Archinect - News 2016-12-03T12:58:11-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149975965/another-earthquake-strikes-central-italy Another earthquake strikes central Italy Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T00:06:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0gizo16afmo76x0.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Towns and villages in central Italy have been hit by an earthquake for the fourth time in three months. The 6.6-magnitude quake - Italy's strongest in decades - struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August. This time no-one appears to have died, but about 20 people were injured. The medieval basilica of St Benedict in Norcia, the town closest to the epicentre, was among buildings destroyed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The earthquake is the most recent in a series that has rocked the region for several months. Last August, an earthquake in Amatrice killed about 300 people and, in 2009, an earthquake destroyed most of the town of L'Aquila.&nbsp;</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965915/in-wake-of-deadly-earthquake-italy-s-prime-minister-calls-on-renzo-piano-to-help-reconstruction-effort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In wake of deadly earthquake, Italy's prime minister calls on Renzo Piano to help reconstruction effort</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965348/italian-villages-destroyed-by-earthquake-won-t-be-able-to-be-rebuilt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italian villages destroyed by earthquake won't be able to be rebuilt</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942419/checking-in-on-nepal-one-year-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checking in on Nepal, one year later</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965915/in-wake-of-deadly-earthquake-italy-s-prime-minister-calls-on-renzo-piano-to-help-reconstruction-effort In wake of deadly earthquake, Italy's prime minister calls on Renzo Piano to help reconstruction effort Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-30T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:23:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tykvu30hqbwo1nhw.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on August 24 reduced the medieval towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto to ruins, and has claimed the lives of at least 290 people. With over 3,000 people displaced by the quake's damage, Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi called on "Italian senator for life" Renzo Piano to lead the reconstruction and disaster prevention efforts in response.</p><p>The current plan is to build lightweight wooden structures to house the majority of the displaced residents, and then begin reconstruction of the towns in six to eight months. Piano, speaking to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/italy-earthquake-pm-asks-renzo-piano-to-help-in-reconstruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, spoke to the importance of government regulation in addition to rebuilding quickly: "Anti-seismic requirements must be inserted in the laws of the country to make our homes safe, just as it's compulsory for a car to have brakes that work."</p><p>Piano has previous experience working in "high-risk quake zones" in Japan and California, but admitted to The Guardian&nbsp;that working in Italy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965348/italian-villages-destroyed-by-earthquake-won-t-be-able-to-be-rebuilt Italian villages destroyed by earthquake won't be able to be rebuilt Nicholas Korody 2016-08-25T17:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:13:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gidtk11vl004c8ym.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The head of an influential charity in Italy has said that it is not feasible to rebuild all of the Medieval villages reduced to rubble by yesterday&rsquo;s earthquake, as it would be too costly and the region has been depopulating anyway. Instead, the strategic plan for the mountainous area northeast of Rome should be &ldquo;rethought completely&rdquo;, said Paolo Beccegato, vice director of the Catholic charity Caritas, which has workers assisting in the devastated zone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the mountainous area northeast of Rome yesterday morning, affecting 241 towns and killing at least 250 people.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941247/death-toll-climbs-to-350-after-powerful-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-ecuador" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940693/a-6-4-magnitude-earthquake-has-just-struck-japan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has just struck Japan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946827/chile-s-local-hero-michael-kimmelman-profiles-alejandro-aravena Chile's local hero: Michael Kimmelman profiles Alejandro Aravena Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-23T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:29:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4j/4jwacv0lgwbegv7t.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aravena polished off his beer when a stranger sidled up to the table. It happens all the time now. Drivers in passing cars stop him in the street. Shop clerks, politicians, long-lost acquaintances and schoolteachers ask for selfies with him. They all say the same thing. &ldquo;Thank you,&rdquo; the stranger said to Aravena, who smiled and posed arm in arm with the man for a picture. Thank you &mdash; as if the Pritzker prize...had been awarded on behalf of everybody in Chile.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times,&nbsp;</em>profiles Alejandro Aravena's projects in his native Chile, on the cusp of this year's Venice Biennale opening (which Aravena is also directing). The profile largely focuses on Aravena's social practice, and its attempts at coordinating efforts among the Chilean government, construction companies and actual citizens &ndash; most prominently, after the 2010 earthquake in Constituci&oacute;n.</p><p>For a comparative take on Aravena, from before he won the Pritzker or was named director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, check out Carolina A. Miranda's (art critic for the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>) piece <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127523248/chilean-architecture-is-coming-out-of-its-shell" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiling Chile's emerging group of promising and talented architects</a>.</p><p>For more on Aravena and the Chilean architecture scene:</p><ul><li><a title="Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938728/inside-aravena-s-open-source-plans-for-low-cost-yet-upgradable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing</a></li><li><a title="How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136959203/how-chile-s-strict-building-codes-help-reduce-the-country-s-earthquake-casualties" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties</a></li><li><a title='Mathias Klotz: "The Poetics of Boxes" exhibit opens next month' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79373548/mathias-klotz-the-poetics-of-boxes-exhibit-opens-next-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mathias Klotz: "The Poetics of Boxes" exhibit opens next month</a></li><li><a title="Chilean Skyscraper Overshadows The City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/64963255/chilean-skyscraper-overshadows-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chilean Skyscraper Ove...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945635/ca-seeks-to-allocate-10-million-in-state-funds-to-new-earthquake-early-warning-system CA seeks to allocate $10 million in state funds to new earthquake early warning system Justine Testado 2016-05-16T18:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p3/p3evsyrhweavf4br.jpg" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018...Though the governor&rsquo;s proposed funding is a big step for the system, it does not come with ongoing funds to operate it. An earthquake early warning system for California alone will cost about $23 million to build and $12 million annually to operate[.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942419/checking-in-on-nepal-one-year-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checking in on Nepal, one year later</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941247/death-toll-climbs-to-350-after-powerful-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-ecuador" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145678749/in-los-angeles-landlords-and-tenants-will-share-seismic-retrofit-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, landlords and tenants will share seismic retrofit costs</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942969/shigeru-ban-arrives-in-ecuador-to-train-locals-in-relief-architecture Shigeru Ban arrives in Ecuador to train locals in relief architecture Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dd/ddp5ptz9rhoagq8r.jpg" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban is once more jumping into disaster-relief efforts. The cardboard-wielding starchitect traveled to Ecuador earlier this week [...] to provide architectural training and brainpower in the wake of the deadly earthquake April 16 earthquake, which has killed more than 650 people and displaced another 26,000 from their homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="http://www.cae.org.ec/10-categoria-a-home/287-shigeru-ban-en-ecuador.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colegio de Arquitectos del Ecuador Provincial de Pichincha</a> issued this statement on its website (Google-translated from the original Spanish text):</p><p><em>"The Association of Architects of Ecuador, Pichincha Chapter (CAE-P) and the Pan American Architecture Biennial of Quito, officially announced the arrival of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban because of the events that took place following the seismic event occurred on April 16 in the coastal area of &#8203;&#8203;Ecuador.&nbsp;The winner of the Pritzker prize expressed his solidarity with the moment in the country and has expressed interest in visiting the affected area and provide training sessions under these circumstances in the capital city."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941247/death-toll-climbs-to-350-after-powerful-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-ecuador" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941247/death-toll-climbs-to-350-after-powerful-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-ecuador Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador Alexander Walter 2016-04-18T17:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T17:48:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cc/ccam1vw4fisr1iwm.jpg" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The death toll rose to 350 on Monday from a devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador at the weekend, as rescuers hunted for survivors, victims clamored for aid and looting broke out in the Andean nation's shattered coastal region. More than 2,000 people were injured in Saturday night's 7.8 magnitude quake, which ripped apart buildings and roads and knocked out power along the Pacific coastline.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940693/a-6-4-magnitude-earthquake-has-just-struck-japan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has just struck Japan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940693/a-6-4-magnitude-earthquake-has-just-struck-japan A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has just struck Japan Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T13:21:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85v80f00a05z6aqk.jpg" width="650" height="525" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A powerful earthquake&nbsp;has struck southern Japan, causing casualties and collapsed buildings. According to&nbsp;Japan's Meteorological Agency,&nbsp;the quake hit at 9.26 pm and was centered seven miles east from&nbsp;the town of&nbsp;Mashiki in the Kumamoto prefecture.&nbsp; Initial reports placed the quake at a magnitude 6.4, but this was later downgraded to 6.2&nbsp;by the US Geological Survey. A number of&nbsp;"strong" aftershocks have also been&nbsp;reported.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Japanese news agency Kyodo, at least 40 people are seeking medical treatment, one woman is in critical condition, and others may be trapped beneath rubble.</p><p>Some images from social media are already showing the destruction:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gt/gtcz4n3p8vapiqnp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ti/tixbvpjqdnrkvrm6.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g4/g4h23whg0ocb05wv.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147884892/developer-and-architects-of-collapsed-taiwan-apartment-building-arrested Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested Alexander Walter 2016-02-11T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:20:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rc8p5df1ivapf592.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building that killed dozens. The district prosecutor's office in the city of Tainan said [...] that Lin Ming-hui and architects Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui were suspected of having overseen shoddy construction of the 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon building, which crashed onto its side following an earthquake Saturday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse Alexander Walter 2016-02-08T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T14:21:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gj4j4hk9850yqor4.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Taiwan's&nbsp;Government has ordered an investigation into the collapse of a high-rise building in an earthquake&nbsp;after it emerged tin cans had been used in its&nbsp;construction. Rescue workers found the cans as they searched for survivors two days after the 6.4-magnitude&nbsp;earthquake that has killed at least 37 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>However, an engineer speaking to Taiwanese TV news channel&nbsp;CNA&nbsp;explained how using cans in construction was not necessarily illegal: &ldquo;For such purposes in construction, it was not illegal prior to September 1999, but since then styrofoam and formwork boards have been used instead.&rdquo;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcfm992a9fdsqkz9.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134040761/watch-taipei-101-s-728-ton-mass-damper-in-action-during-typhoon-soudelor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch Taipei 101's 728-ton mass damper in action during Typhoon Soudelor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136959203/how-chile-s-strict-building-codes-help-reduce-the-country-s-earthquake-casualties" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145678749/in-los-angeles-landlords-and-tenants-will-share-seismic-retrofit-costs In Los Angeles, landlords and tenants will share seismic retrofit costs Alexander Walter 2016-01-14T11:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:14:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3e/3es09wa0umlzzysg.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renters and apartment owners must equally share the financial burden of earthquake retrofitting, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday, capping a more than year-long debate that allows the city to begin implementing the most sweeping mandatory seismic laws in the nation. [...] Owners can pass half the retrofit costs to tenants through rent increases over a 10-year period, with a maximum increase of $38 per month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94364358/should-tenants-pay-for-earthquake-retrofitting-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should tenants pay for earthquake retrofitting costs?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79606948/deep-retrofits-next-market-for-struggling-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deep Retrofits Next Market for Struggling Architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107560614/napa-quake-a-reality-check" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Napa Quake a 'Reality Check'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights." Alexander Walter 2015-12-30T12:10:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T01:12:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/29/295b6d016a2d041cb762147b0162bb01.jpg" width="643" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After twin earthquakes in April and May claimed 9,000 lives and left vast swathes of Nepal in ruins, survivors worried if they reused the brick rubble, they would end up with the same vulnerable, seismically unsound structures. [...] Shigeru Ban - who helped bring global attention to humanitarian architecture and continues to influence fellow architects and disaster-relief workers - devised a solution. [...] "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights," Ban said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"While Ban said he enjoys working on grand projects commissioned by privileged people, he also wants to help people who have lost their homes, and is encouraged that many architects have followed in his footsteps."</em></p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130257726/shigeru-ban-beauty-as-a-basic-human-need" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban: Beauty as a basic human need</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129959849/between-the-temporary-and-the-monumental-a-review-of-shigeru-ban-s-lecture-at-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between the Temporary and the Monumental: A Review of Shigeru Ban's Lecture at LACMA</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136959203/how-chile-s-strict-building-codes-help-reduce-the-country-s-earthquake-casualties How Chile’s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties Alexander Walter 2015-09-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T17:39:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7n/7nh8g5f5v8msdecv.jpg" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wednesday night&rsquo;s 8.3-magnitude earthquake had left 11 dead and a 175 houses damaged. While the toll wasn&rsquo;t negligible, the quake &mdash; the world&rsquo;s strongest this year &mdash; might have leveled less-prepared countries. &ldquo;Our structural engineering is world class,&rdquo; Santos, a 62-year-old engineer at the firm Ingener&iacute;a Estructuras Consultor&iacute;a, said by phone. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s made in Chile.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126205945/deadly-7-9-magnitude-earthquake-in-nepal-destroys-architectural-landmarks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T20:01:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg" width="650" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.&rdquo; In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.</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/129637462/what-s-causing-the-bay-bridge-s-steel-to-corrode-so-rapidly What's causing the Bay Bridge's steel to corrode so rapidly? Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T17:33:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/51/5114c3600999355592afac4e8b2a4dff.jpg" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This relatively low-tech method is among a battery of tests that materials scientists are using to determine why several anchor rods securing the newest portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the region&rsquo;s busiest, failed their earthquake inspections. The first alarms sounded in 2013, when seismic tests found 32 faulty rods. They&rsquo;d been sitting in a large pool of water, corroding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74178367/bolts-along-bay-bridge-bike-path-fail" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79846150/after-6-4-billion-san-francisco-bridge-remains-a-mess" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81057429/time-lapse-of-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Lapse of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T18:45:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2q/2qcn8wecpftz5kha.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>while the idea of a fully plumbed potty zooming up and down the sides of a Tokyo skyscraper may seem like Japanese technical ingenuity taken a step too far, in reality this idea is born of reasonable and sensible practical concerns. [...] it remains likely that people will end up trapped in elevators if a large earthquake comes. [...] Japan's elevator industry is among the most advanced in the world&nbsp;... Its toilet industry also leads the world in technical advancements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The below video (available in Japanese and English versions) shows off a version of a elevator-specific toilet:</p><p></p><p>More elevator news:</p><ul><li><a title="Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower</a></li><li><a title="In case of fire, use elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In case of fire, use elevators</a></li><li><a title="Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li><li><a title="Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts</a></li><li><a title="The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128802521/four-years-and-half-a-billion-dollars-later-the-red-cross-has-built-six-houses-in-haiti Four years and half a billion dollars later, the Red Cross has built six houses in Haiti Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-04T17:52:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T21:30:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62415adc2972cec25ff680ad448eb352.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water. [...] The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six. After the earthquake, Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern unveiled ambitious plans to "develop brand-new communities." None has ever been built.</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/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T22:34:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/03/033f0c44033ff4e3ef11d35c0dce7df1.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion &mdash; a phenomenon in which major earthquakes shake skyscrapers slowly but severely &mdash; was shown to the media on Monday after being installed in a 55-story building in central Tokyo. [...] The companies said it is the nation&rsquo;s first rooftop vibration control device against earthquakes.</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/127177940/another-powerful-earthquake-has-hit-nepal Another powerful earthquake has hit Nepal Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T14:35:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nv/nv8s7j9k1ea4535p.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A powerful earthquake shook eastern Nepal on Tuesday, shattering the halting recovery from the earthquake that hit the country less than three weeks ago, and causing loose hillsides and cracked buildings to give way and collapse. By late afternoon, Nepal&rsquo;s National Emergency Operation Center had reported 42 deaths and 1,117 injuries from Tuesday&rsquo;s earthquake, which the United States Geological Survey assigned a preliminary magnitude of 7.3...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nepal is still reeling from a devastating, magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25, which claimed upwards of&nbsp;8,159 lives. According to the New York Times report, Tuesday's earthquake happened just as a semblance of normality was returning to the streets of Kathmandu and its environs. Landslides have further isolated already-damaged rural villages in the mountainous region. A large percentage of the country's infrastructure is critically damaged, while international relief has been short in coming.&nbsp;</p><p>Since the April 25th earthquake, <strong>Archinect</strong> has been compiling architectural responses and reactions to the on-going disaster.</p><ul><li>Archinect's <strong>Julia Ingalls</strong> compiled a feature, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>. Ingalls notes the three phases of a natural disaster &ndash; emergency, relief, and recovery &ndash; and provides useful ideas for how architects can help in each stage. She notes, "In the emergency phase, architects can help primarily by fundraising or d...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal Nicholas Korody 2015-05-08T15:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T20:58:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2p/2p5av06enurbo4eo.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban has announced plans to contribute to emergency relief efforts in Nepal after the April 25 earthquake reduced cities to rubble, killed more than 7,000, and left thousands homeless. In the short term, Ban&rsquo;s firm and his relief organization Voluntary Architects&rsquo; Network (VAN) will distribute simple tents&mdash;supplemented with plastic sheets donated by contractors to serve as wall partitions&mdash;and assemble them onsite as temporary shelter and medical aid stations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, VAN aims to partner with local universities, students and architects in the coming months to work towards create stable housing once conditions have stabilized. This is not the first time that Shigeru Ban, who won the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96419252/shigeru-ban-named-as-2014-pritzker-prize-laureate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Pritzker prize</a>, has deployed his architectural expertise to respond to emergency situations. After Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2012, Ban <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45668922/shigeru-ban-in-christchurch-nz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed</a> a soaring cathedral out of paper tubes to temporarily shelter congregates. His firm is well-known for designing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105188/shigeru-ban-develops-shelter-for-displaced-japanese" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">emergency housing</a> following a massive tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126538318/old-kathmandu-what-was-lost Old Kathmandu - What was lost Paul Petrunia 2015-05-01T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:42:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h9/h9kfk03r424hp4wc.jpg" width="650" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photographer&nbsp;Kevin Kelly shares a <a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/+KevinKelly/albums/6143452853299253009" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collection of beautiful photos</a> he took in 1976. Heart wrenching.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0tgu8nqho2e9u9t.jpg"></p><p><em>Katmandu was an intensely ornate city that is easily damaged. The carvings, details, public spaces were glorious. My heart goes out to its citizens who suffer with their city. As you can see from these images I took in 1976, the medieval town has been delicate for decades. Loosely stacked bricks are everywhere. One can also see what splendid art has been lost. Not all has been destroyed, and I am sure the Nepalis will rebuild as they have in the past. Still, the earthquake shook more than just buildings.</em></p><p><em>If you look carefully you may notice something unusual about these photos. They show no cars, pedicabs, or even bicycles. At the time I took these images, Katmandu was an entirely pedestrian city. Everyone walked everywhere. Part of why I loved it. That has not been true for decades, so this is something else that was lost long ago. Also missing back then was signage. There are few signs...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126441864/the-trauma-of-rebuilding-after-kathmandu-s-earthquake-what-can-architects-do-we-talk-with-a-nepalese-architect-on-the-ground-for-archinect-sessions-27 "The trauma of rebuilding": After Kathmandu's earthquake, what can architects do? We talk with a Nepalese architect on the ground for Archinect Sessions #27 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-30T18:57:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T10:57:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hpelfezltd8t64q5.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Saturday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Kathmandu, precipitating catastrophic destruction throughout Nepal and a death toll currently marked at more than 5,000. Reports have been very bleak, with citizens taking to living outside in public spaces, fearful of more damage from aftershocks. Aid and relief efforts are slowly beginning to appear, but basic necessities such as food, water and shelter are still desperately needed.</p><p>In the face of such large-scale damage to buildings and infrastructure, architects have a professional imperative to consider their role (from near or far) in reconstruction and relief efforts. At the same time, assistance must take the long-view &ndash; for survivors, the worst part of such disasters may not have the immediate event, but the trauma and tedium of the long return to normal.</p><p>On this episode, <a href="http://archinect.com/rajan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rajan Karmachaya</a>, a Nepalese architect in Kathmandu,&nbsp;spoke with us&nbsp;about what it's like in Kathmandu now, and what architects can (or shouldn't) do to help.&nbsp;R...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal? Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:37:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vy/vy3bo3hyoh9sj9o8.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most buildings in the country today use the minimum structural safety standards that the government has prescribed, say building safety experts and structural engineers. "Our codes offer the lowest level of earthquake safety protection. We are designing for one-fifth the intensity that might hit a particular earthquake zone," says Sangeeta Waj, technical director at global design firm AECOM. Experts however point out that there is no separate code in India for high rise buildings.</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/126205945/deadly-7-9-magnitude-earthquake-in-nepal-destroys-architectural-landmarks Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks Paul Petrunia 2015-04-26T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-26T17:09:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098.jpg" width="630" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The powerful temblor measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on Saturday practically levelled the nation's tangible cultural history, robbing it of its architectural jewels, including the landmark Dharhara Tower, in an eerie reminder of the 1934 quake that claimed over 10,000 lives. The 19th century nine-storey minaret, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which once offered a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley, turned into graveyards for over 200 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NepalEarthquake&amp;src=tyah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#NepalEarthquake</a> on Twitter for up-to-the minute updates</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115511004/l-a-mayor-calls-for-mandatory-earthquake-retrofitting 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xu/xukgpfzmx3b02bf2.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113345531/look-back-move-forward-weekly-news-round-up-for-november-3-2014 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vpnz58j7jk1p1zz0.jpg" width="650" height="363" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113115295/8-000-glowing-balloons-recreate-the-berlin-wall" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113108869/first-ever-chicago-architecture-biennial-taking-shape-for-2015" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113055876/massive-hollywood-project-sits-atop-quake-fault" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/113035783/centre-pompidou-to-open-design-and-architecture-gallery" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/113055876/massive-hollywood-project-sits-atop-quake-fault Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault Archinect 2014-11-06T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T10:50:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/76/76a87ad50e3a61618b41802da05decdc.jpg" width="650" height="366" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="650" height="867" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ey/ey4o2dhr2bjo2zta.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107648182/nimbys-go-to-court-over-modern-home-zaha-gets-an-apology-global-warming-rages-on-news-round-up-for-august-25-2014 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9v/9vtxfdi8z3dbl47e.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" 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>