Archinect - News 2015-08-31T19:58:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135588605/antonia-malchik-on-the-end-of-walking-in-america Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cg69dtqtycwsbyky.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90280641/why-can-t-one-walk-to-the-super-bowl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning Justine Testado 2015-08-28T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:50:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nccqugmcum2nxuhi.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Botany professor Paloma Cari&ntilde;anos] found it surprising that the design of these green spaces thought about landscaping, climate, and fashion criteria, but didn't think about pollen problems. [She] says that in the future, urban green spaces 'will become 'comfort islands' inside 'urban heat islands.''...Cari&ntilde;anos and her team stress that their research is a tool for planning and prevention. They hope that other cities will be able to use their methods to prevent high allergen levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read more of Cari&ntilde;anos' team's research in the <a href="https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/0/0/jeq2015.02.0075" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Environmental Quality</em></a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122679179/kkt-architects-envision-tornado-shaped-tower-for-downtown-tulsa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135269008/australia-s-biggest-bike-lane-skeptic-plans-to-remove-a-popular-sydney-cycleway Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway Justine Testado 2015-08-27T15:33:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T15:34:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gta4n2g3138hzq39.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Duncan Gay, self-described as 'the biggest bike-lane skeptic', and the] NSW government [are] about to get rid of a much-loved and much-used AU$5M protected cycleway in Sydney&rsquo;s city centre...Gay&rsquo;s move seems to go against the flow, with cycling increasingly feted as a potential congestion and pollution game changer in major cities around the world...But he is not alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous bike-lane news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Tops List of the 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98147614/bike-lanes-don-t-cause-traffic-jams-if-you-re-smart-about-where-you-build-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bike Lanes Don&rsquo;t Cause Traffic Jams If You&rsquo;re Smart About Where You Build Them</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113031751/archinect-s-lexicon-bike-wash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264994/an-architect-helps-transform-dangerous-alleys-into-cultural-hotspots An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbso38lazmtfij5d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vejylft8o0dw17re.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135261768/cap-d-agde-a-naked-city-in-the-south-of-france Cap d'Agde: a naked city in the south of France Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:04:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcfeh8lampd9ctru.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-1960s, the De Gaulle-instigated Mission Racine to develop Languedoc-Roussillon&rsquo;s tourist economy created six modernist seaside resorts from scratch, each a day&rsquo;s boat ride apart &ndash; still one of the largest state-run development schemes ever. ...there was some ideological overlap between the purifying doctrines of naturism and modernism: Le Corbusier himself enjoyed airing his bits on the Cote d&rsquo;Azur and shared the same teacher as Cap d&rsquo;Agde&rsquo;s chief architect, Jean le Couteur.</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/135262578/sorry-l-a-but-the-nation-s-worst-traffic-is-in-d-c Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-scorecard-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2y6nnl97ecs30led.jpg" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10005/utah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xuig43k9sineth0z.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/viki6r3pl4kwj8s0.jpg"></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/homes-for-the-homeless--8#/story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv7hw61h3eer8g8y.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/fakro_inspires_-_space_for_new_visions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/660205836/New-complex-for-homeless-opens-in-Salt-Lake.html?pg=all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135191874/lonely-planet-names-queens-ny-the-no-1-travel-spot-in-the-us-for-2015 Lonely Planet names Queens, NY the No. 1 travel spot in the US for 2015 Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T16:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:38:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/pppk2s3kppkifear.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lonely Planet made a decision in December that stunned many in the travel industry, even those deeply invested in promoting the borough. It named Queens the No. 1 travel destination in the United States for 2015. Yes, Queens. Not Miami, the Grand Canyon, Washington, San Francisco or, more to the point, Manhattan, but rather New York City&rsquo;s equivalent of a flyover state, perhaps most famous for two sitcoms, one featuring a food-fixated deliveryman and the other a xenophobic bigot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to data from&nbsp;NYC &amp; Company, the city&rsquo;s tourism marketing agency, the amount of visitors to the outer borough increased around 12 percent in a single year, between 2012 and 2013. Queens is also reported to be in the midst of a major hotel building boom, with five new ones opening last year alone.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135033470/jan-gehl-s-perspective-on-making-a-good-urban-habitat-for-homo-sapiens Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens" Justine Testado 2015-08-24T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T19:08:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i54vps89sb502wjg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every time we build something, we manipulate the conditions of people&rsquo;s lives, but most planners don&rsquo;t know enough about this manipulation...I have worked very hard to find out what the life is that goes on inside our buildings and how our buildings influence that life...Because if you just do form, then you are doing sculpture, but if you look after the interaction between life and form, you are doing architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134183942/jason-danziger-heals-psychosis-with-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134660924/we-re-suckers-for-any-architecture-that-looks-like-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We're suckers for any architecture that looks like us</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126886713/our-infrastructure-is-expanding-to-include-animals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our infrastructure is expanding to include animals</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T11:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:09:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ks/ksj1si4b8j7u04dl.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to grasp his calculus. One of Mr. de Blasio&rsquo;s big initiatives, Vision Zero, aims to improve pedestrian safety. Ripping up the pedestrian plazas in Times Square, restoring cars and forcing millions of people to dodge traffic again, runs headlong into his own policy. As an exasperated Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance, put it on Thursday: &ldquo;Sure, let&rsquo;s tear up Broadway &mdash; we can&rsquo;t govern, manage or police our public spaces.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about Times Square on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125280367/times-square-throughout-the-ages" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square throughout the ages</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121142105/times-square-and-the-routine-of-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square and the routine of chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120588790/jam-to-your-heart-s-desire-with-stereotank-s-heartbeat-installation-in-times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170893/midtown-manhattan-wouldn-t-be-the-same" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midtown Manhattan Wouldn't Be the Same</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134889035/mindy-thompson-fullilove-is-a-psychiatrist-for-cities Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities Nam Henderson 2015-08-22T21:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-22T21:50:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/ns7e0psjcb1st7wa.jpg" width="262" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fullilove increasingly came to see cities as ecosystems, with streams and channels, one flowing unseen into the next, disruptions wreaking havoc, threatening vitality everywhere. In a 1999 article in The International Journal of Mental Health, she showed federal urban renewal policies to be a fundamental cause of disease</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lj/ljjqr4pmuvymioox.jpg"></p><p>Robert Sullivan profiles&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/people/our-faculty/mf29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mindy Thompson Fullilove</a>. Trained as a psychiatrist, she studies the links between the environment and mental health and adapted the&nbsp;concept of "<a href="http://www.rootshock.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">root shock</a>" from gardening, which she applied to her studies of urban planning/policy and community psychology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/peia8dyqto6v35xj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134815269/fr-ee-frente-and-rvdg-to-redevelop-mexico-city-s-historic-avenida-chapultepec FR-EE, Frente and RVDG to redevelop Mexico City's historic Avenida Chapultepec Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-21T17:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:58:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91xqnsmm58q2vrye.jpg" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mexico City-based firms FR-EE, Frente Arquitectura and RVDG Arquitectura + Urbanism will redesign a 0.8 mile-long stretch of Avenida Chapultepec, one of the city&rsquo;s most historic corridors, into a multi-modal public space and park.</p><p>Extending the roadway as a part of Chapultepec Park, their proposal for "Cultural Corridor Chapultepec" includes a broadening of the street&rsquo;s center for pedestrians and recreating, and increased lane spaces for bikes and buses, with a narrowing for cars. There will also be an upper retail level built into the Avenida.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4p/4p5b4ikd8it01zu8.jpg"></p><p>The corridor has played a strong historical role in the city, serving as the thruway that divided the cities of San Juan and San Pablo in the 16th century, and connected the city of Calzada San Juan to the resting place of the Aztec emperors. The roadway became the path for an aqueduct to Mexico City in the 18th century, and was the site for the city&rsquo;s first electrical tramway in 1900. Student protests raged on the Avenida in 1968, while below ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134729252/melbourne-is-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fifth-consecutive-year Melbourne is world’s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:23:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qd29h4nmycap13z.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In any event, it's as you were for the "haves" at the top of list, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015. [...] these cities have "relatively few challenges to living standards," and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate. Unsurprisingly, Damascus remains the least livable city, with Syria embroiled in a bloody civil war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other articles related to <em>liveability</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134719585/think-you-live-in-a-nice-county-find-out-where-it-stands-on-the-nationwide-natural-amenities-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134723605/1920s-popular-science-illustration-stacks-the-future-american-city-like-a-layered-cake 1920s ‘Popular Science’ Illustration Stacks the Future American City Like a Layered Cake Alyssa Alimurung 2015-08-20T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:20:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7v/7v8y0j6ste2clbiw.jpg" width="514" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1920s urban "futurists" believed that Americans would be living and thriving in high-density vertical cities. Architect Harvey W. Corbett&rsquo;s &ldquo;May Live to See, May Solve Congestion Problems&rdquo; is one such proposal that sees everything from homes, offices, schools, green space and even aircraft landing fields stacked on top of each other for the ultimate metropolis.</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/134722803/san-francisco-launches-new-green-benefit-district-program-to-improve-public-spaces San Francisco launches new "Green Benefit District" program to improve public spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-20T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T11:26:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/nt2f2hwb034dzo4v.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through the program, property owners will pay a small assessment that will go toward maintaining and improving parks, plazas, gardens, sidewalks and more. It&rsquo;s modeled after the Community Benefit District (CBD) program, but geared toward greening a residential area, as opposed to promoting commercial shopping districts, like more conventional CBDs. [...] &ldquo;This provides a way for us to not only maintain them [the public spaces], but provide capital improvements over time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Targeted specifically in the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill neighborhoods of San Francisco, the impetus for the Green Benefit District plan began years ago, as development rates were quickly beginning to outpace public green spaces in the area. The GBD program would provide a continual source of funding for green spaces in the neighborhood, by taxing local property owners a small amount annually. San Francisco's GBD is the country's first.</p><p>More news on development in San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li><li><a title="Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a title="Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134651279/news-cycle-august-s-noteworthy-bicycle-news News cycle: August's noteworthy bicycle news Julia Ingalls 2015-08-19T14:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4g4bmlruhd14oh28.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germany might still be a car-obsessed country, but it's starting to build an Autobahn for bikes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the U.S</a>. to Germany, urban planners and major corporations are starting to purposefully design for bicycles instead of individually operated cars. In Munich, a proposed network of two-lane bike paths would radiate out from the city center to the surrounding suburbs, creating 400 miles of cyclist-only access. Meanwhile, according to WebUrbanist, international fast-food chain <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814573/turns-out-the-u-s-has-more-museums-than-the-combined-number-of-starbucks-and-mcdonalds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McDonald's</a> has created an unfolding bicycle-oriented food transport container known as "<a href="http://weburbanist.com/2015/08/15/mcbike-meal-tote-helps-cyclists-carry-burger-fries-drink/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McBike</a>," which allows a bicyclist to visit the drive-through lane and comfortably transport a beverage and hot food home. The program was launched in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>, and may soon make its way to a Mickey Dee's near you.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxl6x6tqgyg2752x.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking Justine Testado 2015-08-18T19:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T11:55:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2gywucmqw4npkk9c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a $35,000 grant from the Knight Prototype Fund, [MITs Elizabeth Christoforetti] and her team are working on a project called Placelet, which will track how pedestrians move through a particular space. They&rsquo;re developing a network of sensors that will track the scale and speed of pedestrians [and vehicles] over long periods of time. The sensors, [currently being tested in downtown Boston], will also track the 'sensory experience' by recording the noise level and air quality of that space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106956389/the-life-of-a-new-architect-elizabeth-christoforetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect: Elizabeth Christoforetti</a>&nbsp;(Featured interview)</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100931500/mit-s-newest-invention-fits-all-the-furniture-you-need-in-one-closet-sized-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's Newest Invention Fits All the Furniture You Need in One Closet-Sized Box</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83383390/mit-develops-self-assembling-modular-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT develops self-assembling modular robots</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134584775/british-public-housing-is-not-all-that-bad-now-thanks-largely-to-architects British public housing is not all that bad now, thanks largely to architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-18T18:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:25:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2hvpnzrqf9o1blnj.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Regulations have progressively made homes more sustainable and energy-efficient, and voluntary codes take these standards further. Architects like to push them further still [...] There are now housing associations and developers who can see the point of good design, and others who can&rsquo;t quite, but still feel as if they should employ it. The public, too, perhaps encouraged by the TV programmes of Kevin McCloud, are more open to contemporary architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <em>The Guardian</em>'s Rowan Moore at least, who takes the long-view on how Britain's public housing policy and execution have changed in the last 50 years.</p><p>Related on Archinect:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a title="4 Public Housing Lessons the U.S. Could Learn From the Rest of the World" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107478346/4-public-housing-lessons-the-u-s-could-learn-from-the-rest-of-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4 Public Housing Lessons the U.S. Could Learn From the Rest of the World</a></li><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268383/housing-mobility-vs-america-s-growing-slum-problem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134563792/building-new-york-city-s-sixth-borough Building New York City's sixth borough Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f7832c72a69388dc3cd413fdf74fd9a6.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If it is possible, financially and technologically, to build a three-acre park in the river west of New York City, then why isn&rsquo;t it possible to construct an artificial island at a higher elevation than downtown Manhattan that would serve as New York City&rsquo;s sixth borough? Many of the city&rsquo;s problems&mdash;real estate prices, developers purchasing blocks at a time, the astronomical cost of parking a car, or even a bicycle, even shoreline erosion&mdash;are problems of space. So why not just build more space?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35524205/visions-of-lolo-a-neighborhood-rising-from-landfill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visions of LoLo, a Neighborhood Rising From Landfill</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134492229/berliners-are-getting-their-hopes-up-for-transformed-kulturforum-arts-district Berliners are getting their hopes up for transformed Kulturforum arts district Alexander Walter 2015-08-17T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:50:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3yitjvtxsum77mz8.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The neighborhood &mdash; a central district that was dismantled by the Nazis, battered by Allied bombs and radically reconfigured by postwar architects &mdash; has foiled urban planners, exasperated patrons of the arts and demoralized generations of Berliners intent on seeing their city made once more into a cohesive whole. [...] Many are hoping that all that strife is in the past now that a new museum of modern art will be built in the much-maligned arts quarter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In recent Berlin news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132504520/berlin-s-world-class-museums-struggle-to-build-up-excitement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's world-class museums struggle to build up excitement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131960517/berlin-lists-communist-era-towers-of-alexanderplatz-as-historical-monuments-gehry-high-rise-still-happening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin lists communist-era towers of Alexanderplatz as historical monuments; Gehry high-rise still happening</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331694/herzog-de-meuron-to-redevelop-berlin-s-infamous-tacheles-cultural-center-locals-fear-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification</a></li></ul><p>Heading to Berlin soon? Don't miss this excellent <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132034420/let-j-rgen-mayer-h-help-plan-your-next-trip-to-berlin-with-his-own-travel-tips" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Berlin City Guide</strong></a> with architectural and cultural highlights that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2501/j-mayer-h-und-partner-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&uuml;rgen Mayer H.</a> exclusively curated for Archinect. The Kulturforum is of course among his recommended sites.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134488192/this-3d-map-compares-nyc-real-estate-prices-by-neighborhood This 3D map compares NYC real estate prices by neighborhood DianePham 2015-08-17T12:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ryqnl2kg3go2z20i.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We all have a pretty good idea which NYC neighborhoods command top dollar, but this incredible 3D map from NeighborhoodX really puts things into perspective by pinning the city&rsquo;s 325 neighborhoods against one another in a visually jarring side-by-side comparison. Among the most expensive? In Brooklyn...</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on New York real estate:</p><ul><li><a title="The rise of communal living in New York" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133408596/the-rise-of-communal-living-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise of communal living in New York</a></li><li><a title="This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></li><li><a title="New York &amp; London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York &amp; London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index</a></li><li><a title="NYC's public-housing woes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa Alexander Walter 2015-08-17T11:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T12:46:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b29bb341074be44a0ccb8bb621dce7c1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Across the continent, Chinese companies are building highways, railways, sports stadiums, mass housing complexes, and sometimes entire cities. But China isn&rsquo;t just providing the manpower to fuel quickly urbanizing African cities. It is exporting its own version of urbanization, creating cities and economic zones that look remarkably similar to Chinese ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134433610/architecture-of-segregation Architecture of Segregation Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-16T19:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:22:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxgdgs7wj9nxrqzu.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After the dramatic decline in concentrated poverty between 1990 and 2000, there was a sense that cities were &ldquo;back,&rdquo; and that the era of urban decay&mdash;marked by riots, violent crime, and abandonment&mdash;was drawing to a close. Unfortunately, despite the relative lack of public notice or awareness, poverty has re-concentrated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Century Foundation publishes a Paul Jargowsky paper laying out the facts and statistics of decline and poverty's impact on American cities.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tcf.org/experts/detail/paul-jargowsky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Jargowsky</a></strong>&nbsp;is a fellow at The Century Foundation where he writes about inequality, the geographic concentration of poverty, and residential segregation by race and class.</p><p>This work was support by The Century Foundation and the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University&ndash;Camden. The author received helpful comments and suggestions from Marie Chevrier, Natasha Fletcher, Straso&nbsp;Jovanovich,&nbsp;Lucy Muirhead,&nbsp;Jason Renker,&nbsp;Christopher Wheeler, and&nbsp;Zachary David Wood and production support from Abigail Grimshaw.</p><p>This Archinect editor thinks architecture must pay much more attention to this issue and start producing solutions instead of getting shamelessly high on celebrating star architect designed luxury condominiums for the globally rich clientele and elitist minimalist lakeside homes, and teaching their renderings in schools.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/134268383/housing-mobility-vs-america-s-growing-slum-problem Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem Alexander Walter 2015-08-14T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:19:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a311fa5cab620cba9bce2ba2858ea3c7.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If America decides to take on its growing slum problem, people will need to think hard about how to do so. Mobility programs are proven to work for the families who move, but what happens to the neighborhoods that people leave? Can affordable-housing projects in low-income areas also help poor families succeed, or are they doomed to fail their residents, no matter how nice they are, because of where they are located? &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132341095/in-chicago-forming-economically-integrated-suburbs-is-more-complex-than-it-looks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133584551/abandoned-schools-new-development-opportunities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abandoned schools = new development opportunities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134262739/when-the-next-disaster-strikes-how-resilient-would-future-proof-cities-in-the-u-s-be When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be? Justine Testado 2015-08-14T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:17:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/258nk2kfhksyixuo.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'There is no one size fits all approach &mdash; every region is completely different...' Hurricane Sandy underlined the urgency by ruthlessly exposing New York's structural weaknesses...California also suffered as historic droughts settled in, and the 2014 wave of winter storms terrorized the North, emphasizing that extreme conditions were here to stay and could strike anywhere. This bought the U.S. into line with the global situation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134187975/the-hurricane-katrina-cottages-where-are-they-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></p><p><a title="How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest</a></p><p><a title="The Pragmatics of Adaptating to Sea Level Rise: The Next Wave @ UCLA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122213377/the-pragmatics-of-adaptating-to-sea-level-rise-the-next-wave-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Pragmatics of Adaptating to Sea Level Rise: The Next Wave @ UCLA</a></p><p><a title="U.S. Department of HUD announces the Rebuild By Design winners" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100960550/u-s-department-of-hud-announces-the-rebuild-by-design-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Department of HUD announces the Rebuild By Design winners</a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the California drought with design? Submit your ideas to Archinect's <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ug5xjsjb3pf4ge3f.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134187975/the-hurricane-katrina-cottages-where-are-they-now The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/decj8w1qjqmnjj8q.jpg" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;"It&rsquo;s hard to think about ways to drain the swamp when alligators are biting your ass.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Immediately after a natural disaster, most residents want to get things back to normal, even if that "normal" wasn't particularly ideal. The story of the Katrina Cottages, a series of 400 to 800 square foot residences that would provide temporary relief housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and also act as "seed" housing for safer, long-term neighborhoods, is a nuanced and occasionally frustrating look into the political dimensions of recovery.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on disaster and recovery efforts:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130199080/new-orleans-public-housing-10-years-after-hurricane-katrina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Orleans public housing 10 years after Hurricane Katrina</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal&nbsp;(And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126441864/the-trauma-of-rebuilding-after-kathmandu-s-earthquake-what-can-architects-do-we-talk-with-a-nepalese-architect-on-the-ground-for-archinect-sessions-27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions #27 "The trauma of rebuilding"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97103111/high-rise-proposal-in-lower-9th-ward-could-bring-much-needed-development-but-at-what-social-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134125232/zaha-hadid-architects-win-danjiang-bridge-competition Zaha Hadid Architects win Danjiang Bridge competition Nicholas Korody 2015-08-12T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T11:55:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lq4m6vkml0tmvt78.jpg" width="514" height="880" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced as the winner of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.djcomp.com.tw/en/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danjiang Bridge competition</a>. Sited at the mouth of the Tamsui River, the bridge will provide a critical link between several highways on Taiwan's northern coast.</p><p>The Danjiang Bridge is intended to bring economic growth to Taipei's Port District. In addition, the new bridge will dramatically reduce commuting times "between activities and industries in Tamsui and Bali," according to the competition brief. It will include a light rail.&nbsp;</p><p>ZHA Director Patrik Schumacher took to Facebook to announce the results.</p><p>"The Danjiang Bridge...is destined to make a conspicuous landmark against the backdrop of Tamsui's famous sunset," Schumacher wrote.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/din76pgyaw39ubp7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hj/hj4f7w0i4le58iqz.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:12:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/ybg2ctpopl4wg65t.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You have generations of people under the age of 35 &hellip; who are choosing to live car free and car-lite." &ndash; Westside Councilman Mike Bonin</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the newly installed <a href="http://nuzzel.com/sharedstory/08112015/usa.streetsblog/it_just_works_davis_quietly_debuts_americas_first_protected?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=app&amp;utm_campaign=digest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"protected" intersections</a> in Austin, Texas and Davis, California to additional proposed bus lanes and bike paths&nbsp;in Los Angeles, car culture is becoming less of a given and more of an expensive, perhaps even less desirable, option.&nbsp;Cities across the U.S. are starting to rethink their approach to large scale transportation infrastructure projects (i.e., freeways) as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118199171/clinton-s-keynote-boston-s-olympics-and-california-s-bullet-train-groundbreaking-weekly-news-round-up-for-january-5-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">driving per capita</a> remains stagnant. Of course, this trend is somewhat complicated by the rise of cheap door-to-door transportation options such as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134105097/data-crunching-the-uberization-of-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a>, which make it easier for the car-less to get around without having to own a vehicle. For its part, Los Angeles is considering approving an initiative known as&nbsp;Mobility Plan 2035, which would redesign major boulevards and avenues to encourage people to get out of their cars and into the mass-transit dreams of city planners.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09rj3sc0nzxwy74s.jpg"></p><p>Last week, Archinect highlighted Christopher Hawthorne's review of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">additional lane</a>&nbsp;on the 405 freeway, a project that bega...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134105100/how-can-diversity-be-quantified How can diversity be quantified? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:44:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/ol60xzuo29bydmm5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a macro level, Chicago is quite diverse. At a neighborhood level, it isn&rsquo;t.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How can a city be both diverse and segregated? In Chicago's case, the city is home to every major racial/ethnic group, but these groups rarely tend to live together in the same neighborhoods. In fact, on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level, Chicago has one of the higher residential segregation rates of major metropolitan cities in the U.S. Even Los Angeles, long derided for being an archipelago of neighborhoods with no identifiable urban connective tissue or center, has a higher rate of residential integration than Chicago. Nate Silver's article asks us to question the metrics of diversity and segregation, especially in terms of urban planning: should those metrics be defined by where people live, where they work, or simply by the overarching boundaries of the city limits? Good question(s).</p><p>For more on this topic, do check out:</p><p><a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-most-diverse-cities-are-often-the-most-segregated/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;Surprise! Architecture is still among&nbsp;the&nbsp;whitest professions in America</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion Justine Testado 2015-08-11T21:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvuct6smle6rp976.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slapped in the face is exactly how many Venetians are feeling by the tidal wave of new money. And the local tech boom, prompting 'Silicon Beach' references around town, is just one source of it</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105336559/the-rise-and-spectacular-fall-of-venice-beach-s-pacific-ocean-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park</a></p><p><a title="Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></p><p><a title="Oren Safdie's play &quot;False Solution&quot; finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99370499/oren-safdie-s-play-false-solution-finishes-up-its-3-week-run-this-weekend-in-santa-monica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica</a></p><p><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></p>