Archinect - News 2016-10-28T15:42:33-04:00 Golden Gate Bridge needs additional $124M to build suicide barrier Julia Ingalls 2016-10-04T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-10-04T23:20:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Roughly 25 people each year jump to their deaths from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which prompted city leaders to authorize a plan to erect a kind of&nbsp;<a href="http://Architects%20constitute%20the%20fifth%20most%20likely%20profession%20to%20commit%20suicide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">suicide</a>-prevention stainless steel cable netting twenty feet below the bridge's deck. The netting, which is painted gray to blend in with the water below, has worked wonders on other suicide-prone perches, including the Prince Edward Viaduct. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> reports, the problem for the Golden Gate is that the bids for the construction have come in about $100 million more than the city anticipated (plus a +/- $20 million contingency fund). The project is on hold until January 9th to allow the city to hustle up the additional funding.</p><p>Other notable San Francisco design news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li></ul> Architects constitute the fifth most likely profession to commit suicide Julia Ingalls 2016-07-06T21:06:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T22:03:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Less depressing than construction, not nearly as happy-making as&nbsp;arts, design, entertainment, sports and media: according to the CDC, architects are the fifth most likely to commit suicide in comparison with members of other professions, especially if you're a male architect (data for female architects was unavailable).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The study chose to focus on&nbsp;12,312 suicides that took place in 17 U.S. states in 2012. According to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CDC report,</a> "Occupational groups were stratified by sex, and rates of suicide were calculated for each group using denominators derived from the U.S. Census Bureau&rsquo;s Current Population Survey March Supplement (<em>5</em>), which includes a question about the person&rsquo;s primary occupation during the previous calendar year."</p><p>For more on mental health in architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto&rsquo;s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #36: Harvard Design Magazine's "Well, Well, Well"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad...</a></li></ul> UK school buildings are damaging pupils’ health and performance Ellen Hancock 2016-05-13T10:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:50:12-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>School buildings in the UK are of such poor quality that children are underperforming and teachers are quitting the classroom, experts have warned. A new study by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) found that one in five teachers have considered leaving their school as a result of stressful, overcrowded working environments caused by the poorly designed buildings they have to teach in.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating UK articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest University of Westminster Burning Man studio project needs a Kickstart</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This week's picks for London architecture and design events</a></li></ul> Building upgrades proposed for Roche + Dinkeloo's Ford Foundation Building Justine Testado 2016-04-21T14:10:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:41:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Landmarks Preservation Commission is set to consider a proposed $190 million renovation to the Ford Foundation...Although many aspects of the building have long been is health and safety, not aesthetics or technology, that initially drove the foundation&rsquo;s plans. The city has given Ford until 2019 to bring the building up to code for fire safety and handicapped accessibility...</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;...But since they had to scratch the building&rsquo;s surfaces, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and his staff decided to go further, upgrading not just by adding sprinklers to the ceilings and greater access to the atrium, but new security, new lighting and mechanicals, and a new spatial organization.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></p> Washington University in St. Louis to phase out styrene next fall, students express mixed reactions Justine Testado 2016-04-19T13:10:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T15:26:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many current architecture students are excited about the removal of styrene mainly because of the various health hazards...[However,] others are worried that it will negatively impact their work and productivity. Sophomore Sam Landay explained that it&rsquo;s not uncommon for architecture students to put their projects before their health. Even outspoken opponents of styrene admit the necessity of utilizing the material.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the pressure is on, dedicated architecture students show how to power nap like a pro</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One night's bad sleep equivalent to six months on a high-fat diet, new study finds</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another study warns that 3D-printers pose potential health risks for users</a></p> How one architect is working to fix Mexico City's faulty water supply infrastructure Justine Testado 2016-03-23T18:42:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:42:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Mexico City&rsquo;s water system goes against its own functional essence. The city is dehydrating itself. We&rsquo;re mixing our water with poisonous waste and then pumping it out through a complex network of pipes. Just like what happens when a human is dehydrated, Mexico City has diarrhea.' &mdash; Elias Cattan</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In a mega-metropolis with a deep history of corrupt leaders and state-sanctioned misinformation, [architect Elias Cattan of Taller 13] believes awareness is the first step. That&rsquo;s why he&rsquo;s part of a growing movement of environmental scientists, activists, designers and engineers determined to redesign Mexico City&rsquo;s water supply management while educating its 9 million residents in the process."</p><p>More related to public health issues on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPA study finds no evidence that fracking has lead to polluted drinking water</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should the children of Flint be resettled?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from Flint: How architects can help, on Archinect Sessions #54</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One CEO's plan to supply water to drought-stricken CA cities, and obviously profit from it</a></p> How to design that elusive "Perfect Town" Alexander Walter 2016-03-07T13:49:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T22:04:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This got us thinking about what it takes to build an ideal town: should pubs be on every residential corner or on the high street? How many trendy coffee shops are too many? Are libraries still a thing? We didn't have the answers to any of those questions, so we spoke to Matt Richards &ndash; a planner at property consultancy Bidwells &ndash; to find out what makes the perfect town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urbanism as a public health issue: Oklahoma City's battle with obesity</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jan Gehl's perspective on making "a good urban habitat for homo sapiens"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></li></ul> Supercomputing project simulates architecture's influence on urban microclimates Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:35:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A research team from the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Utah is using high-performance computing resources from XSEDE to instantaneously and accurately simulate how infrastructure elements, such as parks, buildings, and parking lots, as well as their specifications and variations, affect air characteristics and quality in urban settings.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Moved to Care competition winners highlight the importance of safe healthcare for all Justine Testado 2014-04-08T13:56:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:14:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No matter what country you live in, everyone deserves access to safe and secure healthcare. Re-emphasizing this global issue is Building Trust International's Moved to Care competition, which sought feasible design solutions for a portable healthcare facility for high-demand regions in Southeast Asia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of over 200 registered entrants, a U.S. multidisciplinary team consisting of Patrick Morgan, Jhan&eacute;a Williams, and Simon Morgan won the Professional category. The jury also selected nine honorable mentions from around the world.</p><p>For the Student category, &lsquo;REFLEX&rsquo; by Christopher Knitt (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA) was named the winner along with four honorable mentions.</p><p>Check out the winning entries below.</p><p><strong>Professional category winner:&nbsp;</strong> <strong>Patrick Morgan M-Arch, Simon Morgan MPH and Jhan&eacute;a Williams M-Arch (USA)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Student category winner: "REFLEX" by Christopher Knitt (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about the projects on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Radioactive Fukushima Concrete Found In New Japanese Building MikeChino 2012-01-17T12:47:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T13:43:37-05:00 <em><p>Following last year&rsquo;s nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added to the list of radiation fears in Japan. A three-month long survey of students in Nihonmatsu City turned city officials onto the presence of high levels of radiation in one recently built three-story apartment complex.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>