Archinect - News 2017-05-26T16:59:54-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150008978/maximum-sustainability-in-harvard-gsd-and-sn-hetta-s-housezero Maximum sustainability in Harvard GSD and Snøhetta's "HouseZero" Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T19:20:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T19:35:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/796ssoxyjn2l6noq.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can you transform a not particularly sustainable 1940s building into a leading example of pioneering environmental design? First, hire Sn&oslash;hetta, and secondly, get the Harvard GSD team focused on green building techniques. The result? This press release from Harvard says it all:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gq/gqcmg8zp7oxboj12.jpg"></p><p>The Harvard Center for Green Buildings (CGBC) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with Sn&oslash;hetta and Skanska Technology, are retrofitting CGBC&rsquo;s headquarters in a pre-1940s timber-framed building to become one of the world&rsquo;s most ambitious sustainable buildings. As a first-of-its-kind research project, HouseZero demonstrates how to transform a challenging building stock into a prototype for ultra-efficiency, rapidly reducing the level of reliance on energy-intensive technology while simultaneously creating comfortable indoor environments.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4a2vxn0y1qlc2xpk.jpg"></p><p>HouseZero attempts to address the global environmental challenge of climate change by focusing on existing buildings, which account for en...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008702/global-warming-has-caused-meltwater-to-penetrate-the-global-seed-vault-in-the-arctic Global warming has caused meltwater to penetrate the Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Nicholas Korody 2017-05-22T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T13:10:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wx/wxniz28jltj4ucbk.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world&rsquo;s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity&rsquo;s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Containing almost one million packets of seeds, the Global Seed Vault is intended to serve as something of a biological back-up in the era of mass, man-made environmental destruction. It's buried under permafrost, which was thought to ensure that the structure would remain impregnable for thousands of years. But already global warming has threatened this archive of living matter.</p><p>&ldquo;This is supposed to last for eternity,&rdquo; stated &Aring;smund Asdal at the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, which operates the seed vault. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008238/riba-responds-to-liberal-democrats-manifesto RIBA responds to Liberal Democrats Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T09:09:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yt/ytop872fq3h9yook.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I am pleased to see that the Liberal Democrats have recognized the key role of the built environment sector in tackling issues such as energy demand, climate change and urban flooding through their plans for infrastructure and housing. &ldquo;Proposals for new housebuilding should be balanced with ambitions to deliver high quality, well designed and sustainable homes across the country.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Liberal Democrats manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I warmly welcome the commitment from the Liberal Democrats to protect the rights of existing EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU. Our members need to see this issue resolved as a matter of urgency. The party&rsquo;s desire to open up access to university courses also chimes with RIBA&rsquo;s target to achieve greater diversity in the architecture profession through apprenticeships, with varied and affordable new routes to qualification.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and communities:</strong></p><p>&ldquo;The promise to devolve powers around housing, transport and skills, backed with resources for infrastructure projects is a welcome step to help local communities create better places to live, work and play. Meaningful devolution opportunities in areas such as housing can help to boost skills in the construction sector across the country.</p><p>&ldquo;The Liberal Democrats also wish...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008253/riba-responds-to-conservatives-manifesto RIBA responds to Conservatives Manifesto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-19T05:49:00-04:00 >2017-05-20T11:30:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oo/ooyw65ycpw512eyr.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The Conservative Party&rsquo;s manifesto outlines its vision to further empower communities. Whoever forms the next government should ensure that plans to build high quality housing and infrastructure are linked with industrial and devolution strategies to encourage more jobs and a better quality of life for people across the country.&#8203;"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the publication of the Conservatives manifesto, published earlier today.</p><p><em>"The RIBA welcomes the Conservatives&rsquo; acknowledgment that the UK&rsquo;s architects are the finest in the world. This is recognition of the vital role that good design has on improving quality of life, sustainability and social integration; and acknowledgement that architects are the design professionals that make this happen."</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On Brexit: </strong></p><p>&ldquo;The RIBA has long been calling for the rights of non-UK EU nationals to be confirmed. I&rsquo;m happy to see it is included in the Conservative manifesto. Skilled architects come to the UK from across the world, giving us the edge in creativity and innovation; we need to ensure this continues into the future.</p><p>&ldquo;British architects have been clear about our key asks from Brexit through RIBA&rsquo;s &lsquo;<a href="https://followup.cc/l/10011105/e8ae1d906c355748b1eb6445b453b794/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.architecture.com%2Fknowledge-and-resources%2Fresources-landing-page%2Fglobal-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global By Design&rsquo;</a> report. The RIBA will continue to be a strong voice for the sector in the coming weeks and months.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>On planning and co...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003409/color-changing-green-hued-aluminum-composite-material-reflects-sustainable-design-of-new-mixed-use-community Color-changing green-hued aluminum composite material reflects sustainable design of new mixed-use community Sponsor 2017-05-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T12:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sb/sb63p62xxebhqq7k.jpg" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=May2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/5r/5rcqjsc6l0t2l929.png"></a><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=Archinect&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=May2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong></em><p>The Marine Gateway mixed-use development officially opened this spring in south Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as the first major transit-oriented development integrated into Vancouver&rsquo;s Canada Line rapid transit rail system. It&rsquo;s also served by the South Vancouver Bus Loop.</p><p>Designed to achieve the principles of smart growth &ndash; which places a priority on sustainable, mixed-use communities designed to enhance quality of life &ndash; Marine Gateway was developed by <a href="http://www.pci-group.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PCI Developments Corp.</a>, of Vancouver, British Columbia, on a one-block former industrial site that is now a new urban town center.</p><p>&ldquo;PCI&rsquo;s goal for Marine Gateway was to transform a vacant and underutilized four-plus acre industrial lot into a vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use town center that combines retail, entertainment, office, residential and transit onsite,&rdquo; said Andrew Grant, president, PCI Developments Corp. &ldquo;PCI saw the opportunity to directly integrate with rapid and bus tra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005948/just-add-a-cabin-gapahuk-a-readymade-cabin-from-sn-hetta-is-designed-to-fit-in-almost-anywhere Just add a cabin: Gapahuk, a readymade cabin from Snøhetta, is designed to fit in almost anywhere Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T13:10:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:16:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8q/8qhvr277szqk9lk2.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the gapahuk (which in Norwegian means "a simple wooden structure with two or three walls and a roof") is not new, Snohetta's conceptualization of it as a multi-terrain, potentially solar-panelled off-the-grid insta-cabin is.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9mjqdyho41sgihjn.jpg"></p><p>The gapahuk has a purposefully tight layout to make it easy to heat and large windows to make it easy to gawk at any available scenery, and also features three bedrooms and an adaptable exterior patio to make it easy to socialize.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wmi3wt1m1j0i4y5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bv/bvraqyyg1buhhr42.jpg"></p><p>The twisted roof bears up equally well under punishing winds and sun, while the design calls for low maintenance materials that can usually be locally sourced. As entries in the sustainably chic category go, this rates highly (provided you have some extra land lying around on which to place it).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y09yw5yrdmbyp4gh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yb/ybzwdmsmhphn5t8y.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005664/hong-kong-grounded Hong Kong, Grounded Places Journal 2017-05-02T18:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T18:44:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2fuiq1wmgcmdjgbz.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even in this relentlessly vertical city, famous for walkways that feel like aerial labyrinths, you can&rsquo;t levitate forever. Where the mountain rises up faster than the towers, you bump into a hillside and come back to earth. In Hong Kong, the ground is everywhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The terrain that weaves between streets, through public spaces, and beneath buildings in Hong Kong reminds observers of the tenuous relation between the city and its geology. Karl Kullmann photographs these zones of contact between the multilevel metropolis and the mountain, reflecting on the city's genuine landscape infrastructure and the urban experiences that it grounds.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004952/one-of-these-crafty-pavilions-will-win-the-2017-chart-architecture-competition One of these crafty pavilions will win the 2017 CHART ARCHITECTURE competition Justine Testado 2017-04-27T17:59:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T17:59:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ld/ldo9n0unb6mz4zmk.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The competition's 2017 &ldquo;The Living City&rdquo; theme revolves around promoting public awareness of sustainable urbanization. Participants had to propose a sustainably designed pavilion for the Chart Art Fair's gastronomy partners and SPACE10 that considers upcycling and reusing materials, multifunctionality, and innovative fabrication methods. Most recently, five teams were announced as the finalists.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the proposals:</p><p><strong>&ldquo;Algae Dome&rdquo; by Aleksander Wadas, Rafal Wroblewski, and Anna Stempniewicz</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/yb/ybvfji9gnprnhy20.jpg"></p><p><strong>&ldquo;Paper Pavilion&rdquo; by Kazumasa Takada, Yuriko Yagi and Yohei Tomioka</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/lb/lbjkv13mcb83fs4z.jpg"></p><p><strong>&ldquo;Stick Box&rdquo; by Miki Morita, Suguru Kobayashi and Keita Shishijima</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/bt/btasqqrqoc5sxofg.jpg"></p><p><strong>&ldquo;Sunday Temple&rdquo; by Mia Frykholm and Astrid Gabrielsson</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/la/layti8kukt49lzr9.jpg"></p><p><strong>&ldquo;Adapt&rdquo; by&nbsp;Harry Clover, Jack Cripps, Sebastian Gatz and Fabrian Puller</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/np/npel8649km2t5h8g.jpg"><br><em>All renderings &copy; CHART ART FAIR.</em></p><p>Learn more about each project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5618/from-ikea-bags-to-algae-to-trusty-ol-paper-here-are-the-2017-chart-architecture-finalist-proposals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004741/aravena-wins-the-2017-gothenburg-award-for-sustainable-design Aravena wins the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T16:25:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbbb3s1xhu8i5r55.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From winning the Pritzker to curating the Venice Biennale, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena had a pretty good 2016. Apparently, he&rsquo;s still on a roll: Aravena has just been awarded the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design. Awarded each year to people or organizations for &ldquo;outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future&rdquo;, the award comes with 1 million swedish krona (just over $100,000).</p><p>&ldquo;Mr Alejandro Aravena is an innovative Chilean architect that together with his colleagues in the &lsquo;Do-Tank&rsquo; Elemental applies a design philosophy including citizens as part of the solution and not part of the problem, creating bridges of trust between people, government and business,&rdquo; write the jury. &ldquo;All three dimensions of sustainability are balanced in a participatory process; socially, environmentally and economically.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004552/aia-awards-100-000-to-five-intriguing-upjohn-research-initiative-projects AIA awards $100,000 to five intriguing Upjohn Research Initiative projects Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:12:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m6ddysae2r1pn1ln.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From a Circadian Daylight Metric and Design Assist Tool to Trashwalls, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aia.org/press-releases/80866-aia-selects-2016-upjohn-research-initiative-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA has announced the five projects it has selected for its 10th annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants</a>, and they're all fairly promising. Speaking broadly, the projects each propose investigating a particular aspect of the built environment in an effort to try and improve the quality of life of that structure's likely daily inhabitants. For example, the Trashwalls from a team of researchers from Washington State University are "fabricated using materials harvested from the local solid waste stream, are designed to reduce heat loss from rented apartments, improve the comfort of those spaces during hot or cold weather, and save renters money on their utility bills, while reducing pollution. The purpose of this project is to design, construct, and examine prototypes of interior insulating walls that are attractive, have an R-value&nbsp;of R-10 (US) or greater, cost less than ten cents per square foot, are built fr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003938/an-exquisite-drone-tour-over-apple-s-new-campus-reveals-the-pond-furniture-a-new-theater An exquisite drone tour over Apple's new campus reveals the pond, furniture, + a new theater Julia Ingalls 2017-04-20T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T18:28:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55wa7asskq2yjcg5.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Like a miniature perfectionist city, the new Apple campus in Cupertino is made up of several different buildings: there's the familiar Norman Foster-designed "spaceship," as well as a massive parking garage that features gleaming solar panels atop the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjjnjhcnf9tctvpn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3q4kqf1c346yb49.jpg"></p><p>This drone video reveals that very little of the landscaping has come in yet--a few trees, in their boxy planters, hang out outside the main building, and only a few plants have been installed in the equipment-strewn courtyard--but it offers an excellent tour of the Steve Jobs Theatre which is slated to open this summer:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003835/aia-cote-announces-2017-top-ten-green-projects AIA COTE announces 2017 Top Ten Green Projects Justine Testado 2017-04-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T19:14:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hs/hsmm7rt4by590i92.jpg" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In time for Earth Day this Saturday, the AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced the Top Ten Green Projects for 2017. Established 21 years ago, the rigorous awards competition recognizes projects that best demonstrate sustainable design excellence.</p><p>The jury selected projects by firms like Sasaki, ZGF Architects, Payette, Mithun, and HOK, while SmithGroupJJR won the COTE Top Ten Plus honor. In light of the AIA's recently published <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150003345/the-aia-releases-8-new-principles-responding-to-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate-change principles</a>, the winning projects conveyed a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology, as well as positive community impact, improving comfort for building occupants, and design strategies used to reduce environmental impact. Here are the 2017 winners:</p><p><strong><a href="https://www.aia.org/showcases/76481-chatham-university-eden-hall-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chatham University Eden Hall Campus</a>; Richland Township, Pennsylvania</strong><br>Architect: Mithun</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/dp/dp7s07b3nnaatojo.jpg"><em>Photo: Bruce Damonte.</em></p><p><strong><a href="https://www.aia.org/showcases/71306-milken-institute-school-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University</a>; Washington, D.C.</strong><br>Architects: Payette and Ayers Saint Gross&#8203;.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/ro/romsx5mogc6baxb2.jpg"><em>Phot...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002867/remembering-the-holocaust-via-anish-kapoor-and-zaha-hadid-architects-memorial Remembering the Holocaust via Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects' Memorial Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T12:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T18:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0oj0ed5uksf4v6t9.jpg" width="650" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a week in which the White House Press Secretary stated that Hitler never gassed his own people, it's worth taking a moment to remember the Holocaust. In the U.K., the&nbsp;United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation and the British Government have enlisted some of the top design firms in the world, including Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects,&nbsp;to design a Holocaust Memorial. Kapoor and ZHA's proposal, which places a purposefully awkwardly-sited bronze-cast meteorite partially below ground, is simultaneously disturbing and contemplative.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4s/4s9zj2n175r80n60.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/59/59og7fydi18w3pg2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/45/45uzvvig1mn15p5b.jpg"></p><p>As the architects explain in their statement, "Meteorites, mountains and stones are often at the centre of places of reflection, especially in the Jewish tradition. They call on the vastness of nature to be a witness to our humanity. A memorial to the Holocaust must be contemplative and silent, such that it evokes our empathy. It must be a promise to future generations that this terrible chapter in human history can never occur again."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yy4y7cegnnq50gne.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqqc2pqw2q9oil5z.jpg"></p><p>In the video ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002576/raic-distinguishes-montreal-s-biblioth-que-du-bois-with-2017-green-building-award RAIC distinguishes Montreal's Bibliothèque du Boisé with 2017 Green Building Award Justine Testado 2017-04-11T20:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T20:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p9ua9msj313r5hs7.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built to serve Saint-Laurent's diverse community in Montreal, the Biblioth&egrave;que du Bois&eacute; has collected another honorable accolade. Today, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada awarded the public library with its 2017 Green Building Award.&nbsp;The award will be presented during the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture in Ottawa on May 24 to 27.</p><p>After winning the City of Montreal's design competition, the Cardinal Hardy&nbsp;+&nbsp;Labont&eacute; Marcil +&nbsp;Eric Pelletier architecte consortium designed the&nbsp;6,000 square-meter LEED-Platinum library, which was inaugurated in 2013. (Eric Pelletier architecte and Cardinal Hardy merged with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26629205/lemay-associ-s-architecture-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lemay</a> in 2013 and 2014, respectively.)&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s8/s8j903ccn1kyae71.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m71li1j4pjgu9v5p.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Doublespace Photography</em></p><p>With ample natural lighting and warm touches of wood, the building&nbsp;comprises various cultural and community spaces: the library, administration, exhibit space,&nbsp;museum archives,&nbsp;meeting rooms, youth areas, and a cafe.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/sa1d5o5eh8v0opmd.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Yien Chao.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2p/2pp4qi1z4eg1mn8i.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w5/w5q9srq50t1b93z4.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Doublespace Photography.</em></p><p>As for sustainability strategies, the bu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001383/architect-david-lake-pens-compelling-letter-to-congressman-decrying-proposed-cuts-to-epa-s-energy-star Architect David Lake pens compelling letter to Congressman decrying proposed cuts to EPA's "Energy Star" Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T20:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y0x8gv5yhh6gq46s.jpg" width="650" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we discussed at the Witte, the EPA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Energy Star,&rdquo; indoor air quality, and materials safety programs directly support the design and construction industry each and every day. The proposed EPA budget eliminates funding for these programs and will severely impact the ability of engineers and architects to meet client demands, fulfill our contractual obligations, and carry out the duties of our licensure to protect the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In response to a letter in which Texan Republican Congressman Lamar Smith told David Lake that he gets all of his news from a "biased liberal media," Lake not only kindly (and eloquently) rebutted this inaccuracy, but also encouraged the Congressman not to defund the EPA if he still wants to live in a world with excellent design and construction. Specifically, cutting the EPA's "Energy Star" program will negatively impact the public realm (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">and generally lead to less excellence in the architecture profession itself</a>).&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001372/leaders-in-architecture-tend-to-be-leed-accredited-aia-study-reveals Leaders in architecture tend to be LEED-accredited, AIA study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T19:17:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T19:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmf6prwat8kry2s2.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What sets apart high-performing architecture firms from their award-lacking brethren? Not surprisingly, a commitment to excellence, which according to the AIA is measured by several factors, including an emphasis on sustainability and diversity. While the <a href="https://www.aia.org/resources/72031-the-habits-of-high-performance-firms-" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report details</a> the findings from a study of the past twenty years of COTE Top Ten Award-winners, the top eight habits of these firms are:</p><ul><li>Unanimous signing of the AIA 2030 Commitment</li><li>Significantly high project performance for energy, water, and other metrics</li><li>Energy modeling, daylighting modeling, and post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice</li><li>Geographic concentration (47% on the West Coast)</li><li>Medium size (average staff number of 75)</li><li>A high percentage of women in staff (46%) and leadership positions (34%)</li><li>Low staff turnover (under 10%)</li><li>A high percentage of staff with LEED accreditation (48%)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001368/making-cities-together-a-sustainable-urban-future-conference-to-be-held-in-kenya "Making Cities Together," a sustainable urban future conference, to be held in Kenya Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T18:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T18:43:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/32/324zmhcca58f3act.jpg" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's the most efficient, ethical, and sustainable way to remake public spaces? If you're in Nariobi, Kenya this May 3-4th, you'll have the opportunity to answer that question by attending the "Making Cities Together - The City We Need through&nbsp;Safe, Inclusive and Accessible Public Spaces" &nbsp;conference as put on by The Urban Thinkers Campus in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces, UN-Habitat and Placemakers, KUWA - Urban Spaces by People, and Architects Without Borders. Keynote speakers include PK Das, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana and Michelle Provoost. Here are the full details, courtesy of the original press release:</p><p><em>The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat&rsquo;s World Urban Campaign, conceived in 2014 as an open space for critical exchange, promoting sustainable urbanization across the globe. In order to implement the New Urban Agenda after Habitat III in Quito in 2016, the UTC 2.0 will be action-oriented by focusing on developing action plans and implem...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001290/new-pyramid-older-than-giza-discovered-20-miles-south-of-cairo New pyramid, older than Giza, discovered 20 miles south of Cairo Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T13:48:00-04:00 >2017-04-04T15:03:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/or/ortfcfowimxbiffs.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archeaologists have discovered what appears to be the first attempt at a smooth-sided pyramid in Egypt. The pyramid is estimated to be 3,700 years old (about 200 years older than Giza), and although no elaborately-outfitted burial chambers have been found yet, the team is still excavating in an attempt to determine the full size of the pyramid. According to the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/remains-pyramid-discovered-egypt-46538563" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>, it's located 20 miles south of Cairo in the sleepy burial community of the Dahshur necropolis, which has long been home to&nbsp;graves of royal courtiers and other high-society movers and shakers.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001275/trump-family-s-nyc-properties-are-embarrassing-energy-hogs Trump family's NYC properties are embarrassing energy hogs Julia Ingalls 2017-04-04T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:46:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o3/o3o2ezdn3germly8.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wasteful, inefficient, and pointlessly expensive to operate: most of Donald Trump's namesake properties, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150000432/the-kushner-family-s-new-zaha-hadid-designed-tower-for-666-fifth-avenue-is-catching-a-lot-of-heat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new "666" edifice</a>, are oozing energy by virtue of their poor design and indifference toward conservation. A report by the <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/trump-kushner-buildings-nyc-some-worst-polluters-manhattan-2519760" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IBTimes</a> noted that:</p><p><em>As of 2015, Trump Tower in midtown&nbsp;used more energy than 93 percent of large residential buildings in Manhattan, according to the report. Trump International Hotel and Tower used more energy than 70 percent of large hotels in the city, while Trump SoHo used more energy than 79 percent of large hotels in the city. The report also detailed Kushner&rsquo;s office at 666 Fifth Avenue, which used more energy than 85 percent of large office buildings in Manhattan.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999552/5-key-drivers-of-the-healthy-building-movement 5 key drivers of the healthy building movement Nam Henderson 2017-03-26T20:20:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T20:20:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w2/w2ziopwrbsrt8403.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wide-ranging efforts include improving indoor air quality and even increasing activity levels of building occupants. Allen and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have defined nine foundations for healthier buildings, such as better water quality, reducing noise, regulating temperature, and maximizing light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As part of the <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Urban Expeditions</em></a><em>&nbsp;</em>series,<em>&nbsp;</em>Brian Howard explored some of the latest trends in green design, which go far beyond energy and water efficiency to issues of public health/wellness.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999111/if-you-can-t-stand-the-heat-get-an-outdoor-kitchen-homeowners-are-says-aia If you can't stand the heat, get an outdoor kitchen (homeowners are, says AIA) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T13:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T13:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ot/otcsw5au4f2ez1er.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over the past century, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961338/if-you-can-t-stand-the-domesticity-get-out-of-the-kitchen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kitchens have gone from being a back room to the center of many homes</a>. Now, according to a <a href="http://info.aia.org/AIArchitect/2017/0324/aia-interactive/index.html#!" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new study released by the AIA</a>, many homeowners are requesting outdoor kitchens, creating an uptick in work for residential architects.&nbsp;&ldquo;Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens,&rdquo; said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. &ldquo;Kitchens have become a hub for the home, now homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999095/gimme-customizable-shelter-pop-up-modular-homeless-housing-project-tailor-made-for-each-community Gimme (customizable) shelter: pop-up modular homeless housing project tailor-made for each community Julia Ingalls 2017-03-23T12:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-24T12:18:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y5/y59d7jjt1oaq5fze.jpg" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Assembled from containers placed within a scaffolding net, WE Architecture's Jagtevj 69 aims to create alluring public space while simultaneously providing temporary housing for the homeless.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/df/dfkbi7s77vb5odhl.gif"></p><p>The proposal stresses that it's a temporary solution; by creating a variety of different spaces for different activities, the project ultimately provides an opportunity for social networking for both the community and the homeless population in "urban gardens and semi-public activities." These activity-specific spaces, which include workshops, yoga studios, and offices, form each modular unit, making it easy to swap out or add different functions as needed.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80zo1uos91ppcwex.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/73/73mu8ss6dd23p8v6.gif"></p><p>Currently envisioned for a site in Copenhagen, the proposal is designed to be disassembled and then reassembled in different locations, making it a kind of traveling social aid that is also custom tailored to the needs of its particular community.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998868/the-adrian-smith-prize-for-the-2017-ragdale-ring-goes-to-living-picture-by-t-e-a-m The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring goes to "LIVING PICTURE" by T+E+A+M Ragdale1260 2017-03-22T19:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:38:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9oyyeosb54pnpdpv.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ragdale, the acclaimed artists&rsquo; residency in Lake Forest, announces the winning design of the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition. Amidst a field of national and international submissions, T+E+A+M, a young, internationally recognized architectural collaborative based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected by jury for their proposal of <a href="http://ragdale.org/residency/ragdale-ring-2017/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LIVING PICTURE</a>&ndash; a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8fb9841fbfct80wc.jpg"></p><p>The winning T+E+A+M exclaims, "We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we&rsquo;re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5egmybnk4txheuip.jpg"></p><p>Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear&nbsp;on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the&nbsp;grounds. Blending ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998707/make-it-rain-as-you-sit-on-rocking-chairs-inside-the-cloud-house Make it rain as you sit on rocking chairs inside the Cloud House Justine Testado 2017-03-21T21:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T10:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aq/aq68uep2t77b9vvv.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not far from the hustle and bustle of Farmers Park in Springfield, Missouri, the Cloud House is a getaway spot where anyone can sit and enjoy a few moments of peace and relaxation as you listen to the (somewhat simulated) sound of a gentle rain, as if you were sitting on the porch of a rural farm away from it all.&nbsp;</p><p>Designer&nbsp;<a href="http://matthewmazzotta.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Mazzotta</a>&nbsp;developed the idea for the Cloud House&nbsp;during a two-month artist residency at Farmers Park. Mazzotta and his project team&nbsp;built the house from reclaimed barnwood and tin obtained from a nearby abandoned Amish farm, and its gutter system is modeled after the natural water cycle. During rainy days, the house collects rainwater as it hits the tin roof and into the storage tank underneath.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xs/xsqqtyljv7795o20.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0y/0y1bcv0kag1mh1to.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cy/cydbfvs97mwqz4z9.jpg"><br><em>Diagram via Matthew Mazzotta.</em></p><p>Sitting in the rocking chairs inside the house triggers a pump that brings the rainwater up into the cloud, which will then release the water onto the tin roof and produce that pleasant pitter-pattering sound of rain hitting the roof.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yb/yb58pmrln7bkfo2v.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vv/vv9cllwgn3nipyls.jpg"></p><p>The...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998584/how-does-one-design-against-magic-used-to-trap-self-driving-cars How does one design against "magic" used to trap self-driving cars? Julia Ingalls 2017-03-21T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-03-26T23:06:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fevhbt2v7w5028jf.jpg" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As if the challenges of politics, engineering, and weather weren't enough, now self-driving cars face another obstacle: purposeful visual sabotage, in the form of specially painted traffic lines that entice the car in before trapping it in an endless loop. As profiled in <a href="https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vice</a>, the artist behind "Autonomous Trip 001," James Bridle, is demonstrating an unforeseen hazard of automation: those forces which, for whatever reason, want to mess it all up. Which raises the question: how does one effectively design for an impish sense of humor, or a deadly series of misleading markings?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997198/tear-down-that-wall-proposal Tear down that wall (proposal) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T23:47:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpg" width="650" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rael writes that one of the most devastating consequences of the wall is &ldquo;the division of communities, cities, neighborhoods and families, resulting in the erosion of social infrastructure.&rdquo; When we talked, he wondered how we might create something positive from something so horrible: &ldquo;Can reform happen through borderland investment? If you build 150 libraries along the border, you&rsquo;d get a very different outcome.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RFP for the border wall is out, but the conscience-bearing architectural community is staying in (and trying to imagine alternatives to this xenophobic concrete smear job). In particular, in this New York Times article they're suggesting building anything but walls, suggesting that perhaps investing in communities instead of splitting them apart is the way to go for the political and social benefit of everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996307/vietnam-s-architectural-past-is-being-erased-by-new-economic-forces Vietnam's architectural past is being erased by new economic forces Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:42:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T12:42:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What's the value of history? It's a question that keeps coming up around the world as new projects displace older architecture. In Vietnam, many of Ho Chi Minh City's distinctive (and, in many cases, French-colonial-era) structures are being dispatched to memory in favor of newer developments meant to stimulate the economy. As this article in <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/04/vietnam-architectural-gems-disappearing/97098474/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USA Today</a> notes:</p><p><em>Preservationists say developers and government officials are&nbsp;intent on making&nbsp;this city&nbsp;modern and care little for the vestiges of its colonial past. But destroying so many historic buildings, they warn, makes the city less livable and less attractive to tourists &mdash; which could undercut&nbsp;economic growth the government hopes to foster.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T12:40:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:28:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xn/xnczd30w3ulj8rox.jpg" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's unclear when the furnishing/window and door fitting process takes place, one thing is certain: you can now have the basic components of an entire 400 square foot house printed in about a day from the company Apis Cor. Aside from being speedy, the $10,000 printing process is impressive because the house is printed using only one machine, instead of a multi-component process that requires wall assembly. In this slightly bizarre promotional video (featuring notable speakers including a student, identified only by first name without any kind of school affiliation) the 3D printed houses are envisioned as being great solutions for providing fast relief from natural disasters. Since they're designed to last 175 years, it makes one wonder if these curvy domiciles could become a kind of inadvertent historical marker of previous catastrophes. Check it out:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995116/urban-india-informal-housing-inadequate-property-rights Urban India: Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights Laura Amaya 2017-03-03T09:56:00-05:00 >2017-03-03T09:56:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fk/fknlsbhn9x6gcur0.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The rapid pace of urbanization in developing countries places increasing levels of stress on cities. As thousands of people move into urban areas each year, the availability of affordable housing emerges as a key challenge. In India, 412 million people live in urban areas. Depending on the source, anywhere between 33 and 47 percent of those (equivalent to 26-37 million households) live in informal housing, which often lacks access to basic services like roads, water, and sanitation. To make matters worse, most of those households do not have any formal property rights, thus jeopardizing their ability to live and invest in the land they currently occupy.</p><p>As architects, we often use &ldquo;informality&rdquo; to describe everything outside of the formal city. Informality is the gray area occupied by the slum, the favela, or the barrio. Our failure to segment informality into distinct categories results in design solutions that barely scratch the surface of urban complexity. Designing for informalit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995046/getting-down-with-the-led-grow-lights-to-be-used-in-nyc-s-lowline Getting down with the LED grow lights to be used in NYC's Lowline Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T19:51:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T19:52:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rg0nz0aotd7drmb.jpg" width="640" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although still just a mock-up in the Lowline Lab, the LED grow lights designed by Lighting Science for use in the real <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957887/nyc-s-lowline-is-approved-by-city-officials-becoming-world-s-first-underground-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lowline</a> are a promising iteration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oc/ocsp58ojxoy3xhzd.jpg"></p><p>Combining everything that's great about glowing hexagons with three different settings ("soft-white light, one that mimics daylight, and one that includes Lighting Science&rsquo;s patented VividGroTM LED indoor grow light spectrum technology") the grow lights are about 2 feet in diameter each, and will be coupled with solar installations designed to direct sunlight into the depths of the pioneering subterranean park.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w0/w01ndhadd2dcsodo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/en/en6a1wa2cbjrj3o7.jpg"></p>