Archinect - News 2015-11-25T11:31:04-05:00 Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T04:39:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T19:43:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You wait years for a new bridge across the Thames then three come along at once. Joining the controversial garden bridge and a plan for a crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico, both of which have fierce opponents, comes a proposal unveiled today for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe and the Isle of Dogs in east London that hasn&rsquo;t aroused a single objection &ndash; yet. There&rsquo;s a good reason why: of the three plans, it makes by far the most sense.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p> Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-24T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:38:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From farmland to stately brownstones to battleground for million-dollar bidding wars, Brooklyn&rsquo;s transformation has fundamentally altered the city&rsquo;s geography&mdash;and the way New York now thinks of itself. It has also altered the lives of the residents who call the borough home. To understand those changes, we dispatched a team of reporters to find a place where Brooklyn&rsquo;s past and future are next-door neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>New York Magazine</em>&nbsp;has a fascinating and highly addictive piece looking at how Brooklyn came to be Brooklyn, combining personal stories, shoe-leather reporting, and data studies to craft a compelling, interactive story of "One Block" in the borough's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.</p><p>For more news from Brooklyn, check out:</p><ul><li><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></li><li><a title="Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps</a></li><li><a title="Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide</a></li><li><a title="Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?</a></li><li><p><a title="Bed-Stuy In Memoriam" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy In Memoriam</a></p></li></ul> Are raised bikeways enough to make the San Francisco's riders safer? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T06:40:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our urban centers were not designed with cyclists in mind; we&rsquo;re a car-centric society. American cities&nbsp;can try piecemeal approaches, but the reality is that sharing the road is only a small part of the&nbsp;solution.&nbsp;Bikes and cars need their own dedicated thoroughfares to keep everyone as safe as possible, and to encourage people to&nbsp;choose clip-in pedals over gas ones...</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco recently announced plans &ndash; under the initiative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision Zero SF</a> &ndash; to aggressively tackle traffic-related deaths in the city. Part of that plan includes incorporating elevated bike lanes, with Market Street as a pilot project.&nbsp;</p><p>But according to Jordan Crucchiola, who invokes the successful, large-scale bicycle infrastructure projects of Europe, "Until San Francisco, or any rapidly growing American city, is willing to make that commitment, every slightly raised bike path will just amount to a series of ad hoc fixes."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts</a></li><li><a title="Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents</a></li><li><p><a title="Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Bike-Wash&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Jakarta's &quot;car-free days&quot; are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></p></li><li><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p></li></ul> Who owns our cities – and why this urban takeover should concern us all Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-24T12:52:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T14:30:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Privatisation in the 90s has resulted in a reduction of public buildings and an escalation in large, corporate ownership</p></em><br /><br /><p>"today, rather than a space for including people from many diverse backgrounds and cultures, our global cities are expelling people and diversity. Their new owners, often part-time inhabitants, are very international &ndash; but that does not mean they represent many diverse cultures and traditions. Instead, they represent the new global culture of the successful &ndash; and they are astoundingly homogeneous, no matter how diverse their countries of birth and languages. This is not the urban subject that our large, mixed cities have historically produced. This is, above all, a global &ldquo;corporate&rdquo; subject."&nbsp;</p><p><em>Editor's note: the cover photo is not showing "Freedom Tower".&nbsp;Here is a link to <a href=";excludenudity=true&amp;mediatype=photography&amp;phrase=freedom%20tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gettyimages</a>&nbsp;.&nbsp;</em><em>While at it, check out </em><em>their </em><em>&nbsp;<a href=";sort=best&amp;excludenudity=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"city life"</a> section.</em></p> REVEALED: Bjarke Ingels’ Brand New High Line Towers Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-23T11:02:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T10:37:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in February it was revealed that HFZ Capital Group was in talks to bring a &ldquo;monumental&rdquo; new structure to a lot at 76 11th Avenue in the Meatpacking District. And between shortlisted architects Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels, in April the developer decided to move forward with starchitect-of-the-moment Ingels for the high-profile project. Now Yimby has our first look at the design that may rise along the coveted High Line site.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena: "Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture." Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T12:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T13:07:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As architects, we are living at a time of shifting paradigms. [...] It&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so interested in how architects and urban planners engage with other fields &ndash; economics, security, the environment and so on. Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture and speak the languages of these other disciplines, before translating our discussions into formal design proposals. [...] Our ultimate focus is still on form, but what informs this has expanded dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just a few key takeaways from Alejandro Aravena's piece for <em>The Guardian</em>:</p><ul><li>"As curator of <em>Reporting From The Front</em>, I want to reverse the idea that the Biennale only deals with issues that are of interest to other architects. We have begun by identifying problems that every citizen can not only understand but actually has a say in: immigration, water, land capacity, waste and so on."</li><li>"Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, however, on the frontlines of the built environment there is a sense of vitality, because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key. We should never forget that design can be a very powerful tool in mobilising people to act."</li><li>"There are new actors in this story &ndash; not least those property developers who use buildings to chase huge profits. But we are interested in how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain: design as added value instead of an extra cost; architecture as a shortcut towards equality...</li></ul> Editor's Picks #435 Nam Henderson 2015-11-19T17:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T03:49:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Urquhart&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;first piece for Archinect, was a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> from the front lines of the London Design Festival.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;talked with Guggenheim Fellow and Los Angeles Times book critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Ulin about his book &lsquo;Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles&rsquo;</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>Over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a>,&nbsp;Jennifer Smith wrote about the ongoing LDMC plans for a performing-arts center planned within the World Trade Center complex.&nbsp;<strong>buck i</strong>&nbsp;let's the cat out of the bag "<em>Its REX. my buddy has been working on this for a while--can't wait to see it revealed. Wyly 2.0 I hope.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The second season of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> premiered</a> with some changes. A new, shorter format <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>, along with a new podcast, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions: One-to-One</a>, aka an interview show, straight-up.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Karody</a>&nbsp;criticized <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now</a> 14 programs working with NCARB to offer licensure upon graduation.&nbsp;<strong>null pointer</strong> believes "<em>the result of...</em></p> BIG unveils 28-acre master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District Julia Ingalls 2015-11-19T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-21T23:33:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A meandering urban flow lies at the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s master plan for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pittsburgh</a>, which is appropriate since the plan's primary function is to connect the Hill District to the city's downtown core. Collaborating with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">West 8</a> (landscape architecture) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Ten</a> (sustainability), BIG's master plan includes 1.2 million square feet of residential space and 1.25 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> explained, "The masterplan for the Lower Hill District is created by supplementing the existing street grid with a new network of parks and paths shaped to optimize the sloping hill side for human accessibility for all generations. The paths are turned and twisted to&nbsp;always find a gentle sloping path leading pedestrians and bicyclists comfortably up and down the hillside. The resulting urban fabric combines a green network of effortless circulation with a quirky character reminiscent of a historical downtown."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In an attempt to incorporate the aesthetics of th...</p> A return to Mexico City's lacustrine origins Nam Henderson 2015-11-16T11:27:00-05:00 >2015-11-16T11:27:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Basically, instead of allowing this anarchic development to continue growing over the bed of the lake &ndash; which is very expensive, because the quality of the soil is very bad &ndash; we wanted to conduct the growth of the city around the lake area, and to recover a huge natural feature that belongs to everyone, which will change the climate of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shumi Bose learns from&nbsp;Alberto Kalach (of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller de Arquitectura X</a>), why the solution to the capital&rsquo;s future growth may be found in embracing a pre-Hispanic,&nbsp;lacustrine form of urbanism.</p><p>To learn more about the "<em>The hydrological balance of the city</em>", read <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> weeklong report (also from the Guardian)&nbsp;which&nbsp;reveals "<em>the triumphs of the past, the current battles, and the crisis looming in the future</em>".</p> New Renderings of SuperPier: Google’s New NYC Digs + Bourdain Food Market To Arrive in 2018 Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-16T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:44:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, shared a presentation regarding the development of the long-planned rehabilitation and conversion of Pier 57 aka &ldquo;SuperPier.&rdquo; According to him, the 450,000-square-foot development will invest $350 million of private capital to redevelop the structure, and in return create hundreds of jobs, generate millions of dollars of revenue for the Hudson River Park Trust, and create a new destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Struggle for the Centre: One City’s Adventure with Modernity Gary Garvin 2015-11-14T19:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:43:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="227" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Throughout its history, Kitchener has often imagined big plans for its urban development, but since the 1960s most of these grand plans for downtown Kitchener only ever found form in the Market Square Shopping Centre. Market Square is the most complete and concrete repository of Kitchener&rsquo;s attempts at re-imagining itself in the postwar period.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathan Storring</a>, a writer, artist, designer, and assistant curator of the Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto, writes a thorough critique of the redevelopment, destruction, and rebirth of the downtown core in Kitchener, Ontario. The issues and concerns, raised in his essay in microcosm, can be applied to urban development around the world the last several decades.</p><p>For example:</p><p><em>The placement of a shopping centre in such a prominent place in the downtown also foreshadowed a broad shift in North American economic thinking &ndash; the transition from a social market to a free market economy.&nbsp;The architectural theorist Sanford Kwinter defines the social market as a society wherein economic activities are embedded in all social activities and directed by cultural organizations that occupy a specific time and place in the world.&nbsp;During the first half of the century, Kitchener followed this economic/cultural model. Its downtown was the region&rsquo;s centre of economic and cultural life, and there the economy ...</em></p> Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate Julia Ingalls 2015-11-12T19:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:40:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A set of maps from designer Archie Archambault might help us rebuild the mental maps of cities that we're starting to lose. Instead of a literal grid of streets, he maps out neighborhoods and the basic parts of a city the way someone who lives there might think of it, or at least the way they probably did before Google Maps existed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How did people live&mdash;or at least find their way to all of the events, parties, and work-related meetings&mdash;before they had smartphones and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GPS</a>? You could ask a friend, just as Archie Archambault did when he first visited <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a> and didn't know his way around. Since then, he has started drawing circular "mental maps" of cities, based on the recollections of each urbanity's denizens.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Similar to the simplified subway line maps that help commuters get from one transit stop to another by omitting unnecessary details, these mental maps render cities in terms of big-picture human landmarks. He's mapped cities from Amsterdam to Kyoto to Vancouver, B.C. (and, just in case you find yourself up there without a good WiFi connection, the Moon).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> The GSD vs. the sea: school's new Office for Urbanization tackles climate change in Miami Beach Julia Ingalls 2015-11-11T12:58:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:18:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The times&mdash;specifically, the sea levels&mdash;are a changin'. Luckily, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard's Graduate School of Design</a> has just launched a new initiative, the Office for Urbanization, to start amassing design research for new urban realities for cities around the world. The Office is described as being "a venue for the advancement of knowledge on the role of design research in relation to the social and environmental challenges associated with ongoing urbanization."&nbsp;The first project for the Office takes on the challenges facing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami Beach</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As founding director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Waldheim</a>, the John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, explained,&nbsp;&ldquo;This foundational project of the Office for Urbanization will examine the implications of rising sea levels and increased storm events on the economy and ecology, infrastructure and identity of Miami Beach in relation to its metropolitan and regional contexts. The study will develop design strategies and scenarios to mitigate present threats and to anticipate ...</p> A new London Tube map shows walking times between stations Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:31:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transport bosses have unveiled the first official map showing the walking times between central London's Tube stations.&nbsp; The comprehensive plan highlights the time it takes to travel on foot between almost all of the stations on London&rsquo;s Underground network. [Transport for London] Chief Executive Gordon Innes said: &ldquo;The Tube is the most used transport method by visitors in London, stations for many of our top attractions are within walking distance of each other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can download the new map <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T04:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-16T13:11:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> has won a competition to redesign the area around the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) headquarters in Cairo&rsquo;s Maspero area, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according</a> to an announcement made yesterday by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements (MURIS).</p><p>&ldquo;On the banks of the River Nile, the future of Maspero burns bright,&rdquo; states Grant Brooker, Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners. &ldquo;And we are sure our sustainable model of development will set the benchmark for urban regeneration throughout the country.&rdquo;</p><p>The Maspero Triangle District Masterplan, as the initiative is called, endeavors to dramatically remake the Nile-adjacent neighborhood while still maintaining its current <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">demographic heterogeneity</a>, which comprises informal settlements of around 12,000 people interspersed among high-end real estate. The plan will rehouse the majority of the low income population in the same area, the press release states, and, unlike others in recent history, this d...</p> POLITICO features mini-doc on the biologically based architecture and urban design work of Terreform ONE TreeArch 2015-11-10T20:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-10T20:31:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bio City -Terreform ONE&rsquo;s Mitchell Joachim pushes the boundaries of architecture with experimental materials such as living trees and engineered animal tissue &mdash; to design future cities that merge with nature.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mini documentary on the biologically based architecture and urban design work of the nonprofit group Terreform ONE at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in NY.&nbsp;</p> How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification" Justine Testado 2015-11-10T20:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:27:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germane Barnes wants Opa-Locka to be known for something else...He knows [change] can happen because he lives there, and has seen the work of a group of artists and organizers slowly change the landscape...The city's history intrigued him, not merely because it seemed like a perfect case study for his thesis about revitalizing a community without gentrification, but because it also spoke to his own experiences.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></p><p><a title="Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia</a></p><p><a title="Berliners are getting their hopes up for transformed Kulturforum arts district" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berliners are getting their hopes up for transformed Kulturforum arts district</a></p><p><a title="With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></p> A peek into The Now Institute's "Haiti Now" publication + giveaway winners Justine Testado 2015-11-10T11:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:07:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking back at the Season 1 finale of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> this past summer &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featuring Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi</a>, our listeners had the chance to win a copy of "Haiti Now". The book is a visual almanac of the "Haiti Now" project from the NOW Institute. Founded by Thom Mayne, the Now Institute is an urban research center at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design that applies strategic urban thinking to real-world issues.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo via The NOW Institute.</em></p><p>Haiti Now is a cross-disciplinary research-driven project that is dedicated to addressing Haiti's contemporary urban issues and potential for future development as thoroughly as possible. The project began in 2011 when the Now Institute was asked to be involved in the development of Haiti, after the Institute completed a design for the Make It Right foundation and a proposed masterplan for the city of New Orleans.</p><p>"It is our hope that this book can provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding of Haiti and many issue of development to uni...</p> Egypt's challenges to build its new capital city Alexander Walter 2015-11-09T17:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T22:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cairo is an unruly urban sprawl that has spun out of control. Now, officials want to build a new capital in the desert -- a potent symbol of President Sisi's regime. But will it ever happen? [...] The old Cairo is an ugly city, an affront to the senses. [...] a city of contradictions, created from the bottom up, even though that had never been the intention. It has been growing wildly since the 1960s -- from 3.5 million back then to 18 million now -- against the will of the country's rulers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Previously in the Archinect News:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New "Capital" for Cairo?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Egypt's urban growth threatens Nile farmland</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></li></ul> This town's free, public wi-fi is faster than yours Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-06T13:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:37:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virgin Media has joined forces with Chiltern District Council in the U.K. to blanket Chesham&rsquo;s high street with super-fast Wi-Fi. The unlimited service is available to all 21,000 residents and businesses in the town as well as visitors [...] The Smart Pavement enables those in the area to &lsquo;streetsurf&rsquo; with speeds of up to 166Mbps, which is seven times the average U.K. broadband speed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the internet and civic infrastrucutre:</p><ul><li><a title="China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet</a></li><li><a title="'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality</a></li><li><a title="Map Plots the World's Internet Devices" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Map Plots the World's Internet Devices</a></li><li><a title="Infrastructural Tourism" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructural Tourism</a></li></ul> Changes to WTC Performing-Arts Center announced yet again Julia Ingalls 2015-11-06T12:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T13:52:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Lower Manhattan Development Corp's] latest take envisions a roughly 80,000-square-foot building, rising three to four stories aboveground, where new works of theater, dance, music and digital art would be produced, said the center&rsquo;s director, Maggie Boepple. Over the past few months, center officials have been working with consultants and an unnamed architectural firm to revamp the plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new plan for the center won't be formally unveiled until the&nbsp;next board meeting of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. However, this smaller, less expensive version is still expected to function as a "a gathering place for downtown residents" according to&nbsp;Catherine McVay Hughes,&nbsp;chairwoman of Community Board 1.</p><p>For Archinect's coverage of the WTC PAC, do check out:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Design for the WTC Performing Arts Center Gets Dumped by Officials</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Architecture as urban regeneration: Theaster Gates, Art + Practice, and Assemble Nicholas Korody 2015-11-03T18:19:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T01:34:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most architects don&rsquo;t build economic engines into their projects, and [Assemble's Anna] Lisogorskaya is quick to note that this type of intervention doesn&rsquo;t make sense everywhere. [...] But she does argue that things such as economic sustainability and local jobs are inherently interconnected with any effort to rehabilitate a neighbourhood. The architecture is only part of the project, and can only do so much on its own.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ed Soja 1940 - 2015 Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-03T11:40:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:23:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Murray Low has passed on the sad news of the death of Edward Soja. I first heard him talk on Postmodern Geographies in 1995 &ndash; this would have been work that ended up in Thirdspace &ndash; and the talk really motivated me to examine the spatial aspects of Foucault and Lefebvre.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Los Angeles seems to break every rule of urban readability and regularity. it is no surprise, then, that Southern California has become a center for innovative and nontraditional urban theory and analysis." - Ed Soja</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Postmodern City / Bonaventure Hotel</a></p> London Garden Bridge wins new supporters with revised funding deal Justine Testado 2015-11-02T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The controversial and seemingly doomed plan for a garden bridge over the Thames in London could be resurrected after the group behind the project reached an agreement with council officials over the level of public funding. On Monday...a joint announcement by Lambeth...and the Garden Bridge Trust said negotiations would resume after a deal to limit the money Transport for London (TfL) would have to pay towards construction to &pound;10m, from an original &pound;30m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a title="London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden Bridge endangered by public funding shortfall</a></p><p><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></p><p><a title="Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Satirical &ldquo;Folly for London&rdquo; competition mocks Garden Bridge project</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid, Piers Gough, other leading cultural figures criticize Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge</a></p><p>You can find more previous news on the Garden Bridge <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Entrepreneurs look to tackle Austin's traffic woes Nam Henderson 2015-11-01T12:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-02T15:05:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>*Obviously Austin needs a transit system championed by a game designer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in August, Michael Theis <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highlighted</a> plans by&nbsp;"<em>a few private-sector entrepreneurs &mdash; including some with deep pockets</em>", to address transit needs, especially in Central/downtown Austin. He also&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spoke</a> with&nbsp;spokeswoman Cathy Conley&nbsp;of&nbsp;USA PRT Inc and later <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attended a presentation</a> where Richard Garriott&nbsp;(CEO) is proposing "<em>a fleet of automated podcars</em>".</p><p>For more info about PRT, read '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emerging&nbsp;Rapid Transit Technologies Introduction, State of the Art, Applications</a>', from the&nbsp;<em>Proceedings of the AATS conference, Bologna, Italy, 7-8 Nov.2005</em>.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks artist to help reduce L.A.'s pedestrian fatalities Julia Ingalls 2015-10-29T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T20:07:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Spiffing up materials the city puts out to promote safe driving &ldquo;is definitely not what this is about,&rdquo; Reynolds said. &ldquo;It's going much deeper into the way we think about designing the streets. Art has the power to get people to sit up and pay attention and jolt them out of their normal ways of thinking. We can infuse unexpected elements into the design of the streets and the way of moving through the streets.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the (changing) art of street navigation: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Do Pedestrian Traffic Icons Say About Your Culture?</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seeking identity through city fonts</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p> Hippie Modernism: How Bay Area design radicals tried to save the planet Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-29T11:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:27:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hippie modernism focused not on rigorous form but rather on a kind of socially inspired bricolage. Hippie modernism has been not only misunderstood but also underestimated. Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s concept of a &lsquo;design science revolution&rsquo; inspired the hippie bricoleurs to shoulder their generation&rsquo;s emerging notion of environmental stewardship.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Greg Castillo pens a great article about one of the most overlooked and often dismissed role of hippies in what we have today&nbsp;greedily claimed by the millenials and&nbsp;known as &nbsp;"environmental movement."</p><p>&ldquo;Hippie Modernism&rdquo; is published in coordination with the Walker Art Center exhibition,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia</a>,</p> Has preservation become too conservative and elitist? Nicholas Korody 2015-10-28T19:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T00:46:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I would like to argue that a more potent threat to the ongoing political viability of historic preservation is the perception that the preservation industry has become a conservative, indeed revanchist force; that it is elitist and sometimes even racist in its abetment of gentrification. How did this happen? Historic preservation in New York, according to the favored creation myth, was born in the postwar era as a progressive grassroots movement...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Geoff Manaugh, Smout Allen, and co. investigate the future of Los Angeles in a new exhibition at the USC Libraries Nicholas Korody 2015-10-28T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-10-31T05:34:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s 2040, and Los Angeles has just begun to recover from a devastating epidemic that wiped out much of its population. Former residents slowly trickle back, alongside new immigrants drawn to the city&rsquo;s surplus housing stock. But at a lab in Westwood, epidemiologists fear the disease is mutating and could potentially return&hellip;</p><p>At least that&rsquo;s one possibility. Alternatively, the city may triple in population and expand into the Pacific Northwest. Immigrants may flock to Southern California from Chelyabinsk Oblast in Russia. Or, contrarily, officials may exploit census data to facilitate mass deportations. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>These are some of the many possible future scenarios for Los Angeles imagined in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>L.A.T.B.D.</em></a>, a project by writer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh</a> in collaboration with the London-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smout Allen</a>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;comprised of Mark Smout and Laura Allen &ndash;&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Watson</a>, the Assistant Professor of Interactive Media and Games at the University of Southern California, with input from a host of other experts incl...</p> United Nations housing rapporteur expresses dire need for "a human rights framework" in global urban development Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-28T14:02:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:29:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On 22 October, [United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Leilani] Farha challenged the General Assembly to promote urban development through the lens of human rights. &ldquo;Human rights can be transformational,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;A human rights framework can provide the coherence and consistency sorely needed to achieve sustainable, inclusive cities for all.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;Human rights have been largely absent from discussions of urban development,&rdquo; Farha cautioned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">special rapporteur</a>" is "an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme." In a recent report to the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, which you can read in its entirety&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, rapporteur Leilani Farha explains the pressing need for governments to champion their citizens' rights to housing, especially in advance of the U.N.'s 2016 "Habitat III" urbanization conference &ndash; a gathering that only takes place once every twenty years.</p><p>In her report, Farha is not optimistic about the direction urban development is headed: &ldquo;Cities are on an untenable path, one that is encouraging vast inequalities which ultimately segregate those who have means from those who do not ... Urbanization can too often focus on wealth accumulation at the expense of the most vulnerable populations.&rdquo;</p>