Archinect - News 2015-04-25T21:16:22-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126075987/aia-cote-showcase-new-set-of-top-ten-green-projects-for-2015 AIA + COTE showcase new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2015 Justine Testado 2015-04-25T11:36:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T21:18:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzlg8rqxikj1mgng.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) search the U.S. for sustainably designed projects that convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology in the annual Top Ten Green Projects. Now in its 19th year, the program is considered to be the most rigorous program of its kind in sustainable design.</p><p>The jury evaluated the projects according to various criteria including the project's positive contributions to their communities, improving comfort for building occupants, and how design strategies were applied to reduce environmental impact.</p><p>In addition to the Top Ten-winning projects below, the Federal Center South Building 1202 designed by ZGF Architects Top Ten Plus Award. Previous Top Ten winners get a chance to scoop this extra special award, which demonstrates through quantifiable metrics the impact of sustainable design and technology.</p><p>(Cover image)<br><a href="http://aiatopten.org/node/442" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>University Center &ndash; The New School; New York City<br>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP</strong></a></p><p>&darr; <a href="http://aiatopten.org/node/427" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Bu...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125900756/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-2015-award-winners-and-fellows Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Award Winners and Fellows Helena Karabatsos 2015-04-22T23:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T18:43:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x48zzs2diztn3qt2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards and the 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video at its 68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., on April 16. The Society also named four individuals as SAH Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history.</p><p><strong>2015 Publication Award Recipients</strong><br>Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.</p><p>The winners of the Society&rsquo;s 2015 Publication Awards are listed below. The 2016 award cycle opens on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/awards-programs/publication-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sah.org/publication-awards</a>.</p><p><strong>Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award</strong></p><p>Richard Harris,&nbsp;<em>Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914&ndash;1960&nbsp;</em>(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)</p><p>Christopher Curtis Mead,&nbsp;<em>Making Modern Paris: Victor Baltard&rsquo;s Central ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125909615/book-review-designed-for-the-future-80-practical-ideas-for-a-sustainable-future Book review: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable Future Nicholas Korody 2015-04-22T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T18:42:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/lspw0ezv0s5tj87z.jpg" width="514" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I have to admit to a degree of wariness when I first opened <a href="https://www.papress.com/html/book.details.page.tpl?isbn=9781616893002" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World</em></a>, a new book edited by Jared Green and published by Princeton Architectural Press. The introduction makes some bold claims for a rather slim book with little text. &ldquo;We have the answers. We are both the cause of the problems and the solution to them,&rdquo; Green writes with supreme optimism. The book is a collection of eighty projects that leading architects, urban planners, artists, critics and thinkers chose as a response to the question: &ldquo;What gives you hope for the future?&rdquo; The criteria for their responses stipulated that they must discuss a project they admire, not their own. And the results are as varied as one might imagine for a question that is both vague and expansive.&nbsp;</p><p>More than anything else, the responses highlighted the mutability of the term &ldquo;sustainable&rdquo; within contemporary architecture discourse. &nbsp;Some of the responses, such as that of Katrin Kling...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125760916/2015-holcim-awards-grand-prizes-given-to-colombia-sri-lanka-and-u-s-based-projects 2015 Holcim Awards grand prizes given to Colombia, Sri Lanka, and U.S.-based projects Justine Testado 2015-04-20T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-21T02:35:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxbulor2hizn65i5.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Holcim Foundation finally announced today the three winning projects for their global 2015 Holcim Awards. Every three years, the awards competition seeks architectural design interventions that address sustainable building and construction issues worldwide. As a global competition, the Holcim Awards highlight people's different lifestyles and draws attention to their specific communal issues.</p><p>At the same time, it promotes the innovative sustainable strategies that architects and designers can create in effort to improve a community's quality of life. The Holcim Awards <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101784206/jury-members-of-the-2015-holcim-awards-are-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jury</a> -- chaired by Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi -- chose the three grand-prize winning teams, who each won a trophy and shared the $350,000 prize.&nbsp;</p><p>The $200,000 Gold prize went to<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.holcimfoundation.org/Projects/articulated-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park | Medell&iacute;n, Colombia"</a> by Colombian team Mario Camargo, Luis Tomb&eacute;, Colectivo720, with Juan Calle and Horacio Valencia, and EPM Group (Empresas P&uacute;blicas de Medell&iacute;n). Their proposal tra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:02:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/037f10d58967a96918d736c0abc999f7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125530526/copenhagen-could-ax-its-pioneering-city-bike-program-by-month-s-end Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9olcrzjddqgd342w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, Copenhagen&mdash;a city of ebullient cyclists&mdash;launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets&mdash;expensive, but designed for a place&nbsp;whose people and visitors truly believed cycling was the best way forward. Now the city that pioneered its&nbsp;first shared bikes in 1995&nbsp;is facing a stark&nbsp;possibility: no bike share scheme at all.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcdwuzo19lysj7ap.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps the most important and widely-used building material, concrete also has an enormous environmental impact. This is largely because in order to produce one ton of cement &ndash; the material that binds together rock aggregate in concrete &ndash; about 900 kg of C02 are emitted. In fact, the concrete industry is responsible for roughly 5% of carbon emissions worldwide, making it one of the two largest industrial producers of the greenhouse gas.&nbsp;</p><p>But, thanks to an accidental discovery, a environmentally-friendly substitute to cement may be on the horizon. A recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cement-alternative-absorbs-carbon-dioxide-like-sponge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by PBS features the invention of environmental chemist David Stone: a cement-like material that isn't just carbon-neutral but actually carbon-<em>negative</em>. Called 'Ferrock,' the material primarily contains iron dust and silica, both of which can be sourced via recycling. In fact, in order to obtain silica (basically crushed glass), Stone has employed a local man to collect glass bottles that have been left in the desert. While m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125294062/jason-f-mclennan-selected-to-design-leonardo-dicaprio-s-restorative-eco-resort Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort Justine Testado 2015-04-15T12:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T12:50:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvxx7x74n2wudjce.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it opens to guests in 2018, 'Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island' will feature the trappings of many luxury resorts, with sprawling villas, infinity pools and stunning sunset views. But the 'Restorative' in the title refers not just to the impact the island might have on visitors, but to the island itself. Blackadore Caye has suffered from overfishing, an eroding coastline and the deforestation of its mangrove trees, and the partners mean to put it back to rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After co-purchasing the unpopulated Blackadore Caye off the coast of Belize for reportedly $1.75 million in 2005, actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently revealed plans with Delos chief executive Paul Scialla and lead architect <a href="http://www.jasonmclennan.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan</a> to build an eco-conscious resort dubbed "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island&rdquo;, slated to open in 2018. The resort's design will follow <a href="http://living-future.org/lbc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Living Building Challenge</a> standards and include Delos' signature health-conscious amenities for guests. It'll also feature artificial reefs, fish shelters, and plant nurseries to what the partners say will eventually restore the island.</p><p>While the millionaire-friendly resort could propel Belize's economy, it brings up the debatable topic of ecotourism and its legitimacy. As it seems, giving money to an environmental conversation program isn't vogue enough for the rich and famous.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124917488/looking-at-all-sides-of-the-pier-55-offshore-park-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/48002291/obscenely-rich-tech-folk-are-still-building-their-island-utopia-off-the-coast-of-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obscenely Rich Tech Folk Are Still Building Their Island Utopia Off Th...</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125206423/case-studies-in-water-management-from-los-angeles-the-great-lakes-and-nyc Case studies in water management from Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and NYC Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-13T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd300040721f2b05c477641d1375d336.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The issue of water supply in the context of climate change was the topic for the recent 5KL: Water symposium, organized by The Architectural League and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Twelve experts in water resource design and management &mdash; from architects to geographers to former government officials &mdash; addressed the carbon intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply and how design and planning can contribute to that goal.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals Justine Testado 2015-04-10T21:13:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:07:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yuh2r7zhnriwgi79.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy...The city&rsquo;s ambition is to be the world&rsquo;s greenest city by 2020 despite the fact Canada has had one of 'the most environmentally irresponsible national governments' for the last 10 years, [said Vancouver deputy mayor Andrea Reimer.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Which city will be next? Which will pull through? According to The Guardian, Vancouver is one of the latest to join the more than 50 cities that have already announced their plans to run on 100% renewable energy, including San Diego, San Francisco, Sydney, and Copenhagen.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124142218/first-texas-town-makes-longterm-plans-to-switch-to-solar-and-wind-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123750335/french-parliament-orders-new-buildings-to-switch-to-green-rooftops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120350994/burlington-vt-first-u-s-city-to-hit-100-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burlington, VT first U.S. city to hit 100% renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a></li><li><a title="Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124980104/university-of-maryland-grad-students-envision-redevelopment-plan-for-new-orleans-neighborhoods University of Maryland grad students envision redevelopment plan for New Orleans neighborhoods Justine Testado 2015-04-10T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:07:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/su1i8ixuucg0zziv.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded by Gerald D. Hines, the annual Urban Land Institute Hines competition challenges multidisciplinary graduate student teams from North American universities to propose a comprehensive redevelopment program for a designated U.S. metro area. The ideas competition is set up as a design exercise with no plans of implementation, but the hypothetical situations of the brief are largely based on actual urban development and redevelopment scenarios, so students get to test their design skills in relevant real-world issues. What student wouldn't be motivated by that?</p><p>For its 13th edition, the competition focused on the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmkzeex3wk9qm1js.jpg"><br><em>2015 ULI Hines finalists (starting on the L, clockwise): Harvard University: &ldquo;Trem&eacute; 2.0&rdquo;; University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin - Madison: &ldquo;Quartier Vert&rdquo;; Harvard University: &ldquo;Claiborne Grove&rdquo;; University of Maryland: &ldquo;The Crossing&rdquo;</em></p><p>The comp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124903820/lax-s-new-tom-bradley-terminal-receives-leed-gold-standard LAX's New Tom Bradley Terminal Receives LEED Gold Standard Nicholas Korody 2015-04-09T17:35:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T22:04:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/15xzphksja8s2sjt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the Pacific gateway to the United States, has achieved LEED Gold certification for its new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the crown jewel of the Bradley West renovation. This makes the 1.25-million-square-foot facility the largest LEED Gold airport terminal in the United States. Designed by Fentress Architects, TBIT is not only sustainable, it is America&rsquo;s most technologically-advanced airport to date.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the press release by the <a href="http://www.fentressarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects</a> who designed the Tom Bradley terminal expansion, they detail some of the projects' most notable aspects:</p><ul><li>The interior of the terminal contains "more than 12,000-square-feet of LED tiles and hundreds of LCD screens" to entertain travelers.</li><li>The project includes&nbsp;15-gate terminals&nbsp;and concourse, designed to give room for expansion with LAX now the second-busiest airport in the nation.</li><li>Numerous features were designed to make the expansion sustainable, notably the use of low-E glass to minimize heat gain and low-flow water fixtures.</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124816981/could-scientists-engineer-synthetic-organisms-to-stop-climate-change Could scientists engineer synthetic organisms to stop climate change? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c69151b1b9262c3fc825b720f16e952.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and politicians the world over are looking for ways to halt or reverse [climate changes], a task that is fraught with difficulties in a world hooked on fossil fuels. One option increasingly discussed is terraforming&mdash;deliberately altering the environment in a way that cools the planet... Instead of creating global engineering projects, why not create life forms that do a similar job instead...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ricard Sole and his associates at the ICREA-Complex Systems Lab in Barcelona are experimenting with the potentials of using synthetic organisms to terraform the planet. One advantage to such a project &ndash; as opposed to other terraforming ideas that would require engineering feats of unprecedented scale &ndash; is that the landscape could be changed with minimal human input, using "the growth and colonizing potential that life offers."</p><p>Of course, as the article notes, the potential problems are also massive, like, for example, unintentionally triggering feedback mechanisms that accelerate global warming, or devastate global food supplies. Looking back at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other historical attempts to engineer biology</a>&nbsp;to suit human interests, this seems a more likely outcome than not. But Sole and his team are trying to develop preventative measures against such runaway growth. And as the article notes, one day this may be an urgent necessity: "if and when that day comes, let&rsquo;s hope we&rsquo;ll be glad of the researc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-09T07:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e685a40771644fb5ed3a5f182b2bd6e3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For every barrel of oil Chevron produces in its Kern River oil field, another 10 barrels of salty wastewater come up with it. So Chevron is selling about 500,000 barrels of water per day...back to...the local water district that delivers water to farmers within a seven-mile slice of Kern County...But it&rsquo;s a risky dance; over time, high sodium can change the properties of the soil, making it impermeable, unable to take in any more water...Eventually, the soil becomes barren.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124445213/tracing-how-your-litter-ends-up-in-the-ocean Tracing how your litter ends up in the ocean Nicholas Korody 2015-04-03T17:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:25:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b066d5a78353a9d159da10614c1f91bd.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even on a dry day, tens of millions of gallons of dirty water dumps into the ocean through the region&rsquo;s vast storm drain system. The 3,500-mile network was designed and built to empty streets of rainwater, but tons of litter also flow into the ocean through the intricate system of curbside drainages, underground channels, pumps and creeks. Stormwater pollution puts beach swimmers at risk, particularly after it rains. Marine animals and plants can also get sick or die</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a really fascinating piece that attempts to trace how a cigarette butt flicked into a gutter in Bel Air could make its way across LA and end up in the ocean via Marina del Rey. Visualizations like this feel important because, while we may notice signs on the sides of the sidewalk saying that the gutter leads to the ocean, it's difficult for the individual to comprehend the complex way in which they participate in a problem like marine pollution.</p><p>For a more specifically architectural perspective on this issue, check out <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 1</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124354330/the-world-s-population-can-fit-inside-new-york-city The World’s Population Can Fit Inside New York City DianePham 2015-04-02T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:30:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/go/goffy1j7tfm6bpau.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though New York City is expected to surpass its 2020 population projections this year, rest assured that there&rsquo;s plenty of space for all of these folks&mdash;and then some. An amusing and quite informative experiment conducted by Tim Urban takes a look at just how much space you would need to fit the world&rsquo;s population comfortably&mdash;for the most part. The investigation, which puts 7.3 billion folks cozily shoulder to shoulder, hinges on the assumption that you can fit ten humans into a square meter.</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/124212951/a-couple-travels-the-world-in-search-of-the-human-city A Couple Travels the World in Search of "the Human City" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-31T18:15:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:30:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d841ce1ec0b9c144071a2f3279ec8ac.jpg" width="300" height="180" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Fernando Casado and Paula Garc&iacute;a, the founders of the Towards the Human City project, [are] travelling the world to find how cities are trying to be more people-oriented...Trends like smart cities make us believe that large structures are needed to change urban spaces, yet there are countless examples of transformative bottom-up initiatives that have come from a simple idea and flourished without public money. It is this citizen-led type of urbanism that they hope to highlight and champion.</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/124142218/first-texas-town-makes-longterm-plans-to-switch-to-solar-and-wind-energy First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy Justine Testado 2015-03-30T20:45:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:29:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2p/2pbhfwsxr8qmw6ez.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because of its size and intense radiation, Texas leads the nation in solar energy potential, but the solar industry has long struggled to get a foothold in the state... and solar energy currently makes up a tiny percentage of the state&rsquo;s energy portfolio. That&rsquo;s beginning to change. Improving technology has driven down the price of solar power, making it more competitive with other resources&shy; &mdash; even without incentives, developers say.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The municipal utility of Georgetown, a Texan city of about 55,000, recently signed a 25-year contract with SunEdison to buy 150 megawatts of solar power as well as 144 megawatts of wind power from the EDF Renewables wind farm through 2039 -- reportedly being the first city-owned utility to take action on such a plan (and not long after the end of former Texas governor Rick Perry's tenure). While eco-conscious benefits were taken into account, Georgetown signed the deal primarily for financial reasons.</p><p>Related posts:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123750335/french-parliament-orders-new-buildings-to-switch-to-green-rooftops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124127720/walker-art-center-goes-green-in-75-million-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Art Center goes green in $75 million project</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Solar energy that doesn't block the view" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar energy that doesn't block the view</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123750335/french-parliament-orders-new-buildings-to-switch-to-green-rooftops French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops Justine Testado 2015-03-25T17:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:41:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/46/46325bpivb5zc1t1.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris wants to consume 25% less energy and emit 25% less emissions by 2020. Paris is also the site of this year&rsquo;s major United Nations conference on climate change. While France currently gets about 80% of its electricity from nuclear energy, and has lagged behind other European countries like Germany and Denmark in developing green technologies, it certainly seems to have some momentum headed into the important November conference.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's not literally every single building in France. The approved law only requires the rooftops of new buildings in commercial areas to be fully or partially covered with either solar panels or plants.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><a title="Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123303072/stay-comfortable-during-climate-change-in-a-rowhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse</a></li><li><a title="FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123217126/farm-x-shares-its-modular-vertical-farming-approach-pilot-project-nears-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion</a></li><li><a title="Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99840077/boeri-studio-s-bosco-verticale-in-milan-makes-the-forest-tower-fantasy-a-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123582305/bali-s-fascinating-bamboo-architecture Bali’s fascinating bamboo architecture Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T12:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jwwbpuc7szxyqov.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was a time when you could not be poor enough, or rural enough, to want to live in a bamboo house,&rdquo; says Ibuku founder Elora Hardy. A former print designer for Donna Karan, Hardy now leads an Indonesian firm that creates innovative, luxurious structures out of cheap, sustainable, plentiful bamboo. In a talk at the TED conference last week, Hardy&nbsp;wowed the audience with spectacular images that defy traditional notions of house shapes and construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Ibuku on the firm's <a href="http://archinect.com/ibuku" target="_blank">Archinect profile</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352855/is-newark-the-next-brooklyn Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uieuy7kv0joya11f.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</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/123217126/farm-x-shares-its-modular-vertical-farming-approach-pilot-project-nears-completion FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion Justine Testado 2015-03-18T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:34:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akzc3706nmkquo8g.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The vertical-farming movement continues to grow with the recent unveiling of <a href="http://www.farm-x.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FARM-X</a>'s modular vertical-farming concept, which the Oakland, CA-based organization developed with Zurich-based <a href="http://www.conceptualdevices.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conceptual Devices</a> founder Antonio Scarponi and an agronomy team led by University of Bologna Professor Giorgio GianquintoI. In the most idealistic sense, the FARM-X model would maximize production of fresh food up to 5 tons per day, can be applied anywhere as one means to sustainably revive unused urban spaces, and would create more jobs to develop a "green collar workforce" of urban agricultural farmers.</p><p>FARM-X aims to construct 10,000 sq.m. (approx.110,000 sq.ft.) of total vertical farm space throughout Oakland over the next decade. For starters, a pilot run of the project is near completion nearby in Richmond, CA.</p><p>Read on for more project details that we received:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3df56ns7hgptmhx8.jpg"></p><p>"Food has historically been grown in areas of low real-estate interest, far from densely populated settlements normally described as '...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122981772/an-urban-treehouse-that-absorbs-pollution An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution Miles Jaffe 2015-03-16T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0m5q37ta060unrtn.jpg" width="514" height="617" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a special building because it lives, grows, breathes and changes over time. Its terraces are dotted with 150 tall trees which together with 50 plants in the court produce about 150,000 liters per hour of oxygen, at night absorbing about 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour. Also slashing particulate matter caused by cars, protecting from noise, following the natural cycle of the seasons, growing day by day, creating an ideal microclimate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>^ Translated from Italian. Check the <a href="http://divisare.com/projects/283279-Luciano-Pia-25-Verde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a> for more photos.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left California has about one year of water left Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-03-16T09:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09e545ba3aa508e13f3b08fd801e1eba.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water &mdash; and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002... Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the article, written by Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at NASA JPL, despite historic low temperatures this winter, California's "wet season" did little to alleviate the drought. In fact, this recent January was the driest in the state's recorded history, which goes back all the way to 1895. According to satellite data, the total amount of water in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins was "34 million acre-feet below normal."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122586756/did-florida-ban-environmental-workers-from-talking-about-climate-change Did Florida ban environmental workers from talking about climate change? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-10T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-11T09:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/51sounykk5jqpg7e.jpg" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Florida is largely seen as the U.S. state that is most vulnerable to the effects of global warming. But even uttering the term global warming in official communications can get employees at the state&rsquo;s Department of Environmental Protection in trouble...&ldquo;We were told not to use the terms climate change, global warming, or sustainability,&rdquo; said Christopher Byrd, who worked at the DEP from 2008 to 2013.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott, an open skeptic of climate change (who is also openly, "<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/florida-rick-scott-global-warming-talk-115910.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not a scientist</a>") <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/florida-gov-scott-denies-banning-phrase-climate-change-29526774" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">denied</a> the allegations.&nbsp;"Well, first off, that's not true," Scott told reporters.&nbsp;&nbsp;"At our Department of Environmental Protection, there's lots of conversation about this issue. From my standpoint, like every issue, my goal is: Instead of talking about it, let's do something about it."</p><p>Environmental workers in the state re-asserted that while the ban may not have been official, it was heavily implied. Byrd is quoted saying,&nbsp;"We decided it was important for us to maintain jobs and continue projects and just keep our head down and stay out of the attention of the governor's office." He continued with an ironically appropriate choice of language:&nbsp;"We didn't want to do anything to create waves."</p><p>We've <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103936244/miami-the-great-world-city-is-drowning-while-the-powers-that-be-look-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">noted</a> before on Archinect the particular vulnerability of Florida to rising sea levels generated by a warming planet. While the Governor may be sticking his head in the sand, there are many...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122581108/society-of-architectural-historians-presents-public-seminar-at-chicago-conference Society of Architectural Historians Presents Public Seminar at Chicago Conference Helena Karabatsos 2015-03-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9k4apxsuzyi7teiy.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15&ndash;19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the&nbsp;<strong>68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians</strong>. But the conference isn&rsquo;t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences&mdash;conference attendees and the local community&mdash;with public programs such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;SAH Chicago Seminar.&nbsp;</p><p>The SAH Chicago Seminar, &ldquo;Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago&rsquo;s Built Environment,&rdquo; will take place Saturday, April 18th, at The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Hear from local architects, historians, and policy makers as they discuss the history and future of Chicago&rsquo;s waterways and neighborhoods. Harvard University professor <strong>Charles Waldheim</strong> will give the keynote address "Reading Chicago's Landscape as Urbanism."&nbsp;<strong>Alison Fisher</strong>, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will moderate ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122528092/philadelphia-university-offering-free-sustainable-design-online-course-once-again Philadelphia University offering free Sustainable Design online course once again Justine Testado 2015-03-09T20:38:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:56:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bktagyf7mz1xw2tm.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a successful first run last June, Philadelphia University is inviting students, industry professionals, and all who are interested to enroll in the free massive open online course (MOOC), Principles of Sustainable Design. The graduate-level course, which starts today until April 24, 2015, focuses on topics like demand for resources, energy systems, self-interest and altruism. The course also allow students to learn about new methods of sustainable practices that work towards "authentic sustainability" instead of "superficial greening."</p><p>Taught by Robert Fleming, co-creator and Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Philadelphia University, the course will be taught via HD videos, narrated PowerPoint presentations, text-based learning modules + interactive quizzes, and faculty-moderated and peer online discussions. Students will collaborate to design and implement an impact project that addresses sustainability-related issues for the final class.</p><p>Additi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122524873/new-gehry-mixed-user-in-the-works-at-gateway-to-the-sunset-strip New Gehry mixed-user in the works at "gateway to the Sunset Strip" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-09T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aee4f195fd60995f657541cc3cb73da4.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That unattractive strip mall on the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards ... will be razed in favor of a Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use development [...] The state last year deemed the project to be L.A. County's first California Environmental Leadership Development Project. To qualify developments must see at least $100 million in investment, achieve LEED Silver certification or better, and emit zero net greenhouse gases.</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/122213377/the-pragmatics-of-adaptating-to-sea-level-rise-the-next-wave-ucla The Pragmatics of Adaptating to Sea Level Rise: The Next Wave @ UCLA Nicholas Korody 2015-03-09T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-11T18:44:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sd/sdnfdluqp1as2uvd.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beneath the vertiginous LED-strip lighting of Michael Maltzan's Billy Wilder Theater, a diverse audience gathered last Tuesday for a talk entitled "The Next Wave: Urban Adaptations for Rising Sea Levels." Co-presented by the Hammer Museum and UCLA&rsquo;s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the event brought together coastal geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe and civil engineer Peter Wijsman in a conversation moderated by Kristina Hill, a UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture. The talk was part of an on-going lecture series on "the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water."</p><p>Hill began the evening's panel with a brief introduction to the unfolding realities of sea level rise, as well as some of the efforts underway to mitigate its impact. Pointing to an image of the San Francisco's Embarcadero embattled by high tides, Hill discussed the urgency of our particular temporal moment: we are in the last slow period of sea level rise that the Earth wil...</p> 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>