The Social Life of CitiBike Stations

By Project for Public Spaces on Dec 3, 2013
This post was co-authored by PPS Transportation Associate David M. Nelson and Transportation Intern David Leyzerovsky.

Bike share stations are ideal triangulators. They’re natural conversation-starters, attract a stream of diverse users at all times of day & night, and act as casual landmarks that concentrate activity. Presented with this entirely new element of public infrastructure, resourceful citizens are re-purposing stations for convenience and fun.

Take New York City’s CitiBike, which became the United States’ largest and fastest growing bike share program. New York’s bikeshare system has attracted its fair share of political backlash, lawsuits, and humorous skewerings. Yet, the public discourse unfortunately has been dominated by formal issues of usage, traffic safety, placement and aesthetics, rather than the benefits to the city’s public places and the people in them. More…

INSIGHT: The Place of Architecture as an Art Form in the Changing Cultural Landscape

By Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP
December 4, 2013

Lower 5th Avenue in Manhattan is architecturally coherent. From 23rd Street south to Washington Square, the masonry buildings hold the street line and are relatively similar to each other. They are self-effacing fabric buildings that work collectively to create the outdoor space of 5th Avenue, focused on the triumphal arch in the square. Why is this so? The simple answer is that in the early 20th century, those involved in creating the cityscape agreed on informal rules of engagement. Today, things have changed. More…

Advisory Design Panel Applicants Wanted: Oak Bay

Architects are currently invited to submit Advisory Design Panel (ADP) applications for the Oak Bay region. The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest. Architects nominated by the AIBC serve as volunteer members of ADPs and are dedicated to carrying out their duties and responsibilities to high professional standards in the public interest. All applicants will be required to have familiarity with the AIBC’s Bulletin 65 Advisory Design Panels – Standards for Procedures and Conduct (http://www.aibc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Bulletin_65.pdf). For additional information, refer to ADP Frequently Asked Questions (here). An application form is available by clicking here. Completed applications may be forwarded to the attention of Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko at yvassilenko@aibc.ca.

Women in Architecture: Call for Presenters

WIA is planning a gathering on January 9, 2014 which will be held at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. This will be a good opportunity to particularly reach out to the student community. The program for the evening will be a series of presentations by women working within and around the field of architecture in Vancouver. WIA is looking for approximately six women volunteers to do very brief (6-8 minutes each) presentations, each highlighting a unique approach and perspective on the profession. Examples of work should be included. The hope is that the evening will encompass voices from a broad range of professionals: sole practitioners; partners of larger firms; those teaching architecture; city employees; and project managers. If you are interested in presenting, please send a brief description of your presentation topic and professional experience to: Kate Gerson (germadd@telus.net). Please note: If a large number of proposals are received, WIA will select presenters from among the proposals received, based on a first come first served basis, while also balancing content. Learn more about WIA at: http://www.wiavancouver.org/.

Women in Architecture: Holiday Social

Please join Women in Architecture for its Holiday Social on Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 6:00 – 9:00  p.m. It takes place at V6B Design Group (363 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver). Please bring finger foods / wine. Those interested in attending should r.s.v.p. by clicking here.