Archinect - News 2015-08-28T18:26:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/134729252/melbourne-is-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fifth-consecutive-year Melbourne is world’s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:23:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qd29h4nmycap13z.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In any event, it's as you were for the "haves" at the top of list, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015. [...] these cities have "relatively few challenges to living standards," and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate. Unsurprisingly, Damascus remains the least livable city, with Syria embroiled in a bloody civil war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other articles related to <em>liveability</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134719585/think-you-live-in-a-nice-county-find-out-where-it-stands-on-the-nationwide-natural-amenities-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131568968/heizer-s-city-now-part-of-national-monument-thanks-to-potus Heizer's "City" now part of national monument, thanks to POTUS Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-10T15:23:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T12:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw83j30bb002vcoy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using his authority under the Antiquities Act, the president created a protected area spanning roughly 704,000 acres in central Nevada&rsquo;s Basin and Range, as well as smaller ones in California&rsquo;s&nbsp;Berryessa Snow Mountain and Texas&rsquo;&nbsp;Waco Mammoth. [...] Broadly supported by environmentalists, [Basin and Range] is also home to a major earthen sculpture, &ldquo;City&rdquo; which the artist Michael Heizer has worked to create over nearly half a century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>All in all, these new monuments cover more land than the state of Rhode Island, adding significant mileage to Obama's public lands legacy. The Basin and Range (Nevada), Berryessa Snow Mountain (California) and Waco Mammoth (Texas) monuments cover lands that are either completely or mostly undeveloped, and their now-protected status will prohibit mining and energy leasing.</p><p>The designation also encompasses Michael Heizer's "City", the massive land-art project now in the final stage of its creation, located in Garden Valley, Nevada. "City" was an integral part of a public preservation campaign aimed at getting President Obama to act on the area. Heizer will reportedly attend the White House ceremony when the President will sign the monument proclamations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1dff2dcc9d10420562ad1981a87c1884.jpg"></p><p>Also now off the table are talks of a possible rail corridor through the Basin and Range area, chiefly for shipping nuclear waste to the nearby Yucca Mountain repository.</p><p>For more on the history of Heizer's&nbsp;"City":</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123293427/protectcity-campaign-launched-in-support-of-michael-heizer-s-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ProtectCity campaign l...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129884314/istanbul-s-introverted-megaspaces Istanbul’s introverted megaspaces Alexander Walter 2015-06-18T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17bb49407809c458bbbe9705edc894c9.jpg" width="514" height="204" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new typology of XL-architecture is emerging in Istanbul, negating the urban context. These &lsquo;Citadels-on-Steroids&rsquo; rapidly encroach on the city&rsquo;s urban fabric. [...] This might very well be the future of all cities. As city walls and state boundaries erode under late capitalism, the walls are only rebuilt at a smaller scale to maintain immunity from the chaos outside.</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/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index New York & London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T14:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5yxcyxv5xetp1q4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York and London remain the world&rsquo;s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities 2015 [...]. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation. Other cities ranking at the top of the Global Cities Outlook include London (#2), Boston (#3), New York (#4), and Zurich (#5).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmthe53mzemffmja.jpg"></p><p>For lovers of city rankings:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List</a></li></ul><p>For skeptics:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/05/the-top-6-reasons-to-be-wary-of-city-rankings/393686/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126435207/future-cities-of-the-past Future cities of the past Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:17:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58f7a7cadfe54f27fa968e49e9d2a21a.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But supplementing that aesthetic of &ldquo;the future&rdquo; sketched in imaginary edifice, the full SF vision of the future city is a mosaic, constructed from fragments of the cities that we recognize, including symbols that are decidedly from the past. [...] If SF functions by taking the world we know and altering it with a constructed future fantasy, the Statue of Liberty serves as the junction point, the axis where the speculative fantasy begins and ends.</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/118967683/the-calvert-journal-asks-experts-how-to-fix-moscow The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cu5zfv5r685gap6g.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</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/118901374/mapping-the-city-maps-through-the-eyes-of-street-artists Mapping the City: maps through the eyes of street artists Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T17:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:26:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4hlswys1ear0f2l6.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Street artists are showing how they&rsquo;d map cities differently in a new show that lets visitors step into their clandestine worlds. [...] Mapping the City, an exhibition of the responses by 50 international street artists to being asked to map their cities &ldquo;through subjective surveying rather than objective ordinance&rdquo;. Conventional cartography this is not.</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/118811331/seeking-identity-through-city-fonts Seeking identity through city fonts Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:17:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e3102bbf699e9632df70e2284917a74.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Decimated by manufacturing losses, some smaller cities are turning for help to an unlikely group of people: typeface designers. Can new fonts really breathe life into the postindustrial city? [...] Type has a lot of effect on the atmosphere of a place, he says, calling it &ldquo;the voice of the city&rdquo;: &ldquo;I think cities that don&rsquo;t have this very dynamic energy, they don&rsquo;t feel the need to change their identity.&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/115805685/50-years-of-gentrification-will-all-our-cities-turn-into-deathly-canberra 50 years of gentrification: will all our cities turn into 'deathly' Canberra? Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T09:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f5e5590afc12f6d79732487d759377f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economist Intelligence Unit puts Melbourne in first place, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide and Calgary. There is never any mention, on any list, of London or New York, Paris or Hong Kong. There are no liveable cities where you might actually want to live. [...] Liveability, it seems, is defined by a total absence of risk or chance, pleasure or surprise. It is an index of comfort, a guide to places where you can go safe in the knowledge you&rsquo;ll never be far from a Starbucks.</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/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable? Alexander Walter 2014-12-09T15:24:00-05:00 >2015-08-21T03:22:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/33ab875049604cf10aefdf6d08d2da81.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ahead of a special Guardian Cities event, the renowned urban &lsquo;rethinker&rsquo; says cities should be six or seven storeys high, Helsinki is on the verge of revolution, and that he&rsquo;s sceptical of London&rsquo;s cycle superhighway plans [...] Practice partner S&oslash;holt puts forward one way of improving a city&rsquo;s liveability: &ldquo;Mix the city and assemble the people rather than dispersing them.&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/115038324/building-an-identity-immigration-and-architecture-in-southern-california Building an identity: Immigration and architecture in Southern California Alexander Walter 2014-12-02T14:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:06:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb3481550741ad98df2389c5c3976d5d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks at L.A., he sees the city shaped by immigrants. Landmark buildings in Koreatown that adapt and evolve with a new generation. Houses in Arcadia that allow Chinese homeowners a proud, conspicuous place in a new country. Street life across the region that takes its cue from the way Latino neighborhoods blur the line between public and private.</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/114119713/11-futuristic-ways-to-improve-our-cities-from-robotic-rats-to-talking-trash-cans 11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T15:42:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T17:23:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a6771e79d4f1ae48503319eedc35c63.jpg" width="514" height="743" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Hall. It's traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession and smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities are now more Boston Dynamics than Boss Tweed. Soon the pols will be promising sensor-driven pots that cook the chicken for you, just the way you like it.</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/109564767/china-s-pearl-river-delta-tying-11-cities-into-a-megaregion China's Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f72fefa7434bfe273756d1a5d9a1a545.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, on China&rsquo;s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) is turning fiction into fact (sans the harsh lawman), with 11 cities linking to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million. The nine cities of the PRD, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, are becoming increasingly linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, roads, and high-speed rail networks.</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/108251982/the-soviet-city-is-dead-long-live-beijing The Soviet city is dead: long live Beijing Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ac9c7658d14f0c9ad7975ff5d63838e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture theorist Jacob Dreyer explains how the Stalinist model of urbanism &ndash; a centrally planned component within a national economic unity &ndash; is thriving in modern China</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/107409072/ghost-town-searching-for-remnants-of-russia-in-the-chinese-city-of-harbin Ghost town: searching for remnants of Russia in the Chinese city of Harbin Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T15:17:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2b3811d6ad5d317acca440b9a67782d.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not rare for a civilisation to abruptly falter, give way and fold into a new one. This insight seems obvious in the territories of the former Soviet Union &mdash; a universe transformed into a memory overnight. [...] that a city turned ruin continues to be inhabited, that the collapsing buildings and boulevards stained by a thousand footsteps, after the apocalypse, host new forms of human life, new memories. Harbin, in the far north-east of China, used to be a very Russian metropolis.</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/107187789/can-urban-agriculture-work-on-a-commercial-scale Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale? Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:59:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e5c13ee5d8a8ac44a3912d78a61c36d.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eating food that&rsquo;s grown locally and sustainably is a fantastic and increasingly popular idea, but it&rsquo;s also expensive. Producers tend to drown under marketing and distribution costs, and struggle to find retail channels for their products. To assume that urban farms can escape that trap because of their extreme proximity to consumers would be a mistake; getting food to consumers has proven a logistical nightmare for them as well.</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/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oma1fcgjzmghae6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105878677/reimagining-planning-in-the-urban-global-south Reimagining Planning in the Urban Global South Alexander Walter 2014-08-05T18:37:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T13:36:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3a0f3224d644b6d1249fd1b513e6aab5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I asked myself the question: so what struck me about the process of thinking across boundaries and reimagining planning in the issues that we have been discussing in our celebration of DPU [The Bartlett Development Planning Unit]&rsquo;s 60th anniversary in this conference. At the risk of simplifying a complex and dynamic set of discussions, I want to make six points.</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/105864168/one-woman-s-quest-to-design-parking-lots-people-don-t-hate One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate Alexander Walter 2014-08-05T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a6eb198a752354de2c936c79e7afbb0.jpg" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This automated garage is ideal for dense urban areas, says Yoka, vice president of program development at the International Parking Institute, based in Alexandria, Virginia. A Philadelphia-area native and self-described "super parking nerd," her niche is sustainable parking, something that many people, upon first hearing the phrase, assume is a contradiction. But for a building designed to house cars, says Yoka, The Lift at Juniper Street is surprisingly green.</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/105787826/when-cities-become-science-where-does-art-fit-in When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T14:23:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64dc9080493585e8b7df595648695b22.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But, with all this push to quantize and characterize, there are dangers. Cities clearly are more than a new kind of physics problem. They are also creations of the human imagination and, as such, they live or die by the quality of the imagination we bring to them. Thats why no discussion of the health of cities can be complete without thinking about the role of art &mdash; public 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/104791712/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-3-exploring-the-underground IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 3: Exploring the Underground Sponsor 2014-07-30T20:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T20:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pu5bufxphi7oqy30.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105248978/what-urban-physics-could-tell-us-about-how-cities-work What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T14:43:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/771104930d61d39d18360c36f9ade9e3.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What does a city look like? If you&rsquo;re walking down the street, perhaps it looks like people and storefronts. Viewed from higher up, patterns begin to emerge: A three-dimensional grid of buildings divided by alleys, streets, and sidewalks, nearly flat in some places and scraping the sky in others. Pull back far enough, and the city starts to look like something else entirely: a cluster of molecules. At least, that&rsquo;s what it looks like to Franz-Josef Ulm, an engineering professor [...].</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/104790101/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-2-the-urban-metabolism IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 2: The Urban Metabolism Sponsor 2014-07-25T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T19:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rq683ir2b84tpqfu.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104720996/mapping-the-city-statistic-by-statistic Mapping the city, statistic by statistic Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab&rsquo;s &ldquo;You Are Here&rdquo; project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google&rsquo;s map directions services API.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Direct link to <a href="http://youarehere.cc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Are Here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104403828/cities-thrive-most-when-they-are-a-tangled-mess Cities thrive most when they are a tangled mess Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T14:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:30:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/765844b262d69dec78f9d235a09baf24.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city needs places of solace, calm, order and beauty &ndash; even prettiness. But prettiness and concealment are anaesthetic. The urban mind needs its regular confrontations with tangle, too, a bracing shock that places the world in perspective and informs us, without either warmth or rancour, that our lives are enmeshed in a vital mechanism. The city is a machine for teaching people to be city-dwellers: one made up of crushing cogs and steel.</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/103168525/a-tale-of-two-cities-mixing-the-urban-poor-into-a-rich-urban-life A Tale Of Two Cities: Mixing The Urban Poor Into A Rich Urban Life Alexander Walter 2014-07-01T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T13:20:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39cfe081e14ccf680bf5b2d56bcc6b74.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skyscrapers and shanties, gleaming malls and rundown markets, palatial houses and the piss-poor guys who build them: Those are the divides in cities like Mumbai, Nairobi and Manila. Rich and poor do not much mingle. But a movement is afoot to change that. It aims to integrate the poor into the urban bloodstream, instead of shunting them from sight. For this "inclusive cities" movement, urban renewal doesn't require razing slums and markets.</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/98843122/here-s-the-right-way-to-build-the-futuristic-cities-of-our-dreams Here’s the Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:34:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c45f4941fb2332dc291becf517c696c1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our technology-first approach has failed the city of the future. So-called &ldquo;smart cities,&rdquo; powered by technology, carry the promise of responding to the great pressures of our time, such as urban population growth, climate instability, and fiscal uncertainty. But by focusing on the cutting-edge technologies themselves and relying on private companies to move forward, we have lost sight of what we even want our cities to achieve with all that tech.</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/98842514/we-built-this-city-the-smartest-urban-crowdfunding-projects We built this city: the smartest urban crowdfunding projects Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T13:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/ts3au3ggn1k92qbo.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From pedestrian bridges to city centre waterslides, sculpture parks to public pianos, here are some of the smartest and wackiest crowdfunded projects for urban improvement</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/97028301/sjors-de-vries-on-next-level-city-making-in-the-netherlands Sjors De Vries On Next-Level City-Making In The Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T11:50:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd4d604fd21389e14a4666a723467a37.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sjors de Vries is a Dutch urban planner and founder of RUIMTEVOLK (&lsquo;Space People&rsquo;), a leading online discussion platform about planning and urbanism in the Netherlands. We spoke with him about the current state of planning in the Netherlands, the best ways to upscale cute and small initiatives to make them serious improvements to the city, about the power of online media in city-making and the role of their platform.</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>