Archinect - News 2014-07-28T19:05:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104863252/twitterbot-can-now-warn-uk-residents-when-river-levels-are-rising Twitterbot can now warn UK residents when river-levels are rising Archinect 2014-07-23T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:53:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4l/4lvkxi9xlf6s7twj.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A unique collaborative project has been launched, bringing a constant stream of live river level data to anyone who needs to stay up-to-date with environmental conditions. Shoothill GaugeMap brings the real-time status of England and Wales&rsquo; rivers and tides from Environment Agency monitoring stations, to people in an accessible and user-friendly manner. It works via the web and Twitter, and is available on all major desktop browsers, tablets and smartphones.</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/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage Should it stay or should it go? Preservationists weigh options to protect Farnsworth house from flooding damage Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T00:05:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/732wdh6vd7c9iph4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Fox River has shown little respect for Mies' brilliant juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made. In the past 18 years, the river has inundated the [Farnsworth] house three times. [...] Confronted with the prospect of more flooding, the house's owner is carefully weighing how to preserve and protect the house, two goals that potentially conflict... Such are the choices in an era when disastrous "100-year floods" seem to occur every few years.</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/89307302/china-tries-to-promote-human-centered-urbanization-with-a-policy-ode-to-nature 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adcfdeb2cacedfb0f804f1dbafc6f5d0.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/88758253/twist-proposal-to-turn-catskills-into-china-city Twist! Proposal to turn Catskills into "China City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T22:49:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s3/s3eayfi69hfp9m9w.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Catskills] could become a lot flashier, thanks to [Sherry Li's] proposal for the area: a multibillion-dollar "China City of America," complete with an amusement park, mansions, a casino, retail centers, a college, and more. [...] The Center for Immigration Studies wrote a comprehensive take-down of "China City," criticizing the project's potential for environmental disruption, dubious promise of job creation, and possible role as a stalking horse for the Chinese government.</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/87395137/grimshaw-completes-the-nature-inspired-ecorium-their-first-project-in-asia Grimshaw completes the nature-inspired Ecorium, their first project in Asia Justine Testado 2013-11-25T20:14:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr6uvm9jxizutl6l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> recently announced the completion of the Ecorium at the National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea -- making this the firm's first project in Asia.</p> <p> The newly built ecological educational and research center gives visitors a first-hand experience to learn about the Earth's ecosystems all in one place.</p> <p> Below are more details on the project:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qc100pa9b7xl97w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The project, which was secured through a turnkey design and build competition hosted by Korea&rsquo;s Ministry of the Environment, uses nature as an immersive teaching tool to showcase the world&rsquo;s diverse ecosystems. Grimshaw&rsquo;s New York studio was appointed by Samsung Construction and worked alongside Samoo Architects and Engineers.</p> <p> The project concept is inspired by the form of an oxbow lake, an aquatic body created by the evolving erosion of a meandering river. The masterplan guides the visitor flow through a series of botanical gardens and into Ecorium."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qh4gxwe7mmyd7us2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Visitors travel through five biomes, seeing, hearing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86933403/seven-ways-residents-in-china-are-fighting-pollution-with-their-own-inventions Seven ways residents in China are fighting pollution with their own inventions Archinect 2013-11-19T20:18:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T20:19:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f5ba7ed23fda2252616b04fc4a8747d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest market opportunity for entrepreneurs in China? Polluted air. For nearly as long as pollution has been a salient, public issue in the country, foreigners and locals have been devising ways to help residents avoid the worst of smog&mdash;and in some cases make a little money in the process. Here are some of the most notable ones.</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/86393569/oysters-could-save-new-york-from-more-sandys 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a53f9323300eff665d281326dc3033c0.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75811039/goodbye-miami-why-the-city-is-doomed-to-drown Goodbye, Miami: Why the City Is Doomed to Drown Alexander Walter 2013-06-24T17:59:00-04:00 >2013-06-28T16:29:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d210e08d8bd47db1e267a248999a9cb.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin</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/72359142/time-has-a-q-a-with-maya-lin Time has a Q&A with Maya Lin Archinect 2013-05-02T12:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:28:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/77cca28af99c09f1f54dd029006253f3.jpg" width="225" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the very first, the Vietnam Memorial, it was about being extremely site-specific and site-sensitive, creating something that merged with the land around it. But much more so in the last decade or two decades, my artwork has focused on making you aware of things in the natural world that we might not be aware of. What&rsquo;s invisible we tend not to think about, so I&rsquo;ve made sculptures that reveal the terrain below sea level.</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/71357663/architecture-students-compete-to-build-largest-cardboard-structure Architecture students compete to build largest cardboard structure Archinect 2013-04-16T11:32:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T16:42:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7czd9mcnbr6p5jvj.jpg" width="514" height="221" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 50 students will attempt to break the nationwide record of 1,655 boxes, currently held by BYU The battle to build the world&rsquo;s largest cardboard structure has been an ongoing rivalry between three schools: UNLV, Harvard University, and BYU. UNLV students have been preparing for weeks to manipulate the cardboard into realistic architectural concepts, using lessons learned in a fundamentals of design course.</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/56843951/yangtze-river-turns-red-and-turns-up-a-mystery Yangtze River Turns Red and Turns Up a Mystery Archinect 2012-09-07T18:32:00-04:00 >2012-09-28T01:01:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1t8mi15fx8aw52jd.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The red began appearing in the Yangtze, the longest and largest river in China and the third longest river in the world, yesterday near the city of Chongquing, where the Yangtze connects to the Jialin River... and officials have no idea why.</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/56707578/which-is-greener-new-construction-or-retrofitting Which Is Greener, New Construction or Retrofitting? Archinect 2012-09-05T18:12:00-04:00 >2012-09-11T10:12:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfe36de3ac26efce9ad011fba04617e8.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The report, entitled The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, has been said to provide the most comprehensive analysis of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse to date. Most notably, it concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.</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/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims Archinect 2012-08-30T20:14:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T22:57:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jn/jnqnb2qnfvyv6z93.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A coalition of environmental activists and community advocates has mounted the first major legal challenge to a planned downtown [Gensler-designed] Los Angeles NFL stadium, filing a suit Thursday that says a state law intended to assist the project is unconstitutional.</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/55406926/melting-permafrost-plagues-dawson-city Melting permafrost plagues Dawson City Archinect 2012-08-16T15:42:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T14:47:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3kje1bxs3qqltpq.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dawson City spent more than $600,000 last year dealing with damage to roads and pipes caused by melting permafrost. A recently-published report says the shifting ground, a result of climate change, can do a lot of damage to infrastructure such as water and sewer systems.</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/46384349/traditional-architecture-offers-a-strong-foundation-for-green-building Traditional architecture offers a strong foundation for green building Archinect 2012-04-26T18:14:36-04:00 >2012-04-26T21:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d753d306d6b59eff94448b12697e382b.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Green building does not always require the latest in smart grid technology, solar panels, expensive recycled materials or the manipulation of Leed scores for environmental design in the same way students study tactically for standardised university examinations. Architects and designers across the globe are channelling their ancestors and creating building plans that maximise air flow, mitigate their impact on the local environment and offer comfort to residents and workers.</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/45468130/maya-lin-invites-and-challenges-visitors-to-her-website-to-help-improve-earth-s-well-being Maya Lin invites and challenges visitors to her website to help improve Earth's well-being Archinect 2012-04-18T19:46:00-04:00 >2012-04-18T19:49:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1lzorp65zymb0u8.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ms. Lin conceived "What Is Missing?" as the fifth, and last, of her memorial projects, which began with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1982.</p></em><br /><br /><p> If you're looking for something to do on Earth Day, consider a visit to <a href="http://www.whatismissing.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.whatismissing.net</a>, the site developed by noted artist and activist Maya Lin that launches its second stage Sunday.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44625984/ghost-town-climatology Ghost Town Climatology Archinect 2012-04-11T12:46:21-04:00 >2012-04-12T07:52:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c07d31d9c7a8edb1a0a0c0165dfdd9f.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fred Chambers, an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, is studying what he calls "ghost town climatology," or the declining temperature of a region as it is abandoned by human activity. He describes it as "a reverse urban heat island effect."</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/38983640/biomimicry-in-architecture-and-the-start-of-the-ecological-age Biomimicry in architecture and the start of the Ecological Age Archinect 2012-02-22T14:11:03-05:00 >2012-02-22T14:15:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/57b2bae213e165b488019f68acc6119f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some aspects of biomimicry have been played around with for a long time for example mimicking the structure of termite mounds. There have been a lot of architects who have toyed with biomimicry, but have been quite dependent on seductive imagery such as spiders' webs, but often the designs haven't been seen through in a particularly thorough way. Sometimes the examples from nature are just used as a departure point for developing original and whacky forms.</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/38774316/maya-lin-says-the-earth-has-lessons-to-teach-us Maya Lin says the Earth has lessons to teach us Archinect 2012-02-20T18:39:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T23:18:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sjpzhfs3m680gx05.jpg" width="338" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the exhibition at the Carnegie is not about the Vietnam memorial or other moving memorials she has done since. Instead, this is a straightforward presentation that wants to lead us to meditate about rivers, seas, lakes, land forms and other elements in the natural environment. What we see here are her persistent efforts to find sculptural forms that will get us to care more about the world around us. All of her recent work, in fact, seems to be an outpouring of her concerns for the environment.</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>