Archinect - News 2016-02-11T12:21:48-05:00 Entrepreneurs look to tackle Austin's traffic woes Nam Henderson 2015-11-01T12:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-02T15:05:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>*Obviously Austin needs a transit system championed by a game designer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in August, Michael Theis <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highlighted</a> plans by&nbsp;"<em>a few private-sector entrepreneurs &mdash; including some with deep pockets</em>", to address transit needs, especially in Central/downtown Austin. He also&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spoke</a> with&nbsp;spokeswoman Cathy Conley&nbsp;of&nbsp;USA PRT Inc and later <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attended a presentation</a> where Richard Garriott&nbsp;(CEO) is proposing "<em>a fleet of automated podcars</em>".</p><p>For more info about PRT, read '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emerging&nbsp;Rapid Transit Technologies Introduction, State of the Art, Applications</a>', from the&nbsp;<em>Proceedings of the AATS conference, Bologna, Italy, 7-8 Nov.2005</em>.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> Who Shapes Cities and for Whom? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-03T12:41:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:10:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The commercialisation of the urban landscape has resulted in the privatisation of public space. As city centres have become tributes to consumption, private interests have permeated these spaces. They have become awash with pseudo-public consumer spaces which belong to corporations rather than the citizenry. Although these places hold the semblance of being &ldquo;public&rdquo;, they are owned by corporate interests and are therefore under private control and not accountable to the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From The New Left Project's series on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Contemporary City</a>.</p> Eko Atlantic - privatized vs. collective, ecological survival Nam Henderson 2014-01-22T10:02:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T13:37:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster capitalists behind Eko Atlantic have seized on climate change to push through pro-corporate plans to build a city of their dreams, an architectural insult to the daily circumstances of ordinary Nigerians.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Martin Lukacs argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eko Atlantic</a>, a new privatized city to be built near Lagos, Nigeria, is the perfect illustration of how the super-rich will exploit the crisis of climate change to increase inequality and seal themselves off from its impacts.</p> Our Parks Are Not for Sale Nam Henderson 2013-02-17T17:15:00-05:00 >2013-02-19T13:10:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Community activism that simply nibbles at the edges is not enough. Small-scale rebellions can raise consciousness and help bring needed improvements to cities, but what we really need is a revolution.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the Winter 2013 issue of Dissent (the quarterly magazine of politics and ideas), Alex Ulam follows a thread <em>From the Gold Coast of New York to the Venice Biennale</em>.&nbsp;He argues&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spontaneous Interventions</a> "<em>was not an outlier at the Biennale</em>" but indicative of a general movement in support of the "Right to the City". Mr. Ulam then lays out a frame, wherein, the fact that many "<em>municipal parks agencies have become charity cases</em>", a new awareness of POPs, plus the continued selling off of corporate naming rights, are all examples of cities "<em>being redesigned to benefit moneyed interests</em>".</p>