Archinect - News 2015-09-03T11:12:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life Julia Ingalls 2015-09-01T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T14:36:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hp45n92ofqtv5hwy.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A shortlisted finalist in the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126383916/the-oscars-of-architecture-world-architecture-festival-opens-call-for-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture&nbsp;Festival</a> awards, <a href="http://archinect.com/crgarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRG Architects</a>' Bamboo Skyscraper is not only noteworthy for its unusual choice of material, but its vision of what constitutes a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13491/skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscraper</a>. Instead of focusing on a single prominent tower, the design is a cluster of gradually rising volumes that interconnect and share a central vertical core. Stainless steel is used for joint material between the high-tensile-strength <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/60509/bamboo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bamboo</a> tubes, while <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/79033/beijing-cubism-how-etfe-revolutionized-the-bubble" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EFTE</a> is used for the facade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a57ekxlmq6so04c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1werj48f14ljdbcg.jpg"></p><p>Sustainability drove the initial design concept, as did a desire for fostering greater public space and communal interactions within the cluster. According to a statement by CRG, "It is up to artists, designers and architects to find an answer to the question how current technology can breathe new life into the urban environment and into public domain."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3x0d8yjecz3wths6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/lyba1fcw7ocxa1q3.jpg"></p><p>The 247,000 square meter complex, which boasts office, entertainment, and hotel/residential spaces, also has a helix slope for bicycle access.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588607/sea-level-rise-accelerating-according-to-new-data-from-nasa Sea level rise accelerating, according to new data from NASA Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T18:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T18:16:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bs/bs3eiwdl9uitamb3.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>NASA has <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/5e92d30f16ca4e5a86f70cab104909d0.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> new images that show an acceleration in global sea level rise, from about 1 millimeter per year at the beginning of the last century to 3 millimeters per year today.</p><p>&ldquo;NASA&rsquo;s been looking down at the oceans from space for about the last 23 years,&rdquo; explains Josh Willis, a NASA climate scientist, in a video posted below. &ldquo;And when they do we see the sea levels are rising &ndash; rapidly. Much more rapidly than they have any time in the last thousand years."</p><p>Since 1992, NASA has noted about 7 centimeters of sea level rise total. While this may not seem like much, it's spread over about two-thirds of the planet's surface. And as the planet continues to heat up, glacier and ice sheets will melt, further contributing to sea level rise. According to Willis, the implications will be profound.&nbsp;</p><p>"We live in a society that loves the ocean. We love the beaches and we put a lot of infrastructure there," Willis states. "Across the world, there are hundreds of millions of people that will ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588605/antonia-malchik-on-the-end-of-walking-in-america Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cg69dtqtycwsbyky.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90280641/why-can-t-one-walk-to-the-super-bowl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135357408/woman-s-dream-tiny-home-clashes-with-canadian-law Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T23:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb91otet3c9n27ep.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the tiny home world:</p><ul><li><a title="Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117724661/the-problem-with-tiny-homes-they-can-get-stolen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117134090/swedish-architects-design-for-un-permited-small-space-living" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a title="The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100062620/the-tiny-house-lover-s-guide-to-romance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance</a></li><li><a title="Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18810722/teenager-builds-tiny-home-to-avoid-mortgage-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/aw9ztbemi6xrfmqc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262577/pneumatic-garbage-tubes-to-be-installed-under-nyc-s-high-line Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msfthx729kn0urg2.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14295811/a-brief-history-of-the-pneumatic-tube-transport-systems-that-never-were" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9gts8uxr874za4o.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135187052/the-grand-canyon-is-contaminated-with-mercury The Grand Canyon is contaminated with mercury Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T21:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T21:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bg2n36vquhsvkru.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sadly, even the Grand Canyon, a symbolic landmark of America&rsquo;s natural environment, unfortunately isn&rsquo;t immune to the ravages of pollution. Concentrations of&nbsp;mercury&nbsp;and&nbsp;selenium&nbsp;in canyon&rsquo;s food webs &mdash; the interconnected food chains in the environment &mdash; regularly exceed levels considered risky for fish and wildlife. Those findings are from a&nbsp;study&nbsp;from the U.S. Geological Survey scientists published in the journal Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's the kind of news that reads like <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/506696/anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a> poetry &ndash; both existentially dark and metaphorically potent. This vast&nbsp;fissure in&nbsp;the Earth's crust, which presents us with two billion years of&nbsp;geologic history and basically defines our image of the sublime, has been thoroughly contaminated by a relatively short period of industrial agriculture and other human activities.</p><p>More precisely, the selenium likely comes from agriculture and mining (although it also exists in the soil naturally). The mercury is thought to have been brought in by algae from Lake Powell, originating in "distant coal-burning electrical plants."</p><p>The researchers explained, "The findings of the present study add to a growing body of evidence showing that remote ecosystems are vulnerable to long-range transport and subsequent bioaccumulation of contaminants."</p><p>Researcher studied minnows, invertebrates and fish at six sites along the Colorado River and recorded mercury and selenium levels that exceed toxicity threshol...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135189464/could-quantum-dots-be-the-key-to-turning-windows-into-photovoltaics Could 'quantum dots' be the key to turning windows into photovoltaics? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T14:37:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T14:37:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wl/wlstnmffz6qf4j91.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While wind may be one of the most economical power sources out there, photovoltaic solar energy has a big advantage: it can go small. While wind gets cheaper as turbines grow larger, the PV hardware scales down to fit wherever we have infrastructure. In fact, simply throwing solar on our existing building stock could generate a very large amount of carbon-free electricity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But, as many homeowners already know, installing solar panels can be quite cost-prohibitive. New research might just have solved that problem by incorporating solar hardware into the most basic light filter used in architecture: the window.</p><p>According to a study, solar windows could filter out a portion of light and convert about a third of it to electricity. By utilizing a "diffuse cloud of quantum dots," the glass would still meet "the highest standards for indoor lighting."</p><p>The quantum dots are made of "copper,&nbsp;indium, and selenium, covered in a layer of zinc sulfide." They absorb a broad band of the solar spectrum but convert it to "specific wavelength in the infrared," which happens to be ideal for absorption by a silicon photovoltaic.&nbsp;</p><p>There would be a good deal of energy loss in the conversion process compared to a panel installed on a roof, but as <em>Ars Technica</em> notes, that's not really the point. Contemporary architecture tends to use vast amounts of glazing &ndash; by harvesting even ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135113078/contemporary-wooden-architecture-celebrates-revival-in-russia-and-ukraine Contemporary wooden architecture celebrates revival in Russia and Ukraine Alexander Walter 2015-08-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T14:54:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bddc4e0d3e99d08c35b191ce18ada736.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wood fell out of fashion as a building material in the Soviet Union in favour of concrete. Now, architects across the new east are returning to wood for its many qualities including cost-effectiveness and sustainability. [...] &ldquo;Urban wooden architecture is something completely different. It is for the people, without any kind of pretensions for the long-term. It has no direct economic benefit, but it promotes unity and healthy communication.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The topic of <em>wood</em> in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134744563/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-wood-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Wood" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123582305/bali-s-fascinating-bamboo-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bali&rsquo;s fascinating bamboo architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120972559/wooden-textiles-low-poly-landscapes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wooden textiles &amp; low-poly landscapes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135110661/waikiki-beach-closed-after-heavy-rains-cause-sewage-spills Waikiki Beach closed after heavy rains cause sewage spills Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T14:31:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/euih3rjcscz0pdy9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Waikiki Beach closed on Monday after heavy rains caused by a tropical storm set off the spills. Tropical Storm Kilo caused 500,00 gallons of wastewater to come gushing out of manholes, making the waterfront unsafe for beachgoers. "Now's not the time to go swimming," said Lori Kahikina, Honolulu's director of environmental services. The beachfront sees about 4.5m tourists annually. It will be a few days before the ocean is safe for people to swim in again, Ms Kahikina 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/134747785/what-if-the-california-drought-continues What if the California drought continues? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-21T11:52:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:25:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2c4bwdsr3zvclvvd.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Should the current drought extend for another two or three years, most California cities and much of the state's agriculture would be able to manage, but the toll on small rural communities dependent on well-water and on wetlands and wildlife could be extensive. That was the assessment of a new study from the Public Policy Institute of California, released late Tuesday. ...the report cautions that &ldquo;it would not be prudent to count on El Nino to end the drought.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The report is titled "What if the drought continues?" Apparently, this is quite possible. If the drought extends 2 or 3 years, the report notes, agriculture and urban areas should be able to scrape by. But, like with other ecological crises, the worst will be experienced by lower-income, rural communities. In addition, some 18 species of native fish could face extinction, and migratory waterfowl would experience much higher rates of mortality.</p><p>For more coverage on California's drought:</p><ul><li><a title="Drought, climate change, misuse: SPIEGEL takes an in-depth look at the global water shortage" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134591199/drought-climate-change-misuse-spiegel-takes-an-in-depth-look-at-the-global-water-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drought, climate change, misuse: SPIEGEL takes an in-depth look at the global water shortage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134567004/selling-residents-on-a-water-park-during-a-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling residents on a water park during a drought</a></li><li><a title="Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268384/will-california-s-drought-turn-the-state-into-something-like-the-australian-outback" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?</a></li><li><a title='Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></li><li><a title="California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133953060/california-drought-sucks-san-jose-s-guadalupe-river-dry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134729252/melbourne-is-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fifth-consecutive-year Melbourne is world’s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:23:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qd29h4nmycap13z.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In any event, it's as you were for the "haves" at the top of list, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015. [...] these cities have "relatively few challenges to living standards," and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate. Unsurprisingly, Damascus remains the least livable city, with Syria embroiled in a bloody civil war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other articles related to <em>liveability</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134719585/think-you-live-in-a-nice-county-find-out-where-it-stands-on-the-nationwide-natural-amenities-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108103352/planning-for-local-and-liveable-neighbourhoods-in-melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580917/is-jan-gehl-winning-his-battle-to-make-our-cities-liveable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134645640/red-road-towers-built-to-combat-glasgow-s-slums-in-the-1960s-now-slated-for-demolition Red Road towers, built to combat Glasgow's slums in the 1960s, now slated for demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T13:46:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8h/8h0d33qypo2j07qs.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They were once the tallest residential structures in Europe and a beacon of hope for residents of Glasgow&rsquo;s slums. Now ... the remaining structures of the Red Road flats will, at last, be demolished. [...] Built in the 1960s on Glasgow&rsquo;s north-eastern edge, the flats were intended to house almost 5,000 people as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and combat slum conditions. But in the decades that followed, they were plagued by a range of problems, social and structural.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from Glasgow:</p><ul><li><a title="Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124201653/page-park-architects-to-lead-glasgow-school-of-art-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Page\Park Architects to lead Glasgow School of Art restoration</a></li><li><a title="Faulty tower: Glasgow's &pound;10m white elephant" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74500783/faulty-tower-glasgow-s-10m-white-elephant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faulty tower: Glasgow's &pound;10m white elephant</a></li><li><a title="Mackintosh&rsquo;s best friend ...or worst foe?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/1082300/mackintosh-s-best-friend-or-worst-foe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mackintosh&rsquo;s best friend ...or worst foe?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134591199/drought-climate-change-misuse-spiegel-takes-an-in-depth-look-at-the-global-water-shortage Drought, climate change, misuse: SPIEGEL takes an in-depth look at the global water shortage Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo94g26cy7fb9cwu.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a region where America, the global superpower, looks more like a developing nation [...]. Indeed, the water crisis is becoming a humanitarian one -- because the absurd agricultural policy of many arid regions in California is being carried to extremes. More recklessly than elsewhere, wetlands in the state are being dried out to make irrigated agriculture possible. Agriculture makes up 2 percent of California's GDP, and yet it consumes 80 percent of the state's water.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on California's drought:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134567004/selling-residents-on-a-water-park-during-a-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling residents on a water park during a drought</a></li><li><a title="Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268384/will-california-s-drought-turn-the-state-into-something-like-the-australian-outback" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?</a></li><li><a title='Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></li><li><a title="California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133953060/california-drought-sucks-san-jose-s-guadalupe-river-dry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's &quot;Dry Futures&quot; competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133181511/archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-featured-by-msnbc-juror-and-nasa-hydrologist-jay-famiglietti-interviewed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134567004/selling-residents-on-a-water-park-during-a-drought Selling residents on a water park during a drought Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-18T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-18T12:40:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vt1qgl24z8cloygz.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dublin is building a water park &mdash; in the middle of the worst drought in California&rsquo;s modern history. [...] &ldquo;It just looks bad, frankly ... It looks like we are out there thinking, &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s just go out there and build a water park,&rsquo; when the rest of the state is suffering.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;Even if the drought weren&rsquo;t to end,&rdquo; said Lori Taylor, a spokeswoman for the city, &ldquo;there will be a need for places where kids need to learn how to swim.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on California's drought:</p><ul><li><a title="Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268384/will-california-s-drought-turn-the-state-into-something-like-the-australian-outback" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?</a></li><li><a title='Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></li><li><a title="California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133953060/california-drought-sucks-san-jose-s-guadalupe-river-dry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's &quot;Dry Futures&quot; competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133181511/archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-featured-by-msnbc-juror-and-nasa-hydrologist-jay-famiglietti-interviewed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed</a></li><li><a title="A portrait of Fairmead, California: where water goes to crops first, and residents second &ndash; if at all" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132888101/a-portrait-of-fairmead-california-where-water-goes-to-crops-first-and-residents-second-if-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A portrait of Fairmead, California: where water goes to crops first, and residents second &ndash; if at all</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134268384/will-california-s-drought-turn-the-state-into-something-like-the-australian-outback Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-14T16:23:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:19:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6tuw7h8bq6t44d6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California has water resources that Australia does not have... Even assuming the forecasts of climate change in California are correct, it is not correct to say California&rsquo;s climate is likely to become drier overall&mdash;more like Australia&mdash;so much as it is to say that our dry periods may be longer, and our wet periods may be &ldquo;flashier&rdquo; and more intense. The policy prescriptions that flow from that, then, make a discussion about adopting &ldquo;the Australian model&rdquo; a complete non-sequitur.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For related coverage of the drought in California, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133130715/will-turning-california-farmland-into-residential-development-help-save-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will turning California farmland into residential development help save water?</a></li><li><a title="A portrait of Fairmead, California: where water goes to crops first, and residents second &ndash; if at all" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132888101/a-portrait-of-fairmead-california-where-water-goes-to-crops-first-and-residents-second-if-at-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A portrait of Fairmead, California: where water goes to crops first, and residents second &ndash; if at all</a></li><li><a title='As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132659521/as-a-last-resort-in-historic-drought-santa-barbara-dusts-off-its-desalination-plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant</a></li><li><a title="Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132426477/combating-drought-conditions-california-issues-stark-landscaping-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134267895/it-s-only-august-but-humans-have-already-consumed-a-year-s-worth-of-resources It's only August but humans have already consumed a year's worth of resources Nicholas Korody 2015-08-14T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-17T08:45:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gkl08znmwzm53sos.jpg" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Humans have exhausted a year&rsquo;s supply of natural resources in less than eight months, according to an analysis of the demands the world&rsquo;s population are placing on the planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <em>the Guardian&nbsp;</em>article, the world's population currently consumes the equivalent of 1.6 planets a year &ndash; and, at the rate we're going, that will jump to two planets a year by 2030. But what does that mean, exactly?</p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_Debt_Day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth Overshoot Day</a>, or Ecological Debt Day, refers to the "date on which humanity&rsquo;s resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth&rsquo;s capacity to regenerate those resources that year."&nbsp; It's determined by the <a href="http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Footprint Network</a>, a think tank that provides ecological footprint accounting services.</p><p>This year Earth Overshoot Day was August 13 &ndash; six days earlier than last year. That means that despite efforts to reduce resource depletion, global consumption continues to rise due to both population growth and increased consumptive behavior.</p><p>While industrialized countries have traditionally been responsible for the largest share of global consumption, this balance is shifting as the rest of the world develops.&nbsp;</p><p>Experts believe that humans first began to exceed the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134182334/tokyo-begins-farming-produce-beneath-its-subway-lines Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T22:02:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb79a0b3b8e293cc2df20f30be90693d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kakutani is the main farmer behind "Tokyo Salad,"&nbsp;the Metro&rsquo;s new farming enterprise, farming that takes place underneath the Tozai Line. [...] Tokyo Metro started hydroponic farming this past January. They&rsquo;re currently selling the lettuce varieties to a local Italian restaurant and The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel. Over the next couple years, they&rsquo;re hoping to expand. Maybe they&rsquo;ll start selling to grocery stores, and maybe Kakutani says, "we&rsquo;ll make salads or smoothies.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More innovations from Japan:</p><ul><li><a title="Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></li><li><a title="Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></li><li><a title="Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:12:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/ybg2ctpopl4wg65t.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You have generations of people under the age of 35 &hellip; who are choosing to live car free and car-lite." &ndash; Westside Councilman Mike Bonin</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the newly installed <a href="http://nuzzel.com/sharedstory/08112015/usa.streetsblog/it_just_works_davis_quietly_debuts_americas_first_protected?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=app&amp;utm_campaign=digest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"protected" intersections</a> in Austin, Texas and Davis, California to additional proposed bus lanes and bike paths&nbsp;in Los Angeles, car culture is becoming less of a given and more of an expensive, perhaps even less desirable, option.&nbsp;Cities across the U.S. are starting to rethink their approach to large scale transportation infrastructure projects (i.e., freeways) as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118199171/clinton-s-keynote-boston-s-olympics-and-california-s-bullet-train-groundbreaking-weekly-news-round-up-for-january-5-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">driving per capita</a> remains stagnant. Of course, this trend is somewhat complicated by the rise of cheap door-to-door transportation options such as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134105097/data-crunching-the-uberization-of-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a>, which make it easier for the car-less to get around without having to own a vehicle. For its part, Los Angeles is considering approving an initiative known as&nbsp;Mobility Plan 2035, which would redesign major boulevards and avenues to encourage people to get out of their cars and into the mass-transit dreams of city planners.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09rj3sc0nzxwy74s.jpg"></p><p>Last week, Archinect highlighted Christopher Hawthorne's review of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">additional lane</a>&nbsp;on the 405 freeway, a project that bega...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-12T09:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-14T12:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ce92dc0adec2930b9c9de2287c28d011.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[On August 10], the Los Angeles Shade Ball&nbsp;Cover Project rolled to a halt, rounding off years of work.&nbsp;With a shout of "shade balls away!" Los Angeles city officials overturned a row of sacks and&nbsp;sent 20,000 of the jet black&nbsp;objects&nbsp;cascading&nbsp;down into the Los Angeles Reservoir. [...] Together, the ball shroud prevents damage from sunlight, dust, and errant birds, and keeps 300 million gallons of surface water from evaporating each year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's plastic, black, saves water and costs 36 cents each? Shade balls! The LA Mayor's Office's <a href="http://www.lamayor.org/_mayor_garcetti_announces_completion_of_innovative_shade_ball_cover_project_at_los_angeles_reservoir" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a> tells their origin story:</p><p><em>Dr. Brian White, a now-retired LADWP biologist, was the first person to think of using shade balls for water quality. The idea came to him when he learned about the application of &ldquo;bird balls&rdquo; in ponds along airfield runways. The innovative, in-house solution has been used in LADWP&rsquo;s open-air reservoirs since 2008 to block sunlight, prevent chemical reactions and curtail algae blooms. Currently in place at Upper Stone, Elysian and Ivanhoe reservoirs, the shade balls come with the added benefit of reducing evaporation off the reservoir surfaces by 85 to 90 percent.</em></p><p>The "shade balls" news may be too late to make this week's <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/133912890/a-pretty-cool-pic-of-a-kid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meme Monday</a>, but I'll leave it up to Archinectors to cook up something ... memorable.</p><p>Watch a truckload of shade balls being emptied into the reservoir:</p><p></p><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133508284/us-dot-tries-to-shame-congress-into-funding-transportation-infrastructure-with-showusyourinfrawear US DOT tries to shame Congress into funding transportation infrastructure with #ShowUsYourInfraWear Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-04T19:19:00-04:00 >2015-08-05T13:00:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbehnam5q4c3abc0.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So beginning today and running throughout the August recess, we're turning our Instagram account over to you.&nbsp; Just snap a photo &ndash; please do it safely! &ndash; of the worn-out infrastructure in your neck of the woods and share it with @USDOT using #ShowUsYourInfraWear.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Public shaming has long been a tactic of the U.S. criminal justice system &ndash; there were the stocks of yore, the scarlet letters, and more recently, the tactics of felony court judge Ted Poe. Nowadays though, we tend to skip all the messiness of the public square and go straight to the internet to delve out shame &ndash; less as a sanctioned method of retributive justice, and more as a form of activism. Now, fed up with Congressional obstinacy to fund a long-term highway-planning bill, the Department of Transportation is joining the fray.</p><p>Using #ShowUsYourInfraWear, USDOT is imploring people to share pictures of surface infrastructure in disrepair with their Instagram, @USDOT. This isn't like a city's 311 service &ndash; tagging it isn't going to actually report it to local authorities &ndash; it's a rallying call for Congress to fund better transportation maintenance once it returns from a 5-week recess in September. The American Society of Civil Engineers issues a national <a href="http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/a/#p/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"report card"</a> every four yea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133130715/will-turning-california-farmland-into-residential-development-help-save-water Will turning California farmland into residential development help save water? Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T21:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e248abf9cc7c7712c74cddffdfeab88a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities &mdash; in unexpected ways, and unexpected places. [...] There will also be a system for treating and sending wastewater back into the aquifer underneath the city. [...] Not everyone is convinced it will use less water. Phil Desatoff is with a local water district that is suing Reedley over the development's environmental review.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Got some design solutions up your sleeve that could help&nbsp;alleviate California's ongoing historic drought? Check out Archinect's recently launched <strong><a href="http://www.dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong>&nbsp;ideas competition, and submit your entry by September 1st.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133039152/bacteria-laden-concrete-helps-cracks-fix-themselves Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-29T17:06:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T22:00:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a54666e9eba1ff46231eb4086ec008a8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inspired by the human body, Jonkers, who works at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, created self-healing concrete. He embeds the concrete with capsules of limestone-producing bacteria, either Bacillus pseudofirmus&nbsp;or&nbsp;Sporosarcina pasteurii, along with calcium lactate. When the concrete cracks, air and moisture trigger the bacteria to begin munching on the calcium lactate. They convert the calcium lactate to calcite, an ingredient in limestone, thus sealing off the cracks.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More concrete news:</p><ul><li><a title='Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"</a></li><li><a title='Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Concrete&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a title="Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?</a></li><li><a title="China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132892117/archinect-launches-dry-futures-competition-in-response-to-california-s-historic-drought Archinect launches "Dry Futures" competition in response to California's historic drought Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T21:10:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzklyfarv1dqpxt3.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Golden State's nickname has taken on a grave new meaning. The agricultural and economic powerhouse of the country is in the midst of a historic drought pervading the whole U.S. Southwest, at once turning sprawling front lawns into golden-brown scratch pads and inciting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/04/30/403283276/drought-in-calif-creates-water-wars-between-farmers-developers-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chinatown</em>-style disputes</a> among developers, farmers, and residents over water rights. The situation is dire, and while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conservation efforts are succeeding</a>&nbsp;to a degree, plans must extend into the far future in order to contend with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">depleted reservoirs and record low-levels of groundwater</a>. Cities can't always count on free-flowing taps.</p><p>Believing that&nbsp;architects are in a unique position to imagine how the built environment must adapt,&nbsp;Archinect is launching&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dry Futures&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;</strong>&ndash; a&nbsp;new competition seeking imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or perhaps even dystopic, design proposals for the future of California&rsquo;s drought. And the stakes couldn't be higher: in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a recent op&shy;-ed for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>, Jay Famiglietti, senior w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132888101/a-portrait-of-fairmead-california-where-water-goes-to-crops-first-and-residents-second-if-at-all A portrait of Fairmead, California: where water goes to crops first, and residents second – if at all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T17:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:11:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m2/m2g7jqotpgjne5ed.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, while the almond orchards are kept a perfect green, the surrounding landscape is a dull brown, and the yards in front of most of the houses are little more than dirt and weeds. At least 25 families have seen their wells go dry in recent months. Many others are rationing what little water remains. Those lucky enough to be on the city&rsquo;s system still have to strictly conserve to keep the town&rsquo;s only well from going dry.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Nation</em>&nbsp;paints Fairmead &ndash; an agricultural town where many personal wells have dried up, pitting&nbsp;indigent residents further into poverty &ndash;&nbsp;as a cautionary tale for all those living in historic drought conditions.</p><p>More on California's historic drought:</p><ul><li><a title="Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air" 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 air</a></li><li><a title='As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132659521/as-a-last-resort-in-historic-drought-santa-barbara-dusts-off-its-desalination-plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant</a></li><li><a title="Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132426477/combating-drought-conditions-california-issues-stark-landscaping-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions</a></li><li><a title="California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T19:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mn06xfx9g2qu867m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Simply look up into the sky at a single cloud, on average that white pouf holds 8 million gallons of water&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;enough to sustain 100,000 people for a day. Yet the water we harvest has become so scarce, its cost is greater than the devices invented to catch and deliver it. [...] How might we imagine new ways to collect water? How do we get it off my socks and into my coffee cup?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fog catchers &ndash; contraptions that gather the moisture in our atmosphere for drinking water &ndash; have been used by humans and animals alike to survive in some of the driest places on earth. In Chile's&nbsp;Atacama desert, fog catchers have been in use for over half a century, and even are <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32515558" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">used to gather water to brew local beer</a>. The Namib beetle (named for its habitat in the South African desert) has a pattern of bumps on its back that funnel trapped moisture into its mouth. Now, these simple water-capturing techniques are being looked to as one of the many potential relief systems in the American southwest's historic drought.</p><p>In one of their simplest forms, fog catchers are essentially fine-meshed nets, erected on the landscape at an angle suited to the area's fog and winds. The basic form was made drastically <a href="http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2013/how-to-get-fresh-water-out-of-thin-air-0830" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more efficient by MIT and Chilean researchers</a> relatively recently, however there's more room for innovation in both smaller and larger-scale applications.&nbsp;In perpetually foggy places, s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132659521/as-a-last-resort-in-historic-drought-santa-barbara-dusts-off-its-desalination-plant As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-24T18:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T17:45:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5lf40k5cfe318677.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water. [...] &ldquo;Desalination has been a last resort,&rdquo; Mayor Helene Schneider told The Times Tuesday night after the vote. &ldquo;The way the drought has continued these last four years, we are really getting at that last resort.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the historic drought in the U.S. southwest:</p><ul><li><a title="Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126421871/gov-brown-issues-order-to-reduce-california-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions</a></li><li><a title="California has about one year of water left" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California has about one year of water left</a></li><li><a title="30% of the US in Drought" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106867107/30-of-the-us-in-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30% of the US in Drought</a></li><li><a title='Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105498113/relocation-or-adaptation-we-may-have-to-migrate-people-out-of-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California"</a></li><li><a title="Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98670776/drought-may-force-california-to-reverse-flow-of-its-aqueduct" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat Alexander Walter 2015-07-24T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:37:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itckki4tbnb47s1q.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completed in March of 2014, Kusukusu [...] is a marvelous feat of architecture, engineering and technology. Working with Hiroshi Nakamura of NAP Architects, the team came in and 3D-scanned hundreds of points on the tree. Based on that 3D data they then created a steel trellis that threaded through the tree, interlocking perfectly [...]. What&rsquo;s amazing is that the treehouse in its entirety, never touches the tree. It&rsquo;s completely self-standing so as to not harm the tree.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the stunner of a treehouse in Atami, Japan designed by master treehouse builder&nbsp;Takashi Kobayashi in collaboration with&nbsp;NAP Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc72ilezl3jpeagw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2torlh574dy5kbpf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/iv2k1yger6zw9xb6.jpg"></p><p>To learn more and see the complete set of photos, head over to <a href="http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2015/07/23/japans-largest-treehouse-is-a-sprawling-structure-built-around-a-300-year-old-tree/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spoon &amp; Tamago</a>.</p><p><em>Photos by Koji Fujii/Nacasa &amp; Partners Inc.&nbsp;</em></p><p>In other tree-hugging news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130810350/the-public-life-of-the-world-s-celebritrees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:38:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agrpeyaxlorqylwy.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japan has been hungry for alternative energy ever since the 2011 Fukushima disaster made nuclear power an unattractive option in the country, and golf courses just happen to be perfectly suited for solar power &mdash; they're large open spaces that often get lots of sunlight. Kyocera's first project, now under construction, is a 23 megawatt solar plant on a golf course in Kyoto prefecture. When it goes live in 2017, the plant will produce enough power for about 8,100 households.</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/132426477/combating-drought-conditions-california-issues-stark-landscaping-restrictions Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-21T18:09:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:10:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mpui0yng88tpld8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The California Water Commission, responding to a fourth year of drought, approved sharp new limits on the amount of water that can be used on landscapes surrounding newly constructed buildings, such as houses, businesses and schools. The revised ordinance will limit grass to about 25% of a home's combined front, back and side yards in all new construction. [...] Additionally, grass will be all but banned in landscapes of new commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on California's historic drought:</p><ul><li><a title="The sudden drought gold rush for California landscapers may be over" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131952486/the-sudden-drought-gold-rush-for-california-landscapers-may-be-over" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The sudden drought gold rush for California landscapers may be over</a></li><li><a title="The best lawn for California's drought may still be green" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131884271/the-best-lawn-for-california-s-drought-may-still-be-green" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The best lawn for California's drought may still be green</a></li><li><a title="As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a title="California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look</a></li><li><a title="California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p>