Archinect - News 2014-07-29T17:14:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105329323/long-beach-moves-forward-on-southern-california-s-first-freeway-removal-project Long Beach Moves Forward on Southern California’s First Freeway Removal Project Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:35:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1af6608c6ace3aed01c610575368dc35.jpg" width="510" height="587" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been named one of the top &ldquo;Freeways Without Futures&rdquo; in the nation and described as a &ldquo;perfect example of obsolete infrastructure.&rdquo; [...] Now, nearly half a decade later, the project to remove a large portion of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has officially gone out to bid in an RFP with an estimated bid value of $225K. It marks a major event in Southern California&rsquo;s urban design history, being the first freeway removal project [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105248171/the-bayou-greenways-plan-a-game-changer-for-houston The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston? Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T14:27:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/6211b41853dd73844a779a9a2f00d252.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s Bayou Greenways plan is perhaps the largest active transportation project in the country right now &mdash; if residents can actually use it for transportation when it&rsquo;s completed. Jen Powis of the Houston Parks Board has described the greenway project as a cross between the Atlanta Beltline and the Portland Bike Master Plan, which &ldquo;re-envisions transportation&rdquo; in the city.</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/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:42:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca353a0de0d9ef1539537338ea8534c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory. [...] "What we don't know, however, is the story of the losers, the urban men and women who fought the freeway, unsuccessfully, on the conventional terms of political struggle, who weren't able to pack up and move on, and who channeled expressive cultural traditions to register their grievances against the presence of unwanted infrastructure."</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/104709729/helsinki-s-ambitious-plan-to-make-car-ownership-pointless-in-10-years Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-21T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T10:19:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6aq22pjnlm9namdq.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Helsinki] has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 ... allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. [...] Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and ... the app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries</p></em><br /><br /><p>Where apps and mass transit collide, commuters struggle most with coordination. Now, with so many different forms of transit, both public and privately mediated, commuters (and cities) need navigation tools that compare all options for them. Making this as accessible as possible, as Helsinki is trying to do, also eases the transition away from private-car ownership, by making all types of transportations options seem just as imminently accessible as your car in the driveway.</p><p>The U.S. is also experimenting with these "point-to-point", "mobility on demand" transit systems. <a href="http://www.bridj.com/#new-page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bridj</a>, a new bus company in Boston, doesn't actually own buses but will create routes, nearly in real-time, based on rider's mobility data, and then contract actual bus companies to get people where they need to go.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708923/how-the-six-californias-plan-threatens-california-s-transportation-future How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e8816490e0b4f17ea1191d6186bfd6b.jpg" width="514" height="602" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] tech guru and multimillionaire Tim Draper has put forth a plan which will solve the ills of the state by &ndash; wait for it &ndash; splitting it into six smaller states! This &ldquo;Six Californias&rdquo; plan [...], as you might expect, divides the state into six smaller chunks, maintaining county lines. [...] But there&rsquo;s another reason to oppose the plan that few people are talking about: it would do damage to the state&rsquo;s transportation systems, especially mass 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/103862310/exploring-and-collaborating-on-shared-use-mobility-services Exploring and Collaborating on Shared-Use Mobility Services Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:01:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d9d3e2aa3cab03374a4b8fe5619494e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In June, the &ldquo;Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit,&rdquo; sponsored by the Association for Commuter Transportation, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, Mobility Lab, Transit Center, and Shared-Use Mobility Center, brought together a range of participants to discuss these themes in Washington, DC.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>At the summit, elected officials, transportation entrepreneurs, academics, and developers engaged with a number of questions including, &ldquo;What are new ways of solving urban mobility problems? How can we better design systems to address the needs of the public? Who should be engaged to make this happen?&rdquo; </em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102781415/sky-cars-coming-to-tel-aviv-in-2015 Sky Cars Coming to Tel Aviv in 2015 Alexander Walter 2014-06-26T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-06-26T12:34:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/434e4530b365b5d53034d50ccc29d0b5.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials in Tel Aviv, Israel, announced this week that the long-anticipated skyTran system should be up and running by the end of 2015. Tel Aviv &mdash; globally famous for its terminally congested traffic &mdash; will serve as the pilot program for planned systems in Europe, India and the United States. [...] Call up a sky car on your smart phone and the pod-shaped vehicle will pick you up at a designated station and whisk you off to any other station on the system.</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/102245366/los-angeles-on-cusp-of-becoming-major-walkable-city-study-says Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says Archinect 2014-06-19T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:05:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f6fd37cf6e223993d7971950fabf6b1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The future &mdash; of a walkable, transit-friendly Los Angeles &mdash; is being built right now,&rdquo; the report says. &ldquo;It will allow people to drive everywhere they want, assuming they can put up with the traffic, and provide the option of walkable urbanism for those who want it.&rdquo;</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/102098978/more-roads-won-t-ease-traffic-but-charging-drivers-more-at-peak-hours-will More roads won't ease traffic, but charging drivers more at peak hours will Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-17T15:40:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:12:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cbe811ea1402a542ee50b8a0cd9b0160.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You can&rsquo;t build your way out of congestion. It&rsquo;s the roads themselves that cause traffic. The concept is called induced demand, which is economist-speak for when increasing the supply of something (like roads) makes people want that thing even more. [...] What [economists] Turner and Duranton (and many others who&rsquo;d like to see more rational transportation policy) actually advocate is known as congestion pricing. This means raising the price of driving on a road when demand is high.</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/101246166/watch-los-angeles-s-road-network-grow-from-1888-to-2010 Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kchg45eu1qzbx7g.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video by doctoral student and an associate professor at Arizona State University visualizes the expansion of LA's roads, starting in 1888 and running all the way up to 2010 [...] Variations in color denote the age of the thoroughfares, with green being the oldest roads and red being newest. Watch as the map blooms with color in the fifties and the trend carries on through the eighties to the present.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Growth of the Los Angeles Roadway Infrastructure, 1888 - &nbsp;2010", by Andrew M. Fraser and Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., of Arizona State University:</p><p></p><p>Compare with the following video of Los Angeles' overall growth as a city during the 20th century, from NYU's <a href="http://urbanizationproject.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stern Urbanization Project</a>:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101014378/movedc-plan-proposes-more-cycletracks-transit-and-tolls-will-it-become-a-reality MoveDC plan proposes more cycletracks, transit, and tolls. Will it become a reality? Alexander Walter 2014-06-03T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:22:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/372d2231213ad72156dc517cd44f6e4d.jpg" width="500" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest draft of DDOT's citywide transportation plan, moveDC, calls for a massive expansion of transit and cycling facilities throughout the District, plus new tolls on car commuters. If it actually becomes the template for DC's transportation, the plan will be one of America's most progressive.</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/100631867/rise-in-cycling-expands-nyc-s-real-estate-market Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-29T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be7c0cb51f84cad359f444e1c7788fb3.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the search for more affordable real estate in New York City pushes deeper into neighborhoods that were once considered out of the way, bicycle lanes are taking on new importance. Since 2007, the city has carved out more than 350 miles of bike lanes in the five boroughs, according to the Department of Transportation. As a result, the distance from the nearest subway or bus stop has become less of a drawback for the two-wheeled set, particularly in transit-challenged areas of Brooklyn.</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/98906538/the-peopleforbikes-green-lane-project-celebrates-national-kick-off-in-indianapolis The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project celebrates national kick-off in Indianapolis Justine Testado 2014-04-29T18:19:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:17:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyvsomt5hnvkoh7t.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Green Lane Project, established in 2012 by non-profit group <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PeopleForBikes</a>, continues its ambitious mission to expedite the process of building more protected bike lines with six new U.S. cities in tow: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.</p><p>The program celebrated its national kickoff in Indianapolis today with transportation officials including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who discussed the Department's prioritization on improving bicycle and pedestrian safety as more Americans are looking for alternative methods of commuting.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srzcv2thlyvtafdq.jpg"></p><p>Back in March, the program selected the six cities out of 100 that submitted letters of interest. In addressing each city's current situation, The Green Lane Project will provide each city with financial, strategic, and technical assistance in constructing the bike lanes, which are valued at more than $250,000. The on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts to help organize...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98843725/the-first-look-at-how-google-s-self-driving-car-handles-city-streets The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T17:03:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66b6c3aa5d9cffa6f52964de5da8506c.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The vehicle's early life was confined almost entirely to California highways. Hundreds of thousands of test miles later, the car more or less has mastered the art &mdash; rather, the computer science &mdash; of staying in its lane and keeping its speed. So about a year and a half ago, Google's team shifted focus from the predictable sweep of freeways to the unpredictable maze of city streets. I was invited along as the first journalist to witness how the car is handling its new urban lifestyle.</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/93984981/like-it-or-not-most-urban-freeways-are-here-to-stay Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T21:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T19:20:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0513743c2c61720624e66543a60dde6.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So it is that nearly a third of the interstate system consists of stretches through our cities, in the form of loops, spurs and freeways. So it is that American motorists drive nearly twice as many miles on urban interstates as they do the lengthier rural legs. So it is that every metropolis in the country has reorganized itself around these roads, and that they've shaped where we live and work, how we shop, what we eat, and how we pass our time.</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/91919141/regulating-the-private-buses-of-google-land Regulating the Private Buses of “Google-land” Alexander Walter 2014-01-23T14:47:00-05:00 >2014-01-24T09:13:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/665b08834d6e276b0f5ff311207ad252.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before the buses became a symbol for San Francisco&rsquo;s gentrification woes, they were just a fleet of several hundred private coaches that whisked some seventeen thousand workers around San Francisco and to and from the Silicon Valley campuses of such companies as Apple, Google, and Genentech. [...] San Francisco is deep into a second tech boom&mdash;and, with it, many less affluent workers are getting priced out of the city.</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/90832016/grimshaw-gruen-s-17-hectare-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-to-begin-final-phase Grimshaw/Gruen’s 17-hectare L.A. Union Station Master Plan approved to begin final phase Justine Testado 2014-01-09T12:52:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:10:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2u4g4hsg4eyei45.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since Gruen Associates and Grimshaw Architects were approved in 2012 to create the L.A. Union Station Master Plan, the leading designers and their team recently got the green light from the L.A. Metro to begin the plan's third and final phase. Preserving the station's iconic nature and enhancing its surrounding 17 hectares to address the city's most pressing needs in the future, the proposal is set for completion in Summer 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yvwb0fhbnbc8pdw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lvt2p4a3mkpjoj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c7e428kz9furqiw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images via Grimshaw Architects</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52617568/los-angeles-metro-approves-gruen-grimshaw-for-union-station-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Metro Approves Gruen/Grimshaw for Union Station Master Plan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90371592/can-hyperloop-actually-be-built Can Hyperloop Actually Be Built? Archinect 2014-01-03T13:44:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb2b11668efdec2d573616548a92146f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the next year, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design professor Craig Hodgetts and his graduate students will join forces with private and university physicists and engineers at UCLA's cross-disciplinary IDEAS facility in Playa Vista... Hodgetts, who oversaw the acoustical redesign of the Hollywood Bowl, insists Musk's plan is doable.</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/90315283/a-new-l-a-identity-takes-shape-in-2013-as-city-embraces-urban-life A new L.A. identity takes shape in 2013 as city embraces urban life Alexander Walter 2014-01-02T20:01:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T20:50:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9beae9354ef766f497b8e79ed53ac4d4.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Notes on the Year: This year Los Angeles entered fresh civic territory as a range of initiatives across the city helped fuel an urban reawakening.</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/88989197/q-a-with-kati-rubinyi-author-of-the-car-in-2035-mobility-planning-for-the-near-future Q&A with Kati Rubinyi, author of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-16T15:13:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:41:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fnj7o7jpwq8vmqin.jpg" width="329" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The people who design the cars and the people who design the roads never talk to each other,&rdquo; according to Kati Rubinyi. With a background in architecture, urban planning, and fine arts, Rubinyi wants to enrich mobility planning by bringing everyone involved to the same table. Her book, The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future, includes essays from the different viewpoints of planners, policymakers, architects, and car designers [...].</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/84986490/how-to-solve-a-sky-high-commuting-conundrum How To Solve A Sky-High Commuting Conundrum Alexander Walter 2013-10-25T14:10:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:17:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5g/5g2iusuioj2e30gg.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Imagine a hospital on top of a mountain. How would doctors and patients get in and out? In Portland, Ore., commuters don't have to drive up a twisty, two-lane road to get there. Instead, they glide up 500 feet in the air in a gleaming silver gondola. Portland's aerial tram connects the south waterfront down near the river to the Oregon Health and Science University on top of Marquam Hill.</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/84839487/kadawittfeldarchitektur-s-salzburg-central-station-wins-two-awards-as-project-nears-completion kadawittfeldarchitektur’s Salzburg Central Station wins two awards as project nears completion Justine Testado 2013-10-23T15:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:39:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tq/tqd4g8fmbkqtafyf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 15 years, kadawittfeldarchitektur's redesign for the historic Salzburg Central Station is steadily inching toward completion. Before reconstruction began in 2009, the firm won a two-phase competition out of 12 architecture teams back in 1999. [...] Even before its expected completion in mid-2014, kadawittfeldarchitektur has already received the Austrian "Staatspreis Design" award and the European Steel Award.</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/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/84703571/world-s-first-solar-sidewalk-installed-at-george-washington-university World's first "solar sidewalk" installed at George Washington University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-21T21:14:00-04:00 >2013-10-22T14:15:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7dpaen7vsk1lm9d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."</p></em><br /><br /><p> But can my car drive on it? Built by <a href="http://www.studio39.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio39 Landscape Architecture</a>, the solar-sidewalk is installed on GWU's Virginia Science and Technology Campus.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82305949/frank-havermans-rietveld-landscape-unveil-secret-operation-610-thinkspace Frank Havermans + Rietveld Landscape Unveil "Secret Operation 610" Thinkspace Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T13:52:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/mavqe1bx7zdryro3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When aircraft Shelter 610 opens its ruthless doors, a monstrous black behemoth slowly comes driving out. The object revives the mysterious atmosphere of the Cold War and its accompanying terrifying weaponry. At an almost excruciatingly slow pace, the artwork uses its caterpillar tracks to cross the seemingly infinite runway.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lending a new meaning to "think tank", the formidable&nbsp;<em>Secret Operation 610</em> is now slinking its way across <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?expflags=enable_star_based_justifications:true&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;cid=11298052106116834619&amp;q=Vliegbasis+Soesterberg&amp;iwloc=A&amp;gl=US&amp;hl=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbase Soesterberg</a> in the Netherlands. Both art piece and educational practice, the structure is designed by Studio Frank Havermans and Reitveld Landscape for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.skor.nl/eng/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SKOR</a>&nbsp;| Foundation for Art and Public Domain. While the aesthetic is inspired by a Cold War military atmosphere, its interior serves as a research space -- conducted while <em>Secret Operation 610</em> crawls across the landscape.</p> <p> The "mobile sculpture" will first be home to students from Delft University of Technology, studying carbon-free and silent flight technology, but&nbsp;will ultimately be open to researchers from any discipline.</p> <p> Check out <i>Secret Operations 610</i> in action in the video below.</p> <p> More on <em>Secret Operation 610</em> from <a href="http://frankhavermans.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/secret-operation-610-rietveld-landscape-studio-frank-havermans/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Frank Havermans</a>&nbsp;+ <a href="http://www.rietveldlandscape.nl/en/en/projects/739" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rietveld Landscape</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82140204/streetmix-makes-designing-streets-easy-and-fun Streetmix Makes Designing Streets Easy and Fun Archinect 2013-09-18T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T21:57:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/215cf65d317e59f33cf9fb76672614d4.jpg" width="514" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those that suffered through classes in planning school in order to hack Illustrator and Photoshop to show streetscapes, behold Streetmix. You can drag and drop transit elements like light rail, streetcars, buses and bike lanes. You can add street furniture like benches, way finding signs, transit shelters, parklets and trees. You can adjust the width of the lanes and change the type of plantings.</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/81533903/mapping-silicon-valley-s-gentrification-problem-through-corporate-shuttle-routes Mapping Silicon Valley's Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes Archinect 2013-09-10T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:02:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8eef362a5b5a0ebaddea4e4c1b890231.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take the public transportation provided by corporate shuttle buses from the likes of Apple, Google, Facebook, and others. It&rsquo;s not news that these shuttles, and the big digital tech companies that run them, are changing the fabric of San Francisco as we&rsquo;ve known it. What feels new is that it&rsquo;s not enough to say that change is coming soon. It&rsquo;s already, very much here.</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>