Archinect - News 2016-07-23T21:04:53-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149950867/this-atlas-shows-how-much-light-pollution-has-infiltrated-night-skies-worldwide This atlas shows how much light pollution has infiltrated night skies worldwide Justine Testado 2016-06-10T21:08:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T21:07:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfpj7kgt44jrv0qm.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Where should you travel if you want killer views of the stars unblemished by artificial light?Certainly not the U.S. or Europe, where nearly 100 percent of the population endures some form of light pollution...Italy&rsquo;s [ISTIL], NOAA, the National Park Service, and elsewhere built one of the most comprehensive atlases of global light pollution to date. They hope their work will set a benchmark for future generations struggling with day blending into night.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can find the atlas of artifical sky brightness <a href="http://cires.colorado.edu/artificial-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944693/new-glow-in-the-dark-cement-could-illuminate-roads-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate roads &amp; structures</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122818954/designing-for-the-night" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for the Night</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84998562/drawing-space-by-emma-mcnally-to-show-at-abstract-drawing-exhibition-in-london-s-drawing-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"drawing/space" by Emma McNally to show at &ldquo;Abstract Drawing&rdquo; exhibition in London&rsquo;s Drawing Room</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950566/copenhagen-is-the-first-city-to-try-to-monetize-its-data Copenhagen is the first city to try to monetize its data Nicholas Korody 2016-06-09T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T20:05:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyi33x2j21h2r2fw.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Copenhagen has become the first city in the world to attempt to monetize its, and others&rsquo;, data through a city data market. Traffic snarl-ups, home break-ins, whether it rained or snowed, and how much electricity the city dwellers use each day is among the data to be traded for cash, city officials announced. Interestingly, the city, which is partnering with Hitachi on the project, also wants to incorporate others&rsquo; data.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Not all data will have a price tag&mdash;some of it will be free, but it will be anonymized anyway."</em></p><p>Relatedly, in a recent <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conversation</a> with Joseph Grima, co-founder of Space Caviar, the architect suggested, "...the home is becoming a factory of data to the point that one could pay one's rent through the process of producing data simply through a set of domestic activities."</p><p>For other relevant content, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945857/copenhagen-divests-from-fossil-fuels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142529092/losing-yourself-in-the-smart-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Losing yourself in the smart city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;In the end, they will destroy democracy' &ndash; The Guardian on smart cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/358145/big-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creating a universal language for city data</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special thematic focus, <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/753896/june-privacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Privacy</a></strong>. Have projects that grapple with how city data and other new modes of urbanism have changed our notion of privacy? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947974/open-call-for-submissions-privacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open call</a>&nbsp;by Sunday, June 19.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950267/university-of-calgary-pays-16k-to-recover-data-held-hostage-by-ransomware-attackers University of Calgary pays $16K to recover data held hostage by ransomware attackers Nicholas Korody 2016-06-08T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T13:05:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99wbtxycd0bk16vd.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canada's University of Calgary paid almost $16,000 ($20,000 Canadian, ~&pound;10,800) to recover crucial data that has been held hostage for more than a week by crypto ransomware attackers. The ransom was disclosed on Wednesday morning in a statement issued by University of Calgary officials. It said university IT personnel had made progress in isolating the unnamed ransomware infection and restoring affected parts of the university network.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"It went on to warn that there's no guarantee paying the controversial ransom will lead to the lost data being recovered."</em></p><p>Attacks with ransomware have become increasingly frequent. As the name suggests, ransomware allows hackers to take computers hostage until the user pays up. The increasing prevalence of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has facilitated the rise in such attacks.</p><p>As the University of Calgary's Vice President stated, ""We are conducting world class research daily and we don&rsquo;t know what we don&rsquo;t know in terms of who&rsquo;s been impacted and the last thing we want to do is lose someone&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work."</p><p>For more on that state of privacy in our digital era, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" target="_blank">If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949640/casing-the-joint-geoff-manaugh-discusses-his-latest-book-a-burglar-s-guide-to-the-city-on-one-to-one-26" target="_blank">Casing the joint: Geoff Manaugh discusses his latest book, "A Burglar's Guide to the City" on One-to-One #26</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946045/goodbye-to-public-anonymity-this-new-russian-face-recognition-app-may-spell-its-end" target="_blank">Goodbye to public anonymity? This new Russian face-recognition app may spell its end</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 201...</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs What these “pre-rent control” stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs Justine Testado 2016-05-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OK, so this would mean the way to make San Francisco as affordable as (say) Portland would be to either cut everybody&rsquo;s salary in half, or fire half of them, or allow the city&rsquo;s population to rapidly grow about 50 percent, to about 1.2 million, while the number of housing units increased even faster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In discussing San Francisco's rising housing costs over the years, journalist Michael Andersen re-emphasizes some points in&nbsp;<a href="https://experimental-geography.blogspot.com/2016/05/employment-construction-and-cost-of-san.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent blogpost</a>&nbsp;by a man named Eric Fischer, who took his own approach in analyzing the city's housing prices before 1979, when SF's rent-control rates began being recorded. While Fischer's method may not be perfect, Andersen argues that the findings could shed new light on San Francisco's housing market.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936522/2015-u-s-population-report-shows-return-to-pre-2000-patterns 2015 U.S. population report shows return to pre-2000 patterns Alexander Walter 2016-03-25T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T14:20:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/znxcco5kq35i7bs8.jpg" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2015 population estimates for counties and metropolitan areas. After volatile swings in growth patterns during last decade&rsquo;s housing bubble and bust, long-term trends are reasserting themselves. Population is growing faster in the South and West than in the Northeast and Midwest, and faster in suburban areas than in urban counties; both of these trends accelerated in 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143988201/see-2-000-years-of-urban-growth-around-the-world-with-this-interactive-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See 2,000 Years of Urban Growth Around the World With This Interactive Map</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124354330/the-world-s-population-can-fit-inside-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The World&rsquo;s Population Can Fit Inside New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42814753/census-la-is-the-nation-s-densest-urban-area-while-new-york-ranks-5th" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census: LA is the nation's densest urban area, while New York ranks 5th</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144056375/the-camera-of-the-future-may-be-lensless The camera of the future may be lensless Nicholas Korody 2015-12-23T14:23:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:36:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j2xy67hf19blg7z.jpg" width="514" height="712" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The optics of the camera obscura ha&shy;ve faithfully served photographers for ages. The recipe has been simple: a lens, aperture, dark box and something to record the light. But the camera as we know it is changing. A revolution in digital imaging research could surpass the camera obscura in almost every technical way... It&rsquo;s called computational photography, and it stems from the idea that if you can capture visual data instead of a true image, then the picture can be reconstructed with software.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture in the age of photoshop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142823587/architecture-in-the-age-of-photoshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in the age of photoshop</a></li><li><a title="Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138492312/wim-wenders-discusses-the-role-of-architecture-and-landscape-in-his-films" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films</a></li><li><a title="Between Two and Three Dimensions: Panelists Discuss the Relationship Between Architecture and Photographic Representation at the LA Photo Fair 2014 " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118813755/between-two-and-three-dimensions-panelists-discuss-the-relationship-between-architecture-and-photographic-representation-at-the-la-photo-fair-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between Two and Three Dimensions: Panelists Discuss the Relationship Between Architecture and Photographic Representation at the LA Photo Fair 2014</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143599085/aia-creates-new-commission-to-further-investigate-equity-in-architecture AIA creates new Commission to further investigate equity in architecture Justine Testado 2015-12-17T17:45:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T01:35:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/oji6hsf3oozu967e.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Six months after the AIA voted in favor of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128795286/aia-moves-one-step-forward-in-approval-of-equity-in-architecture-resolution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equity in Architecture resolution</a>, it looks like the organization is turning their words into actions. Most recently, they announced the establishment of the&nbsp;Equity in Architecture Commission, a 20-member panel of leading architects, educators, and specialized experts (whose names haven't been released) who will be in charge of investigating diversity and inclusion in the architecture profession, which &mdash; like in many other areas in American society &mdash; has long been dominated by people who identify as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130797484/surprise-architecture-is-still-among-the-whitest-professions-in-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">white</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121610936/being-an-architect-is-sexy-according-to-modern-society" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">male</a>.</p><p>The Commission's objectives include:</p><ul><li>"Develop specific recommendations that will lead to equitable practices"</li><li>"Create measurable goals and develop mechanisms for assessing ongoing progress"</li><li>"Present a plan of action based on the Commission&rsquo;s recommendations"</li></ul><p>"Diversity and inclusion is a priority of the AIA. We have made progress, but not fast enough. The world around us is changing much faster and we can do better,' stated Elizab...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134719585/think-you-live-in-a-nice-county-find-out-where-it-stands-on-the-nationwide-natural-amenities-index Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index. Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T12:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:36:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2mpubultoeifmnk.jpg" width="514" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ventura County, Calif., is the absolute most desirable place to live in America. I know this because in the late 1990s the federal government devised a measure of the best and worst places to live in America, from the standpoint of scenery and climate. The "natural amenities index" is intended as "a measure of the physical characteristics of a county area that enhance the location as a place to live."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wanna find out how well or how poorly your home county scored? Head over to the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/17/every-county-in-america-ranked-by-natural-beauty/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em> article</a> and hover your mouse over the interactive map. (Residents of the Great Lakes Region - prepare yourselves for disappointment.)</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database Justine Testado 2015-08-11T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jon] Sojkowski worries that these building types, made with materials that are abundant in Africa and sustainable, will soon be lost to history because of a misconception that they are inefficient, outdated and only used by the poor. At one point during his research, he met a man who told him he wanted a Western-style metal roof. 'I asked him why, and he said, &lsquo;Because then I would be somebody,' Sojkowski recalls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since architect Jon Sojkowski launched his <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African vernacular architecture database</a> last year, he has amassed a broad range of photos showcasing the traditional building techniques and materials from 48 countries. <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/contact-submit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo submissions</a> are also welcome.</p><p>You can also check out video clips from Sojkowski's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/africanarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></p><p><a title="Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430634/toshiko-mori-designs-pro-bono-a-new-artists-residency-in-senegal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal</a></p><p><a title='Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104423180/architecture-for-humanity-designed-football-for-hope-centers-give-african-youth-a-solid-start" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start</a></p><p><a title="Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p><p><a title="Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum </a></p> 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/127290187/ncarb-gives-preview-of-data-report-to-be-released-in-july-says-profession-is-healthy-and-growing NCARB gives preview of data report to be released in July, says profession is "healthy and growing" Justine Testado 2015-05-14T13:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-16T09:37:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o5/o5m6c3bwnkgl373g.jpg" width="467" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A record-high number of candidates actively working toward an architect license provides more evidence of a thriving talent pool for the architect profession, according to new 2014 data released today by [NCARB]. More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting experience hours last year, a substantial part of the path to architectural licensure required by the 54 U.S. state and jurisdiction licensing boards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong gave a first glimpse of key findings in the "NCARB by the Numbers" report today at the AIA Convention in Atlanta. Read the full press release <a href="http://www.ncarb.org/en/News-and-Events/News/2015/May-NBTNPreview.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title='NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention</a></li><li><a title="NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121117990/ncarb-launches-are-4-0-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community</a></li><li><a title="Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116357898/inching-closer-to-licensure-at-graduation-as-schools-show-ncarb-they-re-interested" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested</a></li><li><a title="NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico</a></li><li><a title="Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114207237/latest-ncarb-survey-indicates-architecture-is-a-growing-profession-in-the-u-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127129057/open-data-s-potential-challenges-to-boost-tenants-rights-activism Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</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/125978727/architects-tell-all-in-a-global-survey-about-the-future-of-design-competitions Architects tell all in a global survey about the future of design competitions Justine Testado 2015-04-23T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:34:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/lngatfco6k6tf46h.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural design competitions have long been a crucial element in the field -- from the student level to starchitect status -- that can provide an international platform for drawing attention to pressing issues and new ideas in the world around us. Nonetheless, the typical structure of the competition is also in great need of its very own discussion. The <em>Architectural Record </em>and the Van Alen Institute conducted a global Competition Survey that asked architects and designers worldwide about what drives them to participate in competitions, what they like and dislike about the process, and suggestions for how to improve and rethink its format for the future.</p><p>Respondents fervently shared their input and personal experiences in the survey, which amassed a total of 1,414 responses from 65 countries. The Architectural Record and Van Alen published the results in three documents:</p><ol><li>A compilation of <a href="https://vanalen.org/content/uploads/2015/04/15.03.03_Comp-Survey_Report-on-Frequencies.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">raw data</a> from the online survey platform</li><li><a href="https://vanalen.org/projects/architectural-record-van-alen-institute-competition-survey/#propositions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Propositions</a> that highlight the main factors that...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T08:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:02:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db.jpg" width="514" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every year, surveys and lists are published that purport to know the &ldquo;best places to live in America,&rdquo; but AARP&rsquo;s new livability index is based on exhaustive research and data, providing scores for all of the 200,000-plus Census block groups in the country. Each neighborhood has scores that take into account seven categories: transportation, environment, health, civic and social engagement, and educational and employment opportunities.</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/125279560/new-york-city-s-tree-species-mapped New York City's tree species mapped Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T20:44:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c.jpg" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone [...] there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census.</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/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds 2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds Justine Testado 2015-01-12T17:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:45:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpiishj78ih2ea5v.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>2014 was the year of the tall building. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) published its <em>2014 Tall Building Data Research Report</em>, a statistic-laden round-up that could make your head spin and wonder how much taller a skyscraper can possibly get. Last year, a total of 97 buildings with a height of 200 meters or greater were completed, making it the highest number that the CTBUH has ever recorded.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6lac66zdfnuao0b.jpg"></p><p>Not surprisingly, the report states that 74 of the 97 tall buildings are located in Asia, with China completing the most buildings for the seventh year in a row with 58. The Philippines took second place with five completions, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar with four completions each. Indonesia, Canada, the United States, and Japan shared fourth place for three completions each.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bs/bsoyv96rdjffv4ck.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kk30lcxvx5fssded.jpg"></p><p>To slap on some more statistical highlights, 2014 also saw the completion of 11 Supertall buildings (300 meters height or more), which now accounts for 54% of the world's currently...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117808241/america-s-most-expensive-rental-markets-in-2014 America's most expensive rental markets in 2014 Alexander Walter 2015-01-07T13:21:00-05:00 >2015-01-08T14:34:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d9e3b520b3f1c57e32d823ea26fcb24.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rents continue to outpace incomes. In fact, Zillow just&nbsp;released data showing U.S. renters spent a combined $441 billion on housing&nbsp;in 2014. Perhaps surprisingly, the New York-Northern New Jersey metro didn&rsquo;t top the list. San Jose was the highest, with renters paying on average&nbsp;$1,807 per month. Meanwhile, the 20th most expensive metro&nbsp;for renters was&nbsp;Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the average monthly payment in 2014 was&nbsp;$927.</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/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' – The Guardian on smart cities Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:26:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: &lsquo;the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people&rsquo;. So why did that happen &ndash; and what&rsquo;s coming in its place?</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/116194161/urban-design-at-the-intersection-of-development-science-and-super-computing Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</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/115655555/the-anatomy-of-emergency The Anatomy of Emergency Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961.jpg" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of all the roles of government, emergency response may be the least controversial. When disaster hits, we expect our fire, police, and other public services to provide immediate relief. But as James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), reminds us, tactical effectiveness in a crisis requires more than boots on the ground, ready at a moment&rsquo;s notice.</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/112028878/actionable-cartographies Actionable Cartographies Alexander Walter 2014-10-24T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:12:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acd86f32e79b711f3d0dc67750a31201.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Matt Knutzen performs a different kind of public service than Bruce Barrett of the School Construction Authority or Jeffrey Roth of the Fire Department of New York, two recent installments in our Profiles in Public Service series. He works at the New York Public Library, overseeing NYPL&rsquo;s incomparable collection of maps, and looking for ways to turn items from the library&rsquo;s vast catalogue into &ldquo;actionable spatial data.&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/111972700/how-has-the-world-changed-since-you-were-born How has the world changed since you were born? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime...</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/104720996/mapping-the-city-statistic-by-statistic Mapping the city, statistic by statistic Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab&rsquo;s &ldquo;You Are Here&rdquo; project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google&rsquo;s map directions services API.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Direct link to <a href="http://youarehere.cc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Are Here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101167408/creating-a-universal-language-for-city-data Creating a universal language for city data Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T20:22:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cddb56585e8b8e3396f9447f8f6b7bdc.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City policymakers will have objective standards to compare their services and performance with other cities around the world. And just as significant, the people of cities &mdash; civic, business organizations, ordinary citizens &mdash; will be able to access the same new global standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a big, global deal. The <a href="http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Organization for Standardization</a>, based in Geneva, has issued a list of standards dictating the precise kind of data cities should be collecting, to gauge performance and character. Previously, comparisons between supposedly identical data points in different cities was not guaranteed to be "apples to apples". For example, one city's definition of "unemployment" being more restrictive than another's, making rankings faulty and discrediting performance grades.</p><p>View the <a href="http://citiscope.org/story/2014/here-are-46-performance-measures-worlds-cities-will-be-judged" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">46 indicators for cities to report on</a>, that will place them in line with the new ISO standards.</p><p>Regarding comparisons between cities, rigorously investigating the exact definition of any data sounds like an obvious consideration, but with the earnest and speedy surge in city's data collection, "more" seems to have been the optimal word, and not "stricter". In 2008, when the <a href="http://www.cityindicators.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Cities Indicators Facility at the University of Toronto</a> compared ranking metrics for seven world...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99764488/biking-to-work-in-the-u-s-has-increased-60-over-last-decade Biking to work in the U.S. has increased 60% over last decade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-14T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:34:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f8909527c667c7ee74bd2ed8e77a065.jpg" width="300" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're feeling wonky, you can read the full U.S. Census Bureau report <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/acs-25.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. It's the Census Bureau's first report to focus entirely on biking and walking to work, with statistics since 1990.</p><p>You can also explore commuting statistics for every U.S. neighborhood in the Bureau's <a href="http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer-commuting.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census Explorer</a>, an interactive map that breaks down commuting by commuter age, census tract, type of transportation, and total time.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98901674/how-helsinki-mashed-up-open-data-with-regionalism How Helsinki mashed up “open data” with regionalism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:18:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/2139cf27c33a0064dbce1bb9a2a0760f.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For more than a century, [Helsinki] has funded its own statistics bureaus to keep data on the population, businesses, building permits, and most other things you can think of. [...] Helsinki and three of its neighboring cities are now banding together... Through an entity called Helsinki Region Infoshare, they are bringing together their data so that a fuller picture of the metro area can come into view.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As city governments become stronger drivers of infrastructural change, and the idea of a "connected city" becomes imminent, cities must learn how to manage and wield the vast amount of data collected. Parallel developments in city demographics, creating stronger links between cities within a larger region, means that more people are contributing to and relying on that data. Making it comprehensive and&nbsp;accessible to all is the obvious (and necessary) next step.</p><p>To access data for both Helsinki and its greater regional area, check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hel.fi/hki/tieke/en/etusivu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Helsinki Urban Facts</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hri.fi/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Region Infoshare</a>&nbsp;(both websites in English).</p><p>Related: A <a href="http://us-city.census.okfn.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a>&nbsp;released earlier this month ranks U.S. cities on how accessible their data is, whether or not they have an <a href="https://okfn.org/opendata/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open data</a> policy. Perhaps not surprisingly, San Francisco is ranked as #1.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98840693/world-s-largest-quantified-community-being-developed-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards World's largest "quantified community" being developed in NYC's Hudson Yards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-28T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:13:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/2155cd5cd4c8f695603c2e6367b1fb0c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When all stages are completed, the 65,000 people daily who pass through the Hudson Yards&rsquo; office towers, residences, shops, restaurants, hotel, public school, and public open space will contribute to a massive stream of data intended to help answer the big questions about how cities of the future should be managed. [...] &ldquo;It really started from the question: If we could know anything about the city, what would we want to know and how could we do a better job at measuring the pace of life?&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/98610951/quantifying-community-hudson-yards-to-partner-with-nyu-s-cusp Quantifying Community: Hudson Yards to Partner with NYU’s CUSP Alexander Walter 2014-04-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17e06d4ce00470f6b52430b4b69f4c22.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What is said to be the largest private real estate development in US history is set to become the country&rsquo;s first &ldquo;quantified community&rdquo; as well. Hudson Yards, a 17 million-square foot [...] development on the far west side of Manhattan, will be embedded with technology to monitor environmental conditions, energy production and usage, and traffic flows among its soon to rise towers. The developers are partnering with New York University&rsquo;s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) [...].</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/95575308/hippies-craftsmen-and-sociologists-learning-by-doing-at-the-farm-examines-radical-education-in-1960s-southern-california Hippies, craftsmen, and sociologists: "Learning by Doing at the Farm" examines radical education in 1960s southern California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-14T11:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T05:49:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zm15j55hmaaqris8.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation. Almost entirely ranchland up until the mid-1900s, the area that would become Irvine jump-started its urban development as the egg-white to the University of California&rsquo;s yolk. Looking for land to accommodate expanding enrollment, the UC bought a large chunk of dusty land owned by the Irvine Company to establish a new campus, adding&nbsp; surrounding territory for residential and commercial development. The school isn&rsquo;t named after the city -- both are named after the Irvine Company. City and campus were master-planned by architect William Pereira, and the University opened in 1965, still largely unfinished but marked by Pereira&rsquo;s concrete brutalism and Olmsted&rsquo;s New York Central Park plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbhma74x80ui1bdl.jpg"></p><p>In the era of this extremely young urban territory, beginning in 1968, UC Irvine began an experiment...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88063918/healthcare-gov-aside-government-and-tech-are-starting-to-get-along Healthcare.gov aside, government and tech are starting to get along Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-04T15:00:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:16:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ih/ihwdk5hfdfnvo4pp.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the intersection of these two domains &ndash; technology and civic life &ndash; a small and fascinating sector has been taking root for the last few years. [...] Together, these types of companies and organizations have loosely come to define "civic tech" &ndash; and the potential for a future where technology finally, seamlessly, significantly alters how we relate to government and our neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Not without its growing pains, the U.S. government is slowly learning to effectively use technology to connect to its citizens. The expanding field of "civic-tech" focuses on the sharing and distillation of government data, to grease the bureaucratic wheels and ramp up personal civic engagement.</p> <p> Explore the world of civic tech with <a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/features/civictech/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this interactive network map</a>, courtesy of the Knight Foundation.</p>