Archinect - News 2018-12-17T09:36:46-05:00 Win a copy of “Reprogramming the City”, a book that explores new possibilities in existing city design Justine Testado 2018-12-14T13:00:00-05:00 >2018-12-13T19:17:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Time for a book giveaway! Archinect readers have a chance to win a copy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Reprogramming the City&rdquo;</a>. Authored by&nbsp;writer and urban strategist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Burnham</a> and designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samantha Altieri</a>, this new book presents a collection of real-world examples of how existing urban elements can be redesigned to perform alternate functions or even take on completely new roles in the city.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chapter 2: Shelter + Housing. Photo credit: Reprogramming the City.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chapter 4: Energy + Ecology. Photo credit: Reprogramming the City.</figcaption></figure><p>The 214-page book features over 40 projects based in numerous cities across 17 countries &mdash; from billboards in Lima that were repurposed to generate clean drinking water, to bus shelters in Ume&aring;, Sweden that swapped their advertising lights for light-therapy tubes to give commuters a mood boost during the dark winter months. Projects are thematically organized into five chapters: Food and Water; Shelter and Housing; Health and Wellbeing; Energy and Ecology; and Renewal and Recovery....</p> Can a commute be beautiful? These colorful rendered maps show us they can Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2018-12-06T17:07:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Everyone can relate to daily <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commutes</a>. Whether it's fifteen minutes or an hour, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructures</a> in various cities dictate how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transportation</a> affects our daily lives. Through the use of data visualization, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Taylor</a>, Data Visualization Design Manager at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ITO World</a> uses color and form to portray commute distances in an artistically beautiful way.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Coral Cities: European Cities &copy; Craig Taylor</figcaption></figure><p>A project that depicts city infrastructure in a whole new light, Taylor blends art, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban planning</a>, and science together to create beautifully rendered images of street networks in 40 major cities. The project appropriately called, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coral Cities</a>, showcases how far one can travel by car 30 minutes from the center of major cities across the globe. Growing from the inside out, the visual depiction of city infrastructures resembles the form of growing coral.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Early idea of plinth renders &copy; Craig Taylor</figcaption></figure><p>Depending on the geological features of the city, each "Coral City" is unique to its region. According...</p> MVRDV completes ambitious mass housing scheme located on the outskirts of Pune, India Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-29T16:13:00-05:00 >2018-11-30T13:36:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> has completed 'Future Towers,' a massive residential complex comprised of 1,068 homes, amenities, public facilities, parks and courtyards. Combining strategies from both Europe and India, where the project is located, the ambitious scheme is the Dutch firm's attempt to answer the prevalence of monotonous large scale housing estates cropping up on city outskirts.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;In Asia, cities are growing so fast, and uniform repetitive residential towers are the norm&rdquo;, says Jacob van Rijs, the principal architect on this project and founding partner of the firm. "With our design, we are making an effort to offer more variety and bring people from more different backgrounds together....The MVRDV team thoroughly researched modern Indian housing and came up with a system to create a mix of different types of apartment inside one building."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><p>The design settles for a structure with peaks and valleys organized around hexagonal court...</p> The city as fulfillment center: architects envision New York after Amazon Alexander Walter 2018-11-28T14:19:00-05:00 >2018-11-28T14:21:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One of ARO&rsquo;s two concepts shows a huge white building emblazoned with the Amazon logo. [...] It&rsquo;s a never-ending fulfillment center that the architects dub &ldquo;Continuous Fulfillment.&rdquo; According to ARO principals Adam Yarinsky and Stephen Cassell, the idea is an homage to a 1969 concept from the Italian radical architecture firm Superstudio called &ldquo;The Continuous Monument.&rdquo; The idea posits that technology will render the built environment uniform, turning buildings into white monoliths.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The billion-dollar <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cat is out of the bag</a>, and Amazon will soon be ascending on Long Island City, New York and Crystal City/Arlington, Virginia to split its anticipated, tax-incentivized <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HQ2</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>As both regions prepare for the new neighbor to move in, <em>Fast Company</em> asked AIA New York State firm of the year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Research Office (ARO)</a>, to envision an Amazonian New York. The firm provided two (rather dystopian) tongue-in-cheek concepts.</p> A Conversation with Alex Baca on City Engagement Paul Petrunia 2018-11-26T19:14:00-05:00 >2018-11-27T14:08:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this episode of Archinect Sessions we're joined with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alex</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baca</a>, a Washington DC-based journalist focused on smart cities, planning, bike advocacy and urban mobility devices. Recent news, and related controversy, surrounding Amazon&rsquo;s newly announced move into New York City and Washington DC is what initially motivated us to bring Alex onto this show.</p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 133 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;A Conversation with Alex Baca on City Engagement&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> <p></p> PennDesign launches $50,000 student prize and professional award in city planning Justine Testado 2018-11-14T14:22:00-05:00 >2018-11-14T14:22:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a>'s School of Design&nbsp;launched the new Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize and Award in City and Regional Planning, thanks to a $1.25 million gift from PennDesign alumnus William Witte and his wife Keiko Sakamoto. In conjunction with the prize, a new&nbsp;professional award for innovation and positive impact in planning was also announced.</p> <p>The yearly $50,000 fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding student entering their final year in the school's Master of City and Regional Planning program. The professional award will be presented to a&nbsp;firm, team, or individual professional for an exemplary planning project that advances plan-making in at least four of the following areas:&nbsp;social equity, environmental quality, design, public health, mobility, housing affordability, and economic development.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s incumbent on those of us who work on cities to make sure that we not only practice responsible development, but that it&rsquo;s holistic and we deal with all these different ...</p> A look back at the 60's "Minnesota Experimental City", the brainchild of South African futurist Athelstan Spilhaus Paul Petrunia 2018-11-06T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T03:37:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In proposing his prototype 21st-century city, Spilhaus correctly diagnosed many of the shortcomings of the 20th-century one. He cottoned on early to concepts such as air pollution, even speculating that it was changing the Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Minnesota Experimental City has been documented in the film&nbsp;The Experimental City. Watch the trailer below...</p> A first look at Los Angeles' upcoming $500-Million Metro transit station Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-25T17:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T18:40:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The project, called 96th Street Station, is being designed with swooping canopies, skylights, and glazed screens to create a spacious environment for travelers...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After much anticipation, progress for the 96th Street Transit Station has made leaps and bounds in its development stage. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro</a>'s new transit station aims to connect the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)</a> to its regional transit system.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the planned light rail platforms. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and Gruen Associates have been working on the multimodal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> station since the project was approved in June 2014. The station was designed to be the new "gateway" to LAX for transit riders. After an in depth environmental review process, 46 day public hearing, and additional reviews from the Metro Board of Directors the station was set for development.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Daytime view of the station. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>The new transit hub is set to feature three at-grade Light Rail Transit platforms that will serve the&nbsp;Metro&nbsp;Green and Crenshaw/LAX lines. The station will also feature a Metro Bike hub, passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off ar...</p> Amid the smart city trend, Santa Maria Tonantzintla​ locals in Mexico​ fear the loss of their cultural traditions Justine Testado 2018-10-18T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T18:15:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In Tonantzintla the smart cities proposal became a lightning rod for those concerned about a development that seemed to favour outsiders rather than residents...&ldquo;They are ashamed of their roots,&rdquo; [local resident Mercedes] Tecuapetla Quechol says. &ldquo;They saw something they liked in the United States or in Europe, so they want to put it here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mexican town of Santa Maria Tonantzintla is caught in the all-too-familiar situation of preserving its centuries-old customs as newer smart-city technologies are being introduced.&nbsp;While city officials and planners argued that implementing new technology intends to benefit the community, locals saw this as an attempt to westernize their town and wipe out tradition.</p> Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> Desire paths as urban 'civil disobedience' Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T15:47:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T11:57:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Desire paths have been described as illustrating &ldquo;the tension between the native and the built environment and our relationship to them&rdquo;. Because they often form in areas where there are no pavements, they can be seen to &ldquo;indicate [the] yearning&rdquo; of those wishing to walk, a way for &ldquo;city dwellers to &lsquo;write back&rsquo; to city planners, giving feedback with their feet&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ellie Violet Bramley pens an ode to "desire paths"&mdash;organically grown foot paths off the prescribed paved sidewalks; pedestrians' yearning for urban movement outside of the planned city order.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Example of an urban desire path getting paved in Chicago. Photo: Paul Sableman/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> Postwar floating walkways finding a use in modern day London Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T12:32:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T19:22:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>They were planned after the second world war to whisk people above car-choked streets in the financial district, but remained unpopular and half-built. Now, pedestrian walkways are being reimagined for a 21st-century city</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "pedway" made its structural debut as a solution to providing a walkable, streamlined path for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> car stricken streets. However, what was devised as a plan to create an efficient walkway system, turned into an under appreciated and underwhelming concept.&nbsp;</p> <p>Examples of early pedway systems can be referenced from London's financial centre in the late 1940's. Critiques of the pedway system and its feasibility has been dissected in the documentary,&nbsp;<em>Elevating London,</em> where <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL</a> professor of planning Michael Hebbert discusses the pedway's progression over the years.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>However, despite it's enigmatic evolution, architecture firms like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make Architects</a> are finding ways to resurrect these floating walkway systems. Their most recent project on The London Wall Place aims to transform pedways in to playful and functional path way.&nbsp;<br></p> Brooklyn Navy Yard reveals expanded master plan Alexander Walter 2018-10-01T18:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T18:28:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This week, the Navy Yard released new renderings and an expanded master plan that shows a 30-year plan for the complex. Developed with the multidisciplinary design firm WXY, the master plan includes three new buildings totaling 5.1 million square feet [...]. The plan also includes increased public access to the complex, including retail and open space, and improved wayfinding and circulation. The expected cost is $2.5 billion, coming on the heels of a nearly complete $1 billion expansion.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has a lengthy piece up about the recently unveiled new master plan for the&nbsp;300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard megadevelopment.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure><p>Members of the public are invited to join a series of tours of new projects (including&nbsp;BLDG 77 &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Lab</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marvel Architects</a> as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S9 Architecture</a>'s newly opened <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dock 72</a>) and a presentation of the new master plan by representatives from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY + architecture + design</a> tomorrow, October 2, from 4 &ndash; 7:30pm. The event&nbsp;<em>Anchoring Manufacturing: Brooklyn Navy Yard</em> is presented by the Urban Design Forum and requires <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prior registration</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure> Freeway underpasses are more than just dark empty spaces Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-01T17:45:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T13:01:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The space under elevated highways are often dark, industrial, and empty. With so much capacity to create a vibrant public space, organizations and cities are exploring ways for creative development in the otherwise unused area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Underpasses are often overlooked for their building potential, but cities like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> are redefining the creative opportunity of these spaces. Underpass design is a great way for cities to enrich these often vacant industrial spaces and create areas for community&nbsp;engagement and activity.&nbsp;</p> <p>In Toronto for example, The Bentway is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public space</a> that made its public debut earlier this year. Under one of the busiest highways in Toronto, The Bentway spans over 1.75km creating a new scene for events and activities. Locals can enjoy a stroll through the community garden, enjoy public art shows, and participate in various events through out the year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></figcaption></figure><p>Zurich has taken its own approach to underpass design by allowing architecture students to design a 240-square-meter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pavilion</a>. This space allows for students to run events during the year and promote public engagement.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Anna Positano</figcaption></figure> Watch an urban planner play SimCity with real world commentary Hope Daley 2018-08-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T13:03:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In this extended short, City Beautiful takes on the old school classic SimCity from the perspective of a professional planner 20 years later. Along the way, City Beautiful provides pertinent observations of game play versus reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Urban Design Ph.D student&nbsp;Dave Amos circles back around to the game that sparked his passion as a kid playing computer games. An advocate for sustainable living and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">diverse cities</a>, Amos plays through the old school <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SimCity</a> game providing relevant insights learned over the years in his career.&nbsp;</p> How NYC got its grid and a tiny little mosaic known as the "Triangle of Spite" Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-25T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T08:10:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes", reads a small mosaic in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan</a>'s West Village. A peculiar sight, artist Chaz Hutton recently recounted in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fascinating twitter thread</a> how this small piece of New York Real Estate, also known as the Triangle of Spite, came to be.</p> <p>In the 19th century, as the city was growing&mdash;and expanding with landfill&mdash;a commission was put together to create a grid for future development.&nbsp;Called &ldquo;The 1811 Commissioners plan&rdquo;, the blueprints drawn up laid the city out into a series of rectangular blocks. As the grid was built out, undergoing alterations such as the addition of Central Park, the Commissioners Plan began running up against the older grids of the city going in different directions. The result was a number of little triangular blocks.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Triangle detail. Courtesy of Atlas Obscura.</figcaption></figure><p>On one of these awkward intersections sat the Voorhis building, owned by a man named David Hess. Eventually, when the city decide...</p> $5B Lincoln Yards megadevelopment unveiled for Chicago’s North Side Alexander Walter 2018-07-20T16:10:00-04:00 >2018-07-24T16:56:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Skyscrapers as tall as 70 stories are part of a developer&rsquo;s ambitious plan to bring 23,000 jobs and 5,000 homes to the Chicago River on the city&rsquo;s North Side. Those are among new details that Chicago developer Sterling Bay unveiled Wednesday night during the long-anticipated first public meeting for its planned Lincoln Yards project, a more-than-$5 billion development planned for at least 70 acres along the river between Lincoln Park and Bucktown [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The master plan was designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CBT Architects</a> with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> as the landscape design contributor.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</figcaption></figure> New report presents staggering amount of parking in US cities Hope Daley 2018-07-16T15:13:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T15:13:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Groundbreaking research presents credible estimates of the total parking supply in several American cities, and it's not pretty. Parking spaces are everywhere, but for some reason the perception persists that there&rsquo;s &ldquo;not enough parking.&rdquo; And so cities require parking in new buildings and lavishly subsidize parking garages, without ever measuring how much parking exists or how much it&rsquo;s used.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new report from&nbsp;Eric Scharnhorst at the Research Institute for Housing America, an arm of the Mortgage Bankers Association,&nbsp;estimates the total parking supply in&nbsp;five US cities. Looking at satellite imagery and tax record data,&nbsp;Scharnhorst tallied&nbsp;on-street <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">parking</a>, surface parking, and garage parking in New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Des Moines, and Jackson, Wyoming. The results show staggeringly high amounts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">land use</a> dedicated to parking with low use percentages.&nbsp;</p> Activating vacant land: a conversation about Detroit's potential and challenges Alexander Walter 2018-07-13T15:34:00-04:00 >2018-07-13T15:34:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Maurice Cox grew up in Brooklyn, a borough whose name has since become a global shorthand for gentrification. An urban designer, architectural educator, and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA, in 2015 Cox became head of the planning department of Detroit, where he hopes to prevent the forces that have reshaped his childhood home from taking over the Motor City. [...] Cox is using design to catalyze growth that&rsquo;s incremental and closely in line with the city&rsquo;s strong sense of self.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Urban Omnibus</em> presents an insightful conversation between&nbsp;Maurice Cox,&nbsp;Director of Planning and Development for the City of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, and Marc Norman,&nbsp;founder of the consulting firm &ldquo;Ideas and Action&rdquo; and Associate Professor of Practice at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UMich's Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>. Discussed issues range from&nbsp;tactical preservation,&nbsp;vacant land as asset,&nbsp;smooth growth, gentrification, and&nbsp;preserving Black spaces:</p> <p><em>Detroit still has capacity for a population of 1.8 million, and we&rsquo;re at less than 700,000. So part of our challenge is, how to prevent buildings turning into blight, to the point of having to demolish them?</em></p> <p><em>On the other hand, if it does make sense to tear some things down, what do we put in their place? The architect&rsquo;s mindset is often that the only thing that can replace a structure is another structure. But in Detroit, that makes no sense financially; it makes no sense in terms of the population. So we have to turn to other disciplines for an answer.</em></p> <p><em>That&rsquo;s...</em></p> Lingqian Hu elected as new chair of UWM Department of Urban Planning Hope Daley 2018-05-24T15:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-24T15:57:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee</a> School of Architecture &amp; Urban Planning faculty have elected&nbsp;Lingqian Hu as the new&nbsp;Department of Urban Planning chair. Hu&nbsp;received her Bachelor of Planning degree from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nanjing University</a> in China and a Master of Planning and doctorate in&nbsp;Policy, Planning, and Development from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>. As an associate professor of urban planning,&nbsp;Hu teaches courses on transportation and land use planning, urban development theories, and transportation and GIS.</p> <p>The school's Master of Urban Planning degree has recently been re-accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board for another seven years, making this an ideal time to focus on the future of its success.&nbsp;&ldquo;I am humbled to take on this leadership role of the Urban Planning department,&rdquo; Hu said.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Professor Hu&rsquo;s work has focused on the interrelationship between transportation and land use, particularly on the spatial, social and environmental impacts of planning. Since joining UWM ...</p> Jan Gehl has his doubts about 'Smart Cities' Alexander Walter 2018-05-07T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T14:57:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I think we haven&rsquo;t thought through the challenge of technology for city mobility. We are stuck with some 120-year-old ideas that the industry is desperately holding on to. I tell students: Whenever you hear the word &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; beware, because that is somebody who wants to sell as many millions as possible of some new gimmick. And he is not necessarily giving you a better quality of life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Annette Becker and Lessano Negussie, curators of the new exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIDE A BIKE! Reclaim the City</a></em> at the&nbsp;Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, Germany,&nbsp;interviewed the 81-year-old 'people-friendly city' evangelist for the show's accompanying book.</p> Beyond the Map: Spikescapes and Wild Strawberries Places Journal 2018-04-10T15:30:00-04:00 >2018-04-10T15:30:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Geography is getting stranger: the map is breaking up. Now we need to attend to the unnatural places, the escape zones and gap spaces, the places that are sites of surprise but also of bewilderment and unease.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Negotiating the hostile architectures of the modern city&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;from the anti-pedestrian cobbles of a median strip to the unloved landscape of a traffic island&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;geographer Alistair Bonnett reflects on the increasingly disciplinarian nature of public space, and by crossing roads and planting strawberries, experiments with modes of resistance.&nbsp;</p> This online street designing tool, Streetmix, lets you play urban planner Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-06T13:58:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T13:58:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Streetmix</a>&nbsp;is an online tool that lets you play with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">street design</a>, allowing you to widen sidewalks, add public transportation, move around bike lanes, and more. Created by&nbsp;a small team of fellows at Code for America, a non-profit dedicated to&nbsp;finding ways to apply modern technology practices to city governments, the app allows players to imagine their dream streets and partake in the urban design process.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea came about when&nbsp;Lou Huang, back in 2013, attended a&nbsp;community meeting&nbsp;about redesigning a street in San Francisco.&nbsp;To help brainstorm ways of improving the corridor, planners handed out paper cutouts, allowing participants to visualize their ideas. Huang, who was an urban designer at the time, got the idea that this exercise would make for a great web-based application&nbsp;where citizens and planners&nbsp; alike can mockup city street designs.</p> <p>Streetmix lets users redesign a street by dragging elements around the screen. Through the online tool, users are able to edit and arrange ...</p> Will cities themselves become Silicon Valley's Biggest Start-Up? Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-26T14:18:00-05:00 >2018-02-26T14:19:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the maddening gap between how this place functions and how inventors and engineers here think it should, many have become enamored with the same idea: What if the people who build circuits and social networks could build cities, too? Wholly new places, designed from scratch and freed from broken policies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In Emily Badger's latest piece for&nbsp;<em>the Upshot</em>, she investigates the Tech Industry's newest sector of disruption, the City. From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alphabet company's proposal for Sidewalk Labs</a> in Toronto to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed smart city in&nbsp;Arizona</a>, Silicon Valley is looking to build urban utopias of their own. While the idea has received strong negative feedback, particularly from urban planners and architects who believe the tech industry should stay within its lanes, Badger wonders if approaching the problems modern cities are facing through a tabula rasa mindset might be beneficial.&nbsp;</p> Driverless technology is about to reshape the real estate industry Alexander Walter 2018-02-16T18:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T18:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The link between property and transport has been perhaps the most durable in human history. Since the ancients, few things have delivered higher land values with more certainty than advances in transport, from roads to canals, railways to highways. [...] But now, the dawn of the driverless car&mdash;promising a utopia of stress-free commutes, urban playgrounds and the end of parking hassles&mdash;threatens to complicate the calculus for anyone buying property.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg Technology</em> explains how the real estate industry is already preparing for all that sweet, sweet valuable space to open up for development once the widespread arrival of driverless vehicles makes parked cars &mdash; and the blocked square footage they occupy &mdash; a thing of the past.&nbsp;</p> Get Lectured: MIT DUSP, Spring ’18 Justine Testado 2018-02-12T16:07:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T12:46:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p> <p>Check out the packed Spring '18 lecture events calendar from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a> Department of Urban Studies and Planning.</p> <p><strong>Feb 6 @ 12:30 PM </strong><br>Urban China Seminar Series at MIT China Future City Lab <br>Matthew Turner, Brown University <br>at Room 9-451&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Feb 12 @ 12:30 PM </strong><br>Establishing Transit Oriented Development on the Ground: A Case of Implementation in China <br>SPURS Seminar <br>Jinhua Zhao, DUSP<br> Eric Plosky, Volpe Center, US Department of Transportation (SB/MCP &lsquo;99) <br>at City Arena, 9-255<br></p> <p><strong>Feb 12 @ 6 PM </strong><br>A Bid for Better Transit: Improving Service with Contracted Operatio...</p> Los Angeles has worst traffic congestion (again) Alexander Walter 2018-02-06T12:17:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T12:34:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Los Angeles region once again topped the list of areas with the worst traffic congestion for the sixth year in a row, according to a report by INRIX, a company that specializes in car services and transportation analytics. Drivers in and around Los Angeles spent 102 hours battling traffic congestion during peak hours in 2017, INRIX's said. By contrast, New York City motorists spent 91 hours battling peak-hour congestion. New York was No. 3 on the INRIX list. No. 2 was Moscow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Congrats <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.</a> &mdash; you lived up to your reputation as America's most <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">congested</a> city once again!&nbsp;</p> <p>Among the metro areas surveyed, "the U.S. accounted for 10 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion in the INRIX study," the <em>LA Times </em>reports.</p> <p>Help us <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon</a>, or we'll start taking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public transportation</a>.</p> The Modern Urbanism of Cook's Camden Places Journal 2018-01-23T14:08:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The council housing designed 50 years ago for a progressive London borough remains a potent symbol of the achievements of postwar social democracy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Prompted by Mark Swenarton's recent book,&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cook's Camden</a>,&nbsp;</em>Douglas Murphy looks at the radically experimental public housing estates built by the London borough from 1966 to 1975, and the reevaluation of these extraordinary projects currently underway in our own era of unaffordable cities and triumphant privatization.</p> Studying a Brazilian favela via VR Alexander Walter 2018-01-18T16:00:00-05:00 >2018-04-24T06:20:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Penn State landscape architecture professor Timothy Baird and architecture professor Jos&eacute; Duarte taught a new studio that engaged students in the study of one Brazilian favela via virtual reality (VR) technology. The studio, which paired architecture students with landscape architecture students, posited VR as a proxy for expensive site visits. &ldquo;Developing countries can&rsquo;t always afford consultants because of the distance and difficulty to travel,&rdquo; says Baird [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Duarte, who has studied informal settlements across the globe, believes in their power to model emergent patterns of more sustainable resource consumption in the developing world, and in the ability for contemporary technology to decode how they work," the&nbsp;<em>Landscape Architecture Magazine</em> writes and quotes Duarte saying: "They are not a problem. They are a solution with many problems."</p> From Search Engines to Sidewalks? Anthony Morey 2018-01-10T12:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet what has drawn the most concern and curiosity with regards to Quayside is a uniquely 21st-century feature: a data-harvesting, wifi-beaming &ldquo;digital layer&rdquo; that would underpin each proposed facet of Quayside life. According to Sidewalk Labs, this would provide &ldquo;a single unified source of information about what is going on&rdquo;&mdash;to an astonishing level of detail&mdash;as well as a centralized platform for efficiently managing it all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While tech companies struggle to discover the new way to get a glimpse into our daily habits&mdash;attempting to discover how and where we spend our time and money&mdash;Alphabet might have just brought the &lsquo;<em>Truman Show</em>&rsquo; approach to marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announcing its first ever Urban Development in Toronto earlier this year, it is no surprise that tech companies have switched gears and begun to see the city itself as a device, rather than just the thing in your hand. Tech giants are beginning to turn architecture into a tool for data collection and that data is then becoming the perspective in which the Architecture is critiqued. What does that spell for the discipline at large?&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond our discipline, if every decision is based on its ability to produce more data, how does that impact privacy and freedom of choice? What would the pop-up ad equivalent become if it is capable of leaving the digital screen and becoming an urban phenomenon and where would the ...</p>