Archinect - News 2014-04-20T13:05:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98034524/glow-in-the-dark-roads-make-debut-in-netherlands Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T15:44:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/238343a1aae7758c9a406ecb1a4717f0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised us the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.</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/97263992/scenario-4-building-the-urban-forest Scenario 4: Building the Urban Forest Scenario Journal 2014-04-04T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T15:48:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9dgq2kq3j6xgr79p.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex, spatially layered, dynamic system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services. As arborists, parks departments, landscape architects, planners and community groups engage in the reforesting of cities, how are they collectively shaping the urban landscape? What hybrid ecosystems are yet to be designed? How many trees are enough?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Scenario Journal's just-released issue,&nbsp;<a href="http://scenariojournal.com/journal/issue-4/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scenario&nbsp;4:&nbsp;Building the Urban Forest</a>, features a broad, interdisciplinary conversation between architects, ecologists, landscape architects, and artists, about the meaning and possibilities of the spatial, biological, and metaphorical construct of the "urban forest." From living machine, to novel ecosystem, to provider of ecosystem services, to spatially and culturally rich landscape, the urban forest is an inspiration, a challenge, an opportunity, and a fertile source of interdisciplinary collaboration.</p><p>Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism.&nbsp;Among designers, the forest has served as inspiration, as model, and as tool.&nbsp;At the same time, forest managers and cities have been wrestling with the actual challenges of maintaining existing tree canopy and forested land.&nbsp;As an increasing number of projects and programs concern themselves with shaping, managing and advocating for a new generation of urban for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97026686/should-cities-reject-bad-transit-until-something-better-comes-along Should Cities Reject Bad Transit Until Something Better Comes Along? Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e5dd1a703650ef7c5f3030e58460340.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In city after city, U.S. transit advocates face a similar problem: What to do with bad, or at least less-than-perfect, public transportation proposals? Big transit projects don&rsquo;t come around every day, and rejecting a proposal, perhaps one with support in high places, in the hopes that something better will come along can leave you with nothing.</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/96110734/there-s-reason-to-celebrate-chicago-s-lakefront-path-project There's reason to celebrate Chicago's lakefront path project Alexander Walter 2014-03-20T17:09:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:21:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90cxrn64ftq1uxqi.jpg" width="200" height="105" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Great cities don&rsquo;t rest on the laurels of their great public spaces. They make them greater. That&rsquo;s what Chicago is doing here, despite the objections of naysayers who argued during the recession that the project was an unnecessary and unaffordable extravagance. But recessions come and go. We only cheat ourselves if we use downturns as an excuse to lower our sights and not build a better future. Now the future and better times are here.</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/95409266/the-numbers-behind-america-s-mass-transit-resurgence The Numbers Behind America's Mass Transit Resurgence Alexander Walter 2014-03-11T15:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T15:03:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/ddac1517f931e4b98c5283712d9fa3b4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So it&rsquo;s official: Americans are choosing public transportation in record numbers. The American Public Transportation Association announced this morning that the U.S. made 10.7 billion mass transit trips in 2013, the highest figure in 57 years. The story here is not of a sudden resurgence, but rather a slow, steady climb over the last decade, back toward ridership levels not seen since the 1950s.</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/93898180/la-mayor-the-basics-have-been-neglected-for-too-long LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long' Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T18:37:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:30:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/796add84c1357234bb32c4cc16820f4e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles may be known for its celebrities, glitz and glam, but the city's mayor, Eric Garcetti, is focused on something decidedly less flashy: infrastructure. [...] "We destroyed our public transit system from the '30s and '40s and '50s, and so we're in the process of rebuilding it," Garcetti says. "A bigger program than anywhere in the U.S., but a long way to go."</p></em><br /><br /><p>See also:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93502802/la-mayor-talks-urbanism-and-mass-transit-with-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands</a></p></li></ul> 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/93073966/paris-ghost-stations-could-be-revitalized-as-galleries-swimming-pools-restaurants Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7e9shryvq7f7g5q.jpg"></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vynbup8u7j80ijn.jpg"></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nq0sm33wh71hrz4.jpg"></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7g4g037y9rg6scbm.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88686770/revisioning-the-los-angeles-aqueduct-infrastructure Revisioning the Los Angeles Aqueduct Infrastructure Nam Henderson 2013-12-12T18:08:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T18:45:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/iddf6vfklaynwu5q.jpg" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In short, the "Aqueduct Futures" exhibit provides a cogent and highly educational opportunity to learn about this important topic and history -- one that this author believes would positively serve anyone and everyone partaking of its waters to peruse and study" - Kim Stringfellow</p></em><br /><br /><p> As part of of KCET's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Kim Stringfellow highlighted '<a href="http://aqueductfutures.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aqueduct Futures</a>'&nbsp;a public exhibit that was on display from November 5th to December 5th, 2013 at Los Angeles City Hall. Showcasing the results of two years of investigation led by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5059408/barry-lehrman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry Lehrman</a>'s &nbsp;Assistant Professor in Cal Poly Pomona's Landscape Architecture program, the work included studios, fieldwork, community workshops, and the development of a land-use planning tool.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87395942/crossrail-britain-s-biggest-archaeological-dig-will-transform-london Crossrail: Britain's biggest archaeological dig will transform London Archinect 2013-11-25T20:21:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:51:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at49atcbosb6n01r.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Crossrail is not just about engineering: artists, designers and archaeologists are all involved in the &pound;15bn new railway. As the amazing tunnel-boring machines approach halfway, Rowan Moore dons his hard hat and goes below</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/84703571/world-s-first-solar-sidewalk-installed-at-george-washington-university World's first "solar sidewalk" installed at George Washington University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-21T21:14:00-04:00 >2013-10-22T14:15:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7dpaen7vsk1lm9d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."</p></em><br /><br /><p> But can my car drive on it? Built by <a href="http://www.studio39.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio39 Landscape Architecture</a>, the solar-sidewalk is installed on GWU's Virginia Science and Technology Campus.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80156742/can-cities-adjust-to-a-retreating-coastline Can Cities Adjust to a Retreating Coastline? Archinect 2013-08-23T17:59:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/2391yl2d89zk5iqs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The problem is we&rsquo;re still building the city of the past,&rdquo; says Jacob. &ldquo;The people of the 1880s couldn&rsquo;t build a city for the year 2000&mdash;of course not. And we cannot build a year-2100 city now. But we should not build a city now that we know will not function in 2100. There are opportunities to renew our infrastructure. It&rsquo;s not all bad news. We just have to grasp those opportunities.&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/79609360/could-electric-cars-threaten-the-grid Could Electric Cars Threaten the Grid? Archinect 2013-08-16T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T16:04:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a60ebb3888de25d9d885af0a1cfed34.jpg" width="168" height="168" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plugging in an electric vehicle is, in some cases, the equivalent of adding three houses to the grid. That has utilities in California&mdash;where the largest number of electric vehicles are sold&mdash;scrambling to upgrade the grid to avoid power outages.</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/76303946/infrastructural-tourism Infrastructural Tourism Places Journal 2013-07-02T17:00:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:47:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gf22fczk8sszkzl0.jpg" width="514" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most gratifying bits of feedback I ever received from one of my Ranger projects came from a 60-something woman who&rsquo;d attended a campfire program on freeway landscapes in Los Angeles. Months later, she told me that she never looked at a freeway in the same way. Who knows what this kind of change in perception might ultimately lead to?</p></em><br /><br /><p> For decades intrepid tourists have been journeying to the monumental dams of the American West to marvel at the infrastructures of hydroelectric power. These days they're just as likely to be on a field trip to trace the pathways of the Internet, or the footprint of communication satellites, or the transport of nuclear waste. On Places, Shannon Mattern reviews diverse works by environmental artists and media scholars, all seeking "to understand the material and immaterial workings of interconnected infrastructural systems."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75835110/who-s-your-data-urban-design-in-the-new-soft-city Who's Your Data? Urban Design in the New Soft City Places Journal 2013-06-25T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:59:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2xmaboyoxomfhbm.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smart city infrastructure can augment the ability of managers, planners, designers and engineers to define and implement a fundamentally better next generation of buildings, cities, regions &mdash; right? Maybe. For that to be a serious proposition, it&rsquo;s going to have to be normal for planners and designers not only to collaborate productively with engineers, but to do so with the full and competent participation of the only people they mistrust more than each other ... customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "A city is not a BMW," writes Carl Skelton. "You can't drive it without knowing how it works." In a weighty think-piece on Places, he argues that the public needs new tools of citizenship to thrive in a "new soft world" increasingly shaped by smart meters, surveillance cameras, urban informatics and big data. "To be a citizen of a digital city requires understanding what the databases do and don&rsquo;t contain, and what they could contain, and how the software used to process that data and drive design decisions does, doesn&rsquo;t, and might yet perform."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74121992/new-york-design-commissioner-david-burney-on-the-politics-of-the-public New York Design Commissioner David Burney on the Politics of the Public Places Journal 2013-05-28T20:33:00-04:00 >2013-06-02T17:34:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1qa2qilj2e07l6h.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly it's been cities that have taken the lead on critical issues, from gun control to immigration reform to economic stimulus to climate change. Given the migration of people into cities worldwide, this trend is sure to continue. We might even be in a de facto transition to a society dominated by economically and politically powerful cities &mdash; a contemporary version of the great city-states that arose in the 13th century and ruled Europe until the consolidation of modern nation-states.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For almost a decade David Burney has been Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction in New York City.</p> <p> In an interview with Places editor Nancy Levinson, he reflects on the urban design record of the Bloomberg years, focusing especially on PlaNYC, the ongoing post-Sandy recovery effort, and the potential for cities to take the lead in 21st-century sustainability planning.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67038104/construction-update-of-reading-station-area-redevelopment-by-grimshaw-architects Construction Update of Reading Station Area Redevelopment by Grimshaw Architects Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T12:59:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjxge8885j6fct8z.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major construction is currently under way in Reading, England as part of the Reading Station Area Redevelopment. In this new construction update video, Mark Middleton, partner at Grimshaw Architects, is on site at Reading Station and explains how the redevelopment will double its capacity and relieve a major bottleneck in the rail network west of London.</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/65038630/man-versus-sea-engineering-artificial-reefs Man Versus Sea: Engineering Artificial Reefs Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T21:10:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T00:28:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bptlabzjaty9des.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers for The Wave, Muscat, were tasked with the challenge of engineering a luxury, mixed-use development stretching along six kilometres of natural beach coastline between Al-Athaiba and Al-Mawelah while ensuring it was protected as much as possible from the Sea of Oman.</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/64433192/150-stories-but-no-sewer-connection 150 stories - but no sewer connection Barry Lehrman 2012-12-30T11:09:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:58:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qw/qwgo74b86ongcnjb.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'[R]emember that a place like Dubai really emerged in the last 50 years. It was a sleepy, you know, Bedouin town half a century ago. And what you do is when you bring in the world&rsquo;s, you know, most sophisticated architects and engineers, you can literally build anything, including a building of 140 or 150 stories. But designing a municipal network of sewage treatment is in some ways more complex. - KATE ASCHER</p></em><br /><br /><p> Terry Gross recently interviewed Kate Ascher about her skyscraper book, and ended up discussing the common lack of sewage connections in Dubai - including the Burj Khalifa. So they end up using trucks to cart the sewage to the central treatment plant, where they often end up queuing for 24-hours or more before they can be emptied.</p> <p> <a href="http://us.gizmodo.com/5857475/without-trucks-the-tallest-building-in-the-world-would-become-the-tallest-mountain-of-poop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gizmodo </a>calculated:</p> <p> '<em>The Burj Khalifa has 163 habitable floors. It's designed to hold 35,000 people at any given time. Now, humans produce 100 to 250 grams (3 to 8 ounces) of feces per day. Let's say 200 in this case, since these people are well fed. That's 7,000,000 grams per day. Seven tonnes of poop per day. Now, add human-produced liquids (pee, bathing, cleaning their teeth...) and the water to push the poop down its miles of sewage pipes. I think a very conservative total would be 15 tonnes of sewage per day.</em></p> <p> <em>That's a lot of poop.'</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60509538/dedicated-bike-lanes-can-cut-cycling-injuries-in-half Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half Archinect 2012-11-01T15:34:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:40:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d0f935f19416fc04c6b1888a5e8db21.jpg" width="440" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As it turns out, infrastructure really matters. Your chance of injury drops by about 50 percent, relative to that major city street, when riding on a similar road with a bike lane and no parked cars. The same improvement occurs on bike paths and local streets with designated bike routes. And protected bike lanes &ndash; with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic &ndash; really make a difference. The risk of injury drops for riders there by 90 percent.</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/58642942/terminal-ports-of-gigantic-machines-and-containerized-automation Terminal ports: of gigantic machines and containerized automation Nam Henderson 2012-10-05T11:33:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T13:05:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azfnykkqyjmj2by2.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Terminal workers speak a florid corporate language of &ldquo;space optimization&rdquo; and &ldquo;key performance indicators.&rdquo; Longshoremen click computer mice and complain about Microsoft Windows as everyone else in the white-collar world does.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/09/30/nyregion/20120930portss-slide-AUJ5/20120930portss-slide-AUJ5-articleLarge.jpg"></p> <p> Over the weekend Alan Feuer, took readers along on a tour of the six container terminals belonging to the&nbsp;The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The visit gave him an opportunity to report on how the; infrastructural-logistical pressures of a post-Panamax infrastructure, along with long terms trends towards containerization, have resulted in a loss from 35,000 longshoremen to today 3,500 working at the ports.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55896191/china-bridge-collapse-raises-infrastructure-concerns China Bridge Collapse Raises Infrastructure Concerns Alexander Walter 2012-08-24T17:35:00-04:00 >2012-09-10T10:29:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfvzvtt0u5o5buf0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the longest bridges in northern China collapsed on Friday, just nine months after it opened, setting off a storm of criticism from Chinese Internet users and underscoring questions about the quality of construction in the country&rsquo;s rapid expansion of its infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Just one month ago: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/54047066/beijing-infrastructure-not-fit-for-torrential-rains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing Infrastructure Not Fit for Torrential Rains </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55294047/china-s-ghost-towns-and-phantom-malls China's ghost towns and phantom malls Archinect 2012-08-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2012-08-14T17:03:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78a7e457309fe36e6f8f592cecb15ce5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As growth slows, China's huge investment in infrastructure is looking ever harder to sustain, leaving a string of ambitious projects - towns, shopping malls and even a theme park - empty and forlorn.</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/54047066/beijing-infrastructure-not-fit-for-torrential-rains Beijing Infrastructure Not Fit for Torrential Rains Alexander Walter 2012-07-23T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T09:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6ugwmd9yn6ctj5co.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As China's flood-ravaged capital dealt with the aftermath of the heaviest rain in six decades Monday, including the deaths of 37 people, questions were being raised about whether the city's push for modernization came at the expense of basic infrastructure such as drainage networks. [...] The city has seen tens of billions of dollars poured into its modernization [...] &mdash; all while basics like water drainage were apparently neglected.</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/49311540/in-detroit-half-the-street-lights-could-go-dark In Detroit, half the street lights could go dark Archinect 2012-05-25T14:02:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T11:29:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54e2f24864e36791f49222ec8af9c61f.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city is deep in debt; it's got a state-appointed board managing its finances, so it's gotta cut services it can't afford. Services that it can't afford in part because it's a city built for two million people that's now home to just over 713,000. So street lights could be a luxury Detroit can't completely afford.</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/45335738/bracket-goes-soft-esp-estuary-services-pipeline bracket [goes soft]: ESP // Estuary Services Pipeline Archinect 2012-04-17T16:49:00-04:00 >2012-04-17T21:23:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utx39jsnnu416dei.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In anticipation of this week's event, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45228588/join-archinect-in-hollywood-this-thursday-for-publish-or-bracket-goes-soft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Publish Or... bracket [GOES SOFT]</a>, we are showcasing a piece from the book each day this week. We hope to see you this Thursday!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/soft/selections/ESP_Estuary_Services_Pipeline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ESP // Estuary Services Pipeline</strong></a><br> by Bionic / Marcel Wilson</p> <p> <em>The Estuary Services Pipeline is a regional utility infrastructure designed to cope, adapt, respond, and leverage the changes presented by sea level rise in the 170 miles of coastline in the San Francisco Bay estuary. This century sea levels are projected to rise as much as 55&rdquo; due to global climate change. This epic disaster will unfold slowly and threatens our most productive economies, infrastructures, cultures, and coastal ecologies. The sheer magnitude of the issue promises uncoordinated efforts among governments, agencies, and the private sector. Response is likely to be slow, late, and resource intensive. The pipeline is a coordinated large-scale force for the San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area that leverages all available resources to engage...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/37271534/should-it-take-decades-to-build-a-subway Should it take decades to build a subway? Archinect 2012-02-07T18:07:00-05:00 >2012-02-08T12:58:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/df238c7ac48cae5b22d23283593a4d36.jpg" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Beijing] started expanding the system in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, and has kept pushing forward ever since. In 2001 it had 33 miles of track. Today it has 231. Meanwhile, when you hear the completion dates for big U.S. transit projects you often have to calculate your age to figure out if you&rsquo;ll still be alive.</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/3401697/london-to-get-cable-car-crossing-river-thames London to get cable car crossing River Thames J. James R. 2011-04-19T03:43:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T15:58:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/iejr76d8sr2hzi41.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new 1.1-kilometer (0.68 miles) route will link the Greenwich Peninsula next to the O2 Arena with the Royal Docks on the north bank of the Thames and will cost an estimated &pound;40 million ($65 million)... Transport for London (TfL) are hoping that building work on what will be the first urban transport system of its kind in the UK will be completed in time for the opening of the London 2012 Olympics on July 27.</p></em><br /><br /><p> </p> <p> The line is expected to take 2,500 per hour 300 feet above the River Thames with an a trip lasting just 5 minutes. Design by Wilkinson Eyre, of Gateshead Bridge and Guangzhou International Finance Centre fame, will be constructed by Mace, who's known for projects such as the London Eye and the Shard.</p>