Archinect - News 2017-09-21T22:58:19-04:00 Carlo Ratti Associati designs a floating plaza at West Palm Beach letting visitors walk on (and beneath) water Julia Ingalls 2016-11-03T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T23:40:20-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Using some of the same design techniques used for responsive air chambers in submarines, Carlo Ratti Associati&nbsp;has designed a floating plaza/mixed retail center that will float on and adapt to the water level depending on how many people are currently walking on it. The plaza, which is linked to land via a comprehensive masterplan on the&nbsp;coast of Lake Worth Lagoon, will also include housing (whose property values will hopefully never be underwater). The plaza will also feature "an&nbsp;organic restaurant with its own hydroponic cultivations," making it a potentially self-sustaining enterprise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The inventive use of underwater vessel technology is, to&nbsp;director of the Senseable City Lab at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a> and founding partner Carlo Ratti, an entirely new way of conceiving architecture. Ratti describes his project as "carving" into the water. He goes on to say that&nbsp;&ldquo;with this project, we aim to reclaim West Palm Beach&rsquo;s connection to the natural elements that surroun...</p> Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:22-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Unesco, which for too long has been silent on the growing environmental threat to Venice and its evident mismanagement, as revealed by the exposure of massive corruption in the construction of its flood barriers, has at last shown its teeth. At the meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Doha this June it passed important resolutions that show that it intends to call the Italian government to account and put Venice on its World Heritage at Risk list if it is not satisfied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></p> Venice CityVision Competition Announces Winners Alexander Walter 2011-07-20T17:40:05-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Two winners, one special prize, and eleven honorable mentions have been announced in the Venice CityVision Competition. The international ideas competition routinely challenges architects, engineers, designers, students and creative individuals to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating and supporting the contemporary city, in this case Venice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>