Archinect - News 2014-11-23T14:01:42-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114178291/smart-cities-called-smart-but-condemned-to-being-stupid Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-22T09:05:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xxxq4igps49b8rs.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/535731506103463936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114126142/tracking-economic-conditions-with-satellite-imagery-and-shadows Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows Archinect 2014-11-20T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:39:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/789648f9a507cb229e9feb24fe7993c3.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.</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/113962327/planning-the-unplanned Planning the Unplanned Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-18T14:41:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rb8mmeed2hk873p9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren&rsquo;t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].</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/113961523/berlin-after-the-wall-a-microcosm-of-the-world-s-chaotic-change Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World’s Chaotic Change Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:18:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9din4efkmnnbm0qk.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not far from the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz was a no man&rsquo;s land during the Cold War. Then the Berlin Wall fell, and the German authorities made it a petting zoo for celebrity architecture. The corporate headquarters of Germany&rsquo;s new global swagger. But the ambitions for Potsdamer Platz, like the hopes and fears about a united Germany, turned out differently. The architecture was not so great. Many companies fled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113907749/this-is-not-just-hyperbole This is not just hyperbole Nam Henderson 2014-11-17T21:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-18T22:35:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dan2yw88umjqqs26.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The pied-&agrave;-terre tax is seen by New York&rsquo;s wealthiest 1 percent as a question of fairness" - James Parrott, the chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute</p></em><br /><br /><p>New data from the&nbsp;Census Bureau&rsquo;s 2012 American Community Survey, confirms the high vacancy rate in certain "<em>billionaire buildings</em>" and neighborhoods of Manhattan. Some are making the case that&nbsp;an additional tax should be levied for these pieds-&agrave;-terres.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113906945/the-key-is-not-more-money The key...is not more money Nam Henderson 2014-11-17T21:52:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T10:46:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3yuslnxd385slg1.jpg" width="514" height="670" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We need to retreat, especially intellectually...from the idea that we can keep on building anywhere we want. New Yorkers are tough. They can take whatever nature throws their way. But you just can&rsquo;t grow forever at the expense of the sea" - Professor Ted Steinberg</p></em><br /><br /><p>Going beyond the more well known and singular, such as U.S. HUD's <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/rebuild_by_design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild By Design competition</a>, Alan Feuer, Greg Moyer and Melanie Burford highlight various more quotidian infrastructural and planning efforts underway. With an eye toward not just rebuilding but resilience, the&nbsp;<a href="http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/cuomo_130524.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Transportation Authority</a> and <a href="http://www.coned.com/fortifying-the-future/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Con Edison</a>&nbsp;are spending approximately $1 billion (each) on resiliency improvements&nbsp;over the next few years.&nbsp;Meanwhile, initiatives such as <a href="http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/community-reconstruction-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Rising</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nycedc.com/service/programs-business-recovery-resiliency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Business Resiliency Investment Program</a>&nbsp;seek to build community/civic capacity. Yet, others argue that NYC will always be vulnerable, as a result of our own "<em>environmental machismo</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T19:50:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T22:43:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47f3e781364f92d3c16c10830676875b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed &ldquo;Dementia Village&rdquo; by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility&mdash;roughly the size of 10 football fields&mdash;where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it&rsquo;s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show [...] Last year, CNN reported that residents at Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and appear more joyful than those in standard elderly-care facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adapting to an unprecedented aging population means adjusting elder-care expectations and forms. So-called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Silver" architecture</a>&nbsp;aims to address this growing population, but what about an urbanism of the elderly? Knowing that <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2012/04/24/the-importance-of-being-social/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active social bonds can actually have long-term health benefits</a>, why not "silver" urbanism?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/591546a7e65346582bc04341b3468091.jpg" width="360" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To capture more energy from the sun, one company is putting solar panels where they've never gone before: in the street. This week, the Dutch company SolaRoad officially opened the world's first solar roadway in a suburb outside of Amsterdam. The 230-foot (70 meters) stretch of energy-absorbing concrete and glass will be used as a bicycle path for commuters, according to the company.</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/113882002/tiny-house-village-built-with-and-for-the-homeless-opens-in-wisconsin Tiny house village built with and for the homeless opens in Wisconsin Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:51:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0j06854xn0z4nn8.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A community of tiny houses for the homeless opened this weekend in downtown Madison, Wisconsin &mdash; built by a coalition of homeless individuals and members of Occupy Madison... Four people, including one couple, will move into the first set of three finished homes on privately owned land this week. The next phase of the project will see six homes, another bathroom, and community room complete with a kitchen and laundry facility built in the spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Who said Occupy was done?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side Barry Diller Pledges $130M for Futuristic Offshore Park on the West Side dschulz18 2014-11-17T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/ziu0w35nwr4xln2e.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being approached over two years ago about the idea, Barry Diller initiated a design competition, ultimately selecting British architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, famous for designing the Olympic caldron for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Landscape architect Mathews Nielsen will also lend his hand. Some critics of the idea are not happy about the secretive planning and how private funds will be used to construct a public park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Billionaire media mogul, and largest private donor to the High Line, Barry Diller has pledged $130 million of the $170 million total to build a floating park and performance venue known as Pier 55 off 14th Street in the Meatpacking District. The 2.7-acre park will be located 186 feet off land, and contain wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater. It will be an undulating platform set atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns that&nbsp;will range in height from 70 feet to 15 feet above the water.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113881197/the-mysterious-abandoned-silos-of-washington-dc The Mysterious, Abandoned Silos of Washington, DC Archinect 2014-11-17T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukrbntitr20otrgn.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is one of Washington, DC's most conspicuous mysteries. Unbeknownst to the thousands of commuters and residents that pass by its rusted gates daily, below this sprawling parcel of land lies a series of vast underground caverns built in the early 20th century by the Army Corps of Engineers as a natural purification facility for DC's turbid water supply.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest episode of PBS Digital Studios&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Unusual Spaces</em>&nbsp;series visits mysterious abandoned silos and underground reservoirs at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, just 2 miles north of Capitol Hill in DC.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113881193/the-academy-of-urbanism-awards-rotterdam-takes-top-prize The Academy of Urbanism Awards: Rotterdam takes top prize Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T13:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55x3ue308koxi99m.jpg" width="514" height="208" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam has been crowned as the best city in Europe at today&rsquo;s Urbanism Awards. The post-industrial city in the Netherlands beat off strong competition from Aarhus in Denmark and Turin in Italy. The award is one of five given out annually by the Academy to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. Voted on by Academicians, each award covers a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Additionally,&nbsp;Aberystwyth in Wales won the "Great Town" award. The lead assessor for the award, Tim Challans, stated, "The town&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/video-how-aberystwyth-recovered-devastating-6969139" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resilience in recovering from the winter storms </a>demonstrates how its people are passionate about their home.&rdquo;</p><p>Holbeck Urban Village in the UK won the "Great Neighborhood" award.</p><p>Bridge Street / North Street in Taunton won the "Great Street" award.</p><p>St. Pancras International won the "Great Place" award.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113421073/bike-louisville-implementing-neighborways-a-city-wide-bike-boulevard-system Bike Louisville implementing Neighborways, a city-wide bike boulevard system Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T01:04:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18908bacf3ff3f66e438eeee23a4f8c9.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Louisville is currently implementing such a system, what the city&rsquo;s bike department, Bike Louisville, is calling &ldquo;Neighborways.&rdquo; The city hopes these new bike boulevards will encourage and enable bicyclists and pedestrians to take advantage of alternate-route options for moving safely around the city&mdash;and eventually lead to an uptick in biking overall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>h/t <a href="http://streetsblog.net/2014/11/11/louisville-plans-100-miles-of-bike-boulevards/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization Diane Pham 2014-11-11T11:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T11:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbfppfc6r9rdlib0.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed with the help of a team of volunteer researchers, urban planners and designers, this new online tool allows anyone to view the staggering amount of publicly-owned lots that once had an urban renewal plan in the pipeline but were scrapped due to bureaucracy. By mapping out all of the vacant spaces across the city, 596 hopes that we as a community can take a top-down approach to turning these urban blights into public gardens, play lots, and spaces where people can &ldquo;co-create.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 1949-1974 NYC took on an urban renewal project that resulted in the bulldozing of "slums" across Manhattan. The vast majority of the proposals planned for the land floundered and today nearly 15,000 lots across the city lay vacant. 596 Acres, a grassroots land access nonprofit, had developed a map tool called Urban Reviewer that pinpoints all of these spots&mdash;most owned by the public&mdash;already zoned for action.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113345533/for-the-sake-of-our-cities-it-s-time-to-make-town-planning-cool-again For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T08:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25dc452e6ea90306c9e3ce3b4f598649.jpg" width="514" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the cult of the star architect has soared over the decades and property developers have displaced bankers as the new super-rich, the figure of the local town planner has become comic shorthand for a certain kind of faceless, under-whelming dullard. [...] &ldquo;Planning has become unpopular, disconnected from the public and increasingly beholden to the developer rather than the people it is meant to serve.&rdquo;</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/113055876/massive-hollywood-project-sits-atop-quake-fault Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault Archinect 2014-11-06T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T10:50:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76a87ad50e3a61618b41802da05decdc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California&rsquo;s state geologist has concluded that an active earthquake fault is underneath a massive proposed skyscraper project in Hollywood, setting the stage for a huge battle at City Hall over growth and seismic safety.</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/113050259/garcetti-calls-for-100k-new-homes-in-los-angeles-by-2021 Garcetti Calls for 100K New Homes in Los Angeles by 2021 Nicholas Korody 2014-11-06T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T18:35:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/622e15108314be66b491e34cf0ad3ab7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling the cost of housing one of Los Angeles&rsquo; biggest challenges, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced a goal for 100,000 new homes in the city by 2021. In a speech to business leaders at UCLA, the mayor outlined a plan to increase funding for affordable housing, subsidize development around transit stations and cut the red tape that many developers say drives up the cost of building in the city.</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/113045440/editor-s-picks-392 Editor's Picks #392 Nam Henderson 2014-11-06T18:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T20:15:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yzkmr3rkrbyjs2e1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;began <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112509888/the-state-of-debt-and-the-price-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publishing responses from anonymous questionnaires on the topic of architecture students average student debt and it&rsquo;s effects</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Alternative</strong> thinks there are just four solutions; - intervention by the federal government, attrition at architecture schools, limit access to student credit for architecture degrees and open the conversation.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7gedpyizvyllsuhf.jpg"></p><p>Plus, Archinect continued its coverage of the ACADIA 2014 Conference, with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112437605/zaha-hadid-keeps-it-light-at-acadia-2014-conference" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a piece on the special keynote lecture by Zaha Hadid</a>.&nbsp;The talk split her work into two groups, first using "<em>a noticeably organicist language. She talked chiefly of the structures as landmasses...During the second part, Hadid spoke chiefly of her firm&rsquo;s use of shell-structures, exoskeletons, and tensile fabrics</em>".&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> reacted "<em>But should one be asked a question that makes them uncomfortable, humor is preferable to a middle finger. &nbsp;Maybe Patrik and Zaha were cognizant of Gehry's recent bad press despite being members of the &lsquo;architectural pantheon&rsquo;. &nbsp;How...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112958645/how-transit-measures-fared-on-2014-midterm-ballots How Transit Measures Fared on 2014 Midterm Ballots Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T14:00:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e32822f88c6bad331947619f7b9f211.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the broadest level, it's fair to say that urban mobility didn't have the most encouraging day. In recent years, conservative transportation policy has been much more inclined to favor highways serving rural and outer suburban regions than alternative modes that boost balanced city networks [...] But at the city and county level, where most transit initiatives occur, the midterms yielded a number of big victories, in keeping with the general success of transit ballot measures in recent years.</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/112801910/call-for-submissions-monu-22-transnational-urbanism Call for Submissions: MONU #22 - Transnational Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2014-11-03T13:17:00-05:00 >2014-11-03T15:07:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k29zaulxstjsgp6p.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With this new issue of MONU we would like to expand on, and complement, the topic of "Border Urbanism" through the topic of "Transnational Urbanism" as cross-border processes are not just limited to cities that are located close to nation-state borders, but impact cities anywhere else as well by trans-border relations. Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, October 2014</p></em><br /><br /><p>Around six years ago, our <strong>issue #8</strong> entitled <strong><em>"Border Urbanism"</em></strong> focused on urban phenomena that appear in cities that are located close to nation-state borders. We were fascinated by the fact that when cities are located close to borders, they often foster very specific economic features or urban anomalies, which cannot be found in cities located in the very centre of a country. Wherever two jurisdictions come into contact, special opportunities seem to arise. We showed how cities that are located close to borders could be described as isolated islands, where a different type of life is possible, and as places conducive to experiments, utopia and dystopia.</p><p>With this new issue of MONU we would like to expand on, and complement, the topic of <strong><em>"Border Urbanism"</em></strong> through the topic of <strong><em>"Transnational Urbanism"</em></strong> as cross-border processes are not just limited to cities that are located close to nation-state borders, but impact cities anywhere else as well by<em><strong> trans-border relations</strong></em>. That is why we...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112718435/landmarks-of-shanghai-s-semicolonial-past Landmarks of Shanghai’s semicolonial past Nam Henderson 2014-11-02T12:05:00-05:00 >2014-11-02T12:05:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvuot0o1pr83b73v.jpg" width="514" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>His favored collaborator was the British architect George Leopold (Tug) Wilson, whose travels had exposed him to Parisian Art Deco and the latest American skyscrapers...His clean designs, though not the first time modernism came to Shanghai, brought a touch of Gotham to a city whose architectural face had hitherto had a stodgy, neo-Classical cast.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taras Grescoe explores the architectural remnants of pre-revolutionary Shangha built by&nbsp;Sir Ellice Victor Sassoon, the third baronet of Bombay.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112574898/the-rise-and-fall-of-manhattan-s-density The Rise and Fall of Manhattan’s Density Alexander Walter 2014-10-31T15:18:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:23:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7342a24b9c9187914706f5d3d3a9ad2.jpg" width="514" height="913" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1910, Manhattan reached a peak population of 2.2 million, from which it has never since rebounded, even after modest growth in the past three decades. Angel&rsquo;s research found that today, Manhattan&rsquo;s population density is down a surprising 40% from 1910.</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/112494619/documentary-to-explore-racial-discrimination-in-transportation-planning Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:06:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/coj2va5cbiwdql02.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beavercreek, Ohio, nabbed its own infamous place in civil rights history last year, when the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the suburb had violated anti-discrimination laws by blocking bus service from nearby Dayton. [...] The Beavercreek case illustrates larger, more widespread problems with America&rsquo;s transportation system [...]. The Kirwan Institute is producing a one-hour documentary exploring the Beavercreek case and how racism can influence transportation decision making.</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/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways LA's Unbuilt Freeways Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:27:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8ge14o6n16v44p9c.jpg" width="487" height="644" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles' vast freeway system is incomplete &mdash; at least by the standards of its architects. In the 1940s, freeways were sketched through Santa Monica Boulevard, along Melrose, Highland and La Brea avenues, and near the Griffith Observatory. Many of L.A.'s freeways were built during the 1960s, but a combination of a freeway revolt, skyrocketing costs and a failure to increase the gas tax doomed the expansion of the freeway system during the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whew.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112426339/what-can-the-french-teach-americans-about-transit What Can the French Teach Americans About Transit? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T17:15:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:27:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/maos2tlw9f8eryfk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...there's an awful lot that U.S. cities should learn as soon as possible about the way the French design their transit networks. Whereas American light rail systems have had modest success and modern streetcar lines have questionable transit value, France operates 57 tram lines in 33 cities that together carry some 3 million passengers a day and create a fantastic balance of mobility options for urban and suburban residents alike&mdash;all built in the last 30 years.</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/112334716/grimshaw-gruen-s-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-for-implementation Grimshaw + Gruen's L.A. Union Station Master Plan approved for implementation Justine Testado 2014-10-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T14:08:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6t43vyqpkbpfpcn.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The L.A. Metro Board of Directors officially approved the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan in downtown L.A. to advance from planning to implementation. For the past two years, Metro has worked with a consultant team led by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> to expand the iconic station, which is registered as a national historical landmark. Since Union Station opened in 1939, ridership continues to approach 110,000 trips per day and is expected to increase up to nearly 197,000 per day by 2040. L.A. Metro purchased the station in 2011.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzarh8kozm2h8nrn.jpg"></p><p>The master plan development program consists of 3.25 million sq. feet of the Union Station property. The plan includes the preservation of the historic station, renovations to the station's perimeter, and adding new commercial developments like retail, hotel, and housing.</p><p>With today's approval, Metro can begin its initial implementation strategy for near-term projects, which includes a programmatic environmental review of the recommended trans...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112275285/turning-boston-into-venice Turning Boston into Venice Nam Henderson 2014-10-27T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T21:20:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rhmy9fdeh5cq67ky.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"So we wanted to turn that conversation on its head and say, well what if we let water in? How can we make life better in Boston by bringing water in?" - Dennis Carlberg</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joanna Jolly talked to Boston city planners and architects, who are a proposing solutions to combat sea-level rise. One big idea, is canals which would criss-cross the streets of the Back Bay. Less radical ideas include; constructed wetlands and elevating critical equipment for new development.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112276898/from-music-row-to-condo-row From 'Music Row' to Condo Row Nam Henderson 2014-10-27T19:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T21:21:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cp/cp5u2und2wq8i2fc.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I know the progress is great...This is my hometown, and I love to see it grow and expand. But I&rsquo;d sure hate to see Music Row not be Music Row 20 years from now" - Pat Holt, 61</p></em><br /><br /><p>Richard Fausset reported on the looming loss of Studio A (RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios), the&nbsp;49-year-old studio&nbsp;recording room, that is steeped in music history and scheduled for demolition to make way for a luxury condominium project.</p><p>&nbsp;It is but the latest example of how a booming real estate market, is threatening the original architecture of "the Vatican City of country music".&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112028878/actionable-cartographies Actionable Cartographies Alexander Walter 2014-10-24T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:12:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acd86f32e79b711f3d0dc67750a31201.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Matt Knutzen performs a different kind of public service than Bruce Barrett of the School Construction Authority or Jeffrey Roth of the Fire Department of New York, two recent installments in our Profiles in Public Service series. He works at the New York Public Library, overseeing NYPL&rsquo;s incomparable collection of maps, and looking for ways to turn items from the library&rsquo;s vast catalogue into &ldquo;actionable spatial data.&rdquo;</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>