Archinect - News 2017-02-21T05:04:23-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149992151/archinect-presents-next-up-floating-worlds-at-the-neutra-vdl-on-saturday-march-4 Archinect presents Next Up: Floating Worlds at the Neutra VDL on Saturday, March 4! Nicholas Korody 2017-02-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T13:42:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/qx/qxehi6zl1j0l7w50.gif" width="1500" height="1157" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We don&rsquo;t draft designs in a void and cities don&rsquo;t spring straight from our imaginations. Architecture is itself a designed object, circumscribed and delimited by the social, political, and economic conditions of the era. But, likewise, these conditions aren&rsquo;t exactly natural&mdash;they&rsquo;re designed by a host of actors and forces. For a new generation of architects, the most-pressing design challenge of the twentieth century isn&rsquo;t to create new forms, but to re-design the architecture of architecture, itself. And, the first step in this process, like with any project, is visualization.</p><p>For the fourth iteration of Archinect&rsquo;s live podcasting series <strong><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a></em></strong>, we&rsquo;re taking a look at potential roles for architecture in the contemporary neoliberal political economy, with a focus on issues pertaining to gender and identity. In a sense, what we&rsquo;re looking at is how architecture is itself designed&mdash;and, specifically, how we can redesign the systems in which it is enmeshed. In what ways are people chal...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990851/brexit-lash-riba-announces-60-of-u-k-architects-have-seen-projects-delayed-cancelled Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled Julia Ingalls 2017-02-08T07:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T17:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/rasyryy3e4p8cee8.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's members have seen their projects delayed, cancelled, or just plain scaled back. The news isn't all grim: according to the survey, many members are trying to look on the bright side (or at least trying to identify the bright side). As RIBA notes:</p><p><em>From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK&rsquo;s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear&nbsp;</em><em>that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.&nbsp;In response to the concerns and opportunities raised by its chartered members, RIBA has today published a set of five priority recommendation...</em></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/149986960/as-the-uk-and-us-shift-rightwards-architects-react As the UK and US shift rightwards, architects react Nicholas Korody 2017-01-17T12:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:43:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/00dt19dat123w3zn.jpg" width="650" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The last year has seen a dramatic political shift to the right in the Western world (and elsewhere), marked in particular by Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump. Alongside the former, the Tories secured a firm grip on the UK, with Prime Minister Theresa May stepping in to fill the void left after David Cameron&rsquo;s departure. In the United States, the Republican party has an equally secure hold over the country and its future, controlling all three branches of government.</p><p>With this turn to the right, the built environment will undoubtedly change significantly. Cuts to government-subsidized housing are expected in both countries. Meanwhile, much-need infrastructural updates may&mdash;or may not&mdash;be on the horizon in the U.S., as they were one of the primary campaign promises of the President-elect.</p><p>Therefore, it&rsquo;s not really a surprise that architects on both sides of the Atlantic have voiced opinions on the direction their countries are heading. Two architectural organizations have just ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985894/want-christo-to-make-a-us-mexico-border-wall-sign-the-petition Want Christo to make a US/Mexico border wall? Sign the petition! Paul Petrunia 2017-01-11T11:55:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T15:51:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s1/s1fkbujjgjldny6p.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dear President-Elect Donald Trump: Please commission U.S. artist Christo&rsquo;s with the creation of a new a version of his Running Fence to separate the U.S. from Mexico. His first project in Sonoma was completed in 1976 with great success. Though only 24.5 miles long then, in full length today it would transform a racist project into a public art event, and help improve the image of the U.S. with a cultural veneer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984196/as-president-obama-leaves-the-white-house-a-closer-look-at-his-urban-policy-legacy As President Obama leaves the White House, a closer look at his urban policy legacy Alexander Walter 2016-12-30T18:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:44:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City residents and urbanists had reasons to believe Obama would usher in a new urban era. [...] Now, as he leaves the White House, Obama&rsquo;s legacy is being evaluated on many fronts, including within the realm of urban policy. In a new book called Urban Policy in the Time of Obama, academics appraise his successes and failures. CityLab spoke with the book&rsquo;s editor, James DeFillippis, an associate professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653004/what-does-president-obama-s-final-year-in-office-mean-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does President Obama's final year in office mean for architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145139292/black-lives-matter-and-the-politics-of-protesting-in-privatized-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter and the politics of protesting in privatized space</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> 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/149983282/colorado-governor-proposes-building-affordable-housing-from-marijuana-tax-revenue-mainly-to-address-issues-from-marijuana-legalization Colorado governor proposes building affordable housing from marijuana tax revenue, mainly to address issues from marijuana legalization Justine Testado 2016-12-19T15:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-30T15:22:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a4/a4cdwha0vsrkfk2m.jpg" width="640" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A proposal by Gov. John Hickenlooper to direct marijuana revenue toward building affordable housing and curbing homelessness offers a glimpse into the potential the new revenue can have on public services and projects...To the chagrin of pro-marijuana activists, Hickenlooper believes there is a correlation between homelessness, a need for affordable housing and substance abuse, including impacts from marijuana legalization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gov. Hickenlooper requested $18.3 million&nbsp;($16.3 million from marijuana taxes and $2.0 million from the General Fund) toward affordable housing as part of his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8Bgov-hickenlooper-proposes-fy-2017-18-state-budget" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FY 2017-18 State budget</a> this past November.&nbsp;The Gazette reports that&nbsp;Hickenlooper and his administration &ldquo;are hesitant to acknowledge that cannabis dollars can have a positive impact on expanding state programs&rdquo; and that they are currently &ldquo;adamant that the dollars should be spent only on issues related to marijuana.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982628/beyond-trump-and-brexit-archinect-s-biggest-political-news-stories-of-2016 Beyond Trump and Brexit: Archinect's biggest political news stories of 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-14T13:14:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T21:56:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rw/rwo442ebpi6gqjzc.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>'Tis the time of year to reflect &ndash; on the good, the bad, the self, and the world. In looking back on the year that was 2016, we've parsed through all the News stories and now present to you, in all their gruesome glory, the biggest political stories of the year.</p><p>While news from the U.S. presidential election and the Brexit referendum dominated our political coverage, 2016 was also a year of contentious policy, grappling with the architectural changes wrought by the evolving sharing economy and emerging technologies, as well as adapting to the ongoing threats of climate change and Flint, Michigan's water crisis. We've already published our round-up of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980868/from-the-border-wall-to-the-pritzker-prize-the-architectural-controversies-that-defined-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">biggest controversies of 2016</a>, which naturally also includes a healthy dose of political stories.</p><p>The following items were chosen considering three basic criteria: the post's high traffic, the vibrancy of its discussion section, and how important Archinect's editorial staff thinks it is to the architecture-world at large (as those fir...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982611/opinion-city-life-is-out-of-sync-with-the-electoral-systems-that-led-to-trump-and-brexit Opinion: City life is 'out of sync' with the electoral systems that led to Trump and Brexit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-13T18:14:00-05:00 >2016-12-16T14:08:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/72/7294kint4onmun60.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The very thing that makes modern cities vibrant and culturally dominant &ndash; increasing population density, and the atmosphere and networks that result from it &ndash; has left them politically under-represented. Meanwhile, the scattered and thinned-out populations of many struggling rural and small town areas distribute their voters through the British and American electoral systems much more efficiently.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The V&amp;A's Martin Roth on Brexit: 'Me-first mentality' spreading through Europe is 'brutal'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149967575/the-v-a-s-martin-roth-on-brexit-me-first-mentality-spreading-through-europe-is-brutal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The V&amp;A's Martin Roth on Brexit: 'Me-first mentality' spreading through Europe is 'brutal'</a></li><li><a title="Brexit means Brexit: architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on how Brexit could change UK-architecture (and how architects could change Brexit), on Archinect Sessions #74" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960435/brexit-means-brexit-architects-rob-hyde-katy-marks-and-mark-middleton-on-how-brexit-could-change-uk-architecture-and-how-architects-could-change-brexit-on-archinect-sessions-74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit means Brexit: architects Rob Hyde, Katy Marks and Mark Middleton on how Brexit could change UK-architecture (and how architects could change Brexit), on Archinect Sessions #74</a></li><li><a title="&lsquo;We are building our way to hell&rsquo;: tales of gentrification around the world" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149972316/we-are-building-our-way-to-hell-tales-of-gentrification-around-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;We are building our way to hell&rsquo;: tales of gentrification around the world</a></li><li><a title="We Need Smarter Ideas On How To Grow Our Cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955838/we-need-smarter-ideas-on-how-to-grow-our-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We Need Smarter Ideas On How To Grow Our Cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head 5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head Julia Ingalls 2016-12-06T14:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:22:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t770mlvwlpjxqmqm.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What are the likely policy goals of a neurosurgeon appointed secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development by a man who can't stop disappointedly tweeting at Alec Baldwin? "There&rsquo;s not a dearth of qualified Republicans for that job, so if you choose somebody with no background in housing, it says something about your priorities,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Julia Gordon, executive vice president of the National Community Stabilization Trust, according to an article in <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/housing-experts-say-ben-carson-HUD-secretary-nomination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>. Various other housing experts, including Barbara Sard and Benjamin Dulchin, voiced concern about the man with no actual federal housing experience, although former HUD official Maurice Jones was cautiously optimistic, saying that "whatever agenda or whatever priority they have, I look forward to learning what that is."&nbsp;The article goes on to note that:&nbsp;</p><p>"a&nbsp;<em>Washington Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/23/ben-carson-obamas-housing-rules-try-to-accomplish-/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed</a>&nbsp;by Ben Carson published in July 2015 indicates that he either does not understand or does not support the AFFH rule [Affirmatively Furthering...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981006/guggenheim-helsinki-plans-nixed-by-city-citing-the-project-s-excessive-cost-for-the-finnish-taxpayer Guggenheim Helsinki plans nixed by city, citing "the project’s excessive cost for the Finnish taxpayer" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:41:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3c/3cu355gh1ho62u58.jpg" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The mix of private and public funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki has officially been rejected in a city council vote, meaning that the plans for the museum designed by&nbsp;Moreau &amp; Kusunoki are unlikely to ever be built. A new financing plan that drew the bulk of public funding from the city and the rest from private fundraising had been approved by the city board in November, but was vetoed by the larger city council last night. According to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/arts/design/guggenheim-helsinki-museum-plans-are-rejected.html?_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>,&nbsp;Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, said about the vote that&nbsp;&ldquo;I suppose that it was a reaction to a sense of engulfing internationalism, or a reaction against globalism. That&rsquo;s how I&rsquo;m explaining it to myself.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8w/8wfi5iiqhmhlcwwv.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile, Helsinki City Council member and Guggenheim opposer&nbsp;Osku Pajamaki said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m exhausted but relieved. Instead of buying a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we can now focus on creating unique local cultural attractions in Helsinki.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wv/wv0zgmypgxgg89xr.jpg"></p><p>Offici...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation Justine Testado 2016-11-30T14:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T14:46:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ul/ulghg53f1ujuc7sg.jpg" width="614" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Trump...has said that infrastructure redevelopment will be a priority of his first 100 days in office. And Ms. Chao has experience &mdash; politically and personally &mdash; in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital...But now that she is in line for a prominent position in Mr. Trump&rsquo;s cabinet, it is her own ties to business that are likely to come under scrutiny. As labor secretary, she faced criticism that her department favored business and was lax on enforcement and worker safety.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></p><p><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></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979646/next-city-publishes-an-article-by-bryan-lee-on-the-latest-riff-between-aia-and-its-members NEXT CITY publishes an article by Bryan Lee on the latest riff between AIA and its members Orhan Ayyüce 2016-11-21T15:12:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:51:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9q/9qko1r8nwrl8xu7i.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;You are not a profession that has distinguished itself by your social and civic contributions to the cause of civil rights, and I am sure this has not come to you as any shock. You are most distinguished by your thunderous silence and your complete irrelevance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We have fallen short and Mr. Ivy, in this instance, does nothing to belie the concerns of the membership. It is all too easy for us to be cynical and skeptical at times like these, when the more precise tool (and one we are built for) is to be critical and creative. The AIA made a mistake and has apologized both publicly and privately, but apologies mean nothing without action. Now is the time to press the Institute to act. Act as an apolitical (not bipartisan) force for social good in the built environment. I wholeheartedly believe that to protest is to have an unyielding faith in the potential for a just society. As a member of the AIA, I am not removing myself from the conversation. Instead I will continue to stand and I will continue to&nbsp;<a href="https://nextcity.org/features/view/urban-design-activism-socially-engaged-art-design-as-protest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protest</a>, when necessary, in hopes of a better profession.</p><p>To that end, I encourage those within the profession to acknowledge the cultural implications of our work and become forceful&nbsp;<a href="https://nextcity.org/features/view/urban-design-activism-socially-engaged-art-design-as-protest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">advocates for true equity and design justice</a>. I am calling on ...</p> 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/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change AIA releases statement on 2016 U.S. Election results — Will Trump's relations with architects change? Justine Testado 2016-11-09T18:48:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T16:53:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u9/u9cjbc2u3o7awljn.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The unthinkable has happened and Donald Trump&nbsp;is now the president-elect of the United States. Considering Trump's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961325/donald-trump-is-architecture-s-nightmare-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rocky</a> relations with architects (and <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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critics</a>) and his comments on America's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974022/america-s-inner-city-dichotomy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;inner cities&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;during the debates, now that he has won the White House, what does a Trump presidency mean for the architecture industry in the coming years?</p><p>In what sounds like every public-figure response to the election results, the AIA released their own statement today saying that they &ldquo;are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces&rdquo;. That includes core architecture issues like housing, infrastructure, and energy/the environment. If you need a refresher on Trump's stances on these issues, Archinect recently summed them up <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">here</a>.</p><p>Here is the entire AIA statement from Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy:</p><p><em>&ldquo;The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977560/how-the-stressful-voting-poll-experience-can-be-redesigned How the stressful voting-poll experience can be redesigned Justine Testado 2016-11-08T19:06:00-05:00 >2016-11-13T11:37:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/4z/4z6khk0nutn7nycr.gif" width="690" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From longer-than-expected lines to technological fumbles, voting polls in urban cities are typically a gnarly mess on Election Day &mdash; sometimes causing some voters to end up discouraged and skip out. In response to this <em>still</em>-too-common situation, the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/81052576/van-alen-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Van Alen Institute</a> launched the <a href="https://www.vanalen.org/projects/open-poll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Open Poll&rdquo;</a> flash competition, wherein&nbsp;interdisciplinary teams were invited to submit design proposals that create a more accessible, engaging voting experience for all.</p><p>The three finalist teams presented their proposals&nbsp;to the judges and the public got to watch and vote for their favorite entry.&nbsp;By the end of the one-day charrette, the winning team was announced. Have a look at the finalist entries below.</p><p><strong>Winner: &ldquo;Voting at Your Fingertips: A National Celebration of the Democratic Process&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong><br>Team: Racha Daher, Alexandra Gonzalez, and Elena Kapompasopoulou</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yc/ycdjvef01slp7xlh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9f/9fzsldul5ac3jhga.jpg"></p><p>Project description: &ldquo;The current voting process is inefficient, strenuous, wasteful, non-inclusive, and prone to human error. This proposal aims to change ...</p> 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/149974546/a-friend-in-deed-chicago-tribune-architecture-critic-blair-kamin-discusses-his-rocky-relationship-with-donald-trump-on-archinect-sessions-86 A Friend in Deed: Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin discusses his rocky relationship with Donald Trump, on Archinect Sessions #86 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-20T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-10-21T11:23:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ch/chu0eb7759n4dhv8.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>, has had a tempestuous relationship with Donald Trump for years. As a developer working in Chicago, Trump's buildings have been critiqued by Kamin, and as often happens when Trump is criticized, he does not shy away from firing back personal attacks&mdash;calling him "dopey" and "a lightweight" when <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114124536/old-guy-fight-tribune-s-blair-kamin-vs-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kamin decried the developer's decision</a> to slap a 20-foot-tall "TRUMP" sign on his downtown Chicago hotel. But instances like the "sign feud" aside, Kamin has also experienced <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149972698/blair-kamin-s-tempestuous-relationship-with-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump's kinder side</a>, and can attest to the complex (to say the least) personality of the business man both before and after his profoundly strange pivot onto the national political stage.&nbsp;</p><p>We invited Kamin on the podcast to discuss his relationship with the developer-candidate, how it's impacted his role as a critic, and how the 2016 campaign has invoked issues related to the built environment (or not).&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 86 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Session...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972637/koolhaas-speaks-at-the-gsd-architecture-is-clearly-dedicated-to-political-correctness Koolhaas speaks at the GSD: architecture is "clearly dedicated to political correctness" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-07T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T16:02:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7n/7ntanl91s9tuekw7.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I see architecture as almost a political work" [...] &ldquo;We are in a radically divided world&rdquo; in which &ldquo;architecture is not dealing with those political issues in a really sophisticated way,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I think that both the art world and the architecture world &hellip; [are] pretty intolerant in terms of engaging&rdquo; with political worlds beyond Western democracies."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent news from Rem and OMA:</p><ul><li><a title="OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149972488/oma-s-plans-for-axel-springer-building-officially-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released</a></li><li><a title="Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948804/watch-live-rem-koolhaas-is-moderating-a-12-hour-marathon-of-interviews-on-the-future-of-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe</a></li><li><a title="OMA's hyper Corb" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945882/oma-s-hyper-corb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's hyper Corb</a></li><li><a title="To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945845/to-thrive-post-zaha-koolhaas-says-zha-should-emulate-high-fashion-brands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands</a></li><li><a title='"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941747/the-first-major-architect-who-disconnected-the-profession-completely-from-angst-rem-on-bjarke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971970/housing-crises-aren-t-random-they-re-the-product-of-our-political-system Housing crises aren't random — they're the product of our political system Nicholas Korody 2016-10-04T13:18:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T00:17:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1f/1fwksg3la3hxz3rq.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Housing is under attack today. It is caught within a number of simultaneous social conflicts. Most immediately, there is a conflict between housing as lived, social space and housing as an instrument for profit-making &mdash; a conflict between housing as home and as real estate. More broadly, housing is the subject of contestation between different ideologies, economic interests, &amp; political projects. More broadly still, the housing crisis stems from the inequalities and antagonisms of class society.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the housing crises gripping almost every major city in the world, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968283/inside-the-failure-of-jerry-brown-s-plans-to-ease-california-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the failure of Jerry Brown's plans to ease California's housing crisis</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947731/to-live-in-london-you-can-t-be-a-londoner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To live in London you can't be a Londoner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969375/how-the-design-of-a-parliament-building-affects-the-politics-that-happen-inside How the design of a parliament building affects the politics that happen inside Nicholas Korody 2016-09-19T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T23:01:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ixhmzql4g1odx8s0.jpg" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past five years van der Vegt and Max Cohen de Lara, his partner at XML, have studied the halls of parliament of all 193 United Nations member states. In a new book, Parliament, the duo elegantly connects architecture to the political process. All 193 assembly halls fall into one of five organizational layouts: &ldquo;semicircle,&rdquo; &ldquo;horseshoe,&rdquo; &ldquo;opposing benches,&rdquo; &ldquo;circle,&rdquo; and &ldquo;classroom.&rdquo; And these layouts make a difference.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>If you can imagine how debating with someone seated beside you might feel different from arguing with someone standing at a pulpit, you can appreciate the impact.</em></p><p>For more on the intersections of the architectural and the political, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960427/looking-into-the-white-house-s-much-longer-history-of-slave-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking into the White House's &ldquo;much longer history&rdquo; of slave labor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956644/hillary-clinton-campaign-ad-highlights-architect-screwed-by-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton campaign ad highlights architect screwed by Trump</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938426/poland-to-remove-soviet-era-memorials" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poland to remove Soviet-era memorials</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934054/budapest-s-building-boom-draws-critics-of-hungarian-leader-s-edifice-complex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budapest's building boom draws critics of Hungarian leader's "edifice complex"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968283/inside-the-failure-of-jerry-brown-s-plans-to-ease-california-s-housing-crisis Inside the failure of Jerry Brown's plans to ease California's housing crisis Julia Ingalls 2016-09-13T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-17T00:37:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w1/w1lf5ik2625oohw6.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite introducing what seemed like excellent legislation to help increase the number of affordable housing units in developer-backed housing projects, California governor Jerry Brown's proposal caused so much multi-faceted angst it became political poison, primarily because it gently circumvented the traditional development process. This <a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-governor-housing-failure-20160912-snap-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> piece takes a look at what went wrong, noting that: &nbsp;</p><p><em>If developers pledged to set aside some&nbsp;units in their projects&nbsp;for low-income residents, the governor&rsquo;s proposed&nbsp;legislation would have eliminated some&nbsp;local hurdles to building,&nbsp;likely&nbsp;leading to a modest increase in construction.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Yet the proposal the governor unveiled in May&nbsp;represented a profound shakeup in how the development process would have worked in California. The measure&nbsp;challenged the primacy of local control over housing, inflamed powerful entrenched interests and was&nbsp;eyed warily by the very groups representing those the plan was supposed to help.</em></p><p>For more on California's...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963415/senator-tim-kaine-weighs-in-on-the-future-of-u-s-affordable-housing Senator Tim Kaine weighs in on the future of U.S. affordable housing Justine Testado 2016-08-15T18:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-16T13:58:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/twbo9mhv5zqw60ks.jpg" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Democratic [VP] candidate Senator Tim Kaine drew a bright line on Friday between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on a subject important to pretty much every voter: housing. While Americans say that housing is as important an issue as other priorities, so far the subject hasn&rsquo;t come up much during the campaign. That just changed....His editorial outlines the ways that a Clinton administration would work to make housing fairer and more affordable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A closer look at Sen. Tim Kaine's <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/12/opinions/affordable-housing-election-clinton-kaine/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion editorial</a>, wherein he briefly outlines the Clinton administration's plans on fairer housing laws.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962751/shoring-up-america-s-infrastructure-by-repatriating-money-stashed-overseas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoring up America's infrastructure by repatriating money stashed overseas</a></p><p><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></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946044/glitz-and-ego-the-architectural-legacy-of-donald-trump-the-developer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Glitz and ego" &ndash; the architectural legacy of Donald Trump, the developer</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962766/steve-from-virginia-attempts-to-scale-trump-tower-with-suction-cups "Steve from Virginia" attempts to scale Trump Tower with suction cups Nicholas Korody 2016-08-11T13:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T20:47:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4mf1k2r98d2umj6d.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A young man <a href="http://abc7ny.com/politics/watch-live-man-climbs-trump-tower-with-suction-cups/1464590/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">attempted</a> to scale the Trump Tower in New York using suction cups on Wednesday afternoon, creating a social media frenzy in the process. The NYPD attempted to wrangle the urban climber by following him atop window washers' scaffolding and removing entire windows &mdash; deconstructive policing, if you will. Yet the nimble man evaded their grasp for more than 2 1/2 hours, getting all the way to the 21st floor.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The man, nicknamed "Steve from Virginia" on&nbsp;Twitter, is apparently a fan of the presidential candidate. In a video manifesto posted on Youtube, he claimed that he's an "independent researcher" and the stunt was intended to get Trump's attention. Trump lives and works in the Tower, although he wasn't on the premises yesterday.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962340/design-a-wall-that-separates-trump-from-the-u-s-in-this-call-for-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design a wall that separates Trump from the U.S. in this call for ideas</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961829/donald-trump-usher-of-america-s-postindustrial-urban-blight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961325/donald-trump-is-architecture-s-nightmare-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960678/melania-trump-s-website-disappears-after-architecture-degree-claim-is-debunked" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melania Trump's website disappears after architecture degree clai...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962340/design-a-wall-that-separates-trump-from-the-u-s-in-this-call-for-ideas Design a wall that separates Trump from the U.S. in this call for ideas Justine Testado 2016-08-09T17:51:00-04:00 >2016-08-15T16:01:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/25qtxbkr8nygtpda.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid everything that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to recklessly spew, one of the milestones in his circus of a campaign is his apparent plans to build the U.S./Mexico border wall... Competition creator Reality Cues turns the tables in their newest installment: Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump. The objective is pretty straightforward: Design a wall that separates Mr. Trump from the rest of the U.S.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7c/7ctrvnew7wkl2mk8.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We want to ask questions more than produce answers,&rdquo; Reality Cues emphasizes in the brief.&nbsp;Curious? Learn more about their latest snarky competition&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5072/design-a-wall-separating-donald-trump-from-the-u-s-call-for-ideas-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961829/donald-trump-usher-of-america-s-postindustrial-urban-blight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961325/donald-trump-is-architecture-s-nightmare-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89295240/eco-porn-competition-results-expose-the-sassy-side-of-green-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961325/donald-trump-is-architecture-s-nightmare-client Donald Trump is architecture's nightmare client Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T21:25:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/25joej9jifhf20kz.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Two weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump's daughter introduced him as a man who has overseen the construction of skyscrapers, thereby qualifying him to somehow take stead of the vastly more complex civic architecture of the United States. Never mind that Donald Trump doesn't necessarily <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956644/hillary-clinton-campaign-ad-highlights-architect-screwed-by-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pay the architects he hires</a>, making him less of an overseer and more of a cheap tyrant (with a terrible, reductive aesthetic sense, to boot). This tendency to inaccurately appropriate architecture is a theme within the Trump family&mdash;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958855/yeah-so-about-melania-trump-s-architecture-degree" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melania made up an entire degree</a>&mdash;but what Duo Dickinson notes over at <a href="http://commonedge.org/donald-trump-as-architectures-nightmare-client/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CommonEdge</a> is that Trump's blowhardism is counter to what architecture is: notably, an exchange of ideas, and a conversation about how best to implement those ideas. As Duo writes:</p><p><em>Agreement with the Donald is being right, anything else puts you in the other side of him&mdash;wrong and disqualified; not a great place for an architect if he&rsquo;s your client and radically divisive even in a ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960427/looking-into-the-white-house-s-much-longer-history-of-slave-labor Looking into the White House's “much longer history” of slave labor Justine Testado 2016-07-28T15:17:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:14:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kk/kkw4r2jnusb15ny2.jpg" width="537" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think it was a wonderful moment in American history. I thought what Michelle Obama was attempting to do was to draw that link to show that it isn't just what's going on in the White House now and isn't it great that there's a black family there, but there's a much longer history that needs to be appreciated... [It was] just grueling, grueling kind of work. And nobody was really willing ... to do it. So slave labor played a massive role in getting this city built.</p></em><br /><br /><p>During <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZNWYqDU948" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">her speech</a> at the DNC on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama alluded to the White House's history of slave labor during the 1790s. NPR interviews Clarence Lusane,&nbsp;chairperson of Howard University's political science department and author of &ldquo;The Black History of the White House&rdquo;, who gives his two cents on the historically significant topic.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123209093/the-secret-service-wants-to-build-a-fake-white-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68426243/what-the-white-house-looks-like-completely-gutted" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958855/yeah-so-about-melania-trump-s-architecture-degree" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yeah, so about Melania Trump's architecture degree...</a></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>