Archinect - News 2014-10-21T14:22:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110334101/report-highlights-vulnerability-of-amtrak-s-nyc-tunnels Report highlights vulnerability of Amtrak’s NYC tunnels Alexander Walter 2014-10-02T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:02:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c1cbfd5bff06b60b85958fa3bc6eebb.jpg" width="300" height="198" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new engineering report assessing the damage caused to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels in New York City by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 recommends a phased process of maintenance works, which will require taking individual tunnel tubes out of service for extended periods.</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/103933818/richard-meier-s-high-and-mighty-beach-house Richard Meier’s High and Mighty Beach House Alexander Walter 2014-07-11T12:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:28:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d2a0b929c83bcd187127ce1a6afc26b6.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But building the $2.25 million steel-and-glass structure he had in mind presented a number of challenges on Fire Island. For starters, they had to dig 10 feet below sea level to bury the wood piles. Then they had to put a steel frame on top that could support 25 tons of glass. Sam Wood, the contractor, had been working on Fire Island for 30 years and had never seen anything like it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s built like a mini-skyscraper,&rdquo; he said.</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/98841909/how-holland-can-help-fight-floods-around-the-world How Holland can help fight floods around the world Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T13:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/386ced0c58f35f78b2e279a472830bc1.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s initiatives such as this that have, in recent years, given the water engineers of Holland their almost mythical status amongst flood defenders the world over. After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, in 2012, the $20 billion protection plan that was subsequently instituted built upon principles that were pioneered by the Dutch. Officials from as far away as China, Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh are currently consulting Dutch experts.</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/98779822/a-barometer-of-risk A barometer of risk Nam Henderson 2014-04-28T01:04:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T10:09:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mul4ukn2eys07qp.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;At the end of the day, we&rsquo;re going to be in a better spot...You just stepped the entire gentrification of Ortley Beach forward five years because everything had to be rebuilt" - Eric J. Birchler, the owner of Birchler Realtors</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ronda Kaysen examines how Hurricane Sandy hit the reset button on the Jersey Shore. Post - Sandy redevelopment is booming. Though some worry about loosing the "<strong>blue-collar flavor in the area</strong>" and others caution that buyers "<strong>are taking some real risk</strong>" by not worrying about long-term effects of global climate change and rising sea-levels.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98144587/anti-fragile-the-uncertain-future-of-arverne-east Anti-Fragile: The Uncertain Future of Arverne East Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:47:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/835d01f7f8118052a2d501a7a89c53dc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superstorm Sandy brought the Rockaways into the forefront of New Yorkers&rsquo; consciousness for a period of time, [...] subsequently as a key reference point in debates about rebuilding versus retreating from the flood zone. [...] The last of these sites is Arverne East, 81 acres of City-owned land that have remained vacant since the neighborhood was razed in 1969. Below, Jonathan Tarleton and Gabriel Silberblatt consider Arverne East&rsquo;s uncertain future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Posts:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97577444/the-final-proposals-of-the-10-shortlisted-rebuild-by-design-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The final proposals of the 10 shortlisted Rebuild by Design teams</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84846738/white-arkitekter-wins-for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Arkitekter wins &ldquo;For a Resilient Rockaway&rdquo; (FAR ROC) Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77454300/for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For a Resilient Rockaway (FAR ROC) Design Competition Finalists</a></p></li></ul> 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/97577444/the-final-proposals-of-the-10-shortlisted-rebuild-by-design-teams The final proposals of the 10 shortlisted Rebuild by Design teams Justine Testado 2014-04-08T17:18:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:13:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwh2xnyfqydrhfbc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ten Rebuild by Design finalist teams spent the past eight months doing intensive research and engaging with local communities to find local and resilient solutions to rebuild the Eastern Seaboard cities affected by Hurricane Sandy...Each team presented their final proposals to the public at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ late last week. Secretary Shaun Donovan of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce the winning projects later this spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>BIG, WXY + West 8, OMA, Sasaki Associates, Interboro Partners, and notable universities are only a few of the multidisciplinary team leaders in this global group of finalists.</p><p>While we wait for the winning results, check out the final proposals below.</p><p><strong>BIG U</strong><strong> by the BIG team</strong><br>Location: New York, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0q4rvvgdnqjutbq.jpg"></p><p><strong>The Commercial Corridor Resiliency Project</strong><strong> by </strong><strong>HR&amp;A Advisors, Inc. with Cooper, Robertson &amp; Partners</strong><br>Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York; Far Rockaway, Queens, New York; Asbury Park, New Jersey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hgsqtd91qvg750ql.jpg"></p><p><strong>Living with the Bay: A Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County&rsquo;s South Shore</strong><strong> by the Interboro team</strong><br>Location: Long Island, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/ti1fyhy9m5iimkd4.jpg"></p><p><strong>New Meadowlands: Productive City + Regional Park by MIT CAU + ZUS + URBANISTEN</strong><br>Location: The Meadowlands, New Jersey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d29655hzzyv6b6u.jpg"></p><p><strong>Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken<br>by OMA</strong><br>Location: Hoboken, New Jersey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q5/q5ite0l3ahgzeha9.jpg"></p><p><strong>Hunts Point Lifelines by PennDesign/OLIN</strong><br>Location: Hunts Point, Bronx, NY</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xt21xn0lh9f2o49w.jpg"></p><p><strong>RESILIENCE + THE BEACH by Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup </strong><br>Location: Jersey Shor...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86393569/oysters-could-save-new-york-from-more-sandys Oysters Could Save New York From More Sandys Archinect 2013-11-12T19:42:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:34:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a53f9323300eff665d281326dc3033c0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kate Orff wants to grow oysters in New York&rsquo;s Jamaica Bay. Not for you to eat, but to save the shore from mighty storms. Great piles of mollusks will diffuse the energy of 10-to-15-foot waves, like those from Sandy that shattered boardwalks and beach homes and shot like missiles up city streets.</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/85374680/winners-of-one-prize-2013-stormproof-competition Winners of ONE Prize 2013 “Stormproof” competition Justine Testado 2013-10-30T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-10-30T17:36:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0431kvp71df5vvp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners have been revealed for the ONE Prize 2013 international design competition! For this year's "Stormproof" theme, participants had to create smartly designed resilient cities ready to face the challenges of severe climate conditions. The competition, organized by Terreform ONE, drew submissions from 168 teams and 310 team members from more than 15 countries and five continents.</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/85170213/for-many-post-sandy-lifting-a-house-has-become-the-go-to-solution For many post-Sandy "lifting a house has become the go-to solution" Nam Henderson 2013-10-27T23:36:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T16:36:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xucat3lra9retiwm.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"what is unprecedented here is the capacity...people are going to have to wait...there is going to be contractor backlog" - Sammy Chu</p></em><br /><br /><p> Charles Lane of WSHU in Long Island reports the rush to lift houses has regulators scurrying to catch up.</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/81442279/architects-to-the-rescue Architects to the Rescue? HotSoup 2013-09-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T00:21:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggug7h8w58pas1hl.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost a dozen major architecture contests are underway. By calling in the pros, city and federal officials are casting a wide net for fixes. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have all the good ideas, and I don&rsquo;t care who does have them,&rdquo; Mayor Bloomberg said recently.</p></em><br /><br /><p> New York City and the feds are turning to design luminaries from the city and around the globe to help the five boroughs rebuild. But are the designers up to the task of saving the city from the next disaster? And will anyone actually follow their advice?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79451694/rebuild-by-design-the-ten-stage-one-finalist-teams Rebuild by Design - The Ten Stage One Finalist Teams Alexander Walter 2013-08-14T14:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T14:53:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f1e951c26bf8f6379a20ce545ca968f.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a post yesterday, we already featured one of the ten submissions which emerged as Stage One Nominees in the Rebuild by Design competition. Here's now also the complete list of the shortlisted design teams as recently announced by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.</p></em><br /><br /><ul><li> Office of Metropolitan Architecture with Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associaties; R/GA; and HR&amp;A Advisors.</li> <li> Bjarke Ingels Group with One Architecture; Starr Whitehouse; James Lima Planning &amp; Development; Green Shield Ecology; Buro Happold; AEA Consulting; and Project Projects.</li> <li> Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and ARUP.</li> <li> Interboro Partners with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Infrastructure Planning Program; TU Delft; Project Projects; RFA Investments; IMG Rebel; Center for Urban Pedagogy; David Rusk; Apex; Deltares; Bosch Slabbers; H+N+S; and Palmbout Urban Landscapes.</li> <li> PennDesign/OLIN with PennPraxis, Buro Happold, HR&amp;A Advisors, and E-Design Dynamics.</li> <li> WXY architecture + urban design / West 8 Urban Design &amp; Landscape Architecture with ARCADIS Engineering and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University; Maxine Griffith; Parsons the New School for Design; Duke University; BJH Advisors; and Mary Edna Fraser.</li> <li> HR&amp;A Advisors with Coope...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/79380832/wxy-west-8-to-participate-in-rebuild-by-design-competition WXY+West 8 to participate in Rebuild by Design competition Justine Testado 2013-08-13T16:19:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:40:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42520eb9163a2e6847af5dc9cd981b83.jpg" width="514" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The New York-Netherlands team, WXY + West 8, was shortlisted to advance to the Analysis and Design stages for the "Rebuild by Design" competition on August 9. Rebuild by Design is a four-stage regional competition to find locally contextual and resilient solutions to rebuild the Eastern Seaboard communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The nine other world-class teams shortlisted are: OMA, BIG, Sasaki, PennDesign/OLIN, HR&amp;A, Interboro Partners, MIT/CAU + Dutch Delta Collective, SCAPE, and unabridged.</p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79451694/rebuild-by-design-the-ten-stage-one-finalist-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design - The Ten Stage One Finalist Teams</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77454300/for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition-finalists For a Resilient Rockaway (FAR ROC) Design Competition Finalists Alexander Walter 2013-07-19T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T19:02:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2kq5d5bydotr02z.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Four finalists have just been chosen from Phase I of the two-phase &ldquo;For a Resilient Rockaway&rdquo; (FAR ROC) design competition. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA New York) and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) made the announcement at the Center for Architecture in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Launched in April, the FAR ROC competition sought ideas for developing an 80+ acre site called Arverne East into a new mixed-use, mixed-income, sustainable and storm-resilient community that will meet the new physical and regulatory challenges of waterfront development while maintaining the balance between innovation and affordability.</em></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84846738/white-arkitekter-wins-for-a-resilient-rockaway-far-roc-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Arkitekter wins &ldquo;For a Resilient Rockaway&rdquo; (FAR ROC) Design Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75180220/task-force-created-to-prepare-new-yorkers-for-extreme-weather Task force created to prepare New Yorkers for extreme weather Archinect 2013-06-13T15:01:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:37:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgfxqzgpi8ekjqpi.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York City must take urgent steps to protect New Yorkers and its buildings from the next extreme weather event, according to a report released today by the Building Resiliency Task Force at a press conference.</p> <p> In the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn charged the task force with giving recommendations to improve the resiliency of city buildings and maximize preparedness for extreme weather conditions like high winds, high temperatures and flooding. Urban Green Council led the 200+ member task force.</p> <p> Highlights of specific suggestions:</p> <ul><li> Create stronger buildings&mdash;require new and replacement doors and windows to be wind resistant; anchor homes to their foundations; design sidewalks to capture storm water.</li> <li> Ensure reliable backup power&mdash;make it easier for buildings to use backup generators and solar energy; require buildings to keep stairwells and hallways lit during blackouts; add hookups for roll-up generato...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/73850202/a-summer-program-to-nudge-south-street-seaport-back-to-life A Summer Program to Nudge South Street Seaport Back to Life Archinect 2013-05-24T18:47:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T15:26:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcee33ada53b3d7791176e5310b27241.jpg" width="480" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This summer at the almost defiantly unhip South Street Seaport, there shall be pop-up boutiques housed in shipping containers. There shall be outdoor film screenings with lounge-chair seating. There shall be SmorgasBar. And, the lords of artificial weather willing, there may be glitter rain.</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/68823676/editor-s-picks-305 Editor's Picks #305 Nam Henderson 2013-03-05T11:42:00-05:00 >2013-03-08T18:47:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3t9ebvaqgrtluobt.jpg" width="514" height="681" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>vado retro summed up the design "a box within a box and one box the one inside, the inside box is at an angle. oh and there are trees" but Alex Gomez added "Although the facade is superficial, I feel it will succeed in attracting &lsquo;qualitative and quantitative tourist flows in the area,&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68531159/bernard-tschumi-presents-grottammare-cultural-center-his-first-project-in-italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> Over at Bustler.net, Bernard Tschumi Architects unveiled the schematic design for the firm's first work in Italy: ANIMA, a new cultural center in the city of Grottammare</a>. The project has been commissioned by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ascoli Piceno and the Municipality of Grottammare and is expected to be completed by 2016.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3t9ebvaqgrtluobt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In the description of the project, it states: &ldquo;<em>Could one design a facade without resorting to formal composition? Could one design a facade that would be neither abstract nor figurative, but formless, so to speak? Our motivation in raising these questions was both economic and cultural: At a time of economic crisis, to indulge in formal geometries made out of complex volumetric curves did not seem a responsible option. The time of &lsquo;Iconism&rsquo; seemed to be over</em>".</p> <p> <strong>vado retro</strong> summed up the design "<em>a box within a box and one box the one inside, the inside box is at an angle. oh and there are trees</em>" but <a href="http://archinect.com/alex-gomez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alex Gomez</a> added "<em>Although the facade is s...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68525533/expo-1-new-york-rockaway-call-for-ideas EXPO 1: NEW YORK Rockaway Call for Ideas Archinect 2013-02-28T14:27:00-05:00 >2013-03-01T15:51:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aakbpr4fixpu55q8.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an effort to foster the creative debate on urban recovery after Hurricane Sandy, MoMA PS1 and MoMA&rsquo;s Department of Architecture and Design are calling out for ideas to create a sustainable waterfront. Artists, architects, designers, and others are welcome to present ideas for alternative housing models, creation of social spaces, urban interventions, new uses of public space, the rebuilding of the boardwalk, protection of the shoreline, and actions to engage local communities.</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/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/61855411/home-sweet-shipping-container-nyc-creating-modular-disaster-housing Home Sweet Shipping Container: NYC Creating Modular Disaster Housing HotSoup 2012-11-21T14:43:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:07:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha5yuik3vedixy2f.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carved out of shipping containers, these LEGO-like, stackable apartments offer all the amenities of home. Or more, since they are bigger, and brighter, than the typical Manhattan studio. It&rsquo;s the FEMA trailer of the future, built with the Dwell reader in mind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ever since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans six years ago, the Bloomberg administration has been quietly at work on creating a disaster housing that meets the needs of New York City's unique density and geography. &nbsp;They have created a model system using shipping containers, and while it will not be able to help those left homeless by Sandy, it should be ready by next year, for when the next major disaster hits.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61746442/new-york-architects-re-plan-a-city-under-threat-post-sandy New York Architects Re-Plan a City Under Threat [Post Sandy] Anna Johnson 2012-11-20T11:13:00-05:00 >2012-11-20T11:13:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w5/w5366k0u14a86x3y.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, those responsible for our built environment, especially in New York, are facing the dawn of a new environmental clime and industry reality. Designing and delivering to the highest safety standards in what were once thought of as safe areas of the world now holds far greater importance than ever before.</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/61005237/streets-flooded-please-advise Streets flooded. Please advise. Nam Henderson 2012-11-09T10:38:00-05:00 >2012-11-09T12:09:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5ywoga8si0akr5ox.jpg" width="395" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the experts &mdash; architects, environmentalists and civil engineers &mdash; large-scale projects like underwater gates are expensive, cumbersome and difficult to build. More important, they say, such undertakings are binary projects that work just fine until the moment they do not.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Alan Feuer examined three examples of how to protect New York City from future storms. The designs focus on three especially vulnerable New York neighborhoods and plans included: <em>Marshy Edges, Absorptive Streets</em> proposed by Architecture Research Office, and a partner firm, dlandstudio, <em>Oysters to the Rescue</em> proposed by Scape/Landscape Architecture P.L.L.C., and <em>A Bridge in Troubled Waters</em> proposed by Lawrence J. Murphy of global engineering firm CDM Smith.</p> <p> Meanwhile, over in the <strong>Room for Debate</strong> blog the NYT hosted a discussion, featuring 6 experts, arguing <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/11/01/should-new-york-build-sea-gates/big-storm-projects-will-cause-big-problems-so-think-small" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should New York Build Sea Gates?</a> I would suggest that the discussion is lacking, since there was not one designer (landscape, architect or urban) involved in the conversation. What do you think?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60856108/jersey-shore-cast-teams-up-with-architecture-for-humanity-seriously 'Jersey Shore' cast teams up with Architecture for Humanity. Seriously. Archinect 2012-11-06T18:13:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:10:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/53ty2wrcsovy8n48.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the tri-state area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy's devastation, the cast of the "Jersey Shore" is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity for "Restore the Shore," a special benefit set to air live on Thursday, November 15.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information about <em>Restore the Shore</em>, <a href="http://architectureforhumanity.org/updates/2012-11-05-restore-the-shore-seaside-heights-nj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60801947/editor-s-picks-288 Editor's Picks #288 Nam Henderson 2012-11-05T23:50:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5i/5ig4pob14l2z64va.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In 2012, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/60584804/student-works-drx-2012-minimal-surface-highrise-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the DRX (The Design Research Exchange a non-profit residency program for researchers hosted by HENN Architekten) took place in Berlin from July 16th, 2012 through September 7th, 2012</a>. Participants included four invited DRX Experts and eight invited DRX Researchers all of whom focused on the topic Minimal Surface Highrise Structures. As part of the DRX 2012, three prototypic 500m (1,640ft) tall Highrise Structures were developed as so-called ProtoTowers.</p> <p> The latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/60372984/working-out-of-the-box-skip-schwartz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">features Skip Schwartz</a> who is currently the CEO of a heath care service/technology company that provides primary healthcare to people mostly on a virtual basis.&nbsp; The two main lessons that he gained from architecture school and the architecture industry were that "<em>Design counts</em>" and "<em>Project management counts</em>".</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> The world lost three very talented architects last week including, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60369458/lebbeus-woods-dead-at-72" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lebbeus Woods</a> dead at 72, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60245032/john-m-johansen-last-of-harvard-five-architects-dies-at-96" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John M. Johansen</a> the last surviving member of the Harvard...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60781525/iwan-baan-explains-how-he-got-that-new-york-magazine-cover-shot Iwan Baan explains how he got that New York magazine cover shot Archinect 2012-11-05T15:36:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:22:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xdvh3ihevrldoda.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What really struck me, if you look at the image on the left, you see the Goldman Sachs building and new World Trade Center,&rdquo; said Baan. &ldquo;These two buildings are brightly lit. And then the rest of New York looks literally kind of powerless. In a way, it shows also what&rsquo;s wrong with the country in this moment.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5xg34yyvzaq678is.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60706930/iwan-baan-shoots-amazing-aerial-of-sandy-s-nyc-impact-for-new-york-magazine-cover Iwan Baan shoots amazing aerial of Sandy's NYC impact for New York Magazine cover Paul Petrunia 2012-11-04T13:08:00-05:00 >2012-11-05T17:08:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee55a63069cd0088de939f5c118a0b0e.jpg" width="514" height="691" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The easiest part of a harried three days came Friday around noon, when we met to settle on the cover. A photograph taken by Iwan Baan on Wednesday night, showing the Island of Manhattan, half aglow and half in dark, was the clear choice, for the way it fit with the bigger story we have tried to tell here about a powerful city rendered powerless.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Everyone's favorite architecture photographer, Iwan Baan, shows the world his magic with this month's cover of NYMag. Brilliant.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60508831/could-sandy-be-good-for-the-economy Could Sandy be good for the economy? Archinect 2012-11-01T15:24:00-04:00 >2012-11-02T14:51:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dlmmb97ov8y06egd.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I realize that Sandy will prob cause billions in damage to the eastern seaboard, and the lost work will not be great for the GDP, but perhaps the resulting building boom will provide the boost the economy needs?</p></em><br /><br /><p> What do you think? <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/60303340/sandy-could-be-good-for-the-economy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Join the discussion</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60501033/the-aia-issues-statement-on-hurricane-sandy-aftermath-recovery The AIA Issues Statement On Hurricane Sandy Aftermath & Recovery Archinect 2012-11-01T12:36:00-04:00 >2012-11-01T17:06:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sc/scdm68k24xsrryxf.jpg" width="514" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The American Institute of Architects today issued the following statement with regard to the assessment and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy&rsquo;s impact. Please attribute to AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA:</p> <p> &ldquo;To the many communities in Hurricane Sandy's path, members of the AIA and the AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee send our hopes for their safety. The AIA will work closely with our colleagues, as we have following other severe weather events, to assist local communities in their recovery efforts.</p> <p> &ldquo;Through our network of chapters, we are beginning to assess the damage to communities in the Northeast region. Now that the storm is passing, we will formulate plans to assist architects there in evaluating the building damage caused by the storm and map a path to recovery.</p> <p> &ldquo;Meanwhile, experienced disaster responders with the AIA have resources to help prepare architects for this important role. Visit our web page to get an overview of the AIA Disaster Respo...</p>