Archinect - News 2015-03-29T13:29:45-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123839523/christoper-hawthorne-on-the-recovery-of-public-space-in-los-angeles Christoper Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T21:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T21:12:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luxt7au51zi2kyzf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The public sector stopped making public space a long time ago," Los Angeles architect Jon Jerde told Wired magazine rather matter-of-factly in 1999. [...] A little more than two decades later, there is something quaintly fatalistic about Jerde's attitude toward the frail state of public space. In Los Angeles, at least, it has returned pretty dramatically to health.</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/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300 RIBA seeks architect to redesign remote island community of <300 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:09:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24e208ba62003f1b6827e8502e930273.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[RIBA] has launched the contest to create a self-sustainable future for those living on Tristan, a tiny community &ldquo;ruled by the weather&rdquo;, part of the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. [...] Tristan&rsquo;s government, led by Alex Mitham, called in Riba to manage the process of finding an architect to overhaul residential property as well as carry out urgent replacement of the government buildings, currently little more than agricultural sheds which &ldquo;are nearing the end of their useful life&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/123686052/stockholm-s-vision-zero-offers-idealistic-concept-of-car-free-cities Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities Justine Testado 2015-03-25T09:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T12:32:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0912ieexkwpv4xg.jpg" width="514" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Vision Zero conversation widens, a new dimension is emerging to the approach. Increasingly, planners and advocates are talking about creating cities rich in human interaction, cities that provide a healthier environment that puts people above cars in a variety of ways...[At the same time,] Stockholm is already focusing on walkability, even if not under the Vision Zero rubric.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102245366/los-angeles-on-cusp-of-becoming-major-walkable-city-study-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123679631/10-failed-utopian-cities-that-influenced-the-future 10 Failed Utopian Cities That Influenced the Future Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-24T22:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T08:49:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/uneeok21jum8hnm9.jpg" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bonus: BoozeTown, the Crazy-Ass Town of Drunks</p></em><br /><br /><p>It is still up for debate, but I will say real estate ownership might be abolished and become irrelevant.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123673986/field-operations-to-helm-new-miami-underline-project Field Operations to Helm New Miami Underline Project Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T17:50:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vepmoyq1j2li5c1m.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the Underline bicycle route and linear park that would replace the threadbare M-Path under the Metrorail tracks from Dadeland to the Miami River have picked the co-designer of the wildly popular elevated High Line in Manhattan to draw up a master plan for their idea. James Corner Field Operations was selected by a local jury from among 19 architectural teams that submitted entries in a competition.</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/123674790/manifesto-for-the-clever-city Manifesto for the Clever City Nam Henderson 2015-03-24T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T23:44:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mr3x6fa0jw9wqn4o.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To establish a use case it is essential to understand the &lsquo;users&rsquo;; the human beings who a service is supposed to help. This means really getting to know those people. The service should be built around their needs, not those of the city government or technology provider.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Written (at the suggestion of Bruce Sterling) at South By South West 2015. It is based on reflections on building several connected city services.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123673983/a-new-capital-for-cairo A New "Capital" for Cairo? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T18:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b96275c3c6656192e145056897f48adf.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...last week at an economic development conference, the Egyptian government announced it was planning a giant new building project to the east of Cairo. The new city, which could eventually cover 700 km sq, doesn't currently have a name, and is being referred to simply as "The Capital"...If all goes to plan, the city will serve as the new administrative and financial capital of Egypt.</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/123662711/urban-sprawl-costs-the-american-economy-more-than-us-1-trillion-per-year Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion per year Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T14:16:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yywt5dvbr7yctaue.jpg" width="514" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new analysis authored by Todd Litman at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute concludes that sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion every year. [...] The optimal density Litman uses in the report is only about 23 people per hectare. Add those 2.2 billion people to global cities at a density of about Atlanta, and we'd need the equivalent of all the land in India to accommodate them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The true costs of sprawl</a></p><p>Here's a direct link&nbsp;to Todd Litman's study <em><a href="http://static.newclimateeconomy.report/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/public-policies-encourage-sprawl-nce-report.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl</a></em>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123351249/building-a-megacity-from-scratch-in-saudi-arabia Building a megacity, from scratch, in Saudi Arabia Nam Henderson 2015-03-20T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T13:37:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgpbklnhwa7frkur.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Creating a massive new city that is able to encourage enterprise in a practical way has up-ended the usual rigmarole of applying for permissions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sylvia Smith reports on&nbsp;Saudi Arabia's new desert "megacity".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352855/is-newark-the-next-brooklyn Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uieuy7kv0joya11f.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</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/123303072/stay-comfortable-during-climate-change-in-a-rowhouse Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse Nam Henderson 2015-03-20T12:43:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T12:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilepa7dmbcmdyjld.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In both cold and hot conditions, the study found, a rowhouse would be the best place to be. Being attached to other houses limits its exposure and keeps it better insulated</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/nj5fuz8aka1ob21n.jpg"></p><p>Ginia Bellafante reported on the release of a report by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyas.org/Publications/Annals/Detail.aspx?cid=5c5c2bdd-795f-4904-acd5-e3fe4a5c338a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City Panel on Climate Change</a>. Titled '<em>Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resilienc</em>y' it assesses impact of climate trends and advises resiliency and monitoring. Another group,&nbsp;the Urban Green Council also found the rowhouse (compared to a&nbsp;single-family detached house or glass towers)&nbsp;to be particularly energy resilient in times of disaster or extreme weather events.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms Justine Testado 2015-03-19T20:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T01:28:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnhy7y6nfg651zma.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In overcrowded Central Havana and in the historic quarter, the shortage of places to live and play and find much-needed privacy pushed the city upward, spilling onto the rooftops.The technical term for it is 'parasitic architecture.' The Cuban government doesn&rsquo;t encourage the practice, but in the city&rsquo;s oldest and most dilapidated neighborhoods, longtime roof-dwelling families...were usually allowed to stay. The parasites became permanent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Havana's rooftop-dwelling communities brace for more change -- at least in tourism -- in the bustling city below, as Cuba and the U.S. re-establish relations.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123207486/are-driverless-pods-the-future-of-public-transportation Are driverless pods the future of public transportation? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:23:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ry7i5uq0k23b4j6b.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Driverless pods, gliding above city streets using a network of elevated guideways. This is SkyTran -- but is it the future? SkyTran wants to do away with train schedules and central stations to develop a grid system above the ground with multiple "off ramps" acting as stations where users can board pre-booked pods &ndash; a cab service for the skies. Call for SkyTran on your smart phone and a computer-controlled, magnetically levitating pod arrives. It will whisk you across the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>SkyTran claims the pods, weighing just 300 lbs, would consume about a third of the electricity used by today's hybrid cars. And the infrastructure can be built for $10 million per mile, at least according to the CEO Jerry Sanders.</p><p>Later this year, the company plans to complete its first pilot project at the campus of Israel Aerospace Industries in Tel Aviv. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/mui1wlrq2kzt1lxa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skoenlexeemr862q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37dipan4usg7edbw.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122981772/an-urban-treehouse-that-absorbs-pollution An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution Miles Jaffe 2015-03-16T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0m5q37ta060unrtn.jpg" width="514" height="617" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a special building because it lives, grows, breathes and changes over time. Its terraces are dotted with 150 tall trees which together with 50 plants in the court produce about 150,000 liters per hour of oxygen, at night absorbing about 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour. Also slashing particulate matter caused by cars, protecting from noise, following the natural cycle of the seasons, growing day by day, creating an ideal microclimate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>^ Translated from Italian. Check the <a href="http://divisare.com/projects/283279-Luciano-Pia-25-Verde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a> for more photos.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops Los Angeles' famously Googie Norms to become focal point in new "community of shops" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:34:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8in550rdgr2utzl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Jason Illoulian of Faring Capital is the new owner of the land under the restaurant and its 43 parking spaces ... his plan: To build a &ldquo;community of shops&rdquo; where the parking lot now stands. [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a beautiful building and that sign is just like fucking awesome,&rdquo; he says. Will there be room in this new village for an $11.99 steak dinner? &ldquo;We&rsquo;re hoping to keep it as a 24- hour diner,&rdquo; says Illoulian of the restaurant space. &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s Norms or somebody else.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This upcoming Thursday, the Cultural Heritage Commission will decide whether the La Cienega Norms that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced imminent demolition</a> back in January will be given monument status. Meanwhile, development plans for the site are chugging along. Developer Jason Illoulian, who purchased the site back in December, is working with <a href="http://archinect.com/hplusf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hodgetts + Fung</a> to design a "community of shops" as infill in Norms' parking lot. The "background building" around the Norms structure would eat up parking on the site, drastically affecting the restaurant's accessibility. According to Mike Colonna, Norms' president, "Parking is a primary issue for us. We&rsquo;re not a high end restaurant where you could valet park your car and take an elevator to the third floor.&rdquo;</p><p>Even if the building is declared a historic monument, the diner-institution of Norms may no longer be a good fit for the neighborhood, according to Craig Hodgetts of Hodgetts + Fung:&nbsp;&ldquo;Norms is not a good fit on La Cienega,&rdquo; says Hodgetts. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not appropriate. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123041938/facebook-s-zee-town-and-the-rocky-history-of-corporate-urbanism Facebook's "Zee Town" and the rocky history of corporate urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/yc43bjpcq759s9ff.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In founding a town for some 10,000 of his employees to call their own, the Facebook mogul is following generations of entrepreneurs, from the Dutch East India Company to Walt Disney. [...] Zuckerberg&rsquo;s version is to take the form of a 200-acre private municipality adjacent to Facebook&rsquo;s Menlo Park headquarters, masterplanned by long-time collaborator Frank Gehry and ever-so-humbly dubbed &ldquo;Zee Town&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news from Gehry's work with Zuckerberg:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55882137/facebook-gehry-build-idea-factory-for-ripstik-geeks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook, Gehry Build Idea Factory for RipStik Geeks</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98163968/frank-gehry-about-his-battersea-power-station-project-norman-foster-mark-zuckerberg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry about his Battersea Power Station project, Norman Foster, Mark Zuckerberg</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122818954/designing-for-the-night Designing for the Night Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:41:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o92yt91wz88jxxih.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I speak with a student about nightlife they have something different in mind than a 65-year old town planning manager. In the municipalities, finding contacts is difficult - often nobody feels responsible or capable of speaking. That should change.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are sleepy cities and cities that never sleep. There are cities famed for their raucous nightlife, and others whose adolescent residents dream of leaving. According to the German urban scientist&nbsp;Jakob F. Schmid, interviewed for DW.DE, "Nightlife often defines the character of entire streets or districts." Schmid runs the&nbsp;"City After Eight - Management of the Urban Night Economy" project with Thomas Kr&uuml;ger, which is funded by the German government.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9kqjtkhpbirk2lp.jpg"></p><p>Looking at a variety of German cities including Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt, the researchers mapped nightlife "with online recommendation platforms as the basis for the data." The hazy blue results indicate that various forms a city's nightlife may take. In the famed-party city Berlin, for example, hotspots are diffused throughout the expansive metropolis. In a traditional German city, on the other hand, the nightlife tends to be concentrated "on the city center, usually on the streets directly surrounding the center proper."</p><p>In the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122682388/places-journal-launches-new-tool-for-sharing-articles-on-architecture-landscape-and-urbanism Places Journal Launches New Tool for Sharing Articles on Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism Nancy Levinson 2015-03-12T02:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-12T10:50:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7egrxcu4bd0fzban.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Places Journal </em>has long<em>&nbsp;</em>targeted an interdisciplinary readership &mdash; practitioners, scholars, and students in architecture, landscape, and urban design.</p><p>This week the <a href="https://placesjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">journal</a>&nbsp;has launched a new tool &mdash; <a href="https://placesjournal.org/reading-lists/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reading Lists</a> &mdash; that promises to strengthen ties between the design disciplines and related fields such as&nbsp;ecology, history, geography, photography, and technology. As part of its commitment to public scholarship and innovative practice, <em>Places</em> is encouraging readers to share topical lists of articles, books, videos and other media in their areas of interest and expertise.</p><p>The new, interactive tool enables users to create and share a reading list, build an annotated bibliography, or&nbsp;bookmark <em>Places</em> articles for future reading. Lists can be cross-referenced by subject and shared privately or publicly.</p><p><em>Places</em> is launching the new channel with a collection of <a href="https://placesjournal.org/reading-lists/?filter=featured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured Lists</a> that includes <strong>Nate Berg</strong> on the aesthetic design of freeways; <strong>Kristi Cheramie</strong> on geo-engineering by the U.S. Army Corps; <strong>B...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122663096/after-banksy-the-parkour-guide-to-gaza After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza Orhan Ayyüce 2015-03-11T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oums6m8qbtxlyd2.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My name is Abdallah AlQassab, nearly 50% of us are unemployed and we are very available to show you around</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>In response to graffiti artist Banksy's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.banksy.co.uk/index5.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make this the Year YOU Discover a New Destination</a>&nbsp;Gaza tourist video, the territory's parkour team show us what real life is like there and their dreams beyond the border. To the sounds of Palestine's biggest female hip-hop artist, Shadia Mansour, join Abdallah AlQassab and the rest of the free-running team as they flip, somersault and leap their way round the ruined city</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:38:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4o1d1rrl9fsje2j.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">choice of BIG and Heatherwick Studios</a> to design their Mountain View campus expansion is true to form: big, brash, debatably realistic, with a dash of techno-utopianism. The critical response to the proposal &ndash; a series of webbed glass shells covering reconfigurable utility spaces, integrated with the North Shore&rsquo;s natural landscape and urban life &ndash; depended on where it was published. Design and architecture publications picked at BIG and Heatherwick&rsquo;s design; tech and general publications focused on mega-client Google and the changes to Mountain View.</p><p>The renderings released at the end of February (see <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>) are part of a <a href="http://mountainview.gov/depts/comdev/planning/activeprojects/bonusfar/bonusfarprojects.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">massive master plan</a> submitted by Google to Mountain View officials on February 27. It is highly unlikely it will proceed as-is. But with the sheer real estate that Google commands in Mountain View, this project adding 2.5 million new square feet to Google&rsquo;s cache of the majority of privately owned land in the North Bayshore area, it&rsquo;s certainly not scaling t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122587559/1-1-billion-and-five-years-later-the-405-congestion-relief-project-is-a-fail $1.1 Billion and Five Years Later, the 405 Congestion Relief Project Is a Fail Nicholas Korody 2015-03-10T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-10T14:49:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/582a2e71863f20c8ebe147cb2f0686d5.jpg" width="235" height="132" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the $1.1 billion question hangs in the air: Is the 405 any more relieved of congestion than when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congressman Brad Sherman and County Supervisor Gloria Molina demanded in 2006 that L.A.'s "fair share" of state bond money be used to add carpool lanes to the 405? The answer is no. A traffic study by Seattle-based...Inrix has shown that auto speeds during the afternoon crawl on the northbound 405 are now the same or slightly slower...</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/122581108/society-of-architectural-historians-presents-public-seminar-at-chicago-conference Society of Architectural Historians Presents Public Seminar at Chicago Conference Helena Karabatsos 2015-03-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9k4apxsuzyi7teiy.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15&ndash;19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the&nbsp;<strong>68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians</strong>. But the conference isn&rsquo;t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences&mdash;conference attendees and the local community&mdash;with public programs such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;SAH Chicago Seminar.&nbsp;</p><p>The SAH Chicago Seminar, &ldquo;Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago&rsquo;s Built Environment,&rdquo; will take place Saturday, April 18th, at The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Hear from local architects, historians, and policy makers as they discuss the history and future of Chicago&rsquo;s waterways and neighborhoods. Harvard University professor <strong>Charles Waldheim</strong> will give the keynote address "Reading Chicago's Landscape as Urbanism."&nbsp;<strong>Alison Fisher</strong>, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will moderate ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122578694/thresholds-44-workspace-is-seeking-submissions "Thresholds 44: workspace" is seeking submissions csbonin 2015-03-10T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T11:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9n5znci520hiqqbd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>thresholds 44: workspace</em></strong><br>editors: christianna bonin | nisa ari</p><p><strong>CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS</strong></p><p>When an employee at Google&rsquo;s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn&rsquo;s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed &ldquo;suicide&rdquo; netting, is he fulfilling or transgressing the design of the workspace? Long hidden in museum basements, conservation labs and storage rooms now feature prominently in museum designs. Facing complicated visa programs and unsavory jobs, employers skirt bureaucracy to sustain the agricultural industry in the US and illegal workers stay undocumented in order to be easily employable. When and why are certain workspaces - and workers - hidden or revealed? What is the &ldquo;work&rdquo; that is supposed to happen in the workspace and how have transformations of the tools, economies, demographics, and technologies within the workspace shaped the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122213377/the-pragmatics-of-adaptating-to-sea-level-rise-the-next-wave-ucla The Pragmatics of Adaptating to Sea Level Rise: The Next Wave @ UCLA Nicholas Korody 2015-03-09T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-11T18:44:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sd/sdnfdluqp1as2uvd.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beneath the vertiginous LED-strip lighting of Michael Maltzan's Billy Wilder Theater, a diverse audience gathered last Tuesday for a talk entitled "The Next Wave: Urban Adaptations for Rising Sea Levels." Co-presented by the Hammer Museum and UCLA&rsquo;s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the event brought together coastal geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe and civil engineer Peter Wijsman in a conversation moderated by Kristina Hill, a UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture. The talk was part of an on-going lecture series on "the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water."</p><p>Hill began the evening's panel with a brief introduction to the unfolding realities of sea level rise, as well as some of the efforts underway to mitigate its impact. Pointing to an image of the San Francisco's Embarcadero embattled by high tides, Hill discussed the urgency of our particular temporal moment: we are in the last slow period of sea level rise that the Earth wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122455791/a-syrian-atlas-of-ruins A Syrian Atlas, of Ruins Nam Henderson 2015-03-09T00:17:00-04:00 >2015-03-09T13:22:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h0vi4ybzeqlrgh6b.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Syria&rsquo;s largest city was home to more than two million people before the war. Now most of its residents have left, and the city is divided between pro-government forces and rebels</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sergio Pe&ccedil;anha and Jeremy White reveal&nbsp;satellite image analysis by Unitar-Unosat, showing vast devastation in 4 cities across Syria from the civil war that started nearly four years ago.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl The true costs of sprawl Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:04:00-05:00 >2015-03-09T10:53:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vc8wt8ung7gzvspo.jpg" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How much more does it cost the public to build infrastructure and provide services for sprawling development compared to more compact neighborhoods? A lot more, according to this handy summary from the Canadian environmental think tank&nbsp;Sustainable Prosperity. To create this graphic, the organization synthesized a study by the Halifax Regional Municipality [PDF] in Nova Scotia, and the research is worth a closer look.</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/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built The town that Hyperloop built Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:49:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e25cd1f06956a6cb50c08f9659285b93.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For [Hyperloop Transportation Technologies], the Quay Valley test track is a way to test its idea of smaller hyperloop rings that could eventually connect to a bigger loop that runs along I-5. For Quay Valley and Hays, the test track is a wildly futuristic attraction [...] It follows a narrative pulled from the world of consumer technology, rather than conventional urban planning. Quay Valley isn't really a place with people yet ... it's a collection of technologies that residents will use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Transit oriented developments, or TODs, are mixed-use urban nodes designed with public transit as their core. The typology emerged from the idea that well-integrated and easy access to transit supports businesses and an active urban life, and that strategic transportation planning can help make thriving cities. But what if that transit, and the town, are both brand new?</p><p>Cut to Quay Valley, a proposed development out in the middle of California's Central Valley that would bear the testing ground for a bunny-slope version of the Hyperloop, Elon Musk's pneumatic wonder-transit. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), an organization intent on making the Hyperloop a reality but independent from Musk (and working with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> to get there), wants the new city to be the test environment for a Hyperloop mockup halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles &ndash; the end-lines in Musk's original proposal.</p><p>The Hyperloop would be the de facto public transit of Quay Valley's 7,500-acre plot, gettin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121761235/los-angeles-historic-places-made-accessible-and-searchable-for-all Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T21:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:14:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqe7oi67qg0bmnb2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams <a href="http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square/mcwilliams.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remarked</a> that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren&rsquo;t as many glaring <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shiny erections</a> or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don&rsquo;t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called <a href="http://www.historicplacesla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HistoricPlacesLA</a>, that history is becoming much more accessible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hc5bdac1izan7egi.jpg"></p><p>A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA&nbsp;is essentially an online database of all the significant physical urban elements in LA &ndash; from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapped, and acce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:36:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5j313lvk1mij6jwu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is a place that is &ldquo;conducive to making ideas and forms at the same time,&rdquo; asserted Michael Maltzan during a talk yesterday at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Part of the museum&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series inCOLLABORATION, Maltzan&rsquo;s talk focused on the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts, as well as his conception of the role of contemporary architecture in the future of American cities.</p><p>The talk was divided into three categories: housing, civic or landscape design, and infrastructure. Yet as Maltzan moved from one to the next, he noted the conceptual permeability of these categories. On the one hand, he asserted that the movement between a house and an infrastructure project, for example, can be radically divergent. This is a fact with which Michael Maltzan Architecture has become intimately acquainted as they have greatly expanded their reach both programmatically and geographically in recent years. On t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121694530/editor-s-picks-406 Editor's Picks #406 Nam Henderson 2015-02-27T12:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T22:24:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/082z5gnoykszrpho.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published another edition of Archinect&rsquo;s <strong>UpStarts:</strong>&nbsp;featuring <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/121127644/upstarts-martha-read-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Read Architects</a>.&nbsp;Referring to the design for a Marina authorities Building in Porto Montenegro,&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> commented "<em>it's like it's dancing, right Kristofer?...a little twist on the water kind of thing</em>"</p><p><br><strong>&nbsp;News</strong><br>Architecture professor Jane Porter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121051328/she-had-got-it-razan-abu-salha-remembered-by-her-architecture-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote an essay in memory o</a>f Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.&nbsp;<strong>Lye__Nerd____Sky__Nerd</strong> thought the whole thing tragic beyond words and proposed the establishment of "<em>a scholarship fund in her name</em>". On a related note check out <a href="http://storycorps.org/listen/yusor-abu-salha-and-mussarut-jabeen/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> StoryCorps interview with from May 2014 with Yusor Abu-Salha &ndash; one of the other victims of the shooting in Chapel Hill &ndash; recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen (L), who was her 3rd grade teacher.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gucsw3lpif7kzkj.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reported in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan recent talk at SCI-Arc</a> which "<em>convincingly explicated the radicalism of socially-aware architecture, even when it appears traditional</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;argued he "<em>is either guilty by associati...</em></p>