Archinect - News 2015-04-01T18:43:41-04:00 Ten years on, Athens 2004 gives Greece little to cheer Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T18:54:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was billed as a chance to transform Greece's image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. [...] For Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Greece has struggled to generate revenue from the venues.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Officials Set Fire to House Teetering Over 75-Foot Cliff Archinect 2014-06-13T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:39:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A $700,000 home was teetering over the edge of Texas' Lake Whitney &mdash; until officials set it on fire. The home, which had been gradually crumbling into the lake for weeks, was set on fire shortly after 10 a.m. local time after authorities deemed it the safest and cheapest option. Officials had considered pulling the home closer to land using a giant net &mdash; deemed unsafe &mdash; or letting it fall into the lake on its own &mdash; too expensive to clean up.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apollo theatre collapse due to 'old' materials Alexander Walter 2014-03-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:11:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seventy-six people were injured when part of the roof came down during a performance of The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time in December. BBC Radio 4's You and Yours has seen a letter from Westminster City Council saying hessian wadding embedded in the ceiling was getting weaker over time. The material's deterioration led to the collapse, the council said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">London theatre collapse: scores injured at Apollo in West End</a></p> London theatre collapse: scores injured at Apollo in West End Archinect 2013-12-19T17:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-24T13:55:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 81 people have been injured, seven seriously, when part of a theatre in London's West End collapsed onto a packed audience during a performance. Fire crews had to rescue people from the Apollo theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, which was showing a performance of the hit show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apollo theatre collapse due to 'old' materials</a></p> Failed Architecture | A research project into urban failure. Archinect 2013-09-16T20:01:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:39:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Failed Architecture is a research platform that aims to open up new perspectives on urban failure &ndash; from what it&rsquo;s perceived to be, what&rsquo;s actually happening and how it&rsquo;s represented to the public. Supported by a website, travelling workshops and a series of lectures, the research collective seeks to develop ongoing and open conversations with experts in the field of architecture and planning and the public at large.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Infographic: Failure by Design Archinect 2013-08-20T18:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:33:18-04:00 <em><p>Everyone makes mistakes. But when seemingly minor blunders are made in designing and building structures, the results can be catastrophic. Read about some of the more infamous architectural failures in history, and what we have learned from those mistakes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p> <p> [via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NewSchool of Architecture + Design</a>]</p> After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess Archinect 2013-08-19T17:05:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was supposed to be the crowning glory of the bridge-builder&rsquo;s art, gracefully echoing the rolling hills surrounding San Francisco Bay. Yet as the project heads for a Labor Day opening after $6.4 billion and 15 years, the country&rsquo;s most daringly iconic highway bridge stands as a poster child for those who think major infrastructure projects are wasteful.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></p> Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail Archinect 2013-05-29T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:27:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Crews that built the railing committed what experts called a basic mistake - they welded the bolts in place firmly in their slots rather than leaving a small amount of room to accommodate a natural expansion of the bicycle path that happens in hot weather. As a result, scores of the 1-inch-diameter bolts have been sheared off along the 1.2-mile bike path on the southern side of the span's skyway section.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> City Sessions Archinect 2011-08-24T14:00:59-04:00 >2011-08-25T10:49:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A digital dialogue about the practice of tactical urbanism and socially active design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>