Send your ideas to the 2016 Chicago Prize “On the Edge” competition
Visionary plans, policy, and infrastructure have all played crucial roles in the development of the city and consequently in the definition of its edge. Today, conflicting interests regarding ownership, use, and value of the Lakefront have produced a stalemate of what this civic treasure could become.
— Chicago Architectural Club
A hotspot for land-use disputes, the urban development of Chicago's Lakefront is the subject of the 2016 Chicago Prize competition, "On the Edge”. Launched on November 29 by the Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the competition seeks speculative architectural... View full entry
Listen to our final interviews from 'Next Up: The LA River' on One-to-One!
Missed out on Next Up: The LA River, Archinect Sessions' podcasting event? Now you can listen to the whole thing, released in two parts on One-to-One. Last week, we released the first half of the interviews, and this week we've got the rest. This week's playlist of live recordings features... View full entry
São Paulo named Grand Prize Winner in 2016 Mayors Challenge
As part of this year’s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, São Paulo’s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.
"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medellín and Bogotá, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."Click here to learn more about the winning proposal "São Paulo: Growing Farmers’... View full entry
OMA to design major masterplan for Feyernood City in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is the hometown and European headquarters of OMA and has many significant buildings by the firm. Now, it’s set to get a new major project. The Mayor and Aldermen of the city just approved a major new masterplan for Feyernoord City, home of the Feyenoord football team. Sited next to the... View full entry
What Ben Carson's federal inexperience means for HUD
If Carson wants to dramatically change the nature of HUD, all he needs to do is nothing — a course of action he seems temperamentally inclined to accept. Under Carson, HUD could stop enforcement of that "socialist" Fair Housing Act. It could stop prodding local governments to increase access to homes. It could look the other way when local ordinances sequester government-mandated affordable housing away from those with enough pull to say "not in my backyard."
Related on Archinect:President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben CarsonTurning down tenants because of criminal records may be discrimination, says HUDU.S. Department of HUD announces the Rebuild By Design winners View full entry
MVVA-designed Dallas Trinity River Park to become America's largest urban nature park
The Trinity River Park, which will be 10 times the size of Central Park in New York, will be made up of 7,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest, 2,000 acres of space between the Trinity River levees and 1,000 acres of already developed space.
MVVA’s design will build on municipal efforts to connect the river with the city. It envisions the space as a “beautiful and naturalistic network of trails, meadows and lakes living in harmony with the river”.
Related stories in the Archinect news:Results of the Dallas Connected City Design ChallengeA look at some cities revitalizing their blighted riversNational Geographic takes a closer look at the world's great urban parks View full entry
Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter
The perenially opinionated Patrik Schumacher, who gave a speech about his "urban policy manifesto" at the November 17th World Architecture Festival in which he called for an end to all social housing and privatization of public space, has attracted push-back from an unexpected source: the firm he... View full entry
Waterfront Towers Reel In Unusual Loan Deal
Most of the foundations are completed for the three buildings, which will have rental apartments on the lower floors and condominiums on the upper ones. The partnership tapped Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, who designed the slender ultraluxury condo skyscraper at 432 Park Ave., Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC to design the glass, stone and metal towers, which range from 34 to 38 stories tall.
— The Wall Street Journal
Independent Urbanism: Nostalgia and Non-places by Amy Tibbels
The 25th issue of MONU “Independent Urbanism” provides a platform to unveil the multitude of decisions that had to be made by countries after becoming independent - and more specifically the cities within these countries.
by Amy Tibbels
In 2010 we became familiar with instagram and along with it a new way to represent ourselves. In the same year, the Republic of Macedonia’s capital city Skopje decided to completely cover itself with false neo-classical facades, embodied with hundred year old representation. The 25th issue of... View full entry
Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #7 with Renee Dake Wilson (LA City Planning Commission) and Alexander Robinson (Office of Outdoor Research)
Our penultimate Mini-Session interview from 'Next Up: The LA River' pairs architects Renee Dake Wilson and Alexander Robinson. Dake Wilson, principal at Dake Wilson Architects, was appointed by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as Vice President on the city's volunteer-based Planning Commission—an... View full entry
Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #5 with Lou Pesce of Metabolic Studio
Los Angeles' Metabolic Studio, run by architect and visual artist Lauren Bon, creates site-specific, temporary "devices of wonder" that interpret landscape in new ways, shifting public perception of land and waterways. One of their most recent projects, 'Bending the River Back Into the City'... View full entry
Homelessness decreased this year in the US, but increased in cities including LA
Accurately tracking a population that has no permanent home has always been a challenge for those who attempt to put together figures on homelessness. Many studies elect to count transients one night each year in order to create some form of consistency. Using that method, a study by the... View full entry
Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure?
The indefatigable Paul Krugman takes a closer look at Trump's proposed infrastructure funding plans in his column for The New York Times, wondering why the President-elect would seek private equity for public projects. Is this a profiteering scheme that sneakily privatizes ownership of... View full entry
The New Silhouettes of New York
Thanks to new concrete technologies, we have witnessed an eruption of very slender, very tall (some might say very crass) buildings. But for every heroic skyscraper, there are more than a few more humble, human-scale ventures — a salt shed, a library, a residential hyperbolic paraboloid (see No. 10, above).
Matt A.V. Chaban compiles a list of new(ish) architectural/urban projects in NYC, with help from various shapers and observers (ranging from Dean Amale Andraos to David Rockwell) of the city. View full entry
With New York's Waterline Square, three architects are better than one
Three leading starchitecture firms – Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – have joined forces to collaborate on Waterline Square, a new residential development occupying five acres of land on one of the Upper West Side's last remaining waterfront development sites along the Hudson River.