Archinect - News 2014-11-24T19:43:53-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/103260146/started-from-the-bottom-boston-experiments-with-parklets-as-place-making-strategy Started from the Bottom: Boston Experiments with Parklets as Place-making Strategy Nicholas Korody 2014-07-02T18:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T18:22:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7bpiq0w9fzcbikx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The city of Boston has been the stage for a long history of experiments with public space. Most notably, the Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country &ndash; and perhaps the first public urban park in the world. Originally a shared cow pasture until overgrazing led to a real-life example of &ldquo;the tragedy of the commons&rdquo;, the 50 acre plot of land later bore witness to the Revolutionary War, public executions, riots, protests, and concerts. Now, Boston will be the most recent in a slew of international cities to adopt parklets as a means of activating and extending sidewalks into revitalized public spaces.</p><p>An increasingly popular tactic in urbanism, parklets are small spaces that often replace two or three parking spots to make way for seating, greenery and other amenities. Though often permanent, they tend to be constructed in ways that allow for easy dismantling, either to accommodate winter snows or for emergency situations. Started in San Francisco as unsolicited interventio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93382204/labeling-the-city-ghana-s-initiative-to-name-its-streets Labeling the city: Ghana's initiative to name its streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:52:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sqrc4oeubwcn2v2.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a city with no addresses, it&rsquo;s difficult for local authorities to tax property. And without tax revenues, it&rsquo;s difficult to upgrade infrastructure and services in the slums [...] To fix these problems, Ghana is on a national quest to name its city streets. [...] Giving names to streets is only a means to an end. The real problem cities are trying to solve is service delivery. When properties have actual addresses and those addresses reside in databases, all kinds of things become possible.</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/85763656/hitoshi-abe-on-place-making-and-layered-formalism-at-ucla Hitoshi Abe on place-making and layered formalism at UCLA Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-05T17:11:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T23:25:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampgqunhifahzxce.jpg" width="514" height="681" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> How can we understand a place, and seek to define it? What elements do we identify as components of that place, and how do they interact with each other? In a recent lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hitoshi Abe, chair of <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA&rsquo;s Architecture and Urban Design department</a>, approached these questions through a study of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106328/atelier-hitoshi-abe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Hitoshi Abe</a>, his design practice located in both Los Angeles and Sendai, Japan. Drawing on Japanese ideas of place-making, Abe conceptualizes his structures not as monoliths of positive and negative spaces, but as a system of layers that collectively define the building.</p> <p> The concepts of &ldquo;space&rdquo; and &ldquo;place&rdquo;, as conceived by Japanese philosopher <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitaro_Nishida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kitaro Nishida</a>, are part of the objective reality that an individual uses to define themselves -- but instead of that objective reality being based on discrete physical forms, the sense of self arises from a reactive relationship with the space, rather than in opposition to it*. Highlighting internati...</p>