Archinect - News 2015-11-28T15:14:12-05:00 "Latin America is where modernist Utopia went to die." – A closer look at the changing urban landscape of Caracas Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T17:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T18:40:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;El mejor anuncio de la historia&rsquo;, or &lsquo;the best ad in history&rsquo; is a picture taken in February 2008, which neatly encapsulates several aspects of the city&rsquo;s urban landscape: the formal, the informal and the promotional. '[...]Around and in between the super bloques a carpet of slums has grown, an organism that now seems to bind the blocks together in some symbiotic relationship. These are the kind of hybrid forms that are developing in Latin American cities [...]&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T15:36:00-05:00 >2015-11-28T07:19:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the west too often think of Beirut as a city scarred by war and terror. But the capital of Lebanon is a beautiful, modern city, one utterly remade after the country&rsquo;s civil war ended in 1990. Gleaming skyscrapers tower over historic and pre-war modernist architecture, drenched in color and bathed in sunlight. It provides no end of inspiration for Serge Najjar, whose gorgeous photos of the city fill his Instagram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-25T13:26:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T13:35:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Candy Chan</a>, an architect living in New York City, has what she describes as a "love-hate relationship" with her subway system. Fascinated in particular by the mechanisms of the MTA's stations &ndash; their navigation and placemaking methods, their circulation patterns &ndash; Chan was surprised to learn that there are no comprehensive, 3D maps of the station interiors available to the public.</p><p>To anyone easily turned around by traveling underground, the experience of emerging from the station on the wrong side of the street is a familiar and frustrating one, and travel can be discombobulating from the get-go. 3D station maps are commonplace in Hong Kong, where Chan is from, then why not New York? So Chan set out to map the stations herself, as a labor of love.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Her ensuing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Project Subway NYC"</a> is a blog and resource, chronicling Chan's studies of the subways and gorgeous diagrams of their interior structures. The Project began this past July, and Chan just released a new slew of station maps &ndash; pict...</p> Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina Alexander Walter 2015-11-24T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T11:29:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The systematic destruction of Saudi Arabia is under way&mdash;in silence. Historic mosques, tombs, mausoleums, monuments and houses: more than 90% of the old quarters of the holiest cities of Islam has been razed to make room for a new urban landscape of hotels, shopping centres and apartment blocks. [...] Construction works have already transformed Mecca and Medina into cities without a past, dominated by skyscrapers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built in 1780 and leveled in 2002 for the construction of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel complex, the Ottoman Ajyad Fortress is just one of many historic sites that are being destroyed and replaced by hotel towers, condo skyscrapers and parking lots.&nbsp;</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More than 50 dead after crane collapses on Mecca's Grand Mosque</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-24T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:38:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From farmland to stately brownstones to battleground for million-dollar bidding wars, Brooklyn&rsquo;s transformation has fundamentally altered the city&rsquo;s geography&mdash;and the way New York now thinks of itself. It has also altered the lives of the residents who call the borough home. To understand those changes, we dispatched a team of reporters to find a place where Brooklyn&rsquo;s past and future are next-door neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>New York Magazine</em>&nbsp;has a fascinating and highly addictive piece looking at how Brooklyn came to be Brooklyn, combining personal stories, shoe-leather reporting, and data studies to craft a compelling, interactive story of "One Block" in the borough's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.</p><p>For more news from Brooklyn, check out:</p><ul><li><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></li><li><a title="Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps</a></li><li><a title="Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide</a></li><li><a title="Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?</a></li><li><p><a title="Bed-Stuy In Memoriam" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy In Memoriam</a></p></li></ul> Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T13:18:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:18:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazilian police investigating corruption around the state-run oil firm Petrobras also plan to investigate more than $10bn of construction contracts for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to a lead investigator on the case. Some of the big engineering companies caught up in the Petrobras inquiry &ldquo;very probably&rdquo; broke laws against price-fixing and bribery on contracts to build Olympic venues, said Igor Romario, a federal police chief and key figure in the investigation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Another Olympics, another story of displacement" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></li><li><a title="Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li><li><a title="Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> Are raised bikeways enough to make the San Francisco's riders safer? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T06:40:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our urban centers were not designed with cyclists in mind; we&rsquo;re a car-centric society. American cities&nbsp;can try piecemeal approaches, but the reality is that sharing the road is only a small part of the&nbsp;solution.&nbsp;Bikes and cars need their own dedicated thoroughfares to keep everyone as safe as possible, and to encourage people to&nbsp;choose clip-in pedals over gas ones...</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco recently announced plans &ndash; under the initiative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision Zero SF</a> &ndash; to aggressively tackle traffic-related deaths in the city. Part of that plan includes incorporating elevated bike lanes, with Market Street as a pilot project.&nbsp;</p><p>But according to Jordan Crucchiola, who invokes the successful, large-scale bicycle infrastructure projects of Europe, "Until San Francisco, or any rapidly growing American city, is willing to make that commitment, every slightly raised bike path will just amount to a series of ad hoc fixes."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts</a></li><li><a title="Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents</a></li><li><p><a title="Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Bike-Wash&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Jakarta's &quot;car-free days&quot; are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></p></li><li><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p></li></ul> Who owns our cities – and why this urban takeover should concern us all Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-24T12:52:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T14:30:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Privatisation in the 90s has resulted in a reduction of public buildings and an escalation in large, corporate ownership</p></em><br /><br /><p>"today, rather than a space for including people from many diverse backgrounds and cultures, our global cities are expelling people and diversity. Their new owners, often part-time inhabitants, are very international &ndash; but that does not mean they represent many diverse cultures and traditions. Instead, they represent the new global culture of the successful &ndash; and they are astoundingly homogeneous, no matter how diverse their countries of birth and languages. This is not the urban subject that our large, mixed cities have historically produced. This is, above all, a global &ldquo;corporate&rdquo; subject."&nbsp;</p><p><em>Editor's note: the cover photo is not showing "Freedom Tower".&nbsp;Here is a link to <a href=";excludenudity=true&amp;mediatype=photography&amp;phrase=freedom%20tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gettyimages</a>&nbsp;.&nbsp;</em><em>While at it, check out </em><em>their </em><em>&nbsp;<a href=";sort=best&amp;excludenudity=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"city life"</a> section.</em></p> Driveway urbanism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #3 with Jenna Didier, founder of Materials & Applications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-23T13:53:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T06:42:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>One-to-One</strong></a> guest is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Jenna Didier</strong></a>, founder of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Materials &amp; Applications</a> research and exhibition space in Los Angeles. Didier started the driveway-sized venue in the front yard of her Silver Lake home in the early 2000s, looking for a space to establish community and exchange for like-minded architects, artists, designers, and makers in the city. M&amp;A has since hosted installations by architects such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Southern</a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Operations</a>), Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>) and Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues&nbsp;Studio</a>), among many others, and regularly holds events and gatherings.</p><p>More recently, Didier also founded Urban Applications: an initiative of M&amp;A that works directly in and with local communities on environmental installations. We spoke about her work with robotics and fountains, and how creative communities are formed in sprawling metropolises.</p><p>Listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #3 with&nbsp;<strong>Jenna Didier</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and ...</a></li></ul> Ireland's Niall McLaughlin Architects to focus on designing for Alzheimer's in 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-23T13:08:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T13:08:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The team will examine the spatial experiences of people with Alzheimer&rsquo;s and the installation will be accompanied by a social media campaign designed to extend the reach of the work beyond the Biennale. [...] The scheme was set to be a test case for future developments and was seen as an opportunity to &lsquo;improve the quality of life of a marginalised group by reaching towards an understanding of the deep human mystery of how we place ourselves in the world.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More design work responding to the symptoms of Alzheimer's:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Showcase: Antoine de St exupe&#769;ry home for dependent elderly people, by Naud &amp; Poux Architectes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></li></ul> Norman Foster says he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever" – only advocacy Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T01:18:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Do you believe in infrastructure?&rdquo; asks Norman Foster, with challenge in his voice. He does. Infrastructure, he says, is about &ldquo;investing not to solve the problems of today but to anticipate the issues of future generations&rdquo;. [...] &ldquo;I have no power as an architect, none whatsoever. I can&rsquo;t even go on to a building site and tell people what to do.&rdquo; Advocacy, he says, is the only power an architect ever has.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a></li></ul> As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-20T19:35:00-05:00 >2015-11-22T18:00:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined. In 2014, 5.6 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S., down by about 1 million since 2007. [...] Mexican unauthorized immigrants are more likely than unauthorized immigrants overall to work in the construction industry ... Among Mexican unauthorized immigrants ages 16 and older who were employed in 2012, 19% worked in construction and 13% worked in a wide range of businesses</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>&nbsp;previously reported on the trend of declining Mexican-born workers in the U.S. construction industry, leading to a total loss of half a million laborers since 2007.&nbsp;According to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a Pew Research Study</a> in "Hispanic Trends" from March of 2015, citing the most recent data through 2012, unauthorized immigrants account for 14% of the construction workforce overall:</p><p><em>Unauthorized immigrants made up 5.1% of the nation&rsquo;s labor force in 2012, numbering 8.1 million who were working or looking for work, according to previously published Pew Research estimates (Passel and Cohn, 2014). But as this new analysis shows, they account for a far higher share of the total workforce in specific jobs, notably farming (26%), cleaning and maintenance (17%), and construction (14%).</em></p><p>Read the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report</a> from the Pew Research Center for more information on the current state of the Mexican immigrant population in the U.S.</p> Architect Paul Michael Davis shares his favorite pitstops around Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Justine Testado 2015-11-20T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T22:37:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>The coastal city of Seattle, Washington is not as "sleepy" as some would assume. It's full of gems that the architecturally inclined traveler can appreciate &mdash; aside obvious landmarks like the Seattle Central Library, the Experience Music Project, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and of course, the Space Needle, among other tourist hotspots. Not too far away from the central downtown area is Capitol Hill. Never heard of it? No need to be a bespectacled, coffee-guzzling, plaid-sporting millennial to enjoy this part of town. Archinect reached out to locally based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Michael Davis</a>, who shared some of his favorite spots around this charming neighborhood that non-locals might overlook.</p><p>Give Paul Michael Davis' "stops" a try the next time you venture out to Seattle, and you might discover something new about this part of the Pacific Northwe...</p> Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-20T12:52:00-05:00 >2015-11-22T13:31:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>between population gains and the popularity of fully self-driving mobility services, we&rsquo;ll see the total number of vehicle miles grow by 1 trillion. (Half of the 1 trillion it attributes to population growth.) For perspective, U.S. residents drove 3.1 trillion miles in 2014. KPMG expects this growth to come from trips taken by the very young and very old, who can be immobile only due to their inability to drive. By having access to a self-driving shuttle, a world of opportunity would open up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We discuss the implications of autonomous vehicles in the built environment with Geoff Manaugh on our latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">podcast</a> episode, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust"</a>.</p><p>For more on self-driving vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></li><li><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</a></li><li><a title='The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design</a></li><li><a title="Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included)</a></li><li><a title="Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society</a></li></ul> Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena: "Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture." Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T12:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T13:07:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As architects, we are living at a time of shifting paradigms. [...] It&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so interested in how architects and urban planners engage with other fields &ndash; economics, security, the environment and so on. Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture and speak the languages of these other disciplines, before translating our discussions into formal design proposals. [...] Our ultimate focus is still on form, but what informs this has expanded dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just a few key takeaways from Alejandro Aravena's piece for <em>The Guardian</em>:</p><ul><li>"As curator of <em>Reporting From The Front</em>, I want to reverse the idea that the Biennale only deals with issues that are of interest to other architects. We have begun by identifying problems that every citizen can not only understand but actually has a say in: immigration, water, land capacity, waste and so on."</li><li>"Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, however, on the frontlines of the built environment there is a sense of vitality, because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key. We should never forget that design can be a very powerful tool in mobilising people to act."</li><li>"There are new actors in this story &ndash; not least those property developers who use buildings to chase huge profits. But we are interested in how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain: design as added value instead of an extra cost; architecture as a shortcut towards equality...</li></ul> REX Revealed as the Architects Redesigning the $200M WTC Performing Arts Complex DianePham 2015-11-20T11:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T11:22:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since July, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) has been working with an anonymous architectural firm to hash out a new concept for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, and now, nearly five months later, the Performing Arts Center board has finally released the name of the lead architect: Brooklyn-based studio REX led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, a former prot&eacute;g&eacute; starchitect Rem Koolhaas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition Julia Ingalls 2015-11-19T17:47:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T13:07:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When executives at Taco Bell found out that the Downey building that housed their first restaurant was at risk of being demolished, they ordered the store &ldquo;to go.&rdquo; The birthplace of the Mexican fast food chain, located on Firestone Boulevard, is up on rails and ready to roll. Founder Glen Bell built the mission style building in 1962 and on Thursday night at 10:30, store &ldquo;Numero Uno&rdquo; will begin the 45-mile ride to company headquarters in Irvine.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The original Taco Bell was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initially threatened with demolition</a> back in January. For all the best coverage of food-related design, do check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Upstarts: Design, Bitches</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Journey from Architecture and Design to Gourmet Dog Food</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architects are redesigning schools that encourage kids to eat healthier</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> "In LiDAR We Trust" – Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-19T17:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T15:31:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long-time Archinector and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDGBLOG</a>-runner Geoff Manaugh joins us on the podcast this week to discuss his piece on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Dream Life of Driverless Cars"</a> for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times Magazine</em>. Referencing work like that of London-based design studio, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ScanLAB Projects</a>, who use LiDAR (light + radar) technology to map how autonomous vehicles see and understand the built environment, Manaugh spoke with us about how these vehicles could potentially change the structures and sensations of our cities &ndash; and all the unknowns that accompany such speculation.</p><p>We also briefly touch on the recent news of<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Philadelphia becoming an UNESCO World Heritage site</a>;&nbsp;the first city in the U.S. to receive such status.&nbsp;This episode is sponsored by BQE's ArchiOffice.</p><p>Listen to episode 43 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "In LiDAR We Trust":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to liste...</a></li></ul> "Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-19T17:05:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T11:45:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"You repress almost everything to produce a building," states Daniel Libeskind during a long and wide-ranging <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conversation</a> with the architectural historian Gillian Darley&nbsp;in the context of the exhibition <em>Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design</em> at the Roca London Gallery.<br><br>"Everything is repressed because it has to fit into the context, it has to be stylized, it has to appeal to clients, it has to be normal," he contends. "But I always thought, try to show what has been repressed in architecture. It&rsquo;s very difficult because people don&rsquo;t like it."<br><br>Their conversation touches on a number of Libeskind's central concerns and makes frequent reference to both his biography and his oeuvre. Here are some of the highlights (check out the full video below):<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>On his childhood:</strong></p><ul><li>"I was lucky to have that experience of... the mythology of New York, which is arriving by boat as an immigrant. You know, woken up, 4 o&rsquo;clock in the morning by my mother with my sister, go up, wake up, 'you&rsquo;re going to see Ne...</li></ul> Russian pedestrian infrastructure that teaches you a thing about avant-garde art Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T18:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T20:28:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pedestrian crossings made up of fragments of famous works of avant-garde art have appeared in a residential area in the Russian city of Khimki, located just northwest of Moscow. Fragments of the work of Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky feature on five pedestrian crossings in the &ldquo;Gorod Naberezhniy&rdquo; complex, chosen for their frequent use. Together with the zebra stripes, there are signs which provide information about the artwork and artist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park</a></li></ul> Milwaukee Art Museum set to reopen after $34M renovation and expansion project Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T15:06:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T15:15:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Milwaukee Art Museum is due to reopen on 24 November after a 14-month, $34m renovation that brings the institution back from the brink. When the museum made the unorthodox decision to begin planning an expansion at the height of the recession in 2009, mould flourished, floors buckled and ceilings leaked in the two buildings that housed the permanent collection. [...] Roberts says: &ldquo;People who know our museum will not believe that this is the same museum.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Private money attracts big-name architects to design new museums in Beirut</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading up to its September-20 opening, Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new Broad museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A black museum for "The White City of the North": Moreau Kusunoki Architectes selected to design Guggenheim Helsinki</a></li></ul> The organization behind Kentucky's Creation Museum is building a Genesis-sized Ark Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-18T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T22:31:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Ark Encounter is a full-sized replica of Noah&rsquo;s Ark, as described in the book of Genesis. [...] the actual ark will be 510 feet long ... 85 feet wide and more than 50 feet tall, and that's before you add the sail. It can house up to 10,000 people in a pinch, and when finished will be the largest wooden timber structure in the world. [...] &ldquo;People expect the quality of a Universal Studios and we&rsquo;re going to give it to them.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Perhaps not surprisingly, other riffs on Noah's Ark have already been built (although they probably aren't scaled to cubits):</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese man spends whole life savings building very own 'Noah's Ark' over fears of impending apocalypse</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opening Noah's Ark</a></li></ul> A minimalist pop-up apartment for Bangkok's parking garages Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-17T17:59:00-05:00 >2015-11-21T12:43:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Bangkok, where rents are quickly rising and young professionals often struggle to find places to live, architects created a simple tiny house that can easily pop up in a parking garage or inside one of the city's half-built abandoned buildings. [...] Instead of solid walls, the structure has a lattice-like design that lets breezes pass through. "With the wall, we need as much ventilation as possible," she says. "It is always too hot, not cold."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bangkok-based firm All(zone) is currently exhibiting their "Light House" shelters at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>.</p> "A lean and sneakily ambitious show," Christopher Hawthorne reviews Wayne Thom's retrospective at WUHO Gallery Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You're familiar with pretty much every phase of Julius Shulman's long career as an architectural photographer. You started following the globe-trotting Iwan Baan on Instagram way before he became a design-world celebrity. You can't recommend Ezra Stoller's black-and-white pictures of midcentury Manhattan highly enough. But Wayne Thom? The name may draw a blank.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> A young designer rethinking how we memorialize collective trauma Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:12:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Sara Zewde] argues that while the traditional monument commemorates a singular event or individual by placing an object in a space that is a break from its surroundings, the 400-year practice of African enslavement demands a different approach. &ldquo;For Afro-descended people, you wake up every day with the legacy of slavery,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;How do you deal with that spatially?&rdquo; One approach is to translate cultural practices into spatial ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> One night's bad sleep equivalent to six months on a high-fat diet, new study finds Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-17T12:58:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:14:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New research finds that one night of sleep deprivation and six months on a high-fat diet could both impair insulin sensitivity to a similar degree, demonstrating the importance of a good night&rsquo;s sleep on health. [...] When the body becomes less sensitive to insulin ... it needs to produce more insulin to keep blood sugar stable. This may eventually lead to Type 2 diabetes, a disease where the body&rsquo;s insulin response doesn&rsquo;t work properly and there is too much sugar in the blood.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Students: take note. Take time to get enough sleep.</p><p>More on the significance of a good night's sleep:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nine hours in a capsule: sleeping in a sci-fi hotel that wants you to leave</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should napping in the workplace be de-stigmatized?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the School Blogs: And...... Sleep.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Little Sleep Can You Get Away With?</a></li></ul> Leading street artists weigh in on the gentrification debate Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T18:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:11:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, the online street art community was abuzz about an article by Rafael Schacter for The Conversation, From dissident to decorative: why street art sold out and gentrified our cities. [...] Basically, Schacter argues that street art isn&rsquo;t rebellious anymore. Rather, that it&rsquo;s most notable form is as a tool used by corporations to spur gentrification. Agree or disagree, the article is a must-read.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vandalog author RJ Rushmore reached out to some of the influential figures in street art and muralism to get their reactions to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schacter's claim</a> that street art has sold out and become complicit in the corporate gentrification of our cities. He received responses from Buff Monster, Living Walls, 1xRun, Jeffrey Deitch, Libray Street Collective, Tristan Eaton, John Fekner, Gaia, Ganzeer, Carlo McCormick, The Painted Desert Project, Jessie Unterhalter, Vexta, Wall Therapy and shared their views <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related news and one exclusive interview with Buff Monster on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Candy Coated City: Non Sequitur interviews Buff Monster</a></li></ul> Can dead "big-box" stores live a second life? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-16T12:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T15:27:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In suburbs, cities and rural areas, [big-box stores] can present a reuse and rehab conundrum, particularly as retailers become more sophisticated about controlling leases and redevelopment. [...] With the big-box model, stores are rarely remodeled. [...] A kind of &ldquo;retail cannibalism&rdquo; emerges, where companies compete for market share with ever-shinier facades that leave aging stores behind as the asphalt fades.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the fading development of big-box stores:</p><ul><li><a title="A supermall grows in fracking country" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A supermall grows in fracking country</a></li><li><a title="For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!</a></li><li><a title="Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></li><li><a title="Dead-malls and the return of Main Street" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead-malls and the return of Main Street</a></li></ul> New Renderings of SuperPier: Google’s New NYC Digs + Bourdain Food Market To Arrive in 2018 Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-16T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:44:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, Seth Pinsky, Executive Vice President at RXR Realty, shared a presentation regarding the development of the long-planned rehabilitation and conversion of Pier 57 aka &ldquo;SuperPier.&rdquo; According to him, the 450,000-square-foot development will invest $350 million of private capital to redevelop the structure, and in return create hundreds of jobs, generate millions of dollars of revenue for the Hudson River Park Trust, and create a new destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai Justine Testado 2015-11-13T19:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T20:59:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>As the largest metropolis in mainland China <em>and</em> the world, Shanghai continues to boom at a dizzying pace. Among all the sights and sounds within the city, Shanghai is bustling with people (about 24 million, that is), tantalizing food, and of course a rich mix of architecture -- from the historic ancient structures to the futuristic Lujiazui skyline. How can a visitor not feel overwhelmed?</p><p>Archinect reached out to locally based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine</a> co-founder Andrei Zerebecky to share what places around town he would recommend to the architecturally inclined traveler. Read on to check out his suggestions, along with some historic factoids.</p><p><strong>1.&nbsp; Let Sleeping Dragons Lie - Nine Dragon Pillar</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>One ubiquitous thing about getting around in Shanghai is the &lsquo;gaojia&rsquo; or elevated roadways. At night, the underbelly of these massive infrastructural ribbons are illu...</p>