Archinect - News 2016-12-09T14:49:29-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149981798/twa-hotel-hopes-to-revive-saarinen-s-iconic-terminal-at-jfk 'TWA Hotel' hopes to revive Saarinen's iconic terminal at JFK Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-07T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T13:15:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e050nfok941f703b.jpg" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>water would bubble again in Isamu Noguchi&rsquo;s green marble fountain in the Ambassador Lounge, softly masking the tik-a-tik-a-tik-a-tik-a-tik chatter of a Solari di Udine split-flap display board announcing flight departures and arrivals [...] The architects of the hotel project are Beyer Blinder Belle and Lubrano Ciavarra Architects. Beyer Blinder Belle was responsible for the sumptuous restoration of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The $265 million TWA Hotel project, slated to open in late 2018, would be connected to Saarinen's Trans World Flight Center and Terminal 5 through tubes that used to guide passengers from TWF to their aircraft.&nbsp;As reported by the&nbsp;<em>Times,&nbsp;</em>the Hotel plan has been hailed by preservationists for its restoration of the terminal, which will require developer MCR to "remediate asbestos throughout the headhouse and rebuild or update mechanical systems." However, preservationists aren't so jazzed about the hotel's six stories, one fearing its height would "effectively imprison the headhouse, both reducing the amount of natural light entering it and severely restricting the outward views from the interior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on Saarinen's terminal and happenings at JFK:</p><ul><li><a title="Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136956774/eero-saarinen-s-dormant-jfk-terminal-to-become-jet-blue-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel</a></li><li><a title="Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132415988/fancy-48m-animal-terminal-to-open-in-jfk-airport-next-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a title="JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal</a></li><li><a title="Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81462395/hotelier-andre-balazs-to-convert-jfk-s-historic-twa-terminal-into-a-hotel-and-conference-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA term...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980848/santa-monica-s-impossibly-green-building-dreams-the-challenging-path-to-living-building-certification Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification Alexander Walter 2016-11-30T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T17:31:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ie/ieanteww318tv4hp.jpg" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute&rsquo;s &ldquo;Living Building Challenge&rdquo; &mdash; the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought &mdash;&nbsp;and that if we&rsquo;re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965794/architecture-dean-poh-says-reduction-in-energy-savings-is-not-enough-i-am-for-net-zero" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71829118/seattle-s-super-green-bullitt-center-opened-on-earth-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980650/the-toy-like-mola-structural-kit-allows-architects-to-experiment-with-structural-engineering The toy-like Mola Structural Kit allows architects to experiment with structural engineering Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T18:51:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0ja4hzy67i0o79k.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects determine if their designs are structurally sound? Aside from consulting with a professional structural engineering firm, the Mola Structural Kit offers a playful way to test out the strength and durability of various designs. The company has unveiled the second edition of the kit, which has been designed to be compatible with the first. Here's a video that explains it all:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980645/mia-lehrer-discusses-her-long-running-history-with-the-la-river-s-redevelopment-on-our-final-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session Mia Lehrer discusses her long-running history with the LA River's redevelopment on our final 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-29T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2clrzb2fjj3ljxih.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's here: our final interview from 'Next Up: The LA River', featuring Mia Lehrer of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>. Lehrer was a major driving force in the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, and has worked for nearly 20 years on projects related to the River&mdash;undeniably preceding any involvement from Frank Gehry.</p><p>Paul Petrunia sits down with Lehrer to speak about her history with the river and its redevelopment, as well as her thoughts for how the project must proceed. Read more about Lehrer's work on the LA River <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>To get caught up on all Mini-Sessions from our Next Up: The LA River event, you can listen to the whole first half at once on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions-one-to-one/id1057340260?mt=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> (the second half will be available next week), or download each interview separately through <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;Mini-Session #8&nbsp;</strong>from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/842448/next-up-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&nbsp;</strong>with<strong>&nbsp;Mia Lehrer</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Po...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency Justine Testado 2016-11-22T14:48:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T15:20:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/796f46t5myu20f7f.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What impact will Donald Trump&rsquo;s league of global-warming deniers and fossil-fuel boosters have on U.S. climate action? The short-term prognosis might not be as damaging as some fear, but...it seems safe to assume that for the next four years, domestic climate policy will be in the deep freezer&mdash;while the rest of us heat up...[But] U.S. cities have the power to shrink that footprint and prepare for the worst, even in the absence of financial or regulatory support from the federal government</p></em><br /><br /><p>A quick profile at how five American cities will&nbsp;continue progressing toward their goals to combat climate change, even without federal support from a Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979049/trump-says-climate-change-is-a-hoax-yet-moves-to-protect-his-properties-from-sea-level-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump says climate change is a "hoax", yet moves to protect his properties from sea level rise</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979380/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-5-with-lou-pesce-of-metabolic-studio Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #5 with Lou Pesce of Metabolic Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-21T17:34:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:51:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jlvuczzhyc25mss.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles' Metabolic Studio, run by architect and visual artist Lauren Bon, creates site-specific, temporary "devices of wonder" that interpret landscape in new ways, shifting public perception of land and waterways. One of their most recent projects, 'Bending the River Back Into the City' (pictured below), is a three-part intervention that literally diverts water from the LA River back into LA, distributing it via "the city's first water commons, to allow the currency of water to create social capital."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/254rdbiq2yu466lz.jpg"></p><p>Lou Pesce, an artist with Metabolic Studio, joined us at Next Up to discuss. As concerns about gentrification, public access and the drought raise issues of ownership and equity along the LA River, I wanted to ask about the economic ideas behind 'Bending the River' and how the project relates to the river's specific role in LA history.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Mini-Session #5 of '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/842448/next-up-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>' with Lou Pesce</strong>:</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979027/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-2-with-marissa-christiansen-senior-policy-director-of-friends-of-the-los-angeles-river Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #2 with Marissa Christiansen, Senior Policy Director of Friends of the Los Angeles River Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-17T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-11-23T01:11:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/13/136rzlkwdcqm95n2.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our second conversation from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974079/archinect-presents-next-up-the-l-a-river-at-the-a-d-museum-on-saturday-october-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Next Up: The LA River'</a> is with Marissa Christiansen,&nbsp;Senior Policy Director of Friends of the Los Angeles River. <a href="http://folar.org/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLAR</a>, as the non-profit is known, turned 30 this year, and was founded on the mission to "protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles river and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship." Its role in much of the river's discourse has often included reminding all parties involved that the river is indeed a natural river, and host to a diverse ecosystem&mdash;despite its characterization as the "world's largest storm drain" ever since the Army Corps of Engineers paved most of it for flood control in the 1930s.</p><p>Christiansen trained as an urban planner before joining FOLAR this year, and spoke with Nicholas Korody about the organization's history within the river's redevelopment, its focus on reconnecting people with the river's immense natural resources, and the delicate balance betwee...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978619/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-1-with-kcrw-s-design-and-architecture-host-frances-anderton-and-la-times-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #1 with KCRW's 'Design and Architecture' host Frances Anderton and LA Times architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-16T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-11-23T01:12:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j7/j7zlfu13q1g1q8ez.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's office was first attached</a> to the L.A. River's master plan and redevelopment, the river began attracting fresh attention over a project that had already been evolving for decades. This October, in an attempt to do justice to the river's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">complexity and history</a>&nbsp;(and the accompanying urbanist discourse),&nbsp;Archinect hosted '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974079/archinect-presents-next-up-the-l-a-river-at-the-a-d-museum-on-saturday-october-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&mdash;a live podcasting interview series with an array of&nbsp;architects, planners, artists, and journalists with varying perspectives on the subject.</p><p>We're now eager to share those conversations with everyone as eight Mini-Sessions, released as part of our <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> podcast. Myself, Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody moderated the conversations, which took place <a href="http://bustler.net/events/latest/8406/next-up-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at the Los Angeles Architecture + Design Museum on October 29, 2016</a>. While we reached out to them, unfortunately no representatives from Gehry's office were able to take part.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h6g0uphkyywwhrlv.jpg"></p><p>Our first Mini-Session was moderated by myself, with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/105047/frances-anderton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frances Anderton</a> (host of KCRW's 'Design and...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978618/the-vanna-venturi-house-becomes-an-official-historic-place The Vanna Venturi house becomes an official historic place Julia Ingalls 2016-11-15T15:27:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:18:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/20/20qexq9vspilvbhe.jpg" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being proposed for addition to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places last year, the iconic Vanna Venturi House has officially joined the list after being voted in by the Philadelphia Historical Commission on November 10th. According to <a href="http://planphilly.com/articles/2016/11/14/venturi-house-frankford-s-penn-fruit-and-northern-liberties-row-designated-historic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PlanPhilly</a>:</p><p>"After a nomination&nbsp;first heard last December, Vanna Venturi House was added to the register with universal glee, although the case dragged on for about thirty minutes as the new owner&mdash;who had purchased it to preserve it&mdash;quizzed the commission on exactly what they meant by the word 'property' and whether modifications to the grounds would be allowed."</p><p>For more on all things Venturi:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944193/vanna-venturi-house-s-new-owner-plans-to-preserve-property" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanna Venturi House's new owner plans to preserve property</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131958103/the-vanna-venturi-house-is-for-sale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vanna Venturi house is for sale</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142457648/denise-scott-brown-wins-aia-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown wins AIA Gold Medal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978587/diana-balmori-revered-landscape-architect-has-died-at-age-84 Diana Balmori, revered landscape architect, has died at age 84 Julia Ingalls 2016-11-15T14:33:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T21:56:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z6d6sbuu69ju4h28.jpg" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Landscape architect and innovative urbanist Diana Balmori has died at age 84, as announced by her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.balmori.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">firm's website</a>. The Spanish-born&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lian/live-blog-diana-balmori-and-joel-sanders-on-landscape-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balmori</a>, who founded her own firm in New York City at age 58, was known for her site-defining and inventive landscape architecture works, including the Abandoibarra District in Bilbao, Spain, the Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park in Minnesota, and numerous green roofs in Manhattan. In addition to their striking aesthetic beauty, Balmori's projects integrated sustainable practices, resulting in a holistic pairing of nature and architecture.</p><p><em>Abandoibarra</em><em> Masterplan, Bilbao, Spain</em><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c2/c2074xrnddj50r6l.jpg"></p><p>Balmori, who graduated from high school at age 16, started her career in academia, taking a teaching position at the State University of New York shortly after receiving her Ph.D in urban history from <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. Eventually, she became a partner at Cesar Pelli Associates (now known as Pelli, Clarke, Pelli, Architects), creating the firm's in-house Landscape Architecture department. Her dea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978464/aia-chicago-responds-to-aia-ceo-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump AIA Chicago responds to AIA CEO's statement in support of President-elect Donald Trump Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-14T20:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T20:01:06-05:00 <em><p>The AIA Chicago Board of Directors wants to assure our members that we do not support the recent statement made by national AIA on November 10, which prematurely expressed the support of AIA&rsquo;s 89,000 members for an unarticulated infrastructure agenda made by the incoming presidential administration.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago's AIA chapter has joined a growing list of local chapters, individuals and other architectural organizations who have expressed concerns over <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA CEO Robert Ivy's statement in support of the Trump administration</a>. For a complete run-down of the debacle and its evolution into the #NotMyAIA hashtag, see <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149978362/architects-respond-to-the-aia-s-statement-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our explainer</a>.</p><p>The Chicago AIA's statement, written by senior board members, was originally published on their website on November 14. Its complete form is as follows:</p><p><em>To members of AIA Chicago:<br><br>The AIA Chicago Board of Directors wants to assure our members that we do not support the recent statement made by national AIA on November 10, which prematurely expressed the support of AIA&rsquo;s 89,000 members for an unarticulated infrastructure agenda made by the incoming presidential administration. Further, we are committed to working with all of you to deepen our diversity and inclusion initiatives, and to continue the discussions that affect positive change on issues that are critical to...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978443/yale-school-of-architecture-students-respond-to-aia-s-comments-in-support-of-president-elect-donald-trump Yale School of Architecture students respond to AIA's comments in support of President-elect Donald Trump YaleSOA 2016-11-14T18:37:00-05:00 >2016-11-18T14:45:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vpoh9qut7h0q702u.jpg" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On November 9, 2016, the American Institute of Architects resigned itself to a cowardly position of economic and political subservience with its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">support of President-elect Trump</a>. The AIA&rsquo;s refusal to take a principled stance on an incoming administration that galvanized support through hatred, divisiveness, and fear constitutes an abdication of its self-proclaimed responsibility to speak on behalf of architects and a contradiction of its own stated beliefs.</p><p>We, the undersigned students of the Yale School of Architecture, unequivocally denounce the AIA&rsquo;s endorsement of the new status quo. For too long, our profession has been complicit in giving form to landscapes of inequality and discrimination, and has itself been plagued by a history of racial and gender inequity. The AIA&rsquo;s immediate and unquestioning pandering to the Trump administration threatens a continuation of our troubled past and demonstrates a willingness to pursue financial gain at the expense of our values. With the pro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978404/tamara-roy-aia-president-of-the-boston-society-of-architects-aia-responds-to-notmyaia Tamara Roy AIA, President of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA responds to #NotMyAIA Tamara Roy AIA 2016-11-14T18:23:00-05:00 >2016-11-18T01:30:01-05:00 <p>Dear Mr. Ivy:</p><p>On behalf of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA I am writing to share our shock and disappointment with last week&rsquo;s post-election statement expressing the Institute&rsquo;s willingness to work with President-elect Trump and members of the 115th Congress. While we support the need for design professionals and AIA members to work together to move the country forward, and the country&rsquo;s need to address failing infrastructure, this statement fails to acknowledge the serious contradictions between the Trump campaign and the AIA&rsquo;s own mission and values. The conciliatory and congratulatory tone of last week&rsquo;s message in response to the election is at odds with the very goals and values articulated by the AIA. We agree with the Architect&rsquo;s Newspaper. It would be irresponsible and reprehensible to &ldquo;ignore the role design and designers could play in instituting and perpetuating the inequality inherent in the racist patriarchy Trump&rsquo;s ideology embodies.&rdquo; We wish to reaffirm our commit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978367/cheryl-noel-aia-of-chicago-s-wrap-architecture-responds-to-notmyaia Cheryl Noel, AIA of Chicago's Wrap Architecture responds to #NotMyAIA Cheryl Noel 2016-11-14T18:22:00-05:00 >2016-11-18T01:29:09-05:00 <em><p>I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me &mdash; the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.</p></em><br /><br /><p>I am writing in response to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149977696/aia-releases-statement-on-2016-u-s-election-results-will-trump-s-relations-with-architects-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Ivy&rsquo;s post-election statement</a> committing the AIA&rsquo;s 89,000 members to working with Donald Trump. As an architect, as a woman, this AIA member makes no such commitment.</p><p>The fact that in 2016 the very thought of an intelligent, talented, overqualified woman holding the highest political office in our country was still so intolerable to most voters that a misogynistic, bigoted bully was able to beat her is absolutely soul crushing. Though I fully support the funding of long overdue infrastructure improvements&mdash;obstructed in large p art by Mr. Trump&rsquo;s Republican colleagues&mdash;&fnof;Mr. Ivy&rsquo;s insensitive statement in such close proximity to the election result, that so many of us are devastated by, is offensive and represents the latest saddest example of architects willing to sell their souls chasing the next project fee. There are moments in time when we are presented with choices, choices that define who we are. Who will we choose to be?</p><p>Donald Trump based his c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977697/from-housing-cars-to-housing-people-the-case-for-designing-adaptable-parking-garages From housing cars to housing people: the case for designing adaptable parking garages Alexander Walter 2016-11-09T15:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T18:14:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a6/a632eedee15400705a1b2b46d7fafd0e.jpg" width="650" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LMN Architects [...] wants the tower to survive 50 to 100 years. &ldquo;If that&rsquo;s the case, we do need to make sure&mdash;I feel we do have have the responsibility&mdash;that if the parking uses do change, we design to be able to adapt to that change,&rdquo; [...] the coming transformation to a car-free-ish future. With rideshare, bikeshare, carshare, increasing transit options, and fully automated vehicles on the horizon, cities are less eager to allocate precious space for empty, parked cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>LMN Architects' proposed Seattle tower&nbsp;&mdash; potentially the tallest on the West Coast &mdash;&nbsp;previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145117579/seattle-s-proposed-101-story-4-c-tower-considered-as-too-tall-by-the-faa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137341112/proposed-seattle-tower-designed-by-lmn-architects-could-become-the-west-coast-s-tallest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977131/the-2017-solar-decathlon-is-less-than-a-year-away The 2017 Solar Decathlon, is less than a year away Nam Henderson 2016-11-07T09:01:00-05:00 >2016-11-07T01:01:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f0/f0hwtv4d0vygu1nw.jpg" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Solar Decathlon houses will join the landscape at Pe&ntilde;a Station Next, a burgeoning &ldquo;smart city&rdquo; between downtown Denver and the airport that city planners began mapping out several years ago...We&rsquo;re proud to partner with the City of Denver as we count down to Solar Decathlon and help shape a brighter, more sustainable future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Linda Silverman, Director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon</a>, looks ahead to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon 2017</a>&nbsp;kick off in Denver.</p><p>Previously reported;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934787/denver-selected-to-host-the-2017-solar-decathlon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976865/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-biophilia-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-11-04T14:51:00-04:00 >2016-11-09T00:20:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ga/ga37n518na3tiz65.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/biophilia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erw58ixni28uxilb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/cormanca-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CorManca House</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: H&eacute;ctor Armanado Herrera</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/va/vaqijipxhaymspr1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/boerum-hill-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h0/h0ch8b6au6z97liq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/25989684/black-box/135572388" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Box</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25989684/aaron-neubert-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Neubert Architects</a>; Photo: Brian Thomas Jones</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lg/lg058wwg5exd8nml.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/mccahon-s-artist-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McCahon's Artist Residence</a> in Titirangi, New Zealand by <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bossley Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2d/2d99qnabpbpry1cp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign/project/pear-tree-house2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pear Tree House</a> in East Dulwich, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edgley Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f5/f5loin3hgs63u81g.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten/project/kleinoud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kleinOud</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brandt+simon architekten</a>; Photo: Dirk D&auml;hmlow</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q51o0l1v4829eggm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/31790/ricardo-bofill-taller-de-arquitectura-headquarters/75880140" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Headquarters</a> in Sant Just Desvern, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/ricardo_bofill_taller_arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z7/z7x441guf6c5wn8t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2840623/hex-sys/141554177" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HEX-SYS</a> in Guangzhou, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Zhang Chao</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rj/rj9f3yiz7ydpxvw4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/68186458/bee-connected/149975204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976140/surveying-the-failure-of-utopian-ideals-in-tokyo-s-nakagin-capsule-tower Surveying the failure of utopian ideals in Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower Julia Ingalls 2016-11-01T12:32:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T22:46:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/75/75mfawbx3imtlels.jpg" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite its potential for easy refurbishment and adaptability, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/340537/nakagin-capsule-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nakagin Capsule Tower</a> has not exactly fulfilled the hoped-for mission of its designers. A team of documentary filmmakers recently attempted to stay in the tower, only to find the majority of its units without plumbing or much in the way of livable amenities. As the narrator laments, "Maybe nowhere else is the gap between the utopian 1960s and 70s dream of the future and the reality of life in the 21st century as acutely felt as right here." Check out the full, thoughtful video here:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T12:42:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x6/x61fnubbb53pegaz.jpg" width="650" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While solar panels have been subsidized in many cities for a while now, the blocky, rectangular panels aren&rsquo;t heavily implemented in part because they tend to appear as, well, an addition, rather than a constitutive element of home design. That's about to change, as Tesla has announced a (potentially) revolutionary new intervention in the development of self-powered homes.</p><p>At a press event at Universal Studios, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded <a href="https://www.tesla.com/solar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roof tiles</a>. And they look strikingly like old-fashioned roof tiles, coming in a four distinct styles: &ldquo;Textured Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Tuscan Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Smooth Glass Tile&rdquo; and &ldquo;Slate Glass Tile&rdquo;. From above, the glass is transparent to the sun. From street-level, the solar cells aren&rsquo;t visible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ww/ww7ceuyo7b4fde1d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vpq84k5i757g0prz.jpg"></p><p>Tesla states that the tiles will cost less than traditional roofing when energy savings are factored in. Manufactured out of durable, long-lasting tempered glass, the roof tiles will &ldquo;last longer than the house&rdquo;, Musk ass...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975213/it-s-the-infrastructure-stupid-benefits-of-using-adaptable-strategies-to-revamp-the-u-s It's the infrastructure, stupid: benefits of using adaptable strategies to revamp the U.S. Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:02:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lr/lr7qikbhxb3irk7m.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>LIke everything else in the 21st century, infrastructure is no longer about big moves but rather about nuance, refinement,&nbsp;and creative strategy. This is the argument advocated by <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/302528-our-nations-infrastructure-will-crumble-without-resilience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hill</a>, which makes the case that all infrastructure projects should be resilient and made to serve multiple functions. As the article notes:&nbsp;</p><p>"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy there were calls for a flood wall around lower Manhattan. But the path the city, state and federal government took was far better &ndash; instead of just building a wall, they are creating a system of parks which will provide the same protection, provide additional greenspace for the city, and improve community cohesion by giving people public space to meet and socialize. Instead of gray infrastructure, the city will have a brand new park."</p><p>For more on infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970065/michael-maltzan-envisions-the-future-of-la-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975205/airbnb-helps-the-homeless-while-getting-involved-with-l-a-s-city-council Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T13:29:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g34nm7ku9mo07brv.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being criticized for helping to displace renters by inadvertently motivating landlords to turn long-term rentals into short-term hotel-like quarters, Airbnb is getting political and donating $100,000 to Los Angeles' Proposition HHH, which would require city officials to raise tax dollars to build 10,000 units of homeless housing. According to an article in the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-airbnb-homeless-housing-20161018-snap-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times:</a></p><p>"The contribution&nbsp;comes as a proposed ordinance&nbsp;to regulate short-term rentals is working its way to the&nbsp;<a title="Los Angeles City Council" href="http://www.latimes.com/topic/politics-government/government/los-angeles-city-council-ORGOVV0000379-topic.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Council</a>. The measure, approved in June by the Los Angeles Planning Commission, would limit short-term&nbsp;rentals to 180 days per year,&nbsp;exclude&nbsp;rent-controlled units and impose a tax on rentals.</p><p>Airbnb welcomes&nbsp;being regulated&nbsp;but is not endorsing all the terms of&nbsp;the proposal as is, said spokesman Christopher Nully."&nbsp;</p><p>Airbnb in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973652/airbnb-adds-a-frank-lloyd-wright-home-the-cooke-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968386/airbnb-offers-landlords-a-cut-of-the-profits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb offers landlords a cut of the profi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975149/third-runway-at-heathrow-gets-the-go-ahead Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead Ellen Hancock 2016-10-25T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:02:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4af9d1fea797152c5405a697d041c75f.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs. Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The expansion which had been publicly opposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has been widely debated for years.</p><p>Funded with private sector cash the new runway will cost &pound;17.6 billion but provide 260,000 more flights with an estimated boost of &pound;147 billion to the economy over 60 years. However, construction is unlikely to begin until 2020 at the earliest.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more about Heathrow and UK aviation projects here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure projects?</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149960849/expansion-of-london-city-airport-granted-planning-permission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Expansion of London City Airport granted planning permission</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149958796/grimshaw-chosen-to-design-heathrow-s-new-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149955508/after-brexit-the-priority-for-the-government-at-this-time-will-not-be-big-sexy-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149946366/benoy-announced-in-heathrow-shortlist-for-terminal-of-the-future-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975113/the-potential-impact-of-building-energy-codes The (potential) Impact of Building Energy Codes Nam Henderson 2016-10-25T00:07:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T00:07:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yf/yfc5649k1rd3xe4d.jpg" width="635" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In terms of financial benefits to consumers from reduced utility bills, energy codes could save $126 billion dollars from 2010 to 2040. This equates to a CO2 reduction of 841 million metric tons (MMT). These savings are approximately equal to the greenhouse gases emitted by 177 million passenger vehicles driven for one year or the CO2 emissions from 245 coal power plants for one year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) evaluates impacts of model energy codes in residential and commercial buildings. The most recent assessment focuses on the current model codes and their prospective national and state-level impacts from 2010 through 2040.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974900/a-vast-urban-pathology A vast urban pathology Nam Henderson 2016-10-23T22:52:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T22:53:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/no/nol79aj43vut7a5y.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But it is traffic that has sealed Dhaka&rsquo;s reputation among academics and development specialists as the great symbol of 21st-century urban dysfunction, the world&rsquo;s most broken city. It has made Dhaka a surreal place, a town that is both frenetic and paralyzed, and has altered the rhythms of daily life for its 17.5 million-plus residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jody Rosen writes about Dhaka's legendary traffic congestion.</p><p>For more check out; more incredible photos by&nbsp;<a title="Nicolas Chorier" href="http://nicopix.zenfolio.com/nyt-dhaka" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicolas Chorier</a>&nbsp;and get&nbsp;LIVE: Traffic updates for Dhaka city via <a href="http://www.thedailystar.net/city/live-traffic-update-dhaka-city-1302514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Daily Star</a>. Or read about how the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/ourwork/development-impact/innovation/projects/bangladesh-traffic.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNDP-designed Bus Finder Feature</a>&nbsp;and Transport Pioneers program&nbsp;is trying to solve the problem.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974483/british-construction-criticised-for-lack-of-innovation-by-government-report British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report Ellen Hancock 2016-10-20T11:47:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T23:34:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dk/dk1pnnas4gpx03ot.jpg" width="642" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The review highlights the sector&rsquo;s dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration, and its non-existent research and development culture. Low productivity continues to hamper the sector, while recent high levels of cost inflation, driven by a shortage of workers, has stalled numerous housing schemes as they have become too expensive to build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK industry news here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149970752/engineering-giant-arup-announces-imminent-layoffs-following-brexit-vote" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974186/javier-senosiain-s-low-income-bio-architecture-housing-proposal Javier Senosiain's low-income "bio-architecture" housing proposal Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T14:26:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:25:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cg/cgdjsrl6ysp4vf98.jpg" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forming a closer, more harmonious bond between humanity and nature is the underlying goal of Javier Senosiain's organic or so-called "bio-architecture." His buildings often take the shape of organic forms--in one case, mythic serpent Quetzalcoatl--while simultaneously harvesting rainwater and providing natural shade and ventilation, among other attributes. The Mexican architect and professor at <a href="http://archinect.com/tacos/unam-50-years-of-modern-architecture-at-the-national-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNAM</a> has a retrospective exhibition at The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City displaying his buildings, including a proposed low-income housing complex which breaks away from the cram'em'in monolithic housing milleu and instead creates a walkable, livable village. Check out this <a href="http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/10/14/architecture-exhibit-showcases-organic-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCTV-America</a> video profiling Senosiain and his work:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974172/can-cleveland-combat-climate-change-with-compact-communities Can Cleveland combat climate change with compact communities? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T12:54:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/30/30eq3oqcokv9if0l.jpg" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Cleveland often serves more as a punchline than a solution (the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 due to pollution), a climate change conference convened by the United Nations and currently being held in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/738092/quito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quito</a>, Ecuador sees new potential in the city. As <a href="http://www.streetsblog.net/2016/10/17/how-cities-like-cleveland-can-grow-and-tackle-climate-change/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a> reports, if Cleveland can transform its current suburbia into denser neighborhoods, the metropolis could serve as a model for numerous water and climate-challenged cities in how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly populated globe. As a paper entitled "Where to put the next billion people" states:</p><p>"Cleveland could play a significant role in the fight against climate change by developing a strategy for more compact communities and with a more open and encouraging immigration policy, the report concludes.</p><p>The influx of immigrants should probably be planned better.</p><p>Cleveland&rsquo;s outer suburbs and nearby rural towns hold the key. If the suburbs can figure out strategies to retrofit themselves as dense, walkable com...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973575/perkins-will-proposes-80-story-timber-skyscraper-in-chicago Perkins + Will proposes 80-story timber skyscraper in Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-10-13T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T09:37:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0h/0h9e853q0ekxsosf.jpg" width="620" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of its ongoing Riverline community project, <a href="http://archinect.com/perkinswill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins + Will</a> has proposed an entirely conceptual 80-story, 300 unit residential skyscraper made from timber called the River Beech Tower.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/cixss326b4vwpgvb.jpg"></p><p>Announced 145 years after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this proposed tower would feature a massive central atrium and an aluminum veneer over the exposed diagonal lattice timber beams. While engineers say it is structurally possible, Perkins + Will is currently trying to figure out just how much it would cost to build.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qr/qrh8qhhdmmnxsnui.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2p/2pe0wvcmmy2onch4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cr/cr08k9fs3blh9725.jpg"></p><p>The River Beech Tower distinguishes itself by being one of the tallest wooden structures currently proposed; for a round-up of other tall wooden structures, take a look at these recent news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935481/two-wooden-towers-to-rise-in-bordeaux" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two wooden towers to rise in Bordeaux</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973118/the-absorbing-design-of-china-s-anti-flood-sponge-cities The absorbing design of China's anti-flood "sponge cities" Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6kyrnetchp9fto5y.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is flood mitigation the new frontier in urban planning?&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, whose urban centers have regularly been experiencing infrastructure-shuttering floods, is actively encouraging its metropolises to start reshaping themselves to handle the new reality via the so-called "sponge city" program. As an article in<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2016/oct/03/china-government-solve-urban-planning-flooding-sponge-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;The Guardian</a> notes:</p><p><em>The sponge city programme takes inspiration from low impact development in the US, water sensitive urban design in Australia and sustainable drainage systems in the UK.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>But nothing at this scale has ever been attempted before. &ldquo;The sponge city programme is more comprehensive and ambitious,&rdquo; says WenMei Ha, head of the China water management team at Arcadis, an international urban consultancy which was appointed to this plan by the government.</em></p><p>For more on flood mitigation and the entities trying to rise above it:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961143/at-home-in-a-changing-climate-strategies-for-adapating-to-sea-level-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">At home in a changing cli...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972575/the-rainforest-solutions-project-wins-the-2016-fuller-challenge-award The Rainforest Solutions Project wins the 2016 Fuller Challenge Award Justine Testado 2016-10-06T20:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bn3r6rxsb8j95uag.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC, and Stand.earth formed the Rainforest Solutions Project as part of the Tides Canada Initiative. The coalition has spent nearly two decades developing a sophisticated legal and policy framework called Ecosystem-Based Management to tackle the persisting struggle over Canada's treasured Great Bear Rainforest, while also negotiating the conflicting interests of multiple groups.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rm/rmnmgzkjux9si1sr.jpg"></p><p>Winning over six equally worthy finalist teams, the Rainforest Solutions Project addresses both natural and cultural preservation, and it enforces stronger ecological responsibility in industrial economic pursuits. The Project resulted in a landmark 250-year agreement between all stakeholders &mdash;&nbsp;government, First Nations, environmentalists, and logging companies &mdash;&nbsp;to conserve and sustainably manage the 15 million-acre Great Bear Rainforest.</p><p>&ldquo;Selecting the Rainforest Solutions Project...comes at a critical point in the evolution of the Challenge itself, as design is being recognized as an integral part of business and society,&rdquo; the Fuller Challenge Review Committee wrote in a statement.</p><p>Learn more about it <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5207/rainforest-solutions-project-wins-the-2016-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964795/2016-fuller-challenge-finalists-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Fuller Challenge finalists announced</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957424/2016-fuller-challenge-announces-19-semi-finalist-initiatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Fuller Challenge announces 19 semi-finalist initiatives</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139534854/greenwave-s-3d-ocean-farm-initiative-wins-the-2015-buckminster-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GreenWave's 3D ocean farm initiative wins the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a></p>