Archinect - News 2014-11-27T19:29:08-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106481015/the-city-that-made-solar-power-illegal The City That Made Solar Power Illegal Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7cdd28b8e5ff7235ee0f381a708079f1.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rainy season coincides with summer in Dakar, which means it&rsquo;s the power-cut days. The heat goes up, A/Cs kick into gear and the power utility, Senelec, cannot cope. [...] Enter solar. This potential renewable savior is a latecomer to Dakar because until recently solar power was banned in cities, as it was considered what the French pointedly call &ldquo;comp&eacute;tition d&eacute;loyale&rdquo; &ndash; unfair competition. But under pressure from Dakar&rsquo;s own citizens, the ban was lifted under the last government [...].</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/105937337/china-to-ban-coal-use-by-2020 China to Ban Coal Use by 2020 Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4vh83t31t1xcl5j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China has announced plans to ban the use of coal in its smog-plagued capital by the end of 2020, as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website on Monday, saying the city would instead prioritize electricity and natural gas for heating. The Chinese central government recently listed environmental protection as one of the top criteria by which leaders will be judged.</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/105412103/3-000-active-oil-wells-in-los-angeles 3,000+ Active Oil Wells in Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbirss4jy0s119c6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are more than 3,000 active oil and gas wells in Los Angeles County. Almost 4,680 new wells were drilled in 2012 across the state, bringing the total number to 210,000, according to the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources of the California Department of Conservation [...] Oil industry officials argue that drilling in California provides many economic benefits, and they downplay any potential health hazards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you want to explore the wells yourself, take a look at <a href="http://maps.conservation.ca.gov/doggr/index.html#close" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this map </a>by the California Department of Conservation (via <a href="http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/mapping_all_3000_of_los_angeless_active_oil_wells.php#more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105400014/world-faces-water-crisis-in-less-than-30-years World Faces Water Crisis in Less Than 30 Years Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lb20x0atgp7u1by8.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world will face &ldquo;insurmountable&rdquo; water crises in less than three decades, researchers said Tuesday, if it does not move away from water-intensive power production. A clash of competing necessities &mdash; drinking water and energy demand &mdash; will cause widespread drought unless action is taken soon [...] &ldquo;There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what we&rsquo;re doing today,&rdquo; researcher Benjamin Sovacool, director of the Center for Energy Technology at Aarhus University said... 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/104728232/modernist-houses-across-north-carolina-win-top-honors-in-the-2014-matsumoto-prize Modernist Houses Across North Carolina Win Top Honors In The 2014 Matsumoto Prize kimweiss 2014-07-23T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:48:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yy9opi15hmydmzbf.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Modernist houses from Asheville to Wilmington received top honors last week in the third annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/prize2014.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist residential design</a>&nbsp;across the state, sponsored by the award-winning non-profit organization&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncmodernist.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Carolina Modernist Houses</a>&nbsp;(NCMH).</p><p>The houses submitted had to be in North Carolina but the designers could be based anywhere. All submissions were capable of winning in two, or both, categories: the Jury Awards and the People&rsquo;s Choice Awards.</p><p>During a special ceremony that NCMH held at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, sponsored by CAM, Foundation bar, and Palette &amp; Parlor, architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, announced the winners of the Jury Awards category, which were chosen by a team of professional architects from California, Massachusetts, and New York, and included cash prizes. The 2014 Jury Award winners were:</p><ol><li>First Place: The&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/103046963176197570017/albums/6022611242617226465" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smart-Stell House&nbsp;</a>in Durham, designed and built by Vincent Petrarca of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction of Raleigh.</li><li>Se...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/96643127/finding-playground-potential-in-the-energy-carousel-in-dordrecht Finding playground potential in the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht Justine Testado 2014-03-31T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:33:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dpjkhkbpg7qp8hfc.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a kid, a lifesize light-up spinning top that you can play in right in your neighborhood sounds like a dream come true -- and such is the case in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.</p><p>The Energy Carousel by Madrid-based firm <a href="http://ecosistemaurbano.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecosistema Urbano</a> is a play structure that is both engaging and educational. As kids grab onto one of the structure's hanging ropes, the kinetic energy released by their movements is stored in a battery, which later serves as supply to light up the structure at night. The carousel's LED lights shine in various colors depending on how much energy was stored during that day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/oluttxbzz4vzon5c.jpg"></p><p>The Energy Carousel was one of the winning designs in a 2010 invited competition by <a href="http://www.carve.nl/?pm3=20&amp;lg=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carve</a>, an Amsterdam design group that specializes in developing and engineering public spaces for children. Carve asked 10 European firms to design a multi-age sustainable "unconventional play object" to complete the Governeursplein public square in Dordrecht.</p><p>Since then, it seems the Energy Carousel has provided whirls ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68762419/japanese-eco-friendly-building-demolition-method-harvests-energy-as-it-destroys Japanese Eco-Friendly Building Demolition Method Harvests Energy As It Destroys Archinect 2013-03-04T10:45:00-05:00 >2013-03-14T03:56:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xebzmakvouwxdz5o.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than using cranes to take the building apart from the outside, they start from the inside, taking the structure apart floor by floor from the top down. A crane inside the building lowers materials harvested from each floor to ground level, generating electricity to power other equipment in the process. So with Tecorep, higher buildings are actually an advantage, since the crane can generate more electricity lowering materials over longer distances.</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/60387063/u-s-nuclear-plants-brace-for-hurricane-sandy-impact U.S. Nuclear Plants Brace for Hurricane Sandy Impact Alexander Walter 2012-10-30T18:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-30T18:35:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cead587b4a396cab81404953a6da503.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oyster Creek, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Atlantic City, generates 630 megawatts (MW), or enough electricity to power 600,000 households. Situated about a mile inland from the brackish inlet of the Atlantic Ocean known as Barnegat Bay, it shares the same design as Japan's tsunami-crippled coastal nuclear plant, Fukushima Daiichi.</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/53759034/powering-mumbai-with-magic-mushrooms Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms Paul Petrunia 2012-07-18T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-07-25T01:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8u/8ugcwt09jn00d237.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure - providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved it's own micro-economy based around the mushrooms.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6um7le8jvmei8ylf.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/48459191/understanding-the-resource-intensity-of-cities Understanding the Resource Intensity of Cities Archinect 2012-05-14T17:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-15T12:50:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jn/jnadjq7noc08w0k9.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban planning has focused on identifying many important questions about the formation and functioning of our cities. However, there is a lack of understanding about the spatial patterns related to material and energy use in cities. This work attempts to address this knowledge gap.</p></em><br /><br /><p> urbmet.org is a web-map that illustrates data on material and energy use in cities. The goal is to provide an intuitive way of understanding this complex problem using an interactive interface. We have analyzed 42 cities and estimated material and energy intensities.</p> <p> To make this work as useful as possible, we are interested in examining whether this information is presented in such a way that it builds intuition about the functioning of cities.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/45559502/nice-house-but-is-it-legal Nice House, But Is It Legal? Archinect 2012-04-19T14:34:00-04:00 >2012-04-24T23:24:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c82dce7169405c87396683404d4fb027.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you designed or built a home that met energy code just a few years ago, that same home will probably not be legal to build just a few years from now. Some might say it&rsquo;s about time, while others may think it&rsquo;s not a good idea to increase code requirements during a depressed housing economy.</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/42091920/flushing-toilets-could-heat-future-buildings Flushing toilets could heat future buildings Archinect 2012-03-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2012-03-28T12:20:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdwbgltgwyo4z2u9.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OriginOil, a start-up based in Los Angeles, CA., has begun a pilot of its urban algae farm concept at the La D&eacute;fense complex near Paris. Wastewater from buildings nourishes algae growth; algae is processed to make heat. The company is attempting to prove that integrating algae production into large building complexes will help bring them closer to net zero.</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/34047661/buildings-and-clothes-could-melt-to-save-energy Buildings and clothes could melt to save energy Archinect 2012-01-10T18:02:00-05:00 >2012-01-11T19:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6lvux2t9iv4dt52z.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is no design flaw: encapsulated within the walls and ceiling panels is a gel that solidifies at night and melts with the warmth of the day. Known as a phase change material (PCM), the gel will help reduce the amount of energy needed to cool office space in the building - scheduled to house the molecular engineering department when completed this month - by a whopping 98 per cent.</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/26172502/lord-foster-reveals-50bn-thames-hub-project Lord Foster reveals £50bn Thames Hub project Archinect 2011-11-03T13:09:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:36:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jvvcb32qvbhgo0l.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Wednesday Lord Foster announced a plan so big that even Burnham would have been impressed. The Thames Hub, a &pound;50bn project devised by architects Foster and Partners, planners and builders Halcrow and Volterra, a consultancy group of British economists, aims to revolutionise Britain's often creaking and largely inadequate national transport and energy infrastructure.</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/26046190/japanese-government-unveils-plan-to-build-a-backup-city-for-tokyo Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo nicoleabene 2011-11-02T10:51:48-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mi/miebopke2ffsjpkf.jpg" width="300" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In the same way that we have backup batteries for our cameras and computers, the Japanese government has recently unveiled plans to develop a whole new city that will act as a backup for Tokyo in the event of another crippling earthquake."</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/22064222/google-rent-your-solar-panels-from-us Google: Rent your solar panels from us Archinect 2011-09-28T20:05:08-04:00 >2011-10-02T17:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/4516a8711fd164c81f4323a016d08e6b.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google, the investor in this case, will technically own the solar panels, while the maintenance and upkeep responsibility of the solar panels stays with the installer and Clean Power Finance. The homeowners, who are essentially giving roof space in exchange for a chance to buy solar-generated electricity, will pay a monthly fee. Google's return on investment comes via the electricity that is generated by the solar panels and sold to customers.</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/18583347/ivanpah-solar-plant-towers-by-rafaa Ivanpah Solar Plant Towers by RAFAA Alexander Walter 2011-08-29T13:48:18-04:00 >2011-08-29T13:51:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/8815h5uppg1pyck3.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss design firm RAFAA has shared with us their entry to the invited competition for Ivanpah, a 392-megawatt solar thermal power facility currently being built by BrightSource Energy Inc in the Californian Mojave Desert. The project - which counts NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource as equity investors - is currently the largest solar plant under construction in the world.</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/11866672/architects-talking-energy-in-tokyo Architects talking energy – in Tokyo Paul Petrunia 2011-07-01T16:29:19-04:00 >2011-07-03T14:11:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f46f8983d85b6d565061344b03a44b4.jpg" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I first came to Japan a quarter decade ago, toilets were in unheated spaces, and it was sometimes a shock to sit. About 20 years ago, leaders in the industry came up with a nifty solution: a small heater in the seat. Over time, more and more features were added: massaging and bidet features are common, newer ones have a little air fan for deodorizing,... play music, and light the inside of the bowl. Somewhere along the line, the original reason for the heater itself became less important</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>