Archinect - News 2015-07-30T06:21:18-04:00 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/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/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/514x/nv/nv8s7j9k1ea4535p.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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/106403110/oakland-hires-its-first-chief-resilience-officer Oakland Hires Its First “Chief Resilience Officer” Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/6445119f5f345242ee96e19851a32ad1.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland has earthquakes, droughts and a host of other resilience problems to tackle. Now it has a Chief Resilience Officer to lead the charge. Today, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Michael Berkowitz, president of The Rockefeller Foundation&rsquo;s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, will jointly announce that Victoria Salinas has been tapped as the city&rsquo;s first Chief Resilience Officer, a position being created in other cities across the world, as well.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilience on the fly: Christchurch&rsquo;s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102731630/garrison-architects-develops-post-disaster-housing-prototype-for-nyc-residents Garrison Architects develops post-disaster housing prototype for NYC residents Justine Testado 2014-06-25T21:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:10:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8l/8lrt8r5zasg5ghge.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/garrisonarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrison Architects</a> adds to the pressing topic of 21st-century disaster resilience for dense urban cities with their modular post-disaster housing prototype. Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the project aims to provide New Yorkers not only with reliable and adaptable emergency shelter, but also to keep residents close to their communities and reduce the necessity of long-term displacement.</p><p>More details on the prototype's design below:</p><ul><li>"The aim is to create a blueprint for post-disaster housing by utilizing the latest construction technology in conjunction with stringent requirements for safety, sustainability, durability, and universal design.</li><li>The five multi-story modules [that Garrison Architects designed] are infinitely flexible: they can be deployed in vacant lots, private yards, or public spaces. When needed, the modules are trucked to a site, craned into place, and plugged into utilities.</li><li>With 1- and 3-bedroom configurations, every unit features a liv...</li></ul> 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>