Archinect - News 2014-04-24T18:50:17-04:00 Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T13:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T21:46:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="672" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> According to a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PeopleForBikes</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alliance for Biking &amp; Walking</a>, protected city bike lanes can actually encourage local business success. As trends show workers moving into U.S. cities (rather than out into suburbs), and businesses catering to a younger workforce that relies less on cars, cycling infrastructure has becomes integral to strengthening local businesses and encouraging long-term economic growth for the entire city.</p> <p> A lot of what delays cycling infrastructure is the presumption that it only benefits cyclists. It can be hard to justify to citizens who don't cycle that bike lanes and bike-share programs will benefit the city at large, and not just the "cyclist" demographic. But cities have begun to take notice of the positive change that cycling infrastructure can help bring to their local businesses, in very concrete ways.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The report focuses on statistics from cities with expanding networks of protected bike lanes: Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA;...</p> In Los Angeles, walking illegally is more than twice as expensive as parking illegally Archinect 2013-12-27T14:00:00-05:00 >2014-01-01T13:05:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles is cracking down on pedestrians who sneak across streets when the traffic signal says &ldquo;don&rsquo;t walk.&rdquo; But when you put a price on bad behavior, like being in a public street illegally, you see clearly what a city values. The cheapest parking ticket in Los Angeles (pdf) is $58, and the one most commonly issued for parking in a prohibited zone is $73. Jaywalking&mdash;the term of art for a pedestrian crossing against the light&mdash;will cost you $197.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> If you care about cities, return that new iPad Paul Petrunia 2012-03-15T17:20:00-04:00 >2012-10-11T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple is actually taking a site that is now parking lots and low-rise boxes and making it worse for the community. Yes, it will be iconic, assuming you think a building shaped like a whitewall motorcycle tire is iconic, but it will reduce current street connectivity, seal off potential walking routes and, as I wrote some time back, essentially turn its back on its community. With a parking garage designed to hold over ten thousand cars, by the way.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Kaid Benfield, staff member at the Natural Resources Defense Council, slams Apple on it's proposed new HQ in Cupertino.</p> <p> Before you run off to return your idevices, though, consider that the new Archinect iPhone app will be released shortly ;)</p> <p> Related:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's new headquarters lacks vision</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans for new Apple HQ, by Norman Foster, officially released</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Jobs Proposes Spaceship-Shaped Cupertino Campus</a><br> &nbsp;</li> </ul> Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces Archinect 2012-01-06T14:19:00-05:00 >2012-01-06T20:11:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One study says we&rsquo;ve built eight parking spots for every car in the country. Houston is said to have 30 of them per resident. In &ldquo;Rethinking a Lot,&rdquo; a new study of parking, due out in March, Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that &ldquo;in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect as Auto Designer: Le Corbusier's Minimum Car Paul Petrunia 2011-05-13T14:38:26-04:00 >2011-05-13T14:39:58-04:00 <img src="" width="190" height="193" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Voiture Minimum: Le Corbusier and the Automobile&rdquo; ($49.95) focuses on Le Corbusier&rsquo;s design for a &ldquo;minimum car,&rdquo; a two-seat, bare-bones people mover with a sheer, angled front. His design existed only in drawings during his lifetime, but became probably the most famous of all automobile designs contributed by architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG is dreamin' big with auto-piloted cars J. James R. 2011-04-21T23:01:00-04:00 >2012-09-19T19:41:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's a bug," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "that cars were invented before computers." So Ingels reimagines city streets and highways crowded with tight-packed, auto-piloted cars, taking up one-quarter of the road space and allowing for precision guidance alongside people and other vehicles -- all of which would together reboot the city's streets as vibrant public spaces. A smart transport grid, in essence, in parallel with the rise of smart energy grids.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In BIG's competition, entry for Audi's AUDI Urban Future Award, they call for a future city where driverless cars give the streets more plasticity by removing the need for barriers and other concrete-like features by utilizing the relatively new concept of swarm theory. Objects, from people to trees to other cars, interact with one another to relay the best possible path.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> BIG hypothesizes that speed increases the necessary surface area a car occupies and remedying that with cars precisely controlled in compact clusters. It also addresses the possibility of eliminating many of the traffic control devices such as stoplights and interchanges as traffic can be instantly reorganized to flow through intersections without stopping.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> In addition to traffic control and the reduction of fatalities cause by automobiles, BIG points out that a big accommodation made by the public with regards to automobiles is the widening of roadways to lessen the burden faced by noise pollution. Bus...</p>