Archinect - News 2015-07-01T08:57:19-04:00 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/126725644/tristan-da-cunha-riba-accepting-redesign-ideas-for-remote-fishing-farming-community Tristan da Cunha + RIBA accepting redesign ideas for remote fishing/farming community Justine Testado 2015-05-04T19:23:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T17:37:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1yy7nc2g34q5ex9.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tristan da Cunha is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, located about 1,750 miles southwest of Cape Town. Described as the remotest inhabited island in the world, Tristan da Cunha is internally self-governed and actually consists of four islands: Tristan (the main island), Nightingale and Inaccessible, and Gough Island. A tiny fishing/farming population of less than 300 people known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas -- or locally as "The Settlement" -- permanently resides on the main island. In time for the island's 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristan da Cunha community is ready for a redesign to ensure a more self-sustainable future.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earlier</a> this year, the island's <a href="http://www.tristandc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Government</a> called upon RIBA to organize an international two-phase ideas competition to seek cost-effective schemes that would improve the quality and energy efficiency of Tristan's houses and government buildings. Additionally, the strongest ideas would enhance the island's agrarian systems to support grazing and grow...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123826644/riba-seeks-architect-to-redesign-remote-island-community-of-300 RIBA seeks architect to redesign remote island community of <300 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T17:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:02:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24e208ba62003f1b6827e8502e930273.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[RIBA] has launched the contest to create a self-sustainable future for those living on Tristan, a tiny community &ldquo;ruled by the weather&rdquo;, part of the Tristan da Cunha group of islands. [...] Tristan&rsquo;s government, led by Alex Mitham, called in Riba to manage the process of finding an architect to overhaul residential property as well as carry out urgent replacement of the government buildings, currently little more than agricultural sheds which &ldquo;are nearing the end of their useful life&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/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:03:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j48eg5bxmz2g0vgk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, is now billing itself as the world's first energy self-sufficient island that has never been hooked up to a power grid [...] This past summer, El Hierro inaugurated the Gorona del Viento power plant, a $110 million wind and water turbine farm. By the end of this year, the plant will generate all of the island's energy needs of up to 48 gigawatt hours per year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not only will El Hierro be the first energy self-sufficient island, it's will also exclusively make use of renewable energy sources, a mix of wind and hydro-power. Previously, the island &ndash; the most remote of the Canary Islands &ndash; couldn't hook up to the Spanish grid and had to barge in about 40,000 barrels of oil a year. Meanwhile, the island is also planning to have only electric cars by 2020, NPR reports. This little rocky island is a good model for the rest of the world; though with a population of just over <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Hierro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10,000,</a> it has a bit of an advantage.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea China is busy building islands in the South China Sea Nam Henderson 2014-09-08T21:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T21:19:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2k/2k1lsh2bzopz0jpq.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But I&rsquo;ve seen aerial photographs of this place taken by the Philippine navy. They show the massive land reclamation work China has been doing here since January. Millions of tonnes of rock and sand have been dredged up from the sea floor and pumped into the reef to form new land.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rupert Wingfield-Hayes&nbsp;travels to the South China Sea, where&nbsp;the Chinese state is building&nbsp;islands.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58165480/dror-s-vision-for-havvada Dror's Vision for HavvAda Archinect 2012-09-28T13:00:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1bie7ieaq3bee0f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York firm <a href="http://www.studiodror.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror</a> today unveiled designs for a collosal artificial island to be created right off the coast of Turkey, not far from Istanbul. The project, dubbed HavvAda, is envisioned to rise from the sea by piling up one billion cubic meter of soil carved out of the main land from the construction of the proposed Canal Istanbul, another ambitious mega project currently proposed to run parallel to the Bosporus. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, six gigantic geodesic domes will lift up artificial hills on the island which will be covered with residences and commercial buildings for a population of several hundred thousand people.</p> <p> Find a detailed project description and images courtesy of Dror below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6y7modhi8tqy88vi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> A century after the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents the Canal Istanbul project and offers to re-visit the map of the city. One billion cubic meter of soil may be carved out of the main land in order to create the canal. Turkish deve...</p>