Archinect - News 2016-09-28T13:05:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970953/obama-calls-for-zoning-overhaul-blames-existing-laws-for-rising-inequality-and-unaffordable-rents Obama calls for zoning overhaul, blames existing laws for rising inequality and unaffordable rents Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T12:56:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole [...] The White House published a &ldquo;toolkit&rdquo; of economic evidence and policy fixes to help local political leaders fight back against the NIMBYs that tend to hold sway over municipal zoning meetings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953892/stonewall-inn-formally-declared-as-national-monument" target="_blank">Stonewall Inn formally declared as national monument</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970914/pollution-plagued-paris-to-ban-cars-from-the-side-of-the-seine Pollution-plagued Paris to ban cars from the side of the Seine Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T14:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf9p6wdnmw8j2djj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an effort to curb air pollution, the city council of Paris has approved a controversial plan to pedestrianize the 3.3 km road that runs along the Right Bank of the Seine River. Stretching from the Tuileries Gardens to the Henri-IV tunnel near the Bastille, the road is currently used by some 43,000 cars a day. The plan would replace the roadway with wooden walkways and landscaping, and cost an estimated &euro;8 million.</p><p>The plan is supported by the Socialist government and faces opposition from the country&rsquo;s conservative faction, who argue that it will increase traffic in a city already jam-packed with cars. Nearly 55 percent of Parisians support the plan, according to <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/paris-bans-cars-river-seine-plan-approved-to-cut-pollution-emissions-a7331441.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>the Independent</em></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Air pollution in Paris can rival cities like Beijing, and is responsible for over 2,000 deaths per year.</p><p>For more urban initiatives intended to combat air pollution, follow these links:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946000/barcelona-s-bold-new-plan-to-get-cars-off-the-road" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona's bold new plan to get cars off the road</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-neede...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-09-26T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:34:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99sv3jgrn6fowww0.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora [unveiled] their Legacy Foundation &ndash; a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by private investors. The stars (all three of whom have played for West Ham) are coming back to present their first project, worth &pound;400m, to build 1,300 homes on a 22-hectare site in a run-down area in Houghton Regis near Luton.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>For more on housing-related issues in the UK, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966148/as-a-new-class-of-super-rich-investors-displace-the-traditional-elite-average-londoners-are-pushed-further-and-further-outside-the-city-limits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a new class of super rich investors displace the traditional elite, average Londoners are pushed further and further outside the city limits</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965813/almost-half-of-londoners-support-limits-on-building-height" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970641/led-streetlights-may-contribute-to-serious-health-conditions-says-ama-prompting-cities-to-re-evaluate LED streetlights may contribute to 'serious health conditions' says AMA, prompting cities to re-evaluate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-26T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T12:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/us/us6065yvr7sqcvvf.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>high-intensity LED streetlights ... emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. [...] Some [researchers] noted that exposure to the blue-rich LED outdoor lights might decrease people&rsquo;s secretion of the hormone melatonin. Secreted at night, melatonin helps balance the reproductive, thyroid and adrenal hormones and regulates the body&rsquo;s circadian rhythm of sleeping and waking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the American Medical Association cautions cities to re-evaluate their use of high-intensity LED lights for health reasons, others have pointed out that most televisions and computers also emit the blue light wavelength found to be potentially harmful. Aside from human health concerns, LEDs are also "a major contributor" to anthropogenic light pollution in the night sky.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="This atlas shows how much light pollution has infiltrated night skies worldwide" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950867/this-atlas-shows-how-much-light-pollution-has-infiltrated-night-skies-worldwide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This atlas shows how much light pollution has infiltrated night skies worldwide</a></li><li><a title="Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115732640/not-so-bright-lights-big-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City</a></li><li><a title="LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110175865/leds-to-be-installed-in-the-sistine-chapel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel</a></li><li><a title="Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102799938/scientists-develop-technique-to-improve-flexible-conductive-transparent-glass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970154/nyc-port-authority-releases-5-design-proposals-for-new-bus-terminal NYC Port Authority releases 5 design proposals for new bus terminal DianePham 2016-09-22T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:37:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ov/ovvxzg2evhc8kmug.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, an agreement was reached between West Side elected officials and the Port Authority that said the agency would expand the planning process for a new $10 billion bus terminal with more local input. And just today they&rsquo;ve revealed the five proposals that were submitted to a design competition to replace the currently loathed site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Big-name firms Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Arcadis, AECOM, Perkins Eastman, and Archilier Architecture Consortium provided proposal, a number of which take on swooping forms and boast green roofs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969944/aka-old-people-afraid-of-the-sky-in-big-cities-featuring-white-streets-and-roofs-and-fast-cheap-trees aka *Old people afraid of the sky in big cities, featuring white streets and roofs and fast cheap trees Nam Henderson 2016-09-22T14:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T14:20:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k1ibx7qmd8kcmdac.jpg" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How many lives could be spared, the researchers then asked, if the city planted more trees and grass, replaced dark asphalt and concrete with light-colored and reflective roofs and pavement, and cut back on the excess heat seeping out of buildings and the tailpipes of cars and buses?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Madeline Ostrander visited&nbsp;Louisville Kentucky, to learn how one city is trying to&nbsp;cool it. With&nbsp;an increase in urban deforestation, extreme heat waves and global climate change, the urban heat-island effect is now a concern for politicians and non-profits. Not just researchers and&nbsp;scientists.</p><p>* h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/778158183357489152" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970059/la-city-councilman-david-ryu-calls-for-rapid-roll-out-of-autonomous-vehicles LA City Councilman David Ryu calls for rapid roll-out of autonomous vehicles Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/jsdgp8xbfr5t5jik.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Ask any Los Angeles resident about L.A.&rsquo;s greatest challenges and the answer will most likely include: &lsquo;traffic&rsquo;,&rdquo; begins David E. Ryu, the L.A. City Councilman for the 4th District, in a <a href="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/davidryucc/pages/314/attachments/original/1474482888/Ryu_Motion_-_Autonomous_Vehicles.pdf?1474482888" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">call</a> for the rapid implementation of autonomous vehicles in the city.</p><p>Citing their potential to reduce traffic, &ldquo;create greater transportation equity&rdquo;, and reduce vehicular deaths, Ryu proposes that the Department of Transportation quickly put together a report on the benefits of implementing autonomous transit.</p><p>&ldquo;In the 20th century, Los Angeles&rsquo; streetcars and freeways each set national standards and propelled our quality of life and economy forward,&rdquo; writes Ryu. &ldquo;Today, we are mired in gridlock, and it is time once again for our city to lead the way, this time into the 21st century as the trailblazer on autonomous vehicle technology."</p><p>For more on autonomous vehicles, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968712/the-view-from-inside-a-self-driving-uber-the-technology-is-not-quite-ready" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968301/japan-gunning-for-tokyo-to-take-on-driverless-vehicles-by-2020-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan gunning for Tokyo to take...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/24748/venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k8/k805xcuq9zmj9b06.gif"></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:22:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/plfmt6xuq49wvc3c.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3691/copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uj/ujway5j3sgyzcnlk.jpg"></p><p>According to an article in <a href="https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063804/bjarke-ingelss-next-project-reinventing-student-housing?partner=rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozzf38v52e8rg9gf.jpg"></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969474/the-downsides-of-the-charming-holdout-houses The downsides of the charming "holdout" houses Nicholas Korody 2016-09-20T13:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-21T14:18:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3m/3m8jv965ow6timwy.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is something romantic about the idea of a holdout, a David to the big developer's Goliath, a protagonist&nbsp;for whom home matters more than money, a solitary survivor. In the Pixar movie "Up," the holdout is the hero. In the real-life Seattle version of the story&nbsp;that reportedly inspired the film's premise, an elderly woman who refused to sell her home became &mdash; along with her home itself &mdash; a city icon.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In practice, though, modern cities grow out of older ones in large part through the unglamorous process of parcel assembly &mdash; of fitting together the once-smaller pieces of the city, "Tetris"-like. And while the result often produces fantastically bizarre neighbors, cities can't evolve if every property owner is such a hero.</em></p><p>For more on tiny houses, follow this link:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963622/the-onion-takes-on-the-tiny-house-movement" target="_blank">The Onion takes on the 'Tiny House' movement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937530/tiny-houses-in-the-city-showcases-big-opportunities-in-small-housing" target="_blank">"Tiny Houses in the City" showcases big opportunities in small housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146129250/the-tiny-house-fantasy" target="_blank">The Tiny House Fantasy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969297/when-designing-for-mental-health-how-far-can-architects-go When designing for mental health, how far can architects go? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-19T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d8rehcgoneopzdu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Genetics, early experiences, family relationships and social settings can&rsquo;t be addressed through urban design,&rdquo; McCay explains. &ldquo;But urban design can and should play a role, just as it does for physical disorders, which have equally complex causes.&rdquo; [...] But experts believe guidelines for healthy urban environments are currently failing to take this growing awareness into consideration. [...] &ldquo;understanding of these issues is not yet mainstream&rdquo; in the architectural community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Layla McCay, director of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, outlines the various ways urban design and mental health intersect:</p><p></p><p>Check out more videos from UDMH on <a href="http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their website</a>.</p><p>For more news on urban psychology:</p><ul><li><a title="Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954286/measured-genius-one-to-one-29-with-pierluigi-serraino-author-of-the-creative-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Measured Genius: One-to-One #29 with Pierluigi Serraino, author of 'The Creative Architect'</a></li><li><a title="The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940354/the-high-psychological-cost-we-pay-for-boring-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The high psychological cost we pay for boring buildings</a></li><li><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></li><li><a title='Designing and understanding the "Happy City"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88462415/designing-and-understanding-the-happy-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing and understanding the "Happy City"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968712/the-view-from-inside-a-self-driving-uber-the-technology-is-not-quite-ready The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-15T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:35:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/2171767a301522c5941d761796e2cdaa.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During my ride, along a few miles of road near Uber&rsquo;s testing facility in an old industrial neighborhood, the car performed admirably in many difficult situations...and I mostly felt pretty safe. However, several times the person behind the wheel needed to take control [...] it will take time for Uber and others to perfect fully automated driving. In fact, it remains unclear what needs to be done before it can be considered safe to remove humans from the driver&rsquo;s seat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Uber and autonomous vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="Japan gunning for Tokyo to take on driverless vehicles by 2020 Olympic Games" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968301/japan-gunning-for-tokyo-to-take-on-driverless-vehicles-by-2020-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan gunning for Tokyo to take on driverless vehicles by 2020 Olympic Games</a></li><li><a title="Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955408/tesla-model-s-driver-suffers-fatal-crash-while-using-autopilot-in-first-known-death-involving-an-autonomous-vehicle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" 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><li><a title="Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit" 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 title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968391/saddam-hussain-s-architectural-heritage-and-what-to-do-with-it Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage—and what to do with it Alexander Walter 2016-09-13T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:37:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75aae62bd087b0e46c4a780ddbe83f8c.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During his time in power, as head of state and as leader of the all-powerful, secularist Ba&rsquo;th party, Saddam would oversee an unprecedented program of monumental development across the historic city of Baghdad. This was not limited to monuments of war and hollow bronze shells, but enormous palatial complexes, museums, art galleries, and civic squares [...] marshal it, awkwardly, unevenly, into the post-industrial age, a modern city shaped by the aspirations and egotistical tastes of a despot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952786/iraq-honors-zaha-hadid-with-commemorative-stamp-which-features-rejected-tokyo-stadium-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iraq honors Zaha Hadid with commemorative stamp &mdash; which features rejected Tokyo stadium design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194308/destruction-of-iraq-s-oldest-christian-monastery-by-isis-militants-went-unreported-for-16-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destruction of Iraq&rsquo;s oldest Christian monastery by ISIS militants went unreported for 16 months</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968307/are-enough-high-wage-jobs-being-created-across-the-united-states Are enough high-wage jobs being created across the United States? Julia Ingalls 2016-09-13T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:35:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18levtwnrw0hgxh4.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unsurprisingly, the majority of the U.S.' job growth over the past five years has been centered in large metro areas like <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/search/0/149968322" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/region/US/NY/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a>. What might be surprising is how the majority of those newly created <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jobs</a> are either "mid-wage" or "low-wage" jobs, here defined as those that pay under $21.14 an hour. In a study conducted by <a href="http://www.routefifty.com/2016/09/where-good-jobs-are/131259/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CityLab's</a> Richard Florida based on facts compiled by the economic data modeling firm Emsi, Florida notes that:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Low-wage jobs accounted for the largest increase in new jobs between 2011 and 2016, adding 4.5 million jobs, compared to 4.1 million high-wage jobs and 3.5 million mid-wage jobs. Low-wage jobs accounted for 34 percent of jobs in 2016 (a total of 48.2 million jobs), while mid-wage jobs accounted for 29 percent (a total of 40.7 million jobs)...</em></p><p><em>The top ten metros for job growth are a mix of knowledge-based and service-based metros. The tech hub of Provo, Utah, tops the list with a 26.8 percent increase in jobs; Austin (21.9 percent), San Jose ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968301/japan-gunning-for-tokyo-to-take-on-driverless-vehicles-by-2020-olympic-games Japan gunning for Tokyo to take on driverless vehicles by 2020 Olympic Games Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-13T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fb4f98e33faa4ad06946f73045ef8f0.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo-based Dynamic Map Planning will undertake the task of mapping out roadways in the highest detail to date (featuring such useful insights as curb location, lane height, and limits on turning), intended to be 20 times as precise as current maps [...] The company will also lead the effort to equip Tokyo with digital infrastructure that will allow self-driving vehicles to pick up on factors that can change or appear in their surroundings as often as every few minutes or even seconds</p></em><br /><br /><p>More autonomous driving news from around the world:</p><ul><li><a title="Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965464/airbus-promises-autonomous-flying-taxis-in-the-very-near-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future</a></li><li><a title="Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955408/tesla-model-s-driver-suffers-fatal-crash-while-using-autopilot-in-first-known-death-involving-an-autonomous-vehicle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle</a></li><li><a title="Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a title="Germany's railway sees future in harmony with driverless cars" 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 title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" 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/149968283/inside-the-failure-of-jerry-brown-s-plans-to-ease-california-s-housing-crisis Inside the failure of Jerry Brown's plans to ease California's housing crisis Julia Ingalls 2016-09-13T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1lf5ik2625oohw6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite introducing what seemed like excellent legislation to help increase the number of affordable housing units in developer-backed housing projects, California governor Jerry Brown's proposal caused so much multi-faceted angst it became political poison, primarily because it gently circumvented the traditional development process. This <a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-governor-housing-failure-20160912-snap-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> piece takes a look at what went wrong, noting that: &nbsp;</p><p><em>If developers pledged to set aside some&nbsp;units in their projects&nbsp;for low-income residents, the governor&rsquo;s proposed&nbsp;legislation would have eliminated some&nbsp;local hurdles to building,&nbsp;likely&nbsp;leading to a modest increase in construction.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Yet the proposal the governor unveiled in May&nbsp;represented a profound shakeup in how the development process would have worked in California. The measure&nbsp;challenged the primacy of local control over housing, inflamed powerful entrenched interests and was&nbsp;eyed warily by the very groups representing those the plan was supposed to help.</em></p><p>For more on California's...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967668/mapping-how-la-s-expanding-metro-network-fuels-gentrification-or-not Mapping how LA's expanding Metro network fuels gentrification (or not) Alexander Walter 2016-09-09T14:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u4/u455ymoo8ufy15nu.jpg" width="514" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers from the Urban Displacement project, a joint UCLA and UC Berkeley effort, recently released a gentrification map of Los Angeles. They examined the city from 1990 to 2000 and up to 2015, focusing on neighborhoods near transit stops. The goal was to see if these areas saw higher rents and more displacement than other areas. The answer? Yes &mdash; with some exceptions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some of the UCLA researchers' key findings for Los Angeles Country (via the project's website, urbandisplacement.org):</p><ul><li><em>Our analysis found that areas around transit stations are changing and that many of the changes are in direction of neighborhood upscaling and gentrification.</em></li><li><em>Examining the changes from 2000 to 2013, we find that relative to non-transit areas, transit neighborhoods are more associated with higher increases in whites, college educated, higher income households and greater increases in the cost of rent. Conversely, transit neighborhoods are associated with greater losses in disadvantaged populations including individuals with less than a high school diploma and lower income households.</em></li><li><em>The impacts of changes vary across locations but the biggest impacts seem to be around the Downtown areas where transit-oriented development interacts with other interventions aiming to revitalize the urban form.</em></li></ul><p>Click <a href="http://www.urbandisplacement.org/map/la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the interactive LA map. &mdash;&nbsp;Looking for the SF Bay Area map inste...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967486/revealed-world-trade-center-performing-arts-center-will-be-a-translucent-marble-cube REVEALED: World Trade Center Performing Arts Center will be a translucent marble cube Alyssa Alimurung 2016-09-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:54:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pv3euxc82rx0a4lw.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After stalling for years, the $243 million World Trade Center Performing Arts Center started to make headway in recent months, and now Silverstein Properties have revealed the official renderings. With the help of billionaire businessman Ronald O. Perelman's $75 million gift, the 90,000-square-foot marble cube designed by REX will both stand out as an impressive piece of cultural architecture and co-exists with the other structures on the WTC complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x7/x70ugfk5hlpoq2ai.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z1/z1cs44ck1vp63l6f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ky/kyas64shywnqzjgv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ma/mal89cjnwzuc8jrj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9oyruea8i7x3du2u.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nr/nrgrn3s22zemd5gj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3w/3w77tc9qftzmk5y1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9s/9sdzextd7bn9xenx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3z/3zboen3gbfnokk9s.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967422/imagine-new-york-city-becoming-something-like-a-22nd-century-venice Imagine New York City becoming something like a 22nd-century Venice Nam Henderson 2016-09-08T11:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-08T11:58:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/041s7qp5qof9ugsk.jpg" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The deluge will begin slowly, and irregularly, and so it will confound human perceptions of change. Areas that never had flash floods will start to experience them, in part because global warming will also increase precipitation. High tides will spill over old bulkheads when there is a full moon. People will start carrying galoshes to work. All the commercial skyscrapers, housing, cultural institutions that currently sit near the waterline will be forced to contend with routine inundation</p></em><br /><br /><p>Andrew Rice on why even locals who believe climate change is real, have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966937/port-authority-plans-to-sell-one-world-trade-center-for-up-to-5b Port Authority plans to sell One World Trade Center for up to $5B Alyssa Alimurung 2016-09-06T12:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:45:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8h/8hxaar5pns960n7a.jpg" width="514" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Cond&eacute; Nast moved its 3,400 employees moved into One World Trade Center, Port Authority hoped it would attract more tenants. Now two years later, the tower is still one third empty. In fact, it only brought in $13 million in revenue last year&ndash; a mere 0.35 percent return on its investment. Now the cash-strapped Port Authority has made plans to sell One World Trade Center for as much as $5 billion, making it the highest price ever paid for an office building in the country.</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/149966504/university-of-miami-school-of-architecture-helps-to-create-a-new-smart-city-in-the-yucatan-peninsula University of Miami School of Architecture helps to create a new Smart City in the Yucatan Peninsula Joachim Perez 2016-09-02T16:07:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k6/k6wzf4p1nsbweohx.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, which is being designed by UM SoA&rsquo;s Responsive Architecture and Design Lab (RAD-UM Lab), will be built next to the Yucat&aacute;n Science and Technology Park (YSTP), established by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. RAD-UM Lab specializes in technology-based designing and the &ldquo;internet of things,&rdquo; everyday objects that can collect data and connect to modern tech.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The University of Miami School of Architecture continues to experiment in the realm of responsive architecture, this time at an urban scale. &nbsp;Zenciti is a proposed "smart city" to be located in the Yucatan Peninsula where the gathering of data will play a prominent role. Information technology will be embedded into the inner workings and infrastructure of the project allowing for potential opportunities to monitor urban issues such as traffic patterns, transportation, pollution levels, and energy consumption. &nbsp;Smart City models are curently in use in Europe with examples such as Amsterdam and Barcelona. &nbsp;Zenciti has the potential to be one the first examples in Latin America. &nbsp;</p><p>This initative is a collaboration between the University of Miami's School of Architecture, Center for Computational Science, and College of Engineering, as well as the&nbsp;Yucatan State Government&rsquo;s Information Technologies Innovation Cente. &nbsp;The UMSoA has aggressively been expanding research into responsive arch...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966491/diller-scofidio-renfro-win-1-3-billion-pearl-eco-island-competition-in-the-south-china-sea Diller Scofidio + Renfro win $1.3 billion 'Pearl Eco-Island' competition in the South China Sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-02T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T09:05:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjbmuhrmo3ggoyv1.jpg" width="514" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South Sea Pearl Eco-Island development is funded by HNA Group and will include houses, hotels, a cruise ship port, yacht harbour, spa and theme park. [...] The jury said the &ldquo;singular and clear&rdquo; design would &ldquo;create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "eco" stands for... well, it depends. To HNA Group:&nbsp;&ldquo;This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.&rdquo; To the <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague</a>, these manmade islands&nbsp;are an explicit move by China to exert sovereignty (a status that The Hague explicitly rejects), and they're causing massive environmental harm.</p><p>Investigating China's role in the South China Sea this past July,&nbsp;"The tribunal clearly decided that China had caused severe harm to the coral reef environment," according to&nbsp;Kent Carpenter, the tribunal's expert witness and a professor of biological science. Much of that damage was attributed to island building. You can find more on their proceedings <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Runners up to the competition include <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42923078/morphosis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title='Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957478/despite-ban-on-weird-architecture-a-building-that-looks-an-awful-lot-like-a-toilet-was-built-in-henan-province" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite ban on...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966419/architecture-has-sacrificed-its-aspiration-to-deepen-public-life Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life Julia Ingalls 2016-09-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T21:15:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4hxvdcdo91zf0j9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, during its heyday, was deeply concerned with its civic function; its mission to reform housing and improve the city was a moral imperative. But the failure of this utopian vision has served to...[give] rise to a profession in which its practice is defined increasingly by individual &ldquo;star&rdquo; architects and &ldquo;architecture for architecture&rsquo;s sake&rdquo;...</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a piece on the civic benefits of music, literature, and architecture to the public sphere, Rebecca Burgess finds architecture to be somewhat lacking, based on the writings of Michael J. Lewis. Is this a complaint about the good old days in the vein of <a href="http://Where%20Architects%20Fear%20to%20Tread:%20Britain%20Bores%20Again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prince Charles</a>, or a meaningful critique in an era of starchitects?&nbsp;</p><p>For all the latest on starchitecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136652209/what-a-starchitectural-skyline-means-for-the-future-of-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What a starchitectural skyline means for the future of New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138591091/the-in-crowd-review-of-conversations-with-architects-in-the-age-of-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966350/los-angeles-gets-dense-housing-development-wise-at-least Los Angeles gets dense (housing-development-wise, at least) Julia Ingalls 2016-09-01T14:14:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:14:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8as41r12kxf6a9l.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Once known as the city of single family homes, Los Angeles is now developing high-density housing complexes, not only in downtown, but according to this&nbsp;<a href="http://urbanland.uli.org/planning-design/driving-reurbanization-downtown-los-angeles/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Land</a> article, on the traditionally reluctant-to-develop West Side.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pitxysq5lzosx7hj.jpg"></p><p>The developments mark a shift in how Los Angeles conceptualizes living, trending away from its iconoclastic, sprawling roots into a more traditional urbanism. The developments come at a time when Los Angeles is also investing heavily in public transit partially to help alleviate the city's signature traffic congestion.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on new urban development trends in Los Angeles:</p><ul><li><a href="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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961116/zoning-in-los-angeles-doesn-t-allow-for-sensible-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoning in Los Angeles "doesn&rsquo;t allow for sensible urban development"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966146/how-much-is-easy-access-to-a-subway-worth How much is easy access to a subway worth? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:26:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gnv2jc0xex57tw1q.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How much would you be willing to pay to shave a minute off your commute? For New Yorkers, the answer appears to be around $56 per month. That&rsquo;s how much more New Yorkers pay in rent, on average, for a one-bedroom apartment that&rsquo;s a minute closer by subway to Manhattan&rsquo;s main business districts. That finding...puts an approximate value on the old real estate adage about the importance of location, location, location.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More data collectin' and crunchin':</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965741/chicago-installs-urban-fitbits-to-track-air-quality-noise-levels-and-traffic" target="_blank">Chicago installs "urban Fitbits" to track air quality, noise levels, and traffic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965062/investigations-into-the-threat-of-air-pollution-have-failed-to-account-for-people-s-movement" target="_blank">Investigations into the threat of air pollution have failed to account for people's movement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964809/tracing-the-physical-infrastructure-supporting-the-internet" target="_blank">Tracing the physical infrastructure supporting the internet</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966141/a-thriving-ecosystem-of-shorebirds-calls-the-la-river-s-concrete-bottom-home A thriving ecosystem of shorebirds calls the LA River's concrete bottom home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-31T13:26:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:26:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcx2drmgi9vkpxll.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;By accident, we&rsquo;ve created the perfect habitat there. People don&rsquo;t think about that because they think that this part of the river is ugly and concrete, but it&rsquo;s a critically important habitat for these shorebirds.&rdquo; [...] As the city makes its decisions about the river&rsquo;s future, it is called upon to be sensitive to all life that has managed to grow around it, despite its not-so-green surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the LA River's redevelopment:</p><ul><li><a title="Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961508/will-gehry-s-l-a-river-plan-result-in-water-savings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings?</a></li><li><a title="Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando Valley" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando Valley</a></li><li><a title="What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952791/what-s-happening-with-frank-gehry-s-masterplan-for-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?</a></li><li><a title="Before the masterplan gets underway, artists turn the LA River into their gallery" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944039/before-the-masterplan-gets-underway-artists-turn-the-la-river-into-their-gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before the masterplan gets underway, artists turn the LA River into their gallery</a></li><li><a title="Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965913/20-excellent-films-that-feature-cities-as-principal-characters 20 excellent films that feature cities as principal characters Julia Ingalls 2016-08-30T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:59:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ju/ju5wtl9y1vymwbcp.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would "Lost in Translation" be without&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14722/tokyo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, or "In Bruges" without, well, Bruges? This engrossing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/20-great-films-where-one-of-the-main-characters-is-a-city/#ixzz4IpvMhixl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taste of Cinema</a> piece selects 20 films released from the 1930s up to the cinematic present in which the city and its surrounds play a vital role in the narrative. The piece then delves into the beauty, power, and ambiance of that particular locale as it relates to each film's plot. Unsurprisingly, Jim Jarmusch's work makes a few appearances, as does the original 1997 version of "Insomnia," which qualifies as pretty much the most <em>noir</em> movie ever shot entirely in daylight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9m5sjxhoarz6ircs.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Insomnia."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8u/8ue0ae2jhna0wtu2.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Night on Earth."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/df/df1oump0b5h7t26u.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Mystery Train."</em></p><p>As a kind of thesis statement, the piece explains that:</p><p>"The films listed rely on the narrative space and its geographical and sociological specifications. The plots of these films are formed by numerous references to the spatial and temporal phase in which the story is taking place."</p><p>For more on the intersection of cinema an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965935/revisiting-the-urban-plan-of-burning-man Revisiting the urban plan of Burning Man Alexander Walter 2016-08-30T14:41:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:24:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rj5tooqt6kwo3hc5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When a group of Burners describing themselves as the Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning announced a design competition last fall for a new urban plan for Burning Man, Phil Walker had never given the matter much thought. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m actually not a Burner. I&rsquo;ve never done it,&rdquo; says Walker, the senior associate vice president for CallisonRTKL, an architecture firm and design consultancy. &ldquo;Maybe a bit of vicarious living for a middle-aged suburban dad is what appealed to me.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"So Walker didn&rsquo;t set about to change the orientation of Black Rock City [...] instead, he built out a &ldquo;kit of parts&rdquo; for simple streetscape interventions that he says can have a dramatic impact on urban flow and cultural space."</em></p><p>Related Burning Man stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18593017/rod-garrett-the-urban-planner-behind-burning-man-dead-at-74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rod Garrett, the Urban Planner Behind &lsquo;Burning Man&rsquo;, dead at 74</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification of Burning Man</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133736405/300-mile-wall-proposed-for-the-bay-area-to-exile-burning-man-festivalgoers-forever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346125/your-annual-reminder-that-burning-man-isn-t-that-special-of-an-idea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965813/almost-half-of-londoners-support-limits-on-building-height Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height Nicholas Korody 2016-08-29T19:24:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:56:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9p5jr8b6c11rvmtu.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most Londoners think tall buildings should only be built in areas like the City and Canary Wharf, and that there should be limits on how high they can be, according to a survey for the Skyline Campaign published today. The findings come after Westminster Council controversially gave the green light for a 30 storey tower to be built in Paddington, and show stark differences in the views of Londoners in the inner and outer boroughs...</p></em><br /><br /><p>While 49% of those living in inner London think that the 270 proposed, planned, or under construction towers set to go up in London is too many, only 34% of people from the outer boroughs agree. Additionally, the study found that Londoners are, by and large, skeptical that tall buildings will solve the city's housing shortage.</p><p>For more on housing in London, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962603/ethical-dwellings-for-generation-y-explores-new-forms-of-living-and-owning-in-a-changing-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y' explores new forms of living and owning in a changing London</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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149963012/everyone-deserves-a-decent-place-to-live-minding-london-s-development-gaps-with-mohsin-cooper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Everyone deserves a decent place to live.' &ndash; minding London's development gaps with Mohsin Cooper</a></li></ul>