Archinect - News 2014-12-20T12:22:26-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116362713/urban-land-institute-issues-recommendations-for-houston-s-astrodome Urban Land Institute issues recommendations for Houston's Astrodome Natalya Egon 2014-12-19T19:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T19:06:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vkl27gnn8f1pt6c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The latest proposal for the aging Astrodome calls for converting the structure into an indoor park and civic space, including an indoor grassy lawn and an outdoor promenade lined with oak trees. An Urban Land Institute panel, comprised of urban planners, economists and designers from around the country, released its preliminary recommendations Friday at the NRG Center."</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/116345850/don-t-write-off-elon-musk-s-hyperloop-yet Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet... Archinect 2014-12-19T14:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:35:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7up4aigu0m7pwcp.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Hyperloop in California could be built within a decade, for between $7 and $16 billion and there are no technical showstoppers, Ahlborn says. In other words, while Musk&rsquo;s initial estimate of $4 billion was somewhat optimistic, it wasn&rsquo;t exceptionally far off, especially given that Ahlborn believes the ultimate number for the hyperloop between San Francisco and Los Angeles would come in toward the lower end of the range.</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/116361110/uic-s-obama-library-proposal-includes-a-complex-that-will-extend-over-expressways UIC's Obama library proposal includes a complex that will extend over expressways Archinect 2014-12-19T10:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T03:38:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b81eb1bb6686ceab63f23ddcc191f4ad.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UIC officials said the site would extend like a deck over the point where the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways come together, formerly known as the Circle Interchange. Officials said capping the expressways would be similar to the way Millennium Park was built over existing Illinois Central Railroad tracks.</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/116268837/how-north-adams-became-a-company-town-for-art How North Adams became "a 'company town' for art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-18T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T13:49:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4reu1y8ewdrh4e0c.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>a $25.4 million state grant that, matched with upwards of $30 million in private funds, will allow the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) to renovate another 140,000 square feet into gallery space on its 13-acre campus. While this expansion will make it the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S., MASS MoCA has also been pioneering new economic models, civic engagement strategies and urban design interventions that are relevant for museums in much larger cities.</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/116194161/urban-design-at-the-intersection-of-development-science-and-super-computing Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</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/116119506/will-la-finally-become-a-city-of-cabs Will LA Finally Become A City of Cabs? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-16T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dj753emyrk4sjgu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the terms of the proposed draft order, every taxi in Los Angeles would have to become accessible via a mobile application similar to the ones used by Uber and Lyft. These applications will require certification by the Taxi Commission, which can then specify things like pricing maximums and limits on hours worked in a single shift, and can perhaps even set up a rating and complaint system for passengers.</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/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-16T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hy/hyurqgf4n94497og.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a study&nbsp;presented last weekend to the Gerontological Society of America, University of Kansas assistant professor&nbsp;Amber Watts examined 26 subjects with mild Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease and 30 healthy control subjects.&nbsp;She tracked health outcomes over two years, controlling for home price, income, gender, and education. [...] "Our findings suggest that people with neighborhoods that require more mental complexity actually experience less decline in their mental functioning over time.&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/116076935/from-beirut-open-letter-to-mr-rem-koolhaas From Beirut: Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-16T11:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T22:12:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/581xvhernmk7srhw.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the above, we are appealing to you in your roles as founder and lead architect of the firm, and as an educator and a public intellectual, to side by us in advocating to your client, but also to planning and urban authorities in Beirut the preservation of a site with unique characteristics, and withdraw services on this project. If such advocacy efforts falter, we urge you to dissociate yourself and your firm from this contentious project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1452074595037881/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests</a>, letters to officials,<a href="http://www.beirutreport.com/2014/05/the-fight-for-dalieh-one-of-beiruts.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/19679" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media mobilization</a>. We are writing today to alert you to the disturbing facts behind the project, and solicit your support in outlining an alternative vision for Beirut&rsquo;s seafront.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116037548/sports-stadium-architecture-welcome-to-the-new-temples-of-pleasure Sports stadium architecture: Welcome to the new temples of pleasure Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T06:59:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/018d3e7e07c39f01602c5f396c1fea95.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's like creating a contemporary cathedral in some ways [...]" "Often the stadium is meant to become the pride of a city, a landmark object, and as such, a monument representing the latest achievements in architecture." Since ancient Greeks built the first Olympic stadium in fine white marble, the arena has been as much about inspiring awe, as staging competition. Today's architects must go even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116027896/queensway-elevated-park-receives-over-440k-in-funding-for-first-phase QueensWay Elevated Park Receives Over $440K in Funding for First Phase Diane Pham 2014-12-15T11:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T14:53:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/wh7n7x9hg1ye3vl3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The WXY Studio Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio design of an elevated park in Queens, New York has just gotten a $440,000 cash infusion from New York State. The money will go towards the design of the first phase of the project, estimated to cost $120M to build. The park, when complete, would transform 3.5 miles of abandoned elevated railway into a park akin to the High Line Park in Manhattan.</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/115812933/chicago-rethinks-rules-for-developers-to-increase-affordable-housing Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-12T15:34:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxj2gbnmylu7mk6u.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the new [Affordable Requirements Ordinance] would require that at least 25 percent of affordable units be built on site, removing the ability to opt out totally. [...] Developers would also be allowed to meet the affordable unit requirement by building or rehabbing on other lots within a mile of the main site. The aim is to create affordable units in the neighborhoods where they&rsquo;re most scarce, rather than to continue to concentrate them in the city&rsquo;s poorer communities.</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/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park Tulsa Mayor Hasn’t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f959d5a959b31e4ddba71154ce76ec02.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week we reported on Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett&rsquo;s decision to prevent construction of a sidewalk on Riverside Drive that would provide walking access to a major new city park. Local advocates say the lack of a sidewalk will make the park harder to get to on foot, and they don&rsquo;t buy the mayor&rsquo;s explanation that people will be safer if there&rsquo;s no sidewalk tempting them to walk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"<em>Residents who want the sidewalk have charged that the mayor nixed it after wealthy homeowners complained that it would attract &ldquo;undesirables.&rdquo;</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115805685/50-years-of-gentrification-will-all-our-cities-turn-into-deathly-canberra 50 years of gentrification: will all our cities turn into 'deathly' Canberra? Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T09:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f5e5590afc12f6d79732487d759377f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economist Intelligence Unit puts Melbourne in first place, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide and Calgary. There is never any mention, on any list, of London or New York, Paris or Hong Kong. There are no liveable cities where you might actually want to live. [...] Liveability, it seems, is defined by a total absence of risk or chance, pleasure or surprise. It is an index of comfort, a guide to places where you can go safe in the knowledge you&rsquo;ll never be far from a Starbucks.</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/115731033/can-nyc-create-a-new-neighborhood-without-displacing-an-old-one Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One? Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T03:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4d4b7358ed080fe35bf42449cab5419c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a nod to Mayor Bill de Blasio&rsquo;s affordable housing plans, New York City&rsquo;s Department of City Planning is inventing a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; to take what it thinks is a promising section of the Bronx from parking lots to high-rises. While the city has promised to make community outreach a cornerstone of its plans, the idea of a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; has left many who live there seeing Brooklyn-infused foreshadowing.</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/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood Activists “Evict” Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-10T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T13:22:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/7133dc7b5d6c2a511515f9bd1694c8c8.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On November 8th, a group called the North East L.A. Alliance (NELA Alliance) held a public art performance titled &ldquo;Procesion de Testimonios: Evicting Displacement,&rdquo; which sought to bring attention to changes in Highland Park. The procession began along the most visibly gentrifying corridor, York Boulevard, and the group served mock eviction notices to businesses the group didn&rsquo;t feel were &ldquo;culturally inviting, affordable and displaced long-time businesses,&rdquo; according to organizer Melissa Uribe.</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/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable? Alexander Walter 2014-12-09T15:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/33ab875049604cf10aefdf6d08d2da81.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ahead of a special Guardian Cities event, the renowned urban &lsquo;rethinker&rsquo; says cities should be six or seven storeys high, Helsinki is on the verge of revolution, and that he&rsquo;s sceptical of London&rsquo;s cycle superhighway plans [...] Practice partner S&oslash;holt puts forward one way of improving a city&rsquo;s liveability: &ldquo;Mix the city and assemble the people rather than dispersing them.&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/115503755/are-zoning-laws-responsible-for-america-s-housing-problems Are zoning laws responsible for America's housing problems? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T15:40:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmzeuzwcsblog2q8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tax breaks, rent-control laws and building restrictions that make up zoning codes in many major cities require lawyers to decipher. Whether by design or effect, a housing regime that is intelligible only to highly trained professionals is one that spells endless power for owners and endless misery for tenants. Zoning codes must be simplified &mdash; quickly, radically and without mercy.</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/115499716/marines-to-conduct-training-in-downtown-la Marines To Conduct Training In Downtown LA Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-08T14:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:15:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iiz1a8uhfpjqdajc.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not going to look like 'Apocalypse Now' by any stretch of the imagination. The Marine Corps has held similar training in recent years in Atlanta, Memphis and other cities. The military worked closely with the Los Angeles Police Department and notified property owners so no one will be caught off guard</p></em><br /><br /><p>Message and the purpose is clear. US Government is training for urban warfare and large cities are the training grounds. Once we are done with&nbsp;foreign urban centers&nbsp;perhaps the idea is to "bring it on home."</p><p>Of course, it's all under the disguise of fighting terrorism (or is it Ferguson?).</p><p>"There&rsquo;s no terrorism threat out there that would be the reason that these exercises are being conducted, this is something that&rsquo;s been kind of ongoing for a while. This is one location amongst many that the Marines are gonna be kind of exposing their people to.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-08T12:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:22:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z8/z8j5n9so09ee2z40.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;When they came out of the quarters they could see it was fully engulfed,&rdquo; fire department spokeswoman Katherine Main told the paper. &ldquo;It was a building under construction in the framing phase. Almost 1 million square feet and a city block.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Freeway signs melt and windows in adjacent buildings burst in the intense heat. Two buildings near the burning construction site are damaged and freeways are closed for hours.</p><p><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=los+angeles+fire&amp;oq=los+angeles+fire&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4476j1j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=122&amp;ie=UTF-8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The fire</a> which burned down an <a href="http://la.curbed.com/tags/geoff-palmer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular</a> (among the architects) apartment complex a 7 storey wood construction in its final stages of completion.&nbsp;</p><p>Social media users in the city have been quick to post pictures of the pillar of fire reaching up into the night sky, with some taking a more ominous interpretation of the blaze.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115193283/paradise-lost-the-enduring-legacy-of-a-soviet-era-utopian-workers-district Paradise lost? The enduring legacy of a Soviet-era utopian workers’ district Alexander Walter 2014-12-04T14:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T20:38:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ar/ar74mzg6qrr0w7ee.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture critic Owen Hatherley travelled to Nizhny Novgorod to visit Avtozavod, a purpose-built &ldquo;workers&rsquo; paradise&rdquo;. The idealism may have gone, but its legacy remains strong</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/115038324/building-an-identity-immigration-and-architecture-in-southern-california Building an identity: Immigration and architecture in Southern California Alexander Walter 2014-12-02T14:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:06:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb3481550741ad98df2389c5c3976d5d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks at L.A., he sees the city shaped by immigrants. Landmark buildings in Koreatown that adapt and evolve with a new generation. Houses in Arcadia that allow Chinese homeowners a proud, conspicuous place in a new country. Street life across the region that takes its cue from the way Latino neighborhoods blur the line between public and private.</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/114974068/l-a-ranks-as-one-of-the-most-expensive-american-cities-for-renters L.A. Ranks as One of the Most Expensive American Cities for Renters Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:06:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bh/bhmpgegrykoz0ggm.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The median per capita income in Los Angeles is $27,900. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment&mdash;and, frankly, this sounds low to us&mdash;is said to be about $1,400. You can do the math. It's very difficult to keep a roof over your head in this town. Yet another analysis has confirmed this. The folks at Rent.com&nbsp;looked at median rent and median income in America's largest cities and concluded that L.A. is one of the five worst places in the nation for renters.</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/114958779/the-privatization-of-america-s-parks The Privatization of America's Parks Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T13:17:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wxy357mkfelps6pl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can billionaires remake the Manhattan shoreline? Apparently so, in light of the news that a new park will be just offshore in the Hudson River, largely financed by the media mogul Barry Diller and situated, conveniently, a short walk from his office in Chelsea. The new park will also be near the High Line, allowing for an easy tour of how private wealth is remaking the city&rsquo;s public spaces. This trend isn&rsquo;t unique to New York [...]</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/114726266/editor-s-picks-395 Editor's Picks #395 Nam Henderson 2014-11-28T13:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T11:56:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9dhysfoj7cero1ze.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;reviews, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113594682/jimenez-lai-storyteller-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the built work and paper architecture of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>.&nbsp;To wit "<em>regardless of the medium...Understanding the role of storytelling within design is fundamental to all of Lai's work</em>".</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x </strong>commented "<em>The most interesting drawing that he did was a series of plans of a space ship city...really cool how he treated all surfaces as plan (the drawing was in zero gravity...)...A guy like him would be really great at film...I would love to see his drawings animated into short films</em>". <strong>tanya</strong> enjoyed reading the article and summed up why "<em>Understanding space from a different viewpoint , experiencing a variety of emotions while inhabiting a space , having the luxury to change the vibe of a specifically designed space, a sense of play within architecture, playing around with the art/part of architecture !</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hx9hs0pfmh3bdic7.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/paulkeskeys" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Keskeys</a>,&nbsp;penned <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113965543/invasion-a-first-hand-view-of-gentrification-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Arch2133</strong> wasn&rsquo;t happy "<em>I really don't understand neutral positions like this and it leaves a bad t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114577899/architecture-won-t-save-the-world-tactical-urbanisms-at-moma-or-will-it Architecture Won’t Save the World: “Tactical Urbanisms” at MoMA (...or will it?) Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T14:18:00-05:00 >2014-11-29T14:00:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f0896fb30058dfad40d32753ae70267.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities&rdquo; is, at least nominally, about urbanism and architecture. [...] The problems, not the solutions, presented in &ldquo;Uneven Growth&rdquo; are very real. Before Gadanho and his teams of architects, planners, and researchers can suggest productive solutions, they would do well to acknowledge that their fellow practitioners hold responsibility for the very state of urban affairs they seek to remedy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113571377/moma-s-uneven-growth-case-studies-conclude-with-exhibition-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's &ldquo;Uneven Growth&rdquo; case studies conclude with exhibition this month</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114178291/smart-cities-called-smart-but-condemned-to-being-stupid Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:32:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xxxq4igps49b8rs.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/535731506103463936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114126142/tracking-economic-conditions-with-satellite-imagery-and-shadows Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows Archinect 2014-11-20T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:47:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/789648f9a507cb229e9feb24fe7993c3.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.</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/113962327/planning-the-unplanned Planning the Unplanned Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:48:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rb8mmeed2hk873p9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren&rsquo;t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].</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/113961523/berlin-after-the-wall-a-microcosm-of-the-world-s-chaotic-change Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World’s Chaotic Change Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:18:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9din4efkmnnbm0qk.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not far from the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz was a no man&rsquo;s land during the Cold War. Then the Berlin Wall fell, and the German authorities made it a petting zoo for celebrity architecture. The corporate headquarters of Germany&rsquo;s new global swagger. But the ambitions for Potsdamer Platz, like the hopes and fears about a united Germany, turned out differently. The architecture was not so great. Many companies fled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T13:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p>