Archinect - News 2018-12-11T08:40:06-05:00 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi's plea for a Biological City Alexander Walter 2018-12-10T15:29:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T15:30:32-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&#8203;Unfortunately, we have since forgotten this soulful approach to architecture and design, following instead the prevailing planning model of big budgets, large-scale structures and isolated behaviors. Consequently, our habitations have become fragmented and we fail to see the city&rsquo;s infrastructure and life in an integrated way.&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Celebrated Indian architect and 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Balkrishna Doshi</a>, pens a passionate <em>NYT</em> opinion piece in which he calls for a renewed harmony of human settlements with nature rather than pursuing more resource-consuming megastructures. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Balkrishna Doshi-designed Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 1977. Photo: Sanyam Bahga/Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>"In addition to such quietude, other aesthetic measures of settlements include grace, love, compassion and humility," Doshi writes. "To animate a settlement one must create humble and tender connections, which encourage humans to come together and to share and to feel themselves a part of a larger order, a part of Mother Earth."</p> France is cooling their streets with pavers made with shellfish waste mateoarquitectura 2018-12-05T17:27:00-05:00 >2018-12-06T15:35:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the main axis of the new multimodal hub in the French city of Nice, for the first time in Europe, a large expanse of urban cooling paving is being installed.</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>It corresponds to the areas of most intense pedestrian presence (bus stops, pavements, etc.) and represents an attempt to improve the thermal conditions of the urban space in a hot climate such as that of Nice.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>It consists of an underground irrigation system controlled by exterior sensors that cool special breathable pavers, manufactured experimentally using<strong> mollusc shells</strong>.</p> <p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via</a></em></p> Harvard GSD unveils ultra-efficient HouseZero, designed to produce more energy than it uses Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-04T18:41:00-05:00 >2018-12-04T18:41:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The U.S. building stock is responsible for around 40 percent of energy<br>consumption, with housing nearly a quarter of that use. In 2014, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> established the Harvard Center for Green Buildings &amp; Cities to tackle the high energy and environmental costs of the industry. Yesterday, in collaboration with the international firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, the school completed their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new headquarters</a> which also doubles as a prototype for ultra-efficiency.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Sn&oslash;hetta / Plompmozes</figcaption></figure><p>Named HouseZero, the facility was built with ambitious performance targets that serve as a model for retrofitting inefficient existing buildings. The result is a transformed pre-1940s building in Cambridge that requires zero energy for heating and cooling, zero electric lighting during the day, operates with 100 percent natural ventilation, and produces zero carbon emissions. Not only that, over its lifetime, the building will actually produce more energy than it uses, even covering the energy costs of its own production.<br></p> <p>&ldquo;...</p> Startup Pod(o) proposes a tiny-architecture solution to the festival industry's waste problem Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-13T22:17:00-05:00 >2018-11-14T12:35:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the increase in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">festival</a> events and attendance, one company strives to fix the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">waste</a> problem these highly attended festivals make. Based in Christchurch, Dorset, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Above All C6(n)</a> is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> technology company that is using recycled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plastic</a> water bottles to create sustainable alternatives to tents found at festivals. Pod(o) is an accommodation unit that is reusable, stackable, and lockable. It is capable of incorporating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">solar-power</a> components, an eco water supply, as well as its own bio toilet. Currently holding a capacity of 2 person(s), the team at Above All C6(n) is working on a pod that can accommodate more people.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Pod(o) Image &copy; Deep South Media</figcaption></figure><p>At the core of its construction are single use plastic flakes that make up its MESR TECNIC&nbsp;(Modular, Extensible, Scalable and Reusable) building components. These lightweight structures are made to reduce the production of more plastic waste. Event organizers claim that many of the tents that are available for rent at festivals...</p> Henning Larsen builds a colorfully sustainable school in urban Hong Kong Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-22T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T12:11:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;With its wide array of sustainable measures, ranging from the choice of materials, to the many passive designs to economize energy and ensure great daylight, to the way the school is able to share spaces with the surrounding community, the new campus of FIS offers lessons in sustainable architecture for pupils and local builders. - Claude Godefroy, Design Director and partner at Henning Larson Hong Kong</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong's</a> seven million residents and bustling <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban city</a> is filled with looming concrete buildings and dense streets. However, the new campus of the French International School shines amongst the congested cityscape.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><p>Finding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green space</a> is difficult in such an urban environment like Hong Kong. Danish architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen</a> has taken the 215,278 square foot space and creates a visually captivating school which is designed to foster a rich <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">academic</a> environment while featuring cost-effective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> designs.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Philippe Ruault</figcaption></figure><p>The entrancingly designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facade</a>&nbsp;functions both as a charming and inviting exterior while allowing for the building to adapt to natural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">daylight</a>. The clever use of sunlight was another feature designers of the building spent much time on. Classrooms were positioned facing north or south allowing for sunlight to enter in a generous and balanced way. The specific orientation of windows helped avoid...</p> After a decade, LEGO will re-release their Vestas Wind Turbine in November Justine Testado 2018-09-27T17:01:00-04:00 >2018-09-27T17:01:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Wednesday during NYC Climate Week, Lego announced they&rsquo;d be re-releasing the LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine, developed in collaboration with wind company Vestas...This set stands 3 feet tall and contains 826 pieces, including one piece&mdash;a spruce tree&mdash;that is the first of Lego&rsquo;s sustainable plant-based plastic pieces. The set also features adjustable and motorized turbine blades and a movable nacelle with aircraft warning lights.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Starbucks commits to move towards more sustainable stores by 2025 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-19T14:09:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <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>