Archinect - News 2014-04-19T10:57:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/93964055/too-late-community-mobilizes-to-save-central-park-from-skyscraper-shadows Too Late, Community Mobilizes to Save Central Park from Skyscraper Shadows Archinect 2014-02-20T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90bcb48c10b85ddedfa001abb55edb40.jpg" width="300" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last night, nearly 500 New Yorkers gathered at the New York Public Library&rsquo;s main branch for a forum on the wave of skyscrapers that are rising along the Southern edge of Central Park. Skyscrapers that will, depending on whom you ask, either transform Central Park into a gloomy airshaft or create shadows as fleeting and insubstantial as a cloud moving across the sun. Concerns were raised, grievances aired and oligarchs denigrated.</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/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-13T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:58:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oi7vb1cv9uwdlwu4.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.&rsquo;s largest public asset&mdash;our 7,500 miles of city streets&mdash;into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. Three innovative types of projects are available: Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles began piloting its "People St." program in 2011, developing spaces designed to reclaim sections of streetspace for public recreation and use, rather than car traffic. The projects were few but popular, including the Sunset Triangle (designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1898/rios-clementi-hale-studios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>) plaza in Silverlake, a couple of parklets in Downtown, and bike corrals in Atwater Village and Highland Park. Led by LA's Department of Transportation and invigorated by LA's current mayor, Eric Garcetti, the program will accept applications for "People St." initiatives by any eligible community group, beginning this March.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaym7c341otxgwtb.jpg"></p><p>The program is designed not only so communities can individualize their surroundings and make their city more livable, but for LADOT to expedite city improvement projects. Initiatives that otherwise would have taken years of planning and hundreds of thousands of dollars become faster and cheaper to execute, led by the people most in touch with the project site, and approved by city of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76416883/something-is-happening-in-vegas-but-will-it-convince-people-to-stay Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay? David Smolker 2013-07-05T17:51:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/omdw9hx1xlf7cus5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Writes New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman: "Las Vegans I spoke with, young and old, complained about not having 'enough authentic places,' which are 'locally owned, one of a kind, less corporate,' as Tyler Jones, a 35-year-old architect-developer of luxury homes and third-generation Las Vegan, put it to me. They wanted a Las Vegas for Las Vegans."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Las Vegas, a city long-defined by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdyLfdHbr7E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">googie</a>, short-term stays, and the flash and pulse of the Strip, is doing some soul-searching. The <a href="http://www.downtownproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Project</a>, backed by online apparel mogul and Zappo's executive Tony Hsieh, is leading efforts to cultivate authentic neighborhood feel and life at street level through investments in small-businesses filling decrepit areas of the city. Zappo's will soon relocate to the old City Hall building, and Hsieh and the Downtown Project are pursuing redevelopment under a feverish pace: 5 years to "transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world".&nbsp;</p> <p> The rapid pace of redevelopment should seem familiar to those who watched Las Vegas emerge from a desolate patch of desert to a flashing neon playground for the rich and fabulous, and despite the good intentions of Hsieh and his partners, the question looms: is community developed in a flash anything more than a mirage?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/51182821/indians-in-gated-communities-meet-their-neighbors-online Indians in gated communities meet their neighbors online Archinect 2012-06-12T21:09:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T21:10:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/350fe99aff321297ec8c92335ce2b38f.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sumit Jain has fond memories of his childhood in a small town where everybody knew everybody. But as a young man, he moved to a big city for work and began living in an apartment building. Jain said he soon missed feeling connected to a community. That sense of loss led him to create Commonfloor.com, a &ldquo;neighborhood portal&rdquo; for Indians whose lifestyles have changed with their nation&rsquo;s economic transformation but who still crave neighborhood life.</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/51182819/what-could-the-los-angeles-high-line-be What Could The Los Angeles High Line Be? Archinect 2012-06-12T21:05:00-04:00 >2012-06-20T09:58:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/963c48d57bb2d671177af3b03a5c8f32.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line in New York succeeds because it unites neighborhoods and gets people outside, building a community in a space that was planned to be demolished: it brought life from rehabilitation. As we all know, Los Angeles has many places that need rehabilitating and that could serve as a point of unification. The problem though is that unlike the High Line we don&rsquo;t have an area that stretches between neighborhoods without feeling forced or unantural.</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>