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How Infrastructure Segregates Cities

The Washington Post has published a piece looking at how infrastructure acts as a form of segregation in cities in the US. Using racial dot maps from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, they show how highways, railroads, historically uncrossable avenues, and similar urban design decisions have a huge impact on the physical isolation of different races. These types of infrastructure were also found to reinforce boundaries set by natural patterns of topography and bodies of water. Cities found to have clear infrastructural segregation include Pittsburgh, Hartford, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee. Read the full article, here.

Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health Launch Event and Reception

If you are interested in the nexus between health, design, and the urban setting, join researchers, policymakers, practitioners, designers and others for an evening of dynamic, diverse presentations, conversations, and drinks to celebrate the launch of this exciting new initiative.

Gino Valle Square / Valle Architetti Associati

© Giuseppe Dall'Arche (courtesy Valle Architetti Associati) © Hanns Joostens (courtesy Topotek 1) © Giuseppe Dall'Arche (courtesy Valle Architetti Associati) Courtesy of Valle Architetti Associati

Rocco Yim Reveals the Key to Developing Cities for Low-Carbon Living

During this week’s “Alternatives for Low Carbon City Architecture and Life” conference in Shenzhen, China, we sat down with Rocco Yim to ask him how his work—driven by his interest in connecting cultures— is related to the pursuit of low-carbon or sustainable design. Yim explained the core values that motivate his approach to design, revealing his attitudes towards technologically-driven design solutions. Read on to see what Yim believes to be the essence of succesful urban spaces. 

D. Diogo de Menezes Square / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Geopark / Helen & Hard

  • Architects: Helen & Hard
  • Location: Stavanger, Norway
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Helen & Hard, Tom Haga

Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard Courtesy of Helen & Hard

Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct / HASSELL

Mercado del Born Square / Vora

  • Architects: Vora
  • Location: Mercat del Born, 08003 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Pere Buil, Toni Riba
  • Design Team: Adrià Guardiet, Miquel Camps, Jordi Riba, Eva Cotman, Ondrej Fabian
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

El Pinós Cultural Center / LC Arquitectura

  • Architects: LC Arquitectura
  • Location: El Pinós, Alicante, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Rafael Landete / Emilio Cortes (LC Arquitectura)
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of LC Arquitectura

Courtesy of LC Arquitectura Courtesy of LC Arquitectura Courtesy of LC Arquitectura Courtesy of LC Arquitectura

Almohade Wall Refurbishment / Antonio Raso, César Egea, Luis Gala y Pedro Dugo

© Javier Orive © Javier Orive © Javier Orive © Javier Orive

Disaster Responsive Shelter / Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

  • Architects: Urban Intensity Architects, TAArchitects, Kyungsub Shin
  • Location: Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

MM1 - Exhibition Room For Contemporary Art / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

© Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen © Are Carlsen

A Rememberance Site - Parc des Glacis / 2/3/4/

  • Architects: 2/3/4/
  • Location: Parc des Glacis, 25000 Besançon, France
  • Project Manager: Agate Mordka
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

© Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Nicolas Waltefaugle

"Urban Platform" Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium's Lisbon Open Room competition for their project "Urban Platform". 

One of 67 teams to enter the competition's "Young Architects" category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of "[providing] a more flexible space" for the city's urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Site History Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Public Space in Gora Pulawska / 3XA

  • Architects: 3XA
  • Location: Góra Puławska, Poland
  • Design Team: Ewa Czerny, Maciej Kowaluk, Łukasz Reszka, Patrycja Żuczek
  • Area: 1325.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: s.zajaczkowski

© s.zajaczkowski © s.zajaczkowski © s.zajaczkowski © s.zajaczkowski

Esbjerg Beach Promenade & Sailing Club / Spektrum Arkitekter, Sofie Willems, Nathan Romero, Joan Raun, Stine Christiansen, Kira Snowman

  • Architects: Spektrum Arkitekter
  • Location: 6710 Hjerting, Denmark
  • Design Team: Sofie Willems, Nathan Romero, Joan Raun Nielsen, Kira Snowman and Stine Christiansen
  • Co Architect: Nathan Romero Muelas
  • Area: 150000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Asger Simonsen

© Asger Simonsen © Asger Simonsen © Asger Simonsen © Asger Simonsen