Archinect - News 2017-09-25T11:28:58-04:00 Trump revoked Obama's executive order on higher standards for flood protection two weeks before Hurricane Harvey Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-28T14:10:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T10:45:40-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Hurricane Harvey has been battering the Gulf Coast for days bringing in record floodwaters devastating much of southeast <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Texas</a>. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has estimated that 30,000 people are in need of emergency shelter and more than 450,000 will need the help of federal aid for recovery after the devastation. The catastrophic flooding, which officials are calling the worst in the state's history, has already lead to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries.</p> <p></p> <p><br>Two weeks before the storm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President Trump revoked an executive order signed by former president Barack Obama in 2015</a> that aimed to make infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change. The Obama-era regulation meant that roads, building and other infrastructure projects needed to be built to withstand the effects of climate change such as stronger downpours, rising sea levels, and flooding. However, as part of Trump's executive order signed several weeks ago, he rolled back the Federal Flood Ri...</p> CA seeks to allocate $10 million in state funds to new earthquake early warning system Justine Testado 2016-05-16T18:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:50:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018...Though the governor&rsquo;s proposed funding is a big step for the system, it does not come with ongoing funds to operate it. An earthquake early warning system for California alone will cost about $23 million to build and $12 million annually to operate[.]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checking in on Nepal, one year later</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, landlords and tenants will share seismic retrofit costs</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban builds earthquake-proof homes in Nepal: "I'm encouraging people to copy my ideas. No copyrights."</a></p> Prepare your emergency survival kit with inspiration from some of the Dry Futures competition prize packages Justine Testado 2015-08-27T16:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T19:15:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Whether you're venturing out into nature doing long-term research for a project or you're preparing for the next natural disaster that may strike your city, it's always a good idea to have a survival kit ready if things go awry and an emergency arises. If you haven't prepared a kit and need some starter suggestions on what to pack, Archinect hand-picked a selection of survival products that were kindly provided by a group of reputable brands for our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> design competition. The top three prizes in each category will include these custom survival kits.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Naturally, staying as healthy as possible is crucial in any survival situation. Devoted to creating durable everyday products equipped with life-saving capabilities, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Life Gear</a>'s "Wings of Life" and "Grab and Go" Survival Packs include lightweight water-resistant backpacks to carry their accompanying essentials, including: 3-day supply of food and water for one person, poncho/thermal blanket, tarp, personal hygiene and first-aid k...</p> When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be? Justine Testado 2015-08-14T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:17:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>'There is no one size fits all approach &mdash; every region is completely different...' Hurricane Sandy underlined the urgency by ruthlessly exposing New York's structural weaknesses...California also suffered as historic droughts settled in, and the 2014 wave of winter storms terrorized the North, emphasizing that extreme conditions were here to stay and could strike anywhere. This bought the U.S. into line with the global situation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coating the LA reservoir in "shade balls" will save 300M gallons of water</a></p><p><a title="How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest</a></p><p><a title="The Pragmatics of Adaptating to Sea Level Rise: The Next Wave @ UCLA" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Pragmatics of Adaptating to Sea Level Rise: The Next Wave @ UCLA</a></p><p><a title="U.S. Department of HUD announces the Rebuild By Design winners" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Department of HUD announces the Rebuild By Design winners</a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the California drought with design? Submit your ideas to Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> The Hurricane Katrina Cottages: where are they now? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&lsquo;"It&rsquo;s hard to think about ways to drain the swamp when alligators are biting your ass.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Immediately after a natural disaster, most residents want to get things back to normal, even if that "normal" wasn't particularly ideal. The story of the Katrina Cottages, a series of 400 to 800 square foot residences that would provide temporary relief housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and also act as "seed" housing for safer, long-term neighborhoods, is a nuanced and occasionally frustrating look into the political dimensions of recovery.&nbsp;</p><p>For more on disaster and recovery efforts:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Orleans public housing 10 years after Hurricane Katrina</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal&nbsp;(And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions #27 "The trauma of rebuilding"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High-rise proposal in Lower 9th Ward could bring much needed development, but at what social cost?</a></li></ul> Another powerful earthquake has hit Nepal Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T14:35:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A powerful earthquake shook eastern Nepal on Tuesday, shattering the halting recovery from the earthquake that hit the country less than three weeks ago, and causing loose hillsides and cracked buildings to give way and collapse. By late afternoon, Nepal&rsquo;s National Emergency Operation Center had reported 42 deaths and 1,117 injuries from Tuesday&rsquo;s earthquake, which the United States Geological Survey assigned a preliminary magnitude of 7.3...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nepal is still reeling from a devastating, magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25, which claimed upwards of&nbsp;8,159 lives. According to the New York Times report, Tuesday's earthquake happened just as a semblance of normality was returning to the streets of Kathmandu and its environs. Landslides have further isolated already-damaged rural villages in the mountainous region. A large percentage of the country's infrastructure is critically damaged, while international relief has been short in coming.&nbsp;</p><p>Since the April 25th earthquake, <strong>Archinect</strong> has been compiling architectural responses and reactions to the on-going disaster.</p><ul><li>Archinect's <strong>Julia Ingalls</strong> compiled a feature, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>. Ingalls notes the three phases of a natural disaster &ndash; emergency, relief, and recovery &ndash; and provides useful ideas for how architects can help in each stage. She notes, "In the emergency phase, architects can help primarily by fundraising or d...</li></ul> Temple University Physicist proposes three 1,000-foot walls to tornado-proof Midwest Archinect 2014-06-30T20:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T18:17:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In a paper he recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B, Tao points to two regions of China... that have a similar geographic location as the Midwest&mdash;but far fewer tornadoes. The difference, he says, is that China's plains are surrounded by three east-west mountain ranges, which slow down passing winds enough to prevent tornados from forming. Tao, then, is essentially suggesting we build mountain range-sized walls across Tornado Alley...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> diji-lab investigates the future of flood-damage control with BIM and digital design Justine Testado 2014-02-24T18:47:00-05:00 >2014-04-30T14:18:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>With strange weather patterns becoming the norm, who knows when or where the next natural disaster will strike and affect local neighborhoods. And architects are trying to work with nature to find effective and economic solutions in disaster rebuilding. Some of those architects include Ida D.K. Tam of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">diji-lab</a> &mdash; a Building Information Modeling (BIM) and digital design consultancy in New York City &mdash; in collaboration with Runsheng Lin and Julia Pascutto.</p><p>The team investigates the possibilities to integrate BIM, digital simulation technology, and natural systems in an effort to mediate floodwater damage in the context of New Orleans.</p><p>Keep reading for a more detailed summary of the project:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>"Owing to the inseparable links between nature, performance and efficiency, it is time that digital simulation, building information modeling technologies and natural systems play larger roles in design and construction.</p><p><em>Reversed tributary housing system</em> is an ecological flood water management orient...</p> The Alaskan village set to disappear under water in a decade Archinect 2013-07-30T12:18:00-04:00 >2013-07-30T13:08:15-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Almost no one in America has heard of the Alaskan village of Kivalina. It clings to a narrow spit of sand on the edge of the Bering Sea, far too small to feature on maps of Alaska, never mind the United States. Which is perhaps just as well, because within a decade Kivalina is likely to be under water. Gone, forever. Remembered - if at all - as the birthplace of America's first climate change refugees.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Will Biomimcry Offer a Way Forward, Post-Sandy? Archinect 2013-01-04T18:25:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T18:21:54-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy begin drafting plans for reconstruction, some progressive architects and urban planners have been pointing out that the emerging science of biomimicry offers a way forward. The notion is that the next generation of waterfront designs could draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations over hundreds of millions of years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture for Humanity Launches Philippines Floods Response Program for Long-Term Disaster Mitigation Archinect 2012-08-09T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T18:21:19-04:00 <em><p>On August 6, the Tropical Storm Haikui brought two days of heavy rains that caused massive flooding and landslides throughout the capital city of Manila in the Philippines. Over 800,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 250,000 people have moved into emergency shelters. [...] Architecture for Humanity is committed to helping communities in Manila rebuild and prevent future disasters. We need your help.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> QUESTIONING CATASTROPHE Archinect 2012-01-23T20:24:00-05:00 >2012-01-24T02:20:17-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Human beings and their communities are fragile because they are sustainable only within a narrow range of conditions and possibilities. It is the main task of architecture to maintain this range or to create it where it has not existed before. To some extent it is also architecture&rsquo;s responsibility to expand this range when people require it not only for survival but also to flourish within the demands of change brought on by catastrophic events such as earthquake and tsunami.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>