Archinect - News 2014-07-28T22:35:07-04:00 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" 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> Mapping the city, statistic by statistic Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:08-04:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Are Here</a>.</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Preparing for China's urban billion Alexander Walter 2014-03-13T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T19:29:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Imagine close to the entire population of the U.S. picking up and moving somewhere else. That&rsquo;s the scale of China&rsquo;s urbanization campaign: 250 million farmers moving to the city over the next 15 years. [...] In Southwest China, the city of Chongqing is being used as a test case for transitioning rural Chinese to change their residency status to urban residents. The government is persuading millions of farmers there to move to the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps Alexander Walter 2014-03-03T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, we picture cities a little differently, with demography and photography. Cities live in Instagram, in patterns of light from space, in blueprints and visualizations and&mdash;most like Canaletto&rsquo;s civic landscapes&mdash;on Google Street View. Now, an artist in London has done some creative, comparative history, pairing Canaletto&rsquo;s Venice and London with contemporary depictions, as glimpsed by the Google van.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Walking City: Architecture + Evolution + Movement Alexander Walter 2014-02-11T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T16:01:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Referencing the utopian visions of 1960&rsquo;s architecture practice Archigram, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Author: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Universal Everything</a><br>Creative Director: Matt Pyke<br>Animation: Chris Perry<br>Sound:&nbsp;Simon Pyke</p> PLAYscapes Design Competition results Justine Testado 2013-10-07T20:25:00-04:00 >2013-10-09T22:24:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building Trust International recently announced the winners for their international PLAYscapes Design Competition. As the name states, PLAYscapes challenged participants to propose their ideas to transform neglected city spaces into interactive places of fun for local communities. More than 500 entrants participated, with many of their projects highlighting the use of sustainable materials and the importance of redevelopment and adaptive reuse in their local cityscapes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The competition-winning project, "Cape Town Gardens Skate Park" was designed by a multidisciplinary team from the City of Cape Town in South Africa. In the Student category, a team from Lusiada University of Lisbon - Faculty of Architecture and Arts won with their entry, "Bring a Pal and have fun."</p> Results of tur(i)ntogreen International Student Design Competition Alexander Walter 2013-02-12T14:09:00-05:00 >2013-02-13T18:24:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the tur(i)ntogreen international design competition were recently announced in Turin, Italy. Organized by the Research and Documentation Center in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries at the Politecnico di Torino, the competition had invited university students [...] to develop new multidisciplinary solutions for a sustainable and inclusive city reflecting on new forms of urban management and regeneration through agro - housing and urban - farming models.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MVRDV Builds “Porous City” Exhibition with LEGOs in Cannes Alexander Walter 2013-02-04T15:24:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:40:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you happen to be in the South of France this March, make sure to attend MIPIM&rsquo;s first edition of the Innovation Forum in Cannes, March 12-15th, where MVRDV and Delft-based innitiative The Why Factory (T?F) present the exhibition, Porous City &ndash; Open the Tower. The event is part of their ongoing research on the design of skyscrapers and the potential of porosity as a European approach to urban density.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Transiting Cities - Finalist Entry “Networked Ecologies: Rethinking Remediation” Alexander Walter 2013-01-11T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:18:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last fall, the international research project and design ideas competition, "Transiting Cities - Low Carbon Futures," had invited designers and academic institutions from various fields to envision new, innovative and alternative cities of the near future by defining opportunities for transition into low carbon, prosperous, and vibrant communities. One of the finalist entries [...] is the concept "Networked Ecologies: Rethinking Remediation" by Arizona-based team Studio One.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> POST+CAPITALIST CITY 2#Work - Winning Projects Alexander Walter 2012-11-12T15:31:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T18:06:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last month, we published the winners of the international ideas competition POST+CAPITALIST CITY, #1Shop. Today we are presenting the two winning projects of the competition's second edition, POST+CAPITALIST CITY, 2#Work, which called for proposals that re-imagine the concept of work, the way we produce, and a city with another system of working culture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> If you are interested in participating in the most current competition cycle of POST+CAPITALIST CITY, #3Live which launched last month, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a> for more details. Submissions for #3Live are due by January 15, 2013 (early birds registration: December 1, 2012), and the results will be announced in mid-February on <a href="" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways kaori walter 2012-09-13T16:12:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T19:38:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not that I'm disappointed in New York, not at all. I love walking Manhattan's grid system, but now that I've seen Armelle Caron's bottom-up version of Istanbul, all those crooked, lopsided, curvaceous streets, going off in so many directions, I can't help wondering, what would it be like to wander there? Would I be constantly lost? Would every turn be an adventure? Suddenly I can't help it. I want to go.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What exactly is Bluewater's secret? Nam Henderson 2012-08-10T15:32:00-04:00 >2012-08-10T15:32:46-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to its architect Eric Kuhne, head designer at the multinational firm CivicArts, Bluewater is "a city rather than a retail destination".</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the news that the enormous north Kent shopping mall, is planning an extension Owen Hatherly examines the mall and its environs to ascertain the secrets of Bluewater's success.</p> LA Light Alexander Walter 2012-04-25T16:58:00-04:00 >2012-04-30T09:11:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Stunning time-lapse video of Los Angeles at night that recently made it on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2012 Vimeo Awards</a> shortlist in the category 'Lyrical'.</p> <p> Here some more info from Colin Rich, maker of <em>LA Light</em>:</p> <p> <em>I sought out to capture the electric radiance of Los Angeles at night and paint a portrait of my city.</em></p> <p> <em>It took me 6 months of on and off shooting to finish this project.</em></p> <p> <em>Shooting time lapses is a labor of love and a study in patience.</em></p> <p> <em>This video is dedicated to the memory of my Grandmother. She spent most of her life bettering the lives of others and was exemplary of what humanity can be in its purest form.</em></p> <p> <em>Cinematography, direction, and editing by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colin Rich</a><br> Production Company: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pacific Star</a><br> Produced by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Ahmanson</a></em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> TED Prize Wish Revealed: The City 2.0 Alexander Walter 2012-03-01T16:05:00-05:00 >2012-03-02T21:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last December, the 2012 TED Prize winner was officially announced, and for the first time in the history of the prize, not just a single person but a collaborative idea was being awarded: the City 2.0. This week, with the TED2012: Full Spectrum conference happening right now in Long Beach, California, the TED Prize Wish - "One Wish to Change the World" - has now also been revealed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> And the Winner of the 2012 TED Prize is…City 2.0 Archinect 2011-12-07T15:06:01-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winner of the 2012 TED Prize has just been announced, and being awarded is not a single person, but - for the first time in the history of the prize - a collaborative idea: the City 2.0. TED Prize Director Amy Novogratz: "This year, we&rsquo;re challenging everyone in the TED Community to embrace radical collaboration on one of the most pressing issues we face: how to build sustainable, vibrant, working cities."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vertical Village Exhibition by MVRDV and The Why Factory Opens in Taipei Alexander Walter 2011-10-06T16:56:00-04:00 >2012-10-04T11:43:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, MVRDV, The Why Factory and the JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture opened the fourth edition of the exhibition series &ldquo;Museum of Tomorrow&rdquo; in Taipei. Under the title &ldquo;The Vertical Village&rdquo; the exhibition explores the rapid urban transformation in East Asia, the qualities of urban villages and the potential to realize this in a much denser, vertical way as a radical alternative to the identical block architecture with standard apartments and its consequences for the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Today is PARK(ing) Day 2011! Alexander Walter 2011-09-16T15:07:07-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Park(ing) Day is an international celebration of alternative street design, which started in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Now it's a worldwide phenomenon, and today New Yorkers will transform more than 30 boring parking spots into temporary parks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Last year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PARK(ing) Day</a> transformed 850 metered parking spots into temporary parks in 183 cities in 30 countries on 6 continents.</p> Comparison of other major cities that can fit inside LA Alexander Walter 2011-08-26T12:14:21-04:00 >2013-02-11T16:53:10-05:00 <p> Los Angeles has infamously been known for its urban sprawl. A recently released map makes it look like LA could easily swallow several major US cities inside its bloated city limits belly. See the map below and follow the subsequent discussion on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> Directly related: the exhibition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City</a> tries to tackle the homegrown problem, envision ways that could help Los Angeles lose some of the body fat and prepare for a brighter future. Rethink LA is on display for one more week, until September 4, at the A+D Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> Venice CityVision Competition Announces Winners Alexander Walter 2011-07-20T17:40:05-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two winners, one special prize, and eleven honorable mentions have been announced in the Venice CityVision Competition. The international ideas competition routinely challenges architects, engineers, designers, students and creative individuals to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating and supporting the contemporary city, in this case Venice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jeffrey Deitch can't even please the neo-con's Javier Arbona 2011-04-25T12:46:38-04:00 >2011-04-25T12:49:16-04:00 <img src="" width="180" height="246" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Deitch&rsquo;s Disneyesque barrio gave New Yorkers who would never dream of getting off the subway north of 96th Street that delightful frisson of proximity to the underclass, just as the graffiti cult provides affluent viewers with the sense that they are in touch with authentic ghetto culture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here is a totally hilarious, angry finger-wag from the libertarian/neo-con City Journal. It calls out the "petite" Jeffrey Deitch and LA's Museum of Contemporary Art because, apparently, ensconcing graffiti *<em>within</em>* the museum walls is not enough for the author as a containment of the "vandalism." The cranky author calls out Deitch, MOCA, and graf artists on their "hypocrisy," but why complain? They're doing exactly what she wants! (And by the way, she calls Obey artist Shepard Fairey Jeffrey Deitch's "poodle.") [Via @a_small_lab] Radical Graffiti Chic by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Spring 2011</p>