Archinect - News 2016-10-24T03:01:42-04:00 Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway Justine Testado 2016-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-05T14:57:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the highway serves as the main artery connecting the &ldquo;Last Frontier&rdquo; with Canada and the northwestern U.S., bringing tourists to Alaska cruise ships; food, supplies and medicine to remote towns; and equipment to oil fields and mines that are the region&rsquo;s lifeblood... &ldquo;Communities are unable to reach each other, it&rsquo;s harder to get goods there,&rdquo; [...] Thawing permafrost isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;just an inconvenience, folks; it&rsquo;s a change in the way of life.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming is redrawing national borders</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></p> Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal “organic highway” Justine Testado 2016-08-04T19:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-06T07:07:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[T]he city of Bao'an in Shenzhen is setting its sights on revamping the 30 kilometer, 12-lane G107 highway...By rethinking the notion of a highway and envisioned with a series of utopian-like renderings, [Avoid Obvious Architects + Tetra Architects &amp; Planners] proposed &ldquo;a smaller, more fluid, multi-layered thoroughfare that will be a spectacular starting point of growth for an organic smart city.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a preview of their proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more of the project&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>. You can also watch the video below.</p> Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway Julia Ingalls 2016-07-07T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T14:23:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Christopher Hawthorne, in keeping with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his exploration of the ever evolving urban identity of Los Angeles</a>, reached out via the L.A. Times to Michael Maltzan to see if the architect had any ideas about transforming L.A.'s freeways from noisy polluting agents into civic amenities. Maltzan has responded pro bono with an idea to place a 3/4 mile stretch of the 134 freeway into a tunnel which would not only reduce noise and annually absorb 516,000 tons of carbon dioxide, but double as a site for rooftop solar panels and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vegetation walls</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Drivers in the tunnel would still be able to see their Pasadena surroundings through the lattice-like exterior, although residents near the just south of the Rose Bowl portion of the freeway would experience a significant traffic noise reduction thanks to the tunnel's acoustically insulated walls. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the L.A. Times</a> notes, Michael Maltzan "describes the proposal, produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles office of the engineering firm Arup, as 'an env...</p> U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time" Alexander Walter 2016-04-28T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:07:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a child, Anthony Foxx knew he couldn&rsquo;t ride his bike far from home without being blocked by a freeway. By the time he became U.S. transportation secretary he understood why. &ldquo;We now know &mdash; overwhelmingly &mdash; that our urban freeways were almost always routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods, creating disconnections from opportunity that exist to this day,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I really believe that this is an issue that has been on the shelf collecting dust for a long time,&rdquo; Foxx said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera</a></li></ul> Photos Show How Detroit Hollowed Out During the Highway Age Alexander Walter 2014-06-25T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:11:45-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While searching for images of highway interchanges in urban areas, I came across these historic aerial photos of Detroit on a message board, showing how the city fabric has slowly eroded. It&rsquo;s a remarkable record of a process that has scarred many other American cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:27:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video by doctoral student and an associate professor at Arizona State University visualizes the expansion of LA's roads, starting in 1888 and running all the way up to 2010 [...] Variations in color denote the age of the thoroughfares, with green being the oldest roads and red being newest. Watch as the map blooms with color in the fifties and the trend carries on through the eighties to the present.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Growth of the Los Angeles Roadway Infrastructure, 1888 - &nbsp;2010", by Andrew M. Fraser and Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., of Arizona State University:</p><p></p><p>Compare with the following video of Los Angeles' overall growth as a city during the 20th century, from NYU's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stern Urbanization Project</a>:</p><p></p> Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T21:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T19:20:48-05:00 <img src="" width="608" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So it is that nearly a third of the interstate system consists of stretches through our cities, in the form of loops, spurs and freeways. So it is that American motorists drive nearly twice as many miles on urban interstates as they do the lengthier rural legs. So it is that every metropolis in the country has reorganized itself around these roads, and that they've shaped where we live and work, how we shop, what we eat, and how we pass our time.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Long Beach officials top 600-foot-long 'Great Wall of Mulch' Archinect 2013-08-08T13:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:56:31-04:00 <img src="" width="649" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is, first and foremost, a visual and sound buffer placed between residents and the diesel trucks rumbling along the 103 Freeway to and from the Port of Long Beach. But the wall, two fences stuffed with mulch generated from Long Beach tree trimmings, is also environmentally friendly; it will eventually be seeded with trees and shrubs that will leech vehicle exhaust from the air and transform the pollution into oxygen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> J. MAYER H. Designs a Series of Highway Rest Areas in Georgia Alexander Walter 2012-05-04T19:20:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T21:14:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin's J. MAYER H. is currently designing a series of twenty rest areas along a new highway in the Caucasus Republic of Georgia, connecting Azerbaijan and Turkey. Two rest areas have already been completed, and a third one is currently under construction with completion scheduled for this year. Here are some photos of the two stations, Gori and Lochini.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>