have never seen so many standards and industry alliances as I am seeing in 'Smart Cities' and 'Internet of Things', and foundations too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bruce Sterling recently spoke at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fab10.org/en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAB10Barcelona</a>.</p><p>Also check out his <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/brucesterling/sets/72157645746813181/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr set</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-08T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T12:52:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b3de66e42849c50f14863a6c9e624a0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SketchFactor ... is a Manhattan-based navigation app that crowdsources user experiences along with publicly available data to rate the relative "sketchiness" of certain areas in major cities. [...] The founders are also bracing for potential complications from an app that asks anonymous users to judge a neighborhood's sketchiness. After all, fear can be subjective. And the site could be vulnerable to criticisms regarding the degree to which race is used to profile a neighborhood.</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/106094912/how-a-blind-architect-reframes-design How a Blind Architect Reframes Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-08T14:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:34:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c322ea8f17f3d2bbd91f5af047842c8e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Downey needed something tactile to work with, and he found it in a kids' toy. Spread out before him on the table are stacks of embossed plans ... marked up with brightly colored wax sticks. [...] The sticks warm to the touch and bend easily; they can make precise angles, and&mdash;crucially for Downey&mdash;their tackiness makes them stick to paper. "Once I realized that, I thought, 'Oh, I could use that to draw on top of an embossed drawing.'" Suddenly, he had a way not just to read, but to make.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously, the <em>LA Times</em>&nbsp;profiled Downey and his firm:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959072/blind-architect-sports-an-upbeat-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blind architect sports an upbeat vision</a></p>