Archinect - News 2015-03-04T21:37:57-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built The town that Hyperloop built Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T19:57:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e25cd1f06956a6cb50c08f9659285b93.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For [Hyperloop Transportation Technologies], the Quay Valley test track is a way to test its idea of smaller hyperloop rings that could eventually connect to a bigger loop that runs along I-5. For Quay Valley and Hays, the test track is a wildly futuristic attraction [...] It follows a narrative pulled from the world of consumer technology, rather than conventional urban planning. Quay Valley isn't really a place with people yet ... it's a collection of technologies that residents will use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Transit oriented developments, or TODs, are mixed-use urban nodes designed with public transit as their core. The typology emerged from the idea that well-integrated and easy access to transit supports businesses and an active urban life, and that strategic transportation planning can help make thriving cities. But what if that transit, and the town, are both brand new?</p><p>Cut to Quay Valley, a proposed development out in the middle of California's Central Valley that would bear the testing ground for a bunny-slope version of the Hyperloop, Elon Musk's pneumatic wonder-transit. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), an organization intent on making the Hyperloop a reality but independent from Musk (and working with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> to get there), wants the new city to be the test environment for a Hyperloop mockup halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles &ndash; the end-lines in Musk's original proposal.</p><p>The Hyperloop would be the de facto public transit of Quay Valley's 7,500-acre plot, gettin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121761235/los-angeles-historic-places-made-accessible-and-searchable-for-all Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T21:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T15:11:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqe7oi67qg0bmnb2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams <a href="http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square/mcwilliams.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remarked</a> that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren&rsquo;t as many glaring <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shiny erections</a> or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don&rsquo;t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called <a href="http://www.historicplacesla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HistoricPlacesLA</a>, that history is becoming much more accessible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hc5bdac1izan7egi.jpg"></p><p>A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA&nbsp;is essentially an online database of all the significant physical urban elements in LA &ndash; from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapped, and acce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T20:15:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5j313lvk1mij6jwu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is a place that is &ldquo;conducive to making ideas and forms at the same time,&rdquo; asserted Michael Maltzan during a talk yesterday at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Part of the museum&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series inCOLLABORATION, Maltzan&rsquo;s talk focused on the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts, as well as his conception of the role of contemporary architecture in the future of American cities.</p><p>The talk was divided into three categories: housing, civic or landscape design, and infrastructure. Yet as Maltzan moved from one to the next, he noted the conceptual permeability of these categories. On the one hand, he asserted that the movement between a house and an infrastructure project, for example, can be radically divergent. This is a fact with which Michael Maltzan Architecture has become intimately acquainted as they have greatly expanded their reach both programmatically and geographically in recent years. On t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121694530/editor-s-picks-406 Editor's Picks #406 Nam Henderson 2015-02-27T12:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T22:24:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/082z5gnoykszrpho.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published another edition of Archinect&rsquo;s <strong>UpStarts:</strong>&nbsp;featuring <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/121127644/upstarts-martha-read-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Read Architects</a>.&nbsp;Referring to the design for a Marina authorities Building in Porto Montenegro,&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> commented "<em>it's like it's dancing, right Kristofer?...a little twist on the water kind of thing</em>"</p><p><br><strong>&nbsp;News</strong><br>Architecture professor Jane Porter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121051328/she-had-got-it-razan-abu-salha-remembered-by-her-architecture-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote an essay in memory o</a>f Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.&nbsp;<strong>Lye__Nerd____Sky__Nerd</strong> thought the whole thing tragic beyond words and proposed the establishment of "<em>a scholarship fund in her name</em>". On a related note check out <a href="http://storycorps.org/listen/yusor-abu-salha-and-mussarut-jabeen/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> StoryCorps interview with from May 2014 with Yusor Abu-Salha &ndash; one of the other victims of the shooting in Chapel Hill &ndash; recorded a StoryCorps interview with Mussarut Jabeen (L), who was her 3rd grade teacher.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gucsw3lpif7kzkj.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reported in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan recent talk at SCI-Arc</a> which "<em>convincingly explicated the radicalism of socially-aware architecture, even when it appears traditional</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;argued he "<em>is either guilty by associati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121601302/controversy-surrounds-plans-to-replace-the-golf-courses-of-new-orlean-s-city-park Controversy surrounds plans to replace the golf courses of New Orlean's City Park Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:43:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T11:49:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j2t3z2xiyprpa1pl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You can't see it now among the overgrown cart paths and weed-choked lagoons but a championship golf course will soon rise in City Park [...] City Park's long-awaited, oft-delayed $24.5 million golf complex finally broke ground and will one day be a boon for the local golf community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jeff Duncan of <em>The Times-Picayune&nbsp;</em>gushes over the slated-development and its&nbsp;7,300-yard Rees Jones-designed course. Boasting "a&nbsp;new clubhouse, driving range and practice facility," project-designers hope it will attract the attention of the Zurich Classic. But not everyone is happy about the plans: a <a href="https://www.change.org/p/new-orleans-city-park-cancel-plans-for-development-of-the-championship-level-golf-course-in-northern-city-park?recruiter=239564841&amp;utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=facebook&amp;utm_campaign=autopublish&amp;utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Change.org petition</a> has already attracted almost 1,200 signatories hoping to shut down the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6pvjxckn2lgpled.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The sixth-largest park in the US, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Park_%28New_Orleans%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Park</a> was unique among the country's great public parks in that it was largely self-supported. The park hosted three 18-hole golf courses in addition to an amusement park, botanical gardens, several sports stadiums and the New Orleans Museum of Art. But when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, many of the facilities were destroyed. In the wake of the storm, the park quickly became overgrown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhtvtez5x6l19qy5.jpg"></p><p>For some, the post-Katrina park is an improvement on its older, privatized existence. According to the petition, this "naturally reclaimed urban oasis" has&nbsp;"been creati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121532238/mvrdv-approved-to-redesign-the-70s-vandamme-nord-block-in-montparnasse-paris MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris Justine Testado 2015-02-25T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T16:50:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayxv10c0s34slo51.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MVRDV officially got the green light from the City of Paris for their plans to restructure the Vandamme Nord at Ga&icirc;t&eacute;-Montparnasse in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Built in the early 1970s by French architect <a href="http://www.pierre-dufau.com/realisations.cfm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Dufau</a>, the mixed-use complex is located on a triangular island bordered by Rue Mouchotte, Avenue du Maine, and the rail tracks to Gare Montparnasse.</p><p>The Vandamme was once a landmark as one of the largest urban projects at the time, but -- with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dying malls</a> continuing to be the norm -- its glory days faded away as it failed to keep up with a changing urban society.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xsxtpkc1im0adsl.jpg"></p><p>Aiming to renew a sense of place within the Montparnasse district and improve public accessibility, MVRDV plans to give the building a new fa&ccedil;ade as well as completely reorganize and open up the building's internal program. The complex will be broken up into a collection of "boxes" inserted in the existing structural frame that will vary in size, program, color, and materials, and will also be flexibly designed for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121529828/would-you-cross-these-bridges-check-out-a-few-nine-elms-to-pimlico-bridge-entries-for-london-s-river-thames Would you cross these bridges? Check out a few Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge entries for London's River Thames Justine Testado 2015-02-24T20:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:46:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2ds54tomrzypi06i.jpg" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of the <a href="http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/planning/publications/vauxhall-nine-elms-battersea-opportunity-area-planning-framework" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework</a>, London's Borough of Wandsworth has its sights on constructing a new pedestrian bridge across the River Thames, between the two very distinct districts of Nine Elms and Pimlico. Quite evidently, the teams currently in the Nine Elm to Pilmico Bridge competition aren't holding back their imaginations.</p><p>Launched this past December, the competition invited multidisciplinary teams worldwide to conjure up a design concept that would serve as a basis for the final design of the bridge for construction -- if the project <a href="http://linkis.com/wordpress.com/InaJk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">even gets to that point</a>. The competition organizers state on their website that they're not looking for a specific design, but rather the best team that shows the strongest capability of designing the landmark bridge.</p><p>Out of the 74 schemes from Stage One, we picked out a few that caught our attention:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftzt0kibxzpwmm9p.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 70</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zt/ztc7gcc1ae9mihpw.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 60</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qm/qmdfeg7816vlhh1r.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 62</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x1/x1di2ij46i35hdnr.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 04</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/op/op7ieb9v968q64t8.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 43</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzvucqs4p4s92utf.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 08</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ws/wskuqzlaz1r3fvp9.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 80</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcqy5w4x20ds0yp2.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 10</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gj6ojhn6dx8mhm7e.jpg"><br>&uarr; Scheme 29</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvs5m9zu28oqeg1b.jpg"><br>&uarr;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121509716/the-sudden-rise-fall-of-oregon-s-second-largest-city The sudden rise & fall of Oregon's second largest city Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:25:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/8247d7d93218e9da4b047622822abc5c.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mere utterance of Vanport was known to send shivers down the spines of "well-bred" Portlanders.&nbsp;Not because of any ghost story, or any calamitous disaster&mdash;that would come later&mdash;but because of raw, unabashed racism. Built in 110 days in 1942, Vanport was always meant to be a temporary housing project, a superficial solution to Portland&rsquo;s wartime housing shortage.&nbsp;[...] In a few short years, Vanport went from being thought of as a wartime example of American innovation to a crime-laden slum.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/02/the-citzen-reporters-of-rios-slums-best-cityreads-of-the-week/385688/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t CityLab</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121431802/alicia-eler-s-ode-to-jon-jerde-and-the-mall-as-part-of-the-american-experience Alicia Eler's ode to Jon Jerde and the mall as "part of the American experience" Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T21:57:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/by/by7d7xmin4a75euv.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I love the mall as much as I love the urban walking experience, museums and movie theaters. Today the stripmall is not just a part of my everyday life in Los Angeles [...] it is also a memory from my own suburban adolescence growing up in Illinois. Jon Jerde, the LA architect both celebrated and loathed for his role in spreading shopping malls across US suburbia, died this month. Some might scoff at his life&rsquo;s achievement. I am not one of them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120367884/jon-jerde-founder-and-chairman-of-the-jerde-partnership-has-died" target="_blank">Jon Jerde, founder and chairman of The Jerde Partnership, has died</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121142105/times-square-and-the-routine-of-chaos Times Square and the routine of chaos Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T19:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:16:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e436a4f90d5b09a50a3bc38917bc6dd6.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Times Square runs on spectacle. Bigger and brighter is always better. And though plenty of New Yorkers wear their criticism of Times Square as a badge of local honor [...] one of the most iconic public spaces in the world. In recent years, as stretches of Broadway formerly open to vehicular traffic have been repurposed as pedestrian plazas, opportunities to activate the &ldquo;crossroads of the world&rdquo; with events, performances, and public art installations have ballooned.</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/121042475/is-nyc-s-flower-district-the-new-chelsea Is NYC's Flower District the new Chelsea? Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T12:45:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:12:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hr/hrubyz7uz6epx1se.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To stay in Chelsea and retain his lease, Mr. Kaplan [of Casey Kaplan Gallery] said, would have required paying twice the rent and taking on a much higher share of his building&rsquo;s escalating tax rate. Instead, he elected to move to a new space in the Flower District, on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. It will have double the square footage, he said, for half the cost [...] The Flower District doesn&rsquo;t draw the same kinds of numbers but is already on the art-world radar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another question: why do neighborhoods keep getting branded "the New _______"?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120975774/new-study-finds-that-los-angeles-is-actually-the-nation-s-least-sprawling-metro New study finds that Los Angeles is actually the nation's least sprawling metro Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T15:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erl6rf24cy6cq3xt.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new study by Thomas Laidley, a sociology doctoral student at NYU [...], uses satellite images to develop a new and improved &ldquo;Sprawl Index,&rdquo; which he links to a wide range of outcome measures. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that L.A. ranks as the least sprawling metro in the country, ahead of New York and San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97119254/southern-california-not-so-sprawling-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California not so sprawling after all</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101093240/the-u-s-cities-that-sprawled-the-most-and-least-between-2000-and-2010" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/120839978/from-an-urban-planning-demographics-housing-junkie From an urban planning/demographics/housing junkie Nam Henderson 2015-02-16T10:32:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:32:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f9t98b30sijeu2q.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly, in the US at least, central cities are all becoming more or less the same...Meanwhile, the suburbs are becoming more diverse. Not just in terms of ethnicity as growing numbers of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics pour into the suburbs from central cities and abroad. But also in terms of winners and losers</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year following visits to&nbsp;<a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/84634987174/thoughts-from-the-road-chattanooga-knoxville" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chattanooga, Knoxville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus</a>, csen proposed <a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/85168617084/global-vs-local-neighborhoods-global-vs-regional" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four basic city/neighborhood archetypes</a>&nbsp;for thinking about a non-dystopic 2030. He also wrote about <a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/105193722999/central-city-homogenization-and-suburban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central City Homogenization and Suburban Diversification</a>&nbsp;and argued for why&nbsp;<a href="http://csen.tumblr.com/post/105381170434/the-sun-belt-economic-model-is-amazon-omics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sun Belt Economic Model is Amazon-omics</a><strong>.&nbsp;</strong>More recently, he asked&nbsp;<a href="http://When%20Will%20We%20Build%20Internet%20Cities%20the%20Way%20We%20Built%20Railroad/Steel%20Cities?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When Will We Build Internet Cities the Way We Built Railroad/Steel Cities?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120665101/facing-the-realities-of-climate-change-staten-island-s-complicated-strategy-of-managed-retreat Facing the realities of climate change: Staten Island's complicated strategy of Managed Retreat Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T15:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:23:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60fee64c4445f9f3f4a64114df403594.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Living at land&rsquo;s edge has always come with a certain amount of risk: storms coming off the ocean can be violent and proximity to water always carries with it a possibility of getting wet. [...] in three communities on Staten Island, a New York State program to encourage managed retreat through homeowner buyouts has elicited strong interest and vocal support.</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/120640202/first-look-at-rick-joy-s-princeton-train-station First Look at Rick Joy's Princeton Train Station Keith Zawistowski 2015-02-13T10:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T21:50:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/map9ttw32rdnteyi.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Princeton University&rsquo;s campus is, in Rick Joy&rsquo;s words, &ldquo;a beautiful sculpture garden of famous architects&rsquo; buildings.&rdquo; Now Joy, the Tucson-based architect, has added his own sculpture to that garden, in the form of a train station made of blackened stainless steel and precast concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renown critic and photographer Fred Bernstein and Jeff Goldberg tag-team a first look at Rick Joy's built foray into public architecture and it's a real treat.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120523764/san-francisco-s-mid-market-neighborhood-a-corridor-of-shame San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood, a "corridor of shame?" Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T19:13:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:26:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18e3afab64b195fcd91113d300aa36e4.jpg" width="400" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This corridor of shame that I call Van Ness and Market is just a spectacular example of failed urban planning.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;In the built environment, as one writer puts it, all our warts and our glories are there,&rdquo; says Paul Groth, an architectural historian at UC Berkeley. &ldquo;You can tell how we&rsquo;re treating our fellow humans in the built environment. It really is an autobiography.&rdquo; So, what does Groth think our current architecture says? &ldquo;Greed.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117656321/san-francisco-is-quick-to-poke-fun-of-sn-hetta-s-new-one-van-ness-tower-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco is quick to poke fun of Sn&oslash;hetta's new One Van Ness tower design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120506064/china-s-manhattan-replica-continues-to-lie-abandoned-as-economy-slows China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:27:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f1928a32aa97f061ea2683c20493c5e.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manhattan may be a bustling metropolis filled with busy people rushing off to work, the theatre, restaurants and the myriad attractions the city has to offer. A replica in China, complete with knock-offs of Rockefeller Center and the Hudson River, is missing that one key element that makes New York, New York: the people. [...] &ldquo;All of these tall buildings just appeared,&rdquo; one local man recently told CTV News.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T14:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/866f0a675fc274d86a501dce90b6c4c6.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Al describes CityCenter as the product of &ldquo;the Bilbao effect: the notion that buildings designed by celebrity architects bring in tourists, and in particular a higher-end type of visitor&rdquo;. MGM&rsquo;s version was to bring in name-brand architects such as Daniel Libeskind, Helmut Jahn and Norman Foster [...]. &ldquo;It goes against the casino design convention,&rdquo; Al says, &ldquo;by having towers that let in natural light and meet the street the way buildings do in other cities&rdquo; &ndash; with retail spaces, not gaming.</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/120306028/rawabi-with-no-running-water Rawabi - with no running water Nam Henderson 2015-02-09T11:24:00-05:00 >2015-02-09T11:25:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/35z5sg1e7ukv7rip.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>His risk-taking real estate is a microcosm of the tumultuous process of Israel-Palestinian peace-making and the web of complex relationships in the occupied territories.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lyse Doucet and Jane McMullen report in from&nbsp;a totally new city made from scratch in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120043559/gensler-proposes-underline-bike-paths-in-london-s-abandoned-tube-tunnels Gensler proposes "Underline" bike paths in London's abandoned tube tunnels Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-05T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:14:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa6b3abb141665f1d2ad871d7099f2f2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Could the answer to London&rsquo;s congestion be a network of subterranean cycleways? A new project from design firm Gensler suggests that maybe &ndash; just maybe &ndash; it might. Dubbed the London Underline, the project would turn London&rsquo;s abandoned tube tunnels into living streets beneath the city. [...] London Underline is being taken seriously enough in some quarters. Earlier this week, it won the Best Conceptual Project gong at the London Planning awards.</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/119957598/map-revealed-for-de-blasio-s-city-wide-ferry-system Map Revealed for de Blasio’s City-Wide Ferry System Dana Schulz 2015-02-04T10:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:03:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/on/onyeb48iao58ibwp.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current ferry plan will cost $55 million, with plans to expand to Coney Island and Stapleton in Staten Island once more money is secured. Additionally, service will be restored to the Rockaway ferry, which was put in place in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy wiped out subway service to the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio&nbsp;gave his State of the City address where he announced plans for a new, city-wide ferry service that will serve neighborhoods&nbsp;including the Lower East Side, Astoria, the&nbsp;Rockaways, Sunset Park, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bay Ridge,&nbsp;Red Hook and Soundview, among others. Today,&nbsp;a map has been revealed that shows existing ferry lines, those that will open in 2017 and 2018, and those that are proposed.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119813867/midwest-developer-planning-shared-residence-for-seniors-and-young-adults-out-of-foster-care Midwest developer planning shared residence for seniors and young adults out of foster care Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-02T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:48:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/1794814b4e90f4761e619f83d7033f97.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Vecino Group of Springfield, a developer based in Springfield, Missouri, is proposing intergenerational housing as a long-term sustainable solution. Inspired by a similar project in Portland, Oregon,, Vecino hopes to build a 60-unit affordable housing project in Tulsa, with 30 units designated for people aging out of foster care and 30 set aside for local seniors.[...] &ldquo;Your hope is that your next door neighbor becomes your surrogate family. That would really be the hope&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119582814/dissecting-nyc-s-transit-shutdown-after-an-underwhelming-snowstorm Dissecting NYC's transit shutdown after an underwhelming snowstorm Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T18:27:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:39:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0w0uxs1aw3p2bzzl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By shutting down New York City&rsquo;s subways, commuter rail, and roads for this week&rsquo;s storm-that-wasn&rsquo;t, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) made the right call. [...] The city has learned the hard way that the best way to keep people off the streets is by shutting down mass transit. [...] Preemptively shutting down subways before Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 worked well in keeping people home.</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/119508167/read-the-urban-land-institute-s-full-report-on-the-micro-unit-housing-trend Read the Urban Land Institute's full report on the micro unit housing trend Justine Testado 2015-01-30T15:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:40:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pexw8sht71jdcd7e.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently published a report titled "The Macro View of Micro Units", which shares the latest findings in the revived trend of micro dwellings in the United States. The report arose from a ULI Foundation research grant that the Multifamily Housing Councils received in 2013 to evaluate the market performance and acceptance of small living spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k97amenh16q93s69.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>The 23-unit SMARTSPACE SoMa micro apartments at 38 Harriet St. in San Francisco.</em></p><p>Bill Whitlow, a partner of Terra Search Partners, led the ULI Research Committee that wrote the 46-page report. The Committee worked with ULI Multifamily Council members as well as other developers, operators, and design professionals familiar with micro unit developments in conducting interviews. The findings were presented at the ULI's annual fall meeting in New York.</p><p>The report focuses especially on high-density and pricey metropolitan cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. The prefab SMARTSPACE ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119581209/ontario-california-fighting-for-a-stronger-airport-in-los-angeles-mega-region Ontario, California fighting for a stronger airport in Los Angeles' mega-region Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/34/347nxnro6h35uvv3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While American airlines carry more than 700 million passengers annually, nobody wants to fly out of his own backyard. Nobody that is, except the citizens of Ontario, California. [...] Ontario wants as many of those potential 30 million passengers as it can get. And it has been pleading, negotiating and suing for the right to do so. [...] &ldquo;The Ontario Airport is the largest economic engine in the Inland Empire ... It generates jobs, revenue to the city and to the entire region"</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/119508970/boris-johnson-greenlights-london-s-crossrail-bicycle-superhighway Boris Johnson greenlights London's "Crossrail" bicycle superhighway Alexander Walter 2015-01-29T15:10:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cf5e001c02e3f556012e31c0e806f7de.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boris Johnson today confirmed he would build Europe&rsquo;s longest segregated urban cycle lane through central London after delays likely to be suffered by motorists were reduced. The Mayor approved the &ldquo;Crossrail for bikes&rdquo; protected route through Parliament Square and along the Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street after it won overwhelming public support.</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/119351406/a-closer-look-at-the-giza-2030-master-plan-blessing-or-curse-for-egypt A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt? Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:31:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/903193fceff50b329a9dac3518a0c4c7.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is this the promising future of Giza 2030? What is the status of Giza 2030 after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011? Would it be a curse or a blessing if I were from Giza? And my message to the current Egyptian regime is this: if this is the future of Egyptian cities, please leave the situation as it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119291211/sand-geo-politics-land-reclamation-sand-wars-and-secular-ism Sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and secular(ism) Nam Henderson 2015-01-26T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T19:32:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/tx7yr7ovgiljcfv6.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To make matters more turbid, the nightmare of coastal reclamation occupies an imaginary and regulatory space created by several misunderstandings about territory itself. These become urgent against both the backdrop of our &ldquo;oceanic&rdquo; moment and the apparent dissolution of that idyll of 19th- and 20th-century geopolitical thought, the grounded state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joshua Comaroff writes about contemporary sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and&nbsp;secular(ism).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119252599/what-is-interior-urbanism-a-review-of-monu-21-by-claudia-mainardi-and-giacomo-ardesio What is Interior Urbanism? - A Review of MONU #21 by Claudia Mainardi and Giacomo Ardesio MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2zpgu6dehaz3iw81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1969 Reyner Banham in his book <a href="http://books.google.es/books/about/Architecture_of_the_Well_Tempered_Enviro.html?id=kkI5pgQHM7cC&amp;redir_esc=y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment</strong></a> marked the shift between the concept of interior to that of an artificial environment. Technology and new human needs in fact had become an integral part of architecture, defining a new paradigm to describe indoor space, that it was not any longer a concern of the singular living-cell but rather of its internal atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426c6j0qhtct7gsi.jpg"></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com/issues.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue 21 of MONU</a></strong> describes the current development and the extreme consequences of what this Interior Urbanism means. As <a href="http://cargocollective.com/brendancormier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong>Brendan Cormier</strong></em></a><em> </em>emphasizes in his article <strong>Some Notes Towards an Interior Archipelago</strong>: &ldquo;90% of our lives are spent inside. Urban life is an interior affair.&rdquo; This statement manifests the necessity to invert the canonical approach to read and plan cities, unfolding a new possible stream of research which considers how architecture affects our everyday life.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptg020ff9sza3ven.jpg"></p><p>Climate, or the need to erase the atmospheric conditions, is one of the trigger factors of the production o...</p>