Archinect - News 2015-05-28T16:34:13-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/128252391/x-architects-wins-competition-to-design-new-mecca-master-plan-with-focus-on-pedestrians X-Architects wins competition to design new Mecca master plan with focus on pedestrians Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T14:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T15:03:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bh8ge7ukoy8rrbj.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UAE-based X-Architects has won a competition to design a new masterplan for Makkah, Saudi Arabia - the holiest city in the world for Muslims. [...] &ldquo;We proposed a complex network of pedestrian routes on different levels to enhance the movement during the &ldquo;Nafrah&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;The surrounding roads have either been bridged or tunneled so as to strengthen the pedestrian tissue. This will solve the current situation of the constant crash between people and vehicles.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvexwfmia5f4vdqa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7guujy18rwz9czn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/etns6utzqnbry3bh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/ermf3w5gi4v7r0pt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8i6ndfhb123mfp2d.jpg"></p><p>All images via X-Architects' <a href="http://www.x-architects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. Learn more about the proposal <a href="http://www.x-architects.com/x-architects/darb-al-mashaer/76" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>In case you were looking for <em>royal floors </em>and <em>helipads</em>, you may get lucky over here: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127538363/world-s-largest-hotel-under-construction-in-mecca-and-it-s-worse-than-you-thought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128189706/omaha-to-improve-its-metro-for-free Omaha to improve its Metro (for free!) Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T20:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T19:22:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8l/8lho2m9hp3wm832w.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of May, Metro will debut its FORWARD plan: a fully reconfigured bus network that emphasizes more frequency, better night and weekend service, direct lines through high-ridership corridors, and grid-style access to many parts of the city. The top five routes will now all get 15-minute peak service... Rather than lobby for more taxpayer funding or jack up fares, Metro looked for more efficient ways to use its existing resources.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/128177632/bradley-garrett-on-the-importance-of-gonzo-journalism-for-understanding-cities Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T17:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5u/5u2cdovxrvqmm1xr.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Understanding the nuances of city stories, and tracing those tensions, requires immersion and patience. Whether we are writing about police work, protests, squatting, free parties, banking or parkour, the best socially engaged journalism &ndash; like the best university research &ndash; is rooted in participation, spiked with empathy, and resists being reduced to spectacle fodder. As any war correspondent will tell you, immersion can also be dangerous...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bradley Garrett recounts his own infiltration into urbex (urban exploration) communities, and provides a list of the "five most influential 'gonzo' ethnographies." If you aren't familiar with Garrett's work, be sure to check it out. In particular, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Explore-Everything-Place-Hacking-Bradley-Garrett/dp/1781681295" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City</em></a> is a must-read primer on sneaking into the secret corners of the city. In a way, urbex picks up where the Situationists left off, reimagining the urban environment as a giant, unending game board.</p><ol><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/On-Run-Fieldwork-Encounters-Discoveries/dp/022613671X" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City</em> by Alice Goffman</a>&#8203;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/emiq2qi9ulryg87s.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Women-Bullfighting-Consumption-Tradition-Mediterranea/dp/185973961X" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Women and Bullfighting: Gender, Sex and the Consumption of Tradition</em> by Sarah Pink</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39djf370q24xjp5e.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hells-Angels-Strange-Terrible-Saga/dp/0345410084/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1432751726&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Hell%E2%80%99s+Angels%3A+The+Strange+and+Terrible+Saga+of+the+Outlaw+Motorcycle+Gangs+by+Hunter+S+Thompson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Hell&rsquo;s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs</em> by Hunter S Thompson</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0l/0lo2djtiqsi5xjpq.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Good-Company-A-Tramp-Life/dp/1594511837" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Good Company: A Tramp Life</em> by Douglas Harper</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rptdwiyp141y6zm.jpg"></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Good-Company-A-Tramp-Life/dp/1594511837" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging</em> by Jeff Ferrell</a>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a0zitytfb2ft5261.jpg"></li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-25T16:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:08:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nszec7ijj2dpo469.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that&nbsp;are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or&nbsp;cool it in the summer. They are capable&nbsp;of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff,&nbsp;and also&nbsp;offer&nbsp;birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T19:52:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfk7mkvct51sf9x4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to save Norms comes at a time when historic preservationists say postwar buildings &mdash; especially on a smaller scale &mdash; face an increased threat from development pressure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has ever grabbed a post-Largo meal or 2 a.m. existential coffee at Los Angeles&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norms</a> will be delighted to hear that The Los Angeles City Council has deemed the Googie-style building a cultural and historic landmark. Although this demarcation doesn't guarantee that it will never be knocked down, the move does require the Council to review proposed demolition to the site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvl7jjhbc3jsnx6m.jpg"></p><p>As the Times notes, "Googie is an exuberant, postwar Southern California style of sharp angles and sweeping curves meant to grab the attention of passing drivers." Located on a vibrant stretch of La Cienega Boulevard that is home to the benign monolith of the Beverly Center, the recently revamped Largo at the Coronet, and a handful of Vegan restaurants, antiques dealers and vintage dive bars, Norms architecture is arguably reflective of a wilder time in Los Angeles's urban development. Demarcating the building tangibly preserves elements of an era that will likely become only rarer as Los Angeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127708656/in-the-midst-of-historic-drought-barclay-s-plans-a-residential-development-in-new-mexico-s-desert In the midst of historic drought, Barclay's plans a residential development in New Mexico's desert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-21T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T13:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fypss15ei72lag2h.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Barclay's] plan, to fabricate a &ldquo;master-planned community&rdquo; for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico&rsquo;s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe [...] Columbia University&rsquo;s Earth Institute points to 2050 as a time when the drought will begin to worsen dramatically, right around when Santolina planners predict the development could approach full capacity</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127589042/creating-a-northern-england-powerhouse Creating a Northern England Powerhouse Nam Henderson 2015-05-20T05:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6t3z1cfceizjj0kx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's insane. Each city in the North is too small to fight against that. We can only drag some of that investment northwards if we work together</p></em><br /><br /><p>In England efforts have begun&nbsp;to corral the North's population of 15 million into a collective force that could begin to rival that of London and the South East. A minister for the Northern Powerhouse has been appointed and the&nbsp;initial/low hanging fruit would include, devolution of some fiscal powers and regional cooperation on issues of major public investment, such as&nbsp;in transport infrastructure.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes NYC's public-housing woes Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T20:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/8301c173afd8b98e7631ca949884db38.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still, when Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his plan for New York&rsquo;s troubled housing authority, NYCHA, dismantling these aging towers was not a piece of it. The plan calls for charging more for parking, redeploying staff to other agencies to save costs and leasing land within the housing complexes to private developers to save money. [...] So why does New York City still have so many high-rise housing projects?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities & challenges Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:28:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d25dc5739511aa7796381a8844da3e5c.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The slum, of course, is the hottest button in urbanism. Beneath the clich&eacute; that half the world&rsquo;s population lives in cities &mdash; and that urban populations will double by 2050 &mdash; is the fact that only bottom-up informal settlements, or slums, can absorb several billion new residents in the timeframe. [...] URBZ is notable in that it offers a third way at looking at Dharavi &mdash; as both a failure and a better path to success than stillborn smart cities or other attempts at top-down instant urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123737452/great-city-terrible-place-a-discussion-on-the-urban-future-of-india" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Great City...Terrible Place": A discussion on the urban future of India</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:47:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tn1ne5lr7m1h6x5f.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, the Indian cabinet green-lit a &pound;10 billion scheme that will be divided equally between building 100 smart cities, and rejuvenating another 500 cities and towns over the next five years. Yet many experts and planners fear that such &ldquo;insta-cities&rdquo;, if they are made, will prove dystopic and inequitable. Some even hint that smart cities may turn into social apartheid cities, governed by powerful corporate entities that could override local laws and governments to &ldquo;keep out&rdquo; the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127116917/is-nyc-losing-its-new-yorkiness Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"? Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T09:33:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/714d32f793a9d0ec901b1f34f02a2fe0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amanda Burden often said that, thanks to Bloomberg, "we are building and rezoning today once again like Moses on an unprecedented scale, but with Jane Jacobs in mind." That's oxymoronic. You can't do both. As for who's winning the future of New York, it's clearly the followers of Moses. The preservationists are the underdogs here.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127114495/built-for-humans-bryce-t-bauer-interviews-sharon-zukin Built for Humans: Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-11T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T12:59:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/167un8nv1pwcze07.jpg" width="500" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you have every neighborhood looking the same, you know the city is at a danger point. And why should anybody want to live here, why should anybody want to visit here? A metropolis like New York or London or Shanghai is built on a strong sense of individual neighborhoods, and we are destroying that.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sociologist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Zukin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Zukin</a> on the role of the artist in gentrification, challenges to affordable housing, and the commodification of New York City&rsquo;s loft lifestyle.</p><p>"I blame it all on&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine. In the late &rsquo;70s, early &rsquo;80s, New York, like other US cities, was just coming out of twenty years of middle-class flight. When Jane Jacobs wrote&nbsp;<em>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</em>, she, of course, was a gentrifier, but she represented a minority view: &ldquo;Aren&rsquo;t cities great? Aren&rsquo;t cities exciting?&rdquo; I think, still, most Americans would rather live in homogenized, clean suburbs than live in gritty cities, certainly in gritty areas. But&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine upheld the good of cities. And from a certain point of view, you can&rsquo;t complain that they were making city life look vibrant."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126897631/architecture-critic-mark-lamster-we-systemically-encourage-bad-building Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building." Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T07:29:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6b6d8e648fe9c055027ccc0a5c00fc9.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here is a constant refrain: Why is so much new building junk? [...] The truth is that architects don&rsquo;t have that much power. Architects don&rsquo;t design most buildings; they are designed by developers or contractors working from&nbsp;cookie-cutter plans. Perhaps an architect signs off. [...] In any number of ways&mdash;our building codes, our housing policies, our preservation statutes&mdash;we systemically encourage bad building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126485922/rachel-slade-dares-to-ask-why-is-boston-so-ugly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126360178/the-new-5-over-1-seattle-where-everything-looks-the-same" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126889741/berlin-heals-war-scars-with-ambitious-architecture Berlin heals war scars with ambitious architecture Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T12:42:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a55c94b00079b7da9f58c0fdf854898b.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seventy years after the end of the war, Berlin is finally filling the last gaps left by Allied bombs, which destroyed more than two-thirds of the buildings in the city center. Architects say the construction boom offers Berlin a chance to make up for decades of bad planning and mediocre architecture. &ldquo;This is a new time in Berlin,&rdquo; says Libeskind [...]. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of the great cities of the world, and we expect it to compete. We don&rsquo;t expect it to be some backwater.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96568028/oma-wins-axel-springer-berlin-hq-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA wins Axel Springer Berlin HQ competition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125819570/berlin-s-alexanderplatz-high-rise-developments-continue-to-take-shape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's Alexanderplatz high-rise developments continue to take shape</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114961190/london-s-architecture-lacks-berlin-s-sense-of-culture-says-chipperfield" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London&rsquo;s architecture lacks Berlin&rsquo;s sense of culture, says Chipperfield</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113961523/berlin-after-the-wall-a-microcosm-of-the-world-s-chaotic-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World&rsquo;s Chaotic Change</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126717784/the-new-2-5-billion-plan-to-rebuild-the-historic-penn-station The new $2.5 billion plan to rebuild the historic Penn Station Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:55:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's been over 50 years, but for many, the destruction of Charles Follen McKim's original Pennsylvania Station still stings (hey, even Mad Men mourned its passing). But now, there is a hopeful (if improbable) plan from Richard W. Cameron&mdash;principal designer at Atelier &amp; Co&mdash;to bring back the civic jewel of a long-gone New York. According to Traditional Building's's Clem Labine, Cameron's plan has three main goals [...]."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126550389/what-s-the-perfect-size-for-a-city What's the perfect size for a city? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-01T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-02T13:47:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hwi571l27td4al0b.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to the wonderful world of governing urban regions, where between fragmentation and amalgamation no one actually knows what the right-sized box for local government is or how to change it [...] Municipal fragmentation has been criticised for decades... amalgamation &ndash; bringing fragmented government regions together &ndash; comes with downsides of its own. Of course, you can put people in the same governmental box, but that won&rsquo;t necessarily create common ground</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126521452/new-call-for-submissions-for-monu-23-participatory-urbanism New Call for Submissions for MONU #23 - Participatory Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-05-01T11:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T14:52:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kd1ws1d7xaal1rgc.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to talk! We at MONU think that the time has come to talk with you about "participation" in architecture and urbanism and re-evaluate and re-examine developments around this topic in recent years and what the future might hold. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, May 2015)</p></em><br /><br /><p>We need to talk! We at <strong>MONU </strong>think that the time has come to talk with you about <strong><em>"participation"</em></strong> in architecture and urbanism and re-evaluate and re-examine developments around this topic in recent years and what the future might hold. Our 11th issue on the topic of <em>"Clean Urbanism"</em>, around 6 years ago, instigated a similar day of judgement when we asked how <em>"Clean Urbanism"</em> might become more than just a brand label for a city, or how we could smarten up existing cities and transform them into truly clean cities. This time we would like to initiate a critical discussion on what is currently happening in cities with regard to <strong>"Participatory Urbanism"</strong>.</p><p>These days, most urban designers and architects would agree that involving the public in planning processes and city building is a good thing or that - at least - a mix of bottom-up and top-down planning mechanisms need to be achieved. We at <strong>MONU</strong> are also strong believers and supporters of <em><strong>participatory decision-making</strong></em> and collaborative k...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126441864/the-trauma-of-rebuilding-after-kathmandu-s-earthquake-what-can-architects-do-we-talk-with-a-nepalese-architect-on-the-ground-for-archinect-sessions-27 "The trauma of rebuilding": After Kathmandu's earthquake, what can architects do? We talk with a Nepalese architect on the ground for Archinect Sessions #27 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-30T18:57:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T10:57:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hpelfezltd8t64q5.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Saturday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Kathmandu, precipitating catastrophic destruction throughout Nepal and a death toll currently marked at more than 5,000. Reports have been very bleak, with citizens taking to living outside in public spaces, fearful of more damage from aftershocks. Aid and relief efforts are slowly beginning to appear, but basic necessities such as food, water and shelter are still desperately needed.</p><p>In the face of such large-scale damage to buildings and infrastructure, architects have a professional imperative to consider their role (from near or far) in reconstruction and relief efforts. At the same time, assistance must take the long-view &ndash; for survivors, the worst part of such disasters may not have the immediate event, but the trauma and tedium of the long return to normal.</p><p>On this episode, <a href="http://archinect.com/rajan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rajan Karmachaya</a>, a Nepalese architect in Kathmandu,&nbsp;spoke with us&nbsp;about what it's like in Kathmandu now, and what architects can (or shouldn't) do to help.&nbsp;R...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126440657/how-urban-cities-continue-to-veer-toward-new-forms-of-mobility How urban cities continue to veer toward new forms of mobility Justine Testado 2015-04-30T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:17:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5z/5zpneggcificcvb9.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gilles Vesco calls it the 'new mobility'. It&rsquo;s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones...'Multi-modal' and 'interconnectivity' are now the words on every urban planner&rsquo;s lips...This model of denser, less car-dependent cities is becoming the accepted wisdom across the developed world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Stephen Moss talks to urban planners and transportation authorities around Europe to get a glimpse into how cities worldwide continue to wean themselves off car dependency and explore new forms of mobility, all while city density increases.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126435207/future-cities-of-the-past Future cities of the past Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:17:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58f7a7cadfe54f27fa968e49e9d2a21a.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But supplementing that aesthetic of &ldquo;the future&rdquo; sketched in imaginary edifice, the full SF vision of the future city is a mosaic, constructed from fragments of the cities that we recognize, including symbols that are decidedly from the past. [...] If SF functions by taking the world we know and altering it with a constructed future fantasy, the Statue of Liberty serves as the junction point, the axis where the speculative fantasy begins and ends.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126336853/iabr-2016-call-for-projects IABR–2016–Call for Projects Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-28T11:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T20:58:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2k/2k9sqxdlo5iz7v8v.jpg" width="514" height="130" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam,<strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;THE NEXT ECONOMY&ndash;</strong>, will open in April 2016.</p><p>Chief Curator is Maarten Hajer, director-general of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.</p><p>IABR invites urban designers, architects, landscape architects, academics, artists, planners, cities, universities, companies and social organizations, or coalitions thereof, to submit best practices, projects and plans in response to the challenges formulated in the&nbsp;<a href="http://iabr.nl/en/tentoonstelling/call_for_projects_2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;CALL FOR PROJECTS&ndash;</strong></a>&nbsp;and further articulated in the&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;CURATOR STATEMENT&ndash;.</strong></p><p>IABR&ndash;2016 is a platform for fresh ideas on the possible future of the twenty-first-century city. IABR will exhibit designs and promote dialogues that open up perspectives of the city. IABR&nbsp;wants: a clean city, a communal city, a productive city &ndash; a city in which the public space once again occupies center stage.</p><p>If you want to submit your project for IABR&ndash;2016, please read the Call for Projects and the Curator S...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125764129/archinect-sessions-episode-26-modernism-peru-s-common-denominator-a-conversation-with-lima-architect-sebasti-n-bravo Archinect Sessions Episode #26: Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator; A Conversation with Lima Architect Sebastián Bravo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-23T15:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-09T12:18:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/beav76flni453rdo.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast, Paul shares an interview he did in Lima with <a href="http://archinect.com/bravoarquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sebasti&aacute;n Bravo</a>, a local architect and maker of <a href="http://www.pacapaca.pe/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">award-winning pisco</a>. Studying and practicing architecture in a city with a very fresh history of terrorism and ongoing political corruption is no easy feat, and the rapidly urbanized/urbanizing city makes practicing all the more challenging, but Bravo is up to the challenge.</p><p>We also briefly discuss a recent workshop Paul attended with the <a href="http://archinect.com/ACSA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture</a>, which took a close look at why enrollment rates at architecture schools are falling, and the stereotypical misunderstandings of what skills high schoolers need to study architecture. In the news, we consider what it means for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745572/we-ve-got-enough-millionaires-george-lucas-wants-to-build-affordable-housing-on-his-own-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas to be building affordable housing in Marin County</a>, whether <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">metal really can move by itself</a>, and briefly look to the deluge of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125835685/archinect-s-critical-round-up-for-the-new-renzo-piano-designed-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whitney Museum reviews</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode twenty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Modernism - Peru's Common Denominator":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125900756/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-2015-award-winners-and-fellows Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Award Winners and Fellows Helena Karabatsos 2015-04-22T23:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:41:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x48zzs2diztn3qt2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards and the 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video at its 68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., on April 16. The Society also named four individuals as SAH Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history.</p><p><strong>2015 Publication Award Recipients</strong><br>Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.</p><p>The winners of the Society&rsquo;s 2015 Publication Awards are listed below. The 2016 award cycle opens on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/awards-programs/publication-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sah.org/publication-awards</a>.</p><p><strong>Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award</strong></p><p>Richard Harris,&nbsp;<em>Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914&ndash;1960&nbsp;</em>(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)</p><p>Christopher Curtis Mead,&nbsp;<em>Making Modern Paris: Victor Baltard&rsquo;s Central ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125895927/heart-of-the-community-program-selects-six-new-cities-to-receive-placemaking-grants Heart of the Community program selects six new cities to receive placemaking grants Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:36:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24eaf1c2f814fa7f1e8a240f4266b125.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning, Southwest Airlines announced that non-profit organizations in six U.S. cities will receive Placemaking grants to help them reimagine and reactivate important but underutilized public spaces in their city. [...] Albuquerque, New Mexico: Civic Plaza Ft. Myers, Florida: Lee County Regional Library Jacksonville, Florida: Hemming Park Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 4th &amp; Wisconsin Area Portland, Maine: Congress Square Park St. Louis, Missouri: Strauss Park</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125795460/monu-22-on-transnational-urbanism-released MONU #22 on Transnational Urbanism released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-04-21T12:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:47:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1yqou9pv7fiuvou.jpg" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, Jean-Louis Missika, emphasized in an exclusive interview with MONU entitled &ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo; on the topic of &ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2015)</p></em><br /><br /><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, <em><strong>Jean-Louis Missika</strong></em>, emphasized in an exclusive interview with <strong>MONU</strong> entitled <strong>&ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo;</strong> on the topic of <strong>&ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;</strong>. This new issue of <strong>MONU</strong> focuses on the impact of <strong>transnational processes</strong> on cities in general and the consequences of <strong>transnational relations</strong> between individuals, groups, firms, or institutions for cities in particular. We deemed it necessary to dedicate an entire issue to the phenomenon of <strong>transnationalism</strong> in relation to the city, to architecture, and its influence on cities in spatial as well as social, political, economical, and cultural terms, as these days, more than ever before, and due to the development of technologies that have made transportation and communication infinitely more accessib...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T08:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:02:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db.jpg" width="514" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every year, surveys and lists are published that purport to know the &ldquo;best places to live in America,&rdquo; but AARP&rsquo;s new livability index is based on exhaustive research and data, providing scores for all of the 200,000-plus Census block groups in the country. Each neighborhood has scores that take into account seven categories: transportation, environment, health, civic and social engagement, and educational and employment opportunities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-20T19:32:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:57:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h85gqike31aplp81.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not to worry, Gowan said, we&rsquo;ll just pop in extra entrances if and when we need them.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://larb.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lacma_plan3.jpeg"></p><p>Veteran architecture critic Joseph Giovannini writes a long format, meticulous, repetitious, detailed, campy, foxy, fundamental, accurate, conjectural, civic, economic, organizational, institutional, back of the house, sobering, exemplifying, nerdy and most serious to date criticism of LACMA Director Michael Govan commissioned and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designing/designed/perpetually preliminary plans for LA's most extensive museum which considered architects like Mies van der Rohe early on and Rem Koolhaas in 2004. Existing museum was designed by William Pereira in 1968, later remodeled by&nbsp;Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in early 80's with recent additions by, who else, Renzo Piano, the Museum Man.</p><p>I wish Giovannini had given more hi-end decision-making board of trustees&nbsp;0.1%&nbsp;dirt instead of talking about pancakes and curves repeatedly. Of course, his secret architect allies are not saying a word.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760110/a-look-at-boris-johnson-s-legacy-to-london A look at Boris Johnson’s legacy to London Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:02:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ebd5a70e4008970bdb2e4901210c2c9.jpg" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boris Johnson&rsquo;s term as London mayor has produced a surprising mix of spectacular and workaday projects &ndash; along with some famous follies. But will he leave the city looking better than it did seven years ago?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125748007/bad-news-for-good-taste-burnt-da-vinci-apartments-expected-to-be-rebuilt-in-10-months Bad news for good taste - burnt Da Vinci apartments expected to be rebuilt in 10 months Justine Testado 2015-04-20T17:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:02:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65o7by3j7rjozf5b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A rise from the ashes had always been in [developer Geoff] Palmer's mind for this charred housing project; he'd said in a statement back in December that the devastation at the building on the south side of Temple Street was just a 'temporary loss.' Now that all the wreckage from the fire has been cleared off the site, construction can begin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of "renaissance" (sorry) that many locals are <em>probably</em> not very thrilled about...</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title="L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125747197/former-nyc-dot-commissioner-janette-sadik-khan-on-how-to-change-the-transportation-status-quo Former NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on how to change the transportation status quo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-20T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T15:15:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/631cf9aed42650f22c84f39f59298735.jpg" width="514" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sadik-Khan shared with the Seattle audience what she and NYC DOT accomplished from 2007 to 2013, how they overcame the stasis of nearly a century of car-centric planning, and how other cities could follow in New York&rsquo;s footsteps. [...] her insights into New York&rsquo;s process for implementing change &mdash; namely designing bold projects and getting them installed fast &mdash; are valuable for other city DOTs hoping to mimic her success. [...] &ldquo;The new blueprint is &hellip; not anti-car. It&rsquo;s pro choice.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>