Archinect - News 2018-08-20T16:27:57-04:00 Design, Bitches lead pedestrian-friendly remodel of a major shopping center in Los Angeles Hope Daley 2018-08-20T16:23:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T16:23:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>...the center, known as Runway, is being remade as a place where pedestrians will be more inclined to hang out, shop and eat &mdash; without having to dodge vehicles. After seeing the closed-off streets packed with people during farmers markets and other special events, manager DJM Capital Partners Inc. concluded that Runway&rsquo;s autocentric ethos was outdated and has decided to make the ban full time, even though the center was built only three years ago in the recently developed community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Runway, a&nbsp;220,000 square foot retail space in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> neighborhood Playa Vista, will undergo a $9.1 million renovation lead by local architect team <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design, Bitches</a>. The complex is located next to Marina Del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica making it part of the Westside area known as "Silicon Beach". The new plan for Runway focuses on closing off the streets and creating a more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian</a> friendly space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Runway at Playa Vista rendering by Design, Bitches. Image: Design, Bitches.</figcaption></figure><p>As shopping centers face major changes to compete with online stores, these spaces are being rebranded as "lifestyle centers"&nbsp;focusing on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public space</a> as their main attraction. The Runway renovation is expected to be complete by early 2019.&nbsp;</p> Ikea's design modifications for their new store in India and around the world Hope Daley 2018-08-20T15:29:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T15:29:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This week, Ikea opened its first store in India&ndash;a feat the company has been planning for many years. But while the big, blue exterior of the store looks the same, the interiors, from the displays to the products themselves, have been subtlety tailored to accommodate cultural differences. It&rsquo;s a strategy Ikea has used to expand from its origins in Sweden, now reaching 30 markets in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia...</p></em><br /><br /><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea</a> expands into Asia, the brand recently opened their first store in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India</a> tailoring their products to the county's culture. This is part of how Ikea introduces their brand to countries around the globe, by keeping their designs mostly the same with subtle, pointed changes for specific aspects of different cultures.&nbsp;</p> <p>The company sends representatives to potential expansion areas in order to discern what alterations they may need to make. For India, Ikea created <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture designs</a> with new materials to withstand the extreme humidity rather than using their standard material of untreated pine. They also created more stools and folding chair products to accommodate spontaneous family gatherings, common to many Indian households.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out the <a href=";utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=feedburner+fastcompany&amp;utm_content=feedburner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full article</a> for other cultural modifications Ikea made around the world.&nbsp;</p> What past designs for outer space can teach us about the future Hope Daley 2018-08-20T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T14:45:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A drawing in [Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's] 1883 manuscript Free Space might be the first depiction of humans in orbital weightlessness. Four figures float in a spherical spaceship, each pointed in a different direction, disoriented... This basic design &mdash; primary thruster, secondary retro rockets, axial gyros for orientation &mdash; has been used by all crewed Russian and American spacecraft to date, including the International Space Station.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looking back at the history of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">outer space</a> design, Fred Scharmen brings past innovations into the present with applications for our future. Starting back in 1883 with the first design for humans in outer space (seen below), Konstantin Tsiolkovsky imagined a new way of thinking about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spatial design</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Free Space, 1883. Image: Russian Academy of Sciences.</figcaption></figure><p>Scharmen&nbsp;follows this path of design up through 1975 with&nbsp;Princeton physicist Gerard O&rsquo;Neill's project, funded by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a>, to develop habitats for civilization in space. A team of&nbsp;engineers, space scientists, physicists, artists, urban planners, and architects were assembled to create isolated and controlled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interiors</a> for humans to live in.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bernal Sphere, 1975. Image: Rick Guidice/NASA Ames Research Center.</figcaption></figure><p>Habitats like the Bernal Sphere were created as exercises in imagining completely new systems of design.&nbsp;Scharmen&nbsp;advocates that these outer space design exercises are the key to innovation for design both on and...</p> Epic Games unleashes Unreal with the Academy Anthony Morey 2018-08-19T13:52:00-04:00 >2018-08-19T13:52:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Epic Games</a>, the creators of the Unreal Engine, the standard for VR and AR exploration, experiment and implementation has unveiled its Academy. Understanding that understanding and exploring their medium is not as easy as picking up a pencil. Unreal is looking to change this by launching its own online academy meant to bring such software and creative unleashing to the masses. The academy will have a collection of tutorials, lectures and sample files tied to architecture, industrial design, game development and visualization to name a few.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Epic Games Academy</figcaption></figure></figure><p>With more and more educational institutions embracing the visual and visceral adoration of such projects that comes from such technology and with a growing portion of such institutional leaders and educators unaware of how to use, teach and implement such software, having companies bridge the landscapes between creator and educator may be a sign of things to come &mdash; a much needed one.&nbsp;</p> Transparent Value; A Conversation with Architecture Lobby's Peggy Deamer and Shota Vashakmadze Archinect 2018-08-17T18:30:00-04:00 >2018-08-17T18:35:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this latest issue of the Archinect&nbsp;Sessions podcast Ken, Paul and Donna talk with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peggy Deamer</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shota&nbsp;Vashakmadze</a>, from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Lobby</a>. For those of you unfamiliar, the Architecture Lobby is a non-profit organization run by and for architectural workers that advocate for the value of architecture to the public, and for the value of architectural work within the industry. The Lobby is rooted in a 10-point manifesto:<br></p> <ol><li>Enforce labor laws that prohibit unpaid internships, unpaid overtime; refuse unpaid competitions. </li><li>Reject fees based on percentage of construction or hourly fees and instead calculate value based on the money we save our clients or gain them. </li><li>Stop peddling a product&ndash;buildings&ndash;and focus on the unique value architects help realize through spatial services. </li><li>Enforce wage transparency across the discipline. </li><li>Establish a union for architects, designers, academics, and interns in architecture and design. </li><li>Demystify the architect as solo creative genius; no honors for ...</li></ol> BIG designs first prototype for affordable vacation home company Klein Hope Daley 2018-08-15T15:12:00-04:00 >2018-08-19T16:26:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Behold the first prototype of the Brooklyn-based Klein, a new company that wants to make the process of building small houses more affordable all over the world.&nbsp;A45 is a 13-foot-long wood and glass cabin for one, two, or three people (if one of them is tiny) designed by the&nbsp;Danish architectural firm&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group [...] meant to be the first of many designs [that will fulfill the fantasy] of having a home outside the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Founder Soren Rose started Klein after leading the firm S&oslash;ren Rose Studio&nbsp;based in New York and Copenhagen. By providing small, cheap, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> houses the company aims to make vacation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home ownership</a> more affordable to a wider audience.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>While there are currently no set prices, homes are projected to range from&nbsp;$50,000 to $300,000.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>The first prototype, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, is the start of several options which will be fully customizable and ready within 6 months of placing an order.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure><p>Klein is currently taking preorders on a case by case basis.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Klein prototype A45 by BIG. Image: Matthew Carbone.</figcaption></figure></figure> Sidewalk Labs' Toronto waterfront smart city raises dystopian concerns Hope Daley 2018-08-10T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T15:40:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sidewalk&rsquo;s vision for Quayside &mdash; as a place populated by self-driving vehicles and robotic garbage collectors, where the urban fabric is embedded with cameras and sensors capable of gleaning information from the phone in your pocket &mdash; certainly sounds Orwellian. Yet the company contends that the data gathered from fully wired urban infrastructure is needed to refine inefficient urban systems and achieve ambitious innovations like zero-emission energy grids.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last fall Sidewalk Labs, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a>-affiliated company, announced plans to build a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart city</a> model on 12 acres of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a> waterfront named Quayside. The design would include infrastructure with sensors and data analytics with the claim of building an overall more streamlined, economical, and green urban space. Sidewalk Labs' partnership with Canada is the beginning of an urban model they hope to expand globally.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>While the goal may look utopian, many see an ominous future where governance is under threat rather than the projected promise of urban innovation. Concerns center around tech monopolies, the collection and commodification of city data, and a democratic process of decision making for our environments.</p> The housing crisis isn't sparing smaller cities in Middle America Alexander Walter 2018-08-08T18:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T18:31:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ten years after the housing collapse during the Great Recession, a new and different housing crisis has emerged. Back then, people were losing their homes as home values crashed and homeowners went underwater. Today, home values have rebounded, but people who want to buy a new home are often priced out of the market. There are too few homes and too many potential buyers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>NPR</em> takes a closer look at the impact of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing affordability crisis</a> in midsized, fast-growing cities, like&nbsp;Des Moines, IA, Durham, NC, and Boise, ID&mdash;far away from the usual, well documented housing hot spots of the big coastal cities.</p> Authorship dispute erupts over Europe's tallest skyscraper in St. Petersburg Hope Daley 2018-08-08T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T15:57:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A row has broken out between&nbsp;former RMJM international group design director Tony Kettle and a Russian architect over who designed Europe&rsquo;s new tallest building &ndash; an&nbsp;87-storey skyscraper near St Petersburg. Staff at Moscow-based firm Gorproject have accused Scottish practice The Kettle Collective of trying to claim &lsquo;authorship&rsquo; over energy giant Gazprom&rsquo;s mammoth tower, currently nearing completion on the Gulf of Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Europe's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tallest skyscraper nears completion</a>, a dispute has erupted over the&nbsp;authorship of the completed project. The Moscow-based firm Gorproject claims design authorship over the Lakhta Center, while Tony Kettle claims the delivered design is his concept while working at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>. Letters on the issue were sent to&nbsp;the RIBA, the RIAS, and&nbsp;the Union of Architects of Russia. A statement from the client, Gazprom, asserts the design was RMJM&rsquo;s original 2011 concept with Tony Kettle as design director.</p> California wildfires: shortage of construction workers complicates rebuilding efforts Alexander Walter 2018-08-07T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-07T17:32:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Hundreds of families displaced by Northern California&rsquo;s fires could face another challenge to rebuilding their homes &mdash; a persistent shortage of construction workers. California lost nearly 20 percent of its construction work force&nbsp;between 2005 and 2016 [...]. And more than 40 percent of construction job postings in the state remain unfilled for at least six weeks, according to the study, the third longest wait in the nation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>California's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a> will only get exacerbated as several devastating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildfires</a> are ripping through entire regions of the Golden State while construction firms are struggling to hire enough workers to rebuild communities. According to Cal Fire, more than a thousand homes have already been lost in the Carr fire as well as the ongoing Mendocino Complex fire&mdash;now the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">largest</a> in modern state history.&nbsp;</p> <p>All this new bad new adds to the nearly 9,000 structures that burned down&nbsp;last fall when a series of Wine Country fires ripped through Northern California.</p> Editor's Picks #490 Nam Henderson 2018-08-06T13:26:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T20:56:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a> introduced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk #6: East vs West</a>. <br></p> <p><strong>WAI Think Tank</strong> started by looking at the problem(s) of Imperialism, Orientalism, "<em>hegemonic powers</em>" and canon. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They argued</a> <em>"</em><em>In the midst of an ongoing debacle of global proportions only a truly critical architecture can offer a vision of a world where humanity, architecture and the environment are in radical balance, and where East and West are just geographical references to explain where the Sun rises and the day sets.</em>"<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duane McLemore</a> made reference to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orientalism, Critical Regionalism, Audre Lorde</a> and "<em>dealing with privilege</em>", while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conor Gravelle</a> contended <br></p> <p>"<em>The<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> narratives</a> of the East and West begin to loose grounds where they fail to adequately surmount the intersectionality of contemporary existence...While this truth may not deliver the kind of critical fodder as the grander concepts of East or West, careful engagement with place offers a powerful sense of validation independent from heritage or nationality, beyond the co...</em></p> President Trump involved in revamping the FBI headquarters in DC Hope Daley 2018-08-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Trump is obsessed with the FBI building. For months now, in meetings with White House officials and Senate appropriators intended to discuss big-picture spending priorities, the president rants about the graceless J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington, D.C.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Trump</a> has reportedly taken an interest in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FBI headquarters</a> J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown DC, overseeing every detail of the project. While he recognizes the value of the property, the president is not a fan of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalism</a>. Trump complained, "Even the building is terrible... It's one of the brutalist-type buildings, you know, brutalist architecture. Honestly, I think it's one of the ugliest buildings in the city."</p> NCARB announces a commitment to diversity in leadership Hope Daley 2018-08-02T14:58:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a> Board of Directors recently announced a Policy for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diversity</a> in which the organization states a commitment to greater diversity, with respect to&nbsp;gender, race, geography, age, perspective (architect vs. non-architect), and physical ability, when electing leadership positions. The NCARB has worked to diversify their volunteer pool, transformed key programs for inclusion, and promoted wider access to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">licensure</a>. Yet, President and Chair of the Board states more can be done: <br><br>"While diversity at the licensing board level is largely controlled by governors or other appointing authorities, more can be done to influence the appointment process [...] And internally, we will strive to more fully utilize existing licensing board members who bring the perspective of under-represented groups."</p> <p><em><strong>Policy for Diversity </strong><br><br>This Policy on Diversity is designed to encourage consideration of underrepresented groups when the NCARB Board of Directors or the Council membership selects individuals to p...</em></p> Airbnb offers chance to spend a night on the Great Wall of China Alexander Walter 2018-08-02T14:42:00-04:00 >2018-08-02T14:46:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Great Wall of China receives an average of more than 27,000 visitors every single day. This fall, eight lucky people will win a night at the Great Wall with 13,000 miles of history all to themselves. In an effort to raise awareness for heritage site protection and cultural exchange, Airbnb is partnering with the Beijing Tourism Development Committee to host the first-ever overnight stays at the modern world wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever wanted to have a sleepover at one of the seven wonders of the world? Here's your chance. "Four lucky winners and their chosen guests will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay the night in a custom-designed home situated on the ancient Great Wall," explains Airbnb's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Airbnb</figcaption></figure><p>In a magnificent, 2,600-year-old heritage structure, there will be house rules, of course, including "respect the neighbors, all 1.38 billion of them" and "if you see any dragons, do not disturb them."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Airbnb</figcaption></figure><p>To enter the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contest</a>, Airbnb asks participants to explain in 550 characters or less why it is "more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures" and how&nbsp;prospective guests&nbsp;would want to build new connections.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions will be accepted until August 11.</p> Europe's new tallest building, The Lakhta Center by RMJM, nearly completed in St. Petersburg Hope Daley 2018-07-31T13:30:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T13:30:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For a brief period from 2011 until 2012 Renzo Piano&rsquo;s 309.7m London skyscraper, The Shard, was the tallest in Europe. However, it has since been dwarfed by three new buildings in Moscow, and, this summer, the title has shifted to Moscow&rsquo;s second city, St Petersburg, as one of Russia&rsquo;s largest companies plans its relocation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lakhta Center, designed by&nbsp;British firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMJM</a>,&nbsp;is set to be Europe's new tallest skyscraper. The nearly completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supertall</a>, located on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Petersburg's</a> coast, will reach approximately&nbsp;1,515 feet, which is about 50% taller than The Shard in London. The building will serve as the new headquarters for Russian energy company&nbsp;Gazprom, currently based in Moscow.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Lakhta Center rendering by RMJM, located in St. Petersburg, RU. Image: Lakhta Center.</figcaption></figure><p>With piles driven 270 feet into the ground, the 87-story&nbsp;skyscraper also boasts&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Gold</a> certification. The design features an energy saving&nbsp;ice storage facility, which can accumulate up to 1000 tonnes of ice during the night used to air condition the building during the day.<br></p> New report assesses worrying impact of vacant properties in U.S. cities, and what local communities can do about it Justine Testado 2018-07-30T15:50:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T09:47:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Neighborhoods with high vacancy rates rarely recover, according to the study. Vacancy is &ldquo;first and foremost a symptom of other problems &mdash; concentrated poverty, economic decline, and market failure,&rdquo; the study notes. That means the solutions must go beyond just tearing abandoned buildings down. The study urges local governments to use tools like &ldquo;spot blight&rdquo; eminent domain, vacant property receivership, and land-banking to speed up the transition from owner to owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CityLab editor-at-large Richard Florida summarizes a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new report</a> by&nbsp;Alan Mallach of the Center for Community Progress about the increase of vacant properties and hypervacancy in cities across the U.S. in recent decades &mdash; another worrying aspect of the American housing crisis. The report assesses how vacant properties are affecting certain cities, and it also outlines mitigation strategies for local governments and community groups.</p> The home of civil rights activist Rosa Parks is now up for auction Hope Daley 2018-07-27T13:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T13:27:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In 2016, the Berlin-based US artist Ryan Mendoza and Rhea McCauley, the niece of Rosa Parks, teamed up to save the civil rights activist&rsquo;s Detroit home from demolition. Now, the structure is heading to another block: the New York auction house Guernsey&rsquo;s, where it is due to be auctioned tomorrow (26 July) with an estimate of $1m-$3m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Park's house is part of the 700-lot of African American Historic &amp; Cultural Treasures up for sale at&nbsp;the New York <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">auction</a> house Guernsey&rsquo;s.&nbsp;McCauley initially bought the house for just $500 back in 2016 reaching out to Mendoza to help <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preserve</a> the house. In 2017 the structure was safely disassembled and reassembled in Berlin where it was open to the public hosting sound performances inside.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rosa Parks originally lived in the three-bedroom house with&nbsp;17 relatives after she left the south in 1957 for Detroit. Mendoza and McCauley&nbsp;have hopes that the house will end up in an institution where it can inspire visitors with Park's life and legacy in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">civil rights</a>.&nbsp;</p> Liverpool aims to be world's first climate-positive city with blockchain technology Hope Daley 2018-07-26T16:20:00-04:00 >2018-07-26T16:20:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Liverpool City Council (LCC) has announced a new partnership with a blockchain platform company to offset more than 110% of its carbon emissions, with the city announcing its bid to become the world's first climate-positive city by the end of 2020. LCC will conduct a year-long trial with the Poseidon Foundation to use a blockchain platform to offset the carbon impact of all products and services in the city by supporting global forest conversation projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liverpool</a>'s ambition to become the world's first climate-positive city by 2020 has been announced with the city's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockchain</a> technology partnership. Committing to a year-long trial of this sustainable technology,&nbsp;Liverpool City Council strives to reduce its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">carbon impact</a> by installing more than 15,000 energy saving LED streetlights across 2,000 streets to reduce streetlight energy consumption by 82%.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Poseidon&rsquo;s Foundation, Laszlo Giricz stated, &ldquo;This is a ground-breaking partnership not just for Poseidon and Liverpool, but globally. For the first time, a city will use blockchain technology to go beyond rebalancing its carbon footprint &ndash; leading the way in the fight against climate change."&nbsp;</p> After Seattle's “Amazon Tax” failed, California cities pick up on their own big-business tax initiatives for affordable housing Justine Testado 2018-07-25T15:37:00-04:00 >2018-07-25T17:58:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last week, a coalition of homelessness advocates, non-profits, and tenant groups in San Francisco secured an initiative for November&rsquo;s ballot that, if passed, would almost double the city&rsquo;s spending on homeless shelters using an increased gross receipts tax. [...] This news comes just weeks after Seattle&mdash;home to companies like Amazon and Starbucks, along with the third-largest homeless population in the country&mdash;capitulated on a similar plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the swift defeat of Seattle's &ldquo;Amazon Tax&rdquo;,&nbsp;big tech cities in California like San Francisco and Mountain View&nbsp;are working on similar initiatives that charge higher taxes on large companies to raise more money for affordable housing. Despite some skepticism, these initiatives might have a better chance of passing in California.</p> Vienna leads globally in affordable housing and quality of life Hope Daley 2018-07-25T15:05:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T12:14:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With its affordable and attractive places to live, the Austrian capital is fast becoming the international gold standard when it comes to public housing, or what Europeans call &ldquo;social housing&rdquo; &#8213; in Vienna&rsquo;s case, government-subsidized housing rented out by the municipality or nonprofit housing associations. Unlike America&rsquo;s public housing projects, which remain unloved and underfunded...</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Vienna 62% of its citizens reside in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public housing</a>, standing in stark contrast with less than 1% living in US social housing. The Austrian capital boasts regulated rents and strongly protects tenant's rights, while US public housing functions as a last resort for low-income individuals. Earlier this year Vienna was listed at the top of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mercer's Quality of Living Ranking</a>, beating every city in the world&nbsp;for the ninth year in a row. Needless to say US cities have <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much to learn from Vienna's urban housing model</a>.&nbsp;</p> Should New York's subway rails be paved over for driverless cars? Hope Daley 2018-07-24T19:03:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Visions of the future [autonomous vehicles] will bring have already crept into City Council meetings, political campaigns, state legislation and decisions about what cities should build today. That unnerves some transportation planners and transit advocates, who fear unrealistic hopes for driverless cars &mdash; and how soon they&rsquo;ll get here &mdash; could lead cities to mortgage the present for something better they haven&rsquo;t seen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new technologies emerging</a>, cities are debating the most effective transportation systems to fund. Caught in the midst of this struggle is the proposition of paving over the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York subway</a>&nbsp;in order to create an underground highway for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a>. Those championing the idea believe this system would move the most people using the least amount of space, when theoretically services like Lyft and Uber no longer have to pay drivers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many, however, believe this is an unrealistic faith in new technology to solve all of our cities transportation problems. If everyone uses their own private, self-driving car this could create enormous amounts of traffic. Not to mention the belief that there is something inherently better about everyone traveling together on public transit rather than in their own isolated vehicles. Should cities invest in these new transit models replacing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public&nbsp;infrastructure&nbsp;with private systems</a>? Or hold out for unknown future technologies?</p> New Museum appoints V. Mitch McEwen as curator of IdeasCity initiative Hope Daley 2018-07-24T18:04:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> announced today the appointment of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V. Mitch McEwen</a>&nbsp;as Curator of IdeasCity, the museum's initiative exploring the future of cities. McEwen is the principal and cofounder of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A(n) Office</a>, a collaborative of design studios in Detroit and New York&nbsp;exploring the intersection of architecture and exhibition.&nbsp;</p> <p>IdeasCity is a creative and collaborative enterprise operating through conferences, workshops, commissions, projects, and exhibitions in order to investigate key issues and proposes solutions. The Curator is a two-year appointment linked to the biennial presentation of IdeasCity in New York and is responsible for the two-year cycle leading up to this presentation.&nbsp;</p> <p>As Curator of IdeasCity, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McEwen</a> will head up the 2018&ndash;19 cities and launch an open call for cities around the world to apply for the 2020&ndash;21 cycle.&nbsp;The next IdeasCity will take place in Toronto on September 15, 2018, in partnership with the&nbsp;Bentway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since 2017, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McEwen</a> has been Assistant Professor at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Princeto...</a></p> The Brady Bunch home could be yours for $1.885M Alexander Walter 2018-07-23T13:39:00-04:00 >2018-07-23T13:39:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Now on the market for the first time since 1973 is the Studio City residence known the world over as the Brady Bunch house. Built in 1959, the property was discovered by location scouts a decade later and appeared in every episode of the hit TV show except the first. [...] Sited on a .29-acre lot that abuts the LA River, the cultural icon is listed with an asking price of $1.885 million. Due to the intense interest expected, no open houses will be scheduled.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed LA</em> quotes the show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz, explaining in an 1994 interview why this particular house was chosen for the Brady Bunch exterior shots from 1969 to 1974: "We didn&rsquo;t want it to be too affluent, we didn&rsquo;t want it to be too blue-collar. We wanted it to look like it would fit a place an architect would live."</p> <p>Interested? Dig into the listing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #489 Nam Henderson 2018-07-19T12:52:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T11:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Baldwin</a> kicked off a new series, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing Practice</a>. lt kicked off featuring chats with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evelyn Lee</a> (of AIA&rsquo;s YAF and Practice Innovation Lab) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lola Sheppard</a> (of Lateral Office) regarding Alternative or Expanded practice models in the 21st century. Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duo Dickinson</a> (architecture critic for the New Haven Register) surveyed the changing professional landscape and saw <em>"</em><em>A whole lotta doom and gloom...!</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong><strong> </strong>countered "<em>With all due respect, lines of code won't keep out the rain or hold up the roof. As a retired but still teaching architecture faculty member and founding, retiring partner in a 12 person practice, I find us busier than ever with our role as interpreter of the building industry for clients unfamiliar with it.</em>" Later, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> chimed in "<em>the profession has indeed moved on. I don't agree that the step away from beauty has been a bad thing...The idea of a master builder as architect is strange...How we are paid is indeed a problem...The problems ou...</em></p> Architecture Billings Index in June "stable across sectors" Alexander Walter 2018-07-18T13:00:00-04:00 >2018-07-18T13:00:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture firm billings slowed in June but remained positive for the ninth consecutive month, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA&rsquo;s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for June was 51.3 compared to 52.8 in May, which is positive since any score over 50 represents billings growth. As a result, June&rsquo;s ABI shows that demand for architecture firm services continues to improve across all sectors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Architects continue to see increases in demand for their services this summer, with new project work coming in at a healthy pace,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. &ldquo;However, business conditions are beginning to vary across the country. While essentially remaining flat in the Northeast and Midwest, billings jumped in the South while dropping in the West.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The American Institute of Architects reports these key&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ABI</a>&nbsp;stats for the month of June:</p> <ul><li>Regional averages: West (46.9), Midwest (49.8), South (57.4), Northeast (50.2)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (54.6), institutional (51.6), commercial/industrial (53.4), mixed practice (49.3)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 56.0</li><li>Design contracts index: 54.1</li></ul> The RAIC shares report on co-designing as reconciliation with Indigenous communities Hope Daley 2018-07-16T15:56:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T15:56:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)</a> has created a free, public report as a resource for architects, designers, clients, funders, and policy-makers involved in the creation of new infrastructure facilities and housing in First Nation, Inuit, and other Indigenous communities. The report focuses of four case studies located in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec which exemplify the best architecture practices of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">co-designing</a> as reconciliation.&nbsp;</p> <p>In these four case studies, the community vision was developed through architects engaging in a shared design process in order to address injustices and give <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">agency back to Indigenous people groups</a>. You can read the full RAIC&nbsp;report <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Will the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics truly be low-impact? Hope Daley 2018-07-12T16:04:00-04:00 >2018-07-12T16:04:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The only profitable games in modern Olympic history, LA 1984 was a case study in public&ndash;private partnerships, corporate sponsorship, and municipal storytelling [...] It&rsquo;s proof, say LA 2028 organizers, that the city can do it again: re-use the city&rsquo;s wealth of existing and under-construction stadiums and athletic facilities, house athletes and the media at local universities, and host an Olympics that won&rsquo;t require new publicly-funded infrastructure...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Olympics have been promoted to cities as a vehicle for ushering in investment, attention, and urban growth. The reality, however, is often contradicting with failed developments and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>&nbsp;left in the aftermath. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> prepares to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">host the 2028 games</a>, large questions remain on how this will impact the city with an affordable housing and a homelessness crisis.&nbsp;</p> Is vertical farming the future of agriculture? Hope Daley 2018-07-11T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T16:18:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The astronomical capital costs associated with starting a large hydroponic farm (compared to field and greenhouse farming), its reliance on investor capital and yet-to-be-developed technology, and challenges around energy efficiency and environmental impact make vertical farming anything but a sure bet. And even if vertical farms do scale, there&rsquo;s no clear sense of whether brand-loyal consumers, en masse, will make the switch from field-grown produce to foods grown indoors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A look at the benefits and costs to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vertical farming</a> taking into account new technologies, the architecture and economics of production, and consumer demand. In these indoor spaces food is being grown hydroponically, meaning without soil and using artificial LED lighting. As new innovations emerge disrupting the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">agriculture</a> industry, the impact of indoor farming remains open ended.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>LED lighting used for an indoor farming operation. Image: Agritecture.</figcaption></figure> Mexican president-elect softens his opposition to $13 billion airport project Alexander Walter 2018-07-09T15:16:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T15:17:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico&rsquo;s next president, is no longer seeking an immediate suspension of Mexico City&rsquo;s new $13 billion airport, according to a member of his economic transition team. Abel Hibert, who attended a planning meeting with Lopez Obrador and about 100 aides from the transition team on Tuesday evening, said it was clear that there&rsquo;ll be no immediate demand to President Enrique Pena Nieto to suspend construction of the airport, at least until a review of the contracts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Canceling the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Mexico City International Airport project</a> due to alleged corruption and wasteful spending was one of the campaign promises of socialist (then) candidate, and now president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tone appears to have softened now to not completely alienate investors, and an AMLO aide laid our three possibilities: "Auctioning the airport to the private sector, moving it to an alternative site (which would mean losses on construction that&rsquo;s already happened), or going ahead with the current plan," <em>Bloomberg</em> reports.</p> <p>A conglomerate comprising&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise)</a>, and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">had won</a> the international architectural competition in 2014 for what might become one of the world's largest airports with (up to) six runways and a&nbsp;560,000-square-meter terminal.</p> Despite being in high-risk flood zones, waterfront housing developments are on the rise in NYC Justine Testado 2018-07-06T17:31:00-04:00 >2018-07-08T13:24:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Whether these new apartment buildings can endure another major storm does not seem to be a concern for most residents, who are glad to have new options in inventory-starved markets. Critics, though, ask whether the neighborhoods can withstand the surge of new development and the stress it will add to an already strained infrastructure. These new buildings might remain unscathed in a flood, they say, but what about the damage caused by the torrent around them?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>