Archinect - News 2015-12-01T01:00:47-05:00 Building New York City's sixth borough Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:54:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If it is possible, financially and technologically, to build a three-acre park in the river west of New York City, then why isn&rsquo;t it possible to construct an artificial island at a higher elevation than downtown Manhattan that would serve as New York City&rsquo;s sixth borough? Many of the city&rsquo;s problems&mdash;real estate prices, developers purchasing blocks at a time, the astronomical cost of parking a car, or even a bicycle, even shoreline erosion&mdash;are problems of space. So why not just build more space?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visions of LoLo, a Neighborhood Rising From Landfill</a></p> Sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and secular(ism) Nam Henderson 2015-01-26T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T19:32:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To make matters more turbid, the nightmare of coastal reclamation occupies an imaginary and regulatory space created by several misunderstandings about territory itself. These become urgent against both the backdrop of our &ldquo;oceanic&rdquo; moment and the apparent dissolution of that idyll of 19th- and 20th-century geopolitical thought, the grounded state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joshua Comaroff writes about contemporary sand/geo-politics, land reclamation, "sand wars" and&nbsp;secular(ism).</p> China is busy building islands in the South China Sea Nam Henderson 2014-09-08T21:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T21:19:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But I&rsquo;ve seen aerial photographs of this place taken by the Philippine navy. They show the massive land reclamation work China has been doing here since January. Millions of tonnes of rock and sand have been dredged up from the sea floor and pumped into the reef to form new land.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rupert Wingfield-Hayes&nbsp;travels to the South China Sea, where&nbsp;the Chinese state is building&nbsp;islands.</p> Yes. Sediment. Fascinating Nam Henderson 2014-01-24T13:45:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why Louisiana? Well, there are few (if any) other places in North America in which sedimentary geology is more profoundly felt as part of daily life. As I&rsquo;ve recounted elsewhere on this blog (here and here), southern Louisiana was built up entirely from about 8,000 years of sediments deposited by the Mississippi River.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following the conclusion of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DredgeFest Louisiana</a>&nbsp;Adam Mandelman reviews the time he spent&nbsp;in the company of what he affectionately calls "sediment nerds".</p><p>Meanwhile, over at the NOLA Defender, Christopher Staudinger penned a dispatch reviewing the tour portion of&nbsp;Dredgefest, for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Afternoon Diversions</a> column.</p> bracket [goes soft]: Dredge Locked Archinect 2012-04-19T13:10:00-04:00 >2012-04-19T13:16:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In anticipation of today's event, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Publish Or... bracket [GOES SOFT]</a>, we are showcasing a piece from the book each day this week. We hope to see you tonight!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dredge Locked</strong></a><br> by Alex Yuen</p> <p> <em>Unnoticed by many, Houston&rsquo;s shipping channel, like many such commercial waterways around the globe, is subjected to a continual process of dredging, in order to maintain a certain breadth and depth to accommodate the vessels that enter and leave Houston every day.&nbsp; This material, however, is seldom regarded as anything but waste and is deposited and contained, either within the channel or on shore, taking up space and spreading the harmful bi-products of the petrochemical facilities in the area.&nbsp; Up to this point, such actions have rarely been scrutinized and this system of isolating and hiding the contaminated material, even at such a massive scale, continues.&nbsp; Yet as the world and Houston move into a new era of awareness and accountability, major possibilities are lost by simply sweeping ...</em></p>