Archinect - News2017-05-23T08:54:53-04:00http://archinect.com/news/article/146662467/madrid-is-about-to-get-a-lot-more-green
Madrid is about to get a lot more green Nicholas Korody2016-01-26T15:31:00-05:00>2016-02-10T23:02:30-05:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pv/pvmem2wsuat96jgx.jpg" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nature is poised to reconquer Madrid. Faced with rising summer temperatures, Spain’s capital has announced plans, reported in today’s El Pais, to seam the city so thoroughly with new green patches that its face could be quite transformed.
City parks will be expanded and restored, and 22 new urban gardens created. Vacant public land will be freed up to create community gardens while the banks of the city’s scrappy Manzanares River will be thickly planted with trees...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, other components of the initiative include funding and encouragement for green roofs and façades. Plants beds would be added to paved squares and ponds may be created to catch excess stormwater <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146346245/copenhagen-copes-with-extreme-weather-by-building-parks-that-turn-into-ponds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">like in Copenhagen</a>. </p><p>Madrid's location – perched high on a plateau that receives little rain – has always brought harsh winters and grueling summers. But according to a study made by Arup, rainfall could drop by 25% by the midcentury. When it does arrive, it's probably going to be in massive summer storms that can have more averse effects than positive.</p><p>If put into action, this plan could greatly improve the city today – and save it from tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/506696/anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146346245/copenhagen-copes-with-extreme-weather-by-building-parks-that-turn-into-ponds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen copes with extreme weather by building parks that turn into ponds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194305/last-year-was-the-warmest-since-at-least-1880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last year was the warmest since (at least) 1880</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup</a></li></ul>http://archinect.com/news/article/123303072/stay-comfortable-during-climate-change-in-a-rowhouse
Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse Nam Henderson2015-03-20T12:43:00-04:00>2015-03-20T12:53:23-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/il/ilepa7dmbcmdyjld.jpg" width="550" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In both cold and hot conditions, the study found, a rowhouse would be the best place to be. Being attached to other houses limits its exposure and keeps it better insulated</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/nj5fuz8aka1ob21n.jpg"></p><p>Ginia Bellafante reported on the release of a report by the <a href="http://www.nyas.org/Publications/Annals/Detail.aspx?cid=5c5c2bdd-795f-4904-acd5-e3fe4a5c338a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City Panel on Climate Change</a>. Titled '<em>Building the Knowledge Base for Climate Resilienc</em>y' it assesses impact of climate trends and advises resiliency and monitoring. Another group, the Urban Green Council also found the rowhouse (compared to a single-family detached house or glass towers) to be particularly energy resilient in times of disaster or extreme weather events.</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/122507983/bjarke-ingels-and-oliver-wainwright-talk-new-york-dryline
Bjarke Ingels and Oliver Wainwright talk New York Dryline Alexander Walter2015-03-09T14:08:00-04:00>2015-03-15T16:01:52-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f5/f5cdbqiqi2mr77e3.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There aren’t many architects you would believe could hold back seas and save the world from being drowned by Biblical floods. But when you meet Bjarke Ingels, anything seems eminently possible. [...]
If New York has to build 10 miles of flood defences to protect the city from another Hurricane Sandy, why not conceive the barrier as a brand new waterfront park? Climate security as leisure amenity. You can almost hear the standing ovation and all-American whooping in the background.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look into “The BIG U”, BIG’s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design</a></p>http://archinect.com/news/article/112275285/turning-boston-into-venice
Turning Boston into Venice Nam Henderson2014-10-27T19:35:00-04:00>2014-10-27T21:20:40-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rh/rhmy9fdeh5cq67ky.jpg" width="624" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"So we wanted to turn that conversation on its head and say, well what if we let water in? How can we make life better in Boston by bringing water in?" - Dennis Carlberg</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joanna Jolly talked to Boston city planners and architects, who are a proposing solutions to combat sea-level rise. One big idea, is canals which would criss-cross the streets of the Back Bay. Less radical ideas include; constructed wetlands and elevating critical equipment for new development.</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/111708964/james-corner-field-operations-will-design-a-new-waterfront-park-in-brooklyn
James Corner Field Operations Will Design a New Waterfront Park in Brooklyn Diane Pham2014-10-20T14:43:00-04:00>2014-10-20T14:43:13-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n9/n9jxnrr6eng1l2sz.jpg" width="650" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renderings for the waterfront park to be built alongside the massive housing development Greenpoint Landing have been released. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area only a few years back, so it comes as no surprise that locals were concerned with how developers would protect the area from future storms. James Corner Field Operations was chosen to address the problem, and the result is a resilient design that manages to enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of the existing riverfront.</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/109022789/new-york-s-plan-to-storm-proof-fire-island-is-deeply-flawed-says-scientist
New York’s Plan to Storm-Proof Fire Island Is Deeply Flawed, Says Scientist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg2014-09-15T13:43:00-04:00>2014-09-15T15:12:42-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/06/06afa96fd3fe5c2ccb3d78515f8c3cba.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>“The project does not provide the storm damage mitigation and storm-surge protection that is promised, or at least the U.S. Geological Survey comments on the plan question the science behind those proposed benefits.” [...]
“A project like this, where the science is being questioned by government scientists and the environmental impacts are clearly negative, it’s a poster child for where we shouldn’t do this. This stretch of Fire Island is a park, for goodness sake.”</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">
Oakland Hires Its First “Chief Resilience Officer” Alexander Walter2014-08-12T13:50:00-04:00>2014-08-18T20:31:46-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/6445119f5f345242ee96e19851a32ad1.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland has earthquakes, droughts and a host of other resilience problems to tackle. Now it has a Chief Resilience Officer to lead the charge.
Today, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Michael Berkowitz, president of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, will jointly announce that Victoria Salinas has been tapped as the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer, a position being created in other cities across the world, as well.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilience on the fly: Christchurch’s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster</a></p>http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design
A closer look into “The BIG U”, BIG’s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design Justine Testado2014-06-03T19:22:00-04:00>2014-06-10T19:18:32-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d1baudtsjdma3b0y.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From yesterday's announcement of the Rebuild By Design winners by the U.S. Department of HUD, we've got more details behind "The BIG U" by the BIG Team, who had one of the six winning propoals. The BIG-led consortium was awarded $335 million to implement their proposal for New York's Lower Manhattan, with the goal to increase the neighborhood's resiliency to future storm disasters. And with a name like "The BIG U", one can only be curious to find out more.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jqaa8icidbvi61ud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ijgyx29nz75dur6u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phufkzphhyh05e60.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tcwnbfgcc8924m9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5bwegv4cu5xuw4t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6zbahaw085xzdqo.jpg"></p><p>Read more about the proposal on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_into_the_big_u_bigs_winning_proposal_for_rebuild_by_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>http://archinect.com/news/article/99304040/the-jamaica-bay-greenway-a-resilient-ring-for-southern-brooklyn-and-the-rockaways
The Jamaica Bay Greenway: A Resilient Ring for Southern Brooklyn and the Rockaways Alexander Walter2014-05-06T13:37:00-04:00>2014-05-07T21:17:05-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5eac72acf73e437e2885584a387ce39c.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among the most pressing issues facing New York’s new mayor is how his administration will pick up the mantle of the ambitious agenda established by Michael Bloomberg. How will the de Blasio administration address climate change and increase the resilience of those areas of the city most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy? [...] The Rockaway peninsula, in particular, has been a veritable laboratory for designers exploring the implications of “resilience.”</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">
Anti-Fragile: The Uncertain Future of Arverne East Alexander Walter2014-04-16T12:45:00-04:00>2014-04-21T20:47:59-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/83/835d01f7f8118052a2d501a7a89c53dc.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superstorm Sandy brought the Rockaways into the forefront of New Yorkers’ 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’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 “For a Resilient Rockaway” (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/97182812/the-future-will-not-be-dry
The future will not be dry Nam Henderson2014-04-03T15:54:00-04:00>2014-04-03T21:16:57-04:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dj/djjxabyqmkqa6s13.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than cooking up designs in their Manhattan studios and then peddling them with PowerPoint presentations, the teams attended meetings by the score...The result is a series of designs by committee — not a single camel, but a whole herd of options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Justin Davidson reviews the proposals from the ten finalists for <a href="http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design</a>, a competition for coastal resilience projects that offers its winners a slice of the federal government’s $4 billion disaster-recovery pie.</p>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 Walter2013-10-31T13:37:00-04:00>2013-11-04T21:38:22-05:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/98/982c0ef34976b9c349fb92ec1ba2582f.jpg" width="587" height="450" 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>
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/61005237/streets-flooded-please-advise
Streets flooded. Please advise. Nam Henderson2012-11-09T10:38:00-05:00>2012-11-09T12:09:49-05:00<img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5y/5ywoga8si0akr5ox.jpg" width="395" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the experts — architects, environmentalists and civil engineers — 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>
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>