Archinect - News 2018-06-18T09:24:52-04:00 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> Unbuilt highway schemes — and the traces they left behind Alexander Walter 2018-01-08T15:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-08T15:00:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The postwar passion for highway construction saw cities around the world carved up in the name of progress. But as communities fought back many schemes were abandoned &ndash; their half-built traces showing what might have been</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gamespace Urbanism: understanding reality through simulation Alexander Walter 2017-12-29T12:18:00-05:00 >2017-12-29T12:18:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The following examples show how gamespace can become the stage for a social, political and ethical critique: from a nondescript city under the effect of gentrification, to a barren luxury estate and a set of playful and absurd buildings for London. These examples suggest that, rather than allowing architects to indulge Piranesi&rsquo;s power-hungry ideal, games could work as a means of showing how dysfunctional reality really is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her essay <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gamespace Urbanism: City-Building Games and Radical Simulations</a> for <em>Failed Architecture</em>, Federica Buzzi looks at a new crop of indie city-planning computer games that promise fresh potential for simulation and exploration of radical urban scenarios &mdash; and subsequent social, political, and ethical critique: "Beyond critique and virtual entertainment, the question they open up is whether games can be used as reliable systems to study and solve actual and theoretical conflicts."</p> A closer look at gentrification in the Rust Belt Alexander Walter 2017-12-26T18:50:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gentrification. It is a word that we hear with increasing frequency in contemporary discussions about American cities. But what does that word really mean? And, even more importantly, what does it mean in the context of the region that I live in and love &ndash; the Rust Belt? [...] It is important to be clear about the meaning of this increasingly ambiguous term, because what needs to happen in the vast majority of urban neighborhoods in the legacy cities of the Rust Belt is far less ambiguous.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Many critics of Rust Belt gentrification are holding cities to an unreasonable standard, and placing them in an impossible situation. If much of the city remains poor and run-down, this is proof that the city does not care, and is not trying hard enough. If, on the other hand, parts of the city begin to attract new residents and investment, this is proof that the city does not care, and is not trying hard enough. Heads I win. Tails you lose."</p> <p><em>City Observatory</em> published a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commentary piece</a> by Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development for the City of Akron, Ohio.</p> How dance could help engineers design new solutions for urban mobility Justine Testado 2017-12-18T14:47:00-05:00 >2017-12-19T23:46:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The value of all this for engineering is currently hypothetical. But what if transport engineers were to improvise design solutions and get instant feedback about how they would work from their own embodied experience? What if they could model designs at full scale in the way choreographers experiment with groups of dancers? What if they designed for emotional as well as functional effects?</p></em><br /><br /><p>UCL Urban Design and Culture Researcher John Bingham-Hall writes about how choreography techniques can potentially be used by engineers in designing solutions for better city-planning and mobility.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need new approaches in order to help engineers create the radical changes needed to make it healthier, more enjoyable, and less environmentally damaging to move around cities. And my colleagues and I think that dance might hold some of the answers,&rdquo; Bingham-Hall writes.</p> NIMBYs in Boise find success in establishing neighborhoods as conservation districts Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-13T14:12:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the East End, a plan for a home on Mobley Drive off Warm Springs Avenue spurred a group of neighbors to start organizing what the city calls a conservation district. The house would have been two stories and narrow, while most nearby homes are single-level ranch-style structures built in the 1950s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A 16-year-old ordinance in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boise</a> that allows for the establishment of conservation districts is coming back in favor as neighborhood groups have figured out they can use it to quash projects they don't like. Conservation districts are similar to historic ones in that they define development through the regulation of architectural styles, height, massing, and uses of buildings. Through their establishment,&nbsp;property owners decide the district&rsquo;s contours and which uses, building types or design features are allowed.</p> <p>In Boise, such ordinances have been used to successfully restrict massive parking lots and prevent the demolition of homes. Now, in the East End neighborhood, community members are pushing for a conservation district in order to curb the building of a two-story, 30-foot-wide home that would clash with the street's dominating midcentury architecture. A hearing was scheduled with the Planning and Zoning Commission for Monday, but the developers withdrew their application befo...</p> VeloCity win The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition. Abigail Banfield 2017-12-12T05:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Winning &ldquo;The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition&rdquo; is the all-women team behind VeloCity. The competition is focused on the Cambridge &ndash; Milton Keynes &ndash; Oxford&nbsp; arc, which currently is home to leading tech hubs and universities, as well as some 3.3 million people. The area is set to build on its productive history and its skilled workforce to become an area of rich success.&nbsp;</p> <p>The VeloCity plan is commended for its reimagining of the village model, and its consideration of technology and modern needs in adapting this social structure for the 21st century. Using transport as an impetus for developing the plan, the scheme will benefit from the introduction of a new rail system for the area, which will connect towns and cities. On the smaller scale, the development will put in place a strategical network of pedestrian and cycle routes, which explore and encourage the decreased need for movements by car.&nbsp; </p> <p>VeloCity clusters around six villages close to a new Oxford-Cambridge...</p> What is "Weird Architecture" today? China knows and doesn't want it. Anthony Morey 2017-12-08T11:50:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s State Council announced that &ldquo;weird architecture that is not economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing or environmentally friendly will be forbidden.&rdquo; Many architects and members of the public understood the frustration and bewilderment, even if they questioned the subjective nature of the official instruction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That was a close call, thankfully '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weird Architecture</a>' that <em>is</em> economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly is still completely accepted and encouraged. China may be forcing itself into a semantically and conceptually charge subjectivism that could potentially bring about some interesting project framings and abstracts.&nbsp;</p> It's Archigram's Future: We are just living in it Anthony Morey 2017-11-17T12:39:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Archigram can be seen as part of several trends that influence metropolitan life to this day. One was the Pop Art movement, where color, dynamism, fashion, and disposability were presented in graphics as understated as a passing billboard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While history may be said to define us, it could also be that history paves the roads in which we will ultimately walk. Archigram, known for being an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s and for its neo-futuristic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist theoretical projects, may, in fact, have been more prophetic than theoretical. While their work has been the precedent for endless variations of conceptual and realized projects, it may also ultimately end up being the destination as well.&nbsp;</p> You get a home! And you get a home! We all get homes. Anthony Morey 2017-11-12T01:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A big obstacle to attracting new recruits is the stigma around working in the public sector. There remains a widely-held stereotype that planning departments are the realm of dusty, tweed-jacketed types, nested in their booths for the last half century. Williams says that when he started at Croydon, a colleague pitied him, assuming he had ended up there because he couldn&rsquo;t get a job in an architecture practice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the explosion of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">STARCHITECTS</a>&nbsp;collecting major commission after major commission in the same manner children collect toys, a young office in London, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public Practice</a>, has found a niche all to their own &mdash; one who's historical stigma only expanded Public Practice's potential and possibilities.</p> <p>Finn Williams and Pooja Agrawal opened Public Practice as a means to bring a new generation of architects, planners, and local government together with the aim of shaping the public realm effectively, creatively and collaboratively.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;I realized important decisions were happening much further upstream, in the realms of policy, way before an architect would even get involved.&rdquo; </em>Fin&nbsp;Williams</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Finn Williams and Pooja Agrawal. Photograph: Eleanor Bentall/Greater London Authority</figcaption></figure> Saudi Arabia plans to build NEOM, a new $500 billion mega city Alexander Walter 2017-10-25T15:12:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans to build a new city on the Red Sea coast, promising a lifestyle not available in today&rsquo;s Saudi Arabia as he seeks to remake the kingdom in a time of dwindling resources. The prince said the city project, to be called &ldquo;NEOM,&rdquo; will operate independently from the &ldquo;existing governmental framework&rdquo; with investors consulted at every step during development. The project will be backed by more than $500 billion from the Saudi government [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project is ambitious with a capital A: besides the mere challenge of building a new mega city in currently undeveloped desert terrain, the Saudi Crown Prince also envisions a new kind of society for NEOM &mdash; likely modeled on the 'free zone' concept that made Dubai flourish &mdash; whose "new way of living" and "international standards" laws will be at odds with the ultraconservative traditions and values in the rest of the kingdom.</p> Google's Sidewalk Labs to redevelop Toronto waterfront as one of the largest smart city projects in North America Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-25T14:43:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Silicon Valley, and the tech industry at large, is known for reinventing the everyday. From buses to vending machines, and from the necessary to the indulgent, each week seems to bring another headline about the tech world's disruptions. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> has recently comprised a good sum of this ink with the announcement of plans for a new headquarters and the subsequent bidding war straight out of Hunger Games that has cities across North America submitting over 238 proposals to host. But while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon searches for cities</a> to house a new campus, another tech giant&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google</a>, that is&mdash;has decided to go in a different direction, cutting to the chase and just building the city themselves.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Digital Infrastructure Vision. Image courtesy of Sidewalk Labs.</figcaption></figure><p>The online empire began as a quaint search engine but has since transitioned into the business of measuring pretty much everything. In 2015, the company reorganized itself into multiples under the umbrella company&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alphabet</a>, in order to separate its core...</p> MIT study predicts autonomous vehicles to fuel construction boom Alexander Walter 2017-10-24T19:46:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s 2027 (or 2037) and the age of the self-driving car. City-dwellers have traded in their car keys for ride hails. Street parking has been replaced by wider sidewalks and bike lanes, while developers are busy converting garages into much-needed housing. That&rsquo;s one vision of how self-driving cars will affect U.S. real estate, laid out in a report by MIT&rsquo;s Center for Real Estate. But it&rsquo;s not the only one.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Even as reclaimed parking spaces fuel a downtown building boom," <em>Bloomberg</em> reports, "autonomous vehicles will encourage builders to push deeper into the exurban fringe, confident that homebuyers will tolerate longer commutes now that they don&rsquo;t have to drive, according to the report [...]."</p> <p>Read the full report <em>Real Trends: The Future of Real Estate in the United States</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Reimagining Detroit: A+D Museum’s The Architectural Imagination Isaac Wilhelm 2017-10-09T23:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T17:14:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></p> <p>Architecture is a creative media that analyzes what is, while imagining what could and should be. Located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>&rsquo; Art District, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>'s current exhibit, The Architectural Imagination, is a showcase of re-imagining and rebuilding the outdated industrial urbanscape of Detroit, Michigan. Before coming to Los Angeles, the exhibition premiered during the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the mid-20th century, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a> was a booming urban center bursting with blue collar and white collar families benefiting from the automotive industry. However, as automotive industries began to move their factories to cheaper markets and with the rather recent American automotive bankruptcies and government bailouts, Detroit has been challenged with repurposing the remnants of an abandoned era. The projects showcased in the exhibit present ideas for compelling modern design along with appropriate programming (think atriums, markets, and green spaces) to regenerate existing neighborh...</p> Closer look: FR-EE's Hyperloop One Mexico City-Guadalajara route proposal Justine Testado 2017-09-18T19:43:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T13:41:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Out of over 2,600 entries, a multi-disciplinary consortium led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Romero / FR-EE</a> was recently announced as one of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 winning teams in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge</a> with the proposal &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexloop</a>&rdquo;, the 330-mile Mexico-Guadalajara route. The Mexloop project builds on Mexico's ambitious $600 billion public works investment under the National Infrastructure Program.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The team submitted concepts for Mexloop's inter-modal station designs and locations, route infrastructure, public space, the pods, and logistics. Aiming to alleviate traffic in one of the world's most congested cities, Mexloop will connect Central Mexico&rsquo;s major population, cultural, industrial, and manufacturing centers into one new &lsquo;Megalopolis&rsquo; of 42 million people that is projected to grow to 60 million by 2050, the Mexloop team describes.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The Mexloop corridor will reduce travel time between Mexico City and Guadalajara to 38 minutes, at a spe...</p></figure> Richard Florida on the fragility of the Urban Revival Alexander Walter 2017-09-06T15:26:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>For all the concern about the gentrification, rising housing prices and the growing gap between the rich and poor in our leading cities, an even bigger threat lies on the horizon: The urban revival that swept across America over the past decade or two may be in danger. As it turns out, the much-ballyhooed new age of the city might be giving way to a great urban stall-out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Richard Florida paints a gloomy picture of the state of the great American urban revival in his <em>NYT</em> op-ed, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Urban Revival Is Over</a>," citing gentrification, income disparity, rising crime numbers, unaffordable housing prices, and the anti-urban agenda of the current White House tenants. <br></p> <p>Joe Cortright, over at <em>City Observatory</em>, offers a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good analysis</a> of Florida's piece; breaking down numbers, highlighting statistics, weighing in on the crime numbers claim, and easing the general dystopian mood: "Rather than proclaiming the end of the urban revival, Florida&rsquo;s evidence really makes the case for a renewed national commitment to building more great urban neighborhoods."<br></p> Trees can help megacities save $505 million per year, according to new research Justine Testado 2017-08-28T14:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-28T14:40:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Megacities&mdash;those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people&mdash;would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the upcoming issue of the journal Ecological Modeling. A team of researchers led by Theodore Endreny of SUNY&rsquo;s College of Environmental Studies and Forestry sought to quantify how leafy infrastructure pays dividends in 10 chock-full cities&mdash;and the extent to which those benefits could compound if those urban areas planted more trees.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can check out the research paper <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this 2015 report</a> about the health benefits of more greenspace in urban centers.</p> Geographer Federico Caprotti on the “new urban citizen” in data-driven urban planning Justine Testado 2017-08-25T20:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What if new technology further exacerbates urban inequality, especially among those on the wrong side of the digital divide? [Geographer Federico Caprotti of the University of Exeter] sees the world heading toward a notion of a &ldquo;new urban citizen&rdquo;, one that continually provides data, which may leave out those who are unable or unwilling to contribute.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Citiscope interviews geographer and smart-city researcher Federico Caprotti, who co-wrote an academic paper in response to the U.N.'s approval of the New Urban Agenda last year. Caprotti shares his thoughts on the rise of the &ldquo;new urban citizen&rdquo;, as well as the hidden inequalities that data-driven urban planning and management could potentially worsen.</p> Win a set of “50 Urban Blocks” designing flash cards! Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-24T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>50 Urban Blocks is the first in a collection of designing cards (available in English and Spanish) aimed to simplify architectural design, by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a+t architecture publishers</a>. This first set of cards contains 50&nbsp;examples of how to design a block, how to organize space and ultimately how to build&nbsp;the city. Thanks to a+t, Archinect is giving away two sets of the &ldquo;50 Urban Blocks&rdquo; cards to our readers!</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of a+t architecture publishers.</figcaption></figure><p>Each of the 55 13 x 8 cm double-sided cards proposes a possible urban form including&nbsp;measurements and data on density in the city.&nbsp;Their reduced size and individual format mean that it is possible to lay out the 50&nbsp;urban forms proposed in the pack all at once in front of you &mdash; a difficult task in the case&nbsp;of a book or a magazine. This means that architects can compare, order and&nbsp;disorder the cards so as to select the ones which best adapt to their scenario and&nbsp;combine the different forms to design their project.&nbsp;50 Urban Blocks is especially usefu...</p> A new urbanism in the Global South Alexander Walter 2017-08-16T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T15:44:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But what is the repertoire of concepts, ideas and visions that inform the work of urban planners in the Global South &mdash; in Asia, Latin America and Africa? Are they still under the spell of their colonial and postcolonial masters? Or have they developed their own ideas and their own yardsticks, commensurate with the respective culture of their country and region?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"This insight leads to the most important quality of sustainable urban planning in countries of the Global South," urban planning expert Einhard Schmidt-Kallert&nbsp;writes in his commentary piece on Citiscope, arguing that "Planners need to develop urban planning visions that take into consideration the needs of all citizens, of the urban middle class as well as those of the urban poor in informal settlements. Those visions need to translate these needs into a comprehensive concept plan for an entire city, thus overcoming fragmentation and segregation."</p>