Archinect - News 2016-02-14T05:22:04-05:00 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 U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-11T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T14:16:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54yz68x38yyf095d.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law [...] "NHTSA will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants" [...] Google told NHTSA that the real danger is having auto safety features that could tempt humans to try to take control.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The technological and legal impediments to making self-driving cars a reality on U.S. roads seem to be falling away &ndash; and as the regulatory market opens for business, so may more competition, with Google and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58027971/california-legalizes-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a> (which legalized self-driving cars in 2012) leading the way.</p><p>More on the development of autonomous vehicles:</p><ul><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><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511613/think-driverless-cars-will-reduce-traffic-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</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="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140292045/tokyo-s-2020-olympics-won-t-have-zaha-but-it-s-looking-like-there-will-be-robot-taxi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></li><li><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138594315/milton-keynes-invests-in-driverless-cars-over-public-transit-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</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/146731728/hyperloop-brought-to-you-by-aecom Hyperloop, brought to you by Aecom Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-27T13:19:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T20:35:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1db057af2179fcb781301d4956dee061.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SpaceX has selected Aecom ... to build its Hyperloop test track later this year [...] The nearly one-mile-long test track will be built adjacent to SpaceX's Hawthorne, California, headquarters [...] The test track's six-foot diameter steel tube will include a non-magnetic sub-track ... Cradled in place above ground, it will serve as a vacuum-sealed, high-speed proving ground for transport pod prototypes being developed as part of a SpaceX design competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aecom is also reportedly not committing to any one Hyperloop company by partnering with SpaceX for the test track &ndash; they're also linked to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the two hyperloop-happy startups based in L.A. (the other, Hyperloop Tech, is sponsoring the competition).</p><p>And here's Aecom's flashy teaser:&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Keep up with the Hyperloop happenings:</p><ul><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="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="Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</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 href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124224194/designing-the-hyperspace-ucla-studio-imagines-hyperloop-s-future-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-19T13:25:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:10:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbb6xyiwx16aauea.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hyperloop] has the swagger of Elon Musk rather than the stigma of a public bureaucracy. Second, it&rsquo;s going to be, like, a billion times faster than HSR. [...] And yet, this combination of enthusiasm and magnetism doesn&rsquo;t buy farmland. It doesn&rsquo;t ease eminent domain takings. It doesn&rsquo;t blast through bedrock or relocate utilities. It doesn&rsquo;t design station area plans. [...] The very same mountains, cities, canals, farmers, and habitats that complicate HSR also complicate Hyperloop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For past reporting on Hyperloop in all its emerging forms:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124224194/designing-the-hyperspace-ucla-studio-imagines-hyperloop-s-future-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California</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="Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</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></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/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-15T12:47:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:13:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3c/3ccda3010a3c6636f398c6cf1701118d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government would remove hurdles to developing autonomous vehicles and set further guidelines for them within six months. [...] The government&rsquo;s new support includes a request in President Obama&rsquo;s proposed budget for the next fiscal year for $4 billion, to be spent over 10 years, to finance research projects and infrastructure improvements tied to driverless cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the first time the federal government has actively engaged in the regulation and implementation of driverless vehicles. State governments had previously been putting forth their own standards &ndash; see this handy wiki from Gabriel Weiner and Bryant Walker Smith at Stanford University, "<a href="http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/wiki/index.php/Automated_Driving:_Legislative_and_Regulatory_Action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Automated Driving: Legislative and Regulatory Action</a>".</p><p>More on the road (ahem) to driverless vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511613/think-driverless-cars-will-reduce-traffic-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</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="California Legalizes Driverless Cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58027971/california-legalizes-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Legalizes Driverless Cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T21:14:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fafc853e3544302ba02edc7d2ed6581a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Robots hate litter," reads a health and safety sign. "Please don't give them any more reasons to overthrow mankind." It's also fair to say that naming your robots makes the whole process of constructing cars vaguely ridiculous. "Wolverine and Iceman lift the cars to tramline two," our tour guide informs us with the zeal of a true believer, adding, as he did after virtually every sentence, that this is 'kind of amazing'.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday Justine Testado 2016-01-08T19:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T13:07:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93xeww9t75s21v8p.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea behind the Chinese-built 184 is that users will simply get in, power it up, select their destination using a 12-inch touchscreen tablet display, then press the 'take-off' button. The drone's automated flight systems will take over from there, managing tasks such as communication with air traffic control and other aircraft, obstacle avoidance, and of course navigation...</p></em><br /><br /><p><a 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">Self-driving cars</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127354099/baidu-is-building-self-driving-smartbikes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">self-driving bikes</a>, the Hyperloop slowly becoming <a 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 reality</a>, what's next for urban mobility? Self-driving passenger drones, of course. Smart-drone enterprise&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ehang.com/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehang</a>&nbsp;unveiled a single-seat, battery-powered&nbsp;Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) called <a href="http://www.ehang.com/ehang184" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Ehang 184 </a>at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.&nbsp;The quadcopter was built for short-to-medium-distance personal transit, and users won't need a piloting license to operate it. Apparently, it'll be commercially available later this year for $200,000-$300,000, Gizmag writes. If this technology really *ahem* takes off, the FAA will surely have a field day <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143994632/license-and-registration-please-new-faa-regulations-mandate-drone-registration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regulating it</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145109529/revealed-1-7b-streetcar-proposal-connecting-the-brooklyn-queens-waterfront Revealed: $1.7B Streetcar Proposal Connecting the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Alyssa Alimurung 2016-01-06T10:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:13:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isn38e64ynts5j96.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dream of a Brooklyn-Queens light rail is quickly moving into the realm of reality. A non-profit advocacy group called Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector has officially formed to address the need for a more robust transportation system that could connect underserved, and now booming, areas of Brooklyn and Queens. They&rsquo;ve just released a detailed proposal revealing the route and the potential design the modern streetcars could take on.</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/144978694/germany-opens-first-stretch-of-new-cycling-superhighway Germany opens first stretch of new cycling superhighway Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-04T18:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:11:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1s/1sjeb1g6lnob1v2l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The newly opened portion is just 5km (3 miles)&mdash; but the completed highway is set to span over 100km and will connect 10 cities and four universities .... Almost two million people will live less than a mile from the new cycling autobahn [...] the bicycle highway will be 13-feet wide&mdash;or almost double the width of normal cycle paths&mdash;and have no crossroads or traffic lights. [...] it&rsquo;ll also be greener. RVR estimates that the route will take 50,000 cars off the roads every day.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on cycling infrastructure:</p><ul><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><li><a title="Boris Johnson greenlights London's &quot;Crossrail&quot; bicycle superhighway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119508970/boris-johnson-greenlights-london-s-crossrail-bicycle-superhighway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson greenlights London's "Crossrail" bicycle superhighway</a></li><li><a title="Gensler proposes &quot;Underline&quot; bike paths in London's abandoned tube tunnels" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120043559/gensler-proposes-underline-bike-paths-in-london-s-abandoned-tube-tunnels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler proposes "Underline" bike paths in London's abandoned tube tunnels</a></li><li><a title="Atlanta plans big for bikes, and Atlantans turn out big time" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111504452/atlanta-plans-big-for-bikes-and-atlantans-turn-out-big-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta plans big for bikes, and Atlantans turn out big time</a></li><li><a title="Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91832887/protected-bike-lanes-strengthen-city-economy-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution Alexander Walter 2016-01-04T15:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-05T12:42:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8y/8y6o3n1sgyz2e4s1.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first two weeks of the year, private cars with even-numbered license plates are allowed on the roads only on even-numbered dates, and those with odd-numbered plates on odd dates. The restrictions have noticeably reduced traffic in a city with 9 million cars, more than double that of a decade ago. In 2014, the World Health Organization found New Delhi&rsquo;s air to be the dirtiest of 1,600 cities it studied. Scientists blame the high levels of pollutants [...] for thousands of deaths a year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system Alexander Walter 2015-11-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T14:16:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n84jny81gl2e3qac.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveils a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijn, Spain. The MULTI system uses linear motors instead of ropes, enabling horizontal movement and transforming conventional elevator transportation into vertical metro systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140339428/gorgeous-long-exposure-shots-of-the-montreal-metro Gorgeous long-exposure shots of the Montreal Metro Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-03T13:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T18:21:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8dh4f9c4mq10l2se.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the work of Canadian architectural photographer Chris Forsyth who has been sharing his pictures on Instagram, looking to show how beautiful design is all around us. [...] "What draws me to the architecture in the metro system is its variety from station to station. I love the colours, the architectural styles and influences, and above all its very bold graphic appearance." [...] Forsyth uses long exposures to blur the motion and to remove traces of people passing through the shot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more work by the architectural photographer, you can follow Chris Forsyth on Instagram&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/chrismforsyth/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@chrismforsyth</a>, with more shots of the Montreal Metro through #mtlmetroproject. View a selection of photos below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2t/2tky7iygodynbuv4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9q/9qsmkzml6ixkqeq6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wn/wnyyn2bq7fjjcigq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8y/8y46qxhppefrr28g.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely. Justine Testado 2015-10-23T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T11:57:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/em2barc5boaqw7u0.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plateauing and decline in U.S. vehicle miles traveled per capita that occurred between [2005-2014] was described by some hopeful commentators as a dramatic shift that was indicative of the preferences of a new workforce...Marginal changes in the way a new generation behaves...cannot overcome the realities of a country where more than three-fourths of jobs are located more than three miles from downtowns and where only one-fourth of homes are in places that their residents refer to as urban.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about car transit on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139609547/welcome-to-evanston-illinois-the-carless-suburbia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia</a></p><p><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></p><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p><p><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137951306/can-a-loss-of-driver-autonomy-save-lives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></p><p><a title="Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126364209/designers-imagine-a-world-of-self-driving-mobile-offices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139313726/the-surprisingly-ideological-debate-over-roundabouts The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-19T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-10-20T22:41:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/907s7dexv5gxc3s6.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The same is happening in other UK cities, which have decided that signal junctions are better for traffic flow and safer for cyclists. [...] After a century of resistance, US cities are finally learning to love the roundabout &ndash; the Bronx just got its first &ndash; believing them to be safer and better for traffic flow. [...] &ldquo;Traffic lights are so fascist and dictatorial, telling you when to stop and go,&rdquo; says Beresford. &ldquo;Roundabouts are quintessentially English and democratic in their etiquette.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from Archinect on street design:</p><ul><li><a title="Humanizing street design with 'shared space'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138804407/humanizing-street-design-with-shared-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a title="More roads won't ease traffic, but charging drivers more at peak hours will" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102098978/more-roads-won-t-ease-traffic-but-charging-drivers-more-at-peak-hours-will" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More roads won't ease traffic, but charging drivers more at peak hours will</a></li><li><a title="4,114 Stoplights in Los Angeles and the Intricate Network that Keeps Traffic Moving" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/36355552/4-114-stoplights-in-los-angeles-and-the-intricate-network-that-keeps-traffic-moving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4,114 Stoplights in Los Angeles and the Intricate Network that Keeps Traffic Moving</a></li><li><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138804407/humanizing-street-design-with-shared-space Humanizing street design with 'shared space' Alexander Walter 2015-10-12T14:35:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:25:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d62bf1fd0c64003d2bcb118f205da9d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The future of urban roads may be one where motorists, pedestrians and cyclists act as one. Spaces where these usually segregated members of the population live -- or move -- by the same rules. Most importantly, these rules would be social, not formal, to befit the increasingly popular trend of 'shared space'. "Shared space breaks the principle of segregation," says Ben Hamilton-Baillie, a street designer who [...] brought these spaces to the U.K., which now hosts more than any other country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117809048/driving-in-the-us-is-coming-to-a-standstill-and-that-s-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driving in the US is coming to a standstill, and that's a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T01:01:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4b6174946ae1c73f37f10b74d5497866.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>even given that the Hyperloop whitepaper was a rough sketch, the most important elements of the plan&mdash;its speed and price&mdash;have been vastly oversold. [...] But there&rsquo;s a final reason to be skeptical, not just of the technical details of the Hyperloop, but of the supposedly utopian motives behind it: It may not even be Musk&rsquo;s idea.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the much hyped (and griped) world of Hyperloop:</p><ul><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</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 Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet...</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124224194/designing-the-hyperspace-ucla-studio-imagines-hyperloop-s-future-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California</a></p></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 >2015-09-28T23:55:28-04:00 <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 The Times as...</p> 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 Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly Justine Testado 2015-09-11T18:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T21:46:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skdj3u56xlghsnf5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask a cyclist what it&rsquo;s like to ride in Indonesia&rsquo;s capital &ndash; a sprawling megalopolis of 10.2 million people...More than likely, they&rsquo;ll tell you it&rsquo;s outright dangerous...Car-free days may be popular, but there is almost no [cyclist] infrastructure... [However, there] is hope among cyclists that bike lanes will become a priority after the city&rsquo;s [mass rapid transport] system is finished in 2019. In the meantime, several young innovators are taking matters into their own hands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Australia's &quot;biggest bike-lane skeptic&quot; plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135269008/australia-s-biggest-bike-lane-skeptic-plans-to-remove-a-popular-sydney-cycleway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway</a></p><p><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></p><p><a title="Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125530526/copenhagen-could-ax-its-pioneering-city-bike-program-by-month-s-end" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end</a></p><p><a title="Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106558889/why-a-bike-city-why-not-a-mix-of-biking-and-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262578/sorry-l-a-but-the-nation-s-worst-traffic-is-in-d-c Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-scorecard-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T22:02:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb79a0b3b8e293cc2df20f30be90693d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kakutani is the main farmer behind "Tokyo Salad,"&nbsp;the Metro&rsquo;s new farming enterprise, farming that takes place underneath the Tozai Line. [...] Tokyo Metro started hydroponic farming this past January. They&rsquo;re currently selling the lettuce varieties to a local Italian restaurant and The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel. Over the next couple years, they&rsquo;re hoping to expand. Maybe they&rsquo;ll start selling to grocery stores, and maybe Kakutani says, "we&rsquo;ll make salads or smoothies.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More innovations from Japan:</p><ul><li><a title="Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></li><li><a title="Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></li><li><a title="Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133743642/christopher-hawthorne-on-repairing-l-a-s-long-broken-relationship-with-its-freeways Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways Justine Testado 2015-08-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:28:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbfrnuzg2j11o8j0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The truth is that Los Angeles, once a pioneer in defining the freeway&rsquo;s place in urban life, has fallen behind other cities. From Dallas to Paris to Seoul, the most innovative ideas about freeways and how they can be redesigned are coming from places far from Southern California. It&rsquo;s time for L.A. to catch up...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following his recent review of the 405 Freeway expansion through the Sepulveda Pass, Christopher Hawthorne sums up why the time is ripe for Angelenos to refresh their perspectives on the city's freeways.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far</a></li><li><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></li><li><a title="Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93984981/like-it-or-not-most-urban-freeways-are-here-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay</a></li><li><a title="405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13066137/405-freeway-closure-exposes-the-limits-of-los-angeles-mobility" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130817583/multi-media-art-interventions-coming-to-london-s-victoria-tube-line Multi-media art interventions coming to London's Victoria tube line Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:44:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zawa442fhi1n51yf.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, called Underline, will include the underground&rsquo;s first music commission and a plan by the Turner prize-nominated architectural collective Assemble to improve what is regarded as one of the most unloved station exits on the entire network, at Seven Sisters in north London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Organized by "Art on the Underground", a group that curates contemporary artworks for display in the London Underground, the new project will bring a variety of art, music and architectural&nbsp;interventions to the Victoria Line. Commissions selected to be part of the Underline are not simply public art projects &ndash; the interventions involve real proposals to improving the quality of experience for both commuters and workers on London's tube.</p><p>The whole tube line is under the curatorial purview, with architecture firm Assemble selected to focus particularly the Seven Sisters stop, known for its "anti-social behaviour problems".&nbsp;Artist Giles Round's Underline project, called "Design Work Leisure", will produce "prototypes of functional objects that can be used on the tube: a new ceramic tile for patch repairs on the existing tiles, for example, or new clocks, lighting or direction signs."&nbsp;Film and musical performances will also pepper the Victoria Line during Underline's run.</p><p>More news relate...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130814370/london-to-try-out-an-all-electric-double-decker-bus London to try out an all-electric double-decker bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T05:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:33:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at7gvkp9op4sc95g.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[London Mayor Boris] Johnson, who uses the city&rsquo;s bike-share system to commute to work most days, told the Guardian that he would welcome the quieter, greener buses on his city&rsquo;s streets, saying current buses are like &ldquo;throbbing, belching machines that emit their fumes like wounded war-elephants&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2008, London Mayor Boris Johnson has introduced over 1,300 hybrid buses onto city streets, and all-electric single-decker buses have been in use since 2013. It was previously thought that all-electric double-decker buses weren't feasible &ndash; their size makes them too difficult to efficiently power with electricity alone. BYD, the Chinese firm that will build the new all-electric buses, can provide batteries that will "apparently be light and cheap enough" to power London's iconic double-deckers. The first pilot bus will begin operating on London's Route 16 this October.</p><p>More news from London:</p><ul><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li><li><a title="SelgasCano's &quot;psychedelic chrysalis&quot; Serpentine Pavilion is now open" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano's "psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion is now open</a></li></ul> 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/129714634/the-pulaski-skyway-tells-the-tale-of-america-s-aging-highway-system The Pulaski Skyway tells the tale of America's aging highway system Alexander Walter 2015-06-16T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T15:59:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xs/xs2ygki09i3deaqs.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just north of Newark, New Jersey, the Pulaski Skyway became the country&rsquo;s first so-called &ldquo;superhighway&rdquo; &mdash; a 3.5-mile raised roadway running over the top of some of the most heavily industrialized property in the country. [...] In infrastructure terms, the Pulaski is what&rsquo;s called &ldquo;functionally obsolete,&rdquo; meaning it doesn&rsquo;t meet modern design standards &mdash;and the money being spent to fix it up won&rsquo;t change that.</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/129100220/waze-and-its-new-uneasy-bedfellows Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</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/127639137/calatrava-i-have-been-treated-like-a-dog Calatrava: "I have been treated like a dog." Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T21:16:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixtzstglvfb7hkr3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the U.S., he isn&rsquo;t getting asked to compete for new projects at all, he said, amid criticism of the rail project&rsquo;s delays and costs. [...] These overruns and years of delay have taken a toll on Mr. Calatrava&rsquo;s reputation, with local press and some observers painting him as an architect prone to overruns&mdash;a point he believes is quite unfair. &ldquo;It has not been easy for me,&rdquo; he said. After living in the city for 12 years and feeling pride in the city, &ldquo;I have been treated like a dog.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122737225/nymag-talks-to-santiago-calatrava-about-his-wtc-station-budget-reputation" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73850206/path-fail-the-story-of-the-world-s-most-expensive-train-station" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127366753/u-s-needs-reliable-rail-systems-where-traveling-106-mph-is-considered-slow-u-s-pirg-asserts-amid-amtrak-debate U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kxmvkdfc644hiqgq.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/amtrak-budget-house-panel-crash-117904.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="http://www.uspirg.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p>