Archinect - News 2014-04-24T05:26:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/89218959/robotics-challenge-creating-the-disaster-response-of-the-future Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-19T14:39:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T14:45:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant marked the beginning of the "Robotics Challenge." Developers were rankled by how helpless robots were as they wandered through the radioactively contaminated reactor building. As they swerved around aimlessly in the steam, cables broke and the operators lost contact with the robots. [...] They compiled a list of eight tasks that robots would have to master in the future to be capable of performing well in disaster response.</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/88985159/a-tale-of-two-cities-america-s-bipolar-climate-future A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-16T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:41:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7nxufsoeghsk3pu.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory climate change planning.</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/88751823/results-for-post-quake-visions-revealed Results for “Post-Quake Visions” revealed Justine Testado 2013-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:24:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bou2pei5a8rx7u74.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8b62g7jgnp0xdf8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>2nd Prize winner: </strong>playhouse<br> Team: Luca Nicoletto, Emanuele Paladin, Marco Paronuzzi</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgveacmw32dujqdy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>3rd Prize winner:</strong> Neves Lopes Architects<br> Team: Fabio Ferreira Neves, Paulo Lopes</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sa7qayy8xj0wpxmu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> To see more projects, click <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_for_post-quake_visions_revealed/" target="_blank">here</a> to read the Bustler article.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87532473/three-killed-after-partial-stadium-collapse-at-2014-world-cup-venue Three killed after partial stadium collapse at 2014 World Cup venue Archinect 2013-11-27T14:51:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T14:56:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ijtyf7cf9exuq0ls.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazil's World Cup preparations suffered a deadly setback on Wednesday when a roof collapsed killing at least two building workers at the S&atilde;o Paulo stadium that is due to host the opening match. Coming a week before the draw for next year's tournament, the fatalities revive concerns about unsafe infrastructure and the slow pace of construction, which have dogged the hosts for more than a year.</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/86305923/support-architecture-for-humanity-s-work-after-super-typhoon-haiyan Support Architecture for Humanity's work after Super Typhoon Haiyan Archinect 2013-11-11T16:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:55:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fc3cc8ff8d88b2c5137e1920fe693d8e.jpg" width="249" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With Architecture for Humanity's experience helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster, we are currently mobilizing to assist in long-term reconstruction. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, we are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="https://architectureforhumanity.org/donate/form?program=Disaster%20Reconstruction%20and%20Resiliency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donate now</a> and help support Architecture for Humanity's response in the typhoon-affected region. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Typhoonhaiyan&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#Typhoonhaiyan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84214774/indian-cyclone-victims-need-food-water-and-shelter Indian Cyclone Victims Need Food, Water and Shelter Archinect 2013-10-15T13:06:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T13:06:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/33b37b62e7dfff7edd826feb752a344a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people are still stuck in cyclone shelters because they have nowhere to sleep or get food and water, said T. Radha, the relief commissioner for Andhra Pradesh. He said plastic sheets are being distributed to the homeless, along with food and water. He said fishermen, who are unable to venture out to sea, are being given 10 kilograms of rice to help feed their families.</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/84212351/dozens-die-in-philippines-after-powerful-earthquake Dozens Die In Philippines After Powerful Earthquake Archinect 2013-10-15T12:26:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T12:26:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/16f38aaa1695cb3ed926be18645e1115.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/83921770/designing-recovery-competition-winners Designing Recovery competition winners Justine Testado 2013-10-11T17:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T12:23:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/095ylx4taibottj9.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the "Designing Recovery" competition were announced earlier this month. Hosted by the AIA in partnership with Make It Right, St. Bernard Project, Architecture for Humanity and Dow Building Solutions, participants designed disaster-relief houses to aid survivors of recent natural disasters in New York City, New Orleans, and Joplin, MO. Although there were only three competition winners, all entries that can be easily constructed will be built in these three communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The winning proposals are:</p> <ul><li> Resilient House by Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building for New York</li> <li> Shotgun [remix] by GOATstudio LLP for New Orleans</li> <li> CORE House by Q4 Architects for Joplin</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/75172412/aia-make-it-right-st-bernard-project-and-afh-launch-competition-to-aid-disaster-survivors AIA, Make It Right, St. Bernard Project and AFH launch competition to aid disaster survivors Archinect 2013-06-13T12:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:37:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akpzx3m7arkooyxe.jpg" width="514" height="75" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced a strategic partnership with Make It Right, St. Bernard Project and Architecture for Humanity to launch &ldquo;Designing Recovery,&rdquo; an ideas competition created to aid in the rebuild of sustainable and resilient communities. The competition, which is designed to help survivors of three recent natural disasters, was announced as a Commitment to Action at CGI America, an annual event of the Clinton Global Initiative focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States.</p> <p> Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is sponsoring the award, providing building science expertise and products.</p> <p> The &ldquo;Designing Recovery&rdquo; competition will take place in three distinct settings &ndash; New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; and New York, N.Y. &ndash; where the non-profit partner organizations are already working to recover from previous disasters. The partner organizations will assemble a portfolio, or patter...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73705343/see-physics-behind-why-buildings-crumble See physics behind why buildings crumble Archinect 2013-05-22T15:22:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T15:22:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5twm8ts3nvb37zlm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CNN's Tom Foreman explains the strength of the tornado in Oklahoma and why some buildings couldn't withstand the force.</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/73701088/donate-to-architecture-for-humanity-to-help-rebuild-moore-oklahoma Donate to Architecture for Humanity to help rebuild Moore, Oklahoma Archinect 2013-05-22T13:52:00-04:00 >2013-05-30T10:24:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sq/sqe76wp46sh2atwa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture for Humanity is working with local and regional construction professionals to begin assessments and support rebuilding work after an F-4 tornado ripped through the heart of Moore, OK and surrounding communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture for Humanity focuses on helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster. The agency is currently working on rebuilding efforts post Superstorm Sandy and rebuilt in communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist in long term-reconstruction to help rebuild Moore and the surrounding communities. The agency works to incorporate resiliency and disaster mitigation strategies, leaving communities safer and stronger than before.</p> <p> <a href="https://architectureforhumanity.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a883839018bf063f32f157b337d8cb4.jpg" title=""></a></p> <p> &ldquo;After the Haiti earthquake students from Moore West Junior High raised funds for the organization to help rebuild schools for displaced students. Our thoughts are with the entire community of Moore, OK and those affected,&rdquo; said Cameron Sinclair, Co-founder, Architecture for Humanity.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61746442/new-york-architects-re-plan-a-city-under-threat-post-sandy New York Architects Re-Plan a City Under Threat [Post Sandy] Anna Johnson 2012-11-20T11:13:00-05:00 >2012-11-20T11:13:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w5/w5366k0u14a86x3y.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, those responsible for our built environment, especially in New York, are facing the dawn of a new environmental clime and industry reality. Designing and delivering to the highest safety standards in what were once thought of as safe areas of the world now holds far greater importance than ever before.</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/60972827/coded-buildings coded buildings Archinect 2012-11-08T11:33:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T22:41:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55dd229d8ed5d0fcafbebfd86b1562f0.jpg" width="500" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The X-code is a marking left by the Urban Search and Rescue teams, coordinated by FEMA. It was first developed after the 1985 Mexico earthquake, when many people died in later building collapses, trying to rescue people who were already trapped. As each building is searched for survivors, it is marked first with a slash, and then when the search is finished, an X. Then, the quadrants of the X are marked with a code to define who made the search, when, and what they might have found.</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/54047066/beijing-infrastructure-not-fit-for-torrential-rains Beijing Infrastructure Not Fit for Torrential Rains Alexander Walter 2012-07-23T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T09:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6ugwmd9yn6ctj5co.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As China's flood-ravaged capital dealt with the aftermath of the heaviest rain in six decades Monday, including the deaths of 37 people, questions were being raised about whether the city's push for modernization came at the expense of basic infrastructure such as drainage networks. [...] The city has seen tens of billions of dollars poured into its modernization [...] &mdash; all while basics like water drainage were apparently neglected.</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/47064908/with-power-in-a-box-princeton-students-win-national-competition With 'Power in a Box,' Princeton students win national competition Archinect 2012-05-02T15:34:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T15:35:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d78621407e99a69f023f0428fb074030.jpg" width="400" height="647" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Converting a standard shipping container into a sustainable source of energy for remote or disaster-torn regions, a team of Princeton University students took top honors in an 18-month national competition that culminated April 21 and 22 on the Washington, D.C., Mall.</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/37252244/architecture-for-humanity-and-aia-partner-up-for-more-effective-disaster-response Architecture for Humanity and AIA partner up for more effective disaster response Alexander Walter 2012-02-07T14:05:00-05:00 >2012-02-08T12:57:18-05:00 <em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Architecture for Humanity announced a strategic partnership to coordinate advocacy, education, and training that helps architects make effective contributions to communities preparing for, responding to, and rebuilding after disaster. The partnership is focused on providing resources so more architects can utilize their skills in disaster response environments and better serve as leaders in their community.</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/35549542/questioning-catastrophe QUESTIONING CATASTROPHE Archinect 2012-01-23T20:24:00-05:00 >2012-01-24T02:20:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1ebf3e9098f9a448e87c593070feda0.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30921307/designing-for-disaster Designing for disaster Archinect 2011-12-14T15:32:37-05:00 >2011-12-14T22:47:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e8fcc6a5e0b4eee718824d405b69811.jpg" width="380" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mission facing architects today is fusing aesthetics and armor. In the aftermath of attacks on US embassies abroad, the 1995 truck-bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and the 2001 terrorist takedown of the World Trade Towers, guidelines for government buildings and other potential targets such as museums and monuments assumed a quasi-military character.</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/22728083/2011-curry-stone-design-grand-prize-winner-announced-sustainable-architecture-in-post-disaster-areas 2011 Curry Stone Design Grand Prize Winner Announced Sustainable Architecture in Post-Disaster Areas Alexander Walter 2011-10-04T14:06:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T19:46:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fg/fgo3c5hm34j5pftu.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2011 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners were announced today with an official presentation ceremony to follow on November 7th at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. [...] Hsieh Ying-Chun is the Grand Prize Winner; he will receive $100,000 from the foundation with no strings attached. Hsieh is a leading Taiwanese architect who for over a decade has deployed his talents in rural areas decimated by natural disaster.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Two additional 2011 Winner Prizes, of $10,000 each, will be awarded to Atelier d&rsquo;Architecture Autog&eacute;r&eacute;e (AAA) and FrontlineSMS.</p>