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1 day 12 hours ago
After. Image © MVRDV 2018 After. Image © MVRDV 2018

MVRDV has designed with local neighborhood organizations, a proposal to regenerate the canals of the city of The Hague, in the Netherlands. Filled-in during the 20th century, the canals will be reopened in order to revive the historic center and improve the city on the sustainable, economical and infrastructural levels.

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1 day 13 hours ago
© Chris Cooper © Chris Cooper

The Pritzker Architecture Prize has appointed Deborah Berke and Barry Bergdoll as the newest members of the prize jury. Replacing Richard Rogers and Ratan N. Tata, the new appointments of Berke and Bergdoll mark the upcoming 2020 edition of the Pritzker Prize and the 42nd anniversary of the accolade. The Pritzker Prize is internationally known as architecture's highest honor.

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1 day 13 hours ago

Nothing signals the arrival of autumn quite like the changing colors of the leaves. The mass transformation from green to orange to fiery red confirms that fall has finally taken over.

What the foliage prediction map looks like from September to November. (Smoky Mountains)

But even as the September equinox marks the official start of the autumn season on the 23rd, it won’t look like fall for much of the country. Peak foliage, experts say, will likely be delayed this year.

According the annual fall foliage prediction map by the cabin rental site Smoky Mountains, only a handful of states in the upper midwest and the tippy-top of New England will see partial colors by September 21, and leaves should start turning red by the end of the following week, around September 28.

Foliage color prediction for September 21, just two days before the fall equinox. (Smoky Mountains)

So for the most enthusiastic leaf peepers, this is the time to start planning your scenic drives, hiking adventures, and photo excursions.

As for the rest of us farther south, we’ll likely have to wait until mid-October before the leaves start changing across the lower half of the country. Peak foliage across the U.S. will most likely appear between the last week of October and the start of November.

The map, which lets users adjust a slider to see weekly predictions between September and November, draws from historical and forecasted precipitation, daylight hours, and temperature data from private sources and public ones like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The team behind it claims the predictions are fairly accurate; this is their sixth time making the map.

Foliage color prediction for October 19. (Smoky Mountains)

In fact, in the two- to three-week period that typically makes up “leaf peeping season,” it’s a big business opportunity for the small towns that surround popular parks and hiking trails. States like New York and New Hampshire, which drew in 3 million tourists last fall, have their own foliage trackers, being sure not to leave such a strong economic driver up to chance. Other popular locations, like Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, have turned to crowdsourcing to track nature’s big ungreening.

Perhaps not surprisingly, climate change poses a threat to those towns as scientists say it could delay peak foliage and dull the colors. Last year’s foliage season was deemed “bizarre” by the Foliage Network for the abnormal delay of fall colors, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. In the 10 years that the group has been monitoring weekly leaf change across the country, 2018 was the first time they reported almost no leaf-color change by the second half of October. And when colors did change in, say, Maryland, there were only pockets of that vibrant orange and red. Green and brown largely dominated.

Foliage color prediction for November 2. (Smoky Mountains)

In short, as plant physiologist Howie Neufeld writes on his blog, trees use day length and temperature as signals to prepare for winter by starting the process that strips leaves of chlorophyll (which gives them their green color) and creates anthocyanins, which turn them red. Warmer temperatures later in the year will delay this process, while an increasingly extreme mismatch between the two factors could “disrupt the synchrony of color development,” Neufeld writes, leading to more muted colors.

But don’t despair: The leaves will are sure to change, and already are in some parts of the country. Even if they don’t reach an intense red, the foliage is sure to be a sight to see.

1 day 14 hours ago
2nd Prize . Image © Emma Bonilla Albornoz, Daniel Eslava Tovar, Santiago Castillo Reina 2nd Prize . Image © Emma Bonilla Albornoz, Daniel Eslava Tovar, Santiago Castillo Reina

ArkxSite has announced the winners of its international architecture ideas competition.The competition has invited all architecture students and young architects to develop innovative ideas for the design of a Site Mausoleum located in the Jaspe Quarry, ‘Serra da Arrábida’, Portugal. The site is of great natural power as the remains of an old quarry are carved into its landscape, along with massive cliffs that drop dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean.

The competition committee wanted participants to develop an intervention that emphasizes, respects, and celebrates the site, all while providing visitors with a unique experience of movement between enclosed and open spaces.

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1 day 15 hours ago
© Ronaldo Azambuja © Ronaldo Azambuja
  • Architects: Marchetti Bonetti+
  • Location: Cacupé, Brazil
  • Category: Houses
  • Lead Architects: Giovani Bonetti, Taís Marchetti Bonetti
  • Design Team: Adriano Kremer, Cristhine Digiácomo
  • Area: 660.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Ronaldo Azambuja

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