Archinect - News 2016-07-31T01:44:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0h9f2rse3fw1cimz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia have suggested that modular construction techniques are key to assuaging cities' housing shortages.</p><p>Associate engineering professor Kasun Hewage at UBC, along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali, <a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=821099&amp;q=1059863044&amp;qz=cbcbb6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conducted</a> "the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind," and found that increased factory-produced housing should make it easier for prospective renters and buyers to find a place. It would help cities provide more options that can be built "cheaper, faster and results in fewer workplace injuries," according to Hewage. Their findings were recently published in the journal&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/Redirect.aspx?u=1731764&amp;q=1059863044&amp;lm=96159460&amp;r=821099&amp;qz=ea0445c4610aa763eebfd0da9764a9f6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews</a></em>.</p><p>Modular construction is obviously not a new method, but has a bit of a negative rep according to the researchers&mdash;the public tends to associate the method with lower-quality structures, and communities like trailer parks. But the study, which reviewed construction data between 2000 and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942339/is-brickbox-reductive-modular-design-or-flex-space-genius Is BrickBox reductive modular design or flex-space genius? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-26T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:37:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/me/men72zxp7tv7gngc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Shelve your "bigger than a breadbox" jokes&mdash;literally. The BrickBox, a storage unit made from marine grade&nbsp;birch plywood, can be used a shelf, a room-divider, or even as porous furniture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7v5djbajn09qjlr0.jpg"></p><p>Each unit has cut-out handles and nylon connectors that can lock into the grooves of other units without the use of screws. One can accessorize with wheels, doors, and legs.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2b/2byz9r86b09e0vrk.jpg"></p><p>Is this great design, or is the austere laminate box reminiscent of boiled-down IKEA?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5u/5u8kouwzqeq75pg0.jpg"></p><p>For all the latest in experimental furniture design news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/130410491/leftover-inspiration-the-construction-aesthetic-of-chair-6-0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of "Chair 6.0"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149937104/opendesk-cracking-the-production-code-for-open-source-furniture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147273569/a-misting-mirror-a-chair-that-shoots-fireworks-and-other-material-experiments-by-soft-baroque" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938317/nasa-to-start-testing-inflatable-space-house-concept NASA to start testing inflatable "space house" concept Justine Testado 2016-04-04T20:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:17:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60xpbvaxqcgcb3wa.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NASA is hoping a new expandable habitat might one day give astronauts a little more alone time. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will be ferried to the ISS later this spring for a series of tests expected to last several years...experiments will help determine the viability of expandable habitats, which weigh less and occupy less space on a rocket, as laboratories and living quarters for future deep-space missions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to turn Martian soil into concrete</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135044746/newly-patented-space-elevator-could-take-astronauts-12-miles-up-into-the-stratosphere" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Newly patented space elevator could take astronauts 12 miles up into the stratosphere</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148749401/big-is-proposing-this-pixellated-module-housing-project-in-toronto BIG is proposing this "pixellated"-module housing project in Toronto Justine Testado 2016-02-22T18:19:00-05:00 >2016-07-20T09:32:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/icjcnnmj6i1kqfsa.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The sentiment is warm and fuzzy. The design, however, is radical: BIG has imagined a complex that would be unlike any other building in the city &ndash; or, indeed, North America. The scheme blends an unusual stack-of-blocks form, and adds a complex weave of public and private spaces underneath and within the heart of the building itself...the effect [Bjarke Ingels] is going for is akin to 'a Mediterranean mountain town.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent BIG projects:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147811744/big-to-design-2016-serpentine-pavilion-alongside-smaller-summer-houses-by-kunl-adeyemi-barkow-leibinger-yona-friedman-and-asif-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, alongside smaller "Summer Houses" by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Kahn</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147813356/big-in-paris-bjarke-ingels-to-design-for-galeries-lafayette-on-champs-lys-es" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123217126/farm-x-shares-its-modular-vertical-farming-approach-pilot-project-nears-completion FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion Justine Testado 2015-03-18T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:34:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akzc3706nmkquo8g.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The vertical-farming movement continues to grow with the recent unveiling of <a href="http://www.farm-x.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FARM-X</a>'s modular vertical-farming concept, which the Oakland, CA-based organization developed with Zurich-based <a href="http://www.conceptualdevices.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conceptual Devices</a> founder Antonio Scarponi and an agronomy team led by University of Bologna Professor Giorgio GianquintoI. In the most idealistic sense, the FARM-X model would maximize production of fresh food up to 5 tons per day, can be applied anywhere as one means to sustainably revive unused urban spaces, and would create more jobs to develop a "green collar workforce" of urban agricultural farmers.</p><p>FARM-X aims to construct 10,000 sq.m. (approx.110,000 sq.ft.) of total vertical farm space throughout Oakland over the next decade. For starters, a pilot run of the project is near completion nearby in Richmond, CA.</p><p>Read on for more project details that we received:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3df56ns7hgptmhx8.jpg"></p><p>"Food has historically been grown in areas of low real-estate interest, far from densely populated settlements normally described as '...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116352277/choi-shine-s-bit-light-lets-you-create-a-multitude-of-illuminated-sculptures Choi + Shine's BIT Light lets you create a multitude of illuminated sculptures Justine Testado 2014-12-19T16:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:32:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmf6jflkv6rlt20a.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/86364/choi-shine-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi + Shine Architects</a>, who envisioned the beautiful <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Land of Giants</em> in 2010</a>, developed a new lighting system called the BIT Light&trade;. BIT's name is primarily derived from the Korean word for light (&#48731;) which is somewhat pronounced like "bit" in English. It also stands for Bulb with Integrated Technology and describes its fun modular design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e92yqrbj9drww812.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d8q2owzd0m2607k.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyqbuceb46l6au6t.jpg"></p><p>Each BIT light consists of a low-voltage LED light source encased in a translucent polycarbonate shell. Magnetic connectors enable multiple BITs to be physically and electrically linked to each other and to a power source, while letting users get creative and arrange the lights in literally hundreds of forms. BIT's user-friendly design also makes it easier to adjust the amount of illumination inside a space without needing advanced technical skills or professional assistance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p9/p9jhs5fcy8cjeh6c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilkzx5tg7uv0d9d2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9w9u1ov3vd4tje4.jpg"></p><p>Choi + Shine is currently working on adding more colors, forms, materials, and connectors to the mix.</p><p>Learn more about the BIT Light <a href="http://www.thebitlight.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100460/choi-shine-wins-bsa-unbuilt-architecture-award-for-land-of-giants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Choi+Shine wins BSA Unbuilt Arc...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115502137/the-all-glass-photon-space-could-help-us-get-our-daily-dose-of-sunlight-and-then-some The all-glass Photon Space could help us get our daily dose of sunlight, and then some Justine Testado 2014-12-08T17:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:40:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xa65j6rnj64obc6i.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Photon Space is becoming known as the first all-glass modular structure of its kind that addresses the health benefits of exposure to natural light and the importance of those benefits in our contemporary lifestyle &mdash; where many of us spend it indoors&nbsp;&mdash; and its everyday stresses.</p><p>Recently launched on <a href="https://www.crowdcube.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowdcube</a> by The Photon Project, the Photon Space is a luxury daytime suite that has a 45 m2 footprint and includes a furnished living room, a double bedroom, and a modular integrated kitchen and bathroom. But what distinguishes the Photon Space is its intelligent glass architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nn/nnd8s0i8dp3huf9j.jpg"></p><p>The design of the Photon Space glass is supported by recent long-term research&nbsp;led by Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/56704057/oxford-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Oxford</a>. Professor Foster's research states that a healthy dose of natural light can help regulate circadian rhythms, reduce stress, and improve mood, among other benefits. The multi-layered, high-performa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108188566/continued-delays-for-housing-at-atlantic-yards Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T17:53:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/305a0071b65451013f804fdf33a5a347.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work remains halted at the site of the modular residential tower next to the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn. The building is part of the 22-acre, mixed-use development formerly known as Atlantic Yards and now branded Pacific Park. [...] The dispute ... centers on the design and construction of the pre-fabricated units that make up the modular tower. The 34-story residential high-rise was supposed to be completed in July 2014. So far only 10 of the proposed 34 stories are finished</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/101249386/minimalist-homes-rise-in-tijuana-as-violence-subsides Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:09:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/46/46416b0af97b699708e5f1793e77da50.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask almost any of the local architects in this Mexican border town and they will tell you Tijuana has become a hotbed of building activity. The growing demand for designer homes, they say, is being driven primarily by Tijuana natives returning to the city... Most of the developments in Tijuana are for upper-middle-class families ... but the spare designs and basic building materials, especially concrete, used by Mr. Medina and others make it possible for more residents to have designed homes.</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/94837842/editor-s-picks-357 Editor's Picks #357 Nam Henderson 2014-03-05T19:15:00-05:00 >2014-03-08T06:36:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17u7i4455bqldx8o.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of&nbsp;<strong>Student Works:</strong>&nbsp;highlighted "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91390401/student-works-eidos-housing-project-gsapp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eidos</a>" a proposal for a housing complex located in East Harlem, New York, by GSAPP students Carlo Bailey and Lorenzo Villaggi.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85b9iib4qxm95nvb.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, Archinect launched a new a new feature series, highlighting some of the more ambitious and intriguing workshops out there. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/94360340/prototyping-tiny-house-design-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The inaugural issue features the Tiny House Design workshop, put on by Boneyard Studios in Washington, DC.</a></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2vtt1pabo2hfczt.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94437641/zaha-hadid-defends-qatar-world-cup-role-following-migrant-worker-deaths" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian published Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s defense, regarding her role in Qatar World Cup following migrant worker deaths</a>. <strong>vado retro</strong> was basically in agreement &ldquo;<em>she is absolutely correct architects are not responsible for job site safety and if architects become involved, even by commenting as to what should be done to remedy the situation, then the architect opens him/herself to liability claims...before condemning her comments it might be of some value to review Article 10 of A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction</em>&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Nice</strong> suggested &ldquo;<em>We all know Zaha is not at fa...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69605673/modular-construction-is-gaining-popularity-across-new-york-city Modular construction is gaining popularity across New York City Nam Henderson 2013-03-17T16:03:00-04:00 >2013-04-08T23:44:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b79y54otx01zt40c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Any change in the way you do business involves some concerns and issues,&rdquo; said Richard T. Anderson, the president of the New York Building Congress...&ldquo;If for New York City construction, business as usual is a challenge, you need to change some of the basic ingredients, and labor and management needs to address this.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the Real Estate section of last Sunday's NYT, Julie Satow talks with architects, city officials, various trade organizations and developers (although no union representatives) about the recent growth in projects using prefabricated, modular construction techniques. Such an approach offers advantages in terms of speed and efficiency of construction. Yet, particularly for New York City&rsquo;s powerful construction unions, does pose challenges.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67438747/arup-proposes-radical-building-of-the-near-future Arup Proposes Radical Building of the Near Future Archinect 2013-02-12T11:36:00-05:00 >2013-02-14T17:40:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45btq0ir9xs28y18.jpg" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The global engineering firm envisions a "smart" building that will plug into "smart" urban infrastructure and cater to an increasingly dense and technology-savvy urban population.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Download Arup's January 2013 issue of <em>Foresight</em> [<a href="http://www.bdonline.co.uk/Journals/2013/02/04/y/o/d/Arup_Foresight_Future_Urban_Buildings-FINAL.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PDF</a>]</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5ku2ul4ol5on2zm.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67123918/polish-scientists-and-engineers-put-a-new-spin-on-underwater-living Polish Scientists and Engineers Put A New Spin On Underwater Living Anna Johnson 2013-02-07T19:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-15T15:23:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed0q4vtcf3x367vg.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and engineers from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology at Gdansk University in Poland have teamed up with other Polish scientific and R&amp;D institutions to come up with a landmark underwater hotel. The Water Discus Underwater Hotel, as it is called, may not be the first but plans for the Dubai venue call for the biggest site of its kind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r0/r0j1aopgfmqsbal7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qi/qinf1p5k5et9akjl.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61855411/home-sweet-shipping-container-nyc-creating-modular-disaster-housing Home Sweet Shipping Container: NYC Creating Modular Disaster Housing HotSoup 2012-11-21T14:43:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:07:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha5yuik3vedixy2f.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carved out of shipping containers, these LEGO-like, stackable apartments offer all the amenities of home. Or more, since they are bigger, and brighter, than the typical Manhattan studio. It&rsquo;s the FEMA trailer of the future, built with the Dwell reader in mind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ever since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans six years ago, the Bloomberg administration has been quietly at work on creating a disaster housing that meets the needs of New York City's unique density and geography. &nbsp;They have created a model system using shipping containers, and while it will not be able to help those left homeless by Sandy, it should be ready by next year, for when the next major disaster hits.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58000528/broad-sustainable-building-the-mcdonald-s-of-the-sustainable-building-industry Broad Sustainable Building - the McDonald’s of the sustainable building industry Nam Henderson 2012-09-25T10:53:00-04:00 >2012-11-22T19:26:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kn/knd4l1enzap14waw.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So far, Broad has built 16 structures in China, plus another in Cancun....The company is in the process of franchising this technology to partners in India, Brazil, and Russia. What it&rsquo;s selling is the world&rsquo;s first standardized skyscraper, and with it, Zhang aims to turn Broad into the McDonald&rsquo;s of the sustainable building industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tl039npwe86308b8.jpg" title=""><br><em>Photo by <a href="http://noahsheldon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Noah Sheldon</a></em></p> <p> Lauren Hilgers traveled to Hunan, China where she had a chance to interview&nbsp;Zhang Yue, founder and chairman of Broad Sustainable Building. Broad gained internet "fame" earlier this week by erecting a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/34030746/30-story-building-built-in-15-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30-story building built in 15 days</a>, using prefabricated and modular construction techniques. His latest plan is to construct a 220-story skyscraper using the same techniques.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/33232165/unit-fusion-housing-project-by-y-design-office Unit Fusion Housing Project by Y Design Office Alexander Walter 2012-01-03T16:37:09-05:00 >2012-01-06T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgdk6z8s91g5hppn.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>International design and research collaborative Y Design Office has sent us the proposal Unit Fusion, a modular, plug-in high-rise residential typology for Hong Kong. As of yet, the 75-story tower project is still in its conceptual design phase.</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>