Archinect - News 2017-07-28T15:02:01-04:00 Off-centred Considerations in the Urban Age: Review of MONU #26 by Federico Ortiz MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2017-06-01T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T14:02:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 2004, MONU has been working towards the disentanglement and collective understanding of the process of global urbanization. With its latest issue, the magazine seems to demonstrate, and at the same time question, the nature of this process, characterizing it primarily as one of decentralizing urbanization. By Federico Ortiz</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a world undergoing a process of constant urbanization, which appears to cover the entirety of our planet&rsquo;s surface, we have become familiar with the idea of living in the &ldquo;Urban Age&rdquo; and with statistics that predict, for example, that by 2030 60% of the world&rsquo;s population will live in cities. Since 2004, MONU has been working towards the disentanglement and collective understanding of the process of global urbanization. With its latest issue, the magazine seems to demonstrate, and at the same time question, the nature of this process, characterizing it primarily as one of decentralizing urbanization.<br><br>With as many diverse perspectives as collaborators, MONU #26 DECENTRALISED URBANISM probably originated in a triggering question: Are cities like London, New York and Paris, with their centralizing power, the ones to blame for Brexit, Trump, and Marine Le Pen? These elections revealed the power of the underestimated peripheral (suburban, <em>rurban</em> and rural) populations, as well as expos...</p> U.S. House approves bill that will make it easier for smaller communities to get FEMA relief Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-01T17:14:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:20:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the federal government&rsquo;s disaster declaration formula has been broken for years, making it nearly impossible for smaller communities to get help. [...] The FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act requires the feds give greater consideration to the localized impact of a disaster [...] rural parts of the state ... must meet an arbitrarily high threshold in order to qualify for a disaster declaration. Enacting this language into law will level the playing field</p></em><br /><br /><p>Known as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HR 1471</a>, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015 (passed by the House on February 29 of 2016) includes input from architects and members of the building industry to review and update FEMA's policies.&nbsp;In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a> issued earlier today, AIA President Russell Davidson FAIA expressed his gratification that legislation included architects: "HR 1471 represents a major opportunity for our profession to have a say in developing proposals which could have an immediate impact on federal resilience policy.&rdquo;</p><p>More on the difficulties of disaster relief funding:</p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11</a></li><li><a title="Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's &quot;death&quot; and future" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's "death" and future</a></li><li><a title="The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?</a></li><li><a title="Residents of NYC Adult Home Asked to Repay FEMA Aid From Hurricane Sandy" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residents of NYC Adult Home Asked to Repay FEMA Aid From Hurricane Sandy</a></li><li><a title="D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design</a></li></ul> University of Kansas alumnus launches architecture scholarship for students from rural areas Justine Testado 2016-01-12T17:51:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T21:14:32-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[University of Kansas alumnus + architect Michael Cummings] and his wife have donated $1.6 million to establish the Michael A. Cummings Scholarship for architecture students at KU, with a preference for those from rural communities...'I&rsquo;m hoping this scholarship will help some people who will have a similar experience to what I have had, which is to find a career that wasn&rsquo;t on their radar and from there to end up with a wonderful and fulfilling career.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the University of Kansas' full press statement&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 NCARB Awardees to implement new curricula "to expand and reposition practice"</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Encroaching on the green belt: UK loosens protections on rural land</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Suicide rates are higher in rural areas than in cities, but why?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood's "Project Village" shifts architectural focus from urban to rural</a></p> Suicide rates are higher in rural areas than in cities, but why? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-03T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T22:54:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rural adolescents commit suicide at roughly twice the rate of their urban peers, according to a study published in the May issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Although imbalances between city and country have long persisted, &ldquo;we weren&rsquo;t expecting that the disparities would be increasing over time,&rdquo; said the study&rsquo;s lead author, Cynthia Fontanella, a psychologist at Ohio State University. &ldquo;The rates are higher, and the gap is getting wider.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Suicide is a threat not just to the young. Rates over all&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rose 7 percent in metropolitan counties from 2004 to 2013</a>, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In rural counties, the increase was 20 percent."</p> Hello Wood's "Project Village" shifts architectural focus from urban to rural Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T21:14:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is a village? More importantly, how rapidly can one be formed? The 150 academics, students and practicing architects participating in Project Village set out to answer these questions by constructing an entire community in a week, including a stage, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pub</a>, and a residential building.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Because the team, led by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, was assembled from a group of multi-national participants, there was no pre-existing notion of one national architectural heritage. The resulting installations therefore reflected&nbsp;a globalized 21st century cultural context within&nbsp;the sparse infrastructure of a rural setting, and correspondingly referenced issues such as private property, immigration, and multi-faith communities.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Project Village, which debuted in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hungary</a>, is the first stage of a three year process. According to a press release, "During the first phase the creators have established a Village that&rsquo;s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a ...</p> Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population Justine Testado 2015-06-03T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:10:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As rural Japan battles the twin afflictions of a population that is getting smaller almost as quickly as it&rsquo;s getting older, Kamiyama is one of a handful of towns that is bucking the trend. It&rsquo;s practicing 'creative depopulation' &mdash; trying to make sure it gets younger and more innovative, even as it shrinks, by attracting youthful newcomers who are weary of big-city life to work in new rural industries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title="Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool</a></p><p><a title="Revisiting Sharon Zukin's &quot;Loft Living&quot; and NYC gentrification" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification</a></p><p><a title="Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs</a></p><p><a title='Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></p> 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="650" height="397" 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="577" height="417" 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="650" height="260" 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="650" height="413" 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="650" height="543" 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>