Archinect - News 2016-05-25T01:37:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149947217/austin-considering-mandating-affordable-housing-units-in-some-areas Austin considering mandating affordable housing units in some areas Nicholas Korody 2016-05-24T20:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T20:07:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vvnrgq380bg9ey8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A City Council committee could take the first steps Tuesday toward mandating that developers include affordable units in new housing complexes to be built in several East Austin neighborhoods. The proposal by Council Member Greg Casar, who chairs the council&rsquo;s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee, comes as soaring rents have pushed poorer and minority residents out of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The plan would mark a significant shift in direction from the current, incentive-based approach that allows developers to build larger buildings in exchange for including affordable housing units. As it stands now, developers can also pay a fee to the city's housing fund in order to build bigger buildings.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning" target="_blank">New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class" target="_blank">The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive 'Hyperloop as transportation’s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-24T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T15:19:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f7be73712d9a74da16d977d29c18c00.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;re seeing right now is what I saw in 1996,&rdquo; said Mr. Lloyd, a former president of sales and development at Cisco. &ldquo;We all had I.P. routers and everything was done a certain way. At Cisco, we said, &lsquo;You can carry that over the Internet,&rsquo; and everyone said, &lsquo;No.&rsquo; But those high-speed networks made the Internet possible.&rdquo; Hyperloop, he said, &ldquo;will do to the physical world what the Internet did to the digital one.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Allison Arieff (editorial director at SPUR and former <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> judge) has some questions for Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) after a propulsion test demonstration in the Nevada desert. While the company has managed remarkably fast developments in its tube technology for such high-speeds as the Hyperloop demands, it's nowhere near reality &ndash; and Arieff clearly articulates the (many) remaining concerns of such technology, after mere feasibility.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li><li><a title="Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946994/from-sundlaugs-to-rockpools-and-the-basin From sundlaugs, to rockpools and The Basin Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T00:12:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6punct6j79wwck6f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These public pools, or sundlaugs, serve as the communal heart of Iceland, sacred places whose affordability and ubiquity are viewed as a kind of civil right....The pool is Iceland&rsquo;s social space: where families meet neighbors, where newcomers first receive welcome, where rivals can&rsquo;t avoid one another.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dan Kois considers how&nbsp;communal pools and the sociability of soaking, are "<em>a key to Icelandic well-&shy;being.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>On a related note, Dan Hill recently published an <a href="https://medium.com/@cityofsound/the-pool-as-piazza-e580577810f7" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">essay</a>&nbsp;reflecting on&nbsp;<em>&lsquo;The Pool&rsquo;</em>, a book published as part of&nbsp;The Australian pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The interviews collected&nbsp;therein he finds, make&nbsp;a case for the pool as the authentically antipodean contribution to urbanism, a distinctly Australian public place, the country&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>piazza</em>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946951/is-biking-good-for-you-even-if-the-air-is-heavily-polluted Is biking good for you even if the air is heavily polluted? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-23T20:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T22:08:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/an6ukifnqmiedefq.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Given all the harm we know air pollution can cause, does cycling actually help, or could it hurt? After all, I&rsquo;m not breathing in the foul fumes of a truck when I&rsquo;m sitting inside an air-conditioned train. I&rsquo;m certainly not breathing them in deeply, as I would while huffing and puffing on my cycle. Air pollution kills more than 5 million people every year, yet there has been no analysis of the costs versus benefits of city cycling. Until now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Long story short: keep biking. Researchers found that, in almost every city around the world, the health benefits of biking "far exceed" the damage than can be caused by breathing in dirty air.&nbsp;Even in the worst polluted cities in the world, you have to ride at least 60 minutes a day to be more harmed than helped.</p><p>For more on the dirty air polluting cities around the world, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944855/billions-exposed-to-dangerous-air-as-pollution-grows-at-alarming-rates-around-the-world" target="_blank">Billions exposed to dangerous air as pollution grows at alarming rates around the world</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946861/the-experienced-aileen-kwun-and-bryn-smith-editors-of-20-over-80-conversations-with-legends-of-architecture-and-design-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-24 The Experienced: Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith, editors of "20 Over 80: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design" on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #24 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-23T19:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T12:12:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9kzlesqpe2q9rj2x.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>20 over 80: Conversations with Legends of Architecture and Design&nbsp;</em>is the antidote to those breathless, over-hyped lists you&rsquo;ve seen, trying to predict which baby-faced youngster will be the next big thing in their creative practice. A compilation of unique interviews with such greats as Milton Glaser, <a href="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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves</a>, Phyllis Lambert, Jens Risom, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143058935/golden-years-saluting-joint-creativity-with-denise-scott-brown-on-archinect-sessions-45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a> and Deborah Sussman, <em>20 over 80</em> not only draws a thread through the last century of creative practice, but is also a testament to the talented&nbsp;people whose lifetime of experience came to define today&rsquo;s design and architecture.</p><p>Editors Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith joined me to discuss how they approached the dream assignment of interviewing such "legends", and the surprising similarities and differences running through the interviewees' history.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#24 with&nbsp;<strong>Aileen Kwun&nbsp;</strong>and<strong>&nbsp;Bryn Smith</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Ar...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946916/ai-weiwei-s-latest-works-focus-on-refugee-crisis-in-greece Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-23T17:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T17:23:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/95ddaa882aa90ed630628fa997089cd6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the artist says we should not &ldquo;sentimentalise or romanticise&rdquo; the crisis, which has seen more than 2,000 children die on their way to Europe. [...] Ai first visited Lesbos on Christmas Day last year, and has since dedicated most of his life to helping refugees there, even moving his studio to the island. [...] &ldquo;The goal is to make everyone conscious of the struggle of refugees. We need to protect humanity. The fight is endless. If we don&rsquo;t fight, our children have to fight,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li><li><a title="Curator of MoMA's &ldquo;Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter&quot; on palliative refugee architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946193/curator-of-moma-s-insecurities-tracing-displacement-and-shelter-on-palliative-refugee-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curator of MoMA's &ldquo;Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" on palliative refugee architecture</a></li><li><a title="What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946857/the-open-graves-where-new-york-buries-its-unclaimed-bodies The open graves where New York buries its unclaimed bodies Nicholas Korody 2016-05-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T14:10:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0f8zbt3kmnm354r.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twice a week or so, loaded with bodies boxed in pine, a New York City morgue truck passes through a tall chain-link gate and onto a ferry that has no paying passengers. Its destination is Hart Island, an uninhabited strip of land off the coast of the Bronx in Long Island Sound, where overgrown 19th-century ruins give way to mass graves gouged out by bulldozers and the only pallbearers are jail inmates paid 50 cents an hour. There, divergent life stories come to the same anonymous end.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"New York is unique among American cities in the way it disposes of the dead it considers unclaimed: interment on a lonely island, off-limits to the public, by a crew of inmates. Buried by the score in wide, deep pits, the Hart Island dead seem to vanish &mdash; and so does any explanation for how they came to be there."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/536rg5o2sxde3tnv.jpg"></p><p>Be forewarned: it's a pretty grim read. Unclaimed bodies tend to have tragic backstories, providing a portrait of a city that provides few resources to its most vulnerable inhabitants: the mentally ill, homeless, elderly, and impoverished.</p><p>"In the face of an end-of-life industry that can drain the resources of the most prudent, these people are especially vulnerable," writes author Nina Bernstein.</p><p>For more on spaces devoted to the deceased, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123740675/they-died-as-they-designed-famous-architects-self-styled-gravestones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27482287/architectural-design-brings-light-to-funeral-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural design brings light to funeral home</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147965230/of-death-and-facebook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Of death and Facebook</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122124114/seattle-architect-seeks-to-redesign-america-s-burial-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136882864/approaching-a-multilayered-death-at-aldo-rossi-s-cemetery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Approaching a ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946793/first-look-inside-tate-modern-s-new-extension First look inside Tate Modern's new Extension Ellen Hancock 2016-05-23T12:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T14:14:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4lb496wv8fwekbq.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Set to open on 17 June, the Tate Modern Switch House &ndash; named after the part of the power station that the new galleries occupy &ndash; expands the museum by 60% to accommodate the surging numbers of visitors, which reached 5.7 million last year, well over double the number the building was designed to cope with when it opened in 2000. But the arresting brick ziggurat is also a physical symbol of the effect the Tate has had on its surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ix8g1xt43zuvn274.jpg">Read more relating article here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945931/fabricated-robot-installation-at-the-v-a-unveiled-as-part-of-their-first-engineering-season" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fabricated robot installation at the V&amp;A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945806/herzog-and-de-meuron-in-conversation-with-rowan-moore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog and de Meuron in conversation with Rowan Moore</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946727/editor-s-picks-446 Editor's Picks #446 Nam Henderson 2016-05-23T09:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T12:33:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uwj1i27bgdlzi2n.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/roberturquhart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Urquhart</a> spoke with curators <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943348/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-british-pavilion-s-home-economics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams and previewed their British Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale</a>.</p><p>As they explained;</p><p>"<em>We&rsquo;re interested in the influence of bureaucratic apparatus like the Terms &amp; Conditions of Airbnb, the semantics of a mortgage, or the lifespan of product warranties, on the design of the home. But rather than seeing these as constraints, we want to show these as fields where architecture can expand its agency.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plus, </a><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> h</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940804/sn-hetta-s-expanded-sfmoma-is-235-000-square-feet-of-egalitarianism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ad a chance to visit</a>&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA.&nbsp;Her conclusion, that it "<em>elegantly achieves its stated goals of being accessible and welcoming to all, if not necessarily being a stunning piece of architecture in its own right.</em>"&nbsp;<strong>LiMX</strong> liked what he read "<em>Good review, not the boring contrarianism I've read elsewhere.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/be/beiqs9pervq5nf04.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>In late April the Vanna Venturi House, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944193/vanna-venturi-house-s-new-owner-plans-to-preserve-property" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was sold after more than nine months on the open market</a>.&nbsp;In response <strong>quondam&hellip;</strong>, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> and others, explored whether a building as "<em>volumi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again) Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T20:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T20:10:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/ir6ixl7h3lxa9bx7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $1.5-billion second leg of the Expo Line, which opened Friday from Culver City to Santa Monica, adds seven light-rail stations and more than six miles of track to the growing Los Angeles County transit network. [...] In the immediate context of L.A.'s attempts to turn its public-transit network from national punch line to something that increasingly resembles a mature system, 13 new Metro stations in less than three months qualifies as a pretty dramatic upgrade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The aggressively expanding LA Metro system in recent Archinect news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943264/how-la-is-changing-one-rail-line-at-a-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How LA is changing, one rail line at a time</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-20T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zo/zogoongji4vey0gg.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many buildings in distinctive Manhattan neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Upper East Side and Washington Heights could not be erected now: Properties in those areas tend to cover too much of their lots (Washington Heights), have too much commercial space (Chinatown) or rise too high (the Upper East Side). [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s ridiculous that we have these hundred-year-old buildings that everyone loves, and none of them &lsquo;should&rsquo; be the way they are.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious &quot;smart city&quot; experiment" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a title="NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939039/nyc-s-hot-new-developer-design-trend-the-1902-flatiron-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building</a></li><li><a title='A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936514/a-guide-for-new-yorkers-exploring-the-suburban-jungle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"</a></li><li><a title="Sidewalks, New York's &quot;most desirable real estate&quot; " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933857/sidewalks-new-york-s-most-desirable-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946366/benoy-announced-in-heathrow-shortlist-for-terminal-of-the-future-expansion Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion Ellen Hancock 2016-05-20T11:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:11:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb2npqdf8x7ro3f0.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Benoy has been shortlisted along with three other British design firms including HOK, Grimshaw and Zaha Hadid to create a a new concept for the country's global gateway. &nbsp;The architects were asked by Heathrow to consider the purpose and potential of an airport with the resulting designs showcasing bold new strategies for a world class sustainable airport. The designs focus on innovative passenger experience and the integration of local communities.</p><p>Benoy Global Director Tom Cartledge commented on the appointment saying;<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Aviation sector is incredibly exciting at the moment as we are rapidly evolving our expectations&nbsp;and imaginations of what an Airport represents. We are extremely honoured to be included in the shortlist and our concept has reimagined Heathrow as a &lsquo;Destination&rsquo; in its own right, transforming the site to be at the forefront of the next generation of airports.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Take a look at Benoy's design concept below:<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mp/mprbf7owjkv5q5ii.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cx0mzu4yvyu80604.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2viza40irti9qk1.jpg"></p><p>Find relating articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers wi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946193/curator-of-moma-s-insecurities-tracing-displacement-and-shelter-on-palliative-refugee-architecture Curator of MoMA's “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter" on palliative refugee architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-19T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:10:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6ll7z24ob0zaosv1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If we imagine one's escape to a refugee camp as fragmentary, provisional and incomplete, the camp must be transformed not only in design but also in its role as a catalyst for promoting the humanity of those living within its barbed-wired walls. [...] Architecture has become the litmus test of society's capacity for holistic and compassionate security.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the architectural experience of refugees:</p><ul><li><a title="Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944739/kenya-moves-to-shut-down-dadaab-the-world-s-biggest-refugee-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp</a></li><li><a title="New MoMA exhibition explores the architecture of displacement" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944079/new-moma-exhibition-explores-the-architecture-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New MoMA exhibition explores the architecture of displacement</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></li><li><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946190/what-are-the-ethics-of-self-driving-cars What are the ethics of self-driving cars? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-19T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T16:17:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/eulwgnocwf6o4ovc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philosopher Jason Millar claims to have originated the idea of the ethically challenged self-driving car in a 2014 paper on robotics... In the &ldquo;The Tunnel Problem,&rdquo; Millar&rsquo;s driverless car (let&rsquo;s call her Porsche again) is fast approaching a narrow tunnel, the entrance of which is blocked by a child who has fallen in the roadway. The car can either kill the kid or hit the wall of the tunnel, killing the driver (who is really just a passenger).</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Millar insists programmers need to build such scenarios into their code. I imagine them writing something like this:</em></p><p><em>if (kid_in_tunnel &gt; 16) {<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;kill kid_in_tunnel;<br>lp &ldquo;We are sorry for your loss.&rdquo;;<br>}<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;else {<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;kill ass_in_Porsche;<br>lp &ldquo;Serves you right, schmucko.&rdquo;;<br>}"</em></p><p>For more on the fast-approaching world of self-driving automobiles, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945080/germany-s-railway-sees-future-in-harmony-with-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany's railway sees future in harmony with driverless cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946167/architect-richard-meier-changes-his-palette-for-new-tower Architect Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower Richard Meier & Partners 2016-05-19T11:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T15:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou1j1pzktle2miu0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But an old friend, and a special commission, have gotten the architect to change his stripes. Mr. Meier has designed a black building. At East 39th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, developer Sheldon Solow will be unveiling a 42-story, 556-unit residential building. It will be Mr. Meier&rsquo;s tallest in the city and his first since his trio of apartment towers on West Street were completed in 2004.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h6gusx0d56zwnvoo.jpg"><br><em>A rendering of the Richard Meier-designed building.&nbsp;PHOTO:&nbsp;VIZE/RICHARD MEIER &amp; PARTNERS ARCHITECTS</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946060/the-history-and-the-future-of-the-urban-skyway The History and the Future of the Urban Skyway Places Journal 2016-05-18T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:09:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6eu10k70gcqjya6q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The grade-separated pedestrian systems built in the 20th century have a variety of names: skyways, skywalks, pedways, footbridges, the +15, and the Ville Souteraine. But they have one thing in common &mdash; they have radically altered the form and spatial logic of cities around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite its fundamental role in the production of urban space, the skyway has received scant critical attention. In their article on Places, and new Walker Arts Center book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.artbook.com/9781935963127.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parallel Cities: The Multilevel Metropolis</a>,</em>&nbsp;Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James take a closer look at the history of urban skyways. From their experimental origins to the emerging new wave of 21st-century skyways, Yoos and James uncover the far-reaching ways that three-dimensional urbanism has shaped cities around the world.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946044/glitz-and-ego-the-architectural-legacy-of-donald-trump-the-developer "Glitz and ego" – the architectural legacy of Donald Trump, the developer Alexander Walter 2016-05-18T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:09:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jm46boaodnzes58.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Trump ... believes in using expensive materials that convey prestige and wealth, and people buy into that,&rdquo; said Jerold Kayden, professor of urban planning and design at Harvard University. He said in some ways the legacy of Trump buildings is a matter of taste. &ldquo;To some they are the height of ambition and the height of prestige and to others they are gaudy, but he has certainly pioneered with some others architecture as brand.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Other New Yorkers view Trump&rsquo;s investment in luxury buildings in undervalued locations in the '90s as a contribution to New York&rsquo;s renewal. To them, his construction represented investment at a time when New York was struggling with blight."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937112/the-problem-with-designing-trump-s-border-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Problem With Designing Trump&rsquo;s Border Wall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148423518/what-does-donald-trump-s-architecture-reveal-about-his-politics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does Donald Trump's architecture reveal about his politics?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135044747/before-donald-trump-s-beef-with-blair-kamin-he-tried-to-sue-the-chicago-tribune-over-a-drawing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Donald Trump's beef with Blair Kamin, he tried to sue the Chicago Tribune over a drawing</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946045/goodbye-to-public-anonymity-this-new-russian-face-recognition-app-may-spell-its-end Goodbye to public anonymity? This new Russian face-recognition app may spell its end Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T17:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:49:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvbgx5e0zm0ly3fe.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past. FindFace, launched two months ago and currently taking Russia by storm, allows users to photograph people in a crowd and work out their identities, with 70% reliability. It works by comparing photographs to profile pictures on Vkontakte, a social network popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, with more than 200 million accounts.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In future, the designers imagine a world where people walking past you on the street could find your social network profile by sneaking a photograph of you, and shops, advertisers and the police could pick your face out of crowds and track you down via social networks."</em></p><p>For related content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142821980/france-moves-to-block-tor-ban-free-and-public-wi-fi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147905808/nypd-admits-to-using-stringrays-military-tech-that-sweeps-up-cell-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104941214/anti-surveillance-camouflage-for-your-face" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945983/architecture-billings-index-displays-continued-modest-growth-in-april Architecture Billings Index displays continued modest growth in April Alexander Walter 2016-05-18T12:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/qu4ds71foqxgjdm6.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After beginning the year with a decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. [...] (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, down from a reading of 58.1 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Key ABI highlights for the month of April were reported by the AIA as:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: South (52.2), Northeast (51.5), West (50.8), Midwest (50.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.7), commercial / industrial (52.0), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (49.0)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 56.9</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.3</li></ul><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4496/abi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;in previous months on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941581/architecture-billings-index-concludes-first-quarter-on-continued-positive-note" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index concludes first quarter on continued positive note</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936152/architecture-billings-index-slightly-up-in-february-at-50-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index slightly up in February at 50.3</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148346407/architecture-billings-index-begins-year-with-modest-dip-into-negative-terrain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index begins year with modest dip into negative terrain</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945984/architects-design-the-house-of-tomorrow Architects design ‘the house of tomorrow’ Ellen Hancock 2016-05-18T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56a050f8bc62e9c57ab78a45b6b88490.jpg" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) invited six contemporary architecture practices to create speculative responses to the UK&rsquo;s housing crisis for the exhibition, At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow. Drawing on materials from the RIBA archives, the studios from the UK, France and the Netherlands produced designs that re-examine the familiar housing typologies of the cottage, terrace and flat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating article here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944209/architects-advice-to-london-s-new-mayor-sadiq-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects advice to London's new mayor Sadiq Khan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945854/world-architecture-festival-2016-last-chance-to-enter-your-work World Architecture Festival 2016 – last chance to enter your work! Sponsor 2016-05-17T19:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T00:06:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/er36sgik25sa20zf.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The <a href="http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture Festival</a> (WAF) has announced that this year&rsquo;s event will take place at the Arena Berlin in Germany from 16-18 November.</p><p>Returning for its ninth edition, and following four successful years in Singapore, the Festival returns to its European roots and will be housed in Franz Ahrens&rsquo; historic former bus depot, now known as Arena Berlin.</p><p>WAF and its co-located sister event INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, will welcome more than 2,000 of the world&rsquo;s leading architects and designers to the city for three days of conference programmes, awards, exhibitions and fringe events.</p><p>The German capital provides the perfect cultural backdrop for the world&rsquo;s largest annual celebration of architecture. Berlin&rsquo;s eclectic and constantly evolving cityscape owes much to the city&rsquo;s turbulent history, and features an assortment of architectural styles, from Prussian Classicism through National Socialist design to Postmodernism...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs What these “pre-rent control” stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs Justine Testado 2016-05-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OK, so this would mean the way to make San Francisco as affordable as (say) Portland would be to either cut everybody&rsquo;s salary in half, or fire half of them, or allow the city&rsquo;s population to rapidly grow about 50 percent, to about 1.2 million, while the number of housing units increased even faster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In discussing San Francisco's rising housing costs over the years, journalist Michael Andersen re-emphasizes some points in&nbsp;<a href="https://experimental-geography.blogspot.com/2016/05/employment-construction-and-cost-of-san.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent blogpost</a>&nbsp;by a man named Eric Fischer, who took his own approach in analyzing the city's housing prices before 1979, when SF's rent-control rates began being recorded. While Fischer's method may not be perfect, Andersen argues that the findings could shed new light on San Francisco's housing market.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945857/copenhagen-divests-from-fossil-fuels Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T18:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bprc3evjpvepi77.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Copenhagen will pull its investments out of coal, oil and gas companies. The city council have agreed to divest the fossil fuel holdings of the city&rsquo;s &euro;920 million investment fund [...] "Copenhagen decided to ban investments in companies that gain more than 5 percent of their revenue from coal, oil and gas. The criteria apply to companies that engage in prospecting, extracting or refining coal, oil and gas..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Good work Danes! For other urban efforts to curb our collective fossil fuel addiction, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143667350/what-the-paris-agreement-means-for-architecture" target="_blank">What the Paris Agreement means for architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution" target="_blank">Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes &mdash; the end of the industrial revolution?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138435289/the-climate-is-getting-hotter-and-we-re-not-doing-nearly-enough" target="_blank">The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945813/tracking-down-sears-catalog-homes Tracking down Sears Catalog Homes Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dga4nw2ancve4h9c.jpg" width="514" height="699" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not long ago, the&nbsp;Sears, Roebuck and Co. mail-order catalog&nbsp;was the ultimate marketplace, much like Amazon is today. You could even buy a house straight from the catalog. Just pick out the home you like, and voila, Sears would deliver it just for you. [...] From 1908 to 1940, Sears sold between 70,000 to 75,000 homes, so there are plenty out there, you just need to know where to look.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pimh2s8d3smhasg9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;This photo shows a Sears "Magnolia" kit house in Benson, North Carolina. (Photo:&nbsp;Rosemary Thornton; image via Wikipedia)</p><p>"Sears Modern Homes offered the latest technology available to house buyers in the early part of the twentieth century. Central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity were all new developments in house design that "Modern Homes" incorporated, although not all of the houses were designed with these conveniences. Primarily shipped via railroad boxcars, these kits included most of the materials needed to build a house. Once delivered, many of these houses were assembled by the new homeowner, relatives, friends and neighbors, in a fashion similar to the traditional barn-raisings of farming families." (via the&nbsp;Sears Catalog Home <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_Catalog_Home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wikipedia page</a>)</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141782005/regarding-the-remarkable-range-of-prefab-self-built-movable-and-vernacular-dwellings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118824259/the-vipp-shelter-joins-the-industrial-chic-prefab-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The VIPP Shelter joins the industr...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers LA has a housing crisis – but the problem isn't those fancy new towers Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T14:11:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74i0wp553wpleawx.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What&rsquo;s the root cause of Los Angeles&rsquo; affordable housing crisis? Many blame the new luxury housing developments springing up... driving up interest in the neighborhood and attracting hipsters. Landlords take notice and soon rents start climbing. That&rsquo;s the story anyway. But here&rsquo;s the thing: If booming development in hot markets like Hollywood and downtown is why rents keep going up... why have the same price increases hit locales with extremely limited development?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Because our problems aren&rsquo;t driven by a local phenomenon but by a regional one: low residential vacancy rates. Nothing is more important, and data from the American Community Survey confirm this. Zooming out to look at the 20 largest U.S. cities rather than local ZIP codes, the correlation between prices and vacancies is four times stronger than the correlation between prices and new development."</em></p><p>According to experts, 5% vacancy is the magic number defining the landlord-renter relationship. Above it, the landlord is forced to lower rents or offer incentives to attract renters. Below it, expect to pay exorbitant rates for that roach-infested closet.</p><p>So in other words, it's a paucity of housing stock in general driving the city's housing crisis, rather than a few flashy towers.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941745/as-housing-crisis-persists-l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-get-one-step-closer-to-legal" target="_blank">As housing crisis pe...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945738/olafur-eliasson-s-green-light-responds-to-the-refugee-crisis-in-europe Olafur Eliasson's 'Green Light' responds to the refugee crisis in Europe Ellen Hancock 2016-05-17T11:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rul3zjrmze7cpuw.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Green Light is an artistic workshops that responds to the current situation in Europe, in which countless refugees are caught up in legal and political limbo. Together with TBA21 in Vienna, Olafur Eliasson has invited people from different backgrounds &ndash; refugees and locals &ndash; to take part in exchanges at <a href="http://www.tba21.org/greenlight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TBA21-Augarten</a> through a playful, creative process.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2o/2ot9irr2boj2odox.jpg"></p><p>Over the course of the three-month project, which ends&nbsp;5 June,&nbsp;participants put together&nbsp;<em>Green light</em>&nbsp;lamp modules designed by Olafur Eliasson on two days of the week and take part in&nbsp;practical workshops and language courses on two other days. During that time, TBA21 is also hosting a multifaceted programme of shared learning that features workshops, seminars, performances, screenings, lectures, and artistic interventions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dy/dy1k2pscv3tbaha7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6rdophz4v2g7r30.jpg"></p><p><em>&ldquo;Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of Vienna. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-17T05:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q3/q3hvu4fbzwt0hfr6.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Mayor Sadiq Khan] has already begun scrutinising Boris Johnson&rsquo;s decisions relating to the controversial project, to which &pound;60m of public money has been allocated in circumstances previously criticised by parliamentary spending officials as unorthodox. [...] The proposed bridge has secured vast sums of public money despite being initially promoted as entirely private-funded. It has recently been bedevilled by accusations that its designer was selected before the actual tender process began.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Guardian</em>&nbsp;also points out that former London Mayor Boris Johnson met with Thomas Heatherwick five times, and is quoted as being "keen" on Heatherwick's design,&nbsp;before the selection process for the bridge's designer even began. Also somewhat worrisome was one of Johnson's last acts before leaving office: lowering the fundraising minimum for the bridge, allegedly to make sure that the project continued.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a title="London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140810831/london-garden-bridge-will-track-visitors-phone-signals-submitted-plan-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge will track visitors' phone signals, submitted plan says</a></li><li><a title="London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140292849/london-garden-bridge-wins-new-supporters-with-revised-funding-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal</a></li><li><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li><li><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945637/weaving-cobwebs-of-memory-into-an-abandoned-house Weaving cobwebs of memory into an abandoned house Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-16T18:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:51:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a10ded30660fc650d24df31f0bbf5a7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inside 516 Sampsonia Way, a 19th-century row house in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, there no longer appear to be any 90-degree angles. Any corners have become cavernous and rounded from the innumerable lines of yarn of Chiharu Shiota&rsquo;s Trace of Memory, creating acute and obtuse angles. And while some people try to cleanse spaces or their superstitious gateways by sageing doorways, this installation does the opposite, appealing to some kind of liminal god to crack open time</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Florida rental home wrapped in foil for art's sake, confusion ensues as expected" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129328530/florida-rental-home-wrapped-in-foil-for-art-s-sake-confusion-ensues-as-expected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florida rental home wrapped in foil for art's sake, confusion ensues as expected</a></li><li><a title="Christo wins court judgement, keeping alive his vision for 5.9 miles of silver fabric above the Arkansas River" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117689337/christo-wins-court-judgement-keeping-alive-his-vision-for-5-9-miles-of-silver-fabric-above-the-arkansas-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christo wins court judgement, keeping alive his vision for 5.9 miles of silver fabric above the Arkansas River</a></li><li><a title="8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Installations&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143134443/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-installations-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945565/nbbj-s-vr-venture-managing-partner-steve-mcconnell-and-john-sangiovanni-co-founder-of-vr-firm-visual-vocal-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-23 NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of VR firm Visual Vocal, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #23 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-16T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d0eqs8a90vy719t.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today's podcast guests are <a href="http://archinect.com/nbbj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a> Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of Visual Vocal,&nbsp;a new company bringing virtual and augmented reality systems to the architecture industry. As <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942834/nbbj-is-launching-its-own-vr-platform-with-the-help-of-ex-microsoft-entrepreneurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an investor in Visual Vocal</a>, NBBJ plans to foster the company in all of its design processes, using its collaborative platforms to communicate among designers, clients, and users, at all stages of project development. With a beta program launching this summer, Steve and John gave me a taste of how NBBJ plans to use the service, why it invested in the company in the first place, and how ubiquitous VR stands to dramatically change the architectural process.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#23 with&nbsp;<strong>Steve McConnell </strong>and<strong>&nbsp;John SanGiovanni</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_23_NBBJ-Visual_Vocal.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945551/new-york-s-micro-apartments-seen-through-the-psychological-lens New York's micro-apartments seen through the psychological lens Alexander Walter 2016-05-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2djp9dz6o4sq2fqc.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In just a few weeks, the residents of New York&rsquo;s first micro-apartment building can move in to their new homes. And when they say micro, they mean it [...]. Spending extended amounts of time in a crowded space can be stressful; if the unit holds multiple people, the occupants &ndash; especially kids &ndash; can suffer as a result of the lack of privacy. And creative space-saving layouts, she explained, can become a source of mental fatigue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141813298/my-micro-nyc-apartment-complex-is-officially-renting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138505979/long-island-city-micro-units-will-have-three-bedrooms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City &lsquo;Micro&rsquo; Units Will Have Three Bedrooms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></li></ul>