Archinect - News 2016-07-25T20:49:48-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149959339/watch-seventy-years-of-downtown-la-s-architecture-compared-side-by-side Watch seventy years of Downtown LA's architecture compared side-by-side Alexander Walter 2016-07-22T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T18:01:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h6/h6v874b3ov31elhw.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bunker Hill, an area of roughly five square blocks in downtown Los Angeles, holds a place in city lore similar to that of the water wars or&nbsp;the construction of Dodger Stadium: beginning in 1959, it was the subject of a massive urban-renewal project, in which &ldquo;improvement&rdquo; was generally defined by the people who stood to profit from it [...] subject of this short film by Keven McAlester, which compares what the same streets in downtown Los Angeles looked like in the nineteen-forties and today.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/co/cozaqk4ue0mmjn7e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9x/9xtk16s2fapmlf1b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4j/4jguy1fkp8nlm5uc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g37yko3qk2lrpj2b.jpg"></p><p><em>Stills via YouTube.</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958688/dtla-s-music-center-plaza-will-get-a-30m-remodel-its-first-since-1964" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DTLA's Music Center Plaza will get a $30M remodel, its first since 1964</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955220/historic-la-times-building-to-be-redeveloped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic LA Times Building to be redeveloped</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954987/la-s-donut-time-the-lgbtq-landmark-in-tangerine-is-now-permanently-closed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Donut Time, the LGBTQ landmark in &ldquo;Tangerine&rdquo;, is now permanently closed</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958136/cutting-out-the-real-estate-middle-man-a-closer-look-at-self-builds Cutting out the (real estate) middle man: a closer look at Self-Builds Alexander Walter 2016-07-15T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T05:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c35318ba8fd0ce3fabd59f33809ac0f8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s not a new argument to say that cities are increasingly morphing from social configurations to investment vehicles. [...] &ldquo;Self-builds&rdquo;, &ldquo;Baugruppen&rdquo;, and &ldquo;zelfbouw&rdquo; are just a few ways to define variations of building-it-yourself (BIY), whether done individually or as a collective. The end users (who are the commissioners), together with architects, decide on the design of their homes, and then take care of the construction themselves or have contractors do it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956435/it-s-the-culture-stupid-curatorial-statement-for-the-international-architecture-biennale-rotterdam-from-executive-director-george-brugmans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the Culture, Stupid: curatorial statement for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, from executive director George Brugmans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957948/reinhold-martin-hosts-contentious-house-housing-panel-provoking-discussion-on-inequality-real-estate-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinhold Martin hosts contentious 'House Housing' panel, provoking discussion on inequality, real estate and architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951467/halfway-there-the-limits-to-aravena-s-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Halfway there? The limits to Aravena's social housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957948/reinhold-martin-hosts-contentious-house-housing-panel-provoking-discussion-on-inequality-real-estate-and-architecture Reinhold Martin hosts contentious 'House Housing' panel, provoking discussion on inequality, real estate and architecture Ayesha Ghosh 2016-07-14T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T23:16:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/kivlnp7zjllymg33.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"<a href="http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=upcoming&amp;expid=318" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Housing; An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate</a>", a globally touring exhibit, has finally arrived in its place of conception, New York City. After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106100539/koolhaas-missing-fundamental-is-alive-and-kicking-in-house-housing-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first appearing</a>&nbsp;at the 2014 Venice Biennale, &ldquo;House Housing&rdquo; has popped up in Chicago, Berlin and Los Angeles. The exhibit opened this past Tuesday, July 12 at the AIA New York Center for Architecture.</p><p>Researched and organized by Columbia University&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149943915/the-temple-hoyne-buell-center-for-the-study-of-american-architecture-columbia-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture</a>, the opening was accompanied by a panel discussion moderated by Reinhold Martin, Director of the Buell Center. Martin was joined by Patrice Derrington, Director of the Real Estate Development Program at Columbia, GSAPP and Lissa So, Founding Partner at Marvel Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c3/c3kqdj7pjenw6308.jpg"></p><p>The exhibit is quite timely, given the frequency with which New York&rsquo;s housing stock is embroiled in tension between real estate, architecture, private capital and the demand for more affordable housing. If anything, the exhibit and panel disc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway Another speedy “Pyonghattan” skyscraper project is underway Justine Testado 2016-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T14:55:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a448z8dgd4ugvfvm.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hoping to show the world his country is doing just fine despite sanctions and outside pressure over its nuclear weapons program, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has put his soldier-builders to work on yet another major [skyscraper] project Pyongyang&rsquo;s new Pyonghattan, officially called &ldquo;Ryomyong Street,&rdquo; is to have the country&rsquo;s tallest apartment building, at 70 stories, along with a 50-story building and a handful of smaller ones in the 30-40 story range.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;[Kim's] soldier-builders are now putting up the frames for each new floor at the reportedly breakneck-pace of 14 hours to get it all done by the end of the year.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136651392/pyonghattan-water-parks-north-korea-s-new-architectural-ambitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954289/a-closer-look-at-boston-s-winthrop-square-redevelopment-bids A closer look at Boston's Winthrop Square redevelopment bids Alexander Walter 2016-06-27T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T15:00:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/ly0kg21f130i1lwt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frustrated by a succession of boring glass boxes, Mayor Marty Walsh has called for one more: adventurous architecture. [...] the city tries to sell off a decrepit garage in Winthrop Square. Earlier this month, each of six development teams presented its ideas in an open house at Faneuil Hall. On Monday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority revealed each team&rsquo;s bid for the garage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detailed presentations of the six final RFP responses can be found <a href="http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/work-with-the-bra/rfps-rfqs-bids/rfp-listing-page?id=78" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115730231/boston-mayor-marty-walsh-goes-up-against-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126485922/rachel-slade-dares-to-ask-why-is-boston-so-ugly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953603/chipperfield-s-jane-street-proposal-faces-vehement-opposition-in-nyc Chipperfield's Jane Street Proposal Faces Vehement Opposition in NYC davvid 2016-06-23T15:43:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T14:40:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u13plvqg9i7u66o3.jpg" width="514" height="626" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Plans to raze a two-story parking garage at 11-19 Jane Street and build a... seven-story apartment building designed by ... David Chipperfield came in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission" "Testimony against the development came in droves, with NIMBYs speaking against the project&rsquo;s "inappropriate," "out-of-scale," "travesty" of a design."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://newyorkyimby.com/2016/06/landmarks-tables-decision-on-apartment-building-at-11-19-jane-street-west-village.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Yimby</a>&nbsp;has published Chipperfield's entire presentation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://newyorkyimby.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/11-19JaneStreet_20160621_34.jpg"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://newyorkyimby.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/11-19JaneStreet_20160621_26.jpg"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://newyorkyimby.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/11-19JaneStreet_20160621_28.jpg"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://newyorkyimby.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/11-19JaneStreet_20160621_32.jpg"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://newyorkyimby.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/11-19JaneStreet_20160621_36.jpg"></p><p><img alt="" src="http://newyorkyimby.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/11-19JaneStreet_20160621_40.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953526/is-los-angeles-becoming-a-real-city Is Los Angeles becoming a "real" city? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-23T13:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:14:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqij3dyzg2uihza6.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Could Los Angeles grow to become a &ldquo;real city&rdquo; like New York or London? Last year, LA gained at least 50,000 people, according to a recent report from the California Department of Finance, pushing the population to more than 4 million people for the first time in the city&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Part of the appeal of Los Angeles has been its refusal to be like other cities. For years, its objective "center" was a forbidding cluster of office towers with near zero street life, while in outlying, low-density neighborhoods, people partied in back yards that ran up against wildlife preserves, hiking trails, and quaint man-made lakes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mknj49a6tsicgbpi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zn/znizf8f91o6wvkmu.jpg"></p><p>However, as other big, traditionally urban U.S. cities gradually became stupidly unaffordable (looking at you,<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12384/new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> New York</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/224/san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>) and Moby wrote that <a href="http://creativetimereports.org/2014/02/03/moby-los-angeles-first-city-of-the-apocalypse/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one Op-Ed</a>, a sizable number of creative-class types decided to try their luck in a place with what then had half the rental costs and much more temperate weather.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6bakcyosale0z8hd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r3/r35taikvbq304fcp.jpg"></p><p>Now, with a rapidly growing subway system and a still undaunted, ebullient vibe, L.A. may be starting to take itself seriously as a city, which ironically could be its undoing, or the impetus for spectacular urban development. If history is any guide, it will be both, creating the newest weird, beautiful, idiosyncratic iteration we co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949822/edinburgh-s-controversial-1b-garden-district-will-move-forward Edinburgh’s controversial £1b “Garden District” will move forward Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-07T05:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-06T19:10:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8gfswvagtzvjulwg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The scheme was designed by EMA Architecture + Design, a local practice specialising in commercial mixed-use masterplans and residential development. The first phase will be followed by subsequent ones over 20 years, resulting in a &pound;1bn ($1.4bn) &ldquo;Garden District&rdquo;. As well as the homes, there will be a school, shopping centre, sports facilities and parks. A quarter of all the homes will be affordable housing, with the remainder split between private homes and apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Edinburgh's own officials are mucking up the city's historic architecture, says former Daily Mail editor" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140966699/edinburgh-s-own-officials-are-mucking-up-the-city-s-historic-architecture-says-former-daily-mail-editor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh's own officials are mucking up the city's historic architecture, says former Daily Mail editor</a></li><li><a title="Celebrated Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins dies at 48 from heart attack" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145504426/celebrated-scottish-architect-gareth-hoskins-dies-at-48-from-heart-attack" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrated Scottish architect Gareth Hoskins dies at 48 from heart attack</a></li><li><a title="Red Road towers, built to combat Glasgow's slums in the 1960s, now slated for demolition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645640/red-road-towers-built-to-combat-glasgow-s-slums-in-the-1960s-now-slated-for-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Red Road towers, built to combat Glasgow's slums in the 1960s, now slated for demolition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947217/austin-considering-mandating-affordable-housing-units-in-some-areas Austin considering mandating affordable housing units in some areas Nicholas Korody 2016-05-24T20:06:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T01:14:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vvnrgq380bg9ey8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A City Council committee could take the first steps Tuesday toward mandating that developers include affordable units in new housing complexes to be built in several East Austin neighborhoods. The proposal by Council Member Greg Casar, who chairs the council&rsquo;s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee, comes as soaring rents have pushed poorer and minority residents out of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The plan would mark a significant shift in direction from the current, incentive-based approach that allows developers to build larger buildings in exchange for including affordable housing units. As it stands now, developers can also pay a fee to the city's housing fund in order to build bigger buildings.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning" target="_blank">New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class" target="_blank">The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel & residential redevelopment Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T23:36:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpw8xc4mh8bnfu42.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of developers on the short list to buy Tribune Tower want to convert the Gothic Michigan Avenue landmark into condominiums, apartments and even a hotel [...] The property also comes with something all developers love: land for new buildings. A buyer could build one or two more towers on the parking lot next door and on space created by demolishing some of the existing Tribune building that is not landmarked. [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent Chi-Town news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946421/is-pyongyang-s-eccentric-architecture-only-skin-deep Is Pyongyang's eccentric architecture only skin deep? Justine Testado 2016-05-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wr/wrh05a9bh9p5kv7i.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some Pyongyang-watchers believe the changes are merely skin deep, and do not portend or reflect deeper political or economic changes. &lsquo;There is still all this state influence. There is no free development [...] The production of the city has not yet changed. Only the shapes of the buildings have changed.&rsquo; &lsquo;There is this thing among North Koreans about developing...an architecture that is reflective of their society. So what is an architecture that reflects their society?&lsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers LA has a housing crisis – but the problem isn't those fancy new towers Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T14:11:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74i0wp553wpleawx.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What&rsquo;s the root cause of Los Angeles&rsquo; affordable housing crisis? Many blame the new luxury housing developments springing up... driving up interest in the neighborhood and attracting hipsters. Landlords take notice and soon rents start climbing. That&rsquo;s the story anyway. But here&rsquo;s the thing: If booming development in hot markets like Hollywood and downtown is why rents keep going up... why have the same price increases hit locales with extremely limited development?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Because our problems aren&rsquo;t driven by a local phenomenon but by a regional one: low residential vacancy rates. Nothing is more important, and data from the American Community Survey confirm this. Zooming out to look at the 20 largest U.S. cities rather than local ZIP codes, the correlation between prices and vacancies is four times stronger than the correlation between prices and new development."</em></p><p>According to experts, 5% vacancy is the magic number defining the landlord-renter relationship. Above it, the landlord is forced to lower rents or offer incentives to attract renters. Below it, expect to pay exorbitant rates for that roach-infested closet.</p><p>So in other words, it's a paucity of housing stock in general driving the city's housing crisis, rather than a few flashy towers.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941745/as-housing-crisis-persists-l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-get-one-step-closer-to-legal" target="_blank">As housing crisis pe...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943280/dattner-designed-bronx-high-rise-will-be-new-york-city-s-largest-residential-passive-house Dattner-designed Bronx high-rise will be New York City's largest residential Passive House Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T09:38:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkdpd47wqlh6l2fy.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In addition to housing for low- and moderate-income households, the mixed-use and mixed-income development will include a supermarket with healthy food options, a charter school, a medical facility, cultural and community spaces, a social services facility, and a rehabilitated playground that is currently closed. [...] The 24-story building is expected to be the largest residential Passive House built in New York City and use 70% less energy than conventional buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145045336/lessons-learned-the-complex-realities-when-designing-communal-social-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons learned: The complex realities when designing communal social housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124374509/the-bronx-s-once-celebrated-lambert-houses-face-an-unclear-fate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bronx&rsquo;s once celebrated Lambert Houses face an unclear fate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941796/construction-of-shop-s-29th-floor-skybridge-pool-nearing-completion Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T17:50:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:42:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/oz3n8uwjx3roj242.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Workers have almost completed mounting the copper paneling&nbsp;on the American Copper Buildings&nbsp;(n&eacute;e&nbsp;626 First Avenue), the new tilting, two-towered development on Manhattan&rsquo;s East Side, but their&nbsp;most striking feature&mdash;a three-story, 100-foot-long skybridge&mdash;is still open to the elements. [...] The skybridge itself, though, is designed to be the showstopper. The architects placed a 75-foot lap pool on the bridge, so residents can swim 300 feet in the air [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p0/p0b1igtm2x5h9s3v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Interior rendering of the skybridge pool area on the 29th floor.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hq/hqcayoltiixry9kd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Exterior rendering of the SHoP-designed towers with the skybridge spanning the 27th to 29th floors. (Image: JDS Development; via bloomberg.com)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/wekxze2p57axs4u2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; JDS Developers hope to have the towers completed in 2017.</p><p>Images via the <a href="http://jdsdevelopment.com/american-copper-buildings/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developer's website</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-20/american-copper-buildings-photos-626-first-ave-skybridge-pool-by-shop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bloomberg.com</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937708/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-new-rooftop-spaces-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Rooftop Spaces" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87936145/every-pool-in-los-angeles-mapped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-20T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:02:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubu1rhxmdgfz5rth.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>this plan creates a new complication all its own: a financing scheme that involves borrowing nearly $1.2 billion and extending five taxes beyond their expiration dates: Tax dollars collected in 2066 still would be paying off a deal cut a half-century earlier, in 2016. [...] By law both proposed museum sites are submerged lake bottom and have special protections. [...] If you're a citizen, you own what's called a fractional beneficial interest in this public trust land. You can use it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on the rocky development history of Chicago's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art:</p><ul><li><a title='The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a title="Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></li><li><a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940152/critic-mark-lamster-on-the-dire-state-of-architecture-in-dallas-and-most-other-american-cities Critic Mark Lamster on the dire state of architecture in Dallas (and most other American cities) Alexander Walter 2016-04-12T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr1tkzi4w9e5fatx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>bastardized visual language has become the de facto standard of Dallas residential architecture development. The explanation for its ever-increasing prevalence, however depressing, is fairly straightforward.&nbsp;Developers find something that&rsquo;s profitable and want to reproduce it. Risk-averse banks are happy to lend them money given their track record, at least in the short term. Architects, stuck with low budgets, tight schedules, and conservative developers, serve to please and follow convention.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But Dallas architecture shouldn&rsquo;t be a joke, and it doesn&rsquo;t have to be. A look at recent developments in Los Angeles, a historically auto-centric city faced with similar&nbsp;growth challenges,&nbsp;suggests how Dallas might break the vicious cycle in which it is mired."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126897631/architecture-critic-mark-lamster-we-systemically-encourage-bad-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Critic Mark Lamster: "We systemically encourage bad building."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147360412/does-houston-s-architecture-lack-poetry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Houston's architecture lack poetry?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115730231/boston-mayor-marty-walsh-goes-up-against-boring-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937384/foster-partners-get-the-go-ahead-on-controversial-whiteleys-renovation Foster + Partners' get the go-ahead on controversial Whiteleys renovation Ellen Hancock 2016-04-01T04:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/831a0ef89b6fbd2d7d11a5be5c2373eb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners&rsquo; plans for the overhaul of London&rsquo;s Grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre have got the go-ahead &ndash; despite opposition from locals. Westminster City Council approved the contentious scheme last night, but will now look into setting conditions concerning the scale of two residential towers that form part of the proposal, alongside a gym, hotel, cinema and new shops.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on listed projects, take a look at previous coverage here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935964/sex-pistols-graffiti-secures-famous-tin-pan-alley-building-grade-2-listed-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex Pistols graffiti secures famous Tin Pan Alley building Grade 2* listed status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few? Alexander Walter 2016-03-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fisdg1gmdl8cd9so.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&#65279;&ldquo;If we do it right,&rdquo; Gehry said at an event in September, &ldquo;we can really make the High Line look like a little pishy thing.&rdquo; Given that Manhattan&rsquo;s elevated park, at merely 1/35th the length of the river, has helped transform the surrounding neighborhood into a playground for the rich, residents of LA&rsquo;s river-adjacent communities are right to be concerned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The LA River development project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149367745/request-for-qualifications-rfq-boxspot-architectural-services Request for Qualifications (RFQ) BoxSpot Architectural Services Sponsor 2016-03-02T12:37:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:06:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ua/uade2qu6cgb61ux1.jpg" width="514" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bbcdevelopment.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burten, Bell, Carr Development</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Burten, Bell, Carr Development (BBC), a non-profit community development organization is seeking qualifications from architects with experience designing shipping containers for commercial and/or office space use. The consultant must demonstrate previous experience with container based structures at all phases of development including schematic design, design development, and the construction procurement process. It is the goal of BBC to hire a consultant that establishes a set of approved technical specifications and construction drawings for a modular product line of habitable container structures.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/hhgsafny6v7owu4/RFQ%20_%20BoxSpot%20-%20Shipping%20Container%20Architect%20-%20Cleveland_.pdf?dl=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to download a copy of the RFQ</a></p><p><em><strong>C</strong><strong>o</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>su</strong><strong>l</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>t</strong><strong> qualifications</strong><strong> </strong><strong>w</strong><strong>il</strong><strong>l be acc</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>pted</strong><strong> </strong><strong>until March 14, 2016</strong><strong>.</strong></em></p><p>RFQ BACKGROUND</p><p><strong>Key Partners</strong><br><a href="http://www.bbcdevelopment.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc</em></a><br>BBC is the lead entity in the creation of the Container Retrofitting Business, is a nonprofit neighborhood development organization founded in 1990 that serves th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149044981/as-ho-chi-minh-city-develops-rapidly-historic-colonial-architecture-comes-under-threat As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat Alexander Walter 2016-02-26T14:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:01:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qx9z5nsjuzg9x1tx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What I realized is that they have very little power,&rdquo; Mr. Viet, 28, said of his fellow urban planners. &ldquo;The fates of the buildings were being decided by someone else.&rdquo; [...] when Ho Chi Minh City&rsquo;s property market perked up after a slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis, dozens of prewar buildings &mdash; spanning the colonial to modernist eras &mdash; were razed to make room for new ones. As the city&rsquo;s modest skyline grows, residents are watching with a mixture of awe and trepidation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105251391/inside-the-famous-phnom-penh-cinema-that-has-become-a-living-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146747817/how-chinese-families-are-handling-the-country-s-ongoing-mass-evictions How Chinese families are handling the country's ongoing mass evictions Justine Testado 2016-01-27T18:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vio7yuu6as76s1wx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'My family has lived here for generations. We don&rsquo;t want the money, we don&rsquo;t want our house destroyed, we just want to live here,' Mrs. Zhang declared. The physical re-facing of China is cutting some very deep social scars. Abuse of power, corruption, developers in cahoots with government officials, and the misappropriation of funds are rife throughout the eviction and relocation process, littering the country with the seeds of discontent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wade Shepard digs into China's ongoing mass evictions and the country's laws that have long enabled such property seizures. While some families were lucky enough to receive compensation to give up their homes, the evictions have been the harshest for those who have lived in the same towns for centuries.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Baku win ignites protests over forced eviction and suspicions over worker's rights and human trafficking</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145730937/updated-renderings-revealed-for-bjarke-ingels-high-line-twin-ish-towers Updated renderings revealed for Bjarke Ingels' High Line twin(ish) towers Alexander Walter 2016-01-14T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T20:02:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/491d773c072f91ded6c66bb3b97b5d7d.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project&rsquo;s makeup is evidently still undergoing changes, as the developers have waffled between either hotel or office options in the base of the buildings... Given the sky-high prices developers can obtain for office space in Meatpacking and surrounding blocks, office may indeed make more sense than hotel... In any case, the buildings will become the most prominent in the neighborhood by a significant margin. The two towers will stand 28 and 38 floors apiece...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141735417/revealed-bjarke-ingels-brand-new-high-line-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REVEALED: Bjarke Ingels&rsquo; Brand New High Line Towers</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144497436/detroit-may-see-a-few-bigger-idle-sites-move-towards-redevelopment-in-2016 Detroit may see a few bigger idle sites move towards redevelopment in 2016 Alexander Walter 2015-12-29T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hsbthsu72rsr255b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of Detroit's most famous vacant sites finally may see new construction getting under way in 2016, turning some of the city's&nbsp;longest-running symbols of distress into emblems of renewal. The Hudson's site on Woodward, the old Tiger Stadium site at Michigan and Trumbull, and the State Fairgrounds near Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile&nbsp;all seem likely to see redevelopment progress in 2016 after in some cases decades of disuse.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142820371/the-return-of-redlining-how-the-mortgage-industry-is-threatening-detroit-s-rejuvenation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The return of redlining: how the mortgage industry is threatening Detroit's rejuvenation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590228/detroit-joins-shenzhen-berlin-turin-and-others-as-an-unesco-city-of-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit joins Shenzhen, Berlin, Turin and others as an UNESCO "City of Design"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131801551/how-detroit-can-learn-to-revive-its-derelict-industrial-sites-from-other-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Detroit can learn to revive its derelict industrial sites from other cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143992226/the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-updating-midtown-ny-s-aging-office-towers The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY’s aging office towers Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:34:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hmtvx4z9fx227e8o.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid contentious debate on rezonings across the city, the late 2013 hubbub around an upzoning proposal for East Midtown has, for the moment, abated &mdash; but hasn&rsquo;t disappeared. In a bid to spur significant new development for the first time in decades, the de Blasio administration is currently retooling the Bloomberg-era plan to allow developers to construct much larger buildings [...] Whether this rezoning eventually occurs or not, the buildings in Manhattan&rsquo;s core aren&rsquo;t getting any younger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141299783/scroll-through-the-new-new-york-skyline-with-this-interactive-infographic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142525054/new-renderings-video-of-one-vanderbilt-midtown-ny-s-future-tallest-office-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings &amp; Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY&rsquo;s Future Tallest Office Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947698/historic-190-bowery-to-be-restored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143436084/2-world-trade-center-receives-9m-rent-assistance-from-port-authority-to-expedite-project 2 World Trade Center receives $9M rent assistance from Port Authority to expedite project Alexander Walter 2015-12-15T13:14:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T13:16:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pc/pcrimpviuwmw2w1k.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved subsidies to help expedite the construction of lower Manhattan&rsquo;s 2 World Trade Center [...]. Developer Silverstein Properties Inc., which leases the sites for 2 World Trade Center and two other towers from the Port Authority, would receive a rent break that amounts to $9 million over the life of the lease [...]. The agency had previously maintained that 2 World Trade would be built entirely without public assistance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138339682/bjarke-ingels-and-the-challenges-of-designing-two-world-trade-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels and the challenges of designing Two World Trade Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133642467/2-world-trade-center-could-be-the-most-expensive-office-tower-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 World Trade Center Could Be the Most Expensive Office Tower in the World</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117113216/port-authority-reveals-plan-to-sell-world-trade-center-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Port Authority reveals plan to sell World Trade Center site</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-11-12T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T09:03:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72c8c557acb847d5089bf124cf80a236.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than watching passively as non-local or private developers consume neighborhood public spaces, we can use Placemaking to enable citizens to create their own public spaces, to highlight the unique strengths of their neighborhoods, and to address its specific challenges. While gentrification can divide communities and build upon exclusivity, Placemaking is about inclusion and shared community ownership. It is about increasing &ldquo;quality of life,&rdquo; not removing public life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127116917/is-nyc-losing-its-new-yorkiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134799985/can-an-indianapolis-arts-collective-pull-off-a-fairer-form-of-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can an Indianapolis arts collective pull off a fairer form of gentrification?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139956397/has-preservation-become-too-conservative-and-elitist Has preservation become too conservative and elitist? Nicholas Korody 2015-10-28T19:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T00:46:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4xbqxv225fxs6ow2.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I would like to argue that a more potent threat to the ongoing political viability of historic preservation is the perception that the preservation industry has become a conservative, indeed revanchist force; that it is elitist and sometimes even racist in its abetment of gentrification. How did this happen? Historic preservation in New York, according to the favored creation myth, was born in the postwar era as a progressive grassroots movement...</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/136652209/what-a-starchitectural-skyline-means-for-the-future-of-new-york What a starchitectural skyline means for the future of New York Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-14T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:25:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pimqyyq5f1zbetdh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest explosion of Manhattan development has fully and passionately embraced the phenomenon of the global starchitect. [...] As it turned out, the future would be pure real estate ... The future was the privatisation of the sky and a transfer from corporate power to individual wealth, the visual manifestation of the 0.1 per cent. It was a catwalk of anorexic skinnyscrapers by the equivalents of haute-couture designers ... global names with which to sell real estate.</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/136264968/proposed-30-acre-green-roof-would-be-the-world-s-largest Proposed 30-acre green roof would be the world's largest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T14:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76a677a5886fc63df21841092e3b5378.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A South Bay developer is reimagining&nbsp;an outdated Cupertino mall by building the world&rsquo;s largest green roof on top of it. The Vallco Shopping Mall, bought by Sand Hill Property Company for $316 million last year, is destined to become a 30-acre elevated public park that will connect shops to offices, trails and vineyards. The $3 billion design was inspired by&nbsp;&ldquo;starchitect&rdquo; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, who is working alongside&nbsp;Olin Landscape Architects to replace most [of] the Valleco Shopping Mall...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/760b20ebad3716a2d4df5f17b58a41cb.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2ddd3aca30f221e34ff5ca8e7f52db57.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3dfe2c2fa24f231fe1f0cae3ca801ab.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39020309a6ecfadadaedd04cf0c240b7.jpg"><br><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577264/plans-for-japan-s-tallest-skyscraper-announced Plans for Japan's tallest skyscraper announced Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T15:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-06T14:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pbn30ri8x3assrg.jpg" width="514" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan&rsquo;s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both as a centerpiece of a major business district and tourist destination, officials said Monday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Tokyo architecture news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium" target="_blank">Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines" target="_blank">Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines</a></li></ul>