Archinect - News 2015-08-01T20:27:26-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131884271/the-best-lawn-for-california-s-drought-may-still-be-green The best lawn for California's drought may still be green Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-14T17:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T22:29:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9l0smku87ypd31n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While a golden brown lawn is seen as a badge of honor to some residents of drought-stricken California, in fact, they are doing more harm to the environment than good, says UC Agriculture and Natural Resources turf expert Jim Baird. [...] maintaining lawns rather than letting them die or replacing the grass with synthetic turf, concrete or so-called drought-tolerant plants offers important ecological services. [...] &ldquo;The more we let our grass lawns die or go away, the hotter it's going to get&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the ongoing struggle through California's historic drought:</p><ul><li><a title="As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129331751/california-s-desert-resorts-struggle-to-abide-by-drought-measures-while-maintaining-a-lush-oasis-look California's desert resorts struggle to abide by drought measures while maintaining a lush 'oasis' look Alexander Walter 2015-06-11T14:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:26:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wspmw9pbf583kqk.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, tourists have been coming to Southern California's Coachella Valley, drawn by spectacular mountain vistas, great weather and lush landscapes. Those landscapes have been, for the most part, man-made &mdash; an artificial oasis in a land of desert. [...] As California enters a fourth year of drought and state and local water officials unveil a series of conservation dictates, at least some hotels in the valley &mdash; big and small &mdash; have begun launching water conservation measures.</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/126377080/old-royal-naval-college-aims-to-restore-40-000-sq-ft-of-its-painted-hall-plan-to-be-unveiled-in-nyc-next-month Old Royal Naval College aims to restore 40,000 sq.ft of its Painted Hall, plan to be unveiled in NYC next month Justine Testado 2015-04-28T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqkjkv1orzi61smp.jpg" width="514" height="799" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Arts patrons continue to support the restoration of the Painted Hall at the Christopher Wren-designed <a href="http://www.ornc.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Old Royal Naval College</a> at the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London. Over the next three years, the ORNC's three-stage conservation project would clean and restore the remaining 3,700 sq.m. (approx. 40,000 sq.ft) of the Painted Hall, sometimes dubbed "the Sistine Chapel of the U.K." The first phase restored 560 sq.m. of paintings in the Upper Hall back in 2013. The second phase focuses on the Lower Hall, the Vestibule, and the semi-underground King William Undercroft directly beneath the Painted Hall.</p><p>Housed inside King William Court, the Painted Hall was originally built as a dining hall for British naval veterans who lived at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Once the hall was built, English painter James Thornhill began his 19-year endeavor of painting the interior from 1708 to 1727. As instructed, Thornhill's paintings largely pay tribute to the British Navy a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125370447/at-auschwitz-birkenau-preserving-a-site-and-a-ghastly-inventory At Auschwitz-Birkenau, Preserving a Site and a Ghastly Inventory b3tadine[sutures] 2015-04-15T21:06:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:25-04:00 <em><p>The strategy, she said, is &ldquo;minimum intervention.&rdquo; The point is to preserve the objects and buildings, not beautify them. Every year, as more survivors die, the work becomes more important. &ldquo;Within 20 years, there will be only these objects speaking for this place,&rdquo; she 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/119816278/10-frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-to-unesco-world-heritage-list 10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated to UNESCO World Heritage List Nicholas Korody 2015-02-02T14:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:55:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o9e8bpgvkvaw6l8a.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States is pleased to announce the nomination of a group of 10 buildings in seven states designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage List recognizes the &ldquo;outstanding universal value&rdquo; of the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The nomination of ten buildings by the influential architect represents the first World Heritage nomination by the U.S. of works of modernist architecture. Entitled "Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright," the list includes:</p><ol><li>Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o9e8bpgvkvaw6l8a.jpg"></li><li>Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago, Illinois&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ahhguwlb24s2d9l.jpg"></li><li>Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osb7hg5irra844gw.jpg"></li><li>Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, California&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6z4jcwxf8v0nppb.jpg"></li><li>Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5t974clo1ti61lk6.jpg"></li><li>Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ck4pazw455djx267.jpg"></li><li>Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/ypmeok5p42csborl.jpg"></li><li>Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/600koo5obxpk3nyk.jpg"></li><li>Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1w2c6ripuebrkw8l.jpg"></li><li>Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California&nbsp;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofxppeikuy835oez.jpg"></li></ol><p>Inclusion in the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage</a> list brings, according to the announcement, "significant international attention, prestige, and increased tourism." Maintained by&nbsp;the international World Heritage Programme, the list not only demarcates sites of significance to "global culture," but also can help provide important resourc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109258234/the-getty-foundation-selects-the-first-10-modern-projects-to-receive-grants-in-worldwide-preservation-effort The Getty Foundation selects the first 10 modern projects to receive grants in worldwide preservation effort Justine Testado 2014-09-18T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T20:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s281l23n1qanmok1.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the sake of preserving the holy modern architectural canon (and some), The Getty Foundation officially announced today the first 10 projects to receive grants of their Keeping it Modern initiative. In a race against time among other challenging factors, the philanthropic effort aims to conserve the world's architectural landmarks of the 20th century.</p><p>The Foundation states Keeping it Modern will address the pressing issues involved with the conservation of modern architectural heritage through the support for key model projects. Each grant project was selected for its architectural significance and its potential to advance conservation practices relevant to modern architecture.</p><p>The first ten projects selected to receive funding are:</p><p>(Above) Louis Kahn&rsquo;s Salk Institute for Biological Studies</p><p>J&oslash;rn Utzon&rsquo;s Sydney Opera House<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du509lx90l79ljwu.jpg"></p><p>Hilario Candela&rsquo;s Miami Marine Stadium<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nuwhs0ap0vfodstg.jpg"></p><p>Alvar Aalto&rsquo;s Paimio Sanatorium<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee2u4suzfske6jhq.jpg"></p><p>Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Robie House<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xz4g2n6bupzp44um.jpg"></p><p>Ray and Charles Eames&rsquo; residence &lsquo;The Eames House&rsquo;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4slo03ymxffsamkg.jpg"></p><p>I.M. Pei&rsquo;s Luc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96560783/the-many-lives-of-nyc-s-historic-prince-george-hotel-now-affordable-housing-for-the-homeless The Many Lives of NYC’s Historic Prince George Hotel, Now Affordable Housing for the Homeless Archinect 2014-03-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cf99ed0fa66f8523a1769383ce745bf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with the Preservation League of New York State and New York Landmarks Conservancy, along with $39 million of private, state, and federal funds, Common Ground and Beyer Blinder Belle (the architects behind the Grand Central Station renovations) were able to successfully convert the decrepit building back into a livable residence with 416 single occupancy apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f865ba308e95bcd78f03531a3ed77035.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87395137/grimshaw-completes-the-nature-inspired-ecorium-their-first-project-in-asia Grimshaw completes the nature-inspired Ecorium, their first project in Asia Justine Testado 2013-11-25T20:14:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr6uvm9jxizutl6l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> recently announced the completion of the Ecorium at the National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea -- making this the firm's first project in Asia.</p> <p> The newly built ecological educational and research center gives visitors a first-hand experience to learn about the Earth's ecosystems all in one place.</p> <p> Below are more details on the project:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qc100pa9b7xl97w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The project, which was secured through a turnkey design and build competition hosted by Korea&rsquo;s Ministry of the Environment, uses nature as an immersive teaching tool to showcase the world&rsquo;s diverse ecosystems. Grimshaw&rsquo;s New York studio was appointed by Samsung Construction and worked alongside Samoo Architects and Engineers.</p> <p> The project concept is inspired by the form of an oxbow lake, an aquatic body created by the evolving erosion of a meandering river. The masterplan guides the visitor flow through a series of botanical gardens and into Ecorium."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qh4gxwe7mmyd7us2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Visitors travel through five biomes, seeing, hearing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig DianePham 2013-07-15T17:08:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:58:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3zaqpa2nizk9o1j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We never would have expected Tom Kundig to be embroiled in legal battle with a community of conservationists, but the characteristically eco-minded architect was slapped with a lawsuit a few weeks ago by residents of Methow Valley, WA. As it turns out, one of Kundig&rsquo;s newest construction, dubbed the Flagg Mountain Hut, protrudes into the viewshed of a pristine ridge in the valley... the community is not happy with the project and they&rsquo;ve launched a campaign asking the owners to move the hut.</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>