Archinect - News 2014-07-23T18:15:49-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T14:35:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca353a0de0d9ef1539537338ea8534c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory. [...] "What we don't know, however, is the story of the losers, the urban men and women who fought the freeway, unsuccessfully, on the conventional terms of political struggle, who weren't able to pack up and move on, and who channeled expressive cultural traditions to register their grievances against the presence of unwanted infrastructure."</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/104722607/relocation-or-adaptation-construction-on-steel-wall-along-jersey-shore-set-to-begin Relocation or Adaptation: Construction on Steel Wall Along Jersey Shore Set to Begin Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T18:10:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fw/fwv3scadh9uze9ec.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction of a four-mile long steel wall going up along a stretch of the Jersey Shore ripped apart during Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin next month [...] The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $23.8 million contract to Springfield-based EIC Associates in May to build the steel wall that will stretch from Lyman Street in Mantoloking through Brick.</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/103866344/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-1-a-planet-cultivated IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 1: A Planet Cultivated Sponsor 2014-07-21T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T10:58:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4fs8pyn2shknzkq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, recently wrapped up a packed roster of conferences, debates, lectures, excursions and other events spanning over several weeks.</p><p>URBAN BY NATURE&ndash; focuses on the interdependence of society and nature and the intricate relationship between city and landscape. Six separate exhibitions, still on display&nbsp;until Sunday, August 24 at the Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, showcase almost one hundred projects that address these issues.</p><p>In this article, we highlight the first of the six exhibitions, <em>A PLANET CULTIVATED</em>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q26jkeprllkovldd.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Aranzadi Park (Aldavoyer Architecture) &copy; Gerencia de Urbanismo, Ayuntamiento de Pamplona</em></p><p>Today, there are more trees in parks and nurseries than there are in forests. What we call nature is never free of human intervention: whether as small-scale as parks, or as large-scale as the climate. At the same time, we are part of nature. Now that more than 50 pe...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104712143/relocation-or-adaptation-map-shows-potential-impact-of-flooding-on-metro-boston Relocation or Adaptation: Map Shows Potential Impact of Flooding on Metro Boston Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T15:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdjggyhu406xm2ny.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The map [...] based on a report by the Boston Harbor Association, shows the impact of 5-foot and 7.5-foot coastal floods in Metro Boston that could be caused by a number of things &mdash; a rising sea level, storm surges, astronomical high tides or other causes.</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/104712141/copyrighting-cartography-with-fictional-places Copyrighting Cartography with Fictional Places Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T12:44:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e813fa2a1dd932f39dfbd60662fa756c.jpg" width="514" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With all the time and energy cartographers spend preparing maps, it makes sense that they would want to protect their investment. One of the ways they do so &mdash; although they don&rsquo;t always admit it &mdash; is by including &ldquo;trap streets,&rdquo; deliberate mistakes added to maps to catch unsuspecting copyright violators. These may include fake streets, as the name suggests, but the term is also applied to other erroneous cartographic data included to embarrass those who might steal it.</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/103803632/east-jerusalem-light-rail-attacked East Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked Nicholas Korody 2014-07-11T17:01:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T20:55:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4l8o1n8fa6t68wg.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riots caused tens of millions of shekels in damage and destroyed the Shoafat and Es-Sahl station [...] Residents of Jerusalem&rsquo;s Shoafat neighborhood are unlikely to enjoy service on the city&rsquo;s light rail network for several months as CityPass, the company that operates the system, works first to repair the rails and signaling mechanisms destroyed during last week&rsquo;s rioting, and only later the stations serving the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Shoafat and Es-Sahl light rail stations in East Jerusalem were attacked last week after news broke that an Arab young man &ndash; Mohamed Abu Khdeir &ndash;&nbsp;had been kidnapped, burned alive, and abandoned in a forest. Many commentators view the killing as vengeance for the <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/report-israel-finds-three-bodies-hebron-2014630162857704850.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent deaths</a> of three Israeli teenage settlers in Hebron, in the Occupied West Bank, which the Israeli government has blamed on Hamas. The situation is tragic &ndash; and rapidly escalating. At least <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/israel-steps-up-deadly-gaza-offensive-201478135059977350.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">27 Palestinians have been killed and 130 wounded in the intense bombardment the Israeli army has unleashed on Gaza</a>&nbsp;in the past few days.</p><p>The attack on the light rail stations were committed by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians who live in the areas around the stations. For many, the destruction is highly symbolic. When first constructed, the light rail was considered by some to be a symbol of the possibility of peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews. However, for others, it was viewed similarly to the massive border wall demarcat...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103937047/new-york-design-commission-awards-own-president New York Design Commission awards own president Alexander Walter 2014-07-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:59:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab3e4e59b1fcffe251174f7b4551ab2d.jpg" width="293" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The New York City Design Commission presented its annual awards for excellence in public design on 7 July&mdash;and among the winners is a company run by the commission&rsquo;s president. Signe Nielsen, who has been the government agency&rsquo;s president since 2012, is also a principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. [...] This is not the first time that Nielsen&rsquo;s firm has been recognised by the Design Commission while she has been at the head of the award-giving body.</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/103857482/frank-gehry-being-considered-for-art-tower-across-from-zumthor-s-lacma Frank Gehry being considered for art-tower across from Zumthor's LACMA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-10T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T14:48:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vu6uyq9ye5ppt8li.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We're working with the other owners of the property and with Metro," said LACMA Director Michael Govan. "There's good reason to build a major development there. You've got subway access and density on Wilshire. My dream is some beautiful piece of architecture with an architecture and design museum at the base, which would add to Museum Row." If built, the tower would offer a dramatic vertical complement to the relentlessly horizontal LACMA gallery building by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor</p></em><br /><br /><p>How's this for a yin-yang in the new Los Angeles: if this goes through, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) would be responsible for two majorly different impositions on Wilshire Blvd., the city's foremost thoroughfare and itself an icon. One: a street-straddling horizontal art institution, aligning contemporary culture and Zumthor's sleek Swiss aesthetics with the form and culture of driving. Two: a relentless residential skyscraper, designed by another LA-icon, Gehry, positioned for density and to maximize access to public transportation.</p><p>Wilshire becomes a looking glass, where the old and new romances of LA can look back and forth at each another.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7ac4ay9rzf5sq2d.jpg"></p><p>No final word on any of this yet, but according to the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;piece, Govan is considering the possibility of including Gehry's archive at the base of the new tower as well, as part of a potential architecture and design wing for LACMA. The site in question currently houses, ironically enough, the <a href="http://aplusd.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture + Design ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103784247/dubai-planning-the-world-s-biggest-shopping-mall Dubai planning the world's biggest shopping mall Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:03:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/ba3b2da8a82f57220b9a1750c2da4da8.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is already home to the biggest shopping mall in the world, but that apparently isn't enough. The emirate is planning an even bigger mall, one so massive it's already being described as a temperature-controlled city. It's going to be called Mall of the World, and will stretch for 48 million square feet. The plan may seem curious to Americans watching their neighborhood shopping malls start to fade.</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/103783443/national-park-service-calls-development-plans-a-threat-to-grand-canyon National Park Service calls development plans a threat to Grand Canyon Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T09:19:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2b7869e439252d7f93ecef18b6a2913b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Looking eastward from the canyon's popular South Rim, visitors could soon see a hive of construction as workers build restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the Navajo Indian reservation. The developers also plan a gondola ride from those attractions to whisk tourists to the canyon floor, where they would stroll along an elevated riverside walkway to a restaurant at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.</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/103632509/dead-man-building-is-louis-kahn-s-posthumous-new-york-project-his-best Dead man building: is Louis Kahn's posthumous New York project his best? Alexander Walter 2014-07-07T13:56:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:14:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/5819cb5a5188dc73ccb21725c374f0fe.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the American architect Louis Kahn collapsed from a heart attack in the toilets of New York's Penn Station in 1974, he left behind a lot of loose ends. There were three children, by three different women [...]. There was his dwindling practice, which he left $500,000 in debt. And, tucked away in his sketchbooks, was a complete set of drawings for an unrealised project &ndash; one that would lie dormant in his archive for almost 40 years.</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/103342091/un-natural-architectures-scorpion-design-temperature-controlled-burrows (Un)natural Architectures: Scorpion Design Temperature-Controlled Burrows Nicholas Korody 2014-07-03T19:28:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:40:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmzinljb71xkrmh3.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists have discovered that scorpions design their burrows to include both hot and cold spots. A long platform provides a sunny place to warm up before they hunt, whilst a humid chamber acts as a cool refuge during the heat of the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This recent discovery of scorpion architecture adds to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/apr/22/the-worlds-best-animal-architecture-in-pictures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a sizeable list of impressive non-human architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3yc2gfwdkju4jvzj.jpg"></p><p>Anthills consist of a complex network of paths. Comparative to the size of an individual ant, these structures are mega-skyscrapers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n5/n5c2lw9mqvzncih0.jpg"></p><p>Likewise, termites build huge structures that have been dubbed "cathedrals." Reaching up to 6m high or more, termite cathedrals are clustered in large arrays that cover whole landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/uthp52gv5ctadpjw.jpg"></p><p>This complex web of branches was built by&nbsp;the vogelkop gardener bowerbird. In direct refutation of the "less is more" aesthetic exemplified by both ants and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, these birds embellish their structures with any bright things they can find.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/oswnipnuxdib2b2z.jpg">Primates, including humans, are probably the most avid builders. For example, from an early age, orangutans learn to design and construct elaborately woven nests high in trees.&nbsp;</p><p>Far from trivial &ndash; and humor aside &ndash;, studying animal architectures helps destabilize the normative understanding of architecture as a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103260146/started-from-the-bottom-boston-experiments-with-parklets-as-place-making-strategy Started from the Bottom: Boston Experiments with Parklets as Place-making Strategy Nicholas Korody 2014-07-02T18:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T18:22:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7bpiq0w9fzcbikx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The city of Boston has been the stage for a long history of experiments with public space. Most notably, the Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country &ndash; and perhaps the first public urban park in the world. Originally a shared cow pasture until overgrazing led to a real-life example of &ldquo;the tragedy of the commons&rdquo;, the 50 acre plot of land later bore witness to the Revolutionary War, public executions, riots, protests, and concerts. Now, Boston will be the most recent in a slew of international cities to adopt parklets as a means of activating and extending sidewalks into revitalized public spaces.</p><p>An increasingly popular tactic in urbanism, parklets are small spaces that often replace two or three parking spots to make way for seating, greenery and other amenities. Though often permanent, they tend to be constructed in ways that allow for easy dismantling, either to accommodate winter snows or for emergency situations. Started in San Francisco as unsolicited interventio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103115489/temple-university-physicist-proposes-three-1-000-foot-walls-to-tornado-proof-midwest Temple University Physicist proposes three 1,000-foot walls to tornado-proof Midwest Archinect 2014-06-30T20:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T18:17:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8aedd30802abc02ef93b4f71939ea30.jpg" width="514" height="1160" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper he recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B, Tao points to two regions of China... that have a similar geographic location as the Midwest&mdash;but far fewer tornadoes. The difference, he says, is that China's plains are surrounded by three east-west mountain ranges, which slow down passing winds enough to prevent tornados from forming. Tao, then, is essentially suggesting we build mountain range-sized walls across Tornado Alley...</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/103114683/22-landscape-installations-now-at-the-15th-international-garden-festival-in-quebec-s-reford-gardens 22 landscape installations now at the 15th International Garden Festival in Quebec’s Reford Gardens Justine Testado 2014-06-30T20:25:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:39:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkojexg1ka5wmlzj.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sixty-five international designers created 22 garden installations at the 15th International Garden Festival, which opened this past weekend at the iconic Reford Gardens (aka les Jardins de M&eacute;tis) in Quebec, Canada. Established in 2000, the event is one of the biggest garden festivals in the world. Located along the edge of the St. Lawrence River, the various installations are a playful reminder about the value of landscape architecture and nature in everyday living.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3xmm98v2ntomhx8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvrgx52ymsguybjm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxxn6ckpzmqh1hwz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/quv0r04rpfxxtvce.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jk8u7b2apz9y7i9s.jpg"></p><p>See more projects on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/22_garden_installations_now_at_the_15th_international_garden_festival_in_qu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103109862/this-secret-swimming-pool-in-the-mojave-desert-could-be-all-yours This secret swimming pool in the Mojave desert could be all yours... Archinect 2014-06-30T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5c87e93b09461c03f19c8b2c5642886.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The piece was completed last Friday and it consists of a single, diminutive swimming pool located somewhere in the southern Mojave Desert between Joshua Tree and Apple Valley. The public is allowed to use the pool, but in order to do so visitors need the key that unlocks it (it is kept covered) as well as the GPS coordinates. Only once you have the key, which is kept at the MAK Center, are you given the coordinates.</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/102865027/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-06-27T15:06:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T11:02:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkxk7px1eqmui70c.jpg" width="514" height="685" 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/kt/ktgibhicym3ol1k6.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/98612781/manhattan-townhouse/98614600" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan Townhouse</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/SusanWisniewski" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Wisniewski Landscape, LLC</a> in collaboration with BWArchitects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8z32p1dfktdy3jhz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/100906592/houseboat-utrecht-the-netherlands/100907394" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Houseboat</a> in Utrecht, The Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/bytrarchitecten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BYTR Architecten</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/ehphige28l7fo8qo.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arkylab/project/xafix-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xafix House</a> in Aguascalientes, Mexico by Luis Mor&aacute;n in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/arkylab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arkylab</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7wpckji81zfhsii.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/68182948/financial-and-sales-center/99628544" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Financial and Sales Center</a> in Linz, Austria by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/68182948/dfa-dietmar-feichtinger-architectes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes</a>; Park Design by landscape designer H.Y.L</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tc/tcsm8yav12k6oeiv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/95498741/in-situ-estate/95499547" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Situ Estate</a> in Redding, CT 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/qq/qqr0b9cpx9gnp6ku.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/SafdieRabines/project/robert-paine-scripps-forum-for-science-society-and-the-environment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society, and the Environment</a> in La Jolla, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/SafdieRabines" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safdie Rabines Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yu2uuudydh89ouu6.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/rafaeldelahoz_arquitectos/project/campus-repsol-in-madrid-leed-platinum-certification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Campus Repsol</a> in Madrid, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/rafaeldelahoz_arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos</a>; Landscape Collaborator: L...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102558685/relocation-or-adaptation-creating-resilience-against-natural-disaster Relocation or Adaptation: Creating resilience against natural disaster Nicholas Korody 2014-06-23T15:34:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T15:38:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhd0h5t0w9om58r7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. disaster rebuilding has traditionally focused on merely replacing what has been lost. But a little-noticed federal design competition, Rebuild by Design, has done something different: engage communities to develop a more porous relationship between land and water that recognizes the dynamism of rising seas and more violent storms...</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/102197126/relocation-or-adaptation-preparing-for-global-warming Relocation or Adaptation: Preparing for Global Warming Nicholas Korody 2014-06-19T13:11:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T17:27:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bu5he0xyea7dmvfr.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"...just as planning for response to an industrial accident doesn&rsquo;t make an industrial accident more likely, so too planning for relocations should not make them more likely... It is .... likely that the slow-onset effects of climate change will lead many to voluntarily migrate in anticipation that conditions will worsen. Those who are left behind &ndash; and who will need government assistance to relocate &ndash; thus may be particularly vulnerable."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The pressure to start preparing for inevitable relocations due to global warming and the resultant rise in sea levels is growing for many communities around the world. For some, the time for preparation is already running out and the time for action is now. In the United States, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/18/185068648/impossible-choice-faces-americas-first-climate-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the first "climate refugees" are in the largely-native communities along Alaska's coastline</a>. Many of the small island nations of Oceania are beginning to<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/18/185068648/impossible-choice-faces-americas-first-climate-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> ask their neighbors for asylum</a> preemptively. This will certainly present one of the most challenging realities facing architects in the future as the global refugee population begins to increase. An important strategy will be to learn from existing "refugee cities" such as <a href="http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/settlement.php?id=176&amp;region=77&amp;country=107" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaatari</a> in Lebanon, currently the country's fourth largest city. Populated by people fleeing the violence in neighboring Syria, a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/12/water-resources-under-strain-in-zaatari/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current water shortage crisis</a>&nbsp;proves that, today, nearly every situation is in some ways affected by environmental conditions.</p><p>For places without as drastic a d...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101926219/the-peril-of-hipster-economics The Peril of Hipster Economics Miles Jaffe 2014-06-15T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-20T09:57:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cpzxibnwursrkk1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Wall Street Journal calls this "Fighting Urban Blight With Art". Liz Thomas, the curator of the project, calls it "an experience that asks people to think about this space that they hurtle through every day". The project is not actually fighting blight, of course - only the ability of Amtrak customers to see it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reminds me of NYC in the 1980's when the city put large vinyl decals depicting shutters, potted plants, Venetian blinds and window shades over the yawning windows of abandoned city-owned buildings that face the Cross Bronx Expressway.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101782599/the-future-of-urban-farming-belongs-to-the-bugs The future of urban farming belongs to the bugs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-13T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-13T13:22:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6b89a69bb6d7007dd3be66f2f654c47.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some people might mentally retch that the United Nations, believing the world's population could hit&nbsp;9 billion by 2050, thinks we should prepare to eat bugs. Not the folks at Sweden's Belatchew Arkitekter, though: They want to fast-track the insect-munching. Thus they've whipped up plans to build "vermin farms" upon Stockholm's major intersections, so that by 2018 everybody in the city will be guaranteed plentiful rations of six-legged foodstuffs.</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/101474747/the-canadian-company-drowning-in-phnom-penh-s-garbage The Canadian Company Drowning in Phnom Penh’s Garbage Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-09T13:22:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/634893792a217b40d00054a2d27756ee.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2002, CINTRI, a branch of Canadian firm Cintec Environment Inc., was granted an exclusive 50-year contract to collect commercial and residential waste in Phnom Penh and keep the city&rsquo;s main streets clean. The exact details of the company&rsquo;s agreement with city hall have never been made public, but since the deal was inked, Phnom Penh&rsquo;s population has swelled from just over one million to two million people. The population boom and its attendant urban sprawl seem to have caught CINTRI off-guard</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/101246166/watch-los-angeles-s-road-network-grow-from-1888-to-2010 Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kchg45eu1qzbx7g.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video by doctoral student and an associate professor at Arizona State University visualizes the expansion of LA's roads, starting in 1888 and running all the way up to 2010 [...] Variations in color denote the age of the thoroughfares, with green being the oldest roads and red being newest. Watch as the map blooms with color in the fifties and the trend carries on through the eighties to the present.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Growth of the Los Angeles Roadway Infrastructure, 1888 - &nbsp;2010", by Andrew M. Fraser and Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., of Arizona State University:</p><p></p><p>Compare with the following video of Los Angeles' overall growth as a city during the 20th century, from NYU's <a href="http://urbanizationproject.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stern Urbanization Project</a>:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100631867/rise-in-cycling-expands-nyc-s-real-estate-market Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-29T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be7c0cb51f84cad359f444e1c7788fb3.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the search for more affordable real estate in New York City pushes deeper into neighborhoods that were once considered out of the way, bicycle lanes are taking on new importance. Since 2007, the city has carved out more than 350 miles of bike lanes in the five boroughs, according to the Department of Transportation. As a result, the distance from the nearest subway or bus stop has become less of a drawback for the two-wheeled set, particularly in transit-challenged areas of Brooklyn.</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/100631259/feds-okay-1-billion-los-angeles-river-project Feds Okay $1-Billion Los Angeles River Project Alexander Walter 2014-05-29T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-05-29T15:22:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bf09c9ff41294815937ea48ca89f0c8.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The jury is in and the Los Angeles River's future seems to be bright. After more than six months of intense lobbying by the city, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) has announced that it will be recommending a more ambitious $1-billion plan to restore an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River from downtown through Elysian Park.</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/100515819/housing-plans-at-berlin-s-tempelhof-airport-blocked Housing plans at Berlin's Tempelhof airport blocked Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T22:25:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a39df7f697cfedc354bf543072979f97.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin voters on Sunday decided leisure comes first and blocked plans to develop a big part of the former Tempelhof airport, the hub of the historic 1948-49 Berlin Airlift. [...] Official results based on more than four-fifths of ballots cast showed that over half of voters backed a referendum to preserve the airport as a leisure space. City officials had wanted to use about a third of the land for housing because of Berlin's growing population.</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/100227555/women-who-helped-remake-the-american-landscape Women who helped remake the American landscape Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-22T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-05-23T13:40:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x8/x8r1p9hbq0qu9qqy.jpg" width="514" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Well before American women could vote, these college-educated few rose to the pinnacle of their fields as garden designers, writers and photographers. Declaring American gardens to be distinct from those in Europe, they took as their mission the beautification of America, whose cities were polluted and whose residents were suffering from decades of grinding income disparity and rampant industrialism. [...] &ldquo;It really was landscape gardening as social activism.&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/100054102/artistic-landscape-architecture-brings-a-sense-of-belonging Artistic landscape architecture brings a sense of belonging Alexander Walter 2014-05-19T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:14:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cdb14c1ddfc40a5f60515c72f87647f4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When five of the nation's leading landscape architects gathered before their peers last weekend in Berkeley, the projects they discussed were located in Massachusetts and Minnesota, China and Spain. [...] The issues and ambitions on display can be applied to any 21st century metropolitan region like ours, where the most challenging frontiers for growth lie in struggling with issues of growth and change; where the land in question is high-profile and politically charged.</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/99782639/architectural-installations-to-pop-up-on-hollywood-sign-hiking-trail-this-weekend Architectural installations to pop-up on Hollywood sign hiking trail this weekend Archinect 2014-05-14T20:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bi/biuzsuvvzuhm4egg.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On May 17, the yearlong series' final event, inspired by L.A.'s most prominent icon, the Hollywood sign, is being staged. Six projects will be installed on the Hollywood sign trail, where all of Los Angeles is laid out before hikers. Details are still being finalized, but the event could feature imaginary viewfinders designed by Elly Ward and mini-monuments erected by Elizabeth Timme, co-director of design office LA-M&aacute;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Trek to the Hollywood sign</strong></p><p><strong>What:</strong>&nbsp;Installations along a trail near the Hollywood sign</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;Hollywood sign trail. Park in the Greek Theatre Parking Lot G in Griffith Park or at Griffith Observatory and take the shuttle to the Hollywood sign viewing area.</p><p><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp;10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17</p><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;Self-guided tour is free. Shuttle to the site, $7; free for 2 and younger.</p><p><em><strong>Information:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.laparks.org/shuttle/shuttle.htm" target="_blank">www.laparks.org/shuttle/shuttle.htm</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ontheroadprojectla.org/" target="_blank">www.ontheroadprojectla.org</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99764488/biking-to-work-in-the-u-s-has-increased-60-over-last-decade Biking to work in the U.S. has increased 60% over last decade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-14T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:34:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f8909527c667c7ee74bd2ed8e77a065.jpg" width="300" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're feeling wonky, you can read the full U.S. Census Bureau report <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/acs-25.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. It's the Census Bureau's first report to focus entirely on biking and walking to work, with statistics since 1990.</p><p>You can also explore commuting statistics for every U.S. neighborhood in the Bureau's <a href="http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer-commuting.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census Explorer</a>, an interactive map that breaks down commuting by commuter age, census tract, type of transportation, and total time.</p>