Archinect - News 2016-08-30T09:09:02-04:00 Almost half of Londoners support limits on building height Nicholas Korody 2016-08-29T19:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-29T19:29:08-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Everyone deserves a decent place to live.' &ndash; minding London's development gaps with Mohsin Cooper</a></li></ul> Chicago installs "urban Fitbits" to track air quality, noise levels, and traffic Nicholas Korody 2016-08-29T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-08-29T14:55:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Windy City has begun installing what sounds and looks a whole lot like a Fitbit that can measure the vitals of a bustling metropolis. Chicago, which partnered on the project with researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory and several corporations, last week installed the first two of 500 modular sensor boxes. The devices will eventually allow the city and public to instantly get block-by-block data on air quality, noise levels, as well as [...] traffic.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The project, the first such initiative in the country, is called 'the Array of Things'. Affixed to light poles, the devices are equipped with sensors that monitor air and surface temperature, carbon monoxide levels, ambient sound intensity, and barometric pressure, as well as other input. A total of 50 devices will be installed this year, with 450 more coming by 2018.</p><p>The data will be used to improve public health, traffic conditions, and guide infrastructure decisions. It will also be publicly available starting in mid-October. Like with most "smart" initiatives, privacy concerns have arose, particularly over the devices' capacity to take photos. Officials have stated that any photos taken will be deleted within "tens of minutes".</p><p>Check out the video below for more info:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are we losing the cyberwar?</a></li></ul> Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future Alexander Walter 2016-08-26T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-30T08:29:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, and thinks testing can begin as early as 2017. [...] Airbus is also working on a drone delivery service [...] and plans to start testing it at a Singapore university by mid-2017. The cargo-laden vehicles fly automated routes in "aerial corridors," then drop them off and send delivery notifications to customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbus engineers are dreaming up no small endeavor as laid out in the company's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Urban Mobility</a> vision:</p><p><em>"Imagine landing at a major international airport after a long flight in an A380. Instead of suffering through a 90-minute taxi ride in the megacity&rsquo;s gridlocked traffic, you hop into an electrically operated aerial vehicle from zenHOP, which brings you to your destination &ndash; landing on your chosen zenHUB &ndash; in just nine minutes. Too expensive? No, zenMOVE has found three other travellers who also want to get to the city centre. As a result, the flight costs no more than a taxi ride. On top of that, no need to worry about your luggage &ndash; zenLUGGAGE takes care of that &ndash; or your security, as zenCYBER protects your flight against hacker attacks."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; Illustration of Airbus' Skyways drone parcel delivery service, which will enter test mode on the campus of the National University of Singapore in mid-2017.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be anothe...</a></li></ul> Los Angeles' urban core is full (unlike most other major U.S. cities) Julia Ingalls 2016-08-25T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T13:40:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This isn't your grandfather's urbanization: population figures in major U.S. cities, which on the whole are on the uptick after declining in the 1960s, are adding residents not to their already built urban cores but rather in the form greenfield sprawl, which makes use of farmland and lightly developed suburban housing tracts. The big exception? Los Angeles, whose urban core <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slate</a> pronounces full. Here's more detail from the piece:</p><p><em>A new and illuminating&nbsp;analysis by Yonah Freemark, a project manager at Chicago&rsquo;s Metropolitan Planning Council and the author of the Transport Politic blog&mdash;well worth reading in full&mdash;reveals some important trends in the past half-century of city-building...</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;The average of the 100 largest cities grew by 48 percent overall,&rdquo; Freemark notes. &ldquo;Yet the average&nbsp;city also&nbsp;<em>lost&nbsp;</em>28 percent of its residents within&nbsp;its neighborhoods that were built up in 1960.&rdquo;&nbsp;That&rsquo;s not just true in Youngstown and Detroit, post-industrial Rust Belt cities that have struggled with...</em></p> Without the projects would we have hip-hop? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-25T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-29T13:29:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mike Ford, a lead architect for the Universal Hip Hop Museum, has studied and written about the relationship between disastrous urban planning/architecture and the rise of hip hop. Essentially, Ford's argument is that the ghettoization of African Americans in the 20th century via ill-conceived public housing projects created the conditions for the musical art form. As an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VIBE</a> puts it:</p><p><em>Grandmaster Flash&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Message&rdquo;, Wutang Clan&rsquo;s &ldquo;S.O.S&rdquo;, and Nas&rsquo;s &ldquo;Project Window&rdquo; demonstrate the importance of understanding the role that these conditions created in influencing hip-hop. &ldquo;Hip-hop lyrics are [filled] with first-hand accounts of living conditions in the projects,&rdquo; Ford states. &ldquo;The hip-hop MC used lyrics to create a dialogue, to give commentary and counterpoints to the modernist vision [that birthed towers like 1520 Sedgwick Ave].&nbsp;The MCs served as a voice for disenfranchised communities and often un-consulted end users of public housing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>More on the intersection between a...</p> A 'radical alternative': how Reyner Banham changed the perception of Los Angeles Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-25T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-27T11:11:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"it performs the functions of a great city, in terms of size, cosmopolitan style, creative energy, international influence, distinctive way of life, and corporate personality [proves that] all the most admired theorists of the present century, from the Futurists and Le Corbusier to Jane Jacobs and Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, have been wrong.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In the 1960s, British architectural critic Reyner Banham declared his love for the city that his fellow intellectuals hated. What Banham wrote about Los Angeles redefined how the world perceived it &ndash; but what would he think of LA today?"</p><p>With a nod to Glen Small's Biomorphic Biosphere is a&nbsp;noteworthy paragraph from the book.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> When walkability goes up, so do home prices Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-25T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T14:39:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles, where homes sell for a median price of $475,000, has an overall Walk Score of 66.3. Each additional walkability point adds an average of $3,948, or a 0.83% bump, to the sale price. [...] Pedestrian access adds the most proportional value to homes in cities such as Atlanta, where the overall score is 48.4 and revitalization efforts are starting to open up more community gathering hubs. A single-point upgrade to an Atlanta home&rsquo;s Walk Score boosts the sale price 1.69% on average.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the relationship between pedestrianism and the market:</p><ul><li><a title='Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."</a></li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li><li><a title="Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></li></ul> A look at some cities revitalizing their blighted rivers Alexander Walter 2016-08-24T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T14:42:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles wants to rethink its river. [...] And LA isn&rsquo;t the only metropolis looking to reclaim its once-mocked waterway. Cities around the world are realizing that water can be a cultural and recreational asset, not something to hide&nbsp;or pillage, and it seems&nbsp;no waterway&nbsp;will be wasted for long.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" 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 href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A plan to clean up the River Spree around Museum Island in Berlin</a></li></ul> Investigations into the threat of air pollution have failed to account for people's movement Nicholas Korody 2016-08-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T13:25:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The true impact of air pollution has been obscured by the failure to consider people&rsquo;s exposure as they move around during the day... The research cites air pollution as &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s single largest environment and human health threat&rdquo; but laments that the problem has not previously been &ldquo;considered spatially and temporally&rdquo;, with most studies basing a person&rsquo;s pollution exposure on where they live.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Interested in urban initiatives to combat air pollution? Follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Barcelona's bold new plan to get cars off the road</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li></ul> Tracing the physical infrastructure supporting the internet Nicholas Korody 2016-08-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T14:20:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whether or not New Yorkers are paying attention, their digital connectivity can sometimes rely on the finer points of a mess of paint on the street. Some of the markings are orange, others yellow or red. Arrows, lines and letters combine to create a cryptic language of symbols and codes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of scrawly and intense,&rdquo; said the artist and writer Ingrid Burrington. &ldquo;Living in New York, you&rsquo;re trained not to look down, so it&rsquo;s funny how rich and dense these markings can get..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ingrid Burrington is the author of a new handbook to the physical infrastructure of the internet in New York,&nbsp;<em>Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure.</em></p><p>For related content, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Whistleblower Architects: surveillance, infrastructure, and freedom of information according to Cryptome (part 1)</a>&nbsp;+&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">(part 2)</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles, the Industrial City</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Shoring up America's infrastructure by repatriating money stashed overseas</a></li></ul> In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-22T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:10:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Up to 12 million people are &ldquo;urbanising&rdquo; every year in India, a rate surpassed only by China. It means the country will need a sustained building spree that would see more than 75 million people employed in construction by 2022. As it races to build 110 million extra homes needed, plus necessary transport infrastructure, by 2025 the size of India&rsquo;s construction market would reach $1 trillion, the third largest in the world, according to KPMG.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Poverty, corruption and crime: how India's 'gully rap' tells story of real life" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poverty, corruption and crime: how India's 'gully rap' tells story of real life</a></li><li><a title="India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a title="World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li><li><a title="New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> As refugees flood into the country, Germany experiments with new urban-planning strategies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T12:38:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since August of 2015, Germany has become home to more than 1.1 million refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers. This influx has German architects and urban planners asking the question: &ldquo;Do we have a refugee crisis on our hands? Or a housing crisis combined with huge challenges to the ability of cities, job markets, and schools to integrate the newcomers?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>[Doug Saunders]&nbsp;cautions that arrival cities are &ldquo;where the new creative and commercial class will be born, or where the next wave of tension and violence will erupt.&rdquo; The difference, he adds &ldquo;depends on how we approach these districts both organizationally and politically, and, crucially, in terms of physical structures and built form.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For more on the mass migrations transforming Europe, Africa and the Middle East, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographing the 'Jungle' of Calais' refugee camp</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fire breaks out at refugee camp in the Duesseldorf airport</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp</a></li></ul> Manual for Becoming a Radical Architect Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Radicalism in Architecture is not a simple choice and it&rsquo;s not dominated by the lack of reason, an important idea now that Architecture has become, due to the new technologies and trending fashions, easily reproducible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drian Labaut Hernandez</a>&nbsp;</strong>states, "Architecture does not need to say anything, it doesn&rsquo;t need to talk, doesn&rsquo;t need to express anything specific, and it doesn&rsquo;t need, overall, to be needlessly &ldquo;Radical&rdquo;.&nbsp;Architecture always has a meaning when it is created based on strong conceptual work, the project is there, a body of matter, showing itself immortal, personal, superior because of its inner qualities, those that can not be seen from outside and sometimes even from inside. You need to look at it, speak with it, interact, explore, touch, and at the end, for sure, admire. It is not done for a magazine page, and neither to hang in an exposition room and amaze everybody around because it is &lsquo;beautiful&rsquo;. Architecture justifies its own existence, it will emerge to create and show its own values, which at the end are completely rooted in life on this earth."</p> Twilight Zoning: What 100 years of zoning hath wrought, ft. special guest Mitch McEwen on Archinect Sessions #77 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-18T17:47:00-04:00 >2016-08-26T17:19:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The term "zoning" recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary in the U.S.'s city planning parlance, and many of our News postings recently have had to do with its fraught, wonky legacy. From racial segregation to housing discrimination to Pok&eacute;mon Go trespassers, we dip into the debate around zoning, with special guest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mitch McEwen</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 77 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Twilight Zoning":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The argument against zoning</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pok&eacute;mon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoning in Los Angeles "doesn&rsquo;t allow for sensible urban development"</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch the official trailer for Tomas Koolhaas' upcoming documentary, 'REM'</a>&nbsp;(while Mitch didn't hav...</p> Here are the five teams competing to building LAX's future people-mover Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:41:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The long-awaited people-moving system at Los Angeles International Airport&nbsp;is actually on its way and it's enough to make any Angele&ntilde;o misty-eyed. LAX, the second busiest airport in the US, is desperately lacking an adequate public transit connection. Currently, visitors must rely on shuttles that come every 20 minutes to connect to the nearest Metro line, grab an (expensive) cab, or find a saintly friend with a car willing to deal with a congested and confusing pick-up situation.</p><p>Five teams are competing for the commission:</p><ul><li>Gateway Connectors: Kiewit Infrastructure with Skanska USA, Meridiam; design by Mott MacDonald and Gannett Fleming</li><li>LA ConnextPartners: Ferrovial Agroman, Bechtel, Cintra, John Laing and Bombardier; design by Bechtel</li><li>LAX Connecting Alliance: OHL USA, Acciona Infraestructuras and Charles Pankow Builders; design by Arup</li><li>LINXS, led by Fluor Enterprises with Balfour Beatty, Flatiron West, Hochtief, ACS and Dragados USA; design by HDR Engineering and HNTB Corporation</li><li>PWA, l...</li></ul> The Netherlands considers a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:42:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gasoline-powered cars may soon be a thing of the past. But the Netherlands wants to get there quicker. The Dutch government is debating the possibility of banning new gas and diesel cars from 2025. The initial proposal, which was brought forward by the Labor Party, called for an outright ban of all petrol and diesel cars, but was eventually modified so the ban only affected the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Traditional cars already in use will still run on the streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The proposal has since passed in the lower house of the Netherlands&rsquo; parliament. It now needs to pass through the Dutch senate.</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li></ul> Taking a break from cars in automobile-centric Manhattan Nicholas Korody 2016-08-16T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pedestrianism among advocates and urban planners in the new, young century has been on the ascent in global cities far and wide, with many pushing for more restrictions on cars in the interests of bipeds and cyclists. That was part of thinking behind the Shared Streets initiative, a five-hour long event over the weekend. It saw the city demarcate some 60 blocks of Manhattan&rsquo;s oldest neighbourhood as part of an urban geographical experiment...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many cities have been trying to go car-less (at least temporarily). For more pedestrian-friendly initiatives, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Charles calls to reclaim the streets from cars with his 10-point &ldquo;master plan&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Pedestrians and light rail retake Sydney (well, George Street at least)</a></li></ul> 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards archanonymous 2016-08-16T00:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the very least, these projects propose efficiencies and aesthetics that run counter to the institutional momentum within the city&rsquo;s many departments, a daunting prospect in itself. None of this is necessarily inappropriate for such an exhibition, but it does ignore the question of where much of the aesthetic and spatial expression in our built environment comes from, and how we might change it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas – five years later, the results are murky Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-12T18:24:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T18:24:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Critics point to a less-than-robust tech scene, layoffs and shuttered businesses as major stumbling blocks, while others applaud the community's transformation. [...] "The other thing that we would have done differently, knowing what we know now, is really made our goals much more explicit," Hsieh said. For example, he would have put "collisions" &mdash; serendipitous encounters between individuals who can drive innovation &mdash; ahead of co-learning, connectedness and even return on investment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Vegas is back...sorta" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas is back...sorta</a></li><li><a title="Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></li><li><a title="Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?</a></li><li><a title="70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M</a></li><li><a title="Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay? " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay?</a></li></ul> The argument against zoning Julia Ingalls 2016-08-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:16:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zoning, although designed with the benign intention of keeping toxin-spewing industrial factories away from residential properties, has certainly been used for ill: ask any African-American family in the 20th century whose application to use their VA entitlement to buy a house was denied due to "redlining." Over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg News</a>, Justin Fox takes up the case that on the 100th anniversary of zoning laws in New York City, maybe it's time to substantially re-evaluate them.</p><p>As he writes, "Over the past few years, zoning has been blamed, mainly by economists bearing substantial empirical evidence, for an ever-growing litany of ills. The charge that zoning is used to keep poor people and minorities out of wealthy suburbs&nbsp;has been around for decades. But recent research has also blamed it for increasing income segregation, reducing economic mobility and depressing economic growth nationwide."</p><p>The latest in urban planning:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cities need to expand their idea of who is a "local"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Questioning ur...</a></li></ul> Pokémon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-11T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-08-19T10:12:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;if augmented reality really catches on, and an internet environment overlaid on our real world surroundings becomes common, what will be the rules around using that augmented space?" [...] Could you sell, lease, or subdivide the digital rights to your own home, yard, or lobby? Could you extract a toll, tax, or commission from virtual usage?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Referencing multiple, international cases of private property disputes over the mega-popular Pok&eacute;mon Go game, Geoff Manaugh floats the idea of zoning regulations for virtual and augmented reality instances.</p><p>As players wander through public and private spaces alike to catch 'em all, they inevitably trespass on certain stakeholders ideas' of what's allowed in that space&mdash;especially if the 'Trainers' are profiting financially in any way from occupying, say, a suburban front yard.</p><p>As these disputes proliferate (whether from Pok&eacute;mon Go, or the next AR/VR game to takes its place in popularity), Manaugh's piece poses the following:&nbsp;What rights do virtual entities have to be in those spaces? What rights to property owners have to keep Snorlax from napping in their hammock?</p><p>More AR/VR on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality</a></li><li><a title="No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur</a></li><li><a title="NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of VR firm Visual Vocal, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #23" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and...</a></li></ul> Shoring up America's infrastructure by repatriating money stashed overseas Nicholas Korody 2016-08-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T13:24:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may have a lot of differences in temperament and policy, but common to both campaigns are promises to invest heavily in the country&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure. It&rsquo;ll be a hard task to get the bill through a Republican-controlled, miserly House &mdash; particularly for a President Clinton. But there&rsquo;s a pot of gold that both candidates could possibly dip into: the some $2 trillion in cash stashed overseas by American companies. A repatriation tax holiday could be used to fund infrastructure projects according to Dan Clifton, head of policy research at Stategas, as reported by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNBC</a>.</p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li></ul> Forget solar panels: Elon Musk is thinking "solar roof" Julia Ingalls 2016-08-11T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-08-17T15:14:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Why place individual solar panels on top of a pre-existing roof when you could just build an entire roof with solar technology integrated into it? Elon Musk, CEO of the financially underperforming Solar City and Tesla, sees it as an obvious solution. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNNMoney</a>, he said that "If your roof is nearing end-of-life, well, you've got to get a new roof anyway. And so, why not have a solar roof that's better in many others ways as well?"&nbsp;</p><p>Although details on the solar roof are still elusive, Musk did note in a blog post that he'd like to build the roofs by integrating SolarCity's technology and Tesla's home battery storage systems.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on Musk:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla's 5.8 million square foot "Gigafactory" to open in 2017</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk thinks Tesla could be worth $1 trillion &ndash; if it buys SolarCity</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk</a></li></ul> Why cities need to expand their idea of who is a "local" Nicholas Korody 2016-08-10T15:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:07:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Part of the challenge&nbsp;throughout&nbsp;California and plenty of other that we tend to make local policy &mdash; and housing policy in particular &mdash; as if the only people who matter in a community are the ones who go to bed there at night. We don't think of&nbsp;people who work but don't "live" there, or who'd like to live there but can't afford to, or who once lived there but had to leave, or who could access better jobs if only they could move there, or who commute through there...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>You may effectively live your life within, say, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., going to school there, working there, dropping your children at day care there, spending your money and your waking time there. But if, at the end of the day, you go sleep somewhere else, you are invisible to the process of how we decide what's right for that city.</em></p><p>Check out some related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li></ul> Questioning urban truisms with artificial intelligence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-10T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:52:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>computer vision and artificial intelligence are the keys to a debate behind a door that&rsquo;s been locked for a long time: the social impact of design in cities. [...] "Now that we have new tools to measure aesthetics, we can estimate its consequences" [...] [MIT Media Lab associate professor Cesar Hidalgo] wants to develop more empirical ways to study cities and the way they&rsquo;re perceived&mdash;and, in turn, provide better science to the policy-makers who shape legislation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on neural networks and aesthetic quantification:</p><ul><li><a title="Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI &quot;like Jarvis in Iron Man&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a title="Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Neuromorphic Architecture&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Neuromorphic Architecture"</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Sculpting the Architectural Mind&quot; conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></li></ul> Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-05T18:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:33:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Casinos like the Taj Mahal have destroyed Atlantic City&rsquo;s public space. Gambling&rsquo;s arrival replaced the outward-looking hotels, shops, and promenades of the mid-century boardwalk with clusters of dark, labyrinthine resorts, set back from the street and enclosed behind monitored security gates. [...] Atlantic City&rsquo;s model of a plush, self-contained casino abutting a ruined neighborhood has become a synecdoche for the last forty years of American urban development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To dissect the urban effects of Trump's Atlantic City casino, Sam Wetherall traces the city's history as a booming resort town through the early 20th century, and into its current economic crisis:</p><p><em>In 2014 alone, casino closures cost Atlantic City more than ten thousand jobs, a staggering figure for a city with a population under forty thousand. Atlantic City&rsquo;s unemployment rate sits at almost 14 percent, and it suffers from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highest home foreclosure rates</a>&nbsp;in the country.</em></p><p><em>Donald Trump may herald a radical new force in American politics, but his background illuminates trends that have been unfolding in American cities for more than fifty years. As deindustrialization hollowed out cities&rsquo; economies, many have responded by wrapping their public spaces in glittering property developments and legalizing gambling to survive.</em></p><p>Atlantic City provides a potent, and foreboding, example of the kind of urbanity that Trump's business agenda has wrought:</p><p><em>While the media has dissected the failures of...</em></p> America’s Sorriest Bus Stop tournament enters final round: it's Kansas City, MO vs. Silver Spring, MD Alexander Walter 2016-08-05T14:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:32:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each of the 16 bus stops that competed this year&nbsp;&mdash; and the agencies who oversee them &mdash; deserved a thorough shaming. No transit rider should ever have to wait in the rain for a bus with no posted schedule, or walk in a ditch along an eight-lane highway after disembarking. These conditions are deplorable but all too common in American cities. The two bus stops facing off today &mdash; in Kansas City and Silver Spring [...]&mdash; had some&nbsp;extra&nbsp;dreadful&nbsp;quality that sets them apart in the eyes of our voters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View captures beautiful public space transformations</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homey pop-up bus shelter hopes to increase safety for Minneapolis commuters</a></li></ul> Could This Glass-Enclosed Farm/Condo Grow on Rem Koolhaas’ High Line Site? Alyssa Alimurung 2016-08-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:31:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From multidisciplinary architectural firm Weston Baker Creative comes this vision of glass and grass in the form of a mixed-use high-rise springing from the Rem Koolhaas parcel on banks of the High Line. As reported, the mixed-use concept would include residences, an art gallery and ten levels of indoor farming terraces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal “organic highway” Justine Testado 2016-08-04T19:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-06T07:07:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[T]he city of Bao'an in Shenzhen is setting its sights on revamping the 30 kilometer, 12-lane G107 highway...By rethinking the notion of a highway and envisioned with a series of utopian-like renderings, [Avoid Obvious Architects + Tetra Architects &amp; Planners] proposed &ldquo;a smaller, more fluid, multi-layered thoroughfare that will be a spectacular starting point of growth for an organic smart city.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a preview of their proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more of the project&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>. You can also watch the video below.</p> Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:36:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For decades, the concrete-lined L.A. River has been more famous for being a bone-dry iconic conduit for films like <em>Terminator 2</em> than a major watery artery, but that may change: in a talk with Christopher Hawthorne on Monday, Frank Gehry mentioned that his design may just save the city significant amounts of cash when it comes to buying water. Per the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a>:</p><p><em>The river, which was bound in concrete beginning in the late 1930s after a series of damaging floods, is also frequently blamed for wasting water, one of Los Angeles&rsquo; most embattled resources. Because the river&rsquo;s concrete binding was designed to channel floodwaters swiftly into the ocean and away from properties on the banks, the city now loses more than 28.6 billion gallons of water a year, according to River L.A.,&nbsp;a nonprofit working with Gehry&rsquo;s firm and funded in part by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;We think we can save the city one-third of what it now pays for imported water,&rdquo; Gehry said in conversati...</em></p>