Archinect - News 2016-05-06T07:10:47-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle Alexander Walter 2016-04-18T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:07:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6gbbeia5sqq9cuga.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Infrastructure was once at the heart of American public policy. Works such as the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Hoover Dam, and the Interstate Highway System transformed the economy. Today, we spend significantly less, as a share of G.D.P., on infrastructure than we did fifty years ago [...] polls show that infrastructure spending is popular with a majority of voters across the income spectrum. Historically, it enjoyed bipartisan support from politicians, too. If it&rsquo;s so popular, why doesn&rsquo;t it happen?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148193818/reinstating-awe-in-america-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reinstating "awe" in America's infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935036/dc-in-grid-lock-after-unexpected-metro-shutdown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938426/poland-to-remove-soviet-era-memorials Poland to remove Soviet-era memorials Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T12:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:40:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zb/zbinidur9gw9srzs.jpg" width="514" height="699" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Polish government plans to demolish about 500 Soviet monuments throughout the country, head of the Institute of National Remembrance Lukasz Kaminsky said in an interview with online portal Onet.pl, the RBC news website reported Thursday. Kaminsky &mdash; whose institute is responsible for investigating crimes against the Polish nation &mdash; said that plans for the demolition of the monuments, would be sent to local authorities in the coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, the monuments will be relocated to museums where they can serve as a "witness of hard times."</p><p>Many Soviet war memorial have been vandalized and demolished in Poland, whose population views the Soviet role in the Second World War "with ambiguity or outright hostility."</p><p>Russians have reacted strongly to these moves in Poland. In their view, the Red Army liberated Poland from the Nazis.</p><p>For related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142590884/explore-warsaw-with-these-travel-tips-from-four-o-nine-co-founder-lukasz-kos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Explore Warsaw with these travel tips from Four O Nine co-founder Lukasz Kos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141442659/architecture-is-a-field-of-repression-daniel-libeskind-on-childhood-memories-trauma-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137438362/renderings-released-for-warsaw-s-new-museum-of-modern-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136344571/owen-hatherley-s-history-of-communist-architecture-remains-under-the-spell-of-socialism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley's history of communist architecture remains "under the spell of socialism"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934054/budapest-s-building-boom-draws-critics-of-hungarian-leader-s-edifice-complex Budapest's building boom draws critics of Hungarian leader's "edifice complex" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-10T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:24:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgiqyew5teuwwfls.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea, besides removing as many vestiges of Communist rule as possible, is to create a concrete expression of the nationalism [Hungary&rsquo;s prime minister, Viktor Orban's] governing party espouses. [...] &ldquo;These projects, when lumped together, probably constitute the biggest such concentrated architectural project in Budapest in 100 years,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;He is trying to take the existing city and put it back to the shape it had before 1944...The park is a victim of this whole political machinery.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about a couple of the controversial projects mentioned:</p><ul><li><a title="First glimpse: SANAA wins over Sn&oslash;hetta for Budapest's new National Gallery + Ludwig Museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142364483/first-glimpse-sanaa-wins-over-sn-hetta-for-budapest-s-new-national-gallery-ludwig-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First glimpse: SANAA wins over Sn&oslash;hetta for Budapest's new National Gallery + Ludwig Museum</a></li><li><a title="The fascinating DIY architecture of these Hungarian summer houses brings back childhood memories" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134566201/the-fascinating-diy-architecture-of-these-hungarian-summer-houses-brings-back-childhood-memories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The fascinating DIY architecture of these Hungarian summer houses brings back childhood memories</a></li><li><a title="Three winners, including Sou Fujimoto, are selected for the Liget Budapest museum competition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116678727/three-winners-including-sou-fujimoto-are-selected-for-the-liget-budapest-museum-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three winners, including Sou Fujimoto, are selected for the Liget Budapest museum competition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149370963/the-politics-behind-china-s-ban-on-weird-architecture The politics behind China's ban on "weird" architecture Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T19:38:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:04:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i5ta2svm6qo5go28.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...eye-catching edifices began as China&rsquo;s way of announcing its arrival as a powerful player on the world stage. Now, however, the Chinese government has changed course: It has officially declared this to be &ldquo;weird&rdquo; architecture that must be stopped. Chinese leaders have turned their backs on these structures, a shift that underscores China&rsquo;s new conception of itself and its ambitions for the future [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But the government&rsquo;s mandate explicitly addresses both the function&nbsp;and&nbsp;form of new buildings, and the planning imperative seems designed to&nbsp;go beyond&nbsp;improving the quality of life. The&nbsp;end of &ldquo;weird&rdquo; architecture ties in to the government&rsquo;s recent efforts to champion frugality, revive&nbsp;traditional values, and keep foreign ideas at bay&mdash;priorities that have assumed even greater importance in the midst of China&rsquo;s ongoing corruption crackdown and fears of an economic slowdown."</em></p><p>For more on China's turbulent relationship with contemporary architecture, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148433180/win-the-architectural-guide-china-a-handy-travel-book-of-the-country-s-architectural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Win the "Architectural Guide China", a handy travel book of the country's architectural history</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749081/photographer-captures-the-changing-face-of-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148423518/what-does-donald-trump-s-architecture-reveal-about-his-politics What does Donald Trump's architecture reveal about his politics? Julia Ingalls 2016-02-18T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-19T18:24:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/haqzak5knlwa4uer.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adorned with gold and marble, [the Trump Tower] looks like Saddam Hussein went on a shopping spree with Liberace. To make way for its construction, Mr Trump demolished the handsome Art Deco Bonwit Teller department store. He promised to donate its bas-relief carvings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art but it turned out they were too expensive to remove so they were smashed to pieces on site instead.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Loud, pushy, indifferent to anything but self-touted glamour: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135044747/before-donald-trump-s-beef-with-blair-kamin-he-tried-to-sue-the-chicago-tribune-over-a-drawing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump</a>'s politics and his buildings share a great deal in common. In this piece, The Financial Times' reigning design critic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95355057/a-global-property-trend-for-architecture-as-logo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edwin Heathcote</a> briefly touches on the repugnant qualities that the Donald's politics and his buildings share, noting that "Mr. Trump&rsquo;s buildings, unlike his father&rsquo;s, have failed to make any architectural contribution to the cities around them or address social needs. Instead they pop up like middle fingers disdaining their surroundings. They are less architecture than marketing, with the Trump sign the most important component."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r0/r0c6wwzzz3k33qpb.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For more coverage on the intersection between architecture and politics:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140946611/what-does-canada-s-new-prime-minister-mean-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does Canada's new Prime Minister mean for architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677947/david-adjaye-is-the-best-bet-for-the-obama-presidential-library-but-not-because-of-the-color-of-his-skin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye is the best bet for the Obama Presidential Library &ndash;&nbsp;but not because of the color of his skin</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145735758/tokyo-olympics-refusing-to-pay-zaha-hadid-for-work-on-the-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Olympics refusing to pay Zaha Hadid for work on the national stadium</a></li><li><a title="Old Guy Fight! Tribune&rsquo;s Blair Kamin vs. Donald Trump" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114124536/old-guy-fight-tribune-s-blair-kamin-vs-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Old Guy Fight! Tribune&rsquo;s Blair Kamin vs. Donald Trump</a></li><li><a title="Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bl...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141508400/venice-biennale-director-alejandro-aravena-our-challenge-must-be-to-go-beyond-architecture Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena: "Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture." Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T12:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:14:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9osf0cyyr01pzngc.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As architects, we are living at a time of shifting paradigms. [...] It&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so interested in how architects and urban planners engage with other fields &ndash; economics, security, the environment and so on. Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture and speak the languages of these other disciplines, before translating our discussions into formal design proposals. [...] Our ultimate focus is still on form, but what informs this has expanded dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just a few key takeaways from Alejandro Aravena's piece for <em>The Guardian</em>:</p><ul><li>"As curator of <em>Reporting From The Front</em>, I want to reverse the idea that the Biennale only deals with issues that are of interest to other architects. We have begun by identifying problems that every citizen can not only understand but actually has a say in: immigration, water, land capacity, waste and so on."</li><li>"Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, however, on the frontlines of the built environment there is a sense of vitality, because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key. We should never forget that design can be a very powerful tool in mobilising people to act."</li><li>"There are new actors in this story &ndash; not least those property developers who use buildings to chase huge profits. But we are interested in how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain: design as added value instead of an extra cost; architecture as a shortcut towards equality...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design Nicholas Korody 2015-11-05T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:49:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zwmon75xi07djkfz.jpg" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the issues of serving openly in the military and same-sex marriage now largely resolved, the fight for all-gender restrooms has emerged as the latest civil rights issue in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) community &mdash; particularly the &ldquo;T&rdquo; part. Schools and universities (...), museums (...), restaurants (...) and even the White House (...) are recasting the traditional men&rsquo;s/women&rsquo;s room, resulting in a dizzying range of (often creative) signage and vocabulary.</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/135725347/reporting-from-the-front-is-the-title-of-the-15th-venice-biennale-of-architecture "Reporting from the Front" is the title of the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-09-02T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T13:19:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cuqq0vidxq8egq1.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The President of la Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, accompanied by the curator of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Alejandro Aravena, met today at Ca&rsquo; Giustinian with the representatives of 48 Countries. The 15th Exhibition will take place from May 28th to November 27th 2016...in the Giardini and the Arsenale and in various other venues in Venice. The title chosen by Alejandro Aravena for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition is: REPORTING FROM THE FRONT</p></em><br /><br /><p>"There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people&rsquo;s quality of life," <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a>&nbsp;states in the announcement. "More and more people in the planet are in search for a decent place to live and the conditions to achieve it are becoming tougher and tougher by the hour. Any attempt to go beyond business as usual encounters huge resistance in the inertia of reality and any effort to tackle relevant issues has to overcome the increasing complexity of the world."&nbsp;</p><p>Employing a militaristic tone, Aravena is signalling an aggressive positioning for next year's Biennale, as well as a clear political stance. "Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, on the frontlines of the built environment, there is a sense of vitality because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key," he states.</p><p>The Chilean architect is know...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T11:52:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qj9k8qn1jvy6fmsj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Alaskans have informally called the mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131799131/le-corbusier-was-a-combination-of-blind-and-na-ve-about-all-politics “Le Corbusier was a combination of blind and naïve about all politics” Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-13T15:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T22:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jl/jl8rw32j75t1kiun.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s still a myth surrounding Le Corbusier, that he&rsquo;s the greatest architect of the 20th century, a generous man, a poet,&rdquo; [journalist Xavier] de Jarcy said. That vision, he added, is &ldquo;a great collective lie.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;He is someone who thought that reform, social change, could only be made by an authority.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why Le Corbusier is interesting, because of his own passions and the way he crosses the passions of the century.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the tug-of-war over Le Corbusier's politics and architectural ideology:</p><ul><li><a title='Pompidou responds to "fascist" Le Corbusier claims' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126481671/pompidou-responds-to-fascist-le-corbusier-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pompidou responds to "fascist" Le Corbusier claims</a></li><li><a title='Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745578/le-corbusier-militant-fascist-claims-overshadow-50th-death-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary</a></li><li><a title="Is Le Corbusier the real grandfather of hip-hop?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109178739/is-le-corbusier-the-real-grandfather-of-hip-hop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Le Corbusier the real grandfather of hip-hop?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127787413/buckminster-fuller-s-fbi-file-revealed Buckminster Fuller's FBI file revealed Alexander Walter 2015-05-22T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-24T03:36:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cb665d596af7dc921ed11d9775e5120.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In response to a freedom of information request I filed with the FBI in June of 2014, the agency has finally released 44 heavily redacted pages. Why would the FBI have a file on Bucky Fuller? Well, for one thing, he was a counterculture icon with unconventional ideas about resource allocation, environmental conservation, and globalization. And as we know, the FBI has historically been rather uncomfortable with counterculture icons.</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/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cf5514582f69a4b70cef5ff6eea99d4.jpg" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</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/124683566/edward-snowden-statue-secretly-installed-in-brooklyn-park-spoiler-alert-it-s-already-been-removed Edward Snowden statue secretly installed in Brooklyn park (Spoiler Alert: It's already been removed) Alexander Walter 2015-04-06T20:07:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:31:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6bf3e6e9a47cdcdab79808c0237a7eb.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dressed in reflective yellow construction gear while working under the cover of darkness early Monday, a small group of artists installed a tribute to NSA-leaker Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park. But it was gone by midday. The Snowden bust stood atop a column at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park, a site built to honor more than 11,000 American prisoners of war who died aboard British ships during the American Revolutionary War.</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/123209093/the-secret-service-wants-to-build-a-fake-white-house The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wzl1ohdm72ipib9.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Joseph P. Clancy, the director of the Secret Service, on Tuesday urged lawmakers to give him money to build a detailed replica of the White House to aid in training officers and agents to protect the real thing. Beltsville, about 20 miles from the real White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the location of a 500-acre Secret Service training site in the verdant terrain of southern Maryland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>File this one under <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120516/archinect-s-lexicon-duplitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>duplitecture </strong></a>(noun: an intentional, functioning copy of a pre-existing, and often familiar, piece of architecture).</p><p>After garnering criticism following a series of &ndash; erm &ndash; security lapses (here's a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/03/secret-service-disaster-timeline/387643/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timeline</a>), the Secret Service has requested $8 million to construct a duplicate White House in order to train their agents to better protect the real one (and its rather important occupants). According to Mr. Clancy, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to have a true replica of what the White House is so we can do a better job of this integrated training between our uniform division officers, our agents and our tactical teams."</p><p>No word on if the fake White House will offer <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/03/13/secret_service_alcohol_white_house_security_lapse_is_latest_evidence_of.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DUI classes</a>...</p><p>Incidentally, this isn't the first duplitecture White House. In their <a href="http://www.nextnature.net/tag/fake-for-real/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fake for Real</a> series,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nextnature.net/2008/01/fake-for-real-white-house/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextNature</a> posted about a replica version of the famous residence built by the Chinese entrepreneur Huang Qiaoling. Apparently, he wanted to be able meet business associates in the "Oval Office."</p><p>&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0f3o9udwbh3p99a.jpg"></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/119064095/special-interest-money-kills-nashville-s-amp-brt-aspirations Special interest money kills Nashville's "Amp" BRT aspirations Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T20:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T19:07:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a09cyuli2y83ylz4.jpg" width="514" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nashville&rsquo;s bid to build its first high-capacity transit line is dead, the Tennessean is reporting today. It&rsquo;s a victory for the Koch brothers-funded local chapter of Americans for Prosperity and a defeat for the city&rsquo;s near-term hopes of transitioning to less congested, more sustainable streets. The project, known as the Amp, called for a 7-mile busway linking growing East Nashville to downtown and parts of the city&rsquo;s west end.</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/113345533/for-the-sake-of-our-cities-it-s-time-to-make-town-planning-cool-again For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T08:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25dc452e6ea90306c9e3ce3b4f598649.jpg" width="514" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the cult of the star architect has soared over the decades and property developers have displaced bankers as the new super-rich, the figure of the local town planner has become comic shorthand for a certain kind of faceless, under-whelming dullard. [...] &ldquo;Planning has become unpopular, disconnected from the public and increasingly beholden to the developer rather than the people it is meant to serve.&rdquo;</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/112958645/how-transit-measures-fared-on-2014-midterm-ballots How Transit Measures Fared on 2014 Midterm Ballots Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T14:00:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e32822f88c6bad331947619f7b9f211.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the broadest level, it's fair to say that urban mobility didn't have the most encouraging day. In recent years, conservative transportation policy has been much more inclined to favor highways serving rural and outer suburban regions than alternative modes that boost balanced city networks [...] But at the city and county level, where most transit initiatives occur, the midterms yielded a number of big victories, in keeping with the general success of transit ballot measures in recent years.</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/111797399/obama-s-presidential-library-four-radical-visions-of-the-future-from-top-architects Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects Alexander Walter 2014-10-21T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:11:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/712f61acd201ca626a5b7f06fca33437.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Barack Obama still has two long years left to cement his legacy as something between &ldquo;yes we can&rdquo; and &ldquo;at least I tried&rdquo;. Regardless of how history remembers him, Obama will always represent a shift from the old guard, an idealistic starting point for what (and who) future presidents could be. For now, though, his official museum, his keeper of secrets: couldn&rsquo;t that still be a tangible change we can believe in? At least an architectural one?</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/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design Archinect 2014-10-03T18:56:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T11:06:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/woz420y6jraqv6y8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 10-to-1 vote by the National Capital Planning Commission represented a significant milestone for the tribute to the World War II general and 34th president, which has been stalled since 2011. The vote allows the Eisenhower Memorial Commission to take its new design to the Commission of Fine Arts, the other federal agency that must give a green light before construction can begin.</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/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>