Archinect - News 2018-06-20T22:17:48-04:00 A call for cities to own the curb as transit startups invade the streets Hope Daley 2018-06-15T17:14:00-04:00 >2018-06-15T17:14:58-04:00 <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> 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>