Archinect - News 2015-05-22T19:50:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127530502/nijmegen-s-new-approach-to-flood-control-and-urban-design Nijmegen's new approach to flood control — and urban design Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T16:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:35:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3adf1e10a14b1c1f568cc30a00c3e3a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The people of Nijmegen aren&rsquo;t taking their good luck for granted. With climate change expected to bring more intense storms like the one in 1995 (and a previous one in 1993), the city is embarking on a massive flood-control project. That may be expected in the Netherlands, a low-lying country where most homes are built behind protective dikes [...]. But even here, the approach underway in Nijmegen is unusual, and filled with ideas that river cities anywhere can learn&nbsp;from.</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/127308287/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-student-work-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-05-15T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T15:20:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3xy248a7q2li9u8.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/student-work/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Student Work</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vf/vfnx3vqbzk8ra0hl.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/powertomake/project/articulated-timber-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Articulated Timber Ground</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/3322347/the-university-of-melbourne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Melbourne</a> MArch students Norhasnani Azman, Farheen Dossa, Jack Hinkson, Rachel Low, Siavash Malek, Amanda Ngieng, Ridho Prawiro, On On Tam, William Varrenti, Bo Woon Wong, Bingquan Zhang, Qingyue Zhang, Jia Jia Zheng, Shaobo Zhu under the guidance of Paul Loh and David Leggett (<a href="http://archinect.com/powertomake" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Power to Make</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h4/h4fq1hhikq0de76t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/alanroo/project/sarajevo-highrise-ii-sarajevo-bosnia-and-herzegovina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarajevo Highrise II - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/alanroo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Rodr&iacute;guez Carrillo</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3lvb9793bqdf2g9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/serhat/project/eyup-hill-culture-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyup Hill Culture Center</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/serhat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serhat Yildiz</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8uacusnkquebgks.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/124907041/flint-exhibition-center-of-industrial-park/124911063" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flint--Exhibition Center of Industrial Park</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/124907041/xingzhe-yang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xingzhe Yang</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q79gzspxglyhgi7d.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/mhstory/project/leaks-and-accumulations-a-report-on-decatur-illinois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leaks and Accumulations: A Report on Decatur, Illinois (Thesis)</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/mhstory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Story</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5j9f10tvlbtolyqu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/72600/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/23900/pratt-gaud-exhibition-2015/125504724" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126336853/iabr-2016-call-for-projects IABR–2016–Call for Projects Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-28T11:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T20:58:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2k/2k9sqxdlo5iz7v8v.jpg" width="514" height="130" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam,<strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;THE NEXT ECONOMY&ndash;</strong>, will open in April 2016.</p><p>Chief Curator is Maarten Hajer, director-general of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.</p><p>IABR invites urban designers, architects, landscape architects, academics, artists, planners, cities, universities, companies and social organizations, or coalitions thereof, to submit best practices, projects and plans in response to the challenges formulated in the&nbsp;<a href="http://iabr.nl/en/tentoonstelling/call_for_projects_2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;CALL FOR PROJECTS&ndash;</strong></a>&nbsp;and further articulated in the&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2016&ndash;CURATOR STATEMENT&ndash;.</strong></p><p>IABR&ndash;2016 is a platform for fresh ideas on the possible future of the twenty-first-century city. IABR will exhibit designs and promote dialogues that open up perspectives of the city. IABR&nbsp;wants: a clean city, a communal city, a productive city &ndash; a city in which the public space once again occupies center stage.</p><p>If you want to submit your project for IABR&ndash;2016, please read the Call for Projects and the Curator S...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126055079/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-04-24T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:40:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6vis0szuojmtdba.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/outdoors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yg/yg0xgoiiv1rhz6ya.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/urbanprojectsbureau/project/a-hard-working-house2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Hard Working House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/urbanprojectsbureau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Projects Bureau</a>; Photo: Richard Leeney</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1vu140l6q6505zdk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/35788802/tuna-canyon-blvd-malibu-ca/35788803" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tuna Canyon Blvd Home</a> in Malibu, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/35788802/john-hamilton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Hamilton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ms/ms8a2rqwvbaalj08.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/122153879/house-passage-of-landscape/122153880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House Passage of Landscape</a> in Toyota, Japan by <a href="http://archinect.com/ihrmk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ihrmk</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5i/5iuk36ske9povrhy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/fabiocostanzo/project/courtyard-house-of-stone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Courtyard House of Stone</a> in Trapani, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/fabiocostanzo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 4e</a>; Garden Expert:&nbsp;Lucia Gitto; Photo: Angelo Geloso</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o65rdfgpmb6bfqsy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bromleycaldariarchitects/project/ocean-view-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ocean View House</a> on Fire Island, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/bromleycaldariarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bromley Caldari Architects</a>; Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama/Nathan Kirkman</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/orq6zhak3nvpzcrq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/45216499/house-in-blair-atholl/125343872" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House</a> in Blair Atholl, Johannesburg, South Africa by <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29a2rmbygbkmhl28.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/51498127/modern-barn/125360786" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Barn</a> in East Hampton, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51498127/naiztat-ham-architects-p-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Naiztat + Ham Architects, P.C.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59rdjfwsh9nvhorf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/50477611/trump-cadde/117944012" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump Cadde</a> in Istanbul, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/gadarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GAD Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14svk7r8y6aemrn2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/117902281/casa-datri-dasa/117971324" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">casa DATRI &amp; DASA</a> in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125974691/a-closer-look-at-the-current-exhibition-the-landscape-architecture-legacy-of-dan-kiley A closer look at the current exhibition "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:28:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a726b2369482913674da9e07246d64b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley,&rdquo; an exhibition at the Center for Architecture, shows how modern landscapes often make a better case for modernism than the architecture itself. Over a span of 60 years, Kiley (1912-2004), a founding father of modern landscape design, worked for the best architects around, among them Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill. He was fully versed in architecture&rsquo;s modernist strategies and overriding focus on form and abstraction.</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/125900756/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-2015-award-winners-and-fellows Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Award Winners and Fellows Helena Karabatsos 2015-04-22T23:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:41:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x48zzs2diztn3qt2.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards and the 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video at its 68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., on April 16. The Society also named four individuals as SAH Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history.</p><p><strong>2015 Publication Award Recipients</strong><br>Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.</p><p>The winners of the Society&rsquo;s 2015 Publication Awards are listed below. The 2016 award cycle opens on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/awards-programs/publication-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sah.org/publication-awards</a>.</p><p><strong>Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award</strong></p><p>Richard Harris,&nbsp;<em>Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914&ndash;1960&nbsp;</em>(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)</p><p>Christopher Curtis Mead,&nbsp;<em>Making Modern Paris: Victor Baltard&rsquo;s Central ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125895927/heart-of-the-community-program-selects-six-new-cities-to-receive-placemaking-grants Heart of the Community program selects six new cities to receive placemaking grants Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:36:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24eaf1c2f814fa7f1e8a240f4266b125.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning, Southwest Airlines announced that non-profit organizations in six U.S. cities will receive Placemaking grants to help them reimagine and reactivate important but underutilized public spaces in their city. [...] Albuquerque, New Mexico: Civic Plaza Ft. Myers, Florida: Lee County Regional Library Jacksonville, Florida: Hemming Park Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 4th &amp; Wisconsin Area Portland, Maine: Congress Square Park St. Louis, Missouri: Strauss Park</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/125530527/the-underline-holds-public-interest-meetings-in-miami The Underline holds Public Interest Meetings in Miami Joachim Perez 2015-04-17T23:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:03:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0wdcy9w3ztyg68z.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our vision is to transform the underutilized land below Miami&rsquo;s MetroRail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into an iconic linear park, world-class urban trail and living art destination.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jh50gsghi671m1hy.jpg"></p><p>The Underline is a proposal to activate the 10 mile space underneath Miami&rsquo;s elevated metro rail into an urban trail.&nbsp; This initiative was a collaboration between the organizers of The Underline nonprofit, The University of Miami School of Architecture, and Miami Dade County.&nbsp; Recently, James Corner Field Operations won a proposal to develop a master plan for the area.&nbsp; This is a continued involvement by the firm, as they already are developing strategies for the Lincoln Road area of Miami Beach, and developed Knight Plaza between the art and science museums in Downtown Miami. &nbsp;</p><p>Over the course of this weekend, organizers and volunteers of The Underline are putting together public meetings to gauge ideas from the locals of what they want for the future linear park.&nbsp; Holding interactive presentations, members of the community were asked to vote on preselected ideas by Field Operations, write in their own ideas, draw out ideas on maps showcasing the scope of the project, and open poste...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T12:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiwto8d5u6oy3axz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125524892/how-fault-creep-is-very-slowly-tearing-one-california-town-apart How fault creep is (very slowly) tearing one California town apart Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:43:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f32962cd43dc8bd07b4907132a4dfd23.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. [...] This is Hollister, California, a town being broken in two slowly, relentlessly, and in real time by an effect known as &ldquo;fault creep.&rdquo; A surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city. As if its grid of streets and single-family homes was actually built on an ice floe, the entire west half of Hollister is moving north along the Calaveras Fault, leaving its eastern streets behind.</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/125279560/new-york-city-s-tree-species-mapped New York City's tree species mapped Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T20:44:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c.jpg" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone [...] there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census.</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/124830674/there-s-still-hope-blighted-new-orleans-lot-will-become-playground-that-gets-kids-excited-about-architecture There's still hope: Blighted New Orleans lot will become playground that gets kids excited about architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:37:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tqaxhmqzwm0fjr9.jpg" width="500" height="889" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Students at several Central City schools soon will have a permanent place to learn about architecture, design and city planning after officials from PlayBuild, a nonprofit focused on architecture education, broke ground Tuesday on a &ldquo;design playground&rdquo; in New Orleans. The 2-year-old organization, along with Palmisano Contractors, is converting a vacant lot at Thalia and Willow streets into a space for children to play and learn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about&nbsp;Playbuild NOLA (or find ways to get involved) <a href="http://www.playbuild.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes Nicholas Korody 2015-04-07T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:29:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/522d510090ed20de7c07f0c1adfe8e70.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles installed its first ever&nbsp;parking-protected bike lanes. They&rsquo;re on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, part of the mayor&rsquo;s Great Streets Initiative. As of this morning, the project is roughly one-quarter complete. The new protected lanes, also known as&nbsp;cycletracks, are mostly complete on the west side of Reseda Blvd from Plummer Street to Prairie Street. The full one-mile protected lanes will go from Plummer to Parthenia Street.</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/124678740/for-a-limited-time-only-you-can-play-pac-man-on-google-maps For a limited time only, you can play PAC-MAN on Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-06T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T20:36:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5tin8detk16n05v2.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are even Google Maps-specific bonus-point icons, along with the classic fruits. It's a highly addictive way to learn your way around an city's streets.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w64salt4qnsooyhx.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions Nicholas Korody 2015-04-01T18:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T17:04:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7es3oy926117n7g.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday imposed mandatory water restrictions for the first time on residents, businesses and farms, ordering cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce usage by 25%... [amounting] to roughly 1.5 million acre-feet of water (an acre-foot of water equals about 325,000 gallons) over the next nine months... "We're in a new era," Brown said. "The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that's going to be a thing of the past."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brown's executive order will also mandate:</p><ul><li>Require agriculture to report more on their water usage so as to better "enforce against illegal diversions and waste"</li><li>A ban on watering lawns on public street medians</li><li>Significant cuts in water use for large landscapes like universities, golf courses, and cemeteries.</li><li>Switching out some 50 million sq. ft. of lawn for "drought tolerant landscaping"</li><li>A temporary rebate program for consumers to replace their appliances with water efficient models</li><li>Prohibiting new homes and developments from using potable water in their irrigation systems unless using efficient drip irrigation systems</li></ul><p>Here's hoping these mandates are enough to somehow provide the <strong>11 trillion gallons of water</strong>&nbsp;that California needs to recover from this very real and unprecedented natural disaster...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124138997/harnessing-the-power-of-geodesign-to-create-better-cities-and-spaces Harnessing the power of geodesign to create better cities and spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-30T19:05:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:44:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zyaq7791jovum6v.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A major frustration across architecture and urban design professions is the Tower of Babel problem &ndash; translating data from a host of different resources into a coherent platform for designing and planning. In particular, learning how to wield geographic data is an essential part of any urban project. Accessing that information, through resources like GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a first step for many designers, but translating it into a consistent and useful language is a whole other matter, let alone learning how to optimize its use for the many phases throughout a project&rsquo;s design and implementation.</p><p>The practice of geodesign integrates site-specific data, by means of geographic and mapping technologies, into the design process. Leveraging geographic information about a site leads to stronger evidence-based designs, and can be used for making smarter 3D city models. <a href="http://www.esri.com/about-esri/initiatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESRI</a><a href="http://www.esri.com/about-esri/initiatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, Inc.</a> specializes in exactly such technologies, and is working to make them useful for all design pro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124127720/walker-art-center-goes-green-in-75-million-project Walker Art Center goes green in $75 million project b3tadine[sutures] 2015-03-30T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T19:08:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2l/2l6eag44d2svk6w3.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Positioning itself as a neighborhood green space and cultural gateway, Walker Art Center will add a new glass-walled entrance pavilion, groves of trees and acres of new grass as part of a $75 million project to be announced Tuesday.</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/123839523/christoper-hawthorne-on-the-recovery-of-public-space-in-los-angeles Christoper Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T21:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luxt7au51zi2kyzf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The public sector stopped making public space a long time ago," Los Angeles architect Jon Jerde told Wired magazine rather matter-of-factly in 1999. [...] A little more than two decades later, there is something quaintly fatalistic about Jerde's attitude toward the frail state of public space. In Los Angeles, at least, it has returned pretty dramatically to health.</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/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300 RIBA seeks architect to redesign remote island community of <300 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:02:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24e208ba62003f1b6827e8502e930273.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[RIBA] has launched the contest to create a self-sustainable future for those living on Tristan, a tiny community &ldquo;ruled by the weather&rdquo;, part of the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. [...] Tristan&rsquo;s government, led by Alex Mitham, called in Riba to manage the process of finding an architect to overhaul residential property as well as carry out urgent replacement of the government buildings, currently little more than agricultural sheds which &ldquo;are nearing the end of their useful life&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/123673986/field-operations-to-helm-new-miami-underline-project Field Operations to Helm New Miami Underline Project Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:37:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vepmoyq1j2li5c1m.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of the Underline bicycle route and linear park that would replace the threadbare M-Path under the Metrorail tracks from Dadeland to the Miami River have picked the co-designer of the wildly popular elevated High Line in Manhattan to draw up a master plan for their idea. James Corner Field Operations was selected by a local jury from among 19 architectural teams that submitted entries in a competition.</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/123673983/a-new-capital-for-cairo A New "Capital" for Cairo? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-24T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:37:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b96275c3c6656192e145056897f48adf.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...last week at an economic development conference, the Egyptian government announced it was planning a giant new building project to the east of Cairo. The new city, which could eventually cover 700 km sq, doesn't currently have a name, and is being referred to simply as "The Capital"...If all goes to plan, the city will serve as the new administrative and financial capital of Egypt.</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/123352855/is-newark-the-next-brooklyn Is Newark the Next Brooklyn? Richard Meier & Partners 2015-03-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T19:42:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uieuy7kv0joya11f.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When construction&rsquo;s done in 2016, Teachers Village will consist of eight, low-rise buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare facility, 65,000 square feet of retail, and 205 residential units designed by the world-renowned Richard Meier, Newark&rsquo;s native son and architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain.</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/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms Justine Testado 2015-03-19T20:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T01:28:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnhy7y6nfg651zma.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In overcrowded Central Havana and in the historic quarter, the shortage of places to live and play and find much-needed privacy pushed the city upward, spilling onto the rooftops.The technical term for it is 'parasitic architecture.' The Cuban government doesn&rsquo;t encourage the practice, but in the city&rsquo;s oldest and most dilapidated neighborhoods, longtime roof-dwelling families...were usually allowed to stay. The parasites became permanent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Havana's rooftop-dwelling communities brace for more change -- at least in tourism -- in the bustling city below, as Cuba and the U.S. re-establish relations.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123293427/protectcity-campaign-launched-in-support-of-michael-heizer-s-city #ProtectCity campaign launched in support of Michael Heizer's "City" Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T14:16:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1m/1mzp8222h66dfaom.jpg" width="514" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in Garden Valley, Nevada, Michael Heizer&rsquo;s City is one of the most significant works of art in the United States. Begun by Heizer in 1972, the project is now in its final stage of completion. It will, in the future, be accessible by the public. [...] To see the land developed into a site for military, energy, or waste purposes, would ruin it forever. After 43 years of work, can it really be destroyed like this?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Notable American museums publicly expressed their support on Twitter via&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProtectCity?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#protectCITY</a>. The LACMA petition to protect Michael Heizer's&nbsp;<em>City</em>&nbsp;and the Basin and Range can be reached&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/protectbasinandrange/app_335652843138116" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112893574/michael-heizer-s-massive-desert-sculpture-city-will-make-you-cry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122981772/an-urban-treehouse-that-absorbs-pollution An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution Miles Jaffe 2015-03-16T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0m5q37ta060unrtn.jpg" width="514" height="617" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a special building because it lives, grows, breathes and changes over time. Its terraces are dotted with 150 tall trees which together with 50 plants in the court produce about 150,000 liters per hour of oxygen, at night absorbing about 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour. Also slashing particulate matter caused by cars, protecting from noise, following the natural cycle of the seasons, growing day by day, creating an ideal microclimate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>^ Translated from Italian. Check the <a href="http://divisare.com/projects/283279-Luciano-Pia-25-Verde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a> for more photos.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122835818/the-uncertain-future-of-slab-city-california The Uncertain Future of Slab City, California Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T20:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-13T20:53:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8jaz8ejr1tvkghdb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unregulated squatter settlement, Slab City is home to perhaps 150 year-round residents &mdash; refugees from mortgages and bill collectors, former hippies, rebels and self-identified misfits &mdash; who live in personal camps made from old trailers, truck campers and crude lean-tos, and call themselves Slabbers. From October to April, the population swells to perhaps 2,000 as snowbirds, attracted by the guaranteed sunshine and zero fees, arrive in sometimes majestic motor homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But now, as <em>the New York Times</em> article documents, the residents of Slab City are divided over the fate of their shared home. After news began to percolate that the&nbsp;California State Land Commission might sell the land, the "Slabbers" began to debate what to do. Should they band together to try to buy the land? Should they form a residents' association? Would that make them, for lack of a better word, sell-outs, replicating the very structures they came to Slab City to escape?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i7/i77oitvx8whgirle.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Located on top of the abandoned foundations of an old Marine base, Slab City began has been undergoing changes for some time now. After cameos in different media, in particular the film "Into the Wild," the ad-hoc city began attracting more people, some of whom are less committed to a communitarian or anarchist ethos. <em>The Times</em> quotes one resident: &ldquo;Nowadays, a lot of people are just coming to hang out for the party.&rdquo; Apparently, this has historically created problems with methamphetamine.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzk7uwf1isljw6zz.jpg"></p><p>The article gives fair ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122682388/places-journal-launches-new-tool-for-sharing-articles-on-architecture-landscape-and-urbanism Places Journal Launches New Tool for Sharing Articles on Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism Nancy Levinson 2015-03-12T02:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-12T10:50:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7egrxcu4bd0fzban.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Places Journal </em>has long<em>&nbsp;</em>targeted an interdisciplinary readership &mdash; practitioners, scholars, and students in architecture, landscape, and urban design.</p><p>This week the <a href="https://placesjournal.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">journal</a>&nbsp;has launched a new tool &mdash; <a href="https://placesjournal.org/reading-lists/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reading Lists</a> &mdash; that promises to strengthen ties between the design disciplines and related fields such as&nbsp;ecology, history, geography, photography, and technology. As part of its commitment to public scholarship and innovative practice, <em>Places</em> is encouraging readers to share topical lists of articles, books, videos and other media in their areas of interest and expertise.</p><p>The new, interactive tool enables users to create and share a reading list, build an annotated bibliography, or&nbsp;bookmark <em>Places</em> articles for future reading. Lists can be cross-referenced by subject and shared privately or publicly.</p><p><em>Places</em> is launching the new channel with a collection of <a href="https://placesjournal.org/reading-lists/?filter=featured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured Lists</a> that includes <strong>Nate Berg</strong> on the aesthetic design of freeways; <strong>Kristi Cheramie</strong> on geo-engineering by the U.S. Army Corps; <strong>B...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122581108/society-of-architectural-historians-presents-public-seminar-at-chicago-conference Society of Architectural Historians Presents Public Seminar at Chicago Conference Helena Karabatsos 2015-03-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9k4apxsuzyi7teiy.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15&ndash;19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the&nbsp;<strong>68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians</strong>. But the conference isn&rsquo;t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences&mdash;conference attendees and the local community&mdash;with public programs such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;SAH Chicago Seminar.&nbsp;</p><p>The SAH Chicago Seminar, &ldquo;Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago&rsquo;s Built Environment,&rdquo; will take place Saturday, April 18th, at The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Hear from local architects, historians, and policy makers as they discuss the history and future of Chicago&rsquo;s waterways and neighborhoods. Harvard University professor <strong>Charles Waldheim</strong> will give the keynote address "Reading Chicago's Landscape as Urbanism."&nbsp;<strong>Alison Fisher</strong>, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will moderate ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122578694/thresholds-44-workspace-is-seeking-submissions "Thresholds 44: workspace" is seeking submissions csbonin 2015-03-10T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T11:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9n5znci520hiqqbd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>thresholds 44: workspace</em></strong><br>editors: christianna bonin | nisa ari</p><p><strong>CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS</strong></p><p>When an employee at Google&rsquo;s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn&rsquo;s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed &ldquo;suicide&rdquo; netting, is he fulfilling or transgressing the design of the workspace? Long hidden in museum basements, conservation labs and storage rooms now feature prominently in museum designs. Facing complicated visa programs and unsavory jobs, employers skirt bureaucracy to sustain the agricultural industry in the US and illegal workers stay undocumented in order to be easily employable. When and why are certain workspaces - and workers - hidden or revealed? What is the &ldquo;work&rdquo; that is supposed to happen in the workspace and how have transformations of the tools, economies, demographics, and technologies within the workspace shaped the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122507983/bjarke-ingels-and-oliver-wainwright-talk-new-york-dryline Bjarke Ingels and Oliver Wainwright talk New York Dryline Alexander Walter 2015-03-09T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T16:01:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5cdbqiqi2mr77e3.jpg" width="514" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There aren&rsquo;t many architects you would believe could hold back seas and save the world from being drowned by Biblical floods. But when you meet Bjarke Ingels, anything seems eminently possible. [...] If New York has to build 10 miles of flood defences to protect the city from another Hurricane Sandy, why not conceive the barrier as a brand new waterfront park? Climate security as leisure amenity. You can almost hear the standing ovation and all-American whooping in the background.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look into &ldquo;The BIG U&rdquo;, BIG&rsquo;s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design</a></p>