Archinect - News 2014-04-24T06:39:39-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/90763575/lessons-from-north-korean-urbanism Lessons from North Korean urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-08T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2g/2ghxpfbpqf6pazaq.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They conceive of urban space as space owned by the public, not space for real estate development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Much of the North Korean news that reaches the United States reads like tabloid hearsay, as glimpses of a totalitarian dictatorship rife with human rights violations are peeked through <a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-dennis-rodman-happy-birthday-north-korea-20140108,0,4827481.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dennis Rodman</a> and <a href="http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/07/kerry-us-will-not-accept-north-korea-as-a-nuclear-state/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">military showboating</a>. <em><a href="http://www.nknews.org/category/news/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NK News</a></em>, an independent and private news source based in Washington, D.C., is unique to both online journalism and treatment of its subject, in its rigorous and impressively connected focus on North Korean life and policy. Written from sources both in and out of the DPRK, <em>NK News </em>will most certainly get you to think differently about North Korea.</p> <p> In part one of his interview with <a href="http://www.risd.edu/Architecture/Dongwoo_Yim/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dongwoo Yim</a>, founder of the firm <a href="http://archinect.com/praud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRAUD</a> and author of <em>Pyongyang, and Pyongyang After</em>, <em>NK News</em>' Academic / Research Director Gianluca Spezza takes a step back from current politics to ask Yim about the past and future of capital city Pyongyang's urban development. If Korea were to reunify, how would Pyongyang posture itself against Seoul, South Korea's megapolis capital?</p> <p> Most of Nor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55403896/an-ever-expanding-house-of-architectural-salvage An Ever-Expanding House of Architectural Salvage Archinect 2012-08-16T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T20:55:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/8336604d03f8d7805278fba817f728f0.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Mr. Archer, 62, finds something intriguing (and it&rsquo;s usually a very large something), he often builds a new wing around it. His house, which he bought 30 years ago for $135,000, was once a 3,000-square-foot, two-story box. Now it is somewhere between 11,000 and 13,000 square feet, with wings flying every which way, a pterodactyl of architectural detritus.</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/55294047/china-s-ghost-towns-and-phantom-malls China's ghost towns and phantom malls Archinect 2012-08-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2012-08-14T17:03:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78a7e457309fe36e6f8f592cecb15ce5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As growth slows, China's huge investment in infrastructure is looking ever harder to sustain, leaving a string of ambitious projects - towns, shopping malls and even a theme park - empty and forlorn.</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/35740686/pods-of-forced-civilization-the-problem-with-china-s-architectural-boom Pods of forced civilization: The problem with China’s architectural boom Archinect 2012-01-25T12:12:00-05:00 >2012-01-29T09:25:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b841d2fb92207908a3081685338ba16c.jpg" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Evidently an impressive transformation is taking place &ndash; creating a truly modern metropolis. However Mr Hopkinson alludes to an almost cancerous growth on the outskirts of the nation&rsquo;s capital city, and states that new builds fail to represent Chinese culture and imagination. Building projects on the outskirts of the city are viewed on an individual basis, without context and appear to result in &ldquo;grids of square buildings of equal height, in a square plot, with uniform facades&rdquo;.</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>