For the first time ever, the prestigious Turner Prize has been awarded to non-artists. Assemble Collective was bestowed with the honour for their grassroots work to regenerate Granby Four Streets, a blighted area in Liverpool, together with residents. Their long-term vision for the district? A self-made neighborhood that’s welcoming, artistic, multicultural and architecturally rich, as well as the greenest quarter in the city. When done well, city making can be an art, after all.
10 years ago this month, the first coworking space opened in San Francisco. To celebrate this important milestone in the sharing economy, Shareable interviewed 9 visionaries on the development of these spaces, and their future. Collectively, they’re amazed by the incredible growth, concerned about the rapid infusion of money, and most importantly, credit the people who use these spaces as the key to their success. Read more here.
It is easy to tear a single sheet of paper – and nearly impossible to rip a whole stack of them. Building on this simple observation, researchers at Georgia Tech, the University of Illinois, and the University of Tokyo created structurally engineered plastic tubes inspired by Origami arts. The physical endurance and structural flexibility of this lightweight material when folded and stacked, could have important implications on civil engineering, disaster infrastructure and urban resilience. In fact, Pritzker-winning architect Shigeru Ban is already employing some of these techniques.
Alejandro Aravena, director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, has announced Reporting From the Front as the theme for next year’s event. In a continuing Biennale effort to reassert architecture’s important societal role, the focus will be on architecture that works within the constraints presented by a lack of resources, and designs that subvert the status quo to produce architecture for the common good.
10 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, non-profit Changing Course has announced the winners of their international design competition for 100-year visions to restore and sustain the Mississippi River Delta. The winning entries were submitted by Baird & Associates, Moffatt & Nichol, and Studio Misi-Ziibi. As the effects of climate change are felt around the world, many cities will need to rethink their relationships with water, whether it’s because there is too much or too little.
Transit organizations in many sprawled cities struggle to provide quality service. To fill the gap, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (GA) partnered with Uber to provide first-last mile connections to improve service and attract new customers. MARTA will also test-run free WiFi on city buses to enhance their services. Read more about their initiatives.
While a resurgence in mixed-use development has contributed to more human-scale districts, Färgfabriken‘s Jan Ryden argues in a recent article for Volume, that it often lacks the diversity Jane Jacobs championed, driving up costs and limiting fine grain development. He proposes the re-application of Christopher Alexander’s design language to urbanism. The article critiques large developers but, ironically, this strategy could create new business opportunities for these very companies.