Archinect - News 2018-09-22T01:29:45-04:00 Starbucks commits to move towards more sustainable stores by 2025 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-19T14:09:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T00:01:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starbucks</a> has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that the company plans to create 10,000 eco-friendly stores globally by 2025. The news follows other sustainability focused initiatives taken on by the coffee giant such as eliminating single-use plastic straws by 2020 and its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">partnership with McDonald's</a> to create a compostable coffee cup.</p> <p>&ldquo;Simply put, sustainable coffee, served sustainably is our aspiration,&rdquo; said the company's CEO Kevin Johnson. "We know that designing and building green stores is not only responsible, it is cost effective as well. The energy and passion of our green apron partners has inspired us to find ways to operate a greener store that will generate even greater cost savings while reducing impact.&rdquo;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>To do so, Starbucks has developed a six-part framework, coined The Greener Stores Framework, based on the LEED certification program and other sustainable operations. The framework offers a comprehensive model, laying out six key standards ranging from waste management tactics to design upg...</p> What You Don’t See Places Journal 2018-09-18T19:06:00-04:00 >2018-09-18T19:06:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Follow the intricate supply chains of architecture and you&rsquo;ll find not just product manufacturers but also environmental polluters. Keep going and you&rsquo;ll find as well the elusive networks of political influence that are underwritten by the billion-dollar construction industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In "What You Don't See," Brent Sturlaugson examines the supply chains of architecture to make the case that designers must expand their frameworks of action and responsibility for thinking about sustainability.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Unraveling the&nbsp;networks of materials, energy, power, and money&nbsp;that must be activated to produce a piece of plywood, Sturlaugson argues that&nbsp;"any full accounting of environmental, economic, or social sustainability has got to consider not merely individual buildings and sites but also the intricate product and energy supply chains that are crucial to their construction."&nbsp;</p> The world's largest offshore wind farm is now operational in the Irish Sea Hope Daley 2018-09-06T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T15:43:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The world&rsquo;s biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened in the Irish Sea, amid warnings that Brexit could increase costs for future projects. Walney Extension, off the Cumbrian coast, spans an area the size of 20,000 football pitches and has a capacity of 659 megawatts, enough to power the equivalent of 590,000 homes. The project is a sign of how dramatically wind technology has progressed in the past five years since the previous biggest, the London Array, was finished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Walney Extension is made up of&nbsp;87 turbines and has a total capacity of 659 MW, enough to power almost 600,000 homes in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>.&nbsp;This makes it now the largest operational offshore <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wind farm</a>, however with&nbsp;wind farm supersizing along the British coastline it may not hold the record for long.&nbsp;</p> <p>A&nbsp;714MW is set to be up and running in 2020, while&nbsp;&Oslash;rsted itself is planning 1,200MW and 1,800MW farms&nbsp;off the Yorkshire coast. Currently, offshore wind farms provide nearly a tenth of the UK's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">electricity</a>.&nbsp;</p> World's tallest Passive House completed by VArquitectos​ in Spain Hope Daley 2018-09-05T15:53:00-04:00 >2018-09-05T15:53:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The recently completed Bolueta high rise by&nbsp;VArquitectos is now the tallest reaching <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> building in the world. Located in&nbsp;Bilbao, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>, the project includes an adjacent 9-story building with 63 apartments dedicated for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">social housing</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bolueta by VArquitectos, located in Bilbao, Spain. Image: VArquitectos. </figcaption></figure><p>All apartments in the taller, 32-story building have been sold with residents now moving in. Achieving the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">energy efficient</a> Passive House Standard means Bolueta will consume about 90% less&nbsp;heating energy than an existing building, and about 75%&nbsp;less energy than an average new&nbsp;construction.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bolueta by VArquitectos, located in Bilbao, Spain. Image: VArquitectos. </figcaption></figure><p>Like all Passive House buildings, the design features a high amount of thermal insulation, triple-glazed windows, and an airtight building envelope to take the place of a classic heating system.&nbsp;<br></p> David Chipperfield and CALQ Architecture to design 'Reinventing Paris' scheme Alexander Walter 2018-09-05T14:11:00-04:00 >2018-09-05T14:11:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Bouygues Construction subsidiary Bouygues B&acirc;timent Ile-de-France has secured a contract worth &euro;146m from Emerige to renovate 17 Boulevard Morland in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. &lsquo;Morland Mixit&eacute; Capitale&rsquo; is one of the first projects launched under the &lsquo;Reinventing Paris&rsquo; programme. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects and CALQ Architecture, the 44,000m&sup2; floor space complex will consist of a 161-room hotel, a youth hostel, shops, a nursery, a cultural amenity and 199 homes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Swiss startup Energy Vault stacks concrete blocks as an efficient way to store energy Justine Testado 2018-08-20T20:05:00-04:00 >2018-09-07T17:06:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Once the crane arm locates and hooks onto a concrete block, a motor starts, powered by the excess electricity on the grid, and lifts the block off the ground. [Designed to withstand wind, the crane arm] can smoothly lift the block, and then place it on top of another stack of blocks&mdash;higher up off the ground. The system is &ldquo;fully charged&rdquo; when the crane has created a tower of concrete blocks around it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A tower of the concrete blocks &mdash; weighing 35 metric tons each &mdash; can store a maximum of 20 megawatt-hours (MWh), which&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Energy Vault</a> says is enough to power 2,000 Swiss homes for an entire day. According to Quartz, the Swiss startup is planning to build their first commercial plants starting early 2019.</p> Architecture professor defends brutalism against Trump's call for demolition Hope Daley 2018-08-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T09:06:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Depending on who you ask, brutalist buildings like the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., are little more than misshapen mounds of concrete. But architecture professor Mark Pasnik&nbsp;says the structures were built with a much deeper meaning in mind. "People think of them as communistic or as alienating," says Pasnik, who came to brutalism's defense in a recent Boston Globe op-ed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture professor Mark Pasnik makes the argument for preservation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings in an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion piece for the Boston Globe</a>. Pasnik's piece was in response to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trumps recent outcry to tear down the FBI headquarters</a>. He explains the style's history of material honesty, along with reasons to preserve brutalist architecture. Even if the style does not appeal to an individual, Pasnik advocates the historic importance and sustainability of renovation over demolition are worth keeping brutalist buildings intact.</p> Researchers develop method to 3D-print inexpensive houses from peat Alexander Walter 2018-07-25T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T07:01:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Cut peat blocks were already being used for building houses thousands of years ago. Now, scientists at the University of Tartu have developed a material which could make it possible to print energy-efficient houses out of milled peat and oil shale ash using a 3D printer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"As peat and oil shale ash are not very expensive, house builders would be especially happy about the price of the material. According to Liiv, scientists calculated that the cost for the construction of a house shell printed from this material with a floor surface of 100&ndash;150 square meters could be about &euro;5,000 (compared to the construction of the shell of a framed building of equivalent size, which would cost about ten times more). Thus, peat material could be used to build a very cheap house with an energy class A."</p> <p>H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a></p> Yale University teams with UN Environment to unveil new eco-housing module Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-23T16:19:00-04:00 >2018-07-24T11:54:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Representing more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and using up 40% of the planet's total resources, the housing sector is going to have to play a key role in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">effective climate policy</a>.&nbsp;By building green, we can lessen the impact our buildings have on contributing to climate change while also building resilience into our homes and communities.<br></p> <p>Seeking new solutions, the United Nations Environment Programme and UN Habitat recently teamed up with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture</a> to explore&nbsp;how sustainable design can limit the overuse of natural resources and climate change while also&nbsp;providing decent, affordable housing.&nbsp;&ldquo;We clearly need more housing,"&nbsp;said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment. "But the key thing is that we also need smarter housing&rdquo; he added.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of UN Environment.</figcaption></figure><p>As tends to be the case these days, the result of their collaboration is a 22-square-meter "tiny house."&nbsp;Efficient and multi-functional, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eco-housing</a> module is&nbsp;fully pow...</p> MIT's mass timber longhouse is more sustainable than concrete Hope Daley 2018-07-23T15:15:00-04:00 >2018-07-23T15:15:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Changing the mindset behind short-term wooden constructions is MIT. A group of researchers at the university are leading an initiative to investigate new mass timber designs- wood-based buildings designed to be more efficient and cheaper than, yet just as durable as, concrete and steel buildings. The team proposes building mass timber longhouses - large wooden engineered houses built from massive pieces of timber.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mass Timber Design, MIT's architecture workshop exploring <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable building design</a> at the intersection of architecture and technology, has developed a Longhouse prototype.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mass timber</a>, a wood-based building design and construction technology,&nbsp;has continued to be explored for its sustainability over other materials such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Longhouse prototype by MIT's Mass Timber Design Workshop. Image: MIT.</figcaption></figure><p>A major environmental concern, concrete production accounts for about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions alone.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Longhouse prototype by MIT's Mass Timber Design Workshop. Image: MIT.</figcaption></figure><p>The Longhouse draws on its historical background serving as a multi-functional building designed for shared communal space.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Longhouse prototype by MIT's Mass Timber Design Workshop. Image: MIT.</figcaption></figure><p>The structure consists of a series of timber laminated veneer lumber (LVL) arches spanning across the building&rsquo;s shorter dimension.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Longhouse prototype by MIT's Mass Timber Design Wo...</figcaption></figure> Biogenic, bacteria-powered solar cells can generate electricity even under overcast skies Alexander Walter 2018-07-20T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-07-20T15:01:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light. This innovation could be a step toward wider adoption of solar power in places like British Columbia and parts of northern Europe where overcast skies are common. With further development, these solar cells&mdash;called &ldquo;biogenic&rdquo; because they are made of living organisms&mdash;could become as efficient as the synthetic cells used in conventional solar panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While this isn't the first&nbsp;effort to build biogenic,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bacteria</a>-powered solar cells, scientists at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of British Columbia</a> claim to have <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discovered</a> a novel, highly cost-effective, and much more sustainable way to use the photosynthesis capabilities of certain bacteria to convert light (even dim&nbsp;light) to energy.&nbsp;</p> <p>"They genetically engineered E. coli to produce large amounts of lycopene&mdash;a dye that gives tomatoes their red-orange colour and is particularly effective at harvesting light for conversion to energy," explains the UBC announcement. "The researchers coated the bacteria with a mineral that could act as a semiconductor, and applied the mixture to a glass surface. With the coated glass acting as an anode at one end of their cell, they generated a current density of 0.686 milliamps per square centimetre&mdash;an improvement on the 0.362 achieved by others in the field."</p> <p>More research is needed to turn this newly discovered method into market-ready biogenic solar panels.</p>... How mushroom architecture is being used to address Cleveland's housing crisis​ Justine Testado 2018-07-09T17:53:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T17:53:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Inspired by the work of inventor Philip Ross and his company MycoWorks, Maurer argues that one of the keys to addressing Cleveland&rsquo;s housing crisis lies in an unlikely source: mushrooms. Specifically, in using mycelium &ndash; the vegetative part of a fungus &ndash; and Cleveland&rsquo;s other &ldquo;natural&rdquo; resource, construction waste, in a process called &ldquo;biocycling&rdquo;, which essentially recycles old buildings into new ones using plant materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;I like to refer to Cleveland as &lsquo;ground zero&rsquo; for biocycling,&rdquo; says Maurer, who believes the city has the perfect conditions and challenges to serve as a prototype for the process.</em><br></p> <p>Cleveland architect Christopher Maurer of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redhouse Studio</a> argues how mycotecture (architecture that uses mushrooms and fungi) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;biocycling&rdquo;</a> can be used to help solve his hometown's dire housing challenges, and how these methods will hopefully become a model of sustainable construction in cities everywhere.</p> How cement could make us miss our climate goals Alexander Walter 2018-06-29T14:04:00-04:00 >2018-07-02T08:44:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>According to the CDP report, the cement industry is the second-largest industrial emitter of carbon after the steel industry. And when accounting for its use in human-made structures, it is responsible for more than a third of the world&rsquo;s carbon emissions. But unlike the transportation sector, in which a new type of fuel can dramatically decrease the sector&rsquo;s pollutants, cement&rsquo;s problem is, well, cemented in its formulation [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his longform piece for <em>The Outline</em>, Mike Disabato explains why the cement industry shows little interest in earnestly reducing the tremendous environmental impact of its (nearly) indispensable product.</p> <p>"No one in the cement industry has seriously engaged in the herculean task of enhancing the material&rsquo;s molecular chemistry, nor have they looked to use [Franz-Josef] Ulm&rsquo;s alternative at scale, according to the professor," writes Disabato. "Why introduce a new product if everyone is already buying your old one?"</p> A call for cities to own the curb as transit startups invade the streets Hope Daley 2018-06-15T17:14:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T12:23:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With more options that ever for getting around cities, and finite space, the question of how we use this infrastructure, and who controls it, is more important than ever. By regulating how these new transportation options evolve, cities can potentially bring about a more sustainable, multimodal, and less car-centric transit future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Our city curbs are&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transportation</a> battles for space in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flow of traffic</a>. While private tech <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">startups</a> are producing popular transportation solutions, such as Bird's electric scooters, the city is the one paying to build and maintain these public spaces. An upswing in dockless vehicles has far reaching potentials for cities to achieve sustainable goals, if they can reassert their ownership.&nbsp;</p> California is now the first state to require solar panels on new homes Alexander Walter 2018-05-10T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T18:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>California just sent the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market and becoming the norm. On Wednesday, the Golden State became the first in the U.S. to require solar panels on almost all new homes. Most new units built after Jan. 1, 2020, will be required to include solar systems [...]. While that&rsquo;s a boost for the solar industry, critics warned that it will also drive up the cost of buying a house by almost $10,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rooftop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">solar panels</a> are finally becoming an integral part of most new California homes beginning in 2020, however skeptics say that the move will further worsen the state's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>.</p> How 'smart glass' at airports boosts alcohol sales Alexander Walter 2018-04-23T14:21:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:02:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The tinted world of tomorrow is coming, and&nbsp;airports&mdash;mini-cities of steel, concrete&nbsp;and lots and lots of glass&mdash;are interested.&nbsp;In a test last fall, Dallas-Fort Worth&nbsp;International Airport outfitted one of its gates with a new type of &ldquo;smart glass&rdquo; that can&nbsp;adjust for sunlight exposure. The obvious point is to keep travelers from getting overheated&mdash;but the exercise also brought a&nbsp;more lucrative benefit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell</a>-led study at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport found that implementing a new type of electrochromatic '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart glass</a>' at one of its gates not only led to cooler, more pleasant surface temperatures in the waiting area, but the tinted glass, and the resulting dimmer light in the neighboring bars and restaurants, also resulted in increased alcohol sales&mdash;by as much as 80%.</p> <p>More airports have announced plans to upgrade their lounges and terminals with&nbsp;'smart glass.'</p> Celebrate Earth Day with the latest in green architecture from 2018 Hope Daley 2018-04-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T10:24:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In honor of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> today, we look at the latest in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable architecture</a> revealed in 2018 so far. Working with our natural environment, upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green</a> projects range from sculptural electric charging stations to the world's largest single-domed tropical greenhouse. Our future is being shaped by new technologies such as a machine to recycle demolition waste, progress in nuclear fusion power, and mass timber building techniques.&nbsp;</p> <p>Scroll down and get inspired to further harmonize our built and natural environments:</p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Social housing goes green with another urban forest designed by Stefano Boeri</a><br></strong></p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations</a></strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Signum Architecture designs sustainably minded Napa Valley winery and office</a></strong><br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The case for a semi-permeable architecture</strong></a></p> <figure><img src=""></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biocylcer wants to recycle construction waste into new building materials</a></strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Largest timber-constructed office building in the nation planned for Newark&rsquo;s waterfront</strong></a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cut...</a></strong></p> How a small, conservative Texas town became a key player in the renewable energy revolution Alexander Walter 2018-04-20T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T14:33:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Georgetown (pop. 67,000) last year became the largest city in the United States to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Previously, the largest U.S. city fully powered by renewables was Burlington, Vermont (pop. 42,000), home to Senator Bernie Sanders, the jam band Phish and the original Ben &amp; Jerry&rsquo;s. Georgetown&rsquo;s feat is all the more dramatic because it demolishes the notion that sustainability is synonymous with socialism and GMO-free ice cream.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>Smithsonian Magazine</em>, Dan Solomon tells the story of Georgetown, TX's green energy transformation and its unexpected champion, Republican mayor Dale Ross&mdash;who is now friends with Al Gore and was even featured in his <em>An Inconvenient Sequel</em> documentary.<br></p> Your Sea Wall Won't Save You Places Journal 2018-03-29T09:21:00-04:00 >2018-03-28T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Concepts like &ldquo;making room for the river,&rdquo; which works well in the Netherlands, can mean mass evictions in the Global South. Too often, the rhetoric of climate adaptation is doublespeak for the displacement of poor communities, and an alibi for unsustainable growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As coastal megacities adapt to climate change, they often bring in outside planning experts who push highly engineered, technocratic resilience programs.&nbsp;Lizzie Yarina looks at how this trend is affecting local communities in Bangkok, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta, and&nbsp;argues that "resilience is not fundamentally a technical question. It is social and political. Planners and designers must recognize and negotiate the diverse "resilience imaginaries" across the cities in which they are needed."</p> Getting architects to pay attention to their building's lasting impact Alexander Walter 2018-03-27T16:33:00-04:00 >2018-03-27T17:28:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In architecture, there is an obsession with a building&rsquo;s official completion, while its actual lifespan is often left out of the picture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his <em>Failed Architecture</em> piece "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What If Architects Would Embrace, Rather Than Ignore, a Building&rsquo;s Future?</a>", Ren&eacute; Boer looks at the imbalance of attention a building gets during its opening day compared to its lasting 'future legacy': "The fact that most architectural projects of a certain scale will leave a spatial legacy of some sort gives those involved a responsibility. Therefore, the spatial professions might want to broaden their horizon and attempt to relate to the future of their projects at least in some way."</p> Harvard GSD "Future of the American City" initiative begins in Miami with $1 million support from Knight Foundation Hope Daley 2018-03-20T15:20:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T03:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The "Future of the American City" initiative led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate University School of Design</a> will begin in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami</a> with $1 million in support from the Knight Foundation. The project will engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban issues</a> including affordable housing, transportation, and sea level rise.&nbsp;</p> <p>With this funding Harvard GSD will send urban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">researchers</a> to Miami and Miami Beach to understand the city's strengths and challenges as part of a 3-year study towards building solutions. The initiative aims to help cities tackle sustainability and resiliency challenges beginning this spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>Building on the school&rsquo;s multi-disciplinary model, the effort will use architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design to come up with efficient solutions that take into account community needs. This research can also be shared with cities across the nation facing similar challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Harvard GSD&rsquo;s upcoming Miami research will be phase one in...</p> Zaha Hadid's Riyadh research campus reviewed: "Architectural beauty and sustainability not mutually exclusive" Alexander Walter 2018-03-20T13:47:00-04:00 >2018-03-20T13:50:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Working closely with DaeWha Kang, then the office&rsquo;s design director, Hadid turned to nature for lessons. &ldquo;When you look deeply at nature, you find out why things look the way they look,&rdquo; Mr. Kang said. &ldquo;You find systems that respond to environmental conditions that result in the forms you see.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The <em>NYT</em>'s Joseph Giovannini <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviews</a> the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>-designed King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: "Her victory in the competition dovetailed with the agenda of a king who, in 2009, founded the coed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah, where men and women mixed freely on an environmentally green campus, attending classes together."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>Find more project photos and details on Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.<br></p> 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 >2018-04-13T01:51:28-04:00 <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>