Archinect - News 2017-03-29T09:36:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149999552/5-key-drivers-of-the-healthy-building-movement 5 key drivers of the healthy building movement Nam Henderson 2017-03-26T20:20:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T20:20:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w2/w2ziopwrbsrt8403.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wide-ranging efforts include improving indoor air quality and even increasing activity levels of building occupants. Allen and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have defined nine foundations for healthier buildings, such as better water quality, reducing noise, regulating temperature, and maximizing light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As part of the <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Urban Expeditions</em></a><em>&nbsp;</em>series,<em>&nbsp;</em>Brian Howard explored some of the latest trends in green design, which go far beyond energy and water efficiency to issues of public health/wellness.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999111/if-you-can-t-stand-the-heat-get-an-outdoor-kitchen-homeowners-are-says-aia If you can't stand the heat, get an outdoor kitchen (homeowners are, says AIA) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otcsw5au4f2ez1er.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over the past century, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961338/if-you-can-t-stand-the-domesticity-get-out-of-the-kitchen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kitchens have gone from being a back room to the center of many homes</a>. Now, according to a <a href="http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2017/0324/aia-interactive/index.html#!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new study released by the AIA</a>, many homeowners are requesting outdoor kitchens, creating an uptick in work for residential architects.&nbsp;&ldquo;Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;Kitchens have become a hub for the home, now homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999095/gimme-customizable-shelter-pop-up-modular-homeless-housing-project-tailor-made-for-each-community Gimme (customizable) shelter: pop-up modular homeless housing project tailor-made for each community Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T12:18:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y5/y59d7jjt1oaq5fze.jpg" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Assembled from containers placed within a scaffolding net, WE Architecture's Jagtevj 69 aims to create alluring public space while simultaneously providing temporary housing for the homeless.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/df/dfkbi7s77vb5odhl.gif"></p><p>The proposal stresses that it's a temporary solution; by creating a variety of different spaces for different activities, the project ultimately provides an opportunity for social networking for both the community and the homeless population in "urban gardens and semi-public activities." These activity-specific spaces, which include workshops, yoga studios, and offices, form each modular unit, making it easy to swap out or add different functions as needed.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80zo1uos91ppcwex.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/73/73mu8ss6dd23p8v6.gif"></p><p>Currently envisioned for a site in Copenhagen, the proposal is designed to be disassembled and then reassembled in different locations, making it a kind of traveling social aid that is also custom tailored to the needs of its particular community.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998868/the-adrian-smith-prize-for-the-2017-ragdale-ring-goes-to-living-picture-by-t-e-a-m The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring goes to "LIVING PICTURE" by T+E+A+M Ragdale1260 2017-03-22T19:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:38:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9oyyeosb54pnpdpv.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ragdale, the acclaimed artists&rsquo; residency in Lake Forest, announces the winning design of the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition. Amidst a field of national and international submissions, T+E+A+M, a young, internationally recognized architectural collaborative based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected by jury for their proposal of <a href="http://ragdale.org/residency/ragdale-ring-2017/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LIVING PICTURE</a>&ndash; a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8fb9841fbfct80wc.jpg"></p><p>The winning T+E+A+M exclaims, "We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we&rsquo;re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5egmybnk4txheuip.jpg"></p><p>Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear&nbsp;on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the&nbsp;grounds. Blending ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998707/make-it-rain-as-you-sit-on-rocking-chairs-inside-the-cloud-house Make it rain as you sit on rocking chairs inside the Cloud House Justine Testado 2017-03-21T21:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T13:52:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aq/aq68uep2t77b9vvv.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not far from the hustle and bustle of Farmers Park in Springfield, Missouri, the Cloud House is a getaway spot where anyone can sit and enjoy a few moments of peace and relaxation as you listen to the (somewhat simulated) sound of a gentle rain, as if you were sitting on the porch of a rural farm away from it all.&nbsp;</p><p>Designer&nbsp;<a href="http://matthewmazzotta.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Mazzotta</a>&nbsp;developed the idea for the Cloud House&nbsp;during a two-month artist residency at Farmers Park. Mazzotta and his project team&nbsp;built the house from reclaimed barnwood and tin obtained from a nearby abandoned Amish farm, and its gutter system is modeled after the natural water cycle. During rainy days, the house collects rainwater as it hits the tin roof and into the storage tank underneath.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xs/xsqqtyljv7795o20.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0y/0y1bcv0kag1mh1to.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cy/cydbfvs97mwqz4z9.jpg"><br><em>Diagram via Matthew Mazzotta.</em></p><p>Sitting in the rocking chairs inside the house triggers a pump that brings the rainwater up into the cloud, which will then release the water onto the tin roof and produce that pleasant pitter-pattering sound of rain hitting the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yb/yb58pmrln7bkfo2v.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vv/vv9cllwgn3nipyls.jpg"></p><p>The...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998584/how-does-one-design-against-magic-used-to-trap-self-driving-cars How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T23:06:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in <a href="https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997198/tear-down-that-wall-proposal Tear down that wall (proposal) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T23:47:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rael writes that one of the most devastating consequences of the wall is &ldquo;the division of communities, cities, neighborhoods and families, resulting in the erosion of social infrastructure.&rdquo; When we talked, he wondered how we might create something positive from something so horrible: &ldquo;Can reform happen through borderland investment? If you build 150 libraries along the border, you&rsquo;d get a very different outcome.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RFP for the border wall is out, but the conscience-bearing architectural community is staying in (and trying to imagine alternatives to this xenophobic concrete smear job). In particular, in this New York Times article they're suggesting building anything but walls, suggesting that perhaps investing in communities instead of splitting them apart is the way to go for the political and social benefit of everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996307/vietnam-s-architectural-past-is-being-erased-by-new-economic-forces Vietnam's architectural past is being erased by new economic forces Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:42:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T12:42:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's the value of history? It's a question that keeps coming up around the world as new projects displace older architecture. In Vietnam, many of Ho Chi Minh City's distinctive (and, in many cases, French-colonial-era) structures are being dispatched to memory in favor of newer developments meant to stimulate the economy. As this article in <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/04/vietnam-architectural-gems-disappearing/97098474/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USA Today</a> notes:</p><p><em>Preservationists say developers and government officials are&nbsp;intent on making&nbsp;this city&nbsp;modern and care little for the vestiges of its colonial past. But destroying so many historic buildings, they warn, makes the city less livable and less attractive to tourists &mdash; which could undercut&nbsp;economic growth the government hopes to foster.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T12:40:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:28:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xn/xnczd30w3ulj8rox.jpg" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's unclear when the furnishing/window and door fitting process takes place, one thing is certain: you can now have the basic components of an entire 400 square foot house printed in about a day from the company Apis Cor. Aside from being speedy, the $10,000 printing process is impressive because the house is printed using only one machine, instead of a multi-component process that requires wall assembly. In this slightly bizarre promotional video (featuring notable speakers including a student, identified only by first name without any kind of school affiliation) the 3D printed houses are envisioned as being great solutions for providing fast relief from natural disasters. Since they're designed to last 175 years, it makes one wonder if these curvy domiciles could become a kind of inadvertent historical marker of previous catastrophes. Check it out:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995116/urban-india-informal-housing-inadequate-property-rights Urban India: Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights Laura Amaya 2017-03-03T09:56:00-05:00 >2017-03-03T09:56:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fk/fknlsbhn9x6gcur0.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The rapid pace of urbanization in developing countries places increasing levels of stress on cities. As thousands of people move into urban areas each year, the availability of affordable housing emerges as a key challenge. In India, 412 million people live in urban areas. Depending on the source, anywhere between 33 and 47 percent of those (equivalent to 26-37 million households) live in informal housing, which often lacks access to basic services like roads, water, and sanitation. To make matters worse, most of those households do not have any formal property rights, thus jeopardizing their ability to live and invest in the land they currently occupy.</p><p>As architects, we often use &ldquo;informality&rdquo; to describe everything outside of the formal city. Informality is the gray area occupied by the slum, the favela, or the barrio. Our failure to segment informality into distinct categories results in design solutions that barely scratch the surface of urban complexity. Designing for informalit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995046/getting-down-with-the-led-grow-lights-to-be-used-in-nyc-s-lowline Getting down with the LED grow lights to be used in NYC's Lowline Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T19:51:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T19:52:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rg0nz0aotd7drmb.jpg" width="640" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although still just a mock-up in the Lowline Lab, the LED grow lights designed by Lighting Science for use in the real <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957887/nyc-s-lowline-is-approved-by-city-officials-becoming-world-s-first-underground-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lowline</a> are a promising iteration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oc/ocsp58ojxoy3xhzd.jpg"></p><p>Combining everything that's great about glowing hexagons with three different settings ("soft-white light, one that mimics daylight, and one that includes Lighting Science&rsquo;s patented VividGroTM LED indoor grow light spectrum technology") the grow lights are about 2 feet in diameter each, and will be coupled with solar installations designed to direct sunlight into the depths of the pioneering subterranean park.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w0/w01ndhadd2dcsodo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/en/en6a1wa2cbjrj3o7.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994023/editor-s-picks-464 Editor's Picks #464 Nam Henderson 2017-02-27T09:39:00-05:00 >2017-02-27T10:10:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9y/9yh691izii94svta.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>, published <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149990867/hgtv-theory-tiny-house-hunters-debt-resistors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HGTV Theory: Tiny House Hunters, Debt Resistors</a>. Wherein he ponders&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Are tiny homes the pots of today? Are tiny homeowners the Diogenes of the 21st century? Their lifestyle, a hyperbolic negation of some of the dominant values that define contemporary domesticity, draw attention to the absurdity of our normalcy.</em>"</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2495108/emily-kemper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emily Kemper</a>&nbsp;couldn't help note&nbsp;"<em>This is the headiest article about tiny houses that I've ever read. &nbsp;I think a lot of the concepts presented by the author ring true, but I also think there's an easier way of saying 'tiny houses are gaining in popularity because houses are expensive and people don't have enough money'. &nbsp;&lt;--- Oh look, I just said it! &nbsp;Seriously though, tiny houses are fun. &nbsp;Thanks for the perspective.</em>"</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/alanruiz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Ruiz</a> explored the possibilities of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149990612/life-after-sundown-disco-architecture-in-the-global-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disco Architecture in the Global City</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The LA-based developer City Century filed a project application with the city planning department, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149991063/som-and-p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s-team-up-to-design-a-building-complex-for-dtla." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">for a major new building complex design by SOM ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993737/mit-startup-creates-camouflage-solar-panels MIT startup creates camouflage solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-02-24T14:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T19:56:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sistine creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments, with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems. Sistine&rsquo;s novel technology, SolarSkin, is a layer that can be imprinted with any image and embedded into a solar panel without interfering with the panel&rsquo;s efficacy. Homeowners can match their rooftop or a grassy lawn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The product caters to the growing "aesthetic solar" market which tries to attract homeowners that are considering going solar but fear the aesthetic impact of the traditional, bleak-looking dark solar panels on their home's appearance. Just last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded roof tiles that mimic (currently) four common roof covering styles.</p><p>Here a few more examples of Sistine's SolarSkin technology that allows&mdash;so the company claims&mdash;the panels to either completely blend in with the existing roof or display any desired image, like business logos or advertisements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xi/xiishtv1bckqwces.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2m/2m8meg82y815270x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tyyb8jo3p27ha47m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;Sistine Solar's <a href="http://www.sistinesolar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993426/mithun-s-wanapum-heritage-center-nabs-2-awards-honors-native-am-tribe Mithun's Wanapum Heritage Center nabs 2 awards, honors Native Am tribe RonH 2017-02-22T20:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T15:31:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xz/xz462a0oukeh3fx0.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just off the Columbia River, the Wanapum Heritage Center is a home for Wanapum culture and artifacts. The building form weaves solidity and light, from a protective repository enclosure that references traditional cliffside cave storage spaces to the glazed welcome area that evokes traditional fishing lanterns. The entry path aligns with the equinox sunrise, a Wanapum 'marker'. The center houses archival items alongside recording studios for oral history, and new gathering spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8p/8p0ogvmoihbutkgi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kt/ktqx0pi65k0jmtu0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/13/13oydi3n6k1phvtq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ww/wwf1wg4dg6vd58rh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fv/fvh81hd63vv6f11g.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991222/got-wood-meet-australia-s-tallest-proposed-timber-building Got wood? Meet Australia's tallest (proposed) timber building Julia Ingalls 2017-02-09T13:48:00-05:00 >2017-02-09T13:48:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z5/z52zq6nomdonwn7h.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combine cross laminated timber, glue laminated timber, and the desire to connect with nature while providing ample creative working space, and you have the 5 King Tower, a 52-meter timber structure with the strength of concrete and steel (but a much smaller carbon footprint).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wd/wdqcb4x58a0ni3w9.jpg"></p><p>The 5 King tower, designed by architects Bates Smart, is the latest in a series of proposed timber towers all around the world, and would be the tallest such building of its type in Australia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/ab6c363cuqlcg4ag.jpg"></p><p>Located in Brisbane, the tower would use glass facades to let in natural light, and also place a big emphasis on sustainable features, incorporating elements for&nbsp;rainwater harvesting and optimized air conditioning.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/an/an4u477ajnlov63a.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991236/perfectionists-versus-contractors-the-details-of-building-the-apple-campus Perfectionists versus contractors: the details of building the Apple Campus Julia Ingalls 2017-02-09T13:45:00-05:00 >2017-02-12T01:23:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8z/8z6h91vunc5ww0z2.jpg" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most vexing features was the doorways, which Apple wanted to be perfectly flat, with no threshold. The construction team pushed back, but Apple held firm. The rationale? If engineers had to adjust their gait while entering the building, they risked distraction from their work, according to a former construction manager. &ldquo;We spent months trying not to do that because that&rsquo;s time, money and stuff that&rsquo;s never been done before,&rdquo; the former construction manager said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although detail-obsessed architects can often find working with broad-strokes contractors to be challenging, there's one group of designers with perhaps even more rigorous attention to detail: the team at Apple. According to this article in <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-campus-idUSKBN15M0CM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the actual building of the "spaceship" Apple Campus in Cupertino has been an unusually precise experience for those working in construction. According to the article, among many other requirements, "Apple's in-house construction team enforced many rules: No vents or pipes could be reflected in the glass. Guidelines for the special wood used frequently throughout the building ran to some 30 pages." Think perfect?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990851/brexit-lash-riba-announces-60-of-u-k-architects-have-seen-projects-delayed-cancelled Brexit-lash: RIBA announces 60% of U.K. architects have seen projects delayed/cancelled Julia Ingalls 2017-02-08T07:01:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T14:24:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ra/rasyryy3e4p8cee8.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The effects of last summer's Brexit are starting to be measured within the architectural community, and they're dramatic: according to a press release issued by RIBA, in a survey of its members 40% of U.K.-based non British EU nationals are thinking about leaving the country, while 60% of RIBA's members have seen their projects delayed, cancelled, or just plain scaled back. The news isn't all grim: according to the survey, many members are trying to look on the bright side (or at least trying to identify the bright side). As RIBA notes:</p><p><em>From trade agreements with new markets, reform of the UK&rsquo;s public procurement system and increased public sector and private sector investment, our members have made it clear&nbsp;</em><em>that with the right decisions the short-term impacts of Brexit can be mitigated, and the UK can position itself as a global facing nation.&nbsp;In response to the concerns and opportunities raised by its chartered members, RIBA has today published a set of five priority recommendation...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988697/400-of-the-smartest-acres-in-the-country 400 of the smartest acres in the country Nam Henderson 2017-01-31T19:06:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T14:32:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d1v1qilyh61u7z2h.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Japanese technology giant wanted a place to experiment with solar power and renewable energy, autonomous vehicles and other technologies. And it needed a public partner and community support. It found that in Denver, DIA, Xcel Energy, developer LC Fulenwider and many others.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ca/caft2qxbvdhn4ndi.jpg"></p><p>Tamara Chuang highlights some of the technology (ranging from consumer electronics, to "smart" public infrastructure) Panasonic was hawking at CES 2017. Some of which will be employed at <a href="http://www.penastation.com/Home.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pe&ntilde;a Station Next</a>, a new TOD, smart city lab on the edge of Denver International Airport. <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/11/pena-station-next-panasonic-smart-city/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last month</a>, she reported on the installation of some of the first bits, brains for 53 street lights.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988830/refugee-shelter-takes-top-prize-for-the-beazley-designs-of-2016 Refugee shelter takes top prize for the Beazley Designs of 2016 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T20:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T21:04:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ah/ahvjgip8djb2bzcn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicol&ograve; Barlera, the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the photovoltaic panel-powered refugee shelter "Better Shelter" has been named the Beazley Design of the Year, beating out the five other category winners to take the top spot.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8w9r77drl2iff8a.jpg"></p><p>According to a press release, 30,000 of the shelters, which only take a few hours to assemble from their two-box, fully equipped kit, are currently being used globally.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mu/munvilh0iin76quz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5r/5rc9dii4hi5tyc7t.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988790/now-that-the-feds-have-abandoned-reality-enter-this-competition-to-keep-the-sf-bay-area-from-flooding Now that the feds have abandoned reality, enter this competition to keep the SF Bay Area from flooding Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T15:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:15:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t281951vb0qiyo93.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prompted by the success of a similar competition it ran in New York several years ago, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched a completely <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980875/what-ben-carson-s-federal-inexperience-means-for-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben-Carson-HUD-free</a> contest that challenges architects and urban planners to "imagine climate change solutions" for the San Francisco Bay Area. Opening for submissions in April, "The Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge" will have two phases. According to <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/rockefeller-challenge-bay-area-climate-change-resilience-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>:</p><p><em>In the first, teams will participate in a three-month &ldquo;exploratory research and community engagement period to develop initial design concepts for specific sites,&rdquo; according to the release. The second will be a &ldquo;collaborative five-month intensive design phase&rdquo; in which teams will work with residents, businesses, community-based organizations and local politicians. Because three Bay Area cities (Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley) are already part of another climate change adaptation effort, Rockefeller's 100 Resilient Cities,&nbsp;the two projects will collaborate.</em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149988110/how-rebuild-by-design-influenced-disaster-planning-in-u-s-cities How Rebuild By Design influenced disaster planning in U.S. cities Justine Testado 2017-01-23T17:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T20:13:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8pa5a8q19vsn195.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Henk] Ovink&rsquo;s approach called for a systematic rethinking of American traditional disaster response: to simply rebuild whatever was destroyed...In the US, the Rebuild By Design competition represents a dramatic shift in disaster planning, adopting a more comprehensive and collaborative research and design approach to address complex problems and improve resiliency...The competition was widely hailed as a success, but there was room for improvement before its approach could be replicated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's next for Rebuild By Design?&nbsp;Following the success of its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/321096/rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 competition</a>, Rebuild By Design &mdash; now its own organization &mdash; is already working to continue helping U.S. cities prepare for climate change and potential natural disasters. In the article, the group looks back at how their approach has evolved and talks about their upcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://resilientbayarea.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilient By Design competition</a>&nbsp;for the SF Bay Area.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987392/is-sn-hetta-s-7th-room-2017-s-coolest-literally-and-figuratively-treehouse Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:27:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rs/rs5ub5ymi71igsh8.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbziedyulg691i1c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hv0lvgnfmgadn68j.jpg"></p><p>In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8ravqtgm8x4fr5j.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqy0j53rk4jg8op5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149987385/exquisite-play-on-materiality-defines-maison-de-quartier-de-chatelaine-balexert-by-stendardo-menningen-architectes Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:30:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gi6qxqmv6q5tqiml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssla5c1imwvfft1a.jpg"></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287976/dan-flavin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149986466/the-proust-questionnaire-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzdwneyl97t0gqr8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfrlnhu2hj2ps5ss.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984970/ceiling-tile-that-wirelessly-charges-devices-unveiled-at-ces-2017 Ceiling tile that wirelessly charges devices unveiled at CES 2017 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:41:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a6/a6ow59yowmvlbqdw.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of having to purchase astonishingly expensive replacement charging plugs accidentally left behind on trips, or for that matter of lugging around charging plugs in general, may be over. At this year's CES in Las Vegas, licensing company Ossia is unveiling a drop ceiling tile that purports to wirelessly charge a variety of devices, depending of course on how close the device is to the tile. The more tiles, the chargier: up to four Cota Tiles can be combined to provide the maximum radius and charge to those battery-draining devices. As the press release explains:</p><p><em>Each Cota Tile contains Ossia's wireless power smart antenna technology that automatically powers Cota-enabled devices &mdash; from tablets to smoke alarms.&nbsp;Cota Tile has proven safe for operation around people, pets and plants. It is environmentally friendly and does not interfere with Wi-Fi or other wireless technologies while continuously streaming power to multiple Cota-enabled devices, even as they move around a room. C...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984513/can-1970s-sustainability-practices-enhance-canada-s-2017-architecture Can 1970s sustainability practices enhance Canada's 2017 architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T15:45:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l06xuk3xq20k7tkf.jpg" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Did architects have sustainability figured out in the 1970s, and can the lessons they learned help contemporary architects design for the challenges of climate change? In an attempt to answer this question, Canada is taking a closer look at its previously built sustainable architecture during the energy crisis in the 1970s in the form of two museum exhibitions. The <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/museums-look-to-canadas-past-in-hopes-of-a-greener-architecturalfuture/article33422858/?cmpid=rss1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Globe and Mail</a> explains that:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The 1970s has much to teach us as we face the reality of climate change and the changes that it will bring about. That insight drives two thoughtful museum shows up this winter, the PEI exhibition [curated by Dalhousie University professor Steven Mannell] and "It's All Happening So Fast"&nbsp;at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in&nbsp;Montreal.&nbsp;</em></p><p>For the latest on climate-change oriented architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965931/architects-call-for-action-on-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects call for action o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984346/the-four-and-a-half-days-that-portugal-ran-entirely-on-renewable-energy The four and a half days that Portugal ran entirely on renewable energy Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T14:14:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:42:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4m/4mtpcl5zoqscbqos.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 130 giant wind turbines that sprout from the peaks, slicing the air with a rhythmic sigh, have helped Portugal to a remarkable achievement. For four and a half days in May the country ran entirely on electricity from renewable sources: wind, hydro and solar power. Despite fears of a blackout, the lights stayed on for a record 107 hours between 6.45am on Saturday 7 May and 5.45pm the following Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983540/las-vegas-s-city-facilities-are-now-entirely-run-on-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Las Vegas's city facilities are now entirely run on renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983967/with-trump-s-presidency-dawning-the-final-jane-jacobs-work-dark-age-ahead-wins-new-relevancy With Trump's Presidency dawning, the final Jane Jacobs work "Dark Age Ahead" wins new relevancy Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T18:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-02T16:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/19/196mk8k424d8bcv1.jpg" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a time when pundits and political scientists were celebrating the end of history, pointing to an emerging Democratic majority and extolling the virtues of a flat world of globalization, she ominously predicted a coming age of urban crisis, mass amnesia, and populist backlash in her final work, Dark Age Ahead. Eerily prescient as always, rereading the 2005 book today serves as a survivors&rsquo; guide to the Age of Trump.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Jacobs outlines an increasing distrust of politicians and politics, a burgeoning new urban crisis in cities, worsening environmental degradation, entrenched segregation, and an &ldquo;enlarging gulf between rich and poor along with attrition of the middle class&rdquo; as signals and symptoms of a coming Dark Age."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982125/cities-should-be-very-wary-of-trump-s-plan-for-urban-renewal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities should be very wary of Trump's 'Plan for Urban Renewal'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982611/opinion-city-life-is-out-of-sync-with-the-electoral-systems-that-led-to-trump-and-brexit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opinion: City life is 'out of sync' with the electoral systems that led to Trump and Brexit</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983776/top-features-our-favorite-feature-articles-of-2016 Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016 Nicholas Korody 2016-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-27T16:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uuomzuolctphz6b.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 &ndash; not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ed/ed41n5842nlh7cy5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</em></a></p><p>There are more refugees in the world right now than since World War II&mdash;and the world is woefully unable to shelter them. This student imagines a refugee camp that would be both livable and high functioning.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970062/frank-gehry-liz-diller-rem-koolhaas-and-others-share-crucial-moments-in-their-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education</em></a></p><p>Ever wonder how some of the biggest names in the industry&mdash;the 'starchitects'&mdash;got to where they are? Julia Ingalls gathers snippets of big name architects' memories of their halcyon (or not) years spent in the academy.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/us/usai4p6sdtew1c7k.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</em></a></p><p>Architecture school is a costly enterprise. It's also really hard. So...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983540/las-vegas-s-city-facilities-are-now-entirely-run-on-renewable-energy Las Vegas's city facilities are now entirely run on renewable energy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-21T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T14:28:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84hos3nd5wa7jino.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a large solar array, Boulder Solar 1, came online on Dec. 12, the city was able to buy enough carbon-free electricity to power its 140 buildings, streetlights and other facilities. [...] The renewables, plus energy efficiency savings, are estimated to save the city roughly $5 million per year [...] The Vegas city council, after threatening to leave the grid entirely in 2015, struck a deal with NV Energy that would help the city get to 100% renewable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><p><a title="AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979877/aecom-halts-work-on-faraday-future-s-1-billion-nevada-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory</a></p><p><a title="Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963003/zappos-ceo-tony-hsieh-made-a-350-million-bet-on-downtown-las-vegas-five-years-later-the-results-are-murky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky</a></p><p><a title="Vegas is back...sorta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas is back...sorta</a></p><p><a title="Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></p>