Archinect - News 2017-02-25T08:55:14-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149993737/mit-startup-creates-camouflage-solar-panels MIT startup creates camouflage solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-02-24T14:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-24T22:05:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sistine creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments, with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems. Sistine&rsquo;s novel technology, SolarSkin, is a layer that can be imprinted with any image and embedded into a solar panel without interfering with the panel&rsquo;s efficacy. Homeowners can match their rooftop or a grassy lawn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The product caters to the growing "aesthetic solar" market which tries to attract homeowners that are considering going solar but fear the aesthetic impact of the traditional, bleak-looking dark solar panels on their home's appearance. Just last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded roof tiles that mimic (currently) four common roof covering styles.</p><p>Here a few more examples of Sistine's SolarSkin technology that allows&mdash;so the company claims&mdash;the panels to either completely blend in with the existing roof or display any desired image, like business logos or advertisements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xi/xiishtv1bckqwces.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2m/2m8meg82y815270x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tyyb8jo3p27ha47m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;Sistine Solar's <a href="http://www.sistinesolar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993426/mithun-s-wanapum-heritage-center-nabs-2-awards-honors-native-am-tribe Mithun's Wanapum Heritage Center nabs 2 awards, honors Native Am tribe RonH 2017-02-22T20:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T15:31:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xz/xz462a0oukeh3fx0.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just off the Columbia River, the Wanapum Heritage Center is a home for Wanapum culture and artifacts. The building form weaves solidity and light, from a protective repository enclosure that references traditional cliffside cave storage spaces to the glazed welcome area that evokes traditional fishing lanterns. The entry path aligns with the equinox sunrise, a Wanapum 'marker'. The center houses archival items alongside recording studios for oral history, and new gathering spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8p/8p0ogvmoihbutkgi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kt/ktqx0pi65k0jmtu0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/13/13oydi3n6k1phvtq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ww/wwf1wg4dg6vd58rh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fv/fvh81hd63vv6f11g.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991222/got-wood-meet-australia-s-tallest-proposed-timber-building Got wood? Meet Australia's tallest (proposed) timber building Julia Ingalls 2017-02-09T13:48:00-05:00 >2017-02-09T13:48:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z5/z52zq6nomdonwn7h.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combine cross laminated timber, glue laminated timber, and the desire to connect with nature while providing ample creative working space, and you have the 5 King Tower, a 52-meter timber structure with the strength of concrete and steel (but a much smaller carbon footprint).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wd/wdqcb4x58a0ni3w9.jpg"></p><p>The 5 King tower, designed by architects Bates Smart, is the latest in a series of proposed timber towers all around the world, and would be the tallest such building of its type in Australia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/ab6c363cuqlcg4ag.jpg"></p><p>Located in Brisbane, the tower would use glass facades to let in natural light, and also place a big emphasis on sustainable features, incorporating elements for&nbsp;rainwater harvesting and optimized air conditioning.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/an/an4u477ajnlov63a.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991236/perfectionists-versus-contractors-the-details-of-building-the-apple-campus Perfectionists versus contractors: the details of building the Apple Campus Julia Ingalls 2017-02-09T13:45:00-05:00 >2017-02-12T01:23:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8z/8z6h91vunc5ww0z2.jpg" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most vexing features was the doorways, which Apple wanted to be perfectly flat, with no threshold. The construction team pushed back, but Apple held firm. The rationale? If engineers had to adjust their gait while entering the building, they risked distraction from their work, according to a former construction manager. &ldquo;We spent months trying not to do that because that&rsquo;s time, money and stuff that&rsquo;s never been done before,&rdquo; the former construction manager said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although detail-obsessed architects can often find working with broad-strokes contractors to be challenging, there's one group of designers with perhaps even more rigorous attention to detail: the team at Apple. According to this article in <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-campus-idUSKBN15M0CM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the actual building of the "spaceship" Apple Campus in Cupertino has been an unusually precise experience for those working in construction. According to the article, among many other requirements, "Apple's in-house construction team enforced many rules: No vents or pipes could be reflected in the glass. Guidelines for the special wood used frequently throughout the building ran to some 30 pages." Think perfect?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990851/brexit-lash-riba-announces-60-of-u-k-architects-have-seen-projects-delayed-cancelled Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled Julia Ingalls 2017-02-08T07:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T17:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/rasyryy3e4p8cee8.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's members have seen their projects delayed, cancelled, or just plain scaled back. The news isn't all grim: according to the survey, many members are trying to look on the bright side (or at least trying to identify the bright side). As RIBA notes:</p><p><em>From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK&rsquo;s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear&nbsp;</em><em>that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.&nbsp;In response to the concerns and opportunities raised by its chartered members, RIBA has today published a set of five priority recommendation...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988697/400-of-the-smartest-acres-in-the-country 400 of the smartest acres in the country Nam Henderson 2017-01-31T19:06:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T14:32:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d1v1qilyh61u7z2h.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Japanese technology giant wanted a place to experiment with solar power and renewable energy, autonomous vehicles and other technologies. And it needed a public partner and community support. It found that in Denver, DIA, Xcel Energy, developer LC Fulenwider and many others.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ca/caft2qxbvdhn4ndi.jpg"></p><p>Tamara Chuang highlights some of the technology (ranging from consumer electronics, to "smart" public infrastructure) Panasonic was hawking at CES 2017. Some of which will be employed at <a href="http://www.penastation.com/Home.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pe&ntilde;a Station Next</a>, a new TOD, smart city lab on the edge of Denver International Airport. <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/11/pena-station-next-panasonic-smart-city/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last month</a>, she reported on the installation of some of the first bits, brains for 53 street lights.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988830/refugee-shelter-takes-top-prize-for-the-beazley-designs-of-2016 Refugee shelter takes top prize for the Beazley Designs of 2016 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T20:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T21:04:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ah/ahvjgip8djb2bzcn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicol&ograve; Barlera, the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the photovoltaic panel-powered refugee shelter "Better Shelter" has been named the Beazley Design of the Year, beating out the five other category winners to take the top spot.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8w9r77drl2iff8a.jpg"></p><p>According to a press release, 30,000 of the shelters, which only take a few hours to assemble from their two-box, fully equipped kit, are currently being used globally.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mu/munvilh0iin76quz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5r/5rc9dii4hi5tyc7t.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988790/now-that-the-feds-have-abandoned-reality-enter-this-competition-to-keep-the-sf-bay-area-from-flooding Now that the feds have abandoned reality, enter this competition to keep the SF Bay Area from flooding Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T15:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:15:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t281951vb0qiyo93.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prompted by the success of a similar competition it ran in New York several years ago, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched a completely <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980875/what-ben-carson-s-federal-inexperience-means-for-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben-Carson-HUD-free</a> contest that challenges architects and urban planners to "imagine climate change solutions" for the San Francisco Bay Area. Opening for submissions in April, "The Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge" will have two phases. According to <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/rockefeller-challenge-bay-area-climate-change-resilience-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>:</p><p><em>In the first, teams will participate in a three-month &ldquo;exploratory research and community engagement period to develop initial design concepts for specific sites,&rdquo; according to the release. The second will be a &ldquo;collaborative five-month intensive design phase&rdquo; in which teams will work with residents, businesses, community-based organizations and local politicians. Because three Bay Area cities (Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley) are already part of another climate change adaptation effort, Rockefeller's 100 Resilient Cities,&nbsp;the two projects will collaborate.</em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149988110/how-rebuild-by-design-influenced-disaster-planning-in-u-s-cities How Rebuild By Design influenced disaster planning in U.S. cities Justine Testado 2017-01-23T17:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T20:13:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8pa5a8q19vsn195.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Henk] Ovink&rsquo;s approach called for a systematic rethinking of American traditional disaster response: to simply rebuild whatever was destroyed...In the US, the Rebuild By Design competition represents a dramatic shift in disaster planning, adopting a more comprehensive and collaborative research and design approach to address complex problems and improve resiliency...The competition was widely hailed as a success, but there was room for improvement before its approach could be replicated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's next for Rebuild By Design?&nbsp;Following the success of its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/321096/rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 competition</a>, Rebuild By Design &mdash; now its own organization &mdash; is already working to continue helping U.S. cities prepare for climate change and potential natural disasters. In the article, the group looks back at how their approach has evolved and talks about their upcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://resilientbayarea.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilient By Design competition</a>&nbsp;for the SF Bay Area.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987392/is-sn-hetta-s-7th-room-2017-s-coolest-literally-and-figuratively-treehouse Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:27:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rs/rs5ub5ymi71igsh8.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbziedyulg691i1c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hv0lvgnfmgadn68j.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8ravqtgm8x4fr5j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqy0j53rk4jg8op5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987385/exquisite-play-on-materiality-defines-maison-de-quartier-de-chatelaine-balexert-by-stendardo-menningen-architectes Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:30:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gi6qxqmv6q5tqiml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssla5c1imwvfft1a.jpg"></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287976/dan-flavin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149986466/the-proust-questionnaire-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzdwneyl97t0gqr8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfrlnhu2hj2ps5ss.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984970/ceiling-tile-that-wirelessly-charges-devices-unveiled-at-ces-2017 Ceiling tile that wirelessly charges devices unveiled at CES 2017 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:41:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a6/a6ow59yowmvlbqdw.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of having to purchase astonishingly expensive replacement charging plugs accidentally left behind on trips, or for that matter of lugging around charging plugs in general, may be over. At this year's CES in Las Vegas, licensing company Ossia is unveiling a drop ceiling tile that purports to wirelessly charge a variety of devices, depending of course on how close the device is to the tile. The more tiles, the chargier: up to four Cota Tiles can be combined to provide the maximum radius and charge to those battery-draining devices. As the press release explains:</p><p><em>Each Cota Tile contains Ossia's wireless power smart antenna technology that automatically powers Cota-enabled devices &mdash; from tablets to smoke alarms.&nbsp;Cota Tile has proven safe for operation around people, pets and plants. It is environmentally friendly and does not interfere with Wi-Fi or other wireless technologies while continuously streaming power to multiple Cota-enabled devices, even as they move around a room. C...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984513/can-1970s-sustainability-practices-enhance-canada-s-2017-architecture Can 1970s sustainability practices enhance Canada's 2017 architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T15:45:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l06xuk3xq20k7tkf.jpg" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Did architects have sustainability figured out in the 1970s, and can the lessons they learned help contemporary architects design for the challenges of climate change? In an attempt to answer this question, Canada is taking a closer look at its previously built sustainable architecture during the energy crisis in the 1970s in the form of two museum exhibitions. The <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/museums-look-to-canadas-past-in-hopes-of-a-greener-architecturalfuture/article33422858/?cmpid=rss1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Globe and Mail</a> explains that:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The 1970s has much to teach us as we face the reality of climate change and the changes that it will bring about. That insight drives two thoughtful museum shows up this winter, the PEI exhibition [curated by Dalhousie University professor Steven Mannell] and "It's All Happening So Fast"&nbsp;at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in&nbsp;Montreal.&nbsp;</em></p><p>For the latest on climate-change oriented architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965931/architects-call-for-action-on-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects call for action o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984346/the-four-and-a-half-days-that-portugal-ran-entirely-on-renewable-energy The four and a half days that Portugal ran entirely on renewable energy Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T14:14:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:42:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4mtpcl5zoqscbqos.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 130 giant wind turbines that sprout from the peaks, slicing the air with a rhythmic sigh, have helped Portugal to a remarkable achievement. For four and a half days in May the country ran entirely on electricity from renewable sources: wind, hydro and solar power. Despite fears of a blackout, the lights stayed on for a record 107 hours between 6.45am on Saturday 7 May and 5.45pm the following Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983540/las-vegas-s-city-facilities-are-now-entirely-run-on-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Las Vegas's city facilities are now entirely run on renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983967/with-trump-s-presidency-dawning-the-final-jane-jacobs-work-dark-age-ahead-wins-new-relevancy With Trump's Presidency dawning, the final Jane Jacobs work "Dark Age Ahead" wins new relevancy Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-02T16:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/19/196mk8k424d8bcv1.jpg" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a time when pundits and political scientists were celebrating the end of history, pointing to an emerging Democratic majority and extolling the virtues of a flat world of globalization, she ominously predicted a coming age of urban crisis, mass amnesia, and populist backlash in her final work, Dark Age Ahead. Eerily prescient as always, rereading the 2005 book today serves as a survivors&rsquo; guide to the Age of Trump.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Jacobs outlines an increasing distrust of politicians and politics, a burgeoning new urban crisis in cities, worsening environmental degradation, entrenched segregation, and an &ldquo;enlarging gulf between rich and poor along with attrition of the middle class&rdquo; as signals and symptoms of a coming Dark Age."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982611/opinion-city-life-is-out-of-sync-with-the-electoral-systems-that-led-to-trump-and-brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opinion: City life is 'out of sync' with the electoral systems that led to Trump and Brexit</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983776/top-features-our-favorite-feature-articles-of-2016 Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016 Nicholas Korody 2016-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-27T16:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uuomzuolctphz6b.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 &ndash; not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ed/ed41n5842nlh7cy5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</em></a></p><p>There are more refugees in the world right now than since World War II&mdash;and the world is woefully unable to shelter them. This student imagines a refugee camp that would be both livable and high functioning.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970062/frank-gehry-liz-diller-rem-koolhaas-and-others-share-crucial-moments-in-their-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education</em></a></p><p>Ever wonder how some of the biggest names in the industry&mdash;the 'starchitects'&mdash;got to where they are? Julia Ingalls gathers snippets of big name architects' memories of their halcyon (or not) years spent in the academy.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/us/usai4p6sdtew1c7k.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</em></a></p><p>Architecture school is a costly enterprise. It's also really hard. So...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983540/las-vegas-s-city-facilities-are-now-entirely-run-on-renewable-energy Las Vegas's city facilities are now entirely run on renewable energy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-21T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T14:28:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84hos3nd5wa7jino.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a large solar array, Boulder Solar 1, came online on Dec. 12, the city was able to buy enough carbon-free electricity to power its 140 buildings, streetlights and other facilities. [...] The renewables, plus energy efficiency savings, are estimated to save the city roughly $5 million per year [...] The Vegas city council, after threatening to leave the grid entirely in 2015, struck a deal with NV Energy that would help the city get to 100% renewable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><p><a title="AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979877/aecom-halts-work-on-faraday-future-s-1-billion-nevada-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory</a></p><p><a title="Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963003/zappos-ceo-tony-hsieh-made-a-350-million-bet-on-downtown-las-vegas-five-years-later-the-results-are-murky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky</a></p><p><a title="Vegas is back...sorta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas is back...sorta</a></p><p><a title="Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983472/take-a-flight-through-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-classical-or-metal-speed Take a flight through Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T18:43:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T00:13:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ng4nx7gzo4q0ybzq.jpg" width="650" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For those who have been eagerly anticipating a look inside Herzog &amp; de Meuron's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959095/take-a-look-at-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-hamburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elbphilharmonie</a>&nbsp;before it officially opens this January,&nbsp;your chance has come in the form of a <a href="https://countdown.elbphilharmonie.de/en/slowmotion/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website feature</a> which allows you to navigate through the space at your chosen speed via your preferred web browsing device. Here's a preview video that gives you a sense of the magnificence of the interior (as well as the ebuillenece of the soundtracked touring experience). Voila:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983413/china-will-build-modular-housing-factories-in-the-uk-aiming-to-produce-25-000-homes-per-year China will build modular housing factories in the UK, aiming to produce 25,000 homes per year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T15:03:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzxooguffkhmdi7b.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The six planned factories will use British light gauge steel framing to produce panelised components for residential developments that are &ldquo;at least 75% off-grid&rdquo; thanks to solar power and energy efficient design, renewables developer Welink said in announcing the joint venture today (19 December). [...] The UK government greeted the news enthusiastically, as it tries to lure innovative entrants to the UK housing market to help it deliver its objective of 1 million new homes by 2020.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More pre-fab on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979856/shop-designed-brooklyn-tower-now-world-s-tallest-modular-building-opens-its-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974727/jean-nouvel-s-prefab-simple-home-can-be-reconfigured-from-the-inside-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out</a></li><li><a title="To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a title="A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982651/editor-s-picks-459 Editor's Picks #459 Nam Henderson 2016-12-14T20:59:00-05:00 >2016-12-15T13:02:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/17/176pgtvv5f10m2h4.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nicholas Korody&rsquo;s piece regarding this year's '<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149980745/at-usc-s-homeless-studio-students-work-towards-real-solutions-to-the-city-s-homeless-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homeless Studio</a>' (done in partnership with the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission) at USC, started quite a discussion.&nbsp;</p><p>Contra many commenters <strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> felt the design brief/work was a useful illustration of a "<em>both/and...</em>" approach aka the need to think <strong>tactically</strong> and <strong>strategically</strong>.</p><p>Deans/directors at schools across the country, were given <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149980717/deans-list-special-how-architecture-school-leaders-are-responding-to-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a chance to respond</a> to the election of Donald Trump. <strong>junegrant</strong> saw the initial batch of respondents as a missed opportunity "<em>why aren't the HBCU's included?...get out of your comfort zon</em>e".&nbsp;</p><p>Similarly,&nbsp;<strong>Gutschow</strong>&nbsp;questioned "<em>Did every Dean/Head in the US get this?...If not all schools, how did you select your list? &nbsp;It seems that if we are to confront the lack of inclusion, inequality...we should do so as a collective of all schools, on all sides of the discipline, not just the 1% brands that are represented so far in this piece</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>Readers got a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980496/first-glimpse-of-foster-partners-and-rubio-arquitectura-s-museo-del-prado-expansion-scheme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first glimpse</a> of Foster + Partners and Rubio Arqu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982741/watch-daniel-libeskind-speak-of-his-love-for-nyc-s-diversity Watch Daniel Libeskind speak of his love for NYC's diversity Julia Ingalls 2016-12-14T14:42:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T21:57:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jt/jt7x2ms6tbem0c7t.jpg" width="650" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Daniel Libeskind loves the multi-faceted nature of New York City's inhabitants; the rich, the poor, the successful, and perhaps most amusingly, the failures who think they're successful. Although the architect doesn't really break any new conceptual ground in this short video from the Louisiana Channel, one can enjoy Libeskind's merry musings intercut with scenes of the metropolis and its diverse denizens, who form "a very complicated microcosm" of the world:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982672/team-jvantspijker-felixx-wins-tender-with-free-haven-for-reykjavik Team jvantspijker - Felixx wins tender with free haven for Reykjavik Jaakko van 't Spijker 2016-12-14T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:00:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3v55gahjqwprc7oh.jpg" width="650" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Dutch design offices jvantspijker and Felixx, together with Orri Steinarsson, have won the international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik. The task was the strategic redevelopment of a vast coastal area of approximately 140 hectares, at the edge of the city. The winning proposal is committed to transform the area, with striking industrial buildings along the coast and a vast green zone inland, into a haven for urban pioneers. The 1st prize was awarded during a ceremony on Wednesday night (December 7th) by the mayor of Reykjavik.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1p/1pvh24c5ysepzruf.jpg"></p><p>The winning proposal positions the area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. Tourism keeps growing, and the city can hardly cope with the increasing pressure on space and program in the center. Gufunes will therefore become an unpolished haven for starters, city pioneers and creative businesses that can no longer be accommodated elsewhere in the city. The vast area is being restructured into a coherent whole. The zone around the existing i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981798/twa-hotel-hopes-to-revive-saarinen-s-iconic-terminal-at-jfk 'TWA Hotel' hopes to revive Saarinen's iconic terminal at JFK Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-07T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:25:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e050nfok941f703b.jpg" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>water would bubble again in Isamu Noguchi&rsquo;s green marble fountain in the Ambassador Lounge, softly masking the tik-a-tik-a-tik-a-tik-a-tik chatter of a Solari di Udine split-flap display board announcing flight departures and arrivals [...] The architects of the hotel project are Beyer Blinder Belle and Lubrano Ciavarra Architects. Beyer Blinder Belle was responsible for the sumptuous restoration of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The $265 million TWA Hotel project, slated to open in late 2018, would be connected to Saarinen's Trans World Flight Center and Terminal 5 through tubes that used to guide passengers from TWF to their aircraft.&nbsp;As reported by the&nbsp;<em>Times,&nbsp;</em>the Hotel plan has been hailed by preservationists for its restoration of the terminal, which will require developer MCR to "remediate asbestos throughout the headhouse and rebuild or update mechanical systems." However, preservationists aren't so jazzed about the hotel's six stories, one fearing its height would "effectively imprison the headhouse, both reducing the amount of natural light entering it and severely restricting the outward views from the interior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on Saarinen's terminal and happenings at JFK:</p><ul><li><a title="Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136956774/eero-saarinen-s-dormant-jfk-terminal-to-become-jet-blue-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel</a></li><li><a title="Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132415988/fancy-48m-animal-terminal-to-open-in-jfk-airport-next-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a title="JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal</a></li><li><a title="Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81462395/hotelier-andre-balazs-to-convert-jfk-s-historic-twa-terminal-into-a-hotel-and-conference-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA term...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980848/santa-monica-s-impossibly-green-building-dreams-the-challenging-path-to-living-building-certification Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification Alexander Walter 2016-11-30T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T17:31:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ie/ieanteww318tv4hp.jpg" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute&rsquo;s &ldquo;Living Building Challenge&rdquo; &mdash; the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought &mdash;&nbsp;and that if we&rsquo;re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965794/architecture-dean-poh-says-reduction-in-energy-savings-is-not-enough-i-am-for-net-zero" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71829118/seattle-s-super-green-bullitt-center-opened-on-earth-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980650/the-toy-like-mola-structural-kit-allows-architects-to-experiment-with-structural-engineering The toy-like Mola Structural Kit allows architects to experiment with structural engineering Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T18:51:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0ja4hzy67i0o79k.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects determine if their designs are structurally sound? Aside from consulting with a professional structural engineering firm, the Mola Structural Kit offers a playful way to test out the strength and durability of various designs. The company has unveiled the second edition of the kit, which has been designed to be compatible with the first. Here's a video that explains it all:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980645/mia-lehrer-discusses-her-long-running-history-with-the-la-river-s-redevelopment-on-our-final-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session Mia Lehrer discusses her long-running history with the LA River's redevelopment on our final 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-29T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2clrzb2fjj3ljxih.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's here: our final interview from 'Next Up: The LA River', featuring Mia Lehrer of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>. Lehrer was a major driving force in the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, and has worked for nearly 20 years on projects related to the River&mdash;undeniably preceding any involvement from Frank Gehry.</p><p>Paul Petrunia sits down with Lehrer to speak about her history with the river and its redevelopment, as well as her thoughts for how the project must proceed. Read more about Lehrer's work on the LA River <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>To get caught up on all Mini-Sessions from our Next Up: The LA River event, you can listen to the whole first half at once on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions-one-to-one/id1057340260?mt=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> (the second half will be available next week), or download each interview separately through <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;Mini-Session #8&nbsp;</strong>from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/842448/next-up-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&nbsp;</strong>with<strong>&nbsp;Mia Lehrer</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Po...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency Justine Testado 2016-11-22T14:48:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T15:20:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/796f46t5myu20f7f.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What impact will Donald Trump&rsquo;s league of global-warming deniers and fossil-fuel boosters have on U.S. climate action? The short-term prognosis might not be as damaging as some fear, but...it seems safe to assume that for the next four years, domestic climate policy will be in the deep freezer&mdash;while the rest of us heat up...[But] U.S. cities have the power to shrink that footprint and prepare for the worst, even in the absence of financial or regulatory support from the federal government</p></em><br /><br /><p>A quick profile at how five American cities will&nbsp;continue progressing toward their goals to combat climate change, even without federal support from a Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979049/trump-says-climate-change-is-a-hoax-yet-moves-to-protect-his-properties-from-sea-level-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump says climate change is a "hoax", yet moves to protect his properties from sea level rise</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149978660/frank-gehry-might-bail-on-the-u-s-now-that-trump-s-been-elected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979380/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-5-with-lou-pesce-of-metabolic-studio Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #5 with Lou Pesce of Metabolic Studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-21T17:34:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7j/7jlvuczzhyc25mss.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles' Metabolic Studio, run by architect and visual artist Lauren Bon, creates site-specific, temporary "devices of wonder" that interpret landscape in new ways, shifting public perception of land and waterways. One of their most recent projects, 'Bending the River Back Into the City' (pictured below), is a three-part intervention that literally diverts water from the LA River back into LA, distributing it via "the city's first water commons, to allow the currency of water to create social capital."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/254rdbiq2yu466lz.jpg"></p><p>Lou Pesce, an artist with Metabolic Studio, joined us at Next Up to discuss. As concerns about gentrification, public access and the drought raise issues of ownership and equity along the LA River, I wanted to ask about the economic ideas behind 'Bending the River' and how the project relates to the river's specific role in LA history.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Mini-Session #5 of '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/842448/next-up-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>' with Lou Pesce</strong>:</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979027/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-2-with-marissa-christiansen-senior-policy-director-of-friends-of-the-los-angeles-river Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #2 with Marissa Christiansen, Senior Policy Director of Friends of the Los Angeles River Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-17T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/13/136rzlkwdcqm95n2.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our second conversation from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974079/archinect-presents-next-up-the-l-a-river-at-the-a-d-museum-on-saturday-october-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Next Up: The LA River'</a> is with Marissa Christiansen,&nbsp;Senior Policy Director of Friends of the Los Angeles River. <a href="http://folar.org/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLAR</a>, as the non-profit is known, turned 30 this year, and was founded on the mission to "protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles river and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship." Its role in much of the river's discourse has often included reminding all parties involved that the river is indeed a natural river, and host to a diverse ecosystem&mdash;despite its characterization as the "world's largest storm drain" ever since the Army Corps of Engineers paved most of it for flood control in the 1930s.</p><p>Christiansen trained as an urban planner before joining FOLAR this year, and spoke with Nicholas Korody about the organization's history within the river's redevelopment, its focus on reconnecting people with the river's immense natural resources, and the delicate balance betwee...</p>