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Monday News Roundup

Jan 14, 2013

Happy Monday! Here are a few of the last couple weeks’ highlights from the VIA Twitter, VIA Pinterest, and elsewhere across the web. Have a great week, all!

The ‘Strong Core’ Theory of Los Angeles (The Atlantic Cities)
Samuel Krueger grew up in Portland, where he enjoyed “how the streets are very active with people and shops in the downtown.” He’s lived in Los Angeles since 1998 and now works as a drafter for the city’s Department of Water and Power. “In any place, people who grew up there don’t really think of it from an outside perspective, so they miss some of the obvious structures,” he says.

Could an urban gondola solve the Montlake Mess? (Seattle, The Montlaker Blog)
Light rail in the far corner of campus — the 520 flyer stop a long walk from nowhere — lumbering buses merging left, blocking traffic — bus stops located far from UW Station. If transit is going to be a solution for the Montlake Mess, this tangled knot of bad connections will have to be untied. How to better move buses through Montlake? Don’t. Use an urban gondola instead.

Light Art by Bruce Munro (Contemporist)
British light artist Bruce Munro has announced his second-ever U.S. show. He will return to exhibit “Light,” a collection of 10 large-scale outdoor lighting installations coupled with indoor sculptures at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Case for Walkability as an Economic Development Tool (The Atlantic Cities)
A terrific street redesign is assisting economic development in a southern California community that has suffered from changing economic conditions but is nevertheless seeing significant population growth. This is a story of municipal foresight, excellent recent planning, and green ambition.

Old-Meets-New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church (Design Milk)
This neglected church, once part of the Sant Francesc Convent, was renovated by Catalan architect David Closes. Located in the town of Santpedor, Spain, it was the last building standing from the convent and was badly in need of repair. The project turned the former church into an auditorium and multifunctional space for cultural events.

Goedzak by Waarmakers (DeZeen)
Dutch designers Waarmakers have created sustainable rubbish sacks for discarding unwanted items in good condition, in the hope that they’ll be picked up by a new owner instead of ending up at a landfill site.

Shoffice in London (Arch Daily)
‘Shoffice’ (shed + office) is a garden pavilion containing a small office alongside garden storage space located to the rear of a1950s terraced house in St John’s Wood. The brief required the shoffice to be conceived of as a sculptural object that flowed into the garden space.

The Silo is an Upscale Loft Apartment Built into a 1940s Grain Silo in Texas (Inhabitat)
If you’re looking for a unique experience for your next vacation, check out the Gruene Homestead Inn. Located in New Braunfels, Texas (which is about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio), the inn offers a variety of different lodgings – including The Silo, A one bedroom loft apartment built into a 1940s grain silo, this upscale space can accommodate up to two adults and two children.