Archinect - News 2017-07-23T12:56:37-04:00 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The world's first inflatable concert hall arrives in Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast Archinect 2013-09-25T12:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T18:23:28-04:00 <img src="" width="634" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A giant purple structure believed to be the world's first inflatable concert hall is to open on Japan's disaster-hit north eastern coast. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material that has been erected at a park in the town of Matsushima. The structure, which organisers say is a world's first, measures about 18m and 35m wide when fully inflated with room for about 500 guests.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata Archinect 2012-10-18T12:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:21-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="870" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Home for All&rdquo; for Rikuzentakata is a gathering place for those who lost their homes in the tsunami-devastated city in Iwate Prefecture. The project was led by architect Toyo Ito, who collaborated with younger Japanese architects, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Japan Goes Nuclear-Free For the First Time in Four Decades Archinect 2012-05-04T12:44:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T13:39:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the First Time in Four Decades Japan will shut down its last working nuclear power station this weekend, culminating &mdash; at least for now &mdash; a national shift away from nuclear energy in the aftermath of last year&rsquo;s Fukushima disaster. The shutdown of the No. 3 Tomari reactor in Hokkaido will leave the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Japan Earthquake: Before and After Alexander Walter 2012-02-24T17:38:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In just over two weeks, Japan will be observing the one-year anniversary of the disastrous magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck its east coast in March of 2011. [...] Photographers documented the many faces of this tragedy and have now returned to give us a look at the difference a year can make, re-shooting places that were photographed during and immediately after the quake.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> QUESTIONING CATASTROPHE Archinect 2012-01-23T20:24:00-05:00 >2012-01-24T02:20:17-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Human beings and their communities are fragile because they are sustainable only within a narrow range of conditions and possibilities. It is the main task of architecture to maintain this range or to create it where it has not existed before. To some extent it is also architecture&rsquo;s responsibility to expand this range when people require it not only for survival but also to flourish within the demands of change brought on by catastrophic events such as earthquake and tsunami.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Student Projects: Cal Poly Pomona (TVEF – Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Facility) Studio Orhan Ayyüce 2011-12-20T00:27:28-05:00 >2012-04-03T19:45:18-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="478" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Last quarter a group of Cal Poly Pomona architecture and structural engineering students with professors Axel Schimitzberger and Dr. Mikhail Gershfeld conducted a multi disciplinary studio to design prototype tsunami evacuation facilities. The purpose of the studio was to design a temporary shelter during an earthquake/tsunami event and use the structure for other purposes in other times. Students had to design structures from precast concrete and steel. Needlessly to say the work was evolved to the advance levels of structural integrity and architectural innovation. As a final jury member I was impressed not only with the designs but also the&nbsp;simultaneous&nbsp;and symbiotic relationship of the two disciplines in a creative studio environment.</p> <p> Here is a quote from the studio objectives.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;We anticipate some lively discussions between members of the two disciplines, revealing the different vocabularies of the two cultures. Architecture students will have to explain what they mean by ...</em></p> [Japanese] victims need art like a hole in the head Archinect 2011-09-27T19:57:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="420" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I've lately been exchanging bile on this subject with a friend, a Tokyo architecture professor who, having seen off earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, is having a harder time surviving the avalanche of well-meant, if simultaneously self-serving, condescension.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arigato! Paul Petrunia 2011-06-24T14:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T12:39:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> DESIGN ASSOCIATION NPO, organizer of TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK, has founded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;ARIGATO&rdquo; PROJECT</a></p> <p> <em>We&rsquo;ve been receiving warm support from all over the world since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. People in many countries showed their warmth and support .This project is to show our thanks and, to make new connections and bonds across the world through kindness and warmth.</em></p> <p> <em>We are asking ARIGATO works from Designers, Artists, and Students.</em></p> <p> <em>The best works will be exhibited at TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK 2011. (from 1st to 6th of November) at Meiji JinguGaien in central Tokyo, and will be given the prize.</em></p> <p> <em>We would like to ask you to inform about this project and send us ARIGATO works.</em></p> <p> <em>We are also going to disaster affected areas to hold special workshops, supported by companies, artists and designers, to care for children through art and design work shop.</em></p> <p> <em>All works that are created in workshops by designers, artists, and students. Will be collected and published world-wide in the offici...</em></p>