Archinect - News 2015-04-18T09:20:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/125530527/the-underline-holds-public-interest-meetings-in-miami The Underline holds Public Interest Meetings in Miami Joachim Perez 2015-04-17T23:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T23:44:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0wdcy9w3ztyg68z.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our vision is to transform the underutilized land below Miami&rsquo;s MetroRail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into an iconic linear park, world-class urban trail and living art destination.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jh50gsghi671m1hy.jpg"></p><p>The Underline is a proposal to activate the 10 mile space underneath Miami&rsquo;s elevated metro rail into an urban trail.&nbsp; This initiative was a collaboration between the organizers of The Underline nonprofit, The University of Miami School of Architecture, and Miami Dade County.&nbsp; Recently, James Corner Field Operations won a proposal to develop a master plan for the area.&nbsp; This is a continued involvement by the firm, as they already are developing strategies for the Lincoln Road area of Miami Beach, and developed Knight Plaza between the art and science museums in Downtown Miami. &nbsp;</p><p>Over the course of this weekend, organizers and volunteers of The Underline are putting together public meetings to gauge ideas from the locals of what they want for the future linear park.&nbsp; Holding interactive presentations, members of the community were asked to vote on preselected ideas by Field Operations, write in their own ideas, draw out ideas on maps showcasing the scope of the project, and open poste...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-18T00:13:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/037f10d58967a96918d736c0abc999f7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125524892/how-fault-creep-is-very-slowly-tearing-one-california-town-apart How fault creep is (very slowly) tearing one California town apart Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T17:47:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f32962cd43dc8bd07b4907132a4dfd23.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. [...] This is Hollister, California, a town being broken in two slowly, relentlessly, and in real time by an effect known as &ldquo;fault creep.&rdquo; A surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city. As if its grid of streets and single-family homes was actually built on an ice floe, the entire west half of Hollister is moving north along the Calaveras Fault, leaving its eastern streets behind.</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/125279560/new-york-city-s-tree-species-mapped New York City's tree species mapped Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T20:44:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c.jpg" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone [...] there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census.</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/124830674/there-s-still-hope-blighted-new-orleans-lot-will-become-playground-that-gets-kids-excited-about-architecture There's still hope: Blighted New Orleans lot will become playground that gets kids excited about architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:37:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tqaxhmqzwm0fjr9.jpg" width="500" height="889" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Students at several Central City schools soon will have a permanent place to learn about architecture, design and city planning after officials from PlayBuild, a nonprofit focused on architecture education, broke ground Tuesday on a &ldquo;design playground&rdquo; in New Orleans. The 2-year-old organization, along with Palmisano Contractors, is converting a vacant lot at Thalia and Willow streets into a space for children to play and learn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about&nbsp;Playbuild NOLA (or find ways to get involved) <a href="http://www.playbuild.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes Nicholas Korody 2015-04-07T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:29:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/522d510090ed20de7c07f0c1adfe8e70.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles installed its first ever&nbsp;parking-protected bike lanes. They&rsquo;re on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, part of the mayor&rsquo;s Great Streets Initiative. As of this morning, the project is roughly one-quarter complete. The new protected lanes, also known as&nbsp;cycletracks, are mostly complete on the west side of Reseda Blvd from Plummer Street to Prairie Street. The full one-mile protected lanes will go from Plummer to Parthenia Street.</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/124678740/for-a-limited-time-only-you-can-play-pac-man-on-google-maps For a limited time only, you can play PAC-MAN on Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-06T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T20:36:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5tin8detk16n05v2.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are even Google Maps-specific bonus-point icons, along with the classic fruits. It's a highly addictive way to learn your way around an city's streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w64salt4qnsooyhx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions Nicholas Korody 2015-04-01T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T17:04:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7es3oy926117n7g.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday imposed mandatory water restrictions for the first time on residents, businesses and farms, ordering cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce usage by 25%... [amounting] to roughly 1.5 million acre-feet of water (an acre-foot of water equals about 325,000 gallons) over the next nine months... "We're in a new era," Brown said. "The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that's going to be a thing of the past."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brown's executive order will also mandate:</p><ul><li>Require agriculture to report more on their water usage so as to better "enforce against illegal diversions and waste"</li><li>A ban on watering lawns on public street medians</li><li>Significant cuts in water use for large landscapes like universities, golf courses, and cemeteries.</li><li>Switching out some 50 million sq. ft. of lawn for "drought tolerant landscaping"</li><li>A temporary rebate program for consumers to replace their appliances with water efficient models</li><li>Prohibiting new homes and developments from using potable water in their irrigation systems unless using efficient drip irrigation systems</li></ul><p>Here's hoping these mandates are enough to somehow provide the <strong>11 trillion gallons of water</strong>&nbsp;that California needs to recover from this very real and unprecedented natural disaster...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124138997/harnessing-the-power-of-geodesign-to-create-better-cities-and-spaces Harnessing the power of geodesign to create better cities and spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-30T19:05:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:44:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zyaq7791jovum6v.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A major frustration across architecture and urban design professions is the Tower of Babel problem &ndash; translating data from a host of different resources into a coherent platform for designing and planning. In particular, learning how to wield geographic data is an essential part of any urban project. Accessing that information, through resources like GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a first step for many designers, but translating it into a consistent and useful language is a whole other matter, let alone learning how to optimize its use for the many phases throughout a project&rsquo;s design and implementation.</p><p>The practice of geodesign integrates site-specific data, by means of geographic and mapping technologies, into the design process. Leveraging geographic information about a site leads to stronger evidence-based designs, and can be used for making smarter 3D city models. <a href="http://www.esri.com/about-esri/initiatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESRI</a><a href="http://www.esri.com/about-esri/initiatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, Inc.</a> specializes in exactly such technologies, and is working to make them useful for all design pro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124127720/walker-art-center-goes-green-in-75-million-project Walker Art Center goes green in $75 million project b3tadine[sutures] 2015-03-30T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T19:08:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2l/2l6eag44d2svk6w3.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Positioning itself as a neighborhood green space and cultural gateway, Walker Art Center will add a new glass-walled entrance pavilion, groves of trees and acres of new grass as part of a $75 million project to be announced Tuesday.</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/123839523/christoper-hawthorne-on-the-recovery-of-public-space-in-los-angeles Christoper Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T21:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luxt7au51zi2kyzf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The public sector stopped making public space a long time ago," Los Angeles architect Jon Jerde told Wired magazine rather matter-of-factly in 1999. [...] A little more than two decades later, there is something quaintly fatalistic about Jerde's attitude toward the frail state of public space. In Los Angeles, at least, it has returned pretty dramatically to health.</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/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300 RIBA seeks architect to redesign remote island community of <300 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:02:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24e208ba62003f1b6827e8502e930273.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[RIBA] has launched the contest to create a self-sustainable future for those living on Tristan, a tiny community &ldquo;ruled by the weather&rdquo;, part of the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. [...] Tristan&rsquo;s government, led by Alex Mitham, called in Riba to manage the process of finding an architect to overhaul residential property as well as carry out urgent replacement of the government buildings, currently little more than agricultural sheds which &ldquo;are nearing the end of their useful life&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/123673986/field-operations-to-helm-new-miami-underline-project Field Operations to Helm New Miami Underline Project Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:37:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vepmoyq1j2li5c1m.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the Underline bicycle route and linear park that would replace the threadbare M-Path under the Metrorail tracks from Dadeland to the Miami River have picked the co-designer of the wildly popular elevated High Line in Manhattan to draw up a master plan for their idea. James Corner Field Operations was selected by a local jury from among 19 architectural teams that submitted entries in a competition.</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/123673983/a-new-capital-for-cairo A New "Capital" for Cairo? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:37:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b96275c3c6656192e145056897f48adf.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...last week at an economic development conference, the Egyptian government announced it was planning a giant new building project to the east of Cairo. The new city, which could eventually cover 700 km sq, doesn't currently have a name, and is being referred to simply as "The Capital"...If all goes to plan, the city will serve as the new administrative and financial capital of Egypt.</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/123352855/is-newark-the-next-brooklyn Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uieuy7kv0joya11f.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</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/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms Justine Testado 2015-03-19T20:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T01:28:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnhy7y6nfg651zma.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In overcrowded Central Havana and in the historic quarter, the shortage of places to live and play and find much-needed privacy pushed the city upward, spilling onto the rooftops.The technical term for it is 'parasitic architecture.' The Cuban government doesn&rsquo;t encourage the practice, but in the city&rsquo;s oldest and most dilapidated neighborhoods, longtime roof-dwelling families...were usually allowed to stay. The parasites became permanent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Havana's rooftop-dwelling communities brace for more change -- at least in tourism -- in the bustling city below, as Cuba and the U.S. re-establish relations.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123293427/protectcity-campaign-launched-in-support-of-michael-heizer-s-city #ProtectCity campaign launched in support of Michael Heizer's "City" Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T14:16:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mzp8222h66dfaom.jpg" width="514" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in Garden Valley, Nevada, Michael Heizer&rsquo;s City is one of the most significant works of art in the United States. Begun by Heizer in 1972, the project is now in its final stage of completion. It will, in the future, be accessible by the public. [...] To see the land developed into a site for military, energy, or waste purposes, would ruin it forever. After 43 years of work, can it really be destroyed like this?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Notable American museums publicly expressed their support on Twitter via&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProtectCity?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#protectCITY</a>. The LACMA petition to protect Michael Heizer's&nbsp;<em>City</em>&nbsp;and the Basin and Range can be reached&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/protectbasinandrange/app_335652843138116" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122981772/an-urban-treehouse-that-absorbs-pollution An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution Miles Jaffe 2015-03-16T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0m5q37ta060unrtn.jpg" width="514" height="617" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a special building because it lives, grows, breathes and changes over time. Its terraces are dotted with 150 tall trees which together with 50 plants in the court produce about 150,000 liters per hour of oxygen, at night absorbing about 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour. Also slashing particulate matter caused by cars, protecting from noise, following the natural cycle of the seasons, growing day by day, creating an ideal microclimate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>^ Translated from Italian. Check the <a href="http://divisare.com/projects/283279-Luciano-Pia-25-Verde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a> for more photos.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122835818/the-uncertain-future-of-slab-city-california The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T20:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-13T20:53:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8jaz8ejr1tvkghdb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unregulated squatter settlement, Slab City is home to perhaps 150 year-round residents &mdash; refugees from mortgages and bill collectors, former hippies, rebels and self-identified misfits &mdash; who live in personal camps made from old trailers, truck campers and crude lean-tos, and call themselves Slabbers. From October to April, the population swells to perhaps 2,000 as snowbirds, attracted by the guaranteed sunshine and zero fees, arrive in sometimes majestic motor homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But now, as <em>the New York Times</em> article documents, the residents of Slab City are divided over the fate of their shared home. After news began to percolate that the&nbsp;California State Land Commission might sell the land, the "Slabbers" began to debate what to do. Should they band together to try to buy the land? Should they form a residents' association? Would that make them, for lack of a better word, sell-outs, replicating the very structures they came to Slab City to escape?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i7/i77oitvx8whgirle.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Located on top of the abandoned foundations of an old Marine base, Slab City began has been undergoing changes for some time now. After cameos in different media, in particular the film "Into the Wild," the ad-hoc city began attracting more people, some of whom are less committed to a communitarian or anarchist ethos. <em>The Times</em> quotes one resident: &ldquo;Nowadays, a lot of people are just coming to hang out for the party.&rdquo; Apparently, this has historically created problems with methamphetamine.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzk7uwf1isljw6zz.jpg"></p><p>The article gives fair ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122682388/places-journal-launches-new-tool-for-sharing-articles-on-architecture-landscape-and-urbanism Places Journal Launches New Tool for Sharing Articles on Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism Nancy Levinson 2015-03-12T02:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-12T10:50:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7egrxcu4bd0fzban.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Places Journal </em>has long<em>&nbsp;</em>targeted an interdisciplinary readership &mdash; practitioners, scholars, and students in architecture, landscape, and urban design.</p><p>This week the <a href="https://placesjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">journal</a>&nbsp;has launched a new tool &mdash; <a href="https://placesjournal.org/reading-lists/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reading Lists</a> &mdash; that promises to strengthen ties between the design disciplines and related fields such as&nbsp;ecology, history, geography, photography, and technology. As part of its commitment to public scholarship and innovative practice, <em>Places</em> is encouraging readers to share topical lists of articles, books, videos and other media in their areas of interest and expertise.</p><p>The new, interactive tool enables users to create and share a reading list, build an annotated bibliography, or&nbsp;bookmark <em>Places</em> articles for future reading. Lists can be cross-referenced by subject and shared privately or publicly.</p><p><em>Places</em> is launching the new channel with a collection of <a href="https://placesjournal.org/reading-lists/?filter=featured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured Lists</a> that includes <strong>Nate Berg</strong> on the aesthetic design of freeways; <strong>Kristi Cheramie</strong> on geo-engineering by the U.S. Army Corps; <strong>B...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122581108/society-of-architectural-historians-presents-public-seminar-at-chicago-conference Society of Architectural Historians Presents Public Seminar at Chicago Conference Helena Karabatsos 2015-03-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9k4apxsuzyi7teiy.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15&ndash;19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the&nbsp;<strong>68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians</strong>. But the conference isn&rsquo;t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences&mdash;conference attendees and the local community&mdash;with public programs such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;SAH Chicago Seminar.&nbsp;</p><p>The SAH Chicago Seminar, &ldquo;Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago&rsquo;s Built Environment,&rdquo; will take place Saturday, April 18th, at The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Hear from local architects, historians, and policy makers as they discuss the history and future of Chicago&rsquo;s waterways and neighborhoods. Harvard University professor <strong>Charles Waldheim</strong> will give the keynote address "Reading Chicago's Landscape as Urbanism."&nbsp;<strong>Alison Fisher</strong>, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will moderate ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122578694/thresholds-44-workspace-is-seeking-submissions "Thresholds 44: workspace" is seeking submissions csbonin 2015-03-10T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T11:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9n5znci520hiqqbd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>thresholds 44: workspace</em></strong><br>editors: christianna bonin | nisa ari</p><p><strong>CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS</strong></p><p>When an employee at Google&rsquo;s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn&rsquo;s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed &ldquo;suicide&rdquo; netting, is he fulfilling or transgressing the design of the workspace? Long hidden in museum basements, conservation labs and storage rooms now feature prominently in museum designs. Facing complicated visa programs and unsavory jobs, employers skirt bureaucracy to sustain the agricultural industry in the US and illegal workers stay undocumented in order to be easily employable. When and why are certain workspaces - and workers - hidden or revealed? What is the &ldquo;work&rdquo; that is supposed to happen in the workspace and how have transformations of the tools, economies, demographics, and technologies within the workspace shaped the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122507983/bjarke-ingels-and-oliver-wainwright-talk-new-york-dryline Bjarke Ingels and Oliver Wainwright talk New York Dryline Alexander Walter 2015-03-09T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T16:01:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5cdbqiqi2mr77e3.jpg" width="514" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There aren&rsquo;t many architects you would believe could hold back seas and save the world from being drowned by Biblical floods. But when you meet Bjarke Ingels, anything seems eminently possible. [...] If New York has to build 10 miles of flood defences to protect the city from another Hurricane Sandy, why not conceive the barrier as a brand new waterfront park? Climate security as leisure amenity. You can almost hear the standing ovation and all-American whooping in the background.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look into &ldquo;The BIG U&rdquo;, BIG&rsquo;s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122124114/seattle-architect-seeks-to-redesign-america-s-burial-landscape Seattle architect seeks to redesign America's burial landscape Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-04T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T14:11:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b1f732423e82b1f8945b3f16a740e795.jpg" width="514" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle-based architect [Katrina Spade], originally from New England, has a vision that could radically reshape not just the death-care industry but the way we think about death itself. She calls her plan the Urban Death Project, and it proposes a middle road between burial and cremation: compost. [...] The centerpiece of the idea is an approximately three-story-high building in an urban center where people could bring their dead.</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/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:36:59-05:00 <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/121646250/smart-buildings-architects-using-brain-science-for-design-guidance Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance Miles Jaffe 2015-02-26T12:14:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:58:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fsz5vn0nipgun56d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture... Hopefully, the days of windowless classrooms to prevent vandalism and distraction are over.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Science once agains confirms what we already know, and architects turn it into a marketing tool.&nbsp;</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/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/120972559/wooden-textiles-low-poly-landscapes Wooden textiles & low-poly landscapes Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T02:06:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa952c5b55bc69560bb218d7f967c033.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] "wooden textiles" by designer Elisa Strozyk are a beautiful and surprisingly simple rethinking of the idea of a textile&mdash;and they have some interesting implications for terrain modeling and even gaming [...] Strozyk writes that she wanted to find "a new tactile experience" for wood, which she achieved by producing wooden tiles that "are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility."</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/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>