Archinect - News 2017-10-22T17:18:38-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150033455/monu-27-on-small-urbanism-released MONU #27 on "Small Urbanism" released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2017-10-16T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T12:39:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><strong>&ldquo;&hellip; And Though She be but Little, She is Fierce!&rdquo;</strong>, the title of <em><strong>Liz Teston&rsquo;s</strong></em> contribution using a quote from Shakespeare&rsquo;s &ldquo;A Midsummer Night&rsquo;s Dream&rdquo;, captures the content of this <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONU</a></strong> issue on <strong>&ldquo;Small Urbanism&rdquo;</strong> very well. For when it comes to urbanism, small things seem to matter, whether they are actions, small physical elements, information and communications technology, or small-scale interventions. With regard to actions, <strong>Teston</strong> shows how transient micro-urbanisms of protest architecture can have a significant impact on our cities. During such actions, human bodies can alter public spaces through practices that challenge the arrangement of urban power and convert it into a channel of opposition, as <em><strong>Ana Medina </strong></em>argues in her piece<strong> &ldquo;Dissident Micro-occupations&rdquo;</strong>. In her explorations of dissident architectural practices, she reveals that spaces for protests are in fact not designed, but taken over by the dissidents to transform the architectural urban landscape. However, t...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150033134/new-york-s-iconic-yellow-cabs-are-slowly-disappearing-from-city-streets-and-uber-is-cashing-in New York's iconic yellow cabs are slowly disappearing from city streets — and Uber is cashing in Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-13T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-10-13T15:14:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/ic19clk0nwnjy9g3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/ic19clk0nwnjy9g3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/ic19clk0nwnjy9g3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/ic19clk0nwnjy9g3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>What seemed inevitable for quite some time now, has finally come to pass; Uber has overtaken yellow cabs in average daily ridership figures, the New York Times reports. This past July, Uber witnessed an average of 289,000 rides per day, whereas yellow cabs only managed 277,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More than half of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/484833/uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a>'s rides start outside of Manhattan. Yellow and green cabs are not as accessible in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island and users prefer Uber and other ride-share apps. The company capitalized on this market by offering borough-specific promotions and moved its support and recruitment center outside of Manhattan.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150032416/reimagining-detroit-a-d-museum-s-the-architectural-imagination Reimagining Detroit: A+D Museum’s The Architectural Imagination Isaac Wilhelm 2017-10-09T23:43:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T20:31:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iw8po05a2rxa5dtk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iw8po05a2rxa5dtk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iw8po05a2rxa5dtk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iw8po05a2rxa5dtk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nh/nhtw3ef0xc4tbeyd.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nh/nhtw3ef0xc4tbeyd.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><br></p><p>Architecture is a creative media that analyzes what is, while imagining what could and should be. Located in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>&rsquo; Art District, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/28121/a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>'s current exhibit, The Architectural Imagination, is a showcase of re-imagining and rebuilding the outdated industrial urbanscape of Detroit, Michigan. Before coming to Los Angeles, the exhibition premiered during the <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/743426/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the mid-20th century, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/12263/detroit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a> was a booming urban center bursting with blue collar and white collar families benefiting from the automotive industry. However, as automotive industries began to move their factories to cheaper markets and with the rather recent American automotive bankruptcies and government bailouts, Detroit has been challenged with repurposing the remnants of an abandoned era. The projects showcased in the exhibit present ideas for compelling modern design along with appropriate programming (think atriums, markets, and green spaces) to regenerate existing neighborho...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150032275/thomas-heatherwick-s-150-foot-climbable-vessel-hits-halfway-mark-at-hudson-yards Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot climbable ‘Vessel’ hits halfway mark at Hudson Yards Dana Schulz 2017-10-09T11:56:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T12:43:42-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qh/qhla8juafdtzaxr7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qh/qhla8juafdtzaxr7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qh/qhla8juafdtzaxr7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qh/qhla8juafdtzaxr7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In April, construction began on Hudson Yards&rsquo; Vessel, a 150-foot-tall climbable steel structure designed by Heatherwick Studio and its 100,000 pound-components were put in place by crane. Construction on the $200 million &ldquo;public landmark&rdquo; has now hit its halfway mark. The structure includes 154 geometric-lattice linked flights of stairs, 80 landings and will able to hold 1,000 visitors.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qh/qh3wvhl1hbhpskut.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qh/qh3wvhl1hbhpskut.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via CityRealty</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yu/yue6siwnfom489gw.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yu/yue6siwnfom489gw.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via CityRealty</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150032210/pursuing-carbon-neutral-growth Pursuing carbon-neutral growth Nam Henderson 2017-10-09T09:43:00-04:00 >2017-10-10T08:25:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2b/2bc6hacsvl84ixxg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2b/2bc6hacsvl84ixxg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2b/2bc6hacsvl84ixxg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2b/2bc6hacsvl84ixxg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Though the financial crisis put a crimp in Masdar City&rsquo;s ambitions too, it's now expanding around its compact urban core, with a new apartment complex nearing completion and plans for 5,000 homes. And the international publicity the project received from the start helped break the resistance to green ideas throughout the UAE</p></em><br /><br /><p>For their <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Expeditions</a>&nbsp;(Exploring Sustainable City Solutions Around the World) series,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/contributors/k/robert-kunzig/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Kunzig</a> examines the challenges and opportunities facing Dubai, <a href="https://twitter.com/hhshkmohd/status/670634323087925249" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which by 2050</a>, plans to have the world's smallest carbon footprint.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150031553/as-shopping-malls-are-dying-in-urban-areas-land-becomes-available-again-for-housing As shopping malls are dying in urban areas, land becomes available again for housing Alexander Walter 2017-10-04T13:47:00-04:00 >2017-10-04T13:50:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajnlnoxrrbaqf9ni.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajnlnoxrrbaqf9ni.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajnlnoxrrbaqf9ni.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aj/ajnlnoxrrbaqf9ni.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Acres of prime real estate are opening for redevelopment as America&rsquo;s malls struggle to compete with Amazon and other online giants, offering developers a rare shot to remake swaths of land in the country&rsquo;s built-out metropolises. In particular, real estate experts say, the demise of retail centers provides one of the best chances to add needed housing [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his article, <em>LA Times</em> reporter Andrew Khouri also points out the drawbacks of these new development opportunities, writing "residents voiced concern that the development will make the area more attractive to those of higher incomes and put upward pressure on rents in the surrounding area, even as the housing supply expands."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150031517/vishaan-chakrabarti-reveals-new-designs-for-domino-sugar-factory Vishaan Chakrabarti reveals new designs for Domino Sugar Factory Dana Schulz 2017-10-04T11:09:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T21:30:42-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxvi8g412uww1hkn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxvi8g412uww1hkn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxvi8g412uww1hkn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxvi8g412uww1hkn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Vishaan Chakrabarti&lsquo;s <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/149950367/pau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU)</a> has revealed a new set of renderings for the refinery building at&nbsp;the three million-square-foot Domino Sugar Factory mega-development in Williamsburg. The new plans are brighter and better connected than those previously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l1/l17vgsh9ehqz7b12.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l1/l17vgsh9ehqz7b12.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>PAU design for the Domino Refinery. Image courtesy of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a4m4rd9ovw8gxbow.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a4m4rd9ovw8gxbow.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>PAU design for the Domino Refinery. Image courtesy of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l1/l17vgsh9ehqz7b12.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mu/mua9pfos3oea8m3u.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mu/mua9pfos3oea8m3u.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>PAU design for the Domino Refinery. Image courtesy of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism.</figcaption></figure><p>News via <a href="https://www.6sqft.com/vishaan-chakrabarti-reveals-new-designs-for-domino-sugar-factory/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6sqft</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150031302/chicago-s-south-side-community-expresses-concern-about-the-obama-presidential-center Chicago's South Side community expresses concern about the Obama Presidential Center Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-03T14:12:00-04:00 >2017-10-04T10:37:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m1/m1wo15hunet6gniy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m1/m1wo15hunet6gniy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m1/m1wo15hunet6gniy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m1/m1wo15hunet6gniy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Obama Presidential Center will be transformative, just as it will be truly urban, only up to a point. It&rsquo;s bound to disappoint anybody who forgets that Obama&rsquo;s political strategy, as distinct from his larger role in the culture, has always been unshakably centrist. Because (among other reasons) his race continues to make him a lightning rod, a magnet for unhinged opinion, he has preferred the middle to the edge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Residents of the South Side in Chicago raise concerns about the location of the new center and complain that the Obama Foundation refuses to sign a Community Benefits Agreement guaranteeing construction jobs and other patronage to members of the South Side community. </p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150031294/facsimile-of-the-first-hard-cover-edition-of-learning-from-las-vegas-published-by-mit-press Facsimile of the first hard cover edition of Learning from Las Vegas published by MIT press Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-03T13:16:00-04:00 >2017-10-03T13:17:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnhinl5qe1tf37a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnhinl5qe1tf37a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnhinl5qe1tf37a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iw/iwnhinl5qe1tf37a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Now, decades after the original hardcover edition sold out, the MIT Press is publishing a facsimile edition of the original large-format Cooper-designed edition of Learning from Las Vegas, complete with translucent glassine wrap. This edition also features a spirited preface by Denise Scott Brown, looking back on the creation of the book and explaining her and Robert Venturi&rsquo;s reservations about the original design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>45 years after its first publication, the groundbreaking book,&nbsp;<em>Learning from Las Vegas</em>,&nbsp;is still read, purchased and studied by architecture and urban planning students, thinkers and practitioners around the world.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f1/f1kp3i06ga5uabkh.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f1/f1kp3i06ga5uabkh.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Last year Archinect spoke with&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/262701/denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a> about the Learning from Las Vegas on three themes: <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149970924/learning-from-learning-from-las-vegas-with-denise-scott-brown-part-i-the-foundation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">foundation</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149971833/learning-from-learning-from-las-vegas-with-denise-scott-brown-part-2-pedagogy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedagogy</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/149977368/learning-from-learning-from-las-vegas-in-conversation-with-denise-scott-brown-part-3-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">research</a>.<br></p> <p>MIT press is republishing a facsimile of the long discontinued, first hard cover edition of the book. The facsimile is sold for 100 dollars, much more than the paper back, but still much cheaper than the few remaining originals sold on the rare book market!&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150031080/elon-musk-plans-to-start-colonies-on-mars-in-only-5-years Elon Musk plans to start colonies on Mars in only 5 years Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-02T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T13:27:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/72/7204v1ej91m4asvr.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/72/7204v1ej91m4asvr.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/72/7204v1ej91m4asvr.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/72/7204v1ej91m4asvr.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Musk's talk &mdash; which took place Friday afternoon local Adelaide time &mdash; served to update the architecture the billionaire entrepreneur revealed at last year's IAC, in Guadalajara, Mexico. That previous presentation introduced a huge, reusable rocket-spaceship combo called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), which Musk envisioned helping to establish a million-person city on Mars within the next 50 to 100 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>SpaceX,&nbsp;aerospace manufacturer and space transport service provider,&nbsp;plans to launch its first Mars cargo missions in 2022 and the first crews in 2024. These first flights are meant to initiate the construction of a permanent, sustainable city on Mars.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150030588/new-design-district-announced-for-greenwich-peninsula New Design District Announced for Greenwich Peninsula Abigail Banfield 2017-09-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2017-09-28T13:46:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4a/4aao942yjy16dcfr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4a/4aao942yjy16dcfr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4a/4aao942yjy16dcfr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4a/4aao942yjy16dcfr.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Today, Knight Dragon, the developers delivering London&rsquo;s largest single regeneration project, Greenwich Peninsula, have announced a new one-hectare district which will be the first purpose-built district for creatives. The Design District is the next phase in Knight Dragon&rsquo;s 20-year, &pound;8.4billion plan for the area, and promises to bring culture and community to the area with a central public realm.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n7/n72lln0m01bzowg8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n7/n72lln0m01bzowg8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Knight Dragon</figcaption></figure><p>Open workshops and studios surround courtyards in this new creative hub formed of 16 buildings, to be situated in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula, for the use of over 1800 people. The project, designed by 8 practices, is from the outset a diverse project; each of the human-scaled workplaces were designed without conference between the practices. The result is a huge variety in form, colour, and style, with excellent transport links, thanks to the proposed new &pound;1million&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149989811/1-billion-scheme-for-london-s-greenwich-peninsula-designed-by-calatrava-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tube station.</a> </p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmxoen3fh3j8f3xp.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cm/cmxoen3fh3j8f3xp.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Knight Dragon</figcaption></figure><p>Affordability is at the heart of this scheme, with prices start...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150029813/mia-lehrer-and-wsp-recommended-for-la-river-s-taylor-yard Mia Lehrer and WSP recommended for LA River's Taylor Yard Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-22T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-22T13:21:56-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6g/6gxqgymz6r8amqlh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6g/6gxqgymz6r8amqlh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6g/6gxqgymz6r8amqlh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6g/6gxqgymz6r8amqlh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Regardless of the pricey remediation, the 41-acre property has long been considered a key element to the large-scale ecological restoration of the LA River. The city purchased the G2 parcel in March, paying nearly $60 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The city&rsquo;s bureau of engineering recommends engineering firm WSP, with Landscape Architect <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a>, for the transformation of the G2. WSP and Lehrer are collaborating with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mujeresdelatierra.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mujeres de la Tierra</a>, a non-profit public health organization based in Cypress Park, on the project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Part of Taylor Yard, the Southern Pacific's former classification Yard, the G2 parcel has been named the crown jewel of the LA revitalization project by LA Mayor Garcetti. The site, now abandoned for over three decades, is highly contaminated and unlikely to open as park for another three to five years.&nbsp;</p> <p>The city's recommendation has been shared with the public works department which will have the last word on the G2 contract.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150029488/what-makes-mexico-city-so-vulnerable-to-earthquakes What makes Mexico City so vulnerable to earthquakes? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-21T11:51:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T21:55:07-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qf/qfff977cif0uy0ux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qf/qfff977cif0uy0ux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qf/qfff977cif0uy0ux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qf/qfff977cif0uy0ux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Yesterday, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/137971/mexico-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> was struck by a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake. As of today, over 200 people have been reported dead as rescuers continue their efforts to recover those still trapped in the rubble. Dozens of buildings in and around the city were reduced to rubble and many more, severely damaged. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone, including a primary school where 25 bodies have since been recovered.&nbsp;</p> <p>The temblor is the deadliest the country's capital has seen since a 1985 earthquake on the same date, exactly 32 years prior, killed thousands. Mexico sits at the boundary of three fault lines&mdash;a very active seismic zone that makes the area extremely vulnerable to earthquakes of high magnitude that are capable of destroying whole buildings and ripping fa&ccedil;ades off others. Just 12 days before, the country endured its second-largest earthquake in history when an 8.1-magnitude shake hit the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mexico City, i...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150029480/scientists-discover-octlantis-an-underwater-city-engineered-by-octopuses Scientists discover "Octlantis", an underwater city engineered by octopuses Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-20T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-09-22T01:03:34-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The octopuses didn&rsquo;t just drift toward the same secure-looking outcroppings, though. Once there, they built piles out of shells from scallops, clams, and other animals they ate, then sculpted the piles into dens, &ldquo;making these octopuses true environmental engineers,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Scientists have found a new example of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/27143/animal-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">animal architecture</a>, this time a city made by usually solitary octopuses. Named Octlantis, this underwater city is engineered by a group of 15 octopuses. Octopuses are known to be builders of their own&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/162137/animal-habitats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">habitat</a> but, until now, had not be discovered to live in groups. Researchers observed the animals "congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150029125/dominique-perrault-reveals-plans-for-the-paris-2024-olympic-village Dominique Perrault reveals plans for the Paris 2024 Olympic Village Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-18T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-09-20T05:16:01-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/11/116rgtlnyc2fv6sb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/11/116rgtlnyc2fv6sb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/11/116rgtlnyc2fv6sb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/11/116rgtlnyc2fv6sb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>After decades of failed bids and one particularly humiliating loss to London in 2012, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/812/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> has officially been named the host of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/544778/2024-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2024 Olympics</a>. Though the city plans on making the most out of its existing facilities, some new development will take place. One of such projects is the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/646311/dominique-perrault" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Perrault</a>-designed and planned Olympic Village, which helped secure Paris' 2024 bid because the city said they would be unable to freeze the project, which had already begun work, for four years had they accepted hosting duties for 2028 instead.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ep/epmhldkzh4vju9j6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ep/epmhldkzh4vju9j6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Paris 2024 Luxigon Dominique Perrault Architecte</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d3/d3nh1ge6wl11rrbf.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d3/d3nh1ge6wl11rrbf.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Paris 2024 Luxigon Dominique Perrault Architecte</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Along with the majority of new venues being built for the games, the Olympic Village is set in Saint-Denis&mdash;the poorest of France's 101 mainland departments&mdash;in an effort to rejuvenate the area.&nbsp;The development centers around the Cinema City film studios created in a disused power station by the film-maker Luc Besson which will house that athletes' dinin...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150029073/closer-look-fr-ee-s-hyperloop-one-mexico-city-guadalajara-route-proposal Closer look: FR-EE's Hyperloop One Mexico City-Guadalajara route proposal Justine Testado 2017-09-18T19:43:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T13:41:44-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Out of over 2,600 entries, a multi-disciplinary consortium led by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/8306331/fr-ee-fernando-romero-enterprise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Romero / FR-EE</a> was recently announced as one of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150028743/from-chicago-to-pittsburgh-in-47-minutes-hyperloop-one-global-challenge-announces-10-winning-teams-routes-in-north-america-europe-south-asia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 winning teams in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge</a> with the proposal &ldquo;<a href="https://www.mexloop.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexloop</a>&rdquo;, the 330-mile Mexico-Guadalajara route. The Mexloop project builds on Mexico's ambitious $600 billion public works investment under the National Infrastructure Program.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo9fnonnqj9r5z1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo9fnonnqj9r5z1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvsb6dlm334yyg70.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvsb6dlm334yyg70.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The team submitted concepts for Mexloop's inter-modal station designs and locations, route infrastructure, public space, the pods, and logistics. Aiming to alleviate traffic in one of the world's most congested cities, Mexloop will connect Central Mexico&rsquo;s major population, cultural, industrial, and manufacturing centers into one new &lsquo;Megalopolis&rsquo; of 42 million people that is projected to grow to 60 million by 2050, the Mexloop team describes.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/za/za6ftca96uq368q3.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/za/za6ftca96uq368q3.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ww/wwqa9na49wswe3ce.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ww/wwqa9na49wswe3ce.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The Mexloop corridor will reduce travel time between Mexico City and Guadalajara to 38 minutes, at a spe...</p></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028743/from-chicago-to-pittsburgh-in-47-minutes-hyperloop-one-global-challenge-announces-10-winning-teams-routes-in-north-america-europe-south-asia From Chicago to Pittsburgh in 47 minutes: Hyperloop One Global Challenge announces 10 winning teams & routes in North America, Europe, South Asia Alexander Walter 2017-09-15T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:31:35-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Hyperloop One just announced the winners of its <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">global challenge</a>, unveiling ten teams from five countries with their proposals of the strongest routes for future <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> connections. As a next step, the company plans to work with the teams and expert business and engineering partners to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability.</p> <p>Architecture &amp; engineering giant <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> was announced in a supporting function in a newly formed public-private partnership between Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation to launch a feasibility study in Colorado examining transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes, regulatory environments as well as alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.</p> <p>The ten winning route proposals (listed below) connect 53 urban centers and impact nearly 150 million people in Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the company says.<br></p> <p><strong>United States: Chicago-&shy;Columbus-&shy;Pittsburgh</strong><br>4...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028727/third-friday-of-september-celebrates-parking-day Third Friday of September Celebrates Parking Day Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-15T15:06:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T21:23:27-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Since 2005, when John Bela and his collaborators(Blaine Merker, and Matthew Passmore) installed the first Park(ing) intervention on a drab street in downtown San Francisco, the idea has gone on to enliven countless blocks around the world, and to enlighten countless urbanites, who get to enjoy spaces normally reserved for stationary cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/37621/parking-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parking Day</a> advocates since 2005 for public access and alternative uses of parking space in cities. This now world wide event transforms parking spots into ephemeral public spaces every year on the third Friday of September. Projects include micro parks, installations by architects and artists, urban farming, bike repair stations and coffee shops.</p> <p>This&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit?mid=168qiIAFgXYs3a33CakzFU6b0aMY&amp;ll=23.99940488189607%2C-114.07146817432385&amp;z=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">map</a>&nbsp;shows the locations of Parking Day 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>More articles on the politics of parking on Archinect:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/142435969/los-angeles-county-has-3-3-parking-spots-for-every-car-taking-up-14-percent-of-its-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/114425387/flexible-parking-structures-as-civic-catalysts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149971838/pave-paradise-american-cities-are-rethinking-parking-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pave paradise? American cities are rethinking parking spaces</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149949026/atlanta-struggles-to-trade-parking-lots-for-density" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta struggles to trade parking lots for density</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149976153/floridians-may-not-see-eye-to-eye-politically-but-they-all-agree-parking-garages-are-awesome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Floridians may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they all agree parking garages are awesome</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149977697/from-housing-cars-to-housing-people-the-case-for-designing-adaptable-parking-garages" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From carstohousing housing people: the case for designing adaptable parking garages</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150003454/developing-flexible-parking-garages-for-a-rideshare-dependent-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028565/christopher-hawthorne-apple-and-amazon-s-architectural-visions-owe-nothing-to-the-american-city Christopher Hawthorne: Apple and Amazon's architectural visions "owe nothing to the American city" Alexander Walter 2017-09-14T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T18:00:43-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xo/xona15oezoi5xbhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xo/xona15oezoi5xbhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xo/xona15oezoi5xbhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xo/xona15oezoi5xbhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It has also been remarkable to watch Amazon pursue a dramatically different strategy. Its plans for a second headquarters suggest that in terms of architecture and campus planning it wants to be everything Apple is not. It wants to lean into the city &mdash; and thorny questions about gentrification and housing prices, to the extent that they will be a natural byproduct of this process &mdash; rather than away from it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Though he took a very different path to get there," Hawthorne writes in his <em>LAT</em> opinion piece analyzing <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/7997/apple" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> &amp; <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/183797/amazon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a>'s lofty headquarters ambitions with a focus on urban integration (or the complete lack thereof), "Bezos ultimately reached the same conclusion Jobs did: that the wealthiest and most powerful tech companies owe nothing to the American city."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028512/dfa-proposes-712-foot-observation-tower-to-clean-central-park-reservoir DFA proposes 712-foot observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir Dana Schulz 2017-09-14T15:36:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T15:41:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0ztrvmpjwuuzuz6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0ztrvmpjwuuzuz6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0ztrvmpjwuuzuz6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0ztrvmpjwuuzuz6w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Creative studio DFA is proposing a 712-foot public observation tower in Central Park that would double as a sustainable filtration system to clean the hazardous Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and turn it into a non-toxic, useable freshwater pond. Though meant to be temporary, the prefabricated tower would be the world&rsquo;s tallest timber structure if completed, featuring a 56-foot-wide viewing platform and a glass oculus that showcases the tower&rsquo;s functional elements.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4y/4y89znkfqr6lh8ma.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4y/4y89znkfqr6lh8ma.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/iciliny7enwv1z7d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ic/iciliny7enwv1z7d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x8/x8jxuzejorevkmik.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x8/x8jxuzejorevkmik.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/it/it760sg0d35tjm0v.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/it/it760sg0d35tjm0v.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9h/9h3k97i4n7i71xr6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9h/9h3k97i4n7i71xr6.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028365/it-s-official-la-will-host-the-olympics-in-2028-paris-in-2024 It's official - LA will host the Olympics in 2028, Paris in 2024 Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-13T18:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T09:01:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0zis5nb8ssncvs1o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0zis5nb8ssncvs1o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0zis5nb8ssncvs1o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0z/0zis5nb8ssncvs1o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Los Angeles&rsquo; rollercoaster campaign to host the Olympics &mdash; an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations &mdash; reached its conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Games. International Olympic Committee members, by a unanimous show of hands, voted their approval at a session in Lima, Peru, ending an unusual bid competition that resulted in two winners as Paris was simultaneously given the 2024 Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paris and Los Angeles were officially awarded the 2024 and 2028 summer games,&nbsp;respectively. Both cities have previously hosted the summer olympics twice, Paris in 1900 and in 1924, and Los Angeles in 1932 and in 1984. The two cities already have some of the necessary infrastructures to host the games but the Olympics will most likely transform their built environment.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150027827/the-new-york-times-picks-denver-for-amazon-s-new-headquarters The New York Times picks Denver for Amazon's new headquarters Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-11T15:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T00:03:45-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djbhr24soci4lzps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djbhr24soci4lzps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djbhr24soci4lzps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dj/djbhr24soci4lzps.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Amazon has set off a scrum among cities that are hoping to land the company&rsquo;s second headquarters &mdash; with the winner getting the prize of a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs over the next two decades. (Denver's) lifestyle and affordability, coupled with the supply of tech talent from nearby universities, has already helped build a thriving start-up scene in Denver and Boulder, 40 minutes away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times suggests <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/13349/denver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver</a> for <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/183797/amazon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> new headquarters as it offers a large and growing labour pool, access to universities, high quality of life and enough space to build eight million square feet of office space. If Amazon was to follow the New York Times advice it could drastically change the face of Denver in the next years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026991/the-forbidden-city-of-los-angeles-buildings-made-illegal-today The forbidden city of Los Angeles, buildings made illegal today Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-08T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T18:49:10-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1q/1qz0kpb5v4fve7pi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1q/1qz0kpb5v4fve7pi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1q/1qz0kpb5v4fve7pi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1q/1qz0kpb5v4fve7pi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>L.A.&rsquo;s forbidden city consists of the many buildings that we inhabit, use and care about but that are illegal to build today. Some of Los Angeles&rsquo; most iconic building types, from the bungalow courts and dingbats common in our residential neighborhoods to Broadway&rsquo;s ornate theaters and office buildings, share this strange fate of being appreciated, but for all practical purposes, banned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this article, Mark Vallianatos describes how most of Los Angeles' buildings, much like&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149946409/new-york-can-t-be-what-it-used-to-be-thanks-to-zoning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a>, would be illegal to build today. He draws a detailed and fascinating history of the evolution&nbsp;of Los Angeles building and zoning codes and how&nbsp;those changes impacted both the shape of the built environment and the lives of Angelinos.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vallianatos, is the director of <a href="https://www.la-plus.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAplus</a> (Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Society) a&nbsp;non-profit organization for public consultations, and a member of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.abundanthousingla.org/blog/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abundant</a><a href="http://www.abundanthousingla.org/blog/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Housing LA</a> and <a href="https://recode.la/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recode LA</a>. He organized, in July 2017, a walking tour of&nbsp;the forbidden&nbsp;city in collaboration with the pedestrian advocacy group&nbsp;<a href="http://www.losangeleswalks.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Walks</a>.</p> <p>More than constraining rules for designers,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/103204/zoning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">zoning</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/623144/building-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building codes</a> directly affect the quality of life, access to housing and mobility of&nbsp;citizens.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026755/angels-flight-the-world-s-shortest-railway-is-reborn-and-dies-again Angels Flight, the world's shortest railway, is reborn and dies again Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-07T19:01:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T19:15:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/70oe2z0z11vi9tkx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The unexpected closure of Angels Flight on Monday, four days after the funicular&rsquo;s grand reopening, seemed a fitting twist for a railway that has operated in fits and starts for half a century.&#8203; Since its reopening, 21 years ago, Angels Flight has been shut down more than half the time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles's well known car culture quite efficiently dismantled the city's public transportation, passenger railway system, and the now long-gone network of red&nbsp;cars. Yet, one passenger train, and the smallest of all, keeps rising from the ashes &mdash; and dying again.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Angels Flight, the shortest railway in the world, reopened on August 31st in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/140492150/benjamin-ball-of-ball-nogues-studio-shares-some-of-his-favorite-downtown-los-angeles-destinations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Los Angeles</a>. Its comeback, after four years of absence, was short-lived and the funicular closed again for maintenance on September 4th.&nbsp;</p> <p>The train reopened today, the 7th. Ride it while it lasts!&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026760/how-the-speed-of-elevators-impacts-our-urban-environment How the Speed of Elevators Impacts our Urban Environment Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-07T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T17:23:44-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The first commercial passenger elevator was installed by Otis Elevator Company in 1857 and climbed at a glacial pace of 40 feet a minute, though it felt staggering at the time. Since then, we have come a long way both in terms of elevator speeds and in terms of the heights these elevators are needed to traverse in order to meet the needs of super-tall structures around the world. Today, an Otis elevator in Dubai soars at a speed of 22 mph, which is still less than half the speed of those topping&nbsp;new rankings for the fastest elevators in the world.<br></p> <p>Looking into the ways these improvements in elevator speeds have effected our urban environment,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14613/ctbuh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat</a>&nbsp;has released new research&nbsp;in a study titled&nbsp;<em>Vertical Transport: Ascent &amp; Acceleration. </em>The study&nbsp;defines the fastest and longest elevator runs and shows a strong correlation between the increase in elevator speeds and the increase in skyscraper heights. As elevator technology advances and allows b...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026748/diamond-schmitt-architects-emily-carr-university-of-art-design-campus-elegantly-embodies-multidisciplinary-ethos Diamond Schmitt Architects' Emily Carr University of Art + Design campus elegantly embodies multidisciplinary ethos Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T14:20:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3h/3hpvv87xbt87akme.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3h/3hpvv87xbt87akme.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3h/3hpvv87xbt87akme.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3h/3hpvv87xbt87akme.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Art thrives when it collaborates with or takes inspiration from other discliplines, a tenet that is physically expressed in the new campus of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, located on the east side of downtown Vancouver. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the campus reflects the spirit of its namesake artist, Emily Carr, by creating a series of both formal and informal spaces that can be glimpsed as one approaches and enters the building. This abundant transparency and visual linkage, combined with the purposeful interconnection between program areas, creates an institution that physically rejects a static approach to learning.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7z/7z893x1ykvhm3nzu.jpg?w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7z/7z893x1ykvhm3nzu.jpg?w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>As Donald Schmitt, the Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects explains, "The building&rsquo;s design creates a multitude of places both indoors and out for informal gathering, presentation, making and remaking, which is at the heart of Emily Carr&rsquo;s multidisciplinary&nbsp;arts learning. The needs and collaborative spirit of students and faculty inform ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026584/richard-florida-on-the-fragility-of-the-urban-revival Richard Florida on the fragility of the Urban Revival Alexander Walter 2017-09-06T15:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T22:30:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For all the concern about the gentrification, rising housing prices and the growing gap between the rich and poor in our leading cities, an even bigger threat lies on the horizon: The urban revival that swept across America over the past decade or two may be in danger. As it turns out, the much-ballyhooed new age of the city might be giving way to a great urban stall-out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Richard Florida paints a gloomy picture of the state of the great American urban revival in his <em>NYT</em> op-ed, "<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/cities-suburbs-housing-crime.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Urban Revival Is Over</a>," citing gentrification, income disparity, rising crime numbers, unaffordable housing prices, and the anti-urban agenda of the current White House tenants. <br></p> <p>Joe Cortright, over at <em>City Observatory</em>, offers a <a href="http://cityobservatory.org/oh-no-is-the-urban-revival-really-over/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good analysis</a> of Florida's piece; breaking down numbers, highlighting statistics, weighing in on the crime numbers claim, and easing the general dystopian mood: "Rather than proclaiming the end of the urban revival, Florida&rsquo;s evidence really makes the case for a renewed national commitment to building more great urban neighborhoods."<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026346/richard-neutra-s-chuey-house-in-danger-of-being-torn-down-in-bankruptcy-sale Richard Neutra's Chuey House in danger of being torn down in bankruptcy sale Julia Ingalls 2017-09-05T14:13:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T19:12:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sa/sasc4kgi2zixyzfm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sa/sasc4kgi2zixyzfm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sa/sasc4kgi2zixyzfm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sa/sasc4kgi2zixyzfm.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Richard Neutra&rsquo;s glass and steel Chuey House in the Hollywood Hills is being marketed as a &lsquo;tear down&rsquo; for $10.5m. The architect designed the midcentury modern home for poet Josephine Ain Chuey in 1956, and it has since passed down to her niece and nephew, who filed for bankruptcy in June. It&rsquo;s now being sold as a &lsquo;truly unique development opportunity&rsquo;, with no mention of its architectural merit &ndash; just its &lsquo;spectacular&rsquo; Sunset Plaza Drive location and &lsquo;unmatched panoramic views..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Iconic, elegant, and now endangered:&nbsp;one of the works of the masters of mid-century modern architecture has been listed more for its lot than for the exquisitely cantilevered structure itself. After its completion,&nbsp;Josephine Ain, who was living with her husband Richard Chuey, wrote to Neutra that &ldquo;You are an alchemist who has transmuted earth, house, and sky into a single enchantment. I can only hope that I can in some measure grow up to the wholeness and balance embodied here.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r6/r6atjb6y9i4s20m5.jpeg?w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r6/r6atjb6y9i4s20m5.jpeg?w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Julius Shulman</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/45/45vxxzx0myhxx81d.jpeg?w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/45/45vxxzx0myhxx81d.jpeg?w=514"></a></p></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025892/examining-the-housing-crisis-a-book-and-a-film Examining the Housing Crisis—a book and a film Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-09-01T15:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-01T15:46:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6q/6qow2m7n1phpyqef.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Housing has instead become one of the primary drivers of global capitalism, through commodification and financialization, making its function as real estate more important than its use as lived, space. It is the result of spatial developments being market-driven. Madden and Marcuse: &ldquo;housing is not produced and distributed for dwelling at all,&rdquo; but &ldquo;as a commodity to enrich the few.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The German documentary <em>City for Sale</em> that came out last year and the recently released book <em>In Defense of Housing</em> are the perfect match for anyone who wants to learn about the broken nature of housing markets, the crisis currently happening in all big cities worldwide.</p> <p><em>City for Sale</em> consists of interviews taken over a course&nbsp;of 4 years, where the author, Andreas Wilcke, accompanies real estate agents and investors during their daily routine and films tenants struggling to cope with the situation, providing the viewers with an opportunity to experience the turnaround of a whole city virtually at first hand. <em><br></em></p><p><em>In&nbsp;Defense of Housing</em> by&nbsp;David Madden and Peter Marcuse, too, is full of examples from both sides of the story, where personal property are examined as both categories&ndash;shelter, safety, identity for the general population versus investment and a supplemental source of income for the lucky few. The book also demonstrates examples of numerous cities and countries, detailing destructi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025865/u-s-customs-and-border-protection-has-awarded-contracts-for-border-wall-prototypes U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded contracts for Border Wall prototypes Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-09-01T14:14:00-04:00 >2017-09-04T22:45:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/caq0y30f1mrazwkm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/caq0y30f1mrazwkm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/caq0y30f1mrazwkm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ca/caq0y30f1mrazwkm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>First, given their robust physical characteristics, like, reinforced concrete, between 18-30 feet high, the concrete border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed. Second, the concrete border wall prototypes will allow CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs that could complement the wall and barrier designs we have used along the border over the last several years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Thursday, CBP announced that it had awarded contracts to build several 30-foot-high concrete wall prototypes, which are supposed to&nbsp;inform future design standards and will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol&rsquo;s requirements. <br></p> <p>The four companies that will build the prototypes &mdash;<a href="http://www.caddell.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery</a>, Ala.; <a href="http://www.fisherind.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fisher Sand and Gravel Company of Tempe</a>, Ariz.; <a href="http://www.texassterling.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Texas Sterling Construction Company of Houston</a>, Tex.; and <a href="http://www.wgyates.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">W. G. Yates &amp; Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia</a>, Miss. &mdash; received contracts between $400,000 and $500,000 each.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The border wall prototypes and designs will complement other tools we employ to secure our borders,&rdquo; said Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at Customs and Border Protection.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/mexico-wall-prototypes-trump.html?mcubz=0&amp;_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NYT</em></a><em></em> reports that "Homeland Security officials have also asked that a wall be at least somewhat aesthetically pleasing, at least from the American side, according to contracting documents."</p>...