Archinect - News 2014-08-21T14:16:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106877575/streetcars-and-urban-renewal Streetcars and Urban Renewal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T18:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T14:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qi/qiz9nf5ppnqujjdj.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most American cities paved over their streetcar tracks decades ago, deeming the services slow, rickety and inconvenient. Commuters have long preferred cars and buses. But streetcars&mdash;sometimes known as trolleys or trams&mdash;are making a comeback. Services are rolling out in at least 16 American cities, with dozens more in the works [...] The relationship between streetcars and development is not clear, say researchers funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).</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/104332295/72-hour-interactions-to-revive-witten-germany-into-an-urban-art-playground-in-three-days “72 Hour Interactions” to revive Witten, Germany into an urban art playground in three days Justine Testado 2014-07-16T16:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T16:22:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4o13xg372f2lcqn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world championship for the "72 Hour Interactions" realtime competition is taking place in Witten, Germany later this month! For 72 intense hours starting July 23 at 6 p.m., five international teams will venture out and transform Witten's neglected public sites through nothing other than creativity and architectural design &mdash; while having fun in the process.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/ei0nay805mighckn.jpg"></p><p>Each team will represent one of the cities in the Ruhr valley: Hagen, Hattingen, Herdecke, Wetter and Witten. Sixty participants from abroad and from the region will transform neglected sites throughout the city through means of what the competition organizers describe as "gameful architectural interventions".</p><p>Learn more about the competition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/72_hour_interactions_to_revive_witten_germany_into_an_urban_art_playground_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102706633/photos-show-how-detroit-hollowed-out-during-the-highway-age Photos Show How Detroit Hollowed Out During the Highway Age Alexander Walter 2014-06-25T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d49cdd3a256b1230a5f9da84751dee5.jpg" width="500" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While searching for images of highway interchanges in urban areas, I came across these historic aerial photos of Detroit on a message board, showing how the city fabric has slowly eroded. It&rsquo;s a remarkable record of a process that has scarred many other American cities.</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/100719603/montenegro-s-venice-biennale-exhibition-seeks-renewal-of-the-country-s-architectural-heritage Montenegro’s Venice Biennale exhibition seeks renewal of the country’s architectural heritage Justine Testado 2014-05-30T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T22:24:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5demw23syzb5lq2o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Montenegro's "Treasures in Disguise" exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale looks to the country's former Yugoslavic past to provoke discussion of bringing renewal and examining the future possibilities of Montenegran architecture. The exhibition focuses on four historic buildings constructed between 1960 and 1986 that are perceived as cultural models of late modernism architecture. Built with optimistic intentions, the buildings were neglected and have been left to decay ever since.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the projects in their current and original states.</p><p><strong>(Pictured above) Dom Revolucije</strong><br>Architect: Marko Mu&scaron;i&#263;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s96uz109zgmqsfum.jpg"></p><p><strong>Kayak Club &ldquo;Galeb&rdquo;&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect: Vukota Tupa Vukoti&#263;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q7xddy5xq60opw2l.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i60tbnug30uyee5f.jpg"><br><br><strong>Hotel Fjord</strong><br>Architect: Zlatko Ugljen&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hg9vj4p4abqkgj4z.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/328dmvrhbqpi9xv7.jpg"></p><p><strong>Spomen Dom&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect: Marko Mu&scaron;i&#263;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xhxe0v6iz0f2h69f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/663bk3w1t5brkfqw.jpg"></p><p>To learn more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/montenegros_venice_biennale_pavilion_examines_renewal_and/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99418974/results-of-the-2014-european-prize-for-urban-public-space Results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space Justine Testado 2014-05-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:06:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hglb8fmjxqsotjfo.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space adds a dose of reality to often romanticized European cities, showing that every city no matter where has its own set of pressing issues. The annual prize recognizes exemplary projects that have transformed and improved public spaces throughout the continent. Starting with a total of 274 projects from 30 European countries, the international jury selected 25 finalists, and finally two joint winners and four special mentions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>(Pictured above) JOINT WINNER: The Braided Valley, </strong>Elx, Spain - 2013<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Marta Garc&iacute;a Chico, Pr&oacute;coro del Real Baeza</p><p><strong>JOINT WINNER: Renovation of the Old Port, </strong>Marseille, France - 2013<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Michel Desvigne Paysagiste MDP, Foster + Partners, TANGRAM, INGEROP, AIK AIK&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3vdln7r3j9x0w9x.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Opening of Rainham Marshes, </strong>London, United Kingdom - 2014<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Peter Beard_LANDROOM | Peter Beard, Alexander Gore, Sabba Khan, Dingle Price, Gregory Ross, Mark Smith, Keita Tajima&nbsp;<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wd0rhymlf6j8jy7d.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Islamic Cemetery, </strong>Altach, Austria - 2012<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Bernardo Bader Architects&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/falpa4jaqxb4rbhb.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Baana: pedestrian and bicycle corridor, </strong>Helsinki, Finland 2012<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Helsinki City Planning Department, Helsinki Public Works Department, Loci Landscape Architects Ltd</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcxgyfzgg5xcpir5.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: La Lira Theatre</strong>, Ripoll, Spain - 2012&nbsp;<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes SLP, Joan Puigcorb&eacute;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mrzhx2vkv3e0zy2n.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_the_2014_european_prize_for_urban_public_space/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Check out videos of the jurors' comments on each project below.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/92457261/high-lines-and-park-life-why-more-green-isn-t-always-greener-for-cities High Lines and park life: why more green isn't always greener for cities Archinect 2014-01-30T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-31T09:55:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/644157a6901fae1d176e59a8007c8e7e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One obvious answer to these conundrums is increased focus on "sustainability", along with the questionable notion that because something has a lot of vegetation on it, it must be good for the environment. Accordingly, urban farms are part of this peculiar trend. As early as the mid-1980s, Prince Charles advocated turning the depopulated streets of central Liverpool into farmland, something which seemed connected to his war against modern architecture around the same time...</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/92321218/street-smart-winning-proposal-revamps-bangalore-india-with-local-perspective Street Smart winning proposal revamps Bangalore, India with local perspective Justine Testado 2014-01-28T19:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-29T13:53:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h3/h37yx5ru8esm8h5d.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There's nothing more reliable than a local's perspective when it comes to redesigning urban cities. Focusing on India's cityscapes, the Street Smart International Design Competition invited all design professionals to propose ready-to-build designs that reimagine Indian city streets based on the feedback and everyday experience of each city's urban dwellers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out a part of the first-place proposal by <a href="http://archinect.com/febnav" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Febin Frederick</a> &amp; Naveen Nair of A Cube Paradigms.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5ogxlso7ctcujkdl.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isl70s01l9vs69fy.jpg"><br><br>See the entire proposal at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/street_smart_competition_winner1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90315289/royal-adelaide-hospital-design-competition-winning-entries Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition winning entries Justine Testado 2014-01-02T20:33:00-05:00 >2014-01-02T20:41:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa6ttcvz40tafcfh.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South Australia's Office for Design and Architecture hosted the Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition in a process to redesign the historic Royal Adelaide Hospital site, which will be vacated by 2016. The jury awarded one First Prize and a joint Second Prize. Thousands of public voters picked a People's Choice Award, and a Students Competition winner was also awarded.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Designs from the competition will formulate the site's strategic framework and masterplan.</p> <p> Here's a glimpse of the three prize-winning proposals (videos included below):<br><br><strong>First prize: SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects</strong><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa6ttcvz40tafcfh.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Second prize and People's Choice Award: NICE Architects with Mulloway Studios:</strong><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4btzr7uik81cw08w.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Second prize: Bonhag de Rosa with Taylor Cullity Lethlean</strong><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/536897l6i85fp6h9.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90069641/winners-of-brutalist-facelift-and-ghost-town-challenge-for-karosta-latvia Winners of “Brutalist Facelift” and “Ghost Town Challenge” for Karosta, Latvia Justine Testado 2013-12-30T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:29:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjngxiqme2c4k5sy.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Results were recently revealed for Homemade Dessert and Liepaja City Council's 'Brutalist Facelift' and 'Ghost Town Challenge' &mdash; two related competitions in a series to revive the cityscape of Karosta, a former Soviet military town outside of Liepaja, Latvia. Each jury selected three winners &mdash; who won prize money and media attention &mdash; for each competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Brutalist Facelift</em> had entrants redefine the image and future of the historically debatable brutalist-style architecture for Karosta.</p> <p> For <em>Ghost Town Challenge</em>, participants submitted their visions for a new city cultural center.</p> <p> <strong><em>Brutalist Facelift</em> winners</strong></p> <p> 1st prize (US$2,500): Ilana Simhon (US)<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qo2rbrnb01zgs70y.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br> 2nd prize (US$1,000): Joanna Burton (Spain)<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vr/vr6da1a60apcswi7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br> 3rd prize (US$500): Emily Kutil + Jordan Hicks (US)<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcuvduk19z6u6as0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong><em>Ghost Town Challenge</em> winners</strong><br><br> 1st prize (US$6,000): Fabien Grousset + H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Besson + Julien Colom + Guillaume Friolet (France)<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sl/sli6uz26nz33pm1y.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br> 2nd prize (US$3,000) - Gilles Retsin + Isaie Bloch (UK)<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/mybd1n1p2k461at5.jpg" title=""><br><br> 3rd prize (US$1,000) - Johann Bertelli + Gustavo Deleu Nogueira + Julie Deglesne (France)<br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcf4hoa4du67ylsq.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75112505/winners-of-redesigning-detroit-a-new-vision-for-an-iconic-site Winners of Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site Alexander Walter 2013-06-12T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-07-03T12:52:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xu1v5eib6yl8z4fv.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international design competition Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site has announced its winners today. Hosted by the Opportunity Detroit campaign, the competition solicited ideas for a potential signature project on the former Hudson&rsquo;s Department Store site in downtown Detroit.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72031722/a-motor-city-missionary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Motor City Missionary</a></p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75516844/the-grand-opening-honorable-mention-entry-redesigning-detroit-a-new-vision-for-an-iconic-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Grand Opening - Honorable Mention Entry, Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75058322/a-small-pocket-of-detroit-is-thriving-but-it-s-not-a-comeback-city-yet A small pocket of Detroit is thriving, but it's not a comeback city yet Alexander Walter 2013-06-11T19:32:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09fd721f1d25f2d50b4f79bb2fb704c1.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does the fact that Whole Foods Market is opening a store in Detroit surprise you? Well, a lot of Motor City residents were surprised by the decision, too. The move does signal that a little pocket of Motown is thriving. And that&rsquo;s great news &ndash; especially to Detroiters, who have seen their city eulogized ad nauseum in recent years. But the level of affluence in the neighborhood surrounding Whole Foods is well below what you would see in other cities that have undergone urban revival.</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/72186785/sunflowers-pocket-parks-and-other-ideas-aim-to-beautify-vacant-lots Sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots Alexander Walter 2013-04-29T14:44:00-04:00 >2013-06-17T07:41:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/aca6336c51ca23bddbfe4bc8796505b7.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you live in any large &lsquo;rustbelt&rsquo; city in the Midwest, and St. Louis in particular, you&rsquo;re probably all too familiar with the site of vacant lots. Empty land where homes and businesses used to be present a tough challenge for cities. This weekend, ground will be broken on several projects which aim to change the way neighborhoods and cities deal with vacant property. The Washington University Sustainable Land Lab Competition chose five winning designs from 48 design submissions.</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>