Archinect - News 2016-12-08T17:32:09-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149980675/mvva-designed-dallas-trinity-river-park-to-become-america-s-largest-urban-nature-park MVVA-designed Dallas Trinity River Park to become America's largest urban nature park Alexander Walter 2016-11-29T15:16:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:42:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ak/akpyqi37tktmw62g.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trinity River Park, which will be 10 times the size of Central Park in New York, will be made up of 7,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest, 2,000 acres of space between the Trinity River levees and 1,000 acres of already developed space. MVVA&rsquo;s design will build on municipal efforts to connect the river with the city. It envisions the space as a &ldquo;beautiful and naturalistic network of trails, meadows and lakes living in harmony with the river&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95359093/results-of-the-dallas-connected-city-design-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Results of the Dallas Connected City Design Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965066/a-look-at-some-cities-revitalizing-their-blighted-rivers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at some cities revitalizing their blighted rivers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938197/national-geographic-takes-a-closer-look-at-the-world-s-great-urban-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Geographic takes a closer look at the world's great urban parks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980645/mia-lehrer-discusses-her-long-running-history-with-the-la-river-s-redevelopment-on-our-final-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session Mia Lehrer discusses her long-running history with the LA River's redevelopment on our final 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-29T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2c/2clrzb2fjj3ljxih.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's here: our final interview from 'Next Up: The LA River', featuring Mia Lehrer of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>. Lehrer was a major driving force in the 2007 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, and has worked for nearly 20 years on projects related to the River&mdash;undeniably preceding any involvement from Frank Gehry.</p><p>Paul Petrunia sits down with Lehrer to speak about her history with the river and its redevelopment, as well as her thoughts for how the project must proceed. Read more about Lehrer's work on the LA River <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>To get caught up on all Mini-Sessions from our Next Up: The LA River event, you can listen to the whole first half at once on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions-one-to-one/id1057340260?mt=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> (the second half will be available next week), or download each interview separately through <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;Mini-Session #8&nbsp;</strong>from<strong>&nbsp;'<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/842448/next-up-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&nbsp;</strong>with<strong>&nbsp;Mia Lehrer</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Po...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980618/zaha-hadid-architects-rejects-patrik-schumacher-s-manifesto-in-open-letter Zaha Hadid Architects rejects Patrik Schumacher's "manifesto" in open letter Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:44:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zr/zrneuvhemicswdd4.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The perenially&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956426/brexit-a-chance-to-roll-back-the-interventionist-state-and-unleash-entrepreneurial-creativity-op-ed-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinionated</a> Patrik Schumacher, who gave a speech about his "urban policy manifesto" at the November 17th World Architecture Festival in which he called for an end to all social housing and privatization of public space, has attracted push-back from an unexpected source: the firm he currently runs, which was founded by the late, great Zaha Hadid. In an open letter from the architectural office, Zaha Hadid Architects states that Schumacher's manifesto does not reflect the future direction of the firm, noting that Zaha "deeply believed in the strongest international collaboration" and she "did not write manifestos. She built them." The full text of the letter follows below:</p><p><em>November 29, 2016</em></p><p><em>Patrik Schumacher&rsquo;s &lsquo;urban policy manifesto&rsquo; does not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects&rsquo; past&mdash;and will not be our future.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid did not write manifestos. She built them.</em></p><p><em>Zaha Hadid Architects has delivered 56 projects for all members of the community in 45 cities around the world.</em></p><p><em>Refusi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979625/why-is-trump-seeking-private-equity-for-public-infrastructure Why is Trump seeking private equity for public infrastructure? Julia Ingalls 2016-11-21T12:51:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T09:23:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jh/jhua4w6qw4pljkey.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The indefatigable Paul Krugman takes a closer look at Trump's proposed infrastructure funding plans in his column for&nbsp;<a href="http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/infrastructure-build-or-privatization-scam/?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, wondering why the President-elect would seek private equity for public projects. Is this a profiteering scheme that sneakily privatizes ownership of traditionally publicly accessible resources (like water, for example)?</p><p>As Krugman notes about Trump's plan: "Crucially, it&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;a plan to borrow $1 trillion and spend it on much-needed projects &mdash; which would be the straightforward, obvious thing to do. It is, instead, supposed to involve having private investors do the work both of raising money and building the projects &mdash; with the aid of a huge tax credit that gives them back 82% of the equity they put in. To compensate for the small sliver of additional equity and the interest on their borrowing, the private investors then have to somehow make profits on the assets they end up owning."</p><p>For more on how architects are reacting to the Presidential elect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979595/bdp-wins-northern-estate-programme-the-development-of-a-number-of-historic-buildings-for-the-house-of-commons BDP wins Northern Estate Programme - the development of a number of historic buildings for the House of Commons Ellen Hancock 2016-11-21T12:23:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:00:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b5/b5d3ujnpzabh5wez.jpg" width="650" height="616" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Northern Estate consists of a series of Grade I and II listed buildings, which provide office space for the House of Commons.&nbsp;</p><p>Many buildings on the estate have not been refurbished in over 40 years however they are now non-compliant with a multitude of regulatory and statutory building regulations and refurbishment has become essential.&nbsp;</p><p>15,300 sqm of office space will be restored with works due to be completed in the early 2020s.</p><p>Architect director Tim Leach said: <em>&ldquo;This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to refurbish the buildings on Parliament&rsquo;s Northern Estate, close to the Palace of Westminster and at the heart of Whitehall, to create a modern office environment and external landscape to meet the needs of the House of Commons, its MPs, researchers and supporting facilities, well into the 21st century.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Read more about more projects by BDP:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976316/boxpark-opens-in-croydon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boxpark opens in Croydon</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957419/our-predictions-for-the-stirling-prize-2016-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our predictions for the Stirling Prize 2016 nominees</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956491/the-hive-pavilion-moves-to-kew-gardens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979257/take-a-look-inside-london-s-new-design-museum Take a look inside London's new Design Museum Abigail Banfield 2016-11-18T11:15:00-05:00 >2016-11-26T20:45:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2i/2i3vcqrvfy985wrl.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you create a new home to house iconic and innovative design? With eyes on the final outcome, and with everyone waiting to see the unveiling of one of the most anticipated buildings this decade, we think that John Pawson, OMA, Arup, and Allies &amp; Morrison have risen to the challenge of transforming a grade II listed building into the new home of the Design Museum.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j0/j024g8408gp9xo1n.jpg"></p><p>Yesterday was the preview of the new Design Museum in Kensington. Archinect UK was delighted to have been invited to see the grand unveiling of the building, and to get our feet inside the transformed Commonwealth Centre. The sheer gravity of the main space is enough to make this an incredible building, but, as we learn more, experience more, and see how it completely engages the user, we realise that this is a project that really doesn&rsquo;t disappoint.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6p/6p5ht0lb2rov7e5n.jpg"></p><p>The Design Museum was founded almost three decades ago in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran, and only closed at its previous space in June of this year, to make preparations for t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979047/with-new-york-s-waterline-square-three-architects-are-better-than-one With New York's Waterline Square, three architects are better than one Richard Meier & Partners 2016-11-17T13:23:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:52:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bqmdzrzpphxfv7l5.jpg" width="650" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three leading starchitecture firms &ndash; Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, Richard Meier &amp; Partners Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates &ndash; have joined forces to collaborate on Waterline Square, a new residential development occupying five acres of land on one of the Upper West Side's last remaining waterfront development sites along the Hudson River.</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/149979025/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-to-receive-presidential-medal-of-freedom Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Julia Ingalls 2016-11-17T12:56:00-05:00 >2016-11-23T01:41:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4p/4p8sp0y2rntj7jti.jpg" width="650" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Some good news from the White House: iconic designers <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82907/maya-lin-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370852/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-find-their-ancestral-roots-on-pbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in a ceremony on November 22nd. While both designers have already made tremendous contributions to the global aesthetic landscape, they're not done yet. Gehry is currently undertaking <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/841652/next-up-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the revitalization of the L.A. river</a>&nbsp;among other projects,&nbsp;while according to the White House's official site, Maya Lin is working "on a multi-sited artwork/memorial, <em>What is Missing?</em> bringing awareness to the planet's loss of habitat and biodiversity."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v0nm2b9l0gn4aplr.jpg"></p><p>For more on President Obama and architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948693/how-will-president-obama-s-move-to-require-overtime-pay-change-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How will President Obama's move to require overtime pay change architecture?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126726246/university-of-chicago-will-reportedly-win-race-for-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978619/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-1-with-kcrw-s-design-and-architecture-host-frances-anderton-and-la-times-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #1 with KCRW's 'Design and Architecture' host Frances Anderton and LA Times architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-16T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-11-23T01:12:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j7/j7zlfu13q1g1q8ez.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's office was first attached</a> to the L.A. River's master plan and redevelopment, the river began attracting fresh attention over a project that had already been evolving for decades. This October, in an attempt to do justice to the river's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">complexity and history</a>&nbsp;(and the accompanying urbanist discourse),&nbsp;Archinect hosted '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974079/archinect-presents-next-up-the-l-a-river-at-the-a-d-museum-on-saturday-october-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>'&mdash;a live podcasting interview series with an array of&nbsp;architects, planners, artists, and journalists with varying perspectives on the subject.</p><p>We're now eager to share those conversations with everyone as eight Mini-Sessions, released as part of our <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> podcast. Myself, Paul Petrunia and Nicholas Korody moderated the conversations, which took place <a href="http://bustler.net/events/latest/8406/next-up-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at the Los Angeles Architecture + Design Museum on October 29, 2016</a>. While we reached out to them, unfortunately no representatives from Gehry's office were able to take part.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h6/h6g0uphkyywwhrlv.jpg"></p><p>Our first Mini-Session was moderated by myself, with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/105047/frances-anderton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frances Anderton</a> (host of KCRW's 'Design and...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978584/tadao-ando-s-landmark-manchester-piccadilly-gardens-wall-to-be-destroyed Tadao Ando's Landmark Manchester Piccadilly Gardens wall to be destroyed Ellen Hancock 2016-11-16T01:45:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:45:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dz/dzypy342jdyoid9s.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pictures of a planned &pound;10m revamp of a Manchester landmark described as a "concrete monstrosity" have been revealed. Manchester City Council said it had taken public opinion into account to remove the current wall and pavilion in Piccadilly Gardens. It said it will improve the quality and safety of the area. The plans, to be funded by leaseholders Legal &amp; General, will go before the executive committee on 16 November.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d552bbc2cd05abed18fc5a9ceb4ed67.jpg"></p><p>Read more UK related stories here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976664/zaha-hadid-architects-to-design-new-stadium-for-the-forest-green-rovers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to design new stadium for the Forest Green Rovers</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149975487/construction-of-the-pinnacle-to-continue-despite-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum result</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149977505/zaha-hadid-architects-just-opened-a-new-office-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects just opened a new office in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976501/british-transport-minister-decries-cult-of-ugliness-in-brutalism-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British transport minister decries "cult of ugliness" in brutalism, modernism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978587/diana-balmori-revered-landscape-architect-has-died-at-age-84 Diana Balmori, revered landscape architect, has died at age 84 Julia Ingalls 2016-11-15T14:33:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T21:56:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z6d6sbuu69ju4h28.jpg" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Landscape architect and innovative urbanist Diana Balmori has died at age 84, as announced by her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.balmori.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">firm's website</a>. The Spanish-born&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lian/live-blog-diana-balmori-and-joel-sanders-on-landscape-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balmori</a>, who founded her own firm in New York City at age 58, was known for her site-defining and inventive landscape architecture works, including the Abandoibarra District in Bilbao, Spain, the Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park in Minnesota, and numerous green roofs in Manhattan. In addition to their striking aesthetic beauty, Balmori's projects integrated sustainable practices, resulting in a holistic pairing of nature and architecture.</p><p><em>Abandoibarra</em><em> Masterplan, Bilbao, Spain</em><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c2/c2074xrnddj50r6l.jpg"></p><p>Balmori, who graduated from high school at age 16, started her career in academia, taking a teaching position at the State University of New York shortly after receiving her Ph.D in urban history from <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>. Eventually, she became a partner at Cesar Pelli Associates (now known as Pelli, Clarke, Pelli, Architects), creating the firm's in-house Landscape Architecture department. Her dea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978582/cockpit-arts-building-in-camden-may-be-redeveloped-as-part-of-proposed-overhaul-of-holborn-library Cockpit Arts building in Camden may be redeveloped as part of proposed overhaul of Holborn Library Ellen Hancock 2016-11-15T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:03:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/08/08fc0ad34279ed7c3e5b386a7e0be801.jpg" width="620" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As gentrification continues to sweep London, another of the city&rsquo;s artist studio spaces is facing redevelopment. There are plans to demolish the Cockpit Arts building in Camden, north London, although the local council intends to relocate all artists and designers to a new building on the same site. &ldquo;Camden is anxious not to lose them as they are big local employers,&rdquo; says Michael Pountney, the vice-chairman of the Holborn Library Users Group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more news from London here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149978078/herzog-de-meuron-will-design-royal-college-of-art-s-battersea-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron will design Royal College of Art's Battersea campus</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976501/british-transport-minister-decries-cult-of-ugliness-in-brutalism-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British transport minister decries "cult of ugliness" in brutalism, modernism</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976316/boxpark-opens-in-croydon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boxpark opens in Croydon</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977465/virtual-reality-transforms-actual-construction-and-its-ability-to-execute-complexity Virtual reality transforms actual construction (and its ability to execute complexity) Julia Ingalls 2016-11-08T13:09:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T22:35:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/31uzvfzlry6i6898.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Speed, accuracy, and complexity don't have to be mutually exclusive in construction. At least, that's the theory behind augmented reality technologies that offer 3D glimpses of real-time construction sites, animated plans and even wall finishes (imagine holding up your phone In your abode and viewing a realistic display of what a new paint job could look like). As this article from <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2016/oct/28/augmented-reality-leading-construction-creative-reinvention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a> explains, developments in technology promise a great deal, but the actual execution is still coming along:</p><p>"There are signs that, beyond bringing flat blueprints and designs to life in front of clients, reducing on-site problems and easing investor worries, AR could provide an end-to-end service. Software is being developed that enables companies to show clients what the inside of a build will look like when furnished a certain way or the finishing touches have been applied to the outside. Of course, virtual reality allows this to be done before a project has been completed and sometimes in mo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976865/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-biophilia-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-11-04T14:51:00-04:00 >2016-11-09T00:20:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ga/ga37n518na3tiz65.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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 <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/biophilia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erw58ixni28uxilb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/cormanca-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CorManca House</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: H&eacute;ctor Armanado Herrera</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/va/vaqijipxhaymspr1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/boerum-hill-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h0/h0ch8b6au6z97liq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/25989684/black-box/135572388" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Box</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25989684/aaron-neubert-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Neubert Architects</a>; Photo: Brian Thomas Jones</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lg/lg058wwg5exd8nml.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/mccahon-s-artist-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McCahon's Artist Residence</a> in Titirangi, New Zealand by <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bossley Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2d/2d99qnabpbpry1cp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign/project/pear-tree-house2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pear Tree House</a> in East Dulwich, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edgley Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f5/f5loin3hgs63u81g.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten/project/kleinoud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kleinOud</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brandt+simon architekten</a>; Photo: Dirk D&auml;hmlow</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q51o0l1v4829eggm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/31790/ricardo-bofill-taller-de-arquitectura-headquarters/75880140" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Headquarters</a> in Sant Just Desvern, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/ricardo_bofill_taller_arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z7/z7x441guf6c5wn8t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2840623/hex-sys/141554177" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HEX-SYS</a> in Guangzhou, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Zhang Chao</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rj/rj9f3yiz7ydpxvw4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/68186458/bee-connected/149975204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975487/construction-of-the-pinnacle-to-continue-despite-referendum-result Construction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum result Ellen Hancock 2016-10-27T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-10-27T14:12:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/po/poy0vt41yymo25zg.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now known as 22 Bishopsgate &ndash; its address near Liverpool Street station &ndash; the building will be the tallest in London&rsquo;s financial district and is being developed by AXA Investment Managers Real Assets. The building will be 278 metres tall, 10 metres lower than the original design that was first outlined almost 10 years ago. Construction came to a halt five years ago...but AXA IM said it had continued with the foundations and expected to complete the building in 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK news stories here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149975149/third-runway-at-heathrow-gets-the-go-ahead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149974483/british-construction-criticised-for-lack-of-innovation-by-government-report" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149973463/if-london-garden-bridge-is-cancelled-nao-report-says-taxpayers-could-lose-20m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">If London Garden Bridge is cancelled, NAO report says taxpayers could lose &pound;20m</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149971060/apple-plan-to-open-a-huge-campus-in-london-s-battersea-power-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple plan to open a huge campus in London&rsquo;s Battersea Power Station</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975149/third-runway-at-heathrow-gets-the-go-ahead Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead Ellen Hancock 2016-10-25T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:02:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4a/4af9d1fea797152c5405a697d041c75f.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs. Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The expansion which had been publicly opposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has been widely debated for years.</p><p>Funded with private sector cash the new runway will cost &pound;17.6 billion but provide 260,000 more flights with an estimated boost of &pound;147 billion to the economy over 60 years. However, construction is unlikely to begin until 2020 at the earliest.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more about Heathrow and UK aviation projects here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149961409/will-brexit-kill-405b-worth-of-infrastructure-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure projects?</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149960849/expansion-of-london-city-airport-granted-planning-permission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Expansion of London City Airport granted planning permission</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149958796/grimshaw-chosen-to-design-heathrow-s-new-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149955508/after-brexit-the-priority-for-the-government-at-this-time-will-not-be-big-sexy-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149946366/benoy-announced-in-heathrow-shortlist-for-terminal-of-the-future-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974538/landscape-architecture-firms-report-decline-in-billable-hours-and-new-gigs Landscape architecture firms report decline in billable hours and new gigs Julia Ingalls 2016-10-20T14:53:00-04:00 >2016-11-29T14:59:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zp/zpu4gtfvacxopdq6.jpg" width="650" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest survey from ASLA, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20893/asla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Society of Landscape Architects</a>, reveals that the 188 landscape architecture firms that responded to the survey are planning to hire fewer people and seem to have fewer stable billable hours than they did the previous quarter. Only&nbsp;78.38 percent of surveyed firms reported stable billable hours for the third quarter of 2016, down from the previous quarter's&nbsp;82.67 percent. Check out the full report <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/asla-survey-reveals-tepid-conditions-for-landscape-architecture-firms-300347566.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on architecture and economics:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974373/architecture-billings-index-declines-further-reflecting-uncertainty-over-u-s-presidential-election" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957053/the-era-of-aspirational-pricing-is-over" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The era of aspirational pricing is over</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974483/british-construction-criticised-for-lack-of-innovation-by-government-report British construction criticised for lack of innovation by government report Ellen Hancock 2016-10-20T11:47:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T23:34:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dk/dk1pnnas4gpx03ot.jpg" width="642" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The review highlights the sector&rsquo;s dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration, and its non-existent research and development culture. Low productivity continues to hamper the sector, while recent high levels of cost inflation, driven by a shortage of workers, has stalled numerous housing schemes as they have become too expensive to build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK industry news here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149970752/engineering-giant-arup-announces-imminent-layoffs-following-brexit-vote" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineering giant Arup announces imminent layoffs following Brexit vote</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149970640/the-former-football-stars-tackling-england-s-affordable-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The former-football stars tackling England's affordable housing shortage</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974079/archinect-presents-next-up-the-l-a-river-at-the-a-d-museum-on-saturday-october-29 Archinect presents Next Up: The L.A. River, at the A+D Museum on Saturday, October 29! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-18T12:06:00-04:00 >2016-10-26T17:36:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y4/y4zi21zdfj0jr6a8.gif" width="1200" height="926" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest installment of Archinect's live podcasting series, <em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a></em>,&nbsp;we're&nbsp;focusing on the L.A. River, and the&nbsp;wide swath of urbanist concerns within its ongoing master planning efforts.</p><p>It could be the project that makes, or breaks, Los Angeles. With a complex historical legacy and an often-misunderstood ecology, the L.A. River&rsquo;s 51-mile stretch is at once a huge urban opportunity, and to many, an even bigger eyesore. Thirty years ago, nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River was founded to protect and advocate for the river, and shortly after, the City of L.A. began looking at ways to take better advantage of the immense resource. Since then, many more communities and stakeholders have joined the conversation, raising concerns of ecology, sustainability, gentrification, public space, affordable housing, social equity&mdash;a wealth of complexities that testifies to what a lightning rod of urbanist discourse the River has become.</p><p>While conversations about the L.A. River&rsquo;s future ha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973300/landmarks-reveals-new-renderings-for-studio-gang-s-natural-history-museum-expansion-project Landmarks reveals new renderings for Studio Gang's Natural History Museum expansion project Alyssa Alimurung 2016-10-12T11:23:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mh/mhnb6rk33dcgkt6y.jpg" width="650" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the Landmarks Preservation Commission's approval of Jeanne Gang's expansion plan for the American Museum of Natural History, the Commission has revealed a slew of new renderings, which show the $325 million project from various angles, as well as new views of the surrounding parkland. Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan referred to the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation as a &ldquo;stunning piece of architecture&rdquo; and an &ldquo;absolutely wonderful addition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k8/k86oomqj81vojnla.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u8/u8ql9fs4scotvm8d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lu/lubac6jjp43z5kqo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d9/d962zvewwtzrhx9v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qi/qimv2xvydgbx45um.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sv/svupmy2c59caxy98.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972723/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-10-07T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T22:11:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4m6vz1wobvwwwbw.jpg" width="650" height="641" 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/650x/oj/ojprsjgn2tytc3z1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/112259968/east-78th-street-townhouse/149966112" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">East 78th Street Townhouse</a> in New York, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/112259968/space4architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space4Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m2/m2uj9gszgbaombg3.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/domaen/project/ell2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELL</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/domaen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domaen LTD</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dp/dp6hd8cjcmg67l92.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/leersweinzapfel/project/oak-laurel-halls-university-of-connecticut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak &amp; Laurel Halls - University of Connecticut</a> in Storrs, CT by <a href="http://archinect.com/leersweinzapfel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leers Weinzapfel Associates</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6cdedayv3fbz5glo.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/25989684/canyon-house/149970989" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canyon House</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25989684/aaron-neubert-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Neubert Architects</a>; Photo: Brian Thomas Jones</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7l/7l0hn0sarey2zsi3.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/thorne-bay-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thorne Bay House</a> in Takapuna, New Zealand by <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bossley Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cy/cyw55twiikupoeta.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/mbac/project/poppy-plaza-the-marc-boutin-architectural-collaborative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poppy Plaza</a> in Calgary, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/mbac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the marc boutin architectural collaborative</a>; Photo: Yellow Camera</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mk/mkr07l6yh41vza4c.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects/project/concrete-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in 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/650x/33/33do9v5dvbpc6au0.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/oadgroup/project/wanda-vista-xishuangbanna-resort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wanda Vista Xishuangbanna Resort</a> in Xishuangbanna, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/oadgroup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OAD | office 4 architecture design | ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967265/highline-invasive-cockroaches Highline>>>invasive cockroaches Orhan Ayyüce 2016-09-07T16:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-08T13:49:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pr/prbijq36fidvkjj4.jpg" width="650" height="534" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because this species is very similar to cockroach species that already exist in the urban environment, they likely will compete with each other for space and for food.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Seems like there is no such a thing as "free lunch."</p><p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/high-line-brought-invasive-cockroach-nyc-article-1.1542222" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>High Line may have brought invasive cockroach that can take the cold to NYC&#8203;</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967088/canada-s-24-000-km-great-trail-to-complete-next-year-but-is-already-falling-short-of-expectations Canada's 24,000 km Great Trail to complete next year, but is already falling short of expectations Justine Testado 2016-09-07T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:33:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/al2e81ts44j0eejv.jpg" width="650" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it hits its completion date, which is expected to be in time for Canada&rsquo;s 150th birthday next July 1, it will cover about 24,000 kilometres...But some think The Trans Canada Trail is better in concept than in execution...Some early adopters of the trail...claim that some parts of it are off limits to bicycles while other parts are spread out and hard to actually access.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since construction began in 1992, the Trans Canada Trail &mdash; which is now being promoted as <a href="https://thegreattrail.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Great Trail</a> &mdash;&nbsp;is 87 percent complete. Organizers of the recreational trail claim that Canadians will be able to use the&nbsp;route from coast to coast once it's complete next year. But unsurprisingly, and especially for a project of this scale, some users of the trail say it's falling short of expectations so far.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961796/engineers-grapple-with-a-melting-alaskan-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941502/how-portland-state-s-trec-hopes-to-improve-bike-lane-design-regulations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Portland State's TREC hopes to improve bike lane design regulations</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146039075/in-spite-of-sleet-and-snow-cycling-prevails-in-minneapolis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In spite of sleet and snow, cycling prevails in Minneapolis</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project “To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region": Frank Gehry on the LA River Revitalization project Nicholas Korody 2016-09-06T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:20:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0j/0jd2h86am4l2kgld.jpg" width="650" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>River LA, formerly the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, has posted a video interview with Frank Gehry about his work on the LA River revitalization project. The nonprofit organization works to build public support for the project.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I think when I started it I had trepidation,&rdquo; Gehry begins. &ldquo;I had the feeling that it was more major than I was thinking of it.&rdquo;</p><p>He goes on the explain that &ldquo;the river is a complicated organism&rdquo;, and therefore the project has mainly comprised in-depth research up to this point.&nbsp;&ldquo;Like any design problem I had to really study it,&rdquo; he states.</p><p>According to Gehry, a quarter of Californians live within 30 miles of the river, which underscores both its importance and potential.&nbsp;&ldquo;To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region,&rdquo; he states.</p><p>The appointment of Gehry as the lead architect of the LA river revitalization has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial</a>. Long-time advocates for the project have expressed feeling left out of the decision, which so...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966951/what-would-happen-if-la-replaced-all-its-lawns-with-drought-tolerant-landscaping What would happen if LA replaced all its lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping? Nicholas Korody 2016-09-06T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:54:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w8/w8timd19gqb458wz.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California found that replacing all lawns with drought-tolerant vegetation would have a net cooling effect of 0.2&deg;C &nbsp;&mdash; but the science is less obvious than you might think. In fact, converting lawns has resulted in daytime warming of up to&nbsp;1.9&deg;C, mostly because of decreases in irrigation. But at nighttime, changes in soil thermodynamic properties, which strengthen sea breeze patterns, cool the city by&nbsp;3.2&deg;C.</p><p>In short, replacing all lawns would have significant, and beneficial, effects for public health. And, of course, it helps preserve already-scarce water supplies.</p><p>The study also seems to prove incorrect <a href="http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-lawn-drought-plants-20160801-snap-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">articles</a> that suggested replacing lawns would make LA hotter.</p><p>For more on the on-going drought afflicting California, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951830/what-california-s-30-million-dead-trees-mean-for-its-future-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What California's 30 million dead trees mean for its future landscape</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944438/california-eases-some-drought-restrictions-but-makes-others-permanent" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146199131/one-ceo-s-plan-to-supply-water-to-drought-stricken-ca-cities-and-obviously-profit-from-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One CEO's plan to supply water to drought-stricken ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966491/diller-scofidio-renfro-win-1-3-billion-pearl-eco-island-competition-in-the-south-china-sea Diller Scofidio + Renfro win $1.3 billion 'Pearl Eco-Island' competition in the South China Sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-02T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T09:05:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjbmuhrmo3ggoyv1.jpg" width="650" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South Sea Pearl Eco-Island development is funded by HNA Group and will include houses, hotels, a cruise ship port, yacht harbour, spa and theme park. [...] The jury said the &ldquo;singular and clear&rdquo; design would &ldquo;create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "eco" stands for... well, it depends. To HNA Group:&nbsp;&ldquo;This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.&rdquo; To the <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague</a>, these manmade islands&nbsp;are an explicit move by China to exert sovereignty (a status that The Hague explicitly rejects), and they're causing massive environmental harm.</p><p>Investigating China's role in the South China Sea this past July,&nbsp;"The tribunal clearly decided that China had caused severe harm to the coral reef environment," according to&nbsp;Kent Carpenter, the tribunal's expert witness and a professor of biological science. Much of that damage was attributed to island building. You can find more on their proceedings <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Runners up to the competition include <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42923078/morphosis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title='Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957478/despite-ban-on-weird-architecture-a-building-that-looks-an-awful-lot-like-a-toilet-was-built-in-henan-province" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite ban on...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965913/20-excellent-films-that-feature-cities-as-principal-characters 20 excellent films that feature cities as principal characters Julia Ingalls 2016-08-30T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:59:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ju/ju5wtl9y1vymwbcp.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would "Lost in Translation" be without&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14722/tokyo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, or "In Bruges" without, well, Bruges? This engrossing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/20-great-films-where-one-of-the-main-characters-is-a-city/#ixzz4IpvMhixl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taste of Cinema</a> piece selects 20 films released from the 1930s up to the cinematic present in which the city and its surrounds play a vital role in the narrative. The piece then delves into the beauty, power, and ambiance of that particular locale as it relates to each film's plot. Unsurprisingly, Jim Jarmusch's work makes a few appearances, as does the original 1997 version of "Insomnia," which qualifies as pretty much the most <em>noir</em> movie ever shot entirely in daylight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9m5sjxhoarz6ircs.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Insomnia."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8u/8ue0ae2jhna0wtu2.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Night on Earth."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/df/df1oump0b5h7t26u.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Mystery Train."</em></p><p>As a kind of thesis statement, the piece explains that:</p><p>"The films listed rely on the narrative space and its geographical and sociological specifications. The plots of these films are formed by numerous references to the spatial and temporal phase in which the story is taking place."</p><p>For more on the intersection of cinema an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965907/artificial-nature-frederick-law-olmsted-and-the-invention-of-landscape-architecture Artificial nature: Frederick Law Olmsted and the invention of landscape architecture Nicholas Korody 2016-08-30T12:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:22:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4dijzrbjmpeg0gge.jpg" width="650" height="963" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unmistakable irony creeps vinelike through Olmsted&rsquo;s landscape theory: It takes a lot of artifice to create convincing &ldquo;natural&rdquo; scenery. Everything in Central Park is man-made; the same is true of most of Olmsted&rsquo;s designs. They are not imitations of nature so much as idealizations, like the landscape paintings of the Hudson River School. Each Olmsted creation was the product of painstaking sleight of hand, requiring enormous amounts of labor and expense.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Olmsted and his parks today, check out some past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940958/first-commemorative-statue-of-frederick-law-olmsted-to-be-unveiled-in-north-carolina" target="_blank">First commemorative statue of Frederick Law Olmsted to be unveiled in North Carolina</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149425610/albright-knox-gallery-announces-short-list-of-firms-for-80m-expansion-sn-hetta-big-oma-why-allied-works" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965896/a-monument-to-outlast-humanity A monument to outlast humanity Orhan Ayyüce 2016-08-30T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T16:56:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oc/occni4yc9rxpzzco.jpg" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;My good friend Richard Serra is building out of military-grade steel. That stuff will all get melted down. Why do I think that? Incans, Olmecs, Aztecs&mdash;their finest works of art were all pillaged, razed, broken apart, and their gold was melted down. When they come out here to fuck my &lsquo;City&rsquo; sculpture up, they&rsquo;ll realize it takes more energy to wreck it than it&rsquo;s worth.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Heizer, a pioneer of the earthworks movement, began &ldquo;City&rdquo; in 1972. A mile and a half long and inspired by ancient ritual cities, it is made from rocks, sand, and concrete mined and mixed on site.</p><p>&ldquo;&nbsp;&lsquo;City&rsquo; is one of the most important works of art to have been made in the past century. Its scale and ambition and resolution are simply astonishing.&rdquo; Its unseen status has made the place almost mythic&mdash;it&rsquo;s art-as-rumor, people say&mdash;and has turned the artist, who became known for chasing off unwanted visitors and yanking film out of cameras, into a legend, or a &ldquo;Scooby Doo&rdquo; villain." -Glenn Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.</p><p>Heizer, who is given to playful lamentation, complains about what New York is turning him into: &ldquo;A decaffeinated, used-up, once-was quick-draw cowboy, a sissy boy who eats at Balthazar for lunch.&rdquo; At such moments, he is a cartoon roughneck, swatting at his own amusement like a housefly. &ldquo;Chemical castration&mdash;doesn&rsquo;t happen all at once,&rdquo; he said...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama Justine Testado 2016-08-25T18:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y09u783oc19zir28.jpg" width="650" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Among the several tributes to the U.S. National Park Service's centennial birthday today, The White House,&nbsp;National Geographic, Felix &amp; Paul Studios, and Oculus released&nbsp;<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/25/watch-join-president-obama-virtual-reality-tour-yosemite" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America&rsquo;s National Parks&rdquo;</a><em>,</em>&nbsp;a 360-degree VR video featuring stunning views of Yosemite National Park &mdash; narrated by special tour guide President Obama. Captured during the First Family's visit to the park earlier this summer, the nearly 11-minute video shows off popular spots like&nbsp;El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, and a canoe ride through Merced River.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/ob5gq4fdosbetf6e.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zh/zhe3sv1nmgusqwgs.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/02/0272vk87m0mk96w7.jpg"><em>All images via whitehouse.gov.</em></p><p>Watch the full video below. The video is also available on the&nbsp;Oculus Store and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/natgeo/videos/10153864841128951/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Facebook</a>.</p><p></p><p>If you're planning for the weekend, visit any of the 413 National Parks IRL for free starting today until August 28. Go&nbsp;<a href="http://findyourpark.com/find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">find a park</a>&nbsp;near you and show your appreciation to the original landscape architect: Mother Nature.</p>