Archinect - News 2017-03-27T12:50:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149997225/how-should-cities-prepare-for-a-driverless-car-future-here-are-six-tips How should cities prepare for a driverless car future? Here are six tips Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T20:47:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T01:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fc/fc0ipbzr2lxa8gs8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of driving your own car are coming to a close: as many as seven million driverless cars could be making their self-directed way around major urban hubs across the U.S. within the next few decades. So what should cities do to keep up with these changes? This white paper by Arcadis gives six tips for city planners to prepare for the automated onslaught:</p><p>A study by transportation, economics and urban planning experts has found that ridesharing and ridesourcing services using autonomous vehicles (AV) could shift millions of drivers away from personal cars in major U.S. cities.</p><p>&ldquo;Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders,&rdquo; the study prepared by Arcadis, HR&amp;A Advisors and Sam Schwartz Consulting, shows that the move to ridesharing and ridesourcing services that don&rsquo;t have a driver could cause a shift of up to 60 percent (3.6 million cars) from traditional to autonomous vehicles in the New York metro area alone over the next 15-20 years.</p><p>The Los Angeles metro area could see...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994948/neurosurgeon-ben-carson-officially-confirmed-to-run-hud Neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially confirmed to run HUD Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T13:09:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T23:35:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiaa0ykocm44now3.jpg" width="650" height="493" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban policy experts and progressive activists have expressed intense concern that Carson, in keeping with his strong conservative positions, will seek to cut money for government assistance programs and wear down the social safety net. The Trump administration has recently signaled that many government agencies can expect budget reductions in favor of increasing defense spending.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Realizing the latent dream of every neurosurgeon to one day run the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson has been officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate to start operating on the HUD. Although his plans for the agency are vague, Carson has spoken of being against granting "extra rights" to any community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jymhmtcr1m005i8.jpg"></p><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren voted to support Carson's confirmation in committee before voting against his actual confirmation, explaining in a written statement that "Dr. Carson&rsquo;s answers weren&rsquo;t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don&rsquo;t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises &mdash; much less follow through on them.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994433/transit-hubs-increasingly-designed-to-serve-as-desirable-and-profitable-public-spaces Transit hubs increasingly designed to serve as desirable (and profitable) public spaces Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T07:14:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpg" width="640" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The notion of spending time at a subway stop or other major transit center for pleasure may strike you as odd, but many cities and transportation companies are investing heavily in building up this part of their infrastructure to create desirable public spaces (it adds a whole new dimension to "mixed-use"). In this feature by <a href="http://www.constructiondive.com/news/full-steam-ahead-why-transit-hub-development-is-seeing-a-resurgence/436694/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kim Slowey for Construction Dive</a>, the shift in investment is explored:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Architecture firm HOK designed the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Center&nbsp;(ARTIC) in California, a 21st century take on the massive transit halls of the past. Finished in 2014, using steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene "pillows," designers created a hangar-like, light-filled area that makes room for dining and shopping, as well as for additional future commercial development.</em></p><p><em>Skanska also completed an ultra-modern, $4 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.usa.skanska.com/by-the-numbers-how-we-built-the-wtc-transportation-hub-and-oculus/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center Transportation Hub</a>&nbsp;last year, which connects city subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey, to replace the one destroyed in the Sept.&nbsp;...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994362/meowtropolis-in-kedi-a-city-of-cats-reveals-secrets-of-urban-development ‘Meowtropolis’: In ‘Kedi,’ A City of Cats Reveals Secrets of Urban Development Orhan Ayyüce 2017-02-28T17:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T17:32:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9g/9gpx455qdoebnfl3.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everyone in the neighborhood has a favorite cat&mdash;they give them names, personalities, entire narratives.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The story follows the saga of seven stray street cats in the city of Istanbul: Siri (the Hustler), Psikopat (the Psycho), Beng&uuml; (the Lover), and so on. Following these feline urbanites, who occupy a liminal space&mdash;not &ldquo;in the wild&rdquo; but certainly not tamed&mdash;we re-discover the essential qualities of grace, tenacity, perception, friendship, and independence that define the soul of the cat&mdash;and, it turns out, nurture the soul of a city and its residents as well.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984196/as-president-obama-leaves-the-white-house-a-closer-look-at-his-urban-policy-legacy As President Obama leaves the White House, a closer look at his urban policy legacy Alexander Walter 2016-12-30T18:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:44:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City residents and urbanists had reasons to believe Obama would usher in a new urban era. [...] Now, as he leaves the White House, Obama&rsquo;s legacy is being evaluated on many fronts, including within the realm of urban policy. In a new book called Urban Policy in the Time of Obama, academics appraise his successes and failures. CityLab spoke with the book&rsquo;s editor, James DeFillippis, an associate professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653004/what-does-president-obama-s-final-year-in-office-mean-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does President Obama's final year in office mean for architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145139292/black-lives-matter-and-the-politics-of-protesting-in-privatized-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter and the politics of protesting in privatized space</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983474/traveling-the-world-to-understand-the-future-of-cities Traveling the world to understand 'The Future of Cities' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T18:23:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:57:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jjn70mq036s7ghuy.jpg" width="650" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The inevitable, and accelerating, growth of cities is an undisputed premise in contemporary urbanist discourses. With the rapid rise of entirely new cities proliferating around the globe, questions arise of how much in urban life can be improved with a blank slate. This short film from The Nantucket Project (a TED-ish conference focused on big ideas) looks at how different cities are approaching that future &ndash; focusing on issues of technology, transportation, health and history.</p><p></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964524/in-less-than-10-years-india-s-construction-market-will-become-the-third-largest-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world</a></p><p><a title="Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></p><p><a title="A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144591361/a-fairy-tale-for-an-age-of-global-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982893/airbnb-reveals-its-top-17-trending-city-neighborhoods-for-travel Airbnb reveals its top 17 trending city neighborhoods for travel Alexander Walter 2016-12-15T18:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:07:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/ohe4ktjz7zj7iol3.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hottest Airbnb deals are&mdash;surprise!&mdash;a little bit out of the way. The home-and-room rental platform has revealed the top 17 neighborhoods whose bookings grew the most this year, based on 140 million arrivals at 3 million homes. Peppered throughout are terms like &ldquo;off the usual tourist path&rdquo; or &ldquo;a tranquil outpost&rdquo; and &ldquo;though detached from city proper.&rdquo; [...] While smaller than many of Airbnb&rsquo;s major markets, these neighborhoods could be in for even more growth in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a data analysis <a href="https://press.atairbnb.com/17-neighborhoods-to-watch-in-2017-airbnb-data-reveals-trending-neighborhoods-for-travel/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> unveiled yesterday, Airbnb summarizes what travelers are allegedly looking for this year:</p><p><em>"In cities like Miami and Seoul, travelers to this year&rsquo;s trending neighborhoods can connect with Experience hosts for local access you won&rsquo;t find in typical tourist guides: In Miami&rsquo;s Midtown neighborhood, guests can experience the fun, mindful side of Miami with yoga by the beach, paddleboarding and fresh dining; near Daehangno in Seoul, visitors can book a journey through the underground food scene, getting front and center in the kitchens of some of the best restaurateurs in the country. Coming soon are Experiences in New Orleans, Seattle, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Prague, Madrid, Dublin, Provence, Sydney, Bangkok and Osaka [...]."</em></p><p>Looking at the travel patterns of more than 140 million total guest arrivals at 3 million homes on Airbnb&nbsp;from 2015 to 2016, these city neighborhoods are reported as the 17 most trending for travelers in 2017:</p><ol><li>Milneburg in New Orl...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982611/opinion-city-life-is-out-of-sync-with-the-electoral-systems-that-led-to-trump-and-brexit Opinion: City life is 'out of sync' with the electoral systems that led to Trump and Brexit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-13T18:14:00-05:00 >2016-12-16T14:08:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/72/7294kint4onmun60.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The very thing that makes modern cities vibrant and culturally dominant &ndash; increasing population density, and the atmosphere and networks that result from it &ndash; has left them politically under-represented. Meanwhile, the scattered and thinned-out populations of many struggling rural and small town areas distribute their voters through the British and American electoral systems much more efficiently.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The V&amp;A's Martin Roth on Brexit: 'Me-first mentality' spreading through Europe is 'brutal'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967575/the-v-a-s-martin-roth-on-brexit-me-first-mentality-spreading-through-europe-is-brutal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The V&amp;A's Martin Roth on Brexit: 'Me-first mentality' spreading through Europe is 'brutal'</a></li><li><a title="Brexit means Brexit: architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on how Brexit could change UK-architecture (and how architects could change Brexit), on Archinect Sessions #74" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960435/brexit-means-brexit-architects-rob-hyde-katy-marks-and-mark-middleton-on-how-brexit-could-change-uk-architecture-and-how-architects-could-change-brexit-on-archinect-sessions-74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit means Brexit: architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on how Brexit could change UK-architecture (and how architects could change Brexit), on Archinect Sessions #74</a></li><li><a title="&lsquo;We are building our way to hell&rsquo;: tales of gentrification around the world" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149972316/we-are-building-our-way-to-hell-tales-of-gentrification-around-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;We are building our way to hell&rsquo;: tales of gentrification around the world</a></li><li><a title="We Need Smarter Ideas On How To Grow Our Cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955838/we-need-smarter-ideas-on-how-to-grow-our-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We Need Smarter Ideas On How To Grow Our Cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981092/s-o-paulo-named-grand-prize-winner-in-2016-mayors-challenge São Paulo named Grand Prize Winner in 2016 Mayors Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-12-01T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:23:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n7/n71qw61xcji0tpur.jpg" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of this year&rsquo;s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, S&atilde;o Paulo&rsquo;s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medell&iacute;n and Bogot&aacute;, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."</em></p><p>Click <a href="http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org/ideas/sao-paulo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about&nbsp;the winning proposal "S&atilde;o Paulo: Growing Farmers&rsquo; Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl."</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge for Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147654209/s-o-paulo-s-big-bet-on-housing-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287035/odd-beauty-downtown-s-o-paulo-through-the-lens-of-felipe-russo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Odd beauty: downtown S&atilde;o Paulo through the lens of Felipe Russo</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972473/our-architecture-works-harder-than-your-architecture-inside-the-city-of-arcosanti "Our architecture works harder than your architecture": Inside the city of Arcosanti Julia Ingalls 2016-10-06T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T09:14:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85qdkwcyu8dul9iz.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Can cities be built not only to be harmonious with their environment, but to outperform traditional architecture? The residents of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/77967/arcosanti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arcosanti, Arizona</a>, which is profiled in this video excerpt from the Atlantic,&nbsp;seem to think so. Part campus, part permanent dwelling, Arcosanti embraces the concept of "arcology," or the blending of ecology and architecture, to create a holistic, tightly engineered mini-metropolis:</p><p><br><em>The City of the Future</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972316/we-are-building-our-way-to-hell-tales-of-gentrification-around-the-world ‘We are building our way to hell’: tales of gentrification around the world Orhan Ayyüce 2016-10-05T19:23:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T21:18:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q2/q2ewh0zbtsji1rkc.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My issue is not with areas being improved, it is how gentrification is about one demographic of our society changing an area for themselves and not for the benefit of everyone.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Portland, US: &lsquo;We are currently building our way to hell&rsquo;</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I am a 70 year old carpenter and I have seen more decay in the quality of life in the last three years in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/portland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>, Oregon &ndash; pearl of culture in the Great Northwest &ndash; with the one-term mayor &lsquo;Chainsaw Charlie Hales&rsquo; who was previously a lobbyist for the the &lsquo;home builders&rsquo; &ndash; read developers. Towers built into the sky on alluvial soil &ndash; the stuff that turns to pudding in an earthquake. Hundred-year-old classic neighbourhoods injected with &lsquo;cereal box&rsquo; buildings invalidating residents&rsquo; privacy and daylight.</p><p>From my perspective, I would call this a travesty: &lsquo;Bankers gone wild&rsquo;. A spreadsheet vision of creating investments that spread the risk, with total disregard for community culture which, prior to this, was well protected by zoning. The people here have a campaign called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stopdemolishingportland.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stop demolishing Portland</a>. Such beauty is being replaced by such tastelessness, as though the reason the people want to live here is to be housed like gerbi...</p> 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/650x/ju/ju5wtl9y1vymwbcp.jpg" width="650" height="366" 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/650x/4m/4msbjn2a38qyfl67.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/qz/qz77lafarhuzrn2q.jpg" width="650" height="369" 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/650x/wi/wi9numdvufw3fq3y.jpg" width="650" height="650" 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/650x/w5/w5oyaq9oo4u1s7cp.jpg" width="650" height="361" 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/650x/om/omlaydi9ozcggnbf.jpg" width="650" height="406" 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/650x/zq/zqecbknj7qxfek06.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/vs/vssx1zxh5ghdniwp.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/ql/qlavczi8fwpse0au.jpg" width="640" height="359" 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/650x/pe/pedq2rn1ax5zgz3l.jpg" width="650" height="487" 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/650x/xv/xvyh7izuk6foeq1a.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/3v/3v5mks2xax9lm9mw.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/au/aumd4sm41oj4cktp.jpg" width="640" height="480" 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/650x/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg" width="650" height="242" 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/650x/39/39vl8ic09a8rss08.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/nl/nlp37ao7j34o1fwn.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/uploads/ii/ii5hjppdm3e3hejj.gif" width="876" height="620" 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/650x/2i/2ijgl7v3p0ydu0qe.jpg" width="650" height="440" 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/650x/aa/aavsq7ai6zwtc59s.jpg" width="650" height="487" 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>