Archinect - News 2017-09-23T01:39:27-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150029073/closer-look-fr-ee-s-hyperloop-one-mexico-city-guadalajara-route-proposal 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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kf/kftxedtnnaewcqwh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Out of over 2,600 entries, a multi-disciplinary consortium led by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/8306331/fr-ee-fernando-romero-enterprise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Romero / FR-EE</a> was recently announced as one of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150028743/from-chicago-to-pittsburgh-in-47-minutes-hyperloop-one-global-challenge-announces-10-winning-teams-routes-in-north-america-europe-south-asia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 winning teams in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge</a> with the proposal &ldquo;<a href="https://www.mexloop.net/" 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="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo9fnonnqj9r5z1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo9fnonnqj9r5z1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvsb6dlm334yyg70.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qv/qvsb6dlm334yyg70.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;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="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/za/za6ftca96uq368q3.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/za/za6ftca96uq368q3.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ww/wwqa9na49wswe3ce.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ww/wwqa9na49wswe3ce.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026584/richard-florida-on-the-fragility-of-the-urban-revival Richard Florida on the fragility of the Urban Revival Alexander Walter 2017-09-06T15:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T22:30:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8l/8lj3cvgvocp7taps.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/cities-suburbs-housing-crime.html" 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="http://cityobservatory.org/oh-no-is-the-urban-revival-really-over/" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150024935/trees-can-help-megacities-save-505-million-per-year-according-to-new-research Trees can help megacities save $505 million per year, according to new research Justine Testado 2017-08-28T14:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-28T14:40:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ol/olcf5z9j60ykv8l0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ol/olcf5z9j60ykv8l0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ol/olcf5z9j60ykv8l0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ol/olcf5z9j60ykv8l0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Megacities&mdash;those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people&mdash;would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the upcoming issue of the journal Ecological Modeling. A team of researchers led by Theodore Endreny of SUNY&rsquo;s College of Environmental Studies and Forestry sought to quantify how leafy infrastructure pays dividends in 10 chock-full cities&mdash;and the extent to which those benefits could compound if those urban areas planted more trees.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can check out the research paper <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304380017300960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, as well as <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this 2015 report</a> about the health benefits of more greenspace in urban centers.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150024684/geographer-federico-caprotti-on-the-new-urban-citizen-in-data-driven-urban-planning 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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019167/win-a-set-of-50-urban-blocks-designing-flash-cards Win a set of “50 Urban Blocks” designing flash cards! Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-24T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T17:41:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/nia2prxgk2fj58qn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/nia2prxgk2fj58qn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/nia2prxgk2fj58qn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ni/nia2prxgk2fj58qn.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="https://aplust.net/idioma/en/" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/6n/6n986eulj7u79rdw.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6n/6n986eulj7u79rdw.jpg"></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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023048/a-new-urbanism-in-the-global-south A new urbanism in the Global South Alexander Walter 2017-08-16T15:43:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T15:44:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/am/amxwgt9dxb2k0s7d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019761/camden-highline-gets-backing-from-london-mayor Camden Highline gets backing from London Mayor Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-28T02:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T14:23:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3k/3kwc0qxzkpohe6q6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3k/3kwc0qxzkpohe6q6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3k/3kwc0qxzkpohe6q6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3k/3kwc0qxzkpohe6q6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Another day, another city, another <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">high line</a>&mdash;this time in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/722/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. While in America, we use crowdfunding to help supplement health care costs or to actualize an invention, in England, <a href="https://www.spacehive.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spacehive</a> is using this form of alternative financing to help back projects that make local places better. Think kickstarter, but for place-making. Projects range from a 90m temporary water slide in Bristol to a Library of Things in Southeast London where one can rent a violin or camping gear alongside their books. Among such proposals, is a 0.8km garden walk on a disused elevated railway line. Its project title&mdash;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150014535/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-camden-highline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Camden Highline</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The project plans to transform the obsolete tracks into a new type of green infrastructure for walking and cycling. They are currently seeking &pound;37,412 in order to cary out a feasibility study, including site appraisals and surveys. Thus far, the project has raised 93% of its funding goal to the thanks of 249 backers, including Mayor of London, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/760315/sadiq-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan</a>. Khan spoke of the pro...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150014608/the-guardian-reports-on-the-social-housing-crisis-in-the-uk The Guardian reports on the social housing crisis in the UK Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-26T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T14:45:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yq/yqisfevel400mmgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Now, although the horror is still raw and much about it is still unknown, it has also become clear that Grenfell exposes in the harshest possible way questions of the current state of social housing, about the accessibility, affordability and quality of homes, and their impact on people&rsquo;s lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guardian's feature&nbsp;examines the new documentary<em> Dispossession: The New Housing Swindle </em>which addresses the build up anger surrounding the issue of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> and the failed attempts at combatting it, including&nbsp;Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy&nbsp;and the effects of&nbsp;the 60s and 70s estates renewal. Beyond that, the article also offers recent examples of demolition, displacement through opinions of people that have experienced it firsthand<em>&ndash;</em>former residents of social or council housing. </p> <p><em>"No honest portrayal of the current situation can ignore the fact that the last time government was a major builder of homes it didn&rsquo;t get it all right. But, as it is now blindingly obvious that the market is not going to provide by itself, active building and planning by the public sector looks inevitable. There are ways to achieve new and affordable homes &ndash; by densifying suburbs, encouraging garden cities and, indeed, by renewing council estates &ndash; but none of them are easy. The invisib...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150014535/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-camden-highline Crowdfunding campaign launched for Camden Highline Abigail Banfield 2017-06-26T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:37:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the latest civic development in North London; the Camden Highline. For years, the disused railway has been talked about among local residents, with many wanting to see a little bit of New York in Camden Town.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Since 2016, Camden Town Unlimited have been working with Network Rail to secure the 18-metre&nbsp;wide disused railway line, which runs for almost a&nbsp;kilometre&nbsp;between the beloved, vibrant Camden Market and the newly developed Kings Cross area. The initial ambitions for the project include creating a space which is accessible to all and will provide a home for the arts, festivals, and live performance, as well as ecological and educational benefits.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Using the famous New York High Line as a precedent, this crowd-funded project will initially work on the existing infrastructure, workshops, events, and feasibility works. The funds raised from the campaign run on&nbsp;...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150014577/medical-experts-issue-warning-about-street-lights Medical experts issue warning about street lights Nicholas Korody 2017-06-26T12:11:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T09:30:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kjpw05wjyovw72cc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kjpw05wjyovw72cc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kjpw05wjyovw72cc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kj/kjpw05wjyovw72cc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it. The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA committee issued guidelines on how communities can choose LED streetlights to "minimize potential harmful human health and environmental effects."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em></em>There are two basic issues at hand. First, new, "white" LED lighting, which have a color temperature of between 4000K and 5000K, can cause discomfort and glare. This is because the light is concentrate and has high blue content, which can cause severe glare and force pupillary constriction. Second, these lights can impact human circadian rhythmicity, affecting our sleeping pattern. And, actually, it's not just human sleeping patterns at risk&mdash;wildlife migratory patterns are being disrupted as well.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008241/first-glimpse-of-hansonla-s-master-plan-to-redevelop-city-market-los-angeles First glimpse of HansonLA's master plan to redevelop City Market Los Angeles Justine Testado 2017-05-18T15:40:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T07:02:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/heo60ot2w2j7nxby.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/heo60ot2w2j7nxby.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/heo60ot2w2j7nxby.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/he/heo60ot2w2j7nxby.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>After five years in the works, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104867291/hansonla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HansonLA</a>&nbsp;finalized the multi-phase master plan with the L.A. Department of City Planning to redevelop the historic City Market Los Angeles, located in Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District. Established in 1909 by a group of immigrant farmers, CMLA is home to one of the oldest wholesale produce markets in the U.S.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tf/tfzcnouatn7cduvi.jpg"><br><em>Aerial view.&nbsp;Rendering by KINK Studio.</em></p><p>The mixed-use, 10-acre master plan is jam-packed, comprising buildings ranging from 3-38 stories, 945 residential units, 210 hotel rooms, 225,000 square-feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment space (including the new <a href="http://www.citymarketsouth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Market South</a>), and 312,000 square-feet of educational space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4du7rxmt2ylcc2r3.jpg"><br><em>Rendering by KINK Studio.</em></p><p>Re-emphasizing the pedestrian experience of the original CMLA, the new plan will also feature an elevated walkway that will wrap around approximately 60 percent of the site, offering visitors some open space and a view of the DTLA skyline.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;[City Market's] sympathetic approach to the program allows it t...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150005403/design-trust-seeking-proposals-for-public-for-all-rethinking-shared-space-in-nyc-initiative Design Trust seeking proposals for “Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC” initiative Justine Testado 2017-05-01T16:19:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T16:23:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In today&rsquo;s political climate, we must affirm and ensure that New York City&rsquo;s public realm provides places of refuge and play, congregation and demonstration, and dialogue and exchange.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In their latest community-driven effort, the non-profit <a href="http://designtrust.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Trust for Public Space</a> recently launched &ldquo;Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC&rdquo;. The citywide call invites design firms, communities, agencies, and individuals based in any of New York City's five boroughs to send project ideas for planning and designing public spaces that are more accessible, resourceful, and can be sustainably maintained and operated.</p><p>Here are more details from the Design Trust:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jvfip86wl41nx76a.jpg"><br><em>The Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Design Trust for Public Space.</em></p><p>Proposals must&nbsp;be&nbsp;research, design, and planning projects that will unlock the potential of NYC&rsquo;s shared spaces, including underutilized and under-resourced community assets. Projects may be site-specific but must potentially change the way NYC&nbsp;develops and manages public space citywide.&nbsp;</p><p>Although Design Trust efforts may eventually lead to built work, projects should demonstrate broad policy or programming goals, with potential for furt...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004878/new-york-to-spend-100m-to-extend-the-waterfront-greenway-surrounding-manhattan New York to spend $100M to extend the Waterfront Greenway surrounding Manhattan Nicholas Korody 2017-04-27T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T12:32:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c1fwrodvsqc5tylu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c1fwrodvsqc5tylu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c1fwrodvsqc5tylu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c1/c1fwrodvsqc5tylu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a 32-mile ring of parkland that surrounds Manhattan&mdash;or almost all of it, that is. Between 41st and 61st Streets along the East River lies a &ldquo;glaring gap&rdquo;, as <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/nyregion/city-commits-100-million-to-narrowing-a-gap-in-manhattan-greenway.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a> calls it. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will spend $100 million to close part of the gap, with another $5 million dedicated to smaller gaps in Harlem and Inwood.</p><p>Specifically, a path will be built atop pilings from 53rd to 61st Street, standing some 15 feet from the shoreline on a boardwalk rising above the water. Eventually, the goal is to surround the entire island with bike and running paths.</p><p>&ldquo;The Hudson River Greenway has vastly improved quality of life on the West Side, and we want families in every corner in the borough to have that same access to bike, walk and play along the water,&rdquo; Mr. de Blasio said. &ldquo;This is the first of many big investments we&rsquo;ll make as we bring the full Greenway to reality.&rdquo;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984750/the-benefits-of-roundabouts-explained-by-the-mayor-of-the-indiana-town-that-now-has-102-of-them The benefits of roundabouts, explained by the mayor of the Indiana town that now has 102 of them Alexander Walter 2017-01-04T16:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T11:38:17-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/36e14272d9403701e6855f6d1d418e15?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/36e14272d9403701e6855f6d1d418e15?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/36e14272d9403701e6855f6d1d418e15?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/36e14272d9403701e6855f6d1d418e15?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In Carmel, driving around in circles isn&rsquo;t a symptom of being lost; it&rsquo;s a way of life. Despite its small size, the Indiana city has more roundabouts than any other burg in the U.S. [...] The thing most people don&rsquo;t know is how much money is saved by converting traffic signals into roundabouts. Our city engineer&rsquo;s office has found that on average, roundabouts in Carmel have cost $250,000 less to build than signalized intersections and they are much less expensive to maintain [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Carmel Mayor&nbsp;Jim Brainard talks about "unheralded benefits" of roundabouts (and the potential impact of Trump's infrastructure plans on his city's 102 roundabouts) in the CityLab article, reader douglasss points out an often overlooked benefit of this approach to intersection design over the conventional 4x4 species in the comment section:</p><p><em>"An added benefit of roundabouts is that (if they are spaced close enough) they eliminate the need for center turning lanes, thus narrower roads. Instead of needing a center turning lane to make a left hand turn, you just go to the next roundabout and turn around. This also allows for mid road tree lined medians, which center turning lanes destroy."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139313726/the-surprisingly-ideological-debate-over-roundabouts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138804407/humanizing-street-design-with-shared-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149983058/examining-the-politics-of-starchitect-megaprojects-in-abu-dhabi Examining the politics of starchitect megaprojects in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2016-12-16T15:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:19:12-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kg/kg5edzi57rzrib7s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Even if Abu Dhabi has almost unique economic and institutional conditions and rests for now as a borderline case of development profiles, it still highlights several common problems in contemporary large-scale development projects and in the use of star architecture in other parts of the world: little care for the context of branded projects, de-politicization of urban development, weak and inconsistent public planning...[and] spectacular architecture [for] global competition and media exposure</p></em><br /><br /><p>An excerpt from the upcoming book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934688" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities&rdquo;</a> by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi examines Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island megaproject, and argues how such projects show the&nbsp;little influence that famous architects can have on city-building initiatives today.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966419/architecture-has-sacrificed-its-aspiration-to-deepen-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133432736/gulf-labor-initiative-renews-criticism-of-abu-dhabi-museums-over-migrant-workers-rights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982541/urban-land-institute-hosts-urban-planning-lego-workshop-for-students Urban Land Institute hosts urban planning Lego workshop for students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:25-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>What better way to teach high school-age students how to tackle the problems of urban planning than with Legos? This was the thought of the Urban Land Institute, which according to this article in <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/12/01/program-brings-responsible-urban-planning-to-life-with-lego.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro News</a> put on a workshop for an 11th grade class in Toronto to help them plan a city that, while fictional, took many of its challenges from Toronto's current urbanity. As the article notes:</p><p><em>The students were divided into teams and given the task of designing a new, mixed-use development while balancing competing demands like affordable housing, business interests and environmental standards.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>For example, Yutiga&rsquo;s team had to think on their feet when they realized they &ldquo;couldn&rsquo;t create underground parking due to soil conditions.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And like Toronto, the fictional city their development was in also grapples with problems like food deserts, homelessness and, of course, parking.</em></p><p><em>&#8203;</em>For more in Lego-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149974598/the-brief-and-wondrous-life-of-modulex-lego-s-building-system-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Brief and Wondrous Life of Modulex, Lego's Building System for Architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971968/see-downtown-los-angeles-in-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See Down...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149981531/send-your-ideas-to-the-2016-chicago-prize-on-the-edge-competition Send your ideas to the 2016 Chicago Prize “On the Edge” competition Justine Testado 2016-12-05T19:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T22:49:51-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/af/afvcm04p7m02ed70.gif" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Visionary plans, policy, and infrastructure have all played crucial roles in the development of the city and consequently in the definition of its edge. Today, conflicting interests regarding ownership, use, and value of the Lakefront have produced a stalemate of what this civic treasure could become.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A hotspot for land-use disputes, the urban development of Chicago's Lakefront is the subject of the&nbsp;2016 Chicago Prize competition, "On the Edge&rdquo;. Launched on November 29 by the Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the competition seeks speculative architectural interventions for the Lakefront &ldquo;in consideration of the stated issues that imagine and speculate its scape&rdquo; &mdash; as exemplified in recent situations like the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>,&nbsp;the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120664296/2014-chicago-prize-winners-envision-the-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barack H. Obama Presidential Library</a>, or the impacts of Lake Shore Drive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ax/axf2d2ztkkwu2bmh.jpg"><br><em>The Chicago Lakefront. Photo: Payton Chung/Flickr.</em></p><p>The CAC asks: &ldquo;Would new strategies of zoning recharge this long strip of stand-alone city-land? Can architectural interventions function as a framework for the excitation of the edge? How will the collision of the metropolis and the lake create a radical emergence of the unimaginable?&rdquo;</p><p>There is no set program for this competition.&nbsp;A Question-and-Answer period is open now until December ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149971838/pave-paradise-american-cities-are-rethinking-parking-spaces Pave paradise? American cities are rethinking parking spaces Nicholas Korody 2016-10-03T18:28:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:40:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jf/jfvjodfqrdvdhcin.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jf/jfvjodfqrdvdhcin.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jf/jfvjodfqrdvdhcin.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jf/jfvjodfqrdvdhcin.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The US has long been the world leader in building parking spaces. During the mid 20th century, city zoning codes began to include requirements and quotas for most developments to include parking spaces. The supply skyrocketed. A 2011 study by the University of California, estimated there are upwards of 800m parking spaces in the US, covering about 25,000 square miles of land.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Increasingly, cities are rethinking this approach. As cities across the world begin to prioritise walkable urban development and the type of city living that does not require a car for every trip, city officials are beginning to move away from blanket policies of providing abundant parking.</em></p><p>For more on pedestrian-friendly initiatives, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965226/when-walkability-goes-up-so-do-home-prices" target="_blank">When walkability goes up, so do home prices</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963557/taking-a-break-from-cars-in-automobile-centric-manhattan" target="_blank">Taking a break from cars in automobile-centric Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947531/jan-gehl-never-ask-what-the-city-can-do-for-your-building-always-ask-what-your-building-can-do-for-the-city" target="_blank">Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970953/obama-calls-for-zoning-overhaul-blames-existing-laws-for-rising-inequality-and-unaffordable-rents Obama calls for zoning overhaul, blames existing laws for rising inequality and unaffordable rents Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T18:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T21:27:49-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i3/i3yospkmfg2uf75b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Obama administration Monday is calling on cities and counties to rethink their zoning laws, saying that antiquated rules on construction, housing and land use are contributing to high rents and income inequality, and dragging down the U.S. economy as a whole [...] The White House published a &ldquo;toolkit&rdquo; of economic evidence and policy fixes to help local political leaders fight back against the NIMBYs that tend to hold sway over municipal zoning meetings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953892/stonewall-inn-formally-declared-as-national-monument" target="_blank">Stonewall Inn formally declared as national monument</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T15:22:15-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149969474/the-downsides-of-the-charming-holdout-houses The downsides of the charming "holdout" houses Nicholas Korody 2016-09-20T13:25:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T23:47:43-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3m/3m8jv965ow6timwy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3m/3m8jv965ow6timwy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3m/3m8jv965ow6timwy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3m/3m8jv965ow6timwy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There is something romantic about the idea of a holdout, a David to the big developer's Goliath, a protagonist&nbsp;for whom home matters more than money, a solitary survivor. In the Pixar movie "Up," the holdout is the hero. In the real-life Seattle version of the story&nbsp;that reportedly inspired the film's premise, an elderly woman who refused to sell her home became &mdash; along with her home itself &mdash; a city icon.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In practice, though, modern cities grow out of older ones in large part through the unglamorous process of parcel assembly &mdash; of fitting together the once-smaller pieces of the city, "Tetris"-like. And while the result often produces fantastically bizarre neighbors, cities can't evolve if every property owner is such a hero.</em></p><p>For more on tiny houses, follow this link:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963622/the-onion-takes-on-the-tiny-house-movement" target="_blank">The Onion takes on the 'Tiny House' movement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937530/tiny-houses-in-the-city-showcases-big-opportunities-in-small-housing" target="_blank">"Tiny Houses in the City" showcases big opportunities in small housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146129250/the-tiny-house-fantasy" target="_blank">The Tiny House Fantasy</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149967668/mapping-how-la-s-expanding-metro-network-fuels-gentrification-or-not Mapping how LA's expanding Metro network fuels gentrification (or not) Alexander Walter 2016-09-09T14:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u4/u455ymoo8ufy15nu.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u4/u455ymoo8ufy15nu.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u4/u455ymoo8ufy15nu.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u4/u455ymoo8ufy15nu.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Researchers from the Urban Displacement project, a joint UCLA and UC Berkeley effort, recently released a gentrification map of Los Angeles. They examined the city from 1990 to 2000 and up to 2015, focusing on neighborhoods near transit stops. The goal was to see if these areas saw higher rents and more displacement than other areas. The answer? Yes &mdash; with some exceptions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some of the UCLA researchers' key findings for Los Angeles Country (via the project's website, urbandisplacement.org):</p><ul><li><em>Our analysis found that areas around transit stations are changing and that many of the changes are in direction of neighborhood upscaling and gentrification.</em></li><li><em>Examining the changes from 2000 to 2013, we find that relative to non-transit areas, transit neighborhoods are more associated with higher increases in whites, college educated, higher income households and greater increases in the cost of rent. Conversely, transit neighborhoods are associated with greater losses in disadvantaged populations including individuals with less than a high school diploma and lower income households.</em></li><li><em>The impacts of changes vary across locations but the biggest impacts seem to be around the Downtown areas where transit-oriented development interacts with other interventions aiming to revitalize the urban form.</em></li></ul><p>Click <a href="http://www.urbandisplacement.org/map/la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the interactive LA map. &mdash;&nbsp;Looking for the SF Bay Area map inste...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149965935/revisiting-the-urban-plan-of-burning-man Revisiting the urban plan of Burning Man Alexander Walter 2016-08-30T14:41:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:24:45-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rj/rj5tooqt6kwo3hc5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rj/rj5tooqt6kwo3hc5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rj/rj5tooqt6kwo3hc5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rj/rj5tooqt6kwo3hc5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>When a group of Burners describing themselves as the Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning announced a design competition last fall for a new urban plan for Burning Man, Phil Walker had never given the matter much thought. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m actually not a Burner. I&rsquo;ve never done it,&rdquo; says Walker, the senior associate vice president for CallisonRTKL, an architecture firm and design consultancy. &ldquo;Maybe a bit of vicarious living for a middle-aged suburban dad is what appealed to me.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"So Walker didn&rsquo;t set about to change the orientation of Black Rock City [...] instead, he built out a &ldquo;kit of parts&rdquo; for simple streetscape interventions that he says can have a dramatic impact on urban flow and cultural space."</em></p><p>Related Burning Man stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18593017/rod-garrett-the-urban-planner-behind-burning-man-dead-at-74" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rod Garrett, the Urban Planner Behind &lsquo;Burning Man&rsquo;, dead at 74</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification of Burning Man</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133736405/300-mile-wall-proposed-for-the-bay-area-to-exile-burning-man-festivalgoers-forever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346125/your-annual-reminder-that-burning-man-isn-t-that-special-of-an-idea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Your annual reminder that Burning Man isn't that special of an idea</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149962485/why-cities-need-to-expand-their-idea-of-who-is-a-local Why cities need to expand their idea of who is a "local" Nicholas Korody 2016-08-10T15:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:07:36-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/l8/l80adcvippi5kpnl.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Part of the challenge&nbsp;throughout&nbsp;California and plenty of other communities...is that we tend to make local policy &mdash; and housing policy in particular &mdash; as if the only people who matter in a community are the ones who go to bed there at night. We don't think of&nbsp;people who work but don't "live" there, or who'd like to live there but can't afford to, or who once lived there but had to leave, or who could access better jobs if only they could move there, or who commute through there...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>You may effectively live your life within, say, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., going to school there, working there, dropping your children at day care there, spending your money and your waking time there. But if, at the end of the day, you go sleep somewhere else, you are invisible to the process of how we decide what's right for that city.</em></p><p>Check out some related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960645/even-the-wealthy-are-having-trouble-buying-homes-in-silicon-valley-so-lenders-are-offering-zero-down-loans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even the wealthy are having trouble buying homes in Silicon Valley, so lenders are offering "zero-down loans"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal “organic highway” Justine Testado 2016-08-04T19:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-06T07:07:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[T]he city of Bao'an in Shenzhen is setting its sights on revamping the 30 kilometer, 12-lane G107 highway...By rethinking the notion of a highway and envisioned with a series of utopian-like renderings, [Avoid Obvious Architects + Tetra Architects &amp; Planners] proposed &ldquo;a smaller, more fluid, multi-layered thoroughfare that will be a spectacular starting point of growth for an organic smart city.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a preview of their proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8gmxcp3ar2c4514.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z1/z1kk6ufi6i5sv8i1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/ygvveiwand4e16hm.jpg"></p><p>Find more of the project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5063/redeveloping-the-bao-an-g107-into-an-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>. You can also watch the video below.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961519/kids-play-with-virtual-skyscrapers-in-new-app Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T19:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:19:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>"Spark a blackout, fix a pipe, or clog the toilets. Test your building&rsquo;s engineering when dinosaurs invade, lightning strikes, or the earth quakes. Find out what keeps skyscrapers standing tall and people happy in them all." So says the description of the newly launched <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1115415865?mt=8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyscrapers by Tinybop</a>, a game app for kids that allows users to essentially play in and around skyscrapers, like an urban-planning minded King Kong. Players can construct their own towers and then wreck havoc (or try to maintain order) with their creations. Here are a few screenshots of the game in action:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ly/lyi4nf924dmyxupz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmzjv72xvj2luwt7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5k/5k6i2gt1ij172eff.jpg"></p><p>For more on games (it's Archinect's editorial theme this month):</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935027/console-narratives-how-games-incorporate-architectural-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Console narratives: how games incorporate architectural storytelling</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134499490/this-studio-illustrates-minecraft-s-architectural-capabilities-to-create-imaginary-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This studio illustrates Minecraft's architectural capabilities to create imaginary worlds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960918/gaming-the-neighborhood-one-to-one-32-with-jose-sanchez-co-creator-of-block-hood-computer-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game</a></li></ul><p>And here's a video:</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961129/phoenix-may-become-a-lot-more-green Phoenix may become a lot more green Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T13:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T22:26:32-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sh/sh2wc15ttagood6k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sh/sh2wc15ttagood6k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sh/sh2wc15ttagood6k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sh/sh2wc15ttagood6k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>According to&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sej-phoenix-arborist-20160715-snap-story.html?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Times</a>,&nbsp;</em>the sunny city of Phoenix, Arizona might become a little cooler, as the city develops a plan to give 25% of the city a tree canopy by 2030. Currently, the city has about half as much shade.</p><p>The city plans to use a mix of steel 'trees', native plants like mesquite and palo brea, and non-natives that have proved tough enough to weather the grueling heat. Already known for its high temperatures, Phoenix is trying to prepare for even hotter temperatures as global warming heats the planet up.</p><p>The plan is intended to do more than just make for more pleasant strolls. "Aesthetically, it&rsquo;s quite pleasing," notes forestry supervisor, Richard Atkins. "It can bring commerce to any business that had it out front because, you know, people are drawn to nice vegetation and shade."</p><p>For more news from the hot and dry American Southwest, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944438/california-eases-some-drought-restrictions-but-makes-others-permanent" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T00:59:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y6/y6v8gdp4rpdrwqmv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Today, Airbnb is revealing a new division tasked with inventing new futures for the company, called Samara. Airbnb is also unveiling Samara&rsquo;s first project: a communal housing project designed to revitalize a small town in Japan. That model isn&rsquo;t meant to be a one-off. After this project, Airbnb will look to scale it to other declining small towns across the world. The idea is that Airbnb could become a force not only in sharing homes, but in urban planning.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7wfkzc58ty4r3hi.jpg"></p><p>Airbnb's experiment in urban planning was sparked by the success of an elderly woman in a rural Japanese town, Tsuyama Okayama,&nbsp;who listed her home on the site. While near Japan's most famous cedar forests, the town didn't receive many tourists.</p><p>But build it and they will come: soon, tourists flocked to the rural idyll. Enough tourists, in fact, that the woman's neighbors secured gigs as hiking guides, translators and tour guides.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2ad7zlmopv485ouu.jpg"></p><p>Later, Airbnb worked with architect Go Hasegawa to design a community center where tourists could stay. Designed for an exhibit,&nbsp;<em>House Vision</em>, which paired architects with companies, the center will be trucked to Yoshino in Nara Prefecture in October.&nbsp;</p><p>The building, which was built with local materials and labor, will be located near a wide stream where tourists can observe local fishermen at work.</p><p>"If this works, there are a lot of villages in Japan that could benefit," says Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/75uqa5esmbisjymw.jpg"></p><p>For more on Airbnb and its urban influence, check out these...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage California lawmakers turn to "granny flats" to help ease housing shortage Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:58:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0sav2m0f8hlxkt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>To help ease California&rsquo;s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people&rsquo;s backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures. [Mayor] Eric Garcetti and other supporters hope the relaxed rules will spur backyard home building to combat a housing shortage..</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Los Angeles' major housing crisis, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953091/los-angeles-sues-property-owner-who-allegedly-evicted-tenants-for-airbnb-flip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles sues property owner who allegedly evicted tenants for Airbnb flip</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945799/la-has-a-housing-crisis-but-the-problem-isn-t-those-fancy-new-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA has a housing crisis &ndash; but the problem isn't those fancy new towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944418/meditating-on-the-past-future-housing-of-los-angeles-with-morgan-fisher-and-karina-nimmerfall-at-the-mak-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:27:27-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls &ldquo;new superpowers to extend access and mobility&rdquo;, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google&rsquo;s own technologies, experts fear."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul>