PAU unveils carbon-neutral Sunnyside Yard masterplan in NYC

March 13, 2020 by  
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Global architecture firm Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) has revealed a masterplan for transforming over 180 acres of underutilized land in Western Queens’ Sunnyside Railyard into a thriving mixed-use neighborhood with a net carbon-neutral footprint. Developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary design team on behalf of the City of New York, the ambitious urban revitalization project seeks multiple sustainability targets, from equitable economic growth and placemaking to the implementation of on-site renewable energy and energy storage systems.  Created in partnership with New York City’s Economic Development Corporation and Amtrak, the Sunnyside Railyard masterplan envisions a mixed-use program comprising 12,000 new 100% affordable residential units, 60 acres of open public space, a new Sunnyside Station to connect Western Queens with the Greater New York region, ten schools, two libraries, over 30 childcare centers, five healthcare facilities and five million square feet of new commercial and manufacturing space to stimulate new middle-class job growth.  Walkability  and livability will be major drivers behind the design and have informed decisions to incorporate more mid-rise scale buildings, anti-displacement strategies and an abundance of connective green space. “At over 180 acres, the Yard represents our city’s most significant opportunity to realize shared progressive goals all in a carbon-neutral environment that will set a model globally for sustainable urban growth while maintaining a scale and density reflective of Western Queens,” explained Vishaan Chakrabarti, Founder of PAU. “Neighboring communities now have a unique opportunity to leverage this Plan to address long-standing needs in terms of transportation, housing , jobs, open space, social infrastructure, and environmental resilience.” Related: Striking LEED Silver-targeted tower to rise in the heart of Philadelphia A major highlight of the masterplan is the “deck” that will be built over 80% of the existing rail yard to create a new elevated neighborhood that seamlessly connects with the rail operations below. The deck will also provide a new way for people to traverse Sunnyside Station — a new regional rail hub — on foot, bike or wheelchair. To meet carbon-neutral targets, the masterplan also calls for renewable energy systems, cutting-edge building technologies such as  mass timber  and the inclusion of an institute dedicated to research and development of clean technologies. + PAU Images via PAU

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Amtrak to launch next-gen high-speed trains in US in five years

August 29, 2016 by  
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In a big leap forward for American railroad transportation, Amtrak is accepting a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to improve its technology . The project will span over the next several years and include the addition of 28 next-generation high-speed trains, major upgrades to four major Northeastern stations, and tons of amenities to draw in more passengers. When Amtrak ’s new trains hit the tracks in 2021, travelers will have a high-tech transportation option unmatched by any other in the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH-3FsmU6KQ Vice President Joe Biden made the historic announcement at the station that bears his name in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, noting that the bulk of the loan—around $2 billion—is earmarked for the new high-tech train cars . Once they are put into service, the new cars will increase the Acela fleet by 40 percent. The new additions will be decidedly next-generation in nature, with one-third more rider capacity, additional outlets and USB connections, better Wi-Fi, and the ability to travel as fast as 186 miles per hour. Related: Amtrak teams with Google to create a real-time train locator map “This is a serious, serious upgrade,” Biden said during his announcement. “One out of every three jobs (in the country) are here, along this corridor… you’d need seven more lanes on I-95 to accommodate the traffic if Amtrak shut down.” Amtrak’s new cars are promised to be 95 percent USA-made, built primarily in New York by Alstom. The 28 new cars will service the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington D.C., and are expected to reduce energy usage by 20 percent. The increased passenger capacity combined with higher speed and lower energy consumption could represent a major win for travelers and commuters, as well as the surrounding environment. The remaining $450 million of the federal loan will be used to upgrade four major Northeast Amtrak stations, including Union Station in Washington DC and Penn Station in New York City. The railroad infrastructure between Boston and D.C. will also get a long-awaited sprucing up. All work is expected to be completed by 2021. Via Engadget Images via Amtrak and Wikipedia

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SOM designs pedestrian-friendly revamp for the heart of Philadelphia

July 26, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTtsmrT7y6k SOM’s masterplan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Precinct was selected by Amtrak and designed in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN , and HR&A Advisors. The beautiful Beaux Arts 30th Street Station—the third busiest transit hub in the U.S.—will retain its architectural magnificence but be expanded to improve accessibility and comfort for the 30,000 passengers that use the trains every morning. New public plazas and pedestrian-friendly elements will be added, along with a new underground concourse connecting 30th Street Station with the city subway system. Related: Mecanoo designs gorgeous green-roofed train station for Kaohsiung The masterplan will cover 175 acres and connect Philadelphia’s Center City and University City downtown districts. “Through bold development, an activated public realm, and an expanded transit network, the masterplan creates a viable framework for Philadelphia’s next great neighbourhood,” said SOM. New buildings for the expansion of Drexel University will also be added. + SOM Via ArchDaily Images via SOM

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New Map Shows How to Travel Across America Without a Car

February 5, 2014 by  
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Many Americans travel to Europe or Asia and are amazed at the ease of traversing long distances via rail or bus. But when it comes to the land of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways , it seems impossible to navigate the nation without a private automobile. Is it even possible to hop on a train or bus and realistically get from East Coast to West Coast, not Jack Kerouac “On the Road” style but in some level of comfort and convenience? Turns out, it is. The American Intercity Bus Riders Association has created a map that shows all the intercity transit routes in America, which includes routes from Amtrak , Greyhound and other bus carriers. Read the rest of New Map Shows How to Travel Across America Without a Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Intercity Bus Riders Association , American rail map , amtrak , bus , car , green transportation , greyhound , how to travel across america without a car , intercity transit routes , low-emission cross-country travel , map of US transit systems , rail        

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Revmedx’ Small XStat Syringe Can Seal Gunshot Wounds in Just 15 Seconds

February 5, 2014 by  
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Oregon-based Revmedx developed a small syringe that can seal gunshot wounds in just 15 seconds! The patent-pending XStat works by releasing small rapidly-expanding sponges into the wound that exert pressure and stops blood flow. It comes in two sizes, for larger and narrower wounds and could be use for both adults and adolescents. Read the rest of Revmedx’ Small XStat Syringe Can Seal Gunshot Wounds in Just 15 Seconds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gunshot wounds , lifesaving products battlefield , lifesaving products war , medical equipment , medical products , medical research wounds , Oregon medical products , Revmedx XStat syringe , us army , us military , wound syringe , XStat syringe        

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Amtrak Teams with Google to Create a Real-Time Train Locator Map

October 8, 2013 by  
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Google Maps recently launched a new interactive tool that allows Amtrak’s 31 million passengers to easily track the exact location of and arrival times for the rail service’s trains. The new locator map will track more than 300 daily trains en route to more than 500 destinations across the country. Checking train status is the second most-used function on Amtrak.com, behind buying tickets, so this infrastructure upgrade should be extremely useful to rail riders. Read the rest of Amtrak Teams with Google to Create a Real-Time Train Locator Map Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amtrak , cloud , Google , Google maps , gps , passenger rail , rail , real-time location , train , train tracking map        

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Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

October 8, 2013 by  
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Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

October 8, 2013 by  
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When Japan was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics last month, it brought about a new wave of concern over the ongoing environmental crisis at Fukushima . As the government pushes for an end to the leaks at the nuclear power plant, the organizers of the 2020 Olympics have another focus: to make the event a spectacular display of the country’s technological prowess on a par with the 1964 games. Tech companies from around Japan have already begun to showcase the amazing developments they hope to have in place in just seven years time, and from self-driving cars to a cellular network 100 times faster than LTE, and “Super Hi-Vision” 8K broadcast quality, the games promise to be quite the event for tech-geeks and sports fans alike. Read the rest of Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 1964 olympics , 2020 olympic games , 2020 olympics , 5g network , 8k broadcast , autonomous drive , broadcast quality , Fukushima , green cars , green transportation , Japan , japan olympics , NISSAN , Nissan Leaf , Olympic Games , self-driving car , super hi-vision        

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California High-Speed Rail Project on Track to Begin Construction

June 28, 2013 by  
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California’s high-speed rail project is ready to get moving, now that Surface Transportation Board voted 2-1 that the California High-Speed Rail Authority can begin construction without having to wait for federal review. The decision was made on Thursday to start work on a 65-mile stretch between Fresno and Merced. The ruling comes after substantial lobbying by advocates including California governor Jerry Brown, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, and labor unions that hope the project will bring jobs to the area. However, there were still those such as the Chowchilla Elementary School District, representatives of Kings County, and lawmakers from other states who held the view that government review was still necessary. Read the rest of California High-Speed Rail Project on Track to Begin Construction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amtrak , California , chowchilla elemntary school district , endangered species , federal review , Fresno , governor jerry brown , high speed rail , high-speed rail authority , kings county , mayor ashley swearengin , merced , Sierra Nevada , Watershed        

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Denver Union Station Will Be Transformed Into a LEED Gold Transit Hub and Hotel

January 5, 2012 by  
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Denver’s vaunted Union Station – once the transportation gateway to the west – recently received the nod to be renewed as a contemporary vision of urbanity and clean transportation. The Union Station Alliance ’s wining proposal is a LEED Gold restoration that will be anchored by a 130 room hotel, a retail center, public plaza, and a train hub connecting Amtrak with regional trains and buses. The location of the station, smack in the heart of Denver’s popular LoDo neighborhood, helps weave together all the elements needed for a thriving downtown renaissance. Read the rest of Denver Union Station Will Be Transformed Into a LEED Gold Transit Hub and Hotel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amtrak station , bus hub , Denver trasit hub , Denver Union station , FasTrack , Leed Gold train station , RTD , Union Station Alliance , urban renewal

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