Archinect - News 2017-03-24T17:58:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149999368/maricopa-county-in-arizona-home-to-phoenix-experienced-the-largest-population-growth-in-2016 Maricopa County in Arizona, home to Phoenix, experienced the largest population growth in 2016 Nicholas Korody 2017-03-24T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T17:44:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m7g1s1uvh8op261x.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maricopa County in Arizona had the highest annual population growth in 2016. Home to the city of Phoenix, the county gained 81,360 people, or 222 people per day. More than half were people who moved to the county from another area, while 25,428 were from natural increase (births over deaths). 10,188 people came from abroad.</p><p>Meanwhile, on the other side of things, Cook County, where Chicago is located, saw the largest decrease in population with a net loss of 21,324 people. Wayne County, home to Detroit, saw 7,696 people leave, while Baltimore had a decrease of 6,738 people.</p><p>Check out more demographic data <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-44.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999325/judge-once-again-stops-work-at-pier-55-over-environmental-concerns Judge once again stops work at Pier 55 over environmental concerns Dana Schulz 2017-03-24T15:14:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T15:14:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y8/y8k4ct67dr50w4l9.jpg" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Judge Lorna G. Schofield agreed with the group&rsquo;s claim that the Army Corps of Engineers had not conducted a sufficient environmental review on how the 2.4-acre park would affect fish and wildlife. She ordered that work stop at the site and called for a review of alternatives for building along Hudson River Park, a maritime sanctuary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been nearly two years since the City Club of New York first slapped Pier 55, Barry Diller's $200 million offshore park, with a lawsuit. And despite construction starting over the summer, a judge has once again ordered work to stop at the site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998584/how-does-one-design-against-magic-used-to-trap-self-driving-cars How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T12:45:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in <a href="https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998378/jane-jacobs-and-robert-moses-star-in-citizen-jane-battle-for-the-city-documentary-coming-to-u-s-theaters-in-april Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses star in “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” documentary, coming to U.S. theaters in April Justine Testado 2017-03-20T16:15:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T14:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkxd6tqkxbipzje4.jpg" width="600" height="889" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The historic feud between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses is hitting the silver screen in &ldquo;Citizen Jane: Battle for the City&rdquo;, a fairly new feature-length documentary&nbsp;directed by Matt Tyrnauer and produced by Robert Hammond (co-founder and executive director of NYC's Friends of the High Line).&nbsp;Following premieres at DOC NYC and the Toronto International Film Festival last year, &ldquo;Citizen Jane&rdquo; will be released in theaters and on demand in the U.S. on April 21.</p><p>Set in the 1950s and '60s in New York City, the film centers around Jane Jacobs' fight against Robert Moses' ruthless urban &ldquo;renewal&rdquo; schemes&nbsp;that targeted NYC's &ldquo;slums&rdquo; and its vital communities&nbsp;&mdash; a situation that many cities worldwide still face today. It also sheds light on European&nbsp;modernist ideals of architecture and urban design finding its place in the U.S., according to <a href="https://medium.com/urban-design-and-planning/an-entirely-unbiased-review-of-citizen-jane-de53f128310e#.d4vesk81q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one film review</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/07q8rgeis7xagywo.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We realized that no one had done a film about Jane Jacobs,&rdquo; Producer Robert Hammond said in a statement. &ldquo;She came up with her own common s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997564/monu-magazine-review MONU Magazine Review enorarb 2017-03-16T14:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T14:32:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h7/h7b6g0khb4al3t01.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I came across MONU during my early doctoral investigations on critical, non-academic publications looking into this arguably poorly unknown, plural and contested entity that is the city. MONU, does not actually qualify as a non-academic outlet, for the breadth and depth of the analysis it offers, but still provides critical insights on the ways urban forms are shaped by socioeconomic, institutional and political forces without falling in the trap of being highly jargoning, inaccessible or theoretical. It speaks to a wide audience interested in urban policy, activism, architecture, social movements, all from a multidisciplinary lens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/31rknmuhrf49zkgo.jpg"></p><p>MONU mixes text of different textures with images, collages and various forms of writing, including short and long city stories, mixed up with photographic journeys and conversations with architects, artists and urbanists. By treating its form and its content as equally important, MONU de facto invites the reader to think about socio-political processes a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997225/how-should-cities-prepare-for-a-driverless-car-future-here-are-six-tips How should cities prepare for a driverless car future? Here are six tips Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T20:47:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T01:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fc0ipbzr2lxa8gs8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of driving your own car are coming to a close: as many as seven million driverless cars could be making their self-directed way around major urban hubs across the U.S. within the next few decades. So what should cities do to keep up with these changes? This white paper by Arcadis gives six tips for city planners to prepare for the automated onslaught:</p><p>A study by transportation, economics and urban planning experts has found that ridesharing and ridesourcing services using autonomous vehicles (AV) could shift millions of drivers away from personal cars in major U.S. cities.</p><p>&ldquo;Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders,&rdquo; the study prepared by Arcadis, HR&amp;A Advisors and Sam Schwartz Consulting, shows that the move to ridesharing and ridesourcing services that don&rsquo;t have a driver could cause a shift of up to 60 percent (3.6 million cars) from traditional to autonomous vehicles in the New York metro area alone over the next 15-20 years.</p><p>The Los Angeles metro area could see...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997198/tear-down-that-wall-proposal Tear down that wall (proposal) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T23:47:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rael writes that one of the most devastating consequences of the wall is &ldquo;the division of communities, cities, neighborhoods and families, resulting in the erosion of social infrastructure.&rdquo; When we talked, he wondered how we might create something positive from something so horrible: &ldquo;Can reform happen through borderland investment? If you build 150 libraries along the border, you&rsquo;d get a very different outcome.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RFP for the border wall is out, but the conscience-bearing architectural community is staying in (and trying to imagine alternatives to this xenophobic concrete smear job). In particular, in this New York Times article they're suggesting building anything but walls, suggesting that perhaps investing in communities instead of splitting them apart is the way to go for the political and social benefit of everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997179/i-melt-with-you-indoor-city-installation-explores-dissolving-spatial-boundaries-in-an-era-of-climate-change I Melt With You: "Indoor City" installation explores dissolving spatial boundaries in an era of climate change Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T12:06:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vo2szjkdle1c6nve.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With layered narration from writers and the input of a climate scientist, the 40-foot long table installation known as "Indoor City" designed by Founder Rome Prize Fellows Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem (<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55229883/modu-formerly-phu-hoang-office-and-rachely-rotem-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODU</a>)&nbsp;with Jonathan Berger, Hussein Fancy, Christoph Meinrenken, Jack Livings and Matthew Null,&nbsp;tackles the dire conceptual heft of designing for massive systemic weather change.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1s5trzz1v49164a7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngq5nlj59soq5g4c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n5/n5lsnv6uxgvrcyw5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/pr/prtpzs9mtzc66k64.gif"></p><p>By placing carbon ice on the installation, the idea is to track how divisions between urban spaces and the environment release more carbon dioxide into the air, thereby creating more stress on the environment (and making the urban spaces quite unpleasant to live in as a result). The project advocates for a more integrated design concept while allowing visitors to enjoy what amounts to a trippy installation. Here's a video of the installation, which is part of the 2017 Cinque Mostre show and&nbsp;will be viewable in person at the American Academy in Rome until April 4th:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997049/691-new-homes-in-north-london-given-the-go-ahead-by-sadiq-khan 691 New Homes in North London given the go-ahead by Sadiq Khan Abigail Banfield 2017-03-14T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T11:54:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j3/j3m1ozidjxgvf3qp.jpg" width="636" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Announcing the decisions, Khan said he had fully considered all the evidence available and was &ldquo;confident&rdquo; both high-density developments would deliver hundreds of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. &ldquo;Building the homes Londoners urgently need will mean town centres and suburbs becoming denser, so we expect developers to continue to come up with high-quality designs which don&rsquo;t have a negative impact on their surroundings.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Overruling councillors in two north London Boroughs, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved an Allies and Morrisson scheme in Tottenham Hale and another in Harrow by Moss Architecture; both will be high-density housing developments which together will deliver 691 new homes for Londoners within 30 minutes of central London.</p><p>Khan spoke of the schemes&rsquo; close proximity to transport, and potential to provide affordable homes, as key factors in giving these developments the green-light. He also noted the changes made to these schemes to ensure the protection of &ldquo;our precious Green Belt&rdquo;. This decision comes at a time where overcrowding and unaffordable housing is prevalent in the press and in parliament. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995869/16-designers-to-display-new-tribune-tower-models-at-the-2nd-chicago-architecture-biennial 16 designers to display new "Tribune Tower" models at the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T19:41:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T19:42:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9m5jgtg4zanjoxpt.jpg" width="532" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 1922 contest drew 263 entries from 23 countries and led to the construction of a landmark neo-Gothic skyscraper. In 1980, Chicago architects Stanley Tigerman and Stuart Cohen organized a "Late Entries" version of the legendary contest...Now, the curators of this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial are putting together what might be called the "Late Late Entries" to the Tribune Tower competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the names of the sixteen designers picked to create a new "Tribune Tower" at the Chicago Architecture Biennial haven't been announced quite yet, according to this article their designs are already being value-engineered in order to be as feasible as possible for potential construction. Whichever design may ultimately go on to the big time of 1:1 scale, the Biennial will be a delightful experience for all of those who still enjoy enormous physical models of both the built and the unbuilt variety:&nbsp;</p><p><em>In addition to the 16 new versions of Tribune Tower, the curators are commissioning two other 16-foot-tall models of designs for the skyscraper from early in the last century. One is a famous, columnlike version by the Austrian architect Adolf Loos that was part of the 1922 competition. The other, which was not officially entered, is a gridded modernist design by the German architect and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T12:40:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:28:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xn/xnczd30w3ulj8rox.jpg" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's unclear when the furnishing/window and door fitting process takes place, one thing is certain: you can now have the basic components of an entire 400 square foot house printed in about a day from the company Apis Cor. Aside from being speedy, the $10,000 printing process is impressive because the house is printed using only one machine, instead of a multi-component process that requires wall assembly. In this slightly bizarre promotional video (featuring notable speakers including a student, identified only by first name without any kind of school affiliation) the 3D printed houses are envisioned as being great solutions for providing fast relief from natural disasters. Since they're designed to last 175 years, it makes one wonder if these curvy domiciles could become a kind of inadvertent historical marker of previous catastrophes. Check it out:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995116/urban-india-informal-housing-inadequate-property-rights Urban India: Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights Laura Amaya 2017-03-03T09:56:00-05:00 >2017-03-03T09:56:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fk/fknlsbhn9x6gcur0.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The rapid pace of urbanization in developing countries places increasing levels of stress on cities. As thousands of people move into urban areas each year, the availability of affordable housing emerges as a key challenge. In India, 412 million people live in urban areas. Depending on the source, anywhere between 33 and 47 percent of those (equivalent to 26-37 million households) live in informal housing, which often lacks access to basic services like roads, water, and sanitation. To make matters worse, most of those households do not have any formal property rights, thus jeopardizing their ability to live and invest in the land they currently occupy.</p><p>As architects, we often use &ldquo;informality&rdquo; to describe everything outside of the formal city. Informality is the gray area occupied by the slum, the favela, or the barrio. Our failure to segment informality into distinct categories results in design solutions that barely scratch the surface of urban complexity. Designing for informalit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994971/unstudio-to-redevelop-former-deutsche-bank-site-in-frankfurt UNStudio to redevelop former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt Justine Testado 2017-03-02T14:22:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:25:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erwrr07fkkw6tvom.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a double-win for UNStudio in a plan to revive the former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt, Germany. Almost a year after being selected to design the masterplan, the practice announced today that they also had the winning architectural proposal...The mixed-use project is a key component in reviving the former bank site, which has been closed to the public for nearly 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a peek at UNStudio's winning scheme <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5491/unstudio-wins-architectural-competition-for-deutsche-bank-site-revival-in-frankfurt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994955/brooks-scarpa-s-mixed-use-complex-featuring-low-income-housing-to-break-ground Brooks + Scarpa's mixed-use complex featuring low-income housing to break ground Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:39:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T13:39:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hpigcww6038lupgl.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Adding 84,000 square feet of a custom-aluminum-facade-bearing mixed-use structure to a Metro Red Line adjacent corner of North Hollywood, Brooks + Scarpa are continuing their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aesthetically pioneering work in low-income housing</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7b/7b15f6v46m2mihs1.jpg"></p><p>The structure, deemed "NOHO on Camarillo," will defy old-school monolithic notions of affordable housing by carving out volumes on the southern and northern exposures to let light in while simultaneously creating an ample courtyard. The structure will also have a little under 3,000 square feet of retail space for enterprising types.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkz6egedzprvipbi.jpg"></p><p>The five-story, 60-unit building's price tag is quoted at $13.5 million.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994362/meowtropolis-in-kedi-a-city-of-cats-reveals-secrets-of-urban-development ‘Meowtropolis’: In ‘Kedi,’ A City of Cats Reveals Secrets of Urban Development Orhan Ayyüce 2017-02-28T17:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T17:32:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9gpx455qdoebnfl3.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everyone in the neighborhood has a favorite cat&mdash;they give them names, personalities, entire narratives.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The story follows the saga of seven stray street cats in the city of Istanbul: Siri (the Hustler), Psikopat (the Psycho), Beng&uuml; (the Lover), and so on. Following these feline urbanites, who occupy a liminal space&mdash;not &ldquo;in the wild&rdquo; but certainly not tamed&mdash;we re-discover the essential qualities of grace, tenacity, perception, friendship, and independence that define the soul of the cat&mdash;and, it turns out, nurture the soul of a city and its residents as well.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993625/doug-aitken-among-artists-in-palm-springs-adjacent-art-show-desert-x Doug Aitken among artists in Palm Springs-adjacent art show, "Desert X" Julia Ingalls 2017-02-23T19:53:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T00:46:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c7/c7y7ybil6s1mrjh5.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid the dust and clamor is the steel skeleton of Aitken&rsquo;s &ldquo;Mirage,&rdquo; which takes the form of a 1960s-style suburban California ranch house. The seven-room structure, to be fully mirrored on the outside and inside, is perched on a hillside with city and desert views, which are key to the piece. The structure has gaping holes where doors and windows might be, and its interior walls are built on angles to reflect the sky and contrasting surrounding terrain...</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does the desert in Riverside County have to offer aside from a massive annual music festival, the sleek modernism of Palm Springs, and the ethereal vista of untrammeled nature? Well, starting on February 25th, it has the&nbsp;Desert Exhibition of Art, or Desert X for short.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/15/15wfq1u85xiqp6j5.jpg"></p><p>Exhibitors in the self-guided, wide-ranging exhibit (you should plan on driving) include Doug Aitken,&nbsp;Sherin Guirguis, and&nbsp;Claudia Comte, who has created a 110-foot long stucco/wood sculpture that is part wall, part meditative exercise. Maps are available at the Ace Hotel; the exhibition will be up until April.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993619/herzog-de-meuron-s-6-am-is-a-late-bloomer-reaching-completion-in-2035 Herzog & de Meuron's "6 AM" is a late bloomer, reaching completion in 2035 Julia Ingalls 2017-02-23T19:28:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T21:31:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nz/nzgsyya09go2hsnh.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Two 58-story towers, eighteen years and two billion dollars make up the fundamental elements of Herzog &amp; de Meuron's city-like mixed-used development "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971213/needle-exchange-a-look-at-herzog-de-meuron-s-transformative-needle-tower-development-in-dtla-s-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6 AM</a>," which, while beginning its first phase of construction in 2018 in downtown L.A.'s Arts District, won't be finished until its principal architects are both 85 years old.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/44/44ylymhzsz04mhu4.jpg"></p><p>The wait should be worth it, though: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980645/mia-lehrer-discusses-her-long-running-history-with-the-la-river-s-redevelopment-on-our-final-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a> will be providing the landscape architecture, while the project's seven buildings will include space for arts and performance, retail, a public/private school, a hotel and of course, plenty of apartments. The delay does prompt the question: will Los Angeles' Arts District still be the Arts District by then, or will it just be an evocative placard in&nbsp;2.8 million square gentrified feet?</p><p>h/t <a href="https://archpaper.com/2017/02/6am-development-herzog-de-meuron-details/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archpaper</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990863/the-video-oculus-surveys-the-history-context-and-execution-of-calatrava-s-transit-hub The video "Oculus" surveys the history, context, and execution of Calatrava's transit hub Julia Ingalls 2017-02-07T18:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T18:24:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pl/pllpac838c5w9qlx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does Santiago Calatrava's Oculus encapsulate the complex history and significance of its site? In this brief video from filmmaker Jeff Durkin, Calatrava's elaborate transit hub canopy is sited in its aesthetic and social contexts via a series of carefully selected voice-over news clips and aesthetic commentary. Here, the horror of 9/11, the beauty of human perception, and sweeping shots of the architecture itself are layered to create this filmmaker's interpretation of what the Oculus is. Watch it here:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989838/reverting-from-an-industrial-base-to-social-capital-driven-economy-in-chelyabinsk-s-winning-master-plan Reverting from an industrial base to "social capital"-driven economy in Chelyabinsk's winning master plan Julia Ingalls 2017-02-02T13:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T22:07:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r0/r0kib5cidkpwaw6e.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects transform the driving economy of a preexisting city? The team of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/9162581/de-architekten-cie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">de Architekten Cie. + Felixx Landscape Architects &amp; Planners</a> won&nbsp;The&nbsp;City Administration of Chelyabinsk's&nbsp;competition to redesign the historical center of their formerly industrial town based on a scheme that fosters "the city as a breeding ground for social capital."&nbsp;According to a press release, the team's plan transforms the city of approximately 1.5 million people in three principal ways:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55rkvdgyxveetlgd.jpg"></p><p><strong>1. Grid: Inclusive realm</strong></p><p>Streets are the main public realms in the city. Apart from being spaces for car traffic, they serve as linear public spaces. The redevelopment and upgrading of streets allows for the integration of environmental infrastructure, the organization of slow traffic and public transportation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozvm07rw5iotrr8c.jpg"></p><p><strong>2. Blocks: Mixed-use program</strong></p><p>The existing blocks in the city leave a lot of empty space yet to be developed. The new masterplan proposes gradual transformation of the existing grid by replacing deteriorated ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988697/400-of-the-smartest-acres-in-the-country 400 of the smartest acres in the country Nam Henderson 2017-01-31T19:06:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T14:32:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d1v1qilyh61u7z2h.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Japanese technology giant wanted a place to experiment with solar power and renewable energy, autonomous vehicles and other technologies. And it needed a public partner and community support. It found that in Denver, DIA, Xcel Energy, developer LC Fulenwider and many others.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ca/caft2qxbvdhn4ndi.jpg"></p><p>Tamara Chuang highlights some of the technology (ranging from consumer electronics, to "smart" public infrastructure) Panasonic was hawking at CES 2017. Some of which will be employed at <a href="http://www.penastation.com/Home.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pe&ntilde;a Station Next</a>, a new TOD, smart city lab on the edge of Denver International Airport. <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/11/pena-station-next-panasonic-smart-city/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last month</a>, she reported on the installation of some of the first bits, brains for 53 street lights.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989454/christo-abandons-15-million-u-s-based-river-project-as-protest-against-landlord-trump Christo abandons $15 million U.S.-based river project as protest against "landlord" Trump Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T12:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T00:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/toia3kpmoz7ycke1.jpg" width="620" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Christo's proposed silver-fabric-panel draped "Over the River" project has been in the making for about 25 years, after he started hunting for a natural host site in 1992 and then gradually garnered the neccessary official approvals and permits over the following decades for a 42-mile stretch along the Colorado River. However, the artist is abandoning the $15 million dollar project as a protest against President Trump, explaining that&nbsp;&ldquo;The federal government is our landlord.&nbsp;They own the land. And I can&rsquo;t do a project that benefits this landlord.&rdquo; Although it's doubtful that the official landlord would appreciate the nuance and splendor of Christo's work, the people of Colorado would have undoubtedly benefitted economically from tourists.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988930/musk-claims-his-plans-to-bore-a-tunnel-under-los-angeles-are-moving-forward Musk claims his plans to bore a tunnel under Los Angeles are moving forward Nicholas Korody 2017-01-27T12:30:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T21:07:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mw/mwny6v4bn5l2a8x3.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Elon Musk has received the go-ahead for another wild transit idea: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983755/boring-how-serious-is-elon-musk-about-his-latest-traffic-solving-venture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a tunnel beneath Los Angeles</a>. Intended to ease the city&rsquo;s notorious traffic, it&rsquo;s not clear where Musk intends to dig, besides that it will start near his Hawthorne office, about 5 minutes from LAX.&nbsp;</p><p>Musk&rsquo;s been railing against the city&rsquo;s traffic for months, and it seems he&rsquo;s actually taking action. Apparently, he&rsquo;s considered the city&rsquo;s seismic instability in the planning process. &ldquo;Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging,&rdquo; he said on Twitter.</p><p>For the most part the news, which came from his Twitter, has been met with incredulity. The office of city planning said they were unaware of the plans, but the tech mogul said the boring would start in about a month.</p><p>The name for the new company that will be in charge of the project, should it actualize, is &ldquo;the Boring Company.&rdquo; &ldquo;Boring, it&rsquo;s what we do,&rdquo; said Musk.&nbsp;</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149988790/now-that-the-feds-have-abandoned-reality-enter-this-competition-to-keep-the-sf-bay-area-from-flooding Now that the feds have abandoned reality, enter this competition to keep the SF Bay Area from flooding Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T15:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:15:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t281951vb0qiyo93.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prompted by the success of a similar competition it ran in New York several years ago, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched a completely <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980875/what-ben-carson-s-federal-inexperience-means-for-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben-Carson-HUD-free</a> contest that challenges architects and urban planners to "imagine climate change solutions" for the San Francisco Bay Area. Opening for submissions in April, "The Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge" will have two phases. According to <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/rockefeller-challenge-bay-area-climate-change-resilience-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>:</p><p><em>In the first, teams will participate in a three-month &ldquo;exploratory research and community engagement period to develop initial design concepts for specific sites,&rdquo; according to the release. The second will be a &ldquo;collaborative five-month intensive design phase&rdquo; in which teams will work with residents, businesses, community-based organizations and local politicians. Because three Bay Area cities (Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley) are already part of another climate change adaptation effort, Rockefeller's 100 Resilient Cities,&nbsp;the two projects will collaborate.</em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149988719/make-s-36-storey-tower-1-leadenhall-approved Make's 36-storey tower 1 Leadenhall approved Ellen Hancock 2017-01-26T06:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-26T11:00:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r5/r5elm9t0idq94d36.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by the former Foster + Partners architect Ken Shuttleworth&rsquo;s Make practice, 1 Leadenhall will have 540,000 sq ft of office space, as well as 50,000 sq ft of shops and cafes on the ground, first and second floors. A public terrace will overlook the roof of the adjacent Grade II-listed Victorian market. Construction is due to start next year and the building is expected to open in 2021.</p></em><br /><br /><p>1 Leadenhall, so named due to its location next to the historic&nbsp;Leadenhall Market, will be 182.7-metre (600ft) and 36 stories high. The &pound;400m skyscraper&nbsp;is one of the several new towers being built in the surrounding area,&nbsp;including 1 Undershaft that will be the second-tallest building in Western Europe nearly 300 meters tall and also the reworked 22 Bishopsgate or Pinnacle as it's been nicknamed.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pn/pn19gcp0ijpwqcda.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988487/entrepreneurs-seek-solutions-to-solve-lagos-housing-crisis Entrepreneurs seek solutions to solve Lagos' housing crisis Nam Henderson 2017-01-25T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-25T13:25:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bp/bp7ldznfsckhodn1.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From a self-sustaining city to refurbished-shipping containers, private sector real-estate developers are offering both big and small solutions</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nancy Kacungira looks at how entrepreneurs are tackling the housing crisis in Lagos.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/n8/n8cas0j8b6vh6wyk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wo/woyg1xdyxqoewqg2.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988441/swiping-right-or-left-on-the-architectural-future-of-the-city-of-santa-monica Swiping right (or left!) on the architectural future of the city of Santa Monica Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T21:29:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wb/wbkvir5wa3msi80f.jpg" width="650" height="534" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combining the swiftness of contemporary dating with the decades-long process of urban planning, the city of Santa Monica has introduced "CitySwipe," an app that allows you to comment on everything from transportation to building design to the availability of fine dining in Santa Monica's downtown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sj/sjqpa1cymc079pw3.jpg"></p><p>You don't even have to live in Santa Monica to weigh-in (<a href="http://www.dtsmcityswipe.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">there's a swipe for that</a>). As civic data gathering goes, it is definitely more fun than the census, and more pictorially honest than most hook-up apps.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988408/holing-up-in-hoity-toity-hovels-doomsday-architecture-for-the-super-wealthy Holing up in hoity-toity hovels: doomsday architecture for the super-wealthy Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T17:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T21:29:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o2/o2hy6r8vndv3eveq.jpg" width="650" height="693" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Trump is President, the climate is chaos, and the wealth gap is starting to qualify as its own national canyon. So if you've got vats of money and are afraid of all the people who don't, what do you do? Build doomsday architecture to survive the collapse of society! In this piece for <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/doomsday-prep-for-the-super-rich?src=worldsbestever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Yorker</a>, Evan Osnos investigates the luxury bunkers of folks who realize that they'll probably need to plan to take the family of the pilot of their private jet with them, for, you know, maintenance issues (sigh):</p><p><em>Hall led me through the garage, down a ramp, and into a lounge, with a stone fireplace, a dining area, and a kitchen to one side. It had the feel of a ski condo without windows: pool table, stainless-steel appliances, leather couches. To maximize space, Hall took ideas from cruise-ship design. We were accompanied by Mark Menosky, an engineer who manages day-to-day operations. While they fixed dinner&mdash;steak, baked potatoes, and salad&mdash;Hall said that the hardest part of the project was susta...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988110/how-rebuild-by-design-influenced-disaster-planning-in-u-s-cities How Rebuild By Design influenced disaster planning in U.S. cities Justine Testado 2017-01-23T17:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T20:13:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8pa5a8q19vsn195.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Henk] Ovink&rsquo;s approach called for a systematic rethinking of American traditional disaster response: to simply rebuild whatever was destroyed...In the US, the Rebuild By Design competition represents a dramatic shift in disaster planning, adopting a more comprehensive and collaborative research and design approach to address complex problems and improve resiliency...The competition was widely hailed as a success, but there was room for improvement before its approach could be replicated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's next for Rebuild By Design?&nbsp;Following the success of its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/321096/rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 competition</a>, Rebuild By Design &mdash; now its own organization &mdash; is already working to continue helping U.S. cities prepare for climate change and potential natural disasters. In the article, the group looks back at how their approach has evolved and talks about their upcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://resilientbayarea.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilient By Design competition</a>&nbsp;for the SF Bay Area.</p>