Archinect - News 2016-09-28T09:41:13-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149965913/20-excellent-films-that-feature-cities-as-principal-characters 20 excellent films that feature cities as principal characters Julia Ingalls 2016-08-30T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:59:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ju/ju5wtl9y1vymwbcp.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would "Lost in Translation" be without&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14722/tokyo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, or "In Bruges" without, well, Bruges? This engrossing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/20-great-films-where-one-of-the-main-characters-is-a-city/#ixzz4IpvMhixl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taste of Cinema</a> piece selects 20 films released from the 1930s up to the cinematic present in which the city and its surrounds play a vital role in the narrative. The piece then delves into the beauty, power, and ambiance of that particular locale as it relates to each film's plot. Unsurprisingly, Jim Jarmusch's work makes a few appearances, as does the original 1997 version of "Insomnia," which qualifies as pretty much the most <em>noir</em> movie ever shot entirely in daylight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9m5sjxhoarz6ircs.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Insomnia."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8u/8ue0ae2jhna0wtu2.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Night on Earth."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/df/df1oump0b5h7t26u.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Mystery Train."</em></p><p>As a kind of thesis statement, the piece explains that:</p><p>"The films listed rely on the narrative space and its geographical and sociological specifications. The plots of these films are formed by numerous references to the spatial and temporal phase in which the story is taking place."</p><p>For more on the intersection of cinema an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965280/los-angeles-urban-core-is-full-unlike-most-other-major-u-s-cities Los Angeles' urban core is full (unlike most other major U.S. cities) Julia Ingalls 2016-08-25T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T13:46:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4m/4msbjn2a38qyfl67.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This isn't your grandfather's urbanization: population figures in major U.S. cities, which on the whole are on the uptick after declining in the 1960s, are adding residents not to their already built urban cores but rather in the form greenfield sprawl, which makes use of farmland and lightly developed suburban housing tracts. The big exception? Los Angeles, whose urban core <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/07/07/urbanization_has_mostly_meant_growth_in_suburbs_not_center_cities.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slate</a> pronounces full. Here's more detail from the piece:</p><p><em>A new and illuminating&nbsp;analysis by Yonah Freemark, a project manager at Chicago&rsquo;s Metropolitan Planning Council and the author of the Transport Politic blog&mdash;well worth reading in full&mdash;reveals some important trends in the past half-century of city-building...</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;The average of the 100 largest cities grew by 48 percent overall,&rdquo; Freemark notes. &ldquo;Yet the average&nbsp;city also&nbsp;<em>lost&nbsp;</em>28 percent of its residents within&nbsp;its neighborhoods that were built up in 1960.&rdquo;&nbsp;That&rsquo;s not just true in Youngstown and Detroit, post-industrial Rust Belt cities that have struggled with...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962753/the-argument-against-zoning The argument against zoning Julia Ingalls 2016-08-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:16:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qz/qz77lafarhuzrn2q.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zoning, although designed with the benign intention of keeping toxin-spewing industrial factories away from residential properties, has certainly been used for ill: ask any African-American family in the 20th century whose application to use their VA entitlement to buy a house was denied due to "redlining." Over at <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-27/zoning-has-had-a-good-100-years-and-that-s-plenty%23footnote-1469643739186" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg News</a>, Justin Fox takes up the case that on the 100th anniversary of zoning laws in New York City, maybe it's time to substantially re-evaluate them.</p><p>As he writes, "Over the past few years, zoning has been blamed, mainly by economists bearing substantial empirical evidence, for an ever-growing litany of ills. The charge that zoning is used to keep poor people and minorities out of wealthy suburbs&nbsp;has been around for decades. But recent research has also blamed it for increasing income segregation, reducing economic mobility and depressing economic growth nationwide."</p><p>The latest in urban planning:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962485/why-cities-need-to-expand-their-idea-of-who-is-a-local" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cities need to expand their idea of who is a "local"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962466/questioning-urban-truisms-with-artificial-intelligence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Questioning ur...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955838/we-need-smarter-ideas-on-how-to-grow-our-cities We Need Smarter Ideas On How To Grow Our Cities b3tadine[sutures] 2016-07-04T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T01:31:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi9numdvufw3fq3y.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, you can find a Steve Pomerance in cities across the country &mdash; people who moved somewhere before it exploded and now worry that growth is killing the place they love. But a growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy.</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/149953030/how-autonomous-vehicles-will-accelerate-suburban-sprawl How autonomous vehicles will accelerate suburban sprawl Alexander Walter 2016-06-21T13:21:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:29:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w5/w5oyaq9oo4u1s7cp.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Mr. Ratti&rsquo;s projections are correct, and self-driving cars can radically reduce traffic without cannibalizing existing mass transit&mdash;the hypotheticals pile up&mdash;it is possible that self-driving cars will make many cities livable in a way they aren&rsquo;t now. Imagine if every U.S. city had a hybrid public-private mass-transit system on par with those in New York City or Washington, D.C., comprised entirely of self-driving vehicles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140950638/the-algorithmic-dreams-of-driverless-cars-and-how-they-might-affect-real-world-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950649/half-the-world-lives-in-cities-or-not Half the world lives in cities – or not Nicholas Korody 2016-06-09T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T20:04:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/omlaydi9ozcggnbf.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, the journal Science published a special issue examining the challenges and opportunities of an urbanizing world. Titled &ldquo;Urban Planet&rdquo; and featuring an image of clouds wafting across skyscrapers in Dubai, the issue opened with an eye-catching statistic: &ldquo;More than half of the world&rsquo;s people now live in cities.&rdquo; Of course, that number would be even more impressive if it were actually true.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the article, the statistic that half the world's population lives in cities is misleading. Many of these people live in towns and small urban enclaves, not the bustling metropolises conjured by the stat.</p><p>The author argues that such thinking makes one overlook sprawling fringe areas, which face challenges that require as much attention as a bustling city.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950492/manchester-s-economic-boom-threatens-its-cultural-identity" target="_blank">Manchester's economic boom threatens its cultural identity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948200/the-city-must-become-adaptable" target="_blank">The city must become adaptable</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948128/reviewing-from-the-periphery-to-the-heart-of-the-venice-biennale-from-the-nigerian-to-the-nordic" target="_blank">Reviewing from the periphery to the heart of the Venice Biennale; from the Nigerian to the Nordic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945857/copenhagen-divests-from-fossil-fuels" target="_blank">Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T14:37:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqecbknj7qxfek06.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information notes that building a city could allow Sidewalk Labs to &ldquo;rethink government, social policy, and data-driven management.&rdquo; [CEO Dan] Doctoroff explained that &ldquo;thinking about a city from the Internet up is really compelling,&rdquo; while also noting that &ldquo;cities are hard. You have people with vested interest, politics, physical space&hellip;But the technology ultimately cannot be stopped.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs joins the rarefied stable of companies potentially looking to expand from an initial service (in this case, improved WiFi access and traffic flow in cities) into a fully-fledged social experimentation machine. Will they build 21st century company towns or create a genuinely new, technology-based approach to living?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rf/rffzsyjf6qcir55f.jpg"></p><p>Here's a round-up of other mass-scale experimental projects:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935208/can-wework-re-engineer-the-spatial-dynamics-of-society" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935277/kalasatama-finland-goes-carless-and-yes-there-s-an-app-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149513997/foster-partners-unveils-future-refuelling-network-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners unveils future refuelling network design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935985/rising-popularity-of-urban-exploration-on-social-media-is-leading-to-more-injuries-and-deaths Rising popularity of urban exploration on social media is leading to more injuries and deaths Nicholas Korody 2016-03-22T14:30:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T14:30:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vssx1zxh5ghdniwp.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A rising number of daredevil stunts such as scaling skyscrapers and parachuting from tall structures is being fuelled by competition for online acclaim, according to &ldquo;urban explorers&rdquo;, who warn more people are dying as a result. The immense popularity of online videos of people climbing the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings, including the London Shard, had turned urban exploration, which traditionally involves surreptitiously exploring the off-limits corners of towns and cities, into an extreme sport</p></em><br /><br /><p>Urban exploration, or "urbex," has a long and interesting history, involving clandestine networks of people sharing skills and knowledge of the infrastructure of cities. But, driven more by a desire for likes than exploration, people are increasingly getting themselves into dangerous situations and sometimes even killed, according to researchers.</p><p>For related content, check out some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140026317/exploring-china-s-urban-decay" target="_blank">Exploring China's urban decay</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128177632/bradley-garrett-on-the-importance-of-gonzo-journalism-for-understanding-cities" target="_blank">Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139947528/geoff-manaugh-smout-allen-and-co-investigate-the-future-of-los-angeles-in-a-new-exhibition-at-the-usc-libraries" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh, Smout Allen, and co. investigate the future of Los Angeles in a new exhibition at the USC Libraries</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35921/suburbia-explored" target="_blank">Suburbia Explored</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems Seven U.S. cities competing to be the "smartest" in urban transit systems Justine Testado 2016-03-22T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T19:00:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qlavczi8fwpse0au.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The seven American cities that made the shortlist in the Department of Transportation&rsquo;s (DOT) Smart City Challenge are now deciding their strategies for winning the $40m prize fund...Transportation is the focus, so judges will be interested in self-driving and 'connected' cars, as well as 'smart streets' fitted with sensors. The aim will be to cut accidents, reduce pollution and increase commuter convenience.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The DOT shortlisted seven finalists instead of the originally planned five. They are:</p><ul><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Columbus, Ohio</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Kansas City, Missouri</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Portland, Oregon</li><li>San Francisco, California</li></ul><p>The winning city is expected to be announced in June.</p><p>More related to transportation technology on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup Nicholas Korody 2016-01-04T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T22:00:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pedq2rn1ax5zgz3l.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities around the world have only one generation to meet the twin challenges of climate change and a rapidly growing urban population, the head of a global engineering firm has warned. Gregory Hodkinson, chairman of the Arup group, said that with more than half the world&rsquo;s population already living in cities, and the proportion set to rise to 70% by 2050, city leaders need to take urgent action.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gregory Hodkinsin, the chairman of the engineering giant Arup Group, has warned that cities must adapt to climate change and booming population growth within the timespan of a single generation.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;If we don&rsquo;t, in my view, we&rsquo;re screwed: my children and my grandchildren and everybody else&rsquo;s children," Hodkinsin told <em>the Guardian</em>.&nbsp;"We need to find a way to do this rapid urbanisation in a way that&rsquo;s not going to kill us &ndash; and to do it once.&rdquo;</p><p>Climate change and urban population growth are "twinned" challenges for a variety of reasons. As global temperatures rise, an increase in natural disasters and resource-driven conflict will likely drive displaced populations to urban centers, where shelter and access to basic necessities are more available. This is a pattern already <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/23/world/is-the-syrian-conflict-linked-to-climate-change/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">emerging</a>, for instance,&nbsp;in the mass migration of refugees from Syria and Iraq into Europe and elsewhere.</p><p>Cities currently house more than half of the world's population &ndash; and will most likely have to shelter up to 70% in t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision Alexander Walter 2015-12-28T14:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xv/xvyh7izuk6foeq1a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China has detailed its urban planning vision, which has been designed to make its sprawling cities more inclusive, safer and better places to live. [...] policymakers pledged to transform urban development patterns and improve city management. The last time China held such a high-level meeting was in 1978, when only 18 percent of the population lived in cities. By the end of 2011, in excess of 50 percent of the population called the city their home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143147301/a-history-of-ideal-cities A history of ideal cities Nam Henderson 2015-12-11T18:40:00-05:00 >2015-12-14T11:03:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3v/3v5mks2xax9lm9mw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The question is especially important now, given the world&rsquo;s rapidly increasing population and the accelerating drift of people from countryside to cities. Should we tinker or somehow revamp existing cities to cope, or should we build new places to dwell?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jonathan Glancey looks back through history, at&nbsp;attempts to create the ideal town. Given the many failed attempts, can&nbsp;architects succeed in shaping a truly habitable ideal city? He believes&nbsp;the answer is yes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142916003/a-trip-in-lavasa-india-s-developing-corporate-built-town A trip in Lavasa, India's developing corporate-built town Justine Testado 2015-12-08T18:37:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:53:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/au/aumd4sm41oj4cktp.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When fully built, [the New Urbanist, corporate development] Lavasa intends to consume 100 sq km...and will cater to a total population of up to 300,000 in five 'towns' built on seven hills...[But] how does it turn itself from a quirky weekend getaway into a fully fledged 'smart city' where people live and work full time?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect: <a title='Lavasa a new orderly, high-tech "city"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11052641/lavasa-a-new-orderly-high-tech-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lavasa a new orderly, high-tech "city"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right Alexander Walter 2015-10-14T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:43:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is important for Africa, where despite high urbanisation rates the development focus has been primarily rural. Consider Ghana. The country&rsquo;s urban population has grown from four million in 1984 to more than 14 million today. Fifty one percent of Ghanaians now live in cities. While urbanisation rates vary across Africa, Ghana reflects an overall global trend towards a predominantly urban future. Ghana demonstrates how cities can be highly productive in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137431134/mass-design-group-to-propose-bauhaus-of-africa-at-u-n-summit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138276239/adam-gopnik-on-why-cities-can-t-win Adam Gopnik on why cities can't win Alexander Walter 2015-10-05T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:56:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39vl8ic09a8rss08.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities can&rsquo;t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness. In the seventies and eighties, the seemingly permanent urban crisis became the verdict that American civilization had passed on itself. Forty years later, cities mostly thrive, crime has been in vertiginous decline, the young cluster together in old neighborhoods [...] &mdash;and so big cities turn into hateful centers of self-absorbed privilege.</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/138032377/urban-parasites-data-driven-urbanism-and-the-case-for-architecture Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T10:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nlp37ao7j34o1fwn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137952923/animated-3d-data-maps-of-new-york-city-beyond Animated 3D data maps of New York City & beyond Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:24:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/ii5hjppdm3e3hejj.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created by graphic engineer Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, the animated map gives a sky-high view of the city's hustle and bustle, capturing cars cruising along streets and lights buzzing on and off in buildings. Vivo, who created the project for open source mapping lab Mapzen, applied mathematical functions to street data to create the animated scene.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vivo's mapping isn't limited to New York City: you can <a href="http://patriciogonzalezvivo.github.io/tangram-sandbox/tangram.html?styles/tilt-ikeda#16/40.7140/-74.0060" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">input</a> a variety of different cities, from Aachen to Zemun, and get a hypnotizing 3D view. Here's a view of downtown Los Angeles:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/70/701snsbzis15p07y.jpg"></p><p>And a view of London (with the black, mostly data-less swath of the Thames cutting through):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wr/wr7db2faa57skeum.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136641724/map-shows-the-best-neighborhoods-in-the-world-s-top-cities-are-still-cheaper-than-nyc Map Shows the Best Neighborhoods in the World’s Top Cities Are Still Cheaper Than NYC Alyssa Alimurung 2015-09-14T11:43:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T11:44:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2i/2ijgl7v3p0ydu0qe.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With real estate prices soaring so high and so quickly, a lot of us are questioning if we even want to live in New York anymore&mdash;not to mention if we can. According to NeighborhoodX&lsquo;s latest map the price paid for a Bed-Stuy or Harlem apartment could get you a pretty sweet pad in the South of France or even trendy Paris.</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/135729371/moscow-russia-voted-world-s-unfriendliest-city-by-travelers Moscow, Russia voted world's unfriendliest city by travelers Julia Ingalls 2015-09-02T14:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T14:33:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aavsq7ai6zwtc59s.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We suspect the city&rsquo;s notoriously bad traffic and general &ldquo;aloofness&rdquo; of the people contributed to its low ranking, as well as its culinary scene, which was also ranked dead last in this year&rsquo;s poll.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Travel + Leisure compiled a survey of the places its readers love to visit, it also collected data on the 30 locales they loathe. While Moscow, Russia tops the list of the world's unfriendliest cities, a significant number of the top 10 are located in the United States (including <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/19263/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12384/new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103168530/philadelphia-let-s-talk-about-frank-gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/201336/baltimore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baltimore</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29854/las-vegas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> and the world's #2 unfriendliest burg,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60372274/atlantic-city-boardwalk-collapse-as-hurricane-sandy-slams-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic City</a>).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g8/g8ogm66q9mequt1h.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132328158/cult-of-the-temporary-is-the-pop-up-phenomenon-good-for-cities Cult of the temporary: is the pop-up phenomenon good for cities? Quilian Riano 2015-07-20T12:05:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:34:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tp0ww59v3kmx9h3h.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These projects could be life changing for the vulnerable people they support. Yet in celebrating pop-ups as the solution to urban problems, are we simply distracting from the lack of structural public provision in these areas &ndash; and worse still, normalising, even glorifying, its absence through passionate avowals of temporariness?</p></em><br /><br /><p>These projects could be life changing for the vulnerable people they support. Yet in celebrating pop-ups as the solution to urban problems, are we simply distracting from the lack of structural public provision in these areas &ndash; and worse still, normalising, even glorifying, its absence through passionate avowals of temporariness?</p><p>...</p><p>And so, as pop-ups become an everyday feature of global cities, we should be alert to the conflicting ideologies embedded within them. As we seek to build on the innovation, resourcefulness and inclusion they enable, we must remain conscious of their potential to normalise and even glorify the precariousness of urban life.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126779963/these-artists-revamp-familiar-u-s-landmarks-into-hypnotizing-animations These artists revamp familiar U.S. landmarks into hypnotizing animations Justine Testado 2015-05-05T19:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T18:58:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i0xayzmdmtyzkmh4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Space Needle come to life in a growing series of U.S. landmark animations created by illustrators <a href="http://trzown.me" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirk Wallace</a> and <a href="https://dribbble.com/akamanchild" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latham Arnot</a><a href="http://dribbble.com/akamanchild" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">t</a>. In this collection, Wallace's background in computer science is hinted at through his signature computer icon-like style that he always balances with fun and some bright color. Then, Arnott adds the finishing touch by transforming Wallace's pictograms into hypnotizing GIFs.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/animated_US_cities_NYC.gif"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/animated_US_cities_SEA.gif"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/animated_US_cities_SF.gif"></p><p>The illustrations are <a href="http://trzown.me/?category=Minimal+Cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available for purchase</a> as prints, which Wallace prints in his studio. Perhaps these aren't your old stomping grounds or your favorite landmarks, but more cities are expected to be added over time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/741agus5bvlx31qr.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0kv3iq16twsfur1b.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals Justine Testado 2015-04-10T21:13:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:07:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yuh2r7zhnriwgi79.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy...The city&rsquo;s ambition is to be the world&rsquo;s greenest city by 2020 despite the fact Canada has had one of 'the most environmentally irresponsible national governments' for the last 10 years, [said Vancouver deputy mayor Andrea Reimer.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Which city will be next? Which will pull through? According to The Guardian, Vancouver is one of the latest to join the more than 50 cities that have already announced their plans to run on 100% renewable energy, including San Diego, San Francisco, Sydney, and Copenhagen.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124142218/first-texas-town-makes-longterm-plans-to-switch-to-solar-and-wind-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123750335/french-parliament-orders-new-buildings-to-switch-to-green-rooftops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120350994/burlington-vt-first-u-s-city-to-hit-100-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burlington, VT first U.S. city to hit 100% renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a></li><li><a title="Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118342247/oamaru-is-a-new-zealand-town-dedicated-to-steampunk Oamaru is a New Zealand town dedicated to steampunk Archinect 2015-01-14T11:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/1270f0fbfd6cd63175381002321ccc8a.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We went to Oamaru, New Zealand to see the blue penguins (and they were super cute), but it was the town's dedication to Steampunk that really got us fired up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Forget <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame" target="_blank">steampunk condos</a>, New Zealand has it's own steampunk town.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118272300/textscape-depicts-the-evolution-of-printing-in-3d-printed-documents "Textscape" depicts the evolution of printing in 3D-printed documents Justine Testado 2015-01-13T14:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:51:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lc/lcbuu9ucsgwak7kp.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Textscape" by interdisciplinary artist and University of Hawaii at Manoa educator <a href="http://hongtaozhou.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hongtao Zhou</a> is a visually engaging work of 3D text documents that nods to one of the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China: printing. The letter-sized documents examine how the role of printing has shifted from duplicating text to producing objects, thanks to the rise of 3D printing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o76g9n0uhs990nlq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x7/x70phbhktqzm04jl.jpg"></p><p>Reflecting Zhou's background in furniture design, sculptural installation, and architecture, the documents are 3D depictions of their respective subject matters, such as cities or landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49xes0wl2upu0is3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p6pjtve4steabcl.jpg"></p><p>Zhou&nbsp;&mdash; and a group of participating artists consisting of Tyler Francisco, Rhealyn Dalere and Chin Fang Chen from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture&nbsp;&mdash; created additional Textscapes "written" in braille, different languages, calligraphies, and number systems with the intention to turn the pastime of reading into an interactive process and into works of art that can be widely appreciated.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117134091/urban-design-influences-how-public-protests-can-take-root Urban design influences how public protests can take root Archinect 2014-12-29T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:24:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3b4aani6c5zwfz4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NYC has been the focal point for recurrent demonstrations over the last couple of weeks, with large, long marches, die-ins and rallies. This is not surprising, since NYC is the most populous city in the country. But even more than that, the urban environment &mdash; dense, centralized, vertical, walkable &mdash; creates spaces that are conducive for these protests to pick up steam. The existence of public spaces, such as Union Square and Washington Square Park, function as easily accessible rallying points.</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/114178291/smart-cities-called-smart-but-condemned-to-being-stupid Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:32:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xxxq4igps49b8rs.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/535731506103463936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111300176/artist-vhils-dissects-the-city-by-by-taking-apart-and-reassembling-found-objects Artist VHILS dissects the city by by taking apart and reassembling found objects Metropolitan Monk 2014-10-15T11:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T12:38:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3xl7kwntyswxjc9m.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist <a title="VHILS | website" href="http://alexandrefarto.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS</a> &ndash; born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987]&nbsp;&ndash; has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in <a title="Shanghai | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/shanghai/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> &#19978;&#28023;, <a title="Moscow | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/moscow/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS&nbsp;now condenses his findings in his home town <a title="Lisbon | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/lisbon/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon - </a>in an exhibition at Lisbon&rsquo;s <a title="Electricity Museum | EDP | website" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/www.edp.pt/en/sustentabilidade/fundacoes/fundacaoedp/museudaelectricidade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electricity Museum</a> &ndash; curated by Jo&atilde;o Pinharanda and aptly named &lsquo;<a title="Dissection | VHILS | website" href="http://www.alexandrefarto.com/index.php?page=news&amp;news=29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dissection</a>&rsquo; &ndash; drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. It is the artist&rsquo;s first big solo show. <a title="MovingCities | website" href="http://movingcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published, in the October-November 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #52 Oct-Nove-14 | Frameweb" href="http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #52</a>, an interview with Portuguese street artist:&nbsp;read <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>.</p><p>Extract from <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>:</p><p><em>'Debris is a prime material for me,</em>&rsquo; he says. &lsquo;<em>I like to use material that has been expelled from the city. I think this comes from my background in ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110277897/has-floating-architecture-s-moment-finally-arrived Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T06:56:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05bcb2beaf2c700961e44430708f6a2d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</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/110233666/mayor-vows-to-make-la-more-pedestrian-friendly Mayor Vows to Make LA More Pedestrian-Friendly Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:15:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xj93lm0x4nz1nm0.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling Los Angeles streets a &ldquo;front door to the world and the place where public life and private enterprise connect,&rdquo; Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city Department of Transportation released a strategic plan Monday aimed at making them safer and more accessible by 2025. The 61-page report, titled &ldquo;Great Streets for Los Angeles,&rdquo; looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Included in the plan are initiatives to help the city become more bike-friendly, such as adding more bike corrals on the street and racks to city buses. This comes on the heels of new, state-wide legislation recently <a href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/09/22/governor-brown-signs-protected-bike-lane-bill-car-fee-for-bike-paths/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">signed</a> by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed to increase bike safety. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1193" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembly Bill 1193</a> will create standards for protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1183" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senate Bill 1183</a>&nbsp;will provide funding for bike lanes and bike infrastructure through a vehicle surcharge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bj277erxkn1fgbe.jpg"></p><p>While long considered an exclusively automobile-oriented city, LA has become increasingly friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. Actually, USA Today recently&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/03/50-best-us-biking-cities/15017309/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ranked</a> the city #28 out of the 50 best cities for biking, right after Oakland (and before Miami). Part of the increase in bike riding in the city has been because of the new green bike lanes that have been put in place over the last few years. The bright green color, however, has received some criticism: an LA Times <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/14/opinion/la-ed-bikelane-20120214" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed </a>published in 2012 bemoaned the a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:55:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h06qi83l4dfs7qjq.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/72244607/studio-olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/barcelona_wins_grand_prize_in_bloomberg_philanthropies_mayors_challenge_for/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>