Archinect - News 2015-07-08T02:42:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131350538/chicago-to-offer-5-per-year-bike-shares-to-low-income-residents Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents Nicholas Korody 2015-07-07T19:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T19:08:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd29xbrrsq1l72hm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In two years Divvy has grown to more neighborhoods and become a transit option for more residents, but cost was still a barrier for too many people,&rdquo; said Mayor Emanuel. &ldquo;Divvy only works when everyone has a chance to use it. Today we are bridging gaps by offering $5 annual memberships so more residents can benefit from Divvy, regardless of their ability to pay.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r840bocsqhojy8l6.jpg"></p><p>Chicago's Divvy ride-share program is one of the most popular in the country. In its two-year history, a reported 9.25 million miles have been logged on more than 4.4 million trips. This Fourth of July alone, 24,500 trips were taken on the pale blue bikes.</p><p>Earlier this year, the City of Chicago announced that it would greatly expand the reach of the program, adding&nbsp;176 stations and more than 1,750 bikes. This makes Divvy North America's largest bike-share program, both in terms of the amount of stations and its geographic reach. While other bike-share programs, like New York's Citi Bike, remain largely relegated to more affluent areas, the Divvy bikes can be found "as far south as 75th Street and as far west as Pulaski Road."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhge2kqfxblcr92z.jpg"></p><p>Today, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced that the city would offer $5/year memberships to the city's low-income residents. Specifically, the 'Divvy for Everyone (D4e) Program' will be made available to "Chicago residents with incomes below 300 percent of the federal ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May Alexander Walter 2015-07-07T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T18:58:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bnvivquqy4ia0umo.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Californians in May shot past Gov. Jerry Brown's water conservation targets in response to the drought emergency [...]. New numbers, released Wednesday, show that the state's ambitious conservation campaign is working, with statewide residential water use declining 28.9 percent in May from its baseline 2013 levels. The figures surpassed Brown's order in April to cut water use statewide by 25 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/docs/factsheet/fs070115_may_conservation_progress.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full report issued by the California&nbsp;State Water Resources Control Board.</p><p>Drought-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131344105/new-urbanism-takes-over-chicago-s-suburbs New Urbanism takes over Chicago’s suburbs Alexander Walter 2015-07-07T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T17:20:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3kaaypmhcdca877.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But thanks to increased interest from buyers and less resistance from village governments, developers are constructing more new-urbanism-style homes in the burbs. &ldquo;Millennials and boomers are demanding it,&rdquo; explains Drew Williams-Clark, principal planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.</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/131272622/lego-to-ditch-oil-based-plastic Lego to ditch oil-based plastic Nicholas Korody 2015-07-07T09:13:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T21:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/py36bwz7mal00jl0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lego's 57-year-old toy empire was built on plastic. But now the giant Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it. By 2030, Lego bricks will no longer be made from ABS, the oil-based plastic in the 60 billion blocks the company makes each year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lego has already spent a good deal of effort trying to minimize its carbon footprint, including investing in wind farms. But the plastic toys themselves account for roughly three-quarters of their footprint.&nbsp;</p><p>Three years ago, the company set a goal&nbsp;to find a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based products by 2030. Now, they're spending 1 billion Danish kroner into a new plant specifically for experimenting with sustainable materials. Lego already utilizes recycled plastic, but because of difficulties with the recycling process, they're turning to bio-based plastic alternatives.</p><p>"We're looking at every opportunity out there that's more sustainable than what we have today,"&nbsp;Roar Trangbaek, press representative for Lego Group,&nbsp;told FastCo.Exist.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131273430/comet-could-be-home-to-alien-life Comet could be home to alien life Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T20:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T13:08:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9ccd1c0bf06547b176bb22c02d42e183.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The comet landed on by the spacecraft Philae could well be home to an abundance of alien microbial life, according to leading astronomers. Features of the comet, named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, such as its organic-rich black crust, are most likely explained by the presence of living organisms beneath an icy surface, the scientists have said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On the other hand, Stuart Clark refutes the claims made in the linked article. In a <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/across-the-universe/2015/jul/06/no-alien-life-on-philae-comet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">response</a> also published to the Guardian, "The vast majority of comet scientists would agree that comet 67P&rsquo;s surface features are much more easily explained by non-biological mechanisms."</p><p>Philae, the spacecraft that landed on comet&nbsp;67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November, is not equipped to search for direct evidence of human life. Neither is Rosetta, the European spacecraft currently in orbit around the comet. Calls to equip the spacecrafts were "allegedly laughed out of court," according to the article, which lays out an argument that an unwillingness to intellectually accept the possibility extraterrestrial life inhibits the possibility of finding any.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131272620/what-s-trending-at-architecture-student-shows-this-summer What's trending at architecture student shows this summer? Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T10:59:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0ddcfqw7zn7u1qm6.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At best, the work in the student shows is committed, hard-worked, brave, skilled, thoughtful and/or imaginative. At worst, the exhibitions offer bad sci-fi, lazy politics (&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s all hate America&rdquo;) and cod poetry. There are cliches that have been going round the schools for decades, such as the idea that the student&rsquo;s work is a quasi-science (a &ldquo;surgical operation&rdquo;, a &ldquo;laboratory&rdquo;). Certain buzzwords float around (there&rsquo;s a lot of &ldquo;liminal&rdquo;).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture critic Rowan Moore goes on to ask: "At root is the central question of architectural education: is it about preparing students for the realities of practice or is it about taking a freedom they will never have again, to dream and speculate?"</p><p>This has been discussed on Archinect before, but what's your personal take in light of the latest student shows architecture schools around the world presented to the public this summer? Any highlights everybody still HAS to go and see? What disappointed you?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131271818/unesco-names-hamburg-s-speicherstadt-and-kontorhaus-district-a-world-heritage-site UNESCO names Hamburg's Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District a World Heritage Site Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T10:28:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4t/4t41uct4cx88xaq6.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has declared two districts of the German city of Hamburg a world heritage site: the Speicherstadt and Chilehaus with the Kontorhaus District. Declared following a meeting in Bonn, the designation was based on the belief that the areas represent "an outstanding example" of an urban area that "illustrate[s] significant stages in human history."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ci/ciu48uu643k50x4j.jpg"></p><p>The districts comprise Hamburg's historic warehouse area, with a complex of connecting waterways, bridges and roads. The area was built primarily between 1885 and 1927, and housed the city's bustling port-related industry.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/879vvdajoed8j9qc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ec8n8fuongskdjtq.jpg"></p><p>Spiecherstadt, the world's largest historic warehouse ensemble, includes 17 buildings in the Gothic red-brick style and once held goods such as spices, tobacco, coffee and tea. In recent years, the area has become a major tourist hub, with such destinations as the world's largest miniature railway and the Hamburg Dungeon.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/ri6cpztwsfp7qj1j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h9/h9tug7m5zlvah3rh.jpg"></p><p>Opposite the Spiecherstadt, the Kontorhaus district is considered "Cont...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131271816/chris-downey-on-designing-inclusive-multisensory-environments-for-the-visually-impaired Chris Downey on designing inclusive "multisensory" environments for the visually impaired Justine Testado 2015-07-06T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T18:40:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgvnsfo3sza0w6gs.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people view GPS and similar emerging interior-wayfnding technologies as a way to 'solve the blind wayfnding challenge.'...Architects still need to be better multisensory placemakers to design and create effective environments for the blind and visually impaired.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chris Downey, whose story as a blind practicing architect was recently documented in the AIA's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Look Up" campaign</a> this past May, dishes in on his own experiences with embossing printers, wayfinding devices, and graphic input tools, and other emerging technologies that have the potential to vastly improve how architects&nbsp;&mdash; both visually impaired or not&nbsp;&mdash; will work. However, he also warns about relying too much on those technologies and that architects must uphold the responsibility of designing effective environments that are accessible to everyone of all abilities.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title='AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T17:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T13:31:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4x1m1qpwqagsbeea.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The dust is yet to settle in Greece, as the pronounced &ldquo;No!&rdquo; of yesterday&rsquo;s referendum reverberates across Europe. The vote marked a clear rejection by the Greek people of enforced austerity as the price for staying in the Eurozone. It also signaled continued confidence in Alexis Tsipras and the Syria government, despite hope from the leaders of Europe&rsquo;s surplus economies for a regime change.&nbsp;</p><p>With reports from Athens detailing a grim scene of shuttered ATM&rsquo;s and closed factories, the country&rsquo;s future remains uncertain.&nbsp;</p><p>Many have compared the current situation to the great depression of the 1930&rsquo;s, and it&rsquo;s clear that no economic sector is immune to its ramifications &ndash; let alone architecture, a field markedly tethered to economic undulations. <strong>Archinect</strong> reached out to a couple of its members to get a pulse on what&rsquo;s happening, as well as what it&rsquo;s been like to live under austerity for nearly a decade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1uwm5zoedc9dl5o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q8/q8n1gq2nid1gqzjl.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The future of architecture in Greece if the economic crisis is not handled,&rdquo; wrote C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131169047/editor-s-picks-422 Editor's Picks #422 Nam Henderson 2015-07-06T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T21:03:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fapmxhyg78ew8wc7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed <a href="http://andresjaque.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque (of the Office for Political Innovation</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129810359/as-cosmo-gets-ready-to-warm-up-we-sit-down-with-andr-s-jaque-of-the-office-for-political-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">) about </a><a href="http://momaps1.org/yap/view/19" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COSMO</a>, the winning entry of this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47555/young-architects-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1 </a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120059665/yap-2015-winner-andr-s-jaque-office-to-install-cosmo-at-moma-ps1-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Young Architect&rsquo;s Program</a> competition.&nbsp;Therein he argued "<em>I believe that the architect&rsquo;s role nowadays can also be providing alternatives, and enriching through diversity the collective catalogue of desirable possibilities</em>."</p><p><strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>I don't think this qualifies as architecture, but it's very interesting</em>"&nbsp;to which <strong>Kozumelle</strong> responded "<em>I have seen this in person and it is not architecture in the strictest sense but still a wonderful, fantastic idea. Jaque's ideas are always politically charged and veer into other territories and he does it well</em>."</p><p>Plus, for <strong>Screen/Print #34</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;featured the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130486011/screen-print-34-ktisma-s-lick-your-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KTISMA</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130486011/screen-print-34-ktisma-s-lick-your-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, from the </a><a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/200284/university-of-oregon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oregon&rsquo;s School of Architecture and Allied Arts</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7y6o9y88pr5oip5y.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/386053/guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a> selected <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris-based </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82586027/moreau-kusunoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> as the grand-prize winners</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> likes...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131189900/the-broken-promise-to-rebuild-gaza The broken promise to rebuild Gaza Orhan Ayyüce 2015-07-06T04:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T12:39:34-04:00 <em><p>The politicians know what they&rsquo;re doing: Gaza is a liability, not a vote-winner. It&rsquo;s much easier to keep the Strip under closure and blame Hamas, who certainly shoulder a large portion of the blame. As do the Egyptian, the Palestinian Authority and the international community.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://www.haaretz.com/st/c/static/eng/2015/tfw/7/488467.jpg"></p><p>A Year Since Gaza</p><p>One year after Operation Protective Edge, Haaretz sends its top writers to examine what has changed since the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, and to ask whether &ndash; or when &ndash; the next war will erupt.</p><p>It's been one year since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the costly military campaign that claimed the lives of 73 people on the Israeli side and over 2,200 Palestinians.</p><p>Since those 50 terrible days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, there have been negligible strategic gains. Sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip has resumed, as have retaliatory Israeli airstrikes. Billions of dollars in aid promised by the international community to rebuild Gaza remain just that &ndash; promises. Lessons have been ignored, victims largely forgotten.</p><p>On the anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, Haaretz takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future and asks: If we don't learn from our wars, are we doomed to repeat them?</p><p>-<em>Editor: Jillian Jones</em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/131021521/detroit-issues-arrest-for-vandal-shepard-fairey Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-03T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T18:46:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f25f8uojoooagi8b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World famous street artist Shepard Fairey - the man whose &ldquo;Hope&rdquo; poster massively boosted Obama&rsquo;s 2008 presidential campaign &ndash; has described an attempt to arrest him by Detroit police as &ldquo;hilarious&rdquo; after he was commissioned to do a mural in the city. Last night authorities issued an arrest warrant for Fairey, 45, on graffiti charges with Police Sergeant Rebecca McKay issuing a statement warning: &ldquo;Just because he&rsquo;s a well-known artist does not take away from the fact that he is also a vandal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit's most recent charge against Fairey is for damages amounting to $9,100, caused by nine of Fairey's works. Detroit police are asking that he turn himself in, and say that he'll be arrested should he ever return to Detroit. Fairey doesn't seem to be phased, calling the charges "hilarious".&nbsp;Throughout his career, Fairey has been arrested 17 times.&nbsp;</p><p>More accounts of so-called "vandalism", both solicited and not:</p><ul><li><a title="Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121203889/detroit-s-struggle-to-distinguish-between-graffiti-boo-and-murals-yay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)</a></li><li><a title="Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Kant is a moron&quot; graffitied on the philosopher's home " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></li><li><a title="Art Critic or Vandal?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60170/art-critic-or-vandal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Critic or Vandal?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36 Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T20:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T23:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2ojh6bs014pj194z.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, we dip into the swamp of whether so-called "poor doors" (separate entrances for affordable and market-rate housing tenants) are discriminatory, highlighting discussion points made in the wake of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's decision to make them illegal</a>. We also follow up on the investigation into a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">balcony collapse in Berkeley, California</a> that led to six deaths, and ask Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions' Legal Correspondent, what legal recourse is possible for everyone involved.</p><p>Virtual built environment wizards Thomas Hirschmann and Anthony Murray, founders of documentation and preservation firm <a href="http://www.thethirdfate.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Third Fate</a>, also join us for an interview. Their work seeks to document, preserve and activate the built environment through virtual realities.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Poor Doors of Perception":</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;...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park Transforming a garbage heap into a public park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfa30e26897ea7417f0518ffca8732a0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the capping and closure of Fresh Kills&rsquo; five mounds, this 2,200-acre expanse of wetlands, marshlands, dry lowlands, forests, and grasslands has evolved into an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally a patch of creeks and marshland on the western shore of Staten Island, the area now known as Fresh Kills became a major landfill for New York City in 1948, once Robert Moses bought the land for housing development. His plan was to solidify the marshland with waste for a few years, and then build. But construction never happened, and for the remainder of the 20th century, the area served as a 2,200-acre garbage heap (by comparison, Central Park covers 843 acres). People hated it, and in 2001 managed to get the city to close it down, and begin the process of transforming it back into its (more or less) former ecological state, to be used as a public park known as Freshkills.</p><p>Learn more about Freshkills' storied past:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape</a></li><li><a title="A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19613/a-pretty-picture-of-the-future-for-fresh-kills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130952473/david-adjaye-talks-about-woven-architecture-and-his-new-d-c-museum David Adjaye talks about woven architecture and his new D.C. museum Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:12:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n6/n624h0llzkh730o0.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adjaye is overseeing the newest installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;Selects&rdquo; series, which spotlights the little-known West African textiles in the museum&rsquo;s permanent collection. [...] It also offers the celebrated architect a chance to explore the surprising connections between textile making and building design. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s interesting to me is this idea of fabric and weaving as a kind of abstraction of making places that people come together in,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39005328/watch-first-look-at-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130950063/what-architects-have-learned-from-rebuilding-port-au-prince What architects have learned from rebuilding Port-au-Prince Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the five-and-a-half years since an earthquake killed more than 220,000 people here and displaced 1.5 million more, most of headlines from Haiti&rsquo;s capital have been about dysfunctional projects, mismanagement and the overall slow pace of&nbsp;reconstruction. Yet some innovative urban development work is going on here, often under the radar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128802521/four-years-and-half-a-billion-dollars-later-the-red-cross-has-built-six-houses-in-haiti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four years and half a billion dollars later, the Red Cross has built six houses in Haiti</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117117228/mass-design-group-s-new-open-air-clinics-in-haiti-reviewed-by-michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group's new Open-Air Clinics in Haiti, reviewed by Michael Kimmelman</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13229440/rebuilding-haiti-houses-for-haiti-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Haiti: Houses for Haiti's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11877479/haiti-simbi-hubs-wins-aa-school-and-foster-partners-sustainability-and-infrastructure-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haiti Simbi Hubs Wins AA School and Foster + Partners Sustainability and Infrastructure Prize</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T10:30:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggmfojl6oanwnxxy.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New satellite imagery of remote islands in the South China Sea shows several Chinese island-building projects are finished. In five of seven island projects, attention has turned to the next phase: building bases with potential military uses on the islands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking a cue from the Gulf states, China has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engaged</a> in a massive island-building project in the South China Sea. New images from the Washington Post show the staggering progress that is being made, with the first buildings cropping up. While relatively small, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South China Sea</a> is one of the most important shipping channels in the world &ndash; and may also hold a massive reserve of oil and gas deposits. Control of the waterway has become a source of increasing geopolitical tension in the region and internationally, with the United States and other countries asking China to cease island-building operations. But according to the Chinese, the artificial islands are a legal expression of their sovereignty.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfnv5bhxd743uwfn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fp9548ptpse80123.jpg"></p><p>While artificial islands may seem incredibly modern &ndash; if not downright sci-fi &ndash; there's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> that humans have been doing it for some time now. The massive Aztec city of Tenochtitlan largely consisted of artificial islands, or <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinampa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>chinamitl</em></a>, surrounding a smaller natural island in Lak...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130872172/a-stark-contrast-ulm-stadthaus-set-to-host-a-retrospective-exhibition-of-richard-meier-partners A stark contrast: Ulm Stadthaus set to host a retrospective exhibition of Richard Meier & Partners Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-01T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:58:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/98jvosvn3tce56cu.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new exhibition on the work of New York-based Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects is set to open at the Ulm Stadthaus Exhibition and Assembly Building in Ulm, Germany on 8 July.</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/130798286/berlin-s-make-city-festival-puts-the-focus-back-on-residents Berlin's "Make City Festival" puts the focus back on residents Laura Amaya 2015-07-01T04:42:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:41:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8av6my19rrt19d58.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During the tempestuous postwar years, Berlin was a city divided. Occupied by Soviet powers in the East and western Allies in the West, the city was split into separate states, and in 1961, the Berlin Wall was built between the two. Nearly thirty years later,&nbsp;Berlin's reunification process began with a loosening of The Wall's border restrictions in 1989, followed by eventual demolition in the early 1990s. By that time, the urban schism between East and West had become striking &ndash;&nbsp;The East, capital of Soviet East Germany, saw the erection of mass housing blocks lining wide avenues with little character. The West, on the other hand, stood as an exclave of capitalist democracy, representing a juxtaposition of individualism against communist ideals. Coming to terms with a convoluted past therefore stands at the center of Berlin&rsquo;s urban identity.</p><p>Berlin has since evolved to become an increasingly integrated city, in that citizens are taking an active part in its development. The multimodal ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130791045/paul-rudolph-s-government-center-won-t-be-saved-despite-preservationist-pleas Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-30T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T11:31:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uoe65erwwj0lp839.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We can now get back to doing the public&rsquo;s business and return a functioning&nbsp;Government Center to Goshen,&rdquo; the Orange County executive, Steven M. Neuhaus, said in a statement. &ldquo;It is my hope that this delay will not impact the bid prices.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As of this past April, the fate of New York's Orange County Government Center, a boxy brutalist designed by Paul Rudolph, was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pretty much sealed</a>. Preservationist had previously fought to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">restore the structure</a>&nbsp;in the face of much-needed updates to the Center, but their proposals were dismissed, and (at least partial) demolition was looking more or less imminent.</p><p>Now, another loss has cleared the way for work to begin. A lawsuit filed by local residents, claiming that the building was worth saving for both its architectural significance and the existence of a cheaper, alternate plan for an updated government center that spared Rudolph's building, has been rejected.</p><p>Work on the building will begin in early July.</p><p>Chart the rocky history of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center below:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange Count...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more New York's "poor doors" are no more Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T14:47:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq1rtbvmjuatx8c5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The separate entrances for the rich and poor came about due to a loophole in the Inclusionary Housing program enacted in 2009 that allowed developers to get subsidies if they provided affordable housing either on or off-site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">luxury NYC high-rise</a> had its request for separate entrances &ndash; one for its affordable housing-unit tenants, another for its market-rate tenants &ndash; approved, fanning the fires of discriminatory design debates <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a>. Now, the loophole in a NY-rent stabilization law that made such <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/482412/poor-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"poor doors"</a> possible has been closed, thanks to a new provision from NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.</p><p>Another instance of "poor door" discriminatory housing in Canada:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130715505/north-korean-architect-of-new-pyongyang-airport-reportedly-executed-by-kim-jong-un North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un Alexander Walter 2015-06-29T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T17:34:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gi/gijnxxr7k0jnddis.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea's propaganda machine has spent days promoting a new airport in Pyongyang, showcasing the building's sleek glass walls and espresso stations. But the images, which feature Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, fail to mention that the building's principal designer was likely executed last year because Kim was unhappy with the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the starving population of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/77319/north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korea</a> will likely never going to enjoy the airport's amenities (under the current circumstances), it has shown more direct feedback to other key-interest projects of the supreme despot, like the&nbsp;46-story&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128713347/north-koreans-hesitate-to-move-into-kim-jong-un-s-shiny-new-apartment-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taedong River Apartment Towers</a> which remain unoccupied from floors 20 and up due to frequent power shortages and unreliable elevators.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself London is eating itself Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:01:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/meyjlu0oai5ehkif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever. If London is an enormous party, millions of people are on the wrong side of its velvet rope.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore sets a signpost in London's rampant development, checking in on the industries and businesses struggling in the midst of city-wide growth. Moore points out that while things like a bevy of cranes and a thriving multicultural food scene may look like more feathers in London's urban hat, these developments are precipitating big losses for other industries, and if unchecked, would quash the city's personality entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>More on London's recent developmental issues:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p></li></ul><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the piece's author &ndash; it is Rowan Moore, not Rowan Smith.</em></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:05:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7yrtfe6hyjo8vht.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris [...] The two executives were charged with two different allegations. First, according to them, Uber is running illegal taxi operations. Uber has been struggling with this charge in many countries, starting with the U.S. Second, the police said that Uber France is concealing digital documents...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests last week</a> turned violent, French authorities have detained two executives of the ride-sharing company Uber, although officials stated that they were brought into custody on charges unrelated to the protests. Uber is facing ferocious criticism in France, with taxi-drivers complaining that drivers for UberPOP don't have professional licenses and don't pay the same taxes as traditional car services. The conflict highlights tensions in France, a country with a long tradition of hard-fought labor rights, as it grapples with new technologies and economic models.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week's rioting, which resulted in 70 damaged cars, gained international attention in part due to tweets from Courtney Love, who found herself at the center of the mel&eacute;e, and sparked a lively <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion</a> on Archinect.</p><p>The conversation oriented around issues of technological disruption, bureaucratic regulation and workers' rights, with some, like <strong>jla-x,</strong>&nbsp;drawing comparisons to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Donna Sink</strong>&nbsp;asked: "the co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130672103/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto “Fifty shades of green”: Bruno Latour on the ecomodernist manifesto Orhan Ayyüce 2015-06-29T01:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:51:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld0o66hcx4zzm46j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is where we encounter this strange animal, this monster, &ldquo;ecomodernism&rdquo;, that I am not sure we should learn to love, and that triggers in me, I have to confess, a deep antipathy. It sounds much like the news that an electronic cigarette is going to save a chain smoker from addiction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ecomodernism? Sounds good but majorly flawed according to Bruno Latour, who takes on its modernity, PR and philosophical tardiness.</p><p>"Wake up you ecomoderns, we are in the Anthropocene,&nbsp;not in the Holocene, nor are we to ever reside in the enchanted dream of&nbsp;futurism. Down to earth is the message I hear, but unfortunately not in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ecomodernism.org/manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecomodernist</a> manifesto."</p><p>Anything from electronic cigarettes <em>"to the dreams of Californian cornucopias,"</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"to shake the Americans out of their complacent behaviour &ndash; &rdquo;the American way of life is not negotiable&rdquo;- into a form of possibilism: &rdquo;yes after all, our way of life is negotiable"..."Well, it is negotiable,&nbsp;up to a limit."</p><p><a href="http://entitleblog.org/2015/06/27/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More in;&nbsp;<em>Presentation to the panel on modernism at the Breakthrough Dialogue,&nbsp;Sausalito, June 2015,&nbsp;</em><strong>by Bruno Latour</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing Alexander Walter 2015-06-26T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T10:09:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24qnmyo04ppr5ay5.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seen exclusively by the Guardian, the document sheds new light on why so little affordable housing is being built across England; why planning policy consistently fails to be enforced; and why property developers are now enjoying profits that exceed even those of the pre-crash housing bubble.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> crisis is certainly not restricted to the greater London area as many recent headlines on Archinect show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We've got enough millionaires": George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his own land</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129874643/kevin-daly-s-backyard-bi-h-ome-provides-affordable-housing-for-humans-and-wildlife" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME provides affordable housing for humans and wildlife</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105477200/poor-doors-not-the-worst-thing-about-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Poor doors': not the worst thing about social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130500481/utrecht-to-experiment-with-universal-unconditional-basic-income Utrecht to experiment with universal, unconditional "basic income" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-26T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-27T01:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/0875c4b5c76fd5bb44bca45fdd5dfa5a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"What happens if someone gets a monthly amount without rules and controls?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Imagine if everyone was given a living wage, without any regulatory or qualifying hoops to jump through? The Dutch city of Utrecht, in a partnership with University College Utrecht, is running such a dramatic social experiment, starting at the end of the summer, offering an "unconditional form of payment to individuals, which covers their living costs". To start, the experiment will only provide the so-called "basic income" to those already receiving welfare, using a group of citizens receiving the normal welfare benefits as the control group.</p><p>Other news from The Netherlands:</p><p><a title="Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329271/dutch-court-mandates-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions</a></p><p><a title="How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97821088/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition Justine Testado 2015-06-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T17:31:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are strange days in San Francisco, where the clamor to build needed housing &mdash; especially at affordable levels &mdash; is matched only by the self-righteous vigor with which actual proposals for that housing tend to be opposed...But if we want a well-planned city with distinctive new buildings for all its citizens, projects like this show that good design and good policy can go hand in hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Tishman Speyer's nearly one-year-old proposal for a 400-foot-tall residential tower, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which Jeanne Gang designed</a>, at 160 Folsom St. is suddenly <a href="http://www.saverinconpark.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facing opposition</a> from local groups. With former mayor Art Agnos at the forefront of the opposition, the groups argue that the building promotes "economic segregation" and is yet another example of "developers wreaking vengeance" on the city, as <em>S.F. Chronicle</em>'s urban design critic John King states in the article.</p><p>Opponents claim the 400-foot tower would overshadow the nearby Rincon Park and the Embarcadero waterfront, although that area is already developed with large structures like the Gap HQ, the Hills Plaza complex, and the Infinity luxury condo complex&nbsp;&mdash; where Agnos and other opponents recently held their kickoff meeting, interestingly enough.</p><p>In terms of exterior design, King writes that Gang's corkscrew tower would be "a great addition" to San Francisco's skyline, and that the tower's visual distinction has the potential to "g...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130424991/new-list-of-america-s-most-endangered-historic-places-keeps-fragile-memories-alive New list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places keeps fragile memories alive Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:56:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ugt0har7bw42kv86.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year&rsquo;s list of America&rsquo;s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is our most diverse list ever. Several of the places on the 2015 list focus on chapters in our history that have sometimes been overlooked, reinforcing the message that preserving the full American experience means everyone has a seat at the table and that all voices are heard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2015 List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,&nbsp;comprises:</p><ul><li>A.G. Gaston Motel, Alabama</li><li>Carrollton Courthouse, Louisiana</li><li>Chautauqua Amphitheater, New York</li><li>East Point Historic Civic Block, Georgia</li><li>Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas</li><li>Grand Canyon, Arizona</li><li>Little Havana, Florida</li><li>Oak Flat, Arizona</li><li>Old U.S. Mint, California</li><li>South Street Seaport, New York</li><li>The Factory, California</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130415330/hot-work-in-the-summertime-from-helsinki-to-london-to-nyc-archinect-sessions-35 Hot Work in the Summertime: From Helsinki to London to NYC, Archinect Sessions #35 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T23:35:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tu/tud1llbcqwbulrf0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lots of summer blockbuster news to discuss on this week's podcast. The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the Helsinki Guggenheim competition was announced</a> (a young husband-wife firm from Paris took the cake), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion opened</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129810359/as-cosmo-gets-ready-to-warm-up-we-sit-down-with-andr-s-jaque-of-the-office-for-political-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andres Jaque's COSMO for MoMA PS1's "Warm Up"</a> began its water cycle. And while not quite blockbusting, in what could easily be the premise for a Vincent Price flick, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residents of the blighted Robin Hood Gardens dared Lord Rogers</a> to spend a night in their quarters.</p><p>Special guests&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and Peggy Deamer of <a href="http://www.architecture-lobby.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> join our news discussion this week, dropping their excellent and incisive commentary on ethical practice into every topic. We are collaborating with the Lobby to measure satisfaction with work-life balance in architecture &ndash; take the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129882702/archinect-the-architecture-lobby-wants-to-know-how-satisfied-you-are-with-your-job" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-question survey here</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-five of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hot Work in the Summertime":</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 ...</li></ul>