Archinect - News 2015-08-02T22:53:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133130715/will-turning-california-farmland-into-residential-development-help-save-water Will turning California farmland into residential development help save water? Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T21:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T13:22:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e248abf9cc7c7712c74cddffdfeab88a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities &mdash; in unexpected ways, and unexpected places. [...] There will also be a system for treating and sending wastewater back into the aquifer underneath the city. [...] Not everyone is convinced it will use less water. Phil Desatoff is with a local water district that is suing Reedley over the development's environmental review.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Got some design solutions up your sleeve that could help&nbsp;alleviate California's ongoing historic drought? Check out Archinect's recently launched <strong><a href="http://www.dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong>&nbsp;ideas competition, and submit your entry by September 1st.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133045592/a-new-laguardia-is-the-airport-that-new-york-deserves-says-gov-cuomo A new LaGuardia is the "airport that New York deserves", says Gov. Cuomo Justine Testado 2015-07-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T17:51:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bx9ml0s6zojudgz4.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'We are transforming LaGuardia into a globally-renowned, 21st century airport that is worthy of the city and state of New York. It&rsquo;s the perfect metaphor for what we can achieve with the ambition and optimism and energy that made this the Empire State in the first place, and I want to thank our many partners for joining us to build the airport that New York deserves.' &mdash; Gov. Cuomo</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo alongside Vice President Joe Biden officially unveiled the proposed design for the new LaGuardia Airport earlier this week. The $4 billion revamp will transform the airport into a single, structurally unified main terminal, including expanded transportation access and increased taxiway space, and new top-notch passenger amenities.</p><p>The overhaul aims to alleviate the air-ground congestion and gate delays that have long plagued the airport&nbsp;&mdash; to the point where Biden previously described it as a place one would find in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/nyregion/biden-compares-la-guardia-airport-to-third-world.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"some third world country"</a>. According to <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Airport_Advisory_Panel_Final_Report_LGA.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a report</a> by the Governor&rsquo;s Airport Master Plan Advisory Panel, the LaGuardia Airport is "consistently rated as among the worst airports in the world".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e62nrg5u4th3yfwg.jpg"></p><p>Groundbreaking of the first half of the project is expected to start in 2016, once the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey grants final approval. The first half is expected to open to passengers in 2019, and full completion...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133038341/gentrification-through-a-cinematic-lens Gentrification through a cinematic lens Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T16:54:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T16:54:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k4/k4p249gz17bmrk4n.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Real Estate Fiction, a two-part short film series that compiles clips from movies that deal with issues of gentrification and land-grabbing, isn't the magnum opus of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Plays Itself</a>, but it's infused with the same analysis-as-entertainment spirit. Part one of the 20-minute short features clips from <em>Batteries Not Included, Boyz'n'The Hood, Do The Right Thing, Le mani sulla citta</em>, and numerous other films from around the world, interspersed with brief critical dialogue at the beginning of each chapter heading.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtecehnclvrcrm9k.jpg"></p><p>Divided by chapters with titles including "Conspiracy Over the Urban Scene," the film artfully investigates the tensions between city dwellers and the pressures of (usually greedy) developers and speculators. It's entertaining primarily because it explores realities that so often make for exceptionally dry academic reading. The&nbsp;concise&nbsp;commentary touches on the complexities of urban development, speculation, and repurposing without offering the depth and nuance of a ful...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132962812/pedestrians-and-light-rail-retake-sydney-well-george-street-at-least Pedestrians and light rail retake Sydney (well, George Street at least) Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T10:24:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8tkiieqtudcdi.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The transformative effect of removing cars from a dedicated street or urban center and creating a pedestrian-friendly area isn't a new idea, but it's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116577617/prince-charles-calls-to-reclaim-the-streets-from-cars-with-his-10-point-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a popular one</a>. Sydney, Australia has decided to repurpose its relatively trafficky George Street into an elegant shopping and walking area bisected by light rail, with design input from French architect Thomas Richez. According to <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-light-rail-renowned-french-architect-thomas-richez-to-advise-on-design-20150727-gildif.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Morning Herald</a> Richez, who has overseen the development of numerous public spaces in Africa and Europe, is now working with the city to create a zone that would foster a more relaxed vibe among pedestrians. As he explains,&nbsp;"The idea is, a good tramway line&nbsp;is like a reserve, a pleasant place, whether people use the transportation system or not."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1ksas4z1f6m352p.jpg"></p><p><em>The tramway in Reims, with the cathedral in the background. (Photo: Richez Associes)</em></p><p>Even in car-centric Los Angeles, institutions as varied as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15822/getty-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Getty Center </a>&nbsp;and commercial shopping cluster The Grove have employed similar non-pedestrian design strategies ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132955550/photorealistic-cityscapes-drawn-in-pencil-only Photorealistic cityscapes drawn in pencil only Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T14:53:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T14:54:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pb/pb1wrull2bo2jpg6.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paul Cadden&rsquo;s work is astoundingly realistic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you think straining over Photoshop for hours on end sweating out the nuances of that latest rendering of a project is time-consuming, Paul Cadden voluntarily spends his time drawing photo-realistic versions of photographs with pencil. Only <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/56689885/computer-vs-pencil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pencil</a>. According to the artist's website, "Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon photographs, videos stills etc., the idea is to go beyond the photograph. The photo is used to create a subtler and much more complex focus on the subject depicted. The virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in in the original photo."&nbsp;The results, which frequently incorporate cityscapes, are worth a look:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/oy/oy21275wf2ywtusu.jpeg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/lr/lr2ctnanh686gqdx.jpeg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/cv/cvefzm3ewyss4rqc.jpeg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132866354/luxury-patterned-after-old-bohemian-farm-villages Luxury Patterned After Old Bohemian Farm Villages Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-27T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-07-29T13:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eq7dq15v4t0iu535.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, estimated at 400 million euros, or $433 million, features designs by the architects Eva Jiricna, Richard Meier and John Pawson, in addition to the 10 emerging firms, three of which are Czech and seven that are British.</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/132554306/you-want-a-piece-of-renzo-piano You Want a Piece of Renzo Piano Isaac Wilhelm 2015-07-23T11:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:03:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m79x3vd9i1g8fz4b.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>He&rsquo;s Mr. Lifestyle of the rich and famous, do you want a piece of him?&nbsp; No not Britney Spears, but rather world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. Visitors to the recent Piece by Piece: Renzo Piano Building Workshop at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai were engaged in the evolution of the famous architect&rsquo;s key works through multi-media presentations.&nbsp; Various study models made of wood, foam, morphed plastic, and even pantyhose provided insight into the limitless and unpredictable avenues of the architectural creative process. &nbsp;Suspended models of various scale and detail hovered above viewers as informative construction process documentaries played on the wall. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vwyqvgqly0stwaq.jpg"></p><p>The entire the exhibition space pulsed with creativity.&nbsp; It was as though visitors were inside Piano&rsquo;s brain. The display workshop tables the neurons. Visitors the receptors.&nbsp; The exploratory exhibit is now closed, but like a catchy American pop-song, piece by piece Renzo Piano&rsquo;s ingenious design ingenuity has already trick...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta Vegas is back...sorta Alexander Walter 2015-07-22T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:42:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j8nk3gnvmwalnc4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Las Vegas&rsquo;s recovery, like America&rsquo;s, seems to have to come to the wealthiest first. [...] But Sin City&rsquo;s recovery shows the enduring ability of America to make improbable ideas work. Some 2m people live in a glittering, sprawling city deep in the desert and hardly think that this is strange. And with its mix of tech-obsessed yuppies, ageing baby-boomer gamblers and thrusting Hispanics, its demography resembles America&rsquo;s future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81696242/70-s-vegas-underground-home-on-the-market-for-1-7m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">70's Vegas underground home on the market for $1.7M</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76416883/something-is-happening-in-vegas-but-will-it-convince-people-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132349164/beijing-s-challenges-to-become-the-center-of-jing-jin-ji-a-supercity-of-130-million-people Beijing's challenges to become the center of Jing-Jin-Ji — a supercity of 130 million people Alexander Walter 2015-07-21T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:37:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zb/zbbz32f1h7rag2q5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, China&rsquo;s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people. The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York&rsquo;s, is meant to revamp northern China&rsquo;s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105940558/china-moves-to-ease-home-registration-rules-in-urbanization-push" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China Moves to Ease Home-Registration Rules in Urbanization Push</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132341095/in-chicago-forming-economically-integrated-suburbs-is-more-complex-than-it-looks In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks Justine Testado 2015-07-20T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:35:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qjhh4ei9fr0px6nj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing advocates have long debated the merits of moving low-income families from high-poverty urban areas to suburbs like Glenview. The move can be challenging for families, who leave behind family and friends and enter a new, affluent world. But the research is increasingly conclusive: Living in a 'good' zip code dramatically improves kids&rsquo; chances of going to college, getting a good job, and escaping poverty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131350538/chicago-to-offer-5-per-year-bike-shares-to-low-income-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents</a></p><p><a title="New Urbanism takes over Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131344105/new-urbanism-takes-over-chicago-s-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Urbanism takes over Chicago&rsquo;s suburbs</a></p><p><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></p><p><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></p><p><a title='Sarah Herda, co-director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, on establishing "the city as the site"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128711733/sarah-herda-co-director-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-on-establishing-the-city-as-the-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda, co-director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, on establishing "the city as the site"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132328158/cult-of-the-temporary-is-the-pop-up-phenomenon-good-for-cities Cult of the temporary: is the pop-up phenomenon good for cities? Quilian Riano 2015-07-20T12:05:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:34:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tp0ww59v3kmx9h3h.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These projects could be life changing for the vulnerable people they support. Yet in celebrating pop-ups as the solution to urban problems, are we simply distracting from the lack of structural public provision in these areas &ndash; and worse still, normalising, even glorifying, its absence through passionate avowals of temporariness?</p></em><br /><br /><p>These projects could be life changing for the vulnerable people they support. Yet in celebrating pop-ups as the solution to urban problems, are we simply distracting from the lack of structural public provision in these areas &ndash; and worse still, normalising, even glorifying, its absence through passionate avowals of temporariness?</p><p>...</p><p>And so, as pop-ups become an everyday feature of global cities, we should be alert to the conflicting ideologies embedded within them. As we seek to build on the innovation, resourcefulness and inclusion they enable, we must remain conscious of their potential to normalise and even glorify the precariousness of urban life.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132048083/the-nature-of-this-spaciocide The nature of this spaciocide Nam Henderson 2015-07-16T20:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T15:12:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1emxcsxp8sgcrwb.jpg" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The spaciocide against homeless occupation is a landscape designed to strip bare the homeless right where they stand. It amounts to a complete negation of homeless rights, infrastructure, and ability to acquire jobs and services that exist outside of designated shelters and providers where the homeless can be tracked.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/finoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryan Finoki</a>&nbsp;describes the&nbsp;nature of spaciocide&nbsp;against homeless occupation.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131951680/k-o-s-m-o-s-asks-is-architecture-merging-with-other-media K O S M O S asks: is architecture merging with other media? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-15T18:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:44:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tnf1gj0cx7d1id0v.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Telephone poles, scaffoldings, abandoned utility plants: like taxpayer-sponsored dark matter, these elements form the largely ignored visual majority of our daily urban experience. K O S M O S, a self-described "virtual firm," whose four partners occasionally physically convene in New York, Basel, or Moscow, has spotlighted and transformed these otherwise drab infrastructural elements into a ribbed foil pop-up in Moscow entitled EMA. Described as "a temporary installation and renovation of ex-industrial territory in Moscow," EMA essentially repurposes an abandoned eyesore into an event space. We emailed&nbsp;Leonid Slonimskiy a few questions about K O S M O S' global approach to revitalizing forgotten infrastructural elements, as well as the selfie-savvy aesthetics and corresponding media-blurring issues of EMA's design.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfg90cm63seekr8q.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkmgim6j61mk64km.jpg"></p><p><strong>Archinect:</strong> You describe EMA as "reveal[ing] and leverag[ing] the hidden infrastructure of the city." In what other cities would you like to attempt similar infrastructura...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park Justine Testado 2015-07-14T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0v3ahtp8ertr3dp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rotterdam recently welcomed <a href="http://www.luchtsingel.org/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Luchtsingel</a>, a communal endeavor to spruce up the long-neglected Hofplein neighborhood in the heart of the city. Locally based architecture practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/87503546/zus-zones-urbaines-sensibles-b-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zones Urbaines Sensibles</a> (ZUS) devised The Luchtsingel in 2011. The focal point of the emerging "three-dimensional cityscape" is a nearly 400-meter wooden pedestrian bridge that was largely built from crowdsourced funds, accompanied by a network of refurbished public spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y484b5g4zwl05qg2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eikh35mt8q15r3eg.jpg"></p><p>"<em>Based on the idea of Permanent Temporality, the Luchtsingel introduces a new way of [city-making]. This means using the city's evolutionary character and existing forms as a starting point. Therefore, we have developed new instruments for design, financing, and planning,</em>" said ZUS partner Elma van Boxel in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/ql7y1kfr2xgxgxkc.jpg"></p><p>The project gained traction when ZUS set up the "I Make Rotterdam" crowdfunding campaign for the bridge. The campaign sold over 8,000 boards painted in a&nbsp;hard-to-ignore shade of yellow inscribed with the supporter's name...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131511155/egypt-s-urban-growth-threatens-nile-farmland Egypt's urban growth threatens Nile farmland Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T21:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T21:15:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/ktm70w1ygvwtdn0y.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most Egyptians have always lived in the fertile stretch along the Nile, the nation&rsquo;s breadbasket which accounts for less than 10 per cent of Egypt&rsquo;s territory. But urban growth has become the chief threat to agricultural land as farmers haphazardly &ndash; and illegally &ndash; build new houses to make room for the next generation. Construction surged even more amid a security vacuum that followed the 2011 popular uprising that ousted the country&rsquo;s long-time autocrat, Hosni Mubarak.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123673983/a-new-capital-for-cairo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New "Capital" for Cairo?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119351406/a-closer-look-at-the-giza-2030-master-plan-blessing-or-curse-for-egypt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131491063/downtown-portland-says-hello-to-new-student-designed-public-parklet Downtown Portland says hello to new student-designed public parklet Justine Testado 2015-07-09T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T18:09:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m3a0i20fk5ccw6li.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first public parklet in downtown Portland, the installation is intended to help revitalize this stretch of SW Fourth Avenue in the heart of the SoMa EcoDistrict (for &ldquo;South of Market Street&rdquo;), giving students, faculty, and workers from surrounding offices a place to sit and enjoy their food-cart lunches in the sunshine, rather than racing back to their desks to eat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Downtown Portland is no stranger to green public spaces, but the recently opened Fourth Avenue Parklet has that ideal recipe for a do-good-feel-good collaborative project. Twenty-six architecture students from Portland State University spent 18 months to design and construct the parklet, which also crowdsourced $15,640 in cash and in-kind donations from the local community.</p><p>The new parklet flaunts 3,475 pounds of steel, 250 feet of repurposed escalator handrail, 768 linear feet of sustainably harvested juniper, and drought-resistant native plants. It was built as a complementary hangout spot for people to relax and enjoy their grub from the nearby diners and food-cart pod along&nbsp;SW Fourth Avenue in Portland's SoMa EcoDistrict.</p><p>Keep doing you, Portland.</p><p><em>Image <a href="https://www.pdx.edu/the-arts/soma-parklet-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131478182/mexico-builds-business-district-with-a-human-touch Mexico builds business district with a 'human touch' Richard Meier & Partners 2015-07-09T12:27:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:34:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i0khzd1dk17r0mlg.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s one of the first Mexican projects for award-winning architect Richard Meier, who is known for his white geometric design such as the Getty Center in Los Angeles</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/131408314/homeowners-fight-to-block-access-to-the-hollywood-sign Homeowners fight to block access to the Hollywood sign Nicholas Korody 2015-07-08T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T13:39:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/as285p9q5s1f84f2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pull of the Hollywood sign has...generated anger along the winding roads in those hills as homeowners have complained of a crush of motorists clogging roads, hikers in the middle of narrow streets and smokers flicking cigarettes into flammable brush... Now some homeowners are taking their battle to court, demanding that the city close a popular path into Griffith Park used to view the famed sign until the effects on the neighborhood have been fully evaluated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The residents of Beachwood Canyon, a very affluent neighborhood, argue that traffic to one of the only public trails leading to the iconic Hollywood sign is a public safety issue. Claiming that the city has failed to properly address environmental concerns, they've formed a group, Homeowners on Beachwood Drive United, and sued the city.&nbsp;</p><p>As reported by <a href="http://la.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/hollywood_sign_access_lawsuit.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>, this isn't the first time that the neighborhood has raged against the public access point. And, in the past, the city has gone to pretty great lengths to address their concerns, such as putting up permit-only parking and allocating a personal police patrol.&nbsp;</p><p>While the LA Times takes a more-neutral stance, both Curbed and <a href="http://laist.com/2015/07/07/no_hollywood_sign_for_you.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAist</a> seem pretty confident it's a case of NIMBYism.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131395464/why-is-gaza-reconstruction-so-slow Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow? Nam Henderson 2015-07-08T11:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T13:20:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kglclhneywmwy28k.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ultimately, the UN and international aid agencies continue to call for a lifting of the blockade. They say this is the only way to bring in all the materials needed to repair homes and infrastructure and revive the local economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yolande Knell shares some information explaining why in the year since the 50-day conflict with Israel, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131350538/chicago-to-offer-5-per-year-bike-shares-to-low-income-residents Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents Nicholas Korody 2015-07-07T19:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:38:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd29xbrrsq1l72hm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In two years Divvy has grown to more neighborhoods and become a transit option for more residents, but cost was still a barrier for too many people,&rdquo; said Mayor Emanuel. &ldquo;Divvy only works when everyone has a chance to use it. Today we are bridging gaps by offering $5 annual memberships so more residents can benefit from Divvy, regardless of their ability to pay.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r840bocsqhojy8l6.jpg"></p><p>Chicago's Divvy ride-share program is one of the most popular in the country. In its two-year history, a reported 9.25 million miles have been logged on more than 4.4 million trips. This Fourth of July alone, 24,500 trips were taken on the pale blue bikes.</p><p>Earlier this year, the City of Chicago announced that it would greatly expand the reach of the program, adding&nbsp;176 stations and more than 1,750 bikes. This makes Divvy North America's largest bike-share program, both in terms of the amount of stations and its geographic reach. While other bike-share programs, like New York's Citi Bike, remain largely relegated to more affluent areas, the Divvy bikes can be found "as far south as 75th Street and as far west as Pulaski Road."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhge2kqfxblcr92z.jpg"></p><p>Today, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced that the city would offer $5/year memberships to the city's low-income residents. Specifically, the 'Divvy for Everyone (D4e) Program' will be made available to "Chicago residents with incomes below 300 percent of the federal ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131344105/new-urbanism-takes-over-chicago-s-suburbs New Urbanism takes over Chicago’s suburbs Alexander Walter 2015-07-07T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T14:10:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3kaaypmhcdca877.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But thanks to increased interest from buyers and less resistance from village governments, developers are constructing more new-urbanism-style homes in the burbs. &ldquo;Millennials and boomers are demanding it,&rdquo; explains Drew Williams-Clark, principal planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.</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/131189900/the-broken-promise-to-rebuild-gaza The broken promise to rebuild Gaza Orhan Ayyüce 2015-07-06T04:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T13:24:24-04:00 <em><p>The politicians know what they&rsquo;re doing: Gaza is a liability, not a vote-winner. It&rsquo;s much easier to keep the Strip under closure and blame Hamas, who certainly shoulder a large portion of the blame. As do the Egyptian, the Palestinian Authority and the international community.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://www.haaretz.com/st/c/static/eng/2015/tfw/7/488467.jpg"></p><p>A Year Since Gaza</p><p>One year after Operation Protective Edge, Haaretz sends its top writers to examine what has changed since the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas, and to ask whether &ndash; or when &ndash; the next war will erupt.</p><p>It's been one year since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the costly military campaign that claimed the lives of 73 people on the Israeli side and over 2,200 Palestinians.</p><p>Since those 50 terrible days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, there have been negligible strategic gains. Sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip has resumed, as have retaliatory Israeli airstrikes. Billions of dollars in aid promised by the international community to rebuild Gaza remain just that &ndash; promises. Lessons have been ignored, victims largely forgotten.</p><p>On the anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, Haaretz takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future and asks: If we don't learn from our wars, are we doomed to repeat them?</p><p>-<em>Editor: Jillian Jones</em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/131099299/floating-city-project-advances-to-phase-ii Floating City Project advances to Phase II Nam Henderson 2015-07-04T14:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T14:46:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofzyq0dorwkv8344.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We closed 2014 by taking a delegation of architects and engineers to an undisclosed location where we hope to locate the first floating city in the sea nearby. We believe there could be a market on our floating city for residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a powerplant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Seasteading Institute continues to work towards their goal of establishing the first floating city with significant political autonomy by 2020. Currently they are focusing on - enhancing novel seastead designs, which includes wave tank testing and acquiring more detailed financial calculations;&nbsp;deepening our diplomatic negotiations with several potential host nations;&nbsp;collecting potential resident feedback; and&nbsp;prospecting investors.</p><p>To learn more details about progress on Phase II, read a report from the&nbsp;<strong><a title="Floating City Project Update, Dec 2014" href="http://www.seasteading.org/2014/12/floating-city-project-update-dec-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fact-finding &amp; Diplomatic Floating City Project Mission</a>&nbsp;</strong>by Executive Director Randolph Hencken.</p><p>Previously on Archinect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75357/libertarian-ocean-colonies-of-the-future-or-the-next-playboy-villa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90120/seasteading-competition-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here </a>and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101096460/for-libertarian-utopia-float-away-on-startup-nation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a Trust for Public Land initiative will soon bring greener alleys to L.A. Justine Testado 2015-07-03T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T00:43:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ew0t2ffr1j0o53bt.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the project is scaled up, it could have a substantial impact on the urban fabric: Los Angeles has a total of almost 900 miles of alleys, roughly the length of the coast of California. Proponents believe that on a citywide scale, green alleys could act as significant rainwater sponges, mitigate the heat island effect, and reduce vehicle use, as well as bring social and health benefits to nearby residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tori Kjer, a program director of the Trust for Public Land, and her colleagues won support from local South L.A. communities for their proposed Avalon Green Alley Network Plan, which will transform the city's alleyways into more community-friendly spaces for playing and for bike and walking routes. The plan will start with the renovation of two alleys early next year.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131023128/salt-releases-global-tools-1973-1975 SALT releases "Global Tools 1973-1975" Orhan Ayyüce 2015-07-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T14:03:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6iy2yxm3iagz5m72.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am so pleased to announce that Global Tools is now out. Edited by Valerio Borgonuovo and Silvia Franceschini, contributions by Manola Antonioli, Valerio Borgonuovo, Alison J. Clarke, Beatriz Colomina, Silvia Franceschini, Maurizio Lazzarato, Franco Raggi, Simon Sadler, and Alessandro Vicari. If Graham Foundation wants to "like" it, there is a facebook page -Vasif Kortun, SALT</p></em><br /><br /><p>GLOBAL TOOLS &nbsp;1973-1975</p><p>In January 1973, a gathering took place in Milan at the editorial office of the magazine &lsquo;Casabella,&rsquo; involving, among others, the architects and designers Ettore Sottsass Jr., Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Riccardo&nbsp;Dalisi, Remo Buti, Ugo La Pietra, Franco Raggi, Davide Mosconi, and members of the groups Archizoom, 9999, Superstudio, UFO and&nbsp;Zziggurat. Together with the conceptual artists and intellectuals Franco Vaccari, Giuseppe Chiari, Luciano Fabro and Germano Celant, they founded Global Tools - a system of workshops that would last until 1975.</p><p>For the first time in the forty years that have passed since its formation, the experience of the Global Tools counter-school has been brought together in book form by <a href="http://saltonline.org/en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SALT</a>, uniting the images and archive documents that were produced over the few short years of its existence. This volume is compiled to chronicle and evaluate the three years of seminar activity that took place between Florence, Milan and Naples i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130972585/could-google-s-sidewalk-labs-help-alleviate-urban-city-problems Could Google's Sidewalk Labs help alleviate urban city problems? Justine Testado 2015-07-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t7jeaj3kktvpdy0.jpg" width="514" height="195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this inevitable dichotomy between data and real life that will likely define [Google's] Sidewalk Labs...There&rsquo;s a naivety to their worldview that might help to get things done inside a company but could prove a hurdle to progress in the public realm. Yes, the region does need more housing, but the politics of how, where, and when that housing is built are far more nuanced than Google can apparently handle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cloud of speculation surrounding Google as of late only grows bigger with the tech giant's&nbsp; recent launch of its independent start-up, <a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>. Charging further into Google's real-world endeavors, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/technology/sidewalk-labs-a-start-up-created-by-google-has-bold-aims-to-improve-city-living.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"urban innovation company"</a> vies "to improve city life for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" like curbing energy use, creating more affordable housing, cutting pollution, and streamlining transportation. Could Sidewalk Labs potentially ease the growing pains of real-life urban cities, or is Google just spewing more technocratic rhetoric?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park Transforming a garbage heap into a public park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfa30e26897ea7417f0518ffca8732a0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the capping and closure of Fresh Kills&rsquo; five mounds, this 2,200-acre expanse of wetlands, marshlands, dry lowlands, forests, and grasslands has evolved into an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally a patch of creeks and marshland on the western shore of Staten Island, the area now known as Fresh Kills became a major landfill for New York City in 1948, once Robert Moses bought the land for housing development. His plan was to solidify the marshland with waste for a few years, and then build. But construction never happened, and for the remainder of the 20th century, the area served as a 2,200-acre garbage heap (by comparison, Central Park covers 843 acres). People hated it, and in 2001 managed to get the city to close it down, and begin the process of transforming it back into its (more or less) former ecological state, to be used as a public park known as Freshkills.</p><p>Learn more about Freshkills' storied past:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape</a></li><li><a title="A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19613/a-pretty-picture-of-the-future-for-fresh-kills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T10:30:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggmfojl6oanwnxxy.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New satellite imagery of remote islands in the South China Sea shows several Chinese island-building projects are finished. In five of seven island projects, attention has turned to the next phase: building bases with potential military uses on the islands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking a cue from the Gulf states, China has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engaged</a> in a massive island-building project in the South China Sea. New images from the Washington Post show the staggering progress that is being made, with the first buildings cropping up. While relatively small, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South China Sea</a> is one of the most important shipping channels in the world &ndash; and may also hold a massive reserve of oil and gas deposits. Control of the waterway has become a source of increasing geopolitical tension in the region and internationally, with the United States and other countries asking China to cease island-building operations. But according to the Chinese, the artificial islands are a legal expression of their sovereignty.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfnv5bhxd743uwfn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fp9548ptpse80123.jpg"></p><p>While artificial islands may seem incredibly modern &ndash; if not downright sci-fi &ndash; there's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> that humans have been doing it for some time now. The massive Aztec city of Tenochtitlan largely consisted of artificial islands, or <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinampa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>chinamitl</em></a>, surrounding a smaller natural island in Lak...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:57:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/26/262lk8ok9z34wz9l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rule No. 1 for long life: Stay active, keep the blood flowing. Rule No. 1 for urban planning: Never close an artery.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's well known that strong social ties can benefit an individual's mental health. Investment in a community can help people to cope with the stress of traumatic events, physical disability, aging, and simply the everyday banal. Cities, the natural biomes of most humans, then become a strong influencer of community and individual psychologies.</p><p>This fascinating&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;piece looks at the career of Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a psychiatrist whose work with entire cities imagines them as a functioning body &ndash; one that needs all its parts to remain connected and coordinated in order to thrive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rl/rlypeynwhguvaotg.jpg"></p><p>For more on the psychology of urban environments:</p><ul><li><a title='Getting Neural: Van Alen hosts "How Does the Brain Respond to the City?"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100074122/getting-neural-van-alen-hosts-how-does-the-brain-respond-to-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getting Neural: Van Alen hosts "How Does the Brain Respond to the City?"</a></li><li><a title='Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92916996/developing-an-urban-neuroscience-to-build-better-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities</a></li><li><a title="Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></li><li><a title="Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself London is eating itself Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:01:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/meyjlu0oai5ehkif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever. If London is an enormous party, millions of people are on the wrong side of its velvet rope.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore sets a signpost in London's rampant development, checking in on the industries and businesses struggling in the midst of city-wide growth. Moore points out that while things like a bevy of cranes and a thriving multicultural food scene may look like more feathers in London's urban hat, these developments are precipitating big losses for other industries, and if unchecked, would quash the city's personality entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>More on London's recent developmental issues:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p></li></ul><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the piece's author &ndash; it is Rowan Moore, not Rowan Smith.</em></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>