Archinect - News 2018-11-19T17:02:50-05:00 Next to the Gherkin, a Tulip-shaped tower designed by Foster + Partners could soon rise Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2018-11-19T16:57:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>British firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> have proposed plans for a Tulip-shaped tower that would rise beside their London landmark, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Gherkin</a>. The new skyscraper, which at 305-meters high would become the city's second-tallest building, is conceived as a state-of-the-art cultural and educational resource by the architects.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Also described as 'a classroom in the sky,' the future landmark will include an educational facility for local schoolchildren, with 20,000 free visits offered per year. In addition, the Tulip&nbsp;will have viewing galleries as well as bars and restaurants offering panoramic views of the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Visitors will have a variety of noteworthy ways to move about the 12-story&nbsp;observation tower, choosing between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky bridges</a>, internal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass slides</a> and/or a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gondola pod ride</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: DBOX for Foster + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Announcing the plans, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> described the project as "in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-t...</p> Miami begins construction on the Underline, a 10-mile urban path under the city's Metrorail Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-16T15:03:00-05:00 >2018-11-16T15:03:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since opening, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> has become the proverbial example of how cities can transform their underutilized nooks and crannies into vibrant public spaces. Now attracting more than six million visitors a year, the railway-turned-park has inspired a host of similar projects all across the world from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whereas the High Line focused on the reuse of a historic rail line, a new project in Miami, which broke ground earlier this month, is applying the same concept to the space underneath. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>, Miami's forthcoming Underline will create a 10-mile linear park beneath the city's Metrorail.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; James Corner Field Operations / Courtesy of Friends of the Underline</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; James Corner Field Operations / Courtesy of Friends of the Underline</figcaption></figure><p>The project was first inspired when Meg Daly, who came to found the non-profit Friends of the Underline, got into a bicycling accident. Unable to drive, Daly started taking the Miami Metrorail and using the space u...</p> MVRDV's first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-15T18:33:00-05:00 >2018-11-19T16:44:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Underutilized space is an unfortunate yet reoccurring issue that takes place in densely populated cities, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan</a> being no exception. When Youngwoo &amp; Associates decided to take on a large underutilized space at the intersection of Amsterdam Ave and Washington Bridge, the team at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MDRDV</a> took to the challenge and created the plans for Radio Tower &amp; Hotel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Street view Image &copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>Built on one of the major linking areas between Manhattan and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey</a>, the multi-leveled, multi-purpose building is set to tackle a main design challenge: navigating a way to create a large volumed structure while still keeping its relevance and contextual nature. Standing at 22 stories tall, this "vertical village" takes the typical composition of a small block to be taken apart and reassembled into a stack. The asymmetrical arrangement of these stacked volumes are designed to appear like separate buildings. Each stacked volume, measuring roughly the same size as the others, is finished with a different...</p> PennDesign launches $50,000 student prize and professional award in city planning Justine Testado 2018-11-14T14:22:00-05:00 >2018-11-14T14:22:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a>'s School of Design&nbsp;launched the new Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize and Award in City and Regional Planning, thanks to a $1.25 million gift from PennDesign alumnus William Witte and his wife Keiko Sakamoto. In conjunction with the prize, a new&nbsp;professional award for innovation and positive impact in planning was also announced.</p> <p>The yearly $50,000 fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding student entering their final year in the school's Master of City and Regional Planning program. The professional award will be presented to a&nbsp;firm, team, or individual professional for an exemplary planning project that advances plan-making in at least four of the following areas:&nbsp;social equity, environmental quality, design, public health, mobility, housing affordability, and economic development.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s incumbent on those of us who work on cities to make sure that we not only practice responsible development, but that it&rsquo;s holistic and we deal with all these different ...</p> What buildings can teach us about accessibility and future cities Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-12T19:53:00-05:00 >2018-11-13T13:35:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Accessibility</a> looks like different things to different people. When architects design buildings there are parameters that must be met in order to meet standard building codes. With the passing of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Americans with Disability Act</a>, building regulations were placed to ensure that the design process included these "check off items". However, how can individuals with varying <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">disabilities</a>&nbsp;know where spaces are "fit" for them.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>McCormick Tribune Campus Center, ITT Image &copy; Simon King </figcaption></figure><p>Accessibility mapping has become a method which helps identify areas that provide access to individuals with disabilities. Groups all over the world from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nashville</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> take part in "map-a-thons" that allow people to come together in a collective effort to understand where access is available in their city. Whether they themselves are disabled, know of people who are, or concerned citizens who want to become more aware of their surrounds for others accessibility mapping allows for the tracking and documenta...</p> Central Park's long forgotten design alternative Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-09T19:03:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T19:03:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landscape</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> wouldn't be complete without a view of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Park</a>. But, what if the beloved New York staple could have looked different? It's hard to envision Central Park any other way, but after the uncovering of a long forgotten park plan was rediscovered renderings could prove otherwise.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Central Park Image &copy; Airpano</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image &copy; Budget Direct </figcaption></figure><p>In 1858, a design competition invited individuals to submit their ideas for the construction of, at the time, an area of unused space. For a prize of $2000, submissions had to include various features ranging from a fountain, skating arena, parade ground, four major cross streets, and a room for an exhibition hall.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image &copy; Budget Direct </figcaption></figure><p>After reviewing 33 potential park designs two individuals by the name of F.L. Olmsted and C. Vaux and their plan, "Plan Number 33," was selected. Thanks to their submission Central Park loo...</p> Foster, Calatrava, Gang, SOM among teams shortlisted for $8.5B Chicago O'Hare airport expansion Alexander Walter 2018-11-09T15:01:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T15:01:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After receiving bids from twelve groups that included some of the planet&rsquo;s top architectural talent, Chicago has narrowed its search down to five teams hoping to design a $8.5 billion terminal expansion of O&rsquo;Hare International Airport.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The list of five finalist teams includes some of the big-name bidders that responded to Chicago's O&rsquo;Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project RFP <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in September</a>:</p> <ul><li>Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners</li> <li>Foster Epstein Moreno JV Joint Venture Partners</li> <li>Santiago Calatrava LLC</li> <li>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill (SOM)</li> <li>Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners</li></ul><p>The group of well known firms that didn't make the cut includes Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly,&nbsp;Studio Fuksas,&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group, Gensler,&nbsp;HOK, Grimshaw Architects,&nbsp;Perkins+Will,&nbsp;and iconic Chicago firm Jahn, architects of&nbsp;O&rsquo;Hare&rsquo;s Terminal 1 in 1988 (as C.F. Murphy Associates).</p> <p>"Chicago has called upon some of the world&rsquo;s best designers to help carry out our vision for the new O&rsquo;Hare Global Terminal&mdash;the key to a bigger, better and more modern O&rsquo;Hare for the 21st century," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commented</a> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the selection. "As we look ahead to O&rsquo;Hare&rsquo;s future&mdash;we won&rsquo;t forget Chicago&rsquo;s legacy of architecture and transportation. By the end of this competition...</p> A look back at the 60's "Minnesota Experimental City", the brainchild of South African futurist Athelstan Spilhaus Paul Petrunia 2018-11-06T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T03:37:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In proposing his prototype 21st-century city, Spilhaus correctly diagnosed many of the shortcomings of the 20th-century one. He cottoned on early to concepts such as air pollution, even speculating that it was changing the Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Minnesota Experimental City has been documented in the film&nbsp;The Experimental City. Watch the trailer below...</p> An Apple town square? Stockholm says no, thank you Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-01T14:31:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T15:33:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Kungstr&auml;dg&aring;rden is the most important park in Sweden, [...] It is the thread that pulls together the historical power of the monarchy with the commercial blocks of Hamngatan and the working-class districts of S&ouml;dermalm. This is very important for democracy because it has to do with power, symbolically and spatially.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, Sweden's beloved capitol is home to stunning landscapes that keep residence and visitors mesmerized. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with amazingly preserved buildings, beautiful open water views, and public spaces. Nestled in the heart of Stockholm is&nbsp;Kungstr&auml;dg&aring;rden, one of the most treasured and valued parks in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sweden</a>. Revered by its inhabitants, once word got out that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> had plans to "transform" their beloved space by creating a "town square," the people of Stockholm made their voices heard.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Proposed store rendering. Image &copy; Apple / Foster &amp; Partners</figcaption></figure><p>We get it, Apple has already taken over our lives by transforming daily communication, productivity, etc. But, does Apple have the leverage to transform <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public spaces</a>? Town squares are defined as open, public spaces located at the heart of a city. To a trillion-dollar tech company like Apple, their intention of&nbsp;redefining the relationship between public and private spaces is exactly what they are aiming for in build...</p> UC Berkeley’s new Master of Real Estate Development & Design program puts innovative design and sustainability at the center of real estate Sponsor 2018-11-01T13:08:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T13:56:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><em><strong>This post is brought to you by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of California, Berkeley</a></strong></em> <p>In June 2018, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design (CED)</a> launched its unique 11-month Master&rsquo;s program that revolves around a central mission: to build more sustainable, prosperous and equitable cities.<br></p> <p>The inaugural class of 16 students bring wide-ranging national and international experience in development, architecture and planning practice, affordable housing, policy, and economics. Throughout the year, students build dynamic career networks and learn directly from distinguished developers, entrepreneurs, designers, and planners in the San Francisco Bay Area.</p> <p>The program offers an especially competitive edge to students by providing a world-class education at one of the top research universities in the world. CED&rsquo;s professional programs focused on the built environment ranked #1 among all public universities in the country, and Berkeley ranks #3 in the world in the area of architecture and the built e...</p> A first look at Los Angeles' upcoming $500-Million Metro transit station Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-25T17:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T18:40:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The project, called 96th Street Station, is being designed with swooping canopies, skylights, and glazed screens to create a spacious environment for travelers...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After much anticipation, progress for the 96th Street Transit Station has made leaps and bounds in its development stage. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro</a>'s new transit station aims to connect the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)</a> to its regional transit system.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the planned light rail platforms. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and Gruen Associates have been working on the multimodal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> station since the project was approved in June 2014. The station was designed to be the new "gateway" to LAX for transit riders. After an in depth environmental review process, 46 day public hearing, and additional reviews from the Metro Board of Directors the station was set for development.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Daytime view of the station. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>The new transit hub is set to feature three at-grade Light Rail Transit platforms that will serve the&nbsp;Metro&nbsp;Green and Crenshaw/LAX lines. The station will also feature a Metro Bike hub, passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off ar...</p> New York Building Congress estimates strong construction activity in nonresidential sectors Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T18:49:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new report</a> looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>'s estimated construction for 2018-2020 predicts strong growth across all sectors of development. According to its forecasts, "New York City is in the midst of its second and most robust building boom of the 21st century," the report says.&nbsp;</p> <p>Put out by the New York Building Congress, the report anticipates that construction activity will reach a record-setting $61.8 billion by the end of 2018, a 25% increase from 2017. This level of spending will remain consistent with $59.3 billion in construction spending projected for 2019, followed by $56.4 billion in 2020.</p> <p>The largest increases in activity are expected for non-residential sectors. Construction spending in office, institutional, government, sports and entertainment, and hotel categories will see the biggest increase in activity, with spending anticipated to hit $39 billion by the end of 2018, a roughly 66% increase from 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>While public works and government infrastructure is projected to re...</p> Norman Foster suspends activity on Saudi Arabian 'NEOM' mega-city advisory board Alexander Walter 2018-10-22T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-10-30T04:46:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Norman Foster has temporarily stepped back from his role on the board overseeing the planning of a $500 billion mega-city in Saudi Arabia as questions mount over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi The international community is demanding answers over what happened to the Washington Post writer following his recent disappearance inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> is one of several 'global experts' who were announced as members on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">global advisory board</a> for the planned $500-billion <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEOM</a> mega-city project in the Saudi Arabian desert <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earlier this month</a> but have distanced themselves from the appointment since the reported death of <em>WaPo</em> journalist Jamal Khashoggi has caused international outrage and diplomatic turmoil.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Earlier [last week] Lord Foster wrote to the head of the NEOM advisory board, stating that, while the situation remains unclear, he has suspended his activities in respect of the board," reads a statement from&nbsp;Foster + Partners&nbsp;as published on <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AJ</a></em>.</p> By no means a comprehensive description of the city of the future Nam Henderson 2018-10-16T11:50:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T11:50:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>More speculation on the always-relevant subject of "Old People in Big Cities Afraid of the Sky." #futurism #urbanism #demographics #climatecrisis #Mid21C</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joe Frem, Vineet Rajadhyaksha and Jonathan Woetzel report on four major forces (the competition for talent, an increasingly connected world, the Anthropocene age, and technology&rsquo;s ever-expanding role) shaping today&rsquo;s cities and offer a 14-point vision for thriving cities of the future. </p> <p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> MONU #29 ON NARRATIVE URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-10-15T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:02:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims Cassim Shepard in the interview we did with him entitled "Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured" for this new issue of MONU, "Narrative Urbanism".</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims<b><em>Cassim Shepard</em></b>in the interview we did with him entitled<b>&ldquo;Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured&rdquo;</b>for this new issue of<b>MONU,</b><b>&ldquo;Narrative Urbanism&rdquo;.</b>Being a filmmaker, he points out that moving images in this day and age are particularly effective forms of communication as they have the capacity to make people want to engage. For him, filmmaking is a very useful process that taught him how to talk to people, how to listen to people, how to observe spaces critically and with an open mind, in order to understand the unique urban dynamics that make every space special and worthy of care. Without that extra attention many things in our cities can simply be forgotten.</p> <p>With his contribution<b>&ldquo;Les Grands Ensembles&rdquo;</b>&ndash; a video still of a film depicting model replicas of two modernist high rise...</p> The New York Times uses neural network to map every building in the U.S. Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-12T13:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-14T09:29:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em> has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made a map</a> of every building in the&nbsp;United States. Using a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">neural network</a> to analyze satellite imagery, the team's program then traced the shape of buildings across the country. Users can enter a city, zip code, or address, and explore these areas in detail.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's pretty fun to play with, but the tool also helps illuminate the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">underlying patterns</a> of cities and places that make them feel the way they do. Looking at these different patterns, we can detect the imprints of geology, the effects of suburbanization, the intentional designs of cities, and the traces of culture embedded within. By looking at the physical infrastructure, the maps tell us so much more about people&rsquo;s connections, stories, and experiences relating to a specific environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take a look <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> Desire paths as urban 'civil disobedience' Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T15:47:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T11:57:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Desire paths have been described as illustrating &ldquo;the tension between the native and the built environment and our relationship to them&rdquo;. Because they often form in areas where there are no pavements, they can be seen to &ldquo;indicate [the] yearning&rdquo; of those wishing to walk, a way for &ldquo;city dwellers to &lsquo;write back&rsquo; to city planners, giving feedback with their feet&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ellie Violet Bramley pens an ode to "desire paths"&mdash;organically grown foot paths off the prescribed paved sidewalks; pedestrians' yearning for urban movement outside of the planned city order.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Example of an urban desire path getting paved in Chicago. Photo: Paul Sableman/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> Is far-right ideology twisting the concept of 'heritage' in German architecture? Orhan Ayyüce 2018-10-06T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T11:53:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Krier himself may not be fascist. Nor are most of the people involved in reconstructing the Garrison church or the new Old Town. But the defence of the political neutrality of architecture is wearing thin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In 1991 Max Klaar, a retired German lieutenant-colonel, presented the municipality of Potsdam with a replica of a famous carillon, which from 1797 to 1945 had played themes by Bach and Mozart (Papageno&rsquo;s Ein M&auml;dchen oder Weibchen from&nbsp;<em>The Magic Flute</em>) from the tower of the city&rsquo;s Garrison church. Both the tower and bells had been wrecked in an air raid &ndash; the ruins finally being removed by the East German government in 1968. The carillon, paid for by private donors, was a step in the hoped-for reconstruction of the church.<br></p> <p>How very charming, you might think, except that Klaar had an agenda: he was a Nazi apologist. If you look on the internet (but please don&rsquo;t), you will find him, for example, endorsing the thoroughly debunked lie that General Eisenhower had&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a million German prisoners of war killed in death camps</a>."</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephan Tr&uuml;by</a>, a professor of architecture at the University of Stuttgart, the Garrison church plan is an example of what he claims is now a disturbing patter...</p> Muji's apartment prototype tackles long commutes and highly dense cities Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-05T20:23:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T11:57:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Created for the annual exhibition House Vision, the prototype is a thought experiment in the way people live in super-dense cities. [...] It&rsquo;s a common problem in big cities all over the world, and Hasegawa&rsquo;s design is meant to balance space-saving with privacy, transforming a 1.5-story space (which are common across the city) into a usable space for four.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highly-dense cities are common through out countries like China and Japan. Popular apparel and houseware brand, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji</a>, are taking creative steps in tackling long commutes and dense city living most employees face. Partnering with Japanese architect, Go Hasegawa, Muji's apartment prototype aims to turn a 1.5 story space into a cozy and functional live-work environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure><p>Equipped with an open communal space and kitchen, the Muji furnished apartment would have a balance of work functionality and privacy. The upper level of the space would mimic a lofted canopy design that would create a reimagined second story. Cities like Beijing continuously have increasingly high land prices which effect living costs. With this type of design concept, has Muji found a way to rethink shared co-working quarters?&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image courtesy of Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure></figure> How the data collected by dockless bikes can be useful for cities (and hackers) Alexander Walter 2018-10-05T14:37:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T14:39:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the 18 months or so since dockless bike-share arrived in the US, the service has spread to at least 88 American cities. (On the provider side, at least 10 companies have jumped into the business; Lime is one of the largest.) Some of those cities now have more than a year of data related to the programs, and they&rsquo;ve started gleaning insights and catering to the increased number of cyclists on their streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Technology Review</em> writer&nbsp;Elizabeth Woyke looks at ways how city planners in Seattle,&nbsp;WA and South Bend, IN use the immense stream of user-generated location data from dockless-bike-sharing programs to improve urban mobility &mdash; and how hackers could potentially access and abuse this (supposedly anonymous) information. "In theory, the fact that people can park dockless bikes outside their exact destinations could make it easier for someone who hacked into the data to decode the anonymous identities that companies assign their users,"&nbsp;Woyke writes.</p> What we can learn from the devastating earthquake in Indonesia Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T20:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-04T22:27:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Building codes and standards in many countries require engineers to consider the effects of soil liquefaction in the design of new buildings and infrastructure such as bridges, embankment dams and retaining structures</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the devastating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquake</a> that hit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indonesia</a>, scientists are relating building collapses to soil liquefaction. When overly saturated soil is heavily loosened by intense seismic activity, particles in the soil lose its bond and contact with each other. Thus resulting in its loss of stiffness and structural support. When soil deposits lose its ability to provide stability for foundations, the land quickly turns into a liquid flowing nightmare.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure><p>Dr. Stavroula Kontoe of Imperial College London highlights on this phenomenon and provides a proactive perspective to preventing these disasters from happening in the future. Dr. Kontoe explains that soil liquefaction can be identified early on in a building's design process. If the correct mitigation techniques like soil strengthening and proper drainage systems are applied, areas that are more susceptible have a better chance in recovering from a natural disaster.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure> Postwar floating walkways finding a use in modern day London Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T12:32:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T19:22:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>They were planned after the second world war to whisk people above car-choked streets in the financial district, but remained unpopular and half-built. Now, pedestrian walkways are being reimagined for a 21st-century city</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "pedway" made its structural debut as a solution to providing a walkable, streamlined path for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> car stricken streets. However, what was devised as a plan to create an efficient walkway system, turned into an under appreciated and underwhelming concept.&nbsp;</p> <p>Examples of early pedway systems can be referenced from London's financial centre in the late 1940's. Critiques of the pedway system and its feasibility has been dissected in the documentary,&nbsp;<em>Elevating London,</em> where <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL</a> professor of planning Michael Hebbert discusses the pedway's progression over the years.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>However, despite it's enigmatic evolution, architecture firms like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make Architects</a> are finding ways to resurrect these floating walkway systems. Their most recent project on The London Wall Place aims to transform pedways in to playful and functional path way.&nbsp;<br></p> 'Deep adaptation' in the face of planetary climate catastrophe Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T18:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T18:38:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the language of climate change, &ldquo;adaptation&rdquo; refers to ways to blunt the immediate effects of extreme weather, such as building seawalls, conserving drinking water, updating building codes, and helping more people get disaster insurance. [...] But some researchers are going further, calling for what some call the &ldquo;deep adaptation agenda.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg</em>'s Climate &amp; Environment Reporter, Christopher Flavelle, lays out a range of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> projections&mdash;from the general consensus to the more pessimistic&mdash;and how an array of 'deep adaptation' measures could help to mitigate the damage. "Rather than simply asking people to water their lawns less often [...]," Flavelle writes, "governments need to consider large-scale, decades-long infrastructure projects, such as transporting water to increasingly arid regions and moving cities away from the ocean."</p> Brooklyn Navy Yard reveals expanded master plan Alexander Walter 2018-10-01T18:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T18:28:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This week, the Navy Yard released new renderings and an expanded master plan that shows a 30-year plan for the complex. Developed with the multidisciplinary design firm WXY, the master plan includes three new buildings totaling 5.1 million square feet [...]. The plan also includes increased public access to the complex, including retail and open space, and improved wayfinding and circulation. The expected cost is $2.5 billion, coming on the heels of a nearly complete $1 billion expansion.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has a lengthy piece up about the recently unveiled new master plan for the&nbsp;300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard megadevelopment.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure><p>Members of the public are invited to join a series of tours of new projects (including&nbsp;BLDG 77 &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Lab</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marvel Architects</a> as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S9 Architecture</a>'s newly opened <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dock 72</a>) and a presentation of the new master plan by representatives from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY + architecture + design</a> tomorrow, October 2, from 4 &ndash; 7:30pm. The event&nbsp;<em>Anchoring Manufacturing: Brooklyn Navy Yard</em> is presented by the Urban Design Forum and requires <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prior registration</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure> Freeway underpasses are more than just dark empty spaces Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-01T17:45:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T13:01:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The space under elevated highways are often dark, industrial, and empty. With so much capacity to create a vibrant public space, organizations and cities are exploring ways for creative development in the otherwise unused area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Underpasses are often overlooked for their building potential, but cities like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> are redefining the creative opportunity of these spaces. Underpass design is a great way for cities to enrich these often vacant industrial spaces and create areas for community&nbsp;engagement and activity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In Toronto for example, The Bentway is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public space</a> that made its public debut earlier this year. Under one of the busiest highways in Toronto, The Bentway spans over 1.75km creating a new scene for events and activities. Locals can enjoy a stroll through the community garden, enjoy public art shows, and participate in various events through out the year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></figcaption></figure><p>Zurich has taken its own approach to underpass design by allowing architecture students to design a 240-square-meter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pavilion</a>. This space allows for students to run events during the year and promote public engagement.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Anna Positano</figcaption></figure> Construction update on L.A.'s new gigantic football stadium Alexander Walter 2018-09-25T17:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-26T18:40:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Get a bird's eye view of the new Inglewood Stadium with this 360-degree image, courtesy of architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart. The stadium, which is the centerpiece of a $5-billion redevelopment of the former Hollywood Park racetrack, will feature 70,000 seats when it opens in 2020.&nbsp; The HKS Architects-designed facility is expected to serve as the home of the Super Bowl in 2022, and will also play a prominent role in the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urbanize.LA</a></em> recently published new drone's-eye-view construction photos of the impressive $5 billion Hollywood Park site&mdash;soon to be home of the shiny new Los Angeles Rams and Chargers NFL stadium (designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HKS Architects</a>) and a sprawling mixed-use development with office buildings by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>&nbsp;(architect) and Studio-MLA (formerly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>, landscape architect), shopping &amp; entertainment venues by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BCV Architecture + Interiors</a>&nbsp;(design architect),&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Orange</a>&nbsp;(executive architect), and&nbsp;Studio-MLA (landscape architect) as well as residential buildings planned by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hart Howerton</a>&nbsp;(design architect) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TCA Architects</a>&nbsp;(executive architect).</p> Architects bidding for Chicago O'Hare airport expansion includes BIG, Calatrava, SOM, Fuksas Alexander Walter 2018-09-24T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-09-24T14:14:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The architect of the unbuilt Chicago Spire is among the designers vying for the massive O&rsquo;Hare International Airport expansion project. The Zurich-based firm of Santiago Calatrava, whose projects include an airport in Bilbao, Spain, and the over-budget World Trade Center transportation center in New York, was one of 12 teams that responded to the city&rsquo;s Thursday deadline to submit qualifications for the $8.7 billion expansion [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a></em>, the list of teams bidding for the $8.7 billion Chicago <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Hare International Airport expansion</a> includes big-name firms such as SOM, Perkins+Will, Bjarke Ingels Group, Santiago Calatrava, Gensler, HOK, Fentress Architects, JAHN, Epstein, and Studio Fuksas.</p> The next housing crisis can be found (Again) in North Las Vegas Nam Henderson 2018-09-22T17:47:00-04:00 >2018-09-23T14:19:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The damage from the housing crisis &mdash; a toxic combination of frenzied buying, rampant construction, predatory lending and investment excess &mdash; was extensive. Of the 23,000 single-family homes in the 89031 ZIP code, more than 7,500 have had at least one foreclosure since 2006, according to Attom Data Solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A team including; Matthew Goldstein, Robert Gebeloff, Ross Mantle and Matt Ruby released a deep dive into the community of North Las Vegas. The global financial crisis of 2008 impacted it greatly and though the local housing market has strengthened and it is today one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, affordability is a growing concern.<br></p> Two historic NYC theaters in Times Square to be redeveloped Hope Daley 2018-09-20T14:59:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two historic New York City theaters are getting ready to shine brightly under the Times Square spotlight once again. This week, developers behind the Times Square Theater and the Palace Theater, unveiled ambitious renovation and expansion plans for their establishments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Palace <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theater</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a> includes raising the structure about 30 feet&nbsp;to accommodate retail space below and an 18,000 square foot wraparound sign. The&nbsp;existing DoubleTree hotel above the theater will be demolished to be replaced by a&nbsp;46-story tower including retail, dining, and a hotel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>The new&nbsp;complex, called TSX Broadway,&nbsp;also includes a 4,000-square-foot performance venue to be suspended 30 feet above <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a>. The new outdoor stage will be the only of its kind located in Times Square.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway retail section rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>Nearby the Times Square Theater, which has been vacant for 30 years,&nbsp; will be redeveloped as a large retail venue. Architecture and planning firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a> will restore most of the existing building while adding in two glass stories.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Times Square Theater redevelopment rendering. Image: Stillman Development International.</figcaption><p>New additions also include a glass box overhang on th...</p>