Archinect - News 2014-09-19T22:05:51-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109118485/can-cloud-seeding-clear-singapore-s-skies Can cloud-seeding clear Singapore's skies? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-17T12:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T13:19:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9r/9rl6kdo3fooai3yi.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indonesia is preparing cloud-seeding operations in an effort to combat a haze of air pollution blanketing neighbouring Singapore. Pollution levels were "moderate" levels on Tuesday morning, according to the pollution standard index, a day after hitting "unhealthy" levels. The worst affected parts of the island are in the west and closest to Indonesia. The haze has become an annual event in this part of Southeast Asia, as farmers illegally burn forest or plantation areas to clear land.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109022789/new-york-s-plan-to-storm-proof-fire-island-is-deeply-flawed-says-scientist New York’s Plan to Storm-Proof Fire Island Is Deeply Flawed, Says Scientist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T15:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06afa96fd3fe5c2ccb3d78515f8c3cba.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project does not provide the storm damage mitigation and storm-surge protection that is promised, or at least the U.S. Geological Survey comments on the plan question the science behind those proposed benefits.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;A project like this, where the science is being questioned by government scientists and the environmental impacts are clearly negative, it&rsquo;s a poster child for where we shouldn&rsquo;t do this. This stretch of Fire Island is a park, for goodness sake.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108619725/buy-condo-then-add-parking-spot-for-1-million Buy Condo, Then Add Parking Spot for $1 Million Miles Jaffe 2014-09-10T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T14:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fi85k5plnakte5j3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new development, 42 Crosby Street, is pushing the limits of New York City real estate to new heights with 10 underground parking spots that will cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold upstairs. At $250,000 a tire, the parking spaces in the underground garage cost more than four times the national median sales price for a home, which is $217,800, according to Zillow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The best thing about this article was the NYT pop up ad for luxury condos in Chelsea.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108557847/the-new-urban-cemetery The New Urban Cemetery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T13:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b13a3fcd4fbe37c3d69983460a66194b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of the Future Cemetery is to create a place for people to connect with death. What that actually means and looks like is still in development, Troyer says, but in the first stage of the project they did everything from projections to audio installations. Now, they&rsquo;re working on developing augmented reality experiences in cemeteries&mdash;elements that are only visible with certain devices and if you know they&rsquo;re there. The idea is to allow people to add to their own cemetery experience...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108434944/the-end-of-history The End of History? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-08T00:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T10:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyhsi06w9vfgrvjb.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One index of human impact is the extinction of species, now estimated to be at about the same rate as it was 65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth. That is the presumed cause for the ending of the age of the dinosaurs, which opened the way for small mammals to proliferate, and ultimately modern humans. Today, it is humans who are the asteroid, condemning much of life to extinction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably one of the most prompt and tell it the way it is style of Noam Chomsky, 'where we are going account' of recent history and our as a matter of factly demise depicted. Enjoy your last milleniums.., humans!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fa89990e5415835d890538aee79a29c.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of Beijing can use one of the city&rsquo;s 34 newly installed recycling machines to trade empty bottles for phone card rebates or free public transit passes. Those who choose the phone card rebate just need to type in their phone numbers or scan their cards and the rebate will be automatically applied. The value of the rebate will correspond to the value of the type of bottle that was recycled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the original Chinese language report <a href="http://news.sina.com.cn/c/p/2014-08-14/140130684691.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108097715/are-ethanol-fireplaces-worse-than-wood-burning-ones Are Ethanol Fireplaces Worse than Wood-Burning Ones? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-03T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T19:28:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xb6esfixqd20j51h.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suppliers of ethanol fireplaces are doing a brisk business with the lightweight, easy-to-install ornamental stoves with no chimney. However, caution is warranted when operating these fireplaces, because ethanol is a fuel that, together with the air, forms a highly combustible atmospheric mixture [...] [Moreover], ornamental stoves with ethanol-based firing are a source for pollutants in indoor air that are hazardous to one&rsquo;s health.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The hearth may be the psychological center of the home, but it can also blow it up or make it toxic.</p><p>On the other hand: the researchers also studied traditional, wood-burning stoves in a variety of real-life homes. They found that "emissions enter the air of the room only when the fire wood is replenished and ignited...&nbsp;As long as the stove door and the ash pan are well-sealed, there is no need to fear any compromise to human health."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108031809/is-shigeru-ban-goodwashing-in-aspen Is Shigeru Ban "Goodwashing" in Aspen? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T17:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:38:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kuxb89gmsd4xlif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Shigeru] Ban in Aspen represents a high-culture culmination of this goodwashing force. His museum, a beautiful structure faced with a woven screen and featuring a timber truss, uses his signature paper tubes non-structurally, as decoration in the corporate board room and the gift shop&mdash;all the style of his humanitarian work with none of the substance. -Dana Goodyear</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T00:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbjcjlk5dt7lcgrf.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the Syrian civil war, there are now 3 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries &mdash; an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The record figure was 1 million refugees more than a year ago, and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the Islamic State rampages through Syria and Iraq, thousands are being displaced to add to the growing refugee population created by a civil war against Bashar al-Assad. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Islamic State actively uses infrastructure, specifically hydoinfrastructure, as a militaristic tactic exacerbating conditions for these displaced people.</a>&nbsp; Many architects have developed projects specifically oriented to the global refugee crisis, of which Syria is part. In a past <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>, I asserted that this is not just a general ethical imperative, but also specific to architecture. The problems of a refugee camp or urban enclave are often architectural issues that require design solutions. Additionally, architecture can be considered complicit in the forces generating the crisis as millions are displaced because of climate changes, which architecture contributes to significantly.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107644165/editor-s-picks-382 Editor's Picks #382 Nam Henderson 2014-08-28T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T10:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3s98yw13gw8mj7z.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> series featured, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107115513/working-out-of-the-box-julia-watson-of-studio-rede" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Watson (landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist) of Studio Rede</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x</strong> had two comments; first, that the interview with/work of Studio Rede is "<em>Fantastic</em>!" and second "<em>love this series</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0sxmlen0mgebl1jh.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current work of Bruno Zhu</a>, a photographer and bookmaker. Speaking of a recent work &lsquo;<strong>Builder</strong>&rsquo;, he offers up the following explanation, it "<em>is quite na&iuml;ve and stubborn. It&rsquo;s mostly about one place and photographed in similar compositions, while intended to read as a range of different things. But the project&rsquo;s critical ambition was to question the validity of a report, and how its authority could be its biggest weakness</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Douglaswittnebel </strong>felt there was a "<em>Very interesting focus on the construction and details, it seems that the mysteries are really the biggest part of the series, the unknowns and the questions of why and when</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aur14i96ccp0a51.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week</a>, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal China considering drastic ban on coal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T13:30:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fguc6kj1qhsx2nb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>State-owned news outlets reported this month that the government would ban the use of coal in Beijing and other urban areas by 2020 in an effort to reduce the noxious air pollution that chokes many cities. [...] But [President Xi Jinping] and other officials have provided few details &mdash; and, indeed, have sent conflicting, even disturbing, signals about their plans. Some measures China is considering could actually exacerbate climate change.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107496087/recently-discovered-underwater-methane-leaks-contribute-to-global-warming Recently-Discovered Underwater Methane Leaks Contribute to Global Warming Nicholas Korody 2014-08-26T18:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T19:16:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2aku23qhfbpyi4y.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists have recently discovered deep deposits of a powerful warming gas leaking into the ocean from previously hidden vents just off North America's East Coast, kicking up underwater carbon dioxide levels [...] Most of the vents are located about 1,600 feet down, the perfect spot for the ocean's temperature and water pressure to combine and create an oozing mix of ice and methane gas, a powerful substance with an impact on global warming that's 20 times more damaging than that of [CO2].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107481560/hearing-begins-for-modernist-north-carolina-home-threatened-with-demolition Hearing begins for "modernist" North Carolina home threatened with demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-26T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T15:41:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcfwr7srrpxf66bq.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today is day two in court for architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104168979/louis-cherry-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Cherry</a> and his wife, Marsha Gordon, for the hearing that will decide the fate of their new home in the historic Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina. Back in March, a neighbor complained that the "modernist" style of Cherry's home didn't jive with the neighborhood's tone, and successfully appealed to have the building's permits revoked. Construction was halted, and now the decision of whether the house can be finished, demolished, or forcibly modified to local design standards has been brought to court.</p><p>We first covered this issue back in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99374118/architect-fights-for-his-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">May</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104168976/don-t-like-your-neighbors-house-sue-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">July</a>, and the preservationist-NIMBYism that it's raised. Opening statements for the case were held yesterday, although it could take months for the judge to issue a final decision.</p><p>UPDATE: The hearing has been adjourned, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/RaleighReporter/status/504307602264956928" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@RaleighReporter</a>, Colin Campbell (reporter for <em>The News &amp; Observer</em>, <em>North Raleigh News</em> and <em>Midtown Raleigh News</em>).</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/NCMHTweets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@NCMHTweets</a>&nbsp;reported from inside the court...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view Solar energy that doesn't block the view Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:09:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/830f20a87af8a3f32bf1ef3cc27412cb.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107402795/better-economy-means-more-homes-being-razed Better economy means more homes being razed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67cdd14a3f1e1c6e55aaf333afe1354e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For some historic preservationists on the North Shore, the economic downturn in 2008 had a silver lining, bringing a lull in tear-downs and new-home construction that gave scores of vintage properties a reprieve from the wrecking ball. But six years later, officials in north suburban Winnetka tasked with preserving historic homes say that reprieve has clearly ended. They report that demolition permits have nearly doubled, with 36 issued in 2013, up from 19 in 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107401989/bamboo-architecture-for-dystopian-times Bamboo architecture for dystopian times Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:14:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d764ec048c664598d8ecb02d1abacb0.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Extraordinary as it is, Big Bamb&uacute; is not unique. The Starns&rsquo; project is part of an increasingly popular trend of installations emerging at the intersection of art, architecture, and activism. Hand-built and naturally sourced, these works employ aspects of sculpture, design, and performance to address a wide range of social, spiritual, and environmental deficiencies. They have been loosely gathered under the somewhat paradoxical term &ldquo;natural architecture,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107197418/scientists-propose-using-lasers-to-fight-global-warming Scientists Propose Using Lasers to Fight Global Warming Nicholas Korody 2014-08-24T23:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:05:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yzcaf4xwshpvkx87.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the world's first major geoengineering conference, two separate scientists put forward proposals to use lasers to modify the Earth's climate and fight global warming, from space. One suggested that a satellite equipped with a high-powered laser could grow clouds in the atmosphere below; the other proposed lasers that would blast greenhouse gases from orbit to effectively erase the agents of climate change.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For those unaware, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">geoengineering</a>, in this context, refers to large-scale, intentional interventions in the Earth's climate, particularly towards the end of fighting global warming. There are two main categories of proposed technologies: carbon-dioxide removal and solar radiation management. In general, many in the scientific community and general public reject most proposed geoengineering projects for various technical reasons, as well as feasibility, cost, and their potentially devastating repercussions. Moreover, one could contend that the hubris behind the idea that humans can tinker with delicate systems that we don't fully understand is exactly what got us in this "mess." On the other hand, the other two ways to potentially combat climate change or reduce future devastation &ndash; mitigation and adaptation &ndash; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/05/carbon-emissions-must-be-cut-significantly-by-2020-says-un-report" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aren't exactly going accordingly to plan</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7mx8vn94i41xi3qf.jpg"></p><p>While generally sounding more like science fiction than reality, weather manipulation has actually been going on for decades although ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107191804/how-concrete-floors-can-prevent-child-deaths-in-bangladesh How concrete floors can prevent child deaths in Bangladesh Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-22T19:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:18:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wa6svnlv4o8r9aze.jpg" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An initiative from <a href="http://archinect.com/archiveglobal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments</a> (ARCHIVE) is working to decrease infectious disease rates in Bangladesh through a simple housing intervention: concrete floors. Homes with dirt or mud floors are prime gateways for gastrointestinal and parasitic pathogens, and both are widespread in the country's more vulnerable populations.</p><p>Children under five are particularly at risk, who are disproportionally impacted by such diseases to the point of morbidity or death. ARCHIVE's "<a href="http://archiveglobal.org/high-fives/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Fives</a>" project aims to install concrete floors in 500 Bangladeshi homes by 2015 &mdash;&nbsp;a simple adjustment that ARCHIVE estimates would reduce children's risk of contracting parasites by over 75%, severely undercutting disease and mortality rates.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107187789/can-urban-agriculture-work-on-a-commercial-scale Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale? Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:59:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e5c13ee5d8a8ac44a3912d78a61c36d.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eating food that&rsquo;s grown locally and sustainably is a fantastic and increasingly popular idea, but it&rsquo;s also expensive. Producers tend to drown under marketing and distribution costs, and struggle to find retail channels for their products. To assume that urban farms can escape that trap because of their extreme proximity to consumers would be a mistake; getting food to consumers has proven a logistical nightmare for them as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man Gentrification of Burning Man Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-21T00:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T17:07:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khec2bb57cu03lxh.jpg" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,&rdquo; said Brian Doherty, author of the book &ldquo;This Is Burning Man.&rdquo; &ldquo;It does have this feeling that, &lsquo;Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s gentrifying.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&amp;aq=t&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;rls=SUNA,SUNA:2006-47,SUNA:en&amp;q=burning+man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google search</a>&nbsp;but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from <a href="http://elseplace.blogspot.com/2008/08/burning-man-new-religion.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burning Man, a new religion?</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106949959/hunger-crisis-in-american-universities Hunger Crisis in American Universities Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:10:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ge/ges1iod5t3sqjfci.jpg" width="514" height="956" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As low-income populations have gone to college and food insecurity has risen up to swallow the lower rungs of the middle class, hunger has spread across America&rsquo;s university campuses like never before. In some places, it&rsquo;s practically a pandemic: At Western Oregon University, 59% of the student body is food insecure [...] 39.2% of the [CUNY's] quarter of a million undergraduates had experienced food insecurity at some time in the past year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lack of adequate and steady food is a rampant problem both domestically and internationally. A recent&nbsp;<em>National Geographic&nbsp;</em><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140716-hunger-america-food-poverty-nutrition-diet/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>&nbsp;analyzed the problem of food scarcity in the US across the last fifty years. Traditionally concerned with "hunger," since 2006 researchers at the USDA have shifted focus to "food insecurity," a term that refers more to a generalized state of precarity. This is to say, in recent years, the issue has less to do with people being hungry all the time and more with people who can't count on&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;going hungry in the future. That this condition encompasses such a large percentage of college students is a frightening indictment of both the values and mechanics of the US economic system and its social programs.</p><p>A "food desert" is an area where consistent access to nutritious food is difficult to obtain. Many architects and socially-concerned individuals and groups are working towards ameliorating conditions in such places.&nbsp;<a href="http://inhabitat.com/mogro-mobile-food-truck-fills-food-deserts-with-healthy-eats/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mogro</a> &ndash; or mobile grocery &ndash; is a project th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107016621/rockaway-pipeline-stirs-controversy Rockaway Pipeline Stirs Controversy Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:11:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8yw6ph8cfz0eht7.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pipeline called the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is under construction in the Rockaways. It will deliver 647,000 dekatherms of natural gas to New York City each day &mdash; enough to power 2.5 million homes. Activists ... say the project is inherently dangerous and is just the latest sign of a broken approval and monitoring process for the United States&rsquo; energy infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Concerned activists and locals may have good reason to be worried. Prior pipeline accidents, such as the 2010 San Bruno explosion, have caused extensive damage and even deaths. The Al Jazeera article notes that "since 1986, there have been about 8,000 significant pipeline incidents in the United States, which have resulted in over 500 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries and billions of dollars in damage." Additionally, <a href="http://co.williams.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williams</a>, the company contracted to build the pipeline, is already subject to a federal probe after a string of incidents at other pipelines. Designed to stretch beneath popular beaches, the Rockaway pipeline would be particularly vulnerable, some argue, pointing to the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy.</p><p>Incidentally, the pipeline would run beneath Fort Tilden, currently the host of MoMA PS1's "Rockaway!," a public arts exhibition. In an already abandoned structure in the dunes, Patti Smith set up a gilded four-post bed that is exposed to the weather. As the summer st...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107014210/blue-urbanism-book-takes-urbanism-out-to-sea "Blue Urbanism" book takes urbanism out to sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:15:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hi0r3tu4kyi5vb13.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are the &lsquo;blue planet&rsquo; and everything we do here in cities is connected to and impacts the oceans. But we don&rsquo;t in the urban planning community think of connecting our work to oceans and ocean conservation.&rdquo; [...] Blue Urbanism ... explores the ways cities and oceans connect, such as through food, trash, the need for energy and commerce.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oma1fcgjzmghae6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106941067/self-driving-trucks-may-hit-uk-roads-next-year-truckers-included Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9fdb5c03ccbafe3eb6d58a843f8439e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fleets of self-driving lorries could be tested on UK roads as soon as next year, according to reports. [...] The initiative would cut fuel consumption, backers said. However, the plan has been criticised by motoring groups which said such a fleet would be "intimidating" to other road users.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac9246a29689fa9515554bb8f44b635.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways. It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan that will require coordination of the 88 cities and and dozens of public agencies in the L.A. Basin to achieve.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106875970/brave-new-recycling-economy-movement-turns-trash-to-treasure Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2hnqpg8a6j7nc0b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recently on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103711909/student-works-this-house-made-of-trash-teaches-a-lesson-in-green-housekeeping" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106869516/easy-on-the-environment-but-not-necessarily-neighbors-eyes Easy on the Environment, but Not Necessarily Neighbors’ Eyes Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:20:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/3948c5a56d12c77c7ba5e82e4210eea6.jpg" width="427" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Thomas Paino, an architect, decided to remodel a rowhouse he had bought in Long Island City, Queens, his ambitions were nothing short of trying to save the world &mdash; at least so far as a two-family home could contribute to the cause. [...] And he came up with a daring design in the hopes that neighbors, passers-by, perhaps even the world would take notice. He succeeded beyond all expectations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>