Archinect - News 2017-01-16T23:57:27-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149986619/architecting-for-the-golden-years Architecting for the Golden Years Nam Henderson 2017-01-15T20:37:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T21:41:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/38/38jzbfp95qm28mbf.jpg" width="650" height="592" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building industry professionals are taking note. Since the National Association of Home Builders started to offer a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist program in 2002, nearly 7,000 contractors, architects, interior designers and occupational therapists have become credentialed by attending a three-day course, according to Elizabeth Thompson, a spokeswoman for the association.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kaya Laterman examines designing for an aging population. Renovations focused on age-in-place fixes, along with rise of NORCs (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) in NYC, are creating new market opportunities.&nbsp;</p><p>See also re:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AARP&rsquo;s livability index</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62461879/houses-designed-for-a-multigenerational-family" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">multi-generational architectures</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942851/what-makes-an-age-friendly-city-older-citizens-worldwide-speak-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">age-friendly cities</a>.</p><p>Plus, some training/CEU sources via&nbsp;<a href="http://livinginplace.institute/calendar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living in Place Institute</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.nahb.org/en/learn/course-overviews/design-build-solutions-for-aging-and-accessibility-caps-2.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NAHB</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986180/shenzhen-s-design-society-to-feature-v-a-gallery-for-its-october-2017-opening Shenzhen's Design Society to feature V&A gallery for its October 2017 opening Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T13:45:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2vy2ey0xx6g7imp.jpg" width="625" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As brand-new collaborations go, the Shenzhen Design Society's choice to feature London's V&amp;A gallery as part of its cultural hub opening this October isn't too shocking, unless you consider that galleries of Chinese art and photography aren't necessarily a common feature of the global art world circuit. The inclusion of the gallery is partly a tribute to the V&amp;A's numerous exhibitions that showcased Chinese culture in Europe, including one of the first exhibitions on contemporary Chinese film and photography in 2005 (!).&nbsp;According to <a href="http://http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/01/03/shenzhen-design-society/#ixzz4VZcDY8bh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>, the hub's goal is to "focus on the history of groundbreaking design, with the aim of opening a dialogue on how design can be a catalyst for social change."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986014/65-000-new-streetlights-illuminate-detroit-here-s-why-that-s-important 65,000 new streetlights illuminate Detroit—here's why that's important Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T18:29:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T18:36:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3vhncyre6xkd26a9.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15010/michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a> of the <em>New York Times</em> has <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/arts/the-lights-are-on-in-detroit.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> an article about the 65,000 new streetlights now illuminating the streets of Detroit. This seemingly prosaic infrastructural adjustment actually has a lot of import. For a long time, according to the article, Detroit&rsquo;s decline was symbolically represented in articles about its lights going out. &ldquo;Like picking up the trash, fixing potholes and responding to emergencies, these efforts signal that no matter where you live in Detroit, you are no longer forgotten &mdash; that government here can finally keep its basic promises,&rdquo; writes Kimmelman.</p><p>Rather than staying concentrated in the inner-city, like most capital and growth, the lights spread across Detroit&rsquo;s entire 139 miles. Costing $185 million in public money, the lights use energy-efficient LED bulbs. And the whole project came together under budget and on time.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985790/la-is-selected-for-george-lucas-s-museum-of-narrative-art LA is selected for George Lucas's Museum of Narrative Art Paul Petrunia 2017-01-10T23:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-13T09:58:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/001eee180215leku.jpg" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of planning, negotiations and speculation, filmmaker George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles to be the home for his museum honoring visual storytelling. It will display his personal collection of fine and popular art, including Norman Rockwell paintings, Mad Magazine covers, photography, children's art, as well as Hollywood props and visual effects from his famous movie franchise Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"South Los Angeles's Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship," reads a statement from the board of directors for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. "Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985771/no-more-personal-cars-will-be-allowed-in-madrid-s-city-center No more personal cars will be allowed in Madrid's city center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T19:03:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wjy7ob23n86a8qww.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Madrid's mayor, Manuela Carmena, is serious about kicking personal cars off the road in the city center. On a November 5 show on Spanish radio networkCadena Ser, she confirmed that Madrid's main avenue, the Gran V&iacute;a, will only allow access to bikes, buses, and taxis before she leaves office in May 2019, as noted by CityLab.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Are people in love with not having to drive to dense urban locales? (Answer: for the most part, yes.) Following the lead of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">numerous cities</a> that are seeking either to reduce car traffic or obliterate it altogether, Madrid's mayor actually outlawed personal vehicles from the city's main thoroughfare during the crucial days before Christmas (and later discovered that merchant profits were up over the previous year).</p><p>The latest updates in global car culture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973224/driverless-cars-hit-the-streets-of-milton-keynes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941488/the-netherlands-moves-closer-to-leaving-gas-and-diesel-cars-in-the-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Netherlands moves closer to leaving gas and diesel cars in the dust</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985760/is-george-lucas-pitting-l-a-against-s-f-for-his-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Is George Lucas pitting L.A. against S.F. for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mz/mznndhruh39u0aua.jpg" width="650" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But so far, Lucas hasn&rsquo;t found a permanent home for his museum. The monumental project has brought him almost as much grief as Jar Jar Binks, the prequel creature from the planet Naboo with an oddly Jamaican accent that some found racially offensive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Lucas' multi-year, oft-imperiled quest to find a site for his museum is chronicled in this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-03/george-lucas-can-t-give-his-1-5-billion-museum-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> article, which highlights the difficulties of using only the force of one's personality (and the promise of a "gift" of a museum to a city) to cut through local politics and bureaucracy. According to this article, signs indicate that the filmmaker may be attempting to get Los Angeles and San Francisco to compete against one another for the institution in hopes of speeding up the process (and securing the best site).</p><p>Other Lucas Museum of Narrative Art news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985703/when-art-architects-life-city-from-bollywood-film-bahubali-the-beginning-may-become-actual-location-in-india When art architects life: city from Bollywood film "Bahubali: The Beginning" may become actual location in India Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T14:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T14:03:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ew/ewio5qvli9bdpft9.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the architecture in real cities has sometimes become the jumping off point for imaginary structures in cinema (think: the Los Angeles of <em>Blade Runner</em>) the reverse seems to be happening in India, where a filmmaker is being asked to design real structures based on the imagined buildings that appeared in his film. According to <a href="https://qz.com/872747/andhra-pradesh-wants-to-build-a-new-city-that-looks-like-an-ancient-kingdom-from-bollywood-blockbuster-bahubali/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz.com</a>:</p><p>"Andhra Pradesh&rsquo;s chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wants Rajamouli, the Telugu filmmaker behind the blockbuster&nbsp;<em>Bahubali: The Beginning</em>, to contribute his design skills to the architecture of the main government and administrative complex of Amaravati&mdash;the proposed capital of Naidu&rsquo;s newly truncated state."</p><p>Here's a trailer for the film, which showcases the imagined city of Mahishmati:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985387/on-the-ground-a-new-suburbanism On the ground, a “new suburbanism”? Nam Henderson 2017-01-09T16:01:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T22:47:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tf5kaepgs0w7v83x.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2015, 18 percent of all existing housing units on Long Island were multifamily. While that is less than half the percentage in New York metropolitan suburbs over all, change is apparent across the island...12,500 condominium and rental units within half a mile of train stations had been approved over the last 11 years, 7,000 of which have been built. Another 10,000 units could be approved in five to six years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Marcelle Sussman Fischler reports in from the&nbsp;suburbs around New York City, where luxury, amenity-rich, mixed-used TOD is offering up an urbanized suburbia.</p><p>Meanwhile in the Denver region, an innovative public-private financing tool <a href="http://confrontingsuburbanpoverty.org/case-studies/denver-transit-oriented-development-fund/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Fund</a>, is attempting to "<em>preserve and create affordable housing and community facilities</em>". Denver's official&nbsp;<a href="https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/193/documents/TOD_Plan/TOD_Strategic_Plan_FINAL.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan</a> from 2014.</p><p>Also previously,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37912/the-new-suburbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Suburbanism</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joelkotkin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joel Kotkin</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985156/damien-hirst-cancels-his-ilfracombe-eco-town-plans Damien Hirst cancels his Ilfracombe eco-town plans Alexander Walter 2017-01-06T13:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-06T15:36:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Isn&rsquo;t Ilfracombe already a town? Yes, but Hirst was deeply involved in the application process for an eco-friendly, 750-home development known as the Southern Extension. That&rsquo;s a terrible name for a town. Which is probably why the scheme was known as Hirst-on-Sea until recently. Until recently? Hirst, who lives nearby, has now withdrawn from the project. His company, Resign, says it could not find a developer to build houses &ldquo;in keeping with our vision&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Damien Hirst's plan to build 750 eco-friendly homes in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe isn't going to happen after all.&nbsp;</p><p>When we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first reported</a> about the artist's town-development ambitions back in 2012, the announcement was greeted with skepticism from Archinect readers. Two years later, everything still seemed jolly fine with the North Devon Council <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approving the plans</a>.</p><p>The endeavor even inspired the studio project "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Cities Project</a>" at the University of Illinois at Chicago with students applying urbanist archetypes to Ilfracombe's blank development site.</p><p><em>The Guardian</em> reader Patrick Ryan <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/jan/06/damien-hirst-eco-friendly-town-ilfracombe-devon#comment-90660781" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">praises Hirst</a> as a sensible businessman in the comment section and blames "Brexit dark clouds" over the UK's property market as a legitimate reason to pull the plug.</p><p>What's your take? Chime in below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985053/designers-want-to-transform-elevators-into-fashionable-and-functional-room-s Designers want to transform elevators into "fashionable and functional room(s)" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:41:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kf/kfxu09chcu98tzkl.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget climbing stars, or even walking laterally--in the increasingly dense and rapid reality of urban life, elevators have become a major part of daily living. According to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/dec/23/meteoric-rise-lifts-magnetic-smart-elevators-transform-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, major elevator designers like Otis are considering re-designing the elevator to become a more comfortable and friendly space. Precisely what form this will take is a bit unclear, but it may involve more stylish decor, and perhaps even a change in elevator culture itself (the reason most elevators have the floor number display up so high is to give people an excuse not to have to make eye contact with each other).&nbsp;</p><p>Elevators, making news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985035/can-late-modernism-survive-the-near-future Can late modernism survive the near future? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T18:32:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/ylegkxgb5e8qt29h.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All across Los Angeles, buildings by the city's most important firms face preservation threats. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the value of history in a city known for its ephemerality? (Hint: um, not much, unless everyone agrees it is pretty.) In this <a href="http://www.laweekly.com/arts/can-preservationists-save-las-late-modernist-landmarks-from-the-wrecking-ball-7784088" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece for the L.A. Weekly</a>, Mimi Zeiger thoroughly investigates the state of late modernist structures in the City of Angels, and how likely it is that many of these often repurposed (and unfortunately altered) buildings will survive changing public tastes. While the LAX theme building has been legally protected from demolition, other notable works--like William L. Pereira's original LACMA buildings--haven't met with the same preservationist zeal.&nbsp;</p><p>Modernism, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984941/watch-a-meditative-and-breathtaking-aerial-survey-of-the-l-a-river Watch a meditative and breathtaking aerial survey of the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:54:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Only one thing is certain now that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> has undertaken the plan to revitalize the LA River: in the future, it will be different.</p><p>Check out Archinect's extensive coverage of the LA River Redevelopment, including interviews with major players like Mia Lehrer via the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a> series...</p><p></p><p></p><p>This elegant aerial video by Chang Kim captures the current state of the concrete-channeled river, offering not only a meditative journey over freeway overpasses, opportunistic scrub brush and litter-choked rivulets, but a lush historic record of what this city's main water artery was, whatever it may eventually become. With a spare piano soundtrack composed by Nils Frahm, the video comes in at just under five minutes:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984750/the-benefits-of-roundabouts-explained-by-the-mayor-of-the-indiana-town-that-now-has-102-of-them The benefits of roundabouts, explained by the mayor of the Indiana town that now has 102 of them Alexander Walter 2017-01-04T16:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T11:38:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/36/36e14272d9403701e6855f6d1d418e15.jpg" width="620" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Carmel, driving around in circles isn&rsquo;t a symptom of being lost; it&rsquo;s a way of life. Despite its small size, the Indiana city has more roundabouts than any other burg in the U.S. [...] The thing most people don&rsquo;t know is how much money is saved by converting traffic signals into roundabouts. Our city engineer&rsquo;s office has found that on average, roundabouts in Carmel have cost $250,000 less to build than signalized intersections and they are much less expensive to maintain [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Carmel Mayor&nbsp;Jim Brainard talks about "unheralded benefits" of roundabouts (and the potential impact of Trump's infrastructure plans on his city's 102 roundabouts) in the CityLab article, reader douglasss points out an often overlooked benefit of this approach to intersection design over the conventional 4x4 species in the comment section:</p><p><em>"An added benefit of roundabouts is that (if they are spaced close enough) they eliminate the need for center turning lanes, thus narrower roads. Instead of needing a center turning lane to make a left hand turn, you just go to the next roundabout and turn around. This also allows for mid road tree lined medians, which center turning lanes destroy."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139313726/the-surprisingly-ideological-debate-over-roundabouts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138804407/humanizing-street-design-with-shared-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984580/stalled-out-thomas-heatherwick-s-new-bus-for-london-nixed-by-mayor-sadiq-khan Stalled out: Thomas Heatherwick's "New Bus for London" nixed by Mayor Sadiq Khan Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T19:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T15:46:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mi/mimz8nvhihlg2r7y.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Partly in order to help pay for a transit fare freeze, Sadiq Khan has&nbsp;<a href="http://content.tfl.gov.uk/tfl-business-plan-december-2016.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">halted the order</a> for the double-decker, triple-doored Thomas Heatherwick-designed "New Bus for London," which would have replaced the old fleet of Routemaster buses. Much like Heatherwick's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957070/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-blocks-extra-funds-for-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">troubled Garden Bridge proposal</a>, the costly New Bus for London was backed by former mayor Boris Johnson, whose funding policies have largely attracted more public ire than praise.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on Thomas Heatherwick: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977916/paul-goldberger-on-thomas-heatherwick-21st-century-eames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger on Thomas Heatherwick: "21st-Century Eames"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968515/renderings-of-thomas-heatherwick-s-vessel-for-new-york-s-hudson-yard-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955298/construction-on-heatherwick-s-pier55-halted-due-to-court-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984513/can-1970s-sustainability-practices-enhance-canada-s-2017-architecture Can 1970s sustainability practices enhance Canada's 2017 architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T15:45:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l06xuk3xq20k7tkf.jpg" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Did architects have sustainability figured out in the 1970s, and can the lessons they learned help contemporary architects design for the challenges of climate change? In an attempt to answer this question, Canada is taking a closer look at its previously built sustainable architecture during the energy crisis in the 1970s in the form of two museum exhibitions. The <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/museums-look-to-canadas-past-in-hopes-of-a-greener-architecturalfuture/article33422858/?cmpid=rss1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Globe and Mail</a> explains that:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The 1970s has much to teach us as we face the reality of climate change and the changes that it will bring about. That insight drives two thoughtful museum shows up this winter, the PEI exhibition [curated by Dalhousie University professor Steven Mannell] and "It's All Happening So Fast"&nbsp;at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in&nbsp;Montreal.&nbsp;</em></p><p>For the latest on climate-change oriented architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965931/architects-call-for-action-on-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects call for action o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984373/a-boom-interview-mike-davis-in-conversation A Boom Interview: Mike Davis in conversation Orhan Ayyüce 2017-01-02T18:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:27:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sg/sgfg62j7760qcbbs.jpg" width="650" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The middle class has finally come downtown but only to bring suburbia with them. The hipsters think they&rsquo;re living in the real thing, but this is purely faux urbanism, a residential mall. Downtown is not the heart of the city, it&rsquo;s a luxury lifestyle pod for the same people who claim Silverlake is the &lsquo;Eastside&rsquo; or that Venice is still bohemian.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jennifer Wolch and Dana&nbsp;Cuff track down elusive writer Mike Davis for Boom California.</p><p>+</p><p>A previous conversation with Mike Davis for Archinect, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92790/meeting-mike-davis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Meeting Mike Davis"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984196/as-president-obama-leaves-the-white-house-a-closer-look-at-his-urban-policy-legacy As President Obama leaves the White House, a closer look at his urban policy legacy Alexander Walter 2016-12-30T18:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:44:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City residents and urbanists had reasons to believe Obama would usher in a new urban era. [...] Now, as he leaves the White House, Obama&rsquo;s legacy is being evaluated on many fronts, including within the realm of urban policy. In a new book called Urban Policy in the Time of Obama, academics appraise his successes and failures. CityLab spoke with the book&rsquo;s editor, James DeFillippis, an associate professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653004/what-does-president-obama-s-final-year-in-office-mean-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does President Obama's final year in office mean for architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145139292/black-lives-matter-and-the-politics-of-protesting-in-privatized-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter and the politics of protesting in privatized space</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983967/with-trump-s-presidency-dawning-the-final-jane-jacobs-work-dark-age-ahead-wins-new-relevancy With Trump's Presidency dawning, the final Jane Jacobs work "Dark Age Ahead" wins new relevancy Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-02T16:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/19/196mk8k424d8bcv1.jpg" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a time when pundits and political scientists were celebrating the end of history, pointing to an emerging Democratic majority and extolling the virtues of a flat world of globalization, she ominously predicted a coming age of urban crisis, mass amnesia, and populist backlash in her final work, Dark Age Ahead. Eerily prescient as always, rereading the 2005 book today serves as a survivors&rsquo; guide to the Age of Trump.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Jacobs outlines an increasing distrust of politicians and politics, a burgeoning new urban crisis in cities, worsening environmental degradation, entrenched segregation, and an &ldquo;enlarging gulf between rich and poor along with attrition of the middle class&rdquo; as signals and symptoms of a coming Dark Age."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982611/opinion-city-life-is-out-of-sync-with-the-electoral-systems-that-led-to-trump-and-brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opinion: City life is 'out of sync' with the electoral systems that led to Trump and Brexit</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983672/elaine-chao-wants-speedier-approvals-for-dot-s-infrastructure-projects Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T16:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T08:28:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to <a href="http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-transportation/2016/12/chaos-agenda-for-dot-217978" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>:</p><p><em>Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed up project approvals regardless of whether infrastructure programs get a funding boost. &ldquo;With or without a new infusion of funds, it is necessary to look at the existing processes for infrastructure development and find more efficient ways to address bottlenecks in planning and permitting,&rdquo; Chao said. That response indicates Chao isn&rsquo;t assuming Congress will pass a large infrastructure spending package.</em></p><p>For more on Trump's political cabinet of curiosities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983662/inventively-clad-gentrification-in-the-form-of-bordeaux-s-urban-dock Inventively-clad gentrification in the form of Bordeaux's "Urban Dock" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T13:13:00-05:00 >2017-01-01T16:29:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cx/cxb1x974xu23z762.jpg" width="650" height="782" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take an abandoned industrial neighborhood in Bordeaux, France, affix a masterplan by urbanist Nicholas Michelin to it, and then add in an inventive cladding system over a 56-unit apartment building, and you have the fundamental makings of "Urban Dock," a recently completed project by&nbsp;Hamonic + Masson &amp; Associ&eacute;s. The title is rooted in a metaphor, the kind of idealistic gentrification that parachutes into a depressed urban swath and attempts to liven things up. Whatever one's feelings about that, the undulating series of extruded porches and shifting color schemes is eye-catching:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0j18sy0afkb9sy4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/va/varubixcdm9qvo1j.jpg"></p><p>As a press release explains, "The building is clad in metal, which is occasionally perforated in order to allow loggias to appear whilst also highlighting the articulation of projections and recesses, creating intriguing vertical patterns. The cladding also produces an iridescent &lsquo;double skin&rsquo; with different transparencies and a shell-like effect, with a shimmering exterior that provides a contrast to the wh...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983540/las-vegas-s-city-facilities-are-now-entirely-run-on-renewable-energy Las Vegas's city facilities are now entirely run on renewable energy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-21T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T14:28:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84hos3nd5wa7jino.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a large solar array, Boulder Solar 1, came online on Dec. 12, the city was able to buy enough carbon-free electricity to power its 140 buildings, streetlights and other facilities. [...] The renewables, plus energy efficiency savings, are estimated to save the city roughly $5 million per year [...] The Vegas city council, after threatening to leave the grid entirely in 2015, struck a deal with NV Energy that would help the city get to 100% renewable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><p><a title="AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979877/aecom-halts-work-on-faraday-future-s-1-billion-nevada-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory</a></p><p><a title="Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963003/zappos-ceo-tony-hsieh-made-a-350-million-bet-on-downtown-las-vegas-five-years-later-the-results-are-murky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky</a></p><p><a title="Vegas is back...sorta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas is back...sorta</a></p><p><a title="Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983474/traveling-the-world-to-understand-the-future-of-cities Traveling the world to understand 'The Future of Cities' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T18:23:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:57:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jjn70mq036s7ghuy.jpg" width="650" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The inevitable, and accelerating, growth of cities is an undisputed premise in contemporary urbanist discourses. With the rapid rise of entirely new cities proliferating around the globe, questions arise of how much in urban life can be improved with a blank slate. This short film from The Nantucket Project (a TED-ish conference focused on big ideas) looks at how different cities are approaching that future &ndash; focusing on issues of technology, transportation, health and history.</p><p></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964524/in-less-than-10-years-india-s-construction-market-will-become-the-third-largest-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world</a></p><p><a title="Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></p><p><a title="A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144591361/a-fairy-tale-for-an-age-of-global-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983411/inside-san-francisco-s-complex-relationship-with-homelessness Inside San Francisco's complex relationship with homelessness Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:14:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pc/pcpr6b2dcfh8151w.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this historically researched and nuanced piece for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/opinion/sunday/the-tent-cities-of-san-francisco.html?_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, Daniel Duane examines the conflicted attitude of San Franciscans--and Californians in general--toward homelessness, immigration, and the problems of housing density. He notes that despite the state's fame for its compassionate liberalism, when it gets right down to it few people want to actually make the changes neccessary to prevent transience, whether that's forking out more cash in the form of sales tax to build shelters, or allowing denser housing developments to help keep up with expanding populations (and the subsequent affordable housing crunch). The article notes that:</p><p><em>There are now tents on sidewalks above which people pay $4,500 a month for one-bedroom apartments. The construction this year of a "Super Bowl City"&nbsp;for football fans in downtown San Francisco in advance of the big game sent even more homeless people looking for new turf. Some formed an immense village of colorful domes between a food-tru...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982672/team-jvantspijker-felixx-wins-tender-with-free-haven-for-reykjavik Team jvantspijker - Felixx wins tender with free haven for Reykjavik Jaakko van 't Spijker 2016-12-14T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:00:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3v55gahjqwprc7oh.jpg" width="650" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Dutch design offices jvantspijker and Felixx, together with Orri Steinarsson, have won the international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik. The task was the strategic redevelopment of a vast coastal area of approximately 140 hectares, at the edge of the city. The winning proposal is committed to transform the area, with striking industrial buildings along the coast and a vast green zone inland, into a haven for urban pioneers. The 1st prize was awarded during a ceremony on Wednesday night (December 7th) by the mayor of Reykjavik.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1p/1pvh24c5ysepzruf.jpg"></p><p>The winning proposal positions the area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. Tourism keeps growing, and the city can hardly cope with the increasing pressure on space and program in the center. Gufunes will therefore become an unpolished haven for starters, city pioneers and creative businesses that can no longer be accommodated elsewhere in the city. The vast area is being restructured into a coherent whole. The zone around the existing i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982614/indoor-malls-are-out-as-la-s-brick-and-mortar-shopping-centers-get-renovated Indoor malls are out as LA's brick-and-mortar shopping centers get renovated Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T20:25:00-05:00 >2016-12-19T23:44:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqtklothqfn3ou7o.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sometime in the not too distant future we will look back at traditional malls as an anachronism &ndash; something that started with the post World War II move to the suburbs, peaked in 1990, and faded away, according to the billionaire Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso, whose properties include the Grove and the Americana at Brand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Millions of dollars are being spent on refurbishing and renovating malls in Los Angeles in an attempt to offer online shoppers an incentive to go outdoors. According to this report by <a href="http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/12/06/66718/why-there-s-a-shopping-center-arms-race-in-los-ang/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPCC</a>, the big-league mall masterminds, including Grove guru Rick Caruso, are purposefully trying to redesign malls to center around activities like eating and socializing, experiences which are arguably better in person (and which indoor malls frequently sequester to dimly lit food courts). Although many are predicting the outright death of indoor malls, others are simply <a href="http://they%20apparently%20haven't%20been%20keeping%20up%20on%20inventive%20repurposing%20schemes%20that%20convert%20the%20space%20into%20hospitals,%20parks,%20and%20occasionally%20dwellings%20in%20housing%20crisis-plagued%20cities." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">repurposing them into religious centers, hospitals, and occasionally dwellings in housing-crisis plagued cities.</a></p><p>For more on malls:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128736686/for-in-that-death-of-malls-what-dreams-may-come-archinect-sessions-32-featuring-special-guest-co-host-nam-henderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55294047/china-s-ghost-towns-and-phantom-malls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's ghost towns and phantom malls</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982541/urban-land-institute-hosts-urban-planning-lego-workshop-for-students Urban Land Institute hosts urban planning Lego workshop for students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What better way to teach high school-age students how to tackle the problems of urban planning than with Legos? This was the thought of the Urban Land Institute, which according to this article in <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/12/01/program-brings-responsible-urban-planning-to-life-with-lego.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro News</a> put on a workshop for an 11th grade class in Toronto to help them plan a city that, while fictional, took many of its challenges from Toronto's current urbanity. As the article notes:</p><p><em>The students were divided into teams and given the task of designing a new, mixed-use development while balancing competing demands like affordable housing, business interests and environmental standards.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>For example, Yutiga&rsquo;s team had to think on their feet when they realized they &ldquo;couldn&rsquo;t create underground parking due to soil conditions.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And like Toronto, the fictional city their development was in also grapples with problems like food deserts, homelessness and, of course, parking.</em></p><p><em>&#8203;</em>For more in Lego-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149974598/the-brief-and-wondrous-life-of-modulex-lego-s-building-system-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Brief and Wondrous Life of Modulex, Lego's Building System for Architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971968/see-downtown-los-angeles-in-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See Down...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-09T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T12:38:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/42/42e94ef884f785b72ae063b9b16f007e.jpg" width="650" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among scholars and many city dwellers, urban renewal is remembered for its vast destruction of minority communities, when entire neighborhoods were razed for housing, highways and civic projects. [...] Is Mr. Trump knowingly or accidentally embracing historical conflict? The answer depends, in part, on how much we think Mr. Trump, a real estate developer and son of a real estate developer, knows about the history of the conflict over the shape of the American city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry on Trump: &quot;I'm very worried about him&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981475/frank-gehry-on-trump-i-m-very-worried-about-him" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974022/america-s-inner-city-dichotomy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America's 'inner city' dichotomy</a></li><li><a title="President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a title="Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981970/plp-architecture-conceives-of-automated-underground-cartube-for-london PLP Architecture conceives of automated, underground "CarTube" for London Julia Ingalls 2016-12-08T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-09T13:38:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bz/bzkvunoulmjq5fdf.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Imagine driving into London not on surface streets, but rather in an underground tube with automated, moving tracks designed specifically for electric cars. Like a kind of subterranean track-laden ferry, which drivers would be able to individually join and exit at numerous points, this "CarTube" concept is the work of Lars Hesselgren's research team at&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/84300871/plp-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43vzmmhl4z21348i.jpg"></p><p>Although the proposal uses London as a starting point, the firm isn't limiting it to the U.K., as this <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/dec/02/cartube-tube-underground-cars-proposal-bury-traffic-next-best-thing-to-teleportation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian article</a> notes:</p><p><em>If the project&rsquo;s goal is to reduce street-level congestion, then is a city like London (which already has an extensive public transport system and congestion charge) its prime target? &ldquo;London is our case study, but chances are it will get built somewhere else where people are desperate for a solution,&rdquo; Hesselgren says, listing Mexico City, Delhi, Jakarta and Mumbai as the sorts of gridlock-heavy cities&nbsp;that could benefit from the CarTube. &ldquo;This kind of approach in those places could really make...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head 5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T14:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:22:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t770mlvwlpjxqmqm.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are the likely policy goals of a neurosurgeon appointed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development by a man who can't stop disappointedly tweeting at Alec Baldwin? "There&rsquo;s not a dearth of qualified Republicans for that job, so if you choose somebody with no background in housing, it says something about your priorities,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Julia Gordon, executive vice president of the National Community Stabilization Trust, according to an article in <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/housing-experts-say-ben-carson-HUD-secretary-nomination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>. Various other housing experts, including Barbara Sard and Benjamin Dulchin, voiced concern about the man with no actual federal housing experience, although former HUD official Maurice Jones was cautiously optimistic, saying that "whatever agenda or whatever priority they have, I look forward to learning what that is."&nbsp;The article goes on to note that:&nbsp;</p><p>"a&nbsp;<em>Washington Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/23/ben-carson-obamas-housing-rules-try-to-accomplish-/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>&nbsp;by Ben Carson published in July 2015 indicates that he either does not understand or does not support the AFFH rule [Affirmatively Furthering...</p>