Pyramidal plans and Pokémon in public

This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond.

1. The Architect’s Newspaper highlights the earthquake-resistant design of Torre Reforma, the 57-story tower with a triangular floorplan that was built to last 2,500 years.

2. Architecture Now describes how Pokémon GO stokes interest in public spaces through virtual reality augmentation, while questioning who gets to set the terms as this phenomenon becomes more common.

3. NFPA Journal talks US rail systems, their many annual smoke and fire incidents, and the measures we can take to mitigate these risks.

4. New York Magazine discusses New York’s Central Park and the difference between invasive-weed-filled thickets and romantic copses. Spoiler alert: it’s cold hard cash.

5. The New York Times profiles Squibb Park Bridge, the intentionally bouncy but ultimately unnerving connector between the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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