Archinect - News 2014-10-24T03:18:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109028435/china-builds-its-dream-island-qatar-controversies-continue-the-internet-slows-down-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-7-2014 China builds its dream island; Qatar controversies continue; the internet slows down: Weekly News Round-Up for September 7, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T20:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:54:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9tcj8kfqm7lkll2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 12</em></strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108807760/vincent-scully-prize-2014-awarded-to-journalist-and-tv-host-charlie-rose" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose</a>: The prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999, and is named after the famed Yale art history and architecture professor who helped establish Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. Rose was distinguished by his interviews of leaders in urban design and development.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, September 11</em>:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108715362/toronto-set-to-unveil-first-museum-of-islamic-culture-in-north-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America</a>: The museum is backed by Aga Khan,&nbsp;a "lesser-known royal" and spiritual leader of an estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims, approximately 100,000 of which now live in Canada. The museum is&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59363761/maki-to-design-muslim-cultural-centre-for-the-aga-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Pritzker winner Fumihiko Maki</a>, and opens September 18.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, September 10:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108643850/the-long-lost-design-bible-of-the-new-york-subway-is-briefly-back-in-print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print</a>: In 1967, the New York City Transit Authority asked designers&nbsp;Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda to create a solution to the subway system's inconsistent and confusing identity. Th...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108643850/the-long-lost-design-bible-of-the-new-york-subway-is-briefly-back-in-print The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:27:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9b4df40516b9972f4061b7fa8f4a92d5.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To many designers, the manual became an exemplar of the form&mdash;and a design classic in its own right. [...] When Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed, who work at the New York design firm Pentagram, stumbled across a copy a few years ago, it was buried under old gym clothes in a locker. They digitized the manual, and now they&rsquo;re reprinting it with the blessing of the MTA. A complete reissue, which includes a new essay on the manual&rsquo;s history, is being sold on Kickstarter starting today [...].</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/105938141/bed-bugs-found-on-n-train-in-ny Bed Bugs Found on N Train in NY Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T13:18:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g1/g1zfgjoum5srsvtn.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bedbugs were discovered on at least three subway trains on the N line this week, authorities said. Two trains were taken out of service Sunday after the unwanted riders were found onboard some cars, officials said. And on Tuesday, a third N train was also sent to the Coney Island yard in Brooklyn for fumigation. Some of the bugs were found in seat cushions in train cabs, which are used by conductors and motormen, sources said.</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/104400610/nyc-can-t-afford-to-build-the-second-avenue-subway-and-it-can-t-afford-not-to NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-17T13:39:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/51a9ba8ceb3f7a55836ec960d99f811d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In New York City history and lore, the Second Avenue subway is the Loch Ness Monster crossed with the Abominable Snowman. Politicians, transit planners, and everyone in between have witnessed this East Side subway line face countless stops and starts [...] And yet, the Second Avenue line has become a beacon for New York's future and a symbol of the numerous challenges facing a global city that must, in light of massive costs and slow build-outs, expand its transit network to stay competitive.</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/85445474/giant-tunnel-plug-could-limit-future-subway-flood-damage Giant tunnel plug could limit future subway flood damage Alexander Walter 2013-10-31T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:38:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/982c0ef34976b9c349fb92ec1ba2582f.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] officials viewed a tunnel plug under development by ILC Dover, a Department of Homeland Security vendor and supplier to NASA, to protect subway portals where grade level tracks transition to underground subways. If successfully tested, the MTA hopes the technology could be applied to portals and stairwell locations throughout the system. The tunnel plug demonstrated inside the station is not designed for use inside the subway system, Cuomo's office said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Exactly one year ago in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60393402/mta-video-release-hurricane-sandy-south-ferry-and-whitehall-st-station-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MTA Video Release: Hurricane Sandy - South Ferry and Whitehall St Station Damage</a></p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/infrastructure/the-inflatable-35000-gallon-subway-plug-7795767" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here </a>to learn more about this Inflatable, 35,000-gallon subway plug.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74109275/how-engineers-are-building-a-new-railroad-under-new-york-city How Engineers Are Building a New Railroad Under New York City Archinect 2013-05-28T15:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T15:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/61a9cd78c543185dc46097910f7f7889.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The biggest public transit infrastructure effort in the US is almost completely invisible &mdash; unless you&rsquo;re 160 feet underground. The East Side Access project will connect the Long Island Railroad to New York&rsquo;s Grand Central Terminal via a massive tunnel under the East River. Actually, that tunnel was the easy part; it was started in 1969. The hard part? &ldquo;We are building a brand-new railroad here,&rdquo; says Michael Horodniceanu, president of Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Beautiful photographs by Dean Kaufman. To view more of his photos from this story, <a href="http://julianrichards.com/kaufman/eastsideaccess/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go to his website</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74105014/frank-gehry-says-new-subway-could-be-disaster-for-disney-hall Frank Gehry says new subway could be 'disaster' for Disney Hall Archinect 2013-05-28T13:34:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:26:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f142d61940864cf0d89298f7e2795c3.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry has raised concerns that concerts at his Disney Hall in Los Angeles could be ruined by a planned subway line that would run close to the venue. Recent simulations suggest rumbling might be audible in the concert hall. These have provoked the architect to call for the Metro&rsquo;s own noise projections, which two years ago predicted there would be no audible impact, to be reviewed.</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/64541820/ancient-arts-center-discovered-under-rome-s-piazza-venezia Ancient Arts Center Discovered Under Rome's Piazza Venezia Archinect 2012-12-31T12:22:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:57:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z55zwtj4ctzuhx0r.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eighteen feet below one of Rome&rsquo;s most-trafficked junctions is a 900-seat arts center dating back to the second-century reign of Emperor Hadrian, Italian archaeologists have announced. The discovery, widely seen as the most important in Rome in 80 years, came as a result of digging for the city&rsquo;s third subway line. Archeologists spent the last five years excavating two halls of the structure under the Piazza Venezia, which is believed to be an arts center, or auditorium, built by Hadrian.</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/60393402/mta-video-release-hurricane-sandy-south-ferry-and-whitehall-st-station-damage MTA Video Release: Hurricane Sandy - South Ferry and Whitehall St Station Damage Archinect 2012-10-30T20:50:00-04:00 >2012-10-31T09:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y0/y0720suksgotxx6d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> MTA Video Release: Hurricane Sandy - South Ferry and Whitehall St Station Damage.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49078551/la-s-original-subway LA’s original subway Archinect 2012-05-21T13:26:00-04:00 >2012-05-21T13:31:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/527c0537423660c6b0a381d832dce3b1.jpg" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Behold the Subway Terminal Building, hidden in plain sight in the middle of downtown LA, where at one point during the 1940&prime;s over 65,000 riders were shuffling down into the depths of Los Angeles to board a train which traveled beneath the busy streets. And, fittingly, it&rsquo;s just a block from where you might board the Red Line subway today.</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/48461610/new-york-city-s-hidden-subway-station New York City’s Hidden Subway Station Archinect 2012-05-14T17:59:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:39:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79b74a0ceba7424d9bbda885e3581f80.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Deep in the belly of New York&rsquo;s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station&hellip;</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/37271534/should-it-take-decades-to-build-a-subway Should it take decades to build a subway? Archinect 2012-02-07T18:07:00-05:00 >2012-02-08T12:58:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/df238c7ac48cae5b22d23283593a4d36.jpg" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Beijing] started expanding the system in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, and has kept pushing forward ever since. In 2001 it had 33 miles of track. Today it has 231. Meanwhile, when you hear the completion dates for big U.S. transit projects you often have to calculate your age to figure out if you&rsquo;ll still be alive.</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/27674566/asics-makes-nyc-commute-faster-for-60-feet Asics Makes NYC Commute Faster for 60 Feet Archinect 2011-11-16T12:44:57-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63fcd53f13a0466ddb96258209595f17.jpg" width="468" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hard proof that we are living in the future: To promote the recent New York City marathon, Asics hooked up a 60-foot video wall in Manhattan's Columbus Circle subway station, inviting commuters to race against life-sized footage of Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall. Hall zips by at his average pace while you see if you can match it.</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/22064227/ahead-of-its-time-an-icon-goes-digital Ahead of Its Time | An Icon Goes Digital Alexander Walter 2011-09-28T20:14:26-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84f80fe6ff74f428e7504c628b73f1f1.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1972, Massimo Vignelli designed a diagrammatic map for the New York City subway. It was a radical departure. He replaced the serpentine maze of geographically accurate train routes with simple, bold bands of color that turned at 45- and 90-degree angles. [...] Its abstract representation of the routes was elegant but flawed. To make the map function effectively, a few geographic liberties were taken, something that didn&rsquo;t sit well with New Yorkers.</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/14295811/a-brief-history-of-the-pneumatic-tube-transport-systems-that-never-were A brief history of the pneumatic tube transport systems that never were Archinect 2011-07-22T18:32:12-04:00 >2011-07-22T18:32:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcc54d2b83e1b541868756795ff7c858.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alfred Ely Beach is best known for his invention of New York City's first concept for a subway: the Beach Pneumatic Transit, which would move people rapidly from one place to another in "cars" propelled along long tubes by compressed air.</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/12459745/metro-blue-line-is-the-route-for-traveling-circus-plays Metro Blue Line is the route for `traveling circus' plays Archinect 2011-07-06T20:23:20-04:00 >2011-07-06T20:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd2478ef5214b513f9e250f87c79931b.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>William Shakespeare wrote plays in five acts; now comes Watts Village Theater Company, organizing a theater piece in five light-rail stops. Dubbed "Meet Me @Metro II," it'll be performed along the Metro Blue Line between Watts and downtown Long Beach over the coming two weekends.</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>