Archinect - News 2015-06-30T12:56:47-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130720340/artist-stephen-talasnik-considers-the-legacy-of-mid-century-design-russel-wright Artist Stephen Talasnik considers the legacy of mid-century design Russel Wright Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T15:17:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T15:23:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lonznye0pvx0z0g7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It was the slow retraction of glaciers over centuries that shaped the Hudson Highlands into their gentle, undulating forms, later represented in soft grays and blues by the painters of the Hudson Valley School. By the 19th century, humans had started to hollow them out from below. The hills were extensively quarried, their stone pulverized and turned into asphalt or brought down by train to New York City to be recast as architecture.</p><p>In 1942, the noted industrial designer Russel Wright and his wife purchased 75 acres of devastated property and shifted directions, beginning a slow process of collaboration with the land. Wright redirected streams to cascade into the gaping pit of the quarry and built a home intended to seamlessly fit into the landscape. Today,&nbsp;<a href="http://visitmanitoga.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Manitoga estate</a>&rsquo;s current artist-in-residence&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stephentalasnik.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stephen Talasnik</a>&nbsp;continues Wright&rsquo;s legacy with&nbsp;<em>Sanctuary,&nbsp;</em>a large-scale installation of aquatic architecture floating in the Quarry Pool.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c208u4tmhm6ufrfx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fyoq0q5j1ww4vm60.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The responsibility of the artist is to t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings" Julia Ingalls 2015-06-24T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T12:38:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh3v8kq58sxsd4w1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Modern architecture is a defining artistic form of the 20th century at considerable risk, often due to the cutting-edge building materials that characterized the movement." -Deborah Marrow</p></em><br /><br /><p>In news that will surely make <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/540461/prince-charles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prince Charles</a> sigh with displeasure, the Getty Foundation announced it is awarding $1.75 million of grants to help preserve 14 structures in the modern style, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4673/frank-lloyd-wright" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>&rsquo;s Unity Temple, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14374/walter-gropius" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a>&rsquo; residence &lsquo;The Gropius House,&rsquo; and the&nbsp;Rietveld Schr&ouml;der House. This is the second year the foundation has awarded the grants, and has chosen the buildings because (ironically)&nbsp;concrete as a building material has proven to be less than solid.&nbsp;&ldquo;The use of concrete, while visually striking and radical for its time, has created a unique set of challenges for conserving some of the world&rsquo;s most important modernist structures,&rdquo; noted Antoine Wilmering, a senior program officer at the Getty Foundation. &ldquo;Our new grants offer an excellent opportunity to advance research and conservation practices for this material. The accumulated knowledge that will result from the projects will be of tremendous benefit to the field.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9ylq832nkvdfa3b2.jpg"></p><p>While&nbsp;the&nbsp;first year's gra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130329271/dutch-court-mandates-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions Nicholas Korody 2015-06-24T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T17:07:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/oj3xfdzobsktd93t.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent. A judge in The Hague said the state must &ldquo;ensure that the Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25 percent lower than those in 1990.&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/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that! Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T14:12:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ng/ngh6b4yeij31nmh1.jpg" width="514" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What would you do about the drought if you were Jerry Brown? A new 2-3 player board game by Bay Area-based graphic designer Alfred Twu allows you to play the politics of water in California. Twu specializes in designing games that try and have fun with complex issues.&nbsp;Currently, he is developing one called &ldquo;California Housing Crisis&rdquo; that&nbsp;deals with San Francisco&rsquo;s runaway housing costs, and he previously designed a fantasy map for a U.S. national high speed rail system that went viral.</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/129947769/buckminster-fuller-s-operating-manual-for-spaceship-earth-now-available-as-e-book Buckminster Fuller's "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth" now available as e-book Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:58:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nbg32kfrfeidill.jpg" width="514" height="508" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In true ephemeralizing fashion, Bucky's seminal work&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/operating-manual-for-spaceship/id1005931733?mt=11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth</em>&nbsp;has been published on iBooks</a> by the Estate of Buckminster Fuller.&nbsp;</p><p>First published in 1968,&nbsp;<em>Operating Manu</em><em>al for Spaceship Earth</em>&nbsp;gathers Bucky's ideas of global consciousness and actions &ndash; in short, "we are all astronauts", reliant on Spaceship Earth's finite resources, which we've been excellent at squandering so far. The "operating manual" bit is not only a metaphorical device, but also refers to actual advice for designing a more sustainable future.&nbsp;</p><p>In a press release issued by the <a href="http://bfi.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller Institute</a>, the e-book's release will also be the subject of BFI's newly launched&nbsp;<a href="https://bfi.org/dymaxion-forum/2015/04/dymaxion-reading-group-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dymaxion Reading Group</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129874643/kevin-daly-s-backyard-bi-h-ome-provides-affordable-housing-for-humans-and-wildlife Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME provides affordable housing for humans and wildlife Julia Ingalls 2015-06-18T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T21:18:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gnte54xaz8txvwtq.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly, Poolside&rsquo;s version of &ldquo;Harvest Moon&rdquo; echoed off the wooden planks of the Broad Arts Center at UCLA on June 10th as a crowd of optimists, architects, and Ira-Glass lookalikes drank their way in and out of the opening reception for BI(h)OME, <a href="http://kevindalyarchitects.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Daly Architects</a>&rsquo; proposed &ldquo;granny flat&rdquo; solution to the L.A. Housing Crisis. The music was fitting because it was a laid-back cover of a much older tune: instead of raw passion, a more pragmatic vision of affordable housing was being unveiled, a 350-square foot, EFTE-enveloped, recyclable component-laden dwelling with wall cavities for bats, birds, and bugs. The students from <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/37807656/citylab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cityLAB</a> who manually assembled the mock-up of the BI(h)ome formed a lab-coat wearing cluster of &ldquo;house doctors&rdquo; as they stood behind Dana Cuff, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/105047/frances-anderton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frances Anderton</a> of KCRW, and Kevin Daly for a twenty-minute panel-style discussion about the future of housing in Los Angeles.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzjpg28y8qkdfiz3.jpg"></p><p>Part sales-pitch, part design lecture, the discussion encompassed the difficulties that Lo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129788605/photographer-captures-the-landscapes-of-the-middle-east-s-brutal-building-sites Photographer captures the landscapes of the Middle East's 'brutal building sites' Nicholas Korody 2015-06-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:21:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlwjq5punhdyerd0.jpg" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When most people think of the Arabian peninsula, they think of the opulent man-made islands of Dubai and that city&rsquo;s sparking, futuristic towers... But with his series Crossings, Arko Datto&nbsp;shifts the attention to the millions of migrant workers from throughout Asia who are building these structures. Datto used Google Maps and Google Earth to capture the vast highways, sprawling&nbsp;landscapes, and grand projects that laborers have built under conditions that border on slavery.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;The work deals with the issue in a fairly abstract/tangential way,&rdquo; Datto told Wired Magazine. &ldquo;The total lack of human presence in the images is symbolic of the anonymity, facelessness, and lack of representation that the migrant workers suffer.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nzr0tk3bma5jstq3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pg2lmyizpizkyx9s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/we83cipchdg1t00t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acz7qew3iaghvn4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/wo1yev3sglo27bce.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avxa4pi6878ez1de.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129712218/how-the-chinese-steve-jobs-is-trying-to-build-the-ideal-city How the "Chinese Steve Jobs" is trying to build the ideal city Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T21:45:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yh/yh640qzevaq696i9.jpg" width="426" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has a vision of a future where his company makes a third of the world's buildings &ndash; all modular, all steel, and all green. &ldquo;The biggest problem we face in the world right now isn't terrorism or world war. It's climate change,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A fascinating profile of Zhang Yue, the man behind <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini Sky City</a>, a 57-story tower built in 19 days. Yue's company, the Broad Sustainable Group, was able to construct at such speeds by assembling prefab parts at the rate of 3-storeys a day. Now, Yue's set his sights on on building the full-size Sky City &ndash; a 220-story tower where residents would live and work &ndash; in seven months. That height would make it taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently&nbsp;the world's tallest building.</p><p>Watch a timelapse of the Mini Sky City building process below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare Nicholas Korody 2015-06-15T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:04:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f240h6c4ujmdeliy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that cities and counties may require developers to provide below-market-rate housing as a condition of a building permit. The decision is expected to make it easier for Los Angeles and other cities with housing shortages to force developers to build or pay for affordable housing.</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/129635045/amsterdam-s-ambitious-ijburg-housing-project-on-10-artificial-islands-keeps-growing Amsterdam's ambitious IJburg housing project on 10 artificial islands keeps growing Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:28:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/35f8ce97adc02b354eddc3e817560e64.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Right now, Amsterdam&rsquo;s Center Island (Centrumeiland in Dutch) doesn&rsquo;t look like much [...] The island, in use for the first time this summer as a campsite-cum-art installation, is in fact an entirely artificial creation, lying at the heart of what could currently be Europe&rsquo;s boldest engineering and housing program. [...] The archipelago will eventually be home to up to 45,000 people in 18,000 homes, 30 percent of which will be earmarked for affordable rent.</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/129420907/cornell-tech-to-build-world-s-first-passive-house-high-rise-on-ny-s-roosevelt-island Cornell Tech to build world's first Passive House high-rise on NY's Roosevelt Island Nicholas Korody 2015-06-12T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xn8mkoevwy8mb4y.jpg" width="514" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is slated to start this month on what-will-be the world's first high-rise residential tower built according to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> (PH) standards, considered the most rigorous criteria for reducing a building's greenhouse gas emissions. Passive houses, such as the building on the right in the thermogram below, release significantly less heat compared with a typical building (such as that on the left).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y48thhtqjbnclm13.jpg"></p><p>Touted as an "iconic marker" for Cornell University's new tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York's East River, the project will innovative design features such as:</p><ul><li>A pre-fabricated metal fa&ccedil;ade that will act like a thermal blanket, insulating the structure.</li><li>A louver system, or the building's "gills," which will house the building's heating and cooling systems.</li><li>Low-VOC paint to limit off-gassing and improve air quality.</li><li>Exterior paint that "naturally shifts color from silver to warm champagne" when reflecting light.</li></ul><p>According to figures released by the university, the building wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look Alexander Walter 2015-06-11T14:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wspmw9pbf583kqk.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, tourists have been coming to Southern California's Coachella Valley, drawn by spectacular mountain vistas, great weather and lush landscapes. Those landscapes have been, for the most part, man-made &mdash; an artificial oasis in a land of desert. [...] As California enters a fourth year of drought and state and local water officials unveil a series of conservation dictates, at least some hotels in the valley &mdash; big and small &mdash; have begun launching water conservation measures.</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/129327717/luxury-anthropocene-dubai-gets-its-first-private-floating-islands Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-11T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:25:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/6316a0975c1ca5b5c56e87b0e58bce56.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completely stable on the water, the base of the island is built to last for far over 100 years and will create a new underwater habitat for sea life, the company states, adding, it is building similar islands in Maldives and in Miami in the US.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dubai's "The World", a man-made archipelago of islands arranged like a world map, is now spawning private floating homes. The "luxury floating private islands" will be designed to specific client wishes, and reportedly will all come with a pool. Developed by Amillarah Private Islands, these aren't in fact the only floating-homes being developed in The World &ndash; Kleindienst Group is selling "floating seahorses", with submerged bedrooms and bathrooms. Just don't call it a houseboat.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129253818/old-macdonald-had-a-farm-on-a-toronto-rooftop Old MacDonald had a farm (on a Toronto rooftop) Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T14:53:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:16:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cxadu38dqgrjz11k.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Green roofs are nice, but rooftop farms are better. They&rsquo;re the future of living architecture, say international green roof advocates who gathered in Toronto last week. [...] &ldquo;We have a handful of agricultural green roofs and all of them are community projects,&rdquo; like Eastdale Collegiate, Ryerson&rsquo;s Engineering building and the Carrot Common, said Peck. &ldquo;But we don&rsquo;t have any commercial-scale agriculture on roofs &mdash; that&rsquo;s the next thing.&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/129194395/la-county-residents-protest-planned-high-speed-rail LA County residents protest planned high-speed rail Nicholas Korody 2015-06-09T20:21:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:44:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eg/egwr7hs6i5e83pt4.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A diverse alliance of communities &mdash; including Los Angeles County's third-largest city &mdash; is fighting California's long-planned bullet train route into the heart of the San Fernando Valley, saying it would bring irreparable harm... The coalition of communities is demanding that only routes that are predominantly underground should be considered. The growing resistance is coming in part from urban, working-class neighborhoods that are portraying the surface route as an environmental injustice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In short, the bullet train faces opposition from basically every direction. One proposed route, which would include several above-ground stretches, worries residents of the town of San Fernando &ndash; because it would basically cleave the city in two, wiping out a significant chunk of the downtown. And attempts to pursue underground routes have faced criticism because of the possibility of harmful interactions with the state's complex of fault lines and already-precarious aquifers.</p><p>Meanwhile, in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA</a>, Elon Musk's team continues to develop the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129176662/book-review-katrina-palmer-s-end-matter Book Review: Katrina Palmer's "End Matter" Nicholas Korody 2015-06-09T20:02:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T20:02:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s44mi659rbtsb9cn.jpg" width="514" height="778" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 2, 1666, a fire began in a bakery on Pudding Lane in London. By the next day, the flames had fanned out north and west, engulfing much of the city&rsquo;s medieval center. The fire, later knowns &nbsp;as the Great Fire of London, destroyed much of the old cathedral of St. Paul as well as the overcrowded, narrow streets that surrounded it. In the aftermath of the fire, a period of social unrest was followed by a large-scale reconstruction, helmed by the noted architect Sir Christopher Wren. He built a new cathedral in the English Baroque style and supervised, to some extent, the city&rsquo;s larger reconstruction. Today, St. Paul&rsquo;s Cathedral and much of the city&rsquo;s core owes its appearance in part to Wren&rsquo;s preference for a particular variety of white, soft stone hewed on the Isle of Portland. The restitution of London spurred the industrial development of Portland&rsquo;s quarries. For every monument that rose up, such as the looming Doric column that memorialized the fire itself, a hole was e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129173441/rebuild-by-design-wins-innovation-award Rebuild by Design Wins Innovation Award Nicholas Korody 2015-06-09T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T20:05:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utsn7sc3egngf0qm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each year, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) bestows its Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award to a federal agency with the best model practice that can be adopted government-wide. Today, ACUS announced that the 2015 Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award is being presented to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rebuild by Design Competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There's something of a <em>mise-en-abyme</em>&nbsp;quality to a competition winning an award, but it's a good occasion to remember the Rebuild by Design was, after all, not quite your regular competition. Organized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and funded primarily by the US Department of Housing and Development and the Rockefeller Foundation, the competition gathered some of the brightest names in architecture and the six winning proposals will actually be implemented.&nbsp;</p><p>Harriet Tregoning, HUD's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, states, "We're absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition on behalf of the many partners who came together to think of new ways to consider the challenge of how we prepare for natural disasters."</p><p>Take a look at winning projects <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100960550/u-s-department-of-hud-announces-the-rebuild-by-design-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127528083/win-a-copy-of-hypernatural-architecture-s-new-relationship-with-nature Win a copy of "Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature" Justine Testado 2015-06-05T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:39:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/np/np3vpfs91xeus89q.jpg" width="514" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The growing presence of biomimicry in architectural design takes the spotlight in <em>Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature</em>, authored by architecture and materials academic experts Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer from the University of Minnesota. Published by <a href="http://www.papress.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Princeton Architectural Press</a>, Hypernatural highlights 42 case-study projects that demonstrate a fresh array of possible applications in the evolving relationship between the built environment and Mother Nature.</p><p>Sounds interesting? Archinect is giving away five copies of Hypernatural to our readers!</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:&nbsp; <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IsyTsZc2GEfAXkbdMmXJiuv6hki3llR2vXeSx1zImbk/viewform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fill out this survey</a>&nbsp;by the deadline on Wednesday, June 17. Five winners will be chosen. Good luck!</strong></p><p>More book details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sjoaj78ajiy34sgh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zikcn2p8rapza14m.jpg"><br><em>(Top) Echoviren; (Bottom): The Cloud</em> | <em>Photos courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.</em></p><p>Hypernatural features a foreword by Michael Weinstock, an Introduction to the book, and an international collection of 42 case-studies. A few of the projects include the botanical <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80376638/world-s-first-3d-printed-architectural-structure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ech...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128868346/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-biophilia-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-06-05T15:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T15:09:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jn02xrexjrg78sn.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/biophilia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lq2u97qn1uzqkkgf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dspace/project/sculptural-rooftop-garden2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sculptural Rooftop + Garden</a> in Chicago, IL by <a href="http://archinect.com/dspace" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dSpace Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7muuss455w1aqorn.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/704/stadthaus-m1-green-city-hotel/117862859" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stadthaus M1 - Green City Hotel</a> in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>; Photo: Zooey Braun</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/vafp976ocnjlwdte.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/duvivier/project/pickford-residence2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pickford Residence</a> in Culver City, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/duvivier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duvivier Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9h3luxpe3ee9xcz9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/95498741/in-situ-estate/95499547" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Situ Estate</a> in Redding, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/landmorphology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Land Morphology</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/61lk4opnyqr34x9g.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/7671726/beijing-garden-expo-finite-infinite/87033832" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finite-Infinite</a> at the Beijing Garden Expo in Beijing, China by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/7671726/ballistic-architecture-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballistic Architecture Machine</a> with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/5154/peter-walker-and-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Walker Partners</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k94jczevq1n9tyhq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/pomeroystudio/project/gramercy-residence-sky-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gramercy Residence Sky Park</a> in Mandaluyong, the Philippines by <a href="http://archinect.com/pomeroystudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pomeroy Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0wfhs922pt2lehx1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/73477284/outside-in/73484989" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OUTSIDE-IN</a> at the 22nd International Garden Festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/meirlandulli" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meir Lobaton Corona and Ulli Heckmann</a>; Photo: Fabio Ferrario</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/ucs5hzufibm3g5yx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128813766/vancouver-architect-michael-green-proposes-35-story-wooden-skyscraper-for-paris Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris Justine Testado 2015-06-05T12:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:57:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9v5irxq3cjqgzvlo.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver architect Michael Green is proposing to alter the iconic Parisian skyline &mdash; by building the world's tallest wooden building...'Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront,' said Green in a press release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about the project <a href="http://mg-architecture.ca/news/a-proposal-to-transform-the-parisian-skyline-and-define-a-new-era-of-carbon-neutral-building-in-france/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More:</p><p><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></p><p><a title="A New Use for the Eiffel Tower" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></p><p><a title="Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals</a></p><p><a title="Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121146922/canadian-wood-council-pushes-for-more-wood-architecture-excellence-in-the-latest-wood-design-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards</a></p><p><a title="2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities Copenhagen Tops List of the 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities Nicholas Korody 2015-06-02T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T16:49:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ah/ahy945w10a1ykpxz.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bicycle makes sense in cities. With rising urbanization, our cities need modern mobility solutions, and moving around on two wheels proves time and again that it can offer results [...] With each edition, the Copenhagen&shy;ize Design Company&rsquo;s Index of the most bike-friendly cities in the world evolves...This year, we considered cities with a regional population over 600,000 (with a few exceptions because of their political and regional importance, and to keep things interesting).</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.copenhagenize.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagenize</a> is a design consultancy based in Copenhagen, Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam that advises cities on how to become more bike-friendly, often through implementing strategies developed in the Danish capital (which consistently tops the list). These strategies are both infrastructural, for example creating dedicated and protected one-way bike lanes, as well as social, involving advocacy to increase social acceptance of bicycle culture.</p><p>This year, Copenhagen regained the top place from Amsterdam:</p><ol><li>Copenhagen&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/djg9xpclmmu2c63x.jpg"></li><li>Amsterdam&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mh/mh7ugg4xankqulfy.jpg"></li><li>Utrecht&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cumxdkj7qjzc0vsw.jpg"></li><li>Strasbourg&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/tadaz5ur2mtvh5kz.jpg"></li><li><p>Eindhoven&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/ppk651znhek6c1se.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Malm&ouml;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw9imq03pp350uwn.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Nantes<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2mm7gndzdq61y7i.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Bordeaux &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isj7ckfzalg9d4rj.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Antwerp&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2va47j8jxp6epywx.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Seville&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4y/4ymmy66e8nk4vdso.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Barcelona<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9ezasq1expfvt0mn.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Berlin<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1beafe6x72yw6tj4.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Ljubljana&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luufpvqnk1cghh1t.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Buenos Aires&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brsb3zdfj2qo0u09.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Dublin&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4w/4wql5wq9xas7ag5u.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Vienna&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sc/scyep4dsvln8npo7.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Paris&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/lnmvztm22pygn10c.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Minneapolis&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gn14gm93jh1hf1oq.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Hamburg<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/va6k5041i9qz3uh4.jpg"></p></li><li><p>Montreal&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lw/lww9ttmbzj3wojwx.jpg"></p></li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-25T16:51:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:02:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nszec7ijj2dpo469.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that&nbsp;are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or&nbsp;cool it in the summer. They are capable&nbsp;of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff,&nbsp;and also&nbsp;offer&nbsp;birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.</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/128025754/chinese-sinkhole-develops-its-own-eco-system Chinese sinkhole develops its own eco-system Nicholas Korody 2015-05-25T15:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:08:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o5/o5orra4zb3w1pqum.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A sinkhole more than 317 yards deep in Xuanen has become home for various plants and animals</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iymvncafsjwqgsou.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning Alexander Walter 2015-05-22T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T14:20:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwdjcb88zztv0jx4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The downside of giant banks of windows or glass walls, though, becomes obvious when the&nbsp;relentless afternoon sun makes the heat and stuffiness inside intolerable [...]. The makers of &ldquo;smart glass&rdquo; say they can address this problem.&nbsp;Smart-glass windows transform from transparent to opaque, and every shade in between, in seconds. They often rely on electrochromic thin films embedded in the glass. The upshot: Less energy is needed to heat or cool a building. Shades and blinds become optional.</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/127656481/frei-otto-feared-society-was-ignoring-the-ecological-crisis Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</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/127639133/new-parsons-led-collaborative-aims-to-make-affordable-housing-healthier New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-20T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:48:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jv1wk4tnm4llip1y.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our work creates actionable strategies, integrating healthy building protocols, healthy products and green science with design research to directly impact the health of our building materials,&rdquo; said Alison Mears, dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and director of the [Healthy Materials Lab].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founded by The New School's Parsons School of Design, Healthy Building Network, Green Science Policy Institute and Health Product Declaration Collaborative, the Healthy Materials Lab (HML) is focused on reducing the amount of toxic substances found in building materials, while also encouraging the adoption of new, less toxic materials. The HML sits at Parsons Design Lab, and will actively influence how building practice is taught to designers. Of particular focus to the Lab is affordable housing's construction methods.</p><p>The press release issued by Parsons quotes&nbsp;Bill Walsh, founder and executive director of Healthy Building Network:&nbsp;&ldquo;This partnership, with its focus on designing building products to improve human health, is unprecedented in the building materials industry".</p><p>For more about the partners involved, as listed in the press release:</p><p><a href="http://healthybuilding.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Healthy Building Network</strong></a>&nbsp;was founded in 2000 to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127530502/nijmegen-s-new-approach-to-flood-control-and-urban-design Nijmegen's new approach to flood control — and urban design Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T16:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3adf1e10a14b1c1f568cc30a00c3e3a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The people of Nijmegen aren&rsquo;t taking their good luck for granted. With climate change expected to bring more intense storms like the one in 1995 (and a previous one in 1993), the city is embarking on a massive flood-control project. That may be expected in the Netherlands, a low-lying country where most homes are built behind protective dikes [...]. But even here, the approach underway in Nijmegen is unusual, and filled with ideas that river cities anywhere can learn&nbsp;from.</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/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening "Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:41:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nzmu71gicj4s2trj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line is...a perfect example of &ldquo;environmental gentrification&rdquo; &ndash; the growing phenomenon of rising property values in the wake of a large-scale urban greening project... While intended to serve existing residents, in reality it tends to increase land values to the point that those who live there are forced to leave. This exodus in turn transforms the sociological contours of the area and, by extension, the spatial segregation of the entire city.</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/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:47:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tn1ne5lr7m1h6x5f.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, the Indian cabinet green-lit a &pound;10 billion scheme that will be divided equally between building 100 smart cities, and rejuvenating another 500 cities and towns over the next five years. Yet many experts and planners fear that such &ldquo;insta-cities&rdquo;, if they are made, will prove dystopic and inequitable. Some even hint that smart cities may turn into social apartheid cities, governed by powerful corporate entities that could override local laws and governments to &ldquo;keep out&rdquo; the poor.</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>