Archinect - News 2017-07-24T04:54:22-04:00 How glass buildings are making fighting climate change harder Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:53:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Permissive building codes, industry inertia, and market demands &mdash; like clients clamoring for floor-to-ceiling views &mdash; have widened the discrepancy between the kind of buildings cities say they want and what they actually allow. So while the industry inches towards better environmental performance, buildings in Boston and other cities still fall short of the sustainability goals that everyone claims to embrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Courtney Humphries of Boston Globe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">argues</a> that the current trend for extensive use of glass in buildings contradicts today's strive for sustainability and "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green building</a>." When New York started tracking energy use by skyscrapers, the gleaming 7 World Trade Center &mdash; one of that city&rsquo;s more efficient glass towers &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scored worse than the 1930s-era Empire State Building</a>."</p> <p>Taking a lot of energy to heat and cool, glass buildings do not fit well with most climates. "Unlike opaque walls, glass allows heat to pass in and out easily. A 2014 report from the Urban Green Council in New York found that glass buildings have insulation values equivalent to medieval half-timber houses." As the author adds, "Transparent walls also limit privacy, and sunlight can create glare. Reflections on glass buildings can also be a problem; one London skyscraper infamously melted cars parked outside. The Urban Green Council has found that occupants of glass buildings often cover their views with shades and cur...</p> BIG's ship/office building docks at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Julia Ingalls 2016-11-03T12:40:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T23:43:02-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What features an interior periscope, exterior stacked precast concrete panels in a basket-weave shape that mimic the curvature of a ship's hull, and 26,000 square feet of freshly occupied office space? Bjarke Ingels Group's newly completed "Intrepid," a four-story, LEED Gold certified office building for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Philadelphia Navy Yard</a> which just welcomed its first tangible tenant, the Penn Capital Management Company, Inc., on its top floor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Intrepid's&nbsp;site context is closely tied to its design concept.&nbsp;As BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann explains:&nbsp;&ldquo;In many cases, architects design big, boxy buildings that could be placed anywhere and don&rsquo;t connect directly to the site. You would really be hard-pressed to place 1200 Intrepid anywhere else, due to how it connects with its surroundings. Our commission involved creating a speculative office building, for which no tenants were committed. The key challenge here was to create a reason for tenants to be here with the constraint of a stringent bu...</p> Editor's Picks #344 Nam Henderson 2013-12-03T18:49:00-05:00 >2013-12-04T11:09:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>eric chavkin penned a review of "Glen Small: Recovery Room" an exhibit at Assembly in Los Angeles, organized and curated by Archinect's own Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce. MightyMike (aka Michael Locke) commented "For local (Los Angeles) fans of Archinect, there's a wonderful example of Small's work in the Franklin Hills...the Leiberman House". For his part davidd felt "This review and Small's work seems to come from an ingroup/niche point of view".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>eric chavkin</strong> penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a review of "Glen Small: Recovery Room" an exhibit at Assembly in Los Angeles</a>,&nbsp;organized and curated by Archinect's own <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>.&nbsp;He concluded "<em>Despite the flaws the works of Glen Small offer so much that another architect could base an entire career on re-doing, modifying, repeating any one of his single works</em>".</p> <p> <strong>MightyMike</strong> (aka Michael Locke) commented "<em>For local (Los Angeles) fans of Archinect, there's a wonderful example of Small's work in the Franklin Hills...the Leiberman House, designed by Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 and completed by Anthony Eckelberry&nbsp; in 1995</em>".&nbsp;For his part <strong>davidd</strong> felt "<em>This review and Small's work seems to come from an ingroup/niche point of view</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Plus, in latest edition of the series <strong>Working out of the Box</strong>, Archinect spoke with with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Microsoft Design Leads Mary-Lynne Williams and Moneta Ho Kushner</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Henry</a>&nbsp;noted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a move by Ohio towards banning LEED</a>.&nbsp;<strong>katscan</strong> thought "<em>It sure is about time, I was wondering why stat...</em></p> Just How Green Is The World's Greenest Building? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-07T20:06:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:57:50-04:00 <img src="" width="642" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to data released by New York City last fall, the Bank of America Tower produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any comparably sized office building in Manhattan. It uses more than twice as much energy per square foot as the 80-year-old Empire State Building. - Sam Roudman</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Bank of America tower in NYC, winner of Platinum LEED certification and (according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bank of America</a>) "one of the world's most environmentally responsible high-rise office buildings", is under scrutiny for its environmental claims, in a debate hosted by the Fast Company blog, Co.Design. A recent article by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Roudman for the <em>New Republic</em></a><i>&nbsp;</i>questioned the building's actual environmental impact, and the effectiveness of LEED certification by extension. Roudman's piece prompted a counter-defense from the sustainability blog, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Treehugger</a>, and Co.Design has published the two sides of the conversation.</p> Frank Harmon Wins Honor Award for AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design kimweiss 2012-11-28T16:59:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T20:03:34-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> November 28, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) &ndash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Harmon Architect PA</a>, a multi-award-winning firm in Raleigh, NC, has received an Honor Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC) for the design of the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design</a> in downtown Raleigh.</p> <p> Already praised by the media as a &ldquo;heroic gesture&rdquo; (<i>Metro Magazine</i>), a building &ldquo;that behaves like the skilled diplomat it was designed to be,&rdquo; (<i>News &amp; Observer</i>), and &ldquo;an ode in zinc and cypress, and an inviting treatise on transparency,&rdquo; (<i>Huffington Post</i>), the building is located on an oddly shaped, previously unused lot in downtown Raleigh near the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">State Capitol</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Government Complex</a>.</p> <p> According to Frank Harmon, FAIA, the building and landscape were conceived of as &ldquo;one interlocking system&rdquo; with the help of Charlottesville, VA, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landscape architect Gregg Bleam, FASLA</a>.&nbsp; &ldquo;The landscape is an extension of the building and the building is an extension of the landscape,&rdquo; Harmon said. ...</p> Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification MikeChino 2011-09-14T13:44:58-04:00 >2011-09-14T14:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="537" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s official &mdash; the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Thanks to a massive green overhaul that took more than two years, the landmark is now the tallest building in the United States to receive LEED certification.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>