Archinect - News 2017-08-20T07:57:15-04:00 Justice in Design: redesigning NY's most notorious prison Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-14T19:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T19:18:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform&mdash;a multi-disciplinary group of experts convened by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito&mdash;released Justice In Design, a report that envisions an alternative to a single, centralized jail. It details how community-based jails, dubbed &ldquo;Justice Hubs,&rdquo; might function in an urban context to replace Rikers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Rikers Island Correctional Facility, a&nbsp;complex of 10 jails and about 10,000 detainees located northeast of LaGuardia Airport, has been one of NYC's most debated problems for decades&mdash;widely criticized for corruption, brutal mistreatment of detainees, and inhumane conditions.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform</a>&mdash;a multi-disciplinary group of experts is proposing to shut down The Rikers and advocates for alternatives to single, centralized jails.&nbsp;The group released&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justice In Design</a>, a report that envisions an alternative to a single, centralized jail and details how community-based jails, dubbed &ldquo;Justice Hubs,&rdquo; might function in an urban context to&nbsp;replace Rikers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>"Developed in partnership with the nonprofit urban think tank Van Alen Institute, the design-based findings are a follow up to a March&nbsp;<a href=";gwh=9CFF40BAE2A874BA987FDAAE409CB506&amp;gwt=pay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> that recommended a system of borough-based jails to replace Rikers, among other reforms to the city&rsquo;s criminal justice system."</p> <p>The d...</p> Rikers Island proposed for Laguardia Airport expansion DianePham 2017-04-05T18:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T18:46:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Island is uniquely positioned to accommodate an expanded LaGuardia Airport that would reduce delays and could serve as many as 12 million more passengers annually.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio&nbsp;announced that the city would close Rikers Island jail complex. The news followed a report by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform which recommended such action. The report also included a number of innovative ideas for a post-jail Rikers, including expanding LaGuardia Airport onto the island and adding a new runway and more terminal space.</p> Prison design faces judgment Archinect 2013-09-04T18:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T18:04:48-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>And just as prisons in the U.S. are now designed to look not just secure and largely windowless but so nondescript that they practically disappear, architecture firms often coat their prison-design work in several layers of euphemism. Prisons and jails become "correctional facilities." On the website of the large corporate firm HOK Architects, which designed the 1997 Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown L.A., they are tucked into a broader portfolio of "justice buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prison Architect and the moral dilemmas of a prison simulator Archinect 2013-05-09T11:38:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T19:07:18-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Part of the research I did for that game is I went around to Alcatraz in San Francisco because I wanted to have a level where you break into a prison,&rdquo; Chris Delay, one of Introversion&rsquo;s co-founders said in an interview. &ldquo;I started working on how to simulate a prison and how it was going to work. It was then that it occurred to me that building a prison was quite good fun, and that it shouldn&rsquo;t be, but it is.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> DC's Lorton Prison to be converted into apartments Archinect 2012-11-26T15:38:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T15:38:40-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At one time, the dorm housed as many as 40 or 50 prisoners packed together like sardines, according to Caperton. The plan is to convert the space into two or three one-bedroom apartments, which is a considerably more comfortable arrangement than the last residents of the building had. Caperton says that in the 1980s and '90s Lorton Prison had a reputation for being dangerously overcrowded.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Studio Visit: Takeshi Miyakawa Archinect 2012-06-12T17:54:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T17:54:48-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After being takent to the precinct in Greenpoint, Takeshi used his one telephone call to contact, not a lawyer, but the office of Rafael Vinoly, as he was working on a project for them. But at 7AM, the only person around to answer the phone was a security guard. Takeshi proceeded to calmly dispense instructions for a project that was supposed to occur later that day. After jotting everything down, the guard &ndash; presumably confused and slightly bewildered &ndash; asked if Takeshi needed any help.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Takeshi Miyakawa, as you may recall, was recently arrested for his art installation that was mistaken as a planted bomb in NYC. Spoon &amp; Tamago visits him in his studio to discuss his 5 days in jail, Milton Glaser, some new works as well as his current feelings about NY.</p> Jail break: Utah County suing architect for $1.35 million Paul Petrunia 2011-05-22T19:53:57-04:00 >2011-05-23T13:12:56-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drawings and specifications submitted by GSBS Architects contained &ldquo;numerous safety, security and functional defects, including but not limited to Defective Work,&rdquo; according to the suit filed Monday in state court in Provo.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>