Archinect - News 2015-01-28T15:14:40-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/119351406/a-closer-look-at-the-giza-2030-master-plan-blessing-or-curse-for-egypt A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt? Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T14:14:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/903193fceff50b329a9dac3518a0c4c7.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is this the promising future of Giza 2030? What is the status of Giza 2030 after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011? Would it be a curse or a blessing if I were from Giza? And my message to the current Egyptian regime is this: if this is the future of Egyptian cities, please leave the situation as it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119291211/sand-geo-politics-land-reclamation-sand-wars-and-secular-ism Sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and secular(ism) Nam Henderson 2015-01-26T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T19:32:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/tx7yr7ovgiljcfv6.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To make matters more turbid, the nightmare of coastal reclamation occupies an imaginary and regulatory space created by several misunderstandings about territory itself. These become urgent against both the backdrop of our &ldquo;oceanic&rdquo; moment and the apparent dissolution of that idyll of 19th- and 20th-century geopolitical thought, the grounded state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joshua Comaroff writes about contemporary sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and&nbsp;secular(ism).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119252599/what-is-interior-urbanism-a-review-of-monu-21-by-claudia-mainardi-and-giacomo-ardesio What is Interior Urbanism? - A Review of MONU #21 by Claudia Mainardi and Giacomo Ardesio MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T13:52:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2zpgu6dehaz3iw81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1969 Reyner Banham in his book <a href="http://books.google.es/books/about/Architecture_of_the_Well_Tempered_Enviro.html?id=kkI5pgQHM7cC&amp;redir_esc=y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment</strong></a> marked the shift between the concept of interior to that of an artificial environment. Technology and new human needs in fact had become an integral part of architecture, defining a new paradigm to describe indoor space, that it was not any longer a concern of the singular living-cell but rather of its internal atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426c6j0qhtct7gsi.jpg"></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com/issues.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue 21 of MONU</a></strong> describes the current development and the extreme consequences of what this Interior Urbanism means. As <a href="http://cargocollective.com/brendancormier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong>Brendan Cormier</strong></em></a><em> </em>emphasizes in his article <strong>Some Notes Towards an Interior Archipelago</strong>: &ldquo;90% of our lives are spent inside. Urban life is an interior affair.&rdquo; This statement manifests the necessity to invert the canonical approach to read and plan cities, unfolding a new possible stream of research which considers how architecture affects our everyday life.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptg020ff9sza3ven.jpg"></p><p>Climate, or the need to erase the atmospheric conditions, is one of the trigger factors of the production o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119268663/relocation-or-adaptation-copenhagen-braces-for-climate-change Relocation or Adaptation: Copenhagen Braces for Climate Change Nicholas Korody 2015-01-26T12:51:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T12:51:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2w17ui72olizmun.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Should a storm, flood or rising sea levels hit the Danish capital again, the bucolic mini-parks will turn into water basins, the hills essentially functioning as the sides of a bowl. Thanks to a new pipe system, the squares will even be able to collect water from surrounding buildings&rsquo; roofs. Surrounding streets will, for their part, be turned into &ldquo;cloudburst boulevards.&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> http://archinect.com/news/article/119064095/special-interest-money-kills-nashville-s-amp-brt-aspirations Special interest money kills Nashville's "Amp" BRT aspirations Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T20:25:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T20:36:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a09cyuli2y83ylz4.jpg" width="514" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nashville&rsquo;s bid to build its first high-capacity transit line is dead, the Tennessean is reporting today. It&rsquo;s a victory for the Koch brothers-funded local chapter of Americans for Prosperity and a defeat for the city&rsquo;s near-term hopes of transitioning to less congested, more sustainable streets. The project, known as the Amp, called for a 7-mile busway linking growing East Nashville to downtown and parts of the city&rsquo;s west end.</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/118960418/give-frank-gehry-back-his-east-river-project-in-nyc Give Frank Gehry Back His East River Project in NYC Diane Pham 2015-01-22T20:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T20:17:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubjtddv7b3qbod13.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why not ask Howard Hughes to abandon its current plan and do something really wonderful and revive the Guggenheim plan for Gehry&rsquo;s gargantuan palace of titanium ribbons? The residential conversion of so many major office buildings is going, eventually, to create a need for new office buildings. Gehry&rsquo;s plan could be enlarged gracefully to accommodate both offices and condominiums and rebalance the famous Lower Manhattan skyline...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Gehry still the chops to revive Lower Manhattan? One former <em>New York Times </em>architecture critic, Carter B. Horsley, proposes bringing Gehry's aborted idea for South Street Seaport back to life. The plan would replace SHoP Architect's recently scaled-back design for the waterfront site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118967683/the-calvert-journal-asks-experts-how-to-fix-moscow The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cu5zfv5r685gap6g.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</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/118735754/so-gentrification-is-just-a-myth-after-all So gentrification is just a myth after all? Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T20:44:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f7v5wu87olpb4ib.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s time to retire the term gentrification altogether. Fourteen years ago, Maureen Kennedy and Paul Leonard of the Brookings Institution wrote that gentrification &ldquo;is a politically loaded concept that generally has not been useful in resolving growth and community change debates because its meaning is unclear.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s even truer today. Some U.S. cities do have serious affordability problems, but they&rsquo;re not the problems critics of gentrification think they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's your take on John Buntin's <em>Slate</em> piece?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733125/infographic-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-countries-to-live-in Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in Nicholas Korody 2015-01-19T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-20T15:28:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3jb2l3ovzzsub3b9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This map shows the difference in living costs around the world using figures from the world's largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities. The CPI in the infographic is a relative indicator of a country's living costs compared to New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The top five cheapest countries are: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Algeria.</p><p>The most expensive countries are: Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland, and Denmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5p5xt8a89g61vtfj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733119/what-happened-to-alexandria-s-cosmopolitanism What happened to Alexandria's cosmopolitanism? Nicholas Korody 2015-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:06:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c54upyoo5l93ll7c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Africa used to be a civilizational crossroads in which Muslims, Christians, and Jews not only lived alongside one another but also shared one another's language and culture. This mingled society, formed from many intense particularities, is what we call cosmopolitanism. It was born in the Middle East, and it now seems to be disappearing there, including from the one place where the cosmopolitan ideal reached its supreme realization: Alexandria.</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/118733118/as-manhattan-grows-supertaller-its-shadows-are-getting-superlonger As Manhattan grows supertaller, its shadows are getting superlonger Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kymi2w83510p9oma.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But all New Yorkers are losing familiar vistas, and some are losing light and air, as supertall buildings sprout like beanstalks in midtown Manhattan. There are a dozen such &ldquo;supertalls&rdquo; &ndash; buildings of 1,000 feet or higher &ndash; in the construction or planning stages. And the buildings are not, as in Dubai or Shanghai&rsquo;s Pudong district, being constructed where nothing else had stood. They are, instead, crowding into already dense neighbourhoods where light and air are at a premium [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118506903/urban-omnibus-travels-the-brooklyn-queens-divide Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide Alexander Walter 2015-01-16T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/1442699b1c27aa5cfe9cf849854880e6.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a researcher interested in the intersection of urban form and place, Joseph Heathcott set out to explore how one of New York&rsquo;s borders shapes the lived experience and physical environment of its surroundings. Through historical research, photography, and deep observation, he traces the city&rsquo;s only major internal land boundary &mdash; the Brooklyn-Queens border &mdash; and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.</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/118490837/take-a-drone-tour-of-nyc-s-hearst-tower-with-norman-foster Take a Drone Tour of NYC's Hearst Tower with Norman Foster Diane Pham 2015-01-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjdhx5tjlnggg0cy.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2006, the doors of the Hearst Tower were swung open for business. The design of starchitect Norman Foster, the building was one of the most cutting-edge of its time, lauded for its diagrid form, its green construction, and the then-radical approach of marrying the old with the new... Now, a decade later, Foster has returned to the Hearst Tower to mark its anniversary and reflect on his creation.</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/118428219/111-west-57th-street-the-world-s-skinniest-tower-will-also-be-the-hemisphere-s-tallest-residential-building 111 West 57th Street: The World’s Skinniest Tower Will Also Be the Hemisphere’s Tallest Residential Building aa6sqft 2015-01-15T14:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2mzrkvu09mptrb1r.jpg" width="514" height="236" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s a lot of accolades for one building, but the SHoP Architects-designed tower at 111 West 57th Street is looking to sweep the supertall competition. Originally planned to rise 1,397 feet, the tower will now soar to 1,421 feet, surpassing 432 Park Avenue (the current tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere) by 24 feet, according to city records uncovered by Crain&rsquo;s. It will also retain its title as the world&rsquo;s slenderest tower.</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/118351090/is-istanbul-heading-for-renewed-protests-over-gezi-park Is Istanbul heading for renewed protests over Gezi Park? Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T14:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:27:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mnewqia4j4l7fpb9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now the barracks plan has been revived. [...] Will one of central Istanbul&rsquo;s few remaining green spaces become a symbol of consumerist might and the weakness of people power? Activists have pledged to take to the streets should the plan go forward. &ldquo;If this project really comes to pass despite the high level of objection from the public, that will create a second wave of uprisings, and this time it will be more influential,&rdquo; said Eyup Muhcu, the head of Turkey&rsquo;s main architects&rsquo; union.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287877/gezi-park" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118342247/oamaru-is-a-new-zealand-town-dedicated-to-steampunk Oamaru is a New Zealand town dedicated to steampunk Archinect 2015-01-14T11:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/1270f0fbfd6cd63175381002321ccc8a.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We went to Oamaru, New Zealand to see the blue penguins (and they were super cute), but it was the town's dedication to Steampunk that really got us fired up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Forget <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame" target="_blank">steampunk condos</a>, New Zealand has it's own steampunk town.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118281159/the-cellphone-user-and-the-sky-rise The cellphone user and the sky rise kostatoskovic 2015-01-14T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wtuo81je21cuwjv.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like the fork, the cellphone expires and no longer feels as useable in its user&rsquo;s hand. Like the fork, the cellphone was not first designed for all people. New cellphones work for most people who invested in personal computers and the internet, but they don&rsquo;t work for anyone else without guidance or instruction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After two years in redeveloping the electric power grid, re-engineering water treatment facilities, and redesigning HVAC for cultural density and experimenting with live 'non electronic' materials such as structural steel and concrete and drywall, flooring, and paint at various research labs and for various companies, I would like to discuss possibilities of consciousness investments in something as multifaceted as the cellphone today.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117964901/rio-s-ambitious-porto-maravilha-redevelopment Rio's ambitious "Porto Maravilha" redevelopment Nam Henderson 2015-01-09T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T14:14:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/jevxajaxu8kjg4ai.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"They should be stimulating residential projects both for richer and poorer people, to make this a mixed area, and not another neighbourhood for privileged Brazilians." - president of the Brazilian Institute of Architecture in Rio, Pedro da Luz</p></em><br /><br /><p>Julia Carneiro writes about the ongoing&nbsp;makeover of Rio's long-abandoned harbour region. Although the project includes a large investment in public infrastructure, there are concerns over the fate&nbsp;32,000 people, most of them on low incomes who live in the area.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-09T13:12:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:18:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be62356b7801239d25e6e8674a0a26a0.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Boston is a global hub for education, health care, research and technology,&rdquo; said Boston2024 chairman and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish in a statement. &ldquo;We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world&rsquo;s youth. A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news on the 2024 Olympics:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></p><p>Not all Bostonians are happy with the decision. According to the same boston.com article:</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s bid has generated debate in the city and the region. An opposition nonprofit, No Boston Olympics, is against the proposal. Its reasons: doubts that the Games can be held without using taxpayer money (Boston2024 says it can pull operational expenses off with private funding of $4.5 billion, and publicly-funded infrastructure improvements of $5 billion or so); the Olympics&rsquo; history of going overbudget; and the supposed &ldquo;opportunity costs&rdquo;&mdash;the idea that the city and state would be better served by focusing on other priorities than the Olympics."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117887760/how-downtown-la-s-skyline-evolved-over-the-last-half-century How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T14:08:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72b1e15d9e7572164ae15fe02cada079.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, L.A.'s skyscrapers have had a decidedly boxy style because of requirements that they have emergency helicopter landing pads on top. That code was changed last year, and some architecture buffs hope to see more creative designs in the future. The Times long has taken the measure of the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from the observation deck of City Hall. Here's how it has evolved</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117809048/driving-in-the-us-is-coming-to-a-standstill-and-that-s-a-good-thing Driving in the US is coming to a standstill, and that's a good thing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-07T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:51:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31b91f91d8d80e6d446ea90890069ad9.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Federal Highway Administration has very quietly acknowledged that the driving boom is over. [...] the agency&rsquo;s more recent forecast finally recognizes that the protracted post-World War II era has given way to a different paradigm. The new vision of the future suggests that driving per capita will essentially remain flat in the future. The benchmark is important because excessively high estimates of future driving volume get used to justify wasteful spending on new and wider highways.</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/117748809/about-that-troubled-seattle-tunnel-an-interview-with-local-advocate-cary-moon About that troubled Seattle Tunnel – an interview with local advocate Cary Moon Archinect 2015-01-06T18:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T18:55:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6m3oef23dlfw3f7.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there&rsquo;s anything positive to emerge from the current mess, it&rsquo;s that local advocates like Cary Moon, who warned against building the tunnel in the first place, are commanding attention again. Moon recently took to the pages of the local alt-weekly, the Stranger, to argue that in light of the tunnel project&rsquo;s spectacular, slow-motion meltdown, the city should explore other options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115652337/in-seattle-a-sinking-feeling-about-a-troubled-tunnel" target="_blank">In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117729512/california-finally-breaking-ground-on-first-high-speed-rail-segment California finally breaking ground on first high-speed rail segment Alexander Walter 2015-01-06T13:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-08T14:03:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/4446923c344aae41a4a472c3af2e13e6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California's bullet-train agency will officially start construction in Fresno this week on the first 29-mile segment of the system, a symbol of the significant progress the $68-billion project has made against persistent political and legal opposition. [...] But the milestone marked by Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony also will serve as a reminder of the enormous financial, technical and political risks still faced by the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco project.</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/117678057/turkish-development-unearths-giant-5-000-year-old-underground-city Turkish development unearths giant 5,000 year-old underground city Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-06T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:24:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1s/1s2o8idhmidqb30q.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The subterranean settlement was discovered in the Nev&#351;ehir province of Turkey&rsquo;s Central Anatolia region, in the historical area of Cappadocia. [...] the site, located around the Nev&#351;ehir hill fort near the city of Kayseri, appears to dwarf all other finds to date. [...] The agency has already spent 90 million Turkish liras (&pound;25m) on the development project, but the organisation&rsquo;s head said he did not see the money spent as a loss due to the magnitude of the historical discovery.</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/117657928/singapore-s-sterile-authoritarianism Singapore's Sterile Authoritarianism Nicholas Korody 2015-01-05T14:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:51:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e611075353000b1facd69f1e437f1f4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Day-to-day life [in Singapore] is famously governed by a series of rules that maintain this clean, well-ordered city. The import of chewing gum is banned, therefore globs of the stuff aren&rsquo;t found on the street. There are fines for irritating people with a musical instrument or your own drunkenness... The result is a low-crime, scrupulously run city &ndash; with none of the incomprehensible, exciting chaos of cities found in neighbouring Indonesia or Malaysia.</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/117656322/public-transit-helps-new-yorkers-earn-more-money Public Transit Helps New Yorkers Earn More Money Nicholas Korody 2015-01-05T14:23:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:37:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rvabydrt1u7k3k0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[NYC] neighborhoods with the best access to transit, usually in Manhattan...also have the highest median household income, and the lowest unemployment rate... Neighborhoods with the worst access to transit (South Staten Island) had lower median incomes... and slightly lower unemployment rates...The neighborhoods with limited access to public transit, like the Flatlands in Brooklyn, fare the worst: their unemployment rate is nearly 12%, and their median household income is around $46,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That or the subway was designed around, and continues to serve, historically-affluent communities...</p><p>The study was conducted by&nbsp;<a title="Opens in a new window" href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117518288/architecture-as-visual-device-cologne-cathedral-to-switch-off-lights Architecture as Visual Device -> Cologne cathedral to switch off lights Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-03T22:18:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T12:09:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6o/6occ57za3a3lnwy0.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By switching off the floodlighting we want to make those on the march stop and think. It is a challenge: consider who you are marching alongside.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><strong>Cologne cathedral to switch off lights in protest at anti-Muslim march.</strong></em></p><p>Two strong reads are possible, one with the actual intent of the official response to racist march to show church's disapproval, the other is more involuntary, perhaps recalling the core of the situation as the idea of crusades are reflamed across Europe in recent times. Perhaps it will never be possible to take <a href="http://america.aljazeera.com/content/ajam/articles/2015/1/1/pegida-germany-immigration/_jcr_content/rightupperpar/listwiththumbnail/links/item_1.adapt.480.low.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">marchers' cross away</a>.<em>&nbsp; </em></p><p>A quote <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/22/anti-islam-march-germany-sing-christmas-carols" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from</a> &nbsp;</p><p><em>"&nbsp;Most <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEGIDA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pegida</a> followers insist they are not Nazis but patriots who worry about the &ldquo;watering down&rdquo; of their Christian-rooted culture and traditions. They often accuse mainstream political parties of betraying them and the media of lying."</em></p><p>Given the <a href="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/1/4465008_435b976734_b.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'scale</a>' of the gesture though, I need to conclude this news bit by saying architecture is a powerful medium for public to read messages and the off switch is always there to say yea or nay.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117225532/preserving-historic-yangon Preserving historic Yangon Nam Henderson 2014-12-31T00:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-31T09:19:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5scce8d7hq4r4kr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the heart of the plan will be the idea that downtown Yangon should retain its vibrancy rather than become another sanitized zone that appeals to well-to-do tourists impressed by expensive hotels and tony cafes, Mr. Thant Myint-U said</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jane Perlez reports in from the old colonial&nbsp;capital, where groups like&nbsp;Yangon Heritage Trust are working to preserve the&nbsp;distinctive charm of a now crumbling,&nbsp;British ostentation.&nbsp;</p><p>Previously noted by <a href="http://archinect.com/alex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Walter</a>;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90836061/as-myanmar-opens-up-to-modern-world-historic-buildings-are-at-risk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113496634/the-race-to-save-architecture-in-myanmar-s-biggest-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116670700/27-weird-and-compelling-architectural-evolutions-of-2014 27 weird and compelling architectural evolutions of 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-30T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtgnui0hwz0kjgmp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Technofuturism:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a>: Bringing the brain into evidence-based design, one EEG-measured d&eacute;rive at a time. Reporting from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture's conference in San Diego, California.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai</a>: Tsai was diagnosed with ALS far before the ice bucket challenge, and despite his total-body atrophy, is able to continue drawing as a videogames and comics artist using a special camera that tracks his eye movements and translates them into digital drawing commands.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eae56wnbv1kbsfoz.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a>: Through war, Amazon deliveries and Dronestagram, Martha unilaterally loves her drone.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102156079/neural-cartography-mapping-the-brain-s-response-to-dumbo-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neural Cartography: Mapping the Brain's Response to DUMBO in Brooklyn</a>: One of the jet-setters investing in neuroscientific research for architecture and urbanism, the Van Alen Institute teams up with Columbia's GSAPP to create mental maps of DUMBO.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Protesting:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99365040/screen-print-15-sophie-yanow-s-war-of-streets-and-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Prin...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117134091/urban-design-influences-how-public-protests-can-take-root Urban design influences how public protests can take root Archinect 2014-12-29T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:24:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3b4aani6c5zwfz4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NYC has been the focal point for recurrent demonstrations over the last couple of weeks, with large, long marches, die-ins and rallies. This is not surprising, since NYC is the most populous city in the country. But even more than that, the urban environment &mdash; dense, centralized, vertical, walkable &mdash; creates spaces that are conducive for these protests to pick up steam. The existence of public spaces, such as Union Square and Washington Square Park, function as easily accessible rallying points.</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>