Archinect - News 2016-09-24T22:04:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149967658/boller-a-industrial-factory-baked-goods-expose-and-disrupt-the-banal-rituals-of-airport-travel Bollería Industrial / Factory-Baked Goods expose and disrupt the banal rituals of airport travel Nicholas Korody 2016-09-09T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-09-10T05:28:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5u/5un2btmmwdbmttvx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Airports can be hell, as any traveler knows. From endless check-in lines to depersonalized security checkpoints to the dull monotony of waiting rooms and transit halls, the experience of traveling has become something of a 21st century ritual. You&rsquo;ll (probably) get to your destination, but first you have to go through the (securitized and regulated) motions.</p><p>&ldquo;By means of boredom, oddly familiar scenarios, and the climate-controlled atmospheres of in-transit buffers, the spaces and technologies of the airport relax our sensory spatial apprehension to camouflage the control parameters to which passengers are submitted,&rdquo; write the Madrid-based design studio <a href="http://www.bolleriaindustrial.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boller&iacute;a Industrial / Factory-Baked Goods</a> in the text accompanying their installation <em>Managing Distance</em>, one of five commissioned &ldquo;intervention strategies&rdquo; of the <em>In Residence</em> component of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149958919/home-away-from-home-an-interview-with-the-curators-of-the-oslo-architecture-triennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/th/thdyf6vry01ld1f1.jpg"></p><p>Comprising five different physical devices placed around the sleek Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, their interven...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963990/here-are-the-five-teams-competing-to-building-lax-s-future-people-mover Here are the five teams competing to building LAX's future people-mover Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:41:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iyn2kxmwtamzhs39.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The long-awaited people-moving system at Los Angeles International Airport&nbsp;is actually on its way and it's enough to make any Angele&ntilde;o misty-eyed. LAX, the second busiest airport in the US, is desperately lacking an adequate public transit connection. Currently, visitors must rely on shuttles that come every 20 minutes to connect to the nearest Metro line, grab an (expensive) cab, or find a saintly friend with a car willing to deal with a congested and confusing pick-up situation.</p><p>Five teams are competing for the commission:</p><ul><li>Gateway Connectors: Kiewit Infrastructure with Skanska USA, Meridiam; design by Mott MacDonald and Gannett Fleming</li><li>LA ConnextPartners: Ferrovial Agroman, Bechtel, Cintra, John Laing and Bombardier; design by Bechtel</li><li>LAX Connecting Alliance: OHL USA, Acciona Infraestructuras and Charles Pankow Builders; design by Arup</li><li>LINXS, led by Fluor Enterprises with Balfour Beatty, Flatiron West, Hochtief, ACS and Dragados USA; design by HDR Engineering and HNTB Corporation</li><li>PWA, l...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961789/america-s-sorriest-bus-stop-tournament-enters-final-round-it-s-kansas-city-mo-vs-silver-spring-md America’s Sorriest Bus Stop tournament enters final round: it's Kansas City, MO vs. Silver Spring, MD Alexander Walter 2016-08-05T14:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:32:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/abnsnuuglbim2ty6.jpg" width="514" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each of the 16 bus stops that competed this year&nbsp;&mdash; and the agencies who oversee them &mdash; deserved a thorough shaming. No transit rider should ever have to wait in the rain for a bus with no posted schedule, or walk in a ditch along an eight-lane highway after disembarking. These conditions are deplorable but all too common in American cities. The two bus stops facing off today &mdash; in Kansas City and Silver Spring [...]&mdash; had some&nbsp;extra&nbsp;dreadful&nbsp;quality that sets them apart in the eyes of our voters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135747100/google-street-view-captures-beautiful-public-space-transformations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View captures beautiful public space transformations</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140015083/homey-pop-up-bus-shelter-hopes-to-increase-safety-for-minneapolis-commuters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homey pop-up bus shelter hopes to increase safety for Minneapolis commuters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:25:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/tt6u1g3iqu9xk10l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On issues related to the funding, mass transit, biking, and the environment, the two parties have staked out dramatically different views about how they envision the future of the nation&rsquo;s transportation system. Democrats are proposing an expansive increase in federal support for transportation investment, with a focus on building access to opportunity, bolstering access to non-automobile modes, reducing the impacts of climate change, and maintaining the role of unions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Republicans, on the other hand, propose no increase in federal spending (though Mr. Trump may disagree), an elimination of the federal role in funding non-automotive transportation, an emphasis on pollution-spewing modes and energy sources, and a reduction in the role of unions.</em></p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-26T18:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:29:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a55oiexfqtfwcbd.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pilot program is limited to about 25,000 employees of companies including Walmart and Adobe Systems... Waze will match riders with drivers already heading along similar routes during the morning and evening rush hours. [...] Waze Carpool is charging riders just $0.54 a mile, which is also what the IRS recommends companies reimburse their employees per mile for business-related travel. &ldquo;Waze Carpool focuses on covering costs, not generating an income,&rdquo; the company explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google purchased Waze, the Israeli GPS-based navigation system with real-time travel details submitted by users, in 2013 for $1.15B. With a fleet of already operating autonomous vehicles, Google stands to leverage its Waze transit data in big ways for an autonomous taxi service that could hit companies like Uber and Lyft hard.</p><p>That $0.54 rate for the Carpool rides is also significant because it won't lead to the same insurance-scrutiny that has plagued other ridesharing companies:</p><p><em>Waze Carpool&rsquo;s $0.54 rate is also important from a regulatory standpoint. As Waze explains, car insurance policies in states including California typically cover &ldquo;not for profit, share-the-expense carpooling.&rdquo; By framing its operations that way, Waze Carpool may be able to avoid the scrutiny around insurance coverage that has at times sidelined Uber and Lyft.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive 'Hyperloop as transportation’s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-24T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T10:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f7be73712d9a74da16d977d29c18c00.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;re seeing right now is what I saw in 1996,&rdquo; said Mr. Lloyd, a former president of sales and development at Cisco. &ldquo;We all had I.P. routers and everything was done a certain way. At Cisco, we said, &lsquo;You can carry that over the Internet,&rsquo; and everyone said, &lsquo;No.&rsquo; But those high-speed networks made the Internet possible.&rdquo; Hyperloop, he said, &ldquo;will do to the physical world what the Internet did to the digital one.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Allison Arieff (editorial director at SPUR and former <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> judge) has some questions for Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) after a propulsion test demonstration in the Nevada desert. While the company has managed remarkably fast developments in its tube technology for such high-speeds as the Hyperloop demands, it's nowhere near reality &ndash; and Arieff clearly articulates the (many) remaining concerns of such technology, after mere feasibility.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li><li><a title="Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945080/germany-s-railway-sees-future-in-harmony-with-driverless-cars Germany's railway sees future in harmony with driverless cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-13T12:46:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:49:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3t2o7g83zlq0cje6.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Deutsche Bahn, a German-based railway and logistics company that transports about seven million train passengers every day ... plans to operate fleets of autonomous vehicles that could be ordered via an app, much people already do when they order a ride-hailing service like Uber. These driverless cars would be used to pick people up and bring them to public transit stations, solving the so-called &ldquo;last mile&rdquo; problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on automated vehicles and public transit:</p><ul><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944736/moscow-s-metro-expansion-moves-ahead-of-schedule Moscow's metro expansion moves ahead of schedule Nicholas Korody 2016-05-11T17:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/sekpy6mcnhwolrw6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The&nbsp;already rapid expansion of&nbsp;the Moscow metro may be picking up steam, if a&nbsp;flurry of&nbsp;announcements in&nbsp;recent days is to&nbsp;be believed. A&nbsp;brand-new portion of&nbsp;the Butovskaya metro line, which will link the&nbsp;southernmost stations of&nbsp;the orange and&nbsp;gray Lines, may be open to&nbsp;the public by&nbsp;the end of&nbsp;this week, Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin said Friday, RIA Novosti reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The new line will include three stations &mdash; Ulitsa Starokachalovskaya, with a transfer to the gray line station Bulvar Dmitria Donskogo, Lesoparkovaya and Bitsevsky Park, which connects to the orange line station Novoyasenevskaya."</em></p><p>Moscow is in the midst of a major infrastructure-overhaul, with plans to increase the number of stations by nearly 40% by 2020. And, if the reports are correct, they're way ahead of schedule.</p><p>The master plan includes some 79 new stations, radically changing the city and how people get around in it.</p><p>More Muscovite news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935791/moscow-s-iconic-shukhov-tower-added-to-world-monuments-fund-watch-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141374451/russian-pedestrian-infrastructure-that-teaches-you-a-thing-about-avant-garde-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russian pedestrian infrastructure that teaches you a thing about avant-garde art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139031170/renzo-piano-building-workshop-redesigns-moscow-power-station-into-art-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano Building Workshop redesigns Moscow power station into art site</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135802570/moscow-skaters-reclaiming-hidden-spaces-on-top-of-soviet-era-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow skaters reclaiming hidden spaces on top of Soviet-era buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130182129/owen-hatherley-on-the-mass-housing-history-of-moscow-s-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on the mass housing history of Moscow&rsquo;s suburbs</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T17:35:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:05:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don't follow Transportation Department safety directives. "We have the ability to withhold (federal) funds from Metro. We have the ability to shut Metro down, and we're not afraid to use the authority we have," Foxx said told reporters. "This is serious business."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Local officials have yet to identify the root cause of incidents involving electrical arcing, smoke and fire, and so have no plan for how to fix the problem, he said."</em></p><p>For more on the dilapidated state of American infrastructure:</p><ul><li><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" 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></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us" target="_blank">Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-10T13:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T21:53:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39gijwfkb93hu56x.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Utilizing a passive levitation system will eliminate the need for power stations along the Hyperloop track, which makes this system the most suitable for the application and will keep construction costs low," [...] "From a safety aspect, the system has huge advantages, levitation occurs purely through movement, therefore if any type of power failure occurs, Hyperloop pods would continue to levitate and only after reaching minimal speeds touch the ground."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (not to be confused with Hyperloop Technologies Inc., a peer company also hoping to realize Elon Musk's hyperloop vision) published a statement yesterday announcing the company had licensed "passive magnetic levitation" technology to power their Hyperloop prototype.</p><p>Billed as "a cheaper, safer alternative" to maglev technology, the passive magnetic levitation doesn't require as much infrastructural build-out, as it doesn't need to be powered by sources along the track. The system is "passive" insofar as instead of using superconducting magnets or powered electromagnets, it uses "permanent room-temperature magnets, similar to the familiar bar magnet". You can read all about the technology <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20050309204941/http://www.skytran.net/press/sciam02.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More Hyperloop on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li><li><a title="A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></li><li><a title="LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li><li><a title="Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet..." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345850/don-t-write-off-elon-musk-s-hyperloop-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't write off Elo...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute A look at the history and future of the American commute Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T17:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:29:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70255630e8e155abaebe61b5999da712.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The idea that you can replace the 10 trips with one autonomous car and travel less distance, that&rsquo;s the biggest misconception," says Fagnant. "You can get rid of vehicles, but not vehicle miles traveled. Without ridesharing, there's an 8 to 10 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled based on simulations we've run in Austin. You&rsquo;re not replacing trips [..] the vehicle has to bounce between locations, and relocate to where it&rsquo;s needed. Those in-between miles will create a lot of extra travel."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149050607/more-americans-are-becoming-mega-commuters-u-s-census-stats-show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T12:51:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T13:04:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8z5qo9dyja6sil0g.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group with the express purpose of advocating autonomous driving. [...] "Self-driving vehicle technology will make America's roadways safer and less congested," [David Strickland, a former administrator of the NHTSA] said [...] "The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lyft has also been in talks with General Motors (which is not a part of the Self-Driving Coalition) to put out its own group of autonomous for-hire vehicles. Models for Google's vehicles include both bespoke prototypes and Lexus SUVs, and Uber is developing its own testing grounds for self-driving cars in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" 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><li><a title="U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV" 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 title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US Nicholas Korody 2016-04-15T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T14:42:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2pyk5zyfe6j2agi.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>America faces a two-part problem. It&rsquo;s no secret that the country has fallen behind on infrastructure spending. But it&rsquo;s not just a matter of how much is spent on catching up, but how and where it is spent. Advanced economies in Western Europe and Asia are reorienting themselves around robust urban clusters of advanced industry. Unfortunately, American policy making remains wedded to an antiquated political structure of 50 distinct states.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the infrastructural mess in the US:</p><ul><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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148437202/should-the-children-of-flint-be-resettled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should the children of Flint be resettled?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148971924/dispatch-from-flint-how-architects-can-help-on-archinect-sessions-54" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from Flint: How architects can help, on Archinect Sessions #54</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938702/hugely-overwrought-oliver-wainwright-on-the-newly-reopened-les-halles "Hugely overwrought": Oliver Wainwright on the newly-reopened Les Halles Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T12:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yj/yjnvfb9mpso4nvds.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unveiled this week, the &euro;1bn redevelopment is the largest infrastructure project that Paris has undertaken in decades, aiming to fix the messy tangle where Europe&rsquo;s biggest underground station disgorges 750,000 passengers a day into a labyrinthine warren of shops [...] It is hugely overwrought, the layered steel roof pulled to and fro in tortured twists and turns, forming a contorted rollercoaster of curved trusses and angled bracing...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The whole thing has a forlorn droop when seen from the west, as if sagging under the weight of expectation. Nor does the colour help. Ranging between sand and rancid butter depending on the light, the yellow steelwork casts a jaundiced pallor across the scene, lending the interiors a decidedly institutional air."</em></p><p>From marketplace to open pit to "custard-coloured flop" &ndash; more on Les Halles here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11674/a-new-vision-for-paris-les-halles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new vision for Paris' Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11432/les-halles-days-to-go" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Les Halles, Days to Go...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/8905/eyeing-the-belly-of-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyeing the 'Belly of Paris'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/6869/rebuilding-les-halles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934866/kazuyo-sejima-envisions-camouflaged-design-for-seibu-s-new-bullet-train Kazuyo Sejima envisions "camouflaged" design for Seibu's new bullet train Justine Testado 2016-03-15T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T04:44:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4ho7r4sd4yxbom8.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Working with [Seibu Group's] design team, [Sejima] has proposed a concept for [their] 'Red Arrow' series that would be one with the environment, melding into the background as it travels through city and countryside. The plan represents a sharp deviation from train designs of the past, which have emphasized a bold, striking look through slick lines and bright colors. In contrast, Sejima has chosen keywords like 'friendly' and 'soft' to define her new vision for express trains in Japan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147268743/watch-sanaa-s-river-project-come-to-life-in-this-time-lapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch SANAA's "River" project come to life in this time-lapse</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142364483/first-glimpse-sanaa-wins-over-sn-hetta-for-budapest-s-new-national-gallery-ludwig-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First glimpse: SANAA wins over Sn&oslash;hetta for Budapest's new National Gallery + Ludwig Museum</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141895196/cut-away-confusion-from-your-nyc-commute-with-these-beautiful-subway-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148888337/lyft-gets-cozy-with-la-transit-agencies-to-share-data-on-metro-connections Lyft gets cozy with LA transit agencies to share data on Metro connections Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-24T13:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:05:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/524qob0l5lmnscz9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Metro is negotiating&nbsp;an agreement with Lyft aimed at learning more about ride-share&nbsp;trips&nbsp;that begin and end at key Metro stations [...] The relationship would last at least a year and would give&nbsp;Metro&nbsp;a rare peek at data&nbsp;typically kept&nbsp;private. The deal, one of the first of its kind in the United States, would shed light on the role that ride-sharing plays in ... the so-called "first mile, last mile" gap [...] In exchange for Lyft's data, Metro would advertise the service to its riders</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lyft's recent advertising has also been flaunting its connection with public transit &ndash; ads all over the US depict the local city's rail map with branching pink veins, suggesting how Lyft can extend existing public transit infrastructure (even though you're still definitely in a stranger's privately-owned vehicle).</p><p>Below is an ad in San Francisco, riffing on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART):</p><p><img alt="" src="http://sfcitizen.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/7J7C0257-copy.jpg"></p><p>Check out more pieces on ridesharing and public transit:</p><ul><li><a title="Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136362341/mass-transit-may-benefit-expansion-of-uber-and-other-for-hire-car-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services</a></li><li><a title="A Transit Agency for the Future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Transit Agency for the Future</a></li><li><a title="Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131421993/waze-takes-on-the-ride-sharing-market-with-new-carpooling-app" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app</a></li><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a></li><li><a title="The Transportation Planning Rule Every City Should Reform" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/29933454/the-transportation-planning-rule-every-city-should-reform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Transportation Planning Rule Every City Should Reform</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-02T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T12:49:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5d4c4843c1ec18d84071fbfdd8acc35.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[MIT's] team was awarded the top prize, and...Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands were the next runners-up. [...] Musk took questions from the audience on everything from what inspired him to create the Hyperloop idea (being stuck in LA traffic), what advice he had for the winning teams (lots of dry runs), and what "crazy idea" he is working on next (electric jets &mdash; Musk says he thinks he's close to something, but said precious little about how they'd work).</p></em><br /><br /><p>MIT's design will go on to compete at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop test-run competition</a> this summer, hosted at a bespoke race track being built near Hawthorne, CA &ndash; SpaceX's headquarters. Here's the complete list of winners from the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/spacex_hyperloop_pod_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a>, hosted by Texas A&amp;M University:</p><ul><li>Best Overall Design Award:&nbsp;MIT Hyperloop Team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology</li><li>Pod Innovation Award:&nbsp;Delft Hyperloop, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Badgerloop, University of Wisconsin-Madison</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;Hyperloop at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech</li><li>Pod Technical Excellence Award:&nbsp;HyperXite, University of California Irvine</li></ul><p>Other teams advancing include:</p><ul><li>rLoop (non-student team)</li><li>uWaterloo Hyperloop, University of Waterloo</li><li>UWashington Hyperloop, University of Washington</li><li>University of Toronto, University of Toronto</li><li>RUMD Loop, University of Maryland and Rutgers University</li><li>GatorLoop, University of Florida</li><li>Team HyperLynx, University of Colorado-Denver</li><li>Hyperloop UC, Univers...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146756658/so-cal-has-dumped-a-lot-of-money-into-transit-projects-but-there-s-been-little-pay-off-so-far So Cal has dumped a lot of money into transit projects, but there's been little pay-off so far Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T20:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T20:36:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j2a6xjux11zmxt8q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Despite a $9-billion investment in new light rail and subway lines, Metro now has fewer boardings than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county's only transit option."</em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145730131/eric-garcetti-vs-the-car-how-la-s-mayor-plans-to-change-the-way-angele-os-get-around" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Garcetti vs the Car: how LA's mayor plans to change the way Angele&ntilde;os get around</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146059263/jakarta-the-world-s-largest-city-without-a-subway-is-drowning-in-traffic Jakarta, the world's largest city without a subway, is drowning in traffic Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T08:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:11:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8fscegxm3mkw8hqd.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 2000, the world&rsquo;s second-largest megacity, Jakarta, has seen its population swell by a staggering 34 percent. Though the city proper is home to just 10 million, the urban zone is home to 30 million [...] &ldquo;Jakarta is the largest urban metropolitan area in the world without a metro,&rdquo; he [Deden Rukmana] says. &ldquo;And a metro is the most crucial element of transportation for a megacity. There&rsquo;s no way it can exist otherwise.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143358173/jakarta-already-40-below-sea-level-is-building-one-of-the-biggest-sea-walls-on-earth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta, already 40% below sea level, is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136428986/jakarta-s-car-free-days-are-only-the-start-of-the-city-s-long-journey-to-becoming-bike-friendly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61721722/mvrdv-jerde-arup-present-peruri-88-for-jakarta-indonesia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV-Jerde-Arup Present Peruri 88 for Jakarta, Indonesia</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146039075/in-spite-of-sleet-and-snow-cycling-prevails-in-minneapolis In spite of sleet and snow, cycling prevails in Minneapolis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-18T13:33:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T17:06:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/idrvghdcrh8qmjnh.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minneapolis, despite its frigid winters, has surged to the top of national rankings for urban biking and was the only U.S. city included last year on a global index of bike-friendly communities. Since 2000, the percentage of bike commuters here has jumped 170 percent [...] Minneapolis' bike-friendly reputation advanced on the saddle of key elected officials, grassroots advocates and critical investments that over the past decade helped transform it into a mecca for biking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news from the cycling beat:</p><ul><li><a title="Germany opens first stretch of new cycling superhighway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144978694/germany-opens-first-stretch-of-new-cycling-superhighway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany opens first stretch of new cycling superhighway</a></li><li><a title="Poor street design makes California city liable for damages in cyclist's death" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143051708/poor-street-design-makes-california-city-liable-for-damages-in-cyclist-s-death" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poor street design makes California city liable for damages in cyclist's death</a></li><li><a title="Car-free events significantly improve air quality" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139550931/car-free-events-significantly-improve-air-quality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li><li><a title="Jakarta's &quot;car-free days&quot; are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136428986/jakarta-s-car-free-days-are-only-the-start-of-the-city-s-long-journey-to-becoming-bike-friendly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></li><li><a title="As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136423345/grimshaw-and-arup-release-designs-for-new-high-speed-rail-hub-in-central-london Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2016-06-21T20:57:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csw0d22xreixk215.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euston_railway_station#cite_note-19" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>&nbsp;will undergo a massive redesign to incorporate a new&nbsp;high-speed rail line connecting London and Birmingham.</p><p>The first phase of the so-called HS2, connecting London and Birmingham (before&nbsp;forking out to reach Manchester and Leeds in phase two), is expected to open in 2026, and developer HS2 Ltd. has just released designs by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4156025/arup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for its outset station in central London, a redevelopment of Euston station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxudn1x8g6qq2dvf.jpg"></p><p>Grimshaw and Arup's design crafts an incremental approach to maintain current activity at the station during construction. Additions to the station include 11 new platforms for the HS2, a new glass fa&ccedil;ade and three new entrances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csw0d22xreixk215.jpg"></p><p>First opening in 1837, Euston station was London's first intercity line, and ranks as its 6th busiest. Its original classical design was demolished in 1961 and replaced with what has been derided by Richard Morrison of <em>The Times</em> as...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132415988/fancy-48m-animal-terminal-to-open-in-jfk-airport-next-year Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year Justine Testado 2015-07-21T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T14:01:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tl8viqpe1fp2345m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When a new terminal called The Ark opens next year, 178,000 sq.ft of posh amenities will include everything from a resort with suites that have large flat-screen TVs, to climate-controlled stalls, showers, massages, a private space especially set aside for penguin mating, a paw-shaped dog swimming pool, a jungle for cats made of live trees...and stables full of the finest hay a horse could hope for...But how much will this cost you? Don't expect flea motel rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal</a></p><p><a title="Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130966166/ball-nogues-and-other-la-artists-unveil-public-art-commissions-at-lax" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX</a></p><p><a title="More details on BIG's cage-free &ldquo;Zootopia&rdquo; redesign" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105885132/more-details-on-big-s-cage-free-zootopia-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details on BIG's cage-free &ldquo;Zootopia&rdquo; redesign</a></p><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Dark Tourism&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Dark Tourism"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers Justine Testado 2015-06-16T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T14:55:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvosbrg53f0n1w0q.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>University students and engineers now have a chance to contribute to the ongoing development of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/154376/elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>'s and SpaceX's high-speed ground transit system, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Hyperloop</a>. As SpaceX works toward constructing a one-mile test track near their headquarters in Hawthorne, California, they launched a design-build competition open to university students and independent engineering teams to propose their own Hyperloop human-scale transit pod. Entrants will then be able to operate their pods on the test track during Competition Weekend, currently scheduled for June 2016. And in case you were wondering, no riders will be inside any of the pods during testing.</p><p>SpaceX launched the competition in effort to accelerate the development of a functional Hyperloop prototype and, as always, to foster and promote student innovation. In the current design guidelines, entrants will have to address the pod's essential technical design features including navigation sensors, ground-operator communication, and v...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126717784/the-new-2-5-billion-plan-to-rebuild-the-historic-penn-station The new $2.5 billion plan to rebuild the historic Penn Station Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:55:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's been over 50 years, but for many, the destruction of Charles Follen McKim's original Pennsylvania Station still stings (hey, even Mad Men mourned its passing). But now, there is a hopeful (if improbable) plan from Richard W. Cameron&mdash;principal designer at Atelier &amp; Co&mdash;to bring back the civic jewel of a long-gone New York. According to Traditional Building's's Clem Labine, Cameron's plan has three main goals [...]."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:31:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9efd179dfb25e88c18d92eaa6c5bb14d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A source close to [Hyperloop Technologies Inc.], who was not authorized speak publicly, confirmed the company has moved into the space, which was chosen in part so Hyperloop could be around artists and designers and other creative types in a space big enough to build large-scale hardware. [...] Funded by a reported $8.5 million in seed money, the company has raised an additional $20 million of the estimated $80 million it will need to build a five-mile Hyperloop test track</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/120582338/senator-proposes-mandatory-helmets-for-california-cyclists Senator proposes mandatory helmets for California cyclists Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T12:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:24:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rkjlc6ztia1uydbf.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sen. Carol Liu on Wednesday announced a bill, SB 192, that will require bicycle riders to wear helmets or face a $25 fine. &ldquo;Any responsible bicycle rider should wear a helmet,&rdquo; Liu said ... &ldquo;This law will help protect more people and make sure all riders benefit from the head protection that a helmet provides.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>California law <a href="https://calbike.org/bicycling-in-california/sharing-the-road/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently</a> requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bike, nonmotorized scooter, skateboard, or wearing in-line or roller skates. Liu's SB 192 bill would extend this provision to everyone, not just minors, and also require cyclists to wear reflective clothing at night &ndash; requirements that no other state has adopted.</p><p>It might seem like wearing a helmet is the first-move for safe cycling, but Dan Snyder, head of the California Bicycle Coalition, disagrees: as quoted in the <em>Sacramento Bee</em>, &ldquo;We know that the most important thing to protect people who ride bikes is to get more people out there riding bikes. Forcing people to wear crash helmets when they ride is counter productive to that goal.&rdquo; This is the same reasoning behind &rdquo;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_%28cycling%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical Mass</a>": organized cycling tours that flood city streets with so many cyclists as to force car traffic into submission. Safety, for cyclists, is in numbers.</p><p>In countries with a hefty number of cyclists, where infrastructural adapta...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119582814/dissecting-nyc-s-transit-shutdown-after-an-underwhelming-snowstorm Dissecting NYC's transit shutdown after an underwhelming snowstorm Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T18:27:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:39:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0w0uxs1aw3p2bzzl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By shutting down New York City&rsquo;s subways, commuter rail, and roads for this week&rsquo;s storm-that-wasn&rsquo;t, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) made the right call. [...] The city has learned the hard way that the best way to keep people off the streets is by shutting down mass transit. [...] Preemptively shutting down subways before Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 worked well in keeping people home.</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/117809048/driving-in-the-us-is-coming-to-a-standstill-and-that-s-a-good-thing Driving in the US is coming to a standstill, and that's a good thing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-07T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:51:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31b91f91d8d80e6d446ea90890069ad9.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Federal Highway Administration has very quietly acknowledged that the driving boom is over. [...] the agency&rsquo;s more recent forecast finally recognizes that the protracted post-World War II era has given way to a different paradigm. The new vision of the future suggests that driving per capita will essentially remain flat in the future. The benchmark is important because excessively high estimates of future driving volume get used to justify wasteful spending on new and wider highways.</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/117731927/an-ode-to-the-old-penn-station-where-travelers-entered-the-city-like-a-god An ode to the old Penn Station, where travelers "entered the city like a god" Alexander Walter 2015-01-06T13:40:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T22:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d9721d1466c9a09b3170b4354c1dbe6.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Penn Station did not make you feel comfortable; it made you feel important.&rdquo; [...] Unlike McKim&rsquo;s monument, today&rsquo;s Penn Station &mdash; where many visitors, both domestic and international, encounter New York City for the first time &mdash; certainly does not make you feel important. Comparing the vanished terminal with this tawdry replacement, the Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully once wrote, &ldquo;One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117729512/california-finally-breaking-ground-on-first-high-speed-rail-segment California finally breaking ground on first high-speed rail segment Alexander Walter 2015-01-06T13:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-08T14:03:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/4446923c344aae41a4a472c3af2e13e6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California's bullet-train agency will officially start construction in Fresno this week on the first 29-mile segment of the system, a symbol of the significant progress the $68-billion project has made against persistent political and legal opposition. [...] But the milestone marked by Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony also will serve as a reminder of the enormous financial, technical and political risks still faced by the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco project.</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>