Archinect - News 2017-10-17T11:14:59-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150033455/monu-27-on-small-urbanism-released MONU #27 on "Small Urbanism" released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2017-10-16T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T12:39:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/90/90fp1v87n1i88y5g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><strong>&ldquo;&hellip; And Though She be but Little, She is Fierce!&rdquo;</strong>, the title of <em><strong>Liz Teston&rsquo;s</strong></em> contribution using a quote from Shakespeare&rsquo;s &ldquo;A Midsummer Night&rsquo;s Dream&rdquo;, captures the content of this <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONU</a></strong> issue on <strong>&ldquo;Small Urbanism&rdquo;</strong> very well. For when it comes to urbanism, small things seem to matter, whether they are actions, small physical elements, information and communications technology, or small-scale interventions. With regard to actions, <strong>Teston</strong> shows how transient micro-urbanisms of protest architecture can have a significant impact on our cities. During such actions, human bodies can alter public spaces through practices that challenge the arrangement of urban power and convert it into a channel of opposition, as <em><strong>Ana Medina </strong></em>argues in her piece<strong> &ldquo;Dissident Micro-occupations&rdquo;</strong>. In her explorations of dissident architectural practices, she reveals that spaces for protests are in fact not designed, but taken over by the dissidents to transform the architectural urban landscape. However, t...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150029480/scientists-discover-octlantis-an-underwater-city-engineered-by-octopuses Scientists discover "Octlantis", an underwater city engineered by octopuses Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-20T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-09-22T01:03:34-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ds/ds0itjlsmwjsmmg0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The octopuses didn&rsquo;t just drift toward the same secure-looking outcroppings, though. Once there, they built piles out of shells from scallops, clams, and other animals they ate, then sculpted the piles into dens, &ldquo;making these octopuses true environmental engineers,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Scientists have found a new example of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/27143/animal-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">animal architecture</a>, this time a city made by usually solitary octopuses. Named Octlantis, this underwater city is engineered by a group of 15 octopuses. Octopuses are known to be builders of their own&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/162137/animal-habitats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">habitat</a> but, until now, had not be discovered to live in groups. Researchers observed the animals "congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens."</p> 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/150023666/the-new-urban-crisis-as-richard-florida-s-mea-culpa 'The New Urban Crisis' as Richard Florida's mea culpa Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2017-08-21T16:35:43-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ubfmppy5sn9b7tcb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ubfmppy5sn9b7tcb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ubfmppy5sn9b7tcb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ub/ubfmppy5sn9b7tcb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After fifteen years of development plans tailored to the creative classes, Florida surveys an urban landscape in ruins. The story of London is the story of Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Sydney. When the rich, the young, and the (mostly) white rediscovered the city, they created rampant property speculation, soaring home prices, and mass displacement. The &ldquo;creative class&rdquo; were just the rich all along, or at least the college-educated children of the rich.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Richard Frorida's latest book,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.creativeclass.com/navbar-included-pages/about-ccg/richard-florida/books-and-writing/books/the-new-urban-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Urban Crisis</a>,&nbsp;represents the culmination of this long mea culpa. Though he stops just short of saying it, he all but admits that he was wrong. He argues that the creative classes have grabbed hold of many of the world&rsquo;s great cities and choked them to death. As a result, the fifty largest metropolitan areas house just 7 percent of the world&rsquo;s population but generate 40 percent of its growth. These &ldquo;superstar&rdquo; cities are becoming gated communities, their vibrancy replaced with deracinated streets full of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnbs</a> and empty summer homes. Meanwhile, drug addiction and gang violence have spread to the suburbs. &ldquo;Much more than a crisis of cities,&rdquo; he writes, &ldquo;the New Urban Crisis is the central crisis of our time&rdquo; &mdash; &ldquo;a crisis of the suburbs, of urbanization itself and of contemporary capitalism writ large.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The author offers both&mdash;specific solutions like more affordable housing, more investment in infrastructure, and higher pay for service jobs&mdash;and va...</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/150018719/this-man-designed-an-ai-to-generate-british-placenames This Man Designed an AI to Generate British Placenames Nicholas Korody 2017-07-21T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T14:03:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qbutl3adtnbrjp9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qbutl3adtnbrjp9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qbutl3adtnbrjp9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7q/7qbutl3adtnbrjp9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As any American who tuned into the last British election realized, UK placenames are a bit out there (at least to American ears, that is), from Droop in Dorset to Westward Ho! in Devon. So Dan Ho decided to train a (quirky) AI to generate its own.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of the ones the computer crafted:</p> <ul><li>Ospley</li><li>Stoke Carrston</li><li>Elfordbion</li><li>Hevermilley</li><li>Ell</li><li>Elle&rsquo;s Chorels</li><li>Capton Briins Forehouint Eftte Green</li><li>Waryburn Torner Midlwood</li><li>Wasts Halkstack</li><li>Kinindworthorpe Marmile</li><li>Dompton Ole</li><li>Dimmer Common</li><li>Pairinggleat</li><li>Catley Holtbridgeham Ruse</li><li>Colon-in Mead</li></ul><p>Check out the full list, as well as how he did it, <a href="https://medium.com/@hondanhon/i-trained-a-neural-net-to-generate-british-placenames-9460e907e4e9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150011141/first-year-students-in-zurich-build-a-240-square-meter-installation-in-less-than-10-days First-year students in Zurich build a 240 square meter installation in less than 10 days Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-06T17:01:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T17:01:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ya9nm8dwzlgzk6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ya9nm8dwzlgzk6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ya9nm8dwzlgzk6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/h3/h3ya9nm8dwzlgzk6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Located under a freeway overpass in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/6226/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a>, next to the Toni-Areal which houses the University of Arts and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, is a new 240 square meter public architectural installation. The project has been carried out by <a href="http://alice.epfl.ch/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l&rsquo;Espace) laboratory</a>, an active unit of the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/14027592/cole-polytechnique-f-d-rale-de-lausanne-epfl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPFL-ENAC</a> (School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering) that pursues research activities at the intersection of architecture, urban thinking and social sciences.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/42/42d70pd7n1blpjn7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e0jpbpwpj9jsumtu.jpg"></p><p>The installation was carried out by 200 first-year students and was erected in under 10 days. The students prefabricated all the built elements in Lausanne, where ENAC is located, and transported them in shipping containers to Zurich, where ALICE has been partnering with the Zurich University of Arts. The full-size, ephemeral structure, is comprised of 12 various contributions from the students and reflects numerous voices and spatial approaches. The project is meant to question the qualit...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150011122/tinkering-connections-between-architecture-and-neuroscience Tinkering connections between architecture and neuroscience Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-06T15:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T16:57:24-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The importance of urban design goes far beyond feel-good aesthetics. A number of studies have shown that growing up in a city doubles the chances of someone developing schizophrenia, and increases the risk for other mental disorders such as depression and chronic anxiety.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it might appear as common intuitive knowledge, humans are strongly influenced by their context. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in studies on the connection between <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/398896/neuroscience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">neuroscience</a> and architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>Last month, London's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/703364/conscious-cities-conference" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conscious Cities Conference</a>&nbsp;brought together architects, designers, engineers, neuroscientists and psychologists to encourage more multidisciplinary engagement. Some of the recent psychological studies focus on defining a stimulating space through the use of&nbsp;wearable devices that monitor skin conductance, various apps, <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00038628.2016.1266597?journalCode=tasr20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a> and EEG headsets for either visualizing or&nbsp;measuring brain's activity and mental states. Other <a href="http://cdn.bmwguggenheimlab.org/TESTING_TESTING_BMW_GUGGENHEIM_LAB_2013_2.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">findings</a> include data on the impact of building facades on our moods, <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(08)61689-X/abstract" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green space</a> on our health, and urban environments on our <a href="https://www.pps.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">social interactions</a>.</p><p>Analyzing the ways in which the built environment affects our brains through evidence-based research can grant architects the insight needed for making healthier and more socially-consc...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004330/a-night-in-paris "A Night in Paris" Orhan Ayyüce 2017-04-23T21:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T00:48:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/396ifxvg4euzhx2f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/396ifxvg4euzhx2f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/396ifxvg4euzhx2f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/396ifxvg4euzhx2f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Protests in Paris in the aftermath of the vote have turned violent with smoke grenades, flares and glass bottles thrown at police. More rallies, dubbed the &ldquo;night of the barricades,&rdquo; are expected to take place in 13 cities across France.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwFPwFpS-gM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Live event cameras</a> covering the night of French elections. The footage follows night time streets and other public spaces romancing the dreamy city with shadowy elevations, silhouettes and the sounds of the Parisian architecture and urbanism. Considering the French tradition of protest, this is certain to get bigger as the second round of elections approaching in May. Let's hope nobody gets hurt.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149993383/harvard-graduate-school-of-design-announces-richard-rogers-fellows Harvard Graduate School of Design announces Richard Rogers Fellows Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-22T16:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T17:07:35-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pe/peodk4jofzqsyrdh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pe/peodk4jofzqsyrdh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pe/peodk4jofzqsyrdh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pe/peodk4jofzqsyrdh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard&rsquo;s GSD</a> has announced the 2017 winners of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973352/want-to-live-and-work-in-richard-rogers-wimbledon-house-apply-to-harvard-s-new-richard-rogers-fellowship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers Fellowship</a>, a new residency program to be hosted at the Wimbledon House. The Wimbledon House was designed by acclaimed architect <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3917/richard-rogers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Richard Rogers</a> for his parents in the 60s and generously gifted to Harvard.The landmarked residence will house the fellows with the goal of bringing together experts and practitioners across disciplines who are focused on the built environment and its capacity to advance the quality of human life.&nbsp;</p><p>Central to Rogers' life and career were the questions of urbanism, sustainability and how people use cities. &ldquo;The spirit of the Fellowship&rdquo; said <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/533925/mohsen-mostafavi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mohsen Mostafavi</a>, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at Harvard GSD &ldquo;is intended to carry forward and expand on Richard&rsquo;s deep commitment to cities not as ends in themselves, but as a fundamental means to bettering human life. At the GSD, our work is organized around the urgent issues cities are facing globally, a pedagogical a...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985156/damien-hirst-cancels-his-ilfracombe-eco-town-plans Damien Hirst cancels his Ilfracombe eco-town plans Alexander Walter 2017-01-06T13:44:00-05:00 >2017-01-06T15:36:12-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s7/s75ug5p3w6lwmoyi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Isn&rsquo;t Ilfracombe already a town? Yes, but Hirst was deeply involved in the application process for an eco-friendly, 750-home development known as the Southern Extension. That&rsquo;s a terrible name for a town. Which is probably why the scheme was known as Hirst-on-Sea until recently. Until recently? Hirst, who lives nearby, has now withdrawn from the project. His company, Resign, says it could not find a developer to build houses &ldquo;in keeping with our vision&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Damien Hirst's plan to build 750 eco-friendly homes in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe isn't going to happen after all.&nbsp;</p><p>When we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first reported</a> about the artist's town-development ambitions back in 2012, the announcement was greeted with skepticism from Archinect readers. Two years later, everything still seemed jolly fine with the North Devon Council <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approving the plans</a>.</p><p>The endeavor even inspired the studio project "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124972074/visionary-cities-project-applies-urbanist-archetypes-to-damien-hirst-s-blank-development-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visionary Cities Project</a>" at the University of Illinois at Chicago with students applying urbanist archetypes to Ilfracombe's blank development site.</p><p><em>The Guardian</em> reader Patrick Ryan <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2017/jan/06/damien-hirst-eco-friendly-town-ilfracombe-devon#comment-90660781" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">praises Hirst</a> as a sensible businessman in the comment section and blames "Brexit dark clouds" over the UK's property market as a legitimate reason to pull the plug.</p><p>What's your take? Chime in below.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984196/as-president-obama-leaves-the-white-house-a-closer-look-at-his-urban-policy-legacy As President Obama leaves the White House, a closer look at his urban policy legacy Alexander Walter 2016-12-30T18:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:44:06-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/td/tdc8pzpgd1e3h2pc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>City residents and urbanists had reasons to believe Obama would usher in a new urban era. [...] Now, as he leaves the White House, Obama&rsquo;s legacy is being evaluated on many fronts, including within the realm of urban policy. In a new book called Urban Policy in the Time of Obama, academics appraise his successes and failures. CityLab spoke with the book&rsquo;s editor, James DeFillippis, an associate professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653004/what-does-president-obama-s-final-year-in-office-mean-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What does President Obama's final year in office mean for architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145139292/black-lives-matter-and-the-politics-of-protesting-in-privatized-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter and the politics of protesting in privatized space</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149978587/diana-balmori-revered-landscape-architect-has-died-at-age-84 Diana Balmori, revered landscape architect, has died at age 84 Julia Ingalls 2016-11-15T14:33:00-05:00 >2017-01-30T15:49:56-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z6/z6d6sbuu69ju4h28.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z6/z6d6sbuu69ju4h28.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z6/z6d6sbuu69ju4h28.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z6/z6d6sbuu69ju4h28.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Landscape architect and innovative urbanist Diana Balmori has died at age 84, as announced by her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.balmori.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">firm's website</a>. The Spanish-born&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lian/live-blog-diana-balmori-and-joel-sanders-on-landscape-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balmori</a>, who founded her own firm in New York City at age 58, was known for her site-defining and inventive landscape architecture works, including the Abandoibarra District in Bilbao, Spain, the Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park in Minnesota, and numerous green roofs in Manhattan. In addition to their striking aesthetic beauty, Balmori's projects integrated sustainable practices, resulting in a holistic pairing of nature and architecture.</p><p><em>Abandoibarra</em><em> Masterplan, Bilbao, Spain</em><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c2/c2074xrnddj50r6l.jpg"></p><p>Balmori, who graduated from high school at age 16, started her career in academia, taking a teaching position at the State University of New York shortly after receiving her Ph.D in urban history from <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. Eventually, she became a partner at Cesar Pelli Associates (now known as Pelli, Clarke, Pelli, Architects), creating the firm's in-house Landscape Architecture department. Her dea...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149960017/median-an-urbanism-exhibition-from-the-most-privileged-and-uninhabitable-location-in-los-angeles-the-middle-of-the-road MEDIAN: an urbanism exhibition from "the most privileged and uninhabitable location in Los Angeles—the middle of the road." Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-26T18:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:34:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wafxtk2ald9610yt.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wafxtk2ald9610yt.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wafxtk2ald9610yt.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wa/wafxtk2ald9610yt.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Now through August 25, take an immersive, tongue-in-cheeky video tour through Los Angeles at&nbsp;WUHO Gallery, with&nbsp;David Hartwell and Bill Ferehawk's "MEDIAN".</p><p>Enter the narrow, deep gallery space and be at the center of MEDIAN&ndash;an "experimental moving image installation" projected onto the length of WUHO's walls, in parallel. From the viewer's position in the middle of the gallery, atop a double-yellow line, they assume the perspective of "the most privileged and uninhabitable location in Los Angeles&mdash;the middle of the road." Through a mixture of film and animation, the projected narrative takes LA's roadside urbanity to whacky, cartoonish, stereotyped, and whimsical ends.</p><p>Take a look below:</p><p></p><p>More information on MEDIAN available <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/event/920/median-an-experimental-moving-image-installation-opens-at-wuho-gallery-in-hollywood-on-july-14/149957252" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. WUHO Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, noon to 5pm.&nbsp;The exhibition is presented by LA Forum.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149950649/half-the-world-lives-in-cities-or-not Half the world lives in cities – or not Nicholas Korody 2016-06-09T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T20:04:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/om/omlaydi9ozcggnbf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/om/omlaydi9ozcggnbf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/om/omlaydi9ozcggnbf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/om/omlaydi9ozcggnbf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Last month, the journal Science published a special issue examining the challenges and opportunities of an urbanizing world. Titled &ldquo;Urban Planet&rdquo; and featuring an image of clouds wafting across skyscrapers in Dubai, the issue opened with an eye-catching statistic: &ldquo;More than half of the world&rsquo;s people now live in cities.&rdquo; Of course, that number would be even more impressive if it were actually true.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the article, the statistic that half the world's population lives in cities is misleading. Many of these people live in towns and small urban enclaves, not the bustling metropolises conjured by the stat.</p><p>The author argues that such thinking makes one overlook sprawling fringe areas, which face challenges that require as much attention as a bustling city.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950492/manchester-s-economic-boom-threatens-its-cultural-identity" target="_blank">Manchester's economic boom threatens its cultural identity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948200/the-city-must-become-adaptable" target="_blank">The city must become adaptable</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948128/reviewing-from-the-periphery-to-the-heart-of-the-venice-biennale-from-the-nigerian-to-the-nordic" target="_blank">Reviewing from the periphery to the heart of the Venice Biennale; from the Nigerian to the Nordic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945857/copenhagen-divests-from-fossil-fuels" target="_blank">Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149941766/on-the-rapid-privatization-of-public-space-in-post-communist-cities On the rapid privatization of public space in post-communist cities Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T15:14:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5qk1t96klbts0e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5qk1t96klbts0e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5qk1t96klbts0e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ap/ap5qk1t96klbts0e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>From 1917 to 1991 in the former Russian Empire, and from 1945 to 1989 in the countries it dominated after the war, there was no real private ownership. No landowners, no developers, no &ldquo;placemakers&rdquo; - in half of Europe. Did this mean public space was done differently, and are attitudes to it different in those countries? [...] observed more closely, public space here is every bit as complex as it is elsewhere in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936362/owen-hatherley-on-a-stalinist-city-s-efforts-to-de-communize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on a Stalinist city's efforts to "de-communize"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937679/michael-kimmelman-on-public-squares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149938788/breaking-cad-from-meth-house-to-ball-state-studio-project Breaking CAD: from meth house to Ball State studio project Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T18:17:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:34:55-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p1/p162bglvrjxr8txi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p1/p162bglvrjxr8txi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p1/p162bglvrjxr8txi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/p1/p162bglvrjxr8txi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A group of fourth-year Ball State architecture students are refurbishing a former meth house in the Thomas Park-Avondale neighborhood in Muncie as a studio project. The studio class is working with ecoREHAB, a local nonprofit that provides sustainable rehabilitation of housing and neighborhoods. &ldquo;The whole goal is to revitalize the community more so than to earn money,&rdquo; said Taylor Sheppard, a senior architecture major.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on drugs in architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59901119/narquitectura-inside-the-fortified-palaces-of-mexico-s-drug-lords" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Narquitectura: Inside the Fortified Palaces of Mexico's Drug Lords</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53759034/powering-mumbai-with-magic-mushrooms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/tacos/a-new-memorial-to-the-victims-of-drug-war-violence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new memorial to the victims of [drug war] violence</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mr/mrmqucmx1fyprvox.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149938197/national-geographic-takes-a-closer-look-at-the-world-s-great-urban-parks National Geographic takes a closer look at the world's great urban parks Alexander Walter 2016-04-04T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:13:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qo/qo6tkt9k10kkiylf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qo/qo6tkt9k10kkiylf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qo/qo6tkt9k10kkiylf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qo/qo6tkt9k10kkiylf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This is the urban park of today. Unlike the neatly drawn public spaces of an earlier age, these parks are reclaimed from the discarded parcels of our cities: Stranded patches of woods, abandoned military bases and airports, storm-water systems, rail lines and bridges, places where scraps of land are pieced together like quilts or strung together like beads. The experimentation is global.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143440911/what-if-perkins-eastman-s-green-line-proposal-turns-broadway-into-a-40-block-park-in-the-heart-of-manhattan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What if: Perkins Eastman's "Green Line" proposal turns Broadway into a 40-block park in the heart of Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149937228/what-are-the-world-s-most-violent-cities What are the world's most violent cities? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-30T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T13:16:36-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qc/qcbj05e5xsjorre0.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qc/qcbj05e5xsjorre0.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qc/qcbj05e5xsjorre0.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qc/qcbj05e5xsjorre0.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The thorny task of comparing crime rates across the world is tricky because legal interpretations vary. Sweden's definition of rape is not the same as America&rsquo;s, for example. Murder however should be easier to record because there is an identifiable victim, something that can be counted. But the way in which this is done in poorer, often more corrupt countries makes truly comparable statistics hard to pin down. Where there are inefficient public health systems or police, it is even harder.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Latin American and Caribbean countries suffer disproportionately compared with elsewhere, mainly because of inequality, poor rule of law, impunity and corrupt institutions that are infiltrated by drug cartels. Only two countries outside the region feature on either chart,&nbsp;South Africa and the United States (the list&rsquo;s only rich-world country)."</em></p><p>The article notes the difficulty of accurately ranking cities based on crime statistics; this chart is a revision of an earlier one. But the overall picture remains the same: the world's most violent cities are in the Americas, with the one notable exception being Cape Town, South Africa. The statistics exclude war zones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oy9xreblz8na216.jpg"></p><p>For more on crime and the city, take a look at some Archinect articles from the archive:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140343452/un-haunting-a-house-the-art-of-selling-a-building-with-a-grisly-past" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Un-haunting a house: the art of selling a building with a grisly past</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139459279/how-one-california-prison-is-betting-on-architecture-to-decrease-recidivism-rates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting o...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149937084/medell-n-wins-2016-lee-kuan-yew-world-city-prize Medellín wins 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nicholas Korody 2016-03-29T16:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:42:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pu/puyfbgfex99vb306.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pu/puyfbgfex99vb306.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pu/puyfbgfex99vb306.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pu/puyfbgfex99vb306.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 is conferred on Medell&iacute;n, the second largest city in Colombia after the capital Bogot&aacute;. Having overcome challenges of uncontrolled urban expansion and years of violence due to social inequalities, Medell&iacute;n has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past two decades. Through bold leadership, long-term plans and social innovation, the city&rsquo;s leaders have tackled its most pressing issues and improved the economy...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a bi-annual award give to a city to honor "outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world."</p><p>Organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Centre for Liveable Cities, the prize comes with a $300,000 check written by the Keppel Corporation.</p><p>For more on Colombian urbanism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128401723/medell-n-s-social-urbanisation" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n's "social urbanisation"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104937987/medell-n-made-urban-escalators-famous-but-have-they-had-any-impact" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99077989/a-building-boom-in-bogot" target="_blank">A Building Boom in Bogot&aacute;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98089591/medell-n-miracle-or-marketing-ploy" target="_blank">Medell&iacute;n Miracle or Marketing Ploy?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80455621/oma-s-masterplan-chosen-for-new-bogot-civic-center" target="_blank">OMA's Masterplan Chosen for New Bogot&aacute; Civic Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137512201/an-interview-with-bogot-based-giancarlo-mazzanti" target="_blank">An interview with Bogot&aacute;-based Giancarlo Mazzanti</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149935881/new-app-monitors-the-urban-environment-and-its-affects-on-mental-wellbeing New app monitors the urban environment and its affects on mental wellbeing Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-21T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:54:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bg/bg5pwirst8vtpj8k.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bg/bg5pwirst8vtpj8k.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bg/bg5pwirst8vtpj8k.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bg/bg5pwirst8vtpj8k.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As the number of people moving to cities continues to rise, with 66% of the global population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, it is critical to understand how urban living is affecting us</p></em><br /><br /><p>Living in a concrete jungle has its pros and its cons, but how exactly does urban living affect mental wellbeing? A new cross-disciplinary project intents to find out by using a smartphone app called&nbsp;<a href="http://urbanmind.info/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Mind</a>. The app is designed to monitor various aspects of a metropolitan environment - specifically noise, density, overcrowding, walkability, sociability and street activity. The team is now inviting the general public to download the app on their smartphone and participate in the research for a period of seven days.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/66/66r3z7zyxn9piwiw.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;As the number of people moving to cities continues to rise, with 66% of the global population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, it is critical to understand how urban living is affecting us&rdquo; urges representatives.</p><p>After downloading and installing the app, participants will be asked to answer questions about their current urban environment and mental wellbeing at random times throughout the day. When answering a set of questions participants also have the option o...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149814167/how-to-design-that-elusive-perfect-town How to design that elusive "Perfect Town" Alexander Walter 2016-03-07T13:49:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T22:04:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/365xgq132suukl1l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/365xgq132suukl1l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/365xgq132suukl1l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/36/365xgq132suukl1l.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This got us thinking about what it takes to build an ideal town: should pubs be on every residential corner or on the high street? How many trendy coffee shops are too many? Are libraries still a thing? We didn't have the answers to any of those questions, so we spoke to Matt Richards &ndash; a planner at property consultancy Bidwells &ndash; to find out what makes the perfect town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139329876/urbanism-as-a-public-health-issue-oklahoma-city-s-battle-with-obesity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urbanism as a public health issue: Oklahoma City's battle with obesity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135033470/jan-gehl-s-perspective-on-making-a-good-urban-habitat-for-homo-sapiens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos Rem Koolhaas and Kunlé Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T11:55:33-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/va/va5c885wrubpt58h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In 1997 two architects set out to rethink Lagos, an African megacity that had been largely abandoned by the state. Amid the apparent chaos and crime, they discovered remarkable patterns of organisation. Two decades later, Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city &ndash; and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...it was the ultimate dysfunctional city &ndash; but actually, in terms of all the initiatives and ingenuity, it mobilised an incredibly beautiful, almost utopian landscape of independence and agency."</em> - Rem Koolhaas</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148970317/what-makoko-can-teach-about-organic-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68859546/in-lagos-the-poorest-are-paying-the-price-of-progress" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/147749081/photographer-captures-the-changing-face-of-shanghai Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T18:45:46-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lm3oxstdapv85t9b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lm3oxstdapv85t9b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lm3oxstdapv85t9b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lm3oxstdapv85t9b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Graham Fink has been documenting the demolition sites of Shanghai for five years, trying to capture the state of flux during this period of rapid urbanisation. His Ballads of Shanghai exhibition is at London&rsquo;s Riflemaker gallery until Sunday.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fvu4xrsuv9urlm3o.jpg"></p><p>With an eye for the juxtaposition of graphic imagery and demolition sites, Graham Fink takes fascinating images of a city under the midst of mass transformations. His camera is drawn, in particular, to remnants of street art and commercial advertisements.&nbsp;</p><p>For other depictions of the built environment, take a look at some of these featured photographers from our dedicated architectural photography series&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Focus</a>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92472606/in-focus-peter-wegner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Wegner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87542917/in-focus-andrew-prokos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Prokos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/83212140/in-focus-nico-marques" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico Marques</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66165882/in-focus-yohan-zerdoun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yohan Zerdoun</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/47288629/in-focus-brad-feinknopf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brad Feinknopf</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/38879033/in-focus-sam-javanrouh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Javanrouh</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37361749/in-focus-franck-bohbot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Franck Bohbot</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vv/vv7w3x7xdbsgdhd5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2braaj5j4c68djyw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/seq6o4f4c1a04plz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbskusugroqwkt39.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cue86c47fs6rijj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qp/qpzdnwwwqrn44xj8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gzkhz582vbv5qvfw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi91x6npudknfc1v.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/147190864/you-still-have-to-pay-for-the-public-life You (Still) Have to Pay for the Public Life Orhan Ayyüce 2016-02-02T12:49:00-05:00 >2016-02-13T01:19:03-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9y/9yg59b55uwhh86w4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9y/9yg59b55uwhh86w4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9y/9yg59b55uwhh86w4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9y/9yg59b55uwhh86w4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Moore&rsquo;s appreciation of Disneyland was notorious in an era when the &lsquo;truthfulness&rsquo; of modern architecture was largely unquestioned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"No architectural essay of the time foretold the preoccupations of postmodernism more memorably: &ldquo;You Have to Pay&rdquo; featured the very first architectural appreciation of Disneyland, which had opened just ten years earlier. Moore&rsquo;s provocation would be upped three years later when Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour led their studio at Yale &mdash; where Moore was by then dean of architecture &mdash; on the famous field trip that produced Learning from Las Vegas. Moore&rsquo;s acceptance of the intensely synthetic environment anticipated what French postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard, touring Disneyland and California a couple of decades later, would announce as the hyper-real. But already in the mid-&rsquo;60s Moore was registering the difference between the traditional old city and the new theme park."</p><p>INTRODUCTION BY SIMON SADLER. ARCHIVAL TEXT BY CHARLES MOORE.&#8203;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/145115960/africa-s-urbanization-must-chart-a-unique-course Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-06T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T20:35:36-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4s/4su44pe6rgzms1fl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>These urban realities include a population that will double in 25 years, a slum prevalence level of&nbsp;61% (higher than any other region in the world), &nbsp;a labour force where 63% are in vulnerable employment, where congestion can equate to 2% of a country&rsquo;s economy and where 400 million more people will need water connections in the next 20 years. [...] people are being pushed out of rural areas that lack basic services and jobs, into cities which are simply not ready for them</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on emerging forms of urbanism in developing Africa:</p><ul><li><a title="Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right</a></li><li><a title="Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a title="Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database</a></li><li><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/141900835/latin-america-is-where-modernist-utopia-went-to-die-a-closer-look-at-the-changing-urban-landscape-of-caracas "Latin America is where modernist Utopia went to die." – A closer look at the changing urban landscape of Caracas Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T17:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T18:40:30-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7lw7gxmx0pl3o22v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7lw7gxmx0pl3o22v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7lw7gxmx0pl3o22v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7l/7lw7gxmx0pl3o22v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&lsquo;El mejor anuncio de la historia&rsquo;, or &lsquo;the best ad in history&rsquo; is a picture taken in February 2008, which neatly encapsulates several aspects of the city&rsquo;s urban landscape: the formal, the informal and the promotional. '[...]Around and in between the super bloques a carpet of slums has grown, an organism that now seems to bind the blocks together in some symbiotic relationship. These are the kind of hybrid forms that are developing in Latin American cities [...]&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104786875/venezuelan-government-evicts-residents-from-world-s-tallest-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124892558/without-housing-reform-is-a-tower-of-david-coming-to-your-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268383/housing-mobility-vs-america-s-growing-slum-problem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/140312117/ed-soja-1940-2015 Ed Soja 1940 - 2015 Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-03T11:40:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:23:34-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o3/o3r9l32vh7gm8yzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o3/o3r9l32vh7gm8yzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o3/o3r9l32vh7gm8yzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o3/o3r9l32vh7gm8yzq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Murray Low has passed on the sad news of the death of Edward Soja. I first heard him talk on Postmodern Geographies in 1995 &ndash; this would have been work that ended up in Thirdspace &ndash; and the talk really motivated me to examine the spatial aspects of Foucault and Lefebvre.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Los Angeles seems to break every rule of urban readability and regularity. it is no surprise, then, that Southern California has become a center for innovative and nontraditional urban theory and analysis." - Ed Soja</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhyQ0HES8mM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Postmodern City / Bonaventure Hotel</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right Alexander Walter 2015-10-14T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:43:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This is important for Africa, where despite high urbanisation rates the development focus has been primarily rural. Consider Ghana. The country&rsquo;s urban population has grown from four million in 1984 to more than 14 million today. Fifty one percent of Ghanaians now live in cities. While urbanisation rates vary across Africa, Ghana reflects an overall global trend towards a predominantly urban future. Ghana demonstrates how cities can be highly productive in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137431134/mass-design-group-to-propose-bauhaus-of-africa-at-u-n-summit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people A city for the future but devoid of people Nicholas Korody 2015-10-06T18:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:37:27-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j4/j4mvl0ztmiy3qb0v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j4/j4mvl0ztmiy3qb0v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j4/j4mvl0ztmiy3qb0v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j4/j4mvl0ztmiy3qb0v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand. Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat rows of terraced housing in the suburbs. It will be supplied with pristine streets, parks, malls and a church. But no one will ever call it home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Planned by the telecommunications and tech firm Pegasus Global Holdings, the <a href="http://www.cite-city.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CITE</a> (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation) is a $1 billion plan to build a model city to test out and develop new technologies.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pb/pbved2ty9d2xxt75.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7u9ion5kdqc8zt7.jpg"><br><br>With specialized zones for agriculture, energy, and water treatment, the city would also play host to tests for new tech like self-driving cars, responsive roads, and "smart homes" of all kinds.</p><p>CITE would have built-in sensors throughout, as well as a central control room to oversee operations.&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4az2zc6zuhlfp6d3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/27/27fa97208s9nuqyf.gif"><br><br>CITE does not plan to have humans inhabiting the city to allow for faster testing and fewer potential mishaps. But that presents its own issues: after all, these technologies are ultimately intended for social use, and even "smart cities" have to be populated by humans.</p><p>"The inhabitants of cities are not just interchangeable individuals that can be dropped into experimental settings," Professor Steve Rayner, co-director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, tells CNN.&nbsp;"Th...</p>