Archinect - News 2014-04-21T08:56:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-19T22:48:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/noymct2t6afeb3gu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The axe is set to fall on the American Folk Art Museum -- after months of controversy and protest, MoMA initiated its expansion and began <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/04/140414-MoMA-Begins-Demolition-Folk-Art-Museum.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preparing the FAM for demolition</a>&nbsp;this past Monday. As per prior concessions by MoMA,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the museum's distinctive fa&ccedil;ade will be preserved</a>, but it's unlikely to abate the sour feelings of those who oppose both the loss of the FAM, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's expansion designs.</p><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71018337/moma-to-raze-ex-american-folk-art-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA first announced it would raze the FAM</a> in April of 2013, the news resonated not only as a blow to preservationism and sustainability, but as an issue of architectural ethics and institutional monopolies. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71052733/folkmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#folkmoma</a> became a rallying post for protest and alternative proposals, and the widespread news coverage brought architectural drama to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">front page</a>.</p><p>But pro-con feuding aside, the Folk/MoMA issue implicates difficult questions of architecture's responsibilities -- to preservation, sustainability, other architects, and the public&rsquo;s opinion. Architects and Archinect c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97103111/high-rise-proposal-in-lower-9th-ward-could-bring-much-needed-development-but-at-what-social-cost High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-02T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:31:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qb5kj7jhsfcvisiy.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plan&rsquo;s backers say it represents a rare chance at economic revitalization for the neighborhood. Its opponents say it would destroy the fabric of Holy Cross, and might represent the first step toward changing the traditionally low-rise New Orleans waterfront into something very different [...] &ldquo;The argument is that the Lower Ninth Ward has to take what it can get,&rdquo; says DeBacher. &ldquo;We believe that we deserve&mdash;as any community deserves&mdash;good development, not just any development.&rdquo;</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/95127694/from-drab-to-fab-jersey-city-s-alluring-architecture-is-making-chilltown-hot From drab to fab, Jersey City's alluring architecture is making "Chilltown" hot Alexander Walter 2014-03-07T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:17:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e469fb2692b63c38919600a27f2db2ec.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Jersey City has cast off its stigma as a back-office-and-apartment haven of cheap rents and cheaper-looking buildings, more and more professionals and families are calling &ldquo;Chilltown&rdquo; and &ldquo;JC&rdquo; home. They&rsquo;re ditching the suburbs of their parents, but also the stratospheric prices and stuffy attitudes of Manhattan and, increasingly, Brooklyn. The so-called sixth borough has finally become a destination in its own right [...].</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/94800738/who-shapes-cities-and-for-whom Who Shapes Cities and for Whom? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-03T12:41:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klc4votysh8qygvx.jpg" 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="http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/discussion_node/the_contemporary_city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Contemporary City</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94270145/the-once-and-future-gowanus The Once and Future Gowanus Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:44:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:00:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/87262b23ef38c44d256c6fb1817e9c5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gowanus has become the most obvious touchstone for fears surrounding the rapid evolution that has overwhelmed so much of Brooklyn in recent years. It is also a test case for how democratically an area once colonized by industry might evolve into something like a modern Jane Jacobs vision. Dumbo is both a point of reference here and in one view, the representation of a nightmare outcome, given the area&rsquo;s distinction as a nexus of multimillion-dollar lofts and budding tech empires.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67524499/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/15432094/gowanus-lowline-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus Lowline Competition Winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91998/student-works-wal-medley-mixed-up-m-lange-montage-mash-up-shopping-mart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Wal-(medley mixed-up m&eacute;lange montage mash-up shopping) mart</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/94269335/olympics-set-to-transform-rio-but-for-better-or-worse Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ea0de8a4113cebd741c4020d5db56ea.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known[...] "Instead of creating a space of conviviality, a space of shared culture, of community, of conversation, you are going to have this very isolated element where after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it's going to be dead. You are creating banks, parking lots, Trump towers," Gaffney said. "It's been rezoned for 50-story buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74774513/once-unsafe-rio-s-shantytowns-see-rapid-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/40359586/before-olympics-it-s-demolition-derby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/94038016/changing-skyline-mormon-development-combines-civic-mindedness-awful-architecture Changing Skyline: Mormon development combines civic-mindedness, awful architecture Alexander Walter 2014-02-21T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T19:21:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/6658d8c5dfab41dd55aa978f94d8919a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's hard not to wince when you first look at the renderings of the Mormon Church's expanding kingdom at 16th and Vine Streets, unveiled last week by Mayor Nutter. The architectural chameleons at Robert Stern's office have paired a 1920s-style apartment tower with a teensy redbrick meetinghouse that looks as if it was dragged across town from colonial-era Society Hill.</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/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade MoMA will preserve Folk Art Museum's facade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T14:32:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T13:09:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b5gweh8qp68d7tq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to what you may have read lately, the Museum of Modern Art is intent on carefully preserving the former American Folk Art Museum next door. At least, the part of it that is most recognizable to the public: an 82-foot-high sculptural ensemble of 63 panels, cast in a gorgeous copper-bronze alloy [...] &ldquo;We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,&rdquo; Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week.</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/92842193/watch-diller-lowry-critics-writers-and-more-discuss-moma-s-expansion-plans WATCH: Diller, Lowry, critics, writers and more discuss MoMA's expansion plans Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-04T18:31:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T08:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iitkiv7qxghyp32e.jpg" width="514" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As reported last week by Archinectors Ayesha Ghosh and Alex Stewart, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92379152/elizabeth-diller-moma-discuss-expansion-and-folk-museum-s-demolition-with-slice-of-ny-architectural-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion regarding MoMA's expansion plan</a> and the intended demolition of the American Folk Art Museum took place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, an appropriate venue for a conversation rife with implications for the ethics of preservation, real estate development and the architectural profession. The aim was to create an opportunity for public discussion of what has been criticized as a unilateral move by MoMA, and investigate the supposed necessity of the Folk Museum's demolition.</p><p>The conversation was presented by The Architectural League, in partnership with the Municipal Art Society and the AIA, New York Chapter. Watch the entire discussion below, featuring:</p><p>Glenn Lowry (Director of the Museum of Modern Art), Ann Temkin (The Marie-Jos&eacute;e and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture),&nbsp;Elizabeth Diller (principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro),&nbsp;Reed Kroloff (director of the Cranbrook Academy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92764876/luxury-home-boom-to-change-face-of-london Luxury Home Boom To Change Face Of London Alexander Walter 2014-02-03T13:53:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:22:00-05:00 <em><p>The face of London is about to change. [...] The development surge, fueled by wealthy foreigners looking for a safe place to invest, has spawned concern that the city is sacrificing its heritage for the sake of luxury homes. "London is in danger of becoming a sort of Abu Dhabi, a sort of Hong Kong," warned Nigel Barker of English Heritage, a body devoted to protecting the nation's inheritance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy Alexander Walter 2014-02-03T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:22:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/22a7bd9d43f3888ea8e26638031c4eb5.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By intervening in the local planning process, the mayor of London is creating a more exclusive, divided city of private enclaves, designed only for the needs of the rich. [...] While the Mount Pleasant case might be dismissed as the usual cast of nimbys set against the inevitable steamroller of market forces, it in fact reveals some disturbing truths about how the mayor's planning machine is actively working to make the city a more divided, exclusive place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764876/luxury-home-boom-to-change-face-of-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Home Boom To Change Face Of London</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92379152/elizabeth-diller-moma-discuss-expansion-and-folk-museum-s-demolition-with-slice-of-ny-architectural-community Elizabeth Diller, MoMA discuss expansion and Folk Museum's demolition with slice of NY architectural community Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-29T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-02-04T12:57:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vtyt29xxdi2xeo7.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The controversial plans to demolish the American Folk Art Museum in service of MoMA's expansion rumbled along last night, at a panel discussion hosted jointly by the <a href="http://archleague.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League</a>, the <a href="http://mas.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Municipal Art Society</a>, and the <a href="http://main.aiany.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA's New York chapter</a>.</p><p>Catch-up on news surrounding MoMA's expansion here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples' Friendship.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91367784/christopher-hawthorne-interviews-elizabeth-diller-regarding-moma-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne interviews Elizabeth Diller regarding MoMA plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90837680/architects-and-critics-bristle-at-ds-r-s-folk-museum-sacrifice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects and critics bristle at DS+R's Folk Museum sacrifice</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72833750/moma-reconsiders-razing-of-folk-art-museum-hands-decision-over-to-newly-selected-architects-ds-r" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA reconsiders razing of Folk Art Museum, hands decision over to newly selected architects DS+R</a></li></ul><p>Archinect contributors / <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/87291/parsons-the-new-school-for-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons</a> MArch students&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/ayeshaghosh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayesha Ghosh</a>&nbsp;and Alex Stewart attended the event, taking notes and logging thoughts. The following is their report.</p><p><em>* updated February 3, 2014: You can also find a video of the entire discussion, courtesy of the Architectural League, at the bottom of this post.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/ki9ls6t7qkjknv0e.jpg"></p><p><em><strong>A Conversation on the ...</strong></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91758761/crowdfunding-for-investors-may-soon-get-easier Crowdfunding for investors may soon get easier Alexander Walter 2014-01-21T13:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:30:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca1940dec5629dbd099cc97068b76ab.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] developer Ben Miller says, until now, it&rsquo;s been impossible for local people to invest in development right across the street. &ldquo;Who owns your environment? You don&rsquo;t know,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s building your environment, who&rsquo;s building your city? Not you.&rdquo; Miller is co-founder of the group Fundrise, which has started selling shares of private real estate projects to the public online. [...] First they bought 1351 H Street with private capital, then crowdfunded about a third of it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59297615/crowdfunding-startups-let-you-be-your-city-s-urban-planner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowdfunding Startups Let You Be Your City's Urban Planner</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90910949/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism-pt-2 Lessons from North Korean urbanism, pt. 2 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oh/oh1v72hlxhewfipu.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I foresee that major urban spaces of Pyongyang, such as Kim Il Sung Square, will be used as &ldquo;public&rdquo; space with a greater variety of urban activities, such as commercial activities and show events. [...] The last thing that may happen in North Korea, or the thing that should not happen in some sense, is the Chinese model. Considering the scale of the economy and the potential of the North Korean market compared to China, it is hard to picture radical and massive urban development in Pyongyang.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Part two of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90763575/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NK News</em>' interview with Dongwoo Yim</a> pushes the discussion of North Korean urbanism into the future, comparing potential development methods to those seen in China and South Korea. Focusing on capital Pyongyang, Yim proposes a "Bilbao effect" development strategy that is heavy on catalytic architecture, and soft on strategy -- Pyongyang has very strict development restrictions that keep it from expanding, and will not be remodeling its mass-demonstration public spaces anytime soon.</p> <p> Yim suggests that those spaces can be relevant in a post-dictatorship North Korea, and that they should be re-appropriated rather than razed for their history. How a hypothetical reunification with South Korea would look depends on how North Korean statehood is interpreted, as either autonomous or an infringement on South Korean land. But the prevailing lesson in Yim's interview is that Pyongyang is not going to be another Seoul, Guangzhou or Shenzhen, and will ultimately have to rely on it...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88758253/twist-proposal-to-turn-catskills-into-china-city Twist! Proposal to turn Catskills into "China City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T22:49:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s3/s3eayfi69hfp9m9w.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Catskills] could become a lot flashier, thanks to [Sherry Li's] proposal for the area: a multibillion-dollar "China City of America," complete with an amusement park, mansions, a casino, retail centers, a college, and more. [...] The Center for Immigration Studies wrote a comprehensive take-down of "China City," criticizing the project's potential for environmental disruption, dubious promise of job creation, and possible role as a stalking horse for the Chinese government.</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/88676289/project-winners-announced-for-public-interest-design-global Project winners announced for Public Interest Design Global Justine Testado 2013-12-12T13:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T18:53:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e49wffyt1q5idff6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After tight competition and vigorous deliberation from the jury, six Project winners were selected for the Public Interest Design Global. The winners will present their projects and discuss social impact design at a public global convening at the Ecole Sp&eacute;ciale d&rsquo;Architecture in Paris on April 18-19, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The six winners, announced by the Ecole Sp&eacute;cial d&rsquo;Architecture, Design Corps, and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network are:</p> <p> <strong>Umusozi Ukiza "Healing Hill" - Butaro Doctor Housing</strong> - Burera District, Rwanda (see cover image)<br><br><strong>Can City</strong> - Sao Paulo, Brazil</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csnuuzp29ap8scrz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>TAEQ Green Building Headquarters</strong> - Sakhnin, Israel</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d85y4b9az3tjpiqp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Walk [Your City]</strong> - Raleigh, North Carolina</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oy95tsn09p4vkmsb.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Comunidad Ecologica Saludable</strong> [Healthy Ecological Community] - Lima, Peru<br><br><strong>Joler Jonno Utshob</strong> - A Dug Well Pavilion - Dhaka, Bangladesh</p> <p> For more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/project_winners_announced_for_public_interest_design_global/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85314386/winner-of-the-christchurch-breathe-the-new-urban-village-project-competition Winner of the Christchurch “Breathe - The New Urban Village Project” competition Justine Testado 2013-10-29T20:48:00-04:00 >2013-10-30T18:40:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4qxtaaf552klk51w.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Holloway Team was selected as the winners of New Zealand's international "Breathe - The New Urban Village Project" design competition. The team is led by Holloway Builders from Christchurch, NZ in partnership with architecture firm Anselmi Attiani Associated Architects and Cresco engineers, both from Italy. Building and Construction Minister, Hon. Maurice Williamson made the official announcement on Oct. 22 at an event in the transitional Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68870113/finalists-announced-for-breathe-the-new-urban-village-project-in-new-zealand" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finalists Announced for Breathe, The New Urban Village Project in New Zealand</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79832440/reshaping-new-york-how-the-city-changed-in-12-years-of-bloomberg Reshaping New York - How the city changed in 12 years of Bloomberg Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-19T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-02-03T03:10:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8qvh2hsovfx72.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We have beaten the odds and the obstructionists over and over again,&rdquo; the mayor triumphantly declared in his State of the City address in March. He chose an appropriate venue: the Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, which was a lightning rod for his all-out development policy. A vigorous opposition was beaten in the courts and the City Council in much the same way he often steamrolled opposition to his comprehensive rethinking of development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> While Mayor Bloomberg has attracted media attention recently for his contentious opinions on "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/08/12/nyregion/100000002385022/bloomberg-on-stop-and-frisk-ruling.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stop and frisk</a>"&nbsp;policing and city-wide <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bans on soda</a>, it's hard to argue with the&nbsp;<em>New York Times'&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;interactive infographic on Bloomberg's twelve-year mayoral run, highlighting his drastic role in city development. A kind of long-form visual report card, the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;focuses on various building and city-planning projects around the city, emphasizing changes in residential complexes, rezoning policies, waterfront development, and bike infrastructure.</p> <p> The refreshingly simple feature has the reader/viewer fly around a white-styrofoam-model New York City, with areas specific to Bloomberg's development plans highlighted in red. These perspectives are followed by before-and-after photos of details within the site, taken from within Bloomberg's residency.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76318017/meet-zhang-xin-a-chinese-real-estate-mogul-who-s-richer-than-oprah Meet Zhang Xin, a Chinese real estate mogul who's richer than Oprah Archinect 2013-07-02T18:31:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T18:09:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4513603dae6780405a664a34769dced.jpg" width="300" height="169" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zhang, a Chinese real estate developer, is the seventh richest self-made women in the world, worth $3.6 billion, according to Forbes. She's worth $800 million more than Oprah Winfrey, the world's best known self-made female billionaire. Not only does Zhang's rags-to-riches story mirror that of China itself, but it is Zhang who has shaped much of the country's modern urban landscape, with the logo of her company SOHO China, on the side of buildings wherever you turn in Beijing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8m7c2a7se1tav3ak.jpg" title=""><br><em>Galaxy SOHO, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid for Zhang' SOHO China, was built in 2012 on a 50,000 square meter plot in central Beijing. It was Hadid's first building in Beijing.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75592812/new-designs-for-toronto-s-mirvish-gehry-development-unveiled New designs for Toronto's Mirvish+Gehry development unveiled Archinect 2013-06-19T17:43:00-04:00 >2013-06-25T08:23:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hn4lwtg7j7pp2p4r.jpg" width="514" height="659" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three Gehry towers will replace low-rise brick warehouse office buildings and the Princess of Wales Theatre. The new buildings will contain condos, a new OCADU campus, and gallery space to house David and Audrey Mirvish's significant collection of modern art.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/le/lez1ir5a702c26jq.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75242854/a-manifesto-for-hyperdensity A Manifesto for Hyperdensity Places Journal 2013-06-14T13:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:36:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ws/wsbb3jff6azuwuyw.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We cannot expect big American cities to reach their potential when the very professions that purport to defend and perpetuate urbanism recoil at the presence of towers. Left rudderless by the experts, we are forced to inhabit the bleak consequences of a poorly regulated marketplace, analogous to a population that must operate on its own cancers due to the confused surgeons who keep cutting away at the healthy tissue.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Americans are famously conflicted about urban development: somehow we've demonized both sprawl and density. But today there is a new conversation about the future of cities, driven by diversifying social desires, evolving technologies, and pressing environmental constraints.</p> <p> On Places, in an excerpt from the new book <em><a href="http://www.artbook.com/9781935202172.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America</a>,&nbsp;</em>Vishaan Chakrabarti contributes a bold argument for hyperdensity. The very dense city, he says, not only promotes prosperity, sustainability and delight; it will also determine our strength as a nation.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73919639/luxury-flats-planned-for-derelict-nazi-resort Luxury Flats Planned for Derelict Nazi Resort Orhan Ayyüce 2013-05-27T19:08:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T08:29:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyiu2br8x6ksgpil.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> With so much discussion going on with former Nazi Party relics these days, German developers are trying to revive a valuable real estate, the Nazi built Prora resort complex which served to Hitler's upper ranks. Once it is fixed and put on the market, it will be called "Sea Symphony" with a slogan, "Awakened with a kiss and beautifully renovated."</p> <p> <a href="http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/former-nazi-seaside-resort-attracts-berlin-investors-a-901248.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Der Spiegel</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68870113/finalists-announced-for-breathe-the-new-urban-village-project-in-new-zealand Finalists Announced for Breathe, The New Urban Village Project in New Zealand Alexander Walter 2013-03-05T16:50:00-05:00 >2013-10-29T20:49:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dprpd6uriewzm4ry.jpg" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Four finalist entries have been unveiled in the Christchurch, New Zealand urban design competition, Breathe - The New Urban Village Project. The brief called for innovative medium-density housing development designs from collaborative groups containing a designer and a property developer.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85314386/winner-of-the-christchurch-breathe-the-new-urban-village-project-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winner of the Christchurch &ldquo;Breathe - The New Urban Village Project&rdquo; competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67993058/massive-mixed-use-project-in-hollywood-clears-a-hurdle Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle Archinect 2013-02-20T16:47:00-05:00 >2013-02-21T07:59:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9ea98ce9f80c7f091b5538a55c2e8276.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A proposal for two skyscrapers that would flank the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood gained the approval of the city's planning department Tuesday despite push-back from dozens of disgruntled residents. The Millennium Hollywood plans are the most ambitious in a string of revitalization projects in the area, including the W Hotel and the Hollywood &amp; Highland Center. The $664-million mixed-use development could include more than 1 million square feet of apartment, office and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60503874/first-plans-released-for-huge-towers-next-to-capitol-records" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Plans Released For Huge Towers Next to Capitol Records</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65774896/developer-unveils-new-plan-for-grand-avenue-sans-gehry Developer Unveils New Plan for Grand Avenue, sans Gehry Archinect 2013-01-18T19:47:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:10:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06dwwne6fwniu3w7.jpg" width="514" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Ditches Gehry Mega-Project for Phased Approach, Starting With Second Residential Tower The real estate development firm Related&rsquo;s long-delayed plan to build a $2 billion Frank Gehry-designed hotel, housing and retail complex on Grand Avenue has been off the table for several years. Now, a new proposal is finally coming into focus.</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/62254311/the-emergence-of-architect-branded-property-development The emergence of architect-branded property development Archinect 2012-11-27T11:34:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:59:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3fbczlbskinpwpg.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like Gehry, Ingels relies on the expertise of Packes, SLCE and Durst in his quest to rethink a played-out product. Design, Ingels said, is more than &ldquo;coming up with stuff. We translate specific expert knowledge into a response that addresses given conditions in a new way.&rdquo; That ought to be an obvious approach. I hope other developers take notice.</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/61463812/a-michigan-city-bets-on-food-for-its-growth A Michigan City Bets on Food for Its Growth anthony dong 2012-11-15T18:22:00-05:00 >2012-11-16T18:27:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/whx9qsbj5e9onwj4.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Downtown Market, in effect, is the newest piece of civic equipment built here since the mid-1990s to leverage the same urban economic trends of the 21st century &mdash; higher education, hospitals and health care, housing, entertainment, transit, and cleaner air and water &mdash; that are reviving most large 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/59923743/building-up-not-selling-out-can-denser-cities-save-family-farms Building up, not selling out: Can denser cities save family farms? Alexander Walter 2012-10-23T21:49:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:39:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7ddd3fb4007fb4197ae5f9c73b552e6e.jpg" width="250" height="166" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2006, the developers of Olive 8 &mdash; a swanky hotel/condo complex planned for downtown Seattle &mdash; were looking for a way to build beyond the 300-foot height limit that zoning allowed. Doing so required some compromises &mdash; but not the kind of backroom deal residents of Chicago or Baltimore might assume.</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/59574689/phoenix-rising-as-beijing-builds Phoenix rising as Beijing builds Archinect 2012-10-18T17:49:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:14:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2b6x1imntvztq0x.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;China is evolving into a construction superpower,&rdquo; says Fang Zhenning, a scholar who lectures at the architecture school of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The country is expected to account for one-fifth of worldwide building by the year 2020, Fang says. In the battle to build ever-faster, some architects have resorted to digitally cloning designs that can be replicated time after time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58000528/broad-sustainable-building-the-mcdonald-s-of-the-sustainable-building-industry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Broad Sustainable Building - the McDonald&rsquo;s of the sustainable building industry</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/36911983/dublin-ohio-plans-1000-acre-urban-development-in-the-heart-of-suburbia Dublin Ohio Plans 1000-acre Urban Development in the Heart of Suburbia WalkerEvans 2012-02-04T15:26:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T14:36:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwueb1t4aek645fu.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Dublin, Ohio is an affluent Columbus suburb typically known for it&rsquo;s good schools, easy access to jobs, and low density housing and retail developments that have rapidly sprawled outward over the past forty years. Fast forward another forty years and things may look drastically different. Officials with the city&rsquo;s planning department have been steadily working on the Bridge Street Corridor plan, which calls for the redevelopment of 1,000 acres located at the core of Dublin.</p></em><br /><br /><p> One of the largest suburbs of Columbus, Ohio is planning to give itself an urban face lift with a new long term redevelopment plan. In addition to increase residential density to over 5000 people per square mile, the plan calls for the eventual installation of light rail light to serve local and regional commuters.</p>