Archinect - News 2016-02-14T07:47:22-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T12:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T17:57:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cro6vjcneu8iah1f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Parisian designer St&eacute;phane Malka Architecture has suggested creating affordable housing in the French capital by adding prefabricated elements on top of and between existing buildings. The &ldquo;3box&rdquo; system does not require the purchase of sites. Instead, the right to build is obtained in exchange for renovating existing buildings. According to St&eacute;phane Malka, the housing would cost 40% less than the usual market price and could be built quickly and cheaply in workshops.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39fw977p651kojd2.jpg"></p><p><em>"The units would work with a new Parisian law, the Loi ALUR, which states that 70,000 new dwellings should be built each year, and that rents should be stabilised."</em></p><p>Interested in other novel housing solutions? Check out some related Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146054413/to-each-their-own-home-a-peek-into-the-home-less-exhibition-at-usc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To each their own home: A peek into the &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo; exhibition at USC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147654209/s-o-paulo-s-big-bet-on-housing-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgwm9uvynb0dm4s8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/djul25g2cepsj4xp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4o26uwx69qmkjn9.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical America has an infrastructure problem – and it's getting critical Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T19:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T20:26:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4sx41sx85inh0fh.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be helpful if there were another word for &ldquo;infrastructure&rdquo;: it&rsquo;s such an earnest and passive word for the blood vessels of this country, the crucial conveyors and connections that get us from here to there (or not) and the ports that facilitate our trade (or don&rsquo;t), as well as the carriers of information, in particular broadband... The word &ldquo;crisis&rdquo; is also overused, applied to the unimportant as well as the crucial. But this country has an infrastructure crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Elizabeth Drew considers several recent books on American infrastructure, with an eye to both the material reality and the political system producing it. She concludes that fixing our infrastructural systems "may require even more widespread paralyzed traffic, the collapse of numerous bridges, and perhaps a revolt in parts of the country that have inadequate broadband."</p><p>"In other words, we may well need to incur more chaos and ruin and even deaths before we come to our senses," she writes.</p><p>Unfortunately, in the US, while infrastructure is falling apart everywhere, certain contingencies bear the brunt of this more heavily. The ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan brings into sharp focus the socioeconomic and racial undercurrents of infrastructural collapse.</p><p>Interested in related issues? Check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147824629/the-crisis-in-flint-and-why-architects-should-care-about-decentralizing-our-water-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142904746/thirst-quenching-as-los-angeles-heats-up-next-wave-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angele...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147824629/the-crisis-in-flint-and-why-architects-should-care-about-decentralizing-our-water-systems The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T18:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T11:20:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/3713bbis9vrx7hyy.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...centralized urban water systems throughout the world are now under significant stress from increasing population density, water-resource competition, changing precipitation patterns, and new sources of pollutants, such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even without these pressures, centralized water is, by design, a fracture-critical system&mdash;one that is susceptible &ldquo;to complete and sudden collapse should any part of it fail,&rdquo; writes Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Faced with an excessive price tag, municipalities may welcome decentralized water as the only feasible choice for future water delivery. Architects should therefore develop more expertise related to these net-zero water systems, as they will have direct implications for building design, construction, and operation."</em></p><p>For more on health issues related to the ecology of urban environments, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy" target="_blank">The architectural vestiges of white supremacy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes "Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:22:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/ueoywb46c3m076io.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tens of thousands of hard-working families will be forced to leave their council homes and find themselves unable to afford a local alternative as a result of government plans to restrict social housing to the poorest, according to research obtained by the Observer. The devastating figures...show that almost 60,000 households in England will be unable to afford to remain in their council properties from April next year, as a result of George Osborne&rsquo;s reform, called &ldquo;pay to stay&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The economy, coupled with concerted political efforts to dismantle what's left of the welfare state, has birthed a veritable housing crisis in London and the rest of the UK. According to new figures, "<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2015/oct/23/pay-to-stay-housing-tory-policy-penalises-hardworking-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pay to stay</a>", a plan crafted by George Osborne, the Conservative MP for Tatton, will leave an estimated 60,000 English households unable to continue to afford their current council housing, worsening an already dire climate.</p><p>For more Archinect coverage of housing in the UK, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145216392/the-state-facilitated-death-of-the-council-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The (state-facilitated) death of the council house</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137956953/up-to-50-of-all-renting-london-households-are-living-in-poverty" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up to 50% of all renting London households are living in poverty</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136811349/100-renderings-of-ideas-to-solve-london-s-housing-crisis-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100 renderings of ideas to solve London's housing crisis released</a></li></ul><p>And, if you're not already familiar with this visage, here's a portrait of Osborne (without his monocle, top hat, or handlebar moustache):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gp/gpo8gtnfslxn2eem.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy The architectural vestiges of white supremacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-09T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T22:59:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcw8ebsvqni4mtkf.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The inequity built into The Lyric Theatre's very architecture is a painful reminder of [Birmingham's] ugly past as one of the most segregated places in America. But it also serves as a living history lesson [...] Across the South, people are struggling with similar questions: What does a changing region do with the vestiges of back-alley service windows, segregated waiting rooms, dual water fountains and abandoned schools that once formed the skeleton of a society built on oppression?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wait long enough, and anywhere can become a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dark tourism</a> site. More from the tricky territory of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a title="Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145531770/preserving-a-home-in-all-its-marred-glory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory</a></li><li><a title='"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145189824/never-the-same-river-twice-experimental-preservation-and-architectural-authorship-with-jorge-otero-pailos-on-archinect-sessions-47" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141818923/saudi-arabia-s-uneasy-relationship-with-its-cultural-heritage-of-mecca-and-medina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina</a></li><li><a title="The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141208175/the-queen-s-architect-listen-to-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-2-with-jens-bertelsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147345873/china-may-dam-its-only-free-flowing-river-left China may dam its only free-flowing river left Nicholas Korody 2016-02-04T13:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T13:07:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erl8n6xanrx1m6ql.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the Nu [River is] the last remaining major watershed in China without a dam. For years, though, the local government has planned to build a series dams along the Nu, too. Entire villages have already been relocated to make way. If the dams are built, China&rsquo;s last free-flowing river will turn into a series of cascading lakes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a uniquely Chinese phenomenon,&rdquo; smiled Fan. &ldquo;A local government sets up an investment company, attracts investors, approves and builds its own projects with developers. All of them make enormous profits. They claim this helps alleviate poverty, but it only causes common people more problems.&rdquo;</em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of "Architectural Guide China"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146827337/this-greenhouse-can-grow-legs-to-escape-flooding This greenhouse can grow legs to escape flooding Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T18:47:00-05:00 >2016-01-31T12:20:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e11b1af252a06f5fd301e29be092bbb2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Constructed in an area which experiences frequent flooding, the Greenhouse That Grows Legs incorporates a novel approach to flood protection. The building is fabricated on a bespoke steel frame with four hydraulic legs, capable of lifting the building 800mm from the ground on command.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the designer, <a href="http://www.batstudio.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bat Studio</a>, the greenhouse stands on hydraulic legs that can lift it up in case of flooding &ndash; a common occurrence in the area.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/46b56adae989a30aa44c5d809084d5b1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/49/49ae39c79ad6a0dd7db0d10753a470aa.jpg"></p><p>Built in glue-laminated timber sections, the greenhouse is meant to be both visually-pleasing and functional. The most prominent fa&ccedil;ade includes externally-expressed "glulam" columns with mirrors bonded to their sides.</p><p>"As the building becomes established and filled with plants we hope this effect will become better and better," state the architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a9/a98940e5fe62167ee144770579d2e48b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/7804f90296c937f0133f99dbf70c3567.jpg"></p><p>"The aim was to construct an experimental building exploring a novel approach to flood defence whilst not compromising the quality of the buildings design."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/058e2a078c09d9e56df137e434f3e5ac.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84a2eb6561bde6f4023cfb5dfcbe5445.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0f/0f78eb789f4afb3cef4063e8840da376.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b9/b9f427b35d13377e229ed179e63f7be5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T05:00:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:29:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/za/zamtqwsuqux447sf.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The number of premature deaths attributed to particulate pollution has risen, government figures show. According to Public Health England, the percentage of premature deaths attributable to minute particles known as PM2.5s rose to 5.3% in 2013 in England from 5.1% in 2012. The death rate in London rose to 6.7% from 6.6%. The figures follow significant improvements in air quality across England in 2010 and 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139550931/car-free-events-significantly-improve-air-quality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146755855/eek-bed-bugs-have-developed-a-resistance-to-the-most-common-insecticide Eek! Bed bugs have developed a resistance to the most common insecticide Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T20:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T10:19:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pd/pd8fc84l8hq3jqdj.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bed bugs have developed a resistance to neonicotinoids, a group of the most widely used insecticides, according to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. [...] The newly found resistance to neonics has real implications for people who need to control the pest... Neonics are the most commonly used insecticide to fight the already elusive and resilient bed bugs, and if they no longer work, bed bugs will continue to thrive despite exterminators&rsquo; efforts.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105938141/bed-bugs-found-on-n-train-in-ny" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed Bugs Found on N Train in NY</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140345862/the-viral-metropolises-of-your-skin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The viral "metropolises" of your skin</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146662467/madrid-is-about-to-get-a-lot-more-green Madrid is about to get a lot more green Nicholas Korody 2016-01-26T15:31:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:02:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pvmem2wsuat96jgx.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nature is poised to reconquer Madrid. Faced with rising summer temperatures, Spain&rsquo;s capital has announced plans, reported in today&rsquo;s El Pais, to seam the city so thoroughly with new green patches that its face could be quite transformed. City parks will be expanded and restored, and 22 new urban gardens created. Vacant public land will be freed up to create community gardens while the banks of the city&rsquo;s scrappy Manzanares River will be thickly planted with trees...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, other components of the initiative include funding and encouragement for green roofs and fa&ccedil;ades. Plants beds would be added to paved squares and ponds may be created to catch excess stormwater <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146346245/copenhagen-copes-with-extreme-weather-by-building-parks-that-turn-into-ponds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">like in Copenhagen</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Madrid's location &ndash; perched high on a plateau that receives little rain &ndash; has always brought harsh winters and grueling summers. But according to a study made by Arup, rainfall could drop by 25% by the midcentury. When it does arrive, it's probably going to be in massive summer storms that can have more averse effects than positive.</p><p>If put into action, this plan could greatly improve the city today &ndash; and save it from tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/506696/anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146346245/copenhagen-copes-with-extreme-weather-by-building-parks-that-turn-into-ponds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen copes with extreme weather by building parks that turn into ponds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194305/last-year-was-the-warmest-since-at-least-1880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last year was the warmest since (at least) 1880</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146650375/the-future-of-new-york-s-skyline The Future of New York’s Skyline Richard Meier & Partners 2016-01-26T11:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:07:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9bt2ibsswmkqsub.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The biggest names impacting New York&rsquo;s skyline come together to discuss the projects that now epitomize the city, the ever-evolving real estate market and what&rsquo;s next for New York&rsquo;s neighborhoods.</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/146346245/copenhagen-copes-with-extreme-weather-by-building-parks-that-turn-into-ponds Copenhagen copes with extreme weather by building parks that turn into ponds Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-22T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:43:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f496c391446f63b573f5639a8033d577.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eventually, Saint Kjelds will be able to withstand &mdash; and even welcome &mdash; heavy rainfall and flooding. [...] More parks like it are being built to purposefully turn into small ponds during heavy rains, allowing them to capture and retain water on site until the drainage system has capacity to handle it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on cities' response to climate change:</p><ul><li><a title="&quot;King tides&quot; give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a title="Jakarta, already 40% below sea level, is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143358173/jakarta-already-40-below-sea-level-is-building-one-of-the-biggest-sea-walls-on-earth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta, already 40% below sea level, is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth</a></li><li><a title="Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li><li><a title="Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137353975/major-international-companies-to-set-targets-to-switch-to-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy</a></li><li><a title="When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134262739/when-the-next-disaster-strikes-how-resilient-would-future-proof-cities-in-the-u-s-be" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146283620/ucl-researchers-present-a-new-kind-of-self-cleaning-nano-engineered-window UCL researchers present a new kind of self-cleaning nano-engineered window Alexander Walter 2016-01-21T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:44:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iu2mdlqx9i4vxagw.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at University College London (UCL) claim that a &ldquo;revolutionary&rdquo; new type of window could cut cleaning costs in tall buildings and reduce heating bills by up to 40% thanks to a new combination of nano-scale engineering inspired by the eyes of moths, and thermochromic coating. The prototype, revealed today, has conical nanostructures engraved on its surface that trap air and prevent all but a tiny amount of water coming into actual contact with the glass.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The lead UCL researcher said this would be a big draw for high-rise building owners, since the cost of cleaning the windows surpasses the cost of installing them after the first five years."</em></p><p>Related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis &ndash; and charge our phones</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like "King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like Nicholas Korody 2016-01-21T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T23:16:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6ea0ewcvenroc55.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>King tides&mdash;a type of perigean spring tide (there&rsquo;s your science jargon)&mdash;occur&nbsp;when extra-high tides line up with some other meteorological anomalies. They&rsquo;re not a huge deal: The water flowing over the seawall is part novelty, part nuisance. But these rare days hint at a new normal, when sea level rise will render current coastlines obsolete [...] On January 21 and 22, the king tide will bring San Francisco&rsquo;s shoreline about a foot higher than average high tide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140875921/the-gsd-vs-the-sea-school-s-new-office-for-urbanization-tackles-climate-change-in-miami-beach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The GSD vs. the sea: school's new Office for Urbanization tackles climate change in Miami Beach</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137735976/climate-change-is-increasing-the-risk-of-severe-flooding-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Climate change is increasing the risk of severe flooding in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135588607/sea-level-rise-accelerating-according-to-new-data-from-nasa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sea level rise accelerating, according to new data from NASA</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146194305/last-year-was-the-warmest-since-at-least-1880 Last year was the warmest since (at least) 1880 Nicholas Korody 2016-01-20T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T13:41:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2h72rf6mzir5cld.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last year was the Earth's warmest since record-keeping began in 1880, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA said Wednesday. It's been clear for quite some time that 2015 would steal the distinction of the hottest year from 2014, with 10 out of the 12 months last year being the warmest respective months on record -- and those records go back 136 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The news that 2015 was the warmest year on record didn't exactly take climate scientist by surprise. But what is startling is by just how much: the average global temperature was 1.62&#730;F above the 20th century average.</p><p>December, in particular, reached new heights of heat, becoming the first month to ever exceed temperature averages by 2 degrees Fahrenheit.</p><p>According to reports, El Ni&ntilde;o played a significant role in bringing up temperatures. It's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">still bearing down</a> on the Western US right now &ndash; although not yet dumping enough precipitation to rescue California from its historic drought.</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/19/weather/major-snowstorm-this-weekend/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In other weather news</a>, the East Coast is about to receive some heavy snow. Early predictions suggest this could be one of the biggest snowstorms in history.</p><p>While unusual and severe weather events comprise perhaps the most visible &ndash; and dangerous &ndash; effects of global climate change, they have been <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142453636/ways-of-seeing-in-the-anthropocene-review-of-the-geological-imagination-and-the-underdome-guide-to-energy-reform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">frequently co-opted</a> by certain American politicians in the last few years to deny the reality of anthropogenic g...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T20:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T22:17:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czfqo7b4678z0p68.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...this week's higher temperatures and sunny skies serve as a reminder that one watery week doesn't erase the years of hardcore drought that have dragged on in SoCal and all of California. The record-breaking rains are a reason to be excited, certainly, but "Although this is a favorable start to the year, there are still 3-4 more critical months that will determine how much rain/snow will fall and accumulate during the wet season," [says] David Miskus, a meteorologist ...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Relevant:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Drought reveals 16th century church beneath Mexican reservoir" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139317744/drought-reveals-16th-century-church-beneath-mexican-reservoir" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drought reveals 16th century church beneath Mexican reservoir</a></li><li><p><a title="In face of drought, San Diego's desalination efforts won't stop there" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136648960/in-face-of-drought-san-diego-s-desalination-efforts-won-t-stop-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In face of drought, San Diego's desalination efforts won't stop there</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Thirst-quenching as Los Angeles heats up: Next Wave @ UCLA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142904746/thirst-quenching-as-los-angeles-heats-up-next-wave-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angeles heats up: Next Wave @ UCLA</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Fatal shores? Sea snakes wash up on Southern California beaches" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140811641/fatal-shores-sea-snakes-wash-up-on-southern-california-beaches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fatal shores? Sea snakes wash up on Southern California beaches</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146135676/we-have-probably-hit-peak-stuff-says-ikea-boss "We have probably hit peak stuff," says Ikea boss Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T19:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T12:27:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmuoqmvv5ldu6hzs.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The appetite of western consumers for home furnishings has reached its peak &ndash; according to Ikea, the world&rsquo;s largest furniture retailer. The Swedish company&rsquo;s head of sustainability told a Guardian conference that consumption of many familiar goods was at its limit. &ldquo;If we look on a global basis, in the west we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil. I&rsquo;d say we&rsquo;ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff &hellip; peak home furnishings,&rdquo; Steve Howard said [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138800384/ikea-and-airbnb-a-match-made-in-globalized-heaven" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?</a></li><li><p><a title="Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133974036/get-a-glimpse-of-these-hacked-ikea-kitchens-by-big-henning-larsen-and-norm-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects</a></p></li><li><p><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Why is Ikea a Non-profit?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109025204/why-is-ikea-a-non-profit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Ikea a Non-profit?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146129250/the-tiny-house-fantasy The Tiny House Fantasy Orhan Ayyüce 2016-01-19T17:31:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T11:40:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmc92xz4rovel4sy.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tiny homes aren&rsquo;t a solution. Small living is another superficial fix, brandishing clever design and appeals to nostalgia while ignoring the underlying social relations which cause homelessness, housing insecurity, and environmental degradation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Arielle Milkman &nbsp;pens an article for JACOBIN. The article takes a historical account of tiny homes and gives a current critique to everyone's darling (everyone = young, white, nonprofit or government worker.) &nbsp;At the end, "Tiny Houses" are superficial housing solutions for the poor. <em>"As spaces in city housing are cut into smaller and smaller swaths, designed to privilege young, independent, salaried workers, the most vulnerable members of the community lose out."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T14:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:08:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1efu2z8lcfk91rp.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using drones for aerial photography has been a source of controversy for several years now. But amid increasing concerns over privacy and safety, some conservation scientists are hoping drone owners will help them to document sea level rise. With an expected increase in storm activity in the Pacific Ocean this winter, scientists believe they are getting a glimpse of the impacts of climate change on coastlines.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see an interactive example of a&nbsp;DroneDeploy-stitched high-resolution map, click <a href="https://www.dronedeploy.com/app/viewer?lng=-118.936144153&amp;lat=34.044211625&amp;zoom=17.0&amp;token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzUxMiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJ0eXBlIjoiUHVibGljVmlld2VyIiwiaWQiOiI1Njk5NDU1NTE2MWJlMjAwMGFlZjQxOTEiLCJleHAiOjI1MzQwMjMwMDc5OX0.TFovFDGOncH_M3p_R4-KIRxuhin-6mQL49sCJ9jzkng072hd5BVMGwpq1AWSHbqSzUIZmyOJd6xjNvPEd_WPbw&amp;view=569a74e2dd322724233846ac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143994632/license-and-registration-please-new-faa-regulations-mandate-drone-registration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">License and registration, please: new FAA regulations mandate drone registration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146040687/olafur-eliasson-wins-a-crystal-award-for-improving-the-state-of-the-world Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world" Alexander Walter 2016-01-18T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:56:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vmhpcn8xaodklhwv.jpg" width="514" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations are due to Olafur Eliasson who's just been given a Crystal Award for his "exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world".&nbsp; Ahead of the World Economic Forum, which takes place later this week in Davos, Eliasson was singled out for particular praise major works including The New York City Waterfalls, Ice Watch, The Weather Project, and Riverbed.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Eliasson who joins fellow winners Leonardo DiCaprio (for his work publicising climate change) actress Yao Chen (for her work raising awareness of the refugee crisis) and will.i.am (for his leadership in creating educational opportunities for the underserved)."</em></p><p>More of Eliasson in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135028638/olafur-eliasson-opens-ship-themed-pedestrian-bridge-in-copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145746231/cloud-harvesting-skyscraper-renderings-of-proposed-new-sustainable-tokyo-development Cloud-harvesting skyscraper: renderings of proposed new sustainable Tokyo development Julia Ingalls 2016-01-14T18:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T22:35:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rmdsb23l38r3y4rg.jpg" width="514" height="792" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's new(ish) in large-scale, sustainable development? Well, the Next Tokyo 2045 project is in the running. Described by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a> in a journal paper as "a mile-high tower rooted in intersecting ecologies," the 12.5 square kilometer project is designed to be a protective barrier against coastal erosion, a mid-bay transit hub, and an experiment in dense urban vertical development via a 1,600-meter high "Sky Mile" tower and several smaller mixed-use towers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55oushy09k1zfdka.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wr/wruw2a0cv7kxc4ag.jpg"></p><p>Developed as part of a collaboration between <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/89522305/leslie-e-robertson-associates-lera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leslie E. Robertson Associates</a>, the design was initially unveiled back in February of 2015, and features proposed elements including an articulated facade that enables "cloud-harvesting" as a means of collecting water for the project dwellers, solar power, and the "capture of kinetic energy from trains running across the bay" as a means of powering mechanical systems.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g6/g6ien3v7375u24ml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3z/3zzilwo32to49afj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e0637dxgdilevbdm.jpg"></p><p>The project hopes to house roughly a half million people.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7t/7tft051fdz650byy.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145742212/rejoice-aesthetes-new-incandescent-bulbs-are-now-more-efficient-than-led Rejoice aesthetes! New incandescent bulbs are now more efficient than LED Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T16:51:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:18:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jj/jjdj8x6742xtfasm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through... Usually traditional light bulbs are only about five per cent efficient, with 95 per cent of the energy being lost to the atmosphere. In comparison LED or florescent bulbs manage around 14% efficiency. But the scientists believe that the new bulb could reach efficiency levels of 40%</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/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future Will tall towers and sky walks populate the Stockholm of the future? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-12T13:34:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:31:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmsjuyi78uvnt64m.jpg" width="514" height="664" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Could roof-straddling &ldquo;sky walks&rdquo; soon be coming to Stockholm? A new plan proposed for the Swedish capital would see a large slice of its city center built over with densely packed towers, joined at their peaks by a dramatic zigzag of tree-lined, open air gangways... Sweden&rsquo;s capital is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe... If it isn&rsquo;t going to sprawl unmanageably or become overcrowded, it&rsquo;s going to have to find somewhere to put everyone...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/va8lw3350hmff38m.jpg"><br><br>Proposed by <a href="http://www.andersberenssonarchitects.blogspot.se/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anders Berensson Architects</a>, the "Klarastaden," or "clear city" plan, was commissioned by the Swedish Center Party, a center-right party with an environmental focus and neoliberal bent. The Swedish capital is poised to grow 17 percent in the next nine years, putting pressure on its historic infrastructure and architecture.</p><p>If you want to avoid sprawling out, you're best options are to go in and up, increasing urban density and height. The Klarastaden proposal does just that, weaving together a matrix of towers of different heights and widths with a series of pathways. Following what is increasingly becoming the go-to trend for marking a project as "green," the building roofs would support a fragmented park.<br><br>But, as is noted by CityLab, the Center Party isn't in power at the moment. So Anders Berensson Architects have also crafted a diagram for how their strategy could be retooled as a retrofit instead of a massive development.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n7uj1a4k4swtkoyi.jpg"></p><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132332198/left-to-rot-abandoned-swedish-mid-century-modern-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Left to rot: abandoned Swedish mid-cen...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:32:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59a36227f372036ed225d3b9e89f66b0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to a team of researchers at MIT, both scenarios may be possible before long, thanks to a new material that can store solar energy during the day and release it later as heat, whenever it&rsquo;s needed. This transparent polymer film could be applied to many different surfaces, such as window glass or clothing. [...] the new finding could provide a highly efficient method for storing the sun&rsquo;s energy through a chemical reaction and releasing it later as heat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139027144/mit-s-new-kinetic-blocks-enhances-ability-to-build-using-microsoft-kinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's new "Kinetic Blocks" enhances ability to build using Microsoft Kinect</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648127/mit-presents-3d-printer-that-can-print-10-materials-simultaneously-without-breaking-the-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142833231/zoom-in-zoom-out-hashim-sarkis-dean-of-mit-s-school-of-architecture-planning-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoom In, Zoom Out: Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT's School of Architecture + Planning, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #5</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade Julia Ingalls 2016-01-06T14:38:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T19:05:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yu0fbofz5nqfrgp6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this rush to urbanize, China also has an enormous opportunity to move toward a &ldquo;new pattern of urbanization.&rdquo; Chinese cities could fulfill their potential to be the most energy-efficient human habitat rather than stoking energy consumption.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a projected urban population of one billion by 2030, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a> needs a few more cities&mdash;but it needs them to be sustainable, a challenge that could be met if smart growth and planning is instituted now. According to this article, no perfect eco-city model exists yet, but certain practices could be scaled up to help create urbanities that are both dense yet green, or at least greener than current smog-laden metropolises (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hello, Beijing</a>). Archinect has been keenly following different strategies for building large-scale sustainable living situations, including:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138417575/werner-sobek-believes-we-could-live-in-entirely-renewable-energy-powered-cities-by-2020" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bk/bkjt8mvtmjg7t8im.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o0/o00gyheyadzrz5yt.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fraz8jjvncw68dkp.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis – and charge our phones Alexander Walter 2016-01-05T14:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-05T16:06:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kf/kfdxi1fk3j6twql1.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at Cranfield University in the UK have created a prototype of a toilet that works without being connected to water or sewage systems, and that can generate electricity and clean water as it composts waste. [...] The Nano Membrane Toilet, which has been developed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, would be a kind of &lsquo;super-toilet&rsquo;, helping to improve sanitation for people without access to utilities &ndash; at present some 2.5 billion people around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is how the Nano Membrane Toilet works: "The toilet flush uses a unique rotating mechanism to transport the mixture into the toilet without demanding water whilst simultaneously blocking odour and the user&rsquo;s view of the waste.&nbsp;Solids separation (faeces) is principally accomplished through sedimentation. Loosely bound water (mostly from urine) is separated using low glass transition temperature hollow-fibre membranes. The unique nanostructured membrane wall facilitates water transport in the vapour state rather than as a liquid state which yields high rejection of pathogens and some odorous volatile compounds. A novel nano-coated bead enables water vapour recovery through encouraging the formation of water droplets at the nanobead surface. Once the droplets form a critical size, the water drains into a collection vessel for reuse at the household level in washing or irrigation applications.&nbsp;Following release of unbound water, the residual solids (around 20-25% solids) are transpo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution Alexander Walter 2016-01-04T15:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-05T12:42:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8y/8y6o3n1sgyz2e4s1.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first two weeks of the year, private cars with even-numbered license plates are allowed on the roads only on even-numbered dates, and those with odd-numbered plates on odd dates. The restrictions have noticeably reduced traffic in a city with 9 million cars, more than double that of a decade ago. In 2014, the World Health Organization found New Delhi&rsquo;s air to be the dirtiest of 1,600 cities it studied. Scientists blame the high levels of pollutants [...] for thousands of deaths a year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup Nicholas Korody 2016-01-04T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T22:00:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pedq2rn1ax5zgz3l.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities around the world have only one generation to meet the twin challenges of climate change and a rapidly growing urban population, the head of a global engineering firm has warned. Gregory Hodkinson, chairman of the Arup group, said that with more than half the world&rsquo;s population already living in cities, and the proportion set to rise to 70% by 2050, city leaders need to take urgent action.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gregory Hodkinsin, the chairman of the engineering giant Arup Group, has warned that cities must adapt to climate change and booming population growth within the timespan of a single generation.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;If we don&rsquo;t, in my view, we&rsquo;re screwed: my children and my grandchildren and everybody else&rsquo;s children," Hodkinsin told <em>the Guardian</em>.&nbsp;"We need to find a way to do this rapid urbanisation in a way that&rsquo;s not going to kill us &ndash; and to do it once.&rdquo;</p><p>Climate change and urban population growth are "twinned" challenges for a variety of reasons. As global temperatures rise, an increase in natural disasters and resource-driven conflict will likely drive displaced populations to urban centers, where shelter and access to basic necessities are more available. This is a pattern already <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/23/world/is-the-syrian-conflict-linked-to-climate-change/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">emerging</a>, for instance,&nbsp;in the mass migration of refugees from Syria and Iraq into Europe and elsewhere.</p><p>Cities currently house more than half of the world's population &ndash; and will most likely have to shelter up to 70% in t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144885599/educational-space-for-flourishing-community-garden-huerta-del-valle-ontario-california Educational space for flourishing community garden, Huerta Del Valle, Ontario, California Orhan Ayyüce 2016-01-03T13:14:00-05:00 >2016-01-24T13:59:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bn78j6qg63ah7hk.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When three architecture students from Cal Poly Pomona, Kirill Volchinskiy,&nbsp;Hana Lemseffer and Necils Lopez&nbsp;invest their skills and resources with the community, the possibilities are endless.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mkhrr7o65okimh3o.jpg"></p><p><em>We are a team of 3 architecture students who have worked for a year to make this project a reality and today we need the final push to materialize the desires and needs of a community.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j6/j6ukwf2bgcvvzt64.jpg"></p><p><em><em>Why crowdsource architecture?&nbsp;</em></em></p><p><em>Crowdsourcing building projects puts financial power back in the hands of the people. By focusing on one public space project at a time, communities can develop built public space with the help of other communities. With the internet and platforms like Kickstarter, public projects paid by people for communities in need become a feasible reality.</em></p><p>This is their story.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1155558207/educational-space-for-flourishing-community-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">educational space for flourishing community garden</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144576879/forget-it-jake-it-s-antarctica-nations-jostle-to-establish-influence-at-the-world-s-end Forget it, Jake, it's Antarctica: nations jostle to establish influence at the world's end Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T12:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73rhasvtmav56apd.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining. But an array of countries are rushing to assert greater influence here, with an eye not just toward the day those protective treaties expire, but also for the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Water, oil, krill: <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/86840199/ice-lab-new-architecture-and-science-in-antarctica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> isn't just an ice-locked science station any longer, but a giant potential resource center hotly pursued by several strategic-thinking nations. Is the pursuit of scientific inquiry being stripped away in favor of the extraction of raw materials? Um, it would appear so, at least according to this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/world/countries-rush-for-upper-hand-antarctica.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Magazine&amp;module=MostPopularFB&amp;version=Full&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;src=me&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times article</a> which predicts changes in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136882061/a-world-divided-mapping-border-fences-globally" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Europe</a>-plus-sized continent's status: "The treaty banning mining here, shielding coveted reserves of iron ore, coal and chromium, is expected to come up for review by 2048 and could be challenged before then."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1t/1thlv8uhw9xxuufs.jpg"></p>