Archinect - News 2014-08-21T14:13:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man Gentrification of Burning Man Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-21T00:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T12:50:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khec2bb57cu03lxh.jpg" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,&rdquo; said Brian Doherty, author of the book &ldquo;This Is Burning Man.&rdquo; &ldquo;It does have this feeling that, &lsquo;Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s gentrifying.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&amp;aq=t&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;rls=SUNA,SUNA:2006-47,SUNA:en&amp;q=burning+man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google search</a>&nbsp;but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from <a href="http://elseplace.blogspot.com/2008/08/burning-man-new-religion.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burning Man, a new religion?</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107023856/traffic-lights-are-easy-to-hack Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T18:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T18:26:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzncucigwb0avhjm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper published this month, the researchers describe how they very simply and very quickly seized control of an entire system of almost 100 intersections in an unnamed Michigan city from a single ingress point. The exercise was conducted on actual stoplights deployed at live intersections [...] As is typical in large urban areas, the traffic lights in the subject city are networked ... allowing them to pass information to and receive instruction from a central management point.</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/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T18:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</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/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83 Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T13:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzs311sknfvb5d8q.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are very sad to learn of the passing of amazing designer Deborah Sussman, who died this morning after a battle with cancer." &mdash; @DesignObserver</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designer Deborah Sussman passed away this morning at age 83.</p><p>Perhaps best known for her environmental and graphic design for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles,&nbsp;Sussman began her career working as an office designer for Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s. She founded her own firm in 1968, and created <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11768196/sussman-prejza-co" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sussman/Prejza &amp; Co.</a> along with her husband, architect and urban planner Paul Prejza, in 1980.</p><p>Her distinctively colorful and intrepid graphical work brought character to Disney World, the city of Santa Monica, CA, and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.</p><p>View a selection of Sussman's graphical and environmental work in the gallery below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106949959/hunger-crisis-in-american-universities Hunger Crisis in American Universities Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T14:15:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ge/ges1iod5t3sqjfci.jpg" width="514" height="956" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As low-income populations have gone to college and food insecurity has risen up to swallow the lower rungs of the middle class, hunger has spread across America&rsquo;s university campuses like never before. In some places, it&rsquo;s practically a pandemic: At Western Oregon University, 59% of the student body is food insecure [...] 39.2% of the [CUNY's] quarter of a million undergraduates had experienced food insecurity at some time in the past year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lack of adequate and steady food is a rampant problem both domestically and internationally. A recent&nbsp;<em>National Geographic&nbsp;</em><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140716-hunger-america-food-poverty-nutrition-diet/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>&nbsp;analyzed the problem of food scarcity in the US across the last fifty years. Traditionally concerned with "hunger," since 2006 researchers at the USDA have shifted focus to "food insecurity," a term that refers more to a generalized state of precarity. This is to say, in recent years, the issue has less to do with people being hungry all the time and more with people who can't count on&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;going hungry in the future. That this condition encompasses such a large percentage of college students is a frightening indictment of both the values and mechanics of the US economic system and its social programs.</p><p>A "food desert" is an area where consistent access to nutritious food is difficult to obtain. Many architects and socially-concerned individuals and groups are working towards ameliorating conditions in such places.&nbsp;<a href="http://inhabitat.com/mogro-mobile-food-truck-fills-food-deserts-with-healthy-eats/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mogro</a> &ndash; or mobile grocery &ndash; is a project th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107014210/blue-urbanism-book-takes-urbanism-out-to-sea "Blue Urbanism" book takes urbanism out to sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hi0r3tu4kyi5vb13.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are the &lsquo;blue planet&rsquo; and everything we do here in cities is connected to and impacts the oceans. But we don&rsquo;t in the urban planning community think of connecting our work to oceans and ocean conservation.&rdquo; [...] Blue Urbanism ... explores the ways cities and oceans connect, such as through food, trash, the need for energy and commerce.</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/106963616/will-philadelphia-ever-be-home-to-a-middle-class Will Philadelphia Ever Be Home to a Middle Class? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/6994dd200759dc44aee682aec0d37081.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recent research by Pew showed that half of the 20- to 34-year-olds polled did not expect to be living in [Philadelphia] in five to 10 years, largely because of concerns about education and career opportunities (the ones that never knock). I love Philadelphia, it has become my home. But what will happen if the bulk of today&rsquo;s middle class follows their parents and trickles out to the suburbs?</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/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oma1fcgjzmghae6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed' Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T13:04:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rt/rtsuuy4dsr6bm0tv.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Olafur Eliasson has tried something else. For his latest site-specific project, which opens on 20 August, the artist has transformed the entire south wing of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark into a convincing riverbed &ndash; a messy, stony accumulation of sedimentary rock and watery channels that threatens to silt up the white space of the gallery entirely. The result is an uncanny collision of manmade and natural views, and a Sublime reminder of the slow power of nature to erode [...].</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/106941872/moscow-puts-iconic-shukhov-tower-on-protected-landmark-list Moscow Puts Iconic Shukhov Tower on Protected Landmark List Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:34:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/083cb7916c376a75f39ea4e987380a63.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow City Hall has formally prohibited the moving or reassembly of a Soviet architectural landmark that has been under threat of demolition blamed by conservationists on real estate developers. [...] The radio tower's materials, architectural composition, structural elements and location all fall under the conservation order by City Hall's heritage department, published by Consultant.ru judicial database. This puts an end to earlier proposals to move or dismantle and rebuild the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102859401/muscovites-are-voting-by-smartphone-on-whether-to-demolish-a-beloved-modernist-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muscovites are voting by smartphone on whether to demolish a beloved modernist landmark</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95870906/architects-try-to-save-a-tower-in-moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T23:49:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac9246a29689fa9515554bb8f44b635.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways. It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan that will require coordination of the 88 cities and and dozens of public agencies in the L.A. Basin to achieve.</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/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T15:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T17:15:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qa209ehk87bl41og.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In late May of 2012, my friends and I travelled up to Montreal from upstate New York for the first time, only vaguely aware of the escalating student demonstrations there. When we arrived, we found ourselves in a sea of red. The students we stayed with all had little red felt squares pinned to their shirts and gave us some. Their apartment overflowed with red pamphlets and posters. Plastered beneath overpasses and on bus stops, Paris &rsquo;68-inspired silk-screened posters &ndash; some by the collective<a href="http://ecolemontagnerouge.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> &Eacute;cole de la Montagne Rouge</a> &ndash; served as a backdrop for the massive daily protests that shut down major arteries and overpasses. Students in the streets and their parents on porches loudly banged pots and pans, a chaotic orchestra playing the deafening <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacerolazo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">casserole</a>. </em>It felt as if there was not a single square inch of the city that was not red: even the lights of traffic signals took on a revolutionary hue.&nbsp;</p><p>The students were protesting a planned gradual tuition raise of over one thousand dollars. As ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106870326/how-spain-s-guerrilla-architect-is-building-new-hope-out-of-financial-crisis How Spain’s ‘guerrilla architect’ is building new hope out of financial crisis Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T15:26:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b45f8a28d1ac35f3a4eeabb4b361484.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the state has withdrawn, Santiago Cirugeda has stepped in to turn abandoned sites in Seville and other Spanish cities into dramatic art spaces that are inspiring a new breed of architect</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/106867107/30-of-the-us-in-drought 30% of the US in Drought Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T14:24:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zdogujf8rp9i2rj.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States is currently engulfed in one of the worst droughts in recent memory. More than 30% of the country experienced at least moderate drought as of last week's data. In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages, and mandatory water use restrictions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>California and Oklahoma are both experiencing "exceptional drought" &ndash; the most severe category &ndash; in 25-30% of the state. Both of these states, particularly California, are major agricultural regions and the effects of the drought will have profound ripples economically. North Texas has been in drought for over three years, a major cattle-supplying region. Back in 2011, a <a href="http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2091192,00.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TIME article</a> detailed the possible global ramifications for the Texan drought that we are perhaps only now beginning to experience. In Nevada and other southwestern countries, the concern is less about agriculture and more basically about drinking water, as stored reserves drop down to about one third of expected levels.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106658484/why-artists-want-to-preserve-church-tied-to-l-a-s-chicano-movement Why artists want to preserve church tied to L.A.'s Chicano movement Justine Testado 2014-08-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T13:49:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agi2dqa357amkxgf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Certainly, it's a minor miracle that Epiphany wasn't gutted at some point in its long life to make way for late 20th-century design nightmares such as drop ceilings and wood paneling. But more significantly the church represents an interesting period in Southern California history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Church of the Epiphany was an iconic meeting spot for activist groups throughout the 20th century -- including Cesar Chavez, who gave talks there -- and continues to be a valuable community space today. After a 2011 art auction to preserve the aging church, a second benefit auction is currently being held by an Angeleno arts group in support of the Epiphany Conservation Trust until August 23 to raise more funds for additional restoration needs. Restoration will be done by L.A. architecture firm Escher GuneWardena.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106795640/why-sprawl-may-be-bad-for-your-health Why sprawl may be bad for your health Archinect 2014-08-17T16:06:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T18:23:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a2c7f6582f06aca03ff73fde4204f96.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marshall, Garrick and Piatkowski are talking about a different set of health concerns: not communicable diseases like cholera, but lifestyle diseases like diabetes. "The literature suggests," they write, "that the shift in industrialized nations toward a more sedentary lifestyle is linked to increasingly auto-dependent lifestyles, which in turn is linked to lower density developments and auto-friendly land uses." Maybe we're designing places, in other words, that make it harder to be active.</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/106649647/flying-robots-monitoring-failing-infrastructure Flying Robots Monitoring Failing Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-08-15T19:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:20:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9p2spnsz2cp9cnny.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real 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/106425627/should-city-planners-have-to-live-in-cities Should city planners have to live in cities? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:36:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0doqk232ncl6imgl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brad Buchanan spends his summer weekends, and some predawn mornings, atop an ATV checking on his cattle along Kiowa Creek. [...] But each weekday, Buchanan shifts gears... The weekend farmer who's also a longtime architect ... is five months into his job as Denver's head city planner. That juxtaposition &mdash; an Eastern Plains rancher responsible for making key decisions about Denver's increasingly dense urban footprint &mdash; has some critics of the city's building bonanza grumbling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In that ancient fable of localized identity, a city-dwelling mouse and his country-dwelling cousin try out life in each other's shoes. There are countless versions of this story, found in civilizations from all over the world. Invariably, when each mouse visits his cousin, he feels uncomfortably out of place &mdash; the food is strange, it's not clear what's dangerous, life's pace isn't quite right &mdash; and is relieved to return home.</p><p>Regardless of whether these stories end by taking a side, favoring city-life over country-life or vice versa, they all concede the idea that some folks get along better in the place they're from, and that makes them less capable in the other place. This classic urban v. rural dichotomy doesn't seem to matter much in contemporary architecture practice. It's common in the global economy for a firm that's based in a dense city center to build a monument in a rural setting, or for developers to flip properties in China from their offices in Ottawa. If the design is ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106633556/the-people-designing-your-cities-don-t-care-what-you-want-they-re-planning-for-hipsters The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hh/hhpnk7wt63kp52l3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>current conventional wisdom embraces density, sky-high scrapers, vastly expanded mass transit and ever-smaller apartments. It reflects a desire to create an ideal locale for hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers. [...] Overlooked, or even disdained, is what most middle-class residents of the metropolis actually want: home ownership, rapid access to employment throughout the metropolitan area, good schools and &ldquo;human scale&rdquo; neighborhoods.</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/106631146/how-lgbt-acceptance-is-redefining-urban-america How LGBT Acceptance Is Redefining Urban America Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-15T12:49:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:44:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ce9a411e359e367f3398368e13b17ba.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In cities around the country, the geographical hubs of gay culture &mdash; so-called &ldquo;gayborhoods&rdquo; &mdash; are changing. Amin Ghaziani, author of a new book, There Goes the Gayborhood?, says this subtle cultural shift holds enormous significance for the gay community in urban America and beyond. [...] Yet while positive social and legal shifts have led to this change (from the Castro to Chelsea), we haven&rsquo;t quite evolved past the point of needing them.</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/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup Archinect 2014-08-15T12:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T12:12:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/az089khkokx33ain.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Samsung is making a big push into being the center of the smart home today with its acquisition of SmartThings, which allows people to sync up their connected gadgets onto a single smartphone app and hardware hub.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Samsung is trying to catch up with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100942009/apple-s-homekit-turns-the-iphone-into-a-remote-for-your-smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's upcoming HomeKit</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106562105/the-militarization-of-u-s-police The Militarization of U.S. Police Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-14T22:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-17T14:53:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wryywoj4qcc1zc1j.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The intensive militarization of America&rsquo;s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, with little attention or traction. &ldquo;The blurring distinctions between the police and military institutions and between war and law enforcement, police militarization&rdquo; as &ldquo;the process whereby civilian police increasingly draw from, and pattern themselves around, the tenets of militarism and the military model.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>And close to home, here at bigger Archinect circle, its impact on urban environments emphasized here. <a href="http://demilit.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DEMILIT</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558894/l-a-landscape-architect-mia-lehrer-on-what-makes-a-successful-park L.A. landscape architect Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:11:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b538fab694706e9f7d725cb66d8663b6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It relates to scale, who's going to be there, what reflects the culture and interests of the community. People's first notion about a park is Central Park &mdash; big, grassy, lush. So adjusting expectations about that aesthetic, we have a hard row to hoe in L.A. This is the era for our city to think about parks and the river and the urban forest as all one thing.</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/106558889/why-a-bike-city-why-not-a-mix-of-biking-and-transit Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit? Archinect 2014-08-14T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T14:38:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91745990de229b8d7c72a420d8c185aa.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I see nothing wrong with replacing the hegemony of cars with the hegemony I am proposing, of bikes. Those who need buses would be no worse off than they are now. But a problem would come if a city like Amsterdam had a bike modal share of 90 percent, as could achieved if end-of-trip strategies were built into all buildings to eliminate the problem of bike theft, and if shelter removed the inequity of cycling being the one mode remaining where people get wet.</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/106554869/eastern-ukraine-s-museums-told-to-hide-their-collections Eastern Ukraine’s museums told to hide their collections Alexander Walter 2014-08-14T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:12:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/583571b44987a8c03ba78ca41e23e94f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Culture officials in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine have ordered museums to put their most valuable pieces into storage, and some institutions have closed to the public, as fighting continues between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces. Ukraine&rsquo;s culture ministry has also asked that the media refrain from &ldquo;emphasising objects of cultural heritage&rdquo; to avoid their being targeted [...].</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/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:30:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4zl35r26mr1rsj38.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist and animator Sam Grinberg revisits the fight over the future of the American Folk Art Museum.</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/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:47:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79c17a365df2e99ce1b7279dbf699931.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ridescout, the &ldquo;Kayak of ground transportation&rdquo; that aggregates over 300 rideshare services, announced today that it will integrate carpooling into its app. This move comes on the heels of recent announcements from Uber and Lyft, which on the same day earlier this month revealed they would gradually begin to allow their users to carpool. While ridesharing has up to this point been a mostly single-user service, Ridescout&rsquo;s announcement reinforces a general trend toward multi-user integration.</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/106499499/editor-s-picks-380 Editor's Picks #380 Nam Henderson 2014-08-13T20:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-16T08:52:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ax21xbfp5zqazft.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Student Works: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;spoke with project architect, Duncan Baker-Brown, about T<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he Waste House</a>,&nbsp;designed/built by faculty and students from the Faculty of Arts and <a href="http://www.ccb.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City College Brighton &amp; Hove</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;did some quick math "<em>The numbers tell quite the story...an average of 8 people per work week day for the 15 month project duration. Compared to an equivalent wood frame house in the US that could be an entire subdivision. This should tell you how far industry has to go to do the right thing</em>".</p><p>Plus, elementary school librarian, <a href="http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jennette Neville</a>, shared her <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top 15 recommendations of architecture books for young children</a>.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p>The NYT published a letter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105778959/invitation-to-a-dialogue-less-ego-in-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Editor: Less Ego in Architects</a>&nbsp;by Peggy Deamer, a partner in Deamer Architects and professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Editors saw an opportunity to start a Sunday Dialogue,&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106324363/the-starchitect-image" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a week later published responses and a rejoinders</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> had a thought "<em>Architecture firms are alrea...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106419197/have-a-seat-at-the-urban-reef-installation-in-downtown-vancouver-canada Have a seat at the "Urban Reef" installation in downtown Vancouver, Canada Justine Testado 2014-08-12T18:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlf8otn1m8mquaal.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Meandering down a section of Robson Street on the iconic 800 block in downtown Vancouver, passers-by can sit, relax, play, and socialize on the "Urban Reef" installation. Designed by Kaz Bremner and Jeremiah Deutscher with local furniture collective Higher Works, Urban Reef won the inaugural VIVA Vancouver: Robson Redux design-build competition out of 78 submissions worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The competition had entrants create a temporary urban installation to transform the block to a welcoming public plaza from Canada Day (July 1) until Labor Day (September 1).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/su0ovyqg9vkrscwc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3j03rmqc0x8v6bv0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vg/vglpt2wecaf0zfkw.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/urban_reef_wins_robson_redux_2014_in_downtown_vancouver_canada/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Check out a timelapse video and the making-of teaser below.</p>