The president of 100 Resilient Cities hopes the organization will inspire a worldwide movement. In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation committed $164 million toward building urban resilience worldwide through its 100 Resilient Cities program (100RC). To date, 100RC has selected 67 cities from Accra, Ghana, to Chicago, funding their efforts to become more resilient. The third application cycle is under way now through November 24, while cities from the first two tranches continue to develop their strategies. New Orleans, one of the first cities selected, will unveil its resiliency plan on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Michael Berkowitz, 100RC’s president,
Since Thomas Heatherwick conceived his puffy UK pavilion (known as the Seed Cathedral) for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, his London-based firm, Heatherwick Studio, has been on a roll. Its design for a park on Pier 55 on the Hudson River in New York (funded mostly by Barry Diller, the head of IAC/InterActiveCorp) has attracted attention—and stirred controversy.
Sustainability was the theme of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition. Although green will be a leitmotif at this year’s event in Boston, which is themed “We the People,” the AIA hopes that from the standpoint of producing less waste and carbon emissions, the conference will be its greenest yet. RECORD’s news editor, James Murdock, recently chatted with Christopher Gribbs, Assoc. AIA, senior director of conventions, to learn about some of the AIA’s sustainable strategies—and its city selection criteria. Photo courtesy American Institute of Architects Christopher Gribbs, Assoc. AIA James Murdock: First of all,
The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the agency responsible for planning and economic development in Boston, is presiding over a major urban transformation. Despite the economic slowdown, cranes dot the city’s skyline with roughly 65 large projects under construction and dozens more in the pipeline. Also moving forward is the integration of the Rose Kennedy Greenway—a mile-long stretch of parks and civic amenities taking shape along the route of the old elevated Interstate 93—with surrounding city blocks. Photo courtesy Boston Redevelopment Authority John Palmieri, director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (left). Kairos Shen, Boston’s chief city planner and BRA director of
TSB: What’s the status of the proposal to move City Hall? Image courtesy Massachusetts Turnpike Authority The Big Dig became the longest and most expensive construction highway project in U.S. history, totaling nearly $15 billion. Following its completion in 2003, the old elevated highway was razed and, in its place, The Rose Fitzgerald Greenway network of parks was constructed View images of threatened historic buildings in Boston. View images of the "Big Dig" and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. KS: There are several components to it. The first one is an evaluation of the entire portfolio of municipal buildings. There are
This Jordan-based architect is monitoring the ISIS-led destruction of historic sites and spearheading efforts to stop it. In a video that provoked outrage as it made its way across the Internet in February, men in military clothing ransacked Iraq’s Mosul Museum, toppling statues of ancient rulers from their pedestals before pounding the figures—some replicas but others original—with sledge- hammers.