Archinect - News 2014-10-25T09:02:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111300176/artist-vhils-dissects-the-city-by-by-taking-apart-and-reassembling-found-objects Artist VHILS dissects the city by by taking apart and reassembling found objects Metropolitan Monk 2014-10-15T11:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:14:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3xl7kwntyswxjc9m.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Throughout the past decade, Portuguese artist <a title="VHILS | website" href="http://alexandrefarto.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS</a> &ndash; born Alexandre Farto [Lisbon, 1987]&nbsp;&ndash; has been making a name for himself by taking apart and reassembling found objects. He uses a multitude of materials and formats to voice his stance on the city, which he bases on his experience of living and working in <a title="Shanghai | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/shanghai/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> &#19978;&#28023;, <a title="Moscow | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/moscow/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>, New York, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. VHILS&nbsp;now condenses his findings in his home town <a title="Lisbon | MovingCities tags" href="http://movingcities.org/tag/lisbon/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon - </a>in an exhibition at Lisbon&rsquo;s <a title="Electricity Museum | EDP | website" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/www.edp.pt/en/sustentabilidade/fundacoes/fundacaoedp/museudaelectricidade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electricity Museum</a> &ndash; curated by Jo&atilde;o Pinharanda and aptly named &lsquo;<a title="Dissection | VHILS | website" href="http://www.alexandrefarto.com/index.php?page=news&amp;news=29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dissection</a>&rsquo; &ndash; drawing from his work to produce a collective memory of the city. It is the artist&rsquo;s first big solo show. <a title="MovingCities | website" href="http://movingcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published, in the October-November 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #52 Oct-Nove-14 | Frameweb" href="http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #52</a>, an interview with Portuguese street artist:&nbsp;read <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>.</p><p>Extract from <a title="Mark Magazine#52 | VHILS | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/interviews/vhils-lisbon-mark-magazine-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VHILS | Dissecting the City</a>:</p><p><em>'Debris is a prime material for me,</em>&rsquo; he says. &lsquo;<em>I like to use material that has been expelled from the city. I think this comes from my background in ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110277897/has-floating-architecture-s-moment-finally-arrived Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T06:56:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05bcb2beaf2c700961e44430708f6a2d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110233666/mayor-vows-to-make-la-more-pedestrian-friendly Mayor Vows to Make LA More Pedestrian-Friendly Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:15:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xj93lm0x4nz1nm0.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling Los Angeles streets a &ldquo;front door to the world and the place where public life and private enterprise connect,&rdquo; Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city Department of Transportation released a strategic plan Monday aimed at making them safer and more accessible by 2025. The 61-page report, titled &ldquo;Great Streets for Los Angeles,&rdquo; looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Included in the plan are initiatives to help the city become more bike-friendly, such as adding more bike corrals on the street and racks to city buses. This comes on the heels of new, state-wide legislation recently <a href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/09/22/governor-brown-signs-protected-bike-lane-bill-car-fee-for-bike-paths/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">signed</a> by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed to increase bike safety. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1193" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembly Bill 1193</a> will create standards for protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1183" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senate Bill 1183</a>&nbsp;will provide funding for bike lanes and bike infrastructure through a vehicle surcharge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bj277erxkn1fgbe.jpg"></p><p>While long considered an exclusively automobile-oriented city, LA has become increasingly friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. Actually, USA Today recently&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/03/50-best-us-biking-cities/15017309/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ranked</a> the city #28 out of the 50 best cities for biking, right after Oakland (and before Miami). Part of the increase in bike riding in the city has been because of the new green bike lanes that have been put in place over the last few years. The bright green color, however, has received some criticism: an LA Times <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/14/opinion/la-ed-bikelane-20120214" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed </a>published in 2012 bemoaned the a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:55:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h06qi83l4dfs7qjq.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/72244607/studio-olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/barcelona_wins_grand_prize_in_bloomberg_philanthropies_mayors_challenge_for/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109584106/larry-page-wants-a-google-2-0-that-will-build-cities-and-airports-report-says 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/uefwaebk6c4qxgt1.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109226100/the-truth-about-property-developers-they-are-ruining-our-cities 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/el7sgqse4aiyk5cy.jpg" 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="http://www.tiqstratfordcity.com/" 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> 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>