Archinect - News 2014-07-25T23:19:01-04:00 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/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-13T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:58:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oi7vb1cv9uwdlwu4.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.&rsquo;s largest public asset&mdash;our 7,500 miles of city streets&mdash;into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. Three innovative types of projects are available: Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles began piloting its "People St." program in 2011, developing spaces designed to reclaim sections of streetspace for public recreation and use, rather than car traffic. The projects were few but popular, including the Sunset Triangle (designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1898/rios-clementi-hale-studios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>) plaza in Silverlake, a couple of parklets in Downtown, and bike corrals in Atwater Village and Highland Park. Led by LA's Department of Transportation and invigorated by LA's current mayor, Eric Garcetti, the program will accept applications for "People St." initiatives by any eligible community group, beginning this March.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaym7c341otxgwtb.jpg"></p><p>The program is designed not only so communities can individualize their surroundings and make their city more livable, but for LADOT to expedite city improvement projects. Initiatives that otherwise would have taken years of planning and hundreds of thousands of dollars become faster and cheaper to execute, led by the people most in touch with the project site, and approved by city of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93073966/paris-ghost-stations-could-be-revitalized-as-galleries-swimming-pools-restaurants Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7e9shryvq7f7g5q.jpg"></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vynbup8u7j80ijn.jpg"></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nq0sm33wh71hrz4.jpg"></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7g4g037y9rg6scbm.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91218557/aia-twenty-five-year-award-given-to-washington-d-c-metro AIA Twenty-five Year Award given to Washington D.C., Metro Justine Testado 2014-01-14T13:31:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:37:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8h1bc3z2ks3tome.jpg" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still standing strong after its opening in 1976, the Washington D.C. Metro rail system designed by architect Harry Weese was deemed the recipient of the AIA's Twenty-five Year Award. The award recognizes a structure that demonstrates architectural resilience for 25-35 years. The structure must also show excellence in function, execution of its original program, and creative aspects in accordance with today's standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p> These are a few of the D.C. Metro's stations.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sg8a59ljo0tefue.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zr4cy34b8yvmc99.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19fklsj8oh0iyfy3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmt8r29ass4386tn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Find out more about the D.C. Metro on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/aia_twenty-five_year_award_given_to_washington_d.c._metro/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 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/49542175/gleaming-new-cta-station-raises-question-what-price-architecture Gleaming new CTA station raises question: What price architecture? Archinect 2012-05-29T13:55:00-04:00 >2012-05-30T13:21:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/162f48341e1a132e95c596915ddacf9d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A safe, clean, on-time ride. That's all most of us expect from the Chicago Transit Authority. But why not ask for something more? Station architecture that puts zing in the journey and elevates the city around it. That's what we get at the crisply modern new Morgan "L" station on Chicago's Near West Side.</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/47648360/editor-s-picks-263 Editor's Picks #263 Nam Henderson 2012-05-07T16:49:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T19:06:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klajz2mclbkly5xl.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elected officials in Goshen, N.Y., voted Thursday against a resolution to demolish and replace the Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph. Steven Ward, hoped &ldquo;mr diana will now get behind this decision and determine how best to renovate to meet the needs of the community...score one for preservation of the modern!"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Elected officials in Goshen, N.Y., <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/47277795/orange-county-votes-to-keep-brutalist-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted Thursday against a resolution to demolish and replace the Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph</a>, a late-1960s building in the small Hudson Valley town that sparked debate on the value of modern architecture.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2023362/steven-ward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>,&nbsp;hoped &ldquo;<em>mr diana will now get behind this decision and determine how best to renovate to meet the needs of the community. ...the fact that the local government's elected representatives have taken this position is a huge deal, an indicator that they are hearing that the community wants to keep this special place. score one for preservation of the modern!</em>&rdquo; and <strong>Scribbler </strong>argued &ldquo;<em>We have to keep a few of these so that we have real examples of the variety, forms, and experiments modernism has made so that we have a record to remind us to not do this kind of modernism again</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>,&nbsp;for her part agreed &ldquo;<em>Even if one doesn't find this building beautiful (which I definitely do!), it's important to history to kee...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/47064913/review-lackluster-expo-line-reflects-metro-s-weak-grasp-of-design Review: Lackluster Expo Line reflects Metro's weak grasp of design Archinect 2012-05-02T15:46:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T18:57:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/9935a0a0a11629da83a719d1a29c6a35.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed primarily by Roland Genick, chief architect for rail and transit systems at Parsons, the huge Pasadena-based construction conglomerate, the new stations are topped by undulating light-blue canopies of perforated metal panels that are not only dated &mdash; bringing a public-art project from the early 1990s to mind &mdash; but provide almost no shade or rain protection. Or solar power, for that matter, though from certain angles the stations look a bit like they're covered with photovoltaic panels.</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>