Archinect - News 2015-10-13T10:02:36-04:00 How Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman Wilson House was moved from New Jersey to Arkansas Alexander Walter 2015-10-12T18:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T18:08:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Bentonville, Arkansas, a house that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a New Jersey couple more than 60 years ago has been painstakingly reassembled, board by board and pane by pane, overlooking the clear waters of the Crystal Spring. When it opens to the public next month on the lushly wooded 120-acre campus of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, it will be the first Wright house in Arkansas&mdash;a delicately preserved later example of the so-called Usonian homes [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Usonian' house rises again in Arkansas</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum buys a Frank Lloyd Wright house with plans to move it from New Jersey to Arkansas</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Wants to Relocate New Jersey Frank Lloyd Wright to Italy</a></li></ul> Humanizing street design with 'shared space' Alexander Walter 2015-10-12T14:35:00-04:00 >2015-10-13T09:10:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The future of urban roads may be one where motorists, pedestrians and cyclists act as one. Spaces where these usually segregated members of the population live -- or move -- by the same rules. Most importantly, these rules would be social, not formal, to befit the increasingly popular trend of 'shared space'. "Shared space breaks the principle of segregation," says Ben Hamilton-Baillie, a street designer who [...] brought these spaces to the U.K., which now hosts more than any other country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driving in the US is coming to a standstill, and that's a good thing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li></ul> Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-10T05:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-11T00:46:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Milton Keynes is currently the host city for a set of driverless car trials funded indirectly by the U.K. government &mdash; the most ambitious testing yet staged in the world. If all goes as planned, by 2018, Milton Keynes&rsquo; downtown will be served by an on-demand, publicly run system of 30 to 40 driverless two-seater pod cars, which will allow residents to travel between any two points in the city&rsquo;s downtown without navigating or reacting to obstacles themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For a glimpse of the LUTZ Pathfinder autonomous vehicles in action, check out the video below:</p><p></p> Private money attracts big-name architects to design new museums in Beirut Alexander Walter 2015-10-09T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T15:05:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A raft of museums, most backed by private money, are springing up in what is, for many, an unlikely cultural hub: Beirut, the capital of Lebanon [...] The design competition launched on 1 October; the architect Zaha Hadid is on the jury along with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones of London's Serpentine Galleries. Salam&eacute;, who founded the A&iuml;shti fashion chain, invested $100m in funding a contemporary art museum, designed by the British architect David Adjaye, in Jal El Dib [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The 27 patterns that make up the world's cities and suburbs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-09T12:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-09T12:46:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What's interesting about these 27 categories that Wheeler has defined, covering the full range of development patterns in two dozen metropolitan regions he has studied worldwide, is that most of them are new. [..] "We have had an explosion of different types of built landscapes in the last century," says Wheeler, who is working on a book about these patterns.</p></em><br /><br /><p>An example of the patterns identified by Stephen Wheeler, professor at UC Davis' Department of Human Ecology,&nbsp;culled from meticulous work with Google satellite imagery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>You can view more of his maps <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 2 (Oct. 9-16) Archinect 2015-10-08T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T19:04:14-04:00 <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>For the fifth year, Archinect &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.</p><p>From the extensive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roster of Archtober events</a>, here are some highlights to take note of from Oct. 9-16:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Paul Rand Closing Party with Kyle Cooper | Oct. 9</strong></a><br><em>Join us for the grand finale of the exhibition Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand. Star designer Kyle Cooper will reflect on how Rand impacted him as Cooper's teacher at Yale University. Donald Albrecht, MCNY&rsquo;s Curator of Architecture and Design, will join Cooper afterwards for a brief conversation. We will keep the Rand gallery open for late viewing and signature &ldquo;Rand&rdquo; cocktails!</em><br>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>National Design Week | Oct. 10-18</strong></a><br><em>National Design Week celebra...</em></li></ul> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Zürich and MIT Nicholas Korody 2015-10-08T17:49:00-04:00 >2015-10-10T15:22:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rock Print, one of the most technologically-impressive installations at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, is the collaborative project of Gramazio Kohler Research of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ETH Z&uuml;rich</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT</a>&rsquo;s Self-Assembly Lab. A towering stone assemblage put together by robots and secured with nothing more than thread, the installation is a reminder that feats of technical ingenuity can also be poetic.</p><p>According to the catalogue description, Rock Print &ldquo;brings forward a new category of potentially random-packed, poly-disperse structures that can be automatically fabricated in nonstandard shapes.&rdquo;</p><p>The project differs from existing jammed materials in that it operates on the macroscale, giving it potential architectural applications. And looking at its alien form, well-framed by a doorway into its room in the Chicago Cultural Center, the mind begins to run wild with the formal possibilities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Perhaps most remarkable is that with the snip of a knife, the assemblage would fall to pieces (and it will, come clos...</p> Stanley Tigerman on the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "I am stunned, if not thrilled" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-12T15:29:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Stanley Tigerman, the Chicago architect whose 1977 conference, "The State of the Art of Architecture," became the namesake for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, has issued a statement effusively praising the Biennial's execution.</p><p>Co-artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Sarah Herda (director of the Graham Foundation, which hosted Tigerman's 1977 conference) and Joseph Grima, are using the Biennial to illustrate shifting tides in the profession, as architects seek to address multitudes of pressing contemporary issues through architecture, and subsequently diversify the idea of a "traditional" architect.</p><p>Tigerman's initial conference addressed the profession as it dealt with the collective hangover from modernism, and faced an existential crisis of sorts to retain a cohesive cultural and professional identity.</p><p>The Biennial opened on October 3, and Tigerman, in the below letter to the editor, expresses his satisfaction with its execution, his admiration for t...</p> Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films Julia Ingalls 2015-10-08T14:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T14:06:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I slowly became more and more of a storyteller and less and less of a painter until I embraced film-making as the only profession that really included everything I liked. It was photography and architecture, music and writing and acting&mdash;everything I liked together into one package that was called &ldquo;film-making&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an interview with The Economist, film director <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wim Wenders</a> speaks about the relationship of landscape and architecture in his work, and how focusing on a scene absent of anyone often amplifies the stories of everyone.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"I try to make places tell their stories about us," he says. Indeed: from "Paris, Texas" to "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wings of Desire</a>" to "Pina," Wenders' filmmaking agilely pairs emotional and physical terrain.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough Nicholas Korody 2015-10-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T20:27:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To stand a fair chance of keeping warming to just 2&deg;C by the end of the century&mdash;the de-facto goal of global climate policy&mdash;the stock of atmospheric carbon dioxide must be kept under 1 trillion tonnes ... If emissions continue on their present course around 140 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases will be released each year and temperatures could rise by 4.5&deg;C by 2100. And even if countries fully honour their recent pledges, temperatures may still increase by 3.5&deg;C by then.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the article, the author lays out an argument that "when negotiators meet in Paris, they need to keep in mind that the world is already suffering from the effects of global warming." At the crux of it lies the fact that the current, so-called "ambitious" plans of the world's largest economies, like the US and China, still fall short of what's needed.</p> A melancholic tour of Sad Topographies Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-07T18:32:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T09:29:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Humans have sculpted the landscape in their image ever since the age of the anthropocene began &ndash; but aside from our delusions of grandeur (Mt. Rushmore) or engineering marvels (Panama Canal), our sadder, more pathetic selves have also made their mark on the Earth.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sad Topographies</a>, a selection of spitefully named geographical features culled from Google Maps screengrabs, gathers the instances where we couldn&rsquo;t help but project our miseries onto an unassuming Earth. The collection includes such melancholic gems as Mt. Despair, Crazy Woman Creek, and Mistake Island.</p><p>Let's take a despondent tour, starting with a walk down Sad Road...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Continuing woefully through Hopeless Pass...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;Before questioning our life choices by Point No Point...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Followed by shamefully relieving ourselves "Where the devil urinates"...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>In the terrifying shadow of Bloody Dick Peak...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>As we consider shuffling off our mortal coil along Shades of Death Road...</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Until asking ourselves why we even try anymore as the sun sets out...</p> Hello Wood's "Project Village" shifts architectural focus from urban to rural Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T13:57:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is a village? More importantly, how rapidly can one be formed? The 150 academics, students and practicing architects participating in Project Village set out to answer these questions by constructing an entire community in a week, including a stage, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pub</a>, and a residential building.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Because the team, led by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, was assembled from a group of multi-national participants, there was no pre-existing notion of one national architectural heritage. The resulting installations therefore reflected&nbsp;a globalized 21st century cultural context within&nbsp;the sparse infrastructure of a rural setting, and correspondingly referenced issues such as private property, immigration, and multi-faith communities.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Project Village, which debuted in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hungary</a>, is the first stage of a three year process. According to a press release, "During the first phase the creators have established a Village that&rsquo;s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a ...</p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tomás Saraceno's spiders Nicholas Korody 2015-10-07T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T15:31:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the first few seconds you&rsquo;re blind in the darkness. Then a reflex forces your pupils wider and your photoreceptor rod cells become more sensitive, sending a neural signal that alerts you to four glowing cubes that seem to be floating in mid-air in front of your body. It takes another few seconds for the glow to connect to its source, illuminate the supports of the plexiglass boxes, and finally render their content legible: a series of startlingly-complex and impossibly-delicate spiderwebs.</p><p>Here drawing back the curtain doesn&rsquo;t destroy the magic. Quite to the contrary, Tom&aacute;s Saraceno&rsquo;s collaboration with various arachnids for the first&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> has a power that extends beyond some mere trick of the light and runs deeper than a one-liner about non-human construction. It's a reprise of a project he's exhibited before, notably at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tanya Bonakdar Gallery</a>, but within an architectural context it conjures a particular significance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The Argentine-born, Berlin-based Sara...</p> University of Chicago, "where fun comes to die," to get its first ever undergraduate architecture program Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-06T18:18:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:38:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The art history department recently announced a new minor program in architectural studies, enabling students to pursue a program of study dedicated specifically to architecture for the first time ever. [...] The architectural studies program is currently being offered only as a minor. &ldquo;We would like to set up a dedicated major, perhaps even an interdisciplinary one, in the future,&rdquo; Taylor said, but an option to major specifically in architectural studies is not yet available.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A city for the future but devoid of people Nicholas Korody 2015-10-06T18:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:37:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand. Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat rows of terraced housing in the suburbs. It will be supplied with pristine streets, parks, malls and a church. But no one will ever call it home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Planned by the telecommunications and tech firm Pegasus Global Holdings, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CITE</a> (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation) is a $1 billion plan to build a model city to test out and develop new technologies.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>With specialized zones for agriculture, energy, and water treatment, the city would also play host to tests for new tech like self-driving cars, responsive roads, and "smart homes" of all kinds.</p><p>CITE would have built-in sensors throughout, as well as a central control room to oversee operations.&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>CITE does not plan to have humans inhabiting the city to allow for faster testing and fewer potential mishaps. But that presents its own issues: after all, these technologies are ultimately intended for social use, and even "smart cities" have to be populated by humans.</p><p>"The inhabitants of cities are not just interchangeable individuals that can be dropped into experimental settings," Professor Steve Rayner, co-director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, tells CNN.&nbsp;"Th...</p> New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-06T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T12:46:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There's absolutely nothing wrong with a development that primarily aims to bring new people into the neighborhood, including people who don&rsquo;t have the same profile as the people who already live there,&rdquo; [...] Couldn&rsquo;t the restaurant&rsquo;s cheerleaders see how it was a little sad that in a place where mostly black students had once learned about carpentry and the culinary arts, mostly white people were now drinking ros&eacute;?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Adam Gopnik on why cities can't win Alexander Walter 2015-10-05T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:56:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities can&rsquo;t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness. In the seventies and eighties, the seemingly permanent urban crisis became the verdict that American civilization had passed on itself. Forty years later, cities mostly thrive, crime has been in vertiginous decline, the young cluster together in old neighborhoods [...] &mdash;and so big cities turn into hateful centers of self-absorbed privilege.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The stakes of urban transformation and culture's evolving place - in Chicago Nam Henderson 2015-10-05T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T16:01:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the very fact that this question takes such a polarized on-off form is a symptom of the way urban space in our day is being stretched on the rack of inequality, with capital either too-present or not present at all. And the questions of displacement...lurk somewhere on the horizon.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On the eve of Chicago's first-ever&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;Ben Davis ties&nbsp;together three stories -&nbsp;the&nbsp;restored Chicago Art Expo,&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spectacular gala benefit preview</a>&nbsp;of Chicago artist Theaster Gates's new&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stony Island Arts Bank</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;a battle over community control and school closings in&nbsp;Bronzeville -&nbsp;in order to examine culture's evolving&nbsp;place in the&nbsp;economic and political life of the Windy City.</p> Building Voice: Visually impaired architect, Christopher Downey, lectures in Downtown Miami Joachim Perez 2015-10-05T12:53:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:47:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect Christopher Downey came to Miami to present a lecture as part of a local exhibit called Listen to This Building.&nbsp; The exhibit is organized Exile Books, a pop-up artist&rsquo;s book store, and is meant to show the architecture of downtown Miami through the senses of touch and as stated in the title of the show, through hearing.&nbsp; It is believed to be the first architectural exhibit designed to address accessibility for persons with visual impairments. Downey is an architect who is visually impaired having lost his eyesight in 2008 yet continues to practice architecture in the Bay Area.&nbsp; His lecture, &ldquo;Building Voice&rdquo; is a play on words, as it can be interpreted as the acoustic characteristics of an edifice or the creation of an individual&rsquo;s style.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re going to lose your eye sight, start training yourself to be an architect&rdquo;, says Downey, who believes his training and the 20 years of practicing architecture before the loss has given him a set of skills (problem solving, criti...</p> Post-Pizza Hut: photo series looks at how new businesses adapt to that iconic red roof Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-05T12:49:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T13:02:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A New Zealand man has set out to document and photograph former Pizza Hut locations across the planet, specifically looking for the pizza chain&rsquo;s dine-in locations with the familiar red roof. [...] &ldquo;The strangest thing may be the funeral homes or mortuaries. It's probably the last thing you'd expect to see a Pizza Hut become but there are several dotted around&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> As hammers clang and views vanish Nam Henderson 2015-10-03T11:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T10:30:38-04:00 <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 >2015-10-08T22:42:54-04:00 <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 >2015-10-05T10:20:59-04:00 <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 >2015-10-08T01:26:33-04:00 <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 >2015-10-08T01:23:56-04:00 <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 >2015-10-08T01:23:45-04:00 <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 >2015-10-08T01:17:04-04:00 <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 >2015-10-08T01:15:04-04:00 <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 >2015-10-08T01:08:02-04:00 <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, backers, 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 th...</p>