Archinect - Features 2016-10-24T10:14:02-04:00 Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T14:02:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="566" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is defined by its freeways: everyone from Joan Didion to <a href="" target="_blank">Ice Cube</a> to "Saturday Night Live" has conceptualized the city through them. So why is such an integral part of the city&rsquo;s urban fabric left largely to stagnate in the collective architectural imagination?</p> 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="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Continued from CONTOURS: New, Energy-Efficient Technologies, <a href="" 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> 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="" 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>