Archinect - News 2016-04-30T07:18:49-04:00 What makes an age-friendly city? Older citizens worldwide speak out Justine Testado 2016-04-28T20:35:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T22:52:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I believe it&rsquo;s important for all ages to interact on a day to day basis. It...hopefully removes the labelling of people as &lsquo;elderly&rsquo; or &lsquo;past it&rsquo; and the self-fulfilling behaviours that are often generated by this.&rdquo; &ldquo;Cities need cross-generational activities...People living alone of whatever age can become isolated, lonely and then mental health problems can develop.&rdquo; &ldquo;Teach young people that we are not going to move over, nor do we have to.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>How do you define an age-friendly city? Share in the comment section below.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loneliness is on the rise throughout the world's cities</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midwest developer planning shared residence for seniors and young adults out of foster care</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population</a></p> 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" Alexander Walter 2016-04-28T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T09:14:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a child, Anthony Foxx knew he couldn&rsquo;t ride his bike far from home without being blocked by a freeway. By the time he became U.S. transportation secretary he understood why. &ldquo;We now know &mdash; overwhelmingly &mdash; that our urban freeways were almost always routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods, creating disconnections from opportunity that exist to this day,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I really believe that this is an issue that has been on the shelf collecting dust for a long time,&rdquo; Foxx said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera</a></li></ul> £950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London. Ellen Hancock 2016-04-28T10:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T12:09:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you want evidence that London&rsquo;s renters are being taken advantage of, look no further than a new social media campaign. Launched Monday, the #rantyourrent hashtag encourages London&rsquo;s overcharged and poorly housed tenants to visually detail the bad conditions they&rsquo;re expected to put up with in return for large sums of monthly rent. &nbsp; The results, detailed in a new Tumblr called Vent Your Rent, make for sobering viewing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More articles on London and the housing crisis here:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></p> Looking to buy a small town? This Nevada desert gem could be yours for $8 Million Alexander Walter 2016-04-27T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T15:16:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An hour south from the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, a tiny town in Nevada is up for sale. Cal-Nev-Ari, Nev. (pronounced Cal-Nev-Air) is off a lonely stretch of Highway 95, surrounded by distant mountains and endless desert. The town isn't far from the California and Arizona borders [...]. If you can afford the $8 million asking price, you'll get the airstrip, the diner and the town's only casino. That includes a dozen old slot machines and a smokey bar. This place has character.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Nevada solar plant can store heat from the sun for up to 10 hours &ndash; with molten salt</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li></ul> Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T20:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The observation deck won&rsquo;t be finished for a few years yet. If you want to see the future of New York, walk north along the High Line, round the curve at the rail yards, and turn your back to the river. Amid the highway ramps and industrial hash of far-west Manhattan, a herd of cranes hoists I-beams into the sky. This is Hudson Yards, the largest private real-estate development in United States history and the test ground for the world&rsquo;s most ambitious experiment in &ldquo;smart city&rdquo; urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, I reviewed Mattern's book&nbsp;Deep Mapping the Media City, in which she delves into some of the issues surrounding so-called "smart cities."&nbsp;Check out the review <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>For more on the implementation of surveillance and other technologies in the city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">City governments are learning the hard way that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to cybersecurity</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Losing yourself in the smart city</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li></ul> How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T19:26:00-04:00 >2016-04-25T19:49:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m on a walking tour with two dozen international architects and urban designers, as we imagine a theoretical future for Havana. The walk is part of a charrette&mdash;an exercise that gives professionals and community members a voice on urban development when there is no formal mechanism to do so, as has been the case in crumbling Havana. [...] As the Cuban government slowly loosens restrictions on private enterprise, one wonders if the gentrification of Havana is inevitable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul> Architect turned sea-flooding specialist keeps Panama City afloat Julia Ingalls 2016-04-21T18:33:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T18:33:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Banfield&rsquo;s dedication to environmental issues was born by chance in 2000, when she moved with her husband and three children to Clayton...Together with Carlos Varela, her legal-minded neighbor, Banfield created a community association to defend the rainforest. She remained on the front lines for years, sacrificed her architectural career and eventually began public campaigns for a variety of environmental causes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Harvard GSD formed the Office for Urbanization</a> recently to study the effects of sea rise and climate change, Vice Mayor of Panama City Raisa Banfield has taken a more direct approach, physically halting flood-prone projects during construction and connecting with like-minded colleagues around the globe to find solutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the article notes, <em>"As glaciers melt and oceans flow higher, 'sea-level rise is an issue on almost every coast,' says Rosetta Elkin, landscape architect and professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. It&rsquo;s particularly tough in Panama City, because the entire town was built too far to the east, 'where sea levels are precipitously low' &mdash; thanks in part to American bases &mdash; says Arosemena. As Banfield goes through the rigmarole of finding a solution and calling together a global group of problem-solvers like the Dutch, she may stand a chance at creating some scaffolding for the many other cities that will have to look this same issue in th...</em></p> On the rapid privatization of public space in post-communist cities Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T15:14:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From 1917 to 1991 in the former Russian Empire, and from 1945 to 1989 in the countries it dominated after the war, there was no real private ownership. No landowners, no developers, no &ldquo;placemakers&rdquo; - in half of Europe. Did this mean public space was done differently, and are attitudes to it different in those countries? [...] observed more closely, public space here is every bit as complex as it is elsewhere in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on a Stalinist city's efforts to "de-communize"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares</a></li></ul> These are the most-polluted cities in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T18:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T12:13:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of just four American metropolitan areas have had regular&nbsp;access to healthy air in recent years. Those&nbsp;four places &mdash;&nbsp;Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.;&nbsp;Honolulu; Elmira-Corning, N.Y.;&nbsp;and&nbsp;Salinas, Calif. &mdash; had the pleasure of breathing air consistently free of unhealthy ozone,&nbsp;short-term particle&nbsp;and year-round&nbsp;particle pollution from 2012 to 2014,according to a new national air quality report card from&nbsp;the American Lung Association. The air everywhere else was less consistently clean.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Actually, air quality has significantly improved in American cities since the passing of the 1970 Clean Air Act and subsequent legislation. This year marked the lowest particle pollution levels in 16 years for all but four of the top 20 most-polluted cities.</p><p>Still, things remain pretty grim: more than half of Americans are breathing unhealthful levels of polluted air today.</p><p>Here are the most-polluted cities (by year-round particle pollution):</p><ol><li>Bakersfield, Calif.</li><li>Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Calif.</li><li>Fresno-Madera, Calif.</li><li>Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif.</li><li>El Centro, Calif.</li><li>(tied) Modesto-Merced, Calif.</li><li>(tied) San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Calif.</li><li>Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, Pa.-Ohio-W. Va.</li><li>Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, Pa.</li><li>Louisville-Jefferson</li><li>County-Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN</li></ol><p>Here are some older articles about air quality issues in cities around the world:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in En...</a></li></ul> San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T07:46:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solar power industry is about to get a big boost in San Francisco. On April 19, the city&rsquo;s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first major US metropolitan area requiring that new buildings install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs. California already mandates that new buildings with 10 floors or less designate at least 15% of their rooftop area (pdf, p8) as being ready for solar panel installation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The city of San Francisco now requires that builders actually install solar panels in these areas (at a minimum) starting in 2017. Larger buildings are exempt for now."</em></p><p>Curious about other efforts to make American cities reduce their carbon footprint through harvesting solar energy? Check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li></ul> City of SF sued by religious group over open-air urinal Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T21:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T19:50:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent. The Chinese Christian Union of SF filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy, "emanates offensive odors," ''has no hand-washing facilities" and "it's offensive to manners and morals."</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more toilet-related designs, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis &ndash; and charge our phones</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">"Toilet Talk" &ndash; gender inclusivity in public restrooms, featuring special guest Susan Surface, on Archinect Sessions #42</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> How Portland State's TREC hopes to improve bike lane design regulations Justine Testado 2016-04-19T20:48:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T20:48:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even where protected lanes are in place, when they meet up with busy intersections, those protections typically go away, and the logic behind their design can quickly fall apart...Will more widespread standards for bike lane treatment at intersections ever emerge in the U.S.? The Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University aims to move that conversation forward with its newest study.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Portland State University's TREC research group is working to develop a resource that will aims to help transportation agencies in any city design the safest and most useful bike lane infrastructure for both cyclists and drivers.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bike Lanes Don&rsquo;t Cause Traffic Jams If You&rsquo;re Smart About Where You Build Them</a></p> MONU #24 ON DOMESTIC URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-04-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T19:11:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What happens in domestic interiors appears to be very relevant for our societies. Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2016</p></em><br /><br /><p>What happens in domestic interiors appears to be very relevant for our societies. At least, that is what <em><strong>Andr&eacute;s Jaque</strong></em> argues in our interview entitled <strong>"The Home as Political Arena"</strong> for this new issue of <strong>MONU</strong>. This issue, <strong>"Domestic Urbanism"</strong>, deals with the domestic aspects of cities, and everything that is related to the human home and habitat, the scale of the house, people's own universe, things that are usually hidden and private. According to <em><strong>Jaque</strong></em>, a great number of the processes by which our societies are shaped take place in domestic interiors, the domestic realm, and in relation to very domestic elements such as the table setting, the Christmas tree, or the TV remote control. <em><strong>Justinien Tribillon</strong></em> - in his contribution <strong>"The Fridge, the City and the Critique of Everyday Life: a Tale of Domestic Urbanism"</strong> - describes, for example, to what extent a domestic element such as the refrigerator has changed radically the way we consume the city. Because the domestic infiltrates the urb...</p> Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T13:40:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the city's council&nbsp;voted unanimously to create a program to "develop autonomous vehicles as public transportation." The council's vision is for self-driving vehicles to provide "on-demand, point-to-point transportation," with citizens "requesting a ride using their smartphone." The shuttles wouldn't replace public transportation, but augment it [...] Phase one of the city council's program includes reaching out to companies like Tesla and Google to explore "potential partnerships."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Beverly Hills isn't the only city considering adding on-demand driverless vehicles to its transportation offerings &ndash; but given its small size, affluence, and well-maintained road infrastructure, it could be a prime zone for testing municipal adoption of autonomous vehicles.</p><p>As an on-demand public transit option, driverless vehicles could also be based on a different fare structure than the surrounding region's bus and train options, which use a fixed rate-per-ride fare, regardless of how far the trip. Theoretically, passenger rates for driverless car transit could be more directly proportional to the length of the trip, as they are for Uber and Lyft currently (although without the surge pricing).</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hit...</a></li></ul> LPC Approves Brooklyn’s First 1,000+ Foot Tower; New Renderings and Details Alyssa Alimurung 2016-04-19T12:22:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T12:22:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brooklyn is finally getting a new skyscraper development worthy of its 2.6 million populace. Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved SHoP Architects&lsquo; vision for 9 DeKalb Avenue, a rehabilitation of the landmarked Dime Saving Bank that will marry it with a dramatic, supertall skyscraper behind, the first 1,000+ foot building to arrive in the borough. To bring back more of the building&rsquo;s grandeur, its exterior and interior spaces will be restored.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gibson Street Baths in Newcastle due to be sold in auction Ellen Hancock 2016-04-19T04:43:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T12:44:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Newcastle&rsquo;s Grade II-listed&nbsp;The Gibson Street Baths building&nbsp;was constructed in 1906 by FH Holford as a public swimming pool and wash house. Informal planning guidance says the building could be converted for a range of uses, from private or student residential accommodation to leisure and sports facilities, a hotel, studios or restaurant. &lsquo;The planners are going to be very flexible,&rsquo; says Riggall. &lsquo;The city council really wants to see it brought back into use&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More UK news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brunel&rsquo;s Thames Tunnel transformed into an underground theatre</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bricks &amp; Stones" Pinterest Board</a></li></ul> Philly's sidewalks and the fickle space between public and private Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-15T13:18:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T13:18:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Legally, sidewalk repair is the responsibility of homeowners, but historically, enforcement of upkeep has been thin. [...] &ldquo;[sidewalks] should be part of the money we spend on transportation ... because people who walk are transporting themselves on their feet.&rdquo; [...] The liability is actually two-tiered: The property owner is responsible if someone sues after an injury due to poorly maintained sidewalks, but the city has secondary responsibility because sidewalks are public infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Sidewalks, New York's &quot;most desirable real estate&quot; " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li><li><a title="Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C.</a></li><li><a title="Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks</a></li><li><a title="Humanizing street design with 'shared space'" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a title="Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America</a></li></ul> LA officials seek sweeping overhaul of neighborhood plans Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T19:10:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facing a potentially bruising ballot fight over real estate development next year, Los Angeles' political leaders announced Wednesday that they will seek a sweeping update of the plans that govern the size and density of new buildings that go up in scores of neighborhoods. Mayor Eric Garcetti and several council members said they want the Planning Department to revise nearly three dozen &ldquo;community plans&rdquo; by 2026, a task that will require the hiring of 28 new employees at a cost of $4.2M a year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles Neighborhood Integrity Initiative</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash; is this progress or folly?</a></li></ul> Money, gas and death: the insanity of America's car worship Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-13T20:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T15:46:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women&rsquo;s suffrage. A big part of why they&rsquo;ve stuck around is that they are the epitome of convenience...Convenience (some might call it freedom) is not a selling point to be easily dismissed [...] In almost every way imaginable, the car, as it is deployed and used today, is insane.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show</a></li><li><a title="Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li><li><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></li><li><a title="Q&amp;A with Kati Rubinyi, author of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Q&amp;A with Kati Rubinyi, author of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future</a></li><li><a title="Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways</a></li></ul> Radical (well somewhat but mostly technological) solutions to the housing crisis Nam Henderson 2016-04-13T00:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T08:12:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to think of technology-enabled furniture as a platform for integrating other technology because in a small apartment it is not practical to put in conventional systems...I don't believe in smart homes, I believe in dumb homes that you put smart things into. If smartness is embedded in the walls then your home becomes obsolete in five years time</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jane Wakefield talks with folks behind various efforts to lower the cost of homes including; WikiHouse, CityHome and the Brazilian tiny apartment construction firm, Vitacon.</p> Loneliness is on the rise throughout the world's cities Justine Testado 2016-04-12T15:13:00-04:00 >2016-04-12T15:13:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&rdquo; might be that loneliness is often due to circumstance. The thing with cities is we are absolutely surrounded by people...We can see other people living richer, more populated lives than our own. At the same time, we can feel very exposed &hellip; there are lots of eyes on everyone. That is why the loneliness of the city has a particularly distinct tang to it. Loneliness, however, is often like bad weather, &ldquo;it passes through our lives&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about mental health on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Internet and the Future of Loneliness</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad for your health</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p> How Denver is failing at Good Design Nam Henderson 2016-04-10T16:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T15:27:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>you can spend a lot of money, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to come to an outcome that is going to be good over the long run. I think that, you know, it really comes to the design of the building, how the material transitions are treated, color is a huge issue that often doesn't get I think enough attention and can hugely influence the outcome in a building</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month Ryan Warner talked with architect Jeff Sheppard (of the firm Roth Sheppard)&nbsp;and Matt Schildt (managing director of development for Trammell Crow Residential), regarding the city's current construction boom. Concerns range from "<em>luxury apartments</em>" whose facades are a "<em>mishmash of architectural styles</em>", to&nbsp;worries about becoming a "<em>plywood city</em>",&nbsp;to too much infill and kit development. One proposed solution is the implementation of&nbsp;city-wide&nbsp;design review committees.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar Andrew Parnell 2016-04-08T05:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T09:25:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The East End of London has been associated with many things: the &ldquo;cockney&rdquo; sense of humour; colourful criminals; waves of immigration; and poverty. Not many people associate it with architecture. But it was in Poplar in the south eastern corner of the East End that I chose to do <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">my architectural guided walk</a>, called Stock Bricks to Brutalism: Housing Design History in Poplar. The reasons can be found in the great regeneration of the area&rsquo;s housing that took place in the twentieth century to address the problems of overcrowding, dilapidation, poor sanitation and bomb damage.</p><p>In this one locality, Poplar, you can trace the progression of social housing design from the end of the First World War through to the early 1980s &ndash; the days of high volume <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">council housebuilding</a> in the UK &ndash; from blocks of flats of the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s built using &ldquo;stock brick&rdquo; (London&rsquo;s traditional building material made from the clay on which the city stands) to 1960s and 1970s tower and slab blocks built i...</p> How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars? Alexander Walter 2016-04-07T19:51:00-04:00 >2016-04-16T10:09:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everything from sidewalks and curbs to streets, building designs, urban layouts, and living patterns will change as computers take the wheel. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking at the broader urban effects&mdash;and urban opportunities&mdash;of this technology,&rdquo; says Illinois Tech architect Marshall Brown, one of the team members in the Chicago school&rsquo;s Driverless Cities Project. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s in the news a lot, but nobody&rsquo;s been discussing what it will actually do to cities.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></li></ul> Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T14:35:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T01:42:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena accepted the Pritzker Prize yesterday</a>, his firm Elemental released four open source plans for low income housing that, according to the firm's website, balance the constraints of "low-rise high density, without overcrowding, with possibility of expansion (from social housing to middle-class dwelling)." The plans were released partly as a response to the looming housing crisis of 2030, in which it is estimated that two billion people will be living under the poverty line.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Aravena's self-described "incremental housing" is partly a governmental effort, and partly an individual one. By providing plans for proven models of sustainable housing, people can have greater agency in housing themselves. "Given the magnitude of the housing shortage, we won't solve this problem unless we add people's own resources and building capacity to that of governments and the market," reads Elemental's statement.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The four projects Elemental has released plans for are Quinta Monroy, V...</p> Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:22:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information notes that building a city could allow Sidewalk Labs to &ldquo;rethink government, social policy, and data-driven management.&rdquo; [CEO Dan] Doctoroff explained that &ldquo;thinking about a city from the Internet up is really compelling,&rdquo; while also noting that &ldquo;cities are hard. You have people with vested interest, politics, physical space&hellip;But the technology ultimately cannot be stopped.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs joins the rarefied stable of companies potentially looking to expand from an initial service (in this case, improved WiFi access and traffic flow in cities) into a fully-fledged social experimentation machine. Will they build 21st century company towns or create a genuinely new, technology-based approach to living?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here's a round-up of other mass-scale experimental projects:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners unveils future refuelling network design</a></li></ul> National Geographic takes a closer look at the world's great urban parks Alexander Walter 2016-04-04T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:13:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the urban park of today. Unlike the neatly drawn public spaces of an earlier age, these parks are reclaimed from the discarded parcels of our cities: Stranded patches of woods, abandoned military bases and airports, storm-water systems, rail lines and bridges, places where scraps of land are pieced together like quilts or strung together like beads. The experimentation is global.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What if: Perkins Eastman's "Green Line" proposal turns Broadway into a 40-block park in the heart of Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li></ul> Buying homes by “the four-pack” Nam Henderson 2016-04-03T19:48:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T07:17:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the Knight Frank Wealth Report, released on Wednesday, the population of multimillionaires in major cities around the world now changes radically from month to month...The American rich, he says, are moving from second-home ownership to more of a hub-and-spoke model.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports on the seasonal nature of&nbsp;today&rsquo;s ultrawealthy and the resulting resortification, of architecture and real estate in&nbsp;major global cities.</p> Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares Alexander Walter 2016-04-01T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T19:01:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Squares have defined urban living since the dawn of democracy, from which they are inseparable. [...] I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s coincidental that early in 2011 the Egyptian revolution centered around Tahrir Square, or that the Occupy Movement later that same year, partly inspired by the Arab Spring, expressed itself by taking over squares like Taksim in Istanbul, the Pla&ccedil;a de Catalunya in Barcelona, and Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art of Architecture Criticism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #7 with Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the New York Times</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC's new garage-and-salt-shed complex: "Best examples of new public architecture in the city"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li></ul> Historic community facing eviction in Bangkok Graeme Bristol 2016-04-01T14:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-01T14:15:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fort community houses 59 families, and is well-known for its wooden houses in the early Rattanakosin-style. Faced with strong resistance from the community, and academics and activists, City Hall the plan but dusted it off early last month amid a public outcry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Pom Mahakan community on the edge of Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok has been there for more than 150 years.&nbsp; Many of the old teak houses remain behind the last piece of the original wall of the city.&nbsp; The people of this community have faced many eviction threats in the past 20 years as the Bangkok Metro Administration attempts to move them out in order to implement the Rattanakosin Master Plan, part of which calls for this small strip of land between the klong and the old city wall to be turned into a tourist park.&nbsp; NGOs and academics have, over the years called for the protection of this piece of vernacular architectural history and for the community with the intimate knowledge of that history and culture (see, for example, the 2007 UN Global Report on Human Settlements - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Strategies for Survival</a>).&nbsp; A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">short video </a>of the Pom Mahakan community was done in 2004 when they were facing yet another threat of eviction.&nbsp; That eviction notice was postponed with the help of KMUTT <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect...</a></p>