Archinect 2015-11-28T06:20:51-05:00 HENN wins 1st prize for Zalando´s Headquarters in Berlin 2015-11-26T09:33:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T22:01:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The new Zalando Headquarters is designed as an ensemble of two new buildings that form the heart of the corporate campus in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The project&rsquo;s two seven-storey buildings provide some 42,000 m&sup2; of office space. Up to 2,700 employees will work here for Europe&rsquo;s largest online supplier of shoes and fashion goods. Instead of the company&rsquo;s various departments being spread out in annexes all over the city, they will now be brought together in a new location in the immediate vicinity of the Mercedes Benz Arena. With a striking design that will project the company&rsquo;s corporate identity in the cityscape, HENN emerged as the winner in an invited competition. The building&rsquo;s shape in plan reinterprets the typical Berlin block-edge development. It rotates the building grid diagonally to the development plan and places the internal courtyards on the outer edges of the plots. This opening creates transitions between office and public space. Further views into and out of the buildi...</p> INDIGO PLAYGROUNDS by Ballistic Architecture Machine BAM bam-usa 2015-11-25T23:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T13:53:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>BAM was approached to provide designs for playgrounds aimed at two different age groups.</p><p>The first space is the small children's zone. The concept for this playground is to create a play room within the park space. A canopy of bright orange circles and donut shapes acts as a sun shade and casts playful shadows across the topography of the room. One enters the play area by stepping down two large wood benches, which further create a sense of enclosure and security for the young age group. A pinstripe rubber &lsquo;carpet&rsquo; creates a soft and forgiving floor to the space. Children can choose from dozens of pieces of imported play equipment or invent their own games on the crescent shaped hill and sand area. Ideal ages for this playground are 2-7 years old.</p><p>More adventurous children aged 8 and older are welcomed further into the park to the King of the Hill playground. Taking its namesake from the children&rsquo;s game, a thrilling mountain occupies the center of the space. An array of pipes, climbin...</p> A global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to stave off the worst of climate change, says new UN report Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T23:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T20:22:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today. As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: 'Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.'"<br><br><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li><li><a title="Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy</a></li><li><a title="Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1</a></li></ul> "Latin America is where modernist Utopia went to die." – A closer look at the changing urban landscape of Caracas Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T17:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T18:40:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;El mejor anuncio de la historia&rsquo;, or &lsquo;the best ad in history&rsquo; is a picture taken in February 2008, which neatly encapsulates several aspects of the city&rsquo;s urban landscape: the formal, the informal and the promotional. '[...]Around and in between the super bloques a carpet of slums has grown, an organism that now seems to bind the blocks together in some symbiotic relationship. These are the kind of hybrid forms that are developing in Latin American cities [...]&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> Next Up Mini-Session #12: Paul Andersen & Paul Preissner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-25T15:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T18:52:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our final live <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Session</a>, recorded during our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a> event at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, we present a festival of Pauls. Archinect founder/publisher Paul Petrunia interviews Paul Andersen (Independent Architecture) and Paul Preissner (Paul Preissner Architects), who designed the University of Illinois at Chicago's kiosk in the Biennial's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lakefront Kiosk competition</a>.&nbsp;You can listen to past Mini-Sessions&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Listen to Mini-Session #12 with <strong>Paul Andersen</strong> (Independent Architecture) and <strong>Paul Preissner</strong> (Paul Preissner Architects):</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T15:36:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T05:02:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the west too often think of Beirut as a city scarred by war and terror. But the capital of Lebanon is a beautiful, modern city, one utterly remade after the country&rsquo;s civil war ended in 1990. Gleaming skyscrapers tower over historic and pre-war modernist architecture, drenched in color and bathed in sunlight. It provides no end of inspiration for Serge Najjar, whose gorgeous photos of the city fill his Instagram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T04:02:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"I'm always looking at things and taking them at face value," said Mike Nesbit, a Los Angeles-based architect and artist, as he leaned over the table and grabbed an empty glass to use as illustration. He turned the glass over in his hands several times causing the reflection of an overhead light to splinter and reform with each rotation. &ldquo;Surveying a found object,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;and trying to eliminate the predetermined meaning that I have in my hand.&rdquo;</p> Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-25T13:26:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T13:35:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Candy Chan</a>, an architect living in New York City, has what she describes as a "love-hate relationship" with her subway system. Fascinated in particular by the mechanisms of the MTA's stations &ndash; their navigation and placemaking methods, their circulation patterns &ndash; Chan was surprised to learn that there are no comprehensive, 3D maps of the station interiors available to the public.</p><p>To anyone easily turned around by traveling underground, the experience of emerging from the station on the wrong side of the street is a familiar and frustrating one, and travel can be discombobulating from the get-go. 3D station maps are commonplace in Hong Kong, where Chan is from, then why not New York? So Chan set out to map the stations herself, as a labor of love.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Her ensuing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Project Subway NYC"</a> is a blog and resource, chronicling Chan's studies of the subways and gorgeous diagrams of their interior structures. The Project began this past July, and Chan just released a new slew of station maps &ndash; pict...</p> New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T12:17:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T05:01:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s the legacy of Brutalism being such a negative term. It begins the conversation with negativity about these buildings, and this falls into the misreading of them as harsh, Stalinist, or some other kind of monstrous, mean architecture. The name plays into that mischaracterization that&rsquo;s grown around a lot of them. I think &ldquo;Heroic&rsquo;&rdquo; is a better title for what their actual aspirations were. The architects had a real sense of optimism. They were developing architecture for the civic realm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain</a></li></ul> REVEALED: SHoP Architects’ Long Island City Waterfront Development Alyssa Alimurung 2015-11-25T12:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T19:18:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here&rsquo;s our first peek at Simon Baron Development, Quadrum Global and CRE Development&rsquo;s three-tower Long Island City development slated to rise alongside the former Paragon Paint factory building at 45-40 Vernon Boulevard. Permits for the first tower were filed with the DOB back in June and detail a 28-story, 296-unit rental tower designed by SHoP Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 10th Street Duplexes by Suzane Reatig Architecture 2015-11-25T10:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T15:48:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Two new infill townhouses, each containing two equally spacious two-level units are located in the Shaw and Blagden Alley historic districts, in Washington, DC.&nbsp; The site is situated directly between a mid-century apartment building and two small single family row houses.</p><p>The main challenges were to design housing that would reinforce the existing historic urban fabric, and to achieve the qualities desired in a single-family home while maintaining the ease and convenience of city living.</p><p>The solution was to adapt the Victorian townhouse typology typical of the street to meet the needs of contemporary living, both on the exterior and interior. The buildings are finished with manganese iron spot brick on the street facade and weathered zinc corrugated metal on the alley facade.&nbsp; On the street side, low-e glass windows reflect sunlight onto the iron spot brick, creating a purple metallic hue at certain times of day. &nbsp;Bright green railings give a unique identity to the project and allude ...</p> Rain Ring by Ballistic Architecture Machine BAM bam-usa 2015-11-25T05:35:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T15:47:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A stainless steel sculpture encompassing a water feature at the most busy intersection in Teixi district Shenyang.</p> Has London finally found a Thames bridge that everyone can get behind? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T04:39:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T19:43:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You wait years for a new bridge across the Thames then three come along at once. Joining the controversial garden bridge and a plan for a crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico, both of which have fierce opponents, comes a proposal unveiled today for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Rotherhithe and the Isle of Dogs in east London that hasn&rsquo;t aroused a single objection &ndash; yet. There&rsquo;s a good reason why: of the three plans, it makes by far the most sense.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p> Dancing House for Teenagers by studio_GAON Joowon Moon 2015-11-24T19:57:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T15:50:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ansan city was venue of a traumatic affair last year. Despite the long and rich history, the city became one of the satellite bedtowns, when Seoul exploded with incoming population. &nbsp;The original character of the city faded away like other new towns, scattering calm apartments, dry facilities, and mechanically disposed green and cultural spaces within the city limit.</p><p>City is not a machine with mere components and dynamics. It is a delicate, affective complex body where people live, meditate, and rest. But in cities of modern era, everything is standardized and quantified. In such environment, we are left with standardized life and thoughts. And teenagers in this age are pressured by overburden study. Last year, teenagers from one high school in Ansan city were cast away in the sea on the way to school trip, and their lives were lost. Whole nation was in shock and in deep grief by the accident. Korean people blamed themselves and felt heavy responsibility of their incompetence that th...</p> PENTHOUSE II by des interior architecture a.desanctis 2015-11-24T15:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T15:12:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The PENTHOUSE II&nbsp; project consist in a interior design of a lake view apartment located on the top floor of a new gable roof building.</p><p>By accessing the apartment directly from the elevator you can see a high vertical window from which you can glimpse the iron staircase leading to the flat roof.</p><p>The living area is open plan and is characterized by the Roman Navona travertine floor, the wall and the roof curved accompanying the eye of the observer toward the large windows that allow access to the terrace.</p><p>The parabolic shape of the ceiling like a sail down was inspired not only by the waves of the lake during the mistral but also the architectural works of the Neo-Expressionist masters architects. This is not a mere exercise in style but a solution to the problem of acoustics for the existing gable roof and the choice to make the fluid space; this effect is accentuated by the sinuous curved wall which hides the bathroom for guests, the only room separate from the living area, where he gl...</p> Is Waze to blame for heavy traffic on L.A. residential side streets? Justine Testado 2015-11-24T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T18:01:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Waze sometimes sends drivers through little-used side streets such as Cody Road [in Sherman Oaks, Calif]...Some people try to beat Waze at its own game by sending misinformation about traffic jams and accidents so it will steer commuters elsewhere. Others log in and leave their devices in their cars, hoping Waze will interpret that as a traffic standstill and suggest alternate routes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about Waze on Archinect:</p><p><a title='Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate</a></p><p><a title="Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app</a></p><p><a title="Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app</a></p><p><a title="Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows</a></p> 2020 Tokyo Olympics panel launches nationwide call for new logo design Justine Testado 2015-11-24T13:58:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:59:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'We&rsquo;re expecting at least 10,000 applications this time,' said Ryohei Miyata, head of the selection committee. Only 104 applications were accepted for the previous competition. Applicants this time only have to be 18 or older and a resident of Japan. The committee will accept an entry by a group if the leader of the group meets the age and resident criteria, meaning that people younger than 18 can still take part.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee ran into accusations of plagiarism with their first logo for the Games, the committee is at it again with a second call for submissions. But this time around, they're inviting virtually all residents of Japan to submit their ideas for a new logo, regardless of design experience.</p><p>More recent news on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></p><p><a title="Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition</a></p><p><a title="Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></p> Open Call : Inflection Vol.3 New Order, Transdisciplinarity in Architectural Practice 2015-11-24T13:50:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:50:52-05:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina Alexander Walter 2015-11-24T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T11:29:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The systematic destruction of Saudi Arabia is under way&mdash;in silence. Historic mosques, tombs, mausoleums, monuments and houses: more than 90% of the old quarters of the holiest cities of Islam has been razed to make room for a new urban landscape of hotels, shopping centres and apartment blocks. [...] Construction works have already transformed Mecca and Medina into cities without a past, dominated by skyscrapers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built in 1780 and leveled in 2002 for the construction of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel complex, the Ottoman Ajyad Fortress is just one of many historic sites that are being destroyed and replaced by hotel towers, condo skyscrapers and parking lots.&nbsp;</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More than 50 dead after crane collapses on Mecca's Grand Mosque</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-24T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:38:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From farmland to stately brownstones to battleground for million-dollar bidding wars, Brooklyn&rsquo;s transformation has fundamentally altered the city&rsquo;s geography&mdash;and the way New York now thinks of itself. It has also altered the lives of the residents who call the borough home. To understand those changes, we dispatched a team of reporters to find a place where Brooklyn&rsquo;s past and future are next-door neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>New York Magazine</em>&nbsp;has a fascinating and highly addictive piece looking at how Brooklyn came to be Brooklyn, combining personal stories, shoe-leather reporting, and data studies to craft a compelling, interactive story of "One Block" in the borough's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.</p><p>For more news from Brooklyn, check out:</p><ul><li><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></li><li><a title="Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps</a></li><li><a title="Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide</a></li><li><a title="Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?</a></li><li><p><a title="Bed-Stuy In Memoriam" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy In Memoriam</a></p></li></ul> Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T13:18:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:18:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazilian police investigating corruption around the state-run oil firm Petrobras also plan to investigate more than $10bn of construction contracts for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to a lead investigator on the case. Some of the big engineering companies caught up in the Petrobras inquiry &ldquo;very probably&rdquo; broke laws against price-fixing and bribery on contracts to build Olympic venues, said Igor Romario, a federal police chief and key figure in the investigation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Another Olympics, another story of displacement" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></li><li><a title="Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li><li><a title="Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Racing to Get Ready: Rio 2016 Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympics Set To Transform Rio &mdash; But For Better Or Worse?</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> Are raised bikeways enough to make the San Francisco's riders safer? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T06:40:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our urban centers were not designed with cyclists in mind; we&rsquo;re a car-centric society. American cities&nbsp;can try piecemeal approaches, but the reality is that sharing the road is only a small part of the&nbsp;solution.&nbsp;Bikes and cars need their own dedicated thoroughfares to keep everyone as safe as possible, and to encourage people to&nbsp;choose clip-in pedals over gas ones...</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco recently announced plans &ndash; under the initiative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision Zero SF</a> &ndash; to aggressively tackle traffic-related deaths in the city. Part of that plan includes incorporating elevated bike lanes, with Market Street as a pilot project.&nbsp;</p><p>But according to Jordan Crucchiola, who invokes the successful, large-scale bicycle infrastructure projects of Europe, "Until San Francisco, or any rapidly growing American city, is willing to make that commitment, every slightly raised bike path will just amount to a series of ad hoc fixes."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts</a></li><li><a title="Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents</a></li><li><p><a title="Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Bike-Wash&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Jakarta's &quot;car-free days&quot; are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></p></li><li><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></li></ul> Who owns our cities – and why this urban takeover should concern us all Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-24T12:52:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T14:30:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Privatisation in the 90s has resulted in a reduction of public buildings and an escalation in large, corporate ownership</p></em><br /><br /><p>"today, rather than a space for including people from many diverse backgrounds and cultures, our global cities are expelling people and diversity. Their new owners, often part-time inhabitants, are very international &ndash; but that does not mean they represent many diverse cultures and traditions. Instead, they represent the new global culture of the successful &ndash; and they are astoundingly homogeneous, no matter how diverse their countries of birth and languages. This is not the urban subject that our large, mixed cities have historically produced. This is, above all, a global &ldquo;corporate&rdquo; subject."&nbsp;</p><p><em>Editor's note: the cover photo is not showing "Freedom Tower".&nbsp;Here is a link to <a href=";excludenudity=true&amp;mediatype=photography&amp;phrase=freedom%20tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gettyimages</a>&nbsp;.&nbsp;</em><em>While at it, check out </em><em>their </em><em>&nbsp;<a href=";sort=best&amp;excludenudity=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"city life"</a> section.</em></p> Scientists create first detailed map of Earth's hidden groundwater Alexander Walter 2015-11-24T12:07:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T12:08:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new study has, for the first time, estimated the total volume of groundwater present on the Earth. The results show that we're using up the water supply quicker than it can be naturally replaced, while future research will seek to determine exactly how long it will be until modern groundwater runs dry. Groundwater is an extremely precious resource, being a key source of sustenance for humanity and the ecosystems we inhabit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Ground)water-related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Pragmatic" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Faces Water Crisis in Less Than 30 Years</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Cities Are Sinking Due to Excess Groundwater Use and Rapid Growth</a></li></ul> My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting DianePham 2015-11-24T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T13:09:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carmel Place (formerly known as My Micro NY), the city&rsquo;s much-talked-about first micro apartment complex, began accepting applications for its affordable studios back in September. And now, a press release from developer Monadnock has announced that listings for 12 of the market-rate units will go live today in anticipation of the February opening date. Along with the launch comes news of Ollie, &ldquo;an innovative housing model that delivers an all-inclusive living experience.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>There will be 55 micro studios; 22 of which will be affordable and priced at $950&nbsp;and $1,500, while the rest are going for $2,540 a month. Mind you, units average only <strong>300 square feet</strong>.</p> Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings Nam Henderson 2015-11-24T01:59:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T14:25:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prefab housing plays a big role in recreational dwelling, aside from permanent and work-nomadic forms. This is well illustrated by the thriving KOA (Kampgrounds of America) site I pass on the way into town. KOA, founded in 1962, has 500 sites around US&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;an alternate housing archipelago experienced by millions of vacationing Americans, and the world&rsquo;s largest private campsite chain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim McCormick</a>&nbsp;(Founder at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Houslets</a>&nbsp;a modular, redeployable, user-buildable, live/work-spaces&nbsp;project), takes readers on a&nbsp;prefab housing tour of Willits, CA.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@AlJavieera</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a></p> Should architecture strive for originality? Can it ever achieve it? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-23T20:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T21:26:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the [Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act] is a [comparatively] recent development. Architecture shares certain myths with art that influence its commercial value, such as that of the singular author and singular work, but these are also relatively recent: Renaissance architects believed the peak of civilisation existed in antiquity, and so imitated ancient ruins. The commercial and social value of &ldquo;new&rdquo; and &ldquo;novel&rdquo; and even &ldquo;original&rdquo; are, arguably, products of modernity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Elevating Erie: An Ideas Competition for the Biodiverse Boulevard 2015-11-23T17:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T17:16:55-05:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 2015 Solar Decathlon Winner: Stevens Institute of Technology SURE House 2015-11-23T16:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T16:48:25-05:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lighthouse Sea Hotel 2015-11-23T16:42:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T16:42:23-05:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>