Archinect - News 2014-07-26T01:26:14-04:00 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>