Archinect - News 2014-11-20T21:34:46-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/95118002/see-artists-experiment-with-compact-living-in-a-rotating-wheel See Artists Experiment with Compact Living in a Rotating Wheel Archinect 2014-03-07T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:18:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56c68136ac4a29a157f66da628224610.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The way it works is each loop, outside and in, is equipped with a bed, study, kitchen, bathroom, and little dresser, arranged so that when the wheel stops the matching item is available to each person at the same time. To switch over to a new activity, they both have to walk in tandem...</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/93000785/is-that-a-luge-in-times-square Is that a luge in Times Square? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-06T16:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:19:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3xeun8y38vetpehd.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg&rsquo;s vision of new sporting venues across the boroughs fizzled, and New York lost its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. But what if the city had tried to get the Winter Olympics instead? It would probably take more hubris than even this city can muster, but the exercise provides some telling measures of scale.</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/92916996/developing-an-urban-neuroscience-to-build-better-cities Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-05T13:53:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:52:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ejlfh6ti2c0hzee0.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If we want to know how to make a better city, the place to start is at ground level, using observation and measurement ... to build a psychologically grounded view of the relationship between the physical design of a city and what happens there. [...] How do we develop an experimental science of urban design? In the research laboratory for immersive virtual environments (Relive) at the University of Waterloo, we have turned to simulation methods to help build such a science.</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/92470990/can-offering-free-rides-invigorate-public-transit Can offering free rides invigorate public transit? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-30T19:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:30:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0ry4ata9th0w9azq.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last January, Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, did something that no other city its size had done before: It made all public transit in the city free for residents. [...] One year later, this city of 430,000 people has firmly established itself as the leader of a budding international free-transit movement. [...] What&rsquo;s less clear on the first anniversary of free transit in Tallinn is whether it has actually changed commuting behavior all that much.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As it turned out,&nbsp;Tallinn's bold move last year to offer free-transit to its residents did not have a very dramatic effect on its own ridership. But the experiment has clarified some subtle issues in public transit:</p><ul><li>Free-transit as a "second-best pricing scheme": if a city wants to curb drivers and increase public-transit use, it may be best to de-incentivize driving, rather than incentivizing public transit. Fees on drivers and increased taxes for car ownership may be more effective in getting folks on public transit than offering free rides.</li><li>Price affects accessibility, but not necessarily use: This may seem obvious, but without price-barriers, the unemployed could commute through all of Tallinn and increase access to potential employers.&nbsp;Transit ridership grew the most in Lasnam&auml;e, a densely populated area with high unemployment.</li><li>Free-rides for everyone may not be sustainable, but it can still be good policy for some demographics. Cities like Hasselt, Belgium and Chengdu in China ha...</li></ul>