Archinect - News 2015-11-30T13:48:32-05:00 Preview: UNStudio's new Arnhem Central Station opens tomorrow Justine Testado 2015-11-18T18:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-19T14:16:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After 19 years, the Arnhem Central Station masterplan will finally be complete with the public opening of the new transfer hall tomorrow. Since&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> won the competition in 1996, the journey to construct the urban development in the Dutch city of Arnhem was an arduous one filled with&nbsp;&ldquo;an enormous amount of setbacks and disasters&rdquo;, as principal Caroline Bos commented during a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent public lecture</a>. The station is a meeting point for six modes of transportation and it accommodates about 55,000 travelers every weekday.</p><p>Collaboratively designed by UNStudio and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a>, the new transfer hall has an extensive program that includes multiple above-ground levels consisting of local and regional bus terminals, taxi stands, service areas and corridors linked to train platforms, office and retail spaces, and a spacious entrance lobby. Bicycle storage and vehicle parking is also available both above and below ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>A key aspect of the terminal's design was to enable passengers to move as s...</p> ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system Alexander Walter 2015-11-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T14:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveils a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijn, Spain. The MULTI system uses linear motors instead of ropes, enabling horizontal movement and transforming conventional elevator transportation into vertical metro systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li></ul> Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely. Justine Testado 2015-10-23T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T11:57:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plateauing and decline in U.S. vehicle miles traveled per capita that occurred between [2005-2014] was described by some hopeful commentators as a dramatic shift that was indicative of the preferences of a new workforce...Marginal changes in the way a new generation behaves...cannot overcome the realities of a country where more than three-fourths of jobs are located more than three miles from downtowns and where only one-fourth of homes are in places that their residents refer to as urban.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about car transit on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia</a></p><p><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></p><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p><p><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></p><p><a title="Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices</a></p> Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>&nbsp;will undergo a massive redesign to incorporate a new&nbsp;high-speed rail line connecting London and Birmingham.</p><p>The first phase of the so-called HS2, connecting London and Birmingham (before&nbsp;forking out to reach Manchester and Leeds in phase two), is expected to open in 2026, and developer HS2 Ltd. has just released designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for its outset station in central London, a redevelopment of Euston station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Grimshaw and Arup's design crafts an incremental approach to maintain current activity at the station during construction. Additions to the station include 11 new platforms for the HS2, a new glass fa&ccedil;ade and three new entrances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>First opening in 1837, Euston station was London's first intercity line, and ranks as its 6th busiest. Its original classical design was demolished in 1961 and replaced with what has been derided by Richard Morrison of The Times as...</p> New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops Alexander Walter 2015-09-04T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T15:34:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In western Europe, the bus stop is the most humble of building types, a meanly utilitarian structure that adds little or nothing to the roadside. But in the old Soviet empire, from the shores of the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the norm is &ldquo;wild going on savage&rdquo;, as Jonathan Meades writes in a beautiful new photobook featuring 159 bus stops, each illuminating &ldquo;the Soviet empire&rsquo;s taste for the utterly fantastical&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more of these beauties photographed by Christopher Herwig for the new book <em>Soviet Bus Stops</em>&nbsp;over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Class Architects Design Bus Stops in Austria</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin</a></li></ul> Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months Justine Testado 2015-07-31T15:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T13:33:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>'s MULTI elevator test tower is happening, indeed&nbsp;&mdash; and at a seemingly impressive rate. Less than 10 months after starting construction, the currently 232-meter structure in the German city of Rottweil recently celebrated its topping out. ThyssenKrupp is aiming to have the tower fully built and go into operation by the end of 2016. Once complete, the company will begin testing the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system, which they <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled late last year</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>ThyssenKrupp credits the tower's smooth construction progress through the use of "an innovative slipforming technique&nbsp;&mdash; all on time and on budget", and they obviously won't be slowing down anytime soon. The final glass story and the top of the elevator shafts will be added to the tower over the next two weeks, bringing the structure up to 244 meters. The tower will then reach its 246 height when the facade is complete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Interior work for the tower is scheduled for mid-August. Building services and elevator e...</p> A new LaGuardia is the "airport that New York deserves", says Gov. Cuomo Justine Testado 2015-07-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T17:51:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'We are transforming LaGuardia into a globally-renowned, 21st century airport that is worthy of the city and state of New York. It&rsquo;s the perfect metaphor for what we can achieve with the ambition and optimism and energy that made this the Empire State in the first place, and I want to thank our many partners for joining us to build the airport that New York deserves.' &mdash; Gov. Cuomo</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo alongside Vice President Joe Biden officially unveiled the proposed design for the new LaGuardia Airport earlier this week. The $4 billion revamp will transform the airport into a single, structurally unified main terminal, including expanded transportation access and increased taxiway space, and new top-notch passenger amenities.</p><p>The overhaul aims to alleviate the air-ground congestion and gate delays that have long plagued the airport&nbsp;&mdash; to the point where Biden previously described it as a place one would find in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"some third world country"</a>. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a report</a> by the Governor&rsquo;s Airport Master Plan Advisory Panel, the LaGuardia Airport is "consistently rated as among the worst airports in the world".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Groundbreaking of the first half of the project is expected to start in 2016, once the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey grants final approval. The first half is expected to open to passengers in 2019, and full completion...</p> Omaha to improve its Metro (for free!) Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T20:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:00:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of May, Metro will debut its FORWARD plan: a fully reconfigured bus network that emphasizes more frequency, better night and weekend service, direct lines through high-ridership corridors, and grid-style access to many parts of the city. The top five routes will now all get 15-minute peak service... Rather than lobby for more taxpayer funding or jack up fares, Metro looked for more efficient ways to use its existing resources.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p> How urban cities continue to veer toward new forms of mobility Justine Testado 2015-04-30T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:17:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gilles Vesco calls it the 'new mobility'. It&rsquo;s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones...'Multi-modal' and 'interconnectivity' are now the words on every urban planner&rsquo;s lips...This model of denser, less car-dependent cities is becoming the accepted wisdom across the developed world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Stephen Moss talks to urban planners and transportation authorities around Europe to get a glimpse into how cities worldwide continue to wean themselves off car dependency and explore new forms of mobility, all while city density increases.</p> Map Revealed for de Blasio’s City-Wide Ferry System Dana Schulz 2015-02-04T10:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:03:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current ferry plan will cost $55 million, with plans to expand to Coney Island and Stapleton in Staten Island once more money is secured. Additionally, service will be restored to the Rockaway ferry, which was put in place in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy wiped out subway service to the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio&nbsp;gave his State of the City address where he announced plans for a new, city-wide ferry service that will serve neighborhoods&nbsp;including the Lower East Side, Astoria, the&nbsp;Rockaways, Sunset Park, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bay Ridge,&nbsp;Red Hook and Soundview, among others. Today,&nbsp;a map has been revealed that shows existing ferry lines, those that will open in 2017 and 2018, and those that are proposed.</p> Share your creative commute proposals to NY Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-02T15:51:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:56:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the right mindset, commutes can become an abundant source for inspiration. Creative commuters or commuters in need of a creative outlet are invited to send submissions about&nbsp; public transit to the New York Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015.</p><p>Now in its second year, PLATFORM 2015 lets commuters perform and share their work inside the&nbsp;museum's decommissioned subway station home. Entries from all disciplines and academic fields are welcome, including: history, science, engineering, visual + performing arts, urban studies, and city planning.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions may include but are not limited to:</p><ul><li>Live performance (music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy)</li><li>Film (documentary, fiction, creative media works)</li><li>Visual Art (must include a presentation or programmatic discussion of the artwork)</li><li>Presentation (academic lecture, informal slideshow, etc.)</li><li>Panel discussion (must include participants, moderator, topic, and your expertise)</li><li>Other participatory events</li></ul><p>Submissions are due by <strong>February 20</strong>....</p> Public Transit Helps New Yorkers Earn More Money Nicholas Korody 2015-01-05T14:23:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:37:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[NYC] neighborhoods with the best access to transit, usually in Manhattan...also have the highest median household income, and the lowest unemployment rate... Neighborhoods with the worst access to transit (South Staten Island) had lower median incomes... and slightly lower unemployment rates...The neighborhoods with limited access to public transit, like the Flatlands in Brooklyn, fare the worst: their unemployment rate is nearly 12%, and their median household income is around $46,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That or the subway was designed around, and continues to serve, historically-affluent communities...</p><p>The study was conducted by&nbsp;<a title="Opens in a new window" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management</a>.</p> Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016 Justine Testado 2014-12-01T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T18:17:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many of us who have ridden inside an elevator since its invention 160 years ago are accustomed to hearing its ominous hums and creaks, as well as stories of malfunctioning elevators that cause people to be stuck inside for hours. So, the idea of hopping into a cable-free elevator in a mid to high-rise building can sound both thrilling and nerve-wracking. That idea is soon to become a reality for global transportation manufacturer <a href=";L=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, who is set out to test the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system once the testing tower in Rottweil, Germany is complete by the end of 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>MULTI's design is derived from the company's TWIN control system and safety features. Deemed as the world's first cable-free elevator, MULTI includes a multi-level brake system and multiple self-propelled cabins that can be incorporated within the same elevator shaft.</p><p>Operating on a circular system, the elevators will be able to move vertically and horizontally in a loop at a speed of 5 m/s,...</p> Geology and the Art of New York City Subway Construction Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:40:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="122" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Second Avenue Subway is the stuff of legend in New York City, the locomotive who cried wolf. Plagued by funding shortages, the project has been stop-and-go since the 1920s. Now construction is back to go; in late September, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) [...] requested $1.5 billion [...]. Michael Horodniceanu, head of construction for the MTA, has stated that the long-awaited line may be ready by 2029. In the meantime, the MTA is learning about, and acting on, geology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To</a></p> Grimshaw + Gruen's L.A. Union Station Master Plan approved for implementation Justine Testado 2014-10-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T14:08:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The L.A. Metro Board of Directors officially approved the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan in downtown L.A. to advance from planning to implementation. For the past two years, Metro has worked with a consultant team led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> to expand the iconic station, which is registered as a national historical landmark. Since Union Station opened in 1939, ridership continues to approach 110,000 trips per day and is expected to increase up to nearly 197,000 per day by 2040. L.A. Metro purchased the station in 2011.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The master plan development program consists of 3.25 million sq. feet of the Union Station property. The plan includes the preservation of the historic station, renovations to the station's perimeter, and adding new commercial developments like retail, hotel, and housing.</p><p>With today's approval, Metro can begin its initial implementation strategy for near-term projects, which includes a programmatic environmental review of the recommended trans...</p> UNStudio reveals latest designs for the new Doha Metro Network in Qatar Justine Testado 2014-09-18T20:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:28:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After Qatar Rail appointed UNStudio as principal architect, the Dutch firm revealed their designs for the new Doha Metro Network, a major component of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). In an effort to motivate more Doha locals to use public transit, UNStudio's design of the Metro Network consists of traditional Qatari-inspired elements and four transportation lines &mdash; with an estimate of 35 stations for Phase 1, followed by around 60 stations for Phase 2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Quite interesting that UNStudio released these designs at a time when Qatar has been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">making headlines</a> as of late...</p><p>Read more about the project on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> With newly proposed sky gondola, you could get from Brooklyn to Manhattan in less than four minutes Archinect 2014-09-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:00:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A top real estate executive from Brooklyn is proposing a high-speed sky gondola between the Brooklyn waterfront and Manhattan &mdash; a back-to-the-future form of mass transit that could ease congestion on ferries, subways and bridges. The so-called East River Skyway would be comprised of high-speed aerial cable cars, moving New Yorkers to Manhattan in less than four minutes. The cars could accommodate more than 5,000 people per hour in both directions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Baltimore-DC High Speed Train Secures $5bn in Funding Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T18:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T18:08:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An investor group hoping to build a high-speed train capable of cutting the travel time between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes says in a filing to state regulators that it has lined up more than $5 billion in financial backing. The commitment is from the Japanese government, which hopes to showcase the technology behind superconducting magnetic levitation or &ldquo;maglev&rdquo; trains to an American audience [&hellip;]</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that the maglev train has detractors, many of whom complain at the cost, which is far higher than other high-speed rails like those currently being built in California. For more information on the California project, check out the Atlantic's coverage <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, Joanna Symons of <em>the Telegraph</em>&nbsp;rode around Japan to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commemorate</a> the 50 year anniversary of the bullet train.</p> Repurposing Old Rail Stations in the Rust Belt: What Buffalo, Detroit, and Cincinnati can tell us about adaptive reuse Alexander Walter 2014-09-08T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:41:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The CTRC&rsquo;s efforts are part of a larger phenomenon of rail station preservation occurring throughout the Rust Belt, including places such as Cincinnati&rsquo;s Union Terminal, and Detroit&rsquo;s Michigan Central Station. And while a geographic disadvantage and heavy rehabilitation costs make for an uphill battle, the Buffalo nonprofit and its ebullient members have high hopes for the future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Submit your Vision42 entries to transform Manhattan's 42nd Street – Registration due September 8 Archinect 2014-08-20T19:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T19:08:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You don't have to be a New Yorker to submit design ideas for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard in Manhattan's iconic 42nd Street: Open to all architects, planners, and urban designers, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision42 design competition</a> invites proposals from around the world to transform the street into a "world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram."</p><p>Registration ends September 8, 2014, and (digital) submissions for phase 1 are expected by October 1. And did we mention that $10,000 are waiting for the lucky winner as well as a feature in the <em>Architect's Newspaper</em> for the jury&rsquo;s top selected projects? Well, there you go.</p><p>From the competition brief:</p><p>"The first phase of the competition will be entirely digital, permitting applicants to submit their entries electronically, greatly expanding opportunities for participation globally. Upon selection of finalists by the jury, those selected shall prepare and send boards for the exhibition to a designated...</p> A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-17T13:39:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In New York City history and lore, the Second Avenue subway is the Loch Ness Monster crossed with the Abominable Snowman. Politicians, transit planners, and everyone in between have witnessed this East Side subway line face countless stops and starts [...] And yet, the Second Avenue line has become a beacon for New York's future and a symbol of the numerous challenges facing a global city that must, in light of massive costs and slow build-outs, expand its transit network to stay competitive.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Vision42 is now accepting proposals to repurpose NYC’s iconic 42nd Street Justine Testado 2014-07-02T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:05:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision42's Design International Competition</a> is inviting architects, planners, and urban designers worldwide to send their ideas for a river-to-river and auto-free light rail boulevard in New York City's 42nd Street.</p><p>To address the iconic street's heavy traffic and noise, Vision42 set up the competition to garner interest in their initiative and potentially repurpose 42nd Street into a pedestrian-friendly urban space. From there, they hope the competition will serve as a 21st-century model for a live/work urban environment and transportation hub.</p><p>More details below:</p><p>"The first phase of the competition will be entirely digital, permitting applicants to submit their entries electronically, greatly expanding opportunities for participation globally. Upon selection of finalists by the jury, those selected shall prepare and send boards for the exhibition to a designated address in New York City.</p><p>The winning design will be one that utilizes the potential of the boulevard to inspire New Yorkers...</p> Winners of the 2014 DawnTown Alternative Mobilities competition Justine Testado 2014-06-10T18:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-11T12:51:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Miami is one of several U.S. cities promoting the value of better city infrastructure and the existence of alternative modes of transportation, as emphasized in the Miami DDA Masterplan. In collaboration with the initiative, local non-profit group DawnTown hosted the Alternative Mobilities competition, which asked designers to create a new meeting space in Downtown Miami's Central Business District for people using these alternative transit strategies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>At the end of the competition, three winners were selected:</p><p><strong>1st place: </strong>"The Catalyst" by Studio GeKo - Bastian Gerner, Pola Rebecca Koch (Arhus, Denmark)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2nd place: </strong>"Mobile Miami" by Jeff Jasinski and Matt Dureiko (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kent State University</a>, Cleveland, Ohio)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>3rd place:</strong> "MoPAD" by Michael Barker (New York City)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out videos of each winning submission below.</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> will ensure that you get yours by Christmas.</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More 3D-printing technology from MIT</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wearable architecture</a> to go with your Sesame Ring.</p> The Greatest Mass Transit Fails in History Archinect 2013-08-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:31:45-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> Feedback and contributions to the Hyperloop design should be directed to:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p>