Archinect - News 2014-10-02T12:43:38-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110277897/has-floating-architecture-s-moment-finally-arrived Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T11:56:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05bcb2beaf2c700961e44430708f6a2d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</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/109562349/the-final-segment-of-the-high-line-is-stunningly-refreshing The Final Segment of the High Line Is Stunningly Refreshing Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T12:17:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27e43990a64f9658733c947dc172474e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are some deft variations on the design themes of the two older sections, and they show some gentle wit, a quality that was absent in 2009 and 2011, when these earlier portions, which run from Little West 12th Street to West 30th Street, were completed. Now, for example, you can actually walk on old train tracks, rather than look wistfully at the remnants of the tracks poking up amid the plantings.</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/109222894/parkour-architectural-villa-savoye Parkour Architectural | Villa Savoye Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T12:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:11:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o71ep1i78ssfl52t.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Discover the Villa Savoye as you've never seen it before, through the discipline of Parkour and the movements of traceurs !</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2TWJf9B-4qI/TZytrftI1vI/AAAAAAAAVxs/nxDmtuPvaeg/s1600/corbusier%2Bhead%2B2%2B%25281%2Bof%2B1%2529.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, the real grandfather of hip-hop, could also be the inspiration behind the parkour?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109036494/baltimore-dc-high-speed-train-secures-5bn-in-funding Baltimore-DC High Speed Train Secures $5bn in Funding Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T18:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T18:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmt99zlj9zlx1gsc.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An investor group hoping to build a high-speed train capable of cutting the travel time between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes says in a filing to state regulators that it has lined up more than $5 billion in financial backing. The commitment is from the Japanese government, which hopes to showcase the technology behind superconducting magnetic levitation or &ldquo;maglev&rdquo; trains to an American audience [&hellip;]</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that the maglev train has detractors, many of whom complain at the cost, which is far higher than other high-speed rails like those currently being built in California. For more information on the California project, check out the Atlantic's coverage <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/the-california-high-speed-rail-debate-kicking-things-off/374135/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, Joanna Symons of <em>the Telegraph</em>&nbsp;rode around Japan to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/11096405/Japan-50-years-of-the-bullet-train.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commemorate</a> the 50 year anniversary of the bullet train.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109022789/new-york-s-plan-to-storm-proof-fire-island-is-deeply-flawed-says-scientist New York’s Plan to Storm-Proof Fire Island Is Deeply Flawed, Says Scientist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T15:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06afa96fd3fe5c2ccb3d78515f8c3cba.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project does not provide the storm damage mitigation and storm-surge protection that is promised, or at least the U.S. Geological Survey comments on the plan question the science behind those proposed benefits.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;A project like this, where the science is being questioned by government scientists and the environmental impacts are clearly negative, it&rsquo;s a poster child for where we shouldn&rsquo;t do this. This stretch of Fire Island is a park, for goodness sake.&rdquo;</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/108565110/people-streets-link-small-l-a-neighborhood-and-325mm-shenzhen-transformation People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation RonH 2014-09-09T15:09:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:33:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/huv2fpuqrvcj6hzy.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Giving the boulevard back to the people... makes the streets habitable again," says Sean O&rsquo;Malley of SWA.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How does a 10-block neighborhood intervention of volunteers in Highland Park, Los Angeles link to a $325 million streetscape and storm water infrastructure transformation in Shenzhen, China?&nbsp; &ldquo;This is about giving the street and the boulevard back to the people,&rdquo; says Sean O&rsquo;Malley, Managing Principal of SWA, the landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm. Throughout history, China has been a country connected by the intimacy of village life: the chance encounter on the street, the smile of a passerby. Small streets that were once filled with people are now large boulevards of traffic, noise, and pollution. As China has grown rapidly, it has lost much of its connection to its past. &ldquo;We aim to make the streets habitable again,&rdquo; says O&rsquo;Malley.</p><p>A major focus of the commission from the City of Shenzhen is the revision of a street system in the new urban core that was designed strictly for automobiles just a few decades ago. As part of a winning competition proposal, SWA stres...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108557847/the-new-urban-cemetery The New Urban Cemetery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T13:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b13a3fcd4fbe37c3d69983460a66194b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of the Future Cemetery is to create a place for people to connect with death. What that actually means and looks like is still in development, Troyer says, but in the first stage of the project they did everything from projections to audio installations. Now, they&rsquo;re working on developing augmented reality experiences in cemeteries&mdash;elements that are only visible with certain devices and if you know they&rsquo;re there. The idea is to allow people to add to their own cemetery experience...</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/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea China is busy building islands in the South China Sea Nam Henderson 2014-09-08T21:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T21:19:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2k/2k1lsh2bzopz0jpq.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But I&rsquo;ve seen aerial photographs of this place taken by the Philippine navy. They show the massive land reclamation work China has been doing here since January. Millions of tonnes of rock and sand have been dredged up from the sea floor and pumped into the reef to form new land.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rupert Wingfield-Hayes&nbsp;travels to the South China Sea, where&nbsp;the Chinese state is building&nbsp;islands.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108434944/the-end-of-history The End of History? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-08T00:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T10:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyhsi06w9vfgrvjb.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One index of human impact is the extinction of species, now estimated to be at about the same rate as it was 65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth. That is the presumed cause for the ending of the age of the dinosaurs, which opened the way for small mammals to proliferate, and ultimately modern humans. Today, it is humans who are the asteroid, condemning much of life to extinction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably one of the most prompt and tell it the way it is style of Noam Chomsky, 'where we are going account' of recent history and our as a matter of factly demise depicted. Enjoy your last milleniums.., humans!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251985/town-becomes-a-beer-ad-but-residents-don-t-feel-like-a-party Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don’t Feel Like a Party Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T19:13:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/759fd1c0f95fa621a1d19eee072a41b5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This is a mistake,&rdquo; said David Rothman, 55, who moved to Crested Butte 20 years ago, of the decision to let Anheuser-Busch take over the town to film a beer commercial. &ldquo;Frankly, it&rsquo;s vulgar and it&rsquo;s cheap.&rdquo; On Friday, the company will fly in 1,000 young adults for a weekend of spring-break-style revelry, a stunt designed to publicize Bud Light. [...] &ldquo;This town is already built for this exact type of event,&rdquo; said Nick Kelly, a spokesman for Anheuser-Busch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A couple remarkable gems from the story:</p><ul><li><em>Party participants were selected from a pool of more than 150,000 people who submitted videos to Anheuser-Busch demonstrating that they were &ldquo;up for whatever.&rdquo;</em></li><li><em>A bridge welcoming visitors to &ldquo;Whatever, U.S.A.&rdquo; went up over Elk Avenue, right next to the heritage museum. A big, blue cowboy boot was placed in front of the mayor&rsquo;s office.</em></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108175670/iabr-maarten-hajer-appointed-chief-curator-of-iabr-2016 IABR: Maarten Hajer appointed chief curator of IABR–2016– Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-04T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:37:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbkv0w7pt1vtj719.jpg" width="514" height="664" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam has announced the appointment of Maarten Hajer as Chief Curator of IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;. The theme of the seventh edition of the IABR will be &ldquo;The Next Economy&rdquo; and it will open in May 2016.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the most prolific and progressive architecture and urban design biennales in existence, <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IABR</a> announced yet another building block for a better world, better discourse and more meaningful step towards the future of our cities, resources and the environments that are in development. Titled "The Next Economy" the IABR 2016 promises to be concerned with the role of ever so developing economical factors every project must deal with in order to evolve.</p><p>It will be curated by&nbsp;Maarten Hajer who&nbsp;is internationally renowned for his exploration of the relationships between public policies, urban development and environmental issues. He is professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and currently serving a 7-year term as Director&ndash;General of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.</p><p>As the Director of IABR <a href="http://2012.iabr.nl/EN/news/130124_ArchinectInterview.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Brugmans</a> says, <em>&ldquo;I do not believe in throwing good stuff away. Every IABR edition builds on earlier editions. We refocus, change perspective, pick up new ele...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T21:21:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/628d385585e3ec64fb92acee1f87741a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a breezy summer afternoon here in the newly renovated Sanayeh Garden, children are climbing the monkey bars, pedaling on bikes and kicking a ball by the huge water fountain in the park&rsquo;s center. [...] While this would be an ordinary scene in Paris, New York or Singapore, it&rsquo;s practically a new invention for today&rsquo;s residents of Beirut. Functional public parks have been virtually nonexistent here for decades.</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/107638546/the-astrodome-the-world-s-largest-indoor-garden The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden? Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T14:28:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:38:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2ad4690957195590633c62f811537f3c.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's been a long time since the Houston Oilers or any other team called the Astrodome home, and voters rejected a bond measure to adapt and reuse this domed cathedral last year. But Emmett's not giving it up. Yesterday, he led the press on a tour of the Astrodome to introduce his own plan to restore it: By creating the world's largest indoor park. This isn't the first scheme mounted by preservationists who see a future for the dome.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311571/winners-of-the-reimagine-the-astrodome-ideas-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Reimagine the Astrodome ideas competition</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88517100/can-buildings-be-too-young-to-save" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can buildings be too young to save?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107187789/can-urban-agriculture-work-on-a-commercial-scale Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale? Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:59:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e5c13ee5d8a8ac44a3912d78a61c36d.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eating food that&rsquo;s grown locally and sustainably is a fantastic and increasingly popular idea, but it&rsquo;s also expensive. Producers tend to drown under marketing and distribution costs, and struggle to find retail channels for their products. To assume that urban farms can escape that trap because of their extreme proximity to consumers would be a mistake; getting food to consumers has proven a logistical nightmare for them as well.</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/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oma1fcgjzmghae6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed' Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:18:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rt/rtsuuy4dsr6bm0tv.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Olafur Eliasson has tried something else. For his latest site-specific project, which opens on 20 August, the artist has transformed the entire south wing of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark into a convincing riverbed &ndash; a messy, stony accumulation of sedimentary rock and watery channels that threatens to silt up the white space of the gallery entirely. The result is an uncanny collision of manmade and natural views, and a Sublime reminder of the slow power of nature to erode [...].</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/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac9246a29689fa9515554bb8f44b635.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways. It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan that will require coordination of the 88 cities and and dozens of public agencies in the L.A. Basin to achieve.</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/106870326/how-spain-s-guerrilla-architect-is-building-new-hope-out-of-financial-crisis How Spain’s ‘guerrilla architect’ is building new hope out of financial crisis Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b45f8a28d1ac35f3a4eeabb4b361484.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the state has withdrawn, Santiago Cirugeda has stepped in to turn abandoned sites in Seville and other Spanish cities into dramatic art spaces that are inspiring a new breed of architect</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/106558894/l-a-landscape-architect-mia-lehrer-on-what-makes-a-successful-park L.A. landscape architect Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T21:20:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b538fab694706e9f7d725cb66d8663b6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It relates to scale, who's going to be there, what reflects the culture and interests of the community. People's first notion about a park is Central Park &mdash; big, grassy, lush. So adjusting expectations about that aesthetic, we have a hard row to hoe in L.A. This is the era for our city to think about parks and the river and the urban forest as all one thing.</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/106484235/london-s-bold-plan-to-re-wild-its-eastern-wetlands London's Bold Plan to Re-Wild Its Eastern Wetlands Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T15:05:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ce46a09acbaa922a4ae1c76e6d6db0d2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London will soon be home to Europe&rsquo;s largest urban wetland. By 2017, a large chunk of East London&rsquo;s Upper Lea Valley will be re-wilded, its waters recolonized by reed beds and waterfowl, creating a marshy green chain leading from the built-up inner city out into open fields. By removing drainage from the rims of reservoirs and using fresh stretches of green to patch up a watercourse now truncated by brownfield and private land, the project will create a phenomenal result.</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/106402301/la-s-aging-infrastructure-will-cost-the-city-billions LA's Aging Infrastructure Will Cost the City Billions Nicholas Korody 2014-08-12T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T00:17:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjend77nyverlxt8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From buckling sidewalks to potholed thoroughfares to storm drains that can&rsquo;t handle a little rain, the infrastructure that holds [Los Angeles] together is suffering from years of deferred maintenance. Bringing pipes that deliver water to 3.9 million people up to snuff could cost $4 billion [...] The bill for repaving streets will be almost that much, according to estimates from a city consultant, and patching or replacing cracked sidewalks will require $640 million.</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/105885132/more-details-on-big-s-cage-free-zootopia-redesign More details on BIG's cage-free “Zootopia” redesign Justine Testado 2014-08-06T02:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T12:46:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/57xxgspnhqlogc7l.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a commission for the iconic Givskud Zoo in Denmark, BIG's current proposal "Zootopia" includes an open, cage-free zoo landscape for the animals to roam in that is divided into three zones titled "Asia", "Africa", and "America". Human visitors can then observe and ogle at the animals in integrated structures or at elevated viewpoints, and ideally out of the animals' plain sight.</p><p>Despite BIG's optimistic approach in the redesign, a manmade zoo can't fully replace the animals' true natural habitats&nbsp;&mdash; no matter how spacious or meticulously replicated.</p><p>Check out the current proposal below:</p><p>Project statement:&nbsp; "Architects&rsquo; greatest and most important task is to design man-made ecosystems - to ensure that our cities and buildings suit the way we want to live. We must make sure that our cities offer a generous framework for different people - from different backgrounds, economy, gender, culture, education and age &ndash; so they can live together in harmony while taking into account individual ne...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast Plans approved for Damien Hirst's village on the British coast Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/0422ea7f8e7fafe3b443d085c90d8858.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outline plans for the project were approved by the North Devon Council this week. The village will officially be known by the surprisingly prosaic name Southern Extension, and will include shops, a primary school, a sports pitch and woodlands. [...] The project will include 75 affordable homes, and will be built over the next 10 to 15 years. Renderings show an extremely typical suburban town filled with identical houses and strolling pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hirst is collaborating with the <a href="http://www.rundellassociates.com/practice-profile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Rundell Associates</a>, who have yet to complete such a large scale project. Related news from the world's richest living artist:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38548368/artist-damien-hirst-s-eco-homes-vision-to-regenerate-town-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Damien Hirst's eco-homes vision to regenerate town is unveiled</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104862450/damien-hirst-s-london-art-space-due-to-open-next-spring" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105497309/recycled-water-in-urban-parks-could-be-spreading-drug-resistant-germs Recycled Water in Urban Parks Could Be Spreading Drug-Resistant Germs Nicholas Korody 2014-07-31T20:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T20:05:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9k01cofqvl83za4s.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sprinkling city parks with recycled water may create a breeding ground for hard-to-treat microbes [...] Even after the recycled water is treated in a sewage plant, it may carry microbes, drug-resistance genes and antibiotics that had washed down the drain. Sprayed into the environment, that water can spread microbes that could cause difficult-to-treat infections, the researchers say.</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/104791712/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-3-exploring-the-underground IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 3: Exploring the Underground Sponsor 2014-07-30T20:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T20:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pu5bufxphi7oqy30.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105412103/3-000-active-oil-wells-in-los-angeles 3,000+ Active Oil Wells in Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbirss4jy0s119c6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are more than 3,000 active oil and gas wells in Los Angeles County. Almost 4,680 new wells were drilled in 2012 across the state, bringing the total number to 210,000, according to the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources of the California Department of Conservation [...] Oil industry officials argue that drilling in California provides many economic benefits, and they downplay any potential health hazards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you want to explore the wells yourself, take a look at <a href="http://maps.conservation.ca.gov/doggr/index.html#close" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this map </a>by the California Department of Conservation (via <a href="http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/mapping_all_3000_of_los_angeless_active_oil_wells.php#more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105331734/the-best-new-yorker-articles-on-buildings-cities-and-landscapes The Best New Yorker Articles on Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes Places Journal 2014-07-29T18:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:46:02-04:00 <em><p>Cities that are growing and cities that are shrinking, climate change, environmental health and equity, resource scarcity, technological change &mdash; all demand that we rethink how we plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. These challenges also demand that serious design journalism and scholarship move from the margins to the center of the larger cultural discussion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week The New Yorker opened up part of its archive, setting off a mad dash through the corridors in search of great summer reading.</p><p>The editors at Places Journal have rounded up some of the best articles on architecture and urbanism, including profiles of David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels, interviews with window-washers and elevator testers, reviews of the Google car and the Oslo Opera House, and searing reports from Elizabeth Kolbert and George Packer.</p><p>Places also announces a major transition: "After five valuable years in partnership with Design Observer, we're deepening our commitment to public scholarship and critical journalism by launching a new, independent website at <a href="http://www.placesjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.placesjournal.org</a>."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105266666/more-photos-from-the-reford-gardens-15th-international-garden-festival-in-quebec More photos from the Reford Gardens 15th International Garden Festival in Quebec Justine Testado 2014-07-28T20:25:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T12:38:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/ssrqwg8t25dgb03n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you couldn't get enough photos of the 22 installations at the 15th International Garden Festival in Quebec's Reford Gardens, you're in for a little treat. Established in 2000, the International Garden Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world and it continues to gain recognition...The Gardens will remain open until September 28, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vf/vf74902r8o8qqk1d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vu4zo52egqkvj8a.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4t/4t3lfsedxxr61ngp.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mw/mwefj88bz2p79ux2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yo/yowp297u1sxqxhtn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/do/do2n9b22uylumax0.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/more_photos_from_the_reford_gardens_15th_international_garden_festival_in_q/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105248171/the-bayou-greenways-plan-a-game-changer-for-houston The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston? Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T22:03:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/6211b41853dd73844a779a9a2f00d252.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s Bayou Greenways plan is perhaps the largest active transportation project in the country right now &mdash; if residents can actually use it for transportation when it&rsquo;s completed. Jen Powis of the Houston Parks Board has described the greenway project as a cross between the Atlanta Beltline and the Portland Bike Master Plan, which &ldquo;re-envisions transportation&rdquo; in the city.</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/104790101/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-2-the-urban-metabolism IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 2: The Urban Metabolism Sponsor 2014-07-25T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T19:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rq683ir2b84tpqfu.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p>