Archinect - News 2015-03-31T20:08:46-04:00 Why Apple's Suburban Spaceship Could Lose the War for Tech Talent Archinect 2013-12-23T13:04:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:19:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly, young tech talent wants to live and work in cities. As a result, the hottest tech companies, from Google to Twitter to Uber, are setting up shop in San Francisco, a long drive north of Silicon Valley, the traditional stronghold of the computer game. In the cutthroat world of tech recruiting, catering to the demands of the talent is everything, and even Apple isn&rsquo;t immune to the first rule of real estate: location, location, location.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Twist! Proposal to turn Catskills into "China City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T22:49:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Catskills] could become a lot flashier, thanks to [Sherry Li's] proposal for the area: a multibillion-dollar "China City of America," complete with an amusement park, mansions, a casino, retail centers, a college, and more. [...] The Center for Immigration Studies wrote a comprehensive take-down of "China City," criticizing the project's potential for environmental disruption, dubious promise of job creation, and possible role as a stalking horse for the Chinese government.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T21:10:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a society slowly urbanizes over time, its psychology and culture change, too... If American culture and psychology grew more individualistic as the country urbanized, wouldn't that transformation be clear in the words from American books (and the concepts that lie behind them)?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Urban and rural environments impact personal psychology differently, according to research published by UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Psychological Science</a>. While observational evidence may draw a clear line between current city- and country-mindsets, Greenfield's source material draws on data from over 200 years of publishing in the United States. Using <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Books Ngram Viewer</a>, Greenfield tracked English words that refer to certain trends or larger ideas, such as "obliged" vs. "choose", to see if urbanization accompanies a more individualistic mentality. It's given that a word's frequency of use will change over time, but seeing how that frequency correlates with urbanization is an exciting metric for the collective urban unconscious.</p> Pitfalls Abound in China’s Push From Farm to City anthony dong 2013-07-14T13:06:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T19:18:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one of the most drastic displays of a concerted government effort to end the dominance of rural life, which for millenniums has been the keystone of Chinese society and politics....All told, 250 million more Chinese may live in cities in the next dozen years. The rush to urbanize comes despite concerns that many rural residents cannot find jobs in the new urban areas or are simply unwilling to leave behind a way of life that many cherish.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Non-Urbanism by Brett Milligan MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2012-06-07T12:44:00-04:00 >2012-06-07T14:11:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;If you go into the hardcore urban or the hardcore rural, it is quite simple to define it, but that is not so relevant. It is more significant to talk about the condition in between. And this condition is extremely difficult to define.&rdquo; &ndash; Urban planner Kees Christiaanse in conversation with Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo on behalf of MONU Magazine</p></em><br /><br /><p> MONU&rsquo;s call for submissions for its latest issue (#16, Non Urbanism) asked its participants to &ldquo;investigate how non-urbanism may be defined and identified today, and how non-urban areas interact with and relate to urban areas.&ldquo;&nbsp; Fortunately for readers, the printed compendium seems to succeed in largely refuting the very existence of its themed subject matter.&nbsp; Or, if it doesn&rsquo;t go so far as to refute the &lsquo;non urban&rsquo;, the content demonstrates how difficult it is to call out any place as not being deeply under the influence of it.</p> <p> MONU #16&rsquo;s agenda fits within mounting reactions to the geographic myopia found in some of the contemporary &lsquo;urban age&rsquo; rhetoric.&nbsp; &lsquo;Non Urbanism&rsquo; explores what happens when the inventory of urban moves beyond widget counts of human bodies for its reductive definition.&nbsp; It asks: what is non-urbanism when we approach the &lsquo;built environment&rsquo; in a fully relational way?&nbsp; What happens when we see cities in the wider geographic field of their effects, borrowin...</p> Sustainable cities must be compact and high-density Paul Petrunia 2011-07-01T16:11:09-04:00 >2011-07-04T15:10:39-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For at least a century, governments have tried to urbanise their nations. Communist states sought to drag people out of what Marx and Engels called their "rural idiocy". Capitalist governments &ndash; Mahatir Mohammed's administration in Malaysia is a good example &ndash; tried to persuade and bully indigenous people into leaving the land (which then became available for exploitation) and move to the cities to join the consumer economy. Urbanisation was equated with progress and modernity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>