Archinect - News 2015-07-31T03:37:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133130715/will-turning-california-farmland-into-residential-development-help-save-water Will turning California farmland into residential development help save water? Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T21:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T21:20:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e248abf9cc7c7712c74cddffdfeab88a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities &mdash; in unexpected ways, and unexpected places. [...] There will also be a system for treating and sending wastewater back into the aquifer underneath the city. [...] Not everyone is convinced it will use less water. Phil Desatoff is with a local water district that is suing Reedley over the development's environmental review.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Got some design solutions up your sleeve that could help&nbsp;alleviate California's ongoing historic drought? Check out Archinect's recently launched <strong><a href="http://www.dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong>&nbsp;ideas competition, and submit your entry by September 1st.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132888101/a-portrait-of-fairmead-california-where-water-goes-to-crops-first-and-residents-second-if-at-all A portrait of Fairmead, California: where water goes to crops first, and residents second – if at all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T17:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T17:56:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m2/m2g7jqotpgjne5ed.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These days, while the almond orchards are kept a perfect green, the surrounding landscape is a dull brown, and the yards in front of most of the houses are little more than dirt and weeds. At least 25 families have seen their wells go dry in recent months. Many others are rationing what little water remains. Those lucky enough to be on the city&rsquo;s system still have to strictly conserve to keep the town&rsquo;s only well from going dry.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Nation</em>&nbsp;paints Fairmead &ndash; an agricultural town where many personal wells have dried up, pitting&nbsp;indigent residents further into poverty &ndash;&nbsp;as a cautionary tale for all those living in historic drought conditions.</p><p>More on California's historic drought:</p><ul><li><a title="Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air</a></li><li><a title='As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132659521/as-a-last-resort-in-historic-drought-santa-barbara-dusts-off-its-desalination-plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant</a></li><li><a title="Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132426477/combating-drought-conditions-california-issues-stark-landscaping-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Combating drought conditions, California issues stark landscaping restrictions</a></li><li><a title="California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131884271/the-best-lawn-for-california-s-drought-may-still-be-green The best lawn for California's drought may still be green Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-14T17:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T22:29:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9l0smku87ypd31n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While a golden brown lawn is seen as a badge of honor to some residents of drought-stricken California, in fact, they are doing more harm to the environment than good, says UC Agriculture and Natural Resources turf expert Jim Baird. [...] maintaining lawns rather than letting them die or replacing the grass with synthetic turf, concrete or so-called drought-tolerant plants offers important ecological services. [...] &ldquo;The more we let our grass lawns die or go away, the hotter it's going to get&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the ongoing struggle through California's historic drought:</p><ul><li><a title="As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May Alexander Walter 2015-07-07T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:38:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bnvivquqy4ia0umo.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Californians in May shot past Gov. Jerry Brown's water conservation targets in response to the drought emergency [...]. New numbers, released Wednesday, show that the state's ambitious conservation campaign is working, with statewide residential water use declining 28.9 percent in May from its baseline 2013 levels. The figures surpassed Brown's order in April to cut water use statewide by 25 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/docs/factsheet/fs070115_may_conservation_progress.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full report issued by the California&nbsp;State Water Resources Control Board.</p><p>Drought-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlrh13jga33v6bam.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the drought is a gusher for a growing number of tech startups in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, the buzzy term for the trend of connecting devices and data in the physical realm to the Internet. Getting more sensors into the environment will help thousands of farms, businesses and cities figure out where water is going and how it can be diverted for the most efficient use. Agriculture is the area most ripe for collecting more and higher-quality data.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129635045/amsterdam-s-ambitious-ijburg-housing-project-on-10-artificial-islands-keeps-growing Amsterdam's ambitious IJburg housing project on 10 artificial islands keeps growing Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:28:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/35f8ce97adc02b354eddc3e817560e64.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Right now, Amsterdam&rsquo;s Center Island (Centrumeiland in Dutch) doesn&rsquo;t look like much [...] The island, in use for the first time this summer as a campsite-cum-art installation, is in fact an entirely artificial creation, lying at the heart of what could currently be Europe&rsquo;s boldest engineering and housing program. [...] The archipelago will eventually be home to up to 45,000 people in 18,000 homes, 30 percent of which will be earmarked for affordable rent.</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/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look Alexander Walter 2015-06-11T14:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wspmw9pbf583kqk.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, tourists have been coming to Southern California's Coachella Valley, drawn by spectacular mountain vistas, great weather and lush landscapes. Those landscapes have been, for the most part, man-made &mdash; an artificial oasis in a land of desert. [...] As California enters a fourth year of drought and state and local water officials unveil a series of conservation dictates, at least some hotels in the valley &mdash; big and small &mdash; have begun launching water conservation measures.</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/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left California has about one year of water left Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-03-16T09:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09e545ba3aa508e13f3b08fd801e1eba.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water &mdash; and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002... Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the article, written by Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at NASA JPL, despite historic low temperatures this winter, California's "wet season" did little to alleviate the drought. In fact, this recent January was the driest in the state's recorded history, which goes back all the way to 1895. According to satellite data, the total amount of water in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins was "34 million acre-feet below normal."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113881197/the-mysterious-abandoned-silos-of-washington-dc The Mysterious, Abandoned Silos of Washington, DC Archinect 2014-11-17T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukrbntitr20otrgn.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is one of Washington, DC's most conspicuous mysteries. Unbeknownst to the thousands of commuters and residents that pass by its rusted gates daily, below this sprawling parcel of land lies a series of vast underground caverns built in the early 20th century by the Army Corps of Engineers as a natural purification facility for DC's turbid water supply.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest episode of PBS Digital Studios&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Unusual Spaces</em>&nbsp;series visits mysterious abandoned silos and underground reservoirs at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, just 2 miles north of Capitol Hill in DC.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112435990/relocation-or-adaptation-s-o-paulo-nears-collapse-as-drought-continues Relocation or Adaptation: São Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T20:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:58:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4radelsa5y6klcau.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon. S&atilde;o Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the most important reservoirs in Brazil is the&nbsp;Cantareira watershed, which supplies around 45% of the city of S&atilde;o Paulo's water. Back in August, authorities <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/nasa-photos-sao-paulo-drought-20141027" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">warned</a> that the city, which is the largest on the continent, could run out of water in 100 days if the waters dropped to 12%. Now, supplies are at a record 3.3% and creating <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20141024121030-es9ea/?source=hpMostPopular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortages</a> for over 30% of the city's 44 million residents. According to the Financial Times, residents in 70 other cities in the state of S&atilde;o Paulo have experienced water outages, some of which have gone on for days. Despite some minor efforts to curb usage &ndash; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2014/sep/05/brazil-drought-crisis-rationing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">such as reducing water pressure by 75% at night</a> &ndash;,&nbsp;Vicente Andreu, president of Brazil's Water Regulatory Agency, has <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20141024121030-es9ea/?source=hpMostPopular" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stated</a> that S&atilde;o Paulo should prepare for a&nbsp;"collapse like we've never seen before" in the next few weeks.</p><p>President Dilma Rousseff, who <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/26/world/americas/brazil-presidential-election/index.html?hpt=wo_bn5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">just won reelection</a>, had used the drought as a major campaign issue. She <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-21/sao-paulo-warned-to-brace-for-more-dramatic-water-shortages.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">claimed</a> that Governor&nbsp;Geraldo Alckmin, whose a member of the opposition p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108721007/luftwerk-s-flow-im-fluss-to-illuminate-chicago-s-couch-place-alley-with-screens-made-of-water Luftwerk's FLOW/Im Fluss to illuminate Chicago's Couch Place alley with screens made of water Justine Testado 2014-09-11T17:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:43:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q8/q83gty1h7zuceed3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Crafty space manipulator <a href="http://luftwerk.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luftwerk</a> will showcase<em> FLOW/Im Fluss</em>, a nightly light and water installation at Chicago's Couch Place alley on September 17-20 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Luftwerk, the Chicago-based collaborative established by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, is best known for their signature medium of site-specific light and projected video installations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moh2tldh2o9cdn7c.jpg"></p><p>Presented by the <a href="http://loopchicago.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Loop Alliance</a>, the <a href="http://www.goethe.de" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goethe-Institute Chicago</a>, and the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natural Resources Defense Council</a>, Luftwerk's FLOW/Im Fluss celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Sister Cities Chicago and Hamburg. As a nod to each city's river locations, the installation visualizes the characteristics of the Chicago River and Hamburg's River Elbe through video compositions that will be projected on "screens" made of water.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gn/gniodb99ll6n1tj9.jpg"><br><br>Having lived in both cities, Luftwerk is based on the encompassing, connective nature of water in FLOW as people gather to get a closer look at the flow of data readings collected from both rivers. Adding sound ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106867107/30-of-the-us-in-drought 30% of the US in Drought Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T14:24:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zdogujf8rp9i2rj.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States is currently engulfed in one of the worst droughts in recent memory. More than 30% of the country experienced at least moderate drought as of last week's data. In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages, and mandatory water use restrictions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>California and Oklahoma are both experiencing "exceptional drought" &ndash; the most severe category &ndash; in 25-30% of the state. Both of these states, particularly California, are major agricultural regions and the effects of the drought will have profound ripples economically. North Texas has been in drought for over three years, a major cattle-supplying region. Back in 2011, a <a href="http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2091192,00.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TIME article</a> detailed the possible global ramifications for the Texan drought that we are perhaps only now beginning to experience. In Nevada and other southwestern countries, the concern is less about agriculture and more basically about drinking water, as stored reserves drop down to about one third of expected levels.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937330/water-crisis-in-toledo-oh-spurs-calls-for-restrictions-on-use-of-fertilizers Water Crisis in Toledo, OH Spurs Calls for Restrictions on Use of Fertilizers Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:40:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zj/zjjivs6xe35ho9lp.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As residents of Toledo, Ohio, and the surrounding region recover from a weekend without access to usable tap water &mdash; the fault of a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie &mdash; the crisis has set off new calls for stricter rules on the use the fertilizers that help contribute to the blooms. The algae bloom set off alarms on Saturday, causing authorities to impose a ban on the use of the city&rsquo;s tap water, which comes from Lake Erie, affecting more than 400,000 people in Toledo...</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/105497309/recycled-water-in-urban-parks-could-be-spreading-drug-resistant-germs Recycled Water in Urban Parks Could Be Spreading Drug-Resistant Germs Nicholas Korody 2014-07-31T20:04:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T20:05:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9k/9k01cofqvl83za4s.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sprinkling city parks with recycled water may create a breeding ground for hard-to-treat microbes [...] Even after the recycled water is treated in a sewage plant, it may carry microbes, drug-resistance genes and antibiotics that had washed down the drain. Sprayed into the environment, that water can spread microbes that could cause difficult-to-treat infections, the researchers say.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104791712/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-3-exploring-the-underground IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 3: Exploring the Underground Sponsor 2014-07-30T20:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T20:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pu5bufxphi7oqy30.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/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/105398405/water-main-breaks-on-sunset-blvd-floods-ucla Water Main Breaks on Sunset Blvd, Floods UCLA Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T14:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T14:03:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0agwsf6m6q2zomgq.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rupture of the 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset Boulevard and UCLA with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water before it was shut off more than three hours after the pipe burst, city officials said. The huge break blanketed parts of the campus with water and mud, leaving school officials with a daunting cleanup task. City officials said they had not determined what caused the 30-inch-diameter pipe to burst.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-drought-worsen-20140718-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And with 81% of the state of California in "extreme drought conditions,"</a> any waste of water is particularly devastating...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98670776/drought-may-force-california-to-reverse-flow-of-its-aqueduct Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-25T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T10:13:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b6aa6c8f590f2d186e9917c7ddae395.jpg" width="500" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forty-seven miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could have their flow reversed this summer to bring water to dry Central California districts with dangerously low supplies, reports KQED. As this megadrought's persisted and worsened, it's come to light that many water districts, especially the smaller ones, haven't had the chance (read: the money) to stockpile water as we do here in SoCal.</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/97821088/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World Archinect 2014-04-11T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T01:50:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fee55b9cf12a25573e0ea73fd8bc4a0.jpg" width="495" height="647" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch water-management experts have done such a good job of protecting their country that they rarely get to practice with water crises &mdash; whereas America was facing something monumental that as a culture it didn&rsquo;t yet grasp. When Donovan arrived back in the U.S., he opened an email from Ovink that said, in effect, &ldquo;I hope this isn&rsquo;t too forward, but could I come work with you?&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/89138635/ocean-city-one-prize-2013-stormproof-competition-entry OCEAN+CITY - ONE Prize 2013 Stormproof competition entry Justine Testado 2013-12-18T13:38:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T15:57:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pvcpsdht98qyg4k7.jpg" width="514" height="168" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed for the Atlantic resort Ocean City on the coast of Maryland, "OCEAN+CITY" by Will Belcher, Joey Hays, Chris Landau, and Henry Moll is an entry the team submitted to this year's ONE Prize: Stormproof competition. Participants in the international competition had to propose smartly designed resilient cities ready to face the challenges of severe climate conditions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/owe6d2m3no0jp5oi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpjeaom3onbhl3wr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/clwat2ec7j1qj8hj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcr6avrvektkj0dv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo5pzawudd1epup9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of OCEAN+CITY.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87928097/world-s-first-floating-city-back-on-course World’s first floating city back on course Archinect 2013-12-02T18:21:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:39:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f3b6ae905f39e814bd638d6b699a2930.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Freedom Ship would be home to 50,000 people and have its own airport, casinos and shopping centers. The Florida-based company behind the city of the sea says it is hopeful it can raise the $1 billion needed to begin construction on the massive vessel.</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/85536393/asla-2013-student-excellence-award-winner-natural-water-as-cultural-water-by-daniel-zhicheng-xu ASLA 2013 Student Excellence Award Winner: Natural Water as Cultural Water by Daniel Zhicheng Xu Justine Testado 2013-11-01T17:47:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgj691lkcl74tw9e.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel (Zhicheng) Xu, an undergraduate at Purdue University, recently won the ASLA 2013 Student Awards - Award of Excellence in the Analysis and Planning Category for his project "Natural Water as Cultural Water / A 30 Year Plan for Wabash River Corridor in Lafayette." The project is a stormwater management plan to achieve ecological and cultural resilience for the poor landscape conditions of the Wabash River in Lafayette, Indiana.</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/85445474/giant-tunnel-plug-could-limit-future-subway-flood-damage Giant tunnel plug could limit future subway flood damage Alexander Walter 2013-10-31T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:38:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/982c0ef34976b9c349fb92ec1ba2582f.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] officials viewed a tunnel plug under development by ILC Dover, a Department of Homeland Security vendor and supplier to NASA, to protect subway portals where grade level tracks transition to underground subways. If successfully tested, the MTA hopes the technology could be applied to portals and stairwell locations throughout the system. The tunnel plug demonstrated inside the station is not designed for use inside the subway system, Cuomo's office said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Exactly one year ago in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60393402/mta-video-release-hurricane-sandy-south-ferry-and-whitehall-st-station-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MTA Video Release: Hurricane Sandy - South Ferry and Whitehall St Station Damage</a></p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/infrastructure/the-inflatable-35000-gallon-subway-plug-7795767" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here </a>to learn more about this Inflatable, 35,000-gallon subway plug.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81135512/kalvebod-waves-aspires-to-become-copenhagen-s-new-waterfront-attraction Kalvebod Waves aspires to become Copenhagen’s new waterfront attraction Justine Testado 2013-09-05T14:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:48:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n5/n5rb74mrgurk7a7f.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The harbor-front project "Kalvebod Waves" officially opened on Aug. 30 at the Kalvebod Pier [...] in Copenhagen. The design by Julien de Smedt Architects and KLAR with support from Sloth M&oslash;ller and Niras Engineers won first prize in a competition from December 2008. Not far from the popular Islands Brygge Park in the city, Kalvebod Waves is the latest phase of a long-term plan that aims to revive a formerly desolate section of the pier into a welcoming hub for urban and water activities.</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/69325996/green-design-shines-at-infill-philadelphia-soak-it-up-awards Green Design Shines at Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up Awards Archinect 2013-03-12T14:49:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T23:40:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qq8kc2pnd3jxmmor.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How does one apply 21st century green design to a city with sites and structures dating from the 17th to 19th centuries? That was exactly the challenge for teams in the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up design competition, and on March 7, 2013, nine finalist teams presented proposals to address the need for affordable green design within Philadelphia at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To also see the PowerPoint presentations of the three Soak It Up winners, head over to the Bustler article.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67524499/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-winners Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Winners Alexander Walter 2013-02-13T18:09:00-05:00 >2013-05-21T14:40:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mrisxihxdv7tmcvh.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Winning projects in three categories have been announced in Gowanus by Design's latest competition, WATER_WORKS. The brief called for solutions specific to Brooklyn's Gowanus area that simultaneously explored the role of water in recreation, quotidian uses, and in contaminated urban environments, and demonstrated how a redesigned community center and retention facility represent a more progressive view of the city's infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73635652/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-exhibit-opens-tomorrow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Exhibit Opens Tomorrow</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65584232/the-bullitt-centre-a-green-american-icon The Bullitt Centre: A Green American Icon Anna Johnson 2013-01-16T12:54:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:13:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0wf2bu7x53275mt.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A brand new green building project is set to become one of the world&rsquo;s most sustainable commercial office builds not for the new and innovative technology it has implemented but for the unique approach to green building the developers have taken.</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/65038630/man-versus-sea-engineering-artificial-reefs Man Versus Sea: Engineering Artificial Reefs Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T21:10:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T00:28:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bptlabzjaty9des.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers for The Wave, Muscat, were tasked with the challenge of engineering a luxury, mixed-use development stretching along six kilometres of natural beach coastline between Al-Athaiba and Al-Mawelah while ensuring it was protected as much as possible from the Sea of Oman.</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/62598026/there-is-water-that-far-down There is water that far down Nam Henderson 2012-12-02T18:23:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T13:05:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38kkh96fs2drxdcd.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You need to get concrete out of your head and replace it with greenery," B&ouml;deker had thundered at the head of planning at the urban planning authority. The gruff German made such an impression that to this day, Saudi authorities continue to hire and recommend him. Image by Susanne K&ouml;lbl / DER SPIEGEL</p></em><br /><br /><p> Susanne Koelbl introduces the work of Richard B&ouml;deker, a German landscape architect who has been working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 40 years. <a href="http://www.bp-la.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B&ouml;deker Partners</a> has played a key role in introducing green spaces to Riyadh and has pushed the limits in terms of making the desert bloom. However, one does wonder how green all that green really is, in a desert?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53638625/section-of-l-a-river-through-the-valley-opens-to-tours Section of L.A. River through the Valley opens to tours Archinect 2012-07-16T13:13:00-04:00 >2012-07-16T18:45:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5ae2807e3a72975ebf52fd6fea93410e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 70-foot channel has for years operated as a flood-control channel, wildlife sanctuary and escape valve for treated waste water befouled with chemicals and trash. Now, the soft-bottom swath of weedy islands, dense brush and willows draped with fast-food wrappers, plastic bags and clothes is one of the newest summer attractions in town.</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>