Archinect - News 2015-04-26T07:36:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/125764129/archinect-sessions-episode-26-modernism-peru-s-common-denominator-a-conversation-with-lima-architect-sebasti-n-bravo Archinect Sessions Episode #26: Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator; A Conversation with Lima Architect Sebastián Bravo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-23T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-25T19:03:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/beav76flni453rdo.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast, Paul shares an interview he did in Lima with <a href="http://archinect.com/bravoarquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sebasti&aacute;n Bravo</a>, a local architect and maker of <a href="http://www.pacapaca.pe/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">award-winning pisco</a>. Studying and practicing architecture in a city with a very fresh history of terrorism and ongoing political corruption is no easy feat, and the rapidly urbanized/urbanizing city makes practicing all the more challenging, but Bravo is up to the challenge.</p><p>We also briefly discuss a recent workshop Paul attended with the <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture</a>, which took a close look at why enrollment rates at architecture schools are falling, and the stereotypical misunderstandings of what skills high schoolers need to study architecture. In the news, we consider what it means for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas to be building affordable housing in Marin County</a>, whether <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">metal really can move by itself</a>, and briefly look to the deluge of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125835685/archinect-s-critical-round-up-for-the-new-renzo-piano-designed-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whitney Museum reviews</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125900756/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-2015-award-winners-and-fellows Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Award Winners and Fellows Helena Karabatsos 2015-04-22T23:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T18:43:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x48zzs2diztn3qt2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards and the 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video at its 68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., on April 16. The Society also named four individuals as SAH Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history.</p><p><strong>2015 Publication Award Recipients</strong><br>Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.</p><p>The winners of the Society&rsquo;s 2015 Publication Awards are listed below. The 2016 award cycle opens on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/awards-programs/publication-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sah.org/publication-awards</a>.</p><p><strong>Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award</strong></p><p>Richard Harris,&nbsp;<em>Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914&ndash;1960&nbsp;</em>(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)</p><p>Christopher Curtis Mead,&nbsp;<em>Making Modern Paris: Victor Baltard&rsquo;s Central ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125895927/heart-of-the-community-program-selects-six-new-cities-to-receive-placemaking-grants Heart of the Community program selects six new cities to receive placemaking grants Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T13:11:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24eaf1c2f814fa7f1e8a240f4266b125.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning, Southwest Airlines announced that non-profit organizations in six U.S. cities will receive Placemaking grants to help them reimagine and reactivate important but underutilized public spaces in their city. [...] Albuquerque, New Mexico: Civic Plaza Ft. Myers, Florida: Lee County Regional Library Jacksonville, Florida: Hemming Park Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 4th &amp; Wisconsin Area Portland, Maine: Congress Square Park St. Louis, Missouri: Strauss Park</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/125795460/monu-22-on-transnational-urbanism-released MONU #22 on Transnational Urbanism released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-04-21T12:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T12:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1yqou9pv7fiuvou.jpg" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, Jean-Louis Missika, emphasized in an exclusive interview with MONU entitled &ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo; on the topic of &ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2015)</p></em><br /><br /><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, <em><strong>Jean-Louis Missika</strong></em>, emphasized in an exclusive interview with <strong>MONU</strong> entitled <strong>&ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo;</strong> on the topic of <strong>&ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;</strong>. This new issue of <strong>MONU</strong> focuses on the impact of <strong>transnational processes</strong> on cities in general and the consequences of <strong>transnational relations</strong> between individuals, groups, firms, or institutions for cities in particular. We deemed it necessary to dedicate an entire issue to the phenomenon of <strong>transnationalism</strong> in relation to the city, to architecture, and its influence on cities in spatial as well as social, political, economical, and cultural terms, as these days, more than ever before, and due to the development of technologies that have made transportation and communication infinitely more accessib...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T08:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T18:10:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db.jpg" width="514" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every year, surveys and lists are published that purport to know the &ldquo;best places to live in America,&rdquo; but AARP&rsquo;s new livability index is based on exhaustive research and data, providing scores for all of the 200,000-plus Census block groups in the country. Each neighborhood has scores that take into account seven categories: transportation, environment, health, civic and social engagement, and educational and employment opportunities.</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/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-20T19:32:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T13:04:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h85gqike31aplp81.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not to worry, Gowan said, we&rsquo;ll just pop in extra entrances if and when we need them.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://larb.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lacma_plan3.jpeg"></p><p>Veteran architecture critic Joseph Giovannini writes a long format, meticulous, repetitious, detailed, campy, foxy, fundamental, accurate, conjectural, civic, economic, organizational, institutional, back of the house, sobering, exemplifying, nerdy and most serious to date criticism of LACMA Director Michael Govan commissioned and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designing/designed/perpetually preliminary plans for LA's most extensive museum which considered architects like Mies van der Rohe early on and Rem Koolhaas in 2004. Existing museum was designed by William Pereira in 1968, later remodeled by&nbsp;Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in early 80's with recent additions by, who else, Renzo Piano, the Museum Man.</p><p>I wish Giovannini had given more hi-end decision-making board of trustees&nbsp;0.1%&nbsp;dirt instead of talking about pancakes and curves repeatedly. Of course, his secret architect allies are not saying a word.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760110/a-look-at-boris-johnson-s-legacy-to-london A look at Boris Johnson’s legacy to London Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:14:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ebd5a70e4008970bdb2e4901210c2c9.jpg" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boris Johnson&rsquo;s term as London mayor has produced a surprising mix of spectacular and workaday projects &ndash; along with some famous follies. But will he leave the city looking better than it did seven years ago?</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/125748007/bad-news-for-good-taste-burnt-da-vinci-apartments-expected-to-be-rebuilt-in-10-months Bad news for good taste - burnt Da Vinci apartments expected to be rebuilt in 10 months Justine Testado 2015-04-20T17:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:15:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65o7by3j7rjozf5b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A rise from the ashes had always been in [developer Geoff] Palmer's mind for this charred housing project; he'd said in a statement back in December that the devastation at the building on the south side of Temple Street was just a 'temporary loss.' Now that all the wreckage from the fire has been cleared off the site, construction can begin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of "renaissance" (sorry) that many locals are <em>probably</em> not very thrilled about...</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title="L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125747197/former-nyc-dot-commissioner-janette-sadik-khan-on-how-to-change-the-transportation-status-quo Former NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on how to change the transportation status quo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-20T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T15:15:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/631cf9aed42650f22c84f39f59298735.jpg" width="514" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sadik-Khan shared with the Seattle audience what she and NYC DOT accomplished from 2007 to 2013, how they overcame the stasis of nearly a century of car-centric planning, and how other cities could follow in New York&rsquo;s footsteps. [...] her insights into New York&rsquo;s process for implementing change &mdash; namely designing bold projects and getting them installed fast &mdash; are valuable for other city DOTs hoping to mimic her success. [...] &ldquo;The new blueprint is &hellip; not anti-car. It&rsquo;s pro choice.&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/125530527/the-underline-holds-public-interest-meetings-in-miami The Underline holds Public Interest Meetings in Miami Joachim Perez 2015-04-17T23:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:03:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0wdcy9w3ztyg68z.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our vision is to transform the underutilized land below Miami&rsquo;s MetroRail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into an iconic linear park, world-class urban trail and living art destination.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jh50gsghi671m1hy.jpg"></p><p>The Underline is a proposal to activate the 10 mile space underneath Miami&rsquo;s elevated metro rail into an urban trail.&nbsp; This initiative was a collaboration between the organizers of The Underline nonprofit, The University of Miami School of Architecture, and Miami Dade County.&nbsp; Recently, James Corner Field Operations won a proposal to develop a master plan for the area.&nbsp; This is a continued involvement by the firm, as they already are developing strategies for the Lincoln Road area of Miami Beach, and developed Knight Plaza between the art and science museums in Downtown Miami. &nbsp;</p><p>Over the course of this weekend, organizers and volunteers of The Underline are putting together public meetings to gauge ideas from the locals of what they want for the future linear park.&nbsp; Holding interactive presentations, members of the community were asked to vote on preselected ideas by Field Operations, write in their own ideas, draw out ideas on maps showcasing the scope of the project, and open poste...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:02:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/037f10d58967a96918d736c0abc999f7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125373667/three-teams-left-to-compete-for-st-petersburg-pier-redesign Three teams left to compete for St. Petersburg Pier redesign Justine Testado 2015-04-15T19:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T13:55:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xz7frq3rof9c0g1p.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just three proposals left in the second attempt of the St. Petersburg Pier design competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. Back in 2012, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35170798/michael-maltzan-s-the-lens-wins-st-petersburg-pier-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Lens"</a> by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Tom Leader Studio won the original competition, but that design was kicked to the curb after local group <a href="http://www.concernedcitizensofstpete.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concerned Citizens of St. Pete</a> fiercely <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/36804974/the-lens-draws-sharp-comments-at-town-hall-meeting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opposed</a> it -- mostly because it eliminated the pier's iconic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74124101/the-pier-st-petersburg-s-iconic-inverted-pyramid-closes-this-friday-to-be-demolished-in-august" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inverted pyramid</a> that was built in 1973. The group's request to preserve the pyramid became a requirement for RFQ #2.</p><p>A final shortlist of seven new proposals was revealed last December. The Pier Selection Committee convened on March 20 to discuss each proposal, and then narrowed down the list to the following three proposals and their current designs:</p><p><strong>ALMA by Alfonso Architects</strong><br><a href="http://www.newstpetepier.com/docs/ALMA.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original proposal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2yam1sfff6s207rk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yziv3l1dudtl5q1t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4cp033xktzpv2ao.jpg"></p><p><strong>Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group</strong><br><a href="http://www.newstpetepier.com/docs/destination_stpete_pier.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original proposal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moersoey29mte5rp.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fnf0xdlphlgp9m6n.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1tx09mjx0b2llj7.jpg"></p><p><strong>The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith</strong><br><a href="http://www.newstpetepier.com/docs/the_pier_park.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original proposal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4cp3ba5um4lv4uz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fh/fhdwagh8ryovdpgb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p0ndr9ak39z9ibz.jpg"></p><p>Each team is now preparing responses to an additio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-15T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:46:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89j3t1cpw0gnddtp.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Four Level, or Stack as it&rsquo;s sometimes known, was the first interchange of its kind when it fully opened in 1953. [...] It may seem a cliche to simply associate LA with its freeways, but the connection between the infrastructure and the city&rsquo;s image is strong. It&rsquo;s not just about driving, it&rsquo;s about a new form of urban living in the postwar era [...] &ldquo;LA kind of emerged at the forefront of that development and it became recognised as a freeway metropolis&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/125280367/times-square-throughout-the-ages Times Square throughout the ages Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:44:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27baa7a52fb1a626cc659d07fc2837d8.jpg" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Times Square has always been about reinvention &mdash; in order for the New York Times' headquarters to be built (and give the spot its name), the Pabst Brewing Company's Pabst Hotel had to be demolished. But in the late 1970s, after decades of grandeur followed by decades of decay, imagining the future of Times Square became a particularly pressing project. [...] Here are some plans for the future of Times Square, some of which never caught on and some of which still have a chance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121142105/times-square-and-the-routine-of-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square and the routine of chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120588790/jam-to-your-heart-s-desire-with-stereotank-s-heartbeat-installation-in-times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93000785/is-that-a-luge-in-times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is that a luge in Times Square?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125232179/editor-s-picks-411 Editor's Picks #411 Nam Henderson 2015-04-13T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:11:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0125eqsxdf8e7k7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/lamayac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124819398/interview-with-alfredo-brillembourg-founder-of-urban-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank.</p><p>&nbsp;Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "<em>I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the </em><strong><em><em>expanded field of architecture.</em></em></strong><em> We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be an architect</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported <a href="https://www.pratt.edu/academics/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Architecture School</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124666656/pratt-institute-to-offer-masters-in-placemaking-and-management" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> will begin offering a master&rsquo;s program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"</a>,&nbsp;led by David Burney FAIA, who was also recently appointed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124448438/david-burney-named-interim-executive-director-of-aiany-and-center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interim Executive Director</a> of AIANY and the Center for Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lightperson</strong> let it be known "<em>I'm all for placemaking in urban space if it is local (^) and isn't just high-line-washing or bike washing. Unfortunately this doesn't sound like a complete system of thought, but a trendy commodification and repackaging of what's hip</em>".</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eifufls6gnscua7c.jpg"></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest updates</a> on plans for the Mecanoo led redesign of DC Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125216080/90k-feasibility-study-proposed-for-puget-sound-bridge-made-from-decommissioned-aircraft-carriers $90K feasibility study proposed for Puget Sound bridge made from decommissioned aircraft carriers Justine Testado 2015-04-13T17:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nhfwheaznrj0lsji.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bridge, should it be built, would be about a mile long. It would span Sinclair Inlet, connecting Bremerton and Port Orchard, about 15 miles west of Seattle. Today, it&rsquo;s a 10-mile, often traffic-clogged, drive between the towns. Rep. Jesse Young, whose district includes these two towns, thinks using an old carrier or two would make a fine tourist attraction and tribute to the military.</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/125206423/case-studies-in-water-management-from-los-angeles-the-great-lakes-and-nyc Case studies in water management from Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and NYC Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-13T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd300040721f2b05c477641d1375d336.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The issue of water supply in the context of climate change was the topic for the recent 5KL: Water symposium, organized by The Architectural League and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Twelve experts in water resource design and management &mdash; from architects to geographers to former government officials &mdash; addressed the carbon intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply and how design and planning can contribute to that goal.</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/125198338/meier-makes-mark-in-miami Meier makes mark in Miami Richard Meier & Partners 2015-04-13T12:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T18:57:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xac1otfn4gssxuz5.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from reducing his workload or resting on his considerable laurels, the 80-year-old Meier and his partners are also wrapping up construction on several other projects, including the HH Resort and Spa in Gangneung, South Korea; the Leblon office building in Rio de Janeiro; the 140-unit Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv; the Cittadella Bridge in Alessandria, Italy; and Teachers Village, a mixed-use development in Newark, New Jersey.</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/124980104/university-of-maryland-grad-students-envision-redevelopment-plan-for-new-orleans-neighborhoods University of Maryland grad students envision redevelopment plan for New Orleans neighborhoods Justine Testado 2015-04-10T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:07:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/su1i8ixuucg0zziv.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded by Gerald D. Hines, the annual Urban Land Institute Hines competition challenges multidisciplinary graduate student teams from North American universities to propose a comprehensive redevelopment program for a designated U.S. metro area. The ideas competition is set up as a design exercise with no plans of implementation, but the hypothetical situations of the brief are largely based on actual urban development and redevelopment scenarios, so students get to test their design skills in relevant real-world issues. What student wouldn't be motivated by that?</p><p>For its 13th edition, the competition focused on the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmkzeex3wk9qm1js.jpg"><br><em>2015 ULI Hines finalists (starting on the L, clockwise): Harvard University: &ldquo;Trem&eacute; 2.0&rdquo;; University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin - Madison: &ldquo;Quartier Vert&rdquo;; Harvard University: &ldquo;Claiborne Grove&rdquo;; University of Maryland: &ldquo;The Crossing&rdquo;</em></p><p>The comp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site "Visionary Cities Project" applies urbanist archetypes to Damien Hirst's blank development site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-10T14:58:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:38:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tihzaezgzexrylr0.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Students in UIC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Visionary Cities Project&rdquo; have pitted a selection of urbanist theories against one another, to see how historical visions of urbanism compare on a common ground. The studio, run by <a href="http://aeisenschmidt.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Eisenschmidt</a> at the University of Illinois at Chicago, takes urbanist models and schemes from the likes of Piranesis, Le Corbusier, and Hilberseimer, and reinterprets them on the blank slate of an upcoming development for the city of Ilfracombe, on the UK&rsquo;s southern coast. In reality, Ilfracombe&rsquo;s new district is being <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developed by the artist Damien Hirst</a>, with a plan for suburban subdivisions. But the UIC studio is interpreting the expansion as a &ldquo;cultural instigator&rdquo;; producing a collection of drawings that Eisenschmidt calls&nbsp;&ldquo;HiDef Cities of Architectural Urbanism.&rdquo;</p><p>Eisenschmidt provided the following "Historical Context" for the studio:</p><p><em>Architectural urbanism has a long history, which only by the mid-20th century was questioned as the urbanisms of modernism were unable to re...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124927945/a-symbol-of-the-hubris-of-rampant-urbanization A symbol...of the hubris of rampant urbanization Nam Henderson 2015-04-10T01:04:00-04:00 >2015-04-10T01:05:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tw/twgoebssplthrt1m.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, the real-estate situation in Ordos has turned macabre. Video billboards along the city&rsquo;s major roadways display mug shots of fugitive developers who have skipped town, fleeing their debts....In the shadows of the deserted construction sites and vacant hotels, there are people. They are the citizens of Ordos &mdash; not the inhabitants of a ghost town, but the pioneers of a novel kind of 21st-century urban life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jody Rosen documented The Colossal Strangeness of China&rsquo;s Most Excellent Tourist City.</p><p>Previously <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38994483/ordos-100-directed-by-ai-weiwei" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/41748450/ordos-the-biggest-ghost-town-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94911890/ordos-in-2014-brave-city-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124917488/looking-at-all-sides-of-the-pier-55-offshore-park-development Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development Justine Testado 2015-04-09T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T14:23:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zw1bk8goewj055zy.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For fans of the park, the gift from the Diller-von Furstenberg foundation represented more than the revival of Pier 54. It was a statement that Hudson River Park deserved to be in the same league as the city&rsquo;s other signature, showy spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More details -- or opinions, perhaps -- are surfacing for the proposed Pier 55 "culture island", which media mogul Barry Diller commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design for New York's Hudson River Park.&nbsp;Since the plan was first publicly announced back <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in November</a>, followed by a lease agreement approved <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/12/nyregion/lease-deal-for-pier-55-park-off-hudson-river-is-approved.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in February</a>, plans to make the $130 million development a reality appear to gradually be moving forward.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124912671/the-high-costs-of-high-urban-property-values The high costs of high urban property values Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-09T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:23:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de01224b70fc0f8038a10e35abb52301.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The costs of this misfiring property market are huge, mainly because of their effects on individuals. High housing prices force workers towards cheaper but less productive places. [...] Tot up these costs in lost earnings and unrealised human potential, and the figures become dizzying. Lifting all the barriers to urban growth in America could raise the country&rsquo;s GDP by between 6.5% and 13.5%, or by about $1 trillion-2 trillion.</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/124892558/without-housing-reform-is-a-tower-of-david-coming-to-your-city Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City? Julia Ingalls 2015-04-09T18:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-12T23:09:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0sz7clc8us2rssg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Justin McGuirk&rsquo;s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we&rsquo;re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can&rsquo;t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his book, McGuirk analyzes numerous de facto housing solutions for overcrowded cities, including the infamous "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/327072/tower-of-david" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Torre David</a>" in Caracas, an abandoned high-rise which became an iconic squatter's structure partly because of government ineptitude and indifference.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124814565/cornered-london-building-innovatively-addresses-homelessness Cornered: London Building Innovatively Addresses Homelessness Julia Ingalls 2015-04-08T20:07:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:25:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/sz3tw41luck9g7tk.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To promote its Nightstop program, in which volunteers offer homeless people ages 16 to 25 spare beds, homelessness charity Depaul UK launched a poster campaign Thursday that uses the architecture of buildings to help win the hearts and minds of passersby. Publicis art director Dan Kennard and copywriter Ben Smith told me in an email that the idea for the design came from &ldquo;that quite true observation that in life, there are two sides to pretty much every story.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Somewhere between a supergraphic and a PSA lies the ever-developing territory of outdoor advertising, an area in which Publicis London is making thoughtful, eye-catching displays.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification Justine Testado 2015-04-08T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e9xbdih3kd3zj301.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Loft Living was first published, artists&rsquo; laments about real estate in New York City mirrored the concerns that have plagued residents for much of the last century. Namely, it&rsquo;s tough to find a suitable and affordable place to live. Since the late &rsquo;80s, the tenor of that complaint has shifted from one of anxiety to one of fear...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Guernica magazine interviewed sociologist Sharon Zukin following the 25th-anniversary release of her 1989 landmark book "Loft Living" last year. Revisiting her timely book -- which focuses on NYC's SoHo neighborhood when upscale real estate properties took over industrial lofts and artists' studios -- Zukin discusses urban theorist Jane Jacobs, perpetually soaring rent rates, NYC's changing demographics and affordability, and the influential yet seemingly overlooked role that arts communities play in the complex American "pastime" that is gentrification.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes Nicholas Korody 2015-04-07T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:29:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/522d510090ed20de7c07f0c1adfe8e70.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles installed its first ever&nbsp;parking-protected bike lanes. They&rsquo;re on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, part of the mayor&rsquo;s Great Streets Initiative. As of this morning, the project is roughly one-quarter complete. The new protected lanes, also known as&nbsp;cycletracks, are mostly complete on the west side of Reseda Blvd from Plummer Street to Prairie Street. The full one-mile protected lanes will go from Plummer to Parthenia Street.</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/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i63v3y12bioyszdm.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-bertha/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/About/FollowBertha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffky8mny9386xutf.jpg"><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124678740/for-a-limited-time-only-you-can-play-pac-man-on-google-maps For a limited time only, you can play PAC-MAN on Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-06T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T20:36:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5tin8detk16n05v2.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are even Google Maps-specific bonus-point icons, along with the classic fruits. It's a highly addictive way to learn your way around an city's streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w64salt4qnsooyhx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124665842/los-angeles-has-created-the-perfect-parking-sign Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign DianePham 2015-04-06T15:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0l58rqxpyo880q6.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.</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>