Archinect - News 2016-09-30T01:01:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149966951/what-would-happen-if-la-replaced-all-its-lawns-with-drought-tolerant-landscaping What would happen if LA replaced all its lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping? Nicholas Korody 2016-09-06T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-12T23:54:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8timd19gqb458wz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California found that replacing all lawns with drought-tolerant vegetation would have a net cooling effect of 0.2&deg;C &nbsp;&mdash; but the science is less obvious than you might think. In fact, converting lawns has resulted in daytime warming of up to&nbsp;1.9&deg;C, mostly because of decreases in irrigation. But at nighttime, changes in soil thermodynamic properties, which strengthen sea breeze patterns, cool the city by&nbsp;3.2&deg;C.</p><p>In short, replacing all lawns would have significant, and beneficial, effects for public health. And, of course, it helps preserve already-scarce water supplies.</p><p>The study also seems to prove incorrect <a href="http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-lawn-drought-plants-20160801-snap-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">articles</a> that suggested replacing lawns would make LA hotter.</p><p>For more on the on-going drought afflicting California, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951830/what-california-s-30-million-dead-trees-mean-for-its-future-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What California's 30 million dead trees mean for its future landscape</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944438/california-eases-some-drought-restrictions-but-makes-others-permanent" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California eases some drought restrictions but makes others permanent</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146199131/one-ceo-s-plan-to-supply-water-to-drought-stricken-ca-cities-and-obviously-profit-from-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One CEO's plan to supply water to drought-stricken ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965913/20-excellent-films-that-feature-cities-as-principal-characters 20 excellent films that feature cities as principal characters Julia Ingalls 2016-08-30T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T21:59:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ju/ju5wtl9y1vymwbcp.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What would "Lost in Translation" be without&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14722/tokyo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, or "In Bruges" without, well, Bruges? This engrossing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/20-great-films-where-one-of-the-main-characters-is-a-city/#ixzz4IpvMhixl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taste of Cinema</a> piece selects 20 films released from the 1930s up to the cinematic present in which the city and its surrounds play a vital role in the narrative. The piece then delves into the beauty, power, and ambiance of that particular locale as it relates to each film's plot. Unsurprisingly, Jim Jarmusch's work makes a few appearances, as does the original 1997 version of "Insomnia," which qualifies as pretty much the most <em>noir</em> movie ever shot entirely in daylight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9m5sjxhoarz6ircs.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Insomnia."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8u/8ue0ae2jhna0wtu2.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Night on Earth."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/df/df1oump0b5h7t26u.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot from "Mystery Train."</em></p><p>As a kind of thesis statement, the piece explains that:</p><p>"The films listed rely on the narrative space and its geographical and sociological specifications. The plots of these films are formed by numerous references to the spatial and temporal phase in which the story is taking place."</p><p>For more on the intersection of cinema an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965354/take-a-vr-tour-of-yosemite-national-park-with-president-obama Take a VR tour of Yosemite National Park with President Obama Justine Testado 2016-08-25T18:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:10:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y0/y09u783oc19zir28.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Among the several tributes to the U.S. National Park Service's centennial birthday today, The White House,&nbsp;National Geographic, Felix &amp; Paul Studios, and Oculus released&nbsp;<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/25/watch-join-president-obama-virtual-reality-tour-yosemite" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America&rsquo;s National Parks&rdquo;</a><em>,</em>&nbsp;a 360-degree VR video featuring stunning views of Yosemite National Park &mdash; narrated by special tour guide President Obama. Captured during the First Family's visit to the park earlier this summer, the nearly 11-minute video shows off popular spots like&nbsp;El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, and a canoe ride through Merced River.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/ob5gq4fdosbetf6e.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zh/zhe3sv1nmgusqwgs.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/02/0272vk87m0mk96w7.jpg"><em>All images via whitehouse.gov.</em></p><p>Watch the full video below. The video is also available on the&nbsp;Oculus Store and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/natgeo/videos/10153864841128951/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Facebook</a>.</p><p></p><p>If you're planning for the weekend, visit any of the 413 National Parks IRL for free starting today until August 28. Go&nbsp;<a href="http://findyourpark.com/find" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">find a park</a>&nbsp;near you and show your appreciation to the original landscape architect: Mother Nature.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962962/monumental-land-art-emerges-in-montana-s-new-tippet-rise-art-center Monumental land art emerges in Montana's new Tippet Rise Art Center Justine Testado 2016-08-12T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T15:02:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db5itiwv5u94stzs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"They have strong architectural properties: they create space, they provide shelter and shade, they change the thermal and acoustical properties of the surrounding context and thus they enable new activities and programs to take place. But also, they can live empty without looking like empty buildings...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Land art installations stand majestically against the pristine Montana landscape at the&nbsp;<a href="http://tippetrise.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tippet Rise Art Center</a>, a working sheep ranch turned art destination that opened in June about an hour away from Billings and 2.5 hours north of Yellowstone.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/67675/ensamble-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ensamble Studio</a> principals Ant&oacute;n Garc&iacute;a-Abril and D&eacute;bora Mesa briefly talk about the collaborative design process behind the Center's masterplan and the landscape works they created.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940958/first-commemorative-statue-of-frederick-law-olmsted-to-be-unveiled-in-north-carolina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First commemorative statue of Frederick Law Olmsted to be unveiled in North Carolina</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138428052/sanaa-s-meandering-river-community-center-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA's meandering "River" community center opens to the public</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962479/tadao-ando-s-sprawling-santa-fe-compound-for-tom-ford-hits-the-market-at-75m Tadao Ando's sprawling Santa Fe compound for Tom Ford hits the market at $75M Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:53:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ranzltrod5v3gdxv.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever canvas he is given, whether it's a highly constrained urban lot or a sweeping New Mexico landscape, Tadao Ando rarely falters. Cerro Pelon Ranch, the two compounds he designed for former architectural student turned fashion maven/filmmaker Tom Ford, is no exception.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4v/4vph0pxqq084zkjw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bi/bifafy6gz75tuwk5.jpg"></p><p>Enormous, horizon-hugging curved concrete walls ripple out from the primary rectilinear residence, engaging the surrounding terrain while creating a boundary for the enormous pools adjacent to the house.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d8/d83j333i0b06i1h2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/72/72d9d9mg39bssrx3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6bulpdx07jht3kcz.jpg"></p><p>The ranch, with construction oversight provided by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>, is&nbsp;currently on the market for $75 million.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ib/ibfwbwrux8i7c2lm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uvpqoh3s6pm4vs61.jpg"></p><p>What else is Tadao Ando up to?</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955230/new-renderings-of-tadao-ando-s-living-wall-in-manhattan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142440798/tadao-ando-and-elyn-zimmerman-win-the-2016-isamu-noguchi-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman win the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando amid serious health concerns: "Just being alive isn&rsquo;t sufficient."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960684/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-new-pools-fountains-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Pools & Fountains" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-29T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T07:16:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbw4yymhx81rddh3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the <strong>NEW</strong> board<em> </em><a href="https://www.pinterest.com/archinect/pools-fountains/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Pools &amp; Fountains</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6burem68d21suea4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner/project/las-vegas-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Las Vegas, NV by <a href="http://archinect.com/marmolradziner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marmol Radziner</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vr/vru2q2ek80h8fga5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/110861698/hofs-s-swimming-pool/110861700" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swimming Pool</a> in Hofs&oacute;s, Iceland by <a href="http://archinect.com/basaltarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BASALT Architects</a>; Photo: Gu&eth;mundur Benediktsson</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8g/8grylkikg5d6csd7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/jellyfish-house/91673349" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jellyfish House</a> in Marbella, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yf/yftgnb8c11e83m8p.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/31790/family-house-at-the-empord/76415853" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Family House at the Empord&agrave;</a> in Mont-ras, Spain by <a href="http://archinect.com/ricardo_bofill_taller_arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p7/p7vwohcf8q1x8ts1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/23143077/residence-at-the-sea/38412503" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> at the Mediterranean coast by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/23143077/manuel-herrera-ros-estudio-muher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herrera Ros estudio MUHER</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ip/iprjnrsxni2k57ha.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/private-residence-maui" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Private Residence</a> in Kihei, Maui, HI by <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bossley Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/el/elai26q2z2x65zhp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/lhsadp/project/aileron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aileron</a> in Dayton, OH by <a href="http://archinect.com/lhsadp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wn/wn4xrlcdcpg39d4j.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/35788802/tuna-canyon-blvd-malibu-ca/35788803" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tuna Canyon Blvd home</a> in Malibu, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/35788802/john-hamilton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Hamilton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hu/hu415kygm9ey5rka.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/7159/hotel-b-sico/47855442" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotel B&aacute;sico</a> in Playa del Carmen, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/7159/central-de-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centr...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957887/nyc-s-lowline-is-approved-by-city-officials-becoming-world-s-first-underground-park NYC's Lowline is approved by city officials, becoming world's first underground park Julia Ingalls 2016-07-14T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:13:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmgz8wmoo13vec42.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What do you do with a sad, funky, abandoned trolley terminus? Well, if it's the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal under Delancey Street in New York City, you make the world's first underground park by virtue of adding some mirrors, skylights, and vegetation. One acre in size, the freshly city-approved <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66113069/how-will-the-lowline-make-the-leap-from-idea-to-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park</a>&nbsp;(which took nearly a decade to go from its initial concept to getting the green light from the city) makes use of solar technology to pour sunlight into the former terminal, which has remained unused since 1948.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fb/fb2dralzak9lu9fy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/et/eth43km4wnomho72.jpg"></p><p>"Every designer dreams of doing civic work that contributes to society and to the profession," said&nbsp;James Ramsey,&nbsp;Lowline Co-Founder and Creator. "Over the last 8 years, we just stuck to what we thought was a great idea that could make our city and our community better. We're thrilled to move ahead on designing and building a space that people will enjoy for generations to come."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y3/y37knhg4fwkeib4v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f40fviddcaggsh9l.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2hsskeyccsw1s7as.jpg"></p><p>For more on innovative design news in NYC:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955304/trading-the-l-train-for-a-giant-inflatable-condom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956563/michael-maltzan-proposes-greening-l-a-s-134-freeway Michael Maltzan proposes greening L.A.'s 134 freeway Julia Ingalls 2016-07-07T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T14:23:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rxrgpb6mezvmizsz.jpg" width="514" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Christopher Hawthorne, in keeping with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/576292/third-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his exploration of the ever evolving urban identity of Los Angeles</a>, reached out via the L.A. Times to Michael Maltzan to see if the architect had any ideas about transforming L.A.'s freeways from noisy polluting agents into civic amenities. Maltzan has responded pro bono with an idea to place a 3/4 mile stretch of the 134 freeway into a tunnel which would not only reduce noise and annually absorb 516,000 tons of carbon dioxide, but double as a site for rooftop solar panels and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955230/new-renderings-of-tadao-ando-s-living-wall-in-manhattan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vegetation walls</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zb/zbo9t5qfh9xk1bsr.jpg"></p><p>Drivers in the tunnel would still be able to see their Pasadena surroundings through the lattice-like exterior, although residents near the just south of the Rose Bowl portion of the freeway would experience a significant traffic noise reduction thanks to the tunnel's acoustically insulated walls. As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-maltzan-freeway-20160629-snap-htmlstory.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the L.A. Times</a> notes, Michael Maltzan "describes the proposal, produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles office of the engineering firm Arup, as 'an env...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956491/the-hive-pavilion-moves-to-kew-gardens The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens Purple Hibiscus 2016-07-07T12:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T14:21:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l5/l5vewuvoyhi7nwms.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kew Gardens has been home to many notable sculptures and architectural pieces such as Henry Moore&rsquo;s &ldquo;Reclining Mother and Child&rdquo; and Marks Barfield Architect&rsquo;s &ldquo;Tree Top Walkway&rdquo;. So it was no surprise when it was chosen to showcase &ldquo;The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126426103/a-peek-into-the-uk-s-beehive-inspired-pavilion-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hive</a>&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ik/ik1gpkl2hkzjvhcp.jpg"></p><p>The Hive is the award-wining pavilion designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress and built by architectural practice BDP and engineers Simmonds Studio. It was first created for the 2015 Milan Expo where it attracted over 3.3 million visitors and became one of the main attractions. It is the first structure to be brought back to Britain after an Expo.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r2/r28i05sg3gj8fok3.jpg"></p><p>The Hive brings together art, science, sound and landscape representing the important relationship between bee and human.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k9/k9ecdphr69q0erd9.jpg"></p><p>Prompted by the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" the Hive seeks to showcase the relationship between humans and bees. It&rsquo;s outer structure is made from aluminum rods arranged hexagonally in a honeycomb fashion. The porous construction mimics the whirlwind motion made by a sw...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956425/dive-into-james-corner-s-field-of-icebergs-now-at-the-national-building-museum Dive into James Corner's field of ICEBERGS, now at the National Building Museum Justine Testado 2016-07-06T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T12:29:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3de3add8x1a9s27v.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Walk into the Great Hall of Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum right now and you'll find a glacial landscape of geometric "icebergs" floating before you. Landscape architect James Corner worked alongside the NBM to design the chilling scene, as part of the museum's 2016 Summer Block Party. In the past, the yearly series hosted Snarkitecture's monochromatic&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BEACH</a>&nbsp;and BIG's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic maze</a>.</p><p>Opening this past Saturday, ICEBERGS lets visitors catch a break from D.C.'s hot, humid summers.&nbsp;The installation is based on themes related to physical experience and landscape representation, according to James Corner Field Operations, welcoming visitors with an&nbsp;&ldquo;interactive and playful space of respite and reflection&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ne/ne70t4g8m050kn28.jpg"></p><p>Encased in a large blue net, the installation comprises over 30 prismatic triangular pentahedrons and octahedrons constructed from translucent polycarbonate panels, and&nbsp;range from 16-56 feet in height.</p><p>Visitors can cool off as they lounge on chunky, triangular beanbags strewn a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948715/london-s-natural-history-museum-to-create-outdoor-exhibition-spaces London's Natural History Museum to create outdoor exhibition spaces Ellen Hancock 2016-06-01T03:52:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T01:53:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0b8e599fecb435ada89590dc3614871.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The grounds outside London&rsquo;s Grade I-listed Natural History Museum are set to become an extension of the institution&rsquo;s display. Niall McLaughlin Architects and landscape designer Kim Wilkie have submitted plans to transform the museum&rsquo;s outdoor area into open-air galleries, along with more public spaces. The external parts will showcase extinct plants and animals in the east and living species in the west. There will also be a restaurant, a courtyard and a separate square.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/686eaba95e147d598bb86a75427516c1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d9/d9ea9174667de37b0aebd73f8f13bf00.jpg">Find more museum related content here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149946793/first-look-inside-tate-modern-s-new-extension" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First look inside Tate Modern's new Extension</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149946755/museum-of-london-gives-a-tour-of-its-new-smithfield-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of London gives a tour of its new Smithfield site</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149945931/fabricated-robot-installation-at-the-v-a-unveiled-as-part-of-their-first-engineering-season" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fabricated robot installation at the V&amp;A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938197/national-geographic-takes-a-closer-look-at-the-world-s-great-urban-parks National Geographic takes a closer look at the world's great urban parks Alexander Walter 2016-04-04T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:13:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qo6tkt9k10kkiylf.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the urban park of today. Unlike the neatly drawn public spaces of an earlier age, these parks are reclaimed from the discarded parcels of our cities: Stranded patches of woods, abandoned military bases and airports, storm-water systems, rail lines and bridges, places where scraps of land are pieced together like quilts or strung together like beads. The experimentation is global.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143440911/what-if-perkins-eastman-s-green-line-proposal-turns-broadway-into-a-40-block-park-in-the-heart-of-manhattan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What if: Perkins Eastman's "Green Line" proposal turns Broadway into a 40-block park in the heart of Manhattan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few? Alexander Walter 2016-03-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T13:47:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fisdg1gmdl8cd9so.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&#65279;&ldquo;If we do it right,&rdquo; Gehry said at an event in September, &ldquo;we can really make the High Line look like a little pishy thing.&rdquo; Given that Manhattan&rsquo;s elevated park, at merely 1/35th the length of the river, has helped transform the surrounding neighborhood into a playground for the rich, residents of LA&rsquo;s river-adjacent communities are right to be concerned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The LA River development project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149933901/cool-off-at-james-corner-s-icebergs-at-the-national-building-museum-this-summer Cool off at James Corner's ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum this summer Justine Testado 2016-03-09T17:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8ltxy3tab5s7ari.jpg" width="514" height="264" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/jcfo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> is transforming the National Building Museum's Great Hall into a glacial landscape of ICEBERGS for the museum's annual Summer Block Party installation, following two wildly successful years with Snarkitecture's monochromatic&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131329607/snarkitecture-s-10-000-sq-ft-indoor-beach-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BEACH</a> and BIG's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gigantic maze</a>. Today, James Corner revealed their initial concept for the collaborative project.</p><p>ICEBERGS emphasizes the themes of landscape representation, physical experience, geometry and construction, according to the architects. Once the installation opens on July 2, people&nbsp;will get to wander through an immersive underwater-world of geometric icebergs, with the tallest "bergy bit" towering at 56 feet to the third-story balcony of the museum.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ci/ci7g7kjqfnlhk9nh.jpg"></p><p>The 12,540 square-foot installation will be comprised of more than 30 prismatic triangular pentahedrons and octahedrons made from reusable translucent polycarbonate panels, with some hanging from the ceiling to appear as if they were floating.&nbsp;A&nbsp;"water line" suspended at 20 f...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge Justine Testado 2016-03-08T19:11:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T02:03:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f480o6nfnwxyaq84.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Space 134, the city's $150-million plan to build 24 acres of park space atop a trenched stretch of the 134 Freeway [is] slated for a .7 mile stretch between Central and Balboa Avenues, [and] would span from the city's Downtown district to adjacent residential neighborhoods to the east. Glendale officials have trumpeted the project's potential to improve public health, reduce pollution and strengthen transit connections to the rest of [L.A.] County.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about L.A. parks:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148890761/take-a-look-at-these-bold-visions-for-downtown-la-s-next-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at these bold visions for Downtown LA's next park</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143923223/pershing-square-renew-competition-narrows-down-to-four-finalist-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135818686/largest-wildlife-overpass-in-u-s-proposed-for-l-a-s-101-freeway-could-ease-area-s-roadkill-problem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148890761/take-a-look-at-these-bold-visions-for-downtown-la-s-next-park Take a look at these bold visions for Downtown LA's next park Nicholas Korody 2016-02-24T14:26:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T13:33:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3knhb0emayhay0g.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>LA has few corners as prominent as First and Broadway. Directly adjacent to the art deco City Hall and across from the LA Times building, the nearly-2 acre lot stands at the center of an increasingly well-trafficked pedestrian area. Now, some of the biggest names in town are competing to transform the lot into a bold new park.</p><p>After a wider call for proposals, the LA Bureau of Engineering, in conjunction with the Mayor's Office, announced a shortlist of finalists late last year: <a href="http://archinect.com/AECOMLosAngelesDesignStudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>AECOM</strong></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/brooksscarpa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Brooks + Scarpa Architects</strong></a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/280/eric-owen-moss-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Eric Owen Moss Architects</strong></a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mia Lehrer + Associates</strong></a> in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>OMA</strong></a>. Each practice was given six weeks to produce a design, which are currently of public view.</p><p>Soon, the City will announce the winners of the competition, following input from the public, and then will proceed to finalize the designs.</p><p>Since the new park abuts the larger Grand Park (designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios), it needs to both stand out as a unique design and seamlessly mesh with the exi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148734105/plans-for-west-8-designed-houston-botanic-garden-met-with-resistance Plans for West 8-designed Houston Botanic Garden met with resistance Alexander Walter 2016-02-22T13:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T00:41:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/9034a6530c099365f534b0e4a2c2a360.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By the year 2020, however, America&rsquo;s fourth largest city will be able to claim a &ldquo;premier&rdquo; botanic garden all its own in the form of Houston Botanic Garden (HBG). [...] And, as it turns out, some folks living in the neighborhoods abutting the golf course would rather not see a stunning botanic garden designed by the same Dutch landscape architecture firm behind the redevelopment of New York City's Governors Island take its place. And it&rsquo;s not because they're necessarily gaga over golf.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To learn more about the <a href="http://www.houstonbotanicgarden.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Houston Botanic Garden</a> master plan, which recently won mayoral approval, click <a href="http://www.houstonbotanicgarden.org/assets/img/images/pdf/approved-master-plan-full-spread.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147360412/does-houston-s-architecture-lack-poetry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Houston's architecture lack poetry?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107638546/the-astrodome-the-world-s-largest-indoor-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105248171/the-bayou-greenways-plan-a-game-changer-for-houston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148438810/landscape-architect-takeo-uesugi-has-died-at-age-75 Landscape architect Takeo Uesugi has died at age 75 Julia Ingalls 2016-02-18T17:58:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T00:17:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0x48ge8pf58pm8j9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a designer, Uesugi created serene landscapes that adapted the elements of a Japanese garden &mdash; rock, plants and water &mdash; to the climate and lifestyle of Southern California. Among his most significant projects are the restoration of the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Pine Wind Garden at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego's Balboa Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In memorium, a few photos of Uesugi's landscape work at the Japanese Garden of The Huntington Library:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r2/r2ghle0jp1xcsp7o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8qtbw9ica47xnsn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v1/v1qck5h45j8zdoij.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146584514/the-hills-park-in-nyc-scheduled-to-open-almost-a-year-in-advance "The Hills" park in NYC scheduled to open almost a year in advance Justine Testado 2016-01-25T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:00:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewyz8hyerii2ycwq.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hills on Governors Island will welcome visitors this summer &mdash; nearly a year ahead of schedule, it was announced last week &mdash; and add 10 acres of green space to the city, largely in the form of four artificial hills. Made of recycled construction debris and clean fill, the hills rise as high as 70 feet above the island...An unseasonably warm fall contributed to faster-than-expected construction times.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can find more photos and renderings from the Governors Island's Flickr <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/govisland/albums/72157662570690459" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/govisland/albums/72157634796959189" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Scroll down for a drone video of the park under construction.</p><p>More about public parks on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143923223/pershing-square-renew-competition-narrows-down-to-four-finalist-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141437838/big-unveils-28-acre-master-plan-for-pittsburgh-s-lower-hill-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG unveils 28-acre master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133486545/taking-a-stand-against-privately-owned-public-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146044719/subterranean-theme-park-photographer-richard-john-seymour-captures-the-new-life-inside-an-ancient-transylvanian-salt-mine Subterranean theme park: photographer Richard John Seymour captures the new life inside an ancient Transylvanian salt mine Alexander Walter 2016-01-18T15:11:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T12:00:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c92728b472c6bb18aa306cfacd70c6e8.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Deep in the Transylvanian countryside lies an ancient salt mine dating back over two millennia. Today Salina Turda has become an unlikely tourist attraction, with thousands of visitors descending its vertical shafts each year to play mini-golf, go bowling and row around its underground lake. [...] British photographer Richard John Seymour recently travelled to Salina Turda in his quest to document human-altered landscapes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135124382/chinese-fun-photographer-stefano-cerio-captures-the-eerie-side-of-empty-amusement-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Fun: Photographer Stefano Cerio captures the eerie side of empty amusement parks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287035/odd-beauty-downtown-s-o-paulo-through-the-lens-of-felipe-russo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Odd beauty: downtown S&atilde;o Paulo through the lens of Felipe Russo</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141904862/photographer-captures-the-beauty-of-beirut-s-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144056373/a-bobbing-forest-will-soon-float-in-rotterdam-s-harbor-basin A Bobbing Forest will soon float in Rotterdam's harbor basin Alexander Walter 2015-12-23T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:36:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3426187f308fe144ed0508bde2b8bb5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We all want our cities to be greener, but it is often quite hard to grow trees in a concrete environment. So, why not turn to waterfronts or lakes to place trees? Rotterdam will get its first &lsquo;bobbing forest&rsquo; in 2016: a collection of twenty trees that are floating in the Rijnhaven, a downtown harbor basin. [...] After experimenting with a sample tree last year, an entire floating forest of twenty trees is scheduled to be &lsquo;planted&rsquo; on March 16, 2016.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143440911/what-if-perkins-eastman-s-green-line-proposal-turns-broadway-into-a-40-block-park-in-the-heart-of-manhattan What if: Perkins Eastman's "Green Line" proposal turns Broadway into a 40-block park in the heart of Manhattan Alexander Walter 2015-12-15T14:39:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T07:24:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/12b099bd80f111f732c548a34a3dcc34.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perkins Eastman is taking two of the best-loved urban land-use stories of the Bloomberg era&mdash;the High Line and Times Square&mdash;and combining them into one. The Green Line extends the logic of changes that have already taken root along the limited stretch of Broadway running through Times Square. [...] proposal builds on the work of Jan Gehl and Sn&oslash;hetta, the architects who pedestrianized Times Square. Yet it also echoes the High Line by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</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/142594914/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-outdoors-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Outdoors" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-12-04T15:05:00-05:00 >2015-12-10T06:25:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ds/dshbbb59b634mffl.jpg" width="514" height="670" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/outdoors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Outdoors</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o9/o9bnn0buah0bfpkq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/asguzman/project/d-khaut-winter-land-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D&ouml;kHaut: Winter Land Station</a> in Buffalo, NY by participants of the +FARM Design + Build studio: <a href="http://archinect.com/asguzman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Guzman</a>, William Haskas, Matthew White, Emily Wutz, Michelle Misciago, Liv Marrese, Semi Park, Mel Agosto, Val Arthus, Jonathan Yates, Andrew Nisbet</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sn/snjqxnf8q35d2foi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/81402146/via-31-by-somdoon-architects-ltd-thailand/81409361" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via 31</a> in Bangkok, Thailand by <a href="http://archinect.com/Somdoon-Architects_THAILAND" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Somdoon Architects Limited SdA</a>; Photo: W Workspace</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k7/k7z83grnasgvm9th.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2495247/santa-fe-residence/94139125" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residence</a> in Santa Fe, NM by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2495247/ohlhausen-dubois-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ohlhausen DuBois Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pe/peehbkhkd7u75y17.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/131271012/garden-house/131564924" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden House</a> in Portland, OR by <a href="http://archinect.com/waechter_architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waechter Architecture</a>; Photo: Sally Schoolmaster</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pirp3beegq2fxsh7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/4143996/oak-pass-main-house/128045026" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oak Pass Main House</a> in Beverly Hills, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4143996/walker-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walker Workshop</a>; Photo: Joe Fletcher</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b2/b2dytsjt3p5orr4t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/62336049/binocular-house-by-michael-bell-architect/99020074" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Binocular House</a> in Ghent, NY by Michael Bell Architect; Photo: <a href="http://archinect.com/bdphoto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bilyana...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138428052/sanaa-s-meandering-river-community-center-opens-to-the-public SANAA's meandering "River" community center opens to the public Justine Testado 2015-10-09T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T10:03:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8fhghocntatchxll.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Within the green open spaces of Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut stands the new arts and community center, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114041822/sanaa-s-grace-farms-river-project-to-open-in-fall-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the River</a>, which finally opened its doors to the public today. The <a href="http://www.gracefarms.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grace Farms Foundation</a> selected <a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> to design the building in 2010, not long before Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97140/sanaa-wins-2010-pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the Pritzker Prize</a> that year. SANAA first revealed their design <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58092018/sanaa-unveils-design-for-first-u-s-building-since-pritzker-win" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2012</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0su05fz01jfwgll.jpg"></p><p>The new 83,000-square foot structure consists of transparent-walled multi-functional volumes and covered walkways that wind down the park's rolling terrain, hence its River name. Its milky exterior complements the nearby woodlands and meadows at Grace Farms, while the clear glass walls show off the surrounding community gardens, athletic fields, and trails that SANAA designed in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11080262/olin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OLIN</a>. Fifty-five 500-foot-deep geothermal walls heat and cool the building.</p><p>The River's scheme boasts a 20,900 sq.ft. indoor amphitheater; a staffed library; a Commons dining and living room that can accommodate up to 300 ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning Justine Testado 2015-08-28T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:50:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nccqugmcum2nxuhi.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Botany professor Paloma Cari&ntilde;anos] found it surprising that the design of these green spaces thought about landscaping, climate, and fashion criteria, but didn't think about pollen problems. [She] says that in the future, urban green spaces 'will become 'comfort islands' inside 'urban heat islands.''...Cari&ntilde;anos and her team stress that their research is a tool for planning and prevention. They hope that other cities will be able to use their methods to prevent high allergen levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read more of Cari&ntilde;anos' team's research in the <a href="https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/0/0/jeq2015.02.0075" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Environmental Quality</em></a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122679179/kkt-architects-envision-tornado-shaped-tower-for-downtown-tulsa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132497273/the-clearing-memorial-to-norway-s-july-22-attacks-opens-on-the-tragedy-s-fourth-anniversary "The Clearing", memorial to Norway's July 22 attacks, opens on the tragedy's fourth anniversary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:40:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sv/svc1dgegedgwyjs8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lysningen or &lsquo;The Clearing&rsquo;, it has been designed by the Bergen-based architects 3RW. [...] &ldquo;It is actually much better than I had thought,.&rdquo; [J&oslash;rgen Watne Frydnes, the general manager of Ut&oslash;ya,] said. &ldquo;The frame around the woods and the silence of nature, makes it feel like a well.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>On July 22, 2011, on the island of Ut&oslash;yah, a lone gunman named Anders Breivik attacked a youth summer camp run by the Norwegian Workers&rsquo; Youth League (AUF), killing 69 people. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the attack, a memorial to the victims officially opens on the island. Known as &ldquo;Lysningen" (The Clearing), the memorial is designed by Bergen-based firm 3RW, and was selected through a competition hosted by AUF.</p><p>The design features a large metal ring, inscribed with the victims' names, suspended from pine trees over a clearing made by 3RW.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8losmof5r3yqgbi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2uu18x6nvmbzypci.jpg"></p><p>Vegard Gr&oslash;slie Wennesland, a survivor of the Ut&oslash;ya attack who served on the memorial committee, <a href="http://3rw.no/3rw-wins-the-competition-to-propose-memorial-on-utoya/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">says of 3RW's design</a>: "the idea is both sophisticated and unpretentious. No matter what social, cultural or religious affiliation, you can feel welcome here. It will be a beautiful place for remembrance."</p><p>Another competition, for two public memorials &ndash; one in Ut&oslash;ya and one in Oslo, where Breivik perpetrated a bombing attack on the same day &ndash; was wo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131952486/the-sudden-drought-gold-rush-for-california-landscapers-may-be-over The sudden drought gold rush for California landscapers may be over Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:13:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kp2d3b3wlz7cs72c.jpg" width="514" height="661" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These have been boom times for companies that rip out lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping, but now their business might be drying up. The Metropolitan Water District said Thursday it&nbsp;would no longer offer rebates to entice homeowners to get rid of their lawns because the agency ran out of money much sooner than it expected. That is bad news for [...] landscape contractor in Los Angeles. Grass removal has become about 40 percent of his business, driven by the rebates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a result of the sudden end of the government incentives, some Los Angeles landscape contractors, that had made turf removal their main business in the past months, began laying off staff. The <em>LA Times</em> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-turf-terminators-20150710-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>: "Turf Terminators, which ballooned from a staff of three to more than 450 over the last several months, laid off 30% of its employees and furloughed an additional 40%, the company said Friday in a statement to The Times."</p><p>Previously on the topic of California's severe drought:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131884271/the-best-lawn-for-california-s-drought-may-still-be-green" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The best lawn for California's drought may still be green</a></li><li><a title="As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Californians let their lawns turn golden, water conservation targets were exceeded in May</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health It's official: trees are good for your health Alexander Walter 2015-07-10T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb9bpg4yytp9pqt2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a new&nbsp;paper published Thursday, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. [...] they found that &ldquo;having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We focused on a large urban population center (Toronto, Canada) and related the two domains by combining high-resolution satellite imagery and individual tree data from Toronto with questionnaire-based self-reports of general health perception, cardio-metabolic conditions and mental illnesses from the Ontario Health Study," reads the abstract of the newly published report led by Omid Kardan. The study goes on to say: "Results from multiple regressions and multivariate canonical correlation analyses suggest that people who live in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets report significantly higher health perception and significantly less cardio-metabolic conditions (controlling for socio-economic and demographic factors)."</p><p>To read the full report, click <a href="http://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150709/srep11610/full/srep11610.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park Transforming a garbage heap into a public park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfa30e26897ea7417f0518ffca8732a0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the capping and closure of Fresh Kills&rsquo; five mounds, this 2,200-acre expanse of wetlands, marshlands, dry lowlands, forests, and grasslands has evolved into an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally a patch of creeks and marshland on the western shore of Staten Island, the area now known as Fresh Kills became a major landfill for New York City in 1948, once Robert Moses bought the land for housing development. His plan was to solidify the marshland with waste for a few years, and then build. But construction never happened, and for the remainder of the 20th century, the area served as a 2,200-acre garbage heap (by comparison, Central Park covers 843 acres). People hated it, and in 2001 managed to get the city to close it down, and begin the process of transforming it back into its (more or less) former ecological state, to be used as a public park known as Freshkills.</p><p>Learn more about Freshkills' storied past:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape</a></li><li><a title="A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19613/a-pretty-picture-of-the-future-for-fresh-kills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:07:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/357ptbdiparo1uax.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has ordered a review of the procurement process for London&rsquo;s garden bridge design after the Architects&rsquo; Journal revealed apparent irregularities in the tendering process. [...] Heatherwick&rsquo;s &pound;173,000 fee was more than three times more expensive than the &pound;49,939 offer by Wilkinson Eyre, and more than 11 times that of the &pound;15,125 offer by Marks Barfield. [...] cost of the project could fund 30 new London parks or 30 times the amount of open space the bridge would provide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p>