Archinect - News 2014-11-28T10:53:04-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d421adb1f9e7594d3e0fd76b8e131de.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thousands of bus stops in Brazil completely lack signage to indicate which buses actually stop there. The nation-wide inconvenience has finally been tackled by one of the biggest community projects in the world. &lsquo;Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?&rsquo; (&lsquo;Which Bus Stops here?&rsquo;) is a resident-led initiative which has taken Brazil by storm.</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/107394763/help-preserve-frank-lloyd-wright-s-spring-house Help Preserve Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House Maxim Nasab 2014-08-25T11:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T11:52:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2554ibp15jz6su57.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Help save one of America&rsquo;s architectural gems; Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida. We at the Spring House Institute are trying to raise money through a crowdfunding campaign to acquire the House from the original owners - the Lewis'. The house was recently listed on the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/#gid-8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America</a>&rdquo; by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.&nbsp;</p><p>Please visit <a href="http://igg.me/at/springhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this website</a> for more information and a short history of the house. Help us save this unique and beautiful home. If every Architect in the United States gave us $1 the campaign would be finished in a day.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104485874/flaunting-foam-and-function-in-an-insulation-installation-at-makeshift-society-brooklyn Flaunting foam and function in An Insulation Installation at Makeshift Society Brooklyn Justine Testado 2014-07-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aqv5rtuz593n4nn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From preventing drafts and keeping moisture out of walls, to being used as inexpensive material for crafting 3D models, rigid insulation foam is a familiar friend to many architects and designers during the creative process. But what to do with all those scraps?</p><p>Designers Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops of <a href="http://thefoamagency.tumblr.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Foam Agency</a> (TFA) are inviting architects and designers around the Brooklyn community to send their foam scraps to be permanently showcased in<em> An Insulation Installation</em> at the <a href="http://makeshiftsociety.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makeshift Society</a>'s newest location in Brooklyn.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/TFA_GIF.gif"></p><p>The installation reclaims the foam back to their original place in a transparent wall, while also sharing the back-stories of the collected foam pieces that'll add a collaborative vibe to the Makeshift space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8qpfb8x1967px5my.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nm8zgyijfueiujwt.jpg"></p><p>Werbler and Knops -- who are both product design grad students at New York's School of Visual Arts and are doing their summer residency at Makeshift -- established The Foam Agency this year to celebrate the foam and its purpose in the creative process.</p><p>TFA'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104184278/five-teams-selected-to-participate-in-the-re-envisioning-branch-libraries-design-study-in-new-york Five teams selected to participate in the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York Justine Testado 2014-07-14T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5z/5z6ugqy9w8ey8b01.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although anyone with Internet access can do a quick search online, nothing replaces a brick-and-mortar public library for quality resources and info &mdash; yet these centers are consistently overlooked by city policymakers. After setting up an RFQ for the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York, the Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future selected five interdisciplinary teams out of 45 submissions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>They are:</p><ul><li>Andrew Berman Architect | Library Development Solutions&#8232; | Neil Donnelly | AEA Consulting | Auerbach Pollock Friedlander</li><li>Marble&nbsp;Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development and Special Project Office</li><li>MASS Design Group&nbsp;</li><li>SITU Studio</li><li>UNION</li></ul><p>To find out more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/five_teams_selected_to_participate_in_the_re-envisioning_branch_libraries_d/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98906538/the-peopleforbikes-green-lane-project-celebrates-national-kick-off-in-indianapolis The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project celebrates national kick-off in Indianapolis Justine Testado 2014-04-29T18:19:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:17:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyvsomt5hnvkoh7t.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Green Lane Project, established in 2012 by non-profit group <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PeopleForBikes</a>, continues its ambitious mission to expedite the process of building more protected bike lines with six new U.S. cities in tow: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.</p><p>The program celebrated its national kickoff in Indianapolis today with transportation officials including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who discussed the Department's prioritization on improving bicycle and pedestrian safety as more Americans are looking for alternative methods of commuting.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srzcv2thlyvtafdq.jpg"></p><p>Back in March, the program selected the six cities out of 100 that submitted letters of interest. In addressing each city's current situation, The Green Lane Project will provide each city with financial, strategic, and technical assistance in constructing the bike lanes, which are valued at more than $250,000. The on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts to help organize...</p> 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>