Archinect - News 2016-05-24T11:58:13-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149946951/is-biking-good-for-you-even-if-the-air-is-heavily-polluted Is biking good for you even if the air is heavily polluted? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-23T20:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T22:08:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/an6ukifnqmiedefq.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Given all the harm we know air pollution can cause, does cycling actually help, or could it hurt? After all, I&rsquo;m not breathing in the foul fumes of a truck when I&rsquo;m sitting inside an air-conditioned train. I&rsquo;m certainly not breathing them in deeply, as I would while huffing and puffing on my cycle. Air pollution kills more than 5 million people every year, yet there has been no analysis of the costs versus benefits of city cycling. Until now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Long story short: keep biking. Researchers found that, in almost every city around the world, the health benefits of biking "far exceed" the damage than can be caused by breathing in dirty air.&nbsp;Even in the worst polluted cities in the world, you have to ride at least 60 minutes a day to be more harmed than helped.</p><p>For more on the dirty air polluting cities around the world, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944855/billions-exposed-to-dangerous-air-as-pollution-grows-at-alarming-rates-around-the-world" target="_blank">Billions exposed to dangerous air as pollution grows at alarming rates around the world</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946857/the-open-graves-where-new-york-buries-its-unclaimed-bodies The open graves where New York buries its unclaimed bodies Nicholas Korody 2016-05-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T14:10:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0f8zbt3kmnm354r.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twice a week or so, loaded with bodies boxed in pine, a New York City morgue truck passes through a tall chain-link gate and onto a ferry that has no paying passengers. Its destination is Hart Island, an uninhabited strip of land off the coast of the Bronx in Long Island Sound, where overgrown 19th-century ruins give way to mass graves gouged out by bulldozers and the only pallbearers are jail inmates paid 50 cents an hour. There, divergent life stories come to the same anonymous end.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"New York is unique among American cities in the way it disposes of the dead it considers unclaimed: interment on a lonely island, off-limits to the public, by a crew of inmates. Buried by the score in wide, deep pits, the Hart Island dead seem to vanish &mdash; and so does any explanation for how they came to be there."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/536rg5o2sxde3tnv.jpg"></p><p>Be forewarned: it's a pretty grim read. Unclaimed bodies tend to have tragic backstories, providing a portrait of a city that provides few resources to its most vulnerable inhabitants: the mentally ill, homeless, elderly, and impoverished.</p><p>"In the face of an end-of-life industry that can drain the resources of the most prudent, these people are especially vulnerable," writes author Nina Bernstein.</p><p>For more on spaces devoted to the deceased, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123740675/they-died-as-they-designed-famous-architects-self-styled-gravestones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27482287/architectural-design-brings-light-to-funeral-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural design brings light to funeral home</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147965230/of-death-and-facebook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Of death and Facebook</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122124114/seattle-architect-seeks-to-redesign-america-s-burial-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136882864/approaching-a-multilayered-death-at-aldo-rossi-s-cemetery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Approaching a ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946755/museum-of-london-gives-a-tour-of-its-new-smithfield-site Museum of London gives a tour of its new Smithfield site Ellen Hancock 2016-05-23T09:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T09:57:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cymmve7nms37rjt.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum is planning to move from its present landlocked home within the Barbican with no entrance at street level, into a cathedral-sized space, using the abandoned Victorian general market at Smithfield, next door to the famous meat market. &ldquo;Our job is to make this the best museum in the world,&rdquo; Ament said, carefully stepping around pigeon droppings and pools of water in the old market, which has been empty for the last 30 years while developers and conservationists fought over its fate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Museum of London have high expectations and high hopes for this monumental space, set to open it's doors in 2021. There is even a working train line running through the central space, a feature Ament is desperately keen to keep.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more on London projects here:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938084/shortlist-for-new-museum-of-london-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for new Museum of London revealed</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944211/shortlist-announced-for-uk-s-top-museum-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist announced for UK's top museum prize</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945931/fabricated-robot-installation-at-the-v-a-unveiled-as-part-of-their-first-engineering-season" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fabricated robot installation at the V&amp;A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again) Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T20:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T20:10:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ir/ir6ixl7h3lxa9bx7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $1.5-billion second leg of the Expo Line, which opened Friday from Culver City to Santa Monica, adds seven light-rail stations and more than six miles of track to the growing Los Angeles County transit network. [...] In the immediate context of L.A.'s attempts to turn its public-transit network from national punch line to something that increasingly resembles a mature system, 13 new Metro stations in less than three months qualifies as a pretty dramatic upgrade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The aggressively expanding LA Metro system in recent Archinect news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943264/how-la-is-changing-one-rail-line-at-a-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How LA is changing, one rail line at a time</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946421/is-pyongyang-s-eccentric-architecture-only-skin-deep Is Pyongyang's eccentric architecture only skin deep? Justine Testado 2016-05-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wrh05a9bh9p5kv7i.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some Pyongyang-watchers believe the changes are merely skin deep, and do not portend or reflect deeper political or economic changes. &lsquo;There is still all this state influence. There is no free development [...] The production of the city has not yet changed. Only the shapes of the buildings have changed.&rsquo; &lsquo;There is this thing among North Koreans about developing...an architecture that is reflective of their society. So what is an architecture that reflects their society?&lsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-20T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zo/zogoongji4vey0gg.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many buildings in distinctive Manhattan neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Upper East Side and Washington Heights could not be erected now: Properties in those areas tend to cover too much of their lots (Washington Heights), have too much commercial space (Chinatown) or rise too high (the Upper East Side). [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s ridiculous that we have these hundred-year-old buildings that everyone loves, and none of them &lsquo;should&rsquo; be the way they are.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious &quot;smart city&quot; experiment" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a title="NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939039/nyc-s-hot-new-developer-design-trend-the-1902-flatiron-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building</a></li><li><a title='A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936514/a-guide-for-new-yorkers-exploring-the-suburban-jungle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"</a></li><li><a title="Sidewalks, New York's &quot;most desirable real estate&quot; " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933857/sidewalks-new-york-s-most-desirable-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946366/benoy-announced-in-heathrow-shortlist-for-terminal-of-the-future-expansion Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion Ellen Hancock 2016-05-20T11:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:11:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb2npqdf8x7ro3f0.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Benoy has been shortlisted along with three other British design firms including HOK, Grimshaw and Zaha Hadid to create a a new concept for the country's global gateway. &nbsp;The architects were asked by Heathrow to consider the purpose and potential of an airport with the resulting designs showcasing bold new strategies for a world class sustainable airport. The designs focus on innovative passenger experience and the integration of local communities.</p><p>Benoy Global Director Tom Cartledge commented on the appointment saying;<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Aviation sector is incredibly exciting at the moment as we are rapidly evolving our expectations&nbsp;and imaginations of what an Airport represents. We are extremely honoured to be included in the shortlist and our concept has reimagined Heathrow as a &lsquo;Destination&rsquo; in its own right, transforming the site to be at the forefront of the next generation of airports.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Take a look at Benoy's design concept below:<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mp/mprbf7owjkv5q5ii.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cx0mzu4yvyu80604.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2viza40irti9qk1.jpg"></p><p>Find relating articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers wi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946167/architect-richard-meier-changes-his-palette-for-new-tower Architect Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower Richard Meier & Partners 2016-05-19T11:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T15:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou1j1pzktle2miu0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But an old friend, and a special commission, have gotten the architect to change his stripes. Mr. Meier has designed a black building. At East 39th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, developer Sheldon Solow will be unveiling a 42-story, 556-unit residential building. It will be Mr. Meier&rsquo;s tallest in the city and his first since his trio of apartment towers on West Street were completed in 2004.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h6gusx0d56zwnvoo.jpg"><br><em>A rendering of the Richard Meier-designed building.&nbsp;PHOTO:&nbsp;VIZE/RICHARD MEIER &amp; PARTNERS ARCHITECTS</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946060/the-history-and-the-future-of-the-urban-skyway The History and the Future of the Urban Skyway Places Journal 2016-05-18T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:09:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6eu10k70gcqjya6q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The grade-separated pedestrian systems built in the 20th century have a variety of names: skyways, skywalks, pedways, footbridges, the +15, and the Ville Souteraine. But they have one thing in common &mdash; they have radically altered the form and spatial logic of cities around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite its fundamental role in the production of urban space, the skyway has received scant critical attention. In their article on Places, and new Walker Arts Center book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.artbook.com/9781935963127.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parallel Cities: The Multilevel Metropolis</a>,</em>&nbsp;Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James take a closer look at the history of urban skyways. From their experimental origins to the emerging new wave of 21st-century skyways, Yoos and James uncover the far-reaching ways that three-dimensional urbanism has shaped cities around the world.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946000/barcelona-s-bold-new-plan-to-get-cars-off-the-road Barcelona's bold new plan to get cars off the road Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tq/tq7vpydhko2vzhyi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest attempt from a big city to move away from car hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and noise levels, the city has come up with a new mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%. And it comes with something extra: freeing up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars to turn them into so-called &ldquo;citizen spaces&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) &ndash; mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to &ldquo;fill our city with life&rdquo;, as its tagline says."</em></p><p>A precedent for Barcelona's superblocks was actually instituted in the city back in the late 19th century when Ildefons Cerd&agrave; planned Eixample, a district intended to free up the crowded medieval neighborhoods of the old city. With their famous beveled corners, Cerd&agrave;'s large residential blocks were intended to serve as lungs for the city, with interior courtyards to provide greenery on a regular and frequent basis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2fvw53hn8rbr6ix.jpg"></p><p>But urban development laid waste to Cerd&agrave;'s carefully-laid plans. Today, the city loses about 3,500 citizens each year to air pollution.</p><p>The bold new plan comprises a series of interventions to create "superblocks" from nine of Cerd&agrave;'s smaller blocks. The initiative starts with restricting vehicular traffic to primarily the perimeter streets.</p><p>City officials hope that by i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945995/increasing-development-translates-to-more-homeless-housing Increasing development translates to more homeless housing Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8t96831oqjnhkid.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary&rsquo;s Place, the service provider, has perfected: turning vacant or transitioning buildings into temporary shelter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to decades of research conducted on real-life case studies, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">providing housing for the homeless is actually cheaper than not doing so</a>. Thriving real estate markets also make it easier to provide permanent shelter, as noted in the article:</p><p><em>It&rsquo;s perhaps counterintuitive, but Executive Director Marty Hartman says the boom times for the local real estate market have created more opportunities for Mary&rsquo;s Place than the recession. As companies expand, it&rsquo;s development more than abandonment that stocks the vacant building pool.</em></p><p><em>Seattle officials have begun to pivot toward 24-hour shelters&nbsp;as a new approach toward the issue. This is modeled after San Francisco&rsquo;s Navigation Center, which houses people so they can devote their energy away from survival and toward creating stability in their lives.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ftkv64fc2xcmb4jo.jpg"></p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147809321/los-angeles-approves-plans-to-tackle-homelessness-crisis-but-funding-is-still-unclear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles approves plans to tackle homelessness crisis, but funding is still unclear</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945984/architects-design-the-house-of-tomorrow Architects design ‘the house of tomorrow’ Ellen Hancock 2016-05-18T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56a050f8bc62e9c57ab78a45b6b88490.jpg" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) invited six contemporary architecture practices to create speculative responses to the UK&rsquo;s housing crisis for the exhibition, At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow. Drawing on materials from the RIBA archives, the studios from the UK, France and the Netherlands produced designs that re-examine the familiar housing typologies of the cottage, terrace and flat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating article here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944209/architects-advice-to-london-s-new-mayor-sadiq-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects advice to London's new mayor Sadiq Khan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945857/copenhagen-divests-from-fossil-fuels Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T18:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bprc3evjpvepi77.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Copenhagen will pull its investments out of coal, oil and gas companies. The city council have agreed to divest the fossil fuel holdings of the city&rsquo;s &euro;920 million investment fund [...] "Copenhagen decided to ban investments in companies that gain more than 5 percent of their revenue from coal, oil and gas. The criteria apply to companies that engage in prospecting, extracting or refining coal, oil and gas..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Good work Danes! For other urban efforts to curb our collective fossil fuel addiction, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143667350/what-the-paris-agreement-means-for-architecture" target="_blank">What the Paris Agreement means for architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution" target="_blank">Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes &mdash; the end of the industrial revolution?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138435289/the-climate-is-getting-hotter-and-we-re-not-doing-nearly-enough" target="_blank">The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers LA has a housing crisis – but the problem isn't those fancy new towers Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T14:11:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74i0wp553wpleawx.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What&rsquo;s the root cause of Los Angeles&rsquo; affordable housing crisis? Many blame the new luxury housing developments springing up... driving up interest in the neighborhood and attracting hipsters. Landlords take notice and soon rents start climbing. That&rsquo;s the story anyway. But here&rsquo;s the thing: If booming development in hot markets like Hollywood and downtown is why rents keep going up... why have the same price increases hit locales with extremely limited development?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Because our problems aren&rsquo;t driven by a local phenomenon but by a regional one: low residential vacancy rates. Nothing is more important, and data from the American Community Survey confirm this. Zooming out to look at the 20 largest U.S. cities rather than local ZIP codes, the correlation between prices and vacancies is four times stronger than the correlation between prices and new development."</em></p><p>According to experts, 5% vacancy is the magic number defining the landlord-renter relationship. Above it, the landlord is forced to lower rents or offer incentives to attract renters. Below it, expect to pay exorbitant rates for that roach-infested closet.</p><p>So in other words, it's a paucity of housing stock in general driving the city's housing crisis, rather than a few flashy towers.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941745/as-housing-crisis-persists-l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-get-one-step-closer-to-legal" target="_blank">As housing crisis pe...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945738/olafur-eliasson-s-green-light-responds-to-the-refugee-crisis-in-europe Olafur Eliasson's 'Green Light' responds to the refugee crisis in Europe Ellen Hancock 2016-05-17T11:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rul3zjrmze7cpuw.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Green Light is an artistic workshops that responds to the current situation in Europe, in which countless refugees are caught up in legal and political limbo. Together with TBA21 in Vienna, Olafur Eliasson has invited people from different backgrounds &ndash; refugees and locals &ndash; to take part in exchanges at <a href="http://www.tba21.org/greenlight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TBA21-Augarten</a> through a playful, creative process.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2o/2ot9irr2boj2odox.jpg"></p><p>Over the course of the three-month project, which ends&nbsp;5 June,&nbsp;participants put together&nbsp;<em>Green light</em>&nbsp;lamp modules designed by Olafur Eliasson on two days of the week and take part in&nbsp;practical workshops and language courses on two other days. During that time, TBA21 is also hosting a multifaceted programme of shared learning that features workshops, seminars, performances, screenings, lectures, and artistic interventions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dy/dy1k2pscv3tbaha7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6rdophz4v2g7r30.jpg"></p><p><em>&ldquo;Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of Vienna. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945538/poverty-corruption-and-crime-how-india-s-gully-rap-tells-story-of-real-life Poverty, corruption and crime: how India's 'gully rap' tells story of real life Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-16T12:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:08:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9ij46ijezxfbwhw2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>beneath the surface of the city, a new sound has begun to emerge, one which refuses to airbrush poverty, illiteracy and police brutality. Driven by a similar sense of disenfranchisement that characterised the development of hip-hop in 1970s New York, a new generation of musicians is creating India&rsquo;s own homegrown rap scene &ndash; labelled by some as &ldquo;gully rap&rdquo;, slang for gutter or from the streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;The popular rappers in Bollywood just talk about girls and booze and parties, they are only talking about glamour and trying to sell a fake dream. I wanted to make music that spoke about fighting, and the murders and the violence that were a part of my life growing up &ndash; and is the same for millions of others living in ghettoes across India.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>The roots of his music may lie in American hip-hop, but Shaikh and others in India&rsquo;s burgeoning scene have made gully rap their own. Shaikh&rsquo;s lyrics, a mix of Hindi and Urdu, speak in the street slang of India&rsquo;s slum areas and address everything from police corruption and brutality to his song Bombay, which is about &ldquo;the everyday struggle to survive&rdquo;, directly challenging the government for making fake promises.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945389/what-it-s-like-living-here-shawn-selway-in-hamilton-ontario What It's Like Living Here — Shawn Selway in Hamilton, Ontario Gary Garvin 2016-05-15T16:39:00-04:00 >2016-05-16T10:11:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ai7cqxivzrbln92.jpg" width="480" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We inhabit a lampoon of capitalism. Marx would certainly get a laugh out of the view: the mountain of capital left to rust unused, and just beyond, a second mountain, still alive with fire and action and thriving alongside the corpse of its former rival.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Canadian writer Shawn Selway provides an intimate and critical view of the urbanization&mdash;and subsequent decline&mdash;of Hamilton, Ontario. The issues he raises can be found around the globe. Hamilton is one more piece in the puzzle we're all trying to live in&mdash;and solve.</p><p>Another quotation from the piece:</p><p><em>Consultants overran the joint. Their maps reconfigure the territory and their perspectives are disturbing in a surprisingly intimate way. Attending public meetings at the rail station turned banquet hall, or at the neighbourhood recreation centre, you are made uneasy by the scale of what is proposed. Your understanding of &ldquo;market forces&rdquo; deepens when the invisible hand is pressed to your own back, steering you firmly toward the door.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945094/syrian-architect-talks-about-the-past-and-future-of-her-destroyed-hometown-of-homs Syrian architect talks about the past and future of her destroyed hometown of Homs Alexander Walter 2016-05-13T13:57:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:49:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/5321cf42b6a1365fc572393967f2fca5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is planning still important in a city that's been razed to the ground by civil war? Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni thinks so. She describes life in the city of Homs, which has sustained massive destruction during the Syrian war, and reveals what she'd like it to look like in the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944079/new-moma-exhibition-explores-the-architecture-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New MoMA exhibition explores the architecture of displacement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147345876/before-after-photos-of-syria-s-devastated-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945084/flashback-floyd-mckissick-s-unfinished-soul-city-suburb-in-nc Flashback: Floyd McKissick's unfinished “Soul City” suburb in NC Justine Testado 2016-05-13T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-16T11:55:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nlweb59ka0kp40m.jpg" width="514" height="785" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There would be homes and industry surrounded by trees, hills and lakes. Above all, there would be no prejudice, poverty or slums, according to a Soul City brochure...Despite its name, Soul City was never intended to be an all-black town, but rather, a multi-racial community built and managed by black people. [But] Portions of the area resemble a ghost town, rotting &ndash; or perhaps waiting. Could Soul City ever be resurrected?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read up on the rise and halt of Soul City, a suburb that attorney and civil rights activist Floyd McKissick envisioned for North Carolina's Warren County in the late 1960s-70s.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101096460/for-libertarian-utopia-float-away-on-startup-nation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For Libertarian Utopia, Float Away on &lsquo;Startup&rsquo; Nation</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944855/billions-exposed-to-dangerous-air-as-pollution-grows-at-alarming-rates-around-the-world Billions exposed to dangerous air as pollution grows at alarming rates around the world Nicholas Korody 2016-05-12T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:14:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i337mzb5ogxvg45k.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air, according to new data from more than 3,000 cities compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO). While all regions are affected, fast-growing cities in the Middle East, south-east Asia and the western Pacific are the most impacted with many showing pollution levels at five to 10 times above WHO recommended levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the WHO data, the most polluted city in the world is Onitsha, a booming port city on the coast of Nigeria. With almost 600 micrograms per cubic meter, the city has around 30 times the recommended level of PM10 particles (the larger, but still dangerous, air pollutant particles).</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944739/kenya-moves-to-shut-down-dadaab-the-world-s-biggest-refugee-camp Kenya moves to shut down Dadaab, the world's biggest refugee camp Nicholas Korody 2016-05-11T18:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T18:25:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fmmrz5dhttpjuxu.jpg" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kenya has vowed to close the world&rsquo;s biggest refugee camp within a year and send hundreds of thousands of Somalis back to their war-torn homeland or on to other countries, a plan decried by aid and human rights groups as dangerous, illegal and impractical. Kenya says it needs to close the sprawling Dadaab camp, home to 330,000 mostly Somali refugees, to protect the country&rsquo;s security after a string of terror attacks by al-Shabaab.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With most of Europe and the Middle East grappling with an unprecedented refugee crisis, it's easy to lose sight of the millions of other displaced peoples around the world. But the largest population of refugees isn't in Germany, Sweden, or France.</p><p>Rather, with a population of 329,811 refugees, primarily Somali, the refugee camp complex in Dadaab, Kenya is the largest in the world. Now, the Kenyan government is moving to shut it down.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146808835/sweden-plans-mass-expulsion-of-up-to-80-000-refugees" target="_blank">Sweden plans mass expulsion of up to 80,000 refugees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture" target="_blank">What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture?</a></li></ul><p><em>This month Archinect is focusing on socially-aware projects as part of our special theme for May,<strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/741197/may-help" target="_blank">Help</a>.</strong>&nbsp;</em><em>Have projects of your own that are oriented towards creating a more equitable and livable society? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942369/open-call-for-submissions-help" target="_blank">open call&nbsp;</a></em><em>before&nbsp;Sunday, May 22.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944736/moscow-s-metro-expansion-moves-ahead-of-schedule Moscow's metro expansion moves ahead of schedule Nicholas Korody 2016-05-11T17:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/sekpy6mcnhwolrw6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The&nbsp;already rapid expansion of&nbsp;the Moscow metro may be picking up steam, if a&nbsp;flurry of&nbsp;announcements in&nbsp;recent days is to&nbsp;be believed. A&nbsp;brand-new portion of&nbsp;the Butovskaya metro line, which will link the&nbsp;southernmost stations of&nbsp;the orange and&nbsp;gray Lines, may be open to&nbsp;the public by&nbsp;the end of&nbsp;this week, Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin said Friday, RIA Novosti reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The new line will include three stations &mdash; Ulitsa Starokachalovskaya, with a transfer to the gray line station Bulvar Dmitria Donskogo, Lesoparkovaya and Bitsevsky Park, which connects to the orange line station Novoyasenevskaya."</em></p><p>Moscow is in the midst of a major infrastructure-overhaul, with plans to increase the number of stations by nearly 40% by 2020. And, if the reports are correct, they're way ahead of schedule.</p><p>The master plan includes some 79 new stations, radically changing the city and how people get around in it.</p><p>More Muscovite news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935791/moscow-s-iconic-shukhov-tower-added-to-world-monuments-fund-watch-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141374451/russian-pedestrian-infrastructure-that-teaches-you-a-thing-about-avant-garde-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russian pedestrian infrastructure that teaches you a thing about avant-garde art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139031170/renzo-piano-building-workshop-redesigns-moscow-power-station-into-art-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano Building Workshop redesigns Moscow power station into art site</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135802570/moscow-skaters-reclaiming-hidden-spaces-on-top-of-soviet-era-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130182129/owen-hatherley-on-the-mass-housing-history-of-moscow-s-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow&rsquo;s suburbs</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944705/lissoni-architettura-conceptualizes-a-submerged-aquarium-in-the-east-river Lissoni Architettura Conceptualizes a Submerged Aquarium in the East River Dana Schulz 2016-05-11T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phm0i8kk8vzkegif.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A lower level would contain the actual aquarium, while the higher level would be a floating green island. At night, the island would slide to cover the island and turn into a planetarium, its movement resembling that of a shell. A sloping beachfront would cover the parking area, and a public park would connect the mainland with the new basin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Milan-based firm Lissoni Architettura created the winning entry for Arch Out Loud's ideas competition for a NYC aquarium and public waterfront. They propose a submerged aquarium called NYCAquatrium&nbsp;that will be located in a new basin along the Long Island City waterfront.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T17:35:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:05:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don't follow Transportation Department safety directives. "We have the ability to withhold (federal) funds from Metro. We have the ability to shut Metro down, and we're not afraid to use the authority we have," Foxx said told reporters. "This is serious business."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Local officials have yet to identify the root cause of incidents involving electrical arcing, smoke and fire, and so have no plan for how to fix the problem, he said."</em></p><p>For more on the dilapidated state of American infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us" target="_blank">Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7vo2y8goziecdgd.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The region where the Pearl River flows into the South China Sea has seen some of the most rapid urban expansion in human history over the past few decades &ndash; transforming what was mostly agricultural land in 1979 into what is the manufacturing heartland of a global economic superpower today.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Shenzen (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/374ws9o0j5m9jmjf.jpg"></p><p><strong>Shenzen (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b49iq4wsm2ehgg82.jpg"></p><p><strong>Macau (1991)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzhp17fmkhfp5d5m.jpg"></p><p><strong>Macau (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o9nsivpx387udkf9.jpg"></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ejg4wpm02hbj4ojk.jpg"></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dv/dv0knfslnceiza6w.jpg"></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (1949)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f84pja8o7rc6ic51.jpg"></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hndo5l1ti3e7fw8k.jpg"></p><p>Some related content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938433/a-more-optimistic-view-on-china-s-ghost-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A more optimistic view on China's ghost cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944245/khartoum-s-urban-planning-secrecy-sparks-protest Khartoum's urban planning secrecy sparks protest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-09T13:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:31:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8pzjza8iy74nqox.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Khartoum Planning Project-05, or KPP-05] state[s] that heritage buildings will be taken over for cultural, recreational and tourism functions. The government ministries that currently occupy such buildings will be moved elsewhere. There&rsquo;s nothing in the plans to demonstrate a clear strategy for preserving these buildings' heritage. [...] There have been no proper consultation processes. This has undoubtedly led to the current flux of protest and anger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a title="Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right</a></li><li><a title="Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145115960/africa-s-urbanization-must-chart-a-unique-course" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course</a></li><li><a title="Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a title="Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944234/rafael-vi-oly-admits-432-park-has-a-couple-of-screw-ups Rafael Viñoly admits 432 Park ‘has a couple of screw-ups’ Alyssa Alimurung 2016-05-09T12:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:30:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/gh0bfydwkc0ewu1u.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Critics of the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere, 432 Park Avenue, are quick to try to bring the tower down from its 1,400-foot pedestal. And strangely, its very own architect is the latest jump on the bandwagon. Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly admitted at a Douglas Elliman talk last week that his creation &ldquo;has a couple of screw-ups,&rdquo; namely the window framing, which he blames on developer Harry Macklowe, and the tiny issue of &ldquo;the interior design and layout.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145656227/as-432-park-ave-reaches-completion-the-number-of-supertall-skyscrapers-in-the-world-is-now-100" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As 432 Park Ave reaches completion, the number of supertall skyscrapers in the world is now 100</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128473885/a-trashcan-inspired-the-design-of-rafael-vi-oly-s-432-park-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944209/architects-advice-to-london-s-new-mayor-sadiq-khan Architects advice to London's new mayor Sadiq Khan Ellen Hancock 2016-05-09T11:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:28:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5y34r8i9niy5pd8d.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Sadiq Khan arrived for his first day at work as London&rsquo;s new mayor, architects urged him to be bold in tackling the city&rsquo;s housing crisis. They warned that his policies alone won&rsquo;t be enough to solve the problems and advised him to widen his approach. &ldquo;Bold strategic moves are what&rsquo;s required, and I therefore hope the new mayor has the stomach for a fight,&rdquo; said Russell Curtis of RCKa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are high hopes for Khan, find out more about some of the issues he will have to tackle in his new&nbsp;position:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944056/california-homeowners-tend-to-renovate-rather-than-relocate-here-s-why California homeowners tend to renovate rather than relocate – here's why Nicholas Korody 2016-05-06T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:28:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9l46ap2g2bspnzbm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California may be a capital of cosmetic surgery, but it&rsquo;s not just noses and eyelids falling under the knife. A hot housing market is driving buyers to pay exorbitant sums for old, frumpy houses, knowing they&rsquo;ll pay plenty more to remake them to modern tastes. Others currently own dowdy houses and choose to renovate rather than relocate.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"While the dynamic is playing out in a number of U.S. cities, California&rsquo;s plight is particularly intense because of Proposition 13, a 1978 amendment to the state constitution. It set property taxes based on 1975 assessments and capped future property-tax increases at 2% a year."</em></p><p>The issue with this, according to the&nbsp;<em>Wall Street Journal</em>, is that when a home is sold in the state, taxes increase because the property is reassessed to its new sale price. This incentivizes homeowners to renovate instead of move, thereby keeping the amount of home listings low and prices high.</p><p>More news from the Golden State:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T21:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T14:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xfc24u3gsm6fq5q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19439/london-eye-gets-eviction-notice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Eye</a> designers <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1923marks-barfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marks Barfield Architects</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/davis-brody-bond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a>&nbsp;have created a new aerial cable car for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. The plans, which are being sponsored by&nbsp;Lou Raizin&nbsp;and Laurence Geller CBE, have yet to gain approval from any official city agency, but in the meantime here are a few renderings of the gleaming cars gliding to and fro across the cityscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3t/3tj8qhkt0tnchnh1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k6/k6tfg1bqwy9bfq9n.jpg"></p><p>By cruising over the&nbsp;Navy Pier, the Chicago Lakefront, the Riverwalk running alongside the Chicago River, and downtown Chicago, the cable cars would "showcase an aerial vista of Chicago and its architectural&nbsp;heritage to the eyes of the world." The full video can be seen at the 26:42 mark of this much longer tourism presentation spiel:</p>