Archinect - News 2014-04-24T00:45:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98205597/11-reasons-the-un-should-make-cities-the-focus-of-its-forthcoming-sustainable-development-goals 11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:55:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65379ae8956a57d00d111e2abf85ea4d.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week I attended the seventh World Urban Forum in Medell&iacute;n, Colombia, where more than 20,000 city leaders, urbanists, and planners from more than 160 countries met to discuss the future of cities across the globe. [...] Unfortunately, a number of important countries, the U.S. and Canada among them, remain worryingly undecided about joining this widespread call for a city-specific SDG from countries as diverse as Germany, Colombia, and Ghana.</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/88985159/a-tale-of-two-cities-america-s-bipolar-climate-future A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-16T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:41:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7nxufsoeghsk3pu.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory climate change planning.</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/84833004/investing-in-risk-how-the-gherkin-became-a-british-icon Investing in risk: How the Gherkin became a British icon Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-23T20:50:00-04:00 >2013-12-05T18:52:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i9/i9nwbezmtuqhr3r2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture is stuck between past and future -- years of anticipatory planning designs a structure that, once constructed, is stuck referring to all that came before.&nbsp; A building can't actually predict the future, although it seems like the best ones always run the risk of trying. Jonathan Massey's essay "Risk Design", perceives architecture as a mediator and optimizer of risks, using&nbsp;Foster + Partner's fantastically phallic skyliner in London's financial district, known as the "Gherkin", as a case study. Massey turns the Gherkin inside out, mapping details of its design onto local and global concerns such as terrorism and global warming, in an attempt to understand how architecture negotiates risks, and whether it succeeds. That the Gherkin's major tenant, Swiss Re, is a reinsurance company adds no small irony to his study.</p> <p> Archinect is proud to feature Massey's piece in full, in line with our ongoing investigation of architectural accountability. "Risk Design" was originally ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83843068/nyc-design-chief-on-climate-resilience-after-hurricane-sandy NYC Design Chief on Climate Resilience after Hurricane Sandy Places Journal 2013-10-10T19:20:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:32:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q4/q4blwzw201am7m7v.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I step out into the street but realize that I&rsquo;d better not &mdash; there&rsquo;s a current &mdash; and as my hallway fills, I remember the electrical panel in the basement. It shorts out, and I hear the breakers fall. Then there is an explosion outside, and the neighborhood goes dark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In October 2012, as Hurricane Sandy approached New York, Alexandros Washburn defied evacuation orders and stayed fast in his home in Red Hook, watching as his street flooded and became a "full-fledged river." But he had good reason; the city's chief urban designer wanted to observe first-hand "the dynamics of the storm surge and its effect on our streets and structures." In an excerpt on Places from his new book <em>The Nature of Urban Design</em>, Washburn&nbsp;recounts his experience during the storm and the hugely complicated &mdash; and ongoing &mdash; municipal recovery and response.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80594824/waterworld-koen-olthuis-floating-structures-from-slums-to-stadiums Waterworld: Koen Olthuis' floating structures, from slums to stadiums Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-29T14:17:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:48:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8bqo48pc7ryc5st.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[It] is the same technology as we use in Holland. It&rsquo;s made up of concrete caisson, boxes, a shoebox of concrete. We fill them with styrofoam. So with [these] you get unthinkable floating foundations [...] The house itself is the same as a normal house, the same material. Then you want to figure out how to get water and electricity and remove sewage and use the same technology as cruise ships." - Koen Olthuis</p></em><br /><br /><p> Dutch architect Koen Olthuis sees the future of architecture floating out to sea -- quite literally. Responding to undeniable ecological shifts of rising sea levels and seasonal flooding, Olthuis has proposed floatable-projects all along the social spectrum, designing prefabricated multi-use units for waterfront slums in Dhaka, "amphibious" housing in Holland and Columbia,&nbsp;private island-villas for the "stupidly rich", and foldable Olympic stadiums.</p> <p> See projects from Olthius'&nbsp;<a href="http://www.waterstudio.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waterstudio.NL</a>, in the tradition of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/49772782/floating-architecture-finding-ways-to-live-with-rising-water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">floating architecture inspired by Dutch history and worldwide realities</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80156742/can-cities-adjust-to-a-retreating-coastline Can Cities Adjust to a Retreating Coastline? Archinect 2013-08-23T17:59:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/2391yl2d89zk5iqs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The problem is we&rsquo;re still building the city of the past,&rdquo; says Jacob. &ldquo;The people of the 1880s couldn&rsquo;t build a city for the year 2000&mdash;of course not. And we cannot build a year-2100 city now. But we should not build a city now that we know will not function in 2100. There are opportunities to renew our infrastructure. It&rsquo;s not all bad news. We just have to grasp those opportunities.&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/78286760/the-alaskan-village-set-to-disappear-under-water-in-a-decade The Alaskan village set to disappear under water in a decade Archinect 2013-07-30T12:18:00-04:00 >2013-07-30T13:08:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08fdf1b5c82522ceb8cba8bda0b0bc9d.jpg" width="514" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost no one in America has heard of the Alaskan village of Kivalina. It clings to a narrow spit of sand on the edge of the Bering Sea, far too small to feature on maps of Alaska, never mind the United States. Which is perhaps just as well, because within a decade Kivalina is likely to be under water. Gone, forever. Remembered - if at all - as the birthplace of America's first climate change refugees.</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/75811039/goodbye-miami-why-the-city-is-doomed-to-drown Goodbye, Miami: Why the City Is Doomed to Drown Alexander Walter 2013-06-24T17:59:00-04:00 >2013-06-28T16:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d210e08d8bd47db1e267a248999a9cb.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin</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/65970051/climate-change-and-public-works Climate Change and Public Works Places Journal 2013-01-21T17:24:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:10:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2p/2pbi0gxtvmrt9bym.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We seem to have lost the political capacity to grapple with the big picture, the long range, the global scale. To a degree we've even lost the vocabulary. In design circles it's as if the perceived failures of mid 20th-century planning &mdash; exemplified by top-down urban renewal and personified by the power-brokering Robert Moses &mdash; have induced a kind of conceptual paralysis, an inability to formulate the public sector, or public works, in terms not beholden to a discredited history.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, editor Nancy Levinson argues for an intensified political agenda for designers.</p> <p> As Barack Obama takes the oath of office for his second term, the longstanding tension between the pressing need for public action and the tenacious culture of privatization remains the critical dilemma of U.S. politics. Nothing underscores the need to resolve this tension &mdash; and to commit once again to the ideals of collective purpose and common good &mdash; than the accelerating crisis of climate change.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61860335/sponge-parks-sand-dunes-may-boost-resilience-to-storms Sponge Parks, Sand Dunes May Boost Resilience to Storms Archinect 2012-11-21T15:11:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:07:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l2/l2d1hzzmcty7sg07.jpg" width="514" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I looked back on resilience work designed for a Museum of Modern Art exhibition two years ago, called &ldquo;Rising Currents.&rdquo; It now seems prophetic. Among the proposals by Susannah Drake of Dlandstudio and Stephen Cassell of Architecture Research Office was the &ldquo;Sponge Slip,&rdquo; which would have replaced a Lower Manhattan parking lot with a sunken park. The idea was to guide floodwaters into the park basin and away from the subway tunnels and electrical infrastructure that Sandy crippled.</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/55406926/melting-permafrost-plagues-dawson-city Melting permafrost plagues Dawson City Archinect 2012-08-16T15:42:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T14:47:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3kje1bxs3qqltpq.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dawson City spent more than $600,000 last year dealing with damage to roads and pipes caused by melting permafrost. A recently-published report says the shifting ground, a result of climate change, can do a lot of damage to infrastructure such as water and sewer systems.</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>