Archinect - News 2016-04-29T02:03:39-04:00 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 >2016-04-28T22:50:14-04:00 <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 >2016-04-19T09:40:45-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/142516207/hack-the-city Hack The City Nam Henderson 2015-12-03T21:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-03T18:55:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nconnnam25r3t8tm.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NBBJ calls the concept No-Shadow Tower, though it would be more accurate to call it the Smaller-Shadow-From-One-of-Two-Towers, since it depends on a pair of buildings separated by an open space. For that reason, the technique is an awkward fit for New York</p></em><br /><br /><p>A weeklong series of ideas for improving urban life, ranging from an examination of how&nbsp;<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/12/next-gen-drones-will-fix-nycs-infrastructure.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next-Generation Drones Will Save New York City&rsquo;s Infrastructure</a>, to how new building designs will usher in&nbsp;<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/11/welcome-to-the-age-of-shadowless-skyscrapers.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Age of Shadowless Skyscrapers</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142434357/congress-approves-a-340-billion-transportation-bill Congress approves a $340 billion transportation bill Nicholas Korody 2015-12-02T12:32:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T01:36:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1852hnycihm12ko.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday announced a bipartisan agreement on a five-year reauthorization of federal transportation programs&mdash;the longest such measure that Congress has advanced since 2005. Both chambers are expected to pass the deal in the next two weeks before leaving for the year. At a cost of $305 billion, the final compromise is a bit smaller than a $340 billion bill passed by the House last month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news, Hilary Clinton recently released a $275 billion infrastructure plan. More information on that can be found <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/hillary-clintons-modest-infrastructure-proposal/418068/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Are raised bikeways enough to make the San Francisco's riders safer?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141818922/are-raised-bikeways-enough-to-make-the-san-francisco-s-riders-safer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are raised bikeways enough to make the San Francisco's riders safer?</a></li><li><a title="Entrepreneurs look to tackle Austin's traffic woes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140157923/entrepreneurs-look-to-tackle-austin-s-traffic-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Entrepreneurs look to tackle Austin's traffic woes</a></li><li><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138594315/milton-keynes-invests-in-driverless-cars-over-public-transit-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511613/think-driverless-cars-will-reduce-traffic-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141841403/has-london-finally-found-a-thames-bridge-that-everyone-can-get-behind Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T04:39:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:56:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gnla9wo1rseha2gg.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You wait years for a new bridge across the Thames then three come along at once. Joining the controversial garden bridge and a plan for a crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico, both of which have fierce opponents, comes a proposal unveiled today for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe and the Isle of Dogs in east London that hasn&rsquo;t aroused a single objection &ndash; yet. There&rsquo;s a good reason why: of the three plans, it makes by far the most sense.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p8h2rq0ylxodk8e.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d094grrrz8f679e3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oq/oqh62b4mdrkyzero.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n4/n45bs1g7fexgtq7i.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xuhwd9p06bxfrmh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isjinipkon4apvjg.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141740235/norman-foster-says-he-has-no-power-as-an-architect-none-whatsoever-only-advocacy Norman Foster says he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever" – only advocacy Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T01:18:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxxvy0l1k73pqkxn.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Do you believe in infrastructure?&rdquo; asks Norman Foster, with challenge in his voice. He does. Infrastructure, he says, is about &ldquo;investing not to solve the problems of today but to anticipate the issues of future generations&rdquo;. [...] &ldquo;I have no power as an architect, none whatsoever. I can&rsquo;t even go on to a building site and tell people what to do.&rdquo; Advocacy, he says, is the only power an architect ever has.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141361583/prairie-futurism-designs-revealed-for-the-new-chicago-apple-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138591091/the-in-crowd-review-of-conversations-with-architects-in-the-age-of-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140830159/the-selective-amnesia-of-foster-partners-maspero-triangle-district-masterplan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141374451/russian-pedestrian-infrastructure-that-teaches-you-a-thing-about-avant-garde-art Russian pedestrian infrastructure that teaches you a thing about avant-garde art Alexander Walter 2015-11-18T18:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:29:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/dea979ddea549f58c8c4bd41107d5670.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pedestrian crossings made up of fragments of famous works of avant-garde art have appeared in a residential area in the Russian city of Khimki, located just northwest of Moscow. Fragments of the work of Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky feature on five pedestrian crossings in the &ldquo;Gorod Naberezhniy&rdquo; complex, chosen for their frequent use. Together with the zebra stripes, there are signs which provide information about the artwork and artist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135884542/new-photo-book-documents-the-beautifully-outlandish-architecture-of-soviet-bus-stops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138804407/humanizing-street-design-with-shared-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141169645/a-return-to-mexico-city-s-lacustrine-origins A return to Mexico City's lacustrine origins Nam Henderson 2015-11-16T11:27:00-05:00 >2015-11-16T11:27:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nr/nryksck3qwsj6ser.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Basically, instead of allowing this anarchic development to continue growing over the bed of the lake &ndash; which is very expensive, because the quality of the soil is very bad &ndash; we wanted to conduct the growth of the city around the lake area, and to recover a huge natural feature that belongs to everyone, which will change the climate of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shumi Bose learns from&nbsp;Alberto Kalach (of <a href="http://www.kalach.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller de Arquitectura X</a>), why the solution to the capital&rsquo;s future growth may be found in embracing a pre-Hispanic,&nbsp;lacustrine form of urbanism.</p><p>To learn more about the "<em>The hydrological balance of the city</em>", read <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/nov/12/mexico-city-water-crisis-source-sewer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> weeklong report (also from the Guardian)&nbsp;which&nbsp;reveals "<em>the triumphs of the past, the current battles, and the crisis looming in the future</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140878328/beacons-in-the-sky-photographer-carolyn-russo-celebrates-the-architecture-of-airport-towers Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers Alexander Walter 2015-11-11T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fd8a0775f2be9af986fc85cf88da61b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo first found herself drawn to air traffic control towers in 2006 on a flight into LaGuardia when she first studied the architectural details and circular windows of that now inactive structure [...] I viewed each tower as both an essential aviation artifact and a vessel with a powerful presence&mdash;watching over the vastness of the airport and sky; a non-judgmental cultural greeter [...] In the presence of the tower, I sensed the complex orchestration of humans</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ac/acfd5f709dec91f628d410a02c2d308f.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fe8f7e87d14366438c9be8e206468727.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden.</p><p>See more photos from Carolyn Russo's new book&nbsp;<em>The Art of the Airport Tower</em> (Smithsonian Books, 2015) and read an interview with her over at <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/appreciating-art-and-architecture-worlds-airport-towers-180957196/?no-ist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smithsonian.com</a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136956774/eero-saarinen-s-dormant-jfk-terminal-to-become-jet-blue-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132415988/fancy-48m-animal-terminal-to-open-in-jfk-airport-next-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130715505/north-korean-architect-of-new-pyongyang-airport-reportedly-executed-by-kim-jong-un" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right Alexander Walter 2015-10-14T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:43:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is important for Africa, where despite high urbanisation rates the development focus has been primarily rural. Consider Ghana. The country&rsquo;s urban population has grown from four million in 1984 to more than 14 million today. Fifty one percent of Ghanaians now live in cities. While urbanisation rates vary across Africa, Ghana reflects an overall global trend towards a predominantly urban future. Ghana demonstrates how cities can be highly productive in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137431134/mass-design-group-to-propose-bauhaus-of-africa-at-u-n-summit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262578/sorry-l-a-but-the-nation-s-worst-traffic-is-in-d-c Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nicj58mgkqlz20s.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-scorecard-2015.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134729252/melbourne-is-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fifth-consecutive-year Melbourne is world’s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:23:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qd29h4nmycap13z.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In any event, it's as you were for the "haves" at the top of list, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015. [...] these cities have "relatively few challenges to living standards," and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate. Unsurprisingly, Damascus remains the least livable city, with Syria embroiled in a bloody civil war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other articles related to <em>liveability</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134719585/think-you-live-in-a-nice-county-find-out-where-it-stands-on-the-nationwide-natural-amenities-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far Julia Ingalls 2015-08-06T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:32:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5m82619o83ots5q0.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-hawthorne-405-freeway-design-20150730-column.html#page=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a>, Christopher Hawthorne eloquently pans the new addition to the 405 freeway, noting that "The expanded 405 might be the first L.A. freeway project to look haggard and disjointed the day it opened." His review comes at a time when infrastructure, especially in California, is starting to (violently) show signs of its age: last year, the University of California Los Angeles briefly flooded thanks to an aged <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105398405/water-main-breaks-on-sunset-blvd-floods-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">water main</a>&nbsp;breaking, and in July a freak thunderstorm collapsed a portion of interstate 10. Hawthorne's displeasure is focused primarily on the 405's haphazard design to please multiple neighborhoods, its tacky soil-nail construction retaining walls ("This technique is something like the comb-over of freeway design"), and its simple underwhelming-ness as a public works project.</p><p>Meanwhile, James S. Russell's thoughtful examination of Thomas Heatherwick in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/arts/design/the-price-of-thomas-heatherwicks-imagination.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=2&amp;utm_content=bufferb2c3c&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times</a> delves into one of the perennially feisty debates of the architectural realm: just ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133508284/us-dot-tries-to-shame-congress-into-funding-transportation-infrastructure-with-showusyourinfrawear US DOT tries to shame Congress into funding transportation infrastructure with #ShowUsYourInfraWear Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-04T19:19:00-04:00 >2015-08-05T13:00:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbehnam5q4c3abc0.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So beginning today and running throughout the August recess, we're turning our Instagram account over to you.&nbsp; Just snap a photo &ndash; please do it safely! &ndash; of the worn-out infrastructure in your neck of the woods and share it with @USDOT using #ShowUsYourInfraWear.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Public shaming has long been a tactic of the U.S. criminal justice system &ndash; there were the stocks of yore, the scarlet letters, and more recently, the tactics of felony court judge Ted Poe. Nowadays though, we tend to skip all the messiness of the public square and go straight to the internet to delve out shame &ndash; less as a sanctioned method of retributive justice, and more as a form of activism. Now, fed up with Congressional obstinacy to fund a long-term highway-planning bill, the Department of Transportation is joining the fray.</p><p>Using #ShowUsYourInfraWear, USDOT is imploring people to share pictures of surface infrastructure in disrepair with their Instagram, @USDOT. This isn't like a city's 311 service &ndash; tagging it isn't going to actually report it to local authorities &ndash; it's a rallying call for Congress to fund better transportation maintenance once it returns from a 5-week recess in September. The American Society of Civil Engineers issues a national <a href="http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"report card"</a> every four yea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park Justine Testado 2015-07-14T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0v3ahtp8ertr3dp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rotterdam recently welcomed <a href="http://www.luchtsingel.org/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Luchtsingel</a>, a communal endeavor to spruce up the long-neglected Hofplein neighborhood in the heart of the city. Locally based architecture practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/87503546/zus-zones-urbaines-sensibles-b-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zones Urbaines Sensibles</a> (ZUS) devised The Luchtsingel in 2011. The focal point of the emerging "three-dimensional cityscape" is a nearly 400-meter wooden pedestrian bridge that was largely built from crowdsourced funds, accompanied by a network of refurbished public spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y484b5g4zwl05qg2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eikh35mt8q15r3eg.jpg"></p><p>"<em>Based on the idea of Permanent Temporality, the Luchtsingel introduces a new way of [city-making]. This means using the city's evolutionary character and existing forms as a starting point. Therefore, we have developed new instruments for design, financing, and planning,</em>" said ZUS partner Elma van Boxel in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/ql7y1kfr2xgxgxkc.jpg"></p><p>The project gained traction when ZUS set up the "I Make Rotterdam" crowdfunding campaign for the bridge. The campaign sold over 8,000 boards painted in a&nbsp;hard-to-ignore shade of yellow inscribed with the supporter's name...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T13:06:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gchygiit7cyy6idk.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares in Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents, as more residents are able to afford to buy bicycles. Bicycles are an expensive but increasingly popular mode of transport for many in the country where private car ownership, although on the rise, is still rare. [...] As recently as 2014, cycling was still illegal for women, though the ban was much flouted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130715505/north-korean-architect-of-new-pyongyang-airport-reportedly-executed-by-kim-jong-un" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90763575/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons from North Korean urbanism</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90910949/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism-pt-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 2</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105259431/what-the-future-looks-like-to-north-koreans-who-have-never-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What The Future Looks Like To North Koreans Who Have Never Left</a></li></ul>