Archinect - News 2018-08-19T11:43:56-04:00 Watch an urban planner play SimCity with real world commentary Hope Daley 2018-08-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T11:46:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In this extended short, City Beautiful takes on the old school classic SimCity from the perspective of a professional planner 20 years later. Along the way, City Beautiful provides pertinent observations of game play versus reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban planner</a> Stephen Fesler circles back around to the game that sparked his passion as a kid playing computer games. An advocate for sustainable living and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">diverse cities</a>, Fesler plays through the old school <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SimCity</a> game providing relevant insights learned over the years in his career.&nbsp;</p> Air conditioning's challenge for the built environment Hope Daley 2018-08-16T16:14:00-04:00 >2018-08-16T16:14:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The US expends more energy on air conditioning, for example, than the whole of Africa does on everything. Then again, it expends even more energy on hot water, which doesn&rsquo;t get the same rap. The question then is not whether to condition climate, but how. As long ago as the 1940s the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy demonstrated, with his village of New Gourna near Luxor, how traditional techniques of orientation, ventilation, screening and shading could be revived.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rowan Moore dives into the history of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">air conditioning</a> and how the development of this technology shaped architectural design over the years. Rather than condemn its use, Moore advocates for optimizing both old and new techniques for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cooling</a> with the current challenge to scale up for rapidly expanding cities.</p> Sidewalk Labs' Toronto waterfront smart city raises dystopian concerns Hope Daley 2018-08-10T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T15:40:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sidewalk&rsquo;s vision for Quayside &mdash; as a place populated by self-driving vehicles and robotic garbage collectors, where the urban fabric is embedded with cameras and sensors capable of gleaning information from the phone in your pocket &mdash; certainly sounds Orwellian. Yet the company contends that the data gathered from fully wired urban infrastructure is needed to refine inefficient urban systems and achieve ambitious innovations like zero-emission energy grids.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last fall Sidewalk Labs, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a>-affiliated company, announced plans to build a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart city</a> model on 12 acres of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a> waterfront named Quayside. The design would include infrastructure with sensors and data analytics with the claim of building an overall more streamlined, economical, and green urban space. Sidewalk Labs' partnership with Canada is the beginning of an urban model they hope to expand globally.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>While the goal may look utopian, many see an ominous future where governance is under threat rather than the projected promise of urban innovation. Concerns center around tech monopolies, the collection and commodification of city data, and a democratic process of decision making for our environments.</p> New report assesses worrying impact of vacant properties in U.S. cities, and what local communities can do about it Justine Testado 2018-07-30T15:50:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T09:47:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Neighborhoods with high vacancy rates rarely recover, according to the study. Vacancy is &ldquo;first and foremost a symptom of other problems &mdash; concentrated poverty, economic decline, and market failure,&rdquo; the study notes. That means the solutions must go beyond just tearing abandoned buildings down. The study urges local governments to use tools like &ldquo;spot blight&rdquo; eminent domain, vacant property receivership, and land-banking to speed up the transition from owner to owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CityLab editor-at-large Richard Florida summarizes a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new report</a> by&nbsp;Alan Mallach of the Center for Community Progress about the increase of vacant properties and hypervacancy in cities across the U.S. in recent decades &mdash; another worrying aspect of the American housing crisis. The report assesses how vacant properties are affecting certain cities, and it also outlines mitigation strategies for local governments and community groups.</p> Liverpool aims to be world's first climate-positive city with blockchain technology Hope Daley 2018-07-26T16:20:00-04:00 >2018-07-26T16:20:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Liverpool City Council (LCC) has announced a new partnership with a blockchain platform company to offset more than 110% of its carbon emissions, with the city announcing its bid to become the world's first climate-positive city by the end of 2020. LCC will conduct a year-long trial with the Poseidon Foundation to use a blockchain platform to offset the carbon impact of all products and services in the city by supporting global forest conversation projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liverpool</a>'s ambition to become the world's first climate-positive city by 2020 has been announced with the city's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockchain</a> technology partnership. Committing to a year-long trial of this sustainable technology,&nbsp;Liverpool City Council strives to reduce its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">carbon impact</a> by installing more than 15,000 energy saving LED streetlights across 2,000 streets to reduce streetlight energy consumption by 82%.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Poseidon&rsquo;s Foundation, Laszlo Giricz stated, &ldquo;This is a ground-breaking partnership not just for Poseidon and Liverpool, but globally. For the first time, a city will use blockchain technology to go beyond rebalancing its carbon footprint &ndash; leading the way in the fight against climate change."&nbsp;</p> Vienna leads globally in affordable housing and quality of life Hope Daley 2018-07-25T15:05:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T12:14:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With its affordable and attractive places to live, the Austrian capital is fast becoming the international gold standard when it comes to public housing, or what Europeans call &ldquo;social housing&rdquo; &#8213; in Vienna&rsquo;s case, government-subsidized housing rented out by the municipality or nonprofit housing associations. Unlike America&rsquo;s public housing projects, which remain unloved and underfunded...</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Vienna 62% of its citizens reside in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public housing</a>, standing in stark contrast with less than 1% living in US social housing. The Austrian capital boasts regulated rents and strongly protects tenant's rights, while US public housing functions as a last resort for low-income individuals. Earlier this year Vienna was listed at the top of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mercer's Quality of Living Ranking</a>, beating every city in the world&nbsp;for the ninth year in a row. Needless to say US cities have <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much to learn from Vienna's urban housing model</a>.&nbsp;</p> How NYC got its grid and a tiny little mosaic known as the "Triangle of Spite" Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-25T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T08:10:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes", reads a small mosaic in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan</a>'s West Village. A peculiar sight, artist Chaz Hutton recently recounted in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fascinating twitter thread</a> how this small piece of New York Real Estate, also known as the Triangle of Spite, came to be.</p> <p>In the 19th century, as the city was growing&mdash;and expanding with landfill&mdash;a commission was put together to create a grid for future development.&nbsp;Called &ldquo;The 1811 Commissioners plan&rdquo;, the blueprints drawn up laid the city out into a series of rectangular blocks. As the grid was built out, undergoing alterations such as the addition of Central Park, the Commissioners Plan began running up against the older grids of the city going in different directions. The result was a number of little triangular blocks.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Triangle detail. Courtesy of Atlas Obscura.</figcaption></figure><p>On one of these awkward intersections sat the Voorhis building, owned by a man named David Hess. Eventually, when the city decide...</p> Should New York's subway rails be paved over for driverless cars? Hope Daley 2018-07-24T19:03:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Visions of the future [autonomous vehicles] will bring have already crept into City Council meetings, political campaigns, state legislation and decisions about what cities should build today. That unnerves some transportation planners and transit advocates, who fear unrealistic hopes for driverless cars &mdash; and how soon they&rsquo;ll get here &mdash; could lead cities to mortgage the present for something better they haven&rsquo;t seen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new technologies emerging</a>, cities are debating the most effective transportation systems to fund. Caught in the midst of this struggle is the proposition of paving over the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York subway</a>&nbsp;in order to create an underground highway for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a>. Those championing the idea believe this system would move the most people using the least amount of space, when theoretically services like Lyft and Uber no longer have to pay drivers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many, however, believe this is an unrealistic faith in new technology to solve all of our cities transportation problems. If everyone uses their own private, self-driving car this could create enormous amounts of traffic. Not to mention the belief that there is something inherently better about everyone traveling together on public transit rather than in their own isolated vehicles. Should cities invest in these new transit models replacing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public&nbsp;infrastructure&nbsp;with private systems</a>? Or hold out for unknown future technologies?</p> MVRDV to masterplan new Hyde Park urban district near Amsterdam Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-24T13:43:00-04:00 >2018-07-25T03:50:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>'s urban vision for the new Hyde Park district near <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> has been given the green light by the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. Currently occupied by a desolate office park, the area will be transformed into a vibrant residential area with thousands of new dwellings and commercial facilities. The Dutch firm has recruited several architecture firms such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcode</a>, Team V, MVSA, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuelle Gautrand</a> and Studio Nine Dots to aid in the development of blocks and public space design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Each avenue will have its own character, while the main street will become a tree-lined commercial area promoting cycling, walking, and socializing. Residential buildings will all have sound-proof indoor gardens. Bites in the buildings will allow for maximum sunlight and park views, helping achieve a new green district for the city. Furthermore, for the sake of diversity, the blocks have been divided into various 'Hoofddorp houses'.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The masterplan contributes to upgrading the neighborhood into a future...</p> An engineer's comic addresses social equity in transportation planning and design Hope Daley 2018-07-23T15:40:00-04:00 >2018-07-23T15:40:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Engineer&nbsp;Ryan Martinson&nbsp;uses his cartooning skills to&nbsp;explore why and how to better incorporate social equity goals into transportation planning&nbsp;Equity &amp; Mobility, a 12-page comic article published in the Summer issue of&nbsp;Transportation Talk," the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineer's quarterly newsletter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Canadian Institute for Transportation Engineers newsletter showcases a comic strip addressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">social equity</a> in transportation design. The article looks at how planning decisions can be affected by a biased user <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">experience design</a> process affecting who is included in our transportation systems.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Summer issue of Transportation Talk comic by Ryan Martinson. Image: Equity &amp; Mobility.</figcaption></figure><p>Martinson's comic describes how faster transportation modes like automotive travel are often favored over more inclusive ones such as walking, biking, and public transportation.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Summer issue of Transportation Talk comic by Ryan Martinson. Image: Equity &amp; Mobility.</figcaption></figure><p>While pointing out these design issues, he also offers specific solutions on how to design more inclusively and better impact people's economic and social opportunities. You can flip through the full article&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> $5B Lincoln Yards megadevelopment unveiled for Chicago’s North Side Alexander Walter 2018-07-20T16:10:00-04:00 >2018-07-24T16:56:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Skyscrapers as tall as 70 stories are part of a developer&rsquo;s ambitious plan to bring 23,000 jobs and 5,000 homes to the Chicago River on the city&rsquo;s North Side. Those are among new details that Chicago developer Sterling Bay unveiled Wednesday night during the long-anticipated first public meeting for its planned Lincoln Yards project, a more-than-$5 billion development planned for at least 70 acres along the river between Lincoln Park and Bucktown [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The master plan was designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CBT Architects</a> with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> as the landscape design contributor.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</figcaption></figure> Documentary showcases how architecture students of the University at Buffalo School are shaping the city Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-19T16:11:00-04:00 >2018-07-19T16:11:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"How do we bring a city not back to what it was, but what it needs to be in the future?" A new documentary at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a> explores this question, showcasing how students of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning</a> are learning from and rebuilding the Rust Belt city around them.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once a thriving American city, since the latter 20th century, Buffalo has seen a sharp population loss and growing inequality stemming from its industrial decline. As Buffalo rebounds, students and faculty of the University are becoming an integral part of this process. Whether it's working with local refugee entrepreneurs or revitalizing local fabrication and industry, students are using the city itself as a laboratory, deeply embedding themselves in the community and the challenges it faces.</p> <p>Their work is currently being showcased at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time Space Existence</a> exhibition in Venice, through a new film and an accompanying catalog highlighting sites of faculty and stude...</p> New report presents staggering amount of parking in US cities Hope Daley 2018-07-16T15:13:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T15:13:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Groundbreaking research presents credible estimates of the total parking supply in several American cities, and it's not pretty. Parking spaces are everywhere, but for some reason the perception persists that there&rsquo;s &ldquo;not enough parking.&rdquo; And so cities require parking in new buildings and lavishly subsidize parking garages, without ever measuring how much parking exists or how much it&rsquo;s used.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new report from&nbsp;Eric Scharnhorst at the Research Institute for Housing America, an arm of the Mortgage Bankers Association,&nbsp;estimates the total parking supply in&nbsp;five US cities. Looking at satellite imagery and tax record data,&nbsp;Scharnhorst tallied&nbsp;on-street <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">parking</a>, surface parking, and garage parking in New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Des Moines, and Jackson, Wyoming. The results show staggeringly high amounts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">land use</a> dedicated to parking with low use percentages.&nbsp;</p> Activating vacant land: a conversation about Detroit's potential and challenges Alexander Walter 2018-07-13T15:34:00-04:00 >2018-07-13T15:34:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Maurice Cox grew up in Brooklyn, a borough whose name has since become a global shorthand for gentrification. An urban designer, architectural educator, and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA, in 2015 Cox became head of the planning department of Detroit, where he hopes to prevent the forces that have reshaped his childhood home from taking over the Motor City. [...] Cox is using design to catalyze growth that&rsquo;s incremental and closely in line with the city&rsquo;s strong sense of self.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Urban Omnibus</em> presents an insightful conversation between&nbsp;Maurice Cox,&nbsp;Director of Planning and Development for the City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, and Marc Norman,&nbsp;founder of the consulting firm &ldquo;Ideas and Action&rdquo; and Associate Professor of Practice at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UMich's Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>. Discussed issues range from&nbsp;tactical preservation,&nbsp;vacant land as asset,&nbsp;smooth growth, gentrification, and&nbsp;preserving Black spaces:</p> <p><em>Detroit still has capacity for a population of 1.8 million, and we&rsquo;re at less than 700,000. So part of our challenge is, how to prevent buildings turning into blight, to the point of having to demolish them?</em></p> <p><em>On the other hand, if it does make sense to tear some things down, what do we put in their place? The architect&rsquo;s mindset is often that the only thing that can replace a structure is another structure. But in Detroit, that makes no sense financially; it makes no sense in terms of the population. So we have to turn to other disciplines for an answer.</em></p> <p><em>That&rsquo;s...</em></p> Will the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics truly be low-impact? Hope Daley 2018-07-12T16:04:00-04:00 >2018-07-12T16:04:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The only profitable games in modern Olympic history, LA 1984 was a case study in public&ndash;private partnerships, corporate sponsorship, and municipal storytelling [...] It&rsquo;s proof, say LA 2028 organizers, that the city can do it again: re-use the city&rsquo;s wealth of existing and under-construction stadiums and athletic facilities, house athletes and the media at local universities, and host an Olympics that won&rsquo;t require new publicly-funded infrastructure...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Olympics have been promoted to cities as a vehicle for ushering in investment, attention, and urban growth. The reality, however, is often contradicting with failed developments and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>&nbsp;left in the aftermath. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> prepares to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">host the 2028 games</a>, large questions remain on how this will impact the city with an affordable housing and a homelessness crisis.&nbsp;</p> When in Rome Places Journal 2018-07-10T22:46:00-04:00 >2018-07-10T20:46:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"Along with their monumental role in Rome's urban fabric, the architectural status of fountains has long been uncertain. It can be hard to determine when they ceased to be viewed as public water utilities, and came to be regarded as purely artistic objects."</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the same week in 2016, a group of tourists were denounced as trespassers for splashing around in one of Rome's historic fountains, while Fendi was praised for its tribute to Italy's artistic legacy by staging a fashion show across another. Anatole Tchikine is prompted by these contrasting reactions to examine the complicated relationship between architecture, water, and the body in the city&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;from early modern laundresses to&nbsp;<em>La Dolce Vita</em>.&nbsp;</p> Old electricity works to be transformed into new mixed-use car free scheme Luke pH+ 2018-07-03T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-07-03T19:09:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pH+</a> and Developer City &amp; Suburban have received planning permission to transform a decommissioned electricity works into a mixed-use residential scheme at The Camp, St Albans. Wrapped around two courtyards the project implements hidden parking below the landscaped shared spaces to deliver a pedestrian centered development.</p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>Residential entrance on Campfield Road</figcaption></figure><p>The scheme maximizes the strength of the streetscape supplementing parts of the existing building to provide 107 dual aspect high quality dwellings, 499m2 of commercial space, and active commercial frontage along Campfield Road. </p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>View towards upper courtyard from lower courtyard</figcaption></figure><p>Designed with distinct characters the &lsquo;Lower Courtyard&rsquo; and &lsquo;Upper Courtyard&rsquo; deliver generous and inspiring shared public amenity space for all of the building&rsquo;s occupants. In addition to these spaces a number of planted terraces for semi-private amenity or play have been provided for the future residents. </p><figure><img src=""><figcaption>View towards upper courtyard fr...</figcaption></figure> The Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence Orhan Ayyüce 2018-07-03T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As New York enters the third decade of the twenty-first century, it is in imminent danger of becoming something it has never been before: unremarkable. It is approaching a state where it is no longer a significant cultural entity but the world&rsquo;s largest gated community, with a few cupcake shops here and there. For the first time in its history, New York is, well, boring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The story keeps going. "This is not some new phenomenon but a cancer that&rsquo;s been metastasizing on the city for decades now. And what&rsquo;s happening to New York now&mdash;what&rsquo;s already happened to most of Manhattan, its core&mdash;is happening in every affluent American city. San Francisco is overrun by tech conjurers who are rapidly annihilating its remarkable diversity; they swarm in and out of the metropolis in specially chartered buses to work in Silicon Valley, using the city itself as a gigantic bed-and-breakfast. Boston, which used to be a city of a thousand nooks and crannies, back-alley restaurants and shops, dive bars and ice cream parlors hidden under its elevated, is now one long, monotonous wall of modern skyscraper. In Washington, an army of cranes has transformed the city in recent years, smoothing out all that was real and organic into a town of mausoleums for the Trump crowd to revel in."</p> A manual on traffic engineering excuses opens the gates for pointed criticism Hope Daley 2018-07-02T15:16:00-04:00 >2018-07-02T15:16:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Im developing a new guide called the &lsquo;Manual on Uniform Traffic Engineer Excuses&rsquo; or #MUTEE,&rdquo; tweeted Boise-based planner Don Kostelec in a moment of genius. &ldquo;You get to name the chapters. Go!&rdquo; The responses were swift, and hilarious, and like so much humor carried painful truths.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don Kostelec recently opened the door to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">traffic</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineering</a> jabs with a call for chapter titles on his&nbsp;<em>Manual on Uniform Traffic Engineer Excuses.</em> Some of these cutting responses are all too real...</p> <p><br></p> <p>Responses included chapter titles such as:</p> <ul><li>Appendix 99 &ndash; A Listing of All Mandatory Design Features for All Forms of Alternative Transportation [This page intentionally left blank]</li><li>Chapter 16: Sharrows: How to Apply the Single Ply Toilet Paper for Bike Infrastructure</li><li>Chapter 13: Two-way Cycle Tracks Mean Highly Complex Intersections; Why You Should Just Use Sharrows Instead</li><li>Chapter 44: Someday Dark Clothing Will Go Out of Style</li><li>Introduction: Why the World Is Designed for Peak Hour Car Use and Not 24-Hour Use by Everybody Else</li><li>Chapter 12: Induced Demand and Widening Projects: Tall Tales, Lies, and Other Falsehoods</li><li>Chapter 5: How to Remove a Crosswalk &ndash; It&rsquo;s too dangerous for pedestrians to cross here, wouldn&rsquo;t want to give them a false sense of security.</li></ul><p>Check out Don&nbsp;Kostelec&rsquo;s Twitter feed @...</p> Fair Housing Act ruling now vulnerable with Justice Kennedy’s retirement Hope Daley 2018-06-28T15:49:00-04:00 >2018-06-28T15:49:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the most important decision on fair housing in a generation. He&rsquo;ll almost certainly get to see it overturned in his lifetime. When Kennedy announced his long-rumored retirement on Wednesday, he shined a spotlight on the tenuous political balance of the U.S. Supreme Court. Famously a swing vote, Kennedy sided with the court&rsquo;s four liberal justices on defining decisions on reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, the death penalty, and other hot-button social issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "disparate impact" ruling of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fair Housing Act</a> is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now being reconsidered</a> by HUD. This could lead to the department repealing altogether, despite the fact that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Supreme Court</a> already affirmed its constitutionality. Justice Kennedy's legacy of further integrating society is vulnerable to be overruled under Trump.&nbsp;</p> AERIAL FUTURES release a new video exploring integration of airports and cities Hope Daley 2018-06-27T14:28:00-04:00 >2018-06-28T08:03:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>AERIAL FUTURES, a non-profit think tank exploring innovation in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture of flight</a>, have created a new film titled <em>Urban Constellations</em>&nbsp;looking at the relationship between a city and its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">airports</a>. Using NYC as a case study, this video asks how fragmented pieces of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a> can be reimagined more holistically, in order to simultaneously improve air travel and urban life.</p> <p>The film features experts who discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of NYC&rsquo;s aerial infrastructure, drawing on the New York think tank&rsquo;s focus on urban design and digital interfaces.&nbsp;</p> <p>The next public AERIAL FUTURES event will take place on Thursday, July 19 at the Denver Art Museum. This edition, entitled Constructed Landscapes, will ask how airports influence the future of mobility and transportation.&nbsp;</p> A+D Museum presents 'The Assembly' Anthony Morey 2018-06-26T13:01:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T13:04:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This <strong>Saturday, June 30, 2018</strong> from <strong>6:30-10pm</strong> the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> will unveil The Assembly. The Assembly is a new tradition; it is a gathering. This approach to exhibition openings is an expression of the museum's mission to join together a diverse group in celebration of different disciplines of design and points of view.</p> <p>The inaugural event opens five exhibits open for the summer season. The Room gallery houses <strong>Cycle &amp; Pattern,</strong> a fashion exhibition in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Otis College</a>. A+D premiers its first outing with GCP, the museum&rsquo;s curatorial lab, in The Alcove gallery with <strong>3-Ways</strong>, a projection-based show exploring themes of scale and communication. <strong>Sunset 2050</strong>, in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Alley</a> gallery, is a breathtaking retrospective and futuristic interpretation of Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. <strong>Doppelg&auml;ngers,</strong> in The Lane gallery, offers a view into the architectural mind of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrick Tighe Architecture</a>. The Island features <strong>Back to Front</strong>, an outdoor installation by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StereoBot</a> &amp; Oasys taking on the...</p> Editor's Picks #488 Nam Henderson 2018-06-25T20:31:00-04:00 >2018-06-25T20:31:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last week Archinect profiled Denver-Based Paul Andersen for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple Chris</a> liked what he read "<em>nice interview...and a sense humor. the entire Pop paragraph is quotable</em>".</p> <figure><img src=";w=728&amp;dpr=2"><figcaption>Five Rooms at the Landmark Gallery in the Chicago Cultural Center. Designed with Paul Preissner Architects. Photo by James Florio.</figcaption></figure><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caf&eacute; militaire (or Caf&eacute; Godeau)</a>, by the Utopian and Visionary Claude Nicolas Ledoux, was featured as part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From the Ground Up, series</a>.<br></p> News <p>After seeing their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design</a> for the new Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), <strong>chigurh</strong> needed to get something off their chest, "<em>becoming less and less interested in morphosis....liked the work better when it was more about tectonic play than sinuous curves and code aesthetic.</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Animo South Los Angeles High School's newest building designed by Brooks + Scarpa. Photo: Tara Wujcik.</figcaption></figure><p>Animo South Los Angeles High School's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest building</a> designed by Brooks + Scarpa generated a lot of discussion. Some felt it "<em>Simultaneously cheer...</em></p> Lost UK brutalist buildings honored through illustrations Hope Daley 2018-06-25T18:09:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T12:37:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Despite being recognized as an important architectural movement, many iconic examples of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist architecture</a> have been knocked down in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>, and many more are threatened by alteration or demolition. From The Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth to Gilbey's Gin complex in Harlow, these illustrations by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoCompare</a> pay tribute to Britain's lost post-war <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Tricorn Centre, Portsmouth (1966 - 2004)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pimlico Secondary School, London (1970 - 2010)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Trinity Square Car Park, Gateshead (1967 - 2010)<a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figcaption></figure><figure><figcaption>Derwent Tower, Dunston (1972 - 2012)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Greenside, Virginia Water, Surrey (1937 - 2003)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Milton Court, London (1959 - 2008)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Dunlop Rubber Factory, Brynmawr (1951 - 2001)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gilbey's Gin HQ, Harlow (1963 - 1993)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Royal Mail Mechanised Letter Office, Hemel Hempstead (1985 - 2012)</figcaption></figure> How big tech companies are shaping US city development Hope Daley 2018-06-25T16:05:00-04:00 >2018-06-25T16:05:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m not saying America&rsquo;s cities are turning into dystopian technocapitalist hellscapes in which corporations operate every essential service and pull every civic string. But let&rsquo;s take a tour of recent news from the metropolises.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Farhad Manjoo unpacks the extreme impact big tech companies have on US city construction citing cases from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a>,&nbsp;Elon Musk's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring Company</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bird's electric scooters</a>. Are these <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">innovations</a> simply breaking through the red tape of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">local government</a> or are they dominating with no input from the public?&nbsp;</p> Penda's Tel Aviv Arcades offer arches and terraces rather than the generic glass tower Hope Daley 2018-06-25T15:39:00-04:00 >2018-06-28T12:29:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Austrian branch of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Penda</a> reveals a residential high-rise for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tel Aviv</a> defined by arches and cascading terraces. The design responds to the broad display of the city&rsquo;s Bauhaus era and responds to the city's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate challenges</a> rather than opting for another glass tower.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tel Aviv Arcades rendering by Penda Austria. Image: Penda Austria. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tel Aviv Arcades rendering by Penda Austria. Image: Penda Austria. </figcaption></figure><p>Defined by the arch, the structure's design allows for views while still minimizing openings to direct sunlight in order to cooperate with the mediterranean climate. Varying terraces are used as a shading devices while also functioning as a vertical neighborhood for residents.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tel Aviv Arcades rendering by Penda Austria. Image: Penda Austria. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tel Aviv Arcades rendering by Penda Austria. Image: Penda Austria. </figcaption></figure><p>The condominium tower measures approximately 380 feet in height featuring about 58 square feet of residential areas on 18 floors. The building will ...</p> New urban science major coming to MIT this fall Alexander Walter 2018-06-22T17:52:00-04:00 >2018-06-22T17:52:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Urban settlements and technology around the world are co-evolving as flows of population, finance, and politics are reshaping the very identity of cities and nations. Rapid and profound changes are driven by pervasive sensing, the growth and availability of continuous data streams, advanced analytics, interactive communications and social networks, and distributed intelligence. At MIT, urban planners and computer scientists are embracing these exciting new developments.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a>&nbsp;faculty recently voted to have its existing urban planning and computer science programs join forces and create a new undergraduate degree, the bachelor of science in urban science and planning with computer science.</p> <p>"The rise of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sensor-enabled self-management of natural resources</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cybersecurity</a> for critical infrastructure, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">biometric identity</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sharing or gig economy</a>, and continuous public engagement opportunities through social networks and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">data</a> and visualization are a few of the elements that are converging to shape our places of living," explains the university's announcement.<br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hashim Sarkis</a>, dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, said: &ldquo;Every now and then, the world puts in front of us new problems that require new tools and forms of knowledge to address them. The growing challenges that cities are facing today has prompted us to develop this new major in urban science. We are combining the tools of AI and ...</p> BIG's 'Humanhattan 2050' promotes resilient design for NYC waterfront at the Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2018-06-20T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T10:04:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Lower Manhattan could be the first to test out an innovative system that is being proposed as a way to protect cities from rising sea levels and future storms. Called &ldquo;Humanhattan 2050,&rdquo; a visionary idea from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) that&rsquo;s on view in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the project not only proposes new infrastructure to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years, it will also make these spaces more accessible and enjoyable.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>Avid Archinect readers will remember the "Humanhattan 2050" scheme from its initial iteration, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s 2014&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design competition</a>-winning proposal "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BIG U</a>" in response to the most devastating storm ever to hit New York, Hurricane Sandy, and the need for resilient, disaster-prepared city planning.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>"The 'Humanhattan 2050' exhibit for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a> is a vision that expands upon BIG&rsquo;s winning idea by enlarging the boundaries of Lower Manhattan with a building development created on an extension of land it cleverly calls MOMA, which is short for MOre MAnhattan," writes Paul Laster for the <em>Observer</em>.</p> A call for cities to own the curb as transit startups invade the streets Hope Daley 2018-06-15T17:14:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T12:23:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With more options that ever for getting around cities, and finite space, the question of how we use this infrastructure, and who controls it, is more important than ever. By regulating how these new transportation options evolve, cities can potentially bring about a more sustainable, multimodal, and less car-centric transit future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Our city curbs are&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transportation</a> battles for space in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flow of traffic</a>. While private tech <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">startups</a> are producing popular transportation solutions, such as Bird's electric scooters, the city is the one paying to build and maintain these public spaces. An upswing in dockless vehicles has far reaching potentials for cities to achieve sustainable goals, if they can reassert their ownership.&nbsp;</p> LAX announces consortium to build its new $4.9bn monorail system Alexander Walter 2018-06-13T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-06-14T18:17:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Bombardier Rail Technologies, ACS Infrastructure Development, Balfour Beatty, Fluor Enterprises and HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America have all been chosen to deliver a $4.9bn project to design, build and install an automated people mover system at Los Angeles International Airport. [...] The system will run on a 3.6km elevated dual-lane guideway and will serve six newly-built stations, creating connections between the airport, public and private transportation, and a new car rental facility.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>