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May 28, 2013

Reclaimed Materials Light Show, Brooklyn Water Tower (full article linked below!)

Happy post-Memorial Day Tuesday! Below are just a few of the most interesting and re-Tweeted articles VIA has shared on their Twitter feed over the past couple weeks. Enjoy!

Vancouver’s False Creek Bridges to get some TLC… and better bike lanes (MetroNews.CA)
Transit expansion may be caught up in politics, but Vancouver’s plans to get people out of cars and onto bikes and sidewalks are rolling on the three False Creek bridges.

Goodbye, Micro-Apartments: ‘Low Rise High Density’ Presents An Alternative Housing Solution (Architizer)
According to the most recent US Census data, this is the first time since before the 1950s that more people are moving into New York City than are moving out—bringing the estimated population to a record high of 8,336,697. Now that is high density. So it is only fitting that we should start directing our focus toward different housing models that accommodate the city’s changing need for space.

Stunning Vertical Horizon Photos (One Design Per Day)
The series of French artist Romain Jacquet-Lagreze “vertical horizon” is a photographic journey between buildings of a growing city- Hong Kong.

The Systems That Power the Year’s Most Sustainable Buildings (Gizmodo)
Only a decade ago, sustainable building techniques were fairly rare, a fringe culture on the periphery of mainstream architecture. But with Stephen Colbert interviewing radically green architects like Mitchell Joachim and Passive House buildings popping up in New York City, that’s all changing very quickly.

The Woolworth Building Turns 100 (Architectural Record)
Cass Gilbert’s Gothic masterpiece, once the tallest building in the world, celebrates its centennial year.

In 1897, a Bicycle Superhighway Was the Future of California Transit (Motherboard)
In 1897, a wealthy American businessman named Horace Dobbins began construction on a private, for-profit bicycle superhighway that would stretch from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It may seem like a preposterous notion now, but at the time, amidst the height of a pre-automobile worldwide cycling boom, the idea attracted the attention of some hugely powerful players. And it almost got built.

Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington (Inhabitat)
Each year, Sunset Magazine builds an “Idea House” to showcase new trends, technologies and materials in residential architecture. This year, they’re doing something a bit different — they’re sponsoring a whole town! Currently under construction, the 2013 Sunset Idea Town is located in the seaside town of Seabrook, Washington.

Reclaimed Materials Light Show (2modern Blog)
It’s hard not to be awed and sobered by a work of beauty created from discarded materials—it’s both a reminder of our wastefulness and our failure to assess value accurately. And it’s impossible not to be wowed by the recent installations of New York artist Tom Fruin.

The Bike-Sharing Takeover (ArchDaily)
Bike sharing has become a staple for urban commuting in city’s all over the world. Since its reintroduction into urban culture in the 1990s, it has taken on many forms. Today it is being optimized to serve dense cities to help alleviate traffic congestion, provide people with more transportation options, and to encourage a healthy way of commuting.

What’s the Most Important Building In America? (Gizmodo)
In a special called Ten Buildings that Changed America that aired on PBS this week, critics and historians schooled us on ten of the most significant structures in the country. Did they miss anything?