Archinect - News 2016-07-30T14:59:51-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149960393/it-s-been-one-month-since-brexit-how-are-you-coping It's been one month since Brexit. How are you coping? Ellen Hancock 2016-07-28T15:24:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T04:54:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0otoauyllwkd4w5t.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On June 23rd, 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. In the following month, the pound dropped&nbsp;10% in value against the US dollar (the lowest since the 1980s), PM David Cameron resigned, Boris Johnson resigned, Nigel Farage too (not before insulting all of the European parliament), and the Labour party are squabbling like children.</p><p>After everyone else jumped ship, Theresa May now resides at No.10 and must deal with the aftermath of Brexit. With her new cabinet in place (we are still hoping Boris' appointment as Foreign Secretary is a joke) and the promise that Article 50 will not be triggered until the new year, what happens next?</p><p>Fill out our <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1t3aqlaUhFY7CaqIL4X_qwsgSqIFj3Y-itjZSRGGWUDBIyw/viewform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a></strong> and tell us how Brexit has affected you already, and what you think the future holds for a UK outside of the EU.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-28T18:10:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/tt6u1g3iqu9xk10l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On issues related to the funding, mass transit, biking, and the environment, the two parties have staked out dramatically different views about how they envision the future of the nation&rsquo;s transportation system. Democrats are proposing an expansive increase in federal support for transportation investment, with a focus on building access to opportunity, bolstering access to non-automobile modes, reducing the impacts of climate change, and maintaining the role of unions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Republicans, on the other hand, propose no increase in federal spending (though Mr. Trump may disagree), an elimination of the federal role in funding non-automotive transportation, an emphasis on pollution-spewing modes and energy sources, and a reduction in the role of unions.</em></p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage California lawmakers turn to "granny flats" to help ease housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T14:52:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To help ease California&rsquo;s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people&rsquo;s backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures. [Mayor] Eric Garcetti and other supporters hope the relaxed rules will spur backyard home building to combat a housing shortage..</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Los Angeles' major housing crisis, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953091/los-angeles-sues-property-owner-who-allegedly-evicted-tenants-for-airbnb-flip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles sues property owner who allegedly evicted tenants for Airbnb flip</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960021/this-is-what-the-lower-east-side-skyline-could-look-like-more-tall-towers-planned This Is What the Lower East Side Skyline Could Look Like, More Tall Towers Planned Alyssa Alimurung 2016-07-26T18:44:00-04:00 >2016-07-28T10:03:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2p3okh0tligk3fl.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Preliminary plans have been revealed for two more residential projects that together &ldquo;would add more than 2,100 residential units and 1.7 million square feet&rdquo; to Two Bridges, the area along the East River where the Lower East Side meets Chinatown. A building at 271-283 South Street may rise 60 stories, while another at 260 South Street could reach 66 stories. See how this planned and under-construction new development will alter the LES skyline through CityRealty.com's Google Earth rendering.</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/149959341/contemporary-art-gentrification-artwashing Contemporary art + gentrification = 'artwashing'? Nicholas Korody 2016-07-22T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:47:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zsiz4ashmalp0g9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artwashing. What a great new political watchword. As in, watch out that your neighbourhood doesn&rsquo;t get &ldquo;artwashed&rdquo; too. Just look how Tate Modern has wrecked London and how the Guggenheim trashed Bilbao. Get away, ye galleries! Let&rsquo;s keep urban wastelands as bleak as they already are! It&rsquo;s a neat reversal of the thinking that has seen cities all over the world embrace art galleries, museums and biennials in pursuit of regeneration.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The editorial hones in on struggles by residents of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights to push back against a rapid influx of galleries, which they view as the avant-garde of gentrification.</p><p>For more on the community's efforts to resist becoming the next Silverlake/Echo Park/Culver City/etc., check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958163/boyle-heights-activists-want-all-art-galleries-to-gtfo-of-their-neighborhood" target="_blank">Boyle Heights activists want all art galleries to GTFO of their neighborhood</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959077/does-jeanne-gang-s-architecture-inspire-social-justice Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-21T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T16:18:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1q7y4r182lwz2cw.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/a-conversation-with-jeanne-gang-on-architecture-with-a-mission.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times interview</a> with Ginia Bellafante, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953/studio-gang-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a> discusses the importance and challenges of designing work that isn't simply aesthetically pleasing, but that influences positive changes in social behavior and policy. In addition to her work on waterways, she discusses her idea behind designing a fire rescue station in one of New York City's poorest and most violent neighborhoods:</p><p><em>You feel like you trust a firefighter, a rescue worker. And those doors on the building are often open. And we even put a bench in the front of the building so people can actually sit there instead of taking this approach of creating a fortress, which I think is a contrast to what we see in the design of police stations.</em></p><p><em>And so really designing this Fire Rescue 2 started me thinking about, are there ways that design could help improve the relationship between community members and police if we looked at the architecture? Not that it can solve everything. But I think, you know, maybe it can ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando Valley Justine Testado 2016-07-20T20:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T09:35:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vko6kp2af5nx894f.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mayor Eric Garcetti's office released a statement yesterday announcing that Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Oyler Wu Collaborative, and civil and structural engineering firm Psomas will&nbsp;design the final 12 miles of the San Fernando Valley portion of the Los Angeles River Greenway. The Greenway would&nbsp;allow Angelenos to walk or bike from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley.</p><p>No project renderings for now, as the designers will begin conducting a feasibility study over the next nine months. According to the press release, the Greenway &ldquo;will address important objectives&rdquo; in both the City&rsquo;s/Frank Gehry's (still yet to be revealed) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952791/what-s-happening-with-frank-gehry-s-masterplan-for-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan</a> as well as L.A. County&rsquo;s River Master Plan, their Bicycle Plans, and Mayor Garcetti's Sustainable City pLAn.</p><p>The mayor and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will jointly fund the project, along with additional support from City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez and David Ryu, and the&nbsp;Depart...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958688/dtla-s-music-center-plaza-will-get-a-30m-remodel-its-first-since-1964 DTLA's Music Center Plaza will get a $30M remodel, its first since 1964 Justine Testado 2016-07-19T15:56:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:11:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/okvi8l4m55blxlb1.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grand Avenue&rsquo;s Music Center Plaza is about to get a major renovation for the first time since it opened to the public in 1964. Often overshadowed (literally) by the prominent Downtown venues that stand above it, the plaza is a gathering place and event space in its own right. Thus, a major part of the plan would increase event capacity from 1,500 to 2,500. [LA County] has already given $2 million to plan the project, with $25 million of funding expected down the road.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent L.A. news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956563/michael-maltzan-proposes-greening-l-a-s-134-freeway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955499/downtown-la-has-a-new-museum-on-the-horizon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA has a new museum on the horizon</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955220/historic-la-times-building-to-be-redeveloped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic LA Times Building to be redeveloped</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953852/bouncy-house-urbanism-is-on-the-rise-christopher-hawthorne-rides-the-u-s-bank-tower-s-skyslide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Bouncy-house urbanism is on the rise." &ndash; Christopher Hawthorne rides the U.S. Bank Tower's 'SkySlide'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944891/agence-ter-and-team-wins-pershing-square-renew-with-radically-flat-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew with &ldquo;radically flat&ldquo; proposal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957352/reflections-on-binational-urbanism-by-ryan-dewey Reflections on Binational Urbanism by Ryan Dewey BOARD 2016-07-18T20:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-19T17:18:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9u/9upgubpoxeana0iz.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier in my career I was based in Chicago but I was working in Nigeria and also doing some graduate work in the summer in England.<br><br>The longest trip I packed for was 60 days in the same suitcase and it covered a month in England and a month in Nigeria.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nb/nbwpzsythli6o4vr.jpg"><br><br>It was a tough time in my life, but it was also kind of utopian as well because there are certain advantages to being highly mobile.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hc/hcyv63jnbls3zrzq.jpg"><br><br>In Germany today there are 1.8 million Turks. Every year 93.5% of those people travel from Germany to Turkey at least one time, that is nearly 1.7 million Turks across all strata of society who regularly travel between cities in Germany and cities in Turkey.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3h/3hilsndnuw1a7qmq.jpg"><br><br>Looking at the lifestyle of this population, Bernd Upmeyer develops a theory of a new form of urbanism in his book <em>Binational Urbanism</em>. A binational urbanist is someone who because of the practical matters of their lives spend their time living in oscillation between two different countries. This is a thoughtful book with an interesting approach to rese...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958345/liverpool-waterfront-heritage-status-at-risk-as-mayor-rejects-un-plea Liverpool waterfront heritage status at risk as mayor rejects UN plea work_for_free 2016-07-18T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiz8u925z5at90u1.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world heritage site status of Liverpool&rsquo;s waterfront is in jeopardy after the city&rsquo;s mayor, Joe Anderson, rejected a plea by UN cultural chiefs to halt development in the city [...] Anderson said he would be writing to the UN body informing it that the city would not be complying with its request [...] Heritage campaigners recently went to court in a fight to stop the demolition of 10 historic buildings near Liverpool Lime Street station in the buffer zone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Liverpool-related architecture news on archinect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149949440/riba-set-to-open-national-architecture-centre-in-liverpool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA set to open national architecture centre in Liverpool</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/142830022/assemble-wins-turner-prize-becoming-first-architects-to-win-uk-s-most-prestigious-art-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble wins Turner Prize, becoming first architects to win "UK's most prestigious art prize"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957687/14-to-1-post-katrina-architecture-by-the-numbers 14 to 1: Post-Katrina Architecture by the Numbers Places Journal 2016-07-13T15:44:00-04:00 >2016-07-13T21:11:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2m558o2crybgknzp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The thousands of new old houses in New Orleans reveal the ethos of a people in a place nearly destroyed. New Orleanians have embraced their city&rsquo;s architectural heritage as they&rsquo;ve rebuilt for an uncertain future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does post-Katrina architecture look like in New Orleans? And what does it reveal about its society? In their survey in Places, Richard Campanella and Cassidy Rosen discover that historical styles are 14 times more popular than contemporary styles in the rebuilt city, despite the focus of media coverage on experimental projects like Make It Right. The retro revival pays homage to 19th-century New Orleans and a past that has become both a refuge from the present and a cicerone to the future.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957677/som-releases-renders-of-philadelphia-transit-master-plan SOM releases renders of Philadelphia transit master plan Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:42:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7olbu0d69fstu34d.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill released new rendering of their proposal for a master plan for Philadelphia&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143660106/30th-st-station-district-plan-proposes-mixed-use-neighborhood-above-rail-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30th Street Station Precinct.</a>&nbsp;Described as a &ldquo;long-awaited vision of a bold, fully-integrated mixed-use urban district, with a vibrant transformation hub situated at its core,&rdquo; the project in part is a response to research suggesting a &ldquo;sizable uptick in transit activity in the coming decades.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdmxhr4utwyju81p.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qk491l9pme0gixwr.jpg"></p><p>The master plan centers around the historic 30th Street Station, a Beaux Arts building that sits on the western bank of the Schuylkill River, which divides the city. The proposal includes shops, restaurants, and other spaces intended to foster an &ldquo;iconic destination.&rdquo; The total project area is 18,000,000 square feet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ji/jiotwhzfnm6exviq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cy/cyiw734wi0ze2hcb.jpg"></p><p>For more from SOM, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944699/an-extraterrestrial-presence-on-the-bronx-skyline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An extraterrestrial presence on the Bronx skyline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118294015/som-wins-sixth-aia-twenty-five-year-award-with-the-exchange-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM wins sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award with the Exchange House</a></p></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eu/eu114pxsku7wo022.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7vnup5p05m36a85i.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:37:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ck8zlc5bp7z3q092.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Block a highway, and you upend&nbsp;the economic life of a city, as well as the spatial logic that has long allowed people to pass through them without encountering their poverty or problems.&nbsp;Block a highway, and you command&nbsp;a lot more attention than would a rally outside a church or city hall &mdash; from traffic helicopters, immobile commuters, alarmed officials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that, historically, highway construction decimated black communities, such as in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Oakland, and many other cities. In New York, Robert Moses explicitly used highways to clear "slums," in the process devastating parts of the Bronx and other black neighborhoods.</p><p>Highways were also used as weapons in the arsenal of segregation. For example in Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley separated traditionally white Irish neighborhoods from black communities in the South Side with the Dan Ryan Expressway.</p><p>Today, highways carry additional symbolic weight for Black Lives Matter protestors. Many of the black men killed by police over the past few years &ndash; Philando Castile, for example &ndash; were stopped in routine traffic checks.</p><p>Infrastructure also has symbolic resonance in the larger history of the civil rights movement. The article mentions as examples the Selma March, the Freedom Rides, and Rosa Park's refusal to sit at the back of a public bus.</p><p>For more on th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957588/provocative-architecture-debating-series-turncoats-goes-international Provocative architecture debating series Turncoats goes international Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-13T11:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:37:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtkif3mm4unjzp06.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Debates are rubbish. We've all been there: a panel of similar people with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Turncoats, a provocative architectural debating society that originated in London last year, has expanded to Scotland, the USA, Canada and Serbia, with more cities in the pipeline. The London originators have turned the premise into a franchise, inviting cities to apply for free and start a Turncoats debate series.&nbsp;The aim is to start confrontational and challenging architectural debate, and make it free for anyone who wants to listen. The premise of a Turncoats debate is the presentation of two opposing&nbsp;<a href="http://turncoats.world/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'theatrically provocative opening gambits'</a>, then, in the spirit of its name the opposing parties switch sides.&nbsp;</p><p>I attended <a href="http://www.turncoats.world/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Rip it Up and Start Again'</a>, held in Glasgow, Scotland last week. In the Turncoats tradition, mobile phones are placed in envelopes to prohibit recording and a 'shot in the dark' of tequila and a Turncoats badge is offered on arrival. The debate was held in an old glue factory, and the panel consisted of industry professionals arguing for and against the architec...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957258/revising-the-city-in-the-aftermath-of-violence Revising the city in the aftermath of violence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-11T18:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T22:39:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7te0f525cw04vl5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A mass shooting scenario changes the function of every object in the built environment. [...] The buildings themselves, the fabric of the city, ends up not mattering so much. In fact, sometimes it becomes a kind of enemy. [...] Americans aren&rsquo;t going to rebuild their cities to accommodate the possibility of violence. The people who protect the people in those cities will just have to learn to see them differently.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Guns in the Studio: Texas' new campus carry law prompted Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner to resign. He joins us to discuss the law's effect on architecture education, on Archinect Sessions #55" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149506749/guns-in-the-studio-texas-new-campus-carry-law-prompted-architecture-dean-fritz-steiner-to-resign-he-joins-us-to-discuss-the-law-s-effect-on-architecture-education-on-archinect-sessions-55" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guns in the Studio: Texas' new campus carry law prompted Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner to resign. He joins us to discuss the law's effect on architecture education, on Archinect Sessions #55</a></li><li><a title="The Architecture of Loss: How to Redesign After a School Shooting" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114115688/the-architecture-of-loss-how-to-redesign-after-a-school-shooting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Loss: How to Redesign After a School Shooting</a></li><li><a title="How Jeanne Gang wants to make police stations community-friendly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938535/how-jeanne-gang-wants-to-make-police-stations-community-friendly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jeanne Gang wants to make police stations community-friendly</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99365040/screen-print-15-sophie-yanow-s-war-of-streets-and-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #15: Sophie Yanow's "War of Streets and Houses"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957070/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-blocks-extra-funds-for-garden-bridge London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge work_for_free 2016-07-11T03:34:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:09:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgtwuu2lw96dtzj8.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The future of London&rsquo;s proposed garden bridge has been called into further question after the city&rsquo;s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, halted preparatory work on the structure over fears this could involve more public money being spent. The Garden Bridge Trust says the bridge from South Bank to Temple, featuring 270 trees and thousands of plants, will be a &ldquo;tiara&rdquo; for London, being both an iconic landmark and a vital pedestrian bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about London's Garden Bridge on architnect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149948451/london-s-garden-bridge-the-saga-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London?</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956620/london-south-of-the-river-a-personal-journey-before-brexit London, South of the River. A Personal Journey Before ‘Brexit’ work_for_free 2016-07-08T06:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:24:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j17xd9uosvxbkedz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] during a visit some months before the Brexit vote, I armed myself with a detailed map and trolled all over South and Southeast London &mdash; a conglomeration of formerly independent villages, boroughs, towns and green spaces that have long since been incorporated into London [...] the neighborhoods that make up the great London patchwork quilt are ephemeral, especially now, as the immigrant communities of London wonder what the post-Brexit future will bring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about the effects of Brexit for architects on archinect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956626/property-funds-suspend-trading-in-biggest-seize-up-since-financial-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Property funds suspend trading in biggest seize-up since financial crisis</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956742/post-brexit-pessimism-causes-precautionary-job-losses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Brexit pessimism causes precautionary job losses</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149955508/after-brexit-the-priority-for-the-government-at-this-time-will-not-be-big-sexy-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956615/don-t-miss-walking-through-the-economist-plaza Don't miss: walking through the Economist Plaza skorgaonkar 2016-07-08T05:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:22:01-04:00 <p>The Economist Plaza was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1960s and still serves as a seminal example of an inviting and approachable urban space in Central London. The project is successful because it bravely addresses the clash between the aesthetic of the Smithsons and the surrounding historic fabric.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2i/2ix1sqxurs97ezd3.jpg"></p><p>St. James&rsquo;s is steeped in history and tradition. The Economist Plaza itself shares a wall with Boodle&rsquo;s, a historic private member&rsquo;s club designed with Palladian windows and other classical features. In contrast, the Smithsons advocated the aesthetic for New Brutalism by examining and questioning the work of modernists like Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. They were hired for this project after completing the Hunstanton School in Norfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1m7zkhkx9f0w3cw4.jpg"></p><p>The Smithsons scheme may appear to be modernist but it subtly addresses the surrounding architecture. The original complex contained an office tower, residential building and bank. The Portland stone cladding references classical mater...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956610/national-trust-to-show-the-beauty-of-croydon National Trust to show the beauty of Croydon work_for_free 2016-07-08T03:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:26:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vesb4p5k63qd1hf.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bowie hated it. Peep Show besmirched it. The London suburb may get a bad rap in popular culture, but now there is the chance to see a different side. [...] Watson is helping to organise tours of Croydon taking in architectural highlights such as NLA House (now No 1 Croydon), sometimes known as the &lsquo;threepenny bit&rsquo;; [...] The National Trust is turning to Croydon after its successful tours of London&rsquo;s brutalist concrete buildings, places it argues should be cherished as much as Croydon&rsquo;s towers.</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/149956540/anti-growth-zoning-codes-exacerbate-economic-disparity-racial-segregation Anti-growth zoning codes exacerbate economic disparity, racial segregation Nicholas Korody 2016-07-07T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T15:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w899qj6u3v5hsnfb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To most people, zoning and land-use regulations might conjure up little more than images of late-night City Council meetings full of gadflies and minutiae. But these laws go a long way toward determining some fundamental aspects of life: what American neighborhoods look like, who gets to live where and what schools their children attend. And when zoning laws get out of hand, economists say, the damage to the American economy and society can be profound.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Studies have shown that laws aimed at things like &ldquo;maintaining neighborhood character&rdquo; or limiting how many unrelated people can live together in the same house contribute to racial segregation and deeper class disparities. They also exacerbate inequality by restricting the housing supply in places where demand is greatest."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952075/it-s-not-the-kids-it-s-their-environment-the-tragic-story-of-a-young-aspiring-architect-who-died-too-soon" target="_blank">&ldquo;It's not the kids, it's their environment&rdquo;: The tragic story of a young aspiring architect who died too soon</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class" target="_blank">The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy" target="_blank">The architectural vestiges of white supremacy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268383/housing-mobility-vs-america-s-growing-slum-problem" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956456/this-is-not-architecture This is not architecture... Nam Henderson 2016-07-07T01:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-07T01:59:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/7004bjeutrwss5e0.jpg" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What we&rsquo;ve done is change the software of the city...We&rsquo;ve changed how it behaves. We&rsquo;ve changed how it responds to people who want to try things, do things, and run their own experiments...We don&rsquo;t build anything, we don&rsquo;t buy anything, we don&rsquo;t own anything.&rdquo; Renew&rsquo;s annual budget barely cracks six figures</p></em><br /><br /><p>Late last year, Greg Lindsay profiled Marcus Westbury and the work of <a href="http://renewnewcastle.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renew Newcastle</a>. Does this "<em>soft</em>", and non-capital intensive&nbsp;model, suggest a way to avoid concerns over gentrification, privatized downtowns of privately owned public space, and trendy "<em>pop-ups</em>"? Can the lessons apply beyond Newcastle or Australia?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fore more you can also read a short PDF&nbsp;<a href="http://emptyspaces.culturemap.org.au/sites/all/files/Creating%20Creative%20Enterprise%20Hubs.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Creating Creative Enterprise Hubs: A Guide</em></a>&nbsp;or the book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.creatingcities.net/buy-the-book/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creating Cities</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956324/architects-constitute-the-fifth-most-likely-profession-to-commit-suicide Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide Julia Ingalls 2016-07-06T21:06:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T22:03:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gmrtdmo0i2fyhfx0.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Less depressing than construction, not nearly as happy-making as&nbsp;arts, design, entertainment, sports and media: according to the CDC, architects are the fifth most likely to commit suicide in comparison with members of other professions, especially if you're a male architect (data for female architects was unavailable).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/di/dixcapwm8f50if8u.jpg"></p><p>The study chose to focus on&nbsp;12,312 suicides that took place in 17 U.S. states in 2012. According to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6525a1.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CDC report,</a> "Occupational groups were stratified by sex, and rates of suicide were calculated for each group using denominators derived from the U.S. Census Bureau&rsquo;s Current Population Survey March Supplement (<em>5</em>), which includes a question about the person&rsquo;s primary occupation during the previous calendar year."</p><p>For more on mental health in architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96244091/mental-health-survey-at-university-of-toronto-s-faculty-of-architecture-reveals-worrisome-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/134197676/screen-print-36-harvard-design-magazine-s-well-well-well" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #36: Harvard Design Magazine's "Well, Well, Well"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138879113/an-environmental-psychologist-on-why-boring-design-is-bad-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956345/alissa-walker-imagines-a-utopian-los-angeles-in-2056 Alissa Walker imagines a "utopian" Los Angeles in 2056 Nicholas Korody 2016-07-06T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T13:56:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0npfos1zzh398zk.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sorry, I&rsquo;m not able to send this directly through SnapFace since your iPhone 6 doesn&rsquo;t support neural chat.&nbsp;Old-fashioned text pixels will have to do.&nbsp;Remember the movie &ldquo;Her&rdquo;? That&rsquo;s what Los Angeles is like in 2056.&nbsp;L.A. is the densest city in the U.S., with a population that&rsquo;s about a third larger than it was in 2016.&nbsp;Taller buildings are everywhere, including New DTLA &mdash; a corridor of super-talls that runs the length of Wilshire all the way to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The speculative fiction details a "utopian" city primarily characterized by efficient, far-reaching public transport and fewer cars. There's no longer a drought, and buildings are wrapped in "solar skins" designed by Elon Musk.</p><p>For more speculative visions of a future California, check out these links from last summer's <strong><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong> competition:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137896720/lagoonous-assemblage-antifragile-urbanism-for-a-dry-los-angeles-an-honorable-mention-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://%22The%20Ocean%20Above%20Us,%22%20an%20honorable%20mention%20in%20Dry%20Futures%20Speculative%20category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Ocean Above Us," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137817182/the-continental-compact-an-honorable-mention-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Continental Compact," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137512200/freshly-squeezed-survival-on-the-fringes-an-honorable-mention-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Freshly Squeezed- Survival on the Fringes," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136804115/grassroots-cactivism-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956119/construction-begins-on-major-foster-partners-project-in-sweden Construction begins on major Foster + Partners project in Sweden Nicholas Korody 2016-07-05T20:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T23:01:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ijgqihxifzvmhqca.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction has started at New Slussen, a major Foster + Partners project in the center of Stockholm. One of the largest urban projects in Sweden, the SEK 12 Billion project is intended to &ldquo;create a dynamic urban quarter, responding to its historic context and transforming the city centre,&rdquo; according to the press release.</p><p>Slussen was originally built in 1642 as a lock separating the ocean from the freshwater Lake M&auml;laren before being covered by a concrete &ldquo;four-leaf clover&rdquo; structure in 1935. The deterioration of the concrete structure made a new master plan an urgent necessity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y8/y8ghgp2faulgyp2w.jpg"></p><p>The Foster + Partners plan includes new transportation links as well as new commercial buildings and cultural amenities. The plan is intended to maintain the historic scale of the area, while adding new public spaces as well as pedestrian and bicycle routes. It also will expand the capacity of the lock five-fold to minimize the threat of flooding.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a once in a life time undertaking in a uniquely signif...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955838/we-need-smarter-ideas-on-how-to-grow-our-cities We Need Smarter Ideas On How To Grow Our Cities b3tadine[sutures] 2016-07-04T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T01:31:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi9numdvufw3fq3y.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, you can find a Steve Pomerance in cities across the country &mdash; people who moved somewhere before it exploded and now worry that growth is killing the place they love. But a growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy.</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/149955774/overcrowding-on-london-s-canals Overcrowding on London's canals Ellen Hancock 2016-07-04T11:39:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T12:46:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e15522085c37aec7f24f7f4b6e7e9c70.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m no longer a boater, and when I took a walk around the canal recently, I discovered that London&rsquo;s canals have hundreds more boats than before, many in temporary moorings &ndash; constant cruisers that have to move every two weeks. Twenty years ago, you could walk from Little Venice to the Sainsbury&rsquo;s at Kensal Green and barely see a moored boat. Now, they are two abreast almost the entire way, on both sides of the canal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find out more about how the housing crisis is affecting London:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149952296/how-elevators-could-fix-the-affordable-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How elevators could fix the affordable housing crisis</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951735/london-revives-co-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London revives co-housing</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955508/after-brexit-the-priority-for-the-government-at-this-time-will-not-be-big-sexy-projects After Brexit, “the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects” Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-01T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:05:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfvbmg1o20jzf6wn.jpg" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Post-Brexit, the British government has turned into a real hot mess. The pound dropped to its lowest value against the dollar in 30 years ($1.31), and after Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation, Parliament is in turmoil and has yet to name a reliably likely successor. All this uncertainty has pulled some of the UK&rsquo;s biggest projects into jeopardy.</p><p>As&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/perspectives/how-uks-top-3-mega-projects-m7ay-b7e-bre7xit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> puts it: &ldquo;All the same, most Britons ended the week unsure 1) who will be in government in three months, 2) when a general election might happen, 3) when Article 50 will be invoked, triggering the formal two-year Brexit negotiation process, or even if 4) Article 50 would ever be invoked at all, given the chorus of voices, both in Parliament and among the general public, calling for a second referendum.&rdquo;</p><p>In this atmosphere, &Eacute;lectricit&eacute; de France is reconsidering its proposal to build a new nuclear power station in Hinkley Point, and the drop in the pound&rsquo;s value has led to concerns that the UK c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955304/trading-the-l-train-for-a-giant-inflatable-condom Trading the L Train for a giant inflatable condom? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-30T17:58:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:15:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2l/2livy9zkn1a5smpc.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2019, New York City's Hurricane Sandy-damaged L Train tunnel will shut down for repairs, making it tricky to get across the East River without a new form of transport. In a competition sponsored by the Van Alen Institute to find alternatives, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> suggested building a fiber-glass fabric tunnel for pedestrians that could also double as a projection space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wu/wulezgc3byuvpf6g.jpg"></p><p>The tunnel, which an AECOM designer likened to an inflatable condom in this <a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160630/east-williamsburg/williamsburg-music-club-owners-pushed-out-by-vice-returning-with-new-venue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DNA info</a> article, would have segments above and below the water line in order to enable river traffic to pass over it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dlrtx0gshjmsnw6x.jpg"></p><p>However, the super-sized prophylactic&nbsp;ended up being a hard sell, losing out to the docking ferry proposal "Transient Transit" (pictured above) designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/38008/burohappold" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BuroHappold Engineering</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pederson Fox Associates</a>&nbsp;for the competition's $1,000 prize.&nbsp;</p><p>All the latest in river-design news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936222/a-river-of-solar-power-a-scheme-for-the-tijuana-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A river of solar power: a scheme for the Tijuana river</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposal...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954986/bart-and-la-metro-battle-via-twitter-haikus BART and LA Metro battle via Twitter haikus Julia Ingalls 2016-06-29T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T01:29:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6evsiamyvscl6i2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oh, SF BART Twitter account&mdash;back at it again with the going rogue. This time, instead of getting real with folks on the platform, they decided to have a little fun with the Los Angeles Metro account, challenging them to a full-on haiku battle on Twitter this past Friday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The official Twitter account for the BART isn't sycophantic or pandering: when confronted with customer concerns, it answers them with actual facts, even if those facts wouldn't gel with a traditional PR department. Now, however, the BART account has gone one step further and is outright having fun, challenging the LA Metro and New York's MTA to a haiku battle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eco7h2npz2flueaj.jpg"></p><p>While it's safe to say that both the BART and the LA Metro should keep their day jobs, having a playfully-minded transit system is not necessarily a bad thing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wl/wl9b7vd2dtcfuvyc.jpg"></p><p>When not writing haikus, here's what else public transit is up to:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seven U.S. cities competing to be the "smartest" in urban transit systems</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954976/jet-like-maglev-pods-are-coming-to-abu-dhabi-s-yas-island 'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T17:37:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/86c4b12d634ec43c6cf12f4fc332a132.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>skyTran&rsquo;s computer-controlled, 2-person &ldquo;jet-like&rdquo; vehicles employ magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels. The patented high-speed, low-cost, elevated PRT system built at the NASA Ames Research Centre, will have cars zipping above traffic along magnetic lines from one destination to another across the island, a statement said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More transportation news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a title="Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li></ul>