Archinect - News 2014-04-24T07:08:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/97491281/infamous-chicago-public-housing-project-faces-redevelopment Infamous Chicago public housing project faces redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-07T15:01:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:36:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0t3k1mtjp2hnt2f.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Little remains of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, a mid-century public housing complex once home to as many as 15,000 people. The poorly maintained high rises, rife with gang violence, were eventually demolished (the final one came down in 2011). [...] The Chicago Housing Authority hopes to see it all redeveloped soon. [...] CHA says half the new residential units to be market rate, another 30 percent public housing, and the remaining 20 percent affordable housing.</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/97119254/southern-california-not-so-sprawling-after-all Southern California not so sprawling after all Alexander Walter 2014-04-02T18:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T18:50:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23ea080ac9a476d107169220192010a8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It may not seem like it when you&rsquo;re stuck in traffic on the 110 Freeway, but Southern California is home to some of the least-sprawling metro areas in the country. That&rsquo;s according to a study out today from Smart Growth America, which attempted to measure the concept of urban sprawl in 221 metro areas nationwide. The study ranked the Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara regions in the 25 least-sprawling.</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/97105525/without-urban-strategy-is-australia-planning-to-fail Without Urban Strategy, is Australia Planning to Fail? Alexander Walter 2014-04-02T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T18:43:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f2610de9d5d074398981e0b3df18d96.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just two years ago [...] Australia&rsquo;s previous government created the Major Cities Unit which outlined key long-term priorities for urban productivity and sustainability. Highly regarded by academia, as well as infrastructure, planning and property councils, the Unit showed promise for strategic city alignment, including investment into high-speed rail. Today, all investment into the Unit has been withdrawn and momentum towards a national urban strategy has come to a halt.</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/97028301/sjors-de-vries-on-next-level-city-making-in-the-netherlands Sjors De Vries On Next-Level City-Making In The Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T11:50:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd4d604fd21389e14a4666a723467a37.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sjors de Vries is a Dutch urban planner and founder of RUIMTEVOLK (&lsquo;Space People&rsquo;), a leading online discussion platform about planning and urbanism in the Netherlands. We spoke with him about the current state of planning in the Netherlands, the best ways to upscale cute and small initiatives to make them serious improvements to the city, about the power of online media in city-making and the role of their platform.</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/96948499/does-london-need-a-planning-revolution Does London need a 'planning revolution?' Alexander Walter 2014-03-31T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T09:15:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a262b68a57607ef665c384e75f55156d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Britain&rsquo;s decades-long planning &ldquo;chaos&rdquo; has left London a city of great individual buildings, such as the Gherkin and the Shard, standing in a sea of &ldquo;woeful&rdquo; architecture, the Government&rsquo;s design czar said today. Marylebone-based architect Sir Terry Farrell called for a &ldquo;revolution&rdquo; in the planning system, to end the culture of Nimbyism and put the creation of well designed places to live, work and shop at the heart of policymaking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Farrell 's remarks certainly aren't limited to contemporary architecture in London:<em> &ldquo;If you dump yourself in any town centre and look at what the end of the 20th century and start of the 21st century has brought, it is woeful.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96429709/the-national-park-project-aiming-to-change-the-landscape-of-st-louis The National Park Project Aiming to Change the Landscape of St. Louis Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:25:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a3504d7af2fa57737fb2a80a1d8c842.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During a lecture given at Kansas City Design Week earlier in the year, Gullivar Shepard of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) called the St. Louis Arch Ground project, known as CityArchRiver 2015, one of the most challenging projects he has been involved in.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79396202/the-park-over-the-highway-is-now-underway" target="_blank">The "Park Over the Highway" is now underway</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95359093/results-of-the-dallas-connected-city-design-challenge Results of the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge Justine Testado 2014-03-10T19:37:00-04:00 >2014-03-18T16:49:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2tyyp17tdf4cott.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A city that is connected -- in all senses of the word -- is a good city. The finalists of the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge offered numerous solutions in how Downtown Dallas can be linked to the Trinity River. To guarantee a variety of ideas for Dallas' future development, the competition invited submissions in a Professional Stream and an Open Stream. Three Professional and 4 Open entries won.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Professional Stream finalists (selected by jury):</strong></p><p>Stoss + SHoP, Boston, MA: "HyperDensity/HyperLandscape"<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vdxa3db5wkf15j9.jpg"><br><br>Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, Barcelona, Spain: Dallas: "Downtown &amp; Trinity"<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zr3uvud2152tmija.jpg"><br><br>OMA*AMO, New York, NY: "2Rivers/2Datums"<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nha3x67gmtk79o5m.jpg"></p><p><strong>Open Stream finalists (selected by jury and public voting):</strong></p><p>Kohki Hiranuma of Kohki Hiranuma Architect &amp; Associates, Osaka, Japan: "Forest"<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p5/p5ostfq2jk35max4.jpg"><br><br>Bogdan Chipara of Constanta, Romania: Bridging<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7bfo4vp2xjfkq5t.jpg"><br><br>Raik Thonig and Marius Kreft of University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas: "Baroque Forest"<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bq91uium0ntefun.jpg"><br><br>McLain Clutter of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan: "Incentive Network"<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vmpiho1q6a45db11.jpg"><br>For more details, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_the_dallas_connected_city_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94269335/olympics-set-to-transform-rio-but-for-better-or-worse Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ea0de8a4113cebd741c4020d5db56ea.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known[...] "Instead of creating a space of conviviality, a space of shared culture, of community, of conversation, you are going to have this very isolated element where after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it's going to be dead. You are creating banks, parking lots, Trump towers," Gaffney said. "It's been rezoned for 50-story buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74774513/once-unsafe-rio-s-shantytowns-see-rapid-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/40359586/before-olympics-it-s-demolition-derby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93984981/like-it-or-not-most-urban-freeways-are-here-to-stay Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T21:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T19:20:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0513743c2c61720624e66543a60dde6.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So it is that nearly a third of the interstate system consists of stretches through our cities, in the form of loops, spurs and freeways. So it is that American motorists drive nearly twice as many miles on urban interstates as they do the lengthier rural legs. So it is that every metropolis in the country has reorganized itself around these roads, and that they've shaped where we live and work, how we shop, what we eat, and how we pass our time.</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/93898180/la-mayor-the-basics-have-been-neglected-for-too-long LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long' Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T18:37:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:30:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/796add84c1357234bb32c4cc16820f4e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles may be known for its celebrities, glitz and glam, but the city's mayor, Eric Garcetti, is focused on something decidedly less flashy: infrastructure. [...] "We destroyed our public transit system from the '30s and '40s and '50s, and so we're in the process of rebuilding it," Garcetti says. "A bigger program than anywhere in the U.S., but a long way to go."</p></em><br /><br /><p>See also:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93502802/la-mayor-talks-urbanism-and-mass-transit-with-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/92992659/runner-up-proposals-by-estudio-lunar-for-e12-kosovo-and-e12-germany Runner-up proposals by Estudio Lunar for E12 Kosovo and E12 Germany Justine Testado 2014-02-06T12:52:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:20:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8pslr14a76pofho.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here comes our first Europan 12 project of this week -- and it's a double whammy. Rotterdam-based Estudio Lunar scored runner-up for both the Gjilan site in E12 Kosovo (which had no declared winner) and for Regionale 2016 in E12 Germany.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse into the team's proposals</p><p><strong>"Welcome to Urban Wellness!" - E12 Kosovo, Gjilan</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hobvygw71zsx2x1v.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/puhd5hbfgw286eos.jpg"><br><br><strong>"Kein Land f&uuml;r alte M&auml;nner" - E12 Germany, Regionale 2016</strong><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkjugi0l4ko6cjnk.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2co3fpb0gtvtzw1a.jpg"><br><br>Find more about both proposals on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/runner-up_proposals_by_estudio_lunar_for_e12_kosovo_and_e12_germany/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92843010/healthy-cities-how-can-architects-and-planners-get-us-moving-if-we-ignore-warnings-from-doctors Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors? Alexander Walter 2014-02-04T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78758efc9a94cf8f263ec1b2687d9681.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our cities are damaging our health &ndash; that's the conclusion of a new report by the Royal Institute of British Architects which looks at the impact of the built environment on obesity and life expectancy. It found that the urban conurbations with the healthiest populations [...] had half the density of housing and a fifth more green spaces than the places where people were the most unfit, such as Liverpool (the highest rate of diabetes) and Birmingham (the lowest proportion of active adults).</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/90832016/grimshaw-gruen-s-17-hectare-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-to-begin-final-phase Grimshaw/Gruen’s 17-hectare L.A. Union Station Master Plan approved to begin final phase Justine Testado 2014-01-09T12:52:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:10:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2u4g4hsg4eyei45.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since Gruen Associates and Grimshaw Architects were approved in 2012 to create the L.A. Union Station Master Plan, the leading designers and their team recently got the green light from the L.A. Metro to begin the plan's third and final phase. Preserving the station's iconic nature and enhancing its surrounding 17 hectares to address the city's most pressing needs in the future, the proposal is set for completion in Summer 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yvwb0fhbnbc8pdw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lvt2p4a3mkpjoj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c7e428kz9furqiw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images via Grimshaw Architects</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52617568/los-angeles-metro-approves-gruen-grimshaw-for-union-station-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Metro Approves Gruen/Grimshaw for Union Station Master Plan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90695068/katoxvictoria-s-sprouting-city-blocks-runner-up-for-europan-denmark-copenhagen KATOxVictoria’s “Sprouting City Blocks” - Runner-up for Europan Denmark, Copenhagen Justine Testado 2014-01-07T18:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:11:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93jwue2cs3r3it9t.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our Europan 12 featured entry for today is "Sprouting City Blocks" by KATOxVictoria, a Copenhagen-based design office founded in 2011 by architects Hiroshi Kato and Victoria Diemer Bennetzen. Designed for the Vesterbro district in the competition's Copenhagen site, KATOxVictoria's entry won the runner-up award in the latest Europan Denmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a preview of "Sprouting City Blocks":</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oa/oaje3wo150ey3bcr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4odq9xzo39wn8zje.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqvp2zdl2cygbpn0.jpg" title=""><br><br><em>Images courtesy of KATOxVictoria.</em></p> <p> Click the thumbnails below for more images. More project details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/katoxvictorias_sprouting_city_blocks_-_runner-up_for_europan_denmark_copenh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90369973/the-quaint-plans-for-american-cities-as-we-envisioned-them-200-years-ago The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago Alexander Walter 2014-01-03T13:10:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T21:33:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e44d08c4c208c2115174690d810d1cd.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright produced an Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States in 1932 that remains, 80 years later, one of the most definitive collections of maps (many of them innovative in their time) from early U.S. history. [...] Just before the holidays, the University of Richmond&rsquo;s Digital Scholarship Lab unveiled an ambitious project bringing the entire collection online [...].</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/88989197/q-a-with-kati-rubinyi-author-of-the-car-in-2035-mobility-planning-for-the-near-future Q&A with Kati Rubinyi, author of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-16T15:13:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:41:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fnj7o7jpwq8vmqin.jpg" width="329" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The people who design the cars and the people who design the roads never talk to each other,&rdquo; according to Kati Rubinyi. With a background in architecture, urban planning, and fine arts, Rubinyi wants to enrich mobility planning by bringing everyone involved to the same table. Her book, The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future, includes essays from the different viewpoints of planners, policymakers, architects, and car designers [...].</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/88013309/three-1st-prize-winners-selected-for-delta-and-porto-baros-competition-in-rijeka-croatia Three 1st-prize winners selected for Delta and Porto Baros competition in Rijeka, Croatia Justine Testado 2013-12-03T20:49:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:28:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36n7vlecua1l8xcy.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a three-way tie for the competition to develop the urban conceptual design for the Delta and Porto Baros area in Rijeka, Croatia. The international call-for-concepts asked entrants to propose an urban design that could serve as an innovative model of feasible development that could be used to renew future development sites in the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Out of 56 submissions from around the globe, the competition jury selected three Crotia-based first-prize winners who were awarded a net amount of approx. US$35,600 (26,200 &euro;):</p> <ul><li> Studio 3LHD from Zagreb</li> <li> PORTICUS from Split</li> <li> njiric+ arhitekti/Hrvoje Njiri&#263; from Zagreb</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/85523503/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-wins-kazakhstan-astana-world-expo-2017-competition Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill wins Kazakhstan Astana World Expo 2017 competition Justine Testado 2013-11-01T13:55:00-04:00 >2013-11-05T17:01:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/atmojsavpdzlbw9x.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture's design proposal was selected for the 2017 Astana World Expo exhibition site. Construction of the two-phase development is expected to begin in March-April 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80399280/kazakhstan-s-astana-world-expo-2017-competition-attracts-big-international-names" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kazakhstan&rsquo;s Astana World Expo 2017 Competition Attracts Big International Names</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85220868/mit-research-reveals-the-power-of-placemaking MIT research reveals the power of placemaking Archinect 2013-10-28T15:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T15:09:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f72a48765e79b30bb4f91ff3054cea1c.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning released new research that examines the evolution of urban planning and its effects on communities. The report defines placemaking as &ldquo;an innovative approach to transforming communities by creating and revitalizing open, public spaces around the needs and desires of the community.&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/82542688/james-corner-field-operations-selected-for-nicollet-mall-redesign-in-minneapolis James Corner Field Operations selected for Nicollet Mall redesign in Minneapolis Justine Testado 2013-09-23T20:21:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/572e7fc6b2cf3b80cf156a50ee7d61bc.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council announced on Sept. 19 that New York firm James Corner Field Operations and its team have been selected to carry out the $40 million redesign of Nicollet Mall, a major cultural and commercial center in Downtown Minneapolis. The winning proposal, called the "Nicollet Walk", is a 12-block stretch that divides the Nicollet Mall into three sections: Live, Work, and Play.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>James Corner presented his team's project at a public event last Tuesday with the two other finalists: Daoust Lestage of Montreal and Tom Leader Studio from Berkeley, CA.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81154894/first-smart-cars-next-smart-transport-grids First, smart cars. Next, smart transport grids Alexander Walter 2013-09-05T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T15:34:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a12239443c31a1929efeb1872a4133e.jpg" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Given current growth trends, the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion people by midcentury. That also means a quadrupling in the number of cars to 4 billion by 2050 -- and that, said Ford, is a recipe for global gridlock that he argues will become "a human rights issue, not just an inconvenience." For Ford [...] the only answer is to create a future where pedestrians, bicycles, and cars become part of a connected network.</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/79993465/adept-s-green-loops-city-wins-massive-planning-competition-in-hengyang-china ADEPT’s Green Loops City Wins Massive Planning Competition in Hengyang, China Justine Testado 2013-08-21T14:50:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:06:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/ajfw5uv6do5acpup.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Copenhagen-Guangzhou firm ADEPT won a large-scale planning competition in China with their project, &lsquo;Green Loops City&rsquo;. The municipality of Hengyang, Hunan Province chose the proposal for the 17km2 / 6.5 square mile site in Laiyan New Town and Binjian District in the city of Hengyang.</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/79832440/reshaping-new-york-how-the-city-changed-in-12-years-of-bloomberg Reshaping New York - How the city changed in 12 years of Bloomberg Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-19T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-02-03T03:10:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8qvh2hsovfx72.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We have beaten the odds and the obstructionists over and over again,&rdquo; the mayor triumphantly declared in his State of the City address in March. He chose an appropriate venue: the Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, which was a lightning rod for his all-out development policy. A vigorous opposition was beaten in the courts and the City Council in much the same way he often steamrolled opposition to his comprehensive rethinking of development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> While Mayor Bloomberg has attracted media attention recently for his contentious opinions on "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/08/12/nyregion/100000002385022/bloomberg-on-stop-and-frisk-ruling.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stop and frisk</a>"&nbsp;policing and city-wide <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bans on soda</a>, it's hard to argue with the&nbsp;<em>New York Times'&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;interactive infographic on Bloomberg's twelve-year mayoral run, highlighting his drastic role in city development. A kind of long-form visual report card, the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;focuses on various building and city-planning projects around the city, emphasizing changes in residential complexes, rezoning policies, waterfront development, and bike infrastructure.</p> <p> The refreshingly simple feature has the reader/viewer fly around a white-styrofoam-model New York City, with areas specific to Bloomberg's development plans highlighted in red. These perspectives are followed by before-and-after photos of details within the site, taken from within Bloomberg's residency.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79396202/the-park-over-the-highway-is-now-underway The "Park Over the Highway" is now underway Justine Testado 2013-08-14T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T10:03:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yg/yg92rvqourhtqh35.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the start of the aptly named&#8203; &#8203;"&#8203;Park O&#8203;ver the Highway" plan in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month. The plan's objective is to connect the iconic Gateway Arch grounds and Downtown St. Louis by building a park over the Interstate-70, which has divided the city from the Mississippi waterfront for the past 50 years. Last month, the <a href="http://modot.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Missouri Department of Transportation </a>(MoDOT) awarded <a href="http://kciconstruction.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCI Construction Company</a> $26.4 million to begin construction. The project is expected to be done by Fall 2015.</p> <p> As depicted in the rendering above, the extensive renovation project also involves re-routing roads, laying groundwork pedestrian and bike paths, and general enhancement of the landscape&#8203;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r82nj3j9f2h5pxur.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Funds for the entire $380 million plan came from public sources like federal grants and a voter-approved local sales tax as well as private contributions from major supporters like the <a href="http://www.cityarchriver.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CityArchRiver</a> foundation.</p> <p> <br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8v9ruq4ubroskgh0.jpg" title=""><br><br> U.S. Transportation ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77989970/driven-away-the-role-of-urban-planning-in-a-car-dependent-society Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society Justine Testado 2013-07-26T17:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-01T18:47:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/ifi7nhmak7l6tp59.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Ultimately people can&rsquo;t get around conveniently because they are far away from everything.&rdquo; And it is this observation that for me epitomizes the problem of the driverless car &mdash; it&rsquo;s the worst kind of solutionism. By becoming so enamored with how technology might transform the car, we&rsquo;ve neglected to adequately explore how getting rid of cars might transform how and where we live. We&rsquo;d do well to heed Gorz&rsquo;s exhortation to &ldquo;never make transportation an issue by itself.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s26q34d1dowulsga.jpg" title=""><br><br> It's a given that America continues to be a car-obsessed society despite the more painstaking reality of driving a car in many major cities of today.&nbsp; In <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/driving-sideways/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, editor Allison Arieff of <a href="http://www.spur.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPUR</a> points out that the U.S. is <em>still</em> fixated on selling, using and enhancing the car when commuters are carpooling more and buying fewer cars.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9f28a1da135df094eefdb9dfae84c40.jpg" title=""><br><br> Furthermore, Arieff gets to the root of the problem by pointing out the negative impacts that a car-dependent culture has on public transportation and the even more complex issue of urban sprawl--both which are in need of more attention and innovation. As Arieff mentions in her article, cars aren't what make up the city--it's the city itself. Taking that into account, urban planners have a crucial role in making the Land of the Free less dependent on the car.</p> <p> Do you agree with Arieff? What's your take on the issue? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77823962/when-it-comes-to-economic-mobility-place-matters-who-knew When it comes to economic mobility, place matters [Who knew!] Alexander Walter 2013-07-24T12:44:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T13:03:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fbad2e47dd624c8465044f8ad8557a42.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why does the layout of cities matter so much in mobility? Harvard's Raj Chetty says he and the other authors of the study were struck by the amount of variation in mobility across areas.</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/77454300/for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition-finalists For a Resilient Rockaway (FAR ROC) Design Competition Finalists Alexander Walter 2013-07-19T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T19:02:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2kq5d5bydotr02z.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Four finalists have just been chosen from Phase I of the two-phase &ldquo;For a Resilient Rockaway&rdquo; (FAR ROC) design competition. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA New York) and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) made the announcement at the Center for Architecture in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Launched in April, the FAR ROC competition sought ideas for developing an 80+ acre site called Arverne East into a new mixed-use, mixed-income, sustainable and storm-resilient community that will meet the new physical and regulatory challenges of waterfront development while maintaining the balance between innovation and affordability.</em></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84846738/white-arkitekter-wins-for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Arkitekter wins &ldquo;For a Resilient Rockaway&rdquo; (FAR ROC) Design Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77365740/oma-wins-miami-beach-convention-center-competition OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center Competition Alexander Walter 2013-07-18T13:59:00-04:00 >2013-07-23T21:14:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9dqvi76j31qdiomm.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News broke that the team consisting of OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management has won the Miami Beach Convention Center Master Plan competition. The team was one of the two remaining contestants fighting for the bid, the other team featuring BIG, West 8 and Fentress Architects among others [...]. OMA had already won another competition earlier this month for a large mixed-use development in Santa Monica, California.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73175771/big-design-partners-propose-miami-beach-square-as-massive-convention-center-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG &amp; Design Partners Propose Miami Beach Square as Massive Convention Center Redevelopment</a></p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77774101/oma-s-winning-the-plaza-at-santa-monica-entry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA&rsquo;s Winning &ldquo;The Plaza at Santa Monica&rdquo; Entry</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75835110/who-s-your-data-urban-design-in-the-new-soft-city Who's Your Data? Urban Design in the New Soft City Places Journal 2013-06-25T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:59:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2xmaboyoxomfhbm.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smart city infrastructure can augment the ability of managers, planners, designers and engineers to define and implement a fundamentally better next generation of buildings, cities, regions &mdash; right? Maybe. For that to be a serious proposition, it&rsquo;s going to have to be normal for planners and designers not only to collaborate productively with engineers, but to do so with the full and competent participation of the only people they mistrust more than each other ... customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "A city is not a BMW," writes Carl Skelton. "You can't drive it without knowing how it works." In a weighty think-piece on Places, he argues that the public needs new tools of citizenship to thrive in a "new soft world" increasingly shaped by smart meters, surveillance cameras, urban informatics and big data. "To be a citizen of a digital city requires understanding what the databases do and don&rsquo;t contain, and what they could contain, and how the software used to process that data and drive design decisions does, doesn&rsquo;t, and might yet perform."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75124519/baharash-architecture-wins-dubai-sustainable-city-project Baharash Architecture Wins Dubai Sustainable City Project Alexander Walter 2013-06-12T19:17:00-04:00 >2013-06-13T13:48:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ul19ei1tqey0njen.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Emerging London-based firm Baharash Architecture has been selected to design phase 2 of the 46-hectar Dubai Sustainable City development. The practice is set to open an office in Dubai following the victory against international anonymous teams from the United States, Lebanon, Jordan, UK, and UAE.</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>