Archinect - News 2015-10-04T08:48:25-04:00 Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem Justine Testado 2015-09-03T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T08:07:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mountain lions, bobcats and other wildlife would have less chance of becoming roadkill if [California] adopts a plan to build a [165-foot-wide, 200-foot-long] landscaped bridge over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills...Urbanization has taken a toll on Southern California&rsquo;s mountain lion population, spurring battles over shrinking territory and a depletion of genetic diversity because of inbreeding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:<img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">33-story endangered species picture show</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese sinkhole develops its own eco-system</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our infrastructure is expanding to include animals</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hummingbird Drones and other Bio-inspired Robotics</a></p> Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index. Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T12:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:36:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ventura County, Calif., is the absolute most desirable place to live in America. I know this because in the late 1990s the federal government devised a measure of the best and worst places to live in America, from the standpoint of scenery and climate. The "natural amenities index" is intended as "a measure of the physical characteristics of a county area that enhance the location as a place to live."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wanna find out how well or how poorly your home county scored? Head over to the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em> article</a> and hover your mouse over the interactive map. (Residents of the Great Lakes Region - prepare yourselves for disappointment.)</p> Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat Alexander Walter 2015-07-24T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:37:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completed in March of 2014, Kusukusu [...] is a marvelous feat of architecture, engineering and technology. Working with Hiroshi Nakamura of NAP Architects, the team came in and 3D-scanned hundreds of points on the tree. Based on that 3D data they then created a steel trellis that threaded through the tree, interlocking perfectly [...]. What&rsquo;s amazing is that the treehouse in its entirety, never touches the tree. It&rsquo;s completely self-standing so as to not harm the tree.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the stunner of a treehouse in Atami, Japan designed by master treehouse builder&nbsp;Takashi Kobayashi in collaboration with&nbsp;NAP Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To learn more and see the complete set of photos, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spoon &amp; Tamago</a>.</p><p><em>Photos by Koji Fujii/Nacasa &amp; Partners Inc.&nbsp;</em></p><p>In other tree-hugging news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li></ul> REMINDER: The 2015 AA Summer DLAB :: RED application deadline is July 20! Sponsor 2015-07-14T17:25:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T13:58:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There's still time to apply for the AA School of Architecture 2015 Summer DLAB :: RED workshop. Starting July 27 through August 14, the summer program emphasizes the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Student participants get to explore natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces.</p><p>Continuing its yearly color-based agenda with RED, the 2015 Summer DLAB will investigate the phenomenon of decay in nature.</p><p>The program is open to all current architecture and design students. <strong>The application deadline is July 20.</strong> (Application form below)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By investigating the process of decay across various scales in natural organisms, DLAB participants will formulate rules of generating decomposition as their design research area. These rules will then evolve into design strategies for the creation and fabrication of a large-scale prototype. The design and fabrication process will be informed by the use ...</p> It's official: trees are good for your health Alexander Walter 2015-07-10T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a new&nbsp;paper published Thursday, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. [...] they found that &ldquo;having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We focused on a large urban population center (Toronto, Canada) and related the two domains by combining high-resolution satellite imagery and individual tree data from Toronto with questionnaire-based self-reports of general health perception, cardio-metabolic conditions and mental illnesses from the Ontario Health Study," reads the abstract of the newly published report led by Omid Kardan. The study goes on to say: "Results from multiple regressions and multivariate canonical correlation analyses suggest that people who live in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets report significantly higher health perception and significantly less cardio-metabolic conditions (controlling for socio-economic and demographic factors)."</p><p>To read the full report, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> The public life of the world's celebritrees Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:39-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="923" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To be recognized as a Great Tree, in New York City, is not just a matter of having the correct heritage or coming from the right family. [...] For a person, achieving fame or prominence comes with both perks and pitfalls. But what are the advantages of being a celebrated tree? And what are the dangers? While humans have long venerated old and large trees, we've also cut them down and razed whole forests of their less superlative brethren.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Need to see how your backyard elm compares to America's greatest trees? Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to search the 2015 American Forests Champion Trees national register or sign up to become a big-tree hunter in your area.</p> Pope Francis calls for "morally driven" city design in his climate-change encyclical Justine Testado 2015-06-19T15:07:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T15:55:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Collectively, the encyclical affirms how important it is to make the moral case for city design. Too often, developers, urban planners and city leaders seem to think that it is obvious or implied why the decisions they make are in the best interest of the public. But there is no shortcut to articulating why our planning choices speak to the fundamental human dignity of the communities we&rsquo;re working in.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Given the interrelationship between living space and human behaviour, those who design buildings, neighbourhoods, public spaces and cities, ought to draw on the various disciplines which help us to understand people&rsquo;s thought processes, symbolic language and ways of acting. It is not enough to seek the beauty of design. More precious still is the service we offer to another kind of beauty: people&rsquo;s quality of life, their adaptation to the environment, encounter and mutual assistance. Here too, we see how important it is that urban planning always take into consideration the views of those who will live in these areas.</em>"</p><p>Pope Francis tells it like it is in his latest 184-page <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">encyclical</a>, in response to humanity's "principal challenge" of global climate change.</p><p>More:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vatican's Renovated Public Restrooms Provides Showers, Haircuts for the Homeless</a></p> Win a copy of "Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature" Justine Testado 2015-06-05T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:39:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The growing presence of biomimicry in architectural design takes the spotlight in <em>Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature</em>, authored by architecture and materials academic experts Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer from the University of Minnesota. Published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Princeton Architectural Press</a>, Hypernatural highlights 42 case-study projects that demonstrate a fresh array of possible applications in the evolving relationship between the built environment and Mother Nature.</p><p>Sounds interesting? Archinect is giving away five copies of Hypernatural to our readers!</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fill out this survey</a>&nbsp;by the deadline on Wednesday, June 17. Five winners will be chosen. Good luck!</strong></p><p>More book details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>(Top) Echoviren; (Bottom): The Cloud</em> | <em>Photos courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.</em></p><p>Hypernatural features a foreword by Michael Weinstock, an Introduction to the book, and an international collection of 42 case-studies. A few of the projects include the botanical <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ech...</a></p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-06-05T15:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T15:09:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sculptural Rooftop + Garden</a> in Chicago, IL by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dSpace Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stadthaus M1 - Green City Hotel</a> in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>; Photo: Zooey Braun</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pickford Residence</a> in Culver City, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Duvivier Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Situ Estate</a> in Redding, CT by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Land Morphology</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finite-Infinite</a> at the Beijing Garden Expo in Beijing, China by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballistic Architecture Machine</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Walker Partners</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gramercy Residence Sky Park</a> in Mandaluyong, the Philippines by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pomeroy Studio</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OUTSIDE-IN</a> at the 22nd International Garden Festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire, France by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meir Lobaton Corona and Ulli Heckmann</a>; Photo: Fabio Ferrario</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; ...</p> MAD blurs boundaries with the Clover House kindergarten and teacher housing Julia Ingalls 2015-05-23T11:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T04:51:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Exterior becomes interior, public space overlaps with private space, and society is integrated into nature: or is it? These are but a few of the concepts seemingly behind the design of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s Clover House, a Kindergarten adjacent to a Japanese rice paddy field that also serves as a private residence for the teachers of the school at night. The house had its official groundbreaking on May 13th, and has attracted international press attention for its undulating paper-like shell and innovative spatial configuration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built over a pre-existing 105 square meter row-house, the MAD design incorporates the existing wooden mass-produced home by removing its walls and draping a new exterior over the frame. This purposefully fosters a sense of community among the schoolchildren, which is in keeping with the school's stated mission to create openness and emotional bonds between its students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>But is the design itself actually articulated and reflective of its surroundings, or is it just another flas...</p> Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design Julia Ingalls 2015-05-12T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T17:56:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When an architect talks about &ldquo;transparency,&rdquo; as Sou Fujimoto did during his well-attended lecture at UCLA&rsquo;s Decafe at Perloff Hall on Friday, it&rsquo;s always a relief when it refers to more than a literal degree of opacity. Presenting nine of his projects in a lecture than ran ten minutes over time, Fujimoto framed his practice in terms of applying the complex organizational structure of nature to urban environments. Fujimoto grew up in relatively bucolic Hokkaido and later moved to Tokyo, where he perceived the mess of urban density with its skyscrapers and street-level food stalls as a kind of steel and glass forest, replete with pockets of intimacy and inspiring vistas. This central concept of the forest and its alternating layers of transparency and density neatly encapsulates the bulk of Fujimoto&rsquo;s work. But the &ldquo;transparency&rdquo; in Fujimoto&rsquo;s work extends far beyond the stagger of windows and literal glass houses: here is an architecture that seems to embody the 21st notion of priva...</p> New York City's tree species mapped Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T20:44:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone [...] there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Students branch out with algorithms and natural forms for AA Summer DLAB::WHITE Justine Testado 2015-01-07T20:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:45:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Resembling the surrounding tree trunks in London's Hooke Park forest, the Callipod installation was created by a group of 18 students who participated in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture</a>'s Summer DLAB::WHITE at AA London and AA Hooke Parke for nearly three weeks last summer. Students in the yearly summer workshop explore algorithmic/generative design methodologies fused with large-scale digital fabrication tools that aim to enhance architectural design. Following the Summer DLAB's color-based agenda, WHITE focused on investigating organic formation processes and reinventing them through architectonic structures.</p><p>In the first phase of the workshop, students designed their own proposals that had to include an algorithmic process with a logical approach in the design in addition to illustrating how each concept will be fabricated at a certain scale. The concepts that students developed were then applied in the second phase of realizing the paleolithic-looking Callipod in a span of one week...</p> BUREAU A's Swiss alpine cabin lets you camp out inside a boulder Justine Testado 2014-12-17T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Up in the slopes of the Swiss village Verbier in the Alps, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUREAU A</a>'s "Antoine" is a little wooden cabin hidden inside a concrete rock that camouflages with its environment. Inspired by Swiss cultural elements like the literature of iconic writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, hidden bunkers, and the unique experience of living in an alpine landscape, "Antoine" looks like one comfy, cool space to get away from it all &mdash; with a hint of adventure.</p><p>BUREAU A provided more detail into their latest project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The mountains have the power to call for feelings of fascination and fear at the same time. Switzerland has a strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them. The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers. His novels, Derborence, describes the massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley of Lizerne in 1714. Antoine, the main character, surv...</p> Building a collaborative jig-saw pavilion at the Media and Architecture Biennale in Aarhus Justine Testado 2014-12-09T20:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:10:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Programming Natural Affect" was one of the collaborative workshops during the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Media and Architecture Bienniale 2014</a> last month in Aarhus, Denmark. Organized by Anna Ulak and Philipp Rahlenbeck of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">openconstructs</a>, the workshop focused on fusing the organic properties of nature and the built urban environment through new media and architecture.</p><p>Participants learned about combining analog and digital production methods as they worked with each other and the organizers in building a small prefabricated pavilion. At the end of the workshop, the pavilion was displayed in the Main Exhibition during the Bienniale.</p><p>Ulak shared further project details below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Rather than trying to fully control/manage the relationship between the natural and built environment with computation (and its metaphors), this proposal sets out to augment the natural world. Thus creating artificial environments that evokes the organic. An architecture that artificially amplifies the experiences of nature that is diminish...</p> SANAA's Grace Farms River project to open in fall 2015 Justine Testado 2014-11-19T19:31:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:51:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>'s River project in the upcoming Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT will finally celebrate its grand opening next fall. The non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grace Farms Foundation</a> developed Grace Farms as an open public park for the local community, whereas the SANAA-designed building will be used for various community programs and recreation.</p><p>After an international search, the Foundation selected SANAA in 2010 to design the structure -- not long before the firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the 2010 Pritzker Prize</a>. SANAA then revealed their design of the River <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2012</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Reminiscent of SANAA's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2009 Serpentine Pavilion</a>, the River building evidently gets its name from the way it meanders through the park's greenery. The 86,000 sq.ft structure is made of glass, concrete, steel, and wood, and is essentially connected by a single roof that appears to float approximately 10-14 feet above the ground. From an aerial view, the roof's water-like appearance allows the project to blend in with the surrounding landscape, which SANAA designed in ...</p> ‘Choral Fields 1-6’ of MIRRORCITY in London ponders the urban city’s rhythmic flow Justine Testado 2014-10-30T23:18:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T18:47:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For as long as digital technology continues to creep into every part of our daily lives, so will the discussion regarding its impact on everyday reality. Over at London's Hayward Gallery, the MIRRORCITY exhibition features the multimedia works of London-based emerging and established artists that address the dilemmas, consequences, and experiences of living in the digital revolution. MIRRORCITY will be at the Hayward Gallery until January 4, 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One of the MIRRORCITY artists is Emma McNally whose Choral Fields (1-6) graphite drawings are featured in the exhibition. If McNally's name sounds familiar, she exhibited her beautiful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cosmos-inspired <em>drawing/space</em></a> body of work in the Drawing Room's "Abstract Drawing" last year. Similar to <em>drawing/space</em>, McNally's Choral Fields offers a metaphysical, cartographic perspective to contemporary urbanism.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"drawing/space" by Emma McNally to show at &ldquo;Abstract Drawing&rdquo; exhibition in London&rsquo;s Drawing Room </a></p> 22 landscape installations now at the 15th International Garden Festival in Quebec’s Reford Gardens Justine Testado 2014-06-30T20:25:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:39:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sixty-five international designers created 22 garden installations at the 15th International Garden Festival, which opened this past weekend at the iconic Reford Gardens (aka les Jardins de M&eacute;tis) in Quebec, Canada. Established in 2000, the event is one of the biggest garden festivals in the world. Located along the edge of the St. Lawrence River, the various installations are a playful reminder about the value of landscape architecture and nature in everyday living.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more projects on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture Natalie Hein 2014-04-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T21:16:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled &ldquo;Between Nature and Architecture&rdquo;. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist &ldquo;in between.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his &ldquo;younger ideas&rdquo; through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...</p> Will the buildings of the future be grown underwater? Alexander Walter 2014-02-17T14:40:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:31:44-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a new exhibition, Michael Pawlyn lays out his vision for architecture inspired by the natural world &ndash; including biorock buildings grown entirely underwater and whole office blocks being lit by learning from the blind sea star. [...] &ldquo;All my work is driven by a frustration with the word &lsquo;sustainable&rsquo;,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It suggests something that is just about good enough, but we need to be looking at truly restorative solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> China tries to promote “human-centered” urbanization with a policy ode to nature Archinect 2013-12-20T18:13:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:35:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What hides behind the literary aspect of this report are deep reflections on the lessons, errors, approaches and paths of China&rsquo;s previous urbanizations efforts,&rdquo; concluded an editorial in the newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily. The state-controlled People&rsquo;s Daily gushed: &ldquo;If we want high rises, we even more need the fresh mountain waters. Only by seeing the past can we grasp the future.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Oysters Could Save New York From More Sandys Archinect 2013-11-12T19:42:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:34:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kate Orff wants to grow oysters in New York&rsquo;s Jamaica Bay. Not for you to eat, but to save the shore from mighty storms. Great piles of mollusks will diffuse the energy of 10-to-15-foot waves, like those from Sandy that shattered boardwalks and beach homes and shot like missiles up city streets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic Archinect 2013-08-22T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:46:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="734" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Updated designs have surfaced for Amazon's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. Instead of the biospheres' uniformly diamond-shaped supporting structure (compare with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous renderings</a>), the new images we just received from the project's architects, NBBJ, show a much more organic web of struts, described as "Catalan spheres."</p> <p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler?</a></p> Birds were the original architects Nam Henderson 2013-06-26T01:24:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:23:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chee Pearlman, a design consultant and curator, ventured that nests are &ldquo;probably the purest antidote to the heavy steel-and-concrete building footprints that, city by mega-city, are overtaking the globe.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Penelope Green explores the work of a number of contemporary "<strong>nest</strong>" makers such as Jayson Fann&nbsp;and Porky Hefer, who make nests for relaxation, comfort or pleasure. Ms. Green also discusses some recent examples of Twigitecture created as either fine art or performance art.</p> NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters Archinect 2013-05-21T18:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T17:48:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, the three intersecting biodomes replace an earlier plan for a six-story office building and would establish a visual focus and &ldquo;heart&rdquo; for the three-block project, according to plans filed with the city. The spheres will offer &ldquo;a plant-rich environment&rdquo; filled with species from mountainous ecologies around the globe, chosen for their &ldquo;ability to coexist in a microclimate that also suits people,&rdquo; according to the plans.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of innatur_2 Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2013-01-02T21:17:00-05:00 >2013-01-03T13:22:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winning entries have been announced in the second edition of the innatur ideas competition. Organized by Spanish architecture platform OPENGAP, the contest invited designers to submit innovative and thoughtful strategies of implementing architecture in a protected natural environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Visiondivision's Chop Stick celebrates the raw materials that make our built world Donna Sink 2012-12-04T14:24:00-05:00 >2012-12-05T08:43:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design is based on the universal notion that you need to sacrifice something in order to make something new. Every product is a compound of different pieces of nature, whether it is a cell phone, a car, a stone floor or a wood board; they have all been harvested in one way or another. Our project is about trying to harvest something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Chop Stick has hit the internets today!&nbsp; Chop Stick is a concession stand, playground, and sculpture-building for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art &amp; Nature Park.&nbsp; I was very fortunate to be local architect-of-record for this innovative project by Swedish architecture duo Visiondivision.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>On opening day, Ulf and Anders of Visiondivision handed out ice cream. Courtesy IMA.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>The large swing is fun for children and grown-ups alike. Courtesy VIMA.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>The swings were made from chunks of wood cut out and "dropped" from the main trunk, visible here.</em></p> <p> Visiondivision conceived of this project as a way to consider how we use natural resources in our architectural works.&nbsp; The project combined the vast knowledge of workers at both ends of the art and construction spectrum - engineers and architects, loggers and carpenters - to create a building that remains close to nature while being a functional structure for the 100 Acres Park.&nbsp; The ...</p> SunRay Kelley’s Ungated Community Paul Petrunia 2012-11-30T15:51:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:57:08-05:00 <img src="" width="322" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is an unusual soul, however, who proceeds to build 7 houses, 10 ponds, a hermit&rsquo;s hut, a 17-foot-tall maple-wood Jesus and a yoga studio whose sculptured pink doorway resembles (with frank anatomical accuracy) the female genitalia. The lord of this manor is a 60-year-old barefoot maverick named SunRay Kelley. And his fantastical hand-hewn compound lies at the end of a dirt road that bears his grandfather&rsquo;s name, in the foothills of the Cascade Range, north of Seattle.</p></em><br /><br /><p> I like this quote:</p> <p> <em>A recent Saturday morning found Mr. Kelley rambling in the garden while smoking an herbal palliative the size of a cigar. He self-medicates in this fashion at certain times of the day, like when he is awake and doesn&rsquo;t have food in his mouth. </em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2012-10-12T14:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:19:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In case you haven't checked out <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p> <p> Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cabbagetown Garden</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLANT Architect Inc.</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robinson Nature Center</a> in Columbia, MD by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GWWO Architects</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galileo's Pavilion; Johnson County Community College</a> in Overland Park, KS by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 804</a> (team member: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathan Jarvis</a>)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pine Creek Pavilion</a> in Pine Creek, MT by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artemis Institute</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders, Inc</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jones | haydu</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEA Headquarters</a> in Bronx, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Green Studio</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Home in the Hills</a> in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoffrey Holton and Associates</a> (team member: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Waldorf</a>, Photo: Muffy Kibbey)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tree Adventure</a> in Philadelphia, PA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metcalfe Architecture &amp; Design</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelter Residence</a> in Los Angeles, C...</p> Winners of inNATUR Competition Announced Alexander Walter 2011-12-19T17:33:16-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="244" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The inNATUR Competition, organized by OPENGAP, recently announced three winning entries and five honorable mentions. The international contest sought for innovative and cutting-edge ideas for a Nature Interpretation Center committed to a strategy of implementing architecture in a protected natural environment. The jury comprised architects Edgar Gonzalez, Liong Lie, Gerardo Mingo, and Paula Montoya.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>