Archinect - Features 2016-10-22T19:57:19-04:00 paraSITE: the bandage over the nomadic wound Julia Ingalls 2016-05-27T11:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:21:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Using the air discharged from publicly accessible HVAC units, artist Michael Rakowitz has created a series of inflatable temporary plastic shelters for the homeless he calls &ldquo;paraSITE.&rdquo; The work, which began in 1998 and was later added to the MoMA&rsquo;s Architecture and Design online collection, is both a form of social protest and an ingenious, budget-conscious design (most units cost around $5 to construct).</p> Meow Parlour is a modern hangout for NYC's adoptable cats Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-14T15:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T17:20:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking out inquisitively&nbsp;onto a busy New York City avenue, a white and grey cat perches on a counter that is supported by a base that fittingly reads&nbsp;<em>M E O W </em>in bold<em>. </em>She soaks in warm light that beams through a floor-to-ceiling window, while dozens of other felines play and lounge throughout the rest of their 800sf domain. These cats are temporary residents at&nbsp;<em>Meow Parlour</em>, a modest venue that allows adoptable cats and city-goers a chance to interact within a comfortable &ndash; and refreshingly upbeat &ndash; environment.</p> Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-08T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:16:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With all the media attention on California&rsquo;s drought, the &ldquo;atoning L.A.&rdquo; narrative has gotten pretty common. The city&rsquo;s gluttonous lawns, sprawling infrastructures and indulgent residents &ndash; in short, its sinful stereotypes &ndash; have become untenable as the drought, a housing crisis and pressing sustainability measures come knocking at the city&rsquo;s door.</p> Student Works: New Horizons Iceland Expedition Archinect 2013-02-04T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-03-10T13:40:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In late November 2012, London's <a href="" target="_blank">The Bartlett School of Architecture</a> Unit 3 embarked on an expedition to Iceland.</p> <p> Warmed by the Gulf Stream, endless geysers and caught between two major tectonic plates, this land of endless volcanic activity is also home to Europe's largest glacier.</p> <p> Twelve 2nd and 3rd year students designed, built and tested a series of shelter/surveying devices to research and charted varied aspects of Iceland.</p>