Archinect - News 2015-03-28T08:25:45-04:00 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 >2015-03-27T14:23:54-04:00 <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 >2015-03-27T14:48:23-04:00 <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 >2015-03-27T19:22:27-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home "Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-20T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:39:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/732917e1fb256651b53a50a072c1eda4.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russian police say they're looking for the intellectually minded miscreants who graffitied "Kant is a moron"&mdash;along with a flower and heart&mdash;on the philosopher's home outside Kaliningrad. With Arthur Schopenhauer dead for 155 years, however, authorities start off with few strong leads.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The derelict house does look like an easy target for vandalism, but apparently the philosopher never even actually lived inside.&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;points out that the local structure Kant lived in was destroyed sometime in the 19th century, and the tagged building was in fact a new one built on the same site. Which, apparently, relieves&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic </em>of treating this as a preservationist issue, and instead gives free reign to cram in as many of Kant's philosophical principles as possible. See below:</p><ul><li>"They say<strong> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critique_of_Pure_Reason" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no reason, pure or otherwise</a></strong>, was given for the crime."</li><li>"Even the timing of the crime is unclear&mdash;journalists discovered the note, <a href="http://people.whitman.edu/~frierspr/kants_bemerkungen1.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>at once crude and rather refined</strong></a>, while exploring Kant's derelict home."</li><li>"But&nbsp;for those who would reclaim the discipline's more raucous reputation of the past, the graffiti is perhaps a positive sign, and maybe the first salvo in a war between Situationists&nbsp;and Enlightenment thinkers. Indeed, a critic of Kant's ideas might feel a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>categorical imperative</strong></a> to tak...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123351249/building-a-megacity-from-scratch-in-saudi-arabia Building a megacity, from scratch, in Saudi Arabia Nam Henderson 2015-03-20T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T13:37:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgpbklnhwa7frkur.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Creating a massive new city that is able to encourage enterprise in a practical way has up-ended the usual rigmarole of applying for permissions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sylvia Smith reports on&nbsp;Saudi Arabia's new desert "megacity".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352855/is-newark-the-next-brooklyn Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uieuy7kv0joya11f.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators In case of fire, use elevators Alexander Walter 2015-03-20T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-21T13:30:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j8/j8bngac6n5w5biuz.jpg" width="500" height="667" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Fire, Buildings and City Planning Departments are writing rules to govern what are called occupant-evacuation elevators &mdash; cars that can, in special circumstances, be used to move people down in an emergency. [...] Experts who have spent years studying building evacuations believe that approach has become outmoded and is in itself potentially dangerous as extremely tall skyscrapers increasingly pierce the New York skyline.</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/123303072/stay-comfortable-during-climate-change-in-a-rowhouse Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse Nam Henderson 2015-03-20T12:43:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T12:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilepa7dmbcmdyjld.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In both cold and hot conditions, the study found, a rowhouse would be the best place to be. Being attached to other houses limits its exposure and keeps it better insulated</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/nj5fuz8aka1ob21n.jpg"></p><p>Ginia Bellafante reported on the release of a report by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyas.org/Publications/Annals/Detail.aspx?cid=5c5c2bdd-795f-4904-acd5-e3fe4a5c338a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City Panel on Climate Change</a>. Titled '<em>Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resilienc</em>y' it assesses impact of climate trends and advises resiliency and monitoring. Another group,&nbsp;the Urban Green Council also found the rowhouse (compared to a&nbsp;single-family detached house or glass towers)&nbsp;to be particularly energy resilient in times of disaster or extreme weather events.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms Justine Testado 2015-03-19T20:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T01:28:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnhy7y6nfg651zma.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In overcrowded Central Havana and in the historic quarter, the shortage of places to live and play and find much-needed privacy pushed the city upward, spilling onto the rooftops.The technical term for it is 'parasitic architecture.' The Cuban government doesn&rsquo;t encourage the practice, but in the city&rsquo;s oldest and most dilapidated neighborhoods, longtime roof-dwelling families...were usually allowed to stay. The parasites became permanent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Havana's rooftop-dwelling communities brace for more change -- at least in tourism -- in the bustling city below, as Cuba and the U.S. re-establish relations.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123222752/fast-forward-look-back-archinect-sessions-episode-21-featuring-craig-hodgetts-of-ucla-s-hyperloop-studio-and-remembering-michael-graves-with-colleague-patrick-burke "Fast Forward, Look Back": Archinect Sessions Episode #21, featuring Craig Hodgetts of UCLA's Hyperloop Studio, and remembering Michael Graves with colleague Patrick Burke Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-19T19:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T15:21:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zm9o3zmkn1w7znk.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last week, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122750119/michael-graves-has-died-at-the-age-of-80" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves passed away</a> at the age of 80. In the aftermath, much attention has been paid to his most eye-catching work, but as often occurs when someone of great influence passes away, focusing on the person's products comes at the expense of honoring their humanity &ndash; simply, who they were as a person. In this light, this episode we hear from <a href="http://michaelgraves.com/team-manager/patrick-burke-aia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrick Burke</a>, principal and studio head at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/3110/michael-graves-architecture-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves Architecture &amp; Design</a> (where Burke got his start in 1982), reflect on Graves&rsquo; life of hard work, perseverance, and empathy.</p><p>Paul and Amelia also paid a visit to the <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA IDEAS</a> campus in Playa Vista, to speak with <a href="http://archinect.com/hplusf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Hodgetts</a> about his rapidly accelerating <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> Studio, where students are bringing Elon Musk&rsquo;s transit technology into the near-future. Donna also reflects on Thom Mayne&rsquo;s marathon visit through Indiana, and Ken shares some finer points of career politics.</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via twitter #archine...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123273327/new-york-s-megatowers-nothing-but-vertical-money New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'? Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T12:45:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:00:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fd00b0abd6637e38e4403607df79e0c.jpg" width="250" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among this new breed of towers, design elements not directly tied to profit are often downgraded or eliminated as overall costs climb. [...] With today&rsquo;s mathematically generated super-spires, it&rsquo;s best to paraphrase Mae West: &ldquo;Architecture has nothing to do with it.&rdquo; [...] much as the new super-tall New York condos may serve that same general purpose, these are no works of art. If, as Goethe posited, architecture is frozen music, then these buildings are vertical money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98453364/too-rich-too-thin-too-tall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?</a></p>