Archinect - News 2015-03-27T08:02:11-04:00 Would you cross these bridges? Check out a few Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge entries for London's River Thames Justine Testado 2015-02-24T20:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:46:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework</a>, London's Borough of Wandsworth has its sights on constructing a new pedestrian bridge across the River Thames, between the two very distinct districts of Nine Elms and Pimlico. Quite evidently, the teams currently in the Nine Elm to Pilmico Bridge competition aren't holding back their imaginations.</p><p>Launched this past December, the competition invited multidisciplinary teams worldwide to conjure up a design concept that would serve as a basis for the final design of the bridge for construction -- if the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">even gets to that point</a>. The competition organizers state on their website that they're not looking for a specific design, but rather the best team that shows the strongest capability of designing the landmark bridge.</p><p>Out of the 74 schemes from Stage One, we picked out a few that caught our attention:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 70</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 60</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 62</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 04</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 43</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 08</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 80</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 10</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr; Scheme 29</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&uarr;...</p> Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation RonH 2014-09-09T15:09:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:33:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Giving the boulevard back to the people... makes the streets habitable again," says Sean O&rsquo;Malley of SWA.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How does a 10-block neighborhood intervention of volunteers in Highland Park, Los Angeles link to a $325 million streetscape and storm water infrastructure transformation in Shenzhen, China?&nbsp; &ldquo;This is about giving the street and the boulevard back to the people,&rdquo; says Sean O&rsquo;Malley, Managing Principal of SWA, the landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm. Throughout history, China has been a country connected by the intimacy of village life: the chance encounter on the street, the smile of a passerby. Small streets that were once filled with people are now large boulevards of traffic, noise, and pollution. As China has grown rapidly, it has lost much of its connection to its past. &ldquo;We aim to make the streets habitable again,&rdquo; says O&rsquo;Malley.</p><p>A major focus of the commission from the City of Shenzhen is the revision of a street system in the new urban core that was designed strictly for automobiles just a few decades ago. As part of a winning competition proposal, SWA stres...</p> Winners of the 2014 Canadian National Urban Design Awards Justine Testado 2014-04-25T19:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:20:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stellar sustainable design around the world always deserves recognition. The 2014 Canadian National Urban Design Awards program &mdash; hosted by RAIC | Architecture Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects &mdash; recently announced this year's winners in acknowledgment of their contributions to the quality of life and sustainability in Canada's cities through architecture and urban design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below are the eight top-winning projects:</p><p>(Pictured above) <strong>URBAN ARCHITECTURE: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Claire &amp; Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art (Montreal, QC) </strong><br>By Provencher Roy</p><p><strong>COMMUNITY INITIATIVES</strong>: <strong>University of Winnipeg Students' Association bikeLAB</strong> <strong>(Winnipeg, MB)</strong><br>By Peter Sampson Architecture Studio Inc.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>CIVIC DESIGN PROJECTS:</strong> <strong>Westminster Pier Park (New Westminster, BC)</strong><br>By PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>STUDENT PROJECTS</strong>: <strong>Collaborative Exercise 2013: An Architecture of Civility (Toronto, ON)&nbsp;</strong><br>By Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science, George T. Kapelos, FRAIC, MCIP, Coordinator</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>URBAN FRAGMENTS:</strong> <strong>Jiigew [By the Water] (Thunder Bay, ON)</strong><br>By Brook McIlroy Architects / SPMB</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>URBAN DESIGN PLANS: Blatchford Redevelopment Masterplan (Edmonton, AB)</strong><br>By Perkins+Will Canada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>SPECIAL JURY AWARD - SMALL/MEDIUM COMMUNITY URBAN DESIGN AWARD: City of Nanaimo Downtown Urban Design Manual and Guidelines (Nanaimo, BC) </strong><br>By D'Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>SPECIAL J...</strong></p> What if we could rebuild New York City? Terreform 2014-04-02T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T14:38:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitchell Joachim; New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world&rsquo;s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city&rsquo;s map &ndash; and build it from scratch?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article features both the High and Low lines, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vision 42, Million Trees NYC, and Vertical Farms.</p> 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards recipients - Regional & Urban Design Justine Testado 2014-01-13T21:31:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:00:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last but not least, our final list of recipients of the American Institute of Architects 2014 Institute Honor Awards, is for the Regional &amp; Urban Design category. The AIA Institute Honor Awards acknowledges the best projects in Architecture, in Interior Architecture, and Urban Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Have a look at the Regional &amp; Urban Design winning projects:<br><br><strong>Denver Union Station Neighborhood Transformation; Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</strong> (see title picture above)<br><br><strong>The East River Blueway Plan; WXY architecture + urban design</strong><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization for Little Rock; University of Arkansas Community Design Center + Marlon Blackwell Architect</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Miami 21: a New Zoning Code for the City; Duany Plater-Zyberk &amp; Co. LLC</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>Son Tra Peninsula Strategic Vision Plan; Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>The Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan; Lake|Flato Architects</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Find full details on each project at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br> You can also find the winning lists for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interior Architecture</a>.</p> [CONTAINED] - ONE Prize 2013 Stormproof finalist entry Justine Testado 2014-01-03T20:09:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T19:33:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's our latest feature from the ONE Prize 2013: Stormproof competition, wherein participants had to propose smartly designed resilient cities prepared to face the challenges of severe climate conditions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Specifically designed for New York City's coast, [CONTAINED] by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arianna Armelli</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Sepulveda</a> was a finalist entry in the international competition.<br><br> Here's a preview of their proposal:<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> For full project details, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br> More images can be found in the the thumbnails below.</p> Audiotopie awarded the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-11T19:11:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:04:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Audiotopie was awarded $10,000 from the 2013 Phyllis Lambert Design Montreal Grant in Montreal, Canada earlier this week. Established in 2007, the annual grant distinguishes young, emerging Montreal designers who have shown excellence in their work and research study that can contribute to the city of Montreal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The $10,000 grant will enable the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Audiotopie</a> team, which designs immersive sound works closely connected to physical spaces through creation of sensory experiences, to go on a study trip during which its members will compare sound environments in the underground spaces of three Asian cities."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Designing and understanding the "Happy City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-09T20:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:14:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"For years, urban designers and architects have claimed happiness as their goal," Montgomery says. "And yet none of the claims have been supported by empirical evidence. Which isn't to say they're not right. It's just to say that we don't know. That we haven't known." In this spirit of empirical discovery, Montgomery takes readers around the world in search of the places where urban design has (and has not) improved quality-of-life.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Human behavior can be extremely difficult to quantify, and determining its exact context even harder. But some cities just seem happier than others, no matter how difficult that status is to qualify. In his book, <em>Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design</em>, Charles Montgomery tries to create an empirical basis for that causal link between happiness and urban design, through case studies of cities where those two concepts are clearly intertwined. Montgomery spoke with Eric Jaffe at&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic Cities&nbsp;</em>about his research for the book, and how we measure happiness.</p> <p> Sensitive to the fact that what works in Bogot&aacute; might not fly in Oslo, Montgomery is not out to find hard-and-fast rules for happiness. He instead wants to tease out methods of urban design that civic governments may use to become more sensitive, responsive and accountable to their citizens' well-being.</p> NYC Design Chief on Climate Resilience after Hurricane Sandy Places Journal 2013-10-10T19:20:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:32:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I step out into the street but realize that I&rsquo;d better not &mdash; there&rsquo;s a current &mdash; and as my hallway fills, I remember the electrical panel in the basement. It shorts out, and I hear the breakers fall. Then there is an explosion outside, and the neighborhood goes dark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In October 2012, as Hurricane Sandy approached New York, Alexandros Washburn defied evacuation orders and stayed fast in his home in Red Hook, watching as his street flooded and became a "full-fledged river." But he had good reason; the city's chief urban designer wanted to observe first-hand "the dynamics of the storm surge and its effect on our streets and structures." In an excerpt on Places from his new book <em>The Nature of Urban Design</em>, Washburn&nbsp;recounts his experience during the storm and the hugely complicated &mdash; and ongoing &mdash; municipal recovery and response.</p> “Beyond the Clouds” - Finalist entry for Smart Harbor competition Justine Testado 2013-10-09T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-10-09T12:56:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Beyond the Clouds" is a Smart Harbor competition entry by international award-winning experimental team Zuhal Kol, Carlos Zarco Sanz, and Jose Luis Hidalgo. Their proposal was listed as a finalist [...] earlier this year. Focused on exploring the potential value of the world's harbors, the competition challenged participants to reimagine existing harbor sites into a modern recreational and tourist area -- with the freedom to interpret the meaning of recreation to their own accord.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Brooklyn Tech Triangle as the next Silicon Valley? Justine Testado 2013-08-12T17:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T21:36:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn Tech Triangle</a> could become the next Silicon Valley -- if the strategic plan to bolster the emerging tech hub comes to full fruition. The plan was developed over a six-month period by a multidisciplinary team led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a> and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the DUMBO Improvement District, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation). The Tech Triangle is projected to bring immense growth to the local economy as soon as 2015.<br><br> In 2012, local tech and creative firms participated in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a study</a> conducted by the coalition that revealed the Triangle's potential for economic impact and innovation. The Triangle contains <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Brooklyn</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DUMBO</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Brooklyn Navy Yard</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Key objectives in the strategic plan include enhancing workforce development, increasing availability of affordable real estate, improving infrastructure and transportation routes, and public-space creation. In summation, the plan aims to...</p> Bogotá, With Pockets of Hope in Recent Architecture Archinect 2012-07-06T14:46:00-04:00 >2012-07-06T16:20:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The canopy can look like a lot of architecture for such a small project, but that&rsquo;s partly its value: to put Cazuc&aacute; on the map and create a de facto town square beside the school (made of shipping containers, serving a population in which a quarter of the children are malnourished, I was told by the school&rsquo;s principal). Now children play soccer under the canopy and clean up the square every day, and there&rsquo;s a vegetable garden with tomatoes and herbs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Demedicalize Architecture Places Journal 2012-03-06T12:51:00-05:00 >2012-03-06T18:55:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contemporary architecture and urban planning seem to address uncritically the conditions and context in which this discourse on health is developing. In most cases, the design disciplines rely on an abstract, scientific notion of health, and very literally adopt concepts such as &ldquo;population,&rdquo; &ldquo;community,&rdquo; &ldquo;citizen,&rdquo; &ldquo;nature,&rdquo; &ldquo;green,&rdquo; &ldquo;development,&rdquo; &ldquo;city&rdquo; and &ldquo;body&rdquo; into a professionalized, disciplinary discourse that simply echoes the ambiguities characteristic of current debate.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In its latest exhibition and book, <em>Imperfect Health</em>, the Canadian Centre for Architecture critiques what curators Mirko Zardini and Giovanna Borasi call a &ldquo;new moralistic philosophy: healthism.&rdquo; Zardini and Borasi trace the long relationship of environmental design to shifting social and political concepts of well-being, from 19th-century urban parks to 20th-century sanatoria to the "healthy buildings" of today. And they ask: would it be possible to &ldquo;demedicalize&rdquo; architecture &mdash; to replace the prescriptive solutions of &ldquo;cure&rdquo; with the more expansive goals of &ldquo;care&rdquo;?</p> URBANlab at California College of the Arts Places Journal 2012-01-19T17:47:00-05:00 >2012-01-19T17:57:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="536" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Academic institutions have a mandate to contribute to public knowledge, but the structures that support the transfer and dissemination of research, and the application of research within urban design practice, are often weak. There is a widening gap between what happens within the academy and what happens on the ground in cities &mdash; often a retrograde, generic and ad hoc agglomeration of politically or financially motivated initiatives.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Places interviews Ila Berman, director of architecture at the California College of the Arts, and Mona El Khafif, project coordinator of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">URBANlab</a>, about research + design initiatives at the lab. The feature includes a slideshow of faculty and student work, including design proposals for projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jerusalem, and Tianjin.</p> <p> This is the second installment in an ongoing series of profiles of university-based design centers. Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephen Luoni and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Audi and BIG Show introduce Urban Future illuminated road of the future pavilion at Art Basel Andrew Michler 2011-12-05T17:34:05-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Audi and BIG showed up at Art Basel Miami last week with what could be mistaken as the latest dance floor design, a huge LED surface which illuminates and tracks humans. The floor act as a large scale demonstration of &ldquo;Urban Future,&rdquo; . The concept is based on integrating driveless electric cars into advanced roadways that guide the vehicles, eliminating curbs, traffic lights and other types of space-gobbling infrastructure to hand the city back to pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><p> An interesting video of how BIG + Kollision + Schmidhuber &amp; Partner's smart LED road will work in the real world.</p> Finalists Selected for Portal to the Point Design Ideas Exploration Paul Rosenblatt 2011-08-15T14:40:48-04:00 >2011-09-08T12:29:08-04:00 <em><p>Portal to the Point Project Advisor Paul Rosenblatt AIA, Principal of SPRINGBOARD Design, is pleased to announce the selection of five finalists for the Portal to the Point Design Ideas Exploration sponsored by Colcom Foundation. The finalists are: Marlon Blackwell Architect, MAYA Design, SCAPE Landscape Architecture, Weiss/Manfredi, and wHY Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Project Teams Selected for Portal to the Point: A Design Ideas Exploration<br> Portal to the Point: A Design Ideas Exploration is an &lsquo;Idea Generation Project&rsquo; funded by Colcom Foundation.</p> <p> Five multi-disciplinary teams have been selected to focus on public art and design in Point State Park.</p> <p> &ldquo;The history of the United States, in fact, and of other parts of the world, was changed by events that occurred at or near the forks of the Ohio in the years 1749&ndash;1758.&rdquo;&nbsp; Robert Alberts, The Shaping of the Point</p> <p> Point State Park has a long, celebrated and, at times, contentious history.&nbsp; The most visible landmark in Pittsburgh, it is the subject of countless photographs of the city.&nbsp; It is a place of paramount importance to the history of the United States, once a significant historical crossing and battleground, a symbol of resistance and independence.&nbsp; Today, it is the city&rsquo;s focal point for recreation, celebration and enjoyment, the site of festivals, concerts and regattas.&nbsp; What will th...</p> A First Look at Section 2 of New York's High Line Park MikeChino 2011-06-07T16:11:28-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line, New York City&rsquo;s most exciting and innovative linear park, just opened its second section to the public &ndash; and Inhabitat was on the scene to bring you exclusive photos of the new extension! We finally experienced the Falcone Flyover, Viewing Spur, Chelsea Thicket and other exciting new features, and we descended from the experienced with our heads still in the clouds &ndash; read on for our exclusive first look at The High Line, Section 2.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inhabitat has exclusive photos of the opening day of New York's high line park - hit the jump to see the new park in its entirety - from the Chelsea Thicket to the Falcone Flyover and beyond.</p> Film: A Plea For Modernism EvanMather 2011-05-26T20:17:12-04:00 >2012-02-04T21:47:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School has served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Trem&eacute; since it opened in 1955. Celebrated worldwide for its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design &ndash; the structure sustained moderate damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005. Although it is scheduled for demolition in Summer 2011, DOCOMOMO Louisiana is advocating for its restoration via adaptive reuse. "A Plea For Modernism" is narrated by actor Wendell Pierce (&ldquo;The Wire&rdquo;, &ldquo;Treme&rdquo;). <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View on Vimeo</a></p>