Archinect - News 2016-06-28T21:51:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149953526/is-los-angeles-becoming-a-real-city Is Los Angeles becoming a "real" city? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-23T13:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T15:46:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqij3dyzg2uihza6.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Could Los Angeles grow to become a &ldquo;real city&rdquo; like New York or London? Last year, LA gained at least 50,000 people, according to a recent report from the California Department of Finance, pushing the population to more than 4 million people for the first time in the city&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Part of the appeal of Los Angeles has been its refusal to be like other cities. For years, its objective "center" was a forbidding cluster of office towers with near zero street life, while in outlying, low-density neighborhoods, people partied in back yards that ran up against wildlife preserves, hiking trails, and quaint man-made lakes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mknj49a6tsicgbpi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zn/znizf8f91o6wvkmu.jpg"></p><p>However, as other big, traditionally urban U.S. cities gradually became stupidly unaffordable (looking at you,<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12384/new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> New York</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/224/san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>) and Moby wrote that <a href="http://creativetimereports.org/2014/02/03/moby-los-angeles-first-city-of-the-apocalypse/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one Op-Ed</a>, a sizable number of creative-class types decided to try their luck in a place with what then had half the rental costs and much more temperate weather.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6bakcyosale0z8hd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r35taikvbq304fcp.jpg"></p><p>Now, with a rapidly growing subway system and a still undaunted, ebullient vibe, L.A. may be starting to take itself seriously as a city, which ironically could be its undoing, or the impetus for spectacular urban development. If history is any guide, it will be both, creating the newest weird, beautiful, idiosyncratic iteration we co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950464/non-sibi-sed-aliis Non sibi sed aliis Nam Henderson 2016-06-09T03:15:00-04:00 >2016-06-09T06:16:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mnx5htikxn286yxn.jpg" width="514" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An approach called Projective Preservation brings speculation about the future into a dialectical relationship with preservation of a city&rsquo;s historic and pre-existing environments. Historic architecture, sites and cities can and should be preserved, but they must also be open to reinterpretation and adaptation to meet the needs of present and future generations.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l54cnlrc78fqodlg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kl/klgd3owdpegh0xrc.jpg"></p><p>Ryan Madson (an urban planner and landscape designer who also teaches architecture at SCAD &mdash; Savannah College of Art and Design)&nbsp;published an essay digging into authenticity, "<em>memory values</em>"&nbsp;and the&nbsp;"<em>paradox of mainstream preservation ideologies</em>". He also proposes '<em>Projective Preservation'</em>&nbsp; an alternative approach.<em>&nbsp;</em>Along&nbsp;with&nbsp;<strong>A </strong>(5 point, draft)<strong> Manifesto for Savannah</strong><strong>*</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor 5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-06T12:57:00-04:00 >2016-06-14T00:32:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5p1kiteh3e6787hi.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>my research shows that longtime residents aren&rsquo;t more likely to move when their neighborhood gentrifies; sometimes they&rsquo;re actually less likely to leave [...] In a 2009 study, I found that gentrifying neighborhoods are more racially diverse than non-gentrifying ones. [...] To be sure, market forces help change commerce in gentrifying neighborhoods. But often lurking behind the &ldquo;invisible hand&rdquo; are activists and policymakers who wish to nudge the market to produce certain outcomes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lance Freeman's research at GSAPP focuses on issues related to gentrification, affordable housing, and race. Watch the&nbsp;<em>Washington Post</em>'s video below, summing up the myths:</p><p></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948676/a-tale-of-two-parks-debate-rages-over-a-new-plan-for-a-maker-park-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a title="A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></li><li><a title="Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937221/luxury-uk-student-housing-is-on-the-rise-and-with-it-gentrification-fears" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears</a></li><li><a title='As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948676/a-tale-of-two-parks-debate-rages-over-a-new-plan-for-a-maker-park-in-brooklyn A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn Nicholas Korody 2016-05-31T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/32lyp640s82xrkyr.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The original plan [for a new park in Brooklyn] would tear down the graveyard of rusting oil refineries that sit on the site, which stretches from Greenpoint to Williamsburg along the East River, and return the reedy riverbank to something closer to nature. The new idea, called Maker Park, would keep the refineries and turn them into a sort of industrial theme park &mdash; &ldquo;a beautiful and otherworldly industrial topography,&rdquo; according to the website of its advocates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The plot of land in question is along the Bushwick Inlet in Brooklyn.</p><p>The times keep a-changin' in Brooklyn.&nbsp;In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941395/lpc-approves-brooklyn-s-first-1-000-foot-tower-new-renderings-and-details" target="_blank">LPC Approves Brooklyn&rsquo;s First 1,000+ Foot Tower; New Renderings and Details</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142358854/an-apartment-boom-grows-in-brooklyn" target="_blank">An apartment boom grows in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141822131/explore-the-history-of-brooklyn-in-one-block" target="_blank">Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140807613/first-rendering-revealed-for-brooklyn-s-first-skyscraper" target="_blank">First rendering revealed for Brooklyn's first skyscraper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-05T19:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-08T21:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/82420c9f58b01e7799525433fb7543e4.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not clear where or when this wooden slat revival started exactly, but it was roughly a decade or so ago and has been creeping through Los Angeles like kudzu ever since. In decades to come, it'll be a signifier for the exhaustive pace at which the city has changed in the past 5 to 10 years&mdash;for better or worse. And even though it can be spotted throughout the greater L.A. area or other markets entirely, architectural designer Marc Cucco finds the slat to be "specific to Eastside L.A."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on gentrification in Los Angeles:</p><ul><li><a title="How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></li><li><a title="As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146736553/as-la-densifies-its-iconic-roadside-restaurants-disappear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear</a></li><li><a title="Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></li><li><a title="With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood</a></li><li><a title="Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942220/how-havana-tries-to-come-out-of-its-crumbling-shell-without-betraying-cuba-s-revolutionary-roots How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T19:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:35:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de6ykhjexeypwb4m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m on a walking tour with two dozen international architects and urban designers, as we imagine a theoretical future for Havana. The walk is part of a charrette&mdash;an exercise that gives professionals and community members a voice on urban development when there is no formal mechanism to do so, as has been the case in crumbling Havana. [...] As the Cuban government slowly loosens restrictions on private enterprise, one wonders if the gentrification of Havana is inevitable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T20:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:00:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cm7pbcvaewi9wcs.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A realtor who invited clients to tour the neighbourhood for bargain properties and enjoy &ldquo;artisanal treats&rdquo; felt the backlash within hours. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t help but hope that your 60-minute bike ride is a total disaster and that everyone who eats your artisanal treats pukes immediately,&rdquo; said one message. &ldquo;Stay outta my fucking hood,&rdquo; said another. Fearing violence, the realtor cancelled the event. [...] Welcome to Boyle Heights &ndash; or not, depending on how locals view you.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more from the front lines of urban gentrification, check out past Archinect articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/139482631/in-tempestuous-london-design-leads-the-evolution-archinect-s-report-from-the-front-lines-of-the-london-design-festival" target="_blank">In tempestuous London, design leads the evolution: Archinect's report from the front lines of the London Design Festival</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113965543/invasion-a-first-hand-view-of-gentrification-in-san-francisco" target="_blank">Invasion: A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937221/luxury-uk-student-housing-is-on-the-rise-and-with-it-gentrification-fears" target="_blank">Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937221/luxury-uk-student-housing-is-on-the-rise-and-with-it-gentrification-fears Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-30T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T12:43:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i37xfdpwqiaspifa.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Students are the advanced guard of creating that activity, that buzz. They help make it easier to persuade other businesses and investors there is something going on here.&rdquo; Not everyone is convinced. [...] &ldquo;Universities are now aping the private sector by building this top-end stuff, so a lot of students feel priced out. You can&rsquo;t blame private companies, but universities have a got a different role. They should try to provide affordable options and not act like property developers.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a title="Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27359669/homework-and-jacuzzis-as-dorms-move-to-mcmansions-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California</a></li><li><a title="New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138339683/new-philadelphians-and-the-end-of-gentrification-guilt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt</a></li><li><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937018/austin-mayor-steve-adler-on-the-city-s-growing-pains Austin Mayor Steve Adler on the city's growing pains Justine Testado 2016-03-29T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T13:39:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r7/r7pryap6kar6e6k7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We&rsquo;re growing faster than any other metropolitan area in the country, and we have been for the last five years...And the challenges are, with all the growth that we&rsquo;re having, we&rsquo;re going to stop being the city that we imagine that we are, that we remember being. We have to grow to be the city that we still recognize. So those challenges are not optional challenges for us to deal with, they&rsquo;re the challenges for us to deal with.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Austin rapidly becomes an "it" city, how will the city keep its character? <em>Metropolis</em> talks with Austin Mayor Steve Adler about the multiple challenges ahead.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seven U.S. cities competing to be the "smartest" in urban transit systems</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149506749/guns-in-the-studio-texas-new-campus-carry-law-prompted-architecture-dean-fritz-steiner-to-resign-he-joins-us-to-discuss-the-law-s-effect-on-architecture-education-on-archinect-sessions-55" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guns in the Studio: Texas' new campus carry law prompted Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner to resign. He joins us to discuss the law's effect on architecture education, on Archinect Sessions #55</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140157923/entrepreneurs-look-to-tackle-austin-s-traffic-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Entrepreneurs look to tackle Austin's traffic woes</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America Nicholas Korody 2016-03-10T20:03:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:28:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wyh9z9x8mhab2inw.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite skewing Democrat, LGBT people are flocking to red states. It&rsquo;s a sign that cities in the center of the country are becoming more accepting, but it&rsquo;s also an indication that traditional LGBT safe havens are prohibitively expensive. ConsumerAffairs.com analyzed U.S. Census data and Gallup polling information to model the movement of the LGBT community from 1990 to 2014. The overall trend is striking.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In 1990, the LGBT population was concentrated in coastal metropolitan areas and other safe havens&mdash;cities like San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Atlanta. By 2014, LGBT hot spots cropped up in some seemingly unlikely places: Salt Lake City, Louisville, Norfolk, Indianapolis, and other red state cities."</em></p><p>ConsumerAffairs collected an impressive body of research on the demographic patterns of the LGBTQ community, which you can check out <a href="https://www.consumeraffairs.com/movers/#moving-trends-lgbt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. For more LGBTQ-related coverage, take a look at these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130505301/u-s-lgbtq-preservation-group-pushes-to-preserve-more-heritage-sites-at-the-national-level" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106631146/how-lgbt-acceptance-is-redefining-urban-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How LGBT Acceptance Is Redefining Urban America</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125454077/2015-aia-housing-awards-continue-to-foster-designing-high-quality-housing-for-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Housing Awards continue to foster designing high-quality housing for all</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130093803/help-support-relentlessly-gay-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Help support "Relentlessly Gay Garden"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109256627/the-future-of-gay-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The future of gay neighborhoods</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units – is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-08T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:18:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayimlei8o0sfeud0.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week the city council in Mountain View, California, took a significant step toward addressing Silicon Valley's housing affordability crisis. The city approved a new planning document for its North Bayshore district that envisions the creation of up to 10,250 units of high-density housing. Mountain View only has about 32,000 households total, so that would be a substantial 32 percent increase [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The big question is whether this represents an isolated victory for housing advocates or whether it's the start of a trend toward denser development in Silicon Valley more broadly."</em></p><p>For more on the housing woes of the world's tech capital, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136805722/analogue-sustainability-the-climate-refugees-of-san-francisco-3rd-place-winner-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Analogue Sustainability: The Climate Refugees of San Francisco," 3rd place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://Are%20apps%20the%20virtual%20gateway%20to%20physical%20gentrification?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139818956/airbnb-draws-ire-with-passive-aggressive-ads" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Ni&ntilde;o storms in California</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there) Alexander Walter 2016-02-01T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T20:21:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7w9p815czoq872.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I give it two years, max [...] It will be US business interests that finally push congress into lifting the embargo &ndash; they&rsquo;re all going crazy being shut out of this market.&rdquo; American architects and developers are already queuing up to be first in line, ready to pounce on investment opportunities when the embargo drops. Frank Gehry sailed into Havana in December, aboard a streamlined yacht he designed for himself, here to &ldquo;offer his expertise to Cuba&rdquo; according to a government statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;You know that Cuba is at the centre of attention of many people,&rdquo; Gehry told the gathered crowd. &ldquo;And in the immediate future it will attract many investors &ndash; particularly the tourism sector. But I am sure that you know to be careful with those projects.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146736553/as-la-densifies-its-iconic-roadside-restaurants-disappear As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T13:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/puwkyi9a23e162gk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hamburger stand is part of southern California&rsquo;s rich tradition of roadside architecture. These buildings are typically 100 square-foot boxes, with an outdoor window to order and pick up food. Next to the structures are rudimentary dining areas, often consisting of no more than a plastic tarp and a few fold-up chairs and tables [...] The hipsterfication of LA&rsquo;s hamburger stands may... prove the final chapter in the saga of these half-century-old structures.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141782005/regarding-the-remarkable-range-of-prefab-self-built-movable-and-vernacular-dwellings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/51499334/googie-architecture-of-the-space-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Googie: Architecture of the Space Age</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141822131/explore-the-history-of-brooklyn-in-one-block Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-24T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:02:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/le/le60193lqkizqdw8.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From farmland to stately brownstones to battleground for million-dollar bidding wars, Brooklyn&rsquo;s transformation has fundamentally altered the city&rsquo;s geography&mdash;and the way New York now thinks of itself. It has also altered the lives of the residents who call the borough home. To understand those changes, we dispatched a team of reporters to find a place where Brooklyn&rsquo;s past and future are next-door neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>New York Magazine</em>&nbsp;has a fascinating and highly addictive piece looking at how Brooklyn came to be Brooklyn, combining personal stories, shoe-leather reporting, and data studies to craft a compelling, interactive story of "One Block" in the borough's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.</p><p>For more news from Brooklyn, check out:</p><ul><li><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132953936/how-an-egalitarian-incubator-music-venue-hopes-to-revive-brooklyn-s-art-scene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></li><li><a title="Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125832455/mapping-brooklyn-making-sense-of-the-world-through-art-and-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps</a></li><li><a title="Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118506903/urban-omnibus-travels-the-brooklyn-queens-divide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide</a></li><li><a title="Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115731033/can-nyc-create-a-new-neighborhood-without-displacing-an-old-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?</a></li><li><p><a title="Bed-Stuy In Memoriam" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113348899/bed-stuy-in-memoriam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy In Memoriam</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141220311/leading-street-artists-weigh-in-on-the-gentrification-debate Leading street artists weigh in on the gentrification debate Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T18:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:11:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gi/gilypdobb0rbnjl1.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, the online street art community was abuzz about an article by Rafael Schacter for The Conversation, From dissident to decorative: why street art sold out and gentrified our cities. [...] Basically, Schacter argues that street art isn&rsquo;t rebellious anymore. Rather, that it&rsquo;s most notable form is as a tool used by corporations to spur gentrification. Agree or disagree, the article is a must-read.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Vandalog author RJ Rushmore reached out to some of the influential figures in street art and muralism to get their reactions to <a href="https://theconversation.com/from-dissident-to-decorative-why-street-art-sold-out-and-gentrified-our-cities-46030" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schacter's claim</a> that street art has sold out and become complicit in the corporate gentrification of our cities. He received responses from Buff Monster, Living Walls, 1xRun, Jeffrey Deitch, Libray Street Collective, Tristan Eaton, John Fekner, Gaia, Ganzeer, Carlo McCormick, The Painted Desert Project, Jessie Unterhalter, Vexta, Wall Therapy and shared their views <a href="https://blog.vandalog.com/2015/11/has-street-art-sold-out-and-gentrified-our-cities/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related news and one exclusive interview with Buff Monster on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131021521/detroit-issues-arrest-for-vandal-shepard-fairey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/46913/candy-coated-city-non-sequitur-interviews-buff-monster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Candy Coated City: Non Sequitur interviews Buff Monster</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-11-12T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T09:03:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72c8c557acb847d5089bf124cf80a236.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than watching passively as non-local or private developers consume neighborhood public spaces, we can use Placemaking to enable citizens to create their own public spaces, to highlight the unique strengths of their neighborhoods, and to address its specific challenges. While gentrification can divide communities and build upon exclusivity, Placemaking is about inclusion and shared community ownership. It is about increasing &ldquo;quality of life,&rdquo; not removing public life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127116917/is-nyc-losing-its-new-yorkiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134799985/can-an-indianapolis-arts-collective-pull-off-a-fairer-form-of-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can an Indianapolis arts collective pull off a fairer form of gentrification?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138339683/new-philadelphians-and-the-end-of-gentrification-guilt New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-06T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T12:46:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5370bea25bceeaefa0622a2911bda85.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There's absolutely nothing wrong with a development that primarily aims to bring new people into the neighborhood, including people who don&rsquo;t have the same profile as the people who already live there,&rdquo; [...] Couldn&rsquo;t the restaurant&rsquo;s cheerleaders see how it was a little sad that in a place where mostly black students had once learned about carpentry and the culinary arts, mostly white people were now drinking ros&eacute;?</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/138276239/adam-gopnik-on-why-cities-can-t-win Adam Gopnik on why cities can't win Alexander Walter 2015-10-05T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:56:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39vl8ic09a8rss08.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities can&rsquo;t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness. In the seventies and eighties, the seemingly permanent urban crisis became the verdict that American civilization had passed on itself. Forty years later, cities mostly thrive, crime has been in vertiginous decline, the young cluster together in old neighborhoods [...] &mdash;and so big cities turn into hateful centers of self-absorbed privilege.</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/134799985/can-an-indianapolis-arts-collective-pull-off-a-fairer-form-of-gentrification Can an Indianapolis arts collective pull off a fairer form of gentrification? Alexander Walter 2015-08-21T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-22T16:14:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/eeuf4xcg0wnakz9s.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I helped change one neighbourhood into a hipster place, and then we got priced out of there.&rdquo; Artist Jim Walker is describing the shift in fortunes of the Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, where his Big Car arts collective was born a decade ago &ndash; and of the artists and residents who have been forced to move on by the neighbourhood&rsquo;s gentrification. [...] Is there a more equitable way? That&rsquo;s just what Walker is trying to find out with his latest arts-led Indianapolis project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133038341/gentrification-through-a-cinematic-lens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification through a cinematic lens</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion Justine Testado 2015-08-11T21:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvuct6smle6rp976.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slapped in the face is exactly how many Venetians are feeling by the tidal wave of new money. And the local tech boom, prompting 'Silicon Beach' references around town, is just one source of it</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105336559/the-rise-and-spectacular-fall-of-venice-beach-s-pacific-ocean-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park</a></p><p><a title="Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></p><p><a title="Oren Safdie's play &quot;False Solution&quot; finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99370499/oren-safdie-s-play-false-solution-finishes-up-its-3-week-run-this-weekend-in-santa-monica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica</a></p><p><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-05T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T11:58:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hmv55xia99ntz0zp.jpg" width="514" height="894" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Laundromats have recently been closing down in San Francisco, which prompted a Google employee to tweet in response "cost of disruption: washio and others have removed need for laundromat on every block." Who needs laundromats when there's an app for that? Well, people who can't afford to spend $15 a pop on washing their socks, for starters. The tweet prompted a thoughtful article in <a href="http://mic.com/articles/123311/silicon-valley-white-male-privilege-class-war" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tech.Mic</a>, in which the short-term gains of disruptive app inventors are speculatively played out to their potential society-eroding ends, especially in the arenas of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117656322/public-transit-helps-new-yorkers-earn-more-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> and health care. In this case, the article points out that the laundry delivery app in question is exactly that: a delivery service that still uses third-party launderers to actually clean the clothes, but charges for the convenience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr7d7nk7o5gnjymm.jpg"></p><p>Apparently, the San Francisco laundromats are closing mainly because of the usual gentrification pressures in the form of desirable cheap real estate, not necessarily because of apps. However, assuming ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133038341/gentrification-through-a-cinematic-lens Gentrification through a cinematic lens Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T16:54:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T13:19:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k4/k4p249gz17bmrk4n.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Real Estate Fiction, a two-part short film series that compiles clips from movies that deal with issues of gentrification and land-grabbing, isn't the magnum opus of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Plays Itself</a>, but it's infused with the same analysis-as-entertainment spirit. Part one of the 20-minute short features clips from <em>Batteries Not Included, Boyz'n'The Hood, Do The Right Thing, Le mani sulla citta</em>, and numerous other films from around the world, interspersed with brief critical dialogue at the beginning of each chapter heading.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtecehnclvrcrm9k.jpg"></p><p>Divided by chapters with titles including "Conspiracy Over the Urban Scene," the film artfully investigates the tensions between city dwellers and the pressures of (usually greedy) developers and speculators. It's entertaining primarily because it explores realities that so often make for exceptionally dry academic reading. The&nbsp;concise&nbsp;commentary touches on the complexities of urban development, speculation, and repurposing without offering the depth and nuance of a ful...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130331694/herzog-de-meuron-to-redevelop-berlin-s-infamous-tacheles-cultural-center-locals-fear-gentrification Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop Berlin’s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T14:27:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d838ec876e152794dbe5ec46151e9a6d.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Basel-based architecture studio that designed London&rsquo;s Tate Modern, is due to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s famous art squat Tacheles. The massive warehouse, in the now fashionable Mitte district, was occupied by artists after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A symbol of the city&rsquo;s subculture, Tacheles became a major tourist attraction. In 2012, the authorities closed the art centre amid widespread protests by artists and anti-gentrification campaigners.</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/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods Justine Testado 2015-06-23T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:13:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/maxyncd50r9yiipz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Often, at least in America, we think of regular people as the agents of change&mdash;the artist, the boutique coffee shop owner, the tech startup. But as much as gentrification is an organic process, fueled by opportunity seekers and bargain hunters, it&rsquo;s developers and financiers who have become the savvy midwives of change. Once they detect the early signs of gentrification, they bring on the serious money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title='"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></p><p><a title="Revisiting Sharon Zukin's &quot;Loft Living&quot; and NYC gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification</a></p><p><a title="With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood</a></p><p><a title="Amsterdam's &quot;ugly&quot; architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121199869/amsterdam-s-ugly-architecture-from-the-70s-proves-resilient-against-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification</a></p><p><a title="So gentrification is just a myth after all?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118735754/so-gentrification-is-just-a-myth-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So gentrification is just a myth after all?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129812774/there-is-nothing-so-stable-as-change-nick-taylor-director-of-big-s-2wtc-video-and-mcshane-murnane-of-project-m-plus-on-archinect-sessions-34 There is nothing so stable as change: Nick Taylor, director of BIG's 2WTC video, and McShane Murnane of Project M Plus on Archinect Sessions #34 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-18T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T10:13:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oa/oagumq7cb4h3dloe.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Easily the biggest news of last week, and probably of this year, was the unveiling of BIG's design for 2WTC. For a project of such status, on such a highly charged site, representation must be handled with expert care &ndash; so to dig a bit deeper into <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the splashy video introducing&nbsp;2WTC</a>, we spoke with Nick Taylor, co-founder of <a href="http://www.squintopera.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> and director of the BIG video. We cover Squint/Opera's historied relationship with architects and how creative vision is managed across many powerful stakeholders.</p><p>Paul and Amelia also sat down with McShane Murnane, architecture director and co-founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/31033119/project-m-plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project M Plus</a>, a husband-wife creative studio out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake. Often viewed as a case-study for gentrification in LA, Silver Lake has established a highly specific aesthetic within the Californian sensibility, that has its pros and cons &ndash; we speak with Murnane about how he's dealt with issues of developmental displacement head-on.</p><p>And in the news, we discuss how&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>&nbsp;is faring am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128636999/berlin-approves-rent-cap-law-to-curb-its-skyrocketing-rents Berlin approves rent cap law to curb its skyrocketing rents Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T22:02:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t1/t1hbk7tfkb83a5t4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin has become the first city in Germany in which rent-control legislation has come into force in a bid to put the breaks on some of the fastest rising rents in Europe. From Monday, landlords in the capital will be barred from increasing rents by more than 10% above the local average. Such controls were already in place for existing tenants but have now been extended to new contracts. &ldquo;[...] the difference between the rent paid in existing contracts and new contracts is so high [...]&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/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening "Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:41:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nzmu71gicj4s2trj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line is...a perfect example of &ldquo;environmental gentrification&rdquo; &ndash; the growing phenomenon of rising property values in the wake of a large-scale urban greening project... While intended to serve existing residents, in reality it tends to increase land values to the point that those who live there are forced to leave. This exodus in turn transforms the sociological contours of the area and, by extension, the spatial segregation of the entire 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/127116917/is-nyc-losing-its-new-yorkiness Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"? Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T09:33:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/714d32f793a9d0ec901b1f34f02a2fe0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amanda Burden often said that, thanks to Bloomberg, "we are building and rezoning today once again like Moses on an unprecedented scale, but with Jane Jacobs in mind." That's oxymoronic. You can't do both. As for who's winning the future of New York, it's clearly the followers of Moses. The preservationists are the underdogs 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/127114495/built-for-humans-bryce-t-bauer-interviews-sharon-zukin Built for Humans: Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-11T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T12:59:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/167un8nv1pwcze07.jpg" width="500" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you have every neighborhood looking the same, you know the city is at a danger point. And why should anybody want to live here, why should anybody want to visit here? A metropolis like New York or London or Shanghai is built on a strong sense of individual neighborhoods, and we are destroying that.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sociologist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Zukin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Zukin</a> on the role of the artist in gentrification, challenges to affordable housing, and the commodification of New York City&rsquo;s loft lifestyle.</p><p>"I blame it all on&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine. In the late &rsquo;70s, early &rsquo;80s, New York, like other US cities, was just coming out of twenty years of middle-class flight. When Jane Jacobs wrote&nbsp;<em>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</em>, she, of course, was a gentrifier, but she represented a minority view: &ldquo;Aren&rsquo;t cities great? Aren&rsquo;t cities exciting?&rdquo; I think, still, most Americans would rather live in homogenized, clean suburbs than live in gritty cities, certainly in gritty areas. But&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine upheld the good of cities. And from a certain point of view, you can&rsquo;t complain that they were making city life look vibrant."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124815371/revisiting-sharon-zukin-s-loft-living-and-nyc-gentrification Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification Justine Testado 2015-04-08T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e9xbdih3kd3zj301.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Loft Living was first published, artists&rsquo; laments about real estate in New York City mirrored the concerns that have plagued residents for much of the last century. Namely, it&rsquo;s tough to find a suitable and affordable place to live. Since the late &rsquo;80s, the tenor of that complaint has shifted from one of anxiety to one of fear...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Guernica magazine interviewed sociologist Sharon Zukin following the 25th-anniversary release of her 1989 landmark book "Loft Living" last year. Revisiting her timely book -- which focuses on NYC's SoHo neighborhood when upscale real estate properties took over industrial lofts and artists' studios -- Zukin discusses urban theorist Jane Jacobs, perpetually soaring rent rates, NYC's changing demographics and affordability, and the influential yet seemingly overlooked role that arts communities play in the complex American "pastime" that is gentrification.</p>