Archinect - News 2016-02-12T07:36:05-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/146052779/it-s-about-recognizing-someone-as-existing-photo-exhibit-depicts-l-a-s-homelessness-crisis "It’s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis Justine Testado 2016-01-19T11:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:10:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkl4tedldg80e9sq.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles-based designers Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa recently collaborated in a photo exhibition titled "HOME(less)". Currently at the University of Southern California, the exhibition spotlights L.A.'s ongoing homelessness crisis in an interestingly positive manner. Borges and Nwankpa took a moment with Archinect to give more details into their project.</p><p><strong>Read the full Archinect feature <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146054413/to-each-their-own-home-a-peek-into-the-home-less-exhibition-at-usc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>More about homelessness in L.A.:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing Justine Testado 2016-01-05T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T11:35:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5yavohz6hjg2lk6p.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What went wrong in Winnipeg was not just about architecture, and 5468796 were stuck trying to make the best of a bad situation. The pulling out of government support to make Centre Village an actual co-operative changed the [project's direction]...'It&rsquo;s time to get the peanut butter off our fingers,' said Ross McGowan, former chief executive and president of CentreVenture...He admits that a failure to understand the needs of the community took a considerable toll on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite good intentions to help families in need, perhaps the worst nightmare an architect can face when designing affordable housing is realizing that the project &mdash; which would of course already be fully built &mdash; doesn't meet the actual demands of the community, and then some. That's basically what happened to the <a href="http://archinect.com/5468796" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 architecture</a>-designed&nbsp;Centre Village project in Winnipeg.</p><p>More about affordable housing on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139400639/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-tatiana-bilbao-s-solution-to-mexico-s-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137956953/up-to-50-of-all-renting-london-households-are-living-in-poverty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139598283/the-promising-affordable-housing-of-hunters-point-south" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town Justine Testado 2015-12-11T14:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T14:27:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3rnc3ou1vhjvgdd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But if L.A. is going to remain a creative capital, its civic and cultural leaders are going to need to do more than offer really great talk about how great we are...This can start with the Otis Report on the Creative Economy...If this report is to be more than just a feel-good data dump, it could use some solid recommendations on how L.A. compares to other cities culturally and how we might improve the situation for artists and cultural organizations, both small and large.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about arts districts on Archinect:</p><p><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></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125896734/downtown-la-s-vision-of-an-architecture-and-design-super-cluster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA's vision of an architecture and design super cluster</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108641438/how-many-artists-does-it-take-to-make-an-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142916003/a-trip-in-lavasa-india-s-developing-corporate-built-town A trip in Lavasa, India's developing corporate-built town Justine Testado 2015-12-08T18:37:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:53:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/au/aumd4sm41oj4cktp.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When fully built, [the New Urbanist, corporate development] Lavasa intends to consume 100 sq km...and will cater to a total population of up to 300,000 in five 'towns' built on seven hills...[But] how does it turn itself from a quirky weekend getaway into a fully fledged 'smart city' where people live and work full time?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect: <a title='Lavasa a new orderly, high-tech "city"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11052641/lavasa-a-new-orderly-high-tech-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lavasa a new orderly, high-tech "city"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely. Justine Testado 2015-10-23T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T11:57:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/em/em2barc5boaqw7u0.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plateauing and decline in U.S. vehicle miles traveled per capita that occurred between [2005-2014] was described by some hopeful commentators as a dramatic shift that was indicative of the preferences of a new workforce...Marginal changes in the way a new generation behaves...cannot overcome the realities of a country where more than three-fourths of jobs are located more than three miles from downtowns and where only one-fourth of homes are in places that their residents refer to as urban.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about car transit on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139609547/welcome-to-evanston-illinois-the-carless-suburbia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia</a></p><p><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></p><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p><p><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137951306/can-a-loss-of-driver-autonomy-save-lives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></p><p><a title="Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126364209/designers-imagine-a-world-of-self-driving-mobile-offices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank Justine Testado 2015-08-26T14:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T03:57:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qljdtul9254499fr.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the huge impact of mental disorders on people&rsquo;s health and wellbeing, and the increased mental health risk of that comes simply from living in a city, you might think that mental health would be an urban health priority. In fact, few policies or recommendations for healthy urban environments address mental health in any depth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Layla McCay, director of the recently launched <a href="http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre for Urban Design &amp; Mental Health</a> think tank, gives her two cents on the stigma that still overshadows mental health, both in urban design and current society.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134889035/mindy-thompson-fullilove-is-a-psychiatrist-for-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities</a></p><p><a title="Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134183942/jason-danziger-heals-psychosis-with-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></p><p><a title="Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p><p><a title="Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96244091/mental-health-survey-at-university-of-toronto-s-faculty-of-architecture-reveals-worrisome-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133743642/christopher-hawthorne-on-repairing-l-a-s-long-broken-relationship-with-its-freeways Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways Justine Testado 2015-08-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:28:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbfrnuzg2j11o8j0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The truth is that Los Angeles, once a pioneer in defining the freeway&rsquo;s place in urban life, has fallen behind other cities. From Dallas to Paris to Seoul, the most innovative ideas about freeways and how they can be redesigned are coming from places far from Southern California. It&rsquo;s time for L.A. to catch up...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following his recent review of the 405 Freeway expansion through the Sepulveda Pass, Christopher Hawthorne sums up why the time is ripe for Angelenos to refresh their perspectives on the city's freeways.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far</a></li><li><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></li><li><a title="Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93984981/like-it-or-not-most-urban-freeways-are-here-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay</a></li><li><a title="405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13066137/405-freeway-closure-exposes-the-limits-of-los-angeles-mobility" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good Justine Testado 2015-07-24T19:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T17:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7fmgsznbngzcm9vy.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The irony of [Metelkova Mesto's] transformation &ndash; from the military arm of a censorious regime to a tolerant artistic community &ndash; is what makes the regeneration project of this space so encouraging...Metelkova, in contrast, has built its image firmly on its artistic and cultural credentials. It&rsquo;s autonomous, but not anarchistic; liberal, but not lawless.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112872633/developer-wants-to-re-use-and-trademark-the-5pointz-name-for-their-new-residential-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer wants to re-use and trademark the 5Pointz name for their new residential towers</a></p><p><a title="Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131334432/muralists-and-the-fragile-relationship-with-the-buildings-they-paint-on" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on</a></p><p><a title="The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122835818/the-uncertain-future-of-slab-city-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California</a></p><p><a title="Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331694/herzog-de-meuron-to-redevelop-berlin-s-infamous-tacheles-cultural-center-locals-fear-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130972585/could-google-s-sidewalk-labs-help-alleviate-urban-city-problems Could Google's Sidewalk Labs help alleviate urban city problems? Justine Testado 2015-07-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t7jeaj3kktvpdy0.jpg" width="514" height="195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this inevitable dichotomy between data and real life that will likely define [Google's] Sidewalk Labs...There&rsquo;s a naivety to their worldview that might help to get things done inside a company but could prove a hurdle to progress in the public realm. Yes, the region does need more housing, but the politics of how, where, and when that housing is built are far more nuanced than Google can apparently handle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cloud of speculation surrounding Google as of late only grows bigger with the tech giant's&nbsp; recent launch of its independent start-up, <a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>. Charging further into Google's real-world endeavors, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/technology/sidewalk-labs-a-start-up-created-by-google-has-bold-aims-to-improve-city-living.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"urban innovation company"</a> vies "to improve city life for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" like curbing energy use, creating more affordable housing, cutting pollution, and streamlining transportation. Could Sidewalk Labs potentially ease the growing pains of real-life urban cities, or is Google just spewing more technocratic rhetoric?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128712541/rural-japanese-town-applies-creative-depopulation-to-attract-millennials-in-aging-population Rural Japanese town applies "creative depopulation" to attract millennials in aging population Justine Testado 2015-06-03T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:10:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwovwhjxvyosia7s.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As rural Japan battles the twin afflictions of a population that is getting smaller almost as quickly as it&rsquo;s getting older, Kamiyama is one of a handful of towns that is bucking the trend. It&rsquo;s practicing 'creative depopulation' &mdash; trying to make sure it gets younger and more innovative, even as it shrinks, by attracting youthful newcomers who are weary of big-city life to work in new rural industries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title="Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool</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="Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122837421/renzo-piano-the-future-of-european-architecture-lies-in-the-suburbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs</a></p><p><a title='Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126440657/how-urban-cities-continue-to-veer-toward-new-forms-of-mobility How urban cities continue to veer toward new forms of mobility Justine Testado 2015-04-30T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:17:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5z/5zpneggcificcvb9.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gilles Vesco calls it the 'new mobility'. It&rsquo;s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones...'Multi-modal' and 'interconnectivity' are now the words on every urban planner&rsquo;s lips...This model of denser, less car-dependent cities is becoming the accepted wisdom across the developed world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Stephen Moss talks to urban planners and transportation authorities around Europe to get a glimpse into how cities worldwide continue to wean themselves off car dependency and explore new forms of mobility, all while city density increases.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119508167/read-the-urban-land-institute-s-full-report-on-the-micro-unit-housing-trend Read the Urban Land Institute's full report on the micro unit housing trend Justine Testado 2015-01-30T15:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:40:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pexw8sht71jdcd7e.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently published a report titled "The Macro View of Micro Units", which shares the latest findings in the revived trend of micro dwellings in the United States. The report arose from a ULI Foundation research grant that the Multifamily Housing Councils received in 2013 to evaluate the market performance and acceptance of small living spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k97amenh16q93s69.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>The 23-unit SMARTSPACE SoMa micro apartments at 38 Harriet St. in San Francisco.</em></p><p>Bill Whitlow, a partner of Terra Search Partners, led the ULI Research Committee that wrote the 46-page report. The Committee worked with ULI Multifamily Council members as well as other developers, operators, and design professionals familiar with micro unit developments in conducting interviews. The findings were presented at the ULI's annual fall meeting in New York.</p><p>The report focuses especially on high-density and pricey metropolitan cities like New York, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. The prefab SMARTSPACE ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences Justine Testado 2014-11-03T15:11:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T20:42:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bbzzlos1tjyhgpjh.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MUJI HOUSE, the architectural entity of Japanese design brand <a href="http://muji.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>, recently released their latest prefab house in Tokyo called the Vertical House. The slender 3-story structure was primarily designed for urban dwellers living within Tokyo's tight living spaces.</p><p>Designed with simple white walls and wooden flooring, the house exhibits the same contemporary minimal aesthetic that Muji's products continue to gain popularity for. The house was built with a timber framework method and an open plan interior with no doors or interior walls. The house also features a kitchen and dining area, a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and large windows that allow for ample sunlight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10md38glgpcgeqqp.jpg"></p><p>Muji isn't entirely new to the prefab house scene. The company worked with prominent Japanese architects like Kengo Kuma for the Window House in 2008 followed by the Tree House in 2009. Muji then worked with Shigeru Ban for the Furniture House during the <a href="http://house-vision.jp/en.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Vision 2013 Tokyo Exhibition</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txn2rb6y7zwv1umq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itc3dlojlbdlgyxl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwkaiai4u2lxtdbd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4dg6dj5d1c65t8m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2p8mivx2llm3ed8.jpg"></p><p><strong>Product details:</strong><br>Name: Vertical Ho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109659675/barcelona-wins-grand-prize-in-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-for-europe Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:55:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h0/h06qi83l4dfs7qjq.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/72244607/studio-olafur-eliasson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/barcelona_wins_grand_prize_in_bloomberg_philanthropies_mayors_challenge_for/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/64962547/living-art-the-rise-of-the-vertical-gardens Living Art: The Rise Of The Vertical Gardens Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T00:34:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T00:34:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8a6h823t8sgzn4jw.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A growing number of small urban spaces are creating landscaped gardens that stretch beyond floor pots, with greenery growing upwards along walls and fences. This new trend toward &lsquo;vertical gardens&rsquo; is renewing apartments, offices and restaurants inviting greenery to flourish in small spaces.</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>