Archinect - News 2014-07-31T14:14:47-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105398405/water-main-breaks-on-sunset-blvd-floods-ucla Water Main Breaks on Sunset Blvd, Floods UCLA Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T14:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T14:03:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0agwsf6m6q2zomgq.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rupture of the 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset Boulevard and UCLA with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water before it was shut off more than three hours after the pipe burst, city officials said. The huge break blanketed parts of the campus with water and mud, leaving school officials with a daunting cleanup task. City officials said they had not determined what caused the 30-inch-diameter pipe to burst.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-drought-worsen-20140718-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And with 81% of the state of California in "extreme drought conditions,"</a> any waste of water is particularly devastating...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105329323/long-beach-moves-forward-on-southern-california-s-first-freeway-removal-project Long Beach Moves Forward on Southern California’s First Freeway Removal Project Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:35:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1af6608c6ace3aed01c610575368dc35.jpg" width="510" height="587" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been named one of the top &ldquo;Freeways Without Futures&rdquo; in the nation and described as a &ldquo;perfect example of obsolete infrastructure.&rdquo; [...] Now, nearly half a decade later, the project to remove a large portion of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has officially gone out to bid in an RFP with an estimated bid value of $225K. It marks a major event in Southern California&rsquo;s urban design history, being the first freeway removal project [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104937987/medell-n-made-urban-escalators-famous-but-have-they-had-any-impact Medellín made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:22:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/62201c98423eac9c80c955cd686936d1.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Medell&iacute;n has gained much attention for its urban transformation &mdash; and the escalators, which won several international prizes for innovation, make up one of the most striking projects. [...] But are the escalators making any real economic or social impact in the neighborhood? To find out, I spent three months in Medell&iacute;n talking with people in Comuna 13 about what has and hasn&rsquo;t changed 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/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:42:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca353a0de0d9ef1539537338ea8534c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory. [...] "What we don't know, however, is the story of the losers, the urban men and women who fought the freeway, unsuccessfully, on the conventional terms of political struggle, who weren't able to pack up and move on, and who channeled expressive cultural traditions to register their grievances against the presence of unwanted infrastructure."</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/104722607/relocation-or-adaptation-construction-on-steel-wall-along-jersey-shore-set-to-begin Relocation or Adaptation: Construction on Steel Wall Along Jersey Shore Set to Begin Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T18:10:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fw/fwv3scadh9uze9ec.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction of a four-mile long steel wall going up along a stretch of the Jersey Shore ripped apart during Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin next month [...] The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $23.8 million contract to Springfield-based EIC Associates in May to build the steel wall that will stretch from Lyman Street in Mantoloking through Brick.</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/104708923/how-the-six-californias-plan-threatens-california-s-transportation-future How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e8816490e0b4f17ea1191d6186bfd6b.jpg" width="514" height="602" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] tech guru and multimillionaire Tim Draper has put forth a plan which will solve the ills of the state by &ndash; wait for it &ndash; splitting it into six smaller states! This &ldquo;Six Californias&rdquo; plan [...], as you might expect, divides the state into six smaller chunks, maintaining county lines. [...] But there&rsquo;s another reason to oppose the plan that few people are talking about: it would do damage to the state&rsquo;s transportation systems, especially mass transit.</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/104246958/obama-to-push-for-infrastructure-funding Obama to push for infrastructure funding Nicholas Korody 2014-07-15T16:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:02:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ob/obgu6369p9iny2je.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Obama has proposed a $302 billion, four-year transportation spending plan that is paid in part by closing corporate tax loopholes [...] The White House maintains that 65% of U.S. roads are rated in less than good condition, 25% of bridges require significant repair or can't handle today's traffic, and 45% of Americans lack access to transit.</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/103803632/east-jerusalem-light-rail-attacked East Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked Nicholas Korody 2014-07-11T17:01:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T20:55:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4l8o1n8fa6t68wg.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Riots caused tens of millions of shekels in damage and destroyed the Shoafat and Es-Sahl station [...] Residents of Jerusalem&rsquo;s Shoafat neighborhood are unlikely to enjoy service on the city&rsquo;s light rail network for several months as CityPass, the company that operates the system, works first to repair the rails and signaling mechanisms destroyed during last week&rsquo;s rioting, and only later the stations serving the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Shoafat and Es-Sahl light rail stations in East Jerusalem were attacked last week after news broke that an Arab young man &ndash; Mohamed Abu Khdeir &ndash;&nbsp;had been kidnapped, burned alive, and abandoned in a forest. Many commentators view the killing as vengeance for the <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/report-israel-finds-three-bodies-hebron-2014630162857704850.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent deaths</a> of three Israeli teenage settlers in Hebron, in the Occupied West Bank, which the Israeli government has blamed on Hamas. The situation is tragic &ndash; and rapidly escalating. At least <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/israel-steps-up-deadly-gaza-offensive-201478135059977350.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">27 Palestinians have been killed and 130 wounded in the intense bombardment the Israeli army has unleashed on Gaza</a>&nbsp;in the past few days.</p><p>The attack on the light rail stations were committed by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians who live in the areas around the stations. For many, the destruction is highly symbolic. When first constructed, the light rail was considered by some to be a symbol of the possibility of peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews. However, for others, it was viewed similarly to the massive border wall demarcat...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101474747/the-canadian-company-drowning-in-phnom-penh-s-garbage The Canadian Company Drowning in Phnom Penh’s Garbage Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-09T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-09T13:22:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/634893792a217b40d00054a2d27756ee.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2002, CINTRI, a branch of Canadian firm Cintec Environment Inc., was granted an exclusive 50-year contract to collect commercial and residential waste in Phnom Penh and keep the city&rsquo;s main streets clean. The exact details of the company&rsquo;s agreement with city hall have never been made public, but since the deal was inked, Phnom Penh&rsquo;s population has swelled from just over one million to two million people. The population boom and its attendant urban sprawl seem to have caught CINTRI off-guard</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/101246166/watch-los-angeles-s-road-network-grow-from-1888-to-2010 Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kchg45eu1qzbx7g.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video by doctoral student and an associate professor at Arizona State University visualizes the expansion of LA's roads, starting in 1888 and running all the way up to 2010 [...] Variations in color denote the age of the thoroughfares, with green being the oldest roads and red being newest. Watch as the map blooms with color in the fifties and the trend carries on through the eighties to the present.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Growth of the Los Angeles Roadway Infrastructure, 1888 - &nbsp;2010", by Andrew M. Fraser and Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., of Arizona State University:</p><p></p><p>Compare with the following video of Los Angeles' overall growth as a city during the 20th century, from NYU's <a href="http://urbanizationproject.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stern Urbanization Project</a>:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design A closer look into “The BIG U”, BIG’s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design Justine Testado 2014-06-03T19:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:18:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1baudtsjdma3b0y.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From yesterday's announcement of the Rebuild By Design winners by the U.S. Department of HUD, we've got more details behind "The BIG U" by the BIG Team, who had one of the six winning propoals. The BIG-led consortium was awarded $335 million to implement their proposal for New York's Lower Manhattan, with the goal to increase the neighborhood's resiliency to future storm disasters. And with a name like "The BIG U", one can only be curious to find out more.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jqaa8icidbvi61ud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ijgyx29nz75dur6u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phufkzphhyh05e60.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tcwnbfgcc8924m9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5bwegv4cu5xuw4t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6zbahaw085xzdqo.jpg"></p><p>Read more about the proposal on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_into_the_big_u_bigs_winning_proposal_for_rebuild_by_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100584169/the-bidding-for-the-2022-olympics-is-a-disaster-because-everyone-figured-out-that-hosting-is-a-total-waste The Bidding For The 2022 Olympics Is A Disaster Because Everyone Figured Out That Hosting Is A Total Waste Alexander Walter 2014-05-28T17:23:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:02:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wt/wtpe1kctjg6gqb6t.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers have known for years that hosting large sporting events like the Olympics always costs more than expected and always yields less revenue and useful long-term infrastructure than estimated. Now voters and politicians in democratically elected countries are starting to realize the same thing. Potential host cities are dropping out of the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics like crazy.</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/99479750/urban-interfaces Urban Interfaces Places Journal 2014-05-09T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/roq6umch62tuyrxf.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most discourse on &ldquo;smart&rdquo; and &ldquo;sentient&rdquo; cities, if it addresses people at all, focuses on them as sources of data feeding the algorithms. Rarely do we consider the point of engagement &mdash; how people interface with, and experience, the city&rsquo;s operating system.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As we enter the era of so-called &ldquo;smart&rdquo; cities, Shannon Mattern argues on Places, we need to consider how citizens interface with the city&rsquo;s operating system. What does a &ldquo;right to the city&rdquo; mean for our future cities? &ldquo;Can we envision interfaces that honor the multidimensionality and collectivity of the city, the many kinds of intelligence it encompasses, and the diverse ways in which people can enact their agency as urban subjects?&rdquo; And can we think beyond the screen?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98670776/drought-may-force-california-to-reverse-flow-of-its-aqueduct Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-25T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T10:13:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b6aa6c8f590f2d186e9917c7ddae395.jpg" width="500" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forty-seven miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could have their flow reversed this summer to bring water to dry Central California districts with dangerously low supplies, reports KQED. As this megadrought's persisted and worsened, it's come to light that many water districts, especially the smaller ones, haven't had the chance (read: the money) to stockpile water as we do here in SoCal.</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/98438240/addressing-infrastructure-problems-with-landscape-architecture Addressing Infrastructure Problems With Landscape Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:23:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:27:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/48c1caa056d1919b33fb9980a72150f9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most people are not completely clear on what a landscape architect does, but according to Susannah Drake, founder of interdisciplinary design firm dlandstudio, it boils down to a mix of art, science, and politics. &ldquo;I care very deeply about the practicality and the sustainability, and I care about smart design detail. But fundamentally I think that design work, particularly in an urban setting, is about creating comfort, and beauty, and livability,&rdquo; Drake said.</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/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 >2014-04-21T21:06:15-04:00 <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>