Archinect - News 2017-09-24T10:05:18-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150029285/amanda-levete-the-role-of-public-buildings-is-to-unite-us Amanda Levete: the role of public buildings is to unite us Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-19T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:17:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lmne1q7uig5suy4u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lmne1q7uig5suy4u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lmne1q7uig5suy4u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lm/lmne1q7uig5suy4u.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There has never been a more important time in society to celebrate what unites us rather than divides us, and that can be through culture and, more simply, through the creation of public spaces where people can come together.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Levete reflects on the <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/774965/brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a> referendum and the election of Donald Trump. She argues for the responsibility of architects to create spaces of intersections and conversations across thresholds in the contemporary political climate.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028727/third-friday-of-september-celebrates-parking-day Third Friday of September Celebrates Parking Day Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-15T15:06:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T21:23:27-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yj/yju8u7v9okvb2ete.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Since 2005, when John Bela and his collaborators(Blaine Merker, and Matthew Passmore) installed the first Park(ing) intervention on a drab street in downtown San Francisco, the idea has gone on to enliven countless blocks around the world, and to enlighten countless urbanites, who get to enjoy spaces normally reserved for stationary cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/37621/parking-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parking Day</a> advocates since 2005 for public access and alternative uses of parking space in cities. This now world wide event transforms parking spots into ephemeral public spaces every year on the third Friday of September. Projects include micro parks, installations by architects and artists, urban farming, bike repair stations and coffee shops.</p> <p>This&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit?mid=168qiIAFgXYs3a33CakzFU6b0aMY&amp;ll=23.99940488189607%2C-114.07146817432385&amp;z=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">map</a>&nbsp;shows the locations of Parking Day 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>More articles on the politics of parking on Archinect:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/142435969/los-angeles-county-has-3-3-parking-spots-for-every-car-taking-up-14-percent-of-its-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County has 3.3 parking spots for every car, taking up 14 percent of its land</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/114425387/flexible-parking-structures-as-civic-catalysts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149971838/pave-paradise-american-cities-are-rethinking-parking-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pave paradise? American cities are rethinking parking spaces</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149949026/atlanta-struggles-to-trade-parking-lots-for-density" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta struggles to trade parking lots for density</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149976153/floridians-may-not-see-eye-to-eye-politically-but-they-all-agree-parking-garages-are-awesome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Floridians may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they all agree parking garages are awesome</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149977697/from-housing-cars-to-housing-people-the-case-for-designing-adaptable-parking-garages" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From carstohousing housing people: the case for designing adaptable parking garages</a></li><li><a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150003454/developing-flexible-parking-garages-for-a-rideshare-dependent-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023971/the-need-to-reclaim-public-spaces-from-white-supremacists The need to reclaim public spaces from white supremacists Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T12:05:32-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t6/t6u9cd7guocd63rh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t6/t6u9cd7guocd63rh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t6/t6u9cd7guocd63rh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t6/t6u9cd7guocd63rh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In this article on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mob-space_us_59946e9be4b0eef7ad2c02ff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a>, Lance Hosey writes about the horror of watching white surpremacists marching in the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on August 11th and 12th of this year. The Mall, which was significantly redesigned in the 1970s, serves as a unavoidable visual reminder of the pressing need for architects, designers, and city planners to reclaim public spaces from hate groups. As Hosey explains, "In the 70s, when the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin&nbsp;led a community-driven design process that closed East Main Street to cars, they had the foresight to lift the brick paving on pedestals and give room to breathe for the newly planted trees&rsquo; root system, and four decades later the majestic Willow Oaks are bigger than buildings. Strolling down the Mall is like a walk in the woods. On Friday evenings in summer, 'Charlottesville's living room' teems with life, the most vivid sense of community I have ever known."</p> <p>After describing the despicable events of the nig...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150021695/brooks-scarpa-unveils-spinning-gateway-sculpture-in-pembroke-pines-florida Brooks + Scarpa unveils “spinning” Gateway Sculpture in Pembroke Pines, Florida Justine Testado 2017-08-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T17:39:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xm/xmarjp9qov6n9uvz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xm/xmarjp9qov6n9uvz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xm/xmarjp9qov6n9uvz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xm/xmarjp9qov6n9uvz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/brooksscarpa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooks + Scarpa</a> designed the Gateway Sculpture to welcome visitors to Pembroke Pines' new City Center in Florida. Painted in a bright, hard-to-miss yellow, the sculpture provides &ldquo;way-finding and anchor[s] a sense of arrival.&rdquo;</p> <p>The steel sculpture rises as tree columns that lead to perforated plates. Located in breezy Pembroke Pines, the sculpture's plates appear to spin continuously in the wind (animation clip below).&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/w9/w9bammeof0w2oazt.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/w9/w9bammeof0w2oazt.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/cd/cdoslp34s0i337cr.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cd/cdoslp34s0i337cr.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa.</figcaption></figure><p>During the day, the sculpture creates a dappled light effect on the ground, while providing necessary shaded seating. It also includes programmable up lighting at night. Working with a limited budget, Brooks + Scarpa used durable materials like stainless steel and environmentally sensitive paint that could withstand Florida's humid, coastal climate.&nbsp;Large planting areas that surround the structure act as &ldquo;rain gardens&rdquo; that can collect stormwater from the entire building and the hardscape of the publi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019339/the-privatization-of-public-space-in-london-investigated-by-the-guardian The privatization of public space in London, investigated by the Guardian Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-26T04:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:33:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3i/3iakjpork81s0ngv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3i/3iakjpork81s0ngv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3i/3iakjpork81s0ngv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3i/3iakjpork81s0ngv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Pseudo-public spaces &ndash; large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers &ndash; are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The abundance of pseudo-public spaces, namely outdoor, open and publicly accessible locations owned and maintained by private companies in London&nbsp;is alarming. To this day it's largely unclear what regulations people passing through privately-owned 'public' land are subject to, and where members of the public can view those regulations.</p> <p>The Guardian conducted an investigation, contacting landowners of more than 50 major pseudo-public spaces in London,&nbsp;asking an identical set of questions: what restrictions are in place covering users of your land, how are these enforced, where can members of the public see a list of these restrictions, and what conditions are there in the relevant planning agreements regarding public access to your land? Also inquiring whether a series of public activities &ndash; including peaceful political protest, non-commercial photography, non-commercial artistic performances and rough sleeping &ndash; would be permitted on their site, the Guardian received responses from ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018483/new-rooftop-observatory-launched-at-bold-tendencies New Rooftop Observatory launched at Bold Tendencies Abigail Banfield 2017-07-25T05:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T05:36:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gh/gh9cs33ya9decs8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gh/gh9cs33ya9decs8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gh/gh9cs33ya9decs8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gh/gh9cs33ya9decs8p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Peckham&rsquo;s famous multi-storey car park has a new addition; a new viewing gallery created by Cooke Fawcett. The young practice, based in London&rsquo;s creative Clerkenwell, was formed just two years ago, by directors Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett, after working on the Tate&rsquo;s Switch House at Stirling-prize winning practice Herzog &amp; de Meuron.</p> <p>This project, a spectacular kiosk and viewing gallery for arts space Bold Tendencies, will not only provide breathtaking views of London&nbsp;but also act as an interactive setting for installations and specially commissioned art pieces. This arts-focused structure joins (and benefits from) Peckham&rsquo;s famous rooftop hangout,&nbsp;<em>Frank&rsquo;s Bar</em>. Over the past decade, the Peckham multi-storey car park has been slowly transformed by Bold Tendancies, through a programme of culture. Immersive public space and unique views have drawn over a million visitors south of the river, to this unlikely home of the arts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Francis Fawcett: &ldquo;For an avant garde cultural institut...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015519/v-a-museum-addition-includes-70m-all-porcelain-public-courtyard V&A Museum addition includes $70M all-porcelain public courtyard Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T17:44:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3u8o27fe7nw4t4nt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3u8o27fe7nw4t4nt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3u8o27fe7nw4t4nt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3u8o27fe7nw4t4nt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The bold addition features the world's first all-porcelain public courtyard, paved with 11,000 handmade porcelain tiles in 15 different patterns. The tiles were manufactured by Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, the Netherlands' oldest registered company, established in 1572.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After six years of construction, the Exhibition Road Quarter, AL_A-designed courtyard space opened yesterday in London's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/489192/victoria-and-albert-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria and Albert Museum</a>, adding 11,840 square feet of column-free flexible gallery space to the museum to help accommodate the V&amp;A's headline exhibitions. Intended as a meeting point, public square and museum entrance, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/658011/al_a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AL_A</a>'s extension is V&amp;A&rsquo;s largest architectural intervention in over 100 years.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150013785/the-high-line-launches-new-network-platform-to-help-future-parks-avoid-their-mistakes The High Line launches new network platform to help future parks avoid their mistakes Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-21T15:24:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T13:20:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wp/wpdxh61jzce3dkza.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wp/wpdxh61jzce3dkza.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wp/wpdxh61jzce3dkza.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wp/wpdxh61jzce3dkza.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Now, Hammond has embarked on a new project: the High Line Network, an organization, which just launched a brand new website. Its aim? To help cities working on their industrial adaptive reuse projects learn from the High Line&rsquo;s stumbles&ndash;and from each other.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In many ways, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> has been an undeniable success. Phenomenally popular, it has become one of the leading attractions in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> and has brought about a massive wave of development to the area. The flip side of this however, if not yet obvious, is that the project has also been lodged with complaints of spurring gentrification in the surrounding neighborhoods and has become emblematic of the widening class divide existing in the city.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992511/ultimately-we-failed-robert-hammond-co-founder-of-the-high-line-on-the-park-s-relationship-to-the-chelsea-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">those involved in its creation have begun to express some remorse</a> over the unintended consequences that have come about from the adaptive reuse project. With new variations on the idea popping up, from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150008931/korea-s-high-line-the-mvrdv-designed-skygarden-opens-in-seoul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul's new Skygarden</a> to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150004888/rejecting-modernist-master-planning-notions-mad-s-milan-master-plan-repurposes-dilapidated-rail-yards-by-symbiosis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD's repurposing of dilapidated rail yards in MIlan</a>, Robert Hammond, one of the founders of Friends of the High Line, has embarked on a new project, the High Line Network. The goal of the organization is to create a platform for new infrastructural re-use projects to share information so that they can avoid so...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150010962/archinect-lax-det-mini-sessions-a-conversation-with-architect-lorcan-o-herlihy-about-his-approach-to-architecture-and-urban-design-in-la-and-detroit Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation With Architect Lorcan O'Herlihy About His Approach to Architecture and Urban Design in LA and Detroit Paul Petrunia 2017-06-06T15:57:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T21:45:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/2726pwc72y2o5rt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/2726pwc72y2o5rt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/2726pwc72y2o5rt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/2726pwc72y2o5rt3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Today we finish off our series of conversations, or "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/666774/mini-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", with architects and designers in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12263/detroit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, sharing our conversation with Lorcan O'Herlihy. Lorcan is an Irish-American architect, with offices in Los Angeles and Detroit. His recently published book, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149982007/lorcan-o-herlihy-architects-pumps-up-the-volume-with-amplified-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amplified Urbanism, was recently reviewed on Archinect</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Where did you grow up?</strong></p> <p>I was born in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/175586/dublin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dublin Ireland</a> and I came here at a very young age to Los Angeles. I was two years old. My family was in the film business. My dad was a film actor so my early years was traveling extensively between the United States and Europe. I went back to Ireland at the age of eight and went to school there through 15, my formative years were spent in Dublin. I came back here at the age of 15 and began studying architecture in university when I was 16.</p> <p><strong>Sixteen is so young to be starting architecture!</strong></p> <p>I was 16 years old as a freshman at University. I was extremely green.</p> <p><strong>Where was that?</strong></p> <p>I have an MA in History and Theory from the <a href="http://archinect.com/architectural-association" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ar...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150005664/hong-kong-grounded Hong Kong, Grounded Places Journal 2017-05-02T18:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T18:44:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2f/2fuiq1wmgcmdjgbz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2f/2fuiq1wmgcmdjgbz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2f/2fuiq1wmgcmdjgbz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2f/2fuiq1wmgcmdjgbz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Even in this relentlessly vertical city, famous for walkways that feel like aerial labyrinths, you can&rsquo;t levitate forever. Where the mountain rises up faster than the towers, you bump into a hillside and come back to earth. In Hong Kong, the ground is everywhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The terrain that weaves between streets, through public spaces, and beneath buildings in Hong Kong reminds observers of the tenuous relation between the city and its geology. Karl Kullmann photographs these zones of contact between the multilevel metropolis and the mountain, reflecting on the city's genuine landscape infrastructure and the urban experiences that it grounds.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150005403/design-trust-seeking-proposals-for-public-for-all-rethinking-shared-space-in-nyc-initiative Design Trust seeking proposals for “Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC” initiative Justine Testado 2017-05-01T16:19:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T16:23:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xq/xqnmxerx4qn5y5o8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In today&rsquo;s political climate, we must affirm and ensure that New York City&rsquo;s public realm provides places of refuge and play, congregation and demonstration, and dialogue and exchange.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In their latest community-driven effort, the non-profit <a href="http://designtrust.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Trust for Public Space</a> recently launched &ldquo;Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC&rdquo;. The citywide call invites design firms, communities, agencies, and individuals based in any of New York City's five boroughs to send project ideas for planning and designing public spaces that are more accessible, resourceful, and can be sustainably maintained and operated.</p><p>Here are more details from the Design Trust:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jvfip86wl41nx76a.jpg"><br><em>The Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Design Trust for Public Space.</em></p><p>Proposals must&nbsp;be&nbsp;research, design, and planning projects that will unlock the potential of NYC&rsquo;s shared spaces, including underutilized and under-resourced community assets. Projects may be site-specific but must potentially change the way NYC&nbsp;develops and manages public space citywide.&nbsp;</p><p>Although Design Trust efforts may eventually lead to built work, projects should demonstrate broad policy or programming goals, with potential for furt...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150001368/making-cities-together-a-sustainable-urban-future-conference-to-be-held-in-kenya "Making Cities Together," a sustainable urban future conference, to be held in Kenya Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T18:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T18:43:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/32/324zmhcca58f3act.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/32/324zmhcca58f3act.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/32/324zmhcca58f3act.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/32/324zmhcca58f3act.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>What's the most efficient, ethical, and sustainable way to remake public spaces? If you're in Nariobi, Kenya this May 3-4th, you'll have the opportunity to answer that question by attending the "Making Cities Together - The City We Need through&nbsp;Safe, Inclusive and Accessible Public Spaces" &nbsp;conference as put on by The Urban Thinkers Campus in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces, UN-Habitat and Placemakers, KUWA - Urban Spaces by People, and Architects Without Borders. Keynote speakers include PK Das, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana and Michelle Provoost. Here are the full details, courtesy of the original press release:</p><p><em>The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat&rsquo;s World Urban Campaign, conceived in 2014 as an open space for critical exchange, promoting sustainable urbanization across the globe. In order to implement the New Urban Agenda after Habitat III in Quito in 2016, the UTC 2.0 will be action-oriented by focusing on developing action plans and implem...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149995046/getting-down-with-the-led-grow-lights-to-be-used-in-nyc-s-lowline Getting down with the LED grow lights to be used in NYC's Lowline Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T19:51:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T19:52:04-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8r/8rg0nz0aotd7drmb.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8r/8rg0nz0aotd7drmb.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8r/8rg0nz0aotd7drmb.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8r/8rg0nz0aotd7drmb.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Although still just a mock-up in the Lowline Lab, the LED grow lights designed by Lighting Science for use in the real <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957887/nyc-s-lowline-is-approved-by-city-officials-becoming-world-s-first-underground-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lowline</a> are a promising iteration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oc/ocsp58ojxoy3xhzd.jpg"></p><p>Combining everything that's great about glowing hexagons with three different settings ("soft-white light, one that mimics daylight, and one that includes Lighting Science&rsquo;s patented VividGroTM LED indoor grow light spectrum technology") the grow lights are about 2 feet in diameter each, and will be coupled with solar installations designed to direct sunlight into the depths of the pioneering subterranean park.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w0/w01ndhadd2dcsodo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/en/en6a1wa2cbjrj3o7.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149994433/transit-hubs-increasingly-designed-to-serve-as-desirable-and-profitable-public-spaces Transit hubs increasingly designed to serve as desirable (and profitable) public spaces Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T07:14:28-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The notion of spending time at a subway stop or other major transit center for pleasure may strike you as odd, but many cities and transportation companies are investing heavily in building up this part of their infrastructure to create desirable public spaces (it adds a whole new dimension to "mixed-use"). In this feature by <a href="http://www.constructiondive.com/news/full-steam-ahead-why-transit-hub-development-is-seeing-a-resurgence/436694/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kim Slowey for Construction Dive</a>, the shift in investment is explored:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Architecture firm HOK designed the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Center&nbsp;(ARTIC) in California, a 21st century take on the massive transit halls of the past. Finished in 2014, using steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene "pillows," designers created a hangar-like, light-filled area that makes room for dining and shopping, as well as for additional future commercial development.</em></p><p><em>Skanska also completed an ultra-modern, $4 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.usa.skanska.com/by-the-numbers-how-we-built-the-wtc-transportation-hub-and-oculus/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center Transportation Hub</a>&nbsp;last year, which connects city subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey, to replace the one destroyed in the Sept.&nbsp;...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984928/poissy-galore-artfully-frames-green-public-space-on-the-banks-of-the-seine "Poissy Galore" artfully frames green public space on the banks of the Seine Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T13:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:02:01-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7s/7swadafojuygd41d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Situated in Carri&egrave;re-Sous-Poissy&nbsp;in France along the River Seine, "Poissy Galore" by Armengaud Armengaud Cianchetta (AAC) and Herlach Hartmann Frommenwiler (HHF) is designed primarily as an ecological public space for both Parisian residents and far-flung visitors. Consisting of an observatory, an insect museum and a visitor center, the project title is an apt play on the James Bond film, both in terms of its expansiveness and playfulness. The inventive timber construction and visually arresting angular framing is as much a part of the project's allure as its nuanced integration into its 113 hectare site.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4h/4hm4ls1tto8u2eka.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain, "With the exception of the observatory, which is a steel construction,&nbsp;the collection of pavilions and small 'follies' is based on a modular wood system, repeating and combining different sized and angled timber frames."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6v/6vdvt3lzwbzqkltf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eb/ebffxkguoh8nl3w9.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the public spaces, the project also has private offices and storage, including facilities to raise insects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j22fxjdrtn5tine1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n3/n3b8xfne1ltwnrjd.jpg"></p><p>The latest in F...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980618/zaha-hadid-architects-rejects-patrik-schumacher-s-manifesto-in-open-letter Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:48-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The perenially&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinionated</a> Patrik Schumacher, who gave a speech about his "urban policy manifesto" at the November 17th World Architecture Festival in which he called for an end to all social housing and privatization of public space, has attracted push-back from an unexpected source: the firm he currently runs, which was founded by the late, great Zaha Hadid. In an open letter from the architectural office, Zaha Hadid Architects states that Schumacher's manifesto does not reflect the future direction of the firm, noting that Zaha "deeply believed in the strongest international collaboration" and she "did not write manifestos. She built them." The full text of the letter follows below:</p><p><em>November 29, 2016</em></p><p><em>Patrik Schumacher&rsquo;s &lsquo;urban policy manifesto&rsquo; does not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; past&mdash;and will not be our future.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid did not write manifestos. She built them.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid Architects has delivered 56 projects for all members of the community in 45 cities around the world.</em></p><p><em>Refusi...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149977560/how-the-stressful-voting-poll-experience-can-be-redesigned How the stressful voting-poll experience can be redesigned Justine Testado 2016-11-08T19:06:00-05:00 >2016-11-13T11:37:52-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/4z/4z6khk0nutn7nycr.gif" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>From longer-than-expected lines to technological fumbles, voting polls in urban cities are typically a gnarly mess on Election Day &mdash; sometimes causing some voters to end up discouraged and skip out. In response to this <em>still</em>-too-common situation, the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/81052576/van-alen-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Van Alen Institute</a> launched the <a href="https://www.vanalen.org/projects/open-poll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Open Poll&rdquo;</a> flash competition, wherein&nbsp;interdisciplinary teams were invited to submit design proposals that create a more accessible, engaging voting experience for all.</p><p>The three finalist teams presented their proposals&nbsp;to the judges and the public got to watch and vote for their favorite entry.&nbsp;By the end of the one-day charrette, the winning team was announced. Have a look at the finalist entries below.</p><p><strong>Winner: &ldquo;Voting at Your Fingertips: A National Celebration of the Democratic Process&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong><br>Team: Racha Daher, Alexandra Gonzalez, and Elena Kapompasopoulou</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yc/ycdjvef01slp7xlh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9f/9fzsldul5ac3jhga.jpg"></p><p>Project description: &ldquo;The current voting process is inefficient, strenuous, wasteful, non-inclusive, and prone to human error. This proposal aims to change ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149971385/an-ambitious-plan-to-overhaul-penn-station-by-moving-madison-square-garden An ambitious plan to overhaul Penn Station, by moving Madison Square Garden Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-30T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T13:36:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q8/q8cp2pci3wc447e5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q8/q8cp2pci3wc447e5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q8/q8cp2pci3wc447e5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q8/q8cp2pci3wc447e5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Penn Station is much more than a transportation center. As the heart of the Northeast Corridor rail system, it has the potential to link downtown to downtown along the Eastern Seaboard in a way far more economical, expedient and environmentally sustainable than air travel. But while the governor&rsquo;s recently announced plan is a step toward this goal, more must be done. What we propose in addition is a completely new commuter station on the site of Madison Square Garden</p></em><br /><br /><p>The proposed plan for Penn Station's redesign comes by way of&nbsp;Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139466539/vishaan-chakrabarti-leaves-shop-launches-new-firm-pau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Practice for Architecture and Urbanism</a>.&nbsp;Previously, Chakrabarti was&nbsp;the director of Manhattan's Department of City Planning under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he also oversaw prior refurbishment plans for the station.</p> <p>Previously, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had released a plan to bring Penn Station up to speed (it was designed for a third of its current 650,000 daily commuters). But while the Governor's plan, headed by SOM, is focused mostly on utility, Chakrabarti's plan (as he writes for&nbsp;<em>The Times</em>) aims to provide the city with a grand public space&mdash;by physically relocating Madison Square Garden (an idea that has been floated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111944486/urban-planners-propose-moving-madison-square-garden-to-nearby-post-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">before</a>) to honor the original station's legacy where travelers <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117731927/an-ode-to-the-old-penn-station-where-travelers-entered-the-city-like-a-god" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"entered the city like a god"</a>.</p> <p>Related on Archinect:</p> <ul><li><a title="Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128863/governor-cuomo-announces-new-penn-station-private-public-partnership-rfp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP</a></li><li><a title="Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144579300/selective-memory-old-penn-station-ruined-before-it-was-ruined" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149958688/dtla-s-music-center-plaza-will-get-a-30m-remodel-its-first-since-1964 DTLA's Music Center Plaza will get a $30M remodel, its first since 1964 Justine Testado 2016-07-19T15:56:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:11:26-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ok/okvi8l4m55blxlb1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ok/okvi8l4m55blxlb1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ok/okvi8l4m55blxlb1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ok/okvi8l4m55blxlb1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Grand Avenue&rsquo;s Music Center Plaza is about to get a major renovation for the first time since it opened to the public in 1964. Often overshadowed (literally) by the prominent Downtown venues that stand above it, the plaza is a gathering place and event space in its own right. Thus, a major part of the plan would increase event capacity from 1,500 to 2,500. [LA County] has already given $2 million to plan the project, with $25 million of funding expected down the road.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent L.A. news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956563/michael-maltzan-proposes-greening-l-a-s-134-freeway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955499/downtown-la-has-a-new-museum-on-the-horizon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA has a new museum on the horizon</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955220/historic-la-times-building-to-be-redeveloped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic LA Times Building to be redeveloped</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953852/bouncy-house-urbanism-is-on-the-rise-christopher-hawthorne-rides-the-u-s-bank-tower-s-skyslide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Bouncy-house urbanism is on the rise." &ndash; Christopher Hawthorne rides the U.S. Bank Tower's 'SkySlide'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944891/agence-ter-and-team-wins-pershing-square-renew-with-radically-flat-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agence Ter and Team wins Pershing Square Renew with &ldquo;radically flat&ldquo; proposal</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954316/architecture-in-the-age-of-transparent-hostility Architecture in the age of transparent hostility Alexander Walter 2016-06-27T15:14:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T15:49:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1y/1y2j686oafnkohdy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1y/1y2j686oafnkohdy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1y/1y2j686oafnkohdy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1y/1y2j686oafnkohdy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With the growing trend towards hostile architecture now openly admitting its political incentives, are we in an age of transparent hostility? [...] Whereas other instances of hostile architecture are marked by their deliberate obscurity, the Camden Bench was developed, constructed and deployed in plain sight, making it an all too visible reminder of persistent negligence, raising the question: will hostile architecture become an accepted feature of the built environment?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953244/lapd-directs-officers-to-treat-homeless-people-with-compassion-in-new-vague-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD directs officers to treat homeless people &ldquo;with compassion&rdquo; in new vague policy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125922478/architecture-of-paranoia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of paranoia</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149947531/jan-gehl-never-ask-what-the-city-can-do-for-your-building-always-ask-what-your-building-can-do-for-the-city Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city." Alexander Walter 2016-05-25T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T09:39:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cccc856ad05c91c45f2afc1ee0b379d9?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cccc856ad05c91c45f2afc1ee0b379d9?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cccc856ad05c91c45f2afc1ee0b379d9?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/cccc856ad05c91c45f2afc1ee0b379d9?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m not so critical about New York, because they have this very firm grid-pattern. Even the newer buildings are lined up on good streets. If you stand in front of the Empire State Building, you can&rsquo;t really guess how tall it is, because it meets the street in a friendly way. [...] It&rsquo;s not so important how high the building is, or how much it looks like a perfume bottle, it&rsquo;s more important how it interacts with the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><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/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149814167/how-to-design-that-elusive-perfect-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to design that elusive "Perfect Town"</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149946994/from-sundlaugs-to-rockpools-and-the-basin From sundlaugs, to rockpools and The Basin Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T00:12:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6punct6j79wwck6f.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6punct6j79wwck6f.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6punct6j79wwck6f.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6punct6j79wwck6f.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>These public pools, or sundlaugs, serve as the communal heart of Iceland, sacred places whose affordability and ubiquity are viewed as a kind of civil right....The pool is Iceland&rsquo;s social space: where families meet neighbors, where newcomers first receive welcome, where rivals can&rsquo;t avoid one another.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dan Kois considers how&nbsp;communal pools and the sociability of soaking, are "<em>a key to Icelandic well-&shy;being.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>On a related note, Dan Hill recently published an <a href="https://medium.com/@cityofsound/the-pool-as-piazza-e580577810f7" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">essay</a>&nbsp;reflecting on&nbsp;<em>&lsquo;The Pool&rsquo;</em>, a book published as part of&nbsp;The Australian pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The interviews collected&nbsp;therein he finds, make&nbsp;a case for the pool as the authentically antipodean contribution to urbanism, a distinctly Australian public place, the country&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>piazza</em>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942585/kentucky-students-defend-shared-living-spaces-over-innovative-new-dorms Kentucky students defend shared living spaces over "innovative" new dorms Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-27T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:39:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02pipo6pw0whseno.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02pipo6pw0whseno.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02pipo6pw0whseno.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02pipo6pw0whseno.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>with the rise of these innovative areas, traditional-style dorms, characterized by shared bathrooms and two or more students living with one another in a single space, are becoming less frequent on campus, and will soon be discontinued altogether. [...] living in a traditional-style dorm is important, especially for first-year students, because the living arrangements allow for greater communication between residents that may not necessarily occur in the newer dorms.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937221/luxury-uk-student-housing-is-on-the-rise-and-with-it-gentrification-fears" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears</a></li><li><a title="Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a title="Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27359669/homework-and-jacuzzis-as-dorms-move-to-mcmansions-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942320/dror-envisions-second-geodesic-dome-in-montreal-s-expo-67-site Dror envisions second geodesic dome in Montreal's Expo 67 site Justine Testado 2016-04-26T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T17:08:18-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lh/lh8udpaij749wmux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lh/lh8udpaij749wmux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lh/lh8udpaij749wmux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lh/lh8udpaij749wmux.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Originally built as the U.S. Pavilion in the memorable World Expo of 1967, the steel structural frame of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s Biosphere remains standing to this day as a sole landmark in Montreal's&nbsp;Parc Jean-Drapeau.&nbsp;In planning&nbsp;for the&nbsp;50th anniversary of Expo 67 as well as Montreal's 375th anniversary next April,&nbsp;designer&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/dror" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror Benshetrit</a> of the New York-based practice Dror came up with the idea for adding, what do you know, a second geodesic dome near the Biosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngc0b1xsdvkb5cuj.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/64n8u3v0y9zt0ls7.jpg"></p><p>After touring Montreal's &Icirc;le Sainte-H&eacute;l&egrave;ne with the Buckminster Fuller Institute,&nbsp;Benshetrit thought of a second dome as a way to help reinvigorate the seasonally used Expo 67 site grounds and evidently pay tribute to Fuller's landmark. Compared to the Biosphere, which is 76 meters in diameter and 62 meters high, Dror's proposed dome is a 150-meter-wide&nbsp;aluminum latticed sphere with a planted canopy.&nbsp;</p><p>The studio describes that its vegetated cover would act as a natural sound buffer and provide an enchanting public enviro...</p> 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/149938965/race-for-the-prize-aravena-s-pritzker-ceremony-the-scourge-of-unpaid-internships-and-more-on-archinect-sessions-59 Race for the Prize – Aravena's Pritzker ceremony, the scourge of unpaid internships and more on Archinect Sessions #59 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-07T17:17:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T20:56:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2t/2taed0denpwlf8mk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2t/2taed0denpwlf8mk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2t/2taed0denpwlf8mk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2t/2taed0denpwlf8mk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Last week we witnessed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937411/zaha-hadid-dies-at-age-65" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the loss of Dame Zaha Hadid</a>, one of architecture's most formidable and prolific talents. We'll be devoting a later podcast episode to remembering her and honoring her work. Until then, we'll continue catching you up with the most significant architecture news from the past week.</p><p>This episode we discuss <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938424/it-s-going-to-be-about-gratitude-and-it-s-going-to-be-about-joy-watch-alejandro-aravena-s-pritzker-acceptance-speech" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker acceptance speech</a> (and the designs he's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938728/inside-aravena-s-open-source-plans-for-low-cost-yet-upgradable-housing#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giving away for free</a>), how NASA is experimenting with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938317/nasa-to-start-testing-inflatable-space-house-concept" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inflatable space houses</a>, how we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937679/michael-kimmelman-on-public-squares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"crave" public space</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> joins us to discuss the cockroach of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149938311/the-internship-test-or-why-even-become-an-architect-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpaid architecture internships</a> (they just won't die).</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 59 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Race for the Prize":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Downl...</strong></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149937679/michael-kimmelman-on-public-squares Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares Alexander Walter 2016-04-01T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T19:01:35-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1o/1owtrtt6a8el3wmx.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1o/1owtrtt6a8el3wmx.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1o/1owtrtt6a8el3wmx.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1o/1owtrtt6a8el3wmx.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Squares have defined urban living since the dawn of democracy, from which they are inseparable. [...] I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s coincidental that early in 2011 the Egyptian revolution centered around Tahrir Square, or that the Occupy Movement later that same year, partly inspired by the Arab Spring, expressed itself by taking over squares like Taksim in Istanbul, the Pla&ccedil;a de Catalunya in Barcelona, and Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146041501/the-art-of-architecture-criticism-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-7-with-michael-kimmelman-architecture-critic-for-the-new-york-times" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art of Architecture Criticism: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #7 with Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the New York Times</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143979370/michael-kimmelman-in-praise-of-nyc-s-new-garage-and-salt-shed-complex-best-examples-of-new-public-architecture-in-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC's new garage-and-salt-shed complex: "Best examples of new public architecture in the city"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933857/sidewalks-new-york-s-most-desirable-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149934054/budapest-s-building-boom-draws-critics-of-hungarian-leader-s-edifice-complex Budapest's building boom draws critics of Hungarian leader's "edifice complex" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-10T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:24:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dg/dgiqyew5teuwwfls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dg/dgiqyew5teuwwfls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dg/dgiqyew5teuwwfls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dg/dgiqyew5teuwwfls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The idea, besides removing as many vestiges of Communist rule as possible, is to create a concrete expression of the nationalism [Hungary&rsquo;s prime minister, Viktor Orban's] governing party espouses. [...] &ldquo;These projects, when lumped together, probably constitute the biggest such concentrated architectural project in Budapest in 100 years,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;He is trying to take the existing city and put it back to the shape it had before 1944...The park is a victim of this whole political machinery.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about a couple of the controversial projects mentioned:</p><ul><li><a title="First glimpse: SANAA wins over Sn&oslash;hetta for Budapest's new National Gallery + Ludwig Museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142364483/first-glimpse-sanaa-wins-over-sn-hetta-for-budapest-s-new-national-gallery-ludwig-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First glimpse: SANAA wins over Sn&oslash;hetta for Budapest's new National Gallery + Ludwig Museum</a></li><li><a title="The fascinating DIY architecture of these Hungarian summer houses brings back childhood memories" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134566201/the-fascinating-diy-architecture-of-these-hungarian-summer-houses-brings-back-childhood-memories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The fascinating DIY architecture of these Hungarian summer houses brings back childhood memories</a></li><li><a title="Three winners, including Sou Fujimoto, are selected for the Liget Budapest museum competition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116678727/three-winners-including-sou-fujimoto-are-selected-for-the-liget-budapest-museum-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three winners, including Sou Fujimoto, are selected for the Liget Budapest museum competition</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149933900/where-journalism-neglects-public-space-suffers Where journalism neglects, public space suffers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-09T15:42:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:18:52-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lx/lxy308xio4r74i9w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lx/lxy308xio4r74i9w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lx/lxy308xio4r74i9w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lx/lxy308xio4r74i9w.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Shady,&rdquo; &ldquo;unethical,&rdquo; &ldquo;secretive,&rdquo; &ldquo;robbed of our due process&rdquo; &mdash; these were just a few of the choice terms used by angry residents this past week at a packed City Council meeting about the selling of Pine Tree Park [in Kent, outside of Seattle, WA]. Longtime Seattle land-use attorney Rick Aramburu has another term for what happened: illegal. It&rsquo;s also a growing trend in the swath of cities around Seattle, places that no longer receive much scrutiny from the press. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s becoming a cancer"</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on recent (legal) park development:</p><ul><li><a title="A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks" 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 title="Talking parks with Adrian Benepe, senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140961890/talking-parks-with-adrian-benepe-senior-vice-president-of-the-trust-for-public-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Talking parks with Adrian Benepe, senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land</a></li><li><a title="Transforming a garbage heap into a public park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li><li><a title="Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities</a></li><li><a title="Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92843010/healthy-cities-how-can-architects-and-planners-get-us-moving-if-we-ignore-warnings-from-doctors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors?</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149933857/sidewalks-new-york-s-most-desirable-real-estate Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-09T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T12:46:04-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4cokq796i2jze66.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4cokq796i2jze66.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4cokq796i2jze66.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s4/s4cokq796i2jze66.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>New York collects about $60 million annually for allowing signs, ornamental lampposts, stand-alone clocks, benches, bollards, planters, permanent trash receptacles, delivery ramps and just about anything else imaginable on, over or under the city&rsquo;s 12,000 miles of sidewalks. [...] Overall revenue from sidewalk-permit fees has risen by about 50 percent in the past decade, the bulk of it from utility companies for pipes and transformers below ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128102115/not-all-sidewalks-are-created-equal-in-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C.</a></li><li><a title="Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100631867/rise-in-cycling-expands-nyc-s-real-estate-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market</a></li><li><a title="Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91832887/protected-bike-lanes-strengthen-city-economy-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds</a></li><li><a title="Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117424438/why-los-angeles-is-struggling-to-fix-thousands-of-miles-of-sidewalks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks</a></li><li><a title="People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108565110/people-streets-link-small-l-a-neighborhood-and-325mm-shenzhen-transformation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99365040/screen-print-15-sophie-yanow-s-war-of-streets-and-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #15: Sophie Yanow's "War of Streets and Houses"</a></li></ul>