Archinect - News 2017-07-24T06:43:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150018573/amid-mta-s-disastrous-summer-cuomo-moves-forward-with-expensive-plan-to-turn-ny-s-bridges-into-a-light-show Amid MTA's disastrous Summer, Cuomo moves forward with expensive plan to turn NY's bridges into a light show Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-20T14:58:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T11:43:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/22/22heikm3n7giiyvv.jpg" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, part of a broader plan called &ldquo;New York Crossings,&rdquo; would outfit the MTA&rsquo;s seven bridges and two tunnels &mdash; and the Port Authority&rsquo;s George Washington Bridge &mdash; with pulsating, multicolored LED lights that can be choreographed with each other, with the Empire State Building and with One World Trade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150005378/will-ny-governor-cuomo-be-able-to-fix-penn-station-s-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MTA's crumbling infrastructure</a> has been making headlines since April and the situation does not appear to be getting any better for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC</a> transiters; three-quarters of the city's subway lines are plagued by chronic delays and frustrated riders continue to overcrowd the system.</p> <p></p> <p><br>While the parties involved point fingers and place blame every which way they can,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/628442/governor-andrew-cuomo/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo,</a> has faced growing pressure to fix the system.<br></p> <p>Among the list of complaints being lodged against the Chief of State, are critiques of his plan to turn the region's bridges into a choreographed light show in concert with the city's skyscrapers. The cost of the lighting scheme has not been revealed though an early internal estimate put the price tag at $350 mill. In addition, where funding will come from remains unclear&mdash;a spokesman for Cuomo stated that "this is definitively NOT being paid for by the MTA," though a meeting back in January had suggested otherwise. Regardless of who picks up the tab, c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009978/china-leads-world-in-investing-in-africa-especially-in-egyptian-building-projects China leads world in investing in Africa, especially in Egyptian building projects Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T13:25:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43arxjbyjgigv3lr.jpg" width="650" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How will China's $36.1 billion dollar investment shape the future of Africa? While China only has 66 projects over the continent compared to the United States' 91 projects, it has pledged about ten times the total amount of money, and the lion's share of that cash is earmarked for Egypt. As <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/trends/how-china-dwarfs-all-oth7ers-inves7ting-afr7ica/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> notes:</p><p><em>The largest recipient of Chinese money is Egypt, which accounts for 25% of its African FDI. Here, China&rsquo;s involvement is overwhelmingly in the construction and infrastructure sector, and it has plans to spend $15b on 15 electricity, infrastructure and transport projects. This would have been higher still if it had not in February pulled out of a $20bn plan to build a new capital city.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008910/uma-proposes-a-kilometer-long-infinity-pool-for-stockholm-s-waterfront UMA proposes a kilometer-long infinity pool for Stockholm's waterfront Nicholas Korody 2017-05-23T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T18:45:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yf/yfmy42czv4469zfo.jpg" width="650" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s long lap pools, and then there&rsquo;s UMA&rsquo;s design for Stockholm&mdash;a kilometer long infinity pool that serves as tourist attraction, recreational facility, and even infrastructure. The idea is to extend a walkway stretching from the northern part of S&ouml;derman to the eastern point out over the motorway that currently takes up most of the waterfront.&nbsp;</p><p>Perched on a load bearing structure made of a repetitive steel console structure bolted to the bedrock, the infinity pool would contain water pumped from the Baltic Sea and cleaned in a small treatment plant. The water would be heated with waste heat. According to the designers, you could even swim in parts of it during the spring and fall. In the winter, meanwhile, the temperature would be lowered to the point where the water freezes over, enabling ice skating.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d1zok77hwqaiekpy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uu/uukpaify70dijxlv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vr/vr9dqid0vwrs8sun.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x2/x29d7loyasu2dssn.jpg"></p><p>According to the designers, the pool would create the illusion of an unobstructed connection between the waterfront and the adjacent Baltic Sea. Dressing rooms, showers and other f...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked This bacteria-infused concrete "heals" when cracked Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:22:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.jpg" width="650" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While there's no word on what would happen if someone skinned their knee on this bacteria-infused concrete, the premise is certainly intriguing in theory: concrete that patches cracks in itself for up to 200 years after its initial formation. Here's a brief video outlining the process:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000605/georgia-gov-nathan-deal-declares-state-of-emergency-after-i-85-bridge-in-atlanta-collapses-from-fire Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declares state of emergency after I-85 bridge in Atlanta collapses from fire Justine Testado 2017-03-31T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-31T15:07:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/js/js9r9ancw4yyr2ln.jpg" width="640" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation officials in Georgia are scrambling to cope with a crisis, after a huge fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night. Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency, and with the heavily used road closed in both directions, drivers are being told to find other options &mdash; from detours to mass transit. Friday morning, officials said they don't yet know what caused the fire or how long repairs will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Atlanta's Interstate 85 was first built&nbsp;in 1953 and reconstructed in 1985 to accommodate increased traffic. The closure affects a crucial 3-mile portion, which carries up to 400,000 vehicles a day.&nbsp;U.S. DOT Secretary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/860112/elaine-chao" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elaine Chow</a>&nbsp;directed Federal Highway Administration officials <a href="http://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot2817" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to grant $10 million</a> in emergency funds to begin repairing the bridge.</p><p>&ldquo;Approximately 700 feet of the roadway &ndash; 350 feet northbound and 350 feet southbound &mdash; will be removed and replaced including support columns. Demolition will begin this weekend and will continue into Monday, April 3,&rdquo; the Georgia DOT <a href="http://www.dot.ga.gov/AboutGeorgia/Pages/GDOTAnnouncementDetails.aspx?postID=159" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> today.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000256/the-dafne-schippers-bridge-in-utrecht-doubles-as-a-school-and-a-garden The Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht doubles as a school and a garden Nicholas Korody 2017-03-29T17:07:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T11:05:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c14p1ulkbyovadiy.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/35939293/next-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEXT Architects</a> and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau in collaboration with Arup and Bureau B+B, the Dafne Schippers Bridge integrates a cycle and pedestrian bridge spanning the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht with a school and public garden. Opening on April 3, the bridge-cum-school is intended to make the bridge a &ldquo;destination&rdquo; as well as a piece of infrastructure.</p><p>"In one fluid movement, the cycle route, park, and school are brought together to form a cohesive whole of infrastructure, architecture, and landscape," states Marijn Schenk, NEXT architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r4/r4jbf98so4d86w8f.jpg"></p><p>In total, the Dafne Schippers Bridge measures 110 meters long. Its deck is 9 meters above the water. The Bridge is held between two asymmetric pylons. On the Leidsche Rijn side, the pylon is intended to serve as a landmark. On the side with the school, a smaller pylon lines up with a row of trees. 7,000 cyclists are expected to use the bridge on a daily basis to quicken their commute.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999773/sn-hetta-designs-a-boat-tunnel-in-norway Snøhetta designs a "boat tunnel" in Norway Nicholas Korody 2017-03-27T17:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T18:33:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3l8jt7pcplgo3a82.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta has designed a &ldquo;boat tunnel&rdquo; that would allow ships to run beneath a mountain in Norway. With a whopping $272 million price tag, the mile-long tunnel would enable ships to safely avert the dangerous waters off the Stad Peninsula.</p><p>150 feet tall and 118 feet wide, the tunnel would be designed to accommodate massive cargo ships. Sn&oslash;hetta propose a terraced stone entrance. &ldquo;In such a delicate landscape, the tunnel has to be more than just an intervention in nature. We put a lot of effort in making it aesthetically appealing,&rdquo; states project manager Terje Andreassen. A bridge would allow tourists to watch the ships pass by.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v082n4bvz7ml3cm2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6r3hz6b6aagqip3k.jpg"></p><p>Apparently, it&rsquo;s not actually a new idea. Back in 1874, a similar&mdash;mechanically speaking&mdash;idea was proposed.&nbsp; Over the last seventy years, the turbulent waters in the area have resulted in the death of 33 people.</p><p>Currently, a feasibility study is underway, with construction slated for 2019.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/norway-plans-ship-tunnel-av7oid-de7adly-stadh7avet/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H/T Global Construction Review</a></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149996595/in-new-report-u-s-infrastructure-scores-a-d In new report, U.S. infrastructure scores a D+ Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T17:53:00-05:00 >2017-03-13T14:25:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2g/2g07kjrm5132qp1c.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report every four years that details the conditions and performance of American infrastructure. The group gives a letter grade&mdash;like with a school report card&mdash;and this year, America got a failing D+.</p><p>Some of the dismal findings include:</p><ul><li>Only 51% of U.S. households report that they&rsquo;re able to get to a grocery store using public transportation.</li><li>35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.</li><li>The need for wastewater infrastructure exceeds $271B.</li></ul><p></p><p>Check out the full report <a href="http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ASCE-Failure-to-Act-2016-FINAL.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994433/transit-hubs-increasingly-designed-to-serve-as-desirable-and-profitable-public-spaces Transit hubs increasingly designed to serve as desirable (and profitable) public spaces Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T07:14:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpg" width="640" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The notion of spending time at a subway stop or other major transit center for pleasure may strike you as odd, but many cities and transportation companies are investing heavily in building up this part of their infrastructure to create desirable public spaces (it adds a whole new dimension to "mixed-use"). In this feature by <a href="http://www.constructiondive.com/news/full-steam-ahead-why-transit-hub-development-is-seeing-a-resurgence/436694/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kim Slowey for Construction Dive</a>, the shift in investment is explored:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Architecture firm HOK designed the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Center&nbsp;(ARTIC) in California, a 21st century take on the massive transit halls of the past. Finished in 2014, using steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene "pillows," designers created a hangar-like, light-filled area that makes room for dining and shopping, as well as for additional future commercial development.</em></p><p><em>Skanska also completed an ultra-modern, $4 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.usa.skanska.com/by-the-numbers-how-we-built-the-wtc-transportation-hub-and-oculus/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center Transportation Hub</a>&nbsp;last year, which connects city subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey, to replace the one destroyed in the Sept.&nbsp;...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993608/driverless-future-a-challenge-to-shape-the-impact-of-autonomous-transportation DRIVERLESS FUTURE: A challenge to shape the impact of autonomous transportation Sponsor 2017-02-23T17:33:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T18:31:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84nwojibg0zdi53w.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/92/92k1x98i5jmudf7w.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The Driverless Future challenge seeks proposals that actively shape NYC&rsquo;s response to driverless technology - will offer resources to help finalists transform their proposals into real companies and products.</em></p><p>Blank Space is proud to announce the&nbsp;<strong>Driverless Future</strong>&nbsp;challenge, a global competition to shape the impact of autonomous transportation in NYC, with a prize purse worth over $60,000 for the 4 top teams. The focus of the challenge is not on the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to mass transit, accessibility, shipping, logistics, software, services, and new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. The primary goal is to create a launchpad for entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, engineers, architects and futurists to enact real change in New York City.</p><p><strong>Blank Space</strong>&nbsp;is proud to partner with the&nbsp;<strong>NYC Mayor&rsquo;s Office</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>New Lab</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Fast Company</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>AIA New York</strong>&nbsp;to host the challenge and support winning entries b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987132/donald-trump-taps-two-of-the-richest-developers-to-oversee-infrastructure-plan Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-27T20:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9e/9ef1a3lmd21lj07j.jpg" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, &ldquo;two of the wealthiest men in real estate&rdquo; according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/01/17/donald-trump-taps-richard-lefrak-steven-roth-to-lead-new-infrastructure-council/#3e0036e76f49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a>,&nbsp; to head a &ldquo;council of builders and engineers&rdquo;. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump&rsquo;s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously <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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a>, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation&rsquo;s crumbling infrastructure.</p><p>Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters&mdash;a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.</p><p>In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986836/geoff-manaugh-takes-a-look-inside-lax-s-impressive-airport-security-apparatus Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T20:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.</p><p>"Under the moniker of &ldquo;critical infrastructure protection,&rdquo; energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/threat-center/510644/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manaugh writes</a>. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986150/all-that-data-uber-has-been-collecting-might-just-come-in-handy All that data Uber has been collecting might just come in handy Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T12:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e6/e669obbcucezffxu.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber has A rocky history with city governments&mdash;to put it mildly... Now, Uber is making something of a peace offering. The company is launching a new service that could help cities master their traffic. It&rsquo;s called Uber Movement, and it uses information on the billions of rides Uber has completed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Uber Movement is free for the select planning agencies and researchers granted access to it. With it, you can gauge travel times between any two locations. Since, as Uber's chief of transportation policy notes, Uber doesn't actually do any urban planning, they figure they might as well give all this information to the people who do. And, hey, maybe it'll help the ride-sharing company cozy up to previously hostile city governments.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986014/65-000-new-streetlights-illuminate-detroit-here-s-why-that-s-important 65,000 new streetlights illuminate Detroit—here's why that's important Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T18:29:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T14:02:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3vhncyre6xkd26a9.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15010/michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a> of the <em>New York Times</em> has <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/arts/the-lights-are-on-in-detroit.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> an article about the 65,000 new streetlights now illuminating the streets of Detroit. This seemingly prosaic infrastructural adjustment actually has a lot of import. For a long time, according to the article, Detroit&rsquo;s decline was symbolically represented in articles about its lights going out. &ldquo;Like picking up the trash, fixing potholes and responding to emergencies, these efforts signal that no matter where you live in Detroit, you are no longer forgotten &mdash; that government here can finally keep its basic promises,&rdquo; writes Kimmelman.</p><p>Rather than staying concentrated in the inner-city, like most capital and growth, the lights spread across Detroit&rsquo;s entire 139 miles. Costing $185 million in public money, the lights use energy-efficient LED bulbs. And the whole project came together under budget and on time.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983672/elaine-chao-wants-speedier-approvals-for-dot-s-infrastructure-projects Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T16:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T08:28:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to <a href="http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-transportation/2016/12/chaos-agenda-for-dot-217978" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>:</p><p><em>Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed up project approvals regardless of whether infrastructure programs get a funding boost. &ldquo;With or without a new infusion of funds, it is necessary to look at the existing processes for infrastructure development and find more efficient ways to address bottlenecks in planning and permitting,&rdquo; Chao said. That response indicates Chao isn&rsquo;t assuming Congress will pass a large infrastructure spending package.</em></p><p>For more on Trump's political cabinet of curiosities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983530/before-trump-has-even-taken-office-his-infrastructure-plan-faces-an-uncertain-future Before Trump has even taken office, his infrastructure plan faces an uncertain future Nicholas Korody 2016-12-21T12:05:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T20:19:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kj/kj31y1wtkl9ngiyl.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump's plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold as he promised. Trump made rebuilding the nation's aging roads, bridges and airports very much part of his job-creation strategy in the presidential race. But lately lobbyists have begun to fear that there won't be an infrastructure proposal at all, or at least not the grand plan they'd been led to expect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on President-elect Trump:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979625/why-is-trump-seeking-private-equity-for-public-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure?</a></li></ul> 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>