Archinect - News 2016-09-27T23:33:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970641/led-streetlights-may-contribute-to-serious-health-conditions-says-ama-prompting-cities-to-re-evaluate LED streetlights may contribute to 'serious health conditions' says AMA, prompting cities to re-evaluate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-26T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T12:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/us/us6065yvr7sqcvvf.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>high-intensity LED streetlights ... emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. [...] Some [researchers] noted that exposure to the blue-rich LED outdoor lights might decrease people&rsquo;s secretion of the hormone melatonin. Secreted at night, melatonin helps balance the reproductive, thyroid and adrenal hormones and regulates the body&rsquo;s circadian rhythm of sleeping and waking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the American Medical Association cautions cities to re-evaluate their use of high-intensity LED lights for health reasons, others have pointed out that most televisions and computers also emit the blue light wavelength found to be potentially harmful. Aside from human health concerns, LEDs are also "a major contributor" to anthropogenic light pollution in the night sky.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="This atlas shows how much light pollution has infiltrated night skies worldwide" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950867/this-atlas-shows-how-much-light-pollution-has-infiltrated-night-skies-worldwide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This atlas shows how much light pollution has infiltrated night skies worldwide</a></li><li><a title="Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115732640/not-so-bright-lights-big-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City</a></li><li><a title="LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110175865/leds-to-be-installed-in-the-sistine-chapel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel</a></li><li><a title="Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102799938/scientists-develop-technique-to-improve-flexible-conductive-transparent-glass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969944/aka-old-people-afraid-of-the-sky-in-big-cities-featuring-white-streets-and-roofs-and-fast-cheap-trees aka *Old people afraid of the sky in big cities, featuring white streets and roofs and fast cheap trees Nam Henderson 2016-09-22T14:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T14:20:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k1ibx7qmd8kcmdac.jpg" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How many lives could be spared, the researchers then asked, if the city planted more trees and grass, replaced dark asphalt and concrete with light-colored and reflective roofs and pavement, and cut back on the excess heat seeping out of buildings and the tailpipes of cars and buses?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Madeline Ostrander visited&nbsp;Louisville Kentucky, to learn how one city is trying to&nbsp;cool it. With&nbsp;an increase in urban deforestation, extreme heat waves and global climate change, the urban heat-island effect is now a concern for politicians and non-profits. Not just researchers and&nbsp;scientists.</p><p>* h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/778158183357489152" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970032/norman-foster-reimagines-global-infrastructure-strategies-in-new-essay Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zubb009o0xoqimuk.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in May, Foster + Partners unveiled their design for the Droneport, a modular shell-like structure that is constructed with local labor from earthen bricks and thin compressed tiles to create loading areas for food and medical-aid bearing transport drones. A version of the Droneport was built at this year's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/24748/venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> (which is open until November 27th).&nbsp;Now, in the freshly unveiled <a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thematic supplement to the&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ASR/2015-ASR-supplement.pdf#page=14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement,</a> Norman Foster has written an essay which builds upon the idea of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s "trim tab" to help foster enormous change in Africa and other countries with relatively small, if holistically conceived, gestures such as the Droneport.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/k8/k805xcuq9zmj9b06.gif"></p><p>Norman writes: "There is a moral imperative to provide more globally available energy while seeking to conserve its consumption. The answer to this apparent paradox is to adopt&nbsp;a holistic approach to the design of sustainable communities in which the infrastructure and indi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970030/introducing-bjarke-ingels-floating-student-housing-urban-rigger Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:22:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/plfmt6xuq49wvc3c.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3691/copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uj/ujway5j3sgyzcnlk.jpg"></p><p>According to an article in <a href="https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063804/bjarke-ingelss-next-project-reinventing-student-housing?partner=rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozzf38v52e8rg9gf.jpg"></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968706/play-arkinoid-arcade-on-big-s-website" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149969371/turn-the-lights-off-on-the-way-out-i-aki-balos-s-keynote-at-day-2-of-the-gsd-s-heliomorphism-conference Turn the lights off on the way out: Iñaki Ábalos's keynote at Day 2 of the GSD's Heliomorphism conference Anthony Morey 2016-09-19T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T22:56:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bp/bp6ixmqaz4umxblm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968937/thom-mayne-and-jeanne-gang-play-it-safe-with-heliomorphism-keynotes-at-the-gsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day one of Heliomorphism</a>, the inaugural conference convened by the new research arm of the Harvard Graduate School of Design&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office for Urbanization</a>,&nbsp;ended with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects finally breaking through the jargon and superficiality of the topic at hand. The theme of the environment, solar performance along with sustainability were all absorbed and raised to the echelon of where they should exist; as already built in qualities of any project, not a topic or excuse for architectural exuberance. Thom Mayne&rsquo;s ability to recognize and exploit this only provided further proof of the scale, method, and nature of his work as worthy of his recognition and role as a leader in the discipline.</p><p>Sadly, during the second and final day of the conference we found ourselves again forcibly located at the epicenter of Ivy League semantic blurring and Copernican alignments. Day one seemed to have fallen into the shadows of the tone and wording at hand. The day was kicked off with a s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968921/this-man-is-building-an-entire-village-from-recycled-plastic-bottles This man is building an entire village from recycled plastic bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-16T14:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:16:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7df4x1s5jkn3oah.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Humanity went through stone age, went through ice age, and today, going through plastic age. We need to find solution,&rdquo; explains Robert Bezeau, the man intent on amending the global reach of plastic waste by building houses out of it. A transplant to Panama from Montreal, he has started building an entire village from discarded plastic bottles, placing them inside metal cages, and then stacking them into a simple house structure.</p><p>A recent scientific study estimates that currently, there are over 150 million tons of plastic waste in our oceans, and by 2050, that amount could outnumber fish. In places like Bocas del Toro, where Bezeau is building his plastic village, a rapid influx of new residents produced waste at a rate the city couldn't handle, resulting in an overflow of plastic garbage.</p><p>To cope with the issue, Bezea began gathering plastic bottles from locals and using them as building insulation. Check out <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/500036/plastic-bottle-village/?utm_source=nl-video-series-if-our-bodies-could-talk-091516" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The</em> <em>Atlantic</em></a>'s&nbsp;video below for his story.</p><p></p><p>Bezea isn't the only one buildin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968388/the-architecture-of-cuba-s-revolutionary-and-endangered-national-art-schools The architecture of Cuba's revolutionary (and endangered) National Art Schools Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-13T17:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T18:39:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jm/jmwv03806wdwugl9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by three architects, one Cuban and two Italian, the new schools were constructed in flamboyant, sinuous forms deliberately reflecting the local landscape. Built in brick and terracotta as a pragmatic response to the US embargo of imported steel, ... these were a confident repudiation of Western-style International Modernism. But of the five original schools in the complex, only two were completed, as the deepening relationship with the USSR prompted disdain for such exotic forms</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unfinished Spaces premieres tomorrow night on PBS; Archinect talks to the filmmaker</a></li><li><a title="How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942220/how-havana-tries-to-come-out-of-its-crumbling-shell-without-betraying-cuba-s-revolutionary-roots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots</a></li><li><a title="Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a title="The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a title="Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117191853/ricardo-porro-cuban-national-art-school-architect-dies-at-89" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967426/zgf-architects-tops-2016-s-architect-50-top-firms-of-the-year ZGF Architects tops 2016's Architect 50 "top firms of the year" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T12:35:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:44:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhejtnrnhxdsgbwt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beating out <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51099/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>, the Portland-based firm ZGF Architects has taken the number one spot in <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/architect-50/2016/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Magazine's annual ranking</a> of the fifty best architectural firms. The ranking, which evaluates firms using the criteria of Business, Sustainability, and Design, listed&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/8363993/william-rawn-associates-architects-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Rawn Associates</a> as achieving the highest score in business, while&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1098/marlon-blackwell-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marlon Blackwell Architects</a> nabbed the highest design ranking.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2d/2dmysby6z1w7vygz.jpg"></p><p>ZGF, which had the highest sustainability score, is known chiefly for its healthcare and hospitality buildings, including the&nbsp;Federal Center South Building 1202, which won the&nbsp;AIA COTE 2015 Top Ten Plus Award. Since its founding, the firm has added five additional offices in the U.S. and Canada, all of which follow a design philosophy that "is centered on the premise that design excellence should be reflected in each and every aspect of a building&mdash;its fit with the community, its function and relationship to its users, its building systems, and i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966504/university-of-miami-school-of-architecture-helps-to-create-a-new-smart-city-in-the-yucatan-peninsula University of Miami School of Architecture helps to create a new Smart City in the Yucatan Peninsula Joachim Perez 2016-09-02T16:07:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k6/k6wzf4p1nsbweohx.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, which is being designed by UM SoA&rsquo;s Responsive Architecture and Design Lab (RAD-UM Lab), will be built next to the Yucat&aacute;n Science and Technology Park (YSTP), established by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. RAD-UM Lab specializes in technology-based designing and the &ldquo;internet of things,&rdquo; everyday objects that can collect data and connect to modern tech.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The University of Miami School of Architecture continues to experiment in the realm of responsive architecture, this time at an urban scale. &nbsp;Zenciti is a proposed "smart city" to be located in the Yucatan Peninsula where the gathering of data will play a prominent role. Information technology will be embedded into the inner workings and infrastructure of the project allowing for potential opportunities to monitor urban issues such as traffic patterns, transportation, pollution levels, and energy consumption. &nbsp;Smart City models are curently in use in Europe with examples such as Amsterdam and Barcelona. &nbsp;Zenciti has the potential to be one the first examples in Latin America. &nbsp;</p><p>This initative is a collaboration between the University of Miami's School of Architecture, Center for Computational Science, and College of Engineering, as well as the&nbsp;Yucatan State Government&rsquo;s Information Technologies Innovation Cente. &nbsp;The UMSoA has aggressively been expanding research into responsive arch...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966491/diller-scofidio-renfro-win-1-3-billion-pearl-eco-island-competition-in-the-south-china-sea Diller Scofidio + Renfro win $1.3 billion 'Pearl Eco-Island' competition in the South China Sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-02T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T09:05:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjbmuhrmo3ggoyv1.jpg" width="514" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South Sea Pearl Eco-Island development is funded by HNA Group and will include houses, hotels, a cruise ship port, yacht harbour, spa and theme park. [...] The jury said the &ldquo;singular and clear&rdquo; design would &ldquo;create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "eco" stands for... well, it depends. To HNA Group:&nbsp;&ldquo;This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.&rdquo; To the <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague</a>, these manmade islands&nbsp;are an explicit move by China to exert sovereignty (a status that The Hague explicitly rejects), and they're causing massive environmental harm.</p><p>Investigating China's role in the South China Sea this past July,&nbsp;"The tribunal clearly decided that China had caused severe harm to the coral reef environment," according to&nbsp;Kent Carpenter, the tribunal's expert witness and a professor of biological science. Much of that damage was attributed to island building. You can find more on their proceedings <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Runners up to the competition include <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42923078/morphosis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title='Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957478/despite-ban-on-weird-architecture-a-building-that-looks-an-awful-lot-like-a-toilet-was-built-in-henan-province" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite ban on...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966350/los-angeles-gets-dense-housing-development-wise-at-least Los Angeles gets dense (housing-development-wise, at least) Julia Ingalls 2016-09-01T14:14:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:14:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8as41r12kxf6a9l.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Once known as the city of single family homes, Los Angeles is now developing high-density housing complexes, not only in downtown, but according to this&nbsp;<a href="http://urbanland.uli.org/planning-design/driving-reurbanization-downtown-los-angeles/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Land</a> article, on the traditionally reluctant-to-develop West Side.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pitxysq5lzosx7hj.jpg"></p><p>The developments mark a shift in how Los Angeles conceptualizes living, trending away from its iconoclastic, sprawling roots into a more traditional urbanism. The developments come at a time when Los Angeles is also investing heavily in public transit partially to help alleviate the city's signature traffic congestion.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on new urban development trends in Los Angeles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961116/zoning-in-los-angeles-doesn-t-allow-for-sensible-urban-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoning in Los Angeles "doesn&rsquo;t allow for sensible urban development"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965931/architects-call-for-action-on-climate-change Architects call for action on climate change Nicholas Korody 2016-08-30T14:10:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:24:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hgau33doydwdjfwl.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The building sector has a uniquely intimate relationship to global warming. One the one hand, cities consume 78% of the world&rsquo;s energy and are responsible for more than 60% of global carbon emissions; building maintenance accounts for nearly 50% of energy usage and construction is one of the most environmentally destructive of human activities. On the other, better design represents one of humanity&rsquo;s best&mdash;and most feasible&mdash;opportunities to reduce global carbon emissions and help prepare for inevitable changes to our environment.</p><p>It&rsquo;s therefore highly appropriate that a group of Chicago-based architects have recently launched an online initiative calling for action on climate change. Following five weeks of grassroots outreach, sixty-six architecture firms and six design industry-related companies have joined the public outreach campaign, dubbed Architects Advocate: Action on Climate Change. Now they plan to rapidly expand to the rest of the United States.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aa/aa09zjtxaxiyp80u.jpg"></p><p>Supporters of the campaign ar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965915/in-wake-of-deadly-earthquake-italy-s-prime-minister-calls-on-renzo-piano-to-help-reconstruction-effort In wake of deadly earthquake, Italy's prime minister calls on Renzo Piano to help reconstruction effort Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-30T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:23:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tykvu30hqbwo1nhw.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on August 24 reduced the medieval towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto to ruins, and has claimed the lives of at least 290 people. With over 3,000 people displaced by the quake's damage, Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi called on "Italian senator for life" Renzo Piano to lead the reconstruction and disaster prevention efforts in response.</p><p>The current plan is to build lightweight wooden structures to house the majority of the displaced residents, and then begin reconstruction of the towns in six to eight months. Piano, speaking to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/italy-earthquake-pm-asks-renzo-piano-to-help-in-reconstruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, spoke to the importance of government regulation in addition to rebuilding quickly: "Anti-seismic requirements must be inserted in the laws of the country to make our homes safe, just as it's compulsory for a car to have brakes that work."</p><p>Piano has previous experience working in "high-risk quake zones" in Japan and California, but admitted to The Guardian&nbsp;that working in Italy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965794/architecture-dean-poh-says-reduction-in-energy-savings-is-not-enough-i-am-for-net-zero Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero." Alexander Walter 2016-08-29T17:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:55:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/afadce676931fa0fdf6d6059fe47735f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Right now (the industry is) setting targets of&nbsp;30&nbsp;to&nbsp;40 per cent reduction in energy savings from the current business as usual.&nbsp;I think that&rsquo;s just not enough. I am for net zero,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;The time scale between what we know can be done and should be done, and when the technology and processes become the norm, needs to be shortened. Currently it takes about 10 to 15 years.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139315335/2015-solar-decathlon-winner-stevens-institute-of-technology-addresses-post-sandy-resiliency-with-the-sure-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></li></ul><p>Also, don't miss <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Deans List</em></a>, Archinect's ongoing interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965226/when-walkability-goes-up-so-do-home-prices When walkability goes up, so do home prices Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-25T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:02:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0hkepplpce8p8o0y.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles, where homes sell for a median price of $475,000, has an overall Walk Score of 66.3. Each additional walkability point adds an average of $3,948, or a 0.83% bump, to the sale price. [...] Pedestrian access adds the most proportional value to homes in cities such as Atlanta, where the overall score is 48.4 and revitalization efforts are starting to open up more community gathering hubs. A single-point upgrade to an Atlanta home&rsquo;s Walk Score boosts the sale price 1.69% on average.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the relationship between pedestrianism and the market:</p><ul><li><a title='Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947531/jan-gehl-never-ask-what-the-city-can-do-for-your-building-always-ask-what-your-building-can-do-for-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl: "Never ask what the city can do for your building, always ask what your building can do for the city."</a></li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li><li><a title="Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123686052/stockholm-s-vision-zero-offers-idealistic-concept-of-car-free-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm's Vision Zero offers idealistic concept of car-free cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964890/now-that-the-olympics-have-ended-what-s-in-store-for-rio-s-stadiums Now that the Olympics have ended, what's in store for Rio's stadiums? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-23T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:05:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/ba6pyds9epdkpj05.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Future Arena, the handball venue, will be taken apart and the pieces used to build four schools around the city, each serving 500 students. [...] the city will turn the aquatics stadium into two community swimming centers; the media center will become a high school dorm; and the 300 acres of land on which Barra Olympic Park currently sits will go be turned over for public parks and private development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Rio's Olympic legacy:</p><ul><li><a title="In honor of the Olympics, French artist JR installs giant athletes in Rio" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961516/in-honor-of-the-olympics-french-artist-jr-installs-giant-athletes-in-rio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In honor of the Olympics, French artist JR installs giant athletes in Rio</a></li><li><a title="Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></li><li><a title="The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951809/the-rapid-gentrification-of-rio-s-favelas-in-advance-of-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics</a></li><li><a title='Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964731/editor-s-picks-452 Editor's Picks #452 Nam Henderson 2016-08-23T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T21:10:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f01bxbz9nlc3wef1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;took readers on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956316/touring-some-of-the-world-s-most-attractive-public-housing-projectsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a tour of some of the world's most attractive public housing projects</a>, from the last decade.&nbsp;<strong>ChrisDx</strong> commented "<em>The projects certainly appear innovative in images taken most likely when they were first built. I wonder how &lsquo;successful&rsquo; they have been in meeting the resident's needs and what they look like now</em>."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fs/fsgvfa9x6gj9cq8k.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> investigated how <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962603/ethical-dwellings-for-generation-y-explores-new-forms-of-living-and-owning-in-a-changing-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ED/GY, or Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y</a>, hopes to address "<em>new forms of living and owning in a changing London</em>".&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;was terrified "<em>holy shit is this dystopic!</em>" <a href="https://twitter.com/BirdsofVenice/status/765384048365547520" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Birds of Venice</a> noted the "<em>Marxist sideboob.</em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/housing?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> #housing</a></em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0j/0jyykbdccjqaicjv.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962108/museum-at-the-front-line-one-to-one-33-with-dora-epstein-jones-executive-director-of-the-a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions One-to-One #33</a>&nbsp;executive director of the A+D Museum Epstein Jones, imagines how A+D could become the L.A version of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1920121/storefront-for-art-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Storefront</a>, while working to keep it accessible to the local community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dq/dqtmz2cihg28ii35.jpg"></p><p>Senior editor&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;reminded readers that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961944/dan-graham-hates-conceptual-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Graham hates conceptual art</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;"<em>was enjoying him quite well until he drew an arbitrary line between ar...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964524/in-less-than-10-years-india-s-construction-market-will-become-the-third-largest-in-the-world In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-22T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T00:37:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f5wxmynp2i2pqdc.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Up to 12 million people are &ldquo;urbanising&rdquo; every year in India, a rate surpassed only by China. It means the country will need a sustained building spree that would see more than 75 million people employed in construction by 2022. As it races to build 110 million extra homes needed, plus necessary transport infrastructure, by 2025 the size of India&rsquo;s construction market would reach $1 trillion, the third largest in the world, according to KPMG.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Poverty, corruption and crime: how India's 'gully rap' tells story of real life" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945538/poverty-corruption-and-crime-how-india-s-gully-rap-tells-story-of-real-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poverty, corruption and crime: how India's 'gully rap' tells story of real life</a></li><li><a title="India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937900/india-on-the-brink-what-s-in-store-for-the-country-s-architectural-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a title="World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li><li><a title="New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963986/the-netherlands-considers-a-ban-on-gasoline-powered-vehicles The Netherlands considers a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:42:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/df99v4kw2fozf1gm.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gasoline-powered cars may soon be a thing of the past. But the Netherlands wants to get there quicker. The Dutch government is debating the possibility of banning new gas and diesel cars from 2025. The initial proposal, which was brought forward by the Labor Party, called for an outright ban of all petrol and diesel cars, but was eventually modified so the ban only affected the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Traditional cars already in use will still run on the streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The proposal has since passed in the lower house of the Netherlands&rsquo; parliament. It now needs to pass through the Dutch senate.</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940683/faraday-future-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-1b-nevada-factory" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963793/alaskan-village-voting-on-whether-to-relocate-because-of-sea-level-rise Alaskan village voting on whether to relocate because of sea level rise Nicholas Korody 2016-08-17T13:35:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:03:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0dfimxeiagvc43d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The residents of the northern Alaskan village of Shishmaref are currently voting to decide whether or not to relocate their village. As global warming brings up temperatures, the sea ice that once protected the village has begun to melt. Now the town, which is built on a barrier island in the Chukchi sea, faces inundation.</p><p>The village, with its 650 residents, mostly members of the Inupiat Inuit tribe, would be the first in the United States to relocate because of global warming-induced sea level rise. The effects of climate change on the island are considered among the most dramatic in the world.&nbsp;Already, the village has lost 2,500 to 3,500 feet of land to coastal erosion and the entire island could be gone within the next couple decades.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/de/desvvkqd9a5bbuxz.jpg"></p><p>While barricades have been erected to protect the village, their effect has been minimal. The town is built on permafrost, which is melting and causing the shore to become even more vulnerable to crashing waves.&nbsp;</p><p>If the vote goes through, the cost of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963407/climate-change-will-make-finding-a-host-city-for-the-2088-olympics-incredibly-difficult Climate change will make finding a host city for the 2088 Olympics incredibly difficult Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T11:42:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/to/toni9gaq86ajgg88.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As our planet grows warmer over our lifetimes, the number of cities that will be cool enough to reasonably host the summer games is going to rapidly dwindle. And that doesn&rsquo;t just mean Atlanta or L.A. According to an analysis published in The Lancet last week...only three plausible host cities in the entire continent of North America may still be low risk by 2085 (or the summer games of 2088): San Francisco, Calgary, and Vancouver.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>There may be zero in Africa or Latin America, and only two in Asia (Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan, and Ulaanbaatar, in Mongolia).</em></p><p>As the article notes, the really disturbing implication of this research is less about athletics and more about day-to-day work. Half the world's population works outside, and temperatures that are too high for a marathon will be too high for laboring.</p><p>For more on the Olympics, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962354/come-on-in-the-water-s-fine-rio-sailors-say-worries-about-water-quality-overblown" target="_blank">Come on in, the water's fine: Rio sailors say worries about water quality overblown</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962265/hit-or-miss-oliver-wainwright-reviews-the-designs-of-the-rio-olympics" target="_blank">Hit or miss?: Oliver Wainwright reviews the designs of the Rio Olympics</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961778/rio-olympics-2016-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect-at-the-opening-ceremony" target="_blank">Rio Olympics 2016: how to watch, and what to expect at the opening ceremony</a></li><li><a href="http://Summer%20daze:%20checking%20ourselves%20before%20we%20wreck%20ourselves,%20on%20Archinect%20Sessions%20#75" target="_blank">Summer daze: checking ourselves before we wreck ourselves, on Archinect Sessions #75</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962456/mad-reveals-renderings-of-highly-sustainable-xinhee-design-center MAD reveals renderings of highly sustainable Xinhee Design Center Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:10:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj0ijtsy0wx65xb0.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pretty much every element of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD's</a> design for the Xinhee Design Center factors in sustainability: water features, full-blown gardens and offices commingle on the six star-shaped floors that sprout from the central atrium, while an envelope of PTFE provides ventilation and shade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/li8ax51oyxp1c7ub.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38q408gcc3hnbcs.jpg"></p><p>Solar panels occupy the roof, while the footbridge in the atrium provides both air circulation and the opportunity for impromptu fashion modeling. The use of natural light throughout the building is aided in part by the facade's translucent coating, which allows light transmittance of up to 40%.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/br/brk8nfi7kvze1f8v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3l69oreajbuyf5ce.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>However, the concept behind the building is meant to reflect the business of the client, an international fashion group. As MAD founding principal Ma Yansong explains, &ldquo;We envision it as a building with skin-and-bones. The correspondence of clothing and architecture is they both explore the relationship between the interior and the exterior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on MAD:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143531682/photos-of-mad-s-harbin-opera-house-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos of MAD's Harbin Opera House released</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD slips through ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962354/come-on-in-the-water-s-fine-rio-sailors-say-worries-about-water-quality-overblown Come on in, the water's fine: Rio sailors say worries about water quality overblown Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T19:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T19:23:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uin4nn2i8nonzgkx.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite reports of dangerous levels of pollution in Rio's Guanabara Bay and concerns that floating garbage could damage or slow competitors' boats, sailors at the 2016 Olympics are showing little or no fear of getting into the water [...] Many said the dangers of sailing in Rio have been overblown and worried that the water concerns are overshadowing some of the most exciting and challenging sailing of their lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p>So far, the Rio Olympics seem to be going pretty well. But before they opened, a series of issues plagued the preparations. For some background, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959805/athletes-refuse-to-move-into-rio-s-olympic-village-citing-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-and-exposed-wiring" target="_blank">Athletes refuse to move into Rio's Olympic Village, citing &ldquo;blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945224/rio-olympics-must-be-postponed-moved-or-both-due-to-zika-threat" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942337/11-workers-have-died-so-far-during-rio-olympic-construction-audit-finds" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957955/rio-mayor-admits-olympics-were-a-missed-opportunity-but-believes-the-city-has-been-unfairly-portrayed" target="_blank">Rio mayor admits Olympics were a &ldquo;missed opportunity&rdquo;, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962094/scientists-are-developing-a-digestive-building-material-that-cleans-wastewater-and-produces-electricity Scientists are developing a 'digestive' building material that cleans wastewater and produces electricity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-08T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:14:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bj/bjic9a3mx0pomtqe.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The best way to describe what we&rsquo;re trying to create is a &lsquo;biomechanical cow&rsquo;s stomach&rsquo;,&rdquo; said Rachel Armstrong, coordinator of the Living Architecture (LIAR) research project. LIAR's aim is to develop a building block material that uses living microorganisms to clean wastewater, glean useful resources from sunlight, and even generate electricity.</p><p>To do this, the researchers are programming synthetic microorganisms, and inserting them into a microbial fuel cell (MFC), which is then placed inside ceramic blocks. The MFCs are effectively alive, and produce positive and negative charges, which allows them to be programmed in such a way to emulate the different metabolic stages of a cow's stomach.</p><p>In combination, the blocks could be used to form 'bioreactor walls', which could then help offset a structure's carbon footprint by keeping waste processing and power generation in-house:&nbsp;"like a digestive system for your home or office," according to Armstrong. In one successful test case, res...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961529/princely-pests-new-study-reveals-wealthier-homes-tend-to-host-more-insect-species Princely pests: new study reveals wealthier homes tend to host more insect species Nicholas Korody 2016-08-04T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T11:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i3/i379lvgq4tgpqrgw.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When it comes to cleanliness, common sense suggest wealthier homes are at an advantage. Live-in maids and cleaning services should, ostensibly, help create antiseptic, exclusively human enclosures. Yet <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160803095208.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new research</a> shows there&rsquo;s a correlation between socioeconomics and the presence of bugs in the home: more affluent neighborhoods host a greater number of species than lower-income areas.&nbsp;</p><p>If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense: more green space means more plants that harbor insects. In fact, socioeconomics impacts diversity across the board, with higher affluence associated with more birds, bats, reptiles, etc.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4q/4ql3w2fa4jwhloqg.jpg"></p><p>Humans don&rsquo;t live aside &ldquo;nature&rdquo;, but are an integral and influential force in ecology. Despite all our pesticides and cleaning products, our homes are entangled in a mesh of bacteria, fungi, plants, insects, and animals. According to the study, the average home hosts about 100 species of arthropods, ie. insects and spiders</p><p>"Our houses are really permeable and dynamic,&rdquo; s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961508/will-gehry-s-l-a-river-plan-result-in-water-savings Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:36:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For decades, the concrete-lined L.A. River has been more famous for being a bone-dry iconic conduit for films like <em>Terminator 2</em> than a major watery artery, but that may change: in a talk with Christopher Hawthorne on Monday, Frank Gehry mentioned that his design may just save the city significant amounts of cash when it comes to buying water. Per the <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/frank-gehry-calls-la-river-916397" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a>:</p><p><em>The river, which was bound in concrete beginning in the late 1930s after a series of damaging floods, is also frequently blamed for wasting water, one of Los Angeles&rsquo; most embattled resources. Because the river&rsquo;s concrete binding was designed to channel floodwaters swiftly into the ocean and away from properties on the banks, the city now loses more than 28.6 billion gallons of water a year, according to River L.A.,&nbsp;a nonprofit working with Gehry&rsquo;s firm and funded in part by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;We think we can save the city one-third of what it now pays for imported water,&rdquo; Gehry said in conversati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T12:37:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/oritpnjs9wqwi2ki.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been sinking at a rate of two inches per year since it was completed in 2008, which is about ten inches more than the builders had anticipated the building settling for its entire lifetime. Not to be boring, the tower is also tilting slightly to the northwest, giving the multi-million dollar residences within the building a slightly different view of the city and, perhaps, their investment. As the <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-s-landmark-tower-for-rich-and-famous-is-8920197.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SFGate</a> reports, while some blame the nearby Transbay Transit Center site dig for the sink, others noted that the building had sunk at least ten inches by the time the excavation began. But not to worry, officials say:&nbsp;</p><p><em>At the same time, geotechnical reports show that since 2009, the settling has been uneven &mdash; resulting in the 2-inch tilt.</em></p><p><em>And while Stanford&rsquo;s Deierlein doesn&rsquo;t consider the sink or tilt a safety issue, he did say, &ldquo;I would be concerned for my investment.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s because a shifting building can cause walls to crack, elevators to malfunction...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961129/phoenix-may-become-a-lot-more-green Phoenix may become a lot more green Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T13:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T22:26:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sh/sh2wc15ttagood6k.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sej-phoenix-arborist-20160715-snap-story.html?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Times</a>,&nbsp;</em>the sunny city of Phoenix, Arizona might become a little cooler, as the city develops a plan to give 25% of the city a tree canopy by 2030. Currently, the city has about half as much shade.</p><p>The city plans to use a mix of steel 'trees', native plants like mesquite and palo brea, and non-natives that have proved tough enough to weather the grueling heat. Already known for its high temperatures, Phoenix is trying to prepare for even hotter temperatures as global warming heats the planet up.</p><p>The plan is intended to do more than just make for more pleasant strolls. "Aesthetically, it&rsquo;s quite pleasing," notes forestry supervisor, Richard Atkins. "It can bring commerce to any business that had it out front because, you know, people are drawn to nice vegetation and shade."</p><p>For more news from the hot and dry American Southwest, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944438/california-eases-some-drought-restrictions-but-makes-others-permanent" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960972/environmentally-friendly-design-inspires-education-at-howe-dell-primary-school Environmentally-friendly design inspires education at Howe Dell Primary school Jessica Bonehill 2016-08-02T05:06:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:00:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i0qto9qxpn8gsjkd.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mf/mfh05zy6sv9680zy.jpg"></p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understood...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960423/a-look-at-penda-s-elegant-san-shan-bridge A look at penda's elegant San Shan Bridge Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T14:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:20:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gsfhlg7ulsly89cb.jpg" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's rare that spectacle and nuance combine effortlessly, but an exception can be made for the lithe sculptural form of the San Shan Bridge. The bridge, which translated into English means "three mountains," will serve as a shapely conduit between Beijing and the river valleys of&nbsp;Zhangjiakou during the&nbsp;2022 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic</a> Winter Games. According to architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/84234128/penda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">penda</a>, "the formal inspiration for the San Shan Bridge is a conjunction of its undulating&nbsp;surrounding and the meaning of the Olympic symbol, which consists of &#64257;ve interlaced&nbsp;rings of equal dimensions...&nbsp;&lsquo;Entering the rings&rsquo; on the way to the&nbsp;Olympic competitions, should be seen as an contextual icon for the Games."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0c/0c01mkwb7qsco7m2.jpg"></p><p>The bridge is a fresh and visually striking play on the use of Olympic imagery: as it crosses the Gui River, it not only makes reference to the well-worn ring symbol, but has a certain DNA helix quality. Vegetation flanks the alabaster pedestrian walkways, which expand into viewing platforms.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/io/ioae6pwdz9bjwp5d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ow/owmsln7jtr7n29ul.jpg"></p><p>Aside from its sculptural elegan...</p>