Archinect - News 2014-04-24T06:44:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98438240/addressing-infrastructure-problems-with-landscape-architecture Addressing Infrastructure Problems With Landscape Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:25:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/48c1caa056d1919b33fb9980a72150f9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most people are not completely clear on what a landscape architect does, but according to Susannah Drake, founder of interdisciplinary design firm dlandstudio, it boils down to a mix of art, science, and politics. &ldquo;I care very deeply about the practicality and the sustainability, and I care about smart design detail. But fundamentally I think that design work, particularly in an urban setting, is about creating comfort, and beauty, and livability,&rdquo; Drake said.</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/98144587/anti-fragile-the-uncertain-future-of-arverne-east Anti-Fragile: The Uncertain Future of Arverne East Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:47:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/835d01f7f8118052a2d501a7a89c53dc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superstorm Sandy brought the Rockaways into the forefront of New Yorkers&rsquo; consciousness for a period of time, [...] subsequently as a key reference point in debates about rebuilding versus retreating from the flood zone. [...] The last of these sites is Arverne East, 81 acres of City-owned land that have remained vacant since the neighborhood was razed in 1969. Below, Jonathan Tarleton and Gabriel Silberblatt consider Arverne East&rsquo;s uncertain future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Posts:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97577444/the-final-proposals-of-the-10-shortlisted-rebuild-by-design-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The final proposals of the 10 shortlisted Rebuild by Design teams</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84846738/white-arkitekter-wins-for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Arkitekter wins &ldquo;For a Resilient Rockaway&rdquo; (FAR ROC) Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77454300/for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For a Resilient Rockaway (FAR ROC) Design Competition Finalists</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/98067795/monu-20-on-geographical-urbanism-released MONU #20 on Geographical Urbanism Released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2014-04-15T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:38:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6yasyu4hybym0uy.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to the simplified linear causality of the environmentalism of the past, which posited that natural geography shapes urban patterns, it is now thought that contemporary urbanization shapes the surface of the earth. Nikos Katsikis explains this tremendous current shift in the meaning of physical geography for cities in his contribution "On the Geographical Organization of World Urbanization". (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2014)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the simplified linear causality of the environmentalism of the past, which posited that natural geography shapes urban patterns, it is now thought that contemporary urbanization shapes the surface of the earth. <strong><em>Nikos Katsikis</em></strong> explains this tremendous current shift in the meaning of physical geography for cities in his contribution <strong>"On the Geographical Organization of World Urbanization"</strong>, putting the discussion of the <strong>20th</strong> issue of <strong>MONU</strong> on the topic <strong><em>"Geographical Urbanism"</em></strong> in a historical context. For <strong><em>Bernardo Secchi</em></strong> this is not much of a problem as he is no fan of natural geography anyway, a position he reveals in our interview with him entitled <strong>"Working with Geography"</strong>. According to him our task today is to understand, and to learn from, natural geography, but to correct and improve it and design useful projects of artificial geography. What is important to him - and which is the reason why he considers physical geography the starting point of all his ideas on planning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97821088/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World Archinect 2014-04-11T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T01:50:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fee55b9cf12a25573e0ea73fd8bc4a0.jpg" width="495" height="647" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch water-management experts have done such a good job of protecting their country that they rarely get to practice with water crises &mdash; whereas America was facing something monumental that as a culture it didn&rsquo;t yet grasp. When Donovan arrived back in the U.S., he opened an email from Ovink that said, in effect, &ldquo;I hope this isn&rsquo;t too forward, but could I come work with you?&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/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j44vyfhdg3au02e2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="http://www.space15twenty.com/files/Ma-Young.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84s7vaczik79qjhy.jpg"></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97263992/scenario-4-building-the-urban-forest Scenario 4: Building the Urban Forest Scenario Journal 2014-04-04T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T15:48:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9dgq2kq3j6xgr79p.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex, spatially layered, dynamic system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services. As arborists, parks departments, landscape architects, planners and community groups engage in the reforesting of cities, how are they collectively shaping the urban landscape? What hybrid ecosystems are yet to be designed? How many trees are enough?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Scenario Journal's just-released issue,&nbsp;<a href="http://scenariojournal.com/journal/issue-4/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scenario&nbsp;4:&nbsp;Building the Urban Forest</a>, features a broad, interdisciplinary conversation between architects, ecologists, landscape architects, and artists, about the meaning and possibilities of the spatial, biological, and metaphorical construct of the "urban forest." From living machine, to novel ecosystem, to provider of ecosystem services, to spatially and culturally rich landscape, the urban forest is an inspiration, a challenge, an opportunity, and a fertile source of interdisciplinary collaboration.</p><p>Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism.&nbsp;Among designers, the forest has served as inspiration, as model, and as tool.&nbsp;At the same time, forest managers and cities have been wrestling with the actual challenges of maintaining existing tree canopy and forested land.&nbsp;As an increasing number of projects and programs concern themselves with shaping, managing and advocating for a new generation of urban for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97259153/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-04-04T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T22:38:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6e03cmbk66nkrft.jpg" width="514" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/outdoors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1g/1gi4rud33yesroak.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/landmorphology/project/brooklyn-botanical-herb-vegetable-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn Botanical Herb &amp; Vegetable Garden</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/landmorphology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Land Morphology</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqtpjr6gg7dgv74o.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/24024/pak-tsz-lane-park-hong-kong/92886454" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pak Tsz Lane Park</a> in Hong Kong by <a href="http://archinect.com/rlphongkong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ronald Lu &amp; Partners</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kywo17lco1gznirh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/15817302/mid-century-modern-residence/92299383" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mid-Century Modern Residence</a> in Santa Barbara, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/15817302/ab-design-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AB design studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/71mnuj6znl4axjb6.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/jellyfish-house/91673349" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jellyfish House</a> in Marbella, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cybiinicew3e0yg3.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/1149/joshua-bell-penthouse/94880454" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joshua Bell Penthouse</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1149/charles-rose-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Rose Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/na/nanidyk9jocvvh50.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/5882124/bowstring-truss-house/90844158" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bowstring Truss House</a> in Portland, OR by <a href="http://archinect.com/worksarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works Partnership Architecture (W.PA)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zfblzky8nn1fblw8.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/T-B-A/project/alma-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alma Street</a> in Montreal, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/T-B-A" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T B A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/se5lvv4odsw73nax.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/patricktighearchitecture/project/millwood-residence-venice-beach-california-architecture-interior-design2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millwood Residence</a> in Venice Beach, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/patricktighearchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tighe Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbl2bovcnath5xi4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96538269/house-v2/96541484" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House V2</a> in Dubrovnik, Croatia by <a href="http://archinect.com/3LHD" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 3LHD</a>; Photo: Marko Ercegovic</p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/jf-schmit/project/nursery-school-and-municipal-workshops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nursery School and Municipal Wor...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97257545/london-s-12bn-olympic-park-opens-up-to-the-public London's £12bn Olympic park opens up to the public Alexander Walter 2014-04-04T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T13:51:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/805f3f744e142151036d62d09463d9b2.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost 10 years and &pound;12bn in the making, the full extent of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will finally open to the public on Saturday, revealing "the biggest new park in Europe for 150 years", magicked from the mud at the bottom of the Lea Valley. Stretching for 230 hectares (568 acres) around a knotted tangle of waterways and rail lines, it is, says its maker, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the size of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined [...].</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/97103111/high-rise-proposal-in-lower-9th-ward-could-bring-much-needed-development-but-at-what-social-cost High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-02T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:31:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qb5kj7jhsfcvisiy.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plan&rsquo;s backers say it represents a rare chance at economic revitalization for the neighborhood. Its opponents say it would destroy the fabric of Holy Cross, and might represent the first step toward changing the traditionally low-rise New Orleans waterfront into something very different [...] &ldquo;The argument is that the Lower Ninth Ward has to take what it can get,&rdquo; says DeBacher. &ldquo;We believe that we deserve&mdash;as any community deserves&mdash;good development, not just any development.&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/97100686/what-if-we-could-rebuild-new-york-city What if we could rebuild New York City? Terreform 2014-04-02T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T14:38:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xpm04e062p072j6m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitchell Joachim; New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world&rsquo;s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city&rsquo;s map &ndash; and build it from scratch?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article features both the High and Low lines, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vision 42, Million Trees NYC, and Vertical Farms.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96490028/latino-placemaking-how-the-civil-rights-movement-reshaped-east-la Latino Placemaking: How the Civil Rights Movement Reshaped East LA Alexander Walter 2014-03-25T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T22:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1275e11f58944eb02dd149330d293d0.jpg" width="504" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Latino Placemaking goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination. The Latino quest for cultural identity parallels the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960&rsquo;s and early 1970&rsquo;s, which has its genesis in protests &ndash; many of which were carried out in public spaces.</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/96429709/the-national-park-project-aiming-to-change-the-landscape-of-st-louis The National Park Project Aiming to Change the Landscape of St. Louis Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:25:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a3504d7af2fa57737fb2a80a1d8c842.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During a lecture given at Kansas City Design Week earlier in the year, Gullivar Shepard of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) called the St. Louis Arch Ground project, known as CityArchRiver 2015, one of the most challenging projects he has been involved in.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79396202/the-park-over-the-highway-is-now-underway" target="_blank">The "Park Over the Highway" is now underway</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96428903/japanese-commuters-grow-veggies-on-train-station-rooftops Japanese Commuters Grow Veggies On Train Station Rooftops Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T20:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T21:39:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bdedfbefb6466da66d58fc34d44d07d.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rooftop farms have been established all over the world to enable growing food in dense urban areas. In Japan, a whole new kind of an urban rooftop farm was opened recently. Soradofarm is an urban agriculture project that uses the rooftops of train stations to accommodate urban gardens for waiting train passengers that want to use their transfer time to relax and train their gardening skills.</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/95948944/urban-art-soon-we-ll-all-want-to-walk-the-line Urban art: soon we’ll all want to walk the Line Alexander Walter 2014-03-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/373c98ac2f64b663020d2030240fc099.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Dutton and Piper have traced a path, broadly following the Meridian, extending from the 02 Arena in Greenwich across the Thames by cable car to the Olympic Park in Stratford: a largely flat and buggy-friendly three-hour meander through an extraordinarily varied and little-known urban landscape that will be punctuated by striking pieces of modern sculpture. They&rsquo;re calling it the Line, and the hope is that it will be up and running by midsummer.</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/95944922/willoughby-square-park-above-parking-below Willoughby Square: Park Above, Parking Below Alexander Walter 2014-03-18T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ccea7460b2e1411f7eb38fb17be2f38.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Willoughby Square, in Brooklyn, NY, however, will bring together both beauty and utility by topping an automated underground parking garage with street-level greenery in a smart new project targeted for completion in 2016. Over a decade in the making, Willoughby Park is being called the &ldquo;crown jewel&rdquo; of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, a scheme to help improve Brooklyn&rsquo;s public spaces and foster neighborhood community and culture.</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/95639607/protecting-our-views-is-simple-in-architecture-new-must-mean-better Protecting our views is simple – in architecture, new must mean better Alexander Walter 2014-03-14T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T17:59:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/063aae05bc9faf6a2305a9f473d964fe.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is an argument, however, that view anxiety is just indulgent, naive sentiment. Nostalgia, after all, was originally defined as an illness. The English may have invented the idea of the picturesque, which gives us a special attachment to an 18th-century notion of visual delight. [...] And what exactly is the difference between the hated wind turbine [...] and the delightful 18th-century windmills that John Constable painted? His were industrial scenes. Constable was a modern man.</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/95575308/hippies-craftsmen-and-sociologists-learning-by-doing-at-the-farm-examines-radical-education-in-1960s-southern-california Hippies, craftsmen, and sociologists: "Learning by Doing at the Farm" examines radical education in 1960s southern California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-14T11:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T05:49:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zm15j55hmaaqris8.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation. Almost entirely ranchland up until the mid-1900s, the area that would become Irvine jump-started its urban development as the egg-white to the University of California&rsquo;s yolk. Looking for land to accommodate expanding enrollment, the UC bought a large chunk of dusty land owned by the Irvine Company to establish a new campus, adding&nbsp; surrounding territory for residential and commercial development. The school isn&rsquo;t named after the city -- both are named after the Irvine Company. City and campus were master-planned by architect William Pereira, and the University opened in 1965, still largely unfinished but marked by Pereira&rsquo;s concrete brutalism and Olmsted&rsquo;s New York Central Park plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbhma74x80ui1bdl.jpg"></p><p>In the era of this extremely young urban territory, beginning in 1968, UC Irvine began an experiment...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95409267/steven-holl-architects-presents-two-new-films-with-spirit-of-space-on-the-sifang-art-museum Steven Holl Architects presents two new films with Spirit of Space on the Sifang Art Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-11T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:15:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq9dlggsz20t3mq3.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps you remember <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80010418/spirit-of-space-presents-art-in-the-city-a-short-film-honoring-chicago-s-public-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space's <em>Art in the City</em> film</a> from back in summer of 2013, meditating on the interplay between city life and public art in Chicago. More recently, the architectural film-making creative agency produced two short films showcasing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85914123/sifang-art-museum-designed-by-22-architects-including-wang-shu-sanaa-adjaye-holl-opens-its-first-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl's work for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China</a>. SOS has previously worked with Steven Holl on five film pieces, featuring his work in both China and the U.S.</p><p>The films follow SOS's tried-and-true style -- one with Holl explaining to the camera his design choices, interspersed with languishing shots of the now-open museum:</p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/88662960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sifang Art Museum: A Conversation with Steve Holl</a></p><p>...and a second, more contemplative film that in turn dwells on the architecture itself:</p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/88664984" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sifang Art Museum</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95028678/plant-architect-wins-national-csla-award PLANT Architect Wins National CSLA Award PLANT Architect Inc. 2014-03-06T12:00:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T20:54:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e120ufv3wvqt8rs5.jpg" width="514" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing in Toronto recognized by CSLA as preeminent example of Canadian landscape architecture.</strong></p><p>Ottawa, 6 March 2014 &mdash; The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the national and regional winners of its annual Awards of Excellence.&nbsp; The&nbsp;<i>Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing</i>&nbsp;is one of fifteen projects that received a national award this year. It is the first component of a larger scheme to provide interpretation, accessibility, and environmental control for the Lower Don Recreational Trail in Toronto.&nbsp;</p><p>Pressured by its urban location, the site&rsquo;s heavy usage by cyclists and pedestrians resulted in numerous unplanned and unsustainable trails, including a widely used but extremely dangerous crossing at Pottery Road. PLANT Architect addressed these and other issues by designing a new controlled crossing and reconfigured road-island with visual graphics and laser-cut signage to direct and control traffic.&nbsp;</p><p>Since its unveiling in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94970826/swedish-artist-jonas-dahlberg-to-design-july-22-memorial-sites-in-norway Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg to design July 22 Memorial sites in Norway Archinect 2014-03-05T17:35:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1cs13bep1185ip7p.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Upon the recent conclusion of Norway's July 22 memorial site competition, Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg was unanimously selected by the competition jury to be the designer. Dahlberg's designs will become the two public-art memorials, each commemorating the 77 victims who tragically lost their lives in the Oslo bombing and Ut&oslash;ya massacre on July 22, 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3nblb6om6cbkmhfx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94360341/student-designed-floating-islands-could-house-brazil-s-offshore-oil-workers Student-designed floating islands could house Brazil's offshore oil workers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-25T19:18:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T22:18:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8ooreore84yljp8.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Your assignment is to come up with an idea so revolutionary that it could be considered an important advance in industrial design. Students at Rice University in Houston accomplished that with plans for a floating city that is being considered by one of the world's largest oil companies. Last year, the students won the inaugural Odebrecht Award for a radical design of man-made floating islands where as many as 25,000 oil workers and their families could live.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously featured in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62803118/student-works-the-petropolis-of-tomorrow-drift-drive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87164835/screen-print-2-the-petropolis-of-tomorrow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em></a>&nbsp;series, "The Petropolis of Tomorrow" proposes a new style of floating company towns to aid Brazil in offshore oil findings. NPR now reports that the project has surpassed its academic role to be considered by Petrobas, a Brazilian oil company, as a potential solution for housing workers on man-made islands within the next five years.</p><p>Neeraj Bhatia, author of "Petropolis" and professor of the Rice University students who conceived of the project, is also co-editor of the <a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/bracket_takes_action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">upcoming&nbsp;</a><a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/bracket_takes_action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bracket 4&nbsp;</em></a><a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/bracket_takes_action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue, [takes action]</a>. [takes action] <a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/b4_submission_requirements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">submissions</a> are open until March 10.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94341187/consider-the-dumpster Consider the dumpster... Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:08:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpetglkkr3c4rnzs.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The long and varied history of waste and its removal in New York from the 18th century onwards is the subject of Elizabeth Royte&rsquo;s 2005 book Garbage Land and of the Urban Omnibus City of Systems video she narrates. In the video, Royte describes how her research into where exactly her trash was going after she threw it out has led her to become a more ecological citizen, with &ldquo;a systems view&rdquo; of our interconnected processes of manufacturing, transportation, disposal and re-use.</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/93495538/gezi-park-architecture-and-the-aestheticization-of-politics Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics Places Journal 2014-02-14T13:39:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T15:56:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmf1bcyirtf26vcm.jpg" width="514" height="680" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our task &mdash; and we should well speak as architects &mdash; must be making the invisible visible, uncovering and retracing the concealed limits of the city. We must construct barriers and counter-spaces within and against the processes that tame and dissolve the crucial loci of democracy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Within a few years, rapidly growing Istanbul will overtake London and Moscow as Europe&rsquo;s largest metropolis. Not coincidentally, Turkey is undergoing a profound shift toward privatization, as seen in the government's plan to redevelop Taksim Gezi Park into a shopping mall with a nostalgic Ottoman facade. On Places, architect&nbsp;Pedro Levi Bismarck examines the plan as a reflection of a larger democratic crisis, following Siegfried Kracauer&rsquo;s observation: &ldquo;Wherever the hieroglyphics of any spatial image are deciphered, there the basis of social reality presents itself.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93382204/labeling-the-city-ghana-s-initiative-to-name-its-streets Labeling the city: Ghana's initiative to name its streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:52:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sqrc4oeubwcn2v2.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a city with no addresses, it&rsquo;s difficult for local authorities to tax property. And without tax revenues, it&rsquo;s difficult to upgrade infrastructure and services in the slums [...] To fix these problems, Ghana is on a national quest to name its city streets. [...] Giving names to streets is only a means to an end. The real problem cities are trying to solve is service delivery. When properties have actual addresses and those addresses reside in databases, all kinds of things become possible.</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/92434671/team-jvantspijker-felixx-wins-competition-for-the-redevelopment-of-vogabygg-reykjavik Team jvantspijker / Felixx wins competition for the redevelopment of Vogabyggð, Reykjavik. Jaakko van 't Spijker 2014-01-30T15:23:00-05:00 >2014-01-30T15:23:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/948gedib6d69labd.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Two Rotterdam based offices <a href="http://www.jvantspijker.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jvantspijker </a>and <a href="http://www.felixx.nl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Felixx </a>will design the new redevelopment plan of an industrial seaside area in Reykjavik, Iceland. The firms have won the first prize through an invited two-stage competition. The plan consists of 110.000 square meters of mixed use program, including four hundred new dwellings.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0t2t94xn4wf6vh0.jpg"></p><p>The location is tightly embedded within a port and transshipment area, a residential area and a large nature reserve. The competition is one of the first focus areas of a large long-term masterplan set up by the municipality of Reykjavik. The overarching plan commits to redevelopment, densification and sustainability.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cj/cj404dmugxaigtno.jpg"></p><p>The firms jvantspijker (planning and architecture) and Felixx (landscape architecture) used the ambition of densification to reconnect the urban area of Reykjavik to the surrounding Icelandic landscape. "In the current situation landscape and city are related as the inverse of each other", according to the Rotterdam design team.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hnygmzj4iw850sfw.jpg"></p><p>"The renewed link between...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92457261/high-lines-and-park-life-why-more-green-isn-t-always-greener-for-cities High Lines and park life: why more green isn't always greener for cities Archinect 2014-01-30T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-31T09:55:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/644157a6901fae1d176e59a8007c8e7e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One obvious answer to these conundrums is increased focus on "sustainability", along with the questionable notion that because something has a lot of vegetation on it, it must be good for the environment. Accordingly, urban farms are part of this peculiar trend. As early as the mid-1980s, Prince Charles advocated turning the depopulated streets of central Liverpool into farmland, something which seemed connected to his war against modern architecture around the same time...</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/92312338/future-of-berlin-airlift-site-hangs-in-balance Future of Berlin Airlift site hangs in balance Alexander Walter 2014-01-28T17:07:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T18:17:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/nyq3szoesoo0n7td.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A debate has raged over the future of Tempelhof Airport in the south of the city since its closure in 2008. Its open space is currently used for concerts and city gardening. [...] Architect Jens Oberst, whose library was among two winning designs selected by Berlin's Senate for the site in December, told The Local that the referendum would not influence his plans. He said: "We&rsquo;re of the opinion that it is precisely our project which fits with a desire to have an open public space [...]"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71335736/new-central-library-of-berlin-state-by-far-frohn-rojas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Central Library of Berlin State by FAR frohn&amp;rojas</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92303443/bombelek-joint-runner-up-entry-for-e12-sweden-kalmar Bombelek - joint runner-up entry for E12 Sweden, Kalmar Justine Testado 2014-01-28T14:51:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:09:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xj/xjlc2x42s9uf9x2o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our lovely Europan 12 collection is still growing! "Bombelek" is our first project from the Swedish competition. Designed for the Kalmar region by architects Konrad Basan, Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, and Jakub Pudo of BOMP from Poland, the proposal won a shared runner-up prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of their proposal here:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49dnggrktladr7ra.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yvn3lehwo0kxipl.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spc3dylb3rhxw8u5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7oap5tyf4lcri1w.jpg"><br><br>Find out more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/bombelek_-_runner-up_entry_for_e12_sweden_kalmar/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</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/91945746/yes-sediment-fascinating Yes. Sediment. Fascinating Nam Henderson 2014-01-24T13:45:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jg/jg1vxbpxrcnhgvq3.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why Louisiana? Well, there are few (if any) other places in North America in which sedimentary geology is more profoundly felt as part of daily life. As I&rsquo;ve recounted elsewhere on this blog (here and here), southern Louisiana was built up entirely from about 8,000 years of sediments deposited by the Mississippi River.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following the conclusion of <a href="http://dredgeresearchcollaborative.org/dredgefest/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DredgeFest Louisiana</a>&nbsp;Adam Mandelman reviews the time he spent&nbsp;in the company of what he affectionately calls "sediment nerds".</p><p>Meanwhile, over at the NOLA Defender, Christopher Staudinger penned a dispatch reviewing the tour portion of&nbsp;Dredgefest, for the <a href="http://www.noladefender.com/content/afternoon-diversions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Afternoon Diversions</a> column.</p>