Archinect - News 2017-09-24T15:40:54-04:00 Mia Lehrer and WSP recommended for LA River's Taylor Yard Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-22T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-22T13:21:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Regardless of the pricey remediation, the 41-acre property has long been considered a key element to the large-scale ecological restoration of the LA River. The city purchased the G2 parcel in March, paying nearly $60 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The city&rsquo;s bureau of engineering recommends engineering firm WSP, with Landscape Architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a>, for the transformation of the G2. WSP and Lehrer are collaborating with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mujeres de la Tierra</a>, a non-profit public health organization based in Cypress Park, on the project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Part of Taylor Yard, the Southern Pacific's former classification Yard, the G2 parcel has been named the crown jewel of the LA revitalization project by LA Mayor Garcetti. The site, now abandoned for over three decades, is highly contaminated and unlikely to open as park for another three to five years.&nbsp;</p> <p>The city's recommendation has been shared with the public works department which will have the last word on the G2 contract.&nbsp;</p> The Ugly Pet: On Sustainability and Architectural Form Places Journal 2017-09-21T17:53:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T17:53:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m particularly interested in how sustainable buildings might affect the experience of landscape differently &mdash; actually better, differently &mdash; because, as a human being, I&rsquo;m hoping for more sustainable architecture, and, as an academic (and as an architect), I&rsquo;m thinking the consequences should be revolutionary to architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unlike earlier technological revolutions &mdash; the development of the steel frame, or the invention of concrete &mdash; sustainability in architecture has not yet had any significant, self-identifying&nbsp;<em>formal</em>&nbsp;consequences. Instead, the experience of sustainable space has to be hyper-mediated.&nbsp;</p> <p>In his latest article, Places columnist David Heymann vents his frustrations about environmentally-sensitive design and examines how architects including Kieran Timberlake and Glenn Murcutt are feeling the way forward for the field.&nbsp;</p> DS+R's high-profile Zaryadye Park project in Moscow vandalized only days after its grand opening Alexander Walter 2017-09-18T19:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T08:51:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Russian President Vladimir Putin opened Zaryadye Park near Red Square on 9 September, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, creators of New York&rsquo;s High Line, but what Moscow city officials are lauding as a &ldquo;new symbol of Russia&rdquo; preservationists are decrying as a travesty that impinges on the Kremlin and St Basil&rsquo;s Cathedral, two of Russia&rsquo;s most sacred landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Zaryadye Park proposal for an ambitious replacement of the colossal Soviet-era Hotel Russia near the Kremlin in central Moscow won the international competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2013</a> with a "wild urbanism" concept.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of DS+R's Zaryadye Park project in central Moscow. Image courtesy of</figcaption></figure><p>The project has faced criticism from the city's preservationists, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reportedly exceeded</a> initial cost estimates, and already suffered a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major act of vandalism</a> shortly after its festive opening with&nbsp;Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>One of Zaryadye Park's highlights is its V-shaped 'Floating Bridge,' extending far above the Moscow River. Image courtesy of</figcaption></figure> South Africa’s new Contemporary Art museum opens in Cape Town’s former Grain Silo Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-16T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-23T16:24:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa</a> (Zeitz MOCAA), the world largest museum of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora will open to the public on September 22. The Zeitz MOCAA is located in former grain silo of the V&amp;A waterfront, in Cape Town, South Africa. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Zeitz MOCAA Picture Iwan Baan</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Atrium at Zeitz MOCAA. Picture Iwan Baan</figcaption></figure><p>Architects Mat Cash and Stepan Martinovsky are the project leaders from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>. The new design transformed the existing building, creating a honeycomb shaped interior. The concrete tubes of the silo are topped with laminated glass, allowing natural sunlight to enter the building.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Atrium at Zeitz MOCAA. Picture Iwan Baan</figcaption></figure><p>The Zeizt MOCAA is a new non for profit cultural institution. Its mandate is to collect, preserve, research and exhibit contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Established in 2013 it is the first major institution dedicated to contemporary art in Africa.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Built in 1921, 57 meters tall, the silos processed hundred ...</p> DFA proposes 712-foot observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir Dana Schulz 2017-09-14T15:36:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T15:41:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Creative studio DFA is proposing a 712-foot public observation tower in Central Park that would double as a sustainable filtration system to clean the hazardous Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and turn it into a non-toxic, useable freshwater pond. Though meant to be temporary, the prefabricated tower would be the world&rsquo;s tallest timber structure if completed, featuring a 56-foot-wide viewing platform and a glass oculus that showcases the tower&rsquo;s functional elements.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure> A survey of architecture's new leadership, from Johnston Marklee to Bjarke Ingels Julia Ingalls 2017-09-13T09:49:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T10:53:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>They are in that fertile period &mdash; agewise, it typically runs from the mid-40s to mid-50s in architecture &mdash; when the profession&rsquo;s next generation of leadership begins to make its mark.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a>, Atelier TAG, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>:&nbsp;these are among the firms highlighted in this piece in the New York Times, which surveys the architects who are currently primed to "lead"&nbsp;the profession. Los Angeles-based pair and married couple <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, who are heading up this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial with a theme of "make new history,"</a>&nbsp;are included alongside relative youngster <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, who champions his self-described "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hedonistic sustainability</a>."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the Menil Drawing Institute, designed by Johnston Marklee. Image: Johnston Marklee/Nephew</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> "An exuberant bygone optimism:" dead malls become poignant architectural relics Julia Ingalls 2017-09-12T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T14:40:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking for subtle signifiers of an exuberant bygone optimism,&rdquo; [Photographer Tag Christof] said. &ldquo;Whether people realize it or not, the things I photograph are the direct result of a system that defines progress only in economic terms.&rdquo; Christof...has spent the last five years crisscrossing the country in an effort to document architectural sites vanishing from the landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whether you spent your teenage years moodily occupying the food court or have experienced malls primarily as ruin porn, the architectural significance of these former bustling commercial centers can't be overstated. A kind of high water mark of capitalism, the shuttered and demolished malls profiled in this piece for The Outline represent a country whose narrative was mainly shaped by a robust middle class and a belief in national infallibility, two things that are noticeably weakened in the present era. While nostalgia is usually always the end result of oversimplification, it's hard to argue with the fact that in the last few decades the commercial infrastructure of the United States has undergone a dramatic shift, both physically and symbolically.&nbsp;</p> Chicago's apartment high rises are multiplying for better or worse Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T20:36:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A surge of tall buildings, the vast majority of them housing rental apartments, is creating a densely populated, urban core [...] the Super Loop is patently un-super in at least one respect: It lacks a new version of the technological and aesthetic innovations that made Chicago's reputation as the cradle of modern architecture. As Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to host the second edition of a global architecture biennial [...], most of the new high-rises are based on tired commercial formulas.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s Super Loop is gentrifying and becoming denser as apartment&nbsp;buildings are multiplying and younger generations are moving in. But, most of the new apartments in these high rises&nbsp;are quickly built concrete boxes with glass balconies. The ordinary character of new construction in Chicago's Super Loop proves that it takes more than a strengthening economy to create interesting architecture.</p> The Chicago Architecture Foundation announces the Chicago Architecture Center, to encompass both past and future design innovation Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T18:20:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> is one of the global centers of the architectural world, not only for its rich history, but also as a stage for continuous innovation and design exploration. This lineage is a major part of why <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)</a> has decided to create the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a 20,000 square foot project replete with exhibition space, a lecture hall, custom design studios, retail space, and expansive views of the metropolitan skyline. With interiors created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> on a site plan originally designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, the CAC will be the new home for the CAF.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>On a river cruise, as organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Image: CAF</figcaption></figure><p>One of the coolest parts of the new interior has to be the Skyscape Gallery, which will be host to the permanent Tall Buildings and Innovation Exhibit. The exhibit will feature a 26-foot-tall "double-height" space allowing for a comprehensive investigation of tall buildings, from th...</p> U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded contracts for Border Wall prototypes Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-09-01T14:14:00-04:00 >2017-09-04T22:45:51-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>First, given their robust physical characteristics, like, reinforced concrete, between 18-30 feet high, the concrete border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed. Second, the concrete border wall prototypes will allow CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs that could complement the wall and barrier designs we have used along the border over the last several years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Thursday, CBP announced that it had awarded contracts to build several 30-foot-high concrete wall prototypes, which are supposed to&nbsp;inform future design standards and will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol&rsquo;s requirements. <br></p> <p>The four companies that will build the prototypes &mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery</a>, Ala.; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fisher Sand and Gravel Company of Tempe</a>, Ariz.; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Texas Sterling Construction Company of Houston</a>, Tex.; and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">W. G. Yates &amp; Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia</a>, Miss. &mdash; received contracts between $400,000 and $500,000 each.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The border wall prototypes and designs will complement other tools we employ to secure our borders,&rdquo; said Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at Customs and Border Protection.</p> <p>The <a href=";_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NYT</em></a><em></em> reports that "Homeland Security officials have also asked that a wall be at least somewhat aesthetically pleasing, at least from the American side, according to contracting documents."</p>... Derek Hoeferlin wins inaugural Designing Resilience in Asia International Competition Liam Otten 2017-08-31T15:19:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T15:21:14-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derek Hoeferlin</a>, associate professor of architecture in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts</a> at Washington University in St. Louis, along with research assistants Jess Vanecek and Rob Birch, both master&rsquo;s degree candidates in the Sam Fox School, has won&nbsp;<a href=";c=Y3-0My6A7rWv7-thxB2MczDZdgOfF_Vh3631lJHc4Vh6paJ3FzXv8Q==&amp;ch=9QCbuOm85Njw2-GLLIEjWPGViseSMEaoB9h-DDyxNL0D3szXDuunhQ==" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first prize</a>&nbsp;in the inaugural&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing Resilience in Asia International Open Competition</a>.</p> <p>Sponsored by the School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore, the competition asked participants to propose innovative water solutions to the challenges of climate change at the urban planning, urban design, architecture, building technology and industrial design scales.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hoeferlin&rsquo;s submission, titled &ldquo;From the Third Pole to the Nine Dragons,&rdquo; outlines a simple, two-part toolkit that would enable communities within the Mekong River Basin to holistically understand how local threats and adaptations relate to broader river basin-scaled issues &mdash; a concept that Hoeferlin defines as &ldquo;watershed architecture.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ju...</p> Richard Rogers on the Centre Pompidou: "I would never dream of doing it now" Julia Ingalls 2017-08-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T14:09:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Where we would be without the energetic (if usually misinformed) enthusiasm of youth?&nbsp;Apparently, without the Centre Pompidou as we know it. In this comprehensive and enjoyable profile in&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>, Richard Rogers reflects on his early days as an architect after he and his freshly-made friend Renzo Piano had won a competition in Paris for the now famous cultural center. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Bruno via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the article relates, "Having won it, they had no idea what it was that he was taking on. 'Young architects are immensely naive,' [Rogers] says. 'I would never dream of doing it now. We had a great client, but the press gave us hell. In seven years, there were only two positive articles. I don&rsquo;t know how we got to the end.'"&nbsp;</p> Will there be enough construction workers to rebuild post-flood Houston? Julia Ingalls 2017-08-29T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T22:41:36-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Rain continues to fall in Houston, Texas, a city which may see up to 50 inches of precipitation over a span of five days thanks to the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, the continued flooding has been exacerbated due to some decades-long, head-in-the-sand urban planning, the history of which is detailed in this comprehensive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ProPublica</a> piece. (Spoiler:&nbsp;it&nbsp;turns out paving over natural flood zones with asphalt and concrete, as well as replacing the comprehensive root systems of switchgrass with the comparatively shallow root systems of suburban lawns, gives water few places to go.)&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Houston, 2017. Image: @ohcami_ via Twitter</figcaption></figure><p>As devastating as current conditions must be to homeowners who built in the surprisingly quick to deliver "500-Year Flood Plain," Houston's drier future isn't looking great, either. Thanks to the Trump Administration's widespread anti-immigration policy, there's likely to be a significant shortage of construction workers to rebuild the U.S.' fourth ...</p> Trees can help megacities save $505 million per year, according to new research Justine Testado 2017-08-28T14:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-28T14:40:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Megacities&mdash;those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people&mdash;would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the upcoming issue of the journal Ecological Modeling. A team of researchers led by Theodore Endreny of SUNY&rsquo;s College of Environmental Studies and Forestry sought to quantify how leafy infrastructure pays dividends in 10 chock-full cities&mdash;and the extent to which those benefits could compound if those urban areas planted more trees.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can check out the research paper <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this 2015 report</a> about the health benefits of more greenspace in urban centers.</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Rooftop Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-08-25T20:32:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Rooftop Spaces</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayfair House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squire and Partners</a>; Photo: Gareth Gardner<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J+K Residence</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">STUDIO V Architecture</a>; Photo: David Rahr<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ocean Deck House</a> in Bridgehampton, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects</a>; Photo: Matthew Carbone<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PH Fuentes</a> in Monterrey, Mexico by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P+0 Arquitectura</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooster Street Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space4Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">deckwei&szlig;</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brandt+simon architekten</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua Ocean Center</a> in Shenzhen, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Zhang Chao<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Zwirner, 20th Street</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selldorf Architects</a>; Photo: Todd Eberle<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celtic Museum</a> in Glauburg,...</p> The need to reclaim public spaces from white supremacists Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T12:05:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In this article on the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a>, Lance Hosey writes about the horror of watching white surpremacists marching in the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on August 11th and 12th of this year. The Mall, which was significantly redesigned in the 1970s, serves as a unavoidable visual reminder of the pressing need for architects, designers, and city planners to reclaim public spaces from hate groups. As Hosey explains, "In the 70s, when the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin&nbsp;led a community-driven design process that closed East Main Street to cars, they had the foresight to lift the brick paving on pedestals and give room to breathe for the newly planted trees&rsquo; root system, and four decades later the majestic Willow Oaks are bigger than buildings. Strolling down the Mall is like a walk in the woods. On Friday evenings in summer, 'Charlottesville's living room' teems with life, the most vivid sense of community I have ever known."</p> <p>After describing the despicable events of the nig...</p> 'The New Urban Crisis' as Richard Florida's mea culpa Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T16:35:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After fifteen years of development plans tailored to the creative classes, Florida surveys an urban landscape in ruins. The story of London is the story of Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Sydney. When the rich, the young, and the (mostly) white rediscovered the city, they created rampant property speculation, soaring home prices, and mass displacement. The &ldquo;creative class&rdquo; were just the rich all along, or at least the college-educated children of the rich.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Richard Frorida's latest book,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Urban Crisis</a>,&nbsp;represents the culmination of this long mea culpa. Though he stops just short of saying it, he all but admits that he was wrong. He argues that the creative classes have grabbed hold of many of the world&rsquo;s great cities and choked them to death. As a result, the fifty largest metropolitan areas house just 7 percent of the world&rsquo;s population but generate 40 percent of its growth. These &ldquo;superstar&rdquo; cities are becoming gated communities, their vibrancy replaced with deracinated streets full of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnbs</a> and empty summer homes. Meanwhile, drug addiction and gang violence have spread to the suburbs. &ldquo;Much more than a crisis of cities,&rdquo; he writes, &ldquo;the New Urban Crisis is the central crisis of our time&rdquo; &mdash; &ldquo;a crisis of the suburbs, of urbanization itself and of contemporary capitalism writ large.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The author offers both&mdash;specific solutions like more affordable housing, more investment in infrastructure, and higher pay for service jobs&mdash;and va...</p> Construction on first major phase of Freshkills Park to begin soon DianePham 2017-08-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T13:58:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"The effort to turn Fresh Kills Landfill into a verdant and vibrant destination for wildlife and outdoor recreation received a huge boost on Monday as the city awarded a $22.9 million contract for the construction of the first major section of Freshkills Park."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lomma Construction Corp. will lead works on the first 21 acres of the North Park. The area will be kept largely natural with simple additions including a seven-acre seed farm, an observation tower for birdwatching, a picnic lawn, composting restrooms, a waterfront overlook deck, a bicycle repair station, a forested plateau, bike/pedestrian pathways, and limited parking for visitors. James Corner Field Operations is responsible for the master plan of the park.</p> Trump to reverse Obama’s Federal Flood Risk Management Standard aimed at planning for climate change Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-16T13:17:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T13:20:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The White House confirmed that the order issued Tuesday would revoke an earlier executive order by former President Barack Obama that required recipients of federal funds to strongly consider risk-management standards when building in flood zones, including measures such as elevating structures from the reach of rising water.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would streamline the approval process for building infrastructure such as roads, bridges and offices by eliminating a planning step related to climate change and flood dangers.</em></p> <p>Trump's new order will weaken environmental standards that guard against flood risk, saddling the federal government with the burden of paying for flood damage in the future. The executive order also promised &ldquo;one Federal decision&rdquo; for major infrastructure projects and setting a two-year goal for completion of permitting processes. Trump said every project would be assigned to a lead agency that would be held &ldquo;accountable&rdquo; for it.</p> <p>&ldquo;This order will put people throughout the country at risk by allowing developers to ignore potential hazards while muzzling the public&rsquo;s ability to weigh in on potentially harmful projects near their homes,&rdquo; Alex Taurel, deputy legislative director of the League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement.<br></p>... Construction work on New York Wheel to resume Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T20:41:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T20:41:50-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The New York Wheel has been delayed repeatedly since it was first announced in 2012. Initially, developers planned to finish the North Shore attraction in 2015, but that has since been pushed back to at least 2018. The estimated cost of the project has also grown from $230 million to $590 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As announced on Monday, The New York Wheel in Staten Island is spinning toward completion once again. The developer, New York Wheel Owner LLC, said it planned to work with American Bridge Company, which built a similar observation wheel in Las Vegas.</p> Steven Fleming's Velotopia paints a city built for cycling Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T13:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T13:02:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>No disciples of Le Corbusier, Harvey Corbett, Robert Moses or Norman Bel Geddes have been to Velotopia. That means there are no highways and no racks of car-parking stations. Neither have any disciples of Ebenezer Howard been there to suggest that development be clustered around satellite towns with train connections back to the core.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Steven Fleming (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously featured in our Working Out of the Box series</a>), founder of the Dutch bike-centric planning consultancy&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cycle Space</a>, recently published a new book that lays out an utopian city built around bicycles as the main form of transportation. In Velotopia people enjoy their daily commutes, the flow of traffic is smooth and the development is mixed use and compact.</p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Velotopia Photograph: Courtesy of</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Indoor bike parking spaces match the anticipated number of beds allowing trips to start inside the home. Photograph: Courtesy of</figcaption></figure><p>An edited excerpt in&nbsp;<em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Guardian</em>&nbsp;showcases Fleming's wry thought experiment.<em> </em><em>Velotopia is as circular as the topography has allowed, for the usual reason that citizens are always clamouring to live near the civic centre.Development has been restricted to level ground and city limits have been restricted to a diameter of 15km. That ensures average commuting distances of less than 7km and average trip times of less th...</em></p> Hollywood movies are influencing LA's newest crop of buildings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-11T15:44:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T15:44:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>L.A. now boasts the tallest building west of Chicago&mdash;the Wilshire Grand Center in the Downtown district. &ldquo;If you watch the opening sequence of Blade Runner from 1982 and look at how it imagines L.A.&rsquo;s skyline in 2019, you can&rsquo;t help sense life emulating art" Meanwhile, the creators of the sumptuous new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills traveled back in time for inspiration...&ldquo;We studied everything from the decor of the movie sets to the style of leading Hollywood actresses&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in the day, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood</a> movies used to draw their inspiration from the city of Angels as many of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>'s most iconic buildings played starring roles in Tinseltown. Today, the tables have turned and the cities architecture has begun taking a note or two from Hollywood.&nbsp;<em></em>Proving that the expression "life imitates art" has some weight to it,&nbsp;<em>Architectural Digest&nbsp;</em>examines how LA's newest crop of buildings looks like they walked off a Hollywood set.</p> Where the street has no claim: Presidio Terrace in San Francisco bought after no one paid the street's taxes Julia Ingalls 2017-08-10T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T09:54:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Tina Lam and Michael Cheng snatched up Presidio Terrace &mdash; the block-long, private oval street lined by 35 megamillion-dollar mansions &mdash; for $90,000 and change in a city-run auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill. They outlasted several other bidders. Now they&rsquo;re looking to cash in &mdash; maybe by charging the residents of those mansions to park on their own private street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When the annual $14 city tax bill for the street on Presidio Terrace went unpaid for a little over thirty years, the frustrated municipality held an auction to recoup its lost monies. A savvy couple who live in the decidedly less swanky South Bay snapped it up and now are causing all of the exclusive residents of the street to pay much closer attention to civic matters. &nbsp;</p> David Chipperfield's stately design for the Shanghai Centre Pompidou revealed Julia Ingalls 2017-08-08T14:42:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T18:05:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Stately, elegant, reflective:&nbsp;these adjectives have largely described the work of British architect David Chipperfield, whose structures tend to invite contemplation and pause before hot take Instagramming. His selection as the architect of the West Bund Art Museum in the new cultural center created jointly by the Centre Pompidou and Shanghai's West Bund Group is therefore not surprising, especially in light of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's recent dictate to steer away from "weird"&nbsp;architecture.</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: David Chipperfield Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The renderings for the proposed 25,000 square meter structure display Chipperfield's signature moves: meticulously calibrated volumes stack atop and adjacent to one another near a reflective body of water. The renderings steer away from bold colors, favoring muted pastels. The interior renderings also convey a serene setting: an ample entrance hall is not flooded with visitors, but rather hosts only a receptionist and a single guest, effectively conveying the notion of unharrie...</p> Steinberg Architects proposes wavy white 40-story residential tower for historic Downtown L.A. Julia Ingalls 2017-08-03T15:13:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T14:41:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Longtime DTLA developer and landowner Joseph Hellen has released a revised design for a proposed 40-story, 420-foot tall apartment tower at 525 South Spring Street.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What would downtown Los Angeles' historic core look like with a 40-story apartment building with a wavy white exterior?&nbsp;Probably a great deal like the rendering above, which was created by TSK Architects working with Steinberg Architects (who are carrying through to produce the design in an executive capacity), to demonstrate their concept of the proposed tower. The tower has gone through a few iterations with different design firms already, but according to Urbanize.LA, this new version also includes a plan to renovate adjacent structures, including "the three adjacent Broadway theaters also owned by [developer] Hellen - the Roxie, Cameo and Arcade."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: TSK Architects</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> Tadao Ando's "head-out Buddha" creates ample opportunities for reflection, both spiritual and literal Julia Ingalls 2017-08-03T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T18:49:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While Tadao Ando has built religious structures before--famously, the Church of the Light--he has rarely worked with figurative icons of religion, preferring a more abstract approach. This has changed with his open-air prayer hall in the Makomanai Takinoreien Cemetery in Sapporo, Japan, where a previously unsheltered statue of the Buddha has now been reverently housed in Ando's masterful design.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Shigeo Ogawa/Makomanai Takinoreien Cemetery</figcaption></figure><p>Prior to Ando, the 44-foot-tall statue had been sitting in a field for 15 years without any additional ornamentation. The scale and placement of the Buddha served less as a spiritual inspiration than a lonely beacon, prompting the commission of Ando to create a suitable home for the Buddha. The resulting open-air prayer hall both shelters the Buddha without disrupting its connection to the sky.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Shigeo Ogawa/Makomanai Takinoreien Cemetery</figcaption></figure><p>From afar, visitors can't see the Buddha, only a landscaped exterior shell. Once they enter the tem...</p> Trump administration to waive environmental rules and other laws to expedite border wall construction Alexander Walter 2017-08-02T18:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-02T18:05:18-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president&rsquo;s signature campaign pledges. Critics including the Center for Biological Diversity criticized the move as overreach and a threat to the environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Last week, the House of Representatives approved the administration&rsquo;s request for $1.6 billion to start building Trump&rsquo;s border wall," PBS NewsHour reports, "which would include replacing 14 miles (22 kilometers) in San Diego covered by the latest waiver and building 60 miles (96 kilometers) of new barriers in Texas&rsquo; Rio Grande Valley."</p> <p>And the Rio Grande stretch, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as we all know</a>, will require some (costly) construction magic.</p> With a span of 494 meters, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is officially world's longest Julia Ingalls 2017-08-01T17:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T17:51:52-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Constructed by Swissrope/Lauber Seilbahnen AG, Frutigen, this suspension bridge in Switzerland is now the globe's longest (and arguably, most scenic, as it hovers above one of the deepest valleys in the country). The two-foot-wide bridge, which helps connect two mountain towns, has cut the time it takes to traverse the valley down from 3 to 4 hours to 10 minutes. The downside is the incredible elevation:&nbsp;the tourism board, which issued a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>&nbsp;announcing the bridge's opening, warned tourists with a fear of heights to keep taking the long way.&nbsp;</p> Land surrounding Michael Heizer’s "City" could lose national monument protection under Trump Administration Alexander Walter 2017-07-31T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T15:11:41-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As City&mdash;Michael Heizer&rsquo;s vast Land Art installation in the Nevada desert&mdash;nears completion, the fate of the federally protected land surrounding it could soon be decided. Ryan Zinke, the US Interior Secretary, visited the state on Sunday, 30 July, as part of a review of 27 national monuments ordered by President Donald Trump, which could result in some of these lands being reopened to development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"A number of museums banded together to call for the site&rsquo;s preservation," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> explains the background of <em>City</em>'s current surroundings (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously also on Archinect</a>), "and in 2015, Obama created the Basin and Range National Monument, which covers 704,000 acres in southern Nevada&rsquo;s Lincoln and Nye counties, including the land surrounding City and several Native American rock art sites. The next year, he created the Gold Butte National Monument, which covers 300,000 acres in Clark county."</p> Is this architecture's cutest (or at least most Instagram-savvy) couple? Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T20:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T20:44:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Citing the street as their favorite workplace and the whole world as their canvas, Valencia-based couple Anna Devis and Daniel Rueda inventively interact with architecture. When paired with their love of travel, this playful interest culminates in a quirky and creative collection of photos that'll make you look twice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For those of you who "curate" your Instagram feeds with your photogenic other, there's some artfully posed competition in town: illustrator Anna Devis and trained architect Daniel Rueda not only know their architecture, but they're determined to pose winningly in front of it, as this article in My Modern Met illustrates.</p><figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><br></p>