Archinect - News 2014-10-25T18:13:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/88998060/what-tech-hasn-t-learned-from-urban-planning What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning Archinect 2013-12-16T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T07:19:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/781e1e473973647db454671905b98944.jpg" width="395" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning &mdash; town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?</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/77989970/driven-away-the-role-of-urban-planning-in-a-car-dependent-society Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society Justine Testado 2013-07-26T17:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-01T18:47:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/if/ifi7nhmak7l6tp59.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Ultimately people can&rsquo;t get around conveniently because they are far away from everything.&rdquo; And it is this observation that for me epitomizes the problem of the driverless car &mdash; it&rsquo;s the worst kind of solutionism. By becoming so enamored with how technology might transform the car, we&rsquo;ve neglected to adequately explore how getting rid of cars might transform how and where we live. We&rsquo;d do well to heed Gorz&rsquo;s exhortation to &ldquo;never make transportation an issue by itself.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s26q34d1dowulsga.jpg" title=""><br><br> It's a given that America continues to be a car-obsessed society despite the more painstaking reality of driving a car in many major cities of today.&nbsp; In <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/23/driving-sideways/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, editor Allison Arieff of <a href="http://www.spur.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPUR</a> points out that the U.S. is <em>still</em> fixated on selling, using and enhancing the car when commuters are carpooling more and buying fewer cars.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9f28a1da135df094eefdb9dfae84c40.jpg" title=""><br><br> Furthermore, Arieff gets to the root of the problem by pointing out the negative impacts that a car-dependent culture has on public transportation and the even more complex issue of urban sprawl--both which are in need of more attention and innovation. As Arieff mentions in her article, cars aren't what make up the city--it's the city itself. Taking that into account, urban planners have a crucial role in making the Land of the Free less dependent on the car.</p> <p> Do you agree with Arieff? What's your take on the issue? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73833271/allison-arieff-declares-prefab-lives Allison Arieff declares "Prefab Lives!" Archinect 2013-05-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2013-05-24T14:01:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9365c20eecd484169c38fde3123c29b.jpg" width="427" height="569" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>B2, a 32-story tower that is part of a 1,500-unit, mixed-use complex designed by SHoP Architects for Brooklyn&rsquo;s Atlantic Yards, will soon be the tallest modular building in the world. nARCHITECTS recently won adaptNYC&rsquo;s competition to design a micro-unit apartment building, and will see its concept transformed into a 10-story building by 2015. It will be the first multiunit building in Manhattan to be built with modular construction.</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/23672639/a-conversation-with-allison-arieff-writer-and-editor-on-sustainability A Conversation With Allison Arieff, Writer and Editor on Sustainability Paul Petrunia 2011-10-12T18:44:47-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/2170638cbffa31b41d17b2b4a70be6a9.jpg" width="215" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Arieff discusses how sustainability issues -- climate change, peak oil, declining resources -- suffer when they're thought of as trends; why Julius Shulman deserves to be in a sustainability hall of fame for his photographs showing how architecture is about buildings and people; and why, after years at the top of Dwell's masthead, she's done writing about gorgeous Italian closets and kitchens.</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/5434242/conceptual-suburbia-a-design-project-descends-on-levittown Conceptual Suburbia: A Design Project Descends on Levittown Paul Petrunia 2011-05-06T19:22:35-04:00 >2011-05-06T19:22:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75e2258db7624708c122e057ec728c74.jpg" width="427" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is no more iconic suburb than Levittown, the postwar planned community built by the developer William Levitt in the late 1940s, so it is understandable that in launching Open House, a collaborative project to imagine a &ldquo;future suburbia,&rdquo; the Dutch design collective Droog in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro architects would make it the focus of their inquiry.</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>