Archinect - News 2014-10-21T08:05:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98147010/let-them-eat-mcmansions-the-1-percent-income-inequality-and-new-fashioned-american-excess Let them eat McMansions! The 1 percent, income inequality, and new-fashioned American excess Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T13:08:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0e11dc845ec7411db17b433f76e000f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today we call those changes &ldquo;inequality,&rdquo; and inequality is, obviously, the point of the McMansion. The suburban ideal of the 1950s, according to &ldquo;The Organization Man,&rdquo; was supposed to be &ldquo;classlessness,&rdquo; but the opposite ideal is the brick-to-the-head message of the dominant suburban form of today.</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/91680625/can-phoenix-un-suburbanize Can Phoenix un-suburbanize? Alexander Walter 2014-01-20T13:01:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:15:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3f70f63c5616b42cda81074214be9bb.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s a movement afoot to bring new money into urban areas all over the country, and surprisingly, Phoenix, is part of that movement. The city has long been famous for its suburban sprawl. But now, plans are moving ahead to link high-rise downtown with a neighboring Latino barrio that wealthy developers have mostly ignored for the better part of 100 years. Not a shovel of dirt has moved, though neighbors already have expectations and fears.</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/89521502/why-apple-s-suburban-spaceship-could-lose-the-war-for-tech-talent Why Apple's Suburban Spaceship Could Lose the War for Tech Talent Archinect 2013-12-23T13:04:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:19:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/7007dd9be5f9280bf8154df615c01ff0.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly, young tech talent wants to live and work in cities. As a result, the hottest tech companies, from Google to Twitter to Uber, are setting up shop in San Francisco, a long drive north of Silicon Valley, the traditional stronghold of the computer game. In the cutthroat world of tech recruiting, catering to the demands of the talent is everything, and even Apple isn&rsquo;t immune to the first rule of real estate: location, location, location.</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/89062333/forget-golf-courses-subdivisions-draw-residents-with-farms Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms Alexander Walter 2013-12-17T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:40:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6a10bcc855d8e309a29cd8aa16a8b23.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms &mdash; complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees &mdash; are serving as the latest suburban amenity. It's called development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture &mdash; a farm-share program commonly known as CSA.</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/79448467/editor-s-picks-328 Editor's Picks #328 Nam Henderson 2013-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T17:56:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9s/9sycjhtfqzab7jk5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect interviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78908972/working-out-of-the-box-doug-johnston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn-based designer &amp; artist Doug Johnston</a>.&nbsp;His current profession is creating "<em>objects by stitching rope together</em>" and he explains "<em>I guess sometime early on, I realized that my design work wouldn't be limited to buildings or objects, but would extend to the &lsquo;design&rsquo; or planning of a functioning business and studio practice. This guided my choice to work in smaller offices so that I could have more exposure to the nuts and bolts of generating income managing workflow and cashflow, etc...Being able to apply design thinking to the business structure itself has been really exciting and helpful</em>".</p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;liked what he saw "<em>Really beautiful stuff.&nbsp; It makes me think it would be incredibly useful to have architecture students actually build things besides models during school.&nbsp; If only to get a tactile understanding of what their drawings might be and what goes into realizing them</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/3a/3aqgdz9nb63vuhld.jpg"></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70587374/building-a-better-big-box Building a better big box Archinect 2013-04-03T16:41:00-04:00 >2013-04-05T14:51:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/ba67214dd6febef4b0767f5e0c1372c7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>D&rsquo;Hooghe, a Belgian-born architect and director of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, cares deeply about urban form and the large-scale issues cities face in achieving more efficient energy use, better transportation and less congestion. One of his main concerns is better integrating suburbs with the larger metropolitan areas in which they exist.</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/67721897/creating-hipsturbia Creating Hipsturbia anthony dong 2013-02-16T18:36:00-05:00 >2013-02-19T13:10:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mrt13zn6ju38hnbs.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As formerly boho environs of Brooklyn become unattainable due to creeping Manhattanization and seven-figure real estate prices, creative professionals of child-rearing age &mdash; the type of alt-culture-allegiant urbanites who once considered themselves too cool to ever leave the city &mdash; are starting to ponder the unthinkable: a move to the suburbs.</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/62363479/broad-minded-city-documentary-film-looking-for-a-venue Broad Minded City Documentary Film looking for a venue Quirino de la Cuesta 2012-11-29T14:59:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:58:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hs9ik3o8zx0y42vu.jpg" width="514" height="701" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Broad Minded City is a Documentary about Urban Planning, Design and Architecture focusing on the current issues facing cities in development, issues like sustainability, culture identity, infrastructure, transportation and preservation. It's a multidisciplinary approach loosely based on Frank Lloyd Wright's urban model "Broadacre City" to show the difference between Broadacre City and Urban Sprawl as we know it today.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Right now, we are looking to share a 10-15 min short film of Broad Minded City to the public in a venue. The initial screening will mostly happen in the Los Angeles area, but not&nbsp; against screening on other cities interested in this subject matter. The hope is to make the documentary into a full-feature film (90 mins. or longer).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n27alwypnsb2n9oy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> If anyone is interested in screening in their gallery space or movie venue, please contact or you have different suggestions on a idea venue. The documentary is not only for the architect, developer, planner &amp; designer, but to the broader audience who have an interest or a belief that cities and the urban environment should have better planning, transparency &amp; design, that the design of buildings and spaces should be an everyday experience.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59117200/suburban-kansas-dream-museum-of-suburbia Suburban Kansas Dream: Museum of Suburbia Archinect 2012-10-11T23:23:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:06:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2bb6eb44728a49e93b17a4155efd19aa.jpg" width="262" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Museum officials in Johnson County, Kan., propose spending $34 million to create the National Museum of Suburbia, a faux suburb where visitors could wander through a model ranch-style home, wonder at an exhibit of lawn furniture and topple pins on a re-created bowling lane.</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/42835199/reality-check-developers-react-to-moma-s-show-foreclosed-rehousing-the-american-dream Reality Check: Developers React to MoMA’s Show, “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream” Archinect 2012-03-27T00:44:00-04:00 >2012-03-27T08:16:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23fcd80aa9056f11ad7e20d46cb6d4d8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though the panelists agreed that the foreclosure crisis will lead to major changes in suburban development, they all thought new patterns are less likely to be brought about by a revised American dream than by economic and demographic factors. And all said it would be very difficult to change zoning laws to permit denser new development patterns, especially in existing &ldquo;inner-ring&rdquo; suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/36325414/the-crit-thoughts-on-moma-s-foreclosed-rehousing-the-american-dream" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The CRIT: Thoughts on MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/42081083/the-roots-of-sprawl-why-we-don-t-live-where-we-work The Roots of Sprawl: Why We Don't Live Where We Work Archinect 2012-03-20T11:54:00-04:00 >2012-04-01T23:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d11c8e9eb215b200f615521c505f6706.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles was one of the first large cities in the U.S. to adopt a kind of modern zoning to keep the industrial away from the residential. If the city would have more mixed use, with people living closer to retail and workplaces, Los Angeles would feel like another city, with less of its land area dedicated to low density, single family residential neighborhoods, and more streets with shops and businesses on the ground floor and homes above.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The Laws That Shaped L.A." is a weekly series on LA-based radio station KCET, spotlighting regulations that have played a significant role in the development of contemporary Los Angeles. These laws - as nominated and explained each week by a locally-based expert - may be civil or criminal, and they may have been put into practice by city, county, state, federal or even international authority.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/38988462/can-us-communities-learn-from-this-european-suburban-retrofit Can US communities learn from this European suburban retrofit? Archinect 2012-02-22T15:15:59-05:00 >2012-02-26T14:33:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8cb3dcf09ae86c256870a9b941900b4.jpg" width="500" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008, the substantially updated town center of Plessis-Robinson, a suburb of Paris, was named &ldquo;the best urban neighborhood built in the last 25 years&rdquo; by the European Architecture Foundation. A composite of six connected districts ranging in size from 5.6 to 59 acres, the revitalization comprises public buildings, retail, market-rate and subsidized affordable housing, parks, schools, gardens, sports facilities, and a hospital. Construction was begun in 1990 and took a decade to complete.</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/38859723/sympathy-for-the-suburbs Sympathy for the Suburbs Quilian Riano 2012-02-21T12:20:00-05:00 >2012-02-26T19:26:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/ue0utiw3a2s8sblo.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foreclosed, a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, shows ways of radically rethinking suburbia, homeownership and housing. But are such drastic measures what the suburbs really need?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Also, see on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/36325414/the-crit-thoughts-on-moma-s-foreclosed-rehousing-the-american-dream" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The CRIT: Thoughts on MoMA's Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/36911983/dublin-ohio-plans-1000-acre-urban-development-in-the-heart-of-suburbia Dublin Ohio Plans 1000-acre Urban Development in the Heart of Suburbia WalkerEvans 2012-02-04T15:26:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T14:36:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwueb1t4aek645fu.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Dublin, Ohio is an affluent Columbus suburb typically known for it&rsquo;s good schools, easy access to jobs, and low density housing and retail developments that have rapidly sprawled outward over the past forty years. Fast forward another forty years and things may look drastically different. Officials with the city&rsquo;s planning department have been steadily working on the Bridge Street Corridor plan, which calls for the redevelopment of 1,000 acres located at the core of Dublin.</p></em><br /><br /><p> One of the largest suburbs of Columbus, Ohio is planning to give itself an urban face lift with a new long term redevelopment plan. In addition to increase residential density to over 5000 people per square mile, the plan calls for the eventual installation of light rail light to serve local and regional commuters.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/20521761/hottest-new-development-trend-broadacre-city Hottest new development trend: Broadacre City toasteroven 2011-09-15T11:44:17-04:00 >2013-12-20T17:56:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yo/yo8xngtblg28lrio.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a movement propelled by environmental concern, nostalgia for a simpler life and a dollop of marketing savvy, developers are increasingly laying out their cul-de-sacs around organic farms, cattle ranches, vineyards and other agricultural ventures.</p></em><br /><br /><p> via<a href="http://www.planetizen.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Planetizen</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/20434031/beyond-foreclosure-the-future-of-suburban-housing Beyond Foreclosure: The Future of Suburban Housing Archinect 2011-09-14T17:24:44-04:00 >2011-09-14T17:24:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b530e97b90e35408385610192cba671b.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The accelerating decline of suburban neighborhoods from Florida to California suggests that the contradictions of the system are finally catching up with it. The Great Recession is challenging not only the economics of homebuilding but also the essence of the suburban dream. Residential construction has slowed dramatically, and yet there remains a massive oversupply of single-family houses, especially on large lots.</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>