Archinect - News 2017-09-21T22:56:15-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150028389/the-aia-urges-lawmakers-to-reject-rollbacks-and-issues-seven-infrastructure-principles The AIA urges lawmakers to reject rollbacks and issues seven infrastructure principles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-13T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T06:12:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/g9/g9oeuz514day5p7o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects</a> released a statement this morning, in light of damage wrought by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1001165/hurricane-harvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurricanes Harvey</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1008449/hurricane-irma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irma</a>, urging policy makers to reject any weakening of building codes. <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/599616/thomas-vonier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Thomas Vonier</a> advocated for state and federal legislators to reject attempts to roll back protections pointing out that "designing buildings to minimize damage from such natural disasters as hurricanes matters not only for public health, safety, and welfare; it also makes complete economic sense."</p> <p>The AIA went on to remind that, like bridges and highways, America's buildings are infrastructure too, and as such, are crumbling. "Unless we include buildings in the discussion about our nation&rsquo;s infrastructure renewal" the statement warned, "taxpayers will be stuck with decrepit community places, higher bills when repairs come due and structures vulnerable to disasters and threats."</p> <p>Along with the above cautions, the AIA also released the following principles on infrastructure</p> <ol><li><em>Infrastruc...</em></li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028374/florida-museums-prepare-to-reopen-in-wake-of-hurricane-irma Florida museums prepare to reopen in wake of Hurricane Irma Alexander Walter 2017-09-13T19:12:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T19:28:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js46wz4z51q5tq23.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js46wz4z51q5tq23.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js46wz4z51q5tq23.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/js/js46wz4z51q5tq23.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a tropical depression, wrecked havoc across the Caribbean this weekend and killed at least 42 people, but museums in Florida were mostly spared from any large-scale destruction, according to early reports. Following evacuations ordered last week, residents are slowly returning to their homes and some institutions plan to reopen this week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just like museums in the greater Houston area rushed to <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150026573/post-harvey-houston-reopens-its-museums" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reopen again last week</a> after Hurricane Harvey to reestablish a certain sense of civic normalcy, now institutions in Florida are busy assessing damage from Hurricane Irma, getting started on repairs, and reopening to the public.</p> <p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/365042/perez-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The P&eacute;rez Art Museum Miami</a> announced that it will offer free admission&nbsp;on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 and host&nbsp;a variety of activities to "relieve some of the stress from Hurricane Irma."<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150026573/post-harvey-houston-reopens-its-museums Post-Harvey Houston reopens its museums Alexander Walter 2017-09-06T14:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T14:24:39-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6plvdzj4c6ujxhms.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6plvdzj4c6ujxhms.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6plvdzj4c6ujxhms.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6p/6plvdzj4c6ujxhms.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As aid workers and Texans begin to take stock of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey, museums across Houston, the fourth biggest city in the country and one of the areas hardest hit by the storm, are starting to reopen. Gary Tinterow, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), announced Friday that the institution would partially reopen on Tuesday 5 September with free admission through Thursday, 7 September. He offered the museum &ldquo;as a place for reflection and renewal.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>While a leisurely visit to the museum may not be on the minds&nbsp;right now of Houston residents hit the hardest by <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1001165/hurricane-harvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurricane Harvey</a>, reopening its cultural institutions is an important first step for the city to start the long process of recovery and breathe new life into the civic spirit.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012673/london-tower-block-fire-kills-twelve-previous-warnings-about-very-poor-fire-safety-standards-may-have-gotten-ignored London tower block fire kills twelve; previous warnings about "very poor fire safety standards" may have gotten ignored Alexander Walter 2017-06-14T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T13:30:12-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oq/oqe3o6euynfdzemv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said. [...] Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year &pound;10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year. [...] Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it's still too early to determine the cause of the fire, the <em>BBC</em> reports that "before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted"."</p> <p>Latest updates on the disastrous blaze can be found in <em>The Guardian</em>'s live feed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/jun/14/grenfell-tower-major-fire-london-apartment-block-white-city-latimer-road" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, June 14, 2017, 2:06 PM EST:</strong></p> <p>Latest reports raise the fear that the tower may be seriously in danger of collapsing with structural cracks appearing in the corners. Firefighters have been pulled out of the tower.</p> <p><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/06/068h2ooe1evfyxt8.jpg"><em>Image via <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mrgeorgeclarke/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@mrgeorgeclarke</a> on Instagram.</em></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GrenfellTower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#GrenfellTower Tweets</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149998863/severe-flooding-in-peru-exposes-vulnerable-architecture-and-infrastructure Severe flooding in Peru exposes vulnerable architecture and infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2017-03-22T12:23:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T12:28:43-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b8/b87kobi1748bvd77.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b8/b87kobi1748bvd77.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b8/b87kobi1748bvd77.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b8/b87kobi1748bvd77.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The worst flooding in two decades has struck Peru, causing a death toll of 72 people since the beginning of the year. The floods are caused by a series of &ldquo;highly unusual rains&rdquo; produced by the warming of surface waters along the country&rsquo;s northern coasts. The waters have inundated hospitals and left villages in isolation, and are expected to continue to ravage the country for another two weeks.</p><p>The toll on the built environment has been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/17/peru-floods-ocean-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">severe.</a> 115,000 homes have already been damaged. More than 100 bridges have been destroyed. The flooding has caused the drainage systems in cities along the coast to fail, creating pools of water that host dengue-carrying mosquitoes. In response, the Peruvian government has started to fumigate. Meanwhile, Lima hasn&rsquo;t had water service since the beginning of the week.</p><p>The disaster has also caused a spike in prices&mdash;up to 5 per cent. Meanwhile, 22 inmates at a juvenile detention center have escaped. In the city of Trujillo, a cemetery flooded, exhuming b...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975965/another-earthquake-strikes-central-italy Another earthquake strikes central Italy Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T00:06:01-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q0gizo16afmo76x0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q0gizo16afmo76x0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q0gizo16afmo76x0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q0gizo16afmo76x0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Towns and villages in central Italy have been hit by an earthquake for the fourth time in three months. The 6.6-magnitude quake - Italy's strongest in decades - struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August. This time no-one appears to have died, but about 20 people were injured. The medieval basilica of St Benedict in Norcia, the town closest to the epicentre, was among buildings destroyed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The earthquake is the most recent in a series that has rocked the region for several months. Last August, an earthquake in Amatrice killed about 300 people and, in 2009, an earthquake destroyed most of the town of L'Aquila.&nbsp;</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965915/in-wake-of-deadly-earthquake-italy-s-prime-minister-calls-on-renzo-piano-to-help-reconstruction-effort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In wake of deadly earthquake, Italy's prime minister calls on Renzo Piano to help reconstruction effort</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965348/italian-villages-destroyed-by-earthquake-won-t-be-able-to-be-rebuilt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italian villages destroyed by earthquake won't be able to be rebuilt</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942419/checking-in-on-nepal-one-year-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checking in on Nepal, one year later</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954877/students-design-disaster-relief-structure-that-takes-2-hours-to-assemble Students design disaster relief structure that takes 2 hours to assemble Julia Ingalls 2016-06-29T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T23:03:28-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5w/5w6tw5hn806o1wdh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5w/5w6tw5hn806o1wdh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5w/5w6tw5hn806o1wdh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5w/5w6tw5hn806o1wdh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;AbleNook is a modular disaster relief dwelling that you can put together without tools in under two hours,&rdquo; Verdecia said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942969/shigeru-ban-arrives-in-ecuador-to-train-locals-in-relief-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban has become the de facto expert</a> in designing quick yet elegant solutions for disaster relief housing, he may have some competition in the form of two University of South Florida architecture students whose "AbleNook" can be assembled in under 120 minutes without any tools.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j4/j4dqlbdhb6cudob0.jpg"></p><p>Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross, the students behind the design, constructed their 20' x 13' x 10' module out of aircraft grade aluminum with insulated panels that "you can just click together without any tools,&rdquo; Verdecia said.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ao/ao7ccd7ftzy52fjb.jpg"></p><p>Not only can the unit be constructed without tools, but its modularity allows for easy expansion into larger structures. Here's the video backstory behind the Cade Museum People's Choice Award-winning design:&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942969/shigeru-ban-arrives-in-ecuador-to-train-locals-in-relief-architecture Shigeru Ban arrives in Ecuador to train locals in relief architecture Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:15-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/ddp5ptz9rhoagq8r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/ddp5ptz9rhoagq8r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/ddp5ptz9rhoagq8r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dd/ddp5ptz9rhoagq8r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban is once more jumping into disaster-relief efforts. The cardboard-wielding starchitect traveled to Ecuador earlier this week [...] to provide architectural training and brainpower in the wake of the deadly earthquake April 16 earthquake, which has killed more than 650 people and displaced another 26,000 from their homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="http://www.cae.org.ec/10-categoria-a-home/287-shigeru-ban-en-ecuador.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colegio de Arquitectos del Ecuador Provincial de Pichincha</a> issued this statement on its website (Google-translated from the original Spanish text):</p><p><em>"The Association of Architects of Ecuador, Pichincha Chapter (CAE-P) and the Pan American Architecture Biennial of Quito, officially announced the arrival of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban because of the events that took place following the seismic event occurred on April 16 in the coastal area of &#8203;&#8203;Ecuador.&nbsp;The winner of the Pritzker prize expressed his solidarity with the moment in the country and has expressed interest in visiting the affected area and provide training sessions under these circumstances in the capital city."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941247/death-toll-climbs-to-350-after-powerful-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-ecuador" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149941247/death-toll-climbs-to-350-after-powerful-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-ecuador Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador Alexander Walter 2016-04-18T17:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-18T17:48:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/ccam1vw4fisr1iwm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/ccam1vw4fisr1iwm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/ccam1vw4fisr1iwm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cc/ccam1vw4fisr1iwm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The death toll rose to 350 on Monday from a devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador at the weekend, as rescuers hunted for survivors, victims clamored for aid and looting broke out in the Andean nation's shattered coastal region. More than 2,000 people were injured in Saturday night's 7.8 magnitude quake, which ripped apart buildings and roads and knocked out power along the Pacific coastline.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940693/a-6-4-magnitude-earthquake-has-just-struck-japan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has just struck Japan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149358893/u-s-house-approves-bill-that-will-make-it-easier-for-smaller-communities-to-get-fema-relief U.S. House approves bill that will make it easier for smaller communities to get FEMA relief Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-01T17:14:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:20:32-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wg/wg4f152y6u5c11pp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wg/wg4f152y6u5c11pp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wg/wg4f152y6u5c11pp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wg/wg4f152y6u5c11pp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>the federal government&rsquo;s disaster declaration formula has been broken for years, making it nearly impossible for smaller communities to get help. [...] The FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act requires the feds give greater consideration to the localized impact of a disaster [...] rural parts of the state ... must meet an arbitrarily high threshold in order to qualify for a disaster declaration. Enacting this language into law will level the playing field</p></em><br /><br /><p>Known as <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1471" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HR 1471</a>, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015 (passed by the House on February 29 of 2016) includes input from architects and members of the building industry to review and update FEMA's policies.&nbsp;In a <a href="http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB108274" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a> issued earlier today, AIA President Russell Davidson FAIA expressed his gratification that legislation included architects: "HR 1471 represents a major opportunity for our profession to have a say in developing proposals which could have an immediate impact on federal resilience policy.&rdquo;</p><p>More on the difficulties of disaster relief funding:</p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148196237/architecture-for-humanity-s-next-chapter-garrett-jacobs-executive-director-of-afh-offshoot-the-chapter-network-on-one-to-one-11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11</a></li><li><a title="Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's &quot;death&quot; and future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145588799/anatomy-of-a-non-profit-dissecting-architecture-for-humanity-s-death-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's "death" and future</a></li><li><a title="The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134187975/the-hurricane-katrina-cottages-where-are-they-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?</a></li><li><a title="Residents of NYC Adult Home Asked to Repay FEMA Aid From Hurricane Sandy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113343922/residents-of-nyc-adult-home-asked-to-repay-fema-aid-from-hurricane-sandy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Residents of NYC Adult Home Asked to Repay FEMA Aid From Hurricane Sandy</a></li><li><a title="D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115125852/d-c-exhibit-explores-disaster-oriented-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/144573671/shigeru-ban-builds-earthquake-proof-homes-in-nepal-i-m-encouraging-people-to-copy-my-ideas-no-copyrights Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights." Alexander Walter 2015-12-30T12:10:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T01:12:48-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/295b6d016a2d041cb762147b0162bb01?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/295b6d016a2d041cb762147b0162bb01?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/295b6d016a2d041cb762147b0162bb01?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/295b6d016a2d041cb762147b0162bb01?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After twin earthquakes in April and May claimed 9,000 lives and left vast swathes of Nepal in ruins, survivors worried if they reused the brick rubble, they would end up with the same vulnerable, seismically unsound structures. [...] Shigeru Ban - who helped bring global attention to humanitarian architecture and continues to influence fellow architects and disaster-relief workers - devised a solution. [...] "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights," Ban said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"While Ban said he enjoys working on grand projects commissioned by privileged people, he also wants to help people who have lost their homes, and is encouraged that many architects have followed in his footsteps."</em></p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130257726/shigeru-ban-beauty-as-a-basic-human-need" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban: Beauty as a basic human need</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126947696/shigeru-ban-responds-to-the-emergency-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban responds to the emergency in Nepal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129959849/between-the-temporary-and-the-monumental-a-review-of-shigeru-ban-s-lecture-at-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between the Temporary and the Monumental: A Review of Shigeru Ban's Lecture at LACMA</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work Alexander Walter 2015-12-21T11:58:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:00:52-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f9/f9100c1aaf94d04f08cd1f2b90071149?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f9/f9100c1aaf94d04f08cd1f2b90071149?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f9/f9100c1aaf94d04f08cd1f2b90071149?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f9/f9100c1aaf94d04f08cd1f2b90071149?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Dozens of people are missing after a landslide engulfed 22 buildings at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. [...] Local media reported that the soil that came loose had been dug up in the past two years in construction work and was piled up nearby. A statement on Weibo from the Shenzhen municipal government said the landslide had also triggered an explosion at a nearby gas station. A landslide in the country's Zhejiang province in November killed at least 25 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Shenzhen's fire brigade said it was working to free other trapped people - state media say 59 remain missing.&nbsp;Two workers' dormitories are among the affected buildings."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a3/a3bdba847b414b973ae4b6187ff952d8.jpg"></p><p>It's been a rough few months in the news for China lately:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142899081/developer-of-som-designed-nanjing-skyscraper-found-guilty-of-depriving-nearby-residents-of-precious-sunlight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer of SOM-designed Nanjing skyscraper found guilty of depriving nearby residents of precious sunlight</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T20:01:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.&rdquo; In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/130950063/what-architects-have-learned-from-rebuilding-port-au-prince What architects have learned from rebuilding Port-au-Prince Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:12:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5b/5b02794ef54b4d3e8b1407b941e7b5ed?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In the five-and-a-half years since an earthquake killed more than 220,000 people here and displaced 1.5 million more, most of headlines from Haiti&rsquo;s capital have been about dysfunctional projects, mismanagement and the overall slow pace of&nbsp;reconstruction. Yet some innovative urban development work is going on here, often under the radar.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128802521/four-years-and-half-a-billion-dollars-later-the-red-cross-has-built-six-houses-in-haiti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four years and half a billion dollars later, the Red Cross has built six houses in Haiti</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117117228/mass-design-group-s-new-open-air-clinics-in-haiti-reviewed-by-michael-kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group's new Open-Air Clinics in Haiti, reviewed by Michael Kimmelman</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13229440/rebuilding-haiti-houses-for-haiti-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Haiti: Houses for Haiti's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11877479/haiti-simbi-hubs-wins-aa-school-and-foster-partners-sustainability-and-infrastructure-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haiti Simbi Hubs Wins AA School and Foster + Partners Sustainability and Infrastructure Prize</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/130257726/shigeru-ban-beauty-as-a-basic-human-need Shigeru Ban: Beauty as a basic human need Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T21:48:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/299zzpwxgribru9l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/299zzpwxgribru9l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/299zzpwxgribru9l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/29/299zzpwxgribru9l.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Aesthetics is a primary concern for Ban&mdash;not despite, but especially in humanitarian scenarios. He believes that beauty is a basic need, an aspect of a person&rsquo;s dignity. Erecting beautiful, if simple, structures can ensure that a refugee camp is not labeled a slum. So, when examining available materials in Kobe, he fussed about the color of the beer crates, choosing Asahi&rsquo;s more neutral plastic bins over Kirin&rsquo;s glaring red crates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, Ban visited several U.S. cities on a brief lecture tour, captivating audiences with his thoughts about "the Temporary and the Monumental." Read Archinect's report from his Los Angeles lecture at LACMA <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129959849/between-the-temporary-and-the-monumental-a-review-of-shigeru-ban-s-lecture-at-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/130199080/new-orleans-public-housing-10-years-after-hurricane-katrina New Orleans public housing 10 years after Hurricane Katrina Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T20:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:44:01-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c2/c2a07748472d68387c561057ee647442?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c2/c2a07748472d68387c561057ee647442?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c2/c2a07748472d68387c561057ee647442?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c2/c2a07748472d68387c561057ee647442?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development embraced the trapezoid, dubbed Iberville-Treme, along with an exhaustive New Orleans plan that called for 2,314 apartments constructed within 54 months. Yet after 48 months &mdash; four years &mdash; the work in New Orleans is far from done. If construction continues at the same pace in coming years, the promised 2,314 apartments won&rsquo;t be complete until 2026.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/129959849/between-the-temporary-and-the-monumental-a-review-of-shigeru-ban-s-lecture-at-lacma Between the Temporary and the Monumental: A Review of Shigeru Ban's Lecture at LACMA Nicholas Korody 2015-06-19T18:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:46:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/406tcrgbdsubifj2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/406tcrgbdsubifj2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/406tcrgbdsubifj2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/40/406tcrgbdsubifj2.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&ldquo;I hate to throw things away,&rdquo; explained the Pritzker Prize-winning architect <a href="http://archinect.com/shigeru_ban" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> to a packed audience at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/578675/los-angeles-county-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a> last night. On the projection screen, one of his first works as an architect was displayed: an exhibition of the work of Alvar Aalto, who Ban cited as one of his primary influences. The exhibition was the first time Ban worked with paper tubes, which has become one of his signature strategies. &ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t afford wood like Aalto,&rdquo; so he turned to the large tubes that had once supported reams of tracing paper. Finding the tubes surprisingly strong, Ban began testing their viability &ndash; and the rest has become history.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkna4il1v89u9ms6.jpg"></p><p>Throughout the evening&rsquo;s lecture, Ban spoke with refreshing humility, a quality that often seems lacking among his peers. Many of his most iconic design decisions he attributed to chance, like his use of paper. As Ban worked his way through a retrospective survey of his career, he made frequent quips that enlivened the mood a...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/127656481/frei-otto-feared-society-was-ignoring-the-ecological-crisis Frei Otto feared society was ignoring the ecological crisis Nicholas Korody 2015-05-20T20:36:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:26:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a8/a89bc90a0b25e2d384cb2397bf62eeef?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The daughter of the man who was awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in architecture said her late father was increasingly concerned society was not adequately confronting the looming ecological challenges. Frei Otto, a German, was named as the winner of the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize earlier this year, just days before his death... The award was received by...the architect&rsquo;s daughter who...said he had been worried that the concerns he tried to voice were not heard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/126205945/deadly-7-9-magnitude-earthquake-in-nepal-destroys-architectural-landmarks Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks Paul Petrunia 2015-04-26T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-26T17:09:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c6/c67343eaa98587586ca13e7de13de098?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The powerful temblor measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on Saturday practically levelled the nation's tangible cultural history, robbing it of its architectural jewels, including the landmark Dharhara Tower, in an eerie reminder of the 1934 quake that claimed over 10,000 lives. The 19th century nine-storey minaret, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which once offered a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley, turned into graveyards for over 200 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NepalEarthquake&amp;src=tyah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#NepalEarthquake</a> on Twitter for up-to-the minute updates</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/121508911/the-troubles-of-evacuating-one-of-the-world-s-tallest-residential-buildings-during-a-fire The troubles of evacuating one of the world's tallest residential buildings during a fire Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T19:21:33-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2a1319cb2883182bb6881b940eeda3b4?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Residents affected by the fire that broke out in The Torch tower in Dubai Marina at the weekend have been moved to a nearby hotel while the extent of the damage is assessed. [...] More than 1,000 people fled after a fire broke out at around 2am on Saturday in one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. [...] The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/120674751/relocation-or-adaptation-earth-home-project-brings-relief-to-pakistanis-reeling-from-floods Relocation or Adaptation: Earth Home Project Brings Relief to Pakistanis Reeling from Floods Nicholas Korody 2015-02-14T11:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T11:58:44-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wz4o4l51zjpjbuhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wz4o4l51zjpjbuhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wz4o4l51zjpjbuhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wz4o4l51zjpjbuhi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flooded</a> nearly 20% of Pakistan, producing a crisis later <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010/08/201081552627441712.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">described</a> by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the worst disaster he had ever seen. The floods affected around 20 million people and claimed the lives of nearly 2,000. Ravaging infrastructure and agriculture, the total economic impact has been estimated to be as much as $43 billion. Pakistan is still far from recovering, in no small part because of a calamitous lack of relief funds and international aid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7h/7ht7k4g5tuyyzai7.jpg"></p><p>In total, the floods left six million people homeless. Already in a precarious state afters decades of conflict and terrorist attacks, Pakistan&rsquo;s infrastructure crumbled beneath the torrents of water. Then, in the fall of 2014, the strongest post-monsoon ever recorded in the country <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_India%E2%80%93Pakistan_floods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">produced</a> another round of disastrous floods in the Kashmir region of Pakistan and neighboring India. Affecting a total of more than 1.1 million people, the floods devastated an already-desperate population.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8n/8njmp9km74tfcyju.jpg"></p><p>And, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">li...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/115125852/d-c-exhibit-explores-disaster-oriented-design D.C. Exhibit Explores Disaster-oriented Design Nicholas Korody 2014-12-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T21:32:59-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/930ce7f61eeae47bc640305b872b8651?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/930ce7f61eeae47bc640305b872b8651?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/930ce7f61eeae47bc640305b872b8651?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/93/930ce7f61eeae47bc640305b872b8651?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires&thinsp;&mdash;&thinsp;no part of the United States is immune to natural disasters. While no one can prevent these hazards, people can prepare for them. &ldquo;Designing for Disaster&rdquo; at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases how scientists, engineers and government officials work together to guard the country&rsquo;s infrastructure against Mother Nature&rsquo;s fury.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For Archinect coverage of related design work, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a title="Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Architectures of the Disaster" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85222483/student-works-resilient-public-housing-from-parsons" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Resilient Public Housing from Parsons</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's &quot;TELOS&quot; documentary " href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100286211/cutting-room-talking-architectural-dissent-and-climate-proof-buildings-with-eugene-tssui-subject-of-kyung-lee-s-telos-documentary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting Room: Talking architectural dissent and climate-proof buildings with Eugene Tssui, subject of Kyung Lee's "TELOS" documentary</a></p></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/106329191/resilience-on-the-fly-christchurch-s-scirt-offers-a-model-for-rebuilding-after-a-disaster Resilience on the fly: Christchurch’s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:32:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/175828a52358e2b924d383402befa50d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/175828a52358e2b924d383402befa50d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/175828a52358e2b924d383402befa50d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/17/175828a52358e2b924d383402befa50d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>That calamity hit Christchurch, New Zealand, in a series of earthquakes that devastated the city in 2010 and 2011. Most people here don&rsquo;t see the extent of repair work going on underground. [...]Yet the organization created to manage Christchurch&rsquo;s infrastructure rebuild has a vital role, and it&rsquo;s become something of a global model for how to put the guts of a city back together again quickly and efficiently after a disaster.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/105555911/gas-pipelines-explode-in-taiwan-city-killing-24 Gas Pipelines Explode in Taiwan City Killing 24 Nicholas Korody 2014-08-01T14:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T14:27:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/w9/w9dxv38lxssjkocl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/w9/w9dxv38lxssjkocl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/w9/w9dxv38lxssjkocl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/w9/w9dxv38lxssjkocl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Multiple gas pipeline explosions have killed 24 people and injured 257 others in Taiwan's second city, emergency officials said. Witnesses said Thursday's blast in Kaohsiung sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, and entire blocks, packed with shops and apartment buildings, were set ablaze [...] The director of the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Centre, said the leaking gas had been identified as propene, meaning that the resulting fires could not be extinguished by water.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/103718360/typhoon-threatens-japan-s-already-vulnerable-infrastructure Typhoon Threatens Japan's Already Vulnerable Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-07-08T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:29:51-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/p0/p0tqjo5ww41xn3bw.gif" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As Okinawa and Kyushu prepare to take the brunt of what was until Monday categorized as a &ldquo;super typhoon,&rdquo; local infrastructure will be pushed to its limits, especially in Kyushu, where the area is saturated from heavy rains last week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Typhoon Neoguri is the strongest typhoon of the 2014 season, thus far. As it barrels through the Ryukyu island chain and towards mainland Japan, the storm is already taking its toll. Reports claim <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-neoguri-japan-okinawa-pacific-20140708" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25 people have been injured, thousands are without electricity, and 540,000 have been ordered to evacuate to temporary shelters.</a></p><p>Japan is particularly vulnerable as it struggles to recover from the tsunami that led to the catastrophic&nbsp;Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011. While new national policies have temporarily shut down other nuclear facilities, apparently <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/super-typhoon-threatens-three-japans-nuclear-power-plants-1620626" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three are currently at risk from Typhoon Neoguri.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>Scientists believe that <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/07/08/climate-change-global-warming-hurricanes/2498611/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hurricanes and typhoons will continue to increase in severity as global warming raises ocean temperatures</a>. Maintaining aging infrastructure systems will become increasingly difficult in the next few decades, particularly for countries with extensive coastlines. And without them, providing adequate shelter and resources to temporary climate refuge...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/89218959/robotics-challenge-creating-the-disaster-response-of-the-future Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-19T14:39:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T14:45:02-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant marked the beginning of the "Robotics Challenge." Developers were rankled by how helpless robots were as they wandered through the radioactively contaminated reactor building. As they swerved around aimlessly in the steam, cables broke and the operators lost contact with the robots. [...] They compiled a list of eight tasks that robots would have to master in the future to be capable of performing well in disaster response.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/88985159/a-tale-of-two-cities-america-s-bipolar-climate-future A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-16T14:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:41:23-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b7/b7nxufsoeghsk3pu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b7/b7nxufsoeghsk3pu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b7/b7nxufsoeghsk3pu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b7/b7nxufsoeghsk3pu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory climate change planning.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/88751823/results-for-post-quake-visions-revealed Results for “Post-Quake Visions” revealed Justine Testado 2013-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:24:33-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bo/bou2pei5a8rx7u74.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bo/bou2pei5a8rx7u74.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bo/bou2pei5a8rx7u74.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bo/bou2pei5a8rx7u74.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Young Architects Competitions recently announced the winning projects for Post-Quake Visions. The international ideas competition aimed to encourage research and new ideas for the reconstruction of the Italian City of Crevalcore, which was struck by a May 2012 earthquake that destroyed hundreds of ancient buildings. Out of 356 teams from over 54 countries, the jury selected 3 prize winners, 4 "gold" honorable mentions, and 8 honorable mentions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> These are the top three winners:</p> <p> <strong>1st Prize winner: </strong>271219VC<br> Team: Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8b62g7jgnp0xdf8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>2nd Prize winner: </strong>playhouse<br> Team: Luca Nicoletto, Emanuele Paladin, Marco Paronuzzi</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgveacmw32dujqdy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>3rd Prize winner:</strong> Neves Lopes Architects<br> Team: Fabio Ferreira Neves, Paulo Lopes</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sa7qayy8xj0wpxmu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> To see more projects, click <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_for_post-quake_visions_revealed/" target="_blank">here</a> to read the Bustler article.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/87532473/three-killed-after-partial-stadium-collapse-at-2014-world-cup-venue Three killed after partial stadium collapse at 2014 World Cup venue Archinect 2013-11-27T14:51:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T14:56:07-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ij/ijtyf7cf9exuq0ls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ij/ijtyf7cf9exuq0ls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ij/ijtyf7cf9exuq0ls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ij/ijtyf7cf9exuq0ls.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Brazil's World Cup preparations suffered a deadly setback on Wednesday when a roof collapsed killing at least two building workers at the S&atilde;o Paulo stadium that is due to host the opening match. Coming a week before the draw for next year's tournament, the fatalities revive concerns about unsafe infrastructure and the slow pace of construction, which have dogged the hosts for more than a year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/86305923/support-architecture-for-humanity-s-work-after-super-typhoon-haiyan Support Architecture for Humanity's work after Super Typhoon Haiyan Archinect 2013-11-11T16:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:55:44-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fc3cc8ff8d88b2c5137e1920fe693d8e?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fc3cc8ff8d88b2c5137e1920fe693d8e?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fc3cc8ff8d88b2c5137e1920fe693d8e?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fc/fc3cc8ff8d88b2c5137e1920fe693d8e?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With Architecture for Humanity's experience helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster, we are currently mobilizing to assist in long-term reconstruction. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, we are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="https://architectureforhumanity.org/donate/form?program=Disaster%20Reconstruction%20and%20Resiliency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donate now</a> and help support Architecture for Humanity's response in the typhoon-affected region. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Typhoonhaiyan&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#Typhoonhaiyan</a></p>