Archinect - News 2014-08-27T12:58:26-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107480758/why-haven-t-china-s-cities-learned-from-america-s-mistakes Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes? Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T08:44:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e5c23594fcc3e06cecd76188cbde600.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the wake of economic reforms in the 1990s that helped set off the largest urban migration in history, China had the rare opportunity to embrace cutting-edge city-building approaches as it expanded its skyline. It could have avoided the mistakes that made Los Angeles into the land of gridlock, or bypassed the errors that turned the banlieues of Paris into what one American planner calls &ldquo;festering urban sores&rdquo;. But China looked back instead of forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meanwhile in Africa: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107478346/4-public-housing-lessons-the-u-s-could-learn-from-the-rest-of-the-world 4 Public Housing Lessons the U.S. Could Learn From the Rest of the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T12:57:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b718069f289296cd8130c629da81c6cc.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public housing in the United States is associated with failure and misery. The very words conjure up visions of concrete tower blocks, drug-related violence and concentrated poverty. But contrary to popular belief, public housing in the U.S. has not been an utter disaster [...]. Many of public housing&rsquo;s failures can be traced to the American political and economic context, especially easy to see when compared with the success of similar policies around the world.</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/107409072/ghost-town-searching-for-remnants-of-russia-in-the-chinese-city-of-harbin Ghost town: searching for remnants of Russia in the Chinese city of Harbin Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T15:17:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2b3811d6ad5d317acca440b9a67782d.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not rare for a civilisation to abruptly falter, give way and fold into a new one. This insight seems obvious in the territories of the former Soviet Union &mdash; a universe transformed into a memory overnight. [...] that a city turned ruin continues to be inhabited, that the collapsing buildings and boulevards stained by a thousand footsteps, after the apocalypse, host new forms of human life, new memories. Harbin, in the far north-east of China, used to be a very Russian metropolis.</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/107407617/a-failed-public-housing-project-could-be-a-key-to-st-louis-future A Failed Public-Housing Project Could Be a Key to St. Louis' Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T14:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T13:33:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55fb00a924984901898453be5a57a3e8.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Pruitt-Igoe site is once again in the spotlight, but this time because of a new bid to &ldquo;get the economic flywheel going in the right direction again,&rdquo; in the words of private developer Paul McKee, the force behind the proposed NorthSide Regeneration project. [...] The lynchpin of it all would be to get the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency&mdash;the high-tech eyes and ears of the Defense Department&mdash;to relocate to where the towers of Pruitt-Igoe once stood.</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/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-22T17:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T17:40:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/423268c3005cf63dbc320dc00da3ed98.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The study from&nbsp;UCLA's Ziman Center for Real Estate&nbsp;shows that the average renter in Los Angeles, which has the highest percentage of renters in the country, devotes 47 percent of his or her paycheck to rent. [...] It's the latest depressing news about L.A.'s rental market, and it comes with a twist: affordability is not a new post-recession problem, but one that has been getting worse for decades. &ldquo;Our studies show a severe housing burden among poor renters has existed since 1970</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/107096195/in-kazakhstan-a-shimmering-skyline-on-the-steppe In Kazakhstan, a Shimmering Skyline on the Steppe Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T13:59:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30cef026d80156b442868a1ac92aaca5.jpg" width="315" height="210" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seventeen years ago, when Kazakhstan moved its capital here, the city of Astana didn&rsquo;t even exist. [...] But after years of rapid economic growth fueled by Kazakhstan&rsquo;s oil and gas riches, the skyline of Astana [...] is now punctuated by gleaming skyscrapers and Western-style shopping malls. The city has become a hotbed for architectural experimentation, attracting big names like Norman Foster and Manfredi Nicoletti who have transformed it into what locals now call &ldquo;Manhattan on the Steppe.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More big players wanting a slice of that yummy Astana cake:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80399280/kazakhstan-s-astana-world-expo-2017-competition-attracts-big-international-names" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kazakhstan&rsquo;s Astana World Expo 2017 Competition Attracts Big International Names</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man Gentrification of Burning Man Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-21T00:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T17:07:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khec2bb57cu03lxh.jpg" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,&rdquo; said Brian Doherty, author of the book &ldquo;This Is Burning Man.&rdquo; &ldquo;It does have this feeling that, &lsquo;Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s gentrifying.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&amp;aq=t&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;rls=SUNA,SUNA:2006-47,SUNA:en&amp;q=burning+man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google search</a>&nbsp;but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from <a href="http://elseplace.blogspot.com/2008/08/burning-man-new-religion.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burning Man, a new religion?</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107023856/traffic-lights-are-easy-to-hack Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T18:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T18:26:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzncucigwb0avhjm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper published this month, the researchers describe how they very simply and very quickly seized control of an entire system of almost 100 intersections in an unnamed Michigan city from a single ingress point. The exercise was conducted on actual stoplights deployed at live intersections [...] As is typical in large urban areas, the traffic lights in the subject city are networked ... allowing them to pass information to and receive instruction from a central management point.</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/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</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/107021440/rebuilding-gaza Rebuilding Gaza Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T18:52:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uv/uvvq2sayr0grnkym.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palestinian Authority government has estimated that it could cost $6 billion to rebuild the territory: 50,000 homes have been totally or partially destroyed, roughly 250 factories have reportedly been rendered inoperable, and Gaza's sewage treatment facility and power plant have been damaged, shrinking the available supply of drinkable water and creating a potential health crisis for residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The recent (and <a href="http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/20/israel-hamas-assassination.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ongoing</a>) Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip has taken a massive toll on the densely-populated urban area's infrastructure. While the need to begin reconstruction is urgent and unquestionable, the mechanics are much trickier. In order to get cement into Gaza, Palestinians must either smuggle it in or wait for Israel to slacken the seven-year old embargo. Israel, on the other hand, remains opposed to easing restrictions on construction materials after Hamas used imported cement to construct its network of tunnels, &nbsp;although it has <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.610061" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently signaled</a> that it will slacken some elements of the blockage.&nbsp;The process will begin with a donor conference with funds processed by the Palestinian Authority, which is supposed to lead reconstructive efforts.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107016621/rockaway-pipeline-stirs-controversy Rockaway Pipeline Stirs Controversy Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T14:09:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8yw6ph8cfz0eht7.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pipeline called the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is under construction in the Rockaways. It will deliver 647,000 dekatherms of natural gas to New York City each day &mdash; enough to power 2.5 million homes. Activists ... say the project is inherently dangerous and is just the latest sign of a broken approval and monitoring process for the United States&rsquo; energy infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Concerned activists and locals may have good reason to be worried. Prior pipeline accidents, such as the 2010 San Bruno explosion, have caused extensive damage and even deaths. The Al Jazeera article notes that "since 1986, there have been about 8,000 significant pipeline incidents in the United States, which have resulted in over 500 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries and billions of dollars in damage." Additionally, <a href="http://co.williams.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williams</a>, the company contracted to build the pipeline, is already subject to a federal probe after a string of incidents at other pipelines. Designed to stretch beneath popular beaches, the Rockaway pipeline would be particularly vulnerable, some argue, pointing to the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy.</p><p>Incidentally, the pipeline would run beneath Fort Tilden, currently the host of MoMA PS1's "Rockaway!," a public arts exhibition. In an already abandoned structure in the dunes, Patti Smith set up a gilded four-post bed that is exposed to the weather. As the summer st...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107014210/blue-urbanism-book-takes-urbanism-out-to-sea "Blue Urbanism" book takes urbanism out to sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hi0r3tu4kyi5vb13.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are the &lsquo;blue planet&rsquo; and everything we do here in cities is connected to and impacts the oceans. But we don&rsquo;t in the urban planning community think of connecting our work to oceans and ocean conservation.&rdquo; [...] Blue Urbanism ... explores the ways cities and oceans connect, such as through food, trash, the need for energy and commerce.</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/106963616/will-philadelphia-ever-be-home-to-a-middle-class Will Philadelphia Ever Be Home to a Middle Class? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/6994dd200759dc44aee682aec0d37081.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recent research by Pew showed that half of the 20- to 34-year-olds polled did not expect to be living in [Philadelphia] in five to 10 years, largely because of concerns about education and career opportunities (the ones that never knock). I love Philadelphia, it has become my home. But what will happen if the bulk of today&rsquo;s middle class follows their parents and trickles out to the suburbs?</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/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oma1fcgjzmghae6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T23:49:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac9246a29689fa9515554bb8f44b635.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways. It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan that will require coordination of the 88 cities and and dozens of public agencies in the L.A. Basin to achieve.</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/106877575/streetcars-and-urban-renewal Streetcars and Urban Renewal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T18:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T14:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qi/qiz9nf5ppnqujjdj.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most American cities paved over their streetcar tracks decades ago, deeming the services slow, rickety and inconvenient. Commuters have long preferred cars and buses. But streetcars&mdash;sometimes known as trolleys or trams&mdash;are making a comeback. Services are rolling out in at least 16 American cities, with dozens more in the works [...] The relationship between streetcars and development is not clear, say researchers funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).</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/106795640/why-sprawl-may-be-bad-for-your-health Why sprawl may be bad for your health Archinect 2014-08-17T16:06:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T18:23:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a2c7f6582f06aca03ff73fde4204f96.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marshall, Garrick and Piatkowski are talking about a different set of health concerns: not communicable diseases like cholera, but lifestyle diseases like diabetes. "The literature suggests," they write, "that the shift in industrialized nations toward a more sedentary lifestyle is linked to increasingly auto-dependent lifestyles, which in turn is linked to lower density developments and auto-friendly land uses." Maybe we're designing places, in other words, that make it harder to be active.</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/106425627/should-city-planners-have-to-live-in-cities Should city planners have to live in cities? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:36:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0doqk232ncl6imgl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brad Buchanan spends his summer weekends, and some predawn mornings, atop an ATV checking on his cattle along Kiowa Creek. [...] But each weekday, Buchanan shifts gears... The weekend farmer who's also a longtime architect ... is five months into his job as Denver's head city planner. That juxtaposition &mdash; an Eastern Plains rancher responsible for making key decisions about Denver's increasingly dense urban footprint &mdash; has some critics of the city's building bonanza grumbling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In that ancient fable of localized identity, a city-dwelling mouse and his country-dwelling cousin try out life in each other's shoes. There are countless versions of this story, found in civilizations from all over the world. Invariably, when each mouse visits his cousin, he feels uncomfortably out of place &mdash; the food is strange, it's not clear what's dangerous, life's pace isn't quite right &mdash; and is relieved to return home.</p><p>Regardless of whether these stories end by taking a side, favoring city-life over country-life or vice versa, they all concede the idea that some folks get along better in the place they're from, and that makes them less capable in the other place. This classic urban v. rural dichotomy doesn't seem to matter much in contemporary architecture practice. It's common in the global economy for a firm that's based in a dense city center to build a monument in a rural setting, or for developers to flip properties in China from their offices in Ottawa. If the design is ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106633556/the-people-designing-your-cities-don-t-care-what-you-want-they-re-planning-for-hipsters The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hh/hhpnk7wt63kp52l3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>current conventional wisdom embraces density, sky-high scrapers, vastly expanded mass transit and ever-smaller apartments. It reflects a desire to create an ideal locale for hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers. [...] Overlooked, or even disdained, is what most middle-class residents of the metropolis actually want: home ownership, rapid access to employment throughout the metropolitan area, good schools and &ldquo;human scale&rdquo; neighborhoods.</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/106631146/how-lgbt-acceptance-is-redefining-urban-america How LGBT Acceptance Is Redefining Urban America Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T12:49:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:44:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ce9a411e359e367f3398368e13b17ba.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In cities around the country, the geographical hubs of gay culture &mdash; so-called &ldquo;gayborhoods&rdquo; &mdash; are changing. Amin Ghaziani, author of a new book, There Goes the Gayborhood?, says this subtle cultural shift holds enormous significance for the gay community in urban America and beyond. [...] Yet while positive social and legal shifts have led to this change (from the Castro to Chelsea), we haven&rsquo;t quite evolved past the point of needing them.</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/106562105/the-militarization-of-u-s-police The Militarization of U.S. Police Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-14T22:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-17T14:53:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wryywoj4qcc1zc1j.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The intensive militarization of America&rsquo;s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, with little attention or traction. &ldquo;The blurring distinctions between the police and military institutions and between war and law enforcement, police militarization&rdquo; as &ldquo;the process whereby civilian police increasingly draw from, and pattern themselves around, the tenets of militarism and the military model.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>And close to home, here at bigger Archinect circle, its impact on urban environments emphasized here. <a href="http://demilit.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DEMILIT</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558889/why-a-bike-city-why-not-a-mix-of-biking-and-transit Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit? Archinect 2014-08-14T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T14:38:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91745990de229b8d7c72a420d8c185aa.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I see nothing wrong with replacing the hegemony of cars with the hegemony I am proposing, of bikes. Those who need buses would be no worse off than they are now. But a problem would come if a city like Amsterdam had a bike modal share of 90 percent, as could achieved if end-of-trip strategies were built into all buildings to eliminate the problem of bike theft, and if shelter removed the inequity of cycling being the one mode remaining where people get wet.</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/106402301/la-s-aging-infrastructure-will-cost-the-city-billions LA's Aging Infrastructure Will Cost the City Billions Nicholas Korody 2014-08-12T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T00:17:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjend77nyverlxt8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From buckling sidewalks to potholed thoroughfares to storm drains that can&rsquo;t handle a little rain, the infrastructure that holds [Los Angeles] together is suffering from years of deferred maintenance. Bringing pipes that deliver water to 3.9 million people up to snuff could cost $4 billion [...] The bill for repaving streets will be almost that much, according to estimates from a city consultant, and patching or replacing cracked sidewalks will require $640 million.</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/106324364/hanoi-is-it-possible-to-grow-a-city-without-slums Hanoi: is it possible to grow a city without slums? Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T13:29:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9175aa7e40e0a6a69dd85b7d22799227.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hanoi has faced the same population pressures as other Asian cities. But thanks to vague and informal conventions, the state has been able to avoid extreme levels of disservice, even to the most impoverished new urban areas. And the construction of homes themselves has remained at least loosely connected to the regulations of the more formal suburbs. Together these factors have prevented the formation of slums as they are typically defined. But how has this come about?</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/106195207/smart-city-states Smart City-States... Nam Henderson 2014-08-09T23:24:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lk7q2onid75z8k63.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When somebody comes to make your city smart, he never comes by himself...billions in growth doesn't come without standards and industry alliances. I have never seen so many standards and industry alliances as I am seeing in 'Smart Cities' and 'Internet of Things', and foundations too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bruce Sterling recently spoke at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fab10.org/en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAB10Barcelona</a>.</p><p>Also check out his <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/brucesterling/sets/72157645746813181/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr set</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106106157/mapping-new-york-languages Mapping New York Languages Nicholas Korody 2014-08-08T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:38:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/my227b8cstpta9y5.jpg" width="514" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Community Survey is a massive annual effort by the Census Bureau to measure various aspects of American life. Among many other things, respondents are asked if they speak a language other than English at home, and if so, what language is spoken. Using this data, as explained in more detail at the bottom of this post, Business Insider was able to map out New York City's most popular non-English languages.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Business Insider also made a map of New York's most common languages not including English <em>or&nbsp;</em>&#8203;Spanish:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p37f4v6tvqldg0a0.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:46:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/ln1b19eltlt25u5f.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only take a virtual bird&rsquo;s-eye tour on Google Earth to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors, developers and designers. Not far from the Angolan capital of Luanda lies arguably one of the most impressive examples: Kilamba New City. A massive housing development designed to accommodate 500,000 people [...].</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/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/udgwgsjx8lk1c25t.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Flooded with politicos and political junkies, Washington, D.C. often comes off as a city steeped in raw ambition. But the nation&rsquo;s capital deserves to be known for something else: coolness. While &ldquo;cool&rdquo; might not be the first word that comes to mind when contemplating the latest standoff in Congress, D.C. nonetheless has a lot to offer those who call it home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today, Forbes released its most recent ranking of American cities, this time based on the vague, unscientific, and seemingly ridiculous category of "coolness." What, you may ask, are the determining factors of coolness?</p><p>Pay attention high school students:</p><ol><li>Entertainment options</li><li>Bars and restaurants per capita</li><li>"Foodie culture" ie. farmer's markets</li><li>Breweries per capita&nbsp;</li><li>Cultural/ethnic diversity</li><li>Youth population</li></ol><p>Wait, <em>what</em>? Personally, these criteria signal "yuppy" more than "cool" to me, but I guess it's all relative. Washington DC topped the list, followed by Seattle, Austin, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Riverside <em>(yes, Riverside is much much cooler than L.A.)</em>, Boston, Dallas.&nbsp;</p><p>Call me crazy but it seems odd that New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago (or even New Orleans or Detroit!) don't make the top ten. I guess Forbes is rebelling against norms, which itself is a classic (albeit unlisted) signifier of coolness.&nbsp;</p><p>What are your thoughts? Can coolness be quantified? What are America...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105939752/bed-stuy-prices-soar Bed-Stuy Prices Soar Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:19:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7of32t4l4rn1in6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As prices rise in Brooklyn, brokers in Bedford-Stuyvesant have been breaking sales records left and right since March [...] Nine of Bed-Stuy&rsquo;s top 15 residential sales in the past five years are from 2014 [...] Meanwhile, the median sales price during the second quarter rose to $630,000, up from $425,000 in the second quarter of 2013. In June of this year, the median asking price was even higher, according to StreetEasy data: $895,000, a 50.4 percent increase from June 2013.</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>