Archinect - News 2018-05-25T01:02:44-04:00 Archinect is pleased to release Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"! Nicholas Korody 2018-05-21T11:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-20T18:44:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After months of hard work <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewing submissions</a>, selecting content, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">editing</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designing</a> and working with the best printers in the industry, we're excited to announce the second issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>, "Architecture of Disaster," is now available for purchase. If you're an annual subscriber, your copy has either arrived at your doorstep or is on its way. For everyone else, you can order now, from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our revamped online shop</a>. Copies will be available at selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stockists</a> shortly, including the soon-to-open Archinect Outpost, our experimental retail/gallery/event space in downtown LA's Arts District.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Get your copy of Ed #2 "Architecture of Disaster"&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>!</strong><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em><br>&ldquo;The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact.&rdquo;</em><br></p> <p>- Maurice Blanchot, <em>The Writing of the Disaster</em></p> <p>It&rsquo;s four in the morning and I can&rsquo;t sleep. I keep thinking about the disaster. Which one? The storm in the Caribbean? Or the ones in the Southeast United States, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal? The earthquake in Mexico? Or Tokyo...</p> The Ice Box Challenge pits Passive House vs Regular House, on public display this summer in New York Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-17T14:45:00-04:00 >2018-05-18T14:53:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On the bustling streets of Broadway Boulevard in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, two multi-colored huts are trying to get the public excited about hyper efficient buildings. Part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ice Box Challenge</a>, the&nbsp;environmental public art installation has been touring the world, demonstrating the merits of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Challenge, which has popped up in Brussels, Seattle, Vancouver, and now New York City, involves two small sheds&mdash;one built to Passive House Standards, and the other, to the local city's building codes. One ton of ice is then placed inside each, and left outside in the summer heat for one month. The display then invites passersby to check out the progress, and see which building design and construction has done a better job at keeping the ice from melting.&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York City huts have been designed by Stark Architecture, a Vancouver based firm with its certification in Passive House design.&nbsp;The Ice Boxes have been coated in a colorful mural by the street artist&nbsp;Olivier Binam&eacute; an...</p> California is now the first state to require solar panels on new homes Alexander Walter 2018-05-10T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T18:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>California just sent the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market and becoming the norm. On Wednesday, the Golden State became the first in the U.S. to require solar panels on almost all new homes. Most new units built after Jan. 1, 2020, will be required to include solar systems [...]. While that&rsquo;s a boost for the solar industry, critics warned that it will also drive up the cost of buying a house by almost $10,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rooftop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">solar panels</a> are finally becoming an integral part of most new California homes beginning in 2020, however skeptics say that the move will further worsen the state's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>.</p> KieranTimberlake develops an app to analyze occupant experience in passive architecture Hope Daley 2018-05-08T15:51:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T21:04:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture studio&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake</a>&nbsp;used passive strategies to cool their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Philadelphia office building</a> and installed 300 sensors to record data on how it was performing. Along with their network of sensors, the firm also developed an app called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Roast</a> for their employees to rate how they felt in the building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Roast app asks the user, &ldquo;How are you feeling today?&rdquo; allowing quick surveys pre-populated questions based on building industry standards.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The app offers an interactive online interface to analyze occupant comfort. Filter results to compare comfort acrosss space over time.</p> <p>This kind of post-occupancy evaluation focuses not just on the building's stats, but also on how people are experiencing the space. Together with metric data and employe experience feedback, the firm was able to produce an overall better design. The building was awarded the AIA&rsquo;s new&nbsp;Top Ten Plus Award&nbsp;this month, an annual honor given to a building with outstanding performance data.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Want to work at&nbsp;K...</a></p> Small and mid-size cities are attracting more millennials Hope Daley 2018-05-04T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-05T09:04:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Mid- or second-tier cities, loosely defined as those under a million people that aren&rsquo;t regional powerhouses like Austin or Seattle, are increasingly seen as not just places to find a lower cost of living, easier commute, and closer connections with family, but also a more approachable, neighborhood-oriented version of the urban lifestyle that sent many to the larger cities in the first place.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census data shows</a> that smaller metros are seeing more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">migration</a> from millennials while&nbsp;larger cities are experiencing slower growth. These smaller cities have been attracting new growth in part due to investing in green spaces and parks, upswings in local tech hubs, and downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a>.&nbsp;</p> Lawsuit over reports on FIU bridge collapse declared confidential Hope Daley 2018-05-03T16:53:00-04:00 >2018-05-03T16:53:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly two months after a brand-new South Florida bridge collapsed onto a busy roadway &mdash; killing six people &mdash; the Florida Department of Transportation is still refusing to release documents that could shed light on the tragic accident. Now, the Miami Herald is taking the state to court. On Wednesday, the Herald filed suit against FDOT in Tallahassee's Leon County Circuit Court to compel the release of emails, meeting minutes and other records relating to the bridge's design and construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just days before the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIU bridge collapsed</a>, cracks had been observed on the structure. A meeting was held by the university and the FDOT the morning of the collapse on whether these cracks were a safety risk. The Miami Herald requested records from that meeting and other documents, which have been deemed confidential by the&nbsp;National Transportation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safety</a> Board.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> Google's Open Heritage project applies cutting edge technology to architectural preservation Hope Daley 2018-04-30T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T15:43:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Google provides open access to 3D digital archives of historic sites around the globe, which have been recorded by CyArk for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> purposes. CyArk, a non profit organization founded in 2003, has been working to digitally record, archive, and share immersive sites with people online. Through 3D models, Street Views, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a>, viewers can experience these important sites in new and relevant ways. So far, the group has 26 sites that are digitally preserved and downloadable.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3D Laser Scan data cutaway of the interior of Tudor Place. Image: CyArk.</figcaption></figure><p>CyArk has recorded over 200 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monuments</a> on all 7 continents, while assisting other conservationists through engineering drawings and detailed maps. The data is archived using state of the art processes to ensure continued availability.&nbsp;<br></p> Plans announced for a gondola to connect LA's Dodger Stadium with Union Station Hope Daley 2018-04-26T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:00:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, LLC has announced plans to construct a gondola system that could ferry passengers between Union Station and Dodger Stadium in a five-minute end-to-end ride.&nbsp; Each cabin would be capable of accommodating 30 to 40 passengers, according to an official website, with capacity for up to 5,000 passengers per hour at peak frequencies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently, the only <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> service to Dodger Stadium is a bus line operated by the Metro. The new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gondola</a> system would be cheaper than stadium parking and would help alleviate traffic congestion in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> on game days.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of proposed gondola system. Image: ARTT LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>The next steps are seeking approval for the project, including an environmental impact report, and pursuing a lease for the stop at Union Station. Public outreach may begin later this year with a possible route set in 2019 or 2020 and the potential to open in 2022.&nbsp;<br></p> Plans for the first commercial Hyperloop system in the United Arab Emirates Hope Daley 2018-04-24T18:08:00-04:00 >2018-05-01T18:37:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT)&nbsp;recently signed an agreement with Aldar Properties PJSC, a leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi, to begin construction on the first commercial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> system in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Arab Emirates</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of HyperloopTT station in UAE, in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS. Image: HyperloopTT. </figcaption></figure><p>The first phase of construction will begin with a 6 mile stretch of development between&nbsp;Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Design for the Hyperloop pylon is a collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD architects</a>, while the station design is in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AN.ONYMOUS</a>. The agreement also includes building a Hyperloop XO Square Innovation Center and Visitor Center. This section is located close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport, with the goal of having it up and running in time for Expo 2020.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of HyperloopTT station in UAE, in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS. Image: HyperloopTT. </figcaption></figure><p>The Hyperloop system, first presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>, will move pe...</p> Marcel Breuer's Brutalist Pirelli Building is slated for new life as a hotel Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-24T14:53:00-04:00 >2018-04-26T20:36:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer</a>'s iconic&nbsp;Pirelli Building, once&nbsp;a symbol of New Haven's mid-century embrace of&nbsp;urban renewal and modern architecture, has spent the past two decades completely vacant, save for a recent art show.&nbsp;</p><p>Known for its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist design</a> featuring a 2-story gap, the mid-century masterpiece was taken over by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> in the late 90s. Upon acquiring the property, the Swedish furniture giant demolished the adjacent two-story wing to make room for parking spaces and have since left the remaining structure unoccupied, much to the anxiety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> and civic leaders. Listed by the&nbsp;State Register of Historic Places, many believed it would become the victim of IKEA's demolition-by-neglect strategy.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the&nbsp;<em>New Haven Independent</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reporting</a> on new interest in turning the Sargent drive property into a hotel, the building now has a shot at its adaptive reuse. IKEA has yet to announce updates on plans for the Pirelli Building, but the city's&nbsp;Economic Development Administrator Matthew N...</p> Are San Francisco skyscrapers prepared for the next big earthquake? Hope Daley 2018-04-23T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-04-23T19:20:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>San Francisco lives with the certainty that the Big One will come. But the city is also putting up taller and taller buildings clustered closer and closer together because of the state&rsquo;s severe housing shortage. Now those competing pressures have prompted an anxious rethinking of building regulations. Experts are sending this message: The building code does not protect cities from earthquakes nearly as much as you might think.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking a hard look at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San&nbsp;Francisco</a>'s building codes,&nbsp;this NY Times piece goes in depth on what it means for city high rises if the next big <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquake</a> hit. From the 1906 earthquake and fire to current seismic safety, concerns revolve around the number of skyscrapers built on liquefaction zones and buildings left damaged beyond repair.&nbsp;</p> <p>With cases such as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sinking Millennium Tower</a> and many more high rises planned for the city, San Francisco's seismic risk and building codes are currently being reassessed. The Tall Building Study is the first detailed database of more than 160 high rises, classifying structures by building type.&nbsp;<br></p> How 'smart glass' at airports boosts alcohol sales Alexander Walter 2018-04-23T14:21:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:02:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The tinted world of tomorrow is coming, and&nbsp;airports&mdash;mini-cities of steel, concrete&nbsp;and lots and lots of glass&mdash;are interested.&nbsp;In a test last fall, Dallas-Fort Worth&nbsp;International Airport outfitted one of its gates with a new type of &ldquo;smart glass&rdquo; that can&nbsp;adjust for sunlight exposure. The obvious point is to keep travelers from getting overheated&mdash;but the exercise also brought a&nbsp;more lucrative benefit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell</a>-led study at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport found that implementing a new type of electrochromatic '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart glass</a>' at one of its gates not only led to cooler, more pleasant surface temperatures in the waiting area, but the tinted glass, and the resulting dimmer light in the neighboring bars and restaurants, also resulted in increased alcohol sales&mdash;by as much as 80%.</p> <p>More airports have announced plans to upgrade their lounges and terminals with&nbsp;'smart glass.'</p> Celebrate Earth Day with the latest in green architecture from 2018 Hope Daley 2018-04-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T10:24:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In honor of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> today, we look at the latest in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable architecture</a> revealed in 2018 so far. Working with our natural environment, upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green</a> projects range from sculptural electric charging stations to the world's largest single-domed tropical greenhouse. Our future is being shaped by new technologies such as a machine to recycle demolition waste, progress in nuclear fusion power, and mass timber building techniques.&nbsp;</p> <p>Scroll down and get inspired to further harmonize our built and natural environments:</p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Social housing goes green with another urban forest designed by Stefano Boeri</a><br></strong></p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations</a></strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Signum Architecture designs sustainably minded Napa Valley winery and office</a></strong><br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The case for a semi-permeable architecture</strong></a></p> <figure><img src=""></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biocylcer wants to recycle construction waste into new building materials</a></strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Largest timber-constructed office building in the nation planned for Newark&rsquo;s waterfront</strong></a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cut...</a></strong></p> How a small, conservative Texas town became a key player in the renewable energy revolution Alexander Walter 2018-04-20T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T14:33:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Georgetown (pop. 67,000) last year became the largest city in the United States to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Previously, the largest U.S. city fully powered by renewables was Burlington, Vermont (pop. 42,000), home to Senator Bernie Sanders, the jam band Phish and the original Ben &amp; Jerry&rsquo;s. Georgetown&rsquo;s feat is all the more dramatic because it demolishes the notion that sustainability is synonymous with socialism and GMO-free ice cream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>Smithsonian Magazine</em>, Dan Solomon tells the story of Georgetown, TX's green energy transformation and its unexpected champion, Republican mayor Dale Ross&mdash;who is now friends with Al Gore and was even featured in his <em>An Inconvenient Sequel</em> documentary.<br></p> A new proposal for Miami's collapsed bridge by Dover, Kohl & Partners Hope Daley 2018-04-09T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-09T15:43:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last week, street planners Victor Dover and Kenneth Garc&iacute;a of the Miami firm Dover, Kohl &amp; Partners published a proposal for redesigning the area. The pair criticized not only the &ldquo;accelerated bridge construction&rdquo; technique used in the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, but the fundamental design of the street it once spanned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami FIU bridge collapse</a> three weeks ago, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">investigations</a> have been conducted on what went wrong. Looking ahead to reconstruction, the Miami based design firm&nbsp;Dover, Kohl &amp; Partners proposes a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian</a> friendly design for Eighth Street. Focusing on greater harmony between pedestrians, bikers, public transit, and cars, the firm's goal is to make the entire area <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">safer</a> and more appealing.</p> <p>The design calls for reducing the eight-lanes of traffic down to five, a middle section designated to public transportation, with bike lanes and trees added along the roadway. Rather than rebuilding the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian bridge</a>, multiple street level crosswalks would be added for residents and students. The firm does not expect this design to be pursued, however their aim is to put forth a solution to a problem they see across the country.&nbsp;</p> Fluxus assists HUD manufactured housing regulatory reform Hope Daley 2018-04-04T13:24:00-04:00 >2018-04-04T15:10:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has asked for public comments on the current and planned standards for manufactured housing. This action is taken following an executive directive to reduce the U.S. government&rsquo;s overall regulatory complexity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In January HUD <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced a review of manufactured housing rules</a>&nbsp;seeking public comments on identifying regulations which stifle affordable housing.</p> <p>Fluxus LLC,&nbsp;a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefabricated</a> building technology platform, has submitted the following&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comment</a>&nbsp;for the HUD Regulations Division&rsquo;s consideration in current and planned manufactured housing rules. The group identifies two main issues and offers two recommendations each to address these issues:&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Problem Statement No. 1<br></strong>The definition of HUD-code Manufactured Homes constrains its potential applications typologically, programmatically and aesthetically. According to the definition below, the HUD-code Manufactured Homes applies only to dwellings with an attached permanent chassis on which they are transported to the site in one or more sections.</p> <p><strong>Recommendation<br></strong>1.&nbsp;Focus on creating outcome and performance based standards to replace overly prescriptive design standards.<br>2. Focus on code development cost of ownership not cost of construction</p> <p><strong>Problem ...</strong></p> George Brown College selects finalists for design competition to build 12-story wood tower Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-30T14:47:00-04:00 >2018-03-30T14:47:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Timber Towers are on the rise, propelled by the growing availability of&nbsp;new wood technologies&nbsp;that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">promise major environmental benefits</a>. Today, proposals for increasingly tall wooden structures are sprouting up everywhere from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brisbane</a>, with the world's tallest wooden tower <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently completing in British Columbia</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">another on its way in Norway</a>.</p> <p>Amidst the enthusiasm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Brown College</a> announced plans last summer for a 12 story timber-framed building as part of the school's Toronto Waterfront expansion. Dubbed "the Arbour," the building will not only be a living example of sustainable design, but will also house a new Tall Wood Research Institute, alongside&nbsp;George Brown's Centre for Information and Computer Technology, a new child care facility, and additional research facilities.</p> <p>To do so, the college conducted an invited design competition, for which the finalists were recently revealed. The chosen proposals include a tree-like structural concept from Pritzker win...</p> Your Sea Wall Won't Save You Places Journal 2018-03-29T09:21:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Concepts like &ldquo;making room for the river,&rdquo; which works well in the Netherlands, can mean mass evictions in the Global South. Too often, the rhetoric of climate adaptation is doublespeak for the displacement of poor communities, and an alibi for unsustainable growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As coastal megacities adapt to climate change, they often bring in outside planning experts who push highly engineered, technocratic resilience programs.&nbsp;Lizzie Yarina looks at how this trend is affecting local communities in Bangkok, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta, and&nbsp;argues that "resilience is not fundamentally a technical question. It is social and political. Planners and designers must recognize and negotiate the diverse "resilience imaginaries" across the cities in which they are needed."</p> Steven Holl Foundation's Architecture Residents will Design Astronomy Center This Summer Sponsor 2018-03-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T15:21:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><em>This post is brought to you by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Myron Holl Foundation</a></em></strong> </p> <p>The Steven Myron Holl Foundation has announced the application for this year&rsquo;s summer architecture residency. Entitled Rural Compression: Cosmic Dust,&nbsp;this year&rsquo;s topic intersects architecture, the ecology of the Hudson Valley, and astronomy. Through studios and critiques with accomplished architects, residents will produce designs for a center for observational cosmology in the Hudson Valley.</p> <p>5 residents will be selected for this year&rsquo;s program.&nbsp; Past residents have ranged from undergraduates and graduate students from Harvard, Columbia, Pratt and Sci Arc, as well as practicing architects and young professionals.</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Applications for the 2018 Residency are due May 6. Photo courtesy of Steven Myron Holl Foundation</figcaption></figure><p>The month-long residency is comprised of intensive studios with instructors Steven Holl, Eirini Tsachrelia and Christian Wassman, field trips to significant art institutions in the Hudson Valley, and group critiq...</p> Getting architects to pay attention to their building's lasting impact Alexander Walter 2018-03-27T16:33:00-04:00 >2018-03-27T17:28:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In architecture, there is an obsession with a building&rsquo;s official completion, while its actual lifespan is often left out of the picture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his <em>Failed Architecture</em> piece "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What If Architects Would Embrace, Rather Than Ignore, a Building&rsquo;s Future?</a>", Ren&eacute; Boer looks at the imbalance of attention a building gets during its opening day compared to its lasting 'future legacy': "The fact that most architectural projects of a certain scale will leave a spatial legacy of some sort gives those involved a responsibility. Therefore, the spatial professions might want to broaden their horizon and attempt to relate to the future of their projects at least in some way."</p> Unzoning; A conversation with Seattle's Mike Eliason about Passivhaus, not-for-profit housing and the marriage of high design with high function Archinect 2018-03-23T12:41:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T18:32:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we have Mike Eliason on the podcast, Seattle-based Project Manager at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patano Studio</a> and proponent of Passivhaus,&nbsp;Baugruppen, and a car-free cycling life. Long-time Archinectors may recognize him by his username holzbox, OP to a forum favorite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">minimal details</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 119 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Unzoning&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dietrich Untertrifaller</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br></a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baumschlager Eberle</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bernardo Bader</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hermann Kaufmann</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florian Nagler</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nordic Structures</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structurlam</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structurecraft</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecocon Straw Panels</a></li><li>Mike is reading <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauen und Wohnen in Gemeinschaft / Building and Living in Communities</a></li><li>Mike is listening to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern/Classical Ambient</a></li></ul>... Water woes are creeping up on Phoenix, America's fifth-largest city Alexander Walter 2018-03-22T16:01:00-04:00 >2018-03-24T15:59:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Phoenix and its surrounding area is known as the Valley of the Sun, and downtown Phoenix &ndash; which in 2017 overtook Philadelphia as America&rsquo;s fifth-largest city &ndash; is easily walkable, with restaurants, bars and an evening buzz. But it is a modern shrine to towering concrete, and gives way to endless sprawl that stretches up to 35 miles away to places like Anthem. The area is still growing &ndash; and is dangerously overstretched, experts warn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With cities in the Desert West, like Las Vegas and Phoenix, rapidly growing in size and population, water is becoming an evermore hot commodity; all while the source of that water, primarily the Colorado River, is becoming increasingly unreliable due to climate change. <br></p> <p>"And yet despite the federal Bureau of Reclamation reporting in 2012 that droughts of five or more years would happen every decade over the next 50 years," writes Joanna Walters for <em>The Guardian</em>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Overstretched Cities series</a>, "greater Phoenix has not declared any water restrictions. Nor has the state government decided its official drought contingency proposal."</p> This Swiss firm is experimenting with prefab movable housing Hope Daley 2018-03-20T15:29:00-04:00 >2018-03-22T20:41:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swiss</a> architectural practice Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Architekten is developing an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">experimental</a> residence to be realized anywhere. Called movable house, every aspect of this project is determined by motion from floor plans to structural elements to energy storage.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Movable house rendering &copy; Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Architekten</figcaption></figure><p>The movable house is not designed with a specific site in mind, but rather can be constructed almost anywhere. The main goals of movable house are that it can be put up quickly with easy and efficient transportation of all structural elements.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Movable house rendering &copy; Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Architekten</figcaption></figure><p>This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prefab</a> architecture can stand alone or be attached to an existing building. The four main areas of the structure are arranged around a central library which doubles as a transitional space to connect it all together. This creates a flexible and transparent living space for a family of four on the smallest possible footprint.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Movable house rendering &copy; Rahbaran H&uuml;rzeler Archite...</figcaption></figure> Harvard GSD "Future of the American City" initiative begins in Miami with $1 million support from Knight Foundation Hope Daley 2018-03-20T15:20:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T03:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The "Future of the American City" initiative led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate University School of Design</a> will begin in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> with $1 million in support from the Knight Foundation. The project will engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban issues</a> including affordable housing, transportation, and sea level rise.&nbsp;</p> <p>With this funding Harvard GSD will send urban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">researchers</a> to Miami and Miami Beach to understand the city's strengths and challenges as part of a 3-year study towards building solutions. The initiative aims to help cities tackle sustainability and resiliency challenges beginning this spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>Building on the school&rsquo;s multi-disciplinary model, the effort will use architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design to come up with efficient solutions that take into account community needs. This research can also be shared with cities across the nation facing similar challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Harvard GSD&rsquo;s upcoming Miami research will be phase one in...</p> Zaha Hadid's Riyadh research campus reviewed: "Architectural beauty and sustainability not mutually exclusive" Alexander Walter 2018-03-20T13:47:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T13:50:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Working closely with DaeWha Kang, then the office&rsquo;s design director, Hadid turned to nature for lessons. &ldquo;When you look deeply at nature, you find out why things look the way they look,&rdquo; Mr. Kang said. &ldquo;You find systems that respond to environmental conditions that result in the forms you see.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The <em>NYT</em>'s Joseph Giovannini <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviews</a> the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>-designed King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: "Her victory in the competition dovetailed with the agenda of a king who, in 2009, founded the coed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah, where men and women mixed freely on an environmentally green campus, attending classes together."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>Find more project photos and details on Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br></p> Collapsed Miami bridge was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction Hope Daley 2018-03-19T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T17:10:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university. Unlike traditional methods of construction, ABC streamlines the building process so that bridge projects can be completed quicker and more cost effectively.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIU bridge which collapsed last week</a> was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineered</a> using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), a method used by many companies for its time and cost efficiency.&nbsp;Weighing 950 tons, the bridge was meant to connect FIU's campus to an adjoining neighborhood where many students live.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of the many types of ABC technology, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prefabricated</a> Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) appears to be the method used in construction of the FIU bridge. This method allows prefabrication of elements off-site which are then transported and quickly assembled on site.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fact sheet on FIU's website</a> relates the bridge cost $14.2 million to build and was funded by a $19.4 million grant from the US Department of Transportation. It was also apparently supposed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and last more than 100 years. The bridge was designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers in Tallahassee and built by MCM in Miami.</p> Cooper Union Board approves return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduates Hope Daley 2018-03-16T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T11:48:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cooper Union</a> Board and President released yesterday a plan to return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students.&nbsp;This decision is the result of an ongoing strategic planning effort of re-examining the schools structure and values after the 150-year tradition of free scholarships <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was broken in 2014 causing protests and public outcry</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The plan is a modified version of the recommendation published on January 15, 2018 by the Board&rsquo;s Free Education Committee (FEC).&nbsp;</p> <p>Consistent with the FEC's recommendation are:&nbsp;<br></p> <ul><li>Increases scholarships beginning in two years, provided we meet critical fundraising, operating expense, and operating cash surplus goals.</li><li>Returns The Cooper Union to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students in 10 years.</li><li>Seeks to generate $250 million over the 10-year timeline to bolster the institution's financial resilience and invest in its world-renowned academic programs.</li></ul><p>Some of the Board's modifications include:</p> <ul><li>Cooper Union will not rais...</li></ul> UNStudio's new tech start up, UNSense, launches with smart city and solar brick innovations Hope Daley 2018-03-14T19:50:00-04:00 >2018-03-14T19:50:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=iMailingtool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNSense</a>, a new arch tech <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">startup</a>&nbsp;based in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a>,&nbsp;is being launched by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>. Operating as an independent sister company to UNStudio, the company will explore and develop new integrated tech solutions specifically designed for the built environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>UNSense explores new technologies related to the built environment. Image: UNSense.</figcaption></figure><p>The new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tech innovation</a> boasts a wide range of collaboration with data analysts, algorithmists, neuroscientists, policy makers, students, municipalities, sociologists, economists, data architects, business case modellers, financial specialists, architects and more.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CitySense will collect data through sensory digital infrastructure. Image: UNSense.</figcaption></figure><p>Initial technology solutions include CitySense and Solar Brick. CitySense collects data through sensory digital infrastructure in order to design experiences improving life in the city. Trials are currently running in South East Amsterdam and a number of other Dutch cities.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Solar Brick allows for massive ...</figcaption></figure> Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW Hope Daley 2018-03-12T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-03-14T11:27:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>ICON has developed a method for printing a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours, a fraction of the time it takes for new construction. If all goes according to plan, a community made up of about 100 homes will be constructed for residents in El Salvador next year. The company has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit that is vested in international housing solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today at SXSW,&nbsp;The first model is scheduled to be unveiled by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Austin</a>-based startup ICON.&nbsp;The company uses&nbsp;the Vulcan <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printer</a> in order to generate an entire home for $10,000 with plans to bring costs down to $4,000 per house. Using concrete rather than plastic, the model features a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a curved porch.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Detail of concrete layers on 3D printed house by ICON, in Austin, TX. Image: Icon.</figcaption></figure><p>Once testing is complete on their model, the Vulcan printer will be moved to El&nbsp;Salvador to begin construction. ICON also intends to build homes in the US.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of 3D-printing houses using the Vulcan 3D printer. Image: ICON.</figcaption></figure> As Singapore grows from the sea, its heritage continues to shrink Alexander Walter 2018-03-12T14:38:00-04:00 >2018-03-12T14:42:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Short on space, the city-state has since its independence been reclaiming land to build the nation and to rewrite 'unhygienic' episodes of its history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his essay for <em>Failed Architecture</em>, William Jamieson, a PhD candidate in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, takes a look at Singapore's monumental land reclamation efforts since 1965, the ecological, urban, and cultural implications, and the inevitable erasing of heritage.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Singapore sees itself as chronically undersized," Jamieson writes. "It imagines itself as a larger country, and works backwards: materialising the necessary geographical puzzle pieces to suit the demands of the global economy as much as to satiate its own needs. Space is not merely flexible, but hypothetical."</p>