Archinect - News 2014-08-22T03:55:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T16:15:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/929a82a22b2c48f090a3a786bda015ea.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When we talk about why some places gentrify and others don't, there's often a pressing, underlying question at stake: To what degree is gentrification bound up with and shaped by race? This is the subject of a path-breaking new study by Harvard doctoral student Jackelyn Hwang and urban sociologist Robert Sampson published in the August issue of the American Sociological Review.</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/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:42:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca353a0de0d9ef1539537338ea8534c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory. [...] "What we don't know, however, is the story of the losers, the urban men and women who fought the freeway, unsuccessfully, on the conventional terms of political struggle, who weren't able to pack up and move on, and who channeled expressive cultural traditions to register their grievances against the presence of unwanted infrastructure."</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/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'? Alexander Walter 2014-04-30T14:16:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T13:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f9f5283ab74593b4920883534ae0d0e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South African city is World Design Capital 2014, yet residents of Khayelitsha township live in cramped, unhygienic conditions. The need for long-promised urban reform is urgent. [...] &ldquo;Cape Town is a paradise for the minority, but I could hope for a city where everyone has access to the same opportunities that I have,&rdquo; says Wolff. &ldquo;Mandela may have postponed revolution &ndash; but for how much longer is the question.&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/91612244/lost-in-the-gallery-industrial-complex Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex Quilian Riano 2014-01-19T16:45:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T17:57:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aec759054b8130131d0afffbb39553bd.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not long ago, these questions &mdash; of policy but also political and ethical questions &mdash; seemed to be out there on institutional tables, demanding discussion. Technically, they may be there still, but museums seem to be most interested in talking about real estate, assiduously courting oligarchs for collections, and anxiously scouting for the next &ldquo;Rain Room.&rdquo; Political questions, about which cultures get represented in museums and who gets to make the decisions, and how, are buried.</p></em><br /><br /><p> And on the subject of integration, why, in one of the most ethnically diverse cities, does the art world continue to be a bastion of whiteness? Why are African-American curators and administrators, and especially directors, all but absent from our big museums? Why are there still so few black &mdash; and Latino, and Asian-American &mdash; critics and editors?</p> <p> Not long ago, these questions &mdash; of policy but also political and ethical questions &mdash; seemed to be out there on institutional tables, demanding discussion. Technically, they may be there still, but museums seem to be most interested in talking about real estate, assiduously courting oligarchs for collections, and anxiously scouting for the next &ldquo;Rain Room.&rdquo; Political questions, about which cultures get represented in museums and who gets to make the decisions, and how, are buried.</p> <p> Political art brings me back to where I started, with artists, and one final, baffled complaint, this one about art schools, which seem, in their present fo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90674847/bridge-over-troubled-waters-open-letter-to-mayor-bill-de-blasio Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Open Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio Quilian Riano 2014-01-07T12:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T21:50:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hgu7og036jurn15l.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the money, municipalize the program, and make gorgeous, genuinely affordable housing your greatest legacy, building it where it's most needed? We can do it! -Michael Sorkin</p></em><br /><br /><p> Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio:</p> <p> Along with many other architects and urbanists, I'm looking forward to your taking office this month as mayor of New York City, and working to implement the theme of your campaign, the elimination of the increasingly radical disparities that underlie that &ldquo;tale of two cities&rdquo; you so frequently spoke about&mdash;a tale, increasingly, about two nations. While this program of social equity must operate in many spheres&mdash;from the creation of jobs to the provision of services, to the fight for environmental and social justice&mdash;planning the physical city in its growth and transformation is one of the most important powers of municipal government, one that the Bloomberg administration has deployed with stark effectiveness...</p> <p> Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85972778/a-profession-almost-as-white-as-the-walls A profession almost as white as the walls. Gregory Walker 2013-11-07T09:46:00-05:00 >2013-11-14T14:24:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/vaqt0swoh65y1ftc.jpg" width="514" height="778" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The differences in unemployment rates, participation rates, and average earnings between whites, blacks, and Hispanics aren't just stark. They're also sturdy, rarely yielding over the last 40 years. Whites account for about 81 percent of the workforce. But there are 33 occupations counted by the BLS (particularly those on farms, around heavy machines, in doctor's offices, and in C-suites) where whites officially account for nine in ten of all workers, or more. Here they are."</p></em><br /><br /><p> while my own experience doesn't fully bear this out, it's sadly not surprising to see us end up on a list like this (if the numbers are true). in short, yes, it seems fully plausible that our profession is really as white as the walls we paint.&nbsp;</p> <p> i'm not teaching on a full time basis any more - can people please give me some hope that the generations coming through reflect a little more color variation? pretty please?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60519421/david-adjaye-is-number-one-this-year-on-the-list-of-britain-s-most-influential-black-people David Adjaye is number one this year on the list of Britain's most influential black people Archinect 2012-11-01T19:14:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T16:04:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f4b7d64ca30ae8a6b1d4ffebb1de533.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year, David Adjaye, whom President Obama refers to as his favourite architect, is at number one on the list, selected by a panel of independent judges working from a definition of influence as "the ability to alter events and change lives in a positive way".</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/18921342/a-paraphrased-quote-stirs-criticism-of-mlk-memorial A Paraphrased Quote Stirs Criticism Of MLK Memorial Archinect 2011-09-01T12:46:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1s/1slfddl1qq449fej.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The poet and author and one of the memorial's consultants, Maya Angelou, told The Washington Post, yesterday, the quote makes King seem arrogant. Actually, she put it in harsher terms. "The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit," she said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Today, <em>All Things Considered</em>'s Melissa Block spoke to memorial's executive architect, Ed Jackson Jr., who explained the quote was paraphrased because of design constraints. At first, he said, the quote was going to be placed on the south face of the monument, but instead the designers decided that they wanted visitors to see the quotation ("Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope...") that explained the whole concept first. So they decided to move the quotation to the north side, where the sculptor had already done some work adding striations that left little room for a lengthy engraving.</p> <p> That's the technical explanation. But Jackson also said he disagreed with Angelou. He said the quote did not make King sound arrogant and said the memorial includes 14 other quotations and that the full experience cannot be determined by one small part of it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/18858881/anyone-else-not-happy-with-how-the-mlk-monument-looks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seems like some of our members agree that the monument is not ideal - discuss</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/15546446/separate-and-unequal-the-neighborhood-gap-for-blacks-hispanics-and-asians-in-metropolitan-america Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America Alexander Walter 2011-08-02T17:42:06-04:00 >2011-08-02T17:57:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/8124b3538b7e66fbc456c4ad6f9920b5.jpg" width="324" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s an ongoing debate in American society whether class or race is a stronger bond. A new study from the US2010 Project shows that race is still more determinant than class when it comes to where you live. The study found that in almost every measurement, the affluent black or Hispanic American in a household earning more than $75,000 lives in a poorer neighborhood than the average white or Asian American living in a household earning under $40,000.</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>