Archinect - News 2015-05-23T04:57:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning Alexander Walter 2015-05-22T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T14:20:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwdjcb88zztv0jx4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The downside of giant banks of windows or glass walls, though, becomes obvious when the&nbsp;relentless afternoon sun makes the heat and stuffiness inside intolerable [...]. The makers of &ldquo;smart glass&rdquo; say they can address this problem.&nbsp;Smart-glass windows transform from transparent to opaque, and every shade in between, in seconds. They often rely on electrochromic thin films embedded in the glass. The upshot: Less energy is needed to heat or cool a building. Shades and blinds become optional.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127656481/frei-otto-feared-society-was-ignoring-the-ecological-crisis Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127639133/new-parsons-led-collaborative-aims-to-make-affordable-housing-healthier New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-20T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T13:46:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jv1wk4tnm4llip1y.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our work creates actionable strategies, integrating healthy building protocols, healthy products and green science with design research to directly impact the health of our building materials,&rdquo; said Alison Mears, dean of the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and director of the [Healthy Materials Lab].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Co-founded by The New School's Parsons School of Design, Healthy Building Network, Green Science Policy Institute and Health Product Declaration Collaborative, the Healthy Materials Lab (HML) is focused on reducing the amount of toxic substances found in building materials, while also encouraging the adoption of new, less toxic materials. The HML sits at Parsons Design Lab, and will actively influence how building practice is taught to designers. Of particular focus to the Lab is affordable housing's construction methods.</p><p>The press release issued by Parsons quotes&nbsp;Bill Walsh, founder and executive director of Healthy Building Network:&nbsp;&ldquo;This partnership, with its focus on designing building products to improve human health, is unprecedented in the building materials industry".</p><p>For more about the partners involved, as listed in the press release:</p><p><a href="http://healthybuilding.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Healthy Building Network</strong></a>&nbsp;was founded in 2000 to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127530502/nijmegen-s-new-approach-to-flood-control-and-urban-design Nijmegen's new approach to flood control — and urban design Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T16:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:35:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3adf1e10a14b1c1f568cc30a00c3e3a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The people of Nijmegen aren&rsquo;t taking their good luck for granted. With climate change expected to bring more intense storms like the one in 1995 (and a previous one in 1993), the city is embarking on a massive flood-control project. That may be expected in the Netherlands, a low-lying country where most homes are built behind protective dikes [...]. But even here, the approach underway in Nijmegen is unusual, and filled with ideas that river cities anywhere can learn&nbsp;from.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening "Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:41:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nzmu71gicj4s2trj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line is...a perfect example of &ldquo;environmental gentrification&rdquo; &ndash; the growing phenomenon of rising property values in the wake of a large-scale urban greening project... While intended to serve existing residents, in reality it tends to increase land values to the point that those who live there are forced to leave. This exodus in turn transforms the sociological contours of the area and, by extension, the spatial segregation of the entire city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:47:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tn1ne5lr7m1h6x5f.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, the Indian cabinet green-lit a &pound;10 billion scheme that will be divided equally between building 100 smart cities, and rejuvenating another 500 cities and towns over the next five years. Yet many experts and planners fear that such &ldquo;insta-cities&rdquo;, if they are made, will prove dystopic and inequitable. Some even hint that smart cities may turn into social apartheid cities, governed by powerful corporate entities that could override local laws and governments to &ldquo;keep out&rdquo; the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal Nicholas Korody 2015-05-08T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T20:58:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2p/2p5av06enurbo4eo.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban has announced plans to contribute to emergency relief efforts in Nepal after the April 25 earthquake reduced cities to rubble, killed more than 7,000, and left thousands homeless. In the short term, Ban&rsquo;s firm and his relief organization Voluntary Architects&rsquo; Network (VAN) will distribute simple tents&mdash;supplemented with plastic sheets donated by contractors to serve as wall partitions&mdash;and assemble them onsite as temporary shelter and medical aid stations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, VAN aims to partner with local universities, students and architects in the coming months to work towards create stable housing once conditions have stabilized. This is not the first time that Shigeru Ban, who won the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96419252/shigeru-ban-named-as-2014-pritzker-prize-laureate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Pritzker prize</a>, has deployed his architectural expertise to respond to emergency situations. After Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2012, Ban <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45668922/shigeru-ban-in-christchurch-nz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed</a> a soaring cathedral out of paper tubes to temporarily shelter congregates. His firm is well-known for designing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105188/shigeru-ban-develops-shelter-for-displaced-japanese" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">emergency housing</a> following a massive tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126886713/our-infrastructure-is-expanding-to-include-animals Our infrastructure is expanding to include animals Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-07T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:05:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/586cad6766cd8f7ae71daf8cc04b6fe1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>municipal infrastructure is being expanded to include living creatures. In many ways, of course, this is simply the contemporary urbanization of a practice that goes back millennia. However, the ensuing juxtapositions &ndash; of 21st-century landscapes and cities being maintained not by high-tech machines or by specialty equipment but by neo-medieval groups of trained animals &ndash; can be quite jarring. Animal labour is once more becoming an explicit component of the modern metropolis</p></em><br /><br /><p>The absolute premise, and conclusion, here is that human urbanism is ineluctably woven within all animal ecologies, and that harnessing inter-species relationships within urban systems can be advantageous for every bit of the food web. A few instances from the piece are:</p><ul><li>landscaping llamas for Chicago's O'Hare's "Grazing Herd"</li><li>falcons in Dubai trained to thin out pesty pigeon populations</li><li>waste-clearing pigs in Cairo</li></ul><p>Using natural animal processes to the urban-human's advantage is all well and good, but as the article points out, it's not one that can be easily "scaled". When urban needs outpace the natural rhythms of a supportive ecological system, when we <em>just can't scale nature big enough,&nbsp;</em>humans will simply create their own animal helpers &ndash;&nbsp;<em>New Scientist&nbsp;</em>alludes to a future in which animals are modified to better serve human needs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126788432/the-now-open-milan-expo-u-s-pavilion-salutes-to-the-future-of-food-the-american-way The now-open Milan Expo U.S. pavilion salutes to the future of food, the American way Justine Testado 2015-05-06T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T21:28:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q7kq0au3xfoboefx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since breaking ground last summer, the U.S. Pavilion -- titled &ldquo;American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" -- has opened to the public at the Milan Expo 2015, which is now in its first week. The U.S. joins the more than 140 participating countries that prepared exhibitions and pavilions that respond to the Expo's overall theme of "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", which addresses the global issue of food security, access, and the ideal goal to nutritiously feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050.</p><p>Designed by New York-based <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biber Architects</a>, the pavilion puts on display America's pivotal role in the future of food that emphasizes "openness, transparency and accessibility" in an exhibition <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121454319/thinc-design-s-usa-pavilion-exhibition-presents-america-s-role-in-the-future-of-food-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Thinc Design</a>. The open barn-inspired structure includes a harvestable hydroponic vertical farm and "uniquely American" (if not consumerist-enticing) features like an expansive boardwalk and a series of food trucks.</p><p>Check out photos of the fully constructed pavilion and more detai...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126784195/company-creates-a-carbon-negative-plastic Company creates a carbon-negative plastic Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T08:54:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1ey098jzqq8y4vcz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Mark Herrema] and Kenton Kimmel, a high school classmate, founded the Irvine, California-based company Newlight Technologies in 2003. After years of research, the team unveiled a way to produce plastic from carbon emissions that is actually more affordably priced than oil-based plastics. The "secret sauce" is a biocatalyst that combines air and methane, and reassembles all of the carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules into a thermoplastic the makers call AirCarbon.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Newlight's work appears really interesting, addressing two separate but related issues: "first, oil dependency, by replacing oil with captured carbon emissions, and second, climate change, by creating a market-driven carbon capture platform." Basically, the technology comprises using a biocatalyst to combine oxygen with carbon and hydrogen molecules extracted from methane, producing a "long-chain thermoplastic polymer molecule, called AirCarbon." Like other "carbon-negative" technologies, this project involves actually removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, rather than merely attempting to reduce emission levels.</p><p>Smithsonian Magazine interviews the team behind AirCarbon. Some good snippets:</p><ul><li>"...In the past, all biocatalysts were self-limiting, meaning that they could only make a certain amount of polymer before they would turn themselves off and make carbon dioxide instead of polymer...Over the course of about ten years of work, we developed a new kind of biocatalyst that does...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126711128/pop-brixton-to-open-in-late-may-2015 POP Brixton to open in late May 2015 Joachim Perez 2015-05-04T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:39:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cq5wkfh61lgetox9.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created from low-cost, low-energy, shipping containers, the refreshing design has a focus on sustainability and efficiency. The converted units will create a mini-city, providing much needed flexible studio, retail, office and workshop space in one of London&rsquo;s most vibrant communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For those of you that miss the<a href="http://dekalbmarket.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Dekalb Market in Brooklyn</a>, a new shipping container campus will be opening later this month in London. &nbsp;Designed by<a href="http://www.ct-architects.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Carl Turner Architects</a>, <a href="http://www.popbrixton.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">POP Brixton</a> promises to be an incubator space for start-ups and small business, as well hosting private parties, community film screenings, street kiosks, workshops and more. Construction has already begun on the project with an opening scheduled later this month.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126421871/gov-brown-issues-order-to-reduce-california-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions Nicholas Korody 2015-04-29T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:24:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pf/pfjw7bxz60a2yb23.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions over the next decade and a half. "With this order, California sets a very high bar for itself and other states and nations, but it's one that must be reached - for this generation and generations to come," said Governor Brown.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently in the midst of four consecutive years of exceptional drought, California is experiencing first-hand the real-life implications of a warming climate. Before the order, the state was already on track to "meet or exceed" targets for reducing CO2 emissions to pre-1990 levels in the next five years. But with Gov. Brown's new executive order, California should be able to reach 40% below 1990-levels by 2030, making it possible to achieve a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. These goals are oriented around the scientific consensus of the need to limit global warming to a pivotal 2&#730; Celsius mark &ndash; the threshold for what's known as "runaway climate change," or unpredictable, chain-reactive climate events.&nbsp;</p><p>The order also mandates updating the state's climate adaptation strategy &ndash; "Safeguarding California" &ndash; every three years. The plan is intended to identify vulnerable infrastructure, resources, services, transportations, etc. Other details o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126336853/iabr-2016-call-for-projects IABR–2016–Call for Projects Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-28T11:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T20:58:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2k/2k9sqxdlo5iz7v8v.jpg" width="514" height="130" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam,<strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;THE NEXT ECONOMY&ndash;</strong>, will open in April 2016.</p><p>Chief Curator is Maarten Hajer, director-general of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.</p><p>IABR invites urban designers, architects, landscape architects, academics, artists, planners, cities, universities, companies and social organizations, or coalitions thereof, to submit best practices, projects and plans in response to the challenges formulated in the&nbsp;<a href="http://iabr.nl/en/tentoonstelling/call_for_projects_2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;CALL FOR PROJECTS&ndash;</strong></a>&nbsp;and further articulated in the&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;CURATOR STATEMENT&ndash;.</strong></p><p>IABR&ndash;2016 is a platform for fresh ideas on the possible future of the twenty-first-century city. IABR will exhibit designs and promote dialogues that open up perspectives of the city. IABR&nbsp;wants: a clean city, a communal city, a productive city &ndash; a city in which the public space once again occupies center stage.</p><p>If you want to submit your project for IABR&ndash;2016, please read the Call for Projects and the Curator S...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126299939/susan-s-szenasy-on-the-importance-of-design-in-the-everyday Susan S. Szenasy on the Importance of Design in the Everyday Nicholas Korody 2015-04-27T19:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:49:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96urljwhvowfffzu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inside the soon-to-be-demolished <a href="https://aplusd.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles, a small group gathered last week for a conversation with Susan S. Szenasy, the Editor-in-Chief of <a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolis Magazine</a>, followed by a signing of her new book of collected writings, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Szenasy-Design-Advocate-Writings-Metropolis/dp/1938922395" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Szenasy, Design Advocate</em></a>. The talk is likely the last the museum will host in its Miracle Mile location, as the museum prepares to move to a new home in the Downtown Arts District following the expropriation of the current building to make room for an extension of the Metro Red Line. Moderated by architecture writer and curator Greg Goldin (whose previous &ldquo;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built: Los Angeles</a>&rdquo; exhibition was on show at the A+D in 2013), the conversation focused on the personal relationships we have with design in everyday life.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ehqk33m7a83b6sy.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;I was always railing against the idea that people were never talked about in architecture,&rdquo; Szenasy recalled of her formative years at <em>Interior </em>magazine. &ldquo;Designers reflect us back to ourselves,&rdquo; she added a bit later. &ldquo;They have a hug...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126075987/aia-cote-showcase-new-set-of-top-ten-green-projects-for-2015 AIA + COTE showcase new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2015 Justine Testado 2015-04-25T11:36:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T21:18:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzlg8rqxikj1mgng.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) search the U.S. for sustainably designed projects that convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology in the annual Top Ten Green Projects. Now in its 19th year, the program is considered to be the most rigorous program of its kind in sustainable design.</p><p>The jury evaluated the projects according to various criteria including the project's positive contributions to their communities, improving comfort for building occupants, and how design strategies were applied to reduce environmental impact.</p><p>In addition to the Top Ten-winning projects below, the Federal Center South Building 1202 designed by ZGF Architects Top Ten Plus Award. Previous Top Ten winners get a chance to scoop this extra special award, which demonstrates through quantifiable metrics the impact of sustainable design and technology.</p><p>(Cover image)<br><a href="http://aiatopten.org/node/442" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>University Center &ndash; The New School; New York City<br>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP</strong></a></p><p>&darr; <a href="http://aiatopten.org/node/427" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Bu...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125900756/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-2015-award-winners-and-fellows Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Award Winners and Fellows Helena Karabatsos 2015-04-22T23:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:41:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x48zzs2diztn3qt2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards and the 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video at its 68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., on April 16. The Society also named four individuals as SAH Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history.</p><p><strong>2015 Publication Award Recipients</strong><br>Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.</p><p>The winners of the Society&rsquo;s 2015 Publication Awards are listed below. The 2016 award cycle opens on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/awards-programs/publication-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sah.org/publication-awards</a>.</p><p><strong>Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award</strong></p><p>Richard Harris,&nbsp;<em>Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914&ndash;1960&nbsp;</em>(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)</p><p>Christopher Curtis Mead,&nbsp;<em>Making Modern Paris: Victor Baltard&rsquo;s Central ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125909615/book-review-designed-for-the-future-80-practical-ideas-for-a-sustainable-future Book review: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable Future Nicholas Korody 2015-04-22T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lspw0ezv0s5tj87z.jpg" width="514" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I have to admit to a degree of wariness when I first opened <a href="https://www.papress.com/html/book.details.page.tpl?isbn=9781616893002" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World</em></a>, a new book edited by Jared Green and published by Princeton Architectural Press. The introduction makes some bold claims for a rather slim book with little text. &ldquo;We have the answers. We are both the cause of the problems and the solution to them,&rdquo; Green writes with supreme optimism. The book is a collection of eighty projects that leading architects, urban planners, artists, critics and thinkers chose as a response to the question: &ldquo;What gives you hope for the future?&rdquo; The criteria for their responses stipulated that they must discuss a project they admire, not their own. And the results are as varied as one might imagine for a question that is both vague and expansive.&nbsp;</p><p>More than anything else, the responses highlighted the mutability of the term &ldquo;sustainable&rdquo; within contemporary architecture discourse. &nbsp;Some of the responses, such as that of Katrin Kling...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760916/2015-holcim-awards-grand-prizes-given-to-colombia-sri-lanka-and-u-s-based-projects 2015 Holcim Awards grand prizes given to Colombia, Sri Lanka, and U.S.-based projects Justine Testado 2015-04-20T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxbulor2hizn65i5.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Holcim Foundation finally announced today the three winning projects for their global 2015 Holcim Awards. Every three years, the awards competition seeks architectural design interventions that address sustainable building and construction issues worldwide. As a global competition, the Holcim Awards highlight people's different lifestyles and draws attention to their specific communal issues.</p><p>At the same time, it promotes the innovative sustainable strategies that architects and designers can create in effort to improve a community's quality of life. The Holcim Awards <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101784206/jury-members-of-the-2015-holcim-awards-are-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jury</a> -- chaired by Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi -- chose the three grand-prize winning teams, who each won a trophy and shared the $350,000 prize.&nbsp;</p><p>The $200,000 Gold prize went to<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.holcimfoundation.org/Projects/articulated-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park | Medell&iacute;n, Colombia"</a> by Colombian team Mario Camargo, Luis Tomb&eacute;, Colectivo720, with Juan Calle and Horacio Valencia, and EPM Group (Empresas P&uacute;blicas de Medell&iacute;n). Their proposal tra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T12:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiwto8d5u6oy3axz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125530526/copenhagen-could-ax-its-pioneering-city-bike-program-by-month-s-end Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9olcrzjddqgd342w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, Copenhagen&mdash;a city of ebullient cyclists&mdash;launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets&mdash;expensive, but designed for a place&nbsp;whose people and visitors truly believed cycling was the best way forward. Now the city that pioneered its&nbsp;first shared bikes in 1995&nbsp;is facing a stark&nbsp;possibility: no bike share scheme at all.</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/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcdwuzo19lysj7ap.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps the most important and widely-used building material, concrete also has an enormous environmental impact. This is largely because in order to produce one ton of cement &ndash; the material that binds together rock aggregate in concrete &ndash; about 900 kg of C02 are emitted. In fact, the concrete industry is responsible for roughly 5% of carbon emissions worldwide, making it one of the two largest industrial producers of the greenhouse gas.&nbsp;</p><p>But, thanks to an accidental discovery, a environmentally-friendly substitute to cement may be on the horizon. A recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cement-alternative-absorbs-carbon-dioxide-like-sponge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by PBS features the invention of environmental chemist David Stone: a cement-like material that isn't just carbon-neutral but actually carbon-<em>negative</em>. Called 'Ferrock,' the material primarily contains iron dust and silica, both of which can be sourced via recycling. In fact, in order to obtain silica (basically crushed glass), Stone has employed a local man to collect glass bottles that have been left in the desert. While m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125294062/jason-f-mclennan-selected-to-design-leonardo-dicaprio-s-restorative-eco-resort Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort Justine Testado 2015-04-15T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:50:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvxx7x74n2wudjce.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it opens to guests in 2018, 'Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island' will feature the trappings of many luxury resorts, with sprawling villas, infinity pools and stunning sunset views. But the 'Restorative' in the title refers not just to the impact the island might have on visitors, but to the island itself. Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing, an eroding coastline and the deforestation of its mangrove trees, and the partners mean to put it back to rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After co-purchasing the unpopulated Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize for reportedly $1.75 million in 2005, actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently revealed plans with Delos chief executive Paul Scialla and lead architect <a href="http://www.jasonmclennan.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan</a> to build an eco-conscious resort dubbed "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island&rdquo;, slated to open in 2018. The resort's design will follow <a href="http://living-future.org/lbc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living Building Challenge</a> standards and include Delos' signature health-conscious amenities for guests. It'll also feature artificial reefs, fish shelters, and plant nurseries to what the partners say will eventually restore the island.</p><p>While the millionaire-friendly resort could propel Belize's economy, it brings up the debatable topic of ecotourism and its legitimacy. As it seems, giving money to an environmental conversation program isn't vogue enough for the rich and famous.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124917488/looking-at-all-sides-of-the-pier-55-offshore-park-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/48002291/obscenely-rich-tech-folk-are-still-building-their-island-utopia-off-the-coast-of-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obscenely Rich Tech Folk Are Still Building Their Island Utopia Off Th...</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125206423/case-studies-in-water-management-from-los-angeles-the-great-lakes-and-nyc Case studies in water management from Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and NYC Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-13T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd300040721f2b05c477641d1375d336.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The issue of water supply in the context of climate change was the topic for the recent 5KL: Water symposium, organized by The Architectural League and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Twelve experts in water resource design and management &mdash; from architects to geographers to former government officials &mdash; addressed the carbon intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply and how design and planning can contribute to that goal.</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/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals Justine Testado 2015-04-10T21:13:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:07:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yuh2r7zhnriwgi79.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy...The city&rsquo;s ambition is to be the world&rsquo;s greenest city by 2020 despite the fact Canada has had one of 'the most environmentally irresponsible national governments' for the last 10 years, [said Vancouver deputy mayor Andrea Reimer.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Which city will be next? Which will pull through? According to The Guardian, Vancouver is one of the latest to join the more than 50 cities that have already announced their plans to run on 100% renewable energy, including San Diego, San Francisco, Sydney, and Copenhagen.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124142218/first-texas-town-makes-longterm-plans-to-switch-to-solar-and-wind-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123750335/french-parliament-orders-new-buildings-to-switch-to-green-rooftops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120350994/burlington-vt-first-u-s-city-to-hit-100-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burlington, VT first U.S. city to hit 100% renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a></li><li><a title="Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124980104/university-of-maryland-grad-students-envision-redevelopment-plan-for-new-orleans-neighborhoods University of Maryland grad students envision redevelopment plan for New Orleans neighborhoods Justine Testado 2015-04-10T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:07:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/su1i8ixuucg0zziv.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded by Gerald D. Hines, the annual Urban Land Institute Hines competition challenges multidisciplinary graduate student teams from North American universities to propose a comprehensive redevelopment program for a designated U.S. metro area. The ideas competition is set up as a design exercise with no plans of implementation, but the hypothetical situations of the brief are largely based on actual urban development and redevelopment scenarios, so students get to test their design skills in relevant real-world issues. What student wouldn't be motivated by that?</p><p>For its 13th edition, the competition focused on the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmkzeex3wk9qm1js.jpg"><br><em>2015 ULI Hines finalists (starting on the L, clockwise): Harvard University: &ldquo;Trem&eacute; 2.0&rdquo;; University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin - Madison: &ldquo;Quartier Vert&rdquo;; Harvard University: &ldquo;Claiborne Grove&rdquo;; University of Maryland: &ldquo;The Crossing&rdquo;</em></p><p>The comp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124903820/lax-s-new-tom-bradley-terminal-receives-leed-gold-standard LAX's New Tom Bradley Terminal Receives LEED Gold Standard Nicholas Korody 2015-04-09T17:35:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T22:04:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15xzphksja8s2sjt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the Pacific gateway to the United States, has achieved LEED Gold certification for its new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the crown jewel of the Bradley West renovation. This makes the 1.25-million-square-foot facility the largest LEED Gold airport terminal in the United States. Designed by Fentress Architects, TBIT is not only sustainable, it is America&rsquo;s most technologically-advanced airport to date.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the press release by the <a href="http://www.fentressarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects</a> who designed the Tom Bradley terminal expansion, they detail some of the projects' most notable aspects:</p><ul><li>The interior of the terminal contains "more than 12,000-square-feet of LED tiles and hundreds of LCD screens" to entertain travelers.</li><li>The project includes&nbsp;15-gate terminals&nbsp;and concourse, designed to give room for expansion with LAX now the second-busiest airport in the nation.</li><li>Numerous features were designed to make the expansion sustainable, notably the use of low-E glass to minimize heat gain and low-flow water fixtures.</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124816981/could-scientists-engineer-synthetic-organisms-to-stop-climate-change Could scientists engineer synthetic organisms to stop climate change? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c69151b1b9262c3fc825b720f16e952.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and politicians the world over are looking for ways to halt or reverse [climate changes], a task that is fraught with difficulties in a world hooked on fossil fuels. One option increasingly discussed is terraforming&mdash;deliberately altering the environment in a way that cools the planet... Instead of creating global engineering projects, why not create life forms that do a similar job instead...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ricard Sole and his associates at the ICREA-Complex Systems Lab in Barcelona are experimenting with the potentials of using synthetic organisms to terraform the planet. One advantage to such a project &ndash; as opposed to other terraforming ideas that would require engineering feats of unprecedented scale &ndash; is that the landscape could be changed with minimal human input, using "the growth and colonizing potential that life offers."</p><p>Of course, as the article notes, the potential problems are also massive, like, for example, unintentionally triggering feedback mechanisms that accelerate global warming, or devastate global food supplies. Looking back at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other historical attempts to engineer biology</a>&nbsp;to suit human interests, this seems a more likely outcome than not. But Sole and his team are trying to develop preventative measures against such runaway growth. And as the article notes, one day this may be an urgent necessity: "if and when that day comes, let&rsquo;s hope we&rsquo;ll be glad of the researc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-09T07:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e685a40771644fb5ed3a5f182b2bd6e3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For every barrel of oil Chevron produces in its Kern River oil field, another 10 barrels of salty wastewater come up with it. So Chevron is selling about 500,000 barrels of water per day...back to...the local water district that delivers water to farmers within a seven-mile slice of Kern County...But it&rsquo;s a risky dance; over time, high sodium can change the properties of the soil, making it impermeable, unable to take in any more water...Eventually, the soil becomes barren.</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/124445213/tracing-how-your-litter-ends-up-in-the-ocean Tracing how your litter ends up in the ocean Nicholas Korody 2015-04-03T17:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:25:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b066d5a78353a9d159da10614c1f91bd.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even on a dry day, tens of millions of gallons of dirty water dumps into the ocean through the region&rsquo;s vast storm drain system. The 3,500-mile network was designed and built to empty streets of rainwater, but tons of litter also flow into the ocean through the intricate system of curbside drainages, underground channels, pumps and creeks. Stormwater pollution puts beach swimmers at risk, particularly after it rains. Marine animals and plants can also get sick or die</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a really fascinating piece that attempts to trace how a cigarette butt flicked into a gutter in Bel Air could make its way across LA and end up in the ocean via Marina del Rey. Visualizations like this feel important because, while we may notice signs on the sides of the sidewalk saying that the gutter leads to the ocean, it's difficult for the individual to comprehend the complex way in which they participate in a problem like marine pollution.</p><p>For a more specifically architectural perspective on this issue, check out <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 1</a>.</p>