Archinect - News 2014-08-29T18:20:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106195207/smart-city-states Smart City-States... Nam Henderson 2014-08-09T23:24:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lk7q2onid75z8k63.jpg" 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="https://www.fab10.org/en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAB10Barcelona</a>.</p><p>Also check out his <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/brucesterling/sets/72157645746813181/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr set</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/udgwgsjx8lk1c25t.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mb0wj2marizq3iw6.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104715361/how-barcelona-and-philadelphia-are-turning-procurement-upside-down 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d9a647f65639933d9cea870a754ab49.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101797065/the-7th-making-cities-liveable-conference-2014-examines-examine-how-to-plan-for-healthy-sustainable-and-resilient-cities 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ob/obqbhqncnf1sl39c.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/96410332/what-will-our-cities-sound-like-in-the-future 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcd7e1ca8426d29f244dc5598bf57364.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96109124/what-makes-a-city-work-former-new-york-mayor-michael-bloomberg-thinks-he-knows 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4m2jvjz9gh145fh.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96017316/why-andr-s-duany-is-so-focused-on-making-lean-urbanism-a-thing 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f0b544f036f3878000695d23c27016d.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93723586/the-pink-zone-why-detroit-is-the-new-brooklyn 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8caf556042a40bdf327cd87e5ed76e34.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446480/germany-plans-to-raze-towns-for-brown-coal-and-cheap-energy 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/48a6345501963fcc4092cec7972f0749.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93436312/surveying-the-top-cities-to-flip-to-hipsters 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/53419pxkminz1d0f.jpg" 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="https://twitter.com/DarwinBondGraha/status/433295870281256960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AlJavieera Sue&ntilde;os</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92836551/taubman-receives-1-3m-grant-to-fund-research-program-on-urban-architecture Taubman receives $1.3M grant to fund research program on urban architecture Archinect 2014-02-04T12:15:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/reuj56707jv6ouub.jpg" width="514" height="182" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning received a $1.3m grant Monday from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The gift will fund architecture and humanities research on metropolitan issues in cities like Detroit, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro for the next four-and-half years. The Mellon Foundation delivered the &ldquo;Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities&rdquo; grant to the University, which supports scholarship and higher education at the intersection of architecture and the humanities.</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/89522307/expensive-cities-are-killing-creativity Expensive cities are killing creativity Archinect 2013-12-23T13:10:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T14:45:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gc381iheiyiy5zf7.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York - and San Francisco, London, Paris and other cities where cost of living has skyrocketed - are no longer places where you go to be someone. They are places you live when you are born having arrived. They are, as journalist Simon Kuper puts it, "the vast gated communities where the one percent reproduces itself".</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/89307302/china-tries-to-promote-human-centered-urbanization-with-a-policy-ode-to-nature China tries to promote “human-centered” urbanization with a policy ode to nature Archinect 2013-12-20T18:13:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adcfdeb2cacedfb0f804f1dbafc6f5d0.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What hides behind the literary aspect of this report are deep reflections on the lessons, errors, approaches and paths of China&rsquo;s previous urbanizations efforts,&rdquo; concluded an editorial in the newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily. The state-controlled People&rsquo;s Daily gushed: &ldquo;If we want high rises, we even more need the fresh mountain waters. Only by seeing the past can we grasp the future.&rdquo;</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/88519518/turning-cities-into-magical-playgrounds Turning cities into magical playgrounds Archinect 2013-12-10T12:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-17T11:16:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426a0b248931ab8bd37b35457d1ab644.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lumiere, it's a four-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of spectators to see the city's historic cathedrals, walls, bridges and squares illuminated by splashes of light. Projects range from LED and neon sculptures to large-scale projections by leading artists and lighting designers from Ireland and beyond.</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/88517104/smart-cities-infrastructure-how-intelligent-urban-surroundings-help-us-to-save-money-and-energy Smart Cities – Infrastructure; How intelligent urban surroundings help us to save money and energy Archinect 2013-12-10T12:00:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:13:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/da5d321a599710231de689acdf5e3374.jpg" width="514" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of our quest to find out what makes cities smart, we throw a spotlight on infrastructure: How can information technology and urban planning help to make us more flexible and mobile? At the same time, mobility is just one aspect of a wide spectrum of complex networks that govern life in an urban context. In view of limited resources and changing climate, another factor seems even more pressing: energy consumption and conservation.</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/88468054/is-dubai-the-future-of-cities Is Dubai the future of cities? Archinect 2013-12-09T20:39:00-05:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/371b073d04f6e521258e850599d6ae83.jpg" width="460" height="737" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To its critics&mdash;and even many of its fans&mdash;&ldquo;culture&rdquo; and &ldquo;Dubai&rdquo; barely belong in the same sentence. The city is perhaps the world&rsquo;s most extreme example of a business-first, built-from-the-sand boomtown. But Shoufani and her fellow Poeticians have become a prime exhibit in a debate that has broken out with renewed vigor in the Arab world and among urban theorists worldwide...</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/88089639/unpleasant-design-aka-cruel-firstworld-ingenuity UNPLEASANT DESIGN aka cruel FirstWorld ingenuity Nam Henderson 2013-12-04T22:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-12T11:56:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bs/bsyos82ksvhwxyaq.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indeed, one of the main criticisms of such design is that it aims to exclude already marginalised populations such as youths or the homeless...Preventing rough sleeping is a recurring theme.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Frank Swain discovers the "unpleasant designs", of modern cities. He talks with <a href="http://unpleasant.pravi.me/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selena Savic</a>, a PhD student at the Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne in Switzerland, who co-authored a book on the subject this year.</p> <p> h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/408343496165040131" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87928097/world-s-first-floating-city-back-on-course World’s first floating city back on course Archinect 2013-12-02T18:21:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:39:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3b6ae905f39e814bd638d6b699a2930.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Freedom Ship would be home to 50,000 people and have its own airport, casinos and shopping centers. The Florida-based company behind the city of the sea says it is hopeful it can raise the $1 billion needed to begin construction on the massive vessel.</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/86463604/how-much-does-a-toronto-street-cost How much does a (Toronto) street cost? Archinect 2013-11-13T18:02:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:58:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/op/opkazd8u2yg5e7qs.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For other cities, order comes easily. Washington, D.C. was built all at once on the Potomac River to the specifications of the 1791 L&rsquo;Enfant Plan; a half-century later, Paris was gutted and remade, top to bottom, per Georges-Eug&egrave;ne Haussmann&rsquo;s instructions. Things in Toronto have always been a little less tidy&mdash;instead, we&rsquo;ve got &ldquo;messy urbanism,&rdquo; as American urban planner James Rojas has called in.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/co/coilvypr7u9ayylx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdoa704j4vf46ebq.jpg" title=""></a></p> <p> Click <a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/co/coilvypr7u9ayylx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to view the full size image</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84697136/how-toronto-planners-ensure-mediocrity How Toronto planners ensure mediocrity Archinect 2013-10-21T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T23:01:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccnc4fbb3jjoorpo.jpg" width="514" height="633" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite concerns about the sustainability of the glass-walled condo and the monotony they have brought to the Toronto skyline, these are not issues that concern city planners. That&rsquo;s someone else&rsquo;s department. For planners, the main thing is to ensure that everything fits in &mdash; in other words, that nothing stands out. As long as a building isn&rsquo;t too tall, too dense, or too good, the department is happy to give its approval.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Photo by Sam Javanrouh, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/38879033/in-focus-sam-javanrouh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84365129/building-a-better-city Building a Better City Archinect 2013-10-17T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:18:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/9330fa3d1781095beb31a2760c0e5756.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In his 12-year tenure, Bloomberg built a gleaming Oz of new parks and plazas, skyscrapers and bike lanes. This didn&rsquo;t stop plenty of terrible buildings from going up. But a focus on streets and architecture redrew whole swaths of the city: Brownstone Brooklyn boomed, the High Line opened, industrial wastelands became waterfront playgrounds. Urban living became a cause, a public good. Design, down to the curbside and the public bench, was no longer an afterthought...</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/84214772/what-do-pedestrian-traffic-icons-say-about-your-culture What Do Pedestrian Traffic Icons Say About Your Culture? Archinect 2013-10-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70d196f5e9d27ebb3091a404a9a1b032.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the sparsely dotted Chinese walking man to the top-hat-wearing, cane-bearing Dane, almost a hundred &ldquo;walking men&rdquo; are displayed life-size on banners that line the sidewalk. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to me that they are on human scale because they really represent us,&rdquo; said Ms. Barkai. Only rarely are the icons depicted as women, she noted. Of the hundreds of images in her collection, Ms. Barkai has only &ldquo;about six or seven women, mostly from European countries.&rdquo;</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/78905803/detroit-s-venal-art-sale-no-fix-for-urban-nightmare Detroit’s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare Archinect 2013-08-07T12:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T12:46:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db66878485e644f2ab5d487a341d98ad.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When companies go bankrupt, the medicine can be harsh for staff members and the local tax base, yet the effects are temporary. A bankrupt city can&rsquo;t fire citizens who pay taxes but already receive worse than subsistence services like one-hour police response times. Large cities don&rsquo;t disappear or die, they just waste into chronic basket cases, like Camden, New Jersey; Gary, Indiana; and East St. Louis, Illinois.</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/78412774/interactive-decay Interactive Decay Andrew Davis 2013-08-07T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T11:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6ip8c5tf4a4ei793.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Thanks to Data Driven Detroit, there is now an interactive map of the city's demo activity, covering both planned demolitions and those that have taken place since 2010."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The schadenfreude of Detroit is now interactive! Come one and all to experience the most fascinating cartographic advancement since the invention of Google street view. It is not altogether the best month for Detroit with the recent claim of bankruptcy now making its way through the courts. However, the truth of the city's decay should not have been a surprise given the decades long depression afflicting Detroit. The only reason the country has cause to look now is because it is afraid the sickness will spread.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78231112/npr-interviews-bruce-katz-author-of-the-metropolitan-revolution NPR interviews Bruce Katz, author of 'The Metropolitan Revolution' Archinect 2013-07-30T09:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:47:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fb0556ab6be6d68fc0cf51a6a1de189.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution, says that many American cities show promising signs of renewal. He's written a book with Brookings Fellow Jennifer Bradley called The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. The book argues that metro areas &mdash; or, cities and suburbs together &mdash; are powerful economic engines with considerable political influence...</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/78231109/letter-from-san-francisco-on-being-an-urban-planner-in-the-tech-world Letter from San Francisco: On Being an Urban Planner in the Tech World Archinect 2013-07-29T19:02:00-04:00 >2013-07-30T13:08:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f42ab11c57ae53547114d941efbd25a2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Urban Innovation&rdquo; are two words I hear in tandem a lot these days, along with &ldquo;civic hackathon&rdquo; and &ldquo;crowdsourced urbanism.&rdquo; Contrary to what you might think, these buzzwords have not been coined by urbanists attempting to appear more innovative. They&rsquo;ve been coined by tech innovators attempting to be more urbanist.</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/77989970/driven-away-the-role-of-urban-planning-in-a-car-dependent-society Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society Justine Testado 2013-07-26T17:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-01T18:47:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/ifi7nhmak7l6tp59.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Ultimately people can&rsquo;t get around conveniently because they are far away from everything.&rdquo; And it is this observation that for me epitomizes the problem of the driverless car &mdash; it&rsquo;s the worst kind of solutionism. By becoming so enamored with how technology might transform the car, we&rsquo;ve neglected to adequately explore how getting rid of cars might transform how and where we live. We&rsquo;d do well to heed Gorz&rsquo;s exhortation to &ldquo;never make transportation an issue by itself.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s26q34d1dowulsga.jpg" title=""><br><br> It's a given that America continues to be a car-obsessed society despite the more painstaking reality of driving a car in many major cities of today.&nbsp; In <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/driving-sideways/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, editor Allison Arieff of <a href="http://www.spur.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPUR</a> points out that the U.S. is <em>still</em> fixated on selling, using and enhancing the car when commuters are carpooling more and buying fewer cars.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9f28a1da135df094eefdb9dfae84c40.jpg" title=""><br><br> Furthermore, Arieff gets to the root of the problem by pointing out the negative impacts that a car-dependent culture has on public transportation and the even more complex issue of urban sprawl--both which are in need of more attention and innovation. As Arieff mentions in her article, cars aren't what make up the city--it's the city itself. Taking that into account, urban planners have a crucial role in making the Land of the Free less dependent on the car.</p> <p> Do you agree with Arieff? What's your take on the issue? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77381938/detroit-files-for-bankruptcy Detroit files for bankruptcy Nam Henderson 2013-07-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T17:50:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0xd3vbkjmpty4tt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter accompanying Thursday's filing, Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder...said...residents needed a clear exit from the "cycle of ever decreasing services". "The only way to do those things is to radically restructure the city"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonny Dymond analyzes the news that Detroit has become the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $15bn.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76600239/the-real-reason-cities-are-centers-of-innovation The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation Archinect 2013-07-08T15:22:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T21:21:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7e5462fc3e7abb94180c247dbf573527.jpg" width="500" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pan and several colleagues argue that the underlying force that drives super-linear productivity in cities is the density with which we're able to form social ties. The larger your city, in other words, the more people you&rsquo;re likely to come into contact with. "If you think about productivity, it&rsquo;s all about ideas, information flows, how easily you can access ideas and opportunities," Pan says. "We believe that the interaction mechanism is what drives the productivity of the city."</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>