Archinect - News 2019-01-15T21:12:46-05:00 Sitting in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, the lush Mughal Gardens of Agra have been restored Alexander Walter 2019-01-14T18:09:00-05:00 >2019-01-14T18:12:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The World Monuments Fund [...] announced the completion of a conservation project at two historic Mughal gardens along the Yamuna riverfront in Agra, India, that had been threatened by pollution, traffic congestion and other urban ills. The sites, Mehtab Bagh and the Garden of the Tomb of I&rsquo;timad-ud-Daulah, were newly inaugurated by the fund and the Archaeological Survey of India, its partner in the four-year effort, in a ceremony at I&rsquo;timad-ud-Daulah.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via the World Monuments Fund on Facebook</figcaption></figure><p>"The project will finish with the completion of a visitor center at I&rsquo;timad-ud-Daulah, to open in 2019," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports the World Monuments Fund</a>. "Raising awareness and visibility of the gardens that are often overshadowed by their more famous neighbor, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>, was an important objective of the conservation. The enhanced visitor services will offer local residents and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the history of the magnificent gardens."</p> These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the first to be threatened by climate change Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-08T14:06:00-05:00 >2019-01-09T19:09:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>From the sinking city of Venice to the mass bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, climate change is drastically impacting some of the world's most treasured heritage sites. To date, over 1,000 bucket-list locations have earned a spot on UNESCO's World Heritage list on account of their "outstanding universal value" to humanity. But, if the world continues to warm, many of these landmarks may lose some of those "outstanding" values or even cease to exist at all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As of 2019, one out of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites is under threat by climate change, each with few protections against their respective worst case scenarios. Increased humidity, rising sea levels and other climatological factors are newly placing increased pressure of century and millennia-old structures that have been the symbols of permanence throughout known history. Here are a few that fall under such threats:</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>1. Piazza San Marco. Venice, Italy</strong></p> <p>Spread out over 118 islands, Venice as a city has knowingly been under threat by rising sea levels and land subsidence for several years. However, its Piazza San Marco, one of the oldest and most prized plazas in all of Europe, is in an especially precarious position - just steps from the island's edges.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong>2. Rapa Nui (Easter Island)</strong><br></p> <p>The Chilean Island of Rapa Nui, world famous for its mysterious Moai monoliths buried half-way across its landscape, is currently being eroded by increasing sea levels and higher-than-average waves.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p><strong>3.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Th...</strong></p> Xeriscaping stirs tension (and inspires hope) in Fresno Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-04T14:20:00-05:00 >2019-01-04T14:20:16-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s not necessarily that conservatives rip out their lawns for economic reasons and liberals do so for environmental ones. Fresno is located in one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world, so living here brings a consciousness of water issues, as well as a pride in the region&rsquo;s miles of fields. &ldquo;My Job Depends on Ag&rdquo; is a common bumper sticker about town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The EPA estimates that a&nbsp;third&nbsp;of the water used by American households goes to watering lawns and gardens, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Californians have long made up a significant portion of that statistic</a>. State-wide aridity lends California a unique thirst for water, especially after several droughts within the last decade.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Many Californians have responded by replacing their grass lawns with artificial turf, wood chips, Century plants, or plain dirt, while others still have held to their love of the traditional lawn. </p> <p>When interviewed by City Lab,&nbsp;Fresno-based landscaper Bill Anderson estimated that he has converted at least 500 Fresno-area lawns over the last three years, as the city recently began to offer rebates for turf removal. When Anderson transforms the first lawn on a block, he makes sure to make it attractive enough to inspire envy among its neighbors that might otherwise have reservations against drought-tolerant landscapes.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&ldquo;Not in a million years did I think that people here would give u...</p> An Amsterdam office complex will soon be transformed into residences by MVRDV Shane Reiner-Roth 2019-01-03T18:54:00-05:00 >2019-01-07T08:35:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A master plan for a 17 acre parcel of land in Amsterdam has been recently unveiled by the Dutch firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>. Given the fact that "Amsterdam urgently needs housing in all sorts of sizes and price ranges, for both purchase and rental,&rdquo; says Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of MVRDV, the project, titled Westerpark West,&nbsp;will transform what was once an office complex into a residential one.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Westerpark West. Image &copy; CIIID</figcaption></figure><p>"What was once a grey, isolated office location in Amsterdam-West will soon become a green, lively neighborhood of around 750 homes," according to the press release. "Placing an emphasis on green space and architectural diversity, the proposal for Westerpark West is a sustainable response to the ever-growing housing demand in Amsterdam."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Westerpark West. Image &copy; CIIID</figcaption></figure><p>In an effort to appeal to the principles of materials cycles and updated standards of sustainability, the master plan will update a number of the office buildings that have been on the site since the 1980s by t...</p> 10 laid-back examples of pools & ponds in architecture Alexander Walter 2018-12-21T14:28:00-05:00 >2018-12-21T14:28:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a>&nbsp;boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a>&nbsp;profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:&nbsp;</strong>use the handy&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a>&nbsp;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&nbsp;board&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Pools &amp; Fountains</em></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">Kauhale Kai</a> in North Kona Coast, HI by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">de Reus Architects</a><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">Banyan Tree Anji</a> in Baishuiwan Village, China by gad; Soft Furnishing Design: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YANG &amp; Associates Group</a>; Photo: Xiao En<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">O Cuatro Residence</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIGDAL ARQUITECTOS</a>; Photo: Rafael Gamo<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 Import Building</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio RHE</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">CRCC Chongqing City Park Sales Pavilion</a> in Chongqing, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aoe</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">Lake Austin Residence</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parallel Architecture</a><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">G'Day House</a> in Vancouver, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses</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">Light Tunnel - Lishui Corporate Office</a> in Lishui, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Usual Studio</a>; Photo: Tim Wu<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">Forest &lt;&gt; House</a> in No...</p> New renderings of Norman Foster’s Red Hook office complex reveal green roofs and courtyard Dana Schulz 2018-12-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2018-12-20T14:03:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction on Norman Foster&rsquo;s Red Hoek Point, a 7.7-acre commercial campus at a former sugar factory, started in October and this week new renderings were released that provide the first look at the nearly four acres of green roof space, including walking and jogging paths and landscaping to mitigate stormwater runoff.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=""><figcaption>via Visualhouse New York</figcaption></figure> The High Line Plinth will showcase public art as a gathering spot in the park’s newest section Devin Gannon 2018-12-10T16:43:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T16:44:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Spur</a>, the last section of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>, extending east along 30th Street and ending above 10th Avenue, is scheduled to open in 2019. Unlike other sections of the park which are more linear and perfect for strolling, this section will feature a large-scale plaza for public programming and art and areas for seating and gathering. Anchoring the&nbsp;new section will be the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line Plinth</a>, one of the only sites in New York City with the purpose of featuring a rotating series of new contemporary public art commissions.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via Friends of the High Line</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York.</figcaption></figure><p>The concept was inspired by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fourth Plinth in London&rsquo;s Trafalgar Square</a>. Artists will have a unique platform for inspiring the public due to the scale and high visibility the new addition. Surrounded by open space with sweeping vistas all a...</p> How many fires does it take to get to the center of a solution? Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-28T14:53:00-05:00 >2018-11-28T14:53:52-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly 16,000 structures have been destroyed in the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the history of California. (The next nine worst blazes in the state together destroyed 20,500 structures.) The devastation is in part a story of how climate change&ndash;induced &ldquo;boom and bust&rdquo; cycles of rainfall and drought have made firetraps of California forests. But it&rsquo;s also a story about the way we build.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In lieu of recent events, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California</a> has been hit with a wave of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildfires</a>. Affected in both the Southern and Northern areas of California, the recent months have left many Californians with nothing. Areas have been reduced to ash, leaving homeowners to evacuate the area. The blame can be pointed to several contributing factors. However, what solutions can be made in order to prevent these destructive fires from engulfing these areas?&nbsp;</p> <p>Wildfires are nothing new to California, yet, with more and more Westerners wanting to live in or near nature, the number of homes located in the wildland-urban interface, or WUI, has increased from 3.3 million to 4.4 million. Homeowners wanting to live in nature is nothing uncommon. States like Colorado or North Carolina have homeowners that share this similar desire. However, the West is filled with wildlands, and wildlands do burn. Historically, wildfires in the West are tied with the mismanagement of forests and land. Along with strict WUI buildin...</p> Miami begins construction on the Underline, a 10-mile urban path under the city's Metrorail Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-16T15:03:00-05:00 >2018-11-16T15:03:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since opening, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> has become the proverbial example of how cities can transform their underutilized nooks and crannies into vibrant public spaces. Now attracting more than six million visitors a year, the railway-turned-park has inspired a host of similar projects all across the world from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul</a> to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whereas the High Line focused on the reuse of a historic rail line, a new project in Miami, which broke ground earlier this month, is applying the same concept to the space underneath. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>, Miami's forthcoming Underline will create a 10-mile linear park beneath the city's Metrorail.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; James Corner Field Operations / Courtesy of Friends of the Underline</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; James Corner Field Operations / Courtesy of Friends of the Underline</figcaption></figure><p>The project was first inspired when Meg Daly, who came to found the non-profit Friends of the Underline, got into a bicycling accident. Unable to drive, Daly started taking the Miami Metrorail and using the space u...</p> Central Park's long forgotten design alternative Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-09T19:03:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T19:03:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landscape</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> wouldn't be complete without a view of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Park</a>. But, what if the beloved New York staple could have looked different? It's hard to envision Central Park any other way, but after the uncovering of a long forgotten park plan was rediscovered renderings could prove otherwise.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Central Park Image &copy; Airpano</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image &copy; Budget Direct </figcaption></figure><p>In 1858, a design competition invited individuals to submit their ideas for the construction of, at the time, an area of unused space. For a prize of $2000, submissions had to include various features ranging from a fountain, skating arena, parade ground, four major cross streets, and a room for an exhibition hall.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image &copy; Budget Direct </figcaption></figure><p>After reviewing 33 potential park designs two individuals by the name of F.L. Olmsted and C. Vaux and their plan, "Plan Number 33," was selected. Thanks to their submission Central Park loo...</p> Atelier 111 Architekti creates a modern reinterpretation of the traditional Czech fisherman cottage Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-05T14:11:00-05:00 >2018-11-06T13:46:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tucked within the natural landscape of&nbsp;Vyso&#269;ina, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Czech Republic</a> is a 538 square foot structure inspired by traditional fisherman <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cottages</a>. Although its size is limited due to building legislation, this holiday cottage provides scenic views and a space perfect for recreation. Consisting of four small structures, each satisfies a specific purpose. Three of the four cottages are connected unifying the&nbsp;central room, a residential kitchen, a small loft space for children, as well as a bedroom and a lounge&nbsp;located on the adjacent side.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; BoysPlayNice</figcaption></figure><figure><figure></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; BoysPlayNice</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; BoysPlayNice</figcaption></figure><p>The sleek, minimalistic interior creates a warm atmosphere thanks to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wood</a> finish details that encompass the space. The large <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">windows</a>along the side of the cottage allows for perfect views of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">water</a>. The simple interiors nicely complement the surrounding areas allowing for the space to be a perfectly serine getaway. The fourth cottage, detached from the rest, has a dual purpose as a place for...</p> Gianni Botsford Architects raises the roof in London's Notting Hill Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-02T19:23:00-04:00 >2018-11-05T13:35:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's</a> Notting Hill lies a contemporary residential home hidden within the back row of Victorian style villas. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gianni Botsford Architects</a> used the limited space and urban landscape to their advantage when constructing&nbsp;<em>House in a Garden</em>. The&nbsp;2659 square foot home, originally a dilapidated bungalow built in the 1960's features eye-catching structural details.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view Image &copy; Gianni Botsford Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Due to limited space, the team at Gianni Botsford investigated the possible <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">geometric forms</a> that could be used to create this residential home. Cautious with its construction, the architectural team made it a point not to obstruct the surrounding areas whilst ensuring the home featured enough natural light and space. The decision became clear that to ensure the functional renovation of the home making space started below ground.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ground floor side patio view Image &copy; Edmund Sumner</figcaption></figure><p>On the ground floor the home's defining feature is its copper clad <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roof</a>. Constructed out of g...</p> UC Berkeley’s new Master of Real Estate Development & Design program puts innovative design and sustainability at the center of real estate Sponsor 2018-11-01T13:08:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T13:56:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><em><strong>This post is brought to you by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of California, Berkeley</a></strong></em> <p>In June 2018, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design (CED)</a> launched its unique 11-month Master&rsquo;s program that revolves around a central mission: to build more sustainable, prosperous and equitable cities.<br></p> <p>The inaugural class of 16 students bring wide-ranging national and international experience in development, architecture and planning practice, affordable housing, policy, and economics. Throughout the year, students build dynamic career networks and learn directly from distinguished developers, entrepreneurs, designers, and planners in the San Francisco Bay Area.</p> <p>The program offers an especially competitive edge to students by providing a world-class education at one of the top research universities in the world. CED&rsquo;s professional programs focused on the built environment ranked #1 among all public universities in the country, and Berkeley ranks #3 in the world in the area of architecture and the built e...</p> Luxury residential home that works with Mexico City's rugged topography Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-25T16:37:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T17:13:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Panoramic views of the city is just one of the main highlights of this luxury residential home in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos</a> used the natural formations of terrain construct a multilayered housing unit that integrates with the surrounding environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photograph by Jaime Navarro</figcaption></figure><p>Constructed on a natural slope, this enabled the architects to use it to construct the entrance of the structure in a descending fashion. The stacked linear elements form a zig-zag shape that makes its way downwards through topography in various right angles. This design choice allows for the front-facing exterior to have a subtle shape that guides the eye to alternate between structural elements and native vegetation.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, photograph by Jaime Navarro</figcaption></figure><p>Each level consists of rooms and spaces that fulfill various living necessities. Level 1 houses residential parking, while levels 2 through 4 house "departments" or units. Each unit...</p> Superhelix creates a house hidden in plain site Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-23T19:30:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Polish</a> based design studio Superhelix creates a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green roof</a> masterpiece that not only highlights the home's ecological design, but showcases what happens to buildings when they change over time. Located in Krakow, Poland the 189 square meter home's slanted roof was not built for aesthetics, but instead was constructed due to a building requirement. Due to local building codes, the home's roof had to be built at a 45-degree slope. To some this may have been a design obstacle, but to&nbsp;Bart&#322;omiej Drabik, principal architect, he used this as an opportunity to create a progressive roof design that highlights green design.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Bart&#322;omiej Drabik</figcaption></figure><p>Through out the construction of this residential home, special attention was emphasized on how the building's materials will allow the home to age and change naturally. The home's elevation was covered with western red cedar planks. This particular wood type does not require wood treatment against insects and the weather. As the wood ages over tim...</p> 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> Gallery X launched by the A+D Museum Anthony Morey 2018-10-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T02:00:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a>&nbsp;has announced Gallery X, a branch of the A+D dedicated to curating public spaces and bringing the making and implementation of art to a wider more diverse audience. Gallery X aims to reach beyond the walls of the institution and produce local engagement through facilitate provocative urban and public canvases to the incredibly talented and provocative artists and designers of Los Angeles. Through designing the inclusion of art in the people&rsquo;s urban landscape we bring a renewed vibrancy to Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image supplied by a+d museum. </figcaption></figure></figure><p>Gallery X was conceived as an initiative to bring progressive, young, and diverse artists to the forefront of public engagement by partnering with local institution, developers and real estate companies as a means to expanded the locations and means in which the museum can connect and curate within the area. With Los Angeles building at an incredible rate, the growth and guidance of public art have never been in such need and simultaneously...</p> MONU #29 ON NARRATIVE URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-10-15T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T14:02:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims Cassim Shepard in the interview we did with him entitled "Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured" for this new issue of MONU, "Narrative Urbanism".</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;To create a better general culture of understanding around architecture, urban design and urban development issues, we need to use all of the narrative tools that we have at our disposal, claims<b><em>Cassim Shepard</em></b>in the interview we did with him entitled<b>&ldquo;Understanding Urban Narratives: What Cannot be Measured&rdquo;</b>for this new issue of<b>MONU,</b><b>&ldquo;Narrative Urbanism&rdquo;.</b>Being a filmmaker, he points out that moving images in this day and age are particularly effective forms of communication as they have the capacity to make people want to engage. For him, filmmaking is a very useful process that taught him how to talk to people, how to listen to people, how to observe spaces critically and with an open mind, in order to understand the unique urban dynamics that make every space special and worthy of care. Without that extra attention many things in our cities can simply be forgotten.</p> <p>With his contribution<b>&ldquo;Les Grands Ensembles&rdquo;</b>&ndash; a video still of a film depicting model replicas of two modernist high rise...</p> Alejandro Arevena's alluring concrete vacation home Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-12T20:28:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The radical, four-bedroom vacation house is part of the Ochoalcubo project &ndash; a pioneering &lsquo;architectural laboratory&rsquo; led by the entrepreneur and architecture lover Eduardo Godoy. Leading Chilean and Japanese practices including Aravena, Smiljan Radic, Toyo Ito and Sou Fujimoto were asked to design a series of ground-breaking homes on the coast of Ochoquebradas.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>-winner&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> uses the Chilean landscape of&nbsp;Coquimbo to create a weekend home oozing with dramatic appeal and a moody ancient beauty. The vacation home is comprised of three large <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete</a> volumes specifically stacked one against the other. Sitting on a hilltop overlooking the Chilean coast, the home, at first glance exudes an "ancient" looking quality.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Chile Sotheby&rsquo;s International Realty</figcaption></figure><p>The massively rugged, boulder like structure was heavily influenced by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">primitivistic</a> values. Its simplistic exterior is carried through out the entire house. The interiority of the space reflects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist</a> principles that focus on a flow of indoor/outdoor space and a loyalty to basic materials.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Chile Sotheby&rsquo;s International Realty</figcaption></figure><p>At the center of the home is a large fire pit that accents the room without frills. The exposed concrete surfaces found through out the structure complement the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that can be found in each of the fo...</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> Desire paths as urban 'civil disobedience' Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T15:47:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T11:57:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Desire paths have been described as illustrating &ldquo;the tension between the native and the built environment and our relationship to them&rdquo;. Because they often form in areas where there are no pavements, they can be seen to &ldquo;indicate [the] yearning&rdquo; of those wishing to walk, a way for &ldquo;city dwellers to &lsquo;write back&rsquo; to city planners, giving feedback with their feet&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ellie Violet Bramley pens an ode to "desire paths"&mdash;organically grown foot paths off the prescribed paved sidewalks; pedestrians' yearning for urban movement outside of the planned city order.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Example of an urban desire path getting paved in Chicago. Photo: Paul Sableman/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> 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> Snøhetta's underwater restaurant is almost complete Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-03T19:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T19:50:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe's first underwater restaurant is nearing completion [...] The restaurant was built in about six months on a barge near the coast, then towed into position -- about 600 feet away -- with a heavy-lift vessel. To submerge the structure, containers filled with water were placed inside, before securing it to the sea floor with a total of 18 anchoring points.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the southernmost tip of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian</a> coastline, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>&nbsp;is in its final stages of completing the world's largest underwater <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">restaurant</a>. Submerged five meters below the North Sea, the restaurant appropriately named <em>Under</em> is preparing for its debut in Spring 2019. This 110ft-long structure made its big plunge and was secured to the sea floor in&nbsp;July 2018. This rather delicate and exciting feat was a major milestone for the team.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Aldo Amoretti</figcaption></figure><p>Under's overall design concept and location along the coastline underwent several revisions. After much discussion with developers and architects, it was decided that placing the restaurant in a much harsher location along the coast was intentional. Developed to withstand the tough winds and waves of the Norwegian coastline, Under's senior architect Rune Grasdal pointed out that the structure's slight curved form helps with wave impact.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MIR and Sn&oslash;hetta</figcaption></figure><p>Reservations for this unique dining experience will be available starting in April 201...</p> '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> First look at interiors and private park at Jeanne Gang’s Downtown Brooklyn condo Dana Schulz 2018-09-26T11:44:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To coincide with the sales launch at Downtown Brooklyn&lsquo;s 57-story tower at 11 t Street, Tishman Speyer has released a slew of new renderings of the Jeanne Gang-designed condo. Previous views have shown how Gang&rsquo;s signature metallic rippling effect will be applied to the facade, but the new batch gives us a better look at the nearly 27,000-square-foot private park and the first glimpse of the interiors and amenity spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure> 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> Construction begins on Atlanta's largest public park by John Portman & Associates Hope Daley 2018-09-10T15:49:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T15:49:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Construction has begun on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta's</a> soon-to-be largest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">park</a> by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Portman &amp; Associates</a>. The repurposed quarry pit will not only provide an outdoor recreational area but also create 2 billion gallons of emergency drinking water for Atlanta,&nbsp;increasing the city&rsquo;s emergency water reserves from 3 to 30 days.</p> <p>The first phase of Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry includes constructing a signature gateway for the park's entrance. Once completed, the new green space will be&nbsp;100 acres larger than Atlanta&rsquo;s currently largest park.</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> Francisco Pardo Arquitecto designs urban parks to revitalize neglected suburban neighborhoods in Mexico Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-30T15:18:00-04:00 >2018-08-31T13:47:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico City</a>, a set of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban parks</a> have been built on the city's outskirts to revitalize the neglected suburban neighborhoods in which they reside.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by Francisco Pardo Arquitecto, the Mexico City-based firm has&nbsp;replaced a once contaminated water stream and paved lots with basketball courts, skate ramps, pavilions for public events,&nbsp;children&rsquo;s playgrounds, and&nbsp;spots for a more general meditation.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Parque H&eacute;roes. Photo by Jaime Navarro.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Parque Colinas del Sol. Photo by Jaime Navarro.</figcaption></figure><p>"It is important to change not only the physical condition but also the perception of the space" said Francisco Pardo, who leads the eponymous firm behind the transformations. "As a designer, I believe that supporting local communities to achieve better public spaces for their families helps the greater community."&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Parque Colinas del Sol. Photo by Jaime Navarro.</figcaption></figure><p>Using low-cost materials such as concrete, steel and cement blocks, the architects have created flexible space layouts that foster sponta...</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>