Archinect - News 2014-04-20T07:58:02-04:00 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/51297215/dirk-sijmons-to-curate-6th-iabr Dirk Sijmons To Curate 6Th IABR Orhan Ayyüce 2012-06-13T20:55:00-04:00 >2012-06-23T15:44:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ik/ikb4kzfuuqsx5lux.jpg" width="410" height="547" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Looking at the city through the lens of landscape architecture allows us a clear view of the situation. There is just one course of action available to us: if we are to resolve the world&rsquo;s ecological problems we first need to resolve the problems facing our cities. And the only way we can reach these solutions is by naming and researching them in terms of the metabolism of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> -Dirk Sijmons, renowned landscape architect and former Governmental Advisor on Landscape, has been appointed curator of the next edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. The 6th IABR has the working title &ldquo;URBAN by NATURE&rdquo; and opens in May 2014.</p> <p> It focuses on the &lsquo;natural&rsquo; character of the city as human biotope. By examining the metabolism of the urban organism, the 6th IABR explores the relationship between city and nature whilst also reflecting on city as nature. The city as nature, as a metabolism, not only comprises the built environment, but the broader context: the landscape that is the material condition for our urban society.-</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/47313995/a-field-guide-to-ac-units A Field Guide to AC Units Archinect 2012-05-04T19:31:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T11:05:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l8/l8b2aqzn3oe664kk.jpg" width="514" height="120" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though it pervades the landscape of many of our cities, we rarely appreciate how window units continue to shape our homes and street walls. The basic design of a window unit has remained mostly the same since it appeared on the market in 1935 &ndash; that is to say, functional and bland. But instead of designing a more elegant object, we have allowed AC units to become visual background noise.</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/46844712/european-prize-for-urban-public-space-2012-announces-joint-winners European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012 Announces Joint Winners Alexander Walter 2012-04-30T17:58:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T13:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3enhxgednch6bhy0.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Jury of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012, chaired by Spanish architect Josep Llin&agrave;s, has announced two joint First Prize winners [...]. The European Prize for Urban Public Space is an award created by the CCCB in 2000 to acknowledge and encourage the creation and recovery of public spaces in European cities, and to highlight urbanistic interventions that promote the public dimension of urban space and its role in social integration.</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/35208101/imploding-the-pruitt-igoe-myth Imploding the Pruitt-Igoe Myth eric jonathan martin 2012-01-20T21:22:00-05:00 >2012-01-26T14:53:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tyvndv8ffq93d9um.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly 40 years after its destruction, the people interviewed for the film continue to wrestle with Pruitt-Igoe's legacy and its place in their lives. They love it and hate it, but don't resent it. Despite the piles of trash, mountains of drugs, and preponderance of crime, this was their home. For some, it was their first proper dwelling.</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/31522863/ikea-urbanism-a-new-era-in-urban-design IKEA Urbanism: A New Era In Urban Design? Archinect 2011-12-19T20:29:00-05:00 >2013-06-26T13:30:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/535759f84639238895434129ba70f866.jpg" width="514" height="564" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IKEA has proposed to build a complete neighborhood in East London. The Swedish furniture giant tries to implement its ideas and concepts in new fields of knowledge and urbanism. After its injection of each single family&rsquo;s interior with cheap design furniture and the introduction of the IKEA standard house by daughter company BoKlok, it seems to be time for a complete IKEA neighborhood...</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/30111757/and-the-winner-of-the-2012-ted-prize-is-city-2-0 And the Winner of the 2012 TED Prize is…City 2.0 Archinect 2011-12-07T15:06:01-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47c50c2be8eee731f02a30e6e3c66a61.jpg" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winner of the 2012 TED Prize has just been announced, and being awarded is not a single person, but - for the first time in the history of the prize - a collaborative idea: the City 2.0. TED Prize Director Amy Novogratz: "This year, we&rsquo;re challenging everyone in the TED Community to embrace radical collaboration on one of the most pressing issues we face: how to build sustainable, vibrant, working 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>