Archinect - News 2017-07-23T08:51:32-04:00 UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on "race, gender, and the American built environment" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-09T18:06:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:15:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort aims to facilitate diversity among design and planning professionals and students, and foster innovation in teaching and research on race, gender and inequality in American cities. Partially funded by the university&rsquo;s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the initiative will ensure that the School of Architecture is on the leading edge of scholarship and practice regarding these important issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on race and gender in architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a></li><li><a title="A profession almost as white as the walls." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A profession almost as white as the walls.</a></li><li><a title="Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America</a></li><li><a title="More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before</a></li><li><a title="Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></li></ul> 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="" width="580" height="391" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #447 Nam Henderson 2016-06-05T16:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-05T23:26:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a> wrote about architectural solutions, four major U.S. cities have used, to address homelessness.&nbsp;<strong>no_form</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">quipped</a>&nbsp;"<em>Giving homeless people housing solves homelessness. Wow, fucking brilliant. Took long enough to recognize the obvious.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;previewed Anupama Kundoo's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Knowledge</a>"&nbsp;and examined "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarajevo Now</a>" as part of Archinect&rsquo;s 2016 Venice Biennale coverage.</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>The Guardian provided <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a First look</a>: inside the Switch House. The new "<em>arresting brick ziggurat</em>"&nbsp;for Tate Modern's.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong>, commented "<em>Those stairs are beautiful.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that Swiss architect Simon Kretz is the lucky prot&eacute;g&eacute; who will get to work with David Chipperfield in a year-long architecture mentorship (from the 2016-17 Rolex Arts Initiative), kickstarted a discussion about diversity, "<em>white male shit....</em>"&nbsp;and mentoring vs patronage. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller</a>&nbsp;paused to put things in perspective, via an amazing podcast with<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Mabel Wilson</a> from Columbia. "<em>The were some crazy points brought up, like the...</em></p> U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time" Alexander Walter 2016-04-28T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:07:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a child, Anthony Foxx knew he couldn&rsquo;t ride his bike far from home without being blocked by a freeway. By the time he became U.S. transportation secretary he understood why. &ldquo;We now know &mdash; overwhelmingly &mdash; that our urban freeways were almost always routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods, creating disconnections from opportunity that exist to this day,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I really believe that this is an issue that has been on the shelf collecting dust for a long time,&rdquo; Foxx said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera</a></li></ul> Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much Justine Testado 2016-04-05T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T16:07:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's a triple whammy," [Hadid] told the BBC Radio 4 in February. "I'm a woman, which is a problem to many people. I'm a foreigner &mdash; another problem. And I do work which is not normative, which is not what they expect. Together, it becomes difficult." Like any high-profile architect, Hadid was expected to produce strong, functional designs. But as a woman, she also faced the added pressure of having her work interpreted as some sort of gender statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because the work is good."</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;We just loved her&rdquo;: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha Hadid</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fun game: spot the double-standards in this Zaha-bashing piece!</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid: 'Being an Arab and a woman is a double-edged sword'</a></p> Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem Alexander Walter 2015-08-14T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:19:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If America decides to take on its growing slum problem, people will need to think hard about how to do so. Mobility programs are proven to work for the families who move, but what happens to the neighborhoods that people leave? Can affordable-housing projects in low-income areas also help poor families succeed, or are they doomed to fail their residents, no matter how nice they are, because of where they are located? &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abandoned schools = new development opportunities</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li></ul> Surprise! Architecture is still among the whitest professions in America Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T15:12:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T16:04:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="551" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eight out of every 10 lawyers are white. Social scientists and architects are probably in need of some diversity too.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Atlantic</em></a> has put together an informative interactive chart detailing the racial compositions of some of America's least diverse professions. As expected, architecture still ranks high up with 77.7% Whites&nbsp;&mdash; a much discussed phenomenon here on Archinect.</p><p>We want to hear from you: Have you been seeing an increase in diversity in architectural practice and education?</p> With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For years, our family journeys have taken us from our hillside home, in the multiethnic Mount Washington district of northeast Los Angeles, into the flatlands of the Latino barrios that surround it. My wife, Virginia Espino, who is Mexican-American, knows these neighborhoods well, especially the community called Highland Park. [...] &ldquo;I saw them all move out,&rdquo; my wife said one day, referring to the neighborhood&rsquo;s white residents. &ldquo;And now I&rsquo;m watching them move back in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> U of M architecture dean encourages minority high school students to storm barriers in a field dominated by white males Alexander Walter 2014-11-17T13:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T19:42:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Monica Ponce de Leon, a leading American architect proud of being a Hispanic woman in a field long dominated by white men, wants to change the face of her profession. [...] agreed to conduct a class earlier that day for juniors from John Hay High School - the vast majority of whom were black. Ponce de Leon, dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning [...], wanted to inspire the students to enter a field in which the vast majority of practitioners don't look like them.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture Archinect 2014-10-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:55:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let's start with the building itself, the actual architecture. Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles &mdash; European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="620" height="390" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="620" height="465" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex Quilian Riano 2014-01-19T16:45:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T17:57:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" 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> 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="" width="625" height="400" 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> 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="" width="650" height="984" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="591" height="391" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seems like some of our members agree that the monument is not ideal - discuss</a></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>