Archinect - News 2016-07-30T14:48:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149944056/california-homeowners-tend-to-renovate-rather-than-relocate-here-s-why California homeowners tend to renovate rather than relocate – here's why Nicholas Korody 2016-05-06T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:28:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9l46ap2g2bspnzbm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California may be a capital of cosmetic surgery, but it&rsquo;s not just noses and eyelids falling under the knife. A hot housing market is driving buyers to pay exorbitant sums for old, frumpy houses, knowing they&rsquo;ll pay plenty more to remake them to modern tastes. Others currently own dowdy houses and choose to renovate rather than relocate.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"While the dynamic is playing out in a number of U.S. cities, California&rsquo;s plight is particularly intense because of Proposition 13, a 1978 amendment to the state constitution. It set property taxes based on 1975 assessments and capped future property-tax increases at 2% a year."</em></p><p>The issue with this, according to the&nbsp;<em>Wall Street Journal</em>, is that when a home is sold in the state, taxes increase because the property is reassessed to its new sale price. This incentivizes homeowners to renovate instead of move, thereby keeping the amount of home listings low and prices high.</p><p>More news from the Golden State:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles" target="_blank">A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940810/la-officials-seek-sweeping-overhaul-of-neighborhood-plans LA officials seek sweeping overhaul of neighborhood plans Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T15:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qkq30xsdp7oidzjf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facing a potentially bruising ballot fight over real estate development next year, Los Angeles' political leaders announced Wednesday that they will seek a sweeping update of the plans that govern the size and density of new buildings that go up in scores of neighborhoods. Mayor Eric Garcetti and several council members said they want the Planning Department to revise nearly three dozen &ldquo;community plans&rdquo; by 2026, a task that will require the hiring of 28 new employees at a cost of $4.2M a year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149600766/top-7-reasons-to-oppose-the-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles Neighborhood Integrity Initiative</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash; is this progress or folly?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis Could a pop-up village in south-east London be the answer to the city's housing crisis? Ellen Hancock 2016-03-22T04:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T13:39:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r34jesqqfeig9sgt.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rapidly rising property prices and rents, combined with the loss of social housing through right to buy, have put councils under growing pressure to find new ways to help people off their housing lists. In Lewisham one solution is a &pound;4.3m scheme to provide 24 homes and 880 sq m of business space that can be picked up and moved at a later date, allowing the council to make use of vacant brownfield land while longer-term projects are finalised.</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/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A. Orhan Ayyüce 2016-02-03T20:49:00-05:00 >2016-06-12T20:38:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1n/1nx39vpauttunbcu.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Poised to be the mother of all the&nbsp;initiatives ever to impact the built environment of the city in a while, a proposed ballot initiative called &nbsp;the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative,&nbsp;sponsored by a group called the Coalition to Preserve L.A. (CPLA), is the talk of the architecture, planning and developer circles at the moment.</p><p>Initially underwritten by the&nbsp;AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who emphasizes, among other reasons, the idea that densification can be a public health issue. The proposed initiative has the potential of stopping all the large scale development in Los Angeles. It aims to put a halt on the "vibrant"&nbsp;urban lifestyle which the developers, their political representatives and good number of gentrification people have been advocating at the cost of minorities, low-income&nbsp;communities and the majority of L.A.'s residents who have been struggling to come up with the outrageous rents month after month until they finally fall victim to substandard housing, homelessness or move...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142515403/a-closer-look-at-reasons-why-the-los-angeles-river-revitalization-is-taking-so-long A closer look at reasons why the Los Angeles River revitalization is taking so long Alexander Walter 2015-12-03T13:40:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:53:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1q/1q3tk4au6z29gqhn.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From a concrete ditch, the river is now, very, very, very slowly becoming that green, recreational space many supporters have imagined. But, the question is, what's taking so long? As anyone who's ever set out to build in Los Angeles knows, things aren't always as simple as they seem. A vision becomes reality at a glacial pace, which can be a good or bad thing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other LA River-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100631259/feds-okay-1-billion-los-angeles-river-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Feds Okay $1-Billion Los Angeles River Project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning Justine Testado 2015-08-28T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:50:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nccqugmcum2nxuhi.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Botany professor Paloma Cari&ntilde;anos] found it surprising that the design of these green spaces thought about landscaping, climate, and fashion criteria, but didn't think about pollen problems. [She] says that in the future, urban green spaces 'will become 'comfort islands' inside 'urban heat islands.''...Cari&ntilde;anos and her team stress that their research is a tool for planning and prevention. They hope that other cities will be able to use their methods to prevent high allergen levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read more of Cari&ntilde;anos' team's research in the <a href="https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/0/0/jeq2015.02.0075" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Environmental Quality</em></a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122679179/kkt-architects-envision-tornado-shaped-tower-for-downtown-tulsa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133045592/a-new-laguardia-is-the-airport-that-new-york-deserves-says-gov-cuomo A new LaGuardia is the "airport that New York deserves", says Gov. Cuomo Justine Testado 2015-07-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T17:51:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bx/bx9ml0s6zojudgz4.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'We are transforming LaGuardia into a globally-renowned, 21st century airport that is worthy of the city and state of New York. It&rsquo;s the perfect metaphor for what we can achieve with the ambition and optimism and energy that made this the Empire State in the first place, and I want to thank our many partners for joining us to build the airport that New York deserves.' &mdash; Gov. Cuomo</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo alongside Vice President Joe Biden officially unveiled the proposed design for the new LaGuardia Airport earlier this week. The $4 billion revamp will transform the airport into a single, structurally unified main terminal, including expanded transportation access and increased taxiway space, and new top-notch passenger amenities.</p><p>The overhaul aims to alleviate the air-ground congestion and gate delays that have long plagued the airport&nbsp;&mdash; to the point where Biden previously described it as a place one would find in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/nyregion/biden-compares-la-guardia-airport-to-third-world.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"some third world country"</a>. According to <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Airport_Advisory_Panel_Final_Report_LGA.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a report</a> by the Governor&rsquo;s Airport Master Plan Advisory Panel, the LaGuardia Airport is "consistently rated as among the worst airports in the world".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e62nrg5u4th3yfwg.jpg"></p><p>Groundbreaking of the first half of the project is expected to start in 2016, once the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey grants final approval. The first half is expected to open to passengers in 2019, and full completion...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121532238/mvrdv-approved-to-redesign-the-70s-vandamme-nord-block-in-montparnasse-paris MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris Justine Testado 2015-02-25T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T16:50:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayxv10c0s34slo51.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MVRDV officially got the green light from the City of Paris for their plans to restructure the Vandamme Nord at Ga&icirc;t&eacute;-Montparnasse in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Built in the early 1970s by French architect <a href="http://www.pierre-dufau.com/realisations.cfm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Dufau</a>, the mixed-use complex is located on a triangular island bordered by Rue Mouchotte, Avenue du Maine, and the rail tracks to Gare Montparnasse.</p><p>The Vandamme was once a landmark as one of the largest urban projects at the time, but -- with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dying malls</a> continuing to be the norm -- its glory days faded away as it failed to keep up with a changing urban society.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xsxtpkc1im0adsl.jpg"></p><p>Aiming to renew a sense of place within the Montparnasse district and improve public accessibility, MVRDV plans to give the building a new fa&ccedil;ade as well as completely reorganize and open up the building's internal program. The complex will be broken up into a collection of "boxes" inserted in the existing structural frame that will vary in size, program, color, and materials, and will also be flexibly designed for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116577617/prince-charles-calls-to-reclaim-the-streets-from-cars-with-his-10-point-master-plan Prince Charles calls to reclaim the streets from cars with his 10-point “master plan” Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T13:45:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:51:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/6701820ad7112b6bc1f4e6e90b33d7e9.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prince Charles urges architects to place pedestrians &ldquo;at the centre of the design process&rdquo; as part of a 10-point &ldquo;master plan&rdquo; he has devised for the developments of towns and cities. He also calls for many street signs to be removed. &ldquo;Slow&rdquo; and &ldquo;Reduce Speed Now&rdquo; signs, for example, should be taken down and replaced by features such as squares, bends and trees that &ldquo;naturally&rdquo; encourage motorists to reduce their speed.</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/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park Tulsa Mayor Hasn’t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f959d5a959b31e4ddba71154ce76ec02.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week we reported on Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett&rsquo;s decision to prevent construction of a sidewalk on Riverside Drive that would provide walking access to a major new city park. Local advocates say the lack of a sidewalk will make the park harder to get to on foot, and they don&rsquo;t buy the mayor&rsquo;s explanation that people will be safer if there&rsquo;s no sidewalk tempting them to walk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"<em>Residents who want the sidewalk have charged that the mayor nixed it after wealthy homeowners complained that it would attract &ldquo;undesirables.&rdquo;</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113962327/planning-the-unplanned Planning the Unplanned Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:48:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rb8mmeed2hk873p9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren&rsquo;t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].</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/112494619/documentary-to-explore-racial-discrimination-in-transportation-planning Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:06:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/coj2va5cbiwdql02.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beavercreek, Ohio, nabbed its own infamous place in civil rights history last year, when the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the suburb had violated anti-discrimination laws by blocking bus service from nearby Dayton. [...] The Beavercreek case illustrates larger, more widespread problems with America&rsquo;s transportation system [...]. The Kirwan Institute is producing a one-hour documentary exploring the Beavercreek case and how racism can influence transportation decision making.</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/110952464/get-lectured-university-of-arizona-2014-2015 Get Lectured: University of Arizona, 2014-2015 Justine Testado 2014-10-10T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apmwsphkcz472iru.jpg" width="514" height="1157" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/493828/fall-2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>, where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster features the Critical Practice Lecture Series 2014-2015 from the University of Arizona College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture.</p><p>Established in 1999, the College's lecture series continues to amplify the common ground between the arts, humanities and sciences within the College, the University, and the wider community. This year, speakers will present their individual approaches to architectural theory and practice first-hand in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All lectures are free and open to the public a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109112054/trading-parking-lots-for-affordable-housing Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:52:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fede5157ce0870e912602aa609f9b754.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>9 x 18. In square feet, that&rsquo;s 162, smaller than the most micro micro-apartment. It is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects &mdash; Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture &mdash; to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.</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/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/99707082/racing-to-get-ready-rio-2016-olympics Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics Alexander Walter 2014-05-13T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T22:27:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d31833fed9a85960507d81e2aa792ba4.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is envisioned as one of the grandest parties in the Western Hemisphere&mdash;the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will be the first South American city to host the quadrennial showpiece, and the events in &ldquo;Cidade Maravilhosa&rdquo; (Marvelous City) are expected to constitute one of the most expansive Games ever. [...] However, concern that Rio might not be ready in time for the Games is growing louder.</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/98089591/medell-n-miracle-or-marketing-ploy Medellín Miracle or Marketing Ploy? Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T14:00:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/0375cc1f5ad4f19f5117100ee0b337e6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mainstream sources such as CNN and The New York Times have sung the city&rsquo;s praises as a stunning success story. However, now that the conference is over, there are signs that there&rsquo;s trouble in Medell&iacute;n&rsquo;s urban planning paradise.</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/97026686/should-cities-reject-bad-transit-until-something-better-comes-along Should Cities Reject Bad Transit Until Something Better Comes Along? Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e5dd1a703650ef7c5f3030e58460340.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In city after city, U.S. transit advocates face a similar problem: What to do with bad, or at least less-than-perfect, public transportation proposals? Big transit projects don&rsquo;t come around every day, and rejecting a proposal, perhaps one with support in high places, in the hopes that something better will come along can leave you with nothing.</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/80467731/wxy-dlandstudio-selected-for-queensway-feasibility-study WXY & DLANDSTUDIO selected for QueensWay feasibility study Justine Testado 2013-08-27T18:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T20:10:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w3/w353m3g4zkr4lcqk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] WXY Architecture + Urban Design and DLANDSTUDIO have been selected to lead a feasibility study and planning phase for the QueensWay in Queens, NY, after the Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay announced the competition winners on Aug. 20. Similar to urban revival projects like the NYC High Line, the QueensWay is a linear greenway park that will replace the abandoned 3.5-mile-long railway of the former Long Island Rail Road line&mdash;which has been dormant since 1962.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Additionally, the Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay are sponsoring the just-launched ENYA 2014 "Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm" ideas competition that you can read about <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/queensway_connection_elevating_the_public_realm/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69325996/green-design-shines-at-infill-philadelphia-soak-it-up-awards Green Design Shines at Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up Awards Archinect 2013-03-12T14:49:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T23:40:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qq8kc2pnd3jxmmor.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How does one apply 21st century green design to a city with sites and structures dating from the 17th to 19th centuries? That was exactly the challenge for teams in the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up design competition, and on March 7, 2013, nine finalist teams presented proposals to address the need for affordable green design within Philadelphia at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To also see the PowerPoint presentations of the three Soak It Up winners, head over to the Bustler article.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65615124/a-city-for-books-and-architecture-in-south-korea A City for Books and Architecture in South Korea Places Journal 2013-01-16T11:21:00-05:00 >2013-01-16T11:22:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p1/p1cxt29ejltzn9hb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I first heard of Paju Bookcity, I imagined a bibliophilic paradise of human-scaled buildings with legible facades nestled side-by-side like volumes on a shelf. When I traveled to the real Paju Bookcity, I found an industrial estate created by companies related to all aspects of book manufacturing, sited north of Seoul in the marshes near the Demilitarized Zone. But if Bookcity is not the fairy tale I envisioned, it is a kind of Cinderella story: this is the industrial park remade.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Shannon Mattern explores the ongoing remaking of Bookcity &mdash; which seeks to reinvent invent Korean publishing, architecture and urban planning &mdash; in the digital era.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65165261/peel-and-stick-solar-panels-a-world-first Peel-and-Stick Solar Panels: A World First Anna Johnson 2013-01-09T19:31:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:19:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g0/g0lp1dkmdui5esuk.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at the Stanford School of Engineering have succeeded in developing the world&rsquo;s first peel-and-stick thin-film solar cells. The idea will allow the cells to be applied to almost any surface, with successful tests having been conducted on paper, plastic and window glass. This opens up significant opportunities for alternative applications for solar technology, previously limited by traditional solar cells, which must be mounted on stiff, often heavy, fixed panels.</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/36911983/dublin-ohio-plans-1000-acre-urban-development-in-the-heart-of-suburbia Dublin Ohio Plans 1000-acre Urban Development in the Heart of Suburbia WalkerEvans 2012-02-04T15:26:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T14:36:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwueb1t4aek645fu.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Dublin, Ohio is an affluent Columbus suburb typically known for it&rsquo;s good schools, easy access to jobs, and low density housing and retail developments that have rapidly sprawled outward over the past forty years. Fast forward another forty years and things may look drastically different. Officials with the city&rsquo;s planning department have been steadily working on the Bridge Street Corridor plan, which calls for the redevelopment of 1,000 acres located at the core of Dublin.</p></em><br /><br /><p> One of the largest suburbs of Columbus, Ohio is planning to give itself an urban face lift with a new long term redevelopment plan. In addition to increase residential density to over 5000 people per square mile, the plan calls for the eventual installation of light rail light to serve local and regional commuters.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/26207453/urban-planning-in-the-iphone-age Urban Planning in the iPhone Age Archinect 2011-11-03T20:30:57-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkkl2fy8bjphvvyk.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the next wave of mobile applications do more than that&mdash;they collect massive amounts of data about how people live, where they travel and what they want to see in their neighborhoods. And they connect all of that with the officials in position to make decisions. Apps, in other words, offer potential solutions for two of the trickiest parts of the urban planner's job: sharing data and engaging citizens.</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>