Friday, February 24, 2017

Scant data hampering energy, water efficiency at sports venues

A lack of metrics and associated data to establish current performance is holding back efforts to improve water and energy efficiency at sports venues, according to a new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).

The transformation of outpatient healthcare design

Hospitals across the country are moving into uncharted territory as healthcare delivery in the U.S. is being reinvented. Hospitals and patients have been affected by the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare reform that rolled out nationwide in 2012. Hospitals are now faced with shrinking reimbursements and patients are seeing high deductibles. Couple this with the rise in chronic conditions, which typically do not require overnight stays, but are based on long-term treatments, and we see a trend of empty patient beds, creating lower occupancy in many hospitals.

14 architects selected to receive the 2017 Young Architects Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award, now in its 24th year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. The Young Architects Award recipients will be honored at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando.  

Recipients of the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award:

The sun’s rays helped shape this Studio Gang-designed NYC tower

When designing a new office building located between Manhattan’s High Line Park and the Hudson River, Studio Gang wanted to protect the views between the park and the river and block as little sunlight as possible. The firm’s solution to this problem was to take on the sun as a freelance designer.

Expanding upon its “solar carving” design strategy, Studio Gang used incident angles of the sun’s rays to sculpt the Solar Carve Tower’s form. The result is a gem-like fa├žade that allows light, fresh air, and river views to reach the park.

121 East 22nd Street will be the first OMA-designed residential building in NYC

The office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is about to see its very first residential building in New York City come to fruition with 121 East 22nd Street. The 18-story, 133-unit tower is being designed by partner Shohei Shigematsu and will be equipped with luxury amenities and a contemporary aesthetic.

Potential residents will be able to choose from units ranging from studio to five-bedrooms, each with white oak flooring, high ceilings, and textural finishes. Some residences will also have private outdoor space.

Understanding retro commissioning

One of the biggest criticisms of the LEED process is its claim that using it will help save on operating costs, while in fact, many projects don’t reach that goal. Of course, until a building is completed and systems begin to operate, the owner doesn’t know how much energy the building really uses. Once a building has some history, energy models can be modified to make better projections for the building’s energy consumption. But the owner may not get all the answers if adequate metering systems are not in place to measure the energy loads of the building.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Designing an inclusive, automated city

Seattle is booming—the city has more cranes than any other American city right now. At the same time, the city is dealing with a homeless crisis that is mirrored by other major US cities.