Archinect - News 2017-07-22T09:06:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150014608/the-guardian-reports-on-the-social-housing-crisis-in-the-uk The Guardian reports on the social housing crisis in the UK Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-26T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T14:45:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now, although the horror is still raw and much about it is still unknown, it has also become clear that Grenfell exposes in the harshest possible way questions of the current state of social housing, about the accessibility, affordability and quality of homes, and their impact on people&rsquo;s lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guardian's feature&nbsp;examines the new documentary<em> Dispossession: The New Housing Swindle </em>which addresses the build up anger surrounding the issue of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> and the failed attempts at combatting it, including&nbsp;Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy&nbsp;and the effects of&nbsp;the 60s and 70s estates renewal. Beyond that, the article also offers recent examples of demolition, displacement through opinions of people that have experienced it firsthand<em>&ndash;</em>former residents of social or council housing. </p> <p><em>"No honest portrayal of the current situation can ignore the fact that the last time government was a major builder of homes it didn&rsquo;t get it all right. But, as it is now blindingly obvious that the market is not going to provide by itself, active building and planning by the public sector looks inevitable. There are ways to achieve new and affordable homes &ndash; by densifying suburbs, encouraging garden cities and, indeed, by renewing council estates &ndash; but none of them are easy. The invisib...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014535/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-camden-highline Crowdfunding campaign launched for Camden Highline Abigail Banfield 2017-06-26T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:37:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the latest civic development in North London; the Camden Highline. For years, the disused railway has been talked about among local residents, with many wanting to see a little bit of New York in Camden Town.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Since 2016, Camden Town Unlimited have been working with Network Rail to secure the 18-metre&nbsp;wide disused railway line, which runs for almost a&nbsp;kilometre&nbsp;between the beloved, vibrant Camden Market and the newly developed Kings Cross area. The initial ambitions for the project include creating a space which is accessible to all and will provide a home for the arts, festivals, and live performance, as well as ecological and educational benefits.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Using the famous New York High Line as a precedent, this crowd-funded project will initially work on the existing infrastructure, workshops, events, and feasibility works. The funds raised from the campaign run on&nbsp;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014577/medical-experts-issue-warning-about-street-lights Medical experts issue warning about street lights Nicholas Korody 2017-06-26T12:11:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T09:30:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kj/kjpw05wjyovw72cc.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it. The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA committee issued guidelines on how communities can choose LED streetlights to "minimize potential harmful human health and environmental effects."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em></em>There are two basic issues at hand. First, new, "white" LED lighting, which have a color temperature of between 4000K and 5000K, can cause discomfort and glare. This is because the light is concentrate and has high blue content, which can cause severe glare and force pupillary constriction. Second, these lights can impact human circadian rhythmicity, affecting our sleeping pattern. And, actually, it's not just human sleeping patterns at risk&mdash;wildlife migratory patterns are being disrupted as well.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008241/first-glimpse-of-hansonla-s-master-plan-to-redevelop-city-market-los-angeles First glimpse of HansonLA's master plan to redevelop City Market Los Angeles Justine Testado 2017-05-18T15:40:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T07:02:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/he/heo60ot2w2j7nxby.jpg" width="650" height="1038" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After five years in the works, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104867291/hansonla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HansonLA</a>&nbsp;finalized the multi-phase master plan with the L.A. Department of City Planning to redevelop the historic City Market Los Angeles, located in Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District. Established in 1909 by a group of immigrant farmers, CMLA is home to one of the oldest wholesale produce markets in the U.S.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfzcnouatn7cduvi.jpg"><br><em>Aerial view.&nbsp;Rendering by KINK Studio.</em></p><p>The mixed-use, 10-acre master plan is jam-packed, comprising buildings ranging from 3-38 stories, 945 residential units, 210 hotel rooms, 225,000 square-feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment space (including the new <a href="http://www.citymarketsouth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Market South</a>), and 312,000 square-feet of educational space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4du7rxmt2ylcc2r3.jpg"><br><em>Rendering by KINK Studio.</em></p><p>Re-emphasizing the pedestrian experience of the original CMLA, the new plan will also feature an elevated walkway that will wrap around approximately 60 percent of the site, offering visitors some open space and a view of the DTLA skyline.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;[City Market's] sympathetic approach to the program allows it t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005403/design-trust-seeking-proposals-for-public-for-all-rethinking-shared-space-in-nyc-initiative Design Trust seeking proposals for “Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC” initiative Justine Testado 2017-05-01T16:19:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T16:23:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In today&rsquo;s political climate, we must affirm and ensure that New York City&rsquo;s public realm provides places of refuge and play, congregation and demonstration, and dialogue and exchange.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In their latest community-driven effort, the non-profit <a href="http://designtrust.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Trust for Public Space</a> recently launched &ldquo;Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC&rdquo;. The citywide call invites design firms, communities, agencies, and individuals based in any of New York City's five boroughs to send project ideas for planning and designing public spaces that are more accessible, resourceful, and can be sustainably maintained and operated.</p><p>Here are more details from the Design Trust:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jvfip86wl41nx76a.jpg"><br><em>The Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Design Trust for Public Space.</em></p><p>Proposals must&nbsp;be&nbsp;research, design, and planning projects that will unlock the potential of NYC&rsquo;s shared spaces, including underutilized and under-resourced community assets. Projects may be site-specific but must potentially change the way NYC&nbsp;develops and manages public space citywide.&nbsp;</p><p>Although Design Trust efforts may eventually lead to built work, projects should demonstrate broad policy or programming goals, with potential for furt...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004878/new-york-to-spend-100m-to-extend-the-waterfront-greenway-surrounding-manhattan New York to spend $100M to extend the Waterfront Greenway surrounding Manhattan Nicholas Korody 2017-04-27T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T12:32:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c1fwrodvsqc5tylu.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a 32-mile ring of parkland that surrounds Manhattan&mdash;or almost all of it, that is. Between 41st and 61st Streets along the East River lies a &ldquo;glaring gap&rdquo;, as <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/nyregion/city-commits-100-million-to-narrowing-a-gap-in-manhattan-greenway.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a> calls it. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will spend $100 million to close part of the gap, with another $5 million dedicated to smaller gaps in Harlem and Inwood.</p><p>Specifically, a path will be built atop pilings from 53rd to 61st Street, standing some 15 feet from the shoreline on a boardwalk rising above the water. Eventually, the goal is to surround the entire island with bike and running paths.</p><p>&ldquo;The Hudson River Greenway has vastly improved quality of life on the West Side, and we want families in every corner in the borough to have that same access to bike, walk and play along the water,&rdquo; Mr. de Blasio said. &ldquo;This is the first of many big investments we&rsquo;ll make as we bring the full Greenway to reality.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984750/the-benefits-of-roundabouts-explained-by-the-mayor-of-the-indiana-town-that-now-has-102-of-them The benefits of roundabouts, explained by the mayor of the Indiana town that now has 102 of them Alexander Walter 2017-01-04T16:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T11:38:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/36/36e14272d9403701e6855f6d1d418e15.jpg" width="620" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Carmel, driving around in circles isn&rsquo;t a symptom of being lost; it&rsquo;s a way of life. Despite its small size, the Indiana city has more roundabouts than any other burg in the U.S. [...] The thing most people don&rsquo;t know is how much money is saved by converting traffic signals into roundabouts. Our city engineer&rsquo;s office has found that on average, roundabouts in Carmel have cost $250,000 less to build than signalized intersections and they are much less expensive to maintain [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Carmel Mayor&nbsp;Jim Brainard talks about "unheralded benefits" of roundabouts (and the potential impact of Trump's infrastructure plans on his city's 102 roundabouts) in the CityLab article, reader douglasss points out an often overlooked benefit of this approach to intersection design over the conventional 4x4 species in the comment section:</p><p><em>"An added benefit of roundabouts is that (if they are spaced close enough) they eliminate the need for center turning lanes, thus narrower roads. Instead of needing a center turning lane to make a left hand turn, you just go to the next roundabout and turn around. This also allows for mid road tree lined medians, which center turning lanes destroy."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139313726/the-surprisingly-ideological-debate-over-roundabouts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138804407/humanizing-street-design-with-shared-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983058/examining-the-politics-of-starchitect-megaprojects-in-abu-dhabi Examining the politics of starchitect megaprojects in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2016-12-16T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:19:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg" width="650" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even if Abu Dhabi has almost unique economic and institutional conditions and rests for now as a borderline case of development profiles, it still highlights several common problems in contemporary large-scale development projects and in the use of star architecture in other parts of the world: little care for the context of branded projects, de-politicization of urban development, weak and inconsistent public planning...[and] spectacular architecture [for] global competition and media exposure</p></em><br /><br /><p>An excerpt from the upcoming book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934688" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities&rdquo;</a> by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi examines Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island megaproject, and argues how such projects show the&nbsp;little influence that famous architects can have on city-building initiatives today.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966419/architecture-has-sacrificed-its-aspiration-to-deepen-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133432736/gulf-labor-initiative-renews-criticism-of-abu-dhabi-museums-over-migrant-workers-rights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982541/urban-land-institute-hosts-urban-planning-lego-workshop-for-students Urban Land Institute hosts urban planning Lego workshop for students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What better way to teach high school-age students how to tackle the problems of urban planning than with Legos? This was the thought of the Urban Land Institute, which according to this article in <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/12/01/program-brings-responsible-urban-planning-to-life-with-lego.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro News</a> put on a workshop for an 11th grade class in Toronto to help them plan a city that, while fictional, took many of its challenges from Toronto's current urbanity. As the article notes:</p><p><em>The students were divided into teams and given the task of designing a new, mixed-use development while balancing competing demands like affordable housing, business interests and environmental standards.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>For example, Yutiga&rsquo;s team had to think on their feet when they realized they &ldquo;couldn&rsquo;t create underground parking due to soil conditions.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And like Toronto, the fictional city their development was in also grapples with problems like food deserts, homelessness and, of course, parking.</em></p><p><em>&#8203;</em>For more in Lego-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149974598/the-brief-and-wondrous-life-of-modulex-lego-s-building-system-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Brief and Wondrous Life of Modulex, Lego's Building System for Architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971968/see-downtown-los-angeles-in-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See Down...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981531/send-your-ideas-to-the-2016-chicago-prize-on-the-edge-competition Send your ideas to the 2016 Chicago Prize “On the Edge” competition Justine Testado 2016-12-05T19:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T22:49:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/af/afvcm04p7m02ed70.gif" width="800" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visionary plans, policy, and infrastructure have all played crucial roles in the development of the city and consequently in the definition of its edge. Today, conflicting interests regarding ownership, use, and value of the Lakefront have produced a stalemate of what this civic treasure could become.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A hotspot for land-use disputes, the urban development of Chicago's Lakefront is the subject of the&nbsp;2016 Chicago Prize competition, "On the Edge&rdquo;. Launched on November 29 by the Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the competition seeks speculative architectural interventions for the Lakefront &ldquo;in consideration of the stated issues that imagine and speculate its scape&rdquo; &mdash; as exemplified in recent situations like the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>,&nbsp;the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120664296/2014-chicago-prize-winners-envision-the-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barack H. Obama Presidential Library</a>, or the impacts of Lake Shore Drive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ax/axf2d2ztkkwu2bmh.jpg"><br><em>The Chicago Lakefront. Photo: Payton Chung/Flickr.</em></p><p>The CAC asks: &ldquo;Would new strategies of zoning recharge this long strip of stand-alone city-land? Can architectural interventions function as a framework for the excitation of the edge? How will the collision of the metropolis and the lake create a radical emergence of the unimaginable?&rdquo;</p><p>There is no set program for this competition.&nbsp;A Question-and-Answer period is open now until December ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971838/pave-paradise-american-cities-are-rethinking-parking-spaces Pave paradise? American cities are rethinking parking spaces Nicholas Korody 2016-10-03T18:28:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jf/jfvjodfqrdvdhcin.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US has long been the world leader in building parking spaces. During the mid 20th century, city zoning codes began to include requirements and quotas for most developments to include parking spaces. The supply skyrocketed. A 2011 study by the University of California, estimated there are upwards of 800m parking spaces in the US, covering about 25,000 square miles of land.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Increasingly, cities are rethinking this approach. As cities across the world begin to prioritise walkable urban development and the type of city living that does not require a car for every trip, city officials are beginning to move away from blanket policies of providing abundant parking.</em></p><p>For more on pedestrian-friendly initiatives, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965226/when-walkability-goes-up-so-do-home-prices" target="_blank">When walkability goes up, so do home prices</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963557/taking-a-break-from-cars-in-automobile-centric-manhattan" target="_blank">Taking a break from cars in automobile-centric Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="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" target="_blank">Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."</a></li></ul> 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/650x/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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/650x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/3m/3m8jv965ow6timwy.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/u4/u455ymoo8ufy15nu.jpg" width="650" height="639" 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/650x/rj/rj5tooqt6kwo3hc5.jpg" width="620" height="620" 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/650x/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.jpg" width="650" height="430" 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/650x/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg" width="650" height="417" 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/650x/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.jpg" width="650" height="867" 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/650x/sh/sh2wc15ttagood6k.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg" width="632" height="500" 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/650x/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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/650x/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg" width="620" height="372" 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/650x/9u/9uipf1bo8epxalz3.jpg" width="650" height="366" 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/650x/cc/cccc856ad05c91c45f2afc1ee0b379d9.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/9n/9nlweb59ka0kp40m.jpg" width="650" height="992" 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/650x/i3/i337mzb5ogxvg45k.jpg" width="650" height="503" 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/650x/mk/mkvr3w2krj0f65hl.jpg" width="650" height="470" 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/650x/uo/uosk2sg8lo3ebxjy.jpg" width="640" height="450" 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/650x/os/osbsvxj0bwir79mv.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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>