Archinect - News 2015-03-27T06:26:16-04:00 L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T17:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T20:36:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history that would require owners to retrofit thousands of building most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. Garcetti&rsquo;s recommendations target two of the riskiest types of buildings in Los Angeles built before 1980: concrete buildings and wooden structures built atop weak first floors, such as those on top of carports and garages and supported by slender columns.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Look back, move forward: Weekly News Round-Up for November 3, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-10T18:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T19:00:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, November 7:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a>: A 10 mile chain of balloons will line the path where the Wall previously stood, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its demolition.</li><li><a title="First Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Taking Shape for 2015" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Taking Shape for 2015</a>: The Biennial's theme of "The State of the Art of Architecture" (named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference),&nbsp;is starting to take shape<em>,</em>&nbsp;and will include a photo exhibition on Chicago from Iwan Baan.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, November 6:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault</a>: The California Geological Survey confirmed that the Millenium Hollywood skyscraper sits on top of an active fault, despite the fact that the developer's consultants find no evidence of an active fault in their analysis of the data. LA's Department of Building and Safety will ultimately determine whether the Millenium can be built.</li><li><a title="Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery</a>: Upon the opening of its new photography gallery, the renowned Parisian...</li></ul> Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault Archinect 2014-11-06T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T10:50:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California&rsquo;s state geologist has concluded that an active earthquake fault is underneath a massive proposed skyscraper project in Hollywood, setting the stage for a huge battle at City Hall over growth and seismic safety.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:05:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar. [...] It&rsquo;s an interesting proof of concept, but utilizing a 3-D printer, rather than traditional ceramic manufacturing technique also unlocked a host of other advantages.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> Napa Quake a 'Reality Check' Nicholas Korody 2014-08-27T16:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T17:05:53-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> detaile...</p> Resilience on the fly: Christchurch’s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:32:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That calamity hit Christchurch, New Zealand, in a series of earthquakes that devastated the city in 2010 and 2011. Most people here don&rsquo;t see the extent of repair work going on underground. [...]Yet the organization created to manage Christchurch&rsquo;s infrastructure rebuild has a vital role, and it&rsquo;s become something of a global model for how to put the guts of a city back together again quickly and efficiently after a disaster.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> China Quake Renews Worries Over Construction Practices Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:45:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heavy rains on Monday complicated rescue efforts in south China&rsquo;s mountainous Yunnan province, where a major earthquake Sunday killed at least 398 people and injured more than 2,000 others [...] The magnitude 6.1 quake flattened or damaged more than 10,000 homes and other structures, again raising questions about China&rsquo;s building standards and ability to respond to natural disasters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tragic news from the Yunnan province is bringing back memories of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, as well as the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;public scandal</a>&nbsp;that emerged over allegedly faulty construction of schools by corrupt officials.&nbsp;</p> USGS raises New York City's earthquake threat but lowers risk for tall towers Archinect 2014-07-18T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:19:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here is another reason to buy a mega-million-dollar apartment in a Manhattan high-rise: Earthquake forecast maps for New York City that a federal agency issued on Thursday indicate &ldquo;a slightly lower hazard for tall buildings than previously thought.&rdquo; The agency, the United States Geological Survey, tempered its latest quake prediction with a big caveat. &ldquo;The tall buildings in Manhattan are not where you should be focusing [...]"</p></em><br /><br /><p>More insight in the geological survey and the updated U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Washington Monument Set to Reopen Today Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:35:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument is set to reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial honoring George Washington has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 555-foot stone obelisk that was once the tallest structure in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Anything goes as Christchurch rebuilds Alexander Walter 2014-01-08T15:36:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:10:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster that reduced Christchurch to rubble has given rise to a spirit of art and enterprise, writes Tijana Jaksic. [...] Nearly three years on from the devastating earthquake that shook the city, it's clear that Christchurch will never be the same. But the city is embracing the chance to not only rebuild, but completely reinvent itself.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Results for “Post-Quake Visions” revealed Justine Testado 2013-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:24:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young Architects Competitions recently announced the winning projects for Post-Quake Visions. The international ideas competition aimed to encourage research and new ideas for the reconstruction of the Italian City of Crevalcore, which was struck by a May 2012 earthquake that destroyed hundreds of ancient buildings. Out of 356 teams from over 54 countries, the jury selected 3 prize winners, 4 "gold" honorable mentions, and 8 honorable mentions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> These are the top three winners:</p> <p> <strong>1st Prize winner: </strong>271219VC<br> Team: Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>2nd Prize winner: </strong>playhouse<br> Team: Luca Nicoletto, Emanuele Paladin, Marco Paronuzzi</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>3rd Prize winner:</strong> Neves Lopes Architects<br> Team: Fabio Ferreira Neves, Paulo Lopes</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> To see more projects, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to read the Bustler article.</p> Dozens Die In Philippines After Powerful Earthquake Archinect 2013-10-15T12:26:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T12:26:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Low-rise buildings collapsed on at least two islands and historic churches cracked and crumbled during the quake," , "which sparked panic, cut power and transport links and forced hospitals to evacuate patients." The quake also damaged tourist attractions, such as the famed Chocolate Hills of Bohol. A photo of the damage to one hill that was by tourist Robert Michael Poole. Churches that have stood for hundreds of years also suffered damage...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Florida Researchers to develop virtual reality game using architecture to teach math to middle-school students Archinect 2013-09-30T19:25:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T19:25:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Florida State University College of Education's Fengfeng Ke, an assistant professor in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems department, is creating a computer game called Earthquake Rebuild that encourages creativity in design and uses architecture to teach geometry and other math skills. Ke and her team of fellow educators have been awarded a $549,937 National Science Foundation grant to support the creation of this game-based learning platform.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Company seeks to solve Japan’s earthquake woes by levitating homes Archinect 2012-02-29T12:32:00-05:00 >2012-02-29T21:39:45-05:00 <img src="" width="240" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In theory the mechanism is really quite simple: 1. A sensor detects the rumblings of an earthquake. 2. Within .5 to 1 second an air tank pushes air in-between an artificial foundation and the actual structure of the home, lifting it as high as 3cm off the ground. 3. While the earth below violently shakes, the levitating home quietly and patiently waits, returning back to the ground once the tectonic plates have settled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Japan Earthquake: Before and After Alexander Walter 2012-02-24T17:38:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In just over two weeks, Japan will be observing the one-year anniversary of the disastrous magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck its east coast in March of 2011. [...] Photographers documented the many faces of this tragedy and have now returned to give us a look at the difference a year can make, re-shooting places that were photographed during and immediately after the quake.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> QUESTIONING CATASTROPHE Archinect 2012-01-23T20:24:00-05:00 >2012-01-24T02:20:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Human beings and their communities are fragile because they are sustainable only within a narrow range of conditions and possibilities. It is the main task of architecture to maintain this range or to create it where it has not existed before. To some extent it is also architecture&rsquo;s responsibility to expand this range when people require it not only for survival but also to flourish within the demands of change brought on by catastrophic events such as earthquake and tsunami.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Miyagi completes work on temporary housing Archinect 2011-11-08T18:24:00-05:00 >2012-10-19T14:20:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Both the two- and three-story buildings, quakeproof and made from freight containers, were designed by architect Shigeru Ban. The second and third floors have balconies. Units are built in a staggered fashion to curb noise disturbance.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> [Japanese] victims need art like a hole in the head Archinect 2011-09-27T19:57:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="420" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I've lately been exchanging bile on this subject with a friend, a Tokyo architecture professor who, having seen off earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, is having a harder time surviving the avalanche of well-meant, if simultaneously self-serving, condescension.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 5.8 Earthquake Shakes East Coast From Virginia to New York City MikeChino 2011-08-23T15:12:55-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the East Coast. The quake was felt from Virginia to Boston, even prompting the evacuation of the Pentagon and Capitol Building in Washington, and New York City Hall. Seismologists at&nbsp;Columbia University&rsquo;s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have stated that once every 100 years, an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 rocks NYC.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arigato! Paul Petrunia 2011-06-24T14:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T12:39:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> DESIGN ASSOCIATION NPO, organizer of TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK, has founded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;ARIGATO&rdquo; PROJECT</a></p> <p> <em>We&rsquo;ve been receiving warm support from all over the world since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. People in many countries showed their warmth and support .This project is to show our thanks and, to make new connections and bonds across the world through kindness and warmth.</em></p> <p> <em>We are asking ARIGATO works from Designers, Artists, and Students.</em></p> <p> <em>The best works will be exhibited at TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK 2011. (from 1st to 6th of November) at Meiji JinguGaien in central Tokyo, and will be given the prize.</em></p> <p> <em>We would like to ask you to inform about this project and send us ARIGATO works.</em></p> <p> <em>We are also going to disaster affected areas to hold special workshops, supported by companies, artists and designers, to care for children through art and design work shop.</em></p> <p> <em>All works that are created in workshops by designers, artists, and students. Will be collected and published world-wide in the offici...</em></p> From the Blogs: dealing with disaster Paul Petrunia 2011-06-13T18:33:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The school year began about a month late this year. Rolling black outs meant there was no power for at least a few hours every day, and the buses were not running either (no gasoline) so the school was kind of stranded. The distance between being a first world advanced civilisation and a bunch of people sitting in the dark turns out to be pretty short.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the coming weeks we will be rolling out some new features on Archinect, including, but not at all limited to, Groups and our new Blog Network. Until then, we don't have an appropriate place for a group/studio blog, so when our friend Jump asked us about setting up a blog for his studio at Keio University in Tokyo, we had to figure something out quick. For the time being, you will be able to follow his blog in the Firm Profiles section, before it gets moved to the forthcoming Groups section and added to the Blog Network. We will also announce new posts here to the news, so stay posted, and enjoy this first post.</p> Egg on whose face? Nam Henderson 2011-05-10T22:53:40-04:00 >2011-05-13T07:06:13-04:00 <img src="" width="304" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"People paid a lot of attention to these buildings because they cost too much money - money that should have been used where it was needed most," said resident Xu Linli as she walked home from work past the controversial office complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In 2004, French architect Paul Andreu - who designed Beijing's stunning egg-shaped national theatre, won the right to design a new office complex for Chengdu government officials. Two months after the move began, the Sichuan earthquake, whose epicentre was just north of Chengdu, left 90,000 people dead or missing. The idea of officials moving into luxurious new offices as others were struggling to survive was a situation that soon drew public criticism. So, city leaders promised to sell their new offices after the Sichuan earthquake. Yet as Michael Bristow discovered the building has still not been completely abandoned by city officials.</p> Sendai Mediatheque | Why One Remained Standing Paul Petrunia 2011-05-09T19:21:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T12:40:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture rarely goes viral on the Internet, but a video of Toyo Ito's Mediatheque in Sendai taken at the height of the Japanese earthquake has had an extraordinary run as an eyewitness and vertigo-inducing account of what it was like to be inside a building during the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here to view the video</a>, previously <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported and discussed on Archinect</a>.</p> Art=Relief: Benefit art auction for Japan Paul Petrunia 2011-04-21T02:07:14-04:00 >2011-04-21T02:13:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Art=Relief</strong> is a benefit art auction to raise funds and awareness for earthquake relief efforts in Japan.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Architecture Collaborative</a> is organizing the event to bring together the community of emerging and established artists from the New York area and beyond, in service of another community a world apart.<br><br> 100% of the proceeds from the Auction will be donated to relief organizations tirelessly working on the ground. For more information on the organizations receiving funds, please visit: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> <strong>Where:</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio X</a><br> 180 Varick St. Suite 1610, New York, 10014<br> Studio-X is a downtown studio for experimental research run by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University.</p> <p> <strong>When:</strong><br> 6 PM - 10PM<br> Saturday, April 30th 2011</p> <p> For more about <strong>Art=Relief</strong> and the participating artists, please visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this website</a>.<br> To register for the event and to browse the auction items, please visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this website</a>.</p> <p> On-line pre-bidding b...</p> when i was in the earthquake and radiation Paul Petrunia 2011-04-13T15:03:52-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="320" height="219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at the same time,cecil balmond+roland snooks studio from university of pennsylvania was presenting their agent-based works just down stairs in the big studio.suddently,we ve felt something like earthquake that we thought it should be normal as we are in tokyo,japan.but it didnt soon stopped as usual and was going on shaking,wont stop!!!we started to run asap to 1st ground from 2nd studio in the persistent shakes.there is nothing in my mind at that time but run</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect School Blogger, Zhao, shares his first-hand experiences with the Japan quake while in classes at the University of Tokyo</p> "On Shaky Ground" -- California Watch reports 'systematic failures' in state's school construction J. James R. 2011-04-12T01:55:15-04:00 >2011-04-12T09:21:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Top management with the Division of the State Architect &ndash; the chief regulator of school construction &ndash; for years did nothing about nearly 1,100 building projects that its own supervisors had red-flagged. Safety defects were logged and then filed away without follow-up from the state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the wake of the arrest of AI Weiwei, his objections and criticism regarding school construction safety in China were not taken lightly by anyone including the Chinese people and the Chinese government.<br><br>A similar case is unfolding in the State of California. <a href="" target="_blank">California Watch</a> is covering a multitude of reports regarding lax and or missing inspections, missing safety certificates, unethical conflicts of interest and at least one state inspector having a felony conviction in a construction safety case.<br><br>The California Watch report breaks down the overall state of affairs in three categories: 'lax oversight,' 'troubled inspectors' and 'repair money blocked.'<br><a href="" target="_blank"><br></a><a href="" target="_blank">Lax Oversight:</a> At least 20,000 projects in the State of California have not received their final safety certifications making that six out of ten schools having at least one certified building project.<br><br>"As the state architect&rsquo;s office relaxed its oversight, the office became closely aligned with the industry it regulates. Government of...</p>