Archinect - News 2018-12-17T14:27:26-05:00 Can a commute be beautiful? These colorful rendered maps show us they can Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2018-12-06T17:07:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Everyone can relate to daily <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commutes</a>. Whether it's fifteen minutes or an hour, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructures</a> in various cities dictate how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transportation</a> affects our daily lives. Through the use of data visualization, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Taylor</a>, Data Visualization Design Manager at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ITO World</a> uses color and form to portray commute distances in an artistically beautiful way.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Coral Cities: European Cities &copy; Craig Taylor</figcaption></figure><p>A project that depicts city infrastructure in a whole new light, Taylor blends art, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban planning</a>, and science together to create beautifully rendered images of street networks in 40 major cities. The project appropriately called, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coral Cities</a>, showcases how far one can travel by car 30 minutes from the center of major cities across the globe. Growing from the inside out, the visual depiction of city infrastructures resembles the form of growing coral.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Early idea of plinth renders &copy; Craig Taylor</figcaption></figure><p>Depending on the geological features of the city, each "Coral City" is unique to its region. According...</p> Muji designs autonomous shuttle bus uniquely fit for all weather conditions Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-02T14:02:00-04:00 >2018-12-05T10:58:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Japanese retailer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MUJI</a>, known for their minimalist home furnishings and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">micro-apartment designs</a>, has designed an autonomous vehicle. Teaming up with Sensible 4, a Finnish startup working on weatherproof technology for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a>, the two companies have collaborated on a sleek new shuttle bus&mdash;the Gacha&mdash;uniquely designed to fit all weather conditions.</p> <p>Companies looking to be global pioneers of&nbsp;automation technology have zoomed in on California and Southern Europe to develop their systems. The Finnish company believes that this will severely hinder the viability of autonomous technology to work in a variety of weather conditions. For example, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla's autopilot function</a> works mainly as a video camera-based lane guard. However, as CEO Harri Santamala&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">noted</a>, "if it cannot see the lanes [due to the weather], it is easy to conclude what is going to happen."</p> <p>Sensible 4's automation technology, alternatively, relies on a multi-sensor system, complete with thermal cameras and rada...</p> A first look at Los Angeles' upcoming $500-Million Metro transit station Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-25T17:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T18:40:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The project, called 96th Street Station, is being designed with swooping canopies, skylights, and glazed screens to create a spacious environment for travelers...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After much anticipation, progress for the 96th Street Transit Station has made leaps and bounds in its development stage. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro</a>'s new transit station aims to connect the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)</a> to its regional transit system.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the planned light rail platforms. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and Gruen Associates have been working on the multimodal <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> station since the project was approved in June 2014. The station was designed to be the new "gateway" to LAX for transit riders. After an in depth environmental review process, 46 day public hearing, and additional reviews from the Metro Board of Directors the station was set for development.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Daytime view of the station. Image courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>The new transit hub is set to feature three at-grade Light Rail Transit platforms that will serve the&nbsp;Metro&nbsp;Green and Crenshaw/LAX lines. The station will also feature a Metro Bike hub, passenger vehicle pick-up and drop-off ar...</p> San Francisco’s shiny new Salesforce Transit Center remains closed as it faces more problems Alexander Walter 2018-10-25T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T14:56:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The San Francisco County Transportation Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to freeze $9.7 million in sales tax funding for the next phase of the Transbay Transit Center, as members called for an evaluation of the beleaguered project and the agency that runs it. The news came as Transbay officials again pushed back the date to complete testing of steel from two cracked beams that led to shutting down the building in September.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Facade detail. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</figcaption></figure><p>San Francisco&rsquo;s brand new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transbay Transit Center</a> (also know as Salesforce Transit Center) can't catch a break: after the long anticipated $2.2 billion transportation hub at Mission and Fremont Streets <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">had to close again</a>&nbsp;when cracks in several steel beams appeared shortly following its August grand opening, the&nbsp;San Francisco County Transportation Authority now also voted to put public funding on hold and investigate where things went wrong.</p> <p>Metal probes extracted from the steel beams are currently being lab-tested, and the reopening date hinges on these results but isn't expected before mid-November, the&nbsp;<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> reports.</p> How the data collected by dockless bikes can be useful for cities (and hackers) Alexander Walter 2018-10-05T14:37:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T14:39:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the 18 months or so since dockless bike-share arrived in the US, the service has spread to at least 88 American cities. (On the provider side, at least 10 companies have jumped into the business; Lime is one of the largest.) Some of those cities now have more than a year of data related to the programs, and they&rsquo;ve started gleaning insights and catering to the increased number of cyclists on their streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Technology Review</em> writer&nbsp;Elizabeth Woyke looks at ways how city planners in Seattle,&nbsp;WA and South Bend, IN use the immense stream of user-generated location data from dockless-bike-sharing programs to improve urban mobility &mdash; and how hackers could potentially access and abuse this (supposedly anonymous) information. "In theory, the fact that people can park dockless bikes outside their exact destinations could make it easier for someone who hacked into the data to decode the anonymous identities that companies assign their users,"&nbsp;Woyke writes.</p> New details emerge for JFK Airport's $13 billion revamp Justine Testado 2018-10-04T18:19:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled several new details about the upcoming transformation of [JFK Airport,] most notably the creation of two new terminals that will replace some of the existing terminals, and rise on the northern and southern end of the complex. The cost of this revamp has gone up from the $10 billion estimate that accompanied the first announcement about the redevelopment in early 2017 to the current estimate of $13 billion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> San Francisco’s new $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center closed after 2nd steel beam cracks Alexander Walter 2018-09-27T17:48:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T15:25:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>San Francisco&rsquo;s new Transbay Transit Center will remain closed at least through the end of next week, officials said Wednesday, after yet another cracked beam was discovered during an overnight safety inspection. The $2.2 billion hub for buses and eventually trains, which opened just last month as the flashy centerpiece of city infrastructure, was closed abruptly Tuesday afternoon after a fissure was spotted in a beam that helps hold up the sprawling complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> issued on September 26, Executive Director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority,&nbsp;Mark Zabaneh,&nbsp;said: "We apologize for this inconvenience to the public and commuters. I would like to assure the public, this is a localized issue within the transit center and there is no impact to any adjacent properties. Additionally, our current analysis shows that this is contained within the Fremont Street area. The safety of everyone who visits the Salesforce Transit Center is our highest priority and we will work expeditiously to address and rectify this situation."<br></p> <p>Meanwhile, not far away from the Transit Center, another sizable, troubled San Francisco building struggles to stay structurally sound: the sinking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Tower</a> risks getting yellow-tagged by the city if its newly appeared cracks aren't being addressed.</p> Architects bidding for Chicago O'Hare airport expansion includes BIG, Calatrava, SOM, Fuksas Alexander Walter 2018-09-24T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-09-24T14:14:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The architect of the unbuilt Chicago Spire is among the designers vying for the massive O&rsquo;Hare International Airport expansion project. The Zurich-based firm of Santiago Calatrava, whose projects include an airport in Bilbao, Spain, and the over-budget World Trade Center transportation center in New York, was one of 12 teams that responded to the city&rsquo;s Thursday deadline to submit qualifications for the $8.7 billion expansion [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a></em>, the list of teams bidding for the $8.7 billion Chicago <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Hare International Airport expansion</a> includes big-name firms such as SOM, Perkins+Will, Bjarke Ingels Group, Santiago Calatrava, Gensler, HOK, Fentress Architects, JAHN, Epstein, and Studio Fuksas.</p> Contractors of collapsed Miami bridge fined for worker-safety violations Alexander Walter 2018-09-21T13:29:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T13:34:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The contractors who designed and built the disastrous Florida International University bridge have been cited by federal authorities for several &ldquo;serious&rdquo; worker-safety violations and face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. [...] The FIU pedestrian bridge collapsed March 15 while it was still under construction over Southwest Eighth Street, killing five motorists below and a worker, Navaro Brown, who had been standing atop the span.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This round of OSHA citations is likely only the beginning of legal actions resulting from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">deadly collapse</a> of the new Florida International University pedestrian bridge in March 2018. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Investigations</a> of the&nbsp;National Transportation Safety Board are ongoing and, depending on its findings, could lead to a criminal case.</p> Cuomo reveals new LIRR entrance and public plaza at Penn Station Dana Schulz 2018-09-06T17:50:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T17:50:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At a well-timed press event this morning, Governor Cuomo announced that the dire safety, security, and circulation situation at Penn Station cannot wait two more years. While construction wraps up at the LIRR and Amtrak&rsquo;s future home at the Moynihan Train Hall, the state will build a new LIRR facility in the existing Penn Station. The proposal will double access to the trains with new entrances and an enlarged concourse and will create a permanent public plaza at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 5 transportation opportunities currently on Archinect Jobs Hope Daley 2018-08-23T12:15:00-04:00 >2018-08-23T13:39:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong></strong>Looking for an architecture job specializing in transportation? From airports to subway lines, infrastructure design is one of the most important aspects of our built environment. Transportation design not only facilitates efficiency from place to place, but also impacts people&rsquo;s experience of moving through space. If this sounds up your alley, take a look below at our roundup this week focusing on <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit-specific</a> opportunities currently active on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.</p> <p>Be sure to also check out our upcoming roundup of education specific jobs next week!</p> <p><strong>Corgan </strong>currently has an opening for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a> in their NYC office. </p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Midfield Satellite Concourse in Los Angeles International Airport rendering by Corgan, located in Los Angeles. Image: Corgan. </figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The firm is looking for a team leader to be a part of their Aviation market sector working on multiple, challenging projects. The ideal candidate will have at least 7 years of experience with aviation, transportation, or managing large sca...</p> Should New York's subway rails be paved over for driverless cars? Hope Daley 2018-07-24T19:03:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Visions of the future [autonomous vehicles] will bring have already crept into City Council meetings, political campaigns, state legislation and decisions about what cities should build today. That unnerves some transportation planners and transit advocates, who fear unrealistic hopes for driverless cars &mdash; and how soon they&rsquo;ll get here &mdash; could lead cities to mortgage the present for something better they haven&rsquo;t seen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new technologies emerging</a>, cities are debating the most effective transportation systems to fund. Caught in the midst of this struggle is the proposition of paving over the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York subway</a>&nbsp;in order to create an underground highway for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicles</a>. Those championing the idea believe this system would move the most people using the least amount of space, when theoretically services like Lyft and Uber no longer have to pay drivers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many, however, believe this is an unrealistic faith in new technology to solve all of our cities transportation problems. If everyone uses their own private, self-driving car this could create enormous amounts of traffic. Not to mention the belief that there is something inherently better about everyone traveling together on public transit rather than in their own isolated vehicles. Should cities invest in these new transit models replacing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public&nbsp;infrastructure&nbsp;with private systems</a>? Or hold out for unknown future technologies?</p> An engineer's comic addresses social equity in transportation planning and design Hope Daley 2018-07-23T15:40:00-04:00 >2018-07-23T15:40:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Engineer&nbsp;Ryan Martinson&nbsp;uses his cartooning skills to&nbsp;explore why and how to better incorporate social equity goals into transportation planning&nbsp;Equity &amp; Mobility, a 12-page comic article published in the Summer issue of&nbsp;Transportation Talk," the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineer's quarterly newsletter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Canadian Institute for Transportation Engineers newsletter showcases a comic strip addressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">social equity</a> in transportation design. The article looks at how planning decisions can be affected by a biased user <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">experience design</a> process affecting who is included in our transportation systems.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Summer issue of Transportation Talk comic by Ryan Martinson. Image: Equity &amp; Mobility.</figcaption></figure><p>Martinson's comic describes how faster transportation modes like automotive travel are often favored over more inclusive ones such as walking, biking, and public transportation.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Summer issue of Transportation Talk comic by Ryan Martinson. Image: Equity &amp; Mobility.</figcaption></figure><p>While pointing out these design issues, he also offers specific solutions on how to design more inclusively and better impact people's economic and social opportunities. You can flip through the full article&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Paris Gare du Nord station to triple in size to prepare for Brexit and Olympics travel demands Alexander Walter 2018-07-16T14:49:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T14:51:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>France&rsquo;s rail operator SNCF has unveiled plans to triple the size of Paris&rsquo; Gare du Nord station in time for the 2024 Olympic Games. [...] The project, carried out in partnership with developer Ceetrus and architect Denis Valode of Valode et Pistre, will be the largest refurbishment of the station since it was built in 1864. When complete it should increase the capacity of Europe&rsquo;s largest station from 700,000 to 800,000 people a day.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Valode et Pistre.</figcaption></figure><p>Besides accommodating an increase in travel volume during the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2024 Olympic Games</a>, the dramatic expansion of Paris' Gare du Nord terminus station is also preparing necessary spaces for new arrival procedures of British nationals in the post-<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a> era: (soon) no longer EU citizens, UK passengers arriving&nbsp;via the Eurostar train from London will have to undergo yet to be determined immigration and customs inspections. Since dedicated platforms have to be physically walled off from others&mdash;treating it like a national border&mdash;upgrading transportation facilities to meet the requirements of UK authorities has proven challenging at other European train stations, such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Valode et Pistre.</figcaption></figure><p>Construction of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Valode et Pistre</a>-designed expansion is expected to be completed by 2024 in time for the Paris&nbsp;Summer Olympics.</p> A call for cities to own the curb as transit startups invade the streets Hope Daley 2018-06-15T17:14:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T12:23:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With more options that ever for getting around cities, and finite space, the question of how we use this infrastructure, and who controls it, is more important than ever. By regulating how these new transportation options evolve, cities can potentially bring about a more sustainable, multimodal, and less car-centric transit future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Our city curbs are&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transportation</a> battles for space in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flow of traffic</a>. While private tech <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">startups</a> are producing popular transportation solutions, such as Bird's electric scooters, the city is the one paying to build and maintain these public spaces. An upswing in dockless vehicles has far reaching potentials for cities to achieve sustainable goals, if they can reassert their ownership.&nbsp;</p> LAX announces consortium to build its new $4.9bn monorail system Alexander Walter 2018-06-13T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-06-14T18:17:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Bombardier Rail Technologies, ACS Infrastructure Development, Balfour Beatty, Fluor Enterprises and HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America have all been chosen to deliver a $4.9bn project to design, build and install an automated people mover system at Los Angeles International Airport. [...] The system will run on a 3.6km elevated dual-lane guideway and will serve six newly-built stations, creating connections between the airport, public and private transportation, and a new car rental facility.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lawsuit over reports on FIU bridge collapse declared confidential Hope Daley 2018-05-03T16:53:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T13:07:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly two months after a brand-new South Florida bridge collapsed onto a busy roadway &mdash; killing six people &mdash; the Florida Department of Transportation is still refusing to release documents that could shed light on the tragic accident. Now, the Miami Herald is taking the state to court. On Wednesday, the Herald filed suit against FDOT in Tallahassee's Leon County Circuit Court to compel the release of emails, meeting minutes and other records relating to the bridge's design and construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just days before the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIU bridge collapsed</a>, cracks had been observed on the structure. A meeting was held by the university and the FDOT the morning of the collapse on whether these cracks were a safety risk. The Miami Herald requested records from that meeting and other documents, which have been deemed confidential by the&nbsp;National Transportation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safety</a> Board.&nbsp;<br></p> This online street designing tool, Streetmix, lets you play urban planner Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-06T13:58:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T13:58:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Streetmix</a>&nbsp;is an online tool that lets you play with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">street design</a>, allowing you to widen sidewalks, add public transportation, move around bike lanes, and more. Created by&nbsp;a small team of fellows at Code for America, a non-profit dedicated to&nbsp;finding ways to apply modern technology practices to city governments, the app allows players to imagine their dream streets and partake in the urban design process.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea came about when&nbsp;Lou Huang, back in 2013, attended a&nbsp;community meeting&nbsp;about redesigning a street in San Francisco.&nbsp;To help brainstorm ways of improving the corridor, planners handed out paper cutouts, allowing participants to visualize their ideas. Huang, who was an urban designer at the time, got the idea that this exercise would make for a great web-based application&nbsp;where citizens and planners&nbsp; alike can mockup city street designs.</p> <p>Streetmix lets users redesign a street by dragging elements around the screen. Through the online tool, users are able to edit and arrange ...</p> What it means to add 20,000 Waymo self-driving robot taxis to America's roads Alexander Walter 2018-04-03T18:19:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T12:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Waymo announced they&rsquo;d purchase 20,000 sporty, electric self-driving vehicles from Jaguar for the company&rsquo;s forthcoming ride-hailing service. [...] They estimate that the Jaguar fleet alone will be capable of doing a million trips each day in 2020. [...] if Waymo is even within 50 percent of that number in two years, the United States will have entered an entirely new phase in robotics and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>The Atlantic</em>, Alexis C. Madrigal looks beyond the technological and economic implications of Waymo's latest announcement to add 20,000 electric self-driving Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to its rapidly growing ride-hailing fleet by 2020 and instead think about the social (how comfortable/uncomfortable will we be around so many robots?), legal (what if a city wants to declare itself a "robocar-free zone"?), and urban planning effects (how will infrastructure redevelopment change our existing cities in the 21st century?).</p> Chicago city council approves $8.5 billion O'Hare airport expansion Alexander Walter 2018-03-29T13:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T13:36:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Chicago&rsquo;s City Council on Wednesday approved a multibillion-dollar expansion plan for O&rsquo;Hare International Airport, after an earlier dispute between the airport&rsquo;s two largest carriers had previously threatened to snarl the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The city of Chicago entered into an agreement with carriers United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Spirit Airlines for airport renovations that include expanding the airport&rsquo;s existing terminals and increasing the number and availability of some gates," <em>Reuters</em> reports.</p> Harvard GSD "Future of the American City" initiative begins in Miami with $1 million support from Knight Foundation Hope Daley 2018-03-20T15:20:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T03:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The "Future of the American City" initiative led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate University School of Design</a> will begin in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> with $1 million in support from the Knight Foundation. The project will engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban issues</a> including affordable housing, transportation, and sea level rise.&nbsp;</p> <p>With this funding Harvard GSD will send urban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">researchers</a> to Miami and Miami Beach to understand the city's strengths and challenges as part of a 3-year study towards building solutions. The initiative aims to help cities tackle sustainability and resiliency challenges beginning this spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>Building on the school&rsquo;s multi-disciplinary model, the effort will use architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design to come up with efficient solutions that take into account community needs. This research can also be shared with cities across the nation facing similar challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Harvard GSD&rsquo;s upcoming Miami research will be phase one in...</p> Los Angeles keeps expanding its freeway "Autopia" Alexander Walter 2018-02-23T17:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T17:42:34-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If no one in 2018 would argue, as a young writer named David Brodsly did in 1981, that the "L.A. freeway is the cathedral of its time and place," or that it's the spot where Angelenos "spend the two calmest and most rewarding hours of their daily lives," as British architectural historian Reyner Banham put it with almost laughable enthusiasm a decade earlier, there's no doubt that both the practical and metaphorical meanings of the freeway continue to preoccupy Southern Californians.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Los Angeles Times</em> architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reflects on Southern California's ongoing love-hate relationship with its freeways.</p> Elon Musk starts digging for the Hyperloop in D.C.; Richard Branson plans to bring it to India first Alexander Walter 2018-02-22T15:47:00-05:00 >2018-02-22T15:52:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Elon Musk&rsquo;s tunnel-boring project has received more vague government approval for its equally vague plans to build an underground hyperloop between New York and Washington, DC. Last week, Washington, DC&rsquo;s Department of Transportation issued a preliminary permit to Musk&rsquo;s Boring Company to start digging at an abandoned lot in the northeast section of the city, according to The Washington Post.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The extend of the building permit for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Musk</a>'s The Boring Company is still vague though and currently limited to an empty parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE&nbsp;next to a Mc Donald's. As the <em>Washington Post</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>: "The District&rsquo;s Department of Transportation is figuring out what other permits the Boring Company would need to cut under city roads and other public spaces."</p> <p></p> <p>Hold on to your pants.</p> <p>Meanwhile in India,&nbsp;Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, and now also Chairman of Virgin <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop One</a>, is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spearheading efforts</a> to connect Mumbai with Pune via magnetically levitated pod travel within the next five to seven years, cut down travel time from several hours to 25 minutes, and make the nation with its population of 1.3 billion people home of the first operating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> line.</p> Los Angeles has worst traffic congestion (again) Alexander Walter 2018-02-06T12:17:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T12:34:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Los Angeles region once again topped the list of areas with the worst traffic congestion for the sixth year in a row, according to a report by INRIX, a company that specializes in car services and transportation analytics. Drivers in and around Los Angeles spent 102 hours battling traffic congestion during peak hours in 2017, INRIX's said. By contrast, New York City motorists spent 91 hours battling peak-hour congestion. New York was No. 3 on the INRIX list. No. 2 was Moscow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Congrats <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.</a> &mdash; you lived up to your reputation as America's most <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">congested</a> city once again!&nbsp;</p> <p>Among the metro areas surveyed, "the U.S. accounted for 10 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion in the INRIX study," the <em>LA Times </em>reports.</p> <p>Help us <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon</a>, or we'll start taking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public transportation</a>.</p> Unbuilt highway schemes — and the traces they left behind Alexander Walter 2018-01-08T15:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-08T15:00:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The postwar passion for highway construction saw cities around the world carved up in the name of progress. But as communities fought back many schemes were abandoned &ndash; their half-built traces showing what might have been</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> China tests driverless bus guided by sensor tracks in the road Alexander Walter 2017-11-07T17:33:00-05:00 >2017-11-07T17:33:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Hunan city of Zhuzhou is currently testing out an unmanned train that doesn't run on rails. You know, like a bus. The Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) is being dubbed by Chinese state media the "world's first smart rapid rail bus," whatever that means. The train/bus (trus?) was first shown off in June this year. It uses sensors to determine the dimensions of the road and make a virtual track for itself to ride along.</p></em><br /><br /><p>At first glance,&nbsp;Zhuzhou's&nbsp;Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit system that's currently being tested promises to enjoy a brighter future (and less ridicule) than the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Traffic Elevated "car-eating" Bus</a> that the City of&nbsp;Qinhuangdao announced to much fanfare last summer &mdash; only to find it stalled and eventually discontinued just a few months later.</p> MIT study predicts autonomous vehicles to fuel construction boom Alexander Walter 2017-10-24T19:46:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s 2027 (or 2037) and the age of the self-driving car. City-dwellers have traded in their car keys for ride hails. Street parking has been replaced by wider sidewalks and bike lanes, while developers are busy converting garages into much-needed housing. That&rsquo;s one vision of how self-driving cars will affect U.S. real estate, laid out in a report by MIT&rsquo;s Center for Real Estate. But it&rsquo;s not the only one.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Even as reclaimed parking spaces fuel a downtown building boom," <em>Bloomberg</em> reports, "autonomous vehicles will encourage builders to push deeper into the exurban fringe, confident that homebuyers will tolerate longer commutes now that they don&rsquo;t have to drive, according to the report [...]."</p> <p>Read the full report <em>Real Trends: The Future of Real Estate in the United States</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Closer look: FR-EE's Hyperloop One Mexico City-Guadalajara route proposal Justine Testado 2017-09-18T19:43:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T13:41:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Out of over 2,600 entries, a multi-disciplinary consortium led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Romero / FR-EE</a> was recently announced as one of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 winning teams in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge</a> with the proposal &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexloop</a>&rdquo;, the 330-mile Mexico-Guadalajara route. The Mexloop project builds on Mexico's ambitious $600 billion public works investment under the National Infrastructure Program.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The team submitted concepts for Mexloop's inter-modal station designs and locations, route infrastructure, public space, the pods, and logistics. Aiming to alleviate traffic in one of the world's most congested cities, Mexloop will connect Central Mexico&rsquo;s major population, cultural, industrial, and manufacturing centers into one new &lsquo;Megalopolis&rsquo; of 42 million people that is projected to grow to 60 million by 2050, the Mexloop team describes.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The Mexloop corridor will reduce travel time between Mexico City and Guadalajara to 38 minutes, at a spe...</p></figure> From Chicago to Pittsburgh in 47 minutes: Hyperloop One Global Challenge announces 10 winning teams & routes in North America, Europe, South Asia Alexander Walter 2017-09-15T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:31:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hyperloop One just announced the winners of its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">global challenge</a>, unveiling ten teams from five countries with their proposals of the strongest routes for future <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> connections. As a next step, the company plans to work with the teams and expert business and engineering partners to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability.</p> <p>Architecture &amp; engineering giant <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> was announced in a supporting function in a newly formed public-private partnership between Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation to launch a feasibility study in Colorado examining transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes, regulatory environments as well as alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.</p> <p>The ten winning route proposals (listed below) connect 53 urban centers and impact nearly 150 million people in Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the company says.<br></p> <p><strong>United States: Chicago-&shy;Columbus-&shy;Pittsburgh</strong><br>4...</p> Plans for DC's Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge upgrade are revealed Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge sits across the Anacostia River in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington, D.C</a>. Named after the prominent American abolitionist, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridge</a> was built in 1950 and today, makes crossing the river possible for 77,000 daily commuters.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the decades, the bridge has deteriorated faster than maintenance can keep up with, as is quite common among America's aging infrastructure. Despite a $27 million renovation in 2007, large corrosion holes in the structural beams necessitated its complete replacement and in 2012, city officials announced plans to replace and realign the bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>After initial bridge designs were rejected by the National Capitol Planning Commission and the United States Commission of Fine Arts for being "uninspired," DDOT has now revealed a much bolder look for the suspension bridge.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Thursday unveiled the design of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. (DDOT)</figcaption></figure><p>Consisting of&nbsp;three sets of parallel white arches, the 1,600 foot lo...</p>