Archinect - News 2016-06-24T16:30:40-04:00 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/514x/sy/sy13hgdak3i5p56n.jpg" width="514" height="284" 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/514x/ky/kyior382ytrvifzk.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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/514x/f5/f55z6jm55eq6ui0j.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/514x/13/13996c91ee8962c1425b295e8d86e2c8.jpg" width="514" height="539" 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/514x/y4/y4hukyf2aotz4aj4.jpg" width="514" height="367" 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/514x/4h/4h1c6wn3ih2k2fbr.jpg" width="514" height="247" 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/514x/de/deb73dd77c1db2a102001f8b73967255.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/514x/yh/yhwcrx93wbngmywf.jpg" width="514" height="579" 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/514x/7l/7lhjqyx1l50y9c40.jpg" width="514" height="337" 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/514x/71/714e023ycf30tzh6.jpg" width="514" height="263" 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/514x/6m/6m5tk3bew1759b5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/514x/nc/nc1w3va7dkj6nbkt.jpg" width="514" height="225" 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/514x/94/949npvql1boi3wq4.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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/514x/q7/q7j1zqbmut0w0wyx.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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/514x/fm/fmuoqmvv5ldu6hzs.jpg" width="514" height="341" 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/514x/vm/vmhpcn8xaodklhwv.jpg" width="514" height="476" 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/514x/yu/yu0fbofz5nqfrgp6.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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/514x/l9/l94dpy351zzi66zf.jpg" width="514" height="326" 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/514x/iw/iwd8dl0squ4ax0g5.jpg" width="514" height="368" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/141740235/norman-foster-says-he-has-no-power-as-an-architect-none-whatsoever-only-advocacy Norman Foster says he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever" – only advocacy Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2015-11-26T01:18:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxxvy0l1k73pqkxn.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Do you believe in infrastructure?&rdquo; asks Norman Foster, with challenge in his voice. He does. Infrastructure, he says, is about &ldquo;investing not to solve the problems of today but to anticipate the issues of future generations&rdquo;. [...] &ldquo;I have no power as an architect, none whatsoever. I can&rsquo;t even go on to a building site and tell people what to do.&rdquo; Advocacy, he says, is the only power an architect ever has.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141361583/prairie-futurism-designs-revealed-for-the-new-chicago-apple-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138591091/the-in-crowd-review-of-conversations-with-architects-in-the-age-of-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140830159/the-selective-amnesia-of-foster-partners-maspero-triangle-district-masterplan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141511609/fuller-challenge-winner-says-his-greenwave-3d-ocean-farm-concept-could-feed-the-world Fuller Challenge winner says his GreenWave 3D ocean farm concept "could feed the world" Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:13:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bq/bqfv1g8em4q6ml0f.jpg" width="514" height="726" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So Smith invented the world&rsquo;s first 3D ocean farm. Not only does his model aim to reduce overfishing, but it also attempts to mitigate the effects of climate change. [...] With scalability in mind, Smith wanted his model to be simple and replicable. To that end, GreenWave supports other fish farmers to get create their own 3D ocean gardens. &ldquo;If you were to take a network of our farms totaling the size of Washington state, technically you could feed the world,&rdquo; Smith said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about Bren Smith's award-winning GreenWave farming system when Archinect first announced him winning the 2015 Fuller Challenge last month:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139534854/greenwave-s-3d-ocean-farm-initiative-wins-the-2015-buckminster-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GreenWave's 3D ocean farm initiative wins the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015 Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015 Justine Testado 2015-10-18T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:11:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vq/vqngoa6chlo3yg4g.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun beat down onto the asphalt grounds of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, where a village of 14 solar-powered houses popped up for the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/19773/solar-decathlon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>. Multi-disciplinary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446440/twenty-teams-listed-for-doe-solar-decathlon-2015-at-oc-great-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">teams of college students</a> worldwide dedicate two years to designing and planning their institution&rsquo;s house, then spend just nine days assembling them from scratch in Irvine.&nbsp;Then, the competition begins.</p><p>Teams are tasked with constructing the house that best blends affordability and consumer appeal, and demonstrates optimal energy production and efficiency. The houses are evaluated in <a href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/2015/competition-contests.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 contests</a>&nbsp;based on merits of performance and livability. The team who scores the most out of a maximum 1,000 points is crowned the overall winner. Held biennially, the Decathlon attracts ambitious students who want to push the boundaries of the future of sustainable technology and housing, while honing their technical skills and toughening their skin for their forthcoming careers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtjuzz9ti0dhmacw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6p/6pkkuxc64ddulou3.jpg"><br><em>"S...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139031170/renzo-piano-building-workshop-redesigns-moscow-power-station-into-art-site Renzo Piano Building Workshop redesigns Moscow power station into art site Julia Ingalls 2015-10-15T14:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:17:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6innx23iorbt0xxk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Instead of belching oppressive fumes over <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135802570/moscow-skaters-reclaiming-hidden-spaces-on-top-of-soviet-era-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>'s recently pedestrianized Red October District, the iconic smokestacks of the century-old GES2 power station will be transformed into conduits for ventilation as part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/341/renzo-piano-building-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano Building Workshop</a>'s sustainable redesign of the facility into an art site for the V-A-C Foundation.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4u7j134jaq5k34xp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a6/a6b9eh19uy8m7fwr.jpg"></p><p>Spearheaded by the Building Workshop's 46-year-old Paris-based partner&nbsp;Antonio Belvedere, the site will fit into a 150 meter by 150 meter square and feature three main "poles": Welcoming, Education, and Exhibitions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r6woudfczmrno8du.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cz/czcl9l6skv3jz69v.jpg"></p><p>The latter two poles are conceived of as interior spaces, and will incorporate classrooms, residency spaces, and a flexible gallery that can accommodate a variety of different artistic mediums.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sz/sz0w2v3h819xyf3p.jpg"></p><p>The largely outdoor Welcoming pole will include a sculpture garden, restaurant/cafe, library, an indoor/outdoor piazza, and serve as host for live events and temporary art installations.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8o/8onzdu4015l0a6w0.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse) Nicholas Korody 2015-10-14T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T14:55:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5g/5g1uo7dnghveity0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Department of Energy has created a new model for how we can connect the way we power our homes and vehicles. Dubbed AMIE... the platform features special technology that allows a bi-directional flow of energy between a dwelling and a vehicle. In other words, the house can fuel the car and the car can fuel the house. What's more, ORNL used 3D printing technology to build the dwelling and the vehicle...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/by/byivttigdzww6pxy.jpg"><br><br>AMIE, or Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy, is a hybrid of different futuristic technologies, mashed together into a single platform. First, both the house and the vehicle were 3D printed.<br><br>The former, a single-room structure, was designed in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings and Merril and features vacuum insulated panels, a micro-kitchen, and a rooftop photovoltaic system.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erdd8t820dfhxu3g.jpg"><br><br>The car, despite looking a bit like something from Mad Max, can be modified with new, 3D printed parts. It includes an electric hybrid power-train that uses natural gas to supplement the energy provided by the house.<br><br>Right now, it's a heavy vehicle, but researchers are working to make it lighter, as well as experimenting with external combustion engines, bio-fuel powered internal combustion engines, hydrogen fuel cells, and flow batteries.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moipyasc2glekg30.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hf/hf5evkq8h2ikz6u3.jpg"><br><br>The real jaw-dropping element of the prototype is that it allows a bi-directional flow of energy: from the car to the house, and vice versa.<br><br>Today, many electric cars can b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right Alexander Walter 2015-10-14T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:43:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hx/hxy106i7m6937sz6.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is important for Africa, where despite high urbanisation rates the development focus has been primarily rural. Consider Ghana. The country&rsquo;s urban population has grown from four million in 1984 to more than 14 million today. Fifty one percent of Ghanaians now live in cities. While urbanisation rates vary across Africa, Ghana reflects an overall global trend towards a predominantly urban future. Ghana demonstrates how cities can be highly productive in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137431134/mass-design-group-to-propose-bauhaus-of-africa-at-u-n-summit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138589478/gkd-leeding-the-way-in-sustainable-building-products GKD LEEDing The Way In Sustainable Building Products Sponsor 2015-10-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T14:33:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mf/mffbeciiaiqnjnrz.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Metal Fabrics</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In the ever-growing multitude of green building products available in today&rsquo;s market, one material that doesn&rsquo;t always come straight to mind is stainless steel. But this often overlooked material holds a wealth of sustainability benefits that grow tenfold when applied and bolstered by technology such as woven metal mesh. <a href="http://www.gkdmetalfabrics.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD-USA</a> has harnessed the inherent sustainability characteristics of stainless steel, using the material as a medium for creating striking, LEED-worthy building exteriors.</p><p>Stainless steel by its very nature, offers sustainable characteristics. Depending on the manufacturer, stainless steel used in metal fabrics can contain as much as 35% post-industrial and 25% post-consumer recycled content. This recyclability directly correlates with minimizing waste. The process of recycling stainless steel involves no health hazardous materials. Additionally, stainless steel:</p><ul><li>does not require a surface coating that can deteriorate ...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138417575/werner-sobek-believes-we-could-live-in-entirely-renewable-energy-powered-cities-by-2020 Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020 Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T21:03:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tk3dv4l9ub6s3c8w.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After building 2014's&nbsp;Aktivhaus B10, a house that generates twice as much energy as it uses for its own needs via renewable sources, architect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1559/werner-sobek" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek</a> believes that we have all the technology we need to live in entirely emissions-free cities in only five years. He also understands that to make this shift, he will need the full support of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125760916/2015-holcim-awards-grand-prizes-given-to-colombia-sri-lanka-and-u-s-based-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136883678/apple-and-google-are-poised-to-shake-up-the-auto-industry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">automotive industries</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/01/01hg2vcpleu1e7ic.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The automotive industry is driving forward the creation of ever more powerful, longer-lasting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94500500/tesla-announces-plans-to-build-5-billion-battery-gigafactory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">batteries</a>," Sobek said. "At the same time, the construction industry is working on such solutions as a retrofittable building automation system that can noticeably reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings in a very short amount of time.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/io/iomuxp1gs4yc8suh.jpg"></p><p>Sobek believes that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the efficient city model</a> could be brought into being via a "Sisterhood Principle" of data sharing, whereby multiple houses, even city districts, exchange information about what energy they are using, storing, and generating, and correspondingly ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137728749/tarmac-has-invented-a-thirsty-concrete-to-help-mitigate-flooding Tarmac has invented a "thirsty concrete," to help mitigate flooding Nicholas Korody 2015-09-28T16:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T13:55:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/0187b43f924ea055ec7d3e530680fd5f.jpg" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During the first few weeks of August 2007, the American Midwest was devastated by heavy and repeated flash flooding as a result of Hurricane Dean and Tropical Storm Erin dumping massive amounts of rain on several states. And of the US$549 million or so in property damage that came from it, more than two-thirds was caused by water running off pavements or overflowing from drainage systems. So what's the solution?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alongside a video that's quickly circulating on social media, Tarmac has announced a new type of porous concrete meant to help mitigate flooding by absorbing water.<br><br>Capable of taking in some 4,000 litres in the first minute and an average of 600 liters per minute, per meter squared, the concrete has been named "Topmix Permeable."</p><p>The material comprises a permeable surface layer of large pebbles, with an "attenuation layer" below that diverts the water flow back to groundwater and drainage systems, helping to not only prevent flooding, but reduce waste as well.&nbsp;<br><br>Alas &ndash; the concrete wouldn't work in freezing temperatures, so it's only really applicable for regions that are both temperate and vulnerable to flooding.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.sciencealert.com/watch-this-new-thirsty-concrete-absorbs-4-000-litres-of-water-in-60-seconds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Science Alert</a><br><br>Check out the video below:<br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133130715/will-turning-california-farmland-into-residential-development-help-save-water Will turning California farmland into residential development help save water? Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T21:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e248abf9cc7c7712c74cddffdfeab88a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities &mdash; in unexpected ways, and unexpected places. [...] There will also be a system for treating and sending wastewater back into the aquifer underneath the city. [...] Not everyone is convinced it will use less water. Phil Desatoff is with a local water district that is suing Reedley over the development's environmental review.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Got some design solutions up your sleeve that could help&nbsp;alleviate California's ongoing historic drought? Check out Archinect's recently launched <strong><a href="http://www.dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong>&nbsp;ideas competition, and submit your entry by September 1st.&nbsp;</p><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/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>