Archinect - News 2018-02-17T18:10:23-05:00 RPA report envisions New Jersey’s Meadowlands as the first "Climate Change National Park" devingannon 2018-02-14T19:30:00-05:00 >2018-02-15T12:45:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Released last fall, the Regional Plan Association&rsquo;s (RPA) Fourth Plan includes 61 recommendations focused on improving and expanding the area&rsquo;s deteriorating infrastructure, transportation, and affordability, much of which revolves around climate change and its transformation of the region</p></em><br /><br /><p>Released last fall, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regional Plan Association</a>'s&nbsp;(RPA) Fourth Plan includes 61 recommendations&nbsp;focused on improving and expanding the area&rsquo;s deteriorating infrastructure, transportation, and affordability, much of which revolves around <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> and its transformation of the region. According to the report, more than one million people and 650,000 jobs are at risk&nbsp;of flooding due to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rising sea levels</a>. In the plan, the RPA ambitiously&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recommends</a>&nbsp;that the New Jersey Meadowlands, 21,000 acres of low-lying wetlands, becomes a national park&nbsp;as a way to mitigate impacts of climate change. Designating the region&rsquo;s largest wetland as a national park would restore the natural habits, protect nearby communities, and create a recreational space, becoming, the report says, a &ldquo;Climate Change National Park.&rdquo; The Meadowlands National Park would adapt and grow with climate change by drawing and redrawing the boundaries of the park as coastlines change.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>By the end of this century, flooding a...</p> The World is coming back to life in Dubai Alexander Walter 2018-02-14T14:26:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T14:32:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Underwater bedrooms, &lsquo;Lohan Island&rsquo; and snow all year round &ndash; a decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial &lsquo;countries&rsquo; is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Remember <em>The World</em>? Dubai's lofty vision a decade-and-a-half ago to recreate the globe's map with artificial, celebrity-owned islands dredged from the Gulf floor that was just as grandiose and monumental as its financial crash in 2008? Well, it appears to be back in business again<em>.<br></em></p> <p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Oliver Wainwright takes a trip to the long-abandoned and now-bustling-with-development-again artificial archipelago of 300 islands 2.5 miles off Dubai's coast and confirms: "After a decade in limbo, The World is back &ndash; with more ambitious plans than ever before."</p> <p>And yes, Lindsay Lohan <em>is</em> designing her own island, too.<br></p> Snøhetta unveils “Svart”, the Arctic Circle's first energy-positive hotel Justine Testado 2018-02-12T20:33:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T13:14:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">underwater restaurant</a> to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">black crystalline U.F.O</a>&nbsp;to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Building update</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>&nbsp;is coming out with plenty of debatable designs as of late. Most recently, they revealed their concept for &ldquo;Svart&rdquo;, described as the Arctic Circle's first Powerhouse-standard, energy-positive hotel. Designed for the tourism company, the Arctic Adventure of Norway,&nbsp;the hotel's name refers to its proposed location at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in Mel&oslash;y of northern Norway. Svart is also a tribute to the glacier's deep blue ice.</p> <p>Located in the arctic environment where natural preservation is key, the circular hotel reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85 percent and produces its own energy. Inspired by local vernacular architecture, Svart's design is based on the &ldquo;fiskehjell&rdquo; (an A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the &ldquo;rorbue&rdquo; (a traditional seasonal house used by fisherman).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; Sn&oslash;hetta/Plompmozes.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; Sn&oslash;hetta/Plompmozes.</figcaption></figure><p>In reference to t...</p> Pier 40 concept envisions an offshore apartment complex in Chelsea that allows for sea-level rise Dana Schulz 2018-02-12T20:21:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T20:21:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Local multidisciplinary creative firm DFA has come up with a concept for the rehabilitation of Chelsea's rapidly disintegrating Pier 40 that would provide housing and other services but would also adapt to the predicted rising sea levels of future NYC. The future-proof housing, commercial, and recreation complex would rise from the Hudson River and be able to remain above water in the event of rising sea levels while addressing the city&rsquo;s dire need for affordable housing.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1500"><figcaption>Renderings courtesy of DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1500"><figcaption>Renderings courtesy of DFA</figcaption></figure> Largest timber-constructed office building in the nation planned for Newark’s waterfront devingannon 2018-02-05T11:48:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T11:51:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Lotus Equity Group announced on Monday plans to bring the largest mass <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timber</a> office building in the United States to the Newark waterfront. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green Architecture</a> has been tapped to design the 500,000-square-foot office building made with a wooden structure for Riverfront Square, a massive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mixed-use</a> development proposed for the Broad Street corridor of the Jersey neighborhood. The building will rise in three separate sections to six, eight and 11 stories tall and have a concrete foundation. Its columns, exterior panels, elevators, stairwells and floor systems will be made of mass timber. Interiors will boast exposed wood with a facade covered in metal panels, brick or wood.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1200"></figure><p>Not only do timber-built buildings reduce the number of greenhouse gases emitted, it saves developers overall time on construction. Plus, experts say wood connects workers to nature, creating a more pleasant and productive environment.</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1200"></figure><p>&ldquo;The vision we share with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green</a> is to design the mos...</p> Biocylcer wants to recycle construction waste into new building materials Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-30T15:09:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T12:15:35-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Waste from construction and demolition sites accounts for approximately 15-30% of all landfill content in the United States. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA's estimates</a>, more than 500 million tons of often non-biodegradable building materials containing carcinogens and other toxins are sent off to the junkyard yearly.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><img src=""></p></figure><p>Seeking to alleviate some of these environmental consequences of the built environment, Chris Maurer of redhouse studio has created the Biocycler, a mobile machine to be placed at demolition sites in order to recycle waste. Maurer, who previously served as director of the non-profit firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a> in Rwanda, has teamed up with both NASA and MIT for the project, which is currently running a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> to build a working prototype.</p> <p>The machine, which will collect waste on site, uses living organisms, primarily mushrooms, as binders to form ground up trash materials into bricks. Fungi&mdash;Earth's great decomposer&mdash;contains mycelium, the vegetative part of mushrooms that e...</p> The case for a semi-permeable architecture Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T20:18:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T20:19:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Our current built environment squanders too much fresh water and other vital resources, and tips too many poisonous substances into our surroundings. To develop a more sustainable relationship with the natural world, we need to allow chemical exchanges that take place within our living spaces, and between the inside and the outside. We need to embrace permeability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Professor of experimental architecture, Rachel Armstrong, endorses a renewed symbiotic relationship between the built and the natural worlds and explains the benefits of permeability with the help of recent technological developments in the field of biodesign, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mycotecture</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">algaetecture</a>, bioplastics, and a variety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bioreactors</a>.</p> 0 for 25? Christopher Hawthorne challenges the 25 Year Award Anthony Morey 2018-01-23T12:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In that spirit I set a challenge for myself: Could I come up not just with one but with 25 buildings that might have deserved the award this year? It took me a few days &mdash; and I was helped by some terrific suggestions from architects, critics and historians on Twitter and elsewhere online &mdash; but in the end finding 25 wasn't that difficult.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>LA Times</em> journalist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a> has penned, or passionately typed, an inquiry into the fact that this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25-Year-Award</a> was awarded to&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no one</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the article, Hawthorne walks us through the importance and aim of such an award and how to him, there are more than a few projects that could have claimed the award this year. Hawthorne even goes as far to produce a personal 25 for 25 list that emphasizes the lack of clarity and potential rigor that might have gone into this year's decision. The Hawthorne list is as follows:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Temporary Powell Library</a>, UCLA, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hodgetts &amp; Fung</a>, 1992 (dismantled 1997); Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK Sport</a>, 1992; restoration of Majestic (now Harvey) Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer, 1987; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hayden Tract</a>, Culver City, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss</a>, begun 1986; Hollywood Duplex, Los Angeles, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koning Eizenberg</a>, 1987; Temporary (now Geffen) Contemporary, Los Angeles, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>, 1983; Fire Station No. 5, Columbus, Ind., Susana T...</p> Signum Architecture designs sustainably minded Napa Valley winery and office Justine Testado 2018-01-22T20:03:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Built atop the rolling hills of eastern Napa Valley in California, the Odette Estate Winery was designed with sustainable farming and wine production in mind. Designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Signum Architecture</a> was awarded as an Industrial Building category winner for the project in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 American Architecture Prize competition</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><p>With Signum Architecture partner Juancarlos Fernandez as design lead, the Odette facility features a green roof that appears to have emerged from the earth. At the front, sliding perforated aluminum screens veil the winery's covered crush pad and open-air workspace. The screens emit a back-lit glow in the evening, while the perforations allow for ventilation.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><p>According to the architects, the sweeping graceful curves on the side of the building were inspired by a&nbsp;swan&rsquo;s wing, a reference to the famous Tchaikovsky ballet character Odette. Behind the screens are three repurposed shi...</p> Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations Anthony Morey 2018-01-22T13:40:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Shortly, electricity will replace petrol and diesel as the fuel for our cars, and such a change could radically shift our urban landscape as the formal aspects of gas stations is then open to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reimagining</a>. Danish Architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE</a> is looking to do just that. Understanding that under current technological trends the average charging time for an electric vehicle is upwards of 45 minutes, COBE is looking to use such a newly established time frame as a possible opportunity for rethinking the traditional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gas station</a> as a place and less of a transient space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Small. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Medium. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Large. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Electric vehicles are the future. In our design, we want to offer drivers a much-needed and meaningful break in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, and we want the architecture, the materials and the concept to be green as well. Therefore, we&rsquo;ve designed a sculptural charg...</p> Apple's investment plan promises 20,000 jobs and a new campus Hope Daley 2018-01-18T19:32:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Apple expects to invest over $30 billion in capital expenditures in the US over the next five years and create over 20,000 new jobs through hiring at existing campuses and opening a new one. Apple already employs 84,000 people in all 50 states. The company plans to establish an Apple campus in a new location, which will initially house technical support for customers. The location of this new facility will be announced later in the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> recently released plans to invest $350 billion in the US economy and create 20,000 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jobs</a> over the next 5 years. The company is also planning on building a new campus at a currently unknown location.&nbsp;Adding to the suspense of Amazon's new headquarters, US cities will now have a chance at scoring either of these powerhouses.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Supporting American manufacturing innovation, Apple is also&nbsp;increasing the size of their Advanced Manufacturing Fund from $1 billion to $5 billion.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Apple will spend an estimated $55 billion with US suppliers and manufacturers in 2018. Image: Apple. </figcaption></figure></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable energy</a> is also on the company's agenda. In keeping with all US Apple facilities,&nbsp;the recently announced new campus will also be powered entirely by green energy.</p> ​Stanton Williams design a new extension for Cambridge's business school​ Hope Daley 2018-01-17T16:10:00-05:00 >2018-01-17T16:10:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanton Williams</a>&nbsp;completed a new design extension for the Cambridge Judge Business School at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Cambridge</a>. The &pound;21.5 million <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion</a> utilized the existing site's potential in creating The Simon Sainsbury Centre. The Centre will serve as a versatile hub in providing flexible education spaces for the school&rsquo;s Executive Education program.&nbsp;</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 Centre is&nbsp;conceived as an extension of the original hospital replacing two former nurses' hostels. Stanton Williams' design draws&nbsp;inspiration from the hospital's historic masonry&nbsp;facade while also complimenting the adjoining 1995 John Outram-redesigned building. This approach unifies the campus's architectural identity beyond a single period style.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Cambridge's new extension is also on track to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainability</a>. The design utilizes an innovative strategy of distributed ventilation with the incorporation of 60 small heat recovery units within the building envelope to create a &lsquo;breathing facade&rsquo;....</p> China builds "world's biggest air purifier" to battle air pollution Alexander Walter 2018-01-17T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China &ndash; dubbed the world&rsquo;s biggest air purifier by its operators &ndash; has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, according to the scientist leading the project, as authorities seek ways to tackle the nation&rsquo;s chronic smog problem. [...] The head of the research, Cao Junji, said improvements in air quality had been observed over an area of 10 square kilometres (3.86 square miles) in the city over the past few months [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now that the experimental <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smog</a>-eating tower is up and running in the city of Xian, authorities are hoping to build much bigger, scaled-up versions in other Chinese cities soon: "A full-sized tower would reach 500 metres (1,640 feet) high with a diameter of 200 metres (656 feet)," the <em>South China Morning Post</em> writes.<br></p> Biophilia: 10 examples of nature and architecture blending harmoniously Archinect 2018-01-12T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-01-15T13:41:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morris Arboretum, Out on a Limb</a> in Philadelphia, PA by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metcalfe Architecture &amp; Design</a> (Principal: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Metcalfe</a>); Photo: Paul Warchol Photography<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffee for Sasquatch</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Within the Reflection</a> in Taipei, Taiwan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B P Architects</a>; Photo: Hung-Yu Lin<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Little House</a> in Hood Canal, WA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mw|works Architecture + Design</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Museum Phase 2</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dow Jones Architects</a>; Photo: David Grandorge, Anthony Coleman<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The MAOHAUS</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AntiStatics Architecture Design</a>; Photo: Xia Zhi, AntiStatics<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC)</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Fri...</a></p> Editor's Picks #481 Nam Henderson 2018-01-11T18:46:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Anthony kicked off <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cross-Talk #3: Biennales, Triennials and Exhibitions</a>. For which Jonathan Rieke <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critiqued</a> the Chicago Architecture Biennale noting "<em>The biennial staged a pseudo-F&eacute;libienian sorting</em>".&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>via Jonathan Rieke</figcaption></figure><p>In response to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">entry</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viola Ago</a> and Hans Tursack,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galo Canizares</a>&nbsp;agrees with the focus on alternative practices and exhibits of interstitial space but differentiates between the training of an MFA and BFA "<em>This is particularly why architectural installations are (sometimes) seen as the beginning of something, and art installations are (sometimes) seen as the culmination of something.</em>"<br></p> <p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Alker</a> sings in praise of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scaffolding</a>&nbsp;aka "<em>architecture that is highly versatile, requires no drawings due to it&rsquo;s self evident assembly, can assume many different forms, and is erected and dismantled hundreds of times during it&rsquo;s lifetime? Is this not worthy of being considered architecture?</em>"</p> News <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> is a fan of Oyler Wu Collaborative&rsquo;s latest tower, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MONARCH</a>,...</p> Social housing goes green with another urban forest designed by Stefano Boeri Hope Daley 2018-01-11T14:15:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A social housing project&nbsp;in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netherlands</a> plans to adopt a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Forest</a> designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Boeri Architetti</a>. Now Eindhoven will join the list of Vertical Forest cities Milan,&nbsp;Nanjing, Utrecht, Tirana, Lausanne, and Paris.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The client,&nbsp;Sint-Trudo, has instigated the first Vertical Forest project to be used by&nbsp;low-income social groups&mdash;tackling climate change and housing shortages in one project. The building will have 125 social housing units within 19 floors of apartments, which will be rented out at affordable rates and include balconies with hundreds of trees and plants.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Promoting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable architecture</a> worldwide, the firm is committed to improving city environments for both the climate and its inhabitants.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure> Recycled plastic blocks are being used to create LEGO-like architecture Hope Daley 2018-01-10T13:37:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A company in Colombia is tackling plastic waste issues and affordable housing with a single ingenious solution: interlocking LEGO-like bricks that can be used to build houses for a few thousand dollars per structure. Walls are formed using a slim slotted brick then framed using a thicker module used for beams and columns, locking the smaller units into place and providing rigid vertical and lateral support.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What to do with the heaps and mounds of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plastic</a> piling up all over our planet? Build <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO</a>'s. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conceptos Pl&aacute;sticos</a>' technological innovations make their plastic block homes cost only $5,000. The company&nbsp;is also using this new method to build emergency shelters, community and educational buildings.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> <p>These upcycled blocks are designed to be used by anyone regardless of construction experience. Conceptos Pl&aacute;sticos boasts building blocks that are fire and earthquake resistant, cost effective, and durable lasting about 500 years. </p> From Search Engines to Sidewalks? Anthony Morey 2018-01-10T12:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet what has drawn the most concern and curiosity with regards to Quayside is a uniquely 21st-century feature: a data-harvesting, wifi-beaming &ldquo;digital layer&rdquo; that would underpin each proposed facet of Quayside life. According to Sidewalk Labs, this would provide &ldquo;a single unified source of information about what is going on&rdquo;&mdash;to an astonishing level of detail&mdash;as well as a centralized platform for efficiently managing it all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While tech companies struggle to discover the new way to get a glimpse into our daily habits&mdash;attempting to discover how and where we spend our time and money&mdash;Alphabet might have just brought the &lsquo;<em>Truman Show</em>&rsquo; approach to marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announcing its first ever Urban Development in Toronto earlier this year, it is no surprise that tech companies have switched gears and begun to see the city itself as a device, rather than just the thing in your hand. Tech giants are beginning to turn architecture into a tool for data collection and that data is then becoming the perspective in which the Architecture is critiqued. What does that spell for the discipline at large?&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond our discipline, if every decision is based on its ability to produce more data, how does that impact privacy and freedom of choice? What would the pop-up ad equivalent become if it is capable of leaving the digital screen and becoming an urban phenomenon and where would the ...</p> New book highlights traditional lessons for modern architects to maximize sustainability Hope Daley 2018-01-09T18:14:00-05:00 >2018-01-09T18:14:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Long before foam insulation and concrete tower blocks, humans were finding ingenious ways to address their needs through architecture. Using local materials and inherited construction techniques, societies have ensured that buildings provide protection and comfort. In Tonga, traditional curved roofs offered aerodynamic protection against storms and cyclones. In the Uros islands of Lake Titicaca in the Andes, reeds were used in houses due to the insulating properties of their hollow stems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A key issue in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainability</a>&nbsp;lies with imported building materials, leading architects to look for more ways to use local resources. As attention is turned towards existing materials, traditional design solutions must also be taken into account as each culture has its own history of building in a particular climate and region.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Earthen hut with thatched roof in Toteil, near Kassala, Sudan. Image: Petr Adam Dohn&aacute;lek.</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p>In a recently released book&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet</a>,&nbsp;</em>edited by&nbsp;Sandra Piesik, these unique cultural design solutions are highlighted as lessons for current architects. As the construction industry's resource-heavy techniques eat up energy and produce greenhouse gas emissions, the question at the center of these issues is "what is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern</a>"? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Traditional architecture</a> is not necessarily in opposition to progress.&nbsp;Moving forward, many architects are now embracing a combination of local practices with the latest technology, aesthetics and engineer...</p></figure> Bordering on Art. Anthony Morey 2018-01-08T12:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-08T12:45:31-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The notion that the prototypes could qualify as conceptual art might seem somewhat far-fetched. They were designed to United States Customs and Border Protection specifications, built to withstand a 30-minute assault from sledgehammers to acetylene torches, and to be difficult to scale or tunnel beneath. Aesthetic considerations are largely secondary to brute strength, but, when viewed up close, the walls collectively have the undeniable majesty of minimalist sculpture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cadillac Ranch, Prada Marfa, The Gates from the Met and The Border Wall. As excessive, fantastical, dismal and maddening as that list may sound, it may be closer to reality than we would think. For artist, Christoph B&uuml;chel, the possibility that the expected role of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Border Wall proto-types</a> and their contentious implications should be classified as art is a interesting turn of events. The artist&rsquo;s hope is to have the prototypes declared a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906, which protects naturally, culturally, or scientifically significant sites and for better or worse, we could agree that their cultural signification of the current state of America is undeniable. What do you think? Are they worth saving and what should their story be?&nbsp;</p> This 100 sq. ft micro-living unit made from concrete pipes is Hong Kong's newest housing solution Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-02T13:08:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T13:14:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The goal with it is simple, says architect James Law: to utilize &ldquo;leftover space&rdquo; between buildings in Hong Kong, a city with limited land and a constant housing shortage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a>&nbsp;has retained the title of the world's most expensive real estate market for the past seven years. As housing prices continue to soar, many residents are finding themselves with inadequate shelter, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">over 200,000 people living in what has come to be referred to as 'coffin homes,'</a> or tiny, subdivided housing units measuring at just 4' x 6'.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Aiming to ease the city's affordable housing problem, architect James Law has found a creative solution that converts concrete water pipes into 100 square feet <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">micro-living units</a>. Called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPod</a>, the tiny apartments are equipped with a shower, toilet, and smartphone lock, and can house one to two people. Additionally, the tube houses can also be stacked on one another between the city&rsquo;s highrises to form modular communities.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Politics & Architecture in 2017—A Year into the Trump Presidency Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-26T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the year comes to a close and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump</a> finishes up his first year as President, we're taking the opportunity to reflect on 2017's trials and tribulations and how they affected the architecture world. 45's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Border Wall</a>, and its implications for the industry, dominated our coverage of his presidency this year. But, 2017 was also a pretty turbulent year in terms of policy. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The National Endowment of the Arts</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Historic Tax Credit</a>, research into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a>, the effectiveness of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HUD</a>, and our extremely vital immigrant workforce were all threatened this year by various actions taken by the current administration.</p> <figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514&amp;dpr=2"></a></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Trump may eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts &mdash; here's why that matters for architecture</strong></a></p> <p>In spring, President Trump suggested plans to eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. All three are organizations that support many architectural initiatives including c...</p> Most Popular Features of 2017 Anthony Morey 2017-12-25T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T00:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From job auditions and activism to artificial intelligence and life beyond architecture, 2017 brought upon a very eclectic collection of top features of the year. Looking back, we collected the the most relished and savored; which one did you love?<br><br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>What is the role of the architect in the never ended advancement of technology, automation and now, the arrival of artificial intelligence? Working through various perspectives such as issues of social research, design decision-making we worked our way through the possible outcomes and speed bumps of today&rsquo;s reality.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free School of Architecture</a>, Beatriz Colomina&rsquo;s project, Radical Pedagogies and SCI-Arc&rsquo;s Theory and Pedagogy program, the current state of architectural education, profession and methods have been a hot topic of 2017 along with being the main focus of endless institutional symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. F...</p> What goes down, must come up? Anthony Morey 2017-12-19T12:10:00-05:00 >2017-12-19T12:35:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Dan Becker, president of the Safe Climate Campaign, told E&amp;E News that "a sewer problem at HQ headquarters has resulted in poop exploding out of water fountains."</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a somewhat unusual, and fitting turn of events, the EPA's offices are beginning to speak up and not necessarily in the most conventional way. The building itself has found its mode of most eloquent communication by using sewer plumbing inadequacies to flood the Washington offices with black, excrement-filled water that is emanating from water fountains throughout the building.&nbsp;</p> <p>Considering the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPA's persistent urge</a> to do away with Obama-era protections aimed at providing drinkable water to Americans, it seems only fitting for the EPA to find themselves in its current predicament. As they say, you have made your bed, now lie in it.&nbsp;</p> BYOH: Build Your Own Home Anthony Morey 2017-12-18T15:13:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:17:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Four walls and a roof, a basic bathroom and a kitchen sink. Basic access to electricity (a couple of sockets "here and there") and no flooring or wall coverings. This is what the non-for profit developers Naked House &ndash; created by a London-based startup &ndash; is proposing as an alternative to the &pound;484,000 standard cost of a home for fellow members of generation rent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you thought coming home with Ikea boxes made for an exciting afternoon of assembly, a London based startup, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Naked House</a>, is thinking of you.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The concept of the startup is to allow the owner to have full control of the interior creation of their homes. With the current thread of DIY reaching endless possibilities, Naked House looks to enable the buyers to complicate or simplify their lives as they see wish.&nbsp;</p> <p>It would seem that we have one way or another, turned the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">primitive hut</a> into a modern-day startup. Who knew <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laugier</a> and Eisen were entrepreneurs before their time?</p> Are planted building renderings a real solution or just for show? Hope Daley 2017-12-18T15:10:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The trend for &ldquo;green&rdquo; eco-fantasy buildings is sweeping the world of architecture, with designers now integrating gardens, terraces and all manner of vertical planting in their specifications for office blocks, apartment buildings and even skyscrapers. &ldquo;Starchitects&rdquo; [...] who a few years ago would have scoffed at the idea that their sleek and shiny building might incorporate something as embarrassingly domestic and &ldquo;unmodern&rdquo; as a garden, are now getting in on the act.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have all seen many plant covered architectural renderings of firms getting in on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green building</a> movement. While green buildings and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainability</a> are not new concepts, they are now a widespread trend being commercialized on a whole different scale. From the vast number of these green projects we must now distinguish between the quality of these designs and their overall effectiveness on the environment. Now we must ask: is there a difference between putting trees on buildings and real environmental change?&nbsp;</p> From London to Kuala Lumpur: Serpentine Pavilion on the move. Anthony Morey 2017-12-14T12:07:00-05:00 >2017-12-14T18:14:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed this year by Germany-based architect Francis Kere, will be moved to Malaysia by early next year. &ldquo;Thanks to the generous donations by a group of philanthropists, Ilham Gallery now has a prestigious architectural commission in its collection. &ldquo;It was a surprising yet very welcome bit of news to be the new custodian of this exciting work,&rdquo; said Ilham Gallery director Rahel Joseph.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an exciting and unexpected outcome, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Kere's serpentine pavilion</a> will be given renewed life with a permanent move to Kuala Lumpur next year. With the final site still unknown, the transition was made possible by a plethora of donations and support.&nbsp;</p> <p>The short shelf life and physical ephemerality of architecture's competitions and their constructs have become a potent theme of debate in contemporary discourse, and as such, it is invigorating to see such a positive outcome to the Serpentine's pavilion competition.</p> <p>Kere's pavilion was inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Burkina Faso, Francis K&eacute;r&eacute; design is a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature &ndash; and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree&rsquo;s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.</p> <p>To see a walkthrough of the pavilion's inception and ins...</p> Canada upscales passive house technology with the tallest building worldwide Hope Daley 2017-12-12T11:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In January, tenants will move into a six-storey Vancouver apartment building designed to be so energy efficient, you could&nbsp;heat each bedroom with a 100-watt light bulb. [...] Others are under construction&nbsp;and many more are at the rezoning stage, including a residence that will house 750 students at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus and two 40-plus highrise towers in Vancouver that aim be the tallest passive house buildings in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Until now most <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passive houses</a> have been single-family homes, but Canada is changing that. With several projects underway, architects are tackling the issues of scaling up this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> technology for larger buildings. Without using furnaces and air conditioners, these green buildings are constructed to use up to 90% less energy than a conventional building and produce fewer greenhouse emissions.&nbsp;</p> <p>One example is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Toronto</a> Scarborough Campus residence, which will choose a final passive house design this January 2018 and begin construction in February. Students are scheduled to move in the fall of 2020.&nbsp;</p> Designing through cognitive architecture. Anthony Morey 2017-12-11T02:16:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Architects know best, as they often claim. With conviction, they&rsquo;re sure certain details will make a space more hospitable, more beautiful, more preferable, and more enjoyable...But an emerging field of research is now uncovering and quantifying our psychological response to buildings: cognitive architecture. The hope is that by better understanding through science what exactly it is people like or dislike about our built environment, designers can truly improve it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What does it mean to <em>see</em> a building? As we approach a building, what is that calls our attention? The door? The entry? That corner detail that is doing something we have never seen before?&nbsp;</p> <p>Architect Ann Sussman and designer Janice M. Ward are two leading researchers studying how our brains see buildings. Their interest arose from their own observations and curiosity about how architects could create places that encouraged walkability and lingerability.&nbsp; Their results give us a glance into the fascinating and potentially freeing manner in which our brains and conscious really <strong>see</strong> architecture.&nbsp;</p> The quest for low-carbon cement is beginning to look a little brighter Alexander Walter 2017-12-08T18:39:00-05:00 >2017-12-08T18:41:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Since 2008, Solidia Technologies [...] has been quietly developing a new cement-making process that produces up to 70% fewer CO2 emissions at a cost that DeCristofaro claims is on par with or better than conventional cement. Solidia, which was formed in a bid to commercialize ideas developed at Rutgers University in New Jersey, is not the first company to attempt to make environmentally friendly cement. But industry experts say it&rsquo;s the most promising yet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Of course, the startup now needs to show that this lower-emission cement can be made into concrete that&rsquo;s at least as good as others, and can be scaled up in a way that&rsquo;s affordable," <em>Quartz</em> explains. "That&rsquo;s what Solidia is working on right now."</p>