Archinect - Features 2014-10-30T15:23:41-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1 Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1 Nicholas Korody 2014-09-29T11:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T17:26:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqhxxx6lffkx9qnl.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Hurricane Kyle is tracking way off shore, but still Miami South Beach is underwater,&rdquo; reports Sam Champion of the Weather Channel beneath a shifting, computer-generated dome. On the ground, storm tracker Jim Cantore, with the aid of a hovering drone, analyzes the surging tides that have inundated the coastal town despite the distance of the hurricane. In Chicago, a deadly heat wave forces the Cubs to play their games at night and in 90 degree weather. Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams documents cities endangered by the megadrought in the Southwest. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s only going to get worse.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-13T11:13:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T15:12:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gnaai243sa2ps5d5.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a recent episode of the Comedy Central show <em>Broad City, </em>protagonists Ilana and Abbi find themselves the inadvertent hosts of a hurricane party. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, such impromptu events &ndash; a tradition in the American South in which people who cannot (or will not) evacuate gather together to drink and weather the storm &ndash; are increasingly appearing in television shows, revealing the degree to which global warming has infiltrated popular media. In this particular instance, Abbi finds out that the storm has shut off the plumbing at the exact moment that her neighbor-slash-crush arrives, and right after she&rsquo;s defecated.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster Architectures of the Disaster Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/ncsacrffdgd6p8gb.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>45.2 million people are currently displaced by conflict and persecution, <a href="http://www.unhcr.org" target="_blank">according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees</a> (UNHCR). The number accords with the <em>1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees</em> articulation of a refugee as: an individual who has fled their country &ldquo;owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.&rdquo; But, as their website admits, in the 63 years since the convention, the dynamics of displacement have radically changed. This definition of a refugee does not account for the millions of people currently displaced by natural disasters, droughts, desertification, sea level rise, population growth, or resource scarcity. Of course such ecological crises are also intricately enmeshed in sociopolitical conflicts, complicating attempts to redefine the refugee or to classify a new category of &ldquo;climate refugees&rdquo; or &ldquo;environmental migrants.&rdquo;</p>... http://archinect.com/features/article/102872267/the-trouble-with-a-bird-s-eye-view-la-forum-s-exhibition-looks-at-los-angeles-from-afar The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T16:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vcljl3erng7b5sh3.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.lanebarden.com/en/" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="http://benedikt-gross.de/log/" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="http://jk-lee.com/" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="http://laforum.org/" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101037765/while-buildings-rot-film-preserves-architecture-s-memory-cutting-room-s-interview-with-malachi-connolly-director-of-built-on-narrow-land-documentary While buildings rot, film preserves architecture's memory: Cutting Room's interview with Malachi Connolly, director of "Built on Narrow Land" documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T10:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-15T23:02:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0ndnyba4z45ipl6.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before the Cape Cod National Seashore was declared public land in 1959, the grassy dune landscape was already dotted with a handful of Bauhaus-inspired beach houses. Built by a strain of rogue bohemian architects, the houses served as beloved, experimental cottages until the land underneath them was seized by the federal government. Many of the houses were abandoned and left to slowly rot in the landscape, whether or not they were protected by historical status.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/92535295/student-works-foundhouse-by-patrick-beseda-and-lacy-williams Student Works: FOUNDhouse by Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams Nam Henderson 2014-02-05T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-04-20T04:04:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vso6478t6bm17bds.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams began realizing their ambition to build a micro-dwelling, they began with a Wikihouse design. The <a href="http://www.wikihouse.cc/" target="_blank">WikiHouse project</a> is an open-source library of construction sets for houses, where anyone can submit, edit, and use the designs. The design's components can all be "printed" from plywood using a CNC machine, and are simple enough to assemble with minimal training. Lacy and Patrick, both MArch students at the University of Colorado, Denver, set out to build their own micro-Wikihouse last summer, personalizing the template along their way.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/57481963/instigating-change-with-common-ground Instigating Change with Common Ground John Southern 2012-09-18T10:16:00-04:00 >2012-09-30T19:17:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbtpvtmbt204176u.jpg" width="514" height="759" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the age where cultural production has usurped industrial production as the driver for Western economies, the Venice Architecture Biennale represents a special kind of affair.&nbsp; This three month-long bonanza of architecture and urban design represents a collection of diverse principles produced under a unified curatorial umbrella.&nbsp; Despite the trash-talk that has proliferated in certain circles since the opening of the event in late August, this year&rsquo;s Biennale doesn&rsquo;t have much to be cynical, negative, or nasty about.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/38745416/contours-designing-the-green-roof CONTOURS: Designing the Green Roof Sherin Wing 2012-02-20T15:52:00-05:00 >2012-04-13T09:46:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u4/u4qk7h6beayzt26b.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In Germany, approximately 12% of all buildings have green rooftops. Here in the U.S., the percentage is far less and in fact, that number is not even officially documented. But it is on the rise. Some more well-known examples include the <a href="http://www.calacademy.org/academy/building/the_living_roof/" target="_blank">California Academy of Sciences</a> and the <a href="http://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=25362" target="_blank">American Society of Landscape Architects' HQ</a>. These are indeed admirable, but they are costly and difficult to replicate. Trying to persuade a client about the benefits of relatively inexpensive, passive, more sustainable building strategies is difficult enough and honestly a green roof is anything but.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/35533857/contours-new-energy-efficient-technologies-part-ii CONTOURS: New, Energy-Efficient Technologies, Part II Sherin Wing 2012-01-23T18:01:00-05:00 >2012-01-23T20:45:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bz0icgo1cox9zhu9.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Continued from CONTOURS: New, Energy-Efficient Technologies, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/33911556/contours-new-energy-efficient-technologies-part-1" target="_blank">Part 1</a>:</em></p> <p> This week, we examine some very advanced technological developments on the <em>active</em> technology front that may potentially lead to more efficient and cheaper photovoltaic panels.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/33911556/contours-new-energy-efficient-technologies-part-1 CONTOURS: New, Energy-Efficient Technologies, Part 1 Sherin Wing 2012-01-09T14:11:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T14:32:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k6/k6410y5jqyb4xk5h.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Smart and energy efficient is the new<em>-ish</em> approach for many architecture and design firms these days. The problem for the last decade has been that trying to persuade clients to incorporate some of these strategies into their needs has been difficult. Why? The prohibitive costs of implementing advanced technology-based elements into building design. PV panels are the first to come to mind. And when the cost is <em>perceived</em> as prohibitive by the client, firms balk at pushing them.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/31829593/top-10-design-milestones-of-2011-for-the-public-good Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011—for the public good John Cary 2011-12-22T12:16:00-05:00 >2012-10-07T18:56:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4h3i4igudpopy1vc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By John Cary</em></p> <p> &lsquo;Tis the season for gift guides, year-end donation appeals, and lots and lots of lists. Among others, we saw a few standout designers among <em>Forbes</em>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2011/30-under30-12/30-under-30-12_land.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;30 Under 30&rdquo;</a> list earlier this week, and it&rsquo;s hard to disagree with most of Alissa Walker&rsquo;s picks in her annual <em>GOOD</em> <a href="http://www.good.is/post/the-year-in-design-%20that-works/" target="_blank">design year-in-review</a> list, which is always worth a read.</p> <p> The following list, by contrast, favors people, places, and projects that advance the notion of design for the public good. It profiles built projects, new sources of funding, powerful public voices, nonprofit start-ups, and web-based ventures. Lists like this are never comprehensive; this one, for its part, seeks to showcase how design can and is making the world a better place, if not directly transforming people&rsquo;s experiences and lives.</p> <p> Looking forward, stay tuned for a companion list of the &ldquo;Top 10 Design Initiatives Worth Watching in 2012,&rdquo; right here at <em>Archinect</em>.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/21819085/contours-urban-justice CONTOURS: Urban Justice Sherin Wing 2011-09-26T16:45:11-04:00 >2012-01-09T02:01:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/tayvu20q5e1mdpl2.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Census Bureau just released its latest statistics from 2008 on, amongst other things, <a href="http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/income_expenditures_poverty_wealth/poverty.html" target="_blank">poverty</a>. In an article on making housing more accessible to the <a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20110602/the-5000-home-for-developed-nations" target="_blank">poor</a>, I cited some older statistics to highlight the much-neglected need. Too often, people focus on the &ldquo;other&rdquo; poor, those living in developing nations because it is easier than examining those who are impoverished in our own urban centers.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/20989605/contours-whither-goest-thou-green-economy-part-2 CONTOURS: Whither Goest Thou, Green Economy: Part 2 Sherin Wing 2011-09-19T13:12:29-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cwqw77wes3gzde9x.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> There is an unofficial index in <em>The Economist</em> which they call the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.economist.com/node/21529079" target="_blank">R-word index</a>.&rdquo; It tracks the number of times the word &ldquo;Recession&rdquo; appears in the press. It is on the increase, and no wonder, with unemployment in the U.S. still hovering at around 9-10% (depending upon whose numbers one follows), and with growth flat and the <a href="http://http:/www.economist.com/node/21529029" target="_blank">Fed promising not to raise interest rates until mid-2013</a>. Meanwhile, the Eurozone has continued to falter over what to do about the drag that the so-called &ldquo;PIIGS&rdquo; (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) continue to wreak on the Euro and what to do about it. Japan is not faring much better. In fact, most developed nations have had a very rough time of it over the past few years, and it looks as if the trend may continue.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/20183669/contours-whither-goest-thou-green-economy CONTOURS: Whither Goest Thou, Green Economy? Guy Horton 2011-09-12T11:40:07-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y200m3q2ycu5mms2.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?</em><br> --Jack Kerouac</p> <p> Did you tune into Obama&rsquo;s jobs speech last Thursday night? Hopefully, you were too busy putting in unpaid overtime at your office. Or maybe you didn&rsquo;t give a damn because you&rsquo;ve been out there looking for a job, shooting your portfolio into a black hole for months and months.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/7370136/sustainability-of-workers-rights Sustainability of Workers' Rights Ann Lui 2011-05-23T14:33:01-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofpwl0bvbij9p2u7.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The USGBC&rsquo;s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system promotes sustainable construction; however, despite the system&rsquo;s focus on occupant health and comfort, LEED turns a blind eye to worker safety. The building practice, by the nature of its scale, will always rely on mass labor for construction. Yet from early monuments like the Egyptian pyramids or the Great Wall of China to recent slavery charges in the UAE documented by the Human Rights Watch, architecture has always had a complicated relationship with labor rights.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/5399391/mit-going-fast-after-150-years MIT, Going FAST After 150 Years Aaron Willette 2011-05-06T12:08:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:31:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1z4il6adipr2tgc.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In 2011 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding, an occasion marked with 150 consecutive days of activities commemorating its long history of technology innovation. The most prominent of the exhibits, performances and symposia making up the celebration is the <a href="http://arts.mit.edu/fast/" target="_blank">Festival of Art, Science and Technology (FAST)</a>, a series of events meant to highlight the institute&rsquo;s often overlooked tradition in the arts. Organized as a six-part series of events spanning three months, FAST offers the public direct access to a body of work that transcends art as a means of representation to instead becomes an agent of social and technological exploration. On May 7th and 8th FAST culminates in the <a href="http://arts.mit.edu/fast/fast-light/" target="_blank">FAST Light festival</a>, an open house showcasing a number of installation projects by both faculty and staff.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/68296/the-pink-project The Pink Project Paul Petrunia 2007-12-03T07:25:00-05:00 >2012-07-13T14:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9llkxoneglchsjik.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> While filming on a set in New Orleans, actor Brad Pitt became seduced by the powerful image of a pink-clad CGI house within the lush Louisiana surroundings. He saw the pink structure as a metaphor, representing the future of renewed housing for those displaced by the recent disasters.</p>