Archinect - News 2015-03-29T06:52:20-04:00 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 >2015-03-25T17:56:53-04:00 <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 >2015-03-23T17:43:59-04:00 <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> 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>