Dezeen promotion: this year’s Surface Design Show will return to London’s Business Design Centre from 6 to 8 February 2018, presenting the latest materials for architecture and interior design. Read more
Zaha Hadid Architects’ plans for two soaring skyscrapers at Vauxhall Cross could be the firm’s first foray into a mixed-use project in London, but the design is proving controversial. Read more
With most of the East Coast blanketed in snow from winter storm Inga, we hope you are staying warm and safe. Many parts of the South got a rare glimpse of snow, and it has been freezing cold. If you’re in a snowy area, we’d love to get a look at this w…
the mini but mighty device can move so quickly (up to 75 motions a second to be precise) that on camera it’s just a blur.
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Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown has, by some estimates, fewer than 300 Chinese people living in it. If not for local codes mandating Chinese architecture and si…
Keller discusses the city’s backlog at a news conference on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz).
Albuquerque’s new mayor Tim Keller this week signed an executive order to address the city’s backlog of untested rape kits. Keller, who was state auditor before becoming mayor in December, issued an audit in 2016 that found upwards of 5,400 untested kits statewide — 75 percent of them (roughly 4,000) from Albuquerque.
Keller’s order, signed Wednesday, is very much a first step. According to the Albuquerque Journal, it “instructs the Albuquerque Police Department to work with the Albuquerque Sexual Assault Evidence Response Team to create a comprehensive plan for clearing the backlog.” That would include figuring out the effort’s cost and locating federal grants. A plan built on that research is supposed to be submitted to Keller by March 15. Connie Monahan, New Mexico’s coordinator for sexual assault nurse examiners, estimated that each untested kit would cost between $600 and $1,000. That would put the price tag for the total backlog somewhere around $4 million.
Untested rape kits are a pervasive problem nationally. In 2009, the known rape kit backlog in the U.S. totaled about 400,000. Houston had 16,000. Los Angeles had nearly 13,000. Las Vegas had more than 4,000, and Detroit had more than 11,000. In each case, Anna Clark wrote for Next City in 2015, “city funding and priorities deemed sexual assault crimes unimportant, leaving serial rapists free to strike again.”
Houston and Detroit have since begun working through their backlogs, with financial support from the National Institute for Justice, Clark reported. As they brought out those old kits, policy-makers began to realize that testing them wasn’t just the right thing to do — it helped them catch offenders who’d crossed state lines and, in one case, murdered seven women. Just as a large portion of mass-shooters (more than half, by some estimates) also have domestic violence records, it would seem that many serial offenders (of various crimes) happen to have rape charges against them.
That linkage appears to be a motivation for Keller. From the Journal:
Even if the time to prosecute an offender for a particular rape has run out, Keller said there’s still reason to test the kit. He said initiatives to clear a backlog of rape kits in cities around the country, including Detroit and Cleveland led to hundreds of investigative leads in other cases.
“Make no mistake, this is law enforcement. This is getting criminals off our streets,” he said.
A window treatment that turns up the dial on glamour? Velvet curtains are right there at the head of the pack. The soft drape of any curtain could balance a room’s hard surfaces, of course. But the special qualities of velvet make it a star: the reach-…
New York’s Museum of Modern Art will examine former Yugoslavia’s impressive concrete structures and bold urban planning visions created during its communist years, in an exhibition opening this summer. Read more
the project is a hotel and office-led scheme, which also includes new residences and retail outlets.
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Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed building a massive bridge across the English Channel, which would see a second link created between Britain and France. Read more
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Where do ambulance drivers park when they’re waiting for a call? And how close are they to the areas where calls are likeliest to originate?
The City of New Orleans wanted to know. Between 2014 and 2016, the city saw a 12 percent spike in emergency medical calls. During the same period, EMS teams struggled to keep up with demand, with the portion of calls being addressed in less than 12 minutes falling from 80 percent to 72 percent. But by adjusting where ambulances idle between calls—based on both traffic patterns and the volume of emergency calls—the city was able to reduce response times during the night shift and improve service to two of its worst-served neighborhoods.
That’s according to a new report from Results for America, a nonprofit that tries to help local governments create evidence-based solutions to urban problems. The group invites local government leaders to participate in fellowships that put them in contact with their peers in other cities, to exchange ideas for improving government work. The New Orleans case study was one of four that the group published in early January, highlighting the work of Results for America fellows in various cities. The group also reported on work in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and plans to release a dozen more case studies this year.
“Our goal in writing these case studies is to focus on policymakers who are interested in using data and evidence but don’t necessarily know how to get started,” says Maia Jachimowicz, the vice president for evidence-based policy implementation at Results for America.
The group has 16 fellows from 16 cities. Both the current and former directors of New Orleans’ Office of Performance and Accountability have been in the program, Jachimowicz said. The idea for analyzing ambulance response times was solicited from city staff, she says.
“To improve response times and decrease geographic disparity, the Office of Performance and Accountability team focused on two variables: how EMS ambulances were selected to address a 911 call and where they were stationed after responding to this call to wait for the next one,” according to the report.
The Office mapped five years’ worth of 911 calls, and identified 100 locations from which ambulances could respond to them within 8 minutes, according to the report. Then it used another program to find places where ambulances could cover the most calls most quickly. But data alone didn’t suffice: Some of the top locations identified through the analysis were in residential areas, where ambulance drivers don’t park, and the initial recommendations for placement would have required drivers to constantly shuffle between locations after calls to optimize response times. After discussing the work with drivers, the office created two printable maps of parking locations that help serve the city equitably and efficiently. The result is improved response times on the night shift and substantially faster service to Algiers and New Orleans East, where responses have historically been the slowest.
The two maps, one for daytime (left) and one for nighttime (right), were based off of five years of 911 calls.
Jachimowicz says that the city has been on the forefront of data-based problem-solving under Mayor Mitch Landrieu, whose term is ending this year. Which is not to say that it has solved all of its problems, of course. In fact, the city—where locals joke that NOPD stands for Not Our Problem, Dude—has been struggling to improve its notoriously slow police response time for several years. But she says the city has done a good job of keeping data analysis at the front of its work.
“New Orleans has been a leader in the use of data analytics for a while,” Jachimowicz says. “They’ve really built a pretty sophisticated system in the way that they do this work.”
The report also highlights tips for replicating the work in other cities, including always leaning on direct knowledge of practitioners. It also says that the project shows that equity and efficiency don’t have to be at odds, and in fact “data and evidence can be used to enhance both simultaneously.”
Other cases studies highlight Baltimore’s turn to a budgeting system based on improving outcomes in the areas that the city identifies as top priorities, Atlanta’s staff-centered approach to performance management, and Philadelphia’s use of behavioral science to improve participation in city programs and services.
Jachimowicz says that Results for America plans to release 12 more case studies for the rest of its cities this year. In promoting the work, the group hopes to show cities that data can be used to address all sorts of local challenges.
“There are many different approaches that a city or county or even a governor can take to doing this work,” Jachimowicz says. “It shouldn’t be too scary. Our end goal is that policymakers across the country are adopting the practices that they’re seeing from these leaders.”
It’s easy to understand why versatile camellias are a go-to plant for gardeners in warm-winter climates. They’re attractive evergreen shrubs or trees that are not hard to grow and are at home in a variety of garden settings. Even better, camellias bloo…
For a housing development providing flats for rent for key workers in London, the search was on to find a suitable site for mass housing. Farrells has shown on the Hammersmith site that affordable housing can be light, open, generous and nuanc…
This 31-storey tower overlooking Canary Wharf’s South Dock combines a sculptural, crystalline exterior with a shell of ‘winter gardens’ to provide a new residential language in London’s Docklands
A deliberate sway is designed to unnerve visitors to this 488-metre-long bridge in China’s Hebei province, which has an entirely glazed walkway so they can also admire the 218-metre drop. Read more
students of the bartlett school created ‘mickey matter’, a method to robotically assemble furniture with repeating, spherical plastic elements.
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researchers trained a deep neural network using 2 million hospital records which can accurately predict patients’ mortality.
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the photo stitch fail majestically places someone behind two photos of snow and trees, creating a surreal but epic masterpiece.
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shown at IMM cologne 2018, stefan diez designs contemporary interpretations of the traditional kimono cabinets from lightweight paulownia timber.
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designed by shaghai-based x+living, powerlong’s ideas lab hopes to be a place where more information for learning is created and spread.
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the flamenco ice tower is a record-breaking, 100-foot high tower created in the chinese city of harbin – ‘the ice capital of the world’.
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G Architects Studio designed the new interior for a noodle restaurant near the Komazawa Olympic park.
Tom Dixon will launch a collection of textiles at this week’s Maison&Objet furniture fair that explores weaving, knitting, knotting and digital printing techniques. Read more
The Digital Realists exhibition design by Modebelofte presents the augmented, multilayered world experienced by digital natives.
through the concept of transforming a bay window into a multi- functional picture frame, a unique and peaceful space has been created with a harmonious connection to the outer natural scenery.
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Joe Doucet has used Reebok’s new Flexweave material to to create an “imaginative fitness prototype” that helps prevent runners from getting lost. Read more
Pezo Von Ellrichschausen has completed a semi-circular house perched on a hilltop on Chile’s Chiloe Island, featuring a slanted shingle-clad roof that extends partially over an internal courtyard. Read more
chris tope found a chrome gas tank at a flea market, then created this bratstyle scrambler inspired by native american culture.
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in total, the masterplan includes 800 residential units, a range of retail outlets, offices, and a hotel.
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Two of California’s perennial problems — lack of battery storage for renewable energy and particulate pollution from heavy-duty vehicles — could have a joint solution: the yellow school bus. …
Students and faculty at the University of Miami’s architecture school constructed a performance venue from a series of orange poles underneath the city’s Brickell MetroRail station. Read more
whilst the ‘temi’ chair reinterprets a traditional grain harvesting tool, hiroyuki morita’s ‘cellastic’ lounge chair enhances a mix of latex and nylon materials.
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Montreal architecture studio Naturehumaine has transformed a local 1950s residence with a new grey exterior and pared-down interior, and a layout reduced to one bedroom to add space elsewhere. Read more
designboom will be in portugal to moderate a discussion on the topic, where snøhetta’s kjetil thorsen will speak in depth about the oslo opera house.
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