Archinect - News 2017-07-27T16:42:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150019765/a-lush-photographic-tour-of-the-icelandic-turf-house A lush, photographic tour of the Icelandic Turf House Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T14:08:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k3/k3ytq1on0qtkvyjm.jpg" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Turf House Tradition of Iceland was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. &ldquo;The turf house is an exceptional example of a vernacular architectural tradition, which has survived in Iceland,&rdquo; according to the nomination. &ldquo;The form and design of the turf house is an expression of the cultural values of the society and has adapted to the social and technological changes that took place through the centuries.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although living walls are still considered to be somewhat noteworthy in contemporary design, Iceland's architecture has been overgrown with the technique for hundreds of years. Along with a history of turf as a building material (and the pressures of modernism on Iceland's architecture in the 20th century)&nbsp;this National Geographic article showcases the haunting beauty of the Icelandic turf house, where the climate is pretty much rainy and picturesquely contemplative for the entire year.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2i/2ibx6wn87gkx0nql.jpeg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/2i/2ibx6wn87gkx0nql.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Thomas Ormstom via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150019571/what-u-s-cities-can-learn-from-vienna-s-urban-housing-policy What U.S. cities can learn from Vienna's urban housing policy Alexander Walter 2017-07-26T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T14:46:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6s/6snxweq361pcqsa6.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is a two-part series on housing policy in Vienna and how it could be a model for progressive housing policy in Seattle, where I live, or other American cities struggling with affordable housing. The first part is an overview of financing and subsidies. Part two, coming tomorrow, looks in detail at how zoning and development supports housing affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mike Eliason,&nbsp;passivhaus designer with&nbsp;Seattle-based&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/patano_studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patano Studio</a>, penned an insightful two-part commentary for <em>City Observatory</em>, looking at issues of financing, zoning, affordability, sustainability, and quality of life in a side-by-side comparison of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/66446/vienna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vienna</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7932/seattle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150019184/2-500-year-old-chinese-wood-joints-that-make-buildings-earthquake-proof 2,500-year-old Chinese wood joints that make buildings earthquake-proof Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-24T20:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T23:51:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjyma1nkn50tr4jv.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over thousands of years, the building science of timber framing developed independently in both Northern Europe and China. But one big difference between the regions is that China, by virtue of its size and geological traits, is prone to devastating earthquakes. Ancient Chinese builders thus needed a way to create wooden structures that could not be shaken apart, and that were not so stiff that its support members would shatter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Known as <em>dougong</em>, these earthquake-resistant series of brackets were designed and engineered roughly 500 B.C. When interlocked together, the joints transfer weight to supporting columns, containing so many redundancies they can not be shaken apart.&nbsp;By spreading their tolerances over multiple joints they retain flexibility that prevents cracking and splitting.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/k9/k9idsavvedaipb9z.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/k9/k9idsavvedaipb9z.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>Perhaps the most surprising element of the system is that the columns are&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;sunken into the foundation nor moored, but are freestanding.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150019154/is-it-time-for-maintenance-to-be-valued-over-innovation Is it time for maintenance to be valued over innovation? Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-24T18:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T18:46:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cf/cfo5if29nerqteok.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To shift our focus from innovation to maintenance would also create an opportunity for greater political consensus. Maintenance is an area of public policy where conservatives and progressives should see eye to eye.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em></em>As&nbsp;Andrew Russell and Lee Vinseljuly of NY Times point out,&nbsp;officials in federal, state and local government do not allocate the resources necessary for preventive maintenance. The authors argue that American conception of technology is narrow and immature<em>&mdash;</em>obsessing over gadgets and fetishizing innovation.</p> <p><em><em></em></em><em>All varieties of American infrastructure &mdash; roads, bridges, airports, sewers &mdash; are in decrepit condition. Lead poisons the water systems of Flint, Mich., and hundreds of other cities and towns across the nation. The American Society of Civil Engineers considers 17 percent of American dams to be &ldquo;high hazard potential,&rdquo; including the one outside Oroville, Calif., that nearly collapsed in February.</em></p> <p><em>It&rsquo;s not just maintenance that our society fails to appreciate; it&rsquo;s also the maintainers themselves. We do not grant them high social status or high salaries. Typically, maintenance is a blue-collar occupation: mechanic, plumber, janitor, electrician. There are white-collar maintainers (l...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018240/studio-gang-releases-design-for-memphis-riverfront-concept Studio Gang releases design for Memphis Riverfront Concept Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T19:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:26:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r64w3oev00r0qec0.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shaped from survey responses from over 4,500&nbsp;Memphians at multiple public events, The Memphis Riverfront Concept proposes to transform six miles and five distinct zones of the historic and culturally significant part of the city.</p> <p><em>Many of the Concept&rsquo;s proposed uses, from an iconic adventure playground to a special outlook where people can listen to live music at sunset, come directly from community members&rsquo; suggestions.&nbsp;</em><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xf/xfzvne3eowch4cfz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xf/xfzvne3eowch4cfz.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>With hopes of increasing the riverfront&rsquo;s use, vibrancy, and economic potential, the project seeks to foster civic pride, restore natural conditions and the native ecology, and connect various assets along the river.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The Concept focuses on showing how five zones&mdash;the Fourth Bluff, Mud Island, Tom Lee Park, MLK Park, and Greenbelt Park&mdash;can leverage their particular strengths to become distinctive places offering activities and experiences that appeal to people of all generations, incomes, races, and backgrounds.</em></p> <p> </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/19/19ukc4r3rzfnizjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/19/19ukc4r3rzfnizjx.jpg"></a></p><p><br></p><figure rel="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ho/ho522lbanx37an7n.jpg"><figcaption>Elevating visitors above the river in Greenbelt Park,...</figcaption></figure></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018228/car-less-apartment-renters-pay-16-of-their-rent-for-parking-that-they-don-t-use Car-less apartment renters pay 16% of their rent for parking that they don't use Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T18:43:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:43:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/56/56giuprm2axljmha.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The average price of building a garage parking space (as much as $34,000 in 2012) is passed on to people whether they own a car or not, and distort the true demand for urban parking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the 2011 National American Housing Survey data of the US census, about 16% of a housing unit&rsquo;s monthly rental cost is attributable to the expense of building an urban parking spot. For the average renter that amounts to to $1,700 per year, or $142 per month.</p> <p><em>Parking mandates increase housing prices by displacing area that could have gone to housing (thus shrinking supply), and makes each new unit more expensive to pay for more garage parking. A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01944363.2013.785346" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">separate study</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles found the city&rsquo;s parking minimums raised apartment prices by about $200 per month and price of a condo by about $43,000. Renters without cars end up subsidizing this arrangement to the tune of about $440 million annually in the US. While only 7% of US rental households lack cars, according to Census data, this burden falls most heavily on the urban poor since lower-income households can least afford to subsidize garage parking spaces.</em><br></p> <p><a href="https://www.jtlu.org/index.php/jtlu/article/view/730" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Researchers find</a> that it might be less wasteful to price and sell ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018158/how-glass-buildings-are-making-fighting-climate-change-harder How glass buildings are making fighting climate change harder Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:53:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eq/eq8npdq9z6l8iwzf.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Permissive building codes, industry inertia, and market demands &mdash; like clients clamoring for floor-to-ceiling views &mdash; have widened the discrepancy between the kind of buildings cities say they want and what they actually allow. So while the industry inches towards better environmental performance, buildings in Boston and other cities still fall short of the sustainability goals that everyone claims to embrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Courtney Humphries of Boston Globe <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/07/14/boston-wants-fight-climate-change-why-every-new-building-made-glass/bPHKGwPxuuwsxHHTdlwmNJ/story.html#comments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">argues</a> that the current trend for extensive use of glass in buildings contradicts today's strive for sustainability and "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14019/green-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green building</a>." When New York started tracking energy use by skyscrapers, the gleaming 7 World Trade Center &mdash; one of that city&rsquo;s more efficient glass towers &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/science/earth/new-york-citys-effort-to-track-energy-efficiency-yields-some-surprises.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scored worse than the 1930s-era Empire State Building</a>."</p> <p>Taking a lot of energy to heat and cool, glass buildings do not fit well with most climates. "Unlike opaque walls, glass allows heat to pass in and out easily. A 2014 report from the Urban Green Council in New York found that glass buildings have insulation values equivalent to medieval half-timber houses." As the author adds, "Transparent walls also limit privacy, and sunlight can create glare. Reflections on glass buildings can also be a problem; one London skyscraper infamously melted cars parked outside. The Urban Green Council has found that occupants of glass buildings often cover their views with shades and cur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved Louis Kahn's floating concert hall, Point Counterpoint II, is facing demolition, and Yo-Yo Ma wants it saved Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T16:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:41:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/me/mejwdb5n54z0uyzz.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anchoring in large cities and small towns, in busy shipping lanes and at public parks, the barge opens like a clamshell to reveal a glittering concert stage. Audiences on shore delight in the music, much of it specially composed for Maestro Boudreau and his American Wind Symphony Orchestra</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> was commissioned to design&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>,&nbsp;a unique floating concert hall, by conductor Robert Austin Boudreau in the mid 1960s.&nbsp;Launched in 1976, the 195-foot&nbsp;structure carried an orchestra up and down America's waterways for five decades. Robert Boudreau and his wife, Kathleen, have recently decided that they cannot keep running the barge. At the conclusion of the Orchestra's 2017 tour, it will be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard&mdash;despite the owner's best efforts to find a new guardian for the unique, mobile cultural institution. </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Drawing of Point Counterpoint II, by Louis Kahn</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo by josepha on Flickr</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><p>Yo-Yo Ma,&nbsp;a French-born Chinese American cellist, <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/08/17/louis-kahns-endangered-floating-concert-hall/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about his admiration for&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>, i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017309/iotti-pavarani-architetti-designed-office-building-fills-an-entire-block-in-turin Iotti + Pavarani Architetti​-designed office building fills an entire block in Turin Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T09:48:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T12:08:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wz/wzki8e6kji88yofk.jpg" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The new operations headquarters of Reale Group, designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/20848/iotti-pavarani-architetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iotti + Pavarani Architetti</a>, was recently opened&nbsp;in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/244939/turin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turin</a>, Italy. Located on the southwestern border of the city&rsquo;s Roman castrum it replaced a building from the seventies, redefining and modernizing the entire block.&nbsp;</p> <p>Covering a built area of 23,500 square meters, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/30730/leed-platinum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEED Platinum</a> certified building will accommodate 800 work stations, 150 parking spaces, a conference room for 280 people and will include a visible from the street&nbsp;1,700 square meter internal courtyard.</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ek/ektcq1d1yufayjyk.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ek/ektcq1d1yufayjyk.jpg"></a><figcaption>Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura</figcaption></figure></figure><p>"The entire complex takes on board the surrounding area and &ldquo;absorbs&rdquo; a protected historical <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34080/facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fa&ccedil;ade</a> (that on Via Bertola and Via San Dalmazzo), creating a compositional solution in harmony with the surrounding buildings."</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/2r/2r243lvsm3xxteun.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/2r/2r243lvsm3xxteun.jpg"></a><figcaption>Fernando Guerra | FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura</figcaption></figure></figure><p>"The architectural envelope becomes a fulcrum, a gravitational hub in the urban fabric of this part of the surrounding centre of Turin: it foc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017231/lille-france-and-sydney-australia-named-as-world-design-capital-2020-finalists Lille, France and Sydney, Australia named as World Design Capital 2020 finalists Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:59:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qo/qoei1rwdajmalo4l.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The World Design Organization today announced that Lille, France and Sydney, Australia have made the shortlist to become&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/317703/world-design-capital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Design Capital 2020</a>, for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development in their cities.&nbsp;City visits will be conducted prior to final WDC 2020 selection, to better assess the scope and capacity of each of the cities&rsquo; proposed programs. The winner will be announced on 14 October 2017 in Torino, Italy during WDO&rsquo;s 30th General Assembly.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Once an industrial center facing economic upheaval,&nbsp;<strong>Lille</strong>&nbsp;aims to engage its 2.1 million inhabitants (including companies, local authorities, research and training centers, cultural destinations and civic spaces) in collaborative design-driven projects. Under the theme,&nbsp;<em>Eldorado: the greatest design experiment</em>, it places design at the heart of its economic, societal and environmental transformation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/124638/sydney" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney</a></strong>,&nbsp;in collaboration with Parramatta and other surrounding suburbs,&nbsp;wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017025/paris-and-los-angeles-to-host-the-summer-olympics-in-2024-and-2028 Paris and Los Angeles to host the Summer Olympics in 2024 and 2028 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T16:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T16:54:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y7/y7ngmc8turnmtzqi.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&#8203;The rare decision to name the hosts of separate Games simultaneously &mdash; established with a unanimous vote of I.O.C. members on Tuesday &mdash; is an effort by the organization to counter diminished interest shown by democratic nations in hosting the Olympics amid exorbitant costs, white-elephant stadiums, widespread corruption, rampant doping and limited appeal to the youth audience.&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Delegates of International Olympic Committee will vote on future hosting cities on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. "Paris is favored to hold the Games in 2024, the centenary of the last time it hosted the Olympics, while Los Angeles is expected to hold the Summer Games for a third time in 2028." Paris and Los Angeles remain the only cities bidding to host the 2024 Olympics&nbsp;after withdrawals of Boston, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg, Germany.</p> <p>The cities are also expected to demonstrate efforts in reforming the Olympics in reducing prohibitive costs in staging the Games by&nbsp;using mostly existing and temporary facilities.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016755/google-s-dandelion-startup-wants-to-make-geothermal-energy-more-affordable-for-homeowners Google's Dandelion startup wants to make geothermal energy more affordable for homeowners Alexander Walter 2017-07-10T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T09:23:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zp/zpdscfcovqjlygqn.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. [...] Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had been working for several years "to make it easier and more affordable to heat and cool homes with the clean, free, abundant, and renewable energy source right under our feet," and that the efforts culminated with the creation of an independent company outside of Alphabet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In the U.S., buildings account for 39% of all carbon emissions, mostly from the combustion of fossil fuels for heating and cooling," <a href="https://dandelion.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dandelion</a> CEO Kathy Hannun explains on the company's <a href="https://blog.x.company/introducing-dandelion-2706eded169a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blog</a>. "In the Northeast, heating and cooling is particularly carbon-intensive due to the relatively high use of fuel oil or propane as a heating fuel.&nbsp;This also leads to unpredictable costs for homeowners; if fuel prices rise during a particularly long and cold winter, their wallets take a hit."</p> <p>Hannun describes how designing a better drill was the key to reducing cost, time, hassle, and environmental impact of the drilling process: "After months of testing, we hit upon a design for a fast, slender drill that hit our objectives. It could drill just one or two deep holes just a few inches wide, and compared to typical installation rigs, it produced less waste and took up much less space as it operated. It left a typical suburban backyard relatively undisturbed, so we could minimize landscaping costs ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016745/allison-arieff-describes-silicon-valley-s-outdated-and-dysfunctional-planning Allison Arieff describes Silicon Valley's outdated and dysfunctional planning Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T15:43:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p6/p6va5oumn4w3d1ux.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The built environment of the Valley does not reflect the innovation that&rsquo;s driving the region&rsquo;s stratospheric growth; it looks instead like the 1950s. Looking at aerial views of midcentury campuses like the Eero Saarinen-designed Bell Labs next to contemporary ones like Apple, it&rsquo;s nearly impossible to tell the midcentury structures from the 21st-century ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Silicon Valley is&nbsp;a&nbsp;place&nbsp;of much interest&nbsp;to many, its architectural image and overall planning is hard to grasp or&nbsp;call successful.</p> <p>Allison Arieff of NY Times argues that the isolated corporate headquarters of tech giants have no consideration for the larger context of their surroundings, and heavily contribute to the Bay area's ever-worsening traffic which in combination with the outdated zoning laws, makes the whole region an extremely hard place to live in.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"In 2011, when asked by a City Council member what benefit the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple headquarters</a> would have for Cupertino, Steve Jobs responded that it&rsquo;d get to keep the company there. And that&rsquo;s about the extent of what it got. A project like the new Norman Foster-designed Apple Park shows a blatant disregard not only for the citizens of Cupertino but also for the functionality of the region."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Apple Headquarters in Cupertino&nbsp;</figcaption></figure><p>"Because of the Bay Area&rsquo;s chronic underinvestment in housing and transit, home prices escalate and cong...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016124/editor-s-picks-471 Editor's Picks #471 Nam Henderson 2017-07-06T18:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T20:59:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1siat0bjkyrukqoq.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI, the always "<em>into it</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>, sat down with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150011097/discussing-the-role-of-jargon-and-difficulty-with-harvard-gsd-s-k-michael-hays-lisa-haber-thomson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD's K. Michael Hays + Lisa Haber-Thomson</a> to discuss the role of jargon in pedagogy, a new GSD online course offering and the "<em>vexed notion of architecture&rsquo;s autonomy.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> was "<em>very impressed that Michael Hays and Lisa Haber-Thomson agreed to the exchange. That speaks a lot about them, and deserves a lot of respect...</em>" For his part,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/13529719/jeffry-burchard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeffry Burchard</a> theorized "<em>that there are and have always been three languages of Architecture. They happen to correspond nicely to the audiences of architecture</em>".</p> <p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/zacksemke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zack Semke</a>&nbsp;highlighted the potentials of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150012180/how-passive-house-design-can-propel-the-clean-energy-transition-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House Design</a>. <strong>Daniel Piselli</strong> chimed in "<em>Great, timely article. Passive House is no longer a fringe concept. Its being proven feasible in the US on projects of multiple scales &amp; types by a growing number of architects &amp; engineers.</em>"&nbsp;Some of you, may be interested in <a href="http://passivhaustrust.org.uk/..." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">related</a> cost research from the UK Passivhaus Trust.</p> <figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/9i/9ikysk1fxjc62l6g.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/9i/9ikysk1fxjc62l6g.jpg"></a><br></figure><figure><figcaption></figcaption></figure>News <p>In NCARB related news; they have <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150010871/ncarb-opens-new-path-to-certification-for-architects-from-non-accredited-schools" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">launched</a> th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015619/taking-up-the-challenge-of-the-back-loop Taking up the challenge of the back loop Nam Henderson 2017-07-01T19:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T00:28:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xg/xgbvudginjgz5fo2.jpg" width="600" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like a Shell futurologist, one can imagine multiple disastrous futures for Miami. Will it become a southern Super Venice, a la Kim Stanley Robinson&rsquo;s New York of 2140...Perhaps the hard realism of Paolo Bacigalupi&rsquo;s The Water Knife is more apt...Or imagine a super Katrina resulting in something a little more Odds Against Tomorrow:</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ip/ip8392wdbfq1bb6o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ip/ip8392wdbfq1bb6o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>from Key Largo John Pennekamp nature center, by author, February 12, 2017</figcaption></figure><p>Stephanie Wakefield penned some&nbsp;<em>Field Notes from the Anthropocene</em>, inspired by a recent honeymoon in Miami Beach. In which she explores 'experimentation' as a mode of dwelling in the Anthropocene and the emancipatory possibilities offered by the concept of the 'back loop.'</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015298/reiulf-ramstad-s-proposal-for-a-multivalent-inspirational-ross-pavilion-in-edinburgh Reiulf Ramstad's proposal for a multivalent, inspirational Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:55:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kc/kcwwcym4yfw3svcr.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While no one can claim that they understand where inspiration comes from, most would agree that it doesn't hurt to have an unfettered view of nature in an architecturally inventive setting. Norwegian architects Reiulf Ramstad are among the seven finalists in the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to design a new cultural pavilion for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens, and their plans reveal a glass-walled, timber-framed structure that attempts to harmoniously look toward the future while not alienating the centuries-old architecture&nbsp;surrounding it.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>The result is a surprisingly timeless pavilion that encourages contemplation, relaxation, and an appreciation of the Gardens.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>As the architects explain, "The Ross Pavilion will be the focal point of the city of Edinburgh and its many visitors, but it can also be a symbolic place for all of Scotland as well. The intervention into the Gardens ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014535/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-for-camden-highline Crowdfunding campaign launched for Camden Highline Abigail Banfield 2017-06-26T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:37:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9n/9nmsh973sxinn75n.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the latest civic development in North London; the Camden Highline. For years, the disused railway has been talked about among local residents, with many wanting to see a little bit of New York in Camden Town.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/7p/7p3gmoexn8g9rxx3.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Since 2016, Camden Town Unlimited have been working with Network Rail to secure the 18-metre&nbsp;wide disused railway line, which runs for almost a&nbsp;kilometre&nbsp;between the beloved, vibrant Camden Market and the newly developed Kings Cross area. The initial ambitions for the project include creating a space which is accessible to all and will provide a home for the arts, festivals, and live performance, as well as ecological and educational benefits.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6a/6ahxn66cq9gkfu9x.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy of Camden Town Unlimited</figcaption></figure><p>Using the famous New York High Line as a precedent, this crowd-funded project will initially work on the existing infrastructure, workshops, events, and feasibility works. The funds raised from the campaign run on&nbsp;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013933/elon-musk-unveils-his-plan-to-colonize-mars-with-a-million-humans Elon Musk unveils his plan to colonize Mars with a million humans Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T12:37:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:13:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3r/3ruwkktdvv3ev6iv.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It would be quite fun to be on Mars because you would have gravity that is about 37% of that of Earth, so you would be able to lift heavy things and bound around,&rdquo; [Elon Musk] adds, predicting that journey times could eventually be cut to 30 days.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aside from the money, specific technology, and solid timeframe, Elon Musk has figured out a way to get to Mars. The colonization plan, which is designed to place about 1 million people on the planet in 40-100 years using a yet-to-be constructed ship that would carry 100 passengers per trip, needs more financial backers before Musk can definitively settle on a launch date. Many scientists have objected to the plan on various technological grounds, although one brought up the problem of potentially contaminating alien life forms:</p> <p><em>Prof Andrew Coates, who works on the ExoMars rover&nbsp;at University College London&rsquo;s Mullard Space&nbsp;Science Laboratory, said that the question of whether present or past life existed on Mars needed to be answered before a manned mission, which could contaminate the surface, could be considered. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a moral imperative to keep Mars as it is for the moment. Until we&rsquo;ve conclusively answered that question we should keep our feet on the ground ... going there wou...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013838/ikea-designers-are-learning-about-compact-storage-from-nasa-s-space-architect IKEA designers are learning about compact storage from NASA's space architect Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-21T19:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T04:17:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/wetujs3n70pxbbnm.jpg" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Confined in Utah&rsquo;s Mars Desert Research habitat for three days&mdash;habitat diameter: 33 feet&mdash;the five-person team experienced the cramped living quarters and zero-waste living necessary to survive a journey to outer space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designers from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/67774/ikea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> are exploring space-saving solutions for tiny homes by living in an actual Mars research station. During the immersion workshop led&nbsp;by Constance Adams, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/58983/nasa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a> architect behind the habitat for the first human mission to Mars, the team examines the ways in which astronauts' insight could be translated to innovative furniture solutions for dense urban environments.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;My dream outcome will be to solve the biggest problem on earth&hellip;storage,&rdquo; said IKEA&rsquo;s head of design, Marcus Engman. &ldquo;How could you design storage in a completely new way?&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013819/dutch-prisons-converted-into-homes-for-refugees Dutch prisons converted into homes for refugees Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-21T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T18:09:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/78/782gfys0y5y8xtd8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the country&rsquo;s crime rate and prison population have steadily declined for years, dozens of correctional facilities have closed altogether. So when the number of migrants started to rise&mdash;more than 50,000 entered the Netherlands last year alone&mdash;the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) saw a solution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/7888/prisons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prisons</a> in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/6769/netherlands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Netherlands</a> have been repurposed to house <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/298862/refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">refugees</a> who are waiting to be granted asylum status,&nbsp;a process that&nbsp;usually takes at least six months. Free to come and go as they please, the refugees are not allowed to work but are encouraged to learn Dutch and build connections with the surrounding community. </p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013394/seven-firms-release-new-renderings-for-la-river-restoration-projects Seven firms release new renderings for LA River restoration projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T19:49:00-04:00 >2017-06-20T12:39:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ux/uxrz6391jh6292p4.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Los Angeles and its Bureau of Engineering recently worked with seven design firms to reenvision seven sections of the L.A. River through Downtown Los Angeles. The conceptual images that resulted from this process have reimagined the river banks with open space, play areas, public art, new connections and development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, seven firms have released preliminary visioning plans for a segment of the Los Angeles river. Running through downtown, the seven-mile stretch begins at the southern tip of the Frogtown neighborhood and ends at Redondo Junction. Each firm was given a different segment to plan and was asked to consider river-adjacent projects already in plan as well as anticipated development along the stretch such as a potential extension of the Red Line subway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working on the stretch from Barclay to Spring Street between I-110 and the northern border of Chinatown, <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a></strong>&nbsp;proposed reconfiguring the existing rail yard with a meadow and public paths.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5m/5moydk0pmap8t3fv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/5m/5moydk0pmap8t3fv.jpg"></a></p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oj/oje60vb30o9rkziu.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oj/oje60vb30o9rkziu.jpg"></a></p> <p><strong>WSP's&nbsp;</strong>proposal of the stretch starting at Spring Street and continuing on to Cesar Chavez Avenue, involves a series of stepped terraces that gradually meet at the existing river bottom. &nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dtom2njzsh9h3zx5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dt/dtom2njzsh9h3zx5.jpg"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>CH2M</strong>'s proposal continues on from Cesar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012925/mvrdv-s-ilot-queyries-blends-history-modern-sustainable-density-in-bordeaux-france MVRDV's Ilot Queyries blends history + modern sustainable density in Bordeaux, France Julia Ingalls 2017-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T12:10:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oyv5ehq9solm4ka.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects create livable, breathable spaces that not only honor the history of a region, but anticipate the global population increase? This is partly the mission of MVRDV's 300-unit residential apartment/mixed use&nbsp;Ilot Queyries, which is located adjacent to the&nbsp;ZAC Bastide-Niel masterplan East of the River Garonne, and is&nbsp;designed to create a new neighborhood that prizes density and green, sustainable features while organically integrating the history of the region.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/et/etr4iqoqd4dpl5h3.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view</figcaption></figure><p>As MVRDV's Winy Mass explains, "For the Bastide Niel master plan we make an update of the European city: based on the values of the historic city that is intimate, dense and mixed, whilst at the same time proposing new objectives like sunlight for all, even on the ground floor, new energy supplies with solar panels, integrated water system and more green spaces. The concept of the cuts of the volumes is introduced here at Ilot Queyries which can be interpreted as a pilot project of the master plan Ba...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013065/2017-finalists-for-radical-innovation-have-been-announced 2017 Finalists for Radical Innovation have been announced Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-16T18:38:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T11:53:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nf/nf7qojqcrq26kdil.jpg" width="650" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chosen from over 65 entries, this year's finalists represent the latest in hotel design and offer a glimpse at the future of travel.The jury looks for projects that are innovative but within the realm of possibility.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The finalists of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/245426/hospitality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hospitality</a> design competition's 11th round are Arno Matis Architecture, EoA Group, and the already existing Play Design Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.</p> <p>Honorable mentions include student winner, Brandan Siebrecht, from <a href="http://archinect.com/UNLVSoA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Nevada, Las Vegas</a> and student honorable mention, Caspar Schols from Eindhoven, Netherlands.</p> <p>1. Play Design Hotel&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/as/assb0oa3o04pzy8f.jpg"></p> <p>Located in Taipei the hotel aims at connecting travelers with the country's culture through interior furnishings, fixtures, and accessories which are made solely by local designers.</p> <p>2. Vertical Micro-Climate&nbsp;by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arnomatisarchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arno Matis Architecture</a></p> <p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hu/hub6hw56fg9lc1lj.jpg"></p> <p>The Canadian firm Arno Matis Architecture proposed a mountain-top resort on Vancouver Island that using natural thermal and solar technology&nbsp;simulates sunny summer weather during winter months.&nbsp;</p> <p>3.&nbsp;Living the Till by&nbsp;<a href="http://eoagroup.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EoA Group</a></p> <p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ee/eeuvidsrkp20wdv3.jpg"></p> <p>Living the Till features temporary nomadic structure hovering 30 feet above the forest floor that would allow&nbsp;seasonal inhabitation in remote areas. Designed to have mini...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012624/norwegian-government-dedicates-4-4m-to-upgrade-arctic-seed-vault Norwegian government dedicates $4.4M to upgrade Arctic seed vault Nicholas Korody 2017-06-14T12:06:00-04:00 >2017-06-14T12:22:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k4/k4x7c290x6iwxazn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world&rsquo;s most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade after water from melting permafrost flooded its access tunnel. No seeds were damaged but the incident undermined the original belief that the vault would be a &ldquo;failsafe&rdquo; facility, securing the world&rsquo;s food supply forever. Now the Norwegian government, which owns the vault, has committed $4.4m (NOK37m) to improvements.</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/150011539/first-mass-timber-high-rise-building-to-be-permitted-in-the-us-is-coming-to-portland First mass timber high-rise building to be permitted in the US is coming to Portland Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-08T18:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T18:33:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hk/hkzughjb4z78wn1q.jpg" width="650" height="891" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/leverarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEVER Architecture</a>, Framework Building aims at promoting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4450/sustainability" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> building practices and economic opportunity&nbsp;for a sustainable urban-rural ecology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/75/757ws6837eqavrtk.jpg"></p><p>To receive the permit the 12-story building has completed a series of fire, acoustic and structural tests which have proven that mass <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/282/timber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timber</a> construction performs to fire and life safety requirements, in some cases even exceeding the current standards.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/iimffj3hgesljyzx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r7/r7fssdmxf386mw3h.jpg"></p><p>"The mixed-use project combines retail and public exhibition on the ground level, with five levels of office and 60-units of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a>. Framework&rsquo;s commercial tenants will be B corporations&mdash;businesses certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The housing component of the project accommodates residents earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c14j6fqssnmrbc7m.jpg"></p><p>Framework is part of a mutually beneficial cycle between natural resources, the rural timber industries that rely on these resources, and the citi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011336/artists-and-researchers-of-seeds-of-time-exhibition-join-forces-to-rethink-approaches-to-sustainability Artists and researchers of “Seeds of Time” exhibition join forces to rethink approaches to sustainability Justine Testado 2017-06-07T17:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T17:28:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qz/qzj0uurf1p7utwu2.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Organized into the three &ldquo;zones&rdquo; of Field, Sequence, and Rooms, the exhibition will bring together the minds of artists and designers like Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Yoko Ono, and Olafur Eliasson and researchers such as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, who will propose solutions and approaches to the ever-pressing issues of environmental and social sustainability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Chapter 2 of the <a href="http://shanghai-project.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai Project</a>, the &ldquo;Seeds of Time&rdquo; is a cross-disciplinary exhibition designed by Hong Kong- and Madrid-based <a href="http://www.collective-studio.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COLLECTIVE</a> studio and curated by Dr. Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The exhibition is at&nbsp;the Shanghai Himalayas Museum&nbsp;until July 30.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/jy/jyr1smktcw8p3qir.jpg"><br><em>Photo: Katja Lam / COLLECTIVE.</em></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/un/unf7kqnhvyy67qs4.jpg"><em>&ldquo;We're All Water&rdquo; by Yoko Ono. Photo: Katja Lam / COLLECTIVE.</em></p><p>Read more about it <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5713/rethinking-approaches-to-sustainability-in-the-shanghai-project-s-seeds-of-time-designed-by-collective-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010337/ww-p-designed-school-opens-in-cambodia WW+P-Designed School Opens in Cambodia Weston Williamson 2017-06-02T01:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T14:14:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/77/77gbgsz0feb4c7mr.jpg" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new school in rural <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/437289/cambodia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cambodia</a>, designed and built pro-bono by <a href="http://archinect.com/WestonWilliamson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Williamson + Partners</a> officially opens on June 1, International Children&rsquo;s Day.&nbsp;</p><p>WW+P worked with Engenuiti, Integration and Building Trust International to design a building which was flexible and adaptable to meet current and future needs.&nbsp; It comprises three additional classrooms, a library and a covered external classroom with a sunken play area, which doubles as a small amphitheatre.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3y/3yppj3u1n3bwb5xz.jpg"></p><p>Until now the school in Khyaung village, 40km north east of Phnom Penh City, has catered for 359 pupils aged 3-17 in two old buildings. The lack of accommodation has meant that children travelling from six surrounding villages to this, the area&rsquo;s only school catering for children up to secondary age, had to attend in shifts, part-time.</p><p>From February to April this year, a team of designers from WW+P&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/18547/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> studio led by architect Abul Mahdi, assisted the local farming community with the construction on a two-week rotation. The tea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010451/the-us-is-withdrawing-from-the-paris-agreement-here-s-the-aia-s-response The US is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement — here's the AIA's response Nicholas Korody 2017-06-01T18:12:00-04:00 >2017-06-02T15:06:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wz/wzecsucj5nedt2cz.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just a few hours ago, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the non-binding Paris Agreement intended to mitigate climate change. The President of the American Institute of Architects Thomas Vonier, FAIA has issued a statement in response, reaffirming its commitment to reducing the (vast) contributions of the built environment to global warming.</p><p>Here it is in full:</p><p><em>"The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.</em></p><p><em>The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings. We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmos...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010045/wwii-german-bunker-adds-green-mountain-on-top-in-radical-repurposing WWII German bunker adds "green mountain" on top in radical repurposing Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T17:48:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T17:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jc/jco04zs5slvaxy91.jpg" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Repurposing and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149979051/renovating-my-religion-johnson-fain-updates-philip-johnson-s-crystal-cathedral" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovation</a> are some of the hottest new trends in architecture, but architects in Hamburg may have elevated the stakes by their proposal to place a 19-meter high "green mountain" atop a World War II bunker in Hamburg, Germany. The new mountain would offer residents lots to grow vegetables, as well as "a bit of plain hedonistic pleasure" according to a statement released by the designers. The bottom of the bunker has already undergone substantial transformation: it currently hosts a nightclub, a graphic design agency, a music school, a music shop, and a photographer&rsquo;s studio.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009969/exchanging-cinderblock-for-shrooms-with-fungi-bricks Exchanging cinderblock for 'shrooms with "fungi bricks" Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T12:48:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T12:48:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f6/f63ojz8e35dz4i35.jpg" width="593" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To most people, mushrooms are a food source. To mycologist (mushroom scientist) Philip Ross, fungi are much, much more. In fact, Ross is most passionate about mushrooms&rsquo; ability to be used for building materials and it is this is what he primarily focuses his attention on. Recently, the mycologists figured out how to make bricks from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire resistant.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Referred to as "mycotecture," the mushroom bricks originally were embraced by the art world, but increasingly are being considered for other structural uses.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bj/bjn21sdafgd2p14c.jpg"></p><p>Stronger and cooler-looking than concrete, the above fungi-brick structure is held together using chopsticks.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qd/qdv66bgdbz17i2p3.jpg"></p>