Archinect - News 2015-08-03T21:33:34-04:00 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/514x/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg" width="514" height="410" 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/130950063/what-architects-have-learned-from-rebuilding-port-au-prince What architects have learned from rebuilding Port-au-Prince Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the five-and-a-half years since an earthquake killed more than 220,000 people here and displaced 1.5 million more, most of headlines from Haiti&rsquo;s capital have been about dysfunctional projects, mismanagement and the overall slow pace of&nbsp;reconstruction. Yet some innovative urban development work is going on here, often under the radar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128802521/four-years-and-half-a-billion-dollars-later-the-red-cross-has-built-six-houses-in-haiti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four years and half a billion dollars later, the Red Cross has built six houses in Haiti</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117117228/mass-design-group-s-new-open-air-clinics-in-haiti-reviewed-by-michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group's new Open-Air Clinics in Haiti, reviewed by Michael Kimmelman</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13229440/rebuilding-haiti-houses-for-haiti-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Haiti: Houses for Haiti's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11877479/haiti-simbi-hubs-wins-aa-school-and-foster-partners-sustainability-and-infrastructure-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haiti Simbi Hubs Wins AA School and Foster + Partners Sustainability and Infrastructure Prize</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130257726/shigeru-ban-beauty-as-a-basic-human-need Shigeru Ban: Beauty as a basic human need Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T21:48:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/299zzpwxgribru9l.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aesthetics is a primary concern for Ban&mdash;not despite, but especially in humanitarian scenarios. He believes that beauty is a basic need, an aspect of a person&rsquo;s dignity. Erecting beautiful, if simple, structures can ensure that a refugee camp is not labeled a slum. So, when examining available materials in Kobe, he fussed about the color of the beer crates, choosing Asahi&rsquo;s more neutral plastic bins over Kirin&rsquo;s glaring red crates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, Ban visited several U.S. cities on a brief lecture tour, captivating audiences with his thoughts about "the Temporary and the Monumental." Read Archinect's report from his Los Angeles lecture at LACMA <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">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130199080/new-orleans-public-housing-10-years-after-hurricane-katrina New Orleans public housing 10 years after Hurricane Katrina Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:44:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2a07748472d68387c561057ee647442.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development embraced the trapezoid, dubbed Iberville-Treme, along with an exhaustive New Orleans plan that called for 2,314 apartments constructed within 54 months. Yet after 48 months &mdash; four years &mdash; the work in New Orleans is far from done. If construction continues at the same pace in coming years, the promised 2,314 apartments won&rsquo;t be complete until 2026.</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/129959849/between-the-temporary-and-the-monumental-a-review-of-shigeru-ban-s-lecture-at-lacma Between the Temporary and the Monumental: A Review of Shigeru Ban's Lecture at LACMA Nicholas Korody 2015-06-19T18:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:46:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/406tcrgbdsubifj2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;I hate to throw things away,&rdquo; explained the Pritzker Prize-winning architect <a href="http://archinect.com/shigeru_ban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> to a packed audience at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/578675/los-angeles-county-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a> last night. On the projection screen, one of his first works as an architect was displayed: an exhibition of the work of Alvar Aalto, who Ban cited as one of his primary influences. The exhibition was the first time Ban worked with paper tubes, which has become one of his signature strategies. &ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t afford wood like Aalto,&rdquo; so he turned to the large tubes that had once supported reams of tracing paper. Finding the tubes surprisingly strong, Ban began testing their viability &ndash; and the rest has become history.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkna4il1v89u9ms6.jpg"></p><p>Throughout the evening&rsquo;s lecture, Ban spoke with refreshing humility, a quality that often seems lacking among his peers. Many of his most iconic design decisions he attributed to chance, like his use of paper. As Ban worked his way through a retrospective survey of his career, he made frequent quips that enlivened the mood a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127656481/frei-otto-feared-society-was-ignoring-the-ecological-crisis Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</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/514x/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/121508911/the-troubles-of-evacuating-one-of-the-world-s-tallest-residential-buildings-during-a-fire The troubles of evacuating one of the world's tallest residential buildings during a fire Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T19:21:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents affected by the fire that broke out in The Torch tower in Dubai Marina at the weekend have been moved to a nearby hotel while the extent of the damage is assessed. [...] More than 1,000 people fled after a fire broke out at around 2am on Saturday in one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. [...] The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.</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/120674751/relocation-or-adaptation-earth-home-project-brings-relief-to-pakistanis-reeling-from-floods Relocation or Adaptation: Earth Home Project Brings Relief to Pakistanis Reeling from Floods Nicholas Korody 2015-02-14T11:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T11:58:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wz4o4l51zjpjbuhi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flooded</a> nearly 20% of Pakistan, producing a crisis later <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/08/201081552627441712.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">described</a> by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the worst disaster he had ever seen. The floods affected around 20 million people and claimed the lives of nearly 2,000. Ravaging infrastructure and agriculture, the total economic impact has been estimated to be as much as $43 billion. Pakistan is still far from recovering, in no small part because of a calamitous lack of relief funds and international aid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7ht7k4g5tuyyzai7.jpg"></p><p>In total, the floods left six million people homeless. Already in a precarious state afters decades of conflict and terrorist attacks, Pakistan&rsquo;s infrastructure crumbled beneath the torrents of water. Then, in the fall of 2014, the strongest post-monsoon ever recorded in the country <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_India%E2%80%93Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">produced</a> another round of disastrous floods in the Kashmir region of Pakistan and neighboring India. Affecting a total of more than 1.1 million people, the floods devastated an already-desperate population.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8njmp9km74tfcyju.jpg"></p><p>And, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">li...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115125852/d-c-exhibit-explores-disaster-oriented-design D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design Nicholas Korody 2014-12-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T21:32:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/930ce7f61eeae47bc640305b872b8651.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires&thinsp;&mdash;&thinsp;no part of the United States is immune to natural disasters. While no one can prevent these hazards, people can prepare for them. &ldquo;Designing for Disaster&rdquo; at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases how scientists, engineers and government officials work together to guard the country&rsquo;s infrastructure against Mother Nature&rsquo;s fury.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For Archinect coverage of related design work, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a title="Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Architectures of the Disaster" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85222483/student-works-resilient-public-housing-from-parsons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's &quot;TELOS&quot; documentary " href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100286211/cutting-room-talking-architectural-dissent-and-climate-proof-buildings-with-eugene-tssui-subject-of-kyung-lee-s-telos-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's "TELOS" documentary</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/175828a52358e2b924d383402befa50d.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105555911/gas-pipelines-explode-in-taiwan-city-killing-24 Gas Pipelines Explode in Taiwan City Killing 24 Nicholas Korody 2014-08-01T14:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:27:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w9dxv38lxssjkocl.jpg" width="480" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Multiple gas pipeline explosions have killed 24 people and injured 257 others in Taiwan's second city, emergency officials said. Witnesses said Thursday's blast in Kaohsiung sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, and entire blocks, packed with shops and apartment buildings, were set ablaze [...] The director of the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Centre, said the leaking gas had been identified as propene, meaning that the resulting fires could not be extinguished by water.</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/103718360/typhoon-threatens-japan-s-already-vulnerable-infrastructure Typhoon Threatens Japan's Already Vulnerable Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-07-08T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:29:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0tqjo5ww41xn3bw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Okinawa and Kyushu prepare to take the brunt of what was until Monday categorized as a &ldquo;super typhoon,&rdquo; local infrastructure will be pushed to its limits, especially in Kyushu, where the area is saturated from heavy rains last week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Typhoon Neoguri is the strongest typhoon of the 2014 season, thus far. As it barrels through the Ryukyu island chain and towards mainland Japan, the storm is already taking its toll. Reports claim <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-neoguri-japan-okinawa-pacific-20140708" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25 people have been injured, thousands are without electricity, and 540,000 have been ordered to evacuate to temporary shelters.</a></p><p>Japan is particularly vulnerable as it struggles to recover from the tsunami that led to the catastrophic&nbsp;Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011. While new national policies have temporarily shut down other nuclear facilities, apparently <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/super-typhoon-threatens-three-japans-nuclear-power-plants-1620626" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three are currently at risk from Typhoon Neoguri.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>Scientists believe that <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/07/08/climate-change-global-warming-hurricanes/2498611/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hurricanes and typhoons will continue to increase in severity as global warming raises ocean temperatures</a>. Maintaining aging infrastructure systems will become increasingly difficult in the next few decades, particularly for countries with extensive coastlines. And without them, providing adequate shelter and resources to temporary climate refuge...</p> 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>