Archinect - News 2014-08-22T08:00:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106019341/danish-parking-garage-invites-to-stay-and-play Danish parking garage invites to stay and play Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T10:41:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79cc3d05ada109df7d56f4365c0aead6.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new parking garage in Nordhavn, Denmark by JAJA Architects will combine form, functionality, and fun. Draped in greenery and topped with a public playground, the aptly named Park and Play reimagines a garage as an active social space rather than simply a storage place for cars. [...] The garage is being built as part of the first phase of Nordhavn&rsquo;s almost 500-acre master plan to be developed over the next 40 to 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105938946/a-closer-look-at-downtown-atlanta-s-latest-parking-report A closer look at Downtown Atlanta's latest parking report Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rj6qofox20o2fqr6.jpg" width="500" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Central Atlanta Progress, a nonprofit corporation of Atlanta business leaders, has released the documents from a recent assessment of Downtown Atlanta parking. They include reports on the existing parking situation and recommendations for &ldquo;improving the customer parking experience in Downtown Atlanta.&rdquo; [...] The first sting was felt when I read this nugget from the report: A person&rsquo;s first and last impression of a city begins and ends with parking. Ouch! I beg to differ.</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/105864168/one-woman-s-quest-to-design-parking-lots-people-don-t-hate One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate Alexander Walter 2014-08-05T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a6eb198a752354de2c936c79e7afbb0.jpg" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This automated garage is ideal for dense urban areas, says Yoka, vice president of program development at the International Parking Institute, based in Alexandria, Virginia. A Philadelphia-area native and self-described "super parking nerd," her niche is sustainable parking, something that many people, upon first hearing the phrase, assume is a contradiction. But for a building designed to house cars, says Yoka, The Lift at Juniper Street is surprisingly green.</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/101704684/the-case-for-tearing-down-park-and-ride-lots The Case for Tearing Down Park-and-Ride Lots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T13:02:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:43:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa2c796faf07dfbc5c23feeb7f5c5364.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wisdom of surrounding transit stations with "seas" of park-and-ride lots may be turning. In theory, park-and-ride seems like a great transportation compromise, converting full-trip drivers into part-trip riders. In practice, the opposite often occurs, with former non-drivers now commuting part of the way by car. That unexpected practical shift can increase vehicle miles traveled in a metro area, subverting the sustainability goal of transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98901677/enlightenment-about-parking-q-a-with-architect-darius-sollohub Enlightenment About Parking: Q&A with Architect Darius Sollohub Alexander Walter 2014-04-29T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:18:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acf874271072cd56a797adee11d97213.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We might ask ourselves the question, why is it that so many communities want to disguise the utilitarian cell phone tower as a fake tree? They fool no one and actually call more attention to them. Or why are there hundreds of parking structures that have false fa&ccedil;ades that make people initially think they are foreclosed buildings with all the windows broken? There seems to be much cultural confusion about the beauty of the utilitarian.</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/91300063/portland-s-bikescraper-breaks-bike-parking-record Portland's "Bikescraper" breaks bike-parking record Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-15T15:25:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:16:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/av0ckc1z1ceobz0k.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 21-story, three-building apartment project now rising in Portland's Lloyd District will create more long-term bike parking than any other project in the nation, with four huge new storage facilities in four buildings and an on-site bike valet parking service to serve the biggest one. [...] Bike experts in Canada, Mexico and across the United States said they didn't know of any single project on the continent with more bike parking; Mexico's largest facility, at a train station, holds 800.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Portland, Oregon's new apartment complex by GBD Architects instates a new standard in bicycle infrastructure and planning, offering one bike parking spot each for its 657 housing units,&nbsp;<em>plus</em> underground parking space for as many as 547 bikes. That's 1,204 bike spots total, a number that assumes the average household will need to park 1.8 bikes. There will be 328 residential car parking spaces, squeaking by at roughly half a spot per household.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lkpqtcz0bgd4rs7i.jpg"></p><p>Known as <a href="http://www.gbdarchitects.com/portfolio-item/lloyd-blocks-2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hassalo on Eighth</a> (the four-block complex sits northeast of the corner of 7th and Holladay), the apartments fall in Portland's Inner East neighborhood, on the border of the city's center. Previously dominated by stretches of parking lots, the area could become a more active, walkable and dense neighborhood under GBD's plan. The building itself is not radically asserting the needs of "cyclists" -- a slippery and short-sighted demographic label that casts bicycle infrastructure as a radical objective of niche groups, and not just... a g...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84300873/gehry-and-salonen-discuss-ten-years-of-music-at-disney-concert-hall Gehry and Salonen discuss ten years of music at Disney Concert Hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T18:29:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cj/cjtn7inbcq8037k1.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To celebrate Disney Hall&rsquo;s tenth anniversary, architect Frank Gehry and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen reminisced on the building&rsquo;s inspiration last night, at a <a href="http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/detail/program_id/1918" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion held at the Hammer Museum</a>. Co-hosted by the LA Phil, far from the actual concert hall and its spotty downtown L.A. environs, the discussion&rsquo;s moderator Nicolai Ouroussoff (former architecture critic for the <em>New York Times</em>) tried to tease out the relationship between architecture and music. While Salonen touched upon questions of classical music&rsquo;s relevance, Gehry didn&rsquo;t delve too deeply into the particulars of his design.</p> <p> As Music Director for the LA Philharmonic from 1992-2009, Salonen oversaw the orchestra during its transition from the slightly-stuffy Dorothy Chandler Pavilion over to Disney Hall, and is highly regarded for whipping the Philharmonic into shape as a progressive and formidable cultural institution. The trajectory of the LA Phil is largely wrapped up in b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80934401/editor-s-picks-331 Editor's Picks #331 Nam Henderson 2013-09-03T12:39:00-04:00 >2013-09-03T13:34:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzfqimezn08j9dsw.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Donna Sink offered up her memories "I spent a summer living in that building. It's very lovely and graceful, though I like &lsquo;suavely-curved&rsquo; much better as a descriptor! The views are unmatched, IMO, still. Breathtaking...Back then its only drawback was that it was very removed from the activity of the city</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune architecture critic tweeted "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80609319/george-schipporeit-co-architect-of-chicago-s-lake-point-tower-has-died" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Schipporeit, co-architect of Chicago's suavely-curving Lake Point Tower, once the world's tallest all-residential building, has died</a>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwuy7brt9k2ii6up.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink&nbsp;</a>offered up her memories "<em>I spent a summer living in that building.&nbsp; It's very lovely and graceful, though I like &lsquo;suavely-curved&rsquo; much better as a descriptor! The views are unmatched, IMO, still. Breathtaking...Back then its only drawback was that it was very removed from the activity of the city.&nbsp; It was a bleak walk for several blocks to get back into the hustle of daily life in a city.&nbsp; These days it's surrounded by smaller scale housing, retail, and the much-improved Navy Pier, yes?</em>"</p> <p> <strong>thisisnotmyname</strong>&nbsp;answered "<em>Somewhat.&nbsp; A few more adjacent sites need to fill in.&nbsp; Lake Point Tower is still one of the finest examples of residential high rise design in Chicago</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80606902/daniel-libeskind-s-world-trade-center-change-of-heart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the New Yorker Elizabeth Greenspan chatted with Daniel Libeskind and discussed the openin...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80516778/graphing-parking-charts-out-of-whack-u-s-minimum-parking-regulations "Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-29T13:00:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwetcytius16zsc7.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reforming parking policy is an urgent imperative which could have significant positive effects on the natural environment, our cities, the economy, and our society. For many issues, from affordable housing to carbon emissions, it is an obvious solution that has remained hidden in plain sight for too long.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architect Seth Goodman has taken it upon himself to expose how dramatically parking plays a role in planning, through a series of nifty infographics that show just how much parking space is allotted for a given institution or destination.&nbsp; Inspired by Donald Shoup's <em><a href="http://www.uctc.net/papers/351.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Cost of Free Parking</a>&nbsp;</em>as a student at Rice University, Goodman has created five different charts comparing a city&rsquo;s minimal parking space regulations to the square footage of the institution that the parking accommodates, such as a restaurant or office space. The results show an amazing inconsistency regarding how much space is devoted to parking across different cities.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rg529g71mq2s6qu3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In the above graphic, pitting &ldquo;Worship Space vs. Parking Space&rdquo;, the national average for a worship space (6,000 ft2) is compared to the square footage devoted to parking at said space of worship. Fresno, California clocks in at 32,500 ft2 of parking for an average worship space, whereas San Francisco has only a tenth of that, at 3,250. Ke...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/42775033/when-a-parking-lot-is-so-much-more When a Parking Lot Is So Much More Archinect 2012-03-26T12:05:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T18:36:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y8/y820frk1rm4x0dsu.jpg" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to redefine what we mean by &ldquo;parking lot&rdquo; to include something that not only allows a driver to park his car, but also offers a variety of other public uses, mitigates its effect on the environment and gives greater consideration to aesthetics and architectural context.</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/33568308/taking-parking-lots-seriously-as-public-spaces Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces Archinect 2012-01-06T14:19:00-05:00 >2012-01-06T20:11:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/066e825407e90b45b3fa49b503cfebcd.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One study says we&rsquo;ve built eight parking spots for every car in the country. Houston is said to have 30 of them per resident. In &ldquo;Rethinking a Lot,&rdquo; a new study of parking, due out in March, Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that &ldquo;in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.&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/20653569/today-is-park-ing-day-2011 Today is PARK(ing) Day 2011! Alexander Walter 2011-09-16T15:07:07-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8cf8bc49b20b6c6426289daad35fbf9a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Park(ing) Day is an international celebration of alternative street design, which started in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Now it's a worldwide phenomenon, and today New Yorkers will transform more than 30 boring parking spots into temporary parks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Last year, <a href="http://parkingday.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PARK(ing) Day</a> transformed 850 metered parking spots into temporary parks in 183 cities in 30 countries on 6 continents.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/13981831/parking-spaces Parking spaces Orhan Ayyüce 2011-07-20T01:17:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o4jymkixh9hsg2m.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Simon Henley's new book, The Architecture of Parking (Thames &amp; Hudson), casts an objective eye over car parks, one of the most important but most neglected building types of the modern era, and finds a strange and haunting beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p> 'Using formal expression to overcome any shortfall in the quality of construction' ... The Tricorn Centre, Portsmouth, (above) designed by The Owen Luder Partnership.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/12441711/ground-level-one-more-good-looking-garage-in-santa-monica Ground Level: One more good-looking garage in Santa Monica Archinect 2011-07-06T16:39:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T13:41:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a72ffb8f9c38478eb590926beeb1a36a.jpg" width="500" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the real show is outside, where the garage includes a number of large-scale public-art installations, including pieces by Anne Marie Karlsen (along 2nd Street) and L.A. firm Ball-Nogues Studio (along 4th Street). The Ball-Nogues piece, called &ldquo;Cradle,&rdquo; features hundreds of stainless-steel spheres suspended from one of the garage&rsquo;s exterior walls. The design is open-ended enough to suggest both sea foam and a Newton&rsquo;s Cradle...</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>