Archinect - News 2017-08-21T18:02:30-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150023666/the-new-urban-crisis-as-richard-florida-s-mea-culpa '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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ub/ubfmppy5sn9b7tcb.jpg" width="650" height="988" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://www.creativeclass.com/navbar-included-pages/about-ccg/richard-florida/books-and-writing/books/the-new-urban-crisis" 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="https://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023185/construction-on-first-major-phase-of-freshkills-park-to-begin-soon 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/uf/ufszfouiv20wndaa.jpg" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023006/trump-to-reverse-obama-s-federal-flood-risk-management-standard-aimed-at-planning-for-climate-change 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/i0/i0dvtjxxo10p6ea8.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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>... https://archinect.com/news/article/150022914/construction-work-on-new-york-wheel-to-resume 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3t/3t2e7h5paxcmte1g.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022819/steven-fleming-s-velotopia-paints-a-city-built-for-cycling 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/7y/7y9ac9nnry6na0xm.jpg" width="650" height="918" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://archinect.com/features/article/84683423/working-out-of-the-box-steven-fleming" 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="http://cyclespace.nl/" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y9/y9x1kcl2rcigb1uu.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/y9/y9x1kcl2rcigb1uu.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Velotopia Photograph: Courtesy of cycle-space.com</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/iy/iygc3qvyyshc5gsn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/iy/iygc3qvyyshc5gsn.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Indoor bike parking spaces match the anticipated number of beds allowing trips to start inside the home. Photograph: Courtesy of cycle-space.com</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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022349/hollywood-movies-are-influencing-la-s-newest-crop-of-buildings 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3n/3n6e20n4x13hbig8.jpg" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/36262/hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood</a> movies used to draw their inspiration from the city of Angels as many of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022094/where-the-street-has-no-claim-presidio-terrace-in-san-francisco-bought-after-no-one-paid-the-street-s-taxes 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/do/doti4xj352dld89r.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150021673/david-chipperfield-s-stately-design-for-the-shanghai-centre-pompidou-revealed 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vf/vfe1jx7scsrnliu0.jpg" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's recent dictate to steer away from "weird"&nbsp;architecture.</a></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/9e/9ezj3d7r383tt2ho.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/9e/9ezj3d7r383tt2ho.jpg"></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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020929/steinberg-architects-proposes-wavy-white-40-story-residential-tower-for-historic-downtown-l-a Steinberg Architects proposes wavy white 40-story residential tower for historic Downtown L.A. Julia Ingalls 2017-08-03T15:13:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T14:31:50-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vl/vlzaypvnuei83bo5.jpg" width="650" height="873" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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 Steinberg Architects, working with TSK Architects, 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/cg/cgcg597eoq87ttbm.jpeg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cg/cgcg597eoq87ttbm.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Steinberg Architects</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020926/tadao-ando-s-head-out-buddha-creates-ample-opportunities-for-reflection-both-spiritual-and-literal 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/4b/4b5ca326x36gsw18.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/0m/0mjgoccs7coyhgy3.jpeg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0m/0mjgoccs7coyhgy3.jpg"></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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/nk/nkjjs1j8k9nqupl0.jpeg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nk/nkjjs1j8k9nqupl0.jpg"></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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020797/trump-administration-to-waive-environmental-rules-and-other-laws-to-expedite-border-wall-construction 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/12/128zeerksjdtpsqp.jpg" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://www.salon.com/2017/03/29/interior-secretary-trumps-border-wall-may-be-built-in-mexico-because-we-wont-cede-the-rio-grande/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as we all know</a>, will require some (costly) construction magic.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020566/with-a-span-of-494-meters-the-charles-kuonen-suspension-bridge-is-officially-world-s-longest 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/4i/4ikjbyw3jzs94vx5.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Media-corner/Press-releases/The-Longest-Suspension-Bridge-in-the-World-is-Open" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020281/land-surrounding-michael-heizer-s-city-could-lose-national-monument-protection-under-trump-administration 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/by/byuiqubjcbm38s84.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/94251/michael-heizer" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019845/is-this-architecture-s-cutest-or-at-least-most-instagram-savvy-couple 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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3j/3jdfjn41f84juqpb.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/rk/rkgxnsjxj276i79g.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/rk/rkgxnsjxj276i79g.jpg"></a></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/nh/nhrm5hfic8dq28qf.jpeg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nh/nhrm5hfic8dq28qf.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/s7/s7az6iyk06jp9va8.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s7/s7az6iyk06jp9va8.jpg"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019759/geoff-manaugh-reports-on-the-us-obsession-with-the-hyperloop-and-charismatic-mega-projects-alike Geoff Manaugh reports on the US' obsession with the Hyperloop and charismatic mega-projects alike Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-27T17:34:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T07:21:48-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/62/62qpa6f6jz630brn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still, the trouble with the Hyperloop is not its breathless gee-whizzery. It&rsquo;s the fact that it mistakes the charismatic mega-project for a viable solution to current problems. If the Hyperloop&rsquo;s purpose is to address large-scale urban mobility, then there are many other options already deserving of public funding and attention&mdash;ones that do not require a hard rebooting of the entire urban world to be realized.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Musk&rsquo;s visions are valuable because they show that even people far outside the field of urban planning can be frustrated with the world others have built for us. They, too, should have a say.</em></p> <p><em>It&rsquo;s great set design, but terrible city planning. Tunnels might abruptly end where investors fear to tread; driverless cars might be blocked from crossing bridges managed by rival tech firms. As for the Hyperloop, it is a P.R. coup for Elon Musk&mdash;and a project that, if realized, would undoubtedly be a thrill to experience. But it is by no means the solution that most people have been waiting for, other than the journalists wondering what story they might cover next. </em><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019765/a-lush-photographic-tour-of-the-icelandic-turf-house A lush, photographic tour of the Icelandic Turf House Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T13:46:03-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/k3/k3ytq1on0qtkvyjm.jpg" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Turf House Tradition of Iceland was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. &ldquo;The turf house is an exceptional example of a vernacular architectural tradition, which has survived in Iceland,&rdquo; according to the nomination. &ldquo;The form and design of the turf house is an expression of the cultural values of the society and has adapted to the social and technological changes that took place through the centuries.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although living walls are still considered to be somewhat noteworthy in contemporary design, Iceland's architecture has been overgrown with the technique for hundreds of years. Along with a history of turf as a building material (and the pressures of modernism on Iceland's architecture in the 20th century)&nbsp;this National Geographic article showcases the haunting beauty of the Icelandic turf house, where the climate is pretty much rainy and picturesquely contemplative for the entire year.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2i/2ibx6wn87gkx0nql.jpeg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/2i/2ibx6wn87gkx0nql.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Thomas Ormstom via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019339/the-privatization-of-public-space-in-london-investigated-by-the-guardian The privatization of public space in London, investigated by the Guardian Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-26T04:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:33:08-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3i/3iakjpork81s0ngv.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pseudo-public spaces &ndash; large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers &ndash; are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The abundance of pseudo-public spaces, namely outdoor, open and publicly accessible locations owned and maintained by private companies in London&nbsp;is alarming. To this day it's largely unclear what regulations people passing through privately-owned 'public' land are subject to, and where members of the public can view those regulations.</p> <p>The Guardian conducted an investigation, contacting landowners of more than 50 major pseudo-public spaces in London,&nbsp;asking an identical set of questions: what restrictions are in place covering users of your land, how are these enforced, where can members of the public see a list of these restrictions, and what conditions are there in the relevant planning agreements regarding public access to your land? Also inquiring whether a series of public activities &ndash; including peaceful political protest, non-commercial photography, non-commercial artistic performances and rough sleeping &ndash; would be permitted on their site, the Guardian received responses from ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018828/engineers-begin-preparing-for-border-wall-construction Engineers begin preparing for Border Wall construction Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T21:12:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T21:12:27-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/p3/p3nzyb6rctgdbdkr.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drilling and soil testing are taking place in El Paso; Santa Teresa, N.M.; Calexico, Calif.; and the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Mr. Lapan said the testing has been completed in El Paso and Calexico. The agency has identified the San Diego area and the Rio Grande Valley as priority regions for new border walls. The Corps will begin work in the San Diego area in August.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that included $1.6 billion for a wall, funding 74 miles of fencing along the southwest border.</p> <p><em>The Department of Homeland Security has moved $20 million from other programs to pay for the construction of several border wall prototypes. Construction of the prototypes for a border wall is set to begin this summer in the San Diego area.</em></p> <p><em>Homeland Security officials said the prototypes would be added to the existing border walls in San Diego and would allow the agency to evaluate which barriers are most effective in giving Border Patrol agents time to respond to illegal drugs and human smuggling. Officials said they planned to build four to eight prototypes.</em><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018570/shigeru-ban-is-building-shelters-for-a-kenyan-refugee-settlement Shigeru Ban is building shelters for a Kenyan refugee settlement Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T15:13:51-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to the large influx of refugees, sheet walls of many temporary houses have begun to wear out. And there are other major constraints. There&rsquo;s low water supply, deforestation, and extremely hot temperatures, and a rainy season which often results in heavy flooding. Plus Kalobeyei remote location creates many obstacles. There are no commercial flights to the area, and it can take up to 3 days to get there by road for the capital, Nairobi, where some materials may have to be sourced from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design up to 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20495/kenya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya</a>.&nbsp;Commissioned in response to the settlement&rsquo;s rapid growth, which is expected to outnumber its original capacity of 45,000 within a year, the new housing will need to be a replicable model adaptable to the influx of refugees fleeing violence and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change/45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> in South Sudan and Somalia.</p> <p><em>"The key thing will be to design and construct shelter where no or little technical supervision is required,&rdquo;</em> noted Ban<em>, &ldquo;and use materials that are locally available and eco-friendly. It&rsquo;s important that the houses can be easily maintained by inhabitants.&rdquo;</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018240/studio-gang-releases-design-for-memphis-riverfront-concept Studio Gang releases design for Memphis Riverfront Concept Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T19:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:26:20-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/r6/r64w3oev00r0qec0.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shaped from survey responses from over 4,500&nbsp;Memphians at multiple public events, The Memphis Riverfront Concept proposes to transform six miles and five distinct zones of the historic and culturally significant part of the city.</p> <p><em>Many of the Concept&rsquo;s proposed uses, from an iconic adventure playground to a special outlook where people can listen to live music at sunset, come directly from community members&rsquo; suggestions.&nbsp;</em><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xf/xfzvne3eowch4cfz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xf/xfzvne3eowch4cfz.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>With hopes of increasing the riverfront&rsquo;s use, vibrancy, and economic potential, the project seeks to foster civic pride, restore natural conditions and the native ecology, and connect various assets along the river.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The Concept focuses on showing how five zones&mdash;the Fourth Bluff, Mud Island, Tom Lee Park, MLK Park, and Greenbelt Park&mdash;can leverage their particular strengths to become distinctive places offering activities and experiences that appeal to people of all generations, incomes, races, and backgrounds.</em></p> <p> </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/19/19ukc4r3rzfnizjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/19/19ukc4r3rzfnizjx.jpg"></a></p><p><br></p><figure rel="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ho/ho522lbanx37an7n.jpg"><figcaption>Elevating visitors above the river in Greenbelt Park,...</figcaption></figure></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018137/ten-years-after-opening-morphosis-san-francisco-federal-building-is-not-a-crowd-pleaser Ten years after opening, Morphosis' San Francisco Federal Building is not a crowd pleaser Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T17:38:33-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/6z/6zd9ny7ob0qo3dyx.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighbors have complained about the plaza for years, calling it an unsafe blight. The frustration is shared by Maria Ciprazo, the federal architect who oversaw the process that in 1999 awarded the project to Mayne and his Southern California firm, Morphosis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this article, the San Francisco Chronicle takes issue with Morphosis' Federal Building, noting that its plaza has not become the cultural hotspot much hyped by developers at its opening in 2007: &nbsp;</p> <p><em>But when we view the complex in hindsight, it didn&rsquo;t transform the local architectural scene. It&rsquo;s a flash of isolated drama. Look no further than the three residential slabs that have been built on the block since then, each a box with no higher aspiration than to satisfy the developer&rsquo;s bottom line.</em></p> <p><em>As for the social agenda &mdash; to create a neighborhood haven &mdash; the plaza and its corner cafe have come up short on all fronts.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150017649/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-pools-fountains-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Pools & Fountains" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-07-14T15:17:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T15:18:53-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/lo/lo2qxyhd06aj06ti.jpg" width="650" height="911" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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<strong></strong> board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/pools-fountains/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Pools &amp; Fountains</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h1/h15ybzuxy4dm9yfw.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h1/h15ybzuxy4dm9yfw.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149975370/casa-narigua/149975389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Narigua</a> in Nuevo Le&oacute;n, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149975370/p-0-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P+0 Arquitectura</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ru/run819x33o84m4p1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ru/run819x33o84m4p1.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA/project/regent-park-aquatic-centre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regent Park Aquatic Centre</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9a7astb8qcxwaby.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9a7astb8qcxwaby.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners/project/beiqijia-technology-business-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beiqijia Technology Business District</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Schwartz Partners</a>; Photo: Terrence Zhang<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/j4/j4yl5nlif4i2jc2m.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/j4/j4yl5nlif4i2jc2m.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la/project/preston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRESTON</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OBERMEYER</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fs/fs16pl1lbjw129dv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fs/fs16pl1lbjw129dv.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bkarch/project/folly-point-gloucester-ma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folly Point</a> in Gloucester, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/bkarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUTZ + KLUG Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wn/wnc90y2b0kiuxcv1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wn/wnc90y2b0kiuxcv1.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/newwavearchitecture/project/three-views-a-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three Views / A House</a> in Tehran, Iran by <a href="http://archinect.com/newwavearchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Wave Architecture (Lida Almassian / Shahin Heidari)</a>; Photo: Parham Taghioff<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ig/igtbhtomzun19klh.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ig/igtbhtomzun19klh.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania/project/a-m-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+M Residence</a> in rural Mississippi by <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archimania</a></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zn/zn4i5k1zouaw3g4m.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zn/zn4i5k1zouaw3g4m.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/spfa/project/morgan-phoa-library-and-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan Phoa Library and Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/spfa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:a - Studio Pali Fekete ar...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150017426/art-collective-meow-wolf-s-cool-new-model-for-artists-to-make-an-excellent-living Art collective Meow Wolf's cool new model for artists to make an excellent living Julia Ingalls 2017-07-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T13:54:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/yh/yhrsoow40t5gr3rm.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Full-time creative positions, like architects and sound engineers, come with considerable salaries and benefits. &ldquo;We have 20-year-olds making $50,000 a year with us,&rdquo; remarks Everett.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meow Wolf may have put the starving artist trope to rest in the form of a magnificent new business/installation model.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Kate Russell. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>As this article explains:<br></p> <p><em>Since the Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf opened its permanent installation, the House of Eternal Return, in March 2016, the project has been an unmitigated success in terms of viewership and profits. Housed in a 20,000-square-foot former bowling alley, the sprawling interactive artwork welcomed 400,000 visitors in its first year&mdash;nearly four times as many as expected&mdash;and brought in $6 million in revenue for the collective&rsquo;s more than 100 members.</em></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Founding members of Meow Wolf: Corvas Brinkeroff, Sean Di Ianni, Vince Kadlubek, Caity Kennedy, Matt King. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>In even better news: at this time of this report <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/150015844/junior-designer-intern-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meow Wolf is currently hiring</a>!&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016983/sir-david-adjaye-sadie-morgan-join-london-mayor-sadiq-khan-s-good-growth-by-design Sir David Adjaye + Sadie Morgan join London Mayor Sadiq Khan's "Good Growth by Design" Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T12:44:07-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/p4/p4bpgsdfvlt6096d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Exhibiting both farsightedness and excellent aesthetic taste, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has created a program specifically meant to help anticipate and solve London's growth (experts estimate the city will soon have a population of 10 million). The "Good Growth by Design"&nbsp;program will have an advisory panel of 50 design advisors, including Sir David Adjaye and Sadie Morgan.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jw/jw5athh6irpyq68u.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jw/jw5athh6irpyq68u.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>London. Image: Juan Cabanillas via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the mayor explained in a statement, &ldquo;London is facing unprecedented population growth and with that comes challenging work, but also amazing opportunities to deliver a city that is socially integrated, sustainable, healthier, safer and with a world class public realm. We must embrace London&rsquo;s rapid growth with both hands and take this chance to use good architecture and planning to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners. And this is a chance to learn from past mistakes, some of which are still dotted across our city, and blight the lives of the communities that...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016793/the-new-exhibition-at-the-national-building-museum-architecture-of-an-asylum-explores-the-links-between-mental-health-and-architecture The new exhibition at the National Building Museum, 'Architecture of an Asylum', explores the links between mental health and architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T18:00:07-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vd/vd2lpvo4py9byo4h.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dix made sure the hospital that became St. Elizabeths in 1916 had heat, tall arched windows and screened sleeping porches where patients could catch summer breezes. Photos, models and floor plans included in the museum exhibit show handsome brick buildings &mdash; with towers, high ceilings, open space and river views.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Washington's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/136078/national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Building Museum</a>&nbsp;features an exhibit that tells the story of architecture of St. Elizabeths or, as originally named upon its opening in 1855, the Government Hospital for the Insane.&nbsp;</p> <p>Started by Dorothea Dix, the 19th century reformer who fought for the facility to represent healthier standards for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/122656/mental-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mental health</a> treatment, the history of the federally-operated hospital bears traces of America's changing healthcare system, evolving theories of how to care for the mentally ill, as well as the later reconfiguration of the campus as a federal workplace and mixed-use urban development.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fo/fo3tgiea8vtp79b0.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fo/fo3tgiea8vtp79b0.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The porches of the 1890s Allison Buildings, shown above in 1910, were later enclosed to provide more space for patient beds. Image courtesy of National Building Museum</figcaption></figure><p>"Some things cannot be cured," says Denise Everson, an architect in the D.C. area who specializes in design and health. "But I think humane treatment &mdash; I think, creative treatment &mdash; is where we should go as a community, as...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016745/allison-arieff-describes-silicon-valley-s-outdated-and-dysfunctional-planning Allison Arieff describes Silicon Valley's outdated and dysfunctional planning Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T15:43:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/p6/p6va5oumn4w3d1ux.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The built environment of the Valley does not reflect the innovation that&rsquo;s driving the region&rsquo;s stratospheric growth; it looks instead like the 1950s. Looking at aerial views of midcentury campuses like the Eero Saarinen-designed Bell Labs next to contemporary ones like Apple, it&rsquo;s nearly impossible to tell the midcentury structures from the 21st-century ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Silicon Valley is&nbsp;a&nbsp;place&nbsp;of much interest&nbsp;to many, its architectural image and overall planning is hard to grasp or&nbsp;call successful.</p> <p>Allison Arieff of NY Times argues that the isolated corporate headquarters of tech giants have no consideration for the larger context of their surroundings, and heavily contribute to the Bay area's ever-worsening traffic which in combination with the outdated zoning laws, makes the whole region an extremely hard place to live in.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"In 2011, when asked by a City Council member what benefit the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple headquarters</a> would have for Cupertino, Steve Jobs responded that it&rsquo;d get to keep the company there. And that&rsquo;s about the extent of what it got. A project like the new Norman Foster-designed Apple Park shows a blatant disregard not only for the citizens of Cupertino but also for the functionality of the region."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Apple Headquarters in Cupertino&nbsp;</figcaption></figure><p>"Because of the Bay Area&rsquo;s chronic underinvestment in housing and transit, home prices escalate and cong...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016411/facebook-and-oma-new-york-to-collaborate-on-mixed-use-masterplan-in-menlo-park Facebook and OMA New York to collaborate on mixed-use masterplan in Menlo Park Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-07T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T16:30:20-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/az/azdqq8e2fyzsgpua.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13898/facebook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a> announced today that it has partnered with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10974/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> to design the masterplan for Willow Campus, a mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to their existing headquarters in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/582826/menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Menlo Park</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The first official step will be the filing of our plan with Menlo Park in July 2017. We will begin more formal conversations with local government officials and community organizations over the course of the review process, which we expect to last approximately two years."&mdash;writes John Tenales,<em>&nbsp;</em>VP Global Facilities and Real Estate.&nbsp;"We envision construction will follow in phases, with the first to include the grocery, retail, housing and office completed in early 2021, and subsequent phases will take two years each to complete."</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg"></a><br></p> <p>Facebook also plans on building 1,500 units of housing on the campus, 15% of which will be offered at below market rates to mitigate traffic impacts from growth. "These efforts complement our ongoing work to address the issue, including the&nbsp;<a href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/12/a-partnership-to-strengthen-our-local-community/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalyst Housing Fund</a>&nbsp;for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable ho...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016300/this-proposed-luxury-hotel-by-fender-katsalidis-architects-incorporates-a-suspension-bridge This proposed luxury hotel by Fender Katsalidis Architects incorporates a suspension bridge Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T20:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T20:44:42-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8v/8vjud0xukwcmqtoc.jpg" width="650" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It will be built from the top down on a suspension bridge, modelled after and painted the colour of the Golden Gate bridge. At its base will be a new 1,075-seat theatre, and below that an excavation site that&rsquo;s 4.5 times as large as the museum&rsquo;s excavation. It is expected to cost over $300m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a noteworthy meeting of infrastructure and luxury real estate development, Tasmanian organizer of Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) David Walsh believes the people who enjoy the museum will definitely dig an onsite luxury hotel that uses a suspension bridge to support its seven upper storeys. The design has been proposed by Australia's <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/16587198/fender-katsalidis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fender Katsalidis Architects</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/78/78xj7k5wxr5qpk8w.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/78/78xj7k5wxr5qpk8w.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>A proposed three-story library. Image: Mona</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>In this article he notes that "you can&rsquo;t usually build a theatre inside a building because when it shakes, the whole building shakes. But because this is a bridge, the top seven floors are suspended from above, and the bottom three floors are built from below. They&rsquo;re not connected to each other &ndash; there&rsquo;s no [noise] transmission. It&rsquo;s the best idea anyone ever had. And it wasn&rsquo;t mine!&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ux/uxk4t5bgp692aiu1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ux/uxk4t5bgp692aiu1.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>A proposed installation. Image: Mona</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016240/l-a-s-skid-row-housing-trust-c-e-o-mike-alvidrez-will-step-down-in-2018 L.A.'s Skid Row Housing Trust C.E.O. Mike Alvidrez will step down in 2018 Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T17:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T17:29:26-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/73/73b5tw2tnu9cfdpx.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After nearly three decades of involvement with the L.A. Skid Row Housing Trust (and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">working relationships with architects including Michael Maltzan and Brooks + Scarpa</a>), C.E.O. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150011561/can-good-design-cure-la-s-homeless-problem-we-asked-mike-alvidrez-ceo-of-skid-row-housing-trust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mike Alvidrez</a> has announced his plans to step down next year.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uc/uch8xtg72hq204ce.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uc/uch8xtg72hq204ce.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure><p>He will remain in an "ambassador"&nbsp;role to help the new leadership, although applicants for that position will not be formally reviewed until later this year. In a statement to <a href="https://archpaper.com/2017/07/mike-alvidrez-skid-row-housing-trust/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect's Newspaper</a>, Alvidrez noted that "the public perception of supportive housing has forever changed thanks to our partnerships with renowned architects to design beautiful residential and community spaces that foster reconnection, healing, and dignity.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b4/b47vxsohy07wz5r5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b4/b47vxsohy07wz5r5.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016204/the-mystery-of-how-roman-concrete-has-withstood-the-sea-for-millennia-is-finally-solved The mystery of how Roman concrete has withstood the sea for millennia is finally solved Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T13:09:41-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/zi/zi39nrks1hg60qkh.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Modern, steel-embedded concrete seawalls tend to need repair after a few decades of erosion from the endless procession of waves, but the Roman pier at&nbsp;Portus Cosanus in Orbetello, Italy has remained solid for almost two thousand years. Scientists have finally figured out the missing ingredient of this material's longevity, and it turns out to be mineral growth after the concrete has set.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Ancient Roman Seawall at Portus Cosanus in Orbetello. Image: Wikimapia</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>This concept of concrete that grows after it has been set is something&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">that others have been experimenting with</a>&nbsp;recently, but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/03/secret-roman-concrete-survived-tidal-battering-2000-years-revealed/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a>&nbsp;breaks this new discovery down thusly:</p> <p><em>Roman engineers made concrete by mixing volcanic ash with lime and seawater to make a mortar, and then added chunks of volcanic rock. &nbsp;The combination of ash, water, and lime produces what is called a pozzolanic reaction, named after the city of Pozzuoli in the Bay of Naples, triggering the formation of crystals in the gaps of the mixture as it sets.</em></p> <p><em>Th...</em></p>