Archinect - News 2015-06-29T19:23:58-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself London is eating itself Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T13:10:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/meyjlu0oai5ehkif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the cranes swing, much of the new living zones now being created range from the ho-hum to the outright catastrophic. The skyline is being plundered for profit, but without creating towers to be proud of or making new neighbourhoods with any positive qualities whatsoever. If London is an enormous party, millions of people are on the wrong side of its velvet rope.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Smith sets a signpost in London's rampant development, checking in on the industries and businesses struggling in the midst of city-wide growth. Smith points out that while things like a bevy of cranes and a thriving multicultural food scene may look like more feathers in London's urban hat, these developments are precipitating big losses for other industries, and if unchecked, would quash the city's personality entirely.&nbsp;</p><p>More on London's recent developmental issues:</p><ul><li><a title="The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130502087/the-guardian-reveals-how-developers-play-the-planning-system-to-get-around-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reveals how developers play the planning system to get around affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127540172/airbnb-celebrates-london-s-deregulation-act-with-floating-house-on-river-thames" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T13:06:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7yrtfe6hyjo8vht.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris [...] The two executives were charged with two different allegations. First, according to them, Uber is running illegal taxi operations. Uber has been struggling with this charge in many countries, starting with the U.S. Second, the police said that Uber France is concealing digital documents...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests last week</a> turned violent, French authorities have detained two executives of the ride-sharing company Uber, although officials stated that they were brought into custody on charges unrelated to the protests. Uber is facing ferocious criticism in France, with taxi-drivers complaining that drivers for UberPOP don't have professional licenses and don't pay the same taxes as traditional car services. The conflict highlights tensions in France, a country with a long tradition of hard-fought labor rights, as it grapples with new technologies and economic models.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week's rioting, which resulted in 70 damaged cars, gained international attention in part due to tweets from Courtney Love, who found herself at the center of the mel&eacute;e, and sparked a lively <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion</a> on Archinect.</p><p>The conversation oriented around issues of technological disruption, bureaucratic regulation and workers' rights, with some, like <strong>jla-x,</strong>&nbsp;drawing comparisons to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Donna Sink</strong>&nbsp;asked: "the co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition Justine Testado 2015-06-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T18:21:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are strange days in San Francisco, where the clamor to build needed housing &mdash; especially at affordable levels &mdash; is matched only by the self-righteous vigor with which actual proposals for that housing tend to be opposed...But if we want a well-planned city with distinctive new buildings for all its citizens, projects like this show that good design and good policy can go hand in hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Tishman Speyer's nearly one-year-old proposal for a 400-foot-tall residential tower, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which Jeanne Gang designed</a>, at 160 Folsom St. is suddenly <a href="http://www.saverinconpark.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facing opposition</a> from local groups. With former mayor Art Agnos at the forefront of the opposition, the groups argue that the building promotes "economic segregation" and is yet another example of "developers wreaking vengeance" on the city, as <em>S.F. Chronicle</em>'s urban design critic John King states in the article.</p><p>Opponents claim the 400-foot tower would overshadow the nearby Rincon Park and the Embarcadero waterfront, although that area is already developed with large structures like the Gap HQ, the Hills Plaza complex, and the Infinity luxury condo complex&nbsp;&mdash; where Agnos and other opponents recently held their kickoff meeting, interestingly enough.</p><p>In terms of exterior design, King writes that Gang's corkscrew tower would be "a great addition" to San Francisco's skyline, and that the tower's visual distinction has the potential to "g...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber Nicholas Korody 2015-06-25T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T19:02:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampoc8f1e30tvzdr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parisian taxi drivers have taken to the streets, smashing cars and burning tires to protest UberPop, a budget iteration of the car-sharing service akin to UberX in the States. Traffic came to a stop&nbsp;in the French capital, with reports of stranded travelers walking along the highway with luggage in tow, attempting to catch flights out of Charles de Gaulle airport.&nbsp;So far, 70 vehicles have been reported damaged around France and ten people arrested, according to the AP report.&nbsp;</p><p>One passenger caught in Thursday's melee was the singer Courtney Love, who tweeted throughout the experience. Love was able to escape via two men passing by on a motorcycle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wd15isdkezwehwpr.jpg"></p><p>Over the past few weeks, taxi drivers have turned increasingly violent in their opposition to the car-sharing service, which they contend unfairly undercuts their business. Unlike Uber drivers, taxi drivers have to pay tens of thousands of euros for certification each year. Drivers are also frustrated by passenger complaints over a lack of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130408069/this-could-be-the-los-angeles-convention-center-of-the-near-future This could be the Los Angeles Convention Center of the (near) future Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T13:52:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f9qst8bxqodvcgt.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, the City of Los Angeles announced that the team of Populous and HMC Architects had been selected to design the $350 million expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center, beating out other proposals from teams lead by Gensler and AC Martin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>LA Mayor Eric Garceitti's office recently also released a set of renderings of the recommended new design by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/21094336/populous" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Populous</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106317/hmc-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HMC Architects</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2ndwfzm44ovapui4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wau14sz4s90l9giz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/ttcgnvyicilhm21r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at9f2xwbh279iiyv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1qq0x6at44xguk2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o24tlj6fk9fffjvo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9m7pmhwwxa8gddy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/seqw1vv25s3v8g3a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vcc1e4zlkzv7rhz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4dp9q34pns7pvc9m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via Mayor Eric Garcetti's Facebook.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T16:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T12:37:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c119ef1a1dfc5a4b06eda341b50fe9f7.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>High-rise buildings and apartments are crowding small alleyways and residential areas, investors ignoring the huge pressure they are putting on already weak infrastructure. [...] Hai, a resident of Thanh Xuan District, said locals are most worried about the danger of fire [...] High-rise developments also put a huge strain on local power and water supplies, struggling sewage systems and storm-water drainage, creating more hazards for neighbouring residents.</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/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods Justine Testado 2015-06-23T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T15:55:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/maxyncd50r9yiipz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Often, at least in America, we think of regular people as the agents of change&mdash;the artist, the boutique coffee shop owner, the tech startup. But as much as gentrification is an organic process, fueled by opportunity seekers and bargain hunters, it&rsquo;s developers and financiers who have become the savvy midwives of change. Once they detect the early signs of gentrification, they bring on the serious money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title='"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></p><p><a title="Revisiting Sharon Zukin's &quot;Loft Living&quot; and NYC gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification</a></p><p><a title="With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood</a></p><p><a title="Amsterdam's &quot;ugly&quot; architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121199869/amsterdam-s-ugly-architecture-from-the-70s-proves-resilient-against-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification</a></p><p><a title="So gentrification is just a myth after all?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118735754/so-gentrification-is-just-a-myth-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So gentrification is just a myth after all?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture Laura Amaya 2015-06-23T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T18:35:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dl6bb09x05muzaqv.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the central theme of the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/london_festival_of_architecture_2015/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Festival of Architecture</a> (LFA) in its 2015 edition,&nbsp;&ldquo;Work in Progress&rdquo; welcomes a discussion on the changing nature of the workplace and its impact on the city. The Festival, which opened on June 1st, hosts a series of events in both cultural and academic venues. Projects authored by a wide range of designers, from research institutes to corporate practices, invite the public &mdash; both local and international &mdash; to engage in a conversation about architecture and the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4oe8h4j62zqxmv53.jpg"></p><p>The LFA organizers, led by Patricia Brown (Chair), have chosen the theme &ldquo;Work in Progress&rdquo; as the guiding thread for the event that brings together participants through both an open call and via direct selection. As London&rsquo;s commercial industry has evolved, so has the nature of work and the workspace. Inevitably this has shaped London&rsquo;s development throughout the years: from the intimacy of workplace interiors to the interactive nature of public spaces in the city.</p><p>Originally launched ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130182129/owen-hatherley-on-the-mass-housing-history-of-moscow-s-suburbs Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow’s suburbs Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T15:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T20:49:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqghkbq81mn7wu30.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ideals of Novye Cheryomushki may have died, but its methods and techniques remain &mdash;&nbsp;having managed to make some people very wealthy. Moscow suburbia is not so much the remnants of a great experiment, perhaps, but suburbia like any other suburbia &mdash;&nbsp;a place of dreams and boredom, great ideas being implemented and then slowly crushed.</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/129949383/pope-francis-calls-for-morally-driven-city-design-in-his-climate-change-encyclical Pope Francis calls for "morally driven" city design in his climate-change encyclical Justine Testado 2015-06-19T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T15:55:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41aw0e01gor8hvpu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Collectively, the encyclical affirms how important it is to make the moral case for city design. Too often, developers, urban planners and city leaders seem to think that it is obvious or implied why the decisions they make are in the best interest of the public. But there is no shortcut to articulating why our planning choices speak to the fundamental human dignity of the communities we&rsquo;re working in.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Given the interrelationship between living space and human behaviour, those who design buildings, neighbourhoods, public spaces and cities, ought to draw on the various disciplines which help us to understand people&rsquo;s thought processes, symbolic language and ways of acting. It is not enough to seek the beauty of design. More precious still is the service we offer to another kind of beauty: people&rsquo;s quality of life, their adaptation to the environment, encounter and mutual assistance. Here too, we see how important it is that urban planning always take into consideration the views of those who will live in these areas.</em>"</p><p>Pope Francis tells it like it is in his latest 184-page <a href="http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">encyclical</a>, in response to humanity's "principal challenge" of global climate change.</p><p>More:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121046504/vatican-s-renovated-public-restrooms-provides-showers-haircuts-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vatican's Renovated Public Restrooms Provides Showers, Haircuts for the Homeless</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129884314/istanbul-s-introverted-megaspaces Istanbul’s introverted megaspaces Alexander Walter 2015-06-18T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17bb49407809c458bbbe9705edc894c9.jpg" width="514" height="204" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new typology of XL-architecture is emerging in Istanbul, negating the urban context. These &lsquo;Citadels-on-Steroids&rsquo; rapidly encroach on the city&rsquo;s urban fabric. [...] This might very well be the future of all cities. As city walls and state boundaries erode under late capitalism, the walls are only rebuilt at a smaller scale to maintain immunity from the chaos outside.</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/129714634/the-pulaski-skyway-tells-the-tale-of-america-s-aging-highway-system The Pulaski Skyway tells the tale of America's aging highway system Alexander Walter 2015-06-16T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T15:59:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xs/xs2ygki09i3deaqs.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just north of Newark, New Jersey, the Pulaski Skyway became the country&rsquo;s first so-called &ldquo;superhighway&rdquo; &mdash; a 3.5-mile raised roadway running over the top of some of the most heavily industrialized property in the country. [...] In infrastructure terms, the Pulaski is what&rsquo;s called &ldquo;functionally obsolete,&rdquo; meaning it doesn&rsquo;t meet modern design standards &mdash;and the money being spent to fix it up won&rsquo;t change that.</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/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare Nicholas Korody 2015-06-15T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:04:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f240h6c4ujmdeliy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that cities and counties may require developers to provide below-market-rate housing as a condition of a building permit. The decision is expected to make it easier for Los Angeles and other cities with housing shortages to force developers to build or pay for affordable housing.</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/129647148/society-of-architectural-historians-accepting-applications-for-h-allen-brooks-travelling-fellowship Society of Architectural Historians Accepting Applications for H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Helena Karabatsos 2015-06-15T17:41:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0ji5qr3g2neqetg7.jpg" width="514" height="136" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians&rsquo; prestigious H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship will be offered for 2015 and will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree. Instead, Professor Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching.&nbsp;</p><p>The goals are to provide an opportunity for a recent graduate with an advanced degree or an emerging scholar to:</p><ul><li>see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand</li><li>think about their profession deeply</li><li>acquire knowledge useful for the recipient&rsquo;s future work, contribution to their profession, and contribution to society</li></ul><p>The fellowship recipient may travel to any country or countries during the one-year period. This fellowship is funded completely by the Society of Architectural Historians&rsquo; H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Fund.</p><p>In 2015 the Brooks Fellowship wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129635045/amsterdam-s-ambitious-ijburg-housing-project-on-10-artificial-islands-keeps-growing Amsterdam's ambitious IJburg housing project on 10 artificial islands keeps growing Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:28:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/35f8ce97adc02b354eddc3e817560e64.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Right now, Amsterdam&rsquo;s Center Island (Centrumeiland in Dutch) doesn&rsquo;t look like much [...] The island, in use for the first time this summer as a campsite-cum-art installation, is in fact an entirely artificial creation, lying at the heart of what could currently be Europe&rsquo;s boldest engineering and housing program. [...] The archipelago will eventually be home to up to 45,000 people in 18,000 homes, 30 percent of which will be earmarked for affordable rent.</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/129422514/book-review-shannon-mattern-s-deep-mapping-the-media-city Book Review: Shannon Mattern's "Deep Mapping the Media City" Nicholas Korody 2015-06-13T10:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T21:11:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8j9orctfcg0yfr5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Amid the seemingly endless barrage of new writings about the imminent arrival of the technologically mediated &ldquo;smart city,&rdquo; a slim volume published by <a href="https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/deep-mapping-the-media-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the University of Minnesota Press</a> suggests that so-called intelligent urbanism might not be so new after all. In <em>Deep Mapping the Media City</em>, author <a href="http://www.wordsinspace.net/wordpress/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shannon Mattern</a>, an associate professor at the School of Media Studies at the New School, argues cities have been &ldquo;mediated, and intelligent, for millenia.&rdquo; Rather than arbitrary ruptures, our cities have developed over time, as new infrastructural developments build off &ndash; or plug into&nbsp;&ndash; the infrastructure of the past.</p><p>Mattern takes a broad look at contemporary urban discourses, and compelling advocates for an &ldquo;urban media archaeology,&rdquo; a &ldquo;materialist, multisensory approach to exploring the deep material history&rdquo; of our cities. She makes clear that her invocation of archaeology shouldn&rsquo;t be read as part of the proliferation of the Foucauldian genealogical methodology <em>en vogue</em> in academia t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129327717/luxury-anthropocene-dubai-gets-its-first-private-floating-islands Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-11T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:25:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/6316a0975c1ca5b5c56e87b0e58bce56.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completely stable on the water, the base of the island is built to last for far over 100 years and will create a new underwater habitat for sea life, the company states, adding, it is building similar islands in Maldives and in Miami in the US.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dubai's "The World", a man-made archipelago of islands arranged like a world map, is now spawning private floating homes. The "luxury floating private islands" will be designed to specific client wishes, and reportedly will all come with a pool. Developed by Amillarah Private Islands, these aren't in fact the only floating-homes being developed in The World &ndash; Kleindienst Group is selling "floating seahorses", with submerged bedrooms and bathrooms. Just don't call it a houseboat.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129251400/apple-maps-puts-its-own-cars-on-the-streets-in-uphill-battle-against-google-maps Apple Maps puts its own cars on the streets, in uphill battle against Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-10T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/235214cd50dfcd29f232b97060b4de3a.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So will Apple&rsquo;s version of street-based imagery simply be a direct copy of Street View? Possibly not. A patent filed back in 2013 mentions &ldquo;3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation,&rdquo; and the filing is disparaging of existing imaging software, calling it a &ldquo;tedious experience,&rdquo; though it doesn&rsquo;t mention Google Street View by name.</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/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains Justine Testado 2015-06-10T10:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T22:17:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/irlda1ckb2m8zjbq.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chicago's highly anticipated elevated trail and park system known as The 606, otherwise referred to as the Bloomingdale Trail or the "Chicago High Line", finally celebrated its grand opening this past Saturday on the appropriate date of June 6 (6/06). The centerpiece of the $95 million project&nbsp;&mdash; which had its first phase designed by&nbsp;ARUP, Carol Ross Barney, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Burns &amp; McDonnell, and the Chicago Public Art Group &mdash; is a 2.7 mile elevated trail that replaces the defunct Bloomingdale rail line. The trail will connect the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square neighborhoods and six parks. And unlike similar linear-park projects, The 606 is open to pedestrians and cyclists to use as a new "transit corridor".</p><p>Prior to The 606, those communities were historically divided by the Bloomingdale railway and were in need of open green space. The newly opened trail is still looking fairly sparse at the moment, but later phases of the project include ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129173441/rebuild-by-design-wins-innovation-award Rebuild by Design Wins Innovation Award Nicholas Korody 2015-06-09T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T20:05:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utsn7sc3egngf0qm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each year, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) bestows its Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award to a federal agency with the best model practice that can be adopted government-wide. Today, ACUS announced that the 2015 Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award is being presented to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rebuild by Design Competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There's something of a <em>mise-en-abyme</em>&nbsp;quality to a competition winning an award, but it's a good occasion to remember the Rebuild by Design was, after all, not quite your regular competition. Organized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and funded primarily by the US Department of Housing and Development and the Rockefeller Foundation, the competition gathered some of the brightest names in architecture and the six winning proposals will actually be implemented.&nbsp;</p><p>Harriet Tregoning, HUD's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, states, "We're absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition on behalf of the many partners who came together to think of new ways to consider the challenge of how we prepare for natural disasters."</p><p>Take a look at winning projects <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100960550/u-s-department-of-hud-announces-the-rebuild-by-design-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129116337/the-uncertain-future-of-moscow-s-urban-renewal-ambitions The uncertain future of Moscow's urban renewal ambitions Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T20:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7a73rhvrhx5nauk.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plan was to create a new type of city that answered the needs of Moscow&rsquo;s creative middle classes. But did the exit of Sergei Kapkov, the culture minister who ushered in these changes, also signal the end of the city&rsquo;s urban revival? [...] &ldquo;Kapkov&rsquo;s reforms provided a whole generation of young creative types with a sense &ndash; perhaps somewhat illusory &ndash; that they could do things on a small scale; that there was a real fabric of life in a public city,&rdquo; said Tsentsiper.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118967683/the-calvert-journal-asks-experts-how-to-fix-moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129100220/waze-and-its-new-uneasy-bedfellows Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</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/128787238/beginning-of-a-1b-fund-for-middle-income-housing-in-us Beginning of a $1B fund for middle-income housing in US Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-04T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T00:04:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7ecpnd3gbwf7dpj.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turner Impact Multifamily Fund will target opportunities to acquire housing for workers making up to 80 percent of the area&rsquo;s median income. The goal is to provide housing for those who earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing, but too little to afford a home or luxury apartment near their workplace [...] &ldquo;Workforce housing is an overlooked segment of the real estate market with a significant mismatch in supply and demand that we believe offers a compelling investment opportunity&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/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos) Nicholas Korody 2015-06-03T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T11:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/op/op8ptn8j6agwv0n5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...The Collectivity Project is about more than just play. Eliasson conceived of the project as a way to bring people together and allow them to create a utopian society, if only in miniature form. The idea, which is up until September 30, is at home at the 10th Avenue and West 30th Street section of the High Line, where the sounds of construction buzz in the background.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project, which has previously had iterations in Norway and Albania, comprises a station set up on the High Line with piles of white lego pieces. The public is invited to collaborate on creating a miniature city. To kick off the fun, the High Line invited ten of the city's best-known firms &ndash; BIG, David M. Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner Field Operations, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP, Steven Holl Architects &ndash; to create one "visionary structure or construction."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dy8ncbnss757ibki.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lrvh920se46nlp55.jpg"></p><p>Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for large-scale, immersive installations that involve elemental materials, including light, heat, and water. For example, last year he turned&nbsp;the galleries of the Louisiana Museum in Denmark into a '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">riverbed</a>.' A few years ago, he gained major attention for a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76751/olafur-eliasson-the-east-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">man-made waterfall structures</a> in New York's East River. Eliasson also works in architecture often, such as with...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128709319/active-design-movement-wants-to-trick-you-into-taking-the-stairs "Active design" movement wants to trick you into taking the stairs Nicholas Korody 2015-06-03T12:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T11:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fnp83ybxi4x9it7z.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we move through our cities each day, we make dozens of small decisions, based on dozens of small reasons. [...] The choices we make while navigating cities are influenced by subconscious factors that planners, architects and designers are beginning to mine and leverage. Some are wielding that insider knowledge to create places that will play mind tricks &mdash; to get us to make healthier decisions.</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/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities Copenhagen Tops List of the 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities Nicholas Korody 2015-06-02T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T16:49:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahy945w10a1ykpxz.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bicycle makes sense in cities. With rising urbanization, our cities need modern mobility solutions, and moving around on two wheels proves time and again that it can offer results [...] With each edition, the Copenhagen&shy;ize Design Company&rsquo;s Index of the most bike-friendly cities in the world evolves...This year, we considered cities with a regional population over 600,000 (with a few exceptions because of their political and regional importance, and to keep things interesting).</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.copenhagenize.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagenize</a> is a design consultancy based in Copenhagen, Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam that advises cities on how to become more bike-friendly, often through implementing strategies developed in the Danish capital (which consistently tops the list). These strategies are both infrastructural, for example creating dedicated and protected one-way bike lanes, as well as social, involving advocacy to increase social acceptance of bicycle culture.</p><p>This year, Copenhagen regained the top place from Amsterdam:</p><ol><li>Copenhagen&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/djg9xpclmmu2c63x.jpg"></li><li>Amsterdam&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mh7ugg4xankqulfy.jpg"></li><li>Utrecht&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cumxdkj7qjzc0vsw.jpg"></li><li>Strasbourg&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/tadaz5ur2mtvh5kz.jpg"></li><li><p>Eindhoven&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/ppk651znhek6c1se.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Malm&ouml;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw9imq03pp350uwn.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Nantes<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2mm7gndzdq61y7i.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Bordeaux &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isj7ckfzalg9d4rj.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Antwerp&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2va47j8jxp6epywx.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Seville&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4y/4ymmy66e8nk4vdso.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Barcelona<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9ezasq1expfvt0mn.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Berlin<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1beafe6x72yw6tj4.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Ljubljana&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luufpvqnk1cghh1t.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Buenos Aires&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brsb3zdfj2qo0u09.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Dublin&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4w/4wql5wq9xas7ag5u.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Vienna&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sc/scyep4dsvln8npo7.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Paris&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/lnmvztm22pygn10c.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Minneapolis&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gn14gm93jh1hf1oq.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Hamburg<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/va6k5041i9qz3uh4.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Montreal&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lw/lww9ttmbzj3wojwx.jpg"></p></li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/128581551/googleplex-expansion-pivots-big-and-heatherwick-design-onto-new-site Googleplex expansion pivots BIG and Heatherwick design onto new site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-01T20:35:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T22:02:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a55a6704d2feeba7ce0ad2dbde9329bc.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google already had building rights for a fifth site overlooking Charleston Park, just east of the current Googleplex [...] A 2007 lease agreement allows Google to build up to 595,000 square feet of office and commercial space there. [...] The new plans feature the same futuristic designs by European architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick that were part of the larger plan debated by the city this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For some background on the Googleplex expansion plans:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128401723/medell-n-s-social-urbanisation Medellín's "social urbanisation" Nam Henderson 2015-05-30T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-30T13:12:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khpsr3y8a2vs93zk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In other words, the landscapes and cityscapes hung up on the wall of the mayor speak to you. City planners and administrators ought to listen to their cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Peter Day spoke with&nbsp;Medellin's mayor, Anibal Gaviria, about how his city has changed since the Escobar years. Specifically, about the importance of&nbsp;"social urbanisation" and the role of urban infrastructure projects.</p> 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 >2015-06-01T23:10:28-04:00 <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 >2015-06-01T23:00:33-04:00 <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>