Archinect - News 2016-07-23T12:58:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149947410/cash-strapped-rome-issues-sos-to-wealthy-citizens-for-funds-to-restore-its-historic-sites Cash-strapped Rome issues SOS to wealthy citizens for funds to restore its historic sites Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:26:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rome has issued a &euro;500m (&pound;380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital&rsquo;s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Saddled with debts of some &euro;12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own."</em></p><p>Or: in search of&nbsp;noblesse oblige during the age of austerity politics.</p><p>Of course, Rome isn't the only European city struggling under the weight of debt. Check out these related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52493341/zaha-hadid-says-austerity-is-not-an-excuse-for-low-quality-housing" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid says austerity is not an excuse for low-quality housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-04T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:02:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xe7uwhlykzdrq64t.jpg" width="514" height="559" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designing out homelessness appears to be part of a wider ambition to make consumers and investors feel secure, while avoiding direct human intervention. [...] It is an indictment of our communities that we have come to identify street homelessness as a form of &ldquo;disorder&rdquo; &ndash; a sign that something is amiss or dangerous in our public spaces. Yet the reality is that these kinds of design and security measures are put in place because of the breakdown of these very communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This piece by Rowland Atkinson (Chair in Inclusive Societies) and Aidan While (Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning) at the University of Sheffield gets at how exclusionary design towards the homeless and so-called "rough" sleepers (those who sleep in the city's streets) is a sign of increasing societal rifts, as income inequality and austerity measures press down hard on London.</p><p>More on homelessness and design:</p><ul><li><a title="LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></li><li><a title="San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122666324/san-francisco-s-new-pilot-project-to-house-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless</a></li><li><a title="Tiny house village built with and for the homeless opens in Wisconsin" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113882002/tiny-house-village-built-with-and-for-the-homeless-opens-in-wisconsin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny house village built with and for the homeless opens in Wisconsin</a></li><li><a title="Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Exclusionary Strategies: Laws and Designs Used to Oust Homeless Population" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104801373/exclusionary-strategies-laws-and-designs-used-to-oust-homeless-population" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exclusionary Strategies: Laws and Designs Used to Oust Homeless Population</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131487832/greek-museums-can-t-afford-to-keep-the-doors-open Greek museums can't afford to keep the doors open Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T13:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T14:33:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db55ei9ck0ij9nvw.jpg" width="426" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major public cultural institutions in Greece are on the point of collapse, say leading Greek art professionals, as concerns mount that the country faces insolvency after 61% of the population rejected bailout proposals earlier this week made by international creditors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read also:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T17:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T06:44:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4x1m1qpwqagsbeea.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The dust is yet to settle in Greece, as the pronounced &ldquo;No!&rdquo; of yesterday&rsquo;s referendum reverberates across Europe. The vote marked a clear rejection by the Greek people of enforced austerity as the price for staying in the Eurozone. It also signaled continued confidence in Alexis Tsipras and the Syria government, despite hope from the leaders of Europe&rsquo;s surplus economies for a regime change.&nbsp;</p><p>With reports from Athens detailing a grim scene of shuttered ATM&rsquo;s and closed factories, the country&rsquo;s future remains uncertain.&nbsp;</p><p>Many have compared the current situation to the great depression of the 1930&rsquo;s, and it&rsquo;s clear that no economic sector is immune to its ramifications &ndash; let alone architecture, a field markedly tethered to economic undulations. <strong>Archinect</strong> reached out to a couple of its members to get a pulse on what&rsquo;s happening, as well as what it&rsquo;s been like to live under austerity for nearly a decade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o1/o1uwm5zoedc9dl5o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q8/q8n1gq2nid1gqzjl.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The future of architecture in Greece if the economic crisis is not handled,&rdquo; wrote C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77381938/detroit-files-for-bankruptcy Detroit files for bankruptcy Nam Henderson 2013-07-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T17:50:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0xd3vbkjmpty4tt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter accompanying Thursday's filing, Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder...said...residents needed a clear exit from the "cycle of ever decreasing services". "The only way to do those things is to radically restructure the city"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonny Dymond analyzes the news that Detroit has become the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $15bn.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70894246/editor-s-picks-310 Editor's Picks #310 Nam Henderson 2013-04-09T12:04:00-04:00 >2013-04-09T12:19:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b91jx6sgvvjlgm1e.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest entry in the ShowCase series Archinect published the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/70536084/showcase-shrine-of-the-virgin-of-la-antigua-by-otxotorena-arquitectos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shrine of the Virgin of "La Antigua" by Otxotorena Arquitectos</a>. The project is located in Alberite, La Rioja, Spain and the architects main constraint was the need to "<em>incorporate a preexisting stone archway in the design. This archway was rescued from a previous demolition in the town and it was preserved by the locals</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mozhdaqqkmnl7pd1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> exclaimed "<em>Wow, wow. &nbsp;I love it. &nbsp;Love the multiple arcade forms and multiple striations and similar but different textures...Would love to see a floorplan if there is one?</em>".</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0w1msm2mfbx8gyg.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Times reported that the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA</a> to determine the stability of the historic sculptures.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/530dxt9g61n29brz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> shared these words "<em>In my opinion it is the most beautiful and meaningful public art in Los Angeles that people neglected for decades</em>" and a photo.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4huz1se8ugucxpj8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Plain Dealer</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70533675/ksu-picks-weiss-manfredi-s-design-loft-concept-for-its-new-40-million-architecture-school-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">/Cleveland.com announced th...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66933272/editor-s-picks-301 Editor's Picks #301 Nam Henderson 2013-02-05T10:09:00-05:00 >2013-02-07T15:03:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7d3hjgxxv2vnfmqs.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect released <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66096833/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-3-s-o-paulo-rotterdam-and-beyond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the final and third par</a>t of a multi-part interview <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> conducted with George Brugmans, Executive Director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). The topics included: S&atilde;o Paulo, Rotterdam and Beyond. At one point Mr. Brugmans summed up "<em>when the requirement is to find the right balance between people, planet and profit, transformational and infrastructural ambitions are to all intents and purposes to be seen as part of the same &lsquo;making city&rsquo; package. It worked like that on both Test Sites, in Istanbul and in S&atilde;o Paulo. It is important to note here that this provides a unique opportunity</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x303/v9/v9kfdrdtwu9t6fdo.jpg"></p> <p> I was also interested to note the final section wherein Mr. Brugmans discussed the recent post-austerity political/budgetary challenges facing the Netherlands in general and the IABR specifically. Along those lines <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66092556/archinect-interviews-george-brugmans-iabr-part-1-making-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in a comment after the first part of the nterview was released</a>, I referenced <a href="http://www.domusweb.it/en/op-ed/who-asked-for-a-new-institute-a-farewell-to-the-nai/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an op-ed by S&eacute;rgio Miguel Figueiredo published last m...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54265663/the-white-elephants-and-fiscal-black-holes-of-spain The white elephants and fiscal "black holes" of Spain Nam Henderson 2012-07-27T12:42:00-04:00 >2012-08-21T03:29:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oo/oo19ubag3ti7g9o4.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Regional governments enjoy the possibility of spending and inaugurating public works but they don't run the political risk or cost of raising taxes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Pascale Harter visits Spain where &nbsp;regions are clamouring for money from central government - and one of the reasons for this is their lavish spending on white elephant building projects, such as the airport at Ciudad Real, south of Madrid.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/29115482/london-s-olympic-venues-challenge-architects London's Olympic venues challenge architects Archinect 2011-11-29T00:10:56-05:00 >2011-11-29T02:29:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/4496700da697024c244dbcc5affd6c1f.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In London's case the practicality of the architecture is a reaction to the economic rather than the political excesses of the recent past. The 2012 Games are shaping up, in fact, as one of the clearest signs yet that the architectural boom years of the last decade or so in the West have definitively ended.</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>