Archinect - News 2015-11-24T23:20:48-05:00 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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=""></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=""></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baltimore</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> and the world's #2 unfriendliest burg,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic City</a>).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirk Wallace</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latham Arnot</a><a href="" 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=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>The illustrations are <a href="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burlington, VT first U.S. city to hit 100% renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'</a></li></ul> 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="" 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="" target="_blank">steampunk condos</a>, New Zealand has it's own steampunk town.&nbsp;</p> "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="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Textscape" by interdisciplinary artist and University of Hawaii at Manoa educator <a href="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> 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="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist <a title="VHILS | website" href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> &#19978;&#28023;, <a title="Moscow | MovingCities tags" href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon - </a>in an exhibition at Lisbon&rsquo;s <a title="Electricity Museum | EDP | website" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electricity Museum</a> &ndash; curated by Jo&atilde;o Pinharanda and aptly named &lsquo;<a title="Dissection | VHILS | website" href=";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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published, in the October-November 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #52 Oct-Nove-14 | Frameweb" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #52</a>, an interview with Portuguese street artist:&nbsp;read <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>.</p><p>Extract from <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="" 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> Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T06:56:46-04:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">signed</a> by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed to increase bike safety. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembly Bill 1193</a> will create standards for protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks. <a href="" 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=""></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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed </a>published in 2012 bemoaned the a...</p> 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says Archinect 2014-09-22T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T21:20:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information reports that Page started up a Google 2.0 project inside the company a year ago to look at the big challenges facing humanity and the ways Google can overcome them. Among the grand-scale plans discussed were Page's desire to build a more efficient airport as well as a model city. To progress these ideas to fruition, the Google chief has also apparently proposed a second research and development lab, called Google Y...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The truth about property developers: they are ruining our cities Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:34:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conditions that have been agreed are relentlessly renegotiated at reserved matters stage. Good architects are employed to win outline planning, then ditched for a cheaper alternative; high-quality materials are substituted for flimsy plastic panels &ndash; all in the name of viability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The song remains the same, and you know your favorite Pritzker Prize'rs are involved in them.</p><p>It is usually the floodgate scheme;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Once an outline permission is granted, it makes it very difficult for us to refuse a scheme further down the line,&rdquo; says one officer. In Stratford City&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;International Quarter&rdquo;</a>, part of the promised spoils of the Olympic legacy, consented tower proposals have recently gained a substantial number of extra storeys. Similarly in Wandsworth, a proposed pair of towers have put on a growth spurt and lost their planned mix of uses, reverting entirely to high-end flats.</p><p>Next line of invasion is always, "we provide jobs."</p> Smart City-States... Nam Henderson 2014-08-09T23:24:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When somebody comes to make your city smart, he never comes by himself...billions in growth doesn't come without standards and industry alliances. I have never seen so many standards and industry alliances as I am seeing in 'Smart Cities' and 'Internet of Things', and foundations too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bruce Sterling recently spoke at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAB10Barcelona</a>.</p><p>Also check out his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr set</a></p> Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Flooded with politicos and political junkies, Washington, D.C. often comes off as a city steeped in raw ambition. But the nation&rsquo;s capital deserves to be known for something else: coolness. While &ldquo;cool&rdquo; might not be the first word that comes to mind when contemplating the latest standoff in Congress, D.C. nonetheless has a lot to offer those who call it home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today, Forbes released its most recent ranking of American cities, this time based on the vague, unscientific, and seemingly ridiculous category of "coolness." What, you may ask, are the determining factors of coolness?</p><p>Pay attention high school students:</p><ol><li>Entertainment options</li><li>Bars and restaurants per capita</li><li>"Foodie culture" ie. farmer's markets</li><li>Breweries per capita&nbsp;</li><li>Cultural/ethnic diversity</li><li>Youth population</li></ol><p>Wait, <em>what</em>? Personally, these criteria signal "yuppy" more than "cool" to me, but I guess it's all relative. Washington DC topped the list, followed by Seattle, Austin, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Riverside <em>(yes, Riverside is much much cooler than L.A.)</em>, Boston, Dallas.&nbsp;</p><p>Call me crazy but it seems odd that New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago (or even New Orleans or Detroit!) don't make the top ten. I guess Forbes is rebelling against norms, which itself is a classic (albeit unlisted) signifier of coolness.&nbsp;</p><p>What are your thoughts? Can coolness be quantified? What are America...</p> The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:39:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As shocking as it is to look upon the rows and rows of makeshift encampments and thousands of roving, hopeless people, perhaps even more shocking is this: Los Angeles is the last major American city with a single district of anything approaching this magnitude of homelessness and extreme poverty [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down Archinect 2014-07-21T15:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T15:38:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than laying out exactly what it wants to buy (say, bike lockers), Barcelona is laying out six problems it wants to fix (such as reducing bike theft). Responses could involve buying things, but they might also suggest new services, regulatory changes or any other means of accomplishing the goal. Anyone around the world with a creative idea, including startup companies or even individuals, has a shot at a contract and all the market legitimacy that comes with that.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2014 examines examine how to plan for Healthy, Sustainable and Resilient Cities Sponsor 2014-06-13T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:37:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="131" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>7th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2014</strong></p><p><em>Healthy &ndash; Sustainable &ndash; Resilient &ndash; Cities</em></p><p>The 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference will examine the challenges, opportunities, trends and issues currently facing sector professionals. Delegates and presenters will examine how to plan for Healthy Cities, Sustainable Cities and Resilient Cities.</p><p>Join us at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff on the NSW and QLD border on the 10th &ndash; 11th July 2014.&nbsp; Pre-conference workshops and study tours will held on Wednesday the 9th July.</p><p>The conference will be a platform for government, academic and private sector practitioners.&nbsp; It will consider the &ldquo;liveability&rdquo; of our cities and towns in the future and the changes required to public policy to build the communities of tomorrow.</p><p>Presentations will facilitate discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing Australia.&nbsp; How will these suggested outcomes affect the way we live and work?</p><p>The built environment influences how people relate to each other, the oppo...</p> What will our cities sound like in the future? Archinect 2014-03-24T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a world where we are increasingly given the chance to customise our output, how do you orchestrate a planet where a Gangnam ringtone collides with the sound of a 1970s camera shutter from a smartphone, in a tube station resonating with Vivaldi to deter loitering, while the guy next to you shout-announces to some remotely interested party that he is "About to get on the tube! I said The! Tube! ... "? What is the future sound of cities?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What makes a city work: Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks he knows Archinect 2014-03-20T16:32:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T16:32:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is not how most people think of Mr. Bloomberg, who recently stepped down after 12 years as mayor and who is the city&rsquo;s richest resident. Under his leadership, New York became a land of wealth and plenty, at least for some &ndash; in Midtown Manhattan, glassy new high-rises contain the third homes of Russian billionaires; downtown, tourists order $38 steak frites at Balthazar and walk the High Line, an innovative park built with donations from the rich.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Andrés Duany Is So Focused on Making 'Lean Urbanism' a Thing Archinect 2014-03-19T12:06:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T22:46:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The lean urbanism concept, he says, is like a software patch, or a workaround &ndash; ultimately a guide or a tip sheet to navigate the complicated, and often very expensive, maze of working in the built environment in the U.S. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about knowing that with certain building types, under a certain threshold, you don&rsquo;t need an elevator. Or a sprinkler system. A lot of developers know that, and we want to daylight that. We want to present that thematically.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Pink Zone: Why Detroit is the New Brooklyn Archinect 2014-02-17T12:28:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T12:28:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hope for Detroit would seem far-fetched if you had been on the "pornography of ruins" tour I have been going on for years, led by various residents over the years. But, it turns out that those tours were provided by folk who had lost their beloved city. I recently began to hang around with a younger crowd: Mark Nickita, for example, an architect and a maniacal optimist, and a serial small-scale entrepreneur who runs Archive DS, an architecture and urban design firm in downtown Detroit...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Germany Plans to Raze Towns for Brown Coal and Cheap Energy Archinect 2014-02-13T16:55:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T18:25:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Atterwasch is tiny, its single street lined with sturdy brick and stone houses. The village has a single church whose bells peal out at noon each day, a small volunteer fire department, and a cemetery with a special section devoted to German soldiers who died nearby in the closing months of WWII. Atterwasch may soon be gone. Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, hopes to relocate the village and its residents in order to strip-mine the ground underneath for lignite, or "brown coal."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Surveying the top cities to “flip to hipsters” Nam Henderson 2014-02-12T10:04:00-05:00 >2014-02-12T11:04:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="1251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The low hipster homeownership rate of the past five years translates into a market of potentially millions of first-time homebuyers looking to find a home that matches their budget and fits into their hipster lifestyle. Real estate investors who want to tap into that trend should start with location: finding homes in communities with a heavy hipster demographic, and that are affordable for that demographic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President examines the top 20 zipcodes for flipping homes to hipsters.</p><p>h/t&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AlJavieera Sue&ntilde;os</a></p>