Archinect - News 2015-01-28T07:13:28-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/118906207/architects-get-ready-for-the-holographic-design-process-microsoft-just-unveiled-its-hololens-headset Architects, get ready for the holographic design process: Microsoft just unveiled its HoloLens headset. Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T19:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-24T13:11:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sh/shyv4ch6c1n8v0o1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows Holographic, a feature in Windows 10 that will let users create their own holograms and print them out on 3D printers. Every Windows 10 device has holographic APIs enabled, Microsoft's Alex Kipman said. Windows 10 holograms are Windows Universal Apps. Users need the Microsoft HoloLens headset, which Kipman described as "the first fully untethered computer."</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gtgyyilyff7y2p7r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2ucc549j1wwr5m8l.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9wlnh3enuxjm6vs.jpg"></p><p><em>Images via Microsoft's <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us?ocid=MSCOM_HoloLensGlobe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HoloLens micro site</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118281159/the-cellphone-user-and-the-sky-rise The cellphone user and the sky rise kostatoskovic 2015-01-14T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wtuo81je21cuwjv.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like the fork, the cellphone expires and no longer feels as useable in its user&rsquo;s hand. Like the fork, the cellphone was not first designed for all people. New cellphones work for most people who invested in personal computers and the internet, but they don&rsquo;t work for anyone else without guidance or instruction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After two years in redeveloping the electric power grid, re-engineering water treatment facilities, and redesigning HVAC for cultural density and experimenting with live 'non electronic' materials such as structural steel and concrete and drywall, flooring, and paint at various research labs and for various companies, I would like to discuss possibilities of consciousness investments in something as multifaceted as the cellphone today.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118274718/moshe-safdie-warns-architects-against-the-seduction-of-computers-in-design Moshe Safdie warns architects against the seduction of computers in design Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-16T08:40:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9h1o0ln1r4vonys.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I don&rsquo;t tweet or do Facebook. I use a computer for email and searches but not for design. I walk around the office giving out pens and saying, &ldquo;Try that, you might like it.&rdquo; You should conceive and sketch first. Architects get seduced by wild shapes designed on a computer and build these things whether they work or not in the environment. That&rsquo;s the danger of computers: There&rsquo;s a facility about them that allows you to do charming, seductive things that have no deeper meaning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recently:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115663589/moshe-safdie-to-receive-the-2015-aia-gold-medal" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie to receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118194332/relax-on-kepler-16b-where-your-shadow-always-has-company Relax on Kepler-16b: Where Your Shadow Always Has Company Nicholas Korody 2015-01-12T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pk/pk6zrbphelj29f6b.jpg" width="514" height="742" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Remember the memorable double sunset on the desert planet Tatooine in the original Star Wars? As it turns out, such a vista isn't unimaginable &ndash; if you can get to Kepler-16b, an exoplanet about 196 light years away. Of course, if you did get there, you might be disappointed to find that the planet is actually a gas giant, or that its temperature is close to that of dry ice.</p><p>One of a thousand such exoplanets recently discovered by NASA, Kepler-16b has been commemorated in a poster designed by&nbsp;Joby Harris, David Delgado and Dan Goods. In a style reminiscent of early 20th-century travel advertisements, the poster is part of a <a href="http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/images" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">series</a> that playfully celebrates the exciting discoveries that have been made by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_%28spacecraft%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kepler telescope</a>, launched in 2009 to discover Earth-like planets. Published under the guise of the fictional "Exoplanet Travel Bureau," the posters help bring the excitement of the project into legible terms for us layfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld796dlp2i03gmwa.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>"Experience the gravity of HD 40307G," a "super planet" with ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117655517/taxis-stop-whining-and-start-innovating-to-compete-with-ubers-of-the-world Taxis stop whining and start innovating to compete with Ubers of the world Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-05T14:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T22:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8mjv8ei1ddeknzw.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A little over a year ago, Seattle sought to determine the quality of TNCs like Uber and Lyft relative to taxi services, and the result was a stinging indictment of traditional taxis' speed, convenience, and ease of payment. [...] In response to competition from the Ubers and Lyfts of the world, taxi operators across the country have done more than complain about the loss of their monopoly on for-hire transportation ... and actually worked to improve service to be competitive</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's important to remember that in the midst of Uber's corporate gaffes and other criticisms of alternative Transportation Network Companies, taxi companies are struggling, but operating. And as Shane Phillips, Masters of Planning student at USC, points out in his Planetizen blog, a silver lining of Uber et al's practices is that they've forced taxis to improve services that "traditionally sucked", in order to&nbsp;be more competitive in an app-driven market.</p><p>Phillips cites cases in Los Angeles and Seattle, WA, where quantitative comparison of taxis to Uber/Lyft etc. clearly show taxis' disadvantages and weaknesses. In Seattle, comparing metrics like speed, service quality, and ease of payment, traditional taxi drivers clearly needed to, in Phillips words, "get [their] shit together". Both cities' taxi commissions are working on enforcing the use of e-hailing apps, which reduce wait times, ease payments, and hold drivers responsible through customer reviews.</p><p>In the end, Phillips encourages...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117656322/public-transit-helps-new-yorkers-earn-more-money Public Transit Helps New Yorkers Earn More Money Nicholas Korody 2015-01-05T14:23:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:37:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rvabydrt1u7k3k0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[NYC] neighborhoods with the best access to transit, usually in Manhattan...also have the highest median household income, and the lowest unemployment rate... Neighborhoods with the worst access to transit (South Staten Island) had lower median incomes... and slightly lower unemployment rates...The neighborhoods with limited access to public transit, like the Flatlands in Brooklyn, fare the worst: their unemployment rate is nearly 12%, and their median household income is around $46,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That or the subway was designed around, and continues to serve, historically-affluent communities...</p><p>The study was conducted by&nbsp;<a title="Opens in a new window" href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116670700/27-weird-and-compelling-architectural-evolutions-of-2014 27 weird and compelling architectural evolutions of 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-30T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtgnui0hwz0kjgmp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Technofuturism:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a>: Bringing the brain into evidence-based design, one EEG-measured d&eacute;rive at a time. Reporting from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture's conference in San Diego, California.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai</a>: Tsai was diagnosed with ALS far before the ice bucket challenge, and despite his total-body atrophy, is able to continue drawing as a videogames and comics artist using a special camera that tracks his eye movements and translates them into digital drawing commands.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eae56wnbv1kbsfoz.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a>: Through war, Amazon deliveries and Dronestagram, Martha unilaterally loves her drone.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102156079/neural-cartography-mapping-the-brain-s-response-to-dumbo-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neural Cartography: Mapping the Brain's Response to DUMBO in Brooklyn</a>: One of the jet-setters investing in neuroscientific research for architecture and urbanism, the Van Alen Institute teams up with Columbia's GSAPP to create mental maps of DUMBO.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Protesting:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99365040/screen-print-15-sophie-yanow-s-war-of-streets-and-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Prin...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' – The Guardian on smart cities Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:26:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: &lsquo;the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people&rsquo;. So why did that happen &ndash; and what&rsquo;s coming in its place?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116669096/the-year-2014-in-architectural-activism The Year 2014 in Architectural Activism Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T10:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfhkrk9lss8c2bp1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let's admit it, we architects much too often get lost in narcissistic own-horn-tooting, passionate ego-inflating, disillusioned navel-gazing, vile shit-flinging or simply in the mundane day-to-day operations for the paying clientele.&nbsp;</p><p>But all is not completely lost thanks to the tireless work and burning passion of individuals and groups around the world seeking the greater good, putting humanity first, improving this planet one initiative at a time.&nbsp;</p><p>Topics we had the honor of reporting about on Archinect &amp; Bustler this year ranged from the Israel-Gaza conflict, Syrian refugee crisis, Ukrainian revolution, climate change, historic preservation, #folkmoma, abortion clinics and affordable housing all the way to still very recent issues like the Ebola epidemic and Ferguson protests.</p><p>Following is my personal (and hopelessly incomplete) list of noteworthy and much-discussed examples of architectural activism on Archinect &amp; Bustler in 2014:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117025015/editor-s-picks-399 Editor's Picks #399 Nam Henderson 2014-12-28T17:19:00-05:00 >2014-12-31T18:46:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9tjsm9yq44a3mwh.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/paulkeskeys" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Keskeys</a>&nbsp;examined the the state of residential development across The Pond, and asks the question: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/116280877/the-age-of-the-plastic-chimney-how-cookie-cutter-homes-drove-me-to-despair-and-away-from-the-profession" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How can we rock the status quo?</a>&nbsp;Therein he diagnoses the root cause "<em>They will tell a tale of mass production, of value engineering, and of misguided nostalgia...It is economic pragmatism gone mad</em>".</p><p>Perhaps predictably,&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>The reason traditional architecture persists in the residential realm to a much larger degree than the institutional or commercial one is that home buyers, aka, individuals chose it...What's with the faux historical meme?</em>", while <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;opined "<em>this dilemma is about the </em><em><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/114820062/interview-november-29-2013-12-23-pm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">medium of finance dominating all mediums of existence</a></em><em>, There is nothing more we Architects can do, frankly, &nbsp;than educate each client one at a time</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/207odsn3l1ocqx4g.jpg"></p><p>Plus the latest edition of <strong>Screen/Print: </strong>featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115813747/screen-print-27-future-anterior-a-champion-of-historic-preservation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Anterior</a>, the first American academic journal for historic preservation, published by <a href="https://www.upress.umn.edu/journal-division/Journals/future-anterior" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Minnesota Press</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> thought it was a "<em>great article, quite relevan...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116666688/artist-creates-game-maze-walkthrough-featuring-the-best-sci-fi-corridors-in-film Artist creates game "Maze Walkthrough" featuring the best Sci-Fi corridors in film Archinect 2014-12-23T18:23:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T23:10:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkpmtn10pmeccmqj.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been collecting corridors from sci-fi movies for almost 3 years now as part of an artistic project. For &lsquo;Maze Walkthrough&rsquo;, I&rsquo;ve selected some of those corridors, made 3D reproductions of them, and built a virtual maze putting them together. The final result is a desktop application that puts the user inside the maze, allowing him or her to navigate and explore it, kind of a FPS video-game without the shooting.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ak/ak4vp9u7w6q1ikzo.gif"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:48:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345851/4d-printing-introduces-the-dimension-of-transformation-over-time 4D printing introduces the dimension of transformation over time Archinect 2014-12-19T14:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T20:25:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sanbsl89jt6l32wc.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These sorts of structural deformations are not new &mdash; researchers have already demonstrated &ldquo;memory&rdquo; and &ldquo;smart material&rdquo; properties. One of the most popular technologies is known as&nbsp;shape memory alloy, where a change of temperature triggers a shape change. Other successful approaches use&nbsp;electroactive polymers, pressurised fluids or gasses, chemical stimulus and even in response to light.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345850/don-t-write-off-elon-musk-s-hyperloop-yet Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet... Archinect 2014-12-19T14:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:26:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7up4aigu0m7pwcp.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Hyperloop in California could be built within a decade, for between $7 and $16 billion and there are no technical showstoppers, Ahlborn says. In other words, while Musk&rsquo;s initial estimate of $4 billion was somewhat optimistic, it wasn&rsquo;t exceptionally far off, especially given that Ahlborn believes the ultimate number for the hyperloop between San Francisco and Los Angeles would come in toward the lower end of the range.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116269641/beyond-the-grid-s-vision-to-make-a-lower-manhattan-neighborhood-more-resilient Beyond the Grid's vision to make a Lower Manhattan neighborhood more resilient Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:51:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c291e146935a81e97511da5241ecb06b.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While independent communications infrastructure, renewable energy, and resilient heating and power systems may all be major priorities in contemporary urban development, the three aren&rsquo;t typically incorporated into the same project. Beyond The Grid &mdash; an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan &mdash; does just that. And the fact that the&nbsp;proposal has been created in this&nbsp;neighborhood is no accident.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116194161/urban-design-at-the-intersection-of-development-science-and-super-computing Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116119506/will-la-finally-become-a-city-of-cabs Will LA Finally Become A City of Cabs? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-16T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dj753emyrk4sjgu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the terms of the proposed draft order, every taxi in Los Angeles would have to become accessible via a mobile application similar to the ones used by Uber and Lyft. These applications will require certification by the Taxi Commission, which can then specify things like pricing maximums and limits on hours worked in a single shift, and can perhaps even set up a rating and complaint system for passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116118701/wired-looks-at-ground-truth-google-s-initiative-to-improve-maps-accuracy Wired looks at "Ground Truth", Google's initiative to improve Maps accuracy Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c620eeefa919237737e5156870d1e4dc.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team&nbsp;assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor&mdash;an effort they call Ground Truth. The project launched in 2008, but it was mostly kept under wraps until just a couple years ago. It&nbsp;continues to grow, now covering 51 countries, and algorithms are playing a bigger role in extracting information from satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube Google is letting you visit museums around the world using Street View and Youtube Paul Petrunia 2014-12-11T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T14:27:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/rywzcyk2xsl4zwm9.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google announced today it&rsquo;s making a platform&nbsp;available to museums that enables them to build mobile applications that take advantage of Google technology, including Street View and YouTube, to bring their exhibits to anyone with a smartphone. Through partnerships between museums worldwide and the Google Cultural Institute, there are now 11&nbsp;museums and cultural institutions that&nbsp;have participated in this pilot project&nbsp;to date; their apps are live now on Google Play.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115655555/the-anatomy-of-emergency The Anatomy of Emergency Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961.jpg" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of all the roles of government, emergency response may be the least controversial. When disaster hits, we expect our fire, police, and other public services to provide immediate relief. But as James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), reminds us, tactical effectiveness in a crisis requires more than boots on the ground, ready at a moment&rsquo;s notice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115511004/l-a-mayor-calls-for-mandatory-earthquake-retrofitting L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T17:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T20:36:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xukgpfzmx3b02bf2.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history that would require owners to retrofit thousands of building most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. Garcetti&rsquo;s recommendations target two of the riskiest types of buildings in Los Angeles built before 1980: concrete buildings and wooden structures built atop weak first floors, such as those on top of carports and garages and supported by slender columns.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115223812/editor-s-picks-396 Editor's Picks #396 Nam Henderson 2014-12-05T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T17:38:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8irjst3gxs45lqhq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned an <strong>Op-Ed:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114913845/op-ed-if-architecture-were-optimism-a-response-to-michael-kimmelman-s-critique-of-1-wtc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Response to Michael Kimmelman's Critique of 1 WTC</a>. She writes "I&nbsp;<em>can only imagine the list of priorities that 1 World Trade entailed, but am still celebratory of the feat that it was realized despite perhaps the greatest obstacles any project could possibly have&mdash;fear and memory</em>".&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;chose to respectfully disagree with her "<em>The building is a touchstone for the future of large scale bunker buildings in America...which will certainly preclude the kinds of mixed use that Kimmelman's real critique addressed...Thousands died, two wars waged, but we've got our post card view, our symbol, our icon, our Freedom Tower. How picturesque</em>". Similarly <strong>Krimson</strong> struggles "<em>to overlook the blatant closed off nature of the project</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jb0dp26nthp3nljw.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong> features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114504045/showcase-sparrenburg-visitor-center-by-max-dudler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sparrenburg Visitor Center by Max Dudler</a>,&nbsp;a "<em>brutalist, rammed concrete</em>"&nbsp;addition to a historic castle/fortress.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bsg901ptfcy8ehe.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fijxg12qlpbhv8h5.jpg"><br>Paul Katz, who as president and managing principal of KPF was the mastermind of m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016 Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016 Justine Testado 2014-12-01T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T18:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo1vpt15rgkgos66.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many of us who have ridden inside an elevator since its invention 160 years ago are accustomed to hearing its ominous hums and creaks, as well as stories of malfunctioning elevators that cause people to be stuck inside for hours. So, the idea of hopping into a cable-free elevator in a mid to high-rise building can sound both thrilling and nerve-wracking. That idea is soon to become a reality for global transportation manufacturer <a href="http://www.thyssenkrupp-elevator.com/Home.2.0.html?&amp;L=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, who is set out to test the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system once the testing tower in Rottweil, Germany is complete by the end of 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9m8nqlw533xeu2v.jpg"></p><p>MULTI's design is derived from the company's TWIN control system and safety features. Deemed as the world's first cable-free elevator, MULTI includes a multi-level brake system and multiple self-propelled cabins that can be incorporated within the same elevator shaft.</p><p>Operating on a circular system, the elevators will be able to move vertically and horizontally in a loop at a speed of 5 m/s,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114966828/tate-museum-creates-minecraft-world-inspired-by-famous-paintings Tate Museum Creates Minecraft World Inspired by Famous Paintings Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T15:57:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T15:57:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38tu1oiyfu2gb1hj.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tate Worlds are exciting Minecraft &lsquo;maps&rsquo; that present virtual environments inspired by artworks from Tate&rsquo;s collection. The maps allow players of Minecraft to explore a range of paintings and sculpture, undertaking various activities and challenges that relate to the themes of the artworks, or exploring how they were made. Tate has teamed up with some of Minecraft&rsquo;s best known mapmakers to create these virtual artworks, offering a unique combination of art, history and adventure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The first two maps were released by the museum on November 24th and were based on two famous paintings of urban settings:&nbsp;Andre Derain&rsquo;s 1906 painting of<em>&nbsp;</em>London<em>, The Pool of London</em>, and Christopher Nevinson&rsquo;s 1920 painting of New York,&nbsp;<em>Soul of the Soulless City</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q26osmt3ia0i850q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38tu1oiyfu2gb1hj.jpg">Andr&eacute; Derain, the influential Fauvist painter, depicted the bustling port of the Thames at the turn of the century. In the new Minecraft version of the painting, the &nbsp;bright colors employed by the painter are reproduced on an immersive scale. Gamers can wander the imaginary city and explore such historic sites as the Tower of London.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpc0amn2bj0l2ixf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mz/mzr2ruji8168n6qd.jpg"></p><p>Christopher Nevin's futurist-influenced painting&nbsp;<em>Soul of the Soulless City</em>&nbsp;depicts New York in the 1920s, as it began to emerge both economically and architecturally as a modern metropolis. Fittingly, the experience of the corresponding Minecraft maps begins on a train that hurtles you into the city, just as Nevin's painting utilizes train tracks to convey its convoluted sense of perspectival moti...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114966024/a-unified-approach-to-grown-structures A unified approach to grown structures Archinect 2014-12-01T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:50:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gsw3r9u70u7bcklv.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The video shows 15 different variations of one computational growth process. Based on this process we created a series of 3D printed wearables in cooperation with Prof. Neri Oxman from the MIT Media Lab.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts Alexander Walter 2014-12-01T14:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f57c1101c5d7626f016fd8b6b9ee6a8.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Shanghai Tower opens as China&rsquo;s tallest building next year, the 2,073-foot (632 m) tower will feature elevators capable of traveling 40.3 miles (64.8 km) per hour, or 59 feet (18 m) per second, a new milestone. [...] The question facing the industry today: how fast can elevators go without sacrificing comfort? [...] At 66 feet (20 m) per second, even the slightest vibration will create a shock for passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114962805/space-noir Space Noir Alexander Walter 2014-12-01T14:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90d93355a9a4ace662028470b69c5779.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The European Space Agency recently released a group of photos taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst showing the International Space Station at night. The only real contextual information provided is that "the six astronauts on the weightless research centre live by GMT, and generally sleep at the same time." Gerst&mdash;so close to Geist!&mdash;thus took advantage of the downtime to produce some images that make the ISS look uninhabited, a dead mansion rolling through space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103863924/how-do-humans-perceive-the-built-environment-in-outer-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How do humans perceive the built environment in outer space?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114178291/smart-cities-called-smart-but-condemned-to-being-stupid Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:32:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xxxq4igps49b8rs.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/535731506103463936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114126142/tracking-economic-conditions-with-satellite-imagery-and-shadows Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows Archinect 2014-11-20T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:47:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/789648f9a507cb229e9feb24fe7993c3.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>