Archinect - News 2018-03-18T20:51:16-04:00 The master plan for Australia's Shipwreck Coast begins with McGregor Coxall Hope Daley 2018-03-05T19:19:00-05:00 >2018-03-06T12:21:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>McGregor Coxall will participate in developing phase one of the master plan for the Shipwreck Coast site in Victoria, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia</a>. Drawing millions of visitors per year, Shipwreck Coast is home to monumental limestone formations where approximately 638 shipwrecks are believed to have occurred.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>12 Apostles lookout rendering by McGregor Coxall. </figcaption></figure><p>The&nbsp;$9.8m project aims to protect the region's natural landscape while providing an enhanced visitor experience.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shipwreck Coast master plan map.</figcaption></figure><p>The master plan will extend approximately 17 miles along the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">coastline</a>&nbsp;following the Great Ocean Road including the&nbsp;Port Campbell National Park and Bay of Islands Coastal Park.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Shipwreck Coast master plan by McGregor Coxall. Image: McGregor Coxall.</figcaption></figure><figure><p>Lookout facilities will be built at the iconic 12 Apostles and Loch Ard precincts locations in addition to a pedestrian bridge over Port Campbell Creek. Working with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">natural environment</a>, each site is considered for its unique characteristics.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p></figure><figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Shipwreck C...</figcaption></figure></figure> Conceptual proposal by Humphreys & Partners envisions futuristic mixed-use NYC project with micro units and drone landings devingannon 2018-02-21T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T13:43:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Although Mayor Bill de Blasio&nbsp;announced last year new mandates to force building owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a way to&nbsp;fight <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a>, a Dallas-based architecture firm has taken the idea of&nbsp;sustainable&nbsp;design to the next level.&nbsp;During last month&rsquo;s International Builder&rsquo;s Show, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humphreys &amp; Partners</a> presented a conceptual&nbsp;plan for a mixed-use project on Manhattan&rsquo;s waterfront. In&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 2: Apartment of the Future</a>,&nbsp;</em>the architects tackled major issues prevalent in many cities, like affordability and energy efficiency (h/t&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a>). The&nbsp;futuristic&nbsp;proposal&nbsp;includes two towers with modular and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">micro-units</a>,&nbsp;which would boast futuristic amenities like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artificial intelligence</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drones</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home automation</a> and more.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The proposal cites Elon Musk&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>&nbsp;proposal as a look into the future of transportation. The firm incorporates the concept of autonomous&nbsp;transportation by including automated parking systems, areas to land drones and energy-generating walkways. On the ground...</p> Snøhetta unveils “Svart”, the Arctic Circle's first energy-positive hotel Justine Testado 2018-02-12T20:33:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T13:14:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">underwater restaurant</a> to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">black crystalline U.F.O</a>&nbsp;to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Building update</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>&nbsp;is coming out with plenty of debatable designs as of late. Most recently, they revealed their concept for &ldquo;Svart&rdquo;, described as the Arctic Circle's first Powerhouse-standard, energy-positive hotel. Designed for the tourism company, the Arctic Adventure of Norway,&nbsp;the hotel's name refers to its proposed location at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in Mel&oslash;y of northern Norway. Svart is also a tribute to the glacier's deep blue ice.</p> <p>Located in the arctic environment where natural preservation is key, the circular hotel reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85 percent and produces its own energy. Inspired by local vernacular architecture, Svart's design is based on the &ldquo;fiskehjell&rdquo; (an A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the &ldquo;rorbue&rdquo; (a traditional seasonal house used by fisherman).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; Sn&oslash;hetta/Plompmozes.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; Sn&oslash;hetta/Plompmozes.</figcaption></figure><p>In reference to t...</p> Win “Mass Timber: Design and Research" by Susan Jones! Justine Testado 2018-02-06T12:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-21T13:33:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>&ldquo;Mass Timber Design and Research&rdquo; by architect Susan Jones, the owner of Seattle-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">atelierjones</a>, is a handy resource for learning about the emergence of Mass Timber construction technology in the U.S. Thanks to publisher <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ORO Editions</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers!</p> <p>The book presents years of research by Jones' firm, her family, and her University of Washington students. As a prominent voice in the Mass Timber dialogue in the U.S., Jones' book starts with the story of her family's sustainable forest practices that have been going on for three generations.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tree tenderers. Photo courtesy of ORO Editions.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Vaagen Brothers Lumber. Photo courtesy of ORO Editions.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of ORO Editions. </figcaption></figure><p>The book delves into Pacific Northwest forestry, timber and Cross-Laminated Timber manufacturing practices and carbon analysis, and carbon comparisons between standard building construction assemblies and technologies.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>It concludes with model buildings designed ...</p> The case for a semi-permeable architecture Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T20:18:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T20:19:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Our current built environment squanders too much fresh water and other vital resources, and tips too many poisonous substances into our surroundings. To develop a more sustainable relationship with the natural world, we need to allow chemical exchanges that take place within our living spaces, and between the inside and the outside. We need to embrace permeability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Professor of experimental architecture, Rachel Armstrong, endorses a renewed symbiotic relationship between the built and the natural worlds and explains the benefits of permeability with the help of recent technological developments in the field of biodesign, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mycotecture</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">algaetecture</a>, bioplastics, and a variety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bioreactors</a>.</p> Signum Architecture designs sustainably minded Napa Valley winery and office Justine Testado 2018-01-22T20:03:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Built atop the rolling hills of eastern Napa Valley in California, the Odette Estate Winery was designed with sustainable farming and wine production in mind. Designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Signum Architecture</a> was awarded as an Industrial Building category winner for the project in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 American Architecture Prize competition</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><p>With Signum Architecture partner Juancarlos Fernandez as design lead, the Odette facility features a green roof that appears to have emerged from the earth. At the front, sliding perforated aluminum screens veil the winery's covered crush pad and open-air workspace. The screens emit a back-lit glow in the evening, while the perforations allow for ventilation.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Adrian Gregorutti.</figcaption></figure><p>According to the architects, the sweeping graceful curves on the side of the building were inspired by a&nbsp;swan&rsquo;s wing, a reference to the famous Tchaikovsky ballet character Odette. Behind the screens are three repurposed shi...</p> ​Stanton Williams design a new extension for Cambridge's business school​ Hope Daley 2018-01-17T16:10:00-05:00 >2018-01-17T16:10:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanton Williams</a>&nbsp;completed a new design extension for the Cambridge Judge Business School at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Cambridge</a>. The &pound;21.5 million <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion</a> utilized the existing site's potential in creating The Simon Sainsbury Centre. The Centre will serve as a versatile hub in providing flexible education spaces for the school&rsquo;s Executive Education program.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Centre is&nbsp;conceived as an extension of the original hospital replacing two former nurses' hostels. Stanton Williams' design draws&nbsp;inspiration from the hospital's historic masonry&nbsp;facade while also complimenting the adjoining 1995 John Outram-redesigned building. This approach unifies the campus's architectural identity beyond a single period style.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Cambridge's new extension is also on track to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainability</a>. The design utilizes an innovative strategy of distributed ventilation with the incorporation of 60 small heat recovery units within the building envelope to create a &lsquo;breathing facade&rsquo;....</p> Biophilia: 10 examples of nature and architecture blending harmoniously Archinect 2018-01-12T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-01-15T13:41:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morris Arboretum, Out on a Limb</a> in Philadelphia, PA by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metcalfe Architecture &amp; Design</a> (Principal: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alan Metcalfe</a>); Photo: Paul Warchol Photography<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffee for Sasquatch</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Within the Reflection</a> in Taipei, Taiwan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">B P Architects</a>; Photo: Hung-Yu Lin<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Little House</a> in Hood Canal, WA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mw|works Architecture + Design</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Museum Phase 2</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dow Jones Architects</a>; Photo: David Grandorge, Anthony Coleman<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The MAOHAUS</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AntiStatics Architecture Design</a>; Photo: Xia Zhi, AntiStatics<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC)</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Fri...</a></p> Social housing goes green with another urban forest designed by Stefano Boeri Hope Daley 2018-01-11T14:15:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A social housing project&nbsp;in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netherlands</a> plans to adopt a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Forest</a> designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Boeri Architetti</a>. Now Eindhoven will join the list of Vertical Forest cities Milan,&nbsp;Nanjing, Utrecht, Tirana, Lausanne, and Paris.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The client,&nbsp;Sint-Trudo, has instigated the first Vertical Forest project to be used by&nbsp;low-income social groups&mdash;tackling climate change and housing shortages in one project. The building will have 125 social housing units within 19 floors of apartments, which will be rented out at affordable rates and include balconies with hundreds of trees and plants.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Promoting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable architecture</a> worldwide, the firm is committed to improving city environments for both the climate and its inhabitants.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure> New book highlights traditional lessons for modern architects to maximize sustainability Hope Daley 2018-01-09T18:14:00-05:00 >2018-01-09T18:14:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Long before foam insulation and concrete tower blocks, humans were finding ingenious ways to address their needs through architecture. Using local materials and inherited construction techniques, societies have ensured that buildings provide protection and comfort. In Tonga, traditional curved roofs offered aerodynamic protection against storms and cyclones. In the Uros islands of Lake Titicaca in the Andes, reeds were used in houses due to the insulating properties of their hollow stems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A key issue in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainability</a>&nbsp;lies with imported building materials, leading architects to look for more ways to use local resources. As attention is turned towards existing materials, traditional design solutions must also be taken into account as each culture has its own history of building in a particular climate and region.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Earthen hut with thatched roof in Toteil, near Kassala, Sudan. Image: Petr Adam Dohn&aacute;lek.</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p>In a recently released book&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet</a>,&nbsp;</em>edited by&nbsp;Sandra Piesik, these unique cultural design solutions are highlighted as lessons for current architects. As the construction industry's resource-heavy techniques eat up energy and produce greenhouse gas emissions, the question at the center of these issues is "what is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern</a>"? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Traditional architecture</a> is not necessarily in opposition to progress.&nbsp;Moving forward, many architects are now embracing a combination of local practices with the latest technology, aesthetics and engineer...</p></figure> What goes down, must come up? Anthony Morey 2017-12-19T12:10:00-05:00 >2017-12-19T12:35:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Dan Becker, president of the Safe Climate Campaign, told E&amp;E News that "a sewer problem at HQ headquarters has resulted in poop exploding out of water fountains."</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a somewhat unusual, and fitting turn of events, the EPA's offices are beginning to speak up and not necessarily in the most conventional way. The building itself has found its mode of most eloquent communication by using sewer plumbing inadequacies to flood the Washington offices with black, excrement-filled water that is emanating from water fountains throughout the building.&nbsp;</p> <p>Considering the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPA's persistent urge</a> to do away with Obama-era protections aimed at providing drinkable water to Americans, it seems only fitting for the EPA to find themselves in its current predicament. As they say, you have made your bed, now lie in it.&nbsp;</p> Canada upscales passive house technology with the tallest building worldwide Hope Daley 2017-12-12T11:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In January, tenants will move into a six-storey Vancouver apartment building designed to be so energy efficient, you could&nbsp;heat each bedroom with a 100-watt light bulb. [...] Others are under construction&nbsp;and many more are at the rezoning stage, including a residence that will house 750 students at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus and two 40-plus highrise towers in Vancouver that aim be the tallest passive house buildings in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Until now most <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passive houses</a> have been single-family homes, but Canada is changing that. With several projects underway, architects are tackling the issues of scaling up this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> technology for larger buildings. Without using furnaces and air conditioners, these green buildings are constructed to use up to 90% less energy than a conventional building and produce fewer greenhouse emissions.&nbsp;</p> <p>One example is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Toronto</a> Scarborough Campus residence, which will choose a final passive house design this January 2018 and begin construction in February. Students are scheduled to move in the fall of 2020.&nbsp;</p> The quest for low-carbon cement is beginning to look a little brighter Alexander Walter 2017-12-08T18:39:00-05:00 >2017-12-08T18:41:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Since 2008, Solidia Technologies [...] has been quietly developing a new cement-making process that produces up to 70% fewer CO2 emissions at a cost that DeCristofaro claims is on par with or better than conventional cement. Solidia, which was formed in a bid to commercialize ideas developed at Rutgers University in New Jersey, is not the first company to attempt to make environmentally friendly cement. But industry experts say it&rsquo;s the most promising yet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Of course, the startup now needs to show that this lower-emission cement can be made into concrete that&rsquo;s at least as good as others, and can be scaled up in a way that&rsquo;s affordable," <em>Quartz</em> explains. "That&rsquo;s what Solidia is working on right now."</p> The Archisutra is an architect's manual to sex positions Hope Daley 2017-12-05T17:59:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London-based architect Miguel Bolivar&nbsp;recently released his side project <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archisutra</a></em>, an architecture and design take on the Kama Sutra. This manual gives you all the data with&nbsp;annotated scale drawings and informative descriptions including categorizations of 'Typical Location' and 'Sustainability'. Each position is inspired by an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iconic building</a> and often incorporates the use of designer furniture.&nbsp;</p> <p><em></em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Truss Me, in 'Archisutra' by Miguel Bolivar. Photo: The Archisutra/Facebook. </figcaption></figure><p><em></em><em>Archisustra</em>'s precise drawings were inspired by&nbsp;da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>'s&nbsp;standard model of the human form, The Modulor. Bolivar explains the project arose from questioning how sex should be considered in design, and furthering the idea that architecture should be centered around human life.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Pompidou, 'Archisutra' by Miguel Bolivar. Photo: The Archisutra/Facebook.</figcaption></figure> Framework Awarded $6M from City of Portland “Fast Starts” Program to Support Affordable Housing Anthony Morey 2017-11-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-12T01:47:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"By investing in Framework, our city will now be home to the first skyscraper made from wood in the United States. This project not only reflects Oregon&rsquo;s leadership in the newly emerging wood products industry of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), it also demonstrates our city&rsquo;s commitment to finding innovative ways to quickly deliver affordable units during our housing crisis,&rdquo; said Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEVER Architecture</a>'s project, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Framework</a>, has been awarded 6M from the city of Portland as a recipient of the City's "Fast Starts" Affordable Housing Program. The program aims at providing financial and city level assistance in the development and deployment of affordable housing projects that aim to deliver on both the means and methods of relieving the city's housing crisis.&nbsp;</p> French architects are increasingly ditching concrete and embracing timber Alexander Walter 2017-10-31T14:26:00-04:00 >2017-10-31T14:28:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Spurred by concerns over climate change and the negative impacts of concrete manufacturing, architects and developers in France are increasingly turning to wood for their office towers and apartment complexes. Concrete was praised through much of the 20th century for its flexibility, functionality, and relative affordability. [...] Today, however, wood is lauded for its smaller environmental footprint and the speed with which buildings can be assembled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arup proposes using food waste as building materials Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-17T15:08:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The company argues that organic waste would ameliorate rising levels of waste and shortfalls of raw material, as well as providing industry with cheap, low carbon materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Beyond being delicious, peanuts, rice, bananas, potatoes and mushrooms have something else in common&mdash;they are all being proposed by Arup group as potential building materials in their new report titled "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Urban Bio-Loop</a>."&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>THE BIOLOOP Nature becomes an endless source of feedstock for the built environment</figcaption></figure><p>According to the authors, the report aims "at demonstrating that a different paradigm for materials in construction is possible." This could be done by diverting, in part, organic waste that is traditionally managed through land&#64257;ll, incineration and composting to become a resource for the creation of construction engineering and architecture products.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CURRENT MODEL Biological loop considering traditional disposal options</figcaption></figure><p>Some of the organic materials proposed are: <em>peanut shells</em>, which can be used to produce low-cost partition boards that are resistant to moisture and fire; <em>rice</em>, whose husks can be turned to ash and mixed with cement to reduce need for fillers; <em>bananas</em>, whose fruit...</p> Foster + Partners' new Bloomberg European HQ achieves 98.5 percent BREEAM score Justine Testado 2017-10-04T19:04:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, Bloomberg L.P.'s new European headquarters in London has been dubbed as the &ldquo;world's most sustainable office building&rdquo;, the architecture firm announced. Housing Bloomberg's 4,000 London employees, the office building was rated as &ldquo;Outstanding&rdquo; in the BREEAM sustainability assessment method with a whopping 98.5 percent &mdash; the highest design-stage score achieved by a major office development.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cannon Street Entrance. Photo courtesy of Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>Occupying a 3.2-acre site, the nine-story building is designed to use waste products and is equipped with unique, adaptive solutions that respond to the building's external environment and its occupancy patterns throughout any given day. Compared to the average office building, the Bloomberg HQ delivers a 73 percent savings in water consumption, and has 35 percent savings in energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The &lsquo;living wall&rsquo; in the Bloomberg &ldquo;pantry&rdquo;, a sp...</figcaption></figure> The Ugly Pet: On Sustainability and Architectural Form Places Journal 2017-09-21T17:53:00-04:00 >2017-09-21T17:53:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m particularly interested in how sustainable buildings might affect the experience of landscape differently &mdash; actually better, differently &mdash; because, as a human being, I&rsquo;m hoping for more sustainable architecture, and, as an academic (and as an architect), I&rsquo;m thinking the consequences should be revolutionary to architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unlike earlier technological revolutions &mdash; the development of the steel frame, or the invention of concrete &mdash; sustainability in architecture has not yet had any significant, self-identifying&nbsp;<em>formal</em>&nbsp;consequences. Instead, the experience of sustainable space has to be hyper-mediated.&nbsp;</p> <p>In his latest article, Places columnist David Heymann vents his frustrations about environmentally-sensitive design and examines how architects including Kieran Timberlake and Glenn Murcutt are feeling the way forward for the field.&nbsp;</p> William McDonough + Partners unveil their first Latin American Cradle to Cradle-designed building in Bogota Justine Testado 2017-09-07T17:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T17:39:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The architecture firm of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William McDonough</a>, who co-developed the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle</a> design philosophy, unveiled the scheme for a new 20,000 square-meter academic building at the Universidad EAN in Bogota. The project marks the firm's first signature building in Latin America. They also hope the new building will be a catalyst for integrating more Cradle to Cradle Certified products in Colombia's building industry.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>&copy; 2015 William McDonough + Partners</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>&copy; 2015 William McDonough + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>The building's main feature will be a colorful, perforated sun shade, which will be constructed using McDonough's&nbsp;WonderFrame&trade; technology. The panels will block glare while provide views, and energy, water, and resource use will be optimized. For natural ventilation, solar chimneys will draw air through the building and exhaust it at the roof.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>&copy; 2015 William McDonough + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring 10 floors above ground, the scheme comprises science labs, classrooms, administrative offices, seminar rooms, as well a...</p> How solar battery storage will affect microgrids and off-grid living Alexander Walter 2017-08-14T17:32:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In March, Tesla cut the ribbon on this groundbreaking grid-scale battery installation, a key test of the viability of energy storage in making renewable energy a more reliable part of the grid. With 50,000 solar panels and 272 batteries, the combined solar-and-storage plant provides enough energy to power 4,500 homes for four hours. If Tesla can help keep Kauai solar-powered around the clock with its batteries, then it can apply what it has learned elsewhere in the country, and around the world</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her Longreads/Grist piece, author Amelia Urry explains the changing nature of solar power challenges that off-grid dwellers as well as smaller, geographically isolated microgrids face now that battery storage on an industrial scale is becoming more lucrative.&nbsp;</p><p>The article tells the story of a young couple struggling to live off the grid on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, when at the same time, the local utility cooperative switches on its brand-new bank of Tesla batteries to store the abundant solar power it generates during daytime but couldn't offer during peak times in the early morning and late evening hours: "It&rsquo;s not about getting off the grid. It&rsquo;s about building a better one."</p> 2017 Antepavilion playfully subverts planning legislation and explores alternative city-dwellings Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-14T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Antepavilion program, a joint venture between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Architecture Foundation</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Arthouse Foundation</a>, launched an international competition to design a &pound;25,000 pop-up rooftop at Columbia and Brunswick Wharf in Hackney, north-east <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. The goal was to invite architects, artists and designer to explore innovative ways of living within the city while engaging with issues of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainability</a>. After shortlisting five designs, PUP Architects&mdash;a London-based studio&mdash;was selected for their duct-shaped pavilion.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photo Credit: Jim Stephenson</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Jim Stephenson</figcaption></figure><p>Called the H-VAC, the structure is built of a timber frame, cladded in shingles made from peach iced-tea Tetra Pak cartons. The design playfully subverts planning legislation by disguising the dwelling as air conditioning equipment. Their design exploits loopholes for mechanical rooftop equipment that does not require planning permission due to relaxed permitted developments rights. The firm stated that "while permitted dev...</p> Tesla's 'Tiny House' goes on roadshow to promote its solar tech Alexander Walter 2017-08-14T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T14:22:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Tesla revealed today that it created what it calls the &lsquo;Tesla Tiny House&rsquo; to feature its energy products, like solar panels and Powerwall. The company is bringing the house on tour using a Model X &ldquo;to educate the public on how to generate, store and use renewable energy for their home.&rdquo; The tiny house contains a Tesla mobile design studio and configurator to help home owners configure a solar plus energy storage system for their home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Needless to add that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Tiny House</a> itself gains all its electricity via a solar installation on the tiny roof.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>The exhibition tour is limited to four major Australian cities for now, but the economic gain could be far from tiny &mdash;&nbsp;as the world's leader in capita penetration of rooftop solar installations (15% of households / 1.5 million households), Australia is a highly lucrative market for Tesla even though it hasn't started selling solar panels there.<br></p> IKEA starts selling home battery storage with its solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-08-03T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T14:19:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ikea is now offering solar panels and home batteries to its customers in the UK. The Scandinavian furniture chain is partnering with solar firm Solarcentury for the venture, with prices for solar battery storage starting at &pound;3,000 (about $3,970 USD). The home batteries are designed to work with existing solar panels, or as part of a new combined home solar panel / battery storage system that Ikea is selling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Swedish furniture retail giant first starting solar panels in the UK <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2013</a> to grow on a (then) heavily subsidized green energy market but ceased sales in 2015 when the British government announced its plans of cutting solar subsidies by up to 90%. Just a few months later, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> returned with a new lineup of home solar panels, this time partnering up with the firm SolarCentury.</p> <p>"An average solar home in the UK will typically consume around 40% of all the solar electricity generated, or even less if they are regularly out during the day," IKEA explains in a new statement. "The remaining 60% of unused solar electricity is sent back to the National Grid, at a loss compared to its value. This means that homeowners currently lose out on making further cost savings. By adding Solar Battery Storage, unused solar electricity can be stored and used at a later time, meaning the amount of solar electricity an average home can use doubles to 80%."</p> <p>With the launch of its&nbsp;Solar Battery S...</p> A sketchbook you can draw on by hand, upload to the cloud, then erase in your microwave Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T13:10:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T13:13:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For designers who love to draw by hand on real paper but want to store those sketches in the cloud, there is now a kind of a refined, tech-savvy etch-o-sketch in the form of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook</a> from self-described "notebook innovators"&nbsp;Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein.&nbsp;</p> <p>Using a special pen known as a Pilot FriXon, one can write or draw in the notebook by hand, and then choose a symbol at the bottom of the page that is linked to a particular app in the cloud. The information on the physical sheet is uploaded to the cloud by taking a picture of it with one's phone, but the ink in which it is written turns invisible once it is microwaved, making it unneccessary to own more than one notebook (presuming, of course, that access to the information on the cloud remains unobstructed).&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Mr. Lemay and Mr. Epstein were motivated to attempt to reinvent the notebook partly because they were tired of the stagnancy in the spiral-bound market. The product, which officially dropped on June ...</p> How glass buildings are making fighting climate change harder Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:53:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Permissive building codes, industry inertia, and market demands &mdash; like clients clamoring for floor-to-ceiling views &mdash; have widened the discrepancy between the kind of buildings cities say they want and what they actually allow. So while the industry inches towards better environmental performance, buildings in Boston and other cities still fall short of the sustainability goals that everyone claims to embrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Courtney Humphries of Boston Globe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">argues</a> that the current trend for extensive use of glass in buildings contradicts today's strive for sustainability and "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green building</a>." When New York started tracking energy use by skyscrapers, the gleaming 7 World Trade Center &mdash; one of that city&rsquo;s more efficient glass towers &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scored worse than the 1930s-era Empire State Building</a>."</p> <p>Taking a lot of energy to heat and cool, glass buildings do not fit well with most climates. "Unlike opaque walls, glass allows heat to pass in and out easily. A 2014 report from the Urban Green Council in New York found that glass buildings have insulation values equivalent to medieval half-timber houses." As the author adds, "Transparent walls also limit privacy, and sunlight can create glare. Reflections on glass buildings can also be a problem; one London skyscraper infamously melted cars parked outside. The Urban Green Council has found that occupants of glass buildings often cover their views with shades and cur...</p> Google's Dandelion startup wants to make geothermal energy more affordable for homeowners Alexander Walter 2017-07-10T14:49:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. [...] Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had been working for several years "to make it easier and more affordable to heat and cool homes with the clean, free, abundant, and renewable energy source right under our feet," and that the efforts culminated with the creation of an independent company outside of Alphabet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In the U.S., buildings account for 39% of all carbon emissions, mostly from the combustion of fossil fuels for heating and cooling," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dandelion</a> CEO Kathy Hannun explains on the company's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blog</a>. "In the Northeast, heating and cooling is particularly carbon-intensive due to the relatively high use of fuel oil or propane as a heating fuel.&nbsp;This also leads to unpredictable costs for homeowners; if fuel prices rise during a particularly long and cold winter, their wallets take a hit."</p> <p>Hannun describes how designing a better drill was the key to reducing cost, time, hassle, and environmental impact of the drilling process: "After months of testing, we hit upon a design for a fast, slender drill that hit our objectives. It could drill just one or two deep holes just a few inches wide, and compared to typical installation rigs, it produced less waste and took up much less space as it operated. It left a typical suburban backyard relatively undisturbed, so we could minimize landscaping costs ...</p> Kengo Kuma designs an "eco-luxury hotel" for Paris-Rive Gauche Nicholas Korody 2017-06-30T12:50:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma &amp; Associates</a> have been commissioned to design an "eco-luxury hotel" building perched above the railways of the Paris-Rive Gauche district. Part of a larger development, the building is meant to serve as a landmark for the neighborhood.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Luxigon / Mir&nbsp;</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;In the context of repetitive volumes along the avenue, our design strategy was to create a sculptural shape as formed by natural erosion that will let the sky come down to the street. The work on the volume is defined by the modularity of the wooden structure,&rdquo; write the architects. &ldquo;As particles, dispersed facade panels together with the volumetric decomposition come to blur the shape of the building. The warm materiality of the wood is combined with the soften reflection and aerial touch of the metal panels. The building will come alive with the light.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Luxigon / Mir </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Luxigon / Mir</figcaption></figure><p>In total, the building has a floor area of 12,700 square meters. It will include a sport facility, business center, youth ...</p> First mass timber high-rise building to be permitted in the US is coming to Portland Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-08T18:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T18:33:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEVER Architecture</a>, Framework Building aims at promoting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> building practices and economic opportunity&nbsp;for a sustainable urban-rural ecology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To receive the permit the 12-story building has completed a series of fire, acoustic and structural tests which have proven that mass <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timber</a> construction performs to fire and life safety requirements, in some cases even exceeding the current standards.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The mixed-use project combines retail and public exhibition on the ground level, with five levels of office and 60-units of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a>. Framework&rsquo;s commercial tenants will be B corporations&mdash;businesses certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The housing component of the project accommodates residents earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Framework is part of a mutually beneficial cycle between natural resources, the rural timber industries that rely on these resources, and the citi...</p> Artists and researchers of “Seeds of Time” exhibition join forces to rethink approaches to sustainability Justine Testado 2017-06-07T17:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T17:28:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Organized into the three &ldquo;zones&rdquo; of Field, Sequence, and Rooms, the exhibition will bring together the minds of artists and designers like Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Yoko Ono, and Olafur Eliasson and researchers such as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, who will propose solutions and approaches to the ever-pressing issues of environmental and social sustainability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Chapter 2 of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai Project</a>, the &ldquo;Seeds of Time&rdquo; is a cross-disciplinary exhibition designed by Hong Kong- and Madrid-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COLLECTIVE</a> studio and curated by Dr. Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The exhibition is at&nbsp;the Shanghai Himalayas Museum&nbsp;until July 30.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo: Katja Lam / COLLECTIVE.</em></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>&ldquo;We're All Water&rdquo; by Yoko Ono. Photo: Katja Lam / COLLECTIVE.</em></p><p>Read more about it <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p>