Archinect - News 2015-04-27T14:42:03-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/125795460/monu-22-on-transnational-urbanism-released MONU #22 on Transnational Urbanism released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-04-21T12:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T12:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1yqou9pv7fiuvou.jpg" width="514" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, Jean-Louis Missika, emphasized in an exclusive interview with MONU entitled &ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo; on the topic of &ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;. (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2015)</p></em><br /><br /><p>To prepare our cities for the emergence and growth of transnational lifestyles we need to invent new urban and architectural forms that are adapted to these new ways of life. This is what the French sociologist and assistant Mayor of Paris, <em><strong>Jean-Louis Missika</strong></em>, emphasized in an exclusive interview with <strong>MONU</strong> entitled <strong>&ldquo;Libert&eacute;, Digitalit&eacute;, Cr&eacute;ativit&eacute;&rdquo;</strong> on the topic of <strong>&ldquo;Transnational Urbanism&rdquo;</strong>. This new issue of <strong>MONU</strong> focuses on the impact of <strong>transnational processes</strong> on cities in general and the consequences of <strong>transnational relations</strong> between individuals, groups, firms, or institutions for cities in particular. We deemed it necessary to dedicate an entire issue to the phenomenon of <strong>transnationalism</strong> in relation to the city, to architecture, and its influence on cities in spatial as well as social, political, economical, and cultural terms, as these days, more than ever before, and due to the development of technologies that have made transportation and communication infinitely more accessib...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site "Visionary Cities Project" applies urbanist archetypes to Damien Hirst's blank development site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-10T14:58:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:38:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tihzaezgzexrylr0.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Students in UIC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Visionary Cities Project&rdquo; have pitted a selection of urbanist theories against one another, to see how historical visions of urbanism compare on a common ground. The studio, run by <a href="http://aeisenschmidt.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Eisenschmidt</a> at the University of Illinois at Chicago, takes urbanist models and schemes from the likes of Piranesis, Le Corbusier, and Hilberseimer, and reinterprets them on the blank slate of an upcoming development for the city of Ilfracombe, on the UK&rsquo;s southern coast. In reality, Ilfracombe&rsquo;s new district is being <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developed by the artist Damien Hirst</a>, with a plan for suburban subdivisions. But the UIC studio is interpreting the expansion as a &ldquo;cultural instigator&rdquo;; producing a collection of drawings that Eisenschmidt calls&nbsp;&ldquo;HiDef Cities of Architectural Urbanism.&rdquo;</p><p>Eisenschmidt provided the following "Historical Context" for the studio:</p><p><em>Architectural urbanism has a long history, which only by the mid-20th century was questioned as the urbanisms of modernism were unable to re...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes Nicholas Korody 2015-04-07T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:29:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/522d510090ed20de7c07f0c1adfe8e70.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles installed its first ever&nbsp;parking-protected bike lanes. They&rsquo;re on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, part of the mayor&rsquo;s Great Streets Initiative. As of this morning, the project is roughly one-quarter complete. The new protected lanes, also known as&nbsp;cycletracks, are mostly complete on the west side of Reseda Blvd from Plummer Street to Prairie Street. The full one-mile protected lanes will go from Plummer to Parthenia Street.</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/124212951/a-couple-travels-the-world-in-search-of-the-human-city A Couple Travels the World in Search of "the Human City" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:30:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d841ce1ec0b9c144071a2f3279ec8ac.jpg" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Fernando Casado and Paula Garc&iacute;a, the founders of the Towards the Human City project, [are] travelling the world to find how cities are trying to be more people-oriented...Trends like smart cities make us believe that large structures are needed to change urban spaces, yet there are countless examples of transformative bottom-up initiatives that have come from a simple idea and flourished without public money. It is this citizen-led type of urbanism that they hope to highlight and champion.</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/122818954/designing-for-the-night Designing for the Night Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:41:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o92yt91wz88jxxih.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I speak with a student about nightlife they have something different in mind than a 65-year old town planning manager. In the municipalities, finding contacts is difficult - often nobody feels responsible or capable of speaking. That should change.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are sleepy cities and cities that never sleep. There are cities famed for their raucous nightlife, and others whose adolescent residents dream of leaving. According to the German urban scientist&nbsp;Jakob F. Schmid, interviewed for DW.DE, "Nightlife often defines the character of entire streets or districts." Schmid runs the&nbsp;"City After Eight - Management of the Urban Night Economy" project with Thomas Kr&uuml;ger, which is funded by the German government.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9kqjtkhpbirk2lp.jpg"></p><p>Looking at a variety of German cities including Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt, the researchers mapped nightlife "with online recommendation platforms as the basis for the data." The hazy blue results indicate that various forms a city's nightlife may take. In the famed-party city Berlin, for example, hotspots are diffused throughout the expansive metropolis. In a traditional German city, on the other hand, the nightlife tends to be concentrated "on the city center, usually on the streets directly surrounding the center proper."</p><p>In the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122515225/was-rome-really-a-city-of-marble Was Rome really a "City of Marble"? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-09T16:38:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T16:02:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b869b8ea55901476e8fad5b0171f8cd7.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural historian Diane Favro of [UCLA], has employed advanced modeling software to reconstruct the city of Rome in its entirety over the period of the rule of Augustus Caesar, from 44 B.C. to A.D. 14. According to legend, Augustus boasted, &ldquo;I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble&rdquo;... She found that only a small proportion of the buildings in Augustan Rome were converted from brick to marble, and that they would have been difficult to see from ground level.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Favro explains that while much of Rome was left untouched by Augustus' urban project, the traffic caused by bringing the large quantities of Carrera marble through the city likely created the illusion "that Rome had been transformed into marble."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120523764/san-francisco-s-mid-market-neighborhood-a-corridor-of-shame San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood, a "corridor of shame?" Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T19:13:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:26:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18e3afab64b195fcd91113d300aa36e4.jpg" width="400" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This corridor of shame that I call Van Ness and Market is just a spectacular example of failed urban planning.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;In the built environment, as one writer puts it, all our warts and our glories are there,&rdquo; says Paul Groth, an architectural historian at UC Berkeley. &ldquo;You can tell how we&rsquo;re treating our fellow humans in the built environment. It really is an autobiography.&rdquo; So, what does Groth think our current architecture says? &ldquo;Greed.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117656321/san-francisco-is-quick-to-poke-fun-of-sn-hetta-s-new-one-van-ness-tower-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco is quick to poke fun of Sn&oslash;hetta's new One Van Ness tower design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T14:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/866f0a675fc274d86a501dce90b6c4c6.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Al describes CityCenter as the product of &ldquo;the Bilbao effect: the notion that buildings designed by celebrity architects bring in tourists, and in particular a higher-end type of visitor&rdquo;. MGM&rsquo;s version was to bring in name-brand architects such as Daniel Libeskind, Helmut Jahn and Norman Foster [...]. &ldquo;It goes against the casino design convention,&rdquo; Al says, &ldquo;by having towers that let in natural light and meet the street the way buildings do in other cities&rdquo; &ndash; with retail spaces, not gaming.</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/119252599/what-is-interior-urbanism-a-review-of-monu-21-by-claudia-mainardi-and-giacomo-ardesio What is Interior Urbanism? - A Review of MONU #21 by Claudia Mainardi and Giacomo Ardesio MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2zpgu6dehaz3iw81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1969 Reyner Banham in his book <a href="http://books.google.es/books/about/Architecture_of_the_Well_Tempered_Enviro.html?id=kkI5pgQHM7cC&amp;redir_esc=y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment</strong></a> marked the shift between the concept of interior to that of an artificial environment. Technology and new human needs in fact had become an integral part of architecture, defining a new paradigm to describe indoor space, that it was not any longer a concern of the singular living-cell but rather of its internal atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426c6j0qhtct7gsi.jpg"></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com/issues.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue 21 of MONU</a></strong> describes the current development and the extreme consequences of what this Interior Urbanism means. As <a href="http://cargocollective.com/brendancormier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong>Brendan Cormier</strong></em></a><em> </em>emphasizes in his article <strong>Some Notes Towards an Interior Archipelago</strong>: &ldquo;90% of our lives are spent inside. Urban life is an interior affair.&rdquo; This statement manifests the necessity to invert the canonical approach to read and plan cities, unfolding a new possible stream of research which considers how architecture affects our everyday life.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptg020ff9sza3ven.jpg"></p><p>Climate, or the need to erase the atmospheric conditions, is one of the trigger factors of the production o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118967683/the-calvert-journal-asks-experts-how-to-fix-moscow The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cu5zfv5r685gap6g.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</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/118733125/infographic-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-countries-to-live-in Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in Nicholas Korody 2015-01-19T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-20T15:28:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3jb2l3ovzzsub3b9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This map shows the difference in living costs around the world using figures from the world's largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities. The CPI in the infographic is a relative indicator of a country's living costs compared to New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The top five cheapest countries are: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Algeria.</p><p>The most expensive countries are: Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland, and Denmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5p5xt8a89g61vtfj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116658651/buzzwords-explained-urban-metabolism Buzzwords explained: “Urban Metabolism” Alexander Walter 2014-12-23T15:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T17:52:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dckxob642ys63ae.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the past two years, Yale&rsquo;s Journal of Industrial Ecology has published a special issue devoted to &ldquo;urban metabolism for the urban century&rdquo; and a paper on &ldquo;an urban metabolism approach to Los Angeles.&rdquo; Clearly, certain precincts of academia are abuzz about this concept. And if still another recent paper &mdash; &ldquo;Mainstreaming Urban Metabolism&rdquo; &mdash; has any sway, the term could become as familiar in urban circles as &ldquo;resilience&rdquo; and &ldquo;Vision Zero.&rdquo; But what exactly does it mean?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Got an appetite for more architectural buzzwords and the industry's bizarre lingo? Get your fix with the ongoing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/522727/archinect-s-lexicon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon</a> series.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114577899/architecture-won-t-save-the-world-tactical-urbanisms-at-moma-or-will-it Architecture Won’t Save the World: “Tactical Urbanisms” at MoMA (...or will it?) Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T14:18:00-05:00 >2014-11-29T14:00:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f0896fb30058dfad40d32753ae70267.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities&rdquo; is, at least nominally, about urbanism and architecture. [...] The problems, not the solutions, presented in &ldquo;Uneven Growth&rdquo; are very real. Before Gadanho and his teams of architects, planners, and researchers can suggest productive solutions, they would do well to acknowledge that their fellow practitioners hold responsibility for the very state of urban affairs they seek to remedy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113571377/moma-s-uneven-growth-case-studies-conclude-with-exhibition-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's &ldquo;Uneven Growth&rdquo; case studies conclude with exhibition this month</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113571377/moma-s-uneven-growth-case-studies-conclude-with-exhibition-this-month MoMA's “Uneven Growth” case studies conclude with exhibition this month Justine Testado 2014-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T14:22:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nsuzdoq1ilt7iso4.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA began its "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" initiative last year aiming to advance international discussion on disproportionate urban development and its potential consequences. To address this issue, six interdisciplinary teams spent 14 months in workshops designing proposals that investigate new architectural possibilities for six metropolises. Each case study will be exhibited to the public at MoMA starting on November 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But the discussion doesn't end there. MoMA also created a user-generated <a href="http://uneven-growth.moma.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> that collects examples of emerging modes of tactical urbanism taking place in the six cities.</p><p>Here's a glimpse:</p><p><strong>LAGOS</strong><br>By NL&Eacute; (Lagos, Nigeria and Amsterdam, Netherlands)<br>Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas (Madrid, Spain)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ons4nm5za66uq8d.jpg"></p><p><strong>HONG KONG</strong><br>By MAP Office (Hong Kong, China)<br>Network Architecture Lab (Columbia University, New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7and5psdjvpi2kc.jpg"></p><p><strong>ISTANBUL</strong><br>By Superpool (Istanbul, Turkey)<br>Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (Paris, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m37c1xfs7kyexzfw.jpg"></p><p><strong>MUMBAI</strong><br>By URBZ: user-generated cities (Mumbai, India)<br>Ensamble Studio/MIT-POPlab (Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18hxwgs39hw2eswn.jpg"></p><p><strong>RIO DE JANEIRO</strong><br>By RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)<br>MAS Urban Design at ETH (Zurich, Switzerland)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhveryk6ljc91i7n.jpg"></p><p><strong>NEW YORK</strong><br>By SITU Studio (New York, U.S.)<br>Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra) (Rotterdam, Netherlands AND New York, U.S.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/ll9izqxg6cri2hqq.jpg"></p><p>For further details and images from each case study, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/moma_concludes_uneven_growth_workshops_case_studies_to_be_exhibited_this_mo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113050259/garcetti-calls-for-100k-new-homes-in-los-angeles-by-2021 Garcetti Calls for 100K New Homes in Los Angeles by 2021 Nicholas Korody 2014-11-06T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T18:35:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/622e15108314be66b491e34cf0ad3ab7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling the cost of housing one of Los Angeles&rsquo; biggest challenges, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced a goal for 100,000 new homes in the city by 2021. In a speech to business leaders at UCLA, the mayor outlined a plan to increase funding for affordable housing, subsidize development around transit stations and cut the red tape that many developers say drives up the cost of building in the city.</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/108732257/cities-compete-to-host-legal-disputes Cities Compete to Host Legal Disputes Nicholas Korody 2014-09-12T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:12:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/ferpbuuyritehpmy.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The weeks and months of billable hours and protracted talks can translate to an economic lift for a host city catering to out-of-town investors and their lawyers and support staff, making municipalities worldwide eager to woo bickering parties [...] International locales like London and Paris traditionally have been favored &mdash; as well as centers of commerce like Hong Kong and Singapore for Asian disputes &mdash; but parties can agree to settle matters elsewhere.</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/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>