Archinect - News 2016-05-25T07:21:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149946996/better-buildings-leading-to-big-energy-savings Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:04:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T12:06:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/je8tgcbqgz5d8dxf.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thirty-five partners have achieved their Challenge energy or water savings goals, all ahead of schedule...These partners accomplished their energy, water and financing goals through a combination of innovative solutions and proven strategies, which are openly exchanged through the Better Buildings Solution Center website.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest data from U.S. DOE Better Buildings program shows that partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. A new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it&rsquo;s important.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946366/benoy-announced-in-heathrow-shortlist-for-terminal-of-the-future-expansion Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion Ellen Hancock 2016-05-20T11:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:11:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb2npqdf8x7ro3f0.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Benoy has been shortlisted along with three other British design firms including HOK, Grimshaw and Zaha Hadid to create a a new concept for the country's global gateway. &nbsp;The architects were asked by Heathrow to consider the purpose and potential of an airport with the resulting designs showcasing bold new strategies for a world class sustainable airport. The designs focus on innovative passenger experience and the integration of local communities.</p><p>Benoy Global Director Tom Cartledge commented on the appointment saying;<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;The Aviation sector is incredibly exciting at the moment as we are rapidly evolving our expectations&nbsp;and imaginations of what an Airport represents. We are extremely honoured to be included in the shortlist and our concept has reimagined Heathrow as a &lsquo;Destination&rsquo; in its own right, transforming the site to be at the forefront of the next generation of airports.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Take a look at Benoy's design concept below:<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mp/mprbf7owjkv5q5ii.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cx0mzu4yvyu80604.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q2viza40irti9qk1.jpg"></p><p>Find relating articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers wi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946000/barcelona-s-bold-new-plan-to-get-cars-off-the-road Barcelona's bold new plan to get cars off the road Nicholas Korody 2016-05-18T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tq/tq7vpydhko2vzhyi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest attempt from a big city to move away from car hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and noise levels, the city has come up with a new mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%. And it comes with something extra: freeing up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars to turn them into so-called &ldquo;citizen spaces&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) &ndash; mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to &ldquo;fill our city with life&rdquo;, as its tagline says."</em></p><p>A precedent for Barcelona's superblocks was actually instituted in the city back in the late 19th century when Ildefons Cerd&agrave; planned Eixample, a district intended to free up the crowded medieval neighborhoods of the old city. With their famous beveled corners, Cerd&agrave;'s large residential blocks were intended to serve as lungs for the city, with interior courtyards to provide greenery on a regular and frequent basis.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2fvw53hn8rbr6ix.jpg"></p><p>But urban development laid waste to Cerd&agrave;'s carefully-laid plans. Today, the city loses about 3,500 citizens each year to air pollution.</p><p>The bold new plan comprises a series of interventions to create "superblocks" from nine of Cerd&agrave;'s smaller blocks. The initiative starts with restricting vehicular traffic to primarily the perimeter streets.</p><p>City officials hope that by i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dpwbtgq6f73c38ci.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the material, called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, say it can be used to erect buildings that are just as strong and fire-resistant as those made from steel and concrete. Those qualities have helped excite the passions of architects and environmentalists, who think it could unlock a greener method for housing the world&rsquo;s growing population, and timber producers, who hope to open a U.S. market for the value-added good.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Right now the structures are mainly proposals, but CLT could be the principal element of a 100-story tower nicknamed "The Splinter" in London as designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141304606/with-city-s-approval-london-the-stump-pinnacle-celebrates-resurrection-as-22-bishopsgate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture</a>, while there's an ornamental 40-story timber tower in Stockholm on the boards, as designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anders Berensson Architects</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f8/f8s4rbjqa58h7n3b.jpg"></p><p>These aren't your grandfather's skyscrapers:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945984/architects-design-the-house-of-tomorrow Architects design ‘the house of tomorrow’ Ellen Hancock 2016-05-18T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:47:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56a050f8bc62e9c57ab78a45b6b88490.jpg" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) invited six contemporary architecture practices to create speculative responses to the UK&rsquo;s housing crisis for the exhibition, At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow. Drawing on materials from the RIBA archives, the studios from the UK, France and the Netherlands produced designs that re-examine the familiar housing typologies of the cottage, terrace and flat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read relating article here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944209/architects-advice-to-london-s-new-mayor-sadiq-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects advice to London's new mayor Sadiq Khan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&pound;950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945857/copenhagen-divests-from-fossil-fuels Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T18:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bprc3evjpvepi77.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Copenhagen will pull its investments out of coal, oil and gas companies. The city council have agreed to divest the fossil fuel holdings of the city&rsquo;s &euro;920 million investment fund [...] "Copenhagen decided to ban investments in companies that gain more than 5 percent of their revenue from coal, oil and gas. The criteria apply to companies that engage in prospecting, extracting or refining coal, oil and gas..."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Good work Danes! For other urban efforts to curb our collective fossil fuel addiction, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143667350/what-the-paris-agreement-means-for-architecture" target="_blank">What the Paris Agreement means for architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution" target="_blank">Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes &mdash; the end of the industrial revolution?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138435289/the-climate-is-getting-hotter-and-we-re-not-doing-nearly-enough" target="_blank">The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945738/olafur-eliasson-s-green-light-responds-to-the-refugee-crisis-in-europe Olafur Eliasson's 'Green Light' responds to the refugee crisis in Europe Ellen Hancock 2016-05-17T11:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rul3zjrmze7cpuw.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Green Light is an artistic workshops that responds to the current situation in Europe, in which countless refugees are caught up in legal and political limbo. Together with TBA21 in Vienna, Olafur Eliasson has invited people from different backgrounds &ndash; refugees and locals &ndash; to take part in exchanges at <a href="http://www.tba21.org/greenlight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TBA21-Augarten</a> through a playful, creative process.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2o/2ot9irr2boj2odox.jpg"></p><p>Over the course of the three-month project, which ends&nbsp;5 June,&nbsp;participants put together&nbsp;<em>Green light</em>&nbsp;lamp modules designed by Olafur Eliasson on two days of the week and take part in&nbsp;practical workshops and language courses on two other days. During that time, TBA21 is also hosting a multifaceted programme of shared learning that features workshops, seminars, performances, screenings, lectures, and artistic interventions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dy/dy1k2pscv3tbaha7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6rdophz4v2g7r30.jpg"></p><p><em>&ldquo;Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of Vienna. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945012/new-public-artwork-gathers-10-000-tree-species-spanning-the-history-of-the-planet New public artwork gathers 10,000 tree species spanning the history of the planet Ellen Hancock 2016-05-13T11:42:00-04:00 >2016-05-13T19:49:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7g0evdyq4j0hqowa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Th University of Bristol has revealed a new public artwork to mark the opening of the University's new Life Sciences building. After three years research, over 10,00 unique tree species have been gathered from across the planet.&nbsp;</p><p>The sculptural pavilion is a collaboration between the artist Katie Paterson and the architects Zeller &amp; Moye.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Katie Paterson recalls:</strong><em>&ldquo;Some samples are incredibly rare&ndash;fossils of unfathomable age, and fantastical&nbsp;trees such as&nbsp;Cedar of Lebanon, the Phoenix Palm,and the&nbsp;Methuselah tree thought to be one of the oldest&nbsp;trees in the World at 4,&nbsp;847 years of age,&nbsp;as well as a&nbsp;railroad tie&nbsp;taken from the Panama Canal Railway,&nbsp;which claimed the lives of between 5,000 to 10,000 workers over its 50 year construction and&nbsp;wood is&nbsp;salvaged from the remnants of the iconic Atlantic city boardwalk devastated by hurricane Sandy in 2012.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The artwork will be&nbsp;permanently&nbsp;sited in the historic Royal Fort Gardens in&nbsp;Bristol.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u8/u84s44m6xbscda1f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0s/0s6tpys88yjd3kt1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0k/0kmsecn35zvzfbxt.jpg"></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149945014/uk-school-buildings-are-damaging-pupils-health-and-performance UK school buildings are damaging pupils’ health and performance Ellen Hancock 2016-05-13T10:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:50:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e2ee09a36d2674b8e03fd13399e12a26.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>School buildings in the UK are of such poor quality that children are underperforming and teachers are quitting the classroom, experts have warned. A new study by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) found that one in five teachers have considered leaving their school as a result of stressful, overcrowded working environments caused by the poorly designed buildings they have to teach in.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating UK articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944844/crossrail-unveils-images-of-new-elizabeth-line-stations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944704/latest-university-of-westminster-burning-man-studio-project-needs-a-kickstart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest University of Westminster Burning Man studio project needs a Kickstart</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944509/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This week's picks for London architecture and design events</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944844/crossrail-unveils-images-of-new-elizabeth-line-stations Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations Ellen Hancock 2016-05-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:14:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8ixxbt88p6yc9uq2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Elizabeth line will link London and the South East from Reading to Heathrow with 10 new stations and upgrades to 30 existing stations.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently Europe's largest infrastructure project the &pound;14.8 billion scheme began in Canary Wharf in 2009 and is now 75% complete. Services will begin in 2018.</p><p>Although the stations will have recognisable features uniting them; Crossrail have said that each station will have it's own distinctive character that reflects the heritage and local cultural of the area.&nbsp;</p><p>The stations have been specifically designed to make travel as easy as possible with accessibility, comfort and safety in mind.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mike Brown MVO, London's Transport Commissioner, said:&nbsp;</strong><em>&ldquo;The TfL-run Elizabeth line will transform travel across London, reducing journey times, relieving congestion on the Tube network, and radically improving step-free access with brand new accessible stations.&nbsp; This exhibition will enable customers to really start to see what their new stations will look like wh...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944703/an-architectural-twin-study An architectural twin study Liam Otten 2016-05-11T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8oivs7r9hbur3phc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A six-percent upfront investment reduced energy consumption by 19% &mdash; and carbon emissions by 34% &mdash;&nbsp;in a pair of 100-year-old brick buildings. Add solar panels and those numbers drop to 39% and 65%.</p><p>These are among the findings of an ongoing experiment conducted by students, faculty and staff at Washington University in St. Louis. The architectural equivalent of a twin study, the project centered on the gut-renovation and subsequent energy monitoring of two university-owned, World&rsquo;s Fair-era apartment buildings.</p><p>&ldquo;This was a rare opportunity,&rdquo; says Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability, who led the project with Don Koster, senior lecturer in architecture in the university&rsquo;s Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts.</p><p>&ldquo;Both buildings have the same square footage, the same number of apartments, the same floor plans and the same sun exposure,&rdquo; Valko explains. &ldquo;That gave us a unique opportunity to design, implement and test real-world strategies for energy-efficient rehab.&rdquo;</p><p>Tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944701/are-food-computers-the-key-to-a-more-sustainable-future-of-agriculture Are "Food Computers" the key to a more sustainable future of agriculture? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-11T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4q0o76jatsj8wqc1.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That an apple can travel over 11,500 miles from where it was grown (spending over a year in shipment and in toxic, low-oxygen storage to suspend its maturation) is the perfect object lesson of our global agricultural system&rsquo;s failures. [...] And with the advent of natural-resource scarcity, flattening yields, loss of biodiversity, changing climates, environmental degradation, and booming urban populations, we&rsquo;re hurtling toward its natural limit.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"What if we could build a different world? One in which anyone could farm anywhere, not just on land devastated by disaster, but in basements, skyscrapers, and abandoned subway tunnels? Or in classrooms, rooftops, and old factories?"</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4dj359lok8mcifah.jpg"></p><p>In this article by Caleb Harper, the Director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at MIT,&nbsp;he criticizes the "snarled cats-cradle of crisscrossed strings between origin and destination, shipment and storage" that constitutes today's global agricultural system.</p><p>At the Open AG Initiative, they're experimenting with hi-tech but low-impact ways to produce food, such as the&nbsp;&ldquo;Food Computer,&rdquo; a "controlled environment agriculture platform." The platform utilizes robotic control systems and plant-sensing mechanisms to produce a "precisely calibrated environment for growth."</p><p>By utilizing thirty sensing points per plant, the group believes they're creating more of a dialogue with biological systems than the dominating tendencies of conventional architecture.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Open ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944438/california-eases-some-drought-restrictions-but-makes-others-permanent California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2016-05-10T15:42:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/cevhlh5lpw7fcsrn.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gov. Jerry Brown [...] laid out a revised game plan for dealing with California&rsquo;s persistent drought, making some conservation rules permanent while also moving to give communities more of a say in deciding how much water they must save. Brown issued an executive order enshrining a conservation ethic in state regulations &mdash; banning permanently some wasteful water practices and ordering regulators to develop new water-efficiency standards designed to drive down long-term urban use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous Archinect stories covering the drought crisis in California and the Southwest U.S.:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought?</a></li><li><a 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 href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135055228/how-is-water-used-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136804115/grassroots-cactivism-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136734972/liquifying-aquifer-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-pragmatic-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Liquifying Aquifer", 1st place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943697/norman-foster-s-secret-garden-a-tour-of-foster-partners-maggie-s-center Norman Foster's secret garden: a tour of Foster + Partners' Maggie's Center Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:18:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyior382ytrvifzk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cancer survivor Lord Norman Foster gave HRH Duchess of Cornwall a tour of his newly completed Maggie's Center in his hometown of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941146/inflatable-museum-to-provide-additional-learning-support-to-disadvantaged-areas-of-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> at the cancer facility's official opening April 27th, showing her a design that emphasizes natural light and a connection to nature. This has lead to numerous sliding glass doors and walls throughout the rectilinear plan, as well as the intention to plant vines on the signature triangular timber frame. Additionally, each treatment and counselling room comes with its own private garden.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q5dx5l8ruh32xewk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85b6brkfnnasz5ya.jpg"></p><p>As Foster noted, "Our aim in Manchester, the city of my youth, was to create a building that is welcoming, friendly and without any of the institutional references of a hospital or health centre &ndash; a light-filled, homely space where people can gather, talk or simply reflect. That is why throughout the building there is a focus on natural light, greenery and views; with a greenhouse to provide fresh flowers, and an emphasis on the therapeutic qualities of nature and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943500/the-uae-might-build-an-artificial-mountain-to-increase-rainfall The UAE might build an artificial mountain to increase rainfall Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T15:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m3g95kv86dqy3rqs.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The UAE is currently in the first stage of a man-made mountain development project as the country mulls different approaches to maximising rainfall. Experts from the US-based University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are in the &ldquo;detailed modelling study&rdquo; phase, as per NCAR scientist and lead researcher Roelof Bruintjes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more attempts to geoengineer our way out of eco-trouble, check out some past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107197418/scientists-propose-using-lasers-to-fight-global-warming" target="_blank">Scientists Propose Using Lasers to Fight Global Warming</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109118485/can-cloud-seeding-clear-singapore-s-skies" target="_blank">Can cloud-seeding clear Singapore's skies?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816981/could-scientists-engineer-synthetic-organisms-to-stop-climate-change" target="_blank">Could scientists engineer synthetic organisms to stop climate change?</a></li></ul><p>Also, this:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hu65zz2uv3cm1ijz.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sea level forecasts by a coalition of scientists show that the Silicon Valley bases for Facebook, Google and Cisco are at risk of being cut off or even flooded, even under optimistic scenarios where rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions avoid the most severe sea level increases. Without significant adaptation, Facebook&rsquo;s new campus appears most at risk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructionsWhile the Frank Gehry-designed campus was elevated to prevent flooding, even a 1.6 ft rise &ndash; on the low end of predictions &ndash; will "inundate" the campus. Google is a little better off but will also be swamped if the Antarctic ice sheet starts breaking up, as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/30/sea-levels-set-to-rise-far-more-rapidly-than-expected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> suggests may happen imminently.</p><p>For more news on rising tides in the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Ni&ntilde;o storms in California</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's news and editorial are organized around a special theme &ndash; <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/741197/may-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Help</a></strong> &ndash; with focused coverage on social and humanitarian issues affecting the built environment with an eye towards ways architects can mobilize and enact positive change.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Have related projects of your own? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942369/open-call-for-submissions-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open call</a> before Sunday, May ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943477/america-s-first-climate-refugees-head-for-higher-ground America's first "climate refugees" head for higher ground Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T01:37:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qlzq66s3r128sbc4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and drainage systems. One of those grants, $48 million for Isle de Jean Charles, is something new: the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the impacts of climate change.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The divisions the effort has exposed and the logistical and moral dilemmas it has presented point up in microcosm the massive problems the world could face in the coming decades as it confronts a new category of displaced people who have become known as climate refugees."</em></p><p>Precisely determining who qualifies as a "climate refugee" is a notoriously difficult challenge. While the UN Refugee Agency <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c10a.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">estimates</a> 22 million people were displaced by "disasters brought on by natural hazard events," evidence linking, for example, the civil war raging in Syria and Iraq with a prolonged drought would up that number.</p><p>In short, it's difficult to clearly isolate environmental factors, which tend to happen on large temporal and geographic scales, from sociopolitical causes of mass displacement, which are often more visible.</p><p>In any case, while a <a href="http://Ways%20of%20Seeing%20in%20the%20Anthropocene:%20Review%20of%20%22The%20Geological%20Imagination%22%20and%20%22The%20Underdome%20Guide%20to%20Energy%20Reform%22" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sizable chunk of the American government</a> still doesn't believe in anthropogenic climate change, its citizens are already being displaced because of its effects....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943343/modular-cricket-pod-lets-you-create-an-urban-insect-farm Modular Cricket Pod Lets You Create An Urban Insect Farm Terreform 2016-05-02T18:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:29:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5w1t3dyk1eps1i4m.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walking up to the Cricket Shelter&mdash;a new tent-like structure sitting on a dock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard&mdash;it might not immediately be obvious that it's full of bugs. But inside pods lining the walls, the prototype is raising 22,000 crickets. Why? To eat, of course.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Terreform ONE has been working on combining food and shelter to solve the United Nations challenge on world hunger.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3vom2m5inlt1wopy.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942776/the-700-year-old-climate-data-recorded-by-japanese-monks The 700-year old climate data recorded by Japanese monks Nicholas Korody 2016-04-28T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:03:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7infwy2c90zxh7ky.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When [Lake Suwa] freezes over, daily temperature changes cause the ice to expand and contract, cracking the surface and forcing it upward into a ridge [...] Every year since at least 1443, the priests who live at the shrine on the edge of Lake Suwa have carefully recorded the date the ridge appears. In 1693, on the other side of the world, a Finnish merchant named Olof Ahlbom started recording the date and time of the spring ice breakup on the Torne River [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"When scientists want to glimpse the climate of the ancient past, they almost always have to use indirect evidence&mdash;changes in tree rings, ice-core layers, or pollen deposits. But the ice records from Japan and Finland, which are the longest of their kind, give us a more direct look at the climate our distant ancestors experienced."</em></p><p>Climate science is a much more interdisciplinary project than one might imagine. Henry David Thoreau's notes from Walden document changes in annual blooming times. Pieter Breugel the Elder's paintings record climatological events, in particular the "<a href="http://www.spectator.co.uk/2014/12/climate-change-bruegel-style/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Little Ice Age</a>."</p><p>For more on the complex business of studying our planetary abode:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122586756/did-florida-ban-environmental-workers-from-talking-about-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Florida ban environmental workers from talking about climate change?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116047218/relocation-or-adaptation-is-a-2-degree-limit-for-global-warming-not-enough" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: Is a 2-Degree Limit for Global Warming Not Enough?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942752/950-for-a-mouldy-central-flat-welcome-to-london £950 for a mouldy 'central' flat? Welcome to London. Ellen Hancock 2016-04-28T10:59:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T12:09:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hegddv2kqpuwiy8w.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you want evidence that London&rsquo;s renters are being taken advantage of, look no further than a new social media campaign. Launched Monday, the #rantyourrent hashtag encourages London&rsquo;s overcharged and poorly housed tenants to visually detail the bad conditions they&rsquo;re expected to put up with in return for large sums of monthly rent. &nbsp; The results, detailed in a new Tumblr called Vent Your Rent, make for sobering viewing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More articles on London and the housing crisis here:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941958/see-the-newly-revealed-2016-aia-cote-top-ten-green-projects See the newly revealed 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Justine Testado 2016-04-22T18:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T01:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f55z6jm55eq6ui0j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just in time for Earth Day, the AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) revealed a new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2016. Over the last two decades, the annual awards program is considered to be the profession's most rigorous awards program for sustainable design excellence throughout the U.S. The jury chose the projects that best convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a peek of the winners:</p><p>Rene Cazenave Apartments; San Francisco by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Associated Architect</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mt/mt45gir4v3aprq87.jpg"></p><p>H-E-B at Mueller; Austin, TX by Lake|Flato Architects, H-E-B Design + Construction, Selser Schaefer Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/da/dalyzi4qjb8t5utt.jpg"></p><p>The J. Craig Venter Institute; San Diego by ZGF Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58mxodoucyyxta5l.jpg"></p><p>Find the rest of the projects <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4841/aia-announces-the-2016-cote-top-ten-green-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941807/architect-turned-sea-flooding-specialist-keeps-panama-city-afloat Architect turned sea-flooding specialist keeps Panama City afloat Julia Ingalls 2016-04-21T18:33:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:42:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkit9c0oq5h7xwkk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Banfield&rsquo;s dedication to environmental issues was born by chance in 2000, when she moved with her husband and three children to Clayton...Together with Carlos Varela, her legal-minded neighbor, Banfield created a community association to defend the rainforest. She remained on the front lines for years, sacrificed her architectural career and eventually began public campaigns for a variety of environmental causes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140875921/the-gsd-vs-the-sea-school-s-new-office-for-urbanization-tackles-climate-change-in-miami-beach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Harvard GSD formed the Office for Urbanization</a> recently to study the effects of sea rise and climate change, Vice Mayor of Panama City Raisa Banfield has taken a more direct approach, physically halting flood-prone projects during construction and connecting with like-minded colleagues around the globe to find solutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tl/tl1720tzmg4j7yyo.jpg"></p><p>As the article notes, <em>"As glaciers melt and oceans flow higher, 'sea-level rise is an issue on almost every coast,' says Rosetta Elkin, landscape architect and professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. It&rsquo;s particularly tough in Panama City, because the entire town was built too far to the east, 'where sea levels are precipitously low' &mdash; thanks in part to American bases &mdash; says Arosemena. As Banfield goes through the rigmarole of finding a solution and calling together a global group of problem-solvers like the Dutch, she may stand a chance at creating some scaffolding for the many other cities that will have to look this same issue in th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us These are the most-polluted cities in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T18:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T12:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79b05ewe2bacpc31.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of just four American metropolitan areas have had regular&nbsp;access to healthy air in recent years. Those&nbsp;four places &mdash;&nbsp;Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.;&nbsp;Honolulu; Elmira-Corning, N.Y.;&nbsp;and&nbsp;Salinas, Calif. &mdash; had the pleasure of breathing air consistently free of unhealthy ozone,&nbsp;short-term particle&nbsp;and year-round&nbsp;particle pollution from 2012 to 2014,according to a new national air quality report card from&nbsp;the American Lung Association. The air everywhere else was less consistently clean.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Actually, air quality has significantly improved in American cities since the passing of the 1970 Clean Air Act and subsequent legislation. This year marked the lowest particle pollution levels in 16 years for all but four of the top 20 most-polluted cities.</p><p>Still, things remain pretty grim: more than half of Americans are breathing unhealthful levels of polluted air today.</p><p>Here are the most-polluted cities (by year-round particle pollution):</p><ol><li>Bakersfield, Calif.</li><li>Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Calif.</li><li>Fresno-Madera, Calif.</li><li>Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif.</li><li>El Centro, Calif.</li><li>(tied) Modesto-Merced, Calif.</li><li>(tied) San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Calif.</li><li>Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, Pa.-Ohio-W. Va.</li><li>Harrisburg-York-Lebanon, Pa.</li><li>Louisville-Jefferson</li><li>County-Elizabethtown-Madison, KY-IN</li></ol><p>Here are some older articles about air quality issues in cities around the world:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in En...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y4hukyf2aotz4aj4.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solar power industry is about to get a big boost in San Francisco. On April 19, the city&rsquo;s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first major US metropolitan area requiring that new buildings install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs. California already mandates that new buildings with 10 floors or less designate at least 15% of their rooftop area (pdf, p8) as being ready for solar panel installation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The city of San Francisco now requires that builders actually install solar panels in these areas (at a minimum) starting in 2017. Larger buildings are exempt for now."</em></p><p>Curious about other efforts to make American cities reduce their carbon footprint through harvesting solar energy? Check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941488/the-netherlands-moves-closer-to-leaving-gas-and-diesel-cars-in-the-dust The Netherlands moves closer to leaving gas and diesel cars in the dust Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-19T18:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T22:59:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3avw9u1epstqi3b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The parliament of The Netherlands has passed a motion which would require that all new cars sold by 2025 will have to be electrified in some way [...] The Dutch government hasn't yet banned gas and diesel-powered cars, however, and the motion does allow for hybrid cars to be sold beyond 2025. [...] Although localized governments have sought to ban public cars from urban streets in a number of European cities, the Dutch Labor Party's motion is by far the most aggressive campaign</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Money, gas and death: the insanity of America's car worship" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940570/money-gas-and-death-the-insanity-of-america-s-car-worship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Money, gas and death: the insanity of America's car worship</a></li><li><a title="Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li><li><a title="Paris pulls off an (almost) car-free day" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137960977/paris-pulls-off-an-almost-car-free-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris pulls off an (almost) car-free day</a></li><li><a title="MVRDV is building a giant staircase to honor Rotterdam's post-WWII reconstruction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939182/mvrdv-is-building-a-giant-staircase-to-honor-rotterdam-s-post-wwii-reconstruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV is building a giant staircase to honor Rotterdam's post-WWII reconstruction</a></li><li><a title="Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329271/dutch-court-mandates-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dutch court mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941431/experimenting-with-a-universal-basic-income-in-nairobi Experimenting with a universal basic income in Nairobi Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T14:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T22:58:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/ppm00sk71fyry6pl.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the old days of policymaking by aphorism&mdash;give a man a fish, feed him for a day!&mdash;simply handing money to the poor was considered an obviously bad idea. How na&iuml;ve&mdash;you can&rsquo;t just give people money. They&rsquo;ll stop trying! They&rsquo;ll just get drunk! The underlying assumption was that the poor weren&rsquo;t good at making decisions for themselves: Experts had to make the decisions for them. As it turns out, that assumption was wrong.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"[...] GiveDirectly, has decided to try to permanently end extreme poverty across dozens of villages and thousands of people in Kenya by guaranteeing them an ongoing income high enough to meet their basic needs&mdash;a universal basic income, or basic income guarantee."</em></p><p>[Update: according to GiveDirectly, while their pilot project will likely be in East Africa, near their current projects, it will not be in Nairobi.]</p><p>For more on the growing conversation around universal basic incomes, check out past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936359/how-much-a-dollar-costs-thom-mayne-s-hard-road-to-success-and-what-postcapitalism-and-a-world-without-work-could-mean-for-architecture-on-archinect-sessions-57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"How Much a Dollar Costs": Thom Mayne's hard road to success and what "Postcapitalism and a World without Work" could mean for architecture, on Archinect Sessions #57</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130500481/utrecht-to-experiment-with-universal-unconditional-basic-income" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utrecht to experiment with universal, unconditional "basic income"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130196665/considering-the-future-of-work-at-the-2015-london-festival-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940897/the-scientists-trying-to-assist-evolution-and-breed-super-coral The scientists trying to assist evolution and breed "super-coral" Nicholas Korody 2016-04-15T12:47:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T13:05:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jf77tqghizlgmpt.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A lot of people want to go back to something,&rdquo; [said Ruth Gates]. &ldquo;They think, If we just stop doing things, maybe the reef will come back to what it was. [...] Our project is acknowledging that a future is coming where nature is no longer fully natural.&rdquo; [...] The power of selective breeding is all around us. Dogs, cats, cows, chickens, pigs [...] But the super-coral project pushes into new territory. Already there&rsquo;s a term for this sort of effort: assisted evolution.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;'I</em><em>n the food supply, in our pets, you name it&mdash;everywhere you turn, selectively bred stuff appears,' Gates observed. 'For some reason, in the framework of conservation&mdash;or an ecosystem that would be preserved by conservation&mdash;it seems like a radical idea. But it&rsquo;s not like we&rsquo;ve invented something new. It&rsquo;s hilarious, really, when you think about it.'&rdquo;</em></p><p>As the world heats up, seas begin to rise, and farmland goes dry, our inherited ideas of "nature" are put under pressure. Here's some Archinect-exclusive features on unnatural nature and other aspects of life in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112035318/archinect-s-lexicon-anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Anthropocene</a>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149934079/timothy-morton-on-haunted-architecture-dark-ecology-and-other-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142453636/ways-of-seeing-in-the-anthropocene-review-of-the-geological-imagination-and-the-underdome-guide-to-energy-reform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ways of Seeing in the Anthropocene: Review of "The Geological Imagination" and "The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/125765734/between-sampling-and-dowsing-field-notes-from-grnasfck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between Sampling and Do...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940798/a-closer-look-at-riza3-s-low-cost-housing-plans-for-the-homeless A closer look at riza3's low-cost housing plans for the homeless Julia Ingalls 2016-04-14T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T00:16:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rs/rsexkl9udallv8f1.jpg" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last year, the team took part in the 'Tiny Home Community' competition, set up by members of the North Carolina branch of the American Institute of Architects. The competition was asking participants to design low-cost homes with prefabricated elements, that could house the homeless folk of Raleigh, North Carolina. More than 100 architectural offices from all over the world answered the call, including some well-established companies, but first prize was eventually awarded to riza3.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/145731740/elemental-s-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, the firm of Pritzker Prize winning <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938424/it-s-going-to-be-about-gratitude-and-it-s-going-to-be-about-joy-watch-alejandro-aravena-s-pritzker-acceptance-speech" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938728/inside-aravena-s-open-source-plans-for-low-cost-yet-upgradable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released plans for "incremental" low-cost housing</a> meant to be assembled partly by individuals and partly by a larger social infrastructure, they're not the only ones with ideas for long term sustainable housing. Greek firm riza3's competition winning ideas for low-cost houses differ in that they use prefabricated elements, and assume that there will be some integration into a preexisting urban fabric. Here's a look at a few plans and renderings:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q7/q70vbajbwfthvtga.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfqa7p7ty9vp6th0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/46oi8akft3rkhj4v.jpg"></p><p>The individual units, which measure 20'4" by 9'8" can be integrated into a community plan, with a separate work space and common area.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55xozmqjnc6gjbqt.jpg"></p><p>For more on homelessness and its possible solutions:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940683/faraday-future-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-1b-nevada-factory Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T12:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:31:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4h1c6wn3ih2k2fbr.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Electric car company&nbsp;Faraday Future held a groundbreaking ceremony for&nbsp;its $1 billion manufacturing facility outside Las Vegas this afternoon, attended by Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, North Las Vegas mayor John Lee, and a host of other officials. There wasn't any actual "ground" broken, though, really &mdash; Faraday still needs to grade the land, which it says it will do "soon."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>[...]</em></p><p><em>"Faraday's VP of Global Manufacturing Dag Reckhorn says that they are "moving extremely quickly for a project of this size" &mdash; a 3 million square-foot factory on 900 acres that the company claims will bring 4,300 jobs to the region over a decade &mdash; with plans to build in just two years instead of the normal four."</em></p><p>Watch the cached livestream here (video starts at 32:59):</p><p></p><p>Listen to our recent&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> conversation with <strong>Richard Kim</strong>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/148900430/faraday-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Faraday Future</strong></a>:</p><p></p><p>For more on the future of self-driving automobiles, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940475/is-tesla-having-its-iphone-moment-with-the-launch-of-the-model-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Tesla having its "iPhone moment" with the launch of the Model 3?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938932/the-enclosure-to-dismantle-chernobyl-s-nuclear-reactor-is-complete The enclosure to dismantle Chernobyl's nuclear reactor is complete Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/re3up7ea51wov3gs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused reactor number four to explode... Reuters reports that a huge recently-completed enclosure called the New Safe Confinement&mdash;the world's largest land-based moving structure&mdash;will be &ldquo;pulled slowly over the site later this year to create a steel-clad casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although it sounds like an early aughts indie band name, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/4247339/nuclear-bunker-looks-like-a-nuclear-bunker-say-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Safe Confinement</a> structure over Chernobyl's reactor number four is finally complete, constructed at an estimated cost of&nbsp;&euro;1.5 billion. Meanwhile, neighboring city and officially uninhabitable Pripyat has become a hauntingly photogenic ghost town, as captured in these photos:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lc/lci6xc6eegtjlt8t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5t/5t23mu4j40ujs27w.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/on/onnrcgpzt1kekypn.jpg"></p><p>For what else is going on in Chernobyl:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27152/walking-tours-of-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walking Tours of Chernobyl</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53638623/sunny-chernobyl-beauty-in-a-haze-of-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/27128/agricultural-de-radiation-in-chernobyl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agricultural De-Radiation in Chernobyl</a></li></ul>