Archinect - News 2016-10-01T06:25:22-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970953/obama-calls-for-zoning-overhaul-blames-existing-laws-for-rising-inequality-and-unaffordable-rents Obama calls for zoning overhaul, blames existing laws for rising inequality and unaffordable rents Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T21:27:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole [...] The White House published a &ldquo;toolkit&rdquo; of economic evidence and policy fixes to help local political leaders fight back against the NIMBYs that tend to hold sway over municipal zoning meetings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953892/stonewall-inn-formally-declared-as-national-monument" target="_blank">Stonewall Inn formally declared as national monument</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T15:22:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969474/the-downsides-of-the-charming-holdout-houses The downsides of the charming "holdout" houses Nicholas Korody 2016-09-20T13:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:47:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3m/3m8jv965ow6timwy.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is something romantic about the idea of a holdout, a David to the big developer's Goliath, a protagonist&nbsp;for whom home matters more than money, a solitary survivor. In the Pixar movie "Up," the holdout is the hero. In the real-life Seattle version of the story&nbsp;that reportedly inspired the film's premise, an elderly woman who refused to sell her home became &mdash; along with her home itself &mdash; a city icon.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In practice, though, modern cities grow out of older ones in large part through the unglamorous process of parcel assembly &mdash; of fitting together the once-smaller pieces of the city, "Tetris"-like. And while the result often produces fantastically bizarre neighbors, cities can't evolve if every property owner is such a hero.</em></p><p>For more on tiny houses, follow this link:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963622/the-onion-takes-on-the-tiny-house-movement" target="_blank">The Onion takes on the 'Tiny House' movement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937530/tiny-houses-in-the-city-showcases-big-opportunities-in-small-housing" target="_blank">"Tiny Houses in the City" showcases big opportunities in small housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146129250/the-tiny-house-fantasy" target="_blank">The Tiny House Fantasy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967668/mapping-how-la-s-expanding-metro-network-fuels-gentrification-or-not Mapping how LA's expanding Metro network fuels gentrification (or not) Alexander Walter 2016-09-09T14:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u4/u455ymoo8ufy15nu.jpg" width="514" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers from the Urban Displacement project, a joint UCLA and UC Berkeley effort, recently released a gentrification map of Los Angeles. They examined the city from 1990 to 2000 and up to 2015, focusing on neighborhoods near transit stops. The goal was to see if these areas saw higher rents and more displacement than other areas. The answer? Yes &mdash; with some exceptions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some of the UCLA researchers' key findings for Los Angeles Country (via the project's website, urbandisplacement.org):</p><ul><li><em>Our analysis found that areas around transit stations are changing and that many of the changes are in direction of neighborhood upscaling and gentrification.</em></li><li><em>Examining the changes from 2000 to 2013, we find that relative to non-transit areas, transit neighborhoods are more associated with higher increases in whites, college educated, higher income households and greater increases in the cost of rent. Conversely, transit neighborhoods are associated with greater losses in disadvantaged populations including individuals with less than a high school diploma and lower income households.</em></li><li><em>The impacts of changes vary across locations but the biggest impacts seem to be around the Downtown areas where transit-oriented development interacts with other interventions aiming to revitalize the urban form.</em></li></ul><p>Click <a href="http://www.urbandisplacement.org/map/la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the interactive LA map. &mdash;&nbsp;Looking for the SF Bay Area map inste...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965935/revisiting-the-urban-plan-of-burning-man Revisiting the urban plan of Burning Man Alexander Walter 2016-08-30T14:41:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:24:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rj5tooqt6kwo3hc5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When a group of Burners describing themselves as the Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning announced a design competition last fall for a new urban plan for Burning Man, Phil Walker had never given the matter much thought. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m actually not a Burner. I&rsquo;ve never done it,&rdquo; says Walker, the senior associate vice president for CallisonRTKL, an architecture firm and design consultancy. &ldquo;Maybe a bit of vicarious living for a middle-aged suburban dad is what appealed to me.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"So Walker didn&rsquo;t set about to change the orientation of Black Rock City [...] instead, he built out a &ldquo;kit of parts&rdquo; for simple streetscape interventions that he says can have a dramatic impact on urban flow and cultural space."</em></p><p>Related Burning Man stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18593017/rod-garrett-the-urban-planner-behind-burning-man-dead-at-74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rod Garrett, the Urban Planner Behind &lsquo;Burning Man&rsquo;, dead at 74</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification of Burning Man</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133736405/300-mile-wall-proposed-for-the-bay-area-to-exile-burning-man-festivalgoers-forever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346125/your-annual-reminder-that-burning-man-isn-t-that-special-of-an-idea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962485/why-cities-need-to-expand-their-idea-of-who-is-a-local Why cities need to expand their idea of who is a "local" Nicholas Korody 2016-08-10T15:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:07:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Part of the challenge&nbsp;throughout&nbsp;California and plenty of other communities...is that we tend to make local policy &mdash; and housing policy in particular &mdash; as if the only people who matter in a community are the ones who go to bed there at night. We don't think of&nbsp;people who work but don't "live" there, or who'd like to live there but can't afford to, or who once lived there but had to leave, or who could access better jobs if only they could move there, or who commute through there...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>You may effectively live your life within, say, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., going to school there, working there, dropping your children at day care there, spending your money and your waking time there. But if, at the end of the day, you go sleep somewhere else, you are invisible to the process of how we decide what's right for that city.</em></p><p>Check out some related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960645/even-the-wealthy-are-having-trouble-buying-homes-in-silicon-valley-so-lenders-are-offering-zero-down-loans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal “organic highway” Justine Testado 2016-08-04T19:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-06T07:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[T]he city of Bao'an in Shenzhen is setting its sights on revamping the 30 kilometer, 12-lane G107 highway...By rethinking the notion of a highway and envisioned with a series of utopian-like renderings, [Avoid Obvious Architects + Tetra Architects &amp; Planners] proposed &ldquo;a smaller, more fluid, multi-layered thoroughfare that will be a spectacular starting point of growth for an organic smart city.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a preview of their proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8gmxcp3ar2c4514.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z1/z1kk6ufi6i5sv8i1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/ygvveiwand4e16hm.jpg"></p><p>Find more of the project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5063/redeveloping-the-bao-an-g107-into-an-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>. You can also watch the video below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961519/kids-play-with-virtual-skyscrapers-in-new-app Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T19:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:19:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Spark a blackout, fix a pipe, or clog the toilets. Test your building&rsquo;s engineering when dinosaurs invade, lightning strikes, or the earth quakes. Find out what keeps skyscrapers standing tall and people happy in them all." So says the description of the newly launched <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1115415865?mt=8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyscrapers by Tinybop</a>, a game app for kids that allows users to essentially play in and around skyscrapers, like an urban-planning minded King Kong. Players can construct their own towers and then wreck havoc (or try to maintain order) with their creations. Here are a few screenshots of the game in action:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ly/lyi4nf924dmyxupz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmzjv72xvj2luwt7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5k/5k6i2gt1ij172eff.jpg"></p><p>For more on games (it's Archinect's editorial theme this month):</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935027/console-narratives-how-games-incorporate-architectural-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Console narratives: how games incorporate architectural storytelling</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134499490/this-studio-illustrates-minecraft-s-architectural-capabilities-to-create-imaginary-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This studio illustrates Minecraft's architectural capabilities to create imaginary worlds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960918/gaming-the-neighborhood-one-to-one-32-with-jose-sanchez-co-creator-of-block-hood-computer-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game</a></li></ul><p>And here's a video:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961129/phoenix-may-become-a-lot-more-green Phoenix may become a lot more green Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T13:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T22:26:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sh/sh2wc15ttagood6k.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sej-phoenix-arborist-20160715-snap-story.html?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Times</a>,&nbsp;</em>the sunny city of Phoenix, Arizona might become a little cooler, as the city develops a plan to give 25% of the city a tree canopy by 2030. Currently, the city has about half as much shade.</p><p>The city plans to use a mix of steel 'trees', native plants like mesquite and palo brea, and non-natives that have proved tough enough to weather the grueling heat. Already known for its high temperatures, Phoenix is trying to prepare for even hotter temperatures as global warming heats the planet up.</p><p>The plan is intended to do more than just make for more pleasant strolls. "Aesthetically, it&rsquo;s quite pleasing," notes forestry supervisor, Richard Atkins. "It can bring commerce to any business that had it out front because, you know, people are drawn to nice vegetation and shade."</p><p>For more news from the hot and dry American Southwest, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944438/california-eases-some-drought-restrictions-but-makes-others-permanent" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T00:59:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, Airbnb is revealing a new division tasked with inventing new futures for the company, called Samara. Airbnb is also unveiling Samara&rsquo;s first project: a communal housing project designed to revitalize a small town in Japan. That model isn&rsquo;t meant to be a one-off. After this project, Airbnb will look to scale it to other declining small towns across the world. The idea is that Airbnb could become a force not only in sharing homes, but in urban planning.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7wfkzc58ty4r3hi.jpg"></p><p>Airbnb's experiment in urban planning was sparked by the success of an elderly woman in a rural Japanese town, Tsuyama Okayama,&nbsp;who listed her home on the site. While near Japan's most famous cedar forests, the town didn't receive many tourists.</p><p>But build it and they will come: soon, tourists flocked to the rural idyll. Enough tourists, in fact, that the woman's neighbors secured gigs as hiking guides, translators and tour guides.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2ad7zlmopv485ouu.jpg"></p><p>Later, Airbnb worked with architect Go Hasegawa to design a community center where tourists could stay. Designed for an exhibit,&nbsp;<em>House Vision</em>, which paired architects with companies, the center will be trucked to Yoshino in Nara Prefecture in October.&nbsp;</p><p>The building, which was built with local materials and labor, will be located near a wide stream where tourists can observe local fishermen at work.</p><p>"If this works, there are a lot of villages in Japan that could benefit," says Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75uqa5esmbisjymw.jpg"></p><p>For more on Airbnb and its urban influence, check out these...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage California lawmakers turn to "granny flats" to help ease housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:58:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To help ease California&rsquo;s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people&rsquo;s backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures. [Mayor] Eric Garcetti and other supporters hope the relaxed rules will spur backyard home building to combat a housing shortage..</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Los Angeles' major housing crisis, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953091/los-angeles-sues-property-owner-who-allegedly-evicted-tenants-for-airbnb-flip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles sues property owner who allegedly evicted tenants for Airbnb flip</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:27:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls &ldquo;new superpowers to extend access and mobility&rdquo;, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google&rsquo;s own technologies, experts fear."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951814/what-simcity-2000-teaches-us-about-urban-planning-today What SimCity 2000 teaches us about urban planning today Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-15T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:41:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9u/9uipf1bo8epxalz3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the game was simulating an environment from 1989, urban planners these days still run into problems trying to get officials to think about their city in the long run. Climate change and sea level rise is a very crystalline example of the way city officials get in their own way and set themselves up for larger obstacles later on [...] Playing SimCity 2000 nowadays is a strange but wonderful way to realize what defines a city is not what it currently is, but what it could be.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on simulations and gameplay for city planning:</p><ul><li><a title="SimCity and beyond: the history of city-building games" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139098639/simcity-and-beyond-the-history-of-city-building-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SimCity and beyond: the history of city-building games</a></li><li><a title="Three guiding principles for a fine fake metropolis" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70162301/three-guiding-principles-for-a-fine-fake-metropolis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three guiding principles for a fine fake metropolis</a></li><li><a title='"Cards Against Urbanity," the hilarious and surreal urban planning game' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139477814/cards-against-urbanity-the-hilarious-and-surreal-urban-planning-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Cards Against Urbanity," the hilarious and surreal urban planning game</a></li><li><a title="California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/la-in-sz/as-it-lays-the-new-l-a-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As It Lays: The New L.A. Game</a></li><li><a title="The theory of everything in sandbox city: Will Wright's keynote at ACADIA 2014" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112824468/the-theory-of-everything-in-sandbox-city-will-wright-s-keynote-at-acadia-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The theory of everything in sandbox city: Will Wright's keynote at ACADIA 2014</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947531/jan-gehl-never-ask-what-the-city-can-do-for-your-building-always-ask-what-your-building-can-do-for-the-city Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city." Alexander Walter 2016-05-25T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T09:39:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cccc856ad05c91c45f2afc1ee0b379d9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m not so critical about New York, because they have this very firm grid-pattern. Even the newer buildings are lined up on good streets. If you stand in front of the Empire State Building, you can&rsquo;t really guess how tall it is, because it meets the street in a friendly way. [...] It&rsquo;s not so important how high the building is, or how much it looks like a perfume bottle, it&rsquo;s more important how it interacts with the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135033470/jan-gehl-s-perspective-on-making-a-good-urban-habitat-for-homo-sapiens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149814167/how-to-design-that-elusive-perfect-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to design that elusive "Perfect Town"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945084/flashback-floyd-mckissick-s-unfinished-soul-city-suburb-in-nc Flashback: Floyd McKissick's unfinished “Soul City” suburb in NC Justine Testado 2016-05-13T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-16T11:55:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nlweb59ka0kp40m.jpg" width="514" height="785" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There would be homes and industry surrounded by trees, hills and lakes. Above all, there would be no prejudice, poverty or slums, according to a Soul City brochure...Despite its name, Soul City was never intended to be an all-black town, but rather, a multi-racial community built and managed by black people. [But] Portions of the area resemble a ghost town, rotting &ndash; or perhaps waiting. Could Soul City ever be resurrected?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read up on the rise and halt of Soul City, a suburb that attorney and civil rights activist Floyd McKissick envisioned for North Carolina's Warren County in the late 1960s-70s.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101096460/for-libertarian-utopia-float-away-on-startup-nation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For Libertarian Utopia, Float Away on &lsquo;Startup&rsquo; Nation</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944855/billions-exposed-to-dangerous-air-as-pollution-grows-at-alarming-rates-around-the-world Billions exposed to dangerous air as pollution grows at alarming rates around the world Nicholas Korody 2016-05-12T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:14:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i337mzb5ogxvg45k.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air, according to new data from more than 3,000 cities compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO). While all regions are affected, fast-growing cities in the Middle East, south-east Asia and the western Pacific are the most impacted with many showing pollution levels at five to 10 times above WHO recommended levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the WHO data, the most polluted city in the world is Onitsha, a booming port city on the coast of Nigeria. With almost 600 micrograms per cubic meter, the city has around 30 times the recommended level of PM10 particles (the larger, but still dangerous, air pollutant particles).</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning Justine Testado 2016-05-04T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T01:34:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkvr3w2krj0f65hl.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>She would ask us to look at the consequences of these sub-economies for the city &ndash; for its people, its neighbourhoods, and the visual orders involved...Talking with Jacobs, it became clear that community battles were, for her, simply part of a wider inquiry as she sought to better understand, and develop concepts for, the role of cities in the economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>And if you haven't already noticed it, there's <a href="http://google.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a special Google Doodle</a> celebrating Jacobs' 100th birthday.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ly/lyiqow9m56qtyq6z.jpg"></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127114495/built-for-humans-bryce-t-bauer-interviews-sharon-zukin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Built for Humans: Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609735/robert-moses-vs-jane-jacobs-the-opera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942851/what-makes-an-age-friendly-city-older-citizens-worldwide-speak-out What makes an age-friendly city? Older citizens worldwide speak out Justine Testado 2016-04-28T20:35:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T22:52:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uosk2sg8lo3ebxjy.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I believe it&rsquo;s important for all ages to interact on a day to day basis. It...hopefully removes the labelling of people as &lsquo;elderly&rsquo; or &lsquo;past it&rsquo; and the self-fulfilling behaviours that are often generated by this.&rdquo; &ldquo;Cities need cross-generational activities...People living alone of whatever age can become isolated, lonely and then mental health problems can develop.&rdquo; &ldquo;Teach young people that we are not going to move over, nor do we have to.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>How do you define an age-friendly city? Share in the comment section below.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940285/loneliness-is-on-the-rise-throughout-the-world-s-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loneliness is on the rise throughout the world's cities</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119813867/midwest-developer-planning-shared-residence-for-seniors-and-young-adults-out-of-foster-care" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midwest developer planning shared residence for seniors and young adults out of foster care</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128712541/rural-japanese-town-applies-creative-depopulation-to-attract-millennials-in-aging-population" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941504/city-of-sf-sued-by-religious-group-over-open-air-urinal City of SF sued by religious group over open-air urinal Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T21:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osbsvxj0bwir79mv.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent. The Chinese Christian Union of SF filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy, "emanates offensive odors," ''has no hand-washing facilities" and "it's offensive to manners and morals."</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more toilet-related designs, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones" target="_blank">This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis &ndash; and charge our phones</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140948219/toilet-talk-gender-inclusivity-in-public-restrooms-featuring-special-guest-susan-surface-on-archinect-sessions-42" target="_blank">"Toilet Talk" &ndash; gender inclusivity in public restrooms, featuring special guest Susan Surface, on Archinect Sessions #42</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940810/la-officials-seek-sweeping-overhaul-of-neighborhood-plans LA officials seek sweeping overhaul of neighborhood plans Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T15:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qkq30xsdp7oidzjf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facing a potentially bruising ballot fight over real estate development next year, Los Angeles' political leaders announced Wednesday that they will seek a sweeping update of the plans that govern the size and density of new buildings that go up in scores of neighborhoods. Mayor Eric Garcetti and several council members said they want the Planning Department to revise nearly three dozen &ldquo;community plans&rdquo; by 2026, a task that will require the hiring of 28 new employees at a cost of $4.2M a year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149600766/top-7-reasons-to-oppose-the-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles Neighborhood Integrity Initiative</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash; is this progress or folly?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars? Alexander Walter 2016-04-07T19:51:00-04:00 >2016-04-16T10:09:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jyukdszdbxi3i53q.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everything from sidewalks and curbs to streets, building designs, urban layouts, and living patterns will change as computers take the wheel. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking at the broader urban effects&mdash;and urban opportunities&mdash;of this technology,&rdquo; says Illinois Tech architect Marshall Brown, one of the team members in the Chicago school&rsquo;s Driverless Cities Project. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s in the news a lot, but nobody&rsquo;s been discussing what it will actually do to cities.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937228/what-are-the-world-s-most-violent-cities What are the world's most violent cities? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-30T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T13:16:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qcbj05e5xsjorre0.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The thorny task of comparing crime rates across the world is tricky because legal interpretations vary. Sweden's definition of rape is not the same as America&rsquo;s, for example. Murder however should be easier to record because there is an identifiable victim, something that can be counted. But the way in which this is done in poorer, often more corrupt countries makes truly comparable statistics hard to pin down. Where there are inefficient public health systems or police, it is even harder.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Latin American and Caribbean countries suffer disproportionately compared with elsewhere, mainly because of inequality, poor rule of law, impunity and corrupt institutions that are infiltrated by drug cartels. Only two countries outside the region feature on either chart,&nbsp;South Africa and the United States (the list&rsquo;s only rich-world country)."</em></p><p>The article notes the difficulty of accurately ranking cities based on crime statistics; this chart is a revision of an earlier one. But the overall picture remains the same: the world's most violent cities are in the Americas, with the one notable exception being Cape Town, South Africa. The statistics exclude war zones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oy9xreblz8na216.jpg"></p><p>For more on crime and the city, take a look at some Archinect articles from the archive:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140343452/un-haunting-a-house-the-art-of-selling-a-building-with-a-grisly-past" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Un-haunting a house: the art of selling a building with a grisly past</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139459279/how-one-california-prison-is-betting-on-architecture-to-decrease-recidivism-rates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937084/medell-n-wins-2016-lee-kuan-yew-world-city-prize Medellín wins 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nicholas Korody 2016-03-29T16:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:42:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/puyfbgfex99vb306.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 is conferred on Medell&iacute;n, the second largest city in Colombia after the capital Bogot&aacute;. Having overcome challenges of uncontrolled urban expansion and years of violence due to social inequalities, Medell&iacute;n has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past two decades. Through bold leadership, long-term plans and social innovation, the city&rsquo;s leaders have tackled its most pressing issues and improved the economy...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a bi-annual award give to a city to honor "outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world."</p><p>Organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities, the prize comes with a $300,000 check written by the Keppel Corporation.</p><p>For more on Colombian urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128401723/medell-n-s-social-urbanisation" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n's "social urbanisation"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104937987/medell-n-made-urban-escalators-famous-but-have-they-had-any-impact" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99077989/a-building-boom-in-bogot" target="_blank">A Building Boom in Bogot&aacute;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98089591/medell-n-miracle-or-marketing-ploy" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n Miracle or Marketing Ploy?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80455621/oma-s-masterplan-chosen-for-new-bogot-civic-center" target="_blank">OMA's Masterplan Chosen for New Bogot&aacute; Civic Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137512201/an-interview-with-bogot-based-giancarlo-mazzanti" target="_blank">An interview with Bogot&aacute;-based Giancarlo Mazzanti</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149814167/how-to-design-that-elusive-perfect-town How to design that elusive "Perfect Town" Alexander Walter 2016-03-07T13:49:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T22:04:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/365xgq132suukl1l.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This got us thinking about what it takes to build an ideal town: should pubs be on every residential corner or on the high street? How many trendy coffee shops are too many? Are libraries still a thing? We didn't have the answers to any of those questions, so we spoke to Matt Richards &ndash; a planner at property consultancy Bidwells &ndash; to find out what makes the perfect town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139329876/urbanism-as-a-public-health-issue-oklahoma-city-s-battle-with-obesity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urbanism as a public health issue: Oklahoma City's battle with obesity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135033470/jan-gehl-s-perspective-on-making-a-good-urban-habitat-for-homo-sapiens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149600766/top-7-reasons-to-oppose-the-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Orhan Ayyüce 2016-03-04T19:12:00-05:00 >2016-03-24T10:52:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acjwlgjmrrhj2ro5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since I think there are a lot of folks out there who genuinely haven't made up their minds about the initiative, or aren&rsquo;t familiar with it yet, I'd like to summarize some of the most important reasons to oppose it when it comes time to vote this November. -</p></em><br /><br /><p>The looming battle for the future of development in Los Angeles is becoming more&nbsp;and more pronounced. One wonders if the public will ever grasp the relevance to their lives and vote with reliable information in coming November for this crucial&nbsp;issue?</p><p>In this age of rapid&nbsp;commodification of the cities, what is happening in L.A. can easily come to your city.If it didn't already that is.</p><p>Previously in Archinect,<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A. </a><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air Nicholas Korody 2016-03-03T14:14:00-05:00 >2016-03-03T14:17:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrhjqmmhv241v7hw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing is stepping up measures to fight against smog and pollution by building a web of ventilation corridors as one of its plans to combat climate issues, according to municipal authorities. &ldquo;Ventilation corridors can improve wind flow through a city so that wind can blow away heat and pollutants, relieving urban heat island effect and air pollution,&rdquo; Wang Fei, deputy head of Beijing&rsquo;s urban planning committee, told Xinhua News Agency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The planned "ventilation corridors" would range from less than 80 meters to more than 500 meters wide and &ndash; hopefully &ndash; do what their name suggests, providing a conduit for wind to blow away pollutants like particulate matter.</p><p>Five major corridors are planned for the Chinese capital, running primarily from the northern suburbs to the south of the city. One will cross Beijing's central axis, running from Taiping Suburban park down through the Olympic Park and the Temple of Heaven before finally intersecting with the Beijing-Shanghai Highway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dy1h6ll86b6evelq.jpg"></p><p>Ventilation corridors have already been carved out of other Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Nanjing, and Wuhan. In Wuhan, planners believe that the corridors have lowered temperatures by as much as 1 to 2 degrees Celsius (urban temperatures and pollution levels correlate).</p><p>Beijing has struggled with its pollution problem for many years now, with only marginal improvements following the closure of the city's worst polluting factories. China has also...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos Rem Koolhaas and Kunlé Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T11:55:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1997 two architects set out to rethink Lagos, an African megacity that had been largely abandoned by the state. Amid the apparent chaos and crime, they discovered remarkable patterns of organisation. Two decades later, Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city &ndash; and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...it was the ultimate dysfunctional city &ndash; but actually, in terms of all the initiatives and ingenuity, it mobilised an incredibly beautiful, almost utopian landscape of independence and agency."</em> - Rem Koolhaas</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148970317/what-makoko-can-teach-about-organic-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68859546/in-lagos-the-poorest-are-paying-the-price-of-progress" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history How Chicago's reviving Chinatown is building upon its history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:05:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vhf2dv7v9i6puk8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most modern Chinatowns are serving less as a singular manifestation of Chinese-American life than as a central gathering place for people to experience Chinese culture...And indeed, Chinatowns themselves were often built on the ground of former ethnic enclaves that had organically dissolved...But as Chicago&rsquo;s Chinatown demonstrates, this is not a predictable story. More than a hundred years after its founding, the neighborhood has a dynamism that can&rsquo;t be neatly scripted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Chinatowns across the U.S. succumb to gentrification and shifting cultural preferences, writer Anna Clark spotlights the particular booming growth and expansion taking place in Chicago's Chinatown.</p><p>More in relation to urban growth:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128860/shocker-new-york-tops-list-of-most-expensive-cities-for-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for construction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147729727/how-does-one-teach-urban-planning-to-pre-schoolers "How does one teach urban planning to pre-schoolers?" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T14:14:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d622a58df3a69e47bea5495a2b1be997.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young children read books and watch videos about doctors, builders, chefs, mechanics, pilots, and businesspeople. But not urban planners. Why? [...] why is urban planning so under-celebrated, and why doesn&rsquo;t it emerge as a field of study prior to the college level?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pete Sullivan, a planner in Chapel Hill, NC, shares his experience explaining his job to his son's preschool class. Initially worried about communicating a profession as abstract and complex as planning to an audience of squirming five year-olds, Sullivan finds a simple engagement strategy &ndash; kids like stuff that moves, and Legos.</p><p>More on early education efforts for our future planners and architects:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103117101/never-too-young-15-librarian-recommended-architecture-books-for-young-children" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Too Young; 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children</a></li><li><a title="Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130412101/serpentine-galleries-launch-build-your-own-pavilion-for-really-young-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects</a></li><li><a title="Primary school kids could design Australia's next national park via Minecraft" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126073578/primary-school-kids-could-design-australia-s-next-national-park-via-minecraft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Primary school kids could design Australia's next national park via Minecraft</a></li><li><a title='"Designing Our World" summercamp: Middle-schoolers get lessons in architecture, urban design' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80375825/designing-our-world-summercamp-middle-schoolers-get-lessons-in-architecture-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Designing Our World" summercamp: Middle-schoolers get lessons in architecture, urban design</a></li><li><a title="Architecture as Child's Play" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72308546/architecture-as-child-s-play" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture as Child's Play</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A. Orhan Ayyüce 2016-02-03T20:49:00-05:00 >2016-09-04T14:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1n/1nx39vpauttunbcu.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Poised to be the mother of all the&nbsp;initiatives ever to impact the built environment of the city in a while, a proposed ballot initiative called &nbsp;the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative,&nbsp;sponsored by a group called the Coalition to Preserve L.A. (CPLA), is the talk of the architecture, planning and developer circles at the moment.</p><p>Initially underwritten by the&nbsp;AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who emphasizes, among other reasons, the idea that densification can be a public health issue. The proposed initiative has the potential of stopping all the large scale development in Los Angeles. It aims to put a halt on the "vibrant"&nbsp;urban lifestyle which the developers, their political representatives and good number of gentrification people have been advocating at the cost of minorities, low-income&nbsp;communities and the majority of L.A.'s residents who have been struggling to come up with the outrageous rents month after month until they finally fall victim to substandard housing, homelessness or move...</p>