Archinect - News 2015-10-08T14:21:39-04:00 Dismaland, Banksy's anti-capitalist art show, gave host town a £20M boost in tourism Alexander Walter 2015-09-28T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T09:54:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the past five weeks, more than 150,000 people have visited the subversive theme park in a derelict seafront lido, which had been shut since 2000 and reopened in a blaze of publicity on 20 August. [...] But, it is the town's tourist businesses that have reaped the benefit - to the tune of &pound;20m, says Visit Somerset, more than three times what the trade body initially suggested. [...] Everyone has noted the irony of the anti-capitalist art show boosting business.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Banksy about to open "Dismaland" pop-up exhibition in British seaside resort</a></p> China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge Alexander Walter 2015-09-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T13:52:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recently completed span is a glass walkway suspended a stomach-flipping 180 meters (590 feet) above a sheer drop in China's central Hunan Province. Haohan Qiao, as it's known in Chinese, is the latest in a series of glass-floored attractions to open in China and the rest of the world. Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass. Hunan is due to open another glass bridge later this year in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></p> Lonely Planet names Queens, NY the No. 1 travel spot in the US for 2015 Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T16:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:38:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lonely Planet made a decision in December that stunned many in the travel industry, even those deeply invested in promoting the borough. It named Queens the No. 1 travel destination in the United States for 2015. Yes, Queens. Not Miami, the Grand Canyon, Washington, San Francisco or, more to the point, Manhattan, but rather New York City&rsquo;s equivalent of a flyover state, perhaps most famous for two sitcoms, one featuring a food-fixated deliveryman and the other a xenophobic bigot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to data from&nbsp;NYC &amp; Company, the city&rsquo;s tourism marketing agency, the amount of visitors to the outer borough increased around 12 percent in a single year, between 2012 and 2013. Queens is also reported to be in the midst of a major hotel building boom, with five new ones opening last year alone.</p> Barcelona plans shakedown scheme against unlicensed Airbnb apartments to curb tourism boom Justine Testado 2015-08-19T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:32:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People caught running unlicensed apartments through websites will be offered the chance to have 80% of their fine canceled if they allow the city council to use the apartment as social accommodation for three years...When the three years are up the landlord [can] either pay off the fine through his or her own funds and reclaim possession of the apartment or continue offering the property as social accommodation until the council receives the equivalent of full payment of the fine.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></p><p><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></p><p><a title="Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb celebrates London's Deregulation Act with floating house on River Thames</a></p><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Dark Tourism&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Dark Tourism"</a></p> The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:41:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The library is a tool to attract people to the village,&rdquo; said Mr. Li, a professor of architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing. When visitors come to see the library, he said, they also spend money at the village&rsquo;s few restaurants, pay parking fees and donate money for the building&rsquo;s upkeep. &ldquo;The place is special,&rdquo; said Li Wenli, 45, an insurance saleswoman from Beijing [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Call it a rural Bilbao Effect or not, we're still quite excited that Archinect was one of the very first outlets to publish <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Li Xiaodong</a>'s stunning Liyuan Library building: First spotted on the popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>China Builds</em></a> blog and then, in a little more detail, as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase installment</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a> section.</p><p>The poetic envelope for the small village library has been well recognized since then &mdash;&nbsp;last fall,&nbsp;Li Xiaodong was presented&nbsp;the inaugural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Moriyama RAIC International Prize</a> of $100,000 CAD.</p> China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:01:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July. Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop. In comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States is 21 meters (69 feet) in length and stands 219 meters (718 feet) above the canyon floor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Controversy over Hitler's Prora beach resort continues Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:01:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Axel Bering and Michael Jacobi, the main investors behind the Prora project, claim they could not care less about a building once being dedicated to Hitler. [...] He and his partner, Michael Jacobi, both confess that because they had to comply with German regulations, their investment carries some Third Reich architecture qualities. They did, however, add a balcony, but otherwise they see Prora as a nice beach town and a solid investment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist impressions of various sections of the Prora&nbsp;colossus&nbsp;and their new make-up (source: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seebad Prora</a>):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort Justine Testado 2015-04-15T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:50:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it opens to guests in 2018, 'Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island' will feature the trappings of many luxury resorts, with sprawling villas, infinity pools and stunning sunset views. But the 'Restorative' in the title refers not just to the impact the island might have on visitors, but to the island itself. Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing, an eroding coastline and the deforestation of its mangrove trees, and the partners mean to put it back to rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After co-purchasing the unpopulated Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize for reportedly $1.75 million in 2005, actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently revealed plans with Delos chief executive Paul Scialla and lead architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan</a> to build an eco-conscious resort dubbed "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island&rdquo;, slated to open in 2018. The resort's design will follow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living Building Challenge</a> standards and include Delos' signature health-conscious amenities for guests. It'll also feature artificial reefs, fish shelters, and plant nurseries to what the partners say will eventually restore the island.</p><p>While the millionaire-friendly resort could propel Belize's economy, it brings up the debatable topic of ecotourism and its legitimacy. As it seems, giving money to an environmental conversation program isn't vogue enough for the rich and famous.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obscenely Rich Tech Folk Are Still Building Their Island Utopia Off Th...</a></p></li></ul> A breakneck tour of contemporary architecture in Rome Nam Henderson 2015-02-22T20:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-22T21:28:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It looks foreboding in pictures, but in reality it&rsquo;s a lovely, tree-lined complex set at the street level with a string of cafes and shops.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Lubell traveled to Rome with the proverbial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grandparent</a>(s), for some architectural tourism. They visited a church,&nbsp;museums and stadiums, and largely praised the "<em>striking new buildings</em>".</p> Vacation resort developers help complete Hitler's vision Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:51:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built by the Third Reich in the run-up to World War II, the Strength Through Joy resort was a Nazi vision of tourism&rsquo;s future. Happy, healthy Aryans would stay and play at the 10,000-room complex on the Baltic Sea, eating, swimming and even bowling for the F&uuml;hrer. Think Hitler&rsquo;s Cancun. [...] a group of investors in this seaside town is now doing what the Nazis never could: realizing the site&rsquo;s final stage of transformation into a vacation wonderland.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Airbnb host forced to evict squatter in Palm Springs rental Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:49:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A woman rented her 600-square-foot Palm Springs, California, condo to someone for a little over a month, and now she says the guy won't leave and is threatening to sue her. She's had to hire a lawyer and go through the entire eviction process, which could take 3-6 months, the same as if he were a long-term tenant. It's "been a nightmare," the host, Cory Tschogl, told Business Insider.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An urbanist's guide to Istanbul: ‘We live in a giant construction site’ Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:12:41-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Istanbul is the city of transformation and contradiction. As an urbanist, I am trying to keep record and make sense of this transformation and am especially interested in its winners and losers. At the moment we live in a giant construction site, where skyscrapers, mega projects and urban renewal projects are taking place all around. There is a gold rush to real-estate development.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> World's first climate-controlled domed city to be built in Dubai Miles Jaffe 2014-07-13T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:54:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some have already joked about the city's future three million square foot "wellness district,&rdquo; saying it is being designed for those who shop not only for new outfits, but also for new bodies. According to the project's press release, the domed wellness area "will offer a holistic experience to medical tourists and their families, ensuring access to quality healthcare, specialized surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments."</p></em><br /><br /><p>And thus we have the blueprint of the 0.1%'s vision of the future. An 'ideal' world existing inside a bubble, safe from the starving, diseased masses.&nbsp;</p> 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>