Plus, Santa Fe Institute researchers find that “bigger cities also produce more income inequality,” the tumultuous history behind the Champlain Towers collapse, and more design-tech news.
Researchers from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., are investigating the response of wood-frame structures in simulated hurricane waves and flooding conditions when located in low-lying regions. One model was elevated and one was on-grade; they had comparable strength and stiffness and were built at 1/6 the scale of residences impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Ortley Beach, N.J., and by Hurricane Ike on Texas’s Bolivar Peninsula. The models were placed in the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, in Corvallis, where they faced “waves and water depths replicating conditions of Hurricane Sandy,” according to a press release from OSU. Although both models sustained damage, the elevated model could sustain higher water levels than the on-grade model. [Oregon State University]
In the months following the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominiums in Surfside, Fla., The New York Times continues to investigate what exactly happened. A recent story by reporters Mike Baker and Michael LaForgia investigates the towers’ developers, finding a history riddled with the “tumult that occurred on the job site and the brazenness of the developers behind the project.” [The New York Times]
Have you met the winners of ARCHITECT’s 15th Annual R+D Awards? This year’s jury selected six projects including Cove.Tool, an app designed to optimize building design sustainability, and Hospital COVID La Margarita, a 40-bed health care facility in Puebla, Mexico, designed and constructed in 60 days. [ARCHITECT]
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