Archinect - News 2016-09-28T01:23:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149961312/what-problems-are-really-being-solved-by-today-s-tech-innovations What problems are really being solved by today's tech innovations? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:12:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oik6flj4h84kylsb.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are overloaded daily with new discoveries, patents and inventions all promising a better life, but that better life has not been forthcoming for most. In fact, the bulk of the above list targets a very specific (and tiny!) slice of the population. As one colleague in tech explained it to me recently, for most people working on such projects, the goal is basically to provide for themselves everything that their mothers no longer do.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year Allison Arieff served as a juror on our competition, <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a>. Revisit some of the winners of the competition:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Pragmatic" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are...</a></li></ul><p>And check out an interview with Arieff here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134738137/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-allison-arieff-of-spur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive 'Hyperloop as transportation’s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-24T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-05-29T10:38:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f7be73712d9a74da16d977d29c18c00.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;re seeing right now is what I saw in 1996,&rdquo; said Mr. Lloyd, a former president of sales and development at Cisco. &ldquo;We all had I.P. routers and everything was done a certain way. At Cisco, we said, &lsquo;You can carry that over the Internet,&rsquo; and everyone said, &lsquo;No.&rsquo; But those high-speed networks made the Internet possible.&rdquo; Hyperloop, he said, &ldquo;will do to the physical world what the Internet did to the digital one.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Allison Arieff (editorial director at SPUR and former <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> judge) has some questions for Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) after a propulsion test demonstration in the Nevada desert. While the company has managed remarkably fast developments in its tube technology for such high-speeds as the Hyperloop demands, it's nowhere near reality &ndash; and Arieff clearly articulates the (many) remaining concerns of such technology, after mere feasibility.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li><li><a title="Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146116363/reality-checking-the-hyperloop-hyperbole" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality checking the Hyperloop hyperbole</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148193818/reinstating-awe-in-america-s-infrastructure Reinstating "awe" in America's infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-15T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T21:54:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/ad976cb770b549049ae78e7dce989add.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>American infrastructure is deferred home maintenance on a massive scale. We just keep putting it off until something major &mdash; and often catastrophic &mdash; happens, and then it ends up costing twice as much [...] A century later, we&rsquo;ve lost our collective faith in the power of great projects like the Golden Gate, not to mention our trust in the government to fix a pothole on time and on budget, let alone create an inspiring bridge. How can we restore that faith in possibility?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Allison Arieff, editor and content strategist for SPUR (and former judge for Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132892117/archinect-launches-dry-futures-competition-in-response-to-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>), pens this piece for the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;calling for <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/81536319/no-such-thing-as-nowhere-discussion-with-matthew-coolidge-author-of-around-the-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a> to reprioritize the "bold and courageous,"&nbsp;with a look at a few awe-inspiring urban infrastructure projects around the country (both built and yet-to-be-so), including those around the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/154329/los-angeles-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. River</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>.</p><p>For more on the U.S.'s problematic infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a title="America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical</a></li><li><a title="Congress approves a $340 billion transportation bill" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142434357/congress-approves-a-340-billion-transportation-bill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Congress approves a $340 billion transportation bill</a></li><li><a title="US DOT tries to shame Congress into funding transportation infrastructure with #ShowUsYourInfraWear" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133508284/us-dot-tries-to-shame-congress-into-funding-transportation-infrastructure-with-showusyourinfrawear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US DOT tries to shame Congress into funding transportation infrastructure with #ShowUsYourInfraWear</a></li><li><a title="Obama to push for infrastructure funding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104246958/obama-to-push-for-infrastructure-funding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama to push for infrastructure funding</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145580752/will-la-s-building-boom-produce-beloved-icons-or-hated-eyesores Will LA's building boom produce beloved icons or hated eyesores? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-12T14:26:00-05:00 >2016-01-14T19:40:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/932ngaeh13fkvbyw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>L.A. has always been a place of experimentation, but now it appears to be in an architectural arms race, a competition to build the tallest, shiniest, and weirdest buildings. Adding to some Angelenos&rsquo; trepidation is how many of the projects popping up around the city are museums&mdash;built to last for 40 years or more, which is an eternity in a city known for knocking things down.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li><li><p><a title="Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Automotive Museum " href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Automotive Museum</a></p></li><li><p><a title="The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137204495/the-broad-museum-opens-its-doors-for-a-look-beyond-the-veil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134738137/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-allison-arieff-of-spur Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-20T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T01:19:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qo2zmcna29tg15g1.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Allison Arieff is the editorial director of SPUR, an urban planning advocacy non-profit based in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Known in full as San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, SPUR is primarily focused on improving urban planning efforts and policy in the San Francisco Bay Area.&nbsp;We are excited and honored to have Allison as a jury member for our <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition.</p><p>Previous to her role at SPUR, Allison served as editor in chief at <em>Dwell</em>&nbsp;magazine, which she helped found back in 2000. She is also a contributing writer to the Atlantic&rsquo;s CityLab, the New York Times and SPUR&rsquo;s The Urbanist.</p><p></p><p>Her work with SPUR and <em>Dwell</em> have brought popular attention to sustainable design initiatives and policy, and as a resident of San Francisco, she is well aware of the strains the drought has put on the state. But based on her work with local government and planning officials, she's also seen time and time again how inefficient or straight-up nonexistent our laws regarding water co...</p> 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>