Archinect - News 2015-07-04T18:32:29-04:00 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>