Archinect - News 2014-04-24T00:21:39-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/95409266/the-numbers-behind-america-s-mass-transit-resurgence The Numbers Behind America's Mass Transit Resurgence Alexander Walter 2014-03-11T15:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T15:03:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/ddac1517f931e4b98c5283712d9fa3b4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So it&rsquo;s official: Americans are choosing public transportation in record numbers. The American Public Transportation Association announced this morning that the U.S. made 10.7 billion mass transit trips in 2013, the highest figure in 57 years. The story here is not of a sudden resurgence, but rather a slow, steady climb over the last decade, back toward ridership levels not seen since the 1950s.</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/80158350/magical-sesame-ring-opens-gates-of-public-transit Magical Sesame Ring opens gates of public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-25T00:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:16:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/yp0213b8c177zd7o.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The days of rummaging frantically for the card that gets us onto public transit may be over. A team of engineers from MIT has created the 3D-printed "Sesame Ring," which has an embedded RFID tag that lets you tap it to a RFID-based fare reader and hop on.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Syncing public transit and wearable technology, the waterproof Sesame Ring can be used in place of the Charlie Card, Boston's mass transit smart card. Available in customizable colors and sizes, the first batch of $17 rings have already sold out, but their <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1066401427/sesame-ring-where-will-it-take-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> will ensure that you get yours by Christmas.</p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80141432/mit-accelerates-multi-material-3d-printing-software" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More 3D-printing technology from MIT</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80147884/live-in-your-sneakers-mobile-housing-s-next-step" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wearable architecture</a> to go with your Sesame Ring.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80146265/the-greatest-mass-transit-fails-in-history The Greatest Mass Transit Fails in History Archinect 2013-08-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:31:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72ad394c61cb55df9096b237d39f4220.jpg" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk's Hyperloop announcement resulted in quite a bit of skepticism. We'd like to think that has less to do with the feasibility of Musk's concept and more to do with the massive mass transit failures of the past. And there have been some doozies.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T12:40:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxnri9f66stjd5v0.jpg" width="514" height="177" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change this [transit] paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods. Hyperloop is also unique in that it is an open design concept, similar to Linux. Feedback is desired from the community that can help advance the Hyperloop design and bring it from concept to reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p> CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, posted on the Tesla blog his proposal for an alternative to the <a href="http://www.hsr.ca.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rai</a>l plan, the Hyperloop. The solar-powered transportation system is proposed to function somewhat like a pneumatic tube, where capsules of up to 28 passengers on air-bearings are transported between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about 30 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p> Read Musk's entire proposal <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> Feedback and contributions to the Hyperloop design should be directed to:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:hyperloop@spacex.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@spacex.com</a> or <a href="mailto:hyperloop@teslamotors.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@teslamotors.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78986133/hassell-herzog-de-meuron-win-flinders-street-station-competition HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron Win Flinders Street Station Competition Alexander Walter 2013-08-08T13:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:56:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s5/s5zx4plyr0zdcrht.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Jury of Melbourne's Flinders Street Station competition was unanimous in the highly anticipated selection of the final winner: the beautiful vaulted roof-scape designed by Australian/Swiss team HASSELL + Herzog &amp; de Meuron with London-based Purcell as heritage consultants. The entry by Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina was announced as Winner of the People's Choice Award.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78003654/big-names-on-flinders-street-station-shortlist-public-voting-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Big Names on Flinders Street Station Shortlist - Public Voting Now Open</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78003654/big-names-on-flinders-street-station-shortlist-public-voting-now-open Big Names on Flinders Street Station Shortlist - Public Voting Now Open Alexander Walter 2013-07-26T20:27:00-04:00 >2013-08-08T13:56:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l662hzt0t4xel89n.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The public is invited to vote for their favorite entry from a field of six finalists in the Flinders Street Station Design Competition, an international, high-profile architectural competition to rejuvenate and restore the historic Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia. The shortlist sports some big names, including Pritzker Prize winners Zaha Hadid and the team of Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Voting opened this week and is accessible via the <a href="http://vote.majorprojects.vic.gov.au/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition website</a> until Monday, August 5th, 2013.</p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78986133/hassell-herzog-de-meuron-win-flinders-street-station-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HASSELL + Herzog &amp; de Meuron Win Flinders Street Station Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52606703/high-tech-bus-stop-in-paris-by-patrick-jouin High Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin Alexander Walter 2012-06-28T17:00:00-04:00 >2012-06-29T10:58:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w028wb9nauv3tuff.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French designer Patrick Jouin has shared with us his latest project for client JCDecaux &ndash; a high tech bus stop (free Wifi anyone?) situated at the corner of Boulevard Henry IV and Place de la Bastille in Paris. Jouin has collaborated with JCDecaux on urban furniture since 2007, most notably for V&eacute;lib, the public bicycle sharing system in Paris.</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/52075665/paris-the-bus-stop-of-the-future Paris: "the bus stop of the future" Archinect 2012-06-20T14:41:00-04:00 >2012-06-20T14:42:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtmin8741chs2po3.jpg" width="453" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yes, it's still a bus shelter, but the idea is to make it both more useful and more of a social space. People may come here for a range of things other than catching the bus, so that social interaction and the life of the street intermix with waiting to produce a more vibrant, interesting, and safe environment.</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/49542175/gleaming-new-cta-station-raises-question-what-price-architecture Gleaming new CTA station raises question: What price architecture? Archinect 2012-05-29T13:55:00-04:00 >2012-05-30T13:21:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/162f48341e1a132e95c596915ddacf9d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A safe, clean, on-time ride. That's all most of us expect from the Chicago Transit Authority. But why not ask for something more? Station architecture that puts zing in the journey and elevates the city around it. That's what we get at the crisply modern new Morgan "L" station on Chicago's Near West Side.</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/49131658/coalition-for-sustainable-rail-plans-to-create-world-s-first-carbon-neutral-high-speed-train Coalition for Sustainable Rail Plans to Create World's First Carbon-Neutral High-Speed Train Design at Minnesota 2012-05-22T12:35:00-04:00 >2012-12-06T16:09:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dnw5smuolubdy8s.jpg" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This project presents a novel approach to U.S. locomotive development, looking to technologies of the past to inspire solutions for today&rsquo;s sustainability challenges." - Sustainable Rail International President Davidson Ward, 2010 School of Architecture graduate from the College of Design at the University of Minnesota</p></em><br /><br /><p> The <a href="http://www.csrail.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coalition for Sustainable Rail</a> (CSR), a collaboration of the <a href="http://environment.umn.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment </a>(IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI), announced plans to create the world's first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive. SRI President Davidson Ward, a 2010 School of Architecture graduate from the College of Design at the University of Minnesota says that he's confident the researchers at the University of Minnesota and his team of engineers, "will be able to bring this technology to the forefront of America's energy and transportation conversations."&nbsp; According to Ward, "This project presents a novel approach to U.S. locomotive development, looking to technologies of the past to inspire solutions for today's sustainability challenges."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49078551/la-s-original-subway LA’s original subway Archinect 2012-05-21T13:26:00-04:00 >2012-05-21T13:31:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/527c0537423660c6b0a381d832dce3b1.jpg" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Behold the Subway Terminal Building, hidden in plain sight in the middle of downtown LA, where at one point during the 1940&prime;s over 65,000 riders were shuffling down into the depths of Los Angeles to board a train which traveled beneath the busy streets. And, fittingly, it&rsquo;s just a block from where you might board the Red Line subway today.</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/47064913/review-lackluster-expo-line-reflects-metro-s-weak-grasp-of-design Review: Lackluster Expo Line reflects Metro's weak grasp of design Archinect 2012-05-02T15:46:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T18:57:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/9935a0a0a11629da83a719d1a29c6a35.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed primarily by Roland Genick, chief architect for rail and transit systems at Parsons, the huge Pasadena-based construction conglomerate, the new stations are topped by undulating light-blue canopies of perforated metal panels that are not only dated &mdash; bringing a public-art project from the early 1990s to mind &mdash; but provide almost no shade or rain protection. Or solar power, for that matter, though from certain angles the stations look a bit like they're covered with photovoltaic panels.</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/46367497/six-visions-for-la-s-union-station-in-the-year-2050 Six visions for LA's Union Station in the year 2050 Archinect 2012-04-26T14:42:00-04:00 >2012-05-01T10:16:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2l/2la7rc5p24xcltbx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A public forum today at Union Station provided the public with their first look at conceptual visions for Union Station and the surrounding area by six architectural firms bidding to prepare a master plan for the facility. Metro Executive Planning Director Martha Welborne told the several hundred people in attendance that the point of the vision boards was to energize the teams submitting bids to prepare the master plan, and energize the public that uses &mdash; or will someday use Union Station.</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/44882338/three-entries-share-first-prize-in-istanbul-s-yenikap-design-competition Three Entries Share First Prize in Istanbul’s Yenikapı Design Competition Alexander Walter 2012-04-13T17:50:00-04:00 >2012-04-14T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fuq9zep8z9vaoc5w.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the international design competition for Yenikap&#305; Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area in Istanbul, Turkey, three First Prizes have been announced this week. The jury selected the top project teams Eisenmann Architects/Ayta&ccedil; Architects, Atelye 70/Francesco Cellini/Insula Architettura E Ingegneria, and Cafer Bozkurt Architects/Mecanoo Architects from nine shortlisted teams, including MVRDV and other international firms.</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/38988462/can-us-communities-learn-from-this-european-suburban-retrofit Can US communities learn from this European suburban retrofit? Archinect 2012-02-22T15:15:59-05:00 >2012-02-26T14:33:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8cb3dcf09ae86c256870a9b941900b4.jpg" width="500" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008, the substantially updated town center of Plessis-Robinson, a suburb of Paris, was named &ldquo;the best urban neighborhood built in the last 25 years&rdquo; by the European Architecture Foundation. A composite of six connected districts ranging in size from 5.6 to 59 acres, the revitalization comprises public buildings, retail, market-rate and subsidized affordable housing, parks, schools, gardens, sports facilities, and a hospital. Construction was begun in 1990 and took a decade to complete.</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/37366567/a-proposal-for-penn-station-and-madison-square-garden A Proposal for Penn Station and Madison Square Garden Archinect 2012-02-08T13:55:00-05:00 >2012-02-08T13:55:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d66886f54be0f104a60ab7405d9ed81f.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some 600,000 commuters, riding Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit, now suffer Penn Station every day. That makes it probably the busiest transit hub in the Western world, busier than Heathrow Airport in London, busier than Newark, La Guardia and Kennedy airports combined. To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York&rsquo;s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift. To commute via the bowels of Penn Station, just a few blocks away, is a humiliation.</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/37271534/should-it-take-decades-to-build-a-subway Should it take decades to build a subway? Archinect 2012-02-07T18:07:00-05:00 >2012-02-08T12:58:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/df238c7ac48cae5b22d23283593a4d36.jpg" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Beijing] started expanding the system in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, and has kept pushing forward ever since. In 2001 it had 33 miles of track. Today it has 231. Meanwhile, when you hear the completion dates for big U.S. transit projects you often have to calculate your age to figure out if you&rsquo;ll still be alive.</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>