Archinect - News 2015-10-04T11:21:00-04:00 "Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-10-02T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T16:43:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Among the many writers of disasters and crisis &ndash; from Barthes to Blanchot to Ballard &ndash; there is a strain of thinking that rejects the normative and reductive assumption that a disaster must be met with an austere temper or melancholic pragmatism. Rather, disasters can breed their own wild creativity. The <em>&#8203;Lagoonous Assemblage: Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles</em>&nbsp;Honorable Mention proposal seems to take this direction, asking how the drought can be conceived of as an opportunity.</p><p><em><strong>Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Tanzil Shafique</p><p>The central question this project explores is how to turn crisis into an opportunity and the notion of antifragility gives a philsophical background to such design exploration agenda. It is defined as a quality of a system to benefit from exposure to disorder/stress/disaster, as opposed to resiliency which merely adapts to the stress. Can a re-invented urbanism be envisoned for Los Angeles that uses the drought as a pre...</p> "SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines & WaterTransmission Surfaces," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-10-02T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T14:09:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="723" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, there was a flurry of news about the Chinese government's attempt to seed clouds in order to engineer the weather. In fact, the technology &ndash; while largely considered imperfect &ndash; both exists and has been implemented. The&nbsp;<em>SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines &amp; WaterTransmission Surfaces</em>&nbsp;Honorable Mention proposal imagines a future in which existing infrastructure could be employed to serve as the base for a micro-cloud seeding operation to provide water to a thirsty California.</p><p><em><strong>"SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines &amp; WaterTransmission Surfaces,"&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Cristina Jorge Camacho<br><br><strong>INTRODUCTION.</strong>&nbsp;Why electric infrastructure is so important compared to water supply? How we can restore the natural balance? Cyberspace does not exist without electricity, humanity cannot survive without water. It is possible to take advantage of using electric grid for helping improve water resources. Transmission towers&rsquo; structure with an additional structural...</p> "The Ocean Above Us," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-10-01T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T12:15:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="786" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the face of events that exceed our capacity for comprehension, humans tend to invent myths and stories that render things palatable. The passage of the sun across the firmament, the surge of the oceans in a storm, the crash of thunder that follows the flash of lightning &ndash; these all have been attributed to the actions of gods, demons, etc. Even when a more precise or scientific answer is available, humans tend to rely on these stories to help explain complex phenomena to children. What stories will humans of the future invent to understand our time of ecological crises? <em>The Ocean Above Us</em>&nbsp;Honorary Mention proposal takes the form of such a fable, sited in a speculative future in which humans reach to the skies to quench their thirst.</p><p><em><strong>The Ocean Above Us</strong></em><strong>, </strong>by<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Jake Boswell</p><p><em>&ldquo;The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical r...</em></p> "Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T17:04:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Consuming disproportionately-vast quantities of water for the recreational pleasure of a small (typically elite) group of people, golf courses&nbsp;often become a first line of attack during droughts. But what if they could be appropriated in order to help&nbsp;<em>mitigate</em>&nbsp;the effects of a water shortage? The <em>Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal is a proactive &ndash; incendiary, even &ndash; reimagining of the the role of golf courses in Southern California.</p><p><strong>Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action</strong>, by Mark Faulkner</p><p>Fire has historically been a regular and natural presence in California&rsquo;s environment. As the landscape becomes drier the threat to residents grows. Fire suppression can lead to greater fire catastrophe further down the line as fuels build up. The Wildland Urban Interface will continue to expand and California needs to plan for<em>&nbsp;</em>increased fire presence and to consider fire as a factor in design.&nbsp;</p><p>Golf Courses have become a key recreation for re...</p> "The Continental Compact," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-30T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T21:14:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the current drought is likely linked to larger issues like climate change, California has always had cycles of dry and wet seasons, as well as regular drought periods. But, for thousands of years, the inhabitants of the region were (for the most part) able to survive times of water scarcity &ndash; in part because there was, frankly, less of them. As anyone whose seen&nbsp;<em>Chinatown</em>&nbsp;knows, Los Angeles as we know it today is only possible because of the massive projects that pipe water in from out of state. While this was undoubtedly an infrastructural feat, it was also a policy one.&nbsp;<em>The Continental Compact&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention considers historical hydro-policies in order to imagine radically different futures.</p><p><em><strong>The Continental Compact&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Ian Caine, Co-Designer, Derek Hoeferlin, AIA, Co-Designer, Emily Chen, Illustrator and Researcher, Tiffin Thompson, Illustrator and Researcher, Pablo Chavez, Illustrator.</p><p>The drought crisis in California is first and foremost a political crisis. Decades of pub...</p> "Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-09-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T21:14:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long abandoned to the shadows of architectural thinking, the proverbial "throne" of the house &ndash; the toilet &ndash; is beginning to make a bit of a comeback, taking a central role in last year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennial</a>, and making an occasional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appearance</a> in Archinect features. While it may upset our lingering Victorian sensibilities, toilets &ndash; and what they flush &ndash; are an integral aspect of the contemporary house and the modern city. In the context of a drought crisis, these water-vaccuums take on a different hue. The&nbsp;"Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse"&nbsp;Honorable Mention submission&nbsp;reexamines the toilet and its contents within a larger framework, proposing using existing algae technology to treat our wastewater.</p><p><strong><em>Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse</em></strong>, by&nbsp;Prentiss Darden and Algae Systems LLC</p><p>In Southern California, we fill our toilets with water that has traveled over 400 miles, consuming great amounts of energy and emitting carbon dioxid...</p> "Hold the Salt," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-09-29T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:05:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One of the great ironies of the California drought crisis &ndash; or at least one that's repeatedly mentioned &ndash; is that the thirsty state borders the theoretically-endless water reserves of the Pacific Ocean. But, of course, closer examination reveals that a) desalination is no simple task and b) the saltwater, in fact, poses one of the great challenges to our water reserves, constantly threatening to leach into aging infrastructure. The&nbsp;<em>Hold the Salt&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention submission takes the tenuous relationship between salty and fresh water as the starting point for an expansive proposal involving large-scale infrastructural rehabilitation and conversion.&nbsp;<br><br><strong><em>Hold the Salt</em></strong>, by Erik Jensen and Richard Crockett &nbsp;</p><p>California&rsquo;s water system depends upon a fragile balance of inbound saline water against outbound fresh water from the state&rsquo;s watersheds. This tenuous and shifting watermark of salt intrusion is continually maintained with aggressively engineered systems controls. This year California w...</p> "Freshly Squeezed- Survival on the Fringes," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:07:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part and parcel to the image of Orange County in the popular imagination, the suburban tract home is a ubiquitous, popular, and oft-derided element of the Southern California architecture vernacular. The&nbsp;<em>Freshly Squeezed: Survival on the Fringes&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal crafts an extended timeline for this housing typology, revisiting its history and imagining its position in a speculative future marked by natural disasters and resource scarcity.<br><br><em><strong>Freshly Squeezed: Survival on the Fringes</strong></em>, by Robert Alexander</p><p>For 60 years, the Orange County suburban tract house has been a model real estate product for living and consumption in Southern California. Thousands of homes were built following this model of development: large single family houses (2000 to 4000 square feet), built of wood frames with stucco and generally occupying the center 50 to 60 percent of their lots. These houses demonstrated efficiency in their construction and in their ability to sell quickly, but were usually design...</p> "APART, WE ARE TOGETHER," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-28T10:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T19:25:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Coping with California's drought and ensuing water restrictions have been stressful for everyone in the state, but some bear that stress more heavily than others. In <em>Apart, We Are Together</em>, the state's most affluent members will manage to detach the water infrastructure from everyone else to continue buying water at whatever cost, while the lesser-haves must get by with whatever's left, resulting in a drastically divided California.</p><p><strong>APART, WE ARE TOGETHER</strong>, by&nbsp;El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn</p><p>California will not be homogeneously dry. Its main geographic challenge is economic and political.</p><p>With 21 spots on the list of 30 neighborhoods with the highest percentage of million dollar homes, the taxpayers in these zip codes will pay for desalted water, a cost nearly twice as expensive as the rate for imported water was. They will ramp up their infrastructure to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. (Don&rsquo;t worry about the intensive energy needs of such...</p> "HydroForest," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-09-28T09:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:52:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Used in some of the world's driest places, fog-catchers can turn atmospheric moisture into potable water, effective on scales small and large &ndash; it's used by the South African Namib Desert beetle as an evolutionary trick to stay hydrated, and by a Chilean brewery to make beer. The&nbsp;<em>HydroForest&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal calls for a community-run fog-catching system in the famously foggy San Francisco, where residents can be responsible for their own moisture-trapping canopy in a local public space.</p><p><em><strong>HydroForest,</strong></em> by Difei Chen and Ted Ngai (Advisor, RPI)</p><p>The HydroForest is a project that attempts to address climate change, namely the water crisis in California, through a crowd sourcing urban intervention strategy of implementing low-tech fog collectors to create what we call Community Owned and Managed Public Space (COMPS). This strategy takes precedence in how urban trees are managed in many cities, where residences can take responsibility of a tree pit in front of their properties and c...</p> Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T06:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="152" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> hasn't attracted universal acclaim, it has spurred an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unusual competition</a>. A purposefully free-to-enter satirical contest known as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Folly for London</a>"&nbsp;encouraged anyone and everyone to submit "absurd, illogical, egotistic and obtrusive designs for&nbsp;the public green space on London&rsquo;s South Bank which would be sacrificed for The Garden Bridge." Judged by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, journalist&nbsp;Owen Hatherley and political cartoonist&nbsp;Martin Rowson, the overall winner, "Green Fire of London" is a perennial flame fueled by trees culled from London's parks to "free up vast tracts of new land for developers to use for luxury constructions." It beat out entries in a variety of categories, including Absurd Transport Infrastructure, Priapic Humour, and Greenwash.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some of the honorable mentions, including "Jesus Square &amp; Bridge" took a subtler approach, proposing the construction of an underwater bridge that would allow any species walki...</p> Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T21:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the first sole woman to win the medal in its 167-year history (women have shared the prize with others before), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> said, "I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honor in her own right. Part of architecture&rsquo;s job is to make people feel good in the&nbsp;spaces where we live, go to school or where we work - so we must be committed to raising standards. Housing, schools and other vital public buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence &ndash; that shouldn&rsquo;t be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Baghdad-born Hadid, who started her now London-based practice in 1979, adds the Queen of England and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a>-given award to other notable prizes, including her 2004 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&#8203;In Professor Sir Peter Cook's Royal Gold Medal citation, he notes that Hadid's "vociferous criticism of poor work or stupidity re...</p> How connected do architects still feel to the profession? More Dear Architecture letters explore that question Justine Testado 2015-09-23T18:02:00-04:00 >2015-09-24T23:11:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While it's just as important to have serious discussions about the future of architecture, so is taking a hard, honest look at its present state. And if the letters from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently concluded "Dear Architecture" competition</a> indicate anything about how individual architects perceive the field right now, things are looking bleak.</p><p>Organized by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the competition invited entrants to write an approximately 500-word letter addressed to Architecture, whether as a concept, a social practice, or a community. The 12 Honorable Mention entries, although written as seemingly fictional anecdotes, consistently expressed feelings of disconnection with architecture&nbsp;&mdash; topped with a melancholic tone that is just yearning for the better.</p><p>Read the 12 Honorable Mentions in their entirety (listed in no particular ranking):</p><p>1. <strong>Aditya Ghosh</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Dear Architecture,&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s paper, exactly 9 inches wide and 15 inches high. It&rsquo;s two dimensional, flat and featureless. A shade of white that is incapable of any ex...</p> Bustler's recap of winning results for Dry Futures, Dear Architecture, TREEHOUSING, and the Henning Larsen Foundation film competition Justine Testado 2015-09-21T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T12:58:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Check out Bustler recap #76 for the week of Sept 14-18, 2015.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The winners of Archinect&rsquo;s &ldquo;Dry Futures&rdquo; competition are revealed!</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Launched earlier this summer, Archinect asked participants worldwide to send their most inventive design ideas that address the California drought &mdash; from practical and idealistic to speculative and maybe even dystopic. Three prize winners in both the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Speculative</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pragmatic</a> categories were revealed!</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dear Architecture&rdquo; winners write fictional letters about real problems in the field</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Organized by Blank Space,&nbsp;"Dear Architecture" entrants had to pen their own letter to our dearly beloved Architecture &mdash; whether as a concept, a social practice, or as a community. Let's just say that the letters got upfront and personal.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Details of JA Architecture&rsquo;s 4th-prize...</strong></a></p> Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition Justine Testado 2015-09-18T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:24:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the headache-inducing whirlwind regarding Japan's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New National Stadium</a> for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Zaha Hadid Architects and Japanese engineering company Nikken Sekkei announced their ineligibility to participate in the design-and-build competition for the stadium's redesign. Why? Because they couldn't secure a construction company for their consortium, which they struggled with after ZHA's previous design&nbsp;was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scrapped</a>, mostly due to an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inflated &yen;252 billion&nbsp;price-tag</a>. ZHA's latest announcement follows a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snazzy 23-minute video</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a 91-page report</a> they put out last month, wherein they asserted their case for Japan to keep the previous stadium design. Earlier this month, the team intended to submit a new bid for the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>From Zaha Hadid Architects' New National Stadium Report - August 2015.</em></p><p>But not too surprisingly, ZHA's announcement on their ineligibility is no swan song for their involvement in the project, and they continue to convey the same sense of determination. Despite...</p> 100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T07:12:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T15:28:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The international competition organized by think-tank New London Architecture and the Mayor of London has released 100 renderings of proposed solutions to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s housing crisis.&nbsp;Attracting over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world, the competition includes submissions from respected London-based architectural firms including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dRMM</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The ideas cover a variety of&nbsp;conceptual ground, although the innovative use and repurposing/modification of existing spaces appears in numerous renderings, as shown in the entries of Akira Yamanaka and Hal Architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Several proposals make use of the Thames and other waterways to create floating housing, such as these renderings from Baca Architects and dRMM:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Starting on October 15th, the 100 shortlisted entries will be on public display for free at the&nbsp;NLA galleries in The Building Centre near Russell Square, and ten winners will be announced by the end of October. Those winners will be...</p> "Liquid Bank", 2nd place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T11:43:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Every drop counts</em></p><p><strong><em>Liquid Bank</em></strong>, by Juan Saez</p><p>Liquid Bank confronts California&rsquo;s drought from both a local and global perspective. The project addresses the relationship between domestic water consumption and the global water crisis with the development of water related infrastructure in emerging countries. Ultimately, the project aims to address California&rsquo;s drought emergency situation by causing a behavioral shift amongst California residents.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Liquid Bank is a platform (app and website) that offers a system of rewards and incentives that encourage users to use water responsibly in both their domestic and corporate life.</p><p>Users sign-up for a profile at and begin earning the Liquid Bank&rsquo;s digital currency, Aquo. Users can earn Aquos through implementing a variety of water-saving habits: installing low flow shower heads or faucet aerators, incorporating container gardening or drought resistant plants, reducing their household water bill or, as an enterprise, developing a plan...</p> "Liquifying Aquifer", 1st place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T02:22:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>What if the Valley could have multiple wells placed around the city in contingent locations for maximum water replenishment back into the Aquifer?</em></p><p><em><strong>Liquifying Aquifers</strong></em>, by Lujac Desautel</p><p>The story of water in the San Fernando Valley is the by-product of the American frontier to the West and the seemingly unattainable ambitions to protect the mythicized image of lush palm trees and turquoise swimming pools. But, the illusion of water is on the cusp of extinction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The San Fernando Valley is conceptualized as an archipelago of islands characterized by the infrastructures that sever its own territories. In between these forgotten corridors are the conduits, transportation networks, and energy easements that are a crutch to the livelihood of the Valley.</p><p>The largest of these corridors, the Tujunga Wash cuts the valley in half by a 13 mile artificial river that sends every drop of water to the Pacific Ocean. Its adjacencies are anything but monotonous, rich, poor, industrial, mega malls, and th...</p> "Recharge City", 3rd place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T14:24:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Recharge City</strong></em>, by Barry Lehrman</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Recharge City evaluates pragmatic options for recharging the groundwater in Los Angeles County by recycling the 502 million gallons of water that is dumped by Hyperion Treatment Plant and the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant into the Pacific each day. This is enough water to quench the thirst of 5 1/2 million people.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To identify plausible sites for recharge, this project undertook a holistic mapping of the water infrastructure for the metropolis - ultimately collecting data from over 50 local, state, and federal agencies.</p><p>Recycling water is a necessity for Southern California to survive, so how can this massive infrastructure project to close the water loop create a better city for us to live in?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Barry Lehrman is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a>. You can view the Recharge LA project website at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Click&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to see the other winners in both the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pragmatic</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Speculative</a>&nbsp;categories!</p>... "Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T00:09:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Grassroots Cactivism</strong></em>, by Ali Chen<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>California is entering the fourth year of an epic drought. Urban households have reduced water usage by 25%. However, legislation does not apply to farmers, while 80% of the state's water usage goes towards agricultural production. A large percentage of that water goes towards crops that feed livestock. Efforts to conserve water need to target these water-intensive aspects of the farming industry.</p><p>California's unique arid and mediterranean climate plays host to a variety of indigenous species. Among these is the drought-tolerant nopales cactus, otherwise known as the prickly pear. It has existed as a food source in local culinary traditions for many centuries, and is also commonly used as fodder for livestock in times of drought.</p><p><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There is another lesser-known use of the nopales: its pulp acts as a cleaning agent for water. Locals in Mexico have often dumped the water used to cook cactus into polluted rivers and streams. The 'mucilage' or inner cactus ...</p> "Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles," 2nd place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T00:10:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles</strong></em>, by&nbsp;Geofutures @ Rensselaer School of Architecture / Muhammad Ahmad Khan (student); Chris Perry (program director), Ted Ngai, Fleet Hower, Kelly Winn, Lydia Xynogala (program faculty).&nbsp;Acknowledgements: Evan Douglis, Dean of the Rensselaer School of Architecture.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Urban Swales proposes a series of medium-scale urban excavations throughout the City of Los Angeles, micro-reservoirs that, in addition to collecting periodic storm water runoff for remediation, storage, and redistribution to local communities, provides a new typology of shaded &ldquo;urban caverns&rdquo; for human as well as nonhuman forms of occupation. As such, Urban Swales not only functions as a distributed form of water management infrastructure, the general ambition of which is intended to relieve the city&rsquo;s excessive dependence on imported water, but a new form of public space and wildlife refuge as well.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Located at select intersections throughout the city, these &ldquo;swal...</p> "Analogue Sustainability: The Climate Refugees of San Francisco," 3rd place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T00:14:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Analogue Sustainability: 'The Climate Refugees of San Francisco,'</strong></em> by Rosa&nbsp;Prichard<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The project is sited on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The scheme tackles the Californian paradox of too much vs too little water. While the area is in a state of drought, San Francisco Bay is still at risk of flooding both from seasonal heavy rainfall and rising sea levels. The project is an inhabited flood defence wall that wraps around the island, housing those displaced by rising sea levels in the bay. A field condition of maize is planted over the island to draw out the radiation remaining from the island&rsquo;s naval occupation. The island becomes a self-sustaining system, where analogue technologies that hark back to industrial mechanisms are used. The island offers a celebration of a more simple and natural way of life, in contrast to that of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Sustainable systems of water purification and energy production become central to the building. The burning of the maiz...</p> "Dear Architecture" winners write fictional letters addressing real problems in the field Justine Testado 2015-09-16T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T18:18:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We surely have loads to say about the architecture profession, but how would you compose all those thoughts into the good ol' classical form of a letter? The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Dear Architecture" ideas competition</a> asked its participants just that.</p><p>Created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the same people who organized the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>, "Dear Architecture" entrants had to pen their own 500-word letter to architecture &mdash; whether as a concept, a social practice, or as a community &mdash; along with an illustration to supplement their letter's message.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Entrants from over 60 countries responded to the brief. Not too surprisingly, the letters got upfront and personal, if not a little bit heart-breaking.</p><p>The jury &mdash; which included Fernando Romero, Elena Manferdini, Hani Rashid, Natasha Jen, and Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>'s very own Alexander Walter &mdash; selected three top-prize winners and 12 Honorable Mentions.</p><p>Read the top three letters in their entirety below.</p><p><strong>1ST PRIZE ($1,500): Craig L. Wilkins, Ph.D., RA</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Dear Archit...</p> David Adjaye, Dominique Perrault, Young & Ayata, and Gonzalez Hinz Zabala are among this week's winners Justine Testado 2015-09-14T16:08:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:53:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Check out Bustler recap #75 for the week of Sept 8-11, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dominique Perrault named as architecture laureate for 2015 Praemium Imperiale Arts Award</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the 2015 architecture laureate, Dominique Perrault will be presented with the prestigious award, which honors lifetime achievement in the arts. Over 100 of the greatest cultural figures in the 20th and 21st centuries have received Praemium Imperiale.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>David Adjaye wins 2016 McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>David Adjaye is the 2016 recipient for the&nbsp;2016 McDermott Award, which includes a short artist residency at MIT and $100,000. The prize celebrates an individual's distinctive artistic trajectory and their potential to produce more distinguishable work in the future.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Two winners announced for Bauhaus Museum in Dessau</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Gonzalez Hi...</p> Dominique Perrault to receive 2015 Praemium Imperiale Arts Award for architecture Justine Testado 2015-09-10T14:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T14:50:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Perrault</a> is the 2015 architecture laureate for the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award, as announced by the Japan Art Association today. Bestowed by the Japan Art Association since 1988, the award celebrates the association's 100th anniversary and honors the late Prince Takamatsu, who was a patron for 58 years and had faithful commitment to the arts.</p><p>The Praemium Imperiale recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts, and its list of winners include 134 legendary cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. The prize also comes with a cash prize of 15 milion yen (approx. US$122,000). As expected, the list of architecture laureates is of a high caliber, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, David Chipperfield, Henning Larsen, Ricardo Legorreta, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, and Peter Zumthor, to name a few.</p><p>Alongside Perrault, the 2015 Praemium Imperiale laureates include four cultural figures: Japanese-born British pianist <strong>Mitsuko Uchida</strong>; French ballerina <strong>Sylvie Guillem</strong>, Ger...</p> Architect's Top 50 firms include NADAAA, Gensler, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Julia Ingalls 2015-09-09T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T15:52:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We updated our methodology to include new metrics: percentage of women and minority designers; range and value of employee benefits; rate of employee turnover.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What defines a successful architectural firm? For Architect Magazine, it's a blend of diversity in staffing, sustainability, and overall design savvy/business acumen. Accordingly, big names <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> snagged places in the top five, while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>&nbsp;received the highest score overall, also taking the top spot in the category of business. In the category of design, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NADAAA</a> scored the highest; in sustainability, it was&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EYP Architecture &amp; Engineering.&nbsp;</a>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill were recently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commissioned to design the Burj 2020</a>, while NADAAA's founding principal Nader Tehrani was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected to be the new Dean of the Cooper Union</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Liddicoat & Goldhill and the Abode at Great Kneighton are among this week's winners + competition and event updates Justine Testado 2015-09-08T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-09-08T15:22:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> from the previous week that are worth checking out.</p><p>Check out Bustler recap #74 for the week of August 31-September 4, 2015 below:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Submit your designs now to the eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition!</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>eVolo's popular Skyscraper Competition is back for 2016. Entrants worldwide are invited to send their most innovative interpretation of the skyscraper&nbsp;&mdash; the sky is indeed the limit! You can sign up for<strong> </strong>early registration now until November 17, 2015.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>RIBA Manser Medal renamed to House of the Year, winner to be broadcast on British TV</strong>&nbsp;</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>RIBA recently renamed its prestigious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manser Medal</a> competition to the RIBA House of the Year award. Since the 2015 longlisted homes were revealed back in June, there's been a change in plans for the rest of this year's competition. Starting November 4, RIBA will work with Britain's Channel 4 for a weekly TV s...</p> Submit your ChiDesign CADE entries by September 9! Justine Testado 2015-09-03T15:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T14:16:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Chicago Architecture Foundation launched their first ChiDesign CADE competition earlier this summer seeking design ideas for a different type of educational facility called the Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE). Now that registration is closed, be sure to submit your entries by&nbsp;<strong>September 9</strong>.</p><p>As learning spaces become more open and communally oriented,&nbsp;the competition is a means to explore possible models for future educational facilities.&nbsp;If you need a refresher, CADE designs must include the following:</p><ul><li>a new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition spaces for the CAF</li><li>a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)</li><li>a design and allied arts high school</li><li>flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs</li></ul><p>The competition jury &mdash; who will evaluate all proposals and select the first, second and third prize winners &mdash; features:</p><ul><li>Stanley Tigerman, Tigerman McCurry Architects</li><li>David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates</li><li>Monica Ponce De Leon, MPdL St...</li></ul> The eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition is accepting entries now until January. Register early! Justine Testado 2015-08-31T18:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T20:12:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Floating in mid-air, inspired by traditional designs, or built out of carbon dioxide, the sky is indeed the limit in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Since eVolo first launched the contest in 2006, there's no question that the 2016 edition will be just as competitive.</p><p>Every year, participants worldwide are invited to&nbsp;reinvent the skyscraper: examining its definition, historical context, purpose, and exploring the potential for vertical living in the 21st century.&nbsp;The fun part is that entrants are given complete freedom in designing their skyscrapers.</p><p>Get a headstart on those submissions!&nbsp;You can sign up for<strong> early registration</strong> now until November 17, 2015 for $95. Then from November 18 until January 19, the registration fee will hike up to $135.</p><p>The final registration deadline is <strong>January 19, 2016</strong>. Submissions are due on <strong>January 26, 2016</strong> at 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time.</p><p>This year's jury features: Matias del Campo, Thom Faulders, Greg Lynn, Marcelo Spina, and Skylar Tibbits.</p><p>Here's a t...</p> Don't forget that the Dry Futures submission deadline is Tuesday, September 1! Justine Testado 2015-08-29T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T12:14:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Got an inventive design idea on how to address the historic drought that's parching up California? Send your submissions to Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a>&nbsp;competition!&nbsp;Architects and non-architects worldwide are welcome to send entries that are imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or even dystopic. The submission deadline is&nbsp;Tuesday, September 1 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.</p><p>We're accepting submissions in two categories: Speculative and Pragmatic. Three prize winners in each category will be announced.</p><p>"Speculative" refers to proposals of the sci-fi variety, perhaps involving technologies that don't yet exist, or imagining alternative future scenarios for a drought-affected California. "Pragmatic" are the more standard, realistic proposals &ndash; ones that could feasibly be implemented today.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>1st place winners in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a custom one-week survival kit, including a backpack. 2nd place winners get an emergency kit stocked with one-week of supplies, and 3rd ...</p>