Archinect - News 2018-05-21T14:40:04-04:00 Archinect is pleased to release Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"! Nicholas Korody 2018-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-20T18:44:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After months of hard work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewing submissions</a>, selecting content, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">editing</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing</a> and working with the best printers in the industry, we're excited to announce the second issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, "Architecture of Disaster," is now available for purchase. If you're an annual subscriber, your copy has either arrived at your doorstep or is on its way. For everyone else, you can order now, from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our revamped online shop</a>. Copies will be available at selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stockists</a> shortly, including the soon-to-open Archinect Outpost, our experimental retail/gallery/event space in downtown LA's Arts District.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Get your copy of Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>!</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><br>&ldquo;The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.&rdquo;</em><br></p> <p>- Maurice Blanchot, <em>The Writing of the Disaster</em></p> <p>It&rsquo;s four in the morning and I can&rsquo;t sleep. I keep thinking about the disaster. Which one? The storm in the Caribbean? Or the ones in the Southeast United States, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal? The earthquake in Mexico? Or Tokyo...</p> 62-acre site along Chicago River to be developed with potential for Amazon's HQ2 Hope Daley 2018-05-14T15:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T15:13:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A hardscrabble half-mile stretch along the Chicago River's South Branch would become a vibrant neighborhood of cutting-edge architecture, parks and a riverwalk in the plans a developer unveiled Thursday for the last big piece of empty land near downtown. Developer Related Midwest plans a transformation of the vacant, relatively isolated 62-acre site into a vibrant neighborhood of homes, restaurants, cultural institutions and businesses...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The currently undeveloped site along <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s river has been named "The 78", declaring its scale large enough to add to the city's official number of 77 neighborhoods. The site is also rumored to be a contender for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's HQ2</a> if the city is chosen, which would require reworking current plans.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current 62-acre riverfront site in Chicago. Image: Mark Segal/Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>Plans for the massive development include&nbsp;13 million square feet of&nbsp; building space for residential, office, educational and other uses.&nbsp;12 acres would be dedicated to parkland or public&nbsp;riverwalk with a performance venue. Related Midwest stated that affordable housing was an important part of its housing development.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Rendering of the education hub and riverwalk. Image: Related Midwest.</figcaption><p>The new site would also&nbsp;extend three existing city streets through the property to create through routes for bikes. A metro stop would be added to the Red Line, as well as potentially adding a Water Taxi stop.</p>... Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T16:06:00-04:00 >2018-05-12T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (<em>Vertical Take-off and Landing</em>) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods.</p> <p>The selected firms and proposals are:</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Gannett Fleming: "The Paw"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Pickard Chilton and Arup: "Sky Tower"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Corgan: "Connect"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; The Beck Group: "The Hive"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; BOKA Powell: "Skyport Prototype"</p> <p>(Cover picture) Humphreys &amp; Partners: "Uber Hover"</p> <p>Watch the archived live stream of the entire Uber Elevate Summit design presentation <a href=";t=5392s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> A satirical look at the homelessness and housing crises by McSweeney's Hope Daley 2018-05-10T16:09:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:18:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Homelessness in America has reached crisis levels and I am determined to do everything in my power to fix the problem as long as it doesn&rsquo;t involve changing zoning laws or my ability to drive alone to work or, well, changing anything, really. I&rsquo;m more than happy to give a hungry man a sandwich once a year and then brag to my friends about it as long as he doesn&rsquo;t sit down anywhere in my line of sight to eat it. Same goes for hungry women because I&rsquo;m also a feminist.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A superb piece satirizing the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homelessness</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crises</a> by McSweeney's writer Homa Mojtabai. From a privileged and entitled point of view, Mojtabai highlights extreme issues on how problems are being "solved". This is of course an exaggeration&mdash;but by how much?&nbsp;</p> Cube Haus commissions top architects to design modular, affordable homes Hope Daley 2018-05-08T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T18:25:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What if buying a house were more like buying a car? Could the process of choosing between a Ford, Volkswagen or Nissan ever translate into picking between an Adjaye, Rogers or Assemble? Beyond the dream of ever being able to buy a house, the prospect of commissioning an architect-designed home is an impossibly remote prospect for most of us, a luxury confined to the glossy pages of Sunday supplements and Grand Designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cube Haus</a> have commissioned well known architects such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skene Catling de la Pe&ntilde;a</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a> to design <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modular homes</a>&nbsp;at affordable prices. Targeting infill and backland sites in the London area, Cube Haus is looking to fill a small housing niche with well-crafted, off-plan new properties.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Off-site production and lower margins allow the company to produce houses&nbsp;10%-15% cheaper than equivalent properties in a given area. The trick is to come up with modular designs that can properly adapt to different, awkward sites. Cube Haus aims to create a portfolio of building types that can be scaled up for larger number unit sites&mdash;creating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> designed by some of the top names in architecture.&nbsp;</p> Jan Gehl has his doubts about 'Smart Cities' Alexander Walter 2018-05-07T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T14:57:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I think we haven&rsquo;t thought through the challenge of technology for city mobility. We are stuck with some 120-year-old ideas that the industry is desperately holding on to. I tell students: Whenever you hear the word &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; beware, because that is somebody who wants to sell as many millions as possible of some new gimmick. And he is not necessarily giving you a better quality of life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Annette Becker and Lessano Negussie, curators of the new exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIDE A BIKE! Reclaim the City</a></em> at the&nbsp;Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, Germany,&nbsp;interviewed the 81-year-old 'people-friendly city' evangelist for the show's accompanying book.</p> The tower block as a recurring theme in post-Soviet photography Alexander Walter 2018-05-04T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T15:24:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In some places, the tower block has never faded from view. The history of mass housing in eastern Europe is complex and uncomfortable. Yet what&rsquo;s striking is how prominently the tower block features in the work of contemporary photographers from that territory. These artists have every reason to turn their backs on such buildings. They&rsquo;re ugly and&nbsp;overbearing, not to say reminiscent of an authoritarian past. But the mass housing block is a recurring presence in their work.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer and critic Ekow Eshun provides a beautiful overview of the <em>tower block</em> as a recurring architectural, social, and aesthetic theme in the works of post-Soviet-era photographers in Russia, Serbia, the Baltic states, and throughout Eastern Europe.&nbsp;</p><p>"However ugly and monolithic such buildings were after all, they provided homes for people and are worth time and scrutiny as sites of possibility and connection," Ekow writes. "They were places where people gathered to sleep and eat, to argue and to raise families. And they continue to be so. Perhaps this is a modest artistic aim. But it&rsquo;s also a worthwhile one."</p> Who owns real estate flooded from climate change? Hope Daley 2018-05-03T16:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T11:48:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As seas rise and coasts wash away, who owns the land that goes underwater? Versions of that debate are taking place in courtrooms, legislatures, and government offices, raising the question of whether and when climate change justifies seizing private property. The stakes are enormous, affecting not just ownership of offshore mineral and fishing rights but also potentially trillions of dollars of coastal real estate.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Climate change</a> has left many rules governing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate</a> ownership murky. As sea levels rise this especially affects coastal property and laws hinging on high-tide lines.&nbsp;</p> Lawsuit over reports on FIU bridge collapse declared confidential Hope Daley 2018-05-03T16:53:00-04:00 >2018-05-03T16:53:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly two months after a brand-new South Florida bridge collapsed onto a busy roadway &mdash; killing six people &mdash; the Florida Department of Transportation is still refusing to release documents that could shed light on the tragic accident. Now, the Miami Herald is taking the state to court. On Wednesday, the Herald filed suit against FDOT in Tallahassee's Leon County Circuit Court to compel the release of emails, meeting minutes and other records relating to the bridge's design and construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just days before the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIU bridge collapsed</a>, cracks had been observed on the structure. A meeting was held by the university and the FDOT the morning of the collapse on whether these cracks were a safety risk. The Miami Herald requested records from that meeting and other documents, which have been deemed confidential by the&nbsp;National Transportation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safety</a> Board.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> New Call for Submissions for MONU #29 - Narrative Urbanism MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-05-02T13:21:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T13:21:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>One important outcome of our last <strong>MONU issue #28</strong> on <strong>"Client-shaped Urbanism"</strong> was the realization that in order to create better cities, we need to improve the communication among everybody involved in the creation of cities, whether they are clients, developers, municipalities, architects, urban designers, or the users of cities, to name just a few. Especially for architects and urban designers, one way to make themselves understood better, is to use the power of "narratives", helping them to connect not only to experts and intellectuals in the field, but to everybody else too. To find out what such urban and architectural narratives might look like today - and what they were like in the past - how they can be crafted, where they may be used and how narratives can help improving our cities in general is one of the main aims of the upcoming issue of <strong>MONU</strong> that we call<strong> "Narrative Urbanism"</strong>.</p> <p>In the history of human civilisation, narratives and storytelling have always been an importa...</p> The fantastic, cardboard city models of Bodys Isek Kingelez on display in MoMA's first retrospective of the Congolese artist Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-01T14:26:00-04:00 >2018-05-01T15:31:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In its first-ever solo show of a Black African artist, New York's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Modern Art</a> will put the work of visionary Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez on full display.&nbsp;On view from May 26, 2018 through January 1, 2019,&nbsp;<em>City Dreams</em> will span the sculptor's three-decade career from his early single-building sculptures, to his spectacular sprawling cities and futuristic late works.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolese, 1948-2015). Paris Nouvel. 1989. Paper, paperboard, and other various materials, 33 7/16 &times; 24 &times; 27 9/16&Prime; (85 &times; 61 &times; 70 cm). Long-term loan from the Centre national des arts plastiques, France to the Ch&acirc;teau d&rsquo;Oiron, France, FNAC 981003. &copy; Cnap (France) / droits r&eacute;s&eacute;rves; photograph by Fr&eacute;d&eacute;ric Pignoux, Studio Lud</figcaption></figure><p>The self-trained artist, who passed in 2015, was known for his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"extreme maquettes"</a> in which he transformed paper, commercial packaging, and other everyday materials into dazzling, intricate sculptures. From fanciful models of civic buildings and public monuments, t...</p> Plans announced for a gondola to connect LA's Dodger Stadium with Union Station Hope Daley 2018-04-26T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:00:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, LLC has announced plans to construct a gondola system that could ferry passengers between Union Station and Dodger Stadium in a five-minute end-to-end ride.&nbsp; Each cabin would be capable of accommodating 30 to 40 passengers, according to an official website, with capacity for up to 5,000 passengers per hour at peak frequencies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently, the only <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> service to Dodger Stadium is a bus line operated by the Metro. The new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gondola</a> system would be cheaper than stadium parking and would help alleviate traffic congestion in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> on game days.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of proposed gondola system. Image: ARTT LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>The next steps are seeking approval for the project, including an environmental impact report, and pursuing a lease for the stop at Union Station. Public outreach may begin later this year with a possible route set in 2019 or 2020 and the potential to open in 2022.&nbsp;<br></p> Ben Carson recommends raising rents for low-income Americans receiving rental assistance Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-26T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-04-26T14:45:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing and Urban Development</a> Secretary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Carson</a> has announced a proposal to raise rents for low-income Americans relying on federal housing subsidies.</p> <p>Currently, families and individuals living in subsidized housing are traditionally asked to spend 30% of their adjusted income on rent, with a cap on rent for the program's lowest earners at $50 per month. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to <em>the Washington Post</em></a><em></em>, Carson's new initiative would raise the standard for tenants to 35% of their gross incomes, with the cap on rent for the poorest families rising to $150 a month.</p> <p>Though the 30-percent rule for measuring affordability has long been accepted as the standard rule of thumb, for families at lower income brackets, even this percentage is way too high when factoring in other necessary expenses as well as the need to save for emergencies. Increasing this by 5% would put further strain on millions of households already burdened by our current system, and would likely force many into homelessness.<br></p> <p>In addit...</p> SPF:architects to begin construction on LA River Bridge in 2019 Hope Daley 2018-04-25T19:28:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:01:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:architects</a> (SPF:a) has just released new renderings for&nbsp;Rumblefish, a 400-foot pedestrian bridge spanning across the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA River</a> and connecting Elysian Valley (Frogtown) to Taylor Yard, a 42-acre industrial parcel and former rail yard site at the center of the city&rsquo;s river <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revitalization plans</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><p>The name Rumblefish refers to the 1983 Coppola film about rival gangs which the firm chose as a symbolic gesture to the area&rsquo;s own history of gang violence. SPF:a envisions the officially-named&nbsp;Taylor Yard Bikeway &amp; Pedestrian Bridge&nbsp;as a peaceful community collision.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Rumblefish bridge rendering over the Los Angeles River. &copy; SPF:architects</figcaption></figure><p>Influenced by classic railway bridges and the mid-20th&nbsp;century Los Angeles Case Study Houses, the simple geometric design and deliberate choice to employ the lightest structural elements possible (tube steel, wide f...</p> Plans for the first commercial Hyperloop system in the United Arab Emirates Hope Daley 2018-04-24T18:08:00-04:00 >2018-05-01T18:37:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT)&nbsp;recently signed an agreement with Aldar Properties PJSC, a leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi, to begin construction on the first commercial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> system in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Arab Emirates</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of HyperloopTT station in UAE, in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS. Image: HyperloopTT. </figcaption></figure><p>The first phase of construction will begin with a 6 mile stretch of development between&nbsp;Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Design for the Hyperloop pylon is a collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD architects</a>, while the station design is in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AN.ONYMOUS</a>. The agreement also includes building a Hyperloop XO Square Innovation Center and Visitor Center. This section is located close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport, with the goal of having it up and running in time for Expo 2020.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of HyperloopTT station in UAE, in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS. Image: HyperloopTT. </figcaption></figure><p>The Hyperloop system, first presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>, will move pe...</p> "Epicenter", in rural Utah, wants to be the next art & architecture destination Nam Henderson 2018-04-20T11:08:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T11:10:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architecture isn&rsquo;t just looking at a building. It&rsquo;s looking at how the city is shaped, and then thinking about, what can we do as citizens to make it a better place to live through architecture and design?</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=""><figcaption>via PBS | News Hour</figcaption></figure><p>Jefffrey Brown reports from Green River, Utah. Small, with a population that "<em>hovers at</em>" 950, a nonprofit called Epicenter aims to use use art and architecture to bring new energy, life and economic development. There is even a "<em>stationary</em>" taco truck.</p> Vienna leads global Quality of Living index for 8th year in a row Alexander Walter 2018-04-17T14:49:00-04:00 >2018-04-17T14:49:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Despite increased political and financial volatility in Europe, many of its cities offer the world&rsquo;s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer&rsquo;s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. [...] Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest annual Mercer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quality of Living survey</a> with the&nbsp;world's most desirable cities for business professionals to relocate to was recently released, and the ten top contenders are mostly the same familiar players:</p> <ol><li>Vienna, Austria</li><li>Zurich, Switzerland</li><li>Auckland, New Zealand</li><li>Munich, Germany</li><li>Vancouver, Canada</li><li>Dusseldorf, Germany</li><li>Frankfurt, Germany</li><li>Geneva, Switzerland</li><li>Copenhagen, Denmark</li><li>Basel, Switzerland</li></ol><p>"In North America, Canadian cities take the top positions in the ranking," the survey summary states. "Vancouver (5) is again the region&rsquo;s highest ranking city for quality of living. Toronto and Ottawa follow in 16th&nbsp;and 18th&nbsp;place respectively, whereas San Francisco (29) is the highest ranking US city, followed by Boston (35), Honolulu (36), New York (44), and Seattle (45). High crime rates in Los Angeles (58) and Chicago (47) resulted in these cities dropping nine and four places respectively."<br></p> MONU #28 on "Client-Shaped Urbanism" released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-04-16T12:47:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T12:47:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"Are architects at risk of losing their relevance to the client?" asks Beatriz Ramo in her contribution "Sympathy for the Devil" for MONU's issue #28 that we devote to the topic of "Client-shaped Urbanism". (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2018)</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;Are architects at risk of losing their relevance to the client?&rdquo; asks <strong><em>Beatriz Ramo</em></strong> in her contribution <strong>&ldquo;Sympathy for the Devil&rdquo; </strong>for <strong>MONU</strong>&rsquo;s issue #28 that we devote to the topic of <strong>"Client-shaped Urbanism".</strong> We consider &ldquo;clients&rdquo; to be crucial participants in the shaping and creating of urban spaces. We intend to find out how to improve things, such as the collaboration between client and architect or urban designer, for a more satisfying outcome for everybody involved and above all for the users and inhabitants of cities. For <strong>Alejandro Zaera-Polo </strong>architects today have not only lost the trust of clients, but also the trust of society to deliver anything culturally significant, because they have been fooling around with idiotic, self-involved ideas for too long and are now viewed with some level of distrust, as he claims in our interview entitled &ldquo;<strong>Project Managers and the End of the Dominatrix Architect&rdquo;. </strong>But he partly blames the clients too for this situation. On the one hand, client...</p> A brief history of designing secure spaces Alexander Walter 2018-04-10T15:44:00-04:00 >2018-04-10T15:46:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Can design keep you safe from crime? Architects and urbanists have been making that claim since urban crime &mdash; or the threat of it &mdash; reached crisis proportions in the 1960s. [...] But with scant evidence to support those claims, at what cost do we build &ldquo;defensible space&rdquo;? Architectural historian Joy Knoblauch looks back at sixty years of attempts to secure space and asks whether safety lies in the design of the built environment, in our social structures, or in our heads.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Beyond the Map: Spikescapes and Wild Strawberries Places Journal 2018-04-10T15:30:00-04:00 >2018-04-10T15:30:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Geography is getting stranger: the map is breaking up. Now we need to attend to the unnatural places, the escape zones and gap spaces, the places that are sites of surprise but also of bewilderment and unease.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Negotiating the hostile architectures of the modern city&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;from the anti-pedestrian cobbles of a median strip to the unloved landscape of a traffic island&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;geographer Alistair Bonnett reflects on the increasingly disciplinarian nature of public space, and by crossing roads and planting strawberries, experiments with modes of resistance.&nbsp;</p> Comic-strip ads created as marketing to entice millennials to move to a Chicago suburb Hope Daley 2018-04-10T13:51:00-04:00 >2018-04-13T23:30:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Welcome to Homewood, Illinois, a suburb of 20,000 that is marketing itself to urbanites as a hidden hipster gem. The town, which is about 25 miles south of downtown Chicago, just launched a new advertising campaign called &ldquo;Think Homewood.&rdquo; Ads posted inside trains on the L&rsquo;s Blue Line and elsewhere in Chicago contrast the laid-back vibe of Homewood to the stress of city living. The ads are comic strips drawn by illustrator and Homewood resident Marc Alan Fishman.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> suburb Homewood harnessed the graphic skills of a local artist to launch their comic-strip ad campaign, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think&nbsp;Homewood</a>, in order to attract <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">millennials</a>. Joining the list of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">suburban</a> towns that must now work to attract the demographic they were originally intended for, Homewood strives to market itself as a diverse neighborhood for young families.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Homewood ad campaign by artist Marc Alan Fishman.</figcaption></figure><p>Think Homewood addresses the inconveniences of city life, especially for those with kids, and promises a stress free alternative. The campaign plays off millennial tropes including love of avocados, children named "zen", and brunching at farm-to-table cafes.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Homewood ad campaign by artist Marc Alan Fishman.</figcaption></figure> A new proposal for Miami's collapsed bridge by Dover, Kohl & Partners Hope Daley 2018-04-09T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-09T15:43:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last week, street planners Victor Dover and Kenneth Garc&iacute;a of the Miami firm Dover, Kohl &amp; Partners published a proposal for redesigning the area. The pair criticized not only the &ldquo;accelerated bridge construction&rdquo; technique used in the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, but the fundamental design of the street it once spanned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami FIU bridge collapse</a> three weeks ago, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">investigations</a> have been conducted on what went wrong. Looking ahead to reconstruction, the Miami based design firm&nbsp;Dover, Kohl &amp; Partners proposes a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian</a> friendly design for Eighth Street. Focusing on greater harmony between pedestrians, bikers, public transit, and cars, the firm's goal is to make the entire area <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">safer</a> and more appealing.</p> <p>The design calls for reducing the eight-lanes of traffic down to five, a middle section designated to public transportation, with bike lanes and trees added along the roadway. Rather than rebuilding the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian bridge</a>, multiple street level crosswalks would be added for residents and students. The firm does not expect this design to be pursued, however their aim is to put forth a solution to a problem they see across the country.&nbsp;</p> Not NIMBY or YIMBY, but PHIMBY Nam Henderson 2018-04-09T01:45:00-04:00 >2018-04-12T01:21:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If we are to take the housing crisis in the United States seriously, after reviewing international models, we see only one conclusion&mdash;local governments, supported by the federal government, must build a very large amount of affordable, mixed income, publicly-owned housing, initially by developing existing publicly-owned land.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The People's Policy Project&nbsp; (3P) has put out a report making the case for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Social Housing in the United States</a>. The authors Ryan Cooper and Peter Gowan also published an adapted essay in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacobin Magazine</a> wherein they contrast their approach with previous programs like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOPE VI</a> "<em>we support a massive expansion of the publicly owned housing stock for all income groups, not evicting poor people to make way for middle-class people</em>".</p> <p>Their colleague, Matt Bruenig, penned a related editorial in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian</a> summarizing why "<em>Expanding the housing supply through this social housing approach has many benefits over private, market-led development.</em>"<br></p> <p>See also <a href=";vertical=default&amp;q=%23phimby&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#PHIMBY</a><br></p> Facebook plans to build their own 59-acre housing development in Silicon Valley Justine Testado 2018-04-06T18:22:00-04:00 >2018-04-13T22:46:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facebook is testing the proposition: Do people love tech companies so much they will live inside of them? When the project was announced last summer, critics dubbed it Facebookville or, in tribute to company co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, Zucktown. [...] If Facebook&rsquo;s image is permanently sullied by the furor over Cambridge Analytica, the data firm hired by President Trump&rsquo;s 2016 election campaign, Zucktown will falter before it is finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Like&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Sidewalk Labs for Toronto</a> and Bill Gates' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed smart city in Arizona</a>, Facebook is working to make their own housing development, Willow Village, a living reality in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley</a>. Nicknamed &ldquo;Zucktown&rdquo; and &ldquo;Facebookville&rdquo; by critics, the project will occupy a 59-acre site in between the gentrified Menlo Park neighborhood and East Palo Alto. The New York Times reports that Willow Village will offer 1,500 apartments, and Facebook made an agreement with Menlo Park to offer 225 of the units at below-market rates.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a project with many precedents in American history, quite a few of them cautionary tales about what happens when a powerful corporation takes control of civic life,&rdquo; The New York Times article states.</p> This online street designing tool, Streetmix, lets you play urban planner Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-06T13:58:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T13:58:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Streetmix</a>&nbsp;is an online tool that lets you play with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">street design</a>, allowing you to widen sidewalks, add public transportation, move around bike lanes, and more. Created by&nbsp;a small team of fellows at Code for America, a non-profit dedicated to&nbsp;finding ways to apply modern technology practices to city governments, the app allows players to imagine their dream streets and partake in the urban design process.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea came about when&nbsp;Lou Huang, back in 2013, attended a&nbsp;community meeting&nbsp;about redesigning a street in San Francisco.&nbsp;To help brainstorm ways of improving the corridor, planners handed out paper cutouts, allowing participants to visualize their ideas. Huang, who was an urban designer at the time, got the idea that this exercise would make for a great web-based application&nbsp;where citizens and planners&nbsp; alike can mockup city street designs.</p> <p>Streetmix lets users redesign a street by dragging elements around the screen. Through the online tool, users are able to edit and arrange ...</p> What it means to add 20,000 Waymo self-driving robot taxis to America's roads Alexander Walter 2018-04-03T18:19:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T12:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Waymo announced they&rsquo;d purchase 20,000 sporty, electric self-driving vehicles from Jaguar for the company&rsquo;s forthcoming ride-hailing service. [...] They estimate that the Jaguar fleet alone will be capable of doing a million trips each day in 2020. [...] if Waymo is even within 50 percent of that number in two years, the United States will have entered an entirely new phase in robotics and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>The Atlantic</em>, Alexis C. Madrigal looks beyond the technological and economic implications of Waymo's latest announcement to add 20,000 electric self-driving Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to its rapidly growing ride-hailing fleet by 2020 and instead think about the social (how comfortable/uncomfortable will we be around so many robots?), legal (what if a city wants to declare itself a "robocar-free zone"?), and urban planning effects (how will infrastructure redevelopment change our existing cities in the 21st century?).</p> Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi: Education without doors Alexander Walter 2018-03-26T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-04-21T07:31:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Pritzker is a great award. Unimaginable. It&rsquo;s the first time in India&mdash;that&rsquo;s another story. But it is also the recognition of saying that these kinds of buildings are really wonderful, they are globally recognizable buildings. The philosophy of creating something for the have-nots, I think is one of the unique things that can happen.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CityLab</em> reporter Ashish Malhotra sits down with recent Pritzker Prize laureate&nbsp;Balkrishna Doshi to chat about winning the Pritzker, Ahmedabad, Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn as mentors, and open access to architectural education: "So I always wrote, in the [CEPT] campus, my whole idea was that an educational campus should be without doors. No boundaries. And that philosophy I continue."</p> Herzog & de Meuron plans "Horizontal Skyscraper", perched on top of stilts, for Moscow Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-23T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T13:33:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Swiss firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a> has unveiled plans to redevelop a six-hectares old factory area in the heart of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>. Located at the former Badaevskiy Brewery that sits along the river, the project will renovate and repurpose the remaining clusters given the site's cultural heritage status. In addition, the firm will also raise two residential blocks above the site.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The result is a "horizontal skyscraper"&mdash;described as a "piece of city lifted up in the air,"&mdash;that&nbsp;sits on many slender stilts. According to the firm, the choice to elevate the additional buildings 35 meters in the air brings three key advantages: "first, the new green area, an urban park, emerges in the vacated land under the hovering structures, between the heritage buildings and the river front; second, despite the substantial densification of the site, the historical buildings retain their direct connection to the river and their clear visibility and access to the city; and third, all the flats in the hovering str...</p> Water woes are creeping up on Phoenix, America's fifth-largest city Alexander Walter 2018-03-22T16:01:00-04:00 >2018-03-24T15:59:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Phoenix and its surrounding area is known as the Valley of the Sun, and downtown Phoenix &ndash; which in 2017 overtook Philadelphia as America&rsquo;s fifth-largest city &ndash; is easily walkable, with restaurants, bars and an evening buzz. But it is a modern shrine to towering concrete, and gives way to endless sprawl that stretches up to 35 miles away to places like Anthem. The area is still growing &ndash; and is dangerously overstretched, experts warn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With cities in the Desert West, like Las Vegas and Phoenix, rapidly growing in size and population, water is becoming an evermore hot commodity; all while the source of that water, primarily the Colorado River, is becoming increasingly unreliable due to climate change. <br></p> <p>"And yet despite the federal Bureau of Reclamation reporting in 2012 that droughts of five or more years would happen every decade over the next 50 years," writes Joanna Walters for <em>The Guardian</em>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Overstretched Cities series</a>, "greater Phoenix has not declared any water restrictions. Nor has the state government decided its official drought contingency proposal."</p> Harvard GSD "Future of the American City" initiative begins in Miami with $1 million support from Knight Foundation Hope Daley 2018-03-20T15:20:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T03:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The "Future of the American City" initiative led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate University School of Design</a> will begin in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> with $1 million in support from the Knight Foundation. The project will engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban issues</a> including affordable housing, transportation, and sea level rise.&nbsp;</p> <p>With this funding Harvard GSD will send urban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">researchers</a> to Miami and Miami Beach to understand the city's strengths and challenges as part of a 3-year study towards building solutions. The initiative aims to help cities tackle sustainability and resiliency challenges beginning this spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>Building on the school&rsquo;s multi-disciplinary model, the effort will use architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design to come up with efficient solutions that take into account community needs. This research can also be shared with cities across the nation facing similar challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Harvard GSD&rsquo;s upcoming Miami research will be phase one in...</p>