Archinect - News 2014-09-22T18:15:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106485841/eisenhower-memorial-politics-as-usual Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T15:16:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/74auc5dbv45rxc11.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Regardless, there are two paths forward. One is to scrap the project and start over with an open public competition, which would cost around $17&thinsp;million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The other is to push forward with the existing plan to finalize the memorial design and begin breaking ground. We favor the latter. [...] And the current design is nowhere near a &ldquo;monstrosity,&rdquo; as some have called it; it is a novel take on memorialization [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104941218/london-mayor-boris-johnson-nimbies-pretend-to-care-about-architecture-to-block-developments London Mayor Boris Johnson: Nimbies pretend to care about architecture to block developments Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:33:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e568b365da8a08ef58ba34730c1953a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Homeowners who "pretend" to care about architecture are "nimbies in disguise" who in reality want to block any development in their local area, Boris Johnson has said. In a scathing assessment, the Mayor of London said homeowners are dishonestly claiming they care about new homes being affordable or well-designed, in fact they simply oppose new developments entirely. Mr Johnson has promised to increase house-building in the capital, and wants to see 45,000 new homes by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92764874/boris-johnson-s-abuse-of-planning-power-is-an-assault-on-democracy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson's abuse of planning power is an assault on democracy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104246958/obama-to-push-for-infrastructure-funding Obama to push for infrastructure funding Nicholas Korody 2014-07-15T16:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:02:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ob/obgu6369p9iny2je.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Obama has proposed a $302 billion, four-year transportation spending plan that is paid in part by closing corporate tax loopholes [...] The White House maintains that 65% of U.S. roads are rated in less than good condition, 25% of bridges require significant repair or can't handle today's traffic, and 45% of Americans lack access to transit.</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/104191513/thousands-of-palestinians-flee-northern-gaza-as-israel-continues-its-bombardment Thousands of Palestinians Flee Northern Gaza as Israel Continues its Bombardment Nicholas Korody 2014-07-14T20:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kpmk97hq45v9e2fv.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Several thousand Palestinians, defying the urging of Hamas to remain in their homes, fled areas in northern Gaza early Sunday after Israel warned them through fliers and phone calls of major attacks to come.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thousands of Palestinians, heeding the warning pamphlets dropped by Israeli jets, are fleeing from Northern Gaza. Many are crowding inside United Nations-run schools. As the death toll rises &ndash; entirely on the Palestinian side &ndash; <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/israel-mull-egypt-ceasefire-plan-gaza-201471421821695304.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a potential cease-fire agreement developed by Egypt will be debated in the Israeli Parliament.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>During prior Israeli invasions of Gaza, the toll on the infrastructure of the small region was significant. Israel intentionally targets infrastructure that it understands to support Hamas. Unfortunately, it is often civilians who are both the main casualties and who must suffer in a <a href="https://afsc.org/story/overcrowded-gaza-strip-displaced-refugees-yearn-return-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">devastated, overpopulated urban ar</a><a href="http://afsc.org/story/overcrowded-gaza-strip-displaced-refugees-yearn-return-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ea</a>. And according to the Washington Post, in the recent attacks,<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/07/09/this-is-life-in-gaza-right-now/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"most of the Gazans killed so far have died in their homes."</a></p><p>The frequency and totality of Israeli attacks on Gaza &ndash; coupled with the ongoing economic blockade &ndash; leave little hope that their will be stability or normalcy for Gazans&nbsp;in the near future. Fundamentally, the devastated infrastruc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103936244/miami-the-great-world-city-is-drowning-while-the-powers-that-be-look-away Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away Alexander Walter 2014-07-11T13:11:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:59:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a5cc05d2bd5875dcf39f3d33f9ef447.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers.</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/103260143/the-mound-of-vend-me-digs-up-paris-dirty-revolutionary-past "The Mound of Vendôme" digs up Paris' dirty revolutionary past Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-02T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-03T12:22:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kp5w607d10fdwq3v.jpg" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Situating&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cca.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/2418-the-mound-of-vendome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Mound of Vend&ocirc;me</strong></a>,&nbsp;the current exhibition on view at the <a href="http://www.cca.qc.ca/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Centre for Architecture</a>, requires looking back into Paris' history after the French Revolution. For a tumultuous two months in 1871, the city was under the control of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Commune#The_destruction_of_the_Place_Vend.C3.B4me_Column" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Commune de Paris</a>, a socialist revolutionary government.&nbsp;Their distaste for imperialistic brute force and Bonapartism led to their demolition of the Place&nbsp;Vend&ocirc;me Column,&nbsp;a monumental column celebrating Napoleon's military victories -- and so on May 16, 1871, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vend%C3%B4me_Column#The_Vend.C3.B4me_Column" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Column was felled</a>, and the statue of Napoleon from the Column's peak melted down for coins. After the Commune was ousted, the Column was rebuilt in 1874, topped by a copy of the original Napoleon statue.</p><p>To control the Column's fall and protect surrounding buildings, Communards piled a large mound of&nbsp;sand, straw, branches, and manure&nbsp;at its base, a large architectural intervention that completely disrupted the Column's imposing icon. These days, however, all traces of these events...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102721159/hok-unveils-obama-presidential-library-proposal HOK Unveils Obama Presidential Library Proposal Archinect 2014-06-25T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:11:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aaz6m3yx0pw3e9d.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>HOK has just unveiled its design for the Obama Presidential Library. Although several institutions in Chicago have submitted their own bids for the new museum and library, the global architecture and engineering office states that it submitted this design in coordination with the Museum Campus Foundation, which is an organization comprised of a number of community groups located in Bronzeville.</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/102627845/india-s-prime-minister-promising-to-make-old-cities-smart India's prime minister promising to make old cities "smart" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-24T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:25:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0wvy8p5x9yc1f5ve.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Old Indian cities like Varanasi, Amritsar, Kolkata and even Delhi, could be in for a facelift over the next few years with the Narendra Modi government planning to develop modern satellite towns around these cities under the 100 Smart City programme, while upgrading the decaying infrastructure of the old towns. [...] All new cities will have integrated transport &mdash; modern bus systems, trams, metro rail and bicycle tracks &mdash; aided by satellite mapping, garbage disposal and solid waste management.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Before becoming India's prime minister and promising to make cities smart, Narendra Modi's campaign was focused on a slightly less lofty goal: "toilets before temples":<br><br>The BJP leader is quite right to declare that India&nbsp;should spend less money on devotion and more on sanitation. According to 2011 census data, nearly half of households have no access to a toilet, forcing inhabitants to defecate in the open. More Indians own a mobile phone than a lavatory of their own. Poor hygiene, not lack of food, is the main reason that 40 per cent of children are malnourished. Much of Mr Modi&rsquo;s appeal, which has swept through India like a brush fire, lies in his promise to conjure the growth that will eradicate such dire conditions and set his supporters on the road to a middle-class life.</p><p>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bab8489c-da92-11e3-8273-00144feabdc0.html#axzz35ZkHbnzp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>David Pilling for the Financial Times</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101780190/chicago-mayor-blasts-trump-sign-as-tasteless Chicago Mayor blasts Trump sign as 'tasteless' Paul Petrunia 2014-06-13T12:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-14T12:39:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yuflij7fgk2uayzo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel belatedly jumped into the fray after a public campaign against the sign on Chicago's second-tallest building spearheaded by the Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin. &ldquo;Mayor Emanuel believes this is an architecturally tasteful building scarred by an architecturally tasteless sign,&rdquo; Kelley Quinn, the mayor&rsquo;s newly-appointed communications director, said in an emailed statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Trump responds in his typical classy style...</p><p><em>Before I bought the site, the Sun Times had the biggest, ugliest sign Chicago has ever seen. Mine is magnificent and popular.</em></p><p><em>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/statuses/477121438994804736" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">June 12, 2014</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100121237/chilean-artist-steals-and-destroys-500-million-worth-of-student-debt-papers Chilean artist steals and destroys $500 million worth of student debt papers Archinect 2014-05-20T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-05-21T18:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6uhon0labtirnamh.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late last week, Chilean police arrived at Santiago&rsquo;s Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral and removed a white bin of gray ash &mdash; allegedly all that remained of $500 million worth of student debt notes. In the video, which went viral last week in Chile, Papas Fritas confessed he had recently stolen the documents from the for-profit Universidad del Mar. Then he set them ablaze in a defiant, brazen act of art.</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/99373514/foster-s-plans-for-the-nyc-public-library-is-shelved Foster's plans for the NYC Public Library is shelved Archinect 2014-05-07T18:17:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:23:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vl/vl9cwhx6pagqce94.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Several factors contributed to the library&rsquo;s decision: a study that showed the cost of renovating the 42d Street building to be more than expected (the project had originally been estimated at about $300 million); a change in city government; and input from the public, several trustees said. (Four lawsuits have been filed against the project.)</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;Obviously I respect the decision of the trustees and whoever&rsquo;s been involved in the decision,&rdquo; Mr. Foster said. &ldquo;If I have any kind of sadness on the thing &mdash; besides obviously not having the project going ahead and having spent a huge amount of passion on the project with colleagues &mdash; it is that the proposals have never been revealed, and there hasn&rsquo;t really been a debate by those involved, including those who would have benefitted from an inclusive approach to the library.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98970581/weapons-bribes-and-dictators-where-architects-draw-the-line Weapons, Bribes, And Dictators: Where Architects Draw The Line Archinect 2014-04-30T18:57:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:59:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2eaaaab6c3c2b759f64602b8b34da3c3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid says it's not her job to pay attention to how many migrant workers die in the construction of her World Cup stadium. We asked four top architects--Bjarke Ingels, Liz Diller, Clive Wilkinson, and Curtis Fentress--how morality fits into the process of accepting or rejecting a commission.</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/98513147/philip-johnson-was-a-nazi-propagandist Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist Archinect 2014-04-22T21:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9642eec233e55a9dfbdc2367a5c2927.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Johnson was a terrible, hateful human being. And he wasn't just some casual Nazi sympathizer whispering, "maybe Hitler has some good ideas" in shadowy bars, either. He actively campaigned for Nazi causes in the U.S. and around the world. Johnson visited Germany in the 1930s at the invitation of the government's Propaganda Ministry. He wrote numerous articles for far right publications. He started a fascist organization called the Gray Shirts in the United States...</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/98036137/china-censors-sci-fi-film-about-hong-kong-s-political-and-social-anxieties China censors sci-fi film about Hong Kong's political and social anxieties Justine Testado 2014-04-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T17:03:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qdvc6ivj0vjth6ul.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The video reveals Hong Kongers&rsquo; anxieties over political and social issues, such as their increasingly crowded and materialist city and the growing numbers of mainlanders since the city's transfer from the United Kingdom to China in 1997. It sends the opposite message of a very common view among mainlanders, that without China's economic support, Hong Kong would have been dead long ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed After 33 Years" is a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video by local film studio G.V.A Creative. Set in present-day Hong Kong, the city has become the target of an approaching meteor expected to hit in 2047 -- the year when the Special Administrative Region of China ceases to have separate laws from mainland China. As nearly two-thirds of the population abandons the city, the city is reborn despite its doom.</p><p>You can watch the entire film below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97733475/russian-pavilion-commissioner-for-venice-biennale-fired-for-criticizing-putin Russian pavilion commissioner for Venice Biennale fired for criticizing Putin Archinect 2014-04-10T17:58:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T17:59:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vc6nl1e1a7fovr38.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grigory Revzin, a respected architecture critic, has been fired as the commissioner of the Russian pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (7 June-23 November). Writing on Facebook on Monday, Revzin speculated that the cause was his vocal criticism of Russia&rsquo;s annexation of Crimea. In a statement posted on its website, the culture ministry said on Tuesday that he was fired due to his &ldquo;extremely active&rdquo; public positions.</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/96962248/gsapp-lecture-addresses-architecture-s-role-in-new-democratic-systems GSAPP Lecture Addresses Architecture's Role in New Democratic Systems Ayesha Ghosh 2014-03-31T18:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T20:59:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxow6bbdpa40xgbd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>GSAPP continued its spring lecture series&nbsp;last Thursday night&nbsp;with the Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe. The talk provided a brief interlude away from pure architecture and explored Mouffe&rsquo;s theories on counter-hegemonic radicalization of democracy by the multitude through agonistic pluralism. Considering the entire lecture was as dense as the previous statement, Mouffe began with a much-needed summary of post-modern political philosophers ranging from Negri to Virno. She pointed out how they all advocated a general strategy of withdrawal, using exodus from established hegemonies as a form of political action. While Mouffe didn&rsquo;t directly address the architect&rsquo;s role within this paradigm, she noted how artists with political intentions abandon traditional institutions (museums, galleries, etc) to instill their work with radical meaning.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xx/xxa3zhw4qxlcqttu.jpg"></p><p>Mouffe formulated her lecture to bring up two essential points to her theories of agonistic pluralism, the first elucidating how withdraw...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95485007/architects-laud-introduction-of-bipartisan-national-design-services-act-as-way-to-cut-spiraling-student-loan-debt Architects Laud Introduction of Bipartisan National Design Services Act As Way to Cut Spiraling Student Loan Debt Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:37:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/nyzf3hpyr490kawm.jpg" width="514" height="192" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others &ndash; in return for community service.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Indeed, enthusiasm for such legislation knows no bounds on the campuses of architecture schools and elsewhere among the emerging professionals community. One young architect, Evan Litvin of Philadelphia, has launched an online petition that enlists the support of architects nationwide for speedy passage of the NDSA. The link to that petition can be found <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/members-of-congress-support-the-national-design-services-act-ndsa?utm_source=supporter_message&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=supporter_message" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94418286/new-whitehouse-gov-petition-urges-to-utilize-open-architectural-competitions-for-the-design-of-federal-buildings New whitehouse.gov petition urges to utilize open architectural competitions for the design of Federal buildings Alexander Walter 2014-02-26T13:13:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:00:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fcvtr6a5jvlwvrd6.jpg" width="514" height="102" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>43 signatures down, only 99,957 more to go&nbsp;&mdash; Archinect senior contributor <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2000557/john-jourden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Jourden</a> brought to our attention a new <a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/award-design-new-federal-building-projects-utilizing-open-architectural-competitions/H0yPFV5t" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online petition at whitehouse.gov</a>, which urges the administration to award the design of new Federal building projects utilizing open architectural competitions.</p><p>The initiative has now until March 26 to reach its goal of 100,000 signatures to be considered for an earnest review.</p><p>Here's the petition text in full:</p><p>"The United States offers the best architectural education available in the world but has not engaged its young designer base in creating the vision for the future of America's built environment. American architecture programs as a leader in design education, technological innovation, and sustainability attracts students from all over the world yet the United States does not invite any input from its young designer base as is commonly done in many European countries. Young American designers truly represent an untapped resource for a new vision of the United Sta...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93887707/egypt-s-street-artists-now-risk-even-more Egypt’s street artists now risk even more Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:22:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f40720af11b79ac218146900413469f.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As more journalists are being arrested in Egypt, artists are under threat as well. [...] Political slogans and portraits of people who have died since the January 25 revolution are painted over by the government and replaced immediately by artists. The walls of Mohamed Mahmoud Street leading to Tahrir Square are layers of colorful murals over asymmetrical blotches of white paint. And despite its attempt to silence, the dictatorial white ironically makes a great primer for many of the artworks.</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/93502802/la-mayor-talks-urbanism-and-mass-transit-with-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-14T18:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T19:53:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hcw380ewv5k92mz.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last night on the bucolic hilltop campus of Occidental College, Los Angeles Mayor&nbsp;Eric Garcetti spoke with the Los Angeles <em>Times</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, about the state of L.A. urbanism. This broad topical platform positioned Hawthorne's interview not as a political interrogation, nor as a staged public appearance, but as a relaxed discourse for Garcetti to mention policy while riffing on the kind of place he believes L.A. is becoming. You can review Archinect's live-tweets of the event <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23oxyurbanism&amp;src=typd&amp;f=realtime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The discourse of L.A. urbanism is often bogged down by insufficient comparisons and false dichotomies -- sprawl vs. density, cyclists vs. drivers, liberals vs. libertarians, east vs. west, etc. -- that doggedly try to force the region into the conventions of other, completely incomparable cities. Early on, Hawthorne made clear that "Los Angeles" has to be thought of on the "regional scale", and shouldn't copy the developmental models of radically different cities. Garcetti ce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93082059/the-legacy-of-bloomberg-s-new-york-who-was-left-behind The Legacy of Bloomberg’s New York: Who Was Left Behind? Archinect 2014-02-07T17:11:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T10:24:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe21b799ef83c426c37d60455e9a5548.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Brash, the administration had a singular &ldquo;grand urban vision&rdquo;&mdash;one of New York as a competitive hub for international business deeply rooted in neoliberal ideals.With a radically different vision of the city than those of the working class, Professor Brash argued, many New Yorkers failed to fully benefit from the mayor&rsquo;s projects and in many instances were left behind.</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/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</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/90910949/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism-pt-2 Lessons from North Korean urbanism, pt. 2 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oh/oh1v72hlxhewfipu.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I foresee that major urban spaces of Pyongyang, such as Kim Il Sung Square, will be used as &ldquo;public&rdquo; space with a greater variety of urban activities, such as commercial activities and show events. [...] The last thing that may happen in North Korea, or the thing that should not happen in some sense, is the Chinese model. Considering the scale of the economy and the potential of the North Korean market compared to China, it is hard to picture radical and massive urban development in Pyongyang.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Part two of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90763575/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NK News</em>' interview with Dongwoo Yim</a> pushes the discussion of North Korean urbanism into the future, comparing potential development methods to those seen in China and South Korea. Focusing on capital Pyongyang, Yim proposes a "Bilbao effect" development strategy that is heavy on catalytic architecture, and soft on strategy -- Pyongyang has very strict development restrictions that keep it from expanding, and will not be remodeling its mass-demonstration public spaces anytime soon.</p> <p> Yim suggests that those spaces can be relevant in a post-dictatorship North Korea, and that they should be re-appropriated rather than razed for their history. How a hypothetical reunification with South Korea would look depends on how North Korean statehood is interpreted, as either autonomous or an infringement on South Korean land. But the prevailing lesson in Yim's interview is that Pyongyang is not going to be another Seoul, Guangzhou or Shenzhen, and will ultimately have to rely on it...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90674847/bridge-over-troubled-waters-open-letter-to-mayor-bill-de-blasio Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Open Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio Quilian Riano 2014-01-07T12:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T21:50:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hgu7og036jurn15l.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the money, municipalize the program, and make gorgeous, genuinely affordable housing your greatest legacy, building it where it's most needed? We can do it! -Michael Sorkin</p></em><br /><br /><p> Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio:</p> <p> Along with many other architects and urbanists, I'm looking forward to your taking office this month as mayor of New York City, and working to implement the theme of your campaign, the elimination of the increasingly radical disparities that underlie that &ldquo;tale of two cities&rdquo; you so frequently spoke about&mdash;a tale, increasingly, about two nations. While this program of social equity must operate in many spheres&mdash;from the creation of jobs to the provision of services, to the fight for environmental and social justice&mdash;planning the physical city in its growth and transformation is one of the most important powers of municipal government, one that the Bloomberg administration has deployed with stark effectiveness...</p> <p> Mayor de Blasio, your idea of a mandate for inclusionary zoning begins to address this crisis yet continues to depend on the tender mercies of private developers to actually produce the units. If you are going to tax them, why not collect the mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88596712/texas-to-require-architects-be-fingerprinted-starting-january-1st-2014 Texas to require architects be fingerprinted, starting January 1st, 2014 Archinect 2013-12-11T12:43:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T12:59:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dwssmw5oe3lprfx.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So what happens if an architect in good professional standing is revealed to have a minor crime on his record due to being fingerprinted? Could he lose his license, despite the quality of his work? The TBAE absolutely reserves that right.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The requirement applies not just to new applicants, but also to licensed architects seeking to have their registrations renewed. Violators face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in which they are not in compliance with the new law. Currently only one other state (Massachusetts) even runs criminal background checks on architects. Now Texas is upping the ante.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88517908/beijing-cracks-down-on-the-city-s-growing-population-of-unofficial-underground-residences Beijing cracks down on the city's growing population of unofficial underground residences Archinect 2013-12-10T12:08:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T12:08:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/cade7fe34ae75555ff803b6a97e172b0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because of Beijing&rsquo;s sky-high apartment rental costs, as many as two million people&mdash;about a tenth of the city&rsquo;s population&mdash;are said to be living below street level in underground storage basements and air-raid shelters partitioned into cramped, windowless rooms. Many of those who have to crowd into these homes are migrant workers like Wang, from the nearby province of Hebei.</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/87216976/ohio-looks-at-banning-leed Ohio Looks at Banning LEED Brian Henry 2013-11-23T12:37:00-05:00 >2013-12-12T03:12:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bult4gzc2npr4nv3.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[U]nlike some other states that have moved to ban the use of LEED in public projects this year, [...] the Ohio resolution, SCR 25, takes on LEED v4 directly, asserting that LEED v4 should no longer be used by Ohio state agencies and government entities and that the state's Office of Energy Services begin an immediate review of alternative rating systems, codes, and standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Citing LEED's failure to adhere to "recognized voluntary standard development procedures," such as ANSI, the <a href="http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/res.cfm?ID=130_SCR_25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resolution</a>&nbsp;makes a move to ban the use of LEED for its government buildings because of LEED's apparent lack of openness, transparency, and scientific basis in the development of its green building rating system standard. The USGBC has recently had to face similar challenges in other states including North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86857898/parametric-smackdown-patrik-schumacher-and-reinhold-martin-debate-at-calarts-conference Parametric smackdown: Patrik Schumacher and Reinhold Martin debate at CalArts conference Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-19T16:05:00-05:00 >2014-02-16T17:48:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73mlg5wsaxny7zuy.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> CalArts two-day symposium on &ldquo;The Politics of Parametricism&rdquo; opened last Friday with a conversation between Reinhold Martin, associate professor at Columbia University&rsquo;s GSAPP, and Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects. Their debate, while at times tending more towards dysfunctional improv theater than academic discussion, revolved around the relationship between architecture and politics -- generally speaking, Martin sees the two as indelibly linked, while Schumacher idealizes their explicit separation. Their debate didn&rsquo;t concern the visual aesthetics of parametric design, so much as argue about its utility in political systems.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vd/vdyx3jfi45n9tnzk.jpg" title=""><br><em>Patrik Schumacher</em></p> <p> As an event presented by CalArts&rsquo; MA Aesthetics &amp; Politics program, the Martin-Schumacher debate did not explicitly discuss individual architecture projects, but tended more on the side of critical architectural theory. To introduce their debate, both Martin and Schumacher presented papers on their approach to parametr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86368604/regarding-architecture-and-capitalism-and-design-as-a-political-act Regarding "Architecture and Capitalism" and Design as a Political Act Nam Henderson 2013-11-12T13:06:00-05:00 >2013-11-12T13:52:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bgats7rf5tagpupg.jpg" width="440" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I said that all design is a political act, I meant it both as a statement and as a question to provoke further discussion. Why is it important to state such a seemingly obvious point? Because architecture is not often discussed that way, especially in academia or in practice. I often go to reviews where students and faculty only discuss the formal aspects of projects, ignoring all social and political conditions produced by or enabling the work. - Quilian Riano</p></em><br /><br /><p> Last week, Ross Wolfe attended <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/40510660" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and/or Capitalism</a> an event hosted by Storefront for Art and Architecture's Architecture and posted a <a href="http://quaderns.coac.net/en/2013/11/architecture-and-capitalism/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">review </a>over at Quaderns. Mr. Wolfe, was particularly taken aback by Quilian Riano's statement that "<em>all architecture is political</em>&rdquo;.&nbsp;He also found the discussion wildly uneven and concluded "<br><em>What was more unsettling, in all probability, was the tacit recognition that the present impasse of architecture</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85516193/garcetti-calls-for-approval-of-l-a-river-project-during-d-c-trip Garcetti calls for approval of L.A. River project during D.C. trip Archinect 2013-11-01T11:38:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:14:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e020e84300a62a671238cb508328e40.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles officials are seeking to transform a stretch of the river between downtown and Griffith Park into a civic attraction offering recreational opportunities and restored habitat. With their congressional allies &mdash; Democratic Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey, Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles and Schiff &mdash; they are working to persuade the Army Corps to go with a $1.08-billion restoration project, with federal taxpayers and the city sharing equally in the costs.</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>