Archinect - News 2014-10-21T05:11:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111708964/james-corner-field-operations-will-design-a-new-waterfront-park-in-brooklyn James Corner Field Operations Will Design a New Waterfront Park in Brooklyn Diane Pham 2014-10-20T14:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T14:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9jxnrr6eng1l2sz.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renderings for the waterfront park to be built alongside the massive housing development Greenpoint Landing have been released. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area only a few years back, so it comes as no surprise that locals were concerned with how developers would protect the area from future storms. James Corner Field Operations was chosen to address the problem, and the result is a resilient design that manages to enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of the existing riverfront.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T03:12:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111358122/philippe-starck-riko-realizes-first-prototype-of-custom-eco-prefab-house Philippe Starck + Riko realizes first prototype of custom eco-prefab house Justine Testado 2014-10-17T09:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T10:50:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77cltuo8rqqmi0aa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First launched in 2013 after years of technological development and collaboration, French designer <a href="http://starck.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philippe Starck</a> and Slovenian wooden prefab building company <a href="http://www.riko.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riko</a> released the second generation of their customizable Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (P.A.T.H.) to the global market just this month. The first P.A.T.H prototype was also recently realized in Montfort, France.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fv6do126d25andx6.jpg"></p><p>As France works towards its 2020 thermal regulation goal to have all new buildings possess positive energy status, Starck + Riko's prefab homes are packed with high eco-technological systems to allow the homes to produce more energy than they consume. Homeowners have the choice to integrate features like photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater recovery systems, and heat pumps.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u6kgwv7q47iahl6w.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most interesting, if not highly marketable, feature of these prefab homes is the variety of mix-and-match design options that cater to homeowners' individual needs and aesthetic preferences. For starters, P....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-17T15:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a065c5496642108e76b4ffb5a91c9af.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unesco, which for too long has been silent on the growing environmental threat to Venice and its evident mismanagement, as revealed by the exposure of massive corruption in the construction of its flood barriers, has at last shown its teeth. At the meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Doha this June it passed important resolutions that show that it intends to call the Italian government to account and put Venice on its World Heritage at Risk list if it is not satisfied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111407968/harlem-may-get-its-own-high-line-park Harlem May Get Its Own High Line Park Diane Pham 2014-10-16T12:04:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T12:05:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f98ktjz0i9lrm5y8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new proposal called 'Harlem Promenade' developed by the Housing Partnership could bring not only 2,000 additional affordable housing units to Washington Heights, but also an elevated railway park akin to the High Line. The park would be built atop a portion of Amtrak rail lines and would finally offer locals a safe and easy connection to the waterfront parks and recreation along the Hudson.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111338781/study-finds-ny-rats-have-alarming-diseases Study Finds NY Rats Have Alarming Diseases Nicholas Korody 2014-10-15T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T14:32:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o65q12vrnum1aniw.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, a team of pathogen hunters at Columbia University...conducted a survey of the viruses and bacteria in Manhattan&rsquo;s rats, the first attempt to use DNA to catalog pathogens in any animal species in New York City [...] Although the scientists examined just 133 rats, they found plenty of pathogens. Some caused food-borne illnesses. Others, like Seoul hantavirus, had never before been found in New York. Others were altogether new to science.</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York's notorious rat problem is just one of the many complex human-animal interactions that can lead to disease outbreaks. Ebola, which has decimated West Africa and is now <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/health/texas-ebola-outbreak/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appearing in the US</a>, likely spread to humans from <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ebola-emerged-jungle-photos/story?id=24740453" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contact with infected primates</a>. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avian_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Avian flu</a> (H5N1) spreads from contact with contaminated birds, with the most deadly strains for humans likely coming from exposure to infected domesticated birds. Similarly, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_influenza" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">swine flu</a> comes from contact with pigs. And the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bubonic plague</a>, famously thought to have come from rats, is now thought to have spread from fleas carried by said rats.</p><p>All this shows that human habitations are actually within a complex mesh of interactions with other non-human agents, many of which pose grave or even fatal health risks. As&nbsp;Dr. Lipkin, director of the rat study, told the NY Times:&nbsp;&ldquo;I think people are going to have to start paying attention to this.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111212561/ruination-city-of-dust Ruination: City of Dust b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-13T23:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:13:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77h7am7unlh6mqkg.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Jane McGonigal, a well-known game designer and researcher, &ldquo;games build the kind of trust, relationships and social networks so critical to [collective action].&rdquo; Playing games, people naturally weave a tight social fabric.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110956491/u-s-department-of-agriculture-launches-tall-wood-building-prize-competition U.S. Department of Agriculture launches Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Justine Testado 2014-10-10T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:20:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7k4t07z7za66zdc.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially launched their U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. As the first step of a new USDA and forest industry initiative, the competition...aims to showcase the architectural and commercial feasibility of advanced wood products in tall building construction in order to support employment opportunities in U.S. rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of American forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Following a funding initiative announced by the Obama Administration and the U.S. forestry industry through the USDA, SLB and BSLC earlier this year, the competition invites all U.S. developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an alternative solution approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million.</p><p>The objective of the Competition is to identify proponents with building project(s) in the concept-, schematic- or design-development stage in the U.S. that can safely and successfully demonstrate the use of wood as a viable structural material in tall buildings."</p><p>Read more about the competition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/u.s._department_of_agriculture_launches_tall_wood_building_prize_competitio/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:05:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/ey4o2dhr2bjo2zta.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar. [...] It&rsquo;s an interesting proof of concept, but utilizing a 3-D printer, rather than traditional ceramic manufacturing technique also unlocked a host of other advantages.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110855253/tidal-flooding-expected-to-wreak-havoc-on-american-cities Tidal Flooding Expected to Wreak Havoc on American Cities Nicholas Korody 2014-10-09T09:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:13:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1ha5z0fm6jymyw5r.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many major U.S. coastal cities will face a huge surge in the number of tidal floods they experience as sea levels rise due to climate change, a new report has warned. The study, conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), covered 52 cities on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, from Portland, Maine, to Freeport, Texas, and predicts a dramatic increase in flooding linked to high tides over the next few decades.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110688053/of-dirt-and-cleanliness-clean-india-campaign Of Dirt and Cleanliness – (Clean India Campaign) Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-07T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:28:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jvubckb0ex14ej8.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"In all modern cultures, cleaning up merely involves moving &ldquo;dirt&rdquo; from one place to another. Five decades ago, cleaning up may have been easier. It would have meant restoring the predominantly organic and compostable discards in the waste stream to its rightful place &ndash; namely, the soil &ndash; and facilitating its transformation into manure. &nbsp;Over the past two decades, India has transformed from a sleepy nation living in its villages to an economic powerhouse with an urban population bursting at its seams. We can, as Modi did in the UN General Assembly, invoke our ancient culture to claim that Indians have a special relationship with and reverence for nature. But that does not take away from the fact that Indians or Americans, Hindus or Muslims, we are all worshippers of the same homogenising religion of consumerism. We are what our garbage is. Our garbage which once bore no resemblance to American garbage is increasingly peppered with the same brand names, the same indestructible materi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:03:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j48eg5bxmz2g0vgk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, is now billing itself as the world's first energy self-sufficient island that has never been hooked up to a power grid [...] This past summer, El Hierro inaugurated the Gorona del Viento power plant, a $110 million wind and water turbine farm. By the end of this year, the plant will generate all of the island's energy needs of up to 48 gigawatt hours per year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not only will El Hierro be the first energy self-sufficient island, it's will also exclusively make use of renewable energy sources, a mix of wind and hydro-power. Previously, the island &ndash; the most remote of the Canary Islands &ndash; couldn't hook up to the Spanish grid and had to barge in about 40,000 barrels of oil a year. Meanwhile, the island is also planning to have only electric cars by 2020, NPR reports. This little rocky island is a good model for the rest of the world; though with a population of just over <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Hierro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10,000,</a> it has a bit of an advantage.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109792318/hong-kong-tops-bloomberg-s-list-of-most-crowded-cities-by-2025 Hong Kong tops Bloomberg's list of "Most Crowded Cities" by 2025 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-25T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:58:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qs/qs2huqyyqtr3vfjm.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/visual-data/best-and-worst/most-crowded-in-2025-global-cities-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bloomberg </em>published their predictions for the top forty most densely populated cities</a> by 2025, with current #1 Hong Kong keeping the top spot, at nearly twice the projected density of #2, Salvador, Brazil. Hong Kong's population growth is predicted to grow by 32.8%, while Salvador's is nearly triple that rate at a 97.3% increase. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107479955/mexico-city-s-new-and-vivacious-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a> is #3, at 45.3% increase. The "crowded" metric is population per square mile, assuming that borders don't change (by land erosion or reclamation) by 2025.</p><p>Of the Top 40, the two cities with the highest estimated population growth (within the span of the generation leading up to 2025) are both in Saudi Arabia: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95877/zaha-hadid-s-petroleum-research-center-ironically-aims-for-leed-platinum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Riyadh</a> (166.6% increase) and&nbsp;Jiddah (137.4% increase), trailed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4597/brasilia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brasilia</a>, Brazil at 118.6%. The only other city with a projected growth of more than 100% is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/86820/atlanta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>, Georgia, at 114.7% population growth to become the 40th most crowded city by 2025.</p><p>The cities with the lowest projected population growth are: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11458/seoul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul-Incheon</a>, South Korea at 1.4...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet' Archinect 2014-09-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T14:05:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8raxa66rzqeficwt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple has previously advertised the environmentally conscious features of Campus 2, most notably on the recently updated environmental section of its website, which states that the building will be "powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources" and rely on natural ventilation instead of temperature control during 75 percent of the year. Apple will also be installing more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations on the campus and planting more than 7,000 trees on the grounds.</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/109118485/can-cloud-seeding-clear-singapore-s-skies Can cloud-seeding clear Singapore's skies? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-17T12:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:07:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9r/9rl6kdo3fooai3yi.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indonesia is preparing cloud-seeding operations in an effort to combat a haze of air pollution blanketing neighbouring Singapore. Pollution levels were "moderate" levels on Tuesday morning, according to the pollution standard index, a day after hitting "unhealthy" levels. The worst affected parts of the island are in the west and closest to Indonesia. The haze has become an annual event in this part of Southeast Asia, as farmers illegally burn forest or plantation areas to clear land.</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/109022789/new-york-s-plan-to-storm-proof-fire-island-is-deeply-flawed-says-scientist New York’s Plan to Storm-Proof Fire Island Is Deeply Flawed, Says Scientist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T15:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06afa96fd3fe5c2ccb3d78515f8c3cba.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project does not provide the storm damage mitigation and storm-surge protection that is promised, or at least the U.S. Geological Survey comments on the plan question the science behind those proposed benefits.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;A project like this, where the science is being questioned by government scientists and the environmental impacts are clearly negative, it&rsquo;s a poster child for where we shouldn&rsquo;t do this. This stretch of Fire Island is a park, for goodness sake.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108619725/buy-condo-then-add-parking-spot-for-1-million Buy Condo, Then Add Parking Spot for $1 Million Miles Jaffe 2014-09-10T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T14:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fi85k5plnakte5j3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new development, 42 Crosby Street, is pushing the limits of New York City real estate to new heights with 10 underground parking spots that will cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold upstairs. At $250,000 a tire, the parking spaces in the underground garage cost more than four times the national median sales price for a home, which is $217,800, according to Zillow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The best thing about this article was the NYT pop up ad for luxury condos in Chelsea.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108557847/the-new-urban-cemetery The New Urban Cemetery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T13:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b13a3fcd4fbe37c3d69983460a66194b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of the Future Cemetery is to create a place for people to connect with death. What that actually means and looks like is still in development, Troyer says, but in the first stage of the project they did everything from projections to audio installations. Now, they&rsquo;re working on developing augmented reality experiences in cemeteries&mdash;elements that are only visible with certain devices and if you know they&rsquo;re there. The idea is to allow people to add to their own cemetery experience...</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/108434944/the-end-of-history The End of History? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-08T00:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T10:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyhsi06w9vfgrvjb.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One index of human impact is the extinction of species, now estimated to be at about the same rate as it was 65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth. That is the presumed cause for the ending of the age of the dinosaurs, which opened the way for small mammals to proliferate, and ultimately modern humans. Today, it is humans who are the asteroid, condemning much of life to extinction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably one of the most prompt and tell it the way it is style of Noam Chomsky, 'where we are going account' of recent history and our as a matter of factly demise depicted. Enjoy your last milleniums.., humans!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fa89990e5415835d890538aee79a29c.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of Beijing can use one of the city&rsquo;s 34 newly installed recycling machines to trade empty bottles for phone card rebates or free public transit passes. Those who choose the phone card rebate just need to type in their phone numbers or scan their cards and the rebate will be automatically applied. The value of the rebate will correspond to the value of the type of bottle that was recycled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the original Chinese language report <a href="http://news.sina.com.cn/c/p/2014-08-14/140130684691.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108097715/are-ethanol-fireplaces-worse-than-wood-burning-ones Are Ethanol Fireplaces Worse than Wood-Burning Ones? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-03T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T19:28:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xb6esfixqd20j51h.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suppliers of ethanol fireplaces are doing a brisk business with the lightweight, easy-to-install ornamental stoves with no chimney. However, caution is warranted when operating these fireplaces, because ethanol is a fuel that, together with the air, forms a highly combustible atmospheric mixture [...] [Moreover], ornamental stoves with ethanol-based firing are a source for pollutants in indoor air that are hazardous to one&rsquo;s health.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The hearth may be the psychological center of the home, but it can also blow it up or make it toxic.</p><p>On the other hand: the researchers also studied traditional, wood-burning stoves in a variety of real-life homes. They found that "emissions enter the air of the room only when the fire wood is replenished and ignited...&nbsp;As long as the stove door and the ash pan are well-sealed, there is no need to fear any compromise to human health."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108031809/is-shigeru-ban-goodwashing-in-aspen Is Shigeru Ban "Goodwashing" in Aspen? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T17:12:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:38:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kuxb89gmsd4xlif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Shigeru] Ban in Aspen represents a high-culture culmination of this goodwashing force. His museum, a beautiful structure faced with a woven screen and featuring a timber truss, uses his signature paper tubes non-structurally, as decoration in the corporate board room and the gift shop&mdash;all the style of his humanitarian work with none of the substance. -Dana Goodyear</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/107953878/what-does-the-syrian-refugee-crisis-mean-to-architecture What Does the Syrian Refugee Crisis Mean to Architecture? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T00:43:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbjcjlk5dt7lcgrf.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the Syrian civil war, there are now 3 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries &mdash; an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The record figure was 1 million refugees more than a year ago, and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the Islamic State rampages through Syria and Iraq, thousands are being displaced to add to the growing refugee population created by a civil war against Bashar al-Assad. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107492865/water-wars-the-islamic-state-and-the-mosul-dam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Islamic State actively uses infrastructure, specifically hydoinfrastructure, as a militaristic tactic exacerbating conditions for these displaced people.</a>&nbsp; Many architects have developed projects specifically oriented to the global refugee crisis, of which Syria is part. In a past <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>, I asserted that this is not just a general ethical imperative, but also specific to architecture. The problems of a refugee camp or urban enclave are often architectural issues that require design solutions. Additionally, architecture can be considered complicit in the forces generating the crisis as millions are displaced because of climate changes, which architecture contributes to significantly.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107644165/editor-s-picks-382 Editor's Picks #382 Nam Henderson 2014-08-28T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T10:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3s98yw13gw8mj7z.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> series featured, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107115513/working-out-of-the-box-julia-watson-of-studio-rede" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Watson (landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist) of Studio Rede</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x</strong> had two comments; first, that the interview with/work of Studio Rede is "<em>Fantastic</em>!" and second "<em>love this series</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0sxmlen0mgebl1jh.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current work of Bruno Zhu</a>, a photographer and bookmaker. Speaking of a recent work &lsquo;<strong>Builder</strong>&rsquo;, he offers up the following explanation, it "<em>is quite na&iuml;ve and stubborn. It&rsquo;s mostly about one place and photographed in similar compositions, while intended to read as a range of different things. But the project&rsquo;s critical ambition was to question the validity of a report, and how its authority could be its biggest weakness</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Douglaswittnebel </strong>felt there was a "<em>Very interesting focus on the construction and details, it seems that the mysteries are really the biggest part of the series, the unknowns and the questions of why and when</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aur14i96ccp0a51.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week</a>, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal China considering drastic ban on coal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T13:30:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fguc6kj1qhsx2nb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>State-owned news outlets reported this month that the government would ban the use of coal in Beijing and other urban areas by 2020 in an effort to reduce the noxious air pollution that chokes many cities. [...] But [President Xi Jinping] and other officials have provided few details &mdash; and, indeed, have sent conflicting, even disturbing, signals about their plans. Some measures China is considering could actually exacerbate climate change.</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/107496087/recently-discovered-underwater-methane-leaks-contribute-to-global-warming Recently-Discovered Underwater Methane Leaks Contribute to Global Warming Nicholas Korody 2014-08-26T18:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T19:16:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2aku23qhfbpyi4y.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists have recently discovered deep deposits of a powerful warming gas leaking into the ocean from previously hidden vents just off North America's East Coast, kicking up underwater carbon dioxide levels [...] Most of the vents are located about 1,600 feet down, the perfect spot for the ocean's temperature and water pressure to combine and create an oozing mix of ice and methane gas, a powerful substance with an impact on global warming that's 20 times more damaging than that of [CO2].</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/107481560/hearing-begins-for-modernist-north-carolina-home-threatened-with-demolition Hearing begins for "modernist" North Carolina home threatened with demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-26T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T15:41:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcfwr7srrpxf66bq.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today is day two in court for architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/104168979/louis-cherry-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Cherry</a> and his wife, Marsha Gordon, for the hearing that will decide the fate of their new home in the historic Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina. Back in March, a neighbor complained that the "modernist" style of Cherry's home didn't jive with the neighborhood's tone, and successfully appealed to have the building's permits revoked. Construction was halted, and now the decision of whether the house can be finished, demolished, or forcibly modified to local design standards has been brought to court.</p><p>We first covered this issue back in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99374118/architect-fights-for-his-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">May</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104168976/don-t-like-your-neighbors-house-sue-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">July</a>, and the preservationist-NIMBYism that it's raised. Opening statements for the case were held yesterday, although it could take months for the judge to issue a final decision.</p><p>UPDATE: The hearing has been adjourned, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/RaleighReporter/status/504307602264956928" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@RaleighReporter</a>, Colin Campbell (reporter for <em>The News &amp; Observer</em>, <em>North Raleigh News</em> and <em>Midtown Raleigh News</em>).</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/NCMHTweets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@NCMHTweets</a>&nbsp;reported from inside the court...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view Solar energy that doesn't block the view Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:09:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/830f20a87af8a3f32bf1ef3cc27412cb.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.</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/107402795/better-economy-means-more-homes-being-razed Better economy means more homes being razed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67cdd14a3f1e1c6e55aaf333afe1354e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For some historic preservationists on the North Shore, the economic downturn in 2008 had a silver lining, bringing a lull in tear-downs and new-home construction that gave scores of vintage properties a reprieve from the wrecking ball. But six years later, officials in north suburban Winnetka tasked with preserving historic homes say that reprieve has clearly ended. They report that demolition permits have nearly doubled, with 36 issued in 2013, up from 19 in 2009.</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/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul>