Archinect - News 2014-12-21T15:09:10-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T21:21:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</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/116300139/editor-s-picks-398 Editor's Picks #398 Nam Henderson 2014-12-18T23:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:25:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1luphfdqkj2hwf22.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vytjo2gn7mc4dovm.jpg"></p><p>For the latest <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: Archinect talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115598578/working-out-of-the-box-santiago-borja" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artist and architecture theorist, </a><a href="http://www.s-borja.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Borja</a>.&nbsp;He relates that one thing he learned from architecture school is&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>a sense of structural logic that most artists lack. They imagine things they have no clue how to build. Having said that, you could maybe say the same thing about architects</em>&hellip;"</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> was impressed "<em>The installations are refreshing - they react to the architecture without following an architectural logic...these look free of the forced logic which constrains a lot of architects working in installation. My compliments to the artist!</em>"</p><p>Plus, did you notice, <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new sidebar graphic/ad</a> was launched for Archinect Sessions?</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115663589/moshe-safdie-to-receive-the-2015-aia-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Moshe Safdie will receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/hsolie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harold-Sprague Solie</a>,&nbsp;agreed with many commentators "<em>about time. I worked in his office during my first year out of school and it was an amazing experience</em>". Contrarily,&nbsp;<strong>HotelSphinx</strong>&nbsp;admires "<em>Habitat, as do most architects - but...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116047218/relocation-or-adaptation-is-a-2-degree-limit-for-global-warming-not-enough Relocation or Adaptation: Is a 2-Degree Limit for Global Warming Not Enough? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-15T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:32:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uyegezm7bezkvfhg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...As a practical matter, limiting global warming to no more than 2C seemed like the most ambitious target that could possibly be achieved, since it would require virtually ending fossil fuel emissions within 30 to 40 years... Yet even as the 2C target has become a touchstone for the climate talks, scientific theory and real-world observations have begun to raise serious questions about whether the target is stringent enough."</p></em><br /><br /><p>As is documented in the article, the recent climate talks in Lima ended with an agreement to try to limit the long-term warming of the planet to below 2 degree celsius above the global average temperature at the start of the Industrial Revolution. This limit has been central to talks aimed at mitigating global warming, but, as the author notes, may not be enough. Already, the disastrous and damaging effects of global warming are felt worldwide. Moreover, scientists are realizing they had underestimated&nbsp;the potential rapidity of sea level rise from the melting glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/achj1t7xh4wpwtq5.jpg"></p><p>To put this in perspective, in order to remain below the 2 degree threshold, the building sector alone must steadily transition to carbon neutrality by 2030, a radical change in the way architecture and construction currently operate. According to the project <a href="http://architecture2030.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture 2030</a>, whose name alone shows the centrality of the 2 degree limit, this could feasibly be accomplished if:</p><ul><li>"All new build...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115732640/not-so-bright-lights-big-city Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41jvwaz9hwwx5zy5.jpg" width="514" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You know how you&rsquo;re supposed to turn out the lights when you leave a room to save energy? New York City Council member Donovan Richards wants the owners of many of the city&rsquo;s office buildings to start doing the same&mdash;on a much bigger scale. Richards [...] has introduced a bill that would prohibit owners of approximately 40,000 New York commercial buildings from illuminating the interiors or exteriors of their structures once workers have gone home for the night.</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/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-09T15:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x414czrr86fu3oto.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a press release issued last week by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman &amp; Associates,&nbsp;principal&nbsp;Gene Kaufman has submitted a proposal to buy the Orange County Government Center (Goshen, NY), which has been closed since 2011 due to storm damage. Designed in 1967 by Paul Rudolph, the building is slated to become an "arts hub" in Kaufman's hands, similar to projects he is already developing in Brooklyn, NY &ndash; described in the same press release as "combination artists' lofts-gallery-retail&nbsp;spaces".</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103630900/rethinking-a-spurned-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking a Spurned Landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99369287/gwathmey-siegel-s-kaufman-wants-to-buy-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/47277795/orange-county-votes-to-keep-brutalist-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Votes to Keep Brutalist Building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44158069/unloved-building-in-goshen-n-y-prompts-debate-on-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unloved Building in Goshen, N.Y., Prompts Debate on Modernism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115505365/relocation-or-adaptation-from-sprawl-to-archipelago Relocation or Adaptation: From Sprawl to Archipelago Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T16:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:41:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/833f3cbd4ffcfe4824750530025a024f.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>1. By current estimates, if the polar ice caps melt, sea levels around the world will rise by between 80 and 100m. 2. Many cities (and, by default, around 70 per cent of the world's population) border on a body of water of some kind. According to 2010 government figures, 39 per cent of US population live on a coast. Half live within 50 miles of the ocean.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Based on worst-case scenarios for sea-level rise, cartographer Jeremy Linn imagined the future of three of America's major Western cities. He used topographic information to speculate on what an 80m &ndash; &asymp;262 ft &ndash; &nbsp;rise would look like as well as coming up with new names for this new geography. While such an increase in sea levels won't occur in our lifetime, our grandchildren could one day live in cities like this (if drastic food shortages, violent conflict, drug-adapted 'superbugs,' drought, and extreme weather don't get them first...). Such a rise in sea level would require every ice sheet on the planet to melt.</p><p>In Linn's imaginings, Portland (pictured above) has become a veritable archipelago of islands dominated by the spine of what-is-now Northwest Portland.</p><p>Likewise, much of contemporary Seattle will be replaced by a network of waterways. Only the city's hills would remains as isolated islands.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47c88c7636fab03140c59c0cd8125d3e.jpg"></p><p>Los Angeles-of-the-future is almost entirely inundated. To get from Baldwin Island (Hil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115125852/d-c-exhibit-explores-disaster-oriented-design D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design Nicholas Korody 2014-12-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T21:32:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/930ce7f61eeae47bc640305b872b8651.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires&thinsp;&mdash;&thinsp;no part of the United States is immune to natural disasters. While no one can prevent these hazards, people can prepare for them. &ldquo;Designing for Disaster&rdquo; at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases how scientists, engineers and government officials work together to guard the country&rsquo;s infrastructure against Mother Nature&rsquo;s fury.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For Archinect coverage of related design work, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a title="Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Architectures of the Disaster" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85222483/student-works-resilient-public-housing-from-parsons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's &quot;TELOS&quot; documentary " href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100286211/cutting-room-talking-architectural-dissent-and-climate-proof-buildings-with-eugene-tssui-subject-of-kyung-lee-s-telos-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's "TELOS" documentary</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115114590/finalists-and-jury-of-global-holcim-awards-2015-entering-the-homestretch Finalists and Jury of Global Holcim Awards 2015 entering the homestretch Alexander Walter 2014-12-03T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T14:16:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a7d806d6eb8abfdf619d79650094a50.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The results of the five regional contests are in for the International Holcim Awards competition, and now all eyes are on the upcoming selection of the three final Global Awards winners. [...] The jury tasked to judge the 15 finalists from the regional contests will be headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>These five Regional Gold Award winners automatically qualified for the Global Award competition round:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zj/zj30l3g1rmy1lbat.jpg"></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold - Europe: Anthropic Park</strong>: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation, Saline Joniche, Italy<br>Main authors: Francisco Leiva, Grupo aranea, Alicante,Spain; Marco Scarpinato, AutonomeForme, Palermo, Italy.<br>Further authors: Marta Garc&iacute;a Chico, Grupo aranea; Lucia Pierro, AutonomeForme</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vdhcpw2syqaq6ly.jpg"></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold 2014 - North America: Poreform</strong>: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA<br>Main authors: Amy Mielke, Water Pore Partnership, New York, NY, USA; Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, Water Pore Partnership, Woodbridge, CT, USA<br>Further author: Keller Easterling, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, USA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rfgwl27uwgtfbvvj.jpg"></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold 2014 - Asia Pacific: Protective Wing</strong>: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand<br>Main authors: Jariyawadee Lekawatana, Architectkidd, Bangkok, Thailand; Singh Intrachooto, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand; Chak Cherdsatirkul, Kaomai L...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115048772/why-do-we-expect-artists-to-work-for-free-here-s-how-we-can-change-the-system Why Do We Expect Artists to Work for Free? Here’s How We Can Change the System Quilian Riano 2014-12-02T17:55:00-05:00 >2014-12-02T22:15:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bukzkts1cxulaaxh.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only 10 percent of arts graduates make a living from their creative practice. Artist William Powhida maps the institutional structures that keep most artists broke, and shares strategies for spreading the wealth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It&rsquo;s all too clear that artists are willing to sacrifice everything for their art, including self-interest, an unfortunate consequence of an economy that trades in exposure. In our perilously unequal society, most artists are <a href="http://powhida.tumblr.com/post/21452361650/why-are-most-artists-so-fucking-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">poor</a>, and few understand how we might begin to change the situation. According to a recent <a href="http://bfamfaphd.com/#artists-report-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by the artist-activist group BFAMFAPhD, only 10 percent of U.S. arts graduates make a living from their art. Yet the art market is booming; last year it nearly rebounded to its highest-ever level&mdash;the 2008 financial crash produced only a temporary dip&mdash;with <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-12/global-art-market-surged-to-66-billion-in-2013-report.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$66 billion in sales</a>. I recently spoke with the art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson about artists&rsquo; remuneration and made the mistake of saying, &ldquo;The problem is, there just isn&rsquo;t enough money.&rdquo; She corrected me immediately: &ldquo;There is enough money&mdash;it&rsquo;s just concentrated in the hands of the very few.&rdquo;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113959916/how-better-glass-can-save-hundreds-of-millions-of-birds-a-year How Better Glass Can Save Hundreds of Millions of Birds a Year Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2abb40a46c3b3a49752e9378aabbde3.jpg" width="160" height="120" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In fact, as many as 600 million birds die in window collisions in the U.S. and Canada every year, scientists estimate. [...] A growing awareness of the threats to bird populations has prompted new laws and voluntary guidelines in cities from Toronto to San Francisco. Along with "green" building programs, these new rules are spurring demand for bird-friendly glass among architects, glass manufacturers, and their clients.</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/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T13:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113906945/the-key-is-not-more-money The key...is not more money Nam Henderson 2014-11-17T21:52:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T10:46:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3yuslnxd385slg1.jpg" width="514" height="670" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We need to retreat, especially intellectually...from the idea that we can keep on building anywhere we want. New Yorkers are tough. They can take whatever nature throws their way. But you just can&rsquo;t grow forever at the expense of the sea" - Professor Ted Steinberg</p></em><br /><br /><p>Going beyond the more well known and singular, such as U.S. HUD's <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/rebuild_by_design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild By Design competition</a>, Alan Feuer, Greg Moyer and Melanie Burford highlight various more quotidian infrastructural and planning efforts underway. With an eye toward not just rebuilding but resilience, the&nbsp;<a href="http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/cuomo_130524.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Transportation Authority</a> and <a href="http://www.coned.com/fortifying-the-future/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Con Edison</a>&nbsp;are spending approximately $1 billion (each) on resiliency improvements&nbsp;over the next few years.&nbsp;Meanwhile, initiatives such as <a href="http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/community-reconstruction-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Rising</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nycedc.com/service/programs-business-recovery-resiliency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Business Resiliency Investment Program</a>&nbsp;seek to build community/civic capacity. Yet, others argue that NYC will always be vulnerable, as a result of our own "<em>environmental machismo</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113343922/residents-of-nyc-adult-home-asked-to-repay-fema-aid-from-hurricane-sandy Residents of NYC Adult Home Asked to Repay FEMA Aid From Hurricane Sandy Nicholas Korody 2014-11-10T14:21:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T08:26:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p8/p8bb7ai2wqw983hr.jpg" width="430" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula. Now, the home's disabled, elderly and mostly poor residents have a new headache: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked at least a dozen of them to pay back thousands of dollars in disaster aid.</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/112435990/relocation-or-adaptation-s-o-paulo-nears-collapse-as-drought-continues Relocation or Adaptation: São Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T20:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:58:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4radelsa5y6klcau.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon. S&atilde;o Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the most important reservoirs in Brazil is the&nbsp;Cantareira watershed, which supplies around 45% of the city of S&atilde;o Paulo's water. Back in August, authorities <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/nasa-photos-sao-paulo-drought-20141027" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">warned</a> that the city, which is the largest on the continent, could run out of water in 100 days if the waters dropped to 12%. Now, supplies are at a record 3.3% and creating <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20141024121030-es9ea/?source=hpMostPopular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortages</a> for over 30% of the city's 44 million residents. According to the Financial Times, residents in 70 other cities in the state of S&atilde;o Paulo have experienced water outages, some of which have gone on for days. Despite some minor efforts to curb usage &ndash; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2014/sep/05/brazil-drought-crisis-rationing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">such as reducing water pressure by 75% at night</a> &ndash;,&nbsp;Vicente Andreu, president of Brazil's Water Regulatory Agency, has <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20141024121030-es9ea/?source=hpMostPopular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stated</a> that S&atilde;o Paulo should prepare for a&nbsp;"collapse like we've never seen before" in the next few weeks.</p><p>President Dilma Rousseff, who <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/26/world/americas/brazil-presidential-election/index.html?hpt=wo_bn5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">just won reelection</a>, had used the drought as a major campaign issue. She <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-21/sao-paulo-warned-to-brace-for-more-dramatic-water-shortages.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">claimed</a> that Governor&nbsp;Geraldo Alckmin, whose a member of the opposition p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112413471/louisiana-is-disappearing-into-the-sea Louisiana is Disappearing into the Sea Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:23:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/panl4gel80kftvg0.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US state of Louisiana is slowly disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico as its fragile wetlands are eroded by rising sea levels. Approximately 75 square kilometres are lost each year and the US Geological Survey has warned that the entire habitat - which represents 40% of all wetlands in the US - could be destroyed within 200 years. The loss is partly down to natural evolutionary processes, but experts say human behaviour... has made the region more vulnerable to storm surges.</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/112275285/turning-boston-into-venice Turning Boston into Venice Nam Henderson 2014-10-27T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T21:20:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rhmy9fdeh5cq67ky.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"So we wanted to turn that conversation on its head and say, well what if we let water in? How can we make life better in Boston by bringing water in?" - Dennis Carlberg</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joanna Jolly talked to Boston city planners and architects, who are a proposing solutions to combat sea-level rise. One big idea, is canals which would criss-cross the streets of the Back Bay. Less radical ideas include; constructed wetlands and elevating critical equipment for new development.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112044968/mpavillion-is-a-kind-of-southern-hemisphere-serpentine-pavilion MPavillion is a kind of southern hemisphere Serpentine Pavilion Andrew Michler 2014-10-24T18:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d8bc3p4quxerdv7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conceived as a kind of southern hemisphere Serpentine Pavilion, the MPavilion has just opened its first work, a 12&times;12 meter kinetic box by the local architect Sean Godsell. Using the typically restrained massing of his homes as a template Godsell has then animated the space with a fully louvered skin. The pavilion is placed in the 18th century Queen Victoria Garden with Melbourne&rsquo;s high rises serving as a backdrop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's spring in Melbourne and there could not be a better place to spend an afternoon having a coffee than in a building that completely opens up.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111972700/how-has-the-world-changed-since-you-were-born How has the world changed since you were born? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime...</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/111708964/james-corner-field-operations-will-design-a-new-waterfront-park-in-brooklyn James Corner Field Operations Will Design a New Waterfront Park in Brooklyn Diane Pham 2014-10-20T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T14:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9jxnrr6eng1l2sz.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renderings for the waterfront park to be built alongside the massive housing development Greenpoint Landing have been released. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area only a few years back, so it comes as no surprise that locals were concerned with how developers would protect the area from future storms. James Corner Field Operations was chosen to address the problem, and the result is a resilient design that manages to enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of the existing riverfront.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111358122/philippe-starck-riko-realizes-first-prototype-of-custom-eco-prefab-house Philippe Starck + Riko realizes first prototype of custom eco-prefab house Justine Testado 2014-10-17T09:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T21:50:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77cltuo8rqqmi0aa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First launched in 2013 after years of technological development and collaboration, French designer <a href="http://starck.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philippe Starck</a> and Slovenian wooden prefab building company <a href="http://www.riko.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riko</a> released the second generation of their customizable Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (P.A.T.H.) to the global market just this month. The first P.A.T.H prototype was also recently realized in Montfort, France.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fv6do126d25andx6.jpg"></p><p>As France works towards its 2020 thermal regulation goal to have all new buildings possess positive energy status, Starck + Riko's prefab homes are packed with high eco-technological systems to allow the homes to produce more energy than they consume. Homeowners have the choice to integrate features like photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater recovery systems, and heat pumps.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u6kgwv7q47iahl6w.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most interesting, if not highly marketable, feature of these prefab homes is the variety of mix-and-match design options that cater to homeowners' individual needs and aesthetic preferences. For starters, P....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a065c5496642108e76b4ffb5a91c9af.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unesco, which for too long has been silent on the growing environmental threat to Venice and its evident mismanagement, as revealed by the exposure of massive corruption in the construction of its flood barriers, has at last shown its teeth. At the meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Doha this June it passed important resolutions that show that it intends to call the Italian government to account and put Venice on its World Heritage at Risk list if it is not satisfied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111407968/harlem-may-get-its-own-high-line-park Harlem May Get Its Own High Line Park Diane Pham 2014-10-16T12:04:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:24:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f98ktjz0i9lrm5y8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new proposal called 'Harlem Promenade' developed by the Housing Partnership could bring not only 2,000 additional affordable housing units to Washington Heights, but also an elevated railway park akin to the High Line. The park would be built atop a portion of Amtrak rail lines and would finally offer locals a safe and easy connection to the waterfront parks and recreation along the Hudson.</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/111338781/study-finds-ny-rats-have-alarming-diseases Study Finds NY Rats Have Alarming Diseases Nicholas Korody 2014-10-15T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T14:32:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o65q12vrnum1aniw.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, a team of pathogen hunters at Columbia University...conducted a survey of the viruses and bacteria in Manhattan&rsquo;s rats, the first attempt to use DNA to catalog pathogens in any animal species in New York City [...] Although the scientists examined just 133 rats, they found plenty of pathogens. Some caused food-borne illnesses. Others, like Seoul hantavirus, had never before been found in New York. Others were altogether new to science.</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York's notorious rat problem is just one of the many complex human-animal interactions that can lead to disease outbreaks. Ebola, which has decimated West Africa and is now <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appearing in the US</a>, likely spread to humans from <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ebola-emerged-jungle-photos/story?id=24740453" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contact with infected primates</a>. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avian_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Avian flu</a> (H5N1) spreads from contact with contaminated birds, with the most deadly strains for humans likely coming from exposure to infected domesticated birds. Similarly, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">swine flu</a> comes from contact with pigs. And the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bubonic plague</a>, famously thought to have come from rats, is now thought to have spread from fleas carried by said rats.</p><p>All this shows that human habitations are actually within a complex mesh of interactions with other non-human agents, many of which pose grave or even fatal health risks. As&nbsp;Dr. Lipkin, director of the rat study, told the NY Times:&nbsp;&ldquo;I think people are going to have to start paying attention to this.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111212561/ruination-city-of-dust Ruination: City of Dust b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-13T23:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:13:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77h7am7unlh6mqkg.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Jane McGonigal, a well-known game designer and researcher, &ldquo;games build the kind of trust, relationships and social networks so critical to [collective action].&rdquo; Playing games, people naturally weave a tight social fabric.&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/110956491/u-s-department-of-agriculture-launches-tall-wood-building-prize-competition U.S. Department of Agriculture launches Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Justine Testado 2014-10-10T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:20:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7k4t07z7za66zdc.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially launched their U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. As the first step of a new USDA and forest industry initiative, the competition...aims to showcase the architectural and commercial feasibility of advanced wood products in tall building construction in order to support employment opportunities in U.S. rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of American forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Following a funding initiative announced by the Obama Administration and the U.S. forestry industry through the USDA, SLB and BSLC earlier this year, the competition invites all U.S. developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an alternative solution approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million.</p><p>The objective of the Competition is to identify proponents with building project(s) in the concept-, schematic- or design-development stage in the U.S. that can safely and successfully demonstrate the use of wood as a viable structural material in tall buildings."</p><p>Read more about the competition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/u.s._department_of_agriculture_launches_tall_wood_building_prize_competitio/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:05:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/ey4o2dhr2bjo2zta.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar. [...] It&rsquo;s an interesting proof of concept, but utilizing a 3-D printer, rather than traditional ceramic manufacturing technique also unlocked a host of other advantages.</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/110855253/tidal-flooding-expected-to-wreak-havoc-on-american-cities Tidal Flooding Expected to Wreak Havoc on American Cities Nicholas Korody 2014-10-09T09:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:13:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1ha5z0fm6jymyw5r.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many major U.S. coastal cities will face a huge surge in the number of tidal floods they experience as sea levels rise due to climate change, a new report has warned. The study, conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), covered 52 cities on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, from Portland, Maine, to Freeport, Texas, and predicts a dramatic increase in flooding linked to high tides over the next few decades.</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/110688053/of-dirt-and-cleanliness-clean-india-campaign Of Dirt and Cleanliness – (Clean India Campaign) Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-07T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:28:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jvubckb0ex14ej8.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"In all modern cultures, cleaning up merely involves moving &ldquo;dirt&rdquo; from one place to another. Five decades ago, cleaning up may have been easier. It would have meant restoring the predominantly organic and compostable discards in the waste stream to its rightful place &ndash; namely, the soil &ndash; and facilitating its transformation into manure. &nbsp;Over the past two decades, India has transformed from a sleepy nation living in its villages to an economic powerhouse with an urban population bursting at its seams. We can, as Modi did in the UN General Assembly, invoke our ancient culture to claim that Indians have a special relationship with and reverence for nature. But that does not take away from the fact that Indians or Americans, Hindus or Muslims, we are all worshippers of the same homogenising religion of consumerism. We are what our garbage is. Our garbage which once bore no resemblance to American garbage is increasingly peppered with the same brand names, the same indestructible materi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:03:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j48eg5bxmz2g0vgk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, is now billing itself as the world's first energy self-sufficient island that has never been hooked up to a power grid [...] This past summer, El Hierro inaugurated the Gorona del Viento power plant, a $110 million wind and water turbine farm. By the end of this year, the plant will generate all of the island's energy needs of up to 48 gigawatt hours per year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not only will El Hierro be the first energy self-sufficient island, it's will also exclusively make use of renewable energy sources, a mix of wind and hydro-power. Previously, the island &ndash; the most remote of the Canary Islands &ndash; couldn't hook up to the Spanish grid and had to barge in about 40,000 barrels of oil a year. Meanwhile, the island is also planning to have only electric cars by 2020, NPR reports. This little rocky island is a good model for the rest of the world; though with a population of just over <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Hierro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10,000,</a> it has a bit of an advantage.</p>