Archinect - News 2014-08-28T01:10:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106106157/mapping-new-york-languages Mapping New York Languages Nicholas Korody 2014-08-08T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:38:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/my227b8cstpta9y5.jpg" width="514" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Community Survey is a massive annual effort by the Census Bureau to measure various aspects of American life. Among many other things, respondents are asked if they speak a language other than English at home, and if so, what language is spoken. Using this data, as explained in more detail at the bottom of this post, Business Insider was able to map out New York City's most popular non-English languages.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Business Insider also made a map of New York's most common languages not including English <em>or&nbsp;</em>&#8203;Spanish:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p37f4v6tvqldg0a0.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:46:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/ln1b19eltlt25u5f.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only take a virtual bird&rsquo;s-eye tour on Google Earth to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors, developers and designers. Not far from the Angolan capital of Luanda lies arguably one of the most impressive examples: Kilamba New City. A massive housing development designed to accommodate 500,000 people [...].</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/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T14:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/udgwgsjx8lk1c25t.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Flooded with politicos and political junkies, Washington, D.C. often comes off as a city steeped in raw ambition. But the nation&rsquo;s capital deserves to be known for something else: coolness. While &ldquo;cool&rdquo; might not be the first word that comes to mind when contemplating the latest standoff in Congress, D.C. nonetheless has a lot to offer those who call it home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today, Forbes released its most recent ranking of American cities, this time based on the vague, unscientific, and seemingly ridiculous category of "coolness." What, you may ask, are the determining factors of coolness?</p><p>Pay attention high school students:</p><ol><li>Entertainment options</li><li>Bars and restaurants per capita</li><li>"Foodie culture" ie. farmer's markets</li><li>Breweries per capita&nbsp;</li><li>Cultural/ethnic diversity</li><li>Youth population</li></ol><p>Wait, <em>what</em>? Personally, these criteria signal "yuppy" more than "cool" to me, but I guess it's all relative. Washington DC topped the list, followed by Seattle, Austin, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Riverside <em>(yes, Riverside is much much cooler than L.A.)</em>, Boston, Dallas.&nbsp;</p><p>Call me crazy but it seems odd that New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago (or even New Orleans or Detroit!) don't make the top ten. I guess Forbes is rebelling against norms, which itself is a classic (albeit unlisted) signifier of coolness.&nbsp;</p><p>What are your thoughts? Can coolness be quantified? What are America...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105803918/study-finds-striking-similarities-in-human-migratory-patterns-over-time Study Finds Striking Similarities in Human Migratory Patterns over Time Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:42:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5h/5h9fi7mn930hotr4.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the past decade, some data scientists have looked to science to understand history, borrowing tools from disciplines such as ecology and statistics to answer questions like when (and how) Rome ceded its throne as Europe's cultural capital to Paris. The new study is part of this trend: It offers an extremely detailed look at the cultural movements of the past 2,000 years, pointing to a new data-driven way to conduct historical research and map the migration of people over time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The study utilized historical figures, chiefly because records of the poor simply weren't taken in the past. It includes several interesting finds. In particular, the more intelligent individuals in rural areas have consistently migrated to cities and stayed there. In other words, it is no coincidence that cities have been historically considered cultural hotspots. Additionally, the study shows that the distances people have moved over the last 800 years are surprisingly stable, growing only from "a typical distance of 133 miles (214 kilometers) in the 14th century to 237 miles (382 kilometers) today, despite the advent of automobiles and airplanes."&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103938659/rethinking-billboards Rethinking Billboards Nicholas Korody 2014-07-11T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:59:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm9fpgn61xp1hvu5.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Billboards are commanding territory all over the world, offering just a blaring message in their occupation. Some designers have been looking at how to better use this advertising infrastructure, with Slovakia&rsquo;s Designdevelop proposing a use for the space as small-scale residences for the homeless.</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/101167408/creating-a-universal-language-for-city-data Creating a universal language for city data Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T20:22:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cddb56585e8b8e3396f9447f8f6b7bdc.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City policymakers will have objective standards to compare their services and performance with other cities around the world. And just as significant, the people of cities &mdash; civic, business organizations, ordinary citizens &mdash; will be able to access the same new global standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a big, global deal. The <a href="http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Organization for Standardization</a>, based in Geneva, has issued a list of standards dictating the precise kind of data cities should be collecting, to gauge performance and character. Previously, comparisons between supposedly identical data points in different cities was not guaranteed to be "apples to apples". For example, one city's definition of "unemployment" being more restrictive than another's, making rankings faulty and discrediting performance grades.</p><p>View the <a href="http://citiscope.org/story/2014/here-are-46-performance-measures-worlds-cities-will-be-judged" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">46 indicators for cities to report on</a>, that will place them in line with the new ISO standards.</p><p>Regarding comparisons between cities, rigorously investigating the exact definition of any data sounds like an obvious consideration, but with the earnest and speedy surge in city's data collection, "more" seems to have been the optimal word, and not "stricter". In 2008, when the <a href="http://www.cityindicators.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Cities Indicators Facility at the University of Toronto</a> compared ranking metrics for seven world...</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/96017316/why-andr-s-duany-is-so-focused-on-making-lean-urbanism-a-thing Why Andrés Duany Is So Focused on Making 'Lean Urbanism' a Thing Archinect 2014-03-19T12:06:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T22:46:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f0b544f036f3878000695d23c27016d.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The lean urbanism concept, he says, is like a software patch, or a workaround &ndash; ultimately a guide or a tip sheet to navigate the complicated, and often very expensive, maze of working in the built environment in the U.S. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about knowing that with certain building types, under a certain threshold, you don&rsquo;t need an elevator. Or a sprinkler system. A lot of developers know that, and we want to daylight that. We want to present that thematically.&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/94341187/consider-the-dumpster Consider the dumpster... Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:08:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpetglkkr3c4rnzs.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The long and varied history of waste and its removal in New York from the 18th century onwards is the subject of Elizabeth Royte&rsquo;s 2005 book Garbage Land and of the Urban Omnibus City of Systems video she narrates. In the video, Royte describes how her research into where exactly her trash was going after she threw it out has led her to become a more ecological citizen, with &ldquo;a systems view&rdquo; of our interconnected processes of manufacturing, transportation, disposal and re-use.</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/93984981/like-it-or-not-most-urban-freeways-are-here-to-stay Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T21:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T19:20:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0513743c2c61720624e66543a60dde6.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So it is that nearly a third of the interstate system consists of stretches through our cities, in the form of loops, spurs and freeways. So it is that American motorists drive nearly twice as many miles on urban interstates as they do the lengthier rural legs. So it is that every metropolis in the country has reorganized itself around these roads, and that they've shaped where we live and work, how we shop, what we eat, and how we pass our 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/85780576/abitare-china-34-hutong-adaptation Abitare China#34 | HUTONG/adaptation Metropolitan Monk 2013-11-04T23:36:00-05:00 >2013-11-04T23:39:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pr/prft7dngmdz6hpis.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> ABITARE China magazine invited <a href="http://movingcities.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> to guest edit its 34th issue on the topic of "(re) Design Heritage &ndash; Strategies of Urban Renewal and the Chinese City." Published in October 2013, MovingCities took this opportunity to address one of the most urgent issues to discuss when dealing with the urban, architectural, cultural, social and economical development of China and the city of Beijing &#21271;&#20140;: heritage, preservation, adaptive strategies and the hutong &#32993;&#21516;.</p> <p> Formal definition of hutong: <em>Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.</em></p> <p> MovingCities choose "<a href="http://movingcities.org/movingmemos/hutong-adaptation-abitare-china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HUTONG /Adaptation</a>" as the unifying theme for this themed issue, wishing to approach this much debat...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84313753/participatory-city-100-urban-trends-exhibition-by-the-bmw-guggenheim-lab-examines-key-themes-and-issues-in-urbanism "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends" exhibition by the BMW Guggenheim Lab examines key themes and issues in urbanism Justine Testado 2013-10-16T20:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T20:14:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6p2pavikqjmkwje.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Opening last week at the <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Museum</a>, the "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends" exhibition by the BMW Guggenheim Lab is the interdisciplinary team's latest project in continuing the global conversation on major urban issues of the world's cities.</p> <p> "Participatory City" delves into key themes and concepts in urbanism and architecture that the Lab team gathered during their travels to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai from 2011 to 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a schedule of free film screenings, lectures, and symposia that further explore these topics. Last but not least, the event also showcases the Lab team's architects, graphic designers, special contributors, and other emerging-talent Lab members working in education, science, sustainability, art, and technology.</p> <p> "Participatory City" will continue until Jan. 5, 2014. For more info, click <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> This event is also in association with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/331403/archtober-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober 2013</a>, New York City's month-long architecture and design festival in Octo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84213160/monu-19-on-greater-urbanism-released MONU #19 on Greater Urbanism released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2013-10-15T15:44:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T15:45:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hnyjsiciitrovd5m.jpg" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It appears that cities of today, and especially big cities, all around the world, are all struggling with similar problems, as they all have developed huge territories - their metropolitan or "greater" areas - during the twentieth century that cannot be properly understood by anyone in terms of their form, but that now need to be recognized as something that truly exists, because it is a form that is in perpetual transformation and without limits.</p></em><br /><br /><p> It appears that cities of today, and especially big cities, all around the world, are all struggling with similar problems, as they all have developed huge territories - their metropolitan or "greater" areas - during the twentieth century that cannot be properly understood by anyone in terms of their form, but that now need to be recognized as something that truly exists, because it is a form that is in perpetual transformation and without limits.This is where Antoine Grumbach sees the main difficulty when it comes to "Greater Urbanism" as he explains in an interview with us entitled "Unlimited Greatness". In such unlimited spaces infrastructure plays without doubt a crucial role constructing a connected geography and reconfiguring new urban morphologies, as Fabrizia Berlingieri and Manuela Triggianese argue in their piece "From Utopia to Real World - Construction of a Unique Metropolitan Space of Europe". But a metropolitan strategy that focuses exclusively on mass transport rema...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77381938/detroit-files-for-bankruptcy Detroit files for bankruptcy Nam Henderson 2013-07-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T17:50:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0xd3vbkjmpty4tt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter accompanying Thursday's filing, Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder...said...residents needed a clear exit from the "cycle of ever decreasing services". "The only way to do those things is to radically restructure the city"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonny Dymond analyzes the news that Detroit has become the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $15bn.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76994295/pitfalls-abound-in-china-s-push-from-farm-to-city Pitfalls Abound in China’s Push From Farm to City anthony dong 2013-07-14T13:06:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T19:18:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z8/z8ugy7tuy598wjkk.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one of the most drastic displays of a concerted government effort to end the dominance of rural life, which for millenniums has been the keystone of Chinese society and politics....All told, 250 million more Chinese may live in cities in the next dozen years. The rush to urbanize comes despite concerns that many rural residents cannot find jobs in the new urban areas or are simply unwilling to leave behind a way of life that many cherish.</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/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/70894246/editor-s-picks-310 Editor's Picks #310 Nam Henderson 2013-04-09T12:04:00-04:00 >2013-04-09T12:19:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b91jx6sgvvjlgm1e.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest entry in the ShowCase series Archinect published the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/70536084/showcase-shrine-of-the-virgin-of-la-antigua-by-otxotorena-arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shrine of the Virgin of "La Antigua" by Otxotorena Arquitectos</a>. The project is located in Alberite, La Rioja, Spain and the architects main constraint was the need to "<em>incorporate a preexisting stone archway in the design. This archway was rescued from a previous demolition in the town and it was preserved by the locals</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mozhdaqqkmnl7pd1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> exclaimed "<em>Wow, wow. &nbsp;I love it. &nbsp;Love the multiple arcade forms and multiple striations and similar but different textures...Would love to see a floorplan if there is one?</em>".</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0w1msm2mfbx8gyg.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Times reported that the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA</a> to determine the stability of the historic sculptures.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/530dxt9g61n29brz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> shared these words "<em>In my opinion it is the most beautiful and meaningful public art in Los Angeles that people neglected for decades</em>" and a photo.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4huz1se8ugucxpj8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Plain Dealer</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">/Cleveland.com announced th...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67510419/the-emergence-of-container-urbanism The Emergence of Container Urbanism Places Journal 2013-02-13T14:33:00-05:00 >2013-02-18T18:09:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7dsed1e1yot2o9o.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In its most far-reaching aspects, container urbanism proposes to take the fundamental organic/architectural condition of containment further by exploring how a boundary might be better coordinated, even merged with the flow of material/ideas. Can containment equate more closely with transmission and, in so doing, position architecture and urbanism more in line with societal mobility and change?</p></em><br /><br /><p> The repurposed shipping container has become a fixture of urban architecture &mdash; part of a movement, as Mitchell Schwarzer argues, toward an "urban design as flexible, responsive and electric as the currents that feed it."</p> <p> On Places, Schwarzer examines the rise of container urbanism from the mid 20th century to now, from Archigram and the Metabolists in the '60s to the pop-up markets and modular housing of today; and he sees in this latest phase a "landmark change" for architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p> "By facilitating an almost instant building complex," he writes, "the containers put architectural production more in sync with the speed and transitoriness of contemporary life, forcing it to respond to a city&rsquo;s many complex, adaptive systems."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67459186/mit-launches-new-research-center-on-advanced-urbanism MIT launches new research center on advanced urbanism Archinect 2013-02-12T18:57:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T14:10:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7fdztd03oqxs9zw.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Interdisciplinary teams will focus on the planning, design, construction and retrofitting of urban environments for the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Already, the world is becoming predominantly urban. However, the dominant form of urban living will be very similar to our older suburban regions in the U.S. This places substantial pressure on American suburban models, the dominant model of urban development copied worldwide, to set a better example of sustainability. This is even more critical as economic development grows robust middle classes in developing countries who expect more from their living environments.</p> <p> To address the urgent need for better models of urban growth, the MIT School of Architecture + Planning is launching a major new research center focused on the planning, design, construction and retrofitting of urban environments for the 21st century.</p> <p> Under the leadership of center director Alexander D&rsquo;Hooghe and research director Alan Berger &ndash; professors of architecture and of urban design and landscape architecture, respectively &ndash; the Center for Advanced Urbanism will coordinate collaborations among existing eff...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62635207/sfmoma-reimagining-the-civic SFMOMA: Reimagining the Civic Orhan Ayyüce 2012-12-03T11:47:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T13:03:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3cb74yd9a45uq8e.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>RE-IMAGINING THE CIVIC</strong><br> A profound breakdown in trust between publics and institutions is one of the defining hallmarks of our time. Cultural organizations can respond to this crisis by acting as mediating agencies and imaginatively bridging and building interfaces across divided constituencies. In making public this graphic analysis of our internal thinking process at Slought, we offer suggestions as to how small and large organizations alike can respond to this challenge.</p> <p> In our activities at <a href="http://blog.sfmoma.org/2012/11/slought/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slought</a>, we continually reflect on and draw insight from the variety of economies employed in our communities, ranging from the formal to the informal. We also foreground conversation and consensus as methodologies of engagement, as well as collaboration and partnership across cultural, intellectual, and advocacy-based communities. These strategies have enabled us and our collaborators to survive and flourish over these past 10 years, despite the socio-political tenor of many of our proje...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62564361/wai-think-tank-video-g-n-alogie-d-un-collage WAI Think Tank Video "Généalogie d'un collage" croixe 2012-12-02T13:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-02T21:35:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75sjc3c939wzzboj.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>WAI Architecture Think Tank</strong> has released the video narrative &ldquo;G&eacute;n&eacute;alogie d'un collage&rdquo;. The video displays the creation of the collage &lsquo;Cities of the Avant-Garde&rsquo; as well as one of the poems that were developed with the iconic image.</p> <p> Music:<br> Asap Rocky &ldquo;Peso&rdquo; (2011)<br> Jan Garbarek &amp; Agnes Buen Garnas &ldquo;Rosensfole&rdquo; (1988)<br><a href="http://waiarchitecture.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.wai-architecture.com</a><br><a href="http://waithinktank.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.waithinktank.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62154395/cities-without-ground Cities Without Ground Adam Frampton 2012-11-26T11:37:00-05:00 >2012-12-01T18:59:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czu71x6db0olmyfi.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook is a new book that maps 32 networks of interconnected above- and below-ground pedestrian walkways in Hong Kong. Written by a team of architects (Jonathan D Solomon, Clara Wong, and Adam Frampton) and recently published by ORO Editions, the book consists of a series of intricate drawings that display the variety and extent of Hong Kong's public space.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59562703/dead-end-on-shakin-street Dead End on Shakin’ Street Orhan Ayyüce 2012-10-18T14:43:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:14:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/pynplbdqlv7ec87o.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>because they (NPR) always seem to believe they are saying something really fresh and profound about a place or a &ldquo;scene&rdquo; when they tag it thus. But the real force behind our mania for the vibrant is the nation&rsquo;s charitable foundations. For organized philanthropy, &ldquo;vibrant&rdquo; seems to have become the one-stop solution for all that ails the American polis.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thomas Frank comments on "vibrant cities" and on their fallacy in an article for the Baffler. The role of arts and creative class in most recent euphoric city makings are closely analyzed and exposed. "Vibrant" equaling to "thriving" and hollow?</p> <p> Somewhat related&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/10160482/gin-fizz-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Gin Fizz Urbanism"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59095386/why-cities-want-parks-in-the-sky Why cities want parks in the sky Nam Henderson 2012-10-11T16:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:04:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vce0hxmbzn73a534.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been so popular that other cities are following suit, with plans to replicate the formula in London. What is the secret of its success?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Following the success of NYC High Line park/project, cities around the world from: London, Chicago,&nbsp;Philadelphia and Rotterdam are looking to replicate their own versions. Robin Banerji reports that some are even hoping to use "<em>more besides disused railways</em>". She also touches on some of the value added results of the park's success.</p> <p> Photo via the <a href="http://www.thehighline.org/galleries/images/high-line-flickr-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.thehighline.org/galleries/images/high-line-flickr-pool</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57206017/odd-things-happen-when-you-chop-up-cities-and-stack-them-sideways Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways kaori walter 2012-09-13T16:12:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T19:38:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/20suop6qxa5ut9b5.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not that I'm disappointed in New York, not at all. I love walking Manhattan's grid system, but now that I've seen Armelle Caron's bottom-up version of Istanbul, all those crooked, lopsided, curvaceous streets, going off in so many directions, I can't help wondering, what would it be like to wander there? Would I be constantly lost? Would every turn be an adventure? Suddenly I can't help it. I want to go.</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/55264927/the-ideology-of-publication-conversation-with-bernd-upmeyer The Ideology of Publication / Conversation with Bernd Upmeyer croixe 2012-08-14T13:09:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T20:57:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5l5bzkpp103d6ckr.jpg" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Urbanism is one of those malleable concepts that defy definition. A flexible subject where, by trying to lock it within a specific scope, its validity sometimes gets undermined and its potential spoiled.</strong></p> <p> <strong>But when a magazine develops and maintains its own way to portray the multiple faces, forms, shapes, relationships, arguments, contradictions, images, consequences, and messages of the discipline that is supposed to carry the unbearable load of thinking the city, then the exercise of defining urbanism becomes an enriching intellectual journey.</strong></p> <p> <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONU</a> (Magazine on Urbanism) was born in 2004 in Rotterdam. What was originally an almost underground magazine made available through a pdf dossier and a stapled black and white print has evolved into one of the main independent publications, a reference for the collective intelligence of urbanism, and an icon of exquisite aesthetics.</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pbt1ip43utc27fp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Set to satisfy a growing urbanophilic hunger, MONU has thrown into the mix an intoxicating mixture o...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54445103/the-architecture-of-photography-conversation-with-simona-rota The Architecture of Photography - Conversation with Simona Rota croixe 2012-07-30T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T10:19:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uiuc6tyi52zhiw89.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>From the eroded optimism of the heroic building-monuments in east-Europe, to the monochromatic banality of housing developments in the Canary Islands, the photographs of Simona Rota appear to be talking to us about the aspirations and shortcomings of architecture in both its megalomaniac and its quotidian streams.<br> Often lacking human presence, the photographs tell a tale of evaporated intentions, and failed dreams, making through the images a visual statement about the power of humanity to create, alter, and transform our environment.</strong></p> <p> <strong>Images of architecture about topics that transcend architecture, projects like Ostalgia, Instant Village, and Placelessness take us to a personal journey through some of the faces of modernity in Europe, while revealing simultaneously the seducing beauty of its ugliness, and the vulnerability of its invincible architectures.<br> We are drawn towards the fantastic journey of an upcoming visual story teller that equally dazzles us with an image of the ...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53239544/how-thomas-jefferson-made-l-a How Thomas Jefferson Made L.A. Orhan Ayyüce 2012-07-09T15:48:00-04:00 >2012-07-10T07:55:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cj/cj6apiwukwi1a5zn.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Another bigger picture repercussion of the Act is the cognitive and cartographic dissonance that occurs in Los Angeles where the Jeffersonian city grid abuts a pre-existing Spanish or French grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p> KCET's Jeremy Rosenberg continues his column <em>Departures</em> with a running theme "Laws That Shaped LA" with Rhett Beavers, ASLA, who elaborates on the conjunction of several grid types as they have influenced the way Los Angeles constructed and experienced.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53086539/nations-first-high-speed-rail-approved-in-california-state-senate Nations first high speed rail approved in California State Senate Orhan Ayyüce 2012-07-07T00:14:00-04:00 >2012-07-09T11:22:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w07lmb7kyvdf6wg4.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California has grabbed a golden opportunity to build the nation&rsquo;s first high-speed rail system, create the backbone of a new, clean 21st century transportation system and support our future economic growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p> After a&nbsp;tough&nbsp;<a href="http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/some-senators-want-dramatic-shift-bullet-train-plan-16794" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">quarrels</a> and special interest maneuvers, the State of California cleared the hurdles to lead the nation for a faster and more connected future. The high speed rail will have major impact on California's economy and its&nbsp;future&nbsp;urban developments. It could very well be the end of architecture's dry decade. Employers; gear up. Employees; apply. &nbsp;</p> <p> The first segment of the line will run from Madera to Bakersfield. The final cost of the completed project from Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $68 billion.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52228076/dark-realities-lurking-in-vancouver Dark realities lurking in Vancouver Orhan Ayyüce 2012-06-22T12:47:00-04:00 >2012-06-29T23:31:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0kdvlpu6ppq4watm.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What people said concerned them the most was a growing sense of isolation and disconnection. They said we live increasingly in silos, separated by ethnicity, culture, language, income, age and even geography. They lamented what they saw as a deepening civic malaise that has resulted in more people retreating from community activities. They said this corrosion of caring and social isolation hurts them personally and hurts their community.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Regardless of its textbook urban success with its new buildings, neighborhoods, geography and living&nbsp;standards,&nbsp;Vancouver&nbsp;also faces some disturbing truths about creeping isolation,&nbsp;loneliness, racial and ethnic intolerance and other psychosocial urban perils. Perhaps these are due to over gentrification and other actions, but recent survey by the Vancouver Foundation focuses on some tough issues in the community and raises critical questions most other economically developed cities are also facing.</p> <p> Did hi-end urbanization become a&nbsp;socially&nbsp;divisive trend? Sort of walled living for the individuals with their own kind? And what would the long term effects of these new problems be?&nbsp;</p> <p> Somethings to ponder as we call this "an&nbsp;urban century" and most urbanisms these days are&nbsp;associated&nbsp;with "upgrading" the neighborhoods.</p>