Archinect - News 2016-09-28T06:22:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970953/obama-calls-for-zoning-overhaul-blames-existing-laws-for-rising-inequality-and-unaffordable-rents Obama calls for zoning overhaul, blames existing laws for rising inequality and unaffordable rents Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:06:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole [...] The White House published a &ldquo;toolkit&rdquo; of economic evidence and policy fixes to help local political leaders fight back against the NIMBYs that tend to hold sway over municipal zoning meetings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953892/stonewall-inn-formally-declared-as-national-monument" target="_blank">Stonewall Inn formally declared as national monument</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964024/twilight-zoning-what-100-years-of-zoning-hath-wrought-ft-special-guest-mitch-mcewen-on-archinect-sessions-77 Twilight Zoning: What 100 years of zoning hath wrought, ft. special guest Mitch McEwen on Archinect Sessions #77 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-18T17:47:00-04:00 >2016-08-26T17:19:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/plh3mi4tpurcrrvk.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The term "zoning" recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary in the U.S.'s city planning parlance, and many of our News postings recently have had to do with its fraught, wonky legacy. From racial segregation to housing discrimination to Pok&eacute;mon Go trespassers, we dip into the debate around zoning, with special guest <a href="http://archinect.com/mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mitch McEwen</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 77 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Twilight Zoning":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" 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://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-77.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962753/the-argument-against-zoning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The argument against zoning</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962744/pok-mon-go-is-forcing-us-to-grapple-with-virtual-usage-zoning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pok&eacute;mon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961116/zoning-in-los-angeles-doesn-t-allow-for-sensible-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoning in Los Angeles "doesn&rsquo;t allow for sensible urban development"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963381/watch-the-official-trailer-for-tomas-koolhaas-upcoming-documentary-rem#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch the official trailer for Tomas Koolhaas' upcoming documentary, 'REM'</a>&nbsp;(while Mitch didn't hav...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962753/the-argument-against-zoning The argument against zoning Julia Ingalls 2016-08-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:16:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qz/qz77lafarhuzrn2q.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zoning, although designed with the benign intention of keeping toxin-spewing industrial factories away from residential properties, has certainly been used for ill: ask any African-American family in the 20th century whose application to use their VA entitlement to buy a house was denied due to "redlining." Over at <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-27/zoning-has-had-a-good-100-years-and-that-s-plenty%23footnote-1469643739186" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg News</a>, Justin Fox takes up the case that on the 100th anniversary of zoning laws in New York City, maybe it's time to substantially re-evaluate them.</p><p>As he writes, "Over the past few years, zoning has been blamed, mainly by economists bearing substantial empirical evidence, for an ever-growing litany of ills. The charge that zoning is used to keep poor people and minorities out of wealthy suburbs&nbsp;has been around for decades. But recent research has also blamed it for increasing income segregation, reducing economic mobility and depressing economic growth nationwide."</p><p>The latest in urban planning:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962485/why-cities-need-to-expand-their-idea-of-who-is-a-local" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cities need to expand their idea of who is a "local"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962466/questioning-urban-truisms-with-artificial-intelligence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Questioning ur...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962744/pok-mon-go-is-forcing-us-to-grapple-with-virtual-usage-zoning Pokémon Go is forcing us to grapple with 'virtual usage' zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-11T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T14:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8a9f6cd9be7dc2a462c145f5dcc310ca.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;if augmented reality really catches on, and an internet environment overlaid on our real world surroundings becomes common, what will be the rules around using that augmented space?" [...] Could you sell, lease, or subdivide the digital rights to your own home, yard, or lobby? Could you extract a toll, tax, or commission from virtual usage?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Referencing multiple, international cases of private property disputes over the mega-popular Pok&eacute;mon Go game, Geoff Manaugh floats the idea of zoning regulations for virtual and augmented reality instances.</p><p>As players wander through public and private spaces alike to catch 'em all, they inevitably trespass on certain stakeholders ideas' of what's allowed in that space&mdash;especially if the 'Trainers' are profiting financially in any way from occupying, say, a suburban front yard.</p><p>As these disputes proliferate (whether from Pok&eacute;mon Go, or the next AR/VR game to takes its place in popularity), Manaugh's piece poses the following:&nbsp;What rights do virtual entities have to be in those spaces? What rights to property owners have to keep Snorlax from napping in their hammock?</p><p>More AR/VR on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947762/hyper-reality-artist-envisions-our-near-future-existence-submerged-in-augmented-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyper-Reality: Artist envisions our near-future existence submerged in augmented reality</a></li><li><a title="No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957911/no-pok-mon-go-is-not-an-urban-fantasy-for-the-new-flaneur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur</a></li><li><a title="NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and John SanGiovanni, co-founder of VR firm Visual Vocal, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #23" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945565/nbbj-s-vr-venture-managing-partner-steve-mcconnell-and-john-sangiovanni-co-founder-of-vr-firm-visual-vocal-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-23" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ's VR venture: Managing Partner Steve McConnell and...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961116/zoning-in-los-angeles-doesn-t-allow-for-sensible-urban-development Zoning in Los Angeles "doesn’t allow for sensible urban development" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-02T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:11:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/upe17v2xceez32a2.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While zoning is a perfectly fine strategy to map new suburban cul-de-sac subdivisions and to stop growth, it backfires when we try to use it to guide the future of an evolving, dynamic city like Los Angeles. Zoning is a 20th century relic designed to &ldquo;protect&rdquo; existing residents from the encroachment of people and buildings they see as &ldquo;undesirable.&rdquo; [...] we should be following Chicago&rsquo;s approach by focusing on public spaces, infrastructure and other common assets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user approved by LA City Planning Commission, with 15% affordable units" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960952/frank-gehry-s-sunset-strip-mixed-user-approved-by-la-city-planning-commission-with-15-affordable-units" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user approved by LA City Planning Commission, with 15% affordable units</a></li><li><a title='California lawmakers turn to "granny flats" to help ease housing shortage' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California lawmakers turn to "granny flats" to help ease housing shortage</a></li><li><a title="Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956563/michael-maltzan-proposes-greening-l-a-s-134-freeway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway</a></li><li><a title='Is Los Angeles becoming a "real" city?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953526/is-los-angeles-becoming-a-real-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Los Angeles becoming a "real" city?</a></li><li><a title="LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953244/lapd-directs-officers-to-treat-homeless-people-with-compassion-in-new-vague-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956540/anti-growth-zoning-codes-exacerbate-economic-disparity-racial-segregation Anti-growth zoning codes exacerbate economic disparity, racial segregation Nicholas Korody 2016-07-07T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T15:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w899qj6u3v5hsnfb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To most people, zoning and land-use regulations might conjure up little more than images of late-night City Council meetings full of gadflies and minutiae. But these laws go a long way toward determining some fundamental aspects of life: what American neighborhoods look like, who gets to live where and what schools their children attend. And when zoning laws get out of hand, economists say, the damage to the American economy and society can be profound.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Studies have shown that laws aimed at things like &ldquo;maintaining neighborhood character&rdquo; or limiting how many unrelated people can live together in the same house contribute to racial segregation and deeper class disparities. They also exacerbate inequality by restricting the housing supply in places where demand is greatest."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952075/it-s-not-the-kids-it-s-their-environment-the-tragic-story-of-a-young-aspiring-architect-who-died-too-soon" target="_blank">&ldquo;It's not the kids, it's their environment&rdquo;: The tragic story of a young aspiring architect who died too soon</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class" target="_blank">The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy" target="_blank">The architectural vestiges of white supremacy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268383/housing-mobility-vs-america-s-growing-slum-problem" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955838/we-need-smarter-ideas-on-how-to-grow-our-cities We Need Smarter Ideas On How To Grow Our Cities b3tadine[sutures] 2016-07-04T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T01:31:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi9numdvufw3fq3y.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, you can find a Steve Pomerance in cities across the country &mdash; people who moved somewhere before it exploded and now worry that growth is killing the place they love. But a growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy.</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/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-20T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zo/zogoongji4vey0gg.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many buildings in distinctive Manhattan neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Upper East Side and Washington Heights could not be erected now: Properties in those areas tend to cover too much of their lots (Washington Heights), have too much commercial space (Chinatown) or rise too high (the Upper East Side). [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s ridiculous that we have these hundred-year-old buildings that everyone loves, and none of them &lsquo;should&rsquo; be the way they are.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious &quot;smart city&quot; experiment" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a title="NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939039/nyc-s-hot-new-developer-design-trend-the-1902-flatiron-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building</a></li><li><a title='A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936514/a-guide-for-new-yorkers-exploring-the-suburban-jungle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"</a></li><li><a title="Sidewalks, New York's &quot;most desirable real estate&quot; " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933857/sidewalks-new-york-s-most-desirable-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-26T13:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T20:50:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nu6lsvo31iv195ss.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>strict zoning laws in the Bay Area make it almost impossible to significantly expand the housing stock there. [...] As a result, the tech boom simply means that housing gets less and less affordable for anyone who doesn't work in tech or already own a home. A lot of people are blaming the tech boom itself for the Bay Area's housing problems. But the technology boom is only a problem because the region's housing markets are functioning so poorly.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143374268/keeping-the-disneyland-magic-alive-by-limiting-neighbors-building-heights Keeping the Disneyland magic alive, by limiting neighbors' building heights Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-14T17:47:00-05:00 >2015-12-14T17:47:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/li/lixitzb36gp36bxm.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The policy, limiting building heights of 75 to 240 feet within a half-mile radius of the Disneyland Resort, isn&rsquo;t meant to keep outsiders from getting a peek at the rides and attractions. Rather, the Disney Cone is aimed at limiting views of the outside world for the 25 million-plus annual visitors who walk into the parks for a sense of escape and fantasy &ndash; just as Walt Disney had first envisioned on Disneyland&rsquo;s opening day, more than 60 years ago.</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/125433971/envisioned-as-tallest-tower-in-turkey-ankara-s-partially-built-republic-tower-is-now-heading-for-demolition Envisioned as tallest tower in Turkey, Ankara's partially-built Republic Tower is now heading for demolition Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dhvfwcxecyvma39b.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Started in 2003 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo&#287;an and intended to be Turkey&rsquo;s tallest tower, the partially-constructed Republic Tower in Ankara&rsquo;s Ke&ccedil;i&ouml;ren district will now be demolished after the Ankara Municipal Assembly rejected its zoning plan. [...] First started in 2003 and stalled since 2008, the 144-meter tall tower which has already cost TRY 27 million (USD 10 million) will now be demolished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123740677/urban-omnibus-investigates-the-tragic-poetry-of-building-codes Urban Omnibus investigates "the tragic poetry of building codes" Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:28:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:36:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f821a8524ee73f1030d217c0cad4256.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From time to time, our Omnibus columnists check in to provide commentary on issues of design, policy, and history and their impact on the life and form of the city today. Stephen Rustow&rsquo;s first column scaled the heights of New York&rsquo;s skyscrapers to consider &ldquo;The Privatization of Prospect.&rdquo; Here, in his second installment, Rustow looks at three intangible&nbsp;forces that greatly influence the shape of our built environment: zoning, finance, and the building code.</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/115503755/are-zoning-laws-responsible-for-america-s-housing-problems Are zoning laws responsible for America's housing problems? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T15:40:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmzeuzwcsblog2q8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tax breaks, rent-control laws and building restrictions that make up zoning codes in many major cities require lawyers to decipher. Whether by design or effect, a housing regime that is intelligible only to highly trained professionals is one that spells endless power for owners and endless misery for tenants. Zoning codes must be simplified &mdash; quickly, radically and without mercy.</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/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization Diane Pham 2014-11-11T11:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T11:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbfppfc6r9rdlib0.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed with the help of a team of volunteer researchers, urban planners and designers, this new online tool allows anyone to view the staggering amount of publicly-owned lots that once had an urban renewal plan in the pipeline but were scrapped due to bureaucracy. By mapping out all of the vacant spaces across the city, 596 hopes that we as a community can take a top-down approach to turning these urban blights into public gardens, play lots, and spaces where people can &ldquo;co-create.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 1949-1974 NYC took on an urban renewal project that resulted in the bulldozing of "slums" across Manhattan. The vast majority of the proposals planned for the land floundered and today nearly 15,000 lots across the city lay vacant. 596 Acres, a grassroots land access nonprofit, had developed a map tool called Urban Reviewer that pinpoints all of these spots&mdash;most owned by the public&mdash;already zoned for action.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105571993/la-to-revamp-city-s-70-year-old-zoning-code LA to Revamp City's 70 Year Old Zoning Code Nicholas Korody 2014-08-01T19:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:43:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/pluq1siwaimkprln.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Countless contradictions [are] embedded in Los Angeles' zoning code, the 800-plus-page document that governs what can be built where in the city, and what it should look like [...] City planning officials are hoping to iron them out by rewriting the 70-year-old code, with an eye to making development here more predictable, less expensive and more in tune with the needs of a modern city.</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/105250586/d-c-s-war-over-pop-ups D.C.'s war over pop-ups Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T15:08:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52b8a245bf25e22ba484503aefbf9e09.jpg" width="500" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Throughout his neighborhood of Lanier Heights, developers are buying up two-story townhouses and building an extra floor or two, additions that are known as pop-ups. They&rsquo;re also extending the structures as far back as allowed, to within 15 feet of the property line, obliterating backyards in the process. [...] A few doors down the other way is a deafening construction site, where a single-family home is being turned into eight units, taking full advantage of what was once the backyard.</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/100125462/tokyo-takes-new-york-astounding-housing-facts Tokyo Takes New York: Astounding Housing Facts Archinect 2014-05-20T19:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T19:05:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01989ecadeb7a29c000852e7b4004db4.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s extreme housing production and resulting market is a product of Japan&rsquo;s uniquely liberal zoning rules. Taken along with its dense network of profitable, private railways, Tokyo is the closest thing this planet has to a city that has completely surrendered itself to market forces. And its construction numbers show 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/91155625/the-hangover-cantilevered-buildings-of-new-york The Hangover: Cantilevered Buildings of New York Archinect 2014-01-13T17:47:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T12:29:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a87156746965e9d06a32fc9d4d4585c4.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In New York, development is a three-dimensional chess game,&rdquo; said Dan Kaplan, a senior partner at FXFowle Architects, &ldquo;and the reason we&rsquo;re seeing an increase in the use of cantilevers above neighboring buildings is linked to the complexity of finding a site that can utilize all available development rights.&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/79451696/zhang-lin-builds-his-dream-mountain-home-on-top-of-a-beijing-apartment-building Zhang Lin Builds His Dream Mountain Home... On Top Of A Beijing Apartment Building Archinect 2013-08-14T14:23:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T20:06:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8ff61ee5bb7ba174eff07207d7d84e33.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past six years, professor Zhang Lin has been moving rocks and rubble to construct his dream mountain home in the Renji Mountain area of Beijing, China. The catch? It's actually on the roof of a 26-story apartment building. And according to the South China Morning Post, the structure is completely illegal, as he never received the necessary planning permission for this extreme dwelling.</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/72753489/how-zoning-affects-the-wealth-gap How zoning affects the wealth gap Alexander Walter 2013-05-08T12:40:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T18:55:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e7644d658ec8a41c636751f62735523.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A "snob zone" is a place that uses restrictive zoning in a residential area to keep certain types of housing -- and therefore people -- out, says Lisa Prevost. Prevost&rsquo;s book, Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate, comes out today and focuses on several towns in the Northeast [...]. For instance, one zoning law considered by the town would require people to have a minimum lot size of four acres in the town.</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/63951640/big-news-planning-commission-approves-durst-s-57th-street-pyramid-apartments BIG News: Planning Commission Approves Durst’s 57th Street Pyramid Apartments Archinect 2012-12-22T17:57:00-05:00 >2012-12-27T17:29:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1pf0xslzirhnkl4.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our approval will facilitate development of a significant new building with a distinctive pyramid-like shaped design and thoughtful site plan that integrates the full block site into the evolving residential, institutional, and commercial neighborhood surrounding it,&rdquo; Ms. Burden said before voting in favor of the project.</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/61243997/billionaires-basements-the-luxury-bunkers-making-holes-in-london-streets Billionaires' basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets Archinect 2012-11-12T12:05:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T20:48:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mw/mw1deyoswx1redho.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The reason for all this quarrying is not the discovery of a coal-rich seam beneath the Wrenaissance streets, but the local enthusiasm for subterranean development. Over the past four years, this local authority alone has granted planning applications for more than 800 basement extensions, refused 90, and has a further 20 outstanding. It is the most densely populated borough in the country, with no room to build outwards, and no permission to build upwards &ndash; so the only way is down.</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/42081083/the-roots-of-sprawl-why-we-don-t-live-where-we-work The Roots of Sprawl: Why We Don't Live Where We Work Archinect 2012-03-20T11:54:00-04:00 >2012-04-01T23:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d11c8e9eb215b200f615521c505f6706.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles was one of the first large cities in the U.S. to adopt a kind of modern zoning to keep the industrial away from the residential. If the city would have more mixed use, with people living closer to retail and workplaces, Los Angeles would feel like another city, with less of its land area dedicated to low density, single family residential neighborhoods, and more streets with shops and businesses on the ground floor and homes above.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The Laws That Shaped L.A." is a weekly series on LA-based radio station KCET, spotlighting regulations that have played a significant role in the development of contemporary Los Angeles. These laws - as nominated and explained each week by a locally-based expert - may be civil or criminal, and they may have been put into practice by city, county, state, federal or even international authority.</p>