Archinect - News 2016-12-04T11:37:19-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149974186/javier-senosiain-s-low-income-bio-architecture-housing-proposal Javier Senosiain's low-income "bio-architecture" housing proposal Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T14:26:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:25:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cg/cgdjsrl6ysp4vf98.jpg" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forming a closer, more harmonious bond between humanity and nature is the underlying goal of Javier Senosiain's organic or so-called "bio-architecture." His buildings often take the shape of organic forms--in one case, mythic serpent Quetzalcoatl--while simultaneously harvesting rainwater and providing natural shade and ventilation, among other attributes. The Mexican architect and professor at <a href="http://archinect.com/tacos/unam-50-years-of-modern-architecture-at-the-national-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNAM</a> has a retrospective exhibition at The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City displaying his buildings, including a proposed low-income housing complex which breaks away from the cram'em'in monolithic housing milleu and instead creates a walkable, livable village. Check out this <a href="http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/10/14/architecture-exhibit-showcases-organic-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCTV-America</a> video profiling Senosiain and his work:</p> 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/650x/rx/rxrgpb6mezvmizsz.jpg" width="650" height="335" 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/149946996/better-buildings-leading-to-big-energy-savings Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:04:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T12:06:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/je/je8tgcbqgz5d8dxf.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thirty-five partners have achieved their Challenge energy or water savings goals, all ahead of schedule...These partners accomplished their energy, water and financing goals through a combination of innovative solutions and proven strategies, which are openly exchanged through the Better Buildings Solution Center website.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest data from U.S. DOE Better Buildings program shows that partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. A new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it&rsquo;s important.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149513997/foster-partners-unveils-future-refuelling-network-design Foster + Partners unveils future refuelling network design Julia Ingalls 2016-03-03T16:24:00-05:00 >2016-03-03T16:48:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nc/nc1w3va7dkj6nbkt.jpg" width="650" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With over half of the world's population currently living in cities, and seventy percent of it predicted to be urban by 2050, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72397/new-nissan-hq-goes-green" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nissan</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> have undertaken the design problem of creating a refuelling network that, among other things, allows electric cars to recharge wirelessly while parked in the street at night (or in work-station adjacent parking garages).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hd/hd9blll8m1vsfajb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/px/pxufiupoofqu47uq.jpg"></p><p>According to a press release, David Nelson, Foster + Partners' Co-Head of design stated, "Integrating zero emission technologies into the built environment is vital in creating smarter, more sustainable cities. That commitment must extend far beyond the car &ndash; it must sit at the heart of everything we do.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a5/a5ki0ltb4hz42de4.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93717939/ncsu-faculty-member-vincent-petrarca-receives-acsa-faculty-design-award NCSU Faculty Member Vincent Petrarca Receives ACSA Faculty Design Award kimweiss 2014-02-17T11:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T10:45:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ax/axzzzvhg3qj2qzaq.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>For a Modernist house designed and built by his firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction</em></strong></p><p>February 17, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) -- Vincent Petrarca, an&nbsp;adjunct faculty member in the Department of Architecture at&nbsp;North Carolina State University&rsquo;s College of Design and a founding partner of the Raleigh, NC-based design/build firm&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tonic-design.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tonic Design + Tonic Construction</a>, has received a prestigious 2013-2014 Faculty Design Award from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acsa-arch.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)</a>&nbsp;for his design of &ldquo;Crabill Modern,&rdquo; a Modernist, single-family house in Hillsborough, N.C.</p><p>Each year, the ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service.&nbsp;</p><p>The ASCA&rsquo;s Faculty Design Awards honor built work that &ldquo;advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by recognizing and encouraging outstanding work in&nbsp;architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavor,&rdquo; according to the ACSA. Winning ...</p>