Archinect - Features 2018-12-19T03:28:51-05:00 A Carbon Neutral Practice, the Sydney-based Firm Luigi Rosselli Architects is a Beacon of Sustainability Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-05T12:15:00-05:00 >2018-12-04T19:45:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For the <a href="" target="_blank">Sydney</a>-based practice <a href="" target="_blank">Luigi Rosselli Architects</a>, sustainability isn't just about designing energy-efficient buildings. Even though they're known for their elegant residential work, often with a focus on&nbsp;off-form concrete,&nbsp;the <a href="" target="_blank">environmentalism</a> in their work is just as important as how they run their practice. Described as <a href="" target="_blank">carbon-neutral</a>, the firm addresses everything from how their employees travel to and from work to the amount of paper waste the office produces in order to reduce its own carbon footprint. Today, we talk with founder Luigi Rosselli about their unique approach.</p> The Yves Béhar-Designed ADU and the Complicated Altruism of the “Fully-Customizable Prefab” Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-11-13T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-11-19T12:25:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>My invitation to interview industrial designer Yves B&eacute;har about his first step into architecture, an immaculately designed Accessory Dwelling Unit (<a href="" target="_blank">ADU</a>), brought me to a design festival of unprecedented scale and wealth.</p> <p>Held in the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles - a neighborhood physically and economically between the Financial District and Skid Row - <a href="" target="_blank">Summit LA18</a> was a three day festival that hosted, according to its promotional material, &ldquo;a wide array of talks, performances, wellness classes, art installations, gourmet food, and experiences designed to foster relationships and inspire new perspectives.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>A cursory glance at the titles of highlighted events, including &ldquo;Al Gore and Jaden Smith on New Hope for Solving the Climate Crisis&rdquo; and &ldquo;Manufactured Organs and The Radical Quest to Cure Aging&rdquo; was my first clue of what relationships might be fostered and what new perspectives might be prioritized at this event; my second clue was the intensive application for entry (follo...</p> A Victory Under The Sun Must Also Be Against It Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-09-19T12:54:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T13:59:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Imitative solar panels - designed by companies including <a href="" target="_blank">Sistine Solar</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Tesla</a>&nbsp;- call into question the relationship between infrastructural aesthetics and the urgent need to conserve material resources in the current climate. Can conservation really only be sold in a dress? Is the conflation of the two our only way out of the environmental crisis?&nbsp;</p> Australian firm Breathe Architecture is Changing the Way Residential Development is Done Down Under Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T08:58:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With a promise that every project would have fresh air and windows in each room, Jeremy McLeod founded the Melbourne-based practice <a href="" target="_blank">Breathe Architecture</a> almost twenty years ago. Since, the firm has been applying their concept of environmentally and socially sustainable urban design to a range of commercial and residential projects. More recently, McLeod and his team have begun cultivating their own housing projects, changing the model for multi-residential development in&nbsp;Australia. Frustrated with the way architecture was being dictated by developers, market forces, and financial structures, they started the <a href="" target="_blank">Nightingale Housing</a> movement to support, promote and advocate for high-quality housing that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable, and socially inclusive.</p> <p>Here, we talk with Lola Digby-Diercks, the Business Development Lead at Breathe Architecture and Nightingale, about the firm's innovative practices and the differences they are making within residential develo...</p> The Venice Biennale Swamp Pavilion, Part II: Futurity Island Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-09-04T13:27:00-04:00 >2018-09-08T20:18:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Earlier this month, we featured the first week of events from the Venice Biennale's <a href="" target="_blank">Swamp School</a>: <a href="" target="_blank">Swamp Radio</a>,&nbsp;a series of acoustic space explorations, radio experiments, environmental sound recordings and data sonification.&nbsp;</p> <p>Futurity Island, the Swamp School's second week of events, was held from June 25th to the 30th. It provided its participants with a space and a series of field trips to speculate on urban and material futures and imagine radically new forms of&nbsp;inderdisciplinarity. Given the recent news of Miami's precarious fate as well as that of other coastal cities and islands, the discussions that took place seemed especially apt.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the urgency of collective response, the organizers of the Swamp School,&nbsp;Gediminas Urbonas and Nomeda Urbonas, intended to inspire a single question among its participants: "how can we co-live with the swamp?"</p> The Venice Biennale Swamp Pavilion, Part I: Swamp Radio Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-08-15T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-23T15:35:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Though Venice has been the home of <a href="" target="_blank">the eponymous Biennale</a> since 1895 and the site of Western trade since roughly 400 AD, its longer history as a swamp is often overlooked. Its parcel of land and sea in Northeast Italy is notably hot, humid and rife with mosquitos, and has been since time immemorial.&nbsp;The ecosystems that depends on its swampy soil and vapor are threatened by human settlement, which has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in modern history.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Swamp Pavilion</a>, Lithuania's contribution to the 2018 Venice Biennale,&nbsp;is a networked effort to highlight the intersection of human and natural history present in Venice in the middle of what is commonly referred to as the 'Anthropocene.' Organized by Gediminas Urbonas and Nomeda Urbonas, the Swamp School has developed new theories and pedagogies in the format of a 'school,' through public interventions, field trips, workshops, lectures, discussions, chat channels and printed publications.</p> <p>Its first of three inst...</p> Vancouver Based D'Arcy Jones Architecture Stays Small to Maintain Intimacy With Their Work Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-11T16:30:00-04:00 >2018-06-22T10:28:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After designing a home for his parents while taking some time away from architecture school, D'Arcy Jones knew he was eager to one day start his own practice. Eventually founded in 2005, his <a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> based firm has grown into a 9 person studio producing distinguished architecture that is consistently recognized as some of Canada's best&mdash;in 2017, the firm had the high honor of receiving the AIBC Emerging Firm Award as well as being named&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">RAIC's Emerging Architecture Practice</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">DJA</a>'s&nbsp;portfolio is comprised mostly of residential projects that are efficient and thoughtful but the team has recently expanded this approach to tackle commercial spaces, art galleries, and larger multi-family housing projects. In the latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, Jones discusses this growth and what he sees as a "natural evolution" for the studio.<br></p> The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cutting-Edge Home Designs, But Will it Give us the Next High-Tech Home? Nam Henderson 2018-02-08T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-10-19T22:38:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Having long wanted to attend the <a href="" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Energy</a>&rsquo;s collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses, I was excited to learn last year that it was going to be held in Denver, where I reside. As the event drew closer, I signed up for two volunteer roles, working one shift as a greeter and a few as a docent, in order to attend.</p> #WorldArchitectureDay calls upon architects to respond to the Paris Climate Change Agreement Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-02T19:37:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T19:37:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The first Monday of October is annually celebrated around the globe as World Day of Architecture. Started back in 2005 by <a href="" target="_blank">the International Union of Architects</a>, the day of celebration was set up with the aim&nbsp;of reminding the world about the collective responsibility of architects in designing our future cities and settlements.&nbsp;</p> MITHUN designs 125-foot-tall Sustainability Treehouse in West Virginia Justine Testado 2017-08-02T12:16:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T16:46:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Built on the arborous slopes of the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia, the Sustainability Treehouse stands as a beacon of outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship, and high-performance design, as design architect <a href="" target="_blank">MITHUN</a> describes. The Seattle- and San Francisco-based practice worked alongside executive architect/architect of record <a href="" target="_blank">BNIM</a> and developer Trinity Works to bring the public educational facility to life for the Boy Scouts of America.&nbsp;In 2014, the project was named an <a href="" target="_blank">AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project</a>.</p> Environmentalism Matters for Architects — With or Without the Paris Agreement Nicholas Korody 2017-06-02T13:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Yesterday, amidst the roses, magnolias, crabapples and Littleleaf lindens that populate the White House Rose Garden, the President announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the landmark international climate agreement made last year and signed by every country in the world except Syria and Nicaragua.*</p> Architecture 2030's Ed Mazria outlines an environmentally-responsible plan for the architecture and design industries Archinect 2016-11-21T13:17:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>A Sleeping Giant Awakens</strong><br>The election of Donald Trump, and <a href="" target="_blank">a hastily composed (and later retracted) post-election statement by the American Institute of Architects </a><a href="" target="_blank">(AIA)</a>, has galvanized the U.S. design community. After much soul-searching prompted by anxiety and anger, architects and our allied design and planning professionals have articulated a vibrant vision for themselves and their profession.</p> Win ECO-MONOPOLY by playing for sustainability, not profit Julia Ingalls 2016-09-07T11:42:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When the Parker Brothers' version of the game Monopoly was released in 1935, it was primarily a celebration of capitalism; players were encouraged to build as much high-priced real estate as they could by acquiring desirable tracts of land and then forcibly renting them out to unlucky arrivals. The goal was to bankrupt the other players, all the while dodging the slings and arrows of the often financially ruinous 'Chance' cards.</p> Stripped of cosmetics, but imbued with substance: inside the Berard Residence Julia Ingalls 2016-08-26T09:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:04:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As conceptually oriented housing design goes, the Berard Residence has a bold aim: it attempts to shift the preconception of housing's elemental function away from shelter and into a more experiential mode, concerned with the qualities of human existence itself. Submitted to <a href="" target="_blank">our open call</a> under July's theme of Domesticity, the home aligns itself with a new interpretation of the 'case study' ideal.</p> Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter Nicholas Korody 2016-03-22T09:09:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>ZeroHome, a project by the Tel Aviv-based studio Geotectura, is a house built entirely from waste &ndash; but you wouldn&rsquo;t necessarily suspect it from looking at its sharp, angular form.</p> Leftover inspiration: the construction aesthetic of "Chair 6.0" Julia Ingalls 2016-02-28T11:56:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What happens when you bend a six-meter long piece of rebar 14 times? Well, this chair, for starters. By using found materials at a construction site and carefully planning ahead, University of Michigan alum and architect <a href="" target="_blank">Moon Joo Lee</a> was able to create this chair without any welding or use of bolts.</p> UpStarts: Paul Michael Davis Design Julia Ingalls 2014-12-08T16:07:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When it comes to sustainable design, it seems like most firms skew either green but boring, or exciting but radically inefficient. <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Paul Michael Davis Design</strong></a> in Seattle, WA handily straddles this schism, creating visually compelling, sustainable designs at an affordable cost. Founded in 2009, in the midst of a recession which pushed many newly minted graduates out of the profession, PMDD has since expanded to include an associate and an intern, and occasionally collaborates with independent firms. Notably, PMDD is developing several low-cost prefab housing projects that look like places you'd actually want to live in.</p> Showcase: Stadthaus M1 by Barkow Leibinger Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-11T11:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T22:57:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The subtle strength of <a href="" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>'s&nbsp;<strong>Stadthaus M1</strong> derives from its passive house standards and connection to local environment. The basic polygonal form of the overall structure, which includes a hotel and street-level shops separate from apartments, is jointed by a &ldquo;pocket park&rdquo; that serves as a serene connector between the complex&rsquo;s private-public areas as well as a transition space to nearby streets. Located in the &ldquo;sustainable model district&rdquo; of Vauban in the already so-called &ldquo;green city&rdquo; of Freiburg, Germany, Stadthaus M1 is right at home aesthetically and ideologically.</p> Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-13T11:13:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a recent episode of the Comedy Central show <em>Broad City, </em>protagonists Ilana and Abbi find themselves the inadvertent hosts of a hurricane party. Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, such impromptu events &ndash; a tradition in the American South in which people who cannot (or will not) evacuate gather together to drink and weather the storm &ndash; are increasingly appearing in television shows, revealing the degree to which global warming has infiltrated popular media. In this particular instance, Abbi finds out that the storm has shut off the plumbing at the exact moment that her neighbor-slash-crush arrives, and right after she&rsquo;s defecated.</p> Student Works: This house made of trash teaches a lesson in green housekeeping Justine Testado 2014-08-04T10:10:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Waste House at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Brighton</a>'s Faculty of Arts is stated to be the UK's first permanently built home made of over 85% discarded materials, including 20,000 toothbrushes, 2,000 carpet tiles, and 4,000 plastic DVD cases. But its focus on student involvement in realizing the house is also worth noting. The project leader, <a href="" target="_blank">BBM Architects</a>' Director and University of Brighton Senior Lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, collaborated with a total of 253 undergraduate students, apprentices, and volunteers in the designing and constructing of the Waste House. As students experimented with new applications for these everyday materials, they also learned that it doesn't just have to end up in a landfill.</p> Screen/Print #12: The Cairo Review's "Future of the City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-15T14:26:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T14:26:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The American University in Cairo is an institution focused on global diplomacy and policy, attracting journalists, politicians, lawyers, academics and experts from all over the world. The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Cairo Review of Global Affairs</strong></a>, the quarterly journal couched within the University's School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, serves as an authority on global affairs for both students and professionals.</p> Jason Pomeroy, the "City Time Traveller" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-18T18:41:00-05:00 >2014-09-18T02:31:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>City Time Traveller</strong>, a new travel show that spotlights architectural wonders throughout Asia, debuted earlier this month on Channel NewsAsia. Mixing city history and architectural heritage, the show is hosted by Jason Pomeroy, an architect, academic and urban planner based in Singapore. As an architect concerned primarily with ecological sustainability, Pomeroy focuses the show on places that have weathered time and conflict to persist and thrive today. Archinect spoke with Jason Pomeroy when the show just began airing, touching on his demanding filming schedule and work as an &ldquo;eco-architect&rdquo;.</p> Student Works: Martin McSherry's "Vertical Graveyards" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T10:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T21:56:16-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Martin McSherry&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Vertical Graveyards&rdquo; is a speculative proposal for a new infrastructure of death, mimicking the skyscraper as a symbol of expanding and densifying urban systems. Currently an MArch student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, McSherry initially drafted the project as a proposal to the Nordic Association for Graveyards and Crematoria&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Graveyards of the Future&rdquo; competition. Imagining the cemetery as vertical and central, rather than horizontal and suburban, the project focuses less on design specifics and more on provoking a change in societal attitudes towards death.</p> Screen/Print #2: The Petropolis of Tomorrow Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-28T11:08:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T15:06:38-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> <a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>Screen/Print</strong></em></a> is an experimentation in translation across media, featuring a close-up digital look at printed architectural writing. Divorcing content from the physical page, the series lends a new perspective to nuanced architectural thought.</p> <p> For this issue, we&rsquo;re featuring <em>The Petropolis of Tomorrow</em>.</p> <p> Do you run an architectural publication? Are you particularly excited about an upcoming periodical? If you&rsquo;d like to submit a piece of writing to <em><strong>Screen/Print</strong></em>, please <a href="" target="_blank">send us a message</a>.</p> 525 Golden Gate Seismically and Systematically Sustainable Nam Henderson 2012-04-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> <em>by Nam Henderson</em></p> <p> One beneficial result derived from the public's growing familiarity with the phrase &ldquo;<em>green design</em>&rdquo; is a renewed examination of what defines green or sustainable design. Within the field of architectural design and construction, this prominence has inevitably prompted a conversation on the nature of sustainable architecture. The proliferation of superficially and systemically &ldquo;green&rdquo; buildings during the past decade has also spurred this dialogue. Specifically, I am referring to a range of normative practices including the use of green roofs, green walls, wind turbines, various integrated energy and graywater systems or solar panels, as well as industry standards like LEED, SITES, or BREEAM.</p> CONTOURS: Designing the Green Roof Sherin Wing 2012-02-20T15:52:00-05:00 >2012-04-13T09:46:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> In Germany, approximately 12% of all buildings have green rooftops. Here in the U.S., the percentage is far less and in fact, that number is not even officially documented. But it is on the rise. Some more well-known examples include the <a href="" target="_blank">California Academy of Sciences</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">American Society of Landscape Architects' HQ</a>. These are indeed admirable, but they are costly and difficult to replicate. Trying to persuade a client about the benefits of relatively inexpensive, passive, more sustainable building strategies is difficult enough and honestly a green roof is anything but.</p> CONTOURS: New, Energy-Efficient Technologies, Part II Sherin Wing 2012-01-23T18:01:00-05:00 >2012-01-23T20:45:50-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> <em>Continued from CONTOURS: New, Energy-Efficient Technologies, <a href="" target="_blank">Part 1</a>:</em></p> <p> This week, we examine some very advanced technological developments on the <em>active</em> technology front that may potentially lead to more efficient and cheaper photovoltaic panels.</p> CONTOURS: New, Energy-Efficient Technologies, Part 1 Sherin Wing 2012-01-09T14:11:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> Smart and energy efficient is the new<em>-ish</em> approach for many architecture and design firms these days. The problem for the last decade has been that trying to persuade clients to incorporate some of these strategies into their needs has been difficult. Why? The prohibitive costs of implementing advanced technology-based elements into building design. PV panels are the first to come to mind. And when the cost is <em>perceived</em> as prohibitive by the client, firms balk at pushing them.</p>