The Architectural League's recent exhibition “New New York: Fast Forward,” which mapped more than 600 new planning and building projects in the five boroughs, featured videotaped interviews with 30 N.Y.-based architects. All were asked the same nine questions relating to the past, the present, and the future of development in the Big Apple. The exhibit closed in May, but the interviews have moved online. Find out what David Benjamin, Deborah Berke, and 28 others think. Their opinions might surprise you.
Have you determined what size carbon footprint—a measure of greenhouse gas production—your next project might create? The Construction Carbon Calculator can help. Developed by Seattle architecture firm Mithun and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the easy-to-use tool (currently in beta mode) takes into account such things as building size and materials, location, and landscaping. Buildcarbonneutral.org also offers information on how to reduce emissions, renew resources, and offset the carbon you can't eliminate.
What started out in 1998 as a project by UVA architecture students Tim Ciccone and Abraham Ahn has become a robust resource about the local design heritage of the area that “once was, or still is, under the influence of Confucianism, Buddhism, or Hinduism.” Asian Historical Architecture—still run by Ciccone and Ahn, with help from other editors—currently holds about 10,000 pictures and information on more than 630 locations in 18 countries. Visitors to the site are invited to add buildings, gardens, and statuary not yet in the database. (Pictured: Ho Phra Buddha Bot, a temple in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.)