Archinect - News 2017-08-22T01:35:28-04:00 Car-less apartment renters pay 16% of their rent for parking that they don't use Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T18:43:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:43:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The average price of building a garage parking space (as much as $34,000 in 2012) is passed on to people whether they own a car or not, and distort the true demand for urban parking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the 2011 National American Housing Survey data of the US census, about 16% of a housing unit&rsquo;s monthly rental cost is attributable to the expense of building an urban parking spot. For the average renter that amounts to to $1,700 per year, or $142 per month.</p> <p><em>Parking mandates increase housing prices by displacing area that could have gone to housing (thus shrinking supply), and makes each new unit more expensive to pay for more garage parking. A&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">separate study</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles found the city&rsquo;s parking minimums raised apartment prices by about $200 per month and price of a condo by about $43,000. Renters without cars end up subsidizing this arrangement to the tune of about $440 million annually in the US. While only 7% of US rental households lack cars, according to Census data, this burden falls most heavily on the urban poor since lower-income households can least afford to subsidize garage parking spaces.</em><br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Researchers find</a> that it might be less wasteful to price and sell ...</p> Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-dependent LA Justine Testado 2017-04-18T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:29:10-04:00 <img src="" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The strategy reflects a consensus among some developers and planners that California&rsquo;s vaunted car culture is inevitably going to run out of gas...[Andy] Cohen, co-chief executive of Gensler, predicts car ownership will peak around 2020 and then start to decline, with more Americans relying on some form of ride-sharing than their own vehicles by 2025. That means cars gradually would disappear from home garages, curbs and parking structures, freeing up acre upon acre of real estate for new uses.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some developers are already planning for a not-so-far-off future Los Angeles where more people primarily rely on ridesharing (including from autonomous vehicles) than driving their own car, particularly in the form of parking garages that can be redesigned for other uses like commercial spaces or live/work units.</p><p><em>&ldquo;...despite what some believe is the inevitability of a transportation revolution, many builders are reluctant to pay for flexibility until changes in driving habits are more pronounced, said Los Angeles real estate attorney Justin Thompson of Nixon Peabody. A lot of developers may think, &lsquo;Well, that&rsquo;s going to be on the back burner for a while,&rsquo; Thompson said, &lsquo;but the progressive developers are going to factor this in.&rsquo;&rdquo;</em></p> Kirksey Architecture selected to retrofit Houston's Astrodome Alexander Walter 2016-12-23T13:14:00-05:00 >2016-12-24T14:01:41-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="922" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harris County commissioners have chosen Houston-based Kirksey Architecture to design a project to retrofit the Astrodome by raising its floor and installing parking spaces underneath. The $105 million project -- unveiled by county officials in September -- is the most recent attempt to secure the building's future. [...] Many feared then that the world's first multi-purpose domed stadium for sporting events would face the wrecking ball.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Houston "Eighth Wonder of the World" previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ULI report says Houston Astrodome &ldquo;can and should live on&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Land Institute issues recommendations for Houston's Astrodome</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can buildings be too young to save?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Reimagine the Astrodome ideas competition</a></li></ul> From housing cars to housing people: the case for designing adaptable parking garages Alexander Walter 2016-11-09T15:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T18:14:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LMN Architects [...] wants the tower to survive 50 to 100 years. &ldquo;If that&rsquo;s the case, we do need to make sure&mdash;I feel we do have have the responsibility&mdash;that if the parking uses do change, we design to be able to adapt to that change,&rdquo; [...] the coming transformation to a car-free-ish future. With rideshare, bikeshare, carshare, increasing transit options, and fully automated vehicles on the horizon, cities are less eager to allocate precious space for empty, parked cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>LMN Architects' proposed Seattle tower&nbsp;&mdash; potentially the tallest on the West Coast &mdash;&nbsp;previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest</a></li></ul> Cars in the Sky: Thom Faulders of Faulders Studio talks Miami's slick parking garages and globalized design on Archinect Sessions #87 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-03T14:35:00-04:00 >2016-11-10T12:30:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Joining Miami's proud tradition of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement-parking projects</a>&nbsp;by the likes of Herzog &amp; de Meuron and Gehry Partners, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faulders Studio</a>&nbsp;has a new garage-facade design set for Miami's formerly industrial Wynwood Arts District. Faulders joined us on the podcast to talk about the potentials of parking structures for local urbanism, the role of street art in the neighborhood, and how Miami is becoming a must-build place for globalized design.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>One of the many uses of Herzog &amp; de Meuron's parking garage, 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami &uarr;</em></p><p>Check out images of Faulders Studio's parking garage below (courtesy of Faulders Studio).</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 87 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Cars in the Sky":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Downl...</strong></li></ul> Floridians may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they all agree parking garages are awesome Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-01T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T20:51:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="552" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paraphrased by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a>, architect Terence Riley puts Miami's parking garages at the literal forefront of local urbanism: "In a city where everyone drives, the parking garage is the foyer." After all, Riley's firm, K/R Architects, curated the design of one of the city's most flamboyant parkades: Museum Garage, in the Miami Design District, features six different firms responsible for different facades: WORKac's and J. Mayer H.'s are pictured below (the former's design is on the left, mostly in white, bending into the latter's on the right, where things get more colorful) along with Clavel Arquitectos, Nciolas Buffe, K/R Architects, and Sagmeister &amp; Walsh.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Museum Garage is in good company. Miami has a ton of architecturally bold parking garages&mdash;1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog &amp; de Meuron (the cover image here) cost $65 million to build and is home to a designer shop and a private penthouse for its developer. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a>&nbsp;called it&nbsp;"a piece of carchitecture that resembles ...</p> 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 src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="" target="_blank">When walkability goes up, so do home prices</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Taking a break from cars in automobile-centric Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="" 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> Atlanta struggles to trade parking lots for density Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-02T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"If you design for everyone to drive, then what will you get? Congestion." [...] &ldquo;We really need to shift now, from a situation like this, where you have a heavy parking load associated with an apartment building in a very urban setting, to way less parking,&rdquo; [...] "You really have to start with the density and less parking. If you don't, then you've lost your opportunity, because once you've built that infrastructure, it's so difficult to undo that."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the parking problem and pedestrian infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a title="Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land</a></li><li><a title="Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a title="Danish parking garage invites to stay and play" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Danish parking garage invites to stay and play</a></li><li><a title="One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate</a></li><li><a title="Enlightenment About Parking: Q&amp;A with Architect Darius Sollohub" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlightenment About Parking: Q&amp;A with Architect Darius Sollohub</a></li></ul> Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-02T13:33:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:39:00-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="470" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many urban planners think abundant parking goes hand in hand with LA's perpetual traffic woes, pollution, and lack of density. The perception that there will always be available parking leads drivers to neglect public transportation options, contributing to traffic, as well as to the increase in pollution caused by circling the block in search of a spot. Additionally, zoning codes obligate real estate developers to build a certain number of spaces with every project</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the problematics of plentiful parking:</p><ul><li><a title="California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></li><li><a title='UCLA professor and "parking guru" Donald Shoup to retire' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA professor and "parking guru" Donald Shoup to retire</a></li><li><a title="Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts</a></li><li><a title="Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a title='"Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations</a></li></ul> California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-14T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:39:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late in the day on Friday [Governor Jerry Brown] signed Assembly Bill 744, which allows affordable housing developers to build less parking than many local zoning regulations currently permit. The bill is a victory for affordable housing advocates, who have been saying for a number of years that the burden of building more parking than tenants use has made affordable housing too expensive to build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the politics of parking:</p><ul><li><a title="Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign</a></li><li><a title="Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts</a></li><li><a title="Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing</a></li><li><a title="Buy Condo, Then Add Parking Spot for $1 Million" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buy Condo, Then Add Parking Spot for $1 Million</a></li><li><p><a title='"Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations</a></p></li></ul> LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes Nicholas Korody 2015-04-07T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:29:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="601" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles installed its first ever&nbsp;parking-protected bike lanes. They&rsquo;re on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, part of the mayor&rsquo;s Great Streets Initiative. As of this morning, the project is roughly one-quarter complete. The new protected lanes, also known as&nbsp;cycletracks, are mostly complete on the west side of Reseda Blvd from Plummer Street to Prairie Street. The full one-mile protected lanes will go from Plummer to Parthenia Street.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign DianePham 2015-04-06T15:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:27:56-04:00 <img src="" width="636" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UCLA professor and "parking guru" Donald Shoup to retire Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T17:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:30:55-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 41 years of teaching at UCLA, Donald Shoup, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will retire on June 30. [...] Shoup is widely known as the &ldquo;parking guru&rdquo; whose ideas on parking policies have been implemented in cities around the world. His influential book, "The High Cost of Free Parking" ... has led a growing number of cities to adapt new policies for parking requirements and to charge fair market prices for curb parking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parking is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic factor</a> in determining how cities in the U.S. look and function, and no one knows that better than Donald Shoup. Any parking study worth its salt is indebted to Shoup's research.</p> Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts Alexander Walter 2014-11-24T14:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:39:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>First, parking structures need to be used for longer periods of the day and for different purposes, both public and private. [...] Second, parking structures need to be designed as flexible structures that can accommodate transitions from parking alone to a variety of other uses as parking ratios decline with further mixed-use development and increased use of shared parking facilities and transit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect: Elizabeth Christoforetti</a></p> Robot Ray Parks Your Car At The Airport Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:08:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:43:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you in a hurry to catch your flight and still need to find a parking place? Meet Ray, a shiny robot that parks your car at D&uuml;sseldorf Airport in Germany. Ray makes sure you don&rsquo;t have to park miles away from the terminal, eliminating the hassle of finding a parking place. Just drop off your car within a few meters from the check-in area [...]. When you come back from a holiday or business trip, the robot will make sure your car is ready to go when you walk out of the airport.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:52:49-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>9 x 18. In square feet, that&rsquo;s 162, smaller than the most micro micro-apartment. It is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects &mdash; Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture &mdash; to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Buy Condo, Then Add Parking Spot for $1 Million Miles Jaffe 2014-09-10T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T14:27:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new development, 42 Crosby Street, is pushing the limits of New York City real estate to new heights with 10 underground parking spots that will cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold upstairs. At $250,000 a tire, the parking spaces in the underground garage cost more than four times the national median sales price for a home, which is $217,800, according to Zillow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The best thing about this article was the NYT pop up ad for luxury condos in Chelsea.</p> Danish parking garage invites to stay and play Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T10:41:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new parking garage in Nordhavn, Denmark by JAJA Architects will combine form, functionality, and fun. Draped in greenery and topped with a public playground, the aptly named Park and Play reimagines a garage as an active social space rather than simply a storage place for cars. [...] The garage is being built as part of the first phase of Nordhavn&rsquo;s almost 500-acre master plan to be developed over the next 40 to 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A closer look at Downtown Atlanta's latest parking report Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Central Atlanta Progress, a nonprofit corporation of Atlanta business leaders, has released the documents from a recent assessment of Downtown Atlanta parking. They include reports on the existing parking situation and recommendations for &ldquo;improving the customer parking experience in Downtown Atlanta.&rdquo; [...] The first sting was felt when I read this nugget from the report: A person&rsquo;s first and last impression of a city begins and ends with parking. Ouch! I beg to differ.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate Alexander Walter 2014-08-05T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:54-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="591" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This automated garage is ideal for dense urban areas, says Yoka, vice president of program development at the International Parking Institute, based in Alexandria, Virginia. A Philadelphia-area native and self-described "super parking nerd," her niche is sustainable parking, something that many people, upon first hearing the phrase, assume is a contradiction. But for a building designed to house cars, says Yoka, The Lift at Juniper Street is surprisingly green.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Case for Tearing Down Park-and-Ride Lots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T13:02:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:43:37-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wisdom of surrounding transit stations with "seas" of park-and-ride lots may be turning. In theory, park-and-ride seems like a great transportation compromise, converting full-trip drivers into part-trip riders. In practice, the opposite often occurs, with former non-drivers now commuting part of the way by car. That unexpected practical shift can increase vehicle miles traveled in a metro area, subverting the sustainability goal of transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Enlightenment About Parking: Q&A with Architect Darius Sollohub Alexander Walter 2014-04-29T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:18:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We might ask ourselves the question, why is it that so many communities want to disguise the utilitarian cell phone tower as a fake tree? They fool no one and actually call more attention to them. Or why are there hundreds of parking structures that have false fa&ccedil;ades that make people initially think they are foreclosed buildings with all the windows broken? There seems to be much cultural confusion about the beauty of the utilitarian.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Portland's "Bikescraper" breaks bike-parking record Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-15T15:25:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:16:25-05:00 <img src="" width="540" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 21-story, three-building apartment project now rising in Portland's Lloyd District will create more long-term bike parking than any other project in the nation, with four huge new storage facilities in four buildings and an on-site bike valet parking service to serve the biggest one. [...] Bike experts in Canada, Mexico and across the United States said they didn't know of any single project on the continent with more bike parking; Mexico's largest facility, at a train station, holds 800.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Portland, Oregon's new apartment complex by GBD Architects instates a new standard in bicycle infrastructure and planning, offering one bike parking spot each for its 657 housing units,&nbsp;<em>plus</em> underground parking space for as many as 547 bikes. That's 1,204 bike spots total, a number that assumes the average household will need to park 1.8 bikes. There will be 328 residential car parking spaces, squeaking by at roughly half a spot per household.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>Known as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hassalo on Eighth</a> (the four-block complex sits northeast of the corner of 7th and Holladay), the apartments fall in Portland's Inner East neighborhood, on the border of the city's center. Previously dominated by stretches of parking lots, the area could become a more active, walkable and dense neighborhood under GBD's plan. The building itself is not radically asserting the needs of "cyclists" -- a slippery and short-sighted demographic label that casts bicycle infrastructure as a radical objective of niche groups, and not just... a g...</p> Gehry and Salonen discuss ten years of music at Disney Concert Hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T18:29:55-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To celebrate Disney Hall&rsquo;s tenth anniversary, architect Frank Gehry and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen reminisced on the building&rsquo;s inspiration last night, at a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion held at the Hammer Museum</a>. Co-hosted by the LA Phil, far from the actual concert hall and its spotty downtown L.A. environs, the discussion&rsquo;s moderator Nicolai Ouroussoff (former architecture critic for the <em>New York Times</em>) tried to tease out the relationship between architecture and music. While Salonen touched upon questions of classical music&rsquo;s relevance, Gehry didn&rsquo;t delve too deeply into the particulars of his design.</p> <p> As Music Director for the LA Philharmonic from 1992-2009, Salonen oversaw the orchestra during its transition from the slightly-stuffy Dorothy Chandler Pavilion over to Disney Hall, and is highly regarded for whipping the Philharmonic into shape as a progressive and formidable cultural institution. The trajectory of the LA Phil is largely wrapped up in b...</p> Editor's Picks #331 Nam Henderson 2013-09-03T12:39:00-04:00 >2013-09-03T13:34:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Donna Sink offered up her memories "I spent a summer living in that building. It's very lovely and graceful, though I like &lsquo;suavely-curved&rsquo; much better as a descriptor! The views are unmatched, IMO, still. Breathtaking...Back then its only drawback was that it was very removed from the activity of the city</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune architecture critic tweeted "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Schipporeit, co-architect of Chicago's suavely-curving Lake Point Tower, once the world's tallest all-residential building, has died</a>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink&nbsp;</a>offered up her memories "<em>I spent a summer living in that building.&nbsp; It's very lovely and graceful, though I like &lsquo;suavely-curved&rsquo; much better as a descriptor! The views are unmatched, IMO, still. Breathtaking...Back then its only drawback was that it was very removed from the activity of the city.&nbsp; It was a bleak walk for several blocks to get back into the hustle of daily life in a city.&nbsp; These days it's surrounded by smaller scale housing, retail, and the much-improved Navy Pier, yes?</em>"</p> <p> <strong>thisisnotmyname</strong>&nbsp;answered "<em>Somewhat.&nbsp; A few more adjacent sites need to fill in.&nbsp; Lake Point Tower is still one of the finest examples of residential high rise design in Chicago</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the New Yorker Elizabeth Greenspan chatted with Daniel Libeskind and discussed the openin...</a></p> "Graphing Parking" charts out of whack U.S. minimum parking regulations Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-28T13:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-29T13:00:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reforming parking policy is an urgent imperative which could have significant positive effects on the natural environment, our cities, the economy, and our society. For many issues, from affordable housing to carbon emissions, it is an obvious solution that has remained hidden in plain sight for too long.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architect Seth Goodman has taken it upon himself to expose how dramatically parking plays a role in planning, through a series of nifty infographics that show just how much parking space is allotted for a given institution or destination.&nbsp; Inspired by Donald Shoup's <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Cost of Free Parking</a>&nbsp;</em>as a student at Rice University, Goodman has created five different charts comparing a city&rsquo;s minimal parking space regulations to the square footage of the institution that the parking accommodates, such as a restaurant or office space. The results show an amazing inconsistency regarding how much space is devoted to parking across different cities.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In the above graphic, pitting &ldquo;Worship Space vs. Parking Space&rdquo;, the national average for a worship space (6,000 ft2) is compared to the square footage devoted to parking at said space of worship. Fresno, California clocks in at 32,500 ft2 of parking for an average worship space, whereas San Francisco has only a tenth of that, at 3,250. Ke...</p> When a Parking Lot Is So Much More Archinect 2012-03-26T12:05:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T18:36:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="494" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to redefine what we mean by &ldquo;parking lot&rdquo; to include something that not only allows a driver to park his car, but also offers a variety of other public uses, mitigates its effect on the environment and gives greater consideration to aesthetics and architectural context.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces Archinect 2012-01-06T14:19:00-05:00 >2012-01-06T20:11:35-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One study says we&rsquo;ve built eight parking spots for every car in the country. Houston is said to have 30 of them per resident. In &ldquo;Rethinking a Lot,&rdquo; a new study of parking, due out in March, Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of urban planning at M.I.T., points out that &ldquo;in some U.S. cities, parking lots cover more than a third of the land area, becoming the single most salient landscape feature of our built environment.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Today is PARK(ing) Day 2011! Alexander Walter 2011-09-16T15:07:07-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Park(ing) Day is an international celebration of alternative street design, which started in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Now it's a worldwide phenomenon, and today New Yorkers will transform more than 30 boring parking spots into temporary parks.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Last year, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PARK(ing) Day</a> transformed 850 metered parking spots into temporary parks in 183 cities in 30 countries on 6 continents.</p> Parking spaces Orhan Ayyüce 2011-07-20T01:17:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="630" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Simon Henley's new book, The Architecture of Parking (Thames &amp; Hudson), casts an objective eye over car parks, one of the most important but most neglected building types of the modern era, and finds a strange and haunting beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p> 'Using formal expression to overcome any shortfall in the quality of construction' ... The Tricorn Centre, Portsmouth, (above) designed by The Owen Luder Partnership.&nbsp;</p>