Archinect - News 2016-08-30T07:14:54-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149964809/tracing-the-physical-infrastructure-supporting-the-internet Tracing the physical infrastructure supporting the internet Nicholas Korody 2016-08-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T14:20:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmamatu1lj0gi800.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whether or not New Yorkers are paying attention, their digital connectivity can sometimes rely on the finer points of a mess of paint on the street. Some of the markings are orange, others yellow or red. Arrows, lines and letters combine to create a cryptic language of symbols and codes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of scrawly and intense,&rdquo; said the artist and writer Ingrid Burrington. &ldquo;Living in New York, you&rsquo;re trained not to look down, so it&rsquo;s funny how rich and dense these markings can get..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ingrid Burrington is the author of a new handbook to the physical infrastructure of the internet in New York,&nbsp;<em>Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure.</em></p><p>For related content, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149955321/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-1" target="_blank">The Whistleblower Architects: surveillance, infrastructure, and freedom of information according to Cryptome (part 1)</a>&nbsp;+&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956364/the-whistleblower-architects-surveillance-infrastructure-and-freedom-of-information-according-to-cryptome-part-2" target="_blank">(part 2)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940357/los-angeles-the-industrial-city" target="_blank">Los Angeles, the Industrial City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962751/shoring-up-america-s-infrastructure-by-repatriating-money-stashed-overseas" target="_blank">Shoring up America's infrastructure by repatriating money stashed overseas</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963998/a-remarkable-time-lapse-video-of-los-angeles A remarkable time lapse video of Los Angeles Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:45:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2actld5z3xq7pylc.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the Venice Canals to the detritus-strewn cliffs overlooking downtown to the interior of a hospital, this time lapse video by Mason Thibo&nbsp;surveys the edgy splendor of Los Angeles, allowing a glimpse not only of the city's extraordinary variety of neighborhoods, but the way people (and vehicles) interact with each zone. It's a kind of gorgeous panorama of how <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>, recreational areas, institutional facilities and residential neighborhoods combine to form the U.S.'s second largest metropolis:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962751/shoring-up-america-s-infrastructure-by-repatriating-money-stashed-overseas Shoring up America's infrastructure by repatriating money stashed overseas Nicholas Korody 2016-08-11T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T13:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/pawwozu8dorf64wq.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may have a lot of differences in temperament and policy, but common to both campaigns are promises to invest heavily in the country&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure. It&rsquo;ll be a hard task to get the bill through a Republican-controlled, miserly House &mdash; particularly for a President Clinton. But there&rsquo;s a pot of gold that both candidates could possibly dip into: the some $2 trillion in cash stashed overseas by American companies. A repatriation tax holiday could be used to fund infrastructure projects according to Dan Clifton, head of policy research at Stategas, as reported by <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/08/trump-clinton-tax-plans-may-need-same-pot-of-gold.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNBC</a>.</p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects Will Brexit kill £405B worth of infrastructure projects? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T19:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T20:01:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nmxlo7kxjl82uxu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prime Minister Theresa May recently announced that the newly-formed government will delay making any decisions about building a major nuclear power plant&mdash;the first in a generation&mdash;until the fall.</p><p>Economists reacted with alarm to the announcement, according to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-02/brexit-endangers-britain-s-405-billion-pound-building-boom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, since the deferral raises doubts about the future of &pound;405 billion worth of infrastructural projects. The infrastructural projects would both improve productivity and provide much-needed economic stimulation as the country faces the possibility of a major recession.</p><p>Before the UK&rsquo;s vote to leave the European Union, the UK planned major energy and infrastructure projects meant to improve the country&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure. These included a high-speed rail from London to northern England and a major expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick airports&rsquo; capacity.</p><p>Some economists question whether the UK could afford these projects at all, as the country&rsquo;s economy and credit rating remain uncertain following Brexit. Still, sp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:25:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/tt6u1g3iqu9xk10l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On issues related to the funding, mass transit, biking, and the environment, the two parties have staked out dramatically different views about how they envision the future of the nation&rsquo;s transportation system. Democrats are proposing an expansive increase in federal support for transportation investment, with a focus on building access to opportunity, bolstering access to non-automobile modes, reducing the impacts of climate change, and maintaining the role of unions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Republicans, on the other hand, propose no increase in federal spending (though Mr. Trump may disagree), an elimination of the federal role in funding non-automotive transportation, an emphasis on pollution-spewing modes and energy sources, and a reduction in the role of unions.</em></p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando Valley Justine Testado 2016-07-20T20:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T09:35:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vko6kp2af5nx894f.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mayor Eric Garcetti's office released a statement yesterday announcing that Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Oyler Wu Collaborative, and civil and structural engineering firm Psomas will&nbsp;design the final 12 miles of the San Fernando Valley portion of the Los Angeles River Greenway. The Greenway would&nbsp;allow Angelenos to walk or bike from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley.</p><p>No project renderings for now, as the designers will begin conducting a feasibility study over the next nine months. According to the press release, the Greenway &ldquo;will address important objectives&rdquo; in both the City&rsquo;s/Frank Gehry's (still yet to be revealed) <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952791/what-s-happening-with-frank-gehry-s-masterplan-for-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan</a> as well as L.A. County&rsquo;s River Master Plan, their Bicycle Plans, and Mayor Garcetti's Sustainable City pLAn.</p><p>The mayor and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will jointly fund the project, along with additional support from City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez and David Ryu, and the&nbsp;Depart...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:37:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ck8zlc5bp7z3q092.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Block a highway, and you upend&nbsp;the economic life of a city, as well as the spatial logic that has long allowed people to pass through them without encountering their poverty or problems.&nbsp;Block a highway, and you command&nbsp;a lot more attention than would a rally outside a church or city hall &mdash; from traffic helicopters, immobile commuters, alarmed officials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that, historically, highway construction decimated black communities, such as in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Oakland, and many other cities. In New York, Robert Moses explicitly used highways to clear "slums," in the process devastating parts of the Bronx and other black neighborhoods.</p><p>Highways were also used as weapons in the arsenal of segregation. For example in Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley separated traditionally white Irish neighborhoods from black communities in the South Side with the Dan Ryan Expressway.</p><p>Today, highways carry additional symbolic weight for Black Lives Matter protestors. Many of the black men killed by police over the past few years &ndash; Philando Castile, for example &ndash; were stopped in routine traffic checks.</p><p>Infrastructure also has symbolic resonance in the larger history of the civil rights movement. The article mentions as examples the Selma March, the Freedom Rides, and Rosa Park's refusal to sit at the back of a public bus.</p><p>For more on th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program Alexander Walter 2016-07-08T14:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:58:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hpyrhy2v8xj09fe4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles has selected HDR to serve as program manager for the next three years for its robust Sidewalk Repair Program. The 30-year, $1.4 billion program aims to repair sidewalks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and ensure universal access for all Angelenos. The second largest city in the U.S., Los Angeles is home to roughly 11,000 miles of sidewalks, many of which hinder passage because of cracks, buckles and bulging tree roots.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117424438/why-los-angeles-is-struggling-to-fix-thousands-of-miles-of-sidewalks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956563/michael-maltzan-proposes-greening-l-a-s-134-freeway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956345/alissa-walker-imagines-a-utopian-los-angeles-in-2056" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alissa Walker imagines a "utopian" Los Angeles in 2056</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-06-23T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:15:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be5rxcuyr6wulpgu.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Columbus, Ohio, has won a $50m prize for its plans to smarten up its transport system. The money is made up of a $40m Smart Cities grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT), a $90m fund put up by private sector partners and a further $10m from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen&rsquo;s charity Vulcan, which will be used to finance electric vehicle infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Columbus managed to beat six rival cities that were <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted</a> by the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/smartcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOT</a> earlier this year:</p><ul><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Kansas City, Missouri</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Portland, Oregon</li><li>San Francisco, California</li></ul><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124276402/rem-koolhaas-on-the-smart-landscape-and-intelligent-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas on the Smart Landscape and Intelligent Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;In the end, they will destroy democracy' &ndash; The Guardian on smart cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952125/are-we-losing-the-cyberwar Are we losing the cyberwar? Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/aod9pwol6mw93euz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are simply too many ways for an attacker to get into your computer now. If you log on to the office network with a smartphone, or if you carry a laptop between work and home..you make it very easy for intruders to enter the office network [..] With Wi-Fi hot spots, which can be easy to tap into, popping up everywhere, and with ever more network-enabled devices entering both the office and the home&mdash;smart TVs, smart front-door locks&mdash;intruders have a panoply of ways to break into your life.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Looming darkly over this almost Mordorian cyber threatscape is the prospect of cyber war&mdash;a future conflict fought with weaponized code that can do physical damage to infrastructure, and potentially kill people."&nbsp;</em></p><p>According to this&nbsp;<em>New Yorker&nbsp;</em>article, cybersecurity experts look back fondly on the days of computer viruses. The real problem now is cybercrime &ndash; and it's increasingly becoming an IRL threat as well, as we make "smart" everything from our houses to our cars to our lightbulbs.</p><p>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special thematic focus on <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/758604/june-privacy" target="_blank">Privacy</a>.&nbsp;</strong>For more on the ways that technology is changing our notions of privacy and security, check out some recent articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149951908/getsafe-a-beginner-s-guide-to-cybersecurity-for-architects" target="_blank">#GetSafe: a beginner's guide to cybersecurity for architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" target="_blank">If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951647/nsa-exploring-data-collection-from-internet-of-things-including-biomedical-devices" target="_blank">NSA exploring data collection from Internet of Things, including biomedical devices</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950552/the-rise-of-the-blockchain-beyond-cryptocurrencies" target="_blank">The rise of the blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies</a></li></ul><p><em>Do you have projects that grapple with cha...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949026/atlanta-struggles-to-trade-parking-lots-for-density Atlanta struggles to trade parking lots for density Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-02T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0luxc1p8uzuqtci.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"If you design for everyone to drive, then what will you get? Congestion." [...] &ldquo;We really need to shift now, from a situation like this, where you have a heavy parking load associated with an apartment building in a very urban setting, to way less parking,&rdquo; [...] "You really have to start with the density and less parking. If you don't, then you've lost your opportunity, because once you've built that infrastructure, it's so difficult to undo that."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the parking problem and pedestrian infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a title="Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142435969/los-angeles-county-has-3-3-parking-spots-for-every-car-taking-up-14-percent-of-its-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land</a></li><li><a title="Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109112054/trading-parking-lots-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a title="Danish parking garage invites to stay and play" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106019341/danish-parking-garage-invites-to-stay-and-play" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danish parking garage invites to stay and play</a></li><li><a title="One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105864168/one-woman-s-quest-to-design-parking-lots-people-don-t-hate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate</a></li><li><a title="Enlightenment About Parking: Q&amp;A with Architect Darius Sollohub" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98901677/enlightenment-about-parking-q-a-with-architect-darius-sollohub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlightenment About Parking: Q&amp;A with Architect Darius Sollohub</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T17:35:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:05:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don't follow Transportation Department safety directives. "We have the ability to withhold (federal) funds from Metro. We have the ability to shut Metro down, and we're not afraid to use the authority we have," Foxx said told reporters. "This is serious business."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Local officials have yet to identify the root cause of incidents involving electrical arcing, smoke and fire, and so have no plan for how to fix the problem, he said."</em></p><p>For more on the dilapidated state of American infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us" target="_blank">Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine Alexander Walter 2016-05-06T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T11:13:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/reg9ox3rpd9076p4.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Seattle&rsquo;s&nbsp;Alaskan Way Viaduct sat free of cars&nbsp;overhead and drivers attempted to move around the city during the roadway&rsquo;s planned 2-week closure, a new drone video Tuesday showcased again what all the fuss is about.&nbsp;A view inside the&nbsp;SR 99 tunnel won&rsquo;t get much better than this until you&rsquo;re actually able to drive through it. [...] The 4-minute video captures what has been built behind nearly 1,600 feet of mining along Seattle&rsquo;s waterfront.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ba/baaed0f72aa705e976317bafdfa7876a.jpg"></p><p>Bertha previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute A look at the history and future of the American commute Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T17:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:29:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70255630e8e155abaebe61b5999da712.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The idea that you can replace the 10 trips with one autonomous car and travel less distance, that&rsquo;s the biggest misconception," says Fagnant. "You can get rid of vehicles, but not vehicle miles traveled. Without ridesharing, there's an 8 to 10 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled based on simulations we've run in Austin. You&rsquo;re not replacing trips [..] the vehicle has to bounce between locations, and relocate to where it&rsquo;s needed. Those in-between miles will create a lot of extra travel."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149050607/more-americans-are-becoming-mega-commuters-u-s-census-stats-show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time" Alexander Walter 2016-04-28T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:07:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r6/r6obbl7tn7i51a1o.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a child, Anthony Foxx knew he couldn&rsquo;t ride his bike far from home without being blocked by a freeway. By the time he became U.S. transportation secretary he understood why. &ldquo;We now know &mdash; overwhelmingly &mdash; that our urban freeways were almost always routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods, creating disconnections from opportunity that exist to this day,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I really believe that this is an issue that has been on the shelf collecting dust for a long time,&rdquo; Foxx said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609735/robert-moses-vs-jane-jacobs-the-opera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle Alexander Walter 2016-04-18T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:07:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6gbbeia5sqq9cuga.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Infrastructure was once at the heart of American public policy. Works such as the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Hoover Dam, and the Interstate Highway System transformed the economy. Today, we spend significantly less, as a share of G.D.P., on infrastructure than we did fifty years ago [...] polls show that infrastructure spending is popular with a majority of voters across the income spectrum. Historically, it enjoyed bipartisan support from politicians, too. If it&rsquo;s so popular, why doesn&rsquo;t it happen?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148193818/reinstating-awe-in-america-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinstating "awe" in America's infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940957/connectivity-not-territory-why-we-need-to-make-a-new-map-for-the-us Connectivity, not territory: why we need to make a new map for the US Nicholas Korody 2016-04-15T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T14:42:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2pyk5zyfe6j2agi.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>America faces a two-part problem. It&rsquo;s no secret that the country has fallen behind on infrastructure spending. But it&rsquo;s not just a matter of how much is spent on catching up, but how and where it is spent. Advanced economies in Western Europe and Asia are reorienting themselves around robust urban clusters of advanced industry. Unfortunately, American policy making remains wedded to an antiquated political structure of 50 distinct states.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the infrastructural mess in the US:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148437202/should-the-children-of-flint-be-resettled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should the children of Flint be resettled?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148971924/dispatch-from-flint-how-architects-can-help-on-archinect-sessions-54" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from Flint: How architects can help, on Archinect Sessions #54</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938278/seattle-celebrates-opening-of-world-s-longest-floating-bridge Seattle celebrates opening of world's longest floating bridge Alexander Walter 2016-04-04T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:13:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rxvcxo4dbvhbouc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sitting atop Lake Washington, the new State Route 520 is now the longest floating bridge in the world&mdash;beating its predecessor, the old State Route 520, by 130 feet [...]. This new bridge has stronger pontoons than the last one, and can withstand more buffeting from wind and waves. It also has a stormwater collection system, bus lanes in both directions, a path for bikes and pedestrians, and the capacity to someday accommodate a light rail system.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145117579/seattle-s-proposed-101-story-4-c-tower-considered-as-too-tall-by-the-faa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421095/susan-surface-the-humble-pioneer-for-socially-responsible-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface, the "humble pioneer" for socially responsible design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936222/a-river-of-solar-power-a-scheme-for-the-tijuana-river A river of solar power: a scheme for the Tijuana river Julia Ingalls 2016-03-23T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:41:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhfy2m999k4e1647.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Tijuana, another architect is devising a plan to turn the Tijuana River channel into a solar farm that could provide power to as many as 30,000 homes. Rene Peralta, co-founder of the Tijuana firm Generica and director of an architecture master's program at San Diego's Woodbury University, thinks that his city can transform this unwieldy piece of infrastructure into a renewable energy plant and water-cleaning station.</p></em><br /><br /><p>February 2016 was the hottest month in several thousand years, so it seems like a good idea to start transforming erstwhile urban heat islands into power-generating rivers. Below, Generica's rendering of the proposed redesigned Tijuana river channel:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tc/tchavj0aeyj9bffq.jpg"></p><p>For more on projects that turn seemingly intractable swaths of infrastructure into gorgeous urban amenities:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145736562/liz-diller-gets-high-discussing-the-high-line-s-development-with-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liz Diller gets high: discussing The High Line's development with Christopher Hawthorne</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935985/rising-popularity-of-urban-exploration-on-social-media-is-leading-to-more-injuries-and-deaths Rising popularity of urban exploration on social media is leading to more injuries and deaths Nicholas Korody 2016-03-22T14:30:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T14:30:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vssx1zxh5ghdniwp.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A rising number of daredevil stunts such as scaling skyscrapers and parachuting from tall structures is being fuelled by competition for online acclaim, according to &ldquo;urban explorers&rdquo;, who warn more people are dying as a result. The immense popularity of online videos of people climbing the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings, including the London Shard, had turned urban exploration, which traditionally involves surreptitiously exploring the off-limits corners of towns and cities, into an extreme sport</p></em><br /><br /><p>Urban exploration, or "urbex," has a long and interesting history, involving clandestine networks of people sharing skills and knowledge of the infrastructure of cities. But, driven more by a desire for likes than exploration, people are increasingly getting themselves into dangerous situations and sometimes even killed, according to researchers.</p><p>For related content, check out some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140026317/exploring-china-s-urban-decay" target="_blank">Exploring China's urban decay</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128177632/bradley-garrett-on-the-importance-of-gonzo-journalism-for-understanding-cities" target="_blank">Bradley Garrett on the importance of gonzo journalism for understanding cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139947528/geoff-manaugh-smout-allen-and-co-investigate-the-future-of-los-angeles-in-a-new-exhibition-at-the-usc-libraries" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh, Smout Allen, and co. investigate the future of Los Angeles in a new exhibition at the USC Libraries</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35921/suburbia-explored" target="_blank">Suburbia Explored</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems Seven U.S. cities competing to be the "smartest" in urban transit systems Justine Testado 2016-03-22T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T19:00:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qlavczi8fwpse0au.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The seven American cities that made the shortlist in the Department of Transportation&rsquo;s (DOT) Smart City Challenge are now deciding their strategies for winning the $40m prize fund...Transportation is the focus, so judges will be interested in self-driving and 'connected' cars, as well as 'smart streets' fitted with sensors. The aim will be to cut accidents, reduce pollution and increase commuter convenience.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The DOT shortlisted seven finalists instead of the originally planned five. They are:</p><ul><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Columbus, Ohio</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Kansas City, Missouri</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Portland, Oregon</li><li>San Francisco, California</li></ul><p>The winning city is expected to be announced in June.</p><p>More related to transportation technology on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-03-16T13:45:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/ka8hf1q68qm4ew4h.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After officials announced that Metro, Washington&rsquo;s subway system, would be shut down for 29 hours, riders began preparations for another problematic travel day in a city already well known for its cramped and sometimes dangerous train commutes. The controlled chaos began early Wednesday and will continue until 5 a.m. Thursday, affecting 91 Metro stations that provide 700,000 rides each day in the city and its suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>DC residents took to Twitter and other social media to voice their frustration with the unexpected shutdown, which was prompted by an emergency inspection of some 600 electrical cables.</p><p>Residents have been left to face grueling traffic, delayed buses, or surge-priced Ubers. The Department of Transportation offered free, 24-hour use of Capital Bikeshare bike.</p><p>For other infrastructure news, take a look at some past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933899/the-bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge" target="_blank">More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-03-03T16:46:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:41:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6m/6m5tk3bew1759b5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A US government agency says it has attained the &ldquo;holy grail&rdquo; of energy &ndash; the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Arpa-E) &ndash; a branch of the Department of Energy &ndash; says it achieved its breakthrough technology in seven years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Arpa-E) was founded back in 2009 as part of President Obama's economic recovery plan. So-called "moonshot projects" are often too risky for private investors, but this state-run initiative may have unlocked a new technology that others, from Elon Musk to Bill Gates, have been chasing after for years.</p><p>&ldquo;I think we have reached some holy grails in batteries &ndash; just in the sense of demonstrating that we can create a totally new approach to battery technology, make it work, make it commercially viable, and get it out there to let it do its thing,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Ellen Williams, Arpa-E&rsquo;s director.</p><p>The projects that Arpa-E has developed involve faster superconductors and new materials besides lithium-ion. Williams said that their projects could transform utility scale storage.</p><p>For the US to switch from a fossil-fuel economy to one based on renewable energy sources like solar and wind, it's essential to create more efficient large-scale energy storage systems...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos Rem Koolhaas and Kunlé Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T11:55:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1997 two architects set out to rethink Lagos, an African megacity that had been largely abandoned by the state. Amid the apparent chaos and crime, they discovered remarkable patterns of organisation. Two decades later, Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city &ndash; and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...it was the ultimate dysfunctional city &ndash; but actually, in terms of all the initiatives and ingenuity, it mobilised an incredibly beautiful, almost utopian landscape of independence and agency."</em> - Rem Koolhaas</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148970317/what-makoko-can-teach-about-organic-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68859546/in-lagos-the-poorest-are-paying-the-price-of-progress" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148193818/reinstating-awe-in-america-s-infrastructure Reinstating "awe" in America's infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-15T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T21:54:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/ad976cb770b549049ae78e7dce989add.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>American infrastructure is deferred home maintenance on a massive scale. We just keep putting it off until something major &mdash; and often catastrophic &mdash; happens, and then it ends up costing twice as much [...] A century later, we&rsquo;ve lost our collective faith in the power of great projects like the Golden Gate, not to mention our trust in the government to fix a pothole on time and on budget, let alone create an inspiring bridge. How can we restore that faith in possibility?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Allison Arieff, editor and content strategist for SPUR (and former judge for Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132892117/archinect-launches-dry-futures-competition-in-response-to-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>), pens this piece for the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;calling for <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/81536319/no-such-thing-as-nowhere-discussion-with-matthew-coolidge-author-of-around-the-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a> to reprioritize the "bold and courageous,"&nbsp;with a look at a few awe-inspiring urban infrastructure projects around the country (both built and yet-to-be-so), including those around the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/154329/los-angeles-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. River</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>.</p><p>For more on the U.S.'s problematic infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a title="America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical</a></li><li><a title="Congress approves a $340 billion transportation bill" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142434357/congress-approves-a-340-billion-transportation-bill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Congress approves a $340 billion transportation bill</a></li><li><a title="US DOT tries to shame Congress into funding transportation infrastructure with #ShowUsYourInfraWear" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133508284/us-dot-tries-to-shame-congress-into-funding-transportation-infrastructure-with-showusyourinfrawear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US DOT tries to shame Congress into funding transportation infrastructure with #ShowUsYourInfraWear</a></li><li><a title="Obama to push for infrastructure funding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104246958/obama-to-push-for-infrastructure-funding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama to push for infrastructure funding</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical America has an infrastructure problem – and it's getting critical Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T22:28:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4sx41sx85inh0fh.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be helpful if there were another word for &ldquo;infrastructure&rdquo;: it&rsquo;s such an earnest and passive word for the blood vessels of this country, the crucial conveyors and connections that get us from here to there (or not) and the ports that facilitate our trade (or don&rsquo;t), as well as the carriers of information, in particular broadband... The word &ldquo;crisis&rdquo; is also overused, applied to the unimportant as well as the crucial. But this country has an infrastructure crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Elizabeth Drew considers several recent books on American infrastructure, with an eye to both the material reality and the political system producing it. She concludes that fixing our infrastructural systems "may require even more widespread paralyzed traffic, the collapse of numerous bridges, and perhaps a revolt in parts of the country that have inadequate broadband."</p><p>"In other words, we may well need to incur more chaos and ruin and even deaths before we come to our senses," she writes.</p><p>Unfortunately, in the US, while infrastructure is falling apart everywhere, certain contingencies bear the brunt of this more heavily. The ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan brings into sharp focus the socioeconomic and racial undercurrents of infrastructural collapse.</p><p>Interested in related issues? Check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147824629/the-crisis-in-flint-and-why-architects-should-care-about-decentralizing-our-water-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142904746/thirst-quenching-as-los-angeles-heats-up-next-wave-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angele...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146346245/copenhagen-copes-with-extreme-weather-by-building-parks-that-turn-into-ponds Copenhagen copes with extreme weather by building parks that turn into ponds Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-22T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:43:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f496c391446f63b573f5639a8033d577.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eventually, Saint Kjelds will be able to withstand &mdash; and even welcome &mdash; heavy rainfall and flooding. [...] More parks like it are being built to purposefully turn into small ponds during heavy rains, allowing them to capture and retain water on site until the drainage system has capacity to handle it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on cities' response to climate change:</p><ul><li><a title="&quot;King tides&quot; give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a title="Jakarta, already 40% below sea level, is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143358173/jakarta-already-40-below-sea-level-is-building-one-of-the-biggest-sea-walls-on-earth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta, already 40% below sea level, is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth</a></li><li><a title="Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li><li><a title="Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137353975/major-international-companies-to-set-targets-to-switch-to-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy</a></li><li><a title="When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134262739/when-the-next-disaster-strikes-how-resilient-would-future-proof-cities-in-the-u-s-be" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146269123/take-a-look-at-rafael-vi-oly-s-new-circular-bridge-in-uruguay Take a look at Rafael Viñoly's new circular bridge in Uruguay Alexander Walter 2016-01-21T13:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:49:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/barbqxwar9inh94u.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why build a straightforward bridge for an unremarkable sum when the same bridge could be built as a circle for vast amounts of money? A new bridge spanning (or circumnavigating) Laguna Garz&oacute;n, a coastal lagoon in southeastern Uruguay, poses just that question. [...] At a glance, it&rsquo;s the sort of ridiculousness that you might expect of a bridge in London. In fact, there&rsquo;s a perfectly good functional explanation for it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The concept of the Puente Laguna Garz&oacute;n was to transform a traditional vehicular crossing into an event that reduces the speed of the cars, to provide an opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of an amazing landscape and at the same time create a pedestrian place in the center," the architect explained the unusual bridge concept.</p><p>Other Vi&ntilde;oly-related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137414997/new-rafael-vi-oly-skyscraper-will-be-tallest-in-chicago-s-south-loop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly skyscraper will be tallest in Chicago's South Loop</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135722115/walkie-talkie-tower-wins-carbuncle-cup-for-uk-s-worst-building-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower wins Carbuncle Cup for UK's worst building of the year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128473885/a-trashcan-inspired-the-design-of-rafael-vi-oly-s-432-park-avenue" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Trashcan Inspired the Design of Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146115559/port-authority-officially-confirms-march-opening-date-for-wtc-transportation-hub-oculus Port Authority officially confirms March opening date for WTC Transportation Hub Oculus Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-26T10:58:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0tii4qoe0il5uha.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sure, the news was all but confirmed, but today the Port Authority made it official: The transit org announced that the World Trade Center Transportation Hub&mdash;anchored by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Oculus&mdash;will officially open in "the first week of March," per a press release. [...] What that actually means for commuters: There will finally be a link between the World Trade Center PATH station and 11 NYC subway lines, along with the East River ferries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the Port Authority's announcement in full <a href="http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/press_releasesItem.cfm?headLine_id=2353" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The&nbsp;WTC Transportation Hub previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141212275/leaking-water-delays-opening-of-world-trade-center-transit-hub-s-luxury-shopping-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leaking water delays opening of World Trade Center Transit Hub's luxury shopping mall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132336245/massive-spine-skylight-in-calatrava-s-wtc-oculus-nears-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive 'spine' skylight in Calatrava's WTC Oculus nears completion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122737225/nymag-talks-to-santiago-calatrava-about-his-wtc-station-budget-reputation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless Alexander Walter 2015-12-28T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T12:52:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7x/7x5yvitfbb3v7dbf.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The freeway system, which Southern Californians once saw as a ticket to freedom, an emblem of L.A.'s love of individuality and movement, increasingly serves as a landscape of hard luck and a desperate sort of community &mdash; a place to hunker down. [...] As the homeless population grows in a city whose public realm is the haggard product of several decades of neglect, the freeway has taken on a crucial, if often dispiriting, neighborhood role despite itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The ranks of the chronically homeless in Los Angeles County have grown by more than 50% in the last two years, to more than 12,000 people, according to one study. If you count all the people who are homeless at least part of the time, the figure rises to an estimated 44,000."</em></p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></li></ul>