Chinese Droughts Show Climate Architecture Is Needed Now

the “world’s factory” is slowing production, a victim of drought that has forced much of China to shut down. Global heat waves don’t respect authoritarian authority, and the drought hitting southern China has left rivers dry—and a hydropower-dependent country struggling to keep the lights on. China’s misfortune put an urgent issue into sharp relief: How can countries climate-proof their architecture and infrastructure? In an era of sudden shocks and climate disasters, economies can’t survive with the old norms—and adapting for resilience could help them reduce their carbon dioxide emissions too.

This month, a relentless drought on the British Isles caused water companies to impose hosepipe bans on large parts of the country. That’s bad news for gardeners and somewhat good news for farmers, who had been facing a devastating harvest loss. As I pointed out in a previous Foreign Policy piece, a continental drought has caused the Rhine’s

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Green Valley Art Center / Scenic Architecture Office

Green Valley Art Center / Scenic Architecture Office

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Text description provided by the architects. The Green Valley Art Center sits at the northeast end of the Xuhui CBD Central Park which is located to the east of Shanghai South Railway Station. It is designed with the vision to explore a dynamic experience of multiple interactions for public art activities. This mega-truss structure landmark provides continuous and transparent indoor and outdoor ground spaces for the park. The elevated ramp gallery links different functional areas at various heights, stimulating autonomous participation and dynamic communication across events.

Green Valley Art Center / Scenic Architecture Office - Exterior Photography, Cityscape
© ZY Architectural Photography

The building is situated on the east side of the site to keep away from the area occupied by Metro Line One and the elevated highway. From a technical perspective, this layout reduces

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Op-ed | Why a ‘hybrid’ space architecture makes sense for economic and national security

Once-in-a-generation advances in commercial technology will fundamentally strengthen the US economic and security posture in space

Policy makers are right to expect the national security establishment to find ways to fully leverage the innovations and investment in commercial space capabilities like launch and imagery.

But far less obvious and yet more profound is a very real revolution that is well underway: the wholesale overhaul of our national security space architecture into a “hybrid” design that effectively integrates the best of commercial and government investments.

This transformation of our national security space architecture is prompted not only by the amazing and innovative developments in the commercial space sector, but also by the realization that our adversaries are determined to displace the United States leadership in space and target our currently vulnerable space based capabilities if conflict arises on Earth.

These twin motivations are driving a once-in-a-generation series of changes that will

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How to Spot Hail Damage on a Roof

The impacts of hail roof damage can vary depending on a variety of elements, including hail size, wind speed, wind direction, roof material, the components’ age, and the slope. Hail damage harms a roof because it causes leaks and other problems. Damage can be functional or aesthetic; the latter is sometimes more severe than it appears. Broken edges, bruising, punctures, and granule loss can all lead to major issues, even if they appear cosmetic at first. You may have your roof assessed by a hail damage roof inspection Elmhurst, IL. Here are some common signs there’s hail damage on your roof.

Cracked Shingles

If you notice cracked, missing, or broken shingles on your roof, it could result from hail damage. Hard hail or strong winds can cling to the shingles and cause cracks. It can cause exposure and rips, leaving bare places on your roof. Cracked shingles will not … Read more

BMW headquarters marks 50 years of history making architecture

50 years of BMW headquarters: munich’s landmark is celebrated

The biggest four-cylinder building in the world – BMW headquarters celebrates its 50 years standing as a landmark for Munich. Conceived as a milestone in the history of architecture, the pioneering project designed by architect Professor Karl Schwanzer in 1972 has become a permanent feature for the city’s skyline and the company’s corporate image. Together with the adjoining museum, a timeless spirit unravels.

Discover BMW’s 50 year journey and celebrations with designboom.

BMW headquarters marks 50 years of history making architecture
the BMW Museum in front of the Four Cylinder building by Karl Schwanzer | photo by BMW Werkfoto

all images courtesy of BMW AG

The BMW Headquarters and adjoining museum complex not only marked the high point of Karl Schwanzer’s architectural career, they also set new benchmarks in the field of modern office architecture in the early 1970s. The Viennese architect’s design combined an impressive faade with an

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