Archinect - News 2014-04-20T07:54:57-04:00 The Games Are A Great Party, But Not A Great Investment Alexander Walter 2014-02-03T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T14:11:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Winter Olympics in Sochi are just a few days away. Russia has spent $50 billion on everything from construction to security, making these the most expensive games in history. [...] "I think one of the knee-jerk reactions has been ... 'will we be left with a load of white elephants?' " he adds. The answer from most economists who study the Olympics is: Yes, you will.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chicago aims to light up architecture to boost tourism Alexander Walter 2014-01-23T14:15:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:30:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago would be turned into a Midwest version of Paris &mdash; La Ville Lumiere, the City of Light &mdash; under a mayoral plan showcased Wednesday to boost tourism by spotlighting the city&rsquo;s architectural wonders. [...] It will start with an &ldquo;international design competition&rdquo; that invites teams of artists, architects, engineers and designers to envision ways to light up Chicago&rsquo;s &ldquo;buildings, parks, roads and open spaces.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Infrastructural Tourism Places Journal 2013-07-02T17:00:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:47:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most gratifying bits of feedback I ever received from one of my Ranger projects came from a 60-something woman who&rsquo;d attended a campfire program on freeway landscapes in Los Angeles. Months later, she told me that she never looked at a freeway in the same way. Who knows what this kind of change in perception might ultimately lead to?</p></em><br /><br /><p> For decades intrepid tourists have been journeying to the monumental dams of the American West to marvel at the infrastructures of hydroelectric power. These days they're just as likely to be on a field trip to trace the pathways of the Internet, or the footprint of communication satellites, or the transport of nuclear waste. On Places, Shannon Mattern reviews diverse works by environmental artists and media scholars, all seeking "to understand the material and immaterial workings of interconnected infrastructural systems."</p> What's the point of architecture and design festivals? Archinect 2013-06-24T15:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T19:14:32-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Are festivals and biennales dynamic catalysts to discuss and celebrate the city and architectural culture?" asks the Architecture Foundation, which is putting on the event as part of London's own month-long festival of architecture. "Or are they calculated devices of tourism and industrial promotion?"</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Disney World on the Hudson Nam Henderson 2012-08-22T15:14:00-04:00 >2012-08-23T19:47:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the park began as a grass-roots endeavor &mdash; albeit a well-heeled one &mdash; it quickly became a tool for the Bloomberg administration&rsquo;s creation of a new, upscale, corporatized stretch along the West Side.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jeremiah Moss ( the pen name of the author of the blog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanishing New York</a>) penned an editorial on the High Line. Therein he argues the High Line "<em>has become a tourist-clogged catwalk and a catalyst for some of the most rapid gentrification in the city&rsquo;s history</em>".</p> Section of L.A. River through the Valley opens to tours Archinect 2012-07-16T13:13:00-04:00 >2012-07-16T18:45:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 70-foot channel has for years operated as a flood-control channel, wildlife sanctuary and escape valve for treated waste water befouled with chemicals and trash. Now, the soft-bottom swath of weedy islands, dense brush and willows draped with fast-food wrappers, plastic bags and clothes is one of the newest summer attractions in town.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Moscow's Observation Wheel Archinect 2011-11-22T16:40:21-05:00 >2011-11-26T12:40:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a bid to bolster tourism in Moscow, plans are underway to build what could become the tallest observation wheel in the world. The graphic below breaks down the proposed wheel, possible locations and compares it to other giant observation wheels in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>