Archinect - News 2016-12-10T17:37:04-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank' Nicholas Korody 2016-11-21T13:51:00-05:00 >2016-11-21T13:51:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cl/clutcg0ajrw8ienf.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A key member of Donald Trump&rsquo;s transition team said the incoming administration is exploring ways to fund fixing bridges and roads including by establishing an &ldquo;infrastructure bank,&rdquo; a concept Hillary Clinton promoted and the Republican&rsquo;s campaign had previously derided. [...] Trump&rsquo;s campaign had criticized Clinton&rsquo;s proposed infrastructure bank as being &ldquo;controlled by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington&rdquo; and funded by a &ldquo;$275 billion tax increase on American businesses.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find out more about Trump and Clinton's plans to remedy America's crumbling infrastructure <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on the President-elect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" target="_blank">Architects Respond to the AIA&rsquo;s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979352/compared-to-aia-letters-issued-during-obama-s-election-ceo-robert-ivy-s-statement-on-trump-is-far-from-business-as-usual" target="_blank">Compared to AIA letters issued during Obama's election, CEO Robert Ivy's statement on Trump is far from "business as usual"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979049/trump-says-climate-change-is-a-hoax-yet-moves-to-protect-his-properties-from-sea-level-rise" target="_blank">Trump says climate change is a "hoax", yet moves to protect his properties from sea level rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979625/why-is-trump-seeking-private-equity-for-public-infrastructure Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure? Julia Ingalls 2016-11-21T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T09:23:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jh/jhua4w6qw4pljkey.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The indefatigable Paul Krugman takes a closer look at Trump's proposed infrastructure funding plans in his column for&nbsp;<a href="http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/infrastructure-build-or-privatization-scam/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, wondering why the President-elect would seek private equity for public projects. Is this a profiteering scheme that sneakily privatizes ownership of traditionally publicly accessible resources (like water, for example)?</p><p>As Krugman notes about Trump's plan: "Crucially, it&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;a plan to borrow $1 trillion and spend it on much-needed projects &mdash; which would be the straightforward, obvious thing to do. It is, instead, supposed to involve having private investors do the work both of raising money and building the projects &mdash; with the aid of a huge tax credit that gives them back 82% of the equity they put in. To compensate for the small sliver of additional equity and the interest on their borrowing, the private investors then have to somehow make profits on the assets they end up owning."</p><p>For more on how architects are reacting to the Presidential elect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977832/president-elect-donald-trump-renews-pledge-to-invest-in-american-infrastructure President-elect Donald Trump renews pledge to invest in American infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-11-10T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-11-17T10:03:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tf7simx73o8fdili.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>US President-Elect Donald Trump, who built his business on constructing towers, used his victory speech early today in New York to repeat his pledge to put &ldquo;millions of people to work&rdquo; rebuilding American infrastructure, airports, schools and hospitals. [...] &ldquo;We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,&rdquo; he said to whoops and applause.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.&rdquo;</em></p><p>More on how the Trump residency may impact the built environment:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change" target="_blank">AIA releases statement on 2016 U.S. Election results &mdash; Will Trump's relations with architects change?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975002/touring-trump-tower-where-a-lot-glitters-that-s-not-gold" target="_blank">Touring Trump Tower, where a lot glitters that's not gold</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974546/a-friend-in-deed-chicago-tribune-architecture-critic-blair-kamin-discusses-his-rocky-relationship-with-donald-trump-on-archinect-sessions-86" target="_blank">A Friend in Deed: Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin discusses his rocky relationship with Donald Trump, on Archinect Sessions #86</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975615/archinect-s-2016-us-presidential-election-guide-how-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-the-issues-architects-care-about-most" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s 2016 US Presidential Election Guide: How Trump and Clinton Stand on the Issues Architects Care about Most</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975569/tracing-new-york-s-waste-management Tracing New York's waste management Nicholas Korody 2016-10-27T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-27T13:28:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0u/0uco4sejbzj2i8me.jpg" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each day, New York&rsquo;s public garbage trucks collect nearly 7,000 tonnes of residential mixed solid waste. After finishing their routes, most of these trucks will deposit the garbage in one of New York&rsquo;s waste transfer stations located throughout the city. From there, the garbage will eventually be loaded on to a barge or train and carried as far as 600 miles to its final stop. For most of New York&rsquo;s mixed solid waste (about 80% of it by tonnage), this last stop will be a landfill.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The remaining 20% will end up at a waste-to-energy plant, where it will be incinerated and converted into energy."</em></p><p>For more on the infrastructure of waste, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935294/geotectura-s-zerohome-turns-waste-into-shelter" target="_blank">Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975398/next-architects-design-a-swooping-mobius-strip-bridge-for-changsha-china NEXT Architects design a swooping "Mobius strip" bridge for Changsha, China Nicholas Korody 2016-10-26T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:07:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqxukr36wnue612y.jpg" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Dutch-Chinese firm NEXT Architects has a well-deserved reputation for designing eye-catching bridges. Their latest project, a bright red, Mobius strip-like pedestrian bridge for the Chinese city of Changsha, is set to become another jewel in their portfolio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u06tt3wyds2mdqg1.jpg"></p><p>185 metres long and 24 metres tall, the &ldquo;Lucky Knot&rdquo; bridge will span the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha&rsquo;s &lsquo;New Lake District&rsquo; development. The bridge will offer views of the nearby Meixi Lake and the mountain range that surrounds the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gk/gkwhimywfzybbudh.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The shape of the Lucky Knot was inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolises luck and prosperity,&rdquo; states John van de Water, partner at NEXT architects Beijing.&nbsp;</p><p>Additional images in the gallery.</p><p>More bridges:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149973601/as-the-city-grows-bridging-manila-s-bay-could-ease-population-strain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the City Grows, Bridging Manila's Bay Could Ease Population Strain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970065/michael-maltzan-envisions-the-future-of-la-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973148/one-of-the-iconic-arches-of-the-old-sixth-street-bridge-in-la-will-be-preserved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the iconic arches of the old Sixth Stree...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975213/it-s-the-infrastructure-stupid-benefits-of-using-adaptable-strategies-to-revamp-the-u-s It's the infrastructure, stupid: benefits of using adaptable strategies to revamp the U.S. Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:02:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lr/lr7qikbhxb3irk7m.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>LIke everything else in the 21st century, infrastructure is no longer about big moves but rather about nuance, refinement,&nbsp;and creative strategy. This is the argument advocated by <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/302528-our-nations-infrastructure-will-crumble-without-resilience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hill</a>, which makes the case that all infrastructure projects should be resilient and made to serve multiple functions. As the article notes:&nbsp;</p><p>"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy there were calls for a flood wall around lower Manhattan. But the path the city, state and federal government took was far better &ndash; instead of just building a wall, they are creating a system of parks which will provide the same protection, provide additional greenspace for the city, and improve community cohesion by giving people public space to meet and socialize. Instead of gray infrastructure, the city will have a brand new park."</p><p>For more on infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970065/michael-maltzan-envisions-the-future-of-la-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970812/open-call-for-submissions-xxl Open Call for Submissions: "XXL" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-27T12:26:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T16:05:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hj/hjxy256tuhd2txst.jpg" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s going to be &ldquo;yuge&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s an inflated descriptor thrown around a lot these days, but architects have always been trained to think big, whether laying out bathroom plumbing or master planning cities. Sometimes those ideas get built; sometimes others build on those ideas. This October on Archinect, we&rsquo;re exploring the many ways architects go big, with XXL.</p><p>Our open call for submissions under XXL focuses on one of the biggest strokes of architectural expression: infrastructure.</p><p><strong>&#12299;PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: Map It</strong></p><p>Transportation infrastructure is getting an unanticipated overhaul. As new networks like on-demand or <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623347/ride-sharing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ride-sharing</a> services begin to intermesh with older, more static ones, updated expectations of living and getting around have emerged. Speed, access, and sustainability are obvious concerns, as are how they&rsquo;ll encourage (or prohibit) future urban development.</p><p>Whatever your chosen mode of transportation, create <strong>a fantasy transportation map</strong> in the city (or country, or planet) of your c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/24748/venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k8/k805xcuq9zmj9b06.gif"></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> 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 >2016-09-01T22:59:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wm/wmamatu1lj0gi800.jpg" width="650" height="416" 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/650x/2a/2actld5z3xq7pylc.jpg" width="650" height="359" 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/650x/pa/pawwozu8dorf64wq.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/9n/9nmxlo7kxjl82uxu.jpg" width="650" height="487" 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/650x/tt/tt6u1g3iqu9xk10l.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/vk/vko6kp2af5nx894f.jpg" width="600" height="480" 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 >2016-09-22T09:59:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ck/ck8zlc5bp7z3q092.jpg" width="650" height="467" 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/650x/hp/hpyrhy2v8xj09fe4.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/be/be5rxcuyr6wulpgu.jpg" width="650" height="359" 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/650x/ao/aod9pwol6mw93euz.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/b0/b0luxc1p8uzuqtci.jpg" width="650" height="390" 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/650x/hd/hdehcumu5heks2ph.jpg" width="650" height="430" 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/650x/re/reg9ox3rpd9076p4.jpg" width="650" height="364" 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/650x/70/70255630e8e155abaebe61b5999da712.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/r6/r6obbl7tn7i51a1o.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/6g/6gbbeia5sqq9cuga.jpg" width="650" height="405" 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/650x/p2/p2pyk5zyfe6j2agi.jpg" width="650" height="413" 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/650x/3r/3rxvcxo4dbvhbouc.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/jh/jhfy2m999k4e1647.jpg" width="650" height="366" 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/650x/vs/vssx1zxh5ghdniwp.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/ql/qlavczi8fwpse0au.jpg" width="640" height="359" 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/650x/ka/ka8hf1q68qm4ew4h.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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>