Archinect - News 2016-12-03T10:40:45-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149980848/santa-monica-s-impossibly-green-building-dreams-the-challenging-path-to-living-building-certification Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification Alexander Walter 2016-11-30T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T17:31:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ie/ieanteww318tv4hp.jpg" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute&rsquo;s &ldquo;Living Building Challenge&rdquo; &mdash; the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought &mdash;&nbsp;and that if we&rsquo;re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965794/architecture-dean-poh-says-reduction-in-energy-savings-is-not-enough-i-am-for-net-zero" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71829118/seattle-s-super-green-bullitt-center-opened-on-earth-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976865/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-biophilia-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-11-04T14:51:00-04:00 >2016-11-09T00:20:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ga/ga37n518na3tiz65.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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 <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/biophilia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erw58ixni28uxilb.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/cormanca-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CorManca House</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: H&eacute;ctor Armanado Herrera</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/va/vaqijipxhaymspr1.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY/project/boerum-hill-townhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boerum Hill Townhouse</a> in Brooklyn, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/GENASSEMBLY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">General Assembly</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/h0/h0ch8b6au6z97liq.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/25989684/black-box/135572388" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Box</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25989684/aaron-neubert-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Neubert Architects</a>; Photo: Brian Thomas Jones</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lg/lg058wwg5exd8nml.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bossleyarchitects/project/mccahon-s-artist-residence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McCahon's Artist Residence</a> in Titirangi, New Zealand 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/2d/2d99qnabpbpry1cp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign/project/pear-tree-house2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pear Tree House</a> in East Dulwich, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/edgleydesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edgley Design</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f5/f5loin3hgs63u81g.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten/project/kleinoud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kleinOud</a> in Berlin, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/brandt_simon_architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brandt+simon architekten</a>; Photo: Dirk D&auml;hmlow</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q51o0l1v4829eggm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/31790/ricardo-bofill-taller-de-arquitectura-headquarters/75880140" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Headquarters</a> in Sant Just Desvern, 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/z7/z7x441guf6c5wn8t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2840623/hex-sys/141554177" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HEX-SYS</a> in Guangzhou, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/openarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a>; Photo: Zhang Chao</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rj/rj9f3yiz7ydpxvw4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/68186458/bee-connected/149975204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T12:42:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x6/x61fnubbb53pegaz.jpg" width="650" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While solar panels have been subsidized in many cities for a while now, the blocky, rectangular panels aren&rsquo;t heavily implemented in part because they tend to appear as, well, an addition, rather than a constitutive element of home design. That's about to change, as Tesla has announced a (potentially) revolutionary new intervention in the development of self-powered homes.</p><p>At a press event at Universal Studios, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded <a href="https://www.tesla.com/solar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roof tiles</a>. And they look strikingly like old-fashioned roof tiles, coming in a four distinct styles: &ldquo;Textured Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Tuscan Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Smooth Glass Tile&rdquo; and &ldquo;Slate Glass Tile&rdquo;. From above, the glass is transparent to the sun. From street-level, the solar cells aren&rsquo;t visible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ww/ww7ceuyo7b4fde1d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vpq84k5i757g0prz.jpg"></p><p>Tesla states that the tiles will cost less than traditional roofing when energy savings are factored in. Manufactured out of durable, long-lasting tempered glass, the roof tiles will &ldquo;last longer than the house&rdquo;, Musk ass...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972239/american-firms-aren-t-doing-enough-to-reduce-their-carbon-footprint-according-to-new-report American firms aren't doing enough to reduce their carbon footprint, according to new report Nicholas Korody 2016-10-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T00:31:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jnq9h885eu9dprgd.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We are simply not making significant strides in crucial metrics that predict building performance,&rdquo; states Greg Mella, FAIA, Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group, in a new <a href="http://new.aia.org/press-releases/18626-mixed-results-in-design-projects-meeting-car" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> that gauges the progress made by firms voluntarily committing to reduce the carbon emissions produced by their buildings. &ldquo;These findings should serve as a wake-up call to architects that there needs to be greater urgency to drive improved energy efficiency across their project portfolios if we are going to reach our ultimate carbon reduction goals.&rdquo;</p><p>While a total of 152 firms submitted data, amounting to a 9% increase from 2014, the reports aren&rsquo;t terribly impressive. A scant 4% of the total gross square feet (GSF) represented met the target of reducing carbon emissions by 70%. And just 10% of total GSF met the previous target&mdash;a 60% carbon reduction&mdash;representing a decrease of 4% since the last report. That being said, 614 design projects met the 60% tar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965794/architecture-dean-poh-says-reduction-in-energy-savings-is-not-enough-i-am-for-net-zero Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero." Alexander Walter 2016-08-29T17:11:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:55:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/af/afadce676931fa0fdf6d6059fe47735f.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Right now (the industry is) setting targets of&nbsp;30&nbsp;to&nbsp;40 per cent reduction in energy savings from the current business as usual.&nbsp;I think that&rsquo;s just not enough. I am for net zero,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;The time scale between what we know can be done and should be done, and when the technology and processes become the norm, needs to be shortened. Currently it takes about 10 to 15 years.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139315335/2015-solar-decathlon-winner-stevens-institute-of-technology-addresses-post-sandy-resiliency-with-the-sure-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></li></ul><p>Also, don't miss <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Deans List</em></a>, Archinect's ongoing interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964731/editor-s-picks-452 Editor's Picks #452 Nam Henderson 2016-08-23T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T21:10:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f0/f01bxbz9nlc3wef1.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;took readers on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956316/touring-some-of-the-world-s-most-attractive-public-housing-projectsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a tour of some of the world's most attractive public housing projects</a>, from the last decade.&nbsp;<strong>ChrisDx</strong> commented "<em>The projects certainly appear innovative in images taken most likely when they were first built. I wonder how &lsquo;successful&rsquo; they have been in meeting the resident's needs and what they look like now</em>."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fs/fsgvfa9x6gj9cq8k.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a> investigated how <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149962603/ethical-dwellings-for-generation-y-explores-new-forms-of-living-and-owning-in-a-changing-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ED/GY, or Ethical Dwellings for Generation Y</a>, hopes to address "<em>new forms of living and owning in a changing London</em>".&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> &nbsp;was terrified "<em>holy shit is this dystopic!</em>" <a href="https://twitter.com/BirdsofVenice/status/765384048365547520" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Birds of Venice</a> noted the "<em>Marxist sideboob.</em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/housing?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> #housing</a></em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0j/0jyykbdccjqaicjv.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962108/museum-at-the-front-line-one-to-one-33-with-dora-epstein-jones-executive-director-of-the-a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions One-to-One #33</a>&nbsp;executive director of the A+D Museum Epstein Jones, imagines how A+D could become the L.A version of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1920121/storefront-for-art-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Storefront</a>, while working to keep it accessible to the local community.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dq/dqtmz2cihg28ii35.jpg"></p><p>Senior editor&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;reminded readers that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961944/dan-graham-hates-conceptual-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Graham hates conceptual art</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;"<em>was enjoying him quite well until he drew an arbitrary line between ar...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963986/the-netherlands-considers-a-ban-on-gasoline-powered-vehicles The Netherlands considers a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles Nicholas Korody 2016-08-18T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:42:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/df/df99v4kw2fozf1gm.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gasoline-powered cars may soon be a thing of the past. But the Netherlands wants to get there quicker. The Dutch government is debating the possibility of banning new gas and diesel cars from 2025. The initial proposal, which was brought forward by the Labor Party, called for an outright ban of all petrol and diesel cars, but was eventually modified so the ban only affected the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Traditional cars already in use will still run on the streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The proposal has since passed in the lower house of the Netherlands&rsquo; parliament. It now needs to pass through the Dutch senate.</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940683/faraday-future-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-1b-nevada-factory" target="_blank">Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960972/environmentally-friendly-design-inspires-education-at-howe-dell-primary-school Environmentally-friendly design inspires education at Howe Dell Primary school Jessica Bonehill 2016-08-02T05:06:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:00:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i0/i0qto9qxpn8gsjkd.jpg" width="650" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mf/mfh05zy6sv9680zy.jpg"></p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understood...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957070/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-blocks-extra-funds-for-garden-bridge London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge kplatzgummer 2016-07-11T03:34:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:09:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dg/dgtwuu2lw96dtzj8.jpg" width="650" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The future of London&rsquo;s proposed garden bridge has been called into further question after the city&rsquo;s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, halted preparatory work on the structure over fears this could involve more public money being spent. The Garden Bridge Trust says the bridge from South Bank to Temple, featuring 270 trees and thousands of plants, will be a &ldquo;tiara&rdquo; for London, being both an iconic landmark and a vital pedestrian bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about London's Garden Bridge on architnect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149948451/london-s-garden-bridge-the-saga-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London?</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954589/future-sustainable-cities-will-be-built-with-bone Future sustainable cities will be built with... bone? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T14:49:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sf/sf7wjogaymffjd8g.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In bone, the proportions of protein and mineral are roughly equal &ndash; the mineral gives bone stiffness and hardness, while the protein gives it toughness or resistance to fracture. While bones can break, it is relatively rare, and they have the benefit of being self-healing [...] &ldquo;All of our existing building standards have been designed with concrete and steel in mind. Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bioengineer Dr. Michelle Oyen of <a href="http://archinect.com/cambridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cambridge</a>&rsquo;s Department of Engineering and her lab are working on ways to build artificial compounds that mimic bone and eggshell. Eventually, once scaled up, the compounds could be used as building materials.</p><p>When the mineral compounds are "templated" onto the naturally occurring animal protein of collagen, Oyen believes that the two materials could make a "lattice-type structure," stronger than the bone itself. Because this combination takes far less energy to produce than say steel or concrete, it could be used as a more energy efficient building material.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The scientists trying to harness the power of waves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li><li><a title="US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947979/making-bricks-from-cigarette-butts-could-drastically-reduce-environmental-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost</a></li><li><a title="A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148273321/a-cardboard-and-carbon-emission-economy-the-long-term-effects-of-our-desire-for-instant-gratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943942/matters-of-scale-with-bill-zahner-head-of-the-engineering-design-consultancy-behind-the-petersen-automotive-museum-s-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineerin...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954304/holistic-design-tool-homekit-takes-on-issues-of-resilient-community-and-sustainability-in-rural-colombia Holistic design tool HOMEKIT takes on issues of resilient community and sustainability in rural Colombia Sponsor 2016-06-28T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T11:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pm/pmg1wo9h810m4qf4.jpg" width="650" height="477" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://the-bac.edu/education-programs?utm_campaign=Architecture&amp;utm_medium=Editorial_Programs&amp;utm_source=Archinects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Population growth and lack of shelter are the main indicators of increased poverty in developing countries. Every year, millions of people in rural communities in tropical climates migrate to cities in search of a better life. Informal settlements proliferate on the cities&rsquo; peripheries. However, what often awaits them is misfortune: few employment opportunities, lack of clean water, crowded housing spaces, crime, and other threats to their family traditions and lifestyle.</p><p>The HOMEKIT training program educates people in rural areas to sustainably cultivate bamboo and empower their villages to be self-reliant and to meet their own shelter needs. The system reduces forest depletion and contributes to the socioeconomic infrastructure of the villages. It provides safe, dignified, highly functional homes that respond to the local environment and natural disasters, connects people with the natural systems that support them, and he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951790/tour-norway-s-doomsday-seed-vault-deep-within-the-arctic-circle Tour Norway's "Doomsday" seed vault, deep within the Arctic Circle Julia Ingalls 2016-06-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T20:40:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sy/sy13hgdak3i5p56n.jpg" width="650" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the architecture of forward-thinking climate change? One example is the <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/71895/svalbard-vault-opens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Svalbard Seed Vault</a>, which when full will house roughly 3 million different species of plants in anticipation of a future that may be hotter, drier, or simply climatically different than the one we inhabit now.</p><p>This video offers a rare tour of the three-vault, minus 5 degrees Celsius interior storage facility, which is located within a mountain in Norway in anticipation of rising global sea levels:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943697/norman-foster-s-secret-garden-a-tour-of-foster-partners-maggie-s-center Norman Foster's secret garden: a tour of Foster + Partners' Maggie's Center Julia Ingalls 2016-05-04T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:18:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ky/kyior382ytrvifzk.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cancer survivor Lord Norman Foster gave HRH Duchess of Cornwall a tour of his newly completed Maggie's Center in his hometown of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941146/inflatable-museum-to-provide-additional-learning-support-to-disadvantaged-areas-of-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> at the cancer facility's official opening April 27th, showing her a design that emphasizes natural light and a connection to nature. This has lead to numerous sliding glass doors and walls throughout the rectilinear plan, as well as the intention to plant vines on the signature triangular timber frame. Additionally, each treatment and counselling room comes with its own private garden.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q5/q5dx5l8ruh32xewk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85b6brkfnnasz5ya.jpg"></p><p>As Foster noted, "Our aim in Manchester, the city of my youth, was to create a building that is welcoming, friendly and without any of the institutional references of a hospital or health centre &ndash; a light-filled, homely space where people can gather, talk or simply reflect. That is why throughout the building there is a focus on natural light, greenery and views; with a greenhouse to provide fresh flowers, and an emphasis on the therapeutic qualities of nature and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941958/see-the-newly-revealed-2016-aia-cote-top-ten-green-projects See the newly revealed 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Justine Testado 2016-04-22T18:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T01:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f5/f55z6jm55eq6ui0j.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just in time for Earth Day, the AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) revealed a new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2016. Over the last two decades, the annual awards program is considered to be the profession's most rigorous awards program for sustainable design excellence throughout the U.S. The jury chose the projects that best convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a peek of the winners:</p><p>Rene Cazenave Apartments; San Francisco by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Associated Architect</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mt/mt45gir4v3aprq87.jpg"></p><p>H-E-B at Mueller; Austin, TX by Lake|Flato Architects, H-E-B Design + Construction, Selser Schaefer Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/da/dalyzi4qjb8t5utt.jpg"></p><p>The J. Craig Venter Institute; San Diego by ZGF Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58mxodoucyyxta5l.jpg"></p><p>Find the rest of the projects <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4841/aia-announces-the-2016-cote-top-ten-green-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941956/a-green-veil-for-ugly-towers A green veil for ugly towers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-22T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:42:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/13/13996c91ee8962c1425b295e8d86e2c8.jpg" width="600" height="629" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That is the question that plagues all these green towers. Will they really ever look like they do on the billboards? The question is important because what this outbreak of green means is that architects and developers are hiding ugly, ill-considered buildings behind curtains of foliage and if the green doesn&rsquo;t grow, all we&rsquo;re left with is the dumb, naked towers, blank and expressionless with the fig leaf of a few, well, fig leaves for cover.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></li><li><a title="Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99840077/boeri-studio-s-bosco-verticale-in-milan-makes-the-forest-tower-fantasy-a-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality</a></li><li><a title="Seeing (Too Much) Green: Reality Cues' Eco-Porn Competition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79552302/seeing-too-much-green-reality-cues-eco-porn-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seeing (Too Much) Green: Reality Cues' Eco-Porn Competition</a></li><li><a title='"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127176132/eco-gentrification-or-the-social-ramifications-of-urban-greening" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y4hukyf2aotz4aj4.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solar power industry is about to get a big boost in San Francisco. On April 19, the city&rsquo;s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first major US metropolitan area requiring that new buildings install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs. California already mandates that new buildings with 10 floors or less designate at least 15% of their rooftop area (pdf, p8) as being ready for solar panel installation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The city of San Francisco now requires that builders actually install solar panels in these areas (at a minimum) starting in 2017. Larger buildings are exempt for now."</em></p><p>Curious about other efforts to make American cities reduce their carbon footprint through harvesting solar energy? Check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940683/faraday-future-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-for-1b-nevada-factory Faraday Future holds groundbreaking ceremony for $1B Nevada factory Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T12:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:31:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4h/4h1c6wn3ih2k2fbr.jpg" width="650" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Electric car company&nbsp;Faraday Future held a groundbreaking ceremony for&nbsp;its $1 billion manufacturing facility outside Las Vegas this afternoon, attended by Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, North Las Vegas mayor John Lee, and a host of other officials. There wasn't any actual "ground" broken, though, really &mdash; Faraday still needs to grade the land, which it says it will do "soon."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>[...]</em></p><p><em>"Faraday's VP of Global Manufacturing Dag Reckhorn says that they are "moving extremely quickly for a project of this size" &mdash; a 3 million square-foot factory on 900 acres that the company claims will bring 4,300 jobs to the region over a decade &mdash; with plans to build in just two years instead of the normal four."</em></p><p>Watch the cached livestream here (video starts at 32:59):</p><p></p><p>Listen to our recent&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> conversation with <strong>Richard Kim</strong>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/148900430/faraday-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Faraday Future</strong></a>:</p><p></p><p>For more on the future of self-driving automobiles, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940475/is-tesla-having-its-iphone-moment-with-the-launch-of-the-model-3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Tesla having its "iPhone moment" with the launch of the Model 3?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938451/new-nevada-solar-plant-can-store-heat-from-the-sun-for-up-to-10-hours-with-molten-salt New Nevada solar plant can store heat from the sun for up to 10 hours – with molten salt Alexander Walter 2016-04-05T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-04-05T22:38:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/de/deb73dd77c1db2a102001f8b73967255.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renewable energy like solar and wind is booming across the country as the costs of production have come down. But the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't blow when we need it to. [...] A company called SolarReserve may have found a solution: It built a large solar plant in the Nevada desert that can store heat from the sun and generate electricity for up to 10 hours even after sundown.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934787/denver-selected-to-host-the-2017-solar-decathlon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936222/a-river-of-solar-power-a-scheme-for-the-tijuana-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A river of solar power: a scheme for the Tijuana river</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149606391/how-this-new-gigafactory-may-popularize-residential-solar-power-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How this new gigafactory may popularize residential solar power technology</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937233/a-look-at-sou-fujimoto-s-proposed-sustainable-timber-frame-tower A look at Sou Fujimoto's proposed sustainable, timber-frame tower Julia Ingalls 2016-03-30T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yh/yhwcrx93wbngmywf.jpg" width="650" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/laisneroussel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laisn&eacute; Roussel</a> and&nbsp;developer Pitch Promotion, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a>'s proposed 50-meter tall mixed-use timber-frame structure Canopia would be the tallest of its kind if built. Riffing a bit off the swirling form of Fujimoto's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134127656/a-brief-history-of-twisted-apartment-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abre Blanc</a> apartment building, the proposed structure includes 199 residential units, over 3,700 square meters of commercial offices,&nbsp;a panoramic bar and roof gardens, and 500 square meters of retail space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t4/t4eldpwsr9cdkytp.jpg"></p><p>In addition to being a part of the phase two development of the Amargnac sector of the Bordeaux Saint-Jean&nbsp;Belcier ZAC (urban development zone), Canopia is&nbsp;designed&nbsp;to be environmentally sustainable. Aside from&nbsp;attempting&nbsp;to&nbsp;achieve&nbsp;"Biosource" certification by using cross-laminated spruce or silver fur timber for the flooring and beams, sustainability is partly achieved by the rooftop gardens, which are connected by raised walkways and allow residents to wander among fruit trees, water&nbsp;reservoirs, and vegetable gardens before hitting the bar/re...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves The scientists trying to harness the power of waves Nicholas Korody 2016-03-24T19:09:00-04:00 >2016-03-24T19:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7l/7lhjqyx1l50y9c40.jpg" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For four decades, the problem of how to create an economically viable business producing power from waves has fascinated a specialized group of engineers, many of whom are concentrated around the sea-beaten coast of Scotland. Inventors have created all sorts of strange and wonderful devices to coax energy out of the water; investors have poured millions of pounds into the effort.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The problem is arguably one of the most perplexing in energy production. And maybe, just maybe, the answer is getting closer."</em></p><p>Interested in other articles on the renewable energy? Take a look at these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936222/a-river-of-solar-power-a-scheme-for-the-tijuana-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A river of solar power: a scheme for the Tijuana river</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138417575/werner-sobek-believes-we-could-live-in-entirely-renewable-energy-powered-cities-by-2020" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137353975/major-international-companies-to-set-targets-to-switch-to-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934787/denver-selected-to-host-the-2017-solar-decathlon Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon Alexander Walter 2016-03-15T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:49:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/71/714e023ycf30tzh6.jpg" width="650" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dr. Orr revealed that Denver won the bid to host this biennial event, in which student teams compete to design, build, and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered houses. [...] The competition is planned to be staged near a new development close to Denver International Airport. The area around the 61st and Pe&ntilde;a Commuter Rail Station is positioned to become a national model for sustainable, transit-oriented, greenfield development [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect coverage of previous Solar Decathlons:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139315335/2015-solar-decathlon-winner-stevens-institute-of-technology-addresses-post-sandy-resiliency-with-the-sure-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84161736/archinect-field-trip-solar-decathlon-2013-basking-in-arrays-of-energy-efficiency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-03-03T16:46:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:41:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6m/6m5tk3bew1759b5d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A US government agency says it has attained the &ldquo;holy grail&rdquo; of energy &ndash; the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Arpa-E) &ndash; a branch of the Department of Energy &ndash; says it achieved its breakthrough technology in seven years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Arpa-E) was founded back in 2009 as part of President Obama's economic recovery plan. So-called "moonshot projects" are often too risky for private investors, but this state-run initiative may have unlocked a new technology that others, from Elon Musk to Bill Gates, have been chasing after for years.</p><p>&ldquo;I think we have reached some holy grails in batteries &ndash; just in the sense of demonstrating that we can create a totally new approach to battery technology, make it work, make it commercially viable, and get it out there to let it do its thing,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Ellen Williams, Arpa-E&rsquo;s director.</p><p>The projects that Arpa-E has developed involve faster superconductors and new materials besides lithium-ion. Williams said that their projects could transform utility scale storage.</p><p>For the US to switch from a fossil-fuel economy to one based on renewable energy sources like solar and wind, it's essential to create more efficient large-scale energy storage systems...</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/148814474/masdar-abandons-its-dream-of-becoming-the-first-zero-carbon-city Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city Alexander Walter 2016-02-23T14:33:00-05:00 >2016-02-23T23:20:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/94/949npvql1boi3wq4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Masdar City, when it was first conceived a decade ago, was intended to revolutionise thinking about cities and the built environment. Now the world&rsquo;s first planned sustainable city &ndash; the marquee project of the United Arab Emirates&rsquo; (UAE) plan to diversify the economy from fossil fuels - could well be the world&rsquo;s first green ghost town. As of this year [...] managers have given up on the original goal of building the world&rsquo;s first planned zero-carbon city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Masdar City previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121764468/get-a-drone-s-eye-view-of-foster-partners-masdar-city-in-abu-dhabi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a drone's eye view of Foster + Partners' Masdar City in Abu Dhabi</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58477951/fully-charged-visits-foster-designed-masdar-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fully Charged visits Foster-designed Masdar City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/5973420/inside-masdar-city-a-modern-mirage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Masdar City: a modern mirage</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148273321/a-cardboard-and-carbon-emission-economy-the-long-term-effects-of-our-desire-for-instant-gratification A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification Nicholas Korody 2016-02-16T14:00:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:06:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q7/q7j1zqbmut0w0wyx.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A handful of scientists and policy makers are...grappling with the long-term environmental effect of an economy that runs increasingly on gotta-have-it-now gratification [...] The environmental cost can include the additional cardboard &mdash; 35.4 million tons of containerboard were produced in 2014 in the United States, with e-commerce companies among the fastest-growing users &mdash; and the emissions from increasingly personalized freight services.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As internet retailers compete to provide as-close-to-instant services to satiate our increasing desire for rapid gratification, our collective ecological footprint grows. The problem isn't just the cardboard boxes piling up on your doorstep, but also the carbon emissions required to get that Postmates or Amazon Prime delivery into your hands.</p><p>And according to experts (or at least those profiled by the <em>Times)</em>, the responsibility lies equally with consumers as it does with the companies providing the services. In short, we need to "slow down consumption," states Robert Reed, spokesman for Recology, the main recycling processor in San Francisco.</p><p>For more on the ecological impact of our consumptive patterns, take a look at these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146135676/we-have-probably-hit-peak-stuff-says-ikea-boss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We have probably hit peak stuff," says Ikea boss</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134267895/it-s-only-august-but-humans-have-already-consumed-a-year-s-worth-of-resources" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's only August but humans have already consumed a year's worth of resources</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Ar...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146135676/we-have-probably-hit-peak-stuff-says-ikea-boss "We have probably hit peak stuff," says Ikea boss Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T19:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T12:27:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fm/fmuoqmvv5ldu6hzs.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The appetite of western consumers for home furnishings has reached its peak &ndash; according to Ikea, the world&rsquo;s largest furniture retailer. The Swedish company&rsquo;s head of sustainability told a Guardian conference that consumption of many familiar goods was at its limit. &ldquo;If we look on a global basis, in the west we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil. I&rsquo;d say we&rsquo;ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff &hellip; peak home furnishings,&rdquo; Steve Howard said [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138800384/ikea-and-airbnb-a-match-made-in-globalized-heaven" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?</a></li><li><p><a title="Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133974036/get-a-glimpse-of-these-hacked-ikea-kitchens-by-big-henning-larsen-and-norm-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a glimpse of these hacked IKEA kitchens by BIG, Henning Larsen, and NORM Architects</a></p></li><li><p><a title="UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124209727/un-refugee-agency-commissions-10k-ikea-designed-better-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Why is Ikea a Non-profit?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109025204/why-is-ikea-a-non-profit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is Ikea a Non-profit?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146040687/olafur-eliasson-wins-a-crystal-award-for-improving-the-state-of-the-world Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world" Alexander Walter 2016-01-18T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:56:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vm/vmhpcn8xaodklhwv.jpg" width="640" height="593" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations are due to Olafur Eliasson who's just been given a Crystal Award for his "exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world".&nbsp; Ahead of the World Economic Forum, which takes place later this week in Davos, Eliasson was singled out for particular praise major works including The New York City Waterfalls, Ice Watch, The Weather Project, and Riverbed.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Eliasson who joins fellow winners Leonardo DiCaprio (for his work publicising climate change) actress Yao Chen (for her work raising awareness of the refugee crisis) and will.i.am (for his leadership in creating educational opportunities for the underserved)."</em></p><p>More of Eliasson in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135028638/olafur-eliasson-opens-ship-themed-pedestrian-bridge-in-copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade Julia Ingalls 2016-01-06T14:38:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T19:05:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yu0fbofz5nqfrgp6.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this rush to urbanize, China also has an enormous opportunity to move toward a &ldquo;new pattern of urbanization.&rdquo; Chinese cities could fulfill their potential to be the most energy-efficient human habitat rather than stoking energy consumption.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a projected urban population of one billion by 2030, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a> needs a few more cities&mdash;but it needs them to be sustainable, a challenge that could be met if smart growth and planning is instituted now. According to this article, no perfect eco-city model exists yet, but certain practices could be scaled up to help create urbanities that are both dense yet green, or at least greener than current smog-laden metropolises (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hello, Beijing</a>). Archinect has been keenly following different strategies for building large-scale sustainable living situations, including:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138417575/werner-sobek-believes-we-could-live-in-entirely-renewable-energy-powered-cities-by-2020" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bk/bkjt8mvtmjg7t8im.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o0/o00gyheyadzrz5yt.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fraz8jjvncw68dkp.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143997037/cool-roofs-substantially-reduce-temperatures-during-a-heat-wave-according-to-new-study 'Cool roofs' substantially reduce temperatures during a heat wave, according to new study Nicholas Korody 2015-12-22T19:39:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:35:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l9/l94dpy351zzi66zf.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is well established that white roofs can mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun's energy back into space and reducing a city's temperature. In a new study of Guangzhou, China, researchers found that during a heat wave, the effect is significantly more pronounced. Reflective roofs, also called cool roofs, save energy by keeping buildings cooler, thus reducing the need for air conditioning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a new study by Berkeley lab researchers&nbsp;Dev Millstein, Ronnen Levinson, and Pablo Rosado, alongside Meichun Cao and Zhaohui Lin of the Institute of Atmospheric Physic in Beijing, so-called "cool roofs," or roofs painted white, substantially reduce the urban heat island effect during a heat wave.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4segr6qig2fij59.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Prior research had shown that cool roofs could mitigate the urban heat island effect, but the new study shows just how drastically this can make a difference during a heat wave. Heat waves affect both public health and energy resources, requiring massive amounts of air conditioning and other cooling systems that can overtax the electric grid.<br><br>"The hotter it is, the more cooling you get with cool roofs--and it is a significant difference, compared to the margin of error," Millstein told ScienceDaily. "We found that the stagnant conditions of a heat wave, where the air is just sitting over the city, was one of the main factors."<br><br>The research was conducted in&nbsp;Guangzhou, a large city ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143664937/britain-s-last-deep-pit-coal-mine-closes-the-end-of-the-industrial-revolution Britain's last deep-pit coal mine closes — the end of the industrial revolution? Alexander Walter 2015-12-18T12:25:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:18:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iw/iwd8dl0squ4ax0g5.jpg" width="634" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The last deep-pit coal mine in the U.K. plans to shut its doors here next week, heralding the end of a centuries-old industry that helped fuel the industrial revolution and build the British Empire. The shutdown [...] represents a victory for advocates of reducing carbon emissions after world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss how to combat global warming, with coal in the cross hairs. It also reflects a glut of energy on world markets, from crude oil to natural gas and coal itself.</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>