Archinect - News 2014-04-17T04:07:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-16T22:13:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/noymct2t6afeb3gu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The axe is set to fall on the American Folk Art Museum -- after months of controversy and protest, MoMA initiated its expansion and began <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/04/140414-MoMA-Begins-Demolition-Folk-Art-Museum.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preparing the FAM for demolition</a>&nbsp;this past Monday. As per prior concessions by MoMA,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the museum's distinctive fa&ccedil;ade will be preserved</a>, but it's unlikely to abate the sour feelings of those who oppose both the loss of the FAM, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's expansion designs.</p><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71018337/moma-to-raze-ex-american-folk-art-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA first announced it would raze the FAM</a> in April of 2013, the news resonated not only as a blow to preservationism and sustainability, but as an issue of architectural ethics and institutional monopolies. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71052733/folkmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#folkmoma</a> became a rallying post for protest and alternative proposals, and the widespread news coverage brought architectural drama to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">front page</a>.</p><p>But pro-con feuding aside, the Folk/MoMA issue implicates difficult questions of architecture's responsibilities -- to preservation, sustainability, other architects, and the public&rsquo;s opinion. Architects and Archinect c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98067795/monu-20-on-geographical-urbanism-released MONU #20 on Geographical Urbanism Released MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2014-04-15T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T14:10:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6yasyu4hybym0uy.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to the simplified linear causality of the environmentalism of the past, which posited that natural geography shapes urban patterns, it is now thought that contemporary urbanization shapes the surface of the earth. Nikos Katsikis explains this tremendous current shift in the meaning of physical geography for cities in his contribution "On the Geographical Organization of World Urbanization". (Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2014)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the simplified linear causality of the environmentalism of the past, which posited that natural geography shapes urban patterns, it is now thought that contemporary urbanization shapes the surface of the earth. <strong><em>Nikos Katsikis</em></strong> explains this tremendous current shift in the meaning of physical geography for cities in his contribution <strong>"On the Geographical Organization of World Urbanization"</strong>, putting the discussion of the <strong>20th</strong> issue of <strong>MONU</strong> on the topic <strong><em>"Geographical Urbanism"</em></strong> in a historical context. For <strong><em>Bernardo Secchi</em></strong> this is not much of a problem as he is no fan of natural geography anyway, a position he reveals in our interview with him entitled <strong>"Working with Geography"</strong>. According to him our task today is to understand, and to learn from, natural geography, but to correct and improve it and design useful projects of artificial geography. What is important to him - and which is the reason why he considers physical geography the starting point of all his ideas on planning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97821088/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World Archinect 2014-04-11T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T01:50:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fee55b9cf12a25573e0ea73fd8bc4a0.jpg" width="495" height="647" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch water-management experts have done such a good job of protecting their country that they rarely get to practice with water crises &mdash; whereas America was facing something monumental that as a culture it didn&rsquo;t yet grasp. When Donovan arrived back in the U.S., he opened an email from Ovink that said, in effect, &ldquo;I hope this isn&rsquo;t too forward, but could I come work with you?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97583068/3-d-printing-market-predicted-to-grow-to-16-2-billion-by-2018 3-D printing market predicted to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-08T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-10T16:21:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eo4sjnfpgeuuftkp.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The size of the [3-D printing] market ... is expected to grow to $3.8 billion this year and soar to $16.2 billion globally by 2018. [...] "This is a market with enormous growth potential now that the main barriers to up-take are being addressed," Shepherd said. "As it matures, there is clear and substantial potential across numerous sectors, such as engineering and architecture, aerospace and defense, and medical ... for 3-D printing to have a dramatic impact within five years."</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/97190063/shanghai-company-3-d-prints-village-of-humble-concrete-homes Shanghai Company 3-D Prints Village of Humble Concrete Homes Archinect 2014-04-03T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T10:50:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19b51852ff05b61bbbed379d4d4c5c05.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Shanghai building company has erected a small village of pitched-roof, 3-D printed structures&mdash;in about a day. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is behind the series of humble buildings, which each cost less than $5,000 each. The homes were created through the use of a 490- by 33- by 20-foot 3-D printer that fabricates the basic components required for assembly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2tpdtpqoy6l1qokj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97100686/what-if-we-could-rebuild-new-york-city What if we could rebuild New York City? Terreform 2014-04-02T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T14:38:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xpm04e062p072j6m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mitchell Joachim; New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world&rsquo;s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city&rsquo;s map &ndash; and build it from scratch?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article features both the High and Low lines, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vision 42, Million Trees NYC, and Vertical Farms.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97010538/guggenheim-protesters-highlight-poor-labor-practices Guggenheim protesters highlight poor labor practices Miles Jaffe 2014-04-01T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:08:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eias3h1fa7uf6yrl.jpg" width="400" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saadiyat Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, has seen $27 billion in investments pour in as the island hopes to become a new beacon of culture in the region developers behind the island have received international attention for the poor conditions in which migrant laborers work and live. Reports have found that in some cases, the control employers hold over the island's workers, such as withholding their passports to prevent them from returning to their home countries, amounts to forced labor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Saadiyat Island includes a half-billion-dollar branch of the Louvre Museum designed by Jean Nouvel, a national museum designed by Norman Foster and a variety of luxury resorts, golf clubs, marinas and private villas.</p><p>Where does an architect's responsibility begin and where does it end?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96732426/winning-projects-of-the-2014-u-s-wood-design-awards Winning projects of the 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards Justine Testado 2014-03-28T18:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T21:27:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fvdp0l88ilu4amb5.jpg" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the WoodWorks 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards sure know how to prove wood as a versatile material in architecture. Out of 140 entries -- the most the competition has ever received -- the jury selected nine of the most outstanding projects in wood architecture. During the recent ceremony at the Southeast Wood Solutions Fair in Charlotte, NC, awards were given in nine categories. Four Regional Winners were also awarded.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the winning projects below</p><p>(Above) <strong>Institutional Wood Design: James and Anne Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD. </strong>Architect &ndash; GWWO, Inc./Architects</p><p><strong>Green Building with Wood: Biomass Heating Plant, Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect &ndash; Centerbook Architects and Planners</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/ino9on48gokhehmc.jpg"><br><br><strong>Wood School Design: Cascades Academy of Central Oregon in Tumalo, OR&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect &ndash; Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9hffpij7shs81uu.jpg"></p><p><strong>Commercial Wood Design: Federal Center South &ndash; Building 1202 in Seattle, WA&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br>Architect &ndash; ZGF Architects LLP&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8bw48xg9izm7rpyc.jpg"></p><p><strong>Innovative Wood Engineering:&nbsp; Promega Feynman Center, &ldquo;The Crossroads&rdquo; in Madison, WA</strong>.<br>Architect &ndash; Uihlein&#8208;Wilson Architects, Inc.<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79p91n7ewn1q6dww.jpg"></p><p><strong>Beauty of Wood: Reed College Performing Arts Building in Portland, OR</strong><br>Architect &ndash; Opsis Architecture<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qykxnt1l8skt25sn.jpg"><br><br><strong>Jury's Choice Award: Habiframe, Inc. Tornado Storm Shelter in Memphis, TN&nbsp;</strong><br>Architect &ndash; Habiframe, Inc.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rhfe84zdc44aj0na.jpg"></p><p><strong>Multi-Story Wood Design: Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA</strong><br>Architect &ndash; The Miller Hull Partnership<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/ro4967mei10mk7ef.jpg"></p><p><strong>Traditional Use of Wood: Muckleshoot Smokehouse in Auburn, WA...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96634206/end-of-the-starchitects End of the Starchitects? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-27T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-28T06:39:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7o/7o3z4l4qcexnaust.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Practitioners create visually dazzling and unexpected forms that&rsquo;re seemingly unrelated to anything as prosaic as function or context. They exploit advances in design and construction technology to build ever more visually arresting and extraordinary buildings. The future of this movement is likely to be limited because the law of diminishing returns inevitably applies to the search for ever-newer and ever-more unexpected architectural forms.</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/96516608/editor-s-picks-360 Editor's Picks #360 Nam Henderson 2014-03-26T11:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T10:07:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8t4w2z1az6n6rq5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>In Focus</strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95633153/in-focus-agnese-sanvito" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect talked to London-based Italian photographer, </a><a href="http://agnesesanvito.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agnese Sanvito</a>.&nbsp;She described how she started taking pictures while studying Fine Arts in Bologna.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30x1vc36qpskzkbw.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, &nbsp;in the the latest edition of <strong>Student Works</strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95966727/student-works-x-city-making-interior-cities-from-the-piet-zwart-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highlighted work by students from the </a><a href="http://pzwart.nl/nl/courses/miard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masters of Interior Architecture and Retail Design</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/95966727/student-works-x-city-making-interior-cities-from-the-piet-zwart-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> program at the Piet Zwart Institute</a>. As part of last fall's [X]City studio, focusing on a defunct submarine wharf in the Port of Rotterdam, the students explored whether interior design can give way to urban redevelopment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4as9cjaq6cgkhcb.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>I found this a hard problem to wrap my head around, but a good one. &nbsp;If I understand the intent with the question - Interiors are almost strictly ROI, but urban planning is social and more. &nbsp;Therefore, &nbsp;in a way urban plans allocate the best spots for ROI interiors</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95870906/architects-try-to-save-a-tower-in-moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An array of international architects, engineers, academics and cultural leaders</a> have signed a ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95966724/architecture-follows-nature-lecture-focuses-on-biomimicry-and-collaborative-research "Architecture Follows Nature" lecture focuses on biomimicry and collaborative research Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-18T20:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T13:04:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjusu39tnza271wi.jpg" width="514" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Monday evening at the <a href="http://www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it/IIC_Losangeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italian Cultural Institute</a> in Los Angeles, architect <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/faculty.php?id=99" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ilaria Mazzoleni</a> and evolutionary biologist <a href="http://www.environment.ucla.edu/ctr/staff/Price_Shauna.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shauna Price</a> tag-teamed a lecture on their joint-work, <em>Architecture Follows Nature</em>, a collection of architectural proposals inspired by various animal skins. It&rsquo;s a pleasure when architecture publicly acknowledges and celebrates its inspiration from other disciplines, and by sharing the stage Mazzoleni and Price showed their commitment to this cross-disciplinary research, beyond analogy and into the depths of the design process.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/aklz7w3qmh5jmhti.jpg"></p><p>Of the twelve proposals detailed in the book, Mazzoleni and Price presented two -- one inspired by the insulating properties of a polar bear&rsquo;s fur, the other referencing the iridescence of bird feathers. All of the projects were designed by students in Mazzoleni&rsquo;s SCI-Arc studio (her practice,<a href="http://www.imstudio.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> im studio</a>, is also invested in biomimicry and sustainable design). Calling these projects &ldquo;biomimetic&rdquo; is problematic for Mazzoleni and Price, as ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95865235/penumbra-kinetic-daylighting-and-shading-system Penumbra, Kinetic Daylighting and Shading System Archinect 2014-03-17T12:58:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T13:45:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf5q5lxumgtc8lxw.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project was designed to offer a kinetic and mechanical solution to a problem that would otherwise be nearly impossible to solve with static architectural components: providing shading across a building facade for both low evening sun and high afternoon sun conditions.</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/95641228/cabin-design-results-for-cfi-s-international-sustainable-architecture-competition-new-brunswick Cabin design results for CFI’s International Sustainable Architecture Competition, New Brunswick Justine Testado 2014-03-14T15:15:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T18:54:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kc5km9nsxyusyj0m.jpg" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If designing cabins is your thing, maybe you can find ideas from the Community Forest International's International Sustainable Architecture Competition in New Brunswick, Canada...The submissions presented new approaches to cabin design, but the jury decided "The Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin", by recent master's graduate Nathan Fisher from Toronto, was most suitable to be built at CFI's developing Rural Innovation Campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>1st Prize &ndash; The Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin. Designer: Nathan Fisher, B.Arch Sci, M.Arch (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvxe629ei5olqrwk.jpg"><br><br>1st Runner Up &ndash; Acadian Abstraction. Designer: Belle Stone, BA, M.Arch (New York, NY, USA)<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fiojp8x00lcgg7oq.jpg"></p><p>Judge&rsquo;s Award for Architectural Poetry &ndash; Hearth. Designers: Kyle Schumann, B.Arch &amp; Katie MacDonald, B.Arch (Los Angeles, California, USA)<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9obuc83vbsijngd9.jpg"><br><br>People&rsquo;s Choice Award &ndash; Marlice. Designers: Alice Dupin, M.C.E, M.Arch and Marion Filliatre, M.C.E, M.Arch (Paris, France)<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ju/juy5k130wca9mwsb.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_the_cfi_cabin_design_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95482582/green-lane-project-brings-protected-bike-lanes-to-six-u-s-cities Green Lane Project brings protected bike lanes to six U.S. cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtdg12d0egbk9fus.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cycling advocacy group <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People for Bikes</a> has selected six U.S. cities to receive funding and consultation for new protected bike lanes, as part of its <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/green-lane-project/pages/about-the-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Green Lane Project</a>. The annual Project collaborates with cities over two years to expedite the installation of protected bike lanes, one of the ways People for Bikes aims to establish bike-friendly, lower-stress streets. This past January, the group <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91832887/protected-bike-lanes-strengthen-city-economy-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a report</a> documenting how protected bike lanes help local businesses, drawn partially from cities selected by their Green Lane program.</p><p>This year's cities are Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA. During its first two programs (2012 and 2013), the Green Lane Project was responsible for nearly half of the entire nation's increase in protected bike lanes, growing from 80 to 142. Previous cities that benefited from the program include Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Washington, DC -- now serving as mentors for future cit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95422193/leed-exposed-exposed-a-look-at-who-s-behind-the-new-organization-attacking-leed "LEED Exposed" Exposed: A look at who's behind the new organization attacking LEED Archinect 2014-03-11T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T18:11:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83499047cc6ff4aa00f39234a74bdb0c.jpg" width="514" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researcher Anastasia Swearingen claims that "LEED certification is little more than a fancy plaque displayed by these &lsquo;green&rsquo; buildings", and compares energy use intensity (EUI) of LEED certified buildings to non-certified buildings. Quoting data from the Green Building Report for the District of Columbia, she concludes that "For LEED-certified buildings, their EUI was 205, compared to 199 for non-certified buildings..."</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/95345360/gensler-brings-hackable-buildings-to-the-real-estate-market Gensler brings ‘hackable’ buildings to the real estate market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-10T15:26:00-04:00 >2014-03-10T15:26:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i5pf9a2o8jfxky8b.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gensler recently began a research project focused on Los Angeles and D.C., &ldquo;Hackable Buildings &ndash; Hackable Cities,&rdquo; exploring how building owners can adapt their properties to meet changing demand. &ldquo;It really started with some research that we were doing on the evolution of office buildings,&rdquo; said Raffael Scasserra, a Gensler principal. &ldquo;What we were looking at is what is that evolution like? What is it transforming to and what are buildings going to be?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95129309/china-plans-to-unleash-smog-killing-drones-to-zap-its-pollution China plans to unleash smog-killing drones to zap its pollution Alexander Walter 2014-03-07T19:07:00-05:00 >2014-03-11T12:34:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c511b153bb0d9e1c11b25c812a178c20.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s premier, Li Keqiang, announced a &ldquo;war on pollution&ldquo;&mdash;evidence that the highest levels of government have acknowledged that China&rsquo;s smog and dirty air have reached a crisis point. And what better way to launch a war on pollution than with a fleet of smog-clearing drones?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86933403/seven-ways-residents-in-china-are-fighting-pollution-with-their-own-inventions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seven ways residents in China are fighting pollution with their own inventions</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94964157/thousand-dollar-house-million-dollar-view Thousand dollar house, million dollar view Alexander Walter 2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/476b138ffbc0153d2175856b852b4aae.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New homes in America are a lot bigger than they used to be. In fact since 1950 they've doubled in size, to an average about 2,500-square feet per home. And a bigger home generally uses more energy. So one college professor is attempting to trash some of our ideas about home ownership, by sleeping in a six-by-six-foot dumpster. [...] this month, Wilson moved into a sanitized recycling dumpster on the Austin, Texas, campus of Huston-Tillotson University.</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/94803964/twitter-installs-19th-century-log-cabins-in-san-francisco-hq Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/boip9z41tc4bgpns.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94800738/who-shapes-cities-and-for-whom Who Shapes Cities and for Whom? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-03T12:41:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klc4votysh8qygvx.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The commercialisation of the urban landscape has resulted in the privatisation of public space. As city centres have become tributes to consumption, private interests have permeated these spaces. They have become awash with pseudo-public consumer spaces which belong to corporations rather than the citizenry. Although these places hold the semblance of being &ldquo;public&rdquo;, they are owned by corporate interests and are therefore under private control and not accountable to the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From The New Left Project's series on <a href="http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/discussion_node/the_contemporary_city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Contemporary City</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses Saving face: Prêt-à-Loger designs solar-powered skin to preserve Dutch row houses Justine Testado 2014-02-26T18:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T18:13:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzegc9cwees7wgbp.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you transform over 2 million Dutch terraced houses into more spacious, neutral-energy homes while they're still being inhabited? According to a team of <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/343/delft-university-of-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TU Delft</a> students, a solution to that is Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9cpou3d2lkbn1v3.jpg"><br><br>Translated to "ready to be lived in," the <a href="http://www.pretaloger.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger</a> model was developed to preserve the historic Dutch row house, which was mass-produced for the middle class during the post-war period. The row house remains as the most common house typology in The Netherlands and is a cultural icon for many Dutch residents.</p><p>Trying to preserve and sustainably enhance the houses to modern-day standards, the Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger team designed an adaptable "skin" made of solar panels and smart technology that can be applied to the house's facade. The skin can be customized to the various shapes and sizes of the homes.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i2n927nvdmsughj.jpg"><br><br>The team recently celebrated the official kick-off of Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger. With the support of partner organizations, they plan to implement the concept to a local neighborhood in Honselersdi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94360341/student-designed-floating-islands-could-house-brazil-s-offshore-oil-workers Student-designed floating islands could house Brazil's offshore oil workers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-25T19:18:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T22:18:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8ooreore84yljp8.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Your assignment is to come up with an idea so revolutionary that it could be considered an important advance in industrial design. Students at Rice University in Houston accomplished that with plans for a floating city that is being considered by one of the world's largest oil companies. Last year, the students won the inaugural Odebrecht Award for a radical design of man-made floating islands where as many as 25,000 oil workers and their families could live.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously featured in our <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62803118/student-works-the-petropolis-of-tomorrow-drift-drive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87164835/screen-print-2-the-petropolis-of-tomorrow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Screen/Print</em></a>&nbsp;series, "The Petropolis of Tomorrow" proposes a new style of floating company towns to aid Brazil in offshore oil findings. NPR now reports that the project has surpassed its academic role to be considered by Petrobas, a Brazilian oil company, as a potential solution for housing workers on man-made islands within the next five years.</p><p>Neeraj Bhatia, author of "Petropolis" and professor of the Rice University students who conceived of the project, is also co-editor of the <a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/bracket_takes_action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">upcoming&nbsp;</a><a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/bracket_takes_action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Bracket 4&nbsp;</em></a><a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/bracket_takes_action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue, [takes action]</a>. [takes action] <a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/takes_action/entry/b4_submission_requirements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">submissions</a> are open until March 10.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94341187/consider-the-dumpster Consider the dumpster... Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:08:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fpetglkkr3c4rnzs.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The long and varied history of waste and its removal in New York from the 18th century onwards is the subject of Elizabeth Royte&rsquo;s 2005 book Garbage Land and of the Urban Omnibus City of Systems video she narrates. In the video, Royte describes how her research into where exactly her trash was going after she threw it out has led her to become a more ecological citizen, with &ldquo;a systems view&rdquo; of our interconnected processes of manufacturing, transportation, disposal and re-use.</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/94269335/olympics-set-to-transform-rio-but-for-better-or-worse Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ea0de8a4113cebd741c4020d5db56ea.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known[...] "Instead of creating a space of conviviality, a space of shared culture, of community, of conversation, you are going to have this very isolated element where after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it's going to be dead. You are creating banks, parking lots, Trump towers," Gaffney said. "It's been rezoned for 50-story buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74774513/once-unsafe-rio-s-shantytowns-see-rapid-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/40359586/before-olympics-it-s-demolition-derby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93730860/will-the-buildings-of-the-future-be-grown-underwater Will the buildings of the future be grown underwater? Alexander Walter 2014-02-17T14:40:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:31:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55ad045671c0766082c7e16cbc30eec9.jpg" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a new exhibition, Michael Pawlyn lays out his vision for architecture inspired by the natural world &ndash; including biorock buildings grown entirely underwater and whole office blocks being lit by learning from the blind sea star. [...] &ldquo;All my work is driven by a frustration with the word &lsquo;sustainable&rsquo;,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It suggests something that is just about good enough, but we need to be looking at truly restorative solutions.</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/93717939/ncsu-faculty-member-vincent-petrarca-receives-acsa-faculty-design-award NCSU Faculty Member Vincent Petrarca Receives ACSA Faculty Design Award kimweiss 2014-02-17T11:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T10:45:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ax/axzzzvhg3qj2qzaq.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>For a Modernist house designed and built by his firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction</em></strong></p><p>February 17, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) -- Vincent Petrarca, an&nbsp;adjunct faculty member in the Department of Architecture at&nbsp;North Carolina State University&rsquo;s College of Design and a founding partner of the Raleigh, NC-based design/build firm&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tonic-design.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tonic Design + Tonic Construction</a>, has received a prestigious 2013-2014 Faculty Design Award from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acsa-arch.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)</a>&nbsp;for his design of &ldquo;Crabill Modern,&rdquo; a Modernist, single-family house in Hillsborough, N.C.</p><p>Each year, the ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service.&nbsp;</p><p>The ASCA&rsquo;s Faculty Design Awards honor built work that &ldquo;advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by recognizing and encouraging outstanding work in&nbsp;architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavor,&rdquo; according to the ACSA. Winning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446480/germany-plans-to-raze-towns-for-brown-coal-and-cheap-energy Germany Plans to Raze Towns for Brown Coal and Cheap Energy Archinect 2014-02-13T16:55:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T18:25:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/48a6345501963fcc4092cec7972f0749.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Atterwasch is tiny, its single street lined with sturdy brick and stone houses. The village has a single church whose bells peal out at noon each day, a small volunteer fire department, and a cemetery with a special section devoted to German soldiers who died nearby in the closing months of WWII. Atterwasch may soon be gone. Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, hopes to relocate the village and its residents in order to strip-mine the ground underneath for lignite, or "brown coal."</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/93446440/twenty-teams-listed-for-doe-solar-decathlon-2015-at-oc-great-park Twenty teams listed for DOE Solar Decathlon 2015 at OC Great Park Justine Testado 2014-02-13T15:08:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T00:31:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/kiux0wv039mjyrpm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Department of Energy revealed the 20 collegiate teams that will participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon, which will take place at the OC Great Park in Irvine, CA once again.</p><p>Collegiate teams are given two years to build solar-powered, energy-efficient houses that are also affordable and show innovative design. The Department of Energy judges each team's project in 10 categories.</p><p>Twelve new teams and eight returners are listed to compete for 2015:</p><ul><li>California Polytechnic State University</li><li>California State University, Sacramento</li><li>Clemson University</li><li>Crowder College and Drury University</li><li>Lansing Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University</li><li>Missouri University of Science and Technology</li><li>New York City College of Technology</li><li>Oregon Institute of Technology and Portland State University</li><li>Stanford University</li><li>State University of New York at Alfred College of Technology and Alfred University</li><li>Stevens Institute of Technology</li><li>University of Florida, National University of Singa...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-13T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:58:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oi7vb1cv9uwdlwu4.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.&rsquo;s largest public asset&mdash;our 7,500 miles of city streets&mdash;into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. Three innovative types of projects are available: Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles began piloting its "People St." program in 2011, developing spaces designed to reclaim sections of streetspace for public recreation and use, rather than car traffic. The projects were few but popular, including the Sunset Triangle (designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1898/rios-clementi-hale-studios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>) plaza in Silverlake, a couple of parklets in Downtown, and bike corrals in Atwater Village and Highland Park. Led by LA's Department of Transportation and invigorated by LA's current mayor, Eric Garcetti, the program will accept applications for "People St." initiatives by any eligible community group, beginning this March.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaym7c341otxgwtb.jpg"></p><p>The program is designed not only so communities can individualize their surroundings and make their city more livable, but for LADOT to expedite city improvement projects. Initiatives that otherwise would have taken years of planning and hundreds of thousands of dollars become faster and cheaper to execute, led by the people most in touch with the project site, and approved by city of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93382204/labeling-the-city-ghana-s-initiative-to-name-its-streets Labeling the city: Ghana's initiative to name its streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-11T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:52:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sqrc4oeubwcn2v2.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a city with no addresses, it&rsquo;s difficult for local authorities to tax property. And without tax revenues, it&rsquo;s difficult to upgrade infrastructure and services in the slums [...] To fix these problems, Ghana is on a national quest to name its city streets. [...] Giving names to streets is only a means to an end. The real problem cities are trying to solve is service delivery. When properties have actual addresses and those addresses reside in databases, all kinds of things become possible.</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>