Archinect - News 2019-01-18T23:56:29-05:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150113565/these-unesco-world-heritage-sites-are-the-first-to-be-threatened-by-climate-change These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the first to be threatened by climate change Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-08T14:06:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T19:09:29-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c5/c504de546cbfd82f83a858cf8cdcb195.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>From the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, climate change is drastically impacting some of the world's most treasured heritage sites. To date, over 1,000 bucket-list locations have earned a spot on UNESCO's World Heritage list on account of their "outstanding universal value" to humanity. But, if the world continues to warm, many of these landmarks may lose some of those "outstanding" values or even cease to exist at all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As of 2019, one out of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites is under threat by climate change, each with few protections against their respective worst case scenarios. Increased humidity, rising sea levels and other climatological factors are newly placing increased pressure of century and millennia-old structures that have been the symbols of permanence throughout known history. Here are a few that fall under such threats:</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7a/7a72093158d302b269127b78bf101f46.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7a/7a72093158d302b269127b78bf101f46.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>1. Piazza San Marco. Venice, Italy</strong></p> <p>Spread out over 118 islands, Venice as a city has knowingly been under threat by rising sea levels and land subsidence for several years. However, its Piazza San Marco, one of the oldest and most prized plazas in all of Europe, is in an especially precarious position - just steps from the island's edges.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/929eb90298ab52bd162659d4145ea768.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/92/929eb90298ab52bd162659d4145ea768.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>2. Rapa Nui (Easter Island)</strong><br></p> <p>The Chilean Island of Rapa Nui, world famous for its mysterious Moai monoliths buried half-way across its landscape, is currently being eroded by increasing sea levels and higher-than-average waves.</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3b3341411dd0fc679b22227faa94a42c.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3b3341411dd0fc679b22227faa94a42c.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>3.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Th...</strong></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150113360/new-york-times-latest-op-doc-takes-a-dive-into-the-sewage-systems-of-mexico-city New York Times' latest Op-Doc takes a dive into the sewage systems of Mexico City Mackenzie Goldberg 2019-01-07T16:17:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T16:17:11-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d8/d8d309e3fd87dd29ad3458a4873952de.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<em>New York Times'&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&amp;v=qfyEstdwWIE" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest Op-Doc</a>&mdash;part of their series of short, interactive, and virtual reality documentaries&mdash;profiles Julio C&eacute;sar C&uacute; C&aacute;mara, whose job it is to dive into the sewers and water treatment plants of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/137971/mexico-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a>. For the past 36 years, C&aacute;mara has been a sewage diver, maintaining the sewage system's pipes and pumps,&nbsp; clearing them of blockages and reducing the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11305/flooding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">risk of floods</a>. Directed by Mexican filmmaker&nbsp;Esteban Arrangoiz, the film shows, as Arrangoiz writes, "how through his work, a human being is capable of finding beauty, pleasure and the essence of his humanity inside the detritus." Check out the film below.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150113349/the-case-for-more-wooden-buildings The case for more wooden buildings Alexander Walter 2019-01-07T15:07:00-05:00 >2019-01-08T12:23:31-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c8/c8d20339c94e5e3361fccaca8757853a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Governments can help nudge the industry to use more wood, particularly in the public sector&mdash;the construction industry&rsquo;s biggest client. That would help wood-building specialists achieve greater scale and lower costs. Zero-carbon building regulations should be altered to take account of the emissions that are embodied in materials. This would favour wood as well as innovative ways of producing other materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Economist </em>compares the environmental impact of the industrialized world's most common building materials, cement and steel, with that of carbon-trapping <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/17153/wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wood</a>, and how an earnest effort to reach the emission goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement cannot ignore building with timber on a much, much grander scale.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150113331/artificial-intelligence-helps-mapping-urban-trees-all-of-them Artificial Intelligence helps mapping urban trees (all of them) Alexander Walter 2019-01-07T14:19:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T14:19:54-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dc/dc4f6b0b044f1df859975b422668cef8.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>To train the model, he identified known locations of tree canopy using lidar data and NAIP imagery over California. Using that as ground truth, the model was trained to classify which pixels contain trees in the corresponding satellite images. The result is a machine-learning model that has learned to identify trees just using four-band high-resolution (~1 meter) satellite or aerial imagery&mdash;no lidar required!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Former <em>New York Times</em> cartographer Tim&nbsp;Wallace describes how his current firm, Santa Fe-based Descartes Labs, has built a machine learning model to identify tree canopy from satellite imagery thus making accurate mapping of trees and urban forests far more accessible to cities worldwide.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e9/e93d2423e5e74dba856d6d91b8f16b5d.gif" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e9/e93d2423e5e74dba856d6d91b8f16b5d.gif"></a></p><figcaption>San Francisco Open Forest Map tree inventory (point data) in comparison with the Descartes Labs tree canopy layer (image data). Image: Tim Wallace/Descartes Labs</figcaption></figure><p>"The ability to map tree canopy at a such a high resolution in areas that can&rsquo;t be easily reached on foot would be helpful for utility companies to pinpoint encroachment issues&mdash;or for municipalities to find possible trouble spots beyond their official tree census (if they even have one)," writes Wallace. "But by zooming out to a city level, patterns in the tree canopy show off urban greenspace quirks. For example, unexpected tree deserts can be identified and neighborhoods that would most benefit from a surge of saplings revealed."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d6/d60b0365ea142e34d77de5e3a7c5848a.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d6/d60b0365ea142e34d77de5e3a7c5848a.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>New York...</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150112982/potato-peels-willed-into-becoming-the-hot-new-building-material Potato peels willed into becoming the hot new building material Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-04T14:58:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T08:38:00-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7c499d6f497fc454f676598e99077233.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>London-based designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll along with research scientist Greg Cooper have developed a biodegradable alternative to resin-based building materials such as low- and medium-density fiberboard. Called Chip[s] Board, the new material is made from non-food-grade industrial potato waste and is free of toxic chemicals and formaldehyde.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Potatoes are truly the most versatile vegetable. Chips, hash browns and vodka are just a few of its miracles, but it has also recently been added to the list of innovative building materials.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5e/5e6c4a0e9aa3e6a9f5687468e2333d49.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5e/5e6c4a0e9aa3e6a9f5687468e2333d49.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>London-based designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll, along with research scientist Greg Cooper, have created Chip[s] Board, an alternative to the often toxic or contaminating building materials tyoically employed in building construction. According to its <a href="https://rowanskitchen.com/chips-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">project page</a>, "Chip[s] Board&reg; is an eco-friendly alternative to chip board and MDF made from potato waste. Unlike its resin based counterparts, Chip[s] Board&nbsp;is biodegradable post-use and doesn&rsquo;t contain formaldehyde or any other toxic resins and chemicals."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9d/9d85d8ceac74cf0ab75c50862ce9c1d3.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9d/9d85d8ceac74cf0ab75c50862ce9c1d3.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>In a foreseeable future, could consume the innards of a potato and independently recycle its peels to contribute to a nearby housing project. They have developed a circular model of the building material (above) to indicate how little waste can be produced in the near future with the i...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150112972/xeriscaping-stirs-tension-and-inspires-hope-in-fresno Xeriscaping stirs tension (and inspires hope) in Fresno Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-04T14:20:00-05:00 >2019-01-04T14:20:16-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/d3/d3295ca1ce682decdb2fef7ad605412b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s not necessarily that conservatives rip out their lawns for economic reasons and liberals do so for environmental ones. Fresno is located in one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world, so living here brings a consciousness of water issues, as well as a pride in the region&rsquo;s miles of fields. &ldquo;My Job Depends on Ag&rdquo; is a common bumper sticker about town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The EPA estimates that a&nbsp;third&nbsp;of the water used by American households goes to watering lawns and gardens, and <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Californians have long made up a significant portion of that statistic</a>. State-wide aridity lends California a unique thirst for water, especially after several droughts within the last decade.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ba/ba2151f4877d37dcadeccfe508889611.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ba/ba2151f4877d37dcadeccfe508889611.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Many Californians have responded by replacing their grass lawns with artificial turf, wood chips, Century plants, or plain dirt, while others still have held to their love of the traditional lawn. </p> <p>When interviewed by City Lab,&nbsp;Fresno-based landscaper Bill Anderson estimated that he has converted at least 500 Fresno-area lawns over the last three years, as the city recently began to offer rebates for turf removal. When Anderson transforms the first lawn on a block, he makes sure to make it attractive enough to inspire envy among its neighbors that might otherwise have reservations against drought-tolerant landscapes.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/2971f7767bd07e0c1972ce4f3ef39514.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/2971f7767bd07e0c1972ce4f3ef39514.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&ldquo;Not in a million years did I think that people here would give u...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150112826/an-amsterdam-office-complex-will-soon-be-transformed-into-residences-by-mvrdv An Amsterdam office complex will soon be transformed into residences by MVRDV Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-03T18:54:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T08:35:26-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/53/5364d59ea15e43df9a7dfea760c69ca7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>A master plan for a 17 acre parcel of land in Amsterdam has been recently unveiled by the Dutch firm <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>. Given the fact that "Amsterdam urgently needs housing in all sorts of sizes and price ranges, for both purchase and rental,&rdquo; says Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of MVRDV, the project, titled Westerpark West,&nbsp;will transform what was once an office complex into a residential one.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f454027cf123f501bc2cb9d41f761733.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f454027cf123f501bc2cb9d41f761733.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Westerpark West. Image &copy; CIIID</figcaption></figure><p>"What was once a grey, isolated office location in Amsterdam-West will soon become a green, lively neighborhood of around 750 homes," according to the press release. "Placing an emphasis on green space and architectural diversity, the proposal for Westerpark West is a sustainable response to the ever-growing housing demand in Amsterdam."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fb/fb88ced3a6f1993bd46bb518ace3b177.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fb/fb88ced3a6f1993bd46bb518ace3b177.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Westerpark West. Image &copy; CIIID</figcaption></figure><p>In an effort to appeal to the principles of materials cycles and updated standards of sustainability, the master plan will update a number of the office buildings that have been on the site since the 1980s by t...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150112449/how-far-off-were-the-radical-architects-of-the-1960s How far off were the radical architects of the 1960s? Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-31T12:53:00-05:00 >2019-01-01T10:46:43-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ee/eee47999889b80e605c0fb921f97ae47.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The 1960s, a time when possibilities and technologies in many areas &mdash; artistic, political, scientific &mdash; seemed broader than ever, remain a seductive decade. Fifty years on from the first moon landing we need to remember that the most striking image from space (and the one that had the most real impact) were not those of the dusty, dead surface of the moon but those of our own planet, glimpsed as something delicate, whole and beautiful.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The future used to look brighter.&nbsp;</p> <p>This may be the feeling gained when looking back at some of the most radical visions from familiar names in architecture. <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/52483/archigram" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archigram</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/618520/superstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superstudio</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/618519/archizoom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archizoom</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150010917/un-believable-utopias-6-forgotten-projects-and-their-provocative-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedric Price</a> each took their shot at a future based on post-war rhetoric, and we continue to marvel at the gap between their expectations and our reality.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/15/15d38b66754ff7d6c8bd81a7c3a9db18.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/15/15d38b66754ff7d6c8bd81a7c3a9db18.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Walking City, by Archigram</figcaption></figure><p>But this gap may be wider and more troublesome than anyone could have imaged at the time of these images of the imagined future were produced, according to Financial Times writer&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/417033/edwin-heathcote" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edwin Heathcote</a>. Looking back at the future of the 1960's from the 2010's might, in fact, be our way of coping with our precarious future, Heathcote argues. "All this is an escapist fantasy," he writes, "a way of sublimating our awareness of catastrophic climate change and our guilt at participating in the economies that fuel it."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/27ac6717cbbe242989032c3af60061e7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/27ac6717cbbe242989032c3af60061e7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>No Stop City, by Archizoom</figcaption></figure><p>Heathcote ends his compelling article with a warning against the provocation of ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150112196/the-ford-foundation-s-impressive-and-much-needed-renovation The Ford Foundation's impressive (and much needed) renovation Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-12-30T16:01:00-05:00 >2018-12-31T12:35:26-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/09/09b89a6d19a02ee4312338c12886ba4e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Astonishingly, the feel of the original emerged largely intact. [Darren] Walker, an aficionado of mid-century design with an eye for detail, spent serious money to salvage whatever was salvageable. Hanging brass lighting fixtures, door handles, granite-topped credenzas (some with embedded hot plates), Platner tables and chairs, black walnut bookshelves, bronze trim &mdash; 1,500 items in all &mdash; were given back their mid-century gleam. The Ford Foundation Building has become a museum of itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After many years of detailed renovation, the Ford Foundation has been successfully renovated and is ready to house 2,000 occupants. According to New York Magazine, "[the Ford Foundation] has withdrawn into a fraction of its previous space, halving the size of the president&rsquo;s once imperial, now merely princely, suite. That shrinkage frees up space for three other nonprofit groups to rent, plus an art gallery and an abundance of meeting rooms."</p> <figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/31/312f3f964fc1a683702a200250d0726b.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/31/312f3f964fc1a683702a200250d0726b.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: Richard Barnes/Ford Foundation</figcaption></figure><p>Built in 1967 in Manhattan, New York, the Ford Foundation was designed by Dan Kiley and Roche-Dinkeloo Architects as a 160-foot &ldquo;corporate greenhouse.&rdquo; In his book, Manhattan Atmospheres (2014), the historian David Gissen argued that the Ford Foundation was a significant project in the history of environmental design for its ability to marry the image of botanical conservation with burgeoning practices in worker productivity, allowing the building to receive generous funding in its production of a building h...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150107481/an-open-letter-to-jean-nouvel An Open Letter to Jean Nouvel Orhan Ayyüce 2018-12-21T15:15:00-05:00 >2018-12-21T14:16:05-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e061be4adee186bd3200907f89c093b4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>All architects must be fully responsible for the political conditions and consequences of the projects they accept; any position that would make them only an executant constitutes an insult to their function and their ability to act.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"This Monday, we were many in Algeria, in France, and elsewhere to be shocked when we learned that the Wilaya (prefecture) of Algiers had signed a convention with the region of &Icirc;le-de-France (Paris&rsquo; region) whose President is a conservative Republican politician, and French architect Jean Nouvel to &ldquo;revitalize&rdquo; Algiers&rsquo; Casbah. The Casbah before being a UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most important sites of the anti-colonial history, as well as the home of thousands of residents who had no say in this decision. Three of us decided to write an open letter to him, asking him to renounce this commission, as part of what we believe is our strategy and our legitimacy (only one of us is from Algiers) from the Northern side of the Mediterranean Sea &mdash; we leave it to Algerians to form their own strategy against the Wilaya&rsquo;s decision if they decide to do s,o and we will bring them the support they will ask from us in that case. 410 people all around the world (including from the Cas...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150100036/minneapolis-tackling-housing-crisis-and-inequity-votes-to-end-single-family-zoning Minneapolis, Tackling Housing Crisis and Inequity, Votes to End Single-Family Zoning b3tadine[sutures] 2018-12-14T00:36:00-05:00 >2018-12-17T15:27:59-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a9/a9c2feac4fcfb7b3d1a48eee97c3d41f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>In a bold move to address its affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices, Minneapolis has decided to eliminate single-family zoning, a classification that has long perpetuated segregation.</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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150099102/can-a-commute-be-beautiful-these-colorful-rendered-maps-show-us-they-can Can a commute be beautiful? These colorful rendered maps show us they can Katherine Guimapang 2018-12-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2018-12-06T17:07:46-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4f/4fe75061eb812c9dbfe0958d9d230045.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Everyone can relate to daily <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/392861/commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commutes</a>. Whether it's fifteen minutes or an hour, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/398/infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructures</a> in various cities dictate how <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/15842/transportation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transportation</a> affects our daily lives. Through the use of data visualization, <a href="https://mapzilla-art.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Taylor</a>, Data Visualization Design Manager at <a href="https://www.itoworld.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ITO World</a> uses color and form to portray commute distances in an artistically beautiful way.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/86/8615baa2f03bfe41399531eabee50ca3.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/86/8615baa2f03bfe41399531eabee50ca3.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Coral Cities: European Cities &copy; Craig Taylor</figcaption></figure><p>A project that depicts city infrastructure in a whole new light, Taylor blends art, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14828/urban-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban planning</a>, and science together to create beautifully rendered images of street networks in 40 major cities. The project appropriately called, <a href="https://towardsdatascience.com/coral-cities-an-ito-design-lab-concept-c01a3f4a2722" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coral Cities</a>, showcases how far one can travel by car 30 minutes from the center of major cities across the globe. Growing from the inside out, the visual depiction of city infrastructures resembles the form of growing coral.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2b/2bd90bdd43aee74524f44d41871a0902.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2b/2bd90bdd43aee74524f44d41871a0902.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Early idea of plinth renders &copy; Craig Taylor</figcaption></figure><p>Depending on the geological features of the city, each "Coral City" is unique to its region. According...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150099037/france-is-cooling-their-streets-with-pavers-made-with-shellfish-waste France is cooling their streets with pavers made with shellfish waste mateoarquitectura 2018-12-05T17:27:00-05:00 >2018-12-06T15:35:02-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ec/ec3af203c55f39f60b4526da287eff58.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>In the main axis of the new multimodal hub in the French city of Nice, for the first time in Europe, a large expanse of urban cooling paving is being installed.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4b/4b99de172d2cf2800da02f73c736d7ad.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4b/4b99de172d2cf2800da02f73c736d7ad.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/959755e51001e3327fc733b7f64ea775.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/95/959755e51001e3327fc733b7f64ea775.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>It corresponds to the areas of most intense pedestrian presence (bus stops, pavements, etc.) and represents an attempt to improve the thermal conditions of the urban space in a hot climate such as that of Nice.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/10856bebad64e501feb8089fe7b6574f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/10/10856bebad64e501feb8089fe7b6574f.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>It consists of an underground irrigation system controlled by exterior sensors that cool special breathable pavers, manufactured experimentally using<strong> mollusc shells</strong>.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.mateo-arquitectura.com/beneath-the-paving-stones-lies-the-sea/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via</a></em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150098910/harvard-gsd-unveils-ultra-efficient-housezero-designed-to-produce-more-energy-than-it-uses Harvard GSD unveils ultra-efficient HouseZero, designed to produce more energy than it uses Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-04T18:41:00-05:00 >2018-12-04T18:41:18-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/96/9654e842cead1c85e0b1b94735011544.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The U.S. building stock is responsible for around 40 percent of energy<br>consumption, with housing nearly a quarter of that use. In 2014, <a href="https://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> established the Harvard Center for Green Buildings &amp; Cities to tackle the high energy and environmental costs of the industry. Yesterday, in collaboration with the international firm <a href="https://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, the school completed their <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150008978/maximum-sustainability-in-harvard-gsd-and-sn-hetta-s-housezero" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new headquarters</a> which also doubles as a prototype for ultra-efficiency.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/62/62d0fcbd8070904be651a7ba0a85bd71.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/62/62d0fcbd8070904be651a7ba0a85bd71.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sn&oslash;hetta / Plompmozes</figcaption></figure><p>Named HouseZero, the facility was built with ambitious performance targets that serve as a model for retrofitting inefficient existing buildings. The result is a transformed pre-1940s building in Cambridge that requires zero energy for heating and cooling, zero electric lighting during the day, operates with 100 percent natural ventilation, and produces zero carbon emissions. Not only that, over its lifetime, the building will actually produce more energy than it uses, even covering the energy costs of its own production.<br></p> <p>&ldquo;...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150097638/editor-s-picks-493 Editor's Picks #493 Nam Henderson 2018-11-26T12:25:00-05:00 >2018-11-26T20:38:28-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5b94b814382d21b3c7ea49d67f67eb1f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>ICYMI, back in October, <a 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rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey </a> started <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/1212146/lorem-ipsum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new series</a> that he considers "<em>an experiment in the ritual of juries</em>". <br></p> <p><em>Narratives of Architecture</em> was the first academic studio to be subjected to the experimental format of a jury presented in<a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150090828/pedagogies-the-public-juries-lorem-ipsum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Pedagogies, the Public &amp; Juries</a>. The third round of which focused on "<em>bringing the processes and products from the previous stages together, presented here as Constructs of Memory.</em>" <strong>mel_lewixs</strong> got <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150090828/pedagogies-the-public-juries-lorem-ipsum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">excited</a> as the theme "<em>(which is amazing) offers an ideal nonlinear format reflective of the human mental process where technology can serves as an extension of our inner thoughts, ideas, and feelings.</em>" while <strong>randomised</strong>, is definitely right that the studio <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150091379/constructs-of-memory-lorem-ipsum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">produced</a> "<em>Beautiful drawings!</em>"</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/59/59bb200824448a732ed8b1926701d650.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/59/59bb200824448a732ed8b1926701d650.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Lorem Ipsum Map Construct</figcaption></figure><p><br>Plus, Beverly Willis' <a href="https://archinect.com/features/article/150091531/accessible-design-before-ada-beverly-willis-first-architectural-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Architectural Commission</a>, was a single-family home designed for a client with multiple sclerosis, built thirty years before handicap guidelines existed.<br></p> News <p>On a related note, Beverly Willis was announced, the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150089617/beverly-willis-the-legendary-architect-and-women-s-advocate-wins-enr-legacy-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 E...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150095642/startup-pod-o-proposes-a-tiny-architecture-solution-to-the-festival-industry-s-waste-problem Startup Pod(o) proposes a tiny-architecture solution to the festival industry's waste problem Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-13T22:17:00-05:00 >2018-11-14T12:35:33-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/aa/aa5f7831fd0248e3793e1799e9d25192.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>With the increase in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/129843/festival" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">festival</a> events and attendance, one company strives to fix the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/13412/waste" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">waste</a> problem these highly attended festivals make. Based in Christchurch, Dorset, <a href="https://www.above-all.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Above All C6(n)</a> is a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/219506/sustainable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> technology company that is using recycled <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/621387/plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plastic</a> water bottles to create sustainable alternatives to tents found at festivals. Pod(o) is an accommodation unit that is reusable, stackable, and lockable. It is capable of incorporating <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11462/solar-power" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">solar-power</a> components, an eco water supply, as well as its own bio toilet. Currently holding a capacity of 2 person(s), the team at Above All C6(n) is working on a pod that can accommodate more people.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/91/91801c50e96d8456826b47031adb0a38.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/91/91801c50e96d8456826b47031adb0a38.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pod(o) Image &copy; Deep South Media</figcaption></figure><p>At the core of its construction are single use plastic flakes that make up its MESR TECNIC&nbsp;(Modular, Extensible, Scalable and Reusable) building components. These lightweight structures are made to reduce the production of more plastic waste. Event organizers claim that many of the tents that are available for rent at festivals...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150095758/developer-brings-luxury-condos-to-old-missile-silos-in-kansas Developer brings luxury condos to old Missile Silos in Kansas Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-13T15:46:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T12:56:04-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e6/e699d815f5217ceecb0e199e0ebd0701.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>When one thinks of luxury condos, rural Kansas isn't what typically comes to mind. Then again, the location isn't the only thing unique about developer Larry Hall's 15-story, residential complex sitting underground in a former missile silo.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2008, Hall purchased the missile launch facility in Kansas for $300,000, in order to build <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/5548/bunker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fortified shelters</a> that can withstand a variety of catastrophic events. The result is his $20 million Survival Condo Project where accommodations start at $1.5 million and include things like windows that mimic natural sunlight.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/60/6015a8a70c51dc9283ca76abc2782727.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/60/6015a8a70c51dc9283ca76abc2782727.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Indoor swimming pool inside the Survival Condo Project.</figcaption></figure><p>In the event of an attack or natural disaster, the luxury facility can hold up to 75 people for over five years. During this time, residents of the complex can go for a swim in the indoor pool complete with a waterslide, enjoy a flick in the movie theater, read a book at the building's library, or grab a drink at the custom bar while the world outside burns. The sprawling fa...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150095257/urban-design-practice-ecologicstudio-harvests-photosynthetic-microalgae-to-help-de-carbonize-our-cities Urban design practice ecoLogicStudio harvests photosynthetic microalgae to help de-carbonize our cities Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-09T14:24:00-05:00 >2018-11-20T08:22:55-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d01f75958f5caed2bee9563c3c98c11.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>The London-based architectural practice <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/98219524/ecologicstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a>, which specializes in&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/403660/biodesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bio-digital design</a>, has developed a large-scale installation which stores and filters CO2 to help fight global climate change. Their 'urban curtain'&mdash;dubbed Photo.Synth.Etica&mdash;was unveiled this week in Dublin during the 2018 Climate Innovation Summit, where it covered the main fa&ccedil;ade of the Printworks building at Dublin Castle.</p> <p>Composed of 16, 2 x 7 meter modules made from a digitally designed and custom made bioplastic, the curtain acts as a photo-bioreactor, harvesting light and carbon dioxide to feed living <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/103274/algae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">micro-algal cultures</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7d/7df0cb19c2b9aeeb86258e771c6133e2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7d/7df0cb19c2b9aeeb86258e771c6133e2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo.Synth.Etica by ecoLogicStudio &copy; NAARO</figcaption></figure><p>"For example, when the Printworks building emits CO2, this is captured by each of our facade&rsquo;s photo-bioreactors and feeds the living algae cultures within them" <a href="https://www.climate-kic.org/opinion/harvesting-intelligence-photosyntetic-microalgae-de-carbonise-future-cities/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explains</a> ecoLogicStudio co-founder Marco Poletto. And "when the sun shines, its energy is captured by the algae cells within the photo-bioreactors that are designed to form an urb...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150094429/atelier-111-architekti-creates-a-modern-reinterpretation-of-the-traditional-czech-fisherman-cottage Atelier 111 Architekti creates a modern reinterpretation of the traditional Czech fisherman cottage Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-05T14:11:00-05:00 >2018-11-06T13:46:12-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/59/59b7e8da68d468c1be162dae05e17ecb.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Tucked within the natural landscape of&nbsp;Vyso&#269;ina, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/220183/czech-republic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Czech Republic</a> is a 538 square foot structure inspired by traditional fisherman <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/190698/cottage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cottages</a>. Although its size is limited due to building legislation, this holiday cottage provides scenic views and a space perfect for recreation. Consisting of four small structures, each satisfies a specific purpose. Three of the four cottages are connected unifying the&nbsp;central room, a residential kitchen, a small loft space for children, as well as a bedroom and a lounge&nbsp;located on the adjacent side.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/35/35daa867c92d2beda16d70cd02519fb9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/35/35daa867c92d2beda16d70cd02519fb9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; BoysPlayNice</figcaption></figure><figure><figure></figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fe45063349555312615f9d5ed6ec6209.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fe/fe45063349555312615f9d5ed6ec6209.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; BoysPlayNice</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/6435de236ddaaa4ed679358507a17182.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/64/6435de236ddaaa4ed679358507a17182.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; BoysPlayNice</figcaption></figure><p>The sleek, minimalistic interior creates a warm atmosphere thanks to the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/17153/wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wood</a> finish details that encompass the space. The large <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/52515/windows" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">windows</a>along the side of the cottage allows for perfect views of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1574/water" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">water</a>. The simple interiors nicely complement the surrounding areas allowing for the space to be a perfectly serine getaway. The fourth cottage, detached from the rest, has a dual purpose as a place for...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150092862/this-modern-backyard-bat-house-raises-awareness-on-a-natural-form-of-pest-control-and-bat-conservation This modern backyard bat house raises awareness on a natural form of pest control and bat conservation Justine Testado 2018-10-26T16:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-28T13:36:07-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3a/3a17c7ae51bcaafb59597aa098e41591.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>In response to the increasing number of mosquitoes and other pesky insects that climate change is bringing about,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.batbnb.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BatBnB</a> is one company that wants people to be less reliant on harmful chemicals and pay attention to a more natural form of pest control:&nbsp;Bats!&nbsp;</p> <p>Co-founded by&nbsp;Harrison Broadhurst (an architectural designer at Nomi Design) and Christopher R&auml;nnefors (a Sales &amp; Operations Manager at Google Fiber), BatBnB designs stylish, bat expert-approved houses that mimic bats' natural habitat and provide them with a safe environment to sleep, stay, and raise their pups. With these houses, Broadhurst and R&auml;nnefors want to show that bats aren't the filthy blood-thirsty pests many people assume they are. In fact, bats can eat thousands of insects in one night, making them a better form of pest control.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1f/1fe4eff7ad31176ed8a49151a273a5e9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1f/1fe4eff7ad31176ed8a49151a273a5e9.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via BatBnB.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/09/09f5e2aaeea1284ba080f0ea227643a0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/09/09f5e2aaeea1284ba080f0ea227643a0.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via BatBnB.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8e/8ef65494f5f7130e0dcd1f0b4cd3f433.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8e/8ef65494f5f7130e0dcd1f0b4cd3f433.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via BatBnB.</figcaption></figure><p>Made from rot-resistant cedar, the BatBnB currently comes in three sleek designs and can be installed on a house, barn, pole, or tree. It c...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091713/superhelix-creates-a-house-hidden-in-plain-site Superhelix creates a house hidden in plain site Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-23T19:30:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7a/7a33fd3938406453b4b4ed2a47f41afa.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/15077/poland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Polish</a> based design studio Superhelix creates a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/5823/green-roof" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green roof</a> masterpiece that not only highlights the home's ecological design, but showcases what happens to buildings when they change over time. Located in Krakow, Poland the 189 square meter home's slanted roof was not built for aesthetics, but instead was constructed due to a building requirement. Due to local building codes, the home's roof had to be built at a 45-degree slope. To some this may have been a design obstacle, but to&nbsp;Bart&#322;omiej Drabik, principal architect, he used this as an opportunity to create a progressive roof design that highlights green design.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4c/4c253535292219dcbbb332722bc55379.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4c/4c253535292219dcbbb332722bc55379.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Bart&#322;omiej Drabik</figcaption></figure><p>Through out the construction of this residential home, special attention was emphasized on how the building's materials will allow the home to age and change naturally. The home's elevation was covered with western red cedar planks. This particular wood type does not require wood treatment against insects and the weather. As the wood ages over tim...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091973/henning-larsen-builds-a-colorfully-sustainable-school-in-urban-hong-kong Henning Larsen builds a colorfully sustainable school in urban Hong Kong Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-22T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T12:11:55-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/00/00167fe52a1f72072fb39df583acf3cc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;With its wide array of sustainable measures, ranging from the choice of materials, to the many passive designs to economize energy and ensure great daylight, to the way the school is able to share spaces with the surrounding community, the new campus of FIS offers lessons in sustainable architecture for pupils and local builders. - Claude Godefroy, Design Director and partner at Henning Larson Hong Kong</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/37093/hong-kong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong's</a> seven million residents and bustling <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14706/urban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban city</a> is filled with looming concrete buildings and dense streets. However, the new campus of the French International School shines amongst the congested cityscape.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3a33c0c893d115b56395275c0d68f6d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3a33c0c893d115b56395275c0d68f6d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><p>Finding <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/9767/green-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green space</a> is difficult in such an urban environment like Hong Kong. Danish architecture firm <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/297784/henning-larsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen</a> has taken the 215,278 square foot space and creates a visually captivating school which is designed to foster a rich <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/234971/academic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">academic</a> environment while featuring cost-effective <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/219506/sustainable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> designs.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/4061053a6233f07c6ee79d0bf052a5d2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/4061053a6233f07c6ee79d0bf052a5d2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ff24a4eb89635840ec96dc543036d398.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ff/ff24a4eb89635840ec96dc543036d398.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><p>The entrancingly designed <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/34080/facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facade</a>&nbsp;functions both as a charming and inviting exterior while allowing for the building to adapt to natural <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/680761/daylight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">daylight</a>. The clever use of sunlight was another feature designers of the building spent much time on. Classrooms were positioned facing north or south allowing for sunlight to enter in a generous and balanced way. The specific orientation of windows helped avoid...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150091155/dan-brunn-redefines-net-zero-housing-with-a-california-mid-century-modern-flare Dan Brunn redefines net zero housing with a California mid-century modern flare Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-19T13:53:00-04:00 >2018-10-20T09:44:20-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/72/72bf1f454a3d994c978029055cd6e08b.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> based architect <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/16350182/dan-brunn-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn</a> assembles a team of innovative energy efficient manufacturers to create a vision for contemporary <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/65656/net-zero" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">net zero housing</a>. The Bridge House LA, whose construction is soon to be completed in January 2019, is a project teeming with building systems manufactured product at the forefront of eco-design.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9a/9a45b5ebd5bd408945e37fb35aad65e7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9a/9a45b5ebd5bd408945e37fb35aad65e7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c6/c6c51d1891219049bbc98f69c05d3ea2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c6/c6c51d1891219049bbc98f69c05d3ea2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>Nestled in Los Angeles' Hancock Park, the 4,500 square foot home was intricately designed to omit zero energy emissions. From its construction phase to its completion, the footprint of the home was a priority for principal architect Dan Brunn and his team. The 212 foot long, 20 foot-wide structure rests within the cozy neighborhood along with a running brook found below the center of the home.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/7067b036ceff93f5943f6a4f930855ee.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/7067b036ceff93f5943f6a4f930855ee.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The single-story rectangular structure may have a simplistic form, however, its clean lines and structurally minimalistic silh...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150090508/shenzhen-s-elevated-garden-will-bring-pedestrians-to-the-sky Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/21/2173d42f439b6c21a27ed7e2f6bc2b3a.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/226067/sky-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/666662/pedestrians" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/13491/skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a40607dfcb505036ae48b03f0282dfc7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a4/a40607dfcb505036ae48b03f0282dfc7.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/15824/transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089879/neri-oxman-architecture-s-modern-day-wonder-woman Neri Oxman: Architecture's modern day Wonder Woman Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-08T16:08:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T12:49:26-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ec/ec011dd50028a67d5fb0de3076af8562.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>What makes Dr. Oxman, the scientist, so unusual, said Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA, is her aesthetic sense. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s not afraid of formal elegance,&rdquo; Ms. Antonelli said. &ldquo;The reason why she is a gift to the field of architecture and design is that her science works, her aesthetics work, and her theory works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tenured professor at the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/533253/mit-media-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab</a>, Dr. Neri Oxman's larger than life approach to architecture and design has continuously turned heads. Her impact in the world of architecture has led her to various breakthroughs in understanding the relationship and possibility between nature and the built environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b5/b53ef80904a67cb1cede2f1a568f051d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b5/b53ef80904a67cb1cede2f1a568f051d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Coining the term, <em>material ecology</em>, Dr. Oxman and her motley crew at MIT has turned MIT's Media Lab into a fantastically eccentric playground. Through <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/59062/digital-fabrication" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital fabrication</a>, synthetic design, and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/868651/computational-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">computational design</a> Dr. Oxman and her team have developed amazingly beautiful and technically provocative multifunctional structures you would find in a science fiction novel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3d106fa49d3fc7d32b0fcf3aaf55eb5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3d106fa49d3fc7d32b0fcf3aaf55eb5.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure><p>According to Dr. Oxman, "we treat design more like a gardening practice." The use of organic materials like ground up shrimp shells and silkworms are the natural stars in h...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089631/google-s-environmental-insights-explorer-tracks-carbon-pollution-on-a-local-level Google's Environmental Insights Explorer tracks carbon pollution on a local level Alexander Walter 2018-10-05T18:35:00-04:00 >2018-10-07T07:19:13-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/27/271b82384df92609f65fee52d9a1631d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Google has started estimating greenhouse-gas emissions for individual cities, part of what it recently described as an ambitious new plan to deploy its hoard of geographic information on the side of climate-concerned local leaders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google has launched a new online tool, the <a href="https://insights.sustainability.google/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Environmental Insights Explorer</a>, which tracks emissions inventory on a city scale. The program is still in beta mode and currently only provides data for five cities (Pittsburgh, PA; Mountain View,&nbsp;CA;&nbsp;Victoria, BC; Melbourne, AU; Buenos Aires, AR) but could eventually turn into an enormously helpful planning tool for municipalities&mdash;especially while the consensus on man-made global warming can be frustratingly murky on the state and federal level.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150089285/what-we-can-learn-from-the-devastating-earthquake-in-indonesia What we can learn from the devastating earthquake in Indonesia Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T20:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-04T22:27:27-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1a/1a12e5c25f3a2c33b6775cbf0c679bf4.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Building codes and standards in many countries require engineers to consider the effects of soil liquefaction in the design of new buildings and infrastructure such as bridges, embankment dams and retaining structures</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the devastating <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/337/earthquake" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquake</a> that hit <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/317489/indonesia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indonesia</a>, scientists are relating building collapses to soil liquefaction. When overly saturated soil is heavily loosened by intense seismic activity, particles in the soil lose its bond and contact with each other. Thus resulting in its loss of stiffness and structural support. When soil deposits lose its ability to provide stability for foundations, the land quickly turns into a liquid flowing nightmare.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a39ed668ac59f1c4c45db5a7959eb4e5.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a39ed668ac59f1c4c45db5a7959eb4e5.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure><p>Dr. Stavroula Kontoe of Imperial College London highlights on this phenomenon and provides a proactive perspective to preventing these disasters from happening in the future. Dr. Kontoe explains that soil liquefaction can be identified early on in a building's design process. If the correct mitigation techniques like soil strengthening and proper drainage systems are applied, areas that are more susceptible have a better chance in recovering from a natural disaster.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/77/77ffd5720648b232138dc27d4d2581ec.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/77/77ffd5720648b232138dc27d4d2581ec.jpeg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150088997/deep-adaptation-in-the-face-of-planetary-climate-catastrophe 'Deep adaptation' in the face of planetary climate catastrophe Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T18:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T18:38:57-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d64e0c876839b0c2ee5e0512125c684.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>In the language of climate change, &ldquo;adaptation&rdquo; refers to ways to blunt the immediate effects of extreme weather, such as building seawalls, conserving drinking water, updating building codes, and helping more people get disaster insurance. [...] But some researchers are going further, calling for what some call the &ldquo;deep adaptation agenda.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg</em>'s Climate &amp; Environment Reporter, Christopher Flavelle, lays out a range of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> projections&mdash;from the general consensus to the more pessimistic&mdash;and how an array of 'deep adaptation' measures could help to mitigate the damage. "Rather than simply asking people to water their lawns less often [...]," Flavelle writes, "governments need to consider large-scale, decades-long infrastructure projects, such as transporting water to increasingly arid regions and moving cities away from the ocean."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150088332/after-a-decade-lego-will-re-release-their-vestas-wind-turbine-in-november After a decade, LEGO will re-release their Vestas Wind Turbine in November Justine Testado 2018-09-27T17:01:00-04:00 >2018-09-27T17:01:54-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55b34b2436f5273b7048334283f3a97b.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>On Wednesday during NYC Climate Week, Lego announced they&rsquo;d be re-releasing the LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine, developed in collaboration with wind company Vestas...This set stands 3 feet tall and contains 826 pieces, including one piece&mdash;a spruce tree&mdash;that is the first of Lego&rsquo;s sustainable plant-based plastic pieces. The set also features adjustable and motorized turbine blades and a movable nacelle with aircraft warning lights.</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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150087558/icymi-a-guide-to-gutting-your-storm-damaged-house ICYMI: A guide to gutting your storm-damaged house Nam Henderson 2018-09-23T14:18:00-04:00 >2018-09-24T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6d/6d53dfc56751b362e6f0aab09b31eb2c.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>Gutting a badly inundated, 1,500-square-foot house packed with stuff is likely to take 12 workers about three days, said Kevin Fitzpatrick, who managed the clearing-out and internal demolition of dozens of homes after Hurricane Katrina for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans...Before they start, they all need tetanus shots, goggles, hats, boots, gloves and masks certified to block mold spores</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following Hurricane Florence, Michelle Krupa republished, a 5 step guide to recovery (from 2017) for those affected by flooding or storm-damage.</p>