Archinect - News 2017-04-26T09:53:41-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150004552/aia-awards-100-000-to-five-intriguing-upjohn-research-initiative-projects AIA awards $100,000 to five intriguing Upjohn Research Initiative projects Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:12:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m6ddysae2r1pn1ln.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a Circadian Daylight Metric and Design Assist Tool to Trashwalls, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aia.org/press-releases/80866-aia-selects-2016-upjohn-research-initiative-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA has announced the five projects it has selected for its 10th annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants</a>, and they're all fairly promising. Speaking broadly, the projects each propose investigating a particular aspect of the built environment in an effort to try and improve the quality of life of that structure's likely daily inhabitants. For example, the Trashwalls from a team of researchers from Washington State University are "fabricated using materials harvested from the local solid waste stream, are designed to reduce heat loss from rented apartments, improve the comfort of those spaces during hot or cold weather, and save renters money on their utility bills, while reducing pollution. The purpose of this project is to design, construct, and examine prototypes of interior insulating walls that are attractive, have an R-value&nbsp;of R-10 (US) or greater, cost less than ten cents per square foot, are built fr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003547/so-called-parking-podiums-are-aesthetically-ruining-downtown-los-angeles So-called "parking podiums" are aesthetically ruining downtown Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T13:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T19:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lt/ltxyqc06olrvbw49.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As L.A. pats itself on the back for its freshly angular skyline, a new architectural trend &mdash; enabled by another city ordinance &mdash; threatens to turn the beating heart of modern Los Angeles into a cold, lifeless and unwalkable place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This excellent piece by the aptly named Steven Sharp delves into the uglification of downtown Los Angeles via the "parking podium," wherein large buildings dedicate their first few floors to a parking garage to meet code requirements for parking, thereby plunging the pedestrian realm back into an unwelcome "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Quartz</a>" vibe. Putting the parking in the first few floors is cheaper than digging underground or creating surface lots, but honestly: <em>ugh!&nbsp;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003538/indian-bar-legally-evades-closure-by-adding-250-meter-long-maze-entrance Indian bar legally evades closure by adding 250-meter long maze entrance Julia Ingalls 2017-04-18T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T13:11:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lucoxqswicnjsau4.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since April 1 a large number of the bars, pubs and liquor shops across India has gone out of business, thanks to a Supreme Court order that the outlets should be at least 500m away from state and national highways...The Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a Kochi suburb has built a 250m-long maze-like walkway to the entrance, theoretically making it more than 500m away from the highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a move that has even delighted the bureaucrats who initially drafted the rule that no bar could be within 500 meters of a highway, an Indian bar has managed to stay in business by virtue of building a 250 meter long maze that, like the snaking lines at an amusement park, greatly expands the literal number of feet one must traverse to get to the bar's actual entrance. While this clever invention may necessitate a designated walker to help steer patrons back out, it ranks among the best architectural interpretations of law we've seen in some time. Cheers!</p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/04/entry-maze/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002696/oil-company-proposes-turning-l-a-oil-drilling-site-into-affordable-housing Oil company proposes turning L.A. oil-drilling site into affordable housing Justine Testado 2017-04-12T14:06:00-04:00 >2017-04-18T00:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r0/r0kqlbjwupuhx14q.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sentinel Peak Resources, which took over the roughly 1.1-acre site in December, now believes that affordable housing is the &ldquo;best beneficial use&rdquo; for the land [...] Neighborhood leaders said they were interested in closing and re-purposing the site, but are awaiting more details. They stressed that regardless of any plans, they still want the city to pursue their concerns about violations at the site, which Sentinel Peak Resources has so far brushed off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the L.A. Times, &ldquo;No official plan has been drafted and details are scant, but [L.A. City Council President Herb] Wesson said he was &lsquo;unbelievably excited&rsquo; about the idea, arguing it could pave the way to convert other local drilling sites.&rdquo;</p><p>But converting the site &mdash; which is located at 4th Avenue and Washington Boulevard across the&nbsp;Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Studies&nbsp;&mdash; could become pricey, and state regulators &ldquo;caution against building over wells, warning that even a properly plugged well can leak in the future.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002462/ai-project-proposal-for-a-500-unit-residential-development-in-digbeth-birmingham AI project proposal for a 500 unit residential development in Digbeth, Birmingham Archinect 2017-04-11T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T07:18:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ta/ta2jzbf89xh5s95l.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>London-based practice <strong>Architects of Invention (AI)</strong> has submitted a design proposal for 500 residential units in Birmingham&rsquo;s Digbeth area.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ym/ymxo2krr2l9ryswj.jpg"></p><p>The practice was approached by Chinese private equity fund <a href="http://www.pgc-fund.com/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PGC- Capital</a> whose <em>The Jewel Court</em>, 77 one-two bed luxury apartments, is already on site in Birmingham.</p><p>The design concept - &lsquo;Garden Hill&rsquo; - is inspired by The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: an oasis-like residence for Birmingham&rsquo;s growing, multicultural population. The two dramatic 25-storey staggered towers, hung with gardens at every level, give all occupants and visitors access to private and shared terraces and a spacious rooftop garden. The entire block is made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) as an exercise in highly sustainable construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iv/ivmj1h8v11wdvioy.jpg"></p><p>The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the units are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes gro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002360/hyperloop-one-plan-would-take-travelers-from-nyc-to-d-c-in-20-minutes Hyperloop One plan would take travelers from NYC to D.C. in 20 minutes Dana Schulz 2017-04-10T17:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T17:04:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nd/ndw1clywq07g2ja2.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod which gradually accelerates with electric propulsions through a low-pressure tube. Then, the pod lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and moves at airline speeds. This would connect 80 percent of the country, making a cross-country trip just about five hours long.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://hyperloop-one.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop One</a>&ndash;whose transportation concept was first proposed by Elon Musk&ndash;has revealed a plan that would take travelers from NYC to D.C. in just 20 minutes via magnetically levitating pods that move by electric propulsion and travel faster than 700 miles per hour.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001538/rikers-island-proposed-for-laguardia-airport-expansion Rikers Island proposed for Laguardia Airport expansion DianePham 2017-04-05T18:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T18:46:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2iytqv639qfy0pk.jpg" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Island is uniquely positioned to accommodate an expanded LaGuardia Airport that would reduce delays and could serve as many as 12 million more passengers annually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio&nbsp;announced that the city would close Rikers Island jail complex. The news followed a report by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform which recommended such action. The report also included a number of innovative ideas for a post-jail Rikers, including expanding LaGuardia Airport onto the island and adding a new runway and more terminal space.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001275/trump-family-s-nyc-properties-are-embarrassing-energy-hogs Trump family's NYC properties are embarrassing energy hogs Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:46:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o3/o3o2ezdn3germly8.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wasteful, inefficient, and pointlessly expensive to operate: most of Donald Trump's namesake properties, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150000432/the-kushner-family-s-new-zaha-hadid-designed-tower-for-666-fifth-avenue-is-catching-a-lot-of-heat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new "666" edifice</a>, are oozing energy by virtue of their poor design and indifference toward conservation. A report by the <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/trump-kushner-buildings-nyc-some-worst-polluters-manhattan-2519760" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IBTimes</a> noted that:</p><p><em>As of 2015, Trump Tower in midtown&nbsp;used more energy than 93 percent of large residential buildings in Manhattan, according to the report. Trump International Hotel and Tower used more energy than 70 percent of large hotels in the city, while Trump SoHo used more energy than 79 percent of large hotels in the city. The report also detailed Kushner&rsquo;s office at 666 Fifth Avenue, which used more energy than 85 percent of large office buildings in Manhattan.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001034/oma-mixes-historic-renovation-with-new-construction-in-the-masterplan-for-columbia-circle-in-shanghai OMA mixes historic renovation with new construction in the masterplan for Columbia Circle in Shanghai Nicholas Korody 2017-04-03T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T13:57:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tn/tnoa6g3p6g39capm.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA has designed a new masterplan for Columbia Circle in Shanghai. A historically-rich area, Columbia Circle includes preserved colonial-era monuments as well as former industrial buildings. Located on a 4.7 hectare compound, the new master plan is the first urban renewal project in the city center by the Chinese real estate developer Vanke.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yu5p81nqgiootv4i.jpg"></p><p>The site includes the Columbia Country Club, which was designed by the American architect Elliott Hazzard in the 1920s, as well as a villa designed by the Hungarian architect L&aacute;szl&oacute; Hudec in 1930, which was owned by Sun Ke, the son of Sun Yat-sen. Later, the latter building became a research campus owned by the Shanghai Institute of Biological Products.</p><p>In line with many other recent projects by OMA, the Columbia Circle Masterplan involves a mix of transforming existing buildings and building new ones. Intended to house a range of programs from business spaces to hotels and cultural venues, the mixed use development will also include outdoor space...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000256/the-dafne-schippers-bridge-in-utrecht-doubles-as-a-school-and-a-garden The Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht doubles as a school and a garden Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T17:07:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T11:05:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c14p1ulkbyovadiy.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/35939293/next-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEXT Architects</a> and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau in collaboration with Arup and Bureau B+B, the Dafne Schippers Bridge integrates a cycle and pedestrian bridge spanning the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht with a school and public garden. Opening on April 3, the bridge-cum-school is intended to make the bridge a &ldquo;destination&rdquo; as well as a piece of infrastructure.</p><p>"In one fluid movement, the cycle route, park, and school are brought together to form a cohesive whole of infrastructure, architecture, and landscape," states Marijn Schenk, NEXT architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r4/r4jbf98so4d86w8f.jpg"></p><p>In total, the Dafne Schippers Bridge measures 110 meters long. Its deck is 9 meters above the water. The Bridge is held between two asymmetric pylons. On the Leidsche Rijn side, the pylon is intended to serve as a landmark. On the side with the school, a smaller pylon lines up with a row of trees. 7,000 cyclists are expected to use the bridge on a daily basis to quicken their commute.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999773/sn-hetta-designs-a-boat-tunnel-in-norway Snøhetta designs a "boat tunnel" in Norway Nicholas Korody 2017-03-27T17:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T18:33:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3l8jt7pcplgo3a82.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta has designed a &ldquo;boat tunnel&rdquo; that would allow ships to run beneath a mountain in Norway. With a whopping $272 million price tag, the mile-long tunnel would enable ships to safely avert the dangerous waters off the Stad Peninsula.</p><p>150 feet tall and 118 feet wide, the tunnel would be designed to accommodate massive cargo ships. Sn&oslash;hetta propose a terraced stone entrance. &ldquo;In such a delicate landscape, the tunnel has to be more than just an intervention in nature. We put a lot of effort in making it aesthetically appealing,&rdquo; states project manager Terje Andreassen. A bridge would allow tourists to watch the ships pass by.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v082n4bvz7ml3cm2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6r3hz6b6aagqip3k.jpg"></p><p>Apparently, it&rsquo;s not actually a new idea. Back in 1874, a similar&mdash;mechanically speaking&mdash;idea was proposed.&nbsp; Over the last seventy years, the turbulent waters in the area have resulted in the death of 33 people.</p><p>Currently, a feasibility study is underway, with construction slated for 2019.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/norway-plans-ship-tunnel-av7oid-de7adly-stadh7avet/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Global Construction Review</a></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149999167/st-louis-segregation-and-how-history-shapes-the-urban-landscape St. Louis, segregation and how history shapes the urban landscape Liam Otten 2017-03-24T20:32:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T11:54:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j9/j904o3pabmxd22e8.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Segregation is no accident.</p><p>Nearly five decades after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, American cities remain racially, culturally, spatially and economically divided. Entrenched conditions and persistent biases undermine the policies and priorities that would heal lingering wounds.</p><p>So argues&nbsp;<a href="http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/portfolios/faculty/catalina_freixas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalina Freixas</a>, assistant professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts. Last semester, Freixas and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hssu.edu/profiles_full.cfm?prflID=114" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Abbott</a>, professor of history and director of the Center for Neighborhood Development at Harris-Stowe State University, launched &ldquo;Segregation by Design.&rdquo;&nbsp; Developed as part of&nbsp;<a href="http://cenhum.artsci.wustl.edu/Divided-City-Initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Divided City</a>&nbsp;initiative, their class &mdash; which will be offered again next fall &mdash; explores both the historic roots and present-day reality of urban separation.</p><p>In this Q&amp;A, Freixas discusses St. Louis, segregation and the hidden histories that shape our urban landscape.</p><p><strong>You&rsquo;re from Argentina but joined the Sam Fox School faculty in 2004. What drew you to the topic of American segregation?</strong></p><p>My researc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999373/stefan-al-on-why-the-shopping-mall-isn-t-dying Stefan Al on why the shopping mall isn't dying Justine Testado 2017-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2017-04-01T13:41:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vp6x10do0dnb2k2b.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...it is not the mall that is declining, but suburbia. The mall, meanwhile, is becoming urban. In fact, a new breed of shopping centre is integrating so seamlessly into its urban surroundings that it can be difficult to draw any line between city and mall whatsoever. On both sides of the Pacific, the mall is not &ldquo;dead&rdquo;. It has simply transformed...[but] &ldquo;While the idea of the shopping mall becoming &lsquo;urban&rsquo; has a certain appeal, the net effect is to turn the city into a shopping mall.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Stefan Al, author of <em>Mall City: Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of Consumption</em>, writes about how shopping malls&nbsp;in places such as New York, Melbourne, and Hong Kong&nbsp;are&nbsp;increasingly blending into the cities themselves &mdash; transforming into &ldquo;a new breed of shopping centre&rdquo;, Al writes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999368/maricopa-county-in-arizona-home-to-phoenix-experienced-the-largest-population-growth-in-2016 Maricopa County in Arizona, home to Phoenix, experienced the largest population growth in 2016 Nicholas Korody 2017-03-24T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T17:44:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m7g1s1uvh8op261x.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maricopa County in Arizona had the highest annual population growth in 2016. Home to the city of Phoenix, the county gained 81,360 people, or 222 people per day. More than half were people who moved to the county from another area, while 25,428 were from natural increase (births over deaths). 10,188 people came from abroad.</p><p>Meanwhile, on the other side of things, Cook County, where Chicago is located, saw the largest decrease in population with a net loss of 21,324 people. Wayne County, home to Detroit, saw 7,696 people leave, while Baltimore had a decrease of 6,738 people.</p><p>Check out more demographic data <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-44.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999325/judge-once-again-stops-work-at-pier-55-over-environmental-concerns Judge once again stops work at Pier 55 over environmental concerns Dana Schulz 2017-03-24T15:14:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T15:14:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y8/y8k4ct67dr50w4l9.jpg" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Judge Lorna G. Schofield agreed with the group&rsquo;s claim that the Army Corps of Engineers had not conducted a sufficient environmental review on how the 2.4-acre park would affect fish and wildlife. She ordered that work stop at the site and called for a review of alternatives for building along Hudson River Park, a maritime sanctuary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been nearly two years since the City Club of New York first slapped Pier 55, Barry Diller's $200 million offshore park, with a lawsuit. And despite construction starting over the summer, a judge has once again ordered work to stop at the site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998584/how-does-one-design-against-magic-used-to-trap-self-driving-cars How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T23:06:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in <a href="https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998378/jane-jacobs-and-robert-moses-star-in-citizen-jane-battle-for-the-city-documentary-coming-to-u-s-theaters-in-april Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses star in “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” documentary, coming to U.S. theaters in April Justine Testado 2017-03-20T16:15:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T14:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkxd6tqkxbipzje4.jpg" width="600" height="889" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The historic feud between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses is hitting the silver screen in &ldquo;Citizen Jane: Battle for the City&rdquo;, a fairly new feature-length documentary&nbsp;directed by Matt Tyrnauer and produced by Robert Hammond (co-founder and executive director of NYC's Friends of the High Line).&nbsp;Following premieres at DOC NYC and the Toronto International Film Festival last year, &ldquo;Citizen Jane&rdquo; will be released in theaters and on demand in the U.S. on April 21.</p><p>Set in the 1950s and '60s in New York City, the film centers around Jane Jacobs' fight against Robert Moses' ruthless urban &ldquo;renewal&rdquo; schemes&nbsp;that targeted NYC's &ldquo;slums&rdquo; and its vital communities&nbsp;&mdash; a situation that many cities worldwide still face today. It also sheds light on European&nbsp;modernist ideals of architecture and urban design finding its place in the U.S., according to <a href="https://medium.com/urban-design-and-planning/an-entirely-unbiased-review-of-citizen-jane-de53f128310e#.d4vesk81q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one film review</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/07q8rgeis7xagywo.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We realized that no one had done a film about Jane Jacobs,&rdquo; Producer Robert Hammond said in a statement. &ldquo;She came up with her own common s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997564/monu-magazine-review MONU Magazine Review enorarb 2017-03-16T14:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T14:32:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h7/h7b6g0khb4al3t01.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I came across MONU during my early doctoral investigations on critical, non-academic publications looking into this arguably poorly unknown, plural and contested entity that is the city. MONU, does not actually qualify as a non-academic outlet, for the breadth and depth of the analysis it offers, but still provides critical insights on the ways urban forms are shaped by socioeconomic, institutional and political forces without falling in the trap of being highly jargoning, inaccessible or theoretical. It speaks to a wide audience interested in urban policy, activism, architecture, social movements, all from a multidisciplinary lens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/31rknmuhrf49zkgo.jpg"></p><p>MONU mixes text of different textures with images, collages and various forms of writing, including short and long city stories, mixed up with photographic journeys and conversations with architects, artists and urbanists. By treating its form and its content as equally important, MONU de facto invites the reader to think about socio-political processes a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997225/how-should-cities-prepare-for-a-driverless-car-future-here-are-six-tips How should cities prepare for a driverless car future? Here are six tips Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T20:47:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T01:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fc0ipbzr2lxa8gs8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of driving your own car are coming to a close: as many as seven million driverless cars could be making their self-directed way around major urban hubs across the U.S. within the next few decades. So what should cities do to keep up with these changes? This white paper by Arcadis gives six tips for city planners to prepare for the automated onslaught:</p><p>A study by transportation, economics and urban planning experts has found that ridesharing and ridesourcing services using autonomous vehicles (AV) could shift millions of drivers away from personal cars in major U.S. cities.</p><p>&ldquo;Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders,&rdquo; the study prepared by Arcadis, HR&amp;A Advisors and Sam Schwartz Consulting, shows that the move to ridesharing and ridesourcing services that don&rsquo;t have a driver could cause a shift of up to 60 percent (3.6 million cars) from traditional to autonomous vehicles in the New York metro area alone over the next 15-20 years.</p><p>The Los Angeles metro area could see...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997198/tear-down-that-wall-proposal Tear down that wall (proposal) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T23:47:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rael writes that one of the most devastating consequences of the wall is &ldquo;the division of communities, cities, neighborhoods and families, resulting in the erosion of social infrastructure.&rdquo; When we talked, he wondered how we might create something positive from something so horrible: &ldquo;Can reform happen through borderland investment? If you build 150 libraries along the border, you&rsquo;d get a very different outcome.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RFP for the border wall is out, but the conscience-bearing architectural community is staying in (and trying to imagine alternatives to this xenophobic concrete smear job). In particular, in this New York Times article they're suggesting building anything but walls, suggesting that perhaps investing in communities instead of splitting them apart is the way to go for the political and social benefit of everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997179/i-melt-with-you-indoor-city-installation-explores-dissolving-spatial-boundaries-in-an-era-of-climate-change I Melt With You: "Indoor City" installation explores dissolving spatial boundaries in an era of climate change Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T12:06:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vo2szjkdle1c6nve.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With layered narration from writers and the input of a climate scientist, the 40-foot long table installation known as "Indoor City" designed by Founder Rome Prize Fellows Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem (<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55229883/modu-formerly-phu-hoang-office-and-rachely-rotem-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODU</a>)&nbsp;with Jonathan Berger, Hussein Fancy, Christoph Meinrenken, Jack Livings and Matthew Null,&nbsp;tackles the dire conceptual heft of designing for massive systemic weather change.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1s5trzz1v49164a7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngq5nlj59soq5g4c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n5/n5lsnv6uxgvrcyw5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/pr/prtpzs9mtzc66k64.gif"></p><p>By placing carbon ice on the installation, the idea is to track how divisions between urban spaces and the environment release more carbon dioxide into the air, thereby creating more stress on the environment (and making the urban spaces quite unpleasant to live in as a result). The project advocates for a more integrated design concept while allowing visitors to enjoy what amounts to a trippy installation. Here's a video of the installation, which is part of the 2017 Cinque Mostre show and&nbsp;will be viewable in person at the American Academy in Rome until April 4th:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997049/691-new-homes-in-north-london-given-the-go-ahead-by-sadiq-khan 691 New Homes in North London given the go-ahead by Sadiq Khan Abigail Banfield 2017-03-14T11:54:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T11:54:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j3/j3m1ozidjxgvf3qp.jpg" width="636" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Announcing the decisions, Khan said he had fully considered all the evidence available and was &ldquo;confident&rdquo; both high-density developments would deliver hundreds of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. &ldquo;Building the homes Londoners urgently need will mean town centres and suburbs becoming denser, so we expect developers to continue to come up with high-quality designs which don&rsquo;t have a negative impact on their surroundings.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Overruling councillors in two north London Boroughs, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved an Allies and Morrisson scheme in Tottenham Hale and another in Harrow by Moss Architecture; both will be high-density housing developments which together will deliver 691 new homes for Londoners within 30 minutes of central London.</p><p>Khan spoke of the schemes&rsquo; close proximity to transport, and potential to provide affordable homes, as key factors in giving these developments the green-light. He also noted the changes made to these schemes to ensure the protection of &ldquo;our precious Green Belt&rdquo;. This decision comes at a time where overcrowding and unaffordable housing is prevalent in the press and in parliament. &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995869/16-designers-to-display-new-tribune-tower-models-at-the-2nd-chicago-architecture-biennial 16 designers to display new "Tribune Tower" models at the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T19:41:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T19:42:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9m5jgtg4zanjoxpt.jpg" width="532" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 1922 contest drew 263 entries from 23 countries and led to the construction of a landmark neo-Gothic skyscraper. In 1980, Chicago architects Stanley Tigerman and Stuart Cohen organized a "Late Entries" version of the legendary contest...Now, the curators of this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial are putting together what might be called the "Late Late Entries" to the Tribune Tower competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the names of the sixteen designers picked to create a new "Tribune Tower" at the Chicago Architecture Biennial haven't been announced quite yet, according to this article their designs are already being value-engineered in order to be as feasible as possible for potential construction. Whichever design may ultimately go on to the big time of 1:1 scale, the Biennial will be a delightful experience for all of those who still enjoy enormous physical models of both the built and the unbuilt variety:&nbsp;</p><p><em>In addition to the 16 new versions of Tribune Tower, the curators are commissioning two other 16-foot-tall models of designs for the skyscraper from early in the last century. One is a famous, columnlike version by the Austrian architect Adolf Loos that was part of the 1922 competition. The other, which was not officially entered, is a gridded modernist design by the German architect and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T12:40:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:28:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xn/xnczd30w3ulj8rox.jpg" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's unclear when the furnishing/window and door fitting process takes place, one thing is certain: you can now have the basic components of an entire 400 square foot house printed in about a day from the company Apis Cor. Aside from being speedy, the $10,000 printing process is impressive because the house is printed using only one machine, instead of a multi-component process that requires wall assembly. In this slightly bizarre promotional video (featuring notable speakers including a student, identified only by first name without any kind of school affiliation) the 3D printed houses are envisioned as being great solutions for providing fast relief from natural disasters. Since they're designed to last 175 years, it makes one wonder if these curvy domiciles could become a kind of inadvertent historical marker of previous catastrophes. Check it out:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995116/urban-india-informal-housing-inadequate-property-rights Urban India: Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights Laura Amaya 2017-03-03T09:56:00-05:00 >2017-03-03T09:56:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fk/fknlsbhn9x6gcur0.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The rapid pace of urbanization in developing countries places increasing levels of stress on cities. As thousands of people move into urban areas each year, the availability of affordable housing emerges as a key challenge. In India, 412 million people live in urban areas. Depending on the source, anywhere between 33 and 47 percent of those (equivalent to 26-37 million households) live in informal housing, which often lacks access to basic services like roads, water, and sanitation. To make matters worse, most of those households do not have any formal property rights, thus jeopardizing their ability to live and invest in the land they currently occupy.</p><p>As architects, we often use &ldquo;informality&rdquo; to describe everything outside of the formal city. Informality is the gray area occupied by the slum, the favela, or the barrio. Our failure to segment informality into distinct categories results in design solutions that barely scratch the surface of urban complexity. Designing for informalit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994971/unstudio-to-redevelop-former-deutsche-bank-site-in-frankfurt UNStudio to redevelop former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt Justine Testado 2017-03-02T14:22:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:25:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erwrr07fkkw6tvom.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a double-win for UNStudio in a plan to revive the former Deutsche Bank site in Frankfurt, Germany. Almost a year after being selected to design the masterplan, the practice announced today that they also had the winning architectural proposal...The mixed-use project is a key component in reviving the former bank site, which has been closed to the public for nearly 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a peek at UNStudio's winning scheme <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5491/unstudio-wins-architectural-competition-for-deutsche-bank-site-revival-in-frankfurt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994955/brooks-scarpa-s-mixed-use-complex-featuring-low-income-housing-to-break-ground Brooks + Scarpa's mixed-use complex featuring low-income housing to break ground Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:39:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T13:39:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hpigcww6038lupgl.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Adding 84,000 square feet of a custom-aluminum-facade-bearing mixed-use structure to a Metro Red Line adjacent corner of North Hollywood, Brooks + Scarpa are continuing their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aesthetically pioneering work in low-income housing</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7b/7b15f6v46m2mihs1.jpg"></p><p>The structure, deemed "NOHO on Camarillo," will defy old-school monolithic notions of affordable housing by carving out volumes on the southern and northern exposures to let light in while simultaneously creating an ample courtyard. The structure will also have a little under 3,000 square feet of retail space for enterprising types.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkz6egedzprvipbi.jpg"></p><p>The five-story, 60-unit building's price tag is quoted at $13.5 million.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994362/meowtropolis-in-kedi-a-city-of-cats-reveals-secrets-of-urban-development ‘Meowtropolis’: In ‘Kedi,’ A City of Cats Reveals Secrets of Urban Development Orhan Ayyüce 2017-02-28T17:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T17:32:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9gpx455qdoebnfl3.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everyone in the neighborhood has a favorite cat&mdash;they give them names, personalities, entire narratives.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The story follows the saga of seven stray street cats in the city of Istanbul: Siri (the Hustler), Psikopat (the Psycho), Beng&uuml; (the Lover), and so on. Following these feline urbanites, who occupy a liminal space&mdash;not &ldquo;in the wild&rdquo; but certainly not tamed&mdash;we re-discover the essential qualities of grace, tenacity, perception, friendship, and independence that define the soul of the cat&mdash;and, it turns out, nurture the soul of a city and its residents as well.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993625/doug-aitken-among-artists-in-palm-springs-adjacent-art-show-desert-x Doug Aitken among artists in Palm Springs-adjacent art show, "Desert X" Julia Ingalls 2017-02-23T19:53:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T00:46:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c7/c7y7ybil6s1mrjh5.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid the dust and clamor is the steel skeleton of Aitken&rsquo;s &ldquo;Mirage,&rdquo; which takes the form of a 1960s-style suburban California ranch house. The seven-room structure, to be fully mirrored on the outside and inside, is perched on a hillside with city and desert views, which are key to the piece. The structure has gaping holes where doors and windows might be, and its interior walls are built on angles to reflect the sky and contrasting surrounding terrain...</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does the desert in Riverside County have to offer aside from a massive annual music festival, the sleek modernism of Palm Springs, and the ethereal vista of untrammeled nature? Well, starting on February 25th, it has the&nbsp;Desert Exhibition of Art, or Desert X for short.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/15/15wfq1u85xiqp6j5.jpg"></p><p>Exhibitors in the self-guided, wide-ranging exhibit (you should plan on driving) include Doug Aitken,&nbsp;Sherin Guirguis, and&nbsp;Claudia Comte, who has created a 110-foot long stucco/wood sculpture that is part wall, part meditative exercise. Maps are available at the Ace Hotel; the exhibition will be up until April.&nbsp;</p>