city planning

Redesigning Venice works in theory only

Article: Redesigning Venice works in theory only

The 2011 Venice CityVision Competition is like lots of other city-based urban redesign contests in that it challenges architects, engineers and designers to come up with innovative ideas that make use of new and sustainable materials and building methods in a way that’s visually arresting and ultra modern while also making reference to the city’s history. It’s a lot to ask, especially when you consider that the winning proposals are hardly ever implemented.

The St. Louis Arch gets a makeover

Article: The St. Louis Arch gets a makeover

St. Louis, Missouri is famous for its Arch, and while the monument attracts a million tourists a year, the city wants more. More out of the Arch, that is. The structure itself is great, but it “adds little vitality to the city’s downtown” area. If we’ve learned anything over the last few years it’s that…