After a ten-month competition in which four teams proposed schemes in Northeastern national parks: Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (Paterson, NJ); Sagamore Hill (Oyster Bay, NY); Steamtown National Historic Site (Scranton, PA); and Weir Farm (Wilton, CT), the Van Alen Institute has finally announced the winner. Read More
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Tall wood buildings are capturing the imagination of architects, engineers and developers, who see them as a way to lessen the carbon footprint of the built environment while demonstrating ingenuity and meeting the same standards for safety and performance as any building type.
Heightened awareness of the environmental benefits of wood, combined with advances in wood technology and manufacturing have aligned to make tall wood buildings not only possible but safe and cost effective.
With emerging timber construction technologies and significant trends in urbanization anticipated in the next half century, many architects are exploring the latest innovations in wood technology for their building projects. One of these architects, Alan Organschi, design principal and partner at Gray Organschi Architecture believes that ‘wood is poised to become the new high-performance structural building material. Breakthroughs in timber manufacturing – fiber optimization, glue lamination, and mass timber structural design – will direct the material drawn from our forests to high-rise, high-density urban construction.’ Mr. Organschi explores the use of new wood technologies in mid-rise, high-density housing and infrastructure through his ongoing research project, Timber City and this year served as a member of the USDA Tall Wood Building Prize Competition design and evaluation team.
For more information and research on tall wood buildings in the U.S. please visit http://www.rethinkwood.com/tallwood-masstimber
The Architecture Billings Index declined in August after a relatively robust year. The August ABI score was 49.1, a decline of 5.6 points from July. In July, the new projects inquiries index was 63.7, while August’s number decreased by 1.9 points to 61.8. Regional averages were 50.2 (West), 56.1 (Midwest), 46.8 (Northeast), and 53.8 (South).
In what is good news for architecture students across the country, the names of the first 13 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Integrated Path Initiative has been announced. The scheme aims to give students more flexibility in terms of their architecture courses.
Twenty one planning projects have been awarded over $19 million between them by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in a bid to boost transportation infrastructure funding.
While major cities in Europe and across the world are experimenting with the car-free lifestyle, the American South is not likely on anyone’s radar as the next to embrace the trend. A neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee, however, has promised to not use cars for an entire week, leaving them at home as part of the “Don’t Car Campaign.”
This Fall, I served as special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s awards ceremony in Chicago. Among the many architects, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Douglas Durst, head of The Durst Organization, a family-run real estate empire established in New York City 100 years ago. He was there to accept the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More
Chocolate purveyor Hershey has jumped onto the 3D printing bandwagon. While not as aesthetically ambitious as Nendo’s venture into custom sweets, there’s something to be said for remaining true to the iconic, albeit simple, kiss-shaped treat. Initial ventures took from a few minutes to more than an hour to print; if you’re really hankering for a chocolate fix, you might be better off grabbing a bag of the pre-fab variety.