Archinect - News 2015-04-21T07:47:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification Justine Testado 2015-04-08T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e9xbdih3kd3zj301.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Loft Living was first published, artists&rsquo; laments about real estate in New York City mirrored the concerns that have plagued residents for much of the last century. Namely, it&rsquo;s tough to find a suitable and affordable place to live. Since the late &rsquo;80s, the tenor of that complaint has shifted from one of anxiety to one of fear...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Guernica magazine interviewed sociologist Sharon Zukin following the 25th-anniversary release of her 1989 landmark book "Loft Living" last year. Revisiting her timely book -- which focuses on NYC's SoHo neighborhood when upscale real estate properties took over industrial lofts and artists' studios -- Zukin discusses urban theorist Jane Jacobs, perpetually soaring rent rates, NYC's changing demographics and affordability, and the influential yet seemingly overlooked role that arts communities play in the complex American "pastime" that is gentrification.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i63v3y12bioyszdm.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-bertha/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/About/FollowBertha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffky8mny9386xutf.jpg"><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124278840/curbing-violence-through-better-architecture Curbing violence through better architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-04-01T13:52:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qw/qwpmxirj80iewr5l.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alastair Graham hopes Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading, an initiative of the government of Cape Town, South Africa, will end better. He calls the effort, which has been revamping areas around train stations since 2006, part of &ldquo;a package of potential solutions &hellip; either improving safety, or improving socioeconomic situation, or improving quality of life.&rdquo; The project is aimed at curbing violence by augmenting the public spaces in which violent crime frequently occurs [...].</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/123686052/stockholm-s-vision-zero-offers-idealistic-concept-of-car-free-cities Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities Justine Testado 2015-03-25T09:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:33:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0912ieexkwpv4xg.jpg" width="514" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Vision Zero conversation widens, a new dimension is emerging to the approach. Increasingly, planners and advocates are talking about creating cities rich in human interaction, cities that provide a healthier environment that puts people above cars in a variety of ways...[At the same time,] Stockholm is already focusing on walkability, even if not under the Vision Zero rubric.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102245366/los-angeles-on-cusp-of-becoming-major-walkable-city-study-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tulsa Mayor Hasn&rsquo;t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123673983/a-new-capital-for-cairo A New "Capital" for Cairo? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:37:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b96275c3c6656192e145056897f48adf.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...last week at an economic development conference, the Egyptian government announced it was planning a giant new building project to the east of Cairo. The new city, which could eventually cover 700 km sq, doesn't currently have a name, and is being referred to simply as "The Capital"...If all goes to plan, the city will serve as the new administrative and financial capital of Egypt.</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/123662711/urban-sprawl-costs-the-american-economy-more-than-us-1-trillion-per-year Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion per year Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yywt5dvbr7yctaue.jpg" width="514" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new analysis authored by Todd Litman at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute concludes that sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion every year. [...] The optimal density Litman uses in the report is only about 23 people per hectare. Add those 2.2 billion people to global cities at a density of about Atlanta, and we'd need the equivalent of all the land in India to accommodate them.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122203711/the-true-costs-of-sprawl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The true costs of sprawl</a></p><p>Here's a direct link&nbsp;to Todd Litman's study <em><a href="http://static.newclimateeconomy.report/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/public-policies-encourage-sprawl-nce-report.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl</a></em>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122818954/designing-for-the-night Designing for the Night Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:41:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o92yt91wz88jxxih.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I speak with a student about nightlife they have something different in mind than a 65-year old town planning manager. In the municipalities, finding contacts is difficult - often nobody feels responsible or capable of speaking. That should change.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are sleepy cities and cities that never sleep. There are cities famed for their raucous nightlife, and others whose adolescent residents dream of leaving. According to the German urban scientist&nbsp;Jakob F. Schmid, interviewed for DW.DE, "Nightlife often defines the character of entire streets or districts." Schmid runs the&nbsp;"City After Eight - Management of the Urban Night Economy" project with Thomas Kr&uuml;ger, which is funded by the German government.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9kqjtkhpbirk2lp.jpg"></p><p>Looking at a variety of German cities including Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt, the researchers mapped nightlife "with online recommendation platforms as the basis for the data." The hazy blue results indicate that various forms a city's nightlife may take. In the famed-party city Berlin, for example, hotspots are diffused throughout the expansive metropolis. In a traditional German city, on the other hand, the nightlife tends to be concentrated "on the city center, usually on the streets directly surrounding the center proper."</p><p>In the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122213377/the-pragmatics-of-adaptating-to-sea-level-rise-the-next-wave-ucla The Pragmatics of Adaptating to Sea Level Rise: The Next Wave @ UCLA Nicholas Korody 2015-03-09T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-11T18:44:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sd/sdnfdluqp1as2uvd.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beneath the vertiginous LED-strip lighting of Michael Maltzan's Billy Wilder Theater, a diverse audience gathered last Tuesday for a talk entitled "The Next Wave: Urban Adaptations for Rising Sea Levels." Co-presented by the Hammer Museum and UCLA&rsquo;s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the event brought together coastal geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe and civil engineer Peter Wijsman in a conversation moderated by Kristina Hill, a UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture. The talk was part of an on-going lecture series on "the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water."</p><p>Hill began the evening's panel with a brief introduction to the unfolding realities of sea level rise, as well as some of the efforts underway to mitigate its impact. Pointing to an image of the San Francisco's Embarcadero embattled by high tides, Hill discussed the urgency of our particular temporal moment: we are in the last slow period of sea level rise that the Earth wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120975774/new-study-finds-that-los-angeles-is-actually-the-nation-s-least-sprawling-metro New study finds that Los Angeles is actually the nation's least sprawling metro Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T15:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erl6rf24cy6cq3xt.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new study by Thomas Laidley, a sociology doctoral student at NYU [...], uses satellite images to develop a new and improved &ldquo;Sprawl Index,&rdquo; which he links to a wide range of outcome measures. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that L.A. ranks as the least sprawling metro in the country, ahead of New York and San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97119254/southern-california-not-so-sprawling-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California not so sprawling after all</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101093240/the-u-s-cities-that-sprawled-the-most-and-least-between-2000-and-2010" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/120523764/san-francisco-s-mid-market-neighborhood-a-corridor-of-shame San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood, a "corridor of shame?" Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T19:13:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:26:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18e3afab64b195fcd91113d300aa36e4.jpg" width="400" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This corridor of shame that I call Van Ness and Market is just a spectacular example of failed urban planning.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;In the built environment, as one writer puts it, all our warts and our glories are there,&rdquo; says Paul Groth, an architectural historian at UC Berkeley. &ldquo;You can tell how we&rsquo;re treating our fellow humans in the built environment. It really is an autobiography.&rdquo; So, what does Groth think our current architecture says? &ldquo;Greed.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117656321/san-francisco-is-quick-to-poke-fun-of-sn-hetta-s-new-one-van-ness-tower-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco is quick to poke fun of Sn&oslash;hetta's new One Van Ness tower design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T14:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/866f0a675fc274d86a501dce90b6c4c6.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Al describes CityCenter as the product of &ldquo;the Bilbao effect: the notion that buildings designed by celebrity architects bring in tourists, and in particular a higher-end type of visitor&rdquo;. MGM&rsquo;s version was to bring in name-brand architects such as Daniel Libeskind, Helmut Jahn and Norman Foster [...]. &ldquo;It goes against the casino design convention,&rdquo; Al says, &ldquo;by having towers that let in natural light and meet the street the way buildings do in other cities&rdquo; &ndash; with retail spaces, not gaming.</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/119351406/a-closer-look-at-the-giza-2030-master-plan-blessing-or-curse-for-egypt A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt? Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:31:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/903193fceff50b329a9dac3518a0c4c7.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is this the promising future of Giza 2030? What is the status of Giza 2030 after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011? Would it be a curse or a blessing if I were from Giza? And my message to the current Egyptian regime is this: if this is the future of Egyptian cities, please leave the situation as it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116577617/prince-charles-calls-to-reclaim-the-streets-from-cars-with-his-10-point-master-plan Prince Charles calls to reclaim the streets from cars with his 10-point “master plan” Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T13:45:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:51:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/6701820ad7112b6bc1f4e6e90b33d7e9.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prince Charles urges architects to place pedestrians &ldquo;at the centre of the design process&rdquo; as part of a 10-point &ldquo;master plan&rdquo; he has devised for the developments of towns and cities. He also calls for many street signs to be removed. &ldquo;Slow&rdquo; and &ldquo;Reduce Speed Now&rdquo; signs, for example, should be taken down and replaced by features such as squares, bends and trees that &ldquo;naturally&rdquo; encourage motorists to reduce their speed.</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/116194161/urban-design-at-the-intersection-of-development-science-and-super-computing Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</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/116037548/sports-stadium-architecture-welcome-to-the-new-temples-of-pleasure Sports stadium architecture: Welcome to the new temples of pleasure Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T06:59:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/018d3e7e07c39f01602c5f396c1fea95.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's like creating a contemporary cathedral in some ways [...]" "Often the stadium is meant to become the pride of a city, a landmark object, and as such, a monument representing the latest achievements in architecture." Since ancient Greeks built the first Olympic stadium in fine white marble, the arena has been as much about inspiring awe, as staging competition. Today's architects must go even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115653141/hadid-and-japanese-at-loggerheads-over-turtle-like-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid and Japanese at loggerheads over &lsquo;turtle-like&rsquo; Olympic stadium</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable? Alexander Walter 2014-12-09T15:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/33ab875049604cf10aefdf6d08d2da81.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ahead of a special Guardian Cities event, the renowned urban &lsquo;rethinker&rsquo; says cities should be six or seven storeys high, Helsinki is on the verge of revolution, and that he&rsquo;s sceptical of London&rsquo;s cycle superhighway plans [...] Practice partner S&oslash;holt puts forward one way of improving a city&rsquo;s liveability: &ldquo;Mix the city and assemble the people rather than dispersing them.&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/113962327/planning-the-unplanned Planning the Unplanned Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:48:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rb8mmeed2hk873p9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren&rsquo;t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].</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/113667820/nmda-3xn-and-mad-among-first-six-teams-competing-for-porsche-residential-tower NMDA, 3XN, and MAD among first six teams competing for Porsche residential tower Justine Testado 2014-11-14T19:52:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:54:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2dblwiuny37vqvr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luxury brand Porsche Design recently launched a closed invite-only competition to find the architect for their Porsche Design Tower in Frankfurt, Germany. The winning proposal will have the most fitting urban architectural concept along with ideas for the surrounding outdoor spaces. The project will be Porsche's debut in real estate in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of a goal of 20 participating architecture teams, the first six firms to compete are:</p><ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna (Austria)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3XN, Copenhagen (Denmark)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan (Italy)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MAD architects, Beijing (China)</li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Neil M. Denari Architects, Los Angeles (USA)</li></ul><p>Find out more about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/first_6_teams_including_nmda_3xn_mad_architects_to_compete_for_porsche_resi/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113345533/for-the-sake-of-our-cities-it-s-time-to-make-town-planning-cool-again For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T08:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25dc452e6ea90306c9e3ce3b4f598649.jpg" width="514" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the cult of the star architect has soared over the decades and property developers have displaced bankers as the new super-rich, the figure of the local town planner has become comic shorthand for a certain kind of faceless, under-whelming dullard. [...] &ldquo;Planning has become unpopular, disconnected from the public and increasingly beholden to the developer rather than the people it is meant to serve.&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/112958645/how-transit-measures-fared-on-2014-midterm-ballots How Transit Measures Fared on 2014 Midterm Ballots Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T14:00:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e32822f88c6bad331947619f7b9f211.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the broadest level, it's fair to say that urban mobility didn't have the most encouraging day. In recent years, conservative transportation policy has been much more inclined to favor highways serving rural and outer suburban regions than alternative modes that boost balanced city networks [...] But at the city and county level, where most transit initiatives occur, the midterms yielded a number of big victories, in keeping with the general success of transit ballot measures in recent years.</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/112494619/documentary-to-explore-racial-discrimination-in-transportation-planning Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:06:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/coj2va5cbiwdql02.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beavercreek, Ohio, nabbed its own infamous place in civil rights history last year, when the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the suburb had violated anti-discrimination laws by blocking bus service from nearby Dayton. [...] The Beavercreek case illustrates larger, more widespread problems with America&rsquo;s transportation system [...]. The Kirwan Institute is producing a one-hour documentary exploring the Beavercreek case and how racism can influence transportation decision making.</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/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways LA's Unbuilt Freeways Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:27:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8ge14o6n16v44p9c.jpg" width="487" height="644" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles' vast freeway system is incomplete &mdash; at least by the standards of its architects. In the 1940s, freeways were sketched through Santa Monica Boulevard, along Melrose, Highland and La Brea avenues, and near the Griffith Observatory. Many of L.A.'s freeways were built during the 1960s, but a combination of a freeway revolt, skyrocketing costs and a failure to increase the gas tax doomed the expansion of the freeway system during the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whew.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111409583/oma-and-olin-studio-to-design-new-11th-street-bridge-park-in-d-c OMA and OLIN Studio to design new 11th Street Bridge Park in D.C. Justine Testado 2014-10-16T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:47:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7r/7rn1e9mu245i3g0s.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA and OLIN Studio have been selected to design the new 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington D.C. The competition was held as part of the 11th Street Bridge Park project initiative, which will transform an old freeway bridge into D.C.'s first elevated park. From the six shortlisted teams in phase one of the nationwide competition, and down to four finalists, OMA + OLIN won with their proposal, "Anacostia Crossing."</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8x/8xmzkbtgvv5geu6p.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0mq3fhmpk716caw4.jpg"></p><p>Dig into the details over at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/oma_and_olin_studio_to_design_new_11th_street_bridge_park_in_d.c/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109722333/seven-myths-about-new-urbanism Seven Myths About New Urbanism Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fi93eax346528oo0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a valid question: &ldquo;What is a city for?&rdquo; He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong. But really, we should be thanking him. In his article, he neatly sums up many of the key myths emerging from the anti-urbanism set, making my job of debunking these myths a lot easier.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The aforementioned WP column already managed to spark a lively discussion last month <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106633556/the-people-designing-your-cities-don-t-care-what-you-want-they-re-planning-for-hipsters" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109564767/china-s-pearl-river-delta-tying-11-cities-into-a-megaregion China's Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f72fefa7434bfe273756d1a5d9a1a545.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, on China&rsquo;s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) is turning fiction into fact (sans the harsh lawman), with 11 cities linking to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million. The nine cities of the PRD, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, are becoming increasingly linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, roads, and high-speed rail networks.</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/108565110/people-streets-link-small-l-a-neighborhood-and-325mm-shenzhen-transformation People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation RonH 2014-09-09T15:09:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:33:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/huv2fpuqrvcj6hzy.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Giving the boulevard back to the people... makes the streets habitable again," says Sean O&rsquo;Malley of SWA.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How does a 10-block neighborhood intervention of volunteers in Highland Park, Los Angeles link to a $325 million streetscape and storm water infrastructure transformation in Shenzhen, China?&nbsp; &ldquo;This is about giving the street and the boulevard back to the people,&rdquo; says Sean O&rsquo;Malley, Managing Principal of SWA, the landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm. Throughout history, China has been a country connected by the intimacy of village life: the chance encounter on the street, the smile of a passerby. Small streets that were once filled with people are now large boulevards of traffic, noise, and pollution. As China has grown rapidly, it has lost much of its connection to its past. &ldquo;We aim to make the streets habitable again,&rdquo; says O&rsquo;Malley.</p><p>A major focus of the commission from the City of Shenzhen is the revision of a street system in the new urban core that was designed strictly for automobiles just a few decades ago. As part of a winning competition proposal, SWA stres...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251982/the-soviet-city-is-dead-long-live-beijing The Soviet city is dead: long live Beijing Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ac9c7658d14f0c9ad7975ff5d63838e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture theorist Jacob Dreyer explains how the Stalinist model of urbanism &ndash; a centrally planned component within a national economic unity &ndash; is thriving in modern China</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/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sp/spmqtqu3wucjkcgr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Melbourne is now a more expensive place to live than New York. The increasing cost of living, and in particular, the cost of housing risks seriously undermining the city&rsquo;s liveability. Plan Melbourne, the new metropolitan strategy for the city, recognises that housing affordability is one of the pressing issues facing Melburnians. The strategy offers a set of concepts aimed at shaping the city&rsquo;s future and &ndash; the government hopes &ndash; addressing housing affordability and choice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108101742/wowza-scale-maps-of-barcelona-and-atlanta-show-the-waste-of-sprawl Wowza: Scale Maps of Barcelona and Atlanta Show the Waste of Sprawl Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:26:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f175888f16ed8c4fd83ca75be0b548a0.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban densities are not trivial, they severely limit the transport mode choice and change only very slowly. Because of the large differences in densities between Atlanta and Barcelona about the same length of metro line is accessible to 60% of the population in Barcelona but only 4% in Atlanta. The low density of Atlanta render this city improper for rail transit.</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/107635330/the-british-countryside-family-who-are-designing-entire-cities-in-iraq The British countryside family who are designing entire cities in Iraq Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:13:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3185589171dfa72c8e7c90ece3a5111.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The cities we&rsquo;re working on were neglected by Saddam Hussein, so they have little basic infrastructure,&rdquo; says Elliot Hartley, 36, a director of Garsdale Design. But why can&rsquo;t Iraqis redesign their own cities? &ldquo;There has been a massive brain drain of professionals from Iraq over the years, and a lack of investment in local government planning departments, which means that the skills aren&rsquo;t there &ndash; yet,&rdquo; [...]. More improbably yet, only one member of the family firm [...] has set foot in Iraq.</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>