Archinect - News 2017-07-25T10:52:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150017649/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-pools-fountains-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Pools & Fountains" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-07-14T15:17:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T15:18:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lo/lo2qxyhd06aj06ti.jpg" width="650" height="911" 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<strong></strong> board <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/pools-fountains/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Pools &amp; Fountains</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h1/h15ybzuxy4dm9yfw.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h1/h15ybzuxy4dm9yfw.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149975370/casa-narigua/149975389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Narigua</a> in Nuevo Le&oacute;n, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149975370/p-0-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P+0 Arquitectura</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ru/run819x33o84m4p1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ru/run819x33o84m4p1.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA/project/regent-park-aquatic-centre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regent Park Aquatic Centre</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/MJMA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9a7astb8qcxwaby.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p9a7astb8qcxwaby.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners/project/beiqijia-technology-business-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beiqijia Technology Business District</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/marthaschwartzpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Schwartz Partners</a>; Photo: Terrence Zhang<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/j4/j4yl5nlif4i2jc2m.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/j4/j4yl5nlif4i2jc2m.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la/project/preston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PRESTON</a> in Venice, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/obermeyer.la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OBERMEYER</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fs/fs16pl1lbjw129dv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fs/fs16pl1lbjw129dv.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bkarch/project/folly-point-gloucester-ma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folly Point</a> in Gloucester, MA by <a href="http://archinect.com/bkarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUTZ + KLUG Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wn/wnc90y2b0kiuxcv1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/wn/wnc90y2b0kiuxcv1.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/newwavearchitecture/project/three-views-a-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three Views / A House</a> in Tehran, Iran by <a href="http://archinect.com/newwavearchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Wave Architecture (Lida Almassian / Shahin Heidari)</a>; Photo: Parham Taghioff<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ig/igtbhtomzun19klh.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ig/igtbhtomzun19klh.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania/project/a-m-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+M Residence</a> in rural Mississippi by <a href="http://archinect.com/archimania" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archimania</a></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zn/zn4i5k1zouaw3g4m.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zn/zn4i5k1zouaw3g4m.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/spfa/project/morgan-phoa-library-and-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan Phoa Library and Residence</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/spfa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SPF:a - Studio Pali Fekete ar...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved Louis Kahn's floating concert hall, Point Counterpoint II, is facing demolition, and Yo-Yo Ma wants it saved Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T16:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:41:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/me/mejwdb5n54z0uyzz.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anchoring in large cities and small towns, in busy shipping lanes and at public parks, the barge opens like a clamshell to reveal a glittering concert stage. Audiences on shore delight in the music, much of it specially composed for Maestro Boudreau and his American Wind Symphony Orchestra</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> was commissioned to design&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>,&nbsp;a unique floating concert hall, by conductor Robert Austin Boudreau in the mid 1960s.&nbsp;Launched in 1976, the 195-foot&nbsp;structure carried an orchestra up and down America's waterways for five decades. Robert Boudreau and his wife, Kathleen, have recently decided that they cannot keep running the barge. At the conclusion of the Orchestra's 2017 tour, it will be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard&mdash;despite the owner's best efforts to find a new guardian for the unique, mobile cultural institution. </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Drawing of Point Counterpoint II, by Louis Kahn</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo by josepha on Flickr</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><p>Yo-Yo Ma,&nbsp;a French-born Chinese American cellist, <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/08/17/louis-kahns-endangered-floating-concert-hall/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about his admiration for&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>, i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017459/amazon-s-patent-for-aquatic-storage-facilities-could-turn-lakes-into-underwater-warehouses Amazon's patent for "Aquatic Storage Facilities" could turn lakes into underwater warehouses Alexander Walter 2017-07-13T15:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T15:54:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jb/jbnxcyfkwef3s0ov.jpg" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>American e-commerce giant Amazon has filed a patent with the US patents office for a system for storing and retrieving goods in an underwater facility. When an item is ordered for delivery, a sonic signal is transmitted from a buoy to the warehouse, which activates an air canister that inflates a balloon, allowing the chosen product to float to the surface where it would be dispatched to the customer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just last month, Amazon made headlines when it filed a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150014237/amazon-submits-patent-for-a-drone-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">patent for a drone tower design</a>, essentially a multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles in densely populated areas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now a recent Amazon patent for "Aquatic Storage Facilities" has surfaced, allowing us a glimpse into the engineers' quest to overcome limitations in storage capabilities, tackle inefficient use of space in vast fulfillment centers, and eliminate the extremely long distances staff members or robots have to cover when fulfilling orders.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/iv/ivhpg9aq8rqynp1o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/iv/ivhpg9aq8rqynp1o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>United States Patent Office</figcaption></figure><p>"Because today's online marketplaces offer a wide variety of items to customers [...]," the patent description explains, "fulfillment centers now include increasingly large and complex facilities having expansive capabilities and high-technology accommodations for items, and feature storage areas as large as one million square feet or more. Therefore, in order to prepare and ship an order that includes a large number or different types o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015298/reiulf-ramstad-s-proposal-for-a-multivalent-inspirational-ross-pavilion-in-edinburgh Reiulf Ramstad's proposal for a multivalent, inspirational Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:55:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kc/kcwwcym4yfw3svcr.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While no one can claim that they understand where inspiration comes from, most would agree that it doesn't hurt to have an unfettered view of nature in an architecturally inventive setting. Norwegian architects Reiulf Ramstad are among the seven finalists in the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to design a new cultural pavilion for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens, and their plans reveal a glass-walled, timber-framed structure that attempts to harmoniously look toward the future while not alienating the centuries-old architecture&nbsp;surrounding it.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>The result is a surprisingly timeless pavilion that encourages contemplation, relaxation, and an appreciation of the Gardens.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>As the architects explain, "The Ross Pavilion will be the focal point of the city of Edinburgh and its many visitors, but it can also be a symbolic place for all of Scotland as well. The intervention into the Gardens ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150010387/singapore-s-marina-bay-sands-gets-a-spiffy-state-of-the-art-laser-and-water-show Singapore's Marina Bay Sands gets a spiffy state-of-the-art laser and water show Alexander Walter 2017-06-01T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T14:05:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5h521wymcorucf6e.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marina Bay Sands is set to unveil &lsquo;Spectra&rsquo;, a new&nbsp;entertainment experience with state-of-the-art light and water show&nbsp;in June. The city skyline will glimmer with a kaleidoscope of colours and lights each night with Spectra&rsquo;s free-to-public outdoor light and water show displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade. Combining an array of state-of-the-art lasers, lighting, water effects and projections, the show promises to be a multimedia extravaganza [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lfhoby05as29e8k4.jpg"></p><p><em>"The show will also boast specially developed underwater LED fixtures that allow lights to show perfect whites and richer colour hues. Other state-of-the-art technology used in Spectra include a synchronisation software called timecode, which enables the soundtrack to trigger, down to the millisecond, all of the lasers, lighting, projections and water effects in harmony each time."</em></p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/News/GlobalTallNews/tabid/4810/Article/4983/Singapore-s-Marina-Bay-Sands-Adds-New-Light-and-Water-Show.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991372/despite-recent-heavy-rains-california-s-water-woes-persist-as-do-the-world-s Despite recent heavy rains, California's water woes persist (as do the world's) Nicholas Korody 2017-02-10T12:30:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T23:26:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ui/ui7wh4d59pe3cckq.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the last few weeks, California has been pummeled with heavy rainstorms &mdash; a rare, and (for some) appreciated relief from the dry conditions that have plagued the state for the past few years. But those of us who were hoping the storms might have signified an end to the state&rsquo;s serious drought will be disappointed. According to hydrologists, there&rsquo;s probably no storm capable of ending the state&rsquo;s water shortage. We&rsquo;re just consuming way too much for the clouds to keep up. California is the country&rsquo;s largest agricultural producer. But that requires massive amounts of water, particularly for crops like almonds and walnuts.</p><p>And as if that isn&rsquo;t depressing enough, apparently one-third of the planet&rsquo;s major aquifers are being drained. Scientists believe that in the next few decades, global food production will be reduced by around 350 million tons due to water shortages. That&rsquo;s about the same as the entire U.S. grain harvest. In California, up to 22% of irrigated farmland may have to be...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960684/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-new-pools-fountains-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Pools & Fountains" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-29T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T07:16:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/db/dbw4yymhx81rddh3.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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 <strong>NEW</strong> board<em> </em><a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/pools-fountains/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Pools &amp; Fountains</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6burem68d21suea4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner/project/las-vegas-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Las Vegas, NV by <a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vr/vru2q2ek80h8fga5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/110861698/hofs-s-swimming-pool/110861700" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swimming Pool</a> in Hofs&oacute;s, Iceland by <a href="http://archinect.com/basaltarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BASALT Architects</a>; Photo: Gu&eth;mundur Benediktsson</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8g/8grylkikg5d6csd7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/jellyfish-house/91673349" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jellyfish House</a> in Marbella, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yf/yftgnb8c11e83m8p.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/31790/family-house-at-the-empord/76415853" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Family House at the Empord&agrave;</a> in Mont-ras, 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/p7/p7vwohcf8q1x8ts1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/23143077/residence-at-the-sea/38412503" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> at the Mediterranean coast by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/23143077/manuel-herrera-ros-estudio-muher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herrera Ros estudio MUHER</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ip/iprjnrsxni2k57ha.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/private-residence-maui" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Private Residence</a> in Kihei, Maui, HI 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/el/elai26q2z2x65zhp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/lhsadp/project/aileron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aileron</a> in Dayton, OH by <a href="http://archinect.com/lhsadp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wn/wn4xrlcdcpg39d4j.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/35788802/tuna-canyon-blvd-malibu-ca/35788803" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tuna Canyon Blvd home</a> in Malibu, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/35788802/john-hamilton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Hamilton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hu/hu415kygm9ey5rka.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/7159/hotel-b-sico/47855442" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotel B&aacute;sico</a> in Playa del Carmen, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/7159/central-de-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centr...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954591/huge-groundwater-reserves-discovered-deep-below-california-s-central-valley Huge groundwater reserves discovered deep below California's Central Valley Alexander Walter 2016-06-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T11:02:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/61/61560evz3ooh1jsh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a&nbsp;surprising new study,&nbsp;Stanford researchers have found&nbsp;that drought-ravaged California is sitting on top of a vast and previously unrecognized water resource, in the form of deep groundwater, residing&nbsp;at depths between 1,000&nbsp;and nearly 10,000 feet&nbsp;below the surface of the state&rsquo;s always thirsty Central Valley. [...] new research could prove controversial among scientists trying to interpret what it means for a state that has battled over water, and its distribution, going back many decades.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other drought-related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><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/135055228/how-is-water-used-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136804115/grassroots-cactivism-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136734972/liquifying-aquifer-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-pragmatic-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Liquifying Aquifer", 1st place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944438/california-eases-some-drought-restrictions-but-makes-others-permanent California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T15:42:00-04:00 >2016-05-10T15:42:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ce/cevhlh5lpw7fcsrn.jpg" width="650" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gov. Jerry Brown [...] laid out a revised game plan for dealing with California&rsquo;s persistent drought, making some conservation rules permanent while also moving to give communities more of a say in deciding how much water they must save. Brown issued an executive order enshrining a conservation ethic in state regulations &mdash; banning permanently some wasteful water practices and ordering regulators to develop new water-efficiency standards designed to drive down long-term urban use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous Archinect stories covering the drought crisis in California and the Southwest U.S.:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126421871/gov-brown-issues-order-to-reduce-california-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135055228/how-is-water-used-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136804115/grassroots-cactivism-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136734972/liquifying-aquifer-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-pragmatic-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Liquifying Aquifer", 1st place winner in Dry Futures Pragmatic category</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148971924/dispatch-from-flint-how-architects-can-help-on-archinect-sessions-54 Dispatch from Flint: How architects can help, on Archinect Sessions #54 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-25T17:31:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T14:18:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2g/2gxhde96thd8fjz9.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The tragedy of Flint, Michigan's water crisis seems to worsen with every newly uncovered detail. As a manmade public health crisis provoked by willful denial and compromised safety standards, the entirely preventable poisoning of Flint's water supply with lead stands not only as a failure to care for the citizens of one city, but as a dreadful harbinger for the U.S.'s deteriorating infrastructure networks.</p><p>Like any concerned citizen, Filnt-based architect <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5306905/kurt-neiswender" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kurt Neiswender</a> sees this as a call to action to help any way he can. Kurt joins us on the podcast this week to discuss how architects might apply their skills to improve such a monstrous situation, and address the real limitations the profession has when it comes to these scenarios.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 54 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Dispatch from Flint":</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 Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148437202/should-the-children-of-flint-be-resettled Should the children of Flint be resettled? Nicholas Korody 2016-02-18T16:59:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T01:06:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/16/16lgwjlbeuluhu5o.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Given the threat of ongoing lead exposure and the community&rsquo;s well-founded mistrust of government, should families be offered at least temporary resettlement while upgrades, repairs and enhancements are made to Flint&rsquo;s badly contaminated water infrastructure? I ask this fully aware of how unprecedented and complex such a policy would be. After all, some 9,000 young children may have been exposed to contaminated water.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more articles on urban health issues like the ongoing crisis in Flint, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147830249/america-has-an-infrastructure-problem-and-it-s-getting-critical" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">America has an infrastructure problem &ndash; and it's getting critical</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147824629/the-crisis-in-flint-and-why-architects-should-care-about-decentralizing-our-water-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147824629/the-crisis-in-flint-and-why-architects-should-care-about-decentralizing-our-water-systems The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T18:02:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T01:00:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/37/3713bbis9vrx7hyy.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...centralized urban water systems throughout the world are now under significant stress from increasing population density, water-resource competition, changing precipitation patterns, and new sources of pollutants, such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even without these pressures, centralized water is, by design, a fracture-critical system&mdash;one that is susceptible &ldquo;to complete and sudden collapse should any part of it fail,&rdquo; writes Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Faced with an excessive price tag, municipalities may welcome decentralized water as the only feasible choice for future water delivery. Architects should therefore develop more expertise related to these net-zero water systems, as they will have direct implications for building design, construction, and operation."</em></p><p>For more on health issues related to the ecology of urban environments, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146755050/more-and-more-people-are-dying-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-in-england" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144970663/new-delhi-mandates-odd-even-car-rationing-to-fight-world-s-worst-air-pollution" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy" target="_blank">The architectural vestiges of white supremacy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis – and charge our phones Alexander Walter 2016-01-05T14:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-05T16:06:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kf/kfdxi1fk3j6twql1.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at Cranfield University in the UK have created a prototype of a toilet that works without being connected to water or sewage systems, and that can generate electricity and clean water as it composts waste. [...] The Nano Membrane Toilet, which has been developed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, would be a kind of &lsquo;super-toilet&rsquo;, helping to improve sanitation for people without access to utilities &ndash; at present some 2.5 billion people around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is how the Nano Membrane Toilet works: "The toilet flush uses a unique rotating mechanism to transport the mixture into the toilet without demanding water whilst simultaneously blocking odour and the user&rsquo;s view of the waste.&nbsp;Solids separation (faeces) is principally accomplished through sedimentation. Loosely bound water (mostly from urine) is separated using low glass transition temperature hollow-fibre membranes. The unique nanostructured membrane wall facilitates water transport in the vapour state rather than as a liquid state which yields high rejection of pathogens and some odorous volatile compounds. A novel nano-coated bead enables water vapour recovery through encouraging the formation of water droplets at the nanobead surface. Once the droplets form a critical size, the water drains into a collection vessel for reuse at the household level in washing or irrigation applications.&nbsp;Following release of unbound water, the residual solids (around 20-25% solids) are transpo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141816507/scientists-create-first-detailed-map-of-earth-s-hidden-groundwater Scientists create first detailed map of Earth's hidden groundwater Alexander Walter 2015-11-24T12:07:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:00:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/97/97bced4220b499f9b5b546b94b8608df.jpg" width="650" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new study has, for the first time, estimated the total volume of groundwater present on the Earth. The results show that we're using up the water supply quicker than it can be naturally replaced, while future research will seek to determine exactly how long it will be until modern groundwater runs dry. Groundwater is an extremely precious resource, being a key source of sustenance for humanity and the ecosystems we inhabit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Ground)water-related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Pragmatic" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135055228/how-is-water-used-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105400014/world-faces-water-crisis-in-less-than-30-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Faces Water Crisis in Less Than 30 Years</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/43735421/chinese-cities-are-sinking-due-to-excess-groundwater-use-and-rapid-growth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Cities Are Sinking Due to Excess Groundwater Use and Rapid Growth</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137727134/nasa-discovers-liquid-water-on-mars NASA discovers liquid water on Mars Nicholas Korody 2015-09-28T14:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T16:27:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqt93vh1olw2n4jg.jpg" width="650" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It took multiple spacecraft over several years to solve this mystery, and now we know there is liquid water on the surface of this cold, desert planet,&rdquo; said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA&rsquo;s Mars Exploration Program at the agency&rsquo;s headquarters in Washington. &ldquo;It seems that the more we study Mars, the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are resources to support life in the future.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an announcement made this morning, NASA stated that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on the fourth planet from the Sun.&nbsp;<br><br>The new evidence emerged from data collected by an imaging spectrometer mounted on the spacecraft, which was launched in 2005 and has been orbiting Mars since 2006. According to the announcement, "researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet." The signatures appear to corroborate existing hypotheses.</p><p>Known as recurring slop lineae (RSL), the streaks seem to ebb and flow, apparently in accord with seasonal fluctuations. Previously suggested as an indicator of the presence of water, the discovery of hydrated salts further validates this idea.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fku1siyo0gowgwl1.jpg"><br><br>The salts &ndash; likely a mixture of magnesium perchlorate, magnesium chlorate, and sodium perchlorate &ndash; would help lower the freezing point of what is likely a subsurface flow that occasionally breach...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135808208/the-architect-who-wants-new-orleans-learn-a-lesson-or-two-from-amsterdam The architect who wants New Orleans learn a lesson or two from Amsterdam Alexander Walter 2015-09-03T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T15:03:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/54/5404b650dc8766f335e7a29e82ddf130.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Waggonner is an urban and environmental architect. Since Hurricane Katrina decimated his city, he&rsquo;s been focusing on urban stormwater management, mapping out designs for New Orleans that would mimic the way Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam deal with water. In the Netherlands, people &ldquo;invite water into the city,&rdquo; meaning water is visible everywhere. [...] &ldquo;In New Orleans, we&rsquo;ve hidden and squandered the asset.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect and our sister site Bustler:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112413471/louisiana-is-disappearing-into-the-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louisiana is Disappearing into the Sea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98671389/post-katrina-will-new-orleans-still-be-new-orleans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?</a></li><li><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/changing_course_teams_present_final_100-year_plans_to_restore_lower_mississ/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Changing Course teams present final 100-year plans to restore Lower Mississippi River Delta</a> (Bustler)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135055228/how-is-water-used-in-california How is water used in California? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-25T12:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T20:10:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v3/v3dgbi66badrecmg.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No California resident can claim ignorance of the current drought conditions: things are bad, and they'll probably stay that way for a while. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Governor Jerry Brown called for statewide water restrictions earlier this year</a>, and news coverage of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dwindling supplies</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133953060/california-drought-sucks-san-jose-s-guadalupe-river-dry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dry rivers</a> and sinking farmland have flooded the local and national media for months. While the drought is on every Californian&rsquo;s mind in some way, it can still be hard to imagine the sheer physical extent of our water: where it comes from, and how exactly we use it. Making drought conditions tangible can be difficult for anyone, in or out of California.</p><p>In the final week of Archinect&rsquo;s open call for submissions to our <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition, we&rsquo;ve compiled some helpful stats and figures for better understanding water use in California. These are basic numbers, intended to be used as a framing context for how water flows through the state. But first, let&rsquo;s clarify some <strong>water-based terminology</strong>, courtesy of the <a href="http://water.usgs.gov/edu/dictionary.html#S" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US Geological S...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135028638/olafur-eliasson-opens-ship-themed-pedestrian-bridge-in-copenhagen Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T12:18:00-04:00 >2016-12-01T17:21:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ln/lno48myv1lhhj7xg.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A pedestrian bridge designed by Olafur Eliasson has opened in Copenhagen, inspired by the Danish-Icelandic artist's childhood in Iceland. Reminiscent of sailing boats, Cirkelbroen, or circle bridge, is made of five circular platforms in different sizes, each with its own "mast", according to Danish foundation Nordea-fonden [...]. Spanning the Danish capital's Christianshavn canal, the bridge, some 40 meters-long (131 feet), has a section that swings open to allow boats to pass through.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Olafur Eliasson in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85311166/olafur-eliasson-receives-2014-mcdermott-award-in-the-arts-at-mit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson receives 2014 McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134591199/drought-climate-change-misuse-spiegel-takes-an-in-depth-look-at-the-global-water-shortage Drought, climate change, misuse: SPIEGEL takes an in-depth look at the global water shortage Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:30:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xo/xo94g26cy7fb9cwu.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a region where America, the global superpower, looks more like a developing nation [...]. Indeed, the water crisis is becoming a humanitarian one -- because the absurd agricultural policy of many arid regions in California is being carried to extremes. More recklessly than elsewhere, wetlands in the state are being dried out to make irrigated agriculture possible. Agriculture makes up 2 percent of California's GDP, and yet it consumes 80 percent of the state's water.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on California's drought:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134567004/selling-residents-on-a-water-park-during-a-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling residents on a water park during a drought</a></li><li><a title="Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268384/will-california-s-drought-turn-the-state-into-something-like-the-australian-outback" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will California's drought turn the state into something like the Australian outback?</a></li><li><a title='Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134052824/coating-the-la-reservoir-in-shade-balls-will-save-300m-gallons-of-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></li><li><a title="California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133953060/california-drought-sucks-san-jose-s-guadalupe-river-dry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's &quot;Dry Futures&quot; competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133181511/archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-featured-by-msnbc-juror-and-nasa-hydrologist-jay-famiglietti-interviewed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133181511/archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-featured-by-msnbc-juror-and-nasa-hydrologist-jay-famiglietti-interviewed Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition featured by MSNBC; juror and NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti interviewed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T21:15:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vi/viaox333s53i02kt.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite recent <a 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">successes in water conservancy</a> and summer rainfall in the state, the California drought is still &ldquo;probably worse than most people recognize,&rdquo; according to Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and juror on Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>. Famiglietti spoke with Jos&eacute; D&iacute;az-Balart on MSNBC&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Rundown&rdquo; earlier this morning, about the current state of California&rsquo;s water crisis and Dry Future&rsquo;s call to action for architects to respond.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gsebgnjoe7mew7h8.jpg"></p><p>While the drought has been receiving widespread media attention, both within the state and nationwide, it can still be difficult to convince people of the severity of the situation. &ldquo;No snow in the mountains, reservoir levels are exceptionally low, groundwater levels are declining," Famiglietti told D&iacute;az-Balart. "We&rsquo;re in pretty rough shape.&rdquo;</p><p>Famiglietti&rsquo;s research on groundwater depletion began twenty years ago, working with NASA&rsquo;s GRACE project (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) to track an...</p> 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 >2015-08-03T17:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e2/e248abf9cc7c7712c74cddffdfeab88a.jpg" width="650" height="362" 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><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></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 >2015-08-03T17:11:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m2/m2g7jqotpgjne5ed.jpg" width="650" height="409" 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><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> 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 >2015-08-03T17:14:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b9/b9l0smku87ypd31n.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> 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 >2015-08-03T17:10:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bnvivquqy4ia0umo.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> 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/650x/xl/xlrh13jga33v6bam.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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/650x/35/35f8ce97adc02b354eddc3e817560e64.jpg" width="650" height="293" 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 >2015-08-03T17:13:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wspmw9pbf583kqk.jpg" width="540" height="380" 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 /><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> 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 >2015-08-03T17:09:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/09/09e545ba3aa508e13f3b08fd801e1eba.jpg" width="650" height="366" 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><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></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/650x/uk/ukrbntitr20otrgn.jpg" width="650" height="364" 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/650x/4r/4radelsa5y6klcau.jpg" width="606" height="363" 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>