Archinect - News 2017-09-25T05:51:01-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150016204/the-mystery-of-how-roman-concrete-has-withstood-the-sea-for-millennia-is-finally-solved The mystery of how Roman concrete has withstood the sea for millennia is finally solved Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T13:09:41-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zi/zi39nrks1hg60qkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zi/zi39nrks1hg60qkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zi/zi39nrks1hg60qkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zi/zi39nrks1hg60qkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Modern, steel-embedded concrete seawalls tend to need repair after a few decades of erosion from the endless procession of waves, but the Roman pier at&nbsp;Portus Cosanus in Orbetello, Italy has remained solid for almost two thousand years. Scientists have finally figured out the missing ingredient of this material's longevity, and it turns out to be mineral growth after the concrete has set.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Ancient Roman Seawall at Portus Cosanus in Orbetello. Image: Wikimapia</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>This concept of concrete that grows after it has been set is something&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">that others have been experimenting with</a>&nbsp;recently, but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/03/secret-roman-concrete-survived-tidal-battering-2000-years-revealed/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a>&nbsp;breaks this new discovery down thusly:</p> <p><em>Roman engineers made concrete by mixing volcanic ash with lime and seawater to make a mortar, and then added chunks of volcanic rock. &nbsp;The combination of ash, water, and lime produces what is called a pozzolanic reaction, named after the city of Pozzuoli in the Bay of Naples, triggering the formation of crystals in the gaps of the mixture as it sets.</em></p> <p><em>Th...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007008/the-experimental-nature-of-murray-music-house-a-single-family-home-designed-by-carazo-arquitectura The experimental nature of Murray Music House, a single family home designed by Carazo Arquitectura Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:10:39-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bn/bnhq6pukvemddb6n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bn/bnhq6pukvemddb6n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bn/bnhq6pukvemddb6n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bn/bnhq6pukvemddb6n.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Blending elements of brutalism and pronounced geometric framing, the Murray Music House designed by Carazo Arquitectura is technically a single family home, designed for two parents and three children. The fundamental concept underlying its design is "Living Through the Experimentation," which helps to explain the use of changeable elements like ceiling-suspended fabric chairs and mesh netting in the hallways. By placing malleable objects into the solid frame of the home, the architects hope to constantly engage the occupants in creating new uses for spaces such as the bedroom, kitchen, and the hallway. &nbsp;"Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions," as the architects explain.&nbsp;But these elements are not the only method of inspiring experimentation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3e3v5v5z9sgbwq4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xxwji3b6ghp4ap4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z688cnkkvhftmhvl.jpg"></p><p>The rather severe geometry, which includes a black rectilinear frame hovering over the kitchen and a vertical slanted skylight with unabas...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked This bacteria-infused concrete "heals" when cracked Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T12:35:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:22:11-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dh/dhwixmo5mc1wj1e3.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While there's no word on what would happen if someone skinned their knee on this bacteria-infused concrete, the premise is certainly intriguing in theory: concrete that patches cracks in itself for up to 200 years after its initial formation. Here's a brief video outlining the process:</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004609/brutalist-sydney-map-celebrates-the-city-s-concrete-heritage Brutalist Sydney Map celebrates the city's concrete heritage Alexander Walter 2017-04-25T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T21:12:39-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sq/sqgn1p5y3fuiyrkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sq/sqgn1p5y3fuiyrkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sq/sqgn1p5y3fuiyrkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sq/sqgn1p5y3fuiyrkv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The family of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/928702/brutalist-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Brutalist Maps</em></a> architectural guide books just welcomed its newest member into this world and extends the reach to Australia: <em>Brutalist Sydney Map</em>&mdash;launched this week by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Glenn Harper of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/Brutalist_Project_Sydney/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Brutalist_Project_Sydney</a> and Senior Associate Architect at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46114/ptw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PTW Architects</a>&mdash;helps concrete aficionados locate and learn more about landmark buildings designed by Marcel Breuer, Herbert Beckhard, Harry Seidler &amp; Associates and many others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lq/lq5hspr5tlssslfe.jpg"></p><p><em>"The guide features fifty of the most significant examples of Brutalist architecture in the city and suburbs of Sydney. Celebrated buildings such as the Sirius Apartments (likely to be sold without heritage listing) by Tao Gofers and the former NSW Housing Commission, Sydney Town Hall by Anchor Mortlock and Woolley, and Bidura Children&rsquo;s Court (now sold and likely to be demolished) by former NSW Government Architect are included alongside lesser known structures such as Buhrich House II by the &eacute;migr&eacute; architects Hugh an...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997710/oma-s-dubai-based-concrete-is-pretty-transparent OMA's Dubai-based "Concrete" is pretty transparent Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T15:17:20-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yf4215npfkbakrbp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yf4215npfkbakrbp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yf4215npfkbakrbp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yf/yf4215npfkbakrbp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>By placing a semi-transparent facade onto a series of former industrial warehouses in Dubai, OMA has created an arts-oriented, multi-disclipinary space called "Concrete." The completed version doesn't quite match the firm's optimistic renderings (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in part because the concrete ameliorating foliage isn't present in these photos</a>) but one thing is certain: this is the first finished project of OMA's in Dubai, and Rem Koolhaas thinks that the design is very much of its place and time.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2r/2reck2545stcl411.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d32lj3e7r8nafev.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ge/ge8b5kdeiskxsm3e.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Dubai is one of the cities that has had a deep impact on our work, and I am very happy that this particular building is our first effort here," Rem said. "In Concrete, we are not introducing a new shape but instead were able to infiltrate an existing building with an arts institution. This building is totally produced in Dubai; it is not a foreign ideal, and that I think is significant.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t6/t6n51unr84ffg2v5.jpg"></p><p>The 600 square meter building's first art exhibition, "Syria: Into the Light," will be viewable until April 3rd.&nbsp;</p>... https://archinect.com/news/article/149997198/tear-down-that-wall-proposal Tear down that wall (proposal) Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T18:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T23:47:21-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f6/f6gt1ouk193c0vp3.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Rael writes that one of the most devastating consequences of the wall is &ldquo;the division of communities, cities, neighborhoods and families, resulting in the erosion of social infrastructure.&rdquo; When we talked, he wondered how we might create something positive from something so horrible: &ldquo;Can reform happen through borderland investment? If you build 150 libraries along the border, you&rsquo;d get a very different outcome.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The RFP for the border wall is out, but the conscience-bearing architectural community is staying in (and trying to imagine alternatives to this xenophobic concrete smear job). In particular, in this New York Times article they're suggesting building anything but walls, suggesting that perhaps investing in communities instead of splitting them apart is the way to go for the political and social benefit of everyone involved.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149987385/exquisite-play-on-materiality-defines-maison-de-quartier-de-chatelaine-balexert-by-stendardo-menningen-architectes Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:30:36-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3bo87i4wojljryc4.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gi6qxqmv6q5tqiml.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssla5c1imwvfft1a.jpg"></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287976/dan-flavin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149986466/the-proust-questionnaire-daniel-libeskind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzdwneyl97t0gqr8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfrlnhu2hj2ps5ss.jpg"></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985189/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-01-06T16:10:00-05:00 >2017-02-11T20:01:04-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2y/2ytx3d3z21zhz99a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2y/2ytx3d3z21zhz99a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2y/2ytx3d3z21zhz99a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2y/2ytx3d3z21zhz99a.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d2/d2a7kac0gyuz87ib.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/gymnasium-in-clamart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gymnasium</a> in Clamart, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kr/kr575l1t7zcamxe4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149975370/casa-narigua/149975389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Narigua</a> in Nuevo Le&oacute;n, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149975370/p-0-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P+0 Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erqg3n8mwtsemh1f.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/eskewdumezripple/project/st-pius-chapel-prayer-garden2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Pius Chapel &amp; Prayer Garden</a> in New Orleans, LA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/eskewdumezripple" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eskew+Dumez+Ripple</a> (Architects of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2x/2x4djdlmbssqty2w.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/yoojeongheon-in-jeju/149970556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YooJeongHeon</a> in Jeju, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Youngchae Park</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jnmzb9d1jlksbkbx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange/project/slab-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slab House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a>; Photo: Ben Blossom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/82/82f2fqo82l31qvdh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149971019/uch2-university-of-brighton/149975379" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCH2, University of Brighton</a> in Brighton, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149971019/proctor-matthews-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proctor &amp; Matthews Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a2/a2lpav8huy0ia4u7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2507/nardini-research-centre-and-auditorium-bassano-del-grappa-vicenza/149958799" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nardini Research Centre and Auditorium</a> in Vicenza, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2507/studio-fuksas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Fuksas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/yg0mrktsarspt1ou.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/ljuliensehl/project/chapel-rainforest-international-school2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chapel, Rainforest International School</a> in Yaound&eacute;, Cameroon by <a href="http://archinect.com/methoddesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Method Design Architecture + Urbanism</a>; ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984941/watch-a-meditative-and-breathtaking-aerial-survey-of-the-l-a-river Watch a meditative and breathtaking aerial survey of the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:54:28-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Only one thing is certain now that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> has undertaken the plan to revitalize the LA River: in the future, it will be different.</p><p>Check out Archinect's extensive coverage of the LA River Redevelopment, including interviews with major players like Mia Lehrer via the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a> series...</p><p></p><p></p><p>This elegant aerial video by Chang Kim captures the current state of the concrete-channeled river, offering not only a meditative journey over freeway overpasses, opportunistic scrub brush and litter-choked rivulets, but a lush historic record of what this city's main water artery was, whatever it may eventually become. With a spare piano soundtrack composed by Nils Frahm, the video comes in at just under five minutes:</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980644/students-explore-structural-concrete-strategies-in-weave-x-from-aa-summer-dlab-orange Students explore structural concrete strategies in “Weave.X”, from AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE Justine Testado 2016-11-29T13:52:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T12:22:36-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ho/hosoyokk77indsr8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ho/hosoyokk77indsr8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ho/hosoyokk77indsr8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ho/hosoyokk77indsr8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Twenty-one participants from 11 countries got to hone their skills in computational design and research during the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948018/aa-summer-dlab-2016-orange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE</a> workshop at <a href="http://archinect.com/architectural-association" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA</a>'s London campus this past July. Building upon the last two <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/447862/aa-summer-dlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer DLAB</a> cycles, students worked side by side in researching and developing innovative architectural strategies&nbsp;to construct 3-D interwoven concrete structures. With guidance from AA Summer DLAB tutors and collaborators, students also&nbsp;applied techniques related to&nbsp;geometry rationalization, material behavior, and robotic&nbsp;fabrication.</p><p>The three-week program culminated with the creation of a full-scale, working&nbsp;prototype installation called &ldquo;Weave.X&rdquo;, which now stands on display in the midst of&nbsp;Hooke Park.</p><p>Keep reading for more about the fabrication process behind Weave.X.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qw/qw056v3gdkcrmeit.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Initial computational form-finding techniques explore the generation of a network of interwoven elements via a bundling algorithm developed in Grasshopper. The algorithm enables the user to locally different...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980020/grafton-architects-utec-vertical-campus-wins-inaugural-riba-international-prize Grafton Architects' UTEC “vertical campus” wins inaugural RIBA International Prize Justine Testado 2016-11-23T19:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:46:40-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cz/cztas55ult2ndywb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cz/cztas55ult2ndywb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cz/cztas55ult2ndywb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cz/cztas55ult2ndywb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>RIBA awarded their inaugural International Prize today to The Universidad de Ingenier&iacute;a y Tecnolog&iacute;a (UTEC) in Lima by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12595/grafton-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> and Shell Arquitectos. Open to architects worldwide, the Prize is RIBA's very&nbsp;own&nbsp;recognition award for&nbsp;&ldquo;civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and progress&rdquo;, RIBA President Jane Duncan said. The grand jury, led by architect Richard Rogers, traveled to visit all <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5262/six-buildings-shortlisted-for-riba-international-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">six finalist buildings</a> before making their final decision.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/27/27s7to2aqh64c62v.jpg"></p><p>Irish practice Grafton Architects and Shell Arquitectos from Lima designed the brutalist vertical campus&nbsp;for UTEC, a 50-year-old engineering university that enables&nbsp;young Peruvians to gain engineering qualifications, and therefore encourage social mobility.&nbsp;The jury praised the UTEC building as a bold, masterful project that depicts Grafton Architects' years of experimenting with space and form.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4j/4j9j6r1sjd334utm.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ig/igaa1gk1si0prysa.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose th...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149979521/the-new-silhouettes-of-new-york The New Silhouettes of New York Nam Henderson 2016-11-20T20:58:00-05:00 >2016-11-21T12:23:06-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qayyurmwf2fdep3q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qayyurmwf2fdep3q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qayyurmwf2fdep3q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qayyurmwf2fdep3q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Thanks to new concrete technologies, we have witnessed an eruption of very slender, very tall (some might say very crass) buildings. But for every heroic skyscraper, there are more than a few more humble, human-scale ventures &mdash; a salt shed, a library, a residential hyperbolic paraboloid (see No. 10, above).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Matt A.V. Chaban compiles a list of new(ish) architectural/urban projects in NYC, with help from various&nbsp;shapers and observers (ranging from Dean Amale Andraos to&nbsp;David Rockwell) of the city.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149978584/tadao-ando-s-landmark-manchester-piccadilly-gardens-wall-to-be-destroyed Tadao Ando's Landmark Manchester Piccadilly Gardens wall to be destroyed Ellen Hancock 2016-11-16T01:45:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:45:23-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dz/dzypy342jdyoid9s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dz/dzypy342jdyoid9s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dz/dzypy342jdyoid9s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dz/dzypy342jdyoid9s.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Pictures of a planned &pound;10m revamp of a Manchester landmark described as a "concrete monstrosity" have been revealed. Manchester City Council said it had taken public opinion into account to remove the current wall and pavilion in Piccadilly Gardens. It said it will improve the quality and safety of the area. The plans, to be funded by leaseholders Legal &amp; General, will go before the executive committee on 16 November.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d552bbc2cd05abed18fc5a9ceb4ed67.jpg"></p><p>Read more UK related stories here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976664/zaha-hadid-architects-to-design-new-stadium-for-the-forest-green-rovers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to design new stadium for the Forest Green Rovers</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149975487/construction-of-the-pinnacle-to-continue-despite-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of the 'Pinnacle' to continue despite referendum result</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149977505/zaha-hadid-architects-just-opened-a-new-office-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects just opened a new office in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149976501/british-transport-minister-decries-cult-of-ugliness-in-brutalism-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">British transport minister decries "cult of ugliness" in brutalism, modernism</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149971231/great-brutalist-buildings-it-turns-out-have-soul "Great brutalist buildings, it turns out, have soul" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-29T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T17:17:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In this thoughtful ode to the unexpected charms of brutalism, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/sep/28/grey-pride-brutalist-architecture-back-in-style" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Felix Salmon</a> explores why the formerly nightmarish architectural style is experiencing a renaissance, or at least a renewed appreciation. Salmon's observation that ubiquitous, unimaginative glass towers have replaced brutalism as the new hated icon of class strife is ace:</p><p>"The international style evolved, and not well. What used to be aspirational started becoming an in-your-face statement of conspicuous consumption. The gauche gaudiness of was embraced not only where you might expect it (the Wynn towers of Las Vegas, say), but also in places with real history, such as New York City. Go to Columbus Circle today, for instance, and you&rsquo;ll see Christian de Portzamparc&rsquo;s billionaire condos at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/71438/one57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One57</a> face off against 'a 1950s international style glass skyscraper in a 1980s gold lame party dress,' as Muschamp described&nbsp;the Trump International Hotel. Such erections generate almost as much hatred today as the worst mistakes of brut...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149968710/the-architecture-of-grief-inside-oma-s-an-occupation-of-loss The architecture of grief: inside OMA's "An Occupation of Loss" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:14:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ts/tswbv7e60ow119fu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ts/tswbv7e60ow119fu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ts/tswbv7e60ow119fu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ts/tswbv7e60ow119fu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In OMA and artist&nbsp;Taryn Simon's&nbsp;"An Occupation of Loss," professional mourners create unique performances of grief into an enormous sculpture of eight 45 foot concrete inverted wells that act as "a discordant instrument." It's not just for professional criers: during the day, visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculpture, exploring their own grief while recordings of the previous evening's performance are played in the background.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/883d428glpzlqbvt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7d/7dx4qdjwf6q9qxbo.jpg"></p><p>On display at the&nbsp;Park Avenue Armory&rsquo;s Wade Thompson Drill Hall through September 25th, the sculpture will be moved to the Artangel in London next year.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c8/c84rsqebewx8euu3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fr701yjn8z3qm4xf.jpg"></p><p>As OMA's Shohei Shigematsu noted,&nbsp;&ldquo;The design was sonically-motivated, focusing on the performative act of loss&nbsp;rather than its physical manifestation, which has been historically marked by multiple scales &ndash; from tombstones to the World Trade Center Memorial. The industrial wells were configured into a readymade ruin that responds to both personal and monumental dimensions."</p><p>For the latest on OMA:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966545/oma-mad-herzog-de-meuron-among-2016-designs-of-the-year-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OM...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963858/scientists-develop-a-flexible-concrete-that-is-stronger-than-traditional-mixtures Scientists develop a flexible concrete that is stronger than traditional mixtures Nicholas Korody 2016-08-17T19:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:23:15-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5mo6yvjwxyn2sgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5mo6yvjwxyn2sgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5mo6yvjwxyn2sgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5mo6yvjwxyn2sgx.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have invented a new type of concrete that is flexible yet stronger than traditional concrete. Named ConFlexPave, the concrete "allows the creation of slim precast pavement slabs for quick installation, thus halving the time needed for road works and new pavements," according to the <a href="http://media.ntu.edu.sg/NewsReleases/Pages/newsdetail.aspx?news=ae52df54-ad8b-4a26-b57c-edda67be8cf0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>.</p><p>According to the inventors, the new concrete will cut down on on-site work and construction time, as well as reduce inconveniences caused by road maintenance. Precast ConFlexPave slabs are much thinner and lighter than traditional concrete slabs, so they can be more easily installed.</p><p>The new concrete uses polymer microfibre which allows the material to bend under pressure and improves skid resistance. According to the lead researcher, Assistant Professor Yang En-Hua, the "key breakthrough" was understanding "how the components of the materials interact with one another mechanically on a microscopic level."</p><p>&ldquo;The hard materials give a ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961508/will-gehry-s-l-a-river-plan-result-in-water-savings Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:36:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>For decades, the concrete-lined L.A. River has been more famous for being a bone-dry iconic conduit for films like <em>Terminator 2</em> than a major watery artery, but that may change: in a talk with Christopher Hawthorne on Monday, Frank Gehry mentioned that his design may just save the city significant amounts of cash when it comes to buying water. Per the <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/frank-gehry-calls-la-river-916397" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a>:</p><p><em>The river, which was bound in concrete beginning in the late 1930s after a series of damaging floods, is also frequently blamed for wasting water, one of Los Angeles&rsquo; most embattled resources. Because the river&rsquo;s concrete binding was designed to channel floodwaters swiftly into the ocean and away from properties on the banks, the city now loses more than 28.6 billion gallons of water a year, according to River L.A.,&nbsp;a nonprofit working with Gehry&rsquo;s firm and funded in part by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;We think we can save the city one-third of what it now pays for imported water,&rdquo; Gehry said in conversati...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149960956/los-angeles-is-giving-away-1-000-pieces-of-its-demolished-6th-street-bridge Los Angeles is giving away 1,000 pieces of its demolished 6th Street Bridge Alexander Walter 2016-08-01T19:21:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T22:49:24-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4m/4mit5j0p69bpx0a0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4m/4mit5j0p69bpx0a0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4m/4mit5j0p69bpx0a0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4m/4mit5j0p69bpx0a0.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Missing L.A.&rsquo;s iconic, historic 6th Street Bridge? Never fear &ndash; soon you may be able to keep a piece of it for yourself. At &ldquo;Rock Day L.A.,&rdquo; an Aug. 13 event [...], officials will be handing out around 1,000 pieces of the demolished bridge for anyone to take home [...] Demolition crews have been steadily dismantling the bridge since February, after an alkali silica reaction in the concrete, known as &ldquo;concrete cancer,&rdquo; forced the city to move forward with a plan to replace it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147661460/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-slow-jams-101-freeway-closure-announcement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147903395/take-a-look-at-6-an-experimental-documentary-that-memorializes-the-recently-demolished-sixth-street-viaduct-in-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at "6," an experimental documentary that memorializes the recently-demolished Sixth Street Viaduct in LA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146816074/a-final-hurrah-for-l-a-s-sixth-street-viaduct" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59641528/hntb-maltzan-ac-martin-win-6th-street-bridge-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149957665/shitting-bricks-researchers-experiment-with-making-concrete-from-sewage Shitting bricks: researchers experiment with making concrete from sewage Julia Ingalls 2016-07-13T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:38:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/up/up8f71yjbfuokfem.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/up/up8f71yjbfuokfem.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/up/up8f71yjbfuokfem.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/up/up8f71yjbfuokfem.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Malaysia has too much sewage sludge and not enough concrete, a problem which naturally prompted an "aha!" moment among researchers. By burning and drying wet sewage sludge cake and then grinding and sieving the dry cake to produce Domestic Waste Sludge Powder (DWSP), the Malaysian researchers are attempting to create an additive that can be mixed with cement to produce concrete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5y/5yiodb7cbstjp2t6.jpg"></p><p>So far, they've found a mixture of between 3% to 15% DWSP in cement produces fairly strong concrete, although the higher percentage of DWSP, the less strong the concrete becomes. Variables abound: according to <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/researchers-try-making-conc7rete-hum7an-excr7ement/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this report</a>, higher incineration temperatures can produce better DWSP, and the more DWSP in the concrete, the higher the water absorption.</p><p>More waste-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935294/geotectura-s-zerohome-turns-waste-into-shelter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149956791/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-08T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:12:40-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjn5bdlzekwj9uig.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/conservatoire-of-music-dance-and-dramatic-arts-belfort2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts</a> in Belfort, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c9/c932cb8f9nxnez7t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/city-of-westminster-college/135701192" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Westminster College</a> in London, GB by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/68qy2skzkoy746yy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects/project/concrete-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in Johannesburg, South Africa by <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3afi1mejkajmhqu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/65641/tian-shan-mountain-house/149938238" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tian Shan Mountain House</a> in Almaty, Kazakhstan by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65641/audrey-matlock-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Audrey Matlock Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j6/j664bo8xtzb3rnoe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/73841048/antalya-aquarium/144175787" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antalya Aquarium</a> in Antalya, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/73841048/bahad-r-kul-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/of/ofm8nygt19yl4uxs.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/casa-nirau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Nirau</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: PCW</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4cighxxa67u6s44v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/office-building-with-super-market/149941129" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Building with Super Market</a> in Bielefeld, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a>; Photo: Csaba Mester</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e0n93vbqul6tdtmr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/aosarchitects/project/richards-medical-research-laboratory-renovations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richards Med...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149956616/five-dead-after-eight-metre-concrete-wall-collapses-in-birmingham-england Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-07T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-07T17:49:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tm/tmcvnj2owxcvc127.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tm/tmcvnj2owxcvc127.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tm/tmcvnj2owxcvc127.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tm/tmcvnj2owxcvc127.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Police were called to the Hawkeswood Metal recycling plant at 8.45am today after a large concrete wall containing metal collapsed. Paramedics tried to free the men, including one who had suffered a heart attack, however West Midlands Police pronounced all five victims dead at the scene. A sixth man was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries. The victims have yet to be identified.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Police investigation is underway, but next to nothing is known at the moment as to why the wall at a Birmingham recycling centre collapsed. Responding to the tragedy, Brian Rye of the construction union UCATT commented:&nbsp;&ldquo;Information on how and why this accident occurred is currently very limited. However this tragedy underlines that in dangerous industries it is imperative that the Health and Safety Executive plays an active and high profile role in ensuring safety is maintained.&rdquo;</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941443/berkeley-balcony-collapse-investigation-no-criminal-charges-from-the-da-but-five-contractors-could-face-license-revocation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation</a></li><li><a title='Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a title="Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884892/developer-and-architects-of-collapsed-taiwan-apartment-building-arrested" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested</a></li><li><a title="Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></li><li><a title="Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147446387/crane-collapses-in-manhattan-one-dead-and-two-seriously-injured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954862/to-pour-concrete-in-mid-summer-phoenix-wait-until-the-moon-comes-out To pour concrete in mid-summer Phoenix, wait until the moon comes out Alexander Walter 2016-06-29T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T23:03:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6r/6rytu5lqy7s45is6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6r/6rytu5lqy7s45is6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6r/6rytu5lqy7s45is6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6r/6rytu5lqy7s45is6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A team of construction workers is pouring concrete onto the frame of a structure that will eventually become a wastewater treatment plant. It's 1 a.m. on a clear night in the suburbs of Phoenix. The temperature is still in the high 80s. But that's way down from the area's recent record high temperatures, up to 118 degrees. [...] "We try to pour and place and finish concrete when it's below 90 degrees," says Daniel Ward, the construction company's project director.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137273636/l-a-s-urban-heat-island-effect-accounts-for-temperatures-up-to-19-degrees-hotter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s urban heat island effect accounts for temperatures up to 19 degrees hotter</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91680625/can-phoenix-un-suburbanize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Phoenix un-suburbanize?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144514304/7-000-construction-workers-will-die-in-qatar-before-a-ball-is-kicked-in-the-2022-world-cup-new-ituc-report-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup," new ITUC report finds</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149953071/an-ode-to-brutalism An ode to Brutalism Alexander Walter 2016-06-21T15:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:31:28-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Brutalism will never happen again. Our stock of Brutalism is limited, and sadly under constant attack. The demolition and &lsquo;refurbishment&rsquo; of great buildings by Rudolph, I M Pei, Denys Lasdun and other giants of the movement should be taken as seriously as would the loss of buildings by Donato Bramante, Christopher Wren or Frank Lloyd Wright. Brutalism deserves far better than the wrecker&rsquo;s ball: it was the pinnacle of world architecture through all of history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings #SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings Alexander Walter 2016-06-02T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Surfing on this social media hype, the German Architecture Museum (DAM) and the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation have started using the hashtag #SOSBrutalism to make these buildings visible worldwide in order to contribute to saving those that are currently threatened. "Brutalism represents an anti-attitude, an anti-idyll," says campaign co-initiator Philip Kurz, of the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation. [...] The German Architecture Museum also plans to create an exhibition next year based on its online campaign.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Some 900 buildings - from London to Abidjan, from Tokyo to Caracas - are already documented on the website <a href="http://www.sosbrutalism.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sosbrutalism.org</a>. Among the structures featured in the database, some have already been demolished while others are currently endangered."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149944693/new-glow-in-the-dark-cement-could-illuminate-roads-structures New glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate roads & structures Alexander Walter 2016-05-11T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:07:36-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y9/y9apn5a5brfl6gsf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y9/y9apn5a5brfl6gsf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y9/y9apn5a5brfl6gsf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y9/y9apn5a5brfl6gsf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A scientist in Mexico has created glowing cement that absorbs solar energy during the day and emits light after sun-down. Claiming the engineered cement can last a hundred years, he says it could make roads and structures glow in the dark, cutting the cost of street-lighting. The patent is the first for Mexico&rsquo;s University of San Nicolas Hidalgo, says the researcher behind the invention, Dr. Jos&eacute; Carlos Rubio, according to Investigaci&oacute;n y Desarrollo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935858/upcycling-co2-into-a-concrete-competitor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Upcycling CO2 into a concrete competitor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934541/greg-lynn-the-future-of-glue-in-architecture-is-bright" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn: The future of glue in architecture is bright</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to turn Martian soil into concrete</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149944474/kahn-brought-back-to-new-life-gorgeously-renovated-yale-center-for-british-art-due-to-reopen Kahn brought back to new life: gorgeously renovated Yale Center for British Art due to reopen Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T22:09:55-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The greatest work of art at New Haven&rsquo;s Yale Center for British Art is arguably the landmark building itself&mdash;and Louis Kahn&rsquo;s last structure is due to reopen this month after a 16-month renovation of its public galleries and lecture hall, and an upgrade of its accessibility, security, mechanical and electrical systems. This is the third phase of a $33m conservation project that began in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"George Knight of Knight Architecture, who led the conservation work, says: &ldquo;The thing that kept me up at night was [thinking] how can we preserve the building, which is so architecturally rich, and do all this surgery so as not to disfigure the patient in any way?""</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxn9nmd0ch8m2lov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pq9viqq3j6d89dv9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abkzwimh2h9r7j01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dly896ai67zkfuaj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bs/bs47h8wuqd12z813.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4du9l6559a29yq2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/eksj1yb8goasvibj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eclef93zn5qg4rw3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0p627qdhmbzqdyi.jpg"></p><p>All images courtesy of the <a href="http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for British Art</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942171/yale-architecture-students-interview-dean-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137490508/deborah-berke-named-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture-will-succeed-robert-a-m-stern-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149935858/upcycling-co2-into-a-concrete-competitor Upcycling CO2 into a concrete competitor Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-21T17:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:54:49-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/50/5036b5768f16639e8e65fec73f57aca8?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/50/5036b5768f16639e8e65fec73f57aca8?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/50/5036b5768f16639e8e65fec73f57aca8?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/50/5036b5768f16639e8e65fec73f57aca8?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[UCLA's team of interdisciplinary researchers'] plan would be to create a closed-loop process: capturing carbon from power plant smokestacks and using it to create a new building material &mdash; CO2NCRETE &mdash; that would be fabricated using 3D printers. [...] &ldquo;We can demonstrate a process where we take lime and combine it with carbon dioxide to produce a cement-like material ... We&rsquo;re trying to develop a process solution, an integrated technology which goes right from CO2 to a finished product."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?</a></li><li><a title="Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133039152/bacteria-laden-concrete-helps-cracks-fix-themselves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves</a></li><li><a title='Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Concrete&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a title="China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete How to turn Martian soil into concrete Julia Ingalls 2016-01-07T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:47:13-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfgvvex121bch8e8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfgvvex121bch8e8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfgvvex121bch8e8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfgvvex121bch8e8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Thanks to the work of Lin Wan and pals at Northwestern University...these guys have worked out how to make Martian concrete using materials that are widely available on Mars. And, crucially, this concrete can be formed without using water, which will be a precious resource on the red planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more of Archinect's coverage of extra-terrestrial architectural news, check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138962693/nasa-launches-competition-for-structures-built-in-situ-using-martian-resources" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA launches competition for structures built in situ using Martian resources</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6afzxrz1d2rzp9n1.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05ujesycuovh9c6d.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132492446/esa-proposes-a-village-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESA proposes a village on the moon</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6cckppdehubt1mgr.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T12:17:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T11:31:17-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9eda75057565e1ff2eb87acc1562d953?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9eda75057565e1ff2eb87acc1562d953?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9eda75057565e1ff2eb87acc1562d953?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9e/9eda75057565e1ff2eb87acc1562d953?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s the legacy of Brutalism being such a negative term. It begins the conversation with negativity about these buildings, and this falls into the misreading of them as harsh, Stalinist, or some other kind of monstrous, mean architecture. The name plays into that mischaracterization that&rsquo;s grown around a lot of them. I think &ldquo;Heroic&rsquo;&rdquo; is a better title for what their actual aspirations were. The architects had a real sense of optimism. They were developing architecture for the civic realm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/137728749/tarmac-has-invented-a-thirsty-concrete-to-help-mitigate-flooding Tarmac has invented a "thirsty concrete," to help mitigate flooding Nicholas Korody 2015-09-28T16:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-30T13:55:07-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/01/0187b43f924ea055ec7d3e530680fd5f?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/01/0187b43f924ea055ec7d3e530680fd5f?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/01/0187b43f924ea055ec7d3e530680fd5f?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/01/0187b43f924ea055ec7d3e530680fd5f?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>During the first few weeks of August 2007, the American Midwest was devastated by heavy and repeated flash flooding as a result of Hurricane Dean and Tropical Storm Erin dumping massive amounts of rain on several states. And of the US$549 million or so in property damage that came from it, more than two-thirds was caused by water running off pavements or overflowing from drainage systems. So what's the solution?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alongside a video that's quickly circulating on social media, Tarmac has announced a new type of porous concrete meant to help mitigate flooding by absorbing water.<br><br>Capable of taking in some 4,000 litres in the first minute and an average of 600 liters per minute, per meter squared, the concrete has been named "Topmix Permeable."</p><p>The material comprises a permeable surface layer of large pebbles, with an "attenuation layer" below that diverts the water flow back to groundwater and drainage systems, helping to not only prevent flooding, but reduce waste as well.&nbsp;<br><br>Alas &ndash; the concrete wouldn't work in freezing temperatures, so it's only really applicable for regions that are both temperate and vulnerable to flooding.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.sciencealert.com/watch-this-new-thirsty-concrete-absorbs-4-000-litres-of-water-in-60-seconds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Science Alert</a><br><br>Check out the video below:<br>&nbsp;</p>