Archinect - News 2017-09-21T10:14:51-04:00 Louvre relocates artwork as the Seine floods Nicholas Korody 2016-06-02T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:35:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As heavy rainfall floods Paris, the Louvre isn&rsquo;t taking chances with its priceless art collection and will close on Friday to prevent water damage. The museum will move pieces from its underground stores to higher floors to keep them safe, according to a Thursday statement. The Louvre is right next to the Seine river, which has risen 16 ft. above its normal levels due to rain over the past few weeks, AFP reports.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Abnormally heavy rains have caused flooding in northeastern France as well as parts of Germany this week. In Paris, the Seine has risen 16 feet &ndash; the highest since 1960 but still short of the standing record of 26 feet from 1910.</p><p>The rains and flooding have resulted in nine deaths in Germany, disrupted the French Open, and provoked two of Paris' major, riparian museums &ndash; the Louvre and the Mus&eacute;e d'Orsay &ndash; to plan for the worst.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">This greenhouse can grow legs to escape flooding</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Climate change is increasing the risk of severe flooding in New York</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Tidal Flooding Expected to Wreak Havoc on American Cities</a></li></ul> Melbourne tower to display weather data via LED animations on its fa├žade Justine Testado 2015-03-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-29T13:49:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The 40-storey building at 888 Collins Street, in Victoria Harbour, will interpret real-time weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology and will transmit the next day's forecast every half-hour. However, rather than showing the weather report in numbers and with a temperature display [lighting designer] Canadian-born Bruce Ramus said it would be more of an abstract representation and reflection of the environment of Docklands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Checking the weather forecast on your smartphone is <em>so</em> pass&eacute;. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Bagot</a>-designed apartment tower will show off a flashy accessory that gives real-time weather data, conceived by lighting designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Ramus</a>. Completion of the 40-story building is scheduled for 2017.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The all-glass Photon Space could help us get our daily dose of sunlight, and then some</a></p></li></ul> Icy Storms and Freezing Temps Pummel the Eastern US Nicholas Korody 2015-02-18T15:01:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T15:01:37-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The aftermath of a deadly winter storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States on Tuesday and forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another arctic front this week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From New England to the Carolinas and into the Midwest, winter has definitively come for much of the United States and forecasters are warning that the worst cold in two decades could be on the horizon:</p><ul><li>The National Weather Service reported temperatures in the negative 30's in Saranac Lake, New York.</li><li>States of emergency were declared from Mississippi to Washington, DC, where the federal government shut down after getting hit with about 5 inches of snow.</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><ul><li>According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBC</a>, Boston received more than 13 inches of snow, raising its total snowfall for this winter to 95.7 inches, a foot away from the all-time record. The city has spent more than $30 million on snow removal already this year, according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN</a>. According to local <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news stations</a> there, the MBTA (Metro Boston Transit Authority) is paying students, union workers, and anyone looking to make some cash $30 an hour to shovel snow. Prison inmates have also been enlisted to help remove snow, possibly for as little as 20&cent; an hour (the med...</li></ul> Task force created to prepare New Yorkers for extreme weather Archinect 2013-06-13T15:01:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:37:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> New York City must take urgent steps to protect New Yorkers and its buildings from the next extreme weather event, according to a report released today by the Building Resiliency Task Force at a press conference.</p> <p> In the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn charged the task force with giving recommendations to improve the resiliency of city buildings and maximize preparedness for extreme weather conditions like high winds, high temperatures and flooding. Urban Green Council led the 200+ member task force.</p> <p> Highlights of specific suggestions:</p> <ul><li> Create stronger buildings&mdash;require new and replacement doors and windows to be wind resistant; anchor homes to their foundations; design sidewalks to capture storm water.</li> <li> Ensure reliable backup power&mdash;make it easier for buildings to use backup generators and solar energy; require buildings to keep stairwells and hallways lit during blackouts; add hookups for roll-up generato...</li></ul> Fox River Flash Flooding Surrounds the Farnsworth House Archinect 2013-03-13T21:00:00-04:00 >2013-03-15T06:34:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Above freezing temperatures and continued rainfall has left the Fox River that runs next to the Farnsworth House in a state of rising flood waters today, March 11, 2013. The house is fully surrounded by river water, but neither the lower deck nor the upper deck has yet to be breached.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>