Archinect - News 2015-10-04T05:26:12-04:00 As hammers clang and views vanish Nam Henderson 2015-10-03T11:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T11:03:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>residents are taking aim at the disruption caused by construction, the uprooting of cherished institutions, the buildings&rsquo; designs and the ever-higher prices attached to the housing that they fear will alter neighborhoods fundamentally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>C. J. Hughes examines how some NYC residents are reacting to an ongoing boom in construction, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">enabled/exemplified by&nbsp;the rezoning of 37 percent of the city under the Bloomberg administration</a>.&nbsp;From filing noise complaints, pushing for height&nbsp;moratoriums, to fighting against the loss of public space and/or services.</p> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8) Archinect 2015-10-02T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T21:13:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a> is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life!</p><p>From the long, long <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list of Archtober events</a>, we have picked some exciting highlights to add to your calendar in the first week, Oct. 1-8:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design New York | Oct. 2-4</strong></a><br><em>Dwell on Design New York upends the standard &ldquo;design show&rdquo; format with a forum that inspires new ideas &amp; a fresh point of view. Designers, architects, manufacturers, makers, and you, come together to evaluate design, solve problems and uncover innovations.</em><br>&nbsp;</li><li><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers &amp; Books Fair: 2015 | Oct. 2-4</a></strong><br><em>The Designers &amp; Books Fair is the only book fair in the world that focuses on architecture, fashion, graphic design, interior design, product design, and all the other allied design disciplines. Publishers of new books and also rare and out...</em></p></li></ul> Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T16:11:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> "Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-10-02T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T16:43:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Among the many writers of disasters and crisis &ndash; from Barthes to Blanchot to Ballard &ndash; there is a strain of thinking that rejects the normative and reductive assumption that a disaster must be met with an austere temper or melancholic pragmatism. Rather, disasters can breed their own wild creativity. The <em>&#8203;Lagoonous Assemblage: Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles</em>&nbsp;Honorable Mention proposal seems to take this direction, asking how the drought can be conceived of as an opportunity.</p><p><em><strong>Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Tanzil Shafique</p><p>The central question this project explores is how to turn crisis into an opportunity and the notion of antifragility gives a philsophical background to such design exploration agenda. It is defined as a quality of a system to benefit from exposure to disorder/stress/disaster, as opposed to resiliency which merely adapts to the stress. Can a re-invented urbanism be envisoned for Los Angeles that uses the drought as a pre...</p> "SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines & WaterTransmission Surfaces," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-10-02T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T14:09:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="723" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, there was a flurry of news about the Chinese government's attempt to seed clouds in order to engineer the weather. In fact, the technology &ndash; while largely considered imperfect &ndash; both exists and has been implemented. The&nbsp;<em>SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines &amp; WaterTransmission Surfaces</em>&nbsp;Honorable Mention proposal imagines a future in which existing infrastructure could be employed to serve as the base for a micro-cloud seeding operation to provide water to a thirsty California.</p><p><em><strong>"SEEDING MICRO-CLOUDS. Power Transmission Lines &amp; WaterTransmission Surfaces,"&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Cristina Jorge Camacho<br><br><strong>INTRODUCTION.</strong>&nbsp;Why electric infrastructure is so important compared to water supply? How we can restore the natural balance? Cyberspace does not exist without electricity, humanity cannot survive without water. It is possible to take advantage of using electric grid for helping improve water resources. Transmission towers&rsquo; structure with an additional structural...</p> Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives? Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T13:11:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers estimate that driverless cars could, by midcentury, reduce traffic fatalities by up to 90 percent. Which means that, using the number of fatalities in 2013 as a baseline, self-driving cars could save 29,447 lives a year. In the United States alone, that's nearly 300,000 fatalities prevented over the course of a decade, and 1.5 million lives saved in a half-century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Accidents happen. But do they have to? Researchers estimate that driverless cars could save up to $190 billion in health-care costs and 50 million lives worldwide over five decades.&nbsp;</p><p>For more of Archinect's coverage on changes in driving and car culture, check out these stories:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More roads won't ease traffic, but charging drivers more at peak hours will</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://From%20California%20to%20Texas,%20car%20culture%20is%20losing%20its%20monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Another Olympics, another story of displacement Alexander Walter 2015-10-01T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T13:08:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Team China beat out Team Kazakhstan to host the games. Zhangjiakou, a city of 4 million people in the mountains of Hebei province, will host the games alongside Beijing. [...] They're worried I'll talk to people like Lu Wanku, who will be forced to move to make way for the region&rsquo;s investment boom. Lu herds cattle and has lived in his tiny brick home for more than 20 years. His home is now in the way of a Four Seasons Town Dream Resort ski run. [...] Lu has two weeks to move out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putin's Olympic steamroller in Sochi</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> "The Ocean Above Us," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-10-01T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T12:15:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="786" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the face of events that exceed our capacity for comprehension, humans tend to invent myths and stories that render things palatable. The passage of the sun across the firmament, the surge of the oceans in a storm, the crash of thunder that follows the flash of lightning &ndash; these all have been attributed to the actions of gods, demons, etc. Even when a more precise or scientific answer is available, humans tend to rely on these stories to help explain complex phenomena to children. What stories will humans of the future invent to understand our time of ecological crises? <em>The Ocean Above Us</em>&nbsp;Honorary Mention proposal takes the form of such a fable, sited in a speculative future in which humans reach to the skies to quench their thirst.</p><p><em><strong>The Ocean Above Us</strong></em><strong>, </strong>by<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Jake Boswell</p><p><em>&ldquo;The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical r...</em></p> "Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T17:04:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Consuming disproportionately-vast quantities of water for the recreational pleasure of a small (typically elite) group of people, golf courses&nbsp;often become a first line of attack during droughts. But what if they could be appropriated in order to help&nbsp;<em>mitigate</em>&nbsp;the effects of a water shortage? The <em>Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal is a proactive &ndash; incendiary, even &ndash; reimagining of the the role of golf courses in Southern California.</p><p><strong>Playing with Fire: Golf takes a new Course of action</strong>, by Mark Faulkner</p><p>Fire has historically been a regular and natural presence in California&rsquo;s environment. As the landscape becomes drier the threat to residents grows. Fire suppression can lead to greater fire catastrophe further down the line as fuels build up. The Wildland Urban Interface will continue to expand and California needs to plan for<em>&nbsp;</em>increased fire presence and to consider fire as a factor in design.&nbsp;</p><p>Golf Courses have become a key recreation for re...</p> MMYST: a crowd-funded, human-animal hybrid building by François Roche and Camille Lacadee of New-Territories/M4 Nicholas Korody 2015-09-30T16:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T18:51:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"What we propose here is a different format for making architecture,"&nbsp;Camille Lacadee states in a deadpan tone, "with multiple clients, multiple users, bakers, lovers, following a bottom-up mode of exchanges and desire." A robotic arm extends into the frame and offers her a bowl of bird's nest soup, which she takes. "Oh it's hot!"</p><p>Alongside Fran&ccedil;ois Roche,&nbsp;Lacadee&nbsp;heads the&nbsp;ever-mutating, radically-experimental architecture studio currently-known-as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories / M4</a>. For their new project&nbsp;MMYST, or "mke_Me_yungR_sheltR_tmptation," they've launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> that includes what is likely one of the most wonderfully strange videos that's ever been on the crowd-funding website.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>According to the campaign description, MMYST would comprise a 140 sqm (1500 ft&sup2;) "experimental hybrid building" to be shared by humans and swiftlets, a species of bird that makes unique nests out of saliva that are prized for their culinary applications.<br><br>Sited on an outcropping of cooled-lava in the...</p> Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T15:00:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods across the west side of San Francisco could see thousands of new housing units under a measure Mayor Ed Lee is proposing that would allow builders to exceed current height restrictions in exchange for including more affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mayor's proposal would allow builders to add two stories of additional height to the current building height restrictions to help the notoriously expensive metropolis of San Francisco become more affordable to middle-class denizens (unlike federal or state sponsored initiatives, which target low-income groups). To exceed the height restrictions, thirty percent of the new development's units would have to be affordable; for those projects that are fully comprised of affordable units, developers would be able to add a third story.&nbsp;In San Francisco, middle-class is defined as "families making between 120 and 140 percent of area median income, which is $122,000 to $142,000 for a family of four."&nbsp;</p><p>For more on San Francisco's housing crisis, do check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Markasaurus does the math on SF housing prices</a>&nbsp;</p> Archinect presents "Next Up," a live podcasting event in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this Saturday, October 3rd! Archinect 2015-09-30T12:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T20:08:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect is excited to announce the Chicago installment of our two-part live-podcasting series,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><em>Next Up</em></strong></a>, hosted in collaboration with the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>!</p><p>Taking place on the Biennial's opening weekend, the (live!) marathon set of interviews, panels and discussions with Biennial participants will feature an&nbsp;international host of architecture's most exciting and promising players, including:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryony Roberts</a></li><li>Rural Urban Framework</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Territories</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a></li><li>Norman Kelley</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a></li><li>Paul Preissner (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Preissner Architects</a>)</li><li>Paul Andersen (Independent Architecture)</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Herda</a> (co-artistic director of the Biennial)</li><li>Michelle Boone (Chicago Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Special Events)</li><li>FAKE Industries</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andreas Angelidakis</a></li><li>Grupo Toma</li><li>Pedro y Juana</li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong><em>Next Up</em></strong></a>&nbsp;will take place on <strong>Saturday, October 3</strong>, from <strong>12 - 4pm</strong>, at the <strong>Chicago Cultural Center's Randolph Sq</strong>. The event is free and open to the public &ndash; come watch the discussion unfold, and add your own questions to the mix vi...</p> "The Continental Compact," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-30T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T21:14:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the current drought is likely linked to larger issues like climate change, California has always had cycles of dry and wet seasons, as well as regular drought periods. But, for thousands of years, the inhabitants of the region were (for the most part) able to survive times of water scarcity &ndash; in part because there was, frankly, less of them. As anyone whose seen&nbsp;<em>Chinatown</em>&nbsp;knows, Los Angeles as we know it today is only possible because of the massive projects that pipe water in from out of state. While this was undoubtedly an infrastructural feat, it was also a policy one.&nbsp;<em>The Continental Compact&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention considers historical hydro-policies in order to imagine radically different futures.</p><p><em><strong>The Continental Compact&nbsp;</strong></em>by&nbsp;Ian Caine, Co-Designer, Derek Hoeferlin, AIA, Co-Designer, Emily Chen, Illustrator and Researcher, Tiffin Thompson, Illustrator and Researcher, Pablo Chavez, Illustrator.</p><p>The drought crisis in California is first and foremost a political crisis. Decades of pub...</p> "Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-09-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T21:14:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long abandoned to the shadows of architectural thinking, the proverbial "throne" of the house &ndash; the toilet &ndash; is beginning to make a bit of a comeback, taking a central role in last year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennial</a>, and making an occasional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appearance</a> in Archinect features. While it may upset our lingering Victorian sensibilities, toilets &ndash; and what they flush &ndash; are an integral aspect of the contemporary house and the modern city. In the context of a drought crisis, these water-vaccuums take on a different hue. The&nbsp;"Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse"&nbsp;Honorable Mention submission&nbsp;reexamines the toilet and its contents within a larger framework, proposing using existing algae technology to treat our wastewater.</p><p><strong><em>Growing Energy from Waste: a natural twist on Direct Potable Reuse</em></strong>, by&nbsp;Prentiss Darden and Algae Systems LLC</p><p>In Southern California, we fill our toilets with water that has traveled over 400 miles, consuming great amounts of energy and emitting carbon dioxid...</p> Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a>&rsquo;s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District.&nbsp;Despite what you might assume&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Shelter isn&rsquo;t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or the homeless, in Los Angeles &ndash; it&rsquo;s about forming new expectations of how housing and the city should interact...housing imagined in Shelter is about merging L.A.&rsquo;s residential spaces with its civic topography, forming a less privatized residential existence in the city</em>".</p><p>The winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition were selected. In the "Speculative" category "Grassroots Cactivism" by Ali Chen took <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deane Madsen</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>A timely and relevant competition with thoughtful responses. Well done, all around!</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> "Hold the Salt," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-09-29T11:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:05:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One of the great ironies of the California drought crisis &ndash; or at least one that's repeatedly mentioned &ndash; is that the thirsty state borders the theoretically-endless water reserves of the Pacific Ocean. But, of course, closer examination reveals that a) desalination is no simple task and b) the saltwater, in fact, poses one of the great challenges to our water reserves, constantly threatening to leach into aging infrastructure. The&nbsp;<em>Hold the Salt&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention submission takes the tenuous relationship between salty and fresh water as the starting point for an expansive proposal involving large-scale infrastructural rehabilitation and conversion.&nbsp;<br><br><strong><em>Hold the Salt</em></strong>, by Erik Jensen and Richard Crockett &nbsp;</p><p>California&rsquo;s water system depends upon a fragile balance of inbound saline water against outbound fresh water from the state&rsquo;s watersheds. This tenuous and shifting watermark of salt intrusion is continually maintained with aggressively engineered systems controls. This year California w...</p> "Freshly Squeezed- Survival on the Fringes," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:07:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part and parcel to the image of Orange County in the popular imagination, the suburban tract home is a ubiquitous, popular, and oft-derided element of the Southern California architecture vernacular. The&nbsp;<em>Freshly Squeezed: Survival on the Fringes&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal crafts an extended timeline for this housing typology, revisiting its history and imagining its position in a speculative future marked by natural disasters and resource scarcity.<br><br><em><strong>Freshly Squeezed: Survival on the Fringes</strong></em>, by Robert Alexander</p><p>For 60 years, the Orange County suburban tract house has been a model real estate product for living and consumption in Southern California. Thousands of homes were built following this model of development: large single family houses (2000 to 4000 square feet), built of wood frames with stucco and generally occupying the center 50 to 60 percent of their lots. These houses demonstrated efficiency in their construction and in their ability to sell quickly, but were usually design...</p> Climate change is increasing the risk of severe flooding in New York Nicholas Korody 2015-09-28T17:49:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T17:49:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Flood risk in New York City has increased in recent decades due to human-caused sea level rise and the related storm surge that occurs during cyclones, according to a new study. Climate change threatens to exacerbate the risk storms pose to the largest city in the United States. [...] &ldquo;This is going from something you probably won&rsquo;t see in your lifetime to something you may see several times in your lifetime,&rdquo; said Andra Reed, a researcher at Penn State University.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>&nbsp;published in the journal <em>PNAS&nbsp;</em>that looked at sediment at different point of the New Jersey shore, before 1800, a flood that rose 7.4 ft above sea level would occur about once every 500 years.</p><p>Now &ndash; or, more precisely, since 1970 &ndash; we can expect a storm like that to hit the Big Apple every 24 years.</p><p>Between 850 CE and 1800, there was a slight, natural, and gradual rise in sea levels. But in the last few decades, sea level has risen an average of 2 millimeters per year.</p><p>According to Time, "Nearly 90% of that rise has been the result of human activity."</p> NASA discovers liquid water on Mars Nicholas Korody 2015-09-28T14:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T16:27:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It took multiple spacecraft over several years to solve this mystery, and now we know there is liquid water on the surface of this cold, desert planet,&rdquo; said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA&rsquo;s Mars Exploration Program at the agency&rsquo;s headquarters in Washington. &ldquo;It seems that the more we study Mars, the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are resources to support life in the future.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an announcement made this morning, NASA stated that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on the fourth planet from the Sun.&nbsp;<br><br>The new evidence emerged from data collected by an imaging spectrometer mounted on the spacecraft, which was launched in 2005 and has been orbiting Mars since 2006. According to the announcement, "researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet." The signatures appear to corroborate existing hypotheses.</p><p>Known as recurring slop lineae (RSL), the streaks seem to ebb and flow, apparently in accord with seasonal fluctuations. Previously suggested as an indicator of the presence of water, the discovery of hydrated salts further validates this idea.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The salts &ndash; likely a mixture of magnesium perchlorate, magnesium chlorate, and sodium perchlorate &ndash; would help lower the freezing point of what is likely a subsurface flow that occasionally breach...</p> "APART, WE ARE TOGETHER," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category Archinect 2015-09-28T10:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T19:25:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Coping with California's drought and ensuing water restrictions have been stressful for everyone in the state, but some bear that stress more heavily than others. In <em>Apart, We Are Together</em>, the state's most affluent members will manage to detach the water infrastructure from everyone else to continue buying water at whatever cost, while the lesser-haves must get by with whatever's left, resulting in a drastically divided California.</p><p><strong>APART, WE ARE TOGETHER</strong>, by&nbsp;El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn</p><p>California will not be homogeneously dry. Its main geographic challenge is economic and political.</p><p>With 21 spots on the list of 30 neighborhoods with the highest percentage of million dollar homes, the taxpayers in these zip codes will pay for desalted water, a cost nearly twice as expensive as the rate for imported water was. They will ramp up their infrastructure to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. (Don&rsquo;t worry about the intensive energy needs of such...</p> Becoming an Architect Sponsor 2015-09-28T10:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-25T12:19:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>A 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards reported the highest number of aspiring architects to date. More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting hours. The 3,543 candidates who completed the Intern Development Program (IDP) are ready to start taking the Architect Registration Examination&reg; (ARE&reg;). Last year, 3,719 exam candidates completed the ARE, which was the highest number of completions for all sections since 2008.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><strong>Worried About the ARE?</strong></p><p>PPI publishes a comprehensive exam review series for the ARE, authored by David Kent Ballast, FAIA. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to learn more about this best-selling author and how his books can help you prepare to pass your exam. PPI is committed to helping architects and engineers pass their licensing exams. Visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> to learn how you can get started today.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p>In 2016, the ARE exam format is changing to align the ARE with current practice management, project management, and project design ...</p> "HydroForest," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Pragmatic category Archinect 2015-09-28T09:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:52:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Used in some of the world's driest places, fog-catchers can turn atmospheric moisture into potable water, effective on scales small and large &ndash; it's used by the South African Namib Desert beetle as an evolutionary trick to stay hydrated, and by a Chilean brewery to make beer. The&nbsp;<em>HydroForest&nbsp;</em>Honorable Mention proposal calls for a community-run fog-catching system in the famously foggy San Francisco, where residents can be responsible for their own moisture-trapping canopy in a local public space.</p><p><em><strong>HydroForest,</strong></em> by Difei Chen and Ted Ngai (Advisor, RPI)</p><p>The HydroForest is a project that attempts to address climate change, namely the water crisis in California, through a crowd sourcing urban intervention strategy of implementing low-tech fog collectors to create what we call Community Owned and Managed Public Space (COMPS). This strategy takes precedence in how urban trees are managed in many cities, where residences can take responsibility of a tree pit in front of their properties and c...</p> Searching for Queen Elizabeth's architectural legacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T03:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:12:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="648" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elizabeth II is the first major British monarch who will not have an architectural style named after her [...] The present Elizabethan era includes as many as a dozen architectural highlights and at least two broad architectural styles. &ldquo;I cannot imagine a term or an argument that would tie all of this together,&rdquo; says Stanford Anderson, a professor emeritus of history and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. &ldquo;'New Elizabethan architecture&rsquo; just ducks the question.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:11:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 27th, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a> will officially present their idea for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus-type</a> school for Sub-Saharan Africa at the United Nations Solutions Summit. The proposed program would be based in Kigali, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rwanda</a> and would purposefully "incubate local innovation towards tackling the biggest building boom of the next quarter century" according to a press release issued by MASS.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This building boom refers to the estimated addition of one billion Africans over the next two decades, while the project's name refers to the infamous 20th century Bauhaus school, which encouraged not only theory, but actual practice, resulting in a widespread adoption of modernism. This practice element will be crucial in a nation which will require massive amounts of new (and hopefully, artfully designed) infrastructure.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Cheeky "A Folly for London" winners announced Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T06:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="152" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a> hasn't attracted universal acclaim, it has spurred an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unusual competition</a>. A purposefully free-to-enter satirical contest known as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Folly for London</a>"&nbsp;encouraged anyone and everyone to submit "absurd, illogical, egotistic and obtrusive designs for&nbsp;the public green space on London&rsquo;s South Bank which would be sacrificed for The Garden Bridge." Judged by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, journalist&nbsp;Owen Hatherley and political cartoonist&nbsp;Martin Rowson, the overall winner, "Green Fire of London" is a perennial flame fueled by trees culled from London's parks to "free up vast tracts of new land for developers to use for luxury constructions." It beat out entries in a variety of categories, including Absurd Transport Infrastructure, Priapic Humour, and Greenwash.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some of the honorable mentions, including "Jesus Square &amp; Bridge" took a subtler approach, proposing the construction of an underwater bridge that would allow any species walki...</p> How connected do architects still feel to the profession? More Dear Architecture letters explore that question Justine Testado 2015-09-23T18:02:00-04:00 >2015-09-24T23:11:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While it's just as important to have serious discussions about the future of architecture, so is taking a hard, honest look at its present state. And if the letters from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently concluded "Dear Architecture" competition</a> indicate anything about how individual architects perceive the field right now, things are looking bleak.</p><p>Organized by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>, the competition invited entrants to write an approximately 500-word letter addressed to Architecture, whether as a concept, a social practice, or a community. The 12 Honorable Mention entries, although written as seemingly fictional anecdotes, consistently expressed feelings of disconnection with architecture&nbsp;&mdash; topped with a melancholic tone that is just yearning for the better.</p><p>Read the 12 Honorable Mentions in their entirety (listed in no particular ranking):</p><p>1. <strong>Aditya Ghosh</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Dear Architecture,&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s paper, exactly 9 inches wide and 15 inches high. It&rsquo;s two dimensional, flat and featureless. A shade of white that is incapable of any ex...</p> "They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mia Lehrer, a Los Angeles landscape architect who helped prepare a master plan for the river in 2007, said Mr. Gehry&rsquo;s involvement had distressed people wary of top-down directives, and raised fears that he would derail the plan by the Army Corps of Engineers just as it was gaining momentum. Still, she said Mr. Gehry was welcome to join the fray. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s a creative dude,&rdquo; Ms. Lehrer said. &ldquo;So the answer is, &lsquo;Why not?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Perhaps to escape the local ire which his involvement with the L.A. River redevelopment has drawn, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> talked to The New York Times about his hopes for the project and for his relationship with the community. "I&rsquo;m doing something that&rsquo;s going to be good and trying to be inclusive, and they are trying to cut me up before I even get out of the gate. That&rsquo;s not nice. I don&rsquo;t want to create a fight with them, but they should grow up," he said.</p><p>For more on Gehry's involvement with the L.A. River, do read:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> A neuroscientist's approach to urban design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-23T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:39:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In past experiments, [neuroscientist Colin Ellard] monitored sweat glands with special wristbands to measure stress levels. In Toronto, he has added special headbands that measure brain waves. [...] &ldquo;I think this kind of research, by showing how people respond to the places that are here, can highlight some of the key principles that can be useful in designing better public places.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the intersection of brain sciences and cities:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #3: Brains and the City</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Brain on Architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developing an "urban neuroscience" to build better cities</a></li></ul> Architecture Billings Index retracts slightly in August Alexander Walter 2015-09-23T12:41:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:37:08-04:00 <img src="" width="362" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) slipped in August after showing mostly healthy business conditions so far this year. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. This score reflects a slight decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, down from a reading of 63.7 the previous month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The AIA states these key ABI highlights for the month of August:</p><ul><li>Regional averages: Midwest (56.1), South (53.8), West (50.2) Northeast (46.8)</li><li>Sector index breakdown: institutional (53.7), mixed practice (52.8), commercial / industrial (49.7) multi-family residential (49.5)</li><li>Project inquiries index: 61.8</li><li>Design contracts index: 55.3</li></ul> Celebrate diversity! A Resource for your rendering needs Nam Henderson 2015-09-23T01:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T22:42:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kaleidoscope challenges the dominance of gendernormativity, ableism and race-blindness in architectural drawings by diversifying the population of represented peoples in renderings. Choosing to include underrepresented people in drawings not only reflects reality, but also actively imagines a more just, inclusive, and pluralistic society.</p></em><br /><br /><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Justin Garrett Moore</a></p>