Archinect - News 2014-11-26T07:56:54-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114437437/serra-gate-salutes-to-taksim-square-protests-in-istanbul-will-tour-city-next-year “Serra Gate” salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year Justine Testado 2014-11-24T18:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T13:31:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hqjq3pqbaeao1173.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nodding to the Taksim Square political protests in May 2013, the Serra Gate installation by Istanbul practice GAD Architecture artistically interprets and also invites passers-by to examine the influence of urban interventions in the public realm. Serra Gate, which was inspired by the large-scale sculptures of artist Richard Serra, highlights how protesters created makeshift living spaces inside the park and the streets...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65h5tf5mlo7xjcqn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xtcky9cp2rguvqjg.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/serra_gate_salutes_to_taksim_square_protests_in_istanbul/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114038603/london-s-garden-bridge-not-so-public-after-all London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:37:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9126bc2fe3215b35b7f4f645466941bc.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the bridge will be closed at night, won't allow entry to cyclists or groups of 8 or more without prior booking, and will ocassionally be closed off for fundraising events. Right. So less a public bridge than a privately-managed tourist attraction, then. [...] The east of London, on the other hand, could actually use another crossing, with or without limits to access</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108640634/refugees-reshape-their-camp-at-the-risk-of-feeling-at-home Refugees Reshape Their Camp, at the Risk of Feeling at Home Alexander Walter 2014-09-10T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T19:10:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b5bfb3682fda093b54d4a4ffb34d3dca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public space like the plaza in Al Fawwar is mostly unheard-of in Palestinian camps across the West Bank. Architectural upgrades raise fundamental questions about the Palestinian identity, implying permanence, which refugees here have opposed for generations. [...] Camps were conceived as temporary quarters. The absence of public space was then preserved over the years to fortify residents&rsquo; self-identification as refugees, displaced and stateless.</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/107403597/the-cheesegrater-a-tower-of-no-small-ambition The Cheesegrater – a tower of no small ambition Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85c3d8e5c0249c01f70a8450eaaff189.jpg" width="460" height="652" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Someone has told the bouncers to be nice. It is now standard for architectural anoraks like myself to find ourselves challenged by smile-less security as we go about our blameless business &ndash; no loitering, no photography, no looking, as if al-Qaida scouts would do their dastardly work in this way or as if, years after the invention of the camera phone, photography can be controlled as it could in the age of the tripod. But not at the base of the Cheesegrater.</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/106419197/have-a-seat-at-the-urban-reef-installation-in-downtown-vancouver-canada Have a seat at the "Urban Reef" installation in downtown Vancouver, Canada Justine Testado 2014-08-12T18:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlf8otn1m8mquaal.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Meandering down a section of Robson Street on the iconic 800 block in downtown Vancouver, passers-by can sit, relax, play, and socialize on the "Urban Reef" installation. Designed by Kaz Bremner and Jeremiah Deutscher with local furniture collective Higher Works, Urban Reef won the inaugural VIVA Vancouver: Robson Redux design-build competition out of 78 submissions worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The competition had entrants create a temporary urban installation to transform the block to a welcoming public plaza from Canada Day (July 1) until Labor Day (September 1).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/su0ovyqg9vkrscwc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3j03rmqc0x8v6bv0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vg/vglpt2wecaf0zfkw.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/urban_reef_wins_robson_redux_2014_in_downtown_vancouver_canada/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Check out a timelapse video and the making-of teaser below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104251801/ateliers-jean-nouvel-ptw-architects-award-winning-one-central-park-in-sydney-australia Ateliers Jean Nouvel + PTW Architects’ award-winning One Central Park in Sydney, Australia Justine Testado 2014-07-15T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:02:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hu3wimoiwx0vx34g.jpg" width="514" height="469" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by a renowned team of Parisian Ateliers Jean Nouvel in collaboration with Australian firm PTW Architects, One Central Park in downtown Sydney has received some high recognition in just the past few weeks alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project was recently named the Best Tall Building for the Asia + Australia region in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102798326/ctbuh-announces-the-2014-best-tall-buildings-regional-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH's 2014 Best Tall Buildings</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103710295/world-architecture-festival-announces-2014-awards-shortlist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival Awards</a>, and received a Commendation in the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_of_the_australian_institute_of_architects_nsw_architecture_awards_2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NSW Architecture Awards 2014</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qn/qn2ogh9p0uz146z5.jpg"></p><p>More info on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/atelier_jean_nouvel_ptw_architects_award_winning_one_central_park_in_sydney/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103322774/the-architecture-of-abortion-how-providers-build-their-own-buffer-zones The Architecture Of Abortion: How Providers Build Their Own Buffer Zones Alexander Walter 2014-07-03T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T17:46:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d577a2a69d10321c7983e51ebac285a5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If women can&rsquo;t always rely on legislation to support their cause, could they rely on architects? [...] Brown says it&rsquo;s time for the design community to take a stand on women&rsquo;s reproductive rights. &ldquo;Architects have to become more politically engaged in our built environment.&rdquo; To that end, Brown is helping organize a design competition that will rethink a privacy fence for Mississippi&rsquo;s only abortion clinic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102781417/debating-abortion-rights-and-free-speech-on-the-sidewalk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Debating abortion rights and free speech on the sidewalk</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94425539/the-architecture-of-abortion-clinics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Abortion Clinics</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/102781417/debating-abortion-rights-and-free-speech-on-the-sidewalk Debating abortion rights and free speech on the sidewalk Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-26T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T17:52:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92a3912ac8d8af2cfc34498505191951.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that barred protests near abortion clinics. The law, enacted in 2007, created 35-foot buffer zones around entrances to abortion clinics. State officials said the law was a response to a history of harassment and violence at abortion clinics in Massachusetts, including a shooting rampage at two facilities in 1994. The law was challenged on First Amendment grounds by opponents of abortion</p></em><br /><br /><p>Massachusett's 35-foot buffer zone was initially enacted as a defensive mechanism, responding to a history of harassments and violence around clinics' entrances. The law had previously barred <em>anyone</em>&nbsp;from entering a fixed buffer zone around entrances to reproductive health care facilities (excepting those simply passing through, clinic employees, or those intentionally going in and out of the building). Plaintiffs in the recent Supreme Court case effectively argued that those exceptions were biased towards supporters of abortion rights.</p><p>More on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94425539/the-architecture-of-abortion-clinics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture of abortion clinics</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100517033/shared-space-and-slow-zones-comparing-public-space-in-paris-and-new-york Shared Space and Slow Zones: Comparing Public Space in Paris and New York Alexander Walter 2014-05-27T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T22:24:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78f7c617f762f7ffc4d9200e9a33861d.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a larger scale, the metropolitan regions of Paris and New York City both show significant pedestrian mode shares. New York City has a pedestrian mode share of 34% for all trips citywide ahead of car (33%) and transit (30%)[4] when the Ile-de-France region has a weekday pedestrian mode share of 32%, a car mode share of 43%, and a public transport one up to 21%[5]. [...] How do they support this large pedestrian population and decrease auto-dominance in public space?</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/99418974/results-of-the-2014-european-prize-for-urban-public-space Results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space Justine Testado 2014-05-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:06:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hglb8fmjxqsotjfo.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space adds a dose of reality to often romanticized European cities, showing that every city no matter where has its own set of pressing issues. The annual prize recognizes exemplary projects that have transformed and improved public spaces throughout the continent. Starting with a total of 274 projects from 30 European countries, the international jury selected 25 finalists, and finally two joint winners and four special mentions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>(Pictured above) JOINT WINNER: The Braided Valley, </strong>Elx, Spain - 2013<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Marta Garc&iacute;a Chico, Pr&oacute;coro del Real Baeza</p><p><strong>JOINT WINNER: Renovation of the Old Port, </strong>Marseille, France - 2013<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Michel Desvigne Paysagiste MDP, Foster + Partners, TANGRAM, INGEROP, AIK AIK&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3vdln7r3j9x0w9x.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Opening of Rainham Marshes, </strong>London, United Kingdom - 2014<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Peter Beard_LANDROOM | Peter Beard, Alexander Gore, Sabba Khan, Dingle Price, Gregory Ross, Mark Smith, Keita Tajima&nbsp;<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wd0rhymlf6j8jy7d.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Islamic Cemetery, </strong>Altach, Austria - 2012<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Bernardo Bader Architects&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/falpa4jaqxb4rbhb.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: Baana: pedestrian and bicycle corridor, </strong>Helsinki, Finland 2012<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; Helsinki City Planning Department, Helsinki Public Works Department, Loci Landscape Architects Ltd</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcxgyfzgg5xcpir5.jpg"></p><p><strong>SPECIAL MENTION: La Lira Theatre</strong>, Ripoll, Spain - 2012&nbsp;<br>AUTHORS:&nbsp; RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes SLP, Joan Puigcorb&eacute;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mrzhx2vkv3e0zy2n.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_the_2014_european_prize_for_urban_public_space/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Check out videos of the jurors' comments on each project below.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/98842514/we-built-this-city-the-smartest-urban-crowdfunding-projects We built this city: the smartest urban crowdfunding projects Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T13:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/ts3au3ggn1k92qbo.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From pedestrian bridges to city centre waterslides, sculpture parks to public pianos, here are some of the smartest and wackiest crowdfunded projects for urban improvement</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/98435205/nyc-chief-city-planner-amanda-burden-on-public-space-and-densification NYC chief city planner Amanda Burden on public space and densification Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-21T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T16:28:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkww242yn2k1pe1m.jpg" width="376" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there is any one lesson that I have learned in my life as a city planner, it is that public spaces have power. It's not just the number of people using them, it's the even greater number of people who feel better about their city just knowing that they are there. Public space can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city, whether you choose one city over another, and public space is one of the most important reasons why you stay in a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Burden served as New York City's chief planner under Mayor Bloomberg, leading such revitalization projects as the High Line and Brooklyn's waterfront. You can watch the full TED talk below, or read the complete transcript <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_burden_how_public_spaces_make_cities_work/transcript" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98216495/does-america-need-a-tahrir-square Does America Need a Tahrir Square? Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T18:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T11:53:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb83d9818ab40a00a78bfc008f3d1345.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Maidan Square in Kiev. Taksim Square in Istanbul. Tahrir Square in Cairo. Recent democratic movements around the globe have risen, or crashed and burned, on the hard pavement of vast urban public squares. [...] But too few observers have considered the significance of the empty public spaces themselves. [...] If public squares are essential to democracy, is their relative absence in modern American life bad for our democracy&mdash;or a sign that we&rsquo;re not as democratic as we imagine?</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/96490028/latino-placemaking-how-the-civil-rights-movement-reshaped-east-la Latino Placemaking: How the Civil Rights Movement Reshaped East LA Alexander Walter 2014-03-25T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T22:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1275e11f58944eb02dd149330d293d0.jpg" width="504" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Latino Placemaking goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination. The Latino quest for cultural identity parallels the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960&rsquo;s and early 1970&rsquo;s, which has its genesis in protests &ndash; many of which were carried out in public spaces.</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/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-13T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:58:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oi7vb1cv9uwdlwu4.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.&rsquo;s largest public asset&mdash;our 7,500 miles of city streets&mdash;into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. Three innovative types of projects are available: Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles began piloting its "People St." program in 2011, developing spaces designed to reclaim sections of streetspace for public recreation and use, rather than car traffic. The projects were few but popular, including the Sunset Triangle (designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1898/rios-clementi-hale-studios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>) plaza in Silverlake, a couple of parklets in Downtown, and bike corrals in Atwater Village and Highland Park. Led by LA's Department of Transportation and invigorated by LA's current mayor, Eric Garcetti, the program will accept applications for "People St." initiatives by any eligible community group, beginning this March.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaym7c341otxgwtb.jpg"></p><p>The program is designed not only so communities can individualize their surroundings and make their city more livable, but for LADOT to expedite city improvement projects. Initiatives that otherwise would have taken years of planning and hundreds of thousands of dollars become faster and cheaper to execute, led by the people most in touch with the project site, and approved by city of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90763575/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism Lessons from North Korean urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-08T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2ghxpfbpqf6pazaq.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They conceive of urban space as space owned by the public, not space for real estate development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Much of the North Korean news that reaches the United States reads like tabloid hearsay, as glimpses of a totalitarian dictatorship rife with human rights violations are peeked through <a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-dennis-rodman-happy-birthday-north-korea-20140108,0,4827481.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dennis Rodman</a> and <a href="http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/07/kerry-us-will-not-accept-north-korea-as-a-nuclear-state/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">military showboating</a>. <em><a href="http://www.nknews.org/category/news/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NK News</a></em>, an independent and private news source based in Washington, D.C., is unique to both online journalism and treatment of its subject, in its rigorous and impressively connected focus on North Korean life and policy. Written from sources both in and out of the DPRK, <em>NK News </em>will most certainly get you to think differently about North Korea.</p> <p> In part one of his interview with <a href="http://www.risd.edu/Architecture/Dongwoo_Yim/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dongwoo Yim</a>, founder of the firm <a href="http://archinect.com/praud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRAUD</a> and author of <em>Pyongyang, and Pyongyang After</em>, <em>NK News</em>' Academic / Research Director Gianluca Spezza takes a step back from current politics to ask Yim about the past and future of capital city Pyongyang's urban development. If Korea were to reunify, how would Pyongyang posture itself against Seoul, South Korea's megapolis capital?</p> <p> Most of Nor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88542070/josep-llu-s-mateo-completes-cultural-center-in-castelo-branco-portugal Josep Lluís Mateo completes Cultural Center in Castelo Branco, Portugal Justine Testado 2013-12-10T19:47:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:12:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5r/5rsov7ai9a95m34e.jpg" width="514" height="238" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Josep Llu&iacute;s Mateo has now completed the final phase of the Castelo Branco Cultural Center in Portugal. Mateo first proposed the design, which won first prize, in an invited competition in 2000. The new Cultural Center in the historic town of Castelo Branco features an ice-skating rink, an exhibition space, and an auditorium &mdash; all integrated into one fluid structure.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a few photos of the new Cultural Center:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hy/hyp6yi4y830pf3x5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/ybudry7qfpkb96k4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9kdyi64tj48llpjd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> To see more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/josep_lluis_mateo_completes_cultural_center_in_castelo_branco_portugal/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Photos by Adri&agrave; Goula.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87991594/rotterdam-salutes-coolsingel-street-with-tribute-film-screenings Rotterdam salutes Coolsingel street with "Tribute" film screenings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-03T18:37:00-05:00 >2013-12-03T18:37:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/owd56ldkp3cdn5b1.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once a bustling and stylish avenue, now a street that no longer knows its identity or purpose, no other street in Rotterdam provokes as much discussion as the Coolsingel.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Coolsingel is Rotterdam's civic artery, a 1km street home to the city's economic, commercial and political focal points. But despite its central position and function for the last century, the street has suffered a bit of an identity crisis, and lacks the vibrancy it once channeled.</p> <p> To reinvigorate its presence in the city and honor its history, Sculpture International Rotterdam (along with guest curator Laurie Cluitmans) will transform the street into an outdoor cinema, for a project it calls "Tribute To An Avenue". Every night for a month early next year, short films by accomplished international video artists will be projected onto the Coolsingel's walls and windows, accompanied by special tours including food, music, and nightlife. The event is not only a move to invigorate the space, but to refine its muddle, and draw public attention to the relationship between a city street and its citizens.</p> <p> "Tribute To An Avenue" will run every night from January 8 to February 9, 2...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86067567/rem-koolhaas-ai-weiwei-superflex-and-others-take-part-in-gwangju-folly-project Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei, Superflex and others take part in Gwangju Folly Project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-08T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c46hqurusry6n75v.jpg" width="514" height="740" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architectural follies impose on our assumptions of what architecture is and what it should be -- what is function, what is beauty, where do private and public space meet.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/folly/intro/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Folly II</a>, part of the <a href="http://www.gwangjubiennale.org/eng/intro/greeting/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Biennale Foundation</a>, highlights the politicization of public space through multiple folly-interventions in Gwangju. The project includes follies by Ai Weiwei, Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann, Superflex, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye and Taiye Selasi, among others, this November 10-11.</p> <p> Artistic Director Nikolaus Hirsch, with curators Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun, focus the follies on the contentiousness of public space, and its operation on the global scale. Positioned throughout the city, some follies are mobile (Ai Weiwei's "Cubic-meter Food Cart", a rumination on South Korea's <em>pojangmachas</em>) while others highly site-specific (Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann's "The Vote" is installed in a high-traffic commercial area).</p> <p> As the setting for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_massacre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju&rsquo;s Democratic ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85220868/mit-research-reveals-the-power-of-placemaking MIT research reveals the power of placemaking Archinect 2013-10-28T15:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T15:09:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f72a48765e79b30bb4f91ff3054cea1c.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning released new research that examines the evolution of urban planning and its effects on communities. The report defines placemaking as &ldquo;an innovative approach to transforming communities by creating and revitalizing open, public spaces around the needs and desires of the community.&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/84673725/a-living-heart-for-a-modernist-campus-erasmus-university-rotterdam-revitalizes-its-grounds A living heart for a modernist Campus - Erasmus University Rotterdam revitalizes its grounds Jaakko van 't Spijker 2013-10-21T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T11:54:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5iy47zo1mo8ceyt.jpg" width="514" height="938" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Erasmus University Rotterdam has opened the new public heart of its Woudestein campus. The project can be seen as a benchmark for the way grim and gloomy '60s and '70s institutional areas can be sparked to life. </strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ldc2087kv9caylyh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>A new semi-sunken garage has been integrated with a new public space design and pond together with a new student pavilion mark the realization of the first phase of a unique and ambitious revitalization master plan.&nbsp; The master plan was designed by the collaborating Dutch firms Juurlink [+] Geluk and jvantspijker architects.</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pj/pjpu0yc1wk672g1r.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0k016juwbzyzv3w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Transformation master plan: parking and landscaping as a game-changer</strong><br> The transformation primarily addresses the need for a sense of place, orientation, way-finding and identity as well as providing a high quality of public space with a pleasant experience. The Erasmus Plaza is the new central axis of the campus, a boulevard and formal entrance to the University.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6x9icbo6gysprp5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The garage frees the site for landscaping while it&nbsp; injects people into t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84444797/gdyby-group-project-shows-potential-of-empty-historic-targ-weglowy-square-in-gdansk-poland Gdyby Group project shows potential of empty historic Targ Weglowy Square in Gdansk, Poland Justine Testado 2013-10-18T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:01:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5x9llxuill31otop.jpg" width="514" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Targ W&#281;glowy Square in Gda&#324;sk, Poland was merely an empty lot before the Gdyby Group (whose name translates to "What if?") in collaboration with City Culture Institute proposed a new public space to revive it. Back in early September, the group installed the numerous cubic box furnishings throughout the lot, where visitors of any age can play, socialize, and relax. Gdyby then gathered public feedback on the project and held an open public discussion about the Square's future.</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/69292211/editor-s-picks-306 Editor's Picks #306 Nam Henderson 2013-03-12T12:30:00-04:00 >2013-03-21T11:23:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9ytlt1g8a7ntueqq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the ShowCase feature, Archinect published the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/68942763/showcase-hotel-wiesergut-by-gogl-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotel Wiesergut a complex renovation and extension by by GOGL ARCHITEKTEN</a>, located in Hinterglemm/Salzburger Land, Austria.&nbsp;<strong>FRaC </strong>thought "<em>those cold roofs are hot!</em>"</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvocuobvrrizymh1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br> Over at the financial times Emma Jacobs chatted with&nbsp; Zaha Hadid an "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68932802/the-financial-times-calls-zaha-an-unlikely-pushover-who-doesn-t-play-safe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unlikely &lsquo;pushover&rsquo; who doesn&rsquo;t play safe</a>".&nbsp;In response <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> commented "<em>I wouldn't work for free, but I'd be happy to be bullied by Zaha for a short term.&nbsp; Like a wilderness survival camp-type vacation</em>"&nbsp;but <strong>GiaCarbello </strong>replied "<em>Diplomacy aside. Donna Sink. Wow. Your comment is as low as Hadids and Schumachers lame comments regarding their inexcusable behavior. They have an idea in their heads that &lsquo;uncompromising standards&rsquo; is the reasons being for such behaviour. Hadid had to fight her way to the top because of a male dominated industry and forgot along the way to find a balance. Self integrity and self respect at lost</em>".</p> <p> However <strong>Apurimac </strong>argued "<em>For christ's sa...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66160221/competition-for-a-toronto-high-line Competition for a Toronto High Line Archinect 2013-01-24T13:04:00-05:00 >2013-01-24T13:05:25-05:00 <em><p>In New York City, an elevated freight rail lane in west Manhattan became the High Line, a celebrated linear park running through a busy part of the borough. Design firm Workshop Architecture hopes that one of Toronto&rsquo;s hydro corridors can be similarly transformed into a continuous recreation area for Toronto&rsquo;s pedestrians and cyclists, and that an international contest soliciting ideas for the space will help hasten the process.</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/66113069/how-will-the-lowline-make-the-leap-from-idea-to-reality How Will the Lowline Make the Leap From Idea to Reality? Archinect 2013-01-23T20:01:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:08:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4r34y94mp1myzod.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... calling the Lowline a "park" isn't totally accurate. It would be a culture park that hosts art shows, performances, and events, and it would be tied to the neighborhood gallery scene. Preliminary designs call for a densely planted "ramble," but this would be accompanied by a gallery, plaza, and connecting grassy common. The whole site is currently dotted with support columns, and the design would remove ten of these to created a 5,000-square-foot column-free plaza.</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/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/59424517/endeavour-s-voyage-into-los-angeles-public-space Endeavour's voyage into Los Angeles' public space Archinect 2012-10-16T12:46:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T13:00:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zz/zzjyju4dkbifk37d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a city whose residents are accused of disdaining public space, the orbiter's tour led Angelenos to crowd sidewalks 10 or 12 deep as well as drawing thousands of people who live north of the 10 Freeway to boulevards south of it. It packed gas stations and strip-mall parking lots with crowds.</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/57956265/beyond-zuccotti-park-making-the-public Beyond Zuccotti Park: Making the Public Places Journal 2012-09-24T19:08:00-04:00 >2012-09-30T17:55:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cv/cvx1ysh9vnkhcm6p.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The root cause of diminishing public resources and the privatization of urban public space today is precisely the privatization of our political system &mdash; a crisis that cannot be addressed simply by creating more public spaces or by making these public spaces more inclusive and accessible. This deeper crisis requires the attention and intervention of a much more active and engaged public, a public willing and capable of speaking up and mobilizing politically to change the system.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The recent wave of citizen protests &mdash; from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park to the streets of Athens &mdash; has brought renewed attention to the role of public space in democratic society. In an essay on Places (excerpted from the new book <a href="http://www.newvillagepress.net/book/?GCOI=97660100321610" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Beyond Zuccotti Park</em></a>, by New Village Press)&nbsp;Jeffrey Hou shifts the emphasis from physical space to citizen action. We need to focus not just on ensuring the right to public assembly, he writes, but also on "the making and mobilization of the public as an actively engaged citizenry."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53071446/dune-street-furniture-system-by-ferpect-collective DUNE Street Furniture System by FERPECT Collective Alexander Walter 2012-07-06T17:56:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T10:42:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jj/jj8iijem921lkb5o.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French design collective FERPECT has shared with us their project DUNE, winner of Forme Publique 2011, the Biennale of Street Furniture Design at the futuristic business district La D&eacute;fense near Paris. DUNE is being exhibited from March 28 until December 31 on the La D&eacute;fense square.</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/51182819/what-could-the-los-angeles-high-line-be What Could The Los Angeles High Line Be? Archinect 2012-06-12T21:05:00-04:00 >2012-06-20T09:58:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/963c48d57bb2d671177af3b03a5c8f32.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line in New York succeeds because it unites neighborhoods and gets people outside, building a community in a space that was planned to be demolished: it brought life from rehabilitation. As we all know, Los Angeles has many places that need rehabilitating and that could serve as a point of unification. The problem though is that unlike the High Line we don&rsquo;t have an area that stretches between neighborhoods without feeling forced or unantural.</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>