Archinect - News 2015-03-06T16:38:18-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/121976344/vienna-plan-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper Vienna plan world's tallest wooden skyscraper Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T16:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:25:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9l425ipnim1uh7g0.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year. The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe&rsquo;s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about &euro;60m (&pound;44m).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;R&uuml;diger Lainer and Partner, the skyscraper would consist of 76% wood. The material choice, according to project developer&nbsp;Caroline Palfy of Kerbler, is largely ecological. While wood requires hewing down trees, its net environmental impact is far lower than concrete: construction would produce&nbsp;2,800 tonnes less of CO2<strong>&nbsp;</strong>emissions than an equivalent-sized concrete structure.</p><p>Of course, there's a reason why our cities don't tend to be populated by wooden towers. And the Viennese fire service has already expressed concern over the designs. But, with measures including "a more fail-safe sprinkler system," the building will likely pass muster.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpdo0hjaqs4nnvkz.jpg"></p><p>For others, criticism of the proposed skyscraper center around its height. Politicians and other civically-engaged Austrians have expressed concern that the tower will not fit into the historic city's skyline.</p><p>More generally, there's been a good deal of interest in the use of wood in skyscraper design in the last few years. For related conte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121601302/controversy-surrounds-plans-to-replace-the-golf-courses-of-new-orlean-s-city-park Controversy surrounds plans to replace the golf courses of New Orlean's City Park Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:43:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T11:49:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j2t3z2xiyprpa1pl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You can't see it now among the overgrown cart paths and weed-choked lagoons but a championship golf course will soon rise in City Park [...] City Park's long-awaited, oft-delayed $24.5 million golf complex finally broke ground and will one day be a boon for the local golf community.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jeff Duncan of <em>The Times-Picayune&nbsp;</em>gushes over the slated-development and its&nbsp;7,300-yard Rees Jones-designed course. Boasting "a&nbsp;new clubhouse, driving range and practice facility," project-designers hope it will attract the attention of the Zurich Classic. But not everyone is happy about the plans: a <a href="https://www.change.org/p/new-orleans-city-park-cancel-plans-for-development-of-the-championship-level-golf-course-in-northern-city-park?recruiter=239564841&amp;utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=facebook&amp;utm_campaign=autopublish&amp;utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-reason_msg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Change.org petition</a> has already attracted almost 1,200 signatories hoping to shut down the project.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6pvjxckn2lgpled.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The sixth-largest park in the US, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Park_%28New_Orleans%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Park</a> was unique among the country's great public parks in that it was largely self-supported. The park hosted three 18-hole golf courses in addition to an amusement park, botanical gardens, several sports stadiums and the New Orleans Museum of Art. But when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, many of the facilities were destroyed. In the wake of the storm, the park quickly became overgrown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhtvtez5x6l19qy5.jpg"></p><p>For some, the post-Katrina park is an improvement on its older, privatized existence. According to the petition, this "naturally reclaimed urban oasis" has&nbsp;"been creati...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121454319/thinc-design-s-usa-pavilion-exhibition-presents-america-s-role-in-the-future-of-food-for-milan-expo-2015 Thinc Design's USA Pavilion exhibition presents America's role in the future of food for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T13:48:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r9/r97emriplo5224a3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106373/thinc-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design</a> revealed their exhibition design for the USA Pavilion in the upcoming <a href="http://www.expo2015.org/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo 2015</a> this May. Collaborating with Friends of the USA Pavilion, Thinc Design's exhibition highlights America's role in the future of the global food system, as a response to the Expo's overall theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."</p><p>The food-related topic challenges the Expo's 140 participating countries to showcase their technological solutions on how to provide healthy, safe, and sufficient food for all, but through sustainable methods that won't disrupt the Earth's equilibrium.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixvg5yz79shv9cd7.jpg"></p><p><em>Above: Biber Architects' architectural design for the USA Pavilion.</em> <em>&copy; Biber Architects</em></p><p>Thinc Design's exhibition will be located inside a 26,000 sq.ft space of the USA Pavilion, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Biber Architects</a>. Through a series of immersive presentations and with multilingual college-aged student "ambassadors" as guides, the exhibition will include interactive features and digital media that aim to p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121152540/editor-s-picks-405 Editor's Picks #405 Nam Henderson 2015-02-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-02-20T14:57:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2y4w7zgzjw31r40.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Deans List:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120370300/deans-list-monica-ponce-de-leon-of-university-of-michigan-s-taubman-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed</a> Monica Ponce de Leon of University of Michigan's Taubman College.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tj0lhodoy8do30v0.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;Therein, Professor Ponce de Leon admits she hates branding and describes how/why the school has "<em>purposefully taken out of the curriculum courses that are specifically geared towards skill-building, in order to open up more space within the curriculum for critical thinking</em>".</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>great comments from Ponce de Leon. I'd only hear her name before. Definitely a fan, now</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qkh7j4s9j2g88ep1.jpg"></p><p>Commenting on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120599250/all-work-and-all-play-archinect-sessions-episode-16-with-jimenez-lai-and-robert-ivy-ceo-of-the-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 16 of </a><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, which discussed the <a href="http://www.ilookup.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ilookup</a> campaign with Robert Ivy FAIA, EVP/CEO of the AIA.&nbsp;<strong>vado retro</strong> argued "<em>It is a question is how does our profession draw that population to consider choosing a design professional for their biggest investment...How do we add value...It won't be through Godard references, however</em>".</p><p>Renown critic and photographer Fred Bernstein and Jeff Goldberg, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120640202/first-look-at-rick-joy-s-princeton-train-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tag-team a first look...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121126039/s-ha-zkan-looks-globally-to-find-architectural-innovation Süha Özkan Looks Globally to Find Architectural Innovation Nicholas Korody 2015-02-20T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:53:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lcp4uqq0fqvaev.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the architectural legacy of May 1968? The question framed&nbsp;S&uuml;ha &Ouml;zkan&rsquo;s talk last Tuesday at <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, which he began by invoking his own memories of being a young man in Paris during that year's turbulent month of student-worker protests. &ldquo;Let us be reasonable and ask for the impossible,&rdquo; &Ouml;zkan said, quoting the famous slogan that was &ldquo;uttered in the streets of Paris while stones were thrown.&rdquo;</p><p>For &Ouml;zkan, the demonstrations of &rsquo;68 introduced a new set of values into &ldquo;the architectural agenda.&rdquo; He described the preceding parts of the twentieth century as defined by &ldquo;polarities and oppositions&rdquo;: west vs east; capitalism vs communism; developed vs underdeveloped; blue vs red; north vs south; conservative vs progressive; right vs left. With &rsquo;68, a set of new values were introduced, disrupting this binary structure. According to &Ouml;zkan, these new values included participation, plurality, freedom, non-discrimination and peace. Today, during the beginning decades of the 21st century, &Ouml;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time Delhi’s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time. Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:20:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d57582v1paim3rpf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of the world&rsquo;s most polluted city&mdash;New Delhi, in case you were still wondering&mdash;can now find out exactly how toxic the air in their neighbourhood is. [...] &ldquo;People are clueless about the air they are breathing. If there is fog, they think it might be pollution,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People will have this information on their fingertips now.&rdquo; [...] While the government figures out a way to bring pollution under control, this app could help people buy time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/367298/air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121044895/icy-storms-and-freezing-temps-pummel-the-eastern-us Icy Storms and Freezing Temps Pummel the Eastern US Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T15:01:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T15:01:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zwvlew12jdh9i02q.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aftermath of a deadly winter storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States on Tuesday and forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another arctic front this week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From New England to the Carolinas and into the Midwest, winter has definitively come for much of the United States and forecasters are warning that the worst cold in two decades could be on the horizon:</p><ul><li>The National Weather Service reported temperatures in the negative 30's in Saranac Lake, New York.</li><li>States of emergency were declared from Mississippi to Washington, DC, where the federal government shut down after getting hit with about 5 inches of snow.</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pq/pqfjlz7sbb6rll9d.jpg"></p><ul><li>According to <a href="http://www.myarklamiss.com/story/d/story/wintry-weather-continues-in-most-of-us/41670/32st-U0s6Ui9qi2UmQGxqA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBC</a>, Boston received more than 13 inches of snow, raising its total snowfall for this winter to 95.7 inches, a foot away from the all-time record. The city has spent more than $30 million on snow removal already this year, according to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/17/us/winter-weather/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a>. According to local <a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/02/16/general-public-inmates-helping-to-shovel-out-t-tracks/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news stations</a> there, the MBTA (Metro Boston Transit Authority) is paying students, union workers, and anyone looking to make some cash $30 an hour to shovel snow. Prison inmates have also been enlisted to help remove snow, possibly for as little as 20&cent; an hour (the med...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/120907471/housing-developments-change-puma-behavior Housing developments change puma behavior Nicholas Korody 2015-02-16T18:47:00-05:00 >2015-02-17T08:49:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1tr2yjfdukqs5fyb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Female pumas kill more prey but consume less when their territories bump into human development, UC Santa Cruz researchers report in a new study based on monitoring more than two dozen pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The presence of humans -- homes, roads, and other development -- means pumas are fearful and stay on the move rather than returning to a kill site to fully consume prey, the study finds</p></em><br /><br /><p>The research utilized data from tracking devices that record not only a puma's movement but also increases in speed and other behavior that signifies hunting behavior. Looking at the actions of 30 animals, the scientists were able to discern, among other things, that, "Females killed 36 percent more deer per year in developed habitats than in areas with little housing."</p><p>According to the report, increased kill rates suggest that the pumas are wasting more energy than they would in an environment devoid of human habitations. This also affects the population of prey species, in particular deer.&nbsp;</p><p>Studies like this shed light on the complex interdependency of human and non-human species. Architecture is never an exclusively human activity and, more often than not, we dwell at the expense of other species. For more information on this topic, check out Architecture of the Anthropocene (<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 1</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 2</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120674751/relocation-or-adaptation-earth-home-project-brings-relief-to-pakistanis-reeling-from-floods Relocation or Adaptation: Earth Home Project Brings Relief to Pakistanis Reeling from Floods Nicholas Korody 2015-02-14T11:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T11:58:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wz4o4l51zjpjbuhi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flooded</a> nearly 20% of Pakistan, producing a crisis later <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/08/201081552627441712.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">described</a> by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the worst disaster he had ever seen. The floods affected around 20 million people and claimed the lives of nearly 2,000. Ravaging infrastructure and agriculture, the total economic impact has been estimated to be as much as $43 billion. Pakistan is still far from recovering, in no small part because of a calamitous lack of relief funds and international aid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7ht7k4g5tuyyzai7.jpg"></p><p>In total, the floods left six million people homeless. Already in a precarious state afters decades of conflict and terrorist attacks, Pakistan&rsquo;s infrastructure crumbled beneath the torrents of water. Then, in the fall of 2014, the strongest post-monsoon ever recorded in the country <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_India%E2%80%93Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">produced</a> another round of disastrous floods in the Kashmir region of Pakistan and neighboring India. Affecting a total of more than 1.1 million people, the floods devastated an already-desperate population.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8njmp9km74tfcyju.jpg"></p><p>And, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">li...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120665101/facing-the-realities-of-climate-change-staten-island-s-complicated-strategy-of-managed-retreat Facing the realities of climate change: Staten Island's complicated strategy of Managed Retreat Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T15:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:23:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60fee64c4445f9f3f4a64114df403594.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Living at land&rsquo;s edge has always come with a certain amount of risk: storms coming off the ocean can be violent and proximity to water always carries with it a possibility of getting wet. [...] in three communities on Staten Island, a New York State program to encourage managed retreat through homeowner buyouts has elicited strong interest and vocal support.</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/120449872/haunting-beauty-alexander-gronsky-photographs-russia-s-polluted-north Haunting beauty: Alexander Gronsky photographs Russia's polluted North Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T20:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d176207d8b475b87b8b1940965790a2.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russia&rsquo;s northern cities are a triumph of will; grand settlements in the middle of snow and darkness where people are dwarfed by the outsized factories they&rsquo;ve built and helpless next to the industrial waste those factories create.&nbsp;Photographer Alexander Gronsky&rsquo;s images of Norilsk seem both close to reality and something out of a dream. [...] But at the same time it is a place of heart-wrenching almost Arcadian beauty. A place of pale skies and metallic rivers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Make sure to also check out the other tales in <em>Calvert Journal</em>'s excellent mini-series, "<a href="http://calvertjournal.com/features/show/3636" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six stories&nbsp;from the Russian North</a>."&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120350994/burlington-vt-first-u-s-city-to-hit-100-renewable-energy Burlington, VT first U.S. city to hit 100% renewable energy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-09T13:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:12:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7b7eqo3rvmtknapy.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Burlington&rsquo;s switch to renewable energy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save $20 million over the next 20 years and keep energy prices stable [...] The move is only one part of a solution for climate change, according to Taylor Ricketts, professor of Environmental Science at the University of Vermont. &ldquo;Climate change is the biggest problem we face, maybe the biggest problem we&rsquo;ve ever faced. But there&rsquo;s no silver bullet to fix it,&rdquo; he said.</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/119583618/preserving-england-s-history-in-concrete Preserving England's history in concrete Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:39:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecd5dcc0cabe28ab74ebd0ea0ef30e50.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, English Heritage ... listed 14 late 20th century office developments as historic monuments. The buildings, all constructed between 1964 and 1984, will now be protected from summary demolition or insensitive remodeling, standing as examples of the best architecture of their period. [...] The buildings being spared might seem extremely modest, even provincial. That could partly be the point&mdash;the buildings are supposed to be representative of their country, after all.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119508970/boris-johnson-greenlights-london-s-crossrail-bicycle-superhighway Boris Johnson greenlights London's "Crossrail" bicycle superhighway Alexander Walter 2015-01-29T15:10:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cf5e001c02e3f556012e31c0e806f7de.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boris Johnson today confirmed he would build Europe&rsquo;s longest segregated urban cycle lane through central London after delays likely to be suffered by motorists were reduced. The Mayor approved the &ldquo;Crossrail for bikes&rdquo; protected route through Parliament Square and along the Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street after it won overwhelming public support.</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/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable" Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T17:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7n01cn0ldrgi86md.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China's smog-shrouded, overcrowded, traffic-choked capital has become unlivable. And that's not the assessment of some tourist or disgruntled cubicle-dweller: That's the mayor talking. [...] "In establishing a top-tier, internationalized livable and harmonious city, Beijing is currently establishing a system of standards, something that is very important," Wang said in comments reported by state news outlets. "At the present time, however, Beijing is not a livable city."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98666532/giant-bubbles-could-be-built-over-beijing-parks-to-save-residents-from-smog-danger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger'</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95129309/china-plans-to-unleash-smog-killing-drones-to-zap-its-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to unleash smog-killing drones to zap its pollution</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs Nam Henderson 2015-01-27T00:38:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T17:34:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97xic4h6x3q7il0q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our business is more regional and high-end focused,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There are gradients of dead or dying or flat, but anything that&rsquo;s caught in the middle of the market is problematic."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nelson D. Schwartz explores 'The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls'. One response is articulated by Professor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arch.gatech.edu/people/ellen-dunham-jones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ellen Dunham-Jones</a>&nbsp;who has proposed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/ellen_dunham_jones_retrofitting_suburbia?language=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Retrofitting Suburbia</a>&nbsp;- whereby dying malls are rehabilitated, dead "<em>big box</em>" stores re-inhabited and parking lots our transformed into thriving wetlands.</p><p>Previously <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/22843/the-lifestyle-center-cometh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69132643/dead-malls-and-the-return-of-main-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76593872/dead-malls-get-new-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118903791/albert-speer-talks-about-the-qatar-world-cup-and-the-search-for-sustainability Albert Speer talks about the Qatar World Cup and the search for sustainability Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T18:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T13:34:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aj/aja6n4tr1kipa1mu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does it make sense for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup? German architect Albert Speer, whose office is in charge of the project, says yes -- and is doing all he can to ensure sustainability. In a SPIEGEL interview, he says how.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49931535/desert-sands-soccer-sustainability-and-symbolic-capital" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert sands, soccer, sustainability and "symbolic capital"...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117724661/the-problem-with-tiny-homes-they-can-get-stolen The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen Archinect 2015-01-06T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T11:30:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8b1b0efefa7f446c1c68fa8a1e7f0959.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A couple who spent $35,000 building a tiny house-on-wheels to live an eco-friendly life were stunned to find their home-to-be had been towed away by thieves. Casey Friday and his wife Jessica spent two and a half years building the house themselves from the raw materials so they could reduce their environmental impact. The 650sqft home... could run on rainwater, compost its waste and get by on 'very little' electricity - but was purloined from its custom-paved driveway in Spring Branch, Texas.</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/116669096/the-year-2014-in-architectural-activism The Year 2014 in Architectural Activism Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T10:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfhkrk9lss8c2bp1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let's admit it, we architects much too often get lost in narcissistic own-horn-tooting, passionate ego-inflating, disillusioned navel-gazing, vile shit-flinging or simply in the mundane day-to-day operations for the paying clientele.&nbsp;</p><p>But all is not completely lost thanks to the tireless work and burning passion of individuals and groups around the world seeking the greater good, putting humanity first, improving this planet one initiative at a time.&nbsp;</p><p>Topics we had the honor of reporting about on Archinect &amp; Bustler this year ranged from the Israel-Gaza conflict, Syrian refugee crisis, Ukrainian revolution, climate change, historic preservation, #folkmoma, abortion clinics and affordable housing all the way to still very recent issues like the Ebola epidemic and Ferguson protests.</p><p>Following is my personal (and hopelessly incomplete) list of noteworthy and much-discussed examples of architectural activism on Archinect &amp; Bustler in 2014:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116883136/new-jersey-s-first-protected-bike-lane-about-to-be-removed-again New Jersey's first protected bike lane about to be removed again Alexander Walter 2014-12-26T13:15:00-05:00 >2014-12-29T12:44:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a24ead7aa66bac7657f7eb2b6d01054.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark has New Jersey&rsquo;s first protected bike lane, as far as we know. But unfortunately it looks like the Garden State will soon be back to zero. Andrew Besold at WalkBikeJersey is reporting Mayor Ras Baraka has ordered the removal of the bike lane, and in the meantime is allowing people to park in it.</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/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:48:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</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/116300139/editor-s-picks-398 Editor's Picks #398 Nam Henderson 2014-12-18T23:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:25:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1luphfdqkj2hwf22.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vytjo2gn7mc4dovm.jpg"></p><p>For the latest <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: Archinect talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115598578/working-out-of-the-box-santiago-borja" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artist and architecture theorist, </a><a href="http://www.s-borja.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Borja</a>.&nbsp;He relates that one thing he learned from architecture school is&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>a sense of structural logic that most artists lack. They imagine things they have no clue how to build. Having said that, you could maybe say the same thing about architects</em>&hellip;"</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> was impressed "<em>The installations are refreshing - they react to the architecture without following an architectural logic...these look free of the forced logic which constrains a lot of architects working in installation. My compliments to the artist!</em>"</p><p>Plus, did you notice, <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new sidebar graphic/ad</a> was launched for Archinect Sessions?</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115663589/moshe-safdie-to-receive-the-2015-aia-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Moshe Safdie will receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/hsolie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harold-Sprague Solie</a>,&nbsp;agreed with many commentators "<em>about time. I worked in his office during my first year out of school and it was an amazing experience</em>". Contrarily,&nbsp;<strong>HotelSphinx</strong>&nbsp;admires "<em>Habitat, as do most architects - but...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116047218/relocation-or-adaptation-is-a-2-degree-limit-for-global-warming-not-enough Relocation or Adaptation: Is a 2-Degree Limit for Global Warming Not Enough? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-15T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:32:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uyegezm7bezkvfhg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...As a practical matter, limiting global warming to no more than 2C seemed like the most ambitious target that could possibly be achieved, since it would require virtually ending fossil fuel emissions within 30 to 40 years... Yet even as the 2C target has become a touchstone for the climate talks, scientific theory and real-world observations have begun to raise serious questions about whether the target is stringent enough."</p></em><br /><br /><p>As is documented in the article, the recent climate talks in Lima ended with an agreement to try to limit the long-term warming of the planet to below 2 degree celsius above the global average temperature at the start of the Industrial Revolution. This limit has been central to talks aimed at mitigating global warming, but, as the author notes, may not be enough. Already, the disastrous and damaging effects of global warming are felt worldwide. Moreover, scientists are realizing they had underestimated&nbsp;the potential rapidity of sea level rise from the melting glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/achj1t7xh4wpwtq5.jpg"></p><p>To put this in perspective, in order to remain below the 2 degree threshold, the building sector alone must steadily transition to carbon neutrality by 2030, a radical change in the way architecture and construction currently operate. According to the project <a href="http://architecture2030.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture 2030</a>, whose name alone shows the centrality of the 2 degree limit, this could feasibly be accomplished if:</p><ul><li>"All new build...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115732640/not-so-bright-lights-big-city Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41jvwaz9hwwx5zy5.jpg" width="514" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You know how you&rsquo;re supposed to turn out the lights when you leave a room to save energy? New York City Council member Donovan Richards wants the owners of many of the city&rsquo;s office buildings to start doing the same&mdash;on a much bigger scale. Richards [...] has introduced a bill that would prohibit owners of approximately 40,000 New York commercial buildings from illuminating the interiors or exteriors of their structures once workers have gone home for the night.</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/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-09T15:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x414czrr86fu3oto.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a press release issued last week by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman &amp; Associates,&nbsp;principal&nbsp;Gene Kaufman has submitted a proposal to buy the Orange County Government Center (Goshen, NY), which has been closed since 2011 due to storm damage. Designed in 1967 by Paul Rudolph, the building is slated to become an "arts hub" in Kaufman's hands, similar to projects he is already developing in Brooklyn, NY &ndash; described in the same press release as "combination artists' lofts-gallery-retail&nbsp;spaces".</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103630900/rethinking-a-spurned-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking a Spurned Landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99369287/gwathmey-siegel-s-kaufman-wants-to-buy-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/47277795/orange-county-votes-to-keep-brutalist-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Votes to Keep Brutalist Building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44158069/unloved-building-in-goshen-n-y-prompts-debate-on-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unloved Building in Goshen, N.Y., Prompts Debate on Modernism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115505365/relocation-or-adaptation-from-sprawl-to-archipelago Relocation or Adaptation: From Sprawl to Archipelago Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T16:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:41:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/833f3cbd4ffcfe4824750530025a024f.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>1. By current estimates, if the polar ice caps melt, sea levels around the world will rise by between 80 and 100m. 2. Many cities (and, by default, around 70 per cent of the world's population) border on a body of water of some kind. According to 2010 government figures, 39 per cent of US population live on a coast. Half live within 50 miles of the ocean.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Based on worst-case scenarios for sea-level rise, cartographer Jeremy Linn imagined the future of three of America's major Western cities. He used topographic information to speculate on what an 80m &ndash; &asymp;262 ft &ndash; &nbsp;rise would look like as well as coming up with new names for this new geography. While such an increase in sea levels won't occur in our lifetime, our grandchildren could one day live in cities like this (if drastic food shortages, violent conflict, drug-adapted 'superbugs,' drought, and extreme weather don't get them first...). Such a rise in sea level would require every ice sheet on the planet to melt.</p><p>In Linn's imaginings, Portland (pictured above) has become a veritable archipelago of islands dominated by the spine of what-is-now Northwest Portland.</p><p>Likewise, much of contemporary Seattle will be replaced by a network of waterways. Only the city's hills would remains as isolated islands.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47c88c7636fab03140c59c0cd8125d3e.jpg"></p><p>Los Angeles-of-the-future is almost entirely inundated. To get from Baldwin Island (Hil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115125852/d-c-exhibit-explores-disaster-oriented-design D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design Nicholas Korody 2014-12-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T21:32:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/930ce7f61eeae47bc640305b872b8651.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires&thinsp;&mdash;&thinsp;no part of the United States is immune to natural disasters. While no one can prevent these hazards, people can prepare for them. &ldquo;Designing for Disaster&rdquo; at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases how scientists, engineers and government officials work together to guard the country&rsquo;s infrastructure against Mother Nature&rsquo;s fury.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For Archinect coverage of related design work, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a title="Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Architectures of the Disaster" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85222483/student-works-resilient-public-housing-from-parsons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's &quot;TELOS&quot; documentary " href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100286211/cutting-room-talking-architectural-dissent-and-climate-proof-buildings-with-eugene-tssui-subject-of-kyung-lee-s-telos-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's "TELOS" documentary</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115114590/finalists-and-jury-of-global-holcim-awards-2015-entering-the-homestretch Finalists and Jury of Global Holcim Awards 2015 entering the homestretch Alexander Walter 2014-12-03T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T14:16:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a7d806d6eb8abfdf619d79650094a50.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The results of the five regional contests are in for the International Holcim Awards competition, and now all eyes are on the upcoming selection of the three final Global Awards winners. [...] The jury tasked to judge the 15 finalists from the regional contests will be headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>These five Regional Gold Award winners automatically qualified for the Global Award competition round:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zj/zj30l3g1rmy1lbat.jpg"></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold - Europe: Anthropic Park</strong>: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation, Saline Joniche, Italy<br>Main authors: Francisco Leiva, Grupo aranea, Alicante,Spain; Marco Scarpinato, AutonomeForme, Palermo, Italy.<br>Further authors: Marta Garc&iacute;a Chico, Grupo aranea; Lucia Pierro, AutonomeForme</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vdhcpw2syqaq6ly.jpg"></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold 2014 - North America: Poreform</strong>: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA<br>Main authors: Amy Mielke, Water Pore Partnership, New York, NY, USA; Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, Water Pore Partnership, Woodbridge, CT, USA<br>Further author: Keller Easterling, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, USA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rfgwl27uwgtfbvvj.jpg"></p><p><strong>Holcim Awards Gold 2014 - Asia Pacific: Protective Wing</strong>: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand<br>Main authors: Jariyawadee Lekawatana, Architectkidd, Bangkok, Thailand; Singh Intrachooto, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand; Chak Cherdsatirkul, Kaomai L...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115048772/why-do-we-expect-artists-to-work-for-free-here-s-how-we-can-change-the-system Why Do We Expect Artists to Work for Free? Here’s How We Can Change the System Quilian Riano 2014-12-02T17:55:00-05:00 >2014-12-02T22:15:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bukzkts1cxulaaxh.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only 10 percent of arts graduates make a living from their creative practice. Artist William Powhida maps the institutional structures that keep most artists broke, and shares strategies for spreading the wealth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It&rsquo;s all too clear that artists are willing to sacrifice everything for their art, including self-interest, an unfortunate consequence of an economy that trades in exposure. In our perilously unequal society, most artists are <a href="http://powhida.tumblr.com/post/21452361650/why-are-most-artists-so-fucking-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">poor</a>, and few understand how we might begin to change the situation. According to a recent <a href="http://bfamfaphd.com/#artists-report-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by the artist-activist group BFAMFAPhD, only 10 percent of U.S. arts graduates make a living from their art. Yet the art market is booming; last year it nearly rebounded to its highest-ever level&mdash;the 2008 financial crash produced only a temporary dip&mdash;with <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-12/global-art-market-surged-to-66-billion-in-2013-report.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$66 billion in sales</a>. I recently spoke with the art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson about artists&rsquo; remuneration and made the mistake of saying, &ldquo;The problem is, there just isn&rsquo;t enough money.&rdquo; She corrected me immediately: &ldquo;There is enough money&mdash;it&rsquo;s just concentrated in the hands of the very few.&rdquo;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>