Archinect - News 2014-04-16T20:59:40-04:00 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/80516778/graphing-parking-charts-out-of-whack-u-s-minimum-parking-regulations "Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-29T13:00:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwetcytius16zsc7.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reforming parking policy is an urgent imperative which could have significant positive effects on the natural environment, our cities, the economy, and our society. For many issues, from affordable housing to carbon emissions, it is an obvious solution that has remained hidden in plain sight for too long.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architect Seth Goodman has taken it upon himself to expose how dramatically parking plays a role in planning, through a series of nifty infographics that show just how much parking space is allotted for a given institution or destination.&nbsp; Inspired by Donald Shoup's <em><a href="http://www.uctc.net/papers/351.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Cost of Free Parking</a>&nbsp;</em>as a student at Rice University, Goodman has created five different charts comparing a city&rsquo;s minimal parking space regulations to the square footage of the institution that the parking accommodates, such as a restaurant or office space. The results show an amazing inconsistency regarding how much space is devoted to parking across different cities.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rg529g71mq2s6qu3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In the above graphic, pitting &ldquo;Worship Space vs. Parking Space&rdquo;, the national average for a worship space (6,000 ft2) is compared to the square footage devoted to parking at said space of worship. Fresno, California clocks in at 32,500 ft2 of parking for an average worship space, whereas San Francisco has only a tenth of that, at 3,250. Ke...</p> 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 L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T12:40:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxnri9f66stjd5v0.jpg" width="514" height="177" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change this [transit] paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods. Hyperloop is also unique in that it is an open design concept, similar to Linux. Feedback is desired from the community that can help advance the Hyperloop design and bring it from concept to reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p> CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, posted on the Tesla blog his proposal for an alternative to the <a href="http://www.hsr.ca.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rai</a>l plan, the Hyperloop. The solar-powered transportation system is proposed to function somewhat like a pneumatic tube, where capsules of up to 28 passengers on air-bearings are transported between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about 30 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p> Read Musk's entire proposal <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> Feedback and contributions to the Hyperloop design should be directed to:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:hyperloop@spacex.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@spacex.com</a> or <a href="mailto:hyperloop@teslamotors.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@teslamotors.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75910402/copenhagen-s-bicycle-freeway-network Copenhagen's bicycle freeway network Archinect 2013-06-26T17:23:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T19:42:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/054ieygzis9crxpk.jpg" width="334" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solution, or so the city&rsquo;s traffic planners hope, is to encourage people to cycle for longer distances by creating the cycling equivalent of freeways, which will provide fast, direct routes of up to 22 kilometers into the center. A total of 28 highways are planned, providing 495 kilometers of dedicated bike tracks... Nine routes are under construction and should be completed by 2015 at a cost of 208 million krone, or $36 million, divided equally between central and local government.</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/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/70994380/new-york-s-penn-station-makeover-faces-arena-sized-obstacle New York's Penn Station Makeover Faces Arena-Sized Obstacle Alexander Walter 2013-04-10T13:06:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T12:36:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e69n1cr0y34zjjk8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every day, more than 600,000 thousand rail commuters navigate the crowded maze of tunnels and tracks that is Penn Station. Mass transit advocates would like to replace the aging station with a world-class transportation hub. But there's a big obstacle: Madison Square Garden, the arena that sits directly on top of Penn Station. And the Garden's owners show no signs of moving.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70597045/municipal-art-society-challenges-architects-for-new-penn-station-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Municipal Art Society Challenges Architects for New Penn Station Vision</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69664047/100-years-of-grand-central-terminal 100 Years of Grand Central Terminal Nam Henderson 2013-03-18T13:20:00-04:00 >2013-03-20T10:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3dq4p2ih8g75ai5p.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>and I watch everybody, every move. It's nerve-wracking, your blood pressure goes up ten points going through the door... - Jim Fahey (Assistant Chief in the Operation Control Center)</p></em><br /><br /><p> On March 1st, in celebration of it's centennial, Charlie Rose hosted a discussion on Grand Central Terminal. Gathered for the discussion were: Peter Stangl former president of Metro-North railroad; Kenneth Jackson of Columbia University; Sam Roberts of The New York Times and architect James Sanders.</p> 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/60509538/dedicated-bike-lanes-can-cut-cycling-injuries-in-half Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half Archinect 2012-11-01T15:34:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:40:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d0f935f19416fc04c6b1888a5e8db21.jpg" width="440" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As it turns out, infrastructure really matters. Your chance of injury drops by about 50 percent, relative to that major city street, when riding on a similar road with a bike lane and no parked cars. The same improvement occurs on bike paths and local streets with designated bike routes. And protected bike lanes &ndash; with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic &ndash; really make a difference. The risk of injury drops for riders there by 90 percent.</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/59090447/15-of-the-world-s-most-bike-friendly-cities 15 of the world's most bike-friendly cities Archinect 2012-10-11T13:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:04:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d107bdb434831a19c4ea5f4d6bf059e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grab a helmet and check out these 15 cities where drivers use all five fingers when they wave at you.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Top cities include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Boulder, Chicago, Davis, Ottawa, Portland, San Francisco, Beijing, Cape Town, Bogota and Perth.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58027971/california-legalizes-driverless-cars California Legalizes Driverless Cars Archinect 2012-09-25T20:34:00-04:00 >2012-09-28T09:23:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/3264a68da62197086be4e45e7678a687.jpg" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday at Google&rsquo;s headquarters, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed into law a bill to legalize driverless cars. The bill had overwhelmingly passed the State Legislature. Google, which has been building the cars, says they are safer because they nearly eliminate human error. They could also be more fuel-efficient, the company says, and place California and the United States at the forefront of automobile innovation.</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/56693431/skycycle-artist-s-impression-gives-vision-of-boris-planned-elevated-london-bike-network SkyCycle: Artist's impression gives vision of Boris' planned elevated London bike network Archinect 2012-09-05T13:11:00-04:00 >2012-09-10T06:54:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e31264e4454b7fef20ba1902af78f06.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Drawings showing a futuristic raised glass open-top tunnel, that have drawn comparisons with New York's High Line, could become a reality as soon as 2015. Sam Martin, 43, the landscape architect who came up with the idea with a colleague two years ago, said discussions between the Mayor and Network Rail were 'going well' since an initial meeting in May and that feasibility studies over potential sites were already underway.</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/54518743/the-new-architectural-wisdom-of-airports-ikea-ipads-and-ice-skating-rinks The New Architectural Wisdom of Airports: Ikea, iPads, And Ice Skating Rinks Archinect 2012-07-31T17:55:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T21:13:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49fe79624b756326707bfff0262fef04.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take Korea's Incheon International, for example. Built on top of a landfill 40 miles outside of Seoul, it features its own skating rink, cultural museum, and an assortment of other lavish amenities &mdash; all worthy investments for an airport that transported 34 million passengers and 2.5 million tons of cargo last year.</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/53817048/in-denmark-pedaling-to-work-on-a-superhighway In Denmark, Pedaling to Work on a Superhighway Archinect 2012-07-19T15:00:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T17:36:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v382pm8g6e0d766m.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cycle superhighway, which opened in April, is the first of 26 routes scheduled to be built to encourage more people to commute to and from Copenhagen by bicycle. More bike path than the Interstate its name suggests, it is the brainchild of city planners who were looking for ways to increase bicycle use in a place where half of the residents already bike to work or to school every day.</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/53639843/the-real-ipod-elon-musk-s-wild-idea-for-a-jetson-tunnel-from-s-f-to-l-a The Real iPod: Elon Musk's Wild Idea for a 'Jetson Tunnel' from S.F. to L.A. Archinect 2012-07-16T13:39:00-04:00 >2012-07-17T11:37:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0a72778506924e570e89f1662bf596b4.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...how would you like something that can never crash, is immune to weather, it goes 3 or 4 times faster than the bullet train... it goes an average speed of twice what an aircraft would do. You would go from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under 30 minutes. It would cost you much less than an air ticket than any other mode of transport. I think we could actually make it self-powering if you put solar panels on it, you generate more power than you would consume in 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/52075665/paris-the-bus-stop-of-the-future Paris: "the bus stop of the future" Archinect 2012-06-20T14:41:00-04:00 >2012-06-20T14:42:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtmin8741chs2po3.jpg" width="453" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yes, it's still a bus shelter, but the idea is to make it both more useful and more of a social space. People may come here for a range of things other than catching the bus, so that social interaction and the life of the street intermix with waiting to produce a more vibrant, interesting, and safe environment.</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/36116201/houston-s-trafalgar-square-big-name-architects-vie-to-design-futuristic-metro-central-station Houston's Trafalgar Square? Big name architects vie to design futuristic METRO Central Station Archinect 2012-01-28T18:05:00-05:00 >2012-01-28T18:09:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lp1ruw1t6buo3zgz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of the names might already sound familiar to Houston design aficionados. Interloop principles Mark Wamble and Dawn Finley are professors at Rice. Denari received his undergraduate architecture degree from UH. Sn&oslash;hetta is a finalist for the upcoming contemporary galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and SHoP Architects are behind the current renovations for the Blaffer Art Museum.</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>