Archinect - News 2014-09-02T18:03:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107560614/napa-quake-a-reality-check Napa Quake a 'Reality Check' Nicholas Korody 2014-08-27T16:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T17:05:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdlakooes7beepu8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of the Bay Area roads, bridges, water systems, dams and levees fared well in Sunday's 6.0 earthquake near Napa, but the damage in the picturesque Wine Country town was a jolting reminder of the vulnerability of public services for 7 million people. A Big One -- such as a 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault that runs beneath heavily populated Oakland and Berkeley -- would inflict more damage to key infrastructure, experts said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Overall, the damage caused by the Napa earthquake could have been a lot worse. But a Los Angeles Times <a href="http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81171338/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a>&nbsp;documenting how even retrofitted historic buildings were damaged showcases the profound vulnerability of older structures in California. According to the article: "The destruction highlights one of the greatest fears of seismic engineers &mdash; that the retrofitting of unreinforced masonry buildings still leaves weak joints between bricks." Just yesterday, another LA Times <a href="http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81189922/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> claimed that thousands of brick buildings across the state have not been retrofitted, disproportionately in low-income areas. And while low-cost retrofitting certainly mitigates the risk of a building "pancaking," but doesn't &nbsp;preclude other potential dangers like falling bricks or collapsed walls. Additionally, commentators are <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Earthquake-provides-wake-up-call-for-state-s-5709269.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pointing</a> to the Napa earthquake as a "wake-up call" to officials that the state's aging infrastructure is in desperate need of an upgrade. For example, a Forbes <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2011/11/04/americas-most-dangerous-urban-bridges/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> detaile...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses Saving face: Prêt-à-Loger designs solar-powered skin to preserve Dutch row houses Justine Testado 2014-02-26T18:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T18:13:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzegc9cwees7wgbp.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you transform over 2 million Dutch terraced houses into more spacious, neutral-energy homes while they're still being inhabited? According to a team of <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/343/delft-university-of-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TU Delft</a> students, a solution to that is Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9cpou3d2lkbn1v3.jpg"><br><br>Translated to "ready to be lived in," the <a href="http://www.pretaloger.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger</a> model was developed to preserve the historic Dutch row house, which was mass-produced for the middle class during the post-war period. The row house remains as the most common house typology in The Netherlands and is a cultural icon for many Dutch residents.</p><p>Trying to preserve and sustainably enhance the houses to modern-day standards, the Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger team designed an adaptable "skin" made of solar panels and smart technology that can be applied to the house's facade. The skin can be customized to the various shapes and sizes of the homes.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i2n927nvdmsughj.jpg"><br><br>The team recently celebrated the official kick-off of Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger. With the support of partner organizations, they plan to implement the concept to a local neighborhood in Honselersdi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94364358/should-tenants-pay-for-earthquake-retrofitting-costs Should tenants pay for earthquake retrofitting costs? Justine Testado 2014-02-25T20:17:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:03:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/ktkzoex8gkerc25m.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles is considering a proposal from Councilman Bernard Parks that would pass the cost of retrofitting apartment buildings on to tenants. Currently, only 50% of major renovation costs may be passed along to tenants, with landlords and building owners paying the cost of retrofitting.</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/79606948/deep-retrofits-next-market-for-struggling-architects Deep Retrofits Next Market for Struggling Architects Archinect 2013-08-16T14:41:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:31:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/080ee1b489710afd53336deb2484b7b0.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) have co-published a new guide for architects on deep energy retrofits. But this is not just a technical design guide; instead, the report explains why deep retrofits offer architects a good business opportunity and outlines the financial arguments and incentive programs needed to sell retrofit designs to clients.</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/79524095/team-uow-australia-wins-2013-solar-decathlon-china Team UOW Australia Wins 2013 Solar Decathlon China Justine Testado 2013-08-15T12:57:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:33:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd7638d9f931b8960d13ed7151ea0bd8.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Aug. 11, the Illawarra Flame House of Team UOW Australia (University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra Institute) won the 2013 Solar Decathlon China. Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Energy Administration China, the competition challenged university teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, energy-efficient, and stylish. Participants included 22 teams from 35 universities, with students of over 35 nationalities in 13 countries.</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/61536304/reimagining-buildings-of-the-past-with-the-materials-of-the-future Reimagining Buildings Of The Past With The Materials Of The Future Archinect 2012-11-16T19:57:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T21:01:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f8ed5a9bcbed886a67aa75885b182e7.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... we asked a few forward-thinking professionals in the business of buildings. The question went something like this: If we were going to remake a famous building or bridge using the materials we have today or will have in the future, what would we do differently? That's just vague enough to make things interesting. Here's what we got back.</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>