Archinect - News 2018-10-20T16:04:07-04:00 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="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn</a> assembles a team of innovative energy efficient manufacturers to create a vision for contemporary <a href="" 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=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";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=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital fabrication</a>, synthetic design, and <a href="" 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=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";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> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquake</a> that hit <a href="" 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=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";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=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Reuters</figcaption></figure> '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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation sues architect for flawed designs Hope Daley 2018-09-20T13:39:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T13:39:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Actor Brad Pitt&rsquo;s Make It Right Foundation has sued the architect of scores of homes the nonprofit sold to Lower 9th Ward residents who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. Make it Right itself was recently sued over the homes&rsquo; shoddy construction. The new lawsuit against local architect John C. Williams was filed Tuesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brad Pitt's&nbsp;Make It Right Foundation, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently facing a lawsuit of their own on delivering poorly constructed homes</a>,&nbsp;is now suing&nbsp;John C. Williams, the architect responsible for many of the homes sold to New Orleans residents. Repairs to the water damaged homes caused by flawed designs could cost over $20 million.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p><br></p> Researchers propose concrete mixed with plastic for India's rapid construction Hope Daley 2018-09-19T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T00:02:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Researchers say India could alleviate its growing shortage of sand, which is needed for concrete, by partially replacing it with waste plastic. Research carried out by the University of Bath in the UK, and India&rsquo;s Goa Engineering College, has found that concrete made with an admixture of ground-up plastic bottles is almost as strong as traditional concrete mixtures.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India's</a> rapid urbanization, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete</a> construction has dramatically increased causing a shortage in the country's sand used to make the building material. Mixing in plastic bottles focuses on solving both the issue of a sand shortage and the accumulation plastic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">waste</a> on the streets.&nbsp;While the plastic added material is not as strong as concrete, it could still be used for lower tech functions such as paving slabs.&nbsp;</p> 'Design for Good' exhibition opening this weekend at the Museum of Design Atlanta Hope Daley 2018-09-19T16:15:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T14:34:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) has announced their upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibition</a>&nbsp;<em>Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone,&nbsp;</em>curated by&nbsp;John Cary. Opening on September 23, the museum will showcase projects featured in Cary's book <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design for Good</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Women&rsquo;s Opportunity Center in Kasungu, Rwanda, by Sharon Davis Design and Women for Women International. Image: Elizabeth Felicella.</figcaption></figure><p>The exhibition&nbsp;highlights projects around the world that embody a sense of dignity and belonging. Emphasizing the power of design on every person's life, the show affirms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good design should be for everyone</a>, not just the elite who can afford it.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Women&rsquo;s Opportunity Center in Kasungu, Rwanda, by Sharon Davis Design and Women for Women International. Image: Elizabeth Felicella.</figcaption></figure><p>MODA will host a lecture by curator John Cary on September 27, along with a lecture on October 18 by Michael Murphy, Executive Director of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>St. Jerome&rsquo;s Children&rsquo;s Centre in Murunyu, Nakuru, Kenya, by Orkidstudio. Image: Odyss...</figcaption></figure> Starbucks commits to move towards more sustainable stores by 2025 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-19T14:09:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T00:01:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starbucks</a> has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that the company plans to create 10,000 eco-friendly stores globally by 2025. The news follows other sustainability focused initiatives taken on by the coffee giant such as eliminating single-use plastic straws by 2020 and its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">partnership with McDonald's</a> to create a compostable coffee cup.</p> <p>&ldquo;Simply put, sustainable coffee, served sustainably is our aspiration,&rdquo; said the company's CEO Kevin Johnson. "We know that designing and building green stores is not only responsible, it is cost effective as well. The energy and passion of our green apron partners has inspired us to find ways to operate a greener store that will generate even greater cost savings while reducing impact.&rdquo;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>To do so, Starbucks has developed a six-part framework, coined The Greener Stores Framework, based on the LEED certification program and other sustainable operations. The framework offers a comprehensive model, laying out six key standards ranging from waste management tactics to design upg...</p> What You Don’t See Places Journal 2018-09-18T19:06:00-04:00 >2018-09-18T19:06:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Follow the intricate supply chains of architecture and you&rsquo;ll find not just product manufacturers but also environmental polluters. Keep going and you&rsquo;ll find as well the elusive networks of political influence that are underwritten by the billion-dollar construction industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In "What You Don't See," Brent Sturlaugson examines the supply chains of architecture to make the case that designers must expand their frameworks of action and responsibility for thinking about sustainability.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Unraveling the&nbsp;networks of materials, energy, power, and money&nbsp;that must be activated to produce a piece of plywood, Sturlaugson argues that&nbsp;"any full accounting of environmental, economic, or social sustainability has got to consider not merely individual buildings and sites but also the intricate product and energy supply chains that are crucial to their construction."&nbsp;</p> MVRDV makes 5 proposals for resiliency in San Francisco Bay Area Hope Daley 2018-09-13T19:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T16:06:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's</a> Global Climate Action Summit yesterday,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> presented a report offering 5 recommendations to Bay Area officials on the region&rsquo;s plans for a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resilient future</a>. Their report, titled&nbsp;<em>Too Much + Too Little</em>, was created as part of the NL Resilience Collective. Below are the firm's 5 proposals for the city:</p> <p>1. Update long-term plans to include water management and climate adaptation<br>2. Install a Bay Area Resiliency Commissioner<br>3. Understand your system<br>4. Develop a set of design principles for local communities across the bay<br>5. Start both big and small</p> <p>Read the full descriptions for each recommendation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Seattle architecture professionals identify 5 residential trends Hope Daley 2018-09-13T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T22:35:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As with every single other thing about Seattle, there&rsquo;ve been some developments in residential design since 2008 [...] Here are five opportunities, in the form of developments in residential architecture over the past 10 years as identified &mdash; and expressed &mdash; by some plugged-in visionaries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a> Times tracked 5 developments in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residential design</a> addressing housing issues in the city. For each trend they spoke with an architecture professional working in the field. Below are Seattle's identified <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">trends</a> and some of the visionaries addressing them:&nbsp;</p> <ol><li>1. Multifamily Housing Moves Thoughtfully into Single-Family Neighborhood <br>-Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>The Potential of the Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit <br>-Robert Hutchinson of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert Hutchison Architecture</a>&nbsp;</li><li>Modern Modular Housing <br>-Rick Mohler of Mohler + Ghillino Architects&nbsp;</li><li>High-End Design in High-Rise Apartments <br>-<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ankrom Moisan Architecture</a></li><li>Greener is the New Green <br>-Leah Missik of&nbsp;Built Green</li></ol> A new crack appears in San Francisco's sinking Millennium Tower Hope Daley 2018-09-10T16:32:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T16:32:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A large crack formed in a window at the sinking and tilting Millennium Tower over the Labor Day weekend, prompting officials there to block off part of the sidewalk on Mission Street as a precaution, NBC Bay Area&rsquo;s Investigative Unit has learned. City inspectors issued a notice of violation on Tuesday, giving the Millennium management 72 hours to report back on the extent of the problem and the soundness of the building&rsquo;s fa&ccedil;ade in light of the failure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">safety</a> concern over San&nbsp;Francisco's sinking&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Tower</a> occurred Labor Day weekend when residents heard creaking sounds followed by a loud popping noise in the building. Soon after the incident a resident living on the 36th floor found a crack in his window. The high rise is currently tilting about 18 inches when measured at the top.</p> Is a decline in U.S. government spending hurting infrastructure? Hope Daley 2018-09-10T16:14:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T16:15:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the second quarter of this year, investment spending by the federal government dropped below 1.4 percent of gross domestic product for the first time since the 1940s, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. OK, at 1.397 percent, it wasn&rsquo;t much below, and federal government investment as a share of GDP isn&rsquo;t exactly a closely watched economic indicator. But the decline through the decades is still pretty striking...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Justin Fox tracks the decline in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. government</a> spending over the years, noting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a> investments have largely been replaced with spending on social insurance programs. With private investors taking the lead, Fox argues U.S. infrastructure suffers as there are many vital projects which private investors will never touch.</p> The world's largest offshore wind farm is now operational in the Irish Sea Hope Daley 2018-09-06T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T15:43:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The world&rsquo;s biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects. Walney Extension, off the Cumbrian coast, spans an area the size of 20,000 football pitches and has a capacity of 659 megawatts, enough to power the equivalent of 590,000 homes. The project is a sign of how dramatically wind technology has progressed in the past five years since the previous biggest, the London Array, was finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Walney Extension is made up of&nbsp;87 turbines and has a total capacity of 659 MW, enough to power almost 600,000 homes in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>.&nbsp;This makes it now the largest operational offshore <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wind farm</a>, however with&nbsp;wind farm supersizing along the British coastline it may not hold the record for long.&nbsp;</p> <p>A&nbsp;714MW is set to be up and running in 2020, while&nbsp;&Oslash;rsted itself is planning 1,200MW and 1,800MW farms&nbsp;off the Yorkshire coast. Currently, offshore wind farms provide nearly a tenth of the UK's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">electricity</a>.&nbsp;</p> World's tallest Passive House completed by VArquitectos​ in Spain Hope Daley 2018-09-05T15:53:00-04:00 >2018-09-05T15:53:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The recently completed Bolueta high rise by&nbsp;VArquitectos is now the tallest reaching <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> building in the world. Located in&nbsp;Bilbao, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>, the project includes an adjacent 9-story building with 63 apartments dedicated for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">social housing</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bolueta by VArquitectos, located in Bilbao, Spain. Image: VArquitectos. </figcaption></figure><p>All apartments in the taller, 32-story building have been sold with residents now moving in. Achieving the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">energy efficient</a> Passive House Standard means Bolueta will consume about 90% less&nbsp;heating energy than an existing building, and about 75%&nbsp;less energy than an average new&nbsp;construction.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bolueta by VArquitectos, located in Bilbao, Spain. Image: VArquitectos. </figcaption></figure><p>Like all Passive House buildings, the design features a high amount of thermal insulation, triple-glazed windows, and an airtight building envelope to take the place of a classic heating system.&nbsp;<br></p> David Chipperfield and CALQ Architecture to design 'Reinventing Paris' scheme Alexander Walter 2018-09-05T14:11:00-04:00 >2018-09-05T14:11:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Bouygues Construction subsidiary Bouygues B&acirc;timent Ile-de-France has secured a contract worth &euro;146m from Emerige to renovate 17 Boulevard Morland in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. &lsquo;Morland Mixit&eacute; Capitale&rsquo; is one of the first projects launched under the &lsquo;Reinventing Paris&rsquo; programme. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects and CALQ Architecture, the 44,000m&sup2; floor space complex will consist of a 161-room hotel, a youth hostel, shops, a nursery, a cultural amenity and 199 homes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seoul housing development builds traditional hanok designs for a slower lifestyle Hope Daley 2018-09-04T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-04T13:36:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Eunpyeong Hanok Village was selling locals hanok, the traditional Korean tile-roofed residences that have, after hundreds of years, increasingly been destroyed and replaced by towering steel structures; indeed, not since the 1930s have hanok been constructed in significant numbers. The decline of vernacular architecture in the face of global urbanization is, of course, hardly new, though traditional Korean hanok are a particularly stark contrast to modern city living.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new housing development,&nbsp;Eunpyeong, in northern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul</a> is solely dedicated to constructing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">traditional</a> Korean hanok houses. The design adheres to certain guidelines on proportion and design, with a low center of gravity, a&nbsp;courtyard, and an orientation towards nature.&nbsp;</p> <p>The hanok's popularity comes from a need to connect to Korean identity and a desire to slow down from a&nbsp;past-paced economy. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">minimalist design</a> confronts the occupant with the amount of stuff they own and orients them to&nbsp;reconsider a new, slower way of life.</p> Major flaws in Elon Musk's public transit plans for Los Angeles Hope Daley 2018-08-31T15:23:00-04:00 >2018-09-01T14:53:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is back at it again with more outlandish ideas to solve Los Angeles' traffic. Earlier this month, Musk's latest venture&ndash;The Boring Company&ndash;resuscitated its flawed proposal to dig new car tunnels for Los Angeles, this time to connect the Red Line subway with Dodger Stadium [...] The Chicago tunnel idea is bad enough, but the Dodger Stadium plan is exceptionally poor even if one takes Musk's promises at face value.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alon Levy pokes holes in Elon Musk's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public transit</a> plans for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>. Musk's plan involves tunneling under Sunset Boulevard between the Dodger Stadium and one of three Red Line stops: Vermont/Sunset, Vermont/Santa Monica, or Vermont/Beverly. Levy cites major <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issues</a> with construction, capacity, alignment with the city's existing transit, and overall&nbsp;regional impact.&nbsp;</p> A criticism of London's museum effect and the survival of everyday spaces Hope Daley 2018-08-31T14:39:00-04:00 >2018-08-31T14:39:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>London is pure object in these images and likewise in those taken from the other aforementioned viewing points. Like visitors to a museum, we wander the corridors atop the Switch House and observe the artefacts curated for our all-consuming gaze: a shard, a walkie-talkie, a gherkin, etc. Like Tower Bridge, the new Museum of London, Battersea Power Station and the Tate Modern, the skyline of the city is presented as a display &ndash; complete with its own exhibition gift shop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Kafka argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> trend in preservation and commemoration in the built environment is directly related to the decline of small-scale spaces and small businesses centered around everyday life.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kafka cites recent developments in London's built environment over the past few years: the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A preserving a of a section of&nbsp;Robin Hood Gardens</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of London moving into Smithfield Market</a>, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Modern's viewing platform extension</a>.<br></p> <p>He does not necessarily argue against cultural preservation and commemoration, but rather aims to draw attention to a trend in "objective gaze prioritized over subjective experience" and the effect this has on the survival of small, everyday spaces.&nbsp;</p> Perkins Eastman reimagines NYC grid for increased pedestrian and shared space Hope Daley 2018-08-31T13:29:00-04:00 >2018-08-31T13:29:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The city grid, which once served to organize the development of private real estate by providing access to land parcels, now has a more pressing role to play in making cities livable. Our reimagining of the grid starts from the premise that how we use public rights of way no longer meets the city&rsquo;s needs, so we should transform the streets radically, dedicating them to pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jonathan Cohn and&nbsp;Yunyue Chen propose a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrian</a> plan for&nbsp;Manhattan's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grid</a>&nbsp;grouping blocks into larger neighborhoods and organizing streets into either&nbsp;thoroughfares or local streets.&nbsp;Cohn&nbsp;leads the transportation and public infrastructure studio of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Perkins Eastman</a>, while Chen received the 2017&nbsp;Perkins Eastman&rsquo;s Architectural Fellowship for the Public Realm.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Manhattan grid divided into thoroughfare and local streets. Image: Perkins Eastman.</figcaption></figure><p>Their plan is a combination of&nbsp;the Dutch shared street idea of&nbsp;<em>woonerf&nbsp;</em>and the Barcelona&nbsp;&ldquo;superblocks&rdquo;. Shared, local streets would include continuous, curbless, and textured surfaces with cues that conform drivers to speeds of about 6 miles per hour.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Example of a shared street with less vehicle access and more pedestrian space. Image: Perkins Eastman. </figcaption></figure><p>"Superblocks"&nbsp;are limited to local traffic inside and would be sectioned off by thoroughfare streets with local streets in between. Local streets would always be within a 5 minute walk of any...</p> A new and improved, 'Decathlon 2019–2020', is heading back to DC Nam Henderson 2018-08-29T21:15:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T19:15:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Teams that compete in the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge must design and construct fully functional houses...In the National Showcase, teams will ship their houses to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June 2020 for display and operation on the National Mall. In the Local Build, teams will showcase their built houses in their communities and bring a smaller representative exhibit to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival</p></em><br /><br /><p>Plus, both the Solar Decathlon and Race to Zero competitions are merging, creating the new, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.</p> <p>For further details check out the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2019&ndash;2020 Competition Guide</a><br></p> Rising sea levels threaten Miami’s existence—from above and below ground Alexander Walter 2018-08-29T19:50:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T19:51:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>From ground level, greater Miami looks like any American megacity&mdash;a mostly dry expanse of buildings, roads, and lawns, sprinkled with the occasional canal or ornamental lake. But from above, the proportions of water and land are reversed. [...] Barring a stupendous reversal in greenhouse gas emissions, the rising Atlantic will cover much of Miami by the end of this century. The economic effects will be devastating [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg</em> reporter Christopher Flavelle takes a deep dive into the vast, intricate, and highly fragile network of natural aquifers and man-made infrastructure that has kept <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> (mostly) dry and equipped with fresh drinking water. But for how much longer?</p> Oregon pioneers new wooden high-rise building codes Hope Daley 2018-08-28T19:20:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T14:50:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Earlier this week, the Oregon Building Codes Division announced a statement of alternate method (SAM) that makes Oregon the first state to allow for construction of wooden high-rises without special consideration. Previously, Portland, Ore., was the first American city to issue a permit for an all-wood high-rise, Project&rsquo;s 12-story-tall Framework.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The statement of alternate method (SAM)&nbsp;was developed over two years by a committee created from the International&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Code</a> Council&rsquo;s Board of Directors. The committee proposed 14 suggestions concerning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cross-laminated timber</a>&nbsp;standards and best-practices, which were all accepted by&nbsp;the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oregon</a> Codes Division.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cross-laminated timber is a new building material made by layering pieces of lumber in alternating directions and bonding them into panels.&nbsp;The material is strong enough to replace structural steel and concrete, and thick enough to resist burning.&nbsp;</p> Projected statistics on building for massive urban density in 2050 Hope Daley 2018-08-27T13:28:00-04:00 >2018-08-27T13:28:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If you live or work in a city, then&nbsp;you probably&nbsp;see&nbsp;the impact of growing urbanization every day&mdash;gridlock traffic, construction cranes peppering the skyline, soaring housing costs. Sure, these are major challenges and annoyances for city dwellers, but they also represent a huge opportunity for the global architecture, engineering, and construction industry: one that requires building the future for a 10-billion-person planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 68% of the world population are projected to live in urban areas by 2050. Autodesk explores the implications for architectural growth in this timeframe with market research firm Statista. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look</a> at the projected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statistics</a> on building for this massive upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban density</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure> European space scientists experiment turning lunar dust into building blocks Hope Daley 2018-08-24T16:25:00-04:00 >2018-08-24T16:26:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Scientists with the European Space Agency (ESA) have created a terrestrial simulation of moon dust to practice making bricks with. And it appears lunar &ldquo;soil&rdquo; is significantly different from its terrestrial equivalent, as it can be crushed, burned and compressed to form building materials, or used as the raw material for 3D printing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The European Space Agency (ESA) is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">experimenting</a> with lunar dust as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building material</a> with goals to avoid lifting hefty materials from Earth into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">space</a>. Lunar dust is electrically charged and primarily composed of basalt (like volcanic rock) with 40% of its mass made of oxygen. ESA is testing this unique material to create solid blocks, which could potentially construct launch pads or lunar habitats.&nbsp;</p> 3 Canadian mayors join global leaders in signing net zero carbon buildings pledge Hope Daley 2018-08-24T14:46:00-04:00 >2018-08-24T14:26:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Today, 3 Canadian mayors, alongside 16 mayors from around the world, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 [...] Buildings in urban areas are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and typically account for over half of a total city&rsquo;s emissions on average. I</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mayors from 19 cities around the world have now signed the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Net Zero</a> Buildings Declaration, which also pledges to ensure all buildings will meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050. A net zero building uses <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">energy efficient</a> design by drawing from renewable sources to meet performance needs. These commitments are an essential goal of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Agreement</a>&nbsp;and controlling global temperature rise.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cities pledged include: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Newburyport, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane &amp; Washington D.C.&nbsp;</p>