Archinect - News 2014-11-28T07:26:12-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/112958645/how-transit-measures-fared-on-2014-midterm-ballots How Transit Measures Fared on 2014 Midterm Ballots Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T14:00:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e32822f88c6bad331947619f7b9f211.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the broadest level, it's fair to say that urban mobility didn't have the most encouraging day. In recent years, conservative transportation policy has been much more inclined to favor highways serving rural and outer suburban regions than alternative modes that boost balanced city networks [...] But at the city and county level, where most transit initiatives occur, the midterms yielded a number of big victories, in keeping with the general success of transit ballot measures in recent 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/109658067/u-s-dot-to-publish-its-own-manual-on-protected-bike-lanes U.S. DOT to Publish Its Own Manual on Protected Bike Lanes Alexander Walter 2014-09-23T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-09-30T13:40:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/53f8aa25d598d2b4e5fc5729e74b51c5.jpg" width="514" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before the end of this year, the Federal Highway Administration will release its own guidance on designing protected bike lanes. The agency&rsquo;s positions on bicycling infrastructure has matured in recent years. Until recently, U.S. DOT&rsquo;s policy was simple adherence to outdated and stodgy manuals like AASHTO&rsquo;s Green Book and FHWA&rsquo;s own Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) &mdash; neither of which included protected bike lanes.</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/107561423/the-next-generation-airport-is-a-destination-in-its-own-right The Next-Generation Airport Is a Destination in Its Own Right Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T12:07:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/382d2e4a4c17dbc4bd1340f4bb57652e.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With views of the downtown skyline, the $1.1 billion new Indianapolis airport has been celebrated for its sense of place, and for treating its passengers as "guests," much the way the hotel industry does. It has its own civic plaza, a light-filled central space with 35-foot ceilings that functions as the nexus of activity&mdash;every passenger, whether arriving or departing, passes through&mdash;where half of all the airport's shops and restaurants reside. [...] What is Indy doing right?</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/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</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/106941067/self-driving-trucks-may-hit-uk-roads-next-year-truckers-included Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9fdb5c03ccbafe3eb6d58a843f8439e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fleets of self-driving lorries could be tested on UK roads as soon as next year, according to reports. [...] The initiative would cut fuel consumption, backers said. However, the plan has been criticised by motoring groups which said such a fleet would be "intimidating" to other road users.</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/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:47:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79c17a365df2e99ce1b7279dbf699931.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ridescout, the &ldquo;Kayak of ground transportation&rdquo; that aggregates over 300 rideshare services, announced today that it will integrate carpooling into its app. This move comes on the heels of recent announcements from Uber and Lyft, which on the same day earlier this month revealed they would gradually begin to allow their users to carpool. While ridesharing has up to this point been a mostly single-user service, Ridescout&rsquo;s announcement reinforces a general trend toward multi-user integration.</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/105939750/uberpool-you-can-now-carpool-and-split-fares-with-uber UberPool: you can now carpool and split fares with Uber Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-06T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T18:41:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97ada1b6904a5c6be7cd8771db13f181.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, Uber is announcing UberPool, a new feature that will let&nbsp;you pick up other riders on the way to your destination and split the bill. While the feature should do a lot to cut costs for passengers, not everyone will want to ride with a stranger in addition to the driver picking them up; Uber notes that the new feature also serves as a kind of &ldquo;social experiment.&rdquo; [...] Starting August 15 a public beta will launch in the San Francisco Bay Area.</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/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore 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/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/101475551/car-ownership-may-combat-poverty-better-than-mass-transit-studies-suggest Car ownership may combat poverty better than mass transit, studies suggest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-09T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T18:58:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csmzu4smeyqia1cl.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cars offer more than just convenience: they can give lower income Americans an economic leg up. [...] While tracking households that had participated in two federal housing voucher programs, [a study] found that car owners were twice as likely as transit users to find jobs and four times likelier to retain them. Car-owning households were also able to locate near better neighborhoods and schools. This reaffirmed previous work ... arguing that car ownership plants the seeds for upward mobility.</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/100227556/paris-to-limit-speeds-to-under-20-mph-over-entire-city Paris to limit speeds to under 20 mph over entire city Alexander Walter 2014-05-22T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:24:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u1592khn6lsd0tys.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The just-elected new Mayor of Paris, Madame Anne Hidalgo, has prepared a revolutionary sustainable mobility project whereby virtually all of the streets of the city will be subject to a maximum speed limit of 30 km/hr. The only exceptions in the plan are a relatively small number of major axes into the city and along the two banks of the Seine, where the speed limit will be 50 km/hr, and the city&rsquo;s hard pressed ring road (p&eacute;riph&eacute;rique) [...].</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/98147614/bike-lanes-don-t-cause-traffic-jams-if-you-re-smart-about-where-you-build-them Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Traffic Jams If You’re Smart About Where You Build Them Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-16T15:50:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4e7b801cecf46e30b2f2577cc5b8a01.jpg" width="514" height="131" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New bike lanes certainly make life better for cyclists, but how do they affect drivers? This question is hotly debated, especially when a new bike lane replaces a lane used by vehicular traffic. It seems that unless a ton of people start commuting by bicycle, giving away a lane would cause increased car traffic. But is this really the case?</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/93493925/ny-transit-museum-wants-you-to-wax-poetic-about-public-transit NY Transit Museum wants you to wax poetic about public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-14T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:58:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fk9os65y87upl6wg.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inspired by the engineering, intricate choreography, and impromptu interactions of your daily commute? Wish there was an open mic night for historians and urbanists? A show-and-tell for your creative musings on mass transit? Looking for a public platform to present your ideas to a captive audience? Us, too. That&rsquo;s why we are excited to announce PLATFORM, a new series of cross-disciplinary programs created by the public for the public. Have an idea? We&rsquo;ll give you a platform.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Transit Museum is launching an open exhibition program, accepting proposals for projects devoted to any and all aspects of public transportation. The aptly named <em>Pl</em><em>atform</em>&nbsp;program will exhibit the first winning proposal in its subway station home in downtown Brooklyn, on <strong>Thursday, April 10</strong>.</p><p>Projects can take any performative or static form -- whether you're choreographing a ballet inspired by metro drivers, making Metro-card origami or curating a gallery of subway maps,&nbsp;<em>Platform</em>&nbsp;wants your submissions.</p><p>Questions regarding <em>Platform</em>&nbsp;can be sent to&nbsp;<a href="http://programs@transitmuseumeducation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">programs@transitmuseumeducation.org</a>.&nbsp;Submissions will be reviewed by the NYTM through <strong>Tuesday, February 25</strong>&nbsp;at noon (EST).</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/92470990/can-offering-free-rides-invigorate-public-transit Can offering free rides invigorate public transit? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-30T19:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:30:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0ry4ata9th0w9azq.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last January, Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, did something that no other city its size had done before: It made all public transit in the city free for residents. [...] One year later, this city of 430,000 people has firmly established itself as the leader of a budding international free-transit movement. [...] What&rsquo;s less clear on the first anniversary of free transit in Tallinn is whether it has actually changed commuting behavior all that much.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As it turned out,&nbsp;Tallinn's bold move last year to offer free-transit to its residents did not have a very dramatic effect on its own ridership. But the experiment has clarified some subtle issues in public transit:</p><ul><li>Free-transit as a "second-best pricing scheme": if a city wants to curb drivers and increase public-transit use, it may be best to de-incentivize driving, rather than incentivizing public transit. Fees on drivers and increased taxes for car ownership may be more effective in getting folks on public transit than offering free rides.</li><li>Price affects accessibility, but not necessarily use: This may seem obvious, but without price-barriers, the unemployed could commute through all of Tallinn and increase access to potential employers.&nbsp;Transit ridership grew the most in Lasnam&auml;e, a densely populated area with high unemployment.</li><li>Free-rides for everyone may not be sustainable, but it can still be good policy for some demographics. Cities like Hasselt, Belgium and Chengdu in China ha...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/84756607/copenhagenize-your-bike-with-mit-s-copenhagen-wheel Copenhagenize your bike with MIT's Copenhagen Wheel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2013-11-11T11:46:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kd0xdwybz3qv36jd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes. The product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is a design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory. The original goal of the wheel was to entice more people to more bicycles in large cities in lieu of cars by giving them help from a motor.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Initially presented at the <a href="http://web.mit.edu/press/2009/copenhagen-wheel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change</a> in 2009, <a href="http://senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SENSEeable City Lab</a>'s<em>&nbsp;Copenhagen Wheel&nbsp;</em>will soon be produced through Boston start-up <a href="http://superpedestrian.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superpedestrian</a>. Rather than buying a whole new bike or installing a cumbersome motor, the&nbsp;<em>Copenhagen Wheel</em> can be adapted onto most regular bikes, and will be comparable in price to most e-bikes. The wheel can be synced with the rider's iPhone to collect transit data, both for the benefit of the rider keeping tabs on exercise and commute regimens, and for the benefit of the city -- riders can choose to anonymously share data with their local government, aiding the improvement of cycling infrastructure and traffic management.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81154894/first-smart-cars-next-smart-transport-grids First, smart cars. Next, smart transport grids Alexander Walter 2013-09-05T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T15:34:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a12239443c31a1929efeb1872a4133e.jpg" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Given current growth trends, the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion people by midcentury. That also means a quadrupling in the number of cars to 4 billion by 2050 -- and that, said Ford, is a recipe for global gridlock that he argues will become "a human rights issue, not just an inconvenience." For Ford [...] the only answer is to create a future where pedestrians, bicycles, and cars become part of a connected network.</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/80146265/the-greatest-mass-transit-fails-in-history The Greatest Mass Transit Fails in History Archinect 2013-08-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:31:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72ad394c61cb55df9096b237d39f4220.jpg" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk's Hyperloop announcement resulted in quite a bit of skepticism. We'd like to think that has less to do with the feasibility of Musk's concept and more to do with the massive mass transit failures of the past. And there have been some doozies.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75463392/hurry-up-and-slow-down-2013-burnham-prize-next-stop-citation Hurry Up and Slow Down - 2013 Burnham Prize NEXT STOP Citation Alexander Walter 2013-06-17T19:41:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T18:23:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kb/kbqqvwxgikfa5bjb.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In our previous post, we published the winning projects of the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP-Designing Chicago BRT Stations. The brief asked designers to envision iconic, functional and sustainable stations for Chicago&rsquo;s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. One of the finalist entries, the concept "Hurry Up and Slow Down" by Ann Lui and Craig Reschke, was recognized with a Citation for proposing a counterpoint to a RAPID transit system: the Slow Line.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75461987/winners-of-the-2013-burnham-prize-competition-next-stop-designing-chicago-brt-stations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP-Designing Chicago BRT Stations</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75461987/winners-of-the-2013-burnham-prize-competition-next-stop-designing-chicago-brt-stations Winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP-Designing Chicago BRT Stations Alexander Walter 2013-06-17T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-06-17T19:45:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/ea9sve9j2kwzgl9k.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition - NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations. An exhibition of winning designs and all competition entries is currently on view at the Chicago Architecture Foundation&rsquo;s Atrium gallery (224 S Michigan Ave) until June 28.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75463392/hurry-up-and-slow-down-2013-burnham-prize-next-stop-citation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurry Up and Slow Down - 2013 Burnham Prize NEXT STOP Citation</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72360543/historic-los-angeles-union-station-facing-renovation-plans Historic Los Angeles Union Station facing renovation plans Alexander Walter 2013-05-02T13:14:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T13:16:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/8796f40ecf8317bf3bef075593b3f5fb.jpg" width="514" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While high-speed rail remains an uncertain prospect in California, it is the centerpiece of four design concepts unveiled Wednesday for modernizing Union Station. Architects commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to upgrade the 77-year-old transit hub in downtown Los Angeles showed preliminary plans that put a high-speed rail system atop, beneath or alongside existing subways without compromising the character of the historic landmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Metro will hold a community workshop on the Union Station Master Plan at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.</em></p> <p> Previously:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52617568/los-angeles-metro-approves-gruen-grimshaw-for-union-station-master-plan" target="_blank">Los Angeles Metro Approves Gruen/Grimshaw for Union Station Master Plan</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46367497/six-visions-for-la-s-union-station-in-the-year-2050" target="_blank">Six visions for LA's Union Station in the year 2050</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/26773673/la-union-station-shortlist-announced-the-notables-that-missed-the-cut" target="_blank">LA Union Station Shortlist Announced &amp; The Notables That Missed The Cut</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/67038104/construction-update-of-reading-station-area-redevelopment-by-grimshaw-architects Construction Update of Reading Station Area Redevelopment by Grimshaw Architects Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T12:59:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjxge8885j6fct8z.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major construction is currently under way in Reading, England as part of the Reading Station Area Redevelopment. In this new construction update video, Mark Middleton, partner at Grimshaw Architects, is on site at Reading Station and explains how the redevelopment will double its capacity and relieve a major bottleneck in the rail network west of London.</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/47313994/j-mayer-h-designs-a-series-of-highway-rest-areas-in-georgia J. MAYER H. Designs a Series of Highway Rest Areas in Georgia Alexander Walter 2012-05-04T19:20:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T21:14:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dk/dktj8np7rl2rjbdb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin's J. MAYER H. is currently designing a series of twenty rest areas along a new highway in the Caucasus Republic of Georgia, connecting Azerbaijan and Turkey. Two rest areas have already been completed, and a third one is currently under construction with completion scheduled for this year. Here are some photos of the two stations, Gori and Lochini.</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/46482923/unstudio-and-ee-k-present-vision-for-los-angeles-union-station UNStudio and EE&K Present Vision for Los Angeles Union Station Alexander Walter 2012-04-27T14:38:00-04:00 >2012-04-30T12:13:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3l/3lcms5eegm2zap4s.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, along with Jonathan Cohn of EE&amp;K a Perkins Eastman company, presented their 'Vision Board' - a conceptual rendering in the year 2050, showing Los Angeles Union Station as a multi-modal transit hub with a mix of uses, new development and outdoor spaces. The intent of the Vision Board was to explore visionary possibilities for Union Station and surrounding areas.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46367497/six-visions-for-la-s-union-station-in-the-year-2050" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six visions for LA's Union Station in the year 2050</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44882338/three-entries-share-first-prize-in-istanbul-s-yenikap-design-competition Three Entries Share First Prize in Istanbul’s Yenikapı Design Competition Alexander Walter 2012-04-13T17:50:00-04:00 >2012-04-14T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fuq9zep8z9vaoc5w.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the international design competition for Yenikap&#305; Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area in Istanbul, Turkey, three First Prizes have been announced this week. The jury selected the top project teams Eisenmann Architects/Ayta&ccedil; Architects, Atelye 70/Francesco Cellini/Insula Architettura E Ingegneria, and Cafer Bozkurt Architects/Mecanoo Architects from nine shortlisted teams, including MVRDV and other international firms.</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/31976234/results-of-montreal-s-yul-mtl-moving-landscapes-ideas-competition Results of Montreal’s YUL-MTL: Moving Landscapes Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2011-12-23T18:38:48-05:00 >2011-12-28T15:31:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avhzmbyt04k26vmj.jpg" width="514" height="165" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The YUL-MTL : Moving landscapes international ideas competition on the Autoroute 20 gateway corridor linking the Montreal-Trudeau Airport to downtown Montreal recently announced three equal winners. The competition [...] aimed to develop strategic visions for the development of the 17 km corridor mainly composed of transport infrastructures, residential and industrials areas and brownfields in dire need of revitalization.</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/29933454/the-transportation-planning-rule-every-city-should-reform The Transportation Planning Rule Every City Should Reform eric jonathan martin 2011-12-06T02:12:49-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcs3bga2bf7zokni.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The source of the disconnect between San Francisco's transit-first heart and its car-centric hand is an arcane engineering measure called "level of service," or LOS. In brief, LOS suggests that whenever the city wants to change some element of a street &mdash; say by adding a bike lane or even just painting a crosswalk &mdash; it should calculate the effect that change will have on car traffic.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Changing a city from being car-centric isn't just a matter of building better bike lanes and drawing up better bus routes. Sometimes, developers have to go up against restrictions which won't let them build at all if it interrupts too much car traffic.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/15106376/manhattan-transit-hub-to-become-slightly-less-ugly-monster Manhattan transit hub to become slightly less ugly monster Alexander Walter 2011-07-29T22:07:56-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/34/34w7ygs24jngxa4n.jpg" width="250" height="134" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If it were possible to soar on the wings of angels, or even on those of the lowly pigeons that haunt the five boroughs, we would be able, perhaps, to appreciate the pristine geometric beauty of the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. Unfortunately, we remain earthbound, and at street level, the afore-mentioned terminal is one ugly monster of a building. But that is about to change with a nearly $200 million renovation.</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/13066137/405-freeway-closure-exposes-the-limits-of-los-angeles-mobility 405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility mantaray 2011-07-12T02:37:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jj/jj7e8m3ou8t58717.jpg" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...doesn't the general freakout over the shutdown suggest, in and of itself, its fundamental folly? It hurts to lose the 405 even for a weekend not because freeways are so valuable or because we love them so much but because we've painted ourselves in a corner in terms of mobility. We have left ourselves no escape hatches or viable alternatives.</p></em><br /><br /><p> LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne eyes impending automotive doom.</p> <p> Follow the link for a thoughtful piece on "the city's great synecdoche" and how its future might impact architectural landmarks.</p>