Archinect - News 2015-09-03T13:17:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135751122/master-architect-m-n-ashish-ganju-on-working-to-achieve-good-architecture Master architect M.N. Ashish Ganju on working to achieve "good architecture" Justine Testado 2015-09-03T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T13:07:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nqgbg357qqfun1a.jpg" width="514" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju is a thought leader in Indian architectural philosophy...Based in New Delhi, Ganju cares about the fact that over a quarter of Delhi&rsquo;s population lives outside the law in unauthorised colonies. He lives and works on the urban fringe, to demonstrate by example the principle of urban renewal by citizens.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a recent&nbsp;<em>Forbes</em> interview, esteemed architect M.N. Ashish Ganju&nbsp;looks back on his career over the last few decades --&nbsp;from the history of Indian architecture, his most notable projects, to his current efforts to instill citizen-led urban renewal in the outskirts of the country.</p><p>You can also read some of Ganju's writing&nbsp;<a href="http://architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-123566#off-canvas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129867356/an-angry-passion-round-up-of-global-tributes-to-charles-correa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"An Angry Passion": Round-Up of Global Tributes to Charles Correa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791024/charles-correa-legendary-indian-architect-dies-at-84" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Correa, legendary Indian architect, dies at 84</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129719489/works-by-le-corbu-and-louis-kahn-in-ahmedabad-left-off-historic-conservation-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127524458/mumbai-s-dharavi-slum-opportunities-challenges" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities &amp; challenges</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135725347/reporting-from-the-front-is-the-title-of-the-15th-venice-biennale-of-architecture "Reporting from the Front" is the title of the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-09-02T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T13:19:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cuqq0vidxq8egq1.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The President of la Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, accompanied by the curator of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Alejandro Aravena, met today at Ca&rsquo; Giustinian with the representatives of 48 Countries. The 15th Exhibition will take place from May 28th to November 27th 2016...in the Giardini and the Arsenale and in various other venues in Venice. The title chosen by Alejandro Aravena for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition is: REPORTING FROM THE FRONT</p></em><br /><br /><p>"There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people&rsquo;s quality of life," <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a>&nbsp;states in the announcement. "More and more people in the planet are in search for a decent place to live and the conditions to achieve it are becoming tougher and tougher by the hour. Any attempt to go beyond business as usual encounters huge resistance in the inertia of reality and any effort to tackle relevant issues has to overcome the increasing complexity of the world."&nbsp;</p><p>Employing a militaristic tone, Aravena is signalling an aggressive positioning for next year's Biennale, as well as a clear political stance. "Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, on the frontlines of the built environment, there is a sense of vitality because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key," he states.</p><p>The Chilean architect is know...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135669066/real-life-tractor-beam-nasa-teams-with-arx-pax-to-create-micro-satellite-capture-devices Real-life tractor beam: NASA teams with Arx Pax to create micro-satellite capture devices Julia Ingalls 2015-09-02T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T11:54:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/og/og326llot7j32oq4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/112809997/working-out-of-the-box-greg-henderson-of-hendo-hoverboards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect-founded technology firm Arx Pax</a>, who brought you the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112427946/a-chat-with-the-architect-who-invented-the-hoverboard-episode-4-of-archinect-sessions-out-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hendo Hoverboard</a>,&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133181511/archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-featured-by-msnbc-juror-and-nasa-hydrologist-jay-famiglietti-interviewed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a>, who recently brought you photos of Pluto, announced today that they've teamed up in a Space Act Agreement to create micro-satellite capture devices that create magnetic tethers between satellites.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qljul3sl3pr5qye8.jpg"></p><p>The technology, which is based on Arx Pax's patented electromagnetic energy transmitting Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA), would allow the proposed devices to manipulate and couple satellites from a distance. This effect could be roughly compared to the "tractor beam" used on the TV show "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/16635320/1-5-billion-star-trek-theme-park-announced-for-jordan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Star Trek</a>" (except for small satellites only, and with a much simpler initiator than the NCC 1701).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcs4ow4ncuc9isut.jpg"></p><p>Arx Pax and NASA are keen to design a device that can attract one object to another remotely, which would allow the initiator to keep an object in its field stationary: once engaged in the device's field, the satellite would be unable to either move from or toward the device. According to Arx Pax, this "will enable the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135669065/first-big-name-architects-confirmed-for-obama-presidential-center First big-name architects confirmed for Obama Presidential Center Alexander Walter 2015-09-01T20:32:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T12:59:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4fb2o72do558ih5y.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Barack Obama's people announced last week that they are searching worldwide for an architect for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, they won no points for transparency. [...] Having consulted sources, I can now name 11 of the firms and observe that they are A) Of high caliber; B) Represent a broad geographic and aesthetic spectrum; and C) Include the established firms one would expect to be invited.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rumors have been running wild which architects were among the 50+ selected firms to receive RFQs from the White House for the design of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/517819/barack-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a> in Chicago.</p><p>While&nbsp;Martin Nesbitt, chairman of the <a href="http://www.barackobamafoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barack Obama Foundation</a>, remains tight-lipped about names of the invited designers, more and more national and international architects surface 'as confirmed.' Blair Kamin claims in his latest <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-obama-library-architect-selection-kamin-met-0902-20150901-column.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Tribune</em> piece</a> that &mdash;&nbsp;according to his sources &mdash;&nbsp;he can already name 11 of the firms: among them, Pritzker winner Renzo Piano, Chicago locals Helmut Jahn, Perkins+Will, Krueck+Sexton,&nbsp;and Tigerman McCurry Architects, New Yorkers Robert A.M. Stern (who has already designed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/273119/george-w-bush-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GWB's presidential library</a>) and&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as well as&nbsp;the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, and others.</p><p>Kamin repeatedly points out London-based&nbsp;David Adjaye&nbsp;as the one to watch, potentially the first non-American architect who could land the job for an American presidential library.</p><p>R...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life Julia Ingalls 2015-09-01T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T14:36:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hp/hp45n92ofqtv5hwy.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A shortlisted finalist in the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126383916/the-oscars-of-architecture-world-architecture-festival-opens-call-for-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Architecture&nbsp;Festival</a> awards, <a href="http://archinect.com/crgarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRG Architects</a>' Bamboo Skyscraper is not only noteworthy for its unusual choice of material, but its vision of what constitutes a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13491/skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscraper</a>. Instead of focusing on a single prominent tower, the design is a cluster of gradually rising volumes that interconnect and share a central vertical core. Stainless steel is used for joint material between the high-tensile-strength <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/60509/bamboo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bamboo</a> tubes, while <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/79033/beijing-cubism-how-etfe-revolutionized-the-bubble" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EFTE</a> is used for the facade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a57ekxlmq6so04c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1werj48f14ljdbcg.jpg"></p><p>Sustainability drove the initial design concept, as did a desire for fostering greater public space and communal interactions within the cluster. According to a statement by CRG, "It is up to artists, designers and architects to find an answer to the question how current technology can breathe new life into the urban environment and into public domain."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3x/3x0d8yjecz3wths6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ly/lyba1fcw7ocxa1q3.jpg"></p><p>The 247,000 square meter complex, which boasts office, entertainment, and hotel/residential spaces, also has a helix slope for bicycle access.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135636799/binational-urbanism-on-the-road-to-paradise-released Binational Urbanism – On the Road to Paradise Released BOARD 2015-09-01T10:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T12:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftr3p7vj5y3qxpky.jpg" width="514" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Binational urbanism has the potential to become one of the most interesting forms of life in the twenty-first century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Amsterdam-based publishing house <a href="http://www.trancity.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">trancityxvaliz</a> just released Bernd Upmeyer&rsquo;s new book entitled <a href="http://www.trancity.nl/publicaties/binational-urbanism.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Binational Urbanism &ndash; On the Road to Paradise&rdquo;</a>.<br><br>&ldquo;Never before was the mobility of individuals higher than it is today. People work and live not only in different places, but often even in different countries. Binational Urbanism examines the way of life of people who start a second life in a second city in a second nation-state, without saying goodbye to their first city. They live in constant transit between two homes, between two countries.</p><p>Binational urbanists come from all strata of society, from the highly educated and cosmopolitan creative classes to the working class. Through their continuous change of location, binational urbanists appear to be living in a state that is characterized by a constant longing, or a constant homesickness, for the other city. The author interviewed people of Turkish origin currently living in Germany, who commute regularly between cities in Germany a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588607/sea-level-rise-accelerating-according-to-new-data-from-nasa Sea level rise accelerating, according to new data from NASA Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T18:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T18:16:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bs/bs3eiwdl9uitamb3.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>NASA has <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/5e92d30f16ca4e5a86f70cab104909d0.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> new images that show an acceleration in global sea level rise, from about 1 millimeter per year at the beginning of the last century to 3 millimeters per year today.</p><p>&ldquo;NASA&rsquo;s been looking down at the oceans from space for about the last 23 years,&rdquo; explains Josh Willis, a NASA climate scientist, in a video posted below. &ldquo;And when they do we see the sea levels are rising &ndash; rapidly. Much more rapidly than they have any time in the last thousand years."</p><p>Since 1992, NASA has noted about 7 centimeters of sea level rise total. While this may not seem like much, it's spread over about two-thirds of the planet's surface. And as the planet continues to heat up, glacier and ice sheets will melt, further contributing to sea level rise. According to Willis, the implications will be profound.&nbsp;</p><p>"We live in a society that loves the ocean. We love the beaches and we put a lot of infrastructure there," Willis states. "Across the world, there are hundreds of millions of people that will ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588605/antonia-malchik-on-the-end-of-walking-in-america Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cg69dtqtycwsbyky.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90280641/why-can-t-one-walk-to-the-super-bowl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T12:50:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qj9k8qn1jvy6fmsj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Alaskans have informally called the mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135577259/is-individual-expression-in-architecture-at-risk Is "individual expression" in architecture at risk? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-31T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T11:21:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rndtlidh9xmud099.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Sydney Opera House, the world's most recognizable landmarks display the character of the people who created them, but can individuality in architecture stand up to increasing pressure from developers to deliver universally popular designs? ...Daniel Libeskind warns that his profession is currently battling against commoditization and a "design by committee" approach that devalues the architect's role.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CNN Style has made Daniel Libeskind a guest editor for a series of articles around the theme, "Architecture and Emotion." In this article, Alyn Griffiths takes a look at "individuality" in architecture, with a general presumption that it's under attack.</p><p>While beginning with the caveat that every building is the product of "many minds and hands," the article is primarily oriented around Libeskind's belief that buildings best "engage people's emotions...&nbsp;when the architect's own vision and feelings are expressed through the design."</p><p>It's a bit unclear how much Libeskind was involved with the article itself, although he's quoted early on in the piece.&nbsp;"Individual expression is what makes people different from other animals," claims Libeskind. "It's what defines us as a species and yet, increasingly, individuality is a dirty word in architecture."</p><p>These are strong biological and sociological claims &ndash; with little backing offered. But assumptions aside, is their some validity to concerns tha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135357408/woman-s-dream-tiny-home-clashes-with-canadian-law Woman's dream tiny home clashes with Canadian law Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T23:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sb91otet3c9n27ep.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cheryl Smith planned to move "off the grid" and into a small house near Clark's Harbour, N.S., a year ago. But thanks to Canadian building regulations, the four-by-six metre structure remains half-built and empty. [...] Canadian laws require living spaces to have access to power to run smoke detectors and air exchange systems. But Smith said the point of moving into her tiny home was to disconnect from the power grid.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the tiny home world:</p><ul><li><a title="Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless</a></li><li><a title="The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117724661/the-problem-with-tiny-homes-they-can-get-stolen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The problem with tiny homes - they can get stolen</a></li><li><a title="Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117134090/swedish-architects-design-for-un-permited-small-space-living" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swedish architects design for un-permited small-space living</a></li><li><a title="The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100062620/the-tiny-house-lover-s-guide-to-romance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tiny House Lover's Guide to Romance</a></li><li><a title="Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/18810722/teenager-builds-tiny-home-to-avoid-mortgage-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Teenager builds tiny home to avoid mortgage trap</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135337269/why-we-blame-buildings Why we blame buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:40:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f1ce4da3b488d0b5529437c40529608.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Accepted wisdom has it that the continuing social unrest in the banlieues, as these suburbs are called, is a direct result of their built form: repetitive slabs and blocks of modern housing, often in large isolated estates. [...] In fact, environmental determinism accompanied the very making of the French suburbs in the postwar period and the development of modern urbanism more generally. Why is it that we assign so much power to buildings?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/135281881/participating-architects-announced-for-the-us-pavilion-of-the-2016-venice-biennale Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T16:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9etsg1j6li9p6a7z.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The list of architects chosen to participate in the US Pavilion for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2016 Venice Biennale</a> has just been announced. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica de Ponce Leon</a>, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132106689/u-s-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-architectural-imagination-now-open-for-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>" seeks to be "an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world."</p><p>Out of more than 250 submissions, the following 12 architecture firms were chosen:</p><ol><li><a href="http://archinect.com/anoffice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>a(n) Office</strong></a> (Detroit, Michigan)<br>Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinardi&nbsp;and V. Mitch McEwen</li><li><a href="http://bairballiet.com/bairballiet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BairBalliet</strong></a> (Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois)<br>Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/702/greg-lynn-form" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn FORM</a></strong> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Greg Lynn</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1044/mack-scogin-merrill-elam-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects</strong></a> (Atlanta, Georgia)<br>Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/mbpro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chicago, Illinois)<br>Marshall Brown</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a></strong> (New York, New York)<br>Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith</li><li><a href="http://www.pita-bloom.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pita &amp; Bloom</strong></a> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom</li><li><strong>Present Future</strong> (Houston, Texas)<br>Albert Pope and Jes&uacute;s Vas...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/135269008/australia-s-biggest-bike-lane-skeptic-plans-to-remove-a-popular-sydney-cycleway Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway Justine Testado 2015-08-27T15:33:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T15:34:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gta4n2g3138hzq39.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Duncan Gay, self-described as 'the biggest bike-lane skeptic', and the] NSW government [are] about to get rid of a much-loved and much-used AU$5M protected cycleway in Sydney&rsquo;s city centre...Gay&rsquo;s move seems to go against the flow, with cycling increasingly feted as a potential congestion and pollution game changer in major cities around the world...But he is not alone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous bike-lane news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128648270/copenhagen-tops-list-of-the-20-most-bike-friendly-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Tops List of the 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131869805/as-bicycle-ownership-in-north-korea-rises-pyongyang-introduces-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98147614/bike-lanes-don-t-cause-traffic-jams-if-you-re-smart-about-where-you-build-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bike Lanes Don&rsquo;t Cause Traffic Jams If You&rsquo;re Smart About Where You Build Them</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113031751/archinect-s-lexicon-bike-wash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/aw9ztbemi6xrfmqc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264994/an-architect-helps-transform-dangerous-alleys-into-cultural-hotspots An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbso38lazmtfij5d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vejylft8o0dw17re.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135262577/pneumatic-garbage-tubes-to-be-installed-under-nyc-s-high-line Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/msfthx729kn0urg2.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/14295811/a-brief-history-of-the-pneumatic-tube-transport-systems-that-never-were" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9gts8uxr874za4o.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135212787/editor-s-picks-428 Editor's Picks #428 Nam Henderson 2015-08-27T12:18:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6g1j0m61g484udv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;interviewed Smiljan Radi&#263;. They discussed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/134655300/architecture-at-the-limits-of-instability-an-interview-with-smiljan-radi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture at the limits of instability</a>.&nbsp;Therein Radi&#263; explains&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>In Chile, it&rsquo;s better to do it really brut rather than try to do it perfectly...And here to do something brut it's cheap, but in Europe it's really expensive.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cd8rfpshyjazh07.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;posted an <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134433610/architecture-of-segregation/50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> by Paul Jargowsky (a fellow at The Century Foundation) which lays out the facts and statistics of decline and poverty's impact on American cities.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan</a>&nbsp;editorialized "<em>architecture must pay much more attention to this issue and start producing solutions instead of getting shamelessly high on celebrating star architect designed luxury condominiums for the globally rich clientele and elitist minimalist lakeside homes, and teaching their renderings in schools...We are inadequate and limited with our current scope as architects.</em>" &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/118068376/marc-miller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller&nbsp;</a>later added "<em>It's a hard road, but the ability to define what you do- or the working towards that is one of the things that defines ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135194291/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-peter-zellner Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Peter Zellner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T08:46:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:44:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t8954ve83r4x6ohd.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Peter Zellner comes to Archinect's <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> jury with a diverse architectural background, having worked for large, infrastructurally-minded firms like <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>, while previously designing smaller-scale art spaces under his own firm, <a href="http://archinect.com/zellnerplus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZELLNERPLUS</a>. In September of 2015, Peter will launch <a href="http://archinect.com/ZNcArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZNc Architects</a> with partner Paul Naecker. ZNc is a nimble, LEED accredited and NCARB certified architecture firm located in the LA Arts District.</p><p>We recently interviewed Peter at length on an episode of Archinect Sessions (listen <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132033618/from-z-to-a-peter-zellner-joins-us-in-the-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>). Based in Los Angeles, Peter has seen the drought progress and intensify firsthand.</p><p></p><p>Peter's mindset on the drought combines experience living in the dry climates of Australia and southern California, to reflect on prior reactions (urban and not) to drought conditions. While conservation and sourcing are important, using every drop more efficiently by adopting large-scale recycling techniques will make the biggest impact on drought defense. Certain Californian municipalitie...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135187052/the-grand-canyon-is-contaminated-with-mercury The Grand Canyon is contaminated with mercury Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T21:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T21:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bg2n36vquhsvkru.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sadly, even the Grand Canyon, a symbolic landmark of America&rsquo;s natural environment, unfortunately isn&rsquo;t immune to the ravages of pollution. Concentrations of&nbsp;mercury&nbsp;and&nbsp;selenium&nbsp;in canyon&rsquo;s food webs &mdash; the interconnected food chains in the environment &mdash; regularly exceed levels considered risky for fish and wildlife. Those findings are from a&nbsp;study&nbsp;from the U.S. Geological Survey scientists published in the journal Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's the kind of news that reads like <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/506696/anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a> poetry &ndash; both existentially dark and metaphorically potent. This vast&nbsp;fissure in&nbsp;the Earth's crust, which presents us with two billion years of&nbsp;geologic history and basically defines our image of the sublime, has been thoroughly contaminated by a relatively short period of industrial agriculture and other human activities.</p><p>More precisely, the selenium likely comes from agriculture and mining (although it also exists in the soil naturally). The mercury is thought to have been brought in by algae from Lake Powell, originating in "distant coal-burning electrical plants."</p><p>The researchers explained, "The findings of the present study add to a growing body of evidence showing that remote ecosystems are vulnerable to long-range transport and subsequent bioaccumulation of contaminants."</p><p>Researcher studied minnows, invertebrates and fish at six sites along the Colorado River and recorded mercury and selenium levels that exceed toxicity threshol...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T21:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T09:18:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2y6nnl97ecs30led.jpg" width="460" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2003 in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10005/utah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Utah</a>, government officials decided to try a radical solution to homelessness: giving people who would otherwise be on the street permanent housing. Twelve years later, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/04/17/the-surprisingly-simple-way-utah-solved-chronic-homelessness-and-saved-millions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surprisingly cost-effective</a> program is a success: almost all of the people given homes remained in them, and the number of people out on the streets in the state has dropped nearly to zero. So what works and what doesn't architecturally in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homeless housing</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xuig43k9sineth0z.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/viki6r3pl4kwj8s0.jpg"></p><p>James Furzer, a 26-year old architectural technician for the U.K.-based Spatial Design Architects, is currently <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/homes-for-the-homeless--8#/story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">crowdsourcing</a> funds to build single-person housing modules that attach to preexisting buildings in dense urban centers like London, where 7,500 people routinely sleep on the streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tv7hw61h3eer8g8y.jpg"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/description/fakro_inspires_-_space_for_new_visions/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fakro&rsquo;s Space for New Visions</a> award-winning design is a&nbsp;great emergency shelter idea, but doesn't foster a sense of permanence, unlike Utah's <a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/660205836/New-complex-for-homeless-opens-in-Salt-Lake.html?pg=all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunrise Metro Apartments</a>, which take the form of a traditional (relatively aesthetically boring) apartment building ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135189464/could-quantum-dots-be-the-key-to-turning-windows-into-photovoltaics Could 'quantum dots' be the key to turning windows into photovoltaics? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T14:37:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T14:37:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wl/wlstnmffz6qf4j91.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While wind may be one of the most economical power sources out there, photovoltaic solar energy has a big advantage: it can go small. While wind gets cheaper as turbines grow larger, the PV hardware scales down to fit wherever we have infrastructure. In fact, simply throwing solar on our existing building stock could generate a very large amount of carbon-free electricity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But, as many homeowners already know, installing solar panels can be quite cost-prohibitive. New research might just have solved that problem by incorporating solar hardware into the most basic light filter used in architecture: the window.</p><p>According to a study, solar windows could filter out a portion of light and convert about a third of it to electricity. By utilizing a "diffuse cloud of quantum dots," the glass would still meet "the highest standards for indoor lighting."</p><p>The quantum dots are made of "copper,&nbsp;indium, and selenium, covered in a layer of zinc sulfide." They absorb a broad band of the solar spectrum but convert it to "specific wavelength in the infrared," which happens to be ideal for absorption by a silicon photovoltaic.&nbsp;</p><p>There would be a good deal of energy loss in the conversion process compared to a panel installed on a roof, but as <em>Ars Technica</em> notes, that's not really the point. Contemporary architecture tends to use vast amounts of glazing &ndash; by harvesting even ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135187854/how-urban-designers-can-better-address-mental-health-in-their-work-according-to-a-new-think-tank How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank Justine Testado 2015-08-26T14:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T03:57:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qljdtul9254499fr.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the huge impact of mental disorders on people&rsquo;s health and wellbeing, and the increased mental health risk of that comes simply from living in a city, you might think that mental health would be an urban health priority. In fact, few policies or recommendations for healthy urban environments address mental health in any depth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Layla McCay, director of the recently launched <a href="http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre for Urban Design &amp; Mental Health</a> think tank, gives her two cents on the stigma that still overshadows mental health, both in urban design and current society.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134889035/mindy-thompson-fullilove-is-a-psychiatrist-for-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a psychiatrist for cities</a></p><p><a title="Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134183942/jason-danziger-heals-psychosis-with-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a title="Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130868125/putting-entire-cities-on-the-psychiatrist-s-couch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putting entire cities on the psychiatrist's couch</a></p><p><a title="Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116114669/study-links-walkable-neighborhoods-to-prevention-of-cognitive-decline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study Links Walkable Neighborhoods to Prevention of Cognitive Decline</a></p><p><a title="Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96244091/mental-health-survey-at-university-of-toronto-s-faculty-of-architecture-reveals-worrisome-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results </a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135183829/not-over-yet-zaha-hadid-releases-23-minute-film-pushing-for-tokyo-olympic-stadium Not over yet: Zaha Hadid releases 23-minute film pushing for Tokyo Olympic Stadium Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-08-29T20:48:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ox/ox8ik7saqpc19m4j.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an architectural "hail Mary" move, Zaha Hadid Architects put out a 23-minute video stating their case for Japan to keep their embroiled design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. When Japanese prime minister<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Shinzo Abe announced approximately five weeks ago that ZHA's design was being dropped</a>, citing concerns over an inflated &yen;252 billion&nbsp;price-tag since the initial competition-winning submission, ZHA denied that the design was to blame for the increased cost, and instead placed the responsibility on the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">less-than-competitive Japanese contractor market</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bi/bijg96amncca6xlk.jpg"></p><p>In the slick, info-laden 23-minute video, Dame Hadid herself makes the case for the stadium: "it was a&nbsp;very serious team of people, of engineers, of architects, who looked at this project for two to three years, so it was an enormous investment. I think it&rsquo;s a very important project because it has a lot beyond the Olympics, it has a legacy life.&rdquo; That legacy life is the core justification for every design element that may, at first...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135186246/do-contemporary-office-designs-upend-work-life-balance Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T17:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fz/fzb6yag3yesywo8o.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our world is now ideas driven and our environment needs to be energetic, inspiring and even provocative. Employers also want people to stay longer at work and making the space awesome certainly helps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many architects are designing home/work boundary-eroding office designs, which purposefully mimic the comforts of home to encourage creative employees to stay later. These designs have been embraced by a who's who of movers and shakers including Google, Facebook, and Disney. But is this shift toward longer hours a great boost to productivity?<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ruk3uib2dea4bf91.jpg"></p><p>In <em>The New Yorker</em>, Tim Wu cites stories of "people [being] scolded for not responding to e-mails after&nbsp;midnight." He&nbsp;argues that <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/you-really-dont-need-to-work-so-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Really Don't Need to Work So Much</a>, making the case that "in white-collar jobs, the amount of work can expand infinitely through the generation of false necessities&mdash;that is, reasons for driving people as hard as possible that have nothing to do with real social or economic needs." What agency should architects take in shaping future work environments?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more on workplace design:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133034307/work-on-work-exhibition-turns-public-space-into-office-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" 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 Architectu...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135184637/rowan-moore-on-the-seemingly-erratic-decision-making-in-historic-preservation Rowan Moore on the seemingly erratic decision-making in historic preservation Alexander Walter 2015-08-26T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T13:08:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l1ymg18tf3t207mg.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are confusing times in the business of protecting the country&rsquo;s architectural heritage. [...] Recently, two large modernist buildings were up for consideration for listing: the British Library in St Pancras, and an East End council estate, Robin Hood Gardens. Both have been controversial [...] Yet the library has been granted the immortality of a Grade I listing, while the estate has been denied recognition and is set to be demolished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42890487/robin-hood-gardens-set-for-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131877038/postmodern-no-1-poultry-divides-architects-in-debate-over-recent-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135126798/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-geoff-manaugh-of-bldgblog Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-26T11:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T02:14:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/57btev1wrusrvu97.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Geoff Manaugh is a design and architecture writer, contributing to publications such as <em>Dwell</em>, <em>New Scientist</em> and <em>The New Yorker</em>, as well as authoring several books and the long-running design and architecture site, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1334/bldgblog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDGBLOG</a>.</p><p></p><p>Manaugh&rsquo;s perspective on the drought focuses on the ripe opportunities for improving California&rsquo;s remarkably inefficient, and in some ways, &ldquo;undesigned&rdquo; water systems, extending from its physical infrastructures to the economic market for buying and selling water rights. &ldquo;I think that the actual pragmatic, ecosystem-based solutions to this &ndash; as well as the rethinking of agriculture on a statewide basis, as well as individual water use &ndash; I think is something that is really exciting and interesting about this contest.&rdquo;</p><p>In collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6143989/smout-allen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smout Allen Architectural &amp; Design Research</a>, Manaugh will be participating at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/465082/chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> this fall.</p><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/135130016/airbnb-to-collect-taxes-in-paris Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T20:30:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ouph6cds0t29lh5l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After imposing taxes on units in Amsterdam, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and elsewhere, &ldquo;home-sharing&rdquo; facilitator Airbnb will now begin collecting taxes in Paris, the company&rsquo;s biggest market. Collection officially begins October 1st and some see the move as Airbnb&rsquo;s attempt at playing nice with city regulators. Venture Beat connects the change to Uber&rsquo;s troubles in Paris, where the ride service company fought new regulation policies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/135111464/only-one-week-left-to-submit-to-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition Only one week left to submit to Archinect's Dry Futures competition! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-25T16:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T16:28:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/gh6p0jiufiljyrtc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Got a sketchy blueprint for a greywater purifier lying around? An unfinished section drawing for the next drought-friendly Californian front yard? Some e-commerce market for exchanging water rights? Designs for a better reservoir? Gussy up those plans and submit them to Archinect's <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition! Only one week left to submit your future-focused design solution to California's drought. Submission deadline is <strong>Tuesday, September 1 at 10pm PST.</strong></p><p>We're accepting submissions in two categories, with winners announced for both: <strong>Speculative</strong> and <strong>Pragmatic</strong>. "Speculative" refers to proposals of the sci-fi variety, perhaps involving technologies that don't yet exist, or imagining alternative future scenarios for a drought-affected California. "Pragmatic" are the more standard, realistic proposals &ndash; ones that could feasibly be implemented today.</p><p><strong>1st place</strong> winners in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, as well as a custom one-week survival kit, including a back pack. Just so you...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135110661/waikiki-beach-closed-after-heavy-rains-cause-sewage-spills Waikiki Beach closed after heavy rains cause sewage spills Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T14:31:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/euih3rjcscz0pdy9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Waikiki Beach closed on Monday after heavy rains caused by a tropical storm set off the spills. Tropical Storm Kilo caused 500,00 gallons of wastewater to come gushing out of manholes, making the waterfront unsafe for beachgoers. "Now's not the time to go swimming," said Lori Kahikina, Honolulu's director of environmental services. The beachfront sees about 4.5m tourists annually. It will be a few days before the ocean is safe for people to swim in again, Ms Kahikina said...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>