Archinect - News 2016-09-26T06:34:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149969944/aka-old-people-afraid-of-the-sky-in-big-cities-featuring-white-streets-and-roofs-and-fast-cheap-trees aka *Old people afraid of the sky in big cities, featuring white streets and roofs and fast cheap trees Nam Henderson 2016-09-22T14:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T14:20:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k1ibx7qmd8kcmdac.jpg" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How many lives could be spared, the researchers then asked, if the city planted more trees and grass, replaced dark asphalt and concrete with light-colored and reflective roofs and pavement, and cut back on the excess heat seeping out of buildings and the tailpipes of cars and buses?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Madeline Ostrander visited&nbsp;Louisville Kentucky, to learn how one city is trying to&nbsp;cool it. With&nbsp;an increase in urban deforestation, extreme heat waves and global climate change, the urban heat-island effect is now a concern for politicians and non-profits. Not just researchers and&nbsp;scientists.</p><p>* h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/778158183357489152" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967422/imagine-new-york-city-becoming-something-like-a-22nd-century-venice Imagine New York City becoming something like a 22nd-century Venice Nam Henderson 2016-09-08T11:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-08T11:58:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/041s7qp5qof9ugsk.jpg" width="514" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The deluge will begin slowly, and irregularly, and so it will confound human perceptions of change. Areas that never had flash floods will start to experience them, in part because global warming will also increase precipitation. High tides will spill over old bulkheads when there is a full moon. People will start carrying galoshes to work. All the commercial skyscrapers, housing, cultural institutions that currently sit near the waterline will be forced to contend with routine inundation</p></em><br /><br /><p>Andrew Rice on why even locals who believe climate change is real, have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948200/the-city-must-become-adaptable The city must become adaptable Nam Henderson 2016-05-30T06:39:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T01:14:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nlo065zx9nctsb5i.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the moment, we remain largely wedded to superficial visual futures. The likelihood is that the prevailing chrome and chlorophyll vision of architects and urbanists will become as much an enticing, but outdated, fashion as the Raygun Gothic of The Jetsons or the cyberpunk of Blade Runner</p></em><br /><br /><p>Darran Anderson peers into the near future, at the intersection of climate change, technology, megacities and "<em>survivability</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/735868173614993410" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a>&nbsp;remarked&nbsp;"<em>It's pretty good</em>" and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ArchitectureFiction&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#ArchitectureFiction</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BigCities&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#BigCities</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AfraidofSky&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#AfraidofSky</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OldPeople&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#OldPeople</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941807/architect-turned-sea-flooding-specialist-keeps-panama-city-afloat Architect turned sea-flooding specialist keeps Panama City afloat Julia Ingalls 2016-04-21T18:33:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:42:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkit9c0oq5h7xwkk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Banfield&rsquo;s dedication to environmental issues was born by chance in 2000, when she moved with her husband and three children to Clayton...Together with Carlos Varela, her legal-minded neighbor, Banfield created a community association to defend the rainforest. She remained on the front lines for years, sacrificed her architectural career and eventually began public campaigns for a variety of environmental causes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140875921/the-gsd-vs-the-sea-school-s-new-office-for-urbanization-tackles-climate-change-in-miami-beach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Harvard GSD formed the Office for Urbanization</a> recently to study the effects of sea rise and climate change, Vice Mayor of Panama City Raisa Banfield has taken a more direct approach, physically halting flood-prone projects during construction and connecting with like-minded colleagues around the globe to find solutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tl/tl1720tzmg4j7yyo.jpg"></p><p>As the article notes, <em>"As glaciers melt and oceans flow higher, 'sea-level rise is an issue on almost every coast,' says Rosetta Elkin, landscape architect and professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. It&rsquo;s particularly tough in Panama City, because the entire town was built too far to the east, 'where sea levels are precipitously low' &mdash; thanks in part to American bases &mdash; says Arosemena. As Banfield goes through the rigmarole of finding a solution and calling together a global group of problem-solvers like the Dutch, she may stand a chance at creating some scaffolding for the many other cities that will have to look this same issue in th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123303072/stay-comfortable-during-climate-change-in-a-rowhouse Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse Nam Henderson 2015-03-20T12:43:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T12:53:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilepa7dmbcmdyjld.jpg" width="514" height="385" 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&nbsp;<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,&nbsp;the Urban Green Council also found the rowhouse (compared to a&nbsp;single-family detached house or glass towers)&nbsp;to be particularly energy resilient in times of disaster or extreme weather events.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99615880/estimating-resilience-and-vulnerability-of-major-world-cities Estimating resilience and vulnerability of major world cities Nam Henderson 2014-05-12T00:47:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T22:15:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6j/6jev33mwkp07fud5.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a profit making company, albeit with a sense of stewardship, our research on resilience is commercially motivated. Our approach helps us to create portfolios of real estate assets which are resilient and operate in emerging markets fully cognisant of the risks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To quote&nbsp;<a href="http://archive.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2014/05/estimating-resilience-vulnerability-major-world-cities/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a>&nbsp;"<em>*British real estate firm tries to figure out where the investors&rsquo; money will be safe. Results are not encouraging</em>".</p> 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/97182812/the-future-will-not-be-dry The future will not be dry Nam Henderson 2014-04-03T15:54:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T21:16:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/djjxabyqmkqa6s13.jpg" width="514" height="385" 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 &mdash; not a single camel, but a whole herd of options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Justin Davidson reviews the proposals from the ten&nbsp;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&rsquo;s $4 billion disaster-recovery pie.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91825645/eko-atlantic-privatized-vs-collective-ecological-survival Eko Atlantic - privatized vs. collective, ecological survival Nam Henderson 2014-01-22T10:02:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T13:37:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awodqa4nacs3fexf.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster capitalists behind Eko Atlantic have seized on climate change to push through pro-corporate plans to build a city of their dreams, an architectural insult to the daily circumstances of ordinary Nigerians.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Martin Lukacs argues that <a href="http://www.ekoatlantic.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eko Atlantic</a>, a new privatized city to be built near Lagos, Nigeria, is the perfect illustration of how the super-rich will exploit the crisis of climate change to increase inequality and seal themselves off from its impacts.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71327981/too-big-to-flood Too Big to Flood? Nam Henderson 2013-04-15T12:10:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T12:10:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oo/oo9r5rv0fdzt9rhc.jpg" width="175" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>over the next half-century these coastal megacities may grow &ldquo;too big to flood.&rdquo; But flood they will unless they dramatically revise their growth strategies and undertake major infrastructure projects</p></em><br /><br /><p> Bruce Stutz &nbsp;explores how as economic activity and populations continue to expand in coastal urban areas, particularly in Asia, hundreds of trillions of dollars of infrastructure, industrial and office buildings, and homes are increasingly at risk from intensifying storms and rising sea levels.</p> <p> <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/323692099318988800" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63167608/editor-s-picks-293 Editor's Picks #293 Nam Henderson 2012-12-11T02:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T12:26:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dx1m9wxid7togs8f.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA as well as Folkwang Library by Max Dudler. The Folkwang Library took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself. Save Western pointed out "It looks like the original proposal was for actual marble, which came back astronomically expensive, so they VE'd to curtain wall instead."</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62813689/showcase-villa-solaire-by-jka-fuga" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA</a> as well as <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/62937991/showcase-folkwang-library-by-max-dudler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folkwang Library by Max Dudler</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vj77l5zu4evz46rl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Villa Solaire in Pied de La Plagne, Morzine, France is an ancient farmhouse converted into a luxury rental villa. The project made use of a traditional technique of decorative cut-outs within the wood strips resulting in a uniform perforated cladding, which wraps the whole facade.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nch0xvbbi8j2f3bt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Folkwang Library located in Essen-Werden, Germany is an institutional project which , combined musicological programs/collections from three institutions under one roof. The Folkwang Library also took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself.</p> <p> <strong>royc</strong> commented "<em>it's a bit too literal of a reinterpretation for me...I love the knife edge though, it's nicely done. I'd be really interested to see the interior of that space, with the stairs/atrium</em>". <strong>Save Western</strong> pointed out&nbsp;...</p>