Archinect - News 2014-07-22T13:39:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/103781029/culture-wars-in-san-francisco Culture Wars in San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2014-07-09T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T13:03:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hw23irh0hugahwsi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco today has the second-highest median income in the United States, but, even using that peg, middle-income San Franciscans can afford less than a sixth of the homes available in town. Every city on the up-and-up must contend with a gap between rich and poor. Yet few have also, like San Francisco, managed to immiserate a relatively well-heeled middle class.</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/99648465/the-limits-of-anti-gentrification-politics-brooklyn-is-getting-poorer The limits of anti-gentrification politics: Brooklyn is getting poorer Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-12T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:56:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b21nvf296n0rve9d.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One&nbsp;problem with our obsession with gentrification as the end-all of urban equity issues is that it&nbsp;discourages us from talking about other important things happening in our cities. In some instances, gentrification has become such a dominating narrative that it has completely erased broader trends that we really ought to be concerned about. Case in point: Brooklyn is getting poorer.</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/99331236/editor-s-picks-366 Editor's Picks #366 Nam Henderson 2014-05-07T11:27:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T21:16:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ul8ko4e0ndiunu15.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Showcase</strong>&nbsp;features the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/98960895/showcase-fall-house-by-fougeron-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall House on Big Sur&rsquo;s south coast, designed by Fougeron Architecture</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zg/zgir840i3rmrkynw.jpg"></p><p><strong>SeriousQuestion</strong> felt it was a "<em>Spectacular project-- there's obviously a lot more glass here, but there are nice nods at Lautner and Sea Ranch. &nbsp;Makes me miss California. &nbsp;I do wonder how much it costs to insure this place, though</em>". &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v8wn86u6js7v7he0.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l4tvoi2nmpiocouw.jpg"></p><p>FastCoExist called readers attention to the news that NYC's Hudson Yards is being developed as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98840693/world-s-largest-quantified-community-being-developed-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s largest "quantified community"</a>. In response <a href="http://archinect.com/ryangriffin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;suggested Archinectors should read Adam Greenfield pamphlet, "<em><a href="http://www.lulu.com/shop/adam-greenfield/against-the-smart-city/paperback/product-21300749.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Against the smart city</a></em>"&nbsp;the first installment of his forthcoming book The City is Here for You to Use.</p><p>Coincidentally, I&nbsp;just ordered and received my edition about a week ago..</p><p>Similarly, Adie Tomer and Rob Puentes wrote an editorial for Wired regarding the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843122/here-s-the-right-way-to-build-the-futuristic-cities-of-our-dreams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams</a>. Some readers complained about the buzzwordiness and corporate agendas behind the term, however <strong>curtkram</strong> repli...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98779822/a-barometer-of-risk A barometer of risk Nam Henderson 2014-04-28T01:04:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T10:09:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mul4ukn2eys07qp.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;At the end of the day, we&rsquo;re going to be in a better spot...You just stepped the entire gentrification of Ortley Beach forward five years because everything had to be rebuilt" - Eric J. Birchler, the owner of Birchler Realtors</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ronda Kaysen examines how Hurricane Sandy hit the reset button on the Jersey Shore. Post - Sandy redevelopment is booming. Though some worry about loosing the "<strong>blue-collar flavor in the area</strong>" and others caution that buyers "<strong>are taking some real risk</strong>" by not worrying about long-term effects of global climate change and rising sea-levels.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97521120/editor-s-picks-362 Editor's Picks #362 Nam Henderson 2014-04-08T18:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-11T06:17:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/md/md9dlkj4haf4ciqr.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a> conducted an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97105527/interview-with-john-szot-of-architecture-and-the-unspeakable-film-series" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">i</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97105527/interview-with-john-szot-of-architecture-and-the-unspeakable-film-series" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nterview with John Szot answering questions on </a><em><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97105527/interview-with-john-szot-of-architecture-and-the-unspeakable-film-series" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and the Unspeakable</a>,&nbsp;</em>a triptych of short, magnificently animated films.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/ajsx7inbd2ui1ty7.jpg"><strong>News</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Professor Andrew Ross, penned an editorial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96950936/high-culture-and-hard-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a>&nbsp;regarding Guggenheim Museum&rsquo;s Saadiyat Island project. Later, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97010538/guggenheim-protesters-highlight-poor-labor-practices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Al Jazeera America</a> looked at the efforts by Global Ultra Luxury Faction, an offshoot of Gulf Labor (Professor Ross is a member) "<em>working since 2011 to bring attention to the conditions that the workers on Saadiyat Island withstand</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fo2oi6xr0c23xhz.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14295810/miles-jaffe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miles Jaffe</a>&nbsp;pondered "<em>Where does an architect's responsibility begin and where does it end?</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/ayeshaghosh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayesha Ghosa</a>&nbsp;provided a recap of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96962248/gsapp-lecture-addresses-architecture-s-role-in-new-democratic-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe&rsquo;s recent tal</a>k at GSAPP's spring lecture series.</p><p>"<em>Basically to summarize, for political activism to enact change, Mouffe believes it is better to intervene and transform the existing codes rather than &lsquo;start from scratch.&rsquo;...In the systemic interventions and transformations she proposes &ndash; Mouffe seems to...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96550328/a-conversation-on-gentrification A conversation on gentrification Nam Henderson 2014-03-26T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgvlstgg7eu11s2b.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"try to become at least acquainted with your neighbors, observe and see how things are done and kind of try to fit in...I think with gentrification it doesn't necessarily work that way because we are talking about by definition, people from a different background coming into the neighborhood"</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Lizzie O'Leary asks Lance Freeman, Associate Professor in the Urban Planning program, author of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/There-Goes-Hood-Gentrification-Ground/dp/1592134378" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>T</em><em>here Goes the Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up</em></a>, "<em>Do you think there is a way to be an ethical gentrifier</em>"?&nbsp;Related&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thepolisblog.org/2014/02/happy-fifty-years-gentrification.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Happy Fifty Years, Gentrification!</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94803964/twitter-installs-19th-century-log-cabins-in-san-francisco-hq Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/boip9z41tc4bgpns.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94299377/editor-s-picks-356 Editor's Picks #356 Nam Henderson 2014-02-25T05:28:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T05:31:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6qcl335zgp8sgyg.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93316965/jason-pomeroy-the-city-time-traveller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed Jason Pomeroy</a> an architect, academic and urban planner based in Singapore, about his new travel show City Time Traveller.</p><p>His travels through Asia have convinced him "<em>What transcends culture though is an indigenous civilisation&rsquo;s understanding of basic environmental and social needs, embodied in many of these historical buildings. Shelter from the elements, natural light, natural ventilation, locally sourced materials and a spatial &lsquo;encoding&rsquo; as to who can come in and occupy a particular space, and who must stay outside, can be found in al</em>l".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bs7nhm8scdyms1y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqyv31j9ppnws8vn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hxtp4e1at0cyz0c6.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93011262/screen-print-7-horizonte" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the seventh edition of Screen/Print featured Bauhaus-University Weimar, </a><a href="http://m18.uni-weimar.de/horizonte/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Horizonte</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93011262/screen-print-7-horizonte" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s Ausgabe 08</a>.&nbsp;Specifically an essay authored by Tyler Survant&rsquo;s titled 'Biological Borderlands: Ant Farm&rsquo;s Zoopolitics'.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j1/j1esi0gsv7mv1e8i.jpg"></p><p>The NYT published a trend-piece of sorts,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93741317/for-interns-all-work-and-no-payoff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">about the new permanent, intern underclass</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In response&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14295810/miles-jaffe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miles Jaffe</a>&nbsp;argued the "<em>Sad thing about this article is they're pushing the idea that this an acceptable lifestyle choic...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94270145/the-once-and-future-gowanus The Once and Future Gowanus Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:44:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:00:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/87262b23ef38c44d256c6fb1817e9c5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gowanus has become the most obvious touchstone for fears surrounding the rapid evolution that has overwhelmed so much of Brooklyn in recent years. It is also a test case for how democratically an area once colonized by industry might evolve into something like a modern Jane Jacobs vision. Dumbo is both a point of reference here and in one view, the representation of a nightmare outcome, given the area&rsquo;s distinction as a nexus of multimillion-dollar lofts and budding tech empires.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67524499/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/15432094/gowanus-lowline-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus Lowline Competition Winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91998/student-works-wal-medley-mixed-up-m-lange-montage-mash-up-shopping-mart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Wal-(medley mixed-up m&eacute;lange montage mash-up shopping) mart</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93724391/happy-fifty-years-gentrification Happy Fifty Years, Gentrification! Archinect 2014-02-17T12:33:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:29:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5af6f720e4526be85051a3f52ada2ea.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the early 1970s, architecture critic Wolf Von Eckardt introduced the term in the pages of the Washington Post for the first time, according to an analysis by Rob Godspeed. Von Eckardt described gentrification as "the best thing that has happened to American cities since ditches were turned into sewers."</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/93332281/editor-s-picks-354 Editor's Picks #354 Nam Henderson 2014-02-11T11:09:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T12:00:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kj/kjjhvlvverg4oqy4.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Living was selected to re-design MoMA PS1's courtyard this summer. In response Fred Scharmen (who thinks it is a "a gorgeous piece") commented "My initial reaction to this scheme centers around that phrase &lsquo;self assembling&rsquo; that shows up in the video around the 00:36 mark...This is slightly problematic".</p></em><br /><br /><p>For the latest edition of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Focus</a> series Archinect talked to <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92472606/in-focus-peter-wegner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California-based photographer </a><a href="http://peterwegner.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Wegner</a>.&nbsp;The piece starts off provocatively with this quote from Mr Wegner,</p><p>"<em>More than that, I like the unbuilt environment &ndash; the place where the architecture leaves off. Is there way to structure that nothingness in a photograph?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpjs2a7pltt8thry.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase</a>(ed) <a href="http://www.kadawittfeldarchitektur.de/en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kadawittfeldarchitectur</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92938847/showcase-archaeological-pavilion-by-kadawittfeldarchitektur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;s Archaeological Pavilion</a> in Aachen, Germany.</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cv/cv34zan1kuusm6v9.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92921888/yap-winner-the-living-selected-to-re-design-moma-ps1-s-courtyard-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Living was selected to re-design MoMA PS1's courtyard this summer</a>.&nbsp;The Living's proposal, titled "<strong>Hy-Fi</strong>", will feature circular organic brick towers made of corn stalk and living root structures. Set to open in late June, the temporary installation will be a memorable summer spectacle</p><p>In response <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a> (who thinks it is a "<em>a gorgeous piece</em>")&nbsp;commented "<em>My initial reaction to this scheme centers around that phrase &lsquo;self assembling&rsquo; that shows up in the video around the 00:36 mark...This is slightly problematic. The implication is ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91919141/regulating-the-private-buses-of-google-land Regulating the Private Buses of “Google-land” Alexander Walter 2014-01-23T14:47:00-05:00 >2014-01-24T09:13:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/665b08834d6e276b0f5ff311207ad252.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before the buses became a symbol for San Francisco&rsquo;s gentrification woes, they were just a fleet of several hundred private coaches that whisked some seventeen thousand workers around San Francisco and to and from the Silicon Valley campuses of such companies as Apple, Google, and Genentech. [...] San Francisco is deep into a second tech boom&mdash;and, with it, many less affluent workers are getting priced out of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91680625/can-phoenix-un-suburbanize Can Phoenix un-suburbanize? Alexander Walter 2014-01-20T13:01:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:15:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3f70f63c5616b42cda81074214be9bb.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s a movement afoot to bring new money into urban areas all over the country, and surprisingly, Phoenix, is part of that movement. The city has long been famous for its suburban sprawl. But now, plans are moving ahead to link high-rise downtown with a neighboring Latino barrio that wealthy developers have mostly ignored for the better part of 100 years. Not a shovel of dirt has moved, though neighbors already have expectations and fears.</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/87209747/restoring-it-needs Restoring, it needs Nam Henderson 2013-11-23T10:25:00-05:00 >2013-11-24T04:39:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2p/2pj6tsfgk0powhdc.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Later it was the stamping ground of the 19th century&rsquo;s version of today&rsquo;s &ldquo;starchitects,&rdquo; including Andrew Jackson Downing and his disciples, like Calvert Vaux and Frederick Clarke Withers. Their work &mdash; grand Second Empire Victorian, Gothic revival and Queen Anne houses &mdash; is everywhere</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lisa Selin Davis profiles the town of Newburgh NY, which has grand but neglected architecture and is reminiscent of 1980s Brooklyn, before gentrification. The community is working to revitalize the troubled city and it's architecture. However, some doubt whether the recent influx of artists/new business such as&nbsp;the Newburgh Brewing Company, will be able to address long standing issues such as a lack of jobs and crime.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81533903/mapping-silicon-valley-s-gentrification-problem-through-corporate-shuttle-routes Mapping Silicon Valley's Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes Archinect 2013-09-10T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:02:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8eef362a5b5a0ebaddea4e4c1b890231.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take the public transportation provided by corporate shuttle buses from the likes of Apple, Google, Facebook, and others. It&rsquo;s not news that these shuttles, and the big digital tech companies that run them, are changing the fabric of San Francisco as we&rsquo;ve known it. What feels new is that it&rsquo;s not enough to say that change is coming soon. It&rsquo;s already, very much here.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75058322/a-small-pocket-of-detroit-is-thriving-but-it-s-not-a-comeback-city-yet A small pocket of Detroit is thriving, but it's not a comeback city yet Alexander Walter 2013-06-11T19:32:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09fd721f1d25f2d50b4f79bb2fb704c1.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does the fact that Whole Foods Market is opening a store in Detroit surprise you? Well, a lot of Motor City residents were surprised by the decision, too. The move does signal that a little pocket of Motown is thriving. And that&rsquo;s great news &ndash; especially to Detroiters, who have seen their city eulogized ad nauseum in recent years. But the level of affluence in the neighborhood surrounding Whole Foods is well below what you would see in other cities that have undergone urban revival.</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/74774513/once-unsafe-rio-s-shantytowns-see-rapid-gentrification Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification Alexander Walter 2013-06-07T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-06-07T15:08:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f7d087cfbd77047946197cbad259f7e7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new boutique hotel perched on top of one of Rio's previously most dangerous favelas is about to open. And yes, there is a jazz club and yoga, too. These are new services catering to a new kind of favela resident. "It's actually very conveniently located for my work," says Natalie Shoup, a 22-year-old American who lives in a favela called Babilonia, or Babylon. "This has a good amount of transportation to every part of the city. It's nice. It worked out really well."</p></em><br /><br /><p> On the other hand: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/29/4340348/rio-brazil-fights-crime-inequality-ahead-of-world-cup-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Remaking Rio: turning an urban dystopia into an Olympic playground </a>(<em>The Verge</em>)</p> <p> Previously on Archinect:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/40359586/before-olympics-it-s-demolition-derby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/68349505/editor-s-picks-304 Editor's Picks #304 Nam Henderson 2013-02-26T13:39:00-05:00 >2013-02-26T16:31:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/mukv418f4irv3cuu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the ShowCase feature, Archinect published the first fire station designed by Pritzker Prize winner <a href="http://alvarosizavieira.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza Veira</a>. The project, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/67851052/showcase-santo-tirso-fire-station-by-lvaro-siza-vieira" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santo Tirso Fire Station</a> is located in Quinta de Ge&atilde;o, Portugal "<em>comprises a total gross area of 1173 m2 and lodges the support functions to the fire brigade...it is organized in 3 floors</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6lredc7oqjd26uy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/45438032/chris-moody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Moody</a>'s initial reaction was that "<em>At first glance, it would be hard to picture this building as a fire station. But then again, that's probably the point. Nicely done! Alvaro.</em>" <strong>toasteroven</strong> added "<em>that brick is yummy, the exterior is really nice - but -&nbsp; the interiors seem a little cold and off-putting.&nbsp; all shades of grey and white - like a bunker in Antarctica in the dead of winter</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68021876/strong-surge-for-architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to released figures the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed its strongest growth since November 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.2, up sharply from a mark of 51.2* in Dec...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63187957/soundtrack-of-a-city-baba-zula-gecekondu Soundtrack of a city: Baba Zula "Gecekondu" Orhan Ayyüce 2012-12-11T11:20:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T12:28:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i9uuampiha4e6czg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The new album narrates urban life. It is rather personal music, bound up with this city, there are images of an asphalt jungle and a house that is being built in a city, and we always support the ones who don't have power." -Baba Zula</p></em><br /><br /><p> The new Baba Zula album is called "Gecekondu," a term used in Turkey for illegal settlements built on the fringes of major cities like Istanbul or Ankara. These growing slums, built with the simplest materials, have become home to many newcomers trying their luck in urban centers.</p> <p> One could argue, though, that there's more dignity and beauty in the gecekondus than in the ritzy financial districts now conquering the legendary inner city areas of Istanbul. One example is a historic district situated in the shadows of the Byzantine city wall, known as Sulukule, which has been almost completely torn down.</p> <p> The band opposes the gentrification of Istanbul.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41291960/can-usc-grow-without-devouring-the-neighborhood Can USC Grow without Devouring the Neighborhood? Archinect 2012-03-13T15:59:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T12:37:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e33ee191cc625224d599376ddcd28a7c.jpg" width="480" height="172" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>College towns have weathered the recession and housing collapse more than the rest of America, but the neighborhood around USC is an exception. Now USC is planning what local officials call the biggest project in South Los Angeles in a generation &mdash; 35 acres, complete with restaurants, shops, a six-screen theater, faculty office space and student housing. Will gentrification push local residents out, or is the university &mdash; often accused of ignoring its neighbors &mdash; be doing them a favor?</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/14158763/a-series-of-hard-looks-at-gentrification A (series) of Hard Looks At Gentrification Nam Henderson 2011-07-21T13:56:30-04:00 >2011-07-21T20:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kj/kjgtedaib5vwkdbv.jpg" width="400" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The press blames black flight from major cities on whites, but history and numbers show that's not true</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ta-Nehisi Coates a senior editor for <i>The Atlantic</i>,has over the last few days been having an ongoing discussion via his blog about urban development, race and gentrification. He argues that gentrification is less about race and more about socioeconomic factors (ie: class). Additionally, the argument is made that a spate of large-scale studies have shown that "<em><a href="http://uar.sagepub.com/content/40/4/463.short" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gentrification doesn't, on average, produce a greater rate of turnover within the population of the gentrifying neighborhood</a>.</em>" The discussion began with a post entitled <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/our-technocratic-overlords/242156/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our Technocratic Overlords</a>, then continued with <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/our-technocratic-overlords-cont/242230/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our Technocratic Overlords, Cont</a>, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/a-hard-look-at-gentrification/242286/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Hard Look At Gentrification</a>, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/a-hard-look-at-gentrification-cont/242295/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Hard Look At Gentrification Cont.</a> and <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/07/a-harder-look-at-gentrification-cont/242300/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Harder Look At Gentrification Cont.</a>.</p>