Archinect - News 2014-04-18T22:05:39-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/97491281/infamous-chicago-public-housing-project-faces-redevelopment Infamous Chicago public housing project faces redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-07T15:01:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:36:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0t3k1mtjp2hnt2f.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Little remains of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, a mid-century public housing complex once home to as many as 15,000 people. The poorly maintained high rises, rife with gang violence, were eventually demolished (the final one came down in 2011). [...] The Chicago Housing Authority hopes to see it all redeveloped soon. [...] CHA says half the new residential units to be market rate, another 30 percent public housing, and the remaining 20 percent affordable housing.</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/97103111/high-rise-proposal-in-lower-9th-ward-could-bring-much-needed-development-but-at-what-social-cost High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-02T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:31:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qb5kj7jhsfcvisiy.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plan&rsquo;s backers say it represents a rare chance at economic revitalization for the neighborhood. Its opponents say it would destroy the fabric of Holy Cross, and might represent the first step toward changing the traditionally low-rise New Orleans waterfront into something very different [...] &ldquo;The argument is that the Lower Ninth Ward has to take what it can get,&rdquo; says DeBacher. &ldquo;We believe that we deserve&mdash;as any community deserves&mdash;good development, not just any development.&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/93445971/rex-s-five-manhattan-west-is-the-latest-revamp-for-an-evolving-nyc REX's Five Manhattan West is the latest revamp for an evolving NYC Justine Testado 2014-02-12T19:58:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T13:28:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/kixvx94c860nf5k0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1887657/rex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REX</a> recently unveiled their scheme for redesigning the historic <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/5861704/davis-brody-bond-llp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody</a> building on 450 West 33rd St in New York. The $200 million project consists of repositioning, re-cladding and interior renovation -- making it yet another addition to major redevelopments to NYC's evolving neighborhoods and when adaptive reuse continues to be on the rise. Construction is expected to be complete in 2016.</p><p>Check out some project details the architects sent us:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1t1n27o02dbxfbiw.jpg"></p><p>"Designed by architecture firm Davis Brody (now Davis Brody Bond) and completed in 1969, 450 West 33rd Street (450W33) is an exemplar of late Brutalist architecture. The edifice&rsquo;s structure is effectively a steel bridge spanning the Penn Station rail lines leading to Hudson Yards, supporting a cast-in-place concrete column-and-slab frame. The building&rsquo;s enclosure was originally composed of precast concrete fill-in panels with integrated windows."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmhtpm2a2q3vdt5e.jpg"></p><p>"During the 1980s, the building&rsquo;s hard beauty was neutered when its external structural elements...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93073966/paris-ghost-stations-could-be-revitalized-as-galleries-swimming-pools-restaurants Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7e9shryvq7f7g5q.jpg"></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vynbup8u7j80ijn.jpg"></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nq0sm33wh71hrz4.jpg"></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7g4g037y9rg6scbm.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92844618/historic-status-won-t-protect-against-demolition "Historic Status" won't protect against demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-04T14:45:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:53:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzuue8d07dwldi1u.jpg" width="514" height="729" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What a National Register [of Historic Places] listing really means is a 20% federal tax credit for structural investing, along with any state tax incentives, but that's often not enough to make preservation a more appealing option over razing and starting over. [...] Listing on the National Register certainly gives something of an economic incentive for preservation, as well as a national profile for these sites [...] However, what historic sites ultimately need is sustainable funding.</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/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-21T13:28:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:28:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4r64fmgfjjs1x5sy.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late in 2011, [Zappos CEO] Hsieh became even more legendary by announcing almost larkishly that he&rsquo;d be leading a $350 million effort to rejuvenate a blighted stretch of Las Vegas&rsquo; downtown [&hellip;] His plan was to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into an entrepreneurial tech nirvana. [...] Doubters have no place in the ecosystem. Pragmatists stand little chance. A love of hyperbole prevails.</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/90316469/ga-collaborative-partners-with-rwandan-women-s-group-for-housing-redevelopment GA Collaborative partners with Rwandan women's group for housing redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-02T22:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T12:20:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jf/jfdkdwc3jdlv1399.jpg" width="300" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Yutaka Sho has been working on housing redevelopment strategies in Rwanda since 2008, and from the beginning the challenges were clear. Building materials were severely limited and ripple effects from the 1994 genocide were still strong, leaving Rwandan society displaced and disproportionately female. After the genocide, the Rwandan government enacted the controversial "imidugudu" development strategy; a "villagization" program that tried to gather rural homesteads together in villages, to make it easier to deliver resources. Even more Rwandans were displaced as a result, and often did not receive the promised resources.*</p> <p> Sho's work with the GAC is to aid reconstruction without further disrupting Rwandans' lives. They partnered with Dushyigikirane, a women's organization in the northern Rwandan town of Masoro, to help the community build their own housing so they wouldn't be forcibly relocated. GAC would help Dushyigikirane in designing the new village of 50 houses, using the ac...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88595906/nl-architects-completes-b05-kuifje-in-nieuw-crooswijk-rotterdam NL Architects completes B05 “Kuifje” in Nieuw Crooswijk, Rotterdam Justine Testado 2013-12-11T12:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-11T13:07:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97sk80qv8d4uia82.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After three years of construction, NL Architects' B05 Kuifje is now complete. Nicknamed Tintin, B05 is located in Nieuw Crooswijk, a residential area near the city center of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos park. With its "deformed" silhouette, Tintin was constructed as part of an urban plan by West 8 to redevelop the area into a distinct cityscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here are a few photos of "Tintin":<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxuzo4429ivfgccm.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9t/9tt5vf2mawn7k4e7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4l/4lzjlf3sywt7lyz0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Photos by Luuk Kramer.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79300348/the-brooklyn-tech-triangle-as-the-next-silicon-valley The Brooklyn Tech Triangle as the next Silicon Valley? Justine Testado 2013-08-12T17:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T21:36:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4blnot1gbzrjevu5.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="http://brooklyntechtriangle.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn Tech Triangle</a> could become the next Silicon Valley -- if the strategic plan to bolster the emerging tech hub comes to full fruition. The plan was developed over a six-month period by a multidisciplinary team led by <a href="http://archinect.com/wxystudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a> and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the DUMBO Improvement District, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation). The Tech Triangle is projected to bring immense growth to the local economy as soon as 2015.<br><br> In 2012, local tech and creative firms participated in <a href="http://brooklyntechtriangle.com/the-study/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a study</a> conducted by the coalition that revealed the Triangle's potential for economic impact and innovation. The Triangle contains <a href="http://downtownbrooklyn.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Brooklyn</a>, <a href="http://dumbo.is/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DUMBO</a>, and <a href="http://brooklynnavyyard.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Brooklyn Navy Yard</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xg/xgw43wo4yqzdn6qo.jpg" title=""><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zi4yyzqk8b69u3hy.jpg" title=""><br><br> Key objectives in the strategic plan include enhancing workforce development, increasing availability of affordable real estate, improving infrastructure and transportation routes, and public-space creation. In summation, the plan aims to...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76416883/something-is-happening-in-vegas-but-will-it-convince-people-to-stay Something is happening in Vegas; but will it convince people to stay? David Smolker 2013-07-05T17:51:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/omdw9hx1xlf7cus5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Writes New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman: "Las Vegans I spoke with, young and old, complained about not having 'enough authentic places,' which are 'locally owned, one of a kind, less corporate,' as Tyler Jones, a 35-year-old architect-developer of luxury homes and third-generation Las Vegan, put it to me. They wanted a Las Vegas for Las Vegans."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Las Vegas, a city long-defined by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdyLfdHbr7E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">googie</a>, short-term stays, and the flash and pulse of the Strip, is doing some soul-searching. The <a href="http://www.downtownproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Project</a>, backed by online apparel mogul and Zappo's executive Tony Hsieh, is leading efforts to cultivate authentic neighborhood feel and life at street level through investments in small-businesses filling decrepit areas of the city. Zappo's will soon relocate to the old City Hall building, and Hsieh and the Downtown Project are pursuing redevelopment under a feverish pace: 5 years to "transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world".&nbsp;</p> <p> The rapid pace of redevelopment should seem familiar to those who watched Las Vegas emerge from a desolate patch of desert to a flashing neon playground for the rich and fabulous, and despite the good intentions of Hsieh and his partners, the question looms: is community developed in a flash anything more than a mirage?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70025312/navarra-spain-welcomes-redesigned-parliament Navarra, Spain Welcomes Redesigned Parliament Anna Johnson 2013-03-25T15:48:00-04:00 >2013-04-01T19:23:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kvlj56e0pvlxh4ho.jpg" width="514" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A previously historic government building has now become the centre of the Parliament of Navarra, Spain. Designed by Otxotorena Arquitectos, the redevelopment project was part of plans to restore the 19th century Audiencia Building of Pamplona. Covering 11,062 square metres, the &euro;9 million redevelopment project has drawn attention for its architectural aesthetics which incorporate a new glass skin into the parliament building.</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/62430301/history-honoured-in-german-retail-centre-revamp History Honoured in German Retail Centre Revamp Anna Johnson 2012-11-30T15:03:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:57:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lf/lf379xuanjnksg7s.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern retailers go to extremes to make their mark and compete within an increasingly competitive market. This often goes beyond out the box design ideals such as virtual retail or smartphone-based shopping processes.</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/59433002/foster-unveils-major-redevelopment-plan-for-toronto Foster unveils major redevelopment plan for Toronto Archinect 2012-10-16T15:38:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T18:59:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7cf2b6db4091094d291c62fe972a1b35.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riding on the tailwinds of last week&rsquo;s Mirvish + Gehry announcement, Oxford Properties Group&nbsp;today announced plans for the large-scale redevelopment of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and its surrounding areas. Dubbed "Oxford Place," the project will include much more than a refurbishing of the convention centre. Oxford plans to build four towers: one residential, one office and, of particular interest, two for a hotel that would serve a proposed casino...</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/58433555/one-prize-2012-from-blight-to-might-winners-announced ONE PRIZE 2012: FROM BLIGHT TO MIGHT - Winners Announced Alexander Walter 2012-10-01T20:45:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T20:00:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i3hff9cvu9zphwwr.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in August, Bustler published the twenty shortlisted entries of ONE PRIZE 2012: FROM BLIGHT TO MIGHT, the open international design competition for transforming cities with innovation. Today, Terreform ONE announced the final competition winner, as well as three honorable mentions. The main prize went to the project 'MADE IN LOWER EAST SIDE (MiLES)'.</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/15901554/workac-to-redesign-new-holland-island-in-st-petersburg WORKac to Redesign New Holland Island in St. Petersburg Alexander Walter 2011-08-05T19:22:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:32:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mc60z6mvf7zb2h1.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York-based practice WORKac is the winner of the competition to select a master planning consultant for the future development of New Holland Island in St Petersburg, Russia. [...] New Holland is an 8-hectare island bordered by two canals and a river in the heart of St Petersburg, within 20-minutes walk of the Hermitage and the city&rsquo;s other major cultural sites.</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/15432094/gowanus-lowline-competition-winners Gowanus Lowline Competition Winners Alexander Walter 2011-08-01T17:56:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff8ehpwg2p66tmh3.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six winning designs have been announced in the Gowanus Lowline: Connections competition, hosted by Gowanus by Design. [...] Gowanus Connections is GbD's inaugural international ideas competition, inviting speculation on the value of urban development of postindustrial urban lands, and the possibility of dynamic, pedestrian-oriented architecture that engages with the Gowanus Canal and the surrounding watershed.</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>