Archinect - News 2015-10-09T18:00:06-04:00 The beautiful stations of rail's golden age Nam Henderson 2015-09-25T11:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-25T11:35:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Destination Stations, brings together architectural models, drawings, paintings and fragments of the stations themselves, to tell the story of the railway station in Britain...It will be your first chance to see any of this material in an exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paul Kerley interviewed Ellen Tait about her exhibit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destination Stations</a>, on show at the National Railway Museum in York from 25 September 2015 until 24 January 2016.</p> Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains Justine Testado 2015-06-10T10:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T22:17:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chicago's highly anticipated elevated trail and park system known as The 606, otherwise referred to as the Bloomingdale Trail or the "Chicago High Line", finally celebrated its grand opening this past Saturday on the appropriate date of June 6 (6/06). The centerpiece of the $95 million project&nbsp;&mdash; which had its first phase designed by&nbsp;ARUP, Carol Ross Barney, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Burns &amp; McDonnell, and the Chicago Public Art Group &mdash; is a 2.7 mile elevated trail that replaces the defunct Bloomingdale rail line. The trail will connect the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square neighborhoods and six parks. And unlike similar linear-park projects, The 606 is open to pedestrians and cyclists to use as a new "transit corridor".</p><p>Prior to The 606, those communities were historically divided by the Bloomingdale railway and were in need of open green space. The newly opened trail is still looking fairly sparse at the moment, but later phases of the project include ...</p> U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p> Submit your Vision42 entries to transform Manhattan's 42nd Street – Registration due September 8 Archinect 2014-08-20T19:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T19:08:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You don't have to be a New Yorker to submit design ideas for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard in Manhattan's iconic 42nd Street: Open to all architects, planners, and urban designers, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision42 design competition</a> invites proposals from around the world to transform the street into a "world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram."</p><p>Registration ends September 8, 2014, and (digital) submissions for phase 1 are expected by October 1. And did we mention that $10,000 are waiting for the lucky winner as well as a feature in the <em>Architect's Newspaper</em> for the jury&rsquo;s top selected projects? Well, there you go.</p><p>From the competition brief:</p><p>"The first phase of the competition will be entirely digital, permitting applicants to submit their entries electronically, greatly expanding opportunities for participation globally. Upon selection of finalists by the jury, those selected shall prepare and send boards for the exhibition to a designated...</p> China to Extend Railroad Into India Through Tibet Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China plans to extend by 2020 a railroad on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal, according to a report in People&rsquo;s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party [...] The planned lengthening was criticized by Tibet advocates who said it would bring too many ethnic Han migrants to Lhasa and other Tibetan areas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Vision42 is now accepting proposals to repurpose NYC’s iconic 42nd Street Justine Testado 2014-07-02T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:05:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision42's Design International Competition</a> is inviting architects, planners, and urban designers worldwide to send their ideas for a river-to-river and auto-free light rail boulevard in New York City's 42nd Street.</p><p>To address the iconic street's heavy traffic and noise, Vision42 set up the competition to garner interest in their initiative and potentially repurpose 42nd Street into a pedestrian-friendly urban space. From there, they hope the competition will serve as a 21st-century model for a live/work urban environment and transportation hub.</p><p>More details below:</p><p>"The first phase of the competition will be entirely digital, permitting applicants to submit their entries electronically, greatly expanding opportunities for participation globally. Upon selection of finalists by the jury, those selected shall prepare and send boards for the exhibition to a designated address in New York City.</p><p>The winning design will be one that utilizes the potential of the boulevard to inspire New Yorkers...</p> The Abandoned Railway below Philadelphia Archinect 2014-05-27T13:41:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T23:01:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As modern Philadelphia shapes its future, some of its citizens have turned to the artifacts of its former prowess for inspiration. Much as the High Line in New York is widely believed to have been partially responsible for the reinvigoration of not only a derelict site but also its surrounding neighborhood, a portion of elevated rail track in central Philly known as the Reading Viaduct has been hoisted into public view as a potential catalyst for urban transformation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AIA Twenty-five Year Award given to Washington D.C., Metro Justine Testado 2014-01-14T13:31:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:37:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still standing strong after its opening in 1976, the Washington D.C. Metro rail system designed by architect Harry Weese was deemed the recipient of the AIA's Twenty-five Year Award. The award recognizes a structure that demonstrates architectural resilience for 25-35 years. The structure must also show excellence in function, execution of its original program, and creative aspects in accordance with today's standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p> These are a few of the D.C. Metro's stations.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Find out more about the D.C. Metro on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Submit your proposal to the AIANY ENYA “Queensway Connection” competition by January 2014 Justine Testado 2013-11-14T12:36:00-05:00 >2014-07-07T20:10:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="710" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm</a>," the sixth biennial competition from the AIANY's Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee is open for submissions until <strong>January 6th, 2014.</strong></p> <p> The competition will support <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the feasibility study</a> &mdash; currently being conducted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dlandstudio</a> &mdash; as part of the process to transform the abandoned railway into a recreational area for the surrounding communities in central and southern Queens.</p> <p> "Queensway Connection" welcomes all design student and young professionals &mdash; not limited to architects, artists, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners &mdash; to submit their ideas.</p> <p> After the submissions deadline, the Jury will deliberate in February. Winners will be announced in March 2014.</p> <p> The Jury:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Susan Chin</strong>, FAIA, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space.</li> <li> <strong>Margaret Newman</strong>, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at New York City Department ...</li></ul> kadawittfeldarchitektur’s Salzburg Central Station wins two awards as project nears completion Justine Testado 2013-10-23T15:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:39:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 15 years, kadawittfeldarchitektur's redesign for the historic Salzburg Central Station is steadily inching toward completion. Before reconstruction began in 2009, the firm won a two-phase competition out of 12 architecture teams back in 1999. [...] Even before its expected completion in mid-2014, kadawittfeldarchitektur has already received the Austrian "Staatspreis Design" award and the European Steel Award.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron Win Flinders Street Station Competition Alexander Walter 2013-08-08T13:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:56:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Jury of Melbourne's Flinders Street Station competition was unanimous in the highly anticipated selection of the final winner: the beautiful vaulted roof-scape designed by Australian/Swiss team HASSELL + Herzog &amp; de Meuron with London-based Purcell as heritage consultants. The entry by Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina was announced as Winner of the People's Choice Award.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Big Names on Flinders Street Station Shortlist - Public Voting Now Open</a></p> Big Names on Flinders Street Station Shortlist - Public Voting Now Open Alexander Walter 2013-07-26T20:27:00-04:00 >2013-08-08T13:56:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The public is invited to vote for their favorite entry from a field of six finalists in the Flinders Street Station Design Competition, an international, high-profile architectural competition to rejuvenate and restore the historic Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia. The shortlist sports some big names, including Pritzker Prize winners Zaha Hadid and the team of Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Voting opened this week and is accessible via the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition website</a> until Monday, August 5th, 2013.</p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HASSELL + Herzog &amp; de Meuron Win Flinders Street Station Competition</a></p> How Engineers Are Building a New Railroad Under New York City Archinect 2013-05-28T15:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T15:14:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The biggest public transit infrastructure effort in the US is almost completely invisible &mdash; unless you&rsquo;re 160 feet underground. The East Side Access project will connect the Long Island Railroad to New York&rsquo;s Grand Central Terminal via a massive tunnel under the East River. Actually, that tunnel was the easy part; it was started in 1969. The hard part? &ldquo;We are building a brand-new railroad here,&rdquo; says Michael Horodniceanu, president of Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Beautiful photographs by Dean Kaufman. To view more of his photos from this story, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go to his website</a>.</p> UNStudio and EE&K Present Vision for Los Angeles Union Station Alexander Walter 2012-04-27T14:38:00-04:00 >2012-04-30T12:13:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, along with Jonathan Cohn of EE&amp;K a Perkins Eastman company, presented their 'Vision Board' - a conceptual rendering in the year 2050, showing Los Angeles Union Station as a multi-modal transit hub with a mix of uses, new development and outdoor spaces. The intent of the Vision Board was to explore visionary possibilities for Union Station and surrounding areas.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six visions for LA's Union Station in the year 2050</a></p> Lord Foster reveals £50bn Thames Hub project Archinect 2011-11-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:36:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Wednesday Lord Foster announced a plan so big that even Burnham would have been impressed. The Thames Hub, a &pound;50bn project devised by architects Foster and Partners, planners and builders Halcrow and Volterra, a consultancy group of British economists, aims to revolutionise Britain's often creaking and largely inadequate national transport and energy infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>